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Zeffirellis Cafe

The Jazz Bar at Zeffirellis

Enjoy contemporary Jazz and world music live performances most Wednesday, Friday and Saturday's upstairs in the Jazz Bar at Zeffirellis.

The Jazz Bar offers great live music events, many of which are free, as well as bar and food menu including pizzas, pasta, anti-pasti and delicious desserts.


Our Next Event

Stevie Williams Unplugged

Feb
12

Stevie Williams Unplugged

Stevie Williams is a talented UK bassist, singer and songwriter. As well as his solo work, he also fronts The Most Wanted Band, testament to his tireless work ethic and devotion to his craft. A life long devotee of the ageless blues, alt country and americana sounds, he has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic songwriting style he possesses today.

Stevie Williams and his latest project ‘Pockets Full of Gold’ featuring the song ‘She Don’t Do’ was produced by Stevie, engineered and written entirely by Stevie with the exception of one track. The hands-on approach with this album pays off, as he seem's completely in tune with the sound he want's to project. ‘She Don’t Do’ is a moody, stripped back and somewhat dark track complete with soulful delivery from Stevie and touches of psychedelia that just add to his quirky appeal. It’s catchy without trying to be.  http://forthecountryrecord.com


Upcoming Events

Mark Williams Trio

Feb
13

A frequent visitor to Zeffirelli’s with vocalist Zoe Gilby,  Ulster guitarist Williams returns with his own trio. Highly regarded as both accompanist and imaginative soloist, tonight he leads the band through a mixture of new and familiar material.


Washboard Resonators

Feb
19

Washboard Resonators

This duo of guitar, banjo and washboard play footstomping blues, ragtime, swing and folk like it was on the street corners of America in the 1920s, 30s & 40s. The band has played many gigs, including Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival, C FAB Folk Festival in Lincolnshire and may pubs and bars. This duo is perfect for situations where something acoustic, but energetic and lively is required.


Seven Pieces of Silver

Feb
20

Led by bassist Paul Baxter, this fine rhythm section/four horns ensemble pays homage to the great pianist-composer Horace Silver (1928-2014). Like many of the musicians who made their name on the Blue Note record label, Silver’s  recordings have a magic combination of catchy melodies, earthy grooves and strong, coherent improvisation, and his music remains a byword for soulful jazz . Expect all of the above in abundance tonight.

“Great arrangements, great playing, great atmosphere....such energy! - Grimsby Jazz, 2015.


Gobble de Gook

Feb
26

Gobble de Gook

Gobble de Gook is a 7 piece band which performs original material, from the powerful roots of unpredictable arrangements to complex melodies and rhythms. The result is surprising blend of musical styles which is guaranteed to get you dancing.’

Gobble de Gook was created 6 years ago by the French singer and band leader Xtof Lheureux. The band is composed of a group of talented and experienced musicians including: drums, percussion, keyboards, bass and guitar for the rhythm section, along with trumpet and tenor sax for the brass section. Xtof sings, plays guitar and percussion, as well as delivering an enthusiastic and energetic show.

Xtof’s influences range from Afro-Cuban, Indian, Jazz, Rock and obviously French music. It is these influences which characterise the unique atmosphere of Gobble de Gook.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Ginger Tunes Quintet

Feb
27

A guaranteed barnstorming return for this high-energy jazz-funk band led by powerful Liverpool saxophonist Mike Smith, showcasing tracks from their new album 'Mersey, Mersey, Mersey', released this week. Joyous!


Geoff Eales (Solo Piano)

Mar
05

A rare opportunity to hear one of the UK’s most experienced and highly-respected pianist-composers in an intimate setting. Geoff  played over 1000 gigs as a member of the BBC Big Band in the 70s and 80s, has worked with everyone from Leonard Bernstein to Shirley Bassey, and remains the go-to accompanist for many leading jazz singers and instrumental soloists. His CV is monumental; just follow the link below and you’ll see – and hear – what we mean.


Ben Williams

Mar
11

Ben Williams

A Manchester based singer-­‐songwriter who moulds the classic songwriting sound of Paul Simon with the laid back nature  of  Jack  Johnson,  Ben  Williams  is  a  difficult  artist  to  pigeonhole  and  is  all  the  better  for  it.  His  new  self-­‐produced  album,  ‘Who  Do  You  Think  You  Are?’,  has  been  seven  years  in  the  making,  as  Williams  –  earning  a  living  as  an  in-­‐demand  session  guitarist  –  wrote  his  own  songs  in  the  spare  time  he  had  between  playing  and  recording  with  other  artists.  With  a  clear  passion  for  music,  he  wrote  something  like  60  songs  over  this  period,  of  which  the  best  11  have  been  chosen  to  make  up  his  debut  album.  Self-­‐produced  and  featuring  a  selection  of  the  finest  musicians  in  Manchester,  Williams  has  delivered  a  genuine  gem  of  a  debut.  Often  quirky,  sometimes  funny,  and  occasionally  more  reflective,  the  songs  demonstrate  a  fantastic  range  of  approaches  and  ideas.  

Tonight Ben will be joined by James Mckeown on piano.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

John Bailey Quintet

Mar
12

Showcasing music from his fine album ‘Black Ship, Bright Sea’ and the diversity of his work on both plectrum and classical guitar, John's quintet features the superb tenor saxophone & trumpet front line of Tim France and Richard Iles, two of Northern England’s most highly regarded and experienced soloists.


Rodina

Mar
18

Rodina

Rodina are singer Aoife Hearty,  and musician / songwriting partner Joe Tatton (The New Mastersounds / Corinne Bailey Rae) Since their well received debut album "Over the Sun" in in 2009 Rodina have gone from strength to strength with their distinct style of ambient pop and 2013 has been a busy year. After a US West Coast tour in the spring they returned to Leeds in time to do a special performance for The Queen at the First Direct arena. They are currently promoting their new Album "Home" featuring The Haggis Horns, The New Mastersounds , and Stuart McCallum.
With Jazz and ambient influences and fantastic original songs Rodina is a great show.

*Rodina welcome special guest Stuart Mccallum on guitar

"..like an angel holding court in a smokey, chilled underground bar. A classy performance"
Manchestermusic

"...excellent ... well worth further investigation...."
Mark Lamarr show     BBC RADIO 2

"Home"  is out now through iTunes and other online digital retailers and from their website

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Gerry Richardson Trio

Mar
19

Hammond organ virtuoso, singer & and long-time Sting associate Richardson returns with his superb trio, who brought the house down on their last visit. Featuring the sparkling alto saxophone of Garry Linsley and much-respected session drummer & producer Adam Sinclair , the music pays homage to the musicians Gerry reveres, from Ray Charles to Jimmy Smith to Mose Allison and Donald Fagen. Great covers and smart originals - not to be missed if you love the evocative, steaming noise that is the Hammond in full flight.


Emaline Delapaix

Mar
20

Emaline Delapaix

Emaline Delapaix is an Australian singer, composer and musician who lives in Berlin Germany with her big orange Canadian cat Reece. She spends a lot of time writing intense and thought-provoking folk pop for piano, acoustic guitar, celtic harp and sometimes whatever else she has lying about the place. Some say she sounds a little like Kate Bush or Tori Amos, but she also loves a lot of Scandinavian music: music that invokes the weather like storms and warm sunsets. In 2010 Emaline moved from Toronto Canada to an isolated fixed caravan in rural Eastern Germany close to the Polish border where she lived for a year and a half before finally settling in Berlin. Since that time she has performed over 300 shows all over Germany, Europe, Australia and Canada, creating a dedicated following and becoming well known for her raw and passionate live performances


Kikbak

Mar
25

Kikbak

A quartet of experienced “Lakes” based musicians.
Pete Kassells – (Guitar Magazines’ – Guitarist of The Year 1997) and Julie Rogerson (Alto, Soprano Saxes and vocals) have played together in many Jazz, Rock and Blues bands over the last 30 years.
They have teamed up with the dynamic and exciting combination of Gareth Bullock,( Bass,  graduate of  L.I.P.A. ) and John Powney , ( Drums)- both of whom have toured and recorded extensively with some of the North West’s leading musicians.
The result is an exciting and eclectic mix of their own versions of Blues, Soul, Jazz Rock, and Funk classics by such artists as - Motown, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, David Sanborn and Miles Davis.

  • Free
  • 8:00 pm

Quay Change

Mar
26

A vocal-led set of favourites from this popular Lancaster-based quartet, always well-received at the venue.


Wes Finch

Apr
01

Wes Finch

"Wes is a Midlands based singer and songwriter, travelling often to play around the UK, sometimes solo and sometimes with various combinations of his group 'The Dirty Band'. The music has strong folk, Americana and pop influences but always retains it own sense of Englishness and individuality. Wes will play a mixture of his original compositions and a range of covers from Hank Williams to the Arctic Monkeys. Quality musicianship and entertainment guaranteed...)

https://twitter.com/wesfinch - twitter
http://www.wesfinch.co.uk/ - website
wesfinch.bandcamp.com
http://soundcloud.com/wesfinchuk/
http://www.reverbnation.com/wesfinch - videos, gigs, info
http://silveryrecords.com/ - buy music
http://www.amazingtunes.com/users/wesfinch - buy mp3s
http://www.facebook.com/pages/wesfinchmusic

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Paul Edis (Solo Piano)

Apr
02

Fast-rising piano star & highly-regarded composer from the North-East presents a mixed programme of standards and his own  work.


String Zoo

Apr
03

String Zoo

Lawrence Woof on violin and Matt Cowe on guitar:  Gypsy swing, ballads, pop tunes and beautiful Cumbrian folk melodies.  Lawrence and Matt first played together at the Manchester International Festival and both maintain busy performing schedules playing across a wide range of genres.


Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Apr
08

Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Having played for H.M. The Queen, appeared on Blue Peter, worked with Bert Jansch, Antonio Forcione, Gloria Gaynor, Screaming Lord Sutch, and ... Er... Alan stitch arch, the ever-popular Contemporary Spanish guitar maestro returns to Ambleside. mixing rumbas, tangos, flamenco, with blues and jazz and thrilling spontaneity. Joining Howard on this occasion will be the French dynamo  Gobbledegook Xtof on guitar and percussion.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Ongoing Saturday Contemporary Jazz Programme.

Apr
09

Details of forthcoming performances in our Saturday contemporary jazz programme will be posted here shortly. Please check back.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Elliott Morris

Apr
15

Elliott Morris

With hundreds of gigs behind him, Elliott Morris has a formidable reputation as one of the hardest-working and most sought-after young artists on the acoustic scene.

The singer-songwriter began playing electric guitar when he was 11, but launched his solo set at 17, just a year after starting to explore the possibilities of the acoustic instrument. Elliott taps the strings and beats the guitar’s body to create an intricate spectacle, together with an original and unique sound integral to his songs.

He has supported Erik Mongrain, Andy McKee, Frank Turner, Seth Lakeman, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Jim Bob (Carter USM), Jon Gomm, Paul Carrack, legendary Philadelphia soul groups The Stylistics and The Three Degrees, and revered folk veterans Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick. He gigs regularly with Dave McPherson (InMe) and has played many times with old friend, Ed Sheeran.


The Bimble Brothers

Apr
22

The Bimble Brothers

A pair of likely Lancashire lads The Bimble Brothers travel the world through music and song.

They are writers, composers, song collectors and multi-instrumentalists. Their music is a unique blend of original material inspired by traditional melody, and traditional song inspired by modern rhythms.

They play tunes dear to their hearts. It doesn't matter what genre or style, if a song makes a Bimble smile they'll play it, if it makes them cry, they'll play it twice. The Bimbles love to entertain; they are, in fact, good old song and dance boys.

Their songs are about their time spent bimbling around the world, falling out, falling in love, drinking too much and not drinking enough.

Formed at birth, the Bimble Brothers were destined to perform together until the end of their joyful days.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Louise Jordan

Apr
29

Louise Jordan

Touring with her third album ‘Veritas’ English singer, composer and musician Louise Jordan combines award winning acoustic song writing with a classical sensibility to create original works, musical settings of literature and unique arrangements of traditional folk songs. Accompanied by intuitive guitar and piano playing, Louise Jordan’s songs tell tales of human experience. Questioning yet reflective Louise Jordan uses simple subject matter to create songs of striking intensity. A distinctive young artist and one to watch.

“A stirring, lilting grace” The Telegraph

‘Absolutely, totally and completely, brilliant.’
Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

‘Haunting and unforgettable’
The Sunday Express


Skutch Manos

May
06

Skutch Manos

Skutch Manos are guitarist Arlen Connelly, multi percussionist Holly Prest and Bass player Chris Cliff. The band originally formed under the name ‘The Acoustic Conquistador’ in 2010 when Arlen met Holly playing in different acts at the Manchester food and Drink Festival. The Band played as a duo for a couple of years playing at venues across Manchester and a few festivals including Beatherder and Acoustic Festival of Britain. Double bass was introduced when Grant Russell joined for a year to be replaced by Chris Cliff later.


New England

May
13

New England

The formation of the Keswick based band ‘New England’ has been waiting to happen for a long time. Now it has.

‘New England’ are four very experienced musicians who play a fresh exciting mix of American influenced rock music in the style of the Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Keith Urban Etc. One of the key features of this band is the strong vocal harmonies that they bring to the music.

George Moulder on Lead Vocals, Guitars and Harmonica

Nick Cripps on Bass Gtr and Vocals

Phil Middleton on Drums and Lead vocals

Richard Greenough on Lead Gtr and Vocal

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Paul Liddell

May
27

Paul Liddell

Paul Liddell is a working musician/singer/songwriter/recording artist based by the sea in the North East of England. His current album, the excellent ‘Milestones  And Motorways’ is a proudly home-made and independent release.

Paul is an experienced live performer with an unstoppable work ethic,


Washboard Resonators

Jun
03

Washboard Resonators

This duo of guitar, banjo and washboard play footstomping blues, ragtime, swing and folk like it was on the street corners of America in the 1920s, 30s & 40s. The band has played many gigs, including Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival, C FAB Folk Festival in Lincolnshire and may pubs and bars. This duo is perfect for situations where something acoustic, but energetic and lively is required.


Hunter Muskett

Jun
10

Hunter Muskett

After having released excellent albums in 1971 and 1973 the band disappeared. Great multi-part harmonies, fluid electric guitar and strong songs with a rustic vibe and twist of West Coast rock (a bit like Decameron). Their second album, was produced by Keith Relf of the Yardbirds/Rennaisance. And Michael Giles (ex. King Crimson) appears as guest drummer.

One of the better British folk rock rarities of the classic ‘70’s folk rock era.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Stevie Williams Unplugged

Jul
22

Stevie Williams Unplugged

Stevie Williams is a talented UK bassist, singer and songwriter. As well as his solo work, he also fronts The Most Wanted Band, testament to his tireless work ethic and devotion to his craft. A life long devotee of the ageless blues, alt country and americana sounds, he has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic songwriting style he possesses today.

Stevie Williams and his latest project ‘Pockets Full of Gold’ featuring the song ‘She Don’t Do’ was produced by Stevie, engineered and written entirely by Stevie with the exception of one track. The hands-on approach with this album pays off, as he seem's completely in tune with the sound he want's to project. ‘She Don’t Do’ is a moody, stripped back and somewhat dark track complete with soulful delivery from Stevie and touches of psychedelia that just add to his quirky appeal. It’s catchy without trying to be.  http://forthecountryrecord.com


Daniel Ray Band

Jul
29

Daniel Ray Band

Singer/songwriter Daniel Ray got together with Darren Leadsom (bass) and Tim Lowe (drums) when they were all music students at Kendal College. They played some gigs as a three piece and a few with a lead guitarist before bringing Becca Kenyon in as co-vocalist and later Teresa Standish on violin and cello.
Though coming from varied musical backgrounds they soon realized something about their unlikely chemistry together was right.
From their very first gig in May, 2012 audiences agreed.
The combination of the pulsing, driving Leadsom/Lowe rhythm section with the raw emotional top lines of Kenyon and Standish is proving a powerful setting for songs Ray describes as ‘intimate anthems’.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Kris Dollimore

Aug
19

Kris Dollimore

During a career in music, spanning four decades, Kris Dollimore has graced some of the world’s greatest stages and has played with many international bands and artists including The Godfathers, The Damned, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Thunders, Adam Ant and Del Amitri.
His guitar skills have always been admired in whichever genre he has played.
Now those skills are honed to perfection and they need to be, he has chosen a field where his playing is at its most exposed. A man, a guitar and sometimes a voice. No room for error and nowhere to hide. With a largely acoustic repertoire, a fair portion of that being instrumental, in the vein of John Fahey and Jack Rose, precision playing is expected and delivered.
Kris took the decision to perform as a solo artist 10 years ago and has toured relentlessly, travelling the length and breadth of the UK and Europe, earning a hard core following of loyal fans which continues to grow. This is backed up by the stunning success of his first three albums, ‘02/01/1978’, ‘Now Was The Time’ and ‘No Ghosts In This House’, which all received great reviews from the music press both at home and abroad. His fourth album is due to be released later this year and is already attracting the same positive interest as its predecessors.
Kris was runner up in last year’s European Blues Awards, in the solo/acoustic category and was also nominated for a British Blues Award, in the best original blues song category in 2012.
Dollimore burns with a passion for his music and wants to bring it to as many people as possible. If you know Kris from his past life, don’t fear change. Follow Kris down new roads and you’ll feel all the richer for it.
http://www.krisdollimore.com
info@krisdollimore.com

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Kikbak

Aug
26

Kikbak

A quartet of experienced “Lakes” based musicians.
Pete Kassells – (Guitar Magazines’ – Guitarist of The Year 1997) and Julie Rogerson (Alto, Soprano Saxes and vocals) have played together in many Jazz, Rock and Blues bands over the last 30 years.
They have teamed up with the dynamic and exciting combination of Gareth Bullock,( Bass,  graduate of  L.I.P.A. ) and John Powney , ( Drums)- both of whom have toured and recorded extensively with some of the North West’s leading musicians.
The result is an exciting and eclectic mix of their own versions of Blues, Soul, Jazz Rock, and Funk classics by such artists as - Motown, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, David Sanborn and Miles Davis.

  • Free
  • 8:00 pm

String Zoo

Sep
02

String Zoo

Lawrence Woof on violin and Matt Cowe on guitar:  Gypsy swing, ballads, pop tunes and beautiful Cumbrian folk melodies.  Lawrence and Matt first played together at the Manchester International Festival and both maintain busy performing schedules playing across a wide range of genres.


Wes Finch

Sep
30

Wes Finch

"Wes is a Midlands based singer and songwriter, travelling often to play around the UK, sometimes solo and sometimes with various combinations of his group 'The Dirty Band'. The music has strong folk, Americana and pop influences but always retains it own sense of Englishness and individuality. Wes will play a mixture of his original compositions and a range of covers from Hank Williams to the Arctic Monkeys. Quality musicianship and entertainment guaranteed...)

https://twitter.com/wesfinch - twitter
http://www.wesfinch.co.uk/ - website
wesfinch.bandcamp.com
http://soundcloud.com/wesfinchuk/
http://www.reverbnation.com/wesfinch - videos, gigs, info
http://silveryrecords.com/ - buy music
http://www.amazingtunes.com/users/wesfinch - buy mp3s
http://www.facebook.com/pages/wesfinchmusic

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Gobble de Gook

Oct
07

Gobble de Gook

Gobble de Gook is a 7 piece band which performs original material, from the powerful roots of unpredictable arrangements to complex melodies and rhythms. The result is surprising blend of musical styles which is guaranteed to get you dancing.’

Gobble de Gook was created 6 years ago by the French singer and band leader Xtof Lheureux. The band is composed of a group of talented and experienced musicians including: drums, percussion, keyboards, bass and guitar for the rhythm section, along with trumpet and tenor sax for the brass section. Xtof sings, plays guitar and percussion, as well as delivering an enthusiastic and energetic show.

Xtof’s influences range from Afro-Cuban, Indian, Jazz, Rock and obviously French music. It is these influences which characterise the unique atmosphere of Gobble de Gook.

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Hunter Muskett

Oct
28

Hunter Muskett

After having released excellent albums in 1971 and 1973 the band disappeared. Great multi-part harmonies, fluid electric guitar and strong songs with a rustic vibe and twist of West Coast rock (a bit like Decameron). Their second album, was produced by Keith Relf of the Yardbirds/Rennaisance. And Michael Giles (ex. King Crimson) appears as guest drummer.

One of the better British folk rock rarities of the classic ‘70’s folk rock era.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Howard and the Men of the Hour

Nov
04

Howard and the Men of the Hour

Having played for H.M. The Queen, appeared on Blue Peter, worked with Bert Jansch, Antonio Forcione, Gloria Gaynor, Screaming Lord Sutch, and ... Er... Alan stitch arch, the ever-popular Contemporary Spanish guitar maestro returns to Ambleside. mixing rumbas, tangos, flamenco, with blues and jazz and thrilling spontaneity. Joining Howard on this occasion will be the French dynamo  Gobbledegook Xtof on guitar and percussion.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Daniel Ray Band

Nov
11

Daniel Ray Band

Singer/songwriter Daniel Ray got together with Darren Leadsom (bass) and Tim Lowe (drums) when they were all music students at Kendal College. They played some gigs as a three piece and a few with a lead guitarist before bringing Becca Kenyon in as co-vocalist and later Teresa Standish on violin and cello.
Though coming from varied musical backgrounds they soon realized something about their unlikely chemistry together was right.
From their very first gig in May, 2012 audiences agreed.
The combination of the pulsing, driving Leadsom/Lowe rhythm section with the raw emotional top lines of Kenyon and Standish is proving a powerful setting for songs Ray describes as ‘intimate anthems’.

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

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