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Zeffirellis Ambleside


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

String Zoo

Jan
27

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.

  • Free
  • 8:00 pm

Upcoming Events

Trefor Owen Trio

Jan
28

A superb guitarist and long-time crusader for the jazz cause, Owen has worked with most of the greats in the jazz guitar world, and to this day continues to run guitar courses, workshops and festivals and to encourage younger musicians to develop their craft. With playing very much in the vein of masters of the instrument such as Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall & Joe Pass, tonight he leads his trio through the standard repertoire featuring the second guitar of young virtuoso Andy Hulme, complemented by master bassist Dave Turner.


Threeway

Feb
03

Threeway

THREEWAY  BIOGRAPHY

Ben Crosland – Bass

Steve Lodder – Piano/Keyboards

Steve Waterman – Trumpet/Flugelhorn

After leading his Quintet, Octet and Quartet for 15 years, Crosland formed Threeway in 2004 with Waterman and Lodder, two long term associates, in order to explore the subtle and open possibilities of a group without drums. The interplay between the players creates a natural intensity combined with an acute sensitivity to dynamics. The variety of the original compositions, contributed by all the group members, and the different tone colours created by the instruments ensure a satisfying and well rounded performance. The group also includes contemporary readings of choice standards in its repertoire.

Threeway’s music is heard to best advantage in the concert setting. Accordingly, this is an ideal group for ‘listening’ jazz venues, arts centres, music festivals and concert societies.

The group recorded its debut album, ‘Conversations’ JCCD 110, in 2005. The CD has attracted considerable critical acclaim and was featured on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line Up and Jazz Record Requests. Threeway undertook a national tour with Jazz Services’ support in the autumn of 2007.

Threeway’s second album, ‘Songs of the Year’ JCCD112, attracted four star reviews from several jazz writers and was featured on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line Up and during a national tour in the autumn of 2010, again with Jazz Services’ support. 

The group recorded its third album, ‘Looking Forward, Looking Back’ JCCD 115 in 2013. The CD features vibraphonist Jim Hart as special guest and again attracted four star reviews. Once again, the album was featured on Jazz Line Up.

Threeway continues to perform around the country at festivals and club dates to enthusiastic audiences.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Trichotomy

Feb
04

It’s not often that we get the chance to divert some passing Australian musicians, so tonight’s show is a rare event indeed, and one to be savoured. Trichotomy is one of Australia’s most inventive contemporary music ensembles. So much more than a traditional jazz trio, this group expands the capacities of the classic piano/bass/drums combination by skillfully blending dense, exciting improvisations and delicate atmospherics, conjuring up sounds of modern jazz, ambient music, avant-garde rock and contemporary classical music. Wonderfully unpredictable & absorbing, dramatic & always distinctive.
 
Formed in 1999 while studying at Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, the group’s sound is driven by award-winning pianist Sean Foran, teamed with John Parker’s expansive dynamic and timbral range on percussion and Sam Vincent’s visceral touch on the double bass.


Gobble de Gook

Feb
10

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

Ginger Tunes

Feb
11

A guaranteed barnstorming return for this high-energy jazz-funk band led by powerful Liverpool saxophonist Mike Smith, referencing all kinds of contemporary groove-based music and well received by enthusiastic audiences


Kikbak

Feb
17

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 entry
  • 8:30 pm

Flying Machines

Feb
18

Led by guitarist Alex Munk, the band features some of the UK’s brightest young stars; Matt Robinson (piano), Conor Chaplin (bass) and Dave Hamblett (drums). Centred on Alex’s unique compositional approach, Flying Machines has established a sound that is entirely its own, fusing visceral, rock-out guitar with anthemic melodies and lusciously textured soundscapes


Camilla George Quartet

Feb
25

Saxophonist Camilla George first made her mark as a member of  award winning band, Jazz Jamaica. In 2014 she formed the Quartet, whose music has a modern edge whilst paying homage to the jazz tradition, with a bit of calypso thrown into the mix.


Stevie Williams Unplugged

Mar
03

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

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Ongoing Saturday Contemporary Jazz Programme.

Mar
04

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

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Matt Cowe plays Chet Atkins

Mar
10

Matt Cowe plays Chet Atkins

Cumbrian based UK musician Matt Cowe presents a new show featuring the music of 50’s American country guitar legend Chet Atkins. The show also features special guest Becki Fishwick singing some classic country and swing tunes from the 50’s. Many musicians regard Chet Atkins as one of the greatest guitarists of all time and his musical impact was huge with stars like George Harrison and Mark Knopfler citing him as a major influence. Chet pioneered a style of guitar playing where the guitar plays the bass, rhythm and melody all at the same time which dumbfounded his contemporaries and to this day is still considered a very difficult style to master.


Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Mar
31

Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Howard Haigh & the Men of the Hour, featuring Rick Middleton on Bass, guitar & vocals, & Sam King Middleton on percussion & vocals. They'll present their own unique seasonal programme of delights. 


Elliott Morris

Apr
07

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.

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

New England

Apr
14

New England

New England have been entertaining audiences at Zeffirellis for almost three years now.

Over this period, the band  have steadily developed their own brand of contemporary country rock. Alongside an exciting mix of songs from artists such as, The Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Zac Brown and Keith Urban, New England also feature an ever growing collection of original material, highlighting  the strong vocal harmonies that they bring to the music.

New England have also just released their first album ‘Driving South’ which will available on the night. 

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 Vocals

  • Free
  • 8:00 pm

Kikbak

Apr
21

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 entry
  • 8:30 pm

Stevie Williams Unplugged

Apr
28

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

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

WithNay&I

May
05

WithNay&I

We are a Windermere based professional acoustic music duo specializing in high quality covers of some of the most beloved songs from this and the past century as well as some of our own compositions.

We carefully work each tune into our unique style and whilst not attempting a carbon copy of the original we showcase our strengths as career musicians, offering unique arrangements.

Some of the songs…    Moon River,  Make you feel my love,  The water is wide, Imagine,

Cry me a river, How long will I love you,  The closest thing to crazy, Ain’t no sunshine,  Free Flight,

Mystify, Songbird, Wayfaring Stranger.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Boudica Boogaloo

May
12

Boudica Boogaloo

3 sweet old gals, 3 dirty harmonies, 3 stomping strings and a hell of a good old-time good time! The

combination of their unique wealth of musical experience results in an old time Folk/Americana sound with a freshness that is a surprise and a delight.Brand new project from Nuala Honan (guitar), Glowglobes' Laura Pocket (double

bass) and Claire Northey (violin)


The Balkanics

May
19

The Balkanics

'With their unique blend of sizzling Eastern European music The Balkanics deliver a big-band seven-piece sound ranging from driving dance rhythms to dreamy interludes. Expect banging Balkan and Klezmer tunes with an unusual twist that reflects the band members' diverse backgrounds in traditional folk, rock, dance and classical music.'

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Kris Dollimore

May
26

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

Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot

Jun
01

Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot

GRAMMY-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer features scintillating and soulful vocalist Gillian Margot for an evening of duets.

With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz.

Gillian Margot is the rarest sort of singer - the kind that makes people sit up and listen. She has an exquisite voice, a disarmingly wide range and a style that is deeply rooted in the tradition of the great jazz vocalists, yet she possesses a gift of storytelling and emotionally intelligent lyrical delivery that is refreshingly free of “jazz singer” clichés.

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Gobble de Gook

Jun
09

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

Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Jun
30

Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Howard Haigh & the Men of the Hour, featuring Rick Middleton on Bass, guitar & vocals, & Sam King Middleton on percussion & vocals. They'll present their own unique seasonal programme of delights. 


Ben Williams

Jul
07

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.  

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Black Pony

Jul
21

Black Pony

Indie-folk duo Black Pony are singer/guitarist Daniel Ray and Sarah Edmondson on violin, e-piano and organ. Together they combine elements of folk, country, and soul to create songs at once intimate and anthemic, rhythmic and melodic. Little aural movies.

Irish-Australian Daniel traveled a lot of miles to find such a simpatico musical partner in formally trained Sarah and her vivid sonic palette. A bit of lightning strikes every time they take the stage. Come along for the ride.

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

String Zoo

Aug
11

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.

  • Free
  • 8:00 pm

New England

Sep
08

New England

New England have been entertaining audiences at Zeffirellis for almost three years now.

Over this period, the band  have steadily developed their own brand of contemporary country rock. Alongside an exciting mix of songs from artists such as, The Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Zac Brown and Keith Urban, New England also feature an ever growing collection of original material, highlighting  the strong vocal harmonies that they bring to the music.

New England have also just released their first album ‘Driving South’ which will available on the night. 

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 Vocals

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Stevie Williams Unplugged

Sep
15

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

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Leeds City Stompers

Oct
06

'The red hot blues band, conjuring the spirit of prohibition America. Real 1920s drum kits, slapped double bass, metal resonator guitars from the 1930s and three voices—making old sounds in a new way. From bars and pubs, to outdoor festivals. From vintage events, to big white weddings.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Hunter Muskett

Oct
20

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

The Washboard Resonators

Nov
24

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.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

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