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Jazz Jam


Jazz Jam

Are you a student of Jazz or Improvisation at any level? Any instrument or vocals? Would you welcome the chance to play with a professional rhythm section?

We can help you prepare any pieces, even your own compositions, and present you as a guest musician with our ‘trio’ rhythm section.

Contact Pete Major on 07799788777 with any questions or to discuss performance details

  • Free
  • 8:00 pm




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

Jiannis Pavlidis


A highly respected and versatile guitarist, as well as Principal Lecturer on Leeds College of Music’s jazz course, Jiannis has worked alongside some of the greatest names in contemporary jazz. Tonight he leads his own band through a repertoire referencing many points in the jazz canon.

Matt Cowe Plays Chet Atkins


Matt Cowe Plays Chet Atkins

Cumbrian based guitarist Matt Cowe returns to Zeffirelli’s with another show featuring the music of American guitar legend Chet Atkins, playing classic country and swing tunes from the 50’s as well other tunes from Chet’s long career.


Chet Atkins’ music has a unique nostalgic charm, full of melody and virtuosic playing and this will be a rare opportunity to hear this style live.  He will be recreating Chet’s retro sound with an authentic line up featuring local musicians Steve Simpson on double bass, Jack Davies on drums and Jon Moore on rhythm guitar.   


Check out Matt playing at last year’s prestigious Chet Atkins’ Appreciation Society convention in Nashville here:



And Matt’s popular YouTube channel here:


Tim Franks Quartet


A master of the groove, and it’s not hard to see why; Tim Franks has been Manchester’s go-to drummer since the late 70s. Tonight he demonstrates the breadth of his skill and sensitivity as he propels his superb all-star band featuring master saxophonist Mike Hall, Director of the jazz programme at the Royal Northern College of Music.




Asaxual was formed in 2016 with a view to paying tribute to some of the most magnificent two-brass front lines of the recent past, such as the great Jay & Kai, and heavyweights like Shew and Fontana. Toms I'Anson and Sharp draw on their considerable big band experience to bring arrangements with variety, contrast, dynamics and structure to the genre of improvisatory small band music. Asaxual stands in defiance of those who believe hard bop needs saxophones!

"The band were wonderful!! They brought real musicianship - power and subtlety to their set for the festival. Terrific improvising too! I would thoroughly recommend watching this band"
Jean Watson - SevenJazz Promoter

Tom Sharp - Trumpet
Tom I'Anson - Trombone
Joshua Smout - Drums
Sam Jackson - Bass
Chris Bland - Piano

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Performers to be confirmed


Performers to be confirmed. Please check back.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Kris Dollimore


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.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Freddie Garner Quartet


Veteran stalwart on the North-West jazz circuit, pianist Garner is much-influenced by the likes of Oscar Peterson and Errol Garner (no relation!). Tonight he leads his straight-ahead quartet through a delightful survey of the standard repertoire

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

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