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Music, Thu 18 Jul 2019

Leeds Jazz Festival 2019 - Ron Bottomley “Big Birt

Leeds Jazz Festival 2019 - Ron Bottomley “Big Birt


The opening concert in this year's Leeds Jazz Festival features multi award winner, drummer, arranger and big band leader Ronnie Bottomley who is celebrating his 90th birthday this year. It is very fitting therefore to have Ronnie leading 18 of the north’s finest jazz musicians in his Big Band in what (he says) will be his last outing as a big band leader so it will be a very special occasion.

Ronnie has worked with the best – singers like Gene Pitney, Buddy Greco and Marion Montgomery, musicians including Johnny Dankworth, Harry (Sweets) Edison and Barney Kessel, as well as playing at two Royal Command performances. He worked at Leeds College of Music for 35 years and was musical director of the Leeds College of Music Big Band when they accompanied three times Grammy Award winner Diane Schuur at her European debut at Leeds Town Hall. Ronnie has collected many awards – including the Jack Parnell Trophy for best big band drummer and the Jazz Yorkshire Lifetime Achievement Award.

His band is: Vocals: Chris Scott; Saxes: Jim Corry (alto/soprano), James Russell (alto/clarinet/flute), Joel Purnell (tenor), Simon Kaylor (tenor/flute). Rod Mason (baritone); Trumpets: Dale Gibson, Gareth Smith, Trevor Vincent, Ian Chalk ; Trombones: Brian Archer, Stuart Garside, Kevin Holborough, Chris Hibbard; Guitar: Derrick Harris ; Piano: Graham Hearn ; Bass: Adrian Knowles. Drums: Dave Walsh

To add to his musical achievements Ronnie is now an author! His autobiography “Its not all fun having a good time” is published this year. He will be talking about the book and signing copies of his autobiography before the concert at 6pm in the Rooftop Bar at Leeds College of Music

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Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 18 Jul 2019 20:00 to 00:00


£20 full price (Under 25's half price - £10)


3 Quarry Hill,



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Map reference: SE 309336  Lat: 53.79823 Long: -1.53125

Leeds City Station, situated on New Station Street, is approximately a 10-minute walk from Leeds College of Music.

Leeds Central Coach Station is situated on Dyer Street between Quarry Hill and Kirkgate Market, opposite the West Yorkshire Playhouse and just two minutes from Leeds College of Music. Regular services operate from Hull, London and Manchester Airport.

Enter the postcode LS9 8AH into your Satellite Navigation.

Leeds is located at the crossroads of the M62 and the M1, and just a few kilometres from the A1.

When entering the city, follow the brown road signs for ‘West Yorkshire Playhouse’ at Quarry Hill, just off the A64 York Road in the centre of Leeds – or you can follow the City Centre Loop signs.

Major attractions, including the West Yorkshire Playhouse, are identified on the Loop signs. The Conservatoire is at Loop Junction 12.

Please note the Conservatoire does not have any car parking space. We recommend that visitors use the multi-storey car park on Harper Street near Leeds Kirkgate Market.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Leeds station


  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality