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Music, Fri 19 Jul 2019

Leeds Jazz Festival 2019: Windrush Jazz Celebratio

Leeds Jazz Festival 2019: Windrush Jazz Celebratio


Curated by internationally acclaimed UK Jazz Pianist, composer and Berklee College Alumnus, Trevor Watkis, JazzLeeds are pleased to present this special musical retrospective of legendary Jazz trumpeter , Dizzy Reece.

Although jazz is an uniquely American art form, it was heavily influenced by the Caribbean diasporic roots of jazz icons such as Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Wynton Kelly, and Randy Weston. Jazz has played a major role in the musical and cross-cultural exchange between African-American and Caribbean immigrants in America, and ultimately resulting in some of the most timeless recordings and widely-appreciated music genres around the world.

 Mr. Alphonso “Dizzy” Reece, better known as Dizzy Reece, is an acclaimed jazz trumpeter who hails from Kingston, Jamaica. Mr. Reece has led a prolific career for over 70 years since his arrival in London in 1948, leaving his homeland at the young age of 17 on the HMT Empire Windrush. He began his ascent into the jazz scene initially cutting his teeth among the best musicians in London in the 1950’s, which included Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, and Victor Feldman. Reece working between the UK and Europe, later relocated to the United States and permanently settled in New York.

 Dizzy’s unique approach to his instrument and blistering yet warm tone captured the attention of the iconic Blue Note Records label executives, where he recorded four albums.  He went on to share the bandstand with some of the greatest international jazz legends which includes Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, and caught the attention of the legendary Miles Davis. He stood in for Miles in his band occasionally when he was unable to make a performance.

A musical celebration of Dizzy Reece’s accomplishments and artistry and in acknowledge ofWest Indians who departed the Caribbean on the Windrush and contributed to the rebuilding of Britain following its destruction during the Second World War). The UK shows features a dazzling international band line-up led by Trevor Watkis, performing new arrangements of Reece’s music with:

Award winning British trumpeter Byron Wallen (George Benson, Courtney Pine, Hugh Masakela), US veteran saxophonist Ralph Moore (Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Kevin Eubanks), drummer Willie Jones III (Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove), bassist Dezron Douglas (Benny Green, Pharoah Sanders, Louis Hayes) and led by renowned London-based pianist Trevor Watkis, (Kenny Garrett, Gary Bartz, Natalie Cole, Stanley Turrentine)

Support (8-8.45pm) from Dudley Nesbit and Pan Jumby.

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Cash PointCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsOn-site cateringAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 19 Jul 2019 20:30 to 00:00


£20 full price £10 concessionary price ( 25 and under)



    6 St. Peters Square,
    LS9 8AH



    See location of The Wardrobe on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: SE 308335  Lat: 53.79690 Long: -1.53388

    City centre


    • Cash PointCash Point
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups