Summer’s here, and things are really heating up in Liverpool. Brighter days herald a different feel as the city embraces the longer nights, especially tuning each weekend into the eclectic strains of jazz emanating from around Tower Gardens and in the proximity of St. Nick’s Church.
Here, the historic Ma Boyle’s Alehouse and Eatery and music innovators ParrJazz host the city’s longest-running weekly jazz night, Jazz Saturdays. The intimate and storied hideaway continues to welcome some of the UK’s leading names in jazz across a kaleidoscopic range of styles, embracing pretty much every facet infused with elements of salsa, Latin, blues, and even rock. Vibrant and bold Jazz Saturdays is the city’s jazz hotspot in an ongoing collaboration and now announces its run of shows from June 10th into July.
Iain Hoskins, Ma Boyle’s owner, explains:
“Seeing how Jazz Saturdays has evolved over the years is really something special. With ParrJazz we have a vision to curate these weekly shows and really go for it with the bookings. You just don’t get to see such talent anywhere on a weekly basis in the city. Ma Boyle’s really suits jazz so well – its low ceilings and intimacy create this lovely feeling, we’re tucked away just off the main street but sometimes in here on a Saturday night we could be a world away. There’s a lovely sense of escapism we create each weekend here and every show is packed with jazz lovers old and new.”
Jazz Saturdays at Ma Boyle’s – listings
CUBA VIDA SALSA BAND – 10TH JUNE
The Cuba Vida Salsa Band offer a unique sound emerging from Latin, Jazz, Funk, Reggae-ton and Salsa music. The exhilarating line up of vocalists, keys, effects, saxophone and drums promise an authentic Salsa Party from start to end and they always have Ma’s bouncing.
NEIL YATES – 17TH JUNE
The supremely talented multi-instrumentalist composer, arranger and educator Neil Yates worked initially for the BBC Big Band and as a high-profile session musician performing and recording with the Brand New Heavies, Black Grape, Alison Moyet and Robbie Williams and is always special at Jazz Saturdays.
PERRI ALLEYNE-HUGHES ENSEMBLE – 24TH JUNE
Former musical director from the acclaimed Sense of Sound, Peri is joined by Roger Gardiner on double bass, Alan Kaishin Crawford on guitar and vocals and Viktor Nordberg on drums. Expect a delightful mix of jazz infused with Latin, blues and the occasional sprinkle of rock.
DEAN MASSER – 1ST JULY
Like Dexter Gordon, his long-time musical hero, Dean Masser is a hard-swinging, lyrical saxophonist. Dean has played alongside many of the leading names in British jazz at numerous venues and festivals and is one of the scene’s most prominent figures.
MANOUCHETONES – 8TH JULY
It’s easy to picture the swinging dance halls of the Champs Elysée or the smoke-filled jazz clubs of the Montmartre and Manouchetones have the soundtrack to take Ma Boyle’s there.
CUBA VIDA SALSA BAND – 15TH JULY
Lots more Latin, Jazz, Funk, Reggae-ton and Salsa music from the always on point The Cuba Vida Salsa Band.
BLIND MONK 22ND JULY
The spirit of Thelonious Monk with rock’n’roll attitude from Blink Monk: a gracious nod to the great piano-less trios with an added dose of Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and Persian traditional music.
Reserve tables here – FREE ENTRY
Ma Boyle’s Alehouse & Eatery, 7 Tower Gardens, Liverpool, L3 1LG
Every Saturday from 8pm – free entry – kitchen stays open late
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