The Unitarian Chapel, Saint Saviourgate , York, North Yorkshire, UK


“Mr C sums up everything that’s so impressive about EYESHUTIGHT; the intuitive understanding of the individuals in the group creating reflective thoughtful moments, interspersed with propulsive, euphoric deep grooves.” – Birmingham Jazz, April 2013 After the success of their first two albums, 'Evolution' – 2011 and 'The Thaw' – 2012, EYESHUTIGHT are gaining recognition as real beacon of originality on the UK Jazz scene. Their unique blend of accessible, melodic compositions. Fiery, expansive improvisation, and engaging, enjoyable stage show have earned them a reputation as an unmissable band. EYESHUTIGHT combine the melodic sensibilities of Esbjorn Svensson, the rhythmic complexity and propulsion of Avishai Cohen and the joyous freedom of the Jarrett/Haden/Motian trio in a fluid, interactive and intuitive way. They are Paul Baxter – Double Bass, Johnny Tomlinson, – Piano, and Kristoffer Wright – Drums. During 2012, EYESHUTIGHT were featured on ‘Jazz On 3’, ‘The Cutting Edge’ on Jazz FM, and on The Giles Peterson Show on BBC 6 Music. They were also selected to perform on the BBC Introducing Stage at the Manchester Jazz Festival which was broadcast Jazz on 3. 2013 saw EYESHUTIGHT opened the ‘Free Thinking Festival’ at the Sage in Gateshead, which was broadcast live on Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ program. For further contact us at Hungry Bear Records.

www.eyeshutight.com bookings@hungrybearrecords.co.uk www.hungrybearrecords.co.uk www.soundcloud.com/eyeshutight www.youtube.com/user/EyesShutTightJazz


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Christmas Big Band Dance

York Theatre Royal , Exhibition Square , York, York, GB


Dances in the De Grey Rooms ballroom have been a York institution since 1842 when the Yorkshire Hussars led by Colonel Earl De Grey had the rooms built to host their regimental balls. Mr Swing’s Dance Orchestra perform all your Big Band favourites, with an hour dance class beforehand for beginners and those who would like to brush up their Ballroom skills, this is the perfect way to re-live dances of yesteryear. Welcome fizz & canapés on arrival, from our partner Hotel du Vin, York. Dance class for beginners 6.30pm – 7.30pm, £3


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Gwyneth Herbert

Derwent College, University of York , Heslington Road, York


Gwyneth Herbert is a strikingly original performer, award-winning composer and lyricist and versatile musical adventurer who continues to redefine and challenge expectations. With one foot in the jazz world and the other somewhere in the future, with pierrot-dotted eyes, polka-spotted shoes and swanny whistle in hand she may appear as whimsical as a Bonzo Dog, but writes beautiful melodies and has a poet’s grasp of the world around her. Gwyneth has released 6 albums to date on both major and independent labels, including the first Blue Note UK release for 30 years.

Funds raised will support International Service - ICS, an international development charity based in York protecting and promoting the rights of vulnerable people in Latin America, West Africa and the Middle East. International Service supports people in practical ways to understand their human rights, and put them into action, so they can change their lives for the better. The ICS volunteering scheme is a development programme that brings together 18 to 25-year-olds from all backgrounds to fight poverty in overseas and UK communities.


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Alec Dankworth World Spirit

National Centre for Early Music , Walmgate, York, York, GB


Formed out of Alec's love of music from the Iberian peninsula, World Spirit crosses the Straits of Gibraltar into Africa and beyond. His group explores melodies from Africa, South America and other continents from a jazz perspective. With tunes by Duke Ellington, Bela Flek, Antonio-Carlos Jobim, Abdullah Ibrahim and WC Handy originating from Ireland, Venezuela, Bulgaria, South Africa, Mali and Brazil, World Spirit offers an evening of global song and improvisation.


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