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Greene’s Blues

Posted: March 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Looking forward to playing a duo set with Janet Style at this years Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival on Sunday 24th July 2016, at The Rat and Ratchet, 40 Chapel Hill, Huddersfield. We’ll be playing from 3pm in the Beer Garden.

This years line up features a host of great gigs with some of the UK’s top jazz guitarists. Appearing over the weekend are UK Gypsy Jazz legend Gary Potter, Remi Harris, Alan Barnes, Jamie Taylor, Adrian Ingram, Sam Dunn, Darren Dutson-Bromley and lots more.

For more details please follow the link to visit the Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival website

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of playing with Leeds Jazz Orchestra, featuring guest soloists Ingrid Jensen and Kim Macari, at Seven Jazz in Chapel Allerton, Leeds.

Ingrid was visiting the UK playing a number of gigs on the first NorvolJazz international tour organised by Kim Macari’s “Orpheus” promotions.

Here’s a few pics from the gig along with a video of us playing “You Can’t Even Walk in The Park” from the film Shaft in Africa.

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Tour de France

Posted: July 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

  Abtuse Sextet in France 20th-25th August 2014


This August, I’ll be joining Abtuse Sextet, to play with them for a week of gigs in France.

I was recently asked to dep for their guitarist Martin Briggs for a gig with the band at Dada Bar in Sheffield. Which was great fun.

I’m looking forward to playing with the band again in France, in August. We’ll be travelling out to Vendee, in the Pays-de-la-Loire region in west-central France, on the 20th of August, for a day of rehearsal, on Thurs 21st. Then we’ll be playing 3 gigs in the region, before returning on 25th Aug.

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The band features 

Brian Whittington – Tenor sax,

Alex Celik – Trumpet, 

Andrei Celik – Keys,

Trevor Prinn – Bass,

John Settle – Drums

Becky – Vocals

Abtuse Tour Dates 2014

Fri 22 Aug : La Bonne Vie, Vendee, France

Sat 23 Aug : Cafe des Belles Fleurs, Vendee, France

Sun 24 Aug : (tbc) France


Now, where did I put my passport….

Jazz Fridays


 Starting on Friday 4th July, the Cellar Bar, Rainhall Rd, Barnoldswick will be running a regular Friday night of Jazz music. Cracking off with a duo featuring twice Grammy nominated Jazz Guitarist, Neil C. Young and Saxophonist Chris Pearson.

Upcoming Jazz Fridays

Fri 4th July 2014 : Neil C. Young & Chris Pearson (gtr & sax duo)

Fri 11th July 2014 : Helen Livsey & Neil C. Young (voc & gtr duo)

Fri 18th July 2014 : Dan Arnold (solo gtr)

Fri 25 th July2014 : The Sonny Intervals Duo (voc & gtr)

Fri 8th Aug 2014 : Dan Arnold & Steve Hemsworth Duo (gtr duo)

Fri 15th Aug 2014 : Steve Hemsworth (solo gtr)

The Cellar Bar

18-22 Rainhall Rd,


New Guitar Duo

Posted: April 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

Steve Hemsworth / Dan Arnold Duo

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 May sees the first gigs for a new duo collaboration, featuring a great young jazz guitarist, Dan Arnold. 

Dan is a fine solo jazz guitarist, and plays fingerstyle arrangements reminiscent of the late fingerstyle jazz guitar masters Lenny Breau and Ted Greene.

We’ve been working on duo arrangements for a couple of weeks, and can’t wait for our first few gigs in May. We’ll be playing a selection of classic tunes by Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker and loads more … It’s gonna be fun…

You can hear the duo :

Fri 9 May : The Cellar Bar, Barnoldswick

Fri 16 May : The Three Wise Monkeys, Todmorden

Sat 31 May : Pendle Sandwitch Bar, Colne

Sun 1st June : The Queens Hotel, Colne

Spring Stuff…

Posted: March 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

Neil C. Young Trio


Lots of exciting projects on the horizon….

In April, I’ll be playing with the band of twice Grammy nominated jazz guitarist, Neil C.Young. I’ll be standing in on bass with his trio at Zeffirelli’s in Ambleside on Sat 5th April.

I’m really looking forward to this gig, and the chance to play with Neil and the band. I’ve known Neil for a number of years, he a fine guitarist and a really nice chap. I studied under his father, Peter Young at college. Neil himself, went on to run the music course, after his father retired. Between them they are responsible for encouraging hundreds of young musicians across the North of England. Neil’s brother Richard is a great musician too, he’s a fine drummer, and also plays in the trio. I have nothing but respect for the whole Young clan, so this will be a special gig.

Can’t wait.

I’m off to learn the tunes….

For more info click here to visit Neil C. Young’s website.

Ribble Valley Jazz Festival May 1-5 2014


This year see the duo’s first appearance at this great Festival, in Clitheroe. Starting on Thurs 1st May and running until Mon 5th May. There are lots of great bands on over the weekend including Denis Rollins, Snake Davis, Marley Chingus and Gary Boyle.

We’ll be playing :

Sun 4th May  1 – 3pm

at The Emporium, Moor Lane,

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More Details, about the festival and other events over the weekend can be found here.



Leeds Jazz Orchestra

Last week saw the start of a new season with the L.J.O. I’m really happy to be back with them for a second year, and looking forward to new tunes, getting to know the new players, and more gigs….

Hope n Social

We were joined the other night, by composer/ Trumpeter, James Hamilton. We’ll be taking part in some big band arrangements, playing along side his band, Hope and Social. We’ll be joining them on stage to perform the arrangements sometime in May.

La Boheme Jazz Orchestra

This week sees the start of a new Big Band under the leadership of Colin Byrne (Leader of L.J.O.). The band will be performing every Friday at La Boheme, Cross York St, Leeds from 5.30 – 7.30pm. It’s gonna be fun 🙂 See Gig listing for details…

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The Ben Allen Quartet w/Gary Boyle

I’ve recently joined the quartet of saxophonist Ben Allen, which features my old guitar teacher, the one and only Gary Boyle. The band also features Ian Bell on Drums. I’m really excited about working with such great players. I’ll be playing bass with them, on our first gig together at No39. in Darwen this Thurs 10 Oct. 🙂


The Ben Allen Quartet at Jims Cafe 7/11/13 – l-r Gary Boyle, me, Ian Bell, Ben Allen

Looking forward to playing with the duo, at the 4th Darwen Jazz and Blues Festival. We’ll be outside Deli Carlo on Sat 10th August, from 11am-1pm  Darwen jazz festDarwen fleys

                                    Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival – Colne 23-26 August

Looking forward the duos 3rd year at the festival. We’ll be playing at Jims Acoustic Cafe at 5pm on Sat 24 August. It’s always a great audience, we can’t wait :-)

Leeds Jazz Orchestra

Posted: October 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

Had a great time playing with Leeds Jazz Orchestra this year. We’ve got one more gig in September, at Chapel Allerton Festival. Can’t wait for next year which kicks off in October.




Upcoming  Gigs w/ Leeds Jazz Orchestra  :

10 May 2013 : Heart, Headingley

2 June 2013 : Millennium Square, Leeds – 12.00

8 June 2013 : Ripon Food Festival861214_4568322295007_610902713_o

9 June 2013 : Golden Acre Park, Leeds – 2.30

22 June 2013 : Horsforth, Leeds

24 June 2013 : Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

28 June 2013 : Otley Courthouse

16 Aug 2013 : LJO Small Band : The Old Cattle Market, Skipton

1 Sept 2013 : Chapel Allerton Fest (tbc)

Photography by R.H.Rowland