Gig Details

Friday 16 March. 20:00 – 22:30.

At Crookes Social Club

Full £15, Concessions £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 18 year olds £3, Under 15s Free. Advance tickets from

Yazz Ahmed: trumpet/ flugelhorn; George Crowley: bass clarinet; Ralph Wyld: vibraphone; Naadia Sheriff: piano; Dudley Phillips: bass; Martin France: drums; Corrina Silvester: percussion

 Tipped as a rising star by New York Times, Jazzwise and Time Out magazines, Yazz Ahmed’s 2017 album “La Saboteuse” has been widely judged to be UK jazz album of the year, blending western and Middle Eastern influences.  Also included in her very talented band are the exceptional George Crowley (sax) and Ralph Wyld (vibes). Expect undulating rhythms and melody resonant with the sounds and sensations of the Middle East, and sonorous trumpet lines.


Since releasing Finding My Way Home in 2011, British-Bahraini trumpet player, Yazz Ahmed, has emerged as a distinctive voice on the UK Jazz scene, both as a soloist and composer. Her latest album, La Saboteuse, is a deep exploration of her mixed heritage and her growing interest in sound design and electronic effects. The album has been described as ‘intoxicating, compelling and sonically outstanding’, and transforming what jazz means in the 21st century.

In recent years she has led her ensembles in concerts around the UK and abroad, including Kuwait, Ukraine, Algeria, Berlin Jazz Festival, Paris and at the Bahrain International Music Festival in 2016.

Yazz has also recorded and performed with Radiohead, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, ABC, Swing Out Sister, Joan as Police Woman, Amel Zen, Transglobal Underground and has toured the world with art-rock band, These New Puritans, as a soloist and member of their septet and quintet. She has also played alongside Toshiko Akiyoshi, Steve Williamson, Troyk-estra, Jazz Jamaica, and Arun Ghosh.

Tonight’s performance features Yazz’s Hafla Band playing music from La Saboteuse as well as movements from her Birmingham Jazzlines Fellowship piece, Alhaan Al Siduri, inspired by Bahraini folk music, and segments from her Polyhymnia suite which she is currently recording with support from the PRS Foundation.

“Yazz Ahmed’s atmospheres are lush, inventive, enticing and an impressive, progressive distillation of her many influences. In short – spellbinding.”…Adrian Pallant

“Ahmed’s playing seemed flawless and her tone mellifluous.”… Patrick Hadfield, London Jazz News

“Ahmed has a true tone and spins long lines over complex, self-penned structures.”… Mike Hobart, Financial Times

“Yazz Ahmed has been making serious waves in the Jazz world..” …Sound & Silence Magazine

“..Yazz Ahmed is part of a glimmering new constellation in the jazz firmament.” …The Music Site

Yazz’s transformation of this into a unique blend of psychedelic Arabic jazz is intoxicating, compelling and sonically outstanding.” … Theallseeingeye

“Even if you’re not familiar or terribly interested in jazz, Ahmed’s music deserves your attention, and she’ll most likely make you second guess your thoughts on jazz.” … Headphone Nation

“its potent mix of post-bop lyricism and modern fusion soundscaping makes connections with both head and heart.”… Dave Sumner, Bandcamp