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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, July 14th-20th

Quantic @ Brudenell Social Club, Wednesday 13th July

A British DJ and producer Quantic, a.k.a. Will Holland, is known for his imaginative fusion of electronic music and Afro-Latin styles, such as reggae, Cuban rumba and Colombian cumbia, among others. Although his sound is fresh and progressive, Quantic likes to wrap his tunes in retro, ’70s sound, which brings warmth and feeling of depth into his records. An excellent and accomplished artist, Quantic is surely going to bring a slightly different vibe to Brudenell Social Club.

Jazzleeds @ various venues, Thursday 19th-Tuesday 24th July

Spread across different venues in Leeds, Jazzleeds is a wonderful opportunity to listen to some of the city’s best jazz music. City centre venues such as The Wardrobe, Leeds College of Music and Millenium Square, will host jazz stars like Soweto Kinch and Greg Abate. Other artists include Nerija, Pigfoot, Ian Shaw and US saxman Greg Abate. The festival will also celebrate the work of Duke Ellington, the best-known jazz composer in the world. The 60th anniversary of his performance in Leeds will be celebrated on Sunday evening with ‘The Ellingtonians’ with music by saxophonist Alan Barnes.

Soweto Kinch @ The Wardrobe, Friday 20th July

Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting talents of the British jazz scene. He is also one of the most anticipated artists who will be performing in Leeds during the Jazzleeds festival this coming week. His crossover between jazz and hip-hop scene is nothing short of impressive, while his degree from Oxford University in Modern History adds even more flair to his already intriguing character. A Mercury Music Prize nominee and MOBO prize winner for the best jazz act, Kinch is a must-see for jazz enthusiasts and for those who might not be as familiar with the genre.

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