Puzzle Jazz Presents –

Date: Thursday, 28 September 2023
Time: 8:45 pm - 11:00 pm

A Tribute to Blue Note Records

The iconic record label has produced so much brilliant music over the years. Music from,

for example, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Joe Henderson et al. Jazz musicians just love to

get together and play this music. So we’ve put together a fantastic group of musicians, led

by bassist Baxter, who will raise the Puzzle’s roof.

Andrezj Baranek  

A swinging, edgy and inventive pianist – Baranek regularly astounds audiences and peers

a like with a commanding technique and an eclectic deep feeling for the whole of the jazz, repertoire.

Paul Baxter 

Baxter’s bass playing has everything: propulsive in ensembles and dextrous in solos. His arco

(bowing) achieves a singing, sonorous elegance that’s a real treat to listen to. 

Johnny Hunter 

Hunter has become increasingly recognised as one of the UK’s leading drummers, with both

technique and ‘feel’ much to the fore. He’s equally at home within both the Avant-Garde and

more mainstream scenes.   

Kyran Matthews

Saxophonist Matthews is an eclectic musician whose career has spanned many genres.

Taking his influence from the transcendent intensity of such seminal artists as John Coltrane,

Joe Henderson and Kenny Garrett, his playing has been described as “powerful and majestic

(The Jazz Mann), “explosive” (Jazz Views) with “thunderous lines” (Jez Nelson).

Graham South 

Trumpeter South, is a founding – and surviving – member of Beats and  Pieces Big Band,

and a composer / performer in the Vonnegut Collective. His playing and composing

contributions have become a mainstay of the vibrant Manchester music scene and well beyond.

For those who may be unsure of the public transport situations, here are some useful details.


 If you’re travelling towards Halifax / Bradford / Leeds, the last train leaves Sowerby Bridge at 00.05.

If you’re travelling up the Calder Valley, and onwards to Manchester, the last train leaves Sowerby Bridge at 23.23.

Please allow 15 minutes to walk from the pub to the station, and please check, on the day of travel, that the times have not changed, or that strike actions are being planned.


There’s a 579 bus to Halifax that leaves Station Road at 23.48, just a few minutes’ walk from the Pub, however, give yourself plenty of time, as it’s the last bus, it can be pretty sharp in setting off.

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