Jazz Preview: Cool music can't save jazz fans from worst of the weather

The winter continues to take a dismal toll on jazz in Yorkshire. After last week's cancellation of New Year festivities at Wakefield Jazz, a similar fate has befallen Scott Hamilton's appearance at Boston Spa tomorrow night.

The concert by the American tenor saxophonist was prospectively the highlight of the season at Jazz in the Spa but with forecasts predicting no improvement in the weather the organisers decided to call it off.

"It's the first time in 22 years we've been forced to cancel a gig, but after being badly affected in recent weeks we felt we had no choice ," said club spokesman Tim Mallinson.

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"The forecasts are so bad we have also cancelled next week's show by Tipitina. We intend to resume on January 30 with the Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra."

Meanwhile, Wakefield's problems continue. The club was to have resumed tonight with alto saxophonist Jason Yarde and pianist Andrew McCormack, plus Trio Wah! , but once again the weather has intervened.

Said promoter Chris de Saram: "We are sorry to have to cancel two weeks in a row but I can promise that whatever happens the Gareth Williams Power Trio will appear next week."

On a happier note, Sheffield Jazz is confident about opening its impressive New Year programme at the Millennium Hall tonight with Jim Mullen's organ group.

Simon Spillett appears next Friday with the season continuing until May with acts including the Alyn Cosker Trio, Empirical and Pete Churchill's Trio.