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Lancaster Jazz Scene

Age Range: under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult

Lancaster Jazz Scene aims to create spaces to play, enjoy and listen to jazz music in Lancaster.

We are proud to collaborate with the Jazz Scene who put on a range of regular gigs in the centre upstairs in the intimate Olive Bar.

Next gig: Richard Iles and Les Chisnall – 24.03.24

Lancaster Jazz Scene present two musicians of the highest quality who form part of the beating heart of jazz in the North West and beyond.

Richard and Les have been playing together for over 30 years working in various group settings and the last 10 years as a duo. They enjoy playing a wide variety of jazz from the standard repertoire to their own original music which is steeped in the jazz tradition. The Olive Bar  is going to be the perfect setting to experience their intimate and engaging music, full of twists and turns, swinging and soulful.

Richard Iles is a jazz trumpeter, composer and educator based in the North West. After leaving the Leeds College of Music in 1980 Richard became a founding member of the Creative Jazz Orchestra performing with Kenny Wheeler, Mike Gibbs, Vince Mendoza, Peter Erskine, and Bill Frisell as well as being a member of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra working with John Scofield and Gary Burton amongst others. Formerly principal lecturer in jazz at Leeds Conservatoire he now teaches at Chethams School of Music.

Les Chisnall is a jazz pianist and has worked with some of the world’s finest jazz musicians, including Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Mike Walker and Ian Bellamy to name but a few. As a composer Les has written for orchestra, piano, organ and choir. Parallel to his playing career Les teaches at Chethams School of Music and LIPA and gives masterclasses at RNCM.

If you would like to reserve a space send an email with your name and arrive by 18:45 on the night so we can cross you off the list:


Events always start at 6,3opm and take place in the Olive Bar.

  • Sun 12th May
  • Sun 23rd June
  • Sun 27th October
  • Sunday 1st December
  • Sunday 23rd February 2025
  • Sunday 23rd March 2025