Two stellar jazz talents are hitting York in November.

And for one of them, the legendary Snake Davis, it is something of a homecoming.

Now an international jazz superstar, Snake began his live music career with York band Zoot and the Roots.


He is thrilled to be back in the city – and in one of his favourite venues. He said:

  • The National Centre For Early Music has a special place in my heart. I love this venue.

    I grew up in North Yorkshire, it’s where the music all started taking shape for me. The space we perform in makes so much difference, this one is inspiring, beautiful and evokes fond memories of wonderful past concerts.

His gig is one of two that jazz lovers can enjoy at the NCEM in November. Described as the “best male jazz singer in Britain” by the Evening Standard, Cleveland Watkiss will inject some Jamaican sunshine into an autumn York evening.

For our full listings of NCEM events visit here.

3 November: It’s jazz for people who don’t like jazz!

Burden of Paradise consists of singer Helen Watson, saxophonist Snake Davis who has toured with Eurythmics, and bassist Dave Bowie. Look forward to an evening of unique interpretations from Dylan to Dowland. Don’t think you like jazz? Think again!

Snake Davis: Burden of Paradise

Sun Nov 3 @ 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
National Centre for Early Music
St Margaret's Church Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom
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28 November: The Great Jamaican Songbook

Jamaica is known for being a musical pioneer in history – ska, reggae and dub to name just a few. Cleveland Watkiss sings the songs of Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Delroy Wilson, and more, accompanied by his internationally acclaimed band.

Cleveland Watkiss

Thu Nov 28 @ 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
National Centre for Early Music
St Margaret's Church Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom
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