The Yorkshire Post Jazz Band was formed in October 1985 by six local musicians and although sponsored by Yorkshire Post Newspapers there have never been any Yorkshire Post personnel in the band.
The band has played Jazz festivals throughout the British Isles including Edinburgh, The Isle of Man, Hexham, Marsden, Minehead, The Grand Hotel, Scarborough and Warners Alvaston Hall and Nidd Hall Hotels. For the past ten years they have appeared at the Breda Jazz Festival in Holland and in May 1996 and 1998 the trip to Holland included both the Enkhuizen and Breda festivals. Several of the band’s fans have travelled with them to these festivals.
The Yorkshire Post Jazz Band play regular engagements at Jazz clubs in the Midlands and in the north of England and carry out promotional work for Yorkshire Post Newspapers such as the Leeds Show, Leeds CAMRA Beer Festival, Harrogate Flower Show, Bramhain Horse Trials and the Yorkshire International Business Conference at Harewood House. They are also the regular pre-concert attraction at the Sunday night Jazz shows at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. In addition, the band play many private engagements including weddings, birthday parties, corporate events and anniversaries and have played for the last five years at Ilkley Carnival.
The Yorkshire Post Jazz band are now a popular and well-established part of the traditional Jazz scene both locally and throughout the country and hope to remain so for many years to come.