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Spring events at the Howard Assembly Room on sale now

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We're looking ahead to Spring with some May and June events at the Howard Assembly Room on sale now: jazz luminaries young and old, a much anticipated country/folk collaboration and the Leeds debut of the legendary Kronos Quartet.

Great British jazz musician Courtney Pine is joined by award-winning pianist Zoe Rahman for an intimate airing of works from his 16th studio album Song (The Ballad Book) on Wednesday 4 May. 

Young Hammond organ maestro Cory Henry moves out of the long shadow of his Grammy-winning jazz-funk group Snarky Puppy with his latest project The Revival, taking jazz and gospel standards as jumping-off points for playful, soulful and incandescent improvised excursions.

A friendship stretching back over half a century is celebrated with the visit of two jazz icons, South African horn player Hugh Masekela and American pianist Larry Willis

There will be more onstage chemistry and timeless songwriting on Thursday 12 May as Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones bring their debut album Little Windows to Leeds. 

Kronos Quartet make their Leeds debut with a typically wide-ranging programme, from Komitas to Philip Glass and The Who, including the world premiere of a new piece commissioned from Martin Green of Howard Assembly Room favourites Lau.

Zither player and New Age pioneer Laraaji brings Day of Radiance, his groundbreaking 1980 collaboration with Brian Eno, to the stage.

Looking ahead to June, the Nash Ensemble pays tribute to the extraordinary cultural life of Terezín with Music in the Terezín Ghetto, part of the Out of the Shadows Festival from the Performing the Jewish Archive project.

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