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Looking for something a bit hipper than the Queen’s Christmas broadcast to watch? Find the annual Yuletide soap opera miseryfest less appealing than two-day-old cold sprouts? Does the thought of a “Celebrity Britain’s Dancing on Ice Factor” festive special give you the dry boak?

Well, there’s plenty of jazz available to watch online instead.

One source I’ve recently discovered is the series of videos Steve Crocker has produced for the Seven Jazz club in Leeds: http://www.youtube.com/user/stevecrocker1. It’s got well-recorded performances from the last year or so at the club. There’s a mix of local performers and well-kent British and American faces, including Peter King, Karen Sharp with Nikki Iles, Gary Smulyan, Dave O’Higgins and Eric Alexander, John Taylor and The Impossible Gentlemen.

As a taster, here’s a performance by a young group with a couple of Scots in the line-up: trumpeter Kim Macari (it’s her band “Six for Seven”) and pianist Declan Forde, both of whom are recent graduates of Leeds College of Music’s jazz course.