Meet the
Northern Line Panel

Note to artists: please do no contact panellists directly regarding your Northern Line applications, any queries should come via Jazz North –

Lucy Scott – Senior Producer, Sage Gateshead 

Lucy Scott is an established creative producer who has spent her career to date working across the UK’s cultural and music industries, programming live music, producing festivals and large-scale music events, leading world-class talent development programmes and managing a range of creative projects. She has created work for and in-partnership with Roundhouse, Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre, Glastonbury, Bestival and Latitude Festivals, Leeds Conservatoire, BBC Introducing and Jazz Re:freshed. She is Senior Producer in the Contemporary Music team at Sage Gateshead, and a proud trustee of the award-winning Manchester Jazz Festival.

whiskas (Sam Nicholls) – Director/Founder, Music Local & Music:Leeds

Samuel Nicholls or whiskas as he is mainly known in the music industry, is a Senior Lecturer in Music at Leeds Beckett University, founding the BA Music Industries Management course. He initiated the Music:Leeds project in 2017, before establishing the emerging talent programme Launchpad and building Music:Local as a vehicle to connect and support local music sectors more broadly. Previously, whiskas has run a music venue and live promotions company, founded the Dance To The Radio record label, was guitarist in the band ¡Forward, Russia! and has worked as an appointed advisor for organisations such as Yorkshire Festival, Leeds 2023 Artistic Programme, PRS Foundation and Yorkshire Sound Women Network. 

Dennis Rollins MBE – Trombonist 

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Dennis Rollins is well-known on the British and international jazz scene and is celebrated for his versatility and muscular approach on that underrated instrument, the trombone.  Born in 1964 in the Midlands to Jamaican parents, and raised in South Yorkshire, Dennis cut his teeth at the age of 14 studying and performing with The Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. After years of study, Dennis moved to London and began playing with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), and the legendary all-black jazz big band The Jazz Warriors. Over the years he has established a reputation as an artist of excellence, and has lent his unique and stylish talents to some of this country’s, and indeed the world’s, top jazz and pop personalities such as Courtney Pine, Baba Maal, Jamiroquai, US3, Brand New Heavies, and Blur. He is also a key and crowd-pleasing member of the legendary Maceo Parker’s band.

 In 2006 his jazz/funk outfit Badbone & Co won the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best Band and the following year he picked up Trombonist of the Year at both the British Jazz Awards, and the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards.

 Dennis received the 2008 Parliamentary Jazz Awards for Jazz Education.

In February of the same year he was awarded Honorary Freedom of the Borough in recognition of his successful musical career, and for his role as an inspiration to Doncaster’s musical youngsters.

As part of Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018, Dennis was honoured with an MBE for services to music.

Santana Guérout – Head of Programming, Band on the Wall

Santana was born in Paris, France, and grew up in Munich, Germany. In her early 20s, she came to Manchester on a six month work and travel trip, but fell hard for the City’s vibrant cultural offer and music scene. Deciding to make Manchester her new home, she studied Music Management at the Manchester College/University of Salford, and pursued her career in live music, starting out in tour management. 

Santana joined the programming team at Band on the Wall in 2016 and has since been involved in hundreds of incredible shows and tours at Band on the Wall and in venues across the country. 

John Doran – Co-Founder & Editor, The Quietus

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John Doran is the co-founder and editor of The Quietus website. He published the acclaimed memoir Jolly Lad, in 2015. He wrote and presented The Cult Of Aphex Twin for BBC Radio 4 which won Gold Medal for best documentary at the New York Festival Radio Awards 2019. His series, New Weird Britain, aired on Radio 4 in 2019. He is currently writing two books on music, which will be published in 2022 and 2023. He is a contributor to The Guardian, a broadcaster for the BBC and writes/presents short interview-based films for Noisey/Vice.  

Claire Umney – Editor and Producer, Jazz FM

Claire Umney is an Editor and Producer currently working at Jazz FM. She has thrown open the doors to the best musicians, DJs and selectors from around the world through her programming and has produced events at some of London’s most prestigious venues. 

Harkirit Boparai – Venue Manager and Promoter, The Crescent

Harkirit is a music promoter and venue manager at The Crescent, one of York’s last surviving music venues. He DJs across many genres from jazz to techno and is a founding member of the Jazzdance DJ collective in York, where he’s been playing and promoting gigs for ten years, across a variety of genres. He is particularly interested in music that crosses genres or challenges peoples conceptions of what genre is, as well as diversity and representation on stage. He runs the Jazz In York website, promotes events as Ouroboros, and during the pandemic was a Music Venue Trust co-ordinator for the North East of England.