Please note the following:
:: there is a music charge for each event (usually between £10 - £12 per person)
:: we have a supper license, so you must eat a substantial meal if you wish to drink alcohol
Thu 1st - MUSICIAN'S XCHANGE: JULIA KAROSI
8:30PM From a musical family - her mother is a renowned opera singer, and her brother an award-winning concert organist - Hungarian-born Julia Karosi began playing piano and violin when she was just six years old. After receiving a post-graduate degree in Philosophy & Aesthetics, Julia then enrolled at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, earning a degree in jazz singing and studying privately with renowned Hungarian vocalist Gabor Winand. While at the Academy, her potential was recognised and she was chosen for their Talent-Mentor programme, also taking 2nd prize at the Jazz Combo competition organised by the Hungarian Jazz Federation in 2011. Now leading her own quartet, she has released three recordings, including the latest, “Hidden Roots” in 2014 on US/European label Dot Time Records and has worked at various prestigious venues across Europe. Blessed with a rich, full-bodied tone, her voice conveys a beguiling poignancy & warmth, whether singing lyrics in Hungarian or English or taking on the role of instrument within the arrangement itself, which is integral to her style. For her 606 debut, Julia will perform a selection of well-loved jazz standards, as well as a few of her own original songs and an Hungarian folk tune, and will be ably matched by a standout UK band featuring pianist Gabriel Latchin (Jean Toussaint, Alex Garnett), bassist Flo Moore (Ben Cox Band, Jason Rebello) & drummer Matt Fishwick (Osian Roberts, Frank Griffith). This performance is part of our ongoing Musician’s XChange programme, which has introduced a number of European-based jazz artists of outstanding quality to UK listeners.
"The real attraction is the extraordinary musicality of Julia Karosi - a resplendent voice, full of beauty and intelligence, all that and a team of superb musicians backing her." Amazon.com; "Júlia spends much of her time melismatically and with a very interesting interpolation I think will intrigue non-European listeners." AcousticMusic.com
Presented in association with Harmonia Muhely Alapitvany, the Hungarian Cultural Centre in London and the Nemzeti Kulturalis Alap.
Fri 2nd - RB FUNKESTRA CD LAUNCH FEATURING HELENA MAY-VOCALS
9:30PMThis incredible London-based 7-piece is led by Austrian bassist Stefan Redtenbacher who draws his inspiration from jazz, funk and soul. Stefan has established himself as the UK’s groove bass player of choice for many artists, with a list of musicians with whom he has worked including Steve Winwood, Sam Brown, Herb Alpert and Danny Gottlieb, while his own recordings feature “jazz/funk” legends Fred Wesley (Parliament, James Brown) and Elliot Randall (Steely Dan). The Funkestra’s name pretty accurately describes the high-energy feel of the music as this band, with its fiery two-horn frontline and slinky guitar, perform original funky grooves with an authority and style that is hard to beat. With 9 albums already to their name, tonight the band are launching their latest effort, “The Time Thief” which builds upon their patented sonic brand but raises the ante, referencing influences from old-school New Orleans blues to scale patterns reminiscent of Weather Report and enriched further by an intriguing mix of effects & filters, conjuring up memories of retro sounds from the 1960’s & 70’s. It’s a heady brew indeed and, as with their previous recordings, wonderfully showcases the raw energy and funk-driven bass riffs with which the band are now synonymous. Their shows, which always include a regular Guest Vocalist, will tonight feature the wonderful Helena May (Afro Cluster). The band is highly entertaining, with tremendous musicianship applied to some amazing music. A guaranteed good night out!
“The Governor of Bass” BBC Radio2; “…a near perfect slice of jazz-funk bass from one of Europe’s great players.” Bass Guitar Magazine; “four-minutes of pedal-to-the-floor doo-wop funk…topped off by a sultry vocal turn from Miss May which elevates the track to another level of sophisticated sass”AfterDark
9:30PM Gilad is a wonderful sax and clarinet player with a powerful sound and unique approach. His fiery, immensely fluent playing and remarkable technique have established him as one of the most talented saxophonists in world music, performing a mix of classic jazz standards and originals with an energy and enthusiasm that is hugely infectious. His most recent CDs, along with his recently published books, set him apart as one of the most original and creative artists on the scene today. Passionate about both his music and his politics, Gilad’s gigs are always stimulating both musically and intellectually. Tonight he will showcase material from his latest studio recording, “The Whistle Blower” (his eighth) which was recently released through Gilad’s own Fanfare Records. And watch out for the new documentary on Gilad, premiered recently in New York. Gilad will be ably accompanied by his extraordinary band, The Orient House Ensemble: Frank Harrison on piano, Yaron Stavi on bass and Chris Higginbottom on drums. Promises to be quite a night...
“A master…a jazz giant with a formidable international reputation”The Guardian;“Atzmon...Astonishing” Time Out
Gilad has well documented views on the Middle East conflict that may provoke and challenge the listener.
1:30PMEileen is not only a wonderful vocalist with a lovely, breathy delivery but also a highly accomplished musician, being fluent on both piano and flute. She performs a mix of jazz standards and swinging originals in an assured and fluent style, and has worked at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Regents Park Open Air Theatre and of course the 606, where she was a regular for many years (though not so much lately as she is now also Mrs. Steve Brookstein and a mum). Signed to Jive Records in 2003, just prior to the label’s acquisition by BMG, her first CD “I Miss the Sky” was finally completed and released through radio station Jazz FM in 2009, who received the album as a demo and were so impressed they decided to put it out on their own imprint, Clifford Street Records. Currently, Eileen is most often heard in a duo format with husband Steve, but this afternoon she’s making a rare appearance leading her own band for what will surely be a wonderful gig. A talented and impressive performer and one we don’t hear enough of!
“Eileen has it all…”Tina May; “This album is fantastic! Eileen not only provides an inspiring vocal performance but she is an amazing musician” Jazz FM
8:30PMAn expat Australian singer now settled in London, Lily comes with an impressive and extensive cv. The daughter of professional musicians, Lily spent her first five years touring the world before finally settling in Australia. Her debut album ‘Invitation’ received universal praise and put Lily firmly on the Australian music map. "She can belt out a song, dramatize a lyric, swing hard and earthy, flirt, sing a tender song - Lily can tell a story" ABC. In what is now an extensive and highly respected career Lily is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost vocalists, performing at major festivals and venues in Australia and around the world, including performances in the likes of New York, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong and of course London. She has shared the stage with a who’s who of world-class musicians including Oscar Castro Neves, Dale Barlow and James Morrison and includes numerous TV and Radio appearances as well as hosting her own show on Sydney’s premier jazz station ‘Eastside Radio’ for over ten years. The music tonight will be classic “Groove” orientated material with some of her own excellent groove originals and some choice jazz standards from Lily’s latest CD, “Let’s Talk About It”, all performed with Lily’s trademark powerful and charismatic vocals. Also featured tonight will be Lily’s outstanding band, including famed UK saxophonist Paul Booth and the brilliant pianist Tim Lapthorn, along with Geoff Gascoyne-bass and Rod Youngs-drums.
“Jazz and soul coexist in Lily Dior’s repertoire, and in her vocal style…. sassy, soulful, passionate and strong.” Rhythms magazine; “Lily Dior is one of Australia’s most captivating singers …wowing audiences with her electric stage presence and powerful voice…” Sydney Improvised Music Association
8:30PMBlues & New Orleans jazz or as the band likes to call it,"swamp soul". Featuring Arthur Lea, piano/vocals; Rob Updegraff, guitar; Spencer Brown, bass & Pat Levett, drums.
‘Like the blues legends he admires, Arthur Lea is not only a great singer and songwriter – he’s also a fantastic showman’ Evening Standard; ‘hard-riffing’ ‘excellent pianist’ ‘like a 21st-century Thelonious Monk’ The Guardian
Paddy is recognised as one of the leading blues singer/pianists of his generation and it's with great pleasure we welcome him back to the Club. His critically acclaimed first album '21st Century Boogie' was released in 2000, The Times calling it "impressive and original", and from this point onwards he has become a bona-fide boogie/blues maestro. Currently touring worldwide as a member of Sir Tom Jones’ band, other career highlights to date include performances with Jack Bruce, David Gilmour, Van Morrison and Phil Manzanera as well as being the recipient of the 'Best Keyboard Player' title at the 2015 British Blues Awards. With his classic blues growl of a voice and an unusually fluent and impressive piano technique his trio, "Londonola", featuring Spencer Brown on bass and Pat Levett on drums, combine the best of British musical innovation with a New Orleans Blues spirit and energy. The love of the music is palpable so expect a top class affair packed with the best of boogie/blues badness.
“The best blues piano player in Europe…” Blues Access, USA; “Milner represents a new direction in blues and jazz” Blues Free Press; “I love it…there’s a guy who can really play the piano” Dave Brubeck
8:30PM A native of Seattle, Washington, the multi-talented award-winning Aubrey Logan has been singing and playing the trombone since the age of 12. A recent graduate of Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music she has already performed or recorded with the likes of Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, Josh Groban, Linda Ronstadt, Smokey Robinson and Pharrell Williams. Currently appearing as a featured artist with Scott Bradlee’s acclaimed Postmodern Jukebox, she includes numerous performances in the US, Europe and Middle East on an impressive international schedule. But it is as a performer in her own right that she is currently making serious waves worldwide. A winner of the prestigious Jazz Voice Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Aubrey is rapidly building a reputation amongst both audiences and critics as a rising star. And not only is she an extremely impressive performer but she is also a skilled and individualistic composer, incorporating jazz, R&B, neo-soul, pop and just a touch of rock into songs that feature her remarkable vocal range and impressive jazz trombone playing. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her first album due for release in the autumn that she says will include "some favourite covers and a whole lot of original stuff". Tonight Aubrey will be showcasing her talent by performing some of the songs from the upcoming album supported by a 3-piece band of hand-picked, UK based, up-and-coming young talents: Nathan Britton (see full description, below), piano; Lorenzo Bassignani (Polly Gibbons, Benet McLean et al and co-leader, Simians of Swing), bass and fellow Berklee College of Music alum Alessandro Lombardo (Michael McDonald), drums. Should be an exciting night from this impressive newcomer to the international jazz scene.
"For 16 songs, trombone solos, joke, patter, clapping, audience leading and non-stop fun, Aubrey Logan showed that she is a superb musician, a killer performer and unquestionably LA’s Queen of Sass, Jazz, and heartbreak." Music Junkie Press; "Jazz Trombonist and vocalist Aubrey Logan proved herself to have the instrumental and vocal chops to immediately capture the crowd at SOhO...with an easy, sophisticated stage presence...she swung naturally and put everyone at ease. Her voice is a killer and she controls it beautifully." sbjazz (US)
10:00PMNATHAN BRITTONPianist Nathan is an in-demand first-call sideman playing with an array of artists, including soul legend Will Downing & singer Aydenne Simone, as well as a member of various bands, including the London Neo Soul Collective and 30 Ducks (an electronic pop, jazz & funk duo). However to add further to his gravitas, Nathan is also the house pianist and Music Supervisor at Soho venue The Piano Bar and Co-Director & Lead Composer at EC1 Studios amongst his many ventures. As happened during Aubrey’s last 606 gig, for the second set of the evening Nathan will be a joined by a number of Aubrey’s talented Special Guests for an exciting & fun-filled jam session. CLICK HERE TO BOOK
Wed 7th - MO PLEASURE BAND
8:30PM One of the greatest keyboard players and multi-instrumentalists of his generation you may not immediately recognise the name, Morris "Mo" Pleasure, but he has been at the forefront of American popular music for the last 30 years and you will certainly know his playing. A child prodigy, he began on piano at the age of 4 and by his early teens was also performing on bass, trumpet, guitar, drums and violin! After receiving a BA in Music from the University of Connecticut in the mid 80's, Mo began his professional career playing with Ray Charles before moving in to the studios as an extremely successful session musician, including work with the likes of George Duke, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Christina Aguilera, Michael McDonald, Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack, Marcus Miller and Mary J. Blige amongst many others. In 1993, he became a member of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire, ascending to become the band’s musical director from 1994-2001. He was featured playing keyboards, trumpet and guitar with Janet Jackson, played keyboards and trumpet with Boney James and is currently MD for the iconic Bette Midler. Mo was also approached by Michael Jackson to play keyboards in Jackson's touring band that was scheduled to perform in the late superstar’s historic 2009 comeback tour at London’s O2 Arena, which sadly never came to fruition. In addition to performing at worldwide jazz festivals including Montreux, North Sea, St. Lucia and Cancun, Mo has also been a featured concert pianist, performing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and for the Boston Ballet. And if all that wasn't enough he is also a renowned composer and producer. You get the idea, he's pretty special. Now splitting his time between London and the States Mo has recently been performing with other artists here at the Club on a regular basis, most notably Dan Reinstein and Freddy V (from the Average White Band). In the process he has quickly become part of our 606 musical "family", so it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome him to the Club tonight, performing here as a leader of his own band. He describes the music they will be playing as a selection of originals as well as his favourite classic funk, soul & groove songs and will feature a hand picked band of some of the finest musicians in the UK - and watch out for his Special Guests including upcoming the remarkable singer Joy Rose (Sting, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan) and drummer Mark Mondesir (John McLaughlin)! This promises to be a very special gig from a very special musician. Booking advised.
" ...Pleasure proves that jazz can still be made which is smooth yet textured, is varied and interesting and can appeal to wide range of ears...I for one cannot rate it highly enough. Superb and essential." Soul Express
9:30PMDave Lewis's robust and melodic tenor playing has been heard with a notable list of artists including John Martyn, Bryan Ferry, Joan Armatrading, John Mayall, Eric Clapton and The Blockheads. His own band features an impressive array of talent fronted by vocalist Lizzie Deane, a fabulous singer who for many years has worked with some of the finest performers around, including Carleen Anderson, Mica Paris and Jocelyn Brown. Lizzie’s warm persona and infectious performance style calls to mind the great soul divas such as Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield, but at the same time she brings her own unique energy and approach to every song, making her a fantastic addition to the line-up. With a strong emphasis on groove, improvisation and spontaneous melodic interplay, 1UP is one of the tightest, funkiest bands on the scene. They have just released a new album “Under the Same Sun”, mixed by acclaimed producer/guitarist Paul Stacey (Black Crowes, Claire Martin, Oasis), songs from which you’ll be hearing tonight. Great band, great gig this.
“...spine tingling” Guardian; “...brilliant…great music” BBC Radio London; "...It's a real treat…tight chunky grooves and very exciting and funky sax...this is an absolute breath of fresh air. Dave Lewis...sets a standard of powerful, fiery solos that will be hard to surpass this year” Blues and Soul
9:30PMMatt is a lovely, melodic, alto saxophonist who performs in the classic bebop style. One of those players who studied at Berklee College of Music in America, his impressive technique and liquid sound are testament to a fine talent, and he has worked with, among others, Ian Shaw, Peter King, Norma Winstone, Jamie Cullum and Sax Appeal, the latter with which he often performs when not leading his own groups. His writing is also superlative and this great six-piece band, boasting a three-horn front line, is quite brilliant. The music is a wonderfully engaging mix of classic jazz standards and beautifully arranged originals performed by some of the finest players on the scene. As well as Matt on sax the line up also includes fellow saxophonist Steve Main, UK trumpet star Martin Shaw, the highly regarded pianist Leon Greening and the top flight rhythm section of Tim Thornton (bass) and Matt Home (drums). A terrific jazz gig from some really exceptional players.
“Elegant and affectionately crafted… the soloing is very high class” The Guardian
SUN 11TH - XMAS HOLIDAY GOSPEL LUNCH SPECIAL - 606 GOSPEL GROUP
1:30PMUnder the auspices of bass player/guitarist Andre Gabriel we present our very own 10-piece gospel ensemble, the “606 Gospel Group”. This is a great group comprising a four-piece band accompanying a six-voice gospel choir. The choir is drawn from a pool of some of the finest gospel singers on the scene and they have been featured as part of the London Jazz Festival as well as on BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service. And with Christmas just around the corner the group has planned a special holiday repertoire, not to be missed. This is always a fun and uplifting gig and highly recommended. And don’t forget this is our family day so children are more than welcome.
8:30PMA highly experienced vocalist Michelle cut her musical teeth in The London Community Gospel Choir before moving on to work with the likes of George Michael, Annie Lennox, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. She toured the world for more than 10 years with Eric Clapton and her recent work includes performances with Will Young, Herbie Hancock, Sheryl Crow and Lenny Kravitz. A vocal coach on Pop Idol, she has also performed for President Obama at the White House. And watch out for her EP of songs, all written by herself, entitled "Little Me". She performs a fabulous set of Groove based standards and originals and is without question a brilliant singer! Accompanied by a powerhouse Soul/Funk rhythm section that includes Dimitri Dimopoulos on keyboards, Jeremiah Olaleye on bass and Stefan Brown on drums this gig is definitely highly recommended. Booking advised.
“spine-tingling...from singer…Michelle John” The Herald Scotland;“Michelle John…added some heavenly sounds to complement Clapton’s sandpaper growls” AccessAtlanta
8:30PMReg is a wonderful pianist with an absolutely brilliant voice. A charismatic musician, his trio performs a mix of jazz standards and more contemporary material in a unique style. His powerful piano playing and smooth vocal delivery (reminiscent of a cross between Stevie Wonder and the classic jazz vocalists) have created a robust demand for his talent since he was first signed to EMI Records in 1972. Reg has performed, recorded and toured with internationally-established musicians including Lenny Kravitz, Nik Kershaw, Linda Lewis, Suzi Quatro, Jimmy Witherspoon, Steve Harley, Vanessa Paradis and Art Farmer and achieved platinum-selling success with 80’s pop hitmakers The Outfield. Now resident on the East coast, this vastly experienced musician has been entrancing audiences up and down the country for many years now. This evening he will be appearing with his fabulous quartet, featuring Zak Barrett on sax, Ben Hearn on bass and Andrew Dowding, drums.
Tue 13th - DAN REINSTEIN'S 14TH ANNIVERSARY CHRISTMAS PARTY
8:30PMAmerican born but British educated, I first met Dan at the old Club when he was a medical undergraduate. Even then he was an impressive player, and after taking time off his medical studies to go to the Berklee School of Music he became even better. He returned to the USA in the early 90s where he became one of the world’s leading experts in laser eye surgery (he’s now officially Professor Reinstein). But he never stopped playing, and when he returned to London to live and work (www.londonvisionclinic.com) it was great to hear his fluent, classic hard-bop, muscular sax playing again. Tonight Dan will be inviting some friends along to help celebrate his 14th Anniversary of performing at the 606, so expect some Surprise Guests and a lot of fun! Also featured tonight will be the fluent and impressive trumpet of Shanti Jayasinha and the excellent piano playing of Tim Lapthorn.
9:30PMTony O’Malley is unquestionably one of the most charismatic vocalists working in the UK. A featured performer since the late 60s, his CV is vast and includes stints with the iconic band 10CC and his own seminal Jazz/Funk band Kokomo. His brand of jazz-tinged contemporary soul and blues is really stunning, with his fabulous, smoky, velvety growl of a voice delivering original material and some covers in his inimitable style. With eight CDs to his name including his latest, “Back at the Bag” released in the summer of 2015, Tony has established himself as one of the most original and powerful performers on the scene today, with a fan base that reaches around the world. Not surprisingly his regular band features some of the finest groove musicians around including organ maestro Ross Stanley and Tony’s latest recruit, the up-and-coming guitarist Richie Aikman. If you like contemporary R&B vocals with a touch of Jazz in the Blues Brothers style, then this is definitely for you. And it's Tony's Xmas bash tonight, so expect some surprise guests and a lot of fun!
“...the velvet gravel throated O’Malley is one of the UK’s most undersung vocal performers...the songs drenched in the deep soulful spirit that characterises everything he touches…one of the UK’s hottest properties” Jazzwise
9:30PM London-based African American jazz, soul and blues singer Bruce Lester Johnson was born in Starkville, Mississippi and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. Heavily influenced by his father's love of classic Soul and R&B, music and singing were always a part of Bruce's life. However, he started his career with a 7 year period in the US Marine Corps before ending his enlistment whilst stationed in Paris. Finding himself in a city full of music and nightlife he made the decision to make singing his full time profession and has, as they say, never looked back. He began to showcase his talent in various venues around Paris and it wasn't long before this charismatic, six foot four inch, singer with the effortlessly soulful bass baritone voice was being noticed for his unique sound and style, and his popularity soon began to grow. With his reputation on the rise he branched out and formed his own funk band that was to go on and win the Jack Daniel’s music competition in Bordeaux, judged by the late, great Nina Simone. This gave him the opportunity to record his first single and went a good way to cementing his reputation in Paris. His next move came when he joined the band of legendary blues bassist Big Joe Turner (BB King, Albert King), which gave Bruce a chance to tour the world and at the same time hone his Blues vocal skills. Collaborating with the pianist from that band Bruce produced his first CD "That's The Deal Baby" in 2010 which was a contemporary take on old school blues and soul. Returning to Paris, Bruce continued to work in prestigious venues with established French musicians, before eventually ending up on the French version of "The Voice". It was this appearance that led to his being asked to join one of France's leading "Rat Pack" ensembles, Forever Gentlemen, with whom he has appeared on two CD's, the first, released in October 2013, going triple platinum and the second CD “Forever Gentlemen 2” being released in October 2014 to considerable acclaim. These days a vastly experienced performer with an eclectic style Bruce includes work at numerous prestigious festivals and venues such at the Montreux Jazz festival and the Royal Albert Hall on a wide and impressive CV. And if all that wasn't enough Bruce is also a well established actor with over 20 film and TV roles to his name. Now resident in London it's with great pleasure that we welcome this fine artist to the Club for his second show this year to perform what Bruce tells us will be a set of "jazz and blues tunes with a touch of bossa nova", which coming from a man who has played Funk for Nina Simone, toured the world as a blues singer and gone triple platinum singing jazz standards makes sense! Accompanied by some of the UK's finest musicians, including Mike Gorman-piano, Reuben Fowler-trumpet, Adam King-bass and Matt Home-drums along with the magnificent sax of Ed Jones, this promises to be quite a gig. Booking advised.
"His voice puts me in mind of ...great vocalists such as Lou Rawls" Blues Matters; "... up front, with an intoxicating smile seducing you like the Sirens once did Odysseus, is Johnson… There's something you can't quite place your finger on when it comes to this vocalist. He's like an exotic butterfly you've captured and don't know where it comes from or what it will become tomorrow" Athens News
SUN 18TH - XMAS GOSPEL LUNCHTIME SPECIAL WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE KINGDOM CHOIR DIRECTED BY KAREN GIBSON
1:30PMThis month our Special Guest is one of the great UK Gospel choirs, the 12 voice Kingdom Choir. Led by renowned choir director and tutor, Karen Gibson, the Kingdom Choir is one of Europe's leading exponents of traditional and contemporary gospel music. The Choir has appeared at many prestigious venues including the Millennium Dome, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Albert Hall, and includes the likes of Luther Vandross, The Spice Girls and, Elton John amongst the many artists they have performed with. In 2005 they released a recording "Smile! It's a Brand New Day" which has been universally well received and all proceeds from which go directly to Christian Aid.
8:30PM We welcome Purdy back to the Club once again with what promises to be yet another fantastic night of masterful pop/jazz-influenced originals, with a smattering of standards thrown in for good measure. This outstanding singer oozes charisma, which combined with her sultry style and surefooted vocal delivery makes for a masterful evening of highly accessible music. With influences ranging from Nina Simone to Nancy Sinatra, her vocal prowess is stunning and her live performances demonstrate a strong connection with any audience lucky enough to see her live. She has impressed at a number of major events recently, including a 90,000 strong crowd at Wembley Stadium, Formula One events around Europe, The London Lifestyle Awards 2016 and has been on tour supporting Jools Holland. Her 2015 album “Diamond in the Dust” affirmed her as a significant solo artist, and the word on the street is that her upcoming EP “Both Sides of the Clown” (which we’ll be hearing songs from tonight) will continue that upward momentum. The music is a mix of originals and some covers and is at the singer/songwriter end of the musical spectrum. The night wouldn't be complete without her brilliant supporting band, featuring the talents of Tim Sentance on piano, Jamie McCredie on guitar and a rhythm section of Tom Moore on bass and Dan Western on drums. Worth booking for this one.
"Great character, unique voice, a true artist" Alan McGee, Creation Records; "So slinky, it shouldn't be allowed" BBC 6 Music
8:30PMOver the last 30 years Frank Tontoh has established himself as a drummer of considerable versatility and accomplishment, playing in a wide variety of high profile settings that have cemented his enviable reputation as one of the finest players around. It’s fair to say that Frank was born in to the music business, his father Mac Tontoh being one of the founding members of the iconic highlife band Osibisa. Frank himself began his musical studies at MIT in Los Angeles before completing a degree in composition and arranging at Trinity College of Music, London along with old school friend Courtney Pine. In 1982 Frank went out on the road with Osibisa, touring worldwide with the band for almost 4 years. On returning to London in 1986, along with Courtney, he formed the first of the major bands he was to be associated with, the Jazz Warriors, before moving on to his own highly regarded band Desperately Seeking Fusion. It wasn’t long before news of this enormously talented musician working the London scene got out and he was soon first call for numerous high profile artists, both recording and live. Since then he has established himself as a major player, the list of bands and artists that he has appeared with over the years reading like a who’s who of contemporary music, including the likes of Craig David, Tanita Tikaram, Aztec Camera, Jason Donovan, Al Green, Level 42, George Michael, Gary Barlow, Paul Young, Des’ree, Lewis Taylor, Damage, Andrew Roachford, Mis-teeq and Gabrielle. He recorded and toured with the late Amy Winehouse (“Back to Black” tour) and to demonstrate his versatility and the respect with which his playing is held he has also worked with the likes of musicians such as Jack Bruce, Ernest Ranglin, Matt Bianco, Alex Wilson and Percy Sledge. You get the idea, he’s very good! The musicians supporting Frank tonight, as you would expect from someone with his longevity on the scene, are simply outstanding. Noted soul singer & multi-instrumentalist Lex Cameron (Roachford, Leon Ware & Music Director for Omar) will be contributing to the evening (along with another Guest Vocalist to be announced), as well as some of the finest soul and funk players in the business, including Brian Henry-keyboards, Richie Aikman-guitar and Neville Malcolm-bass. And if Frank’s previous gigs here are anything to go by, you can expect plenty of amazing Surprise Guests to join him on the stand. This promises to be another brilliant evening of powerful soul and funk grooves -booking strongly advised!
“...joyous…buoyant rhythms…Tontoh’s sensitive drumming is full of delightful small details...consistently excellent” The JazzMann; “…exciting” Time Out
Tue 20th - "THE BOATERS PROJECT" FEATURING JACQUI HICKS
8:30PMTake four great 606 Club regulars, a collection of classic songs from their favourite artists, add some jazz and soul grooves and you have..."The Boaters Project". Showcasing the sensational voice of Shakatak’s Jacqui Hicks along with former Jamiroquai keyboard player Simon Carter, ace session musician Phil Mulford on bass and original Cutting Crew drummer Frosty Beedle this is a band that delivers new twists on soul classics and reworked jazz standards in real style. Born out of a regular gig in Kingston (London, not Jamaica!), this band have actually been playing together for more than 10 years, but it was only when they decided to record an album that they suddenly realised they had something they could actually take "on the road". And so not only was the album, "The Boaters Project", released to some serious critical acclaim but at the same time a gigging Band was created! And what a band, whose combined cv's include work with the likes of Lionel Ritchie, Matt Bianco, Beyonce, Jamiroquai, Craig David, 10CC, Corinne Bailey Rae, Ronny Jordan, Annie Lennox, Ronan Keating, Westlife, Beverley Knight, Take That, Will Young, The Bee Gees and Gloria Gaynor. The music, which encompasses work from the likes of Chaka Khan, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder and James Taylor, is beautifully crafted and quite wonderfully performed. This is a terrific band (and album!) performed by some of our favourite musicians and highly recommended.
"Jacqui Hicks...a singer of warmth, poise and intelligence whose smoky voice is a pleasure to listen to." Yorkshire Post
8:30PMWayne is one of those fantastic singers who has been using his considerable talents for many years to make others sound good. Hugely successful within the music business he has worked with Tina Turner, Tori Amos, Blur, Grover Washington, Roberta Flack and Madonna. He has also toured extensively with Kool and the Gang, Regina Bell and most recently Billy Ocean, and is one of the singers with the band Gorillaz (oh, that guy!). With an Afro-Cuban heritage that includes work to this day with the London Community Gospel Choir, along with living in New York for a number of years, Wayne describes his music as “…a living fusion of music styles from the Black music scene”. Also a well-established songwriter and producer, this multi-talented artist delivers a simply brilliant set of powerful groove music with an impressive eight-piece band of hand-picked musicians, including guitar, sax and backing vocals, that define the word “soul”.
“...it was clear that Wayne had a very special talent, his voice, it was simply breathtaking” Livemusic.fm
8:30PMLiverpudlian Tommy Blaize is a fantastic, charismatic singer/keyboardist who is widely admired and respected throughout the music business. Although for many years an unseen figure behind the scenes, his voice is familiar to millions from work with the likes of Tina Turner, Craig David, Gary Barlow, Marti Pellow and Lulu and from TV ads such as Coca Cola, Levis, and British Airways. Considered one of the most in-demand session singers on the scene, he has been featured on numerous film and TV soundtracks and has been heard here at the Club with Madeline Bell. However, more recently Tommy has been finally achieving some hugely deserved recognition as a brilliant singer in his own right after his appearances as one of the house vocalists on BBC TV’s hit show Strictly Come Dancing (oh, that singer!). A great guy and a fantastic performer it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome Tommy to the Club this evening with his own amazing band, featuring fellow “Strictly” band members Dave Arch-piano, Trevor Barry-bass, Andy Caine-guitar/vocals, Paul Dunne-guitar and Ian Thomas-drums playing a selection of classic Groove and R&B standards with the odd jazz tune thrown in. Tommy and the Band will be featuring music from their first album “Don’t Ya Love Life”, so expect plenty of fireworks and some very Special Surprise Guests. With several hundred years experience between them this brilliant gig from the Tommy Blaize Band is an absolute must – trust me!
Fri 23rd - Christmas jam featuring samara WITH SPECIAL GUEST TRUDY KERR
9:30PM Well, Xmas is almost upon us, and at this time of the year we really get in to the spirit of it all! This is the last night for us before we close for the holidays and we traditionally invite all the musicians who have performed at the Club through the year to come down for a jam. The band featured tonight is Club boss Steve Rubie’s group Samara, a six-piece jazz/Latin group, and suffice it to say we think the guys in the band are just great! The pianist, Neil Angilley works with Vanessa Mae, Shirley Bassey and “Down to the Bone”, Dill Katz, the bass player, is visiting professor at the Guildhall and Nic France the drummer, has worked with just about everyone, including Dave Gilmore (Pink Floyd) and Bill Withers. And watch out for our Special Guest vocalist, Trudy Kerr, who is renowned as one of the UK’s top jazz musicians, regularly selling out shows at prestigious venues and festivals around Europe and her native Australia. The music is an infectious blend of Brazilian Samba, jazz/Latin and soul and we usually take the tables out for the last set, so bring your dancing shoes and prepare to have a great time!
“Cracking Latin-jazz quintet led by 606 proprietor Steve Rubie on flute and alto saxophone…explores these Latin jazz classics in great rhythmic style” Time Out; “Trudy Kerr has moved to the front rank of UK singers” Musician Magazine