Please note the following:
:: there is a music charge for each event (usually between £8 - £12 per person)
:: we have a supper license, so you must eat a substantial meal if you wish to drink alcohol
MONDAY 1st - SUGAR KINGS QUARTET
8:30PM If you're a fan of Latin music (and even if you're not!) you will probably know that the 10 piece Latin band The Sugar Kings, led by the brilliant Cuban percussionist Flavio Correa, is unquestionably one of the finest, and most authentic, Salsa/Son groups in Europe. However, you may not know that they also have a smaller cousin, The Sugar Kings Quartet. Also led by Flav this version features just four of the band but is still one of the most dynamic and exciting Latin groups to play here at the Club. Flav's description of the band really does sum it up best: "From the gambling dens of pre-revolution Havana, where the sweet smell of cigars hung thick in the air and the aged rum flowed, "The Sugar Kings" Cuban quartet present traditional Son, vintage mambo and Cha Cha Cha…with vocal harmonies and much frivolity..."! The Sugar Kings quartet are: Flavio Correa (Percussion), Elpidio Alegria (Baby Bass), David Oliver (piano) and Victor Hechavarria (Trumpet). A rare chance to hear this particular line up at the Club, definitely one for the diaries.
“Latin and Cuban sounds from this authentic...band that bring their exultant vocals to the heart of Chelsea.” Time Out
8:30PM An assured and versatile pianist David is one of the few professional jazz musicians who is also a well-established classical performer. An accomplished harpsichordist as well as pianist, David includes work with the likes of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and has toured Europe and South America with the European Baroque Orchestra. An award-winning jazz and classical composer, he has had works performed on BBC Radio 3 as well as performances at the Cheltenham Festival and QEH. As a jazz pianist he has led his own trio since 1995, currently featuring Paul Cavaciuti on drums and Jonty Fisher on bass, with a repertoire that focuses on original compositions by the band, but also includes material as diverse as folk music from Venezuela, East European dance music and Celtic-tinged melodies. Tonight, David and the trio will be bringing their latest fascinating project, “Alexander Scriabin's Ragtime Band” to the Club. Over to David for a description: “1915: the world in turmoil. In New Orleans, Jelly Roll Morton's experimentation with ragtime and blues signals the dawn of a new creation: jazz! In New York, Russian émigré Irving Berlin is churning out hit after hit; In Paris, Debussy experiments with syncopation and jazz harmony; In Moscow, the death of the great Russian piano-poet, composer and mystic Alexander Scriabin. Bringing these disparate musical strands together the Trio create an amazing tapestry of music from this time: boogie-woogie, tango and Brazilian choro rub shoulders with the eponymous rag, with interpretations of Scriabin's miniatures seen through the prism of popular music of the time, getting the makeover to end all makeovers”. The whole thing sounds quite remarkable and has now been captured on CD, the release of which will be a feature of this evening’s performance. This promises to be a unique, thoughtful and inventive gig and absolutely not to be missed.
“Gordon...a richly gifted player with a sparkling style and boundless imagination!” Independent on Sunday; “Outstanding” Crescendo Magazine
8:30PM One of Europe's leading male jazz vocalists, award-winning Hungarian singer Gabor Winand has been at the forefront of the European modern jazz movement for almost 30 years. As well as vocals Gabor is also an experienced and fluent clarinet, sax and flute player, but it is his singing which has established him as one of Hungary's finest jazz musicians. His unique and captivating style has been a constant presence on the international jazz scene, seeing performances by Gabor at Clubs and Festivals around the world. He has worked with the likes of Al Jarreau and the French magazine Jazzman awarded his solo album, "Corners of My Mind" the “Choc de l’année” prize, naming it one of the outstanding albums of the year. As well as a performer Gabor is also a well established educator, holding teaching seminars not only in his home country of Hungary but also around Europe. These days he can be found performing with his own quartet, in duo with the iconic Hungarian pianist Béla Szakcsi Lakatos as well as singing and playing flute and sax in the Latin band of his wife, the Cuban singer Elsa Valle. Appearing with Gabor tonight will be the brilliant UK rhythm section of Tim Lapthorn-piano, Arnie Somogyi-bass and Martin France-drums.
“…effective at singing in this type of relaxed intimate setting” AllMusic
Presented in association with the Budapest Jazz Club and the Harmónia Muhely Alapítvány with the support of the Hungarian Cultural Centre of London.
Thursday 4tH - **CHARITY NIGHT** - IAN SHAW, SARAH GILLESPIE, SARAH-JANE MORRIS, DAVID TUGHAN & CLAIRE MARTIN
8:30PMSome of the UK's leading jazz artists are joining forces for this very special concert in aid of Side by Side Refugees, a non-political NGO providing humanitarian relief to those living in refugee camps in Calais and Dunkirk. Expect an eclectic mix of soulful blues, jazz standards, lyrical folk and musical virtuosity from award-winning, critically acclaimed artists performing intimate stripped down sets with proceeds going to Side by Side. A unique night of amazing music and fantastic raffle prizes for a much needed cause.
IAN SHAW, a regular volunteer at the camps and one of the driving forces behind this evening’s event,is a record producer, broadcaster, raconteur, pianist oh and one of Europe’s finest male jazz vocalists. Named Best Vocalist of the Year twice(!) at the BBC Jazz Awards, multi-award-winning Ian Shaw is a huge talent with the most engaging personality and an ability to make every song his own. Described as “the voice of the decade” it is not by chance that he was the first British Jazz vocalist to be signed to American label, Milestone, which resulted in a number of highly acclaimed US recordings.“One of the scene's class acts”The Guardian; “…our finest Jazz singer” Time Out. ianshaw.biz
SARAH GILLESPIE, the other chief organiser behind this evening’s event, is a unique and creative musical force whose style has been described by Rock’n’Reel as “a bracingly eclectic mix of Beat poetry with jazz, folk and Middle Eastern elements”. Her terrific lyrics reflect her passion for politics and the music is witty, poignant, quirky and swinging. Hailed as one of the major singer-songwriters on the British scene she has toured extensively in the UK and Europe performing at festivals, theatres, arts centres and headlining at major venues, and has also appeared live on both BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’ and ‘Start the Week’ as well as BBC London 94.9’s ‘Simon Lederman’ show. “…an incandescent new presence who matches her imposing delivery with superior lyrics” Guardian; “Haunting tunes and striking lyrics … yearningly pretty and bitter sweet.” The Independent. sarahgillespie.com
CLAIRE MARTIN is one of the finest jazz vocalists to have come from this country in the last thirty years. Variously described as “…the outstanding voice of her generation” and “a born musician” this award-winning, internationally acclaimed artist has no less than four British Jazz Awards, 17 albums (including numerous “Best Album” choices), and, with her husky, perfectly controlled voice, flawless time and impeccable taste she never fails to impress. “Claire Martin....a meticulous blend of brilliant material and flawless craftsmanship” New York Observer. clairemartinjazz.co.uk
SARAH JANE MORRIS Sarah Jane’s enviable career spans from early 80s, politically active bands The Republic, Happy End and the Communards through to her current international success as a singer/songwriter of undeniable stature. To give just some idea of her breadth and creativity, concert highlights have included a Swing Ladies concert with Chaka Khan and Montserrat Caballé, a performance in front of 10,000 fans in Athens, a European Tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, numerous sell-out weeks at Ronnie Scott's and the “What Women Want” concert with Sinead O'Connor and Chrissie Hynde at the Royal Festival Hall. “A voice that can excite shivers of passion and delight … Soaring, swooping, sensual and sophisticated, this voice is more than a style, it’s a force of nature” Observer; “Sarah Jane Morris....mesmeric” Guardian. sarahjanemorris.co.uk
The night will also feature special guest DAVID TUGHAN, a swinging, Big Band singer in the Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin mould who has worked with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), the Skelton Skinner Allstar Big Band and the Grammy-nominated John Wilson and his Orchestra. His debut CD “Just in Time” was the Guardian’s CD of the Week and his second record, “Builder’s Brew” featured the Jim Mullen Organ Trio. “The spirit of Sinatra”The Times.davidtughan.co.uk/
9:30PM 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 guitarists Neil Hubbard (Kokomo) and Adam Phillips (Hamish Stuart, Tina Turner). If you like contemporary R&B vocals with a touch of Jazz in the Blues Brothers style, then this is definitely for you.
“...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 Julian has established himself as one of the most versatile clarinet and sax players around. His award-winning clarinet playing in particular is widely recognised as some of the finest in Europe, and with his contemporary approach he has demonstrated that this most traditional of instruments can be successfully deployed in a modern context. Widely respected on the UK scene he includes work with the likes of John Dankworth & Cleo Laine, Peanuts Hucko, Wild Bill Davidson, Jim Mullen and Digby Fairweather. As well as performing Julian has also written over 30 TV jingles and documentary film scores and was taken to Paris to arrange and conduct a Big Band album for Charles Aznavour. The band itself features the wonderful piano playing of Leon Greening along with the sophisticated guitarof Dominic Ashworth and the dynamic line up is augmented by one of the country’s finest singers, Jacqui Hicks. Performing a combination of excellent funky original material as well as classic Jazz standards this is without question a classy gig.
“Julian Marc Stringle is the best Clarinet player to emerge in British Jazz in several decades” John Dankworth CBE
"Jacqui Hicks is…one of the most soulful singers in Britain” MU Magazine
1:30PM Italian vocalist Irene Serra is a charismatic performer with a beautiful vocal style and assured stage presence. She sings a great repertoire of jazz, blues, bossa nova, gospel and soul (leading her own gigs or with her parallel project, the band “-ISQ”) and can be regularly seen in venues in and around London, including the Barbican (with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra), Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express, Union Chapel & King’s Place. A thoughtful and intelligent musician she started studying jazz at the age of 16 at the Academy of Music in Milan and moved to London in 1999 to complete a BA in Performing Arts at the University of Surrey, going on to study at Goldsmiths College and then completing a Masters in Music Performance at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama. Her poised performances have already earned her much critical acclaim: she was one of the semi-finalists in The Brussels International Young Jazz Singer competition in 2008 and was a finalist at the Shure Montreux Jazz Competition in 2009. Highly recommended. And don’t forget this is our family gig so children are more than welcome.
“…a charming Italian, singing American popular songs with superb diction and a big voice….A wonderful afternoon's music, and so unexpected…” Ted Gascoigne-Big Band World “Serra’s voice is graceful and sensual…the sound is beautiful and melancholy” All About Jazz
8:30PM A terrific singer in the Soul/R&B tradition, Imaani’s CV is long and impressive. She first came to prominence as the UK’s 1998 entrant to the Eurovision Song contest (one of the better choices!) where she was runner up, and went on to produce a highly successful single that charted around the world. She then moved on to work with Dub Conspiracy (with whom she again charted). Her worldwide tours, television, live and recorded output includes work with the likes of Gloria Gaynor, Carleen Anderson, Michael Bolton, Lulu and Beverley Knight. She was until recently the lead singer with the iconic band “Incognito”, with whom she has had a long association, and she continues to perform with them whenever “motherhood” duties allow. Her band, not surprisingly, is full of some of the best “Groove” players on the scene, including guitarist Emlyn Francis, keyboardist Carl Hudson and her two wonderful backing singers Jono McNeil and Yvonne Park. Her long anticipated debut album "Standing Tall" was realised at the end of 2014 to considerable acclaim and you can expect to hear a number of originals from that album as well as some classic soul and R&B tunes. A powerful and charismatic vocalist this is a wonderful opportunity to hear this enormously experienced and highly regarded singer perform with her fantastic band here at the Club.
“The magnificent vocals of Imaani, who weaves her magic over a backdrop of funk guitar and old-school synths”DJ Times
“Imaani’s beautiful vocals are the standout element” JjazzproJect
Monday 8th - WHIRLWIND RECORDINGS SHOWCASE - THE PATRICK CORNELIUS OCTET
8:30PM Dubbed the "new label of the moment" (BBC Radio 2) Whirlwind Recordings was established in 2010 by US expat bass player/composer and producer Michael Janisch, who initially created the label to record and promote his debut solo album “Purpose Built”. Since then the label has grown considerably, releasing an eclectic catalogue of adventurous music that spans genres but with an emphasis on improvisation, with artists on the label ranging from established masters to undiscovered stars in the making. Tonight will be the third in a series of monthly "showcases" of artists featured on the label, including the appearance of "Special Guests" from the UK and beyond. Curated by Michael (a very old friend of the Club) this promises to be an exciting and unique opportunity to hear some of the finest musicians working in the UK in a mix of established and more informal musical settings. Tonight Michael has put together an international band that features the brilliant multi-award winning US saxophonist Patrick Cornelius. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston, the Manhattan School of Music and the world famous Juilliard School of Music, Patrick Cornelius has been making waves on the New York scene as a performer of real talent since the release of his 2006 album “Lucid Dream”. In 2005 he won the first of three consecutive ASCAP Young Composer Awards, in 2011 he was identified in the Players section of DownBeat as a rising young talent on the scene and the following year he was awarded a New Jazz Works Commission by Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation. A fluent and highly creative player his four albums, including his last recording “Infinite Blue” on Whirlwind Records, have showcased his accomplished writing and potent alto sax playing. Patrick has appeared as visiting artists in residence or guest lecturer at many international institutions, including London’s Royal Academy of Music, St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, The Centro Culturale in Costa Rica, Hull University in the UK, The University of North Carolina, and Snow College in Utah. He is currently professor of saxophone at Hunter College in New York City, music faculty at The United Nations School, and teaches at Carl Allen’s New York Jazz Symposium. Tonight Patrick presents the UK premiere of "While We're Still Young," his suite for octet with songs inspired by the children's poetry of A.A. Milne, performed by a remarkable Anglo-American 8 piece band that features fellow American Nick Vayenas on trombone along with Andre Canniere-trumpet, Alex Garnett-sax/clarinet, Phil Robson-guitar, Steve Hamilton-piano, Andrew Bain-drums and Michael Janisch-bass. Highly recommended.
“Cornelius manages to operate in the modern mainstream while avoiding cliché, honing a subtle but distinctive style with his frequently restrained, artfully unpredictable phrasing on alto sax." eMusic; “a bold and gifted sax player" All About Jazz “dynamic" Guardian
8:00PMDAN REINSTEIN American 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 more remarkable. 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 it was great to hear his fluent, classic hard-bop, muscular sax playing again. Also featured tonight will be Shanti Jayasinha on trumpet and Tim Lapthorn on piano.
9:45PMDILL KATZ is appearing later with his regular quartet, playing the more contemporary side of the spectrum. Dill, frequently referred to as a “bass legend”, is one of the most experienced players on the scene today, having pioneered the use of the fretless bass in the mid-sixties, and whose work includes stints with Ian Carr’s “Nucleus”, Barbara Thompson’s band “Paraphernalia” and Afro/Jazz band “District Six”. This gig also features the excellent guitar playing of Leon Stenning.
“Superior jazz-rock quartet led by ex-Nucleus electric bassist Katz” Time Out
Wednesday 10th - **CD LAUNCH**: STEVE FISHWICK SEXTET
8:30PM Widely considered to be one of the UK's leading jazz performers, internationally renowned award-winning trumpeter Steve Fishwick won the 2002 British Jazz Awards 'Rising Star' prize, and has appeared with many of the UK's finest jazz musicians including Sir John Dankworth, the BBC Big Band and Peter King plus numerous leading international jazz musicians such as Ron Carter, Jimmy Heath, Peter Erskine, Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, Richie Cole, Bob Cranshaw and Ronnie Cuber. He was featured on iconic US vocalist Anita O'Day's final recording “Indestructible!” and has also appeared with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Jools Holland and Jamie Cullum. He has released six CDs on the Hard Bop Record label and has performed all over Europe (France, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Estonia, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Spain and Ireland) and in New York on numerous occasions. Steve is also a distinguished jazz educator, being the principal lecturer of jazz trumpet at Leeds College of Music as well as being on the teaching faculty at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and London City University. Tonight Steve will be bringing in his sextet to launch his latest CD "In the Empire State"which was recorded in New York while Steve was performing there. Another Anglo-American collaboration (see Mon 8th) this gig also features three great US musicians, baritone player Frank Basile (Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Jimmy Heath, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano), pianist Jeb Patton (Heath Brothers, Antonio Hart, Jackie McLean) and bass player Mike Karn (Vanguard Jazz Orchestra) as well as two other terrific UK musicians, Osian Roberts on sax and Matt Fishwick on drums (along with Steve himself).
"I can't think of another trumpet player that can do what he does." Wynton Marsalis "elegantly winding, rhythmically hip...an evidently expanding talent" Guardian "assured...confident... Worth a listen if only to admire this trumpeter's undoubted ability" Jazz Journal
8:30PM Lydian Collective is an exciting four-piece instrumental group formed by composer/producer Aaron Wheeler (aka "Laszlo") and fellow producer and guitarist Todd Baker. Aaron himself has had a successful career as one of the UK's most prolific media composers. Having written over 750 tracks for EMI Publishing, in 2010 he set up his own Lydian Label on which he has released material as "Laszlo" as well as Musicbox (in collaboration with Todd Baker, co-founder of the Lydian projects). Todd (guitars and mandolin), has worked as a composer and audio designer in the games and media industries for some years, including BAFTA-award-winning projects “Little Big Planet” and “Tearaway”. Described by them as "blissfully different" (not quite sure what that means but certainly sounds interesting!) their refreshing brand of original fusion-based music featured in the Lydian Collective is rich in harmony and groove, showcasing the diversity and depth of their compositional skills and musicianship. The group's sound can best be described as blending electronica, dance, jazz, world, folk and classical into a fascinating and highly melodic whole. Making up the other half of the Collective are two extremely impressive up-and-coming musicians, Ida Hollis on bass and 606 Club regular the wonderful Sophie Alloway on drums. This is really interesting music performed by some of the most talented musicians in their field and definitely worth checking out.
"Alloway drives the beat to engender a real sense of excitement." AllAboutJazz
9:30PM A powerful 7 piece "Groove/Latin" band, J-Sonics describe their music as an "exciting mix of memorable originals and re-tooled jazz, Brazilian, Afro and rare-groove tunes". Led by bass guitarist and composer Mike Flynn (Paula Rae Gibson),J-Sonics features the powerful horn section of saxophonist Matt Telfer (Tony Bennett, Chuck Loeb) and trumpeter Andy Davies (The Ronnie Scott All Stars, Nigel Kennedy, Jamie Cullum), alongside guitarist Clement Regert (Liane Carroll),drummer Gabor Dornyei (Thunder Duo) and percussionist Jon Newey (Chris Jagger Band).Stunning Spanish-born vocalist Grace Rodson (Björk, Roberto Pla, Yes!!! Brazil) has been a regular performer with the band since the summer of 2014 and brings multilingual sophistication and virtuosic sensuality to the wide variety of jazz-funk, Latin, Brazilian and jazz that forms the core of the band’s repertoire. The band have established a significant reputation as exciting live performers with gigs at prestigious London venues such as Pizza Express Dean Street and Hideaway as well as appearances at a number of high profile festivals, including Love Supreme, the London Latin Jazz Festival and sold-out shows at the EFG London Jazz Festival. Their debut album, “Different Orbits”, was released in 2015 to considerable acclaim. An exciting new band for us here at the Club and highly recommended.
"Their brand of rocket fuelled groove jazz has the after burners full on" Jazz FM "...tasty groove-driven...with as much muscle as style" Evening Standard "...packed with supremely tight grooves, ear-catching arrangements, an unashamedly feelgood spirit." Jazzwise “...an unbeatable live gig” The Arts Desk
Saturday 13TH - PRE-VALENTINE'S NIGHT SPECIAL: ZOE FRANCIS
THIS NIGHT IS FULLY BOOKED, CANCELLATION LIST ONLY. PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE 020 7352 5953 TO INQUIRE.
9:30PM Zoe started singing jazz while living and working in New York, and soon became a regular fixture on the scene, often sitting in with the late Harry Whitaker and his trio at Arturo’s down in the Village as well as working with many other musicians including Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Joe Cohn and Chris Flory. Her first album “Looking for a Boy” was released to significant acclaim, while her second, “The Very Thought of You”, recorded live at the 606, came out last September to similar plaudits. Both discs provide a great showcase for her beautiful voice as well as Zoe’s exquisite taste. Singing a really lovely selection of melodic standards (some well known, others less so), with a great sense of swing and natural ability, Zoe’s gigs are just terrific. Appearing with Zoe this evening will be iconic UK guitarist Jim Mullen, the great Stan Sulzmann on sax, Barry Green on piano, Mick Hutton on bass and Tristan Maillot on drums. A classic jazz star in the making, and a brilliant gig.
“something a bit special is going on when this artist…takes the stage..….a classy, poised singer who respects her material enough to deliver it straight and true” LondonJazz News “Fine…singer” Time Out
sunday 14th - **Valentine Night Special**: REBECCA POOLE aka purdy with special guest GIACOMO SMITH-clarinet
8:30PM We welcome Rebecca Poole aka Purdy back to the Club once again with what promises to be yet another fantastic night of masterful jazz standards with some of her terrific pop/jazz-influenced originals 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 2013 and she has just come off tour as support for Jools Holland (who loved her). Her single “What Happened to Romance” was Single of the Week on Jazz FM, and was also picked up by “BBC Introducing”. Her vocal style has been described as “reminiscent of the big band era with an infectious dose of pop and…swing thrown in. A playful smoky-voiced performer who writes bittersweet songs of the heart combining great wit and old fashioned sentiments”. The night wouldn't be complete without her brilliant supporting band, featuring the talents of Mike Gorman on piano, Tom Moore on bass, Chris Higginbottom on drums and Rebecca’s very special guest, American saxophonist and clarinettist Giacomo Smith. Although relatively new to the UK, Giacomo has already made quite an impact on the swing scene as the founding member of the Kansas Smitty’s House Band, “London’s new swing princes” (Evening Standard). The Smitty’s have taken London by storm with their brand of authentic and irresistible American mainstream jazz and Giacomo’s impeccable playing is the icing on what promises to be a wonderful gig. Definitely need to book for this one.
"Great character, unique voice, a true artist" Alan McGee, Creation Records "So slinky, it shouldn't be allowed" BBC 6 Music
8:30PM Founded by guitarist Simon Harris, Trio Manouche is a world-class gypsy jazz ensemble that perform a mixture of traditional classic “swing” tunes and upbeat “quirky” originals. Simon’s CV includes performances with legends of the gypsy jazz style such as Tchavolo Schmitt as well as work with contemporary artists such as MOBO Award-winner Soweto Kinch. Just to prove his versatility he was also featured on a Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) video. And if you get lucky Simon may even sing a bit! The rest of the trio is made up of two of the finest exponents of Gypsy swing jazz in the UK, Ducato Pietrowski on acoustic guitar and Mark Lewandowski on double bass. Their special guest this evening will be the the excellent swing accordionist Mike Guy. A really fun way to start the week!
This enormously gifted, multi-award winning flute and sax player is one of the most respected musicians on the scene today. Not only is he one of the country's finest jazz musicians but he is also a skilled and highly regarded composer and arranger. His fluent and melodic sax playing has been heard in a wide variety of settings, from regular work with the BBC Big Band and the John Dankworth “Generations” Band through performance and recording with the likes of Cleo Laine, Shirley Bassey, Paul McCartney, Georgie Fame, Abdullah Ibrahim, Freddie Hubbard, Billy Cobham, LSSO, The Moscow City Ballet, Ronnie Scott, Stan Tracey and Humphrey Lyttelton. Awards include the Marty Paich Arranging Award, The John Dankworth Soloist Award, The Worshipful Company of Musicians Jazz Medal and a British Jazz Award. Tonight Andy is appearing with his trio which features the multi-talented Percy Pursglove-bass(Percy is also a wonderful trumpet player) and outstanding UK drummer Andrew Bain. The music is a mix of jazz standards and Andy’s own originals all arranged by Andy and performed in a melodic and truly original way. Great players performing great music.
“Panayi is one of the finest and most versatile saxophonists of his generation…makes the flute sing, it is impossible to imagine anyone doing it better” The Observer
9:45PMJAZZ FROM THE ACADEMY FEAT. THE ALEX DAVIS BAND
This gig is being presented in collaboration with The Royal Academy of Music, and is part of the Club’s ongoing policy of providing a platform for younger musicians. Tonight the featured musician will be bass player Alex Davis and his band.
8:30PM One of the finest Latin/Jazz pianists on the scene, whose unerring musicality and impressive technique have taken him all over the world, including Spain, Denmark, Germany, and the USA. He includes work with the likes of Latin legends Airto Moreira, Giovanni Hidalgo, Eumir Deodato, Frankie Morales (Tito Puente’s last singer), Jesus Alemany’s Cubanismo, and Danny Silva, as well as UK based artists such as Snowboy, Guida da Palma’s Jazzinho, Negrocan, Roberto Pla, Robin Jones, Samara and Viramundo on a glittering cv. In addition to all that his non-Latin work includes gigs with the likes of Bjork, Tanita Tikaram, Andy Williams and Kirsty McColl. And just to prove his versatility he is also one of this country’s leading exponents of Spanish music, and his set tonight will include his remarkable arrangements for piano of some classic Flamenco pieces. It’s a reflection of the respect with which John’s music is held that his quite brilliant CD “Ulia River of Time” was nominated for ‘Best Jazz Recording’ in the 2013 Independent Music Awards. Also featured with the band tonight will be Uruguayan guitarist Guille Hill and Spanish percussionist Andres Ticino. Impressive players, impressive music.
“Glorious…a skilful and imaginative soloist” Jazzwise
“With pianist John Crawford on hand, there is so much style and imagination” Jazz Review
8:30PM An iconic figure on the UK jazz scene, John first came to prominence in the mid 70’s with the classic fusion band “Soft Machine”. During the same time - demonstrating his remarkable and now well-documented versatility - he also spent a number of years touring with the celebrated swing jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. In recent years he has been busy performing and recording as a solo artist and with his own bands, notably the “Zappatistas” (his tribute to Frank Zappa), “Sweet Chorus” dedicated to Stéphane and “Soft Machine”, with whom he still appears. A master guitarist he includes work with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Pat Metheny and John Williams on his extensive CV. The Blue Spirits Trio John is leading tonight is a classic guitar-led jazz organ trio (guitar, organ and drums), drawing on his vast reservoir of musical experience spanning over 40 years at the very top of his profession, and showcases the bluesier side of John’s musical repertoire. With Pete Whittaker on organ, a superb accompanist as well as soloist and in demand drummer Mark Fletcher, whose drive and invention is well documented, this is unquestionably live music at its very best.
“One of the best guitarists in the world” Pat Metheny; “gifted…spectacular” The Times
“…a master guitarist…brilliant” The Observer
“A virtuoso on acoustic and electric guitars” Time Out
9:30PM Made up of five of the finest jazz funk experts on the scene; Derek Nash, sax (Jools Holland, Dave Grusin, Sax Appeal), Phil Scragg, bass (Robert Plant), Dave Ital, guitar (Tom Jones, Bryan Ferry, Mica Paris), Arden Hart, keys & trumpet (Bootsy Collins, Massive Attack) and Darby Todd, drums (Dennis Rollins, “The Lion King”). With such a fantastic group of players, it’s no surprise that the band has been described in the music press as "the strongest live act within the genre in the UK at this time” and that their CD “Intrepid” was at the number 1 spot of the independent UK Jazz Chart for 11 weeks! With numerous festival appearances to their name including The Capitol Jazz Festival (USA) and two memorable shows at Brecon Jazz, “Protect the Beat” have certainly left an impression with their inimitable brand of jazz/funk. To quote the title of their debut album, "It Ain't Dinner Jazz".
“Their live shows are an explosion of energy with the ebullient Nash leading his team of crack session players through a series of full on, unashamedly funky tunes” TheJazzMann.com
9:30PM Widely regarded as one of the finest jazz trumpet players in Europe. A well established and highly regarded studio and touring musician, his powerful yet wonderfully fluent playing has been heard with the likes of Sting, Natalie Cole, John Dankworth and Cleo Laine and he is a first call for numerous high profile musicians both in the UK and abroad. A featured soloist with the BBC Big Band his melodic improvisations and warm, fluid sound are universally admired and respected. Tonight will be a rare chance to hear Martin's fabulous jazz quintet with its two horn front line which also features the wonderful Steve Main on sax and the highly respected Robin Aspland (Van Morrison, Cleo Laine) on piano. The rhythm section is completed by two of the most experienced players on the scene, Andy Cleyndert (Stan Tracey, Ronnie Scott) bass and Matt Home (Scott Hamilton) on drums. The music is beautiful, straight-ahead jazz performed by some of the best musicians around and a joy to hear.
1:30PM Under 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. 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.
This charismatic, powerhouse blues singer has established herself over recent years as one of the UK’s leading performers. Hugely respected on the blues scene, it is little surprise that she was voted “Best UK Female Blues Vocalist” seven years in a row. Supported by a classic blues band that features Terry Harris on bass, Steve Wright on guitar and Roy Martin, drums this Liverpool based performer has an enviable reputation not just in the UK, but all around Europe. It is a reflection of the high esteem with which she is held that she was chosen as one of the featured artists to launch Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture (just before Ringo Starr!).
The Times report of that performance: “Connie Lush belted out ‘I Put a Spell on You’ with a voice like a 3am whisky and enough electricity to power the national grid.”
The Scotsman described her as “...a battle scarred sandpaper edged cross between Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin, attacking bareknuckle RandB and slow burn torch songs with equal power and passion”.
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!
8:30pm This is a terrific, swinging, hard-bop quintet featuring vibes player Nat Steele and sax/flute player Allison Neale. Originally put together for the "Bopfest" Jazz Festival in November 2015 by Nat it worked so well that a band was formed and we are pleased to be hosting this terrific group tonight. A beautifully fluent and inventive player on both alto sax and flute, Allison Neale plays in a strongly melodic “West Coast" cool jazz style reminiscent of her main influences Paul Desmond (of Dave Brubeck fame), Art Pepper and Stan Getz. Her flowing, melodic approach provides a fresh insight into modern jazz, and her work in groups such as John Dankworth’s Big Band and “Generations” band have established Allison as one of the scene’s leading sax and flute instrumentalists. Nat Steele is a young jazz vibes player who, since his recent arrival on the scene, has quickly gained a reputation as a talented musician to watch. His style is beautifully lyrical and melodic, but always with a focus on a hard driving swing, influenced by the iconic US vibes players such as Milt Jackson and Cal Tjader. As a vibes player or drummer he has worked with the likes of Hod O'Brien (US), Greg Abate (US), Peter King, Bobby Wellins and Clark Tracey and his quartet is regularly featured on the Late, Late Show at Ronnie Scott's. Completing the line up tonight will be pianist Rob Barron, bassist Dario De Lecce and drummer Matt Home. This promises to be an elegant, melodic gig full of subtle surprises and outstanding musicianship.
“Allison Neale plays the alto saxophone with a tone so light...it positively melts at the edges” The Observer; “Neale...a talent to savour” Jazz UK; "
Nat Steele... a remarkable young vibraphonist in the Milt Jackson tradition" The Observer
8:30pmAn ex-pat Australian singer now settled in London, Lily comes with an impressive and extensive cv. The daughter of professional musicians who met and married in London, Lily spent her first five years touring the world with her parents before they finally settled in Australia. Being surrounded by music from such an early age clearly had an impact and as a teenager she was already writing, performing and producing her own shows. 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). After working with various high profile bands in Sydney, in 2000 she travelled to New York to study with iconic jazz vocalist Mark Murphy, with whom she also ended up performing. That same year she was singled out by legendary arranger/pianist Dave Matthews to perform with The Manhattan Jazz Quintet, which included Bill Evans, Charnett Moffett, Victor Lewis, and Lew Soloff, at Sydney Casino’s Lyric Theatre. In an extensive and highly respected career Lily is now recognised as one of Australia’s foremost vocalists, performing at major festivals and venues in Australia and around the world, including The Opera House Concert Hall, The State Theatre, Sydney Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Wellington International Jazz Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Bellingen Jazz Festival, Christchurch Jazz Festival, Thredbo Jazz Festival, Darling Harbour Jazz Festival, Jazz in The Vines, Jazz in The Gardens and the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz. International appearances include performances in New York, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong and of course London and she has shared the stage with a who’s who of world-class musicians including Oscar Castro Neves, Paul Grabowsky, Dale Barlow, Mike Nock and James Morrison. She also includes numerous TV and radio appearances and hosted her own show on Sydney’s premier jazz station ‘Eastside Radio’ for over ten years. The music will be a mix of familiar jazz standards with some classic and original “groove” orientated material thrown in for good measure, all performed with Lily’s trademark powerful, charismatic, vocals. I rate her so highly I actually asked her to perform with my band recently, trust me she’s well worth catching.
“Jazz and soul coexist in Lily Dior’s repertoire, and in her vocal style…sassy, soulful, passionate and strong.” Rhythms Magazine
8:30pm Jeremy is a powerful and highly impressive drummer, who is equally at home playing pop, rock, funk or straight ahead jazz. Jeremy’s CV is vast, including work with the likes of Tom Jones, Ryan Adams, Madeleine Peyroux, Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Joe Cocker, Echo and the Bunnymen, Jason Rebello, Eurythmics (w/Stevie Wonder), Tina Turner…you get the idea! The regular drummer with American icon Sheryl Crow for over 7 years, Jeremy has more recently been touring the world with Noel Gallagher’s “High Flying Birds”. A very old friend of the Club Jeremy has, however, found time in his busy schedule to put together a great Jazz/Groove band, something he has been doing here at the 606 on a regular basis for more than 20 years. One of the most respected drummers of his generation Jeremy’s gigs are always guaranteed to be both exciting and of the very highest musicianship. For his performance this evening Jeremy has asked a number of his high profile friends to join him: Tom Cawley (Tammy Weis, Acoustic Ladyland, Gwyneth Herbert), piano; Paul Booth (Steve Winwood, Patchwork Project), sax; Mike Outram (Tim Garland, Kate Williams) guitar and Rob Mullarkey (Eska, Natalie Williams), bass. This promises to be a fabulous night of music, so expect something very special! Booking definitely advised.
“…a fine…drummer with an infectious feel. His gigs are ...invariably enlivened by some top class guests” Time Out
9:30pm “Samara” is a six-piece jazz/Latin group which I lead on sax and flute, and suffice it to say we all think the guys in the band are just great! The pianist Steve Lodder works with the likes of Andy Sheppard, Monica Vasconcelos and Ernestine Anderson, Dill Katz, the bass player is visiting professor at the Guildhall, Nic France the drummer has worked with just about everyone, including Dave Gilmore (Pink Floyd) and Bill Withers, while the percussionist, Dawson Miller, is generally recognised as one of the most versatile and experienced players on the scene. Singer Liliana Chachian is considered to be one of the finest Brazilian vocalists currently working in Europe, with an unerring gift for melody and phrasing. The music is an infectious blend of Brazilian Samba, jazz/Latin and Soul, and everyone has 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
9:30pmMatt is a lovely, melodic, alto saxophonist who performs in the classic bebop style. One of those players who studied in America his impressive technique and liquid sound are testament to a fine talent. 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 melodic 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 (Sat 20th) and highly regarded pianist Leon Greening. A terrific jazz gig from some really great players.
“Elegant and affectionately crafted… the soloing is very high class” The Guardian
SUNDAY 28TH LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC JUNIOR BIG BANDS DIRECTED BY MORNINGTON LOCKETT & SARA DHILLON
1:30pmThis special gig will showcase exciting young jazz musicians from the Royal College of Music’s Saturday Junior Department in an informal Sunday afternoon performance. With a total of 25 players performing in both Big Band and small group settings, ranging from the band's astonishing young drummer to a number of 18 year-old award-winners and diploma students heading for music colleges in September, this is a unique opportunity to hear some of the jazz stars of tomorrow. The afternoon will be jointly conducted by one of the UK’s finest jazz saxophonists Mornington Lockett and the wonderful composer, arranger, pianist, vocalist and bandleader Sara Dhillon.
Sunday 28th - ANITA WARDELL **Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2006/7, “Best Jazz Vocalist” British Jazz Awards 2013**
8:30pmThis award-winning Australian vocalist is another of those powerful and impressive singers who hail from “down under”. An established and experienced musician, Anita not only performs jazz standards in her own inimitable style but she is also universally recognised as one of the best “scat” singers on the international jazz scene. Invited to appear in New York, she was such a success that she was immediately invited back. Her three CD’s (“Noted” and “Kinda Blues” on the Proper label and her latest, “The Road” on Specific) have each received glowing praise, and are a showcase for her interpretative skills and vocal agility. Live, she’s even better, with a winning rapport that further adds to the charm of her performance. A much-vaunted teacher and educationalist as well as performer, Anita is undoubtedly one of the most highly regarded jazz vocalists in Europe. Tonight she will be appearing with her fantastic band, featuring Robin Aspland (Van Morrison) on piano, rising star Flo Moore on bass and Steve Brown (Junior Mance) on drums. This is really good, hard-driving jazz from one of the great masters of bebop vocals.
“...the most creative Jazz singer in London” Evening Standard;
“…one of the country’s leading...jazz singers” Jazz UK “First and foremost, it’s the innate musicality of Wardell’s interpretations that impresses” The Jazz Rag
8:30pm “24 PESOS” is one of the most exciting bands on the blues scene today. With catchy original songs that feature saw-tooth Dobro guitars, searing harmonicas, a funky old school rhythm section and a greasy Hammond B3, the band’s sound is eclectic and infectious. They burst onto the scene in 2008 and it is testament to their talent that they have already gained such popularity that they played over 150 shows throughout Europe and the UK in one year, including the Colne Blues Festival, Bluesin@out Festival (France), Maryport Festival, The Jazz Café and Ronnie Scotts as well as live sessions for Jazz FM and the BBC. This gig will feature songs from the band’s latest release, “Do the Right Thing”, their third CD, and if the video of the new track “Won’t Lie Down” is anything to go by, these guys are playing with more energy than ever before and have never sounded better! The band’s great line-up features the intense guitar, vocals and harmonica of Julian Burdock, who has worked with Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Beverly Knight and Jocelyn Brown as well as Silas Maitland (Imelda May, The Blues Brothers) on bass, Moz Gamble (Paul McCartney, Paloma Faith) on the Hammond organ and Bryan McLellan (a former Sony BMG/Capitol Records artist with alt rock band Vega4), on drums. Great, roaring, blues band this.
“Contemporary blues…laced with greasy funk…never a dull moment” Rootstime;
“Four guys in full command of their instruments” ***** Blues in Britain Magazine;
“Fast furious and a whole lot of fun” ***** Blues Matters Magazine; “had the crowd fired up, whooping and singing along by the end of the evening” Classic Rock Magazine