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
Tues 1st - OLLIE HOWELL
8:30PMOllie Howell is a multi-award winning drummer, composer and bandleader. Since graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2011, Ollie has rapidly established himself as an impressive musician, not only performing with various UK and international players but also working regularly with his impressive quintet for which he composes as well as leads. It is a measure of Ollie’s talent that since 2009 he has been mentored by one of the international music scene’s most prestigious figures, Quincy Jones (Michael Jackson), who said of Ollie, “He’s so creative I couldn’t believe it... [he] has what it takes to make a life out of music”. A former recipient of the prestigious Peter Whittingham Development Award, Ollie released his critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Sutures and Stitches’ on Whirlwind Records in 2013. The music that Ollie wrote to be performed on that album has a fascinating and unique history: in 2009 Ollie was diagnosed with a brain malformation called Arnold Chiari Type 2, which meant that since that time he has had to have numerous neurosurgical operations. All of the music on the album, some of which was written from his hospital bed, as he says “was composed during and influenced by this incredible journey that I went through during this defining point in my life”. In 2014 he was awarded a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship, becoming the first ever jazz musician to receive this accolade, which led to the recording of his latest album "Self Identity". That CD will be released later this year, material from which he will be performing with the band this evening. Recently featured in a Sky Arts special, where he was interviewed by Melvyn Bragg and filmed at the 606, Ollie's work around the UK and Europe as well as appearances at prestigious festivals such as Love Supreme have undoubtedly established him as the musician to watch. Joining Ollie tonight will be amongst the most talented of the new generation of UK musicians, Duncan Eagles-sax, Henry Spencer-trumpet, Ant Law-guitar, Tom Millar-piano and Max Luthert-bass.
“clever postbop compositions…[showing] idiomatic versatility…highlight...Howell's melodic talents….a fine debut” Guardian;
“Impressive” Financial Times
8:30PMGareth Williams has unquestionably established himself as one of the country’s leading modern jazz pianists. A fiery and creative player, his remarkable talent has been seen with an impressive array of world-class artists, from Jazz/Hip Hop band “Us3” through to internationally-renowned jazz musicians such as Joe Lovano, George Coleman and Jim Mullen. MD for iconic UK vocalist Claire Martin, Gareth has been featured at the Club on many occasions, most notably in his regular appearances with iconic US sax star Jerry Bergonzi. Described as “one of the most agile and original jugglers of improv and adventurous composition to have appeared in the UK in recent times” multi-award winning saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes has made quite an impact in the relatively short time she has been on the UK jazz scene. Following her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, in 2008 she won the Peter Whittingham Development Award that allowed her to form her first ensemble, Tangent followed by her eponymously named CD debut on Basho Records in 2010. Her second album on Basho was released in 2012 and was followed by a UK tour that featured the likes of Gwilym Simcock, Mike Walker and Martin France. At the same time her ‘Iris Nonet’ was short-listed for the 2013 BASCA British Composer Awards. Trish curates her own festival Emulsion, the entire festival being broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and her third album, ‘Pocket Compass’, was launched at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2014 alongside the premiere of her first BBC commission “The Fox the Parakeet & The Chestnut”, an event which was the culmination of her two years as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. Other performance highlights include Celtic Connections 2014, the ‘Under Your Wing’ project featuring Norma Winstone and BBC Radio 3 Free-Thinking Festival 2014 with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Gareth and Trish have worked together a few times in the last year, and recently decided to create a more formal collaboration in the “Glow Quartet”. The idea behind the band is to bring generations and styles of musicians/music together, playing arrangements of standards and originals from the two of them. As Gareth describes it, “…it’s an interactive band, taking risks, taking the good stuff from both more traditional improvised music and contemporary ideas”. Also featured with the quartet will be the exceptional rhythm section of Callum Gourlay-bass and Martin France-drums.
“…dynamite pianist” Evening Standard; “Williams…fantastic improviser” The Guardian;
“Gareth Williams...a jewel of a player” Jazziz; “Trish Clowes is a fiercely talented jazz saxophonist” Telegraph;
“Clowes…a great great talent.” Jamie Cullum;
“Clowes…a young woman brimming with the surprise and ever-inventive singularity of her magic” Morning Star
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 8 albums already to their name their latest offering, ‘Dr Hypenstein’, 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 brilliant Brendan Reilly. 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; “Reilly…stunning Soul-Jazz vocalist” Time Out
9:30PM After taking the scene by storm in the early sixties with the Ronnie Scott quintet, Peter has gone on to establish himself unequivocally as one of the finest alto saxophonists in the world. His fabulous technique allied with an unerring sense of harmony has made him one of the greatest players this country has ever produced. The featured saxophonist with the Charlie Watts Band, his playing has made him famous worldwide. As well as a remarkable improviser Peter has also established himself as a writer and arranger of note, with both an opera and a brilliant series of recordings featuring his own string arrangements for classical and jazz quartet. Peter has always been a great supporter of the Club and it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome this saxophone giant. Peter’s special guest tonight is the remarkable Mornington Lockett, one of the UK’s leading tenor sax players. Mornington worked with the Ronnie Scott quintet before moving on to work with singer Sarah Jane Morris and the Tracey’s - Stan and Clark - as well as being the driving force behind the brilliant “Celebrating the Jazz Couriers” quintet. He has a powerful and hugely impressive sound and approach. This gig is a rare chance to hear two of the finest saxophonists in the world playing together and is an absolute must for anyone interested in great modern jazz.
“Peter King...plays with...searing authority” Guardian;
“Lockett…plays with tremendous fluency and drive” Evening Standard;
“World class” Jazz Journal;
SUN 6TH - SUNDAY LUNCH SPECIAL: STAN SULZMANN'S "NEON ORCHESTRA"
1:30PMStan, whose CV reads like a who’s who of jazz including work with the likes of Michael Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Marc Copeland and Gil Evans, is a brilliant saxophonist with an instantly recognisable sound. Commanding an enormous amount of respect not only for his great playing but also his compositional originality he is today bringing in his remarkable 18 piece Big Band which, not surprisingly, boasts some of the finest players in the UK. The writing and arranging is all Stan's, the band is directed by trumpeter Nick Smart and features, amongst many others, the likes of Pete Hurt, James Allsop, Mark Nightingale, Henry Lowther, Noel Langley, Kit Downes, Dave Whitford and Tim Giles. This is a rare chance to see one of the most original and exciting big bands working anywhere in Europe - highly recommended.
“[Sulzmann] ravishing, delicious, powerful and direct....meticulously written…echoing the imaginative....orchestra of Michael Gibbs”The Guardian;
“Stan Sulzmann's big band music is beautifully crafted…just glorious” London Jazz News
8:30PMWAYNE HERNANDEZ 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
mon 7th - 606 CLUB SPECIAL: MORRISSEY/MULLEN LEGACY BAND
8:30PMFormed by saxophonist Dick Morrissey and guitarist Jim Mullen, The Morrissey Mullen Band was one of the first and certainly one of the finest Jazz/Funk Fusion bands to work in the UK. Born in 1976 the band rapidly established itself as the Band to hear, with Jim’s searing guitar lines played against Dick’s fabulous muscular and hugely inventive sax solos, creating a unique sound that is still talked about to this day. The band itself hosted a number of talented young musicians and latterly also added a singer to the mix, existing as a full-time working entity for over 12 years. The following decade saw Dick fighting a battle with serious illness but still managing to carry on playing. Sadly Dick passed away in 2000, finally bringing to an end a glittering career that left much great music behind. The band tonight has been formed to not only honour Dick’s memory but also that of MM keyboard player Pete Jacobsen, a brilliant pianist who had risen to become one of the UK’s finest keyboard players, and who himself sadly passed away unexpectedly in 2002. Featured with the band tonight, as well as Jim, will be veterans of one of the seminal Morrissey Mullen line-ups; Noel McCalla on vocals, Trevor Barry on bass, Neal Wilkinson on drums and Chris Fletcher on percussion. Their Special Guests filling the vacant chairs will be the terrific Dave Lewis on sax and the impressive Mike Gorman on keyboard. The music promises to be the classic blend of great fusion and jazz-influenced funk and Jim has promised a mix of the old and the new. As he says, this is not intended to be a maudlin look at the past but rather a joyful celebration of two great musicians and one remarkable band.
“Jim Mullen and Dick Morrissey's popularity became so intense they often played to sell-out crowds......one of the top fusion jazz bands of their time” Jazz Review;
“Jim Mullen…one of the great Jazz guitarists working today” Jazzwise
8:30PMSaxophonist Peter Wareham is one of the most influential and inventive players on the scene. His band Acoustic Ladyland and Seb Rochford’s Polar Bear with whom he also performs have had an explosive impact with their genre-defying, crossover styles, becoming widely popular amongst both jazz and mainstream audiences and critics. His latest project, Melt Yourself Down also featuring Sons of Kemet saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings is equally formidable, with a sound described by Wareham as “Nubian-inspired party-punk music”. He has performed around the world, from the Blue Note in New York to Ronnie’s in London, adding festival appearances and multi-award wins to his CV on the way. Tonight Pete will be bringing his Jazz Standards project to the Club, performing in a more straight ahead style. Although perhaps better known these days as a “crossover” artist, Pete is also a fabulous straight-ahead player and this is sure to be a very special night. A remarkable gig from one of the great trailblazers of contemporary UK jazz.
“forceful improvisations bring drama to every track” LondonJazz News;
“Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear have been responsible for opening the floodgates for a new wave of bands to fearlessly push the boundaries of jazz” Jazzwise
8:30PMThis is a mouth-watering band featuring two award-winning musicians, singer Vimala Rowe and guitarist John Etheridge. Whilst still in her teens Vimala Rowe left England for the Far East where she quickly established herself as vocalist with the successful rap band TKO and then as a solo artist, writing and recording a hit album that included guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel. She then spent a year studying Hindustani Classical vocals in Nagpur India, which profoundly influenced her future style. Back in England she made the eponymous EP ‘Vimala’ with Simon Horn, a recording of original compositions which garnered the 2008 Indy Music award for Best Soul, Jazz, Funk act. Since then she has gone on to establish herself on the London jazz scene as a remarkable live performer, with appearances at the likes of Ronnie Scott’s, The London Jazz Festival and the Leicester Square Theatre in the musical Cafe Society Swing. Her style has been described as a mix of "Jazz sophistication and swing, soulful passion and a hint of Indian exoticism" and is quite enthralling. An iconic figure acclaimed by jazz aficionados, 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 an internationally renowned duo with another iconic guitarist John Williams on a remarkable CV. Making up the rest of the quartet tonight will be the world class rhythm section of Dudley Phillips-bass and Mark Fletcher-drums.
“Vimala...A captivating and seemingly effortless soulful voice” Kiss FM;
"Vimala Rowe is Sensational" The Arts Desk; “John Etheridge....one of the best guitarists in the world” Pat Metheny;
“Etheridge....gifted…spectacular” The Times;
“…a master guitarist…brilliant” The Observer
thurs 10th - MOYSES DOS SANTOS FEATURING FRANCESCO MENDOLIA, DRUMS & SPEECH DEBELLE, VOCALS
8:30PM Born in São Paulo, Brazil, bass player Moyses dos Santos showed an aptitude for the instrument from a very early age. His first public performance was at the age of 8, when he appeared with his local church band, and he continued to perform within the church environment right up through to the age of 18. Once in his teens the word soon got out and it wasn’t long before he found himself touring Brazil with established gospel and pop artists. His international career really took off, though, on his move to London in the late 2000’s when he was in his mid 20’s. It didn’t take long for his talent to be recognised, and for the last three years or so he has been touring Europe and his native South America with various high profile bands as well as working regularly as a successful studio musician here in London. Co-founder, along with Incognito and Level 42 drummer Pete Ray Biggin, of the impressive band “Lola’s Day Off”, Moyses is also in the process of recording his own album with well known instrumentalists from both the UK and the US. Tonight Moyses will be appearing with his own fantastic band that features some remarkable UK-based musicians, including Mikayl Dawood-guitar, Tomasz Bura-keyboards, Jackson Mathod-trumpet, Andrew Brown-sax and the wonderful Francesco Mendolia from the iconic band Incognito on drums. And if all that wasn't enough Moyses has also asked one of the UK’s finest upcoming performers, Speech Debelle, to join the band this evening as his Special Guest. A Mercury Prize winner with her first album "Speech Therapy", Speech Debelle has, over the last 8 years or so, been ploughing a thoughtful and unique furrow in the worlds of hip hop and rap. Described as "intriguing" by the Guardian she produced her second album "Freedom of Speech" in 2012 and in the same year the single from Speech Therapy, "Spinnin" was used as one of the official anthems of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. This is an amazing line up put together just for this gig and is a fantastic treat for anyone who likes great Latin/Brazilian/Groove. This is the fifth in a series of stellar gigs that Moyses has organised here at the Club recently and all have been sell-outs, so booking is definitely advised!
“Moyses dos Santos…awesome” the jazzmeet;
"Speech Debelle is now the most interesting and possibly the most exciting British MC on the scene" Allmusic
9:30PMWe welcome to the Club this evening one of the most exciting Latin/Groove bands performing on the circuit today. This is their third gig here now and it's certainly fair to say that they fit perfectly into the family of great Latin and groove bands that we feature regularly on a Friday night. After holding down a residency in West London for over 5 years, where they perfected their infectious blend of Brazilian Funk, Latin, Ska and Soul, this powerful 7-piece band is now stretching its wings. Led by guitarist and singer Sam Sutton, fronted by the wonderful US-born singer Kay Elizabeth, featuring two great players in their powerful horn section and driven by a rhythm section to die for, The Fontanas have made quite an impact on the scene of late. Boasting musicians who have played with the likes of Incognito, Professor Green and Alice Russell the band has been seen at numerous festivals and high-profile venues around the country including Bestival, Glastonbury, The Secret Garden Party, Boomtown, Edinburgh Festival, BT London Live Victoria Park and Ronnie Scott’s. As well as Sam and Kay the lineup tonight includes Paul Silver on sax, Dave Boa on trumpet, 606 regular Carl Hudson on piano, Magnus Box on bass, Jimmy Norden on drums and Tello Morgado on percussion. If their last gigs here are anything to go by, this promises to be a fantastic night of high energy music and absolutely not to be missed.
9:30PMGilad 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, sometimes controversial, views on the Middle East conflict that may provoke and challenge the listener.
SUN 13th - SUNDAY LUNCHTIME GOSPEL SPECIAL FEATURING GCGC DIRECTED BY HERMIONE THOMAS
1:30PMGCGC (Godalming Community Gospel Choir) is a 100-strong choir based in Surrey, directed by 606 Gospel Group regular Hermione Thomas. The choir were one of just six finalists in the BBC 2015 Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year competition, and have won many local accolades. Their style is a mix of contemporary and traditional UK and US gospel. Sadly, much as we would like, the stage at the 606 is not able to accommodate all 100 so today we will be featuring, from that larger group, a smaller group of 12 singers who perform regularly at monthly gospel brunches. Also featured will be the excellent singer and Choir director Hermione Thomas, an experienced and excellent performer well known to our regular Gospel audiences. Accompanying the Choir will be a hand-picked trio featuring Femi Simmons on piano, Gordon Murdoch on bass and Tom Peacock on drums. And don’t forget this is our family day, so children are more than welcome.
8:30PMA fine Canadian-born singer, Tammy has been living in London for more than a decade. Her 2007 debut CD, “Legacy”, was warmly received and led to appearances on national TV and radio as well as jazz festivals including Montreal and Vancouver. Since then both her performances and her writing have moved her to the forefront of the UK jazz scene. Her latest CD “Where I Need To Be”, features her excellent original material written with Grammy Award-winning producer Terry Britten and pianist Tom Cawley, with one of her co-writes from that album “Everyone But Me”, being included on an album produced by Michael Bublé in early 2013. Jamie Cullum, Bobby McFerrin and Randy Bachman are just a few of the high-profile artists with whom she has performed, and recently, another of her songs (written with James Bryan) was recorded by an “American Idol” finalist for his new CD. For this 606 performance Tammy will get back to her jazz roots with a celebration of the music of jazz vocalist Julie London, who was named the Most Popular Female Vocalist by American music industry trade publication Billboard in 1955, 56 and 57. London, who is probably most closely associated with the torch song “Cry Me A River”, was noted for her languid demeanour and smoke-filled voice, a perfect fit for Tammy’s own sensual interpretations of classic standards and impressive originals. It will be a real pleasure to hear Tammy put her unique stamp on London’s classic repertoire, accompanied by her standout band: Tom Cawley on piano, Julie Walkington on bass and Dave Ohm on drums. Great singer, great players, great gig this.
“Tammy Weis has a deliciously haunting voice…this is how it’s supposed to be done” John Beaudin 103.1 FM; “She’s the real deal” Time Out; “…a master of the ballad” BBC Radio 3;
“Tammy Weis has the magic of a great and great is what she is.” Julian Joseph, BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line Up
8:30PMA Wigan native, John has been honing his craft on the road combining his passions for people and music for some years. The result is an awe-inspiring sound rooted in his northern blues background, with a gritty mournful deep-south attitude and a voice to carry it home. With a bottle-neck blues style referencing the likes of Son House, comparisons to the finger-picking of John Fahey, a leaning towards the psychedelic 60’s rock of Hendrix and Led Zeppelin and the ever present influence of Indian raga, John’s music is a real melting-pot of diverse musical traditions. His eclectic mix of influences wrapped up in a powerful blues style has been heard around the world, including SXSW, Glastonbury, Green Man, Tarragona, The Secret Garden Party and Edinburgh Festivals. He has four CD’s currently on release, all of which have been received with critical acclaim, the Guardian describing the “Joys of Spring” as “truly exquisite” and his latest album, “Saltwater” has also received rave reviews. Following on from his triumphant appearance at last year's Glastonbury and Secret Garden Festivals John will be appearing with his Special Guest, drummer Felix Weldon to perform a searing set of acoustic blues. Epitomizing the sound of modern British blues this will be John's fifth appearance here at the Club, and if the others are anything to go by this promises to be a very special night indeed. We love John here and we have little doubt you will too. Highly recommended.
"a dark and powerful voice coupled with a bottleneck slide and Southern style stomp...The songs are strong on melody and chorus...his solos are monumental... he makes a sound that has many layers and levels – the more you unpeel the more you get out of it" Blues Matters
8:00pmDAN REINSTEINAmerican 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 KATZis 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
8:30PMWe 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 2013 and she is now about to go on tour as support for Jools Holland. And the word on the street is that her highly anticipated upcoming album release "Diamond in the Dust" is undoubtedly set to affirm her as a significant solo artist. 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
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 finished recording a new album, 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
9:30PM An award-winning saxophonist, Derek Nash is perhaps best known as one of the featured saxophonists with the Jools Holland Band, leader of the enormously successful “Sax Appeal” and co-leader of the funk/groove outfit “Protect the Beat”. An experienced musician of many years standing his muscular, fluent, modern jazz playing has been recognised with numerous awards, including “Best Jazz Ensemble” and “Best Jazz CD” as well as being voted one of the top 5 saxophonists in the country. Derek’s latest recording with his Acoustic Quartet, “You’ve Got to Dig it to Dig it, you Dig?” (named after a quote by Thelonious Monk) is garnering avid, five-star reviews, as well as airplay on Jamie Cullum’s BBC Radio 2 programme. And if all that wasn’t enough he is also highly regarded as a recording engineer, producer and arranger, with a client list that includes Annie Lennox, Alison Moyet, Lulu, Kylie Minogue, David Sanborn, Martha Reeves and many more. Tonight Derek is bringing his great, swinging, “Sax Appeal” rhythm section to the Club that features Pete Adams (Tom Jones) piano, Phil Scragg (Robert Plant) bass and Winston Clifford (Courtney Pine) drums. Terrific musician, terrific band, terrific gig this.
“…bravura display of contemporary saxophone” The Observer;
“...breathtaking” Sunday Times;
“From smooth cool to groovy funk, to ingeniously recast standards…the music fizzes with energy…*****” Observer
8:30PMProbably best known for his work as the original lead singer/guitarist with The Average White Band, Hamish has had an illustrious career as both songwriter and performer. He has worked with the likes of Diana Ross, George Benson and Chaka Khan (for whom he wrote the No. 1 chart hit ‘Whatcha Gonna Do For Me’) culminating in six years with the Paul McCartney Band. Although still guesting in other people’s bands since ’94 he has also led his own group, which is a supergroup in every sense of the word and very much out of the R&B tradition, although considerably more sophisticated than the 70’s version. For many years Hamish played monthly here at the Club and his performance at our 25th Anniversary Festival in 2013 was a highlight of the celebration for many. He continues to be highly active on the scene, working not only with his own band but making guest appearances with the likes of Ringo Starr and Bill Wyman, and we are truly looking forward to welcoming him back. Hamish is very much musical “family” to us here and this gig is always a little “special”, not only for the audience but for us too. Highly recommended - booking definitely advised.
“We love Stuart, the funky ex-Average White Band singer and rhythm guitarist with Chaka Khan, George Benson etc. He's still playing a superior blend of soul and jazz with a great band while his voice has that unique smoky soul allure.” Time Out
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!
8:30PMAlthough many jazz musicians are also trained classical musicians, it is unusual for an artist to manage successful ongoing careers in both fields. Pianist Simon Mulligan is certainly one who has achieved this, with impressive results. At the age of 19 he recorded his first classical CD under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin, launching a collaboration that lasted over seven years. Since that time he has produced 15 highly regarded CD’s and included live work with numerous orchestras including the BBC Symphony as well as appearances at the likes of the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. Intriguingly Simon’s jazz bona fides are equally as strong, as are his composing credentials, which include numerous compositions for both TV and Film including “Band of Brothers” in association with Michael Kamen. The jazz trio he leads tonight includes some of the finest jazz players in the UK, Andy Hamill-bass and Matt Skeaping-drums.
“Pianist Simon Mulligan plays up a storm”Dallas Morning News;
“The most abundantly gifted of pianists”The Times
8:30PMThis is an immensely exciting pairing of two of the finest straight-ahead tenor saxophonists, Dave O'Higgins (UK) and Grant Stewart (US) both recognised globally as masters of their craft. Since moving to New York in 1990 Canadian Grant Stewart has established himself as one of the finest straight-ahead saxophonists on the international jazz scene. His cv is immense, his highly creative post-bop tenor sax sound having been heard with numerous iconic jazz musicians, including the likes of Jimmy Cobb, Harold Mabern, Louis Hayes, Curtis Fuller, Clark Terry, Etta Jones, Brad Mehldau and Harry Connick. Over the years he has worked at virtually every jazz Club in NYC, including Smalls, Lincoln Center, Birdland, SMOKE, The Kitano, The Jazz Standard.... He has performed all over North America and Europe as well as Japan, Brazil, and Taiwan and was also one of the first jazz artists to be invited to play at the historical Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg, Russia. In addition he was a featured artist at the Guggenheim Museum’s Jazz series with his trio, which included legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb. Grant has currently released 16 albums as a leader and was voted “rising star on the tenor” 8 years in a row in the prestigious Downbeat Critic’s Poll. You get the idea, he's very good! Undoubtedly one of this country’s finest modern jazz sax players, Dave O’Higgins has worked with the likes of Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Jimmy Smith and Annie Lennox. The winner of a multitude of awards, he has produced 16 albums to date of his own solo material and appeared on numerous sessions and festivals around the world. His current projects include work with one of New York’s leading sax players, Eric Alexander (in a classic two sax “hard bop” quintet performing on both sides of the Atlantic) as well as the Darius Brubeck Quartet, the Gascoyne/O’Higgins Quartet and the Loire Allstars featuring Tristan Maillot, Anita Wardell, Oli Hayhurst and Mike Gorman. Dave is also the writer and arranger of the Two Minds Big Band, which he co-leads with long time associate Pete Wraight. When not performing himself, Dave is a highly regarded jazz educator, teaching saxophone, harmony and improvisation at the London Centre of Contemporary Music (LCCM), and has previously been on the music faculty at renowned institutions including Goldsmith’s College, Leeds College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the Universities of Natal and Cape Town. This promises to be a fantastic night featuring one of the finest UK saxophonists at the top of his game, partnered with one of the finest New York can offer, all supported by an international class rhythm section of Graham Harvey (Stacey Kent) piano, Simon Woolf (Benny Golson) bass and Sebastiaan de Krom (Jamie Cullum), drums. Promises to be an absolute cracker this one, booking highly advised.
“What separates Stewart from so many of his peers stuck in the quicksand of hard bop nostalgia is the sheer creative spark and spontaneity of his solos” Detroit Free Press;
“Grant Stewart...one of the most powerful stylists...on the scene" Jazz Hot Magazine (France); “Stewart is one of the most dynamic modern day interpreters of the bebop language.” Newark Star Ledger; “O'Higgins…exceptional fluency...one of Britain’s finest musicians”Observer;
“O'Higgins…world class player” BBC Music Magazine; “O'Higgins…Dazzling” Guardian
8:30PMBorn in to a prestigious musical family it was inevitable that award-winning Cuban songstress Elsa Valle would become a highly respected and admired international artist. After studying at the world famous Escuela Nacional De Artes in Havana (which has also produced such artists as Paquito D'Rivera, Chucho Valdes and Arturo Sandoval) she was soon working at some of Cuban's finest venues and festivals, including the Tropicana in Havana and the Boleros De Oro festival. It wasn't long before she was working farther afield, with performances in the Americas and Europe, appearing at jazz, Latin and pop festivals such as the San Remo Festival and the La Bienal Flamenco Festival. Together with her brother, the Cuban pianist Ramón Valle, she was involved in several tours of Maria Serrano’s flamenco dance show, garnering numerous plaudits and rave reviews for her performance along the way. More recently she has been working with her own group keeping the Cuban tradition alive by singing jazz in her unique style, mixing it with the rhythms and melodies of Cuban music. After meeting, and marrying, the highly regarded Hungarian jazz vocalist Gabor Winand Elsa settled in Hungary, from where she continues to tour and perform. With 4 albums to her name and a Special Prize from the Lyra Festival, Elsa's style can best be defined as an interesting and fantastic blend of traditional and contemporary Cuban singing. Tonight she will be accompanied by some of the finest Latin musicians in the UK, Dave Oliver (Manteca) piano, Andy Lafone (Snowboy, Negrocan) bass, Flavio Correa (Sugar Kings) percussion and Tristan Banks (Alex Wilson, Da Lata) drums. This promises to be a brilliant and fun filled night of Cuban music from one of the finest exponents of the art in Europe. Highly recommended.
"Passion and energy, playfulness and emotion...there is much creativity and finesse in her music" Laszlo Des
Presented in association with Harmonia Muhely Alapitvany, the Hungarian Cultural Centre in London and the Nemzeti Kulturalis Alap.
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
9:30PMA “musician’s musician” Alex has enjoyed a varied musical career as both a pro jazz artist and an in-demand session and studio saxophonist. His powerful, flowing, hard bop sax style has been heard with some of Europe's leading bands and creative jazz ensembles, and it is testament to his reputation that Alex is also one of the few headlining UK jazz musicians in the current Ronnie Scott’s All Stars pool. He is the sideman of choice for many of the finest visiting artists and has himself performed in over 30 countries worldwide with artists such as Sir John Dankworth, Wynton Marsalis, Peter King, Humphrey Lyttelton, Van Morrison and Jools Holland. His most recent album, "Andromeda" released on the greatly respected Whirlwind Recordings label was launched at the Club in 2015 to considerable acclaim. Tonight, Alex is bringing his straight ahead jazz quartet to the Club, aiming to bring the hard grooving swing tradition of days gone by into a more contemporary 21st century setting. The gig features the terrific and constantly in-demand Ross Stanley on piano, Dave Whitford on bass and Chris Higginbottom on drums. Brilliant, swinging jazz from masters of the genre.
“Alex Garnett…one of Great Britain’s most accomplished post bop musicians” AllAboutJazz
1:30PMRachel trained at The Welsh College of Music and Drama and her background in theatre adds that extra dimension to her performance. With a rich tone and sense of swing that is both moving and exciting, Rachel performs classics from The American Songbook along with her own arrangements of more modern popular songs plus the occasional original. Her winning onstage persona will charm any audience, and Rachel has already performed both in the UK and abroad to great acclaim. Her band features the exceptional pianist Roland Perrin“guaranteed to get any room dancing”(All About Jazz) along with bass player Neville Malcolm and drummer Paul Robinson (Nina Simone). A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
“impossibly glamorous” The Guardian;
“Rachel Sutton mixed 50s American swing with contemporary composition to great effect...soaring vocals” Jazz Journal
8:30PMOne of the most creative and striking performers working on the UK scene, Gwyneth’s remarkable voice is something quite special, bringing sophistication to her singer/songwriter material, and a wonderful “edge” to the occasional cover. Since her first CD “Bittersweet and Blue”, released 10 years ago, she has gone on to produce an immensely impressive series of CDs featuring her brilliant songs, last year gifting us with her sixth recording, “The Sea Cabinet”, which yet again garnered universal praise, being described as “wildly inventive...entirely a law unto itself” (The Metro). And not content with being one of the finest singer/songwriters in the country (really) she has also won two prestigious theatrical awards for her music, had them queuing around the block at the Rochester Jazz Festival in New York, written a song-cycle about the sea which debuted at the Aldeburgh Festival and composed and performed a specially commissioned soundtrack to the silent film “The Patsy”. Most recently she provided the music for "The A-Z of Mrs P" and this last year alone has seen A Note to the New Government commissioned by The London Sinfonietta and The Royal Philharmonic Society; two musical collaborations with artist Mel Brimfield, “The Palace that Joan Built” and “Henry and Barbara – the Musical”; a new theatrical Song Cycle "The Rhythm Method" and the release of her debut record production project, Frances Ruffelle's “I Say Ye-Ye’. And just to prove the point, this enormously talented vocalist includes the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Kevin Costner and Michael Parkinson (and us!) among her fan base. Tonight Gwyneth will have the sublime guitar playing of Al Cherry to add extra allure to an already special evening. Quite brilliant.
"One of the country’s most exciting talents" Sunday Times;
“…remarkably gifted performer” Guardian; “Brilliantly original” MOJO;
"...consistently engaging...singing with a rare balance of passion and control..." The Telegraph
MON 28th - "606 CLUB EASTER SPECIAL": CARL HUDSON'S GROOVE NIGHT WITH SPECIAL GUEST JOY ROSE, VOCALS
8:30PMSince arriving in London in 2006, Lincolnshire-born pianist Carl Hudson has been steadily establishing himself as one of the most interesting and versatile keyboard players in the UK. Equally comfortable playing modern jazz, funk, Brazilian, R&B or soul on piano, keyboard or synthesizer, he has performed with UK jazz saxophone heavyweights such as Peter King and Mornington Lockett as well as contributing to live sessions with the Average White Band and Sister Sledge. He has also worked closely with producer/performer Soulpersona, being the featured keyboard player in his Digisoul collective since 2010 and has recorded and performed live with numerous artists including the likes of Jocelyn Brown, Leon Ware, Omar and The Valentine Brothers. We have asked Carl to curate a series of “Groove” nights here for us at the Club and tonight Carl will be joined by his regular "crew" of up-and-coming guitarist Bobby Quigley, along with a group of amazing hand-picked musicians, including Andy Tolman-bass and Nick van Gelder (Jamiroquai) drums. Carl likes to theme these nights so this evening he is calling it "Classic Album" night and he has invited along one of his (and our) favourite singers as a Special Guest, the amazing vocalist Joy Rose (Sting, Jason Rebello) who, along with his amazing band, will be performing songs from the classic Chaka Khan album "Naughty". This promises to be a very special Easter treat, so put down that chocolate and head over to the Club, I can guarantee you won't be disappointed!
“A true musical genius…Carl Hudson has just…made one of my all-time favourite albums”Soulpersona;
“One of the...”baddest”…keyboard players that I have heard for a long, long time. Carl Hudson’s playing just makes me wanna sing!” Jocelyn Brown;
“When Joy Rose joined Sting for a duet she sang with such power and conviction that...she knocked the audience dead and got a standing ovation.” The Current
8:00pmROB BARRON/COLIN OXLEYThis is a wonderfully musical quartet featuring two of the most lyrical jazz musicians currently working in the UK. After leaving Leeds College of Music with a BA Hons degree in Jazz studies and the College Award for Outstanding Performance, pianist Rob Barron moved to London where he completed his Masters in Music performance with Distinction from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since then he has been a mainstay of the jazz and studio scene, including work with US jazz stars Bob Mintzer, Phil Woods, Benny Golson and Curtis Fuller, leading UK musicians Tim Garland, Soweto Kinch, Nigel Hitchcock, Jean Toussaint and the award-winning Kairos 4tet, as well as the likes of Bryan Adams, The BBC Big Band, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vanessa Mae, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Paloma Faith, English National Ballet and Jamelia. Fluent and creative, Rob is considered to be one of the most talented pianists of his generation. A multi-award winning guitarist, Colin Oxley is a gentle player, whose fluid style and relaxed, “laid-back” approach make for a wonderfully enjoyable night. His work with singer Stacey Kent has led to Colin being recognised around the globe as a world-class musician and one of the finest guitarists ever to come from the UK. Amongst his numerous gigs he includes regular work at New York’s famous Algonquin Hotel, appearances at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals and work with the likes of Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen. Also featured tonight will be Jeremy Brown on bass and Matt Home on drums. A beautiful gig from masters of jazz improvisation.
“...Colin Oxley, whose magnificent guitar is dazzling and deliciously melodic” Crescendo Magazine;
“Excellent pianist…Rob Barron was particularly impressive” The Guardian
9:45pm- JAZZ FROM THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC FEATURING OLLIE MARTINThis 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 trombone player Ollie Martin and his band.
WED 30th - nIC FRANCE'S BIRTHDAY GIG FEATURING THE CHARLIE WOOD QUARTET
8:30PMOne of the most respected drummers of his generation, it is with great pleasure that we welcome 606 Club regular and great friend Nic France to the Club to celebrate his Birthday (not saying which one, but...). A “first call” player for so many musicians, Nic first came to London in the early 80’s and was quickly immersed in the jazz scene, working with the likes of Ian Carr’s “Nucleus”, the iconic big band “Loose Tubes” and the Ronnie Scott Quintet. However his powerful playing and impeccable time and approach was soon picked up on and it wasn’t long before he was working and touring with the likes of Bill Withers, Working Week and Tanita Tikaram. Since then he has worked constantly in an eclectic variety of musical settings, an excellent Jazz drummer he is also a brilliant Groove player, a skilled Latin player and one of the few modern jazz drummers who can also play authentic Brazilian rhythms, both on kit and percussion. As well as constant work on the Club, Festival and Concert circuit he also has had a formidable career in the studios and includes the likes of Pete Townsend, Thomas Dolby, Annie Lennox and Nigel Kennedy on a massive CV. And of course he is best known at the Club as the regular drummer with the Jazz/Brazilian band “Samara”. Tonight Nic has asked his friend and musical compatriot, award-winning US ex-pat singer/pianist CHARLIE WOOD to join him to help celebrate. Charlie is a talented and versatile musician whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of popular music, jazz, blues and traditional R&B. Born and raised in Tennessee, he learnt his trade touring with iconic blues guitarist Albert King before settling back in Memphis. For over fifteen years Charlie performed nightly at the King’s Palace Café on Beale Street, becoming the 136th recipient of a “Brass Note on Beale Street”, the Memphis equivalent of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Charlie moved to the UK in 2009 and rapidly attracted attention from some of the finest players around, including Cleo Laine and the late John Dankworth who asked him to perform at Wavendon with them. Charlie has recorded eight albums, including his latest “New Souvenirs”, featuring all new originals and co-produced by his frequent collaborator (and wife) Jacqui Dankworth. And making up the last part of the trio will be another long time associate of Nic's, the wonderful bass player Dudley Philips. Nic has invited a host of musicians to join him tonight to help celebrate, so expect plenty (and I do mean plenty!) of Surprise Guests (including this writer…) for what promises to be a very special night from one of the most liked and respected musicians on the UK jazz scene. Booking advised.
“...this kind of music is critically dependent on pulse and Nic France’s drumming really floats the boat.” Jazzwise;
“Remember the first time you heard Dylan, or Springsteen or Waits? Charlie Wood delivers that same jolt…brilliant” Jazz Times
8:30PMAntonio Forcione is considered one of the most charismatic and inventive performers to come out of Europe in recent years. He breaks the mould of conventional, popular guitar sounds in the fields of Jazz, Spanish, African, Brazilian and improvised music and has received critical acclaim worldwide. He has released 16 albums, which have variously hit the top of British and international jazz charts and has shared stages around the globe with some of the world’s most accomplished musicians, including John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Jason Rebello and Martin Taylor. Adriano Adewale Widely recognised as one of the finest Brazilian percussionists in world music, Adriano has established an enviable reputation on the international scene. As a performer Adriano’s CV is hugely impressive, including work with the likes of Seu Jorge, Andy Sheppard, Modeste Hughes and Zoe Rahman. His most recent album 'Raizes' (2014) received 4/5 stars from the Financial Times and was described as "delicate shades of rootsy, Africa-inflected Jazz". This highly charismatic and impressive duo fuse African, Brazilian, modern jazz and contemporary tunes into a wonderfully unique and enjoyable sound. A rare chance to hear these great performers together, this promises to be an exceptional gig from two incomparable musicians. “Antonio Forcione [is] a performer of world class status ... forceful and with an enviable technique, he takes the guitar to new levels of expression combining its melodic powers with dramatic percussive effects…the results are quite spectacular”. The Stage “[Forcione]...a guitar genius"Three Weeks Magazine; “Adewale gave an extraordinary performance. Fanatical about music, he sang and handled his instruments with rapture…Superb” Jazzwise