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
Sat 1st - ED JONES
9:30PMOver the last 20 years or so award-winning saxophonist Ed Jones has established himself as one of the most innovative and sought after sax players on the scene. His muscular and highly accomplished bop influenced tenor playing has been featured in a wide variety of contexts, most notably with the Jazz crossover groups “Us3” and “Incognito”. But his jazz credentials are just as solid, with work alongside artists such as George Benson, Dianne Reeves, Horace Silver and Claire Martin. The quartet perform a mixture of jazz standards and Ed’s fine originals and is widely considered to be one of the finest groups of its kind in the UK. The band this evening will also feature the excellent Ross Stanley on piano and the highly accomplished rhythm section of Riaan Vosloo-bass and Tim Giles-drums.
“…a formidable saxophonist”Jazz UK;"he’s an improviser to his fingertips, a player of forceful imagination, and one of the UK’s most distinctive saxophonists” Guardian; "The vigorous, sometimes downright volcanic tenor sound of Ed Jones has long been one of the great live delights of British Jazz” Jazzwise
SUN 2ND - SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: REBECCA HOLLWEG
1:30PMSinger/songwriter Rebecca Hollweg has a real jazz sensibility with the songs that she writes and arranges and, like her great influence James Taylor, is most comfortable working with jazz musicians. She released her first album in 2001, which was very well received by critics and led to appearances on various BBC Radio shows and to tours with the likes of Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) and Paul Carrack (Squeeze). After taking some time out to have a baby Rebecca returned to the scene in the 2008 with the completion of her second album “Orange Roses” produced by her husband, bassist Andy Hamill. Since then she has performed extensively both in the UK and abroad, including festivals at Rochefort en Accords in France, Vamos Festival in Crete and 5 and 55 Festival, Wijk an See in Holland plus numerous other gigs in France and Germany as well as the likes of the South Bank Centre, Union Chapel and Latitude Festival in the UK. Her latest CD, “Country Girl” received 8/10 by UNCUT Magazine, calling it “another delightful batch of tunes”, and the record has attracted airplay by Jamie Cullum and Janice Long on BBC Radio 2, as well as a profile of Rebecca on BBC World Service. Playing live, she is open and unpretentious, and as one listener said ‘it feels like she is reaching out and enfolding you in a warm embrace’. The band today is made up of some of the finest players on the scene, Phil Peskett-piano, Phil Stevenson-guitar, Andy Hamill-bass and Justin Woodward-drums.
“Just a beautiful sound, great vibe…absolutely stunning” BBC Radio 2; “Carole King couldn’t have come up with a better...song” Uncut; “A gifted tunesmith” Q Magazine; “'Exquisite vocal” Guardian
8:30PMSinger-songwriter, musician and comedian Earl Okin has been entertaining audiences worldwide with his unique brand of music and wit for almost five decades now. His repertoire of quirky humour, combined with first-rate playing of modern jazz and Bossa Nova compositions (the latter sung in faultless Portuguese which he learnt from several spells staying in Brazil) mark him out as a unique talent. His CV is highly impressive, with highlights including touring with Paul McCartney and Wings, being a guest on the Parkinson show and playing at almost every major London venue including the Royal Albert and Festival Halls, The Palladium and Wembley Arena. For 30 years he was a regular at the biggest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe, where he had a combined 500 shows under his belt. He also boasts a wide range of high profile fans within the UK comedy circuit including Eddie Izzard, Billy Connolly, Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G) and Frank Skinner citing Earl as one of their all time favourite live acts. This evening Earl will be demonstrating the “jazzier” side of his talent in the company of Simon Woolf on bass and Michelle Drees on drums. This is a brilliant, gentle, gig from one of the most versatile British performers around.
“relaxed and assured…his guitar and keyboard playing are a joy” The Times; “Exceptional…an utter delight” The Scotsman; “gently witty and beautifully timed in every sense” Guardian; “wonderfully engaging” London Jazz News
8:30PMRay Russell is a guitarist/composer who has had a truly exceptional career. He is primarily known for his session work - you will have heard his playing on David Bowie’s Space Oddity, Tina Turner’s Private Dancer and numerous other tracks with artists as diverse as Freddie Mercury, Gil Evans and Andy Williams. You will also have heard some of his vast array of award-winning soundtrack compositions, which include the theme tunes to “Bergerac” and “A Touch of Frost”. His 2013 release, “Now, More Than Ever” (the first in seven years) shows that his ability to weave and dodge with apparent ease between moods and styles is same as it ever was, and his gift for a melodic riff or phrase just as pleasurable to hear. Though Ray has never been a household name, amongst his fellow musicians and aficionados he is heralded as one of the greats. This evening Ray will be celebrating his "special" birthday surrounded by many of his friends, who also happen to be some of the best musicians in the country! The band that Ray has assembled to start things off includes Chris Biscoe-sax, Geoff Castle-piano, Ian Palmer-drums and Ray's cohort and long time associate, the iconic bass player Mo Foster. However, he has told us that a veritable who's who of brilliant musicians have also promised to drop by to join in the fun, including Phil Hilborne-guitar, Iain Ballamy & Tony Roberts-saxes, George Baldwin-Chapman Stick, Charlie Baldwin-synths, Ralph Salmins & Alan Rushton-drums plus very Special Guests the internationally renowned guitarist Martin Taylor and founder member of Roxy Music, saxophonist Andy Mackay. These guys very rarely perform together in public these days, so this is a truly special occasion not to be missed by fans of this music.
“Russell...a fearsomely gifted [guitar] player who relies on taste rather than speed” BBC Jazz; “Ray Russell...this unusual artist's identity – a fusion of raw R&B...and seductive lyricism” Guardian; “Ray Russell isn't merely a fine jazz player, but a truly original music thinker and an improvisational force to be reckoned with.” All Music Guide
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 KATZDILL 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
Wed 5th - **606 CLUB SPECIAL** "ALL FIRED UP!" featuring Tommy Blaize, Derek Green-vocals; Trevor Barry-bass; Dave Arch, Pete Murray-pno/kybd; Tim Cansfield-gtrs; Tom Walsh, James Copus-trpts; Barnaby Dickinson-trb; Paul Booth-sax; Karlos Edwards, JodyLinscott-perc; Andrew Small-drums
8:30PMAfter a series of storming, sold out, gigs I can absolutely guarantee that this band is unquestionably very special. Put together by singer Tommy Blaize and bass player Trevor Barry from the Tommy Blaize and Strictly Come Dancing bands, along with their friend and studio vocalist Derek Green, this band was formed as a tribute to the great Maurice White and his iconic band Earth, Wind and Fire. The amazing band they have assembled to do this includes between them work with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Robbie Williams, Pet Shop Boys, Amy Winehouse, Kylie Minogue, Massive Attack, Courtney Pine, Simply Red, Will Young, Duffy, Celine Dion, Phil Collins, the Bee Gees, Steve Winwood...you get the idea. And having put together and rehearsed 14 of the finest players on the scene what they then needed was a gig! Which is where we came in. There was the slight technical issue of how we would get 14 musicians on our band stand, but bassist Trevor assured me it would be fine(!), and the gig was born. The music is exclusively EW&F material and is played with an intensity and excitement that makes this ensemble much, much more than just a "tribute" band. The gig was intended to be a celebration of EW&F but has now also become a memorial to Maurice White, who sadly passed away last year. The musicians who will be performing in this amazing line up tonight include Tommy Blaize, Derek Green-vocals, Trevor Barry-bass, Dave Arch, Pete Murray-piano/keyboards, Tim Cansfield, Tony Remy-guitars, Barnaby Dickinson-trombone, Paul Booth-sax; Simon Gardner-trumpet; Karlos Edwards, Jody Linscott-percussion and Andrew Small-drums. This is a unique night of Groove-filled joy featuring some of the finest musicians in Europe, and booking is definitely advised.
“Tommy Blaize…oozes Soul and class” Jazz n Jazz; "Tim Cansfield...great stuff" the jazzmann.com; "Barnaby Dickinson…world class player” BBC Music Magazine
Thu 6th - **606 CLUB SPECIAL** "ALL FIRED UP!" featuring Tommy Blaize, Derek Green-vocals; Trevor Barry-bass; Dave Arch, Pete Murray-pno/kybd; Tim Cansfield-gtrs; Tom Walsh, James Copus-trpts; Barnaby Dickinson-trb; Paul Booth-sax; Karlos Edwards, JodyLinscott-perc; Andrew Small-drums
9:30PM Beverley has had a career in the music industry that is the stuff that dreams are made of. As well as being a first call singer for numerous high profile projects she has also been a pivotal member of ex-Rolling Stones’ bassist Bill Wyman’s project Rhythm Kings, playing and touring with them since the mid-1990s. Bill said of her contribution to their music, “she turned out to be my biggest find of all – putting another dimension into our songs”. However, her CV is also loaded with the names of dozens of well-known pop, soul and dance acts with whom she’s recorded including Robbie Williams, Will Young, M People, Tina Turner, Aswad, Jimmy Cliff, Neneh Cherry, Jamiroquai, ABC and Dido. Her live credits are also extensive, including the likes of Elton John, Chaka Khan, Georgie Fame, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones and Johnny Cash. She’s also worked on numerous film and TV projects including the movie “Love Actually”, and if all that wasn’t enough has found the time to release five solo albums. It’s fair to say that Beverley’s talent and versatility have put her in a class that few can equal. For her 606 date she has put together a standout band, including Nial Tompkins-guitar, Rob Eckland-piano, Greg Harewood-bass and Geoff Dunn-drums. And if all that wasn’t enough, she’s also asked the wonderful singers Kevin Leo and Sara-Jane Skeete (her daughter and bv for Robbie Williams - talented family!) to join her to help make the night just that little bit more special. This gig is an opportunity to get up close to one of the UK scene’s great singers and her truly impressive Friends.
“Beverley Skeete…came into her own with a perfectly paced version of James Brown’s ‘It’s a Man’s Man’s World’.” LondonJazz News
9:30PMBENN CLATWORTHY is a truly impressive modern jazz tenor player who was first brought to my attention by the late Ronnie Scott, who rated him as one of the best UK players that he had heard. Although British (very!) Benn has been resident in California since 1980, although he does return to Britain on a regular basis. After a stint with the iconic Horace Silver band in the late 80's Benn has gone on to establish himself as a musician of impressive pedigree and talent, working with the likes of The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Billy Higgins, Cab Calloway, Cedar Walton, Bobby Shew and Cyndi Lauper. Tonight Benn will be performing a programme of classic, post bop jazz standards supported by three great musicians, John Donaldson on piano, Simon Thorpe on bass and Matt Home on drums. A powerful and impressive player this is a gig not to be missed.
“big toned sax …. (with) deep emotional commitment” Jazz UK; "Brilliant" London EveningStandard; "Sublime" Jazz Times; "A master player" LA Weekly
SUN 9th SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: GOSPEL LUNCH FEATURING FIONA YORKE
1:30PMUnder the auspices of 606 regulars the 606 Gospel Group, we are presenting this afternoon the wonderful multi-award-winning vocalist Fiona Yorke & the Anointed Gospel Musicians. For more than ten years Fiona has been a member of the Divinity Gospel Choir, performing on television, at theatres and at corporate functions across the UK as well as being affiliated with the worship event PHASS (Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs) which present regular gospel music concerts around London. In 2014 Fiona debuted her first EP, “Live to Worship”, an eclectic mix of urban, reggae, traditional and R&B, with one of its tracks, “All That I Need”, being chosen by Mi-Soul Radio as one of its Top 30 Soul Tracks of 2014. Following this Fiona was nominated for the “Black African Women Rock (BAWR) Award, which she won for ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’. Fiona’s gigs are always exciting and full of energy, so you can expect an afternoon of uplifting music and fun! Don’t forget this is our family day, so children are more than welcome.
8:30PMRecord producer, broadcaster, raconteur, pianist oh, and one of Europe’s finest male jazz vocalists, Ian Shaw has it all. Named Best Vocalist of the Year twice (!) at the BBC Jazz Awards, the 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. A wry, witty and intelligent showman, Ian has an international reputation, including sell-out tours of the US, Canada and most recently Australia. Check out “A Ghost in Every Bar”, an album celebrating the lyrics of the wonderful Fran Landesman (who said that Ian’s version of her classic “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” was her favourite). Now signed to Jazz Village he has just released (both in London and Paris) his latest recording “The Theory of Joy” to considerable acclaim. Ian has promised his usual unending supply of fantastic Surprise Guests for the gig tonight, including the incomparable Barry Green on piano and watch out for Malaysian singing sensation Dasha Logan. Come prepared for an evening of musical surprises and a great deal of fun. Booking definitely advised.
“One of the scene's class acts”The Guardian; “…our finest Jazz singer” Time Out; “an eye-watering vocal range and bucketloads of soul” BBC; “an artist on top of his game” Jazzwise
8:30PM One of the country’s leading bass players, Arnie is a much sought after musician, composer and bandleader. He’s performed and recorded with a wide variety high profile artists, from the likes of Tom Jones, Amy Winehouse and Charlie Watts to renowned jazz artists including John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, James Moody, Clare Martin, Art Farmer and the New York-based Mingus Big Band. He has appeared on over 40 albums, numerous film soundtracks and in his non-musical life has also presented three BBC Radio 4 ‘road-movie-for-radio’ documentaries about Eastern Europe. He works frequently at Ronnie Scott’s as a member of the club's house band, the “Ronnie Scott’s All-Stars” and if all that wasn't enough he is also a visiting professor at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music. Tonight Arnie is bringing his exciting "Jump Monk" project to the Club, featuring an immensely talented and experienced, multi-award-winning line up of Tony Kofi-sax, Jeremy Price-trombone, Mark Edwards-piano and Clark Tracey-drums. The band is dedicated to performing the music of two of the greatest jazz composers and musicians, pianist Thelonious Monk and bass player Charles Mingus, but as Arnie says it is "a repertoire rather than a tribute band". Originally formed to play the music of Charles Mingus, the programme has now been extended to encompass music from the legendary pianist Thelonious Monk as well. Named after Mingus's musical tribute to Monk, "Jump Monk", the quintet embodies the freedom of interpretation and drive that characterises the music of two of the most important and colourful figures in jazz. Performing a mix of lesser-known compositions along with familiar favourites such as "Round Midnight", "Fables of Faubus" and "Better Get Hit in Your Soul" this is a very special band playing very special music.
"...a set of soaring, beautifully realised interpretations" justlikejazz; "Somogyi....a bassist who doesn’t mark time but makes it sing … add in Jeremy Price's trombone and the searing alto of Tony Kofi, with his flame-thrower tone and vehement attack, and you have music of real consequence" Jazzwise; "Mark Edwards…heartfelt, passionate playing with a breathtaking technique” Independent
8:30PMAward-winning saxophonist Simon Allen began his career with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, picking up the Daily Telegraph ‘Young Jazz’ competition award as well as being a finalist in the ‘Young Jazz Musician of the Year’ along the way. After completing a degree at the Royal Academy of Music he was chosen by drummer Clark Tracey to join his acclaimed Quintet, winning further awards and touring the UK for over 7 years. However, it's probably as one of the featured saxophonists with the late, great, Stan Tracey's various outfits that Simon really established himself as a player of international stature. He joined Stan in 2005 and for more than 8 years performed in Stan's Octet and Big Band as well as appearing on Stan's final two quartet recordings and live on Jools Holland’s “Later” TV show. Outside of jazz, Simon has recorded and played live with Robbie Williams, Beverley Knight, Katie Melua and Jamie Cullum, is featured on the soundtracks of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and Sujoy Ghosh’s “Aladdin”, and leads a horn section which among others has backed Phil Collins, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney. A leading light on the UK jazz scene, Simon has appeared at major UK venues and festivals including Ronnie Scott’s, the Barbican and Brecon Jazz Festival, and in 2014, was appointed Head of Jazz at the prestigious Purcell School of Music. He has recently released his first album under his own name, “Any Minute Now" and tonight will be featuring music from that album along with a stellar line up of similarly distinguished musicians, Martin Shaw-trumpet, Tom Cawley-piano, Laurence Cottle-bass and Mike Bradley-drums. Simon also tells us that he has invited some Special Guests along to create an enlarged 9-piece band for selected songs, including 2016 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Alexandra Ridout on trumpet and 2014 finalist Sean Payne on sax. Promises to be quite a night!
“Allen...brings a searing urgency... [and] an anthemic soul-jazzy heat” The Guardian; “Allen's questing inventiveness and thrilling rhythmic interplay” Brisbane Jazz Club; “Allen...knows how to produce a luminous, floating tone...has an impressive technique, and constructs his solos with maturity and confidence” The Independent
8:30PMSinger Acantha Lang has been making quite a name for herself since recently relocating to London. Although born in New Orleans, her desire to sing was really kindled after she moved to New York and bought her first Blues CD, and as she says "it felt like home". She immersed herself in the blues, studying its history, music and greats such as Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters. She put together a band and landed a residency at the Harlem Grill where her highly lauded ‘Monday Night Blues’ performances were described as "an amalgamation of Tina Turner, James Brown, and Janis Joplin". It wasn't long before she was being asked to perform at various prestigious venues around New York, including one of the hottest clubs in the country, The Box. It was then a short step to being asked to MC The Box's sister Club, The Box-London. Unsurprisingly, performing regularly at such a well-known venue has helped rapidly establish Acantha as an artist of real talent and authority. As well as New York and London, Acantha has performed in Africa, French Guiana, China, Russia, and throughout Europe and has been heralded as a force to be reckoned with by the likes of Sting and Axl Rose. Although Acantha started out singing the Blues, these days her repertoire is more eclectic, listing artists such as Tina Turner, Nina Simone and Jimi Hendrix amongst her many influences. Acantha has already appeared here at the Club with the likes of Mo Pleasure and Dan Reinstein, so we know her powerful and charismatic singing well. It is therefore with great pleasure that we welcome this outstanding artist, for the first time with her very own band. Promises to be a "Groove" extravaganza not to be missed. Highly recommended.
"Her voice blew me away…She is truly unforgettable.” Jude Law; "She has a soulful voice reminiscent of Tina Turner, Chaka Khan...she's the real deal" Mo Pleasure
9:30PM Tony O’Malley is unquestionably one of the most charismatic vocalists working in the UK. A featured performer since the late 60s, his CV is vast and includes stints with the iconic band 10CC and his own seminal Jazz/Funk band Kokomo. His brand of jazz-tinged contemporary soul and blues is really stunning, with his fabulous, smoky, velvety growl of a voice delivering original material and some covers in his inimitable style. With eight CDs to his name including his latest, “Back at the Bag” released in the summer of 2015, Tony has established himself as one of the most original and powerful performers on the scene today, with a fan base that reaches around the world. Not surprisingly his regular band features some of the finest groove musicians around including Tony’s latest recruits, the up-and-coming guitarist Richie Aikman, bass player Sonny Winslow and young drum talent Ally McDougal. 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
Sat 15th - JULIAN MARC STRINGLE FEATURING JACQUI HICKS
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 A talented singer inspired by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, Jo Harrop performs a beautiful, straight-ahead set of classic jazz standards, perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Already highly experienced she includes performances at the likes of the Jazz Cafe, Pizza On The Park, St. Martins In The Fields and Momo's and has been featured on Courtney Pines' Radio 2 show 'Jazz Crusade'. Today she will be appearing with her wonderful trio featuring some of the finest musicians on the scene, the beautifully melodic Terence Collie-piano, Miles Danso-bass and Sophie Alloway-drums. Promises to be a wonderful afternoon for anyone who likes their jazz swinging and heartfelt.
"Jo Harrop held the audience in the palm of her hand from the first note, a sign that we were listening to something special... another ***** star evening" bebopspokenhere
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
8:30PM Led by jazz trumpeter Andy Davies and bass player Lorenzo Bassignani this modern jazz quintet, with its mix of hard bop, 80's groove and torch song vocals, produces something unique on the London jazz scene. Originally from Wales, Andy's fluent, hard-bop influenced trumpet playing has been heard in a wide variety of settings and it is a reflection of the respect with which he is regarded that his quartet is currently the resident band at the Ronnie Scott Upstairs Wednesday night Jam session. Expat Italian bass player Lorenzo Bassignani moved to London to study at Trinity College of Music, and since then, he has worked with an impressive array of artists, including Lindsey Webster, Hazel O'Connor, Ola Onabule and Polly Gibbons at the likes of Tokyo Opera House, Pizza Express and the Manchester, Moleto and Varese Jazz Festivals. Tonight the guys will be performing material from their recently released, eponymously named, CD "Simians of Swing". I'll hand over to them to explain more: "Inspired by our favourite Marvel, Vertigo and DC comic books we have written a jazz soundtrack to create new original heroes and villains. Their stories will send shivers down your spine...each number...is a soundtrack to a hero or villain; some of the characters are good, most are bad … but all are legends with tales of revenge, tragedy and romance. Set in a post-apocalyptic world the Simians narrate their stories through the medium of jazz." All of the music is written and arranged by Andy and Lorenzo and to help them tell their "stories" they have put together an enormously impressive band of top class musicians in guitarist Ant Law (Jason Rebello), drummer Saleem Raman (Julia Biel) and the wonderful vocalist Sara Dowling. This promises to be not only music of the highest calibre...but also great fun. And to quote the Simians once more "Live in the present...cos in the future the living are dead!"
"Slow or fast, upbeat or downcast, the Simians of Swing is an impressive and enjoyable outfit" AllAboutJazz; "Andy Davies has a lovely trumpet sound...it blossoms" The Observer; "more groove than a barrel of monkeys"Evening Standard
8:30PMGuitarist Dominic Miller is probably best known as Sting’s “right hand man” and co-writer of “Shape of My Heart”, amongst a number of other co-collaborations. In the 25+ years that he has worked with Sting he has appeared with him on over 1,000 live gigs, 8 albums and 6 World Tours. But Dominic’s terrific guitar playing has not been exclusive to Sting by any means. In his early career he worked with Julia Fordham, Phil Collins and The Pretenders, which led in 1990 to Sting hearing and hiring him. His massive and impressive CV since then includes work with the likes of Level 42, Tina Turner, Backstreet Boys, Youssou N'Dour and Ronan Keating and his fluent, tasteful and highly creative playing continues to be in demand by musicians at the highest level. As well as a sideman Dominic is also a well-established leader in his own right with twelve CD’s and counting to his name, including his brand new album “Silent Light” released on 7th April, making this gig its London premiere. Dominic will be appearing with his band featuring Nicolas Fiszman on bass and Miles Bould on percussion plus he has promised some Special Guests. This is a rare chance to catch this highly respected musician in the intimate atmosphere of the 606 Club. Booking essential.
“...Guitarist Dominic Miller contributed searing electric fretwork as well as crystalline acoustic chords...” The Washington Times; “...Miller is capable of just about any guitar style...edgy, lightning leads...[or]...delicately plucked fluid, classical arpeggios from chords that deformed his hand as it stretched on the guitar’s fretboard” The New York Post
8:30PM Gareth Lockrane has established himself as one of the finest jazz flautists in Europe, with a string of high profile appearances alongside the likes of the James Taylor Quartet, Natalie Williams and Bheki Mseleku. His award-winning band “Grooveyard” won the “Best European Jazz Group” at the Granada Jazz Festival in 2003, on the back of their debut CD “Put The Cat Out”, while the album “No Messin”, released by Gareth’s septet in 2009, was chosen “Best Album” at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. It is a measure of Gareth’s growing international standing that he was named “Rising Star on Flute” in the prestigious 2008 Downbeat Critics Poll (USA). More recently, his remarkable 16-piece Big Band, featuring Gareth's brilliant writing and arranging, has also been winning plaudits on the international jazz stage. Tonight Gareth is bringing his fabulous quartet to the Club, featuring the stunning rhythm section of Jim Watson on piano, Dave Whitford on bass and Tristan Maillot on drums, who between them have worked with the likes of Katie Melua, Manu Katché, John Taylor, Dave Liebman, Art Farmer and Jim Hall. Quite a band.
“Lockrane’s flute work is exceptional, combining a relaxed fluidity with an acute adventurousness…very special indeed” Jazzwise; “…formidable” Guardian; “...brilliant” Observer; “Flute phenomenon” Evening Standard; “...breathtaking…dazzling” AllAboutJazz
8:30PM A unique and creative musical force, Sarah’s 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 (she writes occasional political papers and fundraises for numerous causes) and the music is witty, poignant, quirky and swinging. Hailed as one of the major singer-songwriters on the British scene, Sarah’s two albums “Stalking Juliet” (2009) and “In the Current Climate” (2011) both received 4 & 5 star reviews in the Independent, the Guardian and the Times, while her last record, “Glory Days” was called “her best mix yet of hooky tunes & smart lyrics” (MOJO Magazine). 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. Sarah’s latest project is the six-song EP “Roundhouse Bounty” released via Audio Network, which she’s described as “bluesy ballads” with an “alt-country” feel. Sarah will be playing these new songs as well as old favourites from her back catalogue accompanied by her excellent band: Tom Cawley (piano), Ben Bastin (bass) and James Maddren (drums). Sarah is truly one-of-a-kind and absolutely not to be missed.
“…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
9:30PMPROTECT THE BEAT is made up of five of the finest jazz funk experts on the scene; Derek Nash, sax (Jools Holland, Dave Grusin, Sax Appeal), Tim Cansfield, guitar (Bee Gees, Elton John), Neil Angilley, keyboard (Vanessa Mae, War of The Worlds), Phil Scragg bass 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 Undoubtedly one of this country’s finest modern jazz sax players, Dave 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 is a brilliant gig led by one of the most respected musicians on the international jazz scene.
“…exceptional fluency...one of Britain’s finest musicians”Observer; “...virtuoso jazz/fusion saxophonist” Time Out; “….world class player” BBC Music Magazine; “…dazzling” Guardian; "A stunning player in the neo-bop vein, with an apparently effortless flow of coherent ideas, beautiful time and a highly developed harmonic sense.” Jazz Guide
SUN 23rd - SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: RACHEL SUTTON
1:30PM Rachel 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 Curtis Ruiz 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; "immaculate vocals and bursting-with-life stage presence...a must see" Cabaret Scenes
8:30PM One 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 last year alone saw “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 tells us she will be premiering brand new material to feature on her forthcoming 7th album, "Letters I Haven't Written", alongside music from past projects and will not only be singing but playing mandolin, French horn and as she puts it "everything but the kitchen sink....and possibly the kitchen sink!". Accompanying her on this musical journey will be the intricate piano of Ned Cartwright, the creative bass of Sam Burgess and 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… one of Britain's brightest talents." The Telegraph
8:30PM Liverpudlian 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!
8:30PMMark is an award-winning tenor sax player who first made his name working with seminal band Loose Tubes in the eighties, and whose mastery of modern jazz has kept him at the forefront of the music ever since. Co-founder of the universally regarded “The Perfect Houseplants” Mark has toured and recorded with Django Bates, Mike Gibbs, Mark Anthony Turnage and his own 11 piece “Scratch Band” as well as Seb Rochford’s highly acclaimed “Polar Bear”. To add further glitter to an already stellar CV, in 2016 he was named Jazz FM’s “Instrumentalist of the Year”, and is also a highly respected educator, writer and arranger. Tonight Mark will be appearing with his brilliant quartet, featuring Award-winning pianist Nikki Iles (Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone), Steve Watts (Django Bates) on bass and James Maddren (Gwilym Simcock) on drums, performing music that he describes as "exploring classic jazz standards as well as re-workings of Rollins and Monk". A fabulous gig from a world-class performer.
"Lockheart is a consummate saxophonist and an original and versatile composer" The Rough Guide to Jazz; “inspired and imaginative” The Times; “compelling” Guardian
8:30PM An expat Australian singer now settled in London, Lily comes with an impressive and extensive cv. The daughter of professional musicians, Lily spent her first five years touring the world before finally settling in Australia. Her debut album ‘Invitation’ received universal praise and put Lily firmly on the Australian music map. "She can belt out a song, dramatize a lyric, swing hard and earthy, flirt, sing a tender song - Lily can tell a story" ABC. In what is now an extensive and highly respected career Lily is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost vocalists, performing at major festivals and venues in Australia and around the World, including performances in the likes of New York, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong and of course London. She has shared the stage with a who’s who of world-class musicians including Oscar Castro Neves, Dale Barlow and James Morrison and includes numerous TV and Radio appearances as well as hosting her own show on Sydney’s premier jazz station ‘Eastside Radio’ for over ten years. The music tonight will be classic “Groove” orientated material with some of her own excellent groove originals and some choice jazz standards, all performed with the powerful and charismatic vocals that are Lily’s trademark. I rate her so highly I asked her to perform with my band, trust me she’s well worth catching. Also featured tonight will be the brilliant piano playing of Tim Lapthorn along with Geoff Gascoyne-bass and Rod Youngs-drums. Highly recommended.
“Jazz and soul coexist in Lily Dior’s repertoire, and in her vocal style... sassy, soulful, passionate and strong.” Rhythms magazine
8:30PMJOHN EAST PROJECT is led by vocalist and Hammond organ player John East, becoming a popular and regular feature at the Club since their first appearance here six years ago. John has played the Hammond for decades, working with musicians such as John Etheridge, Katie Kissoon and Phil Robson. His stellar band comprises Mark Fletcher-drums, Neville Malcolm-bass and the remarkable Carl Orr on guitar, together with a powerhouse horn section of Scott Baylis-trumpet, Dan Hewson-trombone and the great Dave Lewis-sax. Tonight the band will be performing material from their latest album, "Mr Businessman", which features a selection of carefully chosen vocal standards along with lesser-known songs from the popular songbook as well as the occasional instrumental tune, with the emphasis on melodic jazz driven along by the distinctive Hammond sound. Both CD's and Vinyl (remember vinyl!) will be available tonight, so come on down and get the latest offering from the JEP. Oh, and Congratulations John on the first six years!
“(East) and the band...brought the house down” City AM; "Vocalist and Hammond player East leads a fine band" Time Out; "A bit of genius" Fleece Jazz
Fri 28th - SAMARA FEATURING STEVE RUBIE & LILIANA CHACHIAN
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 Neil Angilley works with Vanessa Mae, Shirley Bassey and “Down to the Bone”, Dill Katz, the bass player is visiting professor at the Guildhall, while Nic France the drummer has worked with just about everyone, including Dave Gilmore (Pink Floyd) and Bill Withers. 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; “Liliana has a glorious voice. Sensual, shapely and beguiling...”Guardian
Sat 29th - BRANDON ALLEN SEXTET featuring SAM MAYNE, MARK NIGHTINGALE and ROSS STANLEY
9:30PMBrandon is an expat Australian saxophonist who has made quite an impression on the scene since taking up residence in London. A leading soloist in several jazz orchestras back home he also led his own successful group before decamping to Europe in 2002. His wonderfully fluent and incisive sax playing has been heard in prestigious venues all over Europe and at numerous festivals around the world, including the Womad World Music Festival, Reading Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, The Vittoria and Terrassa Jazz Festivals in Spain, Manly Jazz Festival in Australia and the London Jazz Festival. In London alone he has performed with the likes of Eric Clapton, Mica Paris, Jools Holland, BBC Big Band and Omar, which gives you an idea of just how good he is! Brandon is also the founder & Artistic Director of the Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival, adding a further string to his bow. Tonight Brandon will be bringing his scintillating three-horn front line sextet to the Club, featuring some of the finest musicians on the UK jazz scene, including the award-winning saxophonist Sam Mayne, the multi award-winning Mark Nightingale on trombone and the powerhouse rhythm section of Ross Stanley on piano, Dave Whitford on bass and the brilliant Ian Thomas on drums. Absolutely not to be missed, this one.
“Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today” Jazzwise;"Nightingale....possesses a prodigious technique coupled with a fully rounded...sound that lifts the music well off the paper...it was written on" LondonJazz News; "Mayne's saxophone explorations possessed faultless inner logic, a remarkable feat." Guardian
SUN 30th SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL - CLOSED FOR PRIVATE EVENT
SUN 30th - MICHELLE JOHN
8:30PM A highly experienced vocalist Michelle cut her musical teeth in The London Community Gospel Choir before moving on to work with the likes of George Michael, Annie Lennox, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. She toured the world for more than 10 years with Eric Clapton and her recent work includes performances with Will Young, Herbie Hancock, Sheryl Crow and Lenny Kravitz. A vocal coach on Pop Idol, she has also performed for President Obama at the White House. And watch out for her EP of songs, all written by herself, entitled "Little Me". She performs a fabulous set of Groove-based standards and originals and is without question a brilliant singer! Accompanied by a powerhouse Soul/Funk rhythm section that includes Dimitri Dimopoulos on keyboards, Jeremiah Olaleye on bass and Stefan Brown on drums this gig is definitely highly recommended. Booking advised.
“spine-tingling...from singer…Michelle John” The Herald Scotland;“Michelle John…added some heavenly sounds to complement Clapton’s sandpaper growls” AccessAtlanta