Please note the following:
:: there is a music charge for each event (usually between £10 - £14 per person)
:: we have a supper license, so you must eat a substantial meal if you wish to drink alcohol
WED 1st - MO PLEASURE BAND "SANS MO" featuring laurence cottle with special guest ivy chanel & LUKE SMITH-KEYS; DAN REINSTEIN-SAXOPHONE; TOM HILL-GUITAR & MARK MONDESIR-DRUMS
UPDATE: Unfortunately due to an unforeseen family emergency, Mo has had to pull out of this gig to return to the US. However, the show will go on with the same band and set list, with the addition of Laurence Cottle in the bass chair filling in for Mo. Laurie’s technical virtuosity has made him one of the most sought after bassists both in the studio and live, in the jazz world and beyond with credits including Eric Clapton, Brian Eno, Black Sabbath, Gary Moore & Seal. His playing can also be heard on numerous high profile film scores including “Lethal Weapon” & “Mr Holland’s Opus” and Laurie is well known to 606 audiences, leading both his own highly regarded Big Band as well as appearing alongside Gwilym Simcock in Gwilym’s tribute to Jaco Pastorious.
8:30PMOne of the greatest keyboard players and multi-instrumentalists of his generation Morris "Mo" Pleasure has been at the forefront of American popular music for the last 30 years. A child prodigy, he began on piano at the age of 4 and by his early teens was also performing on bass, trumpet, guitar, drums and violin! After gaining a BA in Music in the mid 80's, Mo began his professional career playing with Ray Charles before moving in to the studios, including work with the likes of George Duke, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Christina Aguilera, Michael McDonald, Chaka Khan, and Roberta Flack amongst many others. In 1993, he became a member of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire, ascending to become the band’s musical director from 1994-2001. He was featured with Janet Jackson, played keyboards and trumpet with Boney James and is currently MD for the iconic Bette Midler. Mo was also approached by Michael Jackson to play keyboards in Jackson's last touring band that was scheduled to perform in the late superstar’s historic 2009 comeback tour at London’s O2 Arena, which sadly never came to fruition. And if all that wasn't enough he is also a renowned composer and producer. You get the idea, he's pretty special. Now splitting his time between London and the States Mo has recently been performing, for fun, as a "sideman" here at the Club and in the process has quickly become part of our 606 musical "family". So it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome him to the Club tonight, appearing here as a leader of his own ensemble. He describes the music they will be playing as a selection of originals as well as his favourite classic funk, soul and groove songs and will feature a hand picked band of some of the finest musicians in the UK, including a Special Guest vocalist, Ivy Chanel. Born in Philadelphia in the US, Ivy Chanel was raised on soul and gospel music. Part Native American, which she considers to be “an integral part of her identity” she relocated to London where her simply stunning voice attracted the attention of music mogul Simon Cowell, who said “Ivy’s not good – she’s fantastic”. She’s working with renowned US producer Curtis Richardson (Jennifer Lopez, Rhianna, Joss Stone) & has released several records including her latest, “Carried Away”.
" ...Pleasure proves that jazz can still be made which is smooth yet textured, is varied and interesting and can appeal to wide range of ears... Superb and essential." Soul Express
THU 2nd - AISLING IRIS- TRIBUTE TO MONK featuring TONY KOFI, JON GEE
8:30PMHailing from Co Cork, Ireland, singer/songwriter/jazz artist Aisling (pronounced "Ashling") Iris moved to London over 16 years ago, since when she has become an integral part of the UK music scene. She has hosted or co-hosted regular high profile jam sessions around the capital, was signed to Universal music for over 2 years, fronts jazz quartet Neon Villages who supported jazz funk legend Marcus Miller on his Afrodeezia tour, has toured with UK Hip Hop legend Roots Manuva, Omar and Mercury nominee Eska and has been featured by Jamie Cullum as BBC Introducing Artist on his BBC Radio 2 show. Her vocals featured in the Ridley Scott film Life in a Day and she has performed to packed-out London venues including The Vortex, The Jazz Café and the Shepherds Bush Empire. As a songwriter her work has been described as "a melting pot of soul, jazz and hip hop with a sprinkling of folk, steeped in old school leanings with just the right amount of quirky!" and her debut album " Night Time Moves" was recently released on Bandcamp. However, it's her (very impressive) Jazz hat that Aisling will be wearing tonight as she brings to the Club her acclaimed "Final Frontier Quintet", a band formed in 2016 when Aisling approached saxophonist Tony Kofi with the idea of paying homage to one of modern jazz's greatest composers and musicians, Thelonious Monk. A Monk aficionado Tony recommended fellow Monk enthusiast, pianist Jon Gee and a powerful and musical band of seasoned and creative musicians was born. The repertoire is garnered primarily from the music featured on the iconic 1988 Carmen McRae album "Carmen sings Monk", with these rarely performed lyrical versions of classic Monk compositions demonstrating just how ahead of his time Monk was as a composer. Aisling's pure toned and characterful vocals are the perfect foil for this wonderful material and having already received rave reviews after their appearance at the Birmingham Jazz Festival, this is a powerhouse band that is definitely worth watching out for. Making up the rhythm section this evening will be two highly regarded stalwarts of the UK jazz scene, Ben Hazleton on bass and Clark Tracey on drums. Highly recommended.
"Irish singer Aisling Iris followed with a superb new collaboration with saxophonist Tony Kofi.... Iris’s voice was a revelation: her control over the whole range is immaculate, her expression powerful, and her feel for the essential elements of Monk’s music quite extraordinary" thejazzbreakfast;“passionate…superb…heartfelt” Guardian; “There is so much respect in jazz circles for Tony Kofi.” Jazzwise
9:30PMA terrific singer in the Soul/R&B tradition, Imaani’s CV is long and impressive. She first came to prominence as the UK’s 1998 entrant to the Eurovision Song contest (one of the better choices!) where she was runner up, and went on to produce a highly successful single that charted around the world. She then moved on to work with Dub Conspiracy (with whom she again charted). Her worldwide tours, television, live and recorded output includes work with the likes of Gloria Gaynor, Carleen Anderson, Michael Bolton, Lulu and Beverley Knight. One of the featured singers for many years with the iconic band “Incognito”, with whom she has had a long association, she took a break for several years to perform “motherhood” duties, but is now back performing with them on a regular basis. Her band, not surprisingly, is full of some of the best “Groove” players on the scene, including guitarist Emlyn Francis, keyboardist Lex Cameron and her two wonderful backing singers Zion and Yvonne Park. Her long anticipated debut album "Standing Tall" was realised at the end of 2014 to considerable acclaim and you can expect to hear a number of originals from that album as well as some classic soul and R&B tunes. A powerful and charismatic vocalist this is a wonderful opportunity to hear this enormously experienced and highly regarded singer perform with her fantastic band here at the Club.
“The magnificent vocals of Imaani, who weaves her magic over a backdrop of funk guitar and old-school synths”DJ Times;“Imaani’s beautiful vocals are the standout element” JjazzproJect
9:30PMThis swinging band, styled as the "feisty little brother" of the “Kansas Smitty's House Band” is led by expatriate American saxophonist and clarinettist Giacomo Smith. Although relatively new to the UK, Giacomo has already made quite an impact on the swing scene as a fluent and authentic clarinet player, as well as an excellent modern jazz saxophonist. The band tonight will focus on the music showcasing the 30’s and 40’s upbeat swing style of New Orleans and New York, and as well as Giacomo on sax and clarinet the band will also feature Pete Horsfall on trumpet, Dave Archer on guitar, Fergus Ireland on bass and for the gig here at the Club Joe Webb on piano, making this the biggest quartet in the World! As Giacomo explains, "this streamlined formation allows the band to navigate New Orleans and swing standards with unparalleled energy and tightness while maintaining the melodic integrity of the canon". Although all these predominately young (most are under 30) players are also well known on the modern jazz scene they are extremely enthusiastic about playing this fun, good time music, which they do extremely well – so it’s guaranteed to be a highly entertaining evening.
“a lively, friendly, swinging, civilized new band playing approachable music…Bandleader clarinettist/sax Giacomo Smith, from the upper reaches of the Hudson in New York…[his] sound and presence are a welcome addition to the London scene…definitely a band to watch out for” LondonJazz News; “Kansas Smitty’s: London’s new swing princes” Evening Standard
SUN 5TH - LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: JO HARROP & THE HARRY SANKEY TRIO
1:30PMA 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 band featuring some of the finest musicians on the scene, the beautifully melodic Harry Sankey on guitar, Will Barry-piano, Joe Downard on bass and Peter Adam Hill on drums. Jo is planning to release her debut album in the spring with this band, so keep an eye out for that. 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
SUN 5th - ANITA WARDELL *Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2006/7, “Best Jazz Vocalist” British Jazz Awards 2013*
UPDATE: GEORGIA MANCIO WAS SCHEDULED TO PERFORM BUT HAS HAD TO CANCEL DUE TO ILLNESS. FEEL BETTER GEORGIA AND WE'LL RESCHEDULE THE DATE SOON.
8:30PMThis award-winning Australian vocalist is another of those powerful and impressive singers who hail from “down under”. An established and experienced musician, Anita not only performs jazz standards in her own inimitable style but she is also universally recognised as one of the best “scat” singers on the international jazz scene. Invited to appear in New York, she was such a success that she was immediately invited back. Her three CD’s (“Noted” and “Kinda Blues” on the Proper label and her latest, “The Road” on Specific) have each received glowing praise, and are a showcase for her interpretative skills and vocal agility. Live, she’s even better, with a winning rapport that further adds to the charm of her performance. A much-vaunted teacher and educationalist as well as performer, Anita is undoubtedly one of the most highly regarded jazz vocalists in Europe. Tonight she will be appearing with her fantastic band, featuring Robin Aspland (Van Morrison) on piano. This is really good, hard-driving jazz from one of the great masters of bebop vocals.
“...the most creative Jazz singer in London” Evening Standard; “…one of the country’s leading...jazz singers” Jazz UK;
“First and foremost, it’s the innate musicality of Wardell’s interpretations that impresses” The Jazz Rag
8:30PMGina Foster, who is probably best known for her work with the iconic group “Swing Out Sister”, is a truly gifted and impressive singer. Perhaps most familiar to those at the Club for her shows here with her friend Beverley Skeete (Rhythm Kings), Gina is renowned as one of the most soulful session vocalists around and has worked prolifically in jazz, soul, groove, pop and dance music with high profile artists including Eric Clapton, Sinead O’Connor and many more. Tonight Gina will be returning to the 606 with her band for an encore performance of “Joni’s Soul”, her acclaimed programme celebrating the life and music of iconic singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell. As she says "It's not easy to pick a set-list from such a prolific artist, with so many great songs to choose from. But so far our interpretations, with emphasis on the heart and soul, have been going down a storm! From “Hejira” to “Both Sides Now”, “Hissing of Summer Lawns”, “Coyote”, “Carey” and “Edith and the Kingpin”, it's a pleasure to hear these great songs played live and a special pleasure to perform them." And she has put together a terrific band to help accomplish that task, with Graham Harvey on piano and keyboards, Ronnie Johnson along with son Patrick Johnson on guitars, Steve Pearce on bass and Ian Thomas on drums. This promises to be a very special night indeed. Booking recommended.
“Gina Foster…is an incredibly talented and versatile vocalist” Visit London
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.
“…impressive hard-bop saxophonist” Time Out
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
8:30PMWell, this is something we don't see at the Club too often, a full size harp and a terrific musician to go with it! Originating from Melbourne, Australia, jazz harpist and vocalist Tara Minton re-located to London in 2011, since when she has become one of the leading figures in UK contemporary harp circles. Tonight Tara is bringing to the Club her wonderful International trio, featuring Bulgarian percussionist Lilia Iontcheva and London-born bassist Ed Babar. As Tara explains, the trio "explore the unique blend of jazz harp and Latin, Cuban and African rhythms". The project begun when Lilia performed on Tara's album, "The Tides of Love", they found they had a common musical language and passion that gave rise to a dynamic musical soundscape of grooves and textures. Lilia is highly acclaimed in the world of afro/latin jazz and Tara is renowned in harp circles for her natural ease and effortless ability to both groove and sing. Ed has worked extensively with both artists and they describe him as the "glue that holds this unique trio together". The band performs regularly at festivals and clubs at home and abroad, from The Pizza Express, London to The Rockwood Music Hall, New York. Between the three musicians, they have amassed a huge number of festival appearances including The Camac Harp Festival (Switzerland), The Melbourne Cabaret Festival, The World Harp Congress (Sydney), Harpes au Max Festival (France) and the Squinterno Festival (Italy). Tara is also the only harpist to have performed a tiny concert on the iconic London Eye! Featuring Tara's wonderful vocals the trio will perform a mix of originals and selected jazz standards. Highly recommended.
“.... one of the leading contemporary harpists in Europe" Artistic Director, Cambridge Jazz Festival;“We love her soulful mix of great covers and fantastic original songs, which tell stories, and that make you tearful and get you dancing by turns” Le Blog des Harpes Camac
THU 9th - TIM WHITEHEAD featuring JON GEE, PIANO; OLI HAYHURST, BASS & MILO FELL DRUMS
8:30PMTim is renowned throughout the UK, Europe and the USA as a remarkable performer and composer with a dazzling CV. In the 70’s he toured with Ian Carr’s “Nucleus” and “Graham Collier Music” winning the Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award on the way. In the 80’s he was a member of the groundbreaking big band Loose Tubes and continued to develop his own music, recording with his own bands featuring, at different times, John Parricelli, Django Bates, Nic France and Pete Jacobsen. In the 90’s he made several critically acclaimed albums, winning The Andrew Milne Award for Jazz, as well as the BBC Music Magazine Jazz Album of the Year. More recently, Tim has collaborated with renowned contemporary classical composer Colin Riley, creating music for several different ensembles and receiving numerous awards and accolades for these innovative projects (while still touring and recording with his own fantastic bands). As further testament to his extraordinary talent, in 2009 he was the first ever musician to be made Artist in Residence at Tate Britain, resulting in a number of brilliant gigs, a highly acclaimed album “Colour Beginnings” and a short-listing for the British Composer Of The Year Award in 2010. Currently, Tim is working with former “Children’s Laureate” Michael Rosen. The gig this evening will feature material from his “Personal Standards” project (an innovative take on popular songs) that he has entitled "Very Personal Standards", described as “featuring some of my very recently written work and tunes from "Wake Up Call" (commissioned by Sony/EMI),"Turner And The Thames" (commission for 2014 London Jazz Festival) and including material by Paul Simon, Hattie Whitehead, Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett, and Pat Metheny”. Tim’s muscular yet fluent and highly melodic playing is widely regarded as amongst the finest around, and he commands considerable respect throughout the jazz scene.
“the finest tenor player in Britain today'' Jazz Review; “Those of us who have caught him live … have been left blinking in disbelief. It’s not just his mastery of the tenor saxophone, phenomenal though it is, but the absolute conviction of his playing that is so impressive.” The Observer; “He is a prodigious tenor player whose graceful compositions always rise above....mere technicalities...Tim Whitehead's music is marked by a sense of grace and economy” The Times; “Whitehead is one of the most creative, exciting and passionate saxophonists in Europe and also one of the finest small-group composers” A Rough Guide
fri 10th - DAVE LEWIS "1UP" FEATURING LIZZIE DEANE
9:30PMDave Lewis's robust and melodic tenor playing has been heard with a notable list of artists including John Martyn, Bryan Ferry, Joan Armatrading, John Mayall, Eric Clapton and The Blockheads. His own band features an impressive array of talent fronted by vocalist Lizzie Deane, a fabulous singer who for many years has worked with some of the finest performers around, including Carleen Anderson, Mica Paris and Jocelyn Brown. Lizzie’s warm persona and infectious performance style calls to mind the great soul divas such as Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield, but at the same time she brings her own unique energy and approach to every song, making her a fantastic addition to the line-up. With a strong emphasis on groove, improvisation and spontaneous melodic interplay, 1UP is one of the tightest, funkiest bands on the scene. They have just released a new album “Under the Same Sun”, mixed by acclaimed producer/guitarist Paul Stacey (Black Crowes, Claire Martin, Oasis), songs from which you’ll be hearing tonight. Great band, great gig this.
“...spine tingling” Guardian; “...brilliant…great music” BBC Radio London; "...It's a real treat…tight chunky grooves and very exciting and funky sax...this is an absolute breath of fresh air. Dave Lewis...sets a standard of powerful, fiery solos that will be hard to surpass this year” Blues and Soul
9:30PM After acquiring what she likes to describe as “a strange and somewhat unfashionable obsession with jazz and Big Band music at an early age” Georgina began her musical career as a professional trumpet player, working for a number of years with many famous faces and big bands in concert halls, television and radio. However, again as she describes it, “harbouring a desire to wear a posh frock” she decided that adding singing to her repertoire could be, well, fun. So she set up her own band to sing with and the rest, as they say, is history. These days her excellent swing jazz vocals can be heard in a variety of impressive settings, not least as featured vocalist with the BBC Big Band (with whom she appears and records regularly), the BBC Concert Orchestra and as resident singer with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra. Her first CD was Jazz FM’s “CD of the Week” and the single “Change Partners” from her second CD, “Watch What Happens”, released in June 2012, shot to number 1 in the iTunes Jazz Chart with the album itself making it into the top 5. The London Evening Standard also awarded the album “CD of the Week” status. Her latest recording, “Peggy, Duke & Benny” continues her love affair with classic big band jazz and swing. For this 606 gig, Georgina will be performing songs by Peggy Lee, Ella & Anita O’Day, and will be backed by her fantastic band, featuring Nick Dawson on piano, Joe Petit-bass and Ed Richardson-drums. This is wonderful, swinging straight-ahead jazz from one of the most talented singers on the scene. Oh, and she still plays great trumpet as well so expect something just a little different.
“A talented trumpet player and singer with a sassy, vibrant style” All About Jazz; “…a characterful force to be reckoned with” Jazzwise
1:30pmUnder the auspices of bass player/guitarist Andre Gabriel we present our very own 10-piece gospel ensemble, the “606 Gospel Group”. This is a great group comprising a four-piece band accompanying a six-voice gospel choir. The choir is drawn from a pool of some of the finest gospel singers on the scene and they have been featured as part of the London Jazz Festival as well as on BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service. This is always a fun and uplifting gig and highly recommended. And don’t forget this is our family day so children are more than welcome.
Sun 12th - BARB JUNGR’S“VALENTINE TREAT” featuring SIMON WALLACE-piano, DAVIDE MANTOVANI-bass
8:30PMDescribed as “Britain’s most gifted song stylist” and “one of Europe’s most intriguing and intelligent interpreters of the contemporary song” multi-award-winning vocalist Barb Jungr has successfully combined the intricacies of cabaret with the power of jazz to create a unique concept of popular music. It is little surprise that her recordings have been chosen “Album of the Year” by The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Washington Post. A regular performer these days in the US as well as the UK, Barb was the recipient of the “Best International Artist” in New York's “Backstage Awards for Excellence in Cabaret”, adding further to her burgeoning reputation as a singer whose unique voice and imaginative arrangements are internationally acclaimed. She's been a guest on Start The Week, Saturday Live and A Good Read on BBC Radio 4, appeared on BBC4 TV in a programme celebrating the lives of the great jazz divas, was profiled in the Independent on Sunday magazine and has written for The New Statesman. Tonight Barb will be performing songs she has chosen especially for this Valentine period, which she describes thus: “Come and scale the walls of love with us, with love songs from Cohen, Dylan, Brel, Joni Mitchell, Yip Harburg, Springsteen and more”. Just returned from another highly successful US and Australian tour, supporting Barb with her “Valentine Treat” tonight will be one of the UK’s finest jazz pianists Simon Wallace along with master bassist Davide Mantovani. One New York critic wrote of her show "Jungr is so supernatural at what she does that she transcends any sort of easy categorizing and rises to a uniquely higher plane. Part of the explanation is her ability to delve into songs and find things in them even their manufacturers hadn’t realized were there." Her astonishingly powerful performances wow audiences and critics alike: Time Out New York said her concerts are like religious experiences, naming her as one of the "ten things you need to see in your life”. It’s a very special gig this one.
"Élan, intelligence and passionate engagement: British chansonnier Barb Jungr brings all of it to her exemplary performance" World Music Report; “The only word to describe her dramatic interpretations is revelatory...I was open mouthed with astonishment.” New York Times; “genius” Time Out London; “One of the very best nightclub singers in the World” Time Out, New York; “A genuine jazz marvel" The Telegraph
mon 13th - NICK SMART'S INTERNATIONAL QUINTET with Special GuestsLUPA SANTIAGO,BENOIT SOURISSE & ANDRE CHARLIER
8:30PMJoin us for this one-off special, a quintet formed by trumpeter and Royal Academy Head of Jazz, Nick Smart, that incorporates some very special guest musicians who will be visiting for the Academy’s International Jazz Festival. Trumpeter Nick Smart includes work with the BBC Big Band and James Taylor Quartet on an extensive CV that also includes the prestigious Parliamentary Award for Jazz Education. Guitarist Lupa Santiago is one of Brazil's leading Jazz musicians, with a worldwide reputation gained through his many collaborations and recordings, including with Paris-based jazz stars Charlier/Sourisse. Belgian drummer André Charlier and French pianist/organist Benoît Sourisse have a musical partnership going back over 20 years, performing and recording with the likes of Jerry Bergonzi, Kenny Garrett and Kurt Rosenwinkel, as well as being long term accompanists for iconic French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood. Their music is an infectious blend of melodic grooves that has been universally acclaimed by audiences and critics around the world. The Quintet is completed by rising sax star, Alex Hitchcock. A powerful and unique combination of master musicians and well worth checking out.
“Smart’s playing was strong and lyrical, his soloing on ballads a real feature…he blew with an unreserved intimacy... fresh and innovative yet, thankfully, never straying too far from... joyous simplicity” Jazzwise
8:30PMEmma Smith is without question one of the leading Jazz vocalists of her generation, singing with a poise and facility that many singers twice her age would kill for. She is a third-generation Jazz musician, her grandfather Chris Smith Senior played trombone with Tubby Hayes, Oscar Peterson and Frank Sinatra, her father, trumpeter Chris Smith Jnr, writes and arranges for the likes of the BBC Big Band, and her mother, Simone, is an excellent sax player. So not too surprising then that she did her first gig when she was 14, started performing with NYJO when she was 15 and received a scholarship to the Purcell School of Music when she was 16 - the first ever jazz vocal student to do so. A graduate from the Royal Academy of Music, Emma has been featured at many if not most of London’s top jazz venues (including this one), though not as much recently as she took a time out from jazz to explore opportunities working in other genres. Emma is currently a member of vintage close harmony swing trio the Puppini Sisters, who have released five CD’s as well as working with artists such as Michael Bublé and appearing on numerous TV programmes both in the UK and abroad, from Alan Titchmarsh to Graham Norton and “Strictly Come Dancing”. In 2016, she was also chosen to be one of three hosts of BBC Radio Three's new jazz programme, "Jazz Now" (along with Soweto Kinch and Al Ryan), which further affirmed her stature in the jazz community. Her free range approach to the music and ease across a gamut of styles make her an exciting and characterful artist, though, that said, Emma has called Sinatra her biggest influence. A perfect fit therefore for Valentine’s Night, and we couldn’t be more pleased that Emma will be here with her impressive, hand-picked quintet, including Sam Watts-piano, Calum Gourlay-bass, Will Glaser-drums and rising star Matt Herd on sax. Our chef, Nadene, has produced a special menu for this special night, to give the occasion just that extra bit of flair. Reservations are required and we would suggest you make yours soon!
"Audiences will hear a singer who has absorbed Billie, Ella, Ernestine Anderson, looks the part, carries the phrase, inhabits the song and communicates it to the manner born”LondonJazz News; “An astonishingly mature performance...Exceptional agility”The Times; "... A precocious talent who has produced an exceptional....album"All About Jazz
£55 set menu (including glass of champagne) £20 music charge
wed 15th - JOHN LAW'S CONGREGATION FEATURING JAMES MAINWARING
8:30PMOriginally a classical pianist, John formed his first Jazz group “Atlas” in 1986. Since then he has become known as one of Europe’s most creative jazz pianist/composers, working with the likes of Tim Garland, Evan Parker and Andy Sheppard and, to date, has appeared at over fifty different festivals worldwide and produced over 25 CDs. Tonight’s gig from John’s newly formed quartet "Congregation" will feature saxophonist James Mainwaring from the Mercury Prize and MOBO-nominated Roller Trio. An impressive musician James also plays guitar with the band and brings subtle electronic textures as well as high energy improvisations to John's acoustic trio. As John says: "I’m very excited to be working with a new member of the quartet: the young, talented James Mainwaring, adding a touch of rock to my jazz and classical compositions. The programme is a mixture of my own compositions and tunes by other people and audiences can expect the music to contain ambient soundscapes and deep grooves…". The line-up tonight also features Ashley John Long on bass and Billy Weir on drums. There really isn't another band around that mixes Jazz, classical, rock and electronica in quite this way. Well worth checking out.
“Law's piano improvisations were often astonishing in their boldness and technical ambition” Guardian; “one of this country's most imaginative…pianists” The Times; “Law...one of the under-recognized giants of British modern jazz…superb” Music Gallery, New York
Thu 16th - **606 CLUB SPECIAL** "ALL FIRED UP!" featuring (amongst many others) TOMMY BLAIZE, DEREK GREEN, DAVE ARCH, TREVOR BARRY, TONY REMY, BARNABY DICKINSON...
8:30PMAfter their inaugural gig here in April of 2016 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 is intended 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-guitars, Barnaby Dickinson-trombone, Paul Booth-sax, Tom Walsh-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
9:30PMTony O’Malley is unquestionably one of the most charismatic vocalists working in the UK. A featured performer since the late 60s, his CV is vast and includes stints with the iconic band 10CC and his own seminal Jazz/Funk band Kokomo. His brand of jazz-tinged contemporary soul and blues is really stunning, with his fabulous, smoky, velvety growl of a voice delivering original material and some covers in his inimitable style. With eight CDs to his name including his latest, “Back at the Bag” released in the summer of 2015, Tony has established himself as one of the most original and powerful performers on the scene today, with a fan base that reaches around the world. Not surprisingly his regular band features some of the finest groove musicians around including 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
9:30PMA jazz violinist of power and musicality, award-winning violinist Chris Garrick joins us tonight with his classic quartet, featuring Chris’s long time musical compatriot Dave Gordon on piano and keyboards, Alec Dankworth on bass and Tom Hooper, drums. The band beautifully supplement Chris’s inventive and totally absorbing approach to his instrument, performing a mix of standard and more contemporary material that is quite remarkable and definitely something to look out for. Taking his lead from Stéphane Grappelli, Stuff Smith and Jean Luc Ponty, Chris has virtually revitalised the jazz violin, rejuvenating it for the 21st century and prompting violin superstar Nigel Kennedy (with whom Chris has performed many times) to call him one of the best in Europe. His fluent and inventive playing has been heard with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Dame Cleo Laine, Biréli Lagrène, Dolly Parton & Van Morrison and a string of awards are testament to a thoughtful but at the same time joyous approach to the music. He has appeared on dozens of recordings as leader or sideman, his CD “Different Strokes” named “Outstanding British album of the Year” by the Sunday Times amongst other accolades. He also works extensively in film and television for composers such as Danny Elfman, Anne Dudley, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman and other A-listers, and when not performing himself, is a professor of jazz and non-classical violin studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. A must-see gig.
“...exquisite musician…violin superstar” Guardian; “He could easily emerge as one of the great jazz violinists of all time” Sir John Dankworth
SUN 19TH - SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL - REBECCA POOLE
1:30PMRebecca is a captivating singer with a beautiful, smooth, sultry voice who performs a wonderful mix of classic standards and terrific, swinging originals. Her single “What Happened to Romance” was Single of the Week on Jazz FM, and was also picked up by “BBC Introducing”. Her impressive CV includes work at the likes of Wembley Stadium, The Henley Festival (sharing the bill with classical opera singer Katherine Jenkins), Boisdales, The Pigalle and Petersham House, where her guests included Mick Jagger and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Most recently she just completed a successful tour supporting the indefatigable Jools Holland (who absolutely loved her work). Her vocal style has been described as “reminiscent of the big band era with an infectious dose of pop and a bit of swing thrown in. A playful smoky-voiced performer who writes bittersweet songs of the heart combining great wit and old fashioned sentiments”. Joining Rebecca this afternoon will be her brilliant quartet, featuring guitarist Jamie McCredie. And don’t forget this is our child-friendly gig so families are more than welcome.
“One of the most exciting jazz singers playing today” The Oxford Times
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 40th Anniversary Festival last year 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 was seen at the Club most recently with the band "360", featuring his old AWB sparring partners Molly Duncan and Steve Ferrone. 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 and we are truly looking forward to welcoming him back. 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
Mon 20th - trio manouche WITH SPECIAL GUEST GIACOMO SMITH (KANSAS SMITTYS)
8:30PMFounded by guitarist Simon Harris, Trio Manouche is a world-class gypsy jazz ensemble that perform a mixture of traditional classic “swing” tunes and upbeat “quirky” originals. Simon’s CV includes performances with legends of the gypsy jazz style such as Tchavolo Schmitt as well as work with contemporary artists such as MOBO Award-winner Soweto Kinch. Just to prove his versatility he was also featured on a Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) video. And if you get lucky Simon may even sing and play trumpet (not at the same time, of course…)! The rest of the trio is made up of two of the finest exponents of Gypsy swing jazz in the UK, Ducato Pietrowski on acoustic guitar and Mark Lewandowski on double bass. The Trio's special guest for this performance is clarinet and saxophone maestro Giacomo Smith, leader of famed mainstream jazz & swing outfit the Kansas Smitty's. A really fun way to start the week!
8:00PMJOSEPHINE DAVIES' SATORI CD LAUNCHPerrier Award-winning saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies performs at the forefront of the British modern jazz scene. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama she is now resident composer and tenorist for the London Jazz Orchestra and is featured on the recent, highly acclaimed big band album from veteran saxophonist Pete Hurt. Tonight Josephine will be launching her latest CD on Whirlwind Recordings based around her new trio project, Satori, which features two of the UK's finest jazz musicians, drummer Paul Clarvis (Steve Swallow) and bassist Dave Whitford (Bill Frisell). Influenced by the great live trio recordings of the likes of Joe Henderson and Julian Argüelles, Satori were inspired to create a similar feeling of freedom and exploration whilst also bringing a fresh and unique identity through original compositions. Jo describes Satotri like this: "with Dave on bass and Paul on drums, cymbals, spoons and assorted tinkery(!), this chord-less line-up features open and playful compositions with a focus on group improvisation and the interaction between space and sound". Sounds fun and promises to be a fine evening from one of London’s great new outfits.
“Davies...a fluid, sumptuous sound” Jazzwise; “Davies...high class....assured and highly skilled” The Jazz Mann
9:45PMJAZZ FROM THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC WITH THE MYKOLAS VININGAS QUINTETThis 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 saxophonist Mykolas Viningas with his impressive 5 piece band.
Wed 22nd - EMILIA MARTENSSON featuring KIT DOWNES & CHRIS MONTAGUE **PARLIAMENTARY JAZZ AWARDS VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 2016**
8:30PMEmilia first came to the attention of jazz listeners with her guest appearance on the MOBO Award-winning Kairos Quartet’s debut album, and her spellbinding vocals have been causing a stir ever since. Combining the influence of folk music from her native Sweden with some of the greatest songs of the twentieth century, her gigs feature a diverse range of material, from Swedish traditional music to Schumann compositions, Nat King Cole to James Taylor, all delivered in her beautiful, original vocal style. She launched her wonderful debut album at the Club to great critical acclaim, and her second album "Ana" was received with equal fervour. In 2015, Emilia was chosen to participate in ‘The Take Five’ Artist Programme delivered by national music producers Serious, and was awarded funding by the PRS Foundation’s ‘Women Make Music’ initiative. In 2016, she received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for “Vocalist of the Year”, an accolade richly deserved and an affirmation of her enormous talent. Tonight Emilia will be bringing to the Club her latest fascinating project that features Mercury Music Prize nominee Kit Downes on piano and the wonderful Chris Montague on guitar (both of whom are also members of the celebrated jazz trio Troyka, named one of the “Top Ten Live Acts in London” by Time Out Magazine). Expect a terrific mix of Swedish folk songs, gentle originals, popular songs and classic jazz standards, all arranged in a an intricate but highly accessible setting to highlight not only Emilia’s beautiful, soaring vocals, but also the impressive improvisations of the band together with sensitive and thoughtful arrangements. I consider Emilia to be one of the finest singers of her generation. Highly recommended.
“ethereal voiced Swedish singer Martensson effortlessly mixes delicate folkish melodies with swoonsome jazz lines to create her own bewitching sound” Time Out; “A voice of quite remarkable expressive depth” Jazzwise; "Martensson invests every sound with a skimming, rapturous lightness and clarity" Guardian; "The music is immediately enchanting, bewitching, and approachable" AllAboutJazz
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
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 25th - BRANDON ALLEN SEXTET featuring SAM MAYNE & ROBBIE HARVEY
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 saxophonist Sam Mayne, trombonist Robbie Harvey 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; “Sam Mayne’s saxophone explorations possessed faultless inner logic, a remarkable feat.” The Guardian
SUNDAY 26TH - SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: SHIREEN FRANCIS
1:30PMBorn in London of Jamaican and Goan heritage Shireen learned her craft in Afro-Caribbean music, but in recent years has also expanded her influences to include classic jazz singers such as Marlena Shaw, Dianne Reeves and Nancy Wilson. Combining these varied influences she has now put together ‘The Small Island Project’, a London-based Caribbean, Jazz, Rhythm and Groove Quintet. This combination of jazz laced with flavours of calypso and reggae, together with Shireen’s fine vocals and innate musicianship, is an uplifting musical experience bringing the spirit of carnival to every venue she plays. Featuring Geoff Castle-piano, Dominic Grant-guitar, Neville Malcolm-bass and Kenrick Rowe-drums this promises to be a fun filled afternoon of music.
"Quite simply Shireen is one of the best British Jazz vocalists of this generation" BBC Radio; "A brilliant vocalist whose beguiling performance left me wanting more" Jazzwise
8:30PM This charismatic, powerhouse blues singer has established herself over recent years as one of the UK’s leading performers. Hugely respected on the blues scene, it is little surprise that she was voted “Best UK Female Blues Vocalist” five years in a row and "European Blues Vocalist of The Year" twice. Se has toured the UK, Europe and the US extensively, including a major tour supporting the iconic US blues artist BB King that culminated in her unforgettable performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Supported by a classic blues band that features Terry Harris on bass, Steve Wright on guitar and Roy Martin, drums this Liverpool-based performer has an enviable reputation not just in the UK, but all around Europe. It is a reflection of the high esteem with which she is held that she was chosen as one of the featured artists to launch Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture (just before Ringo Starr!). The Times report of that performance: “Connie Lush belted out ‘I Put a Spell on You’ with a voice like a 3am whisky and enough electricity to power the national grid.” The Scotsman described her as “...a battle scarred sandpaper edged cross between Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin, attacking bareknuckle RandB and slow burn torch songs with equal power and passion”. Now that you can’t miss!
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!
Tue 28th - MARCELO ANDRADE with Special Guest MARTA CAPPONI
8:30PMThis is a fantastic world music gig with the majority of the music written and arranged by the wonderful Brazilian musician Marcelo Andrade. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, studying violin, piano and guitar as well as singing in the well-established choir "Canarinhos de Petrópolis" before moving to London in 1989 to continue his education. Since then he has established himself as one of the most creative and influential musicians on the UK/Brazilian scene, including work with numerous international artists, from Brazilian icon Milton Nascimento to Corinne Bailey Rae. He has also led his own bands for some years now, including Samburá, Ohoyo-Samba, Saravah Soul and the London Latin Jazz Ensemble, performing with them throughout the UK and Europe. Marcelo launched his most recent album "African Tree" in 2014 to impressive reviews; a unique project, it was recorded during his travels through Brazil, Africa and Europe, utilising over 70 musicians from 5 different continents. During his time in Uganda he also started a tree-planting programme, where he planted 500 trees to celebrate the arrival of the album, an initiative from which the album derives its name. Tonight Marcelo will be performing compositions from the record, although sadly we are unable to get all 70 musicians on to the bandstand! However, he has settled for the next best thing and will be appearing with some of the finest proponents of Brazilian music in Europe, including Sam Watts on piano and an amazing Brazilian rhythm section of master percussionist Adriano Adewale, Matheus Nova on bass and Raphael Delphino on drums. And if all that wasn’t enough watch out for one of Europe’s most impressive Italian-born Brazilian singers, Marta Capponi. This promises to be quite a night.
“Marcelo Andrade’s…African Tree serves notice to a very substantial talent”Jazzwise