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
SUN 1ST - CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY
...and in the evening:
SUN 1st - CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY
MON 2nd - LIANE CARROLL **Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2005/6** “Parliamentary Jazz Awards Musician of The year 2008”
8:30PMThe first artist ever to win two BBC Jazz Awards in the same year, for Best Vocalist and Best of Jazz, Liane is a dynamic vocalist and pianist whose amazing talent has been captivating audiences around the world. She is recognised as one of the finest singer/pianists on the scene, working with the likes of Gerry Rafferty, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Paul McCartney, and has been a featured performer at Glastonbury Festival. Her albums have been received with universal acclaim and led to an hour-long special on BBC TV featuring her performance at the Brecon Jazz Festival. Her CDs “Up and Down” and “Ballads” on Quiet Money records, produced by Grammy-nominated trumpeter/producer James McMillan, garnered impressive reviews, “magical” (Guardian), “brilliant” (Observer) and her most recently released album "Seaside" on Linn Records – which just received a Parliamentary Jazz Award nomination for “Jazz Album of the Year” - has been variously described as "gorgeous" and "heartfelt". A world-class performer, her powerful blues-tinged voice combined with strong piano playing and exciting infectious material, not to mention a wicked sense of humour, make this a truly remarkable gig. Accompanying Liane tonight will be the wonderful Roger Carey on bass and Liane's Special Guest, the incomparable Spike Wells on drums.
“Liane Carroll...she seems in some magical way to be made out of music” The Observer; “..swinging like hell one minute, brutally expressive and heartbreakingly tender the next….utterly brilliant” Time Out; "A jazz force to be reckoned with…the real thing" The Independent;
“…world class” Guardian;
“…deeply soulful” The Times;
“…unswerving honesty and molten intensity…burningly expressive” Jazzwise
8:30PMFor well over a decade now Quentin has established an enviable reputation as a lyrical and melodic trumpet player with a powerful sound and approach. His first album released in 2007 "If Not Now, Then When?" received critical acclaim with Jazzwise calling it an "intensely impressive debut", while the Guardian called Quentin a "young brass virtuoso". He has continued to forge an impressive reputation on the UK scene via projects including the “QC/BA Quartet” (alongside another 606 Club regular Brandon Allen), with the band touring internationally and releasing the brilliant album 'What's It Gonna Be?' He also includes the likes of Jeff Beck, Jason Rebello, Basement Jaxx, Omar, Prince and Roy Ayres on a lengthy and impressive cv but these days, is probably best known for his work with the internationally acclaimed Kyle Eastwood Band. Tonight, as well as some straight ahead jazz tunes, Quentin will be also displaying the "groove" side of his repertoire with a hand-picked band of some of the finest players in the UK. Accompanying him for this gig will be the award-winning Andrew McCormack (Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum) on piano, Moyses dos Santos (Lola's Day Off) on bass and upcoming Jamie Murray (Knoel Scott, Charlie Stacey) on drums. A rare chance to hear this world renowned musician at the Club with his own quartet. Highly recommended.
“A trumpeter whose style is a sizzling update of the Morgan/Hubbard approach" MOJO Magazine; "Collins...impressively intense" Jazzwise; "Collins...England's top young trumpet master...breathtaking" HMV Magazine; "McCormack...delightful, his touch is fresh and light, and he swings by understatement as well as full-on drive" Guardian
8:30PMFrom London, singer/songwriter Deelee Dubé has made quite a splash of late as the winner of the 2016 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition, the first British singer to do so. One of five finalists from 23 countries, she impressed the judges panel, which included jazz luminaries Dianne Reeves, Christian McBride & Sheila Jordan, with her flawless interpretations of such quintessential standards as “Darn that Dream” & “Cherokee”. With a style that is very much in the classic mould, Deelee’s references include Ella, Billie and of course Sarah Vaughan, but her tastes are considerably more eclectic, ranging from Michael Jackson to João Gilberto and Maria Callas. With a lovely warm tone and excellent time, Deelee’s voice draws the listener in from the start, possessing an enticing intimacy that feels familiar, but still has its own personality & verve. She attended the Brit School, where she attained a graduate degree in Music-B.A. Honours as well as pursuing intensive study of the Estill vocal method at the Royal Academy of Music, and with other private tutors including Clare Foster. Deelee has been heard at venues such as The Hackney Empire, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bush Hall, The Hideaway & Ronnie’s, and she’s also been recognised for her songwriting talent, reaching the semi-finals in the UK Songwriting Contest (UKSC). As part of her recent competition win, she was awarded a recording contract with renowned US label Concord Jazz, so we are sure that Deelee has a very bright future ahead of her. Joining Deelee on the bandstand for her 606 debut are saxophonist Renato D’Aiello, pianist Gabriel Latchin, bassist Jay Dervish & drummer Alfonso Vitale. There is considerable excitement in the jazz community about this blossoming young star so we expect this performance to be well attended – booking advised!
“London chanteuse Deelee Dubé…displayed a beguiling soulfulness and a relaxed, solid sense of swing” Jazz Times (USA); “Exploring the cello tones that informed her bottom register (and were reminiscent of The Divine One herself), Dubé created an immediacy that resonated with audience members and judges” Downbeat (USA)
8:30PMJOHN CRAWFORD is one of the finest Latin/Jazz pianists on the scene, whose unerring musicality and impressive technique have taken him all over the world, including Spain, Denmark, Germany, and the USA. He includes work with the likes of Latin legends Airto Moreira, Giovanni Hidalgo, Eumir Deodato, Frankie Morales (Tito Puente’s last singer), Jesus Alemany’s Cubanismo, and Danny Silva, as well as UK based artists such as Snowboy, Guida da Palma’s Jazzinho, Negrocan, Roberto Pla, Robin Jones, Samara and Viramundo on a glittering cv. In addition to all that his non-Latin work includes gigs with the likes of Bjork, Tanita Tikaram, Andy Williams and Kirsty McColl. And just to prove his versatility he is also one of this country’s leading exponents of Spanish music, and his set tonight will include his remarkable arrangements for piano of some classic Flamenco pieces. It’s a reflection of the respect with which John’s music is held that his quite brilliant CD “Ulia River of Time” was nominated for ‘Best Jazz Recording’ in the 2013 Independent Music Awards. Tonight John will be performing material from that album, as well as his new CD released in summer of 2016, “Times and Tides” which garnered four stars in All About Jazz. Also featured with the band tonight will be Uruguayan guitarist Guille Hill, Spanish percussionist Andres Ticino and Special Guest Eleonora Claps on vocals. Impressive players, impressive music.
“Glorious…a skilful and imaginative soloist” Jazzwise; “With pianist John Crawford on hand, there is so much style and imagination” Jazz Review
9:30PM This incredible London-based 7-piece is led by Austrian bassist Stefan Redtenbacher who draws his inspiration from jazz, funk and soul. Stefan has established himself as the UK’s groove bass player of choice for many artists, with a list of musicians with whom he has worked including Steve Winwood, Sam Brown, Herb Alpert and Danny Gottlieb, while his own recordings feature “jazz/funk” legends Fred Wesley (Parliament, James Brown) and Elliot Randall (Steely Dan). The Funkestra’s name pretty accurately describes the high-energy feel of the music as this band, with its fiery two-horn frontline and slinky guitar, perform original funky grooves with an authority and style that is hard to beat. With 9 albums already to their name, tonight the band will be featuring music from their latest effort, “The Time Thief” which builds upon their patented sonic brand but raises the ante, referencing influences from old-school New Orleans blues to scale patterns reminiscent of Weather Report and enriched further by an intriguing mix of effects and filters, conjuring up memories of retro sounds from the 1960’s & 70’s. It’s a heady brew indeed and, as with their previous recordings, wonderfully showcases the raw energy and funk-driven bass riffs with which the band are now synonymous. Their shows, which always include a regular Guest Vocalist, will tonight feature the wonderful Helena May (Afro Cluster). The band is highly entertaining, with tremendous musicianship applied to some amazing music. A guaranteed great night out!
“The Governor of Bass” BBC Radio2; “…a near perfect slice of jazz-funk bass from one of Europe’s great players.” Bass Guitar Magazine; “four-minutes of pedal-to-the-floor doo-wop funk…topped off by a sultry vocal turn from Miss May which elevates the track to another level of sophisticated sass”AfterDark
9:30PMUndoubtedly 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
1:30PM London based vocalist, songwriter, composer, and producer Emily Saunders hails from a musical family, so it’s no surprise that she has forged her own successful career in the world of jazz. As a regular live performer, the Emily Saunders Band can be heard in her self-produced, critically acclaimed albums, ‘Cotton Skies” (2011) and ‘Outsiders Insiders’ (2015). With work at the likes of the St James Theatre, Kings Place, Pizza Express Dean St as well as The EFG London Jazz Festival in 2014 and 2015 she has gone a long way to establishing herself as a talent to be reckoned with. And if that wasn't enough she regularly presents her shows ‘The Latin Mix’ and ‘The Voice Mix’ for Jazz London Radio and Curved Radio (Australia). Her own music has enjoyed success nationally on BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, Jazz FM & XFM, along with radio stations around the world including USA, Japan, Australia, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Abu Dhabi and México. Her music has achieved international iTunes and Amazon chart rankings worldwide, including “Top 10” in USA, Germany, UK, Indonesia and France. Today she will be appearing with her quartet in what promises to be a terrific Sunday afternoon gig.
"Absolutely brilliant" Jamie Cullum; “Fast rising Brit Jazz Talent” Metro; "The outrageously good Emily Saunders. An extraordinary talent” Jazz FM; "Next big thing" Evening Standard
SUN 8th - monica vasconcelos "RISE UP AND DANCE - BRAZILIAN FREEDOM SONGS"
8:30PM Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, singer Monica Vasconcelos has been bringing the carnival beats of Brazilian music to UK audiences for more than 20 years. A feisty and charismatic performer, with her Brazilian-inspired band Nois she has played festivals and Club dates throughout Europe, including gigs opposite the likes of Bryan Ferry, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, Joyce, Gilberto Gil and Courtney Pine. She has toured the UK with Brazilian master guitarist Guinga as well including work with Brazilian bossa nova icons João Donato and Marcos Valle. Her festival appearances give some idea of the respect with which she is held on the UK Latin scene, including appearances at The Barbican, Womad, Brecon, Cheltenham and the City of London Festivals as well as Southport and The Sage International Jazz Festivals. She has 7 albums to her name to date, and to give some idea of how good she is the iconic UK music legend Robert Wyatt asked her to perform with him on his album "Comicopera". It was Monica's band, the London Bossa Collective, that played a moving concert in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the opening of the World Cup in 2014 and in that same month she won Gold at the New York Festival's International Radio Programme Awards for the documentary "The Secret History of Bossa Nova", which she presented on BBC Radio 4.
Tonight Monica will featuring music from her most recent project "The São Paulo Tapes", a selection of songs written by some of some of the giants of Brazilian popular music as a response to the military dictatorship that took over the country between 1964 and 1985. The band is a groove-based project that fuses the country's energetic upbeat dance rhythms, celebrating Brazil's rich musical diversity with a wide range of styles from samba and bossa nova to baião and xote. Appearing with Monica this evening will be a band comprised of some of the finest exponents of Brazilian music in Europe, including Steve Lodder on keyboards, Kaw Regis on guitar, Andrés Lafone on bass and Marius Rodrigues on drums. Promises to be quite an evening...
"[her] voice is charming and tuneful, but with an element of reticence and taste...Vasconcelos has class" Guardian; "The aural equivalent of the sun on your face" Sunday Tribune
8:30PMIf you're a fan of Latin music (and even if you're not!) you will probably know that the 10 piece Latin band The Sugar Kings, led by the brilliant Cuban percussionist Flavio Correa, is unquestionably one of the finest, and most authentic, Salsa/Son groups in Europe. However, you may not know that they also have a smaller cousin, The Sugar Kings Quartet. Also led by Flav this version features just four of the band but is still one of the most dynamic and exciting Latin groups to play here at the Club. Flav's description of the band really does sum it up best: "From the gambling dens of pre-revolution Havana, where the sweet smell of cigars hung thick in the air and the aged rum flowed, "The Sugar Kings" Cuban quartet present traditional Son, vintage mambo and Cha Cha Cha…with vocal harmonies and much frivolity..."! The Sugar Kings quartet are: Flavio Correa (Percussion), Elpidio Alegria (Baby Bass), David Oliver (piano) and Victor Hechavarria (Trumpet). A rare chance to hear this particular line up at the Club, definitely one for the diaries.
“Latin and Cuban sounds from this authentic...band that bring their exultant vocals to the heart of Chelsea.”Time Out
8:00PMDAN 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 KATZ'S BIRTHDAY GIG Dill is appearing later with his regular trio, playing the more contemporary side of the spectrum. Frequently referred to as a “bass legend”, Dill 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 is actually Dill's Birthday gig tonight so expect plenty of fun and some surprise guests. Tonight’s performance also features the excellent guitar playing of Leon Stenning.
“Superior jazz-rock quartet led by ex-Nucleus electric bassist Katz” Time Out
8:30PMVicki, a native Australian, has a powerful voice and outgoing personality that have stood her in good stead, not only as a jazz singer but as the former lead singer with the dance/pop group “Strike”. Despite her success in the pop world (records in the charts, numerous TV and radio appearances), her first love is still jazz and Brazilian music, which has been effectively captured on her jazz/Latin album “The Song is You”, released on Discovery Records to great acclaim. Now spending more time teaching and performing in her native Australia, it’s with enormous pleasure that we welcome this outstanding artist back to the Club for what is now a rare appearance on these shores. For this gig, Victoria will debut her latest project, a sultry fusion of timeless Brazilian classics from Jobim, Jorge Ben and Gilberto with some seriously funky roots in the spirit of Carnevale. Vickie is highly regarded by all the UK singers who know her, a number of whom always turn up when she’s here creating quite a “party” atmosphere. A fabulous high-energy gig from an impressive, exuberant personality, and a great way to spend a Wednesday night.
“..accomplished…deft and supple...a jazz singer a cut above the crowd”The Guardian; "Beautiful phrasing, faultless pitching and great swing throughout" Jazzwise; "Sheer class" Euro Club de Jazz
8:30PMNEIL ANGILLEY is a brilliant pianist, equally at home playing jazz, Latin or classical. He has worked with the acid jazz percussionist Snowboy, is MD for the violin virtuoso Vanessa Mae and was keyboardist and arranger for jazz chart-topping band “Down to the Bone”. He includes work with the likes of Shirley Bassey, Michael Ball, Jazz clarinettist Julian Marc Stringle and Jazz/Rock show “War of The Worlds” on a glittering CV. A great jazz as well as Latin/Brazilian player, his remarkable musicianship is enormously respected throughout the scene. Neil’s debut album “Havana Club”, featuring some of his renowned Latin/jazz original compositions, was received with great acclaim and Neil has now launched his second highly impressive album under his own name, “Chango” featuring, amongst others, one of Europe’s finest percussionists, Snowboy. Featured on the gig tonight will be his storming rhythm section of Davide Mantovani on bass and Davide Giovannini on drums. Quite brilliant.
“Inventive” Observer; “Lyrical…impressively fluid” The Times; “rhapsodic…with shrewd use of space and restraint” Guardian
9:30PMWith his warm stage presence and soulful voice, singer/songwriter/pianist Damien Flood has been a force to reckon with on the London music scene for some years now. A vocalist of outstanding talent, he previously starred on the West End stage, receiving critical praise for his performance in the leading role of the Tony award-winning musical "Rent". As confident performing original material as playing classics from soul legends such as Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, it’s no surprise he has showcased his talent at some of the UK's premier venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, The 02 and Wembley Arena. Damien's talent is clearly demonstrated by the artists he has performed with, including Jamiroquai, Tom Jones, Robbie Williams, George Michael and Jamie Cullum. For his 606 date, he will play songs from his latest CD, “Lucky Seven” as well as new tunes from his next recording, which he is working on right now. Damien will be joined on stage tonight by an amazing band including Carl Hudson (Boy George) on piano, Chris Newland (Sister Sledge) on guitar, Derrick Mcintyre (Jamiroquai) on bass and Frank Tontoh (Level 42)on drums.
"His voice gave me goose pimples" Lulu; "excellent" Eric Clapton
9:30PMAn award-winning saxophonist, Derek Nash is perhaps best known as one of the featured saxophonists with the Jools Holland Band, leader of the enormously successful “Sax Appeal” and co-leader of the funk/groove outfit “Protect the Beat”. An experienced musician of many years standing his muscular, fluent, modern jazz playing has been recognised with numerous awards, including “Best Jazz Ensemble” and “Best Jazz CD” as well as being voted one of the top 5 saxophonists in the country. Derek’s latest recording with his Acoustic Quartet, “You’ve Got to Dig it to Dig it, you Dig?” (named after a quote by Thelonious Monk) is garnering avid, five-star reviews, as well as airplay on Jamie Cullum’s BBC Radio 2 programme. And if all that wasn’t enough he is also highly regarded as a recording engineer, producer and arranger, with a client list that includes Annie Lennox, Alison Moyet, Lulu, Kylie Minogue, David Sanborn, Martha Reeves and many more. Tonight Derek is bringing his great, swinging, rhythm section to the Club that features Pete Adams (Tom Jones, Sister Sledge) piano, Phil Scragg (Robert Plant) bass and Mike Bradley (Claire Martin) drums. Terrific musician, terrific band, terrific gig this.
“…bravura display of contemporary saxophone” The Observer; “...breathtaking” Sunday Times; “From smooth cool to groovy funk, to ingeniously recast standards…the music fizzes with energy…*****” Observer
1:30PM Italian vocalist Irene Serra is a charismatic performer with a beautiful vocal style and assured stage presence. She sings a great repertoire of jazz, blues, bossa nova, gospel and soul (leading her own gigs or with her parallel project, the band “-ISQ”) and can be regularly seen in venues in and around London, including the Barbican (with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra), Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express, Union Chapel & King’s Place. A thoughtful and intelligent musician she started studying jazz at the age of 16 at the Academy of Music in Milan and moved to London in 1999 to complete a BA in Performing Arts at the University of Surrey, going on to study at Goldsmiths College and then completing a Masters in Music Performance at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama. Her poised performances have already earned her much critical acclaim: she was one of the semi-finalists in The Brussels International Young Jazz Singer competition in 2008 and was a finalist at the Shure Montreux Jazz Competition in 2009. Highly recommended. And don’t forget this is our family gig so children are more than welcome.
“…a charming Italian, singing American popular songs with superb diction and a big voice….A wonderful afternoon's music, and so unexpected…” Ted Gascoigne-Big Band World; “Serra’s voice is graceful and sensual…the sound is beautiful and melancholy” All About Jazz
8:30PM Noel first came to prominence in the mid 80’s with the seminal Jazz/funk band Morrisey/Mullen while also providing vocals on Mike Rutherford’s highly acclaimed album “Smallcreep’s Day”. Forming his own band “Contact” in the early 80’s (subsequently renamed “McCalla” 10 years later), he released the brilliant album “Push and Pull”, followed by the equally great “Hot from the Smoke”. From the early 90’s, for more than 19 years, Noel’s searing, soulful vocals were featured with the iconic Manfred Mann’s “Earth Band”, but more recently Noel has moved away from his globe trotting exploits with Manfred to form several new bands of his own (as well as now working regularly with our very own 606 Club Gospel Group)! Tonight Noel will be playing with his 4 piece band featuring Andy Jones-guitar, Henry Thomas-bass and Nic France-drums. The music is a mix of really great “groove” based originals and some classic groove standards performed in his own, fiery, high energy way. So, if you appreciate creative songwriting coupled with a charismatic vocal delivery, be sure to attend what promises to be a “Groove” extravaganza.
“…spine tingling” Guardian “…a confident, individual voice, graceful and dynamic." Independent on Sunday
8:30PMMark Donlon is a pianist, composer, conductor and educator with an international reputation for his original, highly acclaimed Jazz, Latin and Contemporary Classical crossover style that is both fluent and inventive. Recent album releases include ‘Southern Shift’, an album of improvised solo piano pieces and ‘Between Moons’, a duo album with New York based, Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Alex Sipiagin. Due for release in 2017 are 'Tales From The Diaspora', a quintet album recorded in New York also featuring Alex along with Award-winning saxophonist Seamus Blake as well as the debut album of his Australasian group "Shadowbird", featuring another award-winning musician, Australian saxophonist Jamie Oehlers. As well as his own projects Mark also includes work with the likes of Roberto Pla, Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker on an impressive cv. Mark is also a highly respected educator, having taught and examined at the likes of Trinity Laban, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the DIT Conservatoire in Dublin and The Royal Academy of Music as well as holding senior academic positions at Leeds College of Music. He founded the highly successful CUK Big Band in 2004 and was presented with an award for excellence in Jazz Education by the IAJE in Toronto in 2008. He is currently Head of Jazz at the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University Wellington. Mark, a very old friend of the Club, tells me the music featured tonight will be a mix of original compositions with some jazz standards, featuring in particular material from the CD’s 'Shadowbird' and 'Tales From The Diaspora'. The music, as he describes it "is strongly influenced by the music of Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor but also has a strong Afro-Cuban tinge". His world-class group features two young upcoming UK musicians, saxophonist Matt Anderson and drummer Sam Gardner along with one of the most highly regarded bass players on the UK jazz scene, Steve Watts. A rare opportunity to hear this fine musician with his own band.
"a fabulously gifted pianist"Manchester Evening News; "brilliant, focussed playing"The Times; “Donlon is utterly melodious which makes this very listenable music” Jazzwise; “Donlon...a revelation” The Guardian
8:00PMRMG COLLECTIVEOriginally named “Skydive” after a Freddie Hubbard tune they played during their first performance, RMG Collective were brought together for the Chatham Jazz Festival as an all star pickup band and in the tradition of such things, enjoyed themselves so much that they decided to do more gigs. The band features 606 Club owner and flautist Steve Rubie (Julian Joseph Big Band, Samara), virtuoso trombonist Geoff Mason (Ronnie Scott’s Big Band) and leading UK pianist Jonathan Gee (best known for his work with the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Cleveland Watkiss and Tim Whitehead as well as his own excellent trio). Their musical roots stem from mid-60s Hubbard and Hancock, through Brazilian music of the 80’s to their own compositions, all performed with the highly unusual, but extremely effective, frontline of trombone and flute. A world-class band performing classic contemporary compositions.
“[Gee] a performer of flexibility, resourcefulness and technical command to rival any of his generation" The Guardian; “Steve Rubie…in fine form.” Telegraph
9:45PMJAZZ FROM THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC FEATURING THE BILLY MARROWS OCTETThis 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 guitarist Billy Marrows with his impressive 8 piece band.
WED 18th - DAVID GORDON “ALEXANDER SCRIABIN’S RAGTIME BAND”
8:30PMAn assured and versatile pianist David is one of the few professional jazz musicians who is also a well-established classical performer. An accomplished harpsichordist as well as pianist, David includes work with the likes of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and has toured Europe and South America with the European Baroque Orchestra. An award-winning jazz and classical composer, he has had works performed on BBC Radio 3 as well as performances at the Cheltenham Festival and QEH. As a jazz pianist he has led his own trio since 1995, currently featuring Paul Cavaciuti on drums and Alec Dankworth on bass, with a repertoire that focuses on original compositions by the band, but also includes material as diverse as folk music from Venezuela, East European dance music and Celtic-tinged melodies. Tonight, David and the trio will be bringing their latest fascinating project, “Alexander Scriabin's Ragtime Band” to the Club. Over to David for a description: “1915: the world in turmoil. In New Orleans, Jelly Roll Morton's experimentation with ragtime and blues signals the dawn of a new creation: jazz! In New York, Russian émigré Irving Berlin is churning out hit after hit; In Paris, Debussy experiments with syncopation and jazz harmony; In Moscow, the death of the great Russian piano-poet, composer and mystic Alexander Scriabin. Bringing these disparate musical strands together the Trio create an amazing tapestry of music from this time: boogie-woogie, tango and Brazilian choro rub shoulders with the eponymous rag, with interpretations of Scriabin's miniatures seen through the prism of popular music of the time, getting the makeover to end all makeovers”. The whole thing sounds quite remarkable and has now been captured on CD, which will be available at this evening’s performance. This promises to be a unique, thoughtful and inventive gig and absolutely not to be missed.
“Gordon...a richly gifted player with a sparkling style and boundless imagination!” Independent on Sunday; “Outstanding” Crescendo Magazine
THU 19th - SHEZ RAJA FEATURING MONIKA LIDKE WITH SPECIAL GUEST JOHN ETHERIDGE
8:30PMShez Raja is a seriously talented electric bassist whose work in a fascinating mix of Indo-jazz, funk and groove settings has propelled him to the forefront of the UK jazz scene. Since the formation of his collective in 2007 his vibrant and fluent playing, combined with his innovation as a bandleader, have already drawn comparisons to the style of electric bass legend Jaco Pastorius. Tonight he will be featuring music from "Shez & the Collective’s newest album, "Gurutopia", his first on US/Dutch label Dot Time Records, and featuring guest performances by six-time Grammy nominee Mike Stern (Miles Davis, Billy Cobham) & superstar trumpeter & four-time Grammy winner Randy Brecker (Art Blakey, Brecker Bros). With this latest CD, Shez continues to cement his reputation as an artist of international prestige. He leads a formidable line-up tonight featuring Polish folk-jazz singer Monika Lidke providing beautifully structured melodic vocals in front of a band that is completed by Vasilis Xenopoulos on saxophone, Kieron Garrett on keyboard and Chris Nickolls on drums. Adding even more intensity and spark to this 606 gig will be Shez’s Special Guest, guitarist John Etheridge, who first took the UK jazz scene by storm in the 1970’s as a member of the classic fusion band Soft Machine, and as guitarist in the band of celebrated swing jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. A superb and versatile musician with a vast reservoir of creative energy, John includes work with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Pat Metheny and John Williams on his extensive CV (while also leading several of his own groups, notably the “Zappatistas”, his tribute to Frank Zappa). As Shez says: "Expect exciting music that’s full of surprises – a sonic kaleidoscope of euphoric jazz, thundering funk, tuneful ragas and intoxicating grooves!" Hmm, that sounds like something you will not want to miss…
“Multi-layered and imaginative” Manchester Evening News; “The hip-shaking mix of Eastern song lines and funky Western dance-beats never wavers”Evening Standard;“If the Mahavishnu Orchestra were reformed with a reincarnated Jaco Pastorius in charge it would sound pretty similar”The Guardian; “Chic, contemporary & groove-laden” The Musician; "A heady brew of bass-driven funky jazz and world fusion that takes you to another place" Guitar & Bass Magazine; “One of the best guitarists in the world”Pat Metheny;“A virtuoso on acoustic and electric guitars” Time Out
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 singer Kevin Leo 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
SAT 21ST - PETER KING FEATURING MORNINGTON LOCKETT
9:30PM After taking the scene by storm in the early sixties with the Ronnie Scott quintet, Peter has gone on to establish himself unequivocally as one of the finest alto saxophonists in the world. His fabulous technique allied with an unerring sense of harmony has made him one of the greatest players this country has ever produced. The featured saxophonist with the Charlie Watts Band, his playing has made him famous worldwide. As well as a remarkable improviser Peter has also established himself as a writer and arranger of note, with both an opera and a brilliant series of recordings featuring his own string arrangements for classical and jazz quartet. Peter has always been a great supporter of the Club and it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome this saxophone giant. Peter’s special guest tonight is the remarkable Mornington Lockett, one of the UK’s leading tenor sax players. Mornington worked with the Ronnie Scott quintet before moving on to work with singer Sarah Jane Morris and the Tracey’s - Stan and Clark - as well as being the driving force behind the brilliant “Celebrating the Jazz Couriers” quintet. He has a powerful and hugely impressive sound and approach. This gig is a rare chance to hear two of the finest saxophonists in the world playing together and is an absolute must for anyone interested in great modern jazz.
“Peter King...plays with...searing authority” Guardian; “Lockett…plays with tremendous fluency and drive” Evening Standard; “World class” Jazz Journal; “inspired” Jazzwise
SUN 22ND SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: GARETH LOCKRANE BIG BAND
1:30PMOver the last few years 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 the late, great, Bheki Mseleku. It is a measure of Gareth’s growing international standing that he was named “Rising Star on Flute” in the prestigious Downbeat Critics Poll (USA), just one of many awards and accolades he’s received. This afternoon Gareth will be fronting his 18-piece Big Band that will perform mainly his arrangements of a mix of originals and the odd classic jazz standard. Given Gareth’s standing on the UK scene it’s not surprising that his Big Band attracts some of the finest players around and this afternoon is no exception, featuring a host of high profile award-winning musicians including Sam Mayne, Graeme Blevins, Trevor Mires, Mark Nightingale, Tom Walsh, Andy Greenwood, Ryan Trebilcock and Ian Thomas. A rare gig by this truly exceptional Big Band and not to be missed.
“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
SUN 22ND - JAY RAYNER QUARTET featuring PAT GORDON-SMITH-vocals and Special Guest DAVE LEWIS-sax
8:30PMBest known as an Award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster, what is less well known is that Jay Rayner is also a very talented Jazz pianist! As a journalist he has written extensively across the British and international media as both feature writer and columnist on everything from crime and politics, to the arts and fashion. He currently writes for the Observer, where he is a feature writer and restaurant critic. He has won numerous awards, including Young Journalist of the Year (1992), Restaurant Critic of The Year (2001), Critic of the Year (2006) and the Derek Cooper Award for Investigative and Campaigning Journalism (2013). His broadcasting work as a presenter for the BBC has brought him a Sony gold as anchor of Papertalk, he has been nominated in the Commission for Racial Equality’s Race in the Media Awards for his reporting of race crime in Britain, and for the Mental Health Media awards for his work on mental health issues. His feature writing is regularly syndicated across the world, and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. His varied television work includes appearances as a judge in multiple series of Masterchef and as part of the panel on BBC2’s Eating with the Enemy. He has presented two editions of Dispatches for Channel 4 and in the US, he was a part of the expert panel on Top Chef Masters for Bravo. In 2012, Jay became the host of the award-nominated food panel show The Kitchen Cabinet for BBC Radio 4. As well as all of that he is also the author of four novels and three works of non-fiction; the most recent, A Greedy Man in a Hungry World, about the challenges of food security in the 21st Century, resulted in Jay being called to give evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on Food, the Environment and Rural Affairs. As a performer Jay has toured his one man shows based on his writings in both the UK and the US. However, if all that wasn't enough Jay is also a jazz pianist of some skill and in 2012 he formed the Jay Rayner Quartet, playing a repertoire from the Great American songbook, including (unsurprisingly!) tunes around the theme of food and drink. Featuring the vocalist Pat Gordon-Smith the band have performed at the likes Crazy Coqs (now called Zedel's) and Ronnie Scott’s as well as numerous Clubs and live music venues around the UK. Featured with the quartet this evening, along with Jay and Pat, will be the excellent bass player Rob Rickenberg and their Special Guest this evening will be 606 Club regular Dave Lewis (1 Up, John East Project) on sax. As well as playing Jay has also promised to share, in his own wry way, some of his more interesting experiences as a writer and critic, or as he put it "I also need a talk mic at the piano so I can entertain the crowds with badinage!". Sounds like a fun night of straight ahead jazz and wit, booking recommended.
"Rayner....is the perfect communicator. Sidling up to his audience with a ragbag of jokes and family anecdotes, not to mention an imaginative repertoire, he conveys the sheer joy of playing and exploring the music he loves.... Pat Gordon Smith...was a throaty, bluesy presence" The Times
8:30PMAn old friend of the Club, Gordon Haskell is amongst that rare breed of popular artist who are actually more concerned about the quality and integrity of their music than its commercial potential. A musician and singer/songwriter for 50 years his experience is vast and impressive. He first started writing songs for other artists in the late 60's before completing his first album as a singer/songwriter in 1969. In 1970 he spent a brief time (9 months) in his friend Robert Fripp's iconic rock band "King Crimson" before returning to his solo career. He produced several solo albums through the 70's whilst at the same time playing bass with a variety of artists, including Cliff Richard, Alvin Lee and Tim Hardin. By the mid 80's his career as a solo artist was slowly taking shape with work in Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden and it was at this time he started to truly develop his smooth, worldly-wise voice and signature guitar style. He started his own label in the late 80's which saw a number of releases through the 90's, and at the same time he started to build a reputation on the singer/songwriter circuit in the UK as a special talent to watch out for. In 2001, he released the single ‘How Wonderful You Are’, which was to be a major turning point in his career. It became one of the most requested records on BBC Radio Two and reached No.2 in the 2001 Christmas chart. That was followed by the album and single of the same name, “Harry’s Bar”, both of which charted and went platinum in Europe. He followed this up with two more successful albums before taking a break from songwriting to write his autobiography, 'The Road to Harry’s Bar' followed by a move in 2007 to the Greek island of Skopelos. And there he stayed until 2016 when he decided to return to the UK to pick up creatively where he had left off, which is quite definitely our good fortune. Tonight Gordon will be performing with his new band featuring, amongst others, long time associates Paul Yeung on saxophone, Richard Sadler on bass and Sam Kelly on drums. Expect to hear songs from 'Harry's Bar' alongside others both old and new, many of which are featured on Gordon's newly recorded album 'More Than That', due for release shortly. Back in the 2000's Gordon was a regular here and it's a real pleasure to welcome this special talent back to the Club this evening.
“One of the great unsung heroes of popular music” Independent
8:30PMAfter studying at Chethams, the specialist music school in Manchester, in 2003 Sara moved on to study cello at the Royal Northern College of Music, gaining a degree in music and growing exposure as a performer. However, after taking time out in the mid 2000's from being an instrumentalist, Sara re-emerged in 2009 as an impressive singer and it wasn't long before she had re-established herself as a significant performer of breadth and intensity. Her repertoire is eclectic, as well as being an excellent singer/songwriter Sara is also an adept Jazz vocalist, performing songs from the classic American Songbook in an inimitable and authentic style. Which means her beautiful, sonorous voice can be heard not only performing originals with her own excellent band but also with the likes of the London Dance Orchestra, performing classics from the 1930's and 40's. And if all that wasn't enough, over the last 3 years she has also moved to establish herself as a composer of some note, writing songs for the likes of EMI, Sony, ATV, Warner and ITV Juice as well as for film and television. But it is undoubtedly as a performer of style and ability that Sara is starting to really make an impact on the UK jazz scene, tonight appearing with her excellent band featuring some of the finest jazz musicians around: Gabriel Latchin piano, Jeremy Brown -bass, Steve Brown-drums with Special Guest Nat Steele-vibes. The music is a mix of impressive originals and classic jazz standards and well worth catching.
"Gifted with immensely emotional vocals [Sara's] influences are wide and far reaching, reminiscent of jazz and soul greats such as Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and Candi Staton, but mixed with poetic lyrics and haunting melodies" last.fm
WED 25th - :: 606 CLUB SPECIAL:: CANTINA JAZZ featuring EMILIANO LOCONSOLO-vocals & FINE WINES FROM TUSCANY!
8:00PMWell, this is very interesting, and if the last one here is anything to go by, a really quite special night. Established in Italy for more than 15 years CantinaJazz is described by the founders as "a multi-sensory event where tasting fine wines and listening to Jazz fuse together into a whole new, mesmerizing, experience." Three fine wines from an Award-winning Tuscan vineyard will be presented, one at a time, throughout the evening, effectively splitting the night in to three distinct, sections, each with its own food, wine and music. Each wine has its own distinctive character and both the food and music "served" with that wine have been chosen to mirror its taste, personality and history, creating a unique experience that marries wine, food and music into one "characterful" whole. The wines featured this evening will be supplied by the Award-winning Bocelli family, who have been making classic Italian wines on their small estate in Tuscany for nearly three centuries. And if you think you recognise the name, this is the family estate that the world famous tenor Andrea Bocelli (one of the biggest crossover classical/pop artists of all time) grew up on. Three wines will be featured: Bocelli 1831 Prosecco Gran Cuvee, Bocelli Family Wines Vermentino IGT and Bocelli Family Wines Tenor Red, which will be presented by members Andrea's family, who are flying to London especially for the occasion. The music will be provided by a singer who is a very old hand at this, having presented many such evenings in his native Italy, the excellent Emiliano Loconsolo, accompanied by a terrific UK based band of 606 regulars: Graham Harvey-piano, Dave Chamberlain-bass, Sebastiaan de Krom-drums and Dave O'Higgins-sax. Emiliano will be performing classic jazz standards to go with each segment of the evening, from jazz/gospel for the first wine, through swing classics for the second to the sophisticated songs of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn for the last. And to match the wine and music we have asked our wonderful Italian chef Guillermo Farro (known affectionately here as "Gully") to put together a special Italian menu for the night. Gully has come up with some wonderful, homemade dishes for each section of the evening and we will, of course, have suitable vegetarian options for each course as well. Although it may sound a little "highbrow" that's certainly not the intention, in true 606 style the idea of the evening is just to have some fun and get to hear some good music, drink some great wine and eat some terrific food - very much like any other night...just with a bit of a twist.
For further information please feel free to give us a call. Booking advised. Sponsored by the Pisa Chamber of Commerce and the University of Pisa.
Bocelli 1831 Prosecco Gran Cuvée
Prawns wrapped in lardo with a Gorgonzola cream or Fritto vegetale (Vegetable tempura) (v)
Bocelli Family Wines Vermentino IGT
Pancetta & pea risotto with Parmesan or Spring vegetable risotto (v)
Bocelli Family Wines Tenor Red
Italian sausage with roasted potatoes or Lightly spiced black turtle bean & sweet potato burger topped with Greek natural yoghurt & honey, served with a mixed salad with beetroot (v)
THU 26th - MUSICIAN'S XCHANGE: SÁNDOR SOSO LAKATOS
8:30PM The youngest, but by no means the least, of the great Roma Lakatos musical dynasty, Sandor "Soso" Lakatos is a seriously gifted saxophone player who has already made quite a name for himself around Europe. Something of a prodigy, he did his first paid gig at the age of 12 and by 16 was the soloist in the young Hungarian band Next Generation that came third at the Getxo International Jazz Festival in 2003. Still in his teens he moved to Holland to study with the likes of Branford Marsalis, Gerard Presencer and Brad Mehldau and since then has performed to considerable acclaim in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Russia and the Ukraine. He toured in Israel, Jordan and Colombia with the Serbian World-Jazz Orchestra and in 2012 he won the Keep An Eye International Jazz Award for best composition. Now back in his native Hungary, as well as leading his own groups, his incisive and creative playing is in considerable demand amongst the leading bands of the Hungarian Jazz scene. Performing this evening witha hand-picked UK rhythm section, this promises to be a very special evening of high quality modern jazz. Highly recommended.
Presented in association with Harmonia Muhely Alapitvany, the Hungarian Cultural Centre in London and the Nemzeti Kulturalis Alap.
9:30PM“Samara” is a six-piece jazz/Latin group which I lead on sax and flute, and suffice it to say we all think the guys in the band are just great! The pianist 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
9:30PMGilad is a wonderful sax and clarinet player with a powerful sound and unique approach. His fiery, immensely fluent playing and remarkable technique have established him as one of the most talented saxophonists in world music, performing a mix of classic jazz standards and originals with an energy and enthusiasm that is hugely infectious. His most recent CDs, along with his recently published books, set him apart as one of the most original and creative artists on the scene today. Passionate about both his music and his politics, Gilad’s gigs are always stimulating both musically and intellectually. Tonight he will showcase material from his latest studio recording, “The Whistle Blower” (his eighth) which was recently released through Gilad’s own Fanfare Records. And watch out for the new documentary on Gilad, premiered recently in New York. Gilad will be ably accompanied by his extraordinary band, The Orient House Ensemble: Frank Harrison on piano, Yaron Stavi on bass and Chris Higginbottom on drums. Promises to be quite a night...
“A master…a jazz giant with a formidable international reputation” The Guardian;“Atzmon...Astonishing” Time Out
Gilad has well documented views on the Middle East conflict that may provoke and challenge the listener.
1:30PMRachel trained at The Welsh College of Music and Drama and her background in theatre adds that extra dimension to her performance. With a rich tone and sense of swing that is both moving and exciting, Rachel performs classics from The American Songbook along with her own arrangements of more modern popular songs plus the occasional original. Her winning onstage persona will charm any audience, and Rachel has already performed both in the UK and abroad to great acclaim. Her band features the exceptional pianist Roland Perrin“guaranteed to get any room dancing”(All About Jazz) along with bass player Curtis Ruiz and drummer Paul Robinson (Nina Simone). A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
"immaculate vocals and bursting-with-life stage presence...a must see" Cabaret Scenes; “impossibly glamorous” The Guardian; “Rachel Sutton mixed 50s American swing with contemporary composition to great effect...soaring vocals” Jazz Journal
SUN 29th - JANETTE MASON "D'RANGED" WITH SHARLENE HECTOR & LILY DIOR, VOCALS
8:30PM Janette Mason is an ‘inspired and inspiring’ keyboard player whose work encompasses jazz, pop, indie and world music. This versatility has made her a sought-after sideman with artists as diverse as Claire Martin and Ian Shaw to legendary singer/songwriter Robert Wyatt, and top pop acts Oasis, Suzanne Vega and Seal. A mainstay of the British Jazz scene, Janette has toured her own unique sound in Europe, Israel, Japan, Thailand and the United States, playing everywhere from The Atlanta and Rochester Jazz Festivals to Carnegie and Albert Halls and has several highly acclaimed CD's to her name. An excellent composer and arranger as well as performer, these days Janette divides her time between performing and writing music for Film and TV. Tonight's gig, based on her 2014 CD release of the same name, is from her wonderful 8 piece "D'Ranged" project, which features Janette's stunning new arrangements of classic popular songs along with popular jazz standards, performed by an amazing two vocal front line supported by a quite brilliant powerhouse 6 piece band. The musicians involved in this remarkable ensemble are Sharlene Hector and Lily Dior-vocals, Shanti Jayasinha-trumpet, Paul Booth-sax, John Parricelli-guitar, Tom Mason-bass and Jack Pollitt-drums. This promises to be something quite special, booking advised.
"D'Ranged...sparkling new arrangements of some favourite pop classics, with great performances from singers and musicians alike....superb" Jazz FM; "breathtaking" Jazzwise; "...a set of covers, arranged (or "D'ranged") lovingly by Mason and oozing class" London Jazz News
MON 30th - CARL HUDSON'S GROOVE NIGHT - TRIBUTE TO ROD TEMPERTON FEATURING KATIE LEONE
8:30PM Since arriving in London in 2006, Lincolnshire-born pianist Carl Hudson has been steadily establishing himself as one of the most interesting and versatile keyboard players in the UK. Equally comfortable playing modern jazz, funk, Brazilian, R&B or soul on piano, keyboard or synthesizer, he has performed with UK jazz saxophone heavyweights such as Peter King and Mornington Lockett as well as contributing to live sessions with the Average White Band and Sister Sledge. He has also worked closely with producer/performer Soulpersona, being the featured keyboard player in his Digisoul collective since 2010 and has recorded and performed live with numerous artists including the likes of Jocelyn Brown, Leon Ware, Omar and The Valentine Brothers. We have asked Carl to curate a series of “Groove” nights here for us at the Club and tonight Carl will be joined by his regular "crew" of up-and-coming guitarist Bobby Quigley, along with a group of amazing hand-picked musicians, including Paul Silver-sax, Andy Tolman-bass and Nick van Gelder (Jamiroquai) drums. Carl likes to theme these nights and this evening he is dedicating the gig to fellow Lincolnshire-born musician and songwriter, the late, great, Rod Temperton who sadly passed in October 2016. And if you're not sure who Rod was, he was the man responsible for writing classic Funk and Disco songs such as Boogie Nights, Always and Forever and Give Me The Night, as well as classic songs for Michael Jackson including the eponymous Thriller (yes, he wrote that), Rock With You and Off The Wall. To do this music the justice it deserves Carl has invited along one of his (and our) favourite singers as a Special Guest, the amazing vocalist Katie Leone (Incognito) who, along with his amazing band, will be performing these and other great songs from the Rod Temperton songbook. This promises to be a very special gig.
“A true musical genius…Carl Hudson has just…made one of my all-time favourite albums” Soulpersona;“One of the...”baddest”…keyboard players that I have heard for a long, long time. Carl Hudson’s playing just makes me wanna sing!”Jocelyn Brown; "Katie Leone...sassy...smoky vocals" Something Else; "Katie Leone....impressive....a great musical talent [with a] beautiful voice...Leone’s voice is simply stunning" funkandsoulreview
8:30PMAlthough still in her twenties Alice has already developed into a stunning musician in the vanguard of the post-modern contemporary jazz scene, with a list of accomplishments that is long and impressive indeed. First introduced to jazz at twelve years of age when she heard famed New Orleans singer (and 606 regular) Lillian Boutté – who later became her mentor – Alice earned a BMus (hons) in violin before graduating with an MA in jazz voice and composition from the Royal Academy (performing her final recital here at the Club). Along the way, she’s been the recipient of scholarships from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Jerwood Foundation and Scottish Arts Council among others and was selected to participate in jazz promoter Serious’ “Take Five” Edition X artist development programme. Her first record, “China Lane”, was released to considerable acclaim through Whirlwind Recordings, one of the UK’s leading boutique jazz labels and a recognised tastemaker amongst those in the know. Her songs are self-described as about “mischief, whimsy, magic, inebriation, loss, exodus, prejudice and above all, love”, while her sound is earthy, organic and satisfying on a visceral level, sophisticated and complex yet accessible to the uninitiated. Tonight Alice will be bringing to the Club her latest project featuring pianist Phil Peskett, a wonderful musician with a wealth of experience as a leader, accompanist and educator, award-winning young bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado & sought after drummer Jon Scott (Kairos 4tet, Dice Factory, Paragon). A uniquely expressive performer and a gifted storyteller, Alice is a breakthrough artist of the highest calibre.
“She is a genuine original with a pure, pealing voice that can darken into brooding low tones, and twist with the flexibility and harmonic awareness of a jazz singer. She is also a composer of gliding, melodically unorthodox tunes....as well as an expressive lyricist.”Guardian;“Uncategorisable, beautiful – a real force to be reckoned with”Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2; "something of a phenomenon" MOJO Magazine; “A many-splendoured collection that pulls you in a myriad of emotional directions" Jazzwise