Please note the following:
:: there is a music charge for each event (usually between £8 - £12 per person)
:: we have a supper license, so you must eat a substantial meal if you wish to drink alcohol
MONDAY 1st - the coalminers
8:30PM With their dedication to what they like to refer to as “Swamp Soul” this brilliant 6 piece Americana band, with their unique mixture of New Orleans Groove and Funk, bring the rhythm and soul of the deep south (that's Louisiana, not Brighton...) alive. As well as a Jazz/Groove/Blues rhythm section second to none the band also features not one but two fantastic singers in Paddy Milner and Sumudu. Award winning singer/pianist Paddy Milner, recipient of the 'Best Keyboard Player' title at the 2015 British Blues Awards, can be heard regularly with Tom Jones and the wonderful Sumudu includes work with the likes of Rod Stewart, Jamie Cullum and most recently the iconic singer/songwriter Van Morrison. And as well as all of that they are both also highly respected band leaders and recording artists in their own right. And the rest of the band is equally as impressive. Drummer Pat Levett includes work with Ian Shaw, The Puppini Sisters and the Ronnie Scott's All Stars, saxophonist Ben Somers has worked with Dr John, Seal and Taylor Swift, guitarist Rob Updegraff has recently been performing and recording with Sony artist Alani and can be heard on Jamie Cullum’s latest album alongside Gregory Porter and Laura Mvula, and bass player Spencer Brown has performed with the likes of Andy Sheppard, Alan Barnes, Rebecca Ferguson and indie star Carl Barat. If their last gig here is anything to go by this highly impressive line-up are guaranteed to raise the roof. Highly recommended.
"From time to time I stumble on a bandthat totally blows me away...The sound they have put down is perfect" Craig Charles - BBC Radio 2;"Paddy Milner...the best blues piano player in Europe…” Blues Access, USA;"Sumudu...is quite simply an outstanding talent....a voice like honey"BBC
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Tuesday 2nd - TWO SETS
8:00PMDAN REINSTEIN American born but British educated, I first met Dan at the old Club when he was a medical undergraduate. Even then he was an impressive player, and after taking time off his medical studies to go to the Berklee School of Music he became even more remarkable. He returned to the USA in the early 90s where he became one of the world’s leading experts in laser eye surgery (he’s now officially Professor Reinstein). But he never stopped playing, and when he returned to London to live and work it was great to hear his fluent, classic hard-bop, muscular sax playing again. Also featured tonight will be Shanti Jayasinha on trumpet and Tim Lapthorn on piano.
“…impressive hard-bop saxophonist” Time Out
9:45PMDILL KATZDill Katz is appearing later with his regular quartet, playing the more contemporary side of the spectrum. Dill, frequently referred to as a “bass legend”, is one of the most experienced players on the scene today, having pioneered the use of the fretless bass in the mid sixties, and whose work includes stints with Ian Carr’s “Nucleus”, Barbara Thompson’s band “Paraphernalia” and Afro/Jazz band “District Six”. This gig also features the excellent guitar playing of Leon Stenning.
“Superior jazz-rock quartet led by ex-Nucleus electric bassist Katz” Time Out
8:30PM Tim 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”. The musicians featured in the quartet tonight are Jon Gee-piano, Andy Hamill-bass and Milo Fell-drums. 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
8:30PM Although still a relative newcomer to the international jazz scene, Award-winning Hungarian vocalist Cintia Horváth is already making quite a name for herself. After initial studies as a classical singer she realised that jazz was really where her heart lay and went on to study jazz vocals at the highly regarded Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. She has been running her own bands since 2015 and in that time has appeared at major venues around Hungary, most notably winning the "Best Soloist" at this year's prestigious Mupa Jazz event, held annually at Mupa Budapest (formerly the Palace of Arts). Tonight she will be accompanied by a UK rhythm section featuring some of the finest musicians on the scene, Tom Cawley-piano, Flo Moore-bass and Chris Higginbottom-drums performing music that will be a mix of classic jazz standards and Cintia's own exciting and engaging originals. The evening promises to be a wonderful night of pan-European musical collaboration of the highest standard and is highly recommended.
"The Cintia Horváth Quintet dramatically interpreted standards and ballads..." Downbeat
9:30PM Dave 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
9:30PMAn 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
SUNDAY 7TH: LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: CLOSED FOR PRIVATE PARTY
...and in the evening:
Sunday 7th - DANA GILLESPIE
8:30PM Dana Gillespie has been a major figure on the UK music scene for over 40 years. Starting on the folk circuit in the mid 60’s she graduated to pop and glam-rock (fortunately short lived!) before settling on the musical love of her life – the Blues, which she describes as “…my first musical love because it's earthy, spiritual and honest”. Since the late 70s she has been singing, recording and touring with blues musicians from all over the world, including a two-year stint in America working with some of the finest players in the industry. She has recorded over 60 albums for various prestigious labels including Pye, Decca, RCA and her current label, Ace, and has performed on every continent. As evidence of the high esteem in which she’s held Dana was voted “Top British Female Blues Vocalist” by the British Blues Connection and Blueprint Magazine five times and has now been elevated to their Hall Of Fame. And just in case you have any doubts how good she is, suffice it to say that Bob Dylan invited her to perform as support on his ’97 UK tour as he has been a fan of hers since the 60’s. Her current backing band, The London Blues Band, is a terrific high-energy band featuring the cream of UK blues musicians including Dino Baptiste on piano, Jake Zaitz on guitar and Mike Paice on sax and harmonica. Tonight Dana and the band will be performing songs from their latest CD “Cat’s Meow” released on Ace Records, the second album co-written and co-produced with her long-standing guitarist Jake Zaitz. Expect well-crafted original songs that capture the essence of the blues’ rootsy, low-down and dirty feel, as well as classic blues covers so long associated with this great outfit. This is fantastic authentic blues from one of Europe’s finest exponents and not to be missed.
“It’s an index of Gillespie’s empathy with her material that the originals blend so seamlessly with the classic covers…she literally beats the pants off anything done by a British bluesman these last 10 years” Essential Blues; “A master of rhythmic subtleties with purity of intent” Downbeat (USA)
8:30PMWhen I first met Adam some years ago now, he was a fluent and impressive jazz pianist leaning towards the “township” feel of his South African background. However, in more recent years, as well as continuing to develop his skills at the keyboard, he has reinvented himself as one of Europe’s leading jazz chromatic harmonica players. And just in case you think of the harmonica as the thing that wild-eyed musicians beat into submission on blues gigs, then you must check out this gig, a virtuoso on the instrument Adam’s playing is eloquent, subtle and constantly inventive. He has released two critically acclaimed recordings, winning the “Best Modern Jazz Album” award at the 2010 South African Music Awards with his wonderful album “Free at First” while the follow-up, “Mzansi” was also short listed by SAMA in 2012 for “Best Jazz Album”. Adam has performed or recorded with a wide range of artists including Sting, Joe Zawinul, the Eurythmics, Incognito and most recently the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera. Strongly influenced by his SA roots, Adam is a founder member of the Township Comets and was for many years musical director of the legendary SA vocal group The Manhattan Brothers. In 2014 Adam had the honour of playing several piano dates with iconic SA musician Hugh Masekela, which included the opening of the Commonwealth Games. Tonight he presents a new cross-generational quartet that brings together the highly respected rhythm section of bass player Andy Cleyndert and drummer Matt Skelton with up-and-coming talent Rob Luft on guitar. For this 606 performance, in addition to material from his prior albums and melodic South African jazz township standards, Adam & the band will be exploring selected compositions by John Coltrane.
"[Adam Glasser]... has brought a truly unique voice and idiom to the constantly evolving language of jazz... a challenge to equal for sheer scope of virtuosity, musicality and surprise" AllAboutJazz; "the virtuosity and panache associated with practitioners on more conventional instruments… a wholly impressive evening's music from a man in complete control of his considerable resources"VortexJazz
8:30PMWe welcome Purdy back to the Club once again with what promises to be yet another fantastic night of masterful pop/jazz-influenced originals, with a smattering of standards thrown in for good measure. This outstanding singer oozes charisma, which combined with her sultry style and surefooted vocal delivery makes for a masterful evening of highly accessible music. With influences ranging from Nina Simone to Nancy Sinatra, her vocal prowess is stunning and her live performances demonstrate a strong connection with any audience lucky enough to see her live. She has impressed at a number of major events recently, including a 90,000 strong crowd at Wembley Stadium, Formula One events around Europe, The London Lifestyle Awards 2013 and has just made quite an impact as support on Jools Holland's most recent tour. Her 2015 album “Diamond in the Dust” affirmed her as a significant solo artist, and the word on the street is that her upcoming EP “Both Sides of the Clown” (which we’ll be hearing songs from tonight) will continue that upward momentum. The music is a mix of originals and some covers and is at the singer/songwriter end of the musical spectrum. The night wouldn't be complete without her brilliant supporting band, featuring the talents of Tim Sentance on piano, Jamie McCredie on guitar and a rhythm section of Tom Moore on bass and Dan Western on drums. Worth booking for this one.
"Great character, unique voice, a true artist" Alan McGee, Creation Records; "So slinky, it shouldn't be allowed" BBC 6 Music
Wednesday 10th - "JAM FOR JAMES" - BENEFIT IN AID OF MENTAL HEALTH CHARITY "MIND" FEATURING TOMMY BLAIZE, PEGATHA, TIM & HATTIE WHITEHEAD, LUCA CARUSO QUARTET
As part of National Mental Health Awareness Week the Club will, this evening, be hosting a one off Charity night, all the proceeds of which will be going to the mental health charity "MIND". Organised by Oli Wadeson and dedicated to the memory of his brother, James, this promises to be a night to savour. The evening will start off with a set from the Luca Caruso quartet, an exciting group of really excellent young jazz musicians featuring Luca Caruso-drums, Sean Payne-sax (most recently seen here at the Club with the Simon Allen Octet), Freddie Jensen-bass and Noah Stoneman (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2016 finalist)-piano. Despite an average age of just 17 it says something for their talent that they have already performed at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, the Vortex and the Stables. Following these young guns will be the iconic UK saxophonist Tim Whitehead (see Wed 3rd) with the equally impressive singer/songwriter Hattie Whitehead, accompanied by a stellar rhythm section of Steve Lodder-piano, Dill Katz-bass and Nic France-drums (see Fri 26th). Starting off the second half we will have the wonderful Pegatha, a singer/songwriter who cut her teeth performing backing vocals for the band Morcheeba and made her debut performance as a solo artist at Ronnie Scott's, eliciting the response "Formidable!" from jazz fan John Prescott. And bringing this fantastic gig to a storming finish will be the 606 Club's very own Tommy Blaize Band (Mon 29th), a band of seasoned musicians best known for their work on the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing. This is an immensely worthy cause and well worth supporting.
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
9:30PM Gilad 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.
1:30PMUnder 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.
sunday 14th - 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 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. Featured with Liane tonight will be the wonderful Roger Carey on bass.
“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
8:30PMThe Club is fast becoming the place for musicians to celebrate their birthdays. Already this year we’ve had four and tonight we will be hosting the birthday celebration of one of our favourite Groove guitarists, Dave Ital. A regular here at the Club with artists such as Imaani, Derek Nash and Michelle John, Dave’s reputation as a studio and gigging musician is of the highest calibre. His powerful yet sophisticated Groove playing has been heard with the likes of Chaka Khan, Tom Jones, Nile Rodgers, Incognito, Beyoncé, The Sugababes, Level 42, Craig David, M-People, Bryan Ferry, Jason Rebello, Mica Paris, Beverly Knight, Take That, Lulu, Bobby Womack and Maceo Parker and he is first call guitarist for a host of other high profile artists. Tonight Dave will be celebrating a “special” birthday (we’re not asking…) in the company of some equally exalted groove musicians, including Aaron Liddard-sax, Gary Sanctuary-keyboard, Orefo Orakwue-bass, Westley Joseph-drums and singers Jackie Rawe, Victor Bynoe and Special Guest Noel McCalla. And if all that wasn’t enough you can expect plenty of illustrious guests to drop by to pay their respects to this popular musician and maybe play a song or two as well. Promises to be quite a night.
"Dave Ital on lead guitar is excellent, at one point taking the audience on an astonishing musical voyage with a great guitar solo" MS Times; "Cool guitar-led funk, jazz and soul band featuring session man Dave Ital" Time Out
8:30PMOriginally from Belo Horizonte in Brazil, Luna Cohen has been making quite an impact on the UK world music scene of late. Luna initially settled in Spain in the early 2000's where she first studied music, and over the following 10 years or so established herself as a Brazilian singer of considerable note within the Spanish musical community. However, looking to broaden her artistic horizons she relocated to London in 2014, which was definitely our gain. Her classic, smooth but powerful vocals have been heard in a variety of high profile settings, but it is probably her recent work with the "house" Brazilian band Samara that has received most attention here at the Club. An excellent vocalist she has already recorded 3 albums under her own name for the well respected Spanish label Temps Records, her debut album, "Estrada do Sol" winning the 2013 Enderrock award for Best New Jazz Album, and recently she launched the 4th in that series, “November Sky”, here at the Club. Tonight Luna will be accompanied by a brilliant Anglo-Brazilian combination of some of the finest exponents of Brazilian music in the UK, John Crawford-piano along with Brazilian ex-pats Matheus Nova-bass and Marius Rodriguez-drums.
"One of the most interesting singers and composers among the rising stars of MPB (música popular brasileira)"Time Out Barcelona; "She has a seductive voice and natural talent for singing" El Periodico (Spain)
8:30PM Howard Alden is widely regarded as one of the finest jazz guitarists in the US, having worked prolifically as a leader, co-leader, and versatile sideman on numerous recordings and gigs since the late 1970’s. He has worked with a stellar list of jazz luminaries including the likes of Woody Herman, Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Bud Freeman, Kenny Davern, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, George Van Eps and Scott Hamilton. Howard has been playing the unusual seven-string guitar since 1992, which has imparted an astonishing range and harmonic richness to his already colourful tonal palette, and helps explain why he won "Best Emerging Talent-Guitar" in the first annual JazzTimes critics' poll in 1990, as well as the coveted "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" award in Downbeat’s 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996 critics’ polls. Most recently, Downbeat also recognized Howard as one of the “Top 75 Guitarists of All Time”, an accolade few can match. It was Howard’s guitar playing that featured in Woody Allen’s classic film “Sweet and Lowdown” (about a jazz guitarist), and he was signed to the prestigious Concord Jazz label for over fifteen years. With a creative flow that shows no sign of slowing down, Howard put out a new album “Heavy Artillery” in 2013 and another, simply titled “Guitar” in 2014. The gig tonight also features leading lights of the UK jazz scene, including saxophonist Olly Wilby (Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Ray Gelato & the Giants), drummer Seb de Krom (Jamie Cullum) and highly respected bass player Simon Woolf. If you like your music swinging and unashamedly straight ahead then this gig is definitely for you.
"...undoubtedly the master of real jazz guitar playing today.” Jazz Journal International; "Alden is a deft virtuoso...producing…fleet, seamless improvisations." Daily Telegraph
8:30PMOriginally from Ithaca, New York, following his graduation from Berklee in 1987 saxophonist Michael Rosen left the US for a tour in Europe...and never went back! He eventually settled in Italy, where he has been highly successful as both a live and studio musician as well as a composer and jazz educator. His fluent, muscular hard-bop influenced contemporary sax playing has been heard at numerous jazz festivals and he has performed and/or recorded with, among many others, Bobby McFerrin, Jim Hall, Peter Erskine, George Garzone, Mike Stern and Kenny Wheeler, as well as with a swathe of important Italian and European artists including numerous gigs with the iconic UK vocalist Sarah Jane Morris. He has produced 9 CDs as a leader, including his latest “Sweet 17” (which featured guest appearances by several of New York’s finest contemporary jazz musicians, including Lage Lund, Bill Stewart & Ralph Alessi speaking volumes to Michael’s reputation amongst his peers). Michael is also involved in a variety of live projects, including his Brazilian outfit "Tricolor", his "Electronic Quartet" and his straight ahead jazz quintet "Edge". Splitting his time these days between Italy and the UK, tonight Michael will be bringing his UK based hard bop jazz quintet in to the Club, featuring the wonderful trumpet playing of Steve Fishwick (Anita O'Day) along with an ace rhythm section of Ross Stanley-piano, Oli Hayhurst-bass and Steve's twin brother (and equally fine musician) Matt Fishwick on drums. Highly recommended.
“Michael Rosen…monstrous chops restrained by tasteful discipline” Cadence Magazine; “Rosen is a composer and musician of vast ability” All Music Guide; "Steve Fishwick...elegantly winding, rhythmically hip" Guardian; "I can't think of another trumpet player that can do what he does." Wynton Marsalis
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 wonderful backing singer 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
9:30PM 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. Joining Peter on the frontline 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
1:30PMEileen is not only a wonderful vocalist with a lovely, breathy delivery but also a highly accomplished musician, being fluent on both piano and flute. She has worked at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Regents Park Open Air Theatre and of course the 606, where she was a regular for many years (though not so much lately as she is now also Mrs. Steve Brookstein and a mum). Signed to Jive Records in 2003, just prior to the label’s acquisition by BMG, her first CD “I Miss the Sky” was finally completed and released through radio station Jazz FM in 2009, who received the album as a demo and were so impressed they decided to put it out on their own imprint, Clifford Street Records. Today Eileen will be showcasing her latest project "A Tribute to Blossom Dearie" which will feature her performing both originals and classic jazz standards made famous by this iconic US artist. And if we're lucky husband Steve Brookstein may even sing a couple too! Aiding and abetting her today will be Naadia Sheriff-piano, Luca Boscagin-guitar, Rob Rickenberg-bass and Nick Smalley-drums. A talented and impressive performer we don’t hear enough of!
“Eileen has it all…”Tina May; “This album is fantastic! Eileen not only provides an inspiring vocal performance but she is an amazing musician” Jazz FM
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
8:30PMSince arriving in London in 2006, Lincolnshire-born pianist Carl Hudson has been steadily establishing himself as one of the most interesting and versatile keyboard players in the UK. Equally comfortable playing modern jazz, funk, Brazilian, R&B or soul on piano, keyboard or synthesizer, he has performed with UK jazz saxophone heavyweights such as Peter King and Mornington Lockett as well as contributing to live sessions with the Average White Band and Sister Sledge. He has also worked closely with producer/performer Soulpersona, being the featured keyboard player in his Digisoul collective since 2010 and has recorded and performed live with numerous artists including the likes of Jocelyn Brown, Leon Ware, Omar, The Valentine Brothers and Boy George. His live show includes a mixture of straight ahead, modern and more contemporary styles interwoven into a diverse and engaging repertoire. Tonight Carl will be featuring music from his recently released album "Pixel Planet", a follow up to his first, highly acclaimed, CD ‘Zoology For Martians’, performed by his band Moon Unit featuring some of the finest musicians on the UK groove scene, including: Terry Lewis (Mama's Gun) & Kim Murray (Boney M)-guitars, Paul Silver-keyboard & sax, Andy Tolman (Leon Ware)-bass, Jimmy Norden (Alice Russell)-percussion and Nick Van Gelder (Jamiroquai)-drums. Carl’s fabulous, groove-drenched originals are absolutely infectious and as anyone who’s seen Carl play live will readily attest, he puts on a great show!
“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
8:30PM An assured and versatile pianist, David is one of the few professional musicians who is highly regarded in both the classical and jazz music worlds. Equally accomplished on the harpsichord and the piano, David includes work with the likes of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the European Baroque Orchestra. Also 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. His trio features Paul Cavaciuti on drums and Jonty Fisher on bass, with a repertoire that focuses on original compositions by the band, but also includes material as diverse as folk music from Venezuela, East European dance music and Celtic-tinged melodies. Tonight they will be bringing, amongst other things, their latest 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: with interpretations of Scriabin's miniatures seen through the prism of popular music of the time, getting the makeover to end all makeovers”. Beat that! 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
8:30PM Although 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 former 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 classic line-up featuring Pete Lee-piano, Alex Roth-guitar, Tom McCredie-bass and Jon Scott-drums. 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
8:30PM Ant first started playing guitar at 8, but unlike the majority of his contemporaries didn’t actually study music at university but instead won a scholarship to read physics at Edinburgh University. However, music was never far from his mind and during that time he also won a scholarship to spend a semester at the world famous Berklee College of Music, Boston where his interest in jazz improvisation was developed and nurtured. After completing his degree he decided that making music was where his true passion lay, eventually moving to London and immersing himself in the scene before spending some time studying and playing in New York. On his return to the UK it wasn't long before he was attracting attention and his debut album as a leader, “Entanglement", released in 2013 received considerable critical acclaim. A 29-date tour followed before Ant took himself to Brazil to complete his second volume of compositions, which became his second highly acclaimed CD “Zero Sum World" released on the prestigious Whirlwind label in February 2015. Unsurprisingly Ant has also become first call for some of the UK's finest musicians and can be heard performing regularly with the likes of multi-award winning saxophonist Tim Garland in his band "Lighthouse", where he was the featured on Tim's album “ONE" which was short listed for a Grammy award and won the award for Top 2016 Jazz Album in Jazzwise Magazine. Ant also plays with two of the UK’s most acclaimed pianists, Gwilym Simcock and Jason Rebello, and if all that were not enough, also works with saxophonist/composer Paul Riley, trumpeter Henry Spencer, Quincy Jones' protege Ollie Howell, Partikel and Trio HLK, which will soon be releasing their debut album featuring Steve Lehman and Dame Evelyn Glennie. 2016 saw the emergence of the Art Of Rhythm Trio, the band Ant will be performing with this evening, which features Matt Ridley on bass and Asaf Sirkis on drums and konnakol. Although they have played together in different ensembles this line up has allowed them to consolidate their musical relationships and develop a true trio dynamic. Most notable perhaps is the inclusion of Indian classical elements such as konnakol, the South-Indian spoken percussion, adding another texture to this intriguing and captivating mix. Described as “an innovator" by The Guardian, Ant has undoubtedly come of age as an impressive and creative musician and is well worth catching. Highly recommended.
"With "Zero Sum World" Law establishes himself as one of the notable guitarists in the field of contemporary improvisation" Medien Info;“Lean, purposeful… ambitious, engrossing guitar jazz" Guitarist Magazine; “Bustling power, judiciously harnessed with elegance and poise… Bright, punchy and memorable" London Jazz News; "One of the most original voices of the European Jazz Scene" Musik Reviews; "Law's music has heart and warmth....." Herald of Scotland
9:30PM“Samara” is a six-piece jazz/Latin group which I lead on sax and flute, and suffice it to say we all think the guys in the band are just great! The pianist Steve Lodder works with the likes of Andy Sheppard, Monica Vasconcelos and Ernestine Anderson, Dill Katz, the bass player is visiting professor at the Guildhall, 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
Saturday 27th - CLARK TRACEY WITH SPECIAL GUEST DOMINIC GALEA
9:30P Clark is an excellent, highly experienced, award-winning drummer, bandleader, composer and arranger. Originally featured with the band of his late, great, father Stan, Clark has gone on to establish himself in his own right as one of the country’s leading modern jazz drummers. He has recorded over 90 albums (9 as a leader) and performed in over 50 countries. He has been awarded the "Best Drums" title three times in the British Jazz Awards and Ronnie Scott's Award for “Best Drums” in 2007. As a bandleader he can boast some of the finest musicians in the UK have passed through his ranks, including the likes of Nigel Hitchcock, Dave O'Higgins, Mark Nightingale, Mornington Lockett and Zoe Rahman. As well as composing and arranging for his own group he has composed for the Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Appleby Festival Big Band and written string quartet arrangements for vocalists Claire Martin and Joan Viskant. Joining Clark on the stand this evening will be the brilliant horn section of award-winning newcomer Nadim Teimoori on sax and one of the UK’s most respected musicians Martin Shaw on trumpet, along with the highly talented young bass player Mark Lewandowski. Clark’s Special Guest this evening is one of Europe’s leading jazz pianists, the multi-Award winning Malta-based Dominic Galea. A pianist of intensity and precision Dominic's versatile works include fourteen Musicals, a Ballet, music for numerous TV shows, jazz suites and not forgetting 17 albums! The driving force behind the night’s entertainment however will of course be Clark himself, bringing a rhythmic diversity, taste and sensitivity that has made him one of the UK’s most respected musicians. Promises to be quite a night.
“...one of the most impressive jazz drummers in Britain today” The Times
SUNDAY 28TH: LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: SHERBORNE SCHOOL SWING BAND directed by JAMES HENDERSON
1:30PM As part of the 606 Club's ongoing policy of supporting young musicians, today we play host to Sherborne School’s Swing Band. Made up of pupils aged 14 to 18 this 20 piece band (yes, 20 of them!) play a diverse range of jazz from swing to Latin. The band is considered to be one of the leading school jazz bands in the UK and biannually tours Barbados, St Lucia and Grenada (in my day we were lucky to get to Slough!). Should be an entertaining afternoon's music. Free Entry
Sunday 28th - CD LAUNCH: BRUCE "MISSISSIPPI" JOHNSON
8:30PM London-based African American jazz, soul and blues singer Bruce Lester “Mississippi” Johnson was born in Starkville, Mississippi and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. Heavily influenced by his father's love of classic Soul and R&B, music and singing were always a part of Bruce's life. However, he started his career with a 7 year period in the US Marine Corps before ending his enlistment whilst stationed in Paris. Finding himself in a city full of music and nightlife he made the decision to make singing his full time profession and has, as they say, never looked back. He began to showcase his talent in various venues around Paris and it wasn't long before this charismatic, six foot four inch, singer with the effortlessly soulful bass baritone voice was being noticed for his unique sound and style, and his popularity soon began to grow. With his reputation on the rise he branched out and formed his own funk band that was to go on and win the Jack Daniel’s music competition in Bordeaux, judged by the late, great Nina Simone. This gave him the opportunity to record his first single and went a good way to cementing his reputation in Paris. His next move came when he joined the band of legendary blues bassist Big Joe Turner (BB King, Albert King), which gave Bruce a chance to tour the world and at the same time hone his Blues vocal skills. Collaborating with the pianist from that band Bruce produced the CD "That's The Deal Baby" which is a contemporary take on old school blues and soul. Returning to Paris, Bruce continued to work in prestigious venues with established French musicians, before eventually ending up on the French version of "The Voice". It was this appearance that led to his being asked to join one of France's leading "Rat Pack" ensembles, Forever Gentlemen, with whom he has appeared on two CD's, the first, released in October 2013, going triple platinum and the second CD “Forever Gentlemen 2” being released in October 2014 to considerable acclaim. These days a vastly experienced performer with an eclectic style Bruce includes work at numerous prestigious festivals and venues such at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Royal Albert Hall on a wide and impressive CV. And if all that wasn't enough Bruce is also a well established actor with over 20 film and TV roles to his name. Now resident in London, it's with great pleasure that we welcome this fine artist back to the Club to launch, for the first time in the UK, his seminal blues and soul album referred to above, "That's The Deal Baby". Appearing with Bruce tonight, not surprisingly, will be an A-list band of some of the UK's finest Blues/Groove/Jazz musicians, including Carl Hudson-piano, Pat West-guitar, Andy Ross-sax, Carl Stanbridge-bass, Pete Eckford-percussion and Evan Jenkins-drums. Bruce promises a "Blues & Groove Extravaganza with plenty of jazz thrown in", which coming from a man who has played Funk for Nina Simone, toured the world as a blues singer and gone triple platinum singing jazz standards makes sense! Promises to be quite a gig. Booking advised.
"His voice puts me in mind of ...great vocalists such as Lou Rawls" Blues Matters; "... up front, with an intoxicating smile seducing you like the Sirens once did Odysseus, is Johnson… There's something you can't quite place your finger on when it comes to this vocalist. He's like an exotic butterfly you've captured and don't know where it comes from or what it will become tomorrow" Athens News
8:30PM Liverpudlian Tommy Blaize is a fantastic, charismatic singer/keyboardist who is widely admired and respected throughout the music business. Although for many years an unseen figure behind the scenes, his voice is familiar to millions from work with the likes of Tina Turner, Craig David, Gary Barlow 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. “Tommy Blaize…oozes Soul and class” Jazz n Jazz
TUESDAY 30TH - ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC EXAM NIGHT (FREE ENTRY)
8:00PM This gig is being presented in collaboration with The Royal Academy of Music, and is part of the Club’s ongoing policy of providing a platform for the younger musicians. This is a particularly important gig for the students performing this evening, as their performance will be marked by a panel of experienced professional musicians as part of their Music degree finals. The playing of these young musicians is of an extraordinarily high level so if you want to spot the next Jazz stars, this is the gig to be at!
8:30PM Originally 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 in excess of 25 CDs. A fluent and highly creative player John is widely regarded as one of the most gifted jazz pianists of his generation. Tonight John is bringing his newly formed quartet "Re-Creations" to the Club, featuring some of the finest of the younger musicians on the UK scene. In a departure from his usual gigs the repertoire is not his own, impressive, originals but, as he puts it, "new arrangements of many classic tunes from the jazz canon plus some pop and beyond...". The line-up tonight features Award-winning saxophonist Sam Crockatt along with upcoming young musicians James Agg on bass and Billy Weir on drums. This is a fascinating inter-generational band playing well-known standards in a way you may not have quite heard before! 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