NOVEMBER 2017


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Please note the following:
:: there is a music charge for each event (usually between £10 - £14 per person)
:: we have a supper license, so you must eat a substantial meal if you wish to drink alcohol

WED 1st - SIMON LASKY GROUP CD LAUNCH

Simon Lasky Group CD Launch 606 Club Chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant 8:30PM Simon Lasky is a fine musician who has been at the forefront of the UK jazz scene for some years now. A classically trained pianist and composer, he quickly established a reputation as an impressive jazz player and a talented bandleader after moving to London in 2000. His style is an interesting fusion of rock, Latin and modern jazz, combined with a classical approach to his playing which adds real depth to his performances. Following the launch of has last, highly successful, album “Story Inside” here at the Club in 2015 Simon will be launching his latest album ‘About the Moment' at the club tonight. Over to Simon for a description of the music: “I have spent this last year composing material for my second record. While these new compositions are a natural development from my debut album, they represent a significant move forward in terms of construction and harmony. My writing is much more ambitious and has progressed into what I hope is something exciting and individual, fusing a classical approach to structure with the wonderful immediacy and spontaneity of jazz improvisation.” The recording and the gig tonight will also showcase the latest iteration of his excellent 6-piece band 'The Simon Lasky Group', comprising Luca Boscagin on guitar, Pete Billington on bass, Kuljit Bhamra on tabla & percussion and Sophie Alloway on drums, as well as special guest Philip Achille on harmonica. This promises to be a great night that should simply not be missed.

“Story Inside feels like a paean to well-constructed, uncluttered composition and honest-to-goodness musical texture. There are no rough edges to this sound.”
LondonJazz News; "wonderfully diverse and creative music" Paul Jolly '33 Jazz' Records

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THU 2nd - NEIL ANGILLEY

Neil Angilley 606 Club Chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant london uk8:30PM NEIL 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 his second, highly impressive, album under his own name, “Chango” featuring, amongst others, one of Europe’s finest percussionists, Snowboy, was equally well received. Tonight, as well as his Latin repertoire, Neil will be presenting music from his latest project "The Lake District" suite. Also featured are 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

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FRI 3rd - RB FUNKESTRA FEATURING HELENA-MAY

RB Funkestra Helena-May 606 club Chelsea live music venue jazz groove funk venue restaurant london 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 they will feature music from their latest effort, “The Time Thief” that 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 Funkestra is 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

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SAT 4th - CHRIS GARRICK

Violinist Chris Garrick 606 club Chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant london 9:30PM A jazz violinist of power and musicality, award-winning violinist Chris Garrick joins us tonight with his classic quartet, featuring Chris’s long time musical compatriot Dave Gordon on piano and keyboards with Alec Dankworth on bass and Paul Cavaciuti, drums. The band beautifully supplement Chris’s inventive and totally absorbing approach to his instrument, performing a mix of standard and more contemporary material that is quite remarkable and definitely something to look out for. Taking his lead from Stéphane Grappelli, Stuff Smith and Jean Luc Ponty, Chris has virtually revitalised the jazz violin, rejuvenating it for the 21st century and prompting violin superstar Nigel Kennedy (with whom Chris has performed many times) to call him one of the best in Europe. His fluent and inventive playing has been heard with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Dame Cleo Laine, Biréli Lagrène, Dolly Parton & Van Morrison and a string of awards are testament to a thoughtful but at the same time joyous approach to the music. He has appeared on dozens of recordings as leader or sideman, his CD “Different Strokes” named “Outstanding British album of the Year” by the Sunday Times amongst other accolades. He also works extensively in film and television for composers such as Danny Elfman, Anne Dudley, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman and other A-listers, and when not performing himself, is a professor of jazz and non-classical violin studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. A must-see gig.

“...exquisite musician…violin superstar” Guardian; “He could easily emerge as one of the great jazz violinists of all time” Sir John Dankworth

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SUN 5TH - LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: GOSPEL WITH JAMES FRANCIS

Singer James Francis 606 Club Chelsea live music venue gospel soul venue restaurant london uk1:30PM James spent his childhood honing his skills as a singer and performer by appearing in, and frequently winning, talent shows and singing competitions across South London. This early success encouraged him look to music as a career, and since turning professional he has become a highly sought after session singer whose resume includes tours with chart topping UK artist JP Cooper, X-Factor winner Ben Haenow and shows at the Royal Albert Hall with Josh Groban. A versatile artist who can perform everything from RnB to Soulful House, Blues and Pop he has never lost sight of the fact that it's his foundations in the church that bring his music to life. With a debut single released this August, a second single in the pipeline before Christmas and an EP line up for the spring, this is an artist to keep a close eye on. Today James will be appearing with his 5-piece band including 2 accompanying singers to perform a set that he describes as a mix of original material and Gospel Classics. Sounds fun. And don't forget children are always welcome to our Sunday lunch gigs.

“James Francis ...effortlessly soulful, infectious” - AnR Factory Music Blog

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SUN 5th - DANA GILLESPIE & THE LONDON BLUES BAND

Singer Dana Gillespie 606 Club Chelsea live music venue blues club restaurant london uk8:30PM 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, lowdown 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)

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MON 6th - ANNIQUE

singer Annique 606 Club Chelsea live music venue jazz singer songwriter world music club restaurant london 8:30PM Annique can be heard performing regularly around London's most prestigious venues, including sold out gigs at venues including KOKO, Ronnie Scotts, The Jazz Café, and The Elgar rooms at the Albert Hall. She has worked with a variety of music producers, as well as lending backing vocals for the likes of Trevor Horn, The Gorillaz and The Streets. Following an introduction to the multi-instrumentalist & producer Koby Israelite (acclaimed in jazz & world music circles for his long association with John Zorn’s label TZADIK) that meeting sparked an electric collaboration which produced a series of songs that became their debut album “Heads Up”, smokily atmospheric, sophisticated adult pop, suffused with angelic-sounding choruses, strong lyrics and heartfelt soul. It drew on Koby’s gypsy and eastern influences and Annique’s strong jazz influenced heritage, which ranges from Ella Fitzgerald to Chaka Khan. So successful is their partnership that they are now back in the studio working on a second record, “Lady Wonder” to be released in spring of 2018 and songs from which you will also be hearing tonight. Continuing the fortuitous melding of evocative sounds from jazz, world, pop and rock with a bittersweet and even theatrical flavour and a “French-café” vibe, Annique is truly stepping into the limelight. She has performed all over the UK, including several appearances at Glastonbury and for her 606 debut, you can hear her for the first time at the Club in the company of Koby Israelite-drums/accordion/acoustic guitar/piano, Ed Riches-guitar, Rob Terry-keyboard and Yaron Stavi-bass. Highly recommended.

"Annique proves herself a sharp eyed lyricist with a tender, seductive voice, igniting a raft of deep-toned torch songs from modern-day London with her mix of soulfulness, eclectic jazz and world influences, and the cinematic soundscapes of collaborator Koby Israelite.” Tim Cummings; "Annique conveys poignant emotional honesty...it’s hard not to be invigorated by [her] style and panache" satellitestatedisko.co.uk

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tue 7th - TWO SETS

Saxophonist Dan Reinstein 606 Club Chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant london 8:00PM DAN 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

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9:45PM DILL 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

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wed 8th - PURDY

Purdy singer songwriter 606 Club Chelsea live music venue jazz pop noir vocal standards club restaurant london 8:30PM We 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, including a 90,000 strong crowd at Wembley Stadium, Formula One events around Europe, The London Lifestyle Awards 2016 and made quite an impact as support on Jools Holland's last 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. Purdy also just released a double A-Side vinyl recording, "Too in Love with Love” featuring the song, “How Did You Do That”, which she recorded at Abbey Road with full orchestral accompaniment. 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

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THU 9th - MARCO MARCONI

Pianist Marco Marconi 606 Club Chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant london uk8:30PM Tonight we feature a really impressive pianist who, although still relatively new to the UK scene has already made quite an impact. A native Italian from Umbria, Marco initially studied classical piano before moving on to study Jazz at the Music Conservatory of Perugia, completing two diplomas and a post-grad in jazz, all with honours. Since then he has established himself as one of Italy's leading jazz pianists, performing at both Clubs and national and International festivals throughout Italy, including Umbria Jazz, Arezzo Jazz, The Festival of Nations, the Valmarecchia Jazz Festival and the Festival of the Saracens. His first UK appearance was at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2009, followed by a solo set in 2011 at the Lancaster Music Festival, which prompted his decision in 2012 to move to the UK permanently. Since then he has been working primarily with his own trio, producing their first album "Nordik", recorded live at the Fazioli Concert Hall in Venice and released on the iconic UK label 33Jazz, in 2016. Marco has a truly impressive technique, which allied with his classical knowledge and jazz sensibilities creates a unique sound and approach to both his originals and classic jazz standards as well as informing his jazz interpretations of pieces from the classical piano canon. Tonight the trio, featuring Tom Farmer on bass and Emiliano Caroselli on drums, will be performing material their well received second CD "Trialogue" (launched here at the Club earlier this year), once again released on Paul Jolly's 33Jazz label. As Paul says, the gig will give an opportunity "…for London audiences to hear one of the most creative and innovative pianists currently working on the contemporary scene". Praise indeed from someone who knows a thing or two about Jazz! The programme, as described by Marco, "will feature music from the CD’s, which is a mix of original compositions plus really well known songs that I have arranged in a jazz setting...including a...medley of music from Star Wars". Now that you can't miss!

"It isn’t often you discover a performer whose creative ability takes your breath away in the first 30 seconds of hearing their music... Marco is a breath of fresh air for…Jazz fans everywhere" JazzBitesRadio.com; "An inspirational feast of stylish...jazz" Stratford Jazz; "a remarkable musician" Cheltenham Jazz Festival

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fri 10th - LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL: IMAANI & NOEL MCCALLA "SOUL TO SOUL"

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sat 11th - LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL: SAXOPHONE SUMMIT FEATURING PETER KING, TRISH CLOWES, ALEX HITCHCOCK & VASILIS XENOPOULOS

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SUN 12th - LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL :: STAN SULZMANN'S NEON ORCHESTRA BIG BAND

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Sun 12th - LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL: ACANTHA LANG

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mon 13th - LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL: SARA DOWLING GOES TO THE MOVIES

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tue 14th - LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL: TWO SETS

8:00PM DAVID GORDON TRIO

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wed 15th - LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL: THE PRINTMAKERS FEATURING NIKKI ILES, NORMA WINSTONE

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Thu 16th - LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL: DAYNA STEPHENS

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fri 17th - LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL: SAMARA WITH SPECIAL GUEST TIM WHITEHEAD

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sat 18th - LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL: TRIBUTE TO DIZZY GILLESPIE FEATURING BYRON WALLEN, MARK ARMSTRONG

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SUN 19TH - LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL :: ZOE FRANCIS FEATURING JIM MULLEN

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Sun 19th - LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL: POLLY GIBBONS - "THE GENIUS OF RAY CHARLES & NINA SIMONE"

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Mon 20th - SIMON MULLIGAN

Pianist Simon Mulligan 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant london uk8:30PM Although many jazz musicians are also trained classical musicians, it is unusual for an artist to manage successful ongoing careers in both fields. Pianist Simon Mulligan is certainly one who has achieved this, with impressive results. At the age of 19 he recorded his first classical CD under the direction of Yehudi Menhuin, launching a collaboration that lasted over seven years. Since that time he has produced 15 highly regarded CD’s and included live work with numerous orchestras including the BBC Symphony as well as appearances at the likes of the Wigmore, Carnegie and Royal Albert Halls. Intriguingly Simon’s jazz bona fides are equally as strong, as are his composing credentials, which include numerous compositions for both TV and film including “Band of Brothers” in association with Michael Kamen. The jazz quartet he leads tonight includes some of the finest jazz players in Europe and features the searing tenor sax of the excellent Frank Walden (Amy Winehouse, Tom Jones). Tonight is Simon's Birthday (yeh!), so expect plenty of fun and perhaps even some cake! Highly recommended.

“Pianist Simon Mulligan plays up a storm” Dallas Morning News; “The most abundantly gifted of pianists” The Times; "...the sax player, Frank Walden. He was stunning!" Cafesaxophone

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Tue 21st - TWO SETS

Singer Marta Capponi 606 Club Chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant london uk8:00PM MARTA CAPPONI Italian-born jazz vocalist Marta Capponi began her jazz studies in Rome at the prestigious Saint Louis College of Music. Although a student she was already a busy working musician, and it wasn't long before her precocious talent was being heard alongside a wide array of established Italian and US jazz artists. By the time she left college she was already well known on the Italian jazz scene and she could soon be heard at high-profile venues and festivals around Italy, including the likes of Umbria Jazz, Umbria Jazz Winter, Ravello Jazz Festival, Spoleto Festival die Due Mondi, Casa del Jazz, Villa Celimontana and Auditorium Parco della Musica. Looking for musical challenges further afield, in 2012 Marta moved to London, bringing with her an eclectic and remarkable repertoire, from classic jazz standards and pop to folk and Brazilian music.  She was soon immersed in the London scene as both a performer and teacher, working with the likes of Philip Achille (Lionel Richie), Femi Temowo & Robin Banerjee (Amy Winehouse), Ernesto Simpson (Richard Bona), Luca Boscagin (John Abercrombie), Adriano Adewale (Sarah Jane Morris), Antonio Forcione and Marcelo Andrade, who called Marta to be part of his project "African Tree", a band featured regularly here at the Club. Her singing is fluent, powerful and captivating, and she has a stage presence to match - I am so impressed with her that I have asked her to sing with my band Samara on several occasions. Accompanying Marta this evening is the equally impressive internationally acclaimed pianist Andrew McCormack (Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum) alongside the excellent rhythm section of Dario di Lecce-bass and Emiliano Caroselli-drums. Highly recommended.

"Capponi...knocked out the crowd...easy to see why she is making waves" LondonJazz News; "Marta Capponi, a sparkle with a beautiful voice...a joy" Antonio Forcione

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9:45PM JAZZ FROM THE ACADEMy featuring alexander bone 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 younger musicians. Tonight the featured musician will be the Award winning saxophonist Alexander Bone and his excellent band. Since winning the inaugural BBC Young Musician Jazz Award in 2014 and the British Jazz Awards - Rising Star in 2016, Alexander has created quite a stir on the UK jazz scene with his flowing, melodic playing. Well worth catching, this gig.

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Wed 22nd - JASON REBELLO WITH SPECIAL GUEST HANS MATHISEN

Jason Rebello Hans Mathisen 606 Club Chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant london uk8:30PM Tonight we are pleased to welcome back to the Club one of the finest pianists in Europe with a special quartet gig featuring the brilliant award-winning Norwegian guitarist Hans Mathisen. A multi-award winner and ferociously talented musician, Jason Rebello has been at the forefront of the international music scene for the last 20 years. His extraordinary ability is highlighted by the fact that he was already an established performer by the age of 21, being described by Jazz FM as “[one of] the most gifted and fluent pianists to emerge in Britain [today]…” and by 1993, at the age of 24, he already had three highly successful albums under his belt. As well as promoting his own groove/crossover music he also found time to work with the likes of Wayne Shorter, Gary Burton, Branford Marsalis, Des’ree, Mica Paris, Carleen Anderson and Omar. However, it was in 1998 when he was invited to replace the late Kenny Kirkland in Sting’s band that Jason found international recognition. He toured the world with Sting for more than six years before moving to the band of guitar legend Jeff Beck, with whom he still performs. A combination of remarkable technique and musical adaptability has enabled Jason to work with many artists across the musical spectrum including the likes of Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Pee Wee Ellis, Joss Stone, Madeline Peyroux and Manu Katche. In 2013 he released his first solo album in 13 years, "Anything But Look", that received universal critical acclaim (AllAboutJazz saying "Rebello proves that music can be entertaining and sophisticated on a delightful recording that marks the pianist/composer's triumphant return to the spotlight”) while his 2016 album, “Held” on Edition Records was nominated for a British Jazz Award. Award-winning guitarist Hans Mathisen is one of Norway's leading jazz musicians. A graduate of the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium in the early 90's, Hans has gone on to establish an enviable reputation both at home and abroad as a player of depth and integrity. He cites Pat Metheny and Wes Montgomery as influences on his fluent, melodic style, but it is fair to say that he has established a sound and approach of his own that has won many plaudits over the years. His 2005 album, “Quiet Songs”, was the recipient of the Spellemannprisen, Norway's equivalent of the Grammy Awards, and his 2014 record, "The Island", which featured Jason Rebello on piano, was another beautifully conceived and rendered outing which will be the focus of the programme this evening. As a composer, Hans has a number of film music scores and major commissions to his name and is also a renowned educator, teaching on the music program at Sandefjord videregående skole. A consummate musician it is wonderful to have this truly impressive improviser at the Club for the second time. Supporting these two great artists tonight will be two of the finest rhythm section players in the country, Yuri Goloubev (Gwilym Simcock, Bob James) bass and Ian Thomas (Kenny Wheeler, David Sanborn, Al Jarreau) drums. This promises to be a very special night featuring an amazing line up, booking definitely advised.

“Jason Rebello…inspired”Time Out; “In terms of sheer ability and potential, Jason is probably [one of the finest…jazz musicians this country has produced.”  Jazz: The Modern Resurgence; "Mathisen...exquisite original melodies, exquisite interplay and exquisite solos” JazziNorge

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THU 23RD - GILAD ATZMON

Saxophonist Clarinettist Gilad Atzmon 606 Club Chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant london uk8:30PM 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 Spirit of Trane” which pays tribute to one of jazz music’s legendary figures, John Coltrane (who died in 1967 making 2017 the 50th Anniversary of his passing). 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 Enzo Zirilli on drums. Promises to be quite a night...

“A master…a jazz giant with a formidable international reputation” The Guardian; “Atzmon...Astonishing” Time Out; "Supremely gifted...a tour de force" Bristol 24/7

Gilad has well documented views on the Middle East conflict that may provoke and challenge the listener.

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Fri 24th - CHANTELLE DUNCAN

Singer Chantelle Duncan 606 Club Chelsea live music venue blues soul funk club restaurant l ondon uk9:30PM “I absolutely love improvising,” says Scottish-born singer Chantelle Duncan. "And as a solo artist, I love to sing soul and funk.” An award-winning vocalist, Chantelle has been called “a Celtic Eva Cassidy” on more than one occasion. She initially studied jazz & popular music in Newcastle before going on the road as a backing vocalist with tours in Japan, the Middle East and New York City. Her credits include radio and television work as well as writing and recording both for herself and other artists, including a duet with Maceo Parker at The Roundhouse and performing with Dr John, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Brian May, ABC and Alexander O'Neal. When she isn’t singing backup for the likes of Nile Rodgers or Ronnie Wood, she can be heard in and around London and Hastings singing jazz and soul music or fronting one of the many bands with which she regularly appears, including the original band Berakah. And just in the last 18 months alone, Chantelle has played with Quincy Jones, Sarah Jane Morris, James Morrison, Marc Almond, Angel, Marcella Detroit and Mica Paris. Tonight she will be performing a groove-laden set of classic Soul and R&B standards accompanied by a fantastic band of 606 Club regulars including Alex Bennett-keyboard, Greg Heath-sax, Dave Ital-guitar and Mark Mondesir-drums. Quite a line up and anyone who saw Chantelle’s first gig here in September with Dave Lewis will know just how good she is. Booking recommended.

"Chantelle Duncan features on Wade In The Water and her voice really takes the song to a soulful and gospelly place...faultless" Blues Matters; “I loved working with Chantelle.  She combined a wonderfully unassuming approach with a killer diva sucker punch. What a treat.” David McAlmont

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SUNDAY 26TH - SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL:CLOSED FOR PRIVATE EVENT

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Sun 26th - MICHELLE JOHN

Singer Michelle John 606 Club Chelsea live music venue soul groove club restaurant london uk8:30PM A highly experienced vocalist Michelle cut her musical teeth in The London Community Gospel Choir before moving on to work with the likes of George Michael, Annie Lennox, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. She toured the world for more than 10 years with Eric Clapton, leading to subsequent tours with Will Young, Herbie Hancock, Sheryl Crow and Lenny Kravitz. A vocal coach on Pop Idol, Michelle has also sung for President Obama at the White House. And in 2017, her breakout appearances as a finalist on “The Voice UK” (Team Will!) brought Michelle to the attention of a whole new audience captivated by her stunning performances, making her more popular and in-demand than ever. She performs a fabulous set of Groove-based standards and originals, including songs from her EP “Little Me” all written by Michelle herself. Without question a brilliant singer, Michelle will be accompanied by a powerhouse Soul/Funk rhythm section that includes Dimitris Dimopoulos on keyboards, David D'Andrade-gtr; Jeremiah Olaleye on bass and Stefan Brown on drums. This gig is definitely highly recommended, booking advised.

“spine-tingling...from singer…Michelle John” The Herald Scotland; “Michelle John…added some heavenly sounds to complement Clapton’s sandpaper growls” AccessAtlanta

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Mon 27th - THE "CRATE DIGGERS" FEATURING ANDY CAINE

Singer Guitarist Composer Andy Caine Crate Diggers 606 Club Chelsea live music venue soul groove R&B venue restaurant london uk8:30PM Well, this is a treat. Something of a “supergroup” this band features 606 regulars from a variety of high profile bands, including Jason Rebello, the Tommy Blaize Band and the Hamish Stuart band. Andy Caine is best known here at the Club as the singer/guitarist with the enormously popular Tommy Blaize Band (ah, that guy). An acclaimed session vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, Andy’s career in music began when he was 16 years old: “I answered an ad in Melody Maker, which is what you did [in those days] to get work, and joined a band up north,” says Andy. That led to a deal with Epic Records and the start of his career as a studio musician back in the 1980s.  Since then Andy has become a pillar of the session world, making a boatload of famous names sound even better. “I’ve never met Simon Cowell, but I’ve sang on almost every record he’s ever made,” Andy says, chuckling.  In addition, among the vast number of chart-topping artists he’s performed with are Madonna, Robbie Williams, Take That, Brian Eno, Westlife, East 17, Five, Simply Red and many other established acts. He works regularly on Strictly Come Dancing (alongside Tommy) and Britain’s Got Talent and his vocal arrangements on Dido’s hit “Thank You” were famously sampled and helped Eminem on his road to international stardom. Paul Stacey’s fluent and impressive guitar playing has been heard many times over the years here at the Club. He has been featured with such Jazz artists as Claire Martin and Jason Rebello, however, demonstrating his unusual versatility he has also toured as a pivotal member of Oasis, The Black Crowes and the Finn Brothers bands. These days a highly regarded producer as well as performer he toured with Tom Jones’s “Praise & Blame” tour, was the musical director for the play Backbeat and most recently co-produced Steven Wilson's album “To the Bone”. Ian Thomas has been playing at the Club for well over 25 years, performing with innumerable jazz and groove outfits including the Tommy Blaize Band and the Hamish Stuart Band. One of the busiest drummers on the studio scene his cv reads like a who’s who of the biggest international stars, including work with the likes of Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting, Mick Jagger, George Michael, Tom Jones, Seal, Rufus Wainwright, and Michael Jackson. Pianist Sean Hargreaves moved to the US to study at Berklee College Of Music in Boston before returning to a plethora of work in the UK with artists of the likes of Michael Bublé, Alison Moyet, Guy Barker, Peter King and Jim Mullen. The remaining rhythm section of Chris Dodd on bass and Pete Eckford include work with the likes of Lynden David Hall, John Etheridge, Wynton Marsalis, Gary Burton, Roberto Pla, Dave Lewis’s “1 Up” and Grupo X. This exciting new group will play a mix of music from Gil Scott Heron to Steely Dan, Curtis Mayfield and Bowie to James Brown. With well over a hundred years of experience between them at the highest level, this is a band well worth catching.

"…the vocals of Andy Caine...uplifting...deep and soulful" Turntable Lab; “Stacey’s…brilliant guitar work” Concertlivewire

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Tue 28th - JOSH KEMP FEATURING STEVE FISHWICK

Saxophonist Josh Kemp 606 club Chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant london uk8:30PM Saxophonist Josh came to jazz at an early age, winning a Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Band of the Year award in his teens. After reading Philosophy at Oxford University, Josh returned to jazz with scholarships to Guildhall and Trinity College of Music and since then he has established himself as a saxophonist and composer of note, renowned for his melodic inventiveness. With several great CDs already under his belt, we are looking forward to a selection of material from his latest record “Rare Groove”, launched at the Pizza Express in 2016 to glowing accolades. Jazzwise stated in its live review, “a jazz-man in the finest tradition… 100 per cent free-range swing” while the Guardian compared his style to that of two of the greatest players in the pantheon of jazz, saying “a mix of Stan Getzian breeziness and Coltrane’s imploring cry”. Tonight Josh is bringing in his organ quintet featuring the brilliant trumpet player Steve Fishwick alongside one of the UK’s leading Hammond organ players Ross Stanley, Billy Cobham guitarist Carl Orr and drummer Chris Higginbottom. A fantastic lineup and an absolute treat.

“wonderfully rich toned tenorist Josh Kemp with a laconic, subtle, highly nuanced and original sound” Time Out; “Truly exceptional playing” thejazzmann.com

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WED 29TH - CLOSED FOR PRIVATE EVENT

THU 30TH - MUSICIANS XCHANGE PROGRAMME: TAMÁS LUDÁNYI - MUPA JAZZ SHOWCASE AWARD WINNER

Saxophonist Tamas Ludanyi 606 Club Chelsea Musicians XChange Programme Live music venue jazz club restaurant london uk8:30PM As part of our ongoing musician exchange programme with the Budapest Jazz Club, tonight we are presenting one of Hungary's most talented young saxophonists, Támas Ludányi. After starting out as a classical clarinet player Támas turned to the sax in his late teens and his love for jazz was born. In 2010 he was admitted to the jazz faculty of the world-famous Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, moving on to a six month stay at the jazz faculty of the University of Graz, Austria on an Erasmus scholarship before finally obtaining his first degree from Ferenc Liszt in 2013. Immediately after that he was accepted for the jazz saxophone master’s programme at the University of Nuremberg and simultaneously at the Ferenc Liszt Academy for a post-graduate course for teaching music, both of which he has now completed. I heard Támas earlier this year performing with his quartet (which he originally formed in 2012) at the MUPA Jazz Showcase in Budapest, and admired not only his technical facility, but much more importantly his melodic and thoughtfully constructed improvisations. It was therefore of little surprise when I heard that he had won the International Jury prize for his performance. I was, in fact, so impressed that I offered him a gig here at the Club and tonight is the result of that conversation. Accompanying Támas this evening will be a UK rhythm section of the highest calibre, led by pianist Andrew McCormack, who is perhaps best known for his work with the Kyle Eastwood band as well as a number of highly acclaimed CD's under his own name along with Tom Farmer-bass and Shane Forbes-drums. Promises to be a special night.

The 606 Club’s “Musician’s XChange Programme” was founded to facilitate artistic dialogue as well as performance opportunities for British jazz musicians in Europe and European jazz musicians in the UK. 

Presented in association with Harmonia Muhely Alapitvany, the Hungarian Cultural Centre in London and the Nemzeti Kulturalis Alap.




All Notes by Steve Rubie