25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE 606 CLUB AT LOTS ROAD
OVER 40 BANDS IN TWELVE DAYS
MAY 22 - JUNE 2
...and thanks to OUR EVENT PARTNERS
"Yamaha congratulates the 606 Club on their 25th year in producing some of the best live jazz from across the world. We value our longstanding relationship with the 606 and the opportunity to enable so many great musicians and jazz artists to perform using the club’s cherished Yamaha S6 Grand Piano."
"25 years and still going strong. Another 25 and you will catch up with us!! Good luck and have a great Festival"- Charlie Watts
Bobby Wellins feat. Don Weller/
Peter King feat. Pat Clahar/
Julian Joseph/ Ed Jones feat. Byron Wallen
SATURDAY JUNE 1 | 8:45pm |£16
8:45pm BOBBY WELLINS/DON WELLER QUINTET. Bobby Wellins is considered to be one of the icons of British modern jazz. Originally from Glasgow, Bobby was on one of the biggest selling jazz albums ever produced in this country, Stan Tracey’s “Under Milk Wood”, recorded in the late sixties. After taking a sabbatical from the music for 7 years, Bobby came back in the early eighties to lead the Charlie Watts Big band as well as a number of small groups, which re-established him as one of the finest melodic saxophonists in the world. Don Weller is widely recognised as one of Europe’s leading hard-bop tenor sax. players. A big man with a broad sound and great charisma, Don, a veteran of more than 40 years standing on the British Jazz scene, has worked with some of the finest British and American players, including Alan Price, Stan Tracey and Gil Evans.
“Bobby Wellins…A masterful display of controlled sensitivity from one of the most original voices in European Jazz” The Sunday Times
9:45pm PETER KING/PATRICK CLAHAR QUINTET. 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. He has also now turned to prose and his absorbing self penned autobiography “Flying High” is required reading for anyone interested in the UK Jazz scene over the last 40 years. Peter has always been a great supporter of the Club and it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome this saxophone giant. Patrick is one of the leading saxophonists of his generation. A powerful, post-Coltrane, tenor player his playing is tempered with a strong sense of melodic improvisation influenced by the great American tenor player Sonny Rollins. A leading light of the Julian Joseph big-band and small group Pat achieved world wide recognition as the sax player with the Bill Bruford Band. An established player on the studio scene Pat also includes work with the likes of Jazz Jamaica and the TV show “Strictly Come Dancing” Widely respected throughout the Jazz fraternity. Pat’s world class pedigree is undoubted.
“Peter King….plays with...searing authority” Guardian
“Julian is arguably the finest pianist of his generation - a brilliant, dynamic presence” Time Out
11:45pm ED JONES/BYRON WALLEN QUINTET. Over the last 20 years or so Award winning saxophonist Ed Jones has established himself as one of the most innovative and sought after sax players on the scene. His muscular and highly accomplished bop influenced tenor playing has been featured in a wide variety of contexts, most notably with the Jazz crossover groups “Us 3” and “Incognito”. But his Jazz credentials are just as solid, with work alongside artists such as George Benson, Dianne Reeves, Horace Silver and Claire Martin. A wonderful trumpet player with an easy and fluent style Byron Wallen is widely recognised as a seminal figure in British jazz. A creative force in the UK since the early 90’s Byron’s early career included work with the likes of Courtney Pine before expanding to include The Style Council, various rap artists and the seminal “hip-hop” groove bands US3 and Incognito. By the late 90’s his work was receiving world wide attention and his fluent Jazz trumpet could be heard with International artists such as Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard and George Benson. An insatiable musical curiosity has lead to work with the leading African musicians Hugh Masekela and Manu Dibango, Moroccan Si Muhammed, Arabian Rony Barak, Anglo-Indian tabla player Talvin Singh and Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira. As a composer Byron’s output has been equally eclectic, with his soaring Jazz trumpet featured on a series of self-penned albums including the MOBO nominated “Earth Roots” through film music to dance and commissions for the South Bank.
“Ed Jones....a formidable saxophonist” Jazz UK;