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MONDAY MAY 27| 7:45pm |£12

Sarah Moule 606CLUB Chelsea Live music Jazz London7:45pm SARAH MOULE with SIMON WALLACE-piano. A wonderful, sophisticated, singer with a smooth and poised style Sarah is without doubt one of the UK’s leading Jazz vocalists. Her set tonight will feature standards alongside originals by the late, great Fran Landesman & Simon Wallace-“one of the finest song-writing partnerships” The Observer. One of the best interpreters of their songs in the World (according to Fran, who should certainly have known) Sarah worked closely with both Fran and Simon for over a decade, recording four highly acclaimed CDs featuring their work. The music Sarah performs is quirky and swinging, thoughtful and joyful. As one would expect she is accompanied by a trio of the highest quality. Pianist Simon Wallace (who is also Sarah's husband) has worked around the world as a jazz performer and composer and in addition to writing songs with Fran Landesman has also written many hours of music for television.

“..subtle and intelligent vocalist… honeyed in sound, smooth in timing and pitch” The Guardian
“...hauntingly gorgeous” Jazz Times USA

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Polly Gibbons 606CLUB Chelsea Live music Jazz LOndon8:45pm "RONNIE SCOTTS ALLSTARS” directed by JAMES PEARSON-piano with ALEX GARNETT-sax and featuring POLLY GIBBONS-vocals. The 606 Club and Ronnie Scott’s Club have a long history of co-operation, dating back to the time when Ronnie Scott, who was a Chelsea resident, used to frequent the Club on a regular basis. A great supporter and friend of the 606 Club, Ronnie and his band played for the opening night in 1988 and performed at the Club throughout the 90’s. Despite the change in circumstance at Ronnie’s in recent years we still keep in close contact and so it is with great pleasure that we welcome to the Festival the Ronnie Scotts Allstars, directed by Ronnie’s resident pianist, the wonderful James Pearson with the excellent saxophonist Alex Garnett and featuring one of the UK’s finest vocalists and Ronnie Scott regular Polly Gibbons. James Pearson’s playing has been heard with a who’s who of contemporary artists including Dame Cleo Laine, Maria Ewing, Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Joss Stone, Jeff Beck and Paul McCartney. James is also a composer of note with commissions that include a Clarinet Sonata, Piano Variations, a suite based on Colette’s Madame Alvarez and a jazz symphonic work “Millenium Celebration”. Polly Gibbons is one of the most respected and talked about singers of her generation, a powerful and versatile singer she performs gentle Jazz ballads and rockin’ R&B classics with a uniformly impressive energy and technique. And she has a great personality to match. Also featured tonight will be the terrific sax of Alex Garnett (BBC Big Band).

“Polly Gibbons…a truly exceptional, once in a generation talent, possessing a voice of such sizzling intensity and raw emotion you could fry an egg on it” Jazzwise
“James Pearson is a forebodingly brilliant and melodically inventive jazz pianist and few can match him”
Blues and Soul
“…outstanding players. For poise, balance and swing they’re a joy to listen to” Observer

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Sarah Gillespie 606CLUB Chelsea Live music Jazz London10:00pm THE 606 CLUB SET Featuring TAMMY WEIS, WILL RODWAY, ESTHER BENNETT, SARAH GILLESPIE, SIMON HARRIS, UGO DELMIRANI and GUESTS..
Over the years a number of highly talented musicians have given their time to help us out here at the Club in roles other than their usual musical one, and so, I thought it would be nice to get together in a sort of “supergroup” just some of these very fine musicians, plus those who have been closely involved in my own projects here at the Club. The idea is that the various musicians will perform their own individual sets as well as performing together, and there’s a good chance you may see me joining in somewhere along the line as well. This set should be a great way to end this particular evening as members of the 606 Club “family” get together to perform in their own, inimitable, way. Artists featured will be singers Tammy Weis, Sarah Gillespie and Esther Bennett, pianists Will Rodway and Ugo Delmirani and guitarist Simon Harris plus an invited guest rhythm section to help things along. And expect plenty of friends and some surprise guests..

“Tammy Weis…she’s the real deal” Time Out
“Sarah Gillespie..…an incandescent new presence who matches her imposing delivery with superior lyrics” Guardian
“Esther Bennett’s many virtues include a seductive vibrato... a smokily appealing lower register… and a winning sense of humour” Jazzwise
"Simon Harris….Irresistible and world-class" EuropeJazz.net
“Will Rodway certainly scores highly for energy and innovation…. you will be entranced” Jazzwise

let's meet a few of the 606 Club Band members....

ESTHER BENNETT:
Most jazz musicians and singers have to support their career with another form of income. I cannot think of a better way to do this than by working at the 606 jazz club. Every night different, and never a dull moment (and the pay's good too!)

I first came to the club with my (then) saxophone teacher Leigh Etherington - and I could not believe how brilliant the musicians were. It has been continued to be the case with not only the best British based musicians in jazz and contemporary music, but also in blues, soul, Latin and world music.

I can honestly say, that barely a night has gone by (in my 356 years of working here) where a customer (or customers) have not said that they have had one of their best nights of their life here, and/or that the 606 is one of the best music venues they have ever been to. Maybe they don't get out much??? But I tend to think it's more likely to be that...................
It is because they are right!!

SARAH GILLESPIE
When I started working in the office around 9 years ago, I was jaded about the music industry. Record companies always wanted me to shoehorn my lyrics into some banal adolescent fable. They wanted me to dress as a hippy chick in ethnic earrings so that I looked like I was fresh off the Joni Mitchell wannabe factory line. When I started working in the 606 Club, I felt I had landed in a heaven where the opposite values prevailed. It was not driven by marketing or branding. It was all about music. Working in the club pretty much changed my life. I soaked in the jazz aesthetic by osmosis mixing it up with all the blues and folk I already had in me. I met Gilad Atzmon who produced all 3 of my albums and toured in my quartet in Europe and all over the UK. Years later I have played in leading jazz clubs, festivals and theatres but performing at the 606 Club is always like playing at home. Friends I made while working there are life long friends and when my mother fell ill a couple of years back, she decided that, despite me playing arts centres close to where my parents lived, the last gig she wanted to see me play would be in the 606 Club.

On a lighter note, here is one of countless anecdotes from this era of my life. Steve had hired a lovely girl called Hedi from China to help out with taking bookings. One day the buzzer in the office went - and Hedi told us all in the office that there was a man downstairs from 'the insurance.' We sprang into a panic, collating what ever Kafkaesque paper work we imagined was required. Steve said he didn't have an appointment. It was clearly a random visit. We insisted Hedi get a name of the guy but she repeated that all he would say is that he was from 'the insurance'. Finally, my colleague Janet raced downstairs to the door of the club clutching folders and documents. There was no insurance executive waiting in the street, but there was a rather brilliant (by now chilly and pissed off) singer called Ian Shaw. :)

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WILL RODWAY

April of this year marked 2 years since I first started working at the 606, and I’m eternally grateful to Steve for giving me the opportunity to both experience and learn, first hand, the hard-graft and dedication it takes to run a jazz club. There really are no short cuts in this game! As well as learning the business-side of things, Steve has also been incredibly supportive with my musical endeavours, allowing me to make use of the club's space and instrumental resources. I’ve met and (more importantly) heard the cream of British jazz since working here and it gives me a great sense of pride to know, in my own small way, I’m helping keep the flame of UK jazz burning – and that’s thanks to the 606.

TAMMY WEIS
Well, I met Steve about 10 years ago. I started doing gigs and then worked upstairs in the office for a couple of years. I managed the bookings for the Agency. It was a wonderful way to meet musicians and people in the music industry.

I think some of the best times for me were coming down on my lunch hour and playing piano and writing...

The staff are now considered family and I am so proud to call Steve a friend. His commitment to the club has been incredible and his support for musicians must be commended.

In a time of great uncertainty in the music industry, it is so good to know that the 606 Club is still going strong!

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