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FULLY AIR-CONDITIONED

Please note that every night there is a music charge (usually between £8 - £12 per person)
Please note that we have a supper license, so you must eat a substantial meal if you wish to drink alcohol

Tues 1st RACHEL BRAND MEMORIAL CONCERT

Tonight’s gig is a memorial to an inspirational woman - wonderful jazz singer Rachel Brand. Rachel came to jazz late, having first had a successful career in business as a senior management consultant. Her business career was curtailed by a serious illness, as a result of which she rethought her career path and in 2002 decided to focus on her great love, jazz. Her talent was such that she made an immediate impact on the jazz scene and undeterred by ongoing medical issues she went on to work with outstanding instrumentalists including Mike Walker, Darius Brubeck, Mark Lockheart, Brian Kellock, Mike Gorman and Paul Booth. Tonight, friends, family and colleagues will be remembering Rachel, sharing stories and music in celebration of one of the most remarkable singers to have worked on the UK Jazz scene. A special and greatly missed musician.

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-- ANGLO/HUNGARIAN JAZZ FESTIVAL – THE BUDAPEST JAZZ CLUB AT THE 606 -- WEDS 2nd, THURS 3rd and FRI 4th NOVEMBER --

Continuing its burgeoning association with the Hungarian jazz scene, and the Budapest Jazz Club in particular, the 606 Club is excited to present this three-day festival featuring some of Hungary’s finest musicians joining with British stars to perform in an extraordinary Trans-European jazz collaboration. Natalie Williams (vocals), Clark Tracey and Martin France (drums), Julian Siegel, Peter King and Mornington Lockett (saxes) are among the British jazz stars playing with the cream of Hungarian talent, including pianists George Vukan, Daniel Zabo, Bela Szakcsi Lakatos and vocalist Nikoletta Szoke during this mini festival. All hand-picked for their unique approach to playing/performing, we believe that bringing together these renowned musicians from different corners of the Jazz world will result in original, beautiful, exciting and most of all thoroughly enjoyable music.


Weds 2nd

8:30 – 9:30          George Vukan with Andy Cleyndert and Clark Tracey
George Vukan is one of Hungary’s leading jazz pianists. An established musician of more than 40 years standing he has performed with a vast array of established European and US musicians, including Philly Joe Jones, Clifford Jordan, Frank Foster, Clark Terry and Kenny Wheeler. As well as being a wonderful pianist George is also an established composer having written music for more than 130 films, including two nominated for Oscars, and written for contemporary Opera and Ballet. Tonight George will be performing with two of the finest and most experienced jazz rhythm section players in the country, Andy Cleyndert on bass and Clark Tracey on drums.

10:00 – 11:00          Daniel Szabo, Matyas Szandai with Julian Siegel and Martin France
Daniel Szabo is a multi Award-winning pianist who won the International Jazz Piano Competition in 1997, was joint winner at the Gábor Füsti Balogh Talent Contest for Jazz Pianists in 1998, came first at the Jas Hennessy Solo Piano Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival and is a past winner of the International Martial Solal Jazz Piano Competition in Paris. This great pianist will be appearing with long standing associate, bass player Matyas Szandai. Joining Daniel from the UK will be BBC Jazz Award winner saxophonist Julian Siegel and one of the UK’s finest drummers, Martin France.                    

“Daniel Szabo…highly original…..brilliantly fluent”
Evening Standard                                

£12

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Thurs 3rd

8:30 – 9:30          Peter King with Marton Juhasz,  Janos Egri  and Alan Benzie

Berklee College of Music alumni Marton Juhasz is rapidly establishing himself as one of Hungary’s leading young drummers. Appearing with Marton in his trio are leading Hungarian bass player and Award winning Scottish pianist Alan Benzie, who has made a considerable impact on the jazz scene at Berklee College of Music in the USA, where he is currently studying. Joining the guys tonight will be one of the UK’s greatest musicians, the iconic alto sax player Peter King who is generally recognised to be one of the finest sax players in the World.

10:00 – 11:00          Bela Szakcsi Lakatos  with Arnie Somogyi and Tristan Maillot

Pianist Bela Szakcsi Lakatos has been a leading light of the Hungarian jazz scene since the mid-60s and, since coming 2nd in the Montreux jazz festival competition of 1970, the international scene too. He has played at the most prestigous festivals around the world and worked with, amongst others, Frank Zappa, Art Farmer and Carmen Jones. Renowned as an excellent composer, his works often reflect tradition of gypsy music, while also fusing Classical, rock and jazz sounds in a most unique way. Joining Bela tonight will be leading UK bassist (with Hungarian roots!) Arnie Somogyi and UK resident (and French native) Tristan Maillot on drums.

“the brilliantly eccentric pianism of Bela Szacksi Lakatos”
The Times                                                 
“pianist Bela Szakcsi Lakatos is wonderful” The Guardian

£12

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Fri 4th

9:00 – 10:00 Nikoletta Szőke, Kálmán Oláh and Jozsef Barcza Horvath with Winston Clifford.

Nikoletta is a great vocalist who came to international attention after winning the International Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition. She has already released four hugely successful albums and has signed a five-album deal with a major Japanese label on the back of these well received releases. Renowned for her powerful yet gentle vocal style, she is a favourite collaborator amongst musicians visiting Hungary, most recently performing with Bobby McFerrin. “The voice of Nikoletta Szőke is one of the vital treasures of Hungarian jazz” Funzine Hungary. Kalman Olah has gained an international following as a unique pianist who combines the elements of jazz, folk and contemporary classical music. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Grand Prize of the 2006 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composers Competition, Leverkusen International Jazz, and the Great American Jazz Piano Competition. Jozsef Barcza Horvath is a fabulous bass player whose wonderfully rhythmic basslines often grace the performances of Hungary’s top players. “[Olah] is a fully developed, finished pianist with a seductive touch and a continuous lyricism” Jazz Times. Completing the quartet is UK drummer Winston Clifford, one of the most respected musicians on the UK scene.

10:30 – 11:30 Natalie Williams & Mornington Lockett  with rhythm section as above

Sensational British vocalist Natalie and sax star Mornington join Kálmán Oláh and Jozsef Barcza Horvath for the second set tonight. Natalie Williams is an exceptional singer/songwriter whose style is a unique blend of R&B, vocal jazz and soul. The release of her third album Secret Garden has “elevated her to premier league status in one fell swoop” (B&S magazine) and has gained rave reviews across the media. Natalie has also performed in some of the country’s most famous venues headlining at The Jazz Café, Café de Paris, Cargo and “Soul Family Sundays” at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club “One of the UK's hottest singers…she effortlessly moves from soul-diva to sensual and sophisticated jazz.” Time Out; Mornington Lockett is now well established as one of the great British tenor sax players. Perhaps best known for his work with singer Sarah Jane Morris and the Tracey’s, Stan and Clark, he is also the featured sax player on drummer Martin Drew’s cd tribute to the late Ronnie Scott, as well as the driving force behind the remarkable “Celebrating the Jazz Couriers” quintet. “Mornington Lockett….World class” Jazz Journal;

12:00 - 1:00 Kálmán Oláh with Mornington Lockett, Tom Mason and James Maddren 

The final set of the festival features a jam between these four great players. Expect some impressive and exciting playing as these renowned players wind up the night in style.                                                                           

£14

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Sat 5th BENN CLATWORTHY

BENN CLATWORTHY is a truly impressive modern jazz tenor player who was first brought to my attention by the late Ronnie Scott, who rated him as one of the best UK players that he had heard. Although British (very!) Benn is now resident in California where he has established himself as an important talent, although he does return to Britain on a regular basis. A powerful and impressive player this is a gig not to be missed.

“big toned sax …. (with) deep emotional commitment” Jazz UK


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sun 6th DANA GILLESPIE and THE LONDON BLUES BAND

Dana Gillespie has been a major figure on the UK music scene for over 40 years. Starting in the folk scene 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 70’s she has been singing, recording and touring with Blues musicians from all over the World, including a 2 year stint in America working with some of the finest players on the scene. 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. Highly regarded on the World Blues scene she was voted “Top British Female Blues Vocalist” by the British Blues Connection and Blueprint Magazine 5 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 Zeitz on guitar and Mike Paice on sax and harmonica and the material is a mix of classic blues covers and Dana’s great originals, which are so good it’s hard to tell them apart! 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

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mon 7th EILEEN HUNTER and STEVE BROOKSTEIN “TOGETHER”

Tonight’s gig features this hugely popular husband and wife team performing a great selection of jazz standards and original material together. Eileen is not only a wonderful vocalist with a lovely, breathy delivery but also a highly accomplished instrumentalist, being fluent on both piano and flute. Performing a mix of jazz standards and swinging originals in an assured and fluent style, she has established herself as a dynamic, hard-working jazz artist in many of the UK’s most prestigious jazz venues. Now championed by JazzFM you can expect to hear much more from this sophisticated and creative musician. Best known as the very first winner of TV’s X Factor, Steve Brookstein is the classic example of an “overnight success” after more than 15 years in the music business. Since his first single release in 1996 he has had three record deals, numerous TV appearances and a varied and interesting career including supporting Dionne Warwick on tour. 

“Eileen is an exceptional talent. She not only provides an inspirational vocal performance, she is an amazing musician, a considered writer and has an arresting grace on stage.”
Jazz FM

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tues 8th - two bands

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 from his medical studies to go to the Berklee School of Music he became even better. 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, sax playing again.

Also featured tonight are terrific musicians Paul Jayasinha - trumpet and Tim Lapthorne - piano.

"Impressive hard-bop saxophonist" Time Out 


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DILL KATZ 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 jazz steel pan playing of the excellent Mick Hutton.

“Superior jazz-rock quartet led by ex-Nucleus electric bassist Katz”
Time Out

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weds 9thLATIN UNDERGROUND”

The Latin Underground sextet, led by iconic conguero Robin Jones, play authentic Latin music with a strong Jazz influence. Robin has become something of a regular at the Club in recent times, due very much to public demand. Generally considered to be one of the finest percussion players around, Robin’s shaven head and distinctive earring has been seen in groups from his own “King Salsa” to those of Tito Puente, Elton John  and Sade, to name but a few. Latin Underground play classic Latin jazz tunes as well as great originals from saxophonist Nick Walker, producing a truly infectious Latin vibe which is always rhythmic and exciting.

“..world class conguero..” Overload

 

 

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thurs 10th GARETH LOCKRANE’s “grooveyard” featuring ALEX GARNETT - sax

Over the last couple of years Award Winning Jazz flute player Gareth Lockrane has established himself as one of the finest flautists in Europe with a string of high profile appearances alongside the likes of the James Taylor Quartet, Natalie Williams and Bheki Mseleku. His Award winning band “Grooveyard”, featured tonight, perform compositions by Gareth drawing on contemporary jazz, gospel, soul and funk influences and it is this band that won the “Best European Jazz Group” in the Granada jazz festival in 2003, on the back of their debut cd “Put The Cat Out”. It is a measure of Gareth’s growing International standing that he was recently named “Rising Star on Flute” in the prestigious 2008 Downbeat Critics Poll (USA). The rest of the band are Alex Garnett (tenor) Mike Outram (guitar) Ross Stanley (hammond) and Nick Smalley (drums), who between them have worked with the likes of Carleen Anderson, Incognito, Steve Howe, Sirius B, Ray Gelato and Jim Mullen. Quite a band.

“Lockrane’s flute work is exceptional, combining a relaxed fluidity with an acute adventurousness…...very special indeed”
Jazzwise
“..formidable” Guardian
“..brilliant” Observer
“Flute phenomenon” Evening Standard
“..breathtaking…dazzling..” Allaboutjazz


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THE LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL
in association with BBC Radio 3

Fri 11th - 9.30pm
RB FUNKESTRA: THE BIG BAND! with guest vocalist KATIE LEONE

Austrian born bass player Stefan Redtenbacher has established himself as the UK’s 'groove' bass player of choice for many artists, both live and recorded. The roster of artists with whom he has worked includes Steve Winwood, Sam Brown, Herb Alpert and Danny Gotlieb. His own recordings feature jazz/funk legends Fred Wesley and Elliot Randall (Steely Dan) and he has also established himself as a producer and educator of some note.

The band that he leads tonight is his 9 piece “Funkestra Big Band” the name of which pretty accurately describes the style of the music with its feel-good, high-energy, original hybrid of funk, soul and jazz. This multinational band boasts some of the best players in Europe, with its 4 horn front line led by trumpeter Sid Gauld and featuring saxophonist Jim Hunt. The horns perform original 'groove' music with an authority and style that is hard to beat. One of the very best groove singers around, Katie Leone, renowned for her incredible voice and stage presence, adds the perfect finishing touch to the line-up tonight. Not surprisingly the band has performed at numerous clubs and festivals around Europe including the likes of the European Bass Day (Germany), Manchester Bass Day, The Cooker at Ronnie Scott’s Club, ARGE Kultur (Austria), Greenwich Jazz Festival and Hampton Court Jazz Festival.  Great band this; will be a great gig.

“The Governor of Bass” BBC Radio2
“..a near perfect slice of jazz-funk bass from one of Europe’s great players.” Bass Guitar magazine

£15



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Sat 12th - 9.30pm
CHRIS GARRICK

A jazz violinist of power and musicality, award-winning violinist Chris Garrick takes a break between guest appearances with Wynton Marsalis and Nigel Kennedy to promote his seventh solo album “Flight Mode” with pianist Dave Gordon, bassist Mark Hodgson and drummer Tom Hooper.

Taking his lead from Stephane Grappelli, Stuff Smith and Jean Luc Ponty, Chris has revitalised the jazz violin, rejuvenating it for the 21st century, prompting Nigel Kennedy to call him one of the best in Europe. His fluent and inventive playing has been heard with the likes of Dame Cleo Laine, Bireli Lagrene, Dolly Parton and Van Morrison and a string of awards are testament to his thoughtful and joyous approach to the music.

..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 13th - 1.30pm
  **LUNCHTIME SPECIAL** with WAYNE HERNANDEZ
and the 606 GOSPEL GROUP

After two years of hosting some of the finest Gospel performers around we decided that it was time that we formed our very own Gospel Group! So, under the auspices of 606 regulars, keyboardist Miko Giedroyc and bass player Andre Gabriel in association with the brilliant Gospel singer and choral director Tracey Campbell, we present our very own Gospel ensemble, the “606 Gospel Group”.

The gig will also feature a very special guest WAYNE HERNANDEZ. He is one of those fantastic singers who has been using his considerable talents for many years to make others sound good. Hugely successful within the music “business” he has worked with Tina Turner, Tori Amos, Blur, Grover Washington, Roberta Flack and Madonna. He has also toured extensively with Kool and the Gang, Regina Bell and most recently Billy Ocean and is one of the lead singers with the band “Gorillaz,” (oh, that guy!). With an Afro Cuban heritage which includes work to this day with the London Community Gospel Choir, along with living in New York for a number of years, Wayne describes his music as “…a living fusion of music styles from the Black music scene”. This multi-talented artist, he is also a well established songwriter and producer, produces a brilliant set of powerful groove music with his 7 piece band of hand picked musicians that defines the word “Soul”. A rare talent and absolutely not to be missed.

It promises to be quite an afternoon! And don’t forget this is our family day so children are very welcome to come along too

“..it was clear that Wayne had a very special talent, his voice, it was simply breathtaking”
Livemusic.fm

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Then in the evening:

Sun 13th - 8.30pm
    LILLIAN BOUTTÉ with Denny Ilett-guitar

It is with enormous pleasure that we welcome to the Club the brilliant New Orleans singer Ms. Lillian Boutté. On the music scene for more than 30 years Lillian is a monument to Jazz, Gospel and R&B. She has performed and recorded with a myriad of legendary musicians including Jay Mc Shane, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Milt Hinton, Gus Johnson, Doc Cheatham, Arnett Cobb, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Clark Terry and our own Humphrey Lyttleton. Lillian has quite literally travelled the world performing her brand of New Orleans Jazz and R&B. She was named 'New Orleans Musical Ambassador' in 1986, making her only the second jazz legend in the city's history to be accorded this honour - the first being Louis Armstrong. 

A successful actress and stage performer as well, she appeared in and sung on the sound track of Allan Parker’s 'Angel Heart', and for four years was a featured performer in the classic stage show 'One Mo Time', performing with the show in New Orleans, Sweden and Brazil. In 1992 she took the show 'Spirit of Louisiana' to Germany and from 1992 to 1994 she toured 'Gospel United' around Europe, which culminated with a performance in Denmark with a 3,000 voice gospel choir. Essentially Lillian has been touring almost non-stop for the last 18 years doing concerts, club dates and festivals all over the world and with the help of 17 albums within the genres of jazz, pop, blues, soul and gospel she strives to convey New Orleans’s unique atmosphere to her international audience.

Although now based in Europe, the city of her birth has become particularly important for Lillian post-Hurricane Katrina and she has been widely praised over the last 3 years for her tireless efforts to raise money for victims and to enable reconstruction work in her devastated home town. A unique singer who blends all that is best in Jazz, Gospel and R&B in one high energy, enormously entertaining package, Lillian's band will also be featuring the talents of one of the UK’s finest guitarists, Denny Ilett.

Booking strongly advised.

“A versatile singer from New Orleans now based in Europe, ……she takes a song like "All of Me" and turns it into a work of jazz art. Her rendition of "He Touched Me" reflects the depth of her feeling for her gospel roots. The ballads "I Cried for You" and "For All We Know" are perfect vehicles for showcasing the soft and subtle way that she engages in a song and "Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night" shows her bluesy side. One can understand upon hearing Lillian Boutte sing why music is her life.” All Music Guide

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Mon 14th - 8.30pm
SOUND ON SCREEN NIGHT
“Lift to The Scaffold” with the Martin Shaw Quintet

The 606 Club is pleased to present, in association with the Sound on Screen Festival , this unique night. The classic 1958 film-noir “Lift to the Scaffold” featured an iconic soundtrack by Miles Davis, which was famously improvised by Miles and his musicians as they viewed the film one night.  Tonight the music will be led by MARTIN SHAW who is widely regarded as one of the finest trumpet players in Europe. His powerful yet wonderfully fluent playing has been heard with the likes of Sting, Natalie Cole and Cleo Lane and he is a first call for numerous high profile musicians both in the UK and abroad. A featured soloist with the BBC Big Band his melodic playing and warm, fluid sound are universally admired and respected.

Martin and his quintet, which also features the brilliant saxophonist Andy Panayi and respected pianist Leon Greening, will use the written material associated with the film to base their own improvisations on the projected images, much in the way that Miles and his band did when they created the original soundtrack. The second half of the gig will feature the band playing their usual, brilliant tunes.

“Mellifluous” LondonJazz

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Tues 15th - 8.30pm
THE GWILYM SIMCOCK TRIO with special guest IAIN BALLAMY

A multi-award winning pianist, Gwilym is unquestionably one of the finest players of his generation. Able to move effortlessly between jazz and classical music, he has been described as ‘exceptional’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘dazzling’.  He includes work with the likes of Bill Bruford, Kyle Eastwood, Kenny Wheeler and Lee Konitz on a CV that belies his age, and it’s a testament to his remarkable abilities that he has already won the Perrier, BBC Jazz and British Jazz Rising Star Awards and is a Radio 3 'New Generation Artist' (the first jazz musician to ever receive this accolade). He was voted 'Jazz Musician of the Year' at the 2007 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, nominated for the 2011 Mercury prize for his album 'Good Days at Schloss Elmau' and nominated for the 2011 Mobo awards. If you don't know him already you start to get the idea – he’s very, very good!

Not content with being a great player Gwilym also has a burgeoning career as a composer. As part of the 2008 BBC proms season he delivered a highly acclaimed live performance on BBC 2 of his jazz/jontemporary classical piece 'Progressions' with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Now established as an international artist of considerable standing, Chick Corea described him as “A creative genius”, Gwilym is rightly considered to be one of the most exciting talents to emerge in recent years.

Booking highly recommended.

“I feel confident that Simcock already deserves to occupy the inner circle of the great contemporary pianists along with Mehldau, Jarrett, and Rubalcaba”
Cadence U.S.A.
“.remarkable ….exceptional, as both player and composer.” The Observer
“...a prodigious musician…a piano star... he is a proper 21st-century musician to whom genre boundaries form no obstruction...it's all just music to Simcock” Independent

£15

 

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Weds 16th
8.30pm - FEMI TEMOWO
10.15pm - ADRIANO ADEWALE GROUP   

FEMI TEMOWO

Multi-talented guitarist, composer, producer and musical director Femi Temowo was born in Lagos, Nigeria, arriving in the UK aged 10. He began playing the guitar at the age of 17 and by 2001 had obtained a degree in music from Middlesex University. Already a busy guitarist whilst at University, from 2001 Femi travelled the world playing with a variety of artists including George Benson, Terri Walker, Roachford, Jason Rebello and Amy Winehouse, and in 2003 saxophonist Soweto Kinch asked him to form part of Soweto’s award-winning quartet, an association that continues to this day.

In 2006 Femi set up his own record label, Femitone, that released his debut album 'Quiet Storm' to great critical acclaim. Soweto Kinch said of the album, “I really believe that in years to come people will look back and see how important a work it is.” The gig tonight will see Femi’s latest project uniting the rhythms and music of his native Nigeria, particularly the use of the 'talking drum', with the modern Jazz feel of his own compositions. Highly recommended. 

“Hugely skilled guitarist … see him switch effortlessly between….Afro-beat grooves and a natty line in post-Wes and Benson solo flights.” Jazzwise

 


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Late set - ADRIANO ADEWALE GROUP

Widely recognised as one of the finest Brazilian percussionists in Europe, Adriano has established an enviable reputation on the World Music scene. As a performer Adriano’s CV is extensive, including work with Antonio Forcione, Seu Jorge, Andy Sheppard, Modeste Hughes and Zoe Rahman. A renowned educator as well, Adriano is currently Artist in Residence at the Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex. The band fuses African, Brazilian and modern jazz into a wonderfully unique and enjoyable sound.

“Adewale gave an extraordinary performance. Fanatical about music, he sang and handled his instruments with rapture…Superb” Jazzwise

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Thurs 17th -  8:30pm  
ANDY SHEPPARD & JOHN PARRICELLI DUO

Andy, one of Britain's foremost tenor and soprano saxophonists, and stellar guitarist John, mix delicate bossa novas, achingly evocative ballads and super-charged excursions into funk and rock for this remarkable duo performance. Enhanced by a creative and uniquely personal use of electronics and new music technology, the sound is lyrical, melodic and wonderfully enjoyable to hear.

John rose to fame as one of the founders of Loose Tubes and since then has pursued a varied career working with many well-respected and influential jazz musicians including Annie Whitehead, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, Lee Konitz as well as performing as a session musician for some of the biggest pop artists around (Leona Lewis, Mike Oldfield) and for major soundtrack and theatre projects. Andy has worked with an incredible array of stars from Gil Evans, Carla Bley and George Russell, to Nigel Kennedy and Benjamin Zephaniah as well as leading numerous of his own great, renowned ensembles. The close-up set up of the Club is the perfect venue to hear the intricate interaction between these two fine musicians.

“Sheppard and Parricelli have clearly made the leap from formidable ability to sheer musicality.”
AllAboutJazz

“[Sheppard] has refined a mix of free-jazz bellicosity, elegant linear lyricism and Jan Garbarek-inspired concern for delicate nuance that has made his playing more expressive now than at any time in his career.”  Guardian

“Parricelli seems capable of endless feats of subtlety and control. Having Parricelli in the band is like having several world musicians, all in the one chair..” LondonJazz


£16

 

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Fri 18th - 9:30
“SAMARA” feat JANDIRA SILVA

Samara is a six piece jazz/latin group group led by me, Steve Rubie, and suffice to say I think the guys in the band are just great! The pianist Ugo Delmirani is a highly accomplished Latin/Brazilian pianist who has performed with Brazilian legend Airto Moreira as well as classic Brazilian bands "Arakatuba" and "Viramundo". Dill Katz, the bass player is visiting professor at the Guildhall, Nic France the drummer has worked with just about everyone, including Dave Gilmore (Pink Floyd) and Bill Withers, the percussionist, Dawson Miller is generally recognised as one of the most versatile and experienced players on the scene, and the singer Jandira Silva works with iconic Brazilian musician Chico Chagas and is considered to be one of the finest Brazilian vocalists currently working in Europe. The music is an infectious blend of Brazilian samba, jazz/latin and soul, and we all have 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          

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Sat 19th - 9:30
'SAXOPHONE SUMMIT'
featuring PETER KING, KAREN SHARP, SIMON ALLEN & PAUL BOOTH

As part of the LJF festivities we present four world class saxophonists for a unique 'Saxophone Summit'.

Peter King - After taking the scene by storm in the early sixties with the Ronnie Scott Quintet, Pete 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. Currently the featured saxophonist with the Charlie Watts band his playing has made him famous worldwide. Pete has always been a great supporter of the Club and it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome this saxophone giant.
“plays with...searing authority” The Guardian

KAREN SHARP - An award wining saxophonist whose powerful, swinging, melodic saxophone style has graced an impressive array of fine bands. Twice winner of the British Jazz Awards Saxophone category, she is perhaps best known for her work with the Humphrey Lyttleton band with whom she toured and recorded for more than 3 years.
“Her sound is warm and full, her improvised lines bold and clear, and her compositions full of surprises” The Observer

SIMON ALLEN -
After a 7 year stretch in drummer Clark Tracey's award-winning quintet, Simon has established himself as a leading light on the London jazz scene. A fluent and highly creative saxophonist, Simon is now a regular in all of Stan Tracey's bands, as well as the Laurence Cottle Big Band and Colin Towns' Mask Orchestra. Tonight's gig will feature material from Simon's forthcoming album, which features Laurence Cottle, Mike Bradley and Tom Cawley.
“Simon Allen
on all three of the main saxophones threw grenades into the room every time he stepped up to the solo mic LondonJazz

PAUL BOOTH - A powerful and lyrical player, Paul is without doubt one of the leading saxophonists of his generation. A recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including “Most promising young Jazz player”, “Best modern Jazz player” and the American “Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Award”, he has also toured the world as the featured saxophonist with the 'Riverdance' show, worked with the likes of Eric Clapton and Matt Bianco and is currently a member of the Steve Winwood Band.
“Blistering saxist”
Independent
“Exceptional talent” Sunday Times

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Sun 20th - 1:30
**SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL**
606 CLUB BIG BAND SMALL GROUP

feat NIGEL HITCHCOCK-sax; BARNABY DICKINSON-trombone;
LAURENCE COTTLE-bass; MARK FLETCHER-drums

Made up from some of the most impressive musicians working on the jazz scene, this occasional band is a real treat to hear. The Big Band (featured next Sunday, 27th), like the Club itself, specialises in arrangements by British based musicians including the likes of Stan Tracey, Pete Hurt, and Laurence Cottle. This afternoon we are featuring selected musicians from the band in a small group, modern jazz, format. NIGEL HITCHCOCK is unquestionably one of the finest saxophonists of his generation. A fantastic post-bop player his remarkable technique and ferocious attack make him one of the most impressive saxophonists in Europe. BARNABY DICKINSON is generally considered to be one of the best trombonists in Europe and is certainly one of the most in-demand freelance musicians on the scene. Aside from being an extremely skilled player, he is a highly charismatic performer, whose infectious joy and enthusiasm for playing make his concerts hugely enjoyable. This is a fabulous, all-star band and  not to be missed.

“Nigel Hitchcock…..rich…powerful and individual saxophonist” Independent
“…Dazzling” Guardian.

   
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And then in the evening:

Sun 20th - 8.30pm  
LIANE CARROLL
"Parliamentary Jazz Awards Musician of the year 2008", Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2005/6

The only artist ever to win two BBC Jazz Awards in the same year, for ‘Best Vocalist’ and ‘Best of Jazz”, Liane is a multi award-winning dynamic vocalist and pianist whose amazing talent captivates 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 Mombazo and Paul McCartney and has been a featured performer at the Glastonbury Festival.

Her albums on Splash Point records have been received with universal acclaim and led to an hour long “special” on BBC TV featuring her performance at the Brecon Jazz Festival. Hugely respected throughout the scene, if you were to ask any of the leading Jazz singers in the UK who they most admired, all would include Liane. 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.

“..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

£12

 

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MON 21st jean toussaint

Jean Toussaint is an ex-pat. American tenor saxophonist who first came to this country with the Art Blakey band in the 80’s, and is now one of the most highly regarded modern players on the scene. His blistering technique and lyrical sound have graced many great bands, from Art Blakey through Wynton Marsalis, Gil Evans and the Julian Joseph bands to his own International quartet. A World class musician. Also featured tonight will be the excellent pianist Andrew McCormack (Kyle Eastwood).

“..brilliance, wit, verve and memorable, elegant, sax lines..."
The Times
“..terrific” Guardian


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TUES 22nd two bands:

PETE SABERTON featuring MARK LOCKHEART. Pete Saberton is generally considered to be one of the finest contemporary pianists in Europe. An old friend of the Club, his fluent and highly inventive playing has been a feature since the early eighties (when we were still at the old place). His writing is also highly regarded, and is a particular feature of all his gigs. Also featured tonight with the quartet is the terrific saxophonist Mark Lockheart. A sophisticated and impressive gig, if you want to know what’s happening with British Jazz at the moment, check this out.

“..elegance, thoughtfulness and lucidity” The Times

JAZZ FROM THE ACADEMY.” 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 musician’s. Each month the best of the students from the Academy’s Jazz course perform a set of standards and original material. The gig tonight will feature the excellent bass player Sandy Suchodolski and his band. The playing is of an extraordinary high level, and if you want to spot the next Jazz stars, this is the gig to be at! 

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WEDS 23rd benet mclean band

Benet is a fine pianist whose powerful, driving piano playing has been heard with the likes of Kevin Haynes and Dennis Rollins’s “Badbone & Co” with whom he has toured and recorded. The music is primarily Benet’s excellent compositions, which are an intriguing mix of Jazz, “groove” and hip-hop as featured on his tremendous CD “Cliches (For Another Day)” and his most recent album “In The Land of Oo-Bla-Dee”. A remarkable performer, playing hip hop one minute and stride piano the next, Benet is one of the very few musicians working on the International scene to have successfully fused diverse styles of Jazz to create a unique and truly exhilarating gig. Also featured with the band is the excellent sax of Jason Yarde. Highly recommended.

“Fast-rising..pianist Benet McLean has a piano technique that seems to bring Art Tatum's music into the 21st century, drawing on classical music, post-bop, hip-hop and beyond”
Guardian
“Mclean…concise, witty, solos..” BBC
“Duncan Eagles…simply sublime…very much entrenched in the jazz of today and tomorrow.” BebopSpoken here

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THURS 24th SIMON MULLIGAN

Although many Jazz musicians are also trained classical musicians it is unusual for a musician to manage successful careers in both fields. Pianist Simon Mulligan is certainly one who has managed this to great success. At the age of 19 Simon recorded his first classical CD under the direction of Yehudi Menhuin, with whom he was later to successfully work. Since that time he has produced 15 highly regarded CDs, and included work with the BBC Symphony as well as appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.

Intriguingly Simon’s Jazz credentials are equally as strong, as is his composing work which includes numerous compositions for both TV and FIlm. The jazz quartet he leads tonight features some of the finest young jazz players in Europe, including the searing tenor sax of the excellent Frank Walden.

“Pianist Simon Mulligan plays up a storm”
Dallas Morning News

 


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FRI 25th DAVE LEWIS’S “1 UP” featuring POLLY GIBBONS-vocals

After studying at the world famous Berkeley school of music in Boston, USA, Dave returned to this country to a wealth of work. His robust and melodic tenor playing has been heard with a notable list of artists including John Martyn, Bryan Ferry, Joan Armatrading, John Mayall and Eric Clapton. Currently the featured saxophonist with the “Blockheads”, his own band featured this evening is an impressive array of talent fronted by terrific guest singer Polly Gibbons. Polly 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! Tonight the band will be performing material from their latest album “Turn It Round”. Great band, great gig this.

“..spine tingling”
Guardian
“..brilliant…great music”
BBC Radio London
“Poly 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

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SAT 26th tony kofi **Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2005/6**

Having cut his teeth in the 'Jazz Warriors' of the early 90s, award-winning saxophonist Tony Kofi has gone on to establish himself as a musician, teacher and composer of authority. As well as “Nu-Troop” and “Jazz Jamaica” Tony’s playing has also been a feature of many bands: artists he has worked with include “US-3”, Branford Marsalis, Courtney Pine, Donald Byrd and Eddie Henderson. 

He has just returned from New York where he recorded an album with the father of the free jazz movement, Ornette Coleman, and bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma. Tony performed the whole recording on the Tenor saxophone, an instrument that he had not played before, and it is testament to his extraordinary talent that Ornette Colman told him that his natural voice is on that very instrument. The experience has given Tony a new voice to play with, along with his Baritone, Alto and Soprano saxophones.

Tonight Tony will be playing a great selection of standards from the classic American songbook as well as compositions by jazz giants Joe Henderson, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Thelonius Monk. His fluent and fiery playing is constantly in demand and it’s with great pleasure that we welcome him back to the Club with his band, featuring Trevor Watkis (piano), Larry Bartley (double bass) and Rod Youngs (drums) 

“passionate…superb…heartfelt”
The Guardian
“There is so much respect in jazz circles for Tony Kofi.” Jazzwise



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SUN 27th    **SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL ** 606 Club Big BanD featuring laurence cottle-bass; IAN THOMAS-drums

One of the most impressive big bands working on the jazz scene, this occasional band boasts amongst its alumni some of the finest players around. Musicians who regularly work with the band include Ian Thomas-drums, Laurence Cottle-bass, Mornington Lockett and Sam Mayne-saxes. The band, like the Club itself, specialises in arrangements by British based musicians including the likes of Stan Tracey, Pete Hurt, and Laurence Cottle. This is a fabulously powerful and exciting sound with virtually all the members of the band being exceptional soloists as well as impressive band players. A great gig, this one.

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Then, in the evening:

SUN 27th   imaani

A 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. Most recently she completed her 5th World tour as lead singer with the iconic band “Incognito” with whom she has had a long association. A powerful and charismatic vocalist this is a rare chance to hear this enormously experienced and highly regarded singer perform 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

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MON 28th DAVIDE GIOVANNINI'S MINAS PROJECT 

Drummer/percussionist/singer Davide has worked successfully in many genres of music since he moved to England from his native Italy, working with artists as diverse as Steve Winwood, Bjork, Snowboy, Dalata and Russell Watson on projects covering R&B, Pop, AfroCuban, Brazilian, Jazz, House and Funk. Tonight he brings a new project to the Club that celebrates the music of Minas Gerais – one of the states of Brazil - renowned for great artists such as Toninho Horta, Milton Nascimento, Beto Guedes, Lo Borges and famous for its beautiful harmony and melodies. 

After Davide visited Brazil he was inspired to write music influenced by the musical heritage of Minas Gerais and it is his own, beautiful, original songs that the band will be playing tonight. The line up features Paul Booth (Steve Winwood, Basia, Eddie Henderson, Eric Clapton) on sax, bass clarinet, flute and keyboard,  Neil Angilley (War of the worlds, Shirley Bassey, Vanessa Mae, Ben E. King.) on piano, Davide Mantovani (Andy Sheppard, Zoe Rahmahn, Jean Toussaint, Baaba Maal) on bass and Guille Hill (Airto Moreira, Tom Jones) on guitars, so you know it’s going to be a fantastic gig.

 



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Tue 29th TWO BANDS

MICHELE DREES' “RHYTHM TAP & JAZZ QUARTET” feat. JOHN CRAWFORD - piano, JUNIOR LANIYAN - rhythm tap dance

This unique ensemble is led by drummer Michele Drees, who includes work with Kirsty MacColl, Marc Almond, Seal, KD Lang, Susanne Vega and Mica Paris, as well as numerous jazz luminaries, on a star-studded CV. The band plays great jazz and Latin tunes with an original twist - the addition of a tap dancer as percussion! Adding energy, movement and striking percussive sounds, this line-up manages to perform favourite classic tunes in an entirely novel way. Also featuring terrific pianist John Crawford, this promises to be an unforgettable gig.

“Former Seal drummer, Michele Drees impressed with her tasty solo..” LondonJazz blog

 

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LATE SET - BARRY GREEN

A wonderful modern jazz pianist whose fluent and melodic playing has made a significant impact on the UK Jazz scene. Barry includes the likes of Anita Wardell, Christine Tobin (both BBC Jazz Award winners), Bobby Wellins, Peter King, Charles McPherson, Richie Cole and Ian Shaw on an eclectic and impressive cv.

An International artist, in 2010 alone he performed at The Jamboree, Barcelona, the Cork Jazz Festival and clubs in Spain, France, Croatia and Italy. Already with three albums to his name his latest, “Turn Left at Monday” on his own Moletone records features a duo with renowned UK bass player Dave Green. Tonight the gig will feature Dave Whitford on bass and fantastic vibes player Jim Hart. A great classic jazz piano trio.

“..Green’s work can be both intricate and assertive and is constantly inventive.” Jazz UK
“The one who really shone was pianist Barry Green. Watching his imagination unfurl was an engaging experience and turned out to be the keenest musical pleasure of the evening”. Daily Telegraph

 

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WED 30th two bands

GEOFF SIMKINS

Geoff Simkins is one of those sax players who has been quietly plying his trade on the jazz scene for many years, and earning an enormous amount of respect from his fellow musicians in the process. An alto sax player of great charm and melodic inventiveness Geoff performs in a style reminiscent of the great American “West Coast” players Lee Konitz and Paul Desmond (the man who wrote “Take Five”).This is a lovely laid back gig from one of the masters of melodic sax playing.

“relaxed, well constructed…small group interpretations”
All About Jazz


ALEX HUTTON

The UK is currently blessed with a team of hugely talented pianists, and Alex is most certainly at the forefront of these. Trained in the USA he returned to Britain to find work with a host of high profile British musicians, including Jim Mullen, Gilad Atzmon and Art Themen. His fluent, inventive, bop influenced playing has been heard in a variety of settings, from straight ahead trios and quartets to film and theatre. Tonight Alex’s trio will be performing original material with influences from big screen filmscore, ancient folk music and hypnotic dance like grooves, emphasising strong melodic themes and new textures.  

“A hugely engaging modern jazz pianist…both melodically and technically gifted…”
Jazzwise
“Alex Hutton makes vividly intelligent music that stands out head and shoulders in a crowded scene.” Brian Morton

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