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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

Sat 1st JULIAN MARC STRINGLE BAND featuring JACQUI HICKS-vocals

Julian has established himself as one of the most versatile clarinet and sax players around. His award-winning clarinet playing is widely recognised as some of the finest in Europe and his contemporary approach to the instrument has demonstrated that this most traditional of instruments can be successfully played in a modern context. Widely respected on the UK scene he often works with the likes of John Dankworth & Cleo Lane, Peanuts Hucko, Wild Bill Davidson, Jim Mullen and Digby Fairweather.

As well as performing, Julian has also written over 30 TV jingles and documentary film scores and was taken to Paris to arrange and conduct a big band album for Charles Aznavour. His band features the phenomenal piano playing of Neil Angilley (Vanessa Mae, Snowboy, Shirley Bassey) and the dynamic line up is augmented by one of the country’s finest singers, Jacqui Hicks. Performing a combination of excellent funky original material as well as classic jazz standards, this is without question a classy gig.

“Julian Marc Stringle is the best clarinet player to emerge in British Jazz in several decades.” John Dankworth CBE
"Jacqui Hicks is one of the most soulful singers in Britain.” MU Magazine

 

 


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Sun 2nd JOE STILGOE

Joe Stilgoe is a highly talented singer/pianist who is currently attracting a lot of attention on the UK music scene. Working in a style reminiscent of the classic jazz singer/pianists such as Nat King Cole and Harry Connick Jnr, Joe brings his own unique blend of charm and musicality to his set of jazz standards and excellent originals. Although still in his 20s he is a highly experienced musician, with appearances at Ronnie Scott’s, the Royal Festival Hall and the Groucho Club to his name, as well as a live broadcast from The Stables, Wavendon with the John Dankworth Band. His recent work in New York was met with universal praise. A sophisticated, swinging gig.

“Many a musician twice his age might listen with a mixture of envy and admiration”  Cabaret Scenes, New York

“Great” John Dankworth.

 

 

 



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Mon 3rd BOSCO DE OLIVEIRA’S leaving party, featuring “ARAKATUBA” and friends

“Arakatuba” is a 6 piece Brazilian/Jazz “Groove” band led by one of the finest Brazilian percussion players in Europe, Bosco De Oliveira. The band has performed its brand of jazz-influenced Brazilian music around the world and has worked with the likes of Airto Moreira (Miles Davies, Chick Corea) and Dom Um Romao (Weather Report). Bosco himself has been resident in the UK since 1984 and is considered to be one of the most influential Brazilian musicians currently working in Europe. As well as gigs with his friend Airto, Bosco is one of the co-founders of the London School of Samba where he's worked with the likes of Hamish Stuart and Terry Callier. A highly regarded teacher and lecturer Bosco holds a Masters degree in Music from London University. Also featured in the band are the saxophonist Dave Bitelli (Elton John, Jools Holland) and pianist Ugo Delmirani, playing music Bosco describes as “Brazilian roots with a Jazz/Dance approach”. Bosco is planning to re-locate to Brazil for a while after this gig so expect plenty of surprise guests and some serious partying!

“…Superb band led by fabulous Brazilian percussionist Bosco D'Oliveira.”
Time Out

 

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Tues 4th - two sets

IAIN BALLAMY with special guests the KIT DOWNES TRIO *Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2008/9**, **Mercury Nominee 2010**

Iain Ballamy is an award-winning saxophonist who is one of the most interesting and creative players on the world jazz stage. A leading UK musician since his time with “Loose Tubes” and the Bill Bruford Band in the mid 80s, Iain’s CV reads like a Who’s Who of Jazz, including the likes of Hermeto Pascoal, Gil Evans and long time collaborator Django Bates. He has appeared at numerous International Festivals and venues, and can be heard on over 40 CDs. Parallel to his international jazz career Iain has also pursued his interest in world music, playing concerts in India and Europe and forging strong working relationships with renowned musicians from Hungary, Norway, Spain, Sudan and Brazil. Not surprisingly Iain has received the “Award For Innovation” at the BBC Jazz Awards. A special performer who combines intense creativity, broad musical influences and winning humour all in one, unique, style.

Kit Downes’s fluent, highly creative, focused playing has been heard with the likes of “Troyka”, Clark Tracy, Seb Rochford, Gilad Atzmon, Fraud and Acoustic Ladyland. However, it was his work with the highly successful band “Empirical” that lead to his International recognition as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Since leaving Empirical at the end of 2008 Kit has gone from strength to strength, winning the BBC ‘Rising Star’ Award in 2008, being nominated for a British Jazz Award in both 2008 and 2009 and winning a 'Yamaha Jazz Scolarship' Award in 2009. A reflection of just how good his trio is can be seen from their nomination for the highly prestigious Mercury Prize in 2010, a rare honour for a Jazz trio. Also featured in the band tonight will be Calum Gourlay - bass and James Maddren - drums.

“Iain Ballamy....leaves you in absolute awe…the sheer virtuosity and sense of joy makes you feel like a kid about to step on to a twinkling, old-fashioned merry-go-round.” BBC

“Kit Downes…prodigious... a brilliant soloist” Time Out

 

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Late set on Tues 4th - mark edwards with special guest ben castle - sax

This superb band is led by top pianist Mark Edwards, best known at the Club for his work with the iconic drummer Bryan Spring, who is highly respected as a fine composer, arranger and performer. Mark’s fluent and extremely impressive playing has been heard in a variety of contexts, from jazz stars such as Bobby Wellins and Carleen Anderson to the likes of Paul Weller.

Mark is joined by saxophonist Ben Castle who counts Shirley Bassey, Diana Krall, Dizzee Rascal and Jamie Cullum amongst the high-profile artists with whom he has played. He has won a British Jazz award and the International Songwriting Competition, been nominated for countless other accolades and has toured prestigious venues around the world playing in a selection of world-class bands. With a line-up including such fine musicians, you know that their wonderful versions of standards and original material, combined with their tremendous sense of fun, will make this a thoroughly enjoyable gig.

“…Fluent pianist Mark Edwards” JazzBreakfast

“Ben Castle is one of Britain’s most respected tenor players” BBC Radio 2

 

 


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Wed 5th - two sets

ALEXANDER STEWART feat NATHANIEL FACEY - sax

Young singer Alexander Stewart is already creating a buzz as one of the most talented vocalists of the new generation. With a voice rooted in the classic Ratpack tradition, he makes the genre his own with interesting song choices performed in a high-energy style. He has already played at high-profile jazz venues and festivals around the country, even opening last year’s late night jazz series at the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room, and has made many appearances on radio and TV. Alex’s band is brilliant, featuring MOBO-award winning, Empirical saxophonist Nathaniel Facey and Alex Webbon piano, so you can expect a dynamic, swinging set of songs guaranteed to get your feet tapping!

Stewart’s talent is undeniable, and he demonstrated his natural swing, agility and energy on a mix of standards and originals” Jazzwise 

“The voice has real colour and character -the names of both Kurt Elling and Michael Buble were getting whispered around the place” LondonJazzBlog

 

 

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LATE SET on weds 5th - GRAHAM HARVEY

One of the most respected pianists on the scene today, Graham includes an impressive roster of high-profile bands on his CV, including George Benson, iconic acid jazz band “Incognito”, the Hamish Stuart Band, the Laurence Cottle Big Band and the BBC Big Band. Currently the featured pianist with singer Stacey Kent, Graham’s fluent and melodic playing has been heard and admired world-wide. Featured tonight with his trio Graham performs a powerful mix of jazz standards and swinging originals.

“Excellent” Jazzwise



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Thurs 6th **CD LAUNCH** KATE WILLIAMS SEPTET

Kate is a fine pianist who has been making a name for herself as both a performer and composer/arranger. A previous winner of the John Dankworth Award, she has released four CDs, each one to critical acclaim. Her trio CD “Scenes And Dreams” (2005) was rated in the top ten jazz albums that year by Mojo magazine and her most recent CD, “The Embrace” (2008), was praised for her rich and sonorous quintet writing, so we eagerly anticipate the launch of her new septet album “Made Up” at the Club tonight. The band tonight features Gareth Lockrane - flute, Julian Siegel - sax, Steve Fishwick - trumpet andTristan Maillot - drums, so you know the gig’s going to be something really special.

“A worthy addition to the ranks of British Jazz composer pianists…”
The Observer

“Pianist Kate Williams writes robustly and fashions clean, cool improvised lines…evoking Tristano and Jarrett… a cerebral and quirky imagination in both composition and improvisation...a genuine talent to watch.” Mojo 

 

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Fri 7th **CD LAUNCH** STEFAN REDTENBACHER’S “RB FUNKESTRA”

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. He has worked with 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 5 piece “Funkestra”, the name of which pretty accurately describes the high energy and style of the music. Boasting some of the best players in Europe, including the brilliant award-winning saxophonist Jim Hunt (Tom Jones, Mica Paris, Basement Jaxx), this band performs original “groove” music with an authority and style that is hard to beat. We look forward to hearing the new material from the CD the band is launching tonight, “The Concubine Chronicles,” which Stefan describes as being like “James Brown with a jazzy top hat feel!” Unique!

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

 

 




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Sat 8TH DEREK NASH’S “SAX APPEAL QUARTET”

An award-winning saxophonist, Derek is perhaps best known as one of the featured saxophonists with the Jules Holland Band. He is also frontman for Protect the Beat with Winston Blissett, and leader of the enormously successful “Sax Appeal”. An experienced musician of many years standing his muscular, fluent, modern jazz playing has been recognised with a number of awards, including “Best Jazz Ensemble” and “Best Jazz CD” as well as being voted one of the top 5 saxophonists in the country. And if all that wasn’t enough he is also highly regarded as a recording engineer and producer. 

“...Bravura display of contemporary saxophone”
The Observer
“...Breathtaking”
Sunday Times

 

 


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SUN 9th SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL (1:00pm-4:00pm).

SUNDAY AFTERNOON GOSPEL BRUNCH WITH 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 gospel singer and choral director Tracey Campbell, we present our very own 10 piece Gospel ensemble, the “606 Gospel Group”. This is a group comprising a 4 piece band with a 6 voice gospel choir drawn from some of the finest gospel singers on the scene, including today the wonderful vocalist Yolanda Antonia. Hugely popular on the Gospel scene, Yolanda sings with her own group “True Solace”, as well as with Noel Robinson’s “Nu Image” and the Kingdom Worship Movement Worship Band. And don’t forget Sunday is our family day so children are very welcome.

 



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Sun 9th evening - closed for a private party

 

Mon 10th JOE CANG

London born Singer/songwriter Joe Cang (pronounced “Sang”, incidentally) has toured, recorded and written with the likes of Ian Dury, Scritti Politti, K.T Tunstall, Desmond Dekker, Hall and Oates, Bheki Mseleku, Hugh Masakela, Leona Lewis and Aswad - with whom he wrote the million seller hit “Shine”.

His laid-back gravelly vocals combine with catchy tunes to create an irresistible blend of classic jazz and swing with a strong hint of blues and just a touch of “indie”. Joe and his wonderful band are in demand all around Europe and the first single from his new album is getting plenty of airplay on radio stations around Europe, including BBC Radios 1 and 2. The gig also features Robbie Taylor on piano, 606 regular Neville Malcolm on bass and Andy Trim on drums.   

“Tracks range from the flamboyantly swinging and spirited, finger-snapping ... to the dreamily rolling and intimately haunting. All of which are delivered flawlessly” Blues and Soul

 

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Tues 11th - two sets

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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LATE SET ON Tues 11th - DILL KATZ

Dill Katz makes an appearance 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 jazz harmonica playing of Patrick Bettison.

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

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Wed 12th - two sets

THE JOHN EAST PROJECT

The John East Project, led by vocalist and Hammond organ player John East, have become a regular feature at the Club after their very successful performances last year and earlier this year. John has played the Hammond for many years, working with musicians such as John Etheridge, Katie Kissoon and Phil Robson. His stellar band comprises Mark Fletcher - drums, Neville Malcolm - bass and the remarkable Carl Orr on guitar, together with a powerhouse horn section of Scott Baylis - trumpet and Max Grunhard - sax.

They will perform a mixed set featuring interpretations of well known standards and some instrumentals, with the emphasis on melodic jazz, driven along by the distinctive Hammond sound.


“(East) and the band...brought the house down” City AM
"Fine band" Time Out 



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late set ON Wed 12th - 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 younger musicians. 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 pianist Peter Lee and his band. The playing is of an extraordinary high level, and if you want to spot the next stars of the jazz world, this is the gig to be at!

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Thurs 13th - cLOSED FOR A PRIVATE PARTY



Fri 14th ROLAND PERRIN’s “LIMITED EDITION”

As well as being an impressive and highly experienced jazz pianist, composer and teacher Roland’s latin jazz credentials are impeccable. He applies his extremely impressive writing and performing talents to produce music that he describes as “incorporating irresistible World music grooves within the European tradition”. This culminated in him travelling to Cuba to record his latest orchestral work "Crossing the Border" with a mix of Cuban classical, popular and jazz musicians.

The outfit he’s currently fronting has strong Latin leanings and is a combination of vocal and instrumental music - material that is an infectious mix of Roland’s terrific originals and his own arrangements of classic jazz and Latin standards. The band comprises a special mix of international musicians featuring the wonderful singer “V” (Ghana), Kico Cowan vocals & flute, Ray Crespo bass (Cuba) and drummer/vocalist Helder Pack (Mozambique). A great addition to the regular Latin bands here at the Club.

“An excellent band pianist and gifted writer…clever...bright and witty…terrific” Jazz Review
“Assured compositions and sublime arrangements make this refreshingly unpretentious outfit one to watch...” Straight No Chaser
“Steeped in African and Latin American influences..guaranteed to get any room dancing”AllAboutJazz

 




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Sat 15th bobby wellins

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 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. His gentle sound and approach are unique, and make for a fine and highly enjoyable night's listening.

Impeccable control, combined with a rich, luxuriant,  tone” The Scotsman
"A masterful display of controlled sensitivity from one of the most original voices in European Jazz " The Sunday Times

 




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Sun 16th SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL (1:30pm-4:00pm) WITH THE GARETH LOCKRANE BIG BAND

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 the late, great, Bheki Mseleku. It is a measure of Gareth’s growing international standing that he was named “Rising Star on Flute” in the prestigious Downbeat Critics Poll (USA).

This afternoon Gareth will be fronting his 18 piece big band which will perform his arrangements of originals and classic jazz standards. Given Gareth’s standing on the UK scene it’s not surprising that his Big Band attracts some of the finest players around, including the likes of Alex Garnett (Van Morrison), Sam Mayne (BBC Big Band), and Mike Outram (BBC Big Band). A rare gig by this exceptional band and not to be missed.

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

 

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Then in the evening:

Sun 16th LEA DELARIA feat JANETTE MASON - piano

US-born multi-award winning stand-up-turned-actress Lea DeLaria has so many talents it’s hard to know where to begin! After starting her career in San Francisco in the early 80s she became a successful, if controversial, “alternative” stand-up comedian working the Clubs for some years before moving in to TV and film work as an actress. Through the 90s she worked regularly in musical theatre, culminating in 1997 with her award winning Broadway performance in “On the Town”.

Her powerful voice was soon recognised by Warner Bros records who produced her first Jazz vocal album, hailed by the Times as “..the best Jazz album of 2001”. Now moving between comedy, singing, musical theatre and film acting this unique and enormously talented artist is receiving the attention that she so richly deserves. The gig tonight, under the musical direction of pianist Janette Mason, features, as Lea likes to describe it “a mixture of swing, humour and the faintly kitsch!” An absolute must, this gig!

“Lea DeLaria…every inch a star!” New York Times

 



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Mon 17th **SINGLE LAUNCH** ATHENA ANDREADIS

Tonight singer/songwriter Athena is launching her new single “Finding England” from her critically acclaimed album “Peeling Apples.” You may not have heard her name, but she has already made a massive impact on the live scene, with performances at Glastonbury, Itunes Festival, Jazz Cafe, Queen Elizabeth Hall and collaborations with Marti Pellow, Chris Difford (Squeeze) and Adam Levy (Norah Jones) leading to Sky Arts and Channel 5 documentaries about her and her music. Her songs are a beautiful fusion of jazz, folk and pop influences, interspersed with hints of her Greek heritage, and her gorgeous voice extends from a soft sweet vibrato to powerful, emotive tones.

Accompanying Athena this evening will be a wonderful, eclectic, band featuring Al Cherry - guitar, Rob Lewis - cello, Oli Hayhurst - bass and Roy Martin - drums.

“a fine songwriter with a good ear for melody” The Guardian
“Just listen to the voice – a fluty, soaring, intimate thing, pure as a Cycladian sky, but with an edge which gives it real emotional eloquence.” BBC.co.uk

 

 

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Tues 18th - tWO SETS

JOHN LAW’S “Opt”

John has appeared at over 50 different festivals worldwide and produced over 25 CDs. After classical piano training at the Royal Academy of Music, and despite winning a number of prizes and a scholarship, the lure of jazz proved too strong for John who, in 1986, formed his first jazz group, “Atlas”. For the next 10 years he worked steadily on the more experimental end of the scene before moving back to more classically influenced music, producing a series of highly acclaimed CDs based on jazz and plain chant, performing this repertoire around Europe.

In 1996 John formed the first of his 'straight ahead' trios, producing 4 CDs over 10 years, and working with a variety of the finest UK and European musicians including saxophonists Andy Sheppard, Tim Garland and pianist Jason Rebello. In 2004 John started to compose for a larger classical/jazz ensemble. This met with great critical success and he was commissioned to compose and perform a large-scale work for the Bath Film Festival.

John's new trio project, “Opt” stands for Other People's Tunes, with the trio playing arrangements of standards and some of John's favourite tunes by other people. An accessible, straight ahead trio with the emphasis on time, swing and grooves this new project promises to be a lot of fun. The trio also features bass player Yuri Goloubev and drummer Asaf Sirkis.

“Law's piano improvisations were often astonishing in their boldness and technical ambition” The Guardian

“one of this country's most imaginative…pianists” The Times;

“one of the under-recognized giants of British modern jazz…superb” Music Gallery, New York

 

 

 

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late set ON Tues 18th - PETE HURT

Pete is a stalwart of the British Jazz scene. A tenor saxophonist of many years standing his sophisticated sax playing has been heard in contexts as varied as the Carla Bley Orchestra  (of which he is a regular member), and “Blood “Brothers”. He is also considered by many to be one of the finest jazz composers and arrangers around. The gig tonight also features the remarkable pianist Pete Saberton, A lovely, melodic, Jazz gig.

“..a classy and endlessly subtle tenor player”
Londonjazz

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Wed 19th JANDIRA SILVA 

Born in Rio de Janiero, Jandira is a highly talented singer whose voice beautifully conveys the power of popular Brazilian music. Singing professionally since 1997, her search for wider artistic horizons took her first to Portugal where she became the resident vocalist at the Casino do Estoril in Lisbon. At the same time she combined work in Portugal’s various Jazz Clubs with regular appearances on Portuguese TV. Moving to London in 2007 Jandira quickly became an important part of the UK Latin/Brazilian scene including regular appearances at venues such as Ronnie Scotts, The National Theatre, Guanabara and of course the 606 Club. She performs a wonderful selection of rhythmic, enchanting and seductive songs in her native Brazilian Portuguese, accompanied by her terrific Brazilian trio that also features the wonderful pianist John Crawford. One of Europe’s leading exponents of classic Brazilian Music. Highly recommended.


“Outstanding”
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Thurs 20th MIKE JANISCH’S "PURPOSE BUILT"

Since settling in London from his native USA Mike Janisch has rapidly established himself one of the leading acoustic bass players on the scene. A powerful and fluent player he has collaborated with the likes of Joe Lovano, Dianne Reeves, Shirley Horn and Clark Terry on an impressive CV which also includes gigs at the Hollywood Bowl and the Monterey Jazz Festival.

The “Purpose Built” ensemble he leads tonight (named by New York's Village Voice as one of the Best Debuts of 2010) is a dynamic and ambitious group, which features a stellar line-up, including Alex Garnett on tenor, and Steve Fishwick on trumpet. The band features music written and/or arranged by Mike as featured on his most recent eponymously titled CD, “Purpose Built”. The music itself covers a wide range of styles and composers and features impressive playing from some very, very fine musicians. Highly recommended.

“Janisch’s…bass solo got the cheers and the rousing applause it deserved” LondonJazz
“Alex Garnett…one of Great Britain’s most accomplished post bop musicians” AllAboutJazz

 

 


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Fri 21st the sugar kings

Driven by the spirit of 1950’s Cuba the “Sugar Kings” present old school salsa with a fiery modern sound. Band leader Flavio Correa and Musical Director Ray Crespo pave the way for their dynamic and talented team to entertain with the music of Latin America. A hugely experienced eight piece band featuring both timbales and congas as well as violin, flute and of course vocals, this steaming band plays music that brings Cuba to life in the centre of London.  Perfect for all lovers of Latin music and Jazz alike.

“Latin and Cuban sounds from this authentic eight-piece band that bring their exultant vocals to the heart of Chelsea.” Time Out



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Sat 22nd clark tracey

CLARK TRACEY is an excellent, highly experienced, award-winning drummer/bandleader/composer/arranger. Originally playing with the band of his father, Stan, Clark has gone on to establish himself in his own right as one of the country’s leading modern jazz drummers.

He has worked with the likes of Johnny Griffin, Pharaoh Sanders, Ronnie Scott and Kenny Wheeler. He has recorded over 90 albums (nine as a leader) and performed in around 50 countries. He has been awarded the "Best Drums" title three times in the British Jazz Awards and Ronnie Scott's Award for “Best Drums” in 2007. As a bandleader he can boast that some of the finest musicians in the UK have passed through his group, including the likes of Nigel Hitchcock, Dave O'Higgins, Mark Nightingale, Mornington Lockett and Zoe Rahman.

As well as composing and arranging for his own group he has composed for the Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Appleby Festival Big Band and written string quartet arrangements for vocalists Claire Martin and Joan Viskant. The band Clark is leading tonight performs powerful, straight ahead, modern jazz and features some of the best players on the scene, including the excellent Simon Allen (Stan Tracey, Colin Towns) on sax and one of the UK’s finest jazz pianists Dave Newton (Martin Taylor, Claire Martin).

“…..one of the most impressive jazz drummers in Britain today” The Times

“Dave Newton…a master” Crescendo Magazine.

 

 



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Sun 23rd SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL (1:00pm-4:00pm) WITH THE JANE PARKER QUARTET

Best known for her work with the band “Lush Life” Jane sings a terrific swinging selection of jazz standards from the 30s to the 90s. A highly experienced performer Jane includes work at venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, Café de Paris and Le Cafconce (Casablanca) on a lengthy and impressive CV. Accompanied by her excellent trio Jane’s hypnotic renditions of classic standards are quite special. A delightful way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon…

“Jane Parker's breathy vocals, reminiscent of Rickie Lee Jones or sometimes Billie Holliday, are both sultry and steamy as the bayou itself.” Blueprint magazine.

 

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Sun 23rd GWYNETH HERBERT

One of the most creative and striking performers currently working on the UK scene Gwyn’s soulful, seductive, voice is something quite special, bringing sophistication to the singer/songwriter material, and a wonderful 'edge' to the occasional Jazz number. Her first CD “Bittersweet and Blue” on Universal received enormous acclaim and her second CD “Between me & the Wardrobe” was released to universal praise and excitement.

Tonight she will be featuring brilliant original material from her recently released 3rd CD - “All The Ghosts”. And just to prove the point, this enormously talented vocalist with the sultry voice and stylish delivery already includes Sir Paul McCartney, Kevin Costner and Michael Parkinson among her fan base! Also featuring the wonderful guitar work of Al Cherry, this is without question A Very Special Gig.

"One of the country’s most exciting talents"
  Sunday Times
“...remarkably gifted performer” Guardian
“...majestic-voiced” Jazz UK

 



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Mon 24th NIAMH MCNALLY

A terrific success last time she performed here, Niamh (pronounced “Neeve”) returns to the 606 to perform a selection of faultless originals plus a mix of her favourite songs combining jazz and soul grooves. Considered one of the very finest of the 'new' voices on the London scene, Niamh can be seen performing regularly with iconic singer Gilbert O’Sullivan as well as being a resident vocalist on the latest series of the "Weekend Wogan Show" (Radio 2). Tonight she will be showcasing her soulful vocals, piano and song-writing skills with her mix of great “Groove” originals and some classic groove standards performed impeccably with her powerful and cultured voice and a band of some of the finest musicians around.  Suffice it to say that I was so impressed when he first heard her that I asked her to sing with my band!  Highly recommended.

"Niamh McNally ..... Fantastic!" Sir Terry Wogan

“A wonderful Soulful singer whose beautiful personality exudes from every note that she sings and to whom you can't help warming. Her intonation, timing and tone are flawless and yet her singing is shot through with character and individuality.” Pure Bliss Music

 



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Tues 25th - two sets

THEO JACKSON

Singer-pianist Theo Jackson is rapidly gaining a reputation on the scene as a composer of strikingly original songs with a captivating stage presence. He has recently been picked up by publisher Splash Point, (the home of Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw) which demonstrates just how talented he is. Tonight, Theo is playing with a great swinging quintet featuring terrific saxophonist (and MOBO award-winner) Nathaniel Facey, best known for his work with the Award Winning “Empirical” and young up and coming guitarist Jamie McCredie.


“….a true musician” LondonJazz

“One firecracker of a vocalist! Theo has a unique but engaging vocal style swapping between hard-bop, edgy crooner, heart rending ballad and foot-tapping swing.” The Oxford Jazz Festival Review

"… impressive young singer with a powerful yet subtle voice, Jackson also has a knack of penning Stevie Wonder-esque originals that avoid the usual crooner clichés . . . one to watch out for." Time Out.

 

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late set ON Tues 25th STEVE MELLING TRIO feat ANDY CLEYNDERT - bass and MILES LEVIN - drums

After first hitting the scene with NYJO in the 1980s, pianist Steve Melling has gone on to establish himself as one of the UK’s leading modern jazz pianists. In massive demand on the scene, he currently plays with his own trio and quartet, with Special Septet, a band in which he shares leadership with long-time friend Clark Tracey as well as the Peter King Quartet, Clark Tracey's Groove Quintet, Alan Skidmore’s Ubizo and the Esther Miller Band. A rare chance to hear this outstanding pianist with his own trio. Highly recommended.  

"…the night's modest hero was pianist Steve Melling..."  The Guardian
"Melling is one of the most comprehensively gifted of pianists, with a great technique and an abundance of ideas. He is also a great composer." Jazz The Rough Guide Vol 2


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Wed 26th PETER WHITTINGHAM AWARD WINNERS SPECIAL in Association with the MUSICIANS BENEVOLENT FUND FEATURING WORLD SERVICE PROJECT, PETER EDWARDS TRIO and JWJM DUO

Originally set up in 1989 by the Whittingham family in the memory of Peter Whittingham, this annual award is given to young jazz musicians who have demonstrated an innovative approach to performance, composing and recording. In more recent years the award has been supported and administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, a terrific organisation who do great work in helping professional musicians who need financial support as a result of problematic circumstances such as illness and accident. Over the past twenty years, the Peter Whittingham award has established itself as one of the most prestigious in UK jazz, with previous recipients including Dave O’Higgins, Soweto Kinch, Gwilym Simcock, Empirical and 2009 Mercury Prize nominees Led Bib. Tonight we will be featuring the 2010 Musicians Benevolent Fund Peter Whittingham Jazz Award winners World Service Project. Also featured tonight will be the two Musicians Benevolent Fund Development Award winners Peter Edwards Trio and JWJM Duo.


WORLD SERVICE PROJECT This year’s award winner was emerging jazz group World Service Project, made up of Dave Morecroft (piano/keyboard), Tim Ower (saxophone), Raphael Clarkson (trombone), Conor Chaplin (bass) and Neil Blandford (drums). Formed in 2009, WSP has quickly laid down impressive live credentials at some of the UK’s most renowned festivals and venues and their debut album Relentless, released at the end of 2010, was followed up by a hugely successful nationwide tour. 2011 looks set to be an equally busy and exciting year with the Whittingham Award enabling the group to lead a cultural exchange programme with Norwegian band Synkoke which will see both groups touring the UK and Norway. The group describes their music as “unruly progressions and flowing melodic phrases, with improvisation and groove always at the heart of their playing” and the great reviews the band has received along with the fan base they have already built up are testament to their highly-enjoyable, highly-original, high-quality music.

"WSP blend tricksy modern themes with biting funk, high energy and virtuosic soloing on top” Time Out

"Infectious exuberance, driving energy, spark-striking interactiveness… wholly enjoyable” LondonJazz Blog

 


ALSO FEATURED TONIGHT ARE THE TWO DEVELOPMENT AWARD WINNERS:


The PETER EDWARDS TRIO is led by pianist Peter Edwards and features Max Luthert on bass and Saleem Raman on drums. Bandleader Peter Edwards works with the likes of Soweto Kinch, Denys Baptiste and Gary Crosby and is most notably the musical director for the Tomorrow’s Warriors Jazz Orchestra. He has now embarked on his own trio project, the aim of which is to give an opportunity to highlight his compositional skills and showcase the talents of his band members.

“..thought provoking piano lines…(great) mastery of moods” London JazzBlog


The JWJM DUO, named after the initials of the members of the duo, features up and coming young saxophonist Joe Wright and drummer James Maddren. Saxophonist Joe Wright, just 20 years old and still studying at the Royal Academy, has already made something of an impact on the scene, winning the BBC Radio Scotland Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award, performing at the Glasgow Jazz Festival and broadcasting on BBC Radio 3 and Radio Scotland. James Maddren, who graduated from the Academy just two years ago, has already established himself as one of the finest, and busiest, jazz drummers of his generation, with a performance CV that already reads like a Who’s Who of contemporary UK Jazz musicians. This unusual pairing of drums and sax creates appealing, fascinating music that is both exciting and thoughtful.

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Thurs 27th CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE PARTY


Fri 28th samara

“SAMARA” is a six piece jazz/latin group led by me, Steve Rubie,and suffice to say I think the guys in the band are just great! The pianist Neil Angilley works with Vanessa Mae, Shirley Bassey and “Down to the Bone”, 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, our percussionist, Dawson Miller is generally recognised as one of the most versatile and experienced players on the scene, and the singer Jandira Silva is considered to be one of the finest Brazilian singers 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 29th PATRICK CLAHAR

PATRICK CLAHAR 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” (it’s a great band, trust me!). Widely respected throughout the jazz fraternity, Pat’s world class pedigree is undoubted. Also featured tonight is the drumming of one of the finest players in World jazz, the amazing Mark Mondesir (Jeff Beck, Joe Zawinul, John McGloughlin).

“A marvel… inventive and melodic” Jazz Review


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SUN 30th SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL (1:00pm-4:00pm).

HOT ORANGE BIG BAND featuring NINA FERRO-vocals

The Hot Orange Big Band is an energetic, entertaining, exciting ensemble that aims to provide one of the best in Britain. Twenty of the best British musicians perform a powerful blend that fuses funk, Latin, and jazz into an explosive cocktail that is guaranteed to please. Sizzling salsa vamps and high-octane funk jostle with subtle fusion grooves and roaring gospel shouts, making this big band experience something very special. NINA FERRO is universally respected as an artist of class and style. She has a warm sensuous voice, full of character, which along with her impeccable timing and stunning vocal range have done much to help her establish an enviable international reputation.

“like a 747 taking off” Roberto Pla

“Magnificent” Jazz On The Streets

"Ferro's voice is a pleasure to hear... natural and effortless." Cadence Magazine, New York

 

SUN 30th wayne hernandez

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


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MON 31st CHARLIE WOOD

Award winning US ex-pat singer/pianist Charlie Woods is a talented and versatile musician whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of popular music, jazz, blues and traditional r&b. Born and raised in Tennessee, Charlie learnt his trade touring with iconic blues guitarist Albert King before settling back in Memphis. For over fifteen years the Charlie Wood Trio performed nightly at the King's Palace Café on Beale Street, with guests including B.B. King, George Coleman and Joey DeFrancesco. Numerous awards from that time include the N.A.R.A.S. "Premier Player Award" for Keyboards and the Beale St. Merchants' Association "Entertainer of the Year" award.

In 2009 Charlie decided to move to the UK and rapidly attracted attention from some of the finest players around, including Robert Plant who joined Charlie on stage to sing some Memphis “classics” and Cleo Laine and the late John Dankworth who asked him to perform at Wavendon with them. Tonight Charlie will be performing songs from his latest CD “Flutter and Wow” which includes not only his own excellent originals and some classic R&B and Jazz standards, but also songs from the likes of Tom Waits, Paul Simon, Mose Allison and Elvis Costello. Not surprisingly the trio he is working with features some of the finest UK musicians around including Alec Dankworth (Cleo Lane, Dave Brubeck) on bass. A highly charismatic performer and definitely not to be missed.

“Remember the first time you heard Dylan, or Springsteen or Waits? Charlie Wood delivers that same jolt.….brilliant” Jazz Times
“..a born storyteller with a slight drawl and strong old-school Memphis soul/R&B undertone…Charlie Wood embodies hepcat worldliness and barroom empathy…he's got style!” Jazz Review

 

 


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