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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

SUN 1st BARB JUNGR feat SIMON WALLACE & JENNY CARR–piano

Described as “Britain’s most gifted song stylist” and “one of Europe’s most intriguing and intelligent interpreters of the contemporary song” Barb Jungr has successfully combined the intricacies of cabaret with the power of Jazz to create a unique concept of the popular song. It is little surprise that her 6 CDs have been Album of the Year in The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Washington Post. Recipient of the “Best International Artist” in New York's “Backstage Awards for Excellence in Cabaret” Barb is a song stylist whose unique voice and imaginative arrangements are internationally recognised. Tonight she will be performing a collection of songs including her critically acclaimed versions of the songs of Bob Dylan as well as some fantastic new material from her forthcoming album. Billy Bragg described Barb as “possibly our best interpreter of Dylan’s songs” and he is not alone in this view, as Barb has been wowing audiences and critics worldwide with her astonishingly powerful performances. Special gig this.

“Of all the new takes on Dylan, none is more essential than Jungr’s.”
 New York Sun 
"sensational ... extracts the primal essence of songs" The New York Times
“genius” Time Out London
“One of the very best nightclub singers in the World” Time Out, New York

www.barbjungr.co.uk



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MON 2nd CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE PARTY

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TUES 3rd ACADEMIES NIGHT” FEATURING MUSICIANS FROM THE LEEDS COLLEGE OF MUSIC AND THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC

Tonight’s gig features musicians from two of the UK’s most prestigious jazz conservatoires, Leeds College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music and is part of the Club’s ongoing policy of providing a platform for these extremely talented younger musicians. The first set is from Leeds College of Music and features a band who have been chosen as the result of a “play off” between four of the best groups currently on the Leeds College jazz course. They are described as “a collection of the best players from Leeds College of Music who will be travelling south to bring some new music and distinctively rearranged jazz standards for a fantastic evening of jazz celebrating what's great with the new breed of young players in the UK". Following that, Patrick Hayes from The Royal Academy of Music will perform with his band – a wonderful trombonist, who has already performed with Guy Barker, John Taylor, Stan Sulzmann and supported Herbie Hancock. Clearly he seems destined for great things! The playing is of an extraordinarily high level, and if you want to spot the next Jazz stars, this is the gig to be at! 

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WED 4th CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE PARTY

Sorry! how about coming at the weekend instead?

THURS 5th   CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE PARTY

So sorry we're closed three nights in one week - these parties help to subsidise other gigs, so they're really important to us.

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FRI 6th PROTECT THE BEAT featuring DEREK NASH-sax

PROTECT THE BEAT is made up of 5 of the finest Jazz Funk Experts on the scene; Derek Nash-sax (Jools Holland, Dave Grusin, Sax Appeal), Winston Blissett-bass (Massive Attack, Jeff Lorber), Tim Cansfield-guitar (Steve Winwood, Annie Lennox, Ray Charles),  Arden Hart-keys & trumpet (Bootsy Collins, Massive Attack) and Darby Todd-drums (Dennis Rollins, Lion King).   With such a fantastic bunch of players, it’s no surprise that the band has been described in the music press as "The strongest live act within the genre in the UK at this time” and that their latest CD 'Intrepid' was at the number 1 spot of the independent UK Jazz Chart for 11 weeks! With numerous festival appearances to their name including The Capitol Jazz Festival (USA) and 2 memorable shows at Brecon Jazz, “Protect The Beat” have certainly left an impression with their inimitable brand of Jazz/Funk. To quote the title of their debut album, "It Ain't Dinner Jazz".  

“Their live shows are an explosion of energy with the ebullient Nash leading his team of crack session players through a series of full on, unashamedly funky tunes”
TheJazzMann.com


www.protectthebeat.com



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SAT 7th DAVE O'HIGGINS

DAVE O’HIGGINS Undoubtedly one of this country’s finest modern jazz sax players, Dave has worked with the likes of Cleo Lane & John Dankworth, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Jimmy Smith and Annie Lennox. The winner of a multitude of awards, he has produced 9 albums to date of his own work and appeared on numerous sessions and festivals around the world. Currently he is working with his own terrific quartet, a storming 10 piece band (the “Biggish” Band) for which he also writes and arranges, an organ based “groove” band (“Organic Grooves”) and with one of New York’s leading sax players, Eric Alexander in a classic two sax “hard bop” quintet performing on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to all that he includes playing, writing and recording work with the “Jazzcotech Dancers” and has been touring the world with his Norweigan/Swedish collaboration. Dave is also a respected Jazz educator associated with Leeds College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the Universities of Natal and Cape Town. The music is a mixture of jazz standards and great originals and is powerful yet always lyrical and accessible.

“…exceptional fluency. ..one of Britain’s finest musicians”
Observer
“….virtuoso jazz/fusion saxophonist”
Time Out
“….world class player” BBC Music Magazine
“…Dazzling”Guardian.


www.daveohiggins.com



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SUN 8th SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL (1:30pm-3:30pm). 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 brilliant Gospel singer and choral director Tracey Campbell, we present our very own 10 piece Gospel ensemble, the “606 Gospel Group”. This is a great group comprising of a 4 piece band accompanying a 6 voice Gospel choir under Tracey’s direction. The choir is drawn from a pool of some of the finest Gospel singers on the scene with some really terrific singers signed up to work with us. Don’t forget this is our family day so children are more than welcome.



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Then, in the evening:     

SUN 8th OLA ONABULE

One of the most exciting singers on the Jazz/Soul circuit, Ola combines the sophistication of modern Soul music with the power of his African roots.  A charismatic vocalist, Ola has put together a set of really brilliant original material alongside classic Soul and R&B songs, captivating his audiences in a show that is full of passion, joy and humour. Having performed with some of America’s finest soul and jazz artists including Diane Reeves, Gladys Knight, Al Jarreau, Patti Labelle, Roberta Flack, Joe Zawinul, Natalie Cole, and Roy Hargrove as well as appearing at the top of the bill of many festivals around the world, Ola’s reputation on the international stage has been cemented with several live performances which have been widely broadcast on television around Europe, Canada and North America. Ola has written and recorded 7 albums on his own Rugged Ram Record label, the most recent of which “Seven Shades Darker” was released internationally in March to wide acclaim. With beautifully crafted songs shaped by grooves rooted in the Soul and Blues tradition of the late sixties and early Seventies alongside complex African melodic lines, Ola’s song styling is unique. A consummate artist with an incredible voice, this gig is a must for anyone interested in contemporary Soul.

“…one of the UK's most powerful voices”
Blues and Soul
“a voice that is beautifully clear and appealingly textured....with a range and smoothness that recalls singers such as Luther Vandross” Guardian
“compelling” Independent
“a killer voice…. Ola is a class act” Jazzwise
“Ola Onabule has a stunning voice of enormous range and emotional clout.” Proper Music magazine         

£12


www.ola-onabule.co.uk



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MON 9th**606 Club Special** MIKE JANISCH AND THE NEW YORK STANDARDS QUARTET featuring TIM ARMACOST, DAVID BERKMAN, and GENE JACKSON

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 includes 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 “New York Standards” ensemble is a collection of some of the finest players from the US, whose interpretations of great jazz standards are truly wonderful. After graduating in 1985 Saxophonist Tim Armacost moved to Amsterdam where he eventually becoming the head of the Sweelinck Conservatory's saxophone department. Arriving in New York in 1993 he quickly established his presence, working with his quartet, the cooperative group Hornz in the Hood with fellow saxophonists Craig Handy and Ravi Coltrane, Ray Drummond’s “Excursion Band,” and co-leading the Brooklyn Big Band with Craig Bailey. He includes performance and recording credits alongside the likes of Tom Harrell, Victor Lewis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Peter Erskine, Roy Hargrove and the David Murray Big Band and has toured throughout East and West Europe, Japan, India, Australia, China and the United States. Since moving to New York in 1985, pianist David Berkman has been an important part of the jazz community. He is a multi award-winning composer/bandleader and jazz clinician who has performed and taught around the United States, South America and Europe. He has played in countless bands including those of Cecil McBee, Tom Harrell and the Vanguard Orchestra and has performed, recorded and/or arranged for numerous jazz luminaries including Sonny Stitt, Joe Lovano, Ray Drummond, Chris Potter, Craig Handy and Jane Monheit. David has performed solo and with his quartet, quintet and sextet at festivals and clubs around the World, including Switzerland, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Sao Paulo and Japan. After attending the Berklee College of Music drummer Gene Jackson, went on to work with guitarist Kevin Eubanks. But it was when Gene began working with Herbie Hancock in 1991 that people really began to take notice of his prodigious talent. Herbie Hancock's groups toured the globe extensively from 1993 to 2000 and despite numerous personnel changes, Gene was always in the drummer's chair and it was during this period that Gene also began touring and recording with Dave Holland. Gene’s flexibility as a musician is reflected in his work with such artists as Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, Hugh Masekela, George Coleman, Elvis Costello, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Joe Lovano and the NDR Big band. We guarantee some impressive playing from some very, very fine musicians...highly recommended.

“Janisch’s…bass solo got the cheers and the rousing applause it deserved”
LondonJazz
“a collection of standards not only beautifully interpreted, but carefully assembled. Here’s hoping that NYSQ’s approach to the jazz canon serves as inspiration for jazz musicians worldwide.” AboutJazz

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TUES 10th

JOHN LAW TRIO feat ASAF SIRKIS & YURI GOLOUBEV Tonight’s gig from John’s wonderful trio features some of the best original material from John’s acclaimed Art of Sound trio as well as some of the most beautiful, melodic tunes from the standard jazz repertoire in both simple arrangements and complex, creative re-workings. Originally a classical pianist, John formed his first Jazz group “Atlas” in 1986. Since then he has become known as one of Europe’s most creative jazz pianist/composers, working with the likes of Tim Garland, Evan Parker and Andy Sheppard and, to date he has appeared at over fifty different festivals worldwide and produced over 25 CDs. Tonight the band will perform material from his latest CD “Three Leaps of the Gazelle” which was recorded for Radio 3’s “Jazz on 3”.  The line-up features Yuri Goloubev, one of the most melodic bass players around, and Asaf Sirkis, who is renowned for his effortless mastery of many different musical forms. Quite a treat. 

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

www.myspace.com/johnlawmusic



JUST EAST formed in 1993 and rapidly gained a reputation as one of the first and best groups to explore the connections between jazz and klezmer. Since then the band has developed a unique fusion of jazz and Eastern sounds while touring extensively and releasing five albums, the most recent of which, House of Leaves, received rave reviews in the music and national press. The great line-up comprises virtuoso Neil Angilley on piano (Samara, Snowboy, Down to the bone, Vanessa Mae), Jeremy Shoham on reeds (Evidence, Geno Washington) Phil Scragg on bass (Robert Plant and Sax Appeal) and Rick Finlay on percussion (Liane Carroll. Jacquie Dankworth and Mari Wilson).

“…a restlessly virtuosic display of exceptionally punchy rhythmic precision and tight but flighty improvisation.” Jazzwise
authority and energy of the group has been growing over the years, and they have long been a vivacious proposition live.” Guardian

www.justeast.co.uk



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WED 11th ANTONIO FORCIONE/ADRIANO ADEWALE DUO

Hailed as the 'Jimi Hendrix of the acoustic guitar', award-winning Antonio Forcione is considered one of the most charismatic and inventive performers to come out of Europe in recent years. He breaks the mould of conventional, popular guitar sounds in the fields of Jazz, Spanish, African, Brazilian and improvised music and has received critical acclaim worldwide. He has released 16 albums, which have variously hit the top of British and international jazz charts and has shared stages around the globe with some of the world’s most accomplished musicians, including John McLaughlin, John Schoffield, Jason Rebello and Martin Taylor. Antonio is not only a great musician, but also a very funny man (a previous winner of ‘Best Spirit of the Fringe Award’ at the Edinburgh Festival) who combines these two talents in his live shows to create one of the most unforgettable performances around. Also featured tonight is the brilliant Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale. 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 the likes of Seu Jorge, Andy Sheppard, Modeste Hughes and Zoe Rahman. As well as touring with Antonio and his own band, performing at the Latitude Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and teaching extensively, Adriano was also Artist in Residence at the Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex for more than a year. If you are a player, student or fan of the guitar or percussion (or both!), then this gig is an absolute must-see. Two masters at work…

“A performer of world class status ... forceful and with an enviable technique, he takes the guitar to new levels of expression combining its melodic powers with dramatic percussive effects…the results are quite spectacular”. The Stage
“Forcione plays unstringed parts of the guitar other players can’t hope to reach” The Independent
“..a guitar genius"Three Weeks Magazine                                             

£15

www.antonioforcione.com



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THURS 12th CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE PARTY

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FRI 13th TONY O'MALLEY

Tony O’Malley is unquestionably one of the most charismatic vocalists working in the UK. A featured performer since the late 60’s, his cv is vast and includes stints with the iconic band “10CC” and his own seminal Jazz/Funk band “Kokomo”. His brand of jazz-tinged contemporary soul and blues is really stunning, with his fabulous, smoky, velvety growl of a voice delivering original material and some covers in his inimitable style. With 7 CDs to his name, including one recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s plus a Jazz Standards album, Tony has established himself as one of the most original and powerful performers on the scene today. An established artist throughout Europe Tony’s fan base extends from the likes of Belgium and Holland to Georgia in the East and beyond. Not surprisingly his regular band features some of the finest “Groove” musicians around including guitarists Neil Hubbard (Kokomo) and Adam Phillips (Hamish Stuart, Tina Turner) and drummer Ash Soan (Will Young, Robbie Williams).  If you like contemporary R&B vocals with a touch of Jazz in the Blues Brothers style, then this is definitely for you.

“..the velvet gravel throated O’Malley is one of the UK’s most undersung vocal performers...the songs drenched in the deep soulful spirit that characterises everything he touches…one of the UK’s hottest properties”
Jazzwise magazine


www.tonyomalley.com



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SAT 14th PETER KING QUINTET with special guest MARTIN SHAW

After taking the scene by storm in the early sixties with the Ronnie Scott quintet, Peter has gone on to establish himself unequivocally as one of the finest alto saxophonists in the world. His fabulous technique allied with an unerring sense of harmony has made him one of the greatest players this country has ever produced. The featured saxophonist with the Charlie Watts band his playing has made him famous worldwide. Peter has always been a great supporter of the Club and it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome this saxophone giant. Martin Shaw 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. This gig is an absolute must for anyone interested in great modern Jazz

“Peter King….plays with...searing authority” Guardian


peterkingjazz.com



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SUN 15th (1:30-3:30PM) JULIET KELLY – CELEBRATING THE DIVAS OF JAZZ

 Wonderful singer Juliet Kelly presents “Celebrating the Jazz Divas” – a tribute to the greatest jazz singers of the past.  The gig will include a great repertoire of classic songs from the likes of Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holliday all performed in Juliet’s distinctive style, with gorgeous velvety vocals and more than a touch of glamour! Juliet has worked with some outstanding musicians including Courtney Pine, Talvin Singh and Seb Rochford and supported high profile performers such as Georgie Fame and Take 6.  She has released three critically acclaimed albums, which have won her many fans and she has performed sell-out shows in venues around the UK as well as in Italy, Germany, Greece and Russia. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

"One of those rare singers that tells a genuine story with her music, through her passionate performance and naturally warm voice, it's a beguiling combination that's hard to resist. One of the UK's finest singers in any genre"
Time Out
"Soulful, dignified, somewhat Cleo Laine-like" The Guardian
"an original talent rare amongst those who would call themselves jazz singers" Jazzwise

www.julietkelly.com

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Then, in the evening…

SUN 15th 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 singer/songwriter material and a wonderful “edge” to the occasional cover. 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 the quite brilliant original material from her magnificent 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 brilliant 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


www.gwynethherbert.com/



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MON 16th **CD LAUNCH** 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 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 band that also features the wonderful pianist John Crawford and the great Uruguayan guitarist Guille Hill. Tonight Jandira will be launching her first album under her own name, a terrific mix of classic Brazilian songs with some of Jandira’s own excellent originals. So expect plenty of fun and some Surprise Guests. One of Europe’s leading exponents of classic Brazilian Music. Highly recommended.

“..outstanding”
Soul Tracks


www.myspace.com/jandira


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TUES 17th

DAN REINSTEIN. American born but British educated, I first met Dan at the old Club when he was a medical undergraduate. Even then he was an impressive player, and after taking time off his medical studies to go to the Berklee School of Music he became even 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 (www.londonvisionclinic.com) it was great to hear his fluent, classic hard-bop, muscular sax playing again. Also featured tonight will be the fluent and impressive trumpet of Paul Jayasinha and the excellent piano playing of Tim Lapthorn.           


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DILL KATZ is appearing later with his regular quartet, playing the more contemporary side of the spectrum. Dill, frequently referred to as a “bass legend”, is one of the most experienced players on the scene today, having pioneered the use of the fretless bass in the mid sixties, and whose work includes stints with Ian Carr’s “Nucleus”, Barbara Thompson’s band “Paraphernalia” and Afro/Jazz band “District Six”. This gig also features the excellent playing of Leon Stenning

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




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WED 18th GEOFF EALES & ISORHYTHM

Geoff Eales is an incredibly gifted and versatile pianist, renowned for his exceptional melodic playing. He left his native Wales in 1977, joining the BBC Big Band a year later and by the time he had left that organisation in 1983 he had been featured in well over a thousand broadcasts. After his BBC years Geoff quickly became one of the most sought-after pianists on the London session scene. He remained a top studio musician for over 15 years, working alongside a host of musical luminaries including Leonard and Elmer Bernstein, Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith and Lalo Schifrin. However, towards the end of the 90’s he turned his back on commercial music in order to devote his life to his first love – jazz. Throughout the period of his jazz renaissance Geoff has performed at many of the world's leading jazz clubs including the Blue Note Clubs of Japan, New York's Birdland, the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, Louisville's Jazz Factory and London's Ronnie Scott's. He has also graced the main stages of many of the major jazz festivals including Belgrade, Zagreb, Cork and Brecon. In 1999 Geoff released his first jazz album as a leader, Mountains of Fire, to rave reviews. Since then he has produced nine critically acclaimed albums in a little over a decade, his latest “Shifting Sands” featuring his exciting new jazz-fusion band “Isorhythm”, the band that he is featuring at the Club this evening. With a first-class lineup featuring Ben Waghorn (saxes), Carl Orr (guitar), Fred T Baker (bass guitar) and Mark Fletcher (drums), this is certain to be a gig to remember.

“Eales is a born improviser with an apparently unassuageable appetite for rhythmic and melodic exploration”  Chris Parker - Vortex Jazz Club

www.geoffeales.com


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THURS 19th PAUL BOOTH

 A powerful and lyrical player, Paul is without doubt one of the leading saxophonists of his generation. He includes a number of prestigious awards on his cv, including “Most promising young Jazz player”, “Best modern Jazz player” and the American “Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Award”. More recently he has 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. Tonight, Paul is promoting his great new CD “Trilateral” and the gig will showcase various trio formats as featured on the CD as well as some quintet arrangements of Jazz standards and excellent originals in a relaxed and melodic style that is a joy to listen to. The band tonight also features the wonderful pianist Ross Stanley, the fluent guitar playing of Phil Robson and the striking bass playing of Mike Janisch.

“Blistering saxist”
Independent
“Exceptional talent” Sunday Times


www.paulboothsax.com/


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FRI 20th 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
“Polly Gibbons…a truly exceptional, once in a generation talent, possessing a voice of such sizzling intensity and raw emotion you could fry an egg on it” Jazzwise


www.davelewis1up.com/


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SAT 21ST 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 the music for 7 years, Bobby came back in the early eighties to lead the Charlie Watts Big band, as well as a number of small groups which re-established him as one of the finest melodic saxophonists in the world. His gentle sound and approach are unique, and make for a fine and highly enjoyable nights 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


bobbywellins.co.uk/


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SUN 22nd *LUNCHTIME SPECIAL* (1:30-3:30PM) HOT ORANGE BIG BAND’S TRIBUTE TO MINGUS 

Hot Orange Big Band  is an energetic, entertaining, exciting ensemble that aims to provide one of the best big band experiences in Britain. Twenty of the best British musicians perform a powerful blend of swing and gospel grooves making this big band experience something very special. The gig today is a tribute to Charles Mingus on what would have been his 90th birthday, so you can expect a great repertoire of classic Mingus tunes. There are some wonderful special arrangements by Bob Hammer (who actually arranged some of Mingus's classic album recordings) and we are proud to announce that today's gig will be the European premiere of a wonderful new suite composed by Bob.

“like a 747 taking off”  Roberto Pla
“Magnificent” Jazz On The Streets

hotorange.org

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SUN 22nd SECTOR 7 feat SARAH ELLEN HUGHES, SHAKKA PHILIP, KWABENA ADJEPONG & EMMA SMITH

An unusual line-up of four talented vocalists with a great instrumental trio, Sector7 take jazz and soul standards and impressive originals to a new level with energetic, vocal harmony-centred arrangements. World-class vocalists Emma Smith, Sarah Ellen Hughes, Kwabena Adjepong and Shakka Philip combine their considerable talents to create wonderful, unexpected harmonies in favourite songs. Backed by a fantastic trio featuring George Moore on piano, they create unique versions of classic tunes. Expect to hear your favourite standards performed in a whole new way.

“[Sarah Ellen Hughes] ...delightful” Evening Standard
“[Emma Smith]...An astonishingly mature performance...Exceptional agility...” The Times


www.sector7.org.uk



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MON 23rd DAVIDE GIOVANNINI'S MINAS PROJECT 

Drummer/percussionist/singer Davide Giovannini 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, Da Lata 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 one of the most famous regions of Brazil, Minas Gerais –- renowned for great artists such as Toninho Horta, Milton Nascimento and Beto Guedes and famous for its beautiful harmony and melodies. After Davide visited Brazil he was inspired to write music influenced by the musical heritage of this culturally rich area and it is his own, beautiful, original songs that the band will be playing tonight. The star-studded line up features Paul Booth (Steve Winwood, Eddie Henderson, Eric Clapton) on sax, bass clarinet, flute and keyboard, Neil Angilley (War of the worlds, Shirley Bassey, Vanessa Mae) on piano, Davide Mantovani (Andy Sheppard, Jean Toussaint, Baaba Maal) on bass and Guille Hill (Airto Moreira, Tom Jones) on guitars, so you know it’s just going to be a fantastic gig.

“High energy… a superb band” Time Out

www.davidegiovannini.com

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TUES 24th

KIT DOWNES SEXTET. **Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2008/9** “Mercury Nominee 2010” Although still relatively new to the UK Jazz scene this award winning pianist has already made quite an impact. His 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. With “Empirical” Kit performed at the JVC New York Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and Oslo Jazz Festival. “Empirical” also won 'Best Album of the Year 2007' in Jazzwise and ‘Best Band’ at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2008. 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 Scholarship' 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. Tonight Kit will be bringing his wonderful Quintet to the Club which will be performing original arrangements of music inspired by influences ranging from Bela Bartok to Keith Jarrett and Rufus Wainwright. Also featured with the quintet will be James Allsopp-bass clarinet, Lucy Railton-cello, Calum Gourlay-bass and James Madren-drums. Highly recommended

“Prodigious... a brilliant soloist” Time Out
“a formidable force…his originals were haunting, and his hypnotic playing fizzed with ideas” JazzUK

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UGO DELMIRANI Originally from Rome, Ugo has been in London for many years now. His modern style has been heard from West End musicals to dance records with the likes of "Basement Jaxx". A great Jazz and Groove player, Ugo is also a highly accomplished Latin pianist who has performed with Brazilian legend Airto Moreira and regularly featured with numerous Brazilian bands on the scene, including "Arakatuba" and "Viramundo".  Currently the featured keyboard player with the brilliant soul singer Ola Onabule, Ugo is probably best known at the Club for his work with the Dill Katz band and the Jazz/Brazilian band “Samara”. This is a great Jazz/Latin piano trio gig from one of the leading lights of the UK Latin scene.

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WED 25th

MARK LOCKHEART’S “ELLINGTON IN ANTICIPATION”  feat LIAM NOBLE –piano SEB ROCHFORD-drums. This band’s incredible line-up features seven of the very finest players around performing Mark Lockheart’s great new interpretations of classic Duke Ellington tunes. Mark Lockheart is an award-winning tenor sax player who first made his name working with seminal band Loose Tubes in the eighties and whose mastery of modern jazz has kept him at the forefront of the music ever since. The rest of the band are equally impressive: Seb Rochford is a highly renowned drummer who plays in seminal bands Polar Bear and Acoustic Ladyland along with bass player Tom Herbert; Liam Noble is a world-class pianist who currently performs with Bobby Wellins, Christine Tobin and Tim Whitehead; Emma Smith who is playing the violin tonight can usually be found playing with improvising string group the Elysian Quartet and in Basquiat Strings who were nominated for a Mercury Prize ; saxophonists Finn Peters and James Allsopp have won, between them, the London Young Jazz Musician Award, a Ronnie Scott Award and two BBC Jazz Awards. Quite a line-up! With their incredible modern jazz credentials, you can expect cutting edge interpretations of well-known tunes performed by one of the most exciting line-ups around.

"Lockheart is a consummate saxophonist and an original and versatile composer" The Rough Guide to Jazz
“inspired and imaginative” The Times
“compelling” Guardian

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ALAN RUSHTON TRIO feat RAY RUSSELL-guitar. Alan’s drumming has been a feature of the British modern Jazz scene for more than 40 years now. His cv is vast, including stints with 60’s Jazz/Blues icon Graham Bond, resident drummer on TV’s “PlayAway (remember that!), Kiki Dee, Ray Russell, Slim Gailard and a host more. Alan’s Special Guest this evening is iconic guitarist and multi Award Winner RAY RUSSELL. A professional guitarist since the age of 16 Ray has, over the last four decades worked with some of the finest musicians in the World, including Gill Evans, Tina Turner, Van Morrison, Art Garfunkel, Dionne Warwick, Bryan Ferry, Jack Bruce, Cat Stevens, Phil Collins, Robert Plant, and Georgie Fame. A studio player of enormous talent and experience Ray is also a fine composer and arranger and has been responsible as player and or composer for the music to such well known TV shows as “A Touch of Frost”,  “Dangerous Lady” and “Alleyn Mysteries”. Awards include the ASCAP award for most played music on American Television, two Royal Television Society awards, an MIP award for Most original theme tune and ITV Composer of the Year. In 2007 Ray became a visiting Professor of music at Leeds University. The music is very much in the swinging, classic, modern Jazz mould and with such impressive talent on board promises to be a great gig.

“Ray Russell isn't merely a fine jazz player, but a truly original music thinker and an improvisational force to be reckoned with.”
All Music Guide
“..a fearsomely gifted [guitar] player who relies on taste rather than speed” BBC Jazz



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THURS 26th ANTHONY KERR featuring PHIL ROBSON-guitar

This multi-award winning musician is widely regarded as one of the most enchanting, original and exciting vibraphone players in World Jazz. Irish born he moved to New York in the 80’s where he studied and worked before moving to London to perform and record with the likes of George Shearing, Elvis Costello, Charlie Watts, Claire Martin, Robbie Williams, Courtney Pine and Joe Lovano. Currently working with Georgie Fame and the BBC Big Band he is also a highly respected composer and educator. His compositions have been broadcast on radio and as TV soundtracks and he teaches vibraphone and jazz improvisation at the Royal College of Music in London as well as producing and recording music from his home studio in Hertfordshire. With four albums, prestigious composing credits and a host of studio sessions to his name he is regarded as one of the great vibes players performing today. This gig also features the superb playing of Award Winning guitarist Phil Robson (Dave Liebman, Barbara Streisand, John Taylor, Christine Tobin, Kenny Wheeler). This is a terrific quartet gig from some of the finest World Class players in the UK.

“Shows every sign of being the instrument’s next star.” The Guardian


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FRI 27th SAMARA feat JANDIRA SILVA-vocals

“Samara” is a six piece jazz/latin group which I lead, and suffice it 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, the 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 28th MORNINGTON LOCKETT

One of the UK’s leading tenor sax players, Mornington has worked with most of the top names on the British scene. Starting out with Jim Mullen’s Band, then the Ronnie Scott quintet before moving on to work with singer Sarah Jane Morris and the Traceys, Stan and Clark, as well as being the driving force behind the brilliant “Celebrating the Jazz Couriers” quintet. He has a powerful and hugely impressive sound and approach and is now renowned as a teacher and composer, as well as a world-class saxophonist. His guests tonight are some of the most exciting up-and-coming players and we highly recommend this gig.

“World class” Jazz Journal
Saxophonist Mornington Lockett must be one of the most complete masters of the instrument alive today " The Observer Magazine


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SUN 29th ***Lunchtime Special*** 1:30pm - 3:30pm THE LONDON VOCAL PROJECT directed by PETER CHURCHILL

Directed by composer, arranger and educator Peter Churchill, the London Vocal Project is composed of students and alumni from the various jazz courses at London's Conservatoires. From a solid foundation in Gospel and Groove music, the London Vocal Project has developed into an impressively versatile ensemble with a constantly expanding repertoire. Since its inception in January 2008 it has rapidly become recognised as the leading contemporary jazz-vocal ensemble in the country.  In addition to regular concerts in venues around London, recent highlights for the group include singing with Dame Cleo Laine and the late Sir Johnny Dankworth at the London Jazz Festival in 2009 (vocal arrangements by J.D.), a memorable performance of Kenny Wheeler's vocal suite 'Mirrors' with the great Norma Winstone MBE and a remarkable gig with Bobby McFerrin and Roger Treece in the British premiere of Bobby’s new album 'VOCAbuLarieS' at the Barbican.

" Rooted in the gospel tradition, this is an outfit with exceptional potential - the hushed harmonizing was a delight… more please!" The Times


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SUN 29th WAYNE HERNANDEZ SINGS MARVIN GAYE  

Wayne 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,” With an Afro Cuban heritage which includes work to this day with the London Community Gospel Choir, plus experience 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, creates a brilliant set of powerful groove music with his immensely impressive 9 piece band of hand picked musicians, including guitar, sax and backing vocals, that defines the word “Soul”. Tonight Wayne will be bringing his brand new “Tribute To Marvin Gaye” show to the Club, featuring many of the songs associated with this legendary composer/performer. Promises to be quite a night. A rare talent and absolutely not to be missed

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


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MON 30th **CHARITY NIGHT** PETE JACOBSEN MEMORIAL CONCERT featuring DON WELLER, TIM WHITEHEAD, CHRIS BISCOE, GARY PLUMLY, REG WEBB, JONATHAN GEE, LIAM NOBLE, MICK SEXTON, NIC FRANCE, SIMON WOOLF + Special Guests.

8.00pm This evening we are celebrating the life and music of one of the great UK jazz pianists Pete Jacobsen, who sadly passed away 10 years ago this month. Although blind from an early age Pete, in typical fashion, didn’t let something like that get in his way and by the age of 19, already a seasoned performer in his native Newcastle, he headed south to attend the Royal Academy of Music. Blessed with perfect pitch and an astonishing memory Pete was soon in the thick of the 1970’s UK jazz scene. Not long after his graduation Kenny Wheeler recommended Pete to leading UK saxophonist Bobby Wellins, with whom he continued to work off and on for the next 20 years. Commissioned in the 1970s to lead a big-band tribute to the recently departed Tubby Hayes, Bobby was keen for Pete to be included but he assumed that the complex written arrangements would be too much of a problem for a blind musician. "But…” as Bobby recalls “..he just went home, listened to the records, memorised them, and played everything perfectly." From the early 1970’s to his death in April 2002 Pete was to work with many of the leading UK musicians in an impressively eclectic mix of styles, including the famous Jazz/Funk “Morrissey Mullen Band”, Chris Biscoe, Gary Boyle, Alan Skidmore and Don Weller. Through the 90’s he worked extensively with leading UK saxophonist Tim Whitehead with whom he was working shortly before his death and he was, of course, a friend and regular here at the 606 Club. It’s a measure of the respect that so many musicians hold for Pete that when bassist Mick Sexton, who worked with Pete through the 80’s in the band “Torus”, suggested this tribute to Pete in order to remember him and also raise money for The Thomas Pocklington Trust (a housing trust for the visually impaired with whom Pete was associated) there was no shortage of players willing to take part. So we are happy to present this brilliant night of music that will feature the musicians listed above, plus many more, in various formats through the evening. Bands performing will include “Torus” featuring Gary Plumly on sax and Jonathan Gee filling the piano chair, the Tim Whitehead quartet, the Chris Biscoe band, Don Weller and the brilliant singer pianist Reg Webb, an old school friend of Pete’s, with his trio. The whole thing rounding off with a jam session that promises to be something exceptional. So do come down, hear some amazing music, remember a great guy and a brilliant musician have a great time and support a good cause – all at the same time!

“Don Weller...one of the most entertaining, straight-ahead saxophonists on the UK circuit” Guardian
“Tim Whitehead“…arguably the finest tenor player in Britain today'' Jazz Review
“Reg Webb….utterly brilliant…” BBC Radio
“Jonathan Gee…reflective, beautifully poised pianist..” The Independent
  “Liam Noble….excellent” Jazz UK

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