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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

WED1st JANDIRA SILVA 

8:30pm                   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 features wonderful pianist John Crawford and the great Uruguayan guitarist Guille Hill.  Tonight Jandira will be performing material from her brilliant debut CD “Festa De Um Sonho Bom!” which she launched here at the Club. One of Europe’s leading exponents of classic Brazilian Music. Highly recommended.

“..outstanding” Soul Tracks.


www.myspace.com/jandira



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THU 2nd JUST EAST

8.30pm 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 music. Since then the band has developed a unique fusion of jazz and various Eastern European 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, Sax Appeal) and Rick Finlay on percussion (Liane Carroll. Jacquie Dankworth).

“…a restlessly virtuosic display of exceptionally punchy rhythmic precision and tight but flighty improvisation.” Jazzwise
“the 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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FRI 3rd JEREMY STACEY with special guests jason rebello-keys; nigel hitchcock-sax; paul stacey-guitar

8:30pm   Jeremy is a powerful and highly impressive drummer, who is equally at home playing pop, rock, funk or straight ahead jazz. Jeremy’s cv is vast, including work with the likes of Robbie Williams, Joe Cocker, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Waterboys, Jason Rebello, Amy Winehouse, Beverly Knight, Eurythmics (w/Stevie Wonder), Tina Turner….you get the idea! The regular drummer with American icon Sheryl Crow for over 7 years, Jeremy is currently touring the World with Noel Gallagher’s “High Flying Birds”. A very old friend of the Club Jeremy has, however, found time in his busy schedule to put together a great Jazz/Groove band, something he has been doing here at the Club on a regular basis for more than 20 years. One of the most respected drummers of his generation Jeremy’s gigs are World Class, always guaranteed to be both exciting and of the highest musicianship. Jremy's Special Guests tonight not surprisingly come from the cream of the UK music scene, including pianist Jason Rebello (Sting, Jeff Beck), saxophonist Nigel Hitchcock (Ray Charles, Tom Jones) and guitarist Paul Stacey (Oasis). Booking definitely advised.

“…a fine…drummer with an infectious feel. His gigs are ...invariably enlivened by some top class guests”
Time Out

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SAT 4th “FLETCH’S BREW” Mark Fletcher QUARTET feat FREDDIE GAVITA-trumpet; JULIAN SIEGEL-sax; CARL ORR-guitar.

9:30pm Mark Fletcher is one of the UK’s most versatile and in-demand drummers, equally at home in straight ahead jazz, free improvised music, rock or world music. He has been a regular at Ronnie Scott's since the late 1980's and has worked with a who’s-who of jazz icons including Dizzy Gillespie, Michel LeGrand, Mark Murphy, Liane Carroll, Soft Machine, Tim Garland, Flora Purim, Norma Winstone, Georgie Fame, Ian Shaw and Cedar Walton. Currently the drummer with the iconic vocalist Liane Carroll (see Sunday 5th), Mark can also be seen regularly performing with the House Band at Ronnie’s Scotts. Tonight Mark’s band also features Award winning saxophonist Julian Seigel, generally recognised as one of the finest players of his generation, upcoming young trumpet star Freddie Gavita and ex Billy Cobham alumnus, guitarist Carl Orr.

“inspired” Jazzwise Magazine


www.fletchsbrew.co.uk

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SUN 5th Liane Carroll **Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2005/6** “Parliamentary Jazz Awards Musician of The year 2008”

8:30pm          The first 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 has been captivating 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 have been received with universal acclaim and led to an hour long “special” on BBC TV featuring her performance at the Brecon Jazz Festival and her latest CD “Up and Down” on Quiet money records, produced by Grammy-nominated trumpeter/producer James McMillan, has garnered impressive reviews, “magical” Guardian, “brilliant” Observer. 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.

“Liane Carroll...she seems in some magical way to be made out of music” The Observer
“..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
“..world class” Guardian
“..deeply soulful” The Times
“…unswerving honesty and molten intensity…burningly expressive” Jazzwise.


www.lianecarroll.co.uk/



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MON 6th NIGEL PRICE/JOHN DONALDSON QUARTET

8:30pm Guitarist Nigel Price is considered to be one of the most fluent and interesting guitar players on the UK scene today. His cv is massive, including work with a host of major UK jazz artists including Pee Wee Ellis, Bobby Wellins, Alan Barnes, Dave O'Higgins, and Peter King. His powerful, flowing guitar playing however is probably best known for his work with organist James Taylor’s classic Acid Jazz band JTQ with whom he worked for many years. A terrific player, tonight he will be performing with award-winning pianist John Donaldson. Renowned on the scene as an inventive and extremely talented musician, John has an equally impressive list of performance credits, including Iain Ballamy, Art Themen, Clark Tracey, John Etheridge, Norma Winstone and Art Farmer. A great gig from two of the most impressive musicians around.

“Swinging and extremely skilful,… Very few players could manage playing as fluent, imaginative and technically impeccable guitar as Price does” Evening Standard
“exhilarating tight-loose swing and old school honesty about Price’s brand of soul-bop” MOJO
[John Donaldson] “one of Britain’s most exciting contemporary jazz pianists with his own distinctive style” Observer
“Distinctive take on contemporary jazz piano” Guardian

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tues 7th

DAN REINSTEIN. 7:30pm  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 Shanti Paul Jayasinha and the excellent piano playing of Tim Lapthorn. 

“…impressive hard-bop saxophonist”
Time Out



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 DILL KATZ  10:15pm Dill 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 playing of the talented young saxophonist Camilla George

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



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wed 8th

PATRICK WOOD’S “THE WORKS”. 7:30pm An experienced pianist and guitarist, Patrick has gathered together an impressive quartet to perform his excellent originals which he describes as “..accessible Jazz grooves, with a distinctive twist”. The gig also features great percussionist Bosco D’Oliveira.

“..the emphasis is on the compositions…exhilarating, inspired sounds”
Time Out.

www.patrickwoodmusic.com/worksmusic

PETER WAREHAM 10.15pm Saxophonist Peter Wareham is perhaps one of the most influential and inventive players on the scene. Two of his bands, Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear, have had an explosive impact with their genre-defying, crossover styles, becoming widely popular amongst both jazz and mainstream audiences and critics. He has played gigs around the world, from the Blue Note in New York to Ronnie’s in London, adding festival appearances and multiple award wins to his CV on the way. Tonight Pete will be bringing his new Jazz Standards Trio project to the Club, performing in a more straight ahead style in the now classic piano-less trio format of sax, bass and drums. Although perhaps better known these days for his more “crossover” style of playing Pete is also a fabulous straight ahead player and this promises to be a very special night. A remarkable gig from one of the great trailblazers of contemporary UK jazz. Also featured tonight will be the bass player Ben Hazelton. Highly recommended.

“forceful improvisations bring drama to every track”
LondonJazz Blog
“Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear have been responsible for opening the floodgates for a new wave of bands to fearlessly push the boundaries of jazz”
Jazzwise     


www.myspace.com/petewareham

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THUR 9th KAREN SHARP with Special Guest JIM  MULLEN

8:30pm.Award wining saxophonist Karen Sharp’s powerful, swinging and melodic saxophone style has graced an impressive array of fine bands. Her cv includes work with the likes of US stars Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Bucky Pizzerelli and Dick Sudhalter as well as many of the finest UK musicians such as Sir John Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Mark Nightingale, Jacqui Dankworth and Clare Teal. 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. Karen’s Special Guest tonight is the great UK guitarist Jim Mullen. Promises to be quite a night!

“..a class A player”
 Humphrey Lyttleton
 “Her sound is warm and full, her improvised lines bold and clear, and her compositions full of surprises. Her style, I suppose, would come under the heading of 'modern mainstream', but that doesn't do justice to her originality of approach.” Observer
 “..a star in the making” Jazz Journal International
“Jim Mullen…one of the great Jazz guitarists working today” Jazzwise

www.karensharp.net/



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fri 10th DAVE LEWIS’S “1 UP” featuring POLLY GIBBONS-vocals.

9:30pm         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 11th PeteR King QUINTET with Special Guest MORNINGTON LOCKETT.

9:30pm     After taking the scene by storm in the early sixties with the Ronnie Scott quintet, Peter has gone on to establish himself unequivocally as one of the finest alto saxophonists in the world. His fabulous technique allied with an unerring sense of harmony has made him one of the greatest players this country has ever produced. The featured saxophonist with the Charlie Watts band his playing has made him famous worldwide. As well as a remarkable improviser Peter has also established himself as a writer and arranger of note with both an Opera and a brilliant series of recordings featuring his own string arrangements for classical and Jazz quartet. He has also now turned to prose and his absorbing self penned autobiography “Flying High” is required reading for anyone interested in the UK Jazz scene over the last 40 years. Peter has always been a great supporter of the Club and it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome this saxophone giant. Peter’s special guest tonight is the remarkable Mornington Lockett. One of the UK’s leading tenor sax players Mornington worked with the Ronnie Scott quintet before moving on to work with singer Sarah Jane Morris and the Tracey’s, 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. This gig is a rare chance to hear two of the finest saxophonists in World Jazz playing together and is an absolute must for anyone interested in great modern Jazz.

“Peter King….plays with...searing authority”
Guardian
“Lockett..plays with tremendous fluency and drive”
Evening Standard
“World class” Jazz Journal
“inspired” Jazzwise Magazine


peterkingjazz.com



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Sun 12th LANCE ELLINGTON

8.30pm Lance’s smooth vocal style has already gained him legions of fans, having reached the ears of millions as one of the extraordinary male singers featured on BBC TV’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ (see Monday 27th for the other one!). While his name is only now becoming familiar as the son of legendary band leader Ray Ellington, Lance has a great jazz pedigree. His charismatic style and sultry tones have entertained more than 30 million people worldwide and his elegant vocal style has been in great demand as a session singer for the world’s top recording artists such as Sting, George Michael, Tina Turner and Robbie Williams.  Lance has released two fantastic, swinging, records and has completed a successful tour of the country with his own show, ‘Ellington sings Ellington’, finally receiving the recognition he deserves for his terrific interpretations of the classic jazz standards. As well as a fine singer he is also an accomplished composer, receiving both platinum and gold discs for his own great originals written for various pop stars, including Westlife. He performs with class, poise and an unparalleled sense of swing and with a band featuring the trio of top pianist John Pearce plus a wonderful horn section tonight’s gig is guaranteed to be special.

“Lance Ellington has a wonderful voice and a smooth style, all of his own”.
Sir Michael Parkinson
“Pure delight. The singer… mightily talented soared through.....a beautifully constructed programme which had everything.”Encore Magazine


www.lanceellington.com


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mon 13th HELDER PACK’S “DIPLOMATAZ”

8.30pm Master drummer/percussionist Helder Pack came to London from Mozambique via Portugal, gathering a wealth of interesting musical influences on the way. He is an highly established figure within the Latin Jazz and African music communities in London and has played at many prestigious venues with artists such as Jocelyn Brown, Antonio Forcione, the Andrea Quintarelli Quartet, Roland Perrin’s Blue Planet Orchestra, Don Laka from South Africa, Mbawula and the Master Drummers of Africa and Airto Moreira.  His lively 6 piece band, also featuring top African guitarist Kim Murray, plays dynamic music fusing styles from Africa and Latin America with the sounds of funk, rock, pop and jazz. The unique brand of world/jazz that this powerful yet sophisticated sextet perform is not to be missed!

“Latin rock, jazz and Afro-funk combine here in this dynamic six-piece whose members hail from Ghana, Angola, Mozambique, Brazil and France. Led by vocalist/drummer Helder Pack, their Weather Report-meets-global soul sound is helped along by vocalist/violinist Marie-Anne Bruccheri, fab pianist Chris Jerome and percussionist Tello Morgado.” Time Out


www.myspace.com/diplomataz

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tues 14th

KATE WILLIAMS QUNITET 7.30pm 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 CD, “The Embrace” (2008), was praised for her rich and sonorous quintet writing. The CD she launched at the Club last year, “Made Up,” received massive praise and helped win her a Parliamentary Jazz Award Nomination this year. Really good stuff. The band tonight features sax virtuoso Alex Garnett and the wonderfully melodic Steve Fischwick on trumpet so you know the gig’s going to be something very 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 

www.kate-williams-quartet.com


SPIKE WELLS.  10.15pm  An icon of the British Jazz scene, Spike is generally recognised as one of the finest modern Jazz drummers of his generation. A quiet but imposing figure since the late sixties, Spike’s tasteful but powerful playing has supported virtually all the major Jazz artists from this country as well as many visiting artists. Although he has never stopped playing, after his ordination as a minister some years ago he became less active on the scene. However, he is now stretching out musically again and tonight will be a great opportunity to hear this remarkable player lead his own trio, featuring the excellent Barry Green on piano.

“…simply marvellous”
Allaboutjazz

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wed 15th

7.30pm EMILIA MARTENSSON feat. BARRY GREEN-piano. Emilia first came to the attention of the jazz scene with her guest appearance on the Kairos Quartet’s debut album and her spellbinding vocals have been causing a stir ever since. Combining the influence of folk songs from her native Sweden with some of the greatest songs of the last century Emilia has successfully managed to forge a distinctive and unique niche for her vocal talents on the London jazz scene. She launched her wonderful debut album at the Club in February to great critical acclaim, featuring her typically diverse range of material, from Swedish folk songs to Schumann compositions, Nat King Cole to James Taylor, all delivered in her beautiful, original vocal style. Accompanied by one of the country’s finest jazz trios this is a special gig.

“Emilia delivers each word with intimacy and poise, and there is a warm honeyed sweetness to her sound”
Christine Tobin
"ethereal voice" Time Out
"bewitching young singer" Jazzwise


www.emiliam.com/



10.15pm PETE HURT 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. This gig also features Mick Hutton on bass, Jon Scott on drums and Barry Green on piano (busy week for Barry!). A lovely, melodic Jazz gig

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


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Thurs 16th BENET MCLEAN

8:30pm  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 CDs “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 in the quartet tonight will be Saleem Raman, drums and Jonathan “The Wolf” Harvey on bass. 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

www.benetmclean.com

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fri 17th the sugar kings

9:30pm 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 18th DAVE O’HIGGINS

9:30pm 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. A brilliant gig.

“…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 19th BARB JUNGR "tHE BEST OF BARB JUNGR" FEATURING SIMON WALLACE

8:30pm 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 CDs have been Album of the Year in The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Washington Post. A regular performer these days in the US as well as the UK Barb was the recipient of the “Best International Artist” in New York's “Backstage Awards for Excellence in Cabaret” and is a song stylist whose unique voice and imaginative arrangements are internationally recognised. Tonight she will be performing material from her sell-out Edinburgh show “The Best of Barb Jungr” as well as previewing some material from her forthcoming album “Stockport to Memphis” which will be released on the Naim label in October. Barb has been wowing audiences and critics worldwide with her astonishingly powerful performances so it’s a very special gig, this one.

“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 20th JOANNA EDEN QUARTET

8:30pm   Excellent singer-pianist Joanna has been working very hard in the studio creating tracks for her forthcoming album ‘Falling Out of Grace’ as well as working on a new project with German producer Kaijo, so we are looking forward to hearing some of her great new material. Her gigs are packed with jazz, soul and Latin classics, plus lots of her own original songs (which have received some serious radio airplay on national stations). Her quartet features a world-class line-up, including Chilean percussionist/singer Carlos Fuentes, bass player/singer Jonny Gee and sax/guitar/vocalist Gerry Hunt, and Joanna’s gorgeous voice, infectious joy and unbounded enthusiasm ensure that this is a really lovely, feel-good, gig. An exciting addition to the roster of impressive singers performing here at the Club and well worth checking out.

“Brilliant” Jamie Cullum
“the UK’s answer to Diana Krall & Norah Jones” Time Out

www.joannaeden.com



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Tues 21st

ANDREW McCORMACK. 7:30pm  Andrew launched his solo career in 2006 with his debut album, 'Telescope', which was greeted with considerable critical acclaim and led to him receiving the BBC Jazz Award for ‘Rising Star’. He has performed with numerous distinguished jazz musicians, including Randy Brecker, Courtney Pine, Tony Remy and Christine Tobin and is currently a pivotal player in both the Jean Toussaint quartet and the Kyle Eastwood Band. As well as a fluent and exciting player Andrew has more recently established himself as composer and arranger of some note, with works that include a major commission for the London Symphony Orchestra that premiered at the Barbican and contributions to the score and orchestrations of 3 of Clint Eastwood’s recent films. Tonight Andrew will be performing with his regular trio of Chris Hill on bass and Troy Miller on drums.

“One of the most exciting talents on the UK jazz scene.” Straight No Chaser
“An impressive representation of modern, tough and rigorous UK jazz. An intrepid pianist on the Herbie side of contemporary. Not a note is wasted. Excitement and economy in hypnotising balance.” MOJO


www.myspace.com/andrewmccormack

UGO DELMIRANI  7.30pm Originally from Rome, pianist 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 quartet gig from one of the leading lights of the UK scene.

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Wed 22nd MIKE WESTBROOK BAND - “OFF ABBEY ROAD”

8.30pm  Tonight this internationally acclaimed band led by pianist Mike Westbrook will be performing their most famous work “Off Abbey Road.” A reinterpretation of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album by some of the most creative contemporary musicians, the work is one of the Westbrooks’ most successful, having toured it around the world (including a performance to over 30,000 at the Montreal Jazz Festival) and released a live recording of it on CD. The 8-piece line-up featuring vocalists Kate Westbrook and John Winfield and including saxophonists Peter Whyman and Alan Wakeman,  Andy Grappy on tuba, Brian Godding on guitar and Simon Pearson on drums, this contemporary jazz gig is one of a kind. Pianist/Composer/bandleader Mike Westbrook and singer/librettist Kate Westbrook, who first joined forces in the mid-1970's, have been touring and performing worldwide ever since, generating a huge variety of vocal music, from Jazz and Cabaret through to opera, poetry and of course their own original songs. Composer, arranger Mike Westbrook, who was awarded an OBE in 1988 for services to music, has long been regarded as one of the UK’s most creative and influential Jazz/contemporary composers. Widely admired and respected worldwide, he has over 50 albums to his name and an International reputation that has quite literally taken him around the globe. His settings of the poetry of William Blake, “The Westbrook Blake”, have been described in The Independent on Sunday as “Perhaps the greatest work in all British Jazz.”. Singer Kate Westbrook’s repertoire embraces contemporary music and cabaret, as well as jazz and popular song and she is renowned for her lyrics, having written libretti for opera and music theatre as well as lyrics for countless songs for the Westbrook band. A unique gig .

"A rich and often thrilling performance that both transformed and burnished the original material."
The Guardian  
"A quirky marriage of rock, vaudeville and jazz improvisation… Westbrook finds unexpected depths in over familiar songs." The Times         

£12

www.westbrookjazz.co.uk





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Thurs 23th LATIN UNDERGROUND

8:30pm    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


www.myspace.com/robinjonesmusic


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Fri 24th CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE PARTY

 

Sat 25th

9:30pm 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 26th      OLA ONABULE

8.30pm  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 9 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/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 27th the tommy blaize band  

8:30pm Liverpudlian Tommy Blaize is a fantastic singer/keyboardist who is widely admired and respected throughout the music business. Although for many years an unseen figure behind the scenes, his voice is familiar to millions from work with the likes of Tina Turner, Craig David, Brand New Heavies, Joe Cocker, Gary Barlow, Marti Pellow and Lulu and from TV ads such as Coca Cola, Levis, British Gas & British Airways. Considered one of the most in-demand session singers on the scene, he has been featured on numerous film and TV soundtracks, Tommy has been heard here at the Club with, amongst others, Madeline Bell and Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams). However, more recently Tommy has been finally achieving some hugely deserved recognition as a brilliant singer in his own right after his appearances as the resident singer on BBC TV’s “Strictly Come Dancing” (oh, that singer!). A great guy and a fantastic performer it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome Tommy to the Club this evening with his own fantastic band, featuring fellow “Strictly” band members Dave Arch-piano, Trevor Barry-bass, Andy Caine-guitar/vocals, Paul Dunne-guitar and Ian Thomas-drums playing a selection of classic Groove and R&B standards with possibly the odd Jazz tune thrown in for good measure. Tommy and the Band will be featuring music from their first album as a band “Don’t Ya Love Life” so expect plenty of fireworks and some very Special Surprise Guests. With several hundred years experience between them at the very top level this brilliant gig from the Tommy Blaize Band is an absolute must – trust me!

“Tommy Blaize…oozes Soul and class”
Jazz n Jazz.         
                                

£12

tommyblaizeband.com

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Tues 28th

*LONDON 2012 FESTIVAL AT THE 606*
MICA PARIS and
THE LONDON VOCAL PROJECT

8.30pm For one night only, as part of the London 2012 Festival, British soul legend Mica Paris joins forces with the 14-voice London Vocal Project for a glorious night of song. Taking a night off from her usual, sensational soul singing, platinum-selling artist Ms Paris will tonight perform a selection of Classic jazz songs.

MICA PARIS Honoured as an icon by the Duke of Edinburgh, named in the top ten of the “100 greatest black Britons,” winner of a Gold Badge Award from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters for her special contribution to the British Entertainment Industry and a popular presenter on both TV and Radio, Mica Paris has had a truly extraordinary career so far.  With her roots firmly in soul and gospel music, Mica grew up singing in her grandparents' church and by her mid teens was making regular appearances with 'The Spirit of Watts' gospel choir. At 17 she got her first break as a backing vocalist with the UK chart band 'Hollywood Beyond' and the following year, 1988, she released her debut, platinum selling album, 'So Good', from which she had her first top ten hit with 'You Are My One Temptation'. From that point on Mica’s career gained momentum with more top 10 hits and catapulting her into the spotlight in not only the music industry but also in the West End and Broadcasting. 8 wonderful albums later, we are very happy to welcome Mica to the 606 Club, this time for a unique jazz gig. The range, power and sheer soulfulness of Mica’s performance combined with the intimacy of the 606 Club makes this without question a gig worth catching. Booking recommended!

“stunning and soulful”  Music Week
“Remarkably gifted vocalist…a talent….of giant proportions” Independent

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Opening the show, and then performing with Mica, will be:

THE LONDON VOCAL PROJECT directed by PETER CHURCHILL
Directed by composer, arranger and educator Peter Churchill, the London Vocal Project is composed of exceptional students and alumni from 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

This gig is part of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration running from Midsummers Day on 21 June until the final day of the Paralympic Games on 9 September.

£15


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Wed 29th BOSCO DE OLIVEIRA’S “ARAKATUBA”.

8.30pm “Arakatuba” is a 6 piece Brazilian/Jazz “Groove” band led by one of the finest Brazilian percussion players around, Bosco De Oliveira. The band has performed it’s brand of Jazz influenced Brazilian music around the World and includes work with the likes of Airto Moreira (Miles Davies, Chick Corea) and Dom Um Romao (Weather Report) on an impressive cv. Bosco himself was resident in the UK from 1984 until this year and is considered to be one of the most influential of the Brazilian musicians to have worked in Europe. As well as gigs with his friend Airto, Bosco is one of the co-founders of the London School of Samba and includes work with the likes of Hamish Stuart and Terry Callier on a hugely impressive cv. A highly regarded teacher and lecturer Bosco holds a Masters degree in Music from London University. Also featured in the band are the pianist Ugo Delmirani and saxophonist Dave Bitelli (Elton John, Jools Holland) playing music Bosco describes as “Brazilian roots with a Jazz/Dance approach”. A rhythmical feast! Currently based back in Brazil this will be one of Bosco’s now rare appearances at the Club, so expect plenty of musicians and friends to turn up and expect quite a party (hey, he’s Brazilian!). Highly recommended.

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

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THURS 30th  *** 606 CLUB SPECIAL***  STAN TRACEY TRIO's monk memorial feat CLARK TRACEY – drums; ANDY CLEYNDERT-bass

8:30pm  Multi award winning pianist Stan Tracey has been a pivotal figure on the British Jazz scene for more than 50 years whose influence and stature were nicely captured by the title of the highly acclaimed BBC TV profile, “The Godfather of British Jazz”. A self-taught musician, by the early 60s he was the house pianist at the original Ronnie Scott’s Club in Soho. During this period he worked with many of the finest Jazz musicians in the world, establishing an international reputation in the process. Through the 60’s he produced a number of highly acclaimed works, including the “Under Milk Wood” suite and “Alice in Jazzland”. He embraced the turbulent era of 70s improvisation and free jazz, and throughout the 1980s and 90s his triumphant career as an interpreter, arranger and composer earned him the affectionate title of “The English Ellington”. Stan continues to write and work extensively and tonight he will, with his trio, be performing a tribute to the great US pianist Thelonious Monk as a tribute to mark the 30th Anniversary of Monk’s death. It is with enormous pleasure that the 606 Club welcomes one of the greatest British Jazz musicians of all time. Special gig this

“Stan Tracey....one of the greats of British Jazz”
The Guardian

www.stantracey.com




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FRI 31st  SAMARA feat jandira silva-vocals

9:30pm  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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