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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

ANDREA VICARI’S “EX TEMPORE”. Andrea has established herself in recent years as one of the leading UK contemporary pianists. Highly experienced, she includes many excellent recordings and a host of high profile musicians on her extremely impressive CV. She has worked with the likes of US greats Art Farmer and Eddie Harris as well UK artists such as Tim Garland, Don Weller and Mornington Lockett. Andrea is also a highly respected Jazz educator, holding the positions of Professor of Jazz Piano at London's Trinity College of Music and Musical Director of the Dordogne Jazz Summer School. This is fine, high energy playing of a very impressive standard. Andrea’s band tonight features Elvis Stanic-guitar;  Hristo Yotsov-drums and Dorian Lockett-bass, drawing on their combined Croatian, Dutch, Bulgarian and British roots to create a beautiful, folk-infused sound.

"one of the most brilliant  jazz musicians in the UK - an outstanding pianist and superbly fertile composer"
Penguin Rough Guide to Jazz
"a sharp post-bop piano improviser and prolific composer - breathtakingly eclectic."The Guardian.

www.andreavicari.com

NIC FRANCE
with JOHN PARRICELLI and PATRICK BETTISON
. One of the most respected drummers of his generation, it is with great pleasure that we welcome 606 Club regular Nic France to the Club with his own trio. A “first call” player for so many musicians, Nic first came to London in the early 80’s and was quickly immersed in the Jazz scene, working with the likes of Ian Carr’s “Nucleus”, the iconic big band “Loose Tubes” and the Ronnie Scott Quintet. However his powerful playing and impeccable time and approach was soon picked up and it wasn’t long before he was working and touring with the likes of Bill Withers, Working Week and Tanita Tikaram. Since then he has worked constantly in an eclectic variety of musical settings, an excellent Jazz drummer he is also a brilliant “Groove” player, a skilled Latin player and one of the few modern jazz drummers who can also play authentic Brazilian rhythms, both on kit and percussion. As well as constant work on the Club, Festival and Concert circuit he also has had a formidable career in the studios and includes the likes of Pete Townsend, Thomas Dolby, Annie Lenox and Nigel Kennedy on a massive CV.  And of course he is best known at the Club as the regular drummer with the Jazz/Brazilian band “Samara”. Also featured in Nic’s trio tonight are guitarist John Parricelli and bass player Patrick Bettison.

“..this kind of music is critically dependent on pulse and Nic France’s drumming really floats the boat.” Jazzwise


www.nicfrance.co.uk/

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THU 2nd CHRIS BISCOE QUARTET feat TONY KOFI-sax

This fantastic band play an impressive repertoire of definitive modern jazz tunes from Mingus, Monk, Fats Waller, Oliver Nelson and Eric Dolphy, delivered with passion, conviction and aplomb by this great two-sax line-up.. Chris Biscoe has appeared as a soloist on more than 40 albums, including records with George Russell, Mike Westbrook, Andy Sheppard and The Brotherhood of Breath. Major tours include Hermeto Pascoal Big Band and The New York Composers Orchestra. Tony Kofi's album of Thelonious Monk tunes, All is Know, was  a double  award winner in 2005 (BBC and Parliamentary Jazz Awards), and his group was also voted Best Ensemble at the BBC Awards. Currently one of the featured players in the US based World Saxophone Quartet, Tony has been featured with Andrew Hill,  David Murray and Sam Rivers, is a member of Byron Wallen's group Indigo (nominated for best group and best album in 2007 BBC jazz awards), and has worked extensively with Chris Biscoe in Grand Union. Larry Bartley is a leading light of the contemporary jazz scene, featured with the bands of Byron Wallen, Ingrid Laubrock and Jason Yarde. Stu Butterfield works with the Henry Lowther/Jim Mullen Quartet, Mingus Moves and The Strayhorn Project.

"They turned in one blistering solo after another within ensemble passages of impeccable cohesion, the hallmark of the highest quality chamber-jazz.” Jazz UK

www.chrisbiscoe.co.uk

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FRI 3rd ROLAND PERRIN’s “LIMITED EDITION”.

As well as being an impressive and highly experienced jazz pianist, composer and teacher Roland’s World Music credentials are also 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” which culminated in him travelling to Cuba to record his orchestral work "Crossing the Border" with a mix of Cuban Classical, Popular and Jazz musicians. The free spirit of jazz improvisation is woven into his music with textures taken from Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, African and Jewish music. Indispensable to his sound is his exciting collaboration with a fascinating Global mix of musicians that has reached a new maturity and sophistication in his band “Limited Edition”, a combination of vocal and instrumental music with 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), Roberto Manzin (Italy) on sax, Ray Crespo (Cuba) on bass and drummer Ernesto Simpson (Cuba). Highly recommended.

“An excellent 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 4th Christian Brewer with special guest jim mullen -guitar

Christian has now established himself as one of the most creative of the saxophonists who specialise in the “post-bop” style of jazz. He has a fluent, melodic style, which combined with a lovely, liquid sound produces a wonderfully musical and highly enjoyable gig. He is well known both in the UK and Internationally, performing at festivals in Seville, Malaga, Granada, Huelva, Jaen and Ceuta (North Africa), Barcelona, Lisbon and Macau, as well as numerous venues and festivals around the UK. Performing a mixture of Jazz standards and originals this is always a gig worth catching.

“Christian Brewer…phenomenal”
The Observer



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SUN 5th TAMMY WEIS with TOM CAWLEY-piano; AL CHERRY-guitar;  BJ COLE – pedal steel guitar.

Tammy is a fine Canadian singer, now resident in London, who has been performing to great acclaim in her native Vancouver for some years now. She sings a mix of classic Jazz standards and beautifully crafted originals which she performs with a wonderful sense of melody and swing. Her debut CD, “Legacy”, was well received and led to appearances on national TV and radio as well as gigs at both the Montreal and Vancouver Jazz Festivals and her latest CD “Where I need To Be”, featuring Tammy’s excellent original material written with Grammy Award winning producer Terry Britten, has been received with considerable critical acclaim. She has been heard on Radio stations across the country including Jamie Cullum’s show on BBC Radio Two and was recently nominated for the London Jazz Vocalist Award. Tammy's UK highlights include performing with Jamie Cullum, Randy Bachman and Bobby McFerrin and singing with Ian Shaw and Lianne Carroll at the Royal Opera house. It’s a measure of the attention she is now receiving that she was recently a featured artist in “Jazzwise” magazine. Great singer, great gig.  

 “Tammy Weis has a deliciously haunting voice…this is how it’s supposed to be done” John Beaudin 103.1 FM.
“She’s the real deal” Time Out
“..a master of the ballad” BBC Radio 3


www.tammyweis.com



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MON 6th **606 CLUB SPECIAL** JIM MULLEN’S REUNION BAND feat GARY HUSBANDS-drums, MICK HUTTON-bass, GARETH WILLIAMS-piano


This really is an unmissable gig – part of a one-off reunion tour by one of the most exciting bands ever to have performed on the UK jazz scene. Originally from Glasgow, JIM MULLEN made his name working with a number of seminal bands through the 70’s and 80’s including Brian Auger’s “Trinity” and his own highly acclaimed jazz/funk band “Morrisey Mullen”. A multi award winner, Jim is widely regarded as one of the finest Jazz guitarists in Europe. GARETH WILLIAMS has unquestionably established himself as one of the country’s leading modern jazz pianists. A fiery and creative player his remarkable talent has been seen with an impressive array of top level artists, from Jazz/Hip Hop band “US3” through to World class Jazz musicians such as Joe Lovano, George Coleman, Dave Liebman, Iain Ballamy and Jim Mullen. MD for iconic UK vocalist Claire Martin for some years now he is widely regarded as amongst the very best of the European based  jazz pianists.  GARY HUSBAND. One of this country’s leading drummers and pianists the multi-talented Gary Husband is generally recognised as one of the foremost musicians of his generation. He first came to prominence in the late 70’s playing drums with a series of iconic bands including the Jim Mullen/Dick Morrissey Band and Ian Carr's Nucleus. His 20 year collaboration with guitarist Alan Holdsworth established him as a player on the World stage, leading to a lengthy stint with drummer Billy Cobham as well as work with the classic jazz/funk giants Level 42. A World class performer he is an International artist whose vast  cv  also includes work with the likes of John McLaughlin, Jeff Beck and Randy Brecker.   MICK HUTTON. Mick has been one of Europe’s finest and most respected jazz bass players for more than 20 years. A first call player for numerous high profile bands he includes work with the likes of Bill Bruford and Humphrey Lyttelton on a stellar cv. The band that Jim leads this evening all played together from 1996-2002 and are some of the most experienced and well-respected musicians around. Reforming   just for this tour, the band will play tunes from their back catalogue of five albums, as well as some new  music written especially for these tour dates. It’s a rare chance to catch these incredible players all together once more. Booking advised.

“Jim Mullen…one of the great Jazz guitarists working today” Jazzwise
“Gareth Williams...dynamite pianist” Evening Standard
“Gary Husband…one of the major forces in contemporary music today” Jazz UK
“Mick Hutton...driving yet intricate bass” Scotsman
World Class” Guardian

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tues 7th

ANDREW McCORMACK 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’. Andrew 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.

“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


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John Horler with Special Guest mark nightingale. John is probably one of the gentlest, and most cultured of all the pianists we have at the Club. Best known in the business as Cleo Lane’s pianist (he’s worked with her for more than 20 years), his gentle brand of Bill Evans influenced piano playing is an absolute joy. Also featured with the trio this evening will be the wonderful playing of the Award winning trombonist Mark Nightingale (John Dankworth, Frank Sinatra, Charlie Watts), the great bass player Chris Laurence and iconic UK drummer Spike Wells.

"...a lyrical, deceptively muscular exploration of standards and originals that pays equal attention to solo virtuosity and intricate dialogue…” Jazz Journal


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wed 8th ARNIE SOMOGYI’S “AMBULANCE”.

One of the country’s leading bass players, Arnie has worked with likes of James Moody, Annie Ross, Alan Skidmore and Claire Martin as well as playing on numerous T.V. and film sound tracks. On top of all that, he is also visiting lecturer at the Birmingham Conservatoire. His band “Ambulance” first appeared on the scene in 2004, performing several nights at the World famous Ronnie Scott’s Club. Consisting of some of the most talented and exciting musicians in the UK the band quickly became established as one of the most interesting and innovative on the scene. As Arnie says the aim of “Ambulance” is to sound like a “band”, not just a vague group of musicians. In 2006 the band was chosen for the first-ever jazz residency at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, which gave it the rare chance to develop a new set of original material which developed even further through live gigs around the country, including the Cheltenham International Jazz Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival and headlining once again at Ronnie Scott’s. The result of all this is their album “Accident and Insurgency” on Linn Records, has been received with enormous acclaim. The band tonight consists of the brilliant  pianist Tim Lapthorn, Award Winning saxophonist Paul Booth and one of the finest young drummers on the scene Dave Smith. “Ambulance” is the epitome of sophisticated, truly creative, modern Jazz and not to be missed.

Engagingly fresh, full-bodied, subtle” The Guardian
“Muscular, oblique and witty” The Independent
“Mellow swing and rhythmic swagger, full harmonies and funky beats” The FT
“When Somogyi launched Ambulance…..he delivered in style.”
TheTimes

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THUR 9th  “LIGHTHOUSE” featuring TIM GARLAND-sax, GWILYM SIMCOCK-piano, ASAF SIRKIS-percussion

The “Lighthouse” trio is one of the most exciting and innovative bands on the scene, whose varied sound is wonderfully refreshing. Featuring celebrated pianist Gwilym Simcock, drummer Asaf Sirkis playing a custom built percussion set including frame drums, bass Udu and Hang drum and the brilliant Tim Garland on saxes and bass clarinet  taking time out from his duties with Chick Corea, they are an orchestra unto themselves. Mixing highly interactive and lyrical jazz with a range of rhythms from the Middle East, Spain and South America with influences from Celtic to Classical, the trio plays imaginative originals as well as inventive versions of standards and their gigs are always varied and interesting. A fabulous band of three wonderfully inventive World Class musicians this is a treat not to be missed. 

“Spacious, rhapsodic and packed with gorgeous textures, it overflows any category you try to fit round it” Guardian
“The trio is playing with a collective freedom and confidence rare in contemporary British jazz” The Times
“technically dazzling but melodic and accessible music…brought the house down” The Jazzmann



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fri 10th 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 11th PeteR King QUINTET

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. 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 12th SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL (1:30pm-3:30pm). SUNDAY AFTERNOON GOSPEL BRUNCH with the **606 GOSPEL GROUP**


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 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.
This is always a fun and uplifting gig, highly recommended. And don’t forget this is our family day so children are more than welcome.



www.soulsanctuarygospel.com

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Then, in the evening:

Sun 12thJOE 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 20’s he is a highly experienced musician, including appearances at Ronnie Scott's, the Royal Festival Hall, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Barbican, The London Jazz Festival,  Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Henley Festival, Sardinia Jazz Festival,  Sicily Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Dubai jazz Festival and in  jazz clubs from New York to Berlin. He has had numerous radio appearances, including Friday Night Is Music Night, In Tune, Live From The Stables  and  Parkinson's Sunday Supplement programme and has appeared twice on the Alan Titchmarsh show on ITV1. His first CD, “I like this One”, was universally well received and his most recent work in New York has also met with universal praise. A sophisticated, swinging, gig.

“…a truly remarkable singer songwriter, not to mention outstanding piano player”
Sir Michael Parkinson
“Songs at the piano don’t get much sharper than this” Observer
“..a powerful improviser with an instinctive gift for melody” The Times
“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 13th SHEA SEGER BAND featuring ADAM PHILLIPS-guitar; ANDY WALLACE-keyboard and JODY LINSCOTT-percussion


With a voice that has been likened to those of Tori Amos and Sheryl Crow, Shea is undoubtedly a highly talented singer-songwriter.  Originally from Texas she grew up in a household full of music, from Classic soul through country music to Rock and after starting out as an actress the lure of music became too strong and she embarked on a career in the UK as a singer/songwriter.  She produced her first self penned album for RCA in 2000 and subsequently went on to work with the likes of David Gray, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow and Emmylou Harris. After spending some time in the UK working as a singer and songwriter, for family reasons she returned to Texas in 2005 but her desire to write and perform never went  away and in 2011 she returned to the studio to record her second album, eponymously entitled “Shea”. The album, released on an independent  label , distils her experiences to this point of her life and has been received with glowing and enthusiastic reviews. She brings an authentic American country music vibe to her songs, which merge a bluesy sound with catchy hooks. She is making  her  606 Club debut tonigsht, with a superb band featuring Hamish Stuart Band alumni Andy Wallace on keyboards, 606 regular Adam Phillips on guitar and the wonderful Jody Linscott on percussion. Performing tracks from her latest album this gig  is an absolute must.

“She was made for the stage”
The Times
“Versatile and remarkable voice… She does smoky, like a voice you’d like to wake up to, angsty like bad memories, and angry like an argument you don’t want to have” TheArtsDesk.com


www.sheaseger.com



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tues 14th           ***VALENTINE’S NIGHT SPECIAL*** LANCE ELLINGTON

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 tomorrow night for the other one!). While his name is only now becoming familiar, as the son of legendary band leader Ray Ellington (the “Goon Show” band from the 1950’s) 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 just 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 top pianist Merv de Peyer 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, tall, well groomed, handsome and mightily talented soared through the programme with a voice as smooth as silk and a joy to behold.....a beautifully constructed programme which had everything.”
Encore Magazine

www.lanceellington.com/



Music charge £17 and Set Menu £48 including a glass of champagne or ½ a bottle of house wine per person

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wed 15th

** EUROPEAN EXCHANGE INITIATIVE** with KESTUTIS VAIGINIS-sax Award winning saxophonist Kestutis Vaiginis is renowned in his native Lithuania for his clear, delicate and lyrical style. He has studied extensively at prestigious schools around the world (the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Amsterdam School of Arts and the Manhattan School of Music) gaining an international fan base for his work as a performer and composer as he travelled. He is a winner of various national and international competitions, last year winning the “Birštonas Jazz Festival 2010” award for his contribution to Lithuanian jazz. His great band tonight features award-winning pianist Dmitrij Golovanov, Eugenijus Kanevičius on bass and drummer Marijus Aleksa.

www.myspace.com/kestutisvaiginis

This gig is generously supported by the Lithuanian Embassy. It is part of an ongoing “European Exchange” initiative promoted by the 606 Club to provide a platform for some of the finest European musicians, in return for which the Club arranges for UK- based musicians to perform in the home country of the guest artists. In this way it is hoped that the music of these fine players can be brought to a wider audience around Europe.

www.myspace.com/kestutisvaiginis



PARTIKEL feat DUNCAN EAGLES-sax, MAX LUTHERT-bass, ERIC FORD-drums
Partikel interpret the saxophone trio line-up in a wonderfully modern way  - steeped in hard-bop, they mix a variety of influences (including African, Latin, free jazz and classical) to create a sound which is intellectual, interesting and modern while still melodically and harmonically beautiful. With a knack for finding a groove and improvising the hell out of it, they are gaining renown as one of the tightest and most interesting groups around. 

“It’s an adrenalin-fuelled venture.”
Jazzwise

www.partikel.co.uk/




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Thurs 16th SIMON WOOLF ALL-STAR SEXTET featuring GARETH LOCKRANE-flutes; MARK CROOKS-clarinet; HENRY ARMBURG JENNINGS – trumpet/flugel; COLIN OXLEY-guitar; MATT HOME–drums

Simon, one of the country’s leading Jazz bass players is one of the most musical and tasteful players on the scene, and his band reflects his interest in melodic, straight-ahead, Jazz. The repertoire of the group consists of Simon’s originals plus a variety of classic Jazz standards, all arranged by Simon, and performed by this exceptional band. Straight ahead jazz of the highest quality.

  “..spirited, melodic and swinging.” Observer
“Lockrane’s flute work is exceptional… very special indeed” Jazzwise
“Mark Crooks…exceptional” BBC
“Agile trumpeter Henry Armburg Jennings” Guardian
“Artful contemporary jazz guitarist Oxley”  Time Out



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fri 17th 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 immensely impressive 8 piece band of hand picked musicians, including guitar, sax and backing vocals, 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, it was simply breathtaking”
Livemusic.fm


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sat 18th 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 19th SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL (1:30pm-3:30pm) with IRENE SERRA

Italian vocalist Irene Serra is a charismatic performer with a beautiful vocal style and assured stage presence. She sings a great repertoire of jazz, blues, bossa nova, gospel and soul and can be regularly seen in venues in and around London including the Spice Of Life, Ray's Jazz Cafe, Theatre Royal Stratford East and the National Theatre. An intelligent musician she started studying Jazz at the age of 16 with the renowned Italian Jazz singer Tiziana Ghiglioni at the Academy of Music in Milan and moved to London in 1999 to complete a BA in Performing Arts at the University of Surrey, going on to further study at Goldsmiths College. She is currently studying towards a Masters in Music Performance at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama. Her poised performances have already earned her much critical acclaim, she was one of the semi-finalists in The Brussels International Young Jazz Singer in 2008 and was a finalist at the Shure Montreux Jazz Competition 2009. Suffice it to say I was so impressed with her singing that I have already booked her to perform with my band “Samara” here at the Club on several occasions now. Highly recommended.

“…a charming Italian, singing American popular songs with superb diction and a big voice. And I can say that 'at last' I've heard that song - At Last - sung the way it deserves to be sung! A wonderful afternoon's music, and so unexpected…”
Ted Gascoigne, Big Band World

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Then in the evening:

Sun 19th 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 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 recently released magnificent 3rd CD - “All The Ghosts”. Gwyneth is quite rightly considered to be one of the most creative and original performers on the scene, with an hypnotic stage presence and an unerring sense of taste and style that informs everything she does. An outstanding wordsmith as well as a genuinely creative musical presence Gwyneth’s  originals are truly world class and put her in a league of her own as far as singer/songwriters are concerned. She has been referred to as the “British Joni Mitchell“ 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


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Mon 20th SARAH GILLESPIE with Special Guest GILAD ATZMON

Singer/guitarist Sarah Gillespie has established a reputation on the circuit as a unique and creative musical force. Described by Rock’n’Reel as “a bracingly eclectic mix of Beat poetry with jazz, folk and Middle Eastern elements” Sarah’s performances are as musically appealing as they are intellectual –  her terrific lyrics reflect her passion for politics (she writes occasional political papers and fundraises for numerous causes). Her debut CD “Stalking Juliet” was received with considerable critical acclaim and has led to appearances on BBC Radio as well as numerous festivals, jazz clubs, venues and Arts Centers across Britain. Sarah’s quartet tonight features the brilliant musician Gilad Atzmon on accordion, clarinet and sax as well as Enzo Zirilli-drums and Ben Bastin-double bass.

“…an incandescent new presence who matches her imposing delivery with superior lyrics” Guardian.
“Haunting tunes and striking lyrics … yearningly pretty and bitter sweet.”
The Independent


sarahgillespie.com



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Tues 21st

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 Shanti Paul Jayasinha and the excellent piano playing of Tim Lapthorn.         

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 guitar playing of Leon Stenning.

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




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Wed 22nd          

ANGELITA JIMENEZ is a young singer, songwriter and composer from Brazil who has a wonderfully warm and gentle vocal delivery, perfect for her bossa nova and samba-centered style. Since moving to London in 2006, she has made a name for herself performing at Ronnie Scott’s, The Pigalle, the London Latin Music Festival and opening for acts such as the James Taylor Quartet. Singing in English and Portuguese, with a combination of classic bossas and her own originals, the relaxed vibe she creates has led to comparisons to Astrud Gilberto while her rich, soft vocals are compared to those of Norah Jones.

“Angelita Jimenez is a bewitching, beguiling songstress for sure” Blues and Soul 

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Colin Oxley A multi Award winning guitarist, Colin is a gentle player, whose fluid style and relaxed, “laid-back” approach make for a wonderfully enjoyable night. His work with singer Stacey Kent has led to Colin being recognised around the globe as a World-class player and one of the finest guitarists ever to come from the UK. Amongst his numerous gigs he includes regular work at New York’s famous Algonquin Hotel, appearances at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals and work with the likes of Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen. A beautiful gig from a master of the Jazz guitar.

“...Colin Oxley, whose magnificent guitar is dazzling and deliciously melodic”
Crescendo Magazine

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Thurs 23th NATHANIEL FACEY   

Nathaniel has over the last 3 years established an impressive and well deserved reputation on the UK Jazz scene as the highly talented and creative saxophonist with the MOBO award-winning group “Empirical”. A star of the international jazz scene he has with “Empirical” won Parliamentary, Jazzwise, MOJO and Peter Whittingham Awards (amongst many others), recorded or performed with a who’s who of international jazz stars including Courtney Pine, Billy Jenkins, Jerry Dammers, Tim Garland, Jack Dejohnette and Hugh Masekela and performed in prestigious venues and festivals around the world. Tonight this excellent alto saxophonist, composer, arranger and band leader will be appearing with his own terrific quartet performing a selection of modern jazz standards and originals. Not surprisingly he works with some of the finest musicians around so you just know it’s going to be a great gig! Highly recommended.

“Facey’s tunes showcase his flinty tone and quicksilver improvisations”
Jazztimes

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Fri 24th SAMARA FEAT JANDIRA SILVA

“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, who includes work with iconic Brazilian musician Chico Chagas and 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 25thBRANDON ALLEN/QUENTIN COLLINS QUINTET.

Brandon is an ex-pat Australian saxophonist who has made quite an impression on the scene since becoming resident in London. A leading soloist in several Jazz Orchestras back home he also led his own successful group before decamping to Europe in 2002. His wonderfully fluent and incisive sax playing has been heard in prestigious venues all over Europe and at numerous festivals around the world, including the Womad World Music Festival, Reading Rock Festival, Isle of Wight, Brecon Jazz Festival, The Vittoria and Terassa Jazz Festivals in Spain, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival in Australia and the London Jazz Festival. In London alone he has performed with the likes of Eric Clapton, Mica Paris, Jools Holland, Carleen Anderson, BBC Big Band and Omar, which gives you an idea of just how good he is! The quintet tonight also features one of the UK’s leading jazz musicians, trumpeter Quentin Collins. Quentin has established an enviable reputation as a lyrical and melodic player with a powerful sound and approach. He includes the likes of Jeff Beck, Jason Rebello, Basement Jaxx, Omar, Prince and Roy Ayres on a lengthy and impressive cv. The line up is completed with Enzo Zirilli-drums and Ross Stanley-organ, performing a mix of originals and classic Jazz standards and promises to be something quite special. Highly recommended.

“Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today. His phrasing is unashamedly emotional, soaked in the blues tradition” Jazzwise
“Quentin Collins…virtuosic” Guardian


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Sun 26th   LUNCHTIME SPECIAL (1.30-3.30pm) SHIREEN FRANCIS

Born in London of Jamaican and Goan heritage, Shireen learned her craft in Afro-Caribbean music but in recent years her jazz singing (inspired by artists such as Marlena Shaw, Dianne Reeves and Nancy Wilson) has led her in a different direction. As well as building a reputation as an inspirational teacher, BBC Scotland’s Tony Currie described her 'one of the best British vocalists of her generation,' whilst Jazzwise Magazine calls her 'a brilliant vocalist.' Her accompanist, Barry Green, is one of the most acclaimed pianists around and the rhythm section understands perfectly the undercurrents of jazz, calypso, gospel and soul music that inform Shireen's exciting style. Today she will be singing songs from her debut album "Steppin' In"

"Great Project! Everything comes straight from the heart."
Carmen Lundy
"Shireen's energy and versatility is well to the fore on this album and makes her a serious contender for jazz's long haul" Jazzfm.

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Then, in the evening:

Sun 26th   connie lush

This charismatic, powerhouse, Blues singer has established herself over recent years as one of the leading UK performers. Hugely respected on the Blues scene it is little surprise that she has been voted “Best UK Female Blues Vocalist” seven years in a row. Supported by a classic blues band this Liverpool based performer has an enviable reputation not just in the UK but all around Europe. It is a reflection of the high esteem with which she is held that she was chosen as one of the featured artists to launch Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture (just before Ringo Starr!). The Times report of that performance: “Connie Lush belted out I Put a Spell on You with a voice like a 3am whisky and enough electricity to power the national grid.”

The Scotsman described her as “….a battle scarred sandpaper edged cross between Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin, attacking bareknuckle R&B and slow burn torch songs with equal power and passion”. Now that you can’t miss! 


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Mon 27th 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 trio that also features the wonderful pianist John Crawford.  One of Europe’s leading exponents of classic Brazilian Music. Highly recommended.

“..outstanding”
Soul Tracks.

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Tues 28th

ANDY PANAYI QUARTET This enormously gifted, multi-award winning flute and sax player is one of the most respected musicians on the scene today. His fluent and melodic hard-bop sax playing has been heard in a wide variety of settings, from regular work with the BBC Big Band through the John Dankworth “Generations” Band to performances with artists such as Cleo Lane, Shirley Bassey and Paul McCartney. His flute playing is magnificent, and his most recent recording "The Andy Panayi Quartet play Woolf Notes" demonstrates his World Class prowess. Also featured in the band tonight is the great UK trombone player Mark Nightingale along with a brilliant rhythm section of Simon Woolf on bass and Steve Brown on drums. The music is a mix of jazz standards and Simon Woolf's originals, all arranged and performed in a melodic and truly original way. Great players performing some great music.

“Panayi is one of the finest and most versatile saxophonists of his generation…makes the flute sing, it is impossible to imagine anyone doing it better” The Observer. 


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Gareth Williams has unquestionably established himself as one of the country’s leading modern jazz pianists. A fiery and creative player his remarkable talent has been seen with an impressive array of top level artists, from Jazz/Hip Hop band “US3” through to World class Jazz musicians such as Joe Lovano, George Coleman, Dave Liebman, Iain Ballamy and Jim Mullen. MD for iconic UK vocalist Claire Martin for some years now he is widely regarded as amongst the very best of the European based jazz pianists. As well as being a world class pianist he is also an accomplished guitarist and has a great voice too, so if you’re lucky he may just sing a song or two! Fantastic modern jazz piano playing.

“..dynamite pianist” Evening Standard
“.. fantastic improviser” The Guardian
“..a jewel of a player” Jazziz

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Wed 29th

*CD LAUNCH* EMILIA MARTENSSON feat. BARRY GREEN-piano; JULIAN SIEGEL-sax/clarinet. 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. Tonight she is launching her debut album at the Club- 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 and with some Surprise Guests lined up as well, this promises to be a special night

“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

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“JAZZ FROM THE ACADEMY” featuring SAM MILES-sax.
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 saxophonist Sam Miles 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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