JULY 2012

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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


1.30pm Piano/steel pan virtuoso Mark Cherrie is renowned as one of the best musicians around, performed around the world with artists as diverse as Edwin Starr, Jimmy Ruffin and Odyssey. As well as an excellent performer Mark is also a well established composer, you will probably have heard many of his compositions without even realising it as he has written for hundreds of TV shows including Friends, ER and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Our other birthday boy, Adrian Sledmere, has been a well-respected guitar player on the London scene for some time. He is also a published songwriter with Dharma records and has collaborated extensively with a variety of artists including Charmaine Maxwell (Brownstone) and 'The Honeyz'. The “Birthday Band” today band features a great lineup of musical friends including Mick Hutton on bass and Derek Gayle on drums, plus of course numerous Special Guests popping in to help things along. Today Mark and Adrian will be celebrating a “Big” birthday at the Club, so there will be a definite party atmosphere as friends, family and fans come to help them celebrate. Guaranteed to be fun.



8:30pm 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 Liane Carroll at the Royal Opera house. Given her heritage we thought it would be fun to ask Tammy to celebrate “Canada Day” with us down at the Club, so expect some great music, much fun….and quite a lot about Canada! Great singer, great gig this.

“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




8.30pm GYPSY FIRE are an ensemble of virtuoso performers who are renowned for their stunning live shows. At the forefront of the gypsy jazz scene, they bring exceptional talent to the stage as well as influences from classical, jazz, Latin and rock, making them a truly exciting band. Violinist Ben Holder has a background as a breathtaking classical performer who combines his impressive technique with an innate sense of swing. The band’s two guitarists are equally talented, Django Reinhardt inspired Stuart Carter-Smith has a well earned reputation as a top class Gypsy Jazz guitarist and is a consummate improviser and master of rhythm. Ben Travers has had a diverse and exciting career in punk, rock and mainstream jazz and the influence from this can be heard in his great performances. Bass player Paul Jefferies is renowned on the jazz scene as a lyrical and inventive player, who has performed with the likes of Art Themen, Tommaso Starace and Tina May. Something special.

"The command of their instruments and the audience is unrivalled by any other band I've seen"
A. Shapland - The International Gypsy Guitar Festival
"what a great night! (they) really got the place rocking" Gina Borham, Vortex Jazz Club



TUES 3rd

“CAROLINE and 'FRED' ” featuring CAROLINE LOFTUS-vocals 7:30 pm  This is an exciting new Cuban music project from fabulous singer Caroline Loftus and her band, “Fred” (Flavio Correa-percussion, Rey Crespo-bass, Eikel Venegas-trumpet, David Oliver-piano) performing tunes inspired by a combination of 1950's Havana and the swinging sounds of Hollywood. The material is perfectly suited to Caroline’s gorgeous, mellifluous voice and with an all-star Cuban band behind her, the songs marry the spirit of Cuba with the sparkling polish of tinseltown. An artist of International standing, Caroline was featured on a number of tracks for the 2009 BBC Children in Need album and includes work at prestigious venues around the World, including the Sydney Opera House, Hong Kong Arts Centre and the Nederland Dance Theatre. A sophisticated, good-time gig from one of the masters of Jazz vocals. “A voice like honey” Sydney Morning Herald  

“A voice like honey”
Sydney Morning Herald


Gareth Williams feat LAURENCE COTTLE-bass; IAN THOMAS-drums   10:15pm   Gareth 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 



WED 4th

THE JOHN EAST PROJECT 7:30pm The John East Project, led by vocalist and Hammond organ player John East, have become a popular and regular feature at the Club since their debut two years ago. John has played the Hammond for many years, working with musicians such as John Etheridge, Katie Kissoon and Phil Robson. His stellar band comprises Mark Fletcher-drums, Neville Malcolm-bass and the remarkable Carl Orr on guitar, together with a powerhouse horn section of Scott Baylis-trumpet and the great Dave Lewis-sax. Tonight the band will perform material from their brilliant debut album (launched at the Club a couple of months ago) which features well known vocal standards as well as some instrumental tunes, with the emphasis on melodic jazz driven along by the distinctive Hammond sound.

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

Nic France with JOHN PARRICELLI and PATRICK BETTISON 10:15pmOne 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.”




8.30pm A Jazz violinist of power and musicality, Award-winning violinist Chris Garrick takes a break between guest appearances with Wynton Marsalis and Nigel Kennedy to join us tonight with his band featuring pianist Dave Gordon.  Taking his lead from Stephane Grappelli, Stuff Smith and Jean Luc Ponty, Chris has revitalised the jazz violin, rejuvenating it for the 21st century, prompting Nigel Kennedy to call him one of the best in Europe. His fluent and inventive playing has been heard with the likes of Dame Cleo Laine, Bireli Lagrene, Dolly Parton & Van Morrison and a string of awards are testament to a thoughtful but at the same time joyous approach to the music. Chris’s totally unique approach to playing the violin makes this a must-see gig.

..exquisite musician…violin superstar” Guardian
“He could easily emerge as one of the great jazz violinists of all time”  Sir John Dankworth




9.30pm This vibrant 8-piece salsa band, formed by famed Colombian singer Martha Acosta, has been “salsa-ing” across the UK and Europe for over 7 years now. Martha, best known for her work with her all woman Latin band “Candela” and Roberto Pla’s “Latin Ensemble”, drives the band along with her searing Latin vocals and powerhouse personality. And she is ably supported by some of the finest Latin musicians on the scene, including David Oliver (piano), Shanti Paul Jayasinha (trumpet), Vancho Manoilovich (drums), Satin Singh (percussion), Ben Sommers (sax) and Robin Harris (trombone). Undoubtedly one of the best salsa bands working the scene today.

"Ripping funky Salsa from the finest Latin musicians of London, guaranteed to induce all manner of heel-stamping and handclapping”
Fact Magazine




9.30pm PATRICK CLAHAR is one of the leading saxophonists of his generation. A powerful, post-Coltrane, tenor player his playing is tempered with a strong sense of melodic improvisation influenced by the great American tenor player Sonny Rollins. A leading light of the Julian Joseph big-band and small group Pat achieved world wide recognition as the sax player with the Bill Bruford Band. An established player on the studio scene Pat also includes work with the likes of Jazz Jamaica and the TV show “Strictly Come Dancing” (it’s a great band, trust me!). Widely respected throughout the Jazz fraternity. Pat’s world class pedigree is undoubted. Also featured tonight is the drumming of one of the finest players in World Jazz, the amazing Mark Mondesir (Jeff Beck, Joe Zawinul, John McGloughlin). 

“A marvel… inventive and melodic”Jazz review




Due to circumstances beyond our control this afternoon's performance has been cancelled.

We wil resume our Sunday Lunch performances in September (after the Olympics!) and hope to see you then.


Then, in the evening:     


8.30pm It is with enormous pleasure that we welcome back to the 606 Club the brilliant New Orleans singer Ms. Lillian Boutté. On the music scene for more than 30 years Lillian is a monument to Jazz, Gospel and R&B. She has performed and recorded with a myriad of legendary musicians including Jay Mc Shane, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Milt Hinton, Gus Johnson, Doc Cheatham, Arnett Cobb, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Clark Terry and our own Humphrey Lyttleton. She has quite literally travelled the world performing her brand of New Orleans Jazz and R&B. Named "New Orleans Musical Ambassador" in 1986, she was only the second jazz legend in the city's history to be accorded this honour - the first being Louis Armstrong.  A successful actress and stage performer as well, she appeared in and sung on the sound track of Allan Parker’s “Angel Heart” and was for 4 years a featured performer in the classic stage show “One Mo Time”, performing with the show in New Orleans, Sweden and Brazil. In 1992 she took the show “Spirit of Louisiana” to Germany, in 1992 to 1994 she toured “Gospel United” around Europe culminating in 1995 with Lillian and her group performing in Denmark with a 3,000 voice Gospel choir. Lillian has been touring almost non-stop for the last 18 years doing concerts, club dates and festivals all over the world and with the help of 17 albums featuring jazz, pop, blues, soul and gospel has striven to convey New Orleans’s unique atmosphere to an international audience. Although now based in Europe this has become particularly important for Lillian post Hurricane Katrina and she has been widely praised over the last 6 years for her tireless efforts to raise money for victims and to enable reconstruction work in her devastated home town. A unique singer who blends all that is best in Jazz, Gospel and R&B in one high energy, enormously entertaining package. The band Lillian leads tonight also features one of the UK’s finest guitarists, Denny Ilett.

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




8.30pm This talented singer & musician from Boston (now based in Ireland) is causing major waves in the music scene in the UK & internationally and his unique blend of jazz, pop and reggae is rapidly gaining him a massive fanbase. With recent performances including headline gigs at the Cork Jazz Festival and Berklee 939 in Boston, plus the inclusion of one of his songs on the soundtrack of a major film, Brian is slated to go on to great things. Tonight, following his enormously successful album launch at the Club last year, he will be previewing songs from his forthcoming album God & Whiskey. The music is upbeat and unexpected and with a band featuring world class players Paul Booth, Laurence Cottle, Ian Thomas, Mike Gorman and Richard Rozze, this promises to be a really great gig

"Sounding like a young Sting/Van Morrison with more appeal" 
Time Out London
"Hanlon brings melody to another level" Boston Globe



TUES 10th

Mark Edwards 7:30pm This superb band is led by top pianist Mark Edwards, best know at the Club for his work with the iconic drummer Bryan Spring, who is highly respected as a fine composer, arranger and performer. Mark’s fluent and extremely impressive playing has been heard in a variety of contexts, from jazz stars such as Bobby Wellins through Carleen Anderson to the likes of Paul Weller. Mark is joined by saxophonist Ben Castle who counts Shirley Bassey, Diana Krall, Dizzee Rascal and Jamie Cullum amongst a very long list of high profile artists he has played with. He has won a British Jazz award and the International Songwriting Competition, been nominated for countless other accolades and has toured prestigious venues around the world playing in a selection of world-class bands. With a line-up including such fine musicians, you know that their wonderful versions of standards and original material, combined with their tremendous sense of fun, will make this a thoroughly enjoyable gig. 

“… fluent pianist Mark Edwards”
“Ben Castle is one of Britain’s most respected tenor players”
BBC Radio 2

Frank Harrison Trio feat ASAF SIRKIS-percussion, CHRIS HILL-bass  
10:15pm Best known at the Club for his regular appearances with Gilad Atzmon, Frank is a terrific pianist and composer with a well-deserved international reputation who regularly tours Europe performing at both Clubs and major festivals. Asaf Sirkis, the band’s percussionist is one of the most in-demand players on the scene, hugely successful with his own bands, Inner Noise and the Asaf Sirkis Trio, he also regularly performs with the Orient House Ensemble, Lighthouse Trio and John Law’s Art of Sound. Chris Hill, on bass, is Jamie Cullum’s regular bassist, while also finding time to perform with Guy Barker, Joe Stilgoe and Martin Taylor. This is a world-class line-up performing superb, original, takes on standards, as well as Frank’s own compositions.

"Frank Harrison is one of the most talented young musicians I have heard” Ronnie Scott
“Cranium-shattering levels of intensity” The Guardian


WED 11th

Kevin FIGES’ 4 SIDED TRIANGLE 7:30pm     Kevin is a talented sax player from the Bristol area who has appeared regularly at the Club, both as a featured player and with his own fine bands. Tonight he will be featuring his new quartet performing original material from their eponymous album, a great project whose influences range from Soft Machine, to Mile Davis’ “Live Evil” and Chris Potter’s “Underground.” An excellent, fluent, player with a strong sound and interesting approach, Kevin’s music is unique, complex and at the same time highly accessible. The band he leads is packed with talent, with acclaimed musicians Mike Outram, guitar, Dan Moore, Rhodes, and Daisy Palmer, drums, making this gig quite special.

“Equally proficient on alto saxophone and flute, he gets a pleasingly warm sound from both while continuing to develop as a composer.” Guardian.


Steve Melling Trio feat ANDY CLEYNDERT-bass, MILES LEVIN-drumS 10:15pm  After first hitting the scene with NYJO in the 1980s, pianist Steve Melling has gone on to establish himself as one of the UK’s leading modern jazz pianists. In regular demand on the scene he currently plays with his own trio and quartet, with Special Septet, a band in which he shares leadership with long-time friend Clark Tracey as well as with the Peter King Quartet, Clark Tracey's Groove Quintet, Alan Skidmore’s Ubizo and the Esther Miller Band. A rare chance to hear this outstanding pianist with his own trio. Highly recommended.

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




8.30 pm Although many Jazz musicians are also trained classical musicians it is unusual for a musician to manage successful careers in both fields. Pianist Simon Mulligan is certainly one who has managed this to great success. At the age of 19 Simon recorded his first classical CD under the direction of Yehudi Menhuin, with whom he was later to successfully work. Since that time he has produced 15 highly regarded CD’s, and included work with the BBC Symphony as well as appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. Intriguingly Simon’s Jazz credentials are equally as strong, as is his composing work which includes numerous compositions for both TV and Film. The Jazz quartet he leads tonight features some of the finest young jazz players in Europe, including the searing tenor sax of the excellent Frank Walden.

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




9:30 pm      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”




9:30 pm  An International recording artist, Damon is unquestionably one of the most talented of the current crop of British trumpet players. A versatile player he is equally at home with pop or Jazz, although jazz is quite definitely his first love. Greatly respected on the scene his fluent and highly melodic playing has been heard with the likes of Benny Golson, Steve Grossman and Dave Liebman. The quartet’s set is a mix of standards and original material played in a seriously impressive way. The Guardian described Damon’s recent outfit as “a coolly authoritative bebop band…” so you can expect great things from the gig tonight.

“Damon Brown…a genuinely exiting voice …a vastly accomplished trumpet player and composer”.  The Observer
"Damon Brown's quartet rose to the occasion magnificently, playing with fire and gusto” LondonJazz Blog




8.30pm This charismatic, powerhouse, Blues singer has established herself over recent years as one of the UK ‘s leading 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! 




8.30pm Mike found fame in the early 80’s as a founding member of the iconic band “Level 42”, kick starting a staggeringly successful career as a keyboard player. His incredible achievements as part of Level 42 include 13 albums recorded between 1981 and 1994, worldwide album sales of over 15 million, top ten singles in four continents and an incredible array of live dates at prestigious venues around the world. Since then he has released two great solo albums of his own and performed with numerous world-class musicians including Dominic Miller (Sting), Da Lata and Negrocan. Tonight’s gig will feature music from his latest EP “On The One” plus as he puts it “..a selection from Level 42 and other Soul covers”. Musicians featured in the band tonight include Alex Hutchings on guitar,  Tristan Banks, drums, Johnny Copland, bass  and Sumudu, vocals. A fantastic line-up and with such an incredible A-list musician at the helm, a really special night is guaranteed.

“amazing…first-rate performance…musicianship is brilliant” AllMusic



TUES 17th

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 excellent sax playing of. Harrison Smith

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


WED 18th

THE JAZZAILLEURS feat Yaz Fantazi-oud 7:30 pm  JazzAilleurs translates from French as “jazz from elsewhere” and this band’s music certainly embodies that name, playing a breathtaking rootsy mix of jazz, blues, West African Gnawa, North African Chaabi, Andalusian music and a world of other influences. A master of his instrument Yaz Fantazi’s virtuosic playing of the Oud (Arabic Lute) evokes influences from the Middle East and he has performed, recorded and toured with the likes of the Master Drummers of Africa, Robert Plant, Natacha Atlas and Transglobal Underground. The rest of the band bring with them an equally wide range of talent and musical influences. Pianist Chris Jerome has played with countless jazz, R&B and world music stars including Tom Jones, Courtney Pine and Osibisa, drummer Eric Pine has played fusion with Hadrien Feraud, Latin jazz with Irvin Acao and soul with Ruby Turner and bassist Zad Adda mixes cultures including flamenco and North African music in the Beessap band which he leads and writes for. When exceptional players of such diverse genres combine their talents, the result is original and truly exciting music. 

“stunning” The Guardian


Allison Neale 10:15 pm  ALLISON NEALE A beautifully fluent and inventive player on both Alto sax and flute, Allison plays in a strongly melodic “West Coast” style reminiscent of her main influences Paul Desmond (of Dave Brubeck fame) and Art Pepper. Work in groups such as John Dankworth’s Big Band and “Generations” band have established Allison as one of the scene’s leading melodic sax and flute players. This is fine music from an excellent musician.

“impressive….a talent to savour”
Jazz UK




8.30pm Incredible funk band PB Underground, led by star drummer Pete Ray Biggin, is at the forefront of the current funk revival sweeping the UK. They have gained thousands of fans from their most recent tour with dates at Jazz Café, Pigalle Club, Cargo and Koko as well as rave reviews from critics for their energetic and talented performances. The musicians are a who’s who of the hottest session players on the London scene, the band’s MD and songwriter Pete Biggin has performed with Level 42, Incognito, Amy Winehouse, Chaka Khan and Mark Ronson. The core rhythm section features Matt Cooper (keyboards), Ben Jones (guitar) and Alexei Elfenbein (bass), while Dan Carpenter (trumpet) heads up a stellar horn section together with Sean Freeman & Richard Beesley (saxes), and Alistair White (trombone). The band are widely considered to have held their own with funk legends Tower of Power while supporting them on tour recently and with an album and some major international dates on the cards, we recommend that you catch this incredible band while you can!

“a slick amalgam of funk and jazz riffing, loose enough to attract people who appreciate improvised music, and funky enough to satisfy a heritage funk audience”
“A funk revival is happening and this band should be king” London Jazz





The London Horns are the new sound of the modern Jazz horn section, with a stylistic versatility and a groove-driven feel that gives them an explosive live impact. Recently returned from the Kylie Minogue world tour the “London Horns” have established themselves as one of the most formidable musical front lines in the world.  Barnaby Dickinson, who includes work with Jamie Cullum, is one of the best trombonists in Europe, award winning saxophonist Graeme Blevins is rapidly becoming regarded as one of the most creative and fluent performers around and trumpeter Graeme Flowers has been seen with the likes of Kyle Eastwood and the JTQ. This amazing three horn front line create an electrifying, powerful and extremely musical sound performing music which is a mix of groove originals and high energy Jazz standards. And watch out for their guest singer…always a treat! Highly recommended.

“….world class players”
BBC Music Magazine
“…Dazzling” Guardian.




9:30 pm         Gilad is a wonderful sax and clarinet player with a powerful sound and unique approach. His fiery, immensely fluent, playing and remarkable technique have established him as one of the most talented saxophonists in World music, performing a mix of classic Jazz standards and originals with an energy and enthusiasm that is hugely infectious. His most recent CDs, along with his recently published books, set him apart as one of the most original and creative players around. Passionate about both his music and his politics Gilad’s gigs are always stimulating both musically and intellectually. Special gig this one.

“A master…a jazz giant with a formidable International reputation” The Guardian
“Astonishing” Time Out




8.30pm 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.



MON 23RD THE TOMMY BLAIZE BAND with special “Birthday” guest MADELINE BELL-vocals. 

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. Tonight, special guest Madeleine Bell will be performing with the band – an iconic, charismatic singer who has had numerous soul hits under her own name as well as with the group Blue Mink, she’s a great favourite at the Club (we love her!). 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, especially as Madeleine has chosen to celebrate her birthday here at the Club with us! With several hundred years experience between them at the very top level this brilliant gig from the Tommy Blaize Band with Madeline Bell is an absolute must – trust me!

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




TUES 24th

ADRIANA VASQUES 7:30 pm Adriana is an excellent singer/pianist who merges jazz and Brazilian stylings in her award-winning compositions. Often singing without words, her songs are rich with unusual harmonies and exciting rhythms while avoiding conventional structures, giving them a quite unique sense of movement and energy. Born in Milan, she trained as a classical pianist while also studying with musicians such as Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone. She has been resident in the UK for several years now, making such an impression when she first arrived that she was immediately signed up to tour with the Commitments. Her trio features great players Kevin Glasgow-bass and Andres Ticino- percussion and we think this 606 Club debut is going to be a very special one!

“Singer/songwriter Adriana Vasques at the Steinway performed her own rhythmic, contemporary classical enthused compositions with Andres Ticino on percussion”
LondonJazz Blog


“trio” featuring John Critchinson, DAVE CLIFF, ALEC DANKWORTH 10:15pm John Critchinson was Ronnie Scott’s pianist for more than 12 years, and his strong, swinging, hard-bop piano playing has graced many a fine gig. One of the most established and highly regarded pianists on the scene, John’s high energy, driving, Jazz trio playing is legendary. His jokes are great too! Dave Cliff is generally considered to be one of the finest straight ahead guitarists in Europe. He has accompanied many visiting artists, the great American tenor player Scott Hamilton going on record saying that Dave was one of the finest jazz guitarists he had ever worked with. Alec Dankworth is a terrific musician who first came to prominence with his father, John, but has since gone on to become one of the most respected acoustic bass players on the scene today, including a lengthy stint with the band of Jazz icon Dave Brubeck.

“John Critchinson...one of Britain's finest jazz pianists”
“Dave Cliff…..superb guitarist” Jazzsteps
“Alec Dankworth, the paragon of uprightness" Observer


WED 25th

Bannau Trio feat. NIA LYNN-vocals GARETH LOCKRANE-flute, ROSS STANLEY-piano. 7:30 pm   Nia is a highly trained, very experienced, singer whose passion for music and the craft of song keeps her performances fresh and interesting, making her one of the most refreshing jazz singers on the scene today. The great trio she sings with tonight have an imaginative repertoire, playing favourite standards in an original and innovative way, using the voice, piano and flute combination to create beautiful and unusual arrangements. Drawing on folk, traditional music and original compositions as well as jazz, the ensemble workshop all the pieces they play, experimenting with the ‘role’ of each instrument and somehow creating sounds that are vast, mysterious and compelling with just 3 players. World class music. 

“without any doubt a musician's singer - fearlessly interactive and yet able at the same time to display a telling vulnerability.”
Peter Churchill


Rick Simpson feat Josh Arcoleo-sax 10:15 pm    Rick is an excellent pianist who has been making waves on the scene since being chosen as one of only six “Yamaha Scholars 2008”, a selection of the most talented young jazzers from throughout the UK. The set that he performed with his quartet here at the Club at the launch of the “Yamaha Scholars” CD was clear evidence of an impressive talent and he has since become a regular at the Club performing with various bands. Rick recently released his debut album, the cheekily titled “Semi Wogan,” which is currently receiving excellent reviews and we look forward to hearing tracks from the record tonight. It’s with great pleasure that we welcome Rick with his own quartet that features Josh Arcoleo-sax . 

“impressive, cultured performance from a musicianly quartet led by a skilful composer/pianist”Vortexjazz




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9.30pm “Samara” is a six piece jazz/latin group which I lead on sax and flute, and suffice it to say we all 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 vocalists currently working in Europe. The music is an infectious blend of Brazilian Samba, jazz/latin and Soul, and everyone has 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



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, 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



SUN 29th ANITA WARDELL * Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2006/7 *

8.30pm This Award winning singer is another of those powerful and impressive singers who hail from “down under”. Well known as both a teacher and performer, Anita not only performs jazz standards in her own inimitable style, but she is also universally recognised as one of the best “scat” singers in Europe. Invited to perform in New York, she was such a success that she was immediately invited back. This is really good, hard driving jazz from one of the great masters of be-bop vocals.

“..the most creative Jazz singer in London” Evening Standard
“..one of the country’s leading..jazz singers” Jazz UK




8.30pm London born Singer/songwriter Joe Cang (pronounced “Sang”, incidentally) has toured, recorded and written with the likes of Ian Dury, Scritti Politti, K.T Tunstall, Desmond Dekker, Hall and Oates, Bheki Mseleku, Hugh Masakela, Leona Lewis and Aswad - with whom he wrote the million seller hit “Shine”. His laid-back gravelly vocals combine with catchy tunes to create an irresistible blend of Classic jazz and Swing with a strong hint of blues and just a touch of “Indie”. Joe and his wonderful band are in demand all around Europe and the first single from his new album is getting plenty of airplay on radio stations around Europe, including BBC Radios 1 and 2. The gig also features Robbie Taylor on piano, 606 regular Neville Malcolm on bass and Andy Trim on drums.   

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



TUE 31st

THEO JACKSON feat BRANDON ALLEN-sax 7:30 pm  Singer/pianist Theo Jackson is rapidly gaining a reputation on the scene as a composer of strikingly original songs with a captivating stage presence. He has recently been picked up by publisher Splash Point, (the home of Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw) which demonstrates just how talented he is. Tonight, Theo is playing with a great swinging quintet featuring terrific saxophonist Brandon Allen.

"Vocalist Theo Jackson leads his band from the piano, with a confidence and assurance that comes from being a true musician”  LondonJazz
“One firecracker of a vocalist! Theo has a unique but incredibly engaging vocal style swapping between hard-bop, edgy crooner, heart rending ballard and foot-tapping swing.” The Oxford Jazz Festival Review
"Soulful, earthy vocal-led jazz from this impressive young singer with a powerful yet subtle voice, Jackson also has a knack of penning Stevie Wonder-esque originals that avoid the usual crooner clichés . . . one to watch out for."
Time Out


10:15 pm Bruno is an exceptional contemporary pianist, composer and bandleader.  He has recently collaborated on jazz projects with Julian Siegel, Martin Speake, Byron Wallen and Christian Brewer but has also undertaken more contemporary classical projects, such as his arrangement of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s ‘Tierkreis’ which was premiered at the Vortex in 2010, then played as part of the CBSO chamber music series. This classical influence is clear in the performances of the Dialogue Trio, who play compositions by Bruno and bassist Andrea Di Biase, giving the band an original and harmonically distinctive sound. Their thoughtful approach to composition is reflected in their recently released album, with all material based on variations of “twinkle twinkle little star.” An absorbing gig.

“the kind of erudite and curious new arrival destined to make a real difference.”
The Guardian
“a cool-headed and resourceful improviser with a beguiling touch…This is a striking debut that marks out Heinen’s ensemble to be far more
than  just another piano trio” LondonJazz Blog



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