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FULLY AIR-CONDITIONED

Please note that every night there is a music charge (usually between £8 - £12 per person)
Please note that we have a supper license, so you must eat a substantial meal if you wish to drink alcohol

Friday 1st THE “LONDON HORNS” featuring BARNABY DICKINSON, GRAEME FLOWERS &.  GRAEME BLEVINS

9:30pm The London Horns are the new sound of the modern horn section, with a stylistic versatility and a “groove”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 Jam ie Cullum, is one of the best trombonists in Europe, World Class award winning saxophonist Nigel Hitchcock is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant and creative musicians of his generation 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 highly musical sound performing music which is a mix of groove originals and high energy standards. Highly recommended.

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


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Saturday 2nd MATT WATES SEXTET.

9:30pm Matt is a lovely, melodic, alto saxophonist who performs in the classic be-bop style. One of those players who studied in America his impressive technique and liquid sound are testament to a fine talent. His writing is also superlative and this great six piece band, boasting a 3 horn front line, is quite brilliant. The music is a wonderfully melodic mix of classic jazz standards and beautifully arranged originals performed by some of the finest players on the scene. As well as Matt on sax the line up also includes fellow saxophonist Steve Main, UK trumpet star Martin Shaw and highly regarded pianist Leon Greening. A terrific jazz gig from some really great players. 

“Elegant and affectionately crafted… the soloing is very high class”
The Guardian


www.mattwates.com



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Sunday 3rd SARAH JANE MORRIS & ANTONIO FORCIONE

8:30pm        Sarah Jane’s enviable career spans from early 80s,  politically active bands The Republic, Happy End and the Communards through to her current international success as a singer/songwriter of undeniable stature. To give just some idea of her breadth and creativity, concert highlights have included a Swing Ladies concert with Chaka Khan and Monserrat Caballe, a performance in front of 10,000 fans in Athens, a European Tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, numerous sell-out weeks at Ronnie Scott's and the “What Women Want” concert with Sinead O'Connor and Chrissie Hynde at the Royal Festival Hall. Sara Jane’s music straddles rock, blues, jazz and soul and is hard to define but she describes herself as “Nina Simone meets Janis Joplin”! Hailed as the 'Jimi Hendrix of the acoustic guitar', award-winning Antonio Forcione is considered one of the most charismatic and inventive performers to come out of Europe in recent years. He breaks the mould of conventional, popular guitar sounds in the fields of Jazz, Spanish, African, Brazilian and improvised music and has received critical acclaim worldwide. He has released 16 albums, which have variously hit the top of British and international jazz charts and has shared stages around the globe with some of the world’s most accomplished musicians, including John McLaughlin, John Schoffield, Jason Rebello and Martin Taylor. A rare chance to hear these great performers together this promises to be an exceptional gig from two incomparable musicians – very highly recommended.

“A voice that can excite shivers of passion and delight … Soaring, swooping, sensual and sophisticated, this voice is more than a style, it’s a force of nature” Observer
“..mesmeric” Guardian
“..a vocal Titan” The Star Phoenix, Montreal 
“A performer of world class status ... forceful and with an enviable technique, he takes the guitar to new levels of expression combining its melodic powers with dramatic percussive effects…the results are quite spectacular”.
The Stage
“..a guitar genius" Three Weeks Magazine  
    

www.sarahjanemorris.co.uk
www.antonioforcione.com

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Monday 4th

8:30pm          CHARLIE WOOD Award-winning US ex-pat singer/pianist Charlie Woods is a talented and versatile musician whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of popular music, jazz, blues and traditional r&b. Born and raised in Tennessee, Charlie learnt his trade touring with iconic blues guitarist Albert King before settling back in Memphis. For over fifteen years the Charlie Wood Trio performed nightly at the King's Palace Café on Beale Street, with guests including B.B. King, George Coleman and Joey DeFrancesco. Numerous awards from that time include the N.A.R.A.S. "Premier Player Award" for Keyboards and the Beale St. Merchants' Association "Entertainer of the Year" award. In 2009 Charlie decided to move to the UK and rapidly attracted attention from some of the finest players around, including Robert Plant who joined Charlie on stage to sing some Memphis “classics” and Cleo Laine and the late John Dankworth who asked him to perform at Wavendon with them. Tonight Charlie will be launching his fantastic new CD “Lush Life” which features his imitable versions of a great selection of jazz standards. Not surprisingly the trio he is working with features some of the finest UK musicians around including Dudley Phillips (Mark Knopfler, Andy Sheppard) on bass and Nic France (Dave Gilmore, Bill Withers) on drums on bass. A highly charismatic performer and definitely not to be missed. Oh, and watch out for some Surprise Guests…

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


www.charliewood.us



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Tuesday 5th ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC EXAM NIGHT

8:00pm 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 the younger musician’s. This is a particularly important gig for the musicians performing this evening, as their performance will be marked by a panel of experienced professional musicians as part of their Music degree finals. The playing of these young musicians is of an extraordinarily high level so if you want to spot the next Jazz stars, this is the gig to be at! 

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Wednesday 6th ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC EXAM NIGHT - part 2

8:00pm See Tues 5th for info

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Thursday 7th Jeremy stacey

8.30pm Jeremy is a powerful and highly impressive drummer, who is equally at home playing pop, rock, funk or straight ahead jazz. His credentials are vast, having worked extensively in the recording studios as well as on many live gigs. Jeremy’s cv is vast, including work with the likes of Robbie Williams, Joe Cocker, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Waterboys, Aztec Camera, Jason Rebello, Amy Winehouse, Roachford, Beverly Knight, Eurythmics (w/Stevie Wonder), Tori Amos, Tina Turner….you get the idea! The regular drummer with American icon Sheryl Crow for over 5 years, Jeremy is currently playing 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. Also featured tonight will be saxophonist Ed Jones, pianist Tom Cawley, percussion player Miles Bould and bass player Patrick Bettison. 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. 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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Friday 8th 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

www.myspace.com/thelondonsugarkings



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Saturday 9th DEREK NASH’S SAX APPEAL QUARTET

9:30pm   An award-winning saxophonist, Derek is perhaps best known as one of the featured saxophonists with the Jools Holland Band as well as leader of the enormously successful “Sax Appeal” and Protect the Beat. An experienced musician of many years standing his muscular, fluent, modern Jazz playing has been recognised with a number of awards, including “Best Jazz Ensemble” and “Best Jazz CD” as well as being voted one of the top 5 saxophonists in the country. And if all that wasn’t enough he is also highly regarded as a recording engineer and producer.

“..bravura display of contemporary saxophoneThe Observer
“..breathtaking
Sunday Times

www.saxappeal.co.uk



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Sunday 10th SUNDAY AFTERNOON GOSPEL BRUNCH WITH THE **606 GOSPEL GROUP** AND SPECIAL GUEST VOCALIST LURINE CATO

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. The group’s special guest vocalist today is incredible singer/songwriter  Lurine Cato. Renowned for her lovely vocal style and 5 octave range she was a highly successful commercial singer, working with the likes of Kylie Minogue and Adele, before deciding to dedicate her time to the church. Since then, she has released her own records, headlined gospel festivals, performed with major names on the gospel scene and worked tirelessly for charities, recording several charity records in the process. 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.


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then, in the evening:

Sunday 10th 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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Monday 11th 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


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Tuesday 12th

 IAIN BALLAMY’S “ANORAK" 7:30pm Iain Ballamy is an Award winning saxophonist who is one of the most interesting and creative players on the World Jazz stage. A leading UK musician since his time with “Loose Tubes” and the Bill Bruford Band in the mid 80’s, Iain’s cv reads like a who’s who of Jazz, including the likes of Hermeto Pascoal, Gil Evans and long time collaborator Django Bates. He has appeared at numerous International Festivals and venues and can be heard on over 40 CDs. Parallel to his international jazz career Iain has also pursued his interest in world music, playing concerts in India and Europe and forging strong working relationships with renowned musicians from Hungary, Norway, Spain, Sudan and Brazil. Not surprisingly Iain recently received the Award For Innovation at the BBC Jazz Awards. A special performer who combines intense creativity, broad musical influences and winning humour all in one, unique, style. Also featured are the brilliant pianist Gareth Williams, the highly respected bass player Steve Watts and iconic drummer Martin France.

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

www.ballamy.com/

CARL ORR QUARTET 10:15pm With 7 cds under his own name and numerous more with the likes of Steely Dan, Billy Cobham and Caroline Loftus, ex-pat Australian Carl Orr has certainly established himself as one of the leading players on the UK scene. A muscular and fluent musician he plays a set of standards and “funky” originals with passion and flair.

“..stylish, carefully wrought fusion with very hip harmony….cool and bluesy rather than fraught or frenetic..” Jazz Journal


www.carlorr.com/



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Wednesday 13th

TREVOR MIRES QUARTET 7:30pm      Trombonist Trevor Mires has for the last ten years or so been the “go to guy” when exceptional trombone playing is needed, performing/recording/touring with the likes of Pat Metheny, Tom Jones, Radiohead and Alicia Keys, as well as being a member of both iconic “Groove” bands Jamiroquai and Incognito. Trevor describes the music as “…a combination of original material from my previous recording 'Plumstead Radical Club', some new tunes, some standards, some high energy straight ahead stuff and some funky stuff”. Also featuring pianist Barry Green this sounds like a gig not to be missed

“impressive trombonist” LondonJazz Blog


www.myspace.com/trevor.mires

JONATHAN GEE TRIO  10:15pm     Jon is a very fine modern jazz pianist whose work has graced many bands including those of Joe Lovano, Art Farmer, Ed Jones, Claire Martin, David Murray, Benny Golson and Mark Murphy. He was featured on saxophonist Tony Kofi’s Award winning “All Is Know” and “The Silent Truth” as well as having recorded 8 CDs under his own name. His piano work has earned him much respect amongst the modern jazz contingent and he has performed in over 18 countries around the world, including Finland, Sweden, Spain and Italy and his trio has toured Azerbaijan, Israel, Cameroon, Singapore and performed in Nicosia with the Cyprus Chamber Orchestra. And if all that wasn’t enough he has now added an impressive string to his bow - singing! Tonight Jon will be performing primarily originals from his latest CD “Dragonfly” with some well chosen Jazz standards added for good measure. This is music of the very highest quality. Highly recommended.   

“Reflective, beautifully poised pianist..” The Independent
  “Depth and maturity…sparky and sensitive” Time Out
“Inventive pianist….passionate yet unflashy” Evening Standard


www.jonathangeetrio.co.uk



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Thursday 14th BENET McLEAN BAND feat jason yarde-sax

 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 tonight will be one of the UK’s finest saxophonists Jason Yarde (J-Life, Julian Joseph). 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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Friday 15th REDTENBACHER’S FUNKESTRA.


9:30pm         Austrian born bass player Stefan Redtenbacher has established himself as the UK’s “groove” bass player of choice for many artists, both live and recorded. The roster of artists with whom he has worked includes Steve Winwood, Sam Brown, Herb Alpert and Danny Gotlieb. His own recordings feature “Jazz/funk” legends Fred Wesley and Elliot Randall (Steely Dan) and he has also established himself as a producer and educator of note. The band that he leads tonight is his 5-piece “Funkestra”, the name of which pretty accurately describes the high energy and style of the music. Boasting some of the best players in Europe, including award-winning saxophonist Jim Hunt (Tom Jones, Amy Winehouse, Basement Jaxx), this band performs original “groove” music with an authority and style that is hard to beat. 

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

www.stefanredtenbacher.com



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Saturday 16th CLARK TRACEY FEAT NAT STEELE-vibes; PHILLIPA LASOCKI-sax.

9:30pm          CLARK TRACEY is an excellent, highly experienced, Award winning drummer, bandleader, composer & arranger. Originally featured with the band of his father, Stan, Clark has gone on to establish himself in his own right as one of the country’s leading modern jazz drummers. As a drummer he includes work with the likes of Johnny Griffin, Pharaoh Sanders, Ronnie Scott and Kenny Wheeler. He has recorded over 90 albums (9 as a leader) and performed in around 50 countries. He has been awarded the "Best Drums" title three times in the British Jazz Awards and Ronnie Scott's Award for “Best Drums” in 2007. As a bandleader he can boast some of the finest musicians in the UK have passed through his ranks including the likes of Nigel Hitchcock, Dave O'Higgins, Mark Nightingale, Mornington Lockett and Zoe Rahman. As well as composing and arranging for his own group he has composed for the Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Appleby Festival big band and written string quartet arrangements for vocalists Claire Martin & Joan Viskant. The band Clark is leading tonight performs powerful, straight ahead, modern Jazz and features some of the best players on the scene, including up and coming vibes player Nat Steele, bass player Alan King, the excellent Phillippa Lasocki on sax and one of the UK’s finest jazz pianists Leon Greening.

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

www.clarktracey.com/



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SUNDAY 17th * Lunchtime Special * VIVE

1:30pm Vive is a 6-part acapella group who perform beautiful close-harmony jazz and spiritual acapella songs. It is made up of James Rose (the group’s founder) Jenny Williams, Emily Dankworth, Ben Cox, Martynas Vilpisauskas and Lewis Daniel, all very talented musicians from the Guildhall School of Music. Taking inspiration from Take 6, Vive perform mainly original tunes, featuring rich harmonies with a fresh, contemporary sound that fuses pop, jazz and spirituals

"a very good sense for arranging harmony for voices"
  Dr Dent Take 6


www.vivevocals.com



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SUNDAY 17th          LOUISE CLARE MARSHALL.

8:30pm   Singer/composer Louise Clare Marshall was pretty much born in to the business of singing, performing with her family at an early age and then studying at the specialist music school Chetham’s before winning a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music. A truly versatile performer Louise is equally at home singing jazz and groove (as she will be tonight) as she is singing rock, musical theatre, or providing powerful vocals for dance music. Over the years she has worked with the likes of Beverley Knight, Robbie Williams, Bryan Ferry, Ronnie Wood, Van Morrison, Madeline Bell, and Steve Winwood as well as performing in various shows in London's West End, including “Soul Train”. Jools Holland was certainly one musician impressed with Louise’s work and for some years now she has been the featured singer with his band “Jools Holland and his Rhythm Orchestra”. Louise is also busy promoting her debut CD as a solo artist “Wait For You”, tracks from which will be featured this evening. And watch out for Louise’s Special Guest Lisa Grahame who has been one of the featured saxophonists with the Jools Holland Band for some years now.

Her deep…soulful voice was enthralling”
BBC


louiseclaremarshall.org.uk



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Monday 18th Ph.D.  feat TONY HYMAS-keyboards JIM DIAMOND-vocals; JOHN PARICELLI-guitar

8:30pm PHD are perhaps best known for their 80s chart successes, with top ten hits including “I Won’t Let You Down Again”. Famous as PHD around the world, Tony and Jim the founding band members are also well-respected in their own right. Keyboard player Tony Hymas is highly renowned on the jazz and classical scenes as a player and composer, having toured, recorded and co-written with the Jeff Beck Group and the Jack Bruce Band, amongst many other credits. The other original member of the band, singer Jim Diamond (who is also a great guitarist and songwriter) had further commercial success as a solo artist with several chart topping hits. The band’s line-up is enhanced tonight with the addition of some of the finest musicians on the scene today. Exceptional guitar player John Paricelli rose to fame as one of the founders of Loose Tubes and since then has pursued a varied career working with many well respected and influential jazz as well as performing as a session musician for some of the biggest pop artists around and for major soundtrack and theatre projects. Formerly with the LSO over the last 20 years cellist Nick Cooper has established himself as one of the UK’s leading performers of contemporary music, both classical and Jazz. Steve Pearce has over the last 30 years or so established himself as the first call bass player for a host of film sessions, albums and high profile musicians, including Hamish Stuart with whom he can be seen performing regularly here at the Club. Paul Clarvis is a drummer’s drummer and one of the most versatile, and successful, musicians around. An old friend of the Club he includes work in the studios, on tour and in the concert hall on a cv that encompasses Jazz, Rock, Classical and contemporary music. Between them they have played or  recorded with the likes of Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Sting, Andy Sheppard, Michael Nyman, Harrison Birtwhistle, Michael Brecker, Szlani Quartet, Van Morrison, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, Steve Harley, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, and Lee Konitz. The music is a mix of the old classics plus, as Tony puts it “..a whole raft of new songs written specially for this ensemble”. With the talent and pedigree of this band it promises to be quite a night. Highly recommended.

“Jim Diamond’s vocal... has the grit of a Scottish city about it, with the class of a veteran who has been there, done that and bought the tee shirt” Blues and Soul
“..beautiful and challenging…Hymas is an extremely versatile musician and composer [who]…successfully blends romanticism and dissonance. He has the rare ability to turn a sugary melody into a sincere statement and…..is at ease when mixing complex rhythmic patterns……masterful”
AllMusic
“Tony Hymas…wonderful” AllAboutJazz
 “Having Parricelli in the band is like having several world-class musicians, all in the one chair..”
LondonJazzBlog

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Tuesday 19th

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.


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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


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Wednesday 20th

DAVE CURTIS 7:30pm  DAVE is a highly experienced modern jazz pianist, influenced by the gentle, melodic, style of the late great American pianist Bill Evans. A fixture on the UK jazz scene for many years it’s a pleasure to welcome this fluent and creative player to the Club. The quartet Dave is leading tonight will feature the guitarist Terry Smith and the great bass player Mick Hutton.  Dave’s Special Guest tonight on drums is Tony Mann, who first played with Dave over 50 years ago when he was just 16 (it will be something of a reunion gig tonight!) and went on to play with Tubby Hayes, Dexter Gordon and Chet Baker amongst many other jazz legends. This is a lovely, laid back, gig from a fine modern jazz stylist.

VASILIS XENOPOULOS 10:15pm Having studied saxophone at prestigious music schools in his native Greece, Vasilis then won a jazz scholarship to the world famous Berklee School of Music in Boston, USA. Although still a young musician Vasilis has already proven himself to be a very, very good player. Now based in London, he has worked with some of the best musicians on the British jazz scene including Jim Mullen, Steve Waterman, Alan Barnes and Derek Nash as well as with a variety of top international performers such as pianists Hiromi, and Jason Lindner. In 2009 he formed his current ensemble “The Xtet” who released their debut album “Loud City” in 2011. Containing 8 original compositions defined by Vasilis’ explosive performance style, the band has received wide critical acclaim. Also featured tonight will be 606 regular, the excellent jazz pianist Alex Hutton.

One of the most fiery young saxophonists around blazes a path through the hard bop repertoire”The Times
“a bright newcomer on alto and tenor” Evening Standard

www.vasilisx.com/



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Thursday 21st 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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Friday 22nd 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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Saturday 23rd 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. 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 briliant “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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Sunday 24th SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL with IRENE SERRA

1.30pm 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. A smart and 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 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 columnist).

www.ireneserra.co.uk



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Then in the evening:

Sunday 24th         AN EVENING OF SONGS (and some chat!) WITH ANTON DU BEKE AND FRIENDS

8:30pm We are very pleased to welcome TV presenter, Award winning ballroom dancer and 606 regular Anton du Beke to the Club for a glorious night of song (and some chat!). He’ll be joined by some Special Guests including the wonderful “Strictly” singer Lance Ellington, plus other friends from “Strictly” and further afield who will be dropping by to say hello, have a chat and join him in a song or two.  Most famous for his work as a dancer and instructor on TV’s “Strictly Come Dancing”, Anton is a natural entertainer whose wit and sense of humour have made him a popular figure. A prime-time presenter, published author of a book on dancing and 2011’s “Rear of the Year” (don’t ask!), Lesley Garrett CBE said of him "every woman should spend half an hour with Anton Du Beke!" It may surprise some to learn that as well as a brilliant dancer Anton also has an excellent voice and regularly performs Jazz standards and songs from classic musicals in his touring show. One of Anton’s special guests tonight is Lance Ellington, one of the great singers from Strictly, whose charismatic style and sultry tones have entertained millions of people. His elegant vocal style has been in great demand as a session singer for top recording artists such as Sting, Tina Turner and Robbie Williams and he has recorded two great albums of his own.  Accompanied by one of the finest trios around led by pianist Clive Dunstall, Anton, along with his varied Special Guests, will be singing some great songs from the Classic American Songbook and maybe he’ll show us some of his moves (on our very tiny stage!) too! Promises to be a fun evening. Booking recommended

“Anton du Beke… most appealing” Guardian
“Lance Ellington has a wonderful voice and a smooth style, all of his own”. Sir Michael Parkinson

  Music charge £12


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Monday 25th 24PESOS

8:30pm          24PESOS is one of the most exciting bands on the blues scene today. With catchy original songs that feature saw-tooth Dobro guitars, searing harmonicas, a funky old school rhythm section and a greasy Hammond B3, the band’s sound is eclectic and infectious. They burst on to the scene in 2008 and it is testament to their talent that they have already gained such popularity that they have played over 150 shows throughout Europe and the UK in the last year, including the Colne Blues Festival, Bluesin@out Festival (France), Maryport Festival, The Jazz Café and Ronnie Scotts as well as live sessions for Jazz FM and the BBC. The band’s great line-up features the intense guitar, vocals and harmonica of Julian Burdock, who has played with Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Beverly Knight and Jocelyn Brown as well as Silas Maitland (Imelda May, The Blues Brothers) on bass, Moz Gamble (Paul McCartney, Paloma Faith) on the Hammond and Mike Connolly on drums.

“Contemporary blues…laced with greasy funk…never a dull moment” Rootstime
“Four guys in full command of their instruments” ***** Blues in Britain Magazine
“Fast furious and a whole lot of fun” ***** Blues Matters Magazine

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Tuesday 26th * 606 CLUB SPECIAL*  BARBARA SNOW BENEFIT GIG feat TINA MAY, JACQUI HICKS, RAY GELATO, ALAN BARNES, KAREN SHARP, ROBERTO PLA, & MANY, MANY MORE…..!

Barbara Snow is a widely respected and popular vocalist, trumpeter, pianist, composer and arranger, who has also established a significant reputation as an educator of some note. As well as a gigging musician she has also appeared on numerous TV shows, including Top of the Pops, Wogan and the Jonathan Ross Show and live work includes performances with the likes of Carmel, The Blow Monkeys, Paul Weller and the Style Council, Manic Street Preachers, David Gilmour, Smiley Culture, Femi Kuti and the Jools Holland Big Band. Unfortunately Barabara has recently been taken ill and is unlikely to be able to teach or perform for around the next 6 months so tonight’s gig sees the jazz community coming together to help raise funds to support her while she is unable to work. The stunning array of musicians who have volunteered to perform shows just how well-loved and respected Barbara is and includes: Vocalists -Tina May, Mandy Bell, Verona Chard, Jacqui Hicks, Ana Maria Velez and Tom HannahHorn players - Alan Barnes, Ray Gelato, Noel Langley, Karen Sharp, Richard Sidwell, Yazz Ahmed, Marc Hadley, Steve Rubie, Paul Taylor and Claire Hirst. Pianists - Hilary Cameron, Andrea Vicari and John Crawford, Guitarist - Mark Woods, Percussionist - Roberto Pla, Bass players - Bernard O' Neil, Andy Hamill, Davide Mantovani and Dorian Lockett and Drummers - Roy Dodds, Davide Giovanini and the person who put this night together the impressive Michele Drees. This line-up is quite remarkable and promises a night of breathtaking music, So do come down for what promises to be a spectacular night, hear some amazing music and help a good cause…all at the same time. Booking recommended.                                              

£15


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Wednesday 27th Hungarian jazz night

As part of our ongoing policy of closer co-operation with musicians and Jazz bodies in mainland Europe we are happy to present two of Hungary’s finest musicians, saxophonist Viktor Toth and pianist Janos Nagy. The standard of playing amongst Hungarian Jazz musicians is extremely high and although perhaps not as well known in the UK as some other European based musicians we would strongly recommend both these great musicians who are well worth hearing.

VIKTOR TOTH TRIO 7:30pm Viktor is a stand-out saxophonist in his native Hungary, twice winning jazz album of the year and, last year, winning jazz musician of the year. A sensitive, dynamic player of exceptional quality, he also composes his own material – contemplative, contemporary, beautiful tunes. His international reputation is rapidly growing following appearances at jazz clubs and festivals throughout Europe and the US, and it is with great pleasure that we welcome him to the Club with his trio featuring Gyorgy Orban on bass and Robert Ikiz drums

“As a unit, the interaction is intuitive….throughout both the alto saxophonist and bassist demonstrate…skill” Jazzword.
“hotly tipped young saxophonist Victor Toth” BBC Radio 3


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 JANOS NAGY TRIO 10:15pm We are fortunate to welcome another of Hungary’s greatest players tonight in the form of pianist Janos Nagy, a winner of multiple awards for his world class performances. A well-respected composer, Janos’ tunes are characterised by gentle lyricism, cinematic textures and beautiful and unpredictable harmonies. Performing with Janos tonight are two of the finest UK-based musicians, Winston Clifford on drums and Arnie Somogyi on bass.



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This gig 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.

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Thursday 28th GWYNETH HERBERT

8:00pm One of the most creative and striking performers currently working on the UK scene Gwyn’s soulful, seductive, voice is something quite special, bringing sophistication to singer/songwriter material and a wonderful “edge” to the occasional cover. Her first CD “Bittersweet and Blue” on Universal received enormous acclaim and her second CD “Between me & the Wardrobe” was released to universal praise and excitement. Tonight she will be featuring the quite brilliant original material from her magnificent 3rd CD - “All The Ghosts”. And just to prove the point, this enormously talented vocalist with the sultry voice and stylish delivery already includes Sir Paul McCartney, Kevin Costner and Michael Parkinson among her fan base! Also featuring the brilliant guitar work of Al Cherry this is without question A Very Special Gig.

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


www.gwynethherbert.com/

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Friday 29th “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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SATURDAY 30th Bobby Wellins

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


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