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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


Award wining saxophonist Karen Sharp’s powerful, swinging and melodic saxophone style has graced an impressive array of fine bands. Her cv includes work with the likes of US stars Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Bucky Pizzerelli and Dick Sudhalter as well as many of the finest UK musicians such as Sir John Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Mark Nightingale, Jacqui Dankworth and Clare Teal. Twice winner of the British Jazz Awards Saxophone category, she is perhaps best known for her work with the Humphrey Lyttleton band with whom she toured and recorded for more than 3 years.  

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


Fri 2nd IMAANI

A terrific singer in the Soul/R&B tradition Imaani’s cv is long and impressive. She first came to prominence as the UK’s 1998 entrant to the Eurovision Song contest (one of the better choices!) where she was runner up and went on to produce a highly successful single that charted around the World. She then moved on to work with Dub Conspiracy (with whom she again charted). Her worldwide tours, television, live and recorded output includes work with the likes of Gloria Gaynor, Carleen Anderson, Michael Bolton, Lulu and Beverley Knight. Most recently she completed her 5th World tour as lead singer with the iconic band “Incognito” with whom she has had a long association. A powerful and charismatic vocalist this is a rare chance to hear this enormously experienced and highly regarded singer perform at the Club. 

“the magnificent vocals of Imaani, who weaves her magic over a backdrop of funk guitar and old-school synths” DJ Times
“Imaani’s beautiful vocals are the standout element” JjazzproJect



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 pianist Dave Gordon, bassist Mark Hodgson and drummer Tom Hooper.  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



This very special gig is a jazz and poetry collaboration from two widely respected artists, who will perform as a double bass & spoken word duo.

Bass player PETER IND’s playing is universally admired and respected throughout the International Jazz scene. One of the most charismatic musicians on the scene today Peter emigrated to the USA in the early 50’s where his phenomenal technique and impressive musical ability honed by his studies with the iconic pianist Lennie Tristano, led to work with Jazz greats such as Lee Konitz, Buddy Rich, Coleman Hawkins and Billie Holliday. He returned to the UK in the mid 60’s where he established himself as a performer and teacher of great distinction, adding a record label (Wave) to his achievements and then, in the mid 80’s, opening the internationally renowned “Bass Clef” Jazz Club in London, which he ran for more than 10 years. Peter is also an established author with several published books to his name. 

 is renowned as an actor having performed countless lead roles on the stage and in film, including Flight 93Love ActuallyEvent Horizon, Judge Dredd, and The Emerald Forest, while his poetry readings have been heard extensively on radio and on stage. The two Peters actually first met here at the Club and “Further Songs of Experience” is the result of their experiments with poetry and jazz. Based on William Blake's collection “Songs of Innocence and Experience”, the great programme also includes poetry by Charles Bukhowski, Lord Wilmot, Houseman, E. Thomas and Shelley read in a jazz setting. A unique gig.

“..full of wit and vigour… Ind's solos exploit his ever-resourceful technique and resonant tone”Evening Standard


then, in the evening

Sun 4th IAN SHAW with special guests christine tobin-vocals & barry green-piano

One of Europe’s great male jazz vocalists. Named Best Vocalist of the year twice(!) at the BBC Jazz Awards, multi Award Winning Ian Shaw is a huge talent with the most engaging personality and an ability to make every song his own. At the same time nobody slips more happily into rattling bebop with warmth, intelligence and swing. Described as “the voice of the decade” it is not by chance that he was the first British Jazz vocalist to be signed to American label, Milestone, which resulted in a number of highly acclaimed US recordings. Watch out for his latest release on Splash Point Records  “The Abbey Road Sessions”, a fabulous collection showcasing his beautiful, uniquely crafted versions of favourite songs.

Ian's very special guests tonight are Christine Tobin and Barry Green. One of the foremost UK Jazz singers for more than 20 years, Award winning vocalist Christine Tobin just gets better and better. With 9 cds, numerous gigs and a number of high profile interviews to her name she is without question one of the leading lights of the European Jazz scene, a fact emphasised by her BBC Jazz Award for “Best Vocalist”.

Booking advised 

“an eye-watering vocal range and bucketloads of soul” BBC
“an artist on top of his game” Jazzwise.
“[Christine Tobin is] a jewel of the London jazz scene, streets ahead of the pack” Guardian 



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 Alec Dankworth (Cleo Lane, Dave Brubeck) on bass. A highly charismatic performer and definitely not to be missed.

“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


Tues 6th

ADAM GLASSER feat BARRY GREEN-piano When I first met Adam, some years ago now, he was a fluent and impressive Jazz pianist leaning towards the “township” feel of his South African background. However, in more recent years, as well as continuing and growing his piano playing, he has re-invented himself as one of this country’s leading Jazz chromatic harmonica players. And just in case you think of the harmonica as the thing that wild-eyed musicians beat into submission on blues gigs, then you must check out this gig. Adam’s playing on harmonica is fluent, subtle and constantly inventive. He won the  "Best Contemporary Jazz Album" award at the 2010 South African Music Awards with his wonderful album Free at First  and has recently released another great album “Mzansi”. His playing has been featured on innumerable gigs and sessions in various genres, including with Joe Zawinul, Sting, The Eurythmics, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Philharmonica Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Incognito amongst many, many more.

"...he has brought a truly unique voice and idiom to the constantly evolving language of jazz.... a challenge to equal for sheer scope of virtuosity, musicality and surprise"
" all the virtuosity and panache associated with practitioners on more conventional instruments [ ...] a wholly impressive evening's music from a man in complete control of his considerable resources"

“trio” featuring John Critchinson, DAVE CLIFF, ALEC DANKWORTH
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 of Britain's finest jazz pianists”
“Dave Cliff…..superb guitarist” Jazzsteps
“Alec Dankworth, the paragon of bass uprightness” Observer.



Tonight this Internationally acclaimed band led by pianist Mike Westbrook will be performing their latest work “Fine ‘n Yellow,” a beautiful and poignant collection of songs dedicated to and celebrating the memory of friends and supporters of the band, John and Margery Styles. Boasting a brand new 8-piece line-up featuring vocalist Kate Westbrook and including saxophonists Chris Biscoe, Chris Caldwell and Andy Tweed, Karen Street on accordion & saxophone, Steve Berry on double bass and Simon Pearson on drums, it promises to be a unique contemporary jazz gig. Pianist/Composer/bandleader Mike Westbrook and singer/librettist Kate Westbrook, who first joined forces in the mid-1970's, have been touring and performing worldwide ever since, generating a huge variety of vocal music, from Jazz and Cabaret through to opera, poetry and of course their own original songs. Composer, arranger Mike Westbrook, who was awarded an OBE in 1988 for services to music, has long been regarded as one of the UK’s most creative and influential Jazz/contemporary composers. Widely admired and respected worldwide, he has over 50 albums to his name and an International reputation that has quite literally taken him around the globe. His settings of the poetry of William Blake, “The Westbrook Blake”, have been described in The Independent on Sunday as “Perhaps the greatest work in all British Jazz.”. Singer Kate Westbrook’s repertoire embraces contemporary music and cabaret, as well as jazz and popular song and she is renowned for her lyrics, having written libretti for opera and music theatre as well as lyrics for countless songs for the Westbrook band. A unique gig .

“A  showcase for the zestful, powerfully dramatic vocal style of one of the UK's  most individual singers, Kate Westbrook - her extraordinary impact is best  savoured live”
The Times
“Mike Westbrook is a Master of jazz  orchestration. He can suggest a carnival, a ballroom, or greasy back street  with a few cunningly placed notes. The full effect is awe inspiring” The  Observer




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Fri 9th MANTECA feat MARTH ACOSTA-vocals

This vibrant 8-piece salsa band, formed by famed Colombian singer Martha Acosta, has been “salsa-ing” across the UK and Europe for over 5 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



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. Highly 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 quintet’s set is a mix of standards and original material played in a seriously impressive style and features visiting Japanese pianist Yutaka Shiina. The Guardian described Damon and Yutaka’s previous collaboration as “a coolly authoritative bebop band…light and diaphanous,” 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
“Highly recommended…the versatility of pianist Yutaka Shiina is always a pleasure to hear” Japan Times



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. Promises to be quite an afternoon! And don’t forget this is our family day so children are more than welcome.


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**Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2005/6**
“Parliamentary Jazz Awards Musician of The year 2008”

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
“ class” Guardian
“..deeply soulful” The Times
“…unswerving honesty and molten intensity…burningly expressive” Jazzwise.



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.

“ class conguero..”


Tues 13th

THEO JACKSON 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 Tommaso Starace and young up and coming guitarist Jamie McCredie. Great gig.

"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 . . . Jackson's one to watch out for." Time Out.

DAVE CLIFF TRIO feat MARK TAYLOR-drums; MIKE GORMAN-organ Dave is generally considered to be one of the finest straight ahead guitarists in Europe. He has been on the scene now for more than thirty years and his Wes Montgomery inspired playing has been heard on numerous recordings and gigs. 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.

“Dave Cliff…..superb guitarist” Jazzsteps



NEIL ANGILLEY is a brilliant pianist, equally at home playing Jazz, Latin or Classical. He has worked with the acid jazz percussionist Snowboy, violin virtuoso Vanessa Mae and was keyboardist and arranger for Jazz chart topping band “Down to the Bone” and includes work with the likes of Shirley Bassey, Michael Ball and “War of The Worlds” on a glittering cv. A great Latin/Brazilian player his remarkable playing is enormously respected throughout the scene. Look out for Neil’s debut album “Havana Club” featuring some of his renowned Latin/jazz original compositions. Also featured tonight will be his storming rhythm section of Davide Giovaninni on drums/timbales/vocals and Davide Mantovani on bass. Quite brilliant.

“Lyrical…impressively fluid” The Times
“rhapsodic..with shrewd use of space and restraint” Guardian

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The 606 Club, in association with Vandoren Reeds, is pleased to present a jam session night featuring some of Europe’s finest players.
Jean Toussaint is an ex-pat American tenor saxophonist who first came to this country with the Art Blakey band in the 80’s, and is now one of the most highly regarded modern players on the scene. His blistering technique and lyrical sound have graced many great bands, from Art Blakey through Wynton Marsalis, Gil Evans and the Julian Joseph bands to his own International quartet. A World class musician this is always a great gig from one of the masters of the tenor sax. Also featured tonight will be Jean’s regular pianist, the outstanding Andrew McCormack.
“..brilliance, wit, verve and memorable, elegant, sax lines..." The Times
“..terrific” Guardian

Michal Cheret is an influential French saxophonist, who regularly performs at prestigious venues and festival around Europe. He has released three critically acclaimed albums as a leader and has performed on countless recordings as a sideman. His performance style is sensitive and swinging, mixing jazz flavours of the 60s with modern influences.

Damon Brown (See Sat 10th)

Accompanying these two great sax players this evening will be a fantastic trio featuring Adam King-bass and Jon Scott-drums. The featured performers will play the first set as a quintet, followed by a jam session in which these World class players will invite musicians from the audience to join them on stage.

The 606 Club gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Vandoren Reeds in the promotion of this gig.

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Jean Toussaint



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, Mica Paris, 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.



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. The gig tonight will also feature Andy Cleyndert on the bass and a rare appearance at the Club of an old friend, UK born but US resident Mark Taylor on drums. A real treat this. Booking advised.

“..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



Richard Niles' has worked in Britain since 1975 in a career spanning pop, R&B, rock and jazz as a performer, composer, producer, songwriter, arranger, conductor and musical director working with the likes of Paul McCartney, Pat Metheny, Kylie Minogue, Ray Charles and John Patitucci. Richard is returning to his native California two days after this gig, so this is a chance for friends and fans to wish him well at a great gig showcasing his quirky songs and robust and amusing arrangements of jazz and pop standards. His stellar 7-piece band features Kate Winter-vocals, Alex Hutton-piano, Jasper Morrissey-drums; Robbie Robson-trumpet; Ed Barker-sax and, as it is such a special occasion, there will be numerous surprise guests from stage, screen and politics popping in to say farewell as well. Promises to be quite an afternoon!

"Amazing!" Martin Taylor
"Expect the unexpected!"
Sunday Telegraph
"Richard Niles is one of the best composer/arrangers around and a truly exciting musical force" Pat Metheny


Then, in the evening

SUN 18th     LILLIAN BOUTTÉ with Denny Ilett-guitar

It is with enormous pleasure that we welcome 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 3 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



Excellent singer-pianist Joanna has been locked up in the studio for months creating her new album ‘Falling Out of Grace’ so we are looking forward to hearing her new material as she kicks off her summer tour at the 606. Her gigs are packed with jazz, soul and Latin classics, plus lots of her own original songs (which have received some serious radio airplay on national stations). With a quartet featuring a world-class line-up, including Chilean percussionist/singer Carlos Fuentes, bass player/singer Jonny Gee and sax/guitar/vocalist Gerry Hunt and Joanna’s gorgeous voice, infectious joy and unbounded enthusiasm, it’s a really lovely feel-good gig. She's an exciting addition to the roster of impressive singers performing here at the Club and well worth checking out

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


Tues 20th

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 ( 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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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 steel pan playing of Mick Hutton.

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


Wed 21st

ART THEMEN PLAYS THELONIOUS MONK Art Themen is a terrific tenor saxophonist who has been associated for many years with the great British pianist Stan Tracey and his post-bop tenor playing is both fluent and distinctive. One of the very few top flight musicians to also have held down a day job, he was for many years a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and is universally admired and respected throughout the UK jazz scene. Tonight, he will be performing an impressive repertoire based on the music of Thelonious Monk. Should be something very special

“Themen...excellent...thrilling” Jazz UK  
“Themen is always an engagingly erratic performer”

As part of our European Exchange initiative, we are pleased to welcome fantastic Romanian singer Luiza Zan to the club once more. A hugely popular singer in her home country she is renowned for her rich jazz vocals and lovely arrangements of jazz standards, as well as her own original songs which are a unique blend of jazz, Latin, folk and blues influences.



Multi-Award-winning saxophonist Tim Whitehead is renowned throughout the UK, Europe and the USA as a remarkable performer and composer with a dazzling CV. In the 70s he toured with Ian Carr’s “Nucleus” and “Graham Collier Music” winning the Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award on the way. In the 80’s he was a member of the groundbreaking big band Loose Tubes and continued to develop his own music recording with his own bands featuring, at different times, John Parricelli, Django Bates, Nic France and Pete Jacobsen. In the 90’s he made several critically acclaimed albums, winning The Andrew Milne Award for Jazz, as well as the BBC Music Magazine Jazz Album of the Year. More recently, Tim has collaborated with renowned contemporary classical composer Colin Riley, creating music for several different ensembles and receiving numerous awards and accolades for the innovative projects, while still touring and recording with his own fantastic bands. As further testament to his extraordinary talent, in 2009 he was made the first ever musician Artist in Residence at Tate Britain, resulting in a number of brilliant gigs, a highly acclaimed album “Colour Beginnings” and a short-listing for the British Composer Of The Year Award 2010. Tim’s muscular, innovative, yet fluent and highly melodic playing is widely regarded as amongst the finest around and he commands considerable respect throughout the Jazz scene. Tim is a truly exceptional player and his band tonight also features two the finest rhythm section players on the scene, Liam Noble on piano Patrick Bettison on bass and Milo Fell on drums.

“the finest tenor player in Britain today'' Jazz Review
“He is a prodigious tenor player whose graceful compositions always rise above
... mere technicalities...Tim Whitehead's music is marked by a sense of grace and economy” The Times
“Whitehead is one of the most creative, exciting and passionate saxophonists in Europe and also one of the finest small-group composers” A Rough Guide



NATALIE WILLIAMS is an exceptional singer/songwriter whose style is a unique blend of R&B, vocal jazz and soul. Natalie is a phenomenal talent who has received fantastic critical acclaim from the very start of her career. The release of her third album Secret Garden has “elevated her to premier league status in one fell swoop” (B&S magazine) and has gained rave reviews across the media. Born and raised in Berlin, Germany, Natalie attended the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin where she studied with renowned US jazz vocalist, Judy Niemack. Since moving to the UK, Natalie has also performed in some of the country’s most famous venues headlining at The Jazz Café, Café de Paris, Cargo and “Soul Family Sundays” at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. She’s performed alongside Sunshine Anderson, City High, Dwele, Terri Walker, Amy Winehouse and Lemar, has played the London Jazz Festival, Berlin and Montreux Jazz Festivals and has toured in Europe, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Nepal. Natalie’s versatility and ability to fuse styles has made her a singer to watch out for and her talent has been warmly welcomed and praised by critics. She is a natural live performer with a wonderful ability to completely engage her audience. Her relaxed style and her rapport with her accompanying musicians always guarantees a night to remember!

“She’s a truly real, beautiful star, worthy of everyone’s attention.”
Jamie Cullum
“One of the UK's hottest singers…she effortlessly moves from soul-diva to sensual and sophisticated jazz.” Time Out
“The moment she starts to sing she becomes a commanding, strutting presence, scatting with an infectious relish.” The Daily Telegraph



BENN CLATWORTHY is a truly impressive modern jazz tenor player who was first brought to my attention by the late Ronnie Scott, who rated him as one of the best UK players that he had heard. Although British (very!) Benn is now resident in California where he has established himself as an important talent, although he does return to Britain on a regular basis. A powerful and impressive player this is a gig not to be missed.

“big toned sax …. (with) deep emotional commitment” Jazz UK



  This is an exciting 10 piece band that performs material written and arranged by trumpeter Stuart Brooks in a powerful Jazz/Funk style. Stuart is a vastly experienced studio player whose cv includes Gill Evans, Hermeto Pascal, Natalie Cole, and Robbie Williams. The big band features Trevor Mires on Trombone, Mike Haughton on Tenor, Rob Taggart on Keys and Andy Jones on Guitar: some of the finest players on the studio scene.

“One of the best bands I’ve heard for a long time”
The Jazz Times.


Then, in the evening…

SUN 25th SARAH JANE MORRIS with Special Guest MICHAEL ROSEN-sax.

Sarah Jane’s career started in the early 80’s with the 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 Sarah Jane’s 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, Venice Opera House, Taormina Amphitheatre in Sicily, Royal Albert Hall, 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. Recent Festival appearances include, Norway, Umbria, Montreal, Montreux, Vancouver, Bremen and San Remo. Sara Jane’s music straddles rock, blues, jazz and soul and is hard to define but she likes to describe herself as “Nina Simone meets Janis Joplin”! Sarah-Jane’s special guest tonight is ex-pat New York saxophonist Michael Rosen. Now resident in Italy Michaels robust, versatile saxophone playing has been heard with an impressive array of musicians. He has performed and/or recorded with, among others, Bobby Mcferrin, Jim Hall, Carl Anderson, Tommy Campbell, Peter Erskine, George Garzone, Mike Stern and Kenny Wheeler, as well as with a swathe of important Italian and European artists. This promises to be an exceptional gig from some of Europe’s finest musicians. Booking 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”
“..mesmeric” Guardian
 “..a vocal Titan” The Star Phoenix, Montreal
“Her excellent voice soars and swoops with the agony and ecstasy of the delta and smoky Chicago clubs” Daily Telegraph
“Those in-the-know rate her as one of the world's great jazz-soul vocalists” Vogue Italia
“Sarah Jane Morris has earned her “queenly” status” New York Times.
“Michael Rosen…monstrous chops restrained by tasteful discipline” Cadence magazine
“Rosen is a composer and musician of vast ability” All Music Guide



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. One of the most in-demand session singers on the scene, he has been featured on numerous film and TV soundtracks, and 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 the odd Jazz tune thrown in for good measure. Tommy and the Band will be featuring music from their first album “Don’t Ya Love Life” so expect plenty of fireworks and some very Special Surprise Guests. With several hundred years experience between them at the very top level this brilliant gig from the Tommy Blaize Band is an absolute must – trust me!

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


Tues 27th PETE SABERTON TRIBUTE GIG  feat NORMA WINSTON-vocals; HENRY LOWTHER-trpt; PETE HURT-sax; NIKKI ILES-pno; PAUL CLARVIS-drms + a host of Special Guests

Tonight’s star-studded tribute gig is in honour of iconic British pianist Pete Saberton, who sadly passed away recently. Pete was considered to be one of the finest contemporary pianists in Europe. His fluent and highly inventive playing was a feature at the 6 from the early eighties (when we were still at the old place) so we hope you will come and join us for this incredible gig in tribute to old friend of ours.

Starting at 7.30, the running order will be:
Henry Lowther band with Pete Hurt
Norma Winstone & Nikki Iles Duo
Kate Williams / Dick Pearce Band
Mark Lockheart Band
Eddie Parker Band

Legendary British vocalist NORMA WINSTONE MBE is renowned as a lyricist and singer, who first came to the attention of the jazz scene in the 1960s. Since then, her work using her voice in wordless improvisation has influenced a generation of singers. Her catalogue of work as a recording artist is immense, and her performances continue to draw wide acclaim.
Her spare, subtle and intelligent approach to improvisation, jazz standards, impressionistic tone poetry like a vocal Jan Garbarek and the uncovering of overlooked songs that deserve to be classics, put her in the forefront of European singers.The Guardian.

HENRY LOWTHER is another iconic player, renowned as an incredible trumpeter who has worked with Gil Evans, Kenny Wheeler, John Dankworth and Talk Talk amongst hundreds more of the best players around.
“full-toned lyricism of Henry Lowther's flugelhorn and the pinpoint accuracy and fluency of his trumpet playing” The LondonJazz Blog.

is a stalwart of the British Jazz scene. A tenor saxophonist of many years standing his sophisticated sax playing has been heard in contexts as varied as the Carla Bley Orchestra (of which he is a regular member), and “Blood Brothers”
“..a classy and endlessly subtle tenor player” Londonjazz.

NIKKI ILES. A performer, teacher and composer, award winning musician Nikki Iles is widely regarded as one of the finest modern jazz pianists in Europe. Absolutely not to be missed. “compelling soloist” Jazz UK. And expect plenty of Surprise Guests as well!

We hope you'll come down for what promises to be a fantastic night of music, in tribute to a really wonderful musician.         



Wed 28th

EMMA SMITH Emma is without question the leading Jazz vocalist of her generation: she sings with a poise and facility that many singers twice her age would kill for. A third generation Jazz musician her grandfather Chris Smith senior played trombone with Tubby Hayes, Oscar Peterson and Frank Sinatra, her father, trumpeter Chris Smith Jnr, writes and arranges for the likes of the BBC Big Band, and her mother, Simone, is an excellent sax player. So not too surprising then that she did her first gig when she was 14, started performing with NYJO when she was 15 and received a scholarship to the Purcell School of Music when she was 16, the first ever jazz singing student to do so. She is currently studying under Peter Churchill at the Royal Academy of Music, one of only two jazz vocalists to have done so. She has already performed in many of London’s top jazz venues, including Ronnie Scott’s, The Vortex, Pizza Express Dean Street, and Pizza on the Park. She has also played numerous jazz festivals, including the Oxford Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and in 2009 she was invited to be part of the “Vocal Summit” at the London Jazz Festival. Tonight Emma will be promoting her new CD “The Huntress” which has just been released and is already garnering some excellent reviews. Her set is a mix of her impressive original songs as featured on the CD with some classic Jazz standards thrown in. The likes of John Dankworth, Cleo Lane and Liane Carroll have already invited her to join them on the bandstand, so forget all that X factor stuff, if you really want to know who the next generation of singers will feature, check this gig out.

“Her compositions reveal an adventurous mind, prepared to depart from conventional song forms and harmonies and to explore melodic ideas reminiscent of Kenny Wheeler or Norma Winstone, while her treatment of standards can be iconoclastic with an up-tempo Latin arrangement of the ballad ‘Don’t Worry About Me’ and a subtly re-harmonised ‘Old Devil Moon’…..A confident and seasoned performer who engages her audience from the first moment”
“...An astonishingly mature performance...Exceptional agility...” The Times

Internationally renowned hard-bop trumpeter Steve Fishwick played his first professional gigs whilst still in his early 'teens, going on to study at the Royal Academy of Music.  He has since gone on to perform with most of the leading UK jazz musicians (Sir John Dankworth, the BBC Big Band, Peter King and Mike Carr amongst many, many others) plus numerous leading international musicians such as Anita O' Day (recording with her on her last album 'Indestructible!'), George Mraz, Dado Moroni, Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski and Herb Geller. On the more commercial side of the music he has performed with such stars as Kylie Minogue, Jools Holland and Jamie Cullum and he can be heard playing the jazz trumpet solos on the soundtrack to the new British movie release 'Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll'. He has released three critically acclaimed CDs on the Hard Bop Record label and has performed in America on numerous occasions. Steve is also a distinguished jazz educator, teaching Trumpet at the International Summer Jazz Workshop in Prague for the past 3 years and is professor of jazz trumpet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and London City College. The band tonight really is sensational.

“a technical master of the trumpet…hugely enjoyable”
Jazz Journal International
“Fishwick's trumpet crackles with energy…” Observer
“unquestionably one of the finest trumpeters we've ever had in this country” Jazzwise



Sebastian is widely recognised as one of the finest trumpet players of his generation. Coming from a musical family he initially studied at the “Regina Maria” Music Lyceum in his home town of Constanta, Romania, before moving to Bucharest in 2001. In the Romanian capital he studied classical trumpet with Iancu Vaduva at the Romanian National Music University and started collaborating with both Romanian National Radio Symphonic Orchestra and the Romanian National Philharmonic. The Romanian National Radio Society offered him the lead trumpet chair at the National Radio Big Band and to support himself through school he also started playing with several pop-rock bands. On graduation in 2006 he decided that he wanted to expand his musical horizons and so moved to The Netherlands where he is currently living and studying. He is actively performing and recording with a number of bands in Holland including the “Jumpin Jazz Orchestra” the “Stage Band” and the “West Coast Big Band”. Sebastian also continues to be involved in the classical music scene with a piano duo together with the Romanian pianist and conductor Simona Strungaru. Sebastian performs in a powerful and fluent style that is impressive and musical. Tonight he will be performing a mix of Jazz standards and originals accompanied by some of the finest musicians in the UK in a unique collaboration that promises to be both exciting and original. Recommended.

“An amazing player with an original and wide range of sound, bringing the flavours of his ancestral roots through his artistic expression!” Alex Sipiagin

Presented in partnership with the Romanian Cultural Institute in London, 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.


Fri 30th SAMARA - feat JANDIRA SILVA-vocals

“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     

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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 novels, 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

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