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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

Thurs 1st   KATE ROBBINS

8:30pm  Singer/pianist Kate has come a long way since her early days as a cocktail pianist in Liverpool… Kate first came to fame when she had a hit single in 1982, “More Than Love” earned her her first gold disc and led to two TV series, “Kate and Ted’s Show” then “The Kate Robbins Show” in which she composed all the original songs. The shows highlighted her gift for comedy and as an impressionist, so she was a natural choice as the lead female voice on TV series Spitting Image, on which she worked for 9 years. She has since starred in numerous TV and film projects, including Dinnerladies, Last of the Summer Wine, The Harry Enfield Show and Peter Kay’s Phoenix nights, while still working as a musician. In 2010 she released a great album “Soho Nights” which is a rich blend of 60s style jazz/soul, written in collaboration with Italian sax star Alessandro Tomei. She has a great voice, a great band and is a truly entertaining performer.

“sizzling with warmth and intimacy”



9.30pm This incredible London-based 6-piece is led by Austrian bassist Stefan Redtenbacher who draws his inspiration from Jazz, Funk and Soul. Stefan has established himself as the UK’s groove bass player of choice for many artists, with a list of musicians with whom he has worked including Steve Winwood, Sam Brown, Herb Alpert and Danny Gotlieb. Plus his own recordings feature “Jazz/funk” legends Fred Wesley (Parliament, James Brown) and Elliot Randall (Steely Dan). Tonight’s band was formed in 2005 with one of Britain's most exciting tenor sax players Jim Hunt (Tom Jones, Amy Winehouse, Basement Jaxx) and expanded to a six piece a few years later by adding Sid Gauld, Incognito's trumpet player. The Funkestra’s name pretty accurately describes the high energy and style of the music, as this band performs original funky grooves with an authority and style that is hard to beat. Their shows, which invariably also include a regular Guest Vocalist, are highly entertaining and feature tremendous musicianship applied to some amazing music. A guaranteed good night out!

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



9:30pm  Benn Clathworthy 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

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8:30pm  Gina Foster, who is probably best known for her work with “Swing Out Sister”, is an incredibly talented and versatile vocalist. She has worked prolifically in Jazz, soul, groove, pop and dance music and is renowned as one of the most soulful session singers around. Tonight she will perform with her six-piece band featuring Pete Beachill. Currently a professor at the Royal Academy of Music Pete is a fabulous trombone player who has played with the likes of Tom Jones, Sammy Davis Jnr, Jimmy Page, the London Philharmonic Orchestra & London Brass Virtuoso, written/arranged for Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sting and various film and TV projects and currently plays in the highly regarded “Strictly Come Dancing” band. He’s quite a talent! With such a world-class line-up, Gina’s gig promises to be a fantastic night of soul, jazz and groove tunes that will be hard to beat.


Mon 5th 24 PESOS

8:30pm 24 PESOS 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


Tues 6th

7:30pm ** EUROPEAN EXCHANGE INITIATIVE** with KESTUTIS VAIGINIS-sax Award winning saxophonist Kestutis Vaiginis is renowned in his native Lithuania for his clear, delicate and lyrical style. He has studied extensively at prestigious schools around the world (the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Amsterdam School of Arts and the Manhattan School of Music) gaining an international fan base for his work as a performer and composer as he travelled. He is a winner of various national and international competitions, last year winning the “Birštonas Jazz Festival 2010” award for his contribution to Lithuanian jazz. His great band tonight features award-winning pianist Dmitrij Golovanov, Eugenijus Kanevičius on bass and drummer Marijus Aleksa.

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

10:15pm JOHN TURVILLE John is one of the most creative and talented pianists around, including work with Tim Garland’s Lighthouse Trio, Tim Whitehead, Guillermo Rozenthuler’s folkloric quartet ‘Rioplatenses’, Dog Soup, the Koby Israelite Group and as director of the E17 Big Band. As well as a fluent and impressive improviser John is also an experienced composer and the trio tonight will be performing tunes from John’s new album “Conception,” released in October this year. This is the second CD he has released as band leader (the first album won Parliamentary Jazz Award for best album in 2011) and the new record showcases the development of his unique and beautiful playing and composing. Also featured tonight are Chris Hill-bass and Ben Reynolds-drums.

“his adventurousness with harmony and the always lyrical yet narratively swerving designs of his improvisations often recall UK piano giant John Taylor's playing” The Guardian
“a highly impressive statement from the versatile young pianist John Turville... this well balanced programme covers a number of styles and bases and the interplay between the three principal musicians is consistently interesting.”
The Jazzmann



8:30pm American ex-pat John Lester moved to Europe in 2001 after winning numerous awards for his song-writing in his native San Francisco. Now living in the States once more, he returns to London to launch his brilliant new CD “Jazz?” at the Club tonight. It’s a great selection of modern rock songs, including tunes by Pink Floyd, The Cure, Pearl Jam and Counting Crows, arranged in the classic 1950s jazz style.  A master bassist with a smoky voice that has been compared to a “top shelf single-malt whiskey”, John blends his story telling lyrics with Latin, swing and song craftsmanship. The title track of his CD “So Many Reasons” was awarded “Best Jazz Song” in the WCS International Song Contest while another cut won “Best Humorous Song”. A unique blend of jazz and original material from a world class singer/songwriter whose talent and experience make every gig special. One of the finest exponents of this art form on the scene today. Also appearing with John’s quartet tonight will be saxophonist/flautist Theo Travis

“..a truly gifted singer/songwriter…(whose) technical ability on both upright and electric basses is impressive” Bass Guitar Magazine “..wonderful vocals…a melodic grace that’s world class” Get Rhythm 2 Magazine




8:30pm Swedish by birth, since 2004 Cecilia has been working in Sweden, New York and her adopted city, London as a singer, composer, arranger, recording artist, teacher and vocal coach.  The Coltrane Away project Cecilia is presenting tonight was born out of her love for the music of John Coltrane and features beautiful new arrangements and some totally re-written versions of some of his most famous tunes, including Giant Steps and Afro Blue. Blessed with a wonderful, pure tone and great time Cecilia has built an impressive reputation amongst many of the most influential musicians on the UK Jazz scene and her brilliant band tonight is made up of some very fine players including the brilliant saxophonist Tony Kofi (World Saxophone Quartet, David Murray) and pianist Esben Tjalve. Highly recommended.

“wow, what a voice!” Radiovista
“Stalin has impressive range and flexibility and timbre, from sustained vibrato to percussive almost beat boxing sounds” LondonJazz Blog



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Fri 9th MARY PEARCE & IMAANI - “DIVAS OF SOUL” :: London Jazz Festival ::

9:30pm This unique show features two of the very best vocalists around performing an incredible selection of soul, groove and R&B. MARY PEARCE is the “Queen” of studio and backing vocals. You may not know Mary’s name but you will certainly have heard her fantastic voice. Her powerful, soulful vocals have been heard with the cream of the Jazz, Soul, R&B and Pop world, including the likes of Lionel Ritchie, Grace Jones, Chaka Khan, Courtney Pine, Mica Paris, Beverley Knight, Culture Club, Marcella Detroit, Donna Summer, Roy Ayres…..the list goes on. As well as more than 15 years as a studio singer Mary has also featured as a lead vocalist with a number of “Groove” and Dance bands, most notably the band “Up Yer Ronson” (who thought of that name?!). The 2004 release of “Young Hearts” with Kujay Da Da once again brought Mary to the forefront of the Dance Music industry, culminating in her show stopping performance at the 2004 House Music Awards. After many years of making other singers sound good Mary has finally decided to step in to the limelight, much to the delight of those of us who have known and admired her work for so long.

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) and her worldwide tours, television, live and recorded output includes work with the likes of Gloria Gaynor, Carleen Anderson, Michael Bolton, Lulu and Beverley Knight. She was until recently the lead singer with the iconic band “Incognito”, with whom she has had a long association and she continues to perform with them whenever “motherhood” duties allow. A powerful and charismatic vocalist this is a rare chance to hear this enormously experienced and highly regarded singer perform with her fantastic band here 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” Jazzproject

This combination of two of the most powerful performers on the UK scene, put together specifically for this LJF gig, promises to be the “groove” Gig Of the Year. Booking advised!



-:: London Jazz Festival ::

9:30pm As part of the LJF festivities we once again present four World Class saxophonists for a unique “saxophone summit” led by legendary performer PeteR King. 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. Pete has always been a great supporter of the Club and it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome this saxophone giant.
“[King] plays with...searing authority”

Extraordinary saxophonist Roberto Manzin has featured on an incredible 50 recordings (so far) and has worked with a stunning array of stellar musicians, including James Brown, Donna Summer, Antonio Forcione and Jason Rebello, to name but a few. Renowned for his lovely tone and fantastic improvisations, we just love Roberto's skillful, melodic and vibrant playing.
"Sax-player Roberto Manzin's solos have something of the chromatic excitement excitement of Brecker and the soulfulness of Sanborn."
LondonJazz Blog.

Peter Wareham is perhaps one of the most influential and inventive players on the scene. Two of his bands, Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear, have had an explosive impact with their genre-defying, crossover styles, becoming widely popular amongst both jazz and mainstream audiences and critics. He has performed around the world, from the Blue Note in New York to Ronnie’s in London, adding festival appearances and multi award wins to his CV on the way.
“[Wareham’s] forceful improvisations bring drama to every track”
LondonJazz Blog.

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. A special performer who combines intense creativity, broad musical influences and winning humour all in one, unique, style. “[Ballamy]...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.

This is a rare chance to catch these incredible saxophonists playing in the same room at the same time and absolutely not to be missed. Also featured tonight will be the trio of pianist Tim Lapthorn.    



With Special Guest JOY ROSE
-:: London Jazz Festival ::

1:30pm After two years of hosting some of the finest Gospel performers around we decided that it was time that we formed our very own Gospel Group! So, under the auspices of 606 regulars, keyboardist Miko Giedroyc and bass player Andre Gabriel in association with the brilliant Gospel singer and choral director Tracey Campbell, we present our very own Gospel ensemble, the “606 Gospel Group”.  Today they are presenting a special afternoon dedicated to Motown gospel, combining well-known hits such as Marvin Gaye’s version of “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” and some Stevie Wonder tunes, alongside lesser known gems. 606 GG’s Special Guest for this gig will be the wonderful singer Joy Rose. Although you may not recognise the name, there’s a very good chance you will recognise the remarkable voice, as Joy has been a featured performer with Sting, Bluey (Icognito) and Jason Rebello (Jeff Beck). The combination of Joy with our great choir and our very own powerhouse singer Tracey Campbell promises to be quite an afternoon. And don’t forget this is our family day so children are very welcome to come along too.

“When Joy Rose joined Sting for a duet she sang with such power and conviction that one could wonder why she did not sing on Sting’s album instead of Mary J Blige. She knocked the audience dead and got a standing ovation.”
The Current



And then, in the evening...

Sun 11th Liane Carroll **Parliamentary Jazz Award Musician of the year 2008** **BBC Jazz Award Winner 2005/6** -:: London Jazz Festival ::

8:30pm The only 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 on Splash Point records have been received with universal acclaim and led to an hour long “special” on BBC TV featuring her performance at the Brecon Jazz Festival. Hugely respected throughout the scene, if you were to ask any of the leading Jazz singers in the UK who they most admired, all would include Liane. 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.

“..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  




Mon 12th   JIM MULLEN, STAN SULZMANN & HENRY LOWTHER -:: London Jazz Festival ::

8:30pm  We are pleased to announce that tonight 3 stalwarts of the UK jazz scene will team up for a one-off gig with their quintet performing a fabulous selection of jazz tunes.

Jim Mullen - originally from Glasgow, Jim made his name working with a number of seminal bands through the 70s and 80s including Brian Auger’s “Trinity” and his own highly acclaimed jazz/funk band “Morrisey Mullen”. A multi award winner, Jim is widely regarded as one of the finest Jazz guitarists in Europe.
Stan Sulzmann - a terrific saxophonist with an instantly recognisable sound, Stan commands an enormous amount of respect for his great playing and compositional originality. He has played with Gil Evans, Michael Brecker, Kenny Wheeler and the NDR Big Band (alongside Chet Baker) amongst countless other international jazz stars.
Henry Lowther - an 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.
Expect classic tunes, some lesser-known gems and definitely some world-class performances.

“One of the great Jazz guitarists working today” Jazzwise
“mellow and fluent” Observer
“[Sulzmann] ravishing, delicious, powerful” The Guardian
“Sulzmann has a very clear, muscular tone” The LondonJazz Blog
“full-toned lyricism of Henry Lowther's flugelhorn and the pinpoint accuracy and fluency of his trumpet playing” The LondonJazz Blog



Tues 13th -:: London Jazz Festival ::

TONY REMY 8.00pm  Extraordinary guitarist TONY REMY is one of the world's most exciting guitar players. Hailing from North London he has an enviable reputation on the international jazz scene having recorded and toured with Courtney Pine, The Jazz Crusaders, Jason Rebello, Julian Joseph, Omar, Pee Wee Ellis and Annie Lennox and appeared with Herbie Hancock on his 2005 album “Possibilities”. He has released several great albums under his own name too, capturing his own hard-edged, rhythmically driven approach, which is rich with jazz, blues and fusion influences. His live performances are not surprisingly also quite remarkable, his amazing talent combined with an incredible amount of energy is truly something special.

“One of our premier fusion guitarists … A killer lead player who slips easily from impassioned blues to funk”
Time Out  “eminent fusioneer” Independent

nathaniel facey 9.45pm Nathaniel has, over the last few years, established an impressive and well deserved reputation on the UK Jazz scene as the highly talented and creative saxophonist with the MOBO award-winning group “Empirical”. A star of the international jazz scene he has won Parliamentary, Jazzwise, MOJO and Peter Whittingham Awards (amongst many others), recorded or performed with a who’s who of international jazz stars including Courtney Pine, Billy Jenkins, Jerry Dammers, Tim Garland, Jack Dejohnette and Hugh Masekela and performed in prestigious venues and festivals around the world. Tonight this excellent alto saxophonist, composer, arranger and band leader will be appearing with his own terrific quintet performing a selection of modern jazz standards and originals. Not surprisingly he works with some of the finest musicians around so you just know it’s going to be a great gig! Tonight the band will also feature Freddie Gavita on trumpet and Dave Preston, guitar. Highly recommended.

Interview with Nathaniel Facey

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



Wed 14th -:: London Jazz Festival ::

NIKKI ILES 8:00pm  A performer, teacher and composer, but primarily an award winning musician, Nikki Iles is widely regarded as one of the finest modern jazz pianists in Europe. Currently playing in bands with a who’s who of British jazz stars (Julian Arguelles, Norma Winstone, Tina May,  Martin Speake and many more besides) she is an original improviser with a distinctive, beautiful sound and unerring swing to her playing. Tonight Nikki will be appearing with her trio, featuring Mick Hutton on bass and US star Jeff Williams on drums, performing material from her latest CD “Hush” on Basho Records. Absolutely not to be missed.

“compelling soloist”
Jazz UK
“one of the most refreshing and promising figures to have emerged in the UK in recent times,with a liquid sound and supple ,obliquely resolved phrasing as an improviser”The Guardian     
ZOE RAHMAN 9:45pm  Described in The Observer as “a remarkable pianist”, Zoe Rahman has firmly established herself as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene. A vibrant and highly individual pianist/composer, her style is deeply rooted in jazz whilst also reflecting her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her very broad musical taste. Known for her powerful technique, wide-ranging imagination and exuberant performances, she has become a highly sought-after musician. Her four albums as bandleader have brought her considerable praise and various awards, including a Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Album of the year a Mercury Music Prize nomination and a MOBO nomination (currently) as well. However it is her live playing which really sets her apart as a vivacious and unique player. Tonight Zoe is bringing in her quartet which also features her brother Idris Rahman on clarinet, Alec Dankworth on bass and Gene Calderazzo drums performing material from their latest CD “Kindred Spirits”.

“Rahman swings hard, with a terrific left hand” The Independent
“an extraordinary articulacy and a musical vocabulary which lets her pack more ideas into one tune than many can manage in an entire album” 
BBC Music Magazine
“an exceptional pianist. A percussive player with the ability to take the material anywhere she wants in terms of line, harmony and rhythm”
Irish Times



Thurs 15th JERRY BERGONZI QUARTET feat DAVE SANTORO-bass -:: London Jazz Festival ::

8:30pm US based tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi is widely recognised as on eof the finest saxophonists in the World. An internationally recognized jazz performer, composer, author and educator his music is renowned for its innovation, mastery of technique, lyricism and rich resonant tone. He has featured on over 150 recordings and had 100 of his own compositions recorded. He began his career playing with Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano and John Schofield, has toured and recorded extensively with numerous international giants of jazz, including Gil Evans, Dave Brubeck, John Abercrombie, Bill Evans, Steve Swallow, Dave Holland, Jack DeJonette, Paul Desmond, Gerry Mulligan and Pat Martino and has released many acclaimed albums as a bandleader in his own right. Equally renowned as an educator Jerry was for many years an established Professor at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and as an educator as well as performer he tours the world giving highly sought after masterclasses on Jazz improvisation. To put his playing in context, when Michael Brecker was asked in an interview once what it was like to be the greatest living saxophonist he replied, “I’ve no idea. Ask Jerry Bergonzi”, similarly when MB was asked if he still practiced he replied “With saxophonists like Jerry Bergonzi around you can’t afford not to!” This gig is a rare opportunity to catch this iconic international performer in London. Also appearing with Jerry will be his US rhythm section of Dave Santoro-bass and Andrea Michelutti-drums, who will be joined by the great UK pianist Gareth Williams for this gig. 

"This guy is the real tower of power...His bold penetrating tone and furiously paced streams of notes make for a commanding voice indeed. His passionate improvisations are marked by a consistency of strength in every register and a penchant for harmonic development."
Bill Milkowski Downbeat Review



Fri 16th “SAMARA” feat JANDIRA SILVA-vocals -:: London Jazz Festival ::

9:30pm Samara is a six piece jazz/latin group which is led by 606 Club proprietor Steve Rubie, and suffice it to say we 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            



Sat 17th CHRIS GARRICK FEATURING BEN CASTLE-sax, TOM CAWLEY-piano, MARK HODGSON-bass, MARK MONDESIR-drums -:: London Jazz Festival ::

9:30pm  A Jazz violinist of power and musicality, Award-winning violinist Chris Garrick takes a break between guest appearances with Wynton Marsalis and Nigel Kennedy to join us tonight.  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 and his all-star lineup tonight makes it all the more special: Ben Castle (Quincy Jones, Radiohead, Tony Bennett), Tom Cawley (Curios), Mark Hodgson (Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker) and Mark Mondesir (Julian Joseph, Joe Zawinal) are all exceptional performers that Chris has gathered together for this very special gig. Don’t miss this one, promises to be something quite remarkable.

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




1:30pm This exceptional 16-piece big band (how do we fit them all in!) is led by Laurence Cottle, one of the finest electric bass players this country has ever produced. His stunning playing has been featured with innumerable artists including the Bill Bruford Band, Jim Mullen, Claire Martin, Jason Rebello and Tim Garland as well as with the likes of Gary Moore, Cozy Powell and even Black Sabbath. This high energy Big Band features the cream of modern British jazz musicians and you’ll hear some of the very best players around performing a really great selection of tunes written and/or arranged by Laurence. 

“…a .polished and punchy Big Band…..Laurence Cottle's Jaco Pastorius-like electric bass almost steals the show” Guardian           



Then in the evening:

SUN 18th LILLIAN BOUTTÉ with Denny Ilett-guitar -:: London Jazz Festival ::

8:30pm  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                       




8:30pm Steve Brookstein is the classic example of an “overnight success” after more than 20 years in the music business.  This high profile soul singer became the first ever winner of The X Factor in 2004 and went on to have a UK number one album and single before breaking away from pop-svengali Simon Cowell. Steve has duetted with multi-Grammy winner Bebe Winans and toured with Olivier award winning Musical Our House as well as co-wroting/producing Eileen Hunter’s debut album signed to Jazz FM in 2010.  In Soul Journey, Steve is revisiting some classic recordings as well as performing some of his own soulful material with Oroh Angiama on bass, Mike Simmonds on drums and Mike Bennett on guitar.

'Steve, totally mind blowing... any big name comparisons, he is right up there with them.' Liane Carroll
'His short-noted delivery recalled the late Otis Redding.' The Evening Standard


Tues 20th

DAN REINSTEIN7:30pm 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 ( it was great to hear his fluent, classic hard-bop, muscular sax playing again. Also featured tonight will be the fluent and impressive trumpet of Shanti Paul Jayasinha and the excellent piano playing of Tim Lapthorn. 

“…impressive hard-bop saxophonist”
Time Out

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 harmonica playing of Patrick Bettison.

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



7:30pm The 606 Club is proud to present a new venture, a dazzling evening of jazz and incredible magic from internationally renowned magician Rajan and singer-pianist Eriko Ishihara and her trio. After 21 years at the top of the magic business, Rajan has become one of only 200 people Worldwide to be honoured with the highest and most coveted degree of ‘Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star’. His sensational sleight of hand and stunning illusions, combined with a great sense of humour and some devilish skills in conversational hypnosis, make his shows absolutely brilliant. He has toured the world performing at prestigious venues and for celebrities and public figures such as the Sultan of Brunei, Richard Branson and Boris Johnson amongst many, many more. Having watched him at work in the Channel 4 series “Dirty Tricks” and his own recent E4 series “Rajan and his Evil Hypnotists”, we can’t wait to see his magic close up in the intimate setting of the Club.

“Fantastic! What an outstanding performance… our guests and dignitaries were charmed” Boris Johnson
“We’ve seen a lot of magic back in LA, but never been blown away like we were by you…  So glad you only use your powers for good!.” Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
"Brilliant! were the topic of conversation after you left."
David and Victoria Beckham     

Eriko Ishihara is a wonderful singer-pianist, who has been playing since the age of 14. Since graduating from the Guildhall, she has had significant success playing on the British scene, performing at prestigious venues and festivals and also releasing four great CDs. A major name in the jazz scene around Asia as well as the UK, Eriko signed a major record deal in Japan in 2003 and regularly tours around many Asian countries in the region. We are very much looking forward to the launch of her wonderful new album “Tenderly” at the club tonight featuring her great trio Andy Cleyndert (Stan Tracey, Bobby Wellins) on bass and Colin Oxley (Stacey Kent, Martin Speake) on guitar.

Excellentvocalist and pianist with a building reputation for her Diana Krall-style vocals matched to her mature piano style…displays her unique take on an original selection of standards.” Time Out     



8:30pm Smooth and soulful pianist Emmanuel Waldron’s style is drenched in gospel, jazz, blues, r&b and soul influences. Renowned for his spontaneous improvisations, he performs with a poise and panache that has gained him fans in very high places – he counts the Queen, Boris Johnson and the Pope(!) amongst people who have appreciate his playing. A well known name on the gospel scene, Emmanuel plays with award-winning soul/funk act V9Collective and also accompanies Songs of Praise Choir of the Year Award-winners the Maria Fidelis Gospel Choir. We look forward to welcoming this inspiring pianist and his quintet featuring Andre “Saxman” Brown (Omar, Basement Jaxx) to the Club tonight for his 606 Club debut.


Fri 23rd 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”



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, rising UK trumpet star Henry Armburg-Jennings 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



This great lunchtime gig sees vocalist Gill and poet Molly team up for a highly entertaining gig of songs and poetry inspired by their intriguing life experiences. Using Molly’s poetry, newly set to music, and material from Gill’s recent album “The Lies of Handsome Men” the ladies describe the show as an attempt to “shed light upon the tricky and complex role of women as lovers, wives and mistresses”. With two such interesting characters, with so much talent, wit and humour, you can certainly expect the unexpected from this gig…  

“[Manly] Her performance…had an intensity that made the work of many of her younger rivals seem callow by comparison.” The Times
“Manly has…a very feminine, feather-light voice, terrific control and…great taste in repertoire and musicians.”
Scotland on Sunday


Then in the evening:


8:30pm  This charismatic, powerhouse, Blues singer has established herself over recent years as one of the UK ‘s leading performers. Hugely respected on the Blues scene it is little surprise that she has been voted “Best UK Female Blues Vocalist” seven years in a row. Supported by a classic blues band this Liverpool based performer has an enviable reputation not just in the UK but all around Europe. It is a reflection of the high esteem with which she is held that she was chosen as one of the featured artists to launch Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture (just before Ringo Starr!). The Times report of that performance: 

“Connie Lush belted out I Put a Spell on You with a voice like a 3am whisky and enough electricity to power the national grid.” The Scotsman described her as “….a battle scarred sandpaper edged cross between Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin, attacking bareknuckle R&B and slow burn torch songs with equal power and passion”.
Now that you can’t miss! 



8:30pm   Liverpudlian Tommy Blaize is a fantastic singer/keyboardist who is widely admired and respected throughout the music business. Although for many years an unseen figure behind the scenes, his voice is familiar to millions from work with the likes of Tina Turner, Craig David, Brand New Heavies, Joe Cocker, Gary Barlow, Marti Pellow and Lulu and from TV ads such as Coca Cola, Levis, British Gas & British Airways. Considered one of the most in-demand session singers on the scene, he has been featured on numerous film and TV soundtracks, Tommy has been heard here at the Club with, amongst others, Madeline Bell and Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams). However, more recently Tommy has been finally achieving some hugely deserved recognition as a brilliant singer in his own right after his appearances as the resident singer on BBC TV’s Strictly Come Dancing (oh, that singer!). A great guy and a fantastic performer it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome Tommy to the Club this evening with his own fantastic band, featuring fellow “Strictly” band members Dave Arch-piano, Trevor Barry-bass, Andy Caine-guitar/vocals, Paul Dunne-guitar and Ian Thomas-drums playing a selection of classic Groove and R&B standards with possibly the odd Jazz tune thrown in for good measure. As an added bonus, Tommy will be joined by a super special guest tonight – after the last couple of gigs when surprise guests have included Madeleine Bell and Liane Carroll, we can’t wait to find out who he’s bringing!

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



Tues 27th

DAVE CHAMBERLAIN &  DANNY MOSS JNR QUARTET “TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT BASSISTS” 7:30pm Inspired by the work of the finest and most famous jazz bass players and featuring compositions by the likes of Ray Brown, Oscar Pettiford, Paul Chambers and Charles Mingus, Dave Chamberlain and Danny Moss Jr are teaming up to salute their bass-playing heroes. Bass player Danny Moss Jr (son of the iconic UK saxophonist Danny Moss) is certainly capable of filling the impressive shoes of these inspirational bass players. He has recorded with John Dankworth, Martin Drew and a host of other jazz greats, toured the world performing at jazz festivals and is currently a member of Hank Marvin’s (yes, that Hank Marvin, he’s a jazzer now!) Django Reinhardt-inspired quartet in his adoptive country Australia. Guitarist and multi instrumentalist Dave Chamberlain has played with a host of UK and international jazz stars and orchestras including, as a bass player, a 7 year stint and 3 albums with Stacey Kent. Expect some really melodic, hard-swinging tunes from a great band tonight.

“Dave Chamberlain was as ever flawless” LondonJazz Blog


 DAVE GORDON  10:15pm    An assured and versatile pianist Dave is one of the few working jazz musicians who also works regularly in the Classical field. An accomplished harpsichordist as well as pianist, Dave includes work with the likes of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and has toured Europe and South America with the European Baroque Orchestra. An award winning composer in both jazz and classical fields, he has had works performed on BBC Radio 3 as well as performances at the Cheltenham Festival and QEH. As a Jazz pianist he has led his own trio since 1995, currently featuring Paul Cavaciuti on drums and Jonty Fisher on bass, with a repertoire that focuses on original material by the band, but also includes items as diverse as folk music from Venezuela, East European dance music and Celtic-tinged melodies. With 4 CDs to their name the trio has had success worldwide, including impressive sales in Denmark and Japan. A thoughtful and inventive gig.

“..a richly gifted player with a sparkling style and boundless imagination!
” Independent on Sunday
“Outstanding” Crescendo Magazine


Wed 28th

TOM GIBBS feat WILL VINSON-sax EUAN BURTON-bass; JAMES MADDREN-drms 7:30pm  Glasgow-based pianist, composer and educator Tom Gibbs is one of the rising stars of the international scene. Named by Jazzwise Magazine as ‘One to Watch′ he has also been called ‘a star in its ascendancy’ by BBC Radio and this October he is releasing his stunning debut album ‘Fear of Flying’. All original material written by Tom, the album is an evocative collection of melodic yet tricksy contemporary jazz which emphasises his complex, thoughtful playing. The band he’s playing with showcases some of the finest contemporary jazz players - Will Vinson (Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gonzalo Rubalcaba) Euan Burton (Mark McKnight, Ari Hoenig) and James Maddren (Phronesis, Gwilym Simcock)

A thoughtfully composed and beautifully played set of tunes, and a disc which reveals fresh delights with each listen” The Jazz Breakfast
“International in reach and quality” The Herald

TIM LAPTHORN 10:15pm Following the release of Tim's brilliant new CD, Transport, tonight the trio will be playing some original material from the album plus beautiful reworkings of a few choice jazz standards and folk songs. Expect lyrical, atmospheric and exciting music from this great pianist, renowned for his sensitive playing and wonderful improvisations. Aso featured in the trio tonight will be Arnie Somogyi-bass and Tristan mailliot-drums.

“Lapthorn's beautiful debut set is a marvellous first statement” ****  Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD 
“Impressive...Lapthorn blends witty invention with deep swing and unerring reassuring balance” **** Mojo Magazine;
“Brilliant music”
 Jazz UK



8:30pm Hungarian violinist Lajos Sarkozi first performed at the 606 Club earlier this year as part of the East Gipsy Band and he made such an impression that we invited him back to perform under his own name. A player who has won numerous awards around Europe, including the Zathureczky Ede National Violin Competition in Hungary and the International Telemann Violin Competition in Poland, he is a fiery and passionate performer, who plays with the flair and abandon characteristic of the Romani tradition. The music is a brilliant music of classic jazz, Hot Club/Stefan Grapelli influenced Manouche and Hungarian Gypsy music and when performed with Lajos’s absolutely stunning technique is quite breathtaking. Tonight he will be performing with a UK rhythm section of Tim Lapthorn-piano (28th), Arnie Somogyi-bass and Winston Clifford-drums - quite a pairing. This is a rare opportunity to hear this absolutely brilliant musician, highly recommended

“Whip-sharp runs, caressing glissandos, and vicious pizzicato notes enlivened his assured and elegant line” San Francisco Classical Voice



9:30pm Wayne Hernandez is one of those fantastic singers who has been using his considerable talents for many years to make others sound good. Hugely successful within the music business he has worked with Tina Turner, Tori Amos, Blur, Grover Washington, Roberta Flack and Madonna. He has also toured extensively with Kool and the Gang, Regina Bell and most recently Billy Ocean and is one of the lead singers with the band Gorillaz, (oh, that guy!). With an Afro Cuban heritage which includes work to this day with the London Community Gospel Choir, along with living in New York for a number of years, Wayne describes his music as “…a living fusion of music styles from the Black music scene”. This multi-talented artist, he is also a well established songwriter and producer, produces a brilliant set of powerful groove music with his immensely impressive 8 piece band of hand picked musicians, including guitar, sax and backing vocals, that defines the word “Soul”. A rare talent and absolutely not to be missed.

“ was clear that Wayne had a very special talent, his voice, it was simply breathtaking”



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