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FULLY AIR-CONDITIONED

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

MONDAY 1st LATIN UNDERGROUND

8:30pm   The Latin Underground sextet, led by iconic conguero Robin Jones, play authentic Latin music with a strong Jazz influence. Robin has become something of a regular at the Club in recent times, due very much to public demand. Generally considered to be one of the finest percussion players around, Robin’s shaven head and distinctive earring has been seen in groups from his own “King Salsa” to those of Tito Puente, Elton John  and Sade, to name but a few. Latin Underground play classic Latin jazz tunes as well as great originals from saxophonist Nick Walker producing a truly infectious Latin vibe which is always rhythmic and exciting.

“..world class conguero..” Overload

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Tuesday 2nd GARY BOYLE BAND feat  Andrzej Baranek-keys; BRUCE REID-BASS; JONATHAN HARTLEY-drums

8:30pm Gary has been a well-respected guitarist on the jazz scene since the 70s, working on albums with Mike Westbrook, Mike Gibbs, Soft Machine, Norma Winstone and Keith Tippett amongst others, however it was his work as one of the founding members of jazz fusion band Isotope which brought him to the attention of the general public. His adventurous playing made him a winner of many awards, including the Melody Maker New Star award and the pop/jazz award at the Montreux Jazz Festival for one of his solo albums, The Dancer. The band tonight will play some great reworkings of material from Gary’s previous solo albums and, with his playing sounding better than ever, it’s an absolute must hear.

Boyle's musicality and relaxed pacing is complemented by a sense of sonic space” The Guardian
“Boyle's guitar is a weightless marvel, so sharp, clean and delicate is his picking” Manchester City Life
“More please, especially like the sensual, spacious ballad LP” Jazzwise

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Wednesday 3rd

THE JOHN EAST PROJECT 7.30pm The John East Project, led by vocalist and Hammond organ player John East, have become a popular and regular feature at the Club since their debut two years ago. John has played the Hammond for many years, working with musicians such as John Etheridge, Katie Kissoon and Phil Robson. His stellar band comprises Mark Fletcher-drums, Oli Hayhurst-bass and the remarkable Carl Orr on guitar, together with a powerhouse horn section of Scott Baylis-trumpet and the great Dave Lewis-sax. Tonight the band will perform material from their brilliant debut album (launched at the Club this year) which features well known vocal standards as well as some instrumental tunes, with the emphasis on melodic jazz driven along by the distinctive Hammond sound.

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

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

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

 www.stevemelling.co.uk

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Thursday 4tH *CD LAUNCH* LUCA BOSCAGIN’S RADIO LONDRA feat JIM MULLEN-guitar 


8:30pm This band’s unique sound comes from having two very different, very gifted guitarists at it’s core. Jim Mullen is famous for his work with the Average White Band and Morrisey Mullen, and Luca Boscagin worked with a who’s who of Italian jazz royalty before his move to London a couple of years ago. Tonight launching their wittily titled debut album “You Must Believe in Strings” the band will play a nice range of material from beautifully arranged standards such as You Must Believe in Spring, to versions of songs such as the Stones’ classic Satisfaction, to their own originals. Performing with them are Ross Stanley on keys and Enzo Zirilli on drums – very much a world-class lineup.

“Jim Mullen…one of the great Jazz guitarists working today
” Jazzwise


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Friday 5th ROLAND PERRIN’S “LIMITED EDITION”.

9:30pm         As well as being an impressive and highly experienced jazz pianist, composer and teacher Roland’s World Music credentials are also impeccable. He applies his extremely impressive writing and performing talents to produce music that he describes as “..incorporating irresistible World music grooves within the European....tradition” which culminated in him travelling to Cuba to record his orchestral work "Crossing the Border" with a mix of Cuban Classical, Popular and Jazz musicians. The free spirit of jazz improvisation is woven into his music with textures taken from Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, African and Jewish music. Indispensable to his sound is his exciting collaboration with a fascinating Global mix of musicians that has reached a new maturity and sophistication in his band “Limited Edition”, a combination of vocal and instrumental music with material that is an infectious mix of Roland’s terrific originals and his own arrangements of classic Jazz and Latin standards. The band comprises a special mix of International musicians featuring the wonderful singer “V” (Ghana), Roberto Manzin (Italy) on sax, Curtis Ruiz (Trinidad) on bass and drummer Eduardo Marques (Brazil). Highly recommended.

“An excellent pianist and gifted writer…clever...bright and witty…terrific”Jazz Review
“Assured compositions and sublime arrangements make this refreshingly unpretentious outfit one to watch...” Straight No Chase
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“....steeped in African and Latin American influences... guaranteed to get any room dancing”AllAboutJazz

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Saturday 6th NIGEL HITCHCOCK

9:30pm                   NIGEL HITCHCOCK is unquestionably one of the finest saxophonists of his generation. This multi-award winning musician was lead alto with the NYJO at the age of 12, graduating to busy professional session musician by the time he was 16. He has been a featured player with some of the finest musicians in the World, including work with the likes of Ray Charles, Tom Jones and Robbie Williams and jazz musicians such as Stan Tracey and Claire Martin. In more recent years he has also added composing and arranging to his accomplishments, including works for full-scale orchestra. A fantastic post-bop player his remarkable technique and ferocious attack make him one of the most impressive saxophonists in World Jazz.

“Nigel Hitchcock…..rich…powerful and individual saxophonist”
Independent
“High-octane… sax demon” Time Out


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Sunday 7th closed for a private party




Monday 8th JOHN CRAWFORD’S BIRTHDAY GIG! featuring GUILLE HILL-guitar.

8:30pm John is one of the finest Latin/Jazz pianists on the scene. His unerring musicality and impressive technique have taken him all over the world, including Spain, Denmark, Germany, and the USA. He includes work with the likes of Latin legends Airto Moreira, Giovanni Hidalgo, Eumir Deodato, Frankie Morales (Tito Puentes last singer), Jesus Alemany's Cubanismo, and Danny Silva, as well as UK based artists such as Snowboy, Guida da Palma’s Jazzinho, Negrocan, Roberto Pla, Robin Jones, Samara and Viramundo on a glittering cv. In addition to all that his non Latin work includes gigs with the likes of Bjork, Tanita Tikarem, Andy Williams and Kirsty McColl. He is also a founder member of the popular band Grupo X. And just to prove his versatility he is also one of this country’s leading exponents of Spanish music and his set tonight will include his remarkable arrangements for piano of some classic Flamenco pieces. As it’s John’s birthday today, you can expect lots of Special Guests performing to help him celebrate, one of which will be the excellent Uruguayan guitarist Guille (pronounced “GeeJay”!) Hill who brings his own brand of Latin Jazz to this quite exceptional gig. Highly recommended.

“Glorious…a skilful and imaginative soloist” Jazzwise
With pianist John Crawford on hand, there is so much style and imagination” Jazz Review.

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Tuesday 9th


 EMMA SMITH.7:30pm Emma is without question one of the leading Jazz vocalists of her generation: she sings with a poise and facility that many singers twice her age would kill for. She is 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 now a regular performer in many of London’s top jazz venues, singing her impressive original songs (as featured on her brilliant debut CD, The Huntress) with some classic Jazz standards too. A truly exceptional young talent, Emma is already well on her way to a permanent place in the jazz firmament – highly recommended.

“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”
Jazzwise
 “...An astonishingly mature performance...Exceptional agility...” The Times.

 

  ADAM GLASSER feat BARRY GREEN-piano 10:15pm 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” in Europe, Africa and the US. 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" AllAboutJazz
" 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"
VortexJazz 


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Wednesday 10th


GREG HEATH 7:30pm  Ex-pat New Zealand tenor sax player Greg Heath has been a mainstay of the UK Jazz scene for over 20 years now. A fluent and powerful player he has been heard with numerous UK jazz luminaries including Jim Mullen and John Etheridge as well as with many popular music artists such as Van Morrison, Alexander O’Neil and Omar. It is with great pleasure that we welcome this 606 regular to the Club tonight with his own band, playing wonderful straightahead, swinging jazz.

“..fire starting tenor sax” Jazz UK
“a drive and sonic intensity that encourages further listening.”
Jazzwise


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RICHARD FAIRHURST feat ROB TOWNSEND-sax 10:15pmAfter winning a scholarship to study at the renowned New School University in New York, pianist Richard returned to the UK to form The Hungry Ants. Winner of the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Musician of the Year and the Pat Smythe Award, he issued 3 critically acclaimed albums and performed with the “Ants” all over the World, including festivals in Jerusalem, Copenhagen, Cologne, Vienna and Senegal as well as regular appearances at UK festivals such as Bath, Cheltenham and Glasgow. A Steinway International artist since 1998, he was a finalist in the 2000 Montreux Jazz Festival’s Solo piano competition and in 2004 he was commissioned to write a work for the Cheltenham Jazz Festival which resulted in his winning the BBC Jazz Award for Best New Work in that year. Currently a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music Richard continues to develop as a composer, writing both contemporary classical and jazz works. Tonight, his band also features bassist Riaan Vosloo. A former Sunday Times “rising star” Richard is without question one of the most interesting and talented players around.

“…he unselfconsciously improvises, making chord sequences sound fun!”
Time Out
“..a powerful keyboard virtuoso capable of both meditation and funkiness….one of the UK’s most innovative pianists” Guardian
“…luminous and lyrical” The Times

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THURSDAY 11th BENET McLEAN BAND

8:30pm Benet is a fine pianist whose powerful, driving piano playing has been heard with the likes of Kevin Haynes and Dennis Rollins’s Badbone & Co with whom he has toured and recorded. The music is primarily Benet’s excellent compositions, which are an intriguing mix of Jazz, “groove” and hip-hop as featured on his tremendous CDs Cliches (For Another Day) and his most recent album In The Land of Oo-Bla-Dee. A remarkable performer, playing hip hop one minute and stride piano the next, Benet is one of the very few musicians working on the International scene to have successfully fused diverse styles of Jazz to create a unique and truly exhilarating gig. Also featured tonight will be one of the UK’s finest saxophonists Jason Yarde (J-Life, Julian Joseph). Highly recommended.

“Fast-rising...pianist Benet McLean has a piano technique that seems to bring Art Tatum's music into the 21st century, drawing on classical music, post-bop, hip-hop and beyond”
Guardian
“Mclean…concise, witty, solos..” BBC

www.benetmclean.com

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Friday 12th THE SUGAR KINGS

9:30pm    Driven by the spirit of 1950’s Cuba the “Sugar Kings” present old school salsa with a fiery modern sound. Band leader Flavio Correa and Musical Director Ray Crespo pave the way for their dynamic and talented team to entertain with the music of Latin America. A hugely experienced eight piece band featuring both timbales and congas as well as violin, flute and of course vocals, this steaming band plays music that brings Cuba to life in the centre of London.  Perfect for all lovers of Latin music and Jazz alike.

“Latin and Cuban sounds from this authentic eight-piece band that bring their exultant vocals to the heart of Chelsea.” Time Out

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Saturday 13TH BOBBY WELLINS

Bobby Wellins is considered to be one of the icons of British modern jazz. Originally from Glasgow, Bobby was on one of the biggest selling jazz albums ever produced in this country, Stan Tracey’s “Under Milk Wood”, recorded in the late sixties. After taking a sabbatical from the music for 7 years, Bobby came back in the early eighties to lead the Charlie Watts Big band as well as a number of small groups, which re-established him as one of the finest melodic saxophonists in the world. His gentle sound and approach are unique and make for a fine, highly enjoyable nights listening.

“..impeccable control, combined with a rich, luxuriant,  tone” The Scotsman
"A masterful display of controlled sensitivity from one of the most original voices in European Jazz"

The Sunday Times

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Sunday 14th SUNDAY AFTERNOON GOSPEL BRUNCH WITH THE **606 GOSPEL GROUP**

Under the auspices of 606 regulars, keyboardist Miko Giedroyc and bass player Andre Gabriel in association with brilliant Gospel singer and choral director Tracey Campbell, we present our very own 10 piece Gospel ensemble, the “606 Gospel Group”. This is a great group comprising a 4 piece band accompanying a 6 voice Gospel choir under Tracey’s direction. The choir is drawn from a pool of some of the finest Gospel singers on the scene with some really terrific singers signed up to work with us. This is always a fun and uplifting gig, highly recommended, and don’t forget this is our family day so children are more than welcome.


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sunday 14th Liane Carroll **Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2005/6** “Parliamentary Jazz Awards Musician of The year 2008”

8:30pm   The first artist ever to win two BBC Jazz Awards in the same year, for ‘Best Vocalist’ and ‘Best of Jazz”, Liane is a multi award-winning dynamic vocalist and pianist whose amazing talent has been captivating audiences around the world. She is recognised as one of the finest singer/pianists on the scene, working with the likes of Gerry Rafferty, Ladysmith Black Mombazo and Paul McCartney and has been a featured performer at the Glastonbury Festival. Her albums have been received with universal acclaim and led to an hour long “special” on BBC TV featuring her performance at the Brecon Jazz Festival and her latest CD “Up and Down” on Quiet money records, produced by Grammy-nominated trumpeter/producer James McMillan, has garnered impressive reviews, “magical” Guardian, “brilliant” Observer. A world class performer, her powerful blues-tinged voice combined with strong piano playing and exciting infectious material, not to mention a wicked sense of humour, make this a truly remarkable gig.

“Liane Carroll...she seems in some magical way to be made out of music” The Observer
“..swinging like hell one minute, brutally expressive and heartbreakingly tender the next….utterly brilliant” Time Out
  "A jazz force to be reckoned with…the real thing" The Independent
“..world class” Guardian
“..deeply soulful” The Times
“…unswerving honesty and molten intensity…burningly expressive” Jazzwise

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Monday 15th JANDIRA SILVA 

8.30pm Born in Rio de Janiero, Jandira is a highly talented singer whose voice beautifully conveys the power of popular Brazilian music. Singing professionally since 1997 her search for wider artistic horizons took her to Portugal, where she became the resident vocalist at the Casino do Estoril in Lisbon. At the same time she combined work in Portugal’s various Jazz Clubs with regular appearances on Portuguese TV. Moving to London in 2007 Jandira quickly became an important part of the UK Latin/Brazilian scene including regular appearances at venues such as Ronnie Scotts, The National Theatre, Guanabara and of course the 606 Club. She performs a wonderful selection of rhythmic, enchanting and seductive songs in her native Brazilian Portuguese, accompanied by her terrific Brazilian band that features the great Uruguayan guitarist Guille Hill.  Tonight Jandira will be performing material from her brilliant debut CD “Festa De Um Sonho Bom!” which she launched here at the Club. One of Europe’s leading exponents of classic Brazilian Music. Highly recommended.

“..outstanding” Soul Tracks.





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Tuesday 16th


  DAN REINSTEIN 7:30pm  American born but British educated, I first met Dan at the old Club when he was a medical undergraduate. Even then he was an impressive player, and after taking time off his medical studies to go to the Berklee School of Music he became even more remarkable. He returned to the USA in the early 90s where he became one of the world’s leading experts in laser eye surgery (he’s now officially Professor Reinstein). But he never stopped playing, and when he returned to London to live and work (www.londonvisionclinic.com) it was great to hear his fluent, classic hard-bop, muscular sax playing again. Also featured tonight will be the fluent and impressive trumpet of Shanti Paul Jayasinha and the excellent piano playing of Tim Lapthorn. 

“…impressive hard-bop saxophonist”
Time Out



DILL KATZ 10:15pm   DILL KATZ is appearing later with his regular quartet, playing the more contemporary side of the spectrum. Dill, frequently referred to as a “bass legend”, is one of the most experienced players on the scene today, having pioneered the use of the fretless bass in the mid sixties, and whose work includes stints with Ian Carr’s “Nucleus”, Barbara Thompson’s band “Paraphernalia” and Afro/Jazz band “District Six”. This gig also features the excellent guitar playing of Leon Stenning

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

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Wednesday 17th CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE PARTY


thursday 18th CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE PARTY


Friday 19th PROTECT THE BEAT

9:30pm      PROTECT THE BEAT is made up of 5 of the finest Jazz Funk Experts on the scene; Derek Nash-sax (Jools Holland, Dave Grusin, Sax Appeal), Winston Blissett-bass (Massive Attack, Jeff Lorber), Tim Cansfield-guitar (Steve Winwood, Annie Lennox, Ray Charles),  Arden Hart-keys & trumpet (Bootsy Collins, Massive Attack) and Darby Todd-drums (Dennis Rollins, Lion King).   With such a fantastic bunch of players, it’s no surprise that the band has been described in the music press as "the strongest live act within the genre in the UK at this time” and that their latest CD 'Intrepid' was at the number 1 spot of the independent UK Jazz Chart for 11 weeks! With numerous festival appearances to their name including The Capitol Jazz Festival (USA) and 2 memorable shows at Brecon Jazz, “Protect The Beat” have certainly left an impression with their inimitable brand of Jazz/Funk. To quote the title of their debut album, "It Ain't Dinner Jazz".

 “Their live shows are an explosion of energy with the ebullient Nash leading his team of crack session players through a series of full on, unashamedly funky tunes”
TheJazzMann.com

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Saturday 20th ED JONES

Over the last 20 years or so Award winning saxophonist Ed Jones has established himself as one of the most innovative and sought after sax players on the scene. His muscular and highly accomplished bop influenced tenor playing has been featured in a wide variety of contexts, most notably with the Jazz crossover groups “Us 3” and “Incognito”. But his Jazz credentials are just as solid, with work alongside artists such as George Benson, Dianne Reeves, Horace Silver and Claire Martin. The group performs a mixture of Jazz standards and Ed’s fine originals and is widely considered to be one of the finest bands of its kind in the UK. The band this evening will also feature the excellent Ross Stanley on piano and the highly accomplished rhythm section of Rian Vosloo-bass and Tim Giles-drums. 

“..a formidable saxophonist” Jazz UK
“One of the most exciting Bands on the circuit”
The Independent

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SUNDAY 21st SUNDAY LUNCHTIME WITH SHIREEN FRANCIS

1.30pm Born in London of Jamaican and Goan heritage, Shireen learned her craft in Afro-Caribbean music but in recent years her jazz singing (inspired by artists such as Marlena Shaw, Dianne Reeves and Nancy Wilson) has led her in a different direction. As well as building a reputation as an inspirational teacher, BBC Scotland’s Tony Currie described her 'one of the best British vocalists of her generation,' whilst Jazzwise Magazine calls her 'a brilliant vocalist.' Her accompanist, Barry Green, is one of the most acclaimed pianists around and the rhythm section understands perfectly the undercurrents of jazz, calypso, gospel and soul music that inform Shireen's exciting style. Today she will be singing songs from her debut album "Steppin' In"

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

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Then in the evening:

Sunday 21st  Ian Shaw

8:30pm   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. Booking advised 

“One of the scene's class acts..”
The Guardian
“..our finest Jazz singer” Time Out
“an eye-watering vocal range and bucketloads of soul” BBC
“an artist on top of his game” Jazzwise.  

http://www.ianshaw.biz 


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MONDAY 22ND TOMMY BLAIZE BAND

Liverpudlian Tommy Blaize is a fantastic, charismatic 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. Tommy and the Band will be featuring music from their first album as a band “Don’t Ya Love Life” so expect plenty of fireworks 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.                                              

£12

tommyblaizeband.com



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Tuesday 23RD KAI HOFFMAN

8:30pm   Crowned ‘The Queen of Swing’ by Ian Shaw, stylish American jazz diva Kai Hoffman is appearing with her great quartet tonight, so you can expect hot, swinging tunes from the golden age of 1950s Las Vegas, fiery Latin numbers, witty repartee and plenty of her trademark vintage style. With venues ranging from the Sheraton Hotel in Bangladesh to Ronnie Scotts and the Royal Albert Hall under her fabulously retro belt, Kai is sure to get your toes tapping! Kai is accompanied by a brilliant, swinging rhythm section featuring Gunther Kurmayr-piano, Geoff Gascoyne- bass and Sebastiaan de Krom–drums

 'Kai is one of the most authentic sounding vocalists on the scene today – and puts her music across with great swing, talent and entertainment.' – Ray Gelato

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Wednesday 24th ***606 CLUB SPECIAL – NEW! - MAGIC AND JAZZ ***  FEATURING RAJAN & THE JANE PARKER QUARTET

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 the great Jazz singer Jane Parker and her quartet. 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! ...you were the topic of conversation after you left."
David and Victoria Beckham

£12

themagicman.co.uk

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Thursday 25th NINA FERRO & NIAMH McNALLY

8:30pm    Tonight two of the hottest vocalists on the scene join forces for an extraordinary gig of amazing soul, groove and jazz tunes. Australian-born singer/songwriter Nina Ferro is universally respected as an artist of class and style. She has a warm sensuous voice, full of character, which along with her impeccable timing and stunning vocal range have done much to help her establish an enviable International reputation. Her wealth of experience has seen her perform at festivals, Clubs and concerts throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia and she has supported some of the World’s great artists, including Tony Bennett, Jose Feliciano, and Ricky Martin as well as Jazz greats such as Chick Corea and Dave Sanborn. Soulful singer-pianist Niamh McNally first came to our attention performing as part of the Soul Reality Collective, a fantastic young band who performed a regular Monday night gig at the Club a couple of years back. Steve, the Club’s owner, was so impressed with her vocal talents that he immediately asked her to sing with his own band! An impeccable singer, with a gorgeous voice and bucketfuls of soul, she can now be heard performing regularly with iconic singer Gilbert O’Sullivan as well as being a resident vocalist on the latest series of the "Weekend Wogan Show" (Radio 2). When these two incredible singers team up, you can expect a night of really amazing songs – highly recommended.

"[Nina Ferro] A fabulous performer with a knockout voice." Tony Bennett
"Ferro's voice is a pleasure to hear... natural, sexy and effortless." Cadence Magazine, New York
“[Niamh McNally] A wonderful Soulful singer whose beautiful personality exudes from every note that she sings and to whom you can't help warming. Her intonation, timing and tone are flawless and yet her singing is shot through with character and individuality.” Pure Bliss Music
"Niamh McNally ..... Fantastic!" Sir Terry Wogan

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Friday 26th SAMARA feat JANDIRA SILVA

“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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Saturday 27th PeteR King QUINTET with Special Guest MORNINGTON LOCKETT

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. As well as a remarkable improviser Peter has also established himself as a writer and arranger of note with both an Opera and a brilliant series of recordings featuring his own string arrangements for classical and Jazz quartet. Peter has always been a great supporter of the Club and it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome this saxophone giant. Peter’s special guest tonight is the remarkable Mornington Lockett. One of the UK’s leading tenor sax players Mornington worked with the Ronnie Scott quintet before moving on to work with singer Sarah Jane Morris and the Tracey’s, Stan and Clark, as well as being the driving force behind the brilliant “Celebrating the Jazz Couriers” quintet. He has a powerful and hugely impressive sound and approach. This gig is a rare chance to hear two of the finest saxophonists in World Jazz playing together and is an absolute must for anyone interested in great modern Jazz.

“Peter King….plays with...searing authority”
Guardian
“Lockett..plays with tremendous fluency and drive” Evening Standard
“World class” Jazz Journal
“inspired”
Jazzwise Magazine

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Sunday 28th LUNCHTIME SPECIAL – THE DAVE O’HIGGINS TWO MINDS BIG BAND

1:30pm Undoubtedly one of this country’s finest modern jazz sax players, Dave has worked with the likes of Cleo Lane & John Dankworth, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Jimmy Smith and Annie Lennox. The winner of a multitude of awards, he has produced 9 albums to date of his own work and appeared on numerous sessions and festivals around the world. The big band he leads today is his latest and possibly most challenging project. The music is a mixture of jazz standards and great originals and is powerful yet always lyrical and accessible. A brilliant gig.

“…exceptional fluency. ..one of Britain’s finest musicians”
Observer
“….virtuoso jazz/fusion saxophonist”
Time Out
“….world class player” BBC Music Magazine
“…Dazzling” Guardian.

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Sunday 28th DANA GILLESPIE and THE LONDON BLUES BAND

8:30pm Dana Gillespie has been a major figure on the UK music scene for over 40 years. Starting in the folk scene in the mid 60’s she graduated to pop and glam-rock (fortunately short lived!) before settling on the musical love of her life – the Blues, which she describes as “..my first musical love because it's earthy, spiritual and honest”. Since the late 70s she has been singing, recording and touring with Blues musicians from all over the World, including a 2-year stint in America working with some of the finest players on the scene. She has recorded over 60 albums for various prestigious labels including Pye, Decca, RCA and her current label, Ace, and has performed on every continent. Highly regarded on the World Blues scene she was voted “Top British Female Blues Vocalist” by the British Blues Connection and Blueprint Magazine 5 times and has now been elevated to their Hall Of Fame. And just in case you have any doubts how good she is suffice it to say that Bob Dylan invited her to perform as support on his ’97 UK tour as he has been a fan of hers since the 60’s. Her current backing band, The London Blues Band, is a terrific high energy band featuring the cream of UK blues musicians including Dino Baptiste on piano, Jake Zeitz on guitar and Mike Paice on sax and harmonica and the material is a mix of classic blues covers and Dana’s great originals, which are so good it’s hard to tell them apart! This is fantastic authentic Blues from one of Europe’s finest exponents and not to be missed.

“It’s an index of Gillespie’s empathy with her material that the originals blend so seamlessly with the classic covers…she literally beats the pants off anything done by a British bluesman these last 10 years” Essential Blues

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MONDAY 29TH PHD  feat TONY HYMAS-keyboards JIM DIAMOND-vocals.

8:30pm         PHD are perhaps best known for their 80s chart successes, with top ten hits including “I Won’t Let You Down Again”. Famous as PHD around the world, Tony and Jim the founding band members are also well-respected in their own right. Keyboard player Tony Hymas is highly renowned on the jazz and classical scenes as a player and composer, having toured, recorded and co-written with the Jeff Beck Group and the Jack Bruce Band, amongst many other credits. The other original member of the band, singer Jim Diamond, was born in Glasgow and he has received wide critical acclaim for his work - receiving 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, where The Scotsman proclaimed him a writer of “Incredible hidden depths", to the Guardian calling him "the Voice of an angel” and Blues and Soul saying he’s "the timeless jewel in the crown of Scotland's musical heritage." The band’s line-up is enhanced tonight with the addition of some of the finest musicians on the scene today. Exceptional guitar player John Paricelli rose to fame as one of the founders of Loose Tubes and since then has pursued a varied career working with many well respected and influential jazzers as well as performing as a session musician for some of the biggest projects aroung. Formerly with the LSO, over the last 20 years cellist Nick Cooper has established himself as one of the UK’s leading performers of contemporary music, both classical and Jazz. Steve Pearce has over the last 30 years or so established himself as the first call bass player for a host of film sessions, albums and high profile musicians, including Hamish Stuart. Paul Clarvis is a drummer’s drummer and one of the most versatile, and successful, musicians around. An old friend of the Club he includes work in the studios, on tour and in the concert hall on a cv that encompasses Jazz, Rock, Classical and contemporary music. Between them they have played or  recorded with the likes of Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Sting, Andy Sheppard, Michael Nyman, Harrison Birtwhistle, Michael Brecker, Szlani Quartet, Van Morrison, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, Steve Harley, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, and Lee Konitz. The music is a mix of the old classics plus, as Tony puts it “..a whole raft of new songs written specially for this ensemble”. With the talent and pedigree of this band it promises to be quite a night. Highly recommended.

“..beautiful and challenging…Hymas is an extremely versatile musician and composer [who]…successfully blends romanticism and dissonance. He has the rare ability to turn a sugary melody into a sincere statement and…..is at ease when mixing complex rhythmic patterns……masterful” AllMusic
“Tony Hymas…wonderful”
AllAboutJazz
“Having Parricelli in the band is like having several world-class musicians, all in the one chair..” LondonJazzBlog


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TUESDAY 30TH

JOHN LAW TRIO feat ASAF SIRKIS & YURI GOLOUBEV 7:30pm Tonight’s gig from John’s wonderful trio will feature some of the most accessible of John’s original material, as well as some of the most beautiful, melodic tunes from the standard jazz/pop repertoire in both simple arrangements and complex, creative re-workings. Originally a classical pianist, John formed his first Jazz group “Atlas” in 1986. Since then he has become known as one of Europe’s most creative jazz pianist/composers, working with the likes of Tim Garland, Evan Parker and Andy Sheppard and, to date he has appeared at over fifty different festivals worldwide and produced over 25 CDs. Tonight the band will perform material from his latest CD “Three Leaps of the Gazelle” which was recorded for Radio 3’s “Jazz on 3”.  The line-up features Yuri Goloubev, one of the most melodic bass players around, and Asaf Sirkis, who is renowned for his effortless mastery of many different musical forms. Quite a treat. 

“Law's piano improvisations were often astonishing in their boldness and technical ambition” Guardian
“one of this country's most imaginative…pianists” The Times
“one of the under-recognized giants of British modern jazz…superb” Music Gallery, New York.

NIC FRANCE feat john parricelli-GUITAR, PATRICK BETTISON-bass 10:15pm 

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

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

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WEDNESDAY 31ST

*CD Launch* JOSH KEMP 7:30pm  Saxophonist Josh came to jazz at an early age, winning a Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Band of the Year award in his teens. After reading Philosophy at Oxford University, Josh returned to jazz  with scholarships to Guildhall and Trinity College of Music and since then he has established himself as a saxophonist, bandleader and composer of note, performing around the UK with his band. With several great CDs already under his belt, we are looking forward to the launch of his latest record tonight. The lyrical and melodic band will perform Josh’s lovely original tunes, plus some choice standards  

“wonderfully rich toned tenorist Josh Kemp with a laconic, subtle, highly nuanced and original sound”
Time Out

 ALAN RUSHTON feat LIAM NOBLE-piano, MICK HUTTON-bass. 10:15pm Alan’s drumming has been a feature of the British Jazz scene for more than 30 years now. His cv is vast, including stints with 60’s Jazz/Blues icon Graham Bond, resident drummer on T.V.’s “PlayAway (remember that!), Kiki Dee, Ray Russell, Slim Gailard and a host more. The quartet he leads features the wonderful playing of Liam Noble-piano and Mick Hutton-bass and the music is very much in the swinging, classic, modern Jazz mould. [Noble]

“a brilliant pianist who hardly plays a solo without at least one turn of phrase that brings you to the edge of your seat"
The Guardian



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