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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

Sat 1st DEREK NASH QUARTET

9.30pm An award-winning saxophonist, Derek is perhaps best known as one of the featured saxophonists with the Jules Holland Band. He is also frontman for Protect the Beat with Winston Blissett, and leader of the enormously successful “Sax Appeal”. An experienced musician of many years standing his muscular, fluent, modern jazz playing has been recognised with a number of awards, including “Best Jazz Ensemble” and “Best Jazz CD” as well as being voted one of the top 5 saxophonists in the country. And if all that wasn’t enough he is also highly regarded as a recording engineer and producer. 

“...Bravura display of contemporary saxophone”
The Observer
“...Breathtaking”
Sunday Times

www.dereknash.com

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Sun 2nd GWYNETH HERBERT featuring KIT DOWNES

8.30pm One of the most creative and striking performers currently working on the UK scene Gwyn’s soulful, seductive, voice is something quite special, bringing sophistication to her singer/songwriter material, and a wonderful “edge” to the occasional cover. Her first CD “Bittersweet and Blue” on Universal received enormous acclaim and the 3 albums she has released since then have garnered universal praise and excitement. And not content with being one of the finest singer/songwriters in the country (really) she has also won two prestigious theatrical awards for her music, had them queuing around the block at the Rochester Jazz Festival in New York (where her show was in the top ten out of over two hundred), seen her cover of Neil Young’s ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ used in a Hollywood ‘rom com’, written a song-cycle about the sea which debuted at the Aldeburgh Festival, sung a series of 18th Century murder ballads on Radio 4 and composed and performed a specially commissioned soundtrack to the silent film The Patsy at the BFI. And just to prove the point, this enormously talented vocalist with the sultry voice and stylish delivery already includes Sir Paul McCartney, Kevin Costner and Michael Parkinson among her fan base! Quite brilliant.

"One of the country’s most exciting talents"  Sunday Times
“..remarkably gifted performer” Guardian
“..majestic-voiced” Jazz UK
“Her lyrics are consistently engaging... singing with a rare balance of passion and control...
Herbert (is) poised as one of Britain's brightest talents”
The Telegraph

www.gwynethherbert.com


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Mon 3rd 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;
“had the crowd fired up, whooping and singing along by the end of the evening” Classicrock Magazine

www.24pesos.com


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Tues 4th

Christian Brewer with Special Guest ANDREA POZZA-piano. 7.30pm Christian has now established himself as one of the most creative of the saxophonists who specialise in the “post-bop” style of jazz. He has a fluent, melodic style, which combined with a lovely, liquid sound produces a wonderfully musical and highly enjoyable gig. He is well known both in the UK and Internationally, performing at festivals in Seville, Malaga, Granada, Huelva, Jaen and Ceuta (North Africa), Barcelona, Lisbon and Macau, as well as numerous venues and festivals around the UK. Christian’s Special Guest this evening is excellent Italian pianist Andrea Pozza. Performing a mixture of Jazz standards and originals this is always a gig worth catching.

“Christian Brewer…phenomenal”
The Observer

www.christianbrewer.com



GARETH WILLIAMS feat LAURENCE COTTLE-bass; IAN THOMAS-drums
10.15pm  Gareth has unquestionably established himself as one of the country’s leading modern jazz pianists. A fiery and creative player his remarkable talent has been seen with an impressive array of top level artists, from Jazz/Hip Hop band “US3” through to World class Jazz musicians such as Joe Lovano, George Coleman, Dave Liebman, Iain Ballamy and Jim Mullen. MD for iconic UK vocalist Claire Martin for some years now he is widely regarded as amongst the very best of the European based jazz pianists. As well as being a world class pianist he is also an accomplished guitarist and has a great voice too, so if you’re lucky he may just sing a song or two! Fantastic modern jazz piano playing.

“..dynamite pianist” Evening Standard
“.. fantastic improviser” The Guardian
“..a jewel of a player” Jazziz

www.garethwilliams.biz

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Wed 5th MusicianXchange - Hungarian Jazz Night

MATYAS GAYER TRIO 7.30pm Mátyás Gayer, a modest 20 year old from a small town in Hungary is an absolutely sensational jazz pianist. He doesn’t come from a musical background and wasn’t a pupil of a secondary music school but his innate talent and hard work led to him recently being offered a scholarship to prestigious music college Berklee in the States. His playing is already becoming renowned on the international scene for its originality and dazzling talent and we are very pleased to welcome this exceptional young player with his trio to the 606. This gig is part of an ongoing “European Exchange” initiative promoted by the 606 Club to provide a platform for some of the finest European musicians, in return for which the Club arranges for UK based musicians to perform in the home country of the guest artists. In this way it is hoped that the music of these fine players can be brought to a wider audience around Europe. This gig is generously supported by the Hungarian Cultural Centre.


John Horler with Special Guest SAM MAYNE10.15pm John is probably one of the gentlest, and most cultured of all the pianists we have at the Club. Best known in the business as Cleo Lane’s pianist (he’s worked with her for more than 25 years), his gentle brand of Bill Evans influenced piano playing is an absolute joy. Also featured with the trio this evening will be the wonderful sax playing of Sam Mayne (John Dankworth, BBC Big Band). Completing the trio will be the iconic rhythm section of Chris Laurence, bass and Spike Wells, drums. Highly recommended.

"...a lyrical, deceptively musicular exploration of standards and originals that pays equal attention to solo virtuosity and intricate dialogue…”
Jazz Journal.


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Thurs 6th TIM WHITEHEAD/GIOVANNI MIRABASSI QUARTET QUARTET

8.30pm Multi-Award-winning saxophonist Tim Whitehead is renowned throughout the UK, Europe and the USA as a remarkable performer and composer with a dazzling CV. In the 70s he toured with Ian Carr’s “Nucleus” and “Graham Collier Music” winning the Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award on the way. In the 80’s he was a member of the groundbreaking big band Loose Tubes and continued to develop his own music recording with his own bands featuring, at different times, John Parricelli, Django Bates, Nic France and Pete Jacobsen. In the 90’s he made several critically acclaimed albums, winning The Andrew Milne Award for Jazz, as well as the BBC Music Magazine Jazz Album of the Year. More recently, Tim has collaborated with renowned contemporary classical composer Colin Riley, creating music for several different ensembles and receiving numerous awards and accolades for the innovative projects, while still touring and recording with his own fantastic bands. As further testament to his extraordinary talent, in 2009 he was made the first ever musician Artist in Residence at Tate Britain, resulting in a number of brilliant gigs, a highly acclaimed album “Colour Beginnings” and a short-listing for the British Composer Of The Year Award 2010. Tim’s muscular, innovative, yet fluent and highly melodic playing is widely regarded as amongst the finest around and he commands considerable respect throughout the Jazz scene. Joining Tim’s band tonight is Giovanni Mirabassi, a highly celebrated, award-winning Italian pianist, making this lineup truly exceptional.

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

www.timwhitehead.co.uk/

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Fri 7th REDTENBACHER’S FUNKESTRA feat STEFAN REDTENBACHER-bass; JIM HUNT-SAX; SID GAULD-trumpet

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

"Stefan, you know what the funk is about" Fred Wesley (Parliament)
“The Governor of Bass” BBC Radio2
“..a near perfect slice of jazz-funk bass from one of Europe’s great players.” Bass Guitar magazine.

www.stefanredtenbacher.com




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Sat 8TH ROBERTO MANZIN with special guest don weller

9.30pm 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, Roberto is a great player who not only has amazing jazz chops but who is equally at home playing in a wide variety of other genres - he currently co-leads a brilliant Latin/Carribean band, Epocanova, while working on numerous other projects. We just love Roberto's skillful, melodic and vibrant playing.

"Sax-player Roberto Manzin's solos have something of the chromatic excitement of Brecker and the soulfulness of Sanborn." LondonJazz Blog
"An expressive player with an attractive sound, his improvisations reveal a skilful strategist, a melodist first and foremost, who gradually unfolds a solo and builds up to a compelling conclusion."
-Charles Alexander, Jazzwise

Don Weller is widely recognised as one of Europe’s leading hard-bop tenor sax. players. A big man with a broad sound and great charisma, Don, a veteran of more than 40 years standing on the British Jazz scene, has worked with some of the finest British and American players, including Alan Price, Stan Tracey and Gil Evans. A great guy and a fabulous gig.

“..captivating ...one of the most entertaining, straight-ahead saxophonists on the UK circuit” Guardian



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SUN 9th SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL– KILTS WI HAE presented by the YAMAHA JAZZ EXPERIENCE

1.30pm Kilts Wi Hae is made up of some of the exceptionally talented youngsters of the Dumfries Youth Jazz Group. The winners of this year’s Yamaha Jazz Experience Competition 11-17 Category, they impressed the judges with their powerful and committed performance. This fantastic septet, featuring Liam Shorthall (a runner up in this year’s Scottish Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition), Alastair Payne, Ryan Cochrane, Rebecca Thomas, Simon Tonar, Euan Leslie and Sarah Irving, really is very impressive to hear. We think that these guys are destined for great things, so catch them here first!


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Sun 9th CHRISTINE TOBIN “A Thousand Kisses Deep - Christine sings Cohen”

8.30pm One of the foremost UK Jazz singers for more than 20 years, Award winning vocalist Christine Tobin just gets better and better. With 9 cds, numerous gigs and a number of high profile interviews to her name she is without question one of the leading lights of the European Jazz scene, a fact emphasised by her BBC Jazz Award for “Best Vocalist”. Christine is acknowledged both here and on the international scene as one of the finest interpreters of jazz and contemporary writers, as the Guardian's John L. Walters wrote "Christine is inspiring on her own material. But she is in a class of her own singing Leonard Cohen". Her "24 carat voice" and captivating arrangements are spellbinding, ploughing the depths and expressing the poetry of lyrics with unalloyed soulfulness. A world-class vocalist she not surprisingly works with a world-class band featuring regular collaborators Award winning guitarist Phil Robson and double bassist Dave Whitford. Lose yourself in the stories of these great songs brought to life by this world class Trio. 

One of the country’s finest musicians” Time Out
“..peerless” Jazzwise

www.christine-tobin.com



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Mon 10th Hamish Stuart

8.30pm Probably best known for his work as the original lead singer/guitarist with The Average White Band, Hamish has had an illustrious career as both songwriter and performer. He has worked with the likes of Diana Ross, George Benson and Chaka Khan (for whom he wrote the No. 1 chart hit Whatcha Gonna Do For Me) culminating in six years with the Paul McCartney Band. Although still guesting in other people’s bands from time to time (several tours with Ringo Starr for instance) since ’94 he has largely led his own band, which is a super-group in every sense of the word and very much out of the R&B tradition, although considerably more sophisticated than the 70’s version. It’s been a while since Hamish played the Club and we’re really looking forward to his return as he’s very much musical “family” to us here. This is always a fantastic night so booking definitely advised.

We love Stuart, the funky ex-Average White Band singer and rhythm guitarist with Chaka Khan, George Benson etc. He's still playing a superior blend of soul and jazz with a great band while his voice has that unique smoky soul allure.” Time Out
“Hamish Stuart…a gem…Stuart’s voice was solid throughout, and his guitar work and backing band were excellent.” SoulTracks
“..fantastic” Seattle-pi


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Tues 11th

IAIN BALLAMY’S “ANORAK” 7.30pm Iain Ballamy is an Award winning saxophonist who is one of the most interesting and creative players on the World Jazz stage. A leading UK musician since his time with “Loose Tubes” and the Bill Bruford Band in the mid 80’s, Iain’s cv reads like a who’s who of Jazz, including the likes of Hermeto Pascoal, Gil Evans and long time collaborator Django Bates. He has appeared at numerous International Festivals and venues and can be heard on over 40 CDs. Parallel to his international jazz career Iain has also pursued his interest in world music, playing concerts in India and Europe and forging strong working relationships with renowned musicians from Hungary, Norway, Spain, Sudan and Brazil. Not surprisingly Iain is a recipient of the Award For Innovation at the BBC Jazz Awards. A special performer who combines intense creativity, broad musical influences and winning humour all in one, unique, style. Also featured are the brilliant pianist Gareth Williams, the highly respected bass player Steve Watts and iconic drummer Martin France.

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

NIKKI ILES QUARTET  feat. STAN SULZMANN-sax 10.15pm A performer, teacher and composer, award winning musician Nikki Iles is widely regarded as one of the finest modern jazz pianists in Europe. After establishing her credentials as both performer and educationalist in the North of England, most notably with the Creative Jazz Orchestra and as a lecturer at the Leeds College of Music, Nikki moved to London in the late 90’s. Since then her fluent and creative playing has been heard with a wide variety of the finest UK musicians, including the likes of Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone and Tina May as well as with her own trios and quartets. A greatly respected teacher she is currently a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University and was part of the team that developed the new Associated Boards Jazz grades. In 2002, in California USA, she was awarded the International Association of Jazz Educators Award for Outstanding Services to Jazz Education. And as if all that wasn’t enough she is also a highly regarded composer, with commissions ranging from the London Sinfonietta to Tim Garland. Nikki’s guest tonight is the great saxophonist Stan Sulzmann, one of the most respected musicians in the UK. A rare visit to the Club with her own group from this outstanding musician and absolutely not to be missed.

“A formidable UK jazz presence… intelligent, sharp and very musical” Guardian
“an arranger of considerable talent and a gifted composer..” The Times
“compelling soloist” Jazz UK

www.nikkiiles.co.uk/

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Wed 12th

 JAZZ FROM THE ACADEMY 7.30pm AThis gig is being presented in collaboration with The Royal Academy of Music, and is part of the Club’s ongoing policy of providing a platform for younger musicians. Tonight three musicians will be performing with their respective bands as part of their Final exams so expect something very special. The playing is of an extraordinary high level and if you want to spot the next Jazz stars, this is the gig to be at! 

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Thurs 13th NEIL ANGILLEY

8.30pm NEIL ANGILLEY is a brilliant pianist, equally at home playing Jazz, Latin or Classical. He has worked with the acid jazz percussionist Snowboy, is MD for the violin virtuoso Vanessa Mae and was keyboardist and arranger for Jazz chart topping band “Down to the Bone”. He includes work with the likes of Shirley Bassey, Michael Ball, Jazz clarinettist Julian Stringle and Jazz/Rock show “War of The Worlds” on a glittering cv. A great Latin/Brazilian player his remarkable playing is enormously respected throughout the scene. Look out for Neil’s debut album “Havana Club” featuring some of his renowned Latin/jazz original compositions. Also featured tonight will be his storming rhythm section of Davide Giovaninni on drums/vocals and Davide Mantovani on bass. Quite brilliant.

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

www.angilley.com

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Fri 14th TONY O’Malley

9.30pm TONY O’MALLEY is unquestionably one of the most charismatic vocalists working in the UK. A featured performer since the late 60’s, his CV is vast and includes stints with the iconic band “10CC” and his own seminal Jazz/Funk band “Kokomo”. His brand of jazz-tinged contemporary soul and blues is really stunning, with his fabulous, smoky, velvety growl of a voice delivering original material and some covers in his inimitable style. With 7 CDs to his name, including one recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s plus a Jazz Standards album, Tony has established himself as one of the most original and powerful performers on the scene today. An established artist throughout Europe Tony’s fan base extends from Belgium and Holland to Georgia in the East and beyond. Not surprisingly his regular band features some of the finest “Groove” musicians around including guitarists Neil Hubbard (Kokomo) and Adam Phillips (Hamish Stuart, Tina Turner) and drummer Ash Soan (Will Young, Robbie Williams).  If you like contemporary R&B vocals with a touch of Jazz in the Blues Brothers style, then this is definitely for you.

“..the velvet gravel throated O’Malley is one of the UK’s most undersung vocal performers...the songs drenched in the deep soulful spirit that characterises everything he touches…one of the UK’s hottest properties”
Jazzwise magazine

www.tonyomalley.com



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Sat 15th MICHAEL ROSEN & DAVE LEWIS “VOODOO LOGIC”

9.30pm Led by two of the finest saxophonists in Europe, Voodoo Logic presents a fresh take on classic Charlie Parker tunes. Showcasing  Michael Rosen’s brand new arrangements, the band reinvigorate familiar works of Parker with a different, contemporary-bop feel. Ex-pat New York saxophonist Michael Rosen is now resident in Italy and his robust, versatile saxophone playing has been heard with an impressive array of musicians. He has performed and/or recorded with, among others, Bobby Mcferrin, Jim Hall, Carl Anderson, Tommy Campbell, Peter Erskine, George Garzone, Mike Stern and Kenny Wheeler, as well as with a swathe of important Italian and European artists. After studying at the world famous Berkeley school of music in Boston, USA, Dave Lewis 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 and he is currently the featured saxophonist with the “Blockheads”. Hearing these two amazing guys play together really is a treat.

“Michael Rosen…monstrous chops restrained by tasteful discipline”
Cadence magazine
“Rosen is a composer and musician of vast ability”
All Music Guide
“Dave Lewis… experienced and versatile” New York Jazz Project



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Sun 16th SUNDAY LUNCHTIME WITH THE **606 GOSPEL GROUP**

1.30pm 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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Sun 16th CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE PARTY


Mon 17th *CD LAUNCH* DAVIDE GIOVANNINI'S MINAS PROJECT 

8.30pm Drummer/percussionist/singer Davide Giovannini has worked successfully in many genres of music since he moved to England from his native Italy, working with artists as diverse as Steve Winwood, Bjork, Snowboy, Da Lata and Russell Watson on projects covering R&B, Pop, AfroCuban, Brazilian, Jazz, House and Funk. Tonight he brings a new project to the Club that celebrates the music of one of the most famous regions of Brazil, Minas Gerais –- renowned for great artists such as Toninho Horta, Milton Nascimento and Beto Guedes and famous for its beautiful harmony and melodies. After Davide visited Brazil he was inspired to write music influenced by the musical heritage of this culturally rich area and it is his own, beautiful, original songs that the band will be playing tonight. The star-studded line up features Paul Booth (Steve Winwood, Eddie Henderson, Eric Clapton) on sax, bass clarinet, flute and keyboard, Neil Angilley (War of the worlds, Shirley Bassey, Vanessa Mae) on piano, Paul Booth on sax and Guille Hill (Airto Moreira, Tom Jones) on guitars, so you know it’s just going to be a fantastic gig.

High energy drum-led Brazilian jazz played here by a superb band featuring versatile sax/flute virtuoso Paul Booth and guitarist Guille Hill.” Time Out


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Tues 18th

*CD LAUNCH* LIZ FLETCHER feat MARTIN SHAW-trmpt; ANDY PANAYI-flute/sax 7.30PM We’re all looking forward to the launch of wonderful singer Liz’s new album at the Club tonight. A technically deft singer with a wonderful, warm tone, she is held in very high regard on the scene and has worked with luminaries including Nina Simone and Alan Barnes. The new record is packed with great tunes that she’ll be singing tonight, including some lovely versions of standards, some self-penned tunes and one track composed by Phil Phillips. Her band tonight has a terrific line-up including Martin Shaw on trumpet, Andy Panayi on flute/sax, Gunther Kurmayr – piano, Sebastien de Krom- drums and Geoff Gascoyne on bass. A very good gig, this one

“Fletcher has heart, sensitivity and subtle control” The Guardian
“both respectfully traditional and excitingly contemporary”
Jazz Journal

www.lizfletcher.com





GRAHAM HARVEY 10.15pm One of the most respected pianists on the scene today Graham includes an impressive roster of high profile bands on his cv, including George Benson, iconic Acid Jazz band “Incognito”, the Hamish Stuart Band, the Laurence Cottle Big Band and the BBC Big Band. Currently the featured pianist with singer Stacey Kent, Graham’s fluent and melodic playing has been heard and admired world-wide. Featured tonight with his trio Graham performs a powerful mix of Jazz standards and swinging originals. “excellent” Jazzwise.

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Wed 19th***606 CLUB SPECIAL – NEW! - MAGIC AND JAZZ ***  featuring RAJAN: “THE MAGIC MAN” and the JANETTE  MASON QUARTET feat KAREN SHARP-sax

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 World Class pianist Janette Mason 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. Rajan will also be bringing a Special Guest with him, so you will get to see not one but two World Class magicians during the evning. “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.

Between the magic, (while we’re trying to work out how he does it) wonderful music will be provided by the  Janette Mason Quartet with their special guest saxophonist Karen Sharp. Janette is an ‘inspired and inspiring’ keyboard player whose work encompasses jazz, pop, indie and world music. This versatility has made her a sought-after sideman with artists as diverse as Claire Martin and Ian Shaw to legendary singer/songwriter Robert Wyatt, and top pop acts Oasis, Suzanne Vega and Seal. These days she divides her time between performing and writing music for Film and TV Her gig is a mix of great originals and jazz standards performed with considerable skill. Also featured in the quartet this evening will be the terrific Award winning saxophonist Karen Sharp (Humphrey Lyttleton, Scoitt Hamilton).

Janette Masona triumph of elegant themes, catchy hooks, fierce swing, classy execution..” Guardian
“Karen Sharp…her sound is warm and full, her improvised lines bold and clear” Observer.



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Thurs 20th JULIAN SIEGEL/ROBIN ASPLAND QUARTET

8:30pm Saxophonist Julian Siegel has in recent years established himself as a powerful player and individual composer on the flourishing UK and European Jazz Scene. He was awarded the 2007 BBC Jazz Award for Best Instrumentalist and in 2011 the London Festival Fringe London Jazz Award. His varied musical life has included performances with the likes of Hermeto Pascoal, Kenny Wheeler, Django Bates and Norma Winstone and his fluent and creative improvising skills can be heard with a variety of his own excellent bands. Also featured tonight is the quiet but immensely impressive pianist Robin Aspland. One of the most highly regarded pianists on the scene Robin’s sophisticated yet highly accessible playing has been heard with the likes of Van Morrison (with who he worked for more than 5 years), Curtis Steigers, Arturo Sandeval and George Coleman as well as many of the finest UK based artists, including the likes of Claire Martin, Norma Winstone, John Dankworth, Peter King and the BBC Big Band. A fascinating combination of musicians the quartet is completed by Oli Hayhurst on bass and Gene Calderazzo on drums. Unmissable.

One of the UK’s most creative saxophonists MOJO  
"lissom, free -wheeling saxophonist…Siegel's wailing, swerving lines burst with character" The Guardian
 [Julian] approaches the depth and sensitivity of a Wayne Shorter or Stan Getz." Straight No Chaser.
“Robin Aspland…excellent pianist”
Guardian.

www.juliansiegel.com/



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Fri 21st WAYNE HERNANDEZ

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.

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

www.myspace.com/waynehernandez



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Sat 22nd GILAD ATZMON.

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

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

www.gilad.co.uk




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Sun 23rd LUNCHTIME SPECIAL with the STEVE TAYLOR BIG BAND EXPLOSION feat JOSIE FRATER –vocals.

This phenomenal big band plays a mixture of swing, funk and fusion, with hip takes on Gil Scott-Heron, Diane Reeves and Beady Belle alongside classics from the likes of Sammy Nestico plus music personally arranged by US sax star Bob Mintzer and, of course, Steve Taylor’s own fabulous arrangements. Steve & the big band have headlined Ronnie Scott’s and The London Jazz Festival and released several great CDs and a live Buddy Rich tribute DVD “To Buddy & BeyondOne of the most exciting big bands around.

“Fresh, exciting, fiery and hard hitting”
Time Out
“Awesome” BBC Radio 2
“World Class”
Rhythm magazine

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Sun 23rd  JOE STILGOE

8:30 pm  JOE STILGOE is a highly talented singer/pianist who is currently attracting a lot of attention on the UK music scene. Working in a style reminiscent of the classic Jazz singer/pianists such as Nat King Cole and Harry Connick Jnr Joe brings his own, unique, blend of charm and musicality to his set of Jazz standards and excellent originals. Although still in his 20’s he is a highly experienced musician, including appearances at Ronnie Scott's, the Royal Festival Hall, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Barbican, The London Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Henley Festival, Sardinia Jazz Festival,  Sicily Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Dubai jazz Festival and in  jazz clubs from New York to Berlin. He has had numerous radio appearances, including Friday Night Is Music Night, In Tune, Live From The Stables  and  Parkinson's Sunday Supplement programme and has appeared twice on the Alan Titchmarsh show on ITV1. His first CD, “I like this One”, was universally well received and his most recent work in New York has also met with universal praise. A sophisticated, swinging, gig.

“…a truly remarkable singer songwriter, not to mention outstanding piano player” Sir Michael Parkinson
“Songs at the piano don’t get much sharper than this”
Observer
“..a powerful improviser with an instinctive gift for melody” The Times
“Many a musician twice his age might listen with a mixture of envy and admiration”  Cabaret Scenes, New York
“Great” John Dankworth.

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Mon 24th THE TOMMY BLAIZE BAND

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. 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 - 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.                                         

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Tues 25th

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

“…impressive hard-bop saxophonist”
Time Out


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

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





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Wed 26th

ART THEMEN 7:30Art Themen is a terrific tenor saxophonist who has been associated for many years with the great British pianist Stan Tracey and his post-bop tenor playing is both fluent and distinctive. One of the very few top flight musicians to also have held down a day job, he was for many years a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Art is universally admired and respected throughout the UK jazz scene. Should be something very special.

“Themen...excellent...thrilling” Jazz UK  
“Themen is always an engaging…... performer”
Guardian    



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

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

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Thurs 27th Dave Ohm’s “Unit of Resistance” featuring Paul Stacey-guitar; Nigel Hitchcock-sax; Laurence Cottle-bass

Led by powerhouse drummer Dave Ohm, this is something of a British supergroup (and we love them all the more for their fabulously punny name – “Ohm”, “Resistance” – gettit). All of the players in this band are renowned for their world-class playing – Dave Ohm is regularly heard with the Ronnie Scotts All Stars, as well as playing with high profile artists such as Gregory Porter and Claire Martin. Paul Stacey is as famous in rock circles as in jazz, having played with and produced for Oasis and The Black Crowes as well as performing and recording with the likes of Claire Martin and Jason Rebello. Nigel Hitchcock, one of the very finest sax players in the world, has played with diverse artists from Ray Charles to Robbie Williams and Laurence Cottle, who has played with Bill Bruford, Pee Wee Ellis and Tim Garland among many others, also leads his own incredible big band. Playing high-energy, world-class fusion, funk and bop, with tunes by the likes of John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock and Kenny Garrett, this gig really is something very special indeed. Booking advised.

“With Hitch on blinding form … Brecker's Nothing Personal was a triumph, with Stacey matching him for chops and the mind-boggling stop-starts pulled off to perfection.” LondonJazz Blog

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Fri 28th samara

9.30pm “SAMARA” is a six piece jazz/latin group led by 606 Club owner Steve Rubie and suffice 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

 

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Sat 29th   Bobby Wellins

9:30pm Bobby Wellins is considered to be one of the icons of British modern jazz. Originally from Glasgow, Bobby was on one of the biggest selling jazz albums ever produced in this country, Stan Tracey’s “Under Milk Wood”, recorded in the late sixties. After taking a sabbatical from the music for 7 years, Bobby came back in the early eighties to lead the Charlie Watts Big band as well as a number of small groups, which re-established him as one of the finest melodic saxophonists in the world. His gentle sound and approach are unique and make for a fine, 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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Sun 30th LUNCHTIME SPECIAL with IRENE SERRA

Italian vocalist Irene Serra is a charismatic performer with a beautiful vocal style and assured stage presence. She sings a great repertoire of jazz, blues, bossa nova, gospel and soul and can be regularly seen in venues in and around London including the Spice Of Life, Ray's Jazz Cafe, Theatre Royal Stratford East and the National Theatre. A smart and intelligent musician she started studying Jazz at the age of 16 with the renowned Italian Jazz singer Tiziana Ghiglioni at the Academy of Music in Milan and moved to London in 1999 to complete a BA in Performing Arts at the University of Surrey, going on to study at Goldsmiths College and then completing a Masters in Music Performance at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama. Her poised performances have already earned her much critical acclaim, she was one of the semi-finalists in The Brussels International Young Jazz Singer in 2008 and was a finalist at the Shure Montreux Jazz Competition 2009. Suffice it to say I was so impressed with her singing that I have already booked her to perform with my band “Samara” here at the Club on several occasions now. Highly recommended. And don’t forget this is our family gig so children are more than welcome.

“…a charming Italian, singing American popular songs with superb diction and a big voice. And I can say that 'at last' I've heard that song - At Last - sung the way it deserves to be sung! A wonderful afternoon's music, and so unexpected…” Ted Gascoigne (Big Band World columnist).

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Then in the evening:

SUN 30th CLAIRE MARTIN’S CHARITY NIGHT for the Edward Starr Charitable Trust & Whizz-Kidz
Featuring: SIR RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT, LIANE CARROLL, JOE STILGOE, DARREN ABRAHAMS, GARETH WILLIAMS, LAURENCE COTTLE, MARTIN FRANCE.

The finest female Jazz singer of her generation, Claire Martin, is tonight presenting an incredible evening of top drawer talent who will be performing songs from the great American songbook and much more besides. An outstanding array of world-class musicians means it will be an extraordinary gig, the idea of which is to raise money for two very special children’s charities – the Edward Starr Charitable Trust who raise money to improve the quality of children’s lives in the South East of England through education, sports, healthcare and arts projects and Whizz Kidz, a charity that provides wheelchairs for disabled children. Claire Martin is one of the finest jazz vocalists to have come from this country in the last thirty years. Variously described as “..the outstanding voice of her generation” and “a born musician” this award-winning, internationally acclaimed artist has no less than four British Jazz Awards, 17 albums, including numerous “Best Album” choices, and, with her husky, perfectly controlled voice, flawless time and impeccable taste she never fails to impress.

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett
is renowned as a classical composer as well as a great jazz writer, pianist and singer. His iconic compositional work includes opera, ballet and film scores as well as a wide range of orchestral and chamber music, spanning an impressive variety of musical genres. And his body of work in jazz and cabaret is equally remarkable. 

Liane Carroll
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.

Joe Stilgoe is a highly talented singer/pianist who is currently attracting a lot of attention on the UK music scene. Working in a style reminiscent of the classic Jazz singer/pianists such as Nat King Cole and Harry Connick Jnr, Joe brings his own, unique, blend of charm and musicality to his set of Jazz standards and excellent originals.

Singer Darren Abrahams, although not a well known name on the UK Jazz scene, is best known for his work as a Classical tenor, including performances with The Royal Opera and London Philharmonic Orchestra amongst many others prestigious companies. His passion for musical theatre and wonderful vocal skills make him a perfect choice to complete the line-up tonight.

All the artist will be supported by the brilliant Gareth Williams Trio (see Tue 4th) who, like everyone else tonight, will be giving their services for free. So come down, have a night to remember and do some good…all at the same time! See you there.

“Claire Martin...a meticulous blend of brilliant material and flawless craftsmanship New York Observer; www.clairemartinjazz.com/
“A composer who has always brought style, humour and professionalism to his notably varied music, Richard Rodney Bennett has distinguished himself on the screen and the cabaret stage as much as the concert platform”
The Guardian;
“Liane Carroll.…seems in some magical way to be made out of music”
The Observer;
“[Joe Stilgoe]…a truly remarkable singer songwriter, not to mention outstanding piano player” Sir Michael Parkinson;
“[Darren Abrahams]..a powerful singer and an expressive young actor” British Theatre Guide

£20 - which goes to the charities www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/ and www.starrtrust.com/



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