606 Club Chelsea Live Music Jazz R&B Soul Blues LondonRHF BAND: JASON REBELLO, MICK HUTTON, MARTIN FRANCE

Wednesday February 20 | 8:30pm | £12


Multi Award winning pianist Jason Rebello has been at the forefront of the International Music scene for the last 20 years. An established performer by the time he was 21 this precociously talented player was described by Jazz FM as “[one of] the most gifted and fluent pianist to emerge in Britain [today]..”.Pianist/Keyboardist Jason Rebello 606 club Chelsea Live Music Jazz London By 1993 he already had 3 highly successful albums under his belt, one of them produced by the great Wayne Shorter, and had embarked on an extensive touring schedule of both UK and Europe. As well as promoting his own Groove/Cross-over music he also found time to work with the likes of Wayne Shorter, Gary Burton, Branford Marsallis, Tommy Smith, Desree, Mica Paris, Carleen Anderson and Omar. However, it was in 1998 when he was invited to replace the late Kenny Kirkland in Sting’s band that Jason found International recognition. He toured the World with Sting for more than 6 years before moving, via an introduction from Sting himself, to the band of guitar legend Jeff Beck with whom he still performs. A remarkable technique and ability to musically adapt have enabled Jason to work with many artists across the musical spectrum including the likes of Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Pee Wee Ellis, Joss Stone, Madeline Peyroux and Manu Katche.

Bassist Mick Hutton 606 Club Chelsea Live Music Jazz LondonMick Hutton has been one of Europe’s finest and most respected jazz bass players for almost 30 years. He has an illustrious CV, including stints with Bill Bruford, John Taylor, Humphrey Lyttleton and Tim Garland as well as being part of First House with Django Bates and Martin France. After being forced to give up playing the acoustic bass for several years due to problems with his hand he is happily playing again, better than ever it has to be said, and it is with great pleasure that we welcome this stalwart of the 606 to the Club with this very special line-up.

Martin France is one of the country’s finest modern jazz drummers whose career dates back to the 1980’s and his time with the iconic big band Loose Tubes.Drummer Martin France 606 Club Chelsea Live Music Jazz LondonAs a result of his work with this classic band of then upcoming musicians he established musical relationships with many of the participants that continues to the present day. In particular his association with pianist/composer Django Bates has led to many diverse projects with the bands “Human Chain” and “Delightful Precipice”, including film soundtracks, jazz theatre, cross cultural collaborations and recording projects involving orchestras such as The London Sinfonietta, BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra and the ASKO Ensemble in Amsterdam. An active studio musician Martin’s association with the great ECM label dates back to the early 1980’s and he includes over 60 albums on a vast cv of recorded work. He also includes live performances with the likes of John Paul Jones, David Gilmour, Elvis Costello, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Ralph Towner, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Arild Andersen, Marc Johnson, Steve Swallow, Bob Mintzer and The Yellowjackets, Gil Goldstein, Joe Lovano and Victor Bailey. He is also a regular performer with NDR radio orchestra in Hamburg.

“Jason Rebello…inspired” Time Out
"In terms of sheer ability and potential, Jason is probably the finest young jazz musician this country has produced." Jazz: The Modern Resurgence
“Mick Hutton....driving yet intricate bass” Scotsman
"Martin France's drumming, of course, is near perfect" Jazz Journal


Can you fill us in on how you, Mick Hutton and Jason Rebello met and the history of the RHF project?

We have all know each other for many years and but never played together as a trio....so we thought it might be a good idea!! For me personally it's an opportunity to play with two very serious, heavyweight musicians who both play at such a high level and between them have so much music making experience.

Each of you have enjoyed significant success playing in groups with other high profile artists (Sting, Jeff Beck, Elvis Costello, Dave Gilmour, Django Bates, John Taylor, Dave Holland etc). What is the RHF concept, and what does it offer to you three as players that is different from other projects you are involved with?

I think with this trio we each bring a different breadth of knowledge and styles that we have accumulated through experience during our playing careers. Rhythm Sections have to work and play with so many different artists, each demanding a different approach, so it’s nice to get together for the three of us on this occasion and play what we like to play, interpreting the music the way we want to, but still keep the music open and be able to improvise freely the way we want to.

Will you be playing original material, and if so written by whom? How do you come up with the arrangements? To what extent is the music improvised?

We have each contributed a selection of music that we have played over the years with various artists and we’ll pick the tunes that we feel suits how we play now. Also, we’ll try to cover as much musical ground as possible and keep the program varied too. It’s important for each of us to feel comfortable with the material and play the music which we feel is musically strong, but more importantly music that we have a connection with. It’s also finding the right balance between complexity and simplicity.

The piano trio setting has been popularised in jazz by Bill Evans, Brad Mehldau and other famous pianists. What do you enjoy most about playing in the trio configuration?

A trio of musicians is a perfect number for me, particularly with a piano as the sounds you have available and how you present them are infinite. With the right players too it’s a good balance sonically as well. There is a certain open approach with three people; it’s possible to leave a lot of space which is difficult to achieve with four or more players (which also can be nice) but not so easy to create intimacy within the music.


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