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Please note that we have a supper license, so you must eat a meal if you wish to drink alcohol

Tues 1st CLOSED -- HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Weds 2nd Liane Carroll **Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2005/6** “Parliamentary Jazz Awards Musician of The year 2008”

8:30pm We are pleased to re-open for 2013 with what has become our traditional first gig of the year featuring the brilliant 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 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 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. 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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Thurs 3rd TRUDY KERR BAND - CD LAUNCH & BIRTHDAY PARTY

8.30pm Trudy is renowned as one of the UK’s top jazz vocalists, regularly selling out shows at prestigious venues and festivals around Europe and her native Australia. With 10 widely acclaimed albums to her name plus a successful vocal teaching career, Trudy is one of the scene’s busiest singers, with her highly skilled, nimble voice a real pleasure to hear. Tonight Trudy and her partner and bass player the excellent Geoff Gascoyne (Jamie Cullum, Georgie Fame) will be launching their latest CD, "Ted & Gladys - The Rhythm of Life" (cute title). The evening will feature some new original compositions as well as some classic jazz standards all featured on the album, and as well as Trudy on vocals and Geoff on bass the band will also feature Tom Cawley-piano, Andy Panayi-saxes & flute, Martin Shaw-trumpet and Matt Home-drums. Quite a line up, and as well as a CD launch this gig is also doubling as a Birthday Party for Trudy (no asking how old…) so expect plenty of guests, music and just a little bit of mayhem. Promises to be great fun, booking advised.

“Trudy Kerr has moved to the front rank of UK singers” Musician Magazine
“engaging performer” The Stage

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Fri 4th 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!

“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 5th mornington lockett

9:30pm One of the UK’s leading tenor sax players Mornington worked with the Ronnie Scott quintet in the 1980’sbefore 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 appeared on over 50 recordings and as well as a greatly admired player he is also a highly respected educator with a c.v. that includes the Royal College of Music, Trinity College of Music, Leeds College of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music. He has a powerful and hugely impressive sound and approach and his gigs are invariably both musical and exciting. Tonight Mornington will be bringing his latest quartet to the Club which also features pianist Andrea Vicari, bass player Dorian Lockett and drummer Clark Tracey performing music that is a mix of Jazz and Latin standards. Highly recommended.

“Lockett..plays with tremendous fluency and drive” Evening Standard
“World class” Jazz Journal


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sun 6th VICTORIA NEWTON

8.30pm Vicki, a native Australian, has a powerful voice and outgoing personality that have stood her in good stead, not only as a jazz singer but as the former lead singer with the dance/pop group “Strike”. Despite her success in the pop world (records in the charts, numerous TV and radio appearances), her first love is still Jazz and Brazilian music, which has been effectively captured on her Jazz/Latin album “The Song is You”, released on Discovery Records to great acclaim. Now spending more time teaching and performing in her native Australia, it’s with enormous pleasure that we welcome this outstanding artist back to the Club for what is now a rare appearance on these shores. A fabulous gig from a really impressive personality.

“..accomplished…deft and supple..a jazz singer a cut above the crowd” The Guardian

www.reverbnation.com/victorianewtonjazz

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mon 7th 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

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tues 8th THE RUSS HENDERSON BIRTHDAY TESTIMONIAL GIG feat MICK HUTTON, JIM MULLEN, GARETH WILLIAMS, JOHN PARRICELLI, KATE WILLIAMS, STEVE WATTS, PAUL ROBINSON, MARK CHERRIE and many more…

8.00pm Tonight’s gig is a Testimonial for and Birthday Salute to the wonderful pianist Russ Henderson. A friend and performer at the Club for more than 35 years, Russ received an MBE several years ago in recognition of the outstanding work he has done for the UK music scene since his arrival here over 60 years ago. An accomplished steel pan player as well as pianist and one of the founders of the Notting Hill Carnival, Russ has sadly been unable to play the piano for a little while now, so his many friends on the scene are joining forces tonight to honour his achievements in the world of music. We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a great night for a great musician.
JOHN PARRICELLI/KATE WILLIAMS QUARTET. The evening will kick off with an all-star quartet featuring one of the country’s finest guitarists, John Parricelli teaming up with the terrific pianist Kate Williams along with one of the UK’s great bass players Steve Watts and ex Nina Simone drummer Paul Robinson. This great quartet will then be followed by:
The JIM MULLEN REUNION BAND feat MICK HUTTON-bass, GARETH WILLIAMS-piano These guys all played together from 1996-2002 and are some of the most experienced and well-respected musicians around. They’ll play some tunes from their back catalogue of five albums, as well as some new music written especially for their reunion dates. It’s a rare chance to catch these incredible players all together once more. Tonight the quartet will be completed by the excellent Enzo Zirilli on drums
“Jim Mullen…one of the great Jazz guitarists working today” Jazzwise
“Gareth Williams...dynamite pianist” Evening Standard
MARK CHERRIE/MICK HUTTON BAND Piano/steel pan virtuoso Mark Cherrie is renowned as one of the best musicians around, having performed around the world with artists as diverse as Edwin Starr, Jimmy Ruffin and Odyssey. As well as an excellent performer Mark is also a well established composer, having written for hundreds of TV shows including Friends, ER and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Mick Hutton, a long time member of Russ’s trio and the primary organiser of tonight’s event, has been one of Europe’s finest and most respected jazz bass players for more than 20 years. A first call player for numerous high profile bands he includes work with the likes of Bill Bruford and Humphrey Lyttelton on a stellar cv.
“Mick Hutton...driving yet intricate bass” Scotsman.

A number of musicians have promised to come down to help Russ celebrate his birthday and perform for him, so expect a real party atmosphere as musicians pay their respects to one of the most regarded musicians on the UK scene. All the musicians performing this evening are giving their services for free and all monies collected will be presented to Russ. So come down, hear some great music, have a great time and do something worthwhile – all at the same time! Highly recommended.

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weds 9th

THEO JACKSON 7:30pm Singer/pianist Theo Jackson is rapidly gaining a reputation on the scene as a composer of strikingly original songs with a captivating stage presence. He has recently been picked up by publisher Splash Point, (the home of Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw) which demonstrates just how talented he is. Tonight, Theo is playing with a great swinging quintet featuring terrific saxophonist (and MOBO award-winner) Nathaniel Facey (best known for his work with the Award Winning “Empirical”), Shane Allessio (bass) and Jason Reeve (drums). Theo’s special guest tonight will be up and coming young pianist Reuben James.

"One of the most interesting jazz vocalists and composers to emerge on the British scene in recent years, Jackson can flit between ballads and rapid-fire scatting in the blink of eye." THE TELEGRAPH
"One of Britain's finest jazz musicians and singers." Michael Wilson, JAZZ FM
“Vocalist Theo Jackson leads his band from the piano, with a confidence and assurance that comes from being a true musician” LondonJazz
“One firecracker of a vocalist! Theo has a unique but incredibly engaging vocal style swapping between hard-bop, edgy crooner, heart rending ballard and foot-tapping swing.” The Oxford Jazz Festival Review
"Soulful, earthy vocal-led jazz from this impressive young singer with a powerful yet subtle voice, Jackson also has a knack of penning Stevie Wonder-esque originals that avoid the usual crooner clichés . . . one to watch out for." Time Out

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 “SKYDIVE” feat JON GEE-piano; STEVE RUBIE-flute/sax; GEOFF MASON-trombone; LARRY BARTLEY-bass   10:15pm  Named after a Freddie Hubbard tune they played during their first performance, Skydive were brought together for the Chatham Jazz Festival as an all star pickup band and in the tradition of these things were a great success and decided to do more gigs together.  Featuring  legendary 606 Club owner/star flautist Steve Rubie  (Julian Joseph Big Band/Samara), virtuoso trombonist Geoff Mason (Ronnie Scotts Big Band), leading UK pianist Jonathan Gee best known for his trio work and recently working with Pharoah Sanders, Cleveland Watkiss and Tim Whitehead, and star bassist Larry Bartley ( Chris Biscoe, Abdullah Ibrahim) and their soon to be confirmed drummer.  Their musical roots stem from mid 60s Hubbard and Hancock, through Brazilian music of the 70s, and into their own contemporary compositions. A world class band.

“[Gee] a performer of flexibility, resourcefulness and technical command to rival any of his generation"
  The Guardian

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thurs 10th Jean Toussaint feat STEVE WILLIAMSON-SAX  

 8:30pm Jean Toussaint is an ex-pat American tenor saxophonist who first came to this country with the Art Blakey band in the 80’s, and is now one of the most highly regarded modern players on the scene. His blistering technique and lyrical sound have graced many great bands, from Art Blakey through Wynton Marsalis, Gil Evans and the Julian Joseph bands to his own International quartet. A World class musician this is always a great gig from one of the masters of the tenor sax. Saxophonist Steve Williamson first came to prominence in the late 1980’s and between 1988 and 1995 performed and recorded with the likes of Courtney Pine, Louis Moholo, Chris McGregor, Maceo Parker, Abbey Lincoln and Cassandra Wilson. He led his own group in to the late 90’s before deciding to take a sabbatical from the music scene. He returned to the UK around 4 years ago and picked up where he left off, as one of the country’s most interesting and exciting sax players. Also featured tonight will be the World Class rhythm section of bass player Larry Bartley and drummer Shaney Forbes. A compelling combination of experience, creativity and excitement. Highly recommended

“..brilliance, wit, verve and memorable, elegant, sax lines..."
The Times
“..terrific” Guardian

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fri 11th THE TOWNSHIP COMETS feat PINISE SAUL-vocals, JASON YARDE-sax; ADAM GLASSER-piano

9.30pm The Township Comets perform searing and joyous music heavily influenced by the late Dudu Pukwana, a South African saxophonist/composer who emigrated to Europe in the 60s and who played a significant role in the introduction of South African Township music to Europe. The group is led by vocalist Pinise Saul, who has been called the “Queen of African jazz”. Pinise actually performed with Dudu in their band Zila and is a remarkable and evocative singer who, during her illustrious career, has collaborated with a who’s who of international stars including Bob Marley and Patti LaBelle. The line-up of the Township Comets is quite brilliant, full of stars from the UK Jazz scene including Jason Yarde on sax, Chris Batchelor on trumpet, Harry Brown on trombone and Adam Glasser on piano. The music is an infectious blend of classic Township rhythms and songs performed with a real Jazz feel, so you can expect a truly exhilarating show.

“I heard the Township Comets playing Dudu Pukwana’s music, and Chris McGregor’s legacy, and that was fantastic...really like hearing those wonderful bands with Dudu in all over again” John Fordham – Jazz On 3


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sat 12th 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 13TH JOHN CHINA MEMORIAL CONCERT AND JAM with SPECIAL GUESTS

1:30pm In the summer of 2012 the UK lost one of it’s most versatile jazz pianists, John China. John, a good friend and colleague, had been a regular at the Club since the late 1970’s and his fluent and impressive playing had been heard with a variety of fine bands, most recently with the lengthy residency of the late Al Wynette’s band. John, however, was not only a fine mainstream player but also an impressive modern jazz player as well, although in later years he had less opportunity to demonstrate that particular aspect of his playing. It was this versatility and quiet but impressive all round ability and knowledge that made him a pianist of choice for so many bands and artists. Constantly musical John could always be relied on to play exactly the right thing at the right time. He sang pretty well too! This afternoon friends, family and many musical colleagues, including Leon Cohen on piano, Mick Hutton on bass and Derek Gale on drums, will be getting together to play some music and remember one of the most talented, professional and nicest of men to have worked on the UK jazz scene. So please feel free to come down, bring your instrument if you’re a musician and knew or worked with John, and join us in this joyous celebration of a fine musician.

sun 13th BARB JUNGR feat simon wallace

8:30 pm Described as “Britain’s most gifted song stylist” and “one of Europe’s most intriguing and intelligent interpreters of the contemporary song” Barb Jungr has successfully combined the intricacies of cabaret with the power of Jazz to create a unique concept of the popular song. It is little surprise that her CDs have been Album of the Year in The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Washington Post. A regular performer these days in the US as well as the UK Barb was the recipient of the “Best International Artist” in New York's “Backstage Awards for Excellence in Cabaret” and is a song stylist whose unique voice and imaginative arrangements are internationally recognised. Tonight she will be performing material from her latest album on the Naim label, “Stockport to Memphis”, exploring her north western roots along with her love of soul, blues and jazz. Barb has been wowing audiences and critics worldwide with her astonishingly powerful performances, Time Out New York said her concerts are like religious experiences, naming her as one of the "ten things you need to see in your life”, so it’s a very special gig this one.

“Of all the new takes on Dylan, none is more essential than Jungr’s.”
 New York Sun 
"sensational ... extracts the primal essence of songs" The New York Times
“genius” Time Out London
“One of the very best nightclub singers in the World” Time Out, New York

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mon 14th LEIGH COLEMAN

8:30pm Making his 606 Club debut tonight, Leigh is a sensational young soul/groove singer-songwriter signed to record label Mama Stone. Championed by Joss Stone, whom he has supported on tour and who also co-wrote original tracks for his EP “It Is What It Is”, he also includes work opposite the likes of Solomon Burke, Sandy Shaw and Beverley Knight on a rapidly growing cv. His ep, recorded in Miami, was produced by legendary Soul singer Betty Wright (who also co-wrote some of the songs) and Grammy Award winning musician Jonathan Joseph who will also be appearing with Leigh this evening. Jonathan, originally from Miami but now based in the UK, is very much a star in his own right, including work with the likes of Alexander O'Neal, Al Jarreau, Mike Stern, Bill Evans, David Sanborn, Pat Methany, Randy Brecker and Ricky Martin on a stellar cv. The rest of the band is also impressive, including Matt Carter on piano, Steve Down on guitar and Kevin Jeffries on bass. It looks like this young singer is destined for great things so catch him at he Club while you can.

“it's not very often you come across someone with bags of soul like Leigh. He's entirely captivating, magical and puts a unique and modern twist on classic soul-driven, hook-laden acoustic grooves”
Acoustic Magazine
“Sometimes, you just know instantly that..an aspiring artist has ‘it”…he is a Soul Man”
Betty Wright
“his voice is deliciously delightful”
Joss Stone


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tues 15th

  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 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 - BIRTHDAY GIG with Special Guests CAMILLA GEORGE & HARRISON SMITH 10:15pm   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”. Tonight Dill will also be celebrating his birthday with his many friends and numerous musicians including his regular band members pianist Ugo Delmirani, drummer Nic France, tenor saxist Harrison Smith, Camilla George on alto sax and guitarist Leon Stenning. And look out for Dill’s Special Guests….

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


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WEDS 16th CLOSED FOR PRIVATE EVENT

THURS 17th DAVIDE MANTOVANI

8:30pm Italian by birth Davide has been playing bass on the UK scene since 1991. An established player of great versatility he includes work in both the Jazz and World Music scenes and includes the likes of Baaba Maal, Seckou Keita, Jim Mullen, Andy Sheppard, Nana Vasconcelos, Alex Wilson, Kuljit Bahmra, Cheo Feliciano, Herman Olivera, Jean Toussant (Jazz Messengers) and Antonio Forcione on an impressive and varied cv. Davide’s own band features a wonderful array of West African, Brazilian, jazz, classical and cinematic influences, blended together by the extraordinary skilled collection of musicians Davide has assembled. The music is impressively rhythmic, as you might expect from a bass-led ensemble, but it is also richly harmonic and melodically interesting. Tonight Davide will be performing music from his most recent CD “Choices” and will feature the musicians from that album, including Adriano Adewale (Brazil)-percussion, Zoe Rahman (UK)-piano, Guille Hill (Uruguay)-gtr, Paul Booth (UK)-sax and Alice Bellasich-vocals. Davide has also promised some special guests, including Al Maranca (Italy)on vocals, so looks like it’s going to be quite a night. Exotic, atmospheric and utterly enthralling.

“combination of rhythms and styles is impressive without being pretentious. Above all, the music has charm by the bucket load.”All About Jazz
“Davide Mantovani delivers the goods in style”
Evening Standard

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FRI 18th DAVE LEWIS’S “1 UP” featuring POLLY GIBBONS-vocals

9.30pmAfter studying at the world famous Berkeley school of music in Boston, USA, Dave returned to this country to a wealth of work. His robust and melodic tenor playing has been heard with a notable list of artists including John Martyn, Bryan Ferry, Joan Armatrading, John Mayall and Eric Clapton. Currently the featured saxophonist with the “Blockheads”, his own band featured this evening is an impressive array of talent fronted by terrific guest singer Polly Gibbons. Polly is one of the most respected and talked about singers of her generation, a powerful and versatile singer she performs gentle Jazz ballads and rockin’ R&B classics with a uniformly impressive energy and technique. And she has a great personality to match. Tonight the band will be performing material from their latest album “Turn It Round”. Great band, great gig this.

“..spine tingling”Guardian
“..brilliant…great music”BBC Radio London
“Polly Gibbons…a truly exceptional, once in a generation talent, possessing a voice of such sizzling intensity and raw emotion you could fry an egg on it” Jazzwise

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SAT 19th Martin Shaw Quintet FEATURING dAVE O'HIGGINS

9:30pm Martin is widely regarded as one of the finest trumpet players in Europe. His powerful yet wonderfully fluent playing has been heard with the likes of Sting, Natalie Cole and Cleo Lane and he is a first call for numerous high profile musicians both in the UK and abroad. A featured soloist with the BBC Big Band his melodic playing and warm, fluid sound are universally admired and respected. Also appearing with Martin tonight will be the fluent, hard bop saxophonist Dave O’Higgins, whose playing has been a mainstay of the UK jazz scene for over 20 years. 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. This promises to be a great night of straight ahead jazz performed by two of the finest exponents in Europe. Booking recommended.

“Mellifluous”
LondonJazz
“Fine, airy-toned boppish trumpeter”
Time Out
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one of Europe’s top trumpeters” JazzTimes.com
“Dave O’Higgins…exceptional fluency. ..one of Britain’s finest musicians” Observer



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SUN 20th DANA GILLESPIE and THE LONDON BLUES BAND

8.30pm Dana Gillespie has been a major figure on the UK music scene since the mid 60’s. Starting in the folk scene, 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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MON 21st ROSABELLA GREGORY

8:30pmBritish singer, pianist and composer Rosabella Gregory is carving out an impressive niche as a gifted Award Winning composer whose scores have been used for a number of feature films. She is also an in-demand performer and arranger, with performances in New York, Paris, Barcelona and throughout the UK, including supporting the legendary Jools Holland. Her career highlights to date include collaborating with iconic composer Bob James and winning the International Prize in the 2007 New York “Songwriter’s Circle” song contest. Recent performance include a double-bill at the Southbank "Alchemy Festival", guest-performing alongside virtuoso Dr L Subramaniam at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and performing a concert of her own original material at the Royal Festival Hall. Currently promoting her new album “Dangerous Games” Rosabella describes her style as "classical songwriting with a filmic twist, infused with improvisational elements" where "the storytelling aspect is the key". Her distinctive vocals combined with her richly harmonic compositions which feature charming and often evocative lyrics go to create a truly unique and appealing sound.

“Her delightfully involving songs feature page-turning narratives and piano detail as elegant as classic architecture.”
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TUES 22nd

JOHN LAW congregation feat JON SCOTT & YURI GOLOUBEV 7.30pmTonight’s gig from John’s wonderful trio will feature some of the most accessible of John’s original tunes, as well as some of the most beautiful, melodic tunes from the standard jazz/pop repertoire. 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, one of the most respected and inventive drummers on the scene.

“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

JIM HART 110:15 pm Multi-Award winning vibes player/drummer/pianist Jim Hart is unquestionably one of the most talented multi-instrumentalists to emerge for many years. In recent years he has played drums and vibraphone regularly with the likes of John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, Phil Woods, Stan Sulzmann, Gwilym Simcock, Alan Barnes and Mornington Lockett’s New Jazz Couriers. A founder member of London’s LOOP collective he is also busy with his own projects, “Gemini” and The Jim Hart Quartet and has a number of recordings under his own name. A British Jazz award winner in 2006, 2007 and 2008 he received the Worshipful Company of musicians Bronze medal in 2006 and was selected to be a participant of the Jerwood/PRS Foundation Take Five Initiative. A fluent and enormously creative musician, Jim will tonight be leading his own quartet featuring another highly impressive multi-instrumentalist Ivo Neame on piano, performing a mix of highly imaginative originals and classic Jazz standards.

“Outstanding” Financial Times
“..percussive directness, fleetness of phrasing and classic-swing”
Guardian
“...a revelation”
The Times

www.jimhart.co.uk

 

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WEDS 23rd

THE JOHN EAST PROJECT 7:30 pmThe 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 almost three 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, Neville Malcolm-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 six months ago) 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.

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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

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THURS 24th TIM WHITEHEAD 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. 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.

“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

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FRI 25th samara feat LILIANA CHACHIAN VOCALS, STEVE RUBIE, FLUTE

9:30pmSAMARA is a six piece jazz/latin group which led by 606 Club boss Steve Rubie 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 Liliana Chachian, who includes work with iconic dance band “Da Latta” and the influential “Negrocan”, 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 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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SAT 26th BRANDON ALLEN/QUENTIN COLLINS QUINTET

9:30pmBrandon is an ex-pat Australian saxophonist who has made quite an impression on the scene since becoming resident in London. A leading soloist in several Jazz Orchestras back home he also led his own successful group before decamping to Europe in 2002. His wonderfully fluent and incisive sax playing has been heard in prestigious venues all over Europe and at numerous festivals around the world, including the Womad World Music Festival, Reading Rock Festival, Isle of Wight, Brecon Jazz Festival, The Vittoria and Terassa Jazz Festivals in Spain, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival in Australia and the London Jazz Festival. In London alone he has performed with the likes of Eric Clapton, Mica Paris, Jools Holland, Carleen Anderson, BBC Big Band and Omar, which gives you an idea of just how good he is! The quartet tonight also features one of the UK’s leading jazz musicians, trumpeter Quentin Collins. Quentin has established an enviable reputation as a lyrical and melodic player with a powerful sound and approach. He includes the likes of Jeff Beck, Jason Rebello, Basement Jaxx, Omar, Prince and Roy Ayres on a lengthy and impressive cv. The line up is completed with Enzo Zirilli-drums and Charlie Wood -organ, performing a mix of originals and classic Jazz standards, with interesting melodies and well-crafted solos over a swinging organ-and-drums rhythm section - promises to be something quite special.

“Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today. His phrasing is unashamedly emotional, soaked in the blues tradition”
Jazzwise
 “Quentin Collins…virtuosic” Guardian

http://brandonallen.co.uk

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SUN 27th GWYNETH HERBERT feat al cherry, guitar

8:30pmOne 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

www.gwynethherbert.com/

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MON 28th REBECCA HOLLWEG WITH SPECIAL GUEST JULIAN FERRARETTO

8:30pm Singer/songwriter Rebecca Hollweg has a real Jazz sensibility with the songs that she writes and arranges and like her great influence James Taylor is most comfortable working with jazz musicians. She released her first album in 2001 which was critically very well received and led to appearances on various BBC Radio shows and to tours with the likes of Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) and Paul Carrack (Squeeze). After taking some time out to have a baby Rebecca returned to the scene in the 2008 with the completion of her second album “Orange Roses” produced by her husband, Andy Hamill. Since then she has performed extensively both in the UK and abroad, including festivals at Rochfort en Accords in France, Vamos Festival in Crete and 5 and 55 Festival, Wijk an See in Holland plus numerous other gigs in France and Germany as well as the likes of the Latitude Festival in the UK. Playing live, she is open and unpretentious, and as one listener said ‘it feels like she is reaching out and enfolding you in a warm embrace’. The band tonight is made up of some of the finest players on the scene, including Julian Ferraretto on violin, Phil Peskett on piano, Mike Outram on guitar and Andy Hamill on bass.

“Just a beautiful sound, great vibe…absolutely stunning” BBC Radio 2
“Carole King couldn’t have come up with a better...song” Uncut
“A gifted tunesmith” Q Magazine

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TUE 29th

ESCAPE HATCH WITH SPECIAL GUEST KENNY WHEELER FEAT IVO NEAME 7:30pm “Escape Hatch” features an impressive line-up of some of the most talented of the younger musicians around. Multi instrumentalist pianist Ivo Neame (he’s also a very good saxophonist) has had an impressive start to his career, playing in both Phronesis and the Kairos 4tet as well as performing alongside the likes of David Binney, Seamus Blake and iconic Brazilian composer/performer Hermeto Pascoal. An Award winning musician he has won a MOBO for his work with the Kairos Quartet and was a winner in the Jazz category of the London Awards for Arts and Performance. As a leader he has recorded 3 critically acclaimed albums and has toured the UK and Europe extensively. Excellent Italian bassist Andrea Di Biase has been performing with a who’s who of jazz royalty since moving to the UK, playing in groups led by Norma Winstone, Stan Sulzmann and Kenny Wheeler. He is also a composer and leader of the Oltremare Quartet and with that band he recorded his first album “Uncommon Nonsense” released in 2011 by the renowned British label Babel. Drummer Dave Hamblett has rapidly established himself as drummer of choice for numerous bands and artists. A Yamaha Jazz Scholar, since leaving the Royal Academy Dave has gone on to work with the likes of Abram Wilson, Sam Crowe, Yuri Galkin and Nick Smart with his debut album due out in the spring of 2013. The Trio’s special guest this evening is one of the iconic figures of International Jazz, the great trumpet and flugelhorn player Kenny Wheeler. A seminal figure on the scene since the 1960’s Kenny has quite literally influenced generations of musicians.  Kenny’s melodic, inventive, playing first came to prominence with the John Dankworth Band of the late 50’s and by the mid 60’s he was leading his own groups, as well as working with some of the best musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. By the mid 70’s he was signed to the iconic label ECM, for whom he was to record for the next 20 years, achieving universal recognition as one of the finest contemporary trumpet and flugel horn players in the world. Even now, after more than 50 years, he is still considered to be one of the most influential and creative players in world Jazz. This is a rare outing for Kenny in the Club environment these days and an absolute must for anyone interested in great, contemporary Jazz playing. Booking advised. £12

“the quality and variety of Di Biase’s writing…impresses” LondonJazz Blog
“As a player, Wheeler's pure tone, vaulting interval leaps and wry melodic twists have made him one of the great cool-jazz trumpeters” The Guardian
“[Neame’s] remarkable writing and playing are often in dazzling balance” Guardian

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JAZZ FROM THE ACADEMY feat THE SAM MILES QUARTET 10:15pm This 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 the featured musician is the saxophonist Sam Miles, with his quartet. 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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WED 30th DAMON BROWN QUARTET feat MICHAEL LUTZEIER-sax

8.30pmAn International recording artist, Damon is unquestionably one of the most talented of the current crop of British trumpet players. A versatile player he is equally at home with pop or Jazz, although jazz is quite definitely his first love. Greatly respected on the scene his fluent and highly melodic playing has been heard with the likes of Benny Golson, Steve Grossman and Dave Liebman. The quintet’s set is a mix of standards and original material played in a seriously impressive way. The Guardian described Damon’s recent outfit as “a coolly authoritative bebop band…” and with a seriously great guest in the form of exceptional German baritone saxophonist Michael Lutzeier you can expect great things from the gig tonight

“Damon Brown…a genuinely exiting voice …a vastly accomplished trumpet player and composer” The Observer
"Damon Brown's quartet rose to the occasion magnificently, playing with fire and gusto” LondonJazz Blog



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THU 31ST KATE WILLIAMS SEPTET

8:30pmKate is a fine pianist who has been making a name for herself as both a performer and composer/arranger. A previous winner of the John Dankworth Award, she has released four CDs, each one to critical acclaim. Her trio CD “Scenes And Dreams” (2005) was rated in the top ten jazz albums that year by Mojo magazine and her CD, “The Embrace” (2008), was praised for her rich and sonorous quintet writing. The CD she launched at the Club last year, “Made Up,” received massive praise and helped win her a Parliamentary Jazz Award Nomination this year. The band Kate is bringing in tonight is her highly acclaimed 7 piece band that features some of the finest players in the UK performing her wonderfully inventive and swinging arrangements. The all-star line Award winning line up includes Gareth Lockrane-flute, Alex Garnett-sax, Julian Siegel-sax/bass clarinet, Robbie Robson-trumpet, Oli Hayhurst-bass and Tristan Maillot-drums. A real musical feast and not to be missed.

“A worthy addition to the ranks of British Jazz composer pianists…” The Observer
“Pianist Kate Williams writes robustly and fashions clean, cool improvised lines…evoking Tristano and Jarrett… a cerebral and quirky imagination in both composition and improvisation..,a genuine talent to watch.” Mojo 

www.kate-williams-quartet.com

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