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Please note the following:
:: there is a music charge for each event (usually between £8 - £12 per person)
:: we have a supper license, so you must eat a substantial meal if you wish to drink alcohol



Saturday 2nd: 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



Sunday 3rd: helena pauL's Birthday Gig feat. Jim Mullen

8:30pm An old friend and supporter singer Helena Paul is making a welcome return to the Club after some years based in mainland Europe. She is a charismatic vocalist with a lovely warm vocal tone and impressive technique whose career has spanned dance, soul, pop and more recently jazz and blues. Working regularly in Spain and Germany as well as London Helena’s powerful voice has been a feature of numerous high profile bands, both in the UK and on the Continent including the likes of Wet Wet Wet and Captain Hollywood. Established as both songwriter and performer Helena describes herself as “a specialist in Jazz, Soul and Blues.” Highly experienced Helena’s sparkling, high energy, singing has been heard across Europe from duos to major Big Bands. Helena will be celebrating her birthday tonight so expect plenty of lively music, surprise guests and much fun. Also featured on the gig tonight will be one of the UK’s iconic jazz musicians, guitarist Jim Mullen, with a rhythm section of Jason Wright-piano, Francis Hylton-bass and Frank Tontoh-drums. A rare visit to the Club from Helena and well worth catching.


Monday 4th: 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



Tuesday 5th

7:30pm caroline loftus and "fred" This is an exciting new Cuban music project from fabulous singer Caroline Loftus and her band, “Fred” (Flavio Correa-percussion, Rey Crespo-bass, Eikel Venegas-trumpet, David Oliver-piano) performing tunes inspired by a combination of 1950's Havana and the swinging sounds of Hollywood. The material is perfectly suited to Caroline’s gorgeous, mellifluous voice and with an all-star Cuban band behind her, the songs marry the spirit of Cuba with the sparkling polish of tinseltown. An artist of International standing, Caroline was featured on a number of tracks for the 2009 BBC Children in Need album and includes work at prestigious venues around the World, including the Sydney Opera House, Hong Kong Arts Centre and the Nederland Dance Theatre. A sophisticated, good-time gig from one of the masters of Jazz vocals.

“A voice like honey” Sydney Morning Herald


10:15pm JAZZ FROM THE ACADEMY feat THE SAM WATTS BAND   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 pianist Sam Watts, with his band. 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!



8:30pm The Trio is the longest established and most widely travelled of all of Mike Westbrook’s ensembles. It’s combination of composition, song, and improvisation being at the heart of many of his projects, from the seminal Brass Band of the ‘70s to the New Westbrook Orchestra. Mike, Kate and Chris are celebrating the Trio’s 30th Anniversary with an extensive European Tour (which the 606 Club is proud to be part of) and a new album “Three into Wonderfull” which was Album of the Month in Jazz magazine. Composer, arranger Mike Westbrook, who was awarded an OBE in 1988 for services to music, has long been regarded as one of the UK’s most creative and influential Jazz/contemporary composers. Widely admired and respected worldwide, he has over 50 albums to his name and an International reputation that has quite literally taken him around the globe. His settings of the poetry of William Blake, “The Westbrook Blake”, have been described in The Independent on Sunday as “Perhaps the greatest work in all British Jazz.”. Singer Kate Westbrook’s repertoire embraces Contemporary Music and Cabaret, as well as Jazz and Popular Song. She has written libretti for Opera and Music Theatre. Her album, “Cuff Clout” was reviewed in Downbeat magazine “Westbrook sets her witty and eccentric texts to bold and fascinating genre-crossing music.” Over the last 30 years saxophonist Chris Biscoe has featured in many leading ensembles, notably Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath, George Russell's Living Time Orchestra, and the Orchestre National de Jazz, based in Paris. As a soloist Chris works in a great variety of contexts, performing and recording with some of the finest UK musicians around. A composer in his own right he leads various ensembles and is widely considered to be one of the most creative saxophonists on the UK scene. Of the Trio’s 20th Anniversary album “L’ascenseur/The Lift” Observer critic Dave Gelly wrote “No one has succeeded in creating a more distinctive body of work than Mike and Kate Westbrook. Their mixture of jazz, music-theatre, poetry, street entertainment and visuals is rich and unique. That just three people can create such a variety of sounds is hard to believe". The Trio's programme at the 606 will include Classic Theatre Songs by Cole Porter and Kurt Weill, originals, and some lesser known Jazz Standards. A rare chance to hear this fascinating combination in the intimate setting of the 606 Club.

“Mike Westbrook is one of Britain’s most creative, experimental and daring Jazz composers” The Times
“A showcase for the zestful, powerfully dramatic vocal style of one of the UK's most individual singers, Kate Westbrook - her extraordinary impact is best savoured live.” The Times
“Mike Westbrook is a Master of jazz orchestration…the full effect is awe inspiring” The Observer
“..Chris Biscoe is an inspiring and hard hitting saxophonist.” The Scotsman







Friday 8th: JEREMY STACEY & friends

9:30pm Jeremy is a powerful and highly impressive drummer, who is equally at home playing pop, rock, funk or straight ahead jazz. Jeremy’s cv is vast, including work with the likes of Robbie Williams, Joe Cocker, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Waterboys, Jason Rebello, Amy Winehouse, Beverly Knight, Eurythmics (w/Stevie Wonder), Tina Turner….you get the idea! The regular drummer with American icon Sheryl Crow for over 7 years, Jeremy has just finished touring the World with Noel Gallagher’s “High Flying Birds”. A very old friend of the Club Jeremy has, however, found time in his busy schedule to put together a great Jazz/Groove band, something he has been doing here at the Club on a regular basis for more than 20 years. One of the most respected drummers of his generation Jeremy’s gigs are always guaranteed to be both exciting and of the very highest musicianship. Also featured tonight in this World Class line up will be Jason Rebello (Sting, Jeff Beck) on piano/keyboards, Paul Stacey (Black Crowes, Claire Martin) guitar, Ed Jones (George Benson, Dianne Reeves) saxophone and Pino Palladino (The Who, Eric Clapton) on bass. Tonight’s gig with this monster line up promises to be quite exceptional, so expect something very special! Booking definitely advised. Booking definitely advised.

“…a fine…drummer with an infectious feel. His gigs are ...invariably enlivened by some top class guests” Time Out


Saturday 9th: CLARK TRACEY

9:30pm Clark is an excellent, highly experienced and award-winning drummer, bandleader, composer & arranger. Originally featured with the band of his father, Stan, Clark has gone on to establish himself in his own right as one of the country’s leading modern jazz drummers. He has recorded over 90 albums (9 as a leader) and performed in around 50 countries. He has been awarded the "Best Drums" title three times in the British Jazz Awards and Ronnie Scott's Award for “Best Drums” in 2007. As a bandleader he can boast that some of the finest musicians in the UK have passed through his ranks including the likes of Nigel Hitchcock, Dave O'Higgins, Mark Nightingale, Mornington Lockett and Zoe Rahman. As well as composing and arranging for his own group he has composed for the Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Appleby Festival big band and written string quartet arrangements for vocalists Claire Martin & Joan Viskant. The band Clark is leading tonight features some of the finest young musicians in the country including Henry Armburg Jennings on trumpet and Chris Maddock on sax performing powerful, straight ahead, modern Jazz.

“…..one of the most impressive jazz drummers in Britain today” The Times




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 and highly recommended. And don’t forget this is our family day so children are more than welcome.



then, in the evening:

Sunday 10TH: IAN SHAW

8:30pm One of Europe’s great male jazz vocalists. Named Best Vocalist of the year twice(!) at the BBC Jazz Awards, multi Award Winning Ian Shaw is a huge talent with the most engaging personality and an ability to make every song his own. Described as “the voice of the decade” it is not by chance that he was the first British Jazz vocalist to be signed to American label Milestone, which resulted in a number of highly acclaimed US recordings. Also a wry, witty and intelligent showman, Ian had a month-long show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Watch out for his last two releases on Splash Point Records, “The Abbey Road Sessions”, a fabulous collection showcasing his beautiful, uniquely crafted versions of favourite songs and “A Ghost in Every Bar” an album which celebrates the lyrics of the wonderful Fran Landesman (who has said that Ian’s version of her most famous work “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” is her favourite interpretation). This evening Ian will be singing and playing the piano with a host of invited “Special Guests”. Booking definitely advised for this unique gig.

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



Monday 11th: lillian boutte

8:30pm It is with enormous pleasure that we welcome back to the 606 Club the brilliant New Orleans singer Ms. Lillian Boutté. On the music scene for more than 30 years Lillian is a monument to Jazz, Gospel and R&B. She has performed and recorded with a myriad of legendary musicians including Jay Mc Shane, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Milt Hinton, Gus Johnson, Doc Cheatham, Arnett Cobb, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Clark Terry and our own Humphrey Lyttleton. She has quite literally travelled the world performing her brand of New Orleans Jazz and R&B. Named "New Orleans Musical Ambassador" in 1986, she was only the second jazz legend in the city's history to be accorded this honour - the first being Louis Armstrong. A successful actress and stage performer as well, she appeared in and sung on the sound track of Allan Parker’s “Angel Heart” and was for 4 years a featured performer in the classic stage show “One Mo Time”, performing with the show in New Orleans, Sweden and Brazil. In 1992 she took the show “Spirit of Louisiana” to Germany, in 1992 to 1994 she toured “Gospel United” around Europe culminating in 1995 with Lillian and her group performing in Denmark with a 3,000 voice Gospel choir. Lillian has been touring almost non-stop for the last 18 years doing concerts, club dates and festivals all over the world and with the help of 17 albums featuring jazz, pop, blues, soul and gospel has striven to convey New Orleans’s unique atmosphere to an international audience. Although now based in Europe this has become particularly important for Lillian post Hurricane Katrina and she has been widely praised over the last 6 years for her tireless efforts to raise money for victims and to enable reconstruction work in her devastated home town. A unique singer who blends all that is best in Jazz, Gospel and R&B in one high energy, enormously entertaining package. The band Lillian leads tonight also features one of the UK’s finest guitarists, Denny Ilett.

“A versatile singer from New Orleans now based in Europe, ……she takes a song like "All of Me" and turns it into a work of jazz art. Her rendition of "He Touched Me" reflects the depth of her feeling for her gospel roots. The ballads "I Cried for You" and "For All We Know" are perfect vehicles for showcasing the soft and subtle way that she engages in a song and "Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night" shows her bluesy side. One can understand upon hearing Lillian Boutte sing why music is her life” All Music Guide
“feisty and loveable” London Jazz Blog



Tuesday 12th: jandira silva

8:30pm Born in Rio de Janiero, Jandira is a highly talented singer whose voice beautifully conveys the power of popular Brazilian music. Singing professionally since 1997 her search for wider artistic horizons took her to Portugal, where she became the resident vocalist at the Casino do Estoril in Lisbon. At the same time she combined work in Portugal’s various Jazz Clubs with regular appearances on Portuguese TV. Moving to London in 2007 Jandira quickly became an important part of the UK Latin/Brazilian scene including regular appearances at venues such as Ronnie Scotts, The National Theatre, Guanabara and of course the 606 Club. She performs a wonderful selection of rhythmic, enchanting and seductive songs in her native Brazilian Portuguese, accompanied by her terrific Brazilian band that features the great Uruguayan guitarist Guille Hill. Tonight Jandira will be performing material from her brilliant debut CD “Festa De Um Sonho Bom!” which she launched here at the Club. One of Europe’s leading exponents of classic Brazilian Music. Highly recommended.

“..outstanding” Soul Tracks.



Wednesday 13th

7:30pm Janette Mason 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 Paul Booth (Steve Winwood).

“Janette Mason…a triumph of elegant themes, catchy hooks, fierce swing, classy execution..” Guardian
“Booth…Blistering saxist” Independent
“Paul Booth….Exceptional talent” Sunday Times.


10:15pm SIMON PURCELL Probably best known these days as Head of Jazz at Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, pianist Simon Purcell has performance credits as leader and sideman dating back to the mid 1980’s, including appearances with the likes of Red Rodney, Kenny Wheeler, Eddie Henderson, Stan Sulzman, Jean Toussaint and Julian Arguelles. During the late 80’s and early 90’s Simon’s fluent and inventive playing could be heard with a wide variety of artists, including recordings made with singers Cleveland Watkiss (Green Chimneys) and Anita Wardell (Women have Standards). His own bands, which sadly have remained unrecorded, have included the likes of UK artists Julian Arguilles, Christine Tobin and Steve Watts. As well as a performer of some skill and invention Simon is also a very well established and highly respected Educator. Between 1987 and 2005 he was professor of jazz piano and improvisation at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and was appointed Head of Jazz at Trinity College of Music in September 2005. As well as all that he also co-directed the Glamorgan Jazz Summer School (formerly the Barry Summer School) and in between times he has acted as a consultant to Birmingham Conservatoire, been educational director of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and in 2006 received the prestigious Parliamentary Jazz Award for Jazz Educationalist of the Year. Tonight Simon will be bringing his quartet featuring the Award winning saxophonist Julian Siegel to the Club for the first time in some years and it is with great pleasure that we welcome this stalwart of the UK Jazz scene.

“…gifted contemporary jazz pianist Simon Purcell.” Time Out



Thursday 14th: JOHN CRAWFORD featuring guille hill

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

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



Friday 15th: tony o'malley

9:30m TONY O’MALLEY is unquestionably one of the most charismatic vocalists working in the UK. A featured performer since the late 60s, 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, Tony has established himself as one of the most original and powerful performers on the scene today, with a fan base that reaches around the world. 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



Saturday 16th: derek nash

9:30pm An award-winning saxophonist, Derek is perhaps best known as one of the featured saxophonists with the Jules Holland Band as well as 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




1:30pm Rachel trained at The Welsh College of Music and Drama and her background in theatre adds that extra dimension to her performance. With a rich tone and sense of swing that is both moving and exciting Rachel performs classics from The American Songbook along with her own arrangements of more modern popular songs plus the occasional original. An emerging artist, Rachel has already performed both in the UK and abroad to great acclaim. Her band features the exceptional pianist Roland Perrin, ''guaranteed to get any room dancing'' (All About Jazz) complemented by the contagious grooves of Trinidadian bassist Michael Curtis Ruiz and Italian drummer Cosimo Keita Cadore. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

"Rachel has a powerful, soulful voice and great delivery" John Etheridge
"impossibly glamorous" The Guardian



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SUNDAY 17th: charlie wood

8:30pm Award-winning US ex-pat singer/pianist Charlie Wood is a talented and versatile musician whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of popular music, jazz, blues and traditional r&b. Born and raised in Tennessee, Charlie learnt his trade touring with iconic blues guitarist Albert King before settling back in Memphis. For over fifteen years the Charlie Wood Trio performed nightly at the King's Palace Café on Beale Street, with guests including B.B. King, George Coleman and Joey DeFrancesco. Numerous awards from that time include the N.A.R.A.S. "Premier Player Award" for Keyboards and the Beale St. Merchants' Association "Entertainer of the Year" award. Not surprisingly the trio he is working with features some of the finest UK musicians around including Dudley Phillips (Mark Knopfler, Andy Sheppard) on bass and Nic France (Dave Gilmore, Bill Withers) on drums. A highly charismatic performer and definitely not to be missed. Oh, and watch out for his latest CD “Lush Life” and some Surprise Guests…

“Remember the first time you heard Dylan, or Springsteen or Waits? Charlie Wood delivers that same jolt.….brilliant” Jazz Times



Monday 18th: lilianA chachian'S "olumo"

8:30pm Originally from Sao Paolo, Brazil, Liliana is generally recognized as one of the finest Brazilian singers in Europe. This enormously experienced performer’s work as both singer and composer has led her to collaborations with the likes of the iconic Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira and Weather Report’s drummer Dom Um Romao as well as work with bands such as The Pet Shop Boys, Masters at work (N.Y.) and Snow Boy. She co-wrote the first “Da Lata” album (“ Songs from the Tin”) that took her on an extensive world tour, performing in major festivals and venues from New York’s Central Park to China, Japan, Canada, South Africa and most countries in Europe and with her bass player Andy Lafones’ band “Negrocan” she co-wrote and performed on three albums culminating in a Billboard nomination for the single ‘Cada Vez’. She delivers a powerful, rhythmic, set in her native Brazilian Portuguese, in a way in that only a Brazilian brought up with the music since childhood can achieve.Tonight Liliana is bringing her brand new project “Olumo” to the Club, which features some of the finest musicians in the UK, the great Neil Angilley on piano (see Wed 20th), Uruguayan bass player Andy Lafone and Italian drummer Davide Giovannini. The music will be primarily Liliana’s originals plus the occasional classic Brazilian song and is both melodic and exciting. As Liliana says, it is “..a journey through the rich and diverse music from my heart”. “Olumo”, incidentally, is the name of a huge rock in Abeokuta , Nigeria, that represents solidarity, strength and reliability. Highly recommended.

“Liliana Chachian…the melodious and brilliant Brazilian vocalist” Straight no Chaser


Tuesday 19th

7:30pm DAN REINSTEIN 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

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

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


Wednesday 20th

7:30pm NEIL ANGILLEY 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


10:15pm NIC FRANCE NIC FRANCE with JOHN PARRICELLI and PATRICK BETTISON. One of the most respected drummers of his generation, it is with great pleasure that we welcome 606 Club regular Nic France to the Club with his own trio. A “first call” player for so many musicians, Nic first came to London in the early 80’s and was quickly immersed in the Jazz scene, working with the likes of Ian Carr’s “Nucleus”, the iconic big band “Loose Tubes” and the Ronnie Scott Quintet. However his powerful playing and impeccable time and approach was soon picked up and it wasn’t long before he was working and touring with the likes of Bill Withers, Working Week and Tanita Tikaram. Since then he has worked constantly in an eclectic variety of musical settings, an excellent Jazz drummer he is also a brilliant Groove player, a skilled Latin player and one of the few modern jazz drummers who can also play authentic Brazilian rhythms, both on kit and percussion. As well as constant work on the Club, Festival and Concert circuit he also has had a formidable career in the studios and includes the likes of Pete Townsend, Thomas Dolby, Annie Lenox and Nigel Kennedy on a massive CV. And of course he is best known at the Club as the regular drummer with the Jazz/Brazilian band “Samara”. Also featured in Nic’s trio tonight are guitarist John Parricelli and bass player Patrick Bettison.

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



Thursday 21st: just east

8:30pm JUST EAST formed in 1993 and rapidly gained a reputation as one of the first and best groups to explore the connections between Jazz and Klezmer music. Since then the band has developed a unique fusion of jazz and various Eastern European sounds while touring extensively and releasing five albums, the most recent of which, House of Leaves, received rave reviews in the music and national press. The great line-up comprises virtuoso Neil Angilley (a bit of a regular this month!) on piano (Samara, Snowboy, Down to the Bone, Vanessa Mae), Jeremy Shoham on reeds (Evidence, Geno Washington), Phil Scragg on bass (Robert Plant, Sax Appeal) and Rick Finlay on percussion (Liane Carroll. Jacquie Dankworth).

“…a restlessly virtuosic display of exceptionally punchy rhythmic precision and tight but flighty improvisation.” Jazzwise;
“the authority and energy of the group has been growing over the years, and they have long been a vivacious proposition live.” Guardian




Friday 22nd: imaani

9:30pm A terrific singer in the Soul/R&B tradition Imaani’s cv is long and impressive. She first came to prominence as the UK’s 1998 entrant to the Eurovision Song contest (one of the better choices!) where she was runner up and went on to produce a highly successful single that charted around the World. She then moved on to work with Dub Conspiracy (with whom she again charted). Her worldwide tours, television, live and recorded output includes work with the likes of Gloria Gaynor, Carleen Anderson, Michael Bolton, Lulu and Beverley Knight. She was until recently the lead singer with the iconic band “Incognito”, with whom she has had a long association and she continues to perform with them whenever “motherhood” duties allow. Her band, not surprisingly, is full of some of the best “Groove” players on the scene, including guitarist Dave Ital (Level 42, Tom Jones, Beverly Knight, Bobby Womack) and keyboardist Alex Bennett (Corrine Bailey Rae). A powerful and charismatic vocalist this is a rare chance to hear this enormously experienced and highly regarded singer perform with her fantastic band here at the Club.

“the magnificent vocals of Imaani, who weaves her magic over a backdrop of funk guitar and old-school synths” DJ Times
“Imaani’s beautiful vocals are the standout element” JazzproJect


Saturday 23rd: benn clatworthy

9:30pm BENN CLATWORTHY is a truly impressive modern jazz tenor player who was first brought to my attention by the late Ronnie Scott, who rated him as one of the best UK players that he had heard. Although British (very!) Benn is now resident in California where he has established himself as an important talent, although he does return to Britain on a regular basis. A powerful and impressive player this is a gig not to be missed.

“big toned sax …. (with) deep emotional commitment” Jazz UK




1:30pm Founded by guitarist Simon Harris Trio Manouche are a world-class gypsy jazz ensemble who perform a mix of traditional classic “swing” tunes and up-beat “quirky” originals. Simon includes performances with legends of the gypsy jazz style such as Tchavalo Schmitt as well as work with more contemporary artists such as Mobo Award Winner Soweto Kinch. And just to prove his versatility he was also featured on a Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) video. And if you get lucky Simon may even sing a bit! The rest of the trio is made up of two of the finest exponents of Gypsy swing jazz in the UK, Ducato Pietrowski on Acoustic Guitar and Mark Lewandowski on Double Bass. A great, fun, way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

“Sheer exuberance” Independent
“Virtuosic” Guardian



Sunday 24th: birthday special - sarah-jane morris/antonio forcione

8:30pm Sarah Jane’s enviable career spans from early 80s, politically active bands The Republic, Happy End and the Communards through to her current international success as a singer/songwriter of undeniable stature. To give just some idea of her breadth and creativity, concert highlights have included a Swing Ladies concert with Chaka Khan and Monserrat Caballe, a performance in front of 10,000 fans in Athens, a European Tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, numerous sell-out weeks at Ronnie Scott's and the “What Women Want” concert with Sinead O'Connor and Chrissie Hynde at the Royal Festival Hall. Sara Jane’s music straddles rock, blues, jazz and soul and is hard to define but she describes herself as “Nina Simone meets Janis Joplin”! Hailed as the 'Jimi Hendrix of the acoustic guitar', award-winning Antonio Forcione is considered one of the most charismatic and inventive performers to come out of Europe in recent years. He breaks the mould of conventional, popular guitar sounds in the fields of Jazz, Spanish, African, Brazilian and improvised music and has received critical acclaim worldwide. He has released 16 albums, which have variously hit the top of British and international jazz charts and has shared stages around the globe with some of the world’s most accomplished musicians, including John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Jason Rebello and Martin Taylor. A rare chance to hear these great performers together this promises to be an exceptional gig from two incomparable musicians, and as it’s also Sara Jane’s birthday (oh yes!) you can expect something just a little special plus some extra Surprise Guests – very highly recommended.

“A voice that can excite shivers of passion and delight … Soaring, swooping, sensual and sophisticated, this voice is more than a style, it’s a force of nature” Observer
“..a vocal Titan” The Star Phoenix, Montreal
“Sarah Jane Morris....mesmeric” Guardian
“Her excellent voice soars and swoops with the agony and ecstasy of the delta and smoky Chicago clubs” Daily Telegraph;
“Those in-the-know rate her as one of the world's great jazz-soul vocalists” Vogue Italia
“Antonio Forcione [is] a performer of world class status ... forceful and with an enviable technique, he takes the guitar to new levels of expression combining its melodic powers with dramatic percussive effects…the results are quite spectacular”. The Stage
“..a guitar genius" Three Weeks Magazine




Monday 25th: ANDY CAINE

8:30pm Tommy Blaize has been called into action to work on a TV special with Bruce Forsyth so sadly, he’s had to cancel his regular Monday gig. However, we are fortunate indeed as Tommy’s Strictly colleague Andy Caine – who also sings and plays guitar in Tommmy’s band - is stepping up to the mic. Andy is a fine singer in his own right, and in addition to touring regularly with the Strictly Come Dancing band, he’s performed or recorded with the likes of Tina Turner, Al Green, Tom Jones, Madonna, Ray Davies, Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow and a host of other superstars. Andy promises a night of “rare grooves” -- soul, R&B funk gems from Bobby Womack, Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder. His band includes Sean Hargreaves (keys), Adam Phillips (guitar),Chris Dodd (bass), Ian Thomas (drums) Pete Eckford (percussion) and Graeme Blevins (sax), top players all! Tommy will be back in his regular slot in April but meanwhile we are looking forward to getting into the groove with Andy.



Tuesday 26th

7:30pm SKYDIVE   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 such things enjoyed themselves so much that they decided to do more gigs together. Featuring legendary 606 Club owner and 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 worki with the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Cleveland Watkiss and Tim Whitehead as well as his own excellent trio, star bassist Larry Bartley (Chris Biscoe, Abdullah Ibrahim) and the brilliant drummer Winston Clifford (Courtney Pine, Monty Alexander). Their musical roots stem from mid 60s Hubbard and Hancock, through Brazilian music of the 80s in to 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

10:15pm BARRY GREEN  A wonderful modern jazz pianist whose fluent and melodic playing has made a significant impact on the UK Jazz scene. Barry includes the likes of Anita Wardell, Christine Tobin (both BBC Jazz Award winners), Bobby Wellins and Ingrid Laubrock on an eclectic and impressive cv. Tonight his trio will also feature the excellent Oli Hayhurst on bass and the acclaimed ex-pat US drummer Gene Calderazzo.

“..Green’s work can be both intricate and assertive and is constantly inventive.” Jazz UK
“The one who really shone was pianist Barry Green. Watching his imagination unfurl was an engaging experience and turned out to be the keenest musical pleasure of the evening”. Daily Telegraph



Wednesday 27th

7:30pm Cecelia Stalin Swedish by birth, since 2004 Cecilia has been working in Sweden, New York and her adopted city, London as a singer, composer, arranger, recording artist, teacher and vocal coach. Blessed with a wonderful, pure tone and great time Cecilia has built an impressive reputation amongst many of the most influential musicians on the UK Jazz scene and her brilliant band tonight is made up of some of the finest players around, Esben Tjalve-piano, Ben Hazleton-bass and Rod Youngs-drms. Highly recommended.

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


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

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



Thursday 28th: simon woolf sextet

8:30pm SIMON WOOLF’S ALL-STAR SEXTET featuring GARETH LOCKRANE-flutes; MARK CROOKS-clarinet; HENRY ARMBURG JENNINGS – trumpet/flugel; COLIN OXLEY-guitar; MATT HOME–drums This band really is an all-star collective, featuring six of the best players on the scene. Simon Woolf, one of the country’s leading Jazz bass players is one of the most musical and tasteful players around and he leads this band of top players with aplomb. The repertoire of the group consists of Simon’s originals plus a variety of classic Jazz and groove standards, all arranged by Simon, and performed by this exceptional band. Straight ahead jazz of the highest quality.

“..spirited, melodic and swinging.” Observer
“Lockrane’s flute work is exceptional… very special indeed” Jazzwise
“Mark Crooks…exceptional” BBC
“Agile trumpeter Henry Armburg Jennings” Guardian
“Artful contemporary jazz guitarist Oxley” Time Out



Friday 29th: samara feat. steve rubie & jandira silva

9:30pm “Samara” is a six piece jazz/latin group which I lead on sax and flute, and suffice it to say we all think the guys in the band are just great! The pianist Neil Angilley works with Vanessa Mae, Shirley Bassey and “Down to the Bone”, Dill Katz, the bass player is visiting professor at the Guildhall, Nic France the drummer has worked with just about everyone, including Dave Gilmore (Pink Floyd) and Bill Withers, the percussionist, Dawson Miller is generally recognised as one of the most versatile and experienced players on the scene, and the singer Jandira Silva is considered to be one of the finest Brazilian vocalists currently working in Europe. The music is an infectious blend of Brazilian Samba, jazz/latin and Soul, and everyone has a great time!

“Cracking Latin-jazz quintet led by 606 proprietor Steve Rubie on flute and alto saxophone…explores these Latin jazz classics in great rhythmic style” Time Out



9:30pm 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 on the World Music scene today. Passionate about both his music and his politics Gilad’s gigs are always stimulating both musically and intellectually. Tonight Gilad will be promoting his latest OH CD, Songs Of The Metropolis featuring his band of Frank Harrison on piano, Yaron Stavi on bass and Eddie Hick on drums.

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




1:30pm 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).



Sunday 31st:**606 Club Easter Special** **Madeline Bell** – vocal-led Soul/R&B band w. Tommy Blaize-voc; Dave Arch-pno; Trevor Barry-bs

8:30pm It’s with enormous pleasure that the 606 Club welcomes one of the UK’s finest multi-award winning singers with her fantastic 6 piece band. Born in the USA Madeline had a successful career with some of America’s most prominent Gospel groups before moving to London in the early 60’s as a result of her involvement with the widely acclaimed show “Black Nativity”. A series of recording contracts followed and Madeline soon established herself as both recording artist and leading session singer. Her clear, powerful, soulful voice was heard with the likes of Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Scott Walker, Long John Baldry, Joe Cocker, and Elton John, but probably her best known work at this time was with the iconic vocalist Dusty Springfield, with whom she worked for many years. At the same time Madeline was producing some successful albums of her own, and it demonstrates the respect with which she is held that Dusty Springfield repaid the compliment by singing backing vocals for her. In the late 60’s and early 70’s Madeline finally achieved stardom herself as the lead singer with the band “Blue Mink”, with 7 top ten singles and a world wide following. From the mid 70’s Madeline concentrated on her studio work, working on innumerable film scores and vocal sessions as well as expanding her musical range with artists as diverse as John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and James Last. In 1999 Madeline was presented with an Award by the International Alliance For Women In Music for her contribution to popular music and in 2003 she was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Music Heritage Foundation for her “significant and outstanding contribution to the music industry”. This remarkable singer continues to excite and enthral audiences around the World with her contributions to projects such as the “SAS” Band (an “all-star” Soul/R&B outfit), the BBC Big Band and her Ray Charles Show with the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw based in Holland. A brilliant performer this promises to be an amazing night. Booking definitely recommended.

“lovely..talented..and thoroughly captivating” AllAboutJazz.




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