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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

 


25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
OF THE 606 CLUB AT LOTS ROAD

OVER 40 BANDS IN TWELVE DAYS

MAY 22 - JUNE 2

The 606 Club, which moved from its original basement location at 606 Kings Road to 90 Lots Road Chelsea in 1988, will celebrate its 25th anniversary at its current location with a twelve-day Festival of live performances presenting over 40 bands (yes, that’s 40!) from May 22 to June 2. The anniversary will highlight that rich history by featuring artists that have performed at the Club from 1988 to the present day. Event details to be posted very soon or sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know!

Wed 22nd **606 CLUB SPECIAL** PAT MARTINO

8:30pm **606 CLUB SPECIAL** PAT MARTINO There is no better way to kick start the 606 Club’s 25th Anniversary than by featuring quiet simply one of the best jazz guitarists in the world. Originally from what has effectively become the home of great modern jazz guitarists, Philadelphia, Pat Martino played his first professional gig in 1961 at the age of 17 and hasn’t looked back since. After moving to New York he released a series of seminal albums through the 60’s that established him as one of the finest guitarists of his generation and this iconic, multi Award winning musician became, and still is, a highly influential figure in the world of modern Jazz guitar. He continued to develop his style whilst performing extensively throughout the 60’s and 70’s, appearing and recording with the likes of Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Bobby Hutcherson, Chick Corea, Stanley Clark, and Woody Herman. In an unexpected turn of fate this influential stylist’s career came to an unexpectedly dramatic halt in 1980 when, after being previously diagnosed with a genetic condition that affected his brain, he underwent life saving surgery that effectively “wiped” his memory. After his operation he could remember almost nothing but, remarkably, through intensive study of his own historic recordings, and with the help of computer technology and sheer hard graft he managed to reverse his memory loss and in 1987 returned to full time performing. These days he not only plays and tours but also teaches extensively, giving Guitar and Music Therapy Seminars, Clinics and Master Classes throughout the world. Now based back in Philly he continues to grow as a musician, his experiments with guitar synthesizers, (begun during his rehabilitation) are taking him in the direction of orchestral arrangements and musicians flock to his door for lessons. An interesting man as well as a great musician, he offers not only the benefits of his musical knowledge, but also the philosophical insights of a man who has faced and overcome enormous obstacles, as he says "The guitar is of no great importance to me, the people it brings to me are what matter….” Tonight Pat will be performing with his US based organ trio featuring the excellent Pat Bianchi on organ and drummer Carmen Intorre jr. Frankly, you just can’t afford to miss this!

“No one who professes an interest in improvised music should overlook this evidence of a master at work.” All About Jazz
“when he pumped some blues-rich blood into his lines, everything opened up, and he was a marvel to hear.” LA Times

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Thurs 23th

DAN REINSTEIN QUINTET. 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.

“…impressive hard-bop saxophonist” Time Out

DILL KATZ QUARTET 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

TONY KOFI QUARTET **Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2005/6/8; Winner Best Ensemble 2005 Parliamentary Jazz Awards; Winner, Radio 3 Jazz line up album of the year 2005**. Having cut his teeth in the “Jazz Warriors” of the early 90s, Award-winning saxophonist Tony Kofi has gone on to establish himself as a musician, teacher and composer of authority. Tony’s playing has been a feature of many bands, artists he has worked with include “US-3” Branford Marsalis, Courtney Pine, Donald Byrd and Eddie Henderson. And just to emphasise his International status Tony is currently one of the featured saxophone players with David Murray’s iconic US band the World Saxophone Quartet, the first UK born musician to hold such a prestigious position in this band. His fluent and fiery playing is constantly in demand and it’s with great pleasure that we welcome him back to the Club with his band, featuring Jonathan Gee-piano and Winston Clifford-drums.

“passionate…superb…heartfelt” Guardian
“There is so much respect in jazz circles for Tony Kofi.” Jazzwise

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Fri 24th

EMMA SMITH. Emma is without question one of the leading Jazz vocalists of her generation, singing with a poise and facility that many singers twice her age would kill for. She is a third generation Jazz musician, her grandfather Chris Smith senior played trombone with Tubby Hayes, Oscar Peterson and Frank Sinatra, her father, trumpeter Chris Smith Jnr, writes and arranges for the likes of the BBC Big Band, and her mother, Simone, is an excellent sax player. So not too surprising then that she did her first gig when she was 14, started performing with NYJO when she was 15 and received a scholarship to the Purcell School of Music when she was 16, the first ever jazz singing student to do so. She is now a regular performer in many of London’s top jazz venues, singing her impressive original songs (as featured on her brilliant debut CD, The Huntress) with some classic Jazz standards too. A truly exceptional young talent.

"... A precocious talent who has produced an exceptional debut album" All About Jazz
“An astonishingly mature performance...Exceptional agility” The Times


LILLIAN BOUTTÉ with Denny Ilett-guitar. 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, Doc Cheatham, 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. 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. 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.

“…she takes a song…and turns it into a work of jazz art….One can understand upon hearing Lillian Boutte sing why music is her life” All Music Guide


IAN SHAW WITH SPECIAL GUEST JACQUI DANKWORTH. 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. 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 that celebrates the lyrics of the wonderful Fran Landesman. This evening Ian’s Special Guest will be the brilliant Jacqui Dankworth. Described by the Observor as “One of the most expressive and flexible voices of her generation Jacqui Dankworth comes from an illustrious family of Jazz musicians. Work alongside the likes of Courtney Pine, the BBC Big Band and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra plus numerous CD recordings, Radio exposure and TV and Film scores have unquestionably established her as one of this country’s finest singers. Her 2006 nomination as Jazz Vocalist of the Year for the BBC Jazz Awards was a worthy acknowledgement of her talent, which combined with her sophisticated style and musical intelligence make her appearances quite electrifying.

“Ian Shaw…one of the scene's class acts..”
The Guardian
“Shaw..an eye-watering vocal range and bucketloads of soul” BBC
“Jacqui Dannkworth…One of our finest singers..” The Times
“Dankworth…..versatile..intelligent..soulful.” Sunday Times


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Sat 25th

MORNINGTON LOCKETT QUARTET 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.

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

TIM WHITEHEAD QUARTET. 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 and through the 90’s and 2000’s he made a number of critically acclaimed albums, winning The Andrew Milne Award for Jazz, as well as the BBC Music Magazine Jazz Album of the Year. 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
“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

JIM MULLEN made his name working with a number of seminal bands through the 70’s and 80’s including Brian Auger’s “Trinity” and his own highly acclaimed jazz/funk band “Morrisey Mullen”. A multi award winner, Jim is widely regarded as one of the finest Jazz guitarists in Europe. An iconic figure on the UK Jazz scene it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome Jim and his band to the festivities.

“One of the great Jazz guitarists working today” Jazzwise
“World Class” Guardian

NATHANIEL FACEY QUARTET Nathaniel has, over the last few years, established an impressive and well deserved reputation on the UK Jazz scene as the highly talented and creative saxophonist with the MOBO award-winning group “Empirical”. A star of the international jazz scene he has won Parliamentary, Jazzwise, MOJO and Peter Whittingham Awards (amongst many others), recorded or performed with a who’s who of international jazz stars including Courtney Pine, Tim Garland, Jack Dejohnette and Hugh Masekela and performed in prestigious venues and festivals around the world.

“Facey’s tunes showcase his flinty tone and quicksilver improvisations” Jazztimes

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SUN 26TH SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL with the 606 CLUB BIG BAND

1:30pm One of the most impressive 16 piece Big Bands working on the jazz scene, this occasional band boasts amongst its alumni some of the finest players around. Musicians who regularly work with the band include Ian Thomas-drums, Laurence Cottle-bass, Mornington Lockett and Sam Mayne-saxes. The band, like the Club itself, specialises in arrangements by British based musicians including the likes of Stan Tracey, Pete Hurt, and Laurence Cottle. This is a fabulously powerful and exciting sound with virtually all the members of the band being exceptional soloists as well as impressive band players.

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Sun 26th      

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

“We love Stuart, the funky ex-Average White Band singer and rhythm guitarist with Chaka Khan, George Benson etc. He's still playing a superior blend of soul and jazz with a great band while his voice has that unique smoky soul allure.” Time Out
“Hamish Stuart…a gem” SoulTracks;

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


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

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

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Mon 27th   

SIMON HARRIS, UGO DELMIRANI and GUESTS..
Over the years a number of highly talented musicians have given their time to help us out here at the Club in roles other than their usual musical one, and so, I thought it would be nice to get together in a sort of “supergroup” just some of these very fine musicians, plus those who have been closely involved in my own projects here at the Club. The idea is that the various musicians will perform their own individual sets as well as performing together, and there’s a good chance you may see me joining in somewhere along the line as well. This set should be a great way to end this particular evening as members of the 606 Club “family” get together to perform in their own, inimitable, way. Artists featured will be singers Tammy Weis, Sarah Gillespie and Esther Bennett, pianists Will Rodway and Ugo Delmirani and guitarist Simon Harris plus an invited guest rhythm section to help things along. And expect plenty of friends and some surprise guests..

“Tammy Weis…she’s the real deal” Time Out
“Sarah Gillespie..…an incandescent new presence who matches her imposing delivery with superior lyrics” Guardian
“Esther Bennett’s many virtues include a seductive vibrato... a smokily appealing lower register… and a winning sense of humour” Jazzwise
"Simon Harris….Irresistible and world-class" EuropeJazz.net
“Will Rodway certainly scores highly for energy and innovation…. you will be entranced” Jazzwise

"RONNIE SCOTTS ALLSTARS” directed by JAMES PEARSON-piano with ALEX GARNETT-sax and featuring POLLY GIBBONS-vocals. The 606 Club and Ronnie Scott’s Club have a long history of co-operation, dating back to the time when Ronnie Scott, who was a Chelsea resident, used to frequent the Club on a regular basis. A great supporter and friend of the 606 Club, Ronnie and his band played for the opening night in 1988 and performed at the Club throughout the 90’s. Despite the change in circumstance at Ronnie’s in recent years we still keep in close contact and so it is with great pleasure that we welcome to the Festival the Ronnie Scotts Allstars, directed by Ronnie’s resident pianist, the wonderful James Pearson with the excellent saxophonist Alex Garnett and featuring one of the UK’s finest vocalists and Ronnie Scott regular Polly Gibbons. James Pearson’s playing has been heard with a who’s who of contemporary artists including Dame Cleo Laine, Maria Ewing, Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Joss Stone, Jeff Beck and Paul McCartney. James is also a composer of note with commissions that include a Clarinet Sonata, Piano Variations, a suite based on Colette’s Madame Alvarez and a jazz symphonic work “Millenium Celebration”. Polly Gibbons 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. Also featured tonight will be the terrific sax of Alex Garnett (BBC Big Band).

“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
“James Pearson is a forebodingly brilliant and melodically inventive jazz pianist and few can match him”
Blues and Soul
“…outstanding players. For poise, balance and swing they’re a joy to listen to” Observer

SARAH MOULE with SIMON WALLACE-piano. A wonderful, sophisticated, singer with a smooth and poised style Sarah is without doubt one of the UK’s leading Jazz vocalists. Her set tonight will feature standards alongside originals by the late, great Fran Landesman & Simon Wallace-“one of the finest song-writing partnerships” The Observer. One of the best interpreters of their songs in the World (according to Fran, who should certainly have known) Sarah worked closely with both Fran and Simon for over a decade, recording four highly acclaimed CDs featuring their work. The music Sarah performs is quirky and swinging, thoughtful and joyful. As one would expect she is accompanied by a trio of the highest quality. Pianist Simon Wallace (who is also Sarah's husband) has worked around the world as a jazz performer and composer and in addition to writing songs with Fran Landesman has also written many hours of music for television.

“..subtle and intelligent vocalist… honeyed in sound, smooth in timing and pitch” The Guardian;
“...hauntingly gorgeous” Jazz Times USA

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Tues 28th

ADAM GLASSER feat CARL ORR, ROBIN ASPLAND, STEVE WATTS, FRANK TONTOH. When Adam first performed at Lots Road in 1988 he was a fluent and impressive Jazz pianist leaning towards the “township” feel of his South African background. However, in more recent years, as well as continuing and growing his piano playing, he has re-invented himself as one of this country’s leading Jazz chromatic harmonica players. And just in case you think of the harmonica as the thing that wild-eyed musicians beat into submission on blues gigs, then you must check out this gig. Adam’s playing on harmonica is fluent, subtle and constantly inventive. He won the Best Contemporary Jazz Album award at the 2010 South African Music Awards with his wonderful album Free at First and has recently released another great album “Mzansi” in Europe, Africa and the US. His playing has been featured on innumerable gigs and sessions in various genres, including with Joe Zawinul, Sting, The Eurythmics, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Philharmonica Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Incognito. Tonight Adam has put together a fantastic band featuring many of the musicians who performed here in those early days, including the brilliant pianist Robin Aspland (Van Morrison), guitarist Carl Orr (Billy Cobham), bass player Steve Watts (Iain Ballamy) and drummer Frank Tontoh (Amy Winehouse).

"Adam Glasser.. has brought a truly unique voice and idiom to the constantly evolving language of jazz.... a challenge to equal for sheer scope of virtuosity, musicality and surprise" AllAboutJazz

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

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

DEREK NASH QUARTET. 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

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Wed 29th

GWILYM SIMCOCK. A multi-Award winning pianist, Gwilym is unquestionably one of the finest players of his generation. Fluent and highly inventive his powerful piano playing adds class to any group that he’s in. He includes work with the likes of Bill Bruford, Kyle Eastwood, Kenny Wheeler and Lee Konitz on a dazzling cv and it’s a testament to his remarkable abilities that he has already won the Perrier, BBC Jazz and British Jazz Rising Star Awards and is a Radio 3 “New Generation Artist” (the first Jazz musician to receive this accolade). He was voted “Jazz Musician of the Year” at the 2007 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and been nominated for two more BBC Jazz Awards. You get the idea – he’s very, very good! Not content with being a great player Gwilym also has a burgeoning career as a composer, including the highly acclaimed live televised performance (BBC 2) of his Jazz/Contemporary Classical piece “Progressions” with the BBC Concert Orchestra as part of the 2008 BBC Proms season. Now established as an International Artist of considerable standing, Chick Corea described him as “A creative genius”, Gwilym is rightly considered to be one of the most exciting talents to emerge in recent years.

“I feel confident that Simcock already deserves to occupy the inner circle of the great contemporary pianists along with Mehldau, Jarrett, and Rubalcaba” Cadence U.S.A.
“.remarkable ….exceptional, as both player and composer.” The Observer

JOHN PARRICELLI/MARK LOCKHEART QUARTET. Mark Lockheart is an award winning tenor sax player who first made his name working with seminal band Loose Tubes in the eighties and whose mastery of modern jazz has kept him at the forefront of the music ever since. Co-founder of the universally regarded “The Perfect Houseplants” Mark has toured and recorded with Django Bates, Mike Gibbs, Mark Anthony Turnage, his own 11 piece “Scratch Band” as well as Seb Rochford’s highly acclaimed “Polar Bear”. He is also a highly respected educator, writer and arranger. "Lockheart is a consummate saxophonist and an original and versatile composer" The Rough Guide to Jazz; “inspired and imaginative” The Times; “compelling” Guardian. John Parricelli rose to fame as one of the founders of Loose Tubes and since then has pursued a varied career working with numerous well respected and influential jazz musicians including Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone and Lee Konitz as well as performing as a session musician for some of the biggest pop artists around (Leona Lewis, Mike Oldfield). His playing is universally admired and respected throughout the UK Jazz scene.

“Parricelli seems capable of endless feats of subtlety and control. Having Parricelli in the band is like having several world musicians, all in the one chair..” LondonJazz

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

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

KIT DOWNES QUARTET feat JULIAN SIEGEL. **Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2008/9** “Mercury Nominee 2010”. Although still relatively new to the UK Jazz scene this award winning pianist has already made quite an impact. His fluent, highly creative, focused playing has been heard with the likes of “Troyka”, Clark Tracy, Seb Rochford, Gilad Atzmon, Fraud and Acoustic Ladyland. He first came to prominence, while still a student, with the highly successful band “Empirical” that lead to his International recognition as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Since leaving Empirical at the end of 2008 Kit has gone from strength to strength, winning the BBC ‘Rising Star’ Award in 2008, being nominated for a British Jazz Award in both 2008 and 2009 and winning a 'Yamaha Jazz Scholarship' Award in 2009. A reflection of just how good he is can be seen from his trio’s nomination for the highly prestigious Mercury Prize in 2010, a rare honour for a Jazz trio. Tonight Kit’s Special Guest will be the multi-award winning saxophonist Julian Siegel. In recent years Julian has established himself as a powerful player and individual composer on the flourishing UK and European Jazz Scene. His varied musical life has included performances with the likes of Hermeto Pascoal, Kenny Wheeler, Django Bates and Norma Winstone and his fluent and creative improvising skills can be heard with a variety of his own excellent bands.

“Downes..Prodigious... a brilliant soloist” Tim Out
“Downes..a formidable force…his originals were haunting, and his hypnotic playing fizzed with ideas” JazzUK
“Siegel..one of the UK’s most creative saxophonists” MOJO

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THURS 30th 

JACK WILKINS QUARTET We are very excited to welcome to the Festival New York based guitarist Jack Wilkins, who has been demonstrating his flawless technique and imaginative approach since he burst on to the international jazz scene in the early 1970's with the album “Windows”, which was critically acclaimed as a dazzling, seminal guitar trio work. Since then his great ear and an impeccable sense of time have lead to musical collaborations with a veritable who’s who of jazz greats, including Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Bob Brookmeyer, and Buddy Rich. Hs recorded output on 10 CD’s under his own name is equally impressive, featuring the likes of the Brecker Brothers, Eddie Gomez, Jack De Johnette, Al Foster, Phil Woods and Kenny Burrell. A consummate accompanist, the list of musicians that he has worked with ably demonstrates the admiration and respect with which his work is held within the International musical community, including work with iconic performers Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan, Sammy Davis Jr, Tony Bennett, Manhattan Transfer and Cassandra Wilson. Jack was featured on the first live Internet jazz concert and was awarded an NEA grant in recognition of his work and contribution to the guitar. He now divides his time between teaching at The New School, Manhattan School of Music and performing around NYC while still releasing new material. The gig tonight will also feature fellow guitarist Peter Rubie. This is a unique opportunity to catch this remarkable player in a London venue.

“Wilkins’ fingers were flying at 100 miles an hour all over the guitar, surprising and delighting the audience with his unmatched technique and musicality” Jazz Inside “A gifted player with a great ear and an impeccable sense of time” Jazz Times

DAVE O’HIGGINS is undoubtedly one of this country’s finest modern jazz sax players who includes work with the likes of Cleo Lane & John Dankworth, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Jimmy Smith and Annie Lennox. A multi award winner he has produced 10 albums to date of his own work and appeared on numerous sessions and festivals around the world. Currently he is working with his own terrific quartet, a storming 10 piece band (the “Biggish” Band) for which he also writes and arranges, an organ based “groove” band (“Organic Grooves”) and with one of New York’s leading sax players, Eric Alexander in a classic two sax “hard bop” quintet performing on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to all that he includes playing, writing and recording work with the “Jazzcotech Dancers” and has recently formed an Anglo-Scandinavian band, which has performed at venues around the World. Dave is also a respected Jazz educator including work at Leeds College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the Universities of Natal and Cape Town.

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

CLARK TRACEY 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 musicians in the country including Award winning saxophonist Paul Booth on sax and new exciting talent Reuben James on piano performing powerful, straight ahead, modern Jazz.

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

LILIANA CHACHIAN’s “OLUMO”
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, Uruguayan bass player Andy Lafone and Italian drummer Davide Giovannini. As Liliana says, it is “..a journey through the rich and diverse music from my heart”.

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


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FRI 31th  

PAUL CARMICHAEL BAND. Paul has been in demand as a bass player since the late 70s, working with Allan Holdsworth on the seminal album “IUO”, Ian Carr's “Nucleus”, Barbara Thomson's “Paraphernalia” and Steve Topping’s “Time and distance" and is now a well-respected producer too. He has often been heard at the Club playing with other people, but tonight we welcome him with his own blistering band. The line-up, who’ll be playing some of the finest soul-grooves you’ll hear this year, features ace guitarist/singer Julian Burdock (24 Pesos) plus, some very special Surprise Guests, so expect plenty of fun and some quite amazing music.

“Paul Carmichael…Great fusion bass player”
Time Out
"an irresistibly uplifting piece of jazz-funk... Carmichael's trademark rock-solid electric bass drives a tight but rumbustious band" LondonJazz

IMAANI 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. A powerful and charismatic performer it’s an enormous pleasure to welcome this enormously experienced and highly regarded singer to the Festival.

“the magnificent vocals of Imaani, who weaves her magic over a backdrop of funk guitar and old-school synths” DJ Times;

JEREMY STACEY & FRIENDS. Regulars at the 606 since our time at the old place in the Kings Road, twins Jeremy and Paul Stacey have been one of the great mainstays of the music here over the last 25 years and no 606 Festival would be complete without them. Both intense and immensely impressive players in their own right they have put together a band tonight to help celebrate in their own, inimitable way! 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, 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”. Paul’s fluent and impressive guitar playing has been featured with such Jazz artists as Claire Martin and Jason Rebello, however, demonstrating his impressive versatility he has also toured with Oasis, The Black Crowes and the Finn Brothers. A powerful performer in the Rock/Blues idiom, there is no doubt that his playing is held in very high regard by all who have worked with him. Both very old friends of the Club Jeremy and Paul have found time in their busy schedules to put together a great Jazz/Groove band, something they have been doing here at the Club on a regular basis for more than 25 years.

“…a fine…drummer with an infectious feel.” Time Out
“Stacey’s…brilliant guitar work” Concertlivewire

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SAT 1st

PETER KING/PATRICK CLAHAR QUINTET. After taking the scene by storm in the early sixties with the Ronnie Scott Quintet, Peter has gone on to establish himself unequivocally as one of the finest alto saxophonists in the world. His fabulous technique allied with an unerring sense of harmony has made him one of the greatest players this country has ever produced. The featured saxophonist with the Charlie Watts band, his playing has made him famous worldwide. As well as a remarkable improviser, Peter has also established himself as a writer and arranger of note with both an Opera and a brilliant series of recordings featuring his own string arrangements for classical and Jazz quartet. He has also now turned to prose and his absorbing self penned autobiography “Flying High” is required reading for anyone interested in the UK Jazz scene over the last 40 years. Peter has always been a great supporter of the Club and it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome this saxophone giant. Patrick is one of the leading saxophonists of his generation. A powerful, post-Coltrane, tenor player his playing is tempered with a strong sense of melodic improvisation influenced by the great American tenor player Sonny Rollins. A leading light of the Julian Joseph big-band and small group Pat achieved world wide recognition as the sax player with the Bill Bruford Band. An established player on the studio scene Pat also includes work with the likes of Jazz Jamaica and the TV show “Strictly Come Dancing” Widely respected throughout the Jazz fraternity. Pat’s world class pedigree is undoubted. “Peter King….plays with...searing authority” Guardian; “Clahar…A marvel… inventive and melodic” Jazz review

BOBBY WELLINS/DON WELLER QUINTET. 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. Don Weller is widely recognised as one of Europe’s leading hard-bop tenor sax. players. A big man with a broad sound and great charisma, Don, a veteran of more than 40 years standing on the British Jazz scene, has worked with some of the finest British and American players, including Alan Price, Stan Tracey and Gil Evans. “Bobby Wellins…A masterful display of controlled sensitivity from one of the most original voices in European Jazz” The Sunday Times; “Don Weller…..captivating ...one of the most entertaining, straight-ahead saxophonists on the UK circuit” Guardian

JULIEN JOSPEH BAND Hailed as one of the finest pianists to emerge this side of the Atlantic, for over two decades Julian Joseph has been an immense figure in contemporary jazz. An exceptional composer and arranger, an admired and respected bandleader, an inspirational collaborator and teacher he is, essentially, a true champion of the music. Julian's musical background reflects the eclectic influence of all forms of music in the history of jazz: from classical to rock combining elements of soul and pop. As a composer Julian has written original works for a wide range of formats, including a symphony orchestra and a chamber ensemble, also receiving major commissions from the BBC, the Hackney Music Development Trust and the City of London Festival. Off the concert platform, Julian is in constant demand as a broadcaster and presenter. His weekly radio show, Jazz Legends for BBC Radio 3 ran for six seasons and he has made two series for Meridian TV in the UK, 'Jazz with Julian Joseph', and a jazz series for Sky TV's 'Artsworld' channel. Julian is a very special player and a very special person and it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome him to the celebrations this evening. “Julian is arguably the finest pianist of his generation - a brilliant, dynamic presence” Time Out; “[I] regard Julian Joseph as one of the finest pianists since Thelonius Monk”, Daily Telegraph

ED JONES/BYRON WALLEN QUINTET. Over the last 20 years or so Award winning saxophonist Ed Jones has established himself as one of the most innovative and sought after sax players on the scene. His muscular and highly accomplished bop influenced tenor playing has been featured in a wide variety of contexts, most notably with the Jazz crossover groups “Us 3” and “Incognito”. But his Jazz credentials are just as solid, with work alongside artists such as George Benson, Dianne Reeves, Horace Silver and Claire Martin. A wonderful trumpet player with an easy and fluent style Byron Wallen is widely recognised as a seminal figure in British jazz. A creative force in the UK since the early 90’s Byron’s early career included work with the likes of Courtney Pine before expanding to include The Style Council, various rap artists and the seminal “hip-hop” groove bands US3 and Incognito. By the late 90’s his work was receiving world wide attention and his fluent Jazz trumpet could be heard with International artists such as Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard and George Benson. An insatiable musical curiosity has lead to work with the leading African musicians Hugh Masekela and Manu Dibango, Moroccan Si Muhammed, Arabian Rony Barak, Anglo-Indian tabla player Talvin Singh and Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira. As a composer Byron’s output has been equally eclectic, with his soaring Jazz trumpet featured on a series of self-penned albums including the MOBO nominated “Earth Roots” through film music to dance and commissions for the South Bank. “Ed Jones....a formidable saxophonist” Jazz UK; “Byron Wallen….formidably skilful….a world-class trumpeter, with confidence, technical assurance and wide horizons.” Guardian

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SUN 2ND SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL with PETER IND & FRIENDS/CHRISTINE TOBIN

PETER IND & FRIENDS. Bass player Peter Ind’s playing is universally admired and respected throughout the International Jazz scene. One of the most charismatic musicians on the scene today Peter emigrated to the USA in the early 50’s where his phenomenal technique and impressive musical ability honed by his studies with the iconic pianist Lennie Tristano, led to work with Jazz greats such as Lee Konitz, Buddy Rich, Coleman Hawkins and Billie Holliday. He returned to the UK in the mid 60’s where he established himself as a performer and teacher of great distinction, adding a record label (Wave) to his achievements and then, in the mid 80’s, opening the internationally renowned “Bass Clef” Jazz Club in London, which he ran for more than 10 years. Peter is also an established author with several published books to his name. Now in his 80’s Peter is still playing as brilliantly as ever and is with great pleasure we welcome this iconic figure to the Festival with a gig which he promises will have “a little of everything, music, prose, poetry…and a bit of Oud!”. “..full of wit and vigour… Ind's solos exploit his ever-resourceful technique and resonant tone” Evening Standard.

CHRISTINE TOBIN “SAILING TO BYZANTIUM”. One of the foremost UK Jazz singers for more than 20 years, Award winning vocalist Christine Tobin just gets better and better. With 9 cds, numerous gigs and a number of high profile interviews to her name she is without question one of the leading lights of the European Jazz scene, a fact emphasised by her BBC Jazz Award for “Best Vocalist”. Christine is acknowledged both here and on the international scene as one of the finest interpreters of jazz and contemporary writers, as AllAboutJazz’s Bruce Lindsey wrote “Tobin is both a masterful songwriter and a skilful interpreter of other writers' work”. Her "24 carat voice" and captivating arrangements are spellbinding, ploughing the depths and expressing the poetry of lyrics with unalloyed soulfulness. With “Sailing to Byzantium” Christine adds music to the poems of Ireland's much-loved writer William Butler Yeats, showing one of the finest examples of a musical adaptation of the poetic medium. The Album which heavily influences the live performance received “CD of the year” from theartsdesk.com and “4/5 stars” from The Guardian. Also appearing with Christine this afternoon will be Liam Noble–piano, Phil Robson–guitar, Kate Shortt–cello and Dave Whitford-double bass. “One of the country’s finest musicians” Time Out; “..peerless” Jazzwise;

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SUN 2nd

THE TOMMY BLAIZE BAND. Liverpudlian Tommy Blaize is a fantastic singer/keyboardist who is widely admired and respected throughout the music business. Although for many years an unseen figure behind the scenes, his voice is familiar to millions from work with the likes of Tina Turner, Craig David, Brand New Heavies, Joe Cocker, Marti Pellow and Lulu and from TV ads such as Coca Cola, Levis, British Gas & British Airways. Considered one of the most in-demand session singers on the scene Tommy has been finally achieving some hugely deserved recognition as a brilliant singer in his own right after his appearances as the resident singer on BBC TV’s “Strictly Come Dancing” (oh, that singer!). A great guy and a fantastic performer it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome Tommy to the Club this evening with his own fantastic band, featuring fellow “Strictly” band members Dave Arch-piano, Trevor Barry-bass, Andy Caine-guitar/vocals, Paul Dunne-guitar and Ian Thomas-drums playing a selection of classic Groove and R&B standards with possibly the odd Jazz tune thrown in for good measure. With several hundred years experience between them at the very top level this brilliant gig from the Tommy Blaize Band is an absolute must – trust me!

“Tommy Blaize…oozes Soul and class” Jazz n Jazz.

LIANE CARROLL **Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2005/6** “Parliamentary Jazz Awards Musician of The year 2008” 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
“..world class” Guardian

SAMARA feat JANDIRA SILVA. “SAMARA” is a six piece jazz/latin group which I lead on sax and flute, and suffice it to say we all think the guys in the band are just great! The pianist Neil Angilley works with Vanessa Mae, Shirley Bassey and “Down to the Bone”, Dill Katz, the bass player is visiting professor at the Guildhall, Nic France the drummer has worked with just about everyone, including Dave Gilmore (Pink Floyd) and Bill Withers, the percussionist, Dawson Miller is generally recognised as one of the most versatile and experienced players on the scene, and the singer Jandira Silva is considered to be one of the finest Brazilian vocalists currently working in Europe. The music is an infectious blend of Brazilian Samba, jazz/latin and Soul, and everyone has a great time! As we will be playing the very last set to wind up this fantastic festival you can expect this to turn in to something of a last night “jam session” and who knows, we may even take out some tables for dancing….

“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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