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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

WED 1st - GWYILYM SIMCOCK'S TRIBUTE TO JACO PASTORIUS

8:30PM A multi-award winning pianist, Gwilym is unquestionably one of the finest musicians 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. In 2011 his recording “Good Days at Schloss Elmau” received a Mercury Award and his most recent appearances at the 606 – with Lighthouse Trio and the Impossible Gentlemen – were major events on the 606 calendar. Now established as an international artist of considerable standing, Chick Corea described Gwilym as “a creative genius”, and he is rightly considered to be one of the most exciting talents to emerge from the UK in recent years. Gwilym’s “Tribute to Jaco Pastorius” that he will be performing this evening is a reprise of a similar programme that received rave reviews when it debuted last year, a tribute to the extraordinary bass player, composer and producer Jaco Pastorius. Jaco’s contribution to the bass lexicon cannot be overstated; from his first recordings with Pat Metheny to his later work with Weather Report and Joni Mitchell, he simply took the instrument to another level, a re-imagining of what the bass could be. That vivid, fervent intensity and intelligence runs through all Jaco’s own compositions, from “Continuum” to “Teen Town” to “Liberty City”, and it is no surprise whatsoever that, although he died in tragic circumstances in 1987 when he was only 35, his stature as an artist is as powerful and compelling as ever. Gwilym has asked two musicians who are held in the highest of regard on the British jazz scene to join him in this project, bassist Laurence Cottle and drummer Ian Thomas. Laurence, whose own ferocious technique has lead him to being considered one of the finest electric bass players in Europe, leads his own “Portrait of Jaco” Big Band and as such is the ideal bass player for this project. In a diverse career spanning some decades (Laurence was a regular at the 606 Club in its original location on Kings Road), he has worked with a range of artists across a wide spectrum of musical styles, including hard rock, prog and pop (Black Sabbath, Alan Parsons, Seal), as well as jazz and groove (Bill Bruford, Tim Garland, Nigel Hitchcock, Jason Rebello). He’s also a formidable composer and arranger in his own right, with dozens of credits to his name writing music for TV programmes such as Third Rock from the Sun, Friends and the Oprah Winfrey chat show! Ian Thomas is an exceptional player and the “go to” man for UK bandleaders across the musical spectrum. One of the most seasoned musicians around he has played with a myriad of celebrated artists including Sting, Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, Elton John and Seal. Ian's versatility suits the gig perfectly with an uncanny ability to play funk, jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms with equal ease. Booking highly recommended.

“I feel confident that Simcock already deserves to occupy the inner circle of the great contemporary pianists along with Mehldau, Jarrett, and Rubalcaba” Cadence USA;
“...remarkable...exceptional, as both player and composer.” The Observer;
"A phenomenal talent, Simcock is a jewel in the crown of the country's jazz scene" Norwich Evening News

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THU 2nd - eddie parker's MR VERTIGO

8:30PM Award-winning flautist/pianist/composer Eddie Parker first came to prominence as one of the founding members and contributing composers for the seminal UK big band of the 1980’s, Loose Tubes. In the early 90’s Eddie became an important part of South African pianist/composer Bheki Mseleku’s band before forming the first of his own groups, touring and recording throughout the 90’s. Since then he has been featured in numerous bands, including Django Bates’s “Delightful Precipice” as well as his own “Twittering Machine” (my band name of the month!) and most recently “Turning World”. Generally considered one of the finest jazz flautists in international music he includes numerous Festival performances including Le Mans (France), Molde (Norway), Copenhagen (Denmark), Wiessen (Austria), and Guimarães (Portugal) on an impressive list. Eddie is also an accomplished composer with a number of commissions to his name as well as teaching credits including Senior Lecturer in Jazz at Middlesex University and PRS Composer in Education at Cheltenham International Festival of Music. He has been active as a respected educator for many years and is currently Director of the innovative and highly successful jazz and improvisation education company, Impro Integrated Music Projects. Tonight Eddie is bringing his fabulous Sextet “Mr Vertigo” (another great name!) to the Club, featuring Eddie’s compositions and boasting some of the finest musicians on the scene, including Julian Nicholas on saxophone, John Parricelli on guitar, Matt Robinson on piano, Steve Watts on bass and Mike Pickering on drums. An important original voice in British jazz.

"World class flautist, fine composer, inspiring band leader” The Times;
“Eddie Parker’s flute is fast becoming one of the UK’s most important popular jazz voices” Time Out

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FRI 3rd - manteca featuring martha acosta

9:30PM This vibrant 8-piece salsa band, formed by famed Colombian singer Martha Acosta, has been “salsa-ing” across the UK and Europe for over ten years now. Martha, best known for her work with her all woman Latin band “Candela” and Roberto Pla’s “Latin Ensemble”, drives the band along with her searing Latin vocals and powerhouse personality. And she is ably supported by some of the finest Latin musicians on the scene, including Musical Director Javier Fioramonti (bass), David Oliver (piano), Shanti Jayasinha (trumpet) and Davide Giovannini (drums).The music is classic Latin at its best, and it’s a rare gig that the audience isn’t up and dancing by the end. Expect to hear a selection of road-tested Afro-Cuban, salsa and boogaloo favourites as well as new songs from their latest CD, “Oye”, released last summer. Undoubtedly one of the best salsa bands working the scene today
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"Ripping funky Salsa from the finest Latin musicians of London, guaranteed to induce all manner of heel-stamping and handclapping” Fact Magazine

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SAT 4th - gilad atzmon

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 scene today. Passionate about both his music and his politics, Gilad’s gigs are always stimulating both musically and intellectually. Tonight he will showcase material from his new studio recording, “The Whistle Blower” (his eighth) which was just released this month through Gilad’s own Fanfare Records. And watch out for the new documentary on Gilad, premiered recently in New York. Gilad will be ably accompanied by his extraordinary band, The Orient House Ensemble: Frank Harrison on piano, Yaron Stavi on bass and Chris Higginbottom on drums.

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

Gilad has well documented views on the Middle East conflict that may provoke and challenge the listener.

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SUN 5th - LIANE CARROLL AND FRIENDS

8:30PM 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 Mambazo 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 CDs “Up and Down” and “Ballads” on Quiet Money records, produced by Grammy-nominated trumpeter/producer James McMillan, have garnered impressive reviews, “magical” Guardian, “brilliant” Observer. A world-class performer, her powerful blues-tinged voice combined with strong piano playing and exciting infectious material, not to mention a wicked sense of humour, make this a truly remarkable gig.

“Liane Carroll...she seems in some magical way to be made out of music” The Observer;
“…swinging like hell one minute, brutally expressive and heartbreakingly tender the next…utterly brilliant” Time Out;
"A jazz force to be reckoned with…the real thing" The Independent;
“…world class” Guardian

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MON 6th - TRIO MANOUCHE featuring KOUROSH KANANI

8:30PM Founded by guitarist Simon Harris, Trio Manouche is a world-class gypsy jazz ensemble that perform a mixture of traditional classic “swing” tunes and upbeat “quirky” originals. Simon’s CV includes performances with legends of the gypsy jazz style such as Tchavolo Schmitt as well as work with contemporary artists such as MOBO Award-winner Soweto Kinch. 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 (which he also does very well)! 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 Nick Pini on double bass. Their special guest this evening will be the brilliant UK guitarist Kourosh Kanani. A really fun way to start the week!

“Sheer exuberance” Independent;
“Virtuosic” Guardian

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tues 7th - PETE WAREHAM & FRIENDS

8:30PM Saxophonist Peter Wareham is one of the most influential and inventive players on the scene. His band Acoustic Ladyland and Seb Rochford’s Polar Bear with whom he also performs have had an explosive impact with their genre-defying, crossover styles, becoming widely popular amongst both jazz and mainstream audiences and critics. His latest project, Melt Yourself Down also featuring Sons of Kemet saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings is equally formidable, with a sound described by Wareham as “Nubian-inspired party-punk music”. He has performed around the world, from the Blue Note in New York to Ronnie’s in London, adding festival appearances and multi-award wins to his CV on the way. Tonight Pete will be bringing his Jazz Standards trio project to the Club, performing in a more straight ahead style in the now classic piano-less trio format of sax, bass and drums. Although perhaps better known these days as a “crossover” artist, Pete is also a fabulous straight-ahead player and this is sure to be a very special night. Also featured will be one of the UK’s finest and most versatile drummers, Seb Rochford. A remarkable gig from some of the great trailblazers of contemporary UK jazz. Highly recommended.

“forceful improvisations bring drama to every track” LondonJazz News;
“Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear have been responsible for opening the floodgates for a new wave of bands to fearlessly push the boundaries of jazz” Jazzwise


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wed 8th - CHARITY NIGHT IN AID OF SMART FEATURING POLLY GIBBONS, TIM LAPTHORN & STEVE RUBIE

8:00PM Tonight we will be hosting a special night in aid of one of our favourite charities, SMART. Founded in 1985 SMART moved to its present location in Gertrude Street, just around the corner from us here at the Club, in 1993. It’s a drop-in centre whose aim is to support those with all forms of mental illness, from the relatively minor to the severe by providing vocational work and training in a wide variety of subjects and interests, from gardening, IT work, professional cooking (through employment in their excellent café) and floristry to art, fitness and of course music. Every week, under the guidance of musician/teacher Sarah Wilson, a number of the Smart members who are also musicians meet up to rehearse and perform in the Smart Café. Composed of a mix of ex-professionals and talented semi-professionals the band performs a mix of popular songs, jazz and blues. It will be a selection of musicians from this band who, directed by Sarah, will be performing for the first set this evening under the self-titled name, Mad In Chelsea! And as it’s the 606 Club we felt we needed to have a presence as well so we will be fielding, for the second set, our own band of regulars, led by the brilliant Award-winning vocalist Polly Gibbons and featuring pianist Tim Lapthorn and sax/flute player Steve Rubie. Polly Gibbons is one of the most respected and talked about singers of her generation. Since first hitting the UK jazz scene more than 10 years ago, Polly has developed into a consummate performer with a sultry, distinctive style as much at home singing tender jazz ballads as she is performing rockin’ R&B classics. She includes work with the likes of Joss Stone, Alison Moyet, Mick Hucknall and Charlotte Church on an impressive CV. With two recent CD releases to her name, one in the UK and in the US (Resonance Records based in LA), Polly’s star is undoubtedly on the rise. The 606 Club has a particularly long and fruitful association with Smart, who we think do a great job with very little funding, so do make it down to support this really worthy charity and have a great night…all at the same time! Booking advised.

“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;
“There’s a rare sense of joy in her voice, not to mention a depth of…feeling….remarkable” Evening Standard

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THUR 9th - SMITTY'S BIG FOUR WITH SPECIAL GUEST PEDRO SEGUNDO

8:30PM This swinging band, styled as the "feisty little brother" of the “Kansas Smitty's House Band” (who have also played several fantastic gigs at the Club), is led by expatriate American saxophonist and clarinettist Giacomo Smith. Although relatively new to the UK, Giacomo has already made quite an impact on the swing scene as a fluent and authentic clarinet player, as well as an excellent modern jazz saxophonist. The band tonight will focus predominantly on the music of Sidney Bechet showcasing the 30’s and 40’s upbeat swing style of his home city, New Orleans. The Big Four's unique combination of trumpet/vocals- Pete Horsfall, soprano sax/clarinet-Giacomo, guitar-Dave Archer and bass-Fergus Ireland, separates the band from traditional Dixieland groups with the omission of piano. As Giacomo explains, "This streamlined formation allows the band to navigate New Orleans and swing standards with unparalleled energy and tightness while maintaining the melodic integrity of the canon". Although all these young players are also well known on the modern jazz scene they are extremely enthusiastic about playing this fun, good time music, which they do extremely well! And joining them tonight (making this the biggest quartet in the World!) will be Kansas Smitty’s drummer Pedro Segundo, a dynamic force of nature behind the kit who is also the house drummer at Ronnie Scott’s. Guaranteed to be a highly entertaining evening.

“a lively, friendly, swinging, civilized new band playing approachable music…Bandleader clarinettist/sax Giacomo Smith, from the upper reaches of the Hudson in New York…[his] sound and presence are a welcome addition to the London scene…definitely a band to watch out for” LondonJazz News

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fri 10th - BEVERLEY SKEETE & FRIENDS

9:30PM Singer Beverley Skeete has had a career in the music industry that is the stuff that dreams are made of. As well as being a first call singer for numerous high profile projects she has also been a pivotal member of ex-Rolling Stones’ bassist Bill Wyman’s project Rhythm Kings, playing and touring with them since the mid-1990’s. Bill said of her contribution to their music, “she turned out to be my biggest find of all – putting another dimension into our songs”. However, her CV is also loaded with the names of dozens of well-known pop, soul and dance acts with whom she’s recorded including Robbie Williams, Will Young, M People, Tina Turner, Aswad, Jimmy Cliff, Neneh Cherry, Jamiroquai, ABC and Dido. Her live credits are also extensive, including the likes of Elton John, Chaka Khan, Georgie Fame, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones and Johnny Cash. She’s also worked on numerous film and TV projects including the movie “Love Actually”, and if all that wasn’t enough has found the time to release five solo albums. It’s fair to say that Beverley’s talent and versatility have put her in a class that few can equal. For her 606 date tonight she has put together a great band, including Nial Tompkins-guitar, Jim Watson-piano, Greg Harewood-bass, Geoff Dunn-drums and if all that wasn’t enough, she’s also asked two great singers in their own right to join her, Gina Foster (Swing Out Sister) and Kevin Leo. This gig is an opportunity to get up close to one of the UK scene’s great singers and her truly impressive Friends.

“Beverley Skeete…came into her own with a perfectly paced version of James Brown’s ‘It’s a Man’s Man’s World’.” LondonJazz News

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sat 11th - peter king featuring mornington lockett

9:30PM 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. Peter has always been a great supporter of the Club and it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome this saxophone giant. Peter’s special guest tonight is the remarkable Mornington Lockett, one of the UK’s leading tenor sax players. Mornington worked with the Ronnie Scott quintet before 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 a powerful and hugely impressive sound and approach. This gig is a rare chance to hear two of the finest saxophonists in the jazz world playing together and is an absolute must for anyone interested in great modern jazz.

“Peter King...plays with...searing authority” Guardian;
“Lockett…plays with tremendous fluency and drive” Evening Standard;
“World class” Jazz Journal;
“inspired” Jazzwise


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SUN 12TH: SUNDAY GOSPEL LUNCH SPECIAL FEATURING ANDRE GABRIEL

1:30PM In a change to our regular Gospel Group Sundays today we will be putting into the spotlight the man who for so many years now has been putting it all together, bass player and guitarist Andre Gabriel. Andre has been a performer, primarily on the gospel scene, for many years and, as well as running the 606 Gospel gig for almost a decade, he also includes work with the likes of Adelaide McKenzie, Emmanuel Waldron, Junior Robinson, Karen Gibson, Muyiwa, Noel Robinson, Tony Clarke and Tracey Campbell on an impressive CV. Today Andre will be performing a mix of Gospel-inspired instrumental and vocal renditions of some classic songs accompanied by his terrific 7-piece band that includes three great singers, Yvonne Park, Emily Holigan and Sophie Harrriot, with a promise of a great “Groove”/Gospel-based, Easter-themed afternoon. Sounds like fun! This is always a special and uplifting gig and highly recommended. And don’t forget this is our family day so children are more than welcome.

“Uplifting gospel sounds” Time Out

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Sun 12th - ola onabule

8:30PM One of the most exciting singers on the jazz/soul circuit, Ola combines the sophistication of modern soul music with the power of his African roots. A charismatic vocalist, Ola has put together a set of brilliant original material alongside classic soul and R&B songs, captivating his audiences in a show that is full of passion, joy and humour. Having performed with some of America’s finest soul and jazz artists including Diane Reeves, Gladys Knight, Al Jarreau, Patti Labelle, Roberta Flack, Joe Zawinul, Natalie Cole, and Roy Hargrove as well as appearing at the top of the bill of many festivals around the world, Ola’s reputation on the international stage has been cemented with a number of live performances that have been broadcast on television around Europe, Canada and North America. He has written and recorded nine albums on his own Rugged Ram Record label, with “Seven Shades Darker” being released internationally to wide acclaim. Creating beautifully crafted songs shaped by grooves rooted in the soul and blues tradition alongside complex African melodic lines, Ola’s song styling is unique. A consummate artist with an incredible voice, this gig is a must for anyone interested in contemporary soul.

“…one of the UK's most powerful voices”
Blues and Soul;
“a voice that is beautifully clear and appealingly textured....with a range and smoothness that recalls singers such as Luther Vandross” Guardian;
“compelling” Independent;
“a killer voice…. Ola is a class act” Jazzwise;
“Ola Onabule has a stunning voice of enormous range and emotional clout.” Proper Music magazine

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mon 13th - 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 onto the scene in 2008 and it is testament to their talent that they have already gained such popularity that they played over 150 shows throughout Europe and the UK 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. This gig will feature songs from the band’s latest release, “Do the Right Thing”, their third CD, and if the video of the new track “Won’t Lie Down” is anything to go by, these guys are playing with more energy than ever before and have never sounded better! The band’s great line-up features the intense guitar, vocals and harmonica of Julian Burdock, who has worked 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 organ and Bryan McLellan (a former Sony BMG/Capitol Records artist with alt rock band Vega4), on drums. Great, roaring, blues band this.

“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” Classic Rock Magazine

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tues 14th - two sets

8:00PM RACHAEL COHEN This talented young Scottish saxophonist is already starting to make waves on the UK Jazz scene. As a star member of both the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and Tommy Smith’s Youth Jazz Orchestra, she played alongside great British and international artists before going to the Jazz Studies course at The Birmingham Conservatoire in 2006. On leaving the Conservatoire Rachael immersed herself in the UK’s vast creative music landscape, composing for and performing with local ensembles as well as her own, and in 2010 she received the prestigious “Stepping Up” Birmingham Jazz Grant Award. Now signed to highly-regarded jazz label Whirlwind Recordings, she recently released her first CD “Halftime” which received four stars from both Jazzwise and MOJO magazines. A highly talented musician who is sure to feature heavily in years to come, this gig is simply not to be missed.

“Rachael Cohen…her lyrical and controlled phrasing...a sophisticated testament to….leadership and compositional skills” JazzMann

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9:45PM JAZZ FROM THE ROYAL ACADEMY FEATURING JAMES COPUS 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 musicians will be the James Copus Band.

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wed 15th - TWO SETS

8:00PM GARY WILLCOX Gary exhibits the rhythmic control and fine appreciation of percussion that places him in the forefront of UK drummers. Fascinated by drums since an early age, he idolised greats such as Buddy Rich, Max Roach and Art Blakey and these influences can be clearly heard in his dynamic playing style. Since the mid-nineties he has toured the UK and Europe extensively, with performance credits including UK jazz greats such as Jim Mullen, Ian Shaw, Iain Ballamy and Alex Garnett. In 2007 he joined the London based musical collective "Way Out West" whose members include UK jazz stalwarts such as Chris Biscoe, Kate Williams, Tim Whitehead, Pete Hurt and Dave Jones where he has also developed his talent as a bandleader and composer. His quartet tonight is particularly impressive including Steve Main on sax, Gareth Williams on piano and Dave Whitford on bass.

''...Inspiring and in the moment playing. Love it.''
Jerry Bergonzi;
"...brisk, sensitive drummer capable of great dynamic and textural range..."
Chris Parker

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9:45PM GARETH WILLIAMS' POWER TRIO Gareth has unquestionably established himself as one of the country’s leading modern jazz pianists. A fiery and creative player his remarkable talent has been seen with an impressive array of world-class artists, from Jazz/Hip Hop band “US3” through to internationally-renowned jazz musicians such as Joe Lovano, George Coleman, Dave Liebman, Iain Ballamy and Jim Mullen. MD for iconic UK vocalist Claire Martin, Gareth has been featured at the Club on many occasions, most notably in his regular appearances with iconic US sax star Jerry Bergonzi who was so taken with his playing that he announced over the mic “I love this guy’s playing so much, tomorrow we’re going to go out and choose curtains!” Widely regarded as a pianist of international stature, Gareth is also an accomplished guitarist and has a great voice too, so if you’re lucky he may just sing a song or two! Tonight Gareth's "Power Trio" is completed by two exceptional British musicians including the great Laurence Cottle (Al Jarreau, Seal) on bass. Fantastic modern jazz piano playing.

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

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Thurs 16th - morrissey/mullen tribute band

8:30PM Formed by saxophonist Dick Morrissey and guitarist Jim Mullen in the mid 70’s, The Morrissey Mullen Band was one of the first and certainly one of the finest Jazz/Funk Fusion bands ever to work in the UK. Dick and Jim first got together when they were working in the US with another iconic funk band, The Average White Band, and they spent the first 8 months or so based out of New York utilizing some of the finest players around at that time. On their return to the UK in 1976 the Morrissey/Mullen Band was born and rapidly established itself as the Band to hear for anyone interested in great “Groove” music. Jim’s searing guitar lines played against Dick’s fabulous muscular and hugely inventive sax soloing created a unique sound that is still talked about to this day. The band itself hosted a number of seriously talented young (as was then) musicians and latterly also added a singer to the mix. The band existed as a full-time working entity for over 12 years before finally disbanding in 1988. The following decade saw Dick fighting a battle with serious illness but still managing to carry on playing and to meet up from time to time with Jim for the occasional gig, in his final days performing from a wheelchair. Sadly Dick passed away in November 2000 finally bringing to an end a glittering career that left much great music behind. Tonight will see for the first time in over a decade the reunion of one of the seminal line-ups of the Morrissey Mullen Band, which has been formed to not only honour Dick’s memory but also that of MM keyboard player Pete Jacobsen, a brilliant pianist who undeterred by losing his sight as a child had risen to become one of the UK’s finest keyboard players and, who himself sadly passed away unexpectedly in 2002. Featured with the band tonight, as well as the iconic guitarist Jim Mullen, will be veterans of one of the great Morrissey Mullen line-ups; Noel McCalla on vocals, Trevor Barry on bass, Neal Wilkinson on drums and Chris Fletcher on percussion. Their Special Guests filling the now vacant chairs will be the terrific Dave Lewis on sax and long time Jim Mullen associate Mike Gorman on keyboard. The music promises to be the classic blend of great fusion and jazz-influenced funk and Jim has promised a mix of the old and the new. As he says, this is not intended to be a maudlin look at the past but rather a joyful celebration of two great musicians and one remarkable band. Booking Recommended.

“Jim Mullen and Dick Morrissey's popularity became so intense they often played to sell-out crowds all-over the U.S. and Great Britain. Even in the 21st century, fans remember the duo's formative years as one of the top fusion jazz bands of their time.” Jazz Review;
“Jim Mullen…one of the great Jazz guitarists working today” Jazzwise


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fri 17th - "1UP" featuring dave lewis & lizzie deane

9:30PM After studying at the world famous Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, Dave returned to this country to a wealth of work. His robust and melodic tenor playing has been heard with a notable list of artists including John Martyn, Bryan Ferry, Joan Armatrading, John Mayall, Eric Clapton and The Blockheads. Dave’s own band features an impressive array of talent fronted by vocalist Lizzie Deane, a fabulous singer who for many years has worked with some of the finest performers around, including Carleen Anderson, Mica Paris and Jocelyn Brown. Lizzie’s warm persona and infectious performance style calls to mind the great soul divas such as Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield, but at the same time she brings her own unique style and approach to every song, making her a fantastic addition to the line-up. With a strong emphasis on groove, improvisation and spontaneous melodic interplay, “1UP” is one of the tightest, funkiest bands on the scene. They have just finished recording a new album, mixed by acclaimed producer/guitarist Paul Stacey (Black Crowes, Claire Martin, Oasis), songs from which you’ll be hearing tonight. Great band, great gig this.

“...spine tingling” Guardian; “...brilliant…great music” BBC Radio London;
“...It’s a real treat....tight chunky grooves and very exciting and funky sax......this is an absolute breath of fresh air. Dave Lewis...equally excelling in both Jazz and Funk...sets a standard of powerful, fiery solos that will be hard to surpass this year” Blues and Soul


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sat 18th - DAVE O'HIGGINS

9:30PM Undoubtedly one of this country’s finest modern jazz sax players, Dave has worked with the likes of Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Jimmy Smith and Annie Lennox. The winner of a multitude of awards, he has produced 16 albums to date of his own solo material and appeared on numerous sessions and festivals around the world. His current projects include work 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) as well as the Darius Brubeck Quartet, the Gascoyne/O’Higgins Quartet and the Loire Allstars featuring Tristan Maillot, Anita Wardell, Oli Hayhurst and Mike Gorman. Dave is also the writer and arranger of the Two Minds Big Band, which he co-leads with long time associate Pete Wraight. When not performing himself, Dave is a highly regarded jazz educator, teaching saxophone, harmony and improvisation at the London Centre of Contemporary Music (LCCM), and has previously been on the music faculty at renowned institutions including Goldsmith’s College, Leeds College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the Universities of Natal and Cape Town. This is a brilliant gig led by one of the most respected musicians on the international jazz scene. Don't miss out, book early!

“…exceptional fluency...one of Britain’s finest musicians” Observer;
“...virtuoso jazz/fusion saxophonist” Time Out;
“….world class player” BBC Music Magazine;
“…Dazzling” Guardian;
"A stunning player in the neo-bop vein, with an apparently effortless flow of coherent ideas, beautiful time and a highly developed harmonic sense.” Jazz Guide

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SUN 19TH : LEE GIBSON'S VOCAL WORKSHOP CONCERT

1:30PM A wonderful straight-ahead singer who is vastly experienced and highly regarded by her peers both as a performer and educator, Lee Gibson’s credits vary from big band work with the BBC Radio Orchestra and the WDR Orchestra in Cologne, to small group work in Germany, Holland, France and Australia. Her extensive radio credits include over a thousand solo broadcasts for the BBC. Lee will be holding an all-day vocal workshop here at the Club on Saturday 18th (please contact her or us here at the Club for more details) and this lunchtime she will be presenting a series of performances featuring singers from that workshop. All the singers will be accompanied by the terrific Geoff Castle Trio and the whole thing promises to be both musical and great fun. And don’t forget this is a family gig so children are more than welcome. Oh, and given the nature of the afternoon it will also be Free Entry! Great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

“Lee Gibson… is that rarity, a swinging singer who has also reached the highest standards of musicianship...” Time Out

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...and then in the evening:

Sun 19th - ANITA WARDELL **Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2006/7, “Best Jazz Vocalist” British Jazz Awards 2013**


8:30PM This award-winning Australian vocalist is another of those powerful and impressive singers who hail from “down under”. An established and experienced musician, Anita not only performs jazz standards in her own inimitable style but she is also universally recognised as one of the best “scat” singers on the International jazz scene. Invited to appear in New York, she was such a success that she was immediately invited back. Her three CD’s (“Noted” and “Kinda Blues” on the Proper label and her latest, “The Road” on Specific) have each received glowing praise, and are a showcase for her interpretative skills and vocal agility. Live, she’s even better, with a winning rapport that further adds to the charm of her performance. A much-vaunted teacher and educationalist as well as performer, Anita is undoubtedly one of the most highly regarded Jazz vocalists in Europe. Tonight she will be appearing with her fantastic band, featuring Robin Aspland (Van Morrison) on piano, Dario De Lece on bass and Steve Brown (Junior Mance) on drums. This is really good, hard-driving jazz from one of the great masters of bebop vocals.

“...the most creative Jazz singer in London” Evening Standard;
“…one of the country’s leading...jazz singers” Jazz UK
“First and foremost, it’s the innate musicality of Wardell’s interpretations that impresses” The Jazz Rag

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Mon 20th - TOMMY BLAIZE BAND

8:30PM Liverpudlian Tommy Blaize is a fantastic, charismatic 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, Gary Barlow, Marti Pellow and Lulu and from TV ads such as Coca Cola, Levis, and British Airways. Considered one of the most in-demand session singers on the scene, he has been featured on numerous film and TV soundtracks and has been heard here at the Club with Madeline Bell. However, more recently Tommy has been finally achieving some hugely deserved recognition as a brilliant singer in his own right after his appearances as one of the house vocalists on BBC TV’s hit show 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 amazing 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 the odd jazz tune thrown in. Tommy and the Band will be featuring music from their first album “Don’t Ya Love Life”, so expect plenty of fireworks and some very Special Surprise Guests. With several hundred years experience between them this brilliant gig from the Tommy Blaize Band is an absolute must – trust me!

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

MUSIC CHARGE £12

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Tues 21st - **606 Club Special** MIKE LINDUP & FRIENDS

8:30PM Mike found fame in the early 80’s as a founding member of the iconic band “Level 42”, kickstarting a staggeringly successful career as a keyboard player. His incredible achievements as part of Level 42 include 13 albums recorded between 1981 and 1994, worldwide album sales of over 15 million, top ten singles in four continents and an incredible array of live dates at prestigious venues around the world. Since then he has released two great solo albums of his own and performed with numerous world-class musicians including Dominic Miller (Sting), Da Lata and Negrocan. Tonight’s gig will feature Mike on piano, keyboard and vocals performing a selection of Mike’s originals from his EP “On The One” plus as he puts it, “a selection of soul covers” supported by a terrific rhythm section of Davide Mantovani on the bass and Davide Giovannini on the drums.. With such an incredible A-list musician at the helm, a really special night is guaranteed.

“amazing…first-rate performance…musicianship is brilliant” AllMusic

MUSIC CHARGE £12

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Wed 22nd - JERRY BERGONZI ORGAN trio

8:30PM US-based Jerry Bergonzi is widely recognised as one of the finest tenor saxophonists in the world. An internationally recognized jazz performer, composer, author and educator, his music is renowned for its innovation, mastery of technique, lyricism and rich resonant tone. He has featured on over 150 albums and had 100 of his own compositions recorded. He began his career playing with Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano and John Scofield, has toured and recorded extensively with numerous international giants of jazz (including Gil Evans, Dave Brubeck, John Abercrombie, Bill Evans, Steve Swallow, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Desmond, Gerry Mulligan and Pat Martino) and released many acclaimed albums as a bandleader in his own right. Equally renowned as an educator Jerry was for many years an established Professor at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, and as an educator as well as performer he tours the world giving highly sought after masterclasses on jazz improvisation. To put his playing in context, when Michael Brecker was asked in an interview once what it was like to be the greatest living saxophonist he replied, “I’ve no idea. Ask Jerry Bergonzi”, similarly when MB was asked if he still practiced he replied “With saxophonists like Jerry Bergonzi around you can’t afford not to!” This gig is a rare opportunity to catch this iconic international performer in London. Also appearing with Jerry will be Andrea Michelutti on drums and world-renowned organist Renato Chicco.

"This guy is the real tower of power...His bold penetrating tone and furiously paced streams of notes make for a commanding voice indeed. His passionate improvisations are marked by a consistency of strength in every register and a penchant for harmonic development." Downbeat

MUSIC CHARGE £18

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Thu 23rd - JOHN EAST PROJECT **FIFTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION**

8:30PM The John East Project, led by vocalist and Hammond organ player John East, have become a popular and regular feature at the Club since their first appearance here five years ago. John has played the Hammond for decades, working with musicians such as John Etheridge, Katie Kissoon and Phil Robson. His stellar band comprises Mark Fletcher-drums, Steve Pearce-bass and the remarkable Carl Orr on guitar, together with a powerhouse horn section of Scott Baylis-trumpet and the great Dave Lewis-sax. Tonight the band will perform material from that first gig as well as their brilliant debut album (launched at the Club) which features well known vocal standards as well as some instrumental tunes, with the emphasis on melodic jazz driven along by the distinctive Hammond sound. In addition, we hear that John and the band are preparing to make a new record, so they will be playing a selection of tunes from that upcoming project as well for you to enjoy. Congratulations John on the first five years!

(East) and the band...brought the house down” City AM;
"Vocalist and Hammond player East leads a fine band" Time Out

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Fri 24th - SAMARA feat LILIANA CHACHIAN

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 Carl Hudson works with the likes of Jocelyn Brown, Leon Ware, Omar and The Valentine Brothers, 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, while the percussionist, Dawson Miller, is generally recognised as one of the most versatile and experienced players on the scene. Singer Liliana Chachian (Negrocan, Da Lata, Olumo) is considered to be one of the finest Brazilian vocalists currently working in Europe, with an unerring gift for melody and phrasing. The music is an infectious blend of Brazilian Samba, jazz/Latin and Soul, and everyone has a great time!

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

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Sat 25th- BOBBY WELLINS

9:30PM Bobby 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 seven years, Bobby came back in the early eighties to lead the Charlie Watts Big Band as well as a number of small groups, which re-established him as one of the finest melodic saxophonists in the world. His gentle sound and approach are unique and make for a fine, highly enjoyable nights listening.

“…impeccable control, combined with a rich, luxuriant, tone” The Scotsman;
“A masterful display of controlled sensitivity from one of the most original voices in European Jazz” The Sunday Times

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SUN 26TH - LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC JUNIOR JAZZ BIG BAND DIRECTED BY MORNINGTON LOCKETT & SARA DHILLON - FREE ENTRY

1:30PM This special gig will showcase exciting young jazz musicians from the Royal College of Music’s Saturday Junior Department in an informal Sunday afternoon performance. With a total of 25 players performing in both Big Band and small group settings, ranging from the band's astonishing young drummer to a number of 18 year-old award-winners and diploma students heading for music colleges in September, this is a unique opportunity to hear some of the jazz stars of tomorrow. The afternoon will be jointly conducted by one of the UK’s finest jazz saxophonists Mornington Lockett (Sat 15th) and the wonderful composer, arranger, pianist, vocalist and bandleader Sara Dhillon.

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and in the evening....

Sun 26th - TAMMY WEIS

8:30PM A fine Canadian-born singer, Tammy has been living in London for more than a decade. Her 2007 debut CD, “Legacy”, was warmly received and led to appearances on national TV and radio as well as jazz festivals including Montreal and Vancouver. Since then both her performances, and in particular her writing, have moved her to the forefront of the UK jazz scene. Her latest CD “Where I Need To Be”, features her excellent original material written with Grammy Award-winning producer Terry Britten and pianist Tom Cawley, with one of her co-writes from that album “Everyone But Me”, being included on an album produced by Michael Bublé in 2013. Jamie Cullum, Bobby McFerrin and Randy Bachman are just a few of the high-profile artists with whom she has performed, and recently, another of her songs (written with James Bryan) has been recorded by an “American Idol” finalist for his new CD. For this 606 performance Tammy will be performing a show she is calling “The Best of Tammy”, which will include songs from her last album (“Where I Need to Be”), her forthcoming album celebrating Canadian songwriters plus some of her favourite standards. She will be accompanied by her standout band: Tom Cawley on piano, Al Cherry on guitar, Julie Walkington on bass and Dave Ohm on drums and if all that wasn’t enough Tammy has also promised some Surprise Guests! Great singer, great players, great gig this. “Tammy Weis has a deliciously haunting voice…this is how it’s supposed to be done” John Beaudin 103.1 FM.

“She’s the real deal” Time Out;
“…a master of the ballad” BBC Radio 3
"Tammy Weis has the magic of a great and great is what she is.” Julian Joseph, BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line Up

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Mon 27th  - ALAN DARBY'S GUITARS DELUXE

8:30PM This is a unique evening, that sees three brilliant guitarists of differing generations united on the 606 stage. Led by highly accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter Alan Darby, tonight's gig takes as its departure point the early electric guitar traditions of jazz and blues, through seductive counterpoint riffing and exciting harmonic exploration. Alan himself is one of the UK’s most respected players, having performed, written and toured with some of the international music scene’s true greats, including the likes of Van Morrison, Sting, Robert Palmer, Bonnie Tyler, Eric Clapton…. And as well as a busy touring and studio player he was also, until very recently, the guitarist in the massively popular West End musical "We Will Rock You". And to add some musical colour to the gig, as well as playing Alan also sings and his vocals are, we are all agreed here, pretty impressive. Jake Zaitz is also a well-established guitarist who includes work with the likes of Mick Jagger and is probably best known at the Club for his many performances here with the iconic blues singer Dana Gillespie, although tonight he will be wearing more of his “jazz hat”. He also sings backing vocals and the occasional blues tune as well. Making up the third member of the three-guitar (and vocal) front line will be the extremely talented Artie Zaitz (Pee Wee Ellis, Gary Crosby) who is also, as it happens, Jake’s son! All highly accomplished musicians in their own right they have almost 100 years of jazz guitar experience between them. The evening wouldn't be complete, of course, without the solid foundation of an excellent rhythm in the form of Matt Round (James Morrison, Billy Bragg) on bass and Evan Jenkins (Eric Clapton) on drums. Jazz and blues fans and jazz guitar enthusiasts in particular should really not miss out on this terrific evening’s entertainment, which is rapidly turning into one of the most popular features on the 606 calendar.

“The 3-guitar interplay turns this combo into a mini orchestra… The guitar players also sing, and the material combines songs with instrumental interplay. It's both an emotional and fun listening experience.” Eventful

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Tues 28th - TWO SETS

8:00pm 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 more remarkable. He returned to the USA in the early 90s where he became one of the world’s leading experts in laser eye surgery (he’s now officially Professor Reinstein). But he never stopped playing, and when he returned to London to live and work it was great to hear his fluent, classic hard-bop, muscular sax playing again. Also featured tonight will be Shanti Jayasinha on trumpet and Tim Lapthorn on piano.

“…impressive hard-bop saxophonist” Time Out

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9:45pm 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

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Wed 29th - PURDY

8:30PM After two great gigs here towards the end of last year we welcome Purdy back to the Club once again with what promises to be another fantastic night. This outstanding singer oozes charisma, which combined with her sultry style and surefooted vocal delivery makes for a masterful evening of highly accessible music. With influences ranging from Nina Simone to Nancy Sinatra, her vocal prowess is stunning and her live performances demonstrate a strong connection with any audience lucky enough to see her live. She has impressed at a number of major events recently, including a 90,000 strong crowd at Wembley Stadium, Formula One events around Europe, The London Lifestyle Awards 2013 and she is now about to go on tour as support for Jools Holland. And the word on the street is that her highly anticipated upcoming album release "Diamond in the Dust" is undoubtedly set to affirm her as a significant solo artist. The music is a mix of originals and some covers and is at the singer/songwriter end of the musical spectrum. The night wouldn't be complete without her brilliant supporting band, featuring the talents of Tim Sentance on piano, Jamie McCredie on guitar and a rhythm section of Tom Moore on bass and Dan Western on drums. Worth booking for this one.

"Great character, unique voice, a true artist" Alan McGee, Creation Records;
"So slinky, it shouldn't be allowed" BBC 6 Music

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THURS 30th  - * * * INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY * * * SHEZ RAJA FEATURING MONIKA LIDKE & SPECIAL GUEST ARUN GHOSH

8:30PM Shez Raja is a seriously talented electric bass player whose work in a fascinating mix of Indo-jazz, funk and groove settings has propelled him to the forefront of the UK jazz scene. Since the formation of his collective in 2007 his energetic and extremely fluent playing, combined with his innovation as a bandleader, have already drawn comparisons to the style of electric bass legend Jaco Pastorius. This evening’s gig will feature material from the Collective's newest album, "Soho Live", which was recorded with heavyweight UK artists including Soweto Kinch, Shabaka Hutchings and Jay Phelps. Shez leads a formidable line-up tonight featuring Polish folk-jazz singer Monika Lidke providing beautifully structured melodic vocals in front of a band that is completed by Vasilis Xenopoulos on saxophone and flute, Pascal Roggen on electric violin, Alex Stanford on keyboard and Chris Nickolls on drums. Adding even more intensity and spark to this 606 gig will be Shez’s Special Guest, the internationally-renowned clarinettist Arun Ghosh. As Shez says: "Expect exciting music that’s full of surprises – a sonic kaleidoscope of euphoric jazz, thundering funk, tuneful ragas and intoxicating grooves!" Hmm, that sounds like something you should definitely put in the diary…

“Multi-layered and imaginative” **** - Manchester Evening News
“The hip-shaking mix of Eastern song lines and funky Western dance-beats never wavers” **** - Evening Standard
“If the Mahavishnu Orchestra were reformed with a reincarnated Jaco Pastorius in charge it would sound pretty similar” The Guardia
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