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Please note the following:
:: there is a music charge for each event (usually between £10 - £12 per person)
:: we have a supper license, so you must eat a substantial meal if you wish to drink alcohol

SUN 1st - LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: KAREN LANE

1:30PM Ex-pat Australian vocalist Karen Lane has made something of an impact on the UK scene since settling in London. Originally from Perth, Western Australia, she moved to Sydney in the early 90’s where she honed her skills with a variety of bands before forming her own group in 1993 to perform much of her original material. After 4 years of playing at festivals, clubs and concert halls around Australia, Karen moved to Singapore before finally making it to the UK in 1998. Since that time she has performed with some of the finest jazz musicians around, and has worked at venues such as Pizza Express Dean Street, Pizza on the Park, The Stables Theatre, Corsham Arts Festival, Southport International Jazz Festival and the Soho Jazz Festival. Currently with 5 albums to her name – including her 2014 release, “Two Steps From the Blues” on 33Jazz Records - Karen is also a well respected educator, composer and arranger. The music that she will perform this afternoon with her band featuring organist Pete Whittaker, guitarist Rob Luft and drummer Nic France is an eclectic mix of Karen’s originals, jazz standards and beautiful Brazilian classics.

“A lovely singer. Highly Recommended” Michael Parkinson, BBC Radio2;
“…an engaging confluence of varicoloured moods and tender lyricism. The singer’s unfailingly intelligent and immensely subtle arrangements provide fresh perspectives on even the most well worn standards” Jazzwise

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SUN 1st - CECILIA STALIN

8:30PM Swedish by birth, since 2004 Cecilia has been working in Sweden, New York and her adopted city, London as a singer, composer, arranger, recording artist, teacher and vocal coach. Blessed with a wonderful, pure tone and great time Cecilia has built an impressive reputation amongst many of the most influential musicians on the UK jazz scene. For this 606 gig she’ll be bringing her fine electric band, Alex Bennett-piano, Tom Mason-bass and Laurie Lowe-drums, the same line up that she used for her highly successful Love Supreme Jazz Festival appearance. The set will be a mix of groove as well as classic jazz standards, bop originals and Cecilia’s own adaptations of Coltrane tunes. Cecilia has also promised to bring along some special guests to make an already brilliant evening that little bit more exceptional. Highly recommended.

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


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MON 2nd - TRIO MANOUCHE WITH SPECIAL GUEST giacomo smith

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 a bit! The rest of the trio is made up of two of the finest exponents of Gypsy swing jazz in the UK, Ducato Pietrowski on acoustic guitar and Nick Pinni on double bass. Their special guest this evening will be the brilliant US ex-pat clarinet player Giacomo Smith. A really fun way to start the week!

“Sheer exuberance” Independent;
“Virtuosic” Guardian

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TUES 3rd - TWO SETS

8:00PM Kate Williams/Mike Outram Award-winning pianist Kate Williams is a fine musician who has made a name for herself as both a performer, composer/arranger and music educator (teaching at both the Guildhall School of Music and Middlesex University). A previous winner of the John Dankworth Award she has released five CDs, each one to critical acclaim, most recently “Smoke And Mirrors” with the legendary tenor saxophonist Bobby Wellins and her latest CD, “Atlas & Vulcana”, launched here at the Club last November. She was also featured in the Steinway 2-Piano Festival at Pizza Express in 2010, 2011 and 2013, with two of the concerts broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Mike Outram is without doubt one of the most talented jazz guitarists in Europe. A world-class player his fluent and exciting guitar work has been heard with numerous established artists including the likes of Robert Fripp, Carleen Anderson, Tim Garland, Herbie Mann and Jacqui Dankworth. Highly respected as a player he is also a professor at both Trinity College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music and includes teaching work at the likes of Middlesex University and Guildhall School of Music as well as a monthly tuition column in The Guitarist magazine. Joined by bass player Jeremy Brown and drummer Steve Brown the quartet, jointly led by Mike and Kate, will be primarily performing music written by the legendary US pianist Bill Evans (Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue”), as well as a selection of jazz standards most closely associated with him. Promises to be quite a musical treat!

“Williams…a superbly lucid and inventive pianist and composer”
BBC Radio 2;
“Pianist Kate Williams writes robustly and fashions clean, cool improvised lines …a genuine talent to watch.” Mojo;
“Outram…World-class” The Guardian;
“There is no musician with such complete control of the sounds coming out of a guitar...it’s a sound of great beauty.” LondonJazzNews

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9:45PM GRAHAM HARVEY One of the most respected pianists on the scene today Graham includes an impressive roster of high profile bands on his CV, including George Benson, iconic acid jazz band “Incognito”, the Hamish Stuart Band, the Laurence Cottle Big Band and the BBC Big Band. Currently the featured pianist with singer Stacey Kent, Graham’s fluent and melodic playing has been heard and admired worldwide. Also featured tonight are two quite brilliant UK jazz musicians, Dave Chamberlain on bass and Matt Skelton on drums, performing a powerful mix of jazz standards and the occasional swinging original.

“excellent” Jazzwise.


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WED 4th - Tim Whitehead

8:30PM Tim is renowned throughout the UK, Europe and the USA as a remarkable performer and composer with a dazzling CV. In the 70’s he toured with Ian Carr’s “Nucleus” and “Graham Collier Music” winning the Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award on the way. In the 80’s he was a member of the groundbreaking big band Loose Tubes and continued to develop his own music recording with his own bands featuring, at different times, John Parricelli, Django Bates, Nic France and Pete Jacobsen. In the 90’s he made several critically acclaimed albums, winning The Andrew Milne Award for Jazz, as well as the BBC Music Magazine Jazz Album of the Year. More recently, Tim has collaborated with renowned contemporary classical composer Colin Riley, creating music for several different ensembles and receiving numerous awards and accolades for these innovative projects (while still touring and recording with his own fantastic bands). As further testament to his extraordinary talent, in 2009 he was the first ever musician to be made 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 in 2010. Currently Tim is working with former “Children’s Laureate” Michael Rosen on an innovative production, “Centrally Heated Knickers”. The gig this evening will feature material from his forthcoming album “Personal Standards 2”, an innovative take on a number of classic popular songs, plus a section devoted to the music of the iconic saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Tim’s muscular yet fluent and highly melodic playing is widely regarded as amongst the finest around, and he commands considerable respect throughout the jazz scene. And if all that wasn’t enough the gig will also be featuring the award-winning pianist Jon Gee.

“the finest tenor player in Britain today'' Jazz Review;
“He is a prodigious tenor player whose graceful compositions always rise above,,,mere technicalities...Tim Whitehead's music is marked by a sense of grace and economy” The Times;
“Whitehead is one of the most creative, exciting and passionate saxophonists in Europe and also one of the finest small-group composers” A Rough Guide


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THURS 5th  - NEIL ANGILLEY

8:30PM Neil is a brilliant pianist, equally at home playing jazz, Latin or classical. He has worked with the acid jazz percussionist Snowboy, is MD for the violin virtuoso Vanessa Mae and was keyboardist and arranger for jazz chart-topping band “Down to the Bone”. He includes work with the likes of Shirley Bassey, Michael Ball, Jazz clarinettist Julian Marc Stringle and Jazz/Rock show “War of The Worlds” on a glittering CV. A great jazz as well as Latin/Brazilian player, his remarkable musicianship is enormously respected throughout the scene. Neil’s debut album “Havana Club”, featuring some of his renowned Latin/jazz original compositions, was received with great acclaim and Neil has now launched his second highly impressive album under his own name, “Chango” featuring, amongst others, one of Europe’s finest percussionists, Snowboy. Featured on the gig tonight will be his storming rhythm section of Davide Giovaninni on drums/vocals and Davide Mantovani on bass. Quite brilliant.

“Inventive” Observer;
“Lyrical…impressively fluid” The Times;
“rhapsodic…with shrewd use of space and restraint” Guardian

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FRI 6th - Closed for a Private Party

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SAT 7th - 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 8TH - LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: 606 GOSPEL GROUP

1:30PM Under the auspices of 606 regulars, keyboardist Miko Giedroyc and bass player Andre Gabriel we present our very own 10 piece gospel ensemble, the “606 Gospel Group”. This is a great group comprising a four-piece band accompanying a six-voice gospel choir. The choir is drawn from a pool of some of the finest gospel singers on the scene and they have been featured as part of the London Jazz Festival as well as on BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service. This is always a fun and uplifting gig and highly recommended. And don’t forget this is our family day so children are more than welcome.

“Uplifting gospel sounds” Time Out

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SUN 8th - Ian Shaw

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

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

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MON 9th - ALAN DARBY'S GUITARS DELUXE featuring JAKE ZAITZ & ARTIE ZAITZ

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 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 Jonathan Noyce (Jethro Tull) 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!

“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 10th - 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 11th - TWO SETS

8:00PM David Gordon “Alexander Scriabin’s Ragtime Band” An assured and versatile pianist David is one of the few professional jazz musicians who is also a well established classical performer. An accomplished harpsichordist as well as pianist, David includes work with the likes of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and has toured Europe and South America with the European Baroque Orchestra. An award-winning jazz and classical composer, he has had works performed on BBC Radio 3 as well as performances at the Cheltenham Festival and QEH. As a jazz pianist he has led his own trio since 1995, currently featuring Paul Cavaciuti on drums and Jonty Fisher on bass, with a repertoire that focuses on original compositions by the band, but also includes material as diverse as folk music from Venezuela, East European dance music and Celtic-tinged melodies. Tonight, David and the trio will be bringing their latest fascinating project, “Alexander Scriabin's Ragtime Band” to the Club. Over to David for a description: “1915: the world in turmoil. In New Orleans, Jelly Roll Morton's experimentation with ragtime and blues signals the dawn of a new creation: jazz! In New York, Russian émigré Irving Berlin is churning out hit after hit; In Paris, Debussy experiments with syncopation and jazz harmony; In Moscow, the death of the great Russian piano-poet, composer and mystic Alexander Scriabin. Bringing these disparate musical strands together the Trio create an amazing tapestry of music from this time: boogie-woogie, tango and choro rub shoulders with the eponymous rag, with interpretations of Scriabin's miniatures seen through the prism of popular music of the time, getting the makeover to end all makeovers”. Sounds quite remarkable. This promises to be a unique, thoughtful and inventive gig and absolutely not to be missed.

“Gordon….a richly gifted player with a sparkling style and boundless imagination!” Independent on Sunday;
“Outstanding” Crescendo Magazine

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9:45PM JAZZ FROM THE ACADEMY 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 Rob Luft Band.

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THURS 12th - Closed for a Private Party

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FRI 13th - pre valentine's "GROOVE" special: wayne hernandez

9:30PM Wayne is one of those fantastic singers who has been using his considerable talents for many years to make others sound good. Hugely successful within the music business he has worked with Tina Turner, Tori Amos, Blur, Grover Washington, Roberta Flack and Madonna. He has also toured extensively with Kool and the Gang, Regina Bell and most recently Billy Ocean, and is one of the singers with the band Gorillaz, (oh, that guy!). With an Afro-Cuban heritage that includes work to this day with the London Community Gospel Choir, along with living in New York for a number of years, Wayne describes his music as “…a living fusion of music styles from the Black music scene”. Also a well-established songwriter and producer, this multi-talented artist delivers a simply brilliant set of powerful groove music with an impressive eight-piece band of hand-picked musicians, including guitar, sax and backing vocals, that define the word “soul”. We’ve asked Wayne to put together a special “Valentine Soul Night” especially for us, so if you want to spend a romantic evening with some rare “Groove” sounds, this is definitely for you.

“..it was clear that Wayne had a very special talent, his voice, it was simply breathtaking” Livemusic.fm

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SAT 14th - VALENTINE'S SPECIAL: TAMMY WEIS (LOUISE CLARE MARSHALL CANCELED DUE TO ILLNESS)

9:00PM A fine Canadian-born singer, Tammy Weis has been living in London for more than a decade whose love for the Great American Songbook has led her firmly in to the area of the classic jazz standards, which she performs with a wonderful sense of melody and swing. 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 early 2013. Jamie Cullum, Bobby McFerrin and Randy Bachman are just a few of the high-profile artists with whom she has performed. This romantic Valentine’s evening will feature Tammy’s lush interpretations of the most unforgettable jazz love songs, joined by her fine band including Tom Cawley (piano) and Julie Walkington (bass). Most definitely a night to remember.

“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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SUN 15th - POST VALENTINE'S SPECIAL: ZOE FRANCIS

8:30PM Zoe started singing jazz while living and working in New York, and soon became a regular fixture on the scene, often sitting in with the late Harry Whitaker and his trio at Arturo’s down in the Village as well as working with many other musicians including Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Joe Cohn and Chris Flory. Her first album “Looking for a Boy” was released to significant acclaim, while her second, “The Very Thought of You”, recorded live at the 606, came out in September to similar plaudits. Both discs provide a great showcase for her beautiful voice as well as Zoe’s exquisite taste. Singing a really lovely selection of melodic standards (some well known, others less so), with a great sense of swing and natural ability, Zoe’s gigs are just terrific. Appearing with Zoe this evening will be iconic UK guitarist Jim Mullen, the great Stan Sulzmann on sax, Mick Hutton (Humphrey Lyttleton) on bass and Enzo Zirilli on drums. A classic jazz star in the making, and a brilliant gig.

“something a bit special is going on when this artist…takes the stage…there is a quality in Zoe Francis’s work that suggests something of the classic singers of the past…yet there is no obvious attempt to be anyone but herself, with an appealing freshness as well as technical command that make her shows well worth seeking out...….a classy, poised singer who respects her material enough to deliver it straight and true” LondonJazz News;
“Fine…singer” Time Out

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MON 16th - **606 Club Special** Morrissey/Mullen Legacy 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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TUES 17th - TWO SETS

8:00PM Marcelo Andrade WITH SPECIAL GUEST JANDIRA SILVA This is a fantastic world music gig with the majority of the music written and arranged by the wonderful Brazilian musician Marcelo Andrade. Born in Rio de Janeiro, award-winning multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Marcelo Andrade studied violin, piano and guitar as well as singing in the well-established choir "Canarinhos de Petrópolis" before moving to London in 1989 to continue his education. Since then he has established himself as one of the most creative and influential musicians on the UK/Brazilian scene, including work with numerous international artists, from Brazilian icon Milton Nascimento to Corinne Bailey Rae. He has also led his own bands for some years now, including Samburá, Ohoyo-Samba, Saravah Soul and the London Latin Jazz Ensemble, performing with them throughout the UK and Europe. Marcelo launched his most recent album "African Tree" (www.ourlandrecords.com) in 2014 to impressive reviews; a unique project, it was recorded during his travels through Brazil, Africa and Europe, utilising over 70 musicians from 5 different continents. During his time in Uganda he also started a tree-planting programme, where he planted 500 trees to celebrate the arrival of the album, an initiative from which the album derives its name. Tonight Marcello will be performing compositions from the album, although sadly we are unable to get all 70 musicians on to the bandstand! However, he has settled for the next best thing and will be appearing with some of the finest proponents of Brazilian music in Europe, including young upcoming UK piano star Sam Watts, fellow Brazilian saxophonist and flute player Giuliano Pereira and an amazing Brazilian rhythm section of Matheus Nova on bass and Raphael Delfino on drums. And if all that wasn’t enough watch out for an appearance from one of Europe’s finest Brazilian singers, Jandira Silva, who is perhaps best known at the Club as the singer with our regular band “Samara”. This promises to be quite a night.

“Marcelo Andrade’s…African Tree serves notice to a very substantial talent” Jazzwise

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9:45PM Gabriel Latchin Although still relatively new to the jazz scene, up-and-coming young pianist Gabriel Latchin is already gaining attention for his creative and fluent playing. His hard-swinging, adventurous approach, influenced by the likes of Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans and Phineas Newborn Jr. means that his performances not only sound great but, as he puts it “feel good for listeners, not just musicians”. Tonight Gabriel will be featuring bassist Dario Di Lecce and drummer Josh Morrison performing primarily classic jazz standards in the classic piano trio format. And watch out for the release in 2015 of his debut album “Introducing Gabriel Latchin”. A highly rated young player and well worth catching.

“Wonderful playing” Christian McBride

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WED 18th - *606 CLUB SPECIAL* AN EVENING WITH PETER IND

8:30PM Bass player Peter Ind’s playing is universally admired and respected throughout the international jazz world. 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 Holiday. 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 1980’s, opening the internationally renowned “Bass Clef” Jazz Club in London, which he ran for more than 10 years. Now at over eighty years of age, Peter is still playing as brilliantly as ever and is with great pleasure we welcome this iconic figure to the Club. The music will be a mix of the established and the new, with contributions from his wide-ranging musical friends in various combinations from duos to quintets, including ex-pat US jazz drummer Rod Youngs, Middle-Eastern-influenced Oud player Yaz Fantazi, a Caribbean inspired set and a Latin/Brazilian set featuring flute player Steve Rubie. And if all that wasn’t enough you can expect at least one great singer (if not more) to drop by to join in the fun, not forgetting a grand finale that will see a “choir” of bass players on the stand drawn from some of the best players from one of Peter’s most recent workshops. A true polymath and iconoclast, Peter will not only be playing but also discussing his lengthy and fascinating career and his approach to both music and life. As well as a world-class musician Peter is also an accomplished painter and author with several books to his name, and is an interesting and thought-provoking speaker. As Peter says, this gig promises to have “a little of everything, music, reminiscences, philosophy…and a bit of Oud!”.

“..full of wit and vigour… Ind's solos exploit his ever-resourceful technique and resonant tone” Evening Standard

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THURS 19th *606 CLUB SPECIAL* JASON REBELLO's TRIBUTE TO OSCAR PETERSON

8:30PM Tonight we are pleased to welcome back to the Club one of the finest pianists in Europe for an intimate gig that will be a rare chance to hear Jason performing in an acoustic piano trio setting. A multi-award winner and ferociously talented musician, Jason has been at the forefront of the international music scene for the last 20 years. His extraordinary ability is highlighted by the fact that he was already an established performer by the age of 21, being described by Jazz FM as “[one of] the most gifted and fluent pianists to emerge in Britain [today]…” and by 1993, at the age of 24, he already had three highly successful albums under his belt. As well as promoting his own groove/crossover music he also found time to work with the likes of Wayne Shorter, Gary Burton, Branford Marsalis, Des’ree, Mica Paris, Carleen Anderson and Omar. However, it was in 1998 when he was invited to replace the late Kenny Kirkland in Sting’s band that Jason found international recognition. He toured the world with Sting for more than six years before moving to the band of guitar legend Jeff Beck, with whom he still performs. A combination of remarkable technique and musical adaptability has enabled Jason to work with many artists across the musical spectrum including the likes of Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Pee Wee Ellis, Joss Stone, Madeline Peyroux and Manu Katche. In 2007 he embarked on the Jazz Rainbow project in a belief that expression through music is an important part of a child's development, the project resulting in “Jazz Rainbow” on Jumby Records, a charming reinvention of much loved children's tunes. Jason also continues to teach adults, lecturing at various music colleges including the Guildhall School of Music and Bath Spa University. In 2013 he released his first solo album in 13 years, "Anything But Look", that received universal critical acclaim, with AllAboutJazz saying "Rebello proves that music can be entertaining and sophisticated on a delightful recording that marks the pianist/composer's triumphant return to the spotlight.” Fascinatingly the inspiration for the trio gig this evening, Jason tells me, is the old Oscar Peterson drummerless trios (piano, guitar & bass) of the 1950’s and 1970’s, so completing the line up this evening are, not surprisingly, two highly regarded musicians on the UK scene: guitarist Ant Law (Mica Paris, Leon Ware) and bass player Larry Bartley (Courtney Pine, Denys Baptiste). This promises to be a very special night featuring this unique line up, booking definitely advised.

“Jason Rebello…inspired” Time Out; "In terms of sheer ability and potential, Jason is probably [one of the] finest…jazz musicians this country has produced."
Jazz: The Modern Resurgence

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FRI 20th - PROTECT THE BEAT

9:30PM This Band is made up of five of the finest jazz funk experts on the scene; Derek Nash, sax (Jools Holland, Dave Grusin, Sax Appeal), Winston Blissett, bass (Massive Attack, Jeff Lorber), Tim Cansfield, guitar (Bee Gees, Elton John), Arden Hart, keys & trumpet (Bootsy Collins, Massive Attack) and Darby Todd, drums (Dennis Rollins, “The Lion King”). With such a fantastic group of players, it’s no surprise that the band has been described in the music press as "the strongest live act within the genre in the UK at this time” and that their CD “Intrepid” was at the number 1 spot of the independent UK Jazz Chart for 11 weeks! With numerous festival appearances to their name including The Capitol Jazz Festival (USA) and two memorable shows at Brecon Jazz, “Protect The Beat” have certainly left an impression with their inimitable brand of jazz/funk. To quote the title of their debut album, "It Ain't Dinner Jazz".

“Their live shows are an explosion of energy with the ebullient Nash leading his team of crack session players through a series of full on, unashamedly funky tunes” TheJazzMann.com

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SAT 21ST - BRANDON ALLEN

9:30PM Brandon is an ex-pat Australian saxophonist who has made quite an impression on the scene since taking up residence in London. A leading soloist in several Jazz Orchestras back home he also led his own successful group before decamping to Europe in 2002. His wonderfully fluent and incisive sax playing has been heard in prestigious venues all over Europe and at numerous festivals around the world, including the Womad World Music Festival, Reading Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, The Vittoria and Terassa Jazz Festivals in Spain, Manly Jazz Festival in Australia and the London Jazz Festival. In London alone he has performed with the likes of Eric Clapton, Mica Paris, Jools Holland, BBC Big Band and Omar, which gives you an idea of just how good he is! Tonight Brandon will be bringing his scintillating three-horn front line sextet to the Club, featuring some of the finest musicians on the UK jazz scene, including the award-winning Sam Mayne on saxophone, the multi-award-winning Mark Nightingale on trombone, plus the powerhouse rhythm section of Tim Lapthorn on piano, Sam Burgess on bass and the great Ian Thomas on drums. Absolutely not to be missed, this one.

“Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today” Jazzwise; “Sam Mayne’s saxophone explorations possessed faultless inner logic, a remarkable feat..”
The Guardian;
“Tim Lapthorn's pianistic abilities include a formidable technique and delicate touch…His equal command of strong melody, harmonic sense and an acute rhythmical drive make him the consummate jazz pianist” LondonJazzNews

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SUN 22ND SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: IRENE SERRA

1:30PM Italian vocalist Irene Serra is a charismatic performer with a beautiful vocal style and assured stage presence. She sings a great repertoire of jazz, blues, bossa nova, gospel and soul and can be regularly seen in venues in and around London. A thoughtful and intelligent musician she started studying jazz at the age of 16 at the Academy of Music in Milan and moved to London in 1999 to complete a BA in Performing Arts at the University of Surrey, going on to study at Goldsmiths College and then completing a Masters in Music Performance at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama. Her poised performances have already earned her much critical acclaim: she was one of the semi-finalists in The Brussels International Young Jazz Singer competition in 2008 and was a finalist at the Shure Montreux Jazz Competition in 2009. Highly recommended. And don’t forget this is our family gig so children are more than welcome.

“…a charming Italian, singing American popular songs with superb diction and a big voice….A wonderful afternoon's music, and so unexpected…” Ted Gascoigne (Big Band World columnist)

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SUN 22nd - JOHANNA GRAHAM

8:30PM Penzance-based singer/songwriter Johanna Graham leads a fabulous quartet tonight for her highly anticipated debut gig at the Club. Performing a mixture of standards, pop classics and fantastic original compositions, her varied repertoire provides an innovative and fresh interpretation of vocal-led modern jazz. Citing musical influences from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day and Julie London, her debut album "Don't Let Me Be Lonely" released on 33Jazz Records, features her warm and mellow vocals and offers an eclectic sound that incorporates both her individual style and vocal ability, with All About Jazz describing the album as "...a musically satisfying journey". Her award-winning quartet has already performed at the likes of the Pizza Express Soho, Barbican International Jazz & Blues Festival, Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival, Bude Jazz Festival and the Teignmouth Jazz Festival. The quartet comprises three highly accomplished musicians from the West Country, with Martin Bowie (who also is a co-writer of much of her material) providing classy guitar riffs and top level phrasing, insightful double bass playing from the highly experienced Tim Greenhalgh, and exhilarating drumming from Damian Rodd. A real treat of an evening from a truly gifted singer that is sure to entertain and captivate in equal measure.

“A fine singer with a palpably individual style" Jazzwise Magazine;
"A lively and polished group.." All About Jazz;
“Beautiful Vocals” Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders)

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MON 23RD - 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.

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TUES 24th - Jandira Silva

8:30PM Born in Rio de Janeiro, Jandira is a highly talented singer whose voice beautifully conveys the power of popular Brazilian music. Singing professionally since 1997 her search for wider artistic horizons took her to Portugal, where she became the resident vocalist at the Casino do Estoril in Lisbon. At the same time she combined work in Portugal’s various jazz clubs with regular appearances on Portuguese TV. Moving to London in 2007 Jandira quickly became an important part of the UK Latin/Brazilian scene, including regular appearances at venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, The National Theatre and of course the 606 Club. She performs a wonderful selection of rhythmic, enchanting songs in her native Brazilian Portuguese, accompanied by her terrific Brazilian band that features Carl Hudson on piano, Uruguayan guitarist Guille Hill and the excellent Brazilian rhythm section of Matheus Nova on bass and Marius Rodriguez on drums. This will be Jandira’s last gig in the UK for some while as she is leaving the country for pastures new, so I would strongly advise that you take this chance to hear one of Europe’s finest exponents of vocal Brazilian music while you still can.

“…outstanding” Soul Tracks.

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WED 25th - EMMANUEL WALDRON

8:30PM Smooth and soulful pianist Emmanuel Waldron’s style is drenched in gospel, jazz, blues, R&B and soul influences. Renowned for his spontaneous improvisations, he performs with a poise and panache that has gained him fans in very high places – he counts the Queen, Boris Johnson and the Pope(!) amongst people who have appreciated his playing. A well known name on the gospel scene, Emmanuel plays with award-winning soul/funk act V9Collective and also accompanies “Songs of Praise Choir of the Year” Award-winners the Maria Fidelis Gospel Choir. Tonight Emmanuel will be appearing with his terrific quartet featuring Andre Brown (Omar, Basement Jaxx) on sax, Carl Stanbridge on bass and Julien Brown drums. And watch out for a Special Guest appearance from the excellent vocalist Ruth Waldron.

“Emmanuel Waldron….inspired jazz piano improvisation” NME

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THURS 26th - *606 CLUB SPECIAL* JOHN TAYLOR & JULIAN ARGUELLES

8:30PM Two world-class musicians combine forces tonight in one very special duo gig. Multi-award-winning pianist John Taylor is widely regarded as the finest UK jazz musician of his generation. A subtle pianist with brilliant technical command John has been at the forefront of the contemporary European jazz scene for almost four decades. He first came to prominence in the late 60’s before moving on to become Cleo Laine’s pianist during the early 1970’s. He went on from Cleo to join the Ronnie Scott Quintet and in 1977, John formed the trio “Azimuth” with two of the finest contemporary jazz musicians in Europe at the time, singer Norma Winstone and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler. With their classic recordings on ECM this group rapidly established an international reputation and through the 80’s John’s burgeoning international career saw him perform with the likes of Jan Garbarek, Gil Evans, Lee Konitz and Charlie Mariano. Not only was his remarkable piano playing earning him respect worldwide amongst audiences and musicians alike, but by the 90’s he was also establishing himself as a composer and arranger of note. He continued his international career with recordings on ECM as well as ongoing live projects with an impressive array of international jazz artists. Appearing on over 80 CD’s as well as regular club and festival performances, John has continued to perform at the highest level and in July 2002 he received the BBC Jazz Award for 'Best New Work' for his “The Green Man Suite”. He has been Professor of Jazz Piano at the Cologne College of Music since 1993 and in 2005 became a Lecturer in Jazz at York University. Julian Arguelles Staffordshire-born Julian Argüelles has combined his natural musical talent with an exceptional work rate, becoming one of Europe’s leading saxophonists, composers and educators. Originally performing in the celebrated big band Loose Tubes in the early 80’s he played a massive part in the 1980s renaissance in British jazz. Performing alongside internationally-renowned artists throughout his career, musicians with whom he has collaborated include Hermeto Pascoal, Steve Swallow, John Abercrombie, Dave Holland, Peter Erskine, Django Bates, Kenny Wheeler and Carla Bley. His highly original and fluid playing style mark him out as a special talent and his compositions have earned him commissions from ensembles including the NDR Big Band (Hamburg), The Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Bath International Festival and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. As well as all that he also finds time to teach at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College London while continuing to release new material. The two musicians featured tonight are universally considered to amongst the finest performers on their instruments in the world, so this electrifying combination promises to be a very special night indeed. Booking advised.

“Taylor’s jazz, classical, compositional, improvisational and listening skills seem to have fallen into some magical balance, with ideas streaming out of him… sublime” Guardian;
“Taylor played as if the piano were his orchestra, always intriguing and filled with sumptuous chords, groove-alerting cross-rhythms and nimble lines. His playing is strikingly original and immediate, as if the piano has revealed all kinds of secrets that are kept from most other musicians” Ottawa Citizen;
“Julian Argüelles…one is left almost speechless with admiration” The Independent;
“[Argüelles]...world-standard” Guardian;
“Its the honesty that underpins it all that really sets him apart – when Argüelles says something, you believe it” Irish Times

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FRI 27th - 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 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, while the percussionist, Dawson Miller, is generally recognised as one of the most versatile and experienced players on the scene. Singer Liliana Chachian 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 28th - 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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