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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

Thurs 1st - CLOSED FOR HOLIDAYS

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Fri 2nd - Closed For Private Party

Sat 3rd - polly gibbons & the tim lapthorn trio (LIANE CARROLL - CANCELED DUE TO ILLNESS)

8:30PM **Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2005/6** “Parliamentary Jazz Awards Musician of The year 2008”. The first artist ever to win two BBC Jazz Awards in the same year, for Best Vocalist and Best of Jazz, Liane is a dynamic vocalist and pianist whose amazing talent has been captivating audiences around the world. She is recognised as one of the finest singer/pianists on the scene, working with the likes of Gerry Rafferty, Ladysmith Black 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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SUN 4TH: **SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL** JUDITH & DAVE O’HIGGINS PRESENT THE ABSTRACT TRUTH BIG BAND with Guest Director JÖRG ACHIM KELLER

1:30pm . “The Blues and the Abstract Truth” was a seminal album, recorded in February 1961, featuring material composed and arranged by the iconic saxophonist Oliver Nelson. After more than 50 years it still sounds fresh and vibrant with a unique approach to harmony and melodic improvisation. The big band today will be directed by Jörg Achim Keller, currently the musical director of the NDR Radio Big Band in Hamburg, previously MD of HR Radio Big Band (Frankfurt). He is one of the most respected and sought after writers in Europe and has written and/or conducted for productions that featured the likes of Chet Baker, Joe Pass, Eliane Elias, Michael Brecker, Jack Bruce and Mike Stern. Jörg´s version of The Blues And The Abstract Truth was originally written for the German HR Radio Big Band (Frankfurt) and is a contemporary update, expanded for 17-piece big band. It uses some of the soloistic highlights from the original small group recording, along with Keller’s celebrated individual writing style, which is itself steeped in the influence of Oliver Nelson. This unique project, put together by Judith and Dave O’Higgins has, not surprisingly, attracted some of the finest players on the UK scene (which, of course, includes saxophonist Dave O’Higgins himself). The line up of this powerhouse band includes the likes of Martin Shaw, Henry Armburg Jennings, Mark Nightingale, Trevor Mires, Howard McGill, Sammy Mayne, Judith O’Higgins, Graham Harvey, Geoff Gascoyne and Sebastiaan De Krom and as is the case with jazz Big Bands there will be substantial room for these brilliant soloists to perform. This amazing band is making a special appearance at the Club as a “warm up” date for an album to be recorded at Abbey Road studios, so this is likely to be the only chance to hear all these players live under one roof. A rare gig by this truly exceptional Big Band and clearly not to be missed.

“(O’Higgins)…exceptional fluency. ..one of Britain’s finest musicians” Observer; "[O'Higgins] 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 4th - Polly Gibbons feat JAMES PEARSON

8:30PM Polly 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 while still in her teens, 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. A regular these days at venues up and down the country as well as various jazz festivals, she includes work with the likes of Joss Stone, Alison Moyet, Mick Hucknall and Charlotte Church on an impressive CV. However Polly is probably best known as one of the resident singers with the Ronnie Scott’s House Band, and here at the Club as the former lead vocalist with Dave Lewis’s impressive Groove band “1 Up”. Tonight Polly will be performing material from her brand new album “My Own Company” - her first jazz album to be released in the UK - featuring pianist James Pearson (who is also Musical Director of Ronnie Scott’s). A very old friend of the Club (Polly performed her first London gig here, back in the day) it’s with great pleasure that we welcome this remarkable talent back to the 606 leading her own quartet. 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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Mon 5th - Russ Henderson’s Birthday Gig featuring the MICK HUTTON/ MARK CHERRIE BAND.

8:30PM Tonight’s gig is a special Birthday Salute to the wonderful pianist Russ Henderson. A friend and performer at the Club for more than 35 years, Russ received an MBE several years ago in recognition of the outstanding work he has done for the UK music scene since his arrival to the UK over 60 years ago. An accomplished steel pan player as well as pianist and one of the founders of the Notting Hill Carnival, Russ is one of the most respected musicians on the UK Jazz scene. We are hoping that Russ will be able perform a short set with his trio (sadly his hands don’t allow him to play too long these days) which will feature Mick Hutton on bass and Derek Gale on drums. As well as Russ’s trio we will also be featuring Russ’s great friends, the Mick Hutton/Mark Cherrie Band. Mick Hutton, a long time member of Russ’s trio and the primary organiser of tonight’s event, has been one of Europe’s finest and most respected jazz bassists for more than 20 years. A first call player for numerous high profile bands he includes work with the likes of Bill Bruford and Humphrey Lyttelton on a stellar cv. Piano/steel pan virtuoso Mark Cherrie is renowned as one of the best musicians around, having performed around the world with artists as diverse as Edwin Starr, Jimmy Ruffin and Odyssey. As well as an excellent performer Mark is also a well established composer, having written for hundreds of TV shows including Friends, ER and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A number of musicians have promised to come down to help Russ celebrate his birthday in style and this gig has become a regular event in the calendar of many of Russ’s compatriots, so expect a real party atmosphere as musicians and friends pay their respects to one of the most highly respected musicians on the UK scene. We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a great night for a great man.

“Russ Henderson....a primary force in jazz, calypso and steel band in England for over half a century” Calypsoworld;
“Mick Hutton...driving yet intricate bass” Scotsman

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Tues 6th - Closed For Private Party


Wed 7th- TWO SETS

8:00PM Lucas Dodd is a highly energetic young alto saxophonist who is now starting to make serious headway in the international jazz scene. Beginning his affair with the sax from the age of 8, Lucas was soon showcasing his talents with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra demonstrating a great natural ability and gaining attention in jazz circles as an impressive prospect. After graduating from the Trinity College of Music in 2011, picking up the The Ronnie Verrel Prize For Excellence in Jazz along the way, he developed his craft by being involved with a large number of jazz ensembles including Jamie Cullum, the Gareth Lockrane Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra and The Laurence Cottle Big Band. With influences straight out of the lineage of Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane and Charlie Parker combined with the approach of modern pioneers of jazz such as Michael Brecker and Chris Potter, Lucas draws from a huge pool of influence which is evident in his approach as a soloist and also as a composer. He performed regularly on the UK circuit with his own quartet before moving earlier this year to New York City where he is currently studying on a post-graduate course at the highly regarded Manhattan School of Music. Lucas’s recent performances include appearances at prestigious venues around New York, including Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in Greenwich Village. His gig tonight will feature fellow saxophonist the great tenorman Paul Booth (Steve Winwood) as well as the terrific Ross Stanley on piano, highly regarded bassist Fergus Ireland (Kansas Smitty’s House Band), and fellow New York based drummer Douglas Marriner, evidence of Lucas’ rapid ascent into the top ranks of UK musicians.

“[Lucas Dodd]…the audience were transfixed by the poise and assurance of one so young.”
Evening Press, York;
“[Paul Booth] Blistering saxist” Independent

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9:45PM “Trio” feat John Critchinson-piano; Dave Cliff-guitar; Alec Dankworth-bass John Critchinson was Ronnie Scott’s pianist for more than 12 years, and his strong, swinging, hard-bop piano playing has graced many a fine gig. One of the most established and highly regarded pianists on the scene, John’s high energy, driving, Jazz trio playing is legendary. His jokes are great too! Dave Cliff is generally considered to be one of the finest straight ahead guitarists in Europe. He has accompanied many visiting artists, the great American tenor player Scott Hamilton going on record saying that Dave was one of the finest jazz guitarists he had ever worked with. Alec Dankworth is a terrific musician who first came to prominence with his father, John, but has since gone on to become one of the most respected acoustic bass players on the scene today, including a lengthy stint with the band of Jazz icon Dave Brubeck.

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

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Thurs 8th - Ben Holder “Tribute to Benny Goodman”

8:30PM Although still in his mid 20’s Midlands-based virtuoso jazz violinist Ben Holder has already made quite a name for himself on the Gypsy Jazz/Swing circuit, and seems destined for great things. A graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire, this multi-award winning violinist started life as a classical musician, but his interest in jazz, inspired by listening as a teenager to the likes of Oscar Peterson as well as the great jazz violinists Stéphane Grappelli, Joe Venuto and Stuff Smith, led him to a parallel life as an accomplished jazz musician. These days his powerful and swinging playing can be heard with a number of the North’s finest swing outfits including Gypsy Fire and Djangology. Tonight Ben will be paying tribute to legendary US clarinet player and bandleader Benny Goodman aka "The King of Swing", and following the format of his live-recorded CD "Ben meets Benny" you can expect to hear pieces closely associated with the celebrated jazz master. Ben's fluid violin playing will provide a unique interpretation of the 1940's swing style Benny pioneered, combining energy and considerable technical ability to produce some stunning music. Tonight's trio is completed by two of the UK’s finest swing musicians, Tom Kincaid on piano and Paul Jefferies on double bass. A real treat this one.

“Ben Holder has the warmth and flexibility of a sax player, and all the extra possibilities of a string instrument - lightning speed harmonics, glissando and double stopping. Chilled and confident… he puts on a hugely enjoyable show” LondonJazz News


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Fri 9th - Vanessa Haynes **Big Birthday gig**

9:30PM Originally from Trinidad, where she worked to great acclaim for some years, Vanessa finally made her way to London, which is definitely our gain. She performs a mix of soul, R&B standards and originals with some jazz standards thrown in and with her powerful, cultured voice and commanding stage presence is quite stunning. Not surprisingly her talent was recognised by Van Morrison (with whose band she toured) but she is probably best known these days as one of the featured singers with the iconic soul/jazz band “Incognito”, having toured and recorded with them for more than four years. She works with a fabulous seven-piece band that features some of the country’s finest “groove” players plus her very own backing vocalists! Musicians that she was worked with in the past include the exciting young keyboard player Xantoné Blacq, the effervescent Julian Burdock on guitar, the brilliant Yolanda Charles on bass and the powerful Davide Giovannini on drums. It’s also Vanessa’s birthday (it’s a “big” one this year I’m allowed to tell you!) so expect plenty of special guests (a lot of singers for sure!) to help her celebrate in style. Promises to be one of the liveliest gigs of the month!

“…chic, sultry singing..stylish and overflowing with promise..her future is guaranteed as a fixture in the soul firmament. Star potential” Musician Magazine;
“excellent…powerful voice and unique sound” Soul Brother

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Sat 10th - DEREK NASH’S SAX APPEAL QUARTET

9:30PM An award-winning saxophonist, Derek is perhaps best known as one of the featured saxophonists with the Jools Holland Band, leader of the enormously successful “Sax Appeal” and co-leader of the funk/groove outfit “Protect the Beat”. An experienced musician of many years standing his muscular, fluent, modern jazz playing has been recognised with a number of awards, including “Best Jazz Ensemble” and “Best Jazz CD” as well as being voted one of the top 5 saxophonists in the country. And if all that wasn’t enough he is also highly regarded as a recording engineer, producer and arranger, with a client list that includes Annie Lennox, Alison Moyet, Lulu, Kylie Minogue, David Sanborn, Martha Reeves and many more. The rest of the quartet is made up of Derek’s long time sparring partners, Pete Adams on piano, Phil Scragg on bass and Mike Bradley on drums. Terrific musicians, terrific gig this.

“…bravura display of contemporary saxophone” The Observer;
“…breathtaking” Sunday Times

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SUN 11th - SUNDAY LUNCH SPECIAL WITH FINI BEARMAN

1:30PM Fini Bearman is a London based singer, songwriter and composer whose music melds influences as diverse as Brazilian, Western Classical, modern jazz and contemporary music into an arresting and uniquely personal sound. Since releasing her debut album “Step Up” in 2011, Fini has been a busy presence on the London scene, performing with a variety of ensembles and working on various projects, including sharing the stage with the likes of Bobby McFerrin, Christine Tobin, Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw & Mica Paris. Fini has just released her second album 'Porgy & Bess Revisited'; exploring fresh and original arrangements of songs from the eponymous Gershwin opera, re-worked in a jazz-infused setting, on F-ire Records to considerable acclaim. For this 606 lunchtime performance Fini will be performing a mix of some swinging classic jazz standards along with her own, evocative, originals supported by a stellar line-up of pianist Tom Hewson, bassist Jon Cox and drummer John Bleaze.

“…An irresistible voice... an expressive singer, and an intriguing composer and lyricist…” AllAboutJazz.com

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And then, in the evening...

Sun 11th - GWYNETH HERBERT featuring AL CHERRY

8:30PM One of the most creative and striking performers currently working on the UK scene, Gwyn’s soulful, seductive voice is something quite special, bringing sophistication to her singer/songwriter material, and a wonderful “edge” to the occasional cover. Her first CD “Bittersweet and Blue”, released 10 years ago now on Universal, established her as a force to be reckoned with, receiving enormous acclaim in the process. Since then she has gone on to produce an immensely impressive series of CDs, last year gifting us with her sixth recording, “The Sea Cabinet” which yet again garnered universal praise and excitement, being described as “wildly inventive...entirely a law unto itself” (The Metro). And not content with being one of the finest singer/songwriters in the country (really) she has also won two prestigious theatrical awards for her music, had them queuing around the block at the Rochester Jazz Festival in New York (where her show was in the top ten out of over two hundred), seen her cover of Neil Young’s ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ used in a Hollywood ‘rom com’, written a song-cycle about the sea which debuted at the Aldeburgh Festival, sung a series of 18th Century murder ballads on Radio 4 and composed and performed a specially commissioned soundtrack to the silent film “The Patsy” at the BFI. And just to prove the point, this enormously talented vocalist with the sultry voice and stylish delivery includes the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Kevin Costner and Michael Parkinson (and us!) among her fan base. Tonight Gwyneth will have the sublime guitar playing of Al Cherry to add extra allure to an already special evening of music. Quite brilliant.

"One of the country’s most exciting talents"
Sunday Times;
“…remarkably gifted performer” Guardian;
“…majestic-voiced” Jazz UK;
"Her lyrics are consistently engaging... singing with a rare balance of passion and control...Herbert (is) poised as one of Britain's brightest talents." The Telegraph


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Mon 12th - Miriam Grey

8:30PM Mim Grey is a versatile singer/songwriter who has had a broad and varied career spanning differing genres. In the dance scene she scored hits with Mantronix and Lee Cabrera, her music has been used in various commercial campaigns, she has co-written tracks with the likes of Kylie Minogue and has worked with a number of superstars including Paul McCartney, ABC, Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Tom Jones, on arena stages, at theatres and in clubs around the world. Her own music, as heard on the CD’s ‘Grey Matters’ and ‘Chasing Tigers’ reflects a timeless melodic sensibility that immediately grabs you and draws you in. It’s classic songwriting in the best sense, and although very accessible it is also substantive with enough harmonic complexity to warrant repeated listening. The songs are matched by Mim’s terrific voice: warm, soulful, with effortless range but just a touch of rasp for character. Mim’s been discovered by country music fans of late – “Country Music in Britain” says hers is ‘one of the finest voices in the world’ and her latest musical offerings have been zooming up the country charts in both the US and UK. If all that’s not enough, she’s also been recording with Jamiroquai guitarist and producer Rob K Harris’ new project TRIONIQ. Mim’s been performing at the 606 since she was a teenager and we are just delighted to have her back once again. We love this gig (and Mim) – highly recommended.

“..sultry singer-songwriter from the UK really makes her mark” Maverick Magazine;
“a debut of rare depth and richness” Sunday Express

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Tues 13th - Alice Zawadzki

8:30PM Though still in her twenties Alice has already developed into a stunning musician in the vanguard of the post-modern contemporary jazz scene, with a list of accomplishments that is long and impressive indeed. First introduced to jazz at twelve years of age when she heard famed New Orleans singer (and 606 regular) Lillian Boutté – who later became her mentor – Alice earned a BMus (hons) in violin before graduating with an MA in jazz voice and composition from the Royal Academy (performing her final recital here at the Club). Along the way, she’s been the recipient of scholarships from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Jerwood Foundation and Scottish Arts Council among others and has just now been selected to participate in jazz promoter Serious’ “Take Five” Edition X artist development programme. Her first record, “China Lane”, has recently been released through Whirlwind Recordings, one of the UK’s leading boutique jazz labels and a recognised tastemaker amongst those in the know. Her songs are self-described as about “mischief, whimsy, magic, inebriation, loss, exodus, prejudice and above all, love”, while her sound is earthy, organic and satisfying on a visceral level, sophisticated and complex yet accessible to the uninitiated. As would be expected, her band features some of London’s most talented young players: Alex Roth (guitar), Peter Lee (piano/synthesizer), Tom McCredie (bass) and Jon Scott (drums). A breakthrough artist of the highest calibre.

“She is a genuine original with a pure, pealing voice that can darken into brooding low tones, and twist with the flexibility and harmonic awareness of a jazz singer. She is also a composer of gliding, melodically unorthodox tunes that connect to contemporary classical music as much as jazz or pop, as well as an expressive lyricist.” Guardian;
“Uncategorisable, beautiful – a real force to be reckoned with”
Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

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Wed 14th - TWO SETS

8:00PM LARRY BARTLEY & “JUST US” Larry is a leading light of the contemporary jazz scene and one of the most sought after double bass players around. He has performed with the some of the finest musicians on the UK jazz scene, including the likes of Courtney Pine, Denys Baptiste, Byron Wallen, Julian Joseph and Soweto Kinch. His deep commitment to the music combined with an unerring sense of musicality and impressive skills have earned him both respect and recognition from a wide range of artists. A well as a performer Larry is also a respected composer and arranger, his debut album “Along This Way” (featuring his own writing and arranging), was nominated for Best New Work in the 2003 BBC Jazz Awards, and he is also a MOBO Award nominee (2013) for his work with the band “Lineage”. This evening Larry will be appearing with a stellar band line up in the form of two award-winning saxophonists Tony Kofi and Ed Jones who, along with US expatriate drummer Rod Youngs complete the quartet. They will be featuring songs from their latest album “Beauty in the Hideous” that was launched in early 2014 to significant acclaim. A brilliant line up of some of the finest jazz musicians currently working in Europe.

“Bartley’s downbeat bittersweet themes evolve into dense, constantly evolving textures that resonate with emotional complexity. [His] work gives new insight to a much visited theme.” Financial Times; “There are pieces that unfold over a groove, some languid, some snappy, plenty of solos from the horns. And always there is Bartley’s bass, with a deliciously dark, thick timbre, think Wilbur Ware or Jimmy Garrison. Do seek it out.” LondonJazzNews;
“Bartley’s thoughtful compositions provide a fertile breeding ground for the quartet’s improvisations. Beauty in the Hideous is one of the most satisfying albums I’ve heard all year.” TheJazzMann;
“Tony Kofi…passionate…superb…heartfelt” Guardian;
“Ed Jones....a formidable saxophonist” Jazz UK

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9:45PM Alan Rushton Alan’s drumming has been a feature of the British jazz scene for more than 30 years now. His cv is vast, including stints with 60’s Jazz/Blues icon Graham Bond, Kiki Dee, Ray Russell, Slim Gaillard and a host more, and he was resident drummer on T.V.’s PlayAway (remember that!). The trio he leads tonight features the wonderful playing of pianist John Horler (Cleo Laine) and long time collaborator Mick Hutton on bass. The music is very much in the swinging, classic, modern jazz mould and well worth hearing.

"Horler...lyrical, deceptively muscular….solo virtuosity” Jazz Journal

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Thurs 15th - The John East Project

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 debut five years ago. John has played the Hammond for many years, working with musicians such as John Etheridge, Katie Kissoon and Phil Robson. His stellar band comprises Mark Fletcher-drums, 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 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.

“(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 16th - “Manteca” feat 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 David Oliver (piano), Shanti Jayasinha (trumpet), Davide Giovannini (drums) and Javier Fioramonti (bass). 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 & 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.

"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 17th - Julian Marc Stringle BAND feat. JACQUI HICKS

8:30PM Julian has established himself as one of the most versatile clarinet and sax players around. His award-winning clarinet playing in particular is widely recognised as some of the finest in Europe, and with his contemporary approach he has demonstrated that this most traditional of instruments can be successfully played in a modern context. Widely respected on the UK scene he includes work with the likes of John Dankworth & Cleo Laine, Peanuts Hucko, Wild Bill Davidson, Jim Mullen and Digby Fairweather. As well as performing Julian has also written over 30 TV jingles and documentary film scores and was taken to Paris to arrange and conduct a Big Band album for Charles Aznavour. The band itself features the phenomenal piano playing of Neil Angilley (Vanessa Mae, Snowboy, Shirley Bassey) and the dynamic line up is augmented by one of the country’s finest singers, Jacqui Hicks. Performing a combination of excellent funky original material as well as classic Jazz standards this is without question a classy gig..

“Julian Marc Stringle is the best Clarinet player to emerge in British Jazz in several decades” John Dankworth CBE;
"Jacqui Hicks is…one of the most soulful singers in Britain” MU Magazine

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SUN 18th - LUNCHTIME SPECIAL : REBECCA POOLE

1:30PM Rebecca is a captivating singer with a beautiful, smooth, smoky voice who performs a wonderful mix of classic standards and terrific, swinging originals. Her single “What Happened to Romance” was Single of the Week on Jazz FM and was also picked up by “BBC Introducing” and she includes work at the likes of Wembley Stadium with the Central Band of the RAF, The Henley Festival (sharing the bill with classical opera singer Katherine Jenkins), Boisdales, The Pigalle and Petersham House, where her guests included Mick Jagger and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Her vocal style has been described as “reminiscent of the big band era with an infectious dose of pop and a bit of swing thrown in. A playful smoky voiced performer who writes bittersweet songs of the heart combining great wit and old fashioned sentiments”. Joining Rebecca this afternoon will be her swing trio, featuring Hugh Turner on guitar, Paul Jeffries on bass and Stuart Henderson on trumpet. And don’t forget this is our child-friendly gig so families are more than welcome.

“One of the most exciting jazz singers playing today” The Oxford Times

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SUN 18th - DANA GILLESPIE and The London Blues Band

8:30PM Dana Gillespie has been a major figure on the UK music scene for over 40 years. Starting on the folk circuit in the mid 60’s she graduated to pop and glam-rock (fortunately short lived!) before settling on the musical love of her life – the Blues, which she describes as “…my first musical love because it's earthy, spiritual and honest”. Since the late 70s she has been singing, recording and touring with blues musicians from all over the world, including a two-year stint in America working with some of the finest players in the industry. She has recorded over 60 albums for various prestigious labels including Pye, Decca, RCA and her current label, Ace, and has performed on every continent. As evidence of the high esteem in which she’s held Dana was voted “Top British Female Blues Vocalist” by the British Blues Connection and Blueprint Magazine five times and has now been elevated to their Hall Of Fame. And just in case you have any doubts how good she is, suffice it to say that Bob Dylan invited her to perform as support on his ’97 UK tour as he has been a fan of hers since the 60’s. Her current backing band, The London Blues Band, is a terrific high-energy band featuring the cream of UK blues musicians including Dino Baptiste on piano, Jake Zaitz on guitar and Mike Paice on sax and harmonica. Tonight Dana and the band will be performing songs from their latest CD “Cat’s Meow” released on Ace Records, the second album co-written and co-produced with her long-standing guitarist Jake Zaitz. Expect well-crafted original songs that capture the essence of the blues’ rootsy, lowdown and dirty feel, as well as classic blues covers so long associated with this great outfit. And a heads up that Dana is celebrating 50 years in show business, so watch out for her memoirs, which are due out some time this year. This is fantastic authentic blues from one of Europe’s finest exponents and not to be missed.

“It’s an index of Gillespie’s empathy with her material that the originals blend so seamlessly with the classic covers…she literally beats the pants off anything done by a British bluesman these last 10 years” Essential Blues;
“A master of rhythmic subtleties with purity of intent” Downbeat (USA)

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Mon 19th - *CD Launch* Alex Garnett’s "Andromeda"

8:30PM A “musician’s musician” Alex has enjoyed a varied musical career as both a pro jazz artist and an in-demand session and studio saxophonist. His powerful, flowing, hard bop sax style has been heard with some of Europe's leading bands and creative jazz ensembles and it is testament to his reputation that Alex is also one of the few headlining UK jazz musicians in the current Ronnie Scott’s All Stars pool. He is the sideman of choice for many of the finest visiting artists and has himself performed in over 30 countries worldwide with artists such as Sir John Dankworth, Wynton Marsalis, Peter King, Humphrey Lyttelton, Van Morrison and Jools Holland. Tonight Alex will be performing with his international "Bunch of Five" collective, who will be launching their highly anticipated debut album "Andromeda" released on the greatly respected Whirlwind Record label. Aiming to bring the hard grooving swing tradition of days gone by into a more contemporary 21st century setting, the gig features a duelling tenor saxophone format, with Alex and NYC based maestro Tim Armacost (Al Foster, Jimmy Cobb, Kenny Barron) sharing the front line. The rhythm section is, unsurprisingly, of the highest calibre, including the remarkable pianist Liam Noble, double bass powerhouse (and Whirlwind Records founder) Michael Janisch and London's first call young drummer James Maddren. With the quality of musician on offer this band is clearly going to be one of the highlights of the 2015 jazz calendar, book early to avoid disappointment!

“Alex Garnett…one of Great Britain’s most accomplished post bop musicians”
AllAboutJazz

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Tues 20th - 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 21st - *606 CLUB SPECIAL* SLOWLY ROLLING CAMERA

8:30PM This quartet of highly talented artistically diverse musicians are widely considered to be one of the leading lights of the "nu-soul"/electro groove genre. Currently making a significant impact on the UK music scene their original and imaginative compositions fuse jazz, soul, trip hop and electronic music to create a truly unique musical soundscape. Hearing the band live is a remarkable experience and they have been dazzling audiences from Cardiff (where the band was originally formed) to mainland Europe in both Clubs and high profile festivals, including the likes of The London Jazz Festival, Umea Jazz Fest and Love Supreme. Their critically-acclaimed eponymous debut album, released on Edition records in February last year, brilliantly captures the impact of their live gigs, BuzzMag calling it a "stunning first album" and AllAboutJazz commenting “It’s beautiful, imaginative and ambitious". Their new EP, “Into the Distance” continues this lush aural trajectory, evoking comparisons to iconic groups such as Portishead, Soul II Soul and Massive Attack while reflecting their emergence as a band forging their own distinct path in an increasingly complex musical landscape. Keyboard player Dave Stapleton crafts sumptuous melodies and strikes the perfect balance between the experimental and the band’s deep soul origins, Dionne Bennett provides both lead & vocal harmonies for the band with a presence and intensity that few others could match, marking her out as a genuine star of the future. Completing the line-up is the multi instrumentalist Deri Roberts on electronics, trombone and saxophone and Elliot Bennett (no relation to Dionne) on drums and drum programming. Not your traditional rhythm section by any means! This band, making their debut appearance at the club tonight for what promises to be a fantastic evening, really is one to look out for in 2015. So book early to see one of the most interesting live performances of the year.

"their performance was polished and expectations were surpassed"
AllAboutJazz;
"a marvellous unity of conception that is admirably fulfilled." TheJazzBreakfast.com

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Thurs 22nd - *Musician Exchange* Viktor Toth

8:30PM Viktor Toth is an outstanding award-winning saxophonist in his native Hungary, twice winning Jazz Album of the Year and most recently Jazz Musician of the Year. A sensitive, dynamic player of exceptional quality, he also composes his own material of contemplative, contemporary, beautiful tunes. His international reputation is rapidly growing following appearances at jazz clubs and festivals throughout Europe and the US, including Lithuania, Poland, Bulgaria, Moscow, Germany, Italy and, in the US, in Washington and the Rochester and Flip Festivals New York. Accompanying him this evening will be, not surprisingly, a stellar UK rhythm section of Gareth Williams (Jerry Bergonzi, Claire Martin) piano, Steve Watts (Kenny Wheeler, Iain Ballamy) bass and Tim Giles (Fraud, Stan Sulzmann) on drums. It is with great pleasure that we welcome back this dynamic and exciting musician to the Club tonight.

“lyric alto saxophone player” jazzhalo;
“hotly tipped young saxophonist [Viktor Toth]” BBC Radio 3.

The 606 Club would like to thank Harmonia Muhely Alapitvany for their invaluable assistance in facilitating this gig.

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Fri 23rd - “1 Up” feat. Dave Lewis

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 24th - 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 & 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/0’Higgins Quartet with in demand bassist Geoff Gascoyne, and the Loire Allstars featuring Tristan Maillot, Anita Wardell, Oli Hayhurst & Mike Gorman. Dave is also the writer and arranger of the Two Minds Big Band, which he co-leads with longtime 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 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 25th - LUNCHTIME SPECIAL : GEORGINA JACKSON

1:30PM After acquiring what she likes to describe as “a strange and somewhat unfashionable obsession with jazz and Big Band music at an early age” Georgina began her musical career as a professional trumpet player, working for a number of years with many famous faces and big bands in concert halls, television and radio. However, again as she describes it “harbouring a desire to wear a posh frock” she decided that adding singing to her repertoire could be, well, fun. So she set up her own band to sing with and the rest, as they say, is history. These days her excellent swing jazz vocals can be heard in a variety of impressive settings, not least as featured vocalist with the BBC Big Band (with whom she appears and records regularly), the BBC Concert Orchestra and as resident singer with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra. Her first CD was Jazz FM’s “CD of the Week” and the single “Change Partners” from her second CD, “Watch What Happens”, released in June 2012, shot to number 1 in the iTunes Jazz Chart with the album itself making it into the top 5. The London Evening Standard also awarded the album “CD of the Week” status. Her latest recording, “Peggy, Duke & Benny” continues her love affair with classic big band jazz and swing. For this 606 gig, Georgina will be performing songs by Peggy Lee, Ella & Anita O’Day, and will be backed by her fantastic combo led by the great pianist Rob Barron and featuring guitarist Thomas ‘Spats’ Langham and bassist Dave Chamberlain, a line up most closely associated with the late, great, Nat King Cole Trio. This is wonderful, swinging straight ahead jazz from one of the most talented singers on the scene. Oh, and she still plays great trumpet as well so expect something just a little different. Highly recommended. And don’t forget this is our family day so children are more than welcome.

“If you can't get…to see Diana Krall…then Georgina Jackson makes a winning substitute” The Times

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Then in the evening:

SUN 25th - Barb Jungr

8:30PM Described as “Britain’s most gifted song stylist” and “one of Europe’s most intriguing and intelligent interpreters of the contemporary song” multi-award-winning vocalist Barb Jungr has successfully combined the intricacies of cabaret with the power of jazz to create a unique concept of the popular song. It is little surprise that her recordings have been chosen Album of the Year by The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Washington Post. A regular performer these days in the US as well as the UK, Barb was the recipient of the “Best International Artist” in New York's “Backstage Awards for Excellence in Cabaret” and is currently shortlisted for recognition as “Best Singer” by both Broadway World & London Cabaret, adding further to her burgeoning reputation as a singer whose unique voice and imaginative arrangements are internationally acclaimed. She's been a guest on Start The Week, Saturday Live and A Good Read on BBC Radio 4, appeared on BBC4 TV in a programme celebrating the lives of the great jazz divas, was profiled in the Independent on Sunday magazine and has written for The New Statesman. Tonight Barb will be performing what she is calling an “extended repertoire” of material from her latest album “Hard Rain”, in a programme subtitled “This Wheel’s on Fire” featuring songs by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan, Richard Thompson and more. Barb’s association with the songs of Bob Dylan has been as successful as it is long and she is frequently cited as one of the best Dylan interpreters in the world, as this 2011 review from the Wall Street Journal states: “... “Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan: Every Grain of Sand”…is, as far as I’m concerned, the most significant vocal album of the 21st century thus far, and her interpretations of Leonard Cohen are equally as impressive”. Her astonishingly powerful performances wow audiences and critics alike: Time Out New York said her concerts are like religious experiences, naming her as one of the "ten things you need to see in your life”. It’s a very special gig this one.

“The only word to describe her dramatic interpretations is revelatory..I was open mouthed with astonishment.” New York Times;
“genius” Time Out London;
“Jungr demonstrated her startling ability to cut straight to a song’s emotional core…Jungr focuses her attention squarely on melody and lyrics, drawing us into the story within each song as she makes it hers – and ours.” The Melbourne Age;
“One of the very best nightclub singers in the World” Time Out, New York

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Mon 26th - Carl Hudson's "Groove Night" with special guests imaani, katie Leone & jono mcneil

8:30PM Since arriving in London in 2006, Lincolnshire-born pianist Carl Hudson has been steadily establishing himself as one of the most interesting and versatile keyboard players in the UK. Equally comfortable playing modern jazz, funk, Brazilian, R&B or soul on piano, keyboard or synthesizer, he has performed with UK jazz saxophone heavyweights such as Peter King and Mornington Lockett as well contributing to live sessions with the Average White Band and Sister Sledge. He has also worked closely with producer/performer Soulpersona, being the featured keyboard player in his Digisoul collective since 2010 and has recorded and performed live with numerous artists including the likes of Jamiroquai drummer Nick Van Gelder, Jocelyn Brown, Leon Ware, Omar and The Valentine Brothers. His live show includes a mixture of straight ahead modern and more contemporary styles interwoven into a diverse and engaging repertoire. We have asked Carl to curate a series of “Groove” nights here for us at the Club and for this, his fourth show in the series he has decided to go with the “Soul Sisters” theme, featuring a number of the finest “Groove” and Soul singers around. So expect some funk/groove classics, as well as original compositions from this dynamo of a player. Along with up-coming guitarist Bobby Quigley Carl books his bands from a pool of hand-picked musicians, many of whom are outstanding bandleaders in their own right, including Neville Malcolm (Billy Cobham, US3) bass and Nick van Gelder (Jamiroquai) drums. As Carl commented, keep an eye out for "tasty morsels tucked away in the pantheon of great groove tunes" and get ready to bop unashamedly!

“A true musical genius…Carl Hudson has just …made one of my all time favourite albums” Soulpersona;
“One of the...”baddest”…keyboard players that I have heard for a long, long time. Carl Hudson’s playing just makes me wanna sing!” Jocelyn Brown

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Tues 27th - TWO SETS

8:00PM HUGH PASCALL is a Nottingham-born award-winning trumpet player. After completing his studies at both the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in 2005, picking up both the Sir Elton John Scholarship and winning the Scott-Fulbritzer Jazz Prize in that year, he has gone on to establish himself as a performer, teacher and composer of considerable talent. A regular performer with a number of musicians considered to be at the more “cutting edge” of the jazz scene, including the likes of James Allsopp, Tom Challenger, George Crowley, John Turville and Tim Giles, Hugh is also a fluent player in the more straight-ahead approach associated with the hard-bop musicians of the 50’s and 60’s, and it is this quintet that he will be bringing to the Club this evening. Playing a mix of classic jazz standards and originals written in that hard-bop style Hugh will be joined on the front line by the excellent saxophonist Mike Lesirge. A fluent and powerful player Mike is not only an impressive jazz saxophonist but also includes credits as a Musical Director, composer and arranger on an extensive cv that encompasses work with the likes of Roberto Pla’s Latin Ensemble, Django Bates, Billy Cobham and Hermeto Pascoal. Completing the line up will be the perfect trio for this style of music, Rob Barron on piano, Spencer Brown, bass and Nick Smalley, drums. This will be the quintet’s first gig at the Club and we are looking forward to a great night of swinging music from some of the finest players on the scene.

“Mike Lesirge…outstanding”
Sydney Guardian

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9:450PM 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 "Powertrio" is completed by two exceptional British musicians, Laurence Cottle (Al Jarreau, Seal) on Bass and Ian Thomas (Eric Clapton, Sting) on drums. Fantastic modern jazz piano playing.

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

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Wed 28th - USONiC featuring MILES BOULD, SCOTT FIRTH, NIGEL HITCHCOCK, SARAH OZELLE, MIKE OUTRAM & MIKE GORMAN

8:30PM Born out of a real passion for jazz and world music USONiC is a fascinating jazz fusion band formed by the highly experienced and talented duo of percussionist/drummer Miles Bould and bass player Scott Firth. Collectively they have worked with a who's who of artists including James Brown, Michael Jackson, Sting, Robert Palmer, Tina Turner, Ray Charles and Billy Ocean. The band’s musical influences encompass a diverse mixture of styles and sounds, with the core ideas coming from the fusion of music from Africa, South Asia and South America, providing a platform that combines experimentation and improvisation with an eclectic creative approach. To date the group has released two highly praised albums, "Evolution" which received a MOBO Award nomination for Best Jazz Act 2010, demonstrating the extremely high calibre of musicianship the band displays. Their equally impressive 2012 effort, "Diversion", was described as "a fresh, exciting, sharp and sassy chunk of classy modern jazz" by Blues and Soul magazine. The band tonight includes previous collaborators on the aforementioned albums, all of whom are impressive bandleaders in their own right, with the outstanding Nigel Hitchcock on sax, Mike Outram on guitar, Sarah Ozelle on vocals and second keys and Mike Gorman completing the line up on keyboard. Scott describes the performance tonight to be a mixture of "Weather Report meets Steps Ahead meets Tribal Tech". With all this talent on show this promises to be a very special gig indeed. Highly recommended.

"World class stuff" BluesandSoul.com

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Thurs 29th - Nicky Schrire

Singer Songwriter Nicky Schrire 606 Club Chelsea Live Music Contemporary Jazz London UK8:30PM Born in England, raised in South Africa and latterly of New York, Nicky Schrire epitomises the expansive and fluid range of the modern, contemporary jazz scene at is most intriguing. Nicky’s early musical training was in classical piano and then saxophone, but receiving a three-CD box set of Ella Fitzgerald as a young teenager changed all that. After graduating with a music degree in voice, her journey took her to the Manhattan School of Music in New York, where she was absorbed into that city’s intense, kinetic and experimental jazz melting pot, populated by musicians including Fabian Almazan, Gerald Clayton, Taylor Eigsti and Ben Wendel (Kneebody). Her debut record, “Freedom Flight” was called “an exceptional debut” (Hardbop Jazz Journal), while her sophomore album, “Space and Time” consolidated her expanding reputation as a singer and songwriter to watch. Her latest six-song EP, “To the Spring”, released in 2014, further showcased a voice “of great originality” (London Jazz). Forging an international career she has already performed at venues in New York (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Boston (Scullers Jazz Club), Los Angeles (The Blue Whale), London (Royal Festival Hall), Dublin (National Concert Hall), and South Africa (Standard Bank Youth Jazz Festival). Signature to her style is her willingness to explore melodic ideas and a penchant for unexpected phrasing that gives her interpretations a unique twist. For her 606 debut, Nicky is joined by an exceptional band featuring saxophonist Mark Lockheart (Loose Tubes, Perfect Houseplants, Polar Bear), pianist Tom Hewson (Treehouse & winner of the 2014 Nottingham Jazz Piano competition), bassist Nick Jurd (Soweto Kinch) and drummer Tim Giles (Iain Ballamy, LOOP Collective), playing music from her previous releases as well as arrangements from her South African jazz repertoire. A fresh, exciting talent and a show absolutely not to be missed.

“Her approach turns song into melodic poetry” JazzWax;
"Vocal jazz doesn't get more intimate than this” Jazzwise;
“Schrire becomes part of the fabric of her music. Her voice is a warm and supple instrument that serves as a dispensary of emotional power” AllAboutJazz
"Lockheart is a consummate saxophonist and a original and versatile composer" Rough Guide to Jazz

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Fri 30th - 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 31ST - 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. 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 which may provoke and challenge the listener.

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