JULY 2015


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

WED 1st - SIMON LASKY CD LAUNCH

8:30PM Simon Lasky is a fine musician who has been at the forefront of the UK jazz scene for some years now. A classically trained pianist and composer, he quickly established a reputation for being an impressive jazz player and a talented bandleader after moving to London in 2000. His style is an interesting fusion of rock, Latin and modern jazz, combined with a classical approach to his playing which adds real depth to his performances. Simon will be launching his new album 'Story Inside' at the club tonight which features great jazz harmonies, expressive lyrical melodies and in Simon's own words will "take the listener on a musical and emotional journey". The recording and the gig tonight will showcase his excellent 6-piece band 'The Simon Lasky Group' comprising Shanti Jayasinha on flugelhorn & trumpet, Luca Boscagin on guitar, Pete Billington on bass, Satin Singh on tabla & percussion and Jeff Lardner on drums as well as special guest Phil Hopkins on harmonica. This promises to be a great night which should simply not be missed.

"The brand new album by the Simon Lasky Group - is an eye-opening snapshot of the wonderfully diverse and creative music being performed in the UK at this time. An inspiring melodic fusion of rock, Latin and classical influences beautifully scored for a 6-piece band." Paul Jolly '33 Jazz' Records

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THU 2nd - simon mulligan

8:30PM Although many jazz musicians are also trained classical musicians, it is unusual for an artist to manage successful ongoing careers in both fields. Pianist Simon Mulligan is certainly one who has achieved this, with impressive results. At the age of 19 he recorded his first classical CD under the direction of Yehudi Menhuin, launching a collaboration that lasted over seven years. Since that time he has produced 15 highly regarded CD’s and included live work with numerous orchestras including the BBC Symphony as well as appearances at the likes of the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. Intriguingly Simon’s jazz bona fides are equally as strong, as are his composing credentials, which include numerous compositions for both TV and Film including “Band of Brothers” in association with Michael Kamen. The jazz quartet he leads tonight includes some of the finest jazz players in Europe and features the searing tenor sax of the excellent Frank Walden (Amy Winehouse, Tom Jones).

“Pianist Simon Mulligan plays up a storm” Dallas Morning News;
“The most abundantly gifted of pianists” The Times
"Phenomenal" Herbie Hancock

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FRI 3rd - Redtenbacher’s Funkestra

9:30PM This incredible London-based 7-piece is led by Austrian bassist Stefan Redtenbacher who draws his inspiration from jazz, funk and soul. Stefan has established himself as the UK’s groove bass player of choice for many artists, with a list of musicians with whom he has worked including Steve Winwood, Sam Brown, Herb Alpert and Danny Gottlieb. Plus his own recordings feature “jazz/funk” legends Fred Wesley (Parliament, James Brown) and Elliot Randall (Steely Dan). The Funkestra’s name pretty accurately describes the high-energy feel of the music as this band, with its fiery two-horn frontline and slinky guitar, perform original funky grooves with an authority and style that is hard to beat. With 8 albums already to their name their latest offering, ‘Dr Hypenstein’, wonderfully showcases the raw energy and funk-driven bass riffs with which the band are now synonymous. Their shows, which always include a regular Guest Vocalist, will tonight feature the brilliant Brendan Reilly. The band is highly entertaining, with tremendous musicianship applied to some amazing music. A guaranteed good night out!

“The Governor of Bass” BBC Radio2;
“…a near perfect slice of jazz-funk bass from one of Europe’s great players.” Bass Guitar Magazine;
“Reilly…stunning Soul-Jazz vocalist” Time Out

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SAT 4th - GEORGINA JACKSON

9:30PM 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 band, featuring Jamie Safiruddin on piano. And if all that wasn't enough, watch out for her Special Guests Andy Schofield and Suzanne Higgins on saxes. 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.

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

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SUNDAY 5TH - **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

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SUN 5th - DANA GILLESPIE

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 6th - “24 Pesos”

8:30PM "24 Pesos" is one of the most exciting bands on the blues scene today. With catchy original songs that feature saw-tooth Dobro guitars, searing harmonicas, a funky old school rhythm section and a greasy Hammond B3, the band’s sound is eclectic and infectious. They burst onto the scene in 2008 and it is testament to their talent that they have already gained such popularity that they played over 150 shows throughout Europe and the UK last year, including the Colne Blues Festival, Bluesin@out Festival (France), Maryport Festival, The Jazz Café and Ronnie Scotts as well as live sessions for Jazz FM and the BBC. This gig will feature songs from the band’s latest release, “Do the Right Thing”, their third CD, and if the video of the new track “Won’t Lie Down” is anything to go by, these guys are playing with more energy than ever before and have never sounded better! The band’s great line-up features the intense guitar, vocals and harmonica of Julian Burdock, who has worked with Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Beverly Knight and Jocelyn Brown as well as Silas Maitland (Imelda May, The Blues Brothers) on bass, Moz Gamble (Paul McCartney, Paloma Faith) on the Hammond organ and Bryan McLellan (a former Sony BMG/Capitol Records artist with alt rock band Vega4), on drums. Great, roaring, blues band this.

“Contemporary blues…laced with greasy funk…never a dull moment” Rootstime;
“Four guys in full command of their instruments” ***** Blues in Britain Magazine;
“Fast furious and a whole lot of fun” ***** Blues Matters Magazine;
“had the crowd fired up, whooping and singing along by the end of the evening” Classic Rock Magazine

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tues 7th - Duncan Lamont *Birthday Gig*

8:30PM Saxophonist and composer Duncan Lamont is one of Britain’s most respected musicians, having performed with Henry Mancini, Benny Goodman, Gil Evans, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Count Basie. In addition to his achievements as a performer he is also one of the UK’s most important contemporary jazz songwriters – he has received a Grammy nomination for soundtrack composition, published numerous song books and his songs have been recorded by the cream of singers (Cleo Laine, Blossom Dearie, Mark Murphy, Norma Winstone, Richard Rodney Bennett and Natalie Cole to name but a few). In addition to all of that, he has been commissioned to write or arrange countless orchestral pieces, his saxophone compositions are used by the Associated Board of Music for educational purposes and, most importantly of all…he wrote the theme tunes to children’s TV series Mr Benn and Spot! Tonight we will be featuring Duncan’s songs in the company of two of the finest singers on the scene. Tina May is an award-winning vocalist who has established a well-deserved reputation in the UK as a jazz singer of great sophistication. From collaborations with musicians such as Stan Tracey, Dave Newton and Colin Towns through to work with the likes of Ray Bryant and Tony Coe, her pure toned voice and faultless delivery have earned her the respect and admiration of both audiences and musicians alike. With more than a dozen CD’s to her name she is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading vocalists, producing some remarkable gigs and albums. Vocalist Esther Bennett has been performing at prestigious venues in and around London for a good few years now. Singing a mixture of jazz standards and more modern material, she combines an innate sense of musicality with a studied knowledge of the jazz idiom and her CD "Just in Time" (the title track of which has been played on Smooth FM and Radio 2) was produced by jazz vocalist of the year Ian Shaw. Not surprisingly the accompanying trio consists of some of the finest musicians in the UK and as tonight is also Duncan’s birthday, expect a lively atmosphere, plenty of fun, some great music and some very Special Guests! Worth booking for this one…

“Tina May...one of the best jazz vocalists anywhere today” The Observer;
“Esther Bennett’s many virtues include a seductive vibrato..a smokily appealing lower register…and a winning sense of humour” Jazzwise

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wed 8th - DAVIDE MANTOVANI "By The Way"

8:30PM This international quartet put together by UK-based Italian ex-pat bass player Davide Mantovani is just great. Featuring US sax star Michael Rosen and Italian pianist Ivano Borgazzi the music is a mix of Jazz, Funk, Latin and Brazilian originals performed by some of the best musicians in Europe. Italian by birth, Davide Mantovani has been playing bass on the UK scene since 1991. An established player of great versatility he is currently the bassist with Lisa Stansfield and includes work in both the jazz and world music scenes with the likes of Baaba Maal, Seckou Keita, Andy Sheppard, Alex Wilson, Kuljit Bhamra and Antonio Forcione. An ex-pat New Yorker now resident in Italy, saxophonist Michael Rosen is known for his lyrical and versatile style. He has been heard with an impressive array of musicians including Bobby McFerrin, Jim Hall, Peter Erskine, Mike Stern and Kenny Wheeler. An alumni of the Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA), Italian pianist Ivano Borgazzi has established a solid reputation as one of Italy's finest jazz pianists, including work with Lee Konitz, Jimmy Cobb, Craig Handy and Tony Remy. Completing the quartet tonight will be another ex-pat Italian, drummer Davide Giovannini. Tonight this wonderful quartet, made up of four real jazz "characters", will be performing material from their latest album "Roots 'N' Routes" so expect some great playing and a very lively night from what Davide likes to describe as a "high voltage quartet". Recommended.

“Davide Mantovani delivers the goods in style” Evening Standard;
“Michael Rosen…monstrous chops restrained by tasteful discipline” Cadence magazine;
“Rosen is a composer and musician of vast ability” All Music Guide

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THUR 9th - KAREN SHARP

8:30PM Award winning saxophonist Karen Sharp’s powerful, swinging and melodic saxophone style has graced an impressive array of fine bands. Her cv includes work with the likes of US stars Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Bucky Pizzarelli and Dick Sudhalter as well as many of the finest UK musicians such as Sir John Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Mark Nightingale, Jacqui Dankworth and Clare Teal. Twice winner of the British Jazz Awards Saxophone category, she is perhaps best known for her work with the Humphrey Lyttleton band with whom she toured and recorded for more than 3 years. Also featured with the quartet tonight will be one of the UK’s finest jazz pianists, Robin Aspland as well as the great rhythm section of Adam King on bass and Matt Home on drums. Promises to be quite a night!

“..a class A player” Humphrey Lyttleton;
“Her sound is warm and full, her improvised lines bold and clear, and her compositions full of surprises. Her style, I suppose, would come under the heading of 'modern mainstream', but that doesn't do justice to her originality of approach” Observer

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FRI 10th - Barnaby’s London Horns

9:30PM The London Horns are the new sound of the modern jazz horn section, with a stylistic versatility and a groove-driven feel that gives them an explosive live impact. Featured on Kylie Minogue’s world tour the “London Horns” have established themselves as one of the most formidable musical front lines in the world. Barnaby Dickinson, who includes work with Jamie Cullum and Kenny Wheeler, is one of the best trombonists in Europe, Europe's leading flautist Gareth Lockrane has been seen with the likes of Incognito, Gwilym Simcock and Bheki Mseleku and young trumpet player Tom Walsh is one of the most exciting prospects on the scene who already includes work with the likes of Van Morrison, Al Jarreau, the BBC Big Band and Mica Paris on an ever-growing cv. The band wouldn't be complete without the top class rhythm section of Dave Tench (The Voice, Lady Gaga) on keyboard, Diego Rodriguez (Rumer, Michael Bublé) on bass and Dave De Rose (Jamie Cullum, Mark Ronson) on drums. This amazing three-horn front line creates an electrifying, powerful and extremely musical sound performing a repertoire that is a mix of groove originals and high-energy standards. And watch out for special guests that are sure to make an appearance, which is always a treat!

“…world class players” BBC Music Magazine;
“…Dazzling” Guardian

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SAT 11th - Patrick Clahar

9:30PM Patrick Clahar is one of the leading saxophonists of his generation. A powerful, post-Coltrane tenor player his playing is tempered with a strong sense of melodic improvisation influenced by the great American tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins. A leading light of the Julian Joseph Big Band and small group, Pat achieved worldwide recognition as the sax player with the Bill Bruford Band. Long established and sought after on the studio scene, Pat’s also worked with the likes of Jazz Jamaica and with the band of the TV show “Strictly Come Dancing” (it’s a great band, trust me!). As well as a performer Pat is also an experienced and respected educator who is widely admired throughout the jazz fraternity. His world-class pedigree is undoubted.

“A marvel… inventive and melodic Jazz Review

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Sun 12th - Noel McCalla

8:30PM Noel McCalla first came to prominence in the mid 80’s with the seminal Jazz/funk band Morrisey/Mullen while also providing vocals on Mike Rutherford’s highly acclaimed album “Smallcreep’s Day”. Forming his own band “Contact” in the early 80’s (subsequently renamed “McCalla” 10 years later), he released the brilliant album “Push and Pull”, followed by the equally great “Hot From The Smoke”. From the early 90’s, for more than 19 years, Noel’s searing, soulful vocals were featured with the iconic Manfred Mann’s “Earth Band”, but more recently Noel has moved away from his globe trotting exploits with Manfred to form several new bands of his own (as well as making a surprise guest appearance recently with our very own 606 Club Gospel Group)! Tonight Noel will be playing with his acoustic trio of Andy Jones (guitar) and Phil Mulford (bass) featuring a mix of “groove” based originals and some classic groove standards performed in his own, inimitable, way. So, if you appreciate creative songwriting coupled with a charismatic vocal delivery, be sure to attend what promises to be a “smooth groove” extravaganza.

“..spine tingling” Guardian
“…a confident, individual voice, graceful and dynamic." Independent on Sunday

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mon 13th - *CD Launch* Alex Hutton

8:30PM A fluent and creative improviser, pianist Alex Hutton is also a fine composer, with an ear for folk and classical influences all melded into a classic jazz format. Originally trained in the USA, Alex returned to Britain to find work with a host of high-profile British musicians, including Jim Mullen, Gilad Atzmon and Art Themen as well making a name for himself with his own trios, quartets and sextets. He has to date produced three excellent "themed" albums and tonight sees the launch of his fourth, and arguably most successful album, the Magna Carta Suite. Inspired by the 800th Anniversary of this seminal document Alex describes the music as "…a suite that draws on music from English sources over the last 800 years, tying these themes to specific political or social events in history. Using early music, baroque classical and English folk as melodic and harmonic fragments the Suite depicts a forward momentum as Western music developed in parallel with the pursuit of liberty and democracy". The music itself has influences from a wide palette, but always remains rooted in the jazz piano tradition, emphasising strong melodic themes and constantly creating new and inspiring textures. Joining Alex for the launch tonight will be the quite brilliant Yuri Goloubev on bass and the startlingly original Asaf Sirkis on drums. Lovely gig this.

“A hugely engaging modern jazz pianist…both melodically and technically gifted…” Jazzwise;
“Alex Hutton makes vividly intelligent music that stands out head and shoulders in a crowded scene.” Brian Morton

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tues 14th - purdy

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

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

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wed 15th - *Charity Night* World Heartbeat Academy feat. Julian Joseph

8:00PM The World Heart Beat Music Academy (WHBMA), under the direction of inspirational musician and teacher (and old friend of the 606 Club) Sahana Gero, gives children and young people, many of whom would never have access to musical education, the opportunity to learn music alongside other youngsters under the guidance of committed and inspirational musician/teachers. The aim has been to create a welcoming space where children of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds can come and play music together. The WHBMA itself grew out of The 51st State Band project that was founded by Sahana from the humble beginnings of a doughnut party held in a small living room one afternoon in 2000. Since then the band has grown to well over 100 young musicians and is the largest community concert band in London, successfully running programmes for ‘disadvantaged’ children and young people in Wandsworth, South London. Taking its inspiration from the ‘El Sistema’ projects in Venezuela, the 51st State Band has transformed the lives of many underprivileged and at-risk youth. Sahana herself, as well as being a busy professional musician, has been working in music education for over 18 years, is an examiner for Trinity Guildhall and holds the post of Head of Woodwind for the Wandsworth Music Service. Twice nominated for the highly prestigious Women of the Year Award, in December 2011 she received the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Neighbourhood Excellence Initiative Award, given annually to five community leaders who are seen as significantly helping to improve their local communities. With this award and a group of enthusiastic supporters, Sahana turned an abandoned building into a boldly coloured, sound-proofed music school, complete with performance space and lesson rooms, and opened the doors to the World Heart Beat Music Academy in May 2012. Like many such under-funded projects the WHBMA is constantly in need of financial assistance to pay for the likes of musical instruments for the children (currently two double basses are needed!), regular teachers and visiting lecturers, which is where tonight's special fundraising concert comes in. As well as featuring selected bands from the ranks of the WHBMA students the evening will also feature the brilliant multi-award winning pianist, international recording artist (and WHBMA patron) Julian Joseph who, over the last two decades, has been recognised as one of the finest musicians of his generation. From touring with Branford Marsalis after graduating from Berklee College of Music in the late 80's, through his work with the likes of George Coleman, Billy Cobham and Courtney Pine and on to his own brilliant trios, quartets, septets and Big Bands Julian has undoubtedly established himself as a world-class improvising musician of breadth, power and immense creativity. As a composer Julian has written original works for symphony orchestra and chamber ensemble as well as his own Jazz Big Band, has premiered three critically-acclaimed operas, Bridgetower (2007), Shadowball (2010), Windows into Tristan and Isolde (2013) and a dance suite, The Brown Bomber, that was premiered at Sadler's Wells as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. He was the first jazz musician to be invited to give a series of all-acoustic concerts at the Wigmore Hall, has recorded duets by Milhaud, Stravinsky and Poulenc, given recitals of Bartók and Prokofiev sonatas and performed both Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue. As a broadcaster and presenter his weekly radio show Jazz Legends for BBC Radio 3 ran for six seasons, and in 2007 he joined BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line-Up team. He has made two series for Meridian TV in the UK, 'Jazz with Julian Joseph', and a jazz series for Sky TV's 'Artsworld' channel. And if all that wasn't enough, as an educator he is a patron of the Jazz Development Trust, the Pembroke Academy of Music, Band on the Wall and the Firebird Trust, is an Ambassador for Youth Music, and a member of Yamaha's Jazz Experience Team. And because he clearly has some time on his hands, in January 2013 he opened his own Jazz Academy! The format of the evening will be the students performing themselves for the first half of the night in various combinations, with Julian and his fantastic world-class trio featuring Mark Hodgson on bass and Mark Mondesir on drums joining the party for the second half of the night. The standard of the young students is exceptionally high, a number going on to study on full time music courses, which, combined with the mastery of one of the country's finest trios is guaranteed to make for an exceptional and memorable evening. Booking advised.

"...the [Julian Joseph] trio is....fiery, nuanced and rich in detail, this is one of the great partnerships in UK jazz" Financial Times;
"arguably the finest pianist of his generation - a brilliant, dynamic presence" Time Out;
"I regard Julian Joseph as one of the finest pianists since Thelonius Monk" Daily Telegraph £20 (charity donation)

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Thurs 16th - ed bentley

8:30PM US-born Ed Bentley has been resident in the UK since the early 70’s and has carved an illustrious career on the international jazz scene as a fine pianist and organist. His fluent “hard bop” influenced playing has been heard alongside the likes of Deniece Williams, Irene Reed (from the Count Basie Band), Percy Sledge and Bobby Watson and boasts a stellar fan base including Sir Paul McCartney, Joe Sample and Tony Bennett. With 7 albums to his name including “Magic Night” and “Bolla, Keyboard Blues” he has performed with his band at the likes of Ronnie Scott’s, The Jazz Cafe and the Royal Festival Hall as well as clubs and festivals around Europe. His work with leading international artists has taken him to Australia, the Far East and Africa as well as the USA. Tonight, Ed will be performing with his fantastic quintet featuring Dave Lewis-sax, Mark Ridout-guitar, Pete Eckford-percussion and Rod Youngs-drums. This is great, swinging jazz/groove from some of the most experienced players around.

“[Bentley] is a player's player, meaty rather than flashy…. he doesn't need to bluff” Evening Standard;
“Highly Recommended, best gig in town” Guardian

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fri 17th - Beverley Skeete & Friends

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

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

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sat 18th - CECILIA STALIN

9:30PM 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 a talented band of young musicians to work alongside her, Joe Armon-Jones on piano, Tom Mason on bass and Femi Koleoso on drums. The set will comprise traditional jazz standards and some of Cecilia’s own adaptations of straight ahead jazz classics. 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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Sun 19th - **606 Club Special** sandy cressman

8:30PM The pairing of Brazilian music with jazz became widely (and wildly!) popular in the 1960’s and is now an established part of the broader jazz repertoire. Here at the 606 we’ve always savoured the flavour of both Latin and Brazilian jazz as is evident from the many superb exponents of the style who perform here, including Neil Angilley, Davide Giovannini, Liliana Chachian, Jandira Silva and our own Steve Rubie. So it is a special treat to welcome San Francisco-based vocalist Sandy Cressman’s “Homenagem Brasileira” (“Homage to Brazil”) as she performs at the 606 for this first time. Born in New York City, Sandy initially was recognized for her work with the award-winning vocal trio, Pastiche, with whom she recorded three CD’s. However, she also had a burgeoning love of Brazilian music, which was first sparked when studying vocal jazz at university and was introduced to the music of Ivan Lins. Soon, Sandy began exploring the music of other Brazilian composers and learned Portuguese. In 1996, Cressman began performing as a duo with Brazilian master keyboardist Marcos Silva, and in 1999, released “Homenagem Brasileira”, their critically acclaimed tribute to the great composers and performers of Brazilian Jazz. In 2005 Sandy released another recording, "Brasil-Sempre no Coração", and has since collaborated with many important contemporary Brazilian musicians, including Jovino Santos Neto, Weber Iago and Dani & Debora Gurgel. Cressman also collaborates regularly with Latin jazz guitarist and composer Ray Obiedo in their group “Mistura Fina”, which combines Brazilian, Latin and Caribbean jazz styles. She is currently recording her upcoming release, to be titled “Entre Amigos”, and has performed her eclectic Brazilian repertoire at festivals and concert venues in the US, the UK, France, Austria, Switzerland and Germany. In 2015, Sandy was a featured guest at the Main Stage of Carnival in Recife, Brazil. An Adjunct Professor at the California Jazz Conservatory, Sandy is also an in-demand vocal coach & instructor, teaching workshops in Vocal Jazz, Brazilian Music, and the vocal technique she created, ConnectedVoice. For this inaugural 606 date, she will be joined on the bandstand by premier players on the UK scene, including pianist John Crawford, whose CV includes work with the likes of Latin legends Airto Moreira, Giovanni Hidalgo, Eumir Deodato, Frankie Morales (Tito Puente’s last singer), as well as UK based artists such as Snowboy, Guida da Palma’s Jazzinho, Negrocan, Roberto Pla, Robin Jones, Samara and Viramundo. John’s latest, quite brilliant, CD “Ulia River of Time” was nominated for ‘Best Jazz Recording’ in the 2013 Independent Music Awards. Also on the gig will be flautist, composer & arranger Gareth Lockrane, named “Rising Star on Flute” in the prestigious 2008 Downbeat Critics Poll (USA) & leader of his own group “Grooveyard” as well as his acclaimed Big Band; bassist Matheus Nova (Jandira Silva, Antonio Forcione) & drummer Tristan Maillot (Dave O’Higgins, Anita Wardell).

"Cressman's 'Homenagem Brasileira' (Homage to Brazil) is a cool shower of interpretive works that showcases the warmly superb and crystalline voice of this emerging diva." Latin Beat Magazine;
"Sandy Cressman's beautiful interpretation of the music of my country has made my ears and my heart very happy. After decades of listening to countless American singers rehash the same 5 or 6 tunes over and over, it is indeed a breath of fresh air to hear someone who is not afraid to try something new” Jovino Santos Neto, pianist/Professor of Music, Cornish Institute of the Arts;
“With pianist John Crawford on hand, there is so much style and imagination” Jazz Review;
“Lockrane’s flute work is exceptional, combining a relaxed fluidity with an acute adventurousness…very special indeed” Jazzwise

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Mon 20th - JOHN FAIRHURST WITH SPECIAL GUEST JOE STROUZER, HARMONICA

8:30PM A Wigan native, John has been honing his craft on the road combining his passions for people and music for years. The result is an awe-inspiring wall of sound rooted in his northern blues background, with a gritty mournful deep-south attitude and a voice to carry it home. With a bottle-neck blues style referencing the likes of Son House, comparisons to the finger-picking of John Fahey, a leaning towards the psychedelic 60’s rock of Hendrix and Led Zeppelin and the ever present influence of Indian raga, John’s music is a real melting-pot of diverse musical traditions. His eclectic mix of influences wrapped up in a powerful blues style has been heard around the world, including SXSW, Glastonbury, Green Man, Tarragona, The Secret Garden Party and Edinburgh Festivals. He has four CD’s currently on release, all of which have been received with critical acclaim, the Guardian describing the “Joys of Spring” as “truly exquisite” and his latest album, “Saltwater” also receiving rave reviews in the music press. His latest credits include residencies on the Harley Davidson European Festival, a tour with Johnny Winter plus contributions to the sound tracks of two recently released major films, "The Beat Beneath my Feet" and the Martin Scorcese produced "Light My Way". Fresh from a triumphant appearance at this year's Glastonbury Festival John will be appearing with his long time associate (and fellow Glastonbury performer) Joe Strouzer on harmonica to perform a searing set of acoustic blues. Epitomizing the sound of modern British blues this will be John's third appearance here at the Club, and if the last two are anything to go by this promises to be a very special night indeed. We love John here and we have little doubt you will too. Highly recommended.

"a dark and powerful voice coupled with a bottleneck slide and Southern style stomp......The songs are strong on melody and chorus.....his solos are monumental....but overall you are left with an impression of his vocals.....he makes a sound that has many layers and levels – the more you unpeel the more you get out of it" Blues Matters

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Tues 21st - 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 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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Wed 22nd - John Crawford

8:30PM John Crawford is one of the finest Latin/Jazz pianists on the scene, whose unerring musicality and impressive technique have taken him all over the world, including Spain, Denmark, Germany, and the USA. He includes work with the likes of Latin legends Airto Moreira, Giovanni Hidalgo, Eumir Deodato, Frankie Morales (Tito Puente’s last singer), Jesus Alemany’s Cubanismo, and Danny Silva, as well as UK based artists such as Snowboy, Guida da Palma’s Jazzinho, Negrocan, Roberto Pla, Robin Jones, Samara and Viramundo on a glittering cv. In addition to all that his non-Latin work includes gigs with the likes of Bjork, Tanita Tikarem, Andy Williams and Kirsty McColl. And just to prove his versatility he is also one of this country’s leading exponents of Spanish music and his set tonight will include his remarkable arrangements for piano of some classic Flamenco pieces. It’s a reflection of the respect with which John’s music is held that his latest, quite brilliant, CD “Ulia River of Time” was nominated for ‘Best Jazz Recording’ in the 2013 Independent Music Awards. Also featured with the band tonight will be Uruguayan guitarist Guille Hill and Spanish percussionist Andres Ticino. Impressive players, impressive music.

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

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Thurs 23rd - TOMMY smith & brian kelloCK

8:30PM Well, this is a very special gig from two very special performers. Both Scottish born and bred and based North of the border, this saxophone and piano duo is without question world class. Multi-award winning Tommy Smith is widely regarded as one of the UK's leading jazz saxophonists with a well deserved international reputation as a player of immense talent and creativity. Something of a child prodigy I first heard Tommy in the late 80's at the old Club when he was just 14 years old, and he was clearly destined for great things even then. By the time he was 16 he had already recorded his first album, which won him a scholarship to Berklee Colege of Music in the US, making him one of the youngest UK scholars ever. Since that time he has recorded more than 26 albums as a leader and been on innumerable sessions and recordings. His fluent and powerful playing has been heard with some of the jazz world’s most respected performers, including the likes of Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny, Barron, Arild Andersen, John Scofield and Trilok Gurtu. An international recording artist, composer and arranger of extraordinary ability, Tommy is an iconic figure on the Scottish jazz scene. The founder and current director of The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO), which comprises some of the finest players in Scotland, Tommy is also an active educator, being also the founder/director of The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra and is current Artistic Director of the first ever full-time jazz course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He also holds three honorary doctorates from Heriot-Watt, Glasgow Caledonian & Edinburgh Universities and a Professorship from the RCS. His album, KARMA, won him his seventh (yes, that's 7th) Scottish Jazz Award for album of the year in 2012. Brian Kellock is one of Scotland's great jazz pianists. Performing in a style described as "a cross between Oscar Peterson and Monty Alexander" Brian includes work with the likes of Red Rodney, Sheila Jordan, Art Farmer, Charlie Rouse, Bill Watrous, Scott Hamilton, Stanley Turrentine and Herb Geller on an impressive cv. Named as one of the "Top 10 young jazz pianists in the world" by Classic CD in 2000 he has been the pianist with Australian trumpet/sax player James Morrison's band for the last 20 years as well as establishing a well deserved reputation with his own piano trio. Tonight sees the coming together of these two great players in what is now a well-established duo, performing wonderful interpretations of carefully chosen jazz standards. From “Moonlight in Vermont” and “Skylark” through to “Surrey With a Fringe On Top” and “You Must Believe In Spring” these two great players perform a selection of classic standards with characteristic verve, humour and unique musical insight. A rare opportunity South of the Border to hear this great duo, which now has three albums to its name as well as international appearances at the likes of the Montreal Jazz Festival, so booking is definitely advised.

“…a scintillating partnership...dazzling, inventive and subtly captivating” The Scotsman;
"Smith/Kellock duo… music-lovers of all persuasions will recognise its consummate class" Guardian

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Fri 24th - LILY DIOR

9:30PM An ex-pat Australian singer now settled in London, Lily comes with an impressive and extensive cv. The daughter of professional musicians who met and married in London, Lily spent her first five years touring the world with her parents before they finally settled in Australia. Being surrounded by music from such an early age clearly had an impact and as a teenager she was already writing, performing and producing her own shows. Her debut album ‘Invitation’ received universal praise and put Lily firmly on the Australian music map. "She can belt out a song, dramatize a lyric, swing hard and earthy, flirt, sing a tender song - Lily can tell a story" ABC. After working with various high profile bands in Sydney, in 2000 she travelled to New York to study with iconic jazz vocalist Mark Murphy, with whom she also ended up performing. That same year she was singled out by legendary arranger/pianist Dave Matthews to perform with The Manhattan Jazz Quintet, which included Bill Evans, Charnett Moffett, Victor Lewis, and Lew Soloff, at Sydney Casino’s Lyric Theatre. In an extensive and highly respected career Lily is now recognised as one of Australia’s foremost vocalists, performing at major festivals and venues in Australia and around the World, including The Opera House Concert Hall, The State Theatre, Sydney Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Wellington International Jazz Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Bellingen Jazz Festival, Christchurch Jazz Festival, Thredbo Jazz Festival, Darling Harbour Jazz Festival, Jazz in The Vines, Jazz in The Gardens and the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz. International appearances include performances in New York, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong and of course London and she has shared the stage with a who’s who of world-class musicians including Oscar Castro Neves, Paul Grabowsky, Dale Barlow, Mike Nock and James Morrison. She also includes numerous TV and Radio appearances and hosted her own show on Sydney’s premiere jazz station ‘Eastside Radio’ for over ten years. The music tonight will be classic “Groove” orientated material with some of her own excellent groove originals, all performed with Lily’s trademark powerful and charismatic vocals. I rate her so highly I actually asked her to perform with my band recently, trust me she’s well worth catching. Also featured tonight will be the terrific piano playing of Gareth Williams (Claire Martin, Pee Wee Ellis).

“Jazz and soul coexist in Lily Dior’s repertoire, and in her vocal style…. sassy, soulful, passionate and strong.” Rhythms magazine

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Sat 25th - bobby wellins

9:30PM Bobby Wellins is considered to be one of the icons of British modern jazz. Originally from Glasgow, Bobby was on one of the biggest selling jazz albums ever produced in this country, Stan Tracey’s “Under Milk Wood”, recorded in the late sixties. After taking a sabbatical from the music for seven years, Bobby came back in the early eighties to lead the Charlie Watts Big Band as well as a number of small groups, which re-established him as one of the finest melodic saxophonists in the world. His gentle sound and approach are unique and make for a fine, highly enjoyable nights listening.

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

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Sun 26th - Gwyneth Herbert8:30PM

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. Most recently she provided the music for the musical "The A-Z of Mrs P" and this year alone sees A Note to the New Government commissioned by The London Sinfonietta and The Royal Philharmonic Society for performance at The Southbank; two musical /film /art installation collaborations with artist Mel Brimfield, “The Palace that Joan Built” and “Henry and Barbara – the Musical”; a new theatrical Song Cycle "The Rhythm Method" with Diane Samuels and the release of her debut record production project, Frances Ruffelle's’60s French pop-influenced album “I Say Ye-Ye’. 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;
“Brilliantly original” MOJO;
“…majestic-voiced” Jazz UK;
"Her lyrics are consistently engaging... singing with a rare balance of passion and control..one of Britain's brightest talents." The Telegraph

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Mon 27th  - 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 28th - TWO SETS

8:00PM SKYDIVE Named after a Freddie Hubbard tune they played during their first performance, Skydive were brought together for the Chatham Jazz Festival as an all star pickup band and in the tradition of such things, enjoyed themselves so much that they decided to do more gigs together. The band features 606 Club owner and flautist Steve Rubie (Julian Joseph Big Band, Samara), virtuoso trombonist Geoff Mason (Ronnie Scott’s Big Band), leading UK pianist Jonathan Gee (best known for his work with the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Cleveland Watkiss and Tim Whitehead as well as his own excellent trio), star bassist Larry Bartley (Chris Biscoe, Abdullah Ibrahim) and the brilliant drummer Winston Clifford (Courtney Pine, Monty Alexander). Their musical roots stem from mid-60s Hubbard and Hancock, through Brazilian music of the 80’s to their own contemporary compositions. A world-class band.

“[Gee] a performer of flexibility, resourcefulness and technical command to rival any of his generation" The Guardian;
“Steve Rubie…in fine form.”
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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 (Humphrey Lyttleton) on bass. The music is very much in the swinging, classic, modern jazz mould and well worth hearing.

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Wed 29th - greg abate

8:30PM A US-based musician of international standing, saxophonist Greg Abate is considered to be amongst the finest jazz players of his generation. After completing his studies at Berklee in the mid 70's Greg went on tour with the Ray Charles band for two years before returning to Rhode Island where he ran his own bands for some years before going on the road again in the late 80's with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra. Following that experience he established himself as an international soloist, something he has now been successfully doing for the last 25 years working throughout the US, Canada, UK, Western and Eastern Europe and Russia. As well as his touring work Greg is also a composer, arranger, a Grammy-nominated recording artist and educator of some considerable note, serving as an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College as well as a very active jazz clinician. His fluent and muscular playing is best described as "post hard bop", encompassing a classic approach to the material in the style of Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderley and Phil Woods. Accompanying Greg tonight will be one of the UK's finest hard bop pianists, Craig Milverton with his trio of Sandy Suchodolski on bass and Matt Home on drums. Promises to be a great night for all lovers of straight ahead jazz sax.

"Abate is not content to rely on stock bebop riffs...his work [has] a feeling of constant invention and creativity.” Chicago Tribune;
" a unique voice" Metro, San Jose;
"One of the most exciting players around today"
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“Greg Abate is one of the most appealing saxophonists on the scene today...the result is that he plays music with sweetness and daring.” New Jazz Recordings

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THUR 30th  - JOHN EAST PROJECT

8:30PM John East is led by vocalist and Hammond organ player John East, becoming a popular and regular feature at the Club since their first appearance here five years ago. John has played the Hammond for decades, working with musicians such as John Etheridge, Katie Kissoon and Phil Robson. His stellar band comprises Mark Fletcher-drums, Neville Malcolm-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 group will perform material from that first gig as well as their brilliant debut album (launched at the Club) which features well known vocal standards as well as some instrumental tunes, with the emphasis on melodic jazz driven along by the distinctive Hammond sound. In addition, we hear that John and the band are preparing to make a new record, so they will be playing a selection of tunes from that upcoming project as well for you to enjoy. Congratulations John on the first five years!

“(East) and the band...brought the house down” City AM;
"Vocalist and Hammond player East leads a fine band" Time Out
"John plays a beautiful Hammond, Leslie and all, beautifully. He has an excellent baritone voice, and sang with great phrasing and articulation" Fleece Jazz

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FRI 31ST - SAMARA

8:30PM 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, drummer Raphael Delfino is a born and bred Brazilian with a feel to match, while the percussionist, Dawson Miller, is generally recognised as one of the most versatile and experienced players on the scene. Singer Luna Cohen, another home grown Brazilian, 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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