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Please note the following:
:: there is a music charge for each event (usually between £8 - £12 per person)
:: we have a supper license, so you must eat a substantial meal if you wish to drink alcohol

MONDAY 1st - Davide Giovannini's "Minas Project"

8:30PM Drummer/percussionist/singer Davide Giovannini has worked successfully in many genres of music since he moved to England from his native Italy, working with artists as diverse as Steve Winwood, Bjork, Snowboy, Da Lata and Russell Watson on projects covering R&B, Pop, AfroCuban, Brazilian, Jazz, House and Funk. Tonight he brings a project to the Club that celebrates the music of one of the most famous regions of Brazil, Minas Gerais –- renowned as the home of great artists such as Toninho Horta, Milton Nascimento and Beto Guedes and famous for its beautiful harmony and melodies. After Davide visited Brazil he was inspired to write music influenced by the musical heritage of this culturally rich area and it is a mix of his own, beautiful, original songs together with classic tunes from that region that the band will be playing tonight. The star-studded line up features Paul Booth (Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton) on sax, bass clarinet, flute and keyboard, Neil Angilley (War of the Worlds, Vanessa Mae) on piano, Davide Mantovani (Andy Sheppard) on bass and Guille Hill (Airto Moreira, Tom Jones) on guitars, so you know it’s just going to be a fantastic gig.

“High energy drum-led Brazilian jazz played here by a superb band featuring versatile sax/flute virtuoso Paul Booth and guitarist Guille Hill.” Time Out

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Tuesday 2nd - two sets


8:00PM LEO RICHARDSON The son of veteran bass player Jim Richardson, saxophonist Leo Richardson’s musical talent was recognised in 2009 with a scholarship to Trinity College of Music. Since graduating in 2013, when he received the prestigious Jazz Achievement Award, Leo has rapidly established a reputation as one of London’s most talented young sax players. From venues including The Royal Albert Hall and Glastonbury to performances with Gregory Porter, The BBC Proms, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, The Heliocentrics, Jim Mullen and Theo Jackson, Leo has demonstrated a impressive mastery of his instrument that has created considerable demand, whether in straight ahead modern jazz settings or edgier, crossover contemporary jazz domains. Tonight Leo is bringing his great hard-bop quintet to the Club, featuring the beautifully melodic trumpet of Quentin Collins, accompanied by Rick Simpson (piano), Mark Lewandowski (bass) and Ed Richardson (drums), performing classics from the likes of Horace Silver, Joe Henderson and Cedar Walton. An exciting new presence on the UK jazz scene.

“a sax player capable of projecting to audiences in the manner of Joshua Redman” London Jazz News

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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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Wednesday 3rd - ROBERT MITCHELL'S "PANACEA"

8:30PM Tonight the 606 Club welcomes this unique ensemble, led by the highly respected pianist Robert Mitchell, who has been a significant player on the London jazz scene since the early 1990’s. A top soloist in his own right as well as an in-demand sideman (performing with artists such as Steve Coleman, Greg Osby, Courtney Pine and Steve Williamson) Robert formed “Panacea” in the early 2000’s, drawing from an eclectic mixture of musical references, including traditional American jazz, contemporary hip hop, the modern European scene and classical music from the Baroque period onwards. To date the group have released three highly acclaimed albums, Voyager (2001), Trust (2005) and The Cusp (2010) with the latter being described by The Guardian as “[Mitchell’s] best album of his career”. The band tonight is outstanding, featuring Deborah Jordan (Silhouette Brown) on vocals, Tom Mason (Robin Eubanks, Gerard Presencer) on bass and Laurie Lowe (Nic Meier, Gilad Atzmon) on drums. For anyone interested in exciting, dynamic and engaging playing, look no further than tonight.

“Throughout the evening, there was no way of knowing what route he would take, what musical colours he would paint, what soundscapes he would invent” Oxford Times; “Mitchell seemed to be looking to surprise himself at every turn, in turn surprising his audience too. You can’t ask for more from a jazz musician than that.” Jazz FM; “Robert Mitchell entered the fray...and brought his sparkling technique with him.” Jazzwise

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Thursday 4tH - CLOSED FOR PRIVATE PARTY

APOLOGIES BUT WE ARE CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE FUNCTION

Friday 5th - MANTECA FEATURING MARTHA ACOSTA

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

"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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Saturday 6th - PETER KING

9:30PM After taking the scene by storm in the early sixties with the Ronnie Scott quintet, Peter has gone on to establish himself unequivocally as one of the finest alto saxophonists in the world. His fabulous technique allied with an unerring sense of harmony has made him one of the greatest players this country has ever produced. The featured saxophonist with the Charlie Watts Band his playing has made him famous worldwide. As well as a remarkable improviser Peter has also established himself as a writer and arranger of note with both an opera and a brilliant series of recordings featuring his own string arrangements for classical and jazz quartet. Peter has always been a great supporter of the Club and it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome this saxophone giant. Peter’s special guest tonight is the remarkable Mornington Lockett, one of the UK’s leading tenor sax players. Mornington worked with the Ronnie Scott quintet before moving on to work with singer Sarah Jane Morris and the Tracey’s - Stan and Clark - as well as being the driving force behind the brilliant “Celebrating the Jazz Couriers” quintet. He has a powerful and hugely impressive sound and approach. This gig is a rare chance to hear two of the finest saxophonists in the world playing together and is an absolute must for anyone interested in great modern jazz.

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

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SUNDAY 7th **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”. Her impressive CV 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 Jamie McCredie on guitar and Tom Moore on bass. 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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SUNDAY 7th - NICK SMART'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION GIG

8:30PM Friends coming together to celebrate your birthday is always a nice thing to do, but when you are not only a terrific trumpet player but also one of the country’s leading educators and your friends are world-class musicians, then it becomes something a little special. Tonight we will be hosting a gig to celebrate Nick Smart's birthday that boasts some of the finest jazz musicians in Europe. Nick has established himself in the varied worlds of both small group and big band jazz, including work with the likes of the Stan Sulzmann Big Band, London Jazz Orchestra, Michael Garrick Big Band and the BBC Big Band and is the regular soloist with the James Taylor Quartet. As an Educator, he was invited to create and direct the Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz Course and this was so successful he was rapidly appointed Jazz Co-ordinator and then Bmus Tutor at the Royal Academy. The gig itself will feature a number of different bands performing through the evening, starting with the Mark Lockheart/John Parricelli quintet. Mark is a wonderful sax player who includes work with bands such as The Perfect Houseplants and Polar Bear on an impressive cv (see Wed 10th) and he will be appearing with the iconic UK guitarist John Parricelli, who has been seen with bands as diverse as Loose Tubes and the Strictly Come Dancing TV band (great band, incidentally). Also featured in this quintet will be former Academy students Matt Robinson (piano), and Misha Mullov Abbado (bass) with Tim Giles (drums). Next up for those who like modern jazz vocals is a group to savour, featuring both Norma Winstone MBE and Christine Tobin on vocals as well as pianist Nikki Illes and trumpeter Henry Lowther. Norma is without question the doyenne of UK modern jazz vocalists, if you were to ask any vocalist to name their three favourite UK singers of all time, I can guarantee Norma will be on that list. From her work with Azimuth and the ECM label in the 1970s through to her more recent work with the likes of Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor and a host of high profile European artists Norma has without question established herself as one of the great UK singers. The multi-award-winning Christine Tobin (Jazz Vocalist of the Year, Parliamentary Jazz Awards, BBC Jazz Awards) has been a standout musician on the UK scene for more than 25 years. With 10 albums to her name and a host of Club and Festival dates around the world she has undoubtedly established herself as a force to be reckoned with at the very highest levels. The band that will be supporting these two great performers includes pianist Nikki Iles (see Tues 30th for more about Nikki), to my mind one of the finest modern jazz pianists in Europe, and the highly regarded trumpet player Henry Lowther, who first hit the UK jazz scene in the late 1960's with the John Dankworth band and has been a mainstay of the scene ever since. Completing this quite remarkable line up will be Steve Watts on bass and Tim Giles, drums. The third set of the evening will feature "Pigfoot", a terrific, fun band that features Chris Batchelor-trumpet, Paul Clarvis-drums, Liam Noble-piano and Oren Marshall-tuba. This is an ensemble made up of from some of the best players on the contemporary scene, who between them include work with the likes of Loose Tubes, Mike Brecker, Harrison Birtwistle, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Wheeler, Bobby Wellins, the LSO and Bobby McFerrin! The music they play is a re-working of popular songs, recently described as "...passing classic pop through a multi-idiomatic mangle while still sounding like affectionate fans of the originals...targets...were...Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the Supremes, reworked with a mixture of delicate poignancy and bumpy street-band nonchalance.". The whole evening will be rounded off with a jam session featuring the mastermind of this evening’s festivities, the saxophonist Stan Sulzmann who is widely acknowledged as one of the finest musicians of his generation. This promises to be an amazing and hugely enjoyable evening, full of wonderful music and plenty of fun! All proceeds collected on the night, incidentally, will be donated to a Charity of Nick's choice. Booking strongly advised.

“Nick Smart’s playing was strong and lyrical….fresh and innovative” Jazzwise;
“Norma Winstone…there is no jazz singer in the country to touch her.” The Times;
“Christine Tobin...one of the UK's finest musicians”
Time Out

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Monday 8th - Laurence cottle FEATURING NIGEL HITCHCOCK

8:30PM This exceptional quintet is led by Laurence Cottle, one of the finest electric bass players this country has ever produced. His stunning, Jaco Pastorius-influenced technique and remarkably fluent and creative playing have been featured with innumerable artists including the Bill Bruford Band, Jim Mullen, Claire Martin, Jason Rebello and Pee Wee Ellis as well as the likes of Eric Clapton, Brian Eno, Gary Moore, Cozy Powell and Black Sabbath! A consummate performer Laurence is also an accomplished writer, arranger and producer whose work is not only featured with his own, excellent, 16-piece Big Band, but can also be heard on the soundtrack of various TV and film productions including Kavanagh QC, Take A Girl Like You and the Jim Carrey Movie Special, while his production credits include Claire Martin, Jim Mullen and Mark Nightingale. The music is a mix of Laurence’s original compositions and re-workings from the classic jazz canon performed, not surprisingly, by some of the finest jazz musicians in Europe, Nigel Hitchcock (Incognito, Ray Charles, Tom Jones) sax, Steve Fishwick (Anita O’Day, John Dankworth) trumpet, Graham Harvey (Stacey Kent) piano and Chris Higginbottom (Seamus Blake, Georgie Fame) drums. Highly recommended.

"Laurence Cottle...a World class talent" London Jazz News;
"Laurence Cottle...a virtuosic bass guitarist"
The Scotsman

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Tuesday 9th - dona oxford

8:30PM Well, this is a treat. US born-and-raised singer/pianist Doña Oxford will be taking a break from touring with the legendary Albert Lee, as part of his Hogan's Heroes backing band, to celebrate her birthday (seems to be the week for birthdays!) here at the Club with her very own 6-piece band. Born in New York City to a trumpet-playing Episcopal Priest and an ex-cabaret singer mother Doña was destined to become a musician. After studying classical piano through her school years in upstate New York she began singing and acting extensively in both regional and Off-Broadway plays and at 17 she applied and was accepted to New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied drama. While in college Doña began working as a waitress at the now-defunct Lone Star Café, a legendary New York City meeting ground for the blues and roots music elite, and was soon sitting in at the open-mic nights there. It was at one of those sessions that Doña met Arthur Neilson, a veteran guitarist who had played with everyone from Cyndi Lauper to Otis Rush, forming a band with him called Oxford Blues that was formative in developing her love of "Roots", Soul and Boogie Woogie music that she performs so effectively today. They toured the Northeast regularly, eventually releasing a self-produced CD which garnered impressive reviews. In addition to performing with her own band Doña's reputation as an impressive sideman was rapidly growing, and it wasn't long before she was being asked to work as a singer/pianist with some of the finest musicians around. Her CV these days reads like a who's who of popular music, including work with the likes of Keith Richards, Van Morrison, Buddy Guy, Levon Helm, Lonnie Brooks, Shirley Dixon and her idol, former Chuck Berry sideman and father of rock & roll piano, Johnnie Johnson. Now based in LA, California, as well as extensive touring around her native USA Doña's impressive playing and singing has been heard worldwide, including Canada, Europe and Japan. She has produced five albums under her own name, the most recent of which, Soul Quest, was received with considerable critical acclaim. A high-energy performer with a powerful delivery and stunning piano technique Doña imbues every song, from ballad to rip roaring classic, with a unique style and delivery. She is promising to bring to the Club this evening a show that is a mixture of "Roots", R&B, Soul and some of the most remarkable Boogie Woogie piano playing you are ever likely to see! A rare chance to see this terrific performer with her own band that also features Betty Belay and Stephanie Parnell on backing vocals, Les Davidson on guitar, Sophie Lord on bass and Mikey Ciancio on drums. Highly recommended.

" ...Carole King meets The Rolling Stones" Fortune Magazine;
"The next big thing in music"
Ewan McGreggor;
"If she's not coming near you, you need to move"
Joe Bonamassa, "Musician's Cooler"

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Wednesday 10th - TWO SETS

8:00PM MARK LOCKHEART Mark Lockheart is an award-winning tenor sax player who first made his name working with seminal band Loose Tubes in the eighties, and whose mastery of modern jazz has kept him at the forefront of the music ever since. Co-founder of the universally regarded “The Perfect Houseplants” Mark has toured and recorded with Django Bates, Mike Gibbs, Mark Anthony Turnage and his own 11 piece “Scratch Band” as well as Seb Rochford’s highly acclaimed “Polar Bear”. He is also a highly respected educator, writer and arranger. Tonight Mark will be appearing with his brilliant trio, featuring Steve Watts (Norma Winstone, Django Bates) on bass and Tim Giles ("Fraud") on drums, performing music that he describes as "exploring classic jazz standards as well as re-workings of Rollins and Monk". A fabulous gig from a highly respected performer.

"Lockheart is a consummate saxophonist and an original and versatile composer" The Rough Guide to Jazz;
“inspired and imaginative” The Times;
“compelling” Guardian

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9:45PM TOM HEWSON The UK jazz courses continue to produce some very fine musicians and young award-winning pianist Tom Hewson is certainly amongst those that deserve to be taken notice of. A product of Oxford University and Trinity Laban (a course, incidentally, run by Simon Purcell-Tue 16th) Tom's fluent and inventive playing has already been heard in a wide variety of settings, from his own trio to work with numerous high-profile musicians. In 2014 alone Tom was not only the winner of the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition but his group ‘Treehouse’, featuring "Empirical"'s Lewis Wright (vibes) and Calum Gourlay (bass), were also presented with an ‘Emerging Excellence’ award from Help Musicians UK. Tonight Tom will be bringing the more traditional trio of piano, bass and drums to the Club, featuring Mark Lewandowski on bass and Dave Hamblett on drums, performing some brand new arrangements/interpretations of tunes from the classic 1965 Herbie Hancock album Maiden Voyage, in celebration of its 50th anniversary this year (my, how time flies)! Fine trio playing from one of the most gifted of the latest crop of young pianists.

“Hewson displays great maturity…impressive, free-flowing solos” TimeOut;
“...the compositions are sublime, with Tom’s beautiful, adventurous piano playing” John Taylor;
“...beautiful...[a] talented pianist and composer”
AllAboutJazz

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THURSDAY 11th - TIM WHITEHEAD

8:30PM Tim is renowned throughout the UK, Europe and the USA as a remarkable performer and composer with a dazzling CV. In the 70’s he toured with Ian Carr’s “Nucleus” and “Graham Collier Music” winning the Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award on the way. In the 80’s he was a member of the groundbreaking big band Loose Tubes and continued to develop his own music, recording with his own bands featuring, at different times, John Parricelli, Django Bates, Nic France and Pete Jacobsen. In the 90’s he made several critically acclaimed albums, winning The Andrew Milne Award for Jazz, as well as the BBC Music Magazine Jazz Album of the Year. More recently, Tim has collaborated with renowned contemporary classical composer Colin Riley, creating music for several different ensembles and receiving numerous awards and accolades for these innovative projects (while still touring and recording with his own fantastic bands). As further testament to his extraordinary talent, in 2009 he was the first ever musician to be made Artist in Residence at Tate Britain, resulting in a number of brilliant gigs, a highly acclaimed album “Colour Beginnings” and a short-listing for the British Composer Of The Year Award in 2010. Currently Tim is working with former “Children’s Laureate” Michael Rosen. The gig this evening will feature material from his latest album “The Snap Sessions”, a further exploration of Tim's wonderful composing along with some well-chosen jazz standards. Also featured tonight will be saxophonist Tony Woods and Tim and Tony will in addition be performing material from their jointly produced album "Kwartet". Tim’s muscular yet fluent and highly melodic playing is widely regarded as amongst the finest around, and he commands considerable respect throughout the jazz scene. And if all that wasn’t enough the gig will also be featuring the award-winning pianist Jon Gee.

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

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Friday 12th - THE FONTANAS

9:30PM We welcome to the Club this evening one of the most exciting Latin/Groove bands on the scene. Although this is their first gig here we think they will fit perfectly in to the family of great Latin and Groove bands that we feature regularly on a Friday night. After holding down a residency in West London for over 5 years, where they perfected their infectious blend of Brazilian Funk, Latin, Ska and Soul, this powerful 7-piece band is now stretching its wings. Led by guitarist and singer Sam Sutton, fronted by the wonderful US-born singer Kay Elizabeth, featuring two great players in their powerful horn section and driven by a rhythm section to die for, The Fontanas have made quite an impact on the scene of late. Boasting musicians who have played with the likes of Incognito, Professor Green and Alice Russell the band has been seen at numerous festivals and high-profile venues around the country including Bestival, Glastonbury, The Secret Garden Party, Boomtown, Edinburgh Festival, BT London Live Victoria Park and Ronnie Scott’s. As well as Sam and Kay the line up tonight includes Paul Silver on sax, Dave Boa on trumpet, 606 regular Carl Hudson on piano, Magnus Box on bass and Jimmy Norden on drums. This promises to be a fantastic night of high energy Brazilian Funk, Groove and Soul and absolutely not to be missed.

"Seriously Funky" BBC6 Music;
"Wonderful Live" XFM

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Saturday 13TH - TRUDY KERR & INGRID JAMES

9:30PM Trudy is renowned as one of the UK’s top jazz vocalists, regularly selling out shows at prestigious venues and festivals around Europe and her native Australia. With 10 widely acclaimed albums to her name plus a successful vocal teaching career, Trudy is one of the scene’s busiest singers. Primarily performing gorgeous mainstream jazz with a bias towards bop, her highly skilled, nimble voice is a real pleasure to hear. Trudy’s Special Guest tonight, making a rare visit to the UK, is the wonderful Australian vocalist Ingrid James. Ingrid’s performances at Festivals and Clubs throughout Australia, plus various appearances on ABC national television together with numerous gigs in European and US venues have confirmed her reputation as a leading light of the Australian jazz scene. Joining Trudy and Ingrid on the front line tonight will be one of the UK's finest jazz saxophonists, Dave O'Higgins. Dave includes work with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Cleo Laine on a stellar cv and is the perfect foil for these two wonderful singers. With such a powerful two-vocal frontline and some of the best musicians in the UK, this gig is highly recommended.

“Trudy Kerr has moved to the front rank of UK singers” Musician Magazine;
“engaging performer” The Stage;
"100% real jazz musician with fluid phrasing and a mellifluous, warm and sensuous tone." All About Jazz;
"Ingrid James…a fearless and gifted Jazz singer" Sydney Morning Herald;
“The duo rekindle their erstwhile musical partnership with empathy, exuberance and imagination.” Jazzwise;
“Dave O'Higgins...one of Britain’s finest musicians” Observer

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SUNDAY 14th **LUNCHTIME SPECIAL** - "606 GOSPEL GROUP"

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

“Uplifting gospel sounds” Time Out

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sunday 14th - ZOE FRANCIS

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

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

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Monday 15th - HAYLEY SANDERSON

8:30PM Hayley is a terrific singer who performs an impressive mix of Jazz, R&B and originals with a deft ease. A highly experienced performer, she includes work with the likes of Gloria Gaynor and the New Inspirational Gospel Choir, with whom she sang the lead vocal on ‘Down to the River’ that appeared on their album with Mica Paris and Jocelyn Brown. She has an impressive amount of “bv” and studio work (including Talk Talk’s “Something In the Air”) along with numerous tours. However, it's her work over the last 5 years as one of the featured singers on TV’s “Strictly Come Dancing” that has really put Hayley on the map, which combined with regular appearances at Ronnie Scott’s Club has earmarked this talented vocalist as one of the finest singers of her generation. Hayley describes the music she will be performing tonight as "Funk versions of Rock and Soul classics. Heavy grooves and great soloists - songs from Sam Cooke to the Beatles, Betty Harris to The Doors - something for everyone". Supported by a brilliant band which includes Paddy Milner on piano and Al Cherry on guitar plus a fiery 3-piece horn section, The London Horns, led by trombonist Barnaby Dickinson (Kylie Minogue), this promises to be a very special gig from one of our favourite people! Highly recommended.

“Strictly’s unsung resident singer Hayley Sanderson…blew away anything “that…show” has offered us this year” News of The World

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Tuesday 16th - 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 SIMON PURCELL Probably best known these days as Head of Jazz at Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, pianist Simon Purcell has performance credits as leader and sideman dating back to the mid 1980’s, including appearances with the likes of Red Rodney, Kenny Wheeler, Eddie Henderson, Stan Sulzmann, Jean Toussaint and Julian Arguelles. During the late 80’s and early 90’s Simon’s fluent and inventive playing could be heard with a wide variety of artists, including recordings made with singers Cleveland Watkiss (Green Chimneys) and Anita Wardell (Women have Standards). His own bands, which sadly have remained unrecorded, have included the likes of UK artists Julian Arguelles, Christine Tobin and Steve Watts. As well as a performer of some skill and invention, Simon is also a very well established and highly respected educator. Between 1987 and 2005 he was professor of jazz piano and improvisation at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and was appointed Head of Jazz at Trinity College of Music in September 2005. As well as all that he also co-directed the Glamorgan Jazz Summer School (formerly the Barry Summer School) and in between times, has acted as a consultant to Birmingham Conservatoire, been educational director of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and in 2006, received the prestigious Parliamentary Jazz Award for Jazz Educationalist of the Year.

“…gifted contemporary jazz pianist Simon Purcell” Time Out

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Wednesday 17th - tHE DOMINIC MILLER BAND

8:30PM Guitarist Dominic Miller is probably best known as Sting’s “right hand man” and co-writer of Shape of My Heart, amongst a number of other co-collaborations. In the 20 years that he has worked with Sting he has appeared with him on over 1,000 live gigs, 8 albums and 5 World Tours. But Dominic’s terrific guitar playing has not been exclusive to Sting by any means. In his early career he worked with Julia Fordham, Phil Collins and The Pretenders, which lead in 1990 to Sting hearing and hiring him. His massive and impressive cv since then includes work with the likes of Level 42, Tina Turner, Backstreet Boys, Youssou N'Dour and Ronan Keating and his fluent, tasteful and highly creative playing continues to be in demand by musicians at the highest level. As well as a sideman Dominic is also a well-established leader in his own right with ten CD’s and counting to his name, including his latest, “Ad Hoc”. Dominic will be appearing with his band featuring Mike Lindup (Level 42) on piano/vocals, Nicolas Fiszman on bass and Rhani Krija on percussion. This promises to be a very special night and a rare chance to catch this highly respected musician in the intimate atmosphere of the 606 Club. Booking recommended.

“...Guitarist Dominic Miller contributed searing electric fretwork as well as crystalline acoustic chords...” The Washington Times;
“...Miller is capable of just about any guitar style. He would tire rockers with edgy, lightning leads, and in the next number he'd delicately pluck a fluid, classical arpeggio from chords that deformed his hand as it stretched on the guitars fretboard” The New York Post

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thursday 18th - NEIL ANGILLEY

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

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


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Friday 19th - IMAANI

9:30PM A terrific singer in the Soul/R&B tradition, Imaani’s CV is long and impressive. She first came to prominence as the UK’s 1998 entrant to the Eurovision Song contest (one of the better choices!) where she was runner up, and went on to produce a highly successful single that charted around the world. She then moved on to work with Dub Conspiracy (with whom she again charted). Her worldwide tours, television, live and recorded output includes work with the likes of Gloria Gaynor, Carleen Anderson, Michael Bolton, Lulu and Beverley Knight. She was until recently the lead singer with the iconic band “Incognito”, with whom she has had a long association, and she continues to perform with them whenever “motherhood” duties allow. Her band, not surprisingly, is full of some of the best “Groove” players on the scene, including guitarist Emlyn Francis, keyboardist Carl Hudson and her two wonderful backing singers Jono McNeil and Roselie Niclasson. Her long anticipated debut album "Standing Tall" was realised at the end of 2014 to considerable acclaim and you can expect to hear a number of originals from that album as well as some classic soul and R&B tunes. A powerful and charismatic vocalist this is a wonderful opportunity to hear this enormously experienced and highly regarded singer perform with her fantastic band here at the Club.

“the magnificent vocals of Imaani, who weaves her magic over a backdrop of funk guitar and old-school synths” DJ Times;
“Imaani’s beautiful vocals are the standout element” JjazzproJect

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Saturday 20th - CLOSED FOR PRIVATE PARTY

SUNDAY 21ST - EILEEN HUNTER

1:30PM Eileen is not only a wonderful vocalist with a lovely, breathy delivery but also a highly accomplished musician, being fluent on both piano and flute. She performs a mix of jazz standards and swinging originals in an assured and fluent style, and has worked at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Regents Park Open Air Theatre and of course the 606, where she was a regular for many years (though not so much lately as she is now married to Steve Brookstein, the X Factor winner, and a mother to two children). Signed to Jive Records in 2003, just prior to the label’s acquisition by BMG, her first CD “I Miss the Sky” was finally completed and released through radio station Jazz FM in 2009, who received the album as a demo and were so impressed they decided to put it out on their own imprint, Clifford Street Records. Currently, Eileen is most often heard in a duo format with husband Steve, but this afternoon she’s making a rare appearance leading her own band, featuring Luca Boscagin on guitar for what we can guarantee will be a wonderful gig. And if you're lucky her old man might just join her for a couple of numbers as well!

“Eileen has it all…” Tina May;
“This album is fantastic! Eileen not only provides an inspiring vocal performance but she is an amazing musician”
Jazz FM

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Then in the evening:

Sunday 21st - EARL OKIN

8:30PM Singer-songwriter, musician and comedian Earl Okin has been entertaining audiences worldwide with his unique brand of music and wit for almost five decades now. His repertoire of exceedingly funny musical skits, always delivered with a distinct brand of quirky humour, combined with first-rate playing of modern jazz and Bossa Nova compositions (the latter sung in faultless Portuguese which he learnt from several spells staying in Brazil) marks him out as a unique talent. His CV is highly impressive, with highlights including touring with Paul McCartney and Wings, being a guest on the Parkinson show and playing at almost every major London venue including the Royal Albert and Festival Halls, The Palladium and Wembley Arena. For 30 years now he has also been a regular at the biggest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe, where he has a combined 500 shows under his belt. He also boasts a wide range of high profile fans within the UK comedy circuit including Eddie Izzard, Billy Connolly, Sacha Baron Cohen and Frank Skinner citing Earl as one of their all time favourite live acts. This evening Earl will be demonstrating the “jazzier” side of his talent in the company of Simon Woolf on bass and Michelle Drees on drums. This is a brilliant, gentle, gig from one of the most versatile British performers around.

“relaxed and assured…his guitar and keyboard playing are a joy” The Times;
“Exceptional…an utter delight” The Scotsman;
“gently witty and beautifully timed in every sense”
Guardian;
“wonderfully engaging” London Jazz News

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MONDAY 22ND - 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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Tuesday 23RD - david gordon

8:30PM An assured and versatile pianist David is one of the few professional jazz musicians who is also a well established classical performer. An accomplished harpsichordist as well as pianist, David includes work with the likes of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and has toured Europe and South America with the European Baroque Orchestra. An award-winning jazz and classical composer, he has had works performed on BBC Radio 3 as well as performances at the Cheltenham Festival and QEH. As a jazz pianist he has led his own trio since 1995, currently featuring Paul Cavaciuti on drums and Jonty Fisher on bass, with a repertoire that focuses on original compositions by the band, but also includes material as diverse as folk music from Venezuela, East European dance music and Celtic-tinged melodies. Tonight, David and the trio will be bringing their latest fascinating project, “Alexander Scriabin's Ragtime Band” to the Club. Over to David for a description: “1915: the world in turmoil. In New Orleans, Jelly Roll Morton's experimentation with ragtime and blues signals the dawn of a new creation: jazz! In New York, Russian émigré Irving Berlin is churning out hit after hit; In Paris, Debussy experiments with syncopation and jazz harmony; In Moscow, the death of the great Russian piano-poet, composer and mystic Alexander Scriabin. Bringing these disparate musical strands together the Trio create an amazing tapestry of music from this time: boogie-woogie, tango and Brazilian choro rub shoulders with the eponymous rag, with interpretations of Scriabin's miniatures seen through the prism of popular music of the time, getting the makeover to end all makeovers”. Sounds quite remarkable. This promises to be a unique, thoughtful and inventive gig and absolutely not to be missed.

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

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Wednesday 24th - DAMON BROWN

8:30PM An international recording artist, Damon is unquestionably one of the most talented of the current crop of British trumpet players. A versatile musician, he is equally at home with pop or jazz, although jazz is quite definitely his first love. Greatly respected on the scene his fluent and highly melodic playing has been heard with the likes of Benny Golson, Steve Grossman and Dave Liebman. The quintet’s set is a mix of standards and original material played in a seriously impressive way. The Guardian described Damon’s recent outfit as “a coolly authoritative bebop band…”. Joining Damon on the front line will be one of the UK's most imaginative and respected alto sax players, Christian Brewer, who includes work with the likes of Julian Joseph, Jason Rebello and US sax star Dave Schnitter on an impressive cv. Completing the line up will be Leon Greening-piano, Adam King-bass and Matt Skelton-drums. You can expect great things from the gig tonight.

“Damon Brown…a genuinely exiting voice …a vastly accomplished trumpet player and composer” The Observer;
“Damon Brown….rose to the occasion magnificently, playing with fire and gusto”LondonJazz Blog;
"Christian Brewer... swings with power, fluency and confidence" Evening Standard

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Thursday 25th - MOYSES DOS SANTOS

8:30PM Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, bass player Moyses dos Santos showed an aptitude for the instrument from a very early age. His first public performance was at the age of 8, when he appeared with his local church band, and he continued to perform within the church environment right up through to the age of 18. Once in his teens the word soon got out and it wasn’t long before he found himself touring Brazil with established gospel and pop artists. His international career really took off, though, on his move to London in the late 2000’s when he was in his mid 20’s. It didn’t take long for his talent to be recognised, and for the last 3 years or so he has been touring Europe and his native South America with various high profile bands as well as working regularly as a successful studio musician here in London. Co-founder, along with Incognito and Level 42 drummer Pete Ray Biggin, of the impressive band “Lola’s Day Off” (who are releasing a new EP before starting a European tour), Moyses is also in the process of recording his own album with well known instrumentalists from both the UK and the US. Tonight Moyses will be appearing with his own fantastic band that features some remarkable UK-based musicians, including Zhenya Strigalev on saxophone, Mikayl Dawood on guitar, Tomasz Bura on keyboards and the brilliant Dexter Hercules on drums. Moyses has also asked the wonderful expat Australian vocalist Georgia van Etten to join the band for some impromptu “soulful grooving” so this promises to be quite a show. This is an amazing line up put together just for this gig and is a fantastic treat for anyone who likes great Latin/Brazilian/Groove. This is the third in a series of amazing gigs that Moyses has organised here at the Club recently, all of which have been sell-outs, so booking is definitely advised!

“Moyses dos Santos…awesome” the jazzmeet

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Friday 26th - 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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Saturday 27th - BOBBY WELLINS

9:30PM Booby 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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Sunday 28TH - wayne hernandez

8:30PM is one of those fantastic singers who has been using his considerable talents for many years to make others sound good. Hugely successful within the music business he has worked with Tina Turner, Tori Amos, Blur, Grover Washington, Roberta Flack and Madonna. He has also toured extensively with Kool and the Gang, Regina Bell and most recently Billy Ocean, and is one of the singers with the band Gorillaz (oh, that guy!). With an Afro-Cuban heritage that includes work to this day with the London Community Gospel Choir, along with living in New York for a number of years, Wayne describes his music as “…a living fusion of music styles from the Black music scene”. Also a well-established songwriter and producer, this multi-talented artist delivers a simply brilliant set of powerful groove music with an impressive eight-piece band of hand-picked musicians, including guitar, sax and backing vocals, that define the word “soul”. “...it was clear that Wayne had a very special talent, his voice, it was simply breathtaking” Livemusic.fm

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MONDAY 29TH - MORRISSEY MULLEN LEGACY BAND

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

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

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TUESDAY 30TH - CLOSED FOR PRIVATE PARTY