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

Friday 1st - Redtenbacher’s Funkestra feat STEFAN REDTENBACHER-bass and Special Guest KATIE LEONE -vocals.

9:30PM This incredible London-based 6-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 performs original funky grooves with an authority and style that is hard to beat. With 7 albums already to their name the band are currently working on a new album, ‘Dr Hypenstein’ which will showcase 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 Katie Leone (Incognito). 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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Saturday 2nd - Christian Garrick's “Quintessence”

8:30PM A jazz violinist of power and musicality, award-winning violinist Chris Garrick takes a break between guest appearances with Wynton Marsalis and Nigel Kennedy to join us tonight with a new line-up, featuring the terrific Jez Cook on guitar, Chris’s long time musical compatriot Dave Gordon on piano and keyboards, Yaron Stavi on bass and Tom Hooper, drums. The band beautifully supplement Chris’s inventive and totally absorbing approach to playing the violin, performing a mix of standard and more contemporary material and look out for the swing duo that Chris and Jez usually perform around the middle of each set, quite remarkable. Taking his lead from Stéphane Grappelli, Stuff Smith and Jean Luc Ponty, Chris has virtually revitalised the jazz violin, rejuvenating it for the 21st century and prompting Nigel Kennedy to call him one of the best in Europe. His fluent and inventive playing has been heard with the likes of Dame Cleo Laine, Biréli Lagrene, Dolly Parton & Van Morrison and a string of awards are testament to a thoughtful but at the same time joyous approach to the music. A must-see gig.

“...exquisite musician…violin superstar” Guardian;
“He could easily emerge as one of the great jazz violinists of all time” Sir John Dankworth

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Sunday 3rd - Closed for Private Party

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Monday 4th - Liliana Chachian’s “Olumo”

8:30PM Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Liliana is generally recognized as one of the finest Brazilian singers in Europe. This enormously experienced performer’s work as both singer and composer, has led her to collaborations with the likes of the iconic Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira and Weather Report’s drummer Dom Um Romao as well as work with artists such as The Pet Shop Boys, Masters at work (N.Y.) and Snowboy. She co-wrote the 1st “Da Lata” album (“Songs from the Tin”) that took her on an extensive world tour, performing in major festivals and venues from New York’s Central Park to China, Japan, Canada, South Africa and most countries in Europe. With her bass player and co-founder of “Negrocan”, Andy Lafone, she co-wrote and performed on three albums culminating in a Billboard nomination for the single ‘Cada Vez’. She delivers a powerful, rhythmic set in her native Brazilian Portuguese, in a way in that only a Brazilian brought up with the music since childhood can achieve. Tonight, Liliana is bringing her project “Olumo” to the Club, which features some of the finest musicians in the UK, the great Neil Angilley on piano, Uruguayan bass player Andy Lafone, Italian drummer Davide Giovannini, Chilean percussionist Carlos Fuentes and the excellent Brazilian sax and flute player Giuliano Pereira. The music will be primarily Liliana’s originals plus the occasional classic Brazilian song and is both melodic and exciting, being aptly described as “A journey through rich and musically influential cultures”. “Olumo”, incidentally, is the name of a huge rock in Abeokuta, Nigeria, that represents solidarity, strength and reliability. Highly recommended.

“Liliana Chachian…the melodious and brilliant Brazilian vocalist” Straight no Chaser;
“Liliana has a glorious voice. Sensual, shapely and beguiling...” Guardian

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Tuesday 5th - TWO SETS ** SOUTH AFRICAN CELEBRATION**

8:00PM Adam Glasser When I first met Adam some years ago now, he was a fluent and impressive jazz pianist leaning towards the “township” feel of his South African background. However, in more recent years, as well as continuing and developing his piano playing, he has reinvented himself as one of Europe’s leading jazz chromatic harmonica players. And just in case you think of the harmonica as the thing that wild-eyed musicians beat into submission on blues gigs, then you must check out this gig, a virtuoso on the instrument Adam’s playing on harmonica is fluent, subtle and constantly inventive. He has released two critically acclaimed albums, winning the “Best Modern Jazz Album” award at the 2010 South African Music Awards with his wonderful album “Free at First” and his great, follow-up, album “Mzansi” was also short listed by SAMA in 2012 for “Best Jazz Album”. Adam has performed or recorded with a wide range of artists including Sting, Joe Zawinul, the Eurythmics, Incognito and most recently the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera. Strongly influenced by his SA roots, Adam is a founder member of the Township Comets and was for many years musical director of the legendary SA vocal group The Manhattan Brothers. In 2014 Adam had the honour of playing several piano dates with iconic SA musician Hugh Masekela, that included the opening of the Commonwealth Games. Tonight he presents a new cross-generational quintet that brings together bass legend Alec Dankworth and the blazing virtuosity of pianist Ross Stanley with up-and-coming talents Rob Luft on guitar and Corrie Dick on drums. Expect a set of really enjoyable, rarely played melodic South African jazz township standards and great grooves.

"[Adam Glasser]... has brought a truly unique voice and idiom to the constantly evolving language of jazz.... a challenge to equal for sheer scope of virtuosity, musicality and surprise" AllAboutJazz;
"all the virtuosity and panache associated with practitioners on more conventional instruments.. a wholly impressive evening's music from a man in complete control of his considerable resources" VortexJazz

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9:45PM **CD PROMOTION** Don Laka  Born in 1958 near Pretoria, South African pianist, composer, arranger and producer Don Laka formed his first band at the age of 14 and made his first recording at the age of 17. After taking formal music lessons he obtained his licentiate in high school music teaching in 1979 and would have pursued music further but apartheid laws prevented him from enrolling at the Pretoria Conservatoire. Not to be defeated, however, he continued to pursue music whilst working as a clerk in a grocery store. From 1980 to 1981 he joined the Afro-fusion group Sakhile that revolutionized South African music and set a trend for many groups to come. Don recorded his first big hit with the group ‘Oneness' before moving to form his own band, ‘Image', a band that lasted for 10 years and recorded 12 LP’s. In 1986 they were spotted by one of the top producers in the world, Tony Visconti, who produced one of their albums and at the same time passed on much of his knowledge to Don, allowing Don to explore new territory as a producer and arranger. During that period Don ventured into recording solo LPs, with his songs and piano playing proving to be so popular with other musicians that he was regularly asked to write, produce or perform on their records. He appeared on most of Sankomota’s albums as a string and keyboard arranger and in 1990 he started writing big orchestral arrangements for Sibongile Khumalo, who performed them with the National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa. In the late nineties Don’s solo career was given a substantial boost with the release of “Destiny”, a fusion of hip-hop, traditional African rhythms, classical music and pop that saw Don playing drums, bass, guitar, piano and soprano sax. His career blossomed further when he was asked to produce and perform with artists such as Ray Phiri, Brenda Fassie, Sipho Mabuse, Mango Groove, and Johnny Clegg. Now regarded as one of South Africa’s premier producers, Don worked on Hugh Masekela’s recent albums “Black to the Future” and “Sixty” with their latest CD “Jabulani” earning them a Grammy nomination in 2013 for "Best World Music CD" as well as garnering an FNB South African Music Award nomination as Best Producer for Don. His record company, Kalawa Records, has become the first successful black record company in South Africa, recording, producing and marketing their own product without the help of any major label while Don himself also has the rare distinction of achieving Triple and Double Platinum albums as well as three Gold albums. Tonight, with help of fellow SA musicians Ayo Solanke on sax, Oupa Makhubela on guitar and percussion, Pat Mokoka on bass, Walter Kutumela on drums and Special Guest Heidi Marie Ferren on vocals he will be promoting his latest album “Afro Chopin”, his most exciting and challenging album project to date. Don describes this as “a labour of love that promises to take jazz lovers on an exquisite musical journey celebrating the best of African and Classical music”. A rare appearance from this iconic SA musician in the UK and highly recommended.

"Don Laka...artistic brilliance and popularity....is widely acknowledged as the father of kwaai-jazz (the fusion of jazz and South African dance music)" Jazz Review;
"Don Laka’s visit to the Eastern Cape will remain a memorable experience that should be cherished for many years to come.... Laka proved why he is South Africa’s top jazz artist" ECT

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Wednesday 6th - **606 CLUB SPECIAL** HOWARD ALDEN

8:30PM Howard Alden is widely regarded as one of the finest jazz guitarists in the US, having worked prolifically as a leader, co-leader, and versatile sideman on numerous recordings and gigs since the late 1970’s. He has worked with a stellar list of jazz luminaries including the likes of Woody Herman, Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Bud Freeman, Kenny Davern, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, George Van Eps and Scott Hamilton. Howard has been playing the unusual seven-string guitar since 1992, which has imparted an astonishing range and harmonic richness to his already colourful tonal palette, and helps explain why he won "Best Emerging Talent-Guitar" in the first annual JazzTimes critics' poll in 1990, as well as the coveted "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" award in Downbeat’s 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996 critics’ polls. Most recently, Downbeat also recognized Howard as one of the “Top 75 Guitarists of All Time”, an accolade few can match. It was Howard’s guitar playing that featured in Woody Allen’s classic film “Sweet and Lowdown” (about a jazz guitarist), and he was signed to the prestigious Concord Jazz label for over fifteen years. With a creative flow that shows no sign of slowing down, Howard put out a new album “Heavy Artillery” in 2013 and another, simply titled “Guitar” in 2014. The gig tonight also features leading lights of the UK jazz scene, including saxophonist Olly Wilby (Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Ray Gelato & the Giants), drummer Seb de Krom (Jamie Cullum) and highly respected bass player Simon Woolf. If you like your music swinging and unashamedly straight ahead then this gig is definitely for you.

"...undoubtedly the master of real jazz guitar playing today.” Jazz Journal International;
"Alden is a deft virtuoso...producing…fleet, seamless improvisations." Daily Telegraph

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Thursday 7th - **606 CLUB ELECTION NIGHT SPECIAL** MINA AGOSSI

8:30PM Born in France in 1972 to French and West African parents, the award-winning Mina Agossi studied in many different countries, including Niger, Morocco and France before graduating in Theatre Arts in 1990. Her interest in singing jazz and blues was kindled in 1992 and by 1993 she was working in Brittany with a successful Swing & New Orleans jazz band. However, Mina found herself increasingly drawn to the world of modern jazz and in 1995 she co-produced an album of original tunes entitled “Voice & Bass”, using no wind, brass or keyboard instruments, an album that marked the beginning of the development of her very personal style. That album won the “Young Self-Produced Talents” from the French organization FNAC, giving her the chance to develop her skills through studies with US icon Sheila Jordan and French star Jeanne Lee, enabling her to take her voice in the unique direction that makes her so distinguishable today. After moving to Paris Mina continued to grow and develop as an artist of considerable force and creativity, producing a series of highly acclaimed albums and establishing herself both in Europe and the US. By the early 2000’s Mina was known on both sides of the Atlantic, working with the likes of iconic US saxophonist Archie Shepp. In 2001 she produced her first live album, recorded in Brooklyn, eponymously titled “E-Z Pass to Brooklyn”, that took elements of hip hop, world music, blues and rock all interpreted in her own, unique, jazz style. 2004 saw her signed to the UK-based Candid label followed by the first of many spectacular gigs around the UK and in 2005 she won the award for ‘Best Newcomer’ at The Adami Awards that led to her appearing at the Vienne Jazz Festival supporting the legendary Oscar Peterson. Since then she has performed at numerous festivals around the world, including Jamboree Warsaw, Montreux, Wien, Liban, Moscow, London Jazz Fest, Chicago, Tanglewood, Dakota (Minneapolis), Luanda Cultural Center, Opera of Lyon, Opera of Damascus, Berlin, Pori, Barcelona Jamboree …as well as appearing at innumerable clubs, including New York’s premier jazz clubs the Blue Note and Jazz Standard (where she also recorded a live album). Mina is currently promoting her latest, 11th, album “Fresh” which she says “…breaks down barriers, reinventing the music…blurring the boundaries between jazz, pop, rock… giving a new perspective on a 20 year career”. Tonight Mina will be performing material from “Fresh” with her terrific, high class, French band of Romain Ross on guitar, Eric Jacot on bass and Simon Bernier on drums. This is a terrific gig from one of world jazz’s outstanding vocal talents and the perfect way to spend your post-voting evening, we promise (and we don’t break our promises….). Booking advised.

“Mina Agossi…exquisite… her fluid voice full of jazz spirit” Le Monde;
“Mina Agossi…You will find, sensuality, fantasy, seduction and natural vocal effects and the goal not to imitate anyone” Telerama;
“...a voice that takes its roots in jazz music, african grooves, rap as well as electric rock. Her sensual voice is still always the energy of the band.” Jazz New

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Friday 8th - Protect The Beat

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

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

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Saturday 9th - Ed Jones

9:30PM Over the last 20 years or so award-winning saxophonist Ed Jones has established himself as one of the most innovative and sought after sax players on the scene. His muscular and highly accomplished bop influenced tenor playing has been featured in a wide variety of contexts, most notably with the Jazz crossover groups “Us3” and “Incognito”. But his jazz credentials are just as solid, with work alongside artists such as George Benson, Dianne Reeves, Horace Silver and Claire Martin. The group performs a mixture of jazz standards and Ed’s fine originals and is widely considered to be one of the finest groups of its kind in the UK. The band this evening will also feature the excellent Ross Stanley on piano and the highly accomplished rhythm section of Rian Vosloo-bass and Tim Giles-drums.

“…a formidable saxophonist” Jazz UK,
“One of the most exciting Bands on the circuit” The Independent

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SUNDAY 10TH - **LUNCHTIME SPECIAL** 606 GOSPEL LUNCH FEATURING CLIF & MARIE

1:30PM We are presenting the wonderful gospel duo of Clif and Marie this afternoon, accompanied by their impressive 6 piece band. This married couple from South London have an outstanding ability to impart their passion for music through vocal harmony and appreciation of the gospel tradition. Both have been actively involved with church choirs from a early age and this has helped shape their sound to express a profound enjoyment of music and an exuberant praise for love and life. Expect gospel classics, originals featuring a more contemporary sound, as well as covers from some of the artists which have inspired them including Thomas Whitfield, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin and the Clarke sisters. Their supporting band features bass, drums, piano, guitar and two backing vocalists, giving an added groove feel to their already vibrant performance ensuring this should be a great afternoon's entertainment. And don’t forget this is our family day, so children are more than welcome.

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SUNDAY 10th - Closed for Private Party

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MONday 11th - Dana Gillespie and The London Blues Band

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

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

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Tuesday 12th - TWO BANDS

8:00PM DANREINSTEIN American born but British educated, I first met Dan at the old Club when he was a medical undergraduate. Even then he was an impressive player, and after taking time off his medical studies to go to the Berklee School of Music he became even more remarkable. He returned to the USA in the early 90s where he became one of the world’s leading experts in laser eye surgery (he’s now officially Professor Reinstein). But he never stopped playing, and when he returned to London to live and work it was great to hear his fluent, classic hard-bop, muscular sax playing again. Also featured tonight will be Shanti Jayasinha on trumpet and Tim Lapthorn on piano.

“…impressive hard-bop saxophonist” Time Out

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9:45PM DILL KATZ
is appearing later with his regular quartet, playing the more contemporary side of the spectrum. Dill, frequently referred to as a “bass legend”, is one of the most experienced players on the scene today, having pioneered the use of the fretless bass in the mid sixties, and whose work includes stints with Ian Carr’s “Nucleus”, Barbara Thompson’s band “Paraphernalia” and Afro/Jazz band “District Six”. This gig also features the excellent guitar playing of Leon Stenning.

“Superior jazz-rock quartet led by ex-Nucleus electric bassist Katz” Time Out

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Wednesday 13th - JOHN ETHERIDGE “BLUE SPIRITS” ORGAN TRIO

8:30PM An iconic figure on the UK jazz scene, John first came to prominence in the mid 70’s with the classic fusion band “Soft Machine”. During the same time - demonstrating his remarkable and now well-documented versatility - he also spent a number of years touring with the celebrated swing jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. In recent years he has been busy performing and recording as a solo artist and with his own bands, notably the “Zappatistas” (his tribute to Frank Zappa), “Sweet Chorus” dedicated to Stéphane and “Soft Machine”, with whom he still appears. A master guitarist he includes work with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Pat Metheny and John Williams on his extensive CV. The Blue Spirits Trio John is leading tonight is a classic guitar-led jazz organ trio (guitar, organ and drums), drawing on his vast reservoir of musical experience spanning over 40 years at the very top of his profession, and showcases the bluesier side of John’s musical repertoire. With Pete Whittaker on organ, a superb accompanist as well as soloist and in demand drummer Mark Fletcher, whose drive and invention is well documented, this is unquestionably live music at its very best.

“One of the best guitarists in the world” Pat Metheny;
“gifted…spectacular” The Times;
“…a master guitarist…brilliant” The Observer;
“A virtuoso on acoustic and electric guitars” Time Out

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Thursday 14th - **MUSICIANS XCHANGE**: BELA SZAKCSI LAKATOS with YURI GOLOUBEV-bass, SHANEY FORBES-drums and Special Guest PETER KING-sax.

8:30PM  Béla Szakcsi Lakatos is a key figure in Hungarian jazz. A multi-award winning pianist and one of Hungary’s finest and most influential jazz musicians he has, over the last 50 years, performed on virtually every continent with an enviable list of great musicians from around the world. A child prodigy, in the 1950’s he attended the Bela Bartok Conservatory with the intention of becoming a classical musician but soon found himself gravitating towards jazz improvisation. By the mid 1960’s he was leading his own band and by the end of that decade his trio had won numerous plaudits, including second prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival which opened the gates for him to the international jazz scene. Over the next 15 years he was to perform at prestigious festivals from Zurich, Warsaw, Nuremberg and Belgrade to North America and Asia. Through the 1980’s and early 1990’s he contributed as a soloist and composer to 11 albums of George Jinda and Chieli Minucci’s iconic band Special EFX as well as producing 4 albums of his own as a leader in his own right. At the same time as all this Szakcsi was also working extensively in Hungary and as a member of the groups Rákfogó and later Saturnus Szakcsi contributed to the popularisation of jazz fusion in his native country. By the mid 90’s Szakcsi was well established as an international artist of some standing, with Chick Corea going on record to express his appreciation of Szakcsi's excellence as a composer and performer. Not surprisingly his cv includes work with a host of impressive players including the likes of Carmen Jones, Frank Zappa, Art Farmer, Dave Weckl, Omar Hakim, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marvin "Smitty "Smith, Victor Bailey, Attila Zoller and David Sanchez. As well as a performer Szakcsi is also a well-respected educator, teaching at the Jazz Piano Department of the Béla Bartók Conservatory since the early 1970’s. Like many great musicians Szakcsi’s influences are wide-ranging and highly varied and in more recent years this has become more pronounced in his writing and performances. Equally at home in all styles of music, as well as producing powerful, straight ahead jazz albums he has also produced a terrific series of albums based on his own background, re-interpreting Gypsy folk music in a more contemporary setting. And if all that wasn’t enough ‘The Beast’ his rock opera from 1989, covered the life story of Elizabeth Bathory and on the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America the Hungarian State Opera House staged his 100-minute ballet ‘Cristoforo’. He has made recordings of Hungarian folk song arrangements' with opera singer Adam Horvath and folk singer Gyöngyi Écsi and pieces for piano four hands with George Vukán. He Played Mozart's "Coronation" Piano Concerto with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra and also includes performances with Gyor Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cluj Philharmonic Orchestra and the Matáv Hungarian Symphony Orchestra. But jazz is still unquestionably Szakcsi’s musical inspiration, his improvisations deeply rooted in his Gypsy background. As he says, “My music is, inevitably, more modern than Django Reinhardt’s and it comes from a different Gypsy tradition. But what is very special about the Gypsy bands is the uncanny time-keeping combined with the freedom of playing rubato. Any jazzman who has ever heard Gypsy music is always amazed by it”. Tonight Szakcsi, a very old friend of the Club, will be performing with the brilliant bass player Yuri Goloubev (Gwilym Simcock) and the fantastic drummer Shaney Forbes (Soweto Kinch). And to add some additional musical “spice” his special guest will be the iconic alto saxophonist Peter King (Charlie Watts), who is generally considered to be one of the finest jazz alto saxophonists in the world. This is a stunning line-up and one not likely to be repeated for some considerable time so booking is definitely advised.

“Lakatos’s originals are full of rich melodies….episodic, unpredictable, and intriguing….haunting and authentic. Recommended.” Allmusic;
“quick-witted improviser... darting piano lines…suggest the inspired velocity Keith Jarrett generated in his most virtuosic…moments” Classics Today

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Friday 15th - Tony O’Malley


9:30PM is unquestionably one of the most charismatic vocalists working in the UK. A featured performer since the late 60s, his CV is vast and includes stints with the iconic band 10CC and his own seminal Jazz/Funk band Kokomo. His brand of jazz-tinged contemporary soul and blues is really stunning, with his fabulous, smoky, velvety growl of a voice delivering original material and some covers in his inimitable style. With eight CDs to his name, Tony has established himself as one of the most original and powerful performers on the scene today, with a fan base that reaches around the world. Not surprisingly his regular band features some of the finest Groove musicians around including guitarists Neil Hubbard (Kokomo) and Adam Phillips (Hamish Stuart, Tina Turner). If you like contemporary R&B vocals with a touch of Jazz in the Blues Brothers style, then this is definitely for you.

“...the velvet gravel throated O’Malley is one of the UK’s most undersung vocal performers...the songs drenched in the deep soulful spirit that characterises everything he touches…one of the UK’s hottest properties” Jazzwise

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Saturday 16th - Brandon Allen SEXTET featuring SAM MAYNE, MARK NIGHTINGALE and ROSS STANLEY.

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

“Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today” Jazzwise;
“Sam Mayne’s saxophone explorations possessed faultless inner logic, a remarkable feat.” The Guardian

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SUNDAY 17TH - **LUNCHTIME SPECIAL** WITH GARETH LOCKRANE BIG BAND

1:30PM Over the last few years Gareth Lockrane has established himself as one of the finest jazz flautists in Europe, with a string of high profile appearances alongside the likes of the James Taylor Quartet, Natalie Williams and the late, great, Bheki Mseleku. It is a measure of Gareth’s growing international standing that he was named “Rising Star on Flute” in the prestigious Downbeat Critics Poll (USA), just one of many awards and accolades he’s received. This afternoon Gareth will be fronting his 18-piece Big Band that will perform mainly his arrangements of a mix of originals and the odd classic jazz standard. Given Gareth’s standing on the UK scene it’s not surprising that his Big Band attracts some of the finest players around and this afternoon is no exception, featuring a host of high profile award-winning players including Sam Mayne (busy weekend for him!), Alex Garnett, James Gardiner-Bateman, Graeme Blevins, Richard Shepherd, Barnaby Dickinson, Trevor Mires, Neil Sidwell, Lewis Edney, Andy Greenwood, Steve Fishwick, Robbie Robson, Tom Walsh, Tom Cawley, Mike Outram, Ryan Trebilcock, Matt Skelton, Miles Bould. A rare gig by this truly exceptional Big Band and not to be missed.

“Lockrane’s flute work is exceptional, combining a relaxed fluidity with an acute adventurousness…...very special indeed” Jazzwise;
“…formidable” Guardian;
“…brilliant” Observer;
“Flute phenomenon” Evening Standard;
“…breathtaking…dazzling..” AllAboutJazz

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SUNDAY 17th - liane carroll AND FRIENDS **Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2005/6** “Parliamentary Jazz Awards Musician of The year 2008”

8:30PM The first artist ever to win two BBC Jazz Awards in the same year - for Best Vocalist and Best of Jazz - Liane is a dynamic vocalist and pianist whose amazing talent has been captivating audiences around the world. She is recognised as one of the finest singer/pianists on the scene, working with the likes of Gerry Rafferty, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Paul McCartney, and has been a featured performer at Glastonbury Festival. Her albums have been received with universal acclaim and led to an hour-long special on BBC TV featuring her performance at the Brecon Jazz Festival. Her latest CDs “Up and Down” and “Ballads” on Quiet Money records, produced by Grammy-nominated trumpeter/producer James McMillan, have garnered impressive reviews, “magical” Guardian, “brilliant” Observer. A world-class performer, her powerful blues-tinged voice combined with strong piano playing and exciting infectious material, not to mention a wicked sense of humour, make this a truly remarkable gig.

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

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Monday 18th - 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 19th - Alice Zawadzki

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

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

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Wednesday 20th - “The Royal Academy of Music Exam Night”

8:30PM This gig is being presented in collaboration with The Royal Academy of Music, and is part of the Club’s ongoing policy of providing a platform for the younger musicians. This is a particularly important gig for the students performing this evening, as their performance will be marked by a panel of experienced professional musicians as part of their Music degree finals. The playing of these young musicians is of an extraordinarily high level so if you want to spot the next Jazz stars, this is the gig to be at!

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Thursday 21st - **CD Promotion** Dave Betts Sextet

8:30PM Drummer Dave Betts began writing his own material in 1999 and after forming the highly impressive Dave Betts Quintet in 2000, has built a formidable reputation on the UK scene. His compositions span the worlds of Jazz, Latin and Funk and he plays a wide range of percussion instruments, from drum kit through to congas, timbales and tabla and his work with a variety of musicians from rock/world giant Peter Gabriel to jazz pianist Jason Rebello show his considerable versatility. The evening features compositions from his newly released CD “These Times” and will featuring a fantastic three-horn front line of Mat Sibley (Scissor Sisters, The Super Furry Animals) on sax, Gary Alesbrook (Kasabian, Brave Captin) on trumpet and Nick Atwood (Mark Morigan) on trombone. The rhythm section is unsurprisingly also highly accomplished, with Anders Olinder (PeeWee Ellis, Peter Gabriel) on piano and Jerry Crozier-Cole (Elliott Randall, The Proclaimers) completing the band line-up on guitar. This is a high energy Jazz/Funk/Latin sextet that really drives along, providing an utterly absorbing gig that demands to be seen live.

“Compelling, spirited and original” Jazzwise;
“Strong rhythm, melody and structure, ear catching solos” Jazz Journal;
“Fantastic” Rhythm magazine;
“Sparkling, Latin-rich modern Jazz” Venue magazine

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Friday 22nd - 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 Moffatt, 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 Neil Angilley (Down to the Bone), along with Al Cherry (Paloma Faith) on guitar, Geoff Gascoyne (Jamie Cullum) on bass and Rod Youngs (Mica Paris) on drums.

“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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Saturday 23rd - Bobby Wellins

9:30PM 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 24TH LONDON VOCAL PROJECT DIRECTED BY PETE CHURCHILL

1:30PM Directed by composer, arranger and educator Peter Churchill, the London Vocal Project is composed of exceptional students and alumni from jazz courses at London's Conservatoires. From a solid foundation in Gospel and Groove music, the London Vocal Project has developed into an impressively versatile ensemble with a constantly expanding repertoire. Since its inception in January 2008 it has rapidly become recognised as the leading contemporary jazz-vocal ensemble in the country. In addition to regular concerts in venues around London, recent highlights for the group include singing with Dame Cleo Laine and the late Sir Johnny Dankworth at the London Jazz Festival in 2009 (vocal arrangements by J.D.), a memorable performance of Kenny Wheeler's vocal suite 'Mirrors' with the great Norma Winstone MBE and a remarkable gig with Bobby McFerrin and Roger Treece in the British premiere of Bobby’s new album 'VOCAbuLarieS' at the Barbican. A very special treat this.

"Rooted in the gospel tradition, this is an outfit with exceptional potential - the hushed harmonizing was a delight… more please!" The Times

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Sunday 24th - NINA FERRO CELEBRATES 10 YEARS IN LONDON.

8:30PM Australian-born singer/songwriter Nina Ferro is universally respected as an artist of class and style. She has a warm sensuous voice, full of character which, along with her impeccable timing and stunning vocal range, have done much to help her establish an enviable international reputation. Her wealth of experience has seen her perform at festivals, clubs and concerts throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia and she has supported some of the world’s great artists, including Tony Bennett, Jose Feliciano, and Ricky Martin as well as jazz greats such as Chick Corea and David Sanborn. Nina’s now been in the UK for ten years and it’s this auspicious anniversary that Nina will be celebrating with us tonight! For this concert Nina's industry colleagues and friends, who have helped her make the last 10 years in London so special, will be joining her on the stage, including Niamh McNally (vocals), Simon Little (bass/vocals), Carl Hudson (keyboards), Nial Tompkins (guitar) and Alex Torjussen (drums), plus many more special and surprise guests throughout the evening. Nina will perform a mix of impressive jazz and groove standards, as well as beautifully crafted original compositions from her latest album “Into the Light” (written and recorded in Nashville, Tennessee). Her single from that record, “To Get to my Heart” is receiving airplay on BBC Radio and Nina has opened for Grammy-award winning artists including Gregory Porter, Charles Aznavour & Neil Sedaka in the last twelve months alone, showing that her appeal is very much on the rise amongst people in the know. A captivating singer, don’t miss what is certain to be a magical night.

"A fabulous performer with a knockout voice." Tony Bennett;
"Ferro's voice is a pleasure to hear... natural, sexy and effortless." Cadence Magazine, New York;
“Into the Light is simply a magisterial album...her singing and the accompanying musicianship would be difficult to better” Get Ready to Rock

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Monday 25th - Carl Hudson's Groove Night

8:30PM Since arriving in London in 2006, Lincolnshire-born pianist Carl Hudson has been steadily establishing himself as one of the most interesting and versatile keyboard players in the UK. Equally comfortable playing modern jazz, funk, Brazilian, R&B or soul on piano, keyboard or synthesizer, he has performed with UK jazz saxophone heavyweights such as Peter King and Mornington Lockett as well contributing to live sessions with the Average White Band and Sister Sledge. He has also worked closely with producer/performer Soulpersona, being the featured keyboard player in his Digisoul collective since 2010 and has recorded and performed live with numerous artists including the likes of Jamiroquai drummer Nick Van Gelder, Jocelyn Brown, Leon Ware, Omar and The Valentine Brothers. His live show includes a mixture of straight ahead modern and more contemporary styles interwoven into a diverse and engaging repertoire. We have asked Carl to curate a series of “Groove” nights here for us at the Club and so expect some funk/groove classics, as well as original compositions from this dynamo of a player. Tonight Carl will be featuring compositions from his upcoming album and will be joined by his regular guitarist, the up-coming Bobby Quigley, along with a group of amazing hand-picked musicians, many of whom are outstanding bandleaders in their own right, including Andy Tolman bass, Nick van Gelder (Jamiroquai) drums, Paul Silver keyboards, plus Carl’s Special Guest Vocalist Noel McCalla (Manfred Mann). As Carl commented, keep an eye out for "tasty morsels tucked away in the pantheon of great groove tunes" and get ready to bop unashamedly!

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

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Tuesday 26th - paul booth QUARTET


8:30PM A powerful and lyrical player, Paul is without doubt one of the leading saxophonists of his generation. He includes a number of prestigious awards on his CV, including “Most Promising Young Jazz Player”, “Best Modern Jazz Player” and the American “Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Award”. He toured the world as the featured saxophonist with the “Riverdance” show, worked with the likes of Eric Clapton and Matt Bianco and is currently a member of the Steve Winwood Band. Supremely tasteful and versatile, he has been featured on numerous recordings as a sideman, as well as with his own world music ensemble, Patchwork Project and world music big band Bansangu Orchestra (of which he is Music Director), putting him among an elite class of musicians on the jazz scene and beyond. Tonight Paul is bringing his brand new quartet to the Club, featuring bassist & Whirlwind Recordings founder Michael Janisch, pianist Steve Hamilton (Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton, Bill Bruford) and Cuban drummer Ernesto Simpson (Richard Bona, Gonzalo Rubalcaba). The band will preview all new material to be recorded for their upcoming album, which will be in a modern, contemporary jazz style emphasizing a dynamic, live feel. We are following this exciting progression heralding the next phase of Paul’s career with keen interest. Booking advised.

“Blistering saxist” Independent;
“Exceptional talent” Sunday Times;
“Paul Booth…has long enjoyed a reputation as a sax player of…shapeliness and intensity...[as well as] an interesting composer with a quirky rhythmic sense…. the result is a delight.” Daily Telegraph;
“Paul Booth is...seemingly effortless in his improvisations….rich and warm of tone, he is a pleasure to listen to.” Birmingham Post


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Wednesday 27th - “The Royal Academy of Music Exam Night”

8:30PM This gig is being presented in collaboration with The Royal Academy of Music, and is part of the Club’s ongoing policy of providing a platform for the younger musicians. This is a particularly important gig for the students performing this evening, as their performance will be marked by a panel of experienced professional musicians as part of their Music degree finals. The playing of these young musicians is of an extraordinarily high level so if you want to spot the next Jazz stars, this is the gig to be at!

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Thursday 28th -FRANK TONTOH'S BELATED BIRTHDAY GIG

8:30PM Over the last 30 years Frank Tontoh has established himself as a drummer of considerable versatility and accomplishment, playing in a wide variety of high profile settings that have cemented his enviable reputation as one of the finest players around. It’s fair to say that Frank was born in to the music business, his father Mac Tontoh being one of the founding members of the iconic highlife band Osibisa. Frank himself began his musical studies at MIT in Los Angeles before completing a degree in composition and arranging at Trinity College of Music, London along with old school friend Courtney Pine. In 1982 Frank went out on the road with Osibisa, touring worldwide with the band for almost 4 years. On returning to London in 1986, along with Courtney, he formed the first of the major bands he was to be associated with, the Jazz Warriors, before moving on to his own highly regarded band Desperately Seeking Fusion. It wasn’t long before news of this enormously talented musician working the London scene got out and he was soon first call for numerous high profile artists, both recording and live. Since then he has established himself as a major player, the list of bands and artists that he has appeared with over the years reading like a who’s who of contemporary music, including the likes of Craig David, Tanita Tikaram, Aztec Camera, Jason Donovan, Al Green, Level 42, George Michael, Gary Barlow, Paul Young, Des’ree, Lewis Taylor, Damage, Andrew Roachford, Mis-teeq and Gabrielle. He recorded and toured with the late Amy Winehouse (“Back to Black” tour) and to demonstrate his versatility and the respect with which his playing is held he has also worked with the likes of musicians such as Jack Bruce, Ernest Ranglin, Matt Bianco, Alex Wilson and Percy Sledge. You get the idea, he’s very good! An old friend of the Club (I first met Frank at the old Club in the mid 80’s) it’s with great pleasure that we welcome him tonight for the second year running to celebrate his birthday, again a little after the event, but as he explained to me he’s “been busy” (we’re not saying how old he is…but Google never lies). The musicians supporting Frank tonight, are as you would expect from someone with his longevity on the scene, simply outstanding. Soul singing sensation Katie Leone, from Incognito, will be contributing to the evening as will members from “Brother Strut” that, as well of course as Frank, features some of the finest soul and funk players in the business, Stevie Jones on saxophone/keyboard, Sam Tanner on keyboard/vocals, Otha Smith on guitar and Steve Pearce on bass. Their brilliant debut album "First Strut Is The Deepest" was rated 10/10 by Blues and Soul Magazine, describing it as "Bloody brilliant. One of the best soul and funk albums I have heard for a long time. Certainly one of the hottest debuts of recent times on an independent label.” And if all that wasn't enough Frank will have some seriously Special Guests joining him on stage throughout the evening, including Special Guest UK soul sensation Omar (MBE and "Godfather of British Neo Soul"). If last year is anything to go by, this promises to be an amazing night, booking is strongly advised!

“...joyous… buoyant rhythms … Tontoh’s sensitive drumming is full of delightful small details….consistently excellent” The JazzMann;
“…exciting” Time Out


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Friday 29th - Samara FEATURING 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 30th - gilad atzmon


9:30PM
Gilad is a wonderful sax and clarinet player with a powerful sound and unique approach. His fiery, immensely fluent playing and remarkable technique have established him as one of the most talented saxophonists in world music, performing a mix of classic jazz standards and originals with an energy and enthusiasm that is hugely infectious. His most recent CDs, along with his recently published books, set him apart as one of the most original and creative players on the scene today. Passionate about both his music and his politics, Gilad’s gigs are always stimulating both musically and intellectually. Tonight he will showcase material from his new studio recording, “The Whistle Blower” (his eighth) which was just released this month through Gilad’s own Fanfare Records. And watch out for the new documentary on Gilad, premiered recently in New York. Gilad will be ably accompanied by his extraordinary band, The Orient House Ensemble: Frank Harrison on piano, Yaron Stavi on bass and Chris Higginbottom on drums.

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

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SUNDAY 31ST  - **LUNCHTIME SPECIAL** KAREN LANE

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

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

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Sunday 31st  - Lillian BouttE

8:30PM It is with enormous pleasure that we welcome back to the 606 Club the brilliant New Orleans singer Ms. Lillian Boutté. On the music scene for more than 30 years Lillian is a monument to Jazz, Gospel and R&B. She has performed and recorded with a myriad of legendary musicians including Jay McShann, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Milt Hinton, Gus Johnson, Doc Cheatham, Arnett Cobb, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Clark Terry and our own Humphrey Lyttleton. She has quite literally travelled the world performing her brand of New Orleans Jazz and R&B. Named "New Orleans Musical Ambassador" in 1986, she was only the second jazz legend in the city's history to be accorded this honour - the first being Louis Armstrong. Lillian has been touring almost non-stop for the last 18 years doing concerts, club dates and festivals all over the world and with the help of 17 albums featuring jazz, pop, blues, soul and gospel has striven to convey New Orleans’s unique atmosphere to an international audience. A regular here at the Club for some years now we never miss a chance to book Lillian whenever she’s in town, a great character as well as a brilliant musician all the staff here look forward to here visits. A unique singer who blends all that is best in Jazz, Gospel and R&B in one high energy, enormously entertaining package. Lillian’s band also features the brilliant UK jazz guitarist Denny Ilett.

“…she takes a song like "All of Me" and turns it into a work of jazz art. Her rendition of "He Touched Me" reflects the depth of her feeling for her gospel roots. The ballads "I Cried for You" and "For All We Know" are perfect vehicles for showcasing the soft and subtle way that she engages in a song and "Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night" shows her bluesy side. One can understand upon hearing Lillian Boutte sing why music is her life” All Music Guide

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