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9:30PM This is a terrific new Groove/R&B band put together by a group of musicians who are all 606 regulars with musical pedigrees to die for. Guitarist Paul Dunne is best known at the Club as the guitar player with the Tommy Blaize Band and like virtually all the musicians in that band, he is also a member of TV's Strictly Come Dancing lineup. But his searing and creative guitar playing has also been first call for the likes of Elton John, Celine Dion, Peter Gabriel, George Benson, Gloria Gaynor, the Bee Gees and Rod Stewart. A fine player and one of the driving forces behind tonight's band. On keyboards is another 606 Club regular, Rob Barron. A versatile and highly respected musician on the scene, as well as regular gigs at the Club with his own jazz-based outfits Rob also includes work with the likes of Al Jarreau, Clare Martin, Soweto Kinch, The BBC Big Band, Bryan Adams, Paloma Faith and Jamelia. Bass player Phil Mulford has been performing here at the Club for more than 15 years and his brand of solid Jazz/funk orientated bass playing has been heard with the likes of Lionel Ritchie, Chaka Khan, Annie Lennox, The Bee Gees, Tom Jones, and Gloria Gaynor. And completing the rhythm section is the dynamic drummer Jack Pollitt, who is probably best known for his work with the extremely successful band Mamas Gun. However, he also includes work with the likes of Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Beverly Knight and Brian May on an equally star-studded CV. And providing vocals for the gig tonight is the truly impressive Keith Murrell. A featured singer with a number of high profile rock bands through the 80's, Keith eventually found his way into the studios as a backing vocalist and session singer. Over the last 30 years or so he has worked with numerous high profile artists, including Cliff Richard, The Who, Elton John, George Harrison, Cher and Madonna as well as being featured on literally hundreds of TV and radio commercials. He has worked on many TV shows, including Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor, and as a songwriter his songs have been recorded by various international artists. The music from this "Supergroup" tonight promises to be a fabulous mix of great Groove standards and originals performed by some of the most experienced and talented musicians in the UK.
"Keith Murrell is the best of a tiny handful of British AOR vocalists who can give the Americans a run for their money." teamrock.com
9:30PM This swinging band, styled as the "feisty little brother" of the “Kansas Smitty's House Band” is led by expatriate American saxophonist and clarinettist Giacomo Smith. Although relatively new to the UK, Giacomo has already made quite an impact on the swing scene as a fluent and authentic clarinet player, as well as an excellent modern jazz saxophonist. The band tonight will focus on the music showcasing the 30’s and 40’s upbeat swing style of New Orleans and New York, and as well as Giacomo on sax and clarinet the band will also feature Pete Horsfall on trumpet, Joe Webb on piano, Fergus Ireland on bass and for the gig here at the Club, Dave Archer on guitar, making this the biggest quartet in the World! As Giacomo explains, "this streamlined formation allows the band to navigate New Orleans and swing standards with unparalleled energy and tightness while maintaining the melodic integrity of the canon". Although all these predominately young (most are under 30) players are also well known on the modern jazz scene they are extremely enthusiastic about playing this fun, good time music, which they do extremely well – so it’s guaranteed to be a highly entertaining evening.
“a lively, friendly, swinging, civilized new band playing approachable music…Bandleader clarinettist/sax Giacomo Smith, from the upper reaches of the Hudson in New York…[his] sound and presence are a welcome addition to the London scene…definitely a band to watch out for” LondonJazz News
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. 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 CDs “Up and Down” and “Ballads” on Quiet Money records, produced by Grammy-nominated trumpeter/producer James McMillan, garnered impressive reviews, “magical” (Guardian), “brilliant” (Observer) and her most recently released album "Seaside" on Linn Records – which received a Parliamentary Jazz Award nomination for “Jazz Album of the Year” - has been variously described as "gorgeous" and "heartfelt". 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. Accompanying Liane tonight will be the wonderful Roger Carey on bass and Liane's Special Guest, the incomparable Spike Wells on drums.
“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; “…deeply soulful” The Times; “…unswerving honesty and molten intensity…burningly expressive” Jazzwise
8:30PM The World Heart Beat Music Academy (WHBMA), under the direction of inspirational musician and teacher Sahana Gero, gives young people, many of whom would never have access to musical education, the opportunity to learn to play in a welcoming space where children of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds can come together. One of the largest community concert bands in the UK it successfully runs programmes for ‘disadvantaged’ children and young people in Wandsworth, transforming the lives of many underprivileged and at-risk youth. Sahana herself, as well as being a busy professional musician, has been working in music education for over 18 years, is an examiner for Trinity Guildhall and holds the post of Head of Woodwind for the Wandsworth Music Service. Twice nominated for the highly prestigious Women of the Year Award, in December 2011 she received the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Neighbourhood Excellence Initiative Award. With this award and a group of enthusiastic supporters, Sahana turned an abandoned building into a music school and opened the doors to the World Heart Beat Music Academy in May 2012. Like many such under-funded projects the WHBMA is constantly in need of financial assistance, which is where tonight's special fundraising concert comes in. As well as featuring selected bands from the ranks of the WHBMA students in various combinations, the theme this year being "Brazilian Jazz", the evening will also feature the brilliant multi-award winning pianist, international recording artist (and WHBMA patron) Julian Joseph who, over the last two decades, has been recognised as one of the finest musicians of his generation. Through his work with the likes of Branford Marsalis, George Coleman, Billy Cobham and Courtney Pine and onto his own brilliant bands Julian has undoubtedly established himself as a world-class improvising musician of breadth, power and immense creativity. As a composer Julian has written original works for symphony orchestra and chamber ensemble as well as his own Jazz Big Band, and has authored three critically-acclaimed operas and a dance suite that was premiered at Sadler's Wells as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. As a broadcaster and presenter his weekly radio show Jazz Legends for BBC Radio 3 ran for six seasons, and in 2007 he joined BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line-Up team. He has made two series for Meridian TV and if all that wasn't enough, as an educator he is a patron of numerous trusts and academies as well as a member of Yamaha's Jazz Experience Team. And because he clearly has some time on his hands, in January 2013 he opened his own Jazz Academy! The format of the evening will be the students performing themselves for the first half of the night in various combinations, with Julian and his fantastic world-class trio featuring Mark Hodgson on bass and Mark Mondesir on drums joining the party for the second half of the night. The standard of the young students is exceptionally high which, combined with the mastery of one of the international jazz scene’s finest trios is guaranteed to make for an exceptional and memorable evening. Booking advised.
"...the [Julian Joseph] trio is....fiery, nuanced and rich in detail...one of the great partnerships in UK jazz" Financial Times; "arguably the finest pianist of his generation - a brilliant, dynamic presence"Time Out; "I regard Julian Joseph as one of the finest pianists since Thelonious Monk"Daily Telegraph
8:30PM Although still in her twenties, Alice Zawadzki 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. First introduced to jazz at twelve years of age Alice earned a BMus (hons) in violin before graduating with an MA in jazz voice and composition from the Royal Academy. Along the way, she’s been the recipient of scholarships from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Jerwood Foundation and Scottish Arts Council and has been selected to participate in jazz promoter Serious’ “Take Five” Edition X artist development programme. Her own 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. A breakthrough artist of the highest calibre. Jamie Safiruddin is one of the brightest pianists of his generation. Although still only 24 he already commands universal respect for his fluent and skilled playing as well as his versatility. He includes work with the likes of Ian Shaw, Claire Martin and Tony Christie on an impressive CV and is currently touring the world with Will Young, who I happen to know thinks he's just great. Tonight these two young Lions of the UK scene have got together to present their jazz-based take on the Joni Mitchell canon (the first of two tributes this month to Joni, see also Monday 18th) in the company of Matt Herd-sax, Conor Chaplin-bass and Will Glaser-drums. Expect a mix of classic and lesser known songs from the Queen of the singer/songwriters delivered in the unique and captivating style that characterises Alice's work, supported by Jamie's clear, melodic playing, with some sax from one of the UK's up-and-coming musicians to add just a bit of spice.
“She is a genuine original with a pure, pealing voice”Guardian; “Zawadzki… beautiful – a real force to be reckoned with” Jamie Cullum; “Safiruddin conjures up refreshingly different harmonies... beautiful” Jazzwise
8:30PM This is a fantastic world music gig with the majority of the music written and arranged by the wonderful Brazilian musician Marcelo Andrade. Born in Rio de Janeiro, award-winning multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Marcelo studied violin, piano and guitar as well as singing in the well-established choir "Canarinhos de Petrópolis" before moving to London in 1989 to continue his education. Since then he has established himself as one of the most creative and influential musicians on the UK/Brazilian scene, including work with numerous international artists, from Brazilian icon Milton Nascimento to Corinne Bailey Rae. He has also led his own bands for some years now, including Samburá, Ohoyo-Samba, Saravah Soul and the London Latin Jazz Ensemble, performing with them throughout the UK and Europe. Marcelo launched his most recent album "African Tree" in 2014 to impressive reviews; a unique project, it was recorded during his travels through Brazil, Africa and Europe, utilising over 70 musicians from 5 different continents. During his time in Uganda he also started a tree-planting programme, where he planted 500 trees to celebrate the arrival of the album, an initiative from which the album derives its name. Tonight Marcelo will be performing compositions from the record, although sadly we are unable to get all 70 musicians on to the bandstand! However, he has settled for the next best thing and will be appearing with some of the finest proponents of Brazilian music in Europe, including young upcoming UK piano star Sam Watts and an amazing Brazilian rhythm section of Matheus Nova on bass, Raphael Delphino on drums and master percussionist Adriano Adewale. And if all that wasn’t enough watch out for an appearance from one of Europe’s most impressive Brazilian singers, Marta Capponi. This promises to be quite a night.
“Marcelo Andrade’s…African Tree serves notice to a very substantial talent” Jazzwise
9:30PM WAYNE HERNANDEZ 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
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, which gives you an idea of just how good he is! Brandon is also the founder & Artistic Director of the Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival, adding a further string to his bow. 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 multi award-winning saxophonist Nigel Hitchcock, the multi award-winning Mark NIghtingale on trombone and the powerhouse rhythm section of Ross Stanley on piano, Mark Lewandowski on bass and the brilliant Ian Thomas on drums. Absolutely not to be missed, this one.
“Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today” Jazzwise; “Nigel Hitchcock has been wowing audiences since he was still in his teens. From recording with the amazing "Itchy Fingers" sax quartet to touring with pop heavyweights like Mark Knopfler, he's done the lot” Saxophone Life
8:30PM Swedish by birth, since 2004 Cecilia has been working in Sweden, New York and her adopted city, London as a singer, composer, arranger, recording artist, teacher and vocal coach. Blessed with a wonderful, pure tone and great time Cecilia has built an impressive reputation amongst many of the most influential musicians on the UK jazz scene. For this 606 gig she’ll be bringing a truly talented band of musicians to work alongside her, featuring some of the best players in the UK, including Alex Bennett-keyboard, Richie Garrison-sax, Jackson Mathod-trumpet, Tom Mason-bass and Jamie Murray-drums. Tonight Cecilia is planning a “Rare Groove” set, and for those of you who may not know exactly what that is, the official definition is “Soul or jazz music that is very hard to source….primarily associated with funk, jazz and pop, and subgenres including jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Northern soul and disco”. So, expect quality groove music associated with the likes of Betty Davis, Fela Kuti, Don Blackman, Roy Ayers and Stevie Wonder. Now that sounds very cool! Cecilia has also promised to bring along some special guests to make an already brilliant evening that little bit more exceptional. Highly recommended.
“Wow, what a voice!” Radiovista; “Stalin has impressive range and flexibility and timbre, from sustained vibrato to percussive almost beat boxing sounds” LondonJazz Blog
8:30PM A Wigan native, John has been honing his craft on the road combining his passions for people and music for some years. The result is an awe-inspiring sound rooted in his northern blues background, with a gritty mournful deep-south attitude and a voice to carry it home. With a bottle-neck blues style referencing the likes of Son House, comparisons to the finger-picking of John Fahey, a leaning towards the psychedelic 60’s rock of Hendrix and Led Zeppelin and the ever present influence of Indian raga, John’s music is a real melting-pot of diverse musical traditions. His eclectic mix of influences wrapped up in a powerful blues style has been heard around the world, including SXSW, Glastonbury, Green Man, Tarragona, The Secret Garden Party and Edinburgh Festivals. He has four CD’s currently on release, all of which have been received with critical acclaim, the Guardian describing the “Joys of Spring” as “truly exquisite” and his latest album, “Saltwater” has also received rave reviews. John will be appearing with his Special Guest Nuno Brito on drums to perform a searing set of acoustic blues. Epitomizing the sound of modern British blues this will be John's fifth appearance here at the Club, and if the others are anything to go by this promises to be a very special night indeed.
"a dark and powerful voice coupled with a bottleneck slide and Southern style stomp...The songs are strong on melody and chorus...his solos are monumental...the more you unpeel the more you get out of it" Blues Matters
8:30PM Tonight we present the launch of wonderful Russian-born saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev's latest CD "Never Group", just released on Whirlwind Records. A native of St Petersburg, Zhenya won a full scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2007. Since then this award-winning saxophonist has established himself as one of Europe's leading young jazz musicians, worked extensively both in the UK, mainland Europe and the US. One of the rising stars of the European jazz scene Zhenya is fast building a reputation on both sides of the Atlantic for his exhilarating take on contemporary jazz. His live shows have been described as "exciting and uniquely eccentric" (in a good way!) and after headlining around Europe with sold out shows at Porgy & Bess in Vienna and Ronnie Scott’s in Soho he brings his powerhouse trio, featuring the extraordinary US bassist Michael Janisch (Joe Lovano, Miguel Zenon, Gary Husband) and first-call Spanish drummer Marc Ayza (Jason Linder, Greg Osby) to the Club. He describes the music as "blending the lines between jazz, funk, rock, electronica and improv in a genre mish-mash of high calibre interplay and raw emotion". Sounds good! And to add some extra flavour to this already heady brew, Zhenya has invited award-winning singer Heidi Vogel (The Cinematic Orchestra) down to join the band on some selected numbers. A stalwart of the Jazz, Groove and Hip-hop scene, Heidi's powerful, soul-filled vocals should be the perfect foil for Zhenya's imaginative sax lines. Zhenya's searing, fluent and incisive playing has been featured with numerous high profile bands here at the Club and it is with great pleasure that we welcome him back to launch his latest CD this evening.
"Strigalev...fast and furious, tender and emotional and a whole lot of fun too" Jazzwise; "As a composer and arranger, Strigalev subverts the roles of soloist and rhythm section but it's his sax playing that lingers." Evening Standard; "...saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev...a leading figure on the UK scene" Jazz FM; "A typical Strigalev collision of hip jazz virtuosity and surrealism... Strigalev's alto displays bebop agility, shivery lyricism, or sometimes a bluesy Ornetteish swerve." Guardian; "Strigalev's group could well be the next big thing in jazz" All About Jazz; "His playing has a mastery which puts him right at jazz’s heart." Telegraph; “Heidi Vogel....surely one of the great jazz voices of modern times” Vamos-London
8:30PM Bass player, composer and arranger Ben Crosland has been leading bands for over 25 years. He has recorded a series of critically acclaimed albums, released on his independent Jazz Cat label, with the cream of UK jazz musicians including Alan Skidmore, Jim Mullen, Mark Nightingale, Steve Waterman, John Etheridge, Martin Shaw, Steve Lodder and Barnaby Dickinson. Tonight he will be launching his latest CD, a tribute to the Kinks iconic singer/composer Ray Davies. Featuring Dave O’Higgins on tenor and soprano saxophones, John Etheridge on guitar, Steve Lodder on piano and keyboards, and Sebastiaan de Krom on drums, the Ben Crosland Quintet bring a wealth of experience, flexibility and vision to the interpretations of these wonderful British pop songs. As Ben says, “Strong grooves, a natural swing and strong, evocative melodies characterise Ray Davies’ songs” which allows them to be beautifully re-interpreted in a more contemporary fashion. From straight-ahead swing through jazz waltz to reggae, Ben and the band shine a new light on these classic songs. Highly recommended.
“the...music of this excellent band is as warm and inviting as any jazz lover could wish” Observer; “…a lot of affection, a lot of respect for those unforgettable melodies and a whole lotta damn fine playing…these well respected men have done Mr. Davies proud” Jazzwise
8:30PM A US-based musician of international standing, saxophonist Greg Abate is considered to be amongst the finest jazz players of his generation. After completing his studies at Berklee in the mid 70's, Greg went on tour with the Ray Charles band for two years before returning to Rhode Island, where he ran his own bands for some years before going on the road again in the late 80's with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra. Following that experience he established himself as an international soloist, something he has now been successfully doing for the last 25 years working throughout the US, Canada, UK, Western and Eastern Europe and Russia. As well as his touring work, Greg is also a composer, arranger, a Grammy-nominated recording artist and educator of some considerable note, serving as an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College as well as a very active jazz clinician. His fluent and muscular playing is best described as "post hard bop", encompassing a classic approach to the material in the style of Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderley and Phil Woods. Accompanying Greg tonight will be one of the UK's finest hard bop pianists, Craig Milverton with his trio of Sandy Suchodolski on bass and Matt Home on drums. Promises to be a great night for all lovers of straight ahead jazz sax.
"Abate is not content to rely on stock bebop riffs...his work [has] a feeling of constant invention and creativity.” Chicago Tribune; "a unique voice" Metro, San Jose; "One of the most exciting players around today" The Jazz Messenger; “Greg Abate is one of the most appealing saxophonists on the scene today...the result is that he plays music with sweetness and daring.” New Jazz Recordings
9:30PM Tony O’Malley 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 including his latest, “Back at the Bag” released in the summer of 2015, 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 Tony’s latest recruit, the up-and-coming Richie Aikman. If you like contemporary R&B vocals with a touch of Jazz in the Blues Brothers style, then this is definitely for you. And it's Tony's birthday tonight, so expect some surprise guests and a lot of fun!
“...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
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 artists 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 latest studio recording, “The Whistle Blower” (his eighth) which was released 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. Promises to be quite a night...
“A master…a jazz giant with a formidable international reputation”The Guardian; “Atzmon...Astonishing” Time Out
8:30PM A wonderful, sophisticated singer with a smooth and poised style Sarah is without doubt one of the UK’s leading jazz vocalists, known for her association with the late, great Fran Landesman and Simon Wallace (“one of the finest songwriting partnerships” The Observer). Sarah worked closely with both Fran and Simon for over a decade, and her interpretations of their songs are second to none (according to Fran, who should certainly have known). This long and fruitful collaboration of kindred spirits produced four CD’s, included the “Songs from a Floating World,” released to no less than rapturous acclaim (“Superb interpretations, wildly romantic – Moule really finds the soul of her instrument on this outstanding collection” - Jazzwise). One of Sarah’s many gifts is her ability to put across a lyric, whether knowing and worldly-wise, witty, pensive or hopeful – the mark of a great song stylist. As one would expect she is accompanied by a quartet of the highest quality featuring the brilliant piano playing of Simon Wallace, with Mick Hutton on bass and Paul Robinson (Nina Simone) on drums. Wonderful stuff.
“…subtle and intelligent vocalist… honeyed in sound, smooth in timing and pitch” The Guardian; “...hauntingly gorgeous” Jazz Times USA; “…a fine voice and a great talent” BBC Radio 2; “Cool, elegant, immaculate ****” The Observer; “Massive talent and perfect technique” London Jazz News
8:30PM Gina Foster, who is probably best known for her work with the iconic group “Swing Out Sister”, is a truly gifted and impressive singer. Familiar to many here at the Club for her performances with her friend Beverley Skeete (Rhythm Kings), she has worked prolifically in jazz, soul, groove, pop and dance music and is renowned as one of the most soulful session singers around. Tonight, in line with our "Joni Month" vibe (see Tue 5th), she will be bringing in a band to celebrate the life and music of iconic singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell. As she says "It's not easy to pick a setlist from such a prolific artist, with so many great songs to choose from. But so far our interpretations, with emphasis on the heart and soul, have been going down a storm! From “Hejira” to “Both Sides Now”, “Hissing of Summer Lawns” to “Coyote”, “Carey” to “Edith and the Kingpin”, it's a pleasure to hear these great songs played live and a special pleasure to perform them." And she has put together a terrific band to help accomplish that task, with Graham Harvey on piano and keyboards, Ronnie Johnson along with son Patrick Johnson on guitars, Steve Pearce on bass and Martin Ditcham on drums. This promises to be a very special night indeed. Booking recommended.
“Gina Foster…is an incredibly talented and versatile vocalist” Visit London
8:30PM Jeremy is a powerful and highly impressive drummer, who is equally at home playing pop, rock, funk or straight ahead jazz. Jeremy’s CV is vast, including work with the likes of Tom Jones, The Finn Brothers, Madeleine Peyroux, Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Joe Cocker, Echo and the Bunnymen, Jason Rebello, Eurythmics (w/Stevie Wonder), Tina Turner… The regular drummer with American icon Sheryl Crow for over 7 years, Jeremy has just finished touring the world (twice) with his friend Noel Gallagher’s “High Flying Birds” and is now about to go on tour with the iconic band King Crimson... you get the idea, he's very good! An old friend of the Club Jeremy has, however, found time in his busy schedule to put together a great New York style contemporary Jazz group, something he has been doing here at the 606 on a regular basis for more than 20 years. One of the most respected drummers of his generation Jeremy’s gigs are always guaranteed to be both exciting and of the very highest musical calibre. For his performance this evening Jeremy has asked Graeme Blevins-sax, Tom Cawley-piano, his brother Paul Stacey-guitar and Rob Mullarkey-bass to join him on what promises to be a fabulous night of music, so expect something very special! Booking definitely advised.
“…a fine…drummer with an infectious feel. His gigs are ...invariably enlivened by some top class guests” Time Out
8:30PM We welcome Purdy back to the Club once again with what promises to be yet another fantastic night of masterful pop/jazz-influenced originals, with a smattering of standards thrown in for good measure. This outstanding singer oozes charisma, which combined with her sultry style and surefooted vocal delivery makes for a masterful evening of highly accessible music. With influences ranging from Nina Simone to Nancy Sinatra, her vocal prowess is stunning and her live performances demonstrate a strong connection with any audience lucky enough to see her live. She has impressed at a number of major events recently, including a 90,000 strong crowd at Wembley Stadium, Formula One events around Europe, The London Lifestyle Awards 2013 and she’s recently been out on tour as support for Jools Holland. And the word on the street is that her highly anticipated new album "Diamond in the Dust" is undoubtedly set to affirm her as a significant solo artist. The music is a mix of originals and some covers and is at the singer/songwriter end of the musical spectrum. The night wouldn't be complete without her brilliant supporting band, featuring the talents of Tim Sentance on piano, Jamie McCredie on guitar and a rhythm section of Tom Moore on bass and Dan Western on drums. Worth booking for this one.
"Great character, unique voice, a true artist" Alan McGee, Creation Records; "So slinky, it shouldn't be allowed" BBC 6 Music
Thursday 21st - **606 CLUB SPECIAL** "ALL FIRED UP!" feat. (amongst many others) TOMMY BLAIZE, DEREK GREEN, DAVE ARCH, TREVOR BARRY, TONY REMY, GRAEME BLEVINS, BARNABY DICKINSON (TRIBUTE TO MAURICE WHITE, EARTH WIND & FIRE)
8:30PM After their inaugural gig here in April I can absolutely guarantee that this band is unquestionably very special. Put together by singer Tommy Blaize and bass player Trevor Barry from the Tommy Blaize and Strictly Come Dancing bands, along with their friend and studio vocalist Derek Green, this band is intended as a tribute to the great Maurice White and his iconic band Earth, Wind and Fire. The amazing band they have assembled to do this includes between them work with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Robbie Williams, Pet Shop Boys, Amy Winehouse, Kylie Minogue, Massive Attack, Courtney Pine, Simply Red, Will Young, Duffy, Celine Dion, Phil Collins, the Bee Gees, Steve Winwood...you get the idea. And having put together and rehearsed 14 of the finest players on the scene what they then needed was a gig! Which is where we came in. There was the slight technical issue of how we would get 14 musicians on our band stand, but bassist Trevor assured me it would be fine(!), and the gig was born. The music is exclusively EW&F material and is played with an intensity and excitement that makes this ensemble much, much more than just a "tribute" band. The gig was intended to be a celebration of EW&F but has now also become a memorial to Maurice White, who sadly passed away earlier this year. The musicians who will be performing in this amazing line up tonight include Tommy Blaize, Derek Green-vocals, Trevor Barry-bass, Dave Arch, Jeff Leach-piano/keyboards, Tim Cansfield, Tony Remy-guitars, Paul Booth-sax, Barnaby Dickinson-trombone, Karlos Edwards, Joe Crisp-percussion and Andrew Small-drums. This is a unique night of Groove filled joy featuring some of the finest musicians in Europe, and booking is definitely advised.
“Tommy Blaize…oozes Soul and class” Jazz n Jazz; "Tim Cansfield...great stuff" the jazzmann.com; "Tony Remy... One of our premier fusion guitarists" Time Out; "Barnaby Dickinson…world class player” BBC Music Magazine
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9:30PM “SAMARA" is a six piece jazz/Latin group led by 606 Club owner Steve Rubie and suffice to say we 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, the percussionist Dawson Miller is generally recognised as one of the most versatile and experienced players on the scene and the vocalist Liliana Chachian is considered to be one of the finest Brazilian singers currently working in Europe. The music is an infectious blend of Brazilian samba, jazz/Latin and soul, and we all have 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
9:30PM Julian has established himself as one of the most versatile clarinet and sax players around. His award-winning clarinet playing in particular is widely recognised as some of the finest in Europe, and with his contemporary approach he has demonstrated that this most traditional of instruments can be successfully deployed in a modern context. Widely respected on the UK scene he includes work with the likes of John Dankworth & Cleo Laine, Peanuts Hucko, Wild Bill Davidson, Jim Mullen and Digby Fairweather. As well as performing Julian has also written over 30 TV jingles and documentary film scores and was taken to Paris to arrange and conduct a Big Band album for Charles Aznavour. The band itself features the wonderful piano playing of Neil Angilley along with the sophisticated guitar of Dominic Ashworth and the dynamic line up is augmented by one of the country’s finest singers, Jacqui Hicks. Performing a combination of excellent funky original material as well as classic Jazz standards this is without question a classy gig.
“Julian Marc Stringle is the best Clarinet player to emerge in British Jazz in several decades” John Dankworth CBE; "Jacqui Hicks is…one of the most soulful singers in Britain” MU Magazine
8:30PM Described as “Britain’s most gifted song stylist” and “one of Europe’s most intriguing and intelligent interpreters of the contemporary song” multi-award-winning vocalist Barb Jungr has successfully combined the intricacies of cabaret with the power of jazz to create a unique concept of the popular song. It is little surprise that her recordings have been chosen “Album of the Year” by The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Washington Post. A regular performer these days in the US as well as the UK, Barb was the recipient of the “Best International Artist” in New York's “Backstage Awards for Excellence in Cabaret”, adding further to her burgeoning reputation as a singer whose unique voice and imaginative arrangements are internationally acclaimed. She's been a guest on Start The Week, Saturday Live and A Good Read on BBC Radio 4, appeared on BBC4 TV in a programme celebrating the lives of the great jazz divas, was profiled in the Independent on Sunday magazine and has written for The New Statesman. Tonight Barb will be performing songs from her recent 4 star collaboration with legendary US jazz star Laurence Hobgood (Kurt Elling), “Shelter From The Storm - Songs of Hope for Troubled Times”. Barb and Laurence’s repertoire of Dylan, Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Springsteen, Great American Songbook and original material has wowed audiences in the UK and USA and this evening she will be performing it with one of the UK’s finest jazz pianists Barry Green and master bassist Davide Mantovani. One New York critic wrote of this show "Jungr is so supernatural at what she does that she transcends any sort of easy categorizing and rises to a uniquely higher plane. Part of the explanation is her ability to delve into songs and find things in them even their manufacturers hadn’t realized were there." Her astonishingly powerful performances wow audiences and critics alike: Time Out New York said her concerts are like religious experiences, naming her as one of the "ten things you need to see in your life”. It’s a very special gig this one.
"Élan, intelligence and passionate engagement: British chansonnier Barb Jungr brings all of it to her exemplary performance on “Shelter From The Storm – Songs of Hope for Troubled Times." World Music Report; “The only word to describe her dramatic interpretations is revelatory...I was open mouthed with astonishment.” New York Times; “genius” Time Out London; “One of the very best nightclub singers in the World” Time Out, New York; “A genuine jazz marvel" The TelegraphCLICK HERE TO BOOK
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
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
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
8:30pm Tori Freestone is a gifted sax and flute player who can now truly be counted as a major musician on the UK jazz scene. She has collaborated with the likes of the Creative Jazz Orchestra, Cuban group ‘Orquesta Timbala’, and Andy Sheppard, has performed on the RFH main stage and at the National Theatre, the Vortex and Ronnie Scott’s; at mainstream high-profile outdoor events including Glastonbury and the ‘Big Chill’; at premier jazz festivals such as London, Cork, Cheltenham, Brecon, Manchester and Haskovo Jazz, plus tours of the UK, Portugal, Germany and Bulgaria. Tonight Tori will be launching her latest CD, and her second for Whirlwind Recordings, “El Barranco”, which features her brilliant trio of Dave Manington on bass and Tim Giles on drums. Following their warmly-received 2014 release “In the Chop House” and subsequent live appearances, the trio have relished the opportunity to reconvene in the studio to record this collection of intuitive explorations (often first takes) of predominantly original compositions. The music on the CD that they will reproduce for this gig has been perfectly described as “a continuous channel of flowing, tumbling lines arriving from a seemingly limitless, spring-like source, where the quicksilver responses and diversions of both Manington and Giles are genuinely realised, combining in creating delightful group unpredictability, via a mutual, carefully crafted musical vocabulary”. The music is both thoughtful and delightfully melodic, as Tori says, “it’s lovely that somehow we have formed a language which, rather than being intellectual or inaccessible, can be both contemporary and relevant”. With her fluent technique combined with a mature and thoughtful approach, Tori’s distinctive style provides a dynamic journey through the modern jazz canon.
“Tori Freestone has a warm and open tone, her playing is melodic and innovative”AllAboutJazz.com; “fluent with subtle phrases, and delicate asides...captivatingly understated and original ...beautifully balanced, inventive" LondonJazzBlog
8:30PM JOHN EAST PROJECT is led by vocalist and Hammond organ player John East, becoming a popular and regular feature at the Club since their first appearance here six years ago. John has played the Hammond for decades, working with musicians such as John Etheridge, Katie Kissoon and Phil Robson. His stellar band comprises Mark Fletcher-drums, Neville Malcolm-bass and the remarkable Carl Orr on guitar, together with a powerhouse horn section of Scott Baylis-trumpet and the great Dave Lewis-sax. Tonight the group will perform a range of material, some from their brilliant debut album (recorded and launched at the Club) and which features well known vocal standards as well as some instrumental tunes, with the emphasis on melodic jazz driven along by the distinctive Hammond sound. In addition, John and the band are recording a new studio album just two weeks before the gig, so they will be playing a selection of tunes from that project as well for you to enjoy. Congratulations John on the first six years!
“(East) and the band...brought the house down” City AM; "Vocalist and Hammond player East leads a fine band" Time Out; "A bit of genius" Fleece Jazz
9:30PM This incredible London-based 7-piece is led by Austrian bassist Stefan Redtenbacher who draws his inspiration from jazz, funk and soul. Stefan has established himself as the UK’s groove bass player of choice for many artists, with a list of musicians with whom he has worked including Steve Winwood, Sam Brown, Herb Alpert and Danny Gottlieb, while his own recordings feature “jazz/funk” legends Fred Wesley (Parliament, James Brown) and Elliot Randall (Steely Dan). The Funkestra’s name pretty accurately describes the high-energy feel of the music as this band, with its fiery two-horn frontline and slinky guitar, perform original funky grooves with an authority and style that is hard to beat. With 8 albums already to their name their latest offering, ‘Dr Hypenstein’, wonderfully showcases the raw energy and funk-driven bass riffs with which the band are now synonymous. Their shows, which always include a regular Guest Vocalist, will tonight feature the wonderful Helena May Harrison (Afro Cluster). 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; “four-minutes of pedal-to-the-floor doo-wop funk…topped off by a sultry vocal turn from Miss May which elevates the track to another level of sophisticated sass”AfterDark
While the 606 Club in Chelsea is closed this evening, you can find us just down the road in Fulham, where we're hosting Jazz on the Lawn at Fulham Palace featuring singer & trumpet player Georgina Jackson & her quintet. It's a lovely night of jazz & swing in the delightful setting of historic Fulham Palace.
8:30PM Noel first came to prominence in the mid 80’s with the seminal Jazz/funk band Morrisey/Mullen while also providing vocals on Mike Rutherford’s highly acclaimed album “Smallcreep’s Day”. Forming his own band “Contact” in the early 80’s (subsequently renamed “McCalla” 10 years later), he released the brilliant album “Push and Pull”, followed by the equally great “Hot From The Smoke”. From the early 90’s, for more than 19 years, Noel’s searing, soulful vocals were featured with the iconic Manfred Mann’s “Earth Band”, but more recently Noel has moved away from his globe trotting exploits with Manfred to form several new bands of his own (as well as making a surprise guest appearance recently with our very own 606 Club Gospel Group)! Tonight Noel will be playing with his 4 piece band featuring Andy Jones-guitar, Gavin Scott-bass and Nic France-drums. The music is a mix of really great “groove” based originals and some classic groove standards performed in his own, fiery, high energy way. So, if you appreciate creative songwriting coupled with a charismatic vocal delivery, be sure to attend what promises to be a “Groove” extravaganza.
“…spine tingling” Guardian; “…a confident, individual voice, graceful and dynamic." Independent on Sunday