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FULLY AIR-CONDITIONED

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

WED 1st - DAVID GORDON TRIO

606 Club Chelsea David Gordon8:30PM An assured and versatile pianist David is one of the few professional jazz musicians who is also a well-established classical performer. An accomplished harpsichordist as well as pianist, David includes work with the likes of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and has toured Europe and South America with the European Baroque Orchestra. An award-winning jazz and classical composer, he has had works performed on BBC Radio 3 as well as performances at the Cheltenham Festival and QEH. As a jazz pianist he has led his own trio since 1995, currently featuring Paul Cavaciuti on drums and Jonty Fisher on bass, with a repertoire that focuses on original compositions by the band, but also includes material as diverse as folk music from Venezuela, East European dance music and Celtic-tinged melodies. Tonight, David and the trio will be bringing their latest fascinating project, “Alexander Scriabin's Ragtime Band” to the Club. Over to David for a description: “1915: the world in turmoil. In New Orleans, Jelly Roll Morton's experimentation with ragtime and blues signals the dawn of a new creation: jazz! In New York, Russian émigré Irving Berlin is churning out hit after hit; In Paris, Debussy experiments with syncopation and jazz harmony; In Moscow, the death of the great Russian piano-poet, composer and mystic Alexander Scriabin. Bringing these disparate musical strands together the Trio create an amazing tapestry of music from this time: boogie-woogie, tango and Brazilian choro rub shoulders with the eponymous rag, with interpretations of Scriabin's miniatures seen through the prism of popular music of the time, getting the makeover to end all makeovers”. The whole thing sounds quite remarkable and has now been captured on CD, which will be available at this evening’s performance. This promises to be a unique, thoughtful and inventive gig and absolutely not to be missed.

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

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THU 2nd - EDDIE PARKER'S "MR VERTIGO"

Eddie Parker 606 Club Chelsea Live Music London8:30PM Award-winning flautist/pianist/composer Eddie Parker first came to prominence as one of the founding members and contributing composers for the seminal UK big band of the 1980’s, Loose Tubes. In the early 90’s Eddie became an important part of South African pianist/composer Bheki Mseleku’s band before forming the first of his own groups, touring and recording throughout the 90’s. Since then he has been featured in numerous bands, including Django Bates’s “Delightful Precipice” as well as his own “Twittering Machine” (my band name of the month!) and most recently “Turning World”. Generally considered one of the finest jazz flautists in international music he includes numerous Festival performances including Le Mans (France), Molde (Norway), Copenhagen (Denmark), Wiesen (Austria), and Guimarães (Portugal) on an impressive list. Eddie is also an accomplished composer with a number of commissions to his name as well as teaching credits including Senior Lecturer in Jazz at Middlesex University and PRS Composer in Education at Cheltenham International Festival of Music. He has been active as a respected educator for many years and is currently Director of the innovative and highly successful jazz and improvisation education company, Impro Integrated Music Projects. Tonight Eddie is bringing his fabulous Sextet “Mr Vertigo” (another great name!) to the Club, featuring Eddie’s compositions and boasting some of the finest musicians on the scene, including Julian Nicholas on saxophone, John Parricelli on guitar, Matt Robinson on piano, Steve Watts on bass and Mike Pickering on drums. An important original voice in British jazz.

"World class flautist, fine composer, inspiring band leader” The Times;
“Eddie Parker’s flute is fast becoming one of the UK’s most important popular jazz voices” Time Out

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FRI 3rd - THE FONTANAS

The Fontanas 606 Club Chelsea Live Music London9:30PM We welcome to the Club this evening one of the most exciting Latin/Groove bands performing on the circuit today. They are now regular visitors to the Club and it's certainly fair to say that they fit perfectly into the family of great Latin and groove bands that we feature on a Friday night. After holding down a residency in West London for over 5 years, where they perfected their infectious blend of Brazilian Funk, Latin, Ska and Soul, this powerful 7-piece band is now stretching its wings. Led by guitarist and singer Sam Sutton, fronted by the wonderful US-born singer Kay Elizabeth, featuring two great players in their powerful horn section and driven by a rhythm section to die for, The Fontanas have made quite an impact on the scene of late. Boasting musicians who have played with the likes of Incognito, Professor Green and Alice Russell the band has been seen at numerous festivals and high-profile venues around the country including Bestival, Glastonbury, The Secret Garden Party, Boomtown, Edinburgh Festival, BT London Live Victoria Park and Ronnie Scott’s. As well as Sam and Kay the lineup tonight includes Ben Hadwen on sax, Dave Boa on trumpet, Edu Bisongo on piano, Magnus Box on bass, Bryan McCellan on drums and Tello Morgado on percussion. If their last gigs here are anything to go by, this promises to be a fantastic night of high energy music and absolutely not to be missed.

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

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SAT 4th - DAVE O'HIGGINS

Dave OHiggins 606 Club Chelsea Live Music Jazz9:30PM Undoubtedly one of this country’s finest modern jazz sax players, Dave has worked with the likes of Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Jimmy Smith and Annie Lennox. The winner of a multitude of awards, he has produced 16 albums to date of his own solo material and appeared on numerous sessions and festivals around the world. His current projects include work with one of New York’s leading sax players, Eric Alexander (in a classic two sax “hard bop” quintet performing on both sides of the Atlantic) as well as the Darius Brubeck Quartet, the Gascoyne/O’Higgins Quartet and the Loire Allstars featuring Tristan Maillot, Anita Wardell, Oli Hayhurst and Mike Gorman. Dave is also the writer and arranger of the Two Minds Big Band, which he co-leads with long time associate Pete Wraight. When not performing himself, Dave is a highly regarded jazz educator, teaching saxophone, harmony and improvisation at the London Centre of Contemporary Music (LCCM), and has previously been on the music faculty at renowned institutions including Goldsmith’s College, Leeds College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the Universities of Natal and Cape Town. This is a brilliant gig led by one of the most respected musicians on the international jazz scene.

“…exceptional fluency...one of Britain’s finest musicians” Observer;
“...virtuoso jazz/fusion saxophonist” Time Out;
“….world class player” BBC Music Magazine;
“…dazzling” Guardian;
"A stunning player in the neo-bop vein, with an apparently effortless flow of coherent ideas, beautiful time and a highly developed harmonic sense.” Jazz Guide

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SUN 5TH - LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: THE LONDON JAZZ FLUTE BIG BAND DIRECTED BY GARETH LOCKRANE

606 Club Gareth Lockrane Jazz Live Music1:30PM In 2005 US based jazz flautist Ali Ryerson had an interesting idea. Instead of the usual big band line up (saxes, trumpets, trombones etc) she thought, why not just make them all flute players! So she did! Instead of saxes there were concert flutes, instead of trumpets alto flutes, bass flutes replaced the trombones and with a sprinkling of contrabass flutes and piccolos the Jazz Flute Big Band was born, going on to record a successful album, "Game Changer" which was received with significant critical acclaim. Fast forward to 2015 and on his return to the UK after 40 years in the US, writer and flautist Peter Westbrook thought it would be a great idea to set up a UK version of the JFBB, with whom he had worked in the US...and so he did. As a jazz flute player myself this all seemed to make perfect sense to me and so, after several successful gigs already performed in and around London, I thought it was about time the Jazz Flute Big Band-London made it to the 606. Organised by Peter and this afternoon directed by one of the UK's greatest jazz flute players Gareth Lockrane, this promises to be something quite special. The Band will perform arrangements specially written for this ensemble from both the US and UK and is packed full of some of the finest flute players in the country, including the likes of Allison Neale, Rowland Sutherland, Tori Freestone, Eddie Parker and Keith Waithe and features a rhythm section that includes the award winning Tom Cawley on piano and Ryan Trebilcock on bass. And if I'm really well behaved they may even let me play myself. Special gig this and should be a great way to spend a fun Sunday afternoon. And don't forget this is our family day so children are more than welcome!

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SUN 5th - ZOE FRANCIS

Zoe Francis 606 Club Chelsea London Jazz Music8:30PM Zoe started singing jazz while living and working in New York, and soon became a regular fixture on the scene, often sitting in with the late Harry Whitaker and his trio at Arturo’s down in the Village as well as working with many other musicians including Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Joe Cohn and Chris Flory. Her first album “Looking for a Boy” was released to significant acclaim, while her second, “The Very Thought of You”, recorded live at the 606 in 2014, came out to similar plaudits. Both discs provide a great showcase for her beautiful voice as well as Zoe’s exquisite taste. Singing a really lovely selection of melodic standards (some well known, others less so), with a great sense of swing and natural ability, Zoe’s gigs are just terrific. Appearing with Zoe this evening will be iconic UK guitarist Jim Mullen, the great Stan Sulzmann on sax, Gareth Williams on piano, Mick Hutton on bass and Tristan Maillot on drums. A classic jazz star in the making, and a brilliant gig.

“something a bit special is going on when this artist…takes the stage..….a classy, poised singer who respects her material enough to deliver it straight and true”
LondonJazz News;
“Fine…singer” Time Out

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MON 6th - WILLIAM TOPLEY and THE SEA GYPSIES

606 Club Chelsea Live Music William Topley8:30PM William Topley first came to prominence in the early 90's as an electric blues-influenced singer/songwriter with his band The Blessing. Although relatively short-lived - they produced just two albums “Prince of Dark Water” and “Locusts and Wild Honey” - the impact the albums had, both in the UK and in the USA, did much to cement William's reputation as a creative writer and charismatic performer of real power and integrity. With William's heady literary influences, a taste for the bluesy sound of America’s Deep South and an interest in the Caribbean rhythms of Jamaican reggae, producer Neil Dorfsman (Sting, Dire Straits) described him as “the most original songwriter I’ve heard for years.” With the demise of The Blessing in the mid 90's William went solo, producing his debut solo album in 1997 and continued to record and perform through the 2000's, impressing numerous high profile musicians and creating a dedicated fan base in the process. Producer Barry Beckett (Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon) called him “the best singer I’ve ever heard” and guitarist Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), with whom William has toured and recorded extensively described him (somewhat endearingly) as "…big-hearted, emotional and strictly legit”. With 9 solo albums to his name now, including the latest “Aristocrats of the South Seas”, William's music has been described variously as "…subtle vignettes of life that take in universal themes that are filtered through the lens of late night performances, morning after black coffees and too many cigarettes" and "…songs that are dripping with evocative lyrics and memorable musical imagery". After a stand-out performance sitting in with Sting's guitarist Dominic Miller here at the Club both this year and last year it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome William to the Club tonight with his own band, The Sea Gypsies, featuring Mark Taylor-piano, Luke Brighty-guitar, Al Anderson-drums and Dorie Jackson-vocals. This promises to be a very special night from a very special performer. Booking advised.

"Topley's songwriting...mature and complex. His poetry is vibrant and sensational. These songs would be amazing even with only a basic, stark accompaniment because of the lyricism...Brilliant songs and a brilliant voice
" Hybrid Magazine;
"Topley’s deep baritone proves the perfect vehicle for traversing the musical map...listen to how well his vocals complement the music on the song "Magnolia." I doubt there is another singer who could sing it as well...a musical smorgasbord of diverse styles, all laid down over a bed of the blues" Soundstage

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tues 7th - ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC EXAM NIGHT (FREE ENTRY)

The Royal Academy of Music 606 Club Chelsea Live Music London UK8:00PM 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 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 students is of an extraordinarily high level so if you want to spot the next Jazz stars, this is the gig to be at!

FREE ENTRY

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wed 8th CD LAUNCH: KATE WILLIAMS & "FOUR PLUS THREE"

Kate Williams 606 Club Chelsea Live Music Jazz London UK8:30PM Award-winning pianist Kate Williams is a fine musician who has made a name for herself as both a performer, composer/arranger and music educator (teaching at both the Guildhall School of Music and Middlesex University). A previous winner of the John Dankworth Award she has released five CDs, each one to critical acclaim, including Scenes And Dreams” (2005), rated in the top ten jazz albums that year, “Smoke And Mirrors” with the legendary tenor saxophonist Bobby Wellins and “Atlas & Vulcana” which she launched here at the Club in November 2014. She was also featured in the Steinway 2-Piano Festival at Pizza Express in 2010, 2011 and 2013, with two of the concerts broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Tonight Kate will be debuting her latest, and potentially most fascinating, CD "Four Plus Three", a collaboration between Kate and the Guastalla classical string quartet. The repertoire for this new project includes material by Bill Evans, Cole Porter and Antonio Carlos Jobim as well as originals by Kate herself. As Kate explains it "the arrangements exploit the varied sound palette of both string quartet and jazz trio, creating contrasts between the improvised and the notated, between sustained textures and strong grooves, seeking a fully integrated approach that is definitely not just a jazz trio with string accompaniment!". The featured musicians tonight, along with Kate, will be Oli Hayhurst-bass and David Ingamells-drums alongside John Garner and Marie Schreer-violins, Miguel Rodriguez-viola and Sergio Serra-cello. This promises to be a wonderfully inventive and musically satisfying evening. Booking advised.

“A worthy addition to the ranks of British Jazz composer pianists…”
The Observer;
“Pianist Kate Williams writes robustly and fashions clean, cool improvised lines…evoking Tristano and Jarrett… a cerebral and quirky imagination in both composition and improvisation…a genuine talent to watch.” Mojo;
“Williams…a superbly lucid and inventive pianist and composer” BBC Radio 2

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THUR 9th - CLOSED FOR PRIVATE PARTY

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fri 10th - BARNABY'S LONDON HORNS feat. BARNABY DICKINSON, GRAEME FLOWERS and MIKE OUTRAM WITH SPECIAL GUESTS HAYLEY SANDERSON & ANNABEL WILLIAMS

606 Club Chelsea Live Music Jazz Barnaby Dickinson9:30PM The London Horns are the new sound of the modern jazz horn section, with a stylistic versatility and a groove-driven feel that gives them an explosive live impact. Featured on Kylie Minogue’s world tour the “London Horns” have established themselves as one of the most formidable musical front lines in the world. Barnaby Dickinson, who includes work with Jamie Cullum and Kenny Wheeler, is one of the best trombonists in Europe and trumpeter Graeme Flowers has been seen with the likes of Kyle Eastwood and the JTQ, while their guest saxophonist, who makes up the third horn of this powerhouse horn section, is the terrific James Knight (Kylie Minogue, Leona Lewis). The band wouldn't be complete without the top class rhythm section of Mike Outram on guitar, the hugely respected and admired Laurence Cottle on bass and Pat Illingworth on drums. This amazing three-horn front line creates an electrifying, powerful and extremely enjoyable sound performing music that is a mix of groove originals and high-energy jazz standards. And watch out for their guest singer…always a treat! Highly recommended.

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

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sat 11th - CHARLIE WOOD with Special Guest MARK LOCKHEART

Charlie Wood 606 Club Chelsea Live Music Jazz London9:30PM Award-winning US expat singer/pianist Charlie Wood is a talented and versatile musician whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of popular music, jazz, blues and traditional R&B. Born and raised in Tennessee, Charlie learnt his trade touring with iconic blues guitarist Albert King before settling back in Memphis. For over fifteen years the Charlie Wood Trio performed nightly at the King’s Palace Café on Beale Street, with guests including B.B. King, George Coleman and Joey DeFrancesco and picking up numerous awards and honours along the way, including the N.A.R.A.S. “Premier Player Award” for Keyboards, the Beale St. Merchants’ Association “Entertainer of the Year” award and the “Brass Note” on the Beale St. Walk of Fame. Charlie moved to the UK in 2009 and rapidly attracted attention from some of the finest players around, including Robert Plant who joined Charlie on stage to sing some Memphis “classics”, and Cleo Laine and the late John Dankworth who asked him to perform at Wavendon with them. Recent performance highlights include the London Jazz Festival’s “Jazz Voice” at the Barbican, BBC Radio 2′s “Friday Night Is Music Night” at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Radio 2′s “Jools Holland Show”. Charlie has recorded eight albums, including his latest “New Souvenirs”, featuring all new originals and co-produced by his frequent collaborator (and wife) Jacqui Dankworth. Charlie is in top form, his voice strong and rich with character and the songs dense with melody and harmony in the style of the Great American Songbook. Playing in the band tonight are, not surprisingly, some of the finest musicians on the scene: Dudley Philips bass and Nic France, drums and his Special Guest, the brilliant saxophonist Mark Lockheart (Loose Tubes, Kenny Wheeler). Charlie is a highly charismatic performer and definitely not to be missed.

“Remember the first time you heard Dylan, or Springsteen or Waits? Charlie Wood delivers that same jolt…brilliant” Jazz Times;
“…a born storyteller with a slight drawl and strong old-school Memphis soul/R&B undertone…Charlie Wood embodies hepcat worldliness and barroom empathy…he’s got style!” JazzReview

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SUN 12th - ** CANCELLED** LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: GOSPEL WITH THE IDMC GOSPEL GROUP DIRECTED BY JOHN FISHER

REGRETFULLY THE IDMC CHOIR HAVE CANCELLED THEIR APPEARANCE DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THEIR CONTROL.
IDMC Gospel Choir directed by John Fisher 606 Club Chelsea Live Music Gospel Soul Venue Club Restaurant London UK

1:30pm Today we are presenting the brilliant 10 piece Gospel choir IDMC with their director John Fisher. IDMC are a fabulous and well-respected gospel choir who were the guest choir, with Heather Small, when London won the 2012 Olympic Bid. They have performed by request at Luciano Pavarotti’s wedding, Jamelia’s wedding and have twice been guests at The Royal Albert Hall. IDMC returns to the Club this afternoon with a brand new album under their belt, and following their recent worldwide release they plan to present an explosive and soulful programme of original songs along with gospel and soul-filled classics. With a supporting band featuring bass, drums and piano giving an added groove to the already vibrant performance, this promises to be a great afternoon's entertainment. As they say, they are "coming back to the Club to share an afternoon of gospel cheer and celebration as they, along with the rest of the country, celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday." Seems like a great way to celebrate a birthday to me! And don’t forget this is our family day so children are more than welcome.

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Sun 12th - GEORGIA MANCIO

Georgia Mancio 606 Club Chelsea Live Music8:30PM Georgia Mancio is an award-winning vocalist with a beautiful vocal tone and direct style that lends itself perfectly to her swinging and sophisticated set. It’s a measure of her impressive ability that in 2005 she won the Brussels International Young Jazz Singers Award, beating 85 contestants from around the world, and in 2014 was nominated Best Vocalist in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. She has worked with many artists of global stature, including the likes of Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan, Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll, Jason Rebello, Gwilym Simcock and Bobby Wellins. A true improviser with a boundless imagination, Georgia produces music of beauty and bite, embracing a wide-ranging jazz repertoire reflecting influences from her Anglo/Italian/Uruguayan heritage alongside her own original writings. She has released five studio albums to date, including her latest "Live at ReVoice!" (2015), a collection of duos recorded at her own universally acclaimed International Voice Festival. In 2013 she began a highly acclaimed collaboration with two-time Grammy award-winning jazz pianist and composer Alan Broadbent and they will be releasing an album of co-written originals later this year. The repertoire she performs is an eclectic mix of jazz standards, originals, gentle Latin and infectious Brazilian music. Supporting Georgia this evening will be the wonderful trio of Ross Stanley-piano, Mark Hodgson-bass and Dave Ohm-drums.

“[Mancio is] a performer of character, conviction, and relaxed virtuosity” The Guardian ****;
“a sublime vocalist with both credibility and talent to spare” Jazzwise;
“Supremely elegant …one of the hottest singers on the circuit.” Evening Standard;
“an object lesson in subtlety…beautiful” All About Jazz *****;
“[Mancio] has everything covered – technical mastery, expressive range and a remarkable versatility” The Observer ****

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mon 13th - TWO SETS

Singer Aubrey Logan 606 club chelsea Live music venue jazz club restaurant london uk8:00PM **606 CLUB SPECIAL** AUBREY LOGAN SHOWCASE A native of Seattle, Washington, the multi-talented award-winning Aubrey Logan has been singing and playing the trombone since the age of 12. A recent graduate of Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music she has already performed or recorded with the likes of Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, Josh Groban, Linda Ronstadt, Smokey Robinson and Pharrell Williams. Currently appearing as a featured artist with Scott Bradlee’s acclaimed Postmodern Jukebox, she includes numerous performances in the US, Europe and Middle East on an impressive international schedule. But it is as a performer in her own right that she is currently making serious waves worldwide. A winner of the prestigious Jazz Voice Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Aubrey is rapidly building a reputation amongst both audiences and critics as a rising star. And not only is she an extremely impressive performer but she is also a skilled and individualistic composer, incorporating jazz, R&B, neo-soul, pop and just a touch of rock in to songs that feature her remarkable vocal range and impressive jazz trombone playing. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her first album, due for release in the Autumn, that she says will include "some favourite covers and a whole lot of original stuff". Tonight Aubrey will be showcasing her talent by performing some of the songs from the upcoming album supported by a 5-piece band of hand picked, UK based, ex-Berklee alumni. Should be an exciting night from this impressive newcomer to the international jazz scene.

"For 16 songs, trombone solos, joke, patter, clapping, audience leading and non-stop fun, Aubrey Logan showed that she is a superb musician, a killer performer and unquestionably LA’s Queen of Sass, Jazz, and heartbreak." Music Junkie Press;
"Jazz Trombonist and vocalist Aubrey Logan proved herself to have the instrumental and vocal chops to immediately capture the crowd at SOhO...with an easy, sophisticated stage presence...she swung naturally and put everyone at ease. Her voice is a killer and she controls it beautifully." sbjazz (US)

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Paddy Milner's Londonola 606 Club Chelsea Live Music Venue Blues Jazz Club Restaurant London UK9:45PM PADDY MILNER’S LONDONOLA Paddy is recognised as one of the leading blues singer/pianists of his generation and it's with great pleasure we welcome him back to the Club. His critically acclaimed first album '21st Century Boogie' was released in 2000, The Times calling it "impressive and original", and from this point onwards he has become a bona-fide boogie/blues maestro. Currently touring worldwide as a member of Sir Tom Jones’ band, other career highlights to date include performances with Jack Bruce, David Gilmour, Van Morrison and Phil Manzanera as well being the recipient of the 'Best Keyboard Player' title at the 2015 British Blues Awards. With his classic blues growl of a voice and an unusually fluent and impressive piano technique his trio, "Londonola", featuring Spencer Brown on bass and Pat Levett on drums, combine the best of British musical innovation with a New Orleans Blues spirit and energy. The love of the music is palpable so expect a top class affair packed with the best of boogie/blues badness.

“The best blues piano player in Europe…” Blues Access, USA;
“Milner represents a new direction in blues and jazz” Blues Free Press;
“I love it…there’s a guy who can really play the piano” Dave Brubeck

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tues 14th - TWO SETS

606 Club Dan Reinstein Live Music London UK8:00PM DAN REINSTEIN American born but British educated, I first met Dan at the old Club when he was a medical undergraduate. Even then he was an impressive player, and after taking time off his medical studies to go to the Berklee School of Music he became even more remarkable. He returned to the USA in the early 90s where he became one of the world’s leading experts in laser eye surgery (he’s now officially Professor Reinstein). But he never stopped playing, and when he returned to London to live and work it was great to hear his fluent, classic hard-bop, muscular sax playing again. Also featured tonight will be Shanti Jayasinha on trumpet and Tim Lapthorn on piano.

“…impressive hard-bop saxophonist” Time Out

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

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

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wed 15th - CAROLINE LOFTUS

Caroline Loftus 606 Club Chelsea Live Music London UK8:30PM An artist of international standing, Caroline was featured on a number of tracks for the 2009 BBC “Children in Need” album as well as several of her own records including the 2006 release, “Urban Lullabies”. Her CV includes work at prestigious venues around the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Hong Kong Arts Centre and the Nederland Dance Theatre. She currently performs with several groups, including FRED, an homage to “1950’s Havana & the swinging sounds of Hollywood” and has been busy writing music for American TV via her project “Riveraire”. For her 606 show tonight Caroline will lead a stellar modern jazz quartet including Jonathan Gee-piano, Ben Hazleton-bass and Winston Clifford-drums. A sophisticated and exciting gig from one of the masters of jazz vocals.

“A voice like honey” Sydney Morning Herald

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Thurs 16th - CD LAUNCH: BENET MCLEAN with Special Guest JULIAN JOSEPH

Benet Mclean 606 Club Chelsea Jazz Live Music UK8:30PM Benet is a fine musician who started playing violin at the age of 3. After winning a scholarship to the Purcell School of Music by the time he was in his early teens, he was tipped for big things within the classical world (along with his brother Viv, now a successful concert pianist). Destined to be a concert violinist all was going smoothly until he heard a Dizzy Gillespie recording...and everything changed. He developed a burning desire to play jazz and by his early 20's had transferred his complete musical attention to piano. Since then his powerful, driving, piano playing has been heard not only with his own masterful quartet but also with the likes of Omar, Steve Williamson, Carleen Anderson, Kevin Haynes, Roachford and Dennis Rollins’s Badbone & Co with whom he toured and recorded. However, in a further musical twist, after performing as a highly regarded pianist for over 10 years Benet has once again returned to his first love, the violin, but this time as a swinging and immensely creative jazz musician. With his phenomenal technique and years of experience of performing at the highest level Benet has been making serious waves as a jazz violinist, including highly acclaimed appearances with the iconic jazz big band Loose Tubes during their recent performances at Ronnie Scott’s Club. Tonight Benet will be promoting his latest album "The Bopped and the Bopless", due for release on the 3rd June on 33 Records. Performing on violin for the gig this evening, Benet will be playing a mix of what he describes as "choice standards" along with a selection of his own excellent compositions featured on this, his latest CD. A remarkable performer, Benet is one of the very few musicians working on the international scene to have successfully melded diverse styles of jazz to create a unique and truly exhilarating musical identity. Also featured tonight will be Duncan Eagles-sax, Dan Casimir-bass, Clark Tracey-drums and for this album launch gig Benet's Special Guest will be the internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Julian Joseph. This is a fantastic line up of brilliant musicians and promises to be quite a night (and yes, CD’s will be available for sale).

"Benet McLean...positively bursting with talent and energy" Jazzwise;
"Benet McLean is musically fearless with the facility and skill to back it up! Watch this guy, he is a massive talent" Julian Joseph;
“McLean…concise, witty...”
BBC

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fri 17th - DAVE LEWIS "1UP" FEATURING LIZZIE DEANE

606 Club Chelsea Live Music Jazz London UK9:30PM Dave Lewis's robust and melodic tenor playing has been heard with a notable list of artists including John Martyn, Bryan Ferry, Joan Armatrading, John Mayall, Eric Clapton and The Blockheads. His own band features an impressive array of talent fronted by vocalist Lizzie Deane, a fabulous singer who for many years has worked with some of the finest performers around, including Carleen Anderson, Mica Paris and Jocelyn Brown. Lizzie’s warm persona and infectious performance style calls to mind the great soul divas such as Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield, but at the same time she brings her own unique energy and approach to every song, making her a fantastic addition to the line-up. With a strong emphasis on groove, improvisation and spontaneous melodic interplay, 1UP is one of the tightest, funkiest bands on the scene. They have just finished recording a new album “Under the Same Sun”, mixed by acclaimed producer/guitarist Paul Stacey (Black Crowes, Claire Martin, Oasis), songs from which you’ll be hearing tonight. Great band, great gig this.

“...spine tingling” Guardian;
“...brilliant…great music” BBC Radio London;
"...It's a real treat…tight chunky grooves and very exciting and funky sax...this is an absolute breath of fresh air. Dave Lewis...sets a standard of powerful, fiery solos that will be hard to surpass this year” Blues and Soul

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sat 18th - PAT CLAHAR

Patrick Clahar 606 Club Chelsea Live music venue jazz club restaurant london uk9:30PM Patrick is one of the leading saxophonists of his generation. A powerful, post-Coltrane tenor player his playing is tempered with a strong sense of melodic improvisation influenced by the great American tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins. A leading light of the Julian Joseph Big Band and small group, Pat achieved worldwide recognition as the sax player with the Bill Bruford Band. Long established and sought after on the studio scene, Pat’s also worked with the likes of Jazz Jamaica and with the band of the TV show “Strictly Come Dancing” (it’s a great band, trust me!). As well as a performer Pat is also an experienced and respected educator who is widely admired throughout the jazz fraternity. His world-class pedigree is undoubted. Supporting Pat tonight will be, not surprisingly, three of the finest rhythm players in Europe, Mark Hodgson (Julian Joseph) on bass, Mark Mondesir (John McLaughlin) drums... and watch out for Pat's Special Guest this evening on piano. Highly recommended.

“A marvel… inventive and melodic” Jazz Review

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SUN 19TH - SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL - REBECCA POOLE

606 Club Chelsea Rebecca Poole Jazz London UK1:30PM Rebecca is a captivating singer with a beautiful, smooth, sultry voice who performs a wonderful mix of classic standards and terrific, swinging originals. Her single “What Happened to Romance” was Single of the Week on Jazz FM, and was also picked up by “BBC Introducing”. Her impressive CV includes work at the likes of Wembley Stadium with the Central Band of the RAF, The Henley Festival (sharing the bill with classical opera singer Katherine Jenkins), Boisdales, The Pigalle and Petersham House, where her guests included Mick Jagger and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Her vocal style has been described as “reminiscent of the big band era with an infectious dose of pop and a bit of swing thrown in. A playful smoky-voiced performer who writes bittersweet songs of the heart combining great wit and old fashioned sentiments”. Joining Rebecca this afternoon will be her brilliant trio, featuring Hugh Turner on guitar, Paul Jeffries on bass and Stuart Henderson on trumpet. And don’t forget this is our child-friendly gig so families are more than welcome.

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

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Sun 19th - GWYNETH HERBERT

Gwyneth Herbert 606 Club Chelsea Live Music Jazz London8:30PM One of the most creative and striking performers working on the UK scene, Gwyneth’s remarkable voice is something quite special, bringing sophistication to her singer/songwriter material, and a wonderful “edge” to the occasional cover. Since her first CD “Bittersweet and Blue”, released 10 years ago, she has gone on to produce an immensely impressive series of CDs featuring her brilliant songs, last year gifting us with her sixth recording, “The Sea Cabinet”, which yet again garnered universal praise, being described as “wildly inventive...entirely a law unto itself” (The Metro). And not content with being one of the finest singer/songwriters in the country (really) she has also won two prestigious theatrical awards for her music, had them queuing around the block at the Rochester Jazz Festival in New York, written a song-cycle about the sea which debuted at the Aldeburgh Festival and composed and performed a specially commissioned soundtrack to the silent film “The Patsy”. Most recently she provided the music for "The A-Z of Mrs P" and this last year alone has seen “A Note to the New Government” commissioned by The London Sinfonietta and The Royal Philharmonic Society; two musical collaborations with artist Mel Brimfield, “The Palace that Joan Built” and “Henry and Barbara – the Musical”; a new theatrical Song Cycle "The Rhythm Method" and the release of her debut record production project, Frances Ruffelle's “I Say Ye-Ye’. And just to prove the point, this enormously talented vocalist includes the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Kevin Costner and Michael Parkinson (and us!) among her fan base. Tonight Gwyneth will have the intricate piano of Ned Cartwright, the creative bass of Dave Mannington and the sublime guitar playing of Al Cherry to add extra allure to an already special evening. Quite brilliant.

"One of the country’s most exciting talents" Sunday Times;
“…remarkably gifted performer” Guardian;
“Brilliantly original” MOJO;
"...consistently engaging...singing with a rare balance of passion and control.. one of Britain's brightest talents." The Telegraph

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Mon 20th - TRIO MANOUCHE with special guest MATT HOLBORN

Trio Manouche 606 Club Chelsea Live Music Jazz London UK8:30PM Founded by guitarist Simon Harris, Trio Manouche is a world-class gypsy jazz ensemble that perform a mixture of traditional classic “swing” tunes and upbeat “quirky” originals. Simon’s CV includes performances with legends of the gypsy jazz style such as Tchavolo Schmitt as well as work with contemporary artists such as MOBO Award-winner Soweto Kinch. Just to prove his versatility he was also featured on a Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) video. And if you get lucky Simon may even sing and play trumpet (not at the same time, of course..)! The rest of the trio is made up of two of the finest exponents of Gypsy swing jazz in the UK, Ducato Pietrowski on acoustic guitar and Mark Lewandowski on double bass. Their special guest this evening will be the excellent swing violinist Matt Holborn. A really fun way to start the week!

“Sheer exuberance” Independent;
“Virtuosic” Guardian

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Tues 21st - GRAHAM HARVEY

Pianist Graham Harvey 606 Club Chelsea Live Music venue jazz club restaurant london uk8:30PM One of the most respected pianists on the scene today Graham includes an impressive roster of high profile bands on his CV, including George Benson, iconic acid jazz band “Incognito”, the Hamish Stuart Band, the Laurence Cottle Big Band and the BBC Big Band. Currently the featured pianist with Grammy-nominated singer Stacey Kent, Graham’s fluent and melodic playing has been heard and admired worldwide. Also featured tonight are two quite brilliant UK jazz musicians, Dave Chamberlain on bass and Sebastiaan De Krom on drums, performing a powerful mix of jazz standards and the occasional swinging original.

“excellent” Jazzwise

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Wed 22nd - MUSICIANS XCHANGE PROGRAMME: ARON TALAS

Pianist Aron Talas 606 Club Chelsea Live Music Venue Jazz Club Restaurant London UK8:30PM This multi-award winning young Hungarian pianist is already making a real name for himself in his native Hungary, which given the remarkable standard of jazz piano playing out there says a great deal for his impressive talent. An alumnus of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, in 2013 he won both the "Junior Prima" prize and the National Jazz Combo competition with his trio and in 2015 was a finalist in the highly prestigious Montreux Jazz Piano competition. Not surprisingly he has appeared with some of the finest European jazz musicians around, performing worldwide in countries including Japan, Greece, Germany and Portugal. And if all that wasn't enough he is also an accomplished jazz drummer(!), teaching jazz drums at the Kodolanyi Janos University. Tonight he will be performing a mix of jazz standards and some of his excellent modern jazz originals in a trio setting accompanied by a stellar UK rhythm section of Arnie Somogyi (Stan Tracey, Steve Grossman) bass and Martin France (Loose Tubes, Kenny Wheeler) on drums. Highly recommended.

"I predict Mr. Talas will be...much lauded" acousticmusic.com

Presented in association with Harmonia Muhely Alapitvany, the Hungarian Cultural Centre in London and the Nemzeti Kulturalis Alap.

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Thurs 23th - SHEZ RAJA FEATURING MONIKA LIDKE AND SPECIAL GUEST ARUN GHOSH

Shez Raja 606 Club Chelsea Live Music Jazz London UK8:30PM Shez Raja is a seriously talented electric bassist whose work in a fascinating mix of Indo-jazz, funk and groove settings has propelled him to the forefront of the UK jazz scene. Since the formation of his collective in 2007 his vibrant and extremely fluent playing, combined with his innovation as a bandleader, have already drawn comparisons to the style of electric bass legend Jaco Pastorius. This evening’s gig is a special celebration of the release of Shez & the Collective's newest album, "Gurutopia", his first on US label Dot Time Records, and featuring guest performances by six-time Grammy nominee & Guitar Player’s “Best Guitarist” of 1993 Mike Stern (Miles Davis, Billy Cobham) & superstar trumpeter & four-time Grammy winner Randy Brecker (Art Blakey, Jaco, Bill Evans). With this new release – his latest following along after his prior albums “Soho Live” & “Mystic Radikal” featuring the likes of Soweto Kinch, Shabaka Hutchings, Andy Sheppard & Jay Phelps – Shez continues to cement his reputation as an artist of international prestige, with an increasing sphere of influence in the UK and beyond. Shez leads a formidable line-up tonight featuring Polish folk-jazz singer Monika Lidke providing beautifully structured melodic vocals in front of a band that is completed by Vasilis Xenopoulos on saxophone, Alex Stanford on keyboard and Chris Nickolls on drums. Adding even more spark and a very special Indo-Jazz flavour to this 606 gig will be Shez’s Special Guest, clarinettist Arun Ghosh. Winner of the 'Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year' award at the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, The Telegraph newspaper recently credited Ghosh for creating music that is “at once no-nonsense, thrilling and beautiful...uproarious and irresistible”. Arun Ghosh’s playing is full of lyrical melodies and searching harmonies, down to earth directness and psychedelic ambient introspection. Shez says of tonight’s collaboration: "Expect exciting music that’s full of surprises – a sonic kaleidoscope of euphoric jazz, thundering funk, tuneful ragas and intoxicating grooves!" Hmm, that sounds like something you will not want to miss…

"Shez Raja personifies the modernisation of jazz. He is fearless as a musician" - **** All About Jazz
“Multi-layered and imaginative” **** Manchester Evening News;
“The hip-shaking mix of Eastern song lines and funky Western dance-beats never wavers” **** Evening Standard;
“If the Mahavishnu Orchestra were reformed with a reincarnated Jaco Pastorius in charge it would sound pretty similar” The Guardian;
“Chic, contemporary & groove-laden” The Musician;
"A heady brew of bass-driven funky jazz and world fusion that takes you to another place" Guitar & Bass magazine

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Fri 24th - SAMARA featuring LILIANA CHACHIAN

Samara 606 Club Chelsea Live Music Jazz London9:30PM “SAMARA” is a six-piece jazz/Latin group which I lead on sax and flute, and suffice it to say we all think the guys in the band are just great! The pianist Neil Angilley works with Vanessa Mae, Shirley Bassey and “Down to the Bone”, Dill Katz, the bass player is visiting professor at the Guildhall, drummer Raphael Delphino is one of the most highly regarded Brazilian drummers around, while the percussionist, Dawson Miller, is generally recognised as one of the most versatile and experienced players on the scene. Singer Liliana Chachian is considered to be one of the finest Brazilian vocalists currently working in Europe, with an unerring gift for melody and phrasing. The music is an infectious blend of Brazilian Samba, jazz/Latin and Soul, and everyone has a great time!

“Cracking Latin-jazz quintet led by 606 proprietor Steve Rubie on flute and alto saxophone…explores these Latin jazz classics in great rhythmic style” Time Out

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Sat 25th - JULIAN NICHOLAS FEATURING IMOGEN RYALL

Julian Nicholas Imogen Ryall 606 Club chelsea Live music venue jazz club restaurant london uk9:30PM One of the UK's most distinctive saxophonists, Julian Nicholas has been a leading player on the international jazz scene since first coming to prominence in the mid 1980's. Since then he has appeared with a veritable who's who of world-renowned jazz artists and groups, including the likes of the iconic UK band Loose Tubes, Jimmy Witherspoon, Bobby Wellins, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath, Dudu Pukwana, Liane Carroll, Claire Martin and the London Jazz Composers' Orchestra. He has toured internationally under his own name and with, amongst others, Carleen Anderson, ‘Carmina’ and Emil Viklický and has countless recording credits to his name. And it's no great surprise that Nina Simone specifically requested Julian support her for a second year running when she appeared at ‘The Dome’ in Brighton (his adopted home town). His wonderful, fluent and melodic playing has been described by the great saxophonist Bobby Wellins, who Julian tells me first brought him to the old 606 Club in 1981, as "beautiful and creative". As well as a fine musician he is also a wonderful composer, several of his great tunes being featured in Mark Edwards' recent "Cloggz" CD launch here at the Club in April. Julian also leads the Jazz Foundation at Chichester College, is an Associate Lecturer at Middlesex University and co-curates the South Coast Jazz Festival with Claire Martin O.B.E. A wonderful player and old friend of the Club, it's a pleasure to welcome him to the gig this evening. And if all that wasn't enough, Julian's special guest will be the terrific singer Imogen Ryall. An experienced and creative performer Imogen has worked in Europe, the Middle East and South Korea and at numerous venues around the UK, including the Jazz Cafe, Ronnie Scott’s and the Barbican. A featured vocalist for One51 and Groovefinder Records her recent recording of “Cry Me a River” featured on the much-acclaimed CD “In Time”, alongside Roy Ayers, Carleen Anderson and Jocelyn Brown. She appeared at the inaugural Love Supreme Festival (along with Julian) and was most recently heard here at the Club on the aforementioned Cloggz CD launch in April. Julian and Imogen have been playing together for some time now and as Julian says they have "worked to combine sax and vocals in a variety of ways, including unison scats and lyricised material of mine, with a strong vein of American Songbook arrangements running through the set." Sounds like a fantastic night of great, lyrical, music.

"Julian Nicholas is a saxophonist of not only great technical prowess but also delicacy of expression and intensity of feeling" The Times;
"...Ryall’s quiet power and articulation...combined with..Julian Nicholas’ sizzling tenor sax to agreeable effect" Jazzwise

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SUNDAY 26TH - SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: JO HARROP

Singer Jo Harrop 606 Club Chelsea Live Music Venue Jazz Club Restaurant London UK1:30PM A talented young singer inspired by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, Jo Harrop performs a beautiful, straight-ahead set of classic jazz standards, perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Already highly experienced she includes performances at the likes of the Jazz Cafe, Pizza On The Park, St. Martins In The Fields and Momo's and has been featured on Courtney Pines' Radio 2 show 'Jazz Crusade'. Today she will be appearing with her wonderful trio featuring some of the finest young musicians on the scene, the beautifully melodic Harry Sankey on guitar, Henry Gilbert on bass and Joel Prime on drums. Promises to be a wonderful afternoon for anyone who likes their jazz swinging and heartfelt.

"Jo Harrop held the audience in the palm of her hand from the first note, a sign that we were listening to something special... another ***** star evening" bebopspokenhere

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Sun 26th - lily dior  

Lily Dior 606 Club Chelsea Live Music Jazz London UK8:30PM An expat Australian singer now settled in London, Lily comes with an impressive and extensive cv. The daughter of professional musicians who met and married in London, Lily spent her first five years touring the world with her parents before they finally settled in Australia. Being surrounded by music from such an early age clearly had an impact and as a teenager she was already writing, performing and producing her own shows. Her debut album ‘Invitation’ received universal praise and put Lily firmly on the Australian music map. "She can belt out a song, dramatize a lyric, swing hard and earthy, flirt, sing a tender song - Lily can tell a story" ABC. After working with various high profile bands in Sydney, in 2000 she travelled to New York to study with iconic jazz vocalist Mark Murphy, with whom she also ended up performing. That same year she was singled out by legendary arranger/pianist Dave Matthews to perform with The Manhattan Jazz Quintet, which included Bill Evans, Charnett Moffett, Victor Lewis, and Lew Soloff, at Sydney Casino’s Lyric Theatre. In an extensive and highly respected career Lily is now recognised as one of Australia’s foremost vocalists, performing at major festivals and venues in Australia and around the World, including The Opera House Concert Hall, The State Theatre, Sydney Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Wellington International Jazz Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Bellingen Jazz Festival, Christchurch Jazz Festival, Thredbo Jazz Festival, Darling Harbour Jazz Festival, Jazz in The Vines, Jazz in The Gardens and the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz. International appearances include performances in New York, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong and of course London and she has shared the stage with a who’s who of world-class musicians including Oscar Castro Neves, Paul Grabowsky, Dale Barlow, Mike Nock and James Morrison. She also includes numerous TV and Radio appearances and hosted her own show on Sydney’s premier 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 brilliant piano playing of Neil Angilley (Vanessa Mae, Down to The Bone) along with Al Cherry, guitar; Neville Malcolm, bass and Rod Youngs, 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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Mon 27th - tommy blaize band 

Tommy Blaize 606 Club Chelsea Live Music Soul London UK8:30PM Liverpudlian Tommy Blaize is a fantastic, charismatic singer/keyboardist who is widely admired and respected throughout the music business. Although for many years an unseen figure behind the scenes, his voice is familiar to millions from work with the likes of Tina Turner, Craig David, Gary Barlow, Marti Pellow and Lulu and from TV ads such as Coca Cola, Levis, and British Airways. Considered one of the most in-demand session singers on the scene, he has been featured on numerous film and TV soundtracks and has been heard here at the Club with Madeline Bell. However, more recently Tommy has been finally achieving some hugely deserved recognition as a brilliant singer in his own right after his appearances as one of the house vocalists on BBC TV’s hit show Strictly Come Dancing (oh, that singer!). A great guy and a fantastic performer it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome Tommy to the Club this evening with his own amazing band, featuring fellow “Strictly” band members Dave Arch-piano, Trevor Barry-bass, Andy Caine-guitar/vocals, Paul Dunne-guitar and Ian Thomas-drums playing a selection of classic Groove and R&B standards with the odd jazz tune thrown in. Tommy and the Band will be featuring music from their first album “Don’t Ya Love Life”, so expect plenty of fireworks and some very Special Surprise Guests. With several hundred years experience between them this brilliant gig from the Tommy Blaize Band is an absolute must – trust me!

“Tommy Blaize…oozes Soul and class” Jazz n Jazz

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Tues 28th - THE RIDOUTS - MARK, Tom & ALEX (BBC YOUNG MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR)

Alex Tom & Mark Ridout 606 Club Chelsea Live Music Venue Jazz Club Restaurant London UK8:30PM Well, this is a fun gig! The band tonight will feature two generations of great jazz musicians, father Mark Ridout on guitar along with his Award-winning children, son Tom on sax and recorder and daughter Alex on trumpet. A busy professional musician, Mark Ridout has performed in many of the country's major venues and his fluent and muscular playing has been heard with the likes of Jimmy Smith, Babara Dennerlein, Tony Martin, Natalie Cole and Jane Monheit. He also includes numerous studio sessions for both and jazz and popular music artists, has performed on 'Strictly Come Dancing' and with Alison Moyet on the 'Lesley Garrett show' and can be regularly heard with the BBC Big Band. As an educationalist his credits are equally impressive, including teaching work on both the Wavenden Jazz and Loire Summer schools amongst many others. Tom Ridout is in his final year studying jazz saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music where he has been awarded the prestigious Richard Turner Jazz Prize. He is a member of NYJO, was a finalist in the BBC’s “Young Jazz Musician of the Year” Awards and is also a composer, fronting his own quintet playing his original compositions, which includes amongst others a gig here at the 606 Club! Currently studying at the Purcell School of Music and at The Junior Department at The Royal Academy of Music, Alex Ridout was one of only two UK teenagers selected to attend the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony in California last August and performs regularly with the National Youth Jazz Collective. However, she has more recently shot to fame as the 17-year old winner of this year's BBC “Young Jazz Musician of the Year” Awards (yes, they were both in the finals!). And we haven't even talked about their Mum yet, the wonderful saxophonist Leigh Etherington (who sadly is not performing this evening). One very talented family! I have worked with Mark off and on for over 12 years now and can attest to his wonderful musicality and ability. Accompanied by a rhythm section featuring the upcoming Flo Moore on bass and Tristan Maillot on drums it is with great pleasure that we welcome this band to the Club this evening.

"Mark Ridout...brilliant" Jazzwise;
"Mark Ridout...impressive" London Jazz Review;
"fiery, focussed soloing by impressive tenor saxophonist Tom Ridout" Jazzwise;
"Alexandra...stood out because she connected with everybody...she gets it and I think rhythmically...was just streets ahead...it was beautiful" Julian Joseph (Chair BBC YJMoTY)

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Wed 29th - SIMON MULLIGAN

606 Club Simon Mulligan Live Music London UK8:30PM Although many jazz musicians are also trained classical musicians, it is unusual for an artist to manage successful ongoing careers in both fields. Pianist Simon Mulligan is certainly one who has achieved this, with impressive results. At the age of 19 he recorded his first classical CD under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin, launching a collaboration that lasted over seven years. Since that time he has produced 15 highly regarded CD’s and included live work with numerous orchestras including the BBC Symphony as well as appearances at the likes of the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. Intriguingly Simon’s jazz bona fides are equally as strong, as are his composing credentials, which include numerous compositions for both TV and Film including “Band of Brothers” in association with Michael Kamen. The jazz trio he leads tonight includes some of the finest jazz players in the UK, Andy Hamill-bass and Justin Woodward-drums.

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

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THURS 30th  - 606 CLUB SPECIAL: THE MO PLEASURE BAND

Multi instrumentalist Mo Pleasure 606 Club Chelsea Live Music Jazz Soul Groove Club Restaurant London UK8:30PM One of the greatest keyboard players and multi-instrumentalists of his generation you may not immediately recognise the name, Morris "Mo" Pleasure, but he has been at the forefront of American popular music for the last 30 years and you will certainly know the playing. A child prodigy, he began on piano at the age of 4 and by his early teens was also performing on bass, trumpet, guitar, drums and violin! After receiving a BA in Music from the University of Connecticut in the mid 80's, Mo began his professional career playing with Ray Charles before moving in to the studios as an extremely successful session musician, including work with the likes of George Duke, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Christina Aguilera, Michael McDonald, Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack, Marcus Miller and Mary J. Blige amongst many others. In 1993, he became a member of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire, ascending to become the band’s musical director from 1994-2001. He was featured playing keyboards, trumpet and guitar with Janet Jackson, played keyboards and trumpet with Boney James and is currently MD for the iconic Bette Midler. Mo was also approached by Michael Jackson to play keyboards in Jackson's touring band that was scheduled to perform in the late superstar’s historic 2009 comeback tour at London’s O2 Arena, which sadly never came to fruition. In addition to performing at worldwide jazz festivals including Montreux, North Sea, St. Lucia and Cancun Mo has also been a featured concert pianist, performing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and for the Boston Ballet. And if all that wasn't enough he is also a renowned composer and producer. You get the idea, he's pretty special. Now splitting his time between London and the States Mo has recently been performing with other artists here at the Club on a regular basis, most notably Dan Reinstein and Freddy V (from the Average White Band). In the process he has quickly become part of our 606 musical "family", so it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome him to the Club tonight, performing here for the first time as a leader of his own band. He describes the music they will be playing as a selection of originals as well as his favourite classic funk, soul & groove songs and will feature a hand picked band of some of the finest musicians in the UK - and watch out for his Surprise Guest vocalist! This promises to be a very special gig from a very special musician. Booking advised.

" ...Pleasure proves that jazz can still be made which is smooth yet textured, is varied and interesting and can appeal to wide range of ears...I for one cannot rate it highly enough. Superb and essential." Soul Express

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