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Please note the following:
:: there is a music charge for each event (usually between £10 - £14 per person)
:: we have a supper license, so you must eat a substantial meal if you wish to drink alcohol

Thu 1st - FRANK TONTOH'S BIRTHDAY GIG

Frank Tontoh 606 club chelsea live music venue soul groove club restaurant8:30PM Over the last 30 years Frank Tontoh has established himself as a drummer of considerable versatility and accomplishment, playing in a wide variety of high profile settings that have cemented his enviable reputation as one of the finest players around. It’s fair to say that Frank was born in to the music business, his father Mac Tontoh being one of the founding members of the iconic highlife band Osibisa. Frank himself began his musical studies at MIT in Los Angeles before completing a degree in composition and arranging at Trinity College of Music, London along with old school friend Courtney Pine. In 1982 Frank went out on the road with Osibisa, touring worldwide with the band for almost 4 years. On returning to London in 1986, along with Courtney, he formed the first of the major bands he was to be associated with, the Jazz Warriors, before moving on to his own highly regarded band Desperately Seeking Fusion. It wasn’t long before news of this enormously talented musician working the London scene got out and he was soon first call for numerous high profile artists, both recording and live. Since then he has established himself as a major player, the list of bands and artists that he has appeared with over the years reading like a who’s who of contemporary music, including the likes of Craig David, Tanita Tikaram, Aztec Camera, Jason Donovan, Al Green, Level 42, George Michael, Gary Barlow, Paul Young, Des’ree, Lewis Taylor, Damage, Andrew Roachford, Mis-teeq and Gabrielle. He recorded and toured with the late Amy Winehouse (“Back to Black” tour) and to demonstrate his versatility and the respect with which his playing is held he has also worked with the likes of musicians such as Jack Bruce, Ernest Ranglin, Matt Bianco, Alex Wilson and Percy Sledge. You get the idea, he’s very good! The musicians supporting Frank tonight, as you would expect from someone with his longevity on the scene, are simply outstanding. Noted soul singer & multi-instrumentalist Lex Cameron (Roachford, Leon Ware & Music Director for Omar) will be contributing to the evening, as well as some of the finest soul and funk players in the business, including Ross Stanley & Alex Montague-keyboards, Tony Remy-guitar and Neville Malcolm-bass. To add even more glitter – if there wasn’t enough! - Frank has also lined up a host of serious Special Guest singers including Wayne Hernandez, Gina Foster, Ian Hoare & Tahirah. And if Frank’s previous gigs here are anything to go by, you can expect plenty of amazing Surprise Guests as well. This promises to be another brilliant evening of powerful soul and funk grooves -booking strongly advised!

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

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Fri 2nd - LILY DIOR

Lily Dior 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz groove club restaurant9:30PM An expat Australian singer now settled in London, Lily comes with an impressive and extensive cv. The daughter of professional musicians, Lily spent her first five years touring the world before finally settling in Australia. 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. In what is now an extensive and highly respected career Lily is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost vocalists, performing at major festivals and venues in Australia and around the world, including performances in the likes of New York, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong and of course London. She has shared the stage with a who’s who of world-class musicians including Oscar Castro Neves, Dale Barlow and James Morrison and includes numerous TV and radio appearances as well as hosting 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 and some choice jazz standards, all performed with the powerful and charismatic vocals that are Lily’s trademark. I rate her so highly I asked her to perform with my band, trust me she’s well worth catching. Also featured tonight will be the award-winning saxophonist Paul Booth, the brilliant piano playing of Tim Lapthorn along with Geoff Gascoyne-bass and Mark Mondesir-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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Sat 3rd - ALEX GARNETT

Alex Garnett 606 club chelsea livw music venue jazz club restaurant9:30PM A “musician’s musician” Alex has enjoyed a varied musical career as both a pro jazz artist and an in-demand session and studio saxophonist. His powerful, flowing, hard bop sax style has been heard with some of Europe's leading bands and creative jazz ensembles, and it is testament to his reputation that Alex is also one of the few headlining UK jazz musicians in the current Ronnie Scott’s All Stars pool. He is the sideman of choice for many of the finest visiting artists and has himself performed in over 30 countries worldwide with artists such as Sir John Dankworth, Wynton Marsalis, Peter King, Humphrey Lyttelton, Van Morrison and Jools Holland. His most recent album, "Andromeda" released on the greatly respected Whirlwind Recordings label was launched at the Club in 2015 to considerable acclaim. Tonight, Alex is bringing his straight ahead jazz quartet to the Club, aiming to bring the hard grooving swing tradition of days gone by into a more contemporary 21st century setting. The gig features the impressive young rhythm section of Gabriel Latchin-piano, Conor Chaplin-bass and Dave Storey-drums. Brilliant, swinging jazz.

“Alex Garnett…one of Great Britain’s most accomplished post bop musicians” AllAboutJazz

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SUN 4TH - LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: SHIREEN FRANCIS

Shireen Francis 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz caribbean club restaurant1:30PM Born in London of Jamaican and Goan heritage, Shireen learned her craft in Afro-Caribbean music but in recent years has also expanded her influences to include classic jazz singers such as Marlena Shaw, Dianne Reeves and Nancy Wilson. This afternoon Shireen will be teaming up with pianist Gunther Kuermayr and his quartet to perform a mixed set of jazz, blues, latin, gospel, soul and a touch of Caribbean, aided and abetted by the wonderfully melodic sax of Josh Kemp. Also featuring Manuel Alvarez-bass and Gary Williams-drums, this promises to be a fun filled afternoon of music.

"Quite simply Shireen is one of the best British Jazz vocalists of this generation" BBC Radio; "A brilliant vocalist whose beguiling performance left me wanting more" Jazzwise

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Sun 4th - LOUISE CLARE MARSHALL

Louise Claire Marshall 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz groove club restaurant8:30PM Singer/composer/arranger Louise Clare Marshall was pretty much born in to the business of singing, performing with her family at an early age and then studying at the specialist music school Chetham’s before winning a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music. A truly versatile performer Louise is equally at home singing jazz and groove (as she will be tonight) as she is singing rock, musical theatre, or providing powerful vocals for dance music. Over the years she has worked with the likes of Beverley Knight, Robbie Williams, Van Morrison, Madeline Bell and Steve Winwood, as well as performing in various shows in London's West End, including “Soul Train”. Jools Holland was certainly one musician impressed with Louise’s work and for some years now she has been the featured singer with his band “Jools Holland and his Rhythm Orchestra”. And with her latest solo album “Beautiful” just released to considerable acclaim the future is looking very bright for this exceptionally talented artist. Her unsurprisingly impressive band includes Luke Smith (Whitney Houston, Eric Clapton)-keyboards, Dave Ital (Chaka Khan)-guitar and Winston Blissett  (Massive Attack)-bass. And watch out for Louise’s Special Guest Lisa Grahame, one of the featured saxophonists with the Jools Holland Band for some years now, a great player and the perfect foil for Louise’s wonderful vocals.

“Her deep…soulful voice was enthralling” BBC

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Mon 5th - GORDON HASKELL

Gordon Haskell 606 club chelsea live music venue club restaurant8:30PM An old friend of the Club, Gordon Haskell is amongst that rare breed of popular artist who are actually more concerned about the quality and integrity of their music than its commercial potential. A musician and singer/songwriter for 50 years his experience is vast and impressive. He first started writing songs for other artists in the late 60's before completing his first album as a singer/songwriter in 1969. In 1970 he spent a brief time (9 months) in his friend Robert Fripp's iconic rock band "King Crimson" before returning to his solo career. He produced several solo albums through the 70's whilst at the same time playing bass with a variety of artists, including Cliff Richard, Alvin Lee and Tim Hardin. By the mid 80's his career as a solo artist was slowly taking shape with work in Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden and it was at this time he started to truly develop his smooth, worldly-wise voice and signature guitar style. He started his own label in the late 80's which saw a number of releases through the 90's, and at the same time he started to build a reputation on the singer/songwriter circuit in the UK as a special talent to watch out for. In 2001, he released the single ‘How Wonderful You Are’, which was to be a major turning point in his career. It became one of the most requested records on BBC Radio Two and reached No.2 in the 2001 Christmas chart. That was followed by the album and single of the same name, “Harry’s Bar”, both of which charted and went platinum in Europe. He followed this up with two more successful albums before taking a break from songwriting to write his autobiography, 'The Road to Harry’s Bar' followed by a move in 2007 to the Greek island of Skopelos. And there he stayed until 2016 when he decided to return to the UK to pick up creatively where he had left off, which is quite definitely our good fortune. Tonight Gordon will be performing with long time associate Paul Yeung on saxophone, so expect to hear songs from 'Harry's Bar' alongside others both old and new, many of which are featured on Gordon's newly recorded album 'More Than That', due for release shortly. Back in the 2000's Gordon was a regular here and it's a real pleasure to welcome this special talent back to the Club this evening.

“One of the great unsung heroes of popular music” Independent

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Tue 6th - ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC EXAM NIGHT (FREE ENTRY - NOTE EARLIER START TIME)

7:45 PM 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! 

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Wed 7th - MARCO PICCIONI TRIO

Marco Piccioni 606 club live music venue jazz club restaurant8:30PM Italian by birth, guitarist Marco Piccioni started his career in Boston and then New York after graduating from Boston's iconic Berklee College of Music in 2002. By 2003 he was working both in New York and his native Italy where he established his own quartet with whom he recorded his first solo album, “Waterflight”, published by DDE-Records. By 2006 he had moved to London, which is now his permanent base, and since then he has collaborated with numerous high profile artists, including the likes of Julia Biel and Cleveland Watkiss. In addition to working with his Trio, Marco is also part of the Modal Contemporary band Collocutor, the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra and is an established music teacher, guitar tutor and lecturer, holding the post of course leader for the Artist Development Programme at the British Academy of New Music in London.  A well-respected blues, rock and jazz guitarist as well as singer he describes his playing as  "blending the warm sounds of Blues and Rock with Contemporary European Jazz flavours". Assisted by the regular members of the Trio, fellow Berklee alumnus and award-winning musician Blendi Dhami on bass and 606 regular Chris Nickolls (Mike Stern, Jason Rebello) on drums, the music is a thoughtful mix of jazz, blues and more contemporary styles, with many of the songs featuring Marco's vocals as well as his searing guitar. Much of the repertoire derives from his latest album “Far”, released in 2015, and which Marco characterises as "fast swing ostinatos....psychedelic shuffles and lazy, melancholic 12bars". Great addition to the 606 Club's contemporary roster and well worth catching.

“Marco Piccioni...a force to be reckoned with” Evening Standard

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Thu 8th - CLOSED FOR PRIVATE PARTY

Fri 9th - WAYNE HERNANDEZ

Wayne Hernandez 606 club chelsea live music venue soul rnb club restaurant9:30PM 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

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Sat 10th - DEREK NASH'S SAX APPEAL QUARTET

Derek Nash 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant9:30PM An award-winning saxophonist, Derek Nash is perhaps best known as one of the featured saxophonists with the Jools Holland Band, leader of the enormously successful “Sax Appeal” and co-leader of the funk/groove outfit “Protect the Beat”. An experienced musician of many years standing his muscular, fluent, modern jazz playing has been recognised with numerous awards, including “Best Jazz Ensemble” and “Best Jazz CD” as well as being voted one of the top 5 saxophonists in the country. Derek’s latest recording with his Acoustic Quartet, “You’ve Got to Dig it to Dig it, you Dig?” (named after a quote by Thelonious Monk) is garnering avid, five-star reviews, as well as airplay on Jamie Cullum’s BBC Radio 2 programme. And if all that wasn’t enough he is also highly regarded as a recording engineer, producer and arranger, with a client list that includes Annie Lennox, Alison Moyet, Lulu, Kylie Minogue, David Sanborn, Martha Reeves and many more. Tonight Derek is bringing his great, swinging, rhythm section to the Club that features Pete Adams (Tom Jones, Sister Sledge) piano, Phil Mulford (Beyonce, Lionel Ritchie) bass and Mike Bradley (Claire Martin) drums. Terrific musician, terrific band, terrific gig this.

“…bravura display of contemporary saxophone” The Observer; “...breathtaking” Sunday Times; “From smooth cool to groovy funk, to ingeniously recast standards…the music fizzes with energy…*****” Observer

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SUN 11TH - SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: 606 GOSPEL BRUNCH featuring ANDRE GABRIEL

Andre Gabriel 606 club chelsea live music venue gospel club restaurant1:30PM In a change to our regular Gospel Group Sundays today we will be putting into the spotlight the man who for so many years now has been putting it all together, bass player and guitarist Andre Gabriel. Andre has been a performer, primarily on the gospel scene, for many years and, as well as running the 606 Gospel gig for almost a decade, he also includes work with the likes of Adelaide McKenzie, Emmanuel Waldron, Junior Robinson, Karen Gibson, Muyiwa, Noel Robinson, Tony Clarke and Tracey Campbell on an impressive CV. Today Andre will be performing a mix of Gospel-inspired instrumental and vocal renditions of some classic songs accompanied by his terrific 7-piece band that includes a number of fine singers, with a promise of a great “Groove”/Gospel-based afternoon. This is always a special and uplifting gig and highly recommended. And don’t forget this is our family day so children are more than welcome.

“Uplifting gospel sounds” Time Out

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Sun 11th - GINA FOSTER'S "JONI'S SOUL"

Gina Foster 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz groove club restaurant 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. Perhaps most familiar to those at the Club for her shows here with her friend Beverley Skeete (Rhythm Kings), Gina is renowned as one of the most soulful session vocalists around and has worked prolifically in jazz, soul, groove, pop and dance music with high profile artists including Eric Clapton, Sinead O’Connor and many more. Tonight Gina will be returning to the 606 with her band for an encore performance of “Joni’s Soul”, her acclaimed programme celebrating the life and music of iconic singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell. As she says "It's not easy to pick a set-list 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”, “Coyote”, “Carey” and “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, Laurence Cottle on bass and Ian Thomas on drums. This promises to be a very special night indeed. Booking recommended.

“Gina Foster…is an incredibly talented and versatile vocalist” Visit London

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Mon 12th - THE KOGO PROJECT

KoGo Project 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz funk club restaurant 8:30PM Well, this promises to be a lot of fun. KoGo are the latest, and to my mind one of the best, of the new crop of Jazz/Groove bands to hit the UK scene of late. Led by the Award-winning singer/songwriter Kate Ockenden (Ko) on keyboards and vocals along with husband Geoff Ockenden (Go) on 6-string bass, this is a powerful, sophisticated take on contemporary Groove and R&B that deserves attention. A successful TV and film composer, regularly working for the likes of BBC2, CBBC, CBeebies and Sky TV, Kate has written copious amounts of production music for EMI and scored several independent feature films and documentaries. She won the Yamaha Youth Pop and Rock Awards in 1994, was a finalist in the 2005 BBC New Talent Competition and most recently won the Jazz/Blues category of the UK Songwriting Contest. So it's fair to say she knows what she's doing! As well as KoGo she tours regularly with Britain's Got Talent finalist Julian Smith, is mother to two young children and in her spare time(!) teaches music production, composition and performance at Worcester and Wolverhampton Universities. An in-demand bass player for more than 20 years, Geoff includes work at numerous venues around the country, including regular appearances at Ronnie Scott’s as well as underpinning shows with artists including Chaka Kahn, the aforementioned Julian Smith, Nigel Kennedy, The Average White Band,  The Real Thing, Womack and Womack and Ruby Turner. The KoGo Project itself was founded in the summer of 2014 inspired, as Kate puts it  "by a yearning to create honest, original jazz-funk music and perform it live". Although both Kate and Geoff have over 20 years experience of writing and performing this is their first venture together and very impressive it is too. Their debut album "Do It", released in 2016, has been extremely well received, attracting the attention of the likes of Michael McDonald "Brilliant", Bill Sharpe (Shakatak) "Great" as well as Jazz FM who invited them to perform live on the Chris Phillips show (6th June 2017). Making up the rest of the band for this evening's show will be Chris Aldridge (Gary Barlow, US3)-sax and Tony Robinson-drums. This will be their first appearance at the Club and is highly recommended.

“...knockout, the evening over before you knew it”  Jazz Journal; “Kate Ockenden delivered soulful vocals and funky Rhodes……the standard of playing was excellent throughout…..[an] infectious mix of jazz, funk and soul.”The JazzMann

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Tue 13th - TWO SETS

Dan Reinstein 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant 8:00PM DAN REINSTEIN American born but British educated, I first met Dan at the old Club when he was a medical undergraduate. Even then he was an impressive player, and after taking time off his medical studies to go to the Berklee School of Music he became even more remarkable. He returned to the USA in the early 90s where he became one of the world’s leading experts in laser eye surgery (he’s now officially Professor Reinstein). But he never stopped playing, and when he returned to London to live and work it was great to hear his fluent, classic hard-bop, muscular sax playing again. Also featured tonight will be Shanti Jayasinha on trumpet and Tim Lapthorn on piano.

“…impressive hard-bop saxophonist” Time Out

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9:45PM DILL KATZ 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 14th - 606 CLUB SPECIAL: 'FOUR PLUS THREE PLUS ONE' FEATURING KATE WILLIAMS PLUS SPECIAL GUEST JOHN WILLIAMS

Kate Williams 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant 8:30PM 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 was featured in the Steinway 2-Piano Festival in 2010, 2011 and 2013, with two of the concerts broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Kate has recently released her seventh, 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!". This will be the third time now that Kate has performed here with this particular line up, however tonight is a little different as, besides the trio and string quartet, Kate's Special Guest this evening will be one of the classical world’s greatest, and it's fair to say legendary, guitarists, the internationally acclaimed multi-Award-winning John Williams...who also just happens to be her Dad! Born in Australia in 1941, John is unquestionably a true virtuoso, guitar historian Graham Wade describing John as "perhaps the most technically accomplished guitarist the world has seen". He first started playing guitar at the age of 11, when the family moved back to the UK, initially taught by his father Len (also a talented classical guitarist), and then attending summer courses with the great Andrés Segovia at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy before going on to study guitar (and piano!) at the Royal College of Music. He started to attract notice after his first concert in 1958 when the now famous quote from Andres Segovia about him, that “God has laid a finger on his brow", was first printed. Since then John has had a stellar career of more than five decades of recording and performing, numerous awards, including a Grammy, a Brit and an Edison and regular appearances on TV and radio. Although perhaps best known as an outstanding classical guitarist, John has always had an interest in all musical genres, so between 1978 and 1984 he was a member of the fusion group Sky, created a highly acclaimed classical-rock fusion duet with celebrated rock guitarist Pete Townshend and these days is as likely to be seen performing with UK jazz and fusion legend John Etheridge as he is to be seen performing the classical guitar canon. He has appeared regularly over the years at Ronnie Scott’s, and had a long lasting musical relationship with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine. So not such a surprise that Kate turned out to be such a wonderful jazz pianist (and composer). He has also had success in the popular music field, being probably best known for his performance of Stanley Myers "Cavatina" which became a worldwide hit single when it was used as the theme tune to the Oscar-winning film “The Deer Hunter”. Amazingly, Kate tells me that this is the first time that she has ever appeared in a public performance with her father and to celebrate the occasion has written a number of pieces specifically for John and this line up, all of which will be premiered this evening. Both Kate and John are long time supporters of the 606 Club, so it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome the Williams family to the Club for this unique occasion. Booking strongly advised.

“Kate Williams...a worthy addition to the ranks of British Jazz composer pianists…” The Observer; “Kate Williams…a superbly lucid and inventive pianist and composer” BBC Radio 2; “John Williams has been a five-star artist...since I heard him play...with total mastery 40 years ago. A true master” Guardian; “John Williams...wonderful…delivery of music, clean, beautiful, flawless” Independent; “Nobody floats a melody in tenor range with the beauty and line of [John] Williams” LondonJazz News  

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Thu 15th - MARK NIGHTINGALE & SIMON WOOLF

Mark Nightingale Simon Woolf 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant8:30PM For those who like their jazz straight ahead and swinging, performed by some of the finest musicians on their instruments in the jazz firmament, this gig is definitely for you. Trombonist Mark Nightingale is an internationally acclaimed jazz soloist, highly respected writer, and one of the UK’s most in demand studio musicians. He began on trombone at age of nine, playing in his teens first in the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra and then the prestigious National Youth Jazz Orchestra before studying at Trinity College of Music, London. A recognised master on his instrument, by the early 90's he had already been asked to perform and teach in the US, Germany and around Europe. A fluent and immensely creative jazz musician Mark is also one of the UK's most prolific studio professionals, including work with the likes of  Frank Sinatra, Sting,  Henry Mancini, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Tracey, Lee Konitz, George Shearing, Georgie Fame, Charlie Watts,  Steely Dan, Cher, Tom Jones, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Elton John on a massive cv. And if all that wasn't enough he is also a highly respected writer and arranger, with commissions from groups such as LSO Brass, The New Trombone Collective, and London Brass. Mark’s compositions have been featured at International Trombone Festivals around the world and Cleo Laine was so taken with one of his compositions, ‘Just Once More’, that she put lyrics to it and recorded it live at Carnegie Hall! A lyrical and sophisticated musician, Simon Woolf is widely considered to be one of the most fluent and creative jazz double bass players in Europe. Recently featured alongside international players from across the globe at one of the World's leading double bass conventions in Copenhagen, Simon has enjoyed long associations with many leading US and UK jazz musicians. Artists he has performed with over the years include US stars Benny Golson, Harry Allen, Grant Stewart, John Colianni, Ruby Braff, George van Eps and Howard Alden as well as leading UK musicians such as Bobby Wellins, Geoff Simkins, Dave Cliff and Peter Jacobsen. Simon is also an active teacher and writes and arranges for both his own and other ensembles with which he is associated. The music tonight promises to be a fantastic mix of classic jazz standards with some of the leaders’ wonderful originals thrown in. Making up the rest of the quintet are, unsurprisingly, some of the best straight ahead players in the country, including Osian Roberts (Cedar Walton)-sax, the brilliant Jim Watson (Manu Katche, Sting)-piano and Sebastiaan de Krom (Jamie Cullum)-drums. Highly recommended.

“…spirited, melodic and swinging.” Observer; “Nightingale displays an impressive technique, an attractive tone and the ability to think fast. His own compositions are so smooth and logical that they could be mistaken for standards” AllMusic; “Award-winning modern jazz trombonist, who allies some fast phrasing to an engaging and inventive post-bop style” Time Out; “Woolf…a lyrical third voice” LondonJazz News; “Special mentions for Simon Woolf’s excellent bowed melody on ‘Spring is Here’….outstanding” Jazzwise

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Fri 16th - KEVIN LEO

Kevin Leo 606 club chelsea live music venue groove club restaurant9:30PM Kevin Leo first started singing in public at the age of 13 and by his mid teens already had performances for the BBC and a Royal Command Performance under his belt. At 17 he appeared on TV's Opportunity Knocks (the previous incarnation of "Britain's got Talent"), which led to him working regularly with comedian Michael Barrymore on his live shows. Taking himself off to college to get some solid musical theory behind him, he paid his way by singing backing vocals for the likes of Dionne Warwick, Kool and the Gang, Three Degrees, Joe Longthorne, Meat Loaf and M-People. By his mid 20's he was a well established figure in the London session scene, which led him in to artist development and vocal coaching, working with acts and companies such as David Hasselhoff, Pixie Lott, Olly Murs, Chico, Sugababes, Lemar, Kevin Lyttle, McFly, Sony, BMG, EMI, Virgin, Warner and Universal. More recently he has added songwriting and producing to his impressive talents and if all that wasn't enough he also has 4 solo albums, 4 EP's and 19 singles to his name as well. Although a regular here with other 606 artists, this is a wonderful opportunity to hear this enormously experienced and highly regarded singer perform at the Club with his own fantastic band, featuring David Elevique-keyboards, Gianluca Chiarella-guitar, Mike Bailey-bass, Chris Morris-drums and Ellie Chi-vocals. Highly recommended.

"KevinLeo...fabulous" Skiddle.com

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Sat 17th - NAT FACEY

Nat Facey 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant9:30PM Nathaniel has, over the last few years, established an impressive and well deserved reputation on the UK jazz scene as the highly talented and creative saxophonist with the MOBO award-winning “Empirical”. In 2002, while still a student at the Royal Academy of Music (of which he is now an alumnus), he was already a member of the prestigious Tomorrow's Warriors and the acclaimed Denys Baptiste band, as well as being a founder member of Empirical. On completing his degree he rapidly established an enviable reputation with work alongside the likes of US star Jason Moran and in 2009 was chosen to be one of just five UK musicians to participate in the PRS Foundation’s "Take V" programme, as a result of which he performed with iconic US drummer Jack DeJohnette. These days he is considered to be a star of international repute, with Parliamentary, Jazzwise, MOJO and Peter Whittingham Awards to his name and recordings or performances with a who’s who of international jazz stars, including Courtney Pine, Tim Garland, Jerry Dammers, Alex Wilson and Hugh Masekela. He has performed in prestigious venues and festivals around the world and has often been heard here at the Club, primarily with his wonderful quartet that is featured this evening. A superb, articulate musician of keen intelligence.

“Facey’s tunes showcase his flinty tone and quicksilver improvisations” JazzTimes

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SUN 18TH - LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: REBECCA POOLE

Rebecca Poole 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant1:30PM 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, 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. Most recently she just completed a successful tour supporting the indefatigable Jools Holland (who absolutely loved her work). 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 quartet, featuring guitarist Jamie McCredie. 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 18th - POLLY GIBBONS FEATURING JAMES PEARSON

Polly Gibbons 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant8:30PM Polly is one of the most respected and talked about singers of her generation. Since first hitting the UK jazz scene more than 10 years ago while still in her teens, Polly has developed into a consummate performer with a sultry, distinctive style, as much at home singing tender jazz ballads as she is performing rockin’ R&B classics. A regular at venues up and down the country as well as numerous international jazz festivals Polly is perhaps best known in London as one of the resident singers with the Ronnie Scott’s House Band.  In 2016 alone she opened the sold out UK tours for George Benson and Gladys Knight, had two acclaimed performances at the Royal Albert Hall and was a featured singer with the Liverpool Philharmonic in a presentation of the music and life story of John Lennon. Polly is also rapidly establishing herself in the US, with recent shows in Florida, Boston, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Los Angeles and Birdland in NYC. She released her critically acclaimed UK debut album "My Own Company" in 2014 and has followed this up with the recently released "Is It Me...?" (both on Resonance Records), tracks from which she will be performing this evening. The music is an eclectic mix of classic jazz standards, Groove-based tributes to the likes of Aretha Franklin and Donny Hathaway and several originals written by Polly and her musical director James Pearson (also featured this evening), one of which earned the two first place in the singer-songwriter category of the 2014 Indie International Songwriting Contest. Recently nominated Vocalist of the Year by Jazz FM, Polly is a very special talent who sums up her approach to performing like this: “I have found that singing is most inspiring for me when I bring a certain lightness of being to it, a certain joy and levity that allows me to communicate more fully with my audience – as if each moment was both ordinary and extraordinary at the same time”. A very old friend of the Club (Polly performed her first London gig here, back in the day) it’s with great pleasure that we welcome this remarkable talent back to the 606 leading her own quartet.

“Polly Gibbons…a truly exceptional, once in a generation talent, possessing a voice of such sizzling intensity and raw emotion you could fry an egg on it” Jazzwise; "There’s a rare sense of joy in her voice, not to mention a depth of….feeling….remarkable” Evening Standard

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Mon 19th - DINO BAPTISTE

Dino Baptiste 606 club chelsea live music venue blues boogie woogie club restaurant8:30PM Dino Baptiste has been an outstanding pianist working in the UK and beyond for over two decades, sharing his prodigious talent amongst an array of local and internationally recognised artists and best known here at the Club as the pianist with the iconic Blues singer Dana Gillespie. Although capable of performing in an array of Jazz styles, it has been his love and enthusiasm for Blues, Boogie Woogie and Soul that has seen him become firmly established as a leading pianist/vocalist. He first started performing in the mid 70's, influenced by the likes of Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Louis Prima, influences that he has carried through to this day. After a short spell in Australia in the late 80's he returned to the UK in the early 90's when he was hired by Dana to accompany her for a show. It was a musical match made in heaven and more than 20 years later he remains an integral part of her band, performing worldwide with her and appearing on all the albums she has made in that time. A busy and successful musician, as well as with Dana, Dino also includes work with the likes of Donald Fagen, Lulu, Leo Sayer and Paul Jones & The Blues Band, plus numerous gigs with his own band at Clubs and Blues festivals around the UK and Europe. His debut CD “Two Timing Lover” was received with considerable acclaim in the Blues and Boogie Woogie world particularly, and it is music from this album plus as Dino puts it "an exclusive selection of old hits from my idols Ray Charles and Nat King Cole" that he will be performing tonight. A high energy performer with an infectious personality and skills to match, anyone who has seen Dino's dynamic performances with Dana here at the Club will know just how impressive his Blues and Boogie Woogie playing really is.  For this gig Dino will be joined by Dana Gillespie regulars Mike Paice on sax and harmonica, Carl Stanbridge on bass and Alessandro Cinelli on drums. For those who love piano playing at it's most infectious this is a gig not to be missed.

“Dino Baptiste…so highly regarded by the British blues press…impressive...among the best of the current crop of British blues keyboard players” Blues on Stage

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Tue 20th - MARTA CAPPONI

Singer Marta Capponi 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz world club restaurant london8:30PM Stunning Italian-born vocalist Marta Capponi has made quite an impression on the UK scene, bringing multilingual sophistication and virtuosic sensuality to the wide variety of jazz-funk, Latin, Brazilian and jazz that she performs. She started her jazz studies in Rome at the age of 19 and once graduated she quickly moved on to become one of the most in demand singers of her generation, performing at Jazz Festival such as "Umbria Jazz", "Umbria Jazz Winter", "Ravello Jazz Festival" , "Spoleto Festival die Due Mondi", "Casa del Jazz", "Villa Celimontana" , "Auditorium Parco della Musica" and many clubs around Italy and Europe. Seeking greater challenges she moved to London in 2012, which has definitely been our gain. Although relatively new to the UK scene she already includes the likes of Phillip Achille (Lionel Richie), Femi Temowo (Amy Winehouse), Ernesto Simpson (Richard Bona), Luca Boscagin (John Abercrombie), Adriano Adewale (Sarah Jane Morris) and Robin Banerjee (Amy Winehouse) on an impressive cv. Seen here at the Club regularly with the likes of Marcelo Andrade's African Tree and J-Sonics as well as my own band Samara (trust me, she's good). Tonight she will be singing a mix of Jazz, and Brazilian standards with the occasional impressive original thrown in for good measure. Accompanied by pianist John Crawford and the trio, this promises to be an excellent night of high quality singing.

"Capponi not only knocked out the crowd with a bubbling Honeysuckle Rose but a wistful I'll Be Seeing You as well; easy to see why she is making waves" LondonJazz News

Note: Marta Capponi has replaced the advertised artist for this evening Irene Serra, due to illness. We hope to see Irene back at the Club very soon.

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Wed 21st - ED BENTLEY QUARTET

Ed Bentley 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz groove lub restaurant8:30PM US-born Ed Bentley has been resident in the UK since the early 70’s and has carved an illustrious career on the international jazz scene as a fine pianist and organist. His fluent “hard bop” influenced playing has been heard alongside the likes of Deniece Williams, Irene Reed (from the Count Basie Band), Percy Sledge and Bobby Watson and boasts a stellar fan base including Sir Paul McCartney, Joe Sample and Tony Bennett. With 7 albums to his name including “Magic Night” and “Bolla, Keyboard Blues” he has performed with his band at the likes of Ronnie Scott’s, The Jazz Cafe and the Royal Festival Hall as well as clubs and festivals around Europe. His work with leading international artists has taken him to Australia, the Far East and Africa as well as the USA. Tonight, Ed will be bringing his trademark, swinging, organ-led outfit that features a quite remarkable line up of some of the finest jazz musicians in the country, including fellow ex-pats Dave Lewis-sax and Rod Youngs-drums along with Phil Dawson-guitar. This is great, swinging jazz/groove from some of the most experienced and respected players around.

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

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Thu 22nd - ACANTHA LANG

Acantha Lang 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz blue groove club restaurant8:30PM Singer Acantha Lang has been making quite a name for herself since recently relocating to London. Although born in New Orleans, her desire to sing was really kindled after she moved to New York and bought her first Blues CD, and as she says "it felt like home". She immersed herself in the blues, studying its history, music and greats such as Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, which led to putting together and landing a residency at the Harlem Grill where her highly lauded ‘Monday Night Blues’ performances were described as "an amalgamation of Tina Turner, James Brown, and Janis Joplin". It wasn't long before she was being asked to perform at various prestigious venues around New York, including one of the hottest clubs in the country, The Box. It was then a short step to being asked to MC The Box's sister Club, The Box-London. Unsurprisingly, performing regularly at such a well-known venue has helped rapidly establish Acantha as an artist of real talent and authority. As well as New York and London, Acantha has performed in Africa, French Guiana, China, Russia, and throughout Europe and has been heralded as a force to be reckoned with by the likes of Sting and Axl Rose. Although Acantha started out singing the Blues, these days her repertoire is more eclectic, and she quotes the likes of Tina Turner, Nina Simone and Jimi Hendrix amongst her many influences. Acantha has already appeared here at the Club with the likes of Mo Pleasure and Dan Reinstein, so we know her powerful and charismatic singing well. It is therefore with great pleasure that we welcome this outstanding artist with her very own band  featuring 606 Club regular, guitarist Emlyn Francis (Imaani). Promises to be a "Groove" extravaganza not to be missed.

"Her voice blew me away…She is truly unforgettable.” Jude Law; "She has a soulful voice reminiscent of Tina Turner, Chaka Khan...she's the real deal" Mo Pleasure

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Fri 23rd - SOUL PURPOSE FEATURING KATIE LEONE (HAYLEY SANDERSON POSTPONED DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES)

Soul Purpose featuring Katie Leone  606 club chelsea live music venue groove soul club restaurant9:30PM   With her vibrant personality and soaring voice, Katie Leone is probably best known on the scene as one of the featured vocalists with legendary jazz/soul/funk outfit Incognito, with whom she’s toured worldwide. Her talent has made her one of the circuit’s most sought after singers both live and in the studio, working with high profile bands & artists including Emeli Sandé, Elvis Costello, Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), Lou Reed, ABC, T’Pau, Go West, KT Tunstall, Chaka Khan, Jocelyn Brown & Leon Ware. Also on the faculty at the Academy of Contemporary Music, Katie’s abilities as an instructor & coach have now been discovered by TV programmes such as “The Voice”, while no less an icon than Queen’s guitarist Brian May said after seeing Katie live, “we just couldn’t stop talking about her performance”. Katie has been a featured guest here at the 606 on numerous occasions, most recently with bandleader & keyboardist Carl Hudson & guitarist Bobby Quigley (with whom she shares a love for vintage funk & groove), but for this show she’s appearing with Soul Purpose, an indisputably funky and fabulous soul band led by keyboardist, writer & producer Brian Henry (Soul II Soul, Mica Paris, Gabrielle, Des’ree, Brand New Heavies). Between them, this lineup brings energy and spark to the classic soul repertoire that comes with a lifetime of playing this great music, and a vast reservoir of professional experience that few can match.

“She can sing her tail off!” Jocelyn Brown; “I can honestly say that Katie Leone is one of the best singers I have ever heard. Passion, emotion, phrasing, you got it locked down soul sistah!” Soulpersona

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Sat 24th - GEORGINA JACKSON

Georgina Jackson 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant9:30PM After acquiring what she likes to describe as “a strange and somewhat unfashionable obsession with jazz and Big Band music at an early age” Georgina began her musical career as a professional trumpet player, working for a number of years with many famous faces and big bands in concert halls, television and radio. However, again as she describes it, “harbouring a desire to wear a posh frock” she decided that adding singing to her repertoire could be, well, fun. So she set up her own band to sing with and the rest, as they say, is history. These days her excellent swing jazz vocals can be heard in a variety of impressive settings, not least as featured vocalist with the BBC Big Band (with whom she appears and records regularly), the BBC Concert Orchestra and as resident singer with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra. Her first CD was Jazz FM’s “CD of the Week” and the single “Change Partners” from her second CD, “Watch What Happens”, released in June 2012, shot to number 1 in the iTunes Jazz Chart with the album itself making it into the top 5. The London Evening Standard also awarded the album “CD of the Week” status. Her latest recording, “Peggy, Duke & Benny” continues her love affair with classic big band jazz and swing. For this 606 gig, Georgina will be performing songs by Peggy Lee, Ella & Anita O’Day, and will be backed by her fantastic band, including Gabriel Latchin on piano and Joe Pettitt-bass. This is wonderful, swinging straight-ahead jazz from one of the most talented singers on the scene. Oh, and she still plays great trumpet as well so expect something just a little different.

“A talented trumpet player and singer with a sassy, vibrant style” All About Jazz; “…a characterful force to be reckoned with” Jazzwise

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SUN 25TH LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: CLOSED FOR PRIVATE PARTY

1:30PM Featuring performances by students from Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. For further details see www.tringpark.com/whats-on/sunday-lunch-live-at-the-606 or call 01442 824255.

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SUN 25th - ZOE FRANCIS WITH SPECIAL GUEST JIM MULLEN

Zoe Francis 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant 8:30PM Zoe started singing jazz while living and working in New York, and soon became a regular fixture on the scene, often sitting in with the late Harry Whitaker and his trio at Arturo’s down in the Village as well as working with many other musicians including Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Joe Cohn and Chris Flory. Her first album “Looking for a Boy” was released to significant acclaim, while her second, “The Very Thought of You”, recorded live at the 606 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 the multi-award winning Jim Mullen on guitar (widely regarded as one of the finest jazz guitarists in Europe) as well as the great Gareth Williams on piano, Mick Hutton on bass and Enzo Zirilli on drums. A classic jazz star in the making, and a brilliant gig.

“something a bit special is going on when this artist…takes the stage..….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 26th - TOMMY BLAIZE BAND

Tommy Blaize Band 606 club chelsea live music venue groove club restaurant8:30PM 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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Tue 27th - cd launch: marco marconi's "trialogue"

Marco Marconi Trio 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant 8:30PM Tonight we feature the CD launch of a really impressive pianist, who although still relatively new to the UK scene has already made quite an impact. A native Italian from Umbria, Marco initially studied classical piano before moving on to study Jazz at the Music Conservatory of Perugia, completing two diplomas and a post-grad in jazz, all with honours. Since then he has established himself as one of Italy's leading jazz pianists, performing at both Clubs and national and International festivals throughout Italy, including Umbria Jazz, Arezzo Jazz, The Festival of Nations, the Valmarecchia Jazz Festival and the Festival of the Saracens. His first UK appearance was at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2009, followed by a solo set in 2011 at the Lancaster Music Festival, which prompted his decision in 2012 to move to the UK permanently. Since then he has been working primarily with his own trio, producing their first album "Nordik", recorded live at the Fazioli Concert Hall in Venice and released on the iconic UK label 33Jazz, in 2016. Marco has a truly impressive technique, which allied with his classical knowledge and jazz sensibilities creates a unique sound and approach to both his originals and classic jazz standards as well as informing his jazz interpretations of pieces from the classical piano canon. Tonight the trio, featuring Tom Farmer on bass and Emiliano Caroselli on drums, will be launching their much-anticipated second CD "Trialogue", once again released on Paul Jolly's 33Jazz label. As Paul says, the gig will give an opportunity "…for London audiences  to hear one of the most creative and innovative pianists currently working on the contemporary scene". Praise indeed from someone who knows a thing or two about Jazz! The programme, as described by Marco, "will feature music from the CD, which is a mix of my brand new original compositions plus really well known songs that I have arranged in a jazz setting...including a...medley of music from Star Wars". Now that you can't miss! Booking advised.

"It isn’t often you discover a performer whose creative ability takes your breath away in the first 30 seconds of hearing their music... Marco is a breath of fresh air for....Jazz fans everywhere" JazzBitesRadio.com; "An inspirational feast of stylish...jazz" Stratford Jazz; "a remarkable musician" Cheltenham Jazz Festival

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Wed 28th - MO PLEASURE BAND

Mo Pleasure 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz groove club restaurant8:30PM One of the greatest keyboard players and multi-instrumentalists of his generation Morris "Mo" Pleasure has been at the forefront of American popular music for the last 30 years. 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 gaining a BA in Music in the mid 80's, Mo began his professional career playing with Ray Charles before moving in to the studios, including work with the likes of George Duke, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Christina Aguilera, Michael McDonald, Chaka Khan, and Roberta Flack 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 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 last 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. 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, for fun, as a "sideman" here at the Club and in the process has quickly become part of our 606 musical "family". So it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome him to the Club tonight, appearing here as a leader of his own ensemble. He describes the music they will be playing as a selection of originals as well as his favourite classic funk, soul and groove songs and will feature a hand picked band of some of the finest musicians in the UK including Luke Smith-keyboards, Dan Reinstein-sax, Tommy Hill-guitar and Mark Mondesir-drums - and watch out for his Special Guests including upcoming UK singer Louise Golbey & funky Philadelophia-born US soul singer Ivy Chanel.

" ...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... Superb and essential." Soul Express

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Thu 29th - **606 CLUB SPECIAL** "ALL FIRED UP!" FEATURING TOMMY BLAIZE, DEREK GREEN-VOCALS; TREVOR BARRY-BASS; DAVE ARCH, PETE MURRAY-PNO/KYBD; TIM CANSFIELD-GTRS; TOM WALSH, JAMES COPUS-TRPTS; BARNABY DICKINSON-TRB; PAUL BOOTH-SAX; KARLOS EDWARDS, JODY LINSCOTT-PERC; ANDREW SMALL-DRUMS

All Fired Up 606 club chelsea live music venue club restaurant8:30PM After a series of storming, sold out, gigs 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 was formed 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 bandstand, 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 last year. The musicians who will be performing in this amazing line up tonight include Tommy Blaize, Derek Green-vocals, Trevor Barry-bass, Dave Arch, Pete Murray-piano/keyboards, Tim Cansfield, Tony Remy-guitars, Barnaby Dickinson-trombone, Paul Booth-sax; Simon Gardner-trumpet; Karlos Edwards, Jody Linscott-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; "Barnaby Dickinson…world class player” BBC Music Magazine 

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Fri 30th - samara

Liliana Chachian Samara 606 Club Chelsea Live Music London UK9:30PM“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 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

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