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
WED 1st - JOHN ETHERIDGE’S “BLUE SPIRITS” ORGAN TRIO
8:30PMAn iconic figure on the UK jazz scene, John first came to prominence in the mid 70’s with the classic fusion band “Soft Machine”. During the same time - demonstrating his remarkable and now well-documented versatility - he also spent a number of years touring with the celebrated swing jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. In recent years he has been busy performing and recording as a solo artist and with his own bands, notably the “Zappatistas” (his tribute to Frank Zappa), “Sweet Chorus” dedicated to Stéphane and “Soft Machine”, with whom he still appears. A master guitarist he includes work with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Pat Metheny and John Williams on his extensive CV. The Blue Spirits Trio John is leading tonight is a classic guitar-led jazz organ trio (guitar, organ and drums), drawing on his vast reservoir of musical experience spanning over 40 years at the very top of his profession, and showcases the bluesier side of John’s musical repertoire. With Bill Mudge on organ, a superb accompanist as well as soloist and in demand drummer Mark Fletcher, whose drive and invention is well documented, this is unquestionably live music at its very best.
“One of the best guitarists in the world” Pat Metheny; “gifted…spectacular” The Times; “…a master guitarist…brilliant” The Observer; “A virtuoso on acoustic and electric guitars” Time Out
THU 2nd - MOYSES DOS SANTOSwith Special Guests SHEAN WILLIAMS & SHAN SMILE-vocals and CLEVERSON SILVA-drums
8:30PMBorn in Sao Paolo, Brazil, bass player Moyses dos Santos showed an aptitude for the instrument from a very early age. His first public performance was at the age of 8, when he appeared with his local church band, and he continued to perform within the church environment right up through to the age of 18. Once in his teens the word soon got out and it wasn’t long before he found himself touring Brazil with established gospel and pop artists. His international career really took off, though, on his move to London in the late 2000’s when he was in his mid 20’s. It didn’t take long for his talent to be recognised, and for the last 3 years or so he has been touring Europe and his native South America with various high profile bands as well as working regularly as a successful studio musician here in London. Co-founder, along with Incognito and Level 42 drummer Pete Ray Biggin, of the impressive band “Lola’s Day Off", Moyses is also in the process of recording his own album with well-known instrumentalists from both the UK and the US and just released the self-penned single, “Fire In My Heart”. Tonight Moyses will be appearing with his own fantastic collective that features some UK-based musicians Gabriele Virgilio Pribetti-saxophone, Jackson Mathod-trumpet,Mikayl Dawood-guitar and Jack Oliver on keyboards. In keeping with Moyses's now regular gigs here he has also invited some very Special Guests, including Brazilian drummer and master percussionist Cleverson Silva and wonderful singers Shean Williams & Shan Smile, to join the band for some impromptu “soulful grooving”. This is an amazing line up put together just for this gig and is a fantastic treat for anyone who likes great Latin/Brazilian/Groove. Booking advised.
9:30PMPROTECT THE BEAT is made up of five of the finest jazz funk experts on the scene; Derek Nash, sax (Jools Holland, Dave Grusin, Sax Appeal), Tim Cansfield, guitar (Bee Gees, Elton John), Neil Angilley, keyboard (Vanessa Mae, War of The Worlds), Phil Scragg bass and Darby Todd, drums (Dennis Rollins, “The Lion King”). With such a fantastic group of players, it’s no surprise that the band has been described in the music press as "the strongest live act within the genre in the UK at this time” and that their CD “Intrepid” was at the number 1 spot of the independent UK Jazz Chart for 11 weeks! With numerous festival appearances to their name including The Capitol Jazz Festival (USA) and two memorable shows at Brecon Jazz, “Protect the Beat” have certainly left an impression with their inimitable brand of jazz/funk. To quote the title of their debut album, "It Ain't Dinner Jazz".
“Their live shows are an explosion of energy with the ebullient Nash leading his team of crack session players through a series of full on, unashamedly funky tunes” TheJazzMann.com
9:30PMClark is an excellent, highly experienced, award-winning drummer, bandleader, composer and arranger. Originally featured with the band of his late, great, father Stan, Clark has gone on to establish himself in his own right as one of the country’s leading modern jazz drummers. He has recorded over 90 albums (9 as a leader) and performed in over 50 countries. He has been awarded the "Best Drums" title three times in the British Jazz Awards and Ronnie Scott's Award for “Best Drums” in 2007. As a bandleader he can boast some of the finest musicians in the UK have passed through his ranks, including the likes of Nigel Hitchcock, Dave O'Higgins, Mark Nightingale, Mornington Lockett and Zoe Rahman. As well as composing and arranging for his own group he has composed for the Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Appleby Festival Big Band and written string quartet arrangements for vocalists Claire Martin and Joan Viskant. Joining Clark on the stand this evening will be the brilliant horn section of newcomers Chris Maddock on sax and the Award-winning Alex Ridout on trumpet (2016 BBC Young Musician Jazz Award), along with the talented young rhythm section of Harry Bolt on piano and Dan Casimir on bass. As Clark succinctly puts it, “Finding young guys who can play this music is becoming much easier, but finding young guys who can understand this music in addition is always more of a challenge. I believe with this band I’ve found what I’m looking for.”The driving force behind the night’s entertainment however will of course be Clark himself, bringing a rhythmic diversity, taste and sensitivity that has made him one of the UK’s most respected musicians.
“...one of the most impressive jazz drummers in Britain today” The Times
SUN 5TH - LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: CLOSED FOR PRIVATE EVENT
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SUN 5th - KEVIN LEO
8:30PMKevin 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 for the very first time with his own fantastic band, featuring Lex Cameron (Imaani, Omar, Frank Tontoh)-keyboards/vocals, Tim Cansfield (Bee Gees, Elton John)-guitar, Mike Bailey-bass and David Ijaduola-drums. Highly recommended.
MON 6th - bQq band WITH SPECIAL GUESTS NOEL MCCALLA & HOLLY PETRIE
8:30PMThis fantastic "Groove" gig features the band of guitarist Bobby Quigley (co-leader of the Carl Hudson Groove Nights), a formidable young musician who includes work with the likes of Pete Ray Biggin, Imaani and Katie Leone on an impressive cv. The music will be an infectious blend of Groove and Jazz featuring a selection of classic groove standards with the occasional "Groove" original thrown in for good measure. As would be expected, the rest of the band is made up of some of the finest musicians on the scene, the remarkable Ross Stanley (Deodato, Simply Red) on keyboards, groove powerhouse Neville Malcolm on bass and the terrific Rod Youngs (Tony Kofi, Denys Baptiste) on drums. Bobby's special guests this evening will be singers Noel McCalla and Holly Petrie. Noel first came to prominence in the mid 80’s with the seminal Jazz/funk band Morrisey/Mullen and from the early 90’s, for more than 19 years, Noel’s searing, soulful vocals were featured with the iconic Manfred Mann’s “Earth Band”. Holly has been a busy studio and backing singer for more than 10 years, working with the likes of Jess Glynne, Rod Temperton, Cee Lo Green, Omar, Beverly Knight, Sugababes, Kim Wilde and Scouting For Girls. She includes performances at the Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott’s, Shepherds Bush Empire and Hammersmith Apollo and has been a vocal tutor at London’s Institute of Contemporary Music Performance for more than 2 years. The music is a mix of really great classic groove standards with the occasional high-class groove original, performed by one of the best bands around. Be sure to attend what promises to be a “Groove” extravaganza.
“McCalla…spine tingling” Guardian; "Holly Petrie...amazing" Pete Ray Biggin
8:00PMDAN REINSTEINAmerican born but British educated, I first met Dan at the old Club when he was a medical undergraduate. Even then he was an impressive player, and after taking time off his medical studies to go to the Berklee School of Music he became even more remarkable. He returned to the USA in the early 90s where he became one of the world’s leading experts in laser eye surgery (he’s now officially Professor Reinstein). But he never stopped playing, and when he returned to London to live and work it was great to hear his fluent, classic hard-bop, muscular sax playing again. Also featured tonight will be Shanti Jayasinha on trumpet and Tim Lapthorn on piano.
“…impressive hard-bop saxophonist” Time Out
9:45PMDILL KATZis appearing later with his regular quartet, playing the more contemporary side of the spectrum. Dill, frequently referred to as a “bass legend”, is one of the most experienced players on the scene today, having pioneered the use of the fretless bass in the mid sixties, and whose work includes stints with Ian Carr’s “Nucleus”, Barbara Thompson’s band “Paraphernalia” and Afro/Jazz band “District Six”. This gig also features the excellent guitar playing of Leon Stenning.
“Superior jazz-rock quartet led by ex-Nucleus electric bassist Katz” Time Out
8:30PMWe welcome Purdy back to the Club once again with what promises to be yet another fantastic night of masterful pop/jazz-influenced originals, with a smattering of standards thrown in for good measure. This outstanding singer oozes charisma, which combined with her sultry style and surefooted vocal delivery makes for a masterful evening of highly accessible music. With influences ranging from Nina Simone to Nancy Sinatra, her vocal prowess is stunning and her live performances demonstrate a strong connection with any audience lucky enough to see her live. She has impressed at a number of major events recently, including a 90,000 strong crowd at Wembley Stadium, Formula One events around Europe, The London Lifestyle Awards 2013 and has just made quite an impact as support on Jools Holland's most recent tour. Her 2015 album “Diamond in the Dust” affirmed her as a significant solo artist, and the word on the street is that her upcoming EP “Both Sides of the Clown” (which we’ll be hearing songs from tonight) will continue that upward momentum. The music is a mix of originals and some covers and is at the singer/songwriter end of the musical spectrum. The night wouldn't be complete without her brilliant supporting band, featuring the talents of Tim Sentance on piano, Jamie McCredie on guitar and a rhythm section of Tom Moore on bass and Dan Western on drums. Worth booking for this one.
"Great character, unique voice, a true artist" Alan McGee, Creation Records; "So slinky, it shouldn't be allowed" BBC 6 Music
8:30PMThe wonderful Natalie Williams has been strutting her stuff here at the Club for over 10 years, going from a young upcoming Soul/R&B singer to established artist. With a Residency at Ronnie Scott’s leading her “Soul Family” Sundays - a regular feature for ten years now! - through appearances at International festivals such as Montreux, Rochester (New York), Jakarta and the Blue Note Tokyo Nat has established herself as one of the finest singers on the UK scene. Her two-year stint as a lead vocalist in Incognito brought her worldwide acclaim and as a lead artist in her own right, Natalie has in recent years performed at the Cheltenham, Manchester, Love Supreme and London Jazz Festivals. As well as Jazz and Groove she also includes work with the likes of drum and bass icons Goldie and Nu:Tone and her own output of soul and R&B tracks resulted in her receiving a MOBO nomination. As well as classic jazz and groove standards the music this evening will also focus on her own originals from her latest album “Kaleidoscope”. As Nat describes it "The writing draws from all of my musical influences over the years; Jazz, soul, classic singer-songwriter with a touch of blues and country. Co-written, produced and mixed by my bassist and incredibly talented other half, Robin Mullarkey...It feels like a new dress I never want to take off". And ably assisting her tonight will be her fantastic band, featuring the aforementioned Rob Mullarkey-bass, Phil Peskett-piano, Al Cherry-guitar and James Maddren-drums. Special singer, special gig this.
“One of the UK’s hottest singers…she effortlessly moves from soul-diva to sensual and sophisticated jazz.” Time Out; “a commanding...presence”Telegraph; "incredible...a truly real, beautiful star, worthy of everyone’s attention” Jamie Cullum
9:30PMWayne is one of those fantastic singers who has been using his considerable talents for many years to make others sound good. Hugely successful within the music business he has worked with Tina Turner, Tori Amos, Blur, Grover Washington, Roberta Flack and Madonna. He has also toured extensively with Kool and the Gang, Regina Bell and most recently Billy Ocean, and is one of the singers with the band Gorillaz (oh, that guy!). With an Afro-Cuban heritage that includes work to this day with the London Community Gospel Choir, along with living in New York for a number of years, Wayne describes his music as “…a living fusion of music styles from the Black music scene”. Also a well-established songwriter and producer, this multi-talented artist delivers a simply brilliant set of powerful groove music with an impressive eight-piece band of hand-picked musicians, including guitar, sax and backing vocals, that define the word “soul”.
“...it was clear that Wayne had a very special talent, his voice, it was simply breathtaking” Livemusic.fm
9:30PM After taking the scene by storm in the early sixties with the Ronnie Scott quintet, Peter has gone on to establish himself unequivocally as one of the finest alto saxophonists in the world. His fabulous technique allied with an unerring sense of harmony has made him one of the greatest players this country has ever produced. The featured saxophonist with the Charlie Watts Band, his playing has made him famous worldwide. As well as a remarkable improviser Peter has also established himself as a writer and arranger of note, with both an opera and a brilliant series of recordings featuring his own string arrangements for classical and jazz quartet. Peter has always been a great supporter of the Club and it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome this saxophone giant. Peter’s special guest tonight is the remarkable Mornington Lockett, one of the UK’s leading tenor sax players. Mornington worked with the Ronnie Scott quintet before moving on to work with singer Sarah Jane Morris and the Tracey’s - Stan and Clark - as well as being the driving force behind the brilliant “Celebrating the Jazz Couriers” quintet. He has a powerful and hugely impressive sound and approach. This gig is a rare chance to hear two of the finest saxophonists in the world playing together and is an absolute must for anyone interested in great modern jazz.
“Peter King...plays with...searing authority” Guardian; “Lockett…plays with tremendous fluency and drive” Evening Standard; “World class” Jazz Journal; “inspired” Jazzwise
SUN 12th - SUNDAY GOSPEL LUNCH SPECIAL FEATURING: LORRAINE CLARKE-McGHIE
1:30pmLorraine's interest in music was developed as she became a worship leader, Junior Choir Director, vocal trainer, keyboardist and choir member for two of London’s largest churches, Kingsway International Christian Centre and New Wine Church. Moving on to become a member of the renowned London Community Gospel Choir Lorraine's talent was fully recognised when she won a televised gospel singing competition aired on the Love World digital TV channel. These days, as well as being an established and respected singer on the Gospel circuit, Lorraine is also a music and French graduate teaching Secondary School music and establishing gospel choirs within schools. In 2005 Lorraine released her debut album “I Can Go On”, an 11-song album of self-penned tracks and in 2013 she debuted her second project, a single called “More Than Able”. Lorraine's gig today, accompanied by her terrific band, promises to be inspirational, soulful and funky, demonstrating her musical diversity and winning personality. And don't forget children are always welcome at our Sunday Lunch gigs.
Sun 12th - LIANE CARROLL **Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2005/6** “Parliamentary Jazz Awards Musician of the Year 2008”
8:30PM The first artist ever to win two BBC Jazz Awards in the same year, for Best Vocalist and Best of Jazz, Liane is a dynamic vocalist and pianist whose amazing talent has been captivating audiences around the world. She is recognised as one of the finest singer/pianists on the scene, working with the likes of Gerry Rafferty, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Paul McCartney, and has been a featured performer at Glastonbury Festival. Her albums have been received with universal acclaim and led to an hour-long special on BBC TV featuring her performance at the Brecon Jazz Festival. Her CDs “Up and Down” and “Ballads” on Quiet Money records, produced by Grammy-nominated trumpeter/producer James McMillan, garnered impressive reviews, “magical” (Guardian), “brilliant” (Observer) and her most recently released album "Seaside" on Linn Records – which received a Parliamentary Jazz Award nomination for “Jazz Album of the Year” - has been variously described as "gorgeous" and "heartfelt". A world-class performer, her powerful blues-tinged voice combined with strong piano playing and exciting infectious material, not to mention a wicked sense of humour, make this a truly remarkable gig. Accompanying Liane tonight will be the wonderful Roger Carey on bass and Liane's Special Guest, the incomparable Ian Thomas on drums.
“Liane Carroll...she seems in some magical way to be made out of music” The Observer; “…swinging like hell one minute, brutally expressive and heartbreakingly tender the next….utterly brilliant” Time Out; "A jazz force to be reckoned with…the real thing" The Independent; “…world class” Guardian; “…deeply soulful” The Times; “…unswerving honesty and molten intensity…burningly expressive” Jazzwise
8:30PMIf you're a fan of Latin music (and even if you're not!) you will probably know that the 10 piece Latin band The Sugar Kings, led by the brilliant Cuban percussionist Flavio Correa, is unquestionably one of the finest, and most authentic, Salsa/Son groups in Europe. However, you may not know that they also have a smaller cousin, The Sugar Kings Quartet. Also led by Flav this version features just four of the band but is still one of the most dynamic and exciting Latin groups to play here at the Club. Flav's description of the band really does sum it up best: "From the gambling dens of pre-revolution Havana, where the sweet smell of cigars hung thick in the air and the aged rum flowed, "The Sugar Kings" Cuban quartet present traditional Son, vintage mambo and Cha Cha Cha…with vocal harmonies and much frivolity..."! The Sugar Kings quartet are: Flavio Correa (Percussion), Elpidio Alegria (Baby Bass), David Oliver (piano) and Victor Hechavarria (Trumpet). An excellent opportunity to hear this particular line up at the Club, definitely one for the diaries.
“Latin and Cuban sounds from this authentic...band that bring their exultant vocals to the heart of Chelsea.” Time Out
8:00PMCAROLINE LOFTUSAn 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 featuring the wonderful Ben Hazleton on bass. A sophisticated and exciting gig from one of the masters of jazz vocals.
9:45PMJAZZ FROM THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC with TOM BARFORDThis 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. Tonight the featured musician will be saxophonist Tom Barford with his excellent quintet.
wed 15th - CD LAUNCH: CHRIS BISCOE & ALLISON NEALE, "TWO OF A MIND"
8:30PMChris Biscoe has, over the last four decades, built up a reputation as one of the most highly regarded sax players on the UK jazz scene. Featured on more than 50 recordings he is perhaps best known for his alto sax work with the likes of Mike Westbrook and Tony Kofi, but he is also equally adept on clarinet and baritone sax. As a featured baritone saxophonist his angular, compelling, improvisations have been heard with the likes of Hermeto Pascoal, Tony Kinsey, Graham Collier, the New York Composers Orchestra and John Williams’ Baritone Band. And it is on this instrument that he will be featured this evening. Beautifully fluent and inventive on both alto sax and flute, Allison Neale plays in a strongly melodic “West Coast cool jazz” style reminiscent of her main influences Paul Desmond (of Dave Brubeck fame), Art Pepper and Stan Getz. Her brilliant compositions, relaxed tempo and melodic approach provide a fresh insight into modern jazz and her work in groups such as John Dankworth’s Big Band and “Generations” band have established Allison as one of the scene’s leading sax and flute players. Born in Seattle, Washington but raised in Northamptonshire, UK, she has three albums to her name, ‘Melody Express’, ‘Blue Concept’ and ‘I Wished On The Moon’ all well received in the UK and US, showing her broad appeal on both sides of the Atlantic. Tonight Chris and Allison will be launching the CD of their latest, joint, project eponymously entitled "Two of A Mind". The music itself takes its inspiration from the classic quartet albums recorded in the late 1950's and early 1960's featuring two iconic US sax stars, Paul Desmond on alto sax and Gerry Mulligan on baritone. The band derives its name from the latter of those albums and Chris and Allison describe the music as: "Exploring afresh the freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations of standard material recorded more than 50 years ago by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond...this new band promising to evoke the spirit of these classic recordings while giving free rein to the personalities of the musicians". As well as featuring music and arrangements from the Desmond/Mulligan recordings they will also feature arrangements by the band members of classic jazz standards in the same, highly melodic, flowing style epitomised by the featured soloists both then and now. Following the same example as their predecessors, the quartet for this gig will be augmented by the engagingly fluent and melodic guitarist Colin Oxley (Stacey Kent) for selected numbers. Making up the rest of the band will be the standout rhythm section of Jeremy Brown on bass and Stu Butterfield on drums. This promises to be a beautiful, melodic programme full of subtle surprises and outstanding playing. Highly recommended.
"The first thing to notice about Allison Neale and Chris Biscoe in action is the sheer beauty of the sound they both make, and how well-matched they are...I want to go and hear this again soon...for the pure pleasure of it." LondonJazz News; “Neale...a talent to savour” Jazz UK; "Chris Biscoe's…sophisticated tributes to the jazz giants are always distinctive" The Guardian
8:30PMNEIL ANGILLEY is a brilliant pianist, equally at home playing jazz, Latin or classical. He has worked with the acid jazz percussionist Snowboy, is MD for the violin virtuoso Vanessa Mae and was keyboardist and arranger for jazz chart-topping band “Down to the Bone”. He includes work with the likes of Shirley Bassey, Michael Ball, Jazz clarinettist Julian Marc Stringle and Jazz/Rock show “War of The Worlds” on a glittering CV. A great jazz as well as Latin/Brazilian player, his remarkable musicianship is enormously respected throughout the scene. Neil’s debut album “Havana Club”, featuring some of his renowned Latin/jazz original compositions, was received with great acclaim and Neil has now launched his second highly impressive album under his own name, “Chango” featuring, amongst others, one of Europe’s finest percussionists, Snowboy. Featured on the gig tonight will be his storming rhythm section of Davide Mantovani on bass and Davide Giovannini on drums. Quite brilliant.
“Inventive” Observer; “Lyrical…impressively fluid” The Times; “rhapsodic…with shrewd use of space and restraint” Guardian
1:30PMZoe 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 afternoon will be the great 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
8:30PMAward-Winning Jazz vocalist Erin Dickins, a founding member of the iconic vocal group Manhattan Transfer, has enjoyed the kind of career singers dream about. After five years with the group she continued to expand her musical horizons, emerging as one of the top vocalists in New York. She has performed, toured and recorded with the likes of Leonard Cohen, Bette Midler, James Taylor, James Brown, Barry Manilow and Jaco Pastorius in an international career that has taken her worldwide. Recently awarded the prestigious Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award Erin is amongst the most highly regarded jazz singers of her generation. Tonight will be the European launch of her latest album ‘Vignettes’, an eclectic and personal compilation of one-on-one collaborations with an array of world-class musicians. The music is an exciting mix of styles and genres, designed to highlight Erin's striking vocal prowess, powerful sense of swing and sophisticated delivery. Accompanied by the Tom Hill trio this will be Erin's only UK appearance this year, so is an exclusive opportunity to catch her performing live here in the UK. Not to be missed!
"Dickins' vast experience allows her to feel at ease singing different styles...an extraordinaire balladeer...deeply rooted in the jazz tradition" JazzTimes; “Dickins possesses that ability all great singers have, to make the slowest ballads sound effortless. Her voice is light, coquettish, coy and smiling” All About Jazz£15
8:30PMDino Baptiste has been an outstanding pianist working in the UK and beyond for over two decades, sharing his multi-talented skills 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
8:30PMAfter studying at Chethams, the specialist music school in Manchester, in 2003 Sara moved on to study cello at the Royal Northern College of Music, gaining a degree in music and growing exposure as a performer. However, after taking time out in the mid 2000's from being an instrumentalist, Sara re-emerged in 2009 as an impressive singer and it wasn't long before she had re-established herself as a significant performer of breadth and intensity. Her repertoire is eclectic, as well as being an excellent singer/songwriter Sara is also an adept Jazz vocalist, performing songs from the classic American Songbook in an inimitable and authentic style. Which means her beautiful, sonorous voice can be heard not only performing originals with her own excellent band but also with the likes of the London Dance Orchestra, performing classics from the 1930's and 40's. And if all that wasn't enough, over the last 3 years she has also moved to establish herself as a composer of some note, writing songs for the likes of EMI, Sony, ATV, Warner and ITV Juice as well as for film and television. But it is undoubtedly as a performer of style and ability that Sara is starting to really make an impact on the UK jazz scene, tonight appearing with her excellent band featuring some of the finest jazz musicians around: Gabriel Latchin-piano, Dave Green-bass and Steve Brown-drums. The music is a mix of impressive originals and classic jazz standards and well worth catching.
"Gifted with immensely emotional vocals [Sara's] influences are wide and far reaching, reminiscent of jazz and soul greats such as Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and Candi Staton, but mixed with poetic lyrics and haunting melodies" last.fm
Wed 22nd - BENEFIT NIGHT FOR JIM MULLEN FEAT. HAMISH STUART, CLAIRE MARTIN, TONY O'MALLEY, NOEL McCALLA, GARETH WILLIAMS, MIKE GORMAN, STAN SULZMANN, HENRY LOWTHER, ALAN DARBY, STEVE WATTS, MATT HOME + MANY MORE
8:00PMA multi-award winner, Jim Mullen is widely regarded as one of the finest jazz guitarists in Europe. Originally from Glasgow he made his name working with a number of seminal bands through the 70’s and 80’s including Brian Auger’s “Oblivion Express”, The Average White Band and his own highly acclaimed jazz/funk band “Morrissey Mullen”. A highly prized sideman as well as leader Jim also includes work with the likes of Mose Allison, Jimmy Witherspoon, Georgie Fame and Gene Harris on a stellar cv. And as well as all of that he is also a very old friend of the Club and one of the best loved and most respected jazz musicians around. Unfortunately, in recent weeks Jim was hospitalised and had to have a series of serious, but thankfully successful, operations which, although leaving him able to continue playing and performing in the long term has meant that he will be unable to work for at least the next 4/5 months. This is obviously a major issue for him and his wonderful wife Zoe (see Sunday 19th), and so a host of his friends have got together tonight to not only raise some well deserved money to help them through this difficult time, but to also express their appreciation for everything Jim has done and continues to do for the UK music scene. Not surprisingly the line up is one of the finest you could imagine, including: singer/guitarist Hamish Stuart from the original Average White Band, iconic UK jazz vocalist Claire Martin, singer/pianist Tony O'Malley from Kokomo, Noel McCalla, the original vocalist from Jim's 1980's trailblazing band "Morrissey Mullen", award winning jazz pianist Gareth Williams, two of the country's finest and most respected musicians, sax player Stan Sulzmann and trumpeter Henry Lowther. Jim's old friend guitarist Alan Darby (Eric Clapton, Van Morrison) has also promised to drop by for a play along with a host of other fine musicians. The whole evening has been put together by the wonderful organist from Jim's Organ Trio, Mike Gorman, and it promises to be quite a night. All monies collected tonight will be passed on to Jim so make sure you book your place now, as they are already going fast!
8:30PMOne of the most talented singer/songwriters of her generation, there's a great deal more to Anoushka Lucas than just "a girl with a guitar". Hailing from Hammersmith, West London, as this multi-instrumentalist (she also plays very good piano) describes it "...my childhood was mainly hijacked by my dad's attempts to educate me in Jazz, Country, Rock and MGM musicals. All in one go." After graduating from Oxford with a degree in languages (Italian and Russian, which included spending some interesting time in Russia) Anoushka decided to pursue the great love of her life, music. She started with an EP released in 2009 that showcased her terrific, pure and characterful voice and which served as a springboard for a more adventurous second EP, released in 2011, entitled "Left to my Own Devices" what featured her inventive, musical and witty compositions. At the same time she started to collaborate with playwright Che Walker, which has led to her working as a composer on a number of productions with him, as well as artists such as Omar and legendary producer Stephen Rinkoff. She was featured at the first ever Love Supreme Festival in 2013 as the winner of their "Discovery" competition and more recently has been touring and performing both as a solo artist and with her band. She continues to write music for the theatre, contributing all the music to Che's latest piece, “The Etienne Sisters” which premiered at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. In a style that has been described as "sultry, sensual and sassy" this incredibly talented artist will be performing this evening both solo and with a number of invited Special Guests. She is promising to unveil some brand new material performed with some new collaborators, which should make the evening both exciting and highly musically rewarding. If you want to know what's happening at the cutting edge of the songwriting world, this is unquestionably the gig to be at.
"When first watching her perform, it was clear to all that she had a natural and rich talent and was confident enough in it to just simply... sing! She has a beautiful tone to her voice" Neil Cowley (Love Supreme); “[Anoushka Lucas] you just get the sense there is real creativity going on...she's got it all" Nigel Williams, Jazz FM
9:30PMThis incredible London-based 7-piece is led by Austrian bassist Stefan Redtenbacher who draws his inspiration from jazz, funk and soul. Stefan has established himself as the UK’s groove bass player of choice for many artists, with a list of musicians with whom he has worked including Steve Winwood, Sam Brown, Herb Alpert and Danny Gottlieb, while his own recordings feature “jazz/funk” legends Fred Wesley (Parliament, James Brown) and Elliot Randall (Steely Dan). The Funkestra’s name pretty accurately describes the high-energy feel of the music as this band, with its fiery two-horn frontline and slinky guitar, perform original funky grooves with an authority and style that is hard to beat. With 9 albums already to their name, tonight the band will be featuring music from their latest effort, “The Time Thief” which builds upon their patented sonic brand but raises the ante, referencing influences from old-school New Orleans blues to scale patterns reminiscent of Weather Report and enriched further by an intriguing mix of effects and filters, conjuring up memories of retro sounds from the 1960’s & 70’s. It’s a heady brew indeed and, as with their previous recordings, wonderfully showcases the raw energy and funk-driven bass riffs with which the band are now synonymous. Their shows, which always include a regular Guest Vocalist, will tonight feature the wonderful US Groove singer Brendan Reilly (Basement Jaxx, Duffy). The band is highly entertaining, with tremendous musicianship applied to some amazing music. A guaranteed great night out!
“The Governor of Bass” BBC Radio2; “…a near perfect slice of jazz-funk bass from one of Europe’s great players.” Bass Guitar Magazine
9:30PMGilad is a wonderful sax and clarinet player with a powerful sound and unique approach. His fiery, immensely fluent playing and remarkable technique have established him as one of the most talented saxophonists in world music, performing a mix of classic jazz standards and originals with an energy and enthusiasm that is hugely infectious. His most recent CDs, along with his recently published books, set him apart as one of the most original and creative artists on the scene today. Passionate about both his music and his politics, Gilad’s gigs are always stimulating both musically and intellectually. Tonight he will showcase material from his latest studio recording, “The Whistle Blower” (his eighth) which was recently released through Gilad’s own Fanfare Records. And watch out for the new documentary on Gilad, premiered recently in New York. Gilad will be ably accompanied by his extraordinary band, The Orient House Ensemble: Frank Harrison on piano, Yaron Stavi on bass and Chris Higginbottom on drums. Promises to be quite a night...
“A master…a jazz giant with a formidable international reputation” The Guardian;“Atzmon...Astonishing” Time Out
Gilad has well documented views on the Middle East conflict that may provoke and challenge the listener.
Mothering SUnday: complimentary beverage for mums! free glass of prosecco, wine, beer or non-alcoholic hot or cold drink
1:30PMItalian vocalist Irene Serra is a charismatic performer with a beautiful vocal style and assured stage presence. She sings a great repertoire of jazz, blues, bossa nova, gospel and soul (leading her own gigs or with her parallel project, the band “-ISQ”) and can be regularly seen in venues in and around London, including the Barbican (with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra), Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express, Union Chapel & King’s Place. A thoughtful and intelligent musician she started studying jazz at the age of 16 at the Academy of Music in Milan and moved to London in 1999 to complete a BA in Performing Arts at the University of Surrey, going on to study at Goldsmiths College and then completing a Masters in Music Performance at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama. Her poised performances have already earned her much critical acclaim: she was one of the semi-finalists in The Brussels International Young Jazz Singer competition in 2008 and was a finalist at the Shure Montreux Jazz Competition in 2009. Highly recommended. And don’t forget this is our family gig so children are more than welcome.
“…a charming Italian, singing American popular songs with superb diction and a big voice….A wonderful afternoon's music, and so unexpected…” Ted Gascoigne-Big Band World; “Serra’s voice is graceful and sensual…the sound is beautiful and melancholy” All About Jazz
Sun 26th - BOBBY WELLINS MEMORIAL GIG FEAT. PETER CHURCHILL, GEORGIA MANCIO, ART THEMEN, MORNINGTON LOCKETT, KATE WILLIAMS, LIAM NOBLE, MARK EDWARDS, ANDY CLEYNDERT, SPIKE WELLS, CLARK TRACEY, DAVE WICKINS, MICHAEL HOROVITZ....
8:00PM Bobby Wellins was considered to be one of the icons of British modern jazz. Originally from Glasgow, he was on one of the biggest selling jazz albums ever produced in this country, Stan Tracey’s “Under Milk Wood”, recorded in the late sixties. After taking a sabbatical from the music for seven years, Bobby came back in the early eighties to lead the Charlie Watts Big Band as well as a number of small groups, which re-established him as one of the finest melodic saxophonists in the world. His gentle sound and approach were unique, making him one of the UK's greatest ever jazz saxophonists, and resulting in an international reputation that was unsurpassed. Sadly, Bobby passed away towards the end of last year and tonight many of his friends and music colleagues will be paying tribute to this giant of the saxophone. Over a six decade career Bobby performed with a plethora of great musicians and many of them will be playing for him this evening, including: singer/pianist/composer/teacher Peter Churchill, with whose trio Bobby worked for decades, and the iconic saxophonist Art Themen who played with Bobby in many different contexts over the years, not least being the various bands of the irreplaceable Stan Tracey. Saxophonist Mornington Lockett, who as a young up-and-coming musician was a student of Bobby's (rating him as a principal influence), will be appearing as well. Then there will be the pianists Kate Williams, with whom Bobby recorded a brilliant duo album, Liam Noble who worked for many years here at the Club with Bobby's quartet and Mark Edwards who worked in Bobby's other jazz quartet for more than 15 years. Andy Cleyndert, a long time colleague of Bobby's who worked with him both live and in the studio (the fruits of those labours coming out on Andy's own Trio Records imprint), will play bass. Drummers Clark Tracey, who worked with Bobby in his father Stan Tracey's bands and Dave Wickins, the drummer in Bobby's 606 Club quartet. And, of course, iconic drummer and friend Spike Wells, who knew and played with Bobby from the late 1960's right through until Bobby was forced to stop playing due to ill health in 2015. Finally, the wonderful UK jazz vocalist Georgia Mancio, who performed with Bobby in latter years in a quintet setting (also with Kate on piano). As well as all of these remarkable musicians a number of other old friends and musicians have promised to stop by, including jazz poet Michael Horovitz, who first performed with Bobby in the early 60's, and has put something together for this special evening. Bobby performed at the Club every month for almost 20 years and holds a very special place in our hearts, so do come down and enjoy some amazing playing and at the same time help us remember one of the greatest UK jazz musicians of all time. All music monies collected on the night, incidentally, will be donated to charity.
“...impeccable control, combined with a rich, luxuriant, tone” The Scotsman "A masterful display of controlled sensitivity from one of the most original voices in European Jazz " The Sunday Times
8:30PMLiverpudlian 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!
8:30PMGareth Williams has unquestionably established himself as one of the country’s leading modern jazz pianists. A fiery and creative player, his remarkable talent has been seen with an impressive array of world-class artists, from Jazz/Hip Hop band “Us3” through to internationally-renowned jazz musicians such as Joe Lovano, George Coleman and Jim Mullen. MD for iconic UK vocalist Claire Martin, Gareth has been featured at the Club on many occasions, most notably in his regular appearances with iconic US sax star Jerry Bergonzi. Described as “one of the most agile and original jugglers of improv and adventurous composition to have appeared in the UK in recent times” multi-award winning saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes has made quite an impact in the relatively short time she has been on the UK jazz scene. Following her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, in 2008 she won the Peter Whittingham Development Award that allowed her to form her first ensemble, Tangent followed by her eponymously named CD debut on Basho Records in 2010. Her second album on Basho was released in 2012 and was followed by a UK tour that featured the likes of Gwilym Simcock, Mike Walker and Martin France. At the same time her ‘Iris Nonet’ was short-listed for the 2013 BASCA British Composer Awards. Trish curates her own festival Emulsion, the entire festival being broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and her third album, ‘Pocket Compass’, was launched at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2014 alongside the premiere of her first BBC commission “The Fox the Parakeet & The Chestnut”, an event which was the culmination of her two years as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. Other performance highlights include Celtic Connections 2014, the ‘Under Your Wing’ project featuring Norma Winstone and BBC Radio 3 Free-Thinking Festival 2014 with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Gareth and Trish have worked together a few times recently and so decided to create a more formal collaboration in the “Glow Quartet”. The idea behind the band is to bring generations and styles of musicians/music together, playing arrangements of standards and originals from the two of them. As Gareth describes it, “…it’s an interactive band, taking risks, taking the good stuff from both more traditional improvised music and contemporary ideas”. Also featured with the quartet will be the exceptional rhythm section of Calum Gourlay-bass and Martin France-drums.
“…dynamite pianist” Evening Standard; “Williams…fantastic improviser” The Guardian; “Gareth Williams...a jewel of a player” Jazziz; “Trish Clowes is a fiercely talented jazz saxophonist” Telegraph; “Clowes…a great great talent.” Jamie Cullum; “Clowes…a young woman brimming with the surprise and ever-inventive singularity of her magic” Morning Star
8:30PMJeremy is a powerful and highly impressive drummer, who is equally at home playing pop, rock, funk or straight ahead jazz. Jeremy’s CV is vast, including work with the likes of Tom Jones, The Finn Brothers, Madeleine Peyroux, Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Joe Cocker, Echo and the Bunnymen, Jason Rebello, Eurythmics (w/Stevie Wonder), Tina Turner… The regular drummer with American icon Sheryl Crow for over 7 years, Jeremy toured the world (twice!) with his friend Noel Gallagher’s “High Flying Birds” and is currently one of the two featured drummers with the iconic band King Crimson... you get the idea, he's very good! An old friend of the Club Jeremy has, however, found time in his busy schedule to put together a great New York style contemporary Jazz group, something he has been doing here at the 606 on a regular basis for more than 20 years. One of the most respected drummers of his generation Jeremy’s gigs are always guaranteed to be both exciting and of the very highest musical calibre. For his performance this evening Jeremy has asked Tom Cawley-piano, Mike Outram-guitar, Rob Mullarkey-bass and Graeme Blevins-saxophone to join him on what promises to be a fabulous night of music, so expect something very special! Booking definitely advised.
“…a fine…drummer with an infectious feel. His gigs are ...invariably enlivened by some top class guests” Time Out
THU 30TH - **606 CLUB SPECIAL**: TAMMY WEIS & ANTONIO FORCIONE PRESENT: FINDING PESSOA - THE FERNANDO PESSOA PROJECT
8:30PM A fine Canadian-born singer, Tammy has been living in London for more than a decade. Her 2007 debut CD, “Legacy”, was warmly received and led to appearances on national TV and radio as well as jazz festivals including Montreal and Vancouver. Since then both her performances and her writing have moved her to the forefront of the UK jazz scene. Her last CD “Where I Need To Be”, features her excellent original material written with Grammy Award-winning producer Terry Britten and pianist Tom Cawley, with one of her co-writes from that album “Everyone But Me”, being included on an album produced by Michael Bublé in early 2013. Jamie Cullum, Bobby McFerrin and Randy Bachman are just a few of the high-profile artists with whom she has performed, and another of her songs (written with James Bryan) was recorded by an “American Idol” finalist for his CD. Antonio Forcione is considered one of the most charismatic and inventive performers to come out of Europe in recent years. He breaks the mould of conventional, popular guitar sounds in the fields of Jazz, Spanish, African, Brazilian and improvised music and has received critical acclaim worldwide. He has released 16 albums, which have variously hit the top of British and international jazz charts and has shared stages around the globe with some of the world’s most accomplished musicians, including John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Jason Rebello and Martin Taylor. Tonight, with the help of Jenny Adejayan on cello and Alua Nascimento on percussion they are bringing their latest, fascinating, project "Finding Pessoa" to the Club. It was the work of a contemporary artist at the "Pharmacy" gallery in the heart of Alfama in Lisbon that triggered the inspiration for this incredible project. The art focused on the images of one of Portugal's greatest poets and philosophers, Fernando Pessoa, and acted as a catalyst for Tammy to embark on creating a sound that matched the poetry and accompanying imagery. It was a natural progression for her to collaborate with one of the UK's finest exponents of the acoustic and semi-acoustic guitar, and between them Tammy and Antonio have constructed an enchanting jazz/folk/world music-oriented soundscape around 12 Pessoa poems, drawing on the magical atmosphere of Lisbon's historic Alfama quarter. Combining Tammy's beautiful, characterful, voice with Antonio's stunning, virtuosic, guitar playing promises to make this unique UK premiere one of the highlights of the season. Highly recommended.
“Tammy Weis has a deliciously haunting voice…this is how it’s supposed to be done” 103.1 FM; “She’s the real deal” Time Out; “Tammy Weis has the magic of a great and great is what she is.” Julian Joseph, BBC Radio 3; “Antonio Forcione [is] a performer of world class status ... forceful and with an enviable technique, he takes the guitar to new levels of expression combining its melodic powers with dramatic percussive effects…the results are quite spectacular”. The Stage “[Forcione]...a guitar genius"Three Weeks Magazine; “Forcione is mesmerizing …passion, grace and fire” The Times
9:30PM“Samara” is a six-piece jazz/Latin group which I lead on sax and flute, and suffice it to say we all think the guys in the band are just great! The pianist Neil Angilley has worked with Down to the Bone, Snowboy, & "War of the Worlds", Dill Katz, the bass player is visiting professor at the Guildhall, while Nic France the drummer has played with just about everyone, including Dave Gilmore (Pink Floyd) and Bill Withers. And if all that wasn’t enough watch out for one of Europe’s most impressive Italian-born Brazilian singers, Marta Capponi. 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; “Capponi...knocked out the crowd...easy to see why she is making waves." LondonJazz News