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DILL KATZ. Stints with Ian Carr's "Nucleus" and a long spell with Barbara Thompson's "Paraphernalia" established Dill as one of the finest electric bass players in Europe. Now Bass professor at both the Royal Academy and the Guildhall School of music.
DAVE CLIFF Recently won the BT Jazz Musician of the Year Award. The great American tenor player Scott Hamilton went on record saying that Dave was one of the finest jazz guitarists he had ever worked with.
BRIAN DEE is one of the finest modern jazz pianists working around. Vastly experienced, Brian's playing reflects a huge wealth of live jazz gigs of precision and subtlety.
"SAMARA" is a six piece jazz/latin group which Steve Rubie, the owner of the 606 Club, leads. The music is an infectious blend of Brazilian Samba, Jazz, Latin and Soul, and everyone has a great time! Featuring Guida on Vocals
PATRICK CLAHAR is one of the leading young saxophonists . A powerful, post-Coltrane tenor player, his playing is tempered with a strong sense of melodic improvisation.
AL WYNETTE, 76, has been playing jazz trumpet since before the war. His work has ranged from small group work at the famous Astor Club to work with the great Ted Heath band. These guys were the very first band ever to play at Lots road!

RUSS HENDERSON is a truly wonderful Afro-Caribbean pianist who celebrated his 74th birthday at the Club some time ago, but who still plays as if he's 21! Working with a young rhythm section his brand of mainstream piano playing is truly infectious

DAVID O'HIGGINS has a powerful driving style which has graced many recording sessions. His high energy playing is both exciting and highly impressive.

JOHN CRITCHINSON was Ronnie Scott's pianist for more than 12 years, and his strong, swinging, hard-bop piano playing has graced many a fine gig. One of the most established and highly regarded pianists on the scene, John's high energy, driving, Jazz trio playing is legendary.

JEREMY STACEY is a powerful impressive modern jazz drummer, who is equally at home playing pop music rock funk or straight ahead jazz. One of the most respected drummers of his generation, he often works with his twin brother, Paul, a fine guitarist.

BOBBY WELLINS After taking a sabbatical from the music , 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.

PAT CRUMLEY One of Ronnie Scott's favourite players, Pat's fluent and experienced "hard-bop" style is hard to beat, as he performs a mixture of jazz standards and latin originals. A great flute player too.

DON WELLER is widely recognised as one of Europe's leading hard-bop tenor sax. players. A big man with a broad sound and great charisma, Don has worked with some of the finest British and American players. NICK WELDON is an experienced and impressive modern jazz pianist.
ROBIN JONES One of the finest percussion players around, Robin's shaven head and distinctive earring can be seen in groups from his own "King Salsa" to Top of the Pops sessions. A truly infectious Latin vibe, always rhythmic and exciting.
HAMISH STUART is best known for his work as lead singer with "The Average White Band", and more recently Paul McCartney's "Wings". This is a "super-group" in every sense of the word. .
IAN SHAW is Britain's leading male jazz vocalist. A stylist of some renown, his gig is a wonderful blend of jazz standards and more contemporary material.

LAURENCE COTTLE One of the finest electric bass players this country has ever produced. His stunning technique has been featured on innumerable recording sessions, and his jazz credentials are impeccable .

LIANE CARROL, has emerged in recent years as one of the finest singer/pianists on the scene today. A powerful blues tinged voice combined with strong piano playing.

MORNINGTON LOCKETT is now well established as one of the great British tenor sax players. He has a powerful and hugely impressive sound and approach, originally influenced by the American saxophonist Mike Brecker but now very much his own man.
CLAIRE MARTIN is one of the finest jazz vocalists to have come from this country in the last twenty years. She performs a magnificent set of jazz standards and more contemporary material, and has not surprisingly been the recipient of the British Jazz Award for best singer two years running.
JIM MULLEN. Jim made his name working with a number of seminal bands through the 70's and 80's including his own highly acclaimed jazz/funk band "Morrisey Mullen". One of the finest contemporary guitarists ever to come from these shores.

SIMON PURCELL His sophisticated playing has graced many bands and trios, but is perhaps been best known as resident jazz piano tutor on the Guildhall Jazz course.

MIKE WILLIAMS Mike's delicate, fluent playing in the be-bop style is both melodic and attractive.

TONY O'MALLEY is the most charismatic pianist/vocalists around. His brand of jazz tinged contemporary soul and blues is really stunning and the whole thing swings like mad.