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  • Wed
    04
    Jan
    2017

    T J Johnson Quintet

    Admission £12.50

     

    T J Johnson

    T J Johnson – piano/vocals

    Al Nichols – tenor sax 

    Tony Pitt – guitar/ banjo

    Simon Read – double bass 

    Wesley Gibbens – drums

     

    TJ Johnson is widely considered to be one of the UK’s most charismatic highly revered jazz and blues singers. Backed by his group of top London based musicians, TJ plays an extraordinary blend of music that transcends the boundaries of jazz, blues, soul and country  and is influenced by some of the greats such as Ray Charles, Dr John, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, BB King, Nina Simone, Alberta Hunter, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Witherspoon and many more. His distinctive voice and unique personal stage manner always brings both the band and the audience together to create an intimate yet exciting atmosphere that is rarely equalled.   TJ and his band have toured extensively both in the UK and overseas for over twenty years and now while still maintaining a high profile at international festivals and venues, he is also very involved in the vibrant London music scene. TJ’s style and mix of music seems to be very popular with the young trendy in-crowd and older jazz and blues fans alike. They have also sold out eight times running at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

    Admission £12.50

  • Wed
    11
    Jan
    2017

    Derek Nash’s Picante Latin

    Admission £12.50

    Derek Nash Picante

     

    Derek Nash – saxes

    Dominic Ashworth – guitar

    Robin Jones – percussion & congas

    Andy Staples – bass

    Neil Angilley – keyboards

    Marc Cecil – drums

     

    We welcome back leading saxophonist Derek Nash, a featured soloist with the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, and his fabulous Latin/Salsa band to the Belvedere. Co-founded with guitarist Dominic Ashworth, who was awarded Jazz Guitarist of the Year in 2006, they are joined by world-renowned, master percussionist and leader of King Salsa Robin Jones plus Marc Cecil, the drummer with King Salsa and other Latin bands. On the keyboards is Latin-maestro Neil Angilley who has previously appeared at the club with Julian Marc Stringle. This stellar line-up is completed by the bass of Andy Staples who plays and records with several leading UK bands.

    Admission £12.50

  • Wed
    18
    Jan
    2017

    The Award Winning International Singing Star:  Matthew Ford

    Admission £12.50

     

    Matt Ford 

    Matthew Ford – vocals

    John Horler – piano

    Neil Bullock  – drums

    Jeremy Brown – double bass

     

    Matthew Ford has appeared with BBC Concert Orchestra, and recently at BBC 2 TV’s 2016 live broadcast of  Prom 38 with The John Wilson Orchestra ‘Performing Gershwin’.

    Matthew Ford is a terrific big band singer: a smooth crooner with never a note or a hair out of place’ David Mellor – Mail on Sunday

    Admission £12.50

  • Wed
    25
    Jan
    2017

    Skinner All Stars Septet

    Admission £12.50

    Skelton/Skinner

    Matt Skelton – drums

    Colin Skinner – saxes/clarinet 

    Rob Baron – piano

    Alan Barnes – baritone/tenor sax

    Owen Dawson – trombone

    James Copus – trumpet 

    Jeremy Brown – double bass

     

    A great line-up of British based Jazz musicians, playing a Swing repertoire based mostly on the Duke Ellington Small Band and Count Basie’s Kansas City  7. The majority of the musicians are from the John Wilson & Syd Lawrence Orchestras

    Admission £12.50

  • Thu
    02
    Feb
    2017

    UK’s No 1 Swing Band – The Jive Aces

    SOLD OUT

    Jive Aces

    Ian Clarkson – Vocals & Trumpet

    Ken Smith – Double Bass 

    Vince Hurley – Piano 

    Peter Howell – Drums 

    John Fordham – Saxophone 

    Alex Douglas – Trombone

     

    We welcome back the UK’s No 1 Swing Band The Jive Aces who appear at the Club after returning from their latest tour of the USA. The band combine a mixture of fresh arrangements of swing/Jive/R&B classics – songs made famous by such greats as Louis Prima, Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, Big Joe Turner and Sammy Davis Jnr – along with a selection of superb swinging originals taken from their studio albums. Tickets £15  – on sale at club nights only – check availability first

  • Wed
    08
    Feb
    2017

    Simply Swing Quintet

     Sandra Lambert Simply Swing Quintet

    Steve Pert – vocals

    Sandra Lambert – piano

    Jeff Lardner- drums

    Mick Hutton – double bass

    Simon Bates – tenor sax

     

    Creating a thrill wherever they perform, Sandra Lambert’s Simply Swing band delivers a lively mix of Jazz, Swing, Rat Pack, Ballads, Bossa Nova, Mambo, Blues, Do-Wop and Jive  all served up with wit and charm.  You can expect a memorable evening full of music and anecdote, infused with the spirit of Sinatra and his contemporaries.

    “A highly professional performance – top class entertainment not to be missed”  Evening Standard .

     

  • Wed
    15
    Feb
    2017

    ‘Oscar Peterson’ – The Craig Milverton Quartet


    Craig Milverton

    Craig Milverton – piano

    Dominic Ashworth – guitar 

    Julian Bury –  bass

    Nick Millward – drums

     

    Craig Milverton is firmly established as one of Britain’s Top Jazz Pianists. “A master of whatever he chooses to perform” – Humphrey Lyttleton, “An extravagantly gifted pianist with an unrivalled sense of swing” Jazz CD of the Month – Dave Gelly, The Observer. “The best pianist to come along in Britain in the last 2 decades, and the nearest to the great Oscar Peterson”  -Digby Fairweather. Just three of the quotes extolling Craig’s jazz talent. This has been recognised by winning the Jazz Piano Category of The British Jazz Awards in 2010.

    In his latest project, ‘A Tribute To Oscar Peterson’ Craig pays homage to probably the greatest of all Jazz Pianists, and his biggest influence, Oscar Peterson. This show highlights all the great recordings of Oscar from his biggest hit ‘Tenderly’, to his bestselling Album ‘Night Train’ and also focuses on his great compositions including ‘The Canadiana Suite’ celebrating his homeland of Canada.

    Craig recorded his tribute to Oscar in 2007 and has received top reviews in all the Jazz Press and featured at some big festivals including Brecon, London and Swanage and has performed at many top venues including Ronnie Scott’s, Dean St Pizza Express and the Concorde Club. This concert is a must for all Peterson fans and all those people who love Jazz that swings.

    Appearing with Craig are three of the most talented musicians on the jazz scene, Dominic Ashworth on guitar, winner of the Jazz Guitar Award in the 2006 British Jazz Awards, Julian Bury on double bass and Nick Millward on drums.

  • Wed
    22
    Feb
    2017

    Spirit of Stephane Grappelli & Django Reinhardt

     

    Mike Piggott

    Mike Piggott – violin

    Nils Solberg – guitar

    Jeff Green – guitar

    Alan Morgan – double bass

     

    Mike Piggott   currently  guests  at  festivals  and jazz  clubs  in the  UK  and abroad,  including  an  appearance  as a member of Martin Taylor’s “Spirit  of Django”  at  the  Xabia  Jazz  Festival  in  Spain.  Two shows,   “Grappelli –   A Celebration” and  “Stringing  the  Blues”  have  received  enthusiastic  reviews. Mike’s first CD release “Blues for Stuff and Steph”, featuring his quartet, has received excellent reviews from music publications in the UK, the USA, Jazz FM and BBC radio’s “Jazz Notes”. “One of the best Swing Jazz fiddle players anywhere” ~ New York Jazz Times 

    Nils Solberg has been a professional guitarist since the 1970s when he started his career playing Dixieland Jazz in the hotels of the West End of London. He since played with many bands in that genre, notably Dick Charlesworth, Alan Elsdon and Terry Lightfoot, while also performing in the Gypsy Jazz style and was for some time accompanying Nigel Kennedy as well as Bryan Ferry. He is also a singer of great enthusiasm, and an ardent exponent of the “Great American Songbook”. Jeff Green over the years Jeff has toured with Nigel Kennedy’s ‘Wasp Factory’ and with Stephane Grappelli’s Quartet, with Martin Taylor. Jeff has recorded albums with diverse musicians such as Ronnie Scott, Mike Osborne and Jim Richardson and has recorded CDs with Brian Dee, Alan Barnes, Tommy Whittle, and most recently with Andy Aitchison.  Alan Morgan originally a guitar player, changed to bass in 1960 and has worked with many musicians in all styles of music.  Some of the musicians Alan has worked with include: Tubby Hayes, Humphrey Lyttelton, Don Rendell, Tommy Whittle, Art Themen and Brian Dee.

  • Wed
    01
    Mar
    2017

    From the USA: Marlene VerPlanck 

    Marlene VerPlanck – vocals

    Marlene VerPlanck

    Marlene VerPlanck
    John Pearce – piano
    Bobby Worth – drums
    Paul Morgan – double bass

     

    From New York, we welcome back one of America’s finest jazz vocalists Marlene VerPlanck, who returns to Belvedere Jazz & Music Club with The John Pearce Trio. Their CD recorded last year, ‘The Mood I’m In’ was awarded 5 stars in both Jazz Journal International and Downbeat Magazines.  Come hear it LIVE!  

    Throughout her career, Marlene has stuck to her guns, paying loving care to the great standards and new songs from our finest composers. Songwriter Hugh Martin (‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’) expressed it well:- “We know our songs are safe in the hands of Marlene VerPlanck, and she will sing them better than anyone else.” 

    Marlene started out in the big-band business as a young vocalist with Charlie Spivak and Tex Beneke.  She’s appeared with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, becoming one of the nation’s busiest studio singers, backing up vocalists such as Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme. Following appearances on National Public Radio series ‘American Popular Songs’ she emerged as a leading solo performer. Subsequent appearances at Carnegie Hall, and the Rainbow Room brought rave notices, with US national TV shows including ‘Entertainment Tonight’, ‘The Today Show’ and CBS’s ‘Sunday Morning’ featuring profiles of the increasingly popular singer.  Marlene has recorded with Mel Torme and Julius La Rosa with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, having the first USA big-band CD to go gold in the U

  • Wed
    08
    Mar
    2017

    The Jazz of Dudley Moore with The Chris Ingham Quartet

     

     

    Chris Ingham

    Chris Ingham – piano/narrator

    Paul Higgs – trumpet

    George Double- drums

    Geoff Gascoyne – double bass

     

    The beloved comic actor Dudley Moore (1935-2002) was also one of the UK’s most dazzling, swinging jazz pianists and a composer of wit and depth.

    Following their acclaimed Hoagy project, the Chris Ingham Quartet  revisit Moore’s music on their new CD Dudley, with sounds from the fabulous 1960’s Decca trio albums, the ground breaking satire of Beyond The Fringe (1960-64), the TV show Not Only But Also (1965-70) and the brilliant movie soundtracks for Bedazzled (1967) and 30 Is A Dangerous Age, Cynthia (1968).

    “Among his many talents, Dudley Moore’s gifts as a jazz composer seem to have been forgotten. These 16 pieces, some unearthed from the soundtracks of his films and TV shows, some from albums and singles recorded with his trio in the 60s, are unfailingly tuneful and spiced with gentle harmonic guile. Coming to them afresh, Chris Ingham finds unexpected diversity beneath the smooth, bright surface. At one extreme is the playful theme tune of Not Only… But Also, at the other the melancholy Moon Time, which might have passed unnoticed beneath the action in Bedazzled. To have other musicians choosing to play their work is every composer’s dream. I’m sure Dudley would have been delighted.” –  DAVE GELLY, THE GUARDIAN 

    “Sophisticated tribute….charming work” – EVENING STANDARD

     

    “Classy product with plenty of the right kind of swing”- JAZZ JOURNAL

     

    “Outstanding quartet……inspired solo forays…..nifty and concise arrangements” – LONDON JAZZ NEWS

  • Wed
    15
    Mar
    2017

    The Enrico Tomasso Swing Six 

    enrico
    Enrico Tomasso

    Enrico Tomasso – vocals & trumpet

    Mark Crooks –  tenor sax

    Olly Wilby –  saxes & clarinet

    Colin Good – piano

    Jerome Davies –  double bass

    John Sutton –  drums

     

    Winner of Best Trumpeter in the 2013 British Jazz Awards Enrico Tomasso brings his sextet to the club playing arranged small band swing music that will include tunes from the American John Kirby’s Sextet, which was popular in 1938/42 with trumpeter Charlie Shavers, Russell Procope – sax, Buster Bailey – clarinet, Billy Kyle – piano, John Kirby – double bass & William ‘O’Neill’ Spencer – drums. They were known as “The Biggest Little Band In The Land”.  ‘Undecided’ was their huge hit proving that they could ‘Swing the Classics’.  Enrico has spent several years with The Pasadena Roof Orchestra & Ray Gelato as well as numerous other bands and top musicians and frequently tours Europe playing at concerts and top venues. 

     

  • Wed
    22
    Mar
    2017

    Pete Neighbour’s All Stars Quintet

     

    Pete Neighbour 

    Pete Neighbour – clarinet

    Dave Newton –  piano

    Nat Steele – vibes

    Dave Green – double bass

    Steve Brown – drums

     

     

    Now residing in South Carolina but originally from East London, Pete has performed extensively over Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. In more recent years he has carved a niche for himself being one of very few jazz musicians to reach a wider audience by performing as a Headline Guest Entertainer on luxury cruise ships. His act focuses particularly on the ‘Swing era’ with music and stories from that era never failing to ensure an enthralling evening’s entertainment.  He was recently awarded the ‘Entertainer of the Year’ award by the Italian six star luxury cruise line ‘Silversea’.  Pete has performed at private parties for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales at Highgrove House and for Sir Michael Caine, Mick Jagger and venues such as London’s The Royal Festival Hall, New York’s Lincoln Centre, The Orient Express, The House of Lords and Scottish Baronial castles.

    Winner of the 2014 British Jazz Awards for Best Pianist again for the 13th year Dave Newton is the Big Screen Take One pianist/narrator and appears with all the top musicians including Derek Nash, Tina May, Stacey Kent, Claire Martin and Marion Montgomery to name just a few!

    Described by Clark Tracey ‘As one of the best vibes players this country has ever produced’ Nat Steele’s Quartet is regularly featured on the Late Show at    London’s’ Ronnie Scott’s and is known for swinging mainstream and bebop jazz.

    Winner in the 2015 British Jazz Awards for Best Bassist, Dave has toured with Charlie Watts  to USA, Brazil and Japan. He’s been part of the Scott Hamilton Quartet for the last sixteen years. It’s easy to see why he has become one of the bass players in the world. Joined the Chris Barber Band in 2007.

    Winner of the 2014 British Jazz Awards for Best Drummer, one of the foremost drummers in the UK Steve Brown quickly established himself on the Jazz scene in London. Hugely popular with jazz audiences everywhere Steve has become ‘first call’ for an impressive array of jazz stars with his assured swinging playing.

     

  • Wed
    29
    Mar
    2017

    Julian Marc Stringle Dream Band with Jacqui Hicks

    Julian Marc Stringle & Jacqui Hicks

    Julian Marc Stringle – clarinet, tenor sax & vocals

    Jacqui Hicks –  vocals

    Dominic Ashworth – guitar

    Neil Angilley – keyboards

    Chris Dodd – bass

    Mike Bradley – drums

     

    The Dream Band is Julian’s own exciting and melodic Latin-influenced jazz sextet featuring keyboard virtuoso Neil Angilley, Canadian guitar star Dominic Ashworth, stylish ‘Shakatak’ vocalist Jacqui Hicks, bass ace Chris Dodd and the dynamic Mike Bradley on drums..

    The highly talented virtuoso pianist  Neil Angilley  has worked  with Dame Shirley Bassey,  The Gypsy Kings, singer Lisa Stansfield  and James Galway and many more top names.

    Bass ace Chris Dodd has worked extensively on the UK and European jazz circuits and  has recorded and performed all over the globe with many acclaimed musicians.

    Drummer Mike Bradley has worked with Rosemary Clooney, Sir John Dankworth and Cleo Laine plus Natalie Cole, to name but a few

     

  • Wed
    05
    Apr
    2017

    Jazz Connection: The Dutch No 1 Jive & Swing Band

    Jazz Connection

     

    Jurgen Feskens – trumpet, flugelhorn & vocals

    Peter van Steen – trombone

    Rob Henneveld – tenor & alto saxes, clarinet

    Bart Wouters – double bass & vocals

    Bart Maassen – piano 

    Ad Hoendervangers – drums

     

    Jazz Connection is a true follower of the Jump Jive/Blues and early Rhythm ‘n Blues style that hit America’s black post war population. With songs from Louis Prima, Wynonie Harris, King Curtis, Louis Jordan and Teddy Brannon, they bring a revival of the best and brightest star performers from these exciting years.

    Founded 27 years ago in ‘jazzy’ hometown Breda, Jazz Connection is running like a train, swinging and rolling through Europe with their Jazz & Jive show. They have performed at major festivals and clubs in Holland, toured in Belgium, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Scandinavia, France, Bulgaria and Poland as well as in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Together with lots of humour, Jazz Connection produces their remarkable sound, transparent, sophisticated, catchy and groovy. Whether it’s a festive jive, tantalizing boogie or heartbreaking blues, you’ll recognise without doubt the sound of this unique sextet.

  • Wed
    12
    Apr
    2017

    Georgina Jackson & Pete Long with Chris Ingham’s Trio 

    Georgina Jackson and Pete Long
    Georgina Jackson & Pete Long

    Georgina Jackson – vocals & trumpet

    Pete Long – clarinet

    Chris Ingham – piano

    George Double – drum

    Joe Pettitt – double bass

     

    At members’ request we welcome back the acclaimed singer and trumpeter, Georgina Jackson. Success with her first album led Georgina to become the singer with Ronnie Scott’s Big Band.  A vivacious, stylish vocalist, she has fronted several BBC broadcasts paying tribute to Peggy Lee with the BBC Big Band and Irving Berlin with the BBC Concert Orchestra.  Georgina’s partner Pete Long is one of the foremost bandleaders and reedsmen in the UK and is leader of the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra.

     

    “If you cannot get tickets to see Diana Krall then Georgina Jackson makes a winning substitute” SUNDAY TIMES 

     

    “Talented singer/trumpeter with a sassy, vibrant style” ALL ABOUT JAZZ

  • Wed
    19
    Apr
    2017

    The Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra

    Andrew Linham
    We welcome back The Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra which is a seventeen piece ensemble founded in 2013 by Essex saxophonist and composer Andrew Linham and includes some of London’s  top jazz players. 

    The Orchestra will include a guest appearance by vocalist and crooner Mark Stratford alongside a traditional selection of standard big band repertoire, featuring classics from Glenn Miller to Basie to Ellington, plus a couple of Andrew’s own arrangements. Andrew says “Join us for a great evening of entertaining live music that we guarantee will warm the cockles of your heart!”

  • Wed
    26
    Apr
    2017

    The Colin Bray Swing Quintet

    Colin Bray

    Colin Bray – vibes
    Julian Marc Stringle – clarinet/sax
    Peter Rudeforth – trumpet/vocals
    Tim Huskisson – piano
    John Petters – drums/vocals

    We welcome the charismatic and humorous vibraphonist Colin Bray who will present an evening reminiscing the 1930’s – 1950’s Swing era.  Expect to hear tunes made popular by those great musicians including Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw such as ‘Someday Sweetheart’, ‘After You’ve Gone’, ‘Sing Sing Sing’, ‘Avalon’, ‘Moonglow’, ‘China Boy’, ‘Runnin’ Wild’, ‘Who’s Sorry Now’, ‘Stompin’ at The Savoy’, Blue Moon & Honeysuckle Rose etc. Accompanying Colin will be the award winning Julian Marc Stringle, Pete Rudeforth from the Chris Barber Band, Master Swing drummer John Petters and pianist Tim Huskisson who for several years was Brian Conley’s musical director.

  • Wed
    03
    May
    2017

    The Gordon Campbell Octet

     

    Gordon Campbell 

    Gordon Campbell – trombone 

    Olly Wilby – saxes

    Martin  Shaw – trumpet/flugel horn

    Claire McInerney – baritone sax

    Robin Aspland – piano

    Anthony Kerr – vibes

    Dave Chamberlain – double bass

    Ed Richardson – drums

     

    We welcome The John Wilson Orchestra & BBC Big Band’s lead trombonist Gordon Campbell and his All Star Octet featuring the music of the USA’s Dave Pell Octet, with popular standards arranged by the renowned Americans’ Shorty Rogers, Marty Paich & Bill Holman. Expect to hear tunes such as ‘Cheek to Cheek’, ‘Fly Me to The Moon’, ‘Lulu’s Back in Town’, ‘I’ve Found a New Baby’ & ‘Jazz Me Blues’ etc.  Robin Aspland, Martin Shaw & Anthony Kerr are also fellow BBC Big Band  musicians whilst Dave Chamberlain is in The Back to Basie Orchestra.  Olly Wilby plays in The Pasadena Roof Orchestra. Both Olly and Ed Richardson are members of Ray Gelato & The Giants and The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra. Claire McInerney has performed with Al Martino and Jamie Cullum

     

  • Wed
    10
    May
    2017

    Elaine Delmar

    Elaine Delmar
    Elaine Delmar

    Elaine Delmar – vocals

    John Pearce – piano 

    Simon Thorpe – double bass

    Bobby Worth – drums

     

    “Fashions may change but quality is timeless, which explains how the stylish  Elaine  Delmar has survived the passage of so many vocal trends over the years. A  favourite  with both jazz and cabaret audiences, she continues to set the standard for sophisticated  rich-toned   interpretations of the Great American Songbook.” – London Evening Standard

    At members’ request, we  welcome back Elaine who wherever she performs, thrills her audiences with her sublime delivery of gems from The great American Songbook.  Quite simply Elaine is one of the greatest female jazz vocalists to have come from these shores.  Come and enjoy Elaine treat some of the greatest songs ever written with the true respect they deserve.  An incredibly sumptuous evening of world-class music is guaranteed!

  • Wed
    17
    May
    2017

    Jivin' Miss Daisy

    Jivin' Miss Daisy

     

    Simon Thorpe – double bass/band leader

    Liz Fletcher – vocals

    Alex Garnett – saxes 

    Colin Oxley – guitar

    John Pearce – piano

    Matt Skelton – drums

    Malcolm Earle Smith – trombone and vocals

    Simon Finch – trumpet

    Luke Annesley – clarinet/saxes

     

    Jivin’ Miss Daisy is one of the UK’s finest 9 piece swing bands, regularly selling-out Ronnie Scott’s and other venues playing all kinds of swing & jazz music, ranging from Duke Ellington and Jimmie Lunceford in the 1920s, through Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman in the 30s and 40s, to Ella and Basie in the 1950s and early 60s. Featuring Liz and Malcolm in vocal numbers, popular instrumentals and solo spots, the band puts on a wonderful evening’s entertainment, with plenty of favourites and lesser-known gems from the great songwriters including Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and many others, with original arrangements by bandleader Simon Thorpe.

    The band features some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians, with credits including Tom Jones, Katie Melua, Van Morrison, Wynton Marsalis, Bryan Ferry, Jools Holland, Stacey Kent and BBC Proms favourites the John Wilson Orchestra.

     

     

  • Wed
    24
    May
    2017

    Atila sings ‘Nat King Cole’

    Atila Hussein
    Atila Hussein

     

    Atila – vocals

    Gabriel Latchin – piano

    Colin Oxley  -guitar

    Tom Farmer – double  bass

    Josh Morrison – drums

     

    We welcome back Atila with his own fabulous quartet who will feature the songs and ballads of Nat King Cole including ‘L-O-V-E’, ‘When I Fall in Love’, ‘Mona Lisa’, ‘Nature Boy’, ‘Smile’ and ‘The Very Thought of You’.  Accompanied by these top musicians, this is one evening not to miss!  

    The Quartet :-

    Gabriel Latchin – piano Gabriel is fast becoming recognised as one of the country’s leading pianists. His hard-swinging, adventurous approach often draws comparisons to his many influences, including Herbie Hancock,  Bill Evans and Phineas Newborn.  Above all, Gabriel plays music that  feels  good, for people, not just musicians.  As the master Art Blakey put it : – “We are here to have a ball !”

    Tom Farmer – double bass Tom is a member of Empirical,  a British jazz group, formed in 2007, involving four young British jazz musicians who present  projects, performances and recordings who was featured on Jamie Cullum’s radio show.  Tom last appeared at the Club in January 2016 with his ‘Big Screen Take One’.

    Steve Brown – drums Winner of the prestigious 2014 British Jazz Awards for best drummer.  Steve is hugely popular with jazz audiences everywhere and he has become ‘first call’ for an impressive array of jazz stars with his assured swinging drumming.

    Colin Oxley is one of the UK’s most respected jazz guitarists. He has toured internationally and recorded extensively as a member of Stacey Kent’s group, and has performed with many top players in the UK and US including Stacey Kent, Scott Hamilton, Michael Garrick and the John Wilson Orchestra.

     

  • Wed
    31
    May
    2017

    Java Jam

    Java Jam

     

    Sarah – Jane Hassell – vocals

    Bonnie Hassell – vocals

    Roger Lewin – piano/keyboard,

    John Wills – drums/vocals

    Tim Robertson – bass/vocals

    Phil Brown – tenor saxophone/flute

     

    Being their sxith appearance at the Club, we welcome Java Jam who are a fresh blend of diverse musical backgrounds coming together to create a fusion of jazz, easy listening and modern pop classics, sophisticated vocal harmonies which are delivered with warmth, charm and elegance. Java jam with West End songstress Sarah-Jane Hassell, joined by the vocal talent of Bonnie Hassell and the accomplished Roger Levin Quartet, will take you on a musical journey including Burt Bacharach, Cole Porter, Manhattan Transfer & George Gershwin with a few surprises along the way, all played with style, fluidity and depth.

  • Wed
    07
    Jun
    2017

    The Syd Lawrence Orchestra 

    Syd Lawrence Orchestra
    Syd Lawrence Orchestra

    Syd Lawrence Orchestra Leader Chris Dean after sell out visits of The Savoy Collection septet,  now brings his full 15 piece Orchestra to the Club.

    This fabulous orchestra has been thrilling audiences in Concert Halls, Theatres, TV Shows and Music Festivals all over Great Britain and Continental Europe for over 40 years. Renowned for its exciting blend of high octane Big Band Swing and Classic Dance Music, the Orchestra’s repertoire ranges from the wartime million sellers of the legendary Glenn Miller through the era of the great Count Basie Orchestra to the hit songs of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. It has recently been voted “Best Big Band in the Land” for the twelfth consecutive year. The Orchestra, directed since 1996 by Chris Dean, has a repertoire of over 1,200 classic Big Band titles including Glenn Miller´s ‘Moonlight Serenade’ and ‘In the Mood’, Tommy Dorsey´s ‘I’m Getting Sentimental Over You’ and ‘Opus One’, Benny Goodman´s ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’, Artie Shaw´s ‘Begin The Beguine’, Woody Herman’s ‘Blues on Parade’, Ray Anthony’s ‘Mr Anthony’s Boogie’, Duke Ellington’s ‘Satin Doll’, Bert Ambrose’s ‘Night Ride’, Count Basie´s ‘April in Paris’ and ‘Splanky’, Charlie Barnet´s ‘Skyliner’, Stan Kenton´s ‘Peanut Vendor’, the ‘Trumpet Blues’ of Harry James, ‘I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm’ of Les Brown, the hits of Billy May and Ted Heath’s ‘Hot Toddy’. Tonight in addition to roaring Big Band numbers will be vocals from band leader Chris Dean.  Tickets priced at £20 are on sale Club nights only

  • Wed
    14
    Jun
    2017

    Tony Jacobs' Swell Party

    SOLD OUT

    Tony Jacobs Swell Party
    Tony Jacobs – vocals & trumpet

    Louise Cookman – vocals 

    Karen Sharp – saxes

    Jim Barry – piano

    Paul Morgan- double bass 

    Len Walker – guitar

    Steve Rushton – drums

     

    To celebrate our 4th Anniversary at The Chichester Hotel, we welcome “This extraordinary singer and his fabulous band” A fantastic new show celebrating the genius of some of the greatest songwriters and performers of all time: George Gershwin, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Rodgers and Hart, Ella Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, Rosemary Clooney, Irving Berlin, Frank Sinatra, Hoagy Carmichael, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Mercer  and many others

    ‘Musical Haute Cuisine of The Finest Quality’ – In Tune International.

    Tony Jacobs is one of the country’s most entertaining performers with an exceptional repertoire of swing and popular music from the 1920s – 1950s. He returns to one of his favourite theatres with a brand new, exciting show which celebrates the music and performers of the era with fascinating (sometimes hilarious) anecdotes of the day and includes highlights from his successful shows – The Sinatra Years, The Gershwin Years and Let’s Face the Music.

    Music and songs include Alexander’s Ragtime Band, From This Moment On, Sisters, A Foggy Day, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Georgia On My Mind, Tiger Rag, An Apple For The Teacher, Ugly Duckling, You’re Just In Love, Smile, There’s No Business Like Show Business, Someone To Watch Over Me, Sweet Georgia Brown, Lady Be Good and many, many others.

    Tony is accompanied by regulars Jim Barry (piano) and Sue Greenway (saxophone). Special guest is the lovely Louise Cookman – a wonderful singer who is described as having ‘a voice to die for!’ Also in the line-up are three fantastic musicians – Paul Morgan on double-bass, Len Walker on guitar and drumming sensation Steve Rushton!

    A wonderful heady cocktail of songs and music – a must-see show for all music-lovers – young and old.  Admission is £15 on the door – strictly by prior reservation only

     

  • Wed
    21
    Jun
    2017

    Iain MacKenzie

    Iain Mackenzie

    Iain MacKenzie – vocals

    Alex Garnett – saxes

    Graham Harvey – piano

    Matt Home – drums

    Simon Thorpe – double bass

     

    Straight from the ‘Cool School’ of Chet Baker, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra & Mel Tormé comes the swinging voice of Iain Mackenzie. Iain performs classic Jazz & Swing standards with golden era charm, and a contemporary edge! The band features some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians, with credits including Tom Jones, Katie Melua, Van Morrison, Wynton Marsalis, Bryan Ferry, Jools Holland, Stacey Kent and BBC Proms favourites the John Wilson Orchestra.  We welcome back at member’s request Iain Mackenzie who is one of the most in demand jazz and big band singers in the UK, having performed with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC Big Band. Iain is currently the principle male vocalist for the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, and section leader for the Ronnie Scott’s Singers – The iTones.  Iain will have completed singing in his 7th UK tour with Brendan Cole’s (of Strictly Come Dancing) ‘All Night Long’ show – touring  from January – April 2017

  • Wed
    28
    Jun
    2017

    The Mark Crooks Quintet

    Mark Crooks

    Mark Crook – clarinet, tenor sax

    John Pearce – piano

    Colin Oxley  -guitar

    Dave Chamberlain – double  bass

    Steve Brown – drums

     

    If you like Scott Hamilton, Zoot Sims or Lester Young, you will love Mark’s playing. Mark Crooks has played in all of London’s top jazz venues and at jazz festivals up and down the country, including a week’s engagement at Ronnie Scott’s with the John Critchinson Quartet.

    Mark regularly plays with the John Wilson and Back To Basie Orchestras, and was invited to be the feature clarinettist with an otherwise all-American band at the Lincoln Centre in New York.  Mark was also invited to play the part of Artie Shaw in a gala tribute concert in Dublin in featuring The Solid Senders Orchestra with strings. The sold-out concert featured Mark performing classic Shaw repertoire including Stardust, Begin The Beguine and Nightmare, along with the infamous Interlude in Bb for clarinet and string quartet and the virtuoso Concerto for Clarinet. The concert was such a great success that Mark was immediately invited back to perform a Benny Goodman programme in April 2007 and to reprise the Artie Shaw with Strings Concert in September 2008

    Mark has worked in a wide range of musical settings including classical work and shows but is most at home in the jazz world. He has played in all of London’s top jazz venues and at jazz festivals up and down the country.

    Mark began his musical training by earning a degree in music performance at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. He moved to London to study on the postgraduate jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music after winning the Young Jazz Player of the Year Competition in 1991. Since leaving college Mark has worked in a wide range of musical settings including classical work and shows but is most at home in the jazz world . He has played in all of London’s top jazz venues and at jazz festivals up and down the country. Mark is joined tonight with his handpicked best UK jazz musicians for an evening of melodic music.

  • Wed
    05
    Jul
    2017

    Helen’s Palm Court Jazz Quintet

    Paul Higgs

     

    Helen Keating – vocals

    Paul Higgs – trumpet

    Bill Yeoman – saxes/clarinet/flute

    Alan Berry – piano

    Roger Curphey – double bass

    John Field – drums

    Guest Vocalist – Bob E. Dymon

     

    Join Helen Keating for an entertaining evening of Palm Court music with a mixture of jazz standards, instrumentals and tastefully arranged songs with a jazzy flavour from this superb quintet led by Paul Higgs

  • Wed
    12
    Jul
    2017

    Summer Pianorama

    Pianorama

    Dave Browning – piano

    Ted Beament – piano

    Jonathan Vinten – piano

    Alan Morgan- double bass 

    Paul Budd – drums

     

    A super three piano extravaganza plus rhythm section with  Alan Morgan – double bass & Paul Budd – drums.  Enjoy a variety of jazz piano styles including Fats Waller, Errol Garner, Hank Jones, Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, George Shearing, Oscar Peterson, Monty Alexander and many more in one great night out!

    Includes ‘Piano Madness’ with all three pianists playing simultaneously plus some boogie woogie!

  • Wed
    19
    Jul
    2017

    Stephen Triffitt - The World's No. 1 Tribute to Frank Sinatra

    £17.50
    Stephen Triffitt
    Stephen Triffitt

    Stephen Triffitt – vocals

    Nigel Hailwood – saxes

    Bunny Thompson – piano 

    Tom Mark – double bass

    Jeff Lardner – drums

     

    Nobody does Frank Sinatra better than Stephen Triffitt. His voice, his moves, his style, even his looks – Stephen has made the great man his own. 

    As one journalist put it “You’d swear you’re listening to the original.”

    Stephen created the role of Frank Sinatra in the original West End cast of The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas as well as opening USA, Canadian and European productions.

    He has sold out the London Palladium twice and the Royal Festival Hall as well as performed as Frank at the legendary Sands Casino in Vegas.

    Admission £17.50 – reservation recommended

     

  • Wed
    26
    Jul
    2017

    Blue Harlem

    Al Nicholls & Sophie
    Al Nicholls & Sophie

     

    Sophie Shaw – vocals

    Al Nichols  – tenor sax, 

    Loren Hignell – baritone sax

    Neil Casey – piano

    Dave O’Brien – double bass

    Paul Robinson – drums

    By popular demand we welcome back Blue Harlem led by saxophonist Al Nichols and the fabulous singer Sophie Shaw, following their recent sell out gig at Ronnie Scott’s. This septet will be performing a mixture of Swing & Blues with a superb brass front line and  foot tapping rhythm section for a great night of energetic entertainment.

  • Wed
    02
    Aug
    2017

    Cool Heat-Burning Beat!

    Cool Heat, Burnin' Beat

    Louise Cookman  – vocals

    Steve Rushton – drums

    Alex Garnett – tenor sax

    Ross Stanley – piano

    Paul Morgan – double bass

     

    Percussion maestro Steve Rushton along with jazz and big band vocalist Louise Cookman, present a new show celebrating the music of  jazz legends Anita O’Day    and drummer  Gene Krupa.  A five piece band features in this dynamic show to celebrate their latest album entitled “Cool Heat, Burnin’ Beat”.  

    Louise Cookman started her career as a dance band and big band vocalist and was the vocalist with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra plus a regular guest singer on Big Band Special on BBC Radio 2 and has of toured as guest vocalist for Ken Peplowski with the BBC Big Band, The Glenn Miller & Piccadilly Dance Orchestras and crooner Tony Jacobs. She has sung on Radio 2, 3 and 4, appeared in Period TV Drama, performed at Ronnie Scott’s, Cadogan Hall, the Queen Elizabeth and Royal Festival Halls and made countless concert and cabaret appearances throughout the UK and Europe. Louise also featured on  “Len Goodman’s Dancing Feet & Dance Band Days”, both for BBC4 television . 

    Steve Rushton has become one of the UK’s busiest and most in-demand drummers, with an impressive list of credits to his name. A flamboyant and stylish performer, he is perhaps best known currently for his work with Imelda May, touring the world. Steve appears at our Club with Tony Jacobs & Stephen Triffitt.  Alex Garnett compares and plays at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club every Monday and Tuesday.

    Ross Stanley is one of the UK’s top jazz pianists – constantly in demand for his flowing creative and lyrical playing. 

    Paul Morgan has appeared at the Club with Tony Jacobs, Simon Bates & Marlene VerPlanck.

     

  • Wed
    09
    Aug
    2017

    Derek Nash Quintet

    Derek Nash Quintet

    Derek Nash – saxes

    Dave Newton – piano

    Martin Shaw – trumpet & flugel horn

    Geoff Gascoyne – double bass

    Sebastiaan de Krom – drums

    We welcome back this brilliant quintet featuring Jools Holland  Rhythm & Blues Orchestra member Derek Nash – saxes who has had two sell out appearances at our Club with his Picante Latin. Accompanying is Best British Jazz Pianist 13 times Dave Newton – piano, Martin Shaw from the BBC Big Band on trumpet & flugel horn.  Geoff Gascoyne – double bass and from Ray Gelato & the Giants, Sebastian de Krom – drums.  A truly star studied quintet!

  • Wed
    16
    Aug
    2017

    Charity Night with Paul Wood & Friends

    Paul Wood
    Paul Wood

    Paul Wood – vocals

    John Withers – vibes

    Brian Dee – piano 

    Paul Morgan – double bass

    Harold Fisher – drums

    Special Guest Appearance: Bruce Adams – trumpet & flugelhorn

     

    Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra’s vocalist Paul Wood will perform your favourite  vocals  accompanied  by  these  highly  talented musicians. In addition to Paul singing, you will also hear several instrumentals.

    The evening will feature a special ‘Bumper Raffle’ with all proceeds donated  to the Veterans of War Charity, Registration Number 1150039, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life of veterans of war who have served in the British armed forces. Paul Wood is the Chairman of this charity so please come along to support it.

  • Wed
    23
    Aug
    2017

    TJ Johnson Quintet

    T J Johnson
    T J Johnson

    T J Johnson – piano/vocals

    Al Nichols – tenor sax 

    Tony Pitt – guitar/ banjo

    Simon Read – double bass 

    Wesley Gibbens – drums

     

    TJ Johnson is widely considered to be one of the UK’s most charismatic highly revered jazz and blues singers. Backed by his group of top London based musicians, TJ plays an extraordinary blend of music that transcends the boundaries of jazz, blues, soul and country  and is influenced by some of the greats such as Ray Charles, Dr John, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, BB King, Nina Simone, Alberta Hunter, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Witherspoon and many more. His distinctive voice and unique personal stage manner always brings both the band and the audience together to create an intimate yet exciting atmosphere that is rarely equalled.   TJ and his band have toured extensively both in the UK and overseas for over twenty years and now while still maintaining a high profile at international festivals and venues, he is also very involved in the vibrant London music scene. TJ’s style and mix of music seems to be very popular with the young trendy in-crowd and older jazz and blues fans alike. They have also sold out eight times running at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

  • Wed
    30
    Aug
    2017

    The Ben Holder Quartet

     Ben Holder

    Ben Holder – violin, piano & vocals

    Jez cook – guitar

    Paul Jefferies – double bass

    Malcolm Garrett – drums

     

    Award winning Ben Holder is one of the finest swing jazz violinists in the UK, he also sings and plays piano. Ben’s passion is his quartet, a truly fabulous ensemble, delighting audiences with all styles of jazz, blues and swing which Ben has taken the time and energy to develop his own original style of music, resulting in some breathtaking, inventive compositions. During his classical studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Ben began listening to Jazz – classic masters such as Benny Goodman and Oscar Peterson and of course the great jazz violinists including Grappelli, Joe Venuti and the awe inspiring Stuff Smith. Ben’s innate sense of swing rhythm (something which often eludes classical players) stems from those early listening sessions – and his various awards bear testimony to his abilities. A first call jazz violinist for many of the country’s top bands and studios. Led by Ben on violin, piano and vocals, this group features the melodic Jez Cook on guitar, the great Paul Jefferies on double bass and the incredible drummer Malcolm Garrett

  • Wed
    06
    Sep
    2017

    The Jonathan Vinten Jazz Band

    Jonathan Vinten
    Jonathan Vinten

    Jonathan Vinten – piano & vocals

    Julian Marc Stringle – saxes, clarinets

    Andy Dickens – trumpet & vocals

    Rob Brown – drums

    Andy Lawrence – double bass

    Dave Hewitt – trombone

    Jonathan Vinten As pianist with George Melly and John Chilton’s Feetwarmers for over 10 years, Jonathan toured  extensively, both at home and abroad, playing over 250 theatre concerts a year and making numerous TV and radio appearances. He also performed month-long Christmas seasons at Ronnie Scott’s every year during this time and has worked with Terry Lightfoot, Aker Bilk and Kenny Ball.  Jonathan has been a featured guest on tours in Europe. He has performed at the Los Angeles Jazz Festival, the prestigious Nice Jazz Festival and with many visiting American musicians.  Jonathan has a Masters degree in Composition for Film and Television and has had his works performed at London ’s Festival Hall. Regularly appears in our Club’s Summer Pianorama

    Julian Marc Stringle made his TV debut with Acker Bilk when he was just 14. The show featured Julian’s teenage Dixieland band “Young Jazz” that included the Sidwell brothers on Trumpet & Trombone, Paul Clarvis on Drums, Andy Cleyndert on Bass, and Sam Brown vocals. At 17 he formed a Modern Jazz quintet and toured Europe with Dave Cliff, Nick Weldon, Andy Cleyndert and Mark Taylor.

    Julian has written over 30 TV jingles and documentary film scores. In Paris he arranged and conducted a big band album for Charles Aznavour. He has produced and performed on many audio books for children through Oxford University Press.

    His first album ‘Pathfinder’ featuring John Parricelli, Dudley Phillips, James Bannerman and Ralph Salmins was distributed by Polygram. Polygram TV released ‘Beach Samba’ a Latin Classics dance album featuring Julian with an 18 piece big band and strings. Merfangle Music have released two albums featuring Julian and The Dream Band – *‘Sundance’ a melodic easy listening album and ‘blues for the morning after’ a successful blend of blues, ballads, bebop and Latin jazz, which has had rave reviews. He has three further albums in production with Merfangle – ‘LA Sunset’ a smooth and jazz funk album featuring Julian and The Dream Band aimed at the Californian market, ‘This is always’ is his debut vocal album and ‘It’s Clazzical’ a cross-over album of melodic classical themes performed by Julian, The Dream Band and ‘The Teardrops’ – noted violinist Julian Tear’s string quartet. A single from the ‘its clazzical’ album of George Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ performed by Julian and guitarist /arranger Dominic Ashworth is already available.

    He was voted ‘Best Clarinettist’ at the British Jazz Awards 2006.

    His major influences have been Artie Shaw, Peanuts Hucko, Buddy De Franco, Eddie Daniels, Oscar Peterson – and Delius!

    “The best clarinettist to emerge in British jazz for decades” – Sir John Dankworth.

    Andy Dickens lively trumpet and flugelhorn playing evokes the warmth and exuberance of Mardi Gras New Orleans; the heat of Chicago club land and the excitement of small-band New York swing. A frequent guest at European jazz festivals, he has played with many English and American notables including Slim Gaillard; Ken Peplowski; Humphrey Littleton; Terry Lightfoot; Judith Durham; Clark Tracey; Bruce Turner; Jools Holland;  Duncan Lamont; David Newton & Pete Allen.

    Dave Hewitt  (trombonist) toured for three years in the Theatre Show ‘Basin Street to Broadway’ with Georgie Fame.  He has guested with bands such as that of Terry Lightfoot, Freddie Randall All Stars, The Alan Elsdon All Stars, Laurie Chescoe’s Good Time Jazz Band and Keith Smith’s Hefty Jazz.  He has played with many visiting Americans, including Wild Bill Davison, Peanuts Hucko, and Kenny Davern. Notably, he appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Teddy Wilson and Stèphane Grappelli.

     

    Andy Lawrence double bass – Andy is very experienced, having been Terry Lightfoot’s bass man for many years, as well as being in demand as a deputy for most professional Jazz bands. Andy has been doing most of the Max Collie Rhythm Aces gigs during the last few years travelling from Liverpool.

     

    Rod Brown  worked on the cabaret  scene before touring with the Herb Miller Orchestra, abroad and in England, and worked with such diverse artists as Matt Monro, Tina May and Tommy Cooper! He played in West End Shows including ‘Me and My Girl’ and with Elaine Delmar (‘Thank you Mr. Gershwin’ and ‘Let’s Do It’ – Cole Porter). Rod’s recording credits include folk-rock bands ‘Renaissance’ and  ‘Caravan’ and the debut album for Chicago born vocalist Joan Viskant. He also recorded the first three albums on the Candid label for Clare Teal, with whom he toured extensively.

  • Wed
    13
    Sep
    2017

    International Vocalist: Jeff Hooper

    Jeff Hooper

    Jeff Hooper  – vocals

    John Pearce  – piano

    Paul Morgan – double bass

    Neil Bullock – drums

     

    We welcome back Jeff Hooper from South Wales who launched his career after winning ITVs New Faces at the age of fourteen, going on to appear in a variety of TV shows, gaining a recording contract with EMI and a place in the charts with his debut single. Travelling to America, he performed at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas – home of the ‘Rat Pack.’ Returning to the UK, Jeff joined the Syd Lawrence Orchestra for a decade as lead singer, touring the UK, Europe and worldwide, appearing in major venues such as the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall, there followed regular recordings for radio and TV.      

    During this time he worked with the great Matt Monro who taught him how to play poker and tie a bow tie!!  Jeff’s Swing Easy band have been selected once again to be the Strictly Come Dancing Tour Band. 

    Jeff breathes new life into the music of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat “King” Cole, Vic Damone, Jack Jones, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr, Matt Monro and Mel Tormé with a relaxed, emotive style. Along with his many solo cabaret appearances and performing with his own Jazz trio, Jeff runs his own Big Band and has recently performed appeared at Gala concerts with Katherine Jenkins and Charlotte Church. Jeff  is the ultimate professional, dedicated to his art. His flawless diction and great musical instinct means he takes a classic and makes it ‘his own’.

  • Wed
    20
    Sep
    2017

    Ray Gelato & The Giants

    SOLD OUT

    (Admission £17.50 by ticket only – available solely on club nights)

    Ray Gelato

    Ray Gelato – tenor sax & vocals

    Gunther Kurmayr – piano

    Andy Rogers – trombone

    Danny Marsden  – trumpet

    Olly Wilby – saxes

    Manuel Alvarez – double bass

    Ed Richardson – drums

     

    After 20 successive sold out shows at Ronnie Scott’s we welcome back Ray Gelato and The Giants.  Constantly the fabulous Ray Gelato, and his amazing swing band The Giants, blow the lid off Ronnie Scott’s Club in awesome fashion.  Ray, a wonderful sax player and superb front man, is a London boy heavily influenced by the likes of Louis Prima, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Louis Jordan and Coleman Hawkins. The Giants’ brilliant horn section is made up of Andy Rogers – trombone, Danny Marsden – trumpet and Olly Wilby – saxophone, who’s joint talent goes beyond the brass, supplying some playful call and response backing vocals.  The double bass player Manuel Alvarez and amazing drummer Ed Richardson are always on fire together creating smoking hot rhythms and are the driving energy of the band.  Completing         the seven piece line-up is the talented ever smiling jazz pianist Gunther Kurmayr tickling the ivories with great gusto.

  • Wed
    27
    Sep
    2017

    Ken Peplowski & Julian Marc Stringle “The Clarinet Maestros”

    Ken Peplowski/Julian Stringle

    Ken Peplowski  – clarinet, tenor sax

    Julian Marc Stringle  – clarinet, tenor sax

    Craig Milverton – piano

    Sandy Suchodolski – double  bass

    Nick Milward – drums

    Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinettist” – Russell Davies, BBC2 August 2013                                                                                        

    “Mr. Peplowski sounds the way Benny Goodman might if he had kept evolving, kept on listening to new music, kept refining his sound, polishing his craft, and expanding his musical purview into the 21st century.” – Will Friedwald in The Wall Street Journal, December 2012

    In 2014, Ken was the recipient of the Sarasota Jazz Festival’s “Satchmo” award, given to him for his “unique and enduring contribution to the living history of jazz”; in March, Ken was also the guest of honour at a “Highlights In Jazz” concert in NYC saluting him for “his matchless musical achievements”. He was the 2015 recipient of Hot House Magazine’s “Fans’ Decision Jazz Award” on clarinet.

     

    “Julian Stringle is the best clarinettist to emerge in British jazz for decades” – Sir John Dankworth                                                                                                                      

     

    His major influences have been Artie Shaw, Peanuts Hucko, Buddy De Franco, Eddie Daniels, Oscar Peterson – and Delius! Julian’s highly melodic music and unique sound reaches the younger audience while his soul, original writing and phenomenal technique on his instrument excites the jazz aficionados. Julian was voted ‘Best Clarinettist’ at the British Jazz Awards 2006. and is now recognised as the most stylish performer on the instrument in Europe.

  • Wed
    04
    Oct
    2017

    ‘Embraceable Ella’   -  Joanna Eden

    Joanna Eden

    Joanna Eden – vocals

    Chris Ingham – piano

    George Double – drums

    Julian Landymore – saxes

    Owen Morgan – double bass

     

    Arguably the UK’s answer to Diana Krall and Norah Jones, Joanna Eden – accompanied by the Chris Ingham Quartet – perform from the throw-away ‘A Tisket A Tasket’ which brought Ella to fame in the forties with the Chick Webb Orchestra to later songbook album classics like Cole Porter’s ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’ and Gershwin’s ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, mime the rich seam of Ella Fitzgerald’s unrivalled canon with humility, style and deep affection.

    Joanna launched ‘Embraceable Ella’ to much acclaim at the London Jazz Festival in 2016 and has toured the UK with this heart-warming collection of songs and anecdotes.  

  • Wed
    11
    Oct
    2017

    Jazz Dynamos with Lucy Randall

     

    Jazz Dynamos 

    Lucy Randall – vocals & percussion

    Stewart Curtus – saxes & flute

    Dom Metz – vocals & drums

    Mark Adelman – piano

    Anders Janes  – double bass

     

    The Jazz Dynamos Quintet transforms well known songs with a mix of classic jazz and swing, Bossa, samba, and contemporary pop music – occasionally all at the same time! The technique, versatility and sheer joy in Lucy Randell’s versatile and joyous singing, allied to the swingiest, funkiest, best dressed rhythm section in the UK, make this a lively and entertaining show .They have appeared at many prestigious venues including Ronnie Scott’s and Pizza Express Jazz Clubs in London, the Elgar Room in The Royal Albert Hall, and the Henley Festival.

     With Lucy fronting the Jazz Dynamos for the last 6 years, and with long term French drummer Dom Metz (Glen Miller Memorial Orchestra) completing the team, the band have remained in high demand all over the world, performing at clubs, festivals and private events for, amongst others, British and Hollywood Royalty! From heart-stopping ballads from The Great American Songbook, to 1960’s French Riviera Beach Party vibes to jazz and latin re-workings of ’80s million selling  hits, with many varied stops along the way, Jazz Dynamos will be joined by special guest Stewart Curtis on saxes and flute to augment their unique and entertaining musical mix.        

     

  • Wed
    18
    Oct
    2017

    Len Phillips Big Band with top UK vocalists Gary Williams & Eleanor Keenan

    Admission £20 by prior reservation only

     Len Phillips

    We are pleased to present an evening with the Len Phillips Big Band, being an all star 16 piece band whose players have between them worked with Sinatra, Ted Heath, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr and Tom Jones to name but a few.  Repertoire is drawn from the best bands from both sides of the Atlantic – bands such as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Ted Heath, Ken Mackintosh and Benny Goodman plus the songs of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.“

     

    Thirty years after its inception and now under the leadership of Joe Pettitt, the LPBB can be seen up and down the country playing to packed concert halls, theatres & festivals.

    “A marvellous orchestra masterfully directed by Joe Pettitt” – David Jacobs CBE  

  • Wed
    25
    Oct
    2017

    The Al Nicholls Swing Quartet

     

    Al Nicholls 

    Al Nicholls – tenor saxophone

    Paul Eldridge – piano

    Manuel Alvarez – double bass

    Paul Robinson – drums

     

    Top London saxophonist Al Nicholls plays with a ravishing, full rounded sound in the tradition of Coleman Hawkins. From “smoochy” ballads, through to swinging up-tempo numbers, Al’s great sound is perfect in creating that after hours, jazz club atmosphere. His repertoire encompasses literally hundreds of the classic “standards” of the 30s, 40s and 50s, written by masters such as George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Rogers and Hart and Duke Ellington. 

  • Wed
    01
    Nov
    2017

    Salute to Benny Goodman – Pete Long Quartet

    Pete Long Benny Goodman Tribute

    Pete Long – clarinet

    Richard Pite – drums

    Nick Dawson – piano

    Anthony Kerr – vibes

    We welcome back at Members’ request Pete Long celebrating the music of the first incarnation of the Goodman Quartet, where the bass-less rhythm section is driven by the alliance of bass drum and pianist’s left hand, the Quartet will be playing many of the early Goodman Hits.  Celebrating the music of the first incarnation of the Goodman Quartet, where the bass-less rhythm section is driven by the alliance of bass drum and pianist’s left hand, the Quartet will be playing many of the early Goodman Hits. Expect Avalon, Lady be Good, Dinah, I’ve Got Rhythm, China Boy and many others.

  • Wed
    08
    Nov
    2017

    Salena Jones

    Salena Jones

    Salena Jones – vocals

    Martin Shaw – trumpet

    Alan Barnes – Saxes, Clarinet

    Gunther Kurmayr – piano

    Jules Jackson – double bass

    Pete Cater – drums 

     

    Infinitely versatile, Salena Jones iconic world-ranked singer swings from jazz standards to more intimate material. Whether singing Cole Porter, Duke Ellington or Gershwin jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, or more contemporary songs written or popularised by Sting, Lionel Richie, Bacharach or Stevie Wonder, Salena Jones’ set list always showcases her great talent to reach almost any kind of audience.  Salena has sung with Louis Armstrong, Hank Jones, Ray Brown, Sarah Vaughan, Maynard Ferguson, Lionel Hampton, Dudley Moore, Roy Budd, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, the BBC Big Band and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Salena is accompanied by a top Quartet  – reservation is recommended.

  • Wed
    15
    Nov
    2017

    “A Taste of Bechet” – Dave Browning Quintet featuring Pete Allen

    Dave Browning & Pete Allen

     

    Dave Browning – piano

    Pete Allen – saxes & clarinet

    Martin Guy – drums

    Keith Donald – double bass

    Jim Douglas – Guitar

     

    A fabulous entertaining evening featuring the music of Sidney Bechet by these talented musicians.

    Led by the superb stride pianist Dave Browning and brilliant clarinettist-saxophonist  Pete Allen, along with drummer Martin Guy and double bassist Keith Donald.

  • Wed
    22
    Nov
    2017

    Big Screen Take Two

    Big Screen Take Two

    Dave Newton – piano

    Tom Farmer – double bass

    Matt Skelton – drums

     

    After their highly successful Big Screen Take One, we welcome them back for another melodious evening of classic film hits performed by Big Screen who are an elegant British piano trio conceived by drummer Matt Skelton, whose work with the John Wilson Orchestra has made him well acquainted with jazz now takes on movie music; 13 times British Jazz Award Winner pianist  David Newton and Empirical double bassist Tom Farmer complete this absolute top quality line-up.

    The memorable themes given respectfully creative treatments by Dave Newton – a pianist with a sublime touch, a rich harmonic imagination and understated power to surprise – is ripplingly graceful on a whispering ‘Chariots of Fire’, light-stepping and jubilant over Skelton’s crisp brushwork and Farmer’s tuneful double bass. Other tunes performed will include ‘Luck be a Lady,’ ‘Surrey With The Fringe on Top’, ‘Where or When,’ ‘Laura’, ‘Emily’ etc.

  • Wed
    29
    Nov
    2017

    Jo Harrop pays homage to Peggy Lee

     

    Jo Harrop 

    Jo Harrop – vocals

    Alex Webb – piano

    Tony Kofi – sax

    Miles Danso – double bass

    Joel Prime – drums

     

    Jo Harrop pays tribute to Peggy Lee, (May 26, 1920 – January 21, 2002) who was one of the great figures of jazz and American popular song, with a career spanning six decades and one of the greatest exponents  of Torch Song – those unforgettable laments for unrequited or lost loves. Creamy voiced Jo Harrop delivers moving renditions of Peggy Lee classics as well as swinging out on other great songs from the canon. Songs featured in the show include Peggy Lee’s ‘Fever’,  ‘The Folks  Who Live On The Hill’, ‘Why Don’t You Do Right’,  ‘It’s A Good Day’, ‘I Love Being Here With You’ and ‘He’s a Tramp’ (the  last song featuring in the Disney film The Lady And The Tramp)   Jo Harrop guested on the album ‘Call Me Lucky’ by Alex Webb &   The Copasetics, delivering what jazzman.com called ‘a smoothly sumptuous vocal’ on the Webb original ‘End of The Affair’.  The album received four-star reviews in the Guardian and Evening Standard.

    ‘This girl was born to sing jazz!’  – Blues & Soul

  • Wed
    06
    Dec
    2017

    End of year Gala Night with the fabulous Pasadena Roof Orchestra

    £22.50

    Pasadena Sold Out 254 x 192

    SOLD OUT

    Since 1969 the Pasadena Roof Orchestra has been faithfully re-creating the glories of a show of full of humour and hot dance music from the 1920’s, 30’s & 40’s.

    The fun-packed show features timeless classics from the great American songbook – those wonderful songs that miraculously lifted people’s spirits during the depression era, and which made household names of singers such as Bing Crosby, Al Bowlly, and Fred Astaire. The musicians master the arrangements and sound of the fabled American orchestras such as Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson, whilst also paying tribute to the great British dance bands like Ray Noble and Benjamin Ambrose. 

    Presenting the show, and putting on the top hat white tie and tails, is the suave singer and band leader Duncan Galloway. So pack up your troubles, come on get happy, and experience an evening of superlative live music, with more than a dash of wit and humour.

    Tickets at £22.50 are available on Wednesday Club nights only