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9 Freddie Gavita/Mark Nightingale -
Freddie Gavita – Trumpet, Mark Nightingale – Trombone, Leon Greening – Piano, Dave Green – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums
Freddie Gavita is an award winning trumpeter and composer. With the release of his debut album ‘Transient’ in April 2017, Freddie has cemented his place as a leading light on the British jazz scene.
He is a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Club Quintet and jazz-
16 Art Themen/Alex Garnett -
Art Themen & Alex Garnett – Saxes, John Turville -
This season our HJ Patron, Art Themen, pairs up with the fabulous Alex Garnett. Alex has been one of the leading saxophonists in the UK and Mainland Europe for over two decades, being instantly recognized by his dark, husky sound. A versatile musician and first call sideman, he has enjoyed success as both a jazz artist, composer and arranger, and an in demand session, studio and commercial saxophonist, having racked up countless recording credits along the way.
23 Jam Experiment -
Rory Ingham – Trombone, Alexander Bone – Saxophones/EWI/Synths, Toby Comeau -
A young, exciting and highly talented London based group includes the winner of the
inaugural BBC Young Musician Jazz Award, and “Rising Star” in 2016 British Jazz Awards,
Alexander Bone, as well as Rory Ingham (runner up in both Best Trombonist and Rising
Star in 2016 British Jazz Awards). Studying at the UK’s top conservatoires, Jam Experiment
display a fresh and energetic approach of original compositions and arrangements.
This concert will be part of their 30-
30 Simon Allen Quintet/Nonet* -
Simon Allen – Saxes, Martin Shaw – Trumpet, Tom Cawley – Piano, Laurence Cottle –
Bass, Mike Bradley – Drums -
The remarkable Simon Allen presents his own music, performed by both established key players in jazz and emergent talents. After 7 years with Clark Tracey's quintet, Simon then joined Stan Tracey's ensembles for 8 years where he became a prominent figure himself. In the 2nd half, the band are joined by 4 gifted young musicians from the Purcell School where Simon is Head of Jazz Studies, including Alex Ridout and Sean Payne who have both played at our club before.
7 Mark Lewandowski Trio -
Mark Lewandowski – Bass, Liam Noble -
14 Brandon Allen Quartet Plays Gene Ammons -
Brandon Allen – Tenor, Ross Stanley – Organ/Piano, Arnie Somogyi – Bass, Matt Home – Drums
While adept at the technical aspects of bebop, in particular its love of harmonic substitutions, Ammons more than Young, Webster or Parker, stayed in touch with the commercial blues and R&B of his day.
In 1950 the saxophonist's recording of "My Foolish Heart" made Billboard magazine's
black pop charts. The soul jazz movement of the mid-
21 Draw By Four -
Jon Shenoy – Tenor, Will Bartlett – Organ, Sam Dunn – Guitar, Chris Draper – Drums
2017 is a busy year for Draw By Four, having secured a 20-
28 Simon Spillett Quartet -
Simon Spillett – Tenor, John Critchinson – Piano, Alec Dankworth – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums
A recent recipient of the Services to British Jazz Award, multi-
4 Portrait of the MJQ -
Nat Steele – Vibraharp, Gabriel Latchin – Piano, Dario Di Lecce – Bass, Steve Brown – Drums
This is a new ensemble of well known and celebrated UK musicians, performing the music of one of the most famous and influential groups of the 20th century, the ‘Modern Jazz Quartet’. The MJQ is famous for bringing jazz out of the club and into the concert hall, and of being an early pioneer of the “third stream” fusion of classical form and jazz improvisation. It featured the contrasting talents of its musical director and pianist, John Lewis, who played with an understated control, with the firey, boppish stylings of vibes pioneer Milt Jackson.
11 The Maltese Connection* -
Dominic Galea – Piano, Brandon Allen -
Malta's leading jazz pianist Dominic Galea is on a short trip to the UK to promote the release of his latest CD, The Maltese Connection, which was recorded last year in London with this same line up. The quintet have played already at Herts Jazz Festival and the Maltese Jazz Festival, performing original, distinctive compositions by Dominic, as well as his own father, Sammy Galea, and some standard tunes.
18 Benny And Beyond -
Peter Long – Clarinet, Anthony Kerr -
Using the classic clarinet and vibes-
25 The Ridouts -
Mark Ridout – Guitar, Alex Ridout – Trumpet, Tom Ridout – Tenor, Flo Moore – Bass, Tristan Maillot – Drums
The Ridouts features two generations of great jazz musicians, father Mark Ridout
along with his award winning children, daughter Alexandra Ridout -
April 2 Chris Laurence Quartet -
Chris Laurence – Bass, Frank Ricotti -
A welcome return by this quartet led by virtuoso bassist Chris Laurence, who has
had a successful career in both jazz and the classics. He is one of the busiest studio
musicians around, having worked with Kenny Wheeler, Andy Sheppard, the Academy of
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