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Sunday, 23rd April 2017

25th Anniversary Concert

Winner of the BBC Young Jazz Musician Award- Alexandra Ridout Quintet supported by Laurie Jacobs/George Grant Quintet

Doors open 6.45pm
Support Set 7.15pm - 8.15pm - Laurie Jacobs/ George Grant Quintet
Main Set 8.30pm - 9.15pm & 9.45pm - 10.30pm - Alexandra Ridout Quintet
Tickets £14.00

Another great milestone for the Club, our 25th Anniversary Concert, and we are delighted to present one of the finest young bands to emerge in recent years from the UK, the Alexandra Ridout Quintet. Their ages, all 18 years or under, belie their mature and technically brilliant playing and it will be a joy to sit back and enjoy their performance. Also, for this special concert we have the Club's founder, Laurie Jacobs and his Quartet playing a support set in recognition not only of Laurie's commitment to the Club but also to showcase his band, which also features the superb young alto saxophonist George Grant.

Laurie Jacobs (tenor saxophone) George Grant (alto saxophone), Russell Williams (Hammond organ), Dave Ingamells (drums)

Alexandra Ridout has been playing the trumpet since she was nine (gaining grade 8 distinction aged 13 and an LTCL diploma aged 16) and before this she learnt classical guitar, recorder and started learning the piano. At the age of 15, Alexandra gained a place on the Junior Jazz course at The Royal Academy of Music and in summer 2015 (aged 16) was one of two UK 16-19 year-olds chosen to attend the prestigious Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony in Stockton, California. Alexandra's profile has rocketed since winning the BBC Young Musician 2016 Jazz Award and she has been interviewed on 'In tune' and 'Jazz Now' on Radio 3 and hosted the 'True Brit' show on Jazz FM. She also performed with fellow BBC Young Musician Jazz Award finalists Noah Stoneman (2016 final) and Freddie Jensen (2014 final) as a trio in the interval during the Classical BBC Young Musician final at The Barbican, filmed by the BBC to be used at a later date. Some of Alexandra's recent performance highlights include performing with Dave Holland and the NYJC flagship band at the Houses of Commons, regularly depping in the main NYJO band, performing at the Pizza Express Soho with the RAM Junior jazz and performing with the Clark Tracey Quintet, as well as performing as a main act in the Manchester Jazz festival 2016 with her quintet.
The members of the quintet all met at The Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz department, which they attend every Saturday in term time. Their passion for the music and outstanding musicianship produce an incredibly mature band sound that belies their tender years, all of the quintet being under 18 years old. They are equally at home playing hard swinging jazz, poignant ballads and solid funk tunes. With some special raffle prizes on offer for our 25th Anniversary, the concert will be one to remember.

Alexandra Ridout (trumpet), Noah Stoneman (piano), Miles Mindlin (guitar), Freddie Jensen (bass) and Luca Caruso (drums)


Sunday, 21st May 2017

Derek Nash's Picante Latin Band

Doors open 7.00pm
Music starts 7.30pm Tickets £14

Derek Nash (saxophones), Dominic Ashworth (guitar), Neil Angilley (piano), Andy Staples (bass), Robin Jones (congas & percussion), Marc Cecil (drums)

Back by popular demand, Picante is a hugely enjoyable Latin/Salsa band fronted by Derek Nash (featured saxophonist with the Jools Holland R&B Orchestra and Sax Appeal) and Dominic Ashworth (British Jazz award-winning guitarist). Taking Latin flavours from Buena Vista Social Club, Sergio Mendes, Stan Getz/Astrid Gilberto, Spyrogyra and the Gypsy Kings, Picante's music makes you feel like dancing from the first bar with their unique compositions in mambo, salsa, samba and bossa nova styles. Music from their CD ' Five Note Salsa' has already been heard on TV from Japanese Drama to Strictly Come Dancing to the David Letterman Show. Derek Nash is renowned for his energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic performances on all four saxophones, from sonorous baritone to soaring soprano, and is an award-winning performer who regularly appears in the British Jazz awards nominations in several categories (Alto/Tenor and Baritone). Derek was nominated for Jazz Musician of the Year by the Global Music Foundation and received Best Jazz CD at the British Jazz Awards for 'Joyriding' in 2012. The band also features Robin Jones who is rated one of the finest exponents on congas and Neil Angilley, one of the best young pianists around.


Sunday, 8th October 2017

Jam Experiment

Doors open 7.00pm
Music starts 7.30pm Tickets £14

Rory Ingham (trombone), Alexander Bone (saxophone), Toby Comeau (piano), Joe Lee (bass), Jonathan Mansfield (drums)

Jam Experiment are a young jazz quintet that are based in London. The group, comprised of musicians all aged under 21 years, won the 2014 Jazz North Introduces Scheme, shortly after their debut gig supporting Liane Carroll. They have played at leading jazz festivals across the UK over the past 2 years making their mark on the UK jazz scene. The band is now based in London, studying at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Jam Experiment display an energetic approach with original compositions and arrangements. The lineup features the superb saxophonist Alexander Bone, the winner of the inaugural 2014 BBC Young Musician Jazz Award. Alexander Bone and trombonist Rory Ingham were both voted as runners-up in the best instrumentalist (respectively) of the year in the British Jazz Awards 2016, and both were nominated for "Rising Star" in the 2016 British Jazz Awards, with Alexander Bone crowned Rising Star, an amazing achievement for such young musicians. Recently, Alexander has worked with global superstars Kylie Minogue and Dannii Minogue, pop/disco legend Nile Rodgers and chart-topping producers Rudimental. He's performed live with internationally-acclaimed artists including Newton Faulkner, writing an exclusive arrangement of his hit song 'Indecisive' and he gave a highly rated performance with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales of his own arrangements of "Ain't Nobody" & "Pure Imagination" at the BBC Proms in the Park.

"Incredible" - Liane Carroll

"The Jam Experiment is one of the best young bands I've ever heard. The instrumental playing is highly accomplished, but most impressively, this is a band that swings, has great arrangements and knows how to present itself. A really refreshing presence on the scene." - Alan Barnes


Sunday, 5th November 2017

Greg Abate and his Quartet

Doors open 7.00pm
Music starts 7.30pm Tickets £14

Greg Abate (alto saxophone/flute), John Pearce (piano), Dave Green (double bass), Steve Brown (drums)

A very welcome return to the Club for the great USA saxophonist/flautist Greg Abate, always a great favourite at the Club for his emotionally charged, technically brilliant and expressive playing. Greg's career spans over 35 years, starting with Ray Charles and Artie Shaw bands and then developing his solo career in the States. Steeped in bebop, he recorded his first CD live at Birdland, New York in 1991 and subsequently has released 13 Cd's under his own name, the last a double album 'Kindred Spirits' recorded in 2016 with the great altoist Phil Woods, shortly before Phil's death. Backing Greg Abate are three of the finest rhythm section musicians you will hear anywhere- John Pearce (piano), Dave Green (double bass) and Steve Brown (drums). Don't miss one of the finest saxophonists in the world today leading an all-star rhythm section.


Sunday, 3rd December 2017

Steve Fishwick, Osian Roberts & Alan Barnes Sextet

Doors open 7.00pm
Music starts 7.30pm Tickets £14

Steve Fishwick (trumpet), Osian Roberts (tenor saxophone), Alan Barnes (baritone saxophone), Gabriel Latchin (piano), Jeremy Brown (double bass), Matt Fishwick (drums).

Since its inception in 2002, the Osian Roberts/Steve Fishwick band have built a strong reputation as one of the most consistent and exciting live acts on the U.K. jazz scene. They've toured extensively throughout Britain, performing in some of the country's most renowned jazz clubs, as well as appearing in many International Jazz Festivals (including Brecon, Swanage and London) and recording a number of critically acclaimed Cd's. For tonight's concert, the Osian Roberts/Steve Fishwick quintet is augmented with the superb baritone saxophone of Alan Barnes to complete the front line, creating one of the finest combos to be heard anywhere. Steve Fishwick is unquestionably one of the finest trumpeters we've ever produced in the UK and Osian Roberts style has been compared to some of the great saxophonists. Alan Barnes is consistently been rated as one of our top alto and baritone saxophonists over many years. The repertoire of the band is largely original but they also play their own arrangements of standards, and throughout the programme, the emphasis is on swing and improvisation creating a straight ahead style, personified by the great bands of Art Blakey and Horace Silver from the 1950's and 60's. With a top rhythm section behind the front line, this promises to be a superb night of classic jazz.