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6 Jim Mullen Organ Trio -
Jim Mullen – Guitar, Ross Stanley – Organ, Matt Skelton – Drums
The Jim Mullen Organ Trio bring together 3 of the leading jazz exponents in the UK, led by legendary guitarist Jim Mullen. Performing a richly dynamic set of originals and Mullenised standards, expect a hard swinging evening of melodic, blues drenched modern Jazz. It’s a mixture of “tradition and transition” as Jim puts it. Contemporary knowledge applied to a basic determination to swing.
13 Art Themen with the Clark Tracey Trio -
Art Themen – Saxes, John Critchinson – piano, Mark Lewandowski – bass, Clark Tracey – Drums
Art was involved in the traditional jazz scene in Manchester in the late 1950s. A member of the award winning Cambridge University jazz band from 1958 to 1961, he became involved in the early London blues scene, playing alongside Alexis Korner, Jack Bruce, Mick Jagger and Chuck Berry. He fronted the Stan Tracey quartet for 20 years from 1976. A busy and sought after musician who nowadays is most often seen on stage with many of the best of Britain's top jazz players such as Alan Barnes, John Donaldson, John Critchinson, Dave Newton, Georgie Fame, Don Weller, Mornington Lockett, among many others. Themen is a player who is known for his originality and individual style.
20 Closed for Easter
27 Nikki Iles Quartet -
Nikki Iles -
Over the last two decades Nikki Iles has established herself as one of the UK's finest composers and pianists. She is a well respected jazz educator, twice nominated for the Parliamentary Jazz Education Award. She currently teaches at the Royal Academy, Guildhall and Trinity as well as Middlesex University. Iles herself was a graduate of Leeds College of Music and while in Yorkshire she became a favourite accompanist at the Wakefield Jazz club for jazz luminaries, such as Dick Morrisey, Jim Mullen, Pete King, Iain Ballamy, Scott Hamilton, Art Farmer and Teddy Edwards among others.
4 Steve Melling Trio -
Steve Melling – Piano, Andrew Cleyndert -
During the 1990's Steve worked and recorded with Claire Martin, Alan Skidmore and Peter King and played regularly at Ronnie Scott's. In the UK he has played with most major jazz musicians, including concerts with he and Stan Tracey playing two pianos. Steve has also played with many American jazz musicians including concerts with Jazz Machine, a band led by the legendary drummer Elvin Jones. He has also worked with Phil Woods, Benny Golson, James Moody and Charles McPherson. In 2000 Steve joined The New Couriers. Steve can currently be heard with the Peter King Quartet, his own trio and quartet, and with Special Septet. In 2012 Steve was invited to join the European Jazz Ensemble.
11 Don Weller Quartet -
Don Weller – Tenor, Dave Newton -
Don is one of Britain's leading saxophone players. With around 4 decades in the jazz business, he possesses a unique sound and facility and has been prominently featured with artists like Stan Tracey and Gil Evans. He has worked on film scores such as "Absolute Beginners" and "Stormy Monday", in which he was involved both as a player and composer. He has also been a composer for his own groups for many years for his quartet and big band.
18 Clark Tracey Quintet -
Clark Tracey – Drums, Henry Armburg Jennings -
Clark has led his own groups for thirty years and this latest one features another formidable band of exceptionally talented young musicians. The band is on tour promoting their debut CD. The quintet continues the legacy of the classic hard bop format with some more modern material and arrangements added. The future is in safe hands!
25 Simon Spillett Quartet -
Simon Spillett – Saxes, John Critchinson -
Winner of the 2011 British Jazz Award for Tenor Saxophone, Simon is recognised as one of the most distinctive saxophonists on the current UK jazz scene, appearing at famed venues such as Ronnie Scott's club and at major jazz festivals from Birmingham to Brecon and recording critically celebrated albums. The quartet's music is fimly rooted in the classic sound of British jazz in the 1950's and 60's and their latest album 'Square One' is now available as a limited edition vinyl pressing from Gearbox Records.
1 Martin Speake Trio -
Martin Speake – Alto, Mike Outram -
This unusual trio of alto saxophone, guitar and drums brings together all of Martin’s musical influences alongside his favourite musical partners. The three musicians are committed to improvising in the moment and will feature compositions from their latest double cd , “Always A First Time” on Martin’s Pumpkin label. Meditative ballads, trance like grooves, free improvisation, minimalism, jazz standard songs, Arabic influenced music, heavy metal guitar, unaccompanied solos from each player and more are featured in this unique and intimate trio.
8 Steve Waterman with the Clark Tracey Trio -
Steve Waterman – Trumpet, Gareth Williams -
Steve is one of the top British jazz trumpet players both at home and on the international scene. He began his career while studying at Trinity College Of Music, and since then has worked regularly on the British and European jazz scene. He has recorded many critically acclaimed CDs under his own name. Steve has worked with John Surman’s Brass Project recording a CD on the ECM label and has toured Europe playing at many of the major Jazz Festivals with the Carla Bley Big Band and recorded two CDs for the ECM label. As a composer Steve has had a number of commissions ranging from small group to big band.
15 Tony Kofi with the Clark Tracey Trio -
Tony Kofi – Saxes, Bruce Boardman -
Playing the music of Thelonious Monk. Winner of the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards for Best instrumentalist, Tony won a scholarship to study for a year at Berklee College in Boston. He has performed with David Murray Big Band, Courtney Pine, US3 and is the latest member of The World Saxophone Quartet. His album of Monk's compositions “All is know” won the 2005 Jazz Parliamentary award and the 2005 BBC Jazz award for best ensemble and best album. Tony won the BBC jazz award 2008 for best instrumentalist. He is currently working with Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya.
22 Kit Downes Trio -
Kit Downes – Piano, Calum Gourlay -
Having been together since their first year at the Royal Academy of Music, the trio have been playing together since 2005. Their music walks a line between the improvised and the composed using an eclectic mix of influences. The band has played at the London Jazz Festival 2008/09/10/11, Ronnie Scotts British Jazz Festival, BBC 2, BBC Radio 2 and 3 Live Broadcasts, Nattjazz Norway, Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, Coutances Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festivals 2010/11 and have toured extensively throughout Germany and Austria. Their first album was nominated for the Mercury Music Award in 2010. Their second album was voted no. 4 in Jazzwise's Albums of the Year in 2011.
29 Kevin Fitzsimmons -
Kevin Fitzsimmons – Vocals, Leon Greening -
Kevin Fitzsimmons is a charismatic singer/lyricist/bandleader with a warm, evocatively
powerful vocal, who’s enjoyed sell out shows at Ronnie Scott’s and one hour live
concert on Jazz FM. Expect creative mainstream jazz and one of today’s most individual
new male jazz voices, blending West Coast cool, hard swinging, sparkling rhythms,
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