Apr - Jun 2018 season

Tuesday April 3, 2018
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Scott Hamilton Quartet

Tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton from Rhode Island released his first recording in 1977 when he was just 23, and surprised critics and fans alike, with the depth and maturity of his playing. Scott went on to become an international jazz star, at a time when...

Tuesday April 10, 2018
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Simon Spillett Quartet

Described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as "formidable," Simon Spillett is a major voice on the straight-ahead British jazz scene. A real virtuoso, he is steeped in the music of Tubby Hayes, but is very much his own man. He has won several awards for...

Tuesday April 17, 2018
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Stan Tracey Legacy Octet

Led by Stan's son Clark on drums, the Legacy Octet was formed shortly after Stan's death in 2013 and has since performed at sold out venues and festivals, recreating a selection of the octet's music dating back to its formation in 1973. From the many...

Tuesday April 24, 2018
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Claire Martin & Liane Carroll

Linn Recording artist and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Claire Martin has spent the last 29 years honing the craft of jazz singing. To worldwide critical acclaim she has established herself as a tour de force on the UK jazz scene gaining an OBE for her...

Tuesday May 1, 2018
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Alan Barnes Sextet

No jazz venue should be without a visit from this musician! Alan Barnes is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist. He is best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax, where he combines a formidable virtuosity with a...

Tuesday May 8, 2018
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Dave O'Higgins Quartet

Dave?s tenor and soprano sax sounds are highly personal and recognisable, with a clear sense of melodic development and adventure. A popular performer with the public, with an excellent sense of pacing and presentation, he has a wide palette from Parker, Gordon, Coltrane, Henderson through...

Tuesday May 15, 2018
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Zoe Rahman Solo

Described in The Observer as ?a remarkable pianist by any standard?, Zoe Rahman has firmly established herself as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene. A vibrant and highly individual pianist/composer, her style is deeply rooted in jazz yet it reflects her...

Tuesday May 22, 2018
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Freddie Gavita Quartet

Aimed at the heart, not the head, this is Freddie?s highly evocative collection of compositions written for long time collaborators and quartet members. The music has global appeal with scintillating grooves, heartfelt ballads and some serious swing taking you on a musical journey inspired by...

Tuesday May 29, 2018
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Jump Monk

Led by bassist Arnie Somogyi, Jump Monk pays tribute to two of the greatest composers in jazz: Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk. Arnie stood in at Ronnie Scott's Club with the Mingus Dynasty Big Band, a high accolade indeed and confirmation of his reputation as...

Tuesday June 5, 2018
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Rossano Sportiello Trio

Award-winning jazz pianist Rossano Sportiello began studying piano at the age of 9 and continued until his graduation in classical piano in 1996. At 16, he was performing professionally at jazz venues in the Milan area, joining one of Europe?s historic jazz bands, the ?Milano...

Tuesday June 12, 2018
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Mark Nightingale Sextet

Mark came through the ranks of the UK?s National Youth Jazz Orchestra emerging onto the scene with his debut album, ?Bonestructure? in the late 1980?s. Since then he has flourished as a much in demand session musician in the London studios and has gained a...

Tuesday June 19, 2018
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Pete Long's Sextet - Celestial Bodies

Space and Space Travel form the theme of this week's selection by the Peter Long Sextet. Expect some of Ellington's musings on the subject such as Blues In Orbit and Ballet of the Flying Saucers, some conveniently entitled standards ? Star Eyes, Stardust, Pete's jazz...

Tuesday June 26, 2018
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James Pearson Trio

James is the Artistic Director at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club where his trio are the house band. Their last album ?Swing the Club? recorded live at the venue received excellent reviews across the board. James has broadcast on all the major radio and television networks....

* Photos by Melody Maclaren and available here with their kind permission.