Gig Guide


Jam at The Crypt

'Jam at The Crypt' led by the very talented Arnaud Guichard returns on Thursday 20th September

The house band features some of London's finest with Jamie Murray on drums and Daisy George on Bass. The house band play a short first set of original music and standards followed in the second set by the jam session open to all musicians.

Free Entry. Doors open at 8pm, first set starts at 8.30pm.

These sessions are proving popular therefore do come along early if you want to play. All abilities welcome. If you just want to come along to listen and take in the vibe, you are very welcome to do that too.



Since their formation in 1996 Partisans have been thrilling audiences with their ferociously energetic performances. Hailed as breaking the ground for the new wave of British jazz and described by BBC Radio Jazz on 3 as 'One of the most exciting all star experimental groups in Jazz today' Partisans is co-led by two of the pre-eminent musicians of their generation, Phil Robson (guitar) and Julian Siegel (tenor sax & bass clarinet).

The quartet's line-up is completed by Thaddeus Kelly (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums). Partisans are real band! The richly lyrical and strongly melodic compositions written by the leaders provide the framework and starting point, underpinned by the rock solid, freewheeling and supercharged rhythm section.

'Partisans were the highlight of the festival, jazz that makes you blink in its glare'- John Fordham,The Guardian, Cheltenham Jazz Festival

"Restless, almost reckless energy... delirious listening... consistently thrilling." BBC Music Magazine

"These Guys Are Super Badass!" Vancouver International Jazz Festival


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Jeff Williams' Lifelike

John O'Gallagher - alto saxophone, Josh Arcoleo - tenor saxophone, Sam Lasserson - bass, and Jeff Williams - drums.

Dividing his time between Brooklyn and London, veteran American drummer Jeff Williams, has a rare rhythmic and sonic control that coaxes intelligent, colourful interplay from his colleagues. An ability that has served him well while performing and recording with the greats such as Dave Liebman, Lee Konitz, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Lovano, Stan Getz, and John Abercrombie.

His new sextet album, "Lifelike" is a feverish sextet session recorded live. It is a remarkable follow-up to Outlier (Whirlwind Records, 2016) and is one of the hippest jazz records of 2018; a coherent whole of tension-release, vitality, and drive.

Expect two sets of fiery, up tempo immensely enjoyable music with constantly shifting, complex rhythmic patterns but where technical finesse never becomes detached from the meaning of the music.

"I've known Jeff Williams since the early 1970s, both as a musician and friend. His wealth of experience is staggering and very deep. His unique spirit is something all jazz students should be exposed to."- Dave Liebman

"Jeff Williams explores evolving improvised forms and shifting emotional terrain . . . to intriguing effect." DownBeat Magazine


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Renato D'Aiello Quintet plays the music of Cedar Walton

Renato D'Aiello - Tenor Saxophone, Mark Bassey - Trombone, Matyas Gayer - Piano, Alfonso Vitale - Drums and Adam King - Bass

A night of music celebrating the classic American hard bop pianist and Art Blakey sideman, Cedar Walton. Fronted by Renato D'Aiello, one of the strongest and most original saxophone sounds on the London scene. His treatments of jazz standards, and originals, both live and on cd, have been well received from audiences and critically acclaimed by the press.

Renato studied with masters such as Sal Nistico, Tony Scott, Steve Grossman and Joe Henderson and has performed with the likes of Art Farmer, Sal Nistico and Steve Grossman, Renato runs a successful weekly Monday night at Ronnie Scott's bar and performs regularly at Pizza Express Dean street in London.


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Ineza Kerschkamp Quartet

Vocals: Ineza, Piano: Deschanel Gordon, Bass: Sam Ingvorsen, Drums: Joel Waters.

Ineza is a Rwandan born Belgian raised Jazz singer, based in London. She graduated from the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she studied Jazz Vocals. Ineza is recognised as a rising talent on the London Jazz scene due to her unique sound, powerful voice, excellent swing feel, smooth scat singing and her emotional connection with lyrics.

"A Jazz singer to watch" - Norma Winstone

"Ineza is a world-class singer with great emotional depths and an instant connection with the narrative" - Trudy Kerr

"Ineza's sound is undeniably beautiful" - Mark Lockheart


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Ife Tolentino

Adriana Vasques (voice/percussion), Ife Tolentino (acoustic guitar/voice), Steve Pierce (electric guitar), Marius Rodrigues (drums).

Ife Tolentino is a Brazilian guitarist, singer, composer, arranger and bassist. He continues to have an extensive career in Brazil where he has performed and recorded with artists such as Nana Vasconcelos, Toninho Horta, Joao Donato, Nara Leao, Tom Jobim's cellist and drummer Jaques Morelembau and Paulo Braga to name but a few. He moved to England in 1992 and got involved in many projects, recordings, concerts and jazz festivals working with some great European jazz musicians (not only) such as John Parricelli, Liam Noble, Julian Siegel, Paul Clarvis, Ingrid Laubrock, Steve Lodder, Robert Wyatt and many more. In 2012 he won the Brazilian Press Award UK 2012 (prize for the best CD of a Brazilian artist based in the UK) with the album "Brazil in Black and White" - a portrait of Chico Buarque.

Ife will bring to the Crypt his rearrangements of wonderful material written by some of the greatest Brazilian masters like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso, Nelson Cavaquinho, Lupicinio Rodrigues, Luiz Gonzaga etc. As well as Brazilian classics Ife will perform original compositions from his forthcoming album. You can expect rhythms from the Southeast and Northeast of Brazil as well as the more famous Samba and Bossa styles.

The concert will also feature Italian singer, pianist and hugely talented composer Adriana Vasques.

Adriana's album Tactus was Released in 2015 to critical acclaim where she combines a taste for melody and playful asymmetric harmony and rhythms and brilliant vocal counterpoint. For this concert, Adriana will present a colourful palette of Brazilianmusical flavours.


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John Crawford Quintet

John Crawford (piano), Guillermo Hill (guitar), Richard Sadler (bass), Simon Pearson (drums), Andres Ticino (percussion).

Acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger John Crawford's quintet returns to Jazzlive at The Crypt to present material from his second album Times and Tides.

In an evening of music influenced by Latin American and Spanish flamenco rhythms, and inspired by music from all the continents. A journey taking the audience through original compositions, and arrangements of tunes by Tom Jobim, Paco de Lucia, Salif Keita, and Pat Metheny among others, the evening also includes music from Crawford's 2012 Independent Music Awards-nominated debut album Ulia River of Time.

Born in London of English/Spanish parents, John Crawford was introduced to blues and South American folk during his childhood. He went on to work with Latin Jazz legends such as Airto Moreira, Giovanni Hidalgo, Eumir Deodato, Ed Motta, and Tito Allen to name a few, with appearances at Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Getxo Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the 606 club, and Royal Albert Hall amongst other venues. His collaborations with UK Jazz artists on stage and in the recording studio include Guida da Palma and Jazzinho, Tina May, Ola Onabule, Jason Yarde, Grupo X (of which he was a founder member).


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