Gig Guide

22Feb
2018

Thurs 22nd Feb - Jam at The Crypt

This will be the seventh instalment of the 'Crypt Jam Sessions' led by the very talented Arnaud Guichard. The house band features some of London's finest with Jamie Murray on drums, Michele Montolli on the bass and James Kitchman on guitar. The house band play the first set of original music and standards followed in the second set by the jam session, which is 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. The sessions are recorded for our archive.

23Feb
2018

Where Pathways Meet

Witness outer-space colliding with the vibrations of South East London. A fresh sound in the recent explosion of the London Jazz scene.

Headed up by bandleaders Axel Kaner-Lidstrom and James Mollison, the double-drumming ensemble features an extensive cast of musicians who are each involved in their own South East London based projects. As such, Where Pathways Meet serves as what the band themselves describe as an open conduit to the area's underground scene.

Their latest EP "Arrival" is an homage to Sun Ra, who inspired the creation of the group, and continues to fuel their musical explorations and compositions.

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02MAR
2018

Michael De Souza Trio

This new trio led by Guitarist Michael De Souza, will be performing all new original music, that draws upon sounds from contemporary jazz, rock and free improv. Having attended both Leeds College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, Michael has learnt from and performed alongside leading international jazz artists including, Dave Holland, Dave Douglas and Joe Locke, and since graduating in 2014, he has performed with Terence Blanchard on a 4 date tour of the North, as well as with many more top UK musicians. This trio also features two of the most exciting and distinctive rising stars from London's vibrant jazz scene, drummer Jay Davis, and bassist Huw Williams.

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09Mar
2018

Loire Funk Project

Playing classic funk and fusion tunes from the golden era of the 70s and early 80s with compositions by the Herbie Hancock Headhunters, Weather Report, John Scofield band and George Benson.

An evening of high energy funky grooves combined with dazzling solos from Gareth Lockrane on Flutes, Will Barry on Keys, Mark Ridout on Guitar, Flo Moore bass and Tristan Mailliot drums.

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16MAR
2018

Blues and Roots Ensemble

"Blues and Roots Ensemble did a service to the larger than life legend Charles Mingus ... handling the complexities of the bass playing genius with a dapper swagger." Jazz Standard.

The Blues and Roots Ensemble was formed to spread the music of Charles Mingus through live performances and education projects. The band performs modern, audience - friendly arrangements of classic Mingus compositions, keeping the spirit of the music alive using typical Mingus characteristics. With a diverse personnel of top international players, the band is quickly growing a reputation for its raucous and captivating live shows.

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Camberwell Free Film Festival 2018 - 21st and 22nd March

Two cult ghost and horror films at The Crypt for Camberwell Free Film Festival 2018

The Woman in Black

March 21, Doors 7pm, film starts at 8pm

UK 1989 Dir Herbert Wise, runtime 1hr 40mins

When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate. The lawyer finds the townspeople reluctant to talk about or go near the woman's dreary home and no one will explain or even acknowledge the menacing woman in black he keeps seeing. Ignoring the towns-people's cryptic warnings, he goes to the house where he discovers its horrible history and becomes ensnared in its even more horrible legacy.

This Central Television production of The Woman In Black, adapted for TV by Nigel Neale from Susan Hill's classic horror novella was broadcast on Christmas Eve in 1989 and repeated only once in 1994. However, the film is often held up as one of the most potent, paralysingly spooky screen adaptations of a ghost story ever made.The film has been described by Reece Shearsmith as "the most terrifying programme I've ever seen". Without giving away any spoilers, there are some shocking moments in this TV adaptation which will linger in the memory of anyone who sees it.

Hausu (House)

March 22, Doors 8pm, film starts at 8.30pm

Japan 1977 Dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi runtime 88mins

An unforgettable mixture of bubblegum teen melodrama and grisly phantasmagoria, Obayashi's deranged fairy tale Hausu (House) is one of Japanese cinema's wildest supernatural ventures and a truly startling debut feature. Adapted from an idea from Obayashi's young daughter, the film looks like a psychedelic, nightmare version of a children's ghost hunting adventure, but there are sophisticated undercurrents that hint at the dislocation in Japanese culture pre and post second world war.

Distressed by her widowed father's plans to remarry, Angel sets off with six of her schoolgirl friends in tow for a summer getaway in her aunt's isolated mansion. But all is not well - in this house of dormant secrets and cobwebbed interiors long-held emotional traumas have terrifyingly physical embodiments and the girls will have to use all their individual talents if any are to survive.

A rollercoaster ride without brakes, House is by turns sinister, hilarious and curiously touching, with ceaseless cinematic invention and a satirical, full-blooded approach to the horror genre. (From Eureka Masters of Cinema Series)

Trailers

The Woman in Black (1989) Trailer

House (1977, Japan) Japanese Trailer w/ English Subtitles

23Mar
2018

Alina Bzhezhinska

Alina Bzhezhinska - internationally acclaimed harpist/composer, the winner of the PRS Women Make Music Award 2018, celebrates the extraordinary music of Alice Coltrane and John Coltrane and presents her own works in an extensive tour in 2018.

Alina's stellar quartet consisting of award-winning jazz saxophonist Tony Kofi, double bass player/composer Larry Bartley and drummer Joel Prime recently completed a series of sold out shows, including their opening performance for Pharaoh Sanders at The Barbican to 2,000 people during The EFG London Jazz Festival, earning universal rave reviews.

"Ukrainian-Polish harpist Alina Bzhezhinska is perhaps the foremost contemporary interpreter of Alice Coltrane's work." London Jazz News

Alina has just recorded Inspiration, her UK debut album, which will be released on the Ubuntu Music record label in Spring 2018. The line-up for the album and tour is: Alina Bzhezhinska (harp), Tony Kofi (saxophones), Larry Bartley (double bass), Joel Prime (drums/percussion)

"The mainstays are Alina's innovative harp playing and saxophonist Tony Kofi"s incredible channeling of John Coltrane while unmistakably possessing his own powerful identity."

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06APR
2018

Chris Allard Band

Sophisticated contemporary jazz guitarist and composer who performs with many top artists brings stellar lineup - Guitarist Magazine

Freelance guitarist Chris has performed at many prestigious venues and festivals, including the Royal Festival Hall, Montreux Jazz Festival, The O2 Arena in London, Duoro Jazz Festival in Portugal, BBC Proms in Hyde Park, Beiteddine Arts Festival Lebanon, the Royal Albert Hall. He has performed andrecorded with Jacqui Dankworth, Russell Watson, Charlie Wood, the BBC Big Band, Alison Balsom and Dame Cleo Laine, amongst others. Chris's band has played all over the UK and in Europe, including the International Guitar Festival and Ronnie Scott's, and performed and had radio-play as far afield as Los Angeles.

His fourth and most recent album received critical acclaim including four stars in Guitarist Magazine.

"Full-blooded solos...right on the money" Jazzwise

"One of the great guitarists in this country" Jamie Cullum

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13APR
2018

Orphy Robinson

"Dub meets Jazz in a unique mash up of sounds from the universe".

This brand new 2018 project masterminded by Award winning vibraphone player Orphy Robinson who plays tribute to Lennie Hibbert, the ground breaking Jamaican vibes player who released two classic albums 'Creation' and 'More Creation' for Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd's legendary Studio One imprint.

Orphy is a multi-instrumentalist, a founding member of the original Jazz Warriors, a former Blue Note recording artist and a close collaborator of virtuoso classical violinist Nigel Kennedy. He is a tireless educator who has worked at Hackney Empire and the Roundhouse. Orphy hails from a Jamaican background and grew up in Stoke Newington in Hackney where he was immersed in reggae music alongside classic Seventies funk and fusion. Interestingly, Orphy's own musical journey parallels that of Lennie Hibbert - jazz musician and educator.

Lennie was born in 1928 and the age of eight he began attending the Alpha School, where he joined a roster of young, aspiring musicians, like Don Drummond and Ernest Ranglin, who were to shape the future music of Jamaica. Like Orphy, he honed his percussion skills in a marching/military band context and taught himself to play the vibraphone. He worked as a live musician in numerous jazz groups during the '60s but returned to Alpha as a teacher. However, it was his membership of Sound Dimension - the second most important musical group at Studio One Records after The Skatalites - that eventually propelled his recordings to the world. In the late 1960s Sound Dimension literally invented the sound of reggae and featured a n all-star line-up that included Jackie Mittoo, Leroy Sibbles, Cedric Brooks, Vin Gordon, Ernest Ranglin and Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace amongst others.

The vibraphonist recorded his debut solo album, 'Creation' in 1969 and it was a free flowing, jazz infused, instrumental set. The classic single from the album, 'Village Soul', has been described as "one of the most beautiful instrumentals ever to emerge from Brentford Road". A second album, 'More Creation', was issued on Studio One in 1971. Lennie Hibbert's recordings were unique and have stamped a lasting impression on Orphy Robinson's approach to creating music which reflects his own Afro Caribbean roots.

The ensemble will feature musicians: Kenrick Rowe (Drums) Neville Malcolm (Bass) Stanley Andrew (Guitar) and Crispin 'Spry' Robinson (Perc) and they plan to breathe new life into these classic recordings while paying respect to a largely unsung hero of Jamaican music. 'Re-Creation' will undoubtedly be a Revelation.

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20APR
2018

Gary Willcox Quartet

The Gary Willcox Quartet was formed in 2007 by Gary as way for him to develop his skills as a composer.

Since then the band has worked predominantly around the London and South East area taking in venues such Ronnie Scott's, The 606 Club, Jazz Cafe Posk, to name a few.

As well as Gary's own compositions the band also reinterpret works by some of the giants of modern jazz e.g. Theloniuos Monk, Charlie Parker, Wayne Shorter.

Neither Straight Ahead nor Zeitgeist, the band have their own 'Contemporary Straight Ahead' sound, rooted in the tradition but with each player's own voice on their respective instrument combining to create a fresh but recognisable palate.

"A versatile band with a rich, emotive sound: three powerful yet thoughtful soloists propelled by a lively, rustling drummer, playing open, attractively airy music imbued with just the right mix of punch and wistfulness." - Chris Parker.

With Stephen Main (alto sax), Oli Hayhurst (double bass), and Ross Stanley (piano).

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27APR
2018

Georgia Mancio / Kate Williams Quartet

Georgia Mancio - voice, Kate Williams - piano, Oli Hayhurst - double bass and David Ingamells - drums

"[Mancio is] a superb vocalist ... not afraid to experiment with arrangements and presentation" All About Jazz 5*

"Kate Williams has a rare quality among jazz composers: a musical vocabulary that's all her own" The Observer 4*

An award-winning team of two of the UK's leading artists: vocalist/lyricist Georgia Mancio and pianist/composer Kate Williams present standards and their own originals.

Georgia has worked with Alan Broadbent (co-written album Songbook 2017), Bobby McFerrin, Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw and Gwilym Simcock and produced festivals ReVoice! (2010-2014) and Hang (2017).

Kate's credits include Bobby Wellins (Smoke And Mirrors 2012), Chris Biscoe, Stan Sulzmann and The Pete Hurt Jazz Orchestra. Her most recent project, Four Plus Three, for trio and string quartet led to a new collaborative concept piece with Georgia.

In a coveted 4 star review from The Guardian, Finding Home was described "a triumph of integrity and classy musicality" and witnesses the maturation of their ten year working relationship.

Tonight they are joined by bassist Oli Hayhurst and drummer David Ingamells.

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