Gig Guide

27JUL
2018

Cleveland Watkiss - The Great Jamaican Song Book

Cleveland Watkiss sings the songs of Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, and Delroy Wilson at Jazzlive at The Crypt on 27th July for a Summer Party vibe! Cleveland Watkiss will be joined by fellow UK greats Orphy Robinson - Vibes, Delroy Murray - Bass, Brandon Murray - Guitars, Dan Barnett - Drums, and David Goode - Keys. It's going to be a party atmosphere with plenty of dancing space so come on down to The Crypt.

" . . before the ingredients of jazz came to New Orleans it made its presence felt in the West Indies. That ingredient, or a major part of it, came with these people who were brought to the West Indies". - Duke Ellington

It is well known that Jamaica has a long history of pioneering musical sounds - from Mento, Ska, Reggae, Dub, Roots and way beyond with many of its internationally celebrated musicians spawning from that great musical institution (The Alpha Boys School) under the tutelage of (The Nun) Sister Mary Ignatius Davis. Record labels and producers like Studio One, CoxOne Dodd, TuffGong, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, and King Tubby were all highly Influential in the development of Jamaican Music along with musicians, singers and performers like Don Drummond, Ernest Ranglin, Barratt Brothers, Jackie Mittoo, Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace, Alton Elis, Ken Booth, The Wailers, Millie Small, Marcia Griffith, Dawn Penn, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Burnin Spear, Jonny Osbourne and many many others. Many of those named here are also Alpha Boys Alumni.

Cleveland Watkiss, MBE, is a British virtuoso vocalist, actor and composer. He was the winner of the London Jazz Awards for Best Vocalist in 2010 and was voted Wire/Guardian Jazz Awards best vocalist for three consecutive years. In 2017 at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards he received the Jazz Vocalist of the Year award. He was also a nominee of the 2017 MOBO Awards in Best Jazz Act category.

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03AUG
2018

Arnaud Guichard meets Mark Lockheart

Arnaud Guichard and Mark Lockheart: tenor saxes, Will Barry: piano, Mikele Montolli: double bass and Corrie Dick: drums.

Arnaud Guichard meets Mark Lockheart is a project inspired by a series of recordings of the late 1950's - 'Gerry Mulligan Meets The Sax Giants'. For those recordings Gerry Mulligan invited well known American saxophonists Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges, Paul Desmond and Stan Getz to record original material and jazz standards.

Arnaud follows the same principle and invites well known saxophonists of the British jazz scene to perform original material and jazz standards. For this first edition Arnaud invites one of the most original voices of the British jazz scene - saxophonist Mark Lockheart.

Mark has performed with artists such as Django Bates, Norma Winstone, Kenny Wheeler, Anja Garbarek, Polar Bear and Radiohead but is most of all an amazing contemporary composer and arranger whose work has been well received all over Europe and in the US. In 2016 Mark was awarded Jazz FM instrumentalist of the year and was also nominated for British composer of the year.

Since arriving in London in 2013 Arnaud performed with artists such as Zoe Rahman, Simon Purcell, Mick Foster, Dave Wickins, Moses Boyd and Dele Sosimi. His most recent project 'Serendip' released its first album 'The Tale' in May 2018 which received wide critical acclaim.

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10JAUG
2018

Rob Luft Band

The "Rob Luft Band" are Rob Luft - Guitar, Joe Wright - Tenor Saxophone, Sam Watts - Keyboard/Piano, Tom McCredie - Bass Guitar and Corrie Dick - Drums.

Rob Luft is an award-winning young guitarist from London whose virtuosity has been compared to that of six-string legends John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco De Lucia. Praised by The Times for his performances with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, who said he was destined 'to achieve great things in the future', Rob was subsequently the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Prize from The Royal Academy of Music, and he also received the 2nd Prize in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival. His debut album, "Riser", was released on Edition Records in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim from the European jazz media. John Fordham wrote in The Guardian that itŐs a "very sophisticated debut, but given Luft's old-soul achievements since his early teens, we should have heard it coming".

Concert highlights for Rob include performances with artists including Django Bates' Saluting Sgt Pepper, Loose Tubes, Laura Jurd's "Dinosaur" and Tommy Smith's Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO). As well as leading his own project, Rob is a regular member of a multitude of some of London's finest modern jazz groups, such as Byron Wallen's "Four Corners", Eddie Parker's "Airborn", The Alice Zawadzki Group and Iain Ballamy's "Mole catchers". Additionally, he appears on Liane Carroll's last album on Linn Records ('Seaside'), two albums from Italian drummer Enzo Zirilli on Milanese label UR Records ('Zirobop' & 'Ten to Late') and the last release from Misha Mullov-Abbado on Edition Records ('Cross-Platform Interchange'). Finally, he was the recipient of the 2015 Peter Whittingham Award as part of two collective ensembles: Patchwork Jazz Orchestra and jazz-rock quartet Big Bad Wolf.

"Guitar virtuoso makes enticingly vivacious debut" THE GUARDIAN (UK)

"...a singular talent, a fluent improviser and a composer of catchy, earthy, infectiously upbeat tunes. There are echoes of west African high-life, English folk, indie rock and various strands of contemporary jazz, but Luft's sound is joyously original, robust and in-your-face..." THE IRISH TIMES (IRE)

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