Gig Guide


Jazz London Radio Allstars - EFG London Jazz Festival

Trumpeters Chris Hodgkins and Kevin Davy, guitarist Deirdrie Cartwright, vocalist Emily Saunders and pianist Andrea Vicari - the Jazz London Radio presenters take to the bandstand.

Jazz London Radio believes in playing quality music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Presenters share that passion and they bring that mentality to the station on a daily basis. They are significant figures on the jazz scene, either in jazz administration or as important composers who have released great records over the years. The Presenters will get together for a night of top class jazz, performing their best compositions together for the delight of The Crypt and the EFG London Jazz Festival.

Andrea Vicari was born in Miami (Florida) and grew up in Birmingham. Educated at Cardiff University, she won a scholarship to study at The Guildhall School of Music in London. Andrea was soon in demand as a 'side-man' working with bass guitar legend, Dill Katz in a band that included guitarist Phil Robson. Soon after she formed her first important group with Julian Arguelles on saxophone and Stuart Hall, then of Django Bates' 'Human Chain', on bass.

Chris Hodgkins retired after 29 years as the Director of Jazz Services, the national support charity for jazz music and musicians. During his time at the organisation, he was honoured for his Services to Jazz at the 2002 BBC Jazz Awards and in July 2013 at the British Jazz Awards. Chris was awarded the Services to Jazz Award at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in March 2015.

Emily Saunders has established a strong career as vocalist, writer and producer. Her music, broadcast nationally on BBC Radio, Jazz FM and XFM; and has also charted internationally on iTunes and Amazon in the UK, USA, Spain, Germany, France and Indonesia; Emily has truly become an international force in the jazz world.

Hailing from Nottingham, Kevin Davy studied at Manchester Metropolitan University, attaining a B.A. Degree in General Arts afterwards becoming involved in the arts and music scene there. Kevin has an extensive recorded discography, which includes musical theatre, modern jazz and contemporary music. Kevin has toured extensively with groups such as: Lamb, Lemn Sissay's Secret Society, and Finley Quaye.

Deirdre Cartwright is a London guitarist and composer who became known presenting the BBC TV's ground breaking series 'Rockschool'. She played with Afro Latin Jazz group The Guest Stars, recording three albums and toured in 17 countries. In 1991 she formed the Deirdre Cartwright Group and has recorded five albums, and played festivals from Mexico to Warsaw.


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Brewer's Crew - EFG London Jazz Festival

Brewer's Crew is a jazz funk outfit featuring some of the top session/jazz players in the uk, reviving the jazz sound of the 90's with a contemporary twist.

The band is led by alto /soprano saxophonist Christian Brewer, a well known and much appreciated jazz saxophonist on the UK jazz scene who has toured and played with some of the best players in the UK and Europe including Chano Dominguez and Andrea Pozza.

The group features the extraordinary UK guitarist Mike Outram. Mike is one of the UK's foremost guitarists who is sought after as an improviser and for his ability to contribute a unique voice to any musical ensemble. He has toured internationally, appeared on over a hundred CDs for Universal, Sony, Candid, Blue Note records and others.

Pianist Mike Gorman is a high profile jazz and session musician on the uk scene having worked with Incognito, Marlena Shaw and Bob Martin.

The backbone of the band features the rock solid bass/drums team of Ernie McKone and Crispin Taylor. These two heavyweights are highly reknowned and have toured with musicians such as Galliano, Paul Weller, Seal, Marlena Shaw and Beverly Craven.

The band recently supported Incognito for a week at Ronnie Scott's to a packed club.


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Jam at The Crypt 4

Open to musicians and jazz fans alike this is our fourth Jam at The Crypt led by Arnaud Guichard - Tenor sax. The house band line up is completed by James Kitchman - Guitar, Matthew Read - Double bass and Jamie Murray - Drums.

They will be performing original compositions and a couple of standards followed by the usual open jam for the second set.

Free event. Doors open 8pm


Przemek Straczek Trio

Przemyslaw Straczek - guitar, Francesco Angiuli - double bass and Flavio Li Vigni - drums.

The trio first met in 2011. The leader of the group, and their composer, is the well acclaimed Polish guitarist Przemyslaw Straczek. In 2014, the band released the album White Grain of Coffee with Michal Wierba (piano), Francesco Angiuli (bass) and Flavio Li Vigni (drums) which was well received by critics. After the album release the band was selected to participate in the Bridge Music Programme organised by The Scottish Jazz Federation and they were able to present their album to audiences in the major cities of Scotland and the UK. They have also played in festivals and jazz venues in Poland, Czech Republic and Italy.

"Quality straight ahead jazz. Feels like home" - All About Jazz.

"Straczek seems to find much inspiration in the Steely Dan and Crusaders albums that featured Larry Carlton, although Pat Metheny's optimistic, wide-screen fusion of world music influences and jazz guitar history also suggested itself and he has no shortage of ideas of his own too. He writes tunes with a sense of narrative, such as the dramatic Last Train and a later soul ballad that had something of the hymn about it . . . " - Rob Adams, The Herald.


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