Gig Guide

26May
2017

Gareth Lockrane's Grooveyard Unplugged

Gareth Lockrane's Grooveyard Unplugged

Gareth Lockrane (flutes/tunes) Julian Siegel (saxes) Ross Stanley (keyboard) Dave Whitford (bass) Tristan Maillot (drums)

Formed in 2002 with saxophonist Alex Garnett Grooveyard have released two critically acclaimed CD's "PUT THE CAT OUT" and "THE STRUT" and have won the Best European Jazz Group award in the 2003 Granada Jazz Festival. Their 2012 album "THE STRUT" was named Jazz album in the year in MOJO magazine.

As a sideman, Gareth has been involved in many diverse projects - as a key member of the late great Bheki Mseleku's group during his last years from 2005 to 2008 and also with the James Taylor Quartet, Phil Robson's IMS Quintet featuring Mark Turner, The Laurence Cottle's Big Band, and many more.

"The formidable Lockrane ... a stunning display of sharp-accented runs, earthy whoops and constantly refreshed melodic ideas."

John Fordham, The Guardian.

"Lockrane is an exceptional soloist with an improvisatory confidence that's quite startling" Peter Vacher, Jazzwise

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02June
2017

Alina Bzhezhinska's Tribute to Alice and John Coltrane

Internationally renowned jazz harpist Alina Bzhezhinska, award-winning jazz saxophonist Tony Kofi, a diverse bass player/composer Larry Bartley and a virtuoso drummer Joel Prime star in this highly anticipated new show dedicated to one of the most famous couples in Jazz history - Alice and John Coltrane.

They celebrate the double anniversary of Alice Coltrane's birth and death (1937-2007) by performing her original compositions dedicated to her husband along with his famous works "Naima", "Dahomey Dance" and "After The Rain".

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03June
2017

Roger Beaujolais Quartet Album Launch

Roger Beaujolais has been in and around the jazz scene for over 30 years. At first with jump jive supremos 'The Chevalier Brothers' and then leading his own bands after signing to Acid Jazz Records. Since 2000 he has been playing more acoustic jazz and this launch gig is to celebrate his 19th album release 'Sunset'.

Over the years Roger has fitted in many pop sessions with artists as diverse as Robert Plant, Alexander O'Neal, Morrissey, Paul Weller, Shola Ama, Omara Portuondo, Ed Motta, Kirsty MacColl and Fairground Attraction along with many more. He currently also plays with Jerry Dammers' Spatial AKA Orchestra and Mark Nevin.

Roger Beaujolais - vibes, Robin Aspland - piano, Simon Thorpe - bass, Winston Clifford - drums.

(Photo by William Ellis)

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09June
2017

Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet

Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet

IQ featuring Asaf Sirkis (drums/compositions), Sylwia Bialas (voice/compositions), Frank Harrison (piano/keyboards), Kevin Glasgow (electric bass).

The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet is a collaboration between Israeli UK - resident drummer/composer Asaf Sirkis, known for his work with Gwilym Simcock, Jacob Collier, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Garland, Larry Corryel, Asaf Sirkis Trio, and Polish vocalist/composer extraordinaire Sylwia Bialas.

The quartet features London based, Scottish bassist Kevin Glasgow, and the acclaimed Frank Harrison on piano and keyboards (UK).

With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing, this band celebrates original music from both collaborators, covering a wide range of influences such as contemporary classical music, Polish folk, South Indian and Middle Eastern music. The quartet`s latest album "Come To Me" was selected as one of the best albums of 2015 at All About Jazz website.

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10June
2017

Sat 10th June - Balkan Dance Party Featuring Raka Balkan Band

Sat 10th June - Balkan Dance Party Featuring Raka Balkan Band

New band on the block Raka is a Balkan collective bringing you a heavy dose of upbeat tunes from Albania to Bulgaria and everywhere in between.

Traditional Balkan styles fused with new arrangements promises to make you bop 'til you drop!

Featuring Josh Middleton (accordion), Lori Secanska (vocals) and more.

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16June
2017

Georgia Mancio Quartet

Georgia Mancio Quartet

Award-winning jazz vocalist/lyricist Georgia Mancio, has proved herself one of Europe's most original, adventurous and multi-faceted new artists.

She has worked with Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan, Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll, Jason Rebello, Gwilym Simcock, Kate Williams, Darius Brubeck and Bobby Wellins among many others.

She has released many albums and produced presented and performed in five annual editions of ReVoice! - her own universally acclaimed international voice festival.

A true improviser with a boundless and bold imagination, Georgia produces music of beauty, bite and unfailing integrity, embracing a wide-ranging jazz repertoire alongside influences from her Anglo/Italian/Uruguayan heritage and her own original writings.

Georgia Mancio - vocals, Joe Webb - piano, Dave Ohm - drums, (Bass TBC)

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23June
2017

Basil Hodge Quartet

Basil Hodge Quartet

Basil Hodge - whether it's his quintet, quartet or trio, has thrilled audiences throughout the UK with his charming compositions and emotional hard swinging performances. With two critically acclaimed CD's under his belt, this project will showcase Basil's new compositions and the evolution of his older compositions. Significantly the band has shifted from the classic hard bop quintet style to a more modern quartet version.

"Hodges rhapsodic style gives the band a thick full sound. He is a fleet driving pianist." Derek Ansell - Jazz Journal

"Hodge writes great tunes with strong melodies, which he delivers with the appealing sound of a well-used upright" Mike Hobart - Financial Times

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30June
2017

The Mississippi Swamp Dogs

The Mississippi Swamp Dogs Present - "A Night In the Deep South"

A celebration of the rich musical heritage of New Orleans and the Southern States presented with great humour and vitality! Featuring the music of such artists as Dr John, B.B. King, The Neville Brothers, The JB's, Louis Armstrong, Alan Toussaint, Professor Longhair and Sidney Bechet to name just a few.

Jeff Williams - Trombone and vocals, Paul Miller - Keyboards, vocals and bass pedals, Ned Bennett - tenor and soprano sax, Jonno Lee - drums, Dan Redding - guitar.

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