Gig Guide


Karen Lane Quintet

Karen Lane - vocals, Julian Ferraretto - Violin, Rob Luft - Guitar, Andy Hamill - Bass, Andrea Trillo - Drums

Lane's obsession with Brazilian repertoire continues and her band is fresh from the studio having recorded her 6th album - due for release early 2018. Karen and Andy Hamill are reunited with renown Australian violinist Julian Ferraretto visiting London from his home town Adelaide. Previously resident in London, Ferraretto arranged the strings on Karen's revered Bossa Nova album "Taste" and has worked with many of London finest artists. Adding to the line up the talents Rob Luft and Andrea Trillo who recently recorded with Karen this gig will feature Brazilian repertoire and Lane's originals.

Lane's undulating and evocative vocals blend traditional resonances with decidedly modern inflections.

"I know of no one else who sings with what I can only describe as her demure abandon. It's wholehearted but at the same time restrained, precisely phrased but not over studied, a fine and distinctive singer." Dave Gelly

"So laid back that to listen to it you risk slipping a disc - delightful. Perfect for those balmy summer evenings - a genuinely heartfelt homage to the profound allure of bossa nova." Peter Quinn JAZZWISE

"Sensually funky and soulful." Jazz UK Magazine - John Fordham



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Klaus Bru's Elastic Standards

Klaus Bru - C-Saxophones. Flute, Fake Voice, Jerome Fouquet - Trumpet, Michael de Souza - Guitar, Fender VI Bass, Orphy Robinson - Vibes and more, Lee Boyd Allatson - Drums and Percussion.

"A good song can't be killed!"

Take this quote from Tin Pan Alley composer Irving Berlin as the motto for the new project of London-based, German-born saxophonist Klaus Bru.

"Elastic Standards" promises adventurous excursions into the musical unknown, based on haunting melodies from the Great American Songbook which became dearly beloved jazz standards.

"Elastic Standards" is field research in music, a quality control lab for time-tested songs and unforgettable melodies, a pilot study, an evaluation of what is left to be done with musical material that is soaked to the brim with tradition, an investigation into how much flexing a good song can withstand before it becomes unrecognisable.

German-born saxophonist Klaus Bru plays the rare C-melody sax and the even rarer C-soprano sax, which he cares to electrify. He has traveled widely, for real and in music. His artistic output is characterised by its variety, and his musical concepts are not exactly the "out-of-the-box" type. Instead, Klaus Bru prefers to use combinations of "boxes" that differ in size, contrast in contents, and clash in colour: He brings in folk music from Eastern Europe, Turkey, and China, avant-garde ridden improv, cold blooded electronic noises and feedbacks, sounds of breath and saliva, pitches smaller than the distance between two keys on the piano, strange meters and odd tempos, plus - when the time is right for it - simple and singable melodies that move the heart and soul.


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Sacred Circles

Sacred Circles: winners of BBC Innovation in Jazz award in 2003 features Cleveland Watkiss and Byron Wallen, two legends of the British jazz scene and favourites with the Jazzlive audience, combining forces for a rare outing of this dynamic vocal and trumpet duo.

'Sacred Circles', the brainchild of Byron Wallen started as a deeply spiritual exploration of the musical universe using traditional instruments, conch shells, and improvisation based on the concept of the circle. Cleveland Watkiss was the perfect choice to expand the circle into Dance, DJ and Vocal tapestries creating an infectious dialogue and interplay. Continuing a 20-year musical relationship they invite the audience to join them in a musical voyage which will encompass bebop, ballads, drum 'n' bass, freeform jazz and poetry, conversational spontaneous dramatics, and a night of the finest jazz sounds to be heard anywhere in the UK. This will undoubtedly be one of the best concerts at The Crypt this year.

Check out a review from The Guardian by John L Walters via the link below.

Guardian Review

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Mick Foster Quartet

Mick Foster - saxophones, Dominic Ashworth - guitar, Julian Bury - bass, Tristan Mailliot - drums. MICK FOSTER plays all the saxophones and is particularly known as a baritone player. He has worked extensively in the fields of jazz, commercial and classical music as a saxophonist and composer. He has appeared with many ensembles which include the big bands of John Dankworth, Stan Sulzmann and Mike Garrick, the Back to Basie Orchestra, The Humphrey Lyttelton Band, Ginger Baker's Air Force, Laura Jurd's Human Spirit, The London Philharmonic Orchestra and English National Opera. As a composer Mick has written for many ensembles and his music has been played around the world and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He has recorded three albums under his own name and runs his own record label, Hainault Records. The quartet plays original, melodic jazz and together with some more familiar material.

DOMINIC ASHWORTH studied at the University of Toronto. He plays both acoustic and electric guitars, and has appeared and recorded with artists including Carol Kidd, Michael Garrick, Digby Fairweather and Julian Marc Stringle.

JULIAN BURY is one of the leading bass players in the UK. His work spans many genres, and he has recorded with many great artists such as the Matt Wates Sextet, Tommaso Starace and Henry Armberg Jennings.

TRISTAN MAILLIOT is a much in demand drummer, having played with American musicians such as Art Farmer, Jim Hall, Bobby Shew and Scott Hamilton. He has appeared with many leading British musicians including Peter King, Stan Tracey, Alan Barnes, Gerard Presencer, Jim Mullen and Tina May.

"Foster's sound is warmer than some, occasionally Mulliganesque, his solos marked by fluency and the kind of pleasing ideas that imbue Ashworth's contributions too" Peter Vacher, Jazz UK, Oct/Nov 2012

"Mick Foster [is] a master of the baritone saxophone with an obvious debt to Gerry Mulligan. [...] His rich baritone sound and positive refined playing come over superbly . . ." Brian Robinson, Jazz Journal, **** February 2013


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American born altoist Allison Neale's beautifully crafted lines evoke the spirit of Paul Desmond and Art Pepper with whom she has a particular affinity.

As a strong advocate of the melodic West Coast style, she has performed alongside leading international artists such as Adelaide Hall and Bud Shank and more recently tenorist Scott Hamilton, as well as featuring in both the John Dankworth 'Generations' Band and the "Back to Basie" Orchestra.

Drawing from the influences of the great West Coast altoists of the 1950s, her new quintet project "Neale Meets Steele" features Nat Steele on vibraphone, Leon Greening on piano, Luke Steele on bass and Matt Fishwick on drums

They will perform music from her latest CD "I Wished on the Moon" released to great acclaim in 2015 on Trio Records.

"Allison Neale plays the alto saxophone with a tone so light and airy it positively melts at the edges" Dave Gelly , The Observer

"A talent to savour" Peter Vacher Jazz UK

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The Alan Weekes Quartet

Guitarist Alan Weekes has been a part of the London jazz scene for more than three decades. His soul technique and imaginative flair have captured the vibes of London and his African Caribbean heritage rooted in blues and Jazz.

Alan began playing guitar at an early age influenced by Wes Montgomery, Ernest Ranglin, Grant Green, Joe Pass, Jim Hall etc

In recent years he has played at many festivals and played with jazz artistes greats, such as Jazz Jamaica, Jazz Warriors, Dick Hectal Smith, Clifford Jarvis to name but a select few.

For this evening Alan presents his brand of Jazz playing with Alfonso Al Vitale - drums, Michele Montolli - double bass, and Hamish Balfour on keys. They are all young jazz musicians that are lighting up the London jazz scene.




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The Dave O'Higgins Quartet - Zog Tour

Dave O'Higgins - tenor and soprano saxes, Robin Aspland - piano, Geoff Gascoyne - bass, Rod Youngs - drums.

"O'Higgins plays with quite exceptional fluency and his fund of ideas never runs out." The OBSERVER

Dave O'Higgins is a saxophonist, composer, arranger, educator and latterly recording engineer and producer. He has been a popular figure on the UK and international jazz scene for 30 years now, with countless recordings as sideman and 19 albums as leader under his belt.

Dave's tenor and soprano sax sounds are highly personal and recognisable, with a clear sense of melodic development and adventure. A popular performer with the public, with an excellent sense of pacing and presentation, he has a wide palette from Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson through to Stanley Turrentine and Michael Brecker. He has relentlessly pursued artistic and sonic exploration, and enjoys the learning process which is a constant advancing flow.

The Dave O'Higgins Quartet will be doing a massive 33-date tour of the UK promoting the new CD, "It's Always 9:30 in Zog", Sept-Dec 2017 with the help of awards from the Arts Council of England and PRS Foundation.



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Flying Machines

FLYING MACHINES play emotive and visceral music, drawing upon influences as diverse as jazz, progressive rock and metal to create an utterly unique and modern sound.

Formed by guitarist Alex Munk in 2014, Flying Machines features some of the most innovative young musicians to emerge in recent years from the UK jazz scene, Matt Robinson on piano/keyboards, Conor Chaplin on electric bass and Dave Hamblett on drums. Centred on Alex's unique compositional approach, the band fuse improvisation with anthemic melodies and lusciously textured soundscapes. It's a sound shot through with the here and now of London's cutting-edge music scene, a decadent mash up of free-wheeling improvisations, prog rock energy and ambient meditations that never detracts from the emotive lyricism at the music's core.

Having released their self-titled debut album to critical acclaim in October 2016, Flying Machines completed a 24 date UK tour supported by Arts Council England, culminating in a sold out, headline performance at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in April 2017. They went on to perform at Latitude festival on the BBC Introducing stage and are currently working on their second album.

"Sweet, lyrical passages blend with impossible prog-like time signatures to create a fresh, modern sound with its own distinctive character" Peter Jones, LondonJazzNews

"Incredible musicianship, tight and crisp" Jez Nelson, Jazz FM

". . alchemical infusions of jazz, prog, metal and pop make for a vibrant mix of the visceral and vertiginous, combining melody and soundscape to startling effect" Spencer Grady, Jazzwise

"Gritty rock-powered guitar improv" John Fordham, The Guardian


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Tony Kofi and The Organisation - EFG London Jazz Festival

Tony Kofi and The Organisation will be playing material from their forthcoming album Point Blank.

Tony Kofi and The Organisation is a hammond quartet in the tradition of the groups led by such luminaries as Brother Jack Mcduff, George Benson, Lonnie Smith and others they play jazz blues, latin and post bop and include rarely played classics in their repertoire by Woody Shaw, Pat Martino and others. More recently they played at the South Banks "Pull out the Stops" celebration of organ music. For the EFG London Jazz Festival they will be previewing material for their soon to be released album "Point Blank".

'a killer band with real bite' (Mark Youll, Jazzwise)


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Paul Dunmall Quartet - EFG London Jazz Festival

Four exceptional musicians with a reputation as an outstanding spontaneous quartet explore the places where melody, improvisation and rhythm meet.

The quartet of Paul Dunmall/Liam Noble/John Edwards/Mark Sanders have an international reputation as one of the most outstanding quartets in free jazz today. Between them they have just about played with everyone in the world of freejazz/improvised music. Each member is a leading figure. Their music is known for its energy but also for its melodic invention.

Dunmall has played with most of the leading musicians on the international free jazz and improvised music scene, including Keith Tippett and Barry Guy.

As described by "Dunmall sounds at times like Sonny Rollins at others like Evan Parker, but arguably surpasses both in the precision and succinctness of expression ... his work is the very opposite of indulgent - this is music of the utmost seriousness and importance."

In the 1970s, Dunmall was a member of the Divine Light Mission and toured the US with its band. His first recording as sideman was as the saxophonist on the 1976 Johnny Guitar Watson album 'Ain't That A Bitch'.

" - Another incredible gem in a long lines of jewels from the Paul Dunmall treasure chest" (Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG)


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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.


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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 guitarist Mark Vandergucht whose credits include Galliano, Urban Species, Carleen Anderson, JTQ, Lewis Taylor, The JBS and Rueben Wilson, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Marlena Shaw.

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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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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