Gig Guide

Attending Events Whilst Covid Infections remain High

Although we are excited to be reopening at long last, we are also aware that some risks remain from the Covid situation, especially while the number of infections remains high and is likely to increase over the coming months.

We are dedicated to ensuring that the Crypt is as safe as possible for our customers, artists, and staff during this time and have carried out detailed risk assessments to formulate measures that will make our venue as safe as we can.

We cannot escape the facts that The Crypt is an underground space, that it doesn’t have a highly efficient ventilation system, and that social distancing isn’t really possible in our unique setting. To achieve the best possible level of safety we think that the following measures are reasonable and will allow the Crypt experience we all love to return to as near as is possible to how it was before Covid.

Therefore, while the number of COVID infections are increasing we are reducing our audience size and putting the following measures in place:

- Pre-booked tickets only - we won’t be selling tickets on the door.

- We may require you to wear masks whilst in the venue.

- We’re going cash free and will only be accepting card payments at the bar and kitchen.

All customers must be able to prove that they have had either:

* 2 x COVID-19 vaccinations 14 days before attending,

* OR a recent negative lateral flow test - at most 48 hours before coming.

Evidence you can use of double vaccination is via the NHS or other health app that records your vaccination status on a smartphone - or bring your completed vaccination card. To prove a negative test, you can use the text message or email confirmation you receive after registering your test result. Alternatively, you can get an NHS Covid Pass - an official letter confirming your status from HERE (click)

If you can’t provide one of these on arrival, you will not be allowed in. We cannot give a refund on tickets for those refused entry.

Please plan ahead for your visit. Lateral flow tests are easy to do at home and give a result within 30 minutes. Tests can be collected free from most pharmacies or ordered online HERE (click)

If you have any questions we are here to help.

10Sep
2021

Unknown to known

Unknown to Known offers an intimate dialogue of meandering melodies and textural grooves over harmonic landscapes reminiscent of the eastern world. At times euphoric and often dynamic, this music is always interactive, honest and raw.

On woodwinds, Idris Rahman and Tamar Osborn weave together the melodic fabric of this music. Having already released the album “Conversations” together in duo - described by Max Reinhardt from the BBC’s Late Junction as “a revelation” - their lyrical approach gracefully compliments one another, whether they play in unison or counterpoint.

Jihad Darwish oscillates between the sitar, double bass, and electric bass, providing a bridge from melodic and harmonic worlds down to earthy, pulsating yet sensitive grooves which Yusuf Ahmed ties together on the drums and various hybrid percussion instruments..

The formation of this band means that performances can be entirely acoustic or amplified. This was a conscious decision made at conception.

IMPORTANT - special Covid measures are in place temporarily - please read the "Attending events . . ." info at the top of this page before booking tickets.

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11Sep
2021

Kit Downes Quartet

***** THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN POSTPONED - KIT IS UNABLE TO GET HERE FROM NORWAY DUE TO COVID RELATED TRAVEL ISSUES. TICKET HOLDERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL ABOUT REFUNDS ETC. WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED. WE WILL BE RESCHEDULING KIT'S CONCERT FOR THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. UPDATES WILL FOLLOW.*****

Kit Downes is a BBC Jazz Award-winning, Mercury Music Award nominated solo recording artist for ECM Records. He has toured the world playing piano, church organ, and harmonium with his own bands ('ENEMY', 'Troyka' and 'Elt') as well as with artists such as Squarepusher, 'Empirical', Benny Greb, and Sam Amidon. He has written commissions for Cheltenham Music Festival, London Contemporary Orchestra, Ensemble Klang at ReWire Festival, the Scottish Ensemble, Cologne Philharmonie, and the Wellcome Trust.

Kit performs solo pipe organ and solo piano concerts - and also plays in collaborations with saxophonist Tom Challenger, cellist Lucy Railton, composer Shiva Feshareki and with the band 'ENEMY'. He is also currently working with violinist Aidan O'Rourke, composer Max de Wardener and in an organ trio with Reinier Baas and Jonas Burgwinkel. He teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he himself studied and now holds a Fellowship.

Tonight, with this exceptional quartet, he will be playing both standards and originals.

Kit Downes - piano, Will Sach - bass Shaney Forbes - drums, Ruben Fox - tenor sax

IMPORTANT - special Covid measures are in place temporarily - please read the "Attending events . . ." info at the top of this page before booking tickets.

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17Sep
2021

Allison Neale Quartet

Seattle born altoist and flautist Allison Neale is largely unique on the UK jazz scene, renowned for her cool, melodic alto sound reminiscent of the West Coast musicians working in California during the 1950s. As a true specialist and advocate of the style, her strong personal voice and authentic approach has awakened a fresh new interest in this lesser known aspect of the American jazz idiom in recent years.

During her career she has worked alongside Duke Ellington vocalist Adelaide Hall, Bud Shank, Dave Cliff and tenorist Scott Hamilton as well as being featured in John Dankworth’s ‘Generations” Band. Her most recent CD “Quietly There” released to great acclaim in 2020 on the Ubuntu Music label pairs her with world renowned New York guitarist Peter Bernstein.

Here she is featured with her ‘West Coast” Quartet celebrating the music of her influences Art Pepper, Bud Shank and Paul Desmond and showcasing rarely played arrangements from their historic quartets.

Alex Bryson on piano, Dave Chamberlain on bass and Matt Fishwick on drums, complete the lineup

“Allison plays the alto sax with a tone so light and airy it positively melts at the edges” Dave Gelly, Observer

“A talent to savour” Peter Vacher, Jazzwise

IMPORTANT - special Covid measures are in place temporarily - please read the "Attending events . . ." info at the top of this page before booking tickets.

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18Sep
2021

Pickering Lockheart Watts

The Trio featuring drummer Mike Pickering, saxophonist Mark Lockheart and bass player Steve Watts have played together in many different settings on the UK jazz scene since the early 90’s, thirty years ago!

Mark Lockheart and Steve Watts first played together in the groundbreaking 80’s big band Loose Tubes, while Mike Pickering who first saw Loose Tubes as a 17 year old went on to play in bands, often with Steve Watts on bass, lead by former Tubes alumni, Iain Ballamy, Julian Arguelles, Mark Lockheart, Eddie Parker, Julian Nicholas.

Between them they have played or recorded with a huge and diverse range of artists including Kenny Wheeler, Radiohead, Django Bates, Polar Bear, Norma Winstone, Joe Lovano, Tiger Lillies, Billy Jenkins, Hank Wangford, Christine Tobin, Jim Mullen, Claire Martin, Kirk Lightsey.....

Expect some standards, originals and contemporary tunes as vehicles for their improvisations

IMPORTANT - special Covid measures are in place temporarily - please read the "Attending events . . ." info at the top of this page before booking tickets.

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24Sep
2021

Let Spin

Based in London and Berlin, and comprising guitarist Moss Freed (Union Division; Spike Orchestra), saxophonist Chris Williams (Led Bib; Sarathy Korwar), bassist Ruth Goller (Skylla; Melt Yourself Down) & drummer Finlay Panter (Beats & Pieces Big Band), Let Spin are a cutting edge post-jazz quartet who have been making waves in the UK and European jazz scenes since their formation in 2012.

Their collaborative way of working produces an explosive mixture of stylistic influences whilst their focus on improvisation leads to incendiary live performances, allowing the music to venture into territories that are unforeseen even to the musicians themselves.

Their three releases to date, Let Spin (2014), Let Go (2015) and Steal The Light (2020), have received high critical praise with features in the Guardian, Jazzwise and Uncut. The band has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM & BBC 6Music with live highlights including London & Lancaster Jazz Festivals, Südtirol Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s, the Barbican & Opus (Budapest).

“An electrifying live band whose grooves could wake the dead” Guardian

“prog-jazz supergroup” Jazzwise

“British Punk Jazz with a wiry electrical crackle” Uncut

“Eclectic, impassioned & mind-blowing” London Jazz News

IMPORTANT - special Covid measures are in place temporarily - please read the "Attending events . . ." info at the top of this page before booking tickets.

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01Oct
2021

Queen Colobus

Queen Colobus is a genre-crossing band led by alto saxophonist and vocalist, Beth Hopkins & featuring Jelly Cleaver on guitar, Will Heaton on bass and Adam Skinner on drums.

They released their debut EP, Easy Now, last Summer, and with their second EP around the corner, this innovative band delve further into their unique sound world, crossing genres and giving a voice to unspoken themes ranging from the diet industry to grief.

Beth Hopkins (alto sax and vocals)

Jelly Cleaver, (guitar)

Will Heaton (bass)

Adam Skinner (drums)

IMPORTANT - special Covid measures are in place temporarily - please read the "Attending events . . ." info at the top of this page before booking tickets.

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