Gig Guide


Sketches of The Crypt - Jam Session

“Sketches of The Crypt” is the monthly jam session hosted by saxophonist Arnaud Guichard.

Arnaud teams up with Jack Stephenson-Oliver on keys, Rudy Creswick on bass and Dougal Taylor on drums to drive a night of improvised music drawn from the explorative nature of jazz artists of the past within the contemporary colourful grooves of the London jazz scene.

Guests will be invited to join the band on the second set to sketch ideas together.

As well as musicians we strongly encourage all artists and art enthusiasts to join this night of exploration.



Mark Lockheart Group

Saxophonist and composer Mark Lockheart first came to prominence in the mid 1980s with the influential big band Loose Tubes. In 1992 Mark formed the eclectic co-led quartet Perfect Houseplants, a group that released six albums and collaborated with classical artists such as the Orlando Consort, Andrew Manze and Pamela Thorby.

The mid-90s saw Mark recording and performing with many jazz, folk and pop artists, including Django Bates, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, June Tabor, Stereolab, Jah Wobble, Robert Wyatt, Prefab Sprout, Don Um Romao, Thomas Dolby and Radiohead. In 2003 Mark joined Seb Rochford’s Polar Bear, which over a period of 12 years recorded six ground-breaking albums.

This brand new group explores Mark’s new music with keyboards and electronics. Urgent and psychedelic rock-inspired writing combines with free improvisation and memorable tunes. Wide-ranging influences everything from Ellington, John Zorn, Bacharach and Kraftwerk.

“From Loose Tubes to Polar Bear and beyond, Lockheart’s capacity to be ahead of the jazz curve is undeniable. In this new band, his combination of lyrical economy and harmonic creativity has found three improvisatory soulmates who clearing know how to make the most of his compositions in their own terms.” Jazzwise magazine.

Mark Lockheart - saxophones, Elliot Galvin - keyboards, Tom Herbert- bass violin, Dave Smith- drums.


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EMOM - Electronic Music Open Mic

EMOM returns to The Crypt. We're back for 2020. Let's make some noise.

Calling all electronic musicians - Experimental, Glitch, ElectroJazz, Hip Hop, Ambient, Noise, Live coding etc. - If it's electronic and makes a noise we wanna hear it.

Performers slots will be 20 mins (including set up / pack down) If you're interested in playing please contact Chewy Maddigan

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Guillermo Hill Quartet

Guillermo started playing the guitar in his native Montevideo, Uruguay, where he played with artists like Fernando Cabrera, Mariana Ingold and legendary drummer Osvaldo Fattoruso.

Since moving to London over twenty years ago, he has been very active in the Jazz scene, regularly playing at the top London venues, alongside touring across Europe with a wide variety of bands and projects.

Guillermo has also played and/or recorded with artists such as Mica Paris, Tom Jones, Ola Onabule, Monica Vasconcelos, John Crawford, and many more.


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Renato D'Aiello / Roberto Rossi Quintet - play Cedar Walton's Music

Join Renato D’Aiello, Robert Rossi, Bruno Montrone, Matyas Hofecker and Alfonso Vitale for a hard bop filled night inspired by the music of legendary jazz pianist and composer Cedar Walton.

Renato D’Aiello has become known as one of the strongest and most original saxophone sounds around. His treatments of jazz standards, and originals, both live and on cd, have won great admiration from audiences and the press. He has been a regularly featured musician at The Crypt over many years.

Renato has played in most of the major venues and festivals in the UK, and since May 2002 he has played regularly in Paris, receiving warm acclaim from Jazz Hot magazine and TSF radio. Since July 2010 Renato has been running a very successful Monday night event, Acoustic Jazz Lounge, Upstairs at Ronnie Scott's and performs regularly at Pizza Express Dean street.

Trombonist Roberto Rossi was born in Rimini. His activity in jazz is vast including a tenure with the great Cedar Walton himself! Since 2002 he has been the founder and leader of the Lydian sound Orchestra with which he recorded many albums. He has performed with the Paul Motian Electric Be-Bop Band and Lydian sound orchestra at the Vicenza Film Festival as well as other international collaborations.

For over twenty years he has been teaching in state conservatories (since 2001 with a specific chair of jazz: Bologna, Adria, Verona) and in advanced schools.

And finally the superb pianist Bruno Montrone, bassist Matyas Hofecker and drummer Alfonso Vitale complete the line up.


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Elmo Hope Project

This UK/ European quintet was formed in 2014 by Munich based pianist Claus Raible (Art Farmer, Andy Bey, Mark Murphy, Jon Faddis) and Austrian tenor man Herwig Gradischnig (Vienna Art Orchestra, Randy Brecker, John Swana, Benny Bailey, Conte Candoli, Dusko Goykovich).

Their first record, Searchin’ for Hope followed soon after during an extensive tour of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Each member of the group is a band leader and prolific sideman in his own right, the group pays tribute to the music of the late great Jazz pianist Elmo Hope (1923-1967).

Hope was a contemporary of Bud Powell and Thelonius Monk. The band tackle the unique and challenging arrangements carved out of the Hard Bop tradition of the late 1950’s, including arrangements for quintet by Claus Raible as well as many of the recordings Hope played together with tenor player Harold Land.

The challenging compositions of Elmo Hope deliver a hard swinging set fronted by the band’s co leader Herwig Gradischnig and UK leading trumpet player Steve Fishwick ( Ron Carter, Cedar Walton, Peter King, Anita O' Day, Peter Erskine, George Mraz, Dado Moroni, Tardo Hammer) in the horn section. Greek Bass player Giorgos Antoniou (Benny Green, Cyrus Chestnut, Jesse Davis, Doug Rainey, Terrell Stafford, Roy Hargrove, Tardo Hammer, Scott Hamilton).who resides in Bern, Switzerland and London based drummer Matt Home (Gary Smulyan, Grant Stewart, Eric Alexander, Claire Martin, Barry Harris, Stacey Kent) make up the rest of the rhythm section.

The group’s latest CD, Mo is On, The Music of Elmo Hope Vol.2 is out on Trio Records.


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