Gig Guide


Simon Spillett Quartet

Over his twenty-five year career Simon Spillett has worn almost as many hats as it possible to wear within jazz; multi-award-winning instrumentalist (BBC Jazz Awards, British Jazz Awards), big band leader, recording artist, author, historian, record producer, archivist, magazine columnist, Social Media commentator and latterly blogger. However, for all these varied skills he identifies most strongly as a powerfully swinging, straight-ahead tenor saxophonist, one capable of taking the audiences who hear him on a roller-coaster ride encompassing everything from energetic bebop and heartfelt balladry. And it’s in this guise that he’s become a solid fixture on the UK jazz landscape, regularly playing sold-out gigs at major festivals (Birmingham, Brecon, Swanage, Southport etc.) and world famous club venues (Ronnie Scott’s). A charismatic performer, gifted with a dry observational wit, he’s never lost sight of the fact that jazz is entertainment as much as art and whether playing, writing or articulately holding forth on his favourite subject – UK jazz history – he’s an infectiously passionate communicator.

Simon Spillett (tenor sax), Liam Dunachie (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass), Pete Cater (drums)


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Electronic Open Mic (EMOM)

Electronic Open Mic (EMOM) is back. Electronic music of everykind from up and coming artists. Great visuals too. If you'd like to express an interest to play please contact Matt via his insta, link below

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Adriano Adewale Trio

Featuring: Adriano Adewale on vocals and percussion, Gustavo Roriz on bass, and Sam Watts on piano.

Following the pathways inspired by the great master musicians of his homeland, Adewale’s trio’s project, ‘Work of Sounds”, is based on Afro-Brazilian music traditions. They create a journey where urban and rural sounds meet traditional and contemporary ways of music-making. The resulting in a blend of delicious grooves, beautiful melodies and rich textures of exquisite soundscapes.

Through a subtle and vibrant creative touch, the audience will have a fascinating evening listening to and experiencing the trio painting, storytelling, and performing a unique and uplifting concert.

Over the years Adriano has worked as a curator and artistic director. In 2009-2010 Adriano was an artist in residence at the Lakeside Theatre in Colchester. Amongst other activities, he curated ‘Festival Brasileiro’, which involved theatre, dance, music, and fine arts from Brazil, and challenged presiding conceptions of Brazilian culture. As part of the festival, he arranged and conducted the Essex Youth Jazz Ensembles.

Adriano has performed with leading musicians including the great singer Bobby McFerrin and pianist Joanna MacGregor combining classical, jazz, and contemporary classical music. The Britten Sinfonia performed one of Adriano’s pieces at the City of London Festival, together with Joanna McGregor, which was broadcast on the BBC.


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Sara Dowling Quartet

One of our favourite vocalists is back at The Crypt with her brilliant quartet.

Voted Best Vocalist in the British Jazz Awards 2019, Sara Dowling is gaining fame as one of the most talented jazz singers in the UK. She first trained as a cellist at Chetham’s and the RNCM, before emerging as a powerful and expressive jazz vocalist and composer. Her most important influences are Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan.

Although her vocal approach is steeped in the jazz idiom and its repertoire, Sara is now coming forth with her own original sound that resonates in her compositions as well as her unique approach to standards.

The fabulous fearlessness with which she approaches the act of singing, the burning conviction, the irresistible communicative power and jaw-dropping musicality she brings to it makes Sara one of the UK’s leading Jazz vocalists.

For tonight's concert Sara is joined by the incredible Dario Di Lecce on bass, Steve Brown on drums and Ross Stanley on piano.


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