Gig Guide


Benjamin Croft's "10 Reasons to . . "

Benjamin Croft is a British pianist/keyboardist and composer; with an extensive knowledge and experience in a multitude of genres, but mostly associated with jazz.

Since relocating to London in 2012, he has become a regular performer at Ronnie Scott's, The Jazz Cafe, Dean St and Pheasantry Pizza Express Jazz Clubs, among others.

He has also performed in the West End Show 'Straight From the Heart', and worked on TV shows such as 'The Voice' and 'Britain's Got Talent.

Tonight's concert features some of the UK finest jazz musicians playing Benjamin's original compositions.

Jazz Views - 'unusual, engaging and highly accomplished release'

Prog Magazine - 'Sparkling debut album by the British keyboard player and composer'

Jazzwise - 'an almost infinite variety of invention'

Jazz Journal - 'a great listen from start to finish'


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Basiwali - 'Salama European Tour - Asia meets the edge of Africa'

Salama European Tour Featuring Chalaw (Taiwan) and Kilema (Madagascar). Free concert at The Crypt!

Asia meets the edge of Africa in "Salama," a project led by two indigenous musicians: Chalaw is a Pangcah (Amis) Aboriginal from Taiwan; Kilema represents Malagasy culture from Madagascar. Though their homelands are oceans apart, the two share a common linguistic heritage, as the Pangcah and Malagasy languages are both of Austronesian origin. With a history of 5,000 years, Austronesian peoples are concentrated throughout across Southeast Asia and Oceania, and they migrated as far as East Africa.

"Salama" has a double meaning. In Kilema's native Malagasy tongue, it is a warm and friendly greeting that means "hello," while in Chalaw's native Pangcah language, it means "play." "Hello -- let's play!" This sums of the spirit of this ongoing collaboration, which began in 2014 with "Polynesia," an album that melds modern acoustic pop sounds such as bossa nova and reggae with traditional indigenous music from Taiwan and Madagascar.

Chalaw is an award-winning Amis indigenous singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer from Taiwan. In 2015, his album "Polynesia" earned him the Best Aboriginal Singer award at the Golden Melody Awards, the highest music honor in the Chinese speaking world, as well as the best songwriter accolade at the Golden Indie Awards.

Kilema is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and "ambassador" for Madagascarian music. He is a master of a handful of traditional stringed instruments including the Marovany, a large wooden harp. Based in Spain, Kilema regularly performs on the World Music circuit in the US, Europe, and Asia. He is also a music educator.


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Loire Funk Project

Gareth Lockrane - flutes, Jim Watson - Keys, Flo Moore - bass, Mark Ridout - guitar, and Tristan Mailliot - drums.

Loire Funk Project revisit the sounds and grooves of the late 70's and early 80's funk heyday. Playing classic compositions by Herbie Hancock, John Scofield, Weather Report, Wayne Shorter and the Brecker Brothers. Solid funk grooves from the bass and drums team of Flo Moore and Tristan Mailliot, provide the underpinning for the amazing soloing skills of Gareth Lockrane on flutes, Jim Watson on keys and Mark Ridout on guitar.


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Adam Glaser's SA & Beyond

South African harmonicist and pianist Adam Glasser is long established on the UK jazz scene as an exponent of township jazz on the chromatic harmonica and piano with a unique repertoire drawn from his native South Africa where he grew up before moving to London and playing piano with legendary alto sax player Dudu Pukwana in the mid 80s.

Adam has worked with high profile names over the years ( Sting, Eurythmics, Zawinul Syndicate, LSO & BBC Orchestestras, and played on many films and sessions. But one of his most cherished experiences was as musical director of the SA vocal group the Manhattan Brothers Adam produced their album 'Inyembezi' (EMI 2006) while his own debut album 'Free at First' won Best Jazz Album at the 2010 South African Music Awards.

Adam's project feat. Pinise Saul at the 2012 Cape Town Jazz Festival was rated by All About Jazz Editor John Kelman one of the best shows of the festival. Adam's South African Jazz Sextet headlined the 2018 Brecon Jazz Festival.

Adam has performed/recorded with a wide range of great South African artists including accompanying Hugh Masekela on UK dates and last year contributed harmonica to the title track of Abdullah Ibrahim's latest album 'The Balance' due out in June 2019 on Gearbox Records.

His quintet's 2019 gigs will feature music from a soon to be released new album 'SA & Beyond' which includes rarely heard township jazz standards from under recognised great South African composers including Caiphus Semenya and Victor Ndlazilwana as well contemporary jazz covers by the likes of Donald Harrison + Glasser originals.

Accompanying Adam on harmonica and piano are combination of outstanding UK jazz musicians: highly respected veteran jazz bassist Steve Watts with three cutting edge young jazz virtuosos on the contemporary scene - all band leaders in their own right. Rob Luft - guitar, George Crowley - sax and Corrie Dick - drums.


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A New Direction in African jazz

SPECTRUM are pianist/keyboardist NIRAN OBASA, electric bassist DARLINGTON JOSEPH and drummer STANLEY OHIOS. As SPECTRUM they combine evocative melodies of the pianist and keyboardist NIRAN OBASA, strong bass driven motifs by bassist DARLINGTON JOSEPH and deep grooves by the drummer STANLEY OHIOS. Together they create contemporary African jazz where jazz, afrobeat, hi-life and funk are fused together to create hypnotic free flowing exuberant modern African jazz with strong grooves.

NIRAN OBASA (piano/keyboards)

Nigerian pianist NIRAN OBASA established his name as one of the foremost session musicians in Nigeria. Currently he is the musical director of The Yoruba Women Choir and the keyboardist in the afrobeat band Femi and The InRhythms. Lately he focuses on his own compositions that bring together his secular and non-secular vision to create improvisational music that is totally unique. His combination of afrobeat, hi-life, urban grooves and jazz solos brings something new to contemporary African jazz music.


Nigerian bassist DARLINGTON JOSEPH is a virtuoso electric bassist who has worked and shared the stage with the likes of Femi Kuti, Erykah Badu, Roy Hargrove, Angelique Kidjo, Jane's Addiction and many more. A superb bassist who is blessed with techniques and touch. His big fat sounds make him the ideal partner in SPECTRUM which allows him to play solos within the rhythms being created by drummer Staley Ohios and the harmonic inventions of Niran Obasa


Nigerian drummer STANLEY OHIOS built his name playing in Nigerian churches and with the likes of Wanda Baloyi, The Dawnay Band, Winnie Kumalo, Kunle Ayo, Femi Ogunkoya, Steve Rhodes Orchestra, Hope Davis and many more. SPECTRUM allows for greater responsibility - playing rhythms with a simpler and tighter groove. He is not a just a drummer but a conception drummer like Arts Blakey, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham, Tony Allen and Dave Weckel. A drummer that creates groves behind a complex arrangement.


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Leo Power

Leo Power - Vocals, Ramon Ruiz - guitar, Felipe de Algeciras - Dance, Anita La Maltesa - Dance.

Leo Power is a flamenco singer from Andalusia, Spain with a love of world music and jazz. We can hear in her voice sights & sounds of her hometown Cadiz, for so long the gateway to the Americas. Cuban music, Argentinian tangos, Jazz, Blues, Alegrias, Tanguillos, bulerias rub shoulders in this Mediterranean port so inextricably linked to its trading history.

For the last 20 years Leo Power has travelled with her native music away from Spain. Throughout Argentina, Holland and in the UK she has performed at Glastonbury, London Latin Jazz Festival, La Linea festival (collaborating with Daniel Melingo), Ronnie Scotts, Sadlers Wells, The Royal Theater in Dublin to name a few.

Her voice and her charisma are always well received and her spontaneity brings something new to each show.

Leo will be joined by master guitarist Ramon Ruiz. Born in Granada, Spain, Ramon was inspired by his father's passion for flamenco and started playing the guitar at seven years of age. By the age of twenty he was performing in 'Los Gallos', ranked as the best and most authentic flamenco club in Seville. There he got the chance to perform alongside renowned flamenco guitarists and dancers including Rafael Rodriguez and Israel Galvan. He has not hesitated to dip into many different musical genres, ranging from Bossa Nova to Argentinian Tango, Jazz, Blues and of course Flamenco.

This show will have an emphasis on celebrating the art of flamenco dance with authentic Spanish dancers Felipe de Algeciras and Anita La Maltesa.


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"Sound Check"

From 15 to 23 June 2019 during The Crypt opening times.

Private view - Saturday 15 June 7pm

An exhibition of photographs taken by con-artist and photographer Daniel Devlin at Jazzlive at The Crypt for the past 18 months, mostly during the soundcheck when musicians tend to be more relaxed and spontaneous. "I have always been interested in photographing people and how they interact with each other and capturing those moments of connection. Jazz is perfect for this. And it's been a privilege to be able to photograph such great musicians at Jazzlive at The Crypt especially now when there's such a buzz about the South London Jazz scene".


Gary Baldwin Quartet feat. Roger Beaujolais

Hammond specialist Gary Baldwin first came to prominence with the Tommy Chase Band, since then he has performed with Georgie Fame, Ian Shaw, Jim Mullen, Alan Barnes, Guy Barker, and Ronnie Cuba; as well as being the featured soloist with The Echoes of Ellington Jazz Orchestra.

Studio work includes the acclaimed 'Portishead' (Dummy) and 'Morcheeba' (Do you have a name). Gary is also a member of the Ronnie Scott All Stars. More recently he was the house organist for the Royal Albert Hall Blues Festival playing with Ronnie Wood, Mick Taylor, Van Morrison and Mick Hucknell.

Special guest Roger Beaujolais came to public attention with jump jive supremos The Chevalier Brothers' and was then a prominent artist for Acid Jazz Records under the names of 'The Beaujolais Band' and 'Vibraphonic' before moving on to more acoustic jazz. Session work includes artists as diverse as Robert Plant, Alexander O'Neal, Morrissey, Paul Weller, Kirsty MacColl and Fairground Attraction. The band is completed by Simon Fernsby on guitar and Pete Cater on drums. They are featured on the recently released and highly acclaimed album "Point Blank" by Tony Kofi and The Organisation.

"The British master of the Hammond organ" Time Out


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Larry Bartley Trio featuring Tony Kofi + support performance by painist Andrew McCormack

The trio of Bassist/composer Larry Bartley, pianist Bruno Heinen, and drummer Rod Youngs have since performed throughout the UK and Europe. Their repertoire consists of a mixture of original compositions written by each member of the band.

"Excellent Bassist, with a distinct Mingus-like drive to his propulsive bass lines" ___ Time Out

"You can understand why Bartley is so much in demand on the london Jazz scene." ___ BBC

"Supple, sensitive and full of detail."___ Financial Times

Bruno Heinen - "Erudition, eclectic studies and a jazz sensibility make Heinen the kind of newcomer who repositions the goalposts."___ John Fordham, Guardian

Rod Youngs - "supremely subtle and melodic . . dynamic and powerful"___ Music OMH magazine

Tony Kofi - "passionate . . superb . . heartfelt" ___ The Guardian

"There is so much respect in jazz circles for Tony Kofi ___ Jazzwise

Plus tonight, and preceding the main concert, pianist Andrew McCormack will give a short 45 minute solo performance commencing at 8.30pm

Andrew McCormack has been at the forefront of British jazz since he recorded his debut album Telescope on Dune Records in 2006. He was awarded BBC Jazz Awards Rising Star in the same year. Andrew has gained international recognition since joining the Kyle Eastwood quintet in 2007. The London Symphony Orchestra commissioned a composition ('Incentive') for a Barbican Centre concert in 2009 as part of their Panufnik Young Composers Scheme. Andrew's second album, Live in London, was released by Edition in 2012 followed by First Light in 2014 with Andrew's trio featuring drummer Colin Stranahan and bassist Zach Lober. Andrew has performed and recorded three critically acclaimed albums (MY Duo, Places & Other Spaces and Juntos) with saxophonist Jason Yarde. The Calling is the latest release by Andrew McCormack. Written for his band Graviton, the album features leading British musicians Noemi Nuti on vocals, Josh Arcoleo on tenor saxophone, Tom Herbert on electric bass and Joshua Blackmore on drums.


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Electronic Music Open Mic (EMOM)

EMOM comes to Jazzlive at the Crypt Camberwell.

After a very successful first night, we're back. 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 via the link below.


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Artie Zaitz Hammond Combo

Artie Zaitz - guitar, Ross Stanley - hammond organ, Steve Brown - drums and Dave Pattman on congas.

Paying homage to the Blue Note recordings of the 60's era, guitar prodigy Artie Zaitz leads a quartet of London's most grooving, swinging musicians in a Hammond organ based band, playing his original blues-drenched tunes as well as arrangements of latin and soul jazz classics. The lineup features organ wizard Ross Stanley, jazz-scene favourite Steve Brown on drums, and veteran of the Latin scene Dave Pattman on congas in a boogaloo extravaganza.


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