|September to December 2006|
Snake Davis’ "Burden of Paradise"
Andy Panayi / Mark Nightingale - Little Big Band
Ian Shaw Solo
John Helliwell’s "Crème Anglaise"
Liam Noble Quartet / Julian Arguelles Trio
Plater / Barnes “The Seven Ages of Jazz”
Peter King Quintet - Salute to Elvin
Polly Gibbons Quintet
Tim Whitehead Giovanni Mirabassi Quartet
Ian Shaw with Guy Barker
David Newton Trio Gallery
(Friday 1st September 2006)
David Newton is an established and well-loved figure of British Jazz. His work with Alan Barnes or accompanying singers such as Carol Kidd or Stacey Kent has built him a reputation for providing swinging entertainment. He has recently been performing in trio format where his talents can be better displayed. Dave has played at Wakefield many times and this relationship was cemented when he co-wrote the tracks for the commemorative band, concert and recording, Bootleg Eric. This was for the tenth anniversary of the club. The band got together once more to perform this material in July this year.
This project was suggested by fellow Scot Nigel Clark (last heard at Wakefield with the Scottish guitar quartet). Oscar Peterson made many immensely successful records in a guitar trio. Most memorably with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown in the 60s and reunited in the 80s but also with Joe Pass and Neils Henning Oersted Pederson
band pays homage to these trios and with virtuoso role models on their
respective instruments you can expect the fireworks to explode in a straight
ahead and exciting fashion.
Snake Davis’ "Burden of Paradise"
(Friday 8th September 2006)
Snake has been a regular friend of the Club since its beginning and has always drawn a large and enthusiastic audience. Whether playing in his Northern Soul and Funk styles or moving towards the Folk end of the spectrum with unusual instruments such as the penny whistle or Japanese shakuhachi he never fails to enchant. His work with Eurythmics and Heather Small of M-people has made him an 'in demand' player in the world of pop and session work. He last appeared at Wakefield with his larger band “The Suspicions” and gave us a rocking night. This outing promises to be no less exciting.
This is a new band and Snake has teamed up with Manchester born acoustic folk-soul singer Helen Watson. Helen has recorded regularly since the 80s with the likes of Andy Fairweather-Lowe, Christine Collister, Barb Jungr and Chris While. Her style fits perfectly with the approach to music that Snake takes.
"Helen Watson, blessed with excellent phrasing and control she slips effortlessly from breathy, seductive jazz to gritty R&B."
‘Snake’ Davis - saxes and other wind instruments
Andy Panayi / Mark Nightingale - Little Big Band
(Friday 15th September 2006)
Two of the most accomplished musicians of their generation who have teamed up regularly to play the music of Gerry Mulligan and a whole host of their own compositions. They have known each other since their time in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and have a deep understanding of each other. Both have been regular visitors to Wakefield over the years and have established themselves as favourites – together they can whip up a storm.
Both musicians are composers and arrangers in their own right and have contributed to any band they have been a part of. They share the desire to make their offerings as accessible as their playing and so ballads and up tempo numbers will be equally appealing.
With the support of Simon Woolf and Steve Brown it is guaranteed that this will be a night of music that swings.
Panayi - flute, tenor and baritone saxes
Latest CD : Time Displaced (Mainstem records) MSTCD 0028
Ian Shaw Solo Gallery
(Friday 6th October 2006)
Ian Shaw is without doubt the most experienced entertainer in his field in Britain. He currently works with several other singers: Claire Martin, Liane Carroll and Jacqui Dankworth, but is at his freest to extemporise in every sense when on his own. His larger than life personality and off-the-wall sense of humour lend themselves to the sort of performance he has been developing over the years – an all embracing cabaret-style show.
He has many other strings to his bow - particularly in producing other people's records. He has recently been working with Charlotte Church. He writes songs too and one such was used in an Adrian Shergold film in which Ian played “Percy” and which recently premiered at the Toronto film festival.
who featured Ian on its cover recently, wrote: “Ian Shaw has long
been regarded as the UK’s leading male jazz singer, capable of delivering
interpretations of a wide variety of jazz-related songs with a devastating
Latest CD: Drawn to all Things (The songs of Joni Mitchell) Linn records AKD 276
(Friday 13th October 2006)
Once John decided that he needed to follow his own proclivities and play material he had written (and not just the Supertramp catalogue) he did something about it. He returned from California to study at RNCM and strayed into the world of jazz-influenced music and musicians. The result was the creation, in 2004, of this band Crème Anglaise. He persuaded Mike Walker that a good time could be had by all if he was on the team and another of his Supertramp buddies, American Mark Hart, similarly came onboard.
result has been exciting audiences around the North of England ever since
on those occasions when John can get everyone together to go out on the
Latest CD : Awaiting release
Liam Noble Quartet / Julian Arguelles Trio Gallery
(Friday 20th October 2006)
We are very lucky to have snared this pair of bands to come to Wakefield. The tour has been two years in the organising because of difficulties in getting the American members free at the same time to come to the UK. In Liam’s quartet and Julian’s trio two other members are both American stars of the loft scene.
was seen at Wakefield recently with Harrison Smith’s band but he
will be freed to play with soulmates in this band.
Julian Arguelles is now established as one of the UK’s foremost contemporary saxophonists and was recently seen around Britain in a similar lineup with American drummer Jim Black and bassist Ronan Guilfoyle. That band showed Julian capable of the constant thought and work involved in keeping such a spare band interesting. The freedom to interact and find a constant flow of ideas coming from your partners is just the environment in which Jukian thrives.
Noble - piano
Arguelles - tenor saxophone
Founders’ Day Presentation Gallery Quote
Plater / Barnes “The Seven Ages of Jazz” (Friday 27th October 2006)
In both 2004 and 2005 a highlight of the Scarborough Jazz Festival was the Saturday afternoon suite of music and lyrics created for the festival by Alan Barnes and long-term jazz fan playwright Alan Plater. In both cases an octet of the cream of British jazz played Alan Barnes’s charts with Alan Plater’s witty lyrics sung by Liz Fletcher. The first commission was “Unsung Heroes” commemorating figures from jazz history who received less attention than they deserved. Then came “The Seven Ages of Jazz” taking a rapid swing through the variety of styles of jazz playing through the last century. Alan Plater provided entertaining links between the numbers.
With Alec Sykes support we are proud to present the second of these suites tonight.
Alan’s No No Nonet played several of the selections from the Heroes suite on their last visit so if you enjoyed that then you’ll be bound to enjoy this. Even more so, as we shall be given the full suite in sequence and be honoured by the participation of Alan Plater himself.
This will be an exceptional night of fine music and fun – book early.
Plater - blether
(Friday 3rd November 2006)
many of us who were delighted to be at Geoff’s concert, Remembering
Bill, in tribute to Bill Evans last year, it seemed like a star was emerging
King Quintet - Salute to Elvin
(Friday 10th November 2006)
This band represents homage from musicians
who know how significant a figure Elvin Jones was as all (apart from Martin)
had worked with him. But as Peter says there is no-one else in Britain
who could fulfil the role of drummer in an Elvin salute but Martin Drew.
"A wonderful musician ...PETER KING of course is a master of his instrument. People are aware of that here [In America], as well as in England". (ELVIN JONES, 'Jazz U.K. Sept 2001).
King - alto saxophone
CD - Footprints (Miles Music)
Gibbons Quintet Press
(Friday 17th November 2006)
Polly is a new singer who has attracted
attention very rapidly because of her bluesy breathy voice and undoubted
musical talent. She was nominated in the “Rising Star” category
at this year’s BBC Jazz Awards. She is a protégé of
Ian Shaw’s who has appeared with her on one of the two demo. CDs
she has circulated. From past recommendations Ian’s judgement can
be trusted and this is what he says :
get to see the stars of the future first at Wakefield.
Whitehead Giovanni Mirabassi Quartet
(Friday 24th November 2006)
Tim Whitehead has become an established
figure on the UK Jazz scene with a hand in many projects both of his own
and the bands of others, in particular his Homemade Orchestra. He has
been playing since he decided the role of barrister was not for him in
1976 – yes, really, that long ago – and has visited Wakefield
"There's an earthiness mixing with the lyricism in UK saxophonist Tim Whitehead's playing that suggests he might just jump on a bar and start rocking.” (John Fordham, Guardian, March 2006)
Mirabassi - piano
Latest CD : Lucky Boys (Home Made Records HMR050)
Roseanna Vitro Gallery
(Friday 1st December 2006)
Roseanna is an American singer who played
her first ever UK gig at Wakefield after a horrendous journey via Ireland
and suffering a sore throat. Despite this inauspicious arrival she impressed
everyone and gave an exciting swinging concert. She has long been an established
figure on the American scene and her latest CD includes Kenny Werner and
Joe Lovano in the band – not bad! A lover of the American songbook
she also uses scat and vocalese to demonstrate her total musicianship.
"(Vitro) sings like a velvet gauntlet, the smoky atmospherics of Morgana King, veiling the harder realities of a Carmen McRae." (Fred Bouchard).
Vitro - voice
CD : Tropical Postcards (A Records - SAAL73244)
Shaw with Guy Barker - Songs from the Movies
It is unusual for an artiste to headline
twice in the same season at Wakefield - but when the artiste is Ian Shaw
Ian himself has also recently featured in a movie. His tendency to theatricality will be a boon when it comes to conveying the emotion of a movie lyric.
Just as Guy previewed the Soundtrack suite at Wakefield (to a standing ovation) this will be the first outing for this collaboration - catch it while it’s fresh.
something special and just a bit different this gig will make a rollicking
end to 2006 - don’t leave it too late to get your tickets.
CD : Ian - Drawn to all Things (The songs of Joni Mitchell) Linn records