|February to April 2008|
Arnie Somogyi's AMBULANCE feat. Eddie Henderson
Dave Barry Quintet
Sara Littlefield Band and Ev Marcus Quartet
Kaz Simmons Band
Elaine Delmar Band
Tim Kliphuis trio
Trudy Kerr Quartet
Harry Beckett Band Feat. Chris Biscoe
(Friday 1st February 2008)
Darren Dutson-Bromley (solo guitar) will play a support set from 7:30pm
Simon has several alter egos – Tubby Hayes (his hero and whose style he began by emulating), Snooker Player (as Dave Newton characterises him) and BBC Jazz Awards 2007 “Rising Star”.
Simon is a phenomenally busy artist making guest appearances around the country and playing in the Ronnie Scott Big Band as well as running this quartet and a “new” quartet about to be launched. Wherever he goes he attracts jaw-dropping reviews such as the one below.
"Spillett loves nothing better than to embark on blistering runs across standards, wresting every ounce of juice from the harmonies, his instrumental facility and creative fecundity startlingly like that of his erstwhile mentor." JAZZ UK
If super-skilled bebop is your thing then this is a gig you won’t want to miss.
Spillett - tenor saxophone
CD: Sienna Red (Woodville Records) WVCD 120 (Released January)
Somogyi’s AMBULANCE feat. Eddie Henderson
(Friday 8th February 2008)
This is the second time Arnie has toured
this band with Eddie Henderson; the first was in May last year. A measure
of the band’s success is the huge press it received at the time
and the new developments of recording for Linn after their first ever
Jazz Residency at Aldeborough where the material for the new CD was developed.
(Friday 15th February 2008)
Dave Barry has been a major figure in
British Jazz for more than 30 years – particularly in the company
of Don Weller. Well, here they are again but with Dave in the driving
seat and joined by renowned trumpeter, Steve Waterman. One of Wakefield’s
favourite pianists, John Donaldson, provides the chordal foundation.
Barry - drums
CD: Precious Time (Trio records) TR 575
Header featuring: Sara Littlefield Band and Ev Marcus Quartet
Friday 22nd February 2008)
Sara’s band concentrates on the
compositions of her late father Ron who played with Tubby Hayes, Don Rendell
and Ronnie Scott and wrote odes to toads.
Ev is also a southerner come North. He has played widely around London and in the USA. He has played with the likes of Jim Mullen and Alex Garnett but will be better able to display his fine soloing and writing capabilities as leader. Ev was 2006 Winner of the Sam Hood Rosebowl for Outstanding Jazz and Popular Music Performance and won the postgraduate award. He is accompanied by Leeds College colleague Mark Donlon who will also impress us with his solo flights.
Marcus - tenor sax.
Littlefield - tenor and soprano sax.
Martin Haymer Quartet will play a support set from 7:30pm
This tour is to promote Kaz’s second
CD released at the Vortex in London last May. She is an accomplished singer
whose Spanish / Brazilian guitar style beautifully embellishes her singing
- whether of her witty originals or of songs in Portuguese.
clarity of diction, a nice line in scat, an exuberant vocal quality and
an inventive arranger" Jazzwise
CD: Different Smile (Fast Awake Records) released May 2007
(Friday 7th March 2008)
The Ben Mallinder quintet will play a support set from 7:30pm
When I was asked to put on a really classy
singer for the month of Bootleg Eric’s 75th birthday there was a
narrow range of suitable candidates who would satisfy. Eric and I were
both delighted that Elaine was available and willing to come and do us
“Among the multitude of good jazz singers in Britain today, there is not one who can surpass Elaine Delmar. Few understand the repertoire as well or express it with such dynamic simplicity. When she sings a song as plainly as she can it still emerges gently swinging, imbued with the spirit of jazz. She builds each performance with sure-footed musicianship” Dave Gelly (Observer)
will be a night to remember – if you have not seen Elaine Delmar
in the perfect intimate setting (our club) then don’t miss this
(Friday 14th March 2008)
The Greg Nicholas quartet will play a support set from 7:30pm
Tim is a Dutch violinist specialising
in the gypsy swing style of playing made so famous by Stephane Grapelli.
This style has enduring appeal (how many TV adverts use it?) and Tim has
played to appreciative audiences in almost every club in the UK as well
as on the continent and in the USA. He has released eight CDs, two just
last year, and is gradually expanding his repertoire into both the Folk
and Classical idioms.
CDs: Swingin’ through the Classics and Live in Glasgow both 2007
(Friday 4th April 2008)
Trudy’s new CD is subtitled “songs
from my past” and is the seventh under her own name since arriving
from Australia in 1990. It begins with a song she sang at17 with her first
band and all other tracks have a special meaning for her originating in
her past. Some are familiar others less well known but by great writers
– the most exotic is a Dave Holland tune with Trudy’s words
inspired by a stay in Vanuatu. With pianist Jan Lundgren and Geoff’s
bass in support we know we shall get a full jazz experience tonight and
all with Steve Brown’s smile shining through.
Beckett Band Feat. Chris Biscoe
(Friday 11th April 2008)
Harry Beckett has been a feature of the
UK Jazz scene since he played with Mingus in the film “All Night
Long”. He has also played alongside Ronnie Scott, Django Bates,
Chris McGregor and David Murray. With Chris Biscoe he was the first British
musician to be invited to join The Orchestre National de Jazz.
CD: Before and After (Jazzprint) Voiceprint JPVP107CD