|September to October 2008|
Howard Britz / Jonathan Gee New York / London
Tim Whitehead’s Quartet
David Newton Trio
Benn Clatworthy Quartet
Peter King Quartet
John Etheridge / Christian Garrick
Alan Barnes Octet (Founders Day presentation)
(Friday 5th September 2008)
Well before she began winning awards, Liane was a favourite of this Club because of her direct emotional appeal and outstanding musical presence. She has become as “in demand” as she deserves since winning the two BBC Jazz Awards and recently added the Ronnie Scott award “Best female jazz vocalist” to the list. As I write I hear that, “Liane Carroll Wins Musician of The Year At The Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2008”. That makes the full set, I think.
Her DVD “Liane Carroll trio LIVE” was launched at the Purcell Room on the South Bank in February and her new solo CD “Slow Down” is about to be released. She appeared at this Summer’s Coventry Jazz Festival with the BBC Big Band for a BBC Radio 3 recording, then the Wigan and Brecon Festivals. She is the perfect artist for the intimate situation of a Wakefield gig as she thrives on audience back chat – come and give her some!
Carroll - piano and voice
CD: Slow Down (solo – released September on Splashpoint Records)
Britz / Jonathan Gee New York / London
(Friday 12th September 2008)
Howard is a Brit., who made a name for himself on the London scene before winning a scholarship to Berklee College. He then made a name for himself in the US and moved to New York 10 years ago; he teaches and plays there still. Will Vinson is another, more recent, British expat., making his way on the New York circuit. Jonathan has been at the head of UK jazz piano playing for more than a decade. Quentin has been an asset to our music for about 5 years and appeared recently in Leeds with Kyle Eastwood’s band. He also runs his own quintet which performed at Wakefield last year. Sylvia is the only bona fide American – a Californian who moved to New York at 21 and was Joe Henderson’s drummer for four years.
This is another of those transatlantic collaborations we are lucky to be offered – they tend to have a transitory existence and so shouldn’t be missed during this brief window of opportunity.
Expect high energy soloing over an exquisitely professional rhythm section
Britz - bass
CDs: Here I Stand (TeeZee) [Howard]
(Friday 19th September 2008)
Tim has been a regular visitor to Wakefield – almost every time he presents a new project. Only his Homemade Orchestra hasn’t made it here.
This quartet first made the CD “Personal Standards” in 2000 and has played regularly since. This long standing relationship has allowed the superb musicians involved to develop the sort of musical togetherness on which this music thrives. Expect brilliant, challenging playing, full of character, and a sense of dialogue between the four - as well as wonderful tunes.
A marvellously warm, attractive album recorded at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London’s Dean Street. Duncan Heining in his 4* review for Jazzwise
Whitehead has been in the front rank of UK saxophonists since he first came to public attention with Loose Tubes in the 1980s, and on this absorbing album, he thoroughly justifies this status: his is an attractively sinewy yet characterful, occasionally fruity, tone, and the imaginative vigour with which he approaches his material is simply exemplary. - Chris Parker for the Vortex website
Whitehead - tenor sax
Newton - piano
CD: Portrait of a Woman Bright New Day records (BNDCD033)
(Friday 3rd October 2008)
Benn has criss-crossed the Atlantic ever since leaving South London for a new home in Los Angeles in 1980. He is valued as an intense player both here and at home.
"It would be difficult for me to think of a harder working musician than Benn Clatworthy. A tenor saxophonist that is every bit the player that Joshua Redman is, Clatworthy has been a staple in Los Angeles clubs for the past two decades." - Fred Jung, Jazzreview.com
His British quartet gives us a rare chance to hear the superb piano playing of Robin Aspland driven along by Martin Drew and Simon Thorpe.
Benn was last here teamed with Anita Wardell, we shall have to wait until after Christmas for her return.
Clatworthy - tenor sax / flute
CD: Live at Charlie O’s (B00080CNF2)
(Friday 10th October 2008)
From 7:30pm - support from The James Mainwaring Quartet (LCM Altoist)
Since Pete’s health scare last year, it has been a relief and a comfort to hear that he has recovered and is playing on top form once more.
As an icon of the British Jazz community, Peter has delighted two generations of fans who know the best when they hear it. You weren’t able to see him at Appleby this year so here’s the next best thing – an outing with his best mates at Wakefield.
benefit at Ronnie Scotts in February attracted a dozen of the best musicians
in London and contributed significantly to the restoration of his missed
earnings – Wakefield Jazz added our raffle takings.
King - alto sax
Web: No site
CD: Janus (Miles Music - 2007)
Etheridge / Christian Garrick
(Friday 17th October 2008)
With support at 7.30pm from The Sam Watts Quintet:
Matt Anderson - Tenor Sax
George Raggatt - Trumpet
Sam Watts - Piano
Dave Rees - Bass
Andy Brotherton - Drums
A quintet made up of Leeds College of Music jazz students playing hard-bop repertoire mainly from the classic 1950's and 60's recordings on Blue Note label, with compositions by such greats as Horace Silver, Lee Morgan, and Herbie Hancock.
John Etheridge / Christian Garrick:
John is the ultimate in versatile guitar playing. He covers the spectrum from Classical (with John Williams) to rock (Soft Machine) with Frank Zappa, African and folk styles in between. His jazz skills are also second to none.
His band, Sweet Chorus, paid homage to the Hot Club of France with Christian and they may feature a few of those numbers tonight. However, they have also made a duo CD together, “At the Dimming of the Day”, using a wide range of musical styles and material. There’s always the option of solo party pieces too. Whatever we get you can be sure of musical excellence and a delight to the ear.
They played a 22 gig tour of villages in Spring this year – so have an established rapport – but have rested since then.
Etheridge - guitars
Barnes Octet (Founders Day presentation) See
clip on our MySpace
(Friday 24th October 2008) - This was an All Ticket Event
Alan released three CDs in 2007 on his own label - Woodville :
Nine Songs - Don Weller/Bobby Wellins (Trio)
Spontaneous Combustion - Bruce Adams/Alan Barnes Quintet
Sideways - Alan Barnes & John Hallam with the David Newton Trio
As far as I know, this (see below) is the only release this year; but a major one.
How he does it when he is in constant demand to appear all round the country in any one of a dozen bands is unimagineable. And he still has time for special projects like the Bootleg Eric band seen in May.
Nearly 30 years ago, Alan studied at Leeds College of Music where drummer/arranger/composer, Tony Faulkner, led an Ellington Repertory Orchestra. The transcriptions and arrangements of Ellington’s music that Tony made became legendary and he is an authority on that music generally. In 2006 Tony released a Big Band CD “Thad Jones and the Ellington Effect” extending the ideas into compositions of his own.
Tonight’s superb musicians will pay tribute to a local hero by playing his specially written arrangements of Ellington’s and Billy Strayhorn’s less well-known, but still strong, compositions for us.
Barnes - alto sax, clarinet and bass clarinet