October to December 2010
X All Star Band
Tommy Evans' "Green Seagull"
Jim Hart's Gemini
Jason Yarde with Andrew McCormack (duo) and Trio WAH!
Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble
Killer Shrimp (Damon Brown / Ed Jones)
Sharp Quartet featuring Nikki Iles
Snake Davis Band
Esther Miller with the Steve Melling Trio
Joe Stilgoe Trio
Terry Seabrook's Milestones
X All Star Band
(Friday 8th October 2010) All-ticket event
This amazing septet can only be presented thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Brand family. It is a tribute to their forbearance that they have agreed to this rescheduled concert - 8 months late!
As with our All Star Sextet last year, a family celebration was the excuse for a co-operative venture to present a selection of Appleby favourites at Wakefield. There will be specially composed material among the treats we shall be offered and a guaranteed night of uproarious fun is in store.
Even if you don't know the Brands (long-standing supporters of the club) come along and have a fine time with the best of British straight-ahead jazz players.
Alan Barnes - saxes, clarinet
Andy Panayi - saxes, flute
Steve Waterman - trumpet
Mark Nightingale - trombone
Andy Cleyndert - bass
David Newton - piano
Clark Tracey - drums
Brand X All Star Band
Evans' "Green Seagull"
(Friday 15th October 2010)
Tommy leads the popular "If Destroyed Still True" and now has widened his scope to lead a 12-piece band featuring three voices along with the instruments.
This specially composed music follows the precepts he established with his writing for I D S T - accessible modern sounds over complex but catchy rhythms. The addition of voices to the mix reminds one of Kenny Wheeler's use of Norma Winstone with his bigger projects.
explains his own motivation in creating this project like this:
(Friday 22nd October 2010)
Jim Hart's Gemini will be supported by Matthew Robinson (piano) and Reuben Fowler (trumpet / flugel) from 7.30pm.
This is Jim's first band as leader now touring to promote their second album. However, he will introduce us to Rory Simmons - not Ivo Neame as on the album. Rory is one of the most creative and dynamic trumpet players on the British jazz scene and quickly gathering a reputation as an innovative performer. He is a featured soloist with Jamie Cullum and will bring a different dynamic to Jim's band compared with the album sound. He leads three bands of his own; a quartet, Curve (a chordless quintet) and a larger ensemble with strings and flute.
Jim was honoured to be asked to guest solo with Wynton Marsalis' Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra this summer and then toured with American super-star trumpeter Ralph Alessi.
Gemini's music represents the more contemporary side of Jim's playing and, with a band of leaders in their own right, is as good as it gets.
"...sounds like uncompromising but melodically very engaging contemporary postbop... funky salsa, with gruff sax hooks and there's a lovely slow-whirling folksy melody." - John Fordham, The Guardian
Jim Hart - vibes
Rory Simmons - trumpet
Jasper Hoiby - bass
Dave Smith - drums
Latest CD: Narrada (Loop Records)
Yarde with Andrew McCormack (duo) and Trio WAH!
(Friday 29 October 2010)
This is the second gig postponed from the awful winter - at last we can host these two major musicians!
Jason's activities as a composer have taken over his life so much that his performing opportunities are fewer than the paying public would wish. Most recently his role as LSO Discovery Panufnik Young Composer has occupied his talents. His writing for WAH! and the duo with Andrew is also remarkable and shows his Jazz credentials well. Jason makes his first appearance for Wakefield Jazz but has "paid his dues" since his days with the Jazz Warriors (for whom he became MD) before the millennium. Andrew was Music Critics and BBC Jazz Awards Rising Star in 2006 and was greatly appreciated when he visited Wakefield with Dave O'Higgins last season. He is also a sophisticated composer for the duo. We shall hear contemporary jazz of a matchless quality where references to classical music, the whole of jazz history and popular music may be presented in a tumbling cornucopia of experiences. The future sounds of jazz indeed.
Mike Pickering has visited Wakefield with Billy Jenkins and Larry Bartley with Byron Wallen.
of the most exciting talents on the UK jazz scene. His debut album, Telescope,
does not disappoint. Ultimately this is an album where you do not have
to hit the skip button."
Yarde - alto sax
Andrew McCormack with Jason Yarde
Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble
(Friday 5 November 2010)
What can you say about Gilad? Powerful personality, passionate performer and politically propelled proponent of Palestine. He's all these but, foremost a superbly versatile musician and composer.
It is ten years since this band burst upon the British scene and if there's another band which has played as many gigs, now world-wide, I'd be amazed - the indefatigable Gilad must have a daily fix of performing or he'll explode. If things are slack he just invents another project (e.g. the Parker tribute with strings), plays with another band (e.g. the Blockheads)or produces the recordings of other performers (e.g. Sarah Gillespie). It is also a matter of local pride that Gilad met Eddie in Wakefield (we had discovered him first) and was so impressed that he was chosen immediately to replace Asaf Sirkis when he left the band.
Anyway, happy tenth anniversary Gilad, we're delighted you chose us as one of your celebration tour venues. Fireworks? There'll be more at the club than out in the air tonight.
Gilad Atzmon - saxes
Frank Harrison - piano
Yaron Stavi - basses
Eddie Hick - drums
Latest CD: In Loving Memory of America (Enja records)
Shrimp (Damon Brown / Ed Jones)
(Friday 12 November 2010)
Supported from 7.30pm by Paul Baxter's "Eyes Shut Tight" - Johnny Tomlinson - Piano, Paul Baxter - Bass, Kris Wright - drums (Promoting their Launch CD "Evolution").
This is a development of the highly successful partnership between Brown and Jones (the Outfitters?) as seen at Scarborough Festival last year. Parliamentary Jazz Awards winners of "Best Ensemble" 2007, when their first CD was also nominated.
That was three years ago and the "difficult second album" is just ready and ripe for some publicity via a Nationwide tour. Mark Hodgson has played with Guy Barker and been MD for Gwyneth Herbert. Alyn is the dynamic Scottish drummer we have come to love in Wakefield.
"The project is very much a culmination of many years spent touring with each others' bands and our friendship on and off stage. It's a vehicle for both our writing and playing and an attempt to expand into, for us, some new areas. Although rooted in straight-ahead jazz, the music is quite eclectic and touches at times on drum and bass, Latin and funk".
Damon Brown - trumpet, cornet, flugel
Ed Jones - saxes
Mark Hodgson - bass
Alyn Cosker - drums
(Joe Leach - electronics)
Latest CD: Whatever Sincerely
Killer Shrimp (Ed Jones)
(Friday 19 November 2010)
This trio has been together sporadically for 6 years now and has recorded for a second time.
The new album "Songs of the Year" is explained as a "celebration of the English calendar and climate" and features 12 tracks. It has earned many very positive reviews:
"Crosland's compositions are often quite captivating, the reactions and interplay between Crosland, Waterman and Lodder as near to perfection as anyone could want. Waterman rises to the challenge in exceptional fashion, fluent and centred, building improvisations of consequence, never wrong-footed, while Lodder's classical training allows him to amplify Crosland's intentions and to add compelling textural richness". - Peter Vacher (Jazzwise)
"The ensemble playing has the togetherness that only comes from top musicians who know each other well and think as one. Everything is clear and precise yet full of delicacy and feeling". - Dave Gelly (Observer)
will be a pleasure to welcome back Ben, a frequent member of our audience,
and his starry friends on the other side of the lights.
Sharp Quartet featuring Nikki Iles
(Friday 26 November 2010)
It is far too long since Wakefield favourite Nikki performed for us. It is a special treat that she comes as part of Karen Sharp's band. Nikki moves Karen towards more modern styles than we heard on her last visit.
The presence of Dave Green and Steve Brown can only make our mouths water as we know that we'll be in for a wonderfully swinging time.
" This is a band of like-minded musicians with a wealth of experience and a shared love of great tunes both old and new. Their musical paths have crossed many times over the years and with this in mind Karen has formed a quartet of the highest quality which plays with energy, commitment and fun." - The Stables Wavendon
Karen Sharp - tenor sax
Nikki Iles - piano
Dave Green - bass
Steve Brown - drums
Latest CD: Sharp Fowler - Brandy and Beer (the music of Al Cohn and Zoot Sims) - 33Jazz 192 CD
All ticket gig
(Friday 3 December 2010)
The irrepressible Snake returns to begin the wind-up to Christmas. If you're just beginning to be affected by SAD, the winter blues, then let the Northern Blues and Soul of this ever-popular band invigorate you. Guaranteed to lift the spirits, particularly of the ladies, Snake's music will get your feet tapping, your hips swaying and, who knows, dancing may break out.
By special request, this is a retro version of the band. Many people have terrific memories of how this crew fitted together and - for tonight only - they're reunited.
Recorded in Stokesley and Durham his new live CD documents what we all turn out for - the performance and the magic. But there's still no beating the real thing, come and feel the heat.
"From raw power to a joss-stick carrying ambience then back through reggae, soul and funk, Snake set the world alight elevating the mind" - Carlisle Evening Press
Chris 'Snake' Davis - blown instruments
John Ellis - piano and keyboards
Stevie Williams - bass
Eryl Roberts - drums
Latest CD: Snake Davis Band - LIVE
Snake Davis © Grimsby and Scunthorpe Newspapers 2006
Miller with the Steve Melling Trio
All ticket gig
(Friday 10 December 2010)
Esther has sung for us before - back in 2007. Now she has the Maestro of the piano, Steve Melling, playing and arranging for her it is clearly time to invite her back to bring us warmth and fun for our party.
She swapped the study of medicine in Cape Town for a precarious life as a musician in the UK around the Millennium. Her inspiration from Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Shirley Horn and Blossom Dearie has been used to brilliant effect and she now has a burgeoning career. She still returns to South Africa for TV and Festival appearances but is settled in the North of England - our gain!
"She radiates class, combined with relaxed humour and a great rapport with both band and audience" - Stratford Herald
Esther Miller - voice
Steve Melling - piano
Geoff Gascoyne - bass
Tony Levin - drums
Latest CD: A Place in the Sunlight (Tristan Records)
(Friday 7 January 2011)
Here's a singer/pianist with a pedigree. His dad is the famous Richard, and after NYJO, cruise ships, the Dorchester, Ronnies, Dubai, New York - now he's going to play Wakefield. He's a songwriter and composer in his own right and is preparing to record a second album which will include original material as well as covers of the classics.
You could describe him as a cross between Nat King Cole and Jamie Cullum (unkindly) but Ian Shaw says of him:
"His piano playing is a cross between Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Les Dawson."
the Observer, Dave Gelly said:
so pleased he can drop in to see us at Wakefield Sports Club.
(Friday 14 January 2011)
Unsurprisingly this band was created to celebrate the music of Miles Davis; in particular the tunes from the seminal album "Kind of Blue". Terry has arranged a number of other songs associated with Miles as well so a night of familiar classics is in store.
His best known band Cubanabop got Terry recognised beyond his home on the South Coast and he is making another bid for a national tour with this ever-popular repertoire. For balance he's included a northerner in the line-up (Alan) and an Australian (Graeme) who has toured with Kylie Minogue and written film scores for Clint Eastwood. Spike we know well and it will be good to be introduced to Paul and Ian.
Terry Seabrook - piano
Alan Barnes - alto & baritone sax
Graeme Flowers - trumpet
Ian Price - tenor sax
Paul Whitten - bass
Spike Wells - drums
Latest CD: Milestones (to be recorded)
Terry Seabrook's Milestones