|January to February 2007|
Claire Martin Reunion Band
Big Band Byrne
Pat Crumley Quartet
John Etheridge’s Trio North with Theo Travis
Bheki Mseleku Quartet / John Donaldson Trio Double Bill
Allison Neale Quartet
Benn Clatworthy Quartet with Anita Wardell
(Friday 5th January 2007)
the daughter of a famous guitarist it was no surprise that Kate’s
education was completed at the Guildhall School of Music following which
she won the John Dankworth Award for Talent Deserving Wider Recognition
(2000). She has an unshowy but intelligent style of playing which means
she has gradually established herself rather than burst noisily onto the
scene. In trio, quartet with Julian Siegel and now quintet Kate has always
written material to perform but Mulgrew Miller, Lennie Tristano and Victor
Young are among the artists whose tune she also plays.
will be Steve Kaldestad’s first visit to us but he had transferred
to London from Montreal via New York in 2000. He has played regularly
with the bands of Mike Carr and Matt Wates.
Martin Reunion Band
(Friday 12th January 2007)
Whoever nicknamed Claire the “Madonna” of British Jazz must have had a very short list of comparison points in mind – both are mothers perhaps. This charismatic artiste with the jazz awareness of an instrumentalist has never failed to deliver anything but the very best of musical entertainment. She performs in duo with Richard Rodney Bennett or Ian Shaw, in trio with Barb Jungr and Mari Wilson, leading her own band as tonight or fronting a larger ensemble such as the Laurence Cottle Big Band or the Orchestra of Opera North. In all these settings the audience only has ears for her. We are privileged to have such a star of the UK jazz world at our club tonight.
Her choice of accompanying band is similar to that she used when headlining at Ronnie Scott’s recently – another stellar line-up; all bandleaders in their own right.
Martin - voice
Latest CD : When the Lights are Low (with Richard Rodney Bennett) - Linn AKD 260
Band Byrne - The Colin Byrne Jazz Orchestra
(Friday 19th January 2007)
This is a recently formed Big Band based
in Leeds, employing the cream of the musicians in the area to bring the
big band sound up to date.
Crumley Quartet Gallery
(Friday 26th January 2007)
career began in his home town of Oxford, where he led a quartet at the
University Jazz Club. He journeyed through the ranks of the John Dankworth
Orchestra before touring internationally with such diverse artists as
Jack Jones, Lulu and The Animals. Between 1997 and 2002 he and John Critchinson
fronted the Ronnie Scott Legacy Band, presenting a sincere tribute to
the late saxophonist and club owner who cited Pat Crumley as one of his
John Etheridge’s Trio North with Theo Travis Gallery
(Friday 2nd February 2007)
We have been keen to extend an invitation to this special band whenever Ben Crosland has been able to pin John down in his busy schedule to join him for a short tour up North. The jazz which we have experienced has always been of the best and peppered with John’s anecdotes and solo guitar spots. We have also been delighted to invite guest soloists to join the band at Wakefield and create a temporary quartet.
This time we are glad to welcome Theo Travis who works with John in Soft Machine Legacy. Theo took over after the sad death of Elton Dean last February. In this band, however, he will be exploring a less frenetic side of his talent than what is required for the jazz-fusion work of Soft Machine.
With Ben and Dave we can be sure to tap into the most exciting and lyrical sides of John’s wide-ranging jazz talent. As Pat Metheny said; “He’s one of the best guitarists in the world”.
Etheridge - guitars
CD : The Soft Machine Legacy (with Soft Machine Legacy)
Mseleku Quartet / John Donaldson Trio Double Bill
(Friday 9th February 2007)
This is another of those generous offerings
where two bands tour together. Only Simon Thorpe appears with both bands.
African Bheki was a regular figure in the UK during the 90’s playing
with Courtney Pine and other ensembles from the Jazz Warriors. His first
CD was nominated for a Mercury Music prize as outstanding CD of the year.
Moving to the USA three wonderful CDs were issued on Verve with a stellar
set of artists sharing the bill.
Donaldson - piano
CD : Music Box Woodville (WVCD110) – John D.
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(Friday 16th February 2007)
Born in Seattle and brought up in Northamptonshire
Allison’s musical education was at de Montford University (Leicester)
and the Guildhall for her postgraduate diploma. She held the flute chair
in NYJO until she started her own band with which she has been working
It gives a good demonstration of the straightahead style of playing we can expect from Allison tonight in which the influences of Paul Desmond and Art Pepper can be detected.
players all - Dave, Simon and Matt provide perfect support for her sounds.
Latest CD : Melody Express (33 Records) 33JAZZ103
Clatworthy Quartet with Anita Wardell
(Friday 23rd February 2007)
Benn and Anita are both favourites at Wakefield. They made a CD together in 2004 (If You Never Come To Me) which was a knockout. Benn brought the American pianist Cecilia Coleman with him on his last visit – she was a knockout. As a rhythm section Martin and Mike are a knockout. Anita deservedly won the BBC Jazz Awards “Best of Jazz Award” last year; which was a knockout.
This is the last gig in a short Northern tour that the band are doing together so the experience we get should be . . . a knockout!
Clatworthy - tenor
CD: Noted - Specific - Proper records (Anita)