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Friday 7 December 2007

Joe Lee Wilson's 'Joy of Jazz' £12/£10

Joe Lee Wilson Vocals
Terry Seabrook Piano Dave Whitford Double bass Dom O'Meeghan Drums

Joe Lee Wilson

Joe Lee Wilson by Christian Kitzinger

As his band's name suggests, Joe Lee's rich baritone voice personifies the life-affirming nature of jazz and blues. Seeing Billie Holiday perform in 1951 began his jazz odyssey; he studied in LA before touring the West Coast, where he sat in with Sarah Vaughan, and down to Mexico. In New York in the 60s, he worked with Sonny Rollins, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, Pharoah Sanders and Jackie McLean; in 1971-72 he sang with Archie Shepp, providing dynamic lead vocals on the seminal albums Things Have Got To Change and Attica Blues. He also sang with Eddie Jefferson, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Dorham and others.

Nowadays based in Paris, Tokyo and the UK, he has recorded regularly with US pianist Kirk Lightsey, including the Candid CD Feelin' Good. There is also his recent CD Italian recording with Riccardo Arrighini and Gianni Basso, Ballads for Trane (Philology W707.2).

His band features next week's bandleader Terry, and brings back Dave, here recently with Geoff Simkins; he also works with the Chris Biscoe Quintet, several Hans Koller ensembles and Tim Richards. New Zealander Dom has made quite an impact since his arrival here, becoming a regular with Lawrence Jones' Brighton Jazz All Stars.

Friday 14 December 2007

Cubana Bop £12/£10

Terry Seabrook Piano, keyboards Graeme Flowers Trumpet
Ian Price Tenor saxophone, flute Davide Mantovani Bass
Adam Riley Drums, timbales Satin Singh Congas, percussion

Cubana Bop

Cubana Bop by Joe Shepherd

Terry's Cubana Bop are soon to enter their thirteenth year, and have a third CD to add to the acclaimed Can't Stop Now and The Story So Far. Over the years, the band have performed hundreds of gigs from the Jazz Cafe to the Edinburgh and Brecon festivals, working with musicians such as Pucho, Bobby Mattos and Bobby Wellins. They arrive back home at the conclusion of a mammoth UK tour, which saw them as the opening event for the City of London Festival.

Terry has also worked with Robin Jones of King Salsa and Snowboy; his extensive teaching includes several years with the Jamey Aebersold Summer School. All the band have wide latin, jazz and soul experience; Ian has also recorded with Bazeado, while new hornman Graeme has played with Snowboy, JTQ and the Brand New Heavies. Adam has credits from Jamie Cullum and Katie Melua to Alan Barnes and Robin Jones, while Davide has played with Andy Sheppard, Antonio Forcione and Monica Vasconcelos. Former timbalero with King Salsa, Satin has played with Jazz Jamaica and Roberto Pla.

The mass of experience culminates in the CD Now Hear This, featuring several Seabrook originals and the standard Jeannine, all in classic Cubana Bop style.

For more information see www.cubanabop.com.

Friday 21 December 2007

Closed for Christmas

A very merry Christmas to you!

Friday 28 December 2007

Closed for Christmas

And a happy new year to one and all...