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Friday 2 November 2007

Alan Barnes Trio
'The Liquorice Stick All Sorts' £12/£10

Alan Barnes Clarinet Jim Hart Vibes Paul Clarvis Drums

Alan Barnes

Alan Barnes

One of the jazz 'Renaissance men', bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, record label boss and raconteur, sax virtuoso Alan has diversified into Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton territory. The new trio has been heard around the UK, including at this year's Appleby Festival; it celebrates the excitement and inventiveness of Goodman's small groups, but with influences and ideas from all over the jazz spectrum.

The unique instrumentation of clarinet, vibraphone and drums allows for an unusual amount of intimacy and interplay.

For more information see www.alan-barnes.co.uk.

Friday 9 November 2007

Geoff Simkins/Hod O'Brien Quartet £12/£10

Geoff Simkins Alto Saxophone Hod O'Brien Piano
Simon Woolf Bass Spike Wells Drums

Geoff Simkins

Geoff Simkins by Bob Meyrick

Many of us are well acquainted with, and will therefore relish, this opportunity to hear the elegant lines of Geoff's consummate alto playing. This quartet will bring us a further rare treat, as Geoff and the highest quality rhythm pairing of Simon and Spike are joined by a true legend of bop piano. Hod's career includes being recommended by Charlie Parker's trumpet partner Red Rodney for the Oscar Pettiford Quintet - taking over the Bill Evans chair. At 21, he was hired to record with Art Farmer, Donald Byrd and Idrees Sulieman on the now classic Three Trumpets. He held residencies in noted New York jazz clubs such as the Blue Note and Fat Tuesday's, appearing with Chet Baker, Zoot Sims and many others. Recent years have seen him touring the world with his trio and vocalist Stephanie Nakasian; earlier this year he was in Japan with Kenny Barron, Cedar Walton and Junior Mance for a special piano event, and last year took his trio to Moscow. Tonight will be an unmissable chance to hear this true icon in perfect company.

For more information see Geoff's Wikipedia page.

Friday 16 November 2007

John Etheridge Trio £12/£10

John Etheridge Guitars Pete Whittaker Organ Mike Pickering Drums

John Etheridge

John Etheridge

Tonight we present an undoubtedly world class guitar virtuoso who 'needs no introduction', but here it is anyway. John possesses all of extravagant skills that guitar heads relish, and a massive range of expression that will draw in all jazz followers. Recent years have seen him touring in a duo with the one and only John Williams, producing the CD Live at the Dublin International Guitar Festival; they've recently been on an extensive US tour.

Along the way John has been linked with a host of extraordinary names, such as Tony Williams, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Miroslav Vitous, Stephane Grappelli and prog jazz pioneers Soft Machine. He tours regularly with his own band Zappatistas, Soft Machine Legacy and Sweet Chorus.

Pete is on the way to becoming the busiest Hammond organist around the UK, performing with the Tony Woods and Mike Outram band Grand Slam, the Carl Orr Trio, the Theo Travis Band and with Grooveyard. The trio is completed by Mike's powerful drumming, standing in for Mark Fletcher.

For more information see www.johnetheridge.com.

Friday 23 November 2007

Killer Shrimp £12/£10

Ed Jones Saxophones, bass clarinet Damon Brown Trumpet, flugelghorn, vocals
Ben Hazleton Double bass Troy Miller Drums

Killer Shrimp

Damon Brown by Bob Meyrick

We are assured of a riotous blowing session from this outfit, all key players on the jazz funk scene. Famed for their time with international funkateers such as Incognito and Us3, this quartet somehow contains a mass of explosive creative energies from every extrovert genre imaginable. Killer Shrimp hold the gong for Best Ensemble 2007 from those new boys in the bestowel business, the Parliamentary Jazz Awards; the band's CD Sincerely Whatever was also nominated, featuring several compositions from Damon and Ed.

Rooted in straight ahead blowing, they promise tasteful touches of latin and drum & bass. Ben will be familiar from the recent barnstormer with Tony Kofi's quartet, and Troy from Jean Toussaint's trio; he has toured worldwide with Roy Ayers, and appears on Soweto Kinch's two albums.

For more information see John Fordham's review in The Guardian.

Friday 30 November 2007

Partisans £12/£10

Julian Siegel Saxophones, bass clarinet
Phil Robson Guitar Thad Kelly Bass Gene Calderazzo Drums

Partisans

Partisans

Having worked together as a band since 1996, Partisans are technically veterans, but are without doubt a vibrant unit, still creating music at the forefront, adding the experience to a still fresh approach. Several band CDs document this journey, the most recent being Max.

They all manage further prestigious projects; Phil has toured a solo project with US stars Billy Hart, James Genus and Marc Copland, culminating in the CD Screenwash. Julian was recently voted Best Intstrumentalist in the BBC Jazz Awards; Thad has toured the USA with Ian Shaw. Always one of the most in-demand players, New Yorker Gene recently toured in Europe and North Africa with Zoe Rahman, and leads his own quartet, NYCQ.

For more information see www.partisans.org.uk.