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Friday 5 December 2008

Andy Panayi/Mark Nightingale Quartet £12/£10

Andy Panayi Baritone sax Mark Nightingale Trombone
Simon Woolf Bass Steve Brown Drums

Andy Panayi/Mark Nightingale Quartet

Andy Panayi / Mark Nightingale

Andy's amazing gifts on many saxes, clarinets and flutes have sustained him in some rich musical company, including the Don Weller and Stan Tracey Big Bands, Damon Brown Quintet and SeptPiece, and further afield with Abdullah Ibrahim and Jessye Norman. He's a mainstay of the BBC Big Band (recently appearing on a special gig with rock deity Jack Bruce) and plays with both generations of the Dankworths, and with Tim Garland's Underground Orchestra. He's also played and recorded with the National Theatre, for their production of Bernstein's Candide.

Mark ranks as the key trombonist of recent years, having won the 'bone poll in the British Jazz Awards three times at the last count. Many gigs with Clark Tracey include a recent two-trombone quintet with award-winner Alastair White. He's also worked with Frank Sinatra, Claire Martin, Ray Brown and Slide Hampton. Simon will be familiar here as one of the strongest bassists in UK jazz, here recently with the Geoff Simkins Quartet. Completing a stellar line-up is Steve, a truly classic performer, a young veteran of many fine bands, including the Howard Alden group that recorded the acclaimed Live at Lewes CD.

For more information see www.andypanayi.co.uk.

Friday 12 December 2008

Geoff Eales Trio £12/£10

Geoff Eales Piano Roy Babbington Bass Mark Fletcher Drums

Geoff Eales

Geoff Eales

Virtuoso Geoff has developed his craft across a wide range of music, becoming a mainstay of London's showbiz world; as a sought-after MD he worked with Jerry Goldsmith, Adelaide Hall, Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, José Carreras and Kiri Te Kanawa. For several years he occupied the piano chair in the BBC Big Band, working with Nelson Riddle and Billy May.

His first love is undoubtedly the classic piano repertoire to which he has now devoted his time, producing the CDs Synergy, Facing The Muse, Red Letter Days and Mountains Of Fire; he also presents a Piano Legends concert covering ragtime, Waller, Peterson, Garner and Powell. In the trio format he evokes the music of modern greats such as Corea, Evans, Jarrett and Tyner; he has also begun working with a quintet featuring saxophone and guitar.

His ideal trio of the last seven years includes the legendary Roy; his wide-ranging credits include consummate jazz rockers Soft Machine and Nucleus, membership of a classic Stan Tracey quartet line-up, and several years with the BBC Big Band. The most versatile of drummers, Mark has been house drummer at Ronnie's, played with Johnny Griffin, Dizzy Gillespie and Soft Machine, and is very popular with singers such as Norma Winstone, Lea de Laria and, of course, Liane Carroll.

For more information see www.geoffeales.com.

Friday 19 December 2008

Heavy Plant Crossing £14/£12

Julian Nicholas Reeds John Parricelli Guitar Oren Marshall Tuba
Thad Kelly Bass Martin France Drums

Julian Nicholas

Julian Nicholas by Bob Meyrick

Julian's ever-enticing line-up comprises a dream team of imaginative UK players; the most immediate connection is the ground-breaking Loose Tubes ensemble. This band rekindles that freewheeling approach, drawing in the musicians' backgrounds across jazz, folk, latin and classical music. Aside from his regular quartet work, Julian has recorded and toured with eclectic ECM-ish ensemble Curious Paradise.

John's effortless artistry was recently heard here with the Chris Laurence Quartet; he is receiving particular acclaim for Ordesa, his trio with Stan and Kenny Wheeler. Thad is a long-standing member of Partisans, and is currently working with John Law's trio and the Andy Hague Quintet. Completing an inventive rhythm section are two innovators; Oren is at the forefront in his blending of tuba with electronics and multitracking to extraordinary effect, showcased on his solo CD. Martin's Spin Marvel band and CD has cemented his reputation as a world class percussionist and composer. He also has a CD due in Geoff Eales' new line-up, ELF.

Read Paul Medley's review at www.spinjazz.com.

Friday 26 December 2008

Closed for Christmas

A very merry Christmas to one and all ! See you in the new year.