Brighton Jazz Club
Friday 4 January 2008
Zoe Rahman Trio £12/£10
Zoe Rahman Piano Oli Hayhurst Bass Gene Calderazzo Drums
We begin the year with one of the freshest musical talents in the UK; Zoe has received acclaim across the jazz world for her perfectly realised pianistic skills, with flashes of Thelonious Monk, Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans and Abdullah Ibrahim woven into her style.
Her 2006 CD Melting Pot won Album of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards and took her to the shortlist for the Mercury Music Prize; her debut The Cynic has recently been re-released. She can also be heard on Clark Tracey's CD The Mighty Sas and on Reem Kelani's Sprinting Gazelle. Partisans' stalwart Gene and Curious Paradise bassist Oli also appear on Melting Pot.
For more information see www.zoerahman.com.
Friday 11 January 2008
Liane Carroll Trio £14/£12
Liane Carroll Piano & vocals Roger Carey Bass Mark Fletcher Drums
Continuing to be one of the zestiest performers on any jazz stage, Liane's style gives a huge range of soul, jazz and pop material a unique stamp.
Having been enjoyed by many live audiences for years, she has earned several jazz awards, including two gongs from the BBC Jazz Awards; she also took the prize for Best Female Vocalist in the inaugural Ronnie Scott's Awards. Her recordings for Splashpoint include 2005's Standard Issue and the recent release Slow Down; next month she launches her trio's live DVD at the Purcell Room.
For more information see www.lianecarroll.com.
Friday 18 January 2008
Simon Spillett Quartet £12/£10
Simon Spillett Tenor saxophone
John Critchinson Piano Andrew Cleyndert Bass Spike Wells Drums
Continuing his meteoric year, Simon recently picked up the 'Rising Star' in the BBC Jazz Awards. After building his craft in the nation's clubs, he is recognised as the most formidable talent in the bop arena. While seeking inspiration from all the straight ahead giants, his dedication to the work of the great Tubby Hayes is significant; his debut CD Introducing Simon Spillett (on Alan Barnes' Woodville label) features several Hayes favourites alongside Simon's own writing.
He is joined by a rhythm section to be ranked with the finest; Spike was, of course, the drummer in Tubby's quartet, while Andy and John performed in the last quartet of another tenor role model, the late Ronnie Scott.
For more information see www.freewebs.com/simonspillett.
Friday 25 January 2008
Mark Bassey's 'Telling Stories' £12/£10
Mark Bassey Trombone
David Frankel Piano Simon Thorpe Bass Sean Randle Drums
Mark is unquestionably one of the most gifted trombonists the UK has to offer, with the most cursory digest of his playing career including an unparalleled collection of star jazz names, from the Dankworths to the Westbrooks, and big bands including the Jazz Warriors, Brotherhood of Breath and Loose Tubes. He has appeared on numerous CDs in varied genres, with Julian Arguelles, June Tabor, Mike Westbrook, Leon Rosselson and Renato d'Aiello.
He also finds time to be one of the country's most inspirational educators, having been a faculty member of the Jamey Aebersold Summer School since 1996. His quintet has released the CD Bassey Plays Basie, while tonight's appearance will be a launch gig for his new quartet recording Telling Stories.
For more information see www.markbassey.com.