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Friday 3 October 2008

Alan Skidmore Quartet £14/£12

Alan Skidmore Tenor saxophone
Steve Melling Piano Mark Hodgson Double bass Ian Palmer Drums

Alan Skidmore

Alan Skidmore by Bob Meyrick

Alan's career as a saxophonist features so many highlights, and some of the greatest names; often mentioned as one of the greatest performers in the Coltrane vein, he performed with the iconic tenorist's drummer Elvin Jones. He began playing with blues bands during the sixties, working with Alexis Korner, Van Morrison and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers during their heyday; this summer he celebrated with Georgie Fame an incredible 50-year playing partnership, which began in their teens!

He also played with leading crossover jazz rock groups, including Chick Corea, Soft Machine, Centipede, Curved Air and the Nice. Having played in the original Brotherhood of Breath big band, he has since the early nineties forged many alliances with South African musicans and bands, such as Amampondo and Ubizo. He returns with his regular quartet of world class players.

For more information see www.alanskidmore.info.

Friday 10 October 2008

Benn Clatworthy Quartet £12/£10

Benn Clatworthy Tenor saxophone & flute
Robin Aspland Piano Simon Thorpe Double bass Martin Drew Drums

Benn Clatworthy

Benn Clatworthy

Just a year ago, Benn set the stage alight with a classic, roaring display of blistering bop technique and emotion. A teenage protégé of Ronnie Scott, (who recommended him to Berklee College, USA), he is now based in California. During this time he has played with Cedar Walton, Lionel Hampton, Johnny 'Hammond' Smith and Jimmy Cleveland; he's also released several CDs with these luminaries; he has a brand new CD available, The Decider.

On his visits back to the UK, he's become a firm favourite for his extrovert style; he performed in Anita Wardell's quintet, appearing on her CD If You Never Come To Me. His extraordinary line-up of Robin, Simon and Martin (prior to his own band's visit) promises to push the evening well into the stratosphere.

For more information see www.bennclatworthy.com.

Friday 17 October 2008

Osian Roberts/Steve Fishwick Quintet £12/£10

Osian Roberts Tenor sax Steve Fishwick Trumpet
Olivier Slama Piano Dave Chamberlain Bass Matt Home Drums

Steve Fishwick & Osian Roberts

Steve Fishwick (L) Osian Roberts (R)

Osian and Steve are as dedicated as any of the talented young players in the UK at the moment; they and their band are particularly focused on the music of several classic leaders, including Hank Mobley, Bobby Timmons, Horace Silver and Kenny Dorham.

They are the kingpins of the Hard Bop record label, devoted to recreating the music as faithfully as possible; studio conditions eschew modern trickery to produce an earthy, genuine sound. Even the album covers are the business; check out Up Front, featuring Steve's quartet; Too Much, from this quintet; or their new release, On The Up And Up.

Dave has toured widely with Stacey Kent, while anagram fan Matt leads the trio Meat Moth; he shares the drum chair with Matt Fishwick, who is currently twiddling his sticks in New York. Based in the UK for over a decade, Olivier also leads a regular gig at Le Bar Des Oiseaux in Nice. Nice!

For more information see www.myspace.com/robertsfishwickquintet.

Friday 24 October 2008

Geoff Simkins Quartet £12/£10

Geoff Simkins Alto saxophone
Nikki Iles Piano Simon Woolf Bass Martin France Drums

Geoff Simkins

Geoff Simkins

This is an all-too-rare outing for such a sophisticated collection of players; Nikki, Simon and Martin are busy bandleaders themselves, but retain a special affection for this quartet.

Nikki, whose career covers the cream of UK jazz and the rarified territories of Anthony Braxton, Mike Gibbs and Mark Anthony Turnage, recently said, "I really love this group; picking up after not having played together for some time is incredible. There are so many ideas and so much space in the music, with nothing forced."

Simon is one of Geoff's longstanding collaborators in several bands, often alongside Dave Cliff, one highlight being their trio CD Conversation. Simon also produced the acclaimed CD Live @ Lewes with Howard Alden and Geoff. Spin Marvel leader Martin was recently at the Albert Hall for the special jazz Prom alongside Gwilym Simcock.

Geoff himself commented, "It's always an absolute delight for me to work with these three great musicians." A taste of the band's repertoire might be found on their CD Don't Ask, which features music by Konitz, Tristano, Parker, Bill Evans, Brubeck, Charlie Haden and a Simkins original.

For more information see www.jazzcds.co.uk/artist_id_129/biography_id_129.

Friday 31 October 2008

Martin Drew Trio £12/£10

Martin Drew Drums Mornington Lockett Tenor sax Laurence Cottle Electric bass

Martin Drew

Martin Drew by Doc Marters

This band (aka 'LCD') is a new line-up, featuring three titanic talents of modern jazz. One of the great drummers of our time, Martin has performed with Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Gil Evans, Freddie Hubbard and the Breckers; it is probably easier to mention the US players he hasn't worked with – that'll be Kenny G, then.

On home territory, he has a similarly distinguished record, especially in his years with several of Ronnie Scott's bands; he led the original Scott legacy group. Having played alongside Ronnie in his sextet, Mornington was a natural for this band, with the brilliant Celebrating the Jazz Couriers being the next stage, followed by the New Jazz Couriers. This band is still touring widely, with Jim Hart on vibes; Mornington has also been working with Stan Tracey, Pete King and Jason Rebello.

Composer/bandleader Laurence is one of the most extravagantly talented bass players on the planet; he's been called on by a range of performers, including Brian Eno, Cher, Sting, Clapton and Mike Oldfield. Jazzwise, he's recorded with Mornington Lockett, Tim Garland, Django Bates, Gerard Presencer and Bill Bruford having been a member of Earthworks from 2003-2006.

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