Brighton Jazz Club
Friday 4 December 2009
The New Jazz Couriers £14/£12 (NUS £10)
Mornington Lockett Saxes Jim Hart Vibraphone
Robin Aspland Piano Paul Morgan Bass Martin Drew Drums
Based on their individual contribitions and their collective spirit, tonight's band would represent one of the most exciting collections of musicians around. Added to their world-class talent is their skilled recreation of an undoubted highlight of modern jazz; Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes both put their stamp on the music in their own special ways, and when together as the Jazz Couriers they were unmatched. The co-leaders of the New Jazz Couriers both worked with Scott at various times; Martin was with several seminal bands, while Mornington partnered Ronnie in the front line of their memorable sextet.
Recognising the formidable Hayes as a vibraphonist is the astonishing talent of Jim, another multi-instrumentalist who spent several years drumming for NYJO. As a vibist he leads 'Gemini', performs in the 'Liquorice Allsorts' with Alan Barnes and Paul Clarvis, and 'Neon' with Stan Sulzmann and Gwilym Simcock. He also finds time to be the first call drummer for John Dankworth and Cleo Laine. Joe Locke (one of the finest players of the instrument) says of him, "…some of the best music I've heard in a long time. Definitely the best vibes playing I've heard in a long time."
Robin's piano gifts have delighted us most recently with Anita Wardell; not surprisingly, such a great soloist has worked extensively in the UK and worldwide, with Claire Martin, Ronnie Scott, Kenny Wheeler, Tina May and Arturo Sandoval. Paul is a legend amongst jazz bassists, an immensely solid and swinging presence. Another Scott (and NYJO) alumnus, he worked with Peggy Lee, Zoot Sims and many others, and works extensively for film and TV.
The New Jazz Couriers have recorded the CDs Azule Serape and Brazilian Thoroughfare, the latter recorded live at the 606, both featuring the band's original pianist Steve Melling.
For more information see this page on video.google.com.
Friday 11 December 2009
Ben Castle Quartet £12/£10 (NUS £8)
Ben Castle Saxophones Mark Edwards Piano Nigel Thomas Bass Dylan Howe Drums
One of the most talented and varied performers in jazz, Ben is a sparkling soloist on saxophones and clarinets; he's worked in starry circles with Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Sting and the legendary Quincy Jones.
In pop-based environments he's been busy recording and touring with quirky and original performers such as the Guillemots, Beth Rowley, Crowded House and the Duke Special, the latter involving onstage concussion and 'stage diving'. We can't promise that this won't happen on tonight's gig, though a decent leap could probably just about reach the bar.
Ben will be rejoining the jazz world for tonight's gig, having completed a stint for the National Theatre in Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage; Mark and Ben took part in the recent Nick Hornby-scripted feature film An Education, appearing in the band, and performing a song Ben wrote for the film.
Mark's career as soloist and producer has also covered a wide range of jazz, pop and soul icons, including Carleen Anderson, Bryan Spring, Beth Rowley, Bobby Wellins, Paul Jones, Kate Simmonds, Roddy Frame, Terry Callier, Paul Weller, Incognito, Marc Almond and Chris Rea.
Nigel is a regular collaborator with Mark (in his trio with Spike Wells), and has performed with many solo stars including Pete King and Don Weller. He appears on CD with folk jazz group 'Carmina' (alongside the late Pete Jacobsen) and with his own quintet.
Dylan is another busy performer who combines his jazz playing with bands such as the Blockheads; he recently brought us his own excellent band, Unity 4.
For more information see Ben's MySpace page.
Friday 18 December 2009
Closed for Christmas
A very merry Christmas to one and all !
Friday 25 December 2009
Closed for Christmas
Have a very merry festive time ! See you in the new year.