Brighton Jazz Club
Friday 3 December 2010
Julian Nicholas Band £12/£10
Tribute to Harry Beckett
Julian Nicholas Saxes Chris Batchelor Trumpet
Mark Edwards Piano Dudley Phillips Bass Dave Trigwell Drums
Gig postponed due to snow — rescheduled for 18 March 2011. Dec tickets will be valid then.
Friday 10 December 2010
Cleveland Watkiss Band £15/£13
Cleveland Watkiss Voice Marco Piccioni Guitars
Mark Hodgson Bass Shaney Forbes Drums
One of the most significant vocalists of his generation makes a rare Brighton appearance. He is of course best known as one of the founding members of the Jazz Warriors, leader of his own band and as a performer with Courtney Pine; he's also worked with John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone, as well as with many reggae and funk projects. He recently joined Norma to perform on stage at the 2010 London Jazz Awards, where they shared the gong as Best Vocalist.
He leads several projects that showcase his incredible vocal range, including his Vocal Suite which features the solo Watkiss voice embellished with electronics and breakbeats. He has also taken the lead role in an opera; Bridgetower – A Fable of 1807 is the tale of the black violin prodigy who studied with Haydn and was befriended by Beethoven. The music was composed by Julian Joseph and the piece performed in the City Of London Festival. Cleveland also works in drum & bass, with the London Community Gospel Choir and has performed with The Who and on other musical endeavours with Pete Townshend. Time Out has called Cleveland “the Sonny Rollins Of The Human Voice”.
He brings with him an adventurous and highly accomplished band; Marco has played in various contexts around Italy and the US, where he played after graduating from Berklee in 2002. He's since performed with many familiar names on the London scene, including Julia Biel, Idris Rahman, Seb Rochford, Ben Hazelton, Jasper Høiby and Enzo Zirilli. He's also an accomplished blues performer and composes music for film.
Mark is an astonishing virtuoso of the bass, called on by many legendary leaders for his talents, including Cedar Walton, Phil Woods, Steve Grossman, Randy Brecker, Larry Coryell, Kenny Wheeler and Greg Osby. He's gigged widely with Bill Bruford's Earthworks, Billy Cobham's Art Of 5, the Julian Joseph Trio and Tim Garland's Underground Orchestra.
Shaney is one of the most gifted young drummers of recent years. Here recently with Christian Brewer, he's toured internationally with Empirical, from Montreux to Newport (the legendary Rhode Island Jazz Festival, of course, not the delightful Welsh resort).