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Friday 1 January 2010

Happy New Year to one and all!

We kick off the Tenties on the 15th. See you there…

Friday 15 January 2010

David Newton Trio £14/£12 (NUS £10)

David Newton Piano Dave Chamberlain Bass Sebastiaan de Krom Drums

David Newton

David Newton by Garry Corbett

David has, amazingly (only because he cuts such a youthful, vigorous figure) completed 30 years as a professional jazz pianist; he will certainly have been one of the favourite players in Brighton for much of this time.

He has made a name for himself as a consummately gifted soloist and accompanist across a wide range of the music, having had a particularly fruitful career with the cream of jazz singers, including Carol Kidd, Claire Martin, Tina May, Marion Montgomery, Annie Ross and Stacey Kent, while the instrumentalists he works with include Don Weller, Alan Barnes and Martin Taylor.

Over the years, he has composed and arranged many film scores, particularly for US TV, and has worked extensively with Sir Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. He has many excellent recordings showcasing his talents – a recent release, Portrait of A Woman, features his arrangements for orchestra, plus guest soloist Jim Mullen.

Joining him tonight will be two peerless regular contributors; Dave also plays and has recorded with the Osian Roberts/Steve Fishwick Quintet, and others including Jims Hart and Mullen.

Sebastiaan is back with us after a significant absence – six years having been spent touring with Jamie Cullum; he'll return soon with Geoff Gascoyne's new band.

For more information see David's MySpace page.

Friday 22 January 2010

John Law Trio The Art of Sound £12/£10 (NUS £8)

John Law Piano Sam Burgess Bass Asaf Sirkis Drums

John Law

John Law

John Law's trio is gradually occupying a monumental position in jazz, with the Art of Sound project developed over the last four years and four CD releases; over the years he has always brought dynamic and challenging bands, fired by his extraordinary soloing and compositions. A prodigy who was performing and composing at the age of six, he moved into improvised music in his twenties after extensive classical studies, with praise from piano god Alfred Brendel still ringing in his ears.

Recent years brought us the storming festival appearance of his European Quartet and his Cornucopia ensemble, featuring Andy Sheppard and Chris Laurence.

The international rise of the jazz trio has brought us the varied talents of EST, Brad Mehldau, the Bad Plus, Tord Gustaven and the Necks; John's band belongs to this august company. He has played with several highly-charged performers in earlier groups, including Evan Parker, Paul Dunmall, Barry Guy, Louis Moholo, David Murray and Chico Freeman. His concentration on the trio has allowed him to develop his wide range of ideas and material further into melodic and lyrical territory, with his partners alert to every nuance.

Asaf is a powerful performer who is also busy gigging nationwide with his own extraordinary trio, and alongside Tim Garland, Nick Meier and Jon Lloyd in other bands. Sam is one of the hardest-working players in the UK, recently as a member of the Ronnie Scott's house band; he's recorded and toured widely with Curios, Gwyneth Herbert, Dave O'Higgins, Tim Whitehead and Pete Wareham.

For more information see John's MySpace page.

Friday 29 January 2010

Stan Tracey Trio £15

Stan Tracey Piano Andrew Cleyndert Bass Clark Tracey Drums

Stan Tracey

Stan Tracey

It is always a special occasion and pleasure to feature Stan Tracey; he is a figurehead for several generations of musicians for his playing and composing – and the music keeps flowing, with his enthusiasm and creativity undimmed. In January 2008, as well as having his OBE upgraded to a CBE in the New Year's Honours List, he wowed the Barbican with a night of classic music, from his big band suites to the legendary duo with Keith Tippett.

Stan's life in jazz is also a history of British entertainment, beginning in the RAF Gang Show with Peter Sellers and Tony Hancock, who became good friends of Stan's. Work on transatlantic liners enabled him to hear Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington at their peak; back in the UK, he spent the 50s with the Roy Fox and Ted Heath big bands, and recorded an album on vibes with Judy Garland.

In 1959, he began a legendary seven-year stint as house pianist at Ronnie Scott's, playing for a succession of US stars such as Sonny Rollins, Ben Webster, Roland Kirk, Wes Montgomery, Dexter Gordon, Zoot Sims and Stan Getz. Stan's recording history is massive, including releases for his own company Steam, several years on Blue Note and now his follow-up label Resteamed; the LP of his Under Milk Wood suite with Bobby Wellins is deservedly considered the most outstanding UK jazz album ever.

Along the way he has led bands of all sizes up to that magnificent orchestra, featuring the cream of the UK scene. Both Andy and Clark have accompanied Stan along this journey for many years, and are an indispensable part of his music. They maintain a busy touring schedule, and will appear soon at The Sage, Gateshead Jazz Festival with Stan's Octet for the launch of his CD The Later Works.

For more information see Stan's website at www.stantracey.co.uk.