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Friday 7 January 2011

Sarah Gillespie Band £14/£12
Featuring Gilad Atzmon

Sarah Gillespie

Sarah Gillespie Band

Sarah Gillespie Guitar & vocals
Gilad Atzmon Clarinet, accordion & sax
Ben Bastin Double bass Enzo Zirilli Drums

We rounded off a busy 2010 with one major vocal talent, and look set to open 2011 with another. Sarah spent some of her formative years in America, which helped immerse her in classic blues and jazz, including some teenage busking; her first gigs were played in the US.

After studies back in London, she has brought all her experience into a heady brew described by Rock'n'Reel magazine as “a bracingly eclectic mix of Beat poetry with jazz, folk and Middle Eastern elements”.

Her debut recording followed a highly serendipitous gig supporting Ian Dury's Blockheads, then of course featuring Gilad. He went on to produce that first CD, Stalking Juliet, which earned a rare four star Guardian review.

Gilad's already wide-ranging talents have encompassed his blistering blend of bop and Eastern influences to his recent tours recreating the Charlie Parker With Strings sessions. He saw out 2010 with an extensive tour celebrating 10 years of his Orient House Ensemble with gigs around the UK and Europe, and with a major presentation in the London Jazz Festival; the OHE recently produced a new CD, The Tide Has Changed.

Gilad, Ben and Enzo now appear on Sarah's second CD (also produced by Gilad) In The Current Climate; they kick off their UK tour in Brighton. One fan (the great Robert Wyatt) enthused over the new CD “…a unique way with words, plus terrific guitar playing … brilliant, the bee's knees!”

Ben studied bass with Roy Babbington and Dudley Phillips, and has gigged with Stan Sulzmann; he's on Sarah's new album on both bass and cello. He also has a CD on the way from his own trio.

Enzo has had an extensive career on the Italian jazz scene and with visiting artists such as Randy Brecker, Steve Grossman, Gary Bartz, Jonathan Gee, Cleveland Watkiss and the late James Moody. He appears on two CDs from acclaimed guitarist Antonio Forcione.

For more information see sarahgillespie.com and Sarah's MySpace page.

Friday 14 January 2011

Simon Woolf's All-Star Sextet £14/£12

Gareth Lockrane Flutes Mark Crooks Clarinet Steve Fishwick Trumpet & flugelhorn Dave Warren Guitar Simon Woolf Double bass Matt Home Drums

Simon Woolf

Simon Woolf's All-Star Sextet

Simon is one of the most gifted all round talents in the UK; grounded in classical music as a boy treble, he studied both classical and jazz bass, the latter with two US masters – Peter Ind and Michael Moore. He also spent time playing in America, in New York and San Francisco; he's performed with Benny Golson and Ruby Braff. There have been many memorable UK gigs with Andy Panayi, Geoff Simkins and others.

His sextet players are the finest; Steve has performed worldwide with stars such as Anita O'Day, and co-leads a brilliant quintet with Osian Roberts. Gareth has led many groups, including his own big band; he was also a major presence in the last band of Bheki Mseleku.

Mark is an undoubted virtuoso, having performed the fiendishly difficult showpieces of Artie Shaw in concert; Matt (who also plays in Gareth's septet) and new band member Dave complete a sparkling line-up that covers material from John Kirby to Stevie Wonder.

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

Friday 21 January 2011

Dave Barry 'Four' £12/£10
Play the music of Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter

Mornington Lockett Saxes Gareth Williams Piano
Arnie Somogyi Bass Dave Barry Drums

Dave Barry

Dave Barry

Another peerless collection of Britain's finest, led by a master musician; Dave's playing has, over several decades, propelled bands featuring Tim Whitehead, Dick Pearce, Pete Jacobsen and Chris Biscoe. He appears on several classic recordings from Mike Westbrook's most legendary ensembles, and continues a long association playing with Don Weller's quartets and big band. Don appears on the Dave Barry Quintet's recent CD Precious Time, which includes several of the leader's compositions; the Dave Barry Four now have a CD out, The Music of Miles Davis (both on Trio records).

His band tonight revisits the music of post-bop royalty, played by three majestic soloists, all innovative bandleaders and composers themselves. Mornington also appears alongside Don Weller and Art Themen as The Three Tenors and in several Stan Tracey groups.

Gareth is one of the most dynamic pianists on the planet, seen here with his Power Trio; he's also currently working with Claire Martin. Arnie's band Ambulance has featured US trumpet legend Eddie Henderson, who appears on the group's CD Accident and Insurgency (Linn Records).

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

Friday 28 January 2011

Jim Mullen's Organ Trio £12/£10
With Stan Sulzmann

Stan Sulzmann Saxes Jim Mullen Guitar Mike Gorman Organ Matt Skelton Drums

Jim Mullen

Jim Mullen

This perfect unit features two of the most accomplished musicians of the last 40 years, virtuosic since their youth and still delivering fresh delights, teamed with two rising stars, both with impressive credentials.

Jim's status stems from his days with rock pioneers including Brian Auger and Vinegar Joe with Elkie Brooks, his band with the late lamented Dick Morrissey, and with the Average White Band.

Albums with Claire Martin and his own bands have followed; he's recorded with many, including Jimmy Witherspoon and Mose Allison.

The Organ Trio have produced the CDs Gig Bag, Make Believe and Smokescreen, the latter plus Stan; he has been featured with major composers including Gil Evans, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Gordon Beck, Mike Gibbs and Michael Brecker. He's worked with Nikki Iles, Marc Copeland and the trio Ordesa, and has also led his own big band; recent visits include his Neon Quartet and with Christian Brewer.

Mike has appeared for us in many guises as a straight ahead player, and also brings a deep vein of funk to the band, having worked with AWB's Hamish Stuart and Us3. Matt wide experience includes Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Scott Hamilton, the Pizzarellis, Claire Martin, the Britten Symphonia and the John Wilson Orchestra.

For more information see the trio's MySpace page.