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Friday 23 September 2011

Peter King Quartet £15/£13

Peter King Alto saxophone Steve Melling Piano
Andy Cleyndert Bass Mark Fletcher Drums

Peter King

Peter King Quartet

Our autumn season maintains our usual high quality, and opens with one of the greatest saxophonists of our age. Peter is one of the seven wonders of the jazz world (ok, there may be more); a master at his instrument since the days of Ronnie Scott's, (he played at the opening, as an eighteen-year-old) he has sustained a solo career of increasing excellence, while also playing alongside the world's greatest names, including Count Basie, Lalo Schifrin, Ray Charles and just about any major jazz name of the last half-century. One particular favourite was Elvin Jones, for whom Peter formed a tribute band; Charlie Watts of 'Quintet' and 'Big Band' fame picked him to act as MD for his Bird-inspired supergroup.

Delving into his showbiz-related career reveals Marlene Dietrich, Eartha Kitt, James Brown and Lauren Bacall; film and theatre work includes appearances alongside Michael Caine, Matt Damon and Eddie Izzard. There are many accomplishments alongside his jazz career; he has written an absorbing autobiography and was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by Roehampton University. His questing musical intelligence extends into classical realms, and writing string arrangements for his compositions; one particular influence is the rich musical territory of Béla Bartók.

Peter's quartet has remained at the heart of this astonishing career, featuring this peerless and highly-gifted rhythm section. Steve's virtuosic playing runs from the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine to the New Jazz Couriers; Andy will be along soon with the great Stan Tracey, while Mark will be along even sooner, i.e. next week, leading his own quartet.

For more information see peterkingjazz.com.

Friday 30 September 2011

Mark Fletcher Quartet £13/£11
featuring Mornington Lockett & Jim Watson

Mornington Lockett Saxes Jim Watson Piano
Steve Pearce Bass Mark Fletcher Drums

Mark Fletcher

Mark Fletcher Quartet

This band contains four of the most seasoned performers across all genres, and with preposterously extensive session credits; four players each at the top of their game, and absolutely master instrumentalists. Mark has become a hugely respected player on an international scale; a longtime favourite of bandleaders such as Liane Carroll, his range runs from the big band of Michel Legrand and gigs with Mark Murphy and James Moody, to international touring with jazz-rockers such as Soft Machine, Hatfield & the North and In Cahoots.

Both he and Mornington were members of the later bands of Ronnie Scott, Mornington being chosen to play tenor alongside him in his sextet. Another musician with a vast range of skills and influences, taking in Indian and modern classical techniques, he's performed with Jimmy Smith and Arturo Sandoval amongst others. Another long association is with another of this season's legends, Stan Tracey, recently gigging in his Octet. A further highlight is Mornington's part in the recreation of the Scott/Tubby Hayes partnership with the New Jazz Couriers.

Jim is well known to our audiences for his brilliance as both pianist and organist, talents sought by Lalo Schifrin, David Holmes, Hamish Stuart, Guy Barker and Jill Scott. Steve is another massively experienced player across jazz, classical, pop and film, a range covering Georgie Fame, Peter King, Ronnie Scott and Pepper Adams to Tom Jones and Van Morrison.

For more information see Mark's MySpace page.