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Friday 7 December 2012

Jon Lloyd Quintet £14/£12
featuring John Law
at The Verdict, Kemptown

Doors open: 8pm / Music: 8.30pm

The Verdict, 159 Edward Street, Brighton BN2 0JB [ map ]

Jon Lloyd Soprano sax, bass clarinet John Law Piano
Rob Palmer Guitar Tom Farmer Bass James Maddren Drums

Jon Lloyd

Jon Lloyd

We celebrate a another milestone in the long trek of Brighton Jazz Club with our first gig at the newest jazz club in town. The event brings together several long-standing friends of the club with some of the latest and brightest talents in the music.

Jon and John have played together in diverse settings over the years, such as their duo project Mimesis, Jon's own quartet, a European quintet and their quartet project Abacus, which toured and recorded with US drummer Gerry Hemingway. Both collectively and apart, their ensembles have been platforms for Jon's wide-ranging improvisational skills, from his free roots to folkier Surman-influenced pieces, and John's unmatchable talents on the piano, rooted in his classical beginnings as a teenage virtuoso to his many bands, from the long-running Art of the Trio series to his twelve-piece crossover group with Andy Sheppard.

Aside from his long relationship with Jon's quintet, Rob has ranged from funk to free playing, with violin veteran Phil Wachsmann; he also has a trio with Theo Travis, and performs in the band Bossasonic, led by French singer Veronique Joly. Tom has been particularly busy over the last five years as a member of one of the most acclaimed young bands, Empirical; with them he has collected many awards including MOBOs and toured many of the major festivals worldwide. They have just returned from gigs in Vietnam.

James became a favourite of many jazz audiences (not just the drummers) as soon as he burst onto the jazz scene; he is a regular player with the Kit Downes Trio, appearing on their Mercury Prize nomination Golden and on impromptu quartet gigs with Julian Argüelles. He's also part of the phenomenal Gwilym Simcock Trio alongside Yuri Goloubev.

For more information see Jon's MySpace page.

Friday 14 December 2012

Julian Nicholas Band £14/£12
featuring Ashley Slater
at The Verdict, Kemptown

Doors open: 8pm / Music: 8.30pm

The Verdict, 159 Edward Street, Brighton BN2 0JB [ map ]

Julian Nicholas Reeds Ashley Slater Trombone, vocals
Mark Edwards Piano Dan Sheppard Bass Tristan Banks Drums & percussion

Julian Nicholas

Julian Nicholas

One of Brighton and the Jazz Club's favourite musicians returns with another enticing line-up. He has already graced the Verdict stage in recent months in fresh collaborations with Dave Drake, Imogen Ryall, Rod Hart and Jack Kendon; tonight the front line showcases one of his most enduring and inimitable partnerships.

Over the years he has gigged with a fine range of great musicians, such as Claire Martin, Stan Tracey and Jimmy Witherspoon, and has had long associations with his peers from the Loose Tubes stable, such as Chris Batchelor, Eddie Parker and Ashley.

The band's trombonist and occasional vocalist has gone on to have a remarkably wide-ranging career, running from gigs with many jazz heavyweights such as Hermeto Pascoal, Carla Bley and Sam Rivers to his regular appearances in the charts with Freakpower and Fatboy Slim. He has also played sessions for the Rolling Stones and Debbie Harry, and is a member of the Jazz Jamaica All Stars; memorable nights for BJC include his own BigLounge experience.

The trio need little introduction, being three of the finest musicians performing locally; all are seasoned players at BJC and latterly at the Verdict, alongside musicians of the calibre of Spike Wells, Bobby Wellins and Joe Locke. Tristan is rated as one of the finest drummers in the country, particularly in latin music; Dan's gigs include appearing at Ronnie Scott's with legendary US vocalist Jimmy Scott (no relation). Just a few of Mark's most recent appearances here include electrifying gigs with Jim Mullen, Ben Castle, Bobby Wellins, Bryan Spring, Kjell Berglund and with Julian; clips from several of these, including the latter, are still viewable via the Verdict's Youtube channel.