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Sunday, 20th September 2015

Misha Mullov-Abbado Quintet

Doors open 7.00pm
Music starts 7.30pm Tickets £14

Matthew Herd (alto saxophone), Tom Green (trombone), Liam Dunachie (piano), Misha Mullov-Abbado (double bass), Will Glaser (drums)

For our first concert of the Autumn Season, we welcome five amazing young musicians, all of whom are making their debut at the Club. Leading the band and winner of the 2014 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, Misha Mullov-Abbado is an in-demand bass player, composer and arranger based in London. The Quintet is made up of some of the finest, multi-award-winning musicians and under Misha’s direction the group performs his original compositions and arrangements with a broad variety of influences. The band performed at the Elgar Room as part of the BBC Proms Lates series in 2014 and has played at many of London’s jazz venues. Having been recently signed on the Edition record label the band will be recording and releasing its debut album in 2015. In addition, Misha also won the 2014 John Dankworth Jazz Composition Prize and writes for a variety of jazz groups including the quintet, as well as various classical soloists and ensembles. The band’s repertoire is influenced by a broad spectrum of music in the classical, jazz and pop genres and is also heavily based on swing, funk and other groove-based styles influenced by Ray Brown and Gareth Lockrane, as well as pop giants Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Sunday, 4th October 2015

From the Jools Holland Rythmn and Blues Orchestra.........

Louise Clare Marshall and her Brethren

Doors open 7.00pm
Music starts 7.30pm Tickets £14

Back by popular demand we are delighted to showcase the fabulous Louise Clare Marshall who is making her second visit to the Club with her superb band. Born in Oldham, Louise won a scholarship to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying voice and piano. Since this time, she has established herself as one of the very best vocalists around and as a result has worked with Beverley Knight, Michael Ball, Marti Pellow, Robbie Williams, Bryan Ferry, Van Morrison, Madeline Bell, Paul Young, Solomon Burke, Karl Jenkins, John Rutter and, of course, one of the main vocalists with the Jools Holland Orchestra. Whether performing on tour with Jools Holland or Roxy Music, playing piano or singing Aretha Franklin’s The Great American Songbook, Louise’s sonic skills span across genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B or Gospel music with her acclaimed voice widely admired by the critics and public alike. Don't miss this performance with Louise Clare Marshall who will be accompanied by her 'Brethren' on piano, guitar, bass and drums and percussion.

Check out Louise’s great new web site: louiseclaremarshall.org.uk

Sunday, 18th October 2015

Simon Spillett Quartet

Doors open 7.00pm
Music starts 7.30pm Tickets £14

Simon Spillett (tenor saxophone), John Critchinson (piano), Alec Dankworth (double bass), Spike Wells (drums)

Arguably the legendary figure of post-war British Jazz, Tubby Hayes died tragically in 1973, but has left a rich legacy of recordings, compositions and arrangements. To celebrate Tubby's music, award-winning tenor saxophonist Simon Spillett has studied the technique and performance of Tubby in great depth and has assembled an all-star band, some of whom played with Tubby, to capture the magic of his music. Among the tunes they will feature will be compositions from the albums 'Tubbs in New York' and 'Mexican Green', together with standards and ballads associated with Tubby Hayes. In addition to his brilliant playing, Simon Spillett is a highly gifted writer and is the author of a much awaited biography of Tubby Hayes, 'The Long Shadow Of The Little Giant' which is now on general sale. From a sell-out at Ronnie Scott's Club, Simon Spillett's concert is very eagerly awaited at the Club.

"Those of us who have caught him have been left blinking in disbelief. It's not only his mastery of the tenor saxophone, phenomenal though that is, but the absolute conviction of his playing that is so impressive." - Dave Gelly, The Sunday Observer

Sunday, 15th November 2015

Greg Abate and his Quartet

Doors open 7.00pm
Music starts 7.30pm Tickets £14

Greg Abate (alto saxophone/flute), John Turville (piano), Dave Whitford (double bass), Nick Smalley (drums)

A very welcome return to the Club for the great USA saxophonist and flautist Greg Abate, who is on short tour of the UK. Greg Abate's career spans over 35 years, starting with Ray Charles and Artie Shaw bands and then following this experience Greg ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing Jazz Festivals and Jazz Clubs throughout the USA, Canada and abroad, including most of Europe, Moscow and Georgia. In 1991, Greg recorded his first CD as leader 'Live at Birdland', New York and has gone on to record over 15 CD's under his own name, the last with the great altoist Phil Woods. In addition to his playing, Greg is a highly respected teacher, being associate Professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College and is also a composer of many great tunes. Backing Greg Abate is the superb young pianist John Turville, with highly regarded Dave Whitford (double bass) and Nick Smalley on drums. You will not want to miss one of the world's great alto saxophonists playing at the Club.

Greg Abate is an absolute powerhouse who will absolutely not let hard driving bebop die. One of the most exciting players around today, Greg's commitment to the music is total. - The Jazz Messenger

I sleep a lot better knowing there are alto players like Greg! It was a joy to make music with him. - Phil Woods

Sunday, 13th December 2015


78 RPM Big Band

Doors open 7.30pm
Music starts 8.00pm Tickets £16 booked in advance (or at the door if available)

We are delighted to welcome back to the Club after a 5 year gap the superb big band, 78RPM. Formed in 1990 by saxophonist Julian Landymore, 78RPM play a wide range of big band arrangements from the great bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Glenn Miller, through the funk of The Average White Band and Earth Wind & Fire to the progressive jazz of Pat Matheny. The 17-piece big band is packed with great soloists and the band's high quality rapidly established it as one of the very best bands in the Eastern Region and beyond, being awarded second place in the prestigious BBC Radio Big Band competition some years ago. With a great programme of music, combined with a performance that is spontaneous, full of vitality and excitement, you will not want to miss our Christmas special.

This concert is generously supported by George Sakkalli of the Golden Pheasant pub and restaurant in Etton, Peterborough