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2015 - GIGS ON ALTERNATE WEDNESDAY EVENINGS
Opening Gigs at Stratford Jazz,
April to June 2015, below
See Good News in centre column
Wed 08 April, 8pm
Ben Markland Quintet - £12 Entrance
Ben Markland (b) Chris Bowden (as) Bryan Corbett (t) Al Gurr (p) Neil Bullock (d)
Chris Bowden (as) Bryan Corbett (t) Ben Markland (b)
Ben Markland has assembled a stellar quintet to give a cracking start to the re-opening of Stratford Jazz. Not only does the quintet have the exhilarating front line of Chris Bowden and Bryan Corbett supported by such an excellent trio but also the group within this quintet of the Tomorrow Band. Chris, Ben and Neil are in the presently working on a new album for the Tomorrow Band to be released soon.
So two bands for the price of one and the cream of Midlands jazz talent set to give us the quality start to a new era of Stratford Jazz.
Wed 22 April, 8pm
Tony Kofi and the BoHop Trio - £12 Entrance
Tony Kofi (s) Neil Hunter (p) Geoff Pearson (b) Ian Beestin (d)
After their successful debut in April last year we just had to have this exciting quartet do a return visit to Stratford. Some Stratford jazzers were present at the Southport’s ‘Winter Weekend’ in February and will confirm that Tony Kofi was in great form playing Monk and Mingus with a top quality quintet.
One of the UK’s finest saxophonists supported by the talented BoHop trio this promises to be a great gig of straight-ahead good swinging jazz.
Wed, 13 May, 8pm
Andy Derrick Quartet - £12 Entrance.
Andy Derrick (Tb) Mike Kemp*(p) Wayne Matthews*(b) Fred Claridge*(d)
Andy Derrick returns to Stratford Jazz with his new quartet delivering romantic melodies and swinging cool jazz. Andy is a real name on the Birmingham scene and has created this strap line for his band: "Too modern for trad, too mainstream for modern!" Expect a night of swinging tunes with a real passion for a strong melody.
Wed 27 May, 8pm
Moonlight Saving Time - £12 Entrance.
Emily Wright(Vox) Nick Malcom(Tr) Dale Hambridge(p) Will Harris(b) Mark Whitlam(d) Rory Francis(perc)
After their recent album launch, Stratford Jazz is very lucky to have this Bristol-based band include this date as part of their summer tour. Receiving rave reviews from John Fordham (The Guardian) and Jamie Cullum, this band has been creating quite a stir on the jazz festival scene. Brecon Jazz had to upgrade the room because they couldn't fit in the audience.
Moonlight Saving Time
Wed 10 June, 8pm
Tom Hill’s Straitjackets - £12 Entrance.
Tom Hill (b) Andy Shillingworth (ts)
Al Gurr (p) Pete Harris (g) Neil Bullock (d)
Led by the irrepressible Tom Hill the Straitjackets have been regular visitors to Stratford Jazz over the last 12 years, not really surprising as they are one the best live jazz ensembles around. Music inspired by the legendary Yellowjackets – straight bebop to funk/fusion, maybe some sleazy and/or satirical blues vocals from Tom. This is always a most entertaining jazzy evening of the highest quality.
Wed 24 June, 8pm
Stekpanna with the Russians - £12 Entrance.
Steve Kershaw (b) Mads Kjolby (g)
Petter Svard (d) Leonid Vintskevich (p)
Nikolai Vintskevich (s)
Stekpanna with the Russians
A truly international flavour with Britain, Scandinavia and Russia represented. On their previous visits this outfit has never disappointed providing the most invigorating and innovative jazz with a mixture of originals and classic jazz standards from the like’s of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Chic Corea etc.
Many of the Stratford Jazzers rated their last gig in July 2013 as, “The Gig of the Year!"
“The sound throughout is gorgeous. Music to make you smile” – Jazz Journal.
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Update, February 2014: We understand that for anyone who arrives in the evening,
after the booth attendant has left and after the car park patroller has been (probably by 6.30 p.m.), the parking is free.
If there is no-one there to pay, you are okay, we are told.
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** News from Stratford Jazz**
Good News from Stratford Jazz
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM JAY RILEY:
5th March 2015
Stratford Jazz Returns
I have great delight in announcing that Stratford Jazz will return to No.1 Shakespeare Street on 8 April 2015. I have been working closely with Roy, Mike and the other Stratford Jazz volunteers to organise an amazing schedule of live jazz for April, May and June and booking has already started for Autumn/Winter.
We start things off with a Roy Stevens Blockbuster Special! Roy has decided to show me how it's done so he has rounded up some of the Midlands finest jazz musicians and somehow convinced them to play an amazing show for us. The Ben Markland Quintet will be our first show on 8 April. If you love how Stratford Jazz has been run in the past then you will absolutely adore this.
Over the next few months you may notice one or two changes as I bed into the role and put my own stamp on things but I am committed to looking after our regular audience members and booking some immense jazz gigs.
A request: Please scroll down gigs on left and make a note of the events you would like to attend (booking procedure TBC but each event will ticketed on the door at £12).
Thank you for your support and I hope to see you at these incredible jazz events over the coming months.
See Forthcoming Gigs in column on left
Venue - No. 1 Shakespeare Street
1 Shakespeare Street
Stratford upon Avon
Letter from Roy Stevens 11/Feb/15
Dear Stratford Jazzers,
I am pleased to announce that Jay Riley has agreed to take over from me in the role of Stratford Jazz promoter. Jay is an accomplished jazz saxophonist/pianist and is currently working in jazz education, predominately with young people. In the coming months I will be assisting Jay in his role and I am confident that we have the right person to take Stratford Jazz forward.
Please see Jay’s introductory letter below.
We are aiming to present our first concert during April and will confirm details during the next week or so. See website: http://www.stratfordjazz.org.uk
The working relationship between the management at No.1 Shakespeare Street and Stratford Jazz will change under our reincarnation. To put in simply we will be reverting to the format that existed pre-June 2014 with Stratford Jazz taking on responsibilities of the door, sound/lighting, fliers, room prep etc. It would be much appreciated if those of you who undertook these duties in the past would confirm that you are agreeable to doing so in the future. New volunteers are always welcome to enable us to spread the load on our rotas.
My apologies for starving you of your jazz fix during the early months of the year but Mike Heath and I were determined not to move until we were confident that we had made the right choices. Your patience is much appreciated and I look forward to your sterling support in the future in keeping high quality live jazz music in Stratford.
Yours sincerely, Roy, 11/Feb/15
Hello from Jay Riley
Dear Stratford Jazz enthusiasts
Following talks with Roy Stevens and Mike Heath, I am delighted and honoured to take on the role of Stratford Jazz promoter.
I am in awe of how Roy and the Stratford Jazz team have managed over the last 10 years or so and I would personally like to thank Roy, Mike and the other volunteers for providing such exceptionally high standard jazz in Stratford.
I thought I would briefly let you know a little bit about me as although I've attended Stratford Jazz events in the past (right back to circa. 1997 at the White Swan), my work and family life has prevented me from seeing more recent gigs so you may not have a clue who I am!
I live in Redditch but work with many musicians and young people in Stratford and surrounding area. I was a member of Stratford/Birmingham based jive outfit The Dr Teeth Big Band from 2001-2014 (the band retired early last year). We were signed to Big Bear Records and toured the UK extensively as well as 2 Chicago and Midwest tours and many European festivals.
I currently work as a session musician and I am also responsible for several jazz education programmes in schools in Warwickshire and Worcestershire including Stratford's very own Kind Edward's Revival Big Band at KES.
I run workshops and summer schools of my own and have recently launched my own online academy and (without trying to plug it too much) I would ask that you sign up at www.rileymusicacademy.com if you play music and are interested in jazz and improvisation.
I am a musician, husband and dad to two boys aged 4 and 3.
I have a love of Jazz but to be honest, it's actually a love of good music.
After conducting some market research it seems that Roy has done a lot of things 'right' and I want to continue that tradition but also move Stratford Jazz forward. My aim will be to provide high quality, straight ahead, swinging jazz to the regular SJ crowd, introduce some new artists/styles, establish educational links and channel the popular world of social media to excite young people with jazz!
I am hugely excited about becoming involved in such a well-regarded establishment and I hope to use Roy as a bit of a mentor to make sure the existing Stratford Jazz audience is looked after. After all, you are the people who make this happen and if you continue to support live jazz then I will work very hard to make sure high quality live jazz comes to Stratford upon Avon!
With kindest regards
7th JANUARY 2015 -
NEW YEAR SPECIAL CONCERT **
Alan Barnes/Bruce Adams front Tom Hill trio.
Alan Barnes (s) Bruce Adams (t) Tom Hill (b) Paul Sawtell (p) Neil Bullock (d)
Alan Barnes (s) Bruce Adams (t)
This will be good, honest, straight-ahead jazz always swinging and with humour never far from the agenda. A cracking way to start 2015 swinging fashion with Tom Hill’s superb trio in support. We can look forward to an evening of pure entertainment with lots of fun from five musicians who are at the top of their game.
** Jazz Services/Arts Council ** Denotes: Many thanks to Jazz Services and/or Arts Council for sponsoring/supporting these events
** News from No1 Shakespeare Street **
Great food menu now available
Tapas-Burgers-Salad Menu until 8:30pm
Stratford Jazz - Review
John Etheridge and Chris Garrick At No.1
Two giants of the world of jazz took centre stage at No.1, Shakespeare Street on Wednesday evening when the eclectic combination of guitarist John Etheridge and violinist Chris Garrick thoroughly engaged the audience with a concert of such outstanding quality that it must rank as the gig of the year.
John Etheridge is an exceptionally gifted and innovative player, described by Pat Metheny as “one of the best guitarists in the world”. His background ranges from swinging with Stephane Grappelli, playing jazz/rock/fusion with the legendary Soft Machine and recreating the music of Frank Zappa. His concerts with Nigel Kennedy and classical guitarist John Williams have been widely acclaimed and confirm John Etheridge’s approach to his craft which refuses to accommodate or even acknowledge artificial musical boundaries.
John Etheridge and Chris Garrick At No.1 - Wed 10 Dec 2014
Chris Garrick began violin at the age of five progressing to London’s Royal Academy of Music between 1989 and 1994 gaining first-class honours in his Performer’s Degree also winning the DipRAM in his post-graduate year. He has since attained his teaching diploma and is now an Associate of the Royal Academy. His interest in jazz was nurtured by his father Michael, the renowned jazz pianist/composer, and by regularly attending Music Camps at The Stables at Wavendon, which resulted in a life-long friendship with Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine. Sir John said of Chris “he could easily emerge as one of the great jazz violinists of all time”.
The association of John Etheridge and Chris Garrick has lasted for some thirty years and the range and complexity of sounds that emanate from the basic format of guitar/violin duo continues to astonish. The programme started and finished with classic ‘Hot Club of France’ numbers but there was so much more in between, for this duo can seamlessly switch from ‘Hot Club’ mode into a more contemporary idiom. The audience was treated to a feast of music ranging from some little known composers to classics from Duke Ellington, Pat Metheny and Abdullah Ibrahim – even the Tennessee Waltz found its way on the agenda which may appear naff in a jazz club but this is a duo that can pick up any tune and make it work.
Gorgeous music! Magical interplay from a duo that stunned with its range and vitality. Hard to pick highlights but I will be haunted by the sounds that evoked the Brazilian rainforest in Luis Bonfa’s Gentle Rain and the rendition of Morricone’s bitter sweet theme to Ocinema Paridiso was a joy.
It is not often that a Stratford Jazz audience demands two encores but for this remarkable duo it was thoroughly deserved.
Stratford Jazz at No.1 meets for its ‘New Year Special’ concert on Wednesday, 7th January when Alan Barnes and Bruce Adams front the Tom Hill trio. This is always a sell-out concert. More details at: www.stratfordjazz.org.uk
Roy Stevens – 11/12/2014
Simon Spillett’s “Standard Miles” Quintet at No.1, 26-11-2014
Saxophonist Simon Spillett described his Standard Miles Quintet as “Jazz Royalty” when he presented his tribute to Miles Davis at No.1, Shakespeare Street on Wednesday evening. When one perused the stellar line-up on show it was difficult to argue with such a judgement and by the end of an evening of superlative jazz the judgement was thoroughly endorsed
Henry Lowther on trumpet shared the front line with Simon and showed that five decades in jazz has not diminished his enthusiasm for the genre. His smooth tone and clever muting, which embraced the anguished lyrical tone of Miles, combined excellently with Simon’s bristling tenor.
Simon Spillett’s “Standard Miles” Quintet
West Country born John Critchinson on piano was as inventive as ever, little wonder that when he moved to London in 1978 Ronnie Scott quickly snapped him up to play with his bands – a fruitful association of some 16 years. His rendition of Baby Won’t You Please Come Home played with a sensitive acknowledgement to Victor Feldman was sheer joy.
Double-bassist Tim Wells was born in Baltimore, USA, moved to London in 1989 and soon established himself as quite a force on the UK jazz scene, an asset to any rhythm section and a classy and creative soloist.
John Tompkins is a highly respected percussionist and a Professor/teacher of jazz drums and improvisation at the Guildhall. I personally have vivid memories of his times with Don Rendell, Ian Carr and Barbara Thompson – the recordings have retained their freshness to this day.
The band’s programme mainly played music from Miles’s second quintet of the mid 1960’s which, as the name implies, covers show songs and jazz classics which were strongly associated with Miles during this period. Most of the tunes were familiar to the audience and ranged from the lyrical Stella by Starlight and Summer Nights to some more upbeat numbers like Green Dolphin Street and Seven Steps to Heaven all played with great style, some superb and tight ensemble work and a feast of exciting improvisations.
The enchanting All Blues brought the end to an evening of wonderfully accessible jazz of the highest quality, Simon Spillett is commended for his efforts in assembling such an impeccable outfit – “Jazz Royalty” is no exaggeration!
For more information on future concerts visit www.stratfordjazz.org.uk, you will also receive details of how you can save money by booking on line.
ROY STEVENS – 27/11/2014.
BRYAN CORBETT QUARTET AT No.1.
- with special guest - Chris Bowden
Trumpeter Bryan Corbett guarantees a full-house whenever he appears for Stratford Jazz and deservedly so for he is the jewel in the crown among a host of superb local jazz musicians. Wednesday evening at No.1, Shakespeare Street was no exception when he appeared with his quartet to present a programme of quality jazz which was firmly entrenched in the Blue Note era.
This tight knit quartet exemplifies the virtues of a combo that plays regularly together. The versatile Al Gurr on piano has become a great favourite with the Stratford Jazz fans as has the sublime Ben Markland on bass. Halesowen born, but now resident in London, the much in demand drummer Neil Bullock completes this impressive quartet.
Bryan Corbett Quartet
Bryan Corbett Quartet Facebook Page
The first set comprised a mixture of Bryan’s originals intermixed with a couple of classic standards – beautiful melodic sounds emanating from Bryan’s trumpet and creative improvisations from all musicians. The rendition of Try a Little Tenderness with Bryan playing flugelhorn was particularly poignant as was the touching tribute to Chet Baker on Let’s Get Lost.
The second set started in similar fashion with Green, a haunting melody which Bryan and Chris Dodd collaborated on for their album of the same name. Then all hell let loose! The eagle-eyed of the jazzers had spotted saxophonist Chris Bowden in the audience and he was looking well after a long period of illness. To the delight of the audience Bryan invited Chris to complete the second set with the band, an invitation that met with rapturous applause from both the punters and the band.
Chris Bowden (sax) and Bryan Corbett (trumpet)
No need for warm-ups when Bryan Corbett and Chris Bowden are leading the pack, a rampant opener with Wayne Shorter’s Witchcraft followed by Miles Davis’s So What,
Hank Mobley’s This I Dig of You and Horace Silver’s Juicy Lucy. Electrifying ensemble work coupled with inspirational solo work all round and the flamboyant Neil Bullock losing his drumstick in the excitement of it all.
On Wednesday evening, 26th November, Stratford Jazz continues in the Blue Note vein when Simon Spillett brings his STANDARD MILES quintet to No.1, Shakespeare Street. This tribute to the legendary Miles Davis features a line-up that reads like a ‘who’s who’ of British jazz including the renowned Henry Lowther on trumpet. This excellent quintet played to a full-house at Ronnie Scott’s earlier this year and received rave reviews.
For more information on this and future concerts visit www.stratfordjazz.org.uk, you will also receive details of how you can save money by booking on-line.
Roy Stevens: 13/11/2014
ROBERT CASTELLI’S BOOM QUARTET AT No.1.
By Roy Stevens, 23/10/2014
A stunning debut appearance on Wednesday evening when the Robert Castelli Boom Quartet took centre stage for Stratford Jazz at No.1, Shakespeare Street with an accomplished programme combining jazz, funk and rock played in a thoroughly accessible manner.
Of Italian extraction but now based in New York and Vienna, drummer Robert Castelli is the son, grandson and nephew of drummers and his albums as a leader and composer/arranger have received critical acclaim in the US, UK and Europe.
Saxophonist Greg Heath is originally from Auckland, New Zealand but has been resident in the UK since 1989, building up a sterling reputation with the likes of Jim Mullen and John Etheridge and leading his own successful quartet.
Nick Kacal on bass is originally from Trinidad and is probably best known as the leader of Guerilla Sound, a very polished trio in the ground-breaking jazz/funk/rock mould. He also has featured many times with Greg Heath’s quartet.
Swiss born Nic Meier on guitars completes this international outfit and needs no introduction to Stratford Jazz fans having appeared at No.1 on several occasions with his own bands.
Many drummer/band leaders I have seen tend to hog centre stage and the drum techniques become quite repetitive. This is not the case with Robert Castelli he gives his fellow musicians plenty of freedom for improvisation, content to serve the groove and provide a solid platform for some excellent solos. For a drummer of his class he is perhaps the least demonstrative I have seen. This freedom extended to allowing each musician to perform their own compositions, not only confirming what fine tunesmiths they all are, but resulting in a heady mixture of Eastern, African, Latin all seamlessly fitting in with the groovy jazz/funk mode.
Dancing in the aisles would certainly have been on the agenda but the capacity audience did not provide enough space. Sheer enjoyment for everyone present including band and audience alike - proof that intelligent and exciting jazz can be really good fun.
On Wednesday, 12th November, Stratford Jazz at No.1 presents local maestro Bryan Corbett with his quartet. Bryan is a great favourite with Stratford Jazz fans and a full house is anticipated.
For more information on this and future concerts visit www.startfordjazz.org.uk – you will also see details on how to save money by booking online.
ROY STEVENS/ 23/10/2014.
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