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Paid Parking: Picturehouse or behind the coach park or in front of hospital
Warning: Shakespeare St, Mulberry St & Great William St. 6pm-8am : Permit Holders Only
2013 - GIGS ON ALTERNATE WEDNESDAY EVENINGS See page with info
WEDNESDAY 22 May 2013, 8pm
Dave O'Higgins and the Kieron Garrett Trio - £10 (students, half-price)
Kieron Garrett (p) Dave O’Higgins (s) Mike Pratt (b) Pete Cumber (d)
A stimulating mix of Latin, bop and funk with some original works from Kieron along with the occasional classic standard is expected from this talented quartet.
Kieron’s trio is a groovy prospect on its own and with the addition of the fantastic Dave O’Higgins on saxophones this gig will fly!
Dave O’Higgins (s) Kieron Garrett (p)
WEDNESDAY 29 May 2013, 7.30pm
(At the The Chapel, No.1 Shakespeare Street)
Stratford-upon-Avon Arts festival presents:
Kel Elliott (v & b) Kelvin Leitch (g), Leo Steeds (k) Tom Voce (d)
£7 adv., £8 on door - Buy Tickets: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/58203
Stratford upon Avon Arts Festival in association with Unity Roots Productions would like to introduce Kel Elliott and her band.
Kel Elliott is a singer and songwriter with the unusual distinction of being a top double bass player. Her songs are upbeat in every sense, lyrically optimistic and musically infectious.
Kel Elliott - More at: https://soundcloud.com/kelelliott
WEDNESDAY 12 June 2013, 8pm
Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble - £10 (students, half-price)
Gilad Atzmon (any instrument you can put in your mouth plus ??!!)
Frank Harrison (p) Yaron Stavi (b) Eddie Hick (d)
Another chance to see an established favourite with the Stratford Jazz fans as Gilad returns with his OHE. The latest album “Songs of the Metropolis” was released early this year and has been widely acclaimed by the critics. Pieces from the album are likely to be featured throughout the evening but with Gilad one never knows – just expect the unexpected!
WEDNESDAY 26 June 2013, 8pm (students, half-price)
'The Art Trip' - featuring the music of Art Pepper - £12
Alan Barnes (s) Craig Milverton (p) Al Swainger (b) Nick Millward (d)
Anyone who has listened to the album “The Art Trip” will wish to see this band live. The album is the brainchild of bassist Al Swainger who, apart from playing great bass, booked the band, picked the tunes and transcribed the music. His impeccable choice of musicians could not have been bettered in this exhilarating tribute to one of the all time greats of the jazz world.
Come early for this one!
WEDNESDAY 10 July 2013, 8pm
Stekpanna and the Russians - £8 (students, half-price)
Steve Kershaw (b) Mads Kjolby (g) Petter Svard (d) Leonid Vintskevish (p) Nikola Vintskevish (s)
Always a delight to welcome back this extremely talented group of British/Scandinavian/Russian musicians all combining superbly to provide jazz of the highest standard. They never disappoint with their selection of original works and classic jazz standards from the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Chick Corea etc.
Summer Break * Summer Break
WEDNESDAY 11 Sept 2013, 8pm
Chris Bowden Quartet - £8 (students, half-price)
Chris (s) Alcyona Mick (p)*** Ben Markland (b) Neil Bullock (d)
WEDNESDAY 25 Sept 2013, 8pm
Marco Marconi Trio - £8 (students, half-price)
Marco (p) Andrea Di Biase (b) Enzo Zirilli (d)
WEDNESDAY 9 Oct 2013, 8pm
Casey Greene's Quiver Sextet - £10 (students, half-price)
Line-up yet to be confirmed but Edgar Macias possibly on keys.***
WEDNESDAY 23 Oct 2013, 8pm
Tom Hill's "Funkin' Jazzy Blues Dudes" - £8 (students, half-price)
Tom (b, vocals, harmonica) Phil Bond (p.vocals) Pete Harris (g. vocals) Nick Millward (d. vocals)
WEDNESDAY 13 Nov 2013, 8pm
Greg Abate with BoHop Trio - £10 entrance.
Greg (reeds) Neil Hunter (p) Geoff Pearson (b) Ian Beestin (d)
WEDNESDAY 27 Nov 2013, 8pm
Ben Markland Quintet - £10 (students, half-price)
Ben (b) Chris Bowden (as) Bryan Corbett (t) Pete Harris (g) Neil Bullock (d)
WEDNESDAY 11 Dec 2013, 8pm
Ed Jones Quartet - £10 (students, half-price)
Ed (s) Ross Stanley (p) Riaan Vosloo (b) Tom Gilles (d)
WEDNESDAY 8 Jan 2014, 8pm
Alan Barnes/Bruce Adams front the Tom Hill Trio - £12 (students, half-price)
Alan (s) Bruce (t) Tom (b) Paul Sawtell (p) Neil Bullock (d)
Off Mansell St. CV37 6NR only 350 yards walk.
Has been FREE! in the evening. Do check!
Update, January 2013: 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.
Here's a link: http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/carpark/mansell_street/cv37/stratford_on_avon
From: email@example.com - (students, half-price)
Tickets by post from:
Stratford Jazz Tickets, 7 Wetherby Way, Stratford CV37 9LU (Cheques to: Stratford Jazz)Please enclose a self-addressed and stamped envelope.
** News from No.1 Shakespeare Street **
Great food menu now available
Brief introduction to Roy’s Special message.
It is a tough time for jazz clubs and musicians with many well established clubs closing. The fact that Stratford Jazz has survived so far is due to our excellent followers who attend and pay the modest but necessary entry charge and contribute to the raffle. It is also due to the generous help from the venue, No1, Shakespeare Street and not least to the superb musicians who give us world-class jazz and accept that Stratford Jazz pays what it can.
For Stratford Jazz to succeed it needs audiences, a venue and people who do things. Like most jazz clubs, Stratford Jazz is totally dependent on the small team who do everything that has to be done. That includes booking and paying bands, organising with the venue at No.1 and sorting the room before each gig, taking entry cash, printing and distributing fliers, running the website, promoting and advertising,
e-mailing subscribers and the press, running the raffle and doing the announcements.
Roy and the team invite the Stratford Jazz audience to read the message below and see how they would like to respond. In short, see who would like to do what.
SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM ROY
Since moving to Stratford some 14 years ago I have thoroughly enjoyed being an avid supporter of Stratford Jazz and I agreed at the end of 2006 to oversee the running of the club for one year only. During this extended one year period we have experienced many changes, possibly the most significant being the move from the White Swan to our superb venue at No.1, Shakespeare Street.
I now wish to offload my responsibilities with Stratford Jazz and plan to do so at the end of this year. This does not mean that I wish to opt out completely, I love the music and will continue to provide support when needed – as will all of the team.
The problem is where does Stratford Jazz go from here? Whoever leads Stratford Jazz in the future will require firm support – I have been most fortunate in having fantastic backing from Mike Heath (website, press, emailing, ad. slideshow etc), Pam and Harry Ratcliffe (leaflets/tickets/door etc) and Brian (raffle) all of whom have reached an age or stage where they feel it would be prudent to hand over their responsibilities sooner rather than later.
During the period to the end of this year I would like members to consider how we best go forward in retaining a live jazz presence in Stratford. Perhaps an open meeting say sometime in May/June time would be a suitable start. Your views on the foregoing would be much appreciated by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
May I add that bookings towards the end of this year are well advanced but if Stratford Jazz is to continue beyond this point we need to have the appropriate structure – and people who want to do it - in place to survive.
Along with Mike, Pam and Harry I would like to use the programme this year to show a ‘new team’ what, when and how we do it so that taking up the reins is progressive and easy.
Roy Stevens – April 2013.
Alan Barnes, Brian Corbett & Tom Hill Trio
at Stratford Jazz, See write-up
Stratford, Warwickshire, West Midlands
Stratford Jazz - Roy's Review
THE LEE JONES QUINTET
AT THE CHAPEL
Wed 8th May 2013
Shropshire guitarist Lee Jones first appeared for Stratford Jazz in 2007 having recently graduated at the jazz course at Birmingham Conservatoire, studying with Partisans’ guitarist Phil Robson. At that time I thought, along with many others, that here was a jazz star in the making and judging from his performance on Wednesday evening at the Chapel at No.1, Shakespeare Street the judgement proved to be very sound.
In his short career Lee has already released two very successful albums and is now working on a third to be released later this year. For his latest visit to Stratford he brought a most impressive line-up which featured Binker Golding on tenor sax, Alex Steele on keyboard, Tom Hill on bass and Neil Bullock on drums.
Lee Jones’s music is described as Nu Jazz/Americano a genre that apparently emerged in the 1990s as a funkier and more accessible relation to the post-bop jazz. I would not wish to be drawn into the pedantics of style but what I will say is that Lee’s music is all embracing, very accessible and his own compositions fit in seamlessly with the works of Wayne Shorter and Miles Davis which were included in a very varied repertoire.
The first three numbers of the evening were all originals from Lee and confirmed how much his writing has matured in combining the funky/fusion jazz grooves with subtle rhythm changes and moods. Western Escape was a smooth opener with the silky toned sax from Binker Golding combining on the front-line with some ultra-crisp guitar from Lee. 13th Hour, the title track from Lee’s second album, followed and also had Lee and Binker trading solos but the real star here is the tune itself – a sensitive repeating riff which slowly builds up a tension before exploding into a delightful up-tempo finale.
It would be a mistake to think that this was a two man show – Alex Steele on keyboard with his vibrant and imaginative solos just set the place alight whenever he touched the keys and one can never ignore the likes of Tom Hill and Neil Bullock who once again proved how versatile jazz musicians can be in adapting to any genre.
A beautifully balanced evening of live jazz with Lee’s originals sharing the time with some classic jazz standards – seriously good jazz and tremendous fun to boot.
On Wednesday, 22nd May, one of the UK’s leading jazz saxophonists, Dave O’Higgins makes a rare appearance in Stratford when he fronts the Kieron Garrett Fusion Trio at the Chapel at No1, Shakespeare Street - for more info on this and future concerts visit www.stratfordjazz.org.uk
Roy Stevens 09 May 2013
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