Jazz has been running since at least 1986
originally at the White Swan
and from November 2009 at 'The Chapel' No.1 Shakespeare Street.
In recent years up, to April 2009, musicians have included:
Steve Tayton & Keith Bill Trio, Otra-Vez, Franny Verney & The
Big Idea, Andy McClaine Collective, Pete Harris Qrt, Martin Williams
Qrt, Stacey Kent, Alan Barnes, Jim Tomlinson, Christian Brewer &
Pete King and since then, chronilogically ...
from 20 April 2003 right up to today)
Apr 20 Phil Shapiro Quartet
Apr 27 Pat Crumley Quintet
May 4 The Graham Dent/ Andy Shillingford Quartet
May 11 Claridade ( Brazilian influenced tones!)
May 18 Malcolm Gibbons Quartet
May 25 - Sarah Colman and Quartet
Jun 1 The Chris Bowden Quartet
Jun 8 Juliet Kerry and Quartet
Jun 15 The Street, Green, Tromans Trio
Jun 22 The Dunstan Coulber Quartet
Jun 29 The Andrew Colman Quartet
Jul 6 Steve Kershaw with Sketpana & Russian friends
Jul 13 The Ewan Baird Quartet
Jul 20 Dave Betts Quintet
Jul 27 The Eddie Severn Quartet
Aug 3 Colin Willetts Quintet
Aug 10 Erika Lyons/Brian Waite Qrt
Aug 17 Ian Palmer Quintet
24 Aug Pete Lay Quartet
31 Aug Steve Street Quartet 07 Sept Roy Forbes and Quartet
14 Sept Karen Sharp and Trio 21 Sept Tom Hill and The
Straight Jackets ... ... kindly sponsored by: Country Artists
28 Sept Esther Millar and Quartet - More
05 Oct Denise Gordon with Graham Dent Quartet
12 Oct ***Martin Speake Trio 'Exploring Standards'***
*** in ass'n
Stratford on Avon Music Festival 19 Oct Al
Gurr Quartet with Roger Inness
26 Oct Sue
McCreeth and Trioinfo
02 Nov Zoltan Dekany Quartet
09 Nov Dent /Shillingford Quartet
16 Nov The Pete Harris Quartet
23 Nov Jeremy Fish with the Trout Quartet 30
Nov Brenda Scott and Quartet 07 Dec
Colin Willets Quartet
14 Dec Luis D'Agostino and Pete Oxley 21
Dec Ian Palmer Quintet
-------------------- 2004 Past Gigs ---------------------
Jan Ewen Baird Quartet
Paul Sawtell's Jazzfantastique
Gilad Atzmon Quartet info or Listen
01 Feb Dave O'Higgins info & John Patrick Trio
08 Feb Luca Luciano info or Listen
15 Feb John-paul Gard - Pedalmania info
22 Feb Eddie Severn Quartet info or Listen
29 Feb Pete Lay Quartet 07 Mar - Denise Gordon & Graham Dent Qrt
14 Mar - The Erica Lyons Qrt
21 Mar - Bill Colman, Trefor Owen & Cory Christenson
28 Mar - The Bryan Corbett Trio info & Listen 04 Apr - Jean Grunfeld and Trio info -> Listen 11 Apr - The Malcolm Gibbons Quartet, with:- (Brian Waite -p, Erika Lyons -b) 18 Apr - Roy Forbes (vocals) & Quartet info
25 Apr - The Andrew Fawcett Quartet info 02 May - Zoltan Dekany Quartet
09 May - Esther Millar info & Quartet (Bryan Corbett -t Gerry Spencer –p,
Zoltan Dekaney –b, Neil Bullock -d)
16 May - USA's Modesto Briseno (trumpet) Touring with
(Brian Waite -p, Erika Lyons -b, John Gibbon -d)
23 May - Graham Dent/ Andy Shillingford Quartet 30 May - Rosie Brown (vocals) info with
(Richard Wetherall -p, Matt Owens -d bass, Alejandro
06 June - Brenda Scott-v John Gibbons-d John Smith-g
13 June - Ewen Baird Quartet
20 June - Tom Hill & Straitjackets
27 June - Chris Bowden Quintet infowith John Ruddick -t
-fh 04 July - Luis d'Agostino + Pete Oxleylisten
11 July - Brenda Scott & Paul Sawtell Trio
18 July - Steve Kershaw info Stekpanna new
info & Cuban guests Click: 'Cuban
Meltdown' flyer - in new
25 July - Sue McReeth info+
Paul Sawtell Trio
01 Aug - Steve Street info Mike Green, Steve Tromans 08 Aug - Tim Ward Quartetinfo
& listen with Clive Morton -bass,
Paul Buck -keyboards, Pete Tantrum -sax/flute, Tim Ward -drums. 15
Aug - Pete Hurt with Erica Lyons Trio
22 Aug - Dave Betts Quintet
29 Aug - Chris Gumbley + Paul Sawtell, Bill Coleman
& Neil Bullock 05 Sept - The Steve Tromans DeBop Band with
Ryan Trebilcock (Bass) and Doug Hough (Drums)
12 Sept - Pat Crumley Quartetinfo
& listen 19 Sept - Kevin Figes (sax) info 26 Sept - Gilad Atzmon Quartet info or Listen 03 Oct - Ralph Allin info & Trio 10 Oct - Erica Lyons & Guest 17 Oct - Luis d'Agostino Trio *** in ass'n with The
Stratford on Avon Music Festival
24 Oct - Pete Lay Quartet
31 Oct - Esther Millar info & Quartet 07 Nov - Denise Gordon with Graham Dent Qrt
14 Nov - Forster-Hammond Trio info
& listen 21 Nov - Andy Derrick Quartet info
28 Nov - Brenda Scott with the Paul Sawtell Trio
5 Dec - Eddie Severn Quartet info
& listen Paul
Sawtell -p, Tom Hill -b, Graham Dare -d 12 Dec - Sarah Colman & Friends Neil Bullock -d, Levi French -p, Ben Markham
-b 19 Dec - Tom Hill &
The Straight Jackets info Al
Gurr -P, Andy Shillingford -s, Neil Bullock -d,
Pete Harris -g -------------------- 2005 Past Gigs ------------------ 9 Jan - John Dankworth with The John Patrick -pTrio
Featuring: Alec Dankworth -b & Tony Richards -d 16 Jan - Ben Markham-b Quintet, featuring:- Bryan Corbett-t Chris Bowden-s Pete Harris-g Neil Bullock -d 23 Jan - Tim Ward Trio, Edgar Marcias -p, Mike Green -b 30 Jan - Paul Sawtell's Jazzfantastique Bill
Coleman -b, Neil Bullock -d 06 Feb - Mark Nightingale (trombone) info & Trio John
Patrick -p, Zoltan Dekany -b info,
Tony Richards -d13
Feb - Erica Lyons Trio with Mike Piggott Including:
- Brian Waite -p, Erica Lyons -b 20
Feb - At: Waterside Bar map or info (Not The White Swan)
Julie Edwards -v, info & Kevin Dearden -s info Quintet info
Alan Savage -d, Al Gurr -p, Bill Coleman -b 27 Feb - Edgar Marcias -p Latin Qnt (Back at The White Swan) Miles
Levin -d, Chris Bowden -s, Tom Hill -b, Wilmer Sifontes - percussion 06
March - Steve Tromans BeBop 13 March - Kevin
- John Patrick-p Trio Zoltan
Dekany -b info,
Tony Richards -d
27 March - Ewan Baird Qrt 03
April - Zoltan Dekany
10 April - Ed Johnson Qrt
17 April - Esther Miller & Quartet - More
April- Martin Speake's Constellationinfo-
Charlie Parker Tribute. Mike Outram (g), Simon Thorpe (b), Dave Wickens
(d) 01 May -Bryan Corbett (t) info with (probably) Levi French (p), Ben Markland (b), Neil Bullock
May -Jucamaya - The Graham Dent (p) & Ian Hill
(ts, ss) quartet under their new name 15 May -Andrew Coleman (t) - personnel tbc 22 May -Steve Kershaw and Stekpannainfo
+ Steve Waterman (t) 29 May - Christian Brewer (as) with Leon Greening
(p), Mick Coady (b), Triston Maillot (d), Jim Hart (vibes) 05
June - Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble -
Frank Harrison (p), Yaron Stavi (b), Asaf Sirkis (d) info 12
June - Denise Gordon with the Dent/Hill Quartet 19 June - Sebastiaan Cornelissen Trio - young
Dutch drummer info with Lale Larson(p),Gary Willis (b) 26June - Martin Pickett Quartetinfo - Oxford-based guitarist 03July - thEROGINNISZONEinfo - Roger Innis (b) with his new band featuring Carlton Romillie (s), Chris Storr (t),
Rod Youngs (d) 10July - Stir,
featuring Dave Stephen (g), James Evans (s, cl), Dave Thorogood (b),
Gareth Hughes (d) 17July - Ray
Butcher (t) Quintet. Featuring Chris Bowden (s) Miles Levin
(d) Mike Green (b) Tim Amann (p) Julie Dunn (v) info and Peter Gill (v-guest) 24July - Pedal
Mania - John-paul Gard's Trioinfo
Pedal Mania - showcases the B3 Hammond Organ 31 July - Luis
d'Agostino Trio - Argentinian guitar maestro 7
Aug - Sara Colman Quartet feat. Chris
Bowden (s), Chris Taylor (p), Ben Markland (b) and Ian Palmer (d) Sara’s
soulful, sophisticated vocals are a firm favourite with White Swan regulars,
and another chance to see the stunning Chris Bowden with such a great
band is a considerable bonus. 14
Aug - Stan Sulzmann (s) with Brian Waite (p), Erica Lyons (b)
and John (d) As a player, composer and bandleader,
Stan is one of the giants of British jazz. His career goes back to the
sixties, since when he has played with virtually all the biggest names
on the scene. "... it simply doesn't get any better than this"
- John Kelman, All About Jazz 21
Aug - Chris Gumbley (s) and Andy Derrick (trom)
with Dave Storer (b) and Malcolm Garrett (d) A
group specially formed by Chris on baritone and Andy on valve trombone
to celebrate the music of Gerry Mulligan and his famous piano-less quartets.
"Thinking man's Jazz" - Don Lusher. What about thinking women?? 28
Aug - Brenda Scott Quartet feat.
Paul Sawtell (p), Bill Coleman (b) A welcome
return for the ever-popular singer and her regular band: open-hearted,
no-nonsense, swinging jazz. 04
Sept - Malcolm Gibbons Quartet A
subtle, understated guitar technician. 11
Sept - Pete Lay Quartet - Pete,
long-time pillar of the Banbury Jazz Club and regular visitor to the
White Swan, is a versatile and entertaining tenor player (and occasional
Sept - Dylan Howe’s Five Cornersinfo feat. Quentin Collins (t), Brandon Allen (s), Andrew McCormack (p) and
Mike Janisch (b) - Equally at home with rock
(long-time member of the late Ian Dury’s Blockheads) and jazz
(specialising in the classic fifties/sixties Blue Note style) drummer
Dylan is currently touring with his latest quintet to rave reviews up
and down the country. This promises to be one of the gigs of the year. 25
Sept - Tom Hill & the Straitjackets feat. Andy Shillingford (s), Paul Sawtell (p), Pete Harris (g) and Neil Bullock
(d) - What can you say? One of the best live bands in the country,
led by the irrepressible Mr Hill. In fact they’re all bandleaders
in their own right, bar one (Neil doesn’t need to do anything
but drum). Straight bebop to funk/fusion, maybe some sleazy and/or satirical
blues vocals from Tom - they can do the lot.
Oct - Bryan Corbett (t) info and Levi French (p) We in
the Midlands have been lucky to have him to ourselves for some years,
but surely Bryan is overdue for national recognition. Levi is the equally
talented pianist in his regular quintet, and this is a chance to hear
material they’ve developed for the duo format. 09 Oct - Patrick Naylor’s Soundialinfo feat. Ian East (s) Another keenly anticipated
debut at the White Swan, guitarist Naylor’s band have a growing
reputation and a wide-ranging repertoire, from Brazil to the Balkans
via bop. www.soundial.co.uk
Oct - Sid Jacobs Trio info (in association with Stratford Music Festival) Sid, a widely respected player in his native USA, is in the UK on
a short tour. As well as performing with the likes of Harold Land, Eddie
Harris, Buddy Montgomery and Brad Mehldau, he is heavily involved in
education; at just 18 he was guitar instructor at the University of
Nevada, Las Vegas and now teaches at the Musicians Institute in Los
Angeles. "...a fine and unsung player & I cannot praise this
work too highly..." - Adrian Ingram, Just Jazz Guitar www.sidjacobs.com 23 Oct - Martin
Pickett Quartet Stepping in at short notice, this will be
good news for those who remember the last visit by pianist/composer
Martin's excellent band a few months back. Martin's style is sophisticated
and thoughtful, but liable to cut loose when the mood is right.www.martinpickettjazz.co.uk
30 Oct - Alan Barnes (s) with
Paul Sawtell (p), Tom Hill (b) and Neil Bullock (d) A
real treat this week: Alan is widely recognised as one of the best improvisers
in the country on clarinet alto, tenor or the huge baritone. His between-numbers
wit and repartee is equally renowned. Although he’s now a pretty
big name, he still clearly enjoys playing smaller venues, especially
with such a classy rhythm section (hand-picked for the occasion).www.alan-barnes.co.uk
-Jules Edwards (v) and Kevin Deardon (s)
+ trio inc. Bill Coleman (b) and Al Gurr (p) Those who remember this singer/saxophone
duo from their previous appearance at the Waterside Theatre will know
how good they are - they apparently sold more albums at that gig than
anyone else has ever managed. Those who missed it get a second chance.
-Geoff Eales Trio: Piano Legends, feat. Roy Babbington (b)
and Mark Fletcher (d) Geoff’s reputation as one of the country’s
finest continues to grow both here and in the States, and will only
be enhanced by his current tour with his regular trio, paying tribute
to, among others, the great Bill Evans. www.geoffeales.com
‘People like musicians to fit neatly into
categories, Geoff does not do that. He delights in technique not for
its own sake but because it allows him to be clear.’ Jazz Views
‘... a gifted home-grown, totally uncategorisable pianist-composer
who burns with terrifying passion for the music.’ Jazz at Ronnie
- Ewen Baird Quartet A
welcome return for regular visitor Ewen and his band. The Oxford-based
Scottish tenor player has an engaging, mellow but muscular style on
standards, bop classics and less famous tunes like those of trumpeter
- Brenda Scott Quartet feat. Paul Sawtell (p) and Bill Coleman
is a real crowd-pleaser with a loyal following among White Swan regulars:
good old-fashioned swinging jazz, with the usual keyboard fireworks
from Mr. Sawtell and (probably) the usual terrible jokes from Mr.
Coleman (though to be fair some of them are actually pretty funny).
Dec - Pete Lay QuartetTenor-player
and occasional singer Mr. Lay’s last appearance prompted a section
of the audience to sing along (with more spirit than musicality) to
his version of Route 66. Let’s hope we have no repeat of such
11 Dec - Jazz Fantastique Paul Sawtell (p), Bill
Coleman (b), Neil Bullock (d) This regular trio never fails to deliver. Every time you see them you realise you’ve
forgotten how good they are. Expect good-humoured, quirky virtuosity.
18 Dec - Christmas Special -
Tickets: £5 advance, £8 door.SOLD OUT! - SOLD OUT! For tickets Phone Roy Stevens: email@example.com
Alan Skidmoreinfo-1info-2 with Keith Bill (p), Tom Hill (b) and Ian Palmer (d) “Skid” has been ahead of the British tenor pack for over thirty years now, and shows little sign of slowing down. Firmly in the Coltrane tradition, his most recent work has seen him backed by an African drum ensemble, Ubizo info-3. Ian Palmer, Tom and Keith make up a fine quartet who have been playing together quite a bit recently, including gigs at Ronnie Scott’s.Guy Salmon, Stratford kindly supported our Xmas Special
-------------------- 2006 Past Gigs ---------------------
- New Year Special - Ticket - Going fast! GONE!
Tickets: £5 advance, £8 door.SOLD OUT! - SOLD OUT! STAND BY Tickets, phone: Roy Stevens: firstname.lastname@example.org
08 Jan - Alan Barnes info / Art Themen Quintetinfo with Paul Sawtell (p), Tom Hill (b), Neil Bullock (d) Anyone at Alan’s November gig will need no further urging. The addition of tenor veteran Art Themen, who has played with everyone from Jack Bruce to Stan Tracey, is a considerable bonus: the musical and personal rapport between the two is a real treat.
15 Jan - Jucamaya Graham Dent (p), Ian Hill (s), Adrian Litvinoff (b), Delroy Brown (d) Regular visitors Graham and Ian with their newly-named quartet (“It doesn’t mean anything,” says Graham). What it should mean, though, is music that is quietly passionate, with a soulful, occasionally funky edge.www.grahamdent.com
22 Jan -Steve Tromans De-bop Band with Ed Jones (s), Chris Mapp (b), Miles Levin (d) People may finally be waking up to the fact that Steve is one of the most creative and individual keyboard players in this area the country. Here he leads his fine young band in a “re-construction” of Coltrane’s legendary “A Love Supreme” suite. Intrigued? You will be. www.steve-tromans.co.uk
29 Jan -ZZ Bop Ian Ellis (s), Craig Milverton (p), Tom Hill (b), Nick Millward (d) Tom Hill’s other band: less fusion-oriented than the Straitjackets (also due in a month or so) with more of a straight-ahead hard bop/blues feel. All four are great players with a sense of adventure and fun. www.clarke-hillmusic.com
05 Feb - Martin Pickett (p) Quartet Martin helped us out a couple of times last year, first by changing a date, which meant he couldn’t bring his full band, then by stepping in at the last minute when someone dropped out. This time we hope the circumstances will be more conducive to the subtleties of his music.www.martinpickettjazz.co.uk
12 Feb - Roy Forbes Quintet feat. Ian Hill (s), Graham Dent (p), Ryan Trebilcock (b), Steve Street (d) After his early work with Andy Hamilton’s band, Roy has over the years established himself as the pre-eminent male jazz vocalist in the Midlands, with a swinging style and a touch of soul and rhythm ’n blues.www.oyorecords.co.uk
19 Feb -Lupa with Alfonso Deidda (s, p), Roger Innis (b), Miles Levin (d) + guest Bryan Corbett (t) Sometime model and actress Lupa (aka Antima Abbamonte) is a singer with an interesting style that is all her own: intimate and almost conversational in tone. She is currently on tour with this band featuring her fellow-Italian Alfonso Deidda, plus three names that will be familiar to most of us. The appearance of Mr. Corbett will be recommendation enough for regulars.www.lupamusic.com
26 Feb - Stekpanna Mads Kjolby (g), Steve Kershaw (b), Petter Svard (d) with (tbc) Steve Waterman (t) and/or Ed Jones (s) The return of this perennially popular, cheerfully cool Anglo-Scandinavian trio, hopefully (though it’s not yet confimed) by either or both of the two front men who guested on their last album, the excellent “All for a Beautiful Life”. For a fascinating interview with Steve Kershaw look up the October 05 issue of Jazz views atwww.jazzviews.co.uk (look under 2005 newsletters). www.stekpanna.com
05 March - The Straitjackets Andy Shillingford (s), Pete Harris (g), Paul Sawtell (p), Tom Hill (b), Neil Bullock (d) Their regular visits over the years have made them one of the biggest draws in these parts. Top quality jazz from one of the best live outfits in the area - satisfaction is guaranteed when these guys come to town. Just one word of advice: get there early.
12 March - Edgar Macias feat. Chris Bowden (as), Tom Hill or Mike Green (b), Miles Levin (d) Venezuelan piano maestro Edgar brings back his regular band (and what a band they are). No extra percussionist this time but the full complement will be back later in the year to celebrate the launch of their debut album. This promises to be a great evening, not least because of the fantastic Mr. Bowden’s first (but not last) appearance this year.
19 March - Ray Butcher Quintet feat. Tim Amman (p), Percy Pursglove (b), Miles Levin (d) with guest Julie Dunn (v) Trumpeter Ray played a storming set last time he was here, proving that he’s one of the best in the area (and that’s in the face of some pretty stiff competition). As before, he’ll be bringing a fine band along for the ride. In case you were wondering, Percy Pursglove is the trumpeter - apparently he plays bass too.
26 March - Chris Gumbley “Nights at the Turntable” feat. Andy Derrick (trom), Dave Storer (b) and Malcolm Garrett (d) Baritone player Chris was apparently a great hit last year when he brought this tribute to Gerry Mulligan’s renowned piano-less quartet - many remember it as one of the best gigs of 2005. If, like me, you missed it first time around, this is a second chance to catch them.
02 April - Sue McCreeth with Steve Melling (p), Zoltan Dekany (b), Neil Bullock (d) Several people have asked when singer Sue McCreeth was coming back. Here’s the answer, as well as her preferred local rhythm section, who need no introduction.
09 April - Brenda Scott & John Patrick Trio with Malcolm Garrett (d) Stepping in to fill a gap that suddenly opened up, Brenda is an established favourite who always delivers. She’s a seasoned singer and performer with a great “feel” for a song and warm, humourous audience rapport. Just think twice about sitting at the front! We were delighted greet Malcolm Garrett's guest, Jim Chapin (Yes! 'The' Jim Chapin!) who took over the drums for a couple of numbers. More: www.jimchapin.com
16 April - Bryan Corbett Quartet, Bryan on trumpet and flugelhorn with his regular band: Levi French (p), Ben Markland (b) and Neil Bullock (d). What could be better? Not much, his regular fans here at Stratford Jazz would contend. For many of us, it’s one of life’s many mysteries that he isn’t a national name by now. www.bryancorbett.co.uk
23 April - Miles Levin QuintetWith his loose, inventive style, Miles is rapidly becoming the favourite drummer of many regulars. Here he’s joined by some of his regular collaborators, probably including Percy Persglove (t), Tony Ashford (s), Tim Amman (p) and Mike Green (b).
30 April - Simon Spillett with Paul Sawtell (p), Tom Hill (b), Neil Bullock (d) Tenor-player Simon Spillett asked for a rhythm section “who can really tear it up”, so these three should fit the bill. His style is based on the forceful blowing of the Jazz Couriers and he himself has been compared to the legendary Tubby Hayes by some who ought to know, having played with both. Can it be so? It’s an enticing prospect, so come along and find out.
07 May - Mike Hatton Jazz Trio with Tim Amman (p), Miles Levin (d) Mike (5-string bass and vocals) has been working in this trio format for a while now, as well as performing solo and running his own blues band. It's some time since we last saw him here, so it will be a good opportunity to hear how he sounds these days. The format should give the band plenty of room to stretch out too. http://www.mikehatton.co.uk
14 May - Anna Brooks (s) Quintet with Tim Crampton(g)
Alcyona Mick (p), Dave Foster (b), Carl Hemmingsley(d) "Anna Brooks made the switch from classical to jazz while studying at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the classical world's loss is most certainly the jazz world's gain. Brooks reveals a dramatic flair, an exceptionally keen ear, an impressive facility and abundance of ideas". Peter Quinn, Jazzwise www.jazzservices.org.uk/band/2141.htm
More at: www.annabrooksquintet.com
May - Frank Harrison Trio with Aidan O'Donnell (b), Steven Keogh (d)"Frank Harrison is one of the most talented young musicians I have heard" - Ronnie Scott
That was a while ago, obviously, since when Frank has become a fixture in Gilad Atzmon's band, and believed by many to be among the most inventive pianists in the country. This is his own outstanding trio, featured on the new album "First Light". http://www.bashomusic.co.uk/frank.htm
26 May - Special Friday extra - 8.30pm (Ticket only - £5 - Roy: email@example.com
) Sara Colman with the Neil Bullock Quintet with Bryan Corbett (trumpet), Chris Taylor (piano), Ben Markland (bass),When Simon Kemp asked if we’d put on an extra gig to flesh out the Friday evening part of his Stratford Big Jazz Explosion - Long Weekend, Click for Info the idea that came to mind was to put together a band of people who’ve established themselves as firm favourites with White Swan audiences over the years, as a kind of showcase for the amazing talent we have in this area. It’s a cracking quintet with Sara Colman on vocals. Sara recently won the 2005 Rush Hour Blues Audience Award at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.Drummer Neil Bullock was a natural first choice, and although he’s usually a very reluctant leader and self-publicist, once he heard of the idea, he picked up the ball and ran with it, which is why in some places it’s referred to as the Neil Bullock Quintet. So now we can truthfully say it’s a band of bandleaders.
- Gilad Atzmon Quartet with Frank Harrison (p), Yaron Stavi (b), John Blease (d). Gilad should need no introduction by now. His new set features more in the way of ballads, blues and bop, but all with the inimitable Atzmon combination of emotional intensity and humour. The words "virtuoso" and "genius" have been bandied about, in this instance with more justification than is often the case. http://www.gilad.co.uk
04 June - Ben Waghorn Quartet
with Jim Blomfield (p), Riaan Vosloo (b), Andy Hague (d)Young multi-reed player Ben is well known on the Bristol scene and has a wide and impressive reputation. When we heard his album, we had no hesitation in booking him. www.benwaghorn.co.uk
11 June - Chris Bowden (alto s) Ben Markland (b) Edgar Macias (p) Carl Hemmingsley (d) This was a line up to look forward to and not to miss.
18 June - Peter King & Gilad Atzmon
with Keith Bill (p) Tom Hill (b) Asaf Sirkis (d)
(Tickets £8 - Roy: firstname.lastname@example.org
A real treat. The great altoist Peter King with Gilad Atzmon on tenor is a brilliant combination: It’s quite a band too. Gilad is a long-time admirer of Tom Hill (b) and Keith Bill (p) and Tom's himself choice of drummer: Asaf Sirkis (d), who was with Gilad's Orient House Ensemble for years. A tempting prospect or what?
25 June - Julie Edwards/Kevin Dearden Quintet
Those who remember this singer/saxophone duo from their previous appearance for Stratford Jazz's the Waterside Theatre and then again at The White Swan will know just how good they are. Apparently they sold more albums at the Waterside gig than anyone else before. Those kicking themselves for missing them before get another chance. More: www.jazzservices.org.uk/band/1904.htm
02 July 2nd - Stekpanna:
Mads Kjolby (g) Steve Kershaw (b) Petter Svard (d) with Russian guests Leonid Vintskevich (p) & Nicolai Vintskevich (s). info This will bring back fond memories for some of us. It must be three years or more since Steve and the boys brought along the brilliant Russian pianist/composer Leonid and his sax-playing son. It was one of the great nights, and there’s no reason why this shouldn’t be another. www.stekpanna.com
09 July - No Jazz Tonight - World Cup Final Night!
Postponed: Heath Coldfield Quartet featuring. John Sparry (vibes) with Jim Sutton (b) Bryn Venus (p), tbc (d) Appearing by special request, Black Country local historian, writer, raconteur, bookshop owner and, more to the point, jazz musician John is reputedly something of a one-off who’s always worth seeing. Even more fun than a World Cup Final. www.johnsparry.freeuk.com
July 12th - Chris Bowden(s), Ben Markland(b) & Neil Bullock(d) Check your diaries: its a Wednesday evening.
It was the only way to re-schedule this after the last time, when two thirds of this trio appeared in different context. This is the real thing, as originally intended, a proper band that has been playing, composing and recording for over a year. So its a different day, ordinary time, ordinary place, extraordinary music.
July 16th - Esther Miller Quintet with Bryan Corbett (t), Gerry Spencer (p), Zoltan Dekany (b) and Neil Bullock (d) -South African (but Birmingham-based) singer Esther always goes down a storm, partly because shes a wonderful singer with great presence, and partly because its such a brilliant band. This is another one you need to get there early for. - [ Info | Image | www.esthermiller.co.uk ]
July 23rd Luis d'Agostino (g) + Pete Oxley (g)
Its been a while since we saw them as a duo, and theyve both been pretty busy in the meantime. Luis has his own trio and has just released an excellent new album, In Between. Pete, apart from co-running The Spin jazz club in Oxford, also has his own band, the well-regarded Curious Paradise. - http://www.peteoxley.com
30 July - Juliet Kelly Quintet feat. Omar Puente (violin)
For several years now Juliet has been tipped as a rising star of the jazz/soul style. She has an expressive, seductive voice and writes a lot of her own material, and was described by Jazzwise as "one of the UK's finest female jazz stars". A considerable bonus is the presence of her regular collaborator, the amazing Cuban violinist and singer Omar Puente
06 Aug -‘The Italian Connection’ Andrew Fawcett (s), Davide Logiri (p), Gianluca Alberti (b), Neil Bullock (d) Andrew and Davide have been collaborating for a couple of years now, switching between Italy and the UK. This is the line-up for their new album The Chase, with Andrew’s big tenor sound augmented by this excellent rhythm section of two Italians and some chap on drums whose name seems oddly familiar.www.andrewfawcett.co.uk and www.davidelogiri.eu
13 Aug - Joe Archer Quartet w Chris Morgan (s), Ida Hollis (b), Jim Bashford (d) A young local band led by guitarist Joe Archer, playing mostly Joe’s own compositions, described by trumpeter Henry Lowther as "innovative and original". They recently played at Birmingham Symphony Hall as part of the Commuter Jazz series, where Tony Dudley Evans pronounced them “Excellent ... a proper band, rehearsed and with good material". Joe himself says: “I aim to write progressive and interesting music, which retains retains a sensitivity for Jazz idioms of the past.”
20 Aug - Dylan Howe’s Hammond Trio feat. Brandon Allen (s), Ross Stanley (org)This is basically three fifths of the the dynamic drummer’s electrifying quintet that we saw last year, but a different style. It’s the classic Hammond/tenor sax/drums line-up and with players as good as this, it promises to be an exciting evening.www.dylanhowe.co
27 Aug - Killer Shrimp (Damon Brown/Ed Jones Quartet)
Ed Jones (s), Damon Brown (t, fl, voc), Ben Hazelton (b), Troy Millar (d) Ed Jones (last seen here with Stekpanna a few months back) and Damon Brown have been co-leading bands for quite a while, and both individually and as a pairing they have a formidable reputation. This, their latest project, is perhaps best described as hard bop, immaculately played, with a modern edge. It’ll be a good one. “Telling tunes, coolly crafted harmonies, powerful horn-playing and a great young rhythm section” - John Fordham (Guardian) www.damonbrown.co.uk
03 Sept - Andrew Colman Quartet Andrew Colman (flugelhorn), Jamil Sheriff (p), John Thorne (b), John Perry (d) We don’t get to see/hear Andrew as often as we should these days what with him being based in Leeds, so don’t miss the chance to catch him; “warm toned, with meticulous tone control and sensitivity”, says John Fordham (again). The band are excellent too, and there are many who’d come just to hear Jamil. www.andrewcolman.com
10 Sept - Ewen Baird Quartet (line up tba) A welcome return for a Stratford Jazz stalwart. An Oxford-based Scot, Ewen has a passion for vintage saxophones and a warm, soulful sound on tenor, soprano and occasionally alto. His material ranges across the more accessible part of spectrum of modern jazz from bop, through post-bop to funk, taking in modern standards and some less well-known gems.
17 Sept - Tom Hill’s Straitjackets Andy Shillingford (s), Pete Harris (g), Paul Sawtell (keys), Tom Hill (b), Neil Bullock (d) Another return visit, this time by the ever-popular Mr. Hill and his cohorts. Whether its straight bop, funk-fusion, soul/blues or political parody, this band has to be one of the most entertaining live acts in the country. Early arrival strongly recommended.
24 Sept - Edgar Macías Quintet Chris Bowden (s), Edgar Macías (p), Mike Green (b), Miles Levin (d), Wilmer Sifontes (perc) This is the group that played what many here considered to be one of the best gigs of last year. They were here as a quartet a few months back but this is them in their full glory, Latin-based but firmly in modern jazz territory, with any one of the five liable to reel off dazzling solos. It’s a truly great band that you’d be daft to miss.
01 Oct - Bryan Corbett (t, fl) and Levi French (p)When they played here last year there were one or two who expressed doubts about the ability of a duo to sustain interest over a whole double set. In fact, they were of course wonderfully compelling and, as someone remarked afterwards, “we could have a duo like that every week”. If you were on the boat trip, you may have wished you could hear them in a quieter context, so here they are: www.bryancorbett.co.uk or www.levifrench.com
08 Oct - Jucamaya Ian Hill (ts, ss), Graham Dent (p), Adrian Litvinoff (b), Dave Balen (d, perc)The return of Graham and Ian’s band, with the excellent bass of Adrian Litvinoff and a drummer who’s a new name (to me at least). “As usual we will feature a varied selection of originals (mainly mine), and other jazz tunes. Dave brings some interesting percussion opportunities to the band,” says Graham.
15 Oct - Trio Gitano Collective Jamie Fekete and Sam Slater (g) with Ray Butcher (t), Percy Perseglove (t, b), Holly Jones (f), Louis Robinson (v), Mike Fletcher (ts & as) This line up is a guitar duo augmented by some “friends of Gitano” who are well-known names to Midlands jazz fans. It should be an absorbing and entertaining evening. www.trigitano.com
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22 Oct - The Hub
Paul-Alexandre Meurens (s), Tim Dahl (b), Sean Noonan (d)
Stratford Jazz goes international with this visit by a young power trio all the way from New York City. The band has played at famous venues all over Europe and built up a strong following over here. Their music is rather more, shall we say, challenging (and loud) than some of us are used to. The Guardian described it as “manically exhilarating, gripping in its precision and energy” and “a real breath of fresh air, even if it hits your eardrums at dangerous velocities.” On the other hand, bassist Tim Dahl assures me that “it is jazz at the end of the day. We have played at some of the biggest jazz clubs around the world and we consistently win over classical jazz fans time and time again. So I can promise you that we won't scare anyone away.”www.thehubnyc.com
29 Oct - Sara Colman with Al Gurr (p), Ben Markland (b), Neil Bullock (d) + possibly Martin Williams (s) Sara is always popular with White Swan audiences (even those not that keen on singers) and for good reason. Where some other singers sacrifice feeling for technique, or vice versa, Sara is the real deal: skilful, tuneful, soulful and various other fuls. The line-up isn’t confirmed as yet, but rest assured - Sara always brings a great band.
05 Nov - Alan Barnes with Paul Sawtell (p), Bill Coleman (b), Neil Bullock (d) Fireworks night indeed. Alan really needs no introduction, as the old cliché goes, and nor do the band for Stratford Jazz regulars. So I won’t do one. It’s likely to be standing room only.www.alan-barnes.co.uk
12 Nov - Theo Travis Quartet feat. Simon Colam (p), Alex Keen (b), Marc Parnell (d) Originally a local lad, Theo Travis has made quite a name for himself with his virtuosic and soulful style on tenor and occasionally flute. as well as his own bands, he’s played with many luminaries, including Jim Mullen, Norma Winstone, Tony Coe and the late Slim Gaillard. He’s also involved in 60s underground legends Gong and the Soft Machine Legacy (with John Etheridge,Hugh Hopper and John Marshall). "One of the very best young tenor players of this or any jazz generation in Britain", said Digby Fairweather - and that was over a decade ago. In case you were wondering, drummer Marc is the son of bandleader Jack. www.theotravis.com
19 Nov - Lupa with Bryan Corbett (t, flg), Alfonso Deidda (p, s), Roger
Innis (b), Miles Levin (d) A return visit by Italian singer Lupa and the boys. Quite apart from her
individual vocal style, ranging from Mingus to Joni Mitchell, those who
remember the last time she was here will confirm what a great band this
is. The local names speak for themselves, and the less familiar Alfonso
Deidda is something special, playing great piano and great sax,
sometimes simultaneously. www.lupamusic.com
26 Nov - Geoff Eales Trio featuring Roy Babbington (b), Mark Fletcher (d) with
special guest Simon Spillett (ts) By demand we had to bring them together – two sensational musicians -
GEOFF EALES and SIMON SPILLETT in an exciting double header. Last time
the Geoff Eales Trio were here it was probably the best attended evening
of the year, and the more recent appearance by the astounding Simon
Spillett (Click:info) was a real jaw-dropper - people in the audience old enough to
have seen Tubby Hayes live confirmed that this guy who seemed to have
appeared from nowhere really did sound as good as the legendary Tubs.
The first set will be the launch of GEOFF EALES new CD HOMECOMING, then
in the second they’ll be joined by the exciting tenor sax star. NB this
will be in the back room but only because of anticipated numbers - it’s
still F R E E, you lucky people, so ...
... please dig extra deep for the raffle!More:www.geoffeales.com
03 Dec - Denise Gordon w Ian Hill (sax), Graham Dent (p), TBA (b), TBA (d) It’s been too long since we last saw and heard Denise here. Unavoidable circumstances forced the cancellation of a date earlier in the year, but she’s finally back, and many of us have been looking forward to it for a while. If you haven’t heard her before, her gospel/soul inflected singing will be a revelation.
06 Dec - Gilad Atzmon presents Artie Fishel & 'The Promised Band' - feat.
Ovidiu Fratila tbc (v), John Turville (p), Yaron Stavi (b) and Asaf Sirkis (d) (Tickets £6 - Roy: email@example.com
Another real treat - on a Wednesday This is a £6 ticket-entrance back room special gig. Gilad takes in the White Swan as part of his long UK tour promoting his new album. The album is astonishing: outrageous and funny with some fine playing mixed in with the pastiche and satire. The Guardian reviewer predicted: “I imagine sparks will fly on his current tour of the UK.” See: Arts Guardian I wouldn’t be at all surprised, so come along and find out. Meanwhile take a look at: www.artiefishel.com
10 Dec - Miles Levin Quintet feat. (tbc) Tony Ashford (s), Ray Butcher (t), Tim Amman (p) and Mike Green (b) Miles is one of the finest drummers in the area, and this is a welcome return for him, with a band assembled from his regular collaborators, each one a fine player in his own right; another evening of high-quality modern jazz.
17 Dec - End of Year Special - Chris Bowden (s), Percy Pursglove (t), Edgar Macías (p), Arnie Somogyi (b), Tony Levin (d) (Tickets £6 - Roy: firstname.lastname@example.org
)This quintet was specially put together to see out 2006 with a bang (not a whimper), and a very classy ensemble it is too. Each one has playing connections with at least a couple of the others, although as far as I know they’ve never all played as a band. The brief, as explained to them, was to get together and have some fun, and everyone was up for it.
07 Jan - Alan Barnes/Steve Waterman Quintet with Edgar Macías (p), Tom Hill (b), Carl Hemmingsley (d) (Tickets £6 - Roy: email@example.com
)So to 2007, and what a way to begin: the return of Alan Barnes, this time with the wonderful Steve Waterman on trumpet. These two have worked together a lot, notably on their Horace Silver tribute, and they’re a predictably great combination. On this occasion, they’re supported by the incomparable on drums (Edgar’s choice). It’ll be great fun and a fine way to start the year.
Click to see: Review: Independent on Sunday by Phil Johnson
14 Jan -Tim Collinson Quartet
Tim Collinson (s) Lester Bennett (d) Chris Goodhall
(b) Gianni Boscarino (p) This exciting quartet has been together for a year though they have collaborated
for over 8 years.
They have had a busy summer, playing at the Swindon, Swanage, Marlborough
Festivals and also supporting Stan Tracey at the Corsham Jazz Festival.
They are booked for the Isle of Wight Jazz Festival in August.
21 Jan - Pete Canter Quartet
Pete Canter (t-s) Nick Millward (d) Wayne Elliot (b)
Nick Blunn (p).
Pete Canter is a fine sax player with an exceptional sound. His set of
well-chosen hardbop, Latin and more contemporary jazz music draws on
the work of Hank Mobley, Jo Henderson, Horace Silver and Bill Evans
as well as his own originals. Based in the southwest, he has
become known more widely through his numerous festival
appearances including Cheltenham, Bude, Teignmouth and
Pontypool. The band recently supported Polar Bear at the Exeter
Vibraphonic Festival and headlined at the Taunton Jazz Festival
with a twin sax frontline featuring Iain Ballamy.
28 Jan - Bryan Corbett Quartet Bryan Corbett(t&f) Levi French(p) Ben Markland(b) Neil Bullock(d) All local favourites who need no introduction - a jazz lover's dream quartet!What could be better? Not much, his regular fans here at Stratford Jazz would contend. For many of us, it’s one of life’s many mysteries that Bryan Corbell isn’t a national name by now. www.bryancorbett.co.uk
04 Feb - Ben Waghorn with John-Paul Trio Ben Waghorn (s), John-Paul Gard (Hammond Organ/Pedals) Eddie John (d). A welcome return for Ben who made such an impression with his quartet last June. Tonight he appears with John-Paul Gard and Eddie John a talented combination with a really big sound!
11 Feb - John Sparry/Heath Coldfield Qrt John Sparry (vibes), Richard Werritt (g), Bryn Venus (p), Jim Sutton (b) and Mal Garrett (d). Anyone who witnessed the memorable "Vibes Summit" gig when John appeared at the White Swan with the late Mike Webber some 4-5 years ago will know that this is a gig not to be missed. Not only is John a fine vibes player he is also a wonderful raconteur. This promises to be a very lively and entertaining evening.
25 Feb - Alex Hutton Trio. Alex Hutton (p), Arnie Somogyi (b) and Graham Fox (d)Alex is widely regarded as one of the top young pianists in the country. His latest album "Cross That Bridge" has received splendid reviews in the jazz press. Thanks to Jazz Services & PRS Foundation for sponsorship. See: *
04 Mar - Luis D'Agostini Qrt Luis D'Agostini (g), Duncan McNaughton (t), Ralph Mizraki (b) and Charlie Stratford (d) Luis's talented trio is well known to us but this is Duncan McNaughton's first visit to SJ. Duncan is equally at home in both the classical and jazz worlds. As a classical musician he has appeared with Nigel Kennnedy, Simon Rattle and Bryn Terfel, and has performed Haydn's Trumpet Concerto at the Royal Festival Hall. On the jazz front he has played with Stan Tracey, Steve Waterman, Bobby Shew, Ed Jones etc etc.Luis is very excited about this new combo!
11 Mar - Jazz Fantastique Paul Sawtell (p), Bill Coleman (b) Neil Bullock (d) Paul's lively trio is truly fantastique!
An eagerly awaited return to Stratford Jazz at The White Swan. Thanks to Jazz Services & PRS Foundation for sponsorship. See: *
18 Mar - Edgar Macias Quartet NB: changed band Edgar Macias (p), Ray Butcher (t), Mike Green (b) Carl Hemingsley (d)
Venezuelan piano maestro Edgar back with a excellent line up - promises to be a great evening.
25 Mar - Joel Purnell Qrt Joel Purnell (ts), Paul Sawtell (keys), Zoltan Dekany (b) John Perry (d) A welcome return to this Leeds based saxophonist whose reputation goesfrom strength to strength. Another evening of high quality jazz!
01 Apr - Julie Edwards/Kevin Dearden. Julie Edwards (voc), Kevin Dearden (saxs), Tom Pedersen (b), Alan
Savage (d) Edgar Macias (p). A welcome return to the singer/sax duo who have
an enviable empathic relationship. Julie has clearly joined the front
runners in the world of female jazz singers. Thanks to Jazz Services & PRS Foundation for sponsorship. See: *
08 Apr - Nicolas Meier Qrt feat. Gilad Atzmon. Nicolas Meier (g), Gilad Atzmon (s), Tom Mason (b), Asaf Sirkis (d).
This Swiss guitarist is possibly a new name to many of you but he is
well known on the European circuit, having toured extensively in
Switzerland, Italy and France with such illustrious names as Elvin
Jones, Brad Meldau, Bill Evans etc.
The fact that he can call on such support for our gig speaks volumes! Thanks to Jazz Services & PRS Foundation for sponsorship. See: *
15 Apr - Philip Clout Trio Philip Clouts (p), Alex Keen (b), Sean Randle (d).
Philip Clouts latest CD, 'Direction Sout', has rheceived splendid
reviews in the
jazz press and has been widely featured on Jazz FM and BBC’s Jazz Line-up.
Clearly a pianist with a great future. Thanks to Jazz Services & PRS Foundation for sponsorship. See: *
22 Apr -Tom Hill's ZeeZee Bop
Tom Hill (b) Ian Ellis (s) Craig Milverton (p) Nick
Millward (d). This is Tom Hill's other band and popular with his many Stratford
fans. Four great musicians who bring asense of fun and adventure to jazz.
29 Apr - Andy Hague Quintet Andy Hague (t), Ben Waghorn (ts), Jim Blomfield (p), Dave Goodier (b),
Simon Gore (d).
An exciting quintet with a talented line-up which is well known to us. The
repertoire combines Andy's catchy original compositions with fresh
of jazz standards. Thanks to Jazz Services & PRS Foundation for sponsorship. See: *
06 May - Ewen Baird Qrt
Ewen Baird (saxs), Kevin Armstrong (g), TomFarmer (b), Andrew
Chapman (d) A welcome return to Ewen and his band. TheOxford based Scottish
tenor player has an engaging mellow but muscular style,playing a
mixture of off-centre modern jazz standards and original material.
13 May - Rosie Brown Qrt
Rosie Brown (v) JamilSheriff (p) Zoltan Dekany (b) Jonas
Backman (d) With quality musicianship and effortless stylethis established
collective offers a classic interpretation of some choice
singer-songwriter tunes. The set includes Jamil's arrangements of Joni
Mitchell,Rickie Lee Jones, John Martyn, Neil Young and Cat Stevens
alongside some Brazilian and jazz classics plus some strong
originals penned by Rosie and Jamil.
20 May - Simon King Qrt Simon King (g), Sam Roger (sax), DanNicholls (key), Danny
Preston b), Carl Hemmingsley (d) Simon has played with many influential jazz musicians including
Randy Brecker, Jonny King, Pete King, Tim Garland, AlanBarnes, Jim
Mullen etc. As well as writing and playing for his own octet and
quintet, he plays regularly with groups around the West of England and
is the conductor of the up and coming Shrewsbury Big Band
27 May - Esther Miller Qrt. Esther Miller (v) Karen Sharp (ts) Gerry Spencer (p) Zoltan
Dekany (b) John Perry (d) Since herfirst appearance at
the White Swan in 2003 she has established herself as one of our
favourite artists. Described as "a cross between Shirley Horn and Annie
Ross", Esther is one of South Africa's leading singers. Karen Sharp in
the line-up is an added bonus.
03 June - Henry Lowther (t) Qrt Click for hi Info featuring Jim Mullen (g) Info: www.jimmullenjazz.co.uk
with Dave Green (b) Stu Butterfield (d) * Sponsor: Jazz Services. A 'Stratford Jazz Back-room Special'.| Phone for
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10 June - Beebe (Chris Aldridge) Quintetinfo: www.beebeplanet.com
Chris Aldridge (s), Bryan Corbett (t), Levi French (p), Roger Innis (b), Neil Bullock (d) Chris Aldridge may be a new name to many at Stratford Jazz but just read the line-up to know we are set for exciting high quality jazz.
17 June - Katya Gorrie Trioinfo
Katya Gorrie (v & pc), Denny Ilett (g), Chris Hill (b) Katya, a welcome arrival from Vancouver, is a jazz singer of impeccable quality.Her recent CD, 'Pousse Cafe', inspired by sultry 50's recordings of Julie London, has been widely acclaimed by the jazz critics. She is ably accompanied by partner, Denny Ilett, whose guitar playing comes straight from the Wes Montgomery/George Benson school. With Katya's vibrant personality and song choices this promises to be an atmospheric evening.
24 June - Gianni Qrtinfo
Gianni Boscarino (p), Binker Golding (s), Ben Bastin (b), Vasilis Sarikas (d) We were so impressed by Gianni's playing in January, when he appeared with Tim Collinson, we have invited him back with his own quartet. The band has been together for two years and provide a mix of original material and modern interpretations of jazz standards. Gianni's music is beautifully enhanced by Chris Williams's soaring alto sax. Chris, a versatile musician, is an integral part of experimental jazz group 'Led Bib', signed to Babel Label.
01 July - Karen Street Quartet Info: www.karenstreet.com Karen Street (acc), Ben Castle (s), Fred Baker (b), Mike Outram (g)
*Sponsor:Jazz Services= FREE! (But please see'Raffle'above)
Karen is probably the leading jazz accordionist in the UK as well as being a talented composer. This gig promotes her latest CD 'Accordion Crimes!'. Karen is ably supported by the lyrical and creative playing of Ben Castle (great to see him back at the White Swan), the outstanding soloing of Mike Outram and the inimitable Fred Baker. 08 July - Jucamayainfo: www.grahamdent.com
Graham Dent (p) Ian Hill (s) Tyrone Bishop (b) Nick Millward (d) Regular visitors and favourites of Stratford Jazz. Good honest jazz with a soulful, occasionally funky edge. Fresh from their recent appearance at the Coventry Jazz Festival.
15 July - Cuban Meltdown! Bobby Carcasses (pc, v, fh) Maria Cecilia Colon (v) Robin Jones (pc) Steve Waterman (t) George Haslam (s) Adrian Noble (p) Steve Kershaw (b) Marc Cecil (d) A real coup for SJ. The legendary Bobby Carcasses with Maria Cecilia Colon - two exciting Cuban musicians who have made such an impression on the world stage. Steve Kershaw has introduced us to a number of first class foreign musicians and they never fail to excite. Steve Waterman in the lineup is certainly an added bonus. Copies of the new CD 'CUBAN MELTDOWN' will be available on the night.
22 July - Kevin Figes QuartetInfo: www.kevinfiges.co.uk Kevin Figes (s) Jim Blomfield (p) Riaan Voslool (b) Scott Hammond (d)
This group is well known in the Bristol area and Kevin and Jim have become great favourites of SJ, they just get better and better.
29 July - Lee Jones Quartet Info: www.leejones-guitarist.com
Lee Jones (g) Pete Parkinson (s) Dane Cranenberg (b) Ian Russell (d) The first appearance at the White Swan for Lee who is a product of the Birmingham Conservatoire.
When we heard his demo CD we just had to book him. Definitely a star of the future
05 Aug - Ralph Allin Qrt -
Lineup TBA For those of you who have not witnessed one of his performances, violinist Ralph Allin is a revelation, an artist with the rare ability to combine jaw dropping virtuosity with universal musical appeal. His programme is both entertaining and well crafted, and uniquely diverse in content. This is swing with a capital 'S' - all providing the backdrop for Ralph's energetic and innovative arrangements of the great jazz standards and original compositions.
12 Aug - Louise Parker Qrt
Louise Parker (voc) Craig Milverton (p) Tom Hill (b) Nick Millward (d) Jazz songstress Louise Parker has established herself as one of the most compelling vocalists on the jazz scene. A recent winner of the Evening Standard award for best vocalist in jazz, she will be featuring material from her latest CDs. Stratford Jazz enthusiasts will not be slow to notice that her quartet features the talents of ZeeZee Bop.
19 Aug - Nick Blunn Qrt
Nick Blunn (p) Sam Rogers (s) Dane Cranenberg (b) Steve Street? possibly (d) A welcome return to the very talented pianist and composer Nick Blunn. The programme will feature both modern and mainstream jazz with Nick's original compositions based on Motorway Services??!! Great to see Sam Rogers in the lineup - he made quite an impression in May when he appeared with the Simon King Qnt.
26 Aug - Bryan Corbett (t) / Levi French (p) Duo his extremely talented duo are deservedly great favourites of Stratford Jazz. An evening of superb quality jazz is in store with a few surprises into the bargain.
02 Sept - Gitano Collective
09 Sept - The
Trio Chris Bowden(s) Ben Markland(b) Neil Bullock(d) Hot
from their nationwide tour where they supported the noted Swedish
group EST this has to be SJ's most popular trio. An evening of the
most exciting modern jazz is anticipated - the big problem is, as
we are now in the backroom, where do we find a radiator for Neil??!!
16 Sept- Tim Collinson Qrt featuring Tim Collinson(s), Gianni Boscarino(p), Chris Goodsell(b). Mike Paxton(d) This quartet made quite an impression when they appeared at the White Swan for the first time in January. They are a dynamic jazz group with a varied repertoire, including a greats election of standards and creative original compositions. An entertaining evening of explosive improvisations is anticipated.
23 Sept - Denise Gordon info & Graham Dent Qrt
Denise(v) Graham Dent(p) Ian Hill(s) Roger Innis(b) Nick Millward(d) Denise a wonderful jazz vocalist who improves performance
after performance. A warm welcome from her many fans is anticipated. The
support of the Graham Dent Qrt couldn't be bettered.
30 Sept Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble Tickets £6: Phone Roy: email@example.com
. Tickets are going fast!
Featuring Gilad Atzmon info (saxs & electronics) Frank Harrison (p & electronics), Yaron Stavi (db & elect bass), Asaf Sirkis (d) This gig is part of Gilad's 'Refuge Tour 2007' which is supported by Jazz Services.** Love him or hate him you just cannot ignore Gilad, he is an amazingly talented musician. All that can be said of the music on this gig is 'expect the unexpected'. They say that great musicians attract great musicians, that's certainly true for this gig when you see the abundance of talent with Gilad. The message is book early - tickets are going fast!
07 Oct: Tom Hill's Straitjackets - InfoTom Hill (b) Andy Shillingford (saxs) Paul Sawtell (p) Lee Jones (g) Neil Bullock (d). A return to the White Swan of one of our favourite bands. The usual suspects are in the lineup except that Lee Jones, who was so impressive with his own band earlier this year, replaces Pete Harris. Lively entertaining jazz is assured.
14 Oct: *Steve
Waterman Sextet* Tickets £10. Steve Waterman info (Trumpet/Flugel), Mark Nightingale (Trombone), Dave O'Higgins
(Tenor Sax), Nick Weldon (Piano), Andy Cleyndert (Bass) Clark Tracey (Drums) Steve put the sextet together for the Mainstream
CD 'Stablemates' to feature the music of the legendary Benny Golson. Each
member of the group is a band leader in his own right so it is quite a
coup for Stratford Music Festival to have them assembled under one roof
at Stratford Jazz. Some of the best loved themes in modern jazz will be
featured in refreshingly new and original arrangements by Steve Waterman.
This programme provides a great opportunity for
jazz lovers to experience an evening of superlative musicianship by artists
at the top of their game. “Great music, splendid interpretations.”
- Jazz Journal.
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. More: www.stratfordmusicfestival.com
Part of Stratford Music Festival (13-21 Oct)
21 Oct: *Corey Mwamba & Luis D'Agostino Trio* Corey Mwamba info(vibes) Luis D'Agostino info(guitars) Raphael Mizrak(bass) Charlie Stratford(drums)Tickets £6. Roy: email@example.com Jazz lovers will be agog with anticipation at the prospect of Corey Mwamba, an exciting and dynamic soloist on vibraphone, accompanied by the equally exciting and popular Luis D’Agostino Trio.
One of the problems in booking Corey for a gig is finding musicians who can stay with him on the racier numbers. He is a virtuosic performer with one of the subtlest touches imaginable and is truly one of the best vibraphone players in Britain today. Luis D’Agostino is considered one of the best Argentinean guitar players of his generation. His styles span the spectrum from the flashiest of rock music’s shenanigans to the most subtle and sensitive jazz. His CD “In Between” has received splendid reviews. Be prepared for an evening of the most vibrant spontaneity. Sparks will surely fly!
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28 Oct - Azhaar Saffar Qrt Featuring talented singer and violinist from Sirius B band: Azhaar Saffar info1 & info2 (vocals & violin) & (TBC): Joe Cavanagh(p) Thad Kelly(b) Daisy Palmer(d) This is the start of a new project led by Azhaar, better known for her singing and writing with the well known Brazilian Jazz Band Sirius B. Less well known is that she plays a mean jazz violin. Going beyond the Grappelli swing that has for so long defined the role of jazz violin. She is more influenced by Charlie Parker and post bop players like Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard. So with a modern jazz repertoire of originals and standards she fronts this new outfit as both singer and violinist.
04 Nov - Pete Lay Qrt
Pete Lay (sax) Mike Pears (p) Peter Simpson (b) Steve Hamper (d). A welcome return to the popular tenor player and occasional singer.
The usual suspects in the line up providing good honest mainstream jazz. Pete is a great supporter of jazz
running the Banbury Jazz Club for many years. Stratford Jazz fans will give him a warm welcome.
11 Nov - Andrew Colman Qrt info Andrew Colman (flugel horn) Jamil Sheriff(p) Jon Thorne(b) John Perry(d) Another favourite of Stratford Jazz returns. Do not miss the chance to catch him. Very much inspired by the great Chet Baker, Andrew concentrates mainly on the flugel horn these days. "Warm toned, with meticulous tone and sensitivity," says John Fordham. The added bonus is the superb Jamil Sheriff on piano.
18 Nov - Andrew Fawcett Qntinfo
Andrew Fawcett (sax) Gethin Liddington (t) Julian Martin (p) Tom Hill (b)
Delroy Brown (d) Andrew usually visits us with his quartet but tonight is really something special with the addition of Gethin Liddington on trumpet. Gethin positively wowed the audience at the White Swan some five years ago and this is the first chance we have been able to get him back. With Tom Hill on bass, an evening not to be missed.
25 Nov - Magic Hat Ensemble Qnt
Steve Chadwick (t) Andrzej Baranek (p) Nick Blacks (b)
Tommy Ormesher (g) Rob Turner (d) First visit to Stratford Jazz at the White Swan of this exciting quintet who are making quite a name for themselves in the NorthWest. Their demo disc impressed Roy Stevens. This will be an evening of good swinging jazz with a lot of fun into the bargain.
02 Dec - Simon Spillett- Tribute to Tubby Hayes Simon Spillett Quartet featuring Simon Spillett info (ts) Tim Amman (p) Ryan Trebillock (b) Tony Levin (d)
The first of three gigs celebrating 21 years of jazz at the White Swan. Simon Spillett (Winner BBC
Rising Star Award 2007) doing his tribute to his idol the legendary Tubby Hayes. Straight-ahead
high energy jazz is Simon's forte. His mastery of the tenor-sax will have you gasping in disbelief!
Simon has chosen three excellent local musicians to support him, the inclusion of Tony Levin,
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A 21st Year & Xmas Celebration
09 Dec - Killer Shrimp Featuring: Ed Jones (s & cl) Damon Brown (t & fh) Mark Hodgeson (b) Troy Miller (d)
This quartet made a tremendous impression on their only previous visit to the White Swan
during August 2006. Since then they have won the gong for 'Best Ensemble 2007' in the
Parliamentary Jazz Awards and their CD 'Sincerely Whatever' has received wide acclaim.
Expect a riotous blowing session from this outfit, all key players on the exciting jazz funk
scene. Tickets £6 Roy email@example.com
A 21st Year & Xmas Celebration
16 Dec - Beebee Qnt featuring Chris Aldridge (s) Bryan Corbett (t & fl) Marcus Byrne (p) Roger Innis (g) Neil Bullock(d) Completing our 21st celebrations with one of the finest local combos. One look at the
lineup will assure regulars that we are in for a real pre-Christmas treat.
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A 21st Year & Xmas Celebration
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06 Jan - Alan Barnes with Bryan Corbett Qnt
Alan Barnes (s) Bryan Corbett(t & fl) Paul Sawtell(k) Tom Hill(b) Neil Bullock(d) One look at the lineup will assure all jazz lovers that we are in for a storming start to the New Year! Tickets £6 Roy email@example.com
13 Jan - Luis D'Agostino Trio with Pete Oxley Luis D'Agostino (g) Pete Oxley (g) Ralph Misraki (b) Mark Doffman (d) Two talented and popular guitarists who have often appeared at the WS as a duo. The added talents of Ralph and Mark will contribute to an evening of swinging and lively jazz.
20 Jan - Luca Luciano Duo Luca Luciano (clar) Paolo Losi (p) Breathtaking clarinet-player, arranger and composer leads his own jazz duo performing originals
plus standards from Ellington, Coltrane, Parker etc.
His CD 'Neapolis' was widely acclaimed, in the words of 'Jazz UK', "Takes the clarinet to the highest
27 Jan - Dick Pearce with the Tom Hill Trio Dick Pearce (t) Tom Hill (b) Paul Sawtell (p) Neil Bullock (d) The teaming of the legendary Dick Pearce with Tom Hill's trio is quite a coup for SJ. Dick built up his sterling reputation with the bands of Don Rendell, Michael Garrick and Mike Westbrook before joining Ronnie Scott's quintet on a regular basis from 1980-1993. To quote from the late Oscar Peterson "A trumpeter of tremendous talent!"
03 Feb - Tam De Villiers Quartet info Tam (g) Josephine Davies (sax) Bruno Schorp (b) Nick Smalley (d)
10 Feb - Andra Sparks Quintet info - Andra Sparks (v)
Art Theman (s) Nick Weldon (p) Jeff Clyne (b) Trevor Tompkins(d) **
17 Feb - Julie Edwards & Kevin Dearden Qnt info- Julie Edwards (v) Kevin Dearden (s) Al Gurr (p) Bill Coleman (b) Alan Savage (d)This well be an excellent evening of jazz as we know just how good they are. Those kicking themselves for missing them earlier, don't miss this.
24 Feb - Geoff Eales Qrt info feat. Michael Coates
Geoff (p) Michael Coates (sax) Roy Babbington (b) Mark Fletcher (d) Geoff’s reputation as one of the country’s finest continues to grow both here and in the States. ‘People like musicians to fit neatly into categories, Geoff does not do that. He delights in technique not for its own sake but because it allows him to be clear.’ Jazz Views‘... a gifted home-grown, totally uncategorisable pianist-composer who burns with terrifying passion for the music.’ Jazz at Ronnie Scott’s- More description click here Tickets £6 Roy firstname.lastname@example.org
02 Mar - Joe Archer Qrt info Joe (g) Chris Morgan (ts) Ida Hollis (b) Jim Bashford (d) A young local band led by guitarist Joe Archer, playing mostly Joe’s own compositions, described by trumpeter Henry Lowther as "innovative and original". Described by Tony Dudley Evans at Birmingham Jazz as: “Excellent ... a proper band, rehearsed and with good material". Joe himself says: “I aim to write progressive and interesting music, which retains a sensitivity for Jazz idioms of the past.”
09 Mar - Sara Littlefield Qrt
Sara (saxs) Jami Sheriff (p) Jonty Fisher (b) John Parry (d) ** This talented band was formed in September 2006 to celebrate the music of Sara's father, pianist and composer, Ron Littlefield. Sara is greatly inspired by players like Dewey Redman, Keith Jarrett, Joe Lovano and Sonny Rollins. The quartet's CD "Toad Soup" is highly recommended. Jami on piano is highly regarded by Stratford Jazz fans and it is good to see Jonty on bass and John returning on drums.
16 Mar - Jucamaya info Graham Dent (p) Ian Hill (ts & ss) Richard Baker (t) Tyrone Bishop (b) Nick Millward (d) The popular Jucamaya band has now become a quintet with the addition of Richard Baker on trombone. Their first CD "Thinking of Joe", a tribute to the legendary Joe Zawinul who died during 2007, will be released early this year. An excellent variety of jazz standards and originals (mainly Graham's) is anticipated.
23 Mar - Pete Canter Qrt info Pete Canter (ts)
Jim Blomfield (p)
Wayne Elliot (b)
Gary Evans (d) A welcome return to this fine jazz combo drawing on bebop, hardbop and unusual standards and originals. It is pleasing to see the ebullient Jim Blomfield in the lineup. Good honest straight- ahead swinging jazz!
30 Mar - Chris Bowden Trio(Changed programme)
Chris (s) Ben Markland (b) and Neil Bullock (d) Although this band was formed some three years ago it is difficult to put them together becasue each is so much in demand individually with other groups. Tonight we have the real thing - three musicians at the top of their game and great favourites of SJ. An extraordinary and exciting evening of jazz is assured.
06 Apr - Nicolas Meier Qrt info - Jazz Services sponsored - £6
Nicolas Meier (glissentar: acoustic fretless guitar, fretted acoustic & syth guitar, Turkish saz)Nicolas Meier website - Click Here with Gilad Atzmon info (sop & ten saxs, clarinet) Asaf Sirkis info (d) Tom Mason info (acoustic bass)
This gig is part of Nic's "Silent Talks" tour sponsored by Jazz Services. Nic made a stunning debut appearance at the White Swan during April last year. His music draws on a multitude of influences: jazz, flamenco, Latin and Middle-Eastern music are all explored in a series of acoustic modern jazz originals. "Meier is elegant in tone and bubbling with ideas."
Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier is one of the rising stars of a vibrant British jazz scene, his trademark sound a mixture of Methenyesque jazz and spicy Turkish and world music rhythms. Already well known in Europe, where his Meier Group have toured extensively and shared the bill with such illustrious names as Elvin Jones, Brad Meldau, Trilok Gurtu and Bill Evans. Meier and his band recently won the enormously prestigious Grand Prize Of The Jury and 1st Prize Jazz Guitar at Jazz a Juan Revelations 2006 a competition for the finest new jazz musicians and bands in Europe run by the legendary (Antibe Jazz Festival).
John Fordham in The Guardian described Meier as "Elegant in tone and bubbling with ideas..Is originality as a writer, player and a team leader dispatches any doubts".
For more, in The Guardian, please Click Here
13 Apr - Bryan Corbett Quartet Bryan (t & f) Levi French (p) Ben Markland (b) Neil Bullock (d)
All the local favourites. A full house is certain for this talented outfit
20 Apr - Phil Clouts Quartet
Philip (p) Carlos Lopez-Real (saxs) Alex Keen (b) Sean Randle (d)
The Philip Clouts trio made its debut at the White Swan last April releasing at that time the highly successful CD "Direction South". Here the trio team up with F-IRE collective saxophonist Carlos Lopez-Real, who Dave Liebman says "plays with a sound that comes from the soul", with a new set of original material, influenced by Latin and African jazz and New Orleans funk, creating music with a groove.
27 Apr - Andrew Fawcett Qnt Andrew (s) Gethin Liddington (t) Julian Martin (p) Tom Hill (b) Delroy Brown (d) This is the same lineup that went down so well at the White Swan last November. Andrew and Gethin are so good together and with such a talented trio in support live jazz doesn't get much better.
04 May - Alex Hutton Trio
Alex (p) Mike Janisch (b) Enzo Zirilli (d) The second appearance at the White Swan of this talented and exciting trio. Alex is regarded by jazz connoisseurs as one the rising piano stars in the UK. His album, "Cross that Bridge" received wide acclaim last year. An eagerly awaited return.
11 May - Simon King Quartet
Simon (g) Dan Nichols (s) Percy Pursglove (b) Simon Spreyer (d) You never know what to expect when Simon appears for us. He plays quite a number of instruments this time he plays guitar. Last time Dan appeared he played piano. This time he plays saxes and Percy will forfeit the trumpet and be on double bass. Whatever instruments they play, be assured that this is an enormously talented band providing swinging exciting jazz.
18 May - Tom Hill's ZeeZee Bop
Tom (b) Craig Milverton (p) Nick Millward (d) Ian Ellis (s)This is one of the most popular bands to appear at the White Swan. Four musicians, all at the top of their game, bringing a sense of fun and adventure to jazz.
25 May - Esther Miller Qnt with Steve Waterman
Esther Miller info (v) Steve Waterman (t&f) Gerry Spencer (p) Zoltan Dekany (b)
John Perry (d) An established favourite vocalist since she first appeared at the White Swan in 2003. Esther is one of South Africa's leading jazz singers. More info It will not have escaped the notice of regulars that the impeccable Steve Waterman info is in the lineup.
For this special gig we will be charging: Admission: £5 - On the door
01 June - Kevin Figes Quartet.
Kevin Figes info (s) Jim Blomfield info (p) Riaan Vosloo info (b) Scott Hammond info (d) A welcome return for this popular West Country group. A mix of jazz standards and Kevin's originals with the exuberant Jim Blomfield leading the swinging rhythm section.
08 June - Beebee Quintet. Chris Aldridge (s) Bryan Corbett (t) Roger Innis (g) Levi French (p) Neil Bullock (d). One glance at this impressive lineup will convince fans that we are in for a feast of top quality jazz from some of the leading local musicians. A full house is anticipated. For this special gig we will be charging: Admission: £5 - On the door
15 June Jim Mullen Organ Trio with Stan Sulzmann
Jim Mullen (g) Stan Sulzmann info(s) Mike Gorman (organ) Matt Skelton (d)
A real coup for us to entice this renowned band to the White Swan.
Four internationally acclaimed musicians thriving on their much deserved reputations. Different sounds but always accessible, tasteful swinging jazz.
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Ticketed Admission. Places will be limited. We anticipate a full house.
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22 June - Katya Gorrie Duoinfo
Katya Gorrie (v) Denny Ilett (g). A welcome return for this singer from Vancouver who charmed the White Swan audience during last year with her sultry voice reminiscent of Julie London. She is ably accompanied by her partner Denny Ilett whose guitar playing is straight from the Wes Montgomery/George Benson school. Katya's vibrant personality and song choices will ensure an atmospheric evening.
29 June - Stekpanna info
Steve Kershaw (b) Mads Kjolby (g) Petter Svard (d) We are pleased to welcome Steve back to the Stratford Jazz scene. This band ranks among the top trios that appear at the White Swan. Providing a wide range of jazz standards and original material, this is an evening not to be missed.
July 06 - Quiver - £5 - On door
- Casey Green's 6-piece Latin Jazz Bandinfo Casey Greene (Flute, Saxs), Carl Orr (g), Paul Sawtell (p), Eddie McGuire (Congas), Roger Inniss (Bass), Carl Hemmingsley (d) Casey Greene’s original compositions are fresh and inspiring, reflecting his experience in performing the music of Cuba, Brazil, Africa, Australia, Europe and the US. Quiver gives an intoxicating mix of Rhythm, Melody and Harmony that brings passion, soul and irresistible energy to the stage and guarantees to bring people to their feet. Every member of the band has the opportunity to stretch out and bring their own musical personalities to the forefront. Their first Cd “Cous Cous” is available on Rehab Records. Enjoy!
July 13 - Lee Jones Quartet
Lee Jones (g) Pete Parkinson (s) Dave Cranenberg (b) Ian Russell (d) Another chance to see this exciting young guitarist who is making a major impact on the jazz scene - one of the finest talents to appear from the Birmingham Conservatoire in recent times
July 20 - Tom Hill's Straitjackets - £5 - On door Tom Hill (h) Andy Shillingford (s) Marcus Byrne (p) Lee Jones (g) Neil Bullock (d) This is one of the most popular bands ever to appear at the White Swan and deservedly so. Whether it's straight bop, funk-fusion, soul/blues or political parody this band always entertains. Early arrival is strongly recommended
July 27 - Brian Corbett & Levi FrenchDuo Bryan Corbett (t & fh) Levi French (p) A welcome return to this classy duo who never fail to deliver. Anyone who has doubts about the ability of a duo to sustain interest throughout the evening should be prepared for a rethink. Two of the finest musicians on the UK jazz scene
Aug 03 - The Pete Lay Quartet
Pete Lay (ts) Mike Pears (p) Peter Simpson (b) Steve Hamper (d) ‘Remembering Dick Morrissey’ Pete, a popular and regular visitor to the White Swan, decided to devote this evening to tunes associated with his idol the legendary Dick Morrissey. Pete, long-time pillar of the Banbury Jazz Club, is a versatile tenor player with occasional bluesy vocals.
Aug 10 - Jazz Funk Collective info Led by the talented Duncan Eagles on tenor sax this young but very experienced band makes its first appearance at the White Swan. Two successful CDs with another on the way and several exciting live performances, including the Bull Head and Bleu Note in Dublin, have established this band as a major player in UK jazz. Swinging bop, deep funk, fluid improvisation and melody all contribute to a big sound.
Aug 17 - Ralph Allin Quartet Violinist Ralph Allin, needs no introduction to his many fans at the White Swan. Covering a wide spectrum of the jazz idiom; Django, Ellington, Parker and then to Irish Folk, he never fails to entertain. Be prepared for an evening of infinite variety and good fun from a seriously talented violinist.
Aug 24 - JS Sextet led by James Shipway info James Shipway (g) Roz Harding (as) Martin Holland (t) Bob Martin (tb) Marcus Vergette (b) Dave Sheen (d) With the acclaimed JS Quartet (Cheltenham '07, Cork '07) as its nucleus this new group could be set to turn heads on the UK jazz scene. Performing original compositions and arrangements by James Shipway the bands distinctive brand of music encompasses everything from quirky big band style passages and hypnotic ethnic grooves to lush shimmering harmonies all played with a spiky contemporary twist. With a stellar front line and rhythm section be prepared for something good.
Aug 31 - Interplay Quintet
Adrian Litvinoff (b) Alan Wakeman (s & fl) Richard Baker (tb) Neil Hunter(p) Dave Balen (d) A new group formed by Adrian which made a successful appearance this year at the Coventry Jazz Festival. Playing original tunes from Adrian with a mixture of jazz standards this is a quintet with a big band sound.
Sept 07 - Louise Parker Qrt
Louise Parker (v) Craig Milverton (p) Tom Hill (b) Nick Millward (d) This popular jazz singer from the West Country makes a welcome return to the White Swan. a lively evening of good swinging jazz with sterling support from one of the best trios around.
Sept 14 - Tim Collinson Qrt
Tim Collinson (t & s sax) Gianni Boscarino (p) Ben Bastin (b) Lester Bennett (d) This dynamic and exciting group has been together since 1999 and goes from strength to strength. An interesting and varied repertoire of standards and originals which feature memorable melodies and explosive improvisations. Audiences are always rewarded with an entertaining musical experience.
Sept 21 - Ben Waghorn - John Paul Gard Organ Trio
Ben Waghorn (s) John Paul Guard (org) Eddie John (d) This is one of the most exciting trios to visit the WS. Three musicians right at the top of their game playing fluid and exhilarating jazz which is guaranteed to have the audience begging for more.
Sept 28 - Jazzmoss- £5 - On door
Louisa le Marchard (v) Gill Swan (v) Kaz Kasozi (p) Art Theman (s) Henry Lowther (t &fh) Trevor Thomkins (d) Liran Donin (b) Jazzmoss has been described as lyrical jazz with a light melodic and warm Summer feel, but be prepared for some brilliantly poetic lyrics, new haunting melodies, raunchy solos from Art, spine tingling trumpet from Henry, some dynamic and melodic drumming from Trevor, inspiring piano from Kaz and as Liran rumbles his bass Louisa, like the true song bird she is, carries the songs across the landscape of the great band Jazzmoss. An evening with a difference!
** Jazz Services assisted - £5 entrance at the door
Oct 05 - The Tomorrow Band
Chris Bowden (s), Ben Markland (b), Neil Bullock (d)
Oct 12 - The Liquorice-Stick All-Sorts SOLD OUT! - SOLD OUT! Alan Barnes, Paul Clarvis, Jim Hart - tribute to Benny Goodman. A new Trio featuring Alan on the clarinet with Jim Hart on the vibes and Paul Clavis on the drums. Although the repertoire is mainly taken from Benny Goodman and his contemporaries, the playing is contemporary in approach. The unique line-up allows for an unusual amount of interplay and swinging remains the priority throughout. Stratford Music Festival 10-19 Oct www.stratfordmusicfestival.com
Oct 19 - 'Never Pat a Burning Dog' SOLD OUT! - SOLD OUT!
Ronnie Scott tribute Featuring: Dick Pearce, Mornington Lockett, Tom Hill, Paul Sawtell, Neil Bullock
Stratford Music Festival 10-19 Oct www.stratfordmusicfestival.com
Oct 26 - Tom Hill Quartet. Ian Ellis (s), Andy Edwards(d) and Phil Bond (p & v)
Nov 02 - Nick Blunn Trio Experience.
Nick Blunn (p) Mark Goodchild (b) Steve Street (d) Nick is a talented pianist/composer who always gives excellent value with modern and mainstream emphasis.
Nov 09 - Corey Mwamba info
Corey Mwamba (vibes) Joss Blackmore (d) Dave Kane (b) Corey created quite a stir at last years SMF when he gigged with the Luis D'Agostino Trio. Tonight he visits with his new trio and brings two rising stars on the UK scene. Joss is making waves with his new trio Troyka and Dave is a much in demand percussionist.
Nov 16 - Asaf Sirkis Trio info £5 on door.
Asaf Sirkis (d) Tassos Spiliotopoulos (g) Yaron Stavi (b)
Many fans think that Asaf is the best drummer around and he makes his debut at the White Swan as a band leader with this talented trio. This tour enables him to promote
his new CD 'The Monk' which has already received glowing reviews from the jazz press and shows he is not only a gifted drummer but also a composer of note.** Jazz Services assisted
Nov 23 - Greg Abate - Alan Barnes Quintet £8 Ticket Only! (Roy firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Abate (s) Alan Barnes (s) Tom Hill (b) Paul Sawtell (p) Neil Bullock (d) With such a stellar lineup this could prove to be one of the most exciting gigs ever at the White Swan. Alan Barnes needs no introduction to the White Swan regulars but this is the
first appearance of Greg Abate who is one the greatest alto sax men on the planet having cut his teeth with such legends as Ray Charles and Artie Shaw. Do not miss
the opportunity to hear two truly worldclass musicians supported by a magnificent trio.
Nov 30 - Sara Colman info
£5 on door- Jazz Services assisted
Sara Colman (v) Chris Taylor (p) Ben Markland (b) Carl Hemmingsley (d) It's been quite a while since the popular Sara appeared at the White Swan and tonight's visit enables her to promote her latest CD. Her lively personality and her true jazz sense quickly engage with the audience. Good to see the talented Chris Taylor also making a long awaited return. Birmingham Post says: "Get Ready for Ms Colman's stunning new album"Read the review
Dec 07 - Simon Spillett Qrt info £7 on door
Simon Spillett (ts) Tony Levin(d) Andy Cleyndert (b) Tim Amman (p)
Another chance to see one of Britain's most exciting saxists. Much influenced by the legendary Tubby Hayes, Simon’s gigs have proved to be some of the most successful gigs at the White Swan - full house every time. Good to see Tony Levin joining in the fireworks.
Dec 14 - Quiver Sextet. Website: www.quiver.org.uk £7 on doorCasey Greene (saxes/flute) Simon King (g/perc) Edgar Macias (p)
Roger Inniss (b) Eddie McGuire (congas/perc) Carl Hemmingsley (d)
Quiver is a dazzling six piece Latin Jazz band featuring musicians from as far afield as Australia and Venezuela. On their only previous appearance at the White Swan they brought the house down. Composer and multi-instrumentalist Casey Greene draws together a unique and dynamic distillation of original compositions that draw their influence from across the globe and are inspired by such icons as Tito Puente, Paquito d'Rivera, Weather Report, Pat Metheny and Santana. Not to be missed!
Dec 21 - Ben Markland Quintet *Christmas Special* Last gig in 2008 £8 Ticket Only! (Roy email@example.com
Ben Markland (b) Chris Bowden (as) Bryan Corbett (t/fh) Pete Harris (g) Neil Bullock (d) We have assembled the Midlands 'A-Team' for this pre-Christmas gig. They do not play together very often, but be assured, when they do, be prepared for an evening of high quality jazz. Memories of their performances at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and a previous appearance at the White Swan made them first choice for this special gig.
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Jan 04 - Alan Barnes/Bruce Adams Quintet
* New Year Special * £8 Ticket Only! (Roy firstname.lastname@example.org
Alan Barnes (saxes/clar) Bruce Adams (t/fh) Paul Sawtell (p) Tom Hill (b) Neil Bullock (d) - What a start to the New Year with musicians of this calibre. Alan Barnes needs no introduction but this will be Bruce Adams' first appearance at the White Swan. They have played together on many occasions not only swinging like mad but also bringing a certain amount of humour into the proceedings. Supported by a trio to die for, this promises to be a great night for jazz fans.
Jan 11 - Ewen Baird Quartet. £5 on door
Ewen Baird (saxes), Kevin Armstrong (gtr), Jerry Soffe (Bass), Keith Fairbairn (drums and percussion) - Special Guest: Alison Bentley (vcls, kys) Ewen is well known to Stratford Jazz fans. This Scottish tenor sax player has an engaging, mellow but muscular style on standards and bop classics. This is a change to our original programme due to Hugh Turner's being unavailable to join the band. However Ewen's return to the White Swan is with his quartet - and with vocalist Alison Bentley, new to Stratford Jazz, is most welcome.
Jan 18 - Paul Vernon Chester/Nick Mellor Guitar Duo £5 on doorTwo guitars in Django mould - They sound great!
Paul Vernon Chester infois recognised as a truly worldclass Gypsy Jazz guitarist. His playing in the Django tradition is warm. open hearted and very high octane! He will be supported by his long time accompanist, the superb rhythm guitarist, Nick Mellor. This is a very different presentation by Stratford Jazz but we were easily persuaded by their excellent promo-CD, ‘Duets for Django’ recorded at Concert Jazz-Thame This gig will not disappoint!
Jan 25 - Jucamaya Quintet. info
£5 on door Graham Dent (p) Ian Hill (t & ss) Richard Baker (trom) Tom Bull (b) Steve Laffy (d) Graham Dent returns with his popular band after their successful debut appearance last March when they made their tribute to Joe Zawinul. An excellent variety of jazz standards and originals (mainly Graham's) is anticipated.
Feb 01 - Gilad Atzmon Quartet
£8 on door Gilad Atzmon info (s/cl) Frank Harrison (p) Jeremy Brown (b) Stephen Keogh (d)Gilad's new quartet breaks new ground yet again. Eschewing the political rhetoric - Gilad now lets the music do the talking. Together they breathe new harmonies and rhythmic life into every composition they perform, transforming the most well-worn standards into scintillating originals - the very essence of real live jazz.
08 Feb - Julie Edwards/Kevin Dearden Qnt £7 on door
Julie Edwards (v) Kevin Dearden (s) Al Gurr (p) Bill Coleman (b) Alan Savage (d)This has to be one of the most popular bands to appear at the White Swan and deservedly so. They never fail to deliver and always have a wonderful rapport with their audience.
Feb 15 - Will Collier Septet £8 on door**Jazz Services Sponsored.
Will Collier (b) Joe Aukland (t) Ben Somers (ts)
Mike Lesirge (as) Bob Dowell (tb) Ed Sheldrake (p)
Ben Reynolds (d). Unusual for us to present such a large band at Stratfor Jazz but when Roy heard their CD, 'Everybody Loves the Will Collier Septet' he just had to book them. Steve and Caroline Baxter caught the band in North Devon and were, "blown away," and if that isn't persuasive enough, Selwyn Harris gave the CD four stars in the Jazzwise Mag. Not to be missed!
Jazz fans are in for a real treat on Sunday 15 Feb when young and gifted bassist and composer/arranger Will Collier presents his septet for its debut appearance at the White Swan Hotel. It is unusual for Stratford Jazz to feature such a large (seven piece) band but on listening to its first CD released last November the band just had to be booked. With a front line of four horns of: two saxes, trumpet and trombone, this is a band with a big sound. Will Collier leads this dynamic septet, stylistically recalling the likes of Kenny Wheeler, Gil Evans and Loose Tubes - accessible and exciting modern jazz.The concert commences at 8pm and a charge of £8 will be made at the door.
Feb 22 - Andrew Colman Quartet £6 on door**
Andrew Colman (t&fh) Jamil Sheriff (p) Jon Thorne (b) John Parry (d). This gig is part of Andrew Colman's tour to promote his latest CD "Remember You" (33Jazz Records). This CD has received plaudits from fellow trumpeter Dick Pearce who claimed it, "A testament to good jazz." Supported by a first class rhythm section which includes the talented and popular Jamil Sheriff, this promises to be an outstanding evening.
** With support from Jazz Services Ltd and Arts Council England
March 01 - Kevin Figes Quartet
£6 on door
Kevin Figes (s) Jim Blomfield (p) Riaan Vosloo (b) Scott Hammond (d) Kevin Figes is forging a great reputation for himself both as a composer/arranger and saxist. This band always delights with its
mixture of originals and jazz standards. Good to see Jim Blomfield return to the White Swan. He never fails to excite.
March 08 - Pete Lay Quartet
£5 on door Pete Lay (s) Mike Pears (p) Peter Simpson (b) Steve Hamper (d) Pete Lay is a stalwart of Midlands jazz and has visited the White Swan on several occasions over the past 20 years becoming a firm
favourite in the process. His tribute to Dick Morrissey last year was particularly successful. Expect an evening of popular jazz
standards and perhaps the occasional bluesy vocal from Pete.
March 15 - Bryan Corbett Quartet £8
Bryan Corbett (t&fh) Levi French (p) Ben Markland (b) Neil Bullock (d) I have run out of superlatives for this band because they all just get better and better. You obviously agree because
they are back by popular irresistible demand. Not to be missed.
March 15 - Bryan Corbett Quartet £8
Bryan Corbett (t&fh) Levi French (p) Ben Markland (b) Neil Bullock (d)
I have run out of superlatives for this band because they all just get better and better. You obviously agree because
they are back by popular irresistible demand. Not to be missed.
March 22 - Pete Harris Quartet £7 Pete Harris (g) Marcus Byrne (p) Ben Markland (b) Neil Bullock (d) A welcome return with his own band, to one of the best guitarists around, Pete Harris. Another stellar line up of Stratford Jazz favourites, an evening of the
most exciting jazz is in store.
March 29 - Art Themen with Tom Hill Trio £8
Art Themen (s) Tom Hill(b) Paul Sawtell (p) Nick Milward (d) This is a most mouth-watering combo. Art Themen has become a legend on the UK jazz scene since his association with Stan
Tracey. He visited Stratford Jazz some years ago and was full of praise for the Tom Hill Trio so we have combined them once more.
Plenty of fireworks expected this evening and plenty of humour too.
05 Apr - Straitjackets +Mornington Lockett£8
Tom Hill (b) Mornington Lockett (ts) Marcus Byrne (p) Pete Harris (g) Neil Bullock (d).
This is a line-up I never expected to see in a million years but when Tom Hill said that Andy Shillingford couldn't make it and would we accept Mornington Locket instead we just jumped at the chance. Mornington made such an impression at our Stratford Music Festival tribute to Ronnie Scott and many of you have begged for a return. This promises to be one of our gigs of the year. Do not miss it!
12 Apr - Esther Miller & Steve Waterman & Steve Melling £8 Esther Miller (v) Steve Waterman (t) Steve Melling (p) Zoltan Dekany (b) John Perry (d).
It is always a pleasure to welcome back Esther Miller to the White Swan. Esther is one of the most talented jazz singers around. This evening she will be featuring numbers from her latest album ‘A Place in the Sunlight’. The added attractions of Steve Waterman and Steve Melling will ensure an evening of the highest quality.
19 Apr - Sonic Butterfly info£8 Julian Nicholas (saxs) Joss Peach (P & perc) Terry Pack (b) Jim Whyte (d & vocals) Most of you will be saying Sonic who? But believe me this is a quality outfit. Melodic, rhythmically powerful and full of energy this is one of the most refreshing new bands around. Come and see/hear for yourself they will not disappoint.
26 Apr - Christian Brewer Qrt
- featuring Yutaka Shiina£8
Damon Brown on trumpet of Killer Shrimp - more: www.damonbrown.co.uk
joins this band
tonight: 26 ApriI 2009
Christian Brewer (alto sax) info Yutaka Shiina (p) Lionel Boccarra (d) Mark Hodgson (b). Yutaka Shiina is one of the top Japanese pianists to have emerged onto the International scene .He has played with legendary players such as the great drummer, Elvin Jones, tenor saxophone star, Joshua Redman, trumpeter Roy Hargrove and bassist Christian McBride .He shall be playing with the Christian Brewer Quartet with Mark Hodgson and Lionel Boccara as part of his UK/European tour. Read John Fordham writing about Yutaka Shiina in The Guardian click Christian Brewer is one of the most lyrical and soulful alto players to have emerged on the UK jazz scene in recent years, much loved for his melodic playing and pure tone. The appearance of Japan's leading jazz pianist Yataka Shiina is a magnificent bonus. Not to be missed!
03 May - Beebee Quintet £8 Beebee (Chris Aldridge) (saxs) Bryan Corbett (t&f) Marcus Byrne (p) Ben Markland (b) Neil Bullock (d) One of the most popular and exciting bands to appear at the WS and they are all local musicians. Unfussy, straight-ahead jazz at its very best.
10 May - Andrew Fawcett Qrt info £6 Andrew Fawcett (ts) Gareth Hill (p) Tyrone Bishop (b) Delroy Brown (d) A welcome return to Andrew who is always good value. A quality mix of popular jazz standards with the occasional original thrown in.
17 May - Bryan Corbett & Paul Sawtell Duo £6 Bryan Corbett (t&f) & Paul Sawtell (p) No, you are not seeing things! Paul Sawtell is substituting for Levi French on this gig. Here are two superb musicians right at the top of their game. An evening of the most exceptional quality
24 May - Zee-Zee Bop £8 Tom Hill (b) Ian Ellis (s) Craig Milverton (p) Nick Millward (d) This quartet needs little introduction to Stratford Jazz fans. Good straightahead swinging jazz with the occasional funky groove and the usual good humoured quips from Tom Hill.
Deservedly one of most popular bands to visit the White Swan.
31 May - Gianni Boscarino Quartet £6 Gianni Boscarino (p) Chris Williams (s) Ben Bastin (b) Vasilis Sarikas (d) A band that is making waves on the London scene led by Gianni an Italian composer and pianist based in London. His band
brings together four strong individual personalities to form a unique sound. The frantic energy of Chris Williams (Led Bib) is
supported by the counterpoint of the versatile rhythm section of Ben and Vasilis. Quality jazz.
Ben Markland Quintet - Dream Ticket Line-up:Markland / Bowden / Corbett / Harris / Bullock Sun 7 June, 8pm, could be: Standing Room Only
07 June - Ben Markland Qnt £8 Ben Markland (b) Chris Bowden (as) Bryan Corbett (t & fh) Pete Harris (g) Neil Bullock (d) This gig was originally listed as the 'Tomorrow Band' but now we have the addition of Bryan Corbett and Pete Harris which has be quite a bonus. This is the band that positively wowed us at our last Christmas gig and we are very fortunate to have them return so soon. A mixture of standard jazz classics and Ben's original tunes and arrangements, this will be one of the best gigs of the year. Not to be missed!
14 June - Mike Hatton's MJHQ info £8 Mike Hatton (b) Sam Rogers (s) Tom Robins (g) Tim Amann (p) Andy Wheeler (d) This band went down a storm at a 'Rush Hour Blues' gig at Symphony Hall in May and makes an exciting contribution to the Midlands jazz scene. With guitar and saxophone prominent as front line instruments, and funky grooves providing the rhythmic bedrock, it is not hard to understand comparisons with the likes of Crusaders and the jazzier side of Little FeatClick for Album Review added 1-6-9
21 June - Special Price: £8 - Buy One, Get One Free!
Sara Colman/Tribute to Sarah Vaughan Sara Colman (v) & TBC: Chris Bowden(s) Al Gurr (p) Ben Markland (b) Carl Hemmingsley (d) Special Price: £8 - Buy One, Get One Free! - To attract new blood into the audience at Stratford Jazz we are doing a supermarket-style offer for this evening. For each
ticket purchased, you get one ticket free of charge if you can bring a new visitor to Stratford Jazz. We wish to enlarge our
audience and hopefully, with your help we can succeed, so do all you can to assist in keeping jazz live in Stratford. Sara needs no introduction to Stratford Jazz she has been a popular visitor for many years. Nobody better qualified to do this tribute
28 June - Steve Tromans info Trio £6 Steve Tromans (p) Chris Mapp (b) Miles Levin (d)
Good to have Steve Tromans back on the Midlands jazz scene after his ventures in Mongolia, Dubai, Italy etc etc. Always a popular figure with Stratford Jazz fans - an evening of inventive jazz of the highest quality is assured.
05 Stekpanna and the Russians. £8 Steve Kershaw (b) Mads Kjolby (g) Petter Svard (d) Leonid Vintskevich (p)
Nicolai Vintskevich (reeds) A truly international flavour with Britain, Scandinavia and Russia all represented. If you haven't caught these guys before do not miss this one. On their previous visits they have never disappointed providing exciting and innovative jazz with a mixture of originals and classic jazz standards from the likes of Davis, Coltrane, Corea etc
12 July - Louise Parker info with Tom Hill Trio. £8 Louise Parker (v) Tom Hill (b) Craig Milverton info(p) Nick Millward (d) Louise Parker s one of the most popular and exciting vocalists to visit the White Swan. She has such a big, gutsy, soulful, full sound with impeccable intonation and it all seems so effortless. Her rapport with Tom Hill's Trio adds enormously to the evening's entertainment
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19 July - Tony Woods Project info - Quartet
- (wind shadows tour 2009) Jazz Services. £8 Tony Woods (reeds) Mike Outram (g) Rob Millet (vibes) Andy Hamill (b) Milo Fell (d) This excellent quintet has already received some stunning plaudits from jazz critics."This is 'now' jazz of excellent quality" - John Critchinson, Music Magazine. "The music is contemplative without being soporific, and innovative whilst still being listenable and accessible" - Claire Hadaway, Jazz Views." from post bop ferocity to free music and funk, full of surprises," - John Fordham, in the Guardian. "Having played their CD 'Lowlands' constantly over the last six months or so, I can confirm that this is a first-class outfit."
Listed by The Guide in The Guardian as London's top gig Sunday 12 July 09, see them in Stratford on 19 July
The Tony Woods Project
The Project recorded it's first album ('High Seas') in 1997,which was well received by audiences and critics alike. It toured in 1998 and 2000 with the support of Jazz Services, and has performed at numerous jazz festivals including Swanage, Manchester, Croydon, Ascot and London venues including the Vortex, the Crypt, the 606 Club, and Lauderdale House (see reviews)
The Project's latest album 'Lowlands' is available on the Basho Music label. The album feature melodic, folk inspired, quirky and uplifting compositions from Tony and exciting solos from the whole band. One feature of the music is the way collective improvisations (reminiscent of early forms of jazz where the instrumentalists wove their lines around each other) are incorporated into bigger structures. The band now features two new stars: Mike Outram on guitar and Milo Fell on drums, and long time associates Robert Millett on vibes and Andy Hamill on bass, all of whom play with wonderful group empathy and respect for each other and the music.
26 July - Tim Collinson Quartetinfo £6 Tim Collinson (s) Gianni Boscarino (p) Ben Bastin (b) Lester Bennet (d)
Tim Collinson has developed into a creative and swinging saxist. Many of the audience could not believe that he was not better known when he appeared at the Birmingham Symphony Hall "Rush Hour Blues" gig recently. He always gives 100 percent with a mixture of standard jazz classics and his own material. Gianni Boscarino on piano is an added bonus.
02 Aug - Ray Butcher Quintet with Ian Hill £FREE! Entry
- In the Oak Room at front of White Swan (Raffle funded) Ray Butcher (t) Ian Hill (s) Tim Amman (p) Mike Green (b) Miles Levin (d) Could not choose a better gig to open our return to the Oak Room. Ray Butcher has not appeared at the White Swan for some time but friends tell me he went down a storm at the 606 Club in London recently. This stellar line-up will provide exciting swinging jazz of the highest quality. Come and support live jazz at its best.
09 Aug - Lee Jones Quartet £FREE! Entry (Raffle funded)
- In the Oak Room at front of White Swan Lee Jones (g) Dom Franks (s) Dave Cranenberg (b) Ian Russell (d) If there is a more exciting young guitarist on the jazz scene at present I have yet to meet him. Lee Jones is rapidly becoming a staunch favourite with Stratford Jazz and it is easy to see why, from the riveting excitement of Hendrix to the sensitivity of Metheny, this young man has got it all.
16 Aug - Nic Meier with Dave O'Higgins
- Special: Back-room Gig: Tickets £10 on door (& Raffle funding) Nicolas Meier (guitars, glissentar), Dave O'Higgins (ts) Pat Bettison (b) Asaf Sirkis (d)
Gilad Atzmon introduced Swiss guitarist Nic Meier to Stratford Jazz and we are delighted to have him return with this new group. Two remarkable guitarists in successive weeks is quite a feat but they are very different. This time Nic Meier is accompanied by one of the UK's leading tenor sax players in Dave O'Higgins and Asaf Sirkis on drums has been described by Stratford Jazz fans as the best there is. Pat Bettison on bass is also very much in demand on the jazz circuit. Adventurous and accessible jazz - entertainment assured.
23 Aug - Steve Tromans info Quartet: play Thelonius Monk
£FREE! Entry - Oak Room, front of White Swan (Raffle funded) Steve Tromans (p) Aaron Diaz (t) Mike Green (b) Miles Levin (d) A quick welcome return to Steve Tromans this time with a quartet. Steve intends to devote most of tonight's programme to the works of his idol Thelonius Monk. Many of our regulars reckon that Steve Tromans is the best pianist around at present so another evening of quality is expected. Aaron Diaz on trumpet is a new name to Stratford Jazz but the reports are very positive.
30 Aug - Pete Canter Quartet £FREE! Entry (Raffle funded)
In the Oak Room at the front of the White Swan. Pete Canter (ts) Jim Bloomfield (p) Erika Lyons (b) Malcolm Garrett (d) "Straight-ahead, swinging jazz at its best." that was the accurate description one of our regulars offered at Pete Canter's previous gig. A mixture of classic jazz standards with the odd original piece thrown in. Jim Blomfield on piano is an exciting addition to the scene. If you like uncomplicated swinging jazz this is for you.
06 Sept - Ben Waghorn Organ Trio. info £FREE! Entry (Raffle funded)
In the Oak Room at the front of the White Swan. Ben Waghorn (s) Jean Paul Gard (org) Eddie John (d) This trio from the West Country never fails to excite. Good honest straight-ahead swinging jazz which will really go down well in the Oak Room atmosphere of Stratford Jazz at the White Swan.
13 Sept - Jucamaya www.grahamdent.com £FREE! Entry (Raffle funded)
In the Oak Room at the front of the White Swan. Graham Dent (p) Ian Hill (s) Richard Baker (tb) Tom Bull (b) Steve Leffy (d) Graham's superb quintet has rapidly become a great favourite with White Swan jazzers. A mixture of Graham's original compositions with some jazz classics
thrown in - another evening of quality jazz.
20 Sept - Geoff Eales Quartet. info Back Room Special. £8 on door. (& Raffle funding)
Geoff Eales (p) Michael Coates (s) Roy Babbington (b) Mark Fletcher (d) This classy and exciting quartet brought the house down when they visited us during February last year. We all know that Geoff is one of the UK's top pianists
but regulars were mightily impressed by Canadian saxist Michael Coates. Roy Babbington and Mark Fletcher will ensure that proceedings go with swing. An
evening not to be missed.
27 Sept - Magic Hat Ensemble. Back Room Special. £8 on door. (& Raffle funding) Steve Chadwick (cornet/t) Andrzej Baranek (p) Tony Ormesher (g) Nick Blacka (b) Rob Turner (d) When this band visited us during the latter part of 2007 many of our regulars thought they were the best ever. It has taken nearly two years to arrange this much
anticipated return. This is modern jazz of the highest order, quirky but exciting arrangements of jazz standards mixed with some originals. An evening of stimulating
jazz is promise.
4 Oct - Paul Vernon Chester Qrt info'Hot Club de Paris' night.
Stratford Music Festival - Back Room Special. Tickets: £10(Roy email@example.com
)(& Raffle funding) Paul Vernon Chester (lead g) Nick Mellor (rhythm g) John Vickers (b) Heulwen Thomas (v). If you hanker for the pulsating days of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli this is the evening for you. Paul, renowned on the world stage as a leading
exponent of gypsy jazz in the Django tradition bring his immensely talented band to the festival. Nick Mellor and John Vickers provide the warm swinging pulse
and driving force for the soloists who include rising star Heulwen Thomas on violin. An evening of high-octane swinging jazz is expected.
11 Oct - Chris Gumbley
Quintet - Tribute to Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley Stratford Music Festival - Back Room Special.Tickets: £10(Roy firstname.lastname@example.org
)(& Raffle funding)
Chris Gumbley (as) Neil Yates (t) Leon Greening (p) Zoltan Dekany (b) Eryl Roberts (d) SMF finishes a day earlier this year so strictly speaking this gig falls just outside of it, so lets call it a fringe gig. No matter what you call it some high calibre
jazz is on offer here as Chris has assembled a stellar line-up to play tribute to one of the legends of modern jazz. Chris is well known to Stratford Jazz regulars and they
will also be aware of the stunning reputations of Neil Yates and Leon Greening, with Zoltan Dekany and Eryl Roberts in support this evening cannot fail to swing along. This will be a worthy tribute to one of the heroes of jazz. *** Be sure to reserve your tickets ***
18 Oct - Ralph Allin Quartet info £FREE! Entry (Raffle funded)
In the Oak Room at the front of the White Swan. Violinist Ralph Allin needs no introduction to his fans at the White Swan. Covering a wide spectrum of the jazz idiom - Django, Ellington, Parker and then possibly to Irish Folk - the repertoire is enormous. He never fails to entertain, a seriously talented virtuoso of the highest class.
25 Oct - Julie Edwards/Kevin Dearden £FREE! Entry (Raffle funded)
In the Oak Room at the front of the White Swan. Julie Edwards (v) Kevin Dearden (g & saxs) Al Gurr (p) Bill Coleman (b) Alan Savage (d) This has to be one of the most popular bands to appear at the White Swan and deservedly so. They always build up an amazing rapport with the audience with their varied and accessible programme. Good honest jazz at its very best.
01 Nov - Gilad Atzmon Quartet Back Room Special. £8 on door. (& Raffle funding) Gilad Atzmon (reeds) Frank Harrison (p) Yaron Stavi (b) Stephen Keogh (d) Gilad Atzmon is one of the most amazing jazz talents on the planet. He has visited the White Swan on several occasions with various line ups and always
excites us with his original approach to his craft. This time he brings his quartet with a remarkable stellar line up. For those of who love exhilarating
jazz that pulls no punches this is it.
Greg Abate, Alan Barnes & Tom Hill At: No. 1 Shakespeare Street Sun 8 Nov £10 - On Door- 1st drink £FREE!Details below
08 Nov - The Quintet of the Year - £10 On Door & 1st Drink £FREE! Greg Abate(reeds)Alan Barnes(reeds)
Tom Hill (bass) Paul Sawtell (keyboard) Neil Bullock (drums)
D I F F E R E N T - V E N U E:
No. 1 Shakespeare Street, (Upstairs Function Room) Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6RN www.shakespearestreet.co.uk
This band went down a storm when they played at the White Swan last November and such enormous interest has been shown in the re-booking that we have decided to transfer the gig from the White Swan to No.1 Shakespeare Street
Entrance will be £10 at the door as previously advertised and your first drink will be free.
Please come and support us with this change, this will be one of the most exciting gigs of the year and you will not be disappointed with the new venue.
15 Nov - Luis D'Agostino/Pete Oxley Quartet £FREE! Entry (Raffle funded)
In the Oak Room at the front of the White Swan. Luis D'Agostino (g) Pete (g) Ralph Mizraki (b) Mark Doffman (d) It's been a while since these two talented and popular guitarists visited the WS. Luis has been on a long visit to his native Argentina and Pete has been busy with other jazz groups and the Spin Jazz Club. Tonight they appear with two excellent performers in Ralph and Mark which will ensure an evening of swinging and lively jazz at its very best.
LAST! £FREE! Entry (Raffle funded) Last time in the Oak Room at the front of the White Swan - before we move ...
22 Nov - Jazz Fantastique Paul Sawtell (p) Bill Coleman (b) Neil Bullock (d) 'Fantastique' describes this piano-led trio admirably. They have not appeared at the the WS for some time but I am informed that they have been working on some new material for this gig. If piano trios are your forte this is a gig not to be missed.
... then Stratford Jazz moves (after 20+ years at the White Swan) to: - The Chapel, No. 1 Shakespeare Street.
29 Nov - Sarah Gillespie info / Gilad Atzmon / Ben Bastin £8 on door. (& Raffle funding)
Sarah Gillespie (v & g) Gilad (reeds & accordion) Ben Bastin (b) Josh Blackmore (d) Sarah Gillespie is one of the most individual yet recognisable voices to appear on the jazz scene for some time. My spies tell me that she wowed an audience in North Devon recently, sold all her albums at the one gig and had nothing left for the remainder of the Devon/Cornwall tour. Gilad Atzmon needs no introduction to Stratford Jazz regulars, his partnership with Sarah should prove to be stimulating and dynamic at our new venue: The Chapel, No.1 Shakespeare Street
06 Dec - Harry Beckett Quintet featuring Chris Biscoe £8 on door. Harry Beckett (t & f) Chris Biscoe (s) Liam Noble (p) Fred T Baker (electric bass) Tony Marsh (d) Harry Beckett's reputation extends throughout Europe and the USA. One of Britain's top trumpet players, he has played with Charles Mingus, John Surman, Ronnie Scott, Stan Tracey et al. John Fordham of the Guardian said of Harry, "He must be about the most melodic brass player in the country". One glance at the line-up reveals that the cream of the UK's jazz talent will be on view for this evening.
13 Dec - Pete Lay Quartet £5 on door Pete Lay (s & v) Mike Pears (p) Peter Simpson (b) Graham Baldwin (d) Pete Lay never fails to give one hundred percent when he appears at our gigs. This evening the repertoire will span from Fats Waller to funk with some rousing blues vocals from Pete.
20 Dec - The Quiver Sextet *CHRISTMAS SPECIAL - £10 TICKET ONLY (Champagne draw). Casey Greene (saxes & flute) Simon King (g) Edgar Macias (p)
Wilmer Sifontes (bongos) Roger Innis (b) Carl Hemmingsley (d) This is one of the most popular and exhilarating bands on the present jazz scene. Led by Australian multi-instrumentalist Casey Greene they play high quality Latin Jazz without the clichés. Regulars will be delighted to see them return with some special new arrangements for the Christmas season. A capacity audience is anticipated for this gig.
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03 Jan - Alan Barnes & Bruce Adams with the Tom Hill Trio *NEW YEAR SPECIAL - £10 TICKET ONLY(Champagne draw) Alan Barnes (reeds) Bruce Adams (t&f) with Tom Hill (b) Paul Sawtell (p) Neil Bullock (d) This quintet did a terrific New Year gig last year and we have been most fortunate to persuade them to do a return. This will be good, honest, straight-ahead jazz always swinging and with humour never far from the agenda. A cracking way to start 2010.
*** THIS GIG ONLY: 10 Jan 2010
- CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER / SNOW / ICE ***
10 Jan -Jim Blomfield Trio £6 on door Jim Blomfield (p) Tosh Wijstunge (b) Mark Whitlam (d) **** CANCELLED **** "Jim Blomfield is a marvel" said the Independent on Sunday and SJ fans would surely agree having seen him perform with the likes of Andy Hague, Ben Waghorn and Kevin Figes at many of our gigs. Numerous national appearances have included London's Ronnie Scott's and Jazz Cafe and Edinburgh, Swanage, Brecon and Glastonbury festivals. Tonight he leads his own trio in what promises to be an evening of the most stimulating jazz. We hope to see & hear The Jim Blomfield Trio at Stratford Jazz soon
17 Jan - Corey Mwamba Trio £6 on door- Jazz Services Supported Corey Mwamba (vibes) Dave Kane (b) Joss Blackmore (d) Stratford Jazz audiences having been smitten by Corey Mwamba's dazzling technique on several occasions. This trio went down a storm at the Vortex in London and we just had to book them. Wonderful improvised music containing elements of jazz, folk from different countries and electronics, and Corey has a new vibraphone to boot!
24 Jan - Steve Tromans Quartet £6 on door Steve Tromans (p) Aaron Diaz (t) Chris Mapp (b) Miles Levin (d) Another stalwarts of Stratford Jazz who needs no introduction as Steve has graced us with his presence many times in recent years. John Fordham in the Guardian Described him as "Fearlessly exploring the margins of regular jazz and free-improv". Surely one of the most inventive and exciting composer/arranger/pianist on the present jazz scene.
31 Jan - Trichotomy (Aussie Trio) £6 on door Sean Foran (p) John Parker (d) Pat Marchisella (b) Trichotomy is Australia's finest jazz export. So much more than a traditional jazz trio, the young musicians add a touch of the avant-garde and a liberal spoonful of attitude to make a traditional recipe taste sweeter than ever.Their strength is a remarkable ability to appeal to jazz fans and the more non-jazz audiences, giving them the scope to fit an array of venues and festivals. They do this without compromising on style and intensity in the music. Inspiring improvisations, intuitive interaction, music seldom draws its listeners in so deeply.
07 Feb - John Ruddick Quintet £6 on door John Ruddick (t & fh)
Jo Ruddick (p)
Andy Derrick (tb)
John Gibson (d)
Zoltan Dekany (b) It's quite awhile since John Ruddick, a stalwart of the BBC Big Band, visited Stratford Jazz. Tonight he has assembled some of the cream of our local talent to provide us with good honest swinging modern jazz at its best.
14 Feb - Kevin Figes Quartet £6 on door Kevin Figes (s) JimBlomfield (p) Riaan Vosloo (b) Scott Hammond (d) A popular quartet. Saxist/composer/arranger Kevin gets better with every visit and Jim Blomfield never fails to excite.
21 Feb - Asaf Sirkis Trio £6 on door Asaf Sirkis (d) Tassos Spiliotopoulas(g) Yaron Stavi (b) This excellent trio continues to push the boundaries of jazz gaining many plaudits from the jazz critics in the process. Not many drummers on the planet as exciting as Asaf.
28 Feb - Kieron Garrett Quartet, (featuring Aaron Liddard). £6 Kieron Garrett (p)
Aaron Liddard (s)
Johnny Copland (b)
Pete Cumber (d)
This is a new band to Stratford Jazz so prepare to be impressed. Kieron has recently completed a recording session with Dave O'Higgins so that gives an indication of the league he is in. This time Aaron Liddard is on saxophone and from the reports I am hearing he is really top class.
07 Mar - Phil Clouts Quartet. £6 on door Phil Clouts (p) Carlos Lopez-Real (s) Alex Keene (b) Brent Keefe (d). ***JAZZ SERVICES.
Another visit to Stratford Jazz by this enjoyable South African-born pianist with his distinctive but accessible style probably best known for his work with worldbeat jazz band Zubop. Again accompanied by the stimulating saxist
from F-IRE collective, Carlos Lopez Real.
14 Mar - Bryan Corbett Quartet. £6 on door Bryan Corbett (t & fh) Levi French (p) Ben Markland (b) Neil Bullock (d) Roy says,, "I cannot say anything about this most exhilarating band that you do not already know - everyone a star!"
21 Mar - Straitjackets. £6 on door Tom Hill (b) Andy Shillingford (s) Pete Harris (g) Paul Sawtell (p) Neil Bullock (d)
Roy says,, "Another local band absolutely bursting with talent. Makes one feel so lucky to live in this area."
28 Mar - Rob Koral/Zoe Schwarz Quartet. £6 on door Rob Koral (g) Zoe Schwarz (v) Tom Hill (b) Neil Bullock (d) Two new names to Stratford Jazz but, believe me, you will not be disappointed. Thrilling guitarist and a vocalist with a difference and look who is supporting them. We cannot possibly go wrong with this gig.
04 April - Lee Jones Qrt info. £6 on door Lee Jones (g) Dom Frank (s) Dane Cranenberg (b) Ian Russell (d) A welcome return for this young guitarist who continues to make waves on the Midlands jazz scene and beyond
11 April - Theo Jackson Quartet info. £6 on door Theo Jackson (p) James McCredie (g) Glazonne Reyes (b) Frank Hockney (d)"STOP PRESS NEWS" Good news from Theo Jackson, he is adding to his trio and making it a quartet by bringing ace guitarist James McCredie to the gig. In 2000 James won the BBC young guitarist of the year award at the age of nineteen and continues to be quite a force on the London jazz and session scene. Theo will play keyboard and do the vocals with Glazonne Reyes on bass and Frank Hockney on drums. This is an impressive outfit led by a pianist/vocalist with a true jazz feel. We do not get many male jazz singers at Stratford Jazz but when we heard Theo's demo we just had to book him.
Prepare to be impressed, this guy is a true jazz musician
18 April - Jucamaya Qnt. £6 on door Graham Dent (p) Ian Hill (s) Richard Baker (tb) Tom Bull (b) Steve Laffy (d) A local quintet that goes from strength to strength. Graham has proved to us over many years that he is not only an accomplished pianist but is also a band leader/composer/arranger of some quality. Many of the Stratford Jazz fans will be looking forward to this gig.
25 April - John Law Trio. £6 on door John Law (p) Calum Gourlay (b) Asaf Sirkis (d) Roy says, "This is the most exciting piano trio I have heard for many a long day. I propose cutting short my holiday to listen to this band. Sources inform me that that they are even better live than on disc." NOT TO BE MISSEDClick to see write-up at Jazz Services
02 May - Geoff Eales Trio with Ben Waghorn. £10 on door Geoff Eales (keys) Ben Waghorn (saxes) Sandy Burnet (bass) and Mark Fletcher (drums) Geoff Eales never fails to attract a large audience when he visits Stratford Jazz . Often called the musicians' musician, he always excites and entertains. With Ben Waghorn on reeds this is surely a gig that will engender enormous appeal. After a career accompanying such a widely diverse number of stars such as Shirley Bassey, Jose Carreras and Michael Ball, pianist/composer Geoff Eales is now concentrating on his jazz roots. Ben Waghorn has a busy recording career composing and playing for TV, film and radio but jazz music is his true love. Jazz is all the richer for these two enormously talented musicians combining to present an evening of the most exhilarating music.
A capacity audience is expected for this concert which commences at 8pm. For such a wonderful trio the very modest entry charge of £10 makes this a real bargain.
09 May - Simon Spillett with Vic Ash. £10 on door Vic Ash's 80th birthday Celebration Tour Simon Spillett (s) Vic Ash (s & clar) Craig Milverton (p) Tom Hill (b) Neil Bullock (d) Vic Ash is one the legends of British Jazz, winner of umpteen awards and has vast experience in large and small combos alike. Simon Spillett accompanies his idol on this much deserved birthday tour and, make no mistake, Vic is playing as well as ever. Sterling support, with Craig Milverton on keyboard, Tom Hill on bass and and Neil Bullock on drums, is the cream on the cake
16 May - Louise Parker Qrt. £6 on door Louise Parker (v) Craig Milverton (p) Al Swainger (b) Coach York (d) Another favourite returns to Stratford Jazz.. Louise Parker is one of the most popular vocalists with our audiences and quite rightly. Louise has a real jazz feel for the music and gives one-hundred percent throughout
23 May - Esther Miller Qnt. £10 on door Esther Miller (v) Steve Waterman (t) Steve Melling (p) Zoltan Dekany (b) John Perry (d) Many of the Stratford Jazzers rate Esther Miller as their favourite singer and it's easy to see why, Esther is always on the lookout for new material and her band is a wealth of jazz talent. Best to arrive early for this one a capacity audience is anticipated
30 May - Ben Markland Quintet. £8 on door Ben Markland (b) Chris Bowden (s) Bryan Corbett (t) Pete Harris (g) Neil Bullock (d) This is one of the most exciting bands on the local circuit. Looking through the line line-up you have the cream of Midlands jazz talent. Ben Markland has proved to be an accomplished composer/arranger and with this stellar cast he has assembled a band to die for.
06 June - Jim Blomfield Trio.£6 on door Jim Blomfield (p) Tosh Wijetunge (b) Mark Whitlam (d) Jim Blomfield is a marvel said the Independent on Sunday andStratford JAzzfans will surely agree having seen him perform with the likes of Andy Hague, Ben Waghorn and Kevin Figes at many of our gigs. Numerous national appearances have included London's Ronnie Scott's and Jazz Cafe and Edinburgh, Swanage, Brecon and Glastonbury festivals. Tonight he leads his own trio in what promises to be an evening of the most stimulating jazz.
13 June - Stekpanna & The Russians.£6 on door Steve Kershaw (b) Peter Svard (d) Mads Kjolby (g) Leonid Vintskevich (p) Nikola Vintskevich (s) A truly international flavour with Britain, Scandinavia and Russia all represented. This is one of the most popular bands to visit Stratford Jazz and they never disappoint, providing the most exhilarating and innovative jazz with a mixture of originals and classicstandards from the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, ChickCorea etc.
20 June - Shanti Paul Jayasinha Quintet.Info£6 on door Shanti Paul Jaysinha (t & fh) Patrick Clahar (ts) John Crawford (p) Andres Lafone (bg) Davide Giovannini (d) This band recently released its album Round Trip which is described as a soundscape of world jazz rhythms. The album took four years in the making, a pan-Latin mix of contagious melodies and rhythms ranging from Afro-Peruvian to Islam via the complex carnival rhythms of London's Notting Hill. A night with a difference for Stratford Jazz.
Shanti Paul Jayasinha Quintet
27 June - Interplay Quintet.£6 on door Adrian Litvinoff (b) Neil Hunter (p) Alan Wakeman (s & fl) Richard Baker (tb) Dave Ballen (d) This local band is beginning to make its presence felt on the jazz scene. Playing a mixture of originals from Adrian with classic jazz standards this is a quintet with a big sound.
04 July - Sara Littlefield Quartet. £6 on door Sara Littlefield (s) JamilSheriff (p) Jonty Fisher (b) Eryl Roberts (d) Last time Sara visited us she played a selection of compositions by her father the late Ron Littlefield who played piano in 50s and 60s with Tubby Hayes, Don Rendell and Ronnie Scott. No doubt some of Ron's originals will feature this evening along with some of the classic jazz standards. The appearance of Jamil on piano will delight Stratford Jazz fans.
11 July - No Jazz - 2010 WORLD CUP FINAL
. 18 July - Julie Edwards/Kevin Dearden Quintet info£6 on door Julie Edwards (v), info Kevin Dearden (g) info with Al Gurr (p) Bill Coleman (b) Alan Savage (d) This band has appeared several times and always gives one-hundred percent with their ever-changing and exciting repertoire. As a singer/sax duo they have an enviable empathic musical relationship. Julie has clearly joined the front runners in the world of female jazz singers. This will be an excellent evening of jazz as we know just how good they are. Those kicking themselves for missing them earlier, don't miss this.
Kevin Dearden & Julie Edwards ------------ Kevin & Julie with Bill Coleman & Al Gurr
25 July - Jon Lloyd Quintet.£8 on door. ** Jazz Services Jon Lloyd (s) John Law (p) Rob Palmer (g) Rodney Teague (b) Asaf Sirkis (d) One look at this impressive line-up will immediately show that we are in for something special this evening. Jon has received accolades from many jazz critics including the Guardian's John Fordham who says,"Ambitious and virtuosic ... Jon Lloyd is one of the sharpest writers at the sharp end of British jazz and improvisation ... Powerful and at times magical music." And
John Law and Asaf Sirkis are an added bonus for Stratford Jazz fans.
01 Aug - Tommy Whittle Quintet. £10 on door Tommy Whittle (s) Karen Sharp (s)Tom Hill (b) Paul Sawtell (p) Nick Milward (d)
A wonderful opportunity to see one of the most highly respected mainstream saxophonists with Tommy Whittle making his first visit to SJ.
Accompanied on the front line by fellow saxophonist Karen Sharp who since her Humphrey Lyttleton days has been making strong waves on the jazz scene with her own bands.
The support trio led by Tom Hill confirms that this is a quintet of true quality
08 Aug - Phil Meadows Quartet. £6 on door Phil Meadows (s) Chris Illingworth (p) John Sandham (b) Rob Turner (d) This is the first visit to Stratford Jazz of this vibrant quartet which is making a huge impression on the Northern jazz circuit. Expect a great buzz from this committed and adventurous band.
15 Aug - Nicolas Meier Quartet. £8 on door Nicolas Meier (guitar/glissentar/baglama) Mark Lockheart (s) Pat Bettison (b) Asaf Sirkis (d) Nicolas has built up quite a following with the Stratford Jazz fans with his outstanding technique and imaginative compositions. This time saxophonist Mark Lockheart is in the line-up well known for his sterling performances with Loose Tubes and Polar Bear.
See All About Jazz review of Nicolas Meyer's recent CD :
Journey at: www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=35073
Nicolas Meier (guitar/glissentar/baglama)
22 Aug - Laura Collins Quintet. £6 on door Laura Collins (v) Casey Greene (reeds) Paul Sawtell (p) Erika Lyons (b) Miles Levin (d)- “What a great find,” Sir Richard Rodney Bennett said of Laura Collins and she has received similar plaudits from fellow jazz singers; Lee Gibson, Claire Martin and Anita Wardell. This remarkable new talent has the brilliant Casey Greene on reeds with a rhythm backing to die for.
Laura began her musical career playing classical cello and piano, but after studying
choral music at Cambridge she turned her hand to jazz singing. Since bursting onto the
professional scene she has created a huge buzz with her sophisticated vocals and strong
sense of style and wit. Recently signed to the prestigious Spotlite label, Laura has
been described as ' a rising star on the UK jazz scene.' Lee Gibson.
enjoys working with tonight's stellar band who she met on moving to the West Midlands
two years ago.
...' a remarkable new talent in Laura Collins, whose range and choice was gripping and caring stuff....Laura evoked many personal memories of the great Ella Fitzgerald through to Chris Barber's Ottilie Patterson...'
...' talented rising star Laura Collins with a beautiful rendition of 'Somewhere of the Rainbow'...'
‘…An outstanding debut...’ Claire Martin
‘…intense and lyrical…’ Jazz Journal.
29 Aug - ADJQ - Andy Derrick Jazz Quartet - £6 on door Andy Derrick (tb) photo below, Jo Ruddick (p) Ben Markland (b) Natasha Buxton (d) A rare thing nowadays to find a jazz quartet led by a trombonist but make no mistake Andy Derrick is one of the best.
ADJQ plays electric jazz inspired by Latin styles and spiced with funk grooves – a cohesive and potent blend. To listen Clickwww.adjq.co.uk
Andy Derrick writes: - I’m pleased to announce that drummer Natasha Buxton will be joining the band on our next gig in Stratford-on-Avon on Sunday 29th August 2010. Natasha is a popular and talented percussionist working as a busy professional all over the UK and is a former winner of the Kenny Clare Drum Prize at the BBC Big Band Contest. She joins keyboards player Jo Ruddick, bass guitarist Ben Markland and myself on trombone and electric trombone for what is set to be a great gig.
05 Sept - Pedalmania trio. £6 on door. John Paul Gard (organ) Ben Waghorn (s) Eddie John (d). No strangers to Stratford Jazz this exhilarating trio never fails to excite. A mix of Jimmy
Smith and Jaco Pastorius with a dash of Spike Jones, resting on top of the
finest choice of funky grooves.
12 Sept - Duets for Django. £8 on door Paul Vernon Chester (g) Nick Mellor (g). There can be no doubt that Paul Vernon Chester is one of the world’s
finest Gypsy Jazz guitarists. His playing in the Django tradition is warm,
open-hearted and high octane! A superb technician with excellent rhythmic
support from Nick Mellor.
19 Sept - Partikel Trio. £6 on door. Duncan Eagles (s) Max Luthert (b) Eric Ford (d)
When Duncan Eagles last visited Stratford Jazz with the Jazz Funk Collective many of us
believed that here was a saxophonist destined for great things.
His new trio
aims to put an interesting twist on the standard jazz format but still honouring
the tradition of deep harmony, creative invention and interaction. Three first
class musicians with different backgrounds coming together to make music
mixing all their favourite genres in a melodic, coherent and accessible way.
26 Sept - Replacement band for
Dominic Norcross Qrt.
Ready for Freddie
Tom Hill Quartet plays:
The Music of Freddie Hubbard £6 on door Brian Corbett (t) Al Gurr (p) Tom Hill (b) Neil Bullock (d)
Freddie Hubbard was an American jazz trumpeter.
He was known primarily for playing in the bebop, hard
bop and post bop styles from the early 1960s and on.
His unmistakable and influential tone contributed
to new perspectives for modern jazz and bebop.
03 Oct - The Chris Biscoe Quartet
tribute to the music of Eric Dolphy. £10 by ticket Chris Biscoe - alto sax, alto clarinet, alto flute, Tony Kofi - alto sax,
Larry Bartley - double bass, Stu Butterfield - drums
During 2008 this outstanding quartet produced the much-acclaimed album "Gone in the Air" a tribute to Eric Dolphy. Dolphy, whose early death at the age of 36 from complications brought on by an undiagnosed diabetes in 1964, left his rich legacy to be developed by other musicians. He was a multi-instrumentalist, a composer of considerable originality but perhaps his greatest impact was as an explosive and often humorous improviser. Four gifted musicians play their tribute to one of the greatest innovators in the world of jazz.
Admission by ticket £10
Phone Roy: 01789 264787
06 Oct (Wednesday) Stratford Music Festival -
DUKE ELLINGTON REVISITED The Music of Duke Ellington at the Civic Hall, 7.30pm -The Alan Barnes Octet, with Alec Dankworth Alan Barnes - alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet,
Bruce Adams - trumpet, flugel horn,
Mark Nightingale - trombone,
Andy Panayi - baritone sax, clarinet, flute,
Tony Coe - tenor sax, clarinet,
John Horler - piano,
Alec Dankworth - double bass,
Bobby Worth - drums
Alan Barnes - alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinetTickets at £18, £16, £14 (Student concessions £10) directly from the Civic Hall Box Office, Rother Street in person, by phone at 01789 207100 or online at www.civichall.co.uk
This all-star octet plays the music of Ellington and Strayhorn with new arrangements from the internationally acknowledged expert Tony Faulkner. Their album “Harlem Airshaft” will be on sale on the night.
Miles Davis once commented, "Everybody ought to get down on their knees one day and thank Duke". Many jazz enthusiasts will concur with Miles for we were introduced to the wonderful world of jazz by Duke Ellington's music.
This all-star octet plays the music of Ellington and Strayhorn with new arrangements from the internationally acknowledged expert, Tony Faulkner.
Eight excellent musicians united in their love of and their ability to interpret Ellington's music.
This will be an evening of swinging and accessible jazz with the superb writing and playing enabling this small group to wield the power and dynamics of a big band.
On presentation of their membership card Stratford Jazz members will get a discount on the tickets. Please note tickets are not available directly from Stratford Jazz.
Alec Dankworth - double bass
Alan Barnes - alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet
Tony Coe - tenor sax, clarinet
Andy Panayi - baritone sax, clarinet, flute
- trumpet, flugel horn
John Horler - piano
Bobby Worth - drums
10 Oct - Roy Forbes Quintet. £8 Roy Forbes (v) Luke Shingler (s) Edgar Macias (p) Tom Hill (b) Miles Levin (d) Roy Forbes is one of the leading jazz vocalists in the UK. His enthusiasm for the music has led him into numerous jam sessions exploring the various genres of reggae, soul blues etc . He has performed at many jazz festivals including Brecon, Cork, Milan and St LuciaStratford Jazzand also at Ronnie Scott’s club. His warm personality and cool swinging style will ensure a very hip evening.
\ Roy Forbes Quintet, 10 Oct 10, 8pm Stratford Jazz, No.1 Shakespeare Street.
17 Oct - Christian Brewer Quartet. £8 Christian Brewer (as) Andrea Pozza (p) Tom Farmer (b) Shane Forbes (d)
Christian Brewer - alto sax
Christian Brewer is a stalwart of the London jazz scene, many international clubs/festivals and is always a popular visitor to Stratford Jazz. This fluent improviser and composer is accompanied by Italian pianist Andrea Pozza an important figure on the international jazz scene for over 20 years, having appeared with Chet Baker, Scott Hamilton, Lee Konitz et al. Good to see award-wining, 'Empirical' drummer Shane Forbes in the line-up.Listen at: http://www.christianbrewer.co.uk
Listen and see Clips on YouTube
- Christian Brewer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31CmQ0S4F8
24 Oct - The Rabbit Project. £8 Dave Kane (b) Matthew Bourne (fender rhodes)
Simon Kaylor (ts) Simon Beddoe (t) Joost Hendrickx (d)
When Dave Kane released his Rabbit Project album it created quite a stir with the critics – Jazzwise mag said, “It’s simply first-rate, intelligent 21st century jazz”. Thought by many to be the finest bass player on the planet, Dave Kane is proving to be an innovative and accomplished composer. He has gathered a stellar group of musicians to produce bold and confident modern jazz of the highest quality. Not for the faint hearted but if you are prepared to wave goodbye to conformity and conservatism you will be rewarded.
31 Oct - Magic Hat Ensemble Qnt. £8 Steve Chadwick (t) Andrzej Baranek (p) Nick Blackla (b) Tommy Ormesher (g) Rob Turner (d)
When Magic Hat made their first appearance at Stratford Jazz in November 2007
they made a tremendous impact which they have repeated on two further occasions.
Tonight they visit and launch their new album “This Conversation is Over”
on what promises to be a night of the most exciting and accessible swinging jazz.
14 Nov - Greg Abate Quartet. £10 Greg Abate ( saxes & flute) Craig Milverton
(p) Bill Colman (b) Nick Millward (d)
Greg Abate has twice visited
Stratford Jazz but previously with Alan Barnes. This time he fronts
the excellent Craig Milverton trio in what will be another evening
of the most stimulating jazz. Greg is an absolute powerhouse performer
who will simply not let hard driving bebop die a totally committed
21 Nov - Peter King Quartet. £10
Peter King (as) Steve Melling (p) Geoff Gascoyne (b) Mark Fletcher (d)
Peter King photo: Michael Lischer
Eminent jazz critic Dave Gelly said of Peter King, "He is the finest alto saxophonist that Britain has ever produced and one of the finest in the world." Few people would argue with that assessment since he has been a major influence on the British jazz scene since he played, at the age of eighteen, at the opening of Ronnie Scott's club. A great opportunity for Stratford Jazz fans to see this wonderful musician with his own trio led by the impeccable Steve Melling on piano. More at: http://www.peterkingjazz.com
Nov - Killer Shrimp. £8 Damon Brown (t) Ed Jones (ts) Mark Hodgson (b) Alyn Koker (d)
their first album 'Sincerely Whatever' won the Best Jazz CD 2007,
this band has not stood still. Although their music is rooted in straight-ahead
jazz they are not afraid to incorporate jazz standards with hip hop
or drum and bass tracks. The result is some risky but exhilarating
music which does not compromise the integrity of jazz.
Many thanks to Jazz Services for sponsoring this event. More info
Sun 05 Dec - £8
ZZbop with vibes!
Craig Milverton (p) Paul Sawtell (vibes) Tom Hill (b) Nick
Millward (d) Here
is Tom’s description of what to expect from this new band:- “The
crotch rattling trio of Tom’s bass, Craig Milverton keys and Nick
Millward drums RIDE AGAIN! This time laying a supportive cloud of love
and swinging sustenance under the blazing VIBES of Paul Sawtell.
was too laid back after his move to Wales so already masterful pianist
Paul has given himself the quick study of 4 mallet mayhem and is kickin
in big time. Dave Samuels, Milt Jackson and Gary Burton watch out!!! Doing
tunes by the Modern Jazz Quartet, Milt Jackson and more this is a night
not to be missed. Tell everyone!!!! To Groove or not to Groove. What jazz
from yonder nightclub cranks??? Keep jazz live in Stratford." Should
12 Dec - Sara Colman
Quintet. £8 Sara Colman (v) Chris Taylor (p) Andrew Colman (t) Ben Markland (b)
Carl Hemmingsley (d)
Sara Colman - Stratford Jazz, 12 Dec 2010, 8pm,
£8 (Photo: Garry Corbett)
Shaw said of Sara Colman,"A
naturally soulful and emotionally true voice, connecting you and
driving you in and that’s surely the most important thing
about great singing."
The Midlands leading songstress is always welcome at SJ particularly
as she always brings such talented support.
CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW * CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW * CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW
19 Dec - Beebe
Quintet - Christmas Special.
Tickets £10 from Stratford Jazz. Chris Aldridge (s) Bryan Corbett (t) Roger Innis
Levi French (p)
Neil Bullock (d) In keeping with our seasonal philosophy we are
presenting the cream of local talent with this fine band.
Two exhilarating front liners in Chris and Bryan with sterling support
from Roger, Levi and Neil.
No better way to prepare for Christmas!
--- 2011 ---
02 Jan - Alan
with Tom Hill trio
- ** NEW YEAR SPECIAL ** Tickets £10 (going fast) from Stratford Jazz, Roy: 01789 298607 Alan Barnes
(s) Bryan Corbett (t)
Tom Hill (b) Paul Sawtell (p) Neil Bullock (d). The
popular Alan Barnes returns to Stratford Jazz for our New Year Special
with many of us still reeling from his octet’s formidable performance
at the Stratford Music Festival. This time with Bryan Corbett on trumpet
and Tom Hill’s superb trio in support. A perfect gig to start 2011
in swinging fashion.
09 Jan - James Chadwick Quartet. £6 James Chadwick (g) Ben Thomas (t) Erika Lyons (b) Lee
Goodall (d) A first appearance at Stratford Jazz for this
quartet led by the hugely talented guitarist James Chadwick. Much of the
evening will be devoted to their recently released CD “Wacahume”
which reveals what a distinctive and original composer James is.
Check them out on http://www.myspace.com/jamesundercurrent3
16 Jan - Gilad Atzmon Orient House Ensemble. £10 Gilad Atzmon (saxs/clar) Frank Harrison (p) Yaron
Stavi (g) Eddie Hicks (d)
There can be no doubt that Gilad Atzmon is one
of the most astonishing and original jazz musicians on the planet. Tonight
he visits us with his latest Orient House Ensemble. Prepare for an evening
of the most stimulating jazz. Not to be missed.- See: Roy's Review
23 Jan - Steve Tromans Quartet. £6 Steve Tromans (p) Aaron Diaz (t) Miles Levin (d)
and Special Guest: Jonathan Mayer on Sitar. Another chance to catch this talented local
band. Steve Tromans has been entertaining Stratford Jazz audiences for
many years and has become a great favourite. Never afraid to push the
boundaries – he just gets better and better. See more of Steve Tromans at http://www.steve-tromans.co.uk
and of Johnathan Mayer on Sitar at: http://www.jonathanmayer.co.uk
Steve Tromans (p) Aaron Diaz (t) Miles Levin (d) Special Guest: Jonathan Mayer (Sitar)
Here is the video of the performance
30 Jan - ORGANOLOGY. £6
Craig Milverton (organ) Neil Burns (guitar) Coach York
(drums) Known to many Stratford Jazz fans as a pianist of some repute, after his sterling performances with Greg Abate and Tom Hill, Craig Milverton now reverts to the organ. If the recently released album is anything to go by we can look forward to an evening of swinging, bluesy straight-ahead jazz, with originals from Craig and Neil interspersed with works from Stanley Turrentine, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson et al.
06 Feb - Juliet Kelly Quartet. £6. **Jazz Services** Juliet Kelly (v) George Moore (p) Oli Hayhurst (b) Milo Fell (d)Present: INSPIRED: Celebrating the Divas of Jazz UK Tour
‘One of the UK’s finest female jazz stars’ - JAZZWISE
‘One of those rare singers that tells a genuine story with her music, through her passionate performance and naturally warm voice, it's a beguiling combination that's hard to resist’ - TIME OUT
Juliet Kelly is a London based vocalist who has taken the jazz scene by storm with her distinctive velvety voice, mesmerising songs and ‘Glam Jazz’ style. Her successful collaboration with pianist/arranger George Moore not only features songs performed by some much loved singers including Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan Ella Fitzgerald and but singers like Abbey Lincoln and Norma Winstone, who are less well known outside jazz circles, are also represented. Juliet endeavours to introduce some lesser known gems as well as showcasing popular favourites.
13 Feb - Pete Harris Quartet. £6 Pete Harris (g) Ben Markland (b) Neil Bullock (d) Chris Taylor (p) This gig will be 60s blue-note influenced - typical of Kenny Burrell, George Benson with a few vocal numbers. Pete Harris is one of the finest jazz guitarists around this quartet features the cream of Midlands' talent with a repertoire reflecting a strong blues influence.
20 Feb - Dylan Howe Quartet £8 **Jazz Services** Dylan Howe (d) Brandon Allen (ts) Chris Hill (b) Ross Stanley (p) “The best neo-bop group in the country” said the London Evening Standard of Dylan’s new quartet. With the thrilling and incisive drumming of Dylan and the most exhilarating tenor player in Britain in Brandon Allen this promises to be one of the most enthralling gigs of the year.
Graham Dent (p) Ian Hill (s) Richard Baker (tb) Tom Bull (b) Steve Laffy (d)
This tight knit quintet is popular with the Stratford Jazz fans. Not only is Graham an excellent pianist he has proved to be an accomplished composer/arranger. With the impeccable Ian Hill on reeds and Richard Baker on trombone improving with every visit the front-line is a force to be reckoned with.
Graham Dent (p) Ian Hill (s) Richard Baker (tb) Tom Bull (b) Steve Laffy (d)
6 Mar - Will Collier Septet, £8 (Students ½-price)
Will Collier (b) Ben Somers (ts) Mike Lesirge (as)
Joe Auckland (t) Bob Dowell (tb)
Ed Sheldrake (p) Ben Reynolds (d)
Rarely does Stratford Jazz get the opportunity to present anything like a big band sound but on Sunday 6th March we get pretty close with the four-horn front line. This band created quite a storm when they visited Stratford Jazz in 2009 and their debut album ‘Everybody Loves The Will Collier Septet’ subsequently received four stars in Jazzwise magazine.
They return to Stratford Jazz to introduce their new album ‘Those Who Wait’ and advanced reports suggest that another rousing success is on the way. This is an exhilarating and punchy ensemble which delivers gutsy and melodic originals from a leader who is not only a fine bass player but an accomplished composer/arranger.
The Will Collier Septet is an exhilarating and punchy ensemble delivering gutsy but tuneful originals from Will Collier. A septet with bright flair and a beguiling sound mix – not to be missed!
"Live, the Collier Septet's good humour and enthusiasm makes the band hugely enjoyable."all•about•jazz
" ... what Collier does best: writing arresting melodies with a twist of slightly melancholic lyricism ...its chief attraction, lies in what Seb Rochford terms its 'surprising structures' and 'people expressing together'. Indeed, what lingers in the mind after the septet's live performances is the rich, full-bodied sound of Collier's bass, which is at the heart of all the music performed on this promising album."
(Refers to: Everybody Loves The Will Collier Septet) The Vortex
13 Mar - Tim Richards Trio, £6 (Students ½-price)
Tim Richards (p) Dominic Howles (b) Matt Fishwick (d)
Best known as the founder of the groups Spirit Level and Great Spirit, Tim Richards is one of the UK’s foremost jazz pianists and has been active on the international jazz scene since the early 1980s. The trio has entertained audiences from Inverness to Istanbul with a well balanced combination of contemporary originals, bluesy grooves and swinging standards.
Tim Richards…moves with impressive confidence from boiling Latin rhythms to bebop, ballads and even a tinge of gospel, while still retaining his own recognisable style”. THE OBSERVER
“Swings enough to make you want to kick the cat from the outset…a wide selection of material…beautifully played and recorded”.JOHN CRITHCHINSON (pianist ex Ronnie Scott Quintet) MUSIC MAGAZINE.
20 Mar - Bryan Corbett Quartet, £8 (Students ½-price)
Chris Aldridge (s) depping for Bryan Corbett (t) Levi French (p) Ben Markland (b) Neil Bullock (d).
"I have run out of superlatives to use about Bryan Corbett. He is an absolute gem on the UK jazz scene and deserves much wider recognition. One glance at this stellar line-up makes one feel very privileged to have such wonderful talent on our doorstep. Another full-house is anticipated," Roy Stevens, Stratford Jazz
27 Mar - Asaf Sirkis Trio, £6(Students ½-price) Asaf Sirkis (d) Tassos Spiliotopoulas (g) Yaron Stavi (b) This is part of the trio’s tour to publicise their latest album 'Letting Go' which has received rave reviews from the critics. More: http://www.asafsirkis.co.uk
“ 'Letting Go' goes back to instrumental jazz-rock before it ironed out the creases and became an f-word. Sirkis’s magnificent presence is always tempered by an acute sensitivity to group principles”. SELWYN HARRIS - JAZZWISE.
“Sirkis is just a joy throughout, whether surfing at speed or adding delicate cymbal accents amid the brush strokes”. PETER BACON - JAZZ BREAKFAST.
03 Apr - Tom Hill's Straitjackets, £8(Students ½-price) Tom Hill (b) Andy Shillingford (s) Edgar Macias (p) Pete Harris (g) Carl
Hemmingsley (d) This band is always a joy and never disappoints.
“The Straitjackets are out of the nuthouse and back in Stratford with a new line-up and new tunes. On keys is Edgar Macias and drums it’s Carl Hemmingsley.
Along with stalwarts, Tom Bass, Pete guitar and Andy sax. The boys have new offerings from the Yellowjackets plus some funk and Latin Jazz surprises,” says Tom Hill on what to expect. There is nothing more to add.
10 Apr - Jim Blomfield's Sextet, £8 (Students ½-price) Jim Blomfield (p) Andy Hague (t & fh) Kevin Figes (as) Thad Kelly (b)
(congas) Myke Vince (d) Great to feature a rare appearance of Jim Blomfield’s fantastic Latin six-piece. Stratford Jazz fans know Jim as a superb pianist but he also has the writing skills to match and brings influences from Latin, classical, drum ‘n’ bass and electronica into his compositions.
A wonderful line-up of the West Country’s finest will ensure an evening of high quality and stimulating jazz.
17 April - JJ Wheeler Quintet, £6 (Students ½-price) Chris Maddock (as) Charlie Portas (ts) Tom Moore (b)
Ralph Brown (p) JJ Wheeler (d) A first appearance of this Midlands based band which is presently making giant waves on the UK jazz scene. Performances so far, which include the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and airtime on BBC Radio 3, have led to high praise from world-renowned jazz musicians including Jeff Ballard and Dave Holland. See:Roy's Review of Mon 18 April 2011
Described by http://thecitysound.co.uk as “Stunning”, The JJ Wheeler Quintet is rapidly making its mark on the UK Jazz Scene. Performances so far, which including the 2010 Cheltenham Jazz Festival and airplay on BBC Radio 3, have led to high praise from world-renowned jazz musicians including Jeff Ballard and Dave Holland. See more below.
Bandleader/Composer JJ Wheeler has won several major awards for both performance and composition nationally, as well as being nominated for the prestigious Peter Whittingham Jazz Award (2009).
As a frequent performing and recording artist throughout the UK, he received the Birmingham Conservatoire “Most Prominent Contribution to the Jazz Scene” Award in 2010.
24 Apr - No jazz - Easter Sunday
01 May - Ben Markland Quartet, £8 On Door (Students ½-price) Ben Markland (b) Lluis Mather (ts) Pete Harris (g) Neil Bullock (d)
A quartet that exemplifies the plethora of jazz talent on the Midlands' jazz scene.
Led by bassist/composer/arranger Ben Markland, the band includes the gifted Lluis Mather who is making giant strides with his main ensemble 'Noose'.
Pete Harris and Neil Bullock need no introduction to SJ fans, they have become firm favourites.
An evening of classic jazz standards with original works from Ben Markland .
08 May - Jim Mullen Organ Trio with Stan Sulzmann - £10On Door (Students ½-price) Jim Mullen (g) Stan Sulzmann (ts) Mike Gorman (organ) Matt Skelton (d). Stratford Jazz is delighted to welcome back Jim Mullen, a stalwart of the British jazz, this gig being part of his 65th Birthday Tour.
With four internationally acclaimed musicians on the stand this is promises to be one of the most exciting gigs of the year. Not to be missed!15 May - Dave Mannington's “Riff Raff”£8On Door (Students ½-price) Dave Mannington (b) Brigitte Beraha (v) Tomas Challenger (ts) Rob
Updegraff (g) Tim Giles (d) A first appearance of this dynamic ensemble of young musicians playing a mixture of originals by Dave Mannington and some classic standards.
Folk, electronic music and classical influences as well as contemporary jazz harmony can be heard. Their music is tasteful and accessible with their own distinctiveband sound.22 May - Geoff Eales Trio with Ben Waghorn
(Celebration of Geoff’s 60th) - £10 On Door (Students ½-price) Geoff Eales (p) Ben Waghorn (s) Fred T Baker (b) Simon Pearson (d)
Another Birthday Tour – this time it’s Geoff’s 60th. No introduction necessary needed for this superb quartet.
They never fail to present jazz of the highest quality and Geoff can be relied upon to inject some quaint touches of humour on the way.29 May - £8 On Door (Students ½-price)
- Kieron Garrett Qrt with Duncan Eagles Kieron Garrett (p) Duncan Eagles (s) Johnny Copland (b) Pete Cumber (d) Pianist/composer Kieron Garrett made quite an impression when he made his first appearance at SJ in February last year.
This time he has the remarkable Duncan Eagles (Partikel) fronting his innovative trio.
05 Jun - Kairos 4tet, £8On Door *Jazz Services**(Students ½-price) Adam Waldmann (s) Ivor Neame (p) Jasper Hoiby (b) Jon Scott (d)
This is one of the classier new groups to appear on the current jazz scene. Led by saxist Adam Waldmann this impressive unit produces lyrical compositions with wonderfully creative improve. See: http://www.adamwaldmann.com
“You are to be impressed by the group’s compelling interplay and imaginative solo skills.”-JAZZ MAGAZINE
12 Jun - Pedalmania - £8 On Door (Students ½-price) John Paul Gard (organ) Ben Waghorn (s) Eddie John (d) This exhilarating trio never fails to produce the goods on its visits to Stratford Jazz. Good, honest straight-ahead jazz that swings like mad.
19 Jun - Inspector Gadjo Trio with Casey Greene - £8 On Door (Students ½-price) Will Barnes (g) Tommy Mills (b) George Jackson (d) Casey Greene (reeds)
The Inspector Gadjo trio take the spirit and flavour of Gypsy Jazz and stir in a cool helping of bebop and Latin jazz. Influences range from Django to Kenny Burrell to Charlie Parker. For this evening they will be joined by Casey Greene (Quiver) another favourite of SJ. Four skilled musicians presenting a different and compelling take on jazz.
26 Jun - Pete Canter Quartet - £8 On Door (Students ½-price) Pete Canter (ts) Jim Blomfield (p) Erika Lyons (b) Gary Evans (d) A welcome return to Pete Canter a fine sax player and composer. His set of well chosen hardbop, Latin and more contemporary jazz music draws on the work of Hank Mobley, Jo Henderson and Horace Silver as well as his own originals. Stratford Jazz fans will be delighted to see Jim Blomfield in the line-up.
03 July - Joel Purnell Quartet **Jazz Services** - £8 On Door (Students ½-price) Joel Purnell (t-s) Jamil Sheriff (p) Garry Jackson (b) John Parry (d) Joel Purnell has not appeared at SJ for over four years during which time he has raised his international profile not only as a brilliant saxophonist but as a composer of some note. His latest album "Red Shift" won critical acclaim, Jazzwise Mag portraying his style as "reminiscent of John Coltrane", whilst the Guardian and Jazz UK described him as "a muscular, assertive saxophonist whose fluent solos show a strong sense of direction". This is an exhilarating and hard driving quartet.
See Press News: joel_purnell_quartet-press-release.pdf (opens in a new window)
17 July - Chris Bowden with Edgar Macias Trio. £8 (Students ½-price)
Chris Bowden (s) Edgar Macias (p) Miles Levin (d) TBA (b)
We have managed to secure the return to Stratford Jazz of the remarkable Chris Bowden with the Edgar Macias Trio.
Many of the Stratford Jazz fans will be delighted to welcome Chris Bowden back to the Stratford scene and, with such an exciting trio led by Edgar Macias in support, this promises to be a most exhilarating evening.
A capacity audience is anticipated - come early!
This replaces the Brazilian band which had to withdraw.24 July - no jazz
07 Aug- Interplay Quintet - £8 On Door (Students ½-price) Adrian Litvinoff (b) Richard Baker (tb) Alan Wakeman (s) Neil Hunter (p) Dave Balen (d)This polished quintet is one of the most popular bands on the Midlands jazz scene at present. Accessible modern jazz with originals from Adrian interspersed with covers from among the great jazz composers.
Their recent album "Introducing Interplay" will be available on the night.
14 Aug - no jazz21 Aug - Simon Spillett Quartet with John Patrick, Zoltan Dekany, Miles Levin - £10 On Door (Students ½-price) Simon Spillett (s) John Patrick (p) Zoltan Dekany(b) Miles Levin (d) A barnstorming gig to precede the bank-holiday break. Fiery, fast tempo, no holds barred jazz can be anticipated from Simon with stellar support from three of the most popular and talented Midlands musicians. Not to be missed
28 Aug - no jazz
04 Sept - Julie Edwards/Kevin Dearden Qnt - £8 On Door (Students ½-price) Julie Edwards (v) Kevin Dearden (g) Al Gurr (p) Russell Swift (b) Alan Savage (d) Julie Edwards is one of the most popular vocalists to appear at Stratford Jazz and deservedly so. She has an amazing rapport with Kevin who now majors completely on guitar these days. An evening of good honest jazz programmed to delight.)
Kevin Dearden & Julie Edwards ------------ Kevin & Julie with Al Gurr (p)
11 Sept - no jazz
18 Sept - Steve Tromans Qrt - £8On Door (Students ½-price) Steve Tromans (p) Mike Fletcher (s & fl) Chris Mapp (b) Miles Levin (d) Four stalwarts of Midlands jazz combining to form the new Steve Tromans Quartet.
Never one to stand still - Steve explores his new "theme-open changes" method of
relating with jazz standards in the quartet format.
2 October - Lee Jones Quintet - £8On Door (Students ½-price)
Lee Jones (g) Binker Golding (s) Alex Steele (p) Tom Hill (b) Neil Bullock (d)
Lee Jones is a young Nu Jazz / Americana guitarist and composer from the UK. He has performed at a number of national jazz clubs and festivals in recent years and has appeared as a special guest with guitarist Martin Taylor at the Pizza Express, London. After winning Jazz Fm’s “Best New Instrumentalist” award, Lee completed the BMus Jazz (Hons) course at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2007; studying with Partisans’ guitarist Phil Robson. In Summer 2007, he released his debut album “Swish” with former WEA producer Simon Tittley which featured throughout the jazz media and on radio in the UK and North America. Lee has just released his second album “Songs from the 13th Hour” featuring US jazz-fusion guitarist Larry Coryell and saxophonist Jean Toussaint. Lee will be performing the project throughout 2011-12 with his own group in addition to teaching guitar privately and for various colleges.
"...an excellent composer and one heck of a guitarist..." - Larry Coryell
"...a fully developed personal style..." - The Observer
09 October - John Ruddick Quintet -£8 On Door (Students ½-price) John Ruddick (t) Jo Ruddick (p) Zoltan Dekany (b) John Gibson (d) TBA (tb) A very welcome return by John Ruddick, a stalwart of the BBC Big Band.
As before, tonight John assembles some of the cream of local talent to provide us with good honest swinging modern jazz at its best.
John plays regularly in Fat Chops and Garry Allcock’s All Stars, and has played with
some really big names including Peggy Lee, The Supremes, The BBC Big Band...
John Ruddick is the Musical Director of the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO)
and has led the band to a record eleven wins in the BBC National Big Band Competition,
initially in the Youth Section, but since 1991 in the Senior Section.
STRATFORD MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sunday 16 October - 8pm The Chapel, No.1 Shakespeare Street
Dylan Howe Quartet - £12(Students ½-price) Dylan Howe (drums), Julian Siegel (tenor sax) Chris Hill (double bass) Ross Stanley (keyboard).
“The best neo-bop group in the country.” That was how the London Evening Standard described this remarkable quartet. Stratford jazz lovers heartily concurred with this view after a barnstorming performance at The Chapel last February. The dynamic ex-Blockheads drummer, Dylan Howe, leads this inventive outfit with a sparkling vibrancy guaranteed to thrill.
Expect influences from such extremes as John Coltrane and David Bowie from four superbly gifted musicians.
STRATFORD MUSIC FESTIVAL Wednesday 19 October - 4 pm
Masterclass with Gilad Atzmon
- Primacy of the Ear Content: Exploring the differences between hearing and reading music in relation to the relative freedoms and constraints with regard to playing and interpretation. We will create music on the spot. All that is needed is your musical instruments or just your voice.
STRATFORD MUSIC FESTIVAL Wednesday 19 October - 7 pm The Chapel, No.1 Shakespeare Street,
An evening with Gilad Atzmon & Orient House Ensemble - £12 (Students ½-price)
Gilad Atzmon (reeds), Frank Harrison (keyboard), Yaron Stavi (electric bass) Eddie Hick (drums).
Prior to his concert, Gilad Atzmon will give a talk about his first encounter with jazz music and its impact on his ethical and philosophical stand. The talk will explore different aspects of music and their direct link with his views on morality. This is an ideal opportunity for jazz lovers to understand what drives this stimulating and controversial musician to produce such wonderful music.
Gilad has fronted his Orient House Ensemble for over ten years. Their latest album “The Tide Has Changed” was launched early this year to rapturous acclaim from the critics. BBC reviewer, Kathryn Shackleton, eloquently described the album as, “Like Charlie Parker playing Arabic funk in a Weimar cabaret, egged on by the Blockheads. Roll on the next ten years.”
Four talented musicians playing with passion and intensity – haunting Middle Eastern sounds seamlessly combining with jazz influences.
23 October - Sarah Ellen Hughes -£8 On Door (Students ½-price)*Jazz Services*
Sarah Ellen Hughes (v) Darren Altman (d) Tom Farmer (b) Rick Simpson (k)
Award-winning vocalist Sarah Ellen Hughes is making waves on the UK jazz scene. Still only in her 20s, she has already gained International recognition, winning the 2010 International Jazz Singing Competition “Jazz Voices.” Sarah caught the eye of distinguished singers Claire Martin and Ian Shaw early on in her career, and Ian appears on Sarah’s critically acclaimed 2010 debut album Darning the Dream. Sarah’s second release, The Story So Far (2011) features a collaboration with top UK saxophonist Dave O’Higgins. Sarah spent an impressive seven years with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, since when she has established herself as a notable presence on the London jazz scene and beyond. “A talent to look out for” - Jazz Journal.
Sarah Ellen Hughes appears tonight as part of a UK tour, with a superb trio featuring the cream of London’s jazz talent. The quartet will be presenting a range of popular standards from Gershwin and Jobim to Burt Bacharach and Jimi Hendricks, along with exciting arrangements of some of Sarah's own compositions.
6 Nov - Greg Abate Qrt - £10 On Door (Students ½-price) Greg Abate (reeds) Craig Milverton (k) Bill Coleman (b) Nick Millward (d)
The ubiquitous Greg Abate is travelling once again from the USA to entertain his many followers at Stratford Jazz. Regular punters will know what to
expect from this
who has a passionate determination to keep hard-swinging bebop jazz alive. Accompanied by a most accomplished trio led by Craig Milverton - not to be missed!
20 Nov - Nic Meier Trio - £8On Door (Students ½-price) Nic Meier (guitar/glissentar) Paolo Minervini (b) Demi Garcia (d) Nic Meier is one of the most imaginative and vibrant guitar players on the jazz scene at present. His visits to Stratford Jazz never cease to delight with his exotic influences ranging from Jazz, Flamenco, Latin and the Middle East.
27 Nov - Bryan Corbett Benefit £10 On Door. See info --> Starts 7:30pm, Doors Open 7pm. Come early!
Huge thanks to the amazing line up of.
• Alan Barnes (s)
• Chris Bowden (s)
• Neil Bullock (d)
• Sara Colman (v)
• Al Gurr (p)
• Chris Aldridge (s)
• Levi French (p)
• Chris Taylor (p)
• Pete Harris (g)
• Percy Pursglove (t)
• Tom Hill (b)
• Louise Warren (v)
Sun 4 Dec, 8pm - John Law Trio- £8 On Door John Law (p) Tom Farmer (b) Daoud Merchant (d)
debut appearance at Stratford Jazz went down a storm so it is great to welcome this fine pianist again with his new trio. "World class pianist John Law's new trio is as melodic, accessible and catchy as any in the crowded piano trio sector." Independent on Sunday. Lots more at:http://www.myspace.com/johnlawmusic
18 Dec - Bebee Quintet "Christmas Special" Tickets: email@example.com(Students ½-price) Tickets: £10 paid-in-advance. Paid-on-entry, £12 on door. Chris Aldridge (s) Simon Beddoe (t)
Roger Innis (g) Levi French (p) Neil Bullock (d)
We had to cancel Bebee's Christmas gig last year due to inclement weather. Snow! This year we hope to be luckier for this is one of the most exciting bands on the Midlands scene.
One glance at the impressive line-up suggests that exhilarating entertainment is on the agenda. An ideal formula to end a wonderful year of jazz in Stratford and to prepare for the Christmas festivities.
--- 2012 ---
Sun 8 Jan - * Sold Out!* Sold Out!* Sold Out! *
- Scott Hamilton & Alan Barnes with the Tom Hill Trio "New Year Special"
Tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org(Students ½-price)
Tickets: £12 paid-in-advance. Paid-on-entry, £15 on door Scott Hamilton (s) Alan Barnes (s) Tom Hill (b) Paul Sawtell (p) Neil Bullock (d)
This is a real blockbuster to start 2012. Two legends of the international jazz scene combining to front an all-star Midlands trio. Stratford Jazz fans have been itching to get Scott Hamilton and Alan Barnes together so a capacity audience is anticipated - especially as this is now: - * Sold Out!* Sold Out!*
22 Jan - Jake Fryer Quartet -£8 On Door (Students ½-price)
Jake Fryer (as) Rodney Mendoza (p) Richard Sadler (b) Jon Sargant (d).
Jake Fryer may be a new name to many Stratford Jazz fans but make no mistake, this classy saxophonist is a force to be reckoned with on the bebop, front. He has an international reputation which includes a long association with Bud Shank among his credentials.This promises to be an evening of high quality bebop jazz.
CANCELLED !! - Due snow/ice. Hope to reschedule. Watch website.
Sun 5 Feb - John Patrick Quintet – Tribute to Horace Silver
- £8 on door (Students ½-price)
John Patrick (p) John Ruddick (t) Lluis Mather (ts) Zoltan Dekany (b) John Gibson (d)
John Patrick has assembled the cream of the Midlands talent for his tribute to Horace Silver. A blistering superb front-line with John Ruddick and Lluis Mather complemented by a trio not content to just provide a solid/swinging beat but contributing some imaginative solo work.
This promises to be a most exhilarating tribute to one of the legends of jazz music.
Sun 19 Feb - Chris Bowden Quartet - £8 on door(Students ½-price)
Chris Bowden (as) Steve Tromans (p) Ben Markland (b) Neil Bullock (d)
This is effectively the Tomorrow Band with the addition of Steve Tromans. All four of these musicians are great favourites of Stratford Jazz fans so a full house is anticipated.
Sun 4 March - Quentin Collins/Brandon Allen Quartet - £8 on door(Students ½-price)
Quentin Collins (t) Brandon Allen (ts) Ross Stanley (organ) Enzo Zirilli (d)
Brandon Allen made a tremendous impression when he appeared at the Chapel with Dylan Howe.
He recently teamed up with ace trumpeter Quentin Collins and released the critically acclaimed album What’s it Gonna Be with Ross and Enzo completing the quartet.
Be prepared for a thoroughly entertaining evening of high quality, unfussy hard bop – for top-class musicians striking sparks off each other.
Sun 11 March - Paul Sawtell Quintet - £8 on door(Students ½-price)
Paul Sawtell (vibes) Craig Milverton (p) Roy Sainsbury (g) Tom Hill (b) Nick Millward (d)
Another chance to see the stunning Paul Sawtell performing on vibes. He appeared on vibes with Tom Hill last year and amazed everyone with his incredible dexterity. Good accessible jazz guaranteed to thrill – how could it be otherwise with such a stellar line-up?!
Sun 25 March - Dominic Norcross Quartet - £8 on door(Students ½-price)
Dominic Norcross (s) John Davies (g) Steve Tarner (b) Eddie John (d)
Dominic Norcross may be a new name to many of the Stratford Jazz fans but make no mistake this musician is up there with the best.
The Guardian stated; “The Dominic Norcross Quartet is fast becoming a mainstay of the British jazz scene.” Praise indeed!
Dominic is equally at home with jazz and blues and has worked with such luminaries as Don Weller and Digby Fairweather. This is an impressive quartet producing excellent arrangements with fresh and inventive solo work.
Sun 1 April - Stekpanna and the Russians- £8 on door(Students ½-price) Steve Kershaw (b) Mads Kjolby (g) Petter Svard (d) Leonid Vintskevitch (p) Nikola Vitskevitch (s)
A welcome return to one of the most popular and truly international bands to visit Stratford Jazz with Russia, Scandinavia and Britain represented.
A band which never disappoints with its fresh take on classic jazz standards with some original tunes thrown in.
If you enjoy serious jazz with tongue in cheek humour never far away this is an outfit that proves it ca be done.
The amazing Milestones Sextet which plays the music of Miles Davis is booked at Stratford Jazz for the Sunday, 15th April 2012, at 8pm.
The stellar line-up includes
Martin Shaw (trumpet)
Alan Barnes (alto & baritone sax)
Ian Price (tenor sax)
Terry Seabrook (piano)
Paul Whitten (bass)
Spike Wells (drums)
Music will include numbers from the famous Kind of Blue album including, of course, 'So What?'
Their latest album had a 4* rating in the Jazzwise Mag., See 'Reviews' at: http://www.milestonesjazz.co.uk
Recent review from The Capstone, Liverpool
Milestones worked extremely well at the Capstone. This sextet of phenomenal musicians really brought the music of Miles Davis to life. The musicians were very friendly, incredibly easy to work with, and as seasoned players had bags of musical personality to bring to the performance. They gave incredible value for money with two sets each of which bordered on an hour. The time flew by as the group included in their play list classic Miles music which we could all recognise but also original compositions which for me were just as enjoyable. It is great when a jazz concert can pull in a large and appreciative audience. In this respect the Milestones concert was one of the most successful concerts in our jazz series so far. (Neil Campbell, Capstone Theatre, Liverpool)
Sun 22 April - Sean Noonan / Matthew Bourne - £8 on door (Students ½-price) 'Born to Brew 'Featuring, Matthew Bourne piano, Sean Noonan drums/storytelling/compositions.
A very different evening for Stratford Jazz. Some will say weird, some stimulating. Some will say both.
Some of you will remember the Hub at the White Swan. Be Warned!
Extract from http://www.noonansmusic.com says: Drummer, composer, storyteller, and producer, Sean Noonan has emerged as part of the next generation of cutting edge music from the Brooklyn underground, incorporating a diverse spectrum of styles ranging from Punk-Jazz,
World Music, to Third Stream classical composition. Since 1999, Noonan has produced over 14 albums in his numerous projects that have featured Marc Ribot, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Mat Maneri, Abdoulaye Diabate, and Susan McKeown.
"Noonan approaches postmodern jazz and world music from the angle of self-discovery...
... He attempts to braid together the Celtic balladry of his ancestors with the various traditions of West African griots, Southern bluesmen and downtown-scene alchemists [and] manages to make his pieces speak coherently, and in a unified voice." - Nate Chinen, New York Times
Sun 29 April - Will Butterworth Trio - £8 on door (Students ½-price)
Will Butterworth (p) Henrik Jensen (b) Pete Ibbetson (d)
Back to sanity with a truly wonderful jazz pianist. The first appearance at Stratford Jazz of this most accomplished pianist - anyone who has listened to his album, 'Hereafter' will quickly realise why we had to book him. Click to hear 'Hereafter' clips:- http://www.music-chamber.com/albums/trio_hereafter/
Described as, "The combination of strong melodic themes allied to an enquiring improvisational spirit should ensure that there's plenty here to enjoy for most jazz listeners," by The Jazz Mann
Expect an evening which includes a mixture of originals plus a selection of jazz standards executed with impeccable style and creativity.
Sterling support from Pete Ibbetson on drums (a bandleader and composer in his own right) and the talented Danish bassist Henrik Jensen.
Sun 13 May - Inspector Gadjo with Casey Greene - £8 on door (Students ½-price)
Will Barnes (g) Tommy Mills (b) George Jackson (d) Casey Greene (reeds)
After their successful debut appearance at Stratford Jazz in June last year many of the punters demanded a return visit, so here they are!
Their electric bebop infused with the spirit and fire of modern Gypsy and Latin Jazz was quite a hit. They continue to build up a large following on the jazz scene and the added bonus of Casey Greene will contribute to an evening of high octane jazz
Sun 20 May - Joshua Arcoleo Quartet - £8 on door (Students ½-price) Joshua Arcoleo (s) Ivo Neame (p) Calum Gourlay (b) James Maddren (d)
Josh Arcoleo is an exceptional talent and despite being in his early 20s has received numerous accolades. His first album Beginnings was described by Duncan Heining as, "One of the most complete debut albums in a long time. More than that its title warns of things to come."
Jon Newey in Jazzwise described him as, "A young hot-shot tenor saxophonist."
Naturally he has first class support from the impeccable Ivo Neame on keys with Calum Gourlay on bass and James Maddren on drums probably best known for their work with the Kit Downes trio.
This is a great opportunity for Stratford Jazz fans to see four young jazz talents who are destined for great things.
Sun 03 June - Geoff Eales Isorhythm Quintet - £10
**Jazz Services** Geoff Eales (keys) Ben Waghorn (reeds) Carl Orr (guitar)
Fred T Baker (fretless bass) Asaf Sirkis (drums)
Geoff Eales returns to his jazz-rock roots as he takes his Isorhythm band on a UK tour performing music from his ninth album, 'Shifting Sands'.
The stellar line-up of this band emphasises the fact that this is going to be a great a gig.
Sun 17 June - Ian Hill's 'Taba Time' Quartet - £8
Ian Hill (s) Neil Hunter (p) Geoff Pearson (b) Ian Bastin (d)
Taba Time is a jazz quartet formed specifically to play the unique compositions of the USA's Dean Taba who became one of LA's most in-demand and respected bassists and a much sought after musical educator. His quality compositions are fresh, hip, entertaining and accessible.
He recently returned to his native Hawaii where Ian Hill contacted him about developing this tribute quartet to which Dean immediately gave his blessing and best wishes - he also sent Ian some new tunes!
Sun 01 July - Time Change!Now: 4:30pm until 6:46pm (After the Olympic Torch in Stratford and before the Euro Football Final)
Craig Milverton Quartet - Oscar Peterson tribute - £8 Craig Milverton (p) Dominic Ashworth (g) Al Swainger (b) Nick Millward (d)
Craig Milverton plays homage to a legendary jazz pianist and perhaps his greatest influence. His recorded tribute received wide acclaim from the jazz press and Digby Fairweather said, “The best pianist to come along in Britain in the last two decades and the nearest to the great Oscar Peterson."
Appearing with Craig are three of the most talented musicians on the jazz scene. Dominic Ashworth on guitar, winner of the Jazz Guitar Award in the 2006 British Jazz Awards, Al Swainger on double-bass and Nick Millward on drums.
This concert is a must for all Oscar Peterson fans and all those people who love good swinging jazz.
Sun 15 July - Chris Gumbley Quintet - Cannonball Adderley tribute - £10 (students, half-price) Chris Gumbley (as) Neil Yates (t) Dan Nicholls (p) Tom Hill (b) Carl Hemmingsley (d)
It’s a delight to have this superb quintet returning to Stratford Jazz. They last appeared for us at the Stratford Music Festival in October 2009 and brought the house down, re-creating the wonderful sound of the great Cannonball Adderley Quintet of the late 1950s and 1960s.
Chris Gumbley Quintet - 'Tribute to Cannonball'
Tom Dudley-Evans was particularly effusive about their appearance at Birmingham Symphony Hall: “Amazing material, extremely well played…the whole presentation
of the concert the concert is superb with announcements that are both informative and entertaining.”
One look at the stellar line-up will convince Stratford Jazz fans that we are in for an evening of the most exhilarating jazz.
Sun 29 July, 8pm - Mike Collins Quartet - £8 (students, half-price) Mike Collins (p) Lee Goodall (s) Trevor Davies (d) Ashley-John Long (b)
Some new names for Stratford Jazz fans but do not be put off, Mike Collins is a fine pianist who is carving quite a reputation on the jazz scene mainly with his trio. His successful album, 'Suite Gorgeous' was described by Jazzwise as, “Classy, EST-like.” Tonight, guest sax man Lee Goodall adds a further dimension to the scene so expect an evening of varied arrangements of standards and less played tunes with some original compositions thrown in.
This evening will be a great time to reserve your tickets for: -
- Sun 30 Sept - Phil Robson’s Immeasurable Code Quintet - £12 ticket
- Sun 14 Oct - The Magic Hat Ensemble - £12 ticket
- Wed 17 Oct afternoon - Workshop by Alan Barnes and David Newton - £6 ticket
- Wed 17 Oct evening - Alan Barnes/David Newton Duo - £12ticket
Sun 02 Sept - Ray Butcher Quintet - £8(students, half-price) Ray Butcher (t) Casey Greene (s) Andre Bassing (p) Mike Green (b) Miles Levin (d)
This will be Ray Butcher’s debut for Stratford Jazz at the Chapel although he appeared many times in the White Swan days. Ray has not been idle in the interim period, as apart from enhancing his reputation as one the UK’s premier jazz trumpet players, he has been involved with establishing the ‘Blue Train Jazz Club’ in London and the programming for the ‘Yardbird Jazz Club’ in Birmingham’s Paradise Place.
Tonight he appears with his quintet which features some of the Midlands finest
Good honest swinging jazz is on the menu – plenty of jazz classics interspersed with some of Ray’s original tunes.
Ray’s exciting new album ‘War on the Saints’ will be available on the night.
Sun 16 Sept - Graham Dent’s Jucamaya - £8(students, half-price) Graham Dent (p) Ian Hill (s) Richard Baker (tb) Tom Bull (b) Nick Millward (d)
A welcome return to a local band that has become a firm favourite with Stratford Jazz fans. Playing a selection of original tunes from Graham intermixed with jazz classics from the likes of Oliver Nelson and Joe Zawinul this tight-knit quintet never fails to please.
Sun 30 Sept - Phil Robson’s Immeasurable Code Quintet
Tickets or Door Entry: £12 – Jazz Services**(students, half-price)
Tickets for this now either 'On Door' or from Roy at: email@example.com
Stratford Jazz has completed quite a coup in persuading guitarist/composer Phil Robson to bring his new band
'The Immeasureable Code Quintet' to Stratford on Sunday evening, 30th September. This is the final date of a most successful
'Jazz Services' UK tour described by Jon Turney as "A superband which engendered great expectations, then surpassed them."
As one might expect from the recent winner of 'Best Jazz Musician - Parliamentary Jazz Awards' Phil Robson has assembled a
world-class line-up with Julian Arguelles on saxophones, Gareth Lockrane on flutes supported by Michael Janisch on bass and
Ernesto Simpson on drums. Much of the repertoire will include material from their recent album which has been widely
acclaimed by the critics including a 4-Star rating from the influential 'Jazzwise' magazine.
Phil Robson’s Immeasurable Code Quintet
Phil Robson (g) Julian Arguelles (s) Gareth Lockrane (flutes)
Michael Janisch (b) Ernesto Simpson (d)
The band has Jazz Services National Touring Support Scheme grant for its tour.
Born of a commission from ‘Derby Jazz’ in early 2011, this exciting new band launched their debut CD ‘Phil Robson- The Immeasurable Code’ (Whirlwind Recordings Ltd) at the Purcell Rooms on November 15th, 2011 as part of ‘The London Jazz Festival’. The material on the CD, composed by Robson) is based around a concept of communication methods, ancient to modern and includes such titles as ‘Telepathy & Transmission’, ‘Telegram’, ‘The Net’ ‘Fire & The Drum’ and many more.
The original line up included renowned NY saxophonist Mark Turner but he is replaced for the 2012 tour by the fabulous & world class Julian Arguelles who has recently returned to the UK having been based in Germany for several years. The band will however, will be playing many highlights from the CD plus a brand new set of Robson originals written for the tour & new lineup.
More on Phil Robson, the Quintet and the CD at: http://philrobson.net
Tickets by post from: Mrs P Ratcliffe, 7 Wetherby Way, Stratford CV37 9LU(Cheques to: Stratford Jazz ) Please enclose a a self-addressed and stamped envelope
Sun 14 Oct, 8pm - The Magic Hat Ensemble - £12 ticket Steve Chadwick — trumpet/cornet, Andrzej Baranek - keyboard,
Tony Ormesher - guitar,
Nick Blacka - double bass, Rob Turner - drums
The Magic Hat Ensemble
The reputation of this virtuoso quintet has steadily grown through their inventive re-workings of classic jazz material adding a youthful energy and drive which gives
familiar tunes a completely different slant. They are renowned for employing the use
of metric modulations, odd time signatures and blistering solos to create epic and
"Pulsating post bop given a refreshing boot up the behind....a dynamic and hugely
band worth catching live." - Jazzwise
The Magic Hat Ensemble Steve Chadwick — trumpet/cornet, Andrzej Baranek - keyboard,
Tony Ormesher - guitar,
Nick Blacka - double bass, Rob Turner - drums
Wed 17 Oct, 8pm - Alan Barnes/David Newton Duo Update Mon 15 Oct: Tickets going fast!
* Please book to avoid disappointment see: 4pm Workshop, below Tickets £12 from Roy :firstname.lastname@example.org (students, half-price)
This concert will feature music from the latest album of this remarkable duo and is the culmination of over 33 years of performing together. The pair are positively inspired on a selection of jazz gems and standards covering a wide range from Don Redman to Chick Corea.
Alan Barnes plays clarinet and saxophones with equal facility and David Newton has the astonishing ability to keep rolling bass lines going in the left hand whilst playing soaring improvisations in the right.
Between them they have won over 30 British Jazz awards, and Alan Barnes has also won the BBC Best Jazz Instrumentalist on two separate occasions.
This will be an intimate and relaxed session with plenty of stories as background to the music.
Wed 17 Oct, 4pm- Alan Barnes/David Newton Workshop
Afternoon Workshop by Alan Barnes and David Newton:
- two of the UK's most respected jazz musicians' workshop aimed at young musicians 16+ Tickets: £6 from - email@example.com Tickets by post from: Mrs P Ratcliffe, 7 Wetherby Way, Stratford CV37 9LU (Cheques to: Stratford Jazz ) Please enclose a a self-addressed and stamped envelope
Sun 28 Oct, 8pm - Pedalmania. - £8(students, half-price) John Paul Gard (organ) Ben Waghorn (s) Eddie John (d)
One of the most exciting jazz trios on the scene at present. Exhilarating, high octane jazz that entrances the audience from the outcome. Not to be missed!
John Paul Gard (organ)
Sun 11 Nov, 8pm - Martin Speake Trio - £8(students, half-price) Martin Speake (s) Mike Outram (g) Jeff Williams (d)
Martin Speake Trio: Martin Speake (s) Mike Outram (g) Jeff Williams (d)
This unusual trio of alto saxophone, guitar and drums brings together all of Martin’s musical influences alongside his favourite musical partners The three musicians are committed to improvising in the moment and will feature compositions from their new double CD Always A First Time on Martin’s Pumpkin label. Meditative ballads, trance like grooves, free improvisation, minimalism, jazz standard songs, Arabic music, heavy metal guitar, unaccompanied solos from each player and more are featured in this unique and intimate trio.
"Martin Speake is one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent," Thomas Conrad Jazz Times
"Speake is a strikingly talented improviser with a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration," Encyclopedia of Popular Music
"There is no musician with such complete control of the sounds coming out of a guitar. Mike Outram plays the sweetest wailing rock guitar in Britain. It’s a sound of great beauty," Seb Scotney, London Jazz
"In a career that has spanned more than 40 years, drummer Jeff Williams has honed a sound that seamlessly blends a sinewy, propulsive rhythmic sense with a masterful appreciation of space and atmosphere," Matthew Miller, The New York City Jazz Record
"Drummer Jeff Williamshas and plays impeccable time, but he paints around the lines and shifts patterns to accent and highlight what's happening in the music at any given moment. He's the rare drummer who understands and conceptualizes time as something beyond the standard "spang-a-lang" status quo."Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
Sun 25 Nov, 8pm - Ray Butcher Quintet - £8(students, half-price) Ray Butcher (t) Casey Greene (reeds) Andre Bassing (p) Smudge (b) Miles Levin (d)
Anyone who was present at their recent gig in September will not wish to miss this one. The band swings like mad with a mixture of familiar jazz classics interspersed with some of Ray's original tunes. This sterling line-up produces exhilarating jazz of the highest quality, worthy exponents of the best of Midlands jazz
Sun 09 Dec, 8pm - Chris Bowden Quartet - £8(students, half-price) Chris Bowden (s) Alcyona Mick (p) Ben Markland (b) Neil Bullock (d)
A local band that can hold its own with any in the UK and certainly a great favourite with Stratford Jazz fans.
The fabulous Alcyona Mick joins on keys. http://www.alcyonamick.com
With Chris Bowden fronting this superb trio, fireworks will be very
Sun 16 Dec, 8pm - Tom Hill’s Straitjackets - £10 (students, half-price) **CHRISTMAS SPECIAL**CHRISTMAS SPECIAL**
Tom Hill (b) Andy Shillingford (s) Pete Harris (g) Al Gurr (p) Neil Bullock (d)
Another feast of local talent to feature on our 'Christmas Special' and also bring a rousing finish to our Sunday evening gigs (in 2013 we switch to Wednesday evenings). This excellent band has been a huge favourite at Stratford Jazz for many Sunday evenings and it seems most appropriate that it should bring down the curtain with an exhilarating finale.
2013 - START OF WEDNESDAY EVENING GIGS
WEDNESDAY 09 January 2013, 8pm
Alan Barnes/Chris Bowden Quintet - £12 (students, half-price) **NEW YEAR SPECIAL**NEW YEAR SPECIAL* Ticket gig * Alan Barnes (s) Chris Bowden (s) Tom Hill (b) Paul Sawtell (p) Neil Bullock (d)
Alan Barnes and Chris Bowden
A storming way to celebrate the New Year and the commencement of our fortnightly Wednesday evenings. A dream front line of Alan Barnes and Chris Bowden supported by the exhilarating Tom Hill trio. 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.
WEDNESDAY 13 February 2013, 8pm- £8 (students, half-price) Tom Hill's Funkin' Jazzy Blues Dudes Tom Hill (b & v) Phil Bond (p & v) Pete Harris (g & v) Nick Millward (d)
You asked for Blues and here it is in spades – performed by four local musicians who rank as the best in the business. A stomping, fun-loving evening guaranteed to send you home on a high – not to be missed.
Wednesday 20th February (Postponed from 23rd Jan) Dom Franks Strayhorn Quartet - £8(students, half-price)
Dom Franks (s) Alex Steele (p), James Agg (b) Matt Jones (d)
Late Change: Announced 6:30pm, Wed 20th Feb: Ray Butcher on sax replaces Dom Franks who deeply regets he is unable to play due to very recent illness. Dom sends us his apologies. The rest of the line-up is as advertised.
This will be Dom's first visit to The Chapel although he appeared a few times at the White Swan with Lee Jones. Dom, who is now Director of Music at Rendcomb College, formed the StrayHorn quartet as a vehicle to play his original groove–driven compositions and the album Native Tongues was released in 2012. Modern and accessible jazz with stylistic influences ranging from Kenny Garret’s energetic post-bop, the harmonically adventurous sounds of Robert Glasper and the Afrobeat of the Parisian Goutte-d’Or. See more below.
Dom Franks StrayHorn Quartet - Dom Franks (s) Alex Steele (p) James Agg (b) Matt Jones (d)
Dom Franks StrayHorn Quartet
‘Good-natured groove-driven postbop’ - Jazzwise album review
StrayHorn quartet was formed in 2010 to play the melodic original compositions of Cheltenham-based saxophonist Dom Franks, a former student of Jazz Messenger Jean Toussaint, and winner of the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Musician competition. The band has honed its sound through appearances around the West - notably at the Cheltenham and Stroud Jazz Festivals - into a lean, but lyrical take on contemporary jazz.
StrayHorn’s sounds is built from the kinetic rhythms of young Bristol-based drummer Matthew Jones (Phantom Limb), supplemented by in-demand acoustic bassist Will Harris and either pianist Alex Steele or rising Bristolian keyboard star Jim Blomfield With stylistic influences including Kenny Garret’s energetic post-bop, the harmonically adventurous sound of Robert Glasper and the Afrobeat of the Parisian Goutte-d’Or, where Dom lived for a time, StrayHorn’s sound is modern, but accessible jazz, with melodies that linger.
- alto and soprano saxophones
Alex Steele - keyboards
James Add - bass
Matt - drums
WEDNESDAY 27 February 2013, 8pm Red Skies Trio- £10(students, half-price) Brigitte Beraha (v) John Turville (p) and special guest Bobby Wellins (ts)
These three superb musicians combined specially for the album Red Skies due to be released at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho some ten days prior to this gig. A programme of Jazz and Latin Standards plus other gems to celebrate the release of the new album.
"If sheer talent were the only ingredient needed for success in music, Brigitte would already be up there with the stars.
She has a tremendous future to explore, one which we’ll be watching with great expectations.” Dame Cleo Laine and John Dankworth CBE
"Her debut album is impressive, as one would expect
from someone who’s well and truly paid her dues.” Humphrey Lyttelton
Bobby Wellins (ts) and Brigitte Beraha(v) and John Turville (p)
WEDNESDAY 13 March 2013, 8pm Simon Spillett fronts The John Patrick Trio £10 (students, half-price) Simon Spillett (s) John Patrick (p) Zoltan Dekany (b) John Gibson (d)
Simon Spillett is one of the most exciting talents to emerge recently on the British jazz scene. His dynamic, distinctive and hard swinging saxophone has quickly endeared him to jazz audiences and critics alike. Humphrey Lyttelton described him as “formidable” and Dave Gelly’s one word description was “phenomenal”. Supported by a first class trio led by John Patrick an evening of exhilarating jazz is assured.
WEDNESDAY 27 March 2013, 8pm Alex Hutton Trio - £8 (students, half-price)
Alex Hutton (p) Yuri Goloubev (b) Asaf Sirkis (d)
This gig celebrates the issue of Alex Hutton’s third album 'Legentis' which has received wide acclaim from the jazz critics. (see below) Alex has assembled a vigorous rhythm section with a big presence featuring Moscow-born virtuoso bassist Yuri Goloubev and the high-class and popular Israeli drummer Asaf Sirkis. This interesting and exciting trio will appeal to a wide spectrum of the jazz audience with its mixture of melodic warmth and fiery urgency.
Alex Hutton Trio - Alex Hutton (p) Yuri Goloubev (b) Asaf Sirkis (d)
WEDNESDAY 10 April 2013, 8pm Andy Hague Quintet - £8(students, half-price) Andy Hague (t) Ben Waghorn (s) Jim Blomfield (p) Will Harris (b) Mark Whitlam (d)
A virtual 'Who’s Who' of West Country jazz is assembled for this impressive quintet. Celebrating the release of its latest album 'Cross my Palm' a programme of bright, hard-boppish music in the mainstream seam with influences ranging from Clark Terry, Kenny Dorham, Horace Silver etc is on the agenda. Expect some startling ensemble and solo work from Andy, Ben Waghorn and the irrepressible Jim Blomfield.
SUNDAY 14 April 2013, 8pm - NEWS NEWS NEWS £10(students, half-price) Bryan Corbett QuartetThe gig we have all been waiting for! Bryan Corbett (t & f) Marcus Byrne (p) Ben Markland (b) Neil Bullock (d) After such a traumatic time it will be great to have Bryan taking centre stage at the Chapel. He is a Stratford Jazz favourite so let’s give a rousing welcome back!
At No.1, the owner, Harvy, has kindly agreed to open the kitchens
for this special gig so food will be available..
Bryan Corbett (Photo: Gary Corbett)
Bryan Corbett ready for dramatic return to Stratford Jazz at The Chapel
(Photo: Bill Shakespeare)
This is not a ticket event but we are expecting a lot of support from a huge audience for Bryan, so to have the best chance of even getting in, please do come early! Doors open at 7pm. Please queue before that - maybe with a drink from the excellent bar at No.1.
WEDNESDAY 24 April 2013, 8pm Jim Mullen Organ Trio - £10 (students, half-price) Jim Mullen (g) Mike Gorman (org) Matt Skelton (d)
Jim Mullen’s organ trio has long been a favourite of the Stratford Jazz audiences and quite rightly so. Jim Mullen is a truly original voice in contemporary jazz guitar best known for his 15-year association with sax player Dick Morrissey working as the legendary funk band Morrissey Mullen. Now linked up with the impeccable Mike Gorman on organ and accomplished drummer Matt Skelton this trio really knows how to deliver. “For sheer musical excellence, this band has few peers,”Chris Parker/Times Jazz. “…the restrained passion with which Mullen and group play is touching,”Evening Standard.
Jim Mullen Organ Trio - Jim Mullen (g) Mike Gorman (org) Matt Skelton (d)
WEDNESDAY 8 May 2013, 8pm Lee Jones Quintet - £8 (students, half-price) Lee Jones (g) Binker Golding (s) Alex Steele (p) Tom Hill (b) Neil Bullock (d)
"Certainly one of the most exciting young prospects I’ve heard in years. With the right breaks and in the right company he’s sure to become one of the greats,” an accurate and glowing tribute to Lee Jones from Jack Massanik of the London Evening Standard.
Stratford Jazz fans will not argue with that assessment and tonight he is certainly in the right company with Binker Golding on the front line supported by Alex, Tom and Neil.A surefire recipe for high quality jazz and plenty of fireworks.
"...an excellent composer and one heck of a guitarist..." - Larry Coryell
"...a fully developed personal style..." - The Observer