Re:Union (UK) Wed 26 June 2019 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
Four musicians that have each taken diverse and successful paths (respectively) re-unite for a very special evening this June. Starace, Tromans, Green and Perrins are longtime friends who began their careers studying jazz in the Midlands. Tommaso Starace, a native of Italy, soon became one of the most in demand front men on an international scope. With several recordings under his own name, Starace has risen swiftly in the London Jazz scene. Steve Tromans has a staggering record of over 6000 performances nationally and internationally. However, he has still found time to undertake his doctoral research in music. Mike Green, one of the most in demand musicians in the Midlands, is equally comfortable at an intimate jazz club or major jazz event. After performing at the Montreal Jazz Festival Mike went on to perform with Dame Shirley Bassey, and was also featured with Jamie Cullum at the BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall. Mitch Perrins, originally from the UK, resided in New York city for a total of 10 years after obtaining his Artist Visa. During that period leading his own group, The Atlantic Quartet, Mitch showcased his original works at major jazz venues throughout the USA, including Smalls Jazz Club NY, The Iridium Jazz Club NY, and the Gene Harris Jazz Festival in Boise.
Steve Tromans (piano)Mike Green (bass)Mitch Perrins (drums)Tommasso Starace
Rob Luft & Dave O'Higgins Quartet play Monk & Coltrane (UK)
Wed 11 Sept 2019 20:00 £12 (£5 Students)
Rob Luft is an award-winning 25-year-old jazz guitarist from London whose virtuosity has been compared to that of six-string legends John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco De Lucia. Joining him will be saxophonist Dave O' Higgins. Nominated “British Jazz Musician of the year” - Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018 / “Breakthrough Act of the year” - Jazz FM Awards 2018 ☆☆☆☆"thoughtfully virtuosic head-turner" The Guardian | ☆☆☆☆"an original guitarist to be prized" The Irish Times
Touring the Midlands in conjunction with our newly formed JWM collective, this Swedish band promises to deliver that much loved Scandinavian twist to modern jazz. Saxophonist Örjan Hultén is considered to be one of Sweden's leading improvisers.
Orjan Hulten (sax) Torbjorn Gutz (piano) Filip Augustson (bass) Peter Danemo (drums)
Ian Palmer's Aerial Beat Club (UK) Wed 9 Oct 2019 20:00 £12 (£5 Students)
Contemporary jazz from Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Donald Brown and Michael Cochrane; even Billy Cobham’s Stratus played acoustically.
Ian Palmer (drums) Tom Hill (bass) Jim Watson (Piano) Johnny Thirkell (trumpet) Scott Garland (sax)
Vasilis Xenopulos Dexterity Quartet - Dexter Gordon Celebration (Greece/UK) Wed 23 Oct 2019 20:00 £12 (£5 Students)
Saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos’ third album as a leader – celebrates the music and spirit of Dexter Gordon. It features Gordon’s original compositions, classic jazz standards played ‘Dexter-style’, and a couple of Xenopoulos’ own Dexter-influenced compositions. Dexter Gordon was one of the most iconic figures in jazz history and a true heavyweight of the tenor saxophone. His powerful tone and unique ability to create melodic lines influenced many saxophonists around the world and still do to this day. Vasilis Xenopoulos talks about his new project Dexterity: “Dexter Gordon was my first big hero of the tenor saxophone and the impact of his music on me goes way back to when I was still a teenager. His 1962 recording ‘Go!' was the first of many in my record collection and, to this day, I can still sing along to all the solos from that album with the same enthusiasm I had as a kid. In the following years, there have inevitably been other influences on my playing, but Dexter remains my top inspiration when it comes to tone and melodic development.
Vasilis Xenopulos (sax) Steve Brown (drums) Ross Stanley (keys) and Dario Di Lecce (bass)
Making real headway in London and fresh from playing the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Lydian Collective is a fusion band with real class. The latest single ‘High 555’ pushes the boundary lines of jazz fusion into an energetic, danceable groove whilst still delivering the compelling infectious melodies that L/C fans have come to love. At the time of writing it has had more than 50,000 streams on Spotify, paving the way for a fresh EP release in the summer. Aaron Wheeler (keys) Ida Hollis (bass) Todd Baker (guitar) Sophie Alloway (drums)
Bryan Corbett presents The Hi-Fly Quartet (UK) Wed 11 Dec 2019 20:00 £12 (£5 Students)
1959 was one of the greatest years in jazz. Now six decades ago to the year, this outstanding quintet celebrate the year 1959 in jazz that saw the release of some of the most revered jazz albums such as Miles Davis - ‘Kind Of Blue’, Mingus - ‘Ah Hum’, Brubeck - ‘Take Five’ & Ornette Coleman’s ‘The Shape Of Jazz To Come’ also ‘Blowing The Blues Away’ by Horace Silver amongst other by Benny Golson etc etc...... It’s Cooking & Cool !
The chance to catch some great music performed by great musicians celebrating one of the best years in jazz history!
Bryan Corbett (trumpet) Tom Hill (bass) Matt Ratcliffe (piano) Carl Hemmingsley (drums)
Alan Barnes New Year Special (UK) Wed 8 Jan 2019 20:00 £15 (£5 Students)
Tradition dictates our first gig of the year. Alan Barnes has been an annual treat for us at the club for many years. He never fails to deliver exceptional jazz with some of the finest jazz musicians in the country. As always, his stories and humour make this show an absolute pleasure. This will be a great way to start the new year. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Winner of the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year, Xhosa Cole brings together an all star chordless quartet featuring some of Birminghams finest talent. Alongside fellow finalist and bass player James Owston, powerhouse drummer Jim Bashford and Canadian Trumpet virtuoso Jay Phelps, this band embodies the spirit of the Bebop and Hard bop greats. With repertoire inspired by the great music of Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown and Gigi Gryce this band lights up the band stand with all the charisma, passion, edge, chemistry and spontaneity reminiscent of this great era. They will feature classic arrangements, contemporary takes on standards as well as original works from members in the band.
Xhosa Cole (sax) Jay Phelps (trumpet) James Owston (bass) Jim Bashford (drums)