NEWS: From September 2018 we shall we be back at Stratford ArtsHouse which is now known as Stratford Playhouse. You can find details of events and book online following this link: www.stratfordplay.co.uk Please note that this is a brand new site and company and the official opening isn't until October so please bear with us as any booking kinks get ironed out.
Simon Spillett Quartet Wed 13 February 2019 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
Simon is a phenomenal tenor player and we welcome him back to Stratford. A hard-edged and powerful tenor player, with an impressive technique and a dash of humour is supported by musicians who match up. Expect swinging standards, break-neck tempos, beautiful tone and a few surprises.
Simon Spillett (sax)Stuart Barker (bass)James Bashford (drums)Al Gurr (keys)
BLUES SPECIAL The Big Ginge Blues Band Wed 27 February 2019 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
George "Big Ginge" Smith leads this fabulous rhythm and blues band with the sound of BB King and a powerful but soulful vocal. George and the band may be young (well, at least some of them are), but already they are making a huge impression across the Midlands as a great live band. We've heard George gigging and were so impressed, that we didn't hesitate to book him.
George Smith (Guitar and vocals)Jay Riley (keys)Jason Page (Bass)Tom Yeoman (drums)
Interplay Wed 13 March 2019 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
Interplay are well known to the club regulars with an outstanding repertoire of original compositions, jazz classics and global grooves. Despite many appearances, they always manage to impress the audience with uncompromising originality and musicianship. And great Interplay between such strong musical personalities. "funky and melodious" Chesterfield Jazz Club
Dave Lewis Trio Wed 27 March 2019 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
Dave is well known as leader of funk groove outfit Dave Lewis' 1Up who regularly headline the 606 Club, Pizza Express and Ronnie Scotts. But Dave is also a jazz master with all the chops and a beautiful lyrical approach. His enviable biog includes Bryan Ferry, Joan Armatrading, Eric Clapton and The Blockheads. Neville's is equally impressive: Billy Cobham, Gregory Porter, Tom Jones and Roy Ayers. We've persuaded them to trek up from London for a special one-off intimate gig. Lucky us!
Dave Lewis (sax)Tim Lapthorn (piano)Neville Malcolm (bass)
Jay Riley Quartet + Friends Wed 10 April 2019 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
Jay brings his quartet and a few choice guests to get out of the crazy world of fusion and fast paced virtuosic music and into the beautiful world of jazz standards and a proper melody. This will be all about the melody and will feature some key players of the local scene and some very young hidden talents from the town.
Jay Riley (sax)Matt Ball (drums) Martyn Spencer (bass) Tom Haines (drums)
B.D. Lenz with Tom Hill, Neil Bullock and Mark Hanslip Wed 24 April 2019 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
Mixing jazz, blues, funk and soul into a lively comtempory rock-jazz mix. New Jersey native B.D. Lenz is touring the UK and Tom Hill was quick to invite him to play Stratford Jazz. If you think his sound is familiar, then it may be that you've heard one of this tunes featured on a TV, such as Breaking Bad or Catfish.
B.D.Lenz (guitar)Tom Hill (bass)Neil Bullock (drums)Mark Hanslip (sax)TBC(Piano)
Stratford Jazz Introduces.... Rory Ingham Wed 8 May 2019 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
Stratford Jazz Introduces... Rory joined us at Stratford Jazz last year with Joe Hill's North Ark. His impressive Trombone skills have won him "Rising Star" (2017 British Jazz Awards), voted as a runner-up in the Trombonist of The Year 2016, "One To Watch" (Shape of Jazz To Come - Jazzwise) and most recently, 2018 British Trombone Society - Student of The Year. He joins Stratford as part of his Jam Experiment tour part funded by the Arts Council.
Andy Hague Quintet Wed 22 May 2019 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
Bristol-based Andy recently performed at Stratford Jazz as part of the Sound of Blue Note. This time we will get a dynamic mix of Andy's original compositions and lesser known standards. "Bristles with energy, fun and great grooves -and swings like a very swinging thing too" -All About Jazz
Andy Hague (trumpet)Ben Waghorn (sax)Jim Blomfield (piano)Chris Jones (bass)Mark Whitlam (drums)
We have been working on getting a date with Allison for a couple of years now, ever since she popped in at the jazz jam whilst on holiday in Stratford and completely wowed us (we were also treated to Mike Fletcher on sax). This is not a surprise given that Allison is based in California and a busy touring jazz vocalist. She is renowned for her love of languages and world culture - she sings in 7 different languages. So expect a taste of Brazil, Italy, France, the Americas and Japan. "supple as silk and smooth as cashmere" eJazzNews
Re:Union 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