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.
Nigel Price Wed 12 September 2018 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
Nigel unfortunately lost out on his Arts Council funding for 2018 tour. As a true jazz trooper though, he will honour this date at Stratford Jazz. There are two ways to help fund this gig: 1. Come along to our first event of the season and listen to Nigel play some amazing guitar based jazz. 2. Play this raffle: https://nigelpriceorgantrio.zaffo.com You have a chance to win some amazing prizes.
If you love swinging mainstream jazz then come along to our brand new venue (Stratford Playhouse on Rother Street).
The Sound of Bluenote Wed 26 September 2018 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
The Sound Of BlueNote is some of the most prominent jazz musicians in the Southwest UK accurately recreating the music and aesthetic that defines the BlueNote Records sound of the 1950s and 60s. The repertoire features music from BlueNote legends like Hank Mobley, Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey, Horace Silver and more, all directly transcribed from the original recordings and performed with all the swinging intensity that is synonymous the legendary record label.
'There is a bunch of talented guys in the south, who are revelling in their faithful reproduction of some of the more rare 50's & 60's recordings. They sound great, they play great, and damn it they look great too. This classy act pays an unashamed homage to some of the giants of yesteryear, such as, Stanley Turrentine, Lee Morgan and Hank Mobley, and they do it very well indeed. Canadian sax man Terry Quinney and trumpeter Andy Urquhart deftly deliver intrigue and soulful lines in remarkably tidy unison and then dazzle with their virtuosic improvisations, all the while driven by top flight rhythm section. Don't miss any opportunity to see and indeed hear The Sound Of Blue Note.' - Nigel Price
'The Sound Of BlueNote takes its lead from the greatest jazz recordings on the iconic jazz label. However, this is no slavish copy! The band perform gems from a treasure trove of originals from the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan and others but retains an identity, impressively, of its own. Slick ensemble passages alternate with inspired solos to bring this exceptional material very much to life! This may be a celebration of a golden musical age but in a modern and very relevant context.' - Alan Barnes
Stratford Jazz Introduces: Alex Woods Quartet Wed 10 October 2018 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
The unassuming town of Redditch might miss the pretty architecture of Stratford upon Avon but what it lacks in history it makes up for in musical talent. Local saxophonist Alex studied at Alcester Grammar School before completing his Bachelors at Birmingham Conservertoire and then on to New York to study Jazz in Manhattan. He's toured in Japan and China and now he's managed to secure Arts Council funding to bring his NYC band over for two weeks. We are lucky to fit this gig in as part of his busy UK tour.
Satori is a contemporary jazz trio from Perrier award winning saxophonist Josephine Davies, featuring drummer Tim Giles and bassist Dave Whitford. The deliberate omission of a chordal instrument leaves a more spacious texture for the three musicians to explore the basic compositional elements Davies offers. This is a new direction for her, and one that showcases her creativity and strongly melodic improvisational approach. Although the focus of this band is on group interaction, exploration, and freedom from traditional set structures, Satori is also an accessible and hugely dynamic jazz ensemble.
Greg Abate with Elliot Sansom Trio Wed 14 November 2018 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
Greg Abate tours the UK every Autumn and every year we ask him to play Stratford Jazz as this US Alto sensation always delivers. This year we have arranged a young trio to join him. Don't be fooled by their youth however, this trio packs a real punch! They'll be plenty of swing, bop, latin, standards and one or two Abate originals thrown in for good measure.
Stratford Jazz Introduces:
Joe Hill's North Ark Wed 28 November 2018 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
Joe Hill's North Ark is a septet made up of some of London's top musicians. Between them they have played nationally and internationally with names such as Liane Carroll, James Maddren, Alan Barnes and The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, as well as receiving numerous accolades such as British Rising Star(Rory Ingham) and BBC Young Jazz Musician Finalist (Tom Smith). The band come together in this project to play Joe's exciting original compositions and arrangements, which aim to engage not just jazz lovers but fans of any genre, and therefore concentrate on a wide variety of elements such as grooves, improvisation, accessible harmonic sequences, melodic writing and odd time signatures. They have recently recorded their debut E.P., and are embarking on a U.K. tour in Winter 2018 / Spring 2019. This gig promises to be one not to be missed, as they play music from their new C.D., alongside some brand new compositions.
James Davison - Trumpet Tom Smith - Alto Sax Alex Hitchcock - Tenor Sax Rory Ingham - Trombone Joe Hill - Piano Jack Tustin - Bass Boz Martin-Jones - Drums
New Year Special: Alan Barnes & Dave Newton Wed 9 January 2019 20:00 £15 (£7 Students)
Our New Year Special once again features one of the UK's best loved jazz musicians, Alan Barnes. This year we have an intimate gig with Alan performing alongside another well loved UK artist, Pianist Dave Newton. This is UK jazz at it's absolute finest.
Lee Jones Quintet Wed 23 January 2019 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
Lee performed at Stratford ArtsHouse as a sideman last year and I was so impressed by his playing that I endeavoured to bring him back with his quintet. I'm delighted that Lee and his band will be joining us. As you can see from the lineup, we also have some SJ favourite artists joining him. This should be a great gig!
Lee Jones - Guitar Andrew Shillingford - Saxophone Al Gurr - Keyboards Geoff Ockenden - Bass Neil Bullock - Drums