Jazz News &Updates

Eleven o’clock, Saturday night – make it a date with The Late Paul Barnes for the very best in jazz, swing and classic popular music. This week – a Salute to September with Jacqui Dankworth, unreleased recordings of Sarah Vaughan, big band treats from Woody Herman, Benny Goodman and Edgar Sampson. Plus Meade Lux Lewis, a prince of boogie woogie, and quirky piano style of J.J. Vinten.  All this and so much more at 11.00 pm on Saturday, September 2 on the following BBC stations: Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Cambridgeshire, Northampton and Three Counties. Also available nationally and internationally on the BBC iPlayer. The Late Paul Barnes – rhythm & rhubarb of the finest kind.

National Jazz Archive have a fundraising concert – Clare Teal and her trio on Thursday 14 September at the Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB at 7.45pm.  Tickets £20.  Clare Teal is a much-loved singer and popular BBC Radio 2 broadcaster. Having released 15 albums to public and critical acclaim, Clare has been voted ‘British Jazz Vocalist of the Year’ three times.  She is an honoured patron of the National Jazz Archive. Her Trio features Jason Rebello on Piano, Tom Farmer on bass, and Ben Reynolds on drums.

The next Redbridge Sports Centre Jazz Evening is on Tuesday 19th September  Featuring Fabulous flautist Neale Ridding, Paul Wood vocals, Cliff Hall keyboard, Paul Morgan bass, John Withers drums And of course FRANS RAFFLE.  Hope you can make it!!!!

Denmark Street Big Band present ‘Henry Mancini Songbook’ with Jo Harrap on Saturday 16th September at Jazz Cafe POSK 238-246 King Street London W6 0RF.  Tickets £12 jazzcafeposk.org    Bar 7:30pm  Music 8:30pm.

Catherine Lima album launch – Stories and Lies.  Weds 27th September at 8pm (doors at 7.30) at Arthouse Cinema, 159a Tottenham Lane, Crouch End N8 9BT.  With this second album, Catherine explores her personal take on the narrative behind the lyrics of songs.  Catherine has written four songs for this album, two of which are based on characters from classic novels and with a mix of swing, soulful ballads and latin rhythms, she tells a story with every song.   Tickets are on sale now @£12.00 (plus booking fee of £1.33) via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stories-and-lies-album-launch-tickets-36980906888?aff=es2

John Petters New Orleans All Stars (featuring the incredible Louis Armstrong trumpet stylist, Alan Bateman, David Horniblow, clarinet, Mike Pointon, trombone, J J Vinten, piano, and Keith Donald, bass) have 18 tickets to re-sell due to cancellation for their super trip on the Jewel of London on Saturday 2nd September at 14:15, returning 17:30.   £32.50 pp.  To make the cruise comfortable, we have strictly limited the number of tickets to 170, so all can be seated.  There will be a small dancing area in front of the band.  Cash bar on board which will also sell crisps etc. No food will be available other than snacks, so we advise everyone to have lunch first as there is a strict no picnic rule on the London boats these days.  01406 365 731 to book – answerphone.

The Cambridge Jazz Jam has found a new home:  at The Carpenters Arms pub, 184 – 186 Victoria Road, Cambridge CB4 3DZ, on Mondays 8 – 10.30 pm. Free admission. Instrumentalists and singers welcome to perform numbers of their choice. Our policy is inclusive.  Further info Mike Quigley  07979 59 22 41

On 23rd September  at 3 pm – Terry Steel’s Astor Big Band and singers, together with our guests, the Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society, present ‘Miller Plays the Musicals’ at the Palace Theatre, Southend .  This show is our tribute to Glenn Miller and other great big bands, and to their singers like Frank Sinatra and the Andrews Sisters.  Plus, songs from musicals, old and new, presented in the big band style.   Tickets are available  via the website https://southendtheatres.org.uk/Online/tickets-miller-plays-the-musicals-southend-2017 or Box Office Tel: 01702 351135.  All our profits, and a collection at this performance, go to the Royal British Legion to support their work with PTSD sufferers.

Hadleigh Jazz Club, Hadleigh Town Hall, Market Place, Hadleigh, IP7 5DN8 pm Saturday 9th September present Mark Crooks Quintet with The Music Of Johnny Mandel.  Admission  £14  t: 07941360890 | e: george…@hotmail.co.uk | w: georgedouble.com

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6th September – The Jonathan Vinten Jazz Band       Jonathan Vinten – piano & vocals     Julian Marc Stringle – saxes, clarinets        Andy Dickens – trumpet & vocals
Rob Brown – drums     Andy Lawrence – double bass     Dave Hewitt – trombone

Jonathan Vinten.  As pianist with George Melly and John Chilton’s Feetwarmers for over 10 years, Jonathan toured  extensively, at home and abroad, playing over 250 theatre concerts a year and making numerous TV and radio appearances. He also performed month-long Christmas seasons at Ronnie Scott’s every year during this time and has worked with Terry Lightfoot, Aker Bilk and Kenny Ball.  Jonathan has been a featured guest on tours in Europe. He has performed at the Los Angeles Jazz Festival, the prestigious Nice Jazz Festival and with many visiting American musicians.  Jonathan has a Masters degree in Composition for Film and Television and has had his works performed at London ’s Festival Hall. Regularly appears in our Club’s Summer Pianorama
Julian Marc Stringle made his TV debut with Acker Bilk when he was just 14. The show featured Julian’s teenage Dixieland band “Young Jazz” that included the Sidwell brothers on Trumpet & Trombone, Paul Clarvis on Drums, Andy Cleyndert on Bass, and Sam Brown vocals.  At 17 he formed a Modern Jazz quintet and toured Europe with Dave Cliff, Nick Weldon, Andy Cleyndert and Mark Taylor.   He has written over 30 TV jingles and documentary film scores. In Paris he arranged and conducted a big band album for Charles Aznavour. He has produced and performed on many audio books for children.  His first album ‘Pathfinder’ featured John Parricelli, Dudley Phillips, James Bannerman and Ralph Salmins. Polygram TV released ‘Beach Samba’ a Latin Classics dance album featuring Julian with an 18 piece big band and strings. Merfangle Music have released two albums featuring Julian and The Dream Band – ‘Sundance’ and ‘Blues for the morning after’. He has three further albums in production. He was voted ‘Best Clarinettist’ at the British Jazz Awards 2006.His major influences have been Artie Shaw, Peanuts Hucko, Buddy De Franco, Eddie Daniels, Oscar Peterson – and Delius!
“The best clarinettist to emerge in British jazz for decades” – Sir John Dankworth.
Andy Dickens lively trumpet and flugelhorn playing evokes the warmth and exuberance of Mardi Gras New Orleans; the heat of Chicago club land and the excitement of small-band New York swing. A frequent guest at European jazz festivals, he has played with many English and American notables including Slim Gaillard; Ken Peplowski; Humphrey Littleton; Terry Lightfoot; Judith Durham; Clark Tracey; Bruce Turner; Jools Holland;  Duncan Lamont; David Newton & Pete Allen.
Dave Hewitt  (trombonist) toured for three years in the Theatre Show ‘Basin Street to Broadway’ with Georgie Fame.  He has guested with bands such as that of Terry Lightfoot, Freddie Randall All Stars, The Alan Elsdon All Stars, Laurie Chescoe’s Good Time Jazz Band and Keith Smith’s Hefty Jazz.  He has played with many visiting Americans, including Wild Bill Davison, Peanuts Hucko, and Kenny Davern. Notably, he appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Teddy Wilson and Stèphane Grappelli.
Andy Lawrence double bass – Andy is very experienced, having been Terry Lightfoot’s bass man for many years, as well as being in demand as a deputy for most professional Jazz bands. Andy has been doing most of the Max Collie Rhythm Aces gigs during the last few years travelling from Liverpool.

13th September – International Vocalist: Jeff Hooper            Jeff Hooper  – vocals       John Pearce  – piano       Paul Morgan – double bass       Neil Bullock – drums

We welcome back Jeff Hooper from South Wales who launched his career after winning ITVs New Faces, age fourteen, going on to appear in a variety of TV shows, gaining a recording contract with EMI and a place in the charts with his debut single. Travelling to America, he performed at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas – home of the ‘Rat Pack.’ Returning to the UK, Jeff joined the Syd Lawrence Orchestra for a decade as lead singer, touring the UK, Europe and worldwide, appearing in major venues such as the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall, there followed regular recordings for radio and TV.    During this time he worked with the great Matt Monro who taught him how to play poker and tie a bow tie!!  Jeff’s Swing Easy band have been selected once again to be the Strictly Come Dancing Tour Band.   Jeff breathes new life into the music of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat “King” Cole, Vic Damone, Jack Jones, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr, Matt Monro and Mel Tormé with a relaxed, emotive style. Along with his many solo cabaret appearances and performing with his own Jazz trio, Jeff runs his own Big Band and has recently performed appeared at Gala concerts with Katherine Jenkins and Charlotte Church. Jeff  is the ultimate professional, dedicated to his art. His flawless diction and great musical instinct means he takes a classic and makes it ‘his own’.

20th September – Ray Gelato & The Giants        Ray Gelato – tenor sax & vocals     Gunther Kurmayr – piano     Andy Rogers – trombone     Danny Marsden  – trumpet     Olly Wilby – saxes     Manuel Alvarez – double bass     Ed Richardson – drums

After 20 successive sold out shows at Ronnie Scott’s we welcome back Ray Gelato and The Giants.  Constantly they blow the lid off Ronnie Scott’s Club in awesome fashion.  Ray, a wonderful sax player and superb front man, is a London boy heavily influenced by the likes of Louis Prima, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Louis Jordan and Coleman Hawkins. The Giants’ brilliant horn section is made up of Andy Rogers – trombone, Danny Marsden – trumpet and Olly Wilby – saxophone, who’s joint talent goes beyond the brass, supplying some playful call and response backing vocals.  The double bass player Manuel Alvarez and amazing drummer Ed Richardson are always on fire together creating smoking hot rhythms and are the driving energy of the band.  Completing         the seven piece line-up is the talented ever smiling jazz pianist Gunther Kurmayr tickling the ivories with great gusto.  (Admission £17.50 by ticket only – available solely on club nights)

27th September – Ken Peplowski & Julian Marc Stringle “The Clarinet Maestros”     Ken Peplowski  – clarinet, tenor sax     Julian Marc Stringle  – clarinet, tenor sax     Craig Milverton – piano     Sandy Suchodolski – double  bass     Nick Milward – drums

Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinettist” – Russell Davies, BBC2 Aug 2013    “Mr. Peplowski sounds the way Benny Goodman might if he had kept evolving, kept on listening to new music, kept refining his sound, polishing his craft, and expanding his musical purview into the 21st century.” – Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, Dec 2012
In 2014, Ken was the recipient of the Sarasota Jazz Festival’s “Satchmo” award, given to him for his “unique and enduring contribution to the living history of jazz”; in March, Ken was also the guest of honour at a “Highlights In Jazz” concert in NYC saluting him for “his matchless musical achievements”. He was the 2015 recipient of Hot House Magazine’s “Fans’ Decision Jazz Award” on clarinet.
“Julian Stringle is the best clarinettist to emerge in British jazz for decades” – Sir John Dankworth

4th October –  ‘Embraceable Ella’   –  Joanna Eden

Joanna Eden – vocals   Chris Ingham – piano   George Double – drums   Julian Landymore – saxes   Owen Morgan – double bass

Arguably the UK’s answer to Diana Krall and Norah Jones Joanna Eden, accompanied by the Chris Ingham Quartet, perform from the throw-away ‘A Tisket A Tasket’ which brought Ella to fame in the forties with the Chick Webb Orchestra to later songbook album classics like Cole Porter’s ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’ and Gershwin’s ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, mime the rich seam of Ella Fitzgerald’s unrivalled canon with humility, style and deep affection.  Joanna launched ‘Embraceable Ella’ to much acclaim at the London Jazz Festival 2016 and has toured the UK with this heart-warming collection of songs and anecdotes.

 11th October  – Jazz Dynamos with Lucy Randall

Lucy Randall – vocals & percussion   Stewart Curtis – saxes & flute   Dom Metz – vocals & drums   Mark Adelman – piano   Anders Janes  – double bass

The Jazz Dynamos Quintet transforms well known songs with a mix of classic jazz and swing, Bossa, samba, and contemporary pop music – occasionally all at the same time! The technique, versatility and sheer joy in Lucy Randell’s versatile and joyous singing, allied to the swingiest, funkiest, best dressed rhythm section in the UK, make this a lively and entertaining show .They have appeared at many prestigious venues including Ronnie Scott’s and Pizza Express Jazz Clubs in London, the Elgar Room in The Royal Albert Hall, and the Henley Festival.
With Lucy fronting the Jazz Dynamos for the last 6 years, and with long term French drummer Dom Metz (Glen Miller Memorial Orchestra) completing the team, the band have remained in high demand all over the world, performing at clubs, festivals and private events for, amongst others, British and Hollywood Royalty! From heart-stopping ballads from The Great American Songbook, to 1960’s French Riviera Beach Party vibes to jazz and Latin re-workings of ’80s million selling  hits, with many varied stops along the way, Jazz Dynamos will be joined by special guest Stewart Curtis on saxes and flute to augment their unique and entertaining musical mix.

18th October – The Len Phillips Big Band with top UK vocalists Gary Williams & Eleanor Keenan

We are pleased to present an evening with the Len Phillips Big Band, being an all star 16 piece band whose players have between them worked with Sinatra, Ted Heath, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr and Tom Jones to name but a few.  Repertoire is drawn from the best bands from both sides of the Atlantic – bands such as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Ted Heath, Ken Mackintosh and Benny Goodman plus the songs of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.“
Thirty years after its inception and now under the leadership of Joe Pettitt, the LPBB can be seen up and down the country playing to packed concert halls, theatres & festivals.
“A marvellous orchestra masterfully directed by Joe Pettitt” – David Jacobs CBE   Admission £20 by prior reservation only 

25th October – The Al Nichols Swing Quartet

Al Nicholls – tenor saxophone   Paul Eldridge – piano   Manuel Alvarez – double bass   Paul Robinson – drums

Top London saxophonist Al Nicholls plays with a ravishing, full rounded sound in the tradition of Coleman Hawkins. From “smoochy” ballads, through to swinging up-tempo numbers, Al’s great sound is perfect in creating that after hours, jazz club atmosphere. His repertoire encompasses literally hundreds of the classic “standards” of the 30s, 40s and 50s, written by masters such as George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Rogers and Hart, and Duke Ellington.

JAZZ@ST ANT’S A great weekly jazz night – now in its 13th year! St Anthony’s Club, The Red House, 13 Upton Ave, (corner of Upton Lane), Forest Gate E7 9PN. Every Weds 8.30 pm. Admission £3. Please support the raffle from which all proceeds go to the band. For latest listings visit www.essexjazz.co.uk/ants.  Please download their current listing at www.jazzjam.co.uk/downloads/stants.pdf, or www.essexjazz.co.uk/ants

6 Sept:    Bill Yeomans (tenor) + Colin Peters (piano)

13 Sept:  Catherine Lima (vocals) + Aled Thomas (piano)

20 Sept:  John Withers (vibes) + Gabriel Keen (piano) + Ted Pope (drums)

27 Sept:  John McGinley (guitar) + Frank Sebastian (saxes) + Paul McGinley (piano)

with John Withers (drums)  – 20 Sep    &  John Pamenter (double bass)

THEYDON JAZZ CLUB @ THORNWOOD VILLAGE HALL, Weald Hall Lane, CM16 6NB. 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of every month, 8 pm to 10.30. Traditional/Dixieland/New Orleans Jazz featuring excellent live bands for listening and dancing. Drinks & snacks / tea & coffee / dance floor / plentiful seating / free car park. All are welcome. Admission – Non Members £10, Members £8. Children admitted under supervision, free for 12 and unders.  Disabled facillities are available.  Visit www.theydonjazzclub.org.uk or contact Dave & Sheila Dyer – tel: 01945 588325; email: daved…@gmail.com

Sept 5th  – The Gary Wood Swing Quintet  (Gary Wood Tpt/Voc’s)
Sept 19th  –  Kid Tidimans AllstarsOct 3rd  –  T B A

Oct 17th  –  TJ Johnsons Jazz & Blues Band

Nov 7th  –  The Chosen Men
Nov 21st  –  The Melvin Beddows Big Band 

Dec 5th  –  T B A
Dec 19th  –  THE THEYDON SELECT SIX   Peter Rudeforth tpt    Julian Marc Stringle Reeds   And Flaxman Tbe   Tim Huskisson Pno    Roger Curphey bass    Alan Clark Dms

JAZZ at O Bs’ Welcomes all Jazz Fans to Old Brentwoods’ Club, Ashwells Road, Brentwood, Essex. CM15 9SE   Dave Grant continues to support Live Music on the last Tuesday each month bringing a kaleidoscope of jazz styles by talented professional guest musicians plus the resident trio of Hilary Cameron – keys, Ted Simkins – bass and Dave Grant – drums, in  pleasant surroundings, relaxed and friendly atmosphere and a licensed bar with snacks on request. Doors 7pm, music from 8 till 10.45pm   Entrance on door  £10.00.   For info. contact Dave Grant 01708 or Richard 07935 441616 or gr…@aol.com.  Website: www.jazzatobs.co.uk

Paul Higgs, a frequent visitor to the Club continues to perform at the highest level blending classical and jazz styles with simple ease. His CD ‘Pavanne’ reached No.1 in One World Charts.   His recent collaboration with the Chris Ingram Quartet on the crafted biography of Hoagy Carmichael created CD’s ‘Hoagy’  and ‘Dudley’  highlighting the delightful music of Dudley Moore is bringing great acclaim. Paul’s own show titled ‘A Brief History of Jazz’ is a fantastic tour of jazz history as recorded by past trumpeters.
Kevin Mcmahon hails from Dublin, and currently leads his group ‘Swing Odyssey’ and plays at top London venues. His influences have been the great tenor players of Stan Getz, Lester Young and Dexter Gordon with a sound that veers between mainstream to swing with ballads and blues. He has recorded three of CD’s with  ‘Sometimes I’m Happy’, ’Stardust’ and his latest ‘Your Choice’.  Welcome back Kevin with those ballads and blues reflecting classic looks and taste.

Tuesday, 26th September  –    SINATRA’S SONGBOOK featuring John Withers,  vibraphone, accompanying Paul Wood, vocals, through the vast songbook of Frank Sinatra with which Paul entertained for many years on cruises with his ‘Salute to Sinatra’ tour.

John Withers, a self taught percussionist at home with either drums or vibraphone has played with a number of big bands as well as a host of celebrities. He always entertains, so is it little wonder he is in constant demand gigging around jazz clubs with his eclectic choice of music. Tonight his programme will centre around Sinatra’s Songbook.
Paul Wood, found singing came naturally, soon entertaining publicly at every opportunity. He is a well respected in demand vocalist with his own particular approach to a song whether a delicate ballad or rhythmic swing tune that not many are able to match. He has travelled extensively in Europe and North America appearing with many big bands such as Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra, Syd Lawrence Orchestra and James Last to name but a few. Listen to him croon his way through the Sinatra Songbook with ease and that cheeky little smile.

Tuesday, 31st October  –    THE DYNAMIC DUO   featuring Dominic Ashworth, guitar and Julian Marc Stringle, clarinet & sax bringing you an evening of unbelievable music bliss that always embraces this duo wherever they appear such is the understanding between them.

Dominic Ashworth, an exceptionally talented Canadian guitarist, who is a regular visitor to the Club for which we are extremely lucky  to have as our guest, with his services being in great demand playing and touring with groups such as, Picante Latin Band, The Dream Band and also guesting with many other star musicians across the country. No matter the tempo, genre, style Dominic ticks all the boxes to ensure his audience is always wanting more.
Julian Marc Stringle, a child clarinet prodigy with a flamboyant air, and that’s no pun, is the other part of this wondrous duo who seamlessly play as if one such is their understanding of each other’s flawless.musical ability, Julian has many mantels in the music world to all the genres, as well as his composing, arranging, writing, teaching and with his continuous gigging around the country it is little wonder that the late Johnny Dankworth quoted that he is the finest exponent of the clarinet in recent decades.

Tuesday, 28th November   –   CHRISTMAS CREW STRIKES AGAIN  featuring Mike Cotton, trumpet & vocals, Paul Higgs, keyboard, Derek Clenshaw,  trombone, Martin Nickless, clarinet, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, drums, who begin the party sprit for the oncoming Christmas season with all styles, shades, tempos from Dixie to Mainstream plus our usual Christmas Buffet all for the party entrance cost of £15.00.

Mike Cotton trumpet & vocals played in various trad jazz bands in the late ’50s, and in 1960 formed a group of his own and their sound was pure Dixieland. Known as the Mike Cotton Jazzmen the group played as many as 300 gigs a year. But as music styles  constantly change Mike also changed and became known to play with a variety of entertainers. In the years since, he has remained      active as a session musician, and in the ’90s played with the 100 Club All-Stars, while the Mike Cotton Sound’s name periodically surfaces, more thorough the history of British traditional jazz.
Paul Higgs, keyboards, needs no introduction being a regular visitor to the Club in a variety of guises that this multi-instrumentalist performs across the country usually with his preferred instrument, trumpet. He currently is touring with the fantastic Chris Ingham Quartet with the brilliant musical biographies, ‘Hoagy’ and ‘Dudley’ portraying the lives and music of the legends Hoagy Carmichael and Dudley Moore both of which are receiving critical acclaim across the country. However on this occasion he will be enlightening  you to his excellent keyboard skills of a master musician.
Derek Clenshaw trombonist, so often the choice of many top bandleaders, when in need of a freelance jazz musician. Performing  with all UK jazz stars, with a music preference for mainstream and jazz standards, along with having that sweet touch with the warm rounded sound of the trombone. Derek has been seen in many bands, mainstream and traditional, and has played with such well-known names as Humphrey Lyttleton, Freddie Randall, Terry Lightfoot, Janusz Carmello, Bob Kerr, Julian Marc Stringle,  Mike “Magic” Henry, Mike Cotton, Bruce Adams, John Crocker, Enrico Tomasso and Simon Spillett.
Martin Nickless, clarinet, makes clear his first love in music is for the big band and his career includes various genres of music from classical to pop.  He has played for many West End shows, sessions for composer Stanley Myers as well as touring with Jack Jones, Frankie Vaughan & Norman Wisdom. Martin is also known for his writing and arranging and is clearly an outstanding exponent of the clarinet and called upon for many gigs.
Ted ‘the hat’ Simkins, skeletal bass, and a member of the resident trio, must be one of the oldest bass players around, but all musicians still wish for the same energy and prowess that he puts in at every gig. No matter the style or genre Ted fits into the  groove automatically such is the experience of this much admired musician whose main interest at one time was photography.   Whatever it is that keeps him going, if he could bottle it he would make a fortune.
Dave Grant, drums, the leader of the resident trio at Jazz at O B’s primarily in the interest of keeping Jazz live in Brentwood. Dave enjoys the  ‘Dixieland’ style of jazz having played with many musicians of that genre and the many others who have guested at the  Club. He has his own quartet playing local gigs and also plays with Carlton Jazz Band.

ANNIE’S JAZZ @ THORPE BAY GOLF CLUB. Annie’s Jazz is at Thorpe Hall Golf Club, Thorpe Hall Avenue. Thorpe Bay. Southend-on-Sea. SS1-3AT on Tuesdays.  Food served from 7pm until 8pm and the music will start at 8.00pm. Please phone Annie for reservations 07504-232783 or e-mail boneswi…@gmail.com.

Annie & Tony will be performing on Sunday the 1st of October.  As a winter special leading up to Christmas they will be performing the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month.  Please telephone Thorpe Hall Golf Club on 01702-582205 or Annie on 0704-232783 to book your table for lunch.

Jordan Marsh – Keys/Vocals.  Robert Rickenberg – Bass.  Josh Law – Drums.  Lynne Cutill-Sax.




Bringing together four hugely successful multi-instrumentalist singers who have performed all over the world, from Sidney Opera House to the Edinburgh Festival, picking up the Michael Kamen Award for composition along the way, Gypsy Dreamers presents a sophisticated and hugely entertaining mix of pop songs, Latin tunes, French chansons and originals.

This all star band bring alive the spirit of the greats – “Dom brings the whole New Orleans thing to the UK.  So good!”

“When Kitty sings, music stops to listen.” – Jazz in Europe magazine.  Stylish London singer Kitty La Roar debuts her new quartet at Annie’s Jazz, singing, scatting and free-styling at the drums. The band will be showcasing original compositions from the recent album Valentine’s Eve, as well as introducing the music of Monk, Ellington, Strayhorn and Sonny Rollins sung with new original lyrics.


An amazing performance at the club earlier in the year. Don’t miss this exciting evening of music from five of the most sought after musicians in the U.K. There are not enough superlatives to describe how seriously good this band are!!!
Led by Derek Nash (of the Jools Holland R&B Orchestra) and featuring Pete Adams  (piano – Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Madonna),  and Nic France (drums – Bill Withers, David Gilmour, Mose Allison), Dave Ital on guitar ( Tom Jones, Anita Baker & Level 42), Jonathan Noyce on bass ( Jethro Tull, Take That ). The Funk Experience brings together five of the best funk musicians in the UK.


Julia Quinn on vocals,Tony Sanderman on Guitar, Dan Banks on Piano, Marc Cecil on Drums & Andy Staples on Bass.  Julia has been performing in different genres of music for a number of years. Her soulful mellow tone lends itself seamlessly to Jazz. A highly regarded singer who has performed with many top names including Iain Shaw. Her quintet offers a wide selection of styles within the Jazz genre.



SPIKE’S PLACE”  AT BRENTWOOD – 8.00pm. The Bardswell, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4TJ. Tel: 01245 420475  Top-Class Mainstream Jazz.  email: susa…@btinternet.com www.myspace.com/spikesplacejazzclub   Admission £15.00 members £12.00 unless otherwise stated.  Join the Facebook groups

Tuesday 5th September – 8.00pm
Rob Barron Quartet featuring Nat Steele on Vibes

Tuesday 12th September – 8.00pm
Ted Beament with Colin Watling – sax Murray Salmon – bass and Les Cirkel – drums

Tuesday 19th September – 8.00pm
Dave Lewis Quartet

“SPIKES PLACE AT SAFFRON WALDEN” – Third Thursday of every month – 8.30pm. Saffron Hotel, High St, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1AZ. Top-Class Mainstream Jazz. E mail: susa…@btinternet.com www.myspace.com/spikesplacejazzclub. For advance bookings contact: Susan 01245 420475.  join the Facebook groups

Thursday 21st September – 8.30pm
Derek Nash Quartet   Admission £12.00

CHELMSFORD JAZZ CLUB presents 10 or 11 concerts a year at the Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG (next to the Civic Theatre), mainly on Sunday lunchtime. The jazz is generally mainstream and modern and the club is justly proud of the quality.  For an annual subscription of £10.00 (£15.00 joint) members are entitled to a £4.00 reduction on normal ticket prices, and notice of concerts. There’s a friendly atmosphere, come along. Enq: Larry Newall-Smith 01245 256510.  Adv booking:   01245 606505.  join the Facebook groups

3rd September:     Sarah Dowling, Vasilis Xenopolous, John Pearce, Dave Green, and Steve Brown
1st October:     Buster meets Buster featuring Jo Fooks, Pete Ringrace, Neil Casey and Buster Birch
5th November:   Denise King with John Pearce and Simon Woolf (drummer TBA)
3rd December:    TBA

MUSIC AT MARIGOLDS, Cricket Club, Chippingfield, Old Harlow, Essex CM17 0DJ.  Doors and Licensed Bar 7.30pm, Fridays. 01279 414174 / 421763 musicatm…@ntlworld.com www.myspace.com/musicatmarigolds. Car Parking On Site and there are two Public Car Parks.  We are now in the new Clubhouse which has been built between the Cricket Club’s two grounds.  Carry on a bit further round Chippingfield and its on your left still.  £8 Door

15th September – The Barefoot Doctors:    www.chrisnewmanmusic.co.uk

The Barefoot Doctors are fronted by Bluesy songstress Stella Hensley and Blues, Slide, Ragtime guitarist Chris Newman, and backed by the unstoppable grooves of bassist Fabian Bonner and the shamanic drumming of drummer Ian Croft.
​Chris Newman worked with The Climax Blues Band and then formed The Mississippi Houndogs with Climax front man Colin Cooper. This band also featured Pick Withers (Dire Straits), Roger Innis (Chaka Khan) and Terry Butters (Sutherland Bros).
​Chart success came in the early nineties with The Soul Survivors. Their recording of ‘Woolly Bully’ featured the infamous Vinnie Jones leading onto various TV shows and appearances. In the nineties Chris toured with Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep) on a Mapex Drum Clinic tour. The recording of An Acoustic Tribute to Rory Gallagher went on to see him performing the length and breadth of  Ireland, including the International Tribute Festival in Ballyshannon.
Stella Hensley has a smoky, sultry, velvet but powerful voice and has often been compared to Stevie Nicks and Alison Moyet. She has been co-writing songs for many years. Her words are heartfelt, personal and able to move even the coldest of hearts.

29th September – Rebop Tribute to Horace Silver: www.chrisingham.co.uk/rebop

Rebop is Paul Higgs trumpet, Colin Watling tenor saxophone, Chris Ingham p


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