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Please note the following:
:: there is a music charge for each event (usually between £10 - £14 per person)
:: we have a supper license, so you must eat a substantial meal if you wish to drink alcohol

Sat 1st - GILAD ATZMON

Gilad Atzmon 606 club Chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant london9:30PM Gilad is a wonderful sax and clarinet player with a powerful sound and unique approach. His fiery, immensely fluent playing and remarkable technique have established him as one of the most talented saxophonists in world music, performing a mix of classic jazz standards and originals with an energy and enthusiasm that is hugely infectious. His most recent CDs, along with his recently published books, set him apart as one of the most original and creative artists on the scene today. Passionate about both his music and his politics, Gilad’s gigs are always stimulating both musically and intellectually. Tonight he will showcase material from his latest studio recording, “The Whistle Blower” (his eighth) which was recently released through Gilad’s own Fanfare Records. And watch out for the new documentary on Gilad, premiered recently in New York. Gilad will be ably accompanied by his extraordinary band, The Orient House Ensemble: Frank Harrison on piano, Yaron Stavi on bass and Chris Higginbottom on drums. Promises to be quite a night...

“A master…a jazz giant with a formidable international reputation” The Guardian; “Atzmon...Astonishing” Time Out

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Gilad has well documented views on the Middle East conflict that may provoke and challenge the listener.

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SUN 2ND - SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL:RACHEL SUTTON - LAST SUNDAY LUNCH OF THE SEASON

Rachel Sutton 606 Club Chelsea Live music venue jazz club restaurant london1:30PM Rachel trained at The Welsh College of Music and Drama and her background in theatre adds that extra dimension to her performance. With a rich tone and sense of swing that is both moving and exciting, Rachel performs classics from The American Songbook along with her own arrangements of more modern popular songs plus the occasional original. Her winning onstage persona will charm any audience, and Rachel has already performed both in the UK and abroad to great acclaim. Her band features the exceptional pianist Roland Perrin “guaranteed to get any room dancing”(All About Jazz) along with bass player Curtis Ruiz. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. 

“impossibly glamorous” The Guardian; “Rachel Sutton mixed 50s American swing with contemporary composition to great effect... soaring vocals” Jazz Journal; "immaculate vocals and bursting-with-life stage presence...a must see" Cabaret Scenes

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...then in the evening.:

Sun 2nd - DANA GILLESPIE

Dana Gillespie 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant london8:30PM Dana Gillespie has been a major figure on the UK music scene for over 40 years. Starting on the folk circuit in the mid 60’s she graduated to pop and glam-rock (fortunately short lived!) before settling on the musical love of her life – the Blues, which she describes as “…my first musical love because it's earthy, spiritual and honest”. Since the late 70s she has been singing, recording and touring with blues musicians from all over the world, including a two-year stint in America working with some of the finest players in the industry. She has recorded over 60 albums for various prestigious labels including Pye, Decca, RCA and her current label, Ace, and has performed on every continent. As evidence of the high esteem in which she’s held Dana was voted “Top British Female Blues Vocalist” by the British Blues Connection and Blueprint Magazine five times and has now been elevated to their Hall Of Fame. And just in case you have any doubts how good she is, suffice it to say that Bob Dylan invited her to perform as support on his ’97 UK tour as he has been a fan of hers since the 60’s. Her current backing band, The London Blues Band, is a terrific high-energy band featuring the cream of UK blues musicians including Dino Baptiste on piano, Jake Zaitz on guitar and Mike Paice on sax and harmonica. Tonight Dana and the band will be performing songs from their latest CD “Cat’s Meow” released on Ace Records, the second album co-written and co-produced with her long-standing guitarist Jake Zaitz. Expect well-crafted original songs that capture the essence of the blues’ rootsy, lowdown and dirty feel, as well as classic blues covers so long associated with this great outfit. This is fantastic authentic blues from one of Europe’s finest exponents and not to be missed.

It’s an index of Gillespie’s empathy with her material that the originals blend so seamlessly with the classic covers…she literally beats the pants off anything done by a British bluesman these last 10 years” Essential Blues; “A master of rhythmic subtleties with purity of intent” Downbeat (USA)

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Mon 3rd - SIMON MULLIGAN

Simon Mulligan 606 club Chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant London8:30PM Although many jazz musicians are also trained classical musicians, it is unusual for an artist to manage successful ongoing careers in both fields. Pianist Simon Mulligan is certainly one who has achieved this, with impressive results. At the age of 19 he recorded his first classical CD under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin, launching a collaboration that lasted over seven years. Since that time he has produced 15 highly regarded CD’s and included live work with numerous orchestras including the BBC Symphony as well as appearances at the likes of the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. Intriguingly Simon’s jazz bona fides are equally as strong, as are his composing credentials, which include numerous compositions for both TV and Film including “Band of Brothers” in association with Michael Kamen. The jazz trio he leads tonight includes some of the finest jazz players in the UK, Andy Hamill-bass and Justin Woodward-drums.

“Pianist Simon Mulligan plays up a storm” Dallas Morning News; “The most abundantly gifted of pianists” The Times

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Tue 4th - "AN AMERICAN IN lONDON" FEATURING jEFF yOUNG & MARCUS EATON

Jeff Young Marcus Eaton 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant London8:30PM So, we thought what better way to mark American Independence Day than to ask one of the Club's oldest friends, Jeff Young who by chance happens to be back in the UK on tour at the moment, to set up a Special gig for us. And Special it certainly is. Jeff is a fantastic American singer/pianist who was a regular at the old Club when he was resident in London in the late 70’s. Since returning to the States he has established himself as a powerful performer, his soulful, lyrical, voice and fluent keyboards being an integral part of Jackson Browne’s band for many years. As a freelance musician of the highest calibre he also includes work with some of the very best performers in the world, including Bonnie Raitt, Donald Fagen, Bruce Springsteen, Al Green, Michael McDonald, Robert Palmer, Curtis Stigers, Randy Crawford, Bo Diddley, Sting and Steely Dan. The music is a soulful mix of R&B and Jazz is quite special. Whenever he's in the UK (not so often these days) we always try to find a space for him, so this is a rare chance to hear this great performer in the intimacy of one of his favourite Clubs. And just to add some musical spice and make this a real US/UK entente, Jeff has invited the brilliant guitarist Marcus Eaton, who is also on tour with Jeff at the moment, to join him for some seriously fun music making. Recently hailed by two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee David Crosby (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) as "one of the best young singer-songwriters in America" guitarist Marcus Eaton is receiving international acclaim. He started performing professionally in his teens and by the age of 21 had already recorded his first band album. By 2006 he had released his first critically acclaimed solo album “Story of Now” and in 2010 his second solo release, “As If You Had Wings”, was greeted with an equally impressive response, one critic stating that he had "'developed into a dazzling guitarist". In 2011 he was invited by David Crosby to work on David’s first solo album in over 20 years, which was eventually released in 2014. In that same year he joined Crosby's band on a sold out tour of the US where Crosby described Marcus as “...a really brilliant writer. Brilliant musically. Brilliant lyrically. And he just plays guitar like God on a good day". Pretty good from a man who knows a thing or two about music. Marcus's latest album “Versions of the Truth” was released in 2016 and has done much to cement his reputation as one of the finest singer/songwriters on the international music scene. And watch ourt for the fabulous singer/songwriter Dannielle DeAndrea, also on tour with the JB band, who has promised to drop by for a couple of songs. The rest of the band, unsurprisingly, includes some of the UK’s finest musicians, including Paul Carmichael-bass, Frank Mead-sax and Martin Ditcham-drums. Booking advised!

"Jeff Young...a renowned and internationally sought-after keyboardist with outstanding singer/songwriter qualities" Musikreviews; "Young...graced with superior musical and vocal performance...all those who have seen and heard the man solo or with a backing band will already have come to appreciate his qualities" Rock Times; "Eaton...a clear and inviting voice coupled with dazzling guitar work" Glide Magazine; "Eaton...excellent" Music News Nashville

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Wed 5th - NEIL ANGILLEY

Neil Angilley 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant London8:30PM Neil Angilley is a brilliant pianist, equally at home playing jazz, Latin or classical. He has worked with the acid jazz percussionist Snowboy, is MD for the violin virtuoso Vanessa Mae and was keyboardist and arranger for jazz chart-topping band “Down to the Bone”. He includes work with the likes of Shirley Bassey, Michael Ball, Jazz clarinettist Julian Marc Stringle and Jazz/Rock show “War of The Worlds” on a glittering CV. A great jazz as well as Latin/Brazilian player, his remarkable musicianship is enormously respected throughout the scene. Neil’s debut album “Havana Club”, featuring some of his renowned Latin/jazz original compositions, was received with great acclaim and his second, highly impressive, album under his own name, “Chango” featuring, amongst others, one of Europe’s finest percussionists, Snowboy, was equally well received. Tonight, as well as his Latin repertoire, Neil will be previewing music from his latest project "The Lake District" suite, which he will be recording very shortly after this gig. Also featured tonight will be his storming rhythm section of Davide Mantovani on bass and Davide Giovannini on drums. Quite brilliant.

“Inventive” Observer; “Lyrical…impressively fluid” The Times; “rhapsodic…with shrewd use of space and restraint” Guardian    

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Thu 6th - CHRIS GARRICK

Chris Garrick 606 club Chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant London8:30PM A jazz violinist of power and musicality, award-winning violinist Chris Garrick joins us tonight with his classic quartet, featuring Chris’s long time musical compatriot Dave Gordon on piano and keyboards with Mark Hodgson on bass and Tom Hooper, drums. The band beautifully supplement Chris’s inventive and totally absorbing approach to his instrument, performing a mix of standard and more contemporary material that is quite remarkable and definitely something to look out for. Taking his lead from Stéphane Grappelli, Stuff Smith and Jean Luc Ponty, Chris has virtually revitalised the jazz violin, rejuvenating it for the 21st century and prompting violin superstar Nigel Kennedy (with whom Chris has performed many times) to call him one of the best in Europe. His fluent and inventive playing has been heard with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Dame Cleo Laine, Biréli Lagrène, Dolly Parton & Van Morrison and a string of awards are testament to a thoughtful but at the same time joyous approach to the music. He has appeared on dozens of recordings as leader or sideman, his CD “Different Strokes” named “Outstanding British album of the Year” by the Sunday Times amongst other accolades. He also works extensively in film and television for composers such as Danny Elfman, Anne Dudley, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman and other A-listers, and when not performing himself, is a professor of jazz and non-classical violin studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. A must-see gig.

“...exquisite musician…violin superstar” Guardian; “He could easily emerge as one of the great jazz violinists of all time” Sir John Dankworth

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Fri 7th - DAVE LEWIS' "1up" WITH LIZZIE DEANE

Dave Lewis Lizzie Deane 606 club chelsea live music venue groove club restaurant London9:30PM Dave Lewis's robust and melodic tenor playing has been heard with a notable list of artists including John Martyn, Bryan Ferry, Joan Armatrading, John Mayall, Eric Clapton and The Blockheads. His own band features an impressive array of talent fronted by vocalist Lizzie Deane, a fabulous singer who for many years has worked with some of the finest performers around, including Carleen Anderson, Mica Paris and Jocelyn Brown. Lizzie’s warm persona and infectious performance style calls to mind the great soul divas such as Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield, but at the same time she brings her own unique energy and approach to every song, making her a fantastic addition to the line-up. With a strong emphasis on groove, improvisation and spontaneous melodic interplay, 1UP is one of the tightest, funkiest bands on the scene. They have just released a new album “Under the Same Sun”, mixed by acclaimed producer/guitarist Paul Stacey (Black Crowes, Claire Martin, Oasis), songs from which you’ll be hearing tonight. Great band, great gig this.

“...spine tingling” Guardian; “...brilliant…great music” BBC Radio London; "...It's a real treat…tight chunky grooves and very exciting and funky sax...this is an absolute breath of fresh air. Dave Lewis...sets a standard of powerful, fiery solos that will be hard to surpass this year” Blues and Soul

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Sat 8TH - CLOSED FOR PRIVATE EVENT

9:30PM

SUN 9th SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: NO SUNDAY LUNCHES IN THE MONTH OF JULY!

1:30PM

...and then, in the evening:

Sun 9th - IAN SHAW & FRIENDS

singer Ian Shaw 606 Club Chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant london uk8:30PM Record producer, broadcaster, raconteur, pianist oh, and one of Europe’s finest male jazz vocalists, Ian Shaw has it all. Named Best Vocalist of the Year twice (!) at the BBC Jazz Awards, the multi-award-winning Ian Shaw is a huge talent with the most engaging personality and an ability to make every song his own. Described as “the voice of the decade” it is not by chance that he was the first British Jazz vocalist to be signed to American label, Milestone, which resulted in a number of highly acclaimed US recordings. A wry, witty and intelligent showman, Ian has an international reputation, including sell-out tours of the US, Canada and most recently Australia. Check out “A Ghost in Every Bar”, an album celebrating the lyrics of the wonderful Fran Landesman (who said that Ian’s version of her classic “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” was her favourite). Now signed to Jazz Village he released (both in London and Paris) his latest recording “The Theory of Joy” in 2016 to considerable acclaim and tonight he will be showcasing brand new arrangements by him of songs he has chosen for his next recording, "Shine Sister Shine", which he will be recording the day after this gig! All of the material has been written by women or about women and includes music from composers Joni Mitchell, Tamsin Archer, Alicia Keyes, Peggy Lee and 606 favourite Sarah Jane Morris. So, if you want to be the first to hear this project, this is the gig to be at. Ian will be accompanied this evening by the musicians who will be featured on that upcoming recording, the incomparable Barry Green on piano, Mick Hutton on bass and Dave Ohm on drums. Come prepared for an evening of musical surprises and a great deal of fun. Booking definitely advised. 

“One of the scene's class acts”The Guardian; “…our finest Jazz singer” Time Out; “an eye-watering vocal range and bucketloads of soul” BBC; “an artist on top of his game” Jazzwise

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Mon 10th - TWO SETS

Saxophonist Dan Reinstein 606 Club Chelsesa live music venue jazz club restaurant london8:00PM DAN REINSTEIN American born but British educated, I first met Dan at the old Club when he was a medical undergraduate. Even then he was an impressive player, and after taking time off his medical studies to go to the Berklee School of Music he became even more remarkable. He returned to the USA in the early 90s where he became one of the world’s leading experts in laser eye surgery (he’s now officially Professor Reinstein). But he never stopped playing, and when he returned to London to live and work it was great to hear his fluent, classic hard-bop, muscular sax playing again. Also featured tonight will be Shanti Jayasinha on trumpet and Tim Lapthorn on piano.

“…impressive hard-bop saxophonist” Time Out

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9:45PM DILL KATZ DILL KATZ is appearing later with his regular quartet, playing the more contemporary side of the spectrum. Dill, frequently referred to as a “bass legend”, is one of the most experienced players on the scene today, having pioneered the use of the fretless bass in the mid sixties, and whose work includes stints with Ian Carr’s “Nucleus”, Barbara Thompson’s band “Paraphernalia” and Afro/Jazz band “District Six”. This gig also features the excellent guitar playing of Leon Stenning.

“Superior jazz-rock quartet led by ex-Nucleus electric bassist Katz” Time Out

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Tue 11th - IVO NEAME QUINTET

Ivo Neame 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant8:30PM A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Ivo Neame is one of an elite handful of conservatory-educated British jazz musician/composers who are redefining the sound of British jazz. Ivo is a member of the 2011 MOBO-Award winners Kairos 4tet, as well as Phronesis, whose 2010 album “Alive” was recognized by both Jazzwise and MOJO magazines as “Album of the Year”. A multi-instrumentalist possessing an enviable technical facility on both saxophone and piano, his style is distinctive, characterized by a rhythmic complexity that is pensively meandering one moment and dazzling with exhilarating bursts of speed the next. As a composer, to quote the Guardian, Ivo has a “knack for spry and surprising postbop writing”, gracefully balancing the new and novel with the more traditional. For his 606 date this evening Ivo has written an entirely new set of material exactly along these lines which he describes as inspired “by Thelonious Monk’s unique approach to composition, the music is largely polyrhythmic, following in the fundamental tradition of jazz. The tunes have been influenced by writers such as Seamus Heaney, Aldous Huxley and Roger McGough with a strong narrative flow to each piece". This is an exciting original project from Ivo (who will also play Rhodes and Mellotron for added colour and diversity) with a completely new line up featuring some of the finest young musicians around, George Crowley-sax, Tom Farmer-bass and James Maddren-drums. Ivo is intending to take this project in to the studios to record an album in the near future (a good month at the Club for this, see Ian Shaw Sunday 9th) so a great chance to be the first to hear this exceptional music performed by some exceptional musicians.

“…the impeccable craftsmanship, the subtle narrative ebb and flow, and the sheer inventiveness of the music are all Neame's” the Arts Desk; "Jazz composition and improv in beautiful balance" Guardian; "Neame...shaping the future of British Jazz" Irish Times; "An inventive and...able pianist [Neame's] ideas....poured out in a confident stream of power and conviction" Evening Standard

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Wed 12th - HATTIE & TIM WHITEHEAD

8:30PM A variation on a theme first performed in Crete earlier this year, ‘An Evening With The Whiteheads’ brings together saxophonist/composer father Tim with singer/guitarist/composer daughter Hattie, to play their own and other favourite songs and compositions.  Renowned throughout the UK, Europe and the USA the multi-award-winning Tim Whitehead is a remarkable performer and composer with a dazzling CV. From work in the 70’s with Ian Carr’s “Nucleus” and “Graham Collier Music” (winning the Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award on the way), and in the 80's with groundbreaking big band Loose Tubes and the likes of John Parricelli, Django Bates, Nic France and Pete Jacobsen, to the critically acclaimed albums he made in the 90's, winning The Andrew Milne Award for Jazz, as well as the BBC Music Magazine Jazz Album of the Year, Tim has established himself as an international musician of considerable note.  More recently, Tim has collaborated with renowned contemporary classical composer Colin Riley and was the first ever musician to be made Artist in Residence at Tate Britain, resulting in a number of brilliant gigs, a highly acclaimed album “Colour Beginnings” and a short-listing for the British Composer Of The Year Award in 2010. Originally inspired by the sounds of contemporary folk artists such as James Taylor, Nick Drake, John Martyn and Joni Mitchell, these days London based singer/songwriter Hattie Whitehead takes influence from both old and new music, drawing upon the eclectic range of musical styles she has been surrounded by throughout her life. Distinguished by a pure vocal tone and crystal clear delivery Hattie has developed a style that is melodic, soulful and heartfelt. The release of her debut EP 'Home' prompted radio play from stations including BBC and Amazing Radio, and a sell-out launch gig at St Pancras Old Church in London. Highlights of Hattie's journey since the release of 'Home' have included bookings at top UK festivals such as Latitude, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, Field Day and Cambridge Folk Festival, support for up and coming and established artists such as Howard Rose and Beth Rowley and winning third prize in Glastonbury's Emerging Talent Competition 2016. Now working on her next release, Hattie's eagerness to push boundaries with her music and cross genres has led her to create tracks that hold folk roots whilst gesturing towards a brand new fresh and powerful sound. The gig this evening will feature a variety of music and styles, from Hattie's wonderful songs with Tim in accompaniment, through Tim's fabulous instrumental originals to classic jazz standards performed together. Tim says “I love Hattie’s approach to singing-its straight from the shoulder, fuelled by emotional intelligence and anchored in great phrasing, secure intonation and good time. She has her own way of singing the standard song book, contemporary standards and her own well crafted songs." Tim and Hattie are very old friends of the Club and although they have performed here independently, this is the first time they will have done a full gig together...and we're very excited about it! Accompanying Hattie and Tim this evening will be George Brown Griffiths on piano and Andy Hamill on the bass. Not to be missed!

“Tim Whitehead...the finest tenor player in Britain today'' Jazz Review;  “Tim Whitehead is one of the most creative, exciting and passionate saxophonists in Europe” A Rough Guide;  "Hattie's got the sort of talent that means in a couple of years' time we'll all be boasting about being here tonight'" For Folk's Sake; "Hattie Whitehead...this talent deserves a spotlight" PressPlay OK

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Thu 13th - TARA MINTON

Tara Minton 606 club chelsea live music venue latin jazz club restaurant London8:30PM Well, this is something we don't see at the Club too often, a full size harp and a terrific musician to go with it! Originating from Melbourne, Australia, jazz harpist and vocalist Tara Minton re-located to London in 2011, since when she has become one of the leading figures in UK contemporary harp circles. Tonight Tara is bringing to the Club her swinging trio, featuring bassist Ed Babar and drummer/percussionist Tom Early, performing music from her recently released album, "The Tides of Love", which she describes as "based on a motif of ocean tides, with themes of love, loneliness, strength and hope woven throughout” and was released to no small acclaim with a high profile performance at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room in April. In addition, Tara will be playing brand new compositions which  “take a big step towards jazz with more scope for improvisation” while showcasing Tara’s natural ease and effortless ability to both groove and sing. The band performs regularly at festivals and clubs at home and abroad, from The Pizza Express, London to The Rockwood Music Hall, New York. Between the three musicians, they have amassed a huge number of festival appearances including The Camac Harp Festival (Switzerland), The Melbourne Cabaret Festival, The World Harp Congress (Sydney), Harpes au Max Festival (France) and the Squinterno Festival (Italy). Highly recommended. 

“.... one of the leading contemporary harpists in Europe" Artistic Director, Cambridge Jazz Festival; "I recommend her highly to everyone interested in an artist whose musical expression is equalled only by her warmth and integrity."  Jakez François, Director of Camac Harpes; “We love her soulful mix of great covers and fantastic original songs, which tell stories, and that make you tearful and get you dancing by turns” Le Blog des Harpes Camac

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Fri 14th - protect the beat

Protect the Beat 606 Club Chelsea live music venue jazz funk groove club restaurant london9:30PM PROTECT THE BEAT is made up of five of the finest jazz funk experts on the scene; Derek Nash, sax (Jools Holland, Dave Grusin, Sax Appeal), Tim Cansfield, guitar (Bee Gees, Elton John), Neil Angilley, keyboard (Vanessa Mae, War of The Worlds), Phil Scragg bass and Darby Todd, drums (Dennis Rollins, “The Lion King”). With such a fantastic group of players, it’s no surprise that the band has been described in the music press as "the strongest live act within the genre in the UK at this time” and that their CD “Intrepid” was at the number 1 spot of the independent UK Jazz Chart for 11 weeks! With numerous festival appearances to their name including The Capitol Jazz Festival (USA) and two memorable shows at Brecon Jazz, “Protect the Beat” have certainly left an impression with their inimitable brand of jazz/funk. To quote the title of their debut album, "It Ain't Dinner Jazz".

 “Their live shows are an explosion of energy with the ebullient Nash leading his team of crack session players through a series of full on, unashamedly funky tunes” TheJazzMann.com

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Sat 15th - smitty's big four plus one

Smittys Big 4 606 club Chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant London9:30PM  This swinging band, styled as the "feisty little brother" of the “Kansas Smitty's House Band” is led by expatriate American saxophonist and clarinettist Giacomo Smith. Although relatively new to the UK, Giacomo has already made quite an impact on the swing scene as a fluent and authentic clarinet player, as well as an excellent modern jazz saxophonist. The band tonight will focus on the music showcasing the 30’s and 40’s upbeat swing style of New Orleans and New York, and as well as Giacomo on sax and clarinet the band will also feature Pete Horsfall on trumpet, Dave Archer on guitar, Fergus Ireland on bass and for the gig here at the Club they will also include a Special Guest (you'll have to come to find out who!), making this the biggest quartet in the World!  As Giacomo explains, "this streamlined formation allows the band to navigate New Orleans and swing standards with unparalleled energy and tightness while maintaining the melodic integrity of the canon". Although all these predominately young (most are under 30) players are also well known on the modern jazz scene they are extremely enthusiastic about playing this fun, good time music, which they do extremely well – so it’s guaranteed to be a highly entertaining evening.

“a lively, friendly, swinging, civilized new band playing approachable music…Bandleader clarinettist/sax Giacomo Smith, from the upper reaches of the Hudson in New York…[his] sound and presence are a welcome addition to the London scene…definitely a band to watch out for” LondonJazz News; “Kansas Smitty’s: London’s new swing princes” Evening Standard

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SUN 16th - SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: NO SUNDAY LUNCHES IN THE MONTH OF JULY!

1:30PM

Then in the evening:

Sun 16th - GEORGIA MANCIO

Georgia Mancio 606 club Chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant8:30PM Georgia Mancio is an award-winning vocalist with a beautiful vocal tone and direct style that lends itself perfectly to her swinging and sophisticated set. It’s a measure of her impressive ability that in 2005 she won the Brussels International Young Jazz Singers Award, was nominated Best Vocalist in the 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and was twice nominated for London Jazz’s “Musician of the Year” in 2016. She has worked with many artists of global stature, including the likes of Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan, Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll, Jason Rebello, Gwilym Simcock and the late, great, Bobby Wellins. A true improviser with a boundless imagination, Georgia produces music of beauty and bite, embracing a wide-ranging jazz repertoire reflecting influences from her Anglo/Italian/Uruguayan heritage alongside her own original writings. She has released five studio albums to date, including her latest "Live at ReVoice!" (2015), a collection of duos recorded at her own universally acclaimed International Voice Festival. In 2013 she began a highly acclaimed collaboration with two-time Grammy award-winning jazz pianist and composer Alan Broadbent and they will be releasing an album of co-written originals later this year. Tonight she will be bringing to the Club her latest line up featuring the highly regarded pianist Kate Williams along with her regular rhythm section of Dave Whitford-bass and Dave Ohm-drums.The repertoire she performs is an eclectic mix of jazz standards, originals, gentle Latin and infectious Brazilian music and is quite wonderful. Georgia and Dave (her long term partner) will be celebrating 16 years together tonight (aaah) so expect plenty of friends, some musical surprises and a lot of fun!

“[Mancio is] a performer of character, conviction, and relaxed virtuosity” The Guardian ****;  “a sublime vocalist” Jazzwise; “Supremely elegant …one of the hottest singers on the circuit.” Evening Standard; “an object lesson in subtlety…beautiful” All About Jazz *****

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Mon 17th - BQQ BAND FEATURING DIONNE BENNETT

BBQ Band Dionne Bennett 606 club Chelsea live music venue groove club restaurant London8:30PM This fantastic "Groove" gig features the band of guitarist Bobby Quigley (co-leader of the Carl Hudson Groove Nights), a formidable young musician who includes work with the likes of Pete Ray Biggin, Imaani and Katie Leone on an impressive cv. The music will be an infectious blend of Groove and Jazz featuring a selection of classic groove standards with the occasional "Groove" original thrown in for good measure. As would be expected, the rest of the band is made up of some of the finest musicians on the scene, the remarkable Ross Stanley (Deodato, Simply Red) on keyboards, groove powerhouse Neville Malcolm on bass and the terrific Rod Youngs (Gil Scott-Heron, Natalie Cole) on drums. Bobby's special guest this evening will be the wonderful singer Dionne Bennett. A Londoner now based in Wales, Dionne's powerful, sultry, vocals have been heard with a wide range of bands, including the Cardiff based Earth Band, but she is probably best known as the singer and lyricist with the highly regarded contemporary outfit Slowly Rolling Camera, with whom she gigs and records extensively. With a voice that has been compared to Tina Turner (really), she is definitely the singer to be keeping an eye on. The music is a mix of really great classic groove standards with the occasional high-class groove original, performed by one of the best bands around. Be sure to attend what promises to be a “Groove” extravaganza.

"Dionne Bennett...rightly to the forefront...[a] forceful singer... exquisite... Unsetting Sun” shows the soulful subtlety of her singing to fine effect" The Jazz Breakfast

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Tue 18th - IRENE SERRA

Singer Irene Serra 606 Club Chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant london uk8:30PM Italian vocalist Irene Serra is a charismatic performer with a beautiful vocal style and assured stage presence. She sings a great repertoire that she describes as "...a mix of eclectic tunes from straight ahead jazz standards to swinging blues, beautiful Brazilian songs, pop arrangements and original tunes" and can be regularly seen in venues in and around London, including the Barbican (with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra), Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express, Union Chapel & King’s Place. A thoughtful and intelligent musician she started studying jazz at the age of 16 at the Academy of Music in Milan and moved to London in 1999 to complete a BA in Performing Arts at the University of Surrey, going on to study at Goldsmiths College and then completing a Masters in Music Performance at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama. Her poised performances have already earned her much critical acclaim: she was one of the semi-finalists in The Brussels International Young Jazz Singer competition in 2008 and was a finalist at the Shure Montreux Jazz Competition in 2009.

“Serra’s wonderfully expressive voice......is graceful and sensual…the sound is beautiful and melancholy” All About Jazz;
"...a melting pot of genres...which all blend together to entrancing effect" Time Out Critics Choice;
"Irene Serra has a strong stage presence and a compelling vocal tone"
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Wed 19th - SARA DOWLING

Sara Dowling 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant London8:30PM After studying at Chethams, the specialist music school in Manchester, in 2003 Sara moved on to study cello at the Royal Northern College of Music, gaining a degree in music and growing exposure as a performer. However, after taking time out in the mid 2000's from being an instrumentalist, Sara re-emerged in 2009 as an impressive singer and it wasn't long before she had re-established herself as a significant performer of breadth and intensity. Her repertoire is eclectic, as well as being an excellent singer/songwriter Sara is also an adept Jazz vocalist, performing songs from the classic American Songbook in an inimitable and authentic style. Which means her beautiful, sonorous voice can be heard not only performing originals with her own excellent band but also with the likes of the London Dance Orchestra, performing classics from the 1930's and 40's. And if all that wasn't enough, over the last 3 years she has also moved to establish herself as a composer of some note, writing songs for the likes of EMI, Sony, ATV, Warner and ITV Juice as well as for film and television. But it is undoubtedly as a performer of style and ability that Sara is starting to really make an impact on the UK jazz scene, tonight appearing with her excellent band featuring some of the finest jazz musicians around: Gabriel Latchin piano, Dave Green-bass, Steve Brown-drums. The music is a mix of impressive originals and classic jazz standards and well worth catching.

"Gifted with immensely emotional vocals [Sara's] influences are wide and far reaching, reminiscent of jazz and soul greats such as Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and Candi Staton, but mixed with poetic lyrics and haunting melodies" last.fm

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Thu 20th - JOHN EAST PROJECT

John East Project 606 club Chelsea live music venue modern jazz standards club restaurant8:30PM JOHN EAST PROJECT is led by vocalist and Hammond organ player John East, becoming a popular and regular feature at the Club since their first appearance here seven years ago. John has played the Hammond for decades, working with musicians such as John Etheridge, Katie Kissoon and Phil Robson. His stellar band comprises Mark Fletcher-drums, Neville Malcolm-bass and the remarkable Carl Orr on guitar, together with a powerhouse horn section of Scott Baylis-trumpet, Dan Hewson-trombone and the great Dave Lewis-sax. Tonight the band will be performing material from their latest album, "Mr Businessman", which features a selection of carefully chosen vocal standards along with lesser-known songs from the popular songbook as well as the occasional instrumental tune, with the emphasis on melodic jazz driven along by the distinctive Hammond sound. Both CD's and Vinyl (remember vinyl!) will be available tonight, so come on down and get the latest offering from the JEP. Oh, and Congratulations John on the first seven years!

“(East) and the band...brought the house down” City AM; "Vocalist and Hammond player East leads a fine band" Time Out; "A bit of genius" Fleece Jazz

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Fri 21st - SAMARA FEATURING STEVE RUBIE & LILIANA CHACHIAN

Steve Rubie 606 club Chelsea live music venue jazz Latin club restaurant 9:30PM “Samara” is a six-piece jazz/Latin group which I lead on sax and flute, and suffice it to say we all think the guys in the band are just great! The pianist Neil Angilley works with Vanessa Mae, Shirley Bassey and “Down to the Bone”, Dill Katz, the bass player is visiting professor at the Guildhall, while Nic France the drummer has worked with just about everyone, including Dave Gilmore (Pink Floyd) and Bill Withers. Singer Liliana Chachian is considered to be one of the finest Brazilian vocalists currently working in Europe, with an unerring gift for melody and phrasing. The music is an infectious blend of Brazilian Samba, jazz/Latin and Soul, and everyone has a great time!

“Cracking Latin-jazz quintet led by 606 proprietor Steve Rubie on flute and alto saxophone…explores these Latin jazz classics in great rhythmic style” Time Out; “Liliana has a glorious voice. Sensual, shapely and beguiling...” Guardian

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Sat 22nd - PETER KING & MORNINGTON LOCKETT

Peter King 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant London9:30PM After taking the scene by storm in the early sixties with the Ronnie Scott quintet, Peter has gone on to establish himself unequivocally as one of the finest alto saxophonists in the world. His fabulous technique allied with an unerring sense of harmony has made him one of the greatest players this country has ever produced. The featured saxophonist with the Charlie Watts Band, his playing has made him famous worldwide. As well as a remarkable improviser Peter has also established himself as a writer and arranger of note, with both an opera and a brilliant series of recordings featuring his own string arrangements for classical and jazz quartet. Peter has always been a great supporter of the Club and it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome this saxophone giant. Peter’s special guest tonight is the remarkable Mornington Lockett, one of the UK’s leading tenor sax players. Mornington worked with the Ronnie Scott quintet before moving on to work with singer Sarah Jane Morris and the Tracey’s - Stan and Clark - as well as being the driving force behind the brilliant “Celebrating the Jazz Couriers” quintet. He has a powerful and hugely impressive sound and approach. This gig is a rare chance to hear two of the finest saxophonists in the world playing together and is an absolute must for anyone interested in great modern jazz.

“Peter King...plays with...searing authority” Guardian; Lockett…plays with tremendous fluency and drive” Evening Standard; “World class” Jazz Journal; “inspired” Jazzwise

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SUN 23rd - SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL: NO SUNDAY LUNCHES IN THE MONTH OF JULY!

Sun 23rd - MADELINE BELL'S 75TH BIRTHDAY GIG

Madeline Bell 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant London8:30PM It’s with enormous pleasure that the 606 Club welcomes this wonderful multi-award winning singer with her fantastic 6-piece band. Born in the USA Madeline had a successful career with some of America’s most prominent Gospel groups before moving to London in the early 60’s as a result of her involvement with the widely acclaimed show “Black Nativity”. A series of recording contracts followed and Madeline soon established herself as both recording artist and leading session singer. Her clear, powerful, soulful voice was heard with the likes of Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Scott Walker, Long John Baldry, Joe Cocker, and Elton John, but probably her best known association at this time was with the iconic vocalist Dusty Springfield, with whom she worked for many years. At the same time Madeline was producing some successful albums of her own, and it demonstrates the respect with which she is held that Dusty Springfield repaid the compliment by singing backing vocals for her. In the late 60’s and early 70’s Madeline finally achieved stardom herself as the lead singer with the band “Blue Mink”, with 7 top ten singles and a world wide following. From the mid 70’s Madeline concentrated on her studio work, working on innumerable film scores and vocal sessions as well as expanding her musical range with artists as diverse as John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and James Last. In 1999 she received an Award by the International Alliance For Women In Music recognising her as an artist of important stature and in 2003 she was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Music Heritage Foundation for her “significant and outstanding contribution to the music industry”. This remarkable singer continues to excite and enthral audiences around the world with her involvement in projects such as the “SAS” Band (an “all-star” Soul/R&B outfit), the BBC Big Band and her Ray Charles Show with the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw based in Holland. Tonight we are really pleased to say that Madeline has chosen to spend her Birthday (it's a biggish one, but we're not saying…) with us at the Club. We absolutely adore Madeline here so we are both happy and excited to once again be hosting this brilliant singer on this special occasion. She will be accompanied, as always, by Tommy Blaize and musicians from the Tommy Blaize Band, so book a seat and hang on to your hat, promises to be quite a ride! Booking definitely recommended.

“Madeline Bell...lovely...talented...and thoroughly captivating” AllAboutJazz.

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Mon 24th - TOMMY BLAIZE BAND

Tommy Blaize 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz soul club restaurant London8:30PM Liverpudlian Tommy Blaize is a fantastic, charismatic singer/keyboardist who is widely admired and respected throughout the music business. Although for many years an unseen figure behind the scenes, his voice is familiar to millions from work with the likes of Tina Turner, Craig David, Gary Barlow, Marti Pellow and Lulu and from TV ads such as Coca Cola, Levis, and British Airways. Considered one of the most in-demand session singers on the scene, he has been featured on numerous film and TV soundtracks and has been heard here at the Club with Madeline Bell. However, more recently Tommy has been finally achieving some hugely deserved recognition as a brilliant singer in his own right after his appearances as one of the house vocalists on BBC TV’s hit show “Strictly Come Dancing” (oh, that singer!). A great guy and a fantastic performer it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome Tommy to the Club this evening with his own amazing band, featuring fellow “Strictly” band members Dave Arch-piano, Trevor Barry-bass, Andy Caine-guitar/vocals, Paul Dunne-guitar and Ian Thomas-drums playing a selection of classic Groove and R&B standards with the odd jazz tune thrown in. Tommy and the Band will be featuring music from their first album “Don’t Ya Love Life”, so expect plenty of fireworks and some very Special Surprise Guests. With several hundred years’ experience between them, this brilliant gig from the Tommy Blaize Band is an absolute must – trust me!

“Tommy Blaize…oozes Soul and class” Jazz n Jazz

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Tue 25th - JASON REBELLO with special guest hans mathisen

Jason Rebello 606 club Chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant London8:30PM Tonight we are pleased to welcome back to the Club one of the finest pianists in Europe with a special quartet gig featuring the brilliant award-winning Norwegian guitarist Hans Mathisen. A multi-award winner and ferociously talented musician, Jason Rebello has been at the forefront of the international music scene for the last 20 years. His extraordinary ability is highlighted by the fact that he was already an established performer by the age of 21, being described by Jazz FM as “[one of] the most gifted and fluent pianists to emerge in Britain [today]…” and by 1993, at the age of 24, he already had three highly successful albums under his belt. As well as promoting his own groove/crossover music he also found time to work with the likes of Wayne Shorter, Gary Burton, Branford Marsalis, Des’ree, Mica Paris, Carleen Anderson and Omar. However, it was in 1998 when he was invited to replace the late Kenny Kirkland in Sting’s band that Jason found international recognition. He toured the world with Sting for more than six years before moving to the band of guitar legend Jeff Beck, with whom he still performs. A combination of remarkable technique and musical adaptability has enabled Jason to work with many artists across the musical spectrum including the likes of Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Pee Wee Ellis, Joss Stone, Madeline Peyroux and Manu Katche. In 2013 he released his first solo album in 13 years, "Anything But Look", that received universal critical acclaim, with AllAboutJazz saying "Rebello proves that music can be entertaining and sophisticated on a delightful recording that marks the pianist/composer's triumphant return to the spotlight.” Award-winning guitarist Hans Mathisen is one of Norway's leading jazz musicians. A graduate of the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium in the early 90's, Hans has gone on to establish an enviable reputation both at home and abroad as a player of depth and integrity. He cites Pat Metheny and Wes Montgomery as influences on his fluent, melodic playing, but it is fair to say that he has established a sound and approach of his own that has won many plaudits over the years. His first album, “Quiet Songs”, released in 2005, was the recipient of the Spellemannprisen, Norway's equivalent of the Grammy Awards, and since then he has produced two further albums, all to considerable critical acclaim. As well as a performer Hans is also a composer of some note, with a number of film music scores and major commissions to his name as well as an educator, teaching on the music program at Sandefjord videregående skole. A consummate musician it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome this truly impressive improviser to the Club this evening. Supporting these two great musicians tonight will be two of the finest rhythm section players in the country, Yuri Goloubev (Gwilym Simcock, Bob James) bass and Ben Reynolds (Claire Martin, Joe Stilgoe) drums. This promises to be a very special night featuring this amazing line up, booking definitely advised.

“Jason Rebello…inspired”Time Out; “In terms of sheer ability and potential, Jason is probably [one of the finest…jazz musicians this country has produced.”  Jazz: The Modern Resurgence; "Mathisen...exquisite original melodies, exquisite interplay and exquisite solos” JazziNorge

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Wed 26th - SIMON PURCELL

Simon Purcell 606 club Chelsea live muic venue jazz club restaurant London8:30PM Probably best known these days as Head of Jazz at Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, pianist Simon Purcell has performance credits as leader and sideman dating back to the mid 80’s, including appearances with the likes of Red Rodney, Kenny Wheeler, Eddie Henderson, Stan Sulzmann, Jean Toussaint and Julian Arguelles. During the late 80’s and early 90’s Simon’s fluent and inventive playing could be heard with a wide variety of artists, including recordings made with singers Cleveland Watkiss (“Green Chimneys”) and Anita Wardell (“Women have Standards”). His own bands, which sadly have remained unrecorded, have included the likes of UK artists Julian Arguelles, Christine Tobin and Steve Watts. As well as a performer of some skill and invention, Simon is also a very well established and highly respected educator. Between 1987 and 2005 he was professor of jazz piano and improvisation at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was appointed Head of Jazz at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in September 2005. As well as all that he also co-directed the Glamorgan Jazz Summer School (formerly the Barry Summer School) and in between times, has acted as a consultant to Birmingham Conservatoire, been educational director of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and in 2006, received the prestigious Parliamentary Jazz Award for Jazz Educationalist of the Year. This is actually Simon's last term as head of the Jazz course at Trinity Laban (although he will continue to teach there) and so we thought it would be a nice idea to celebrate his 12 years at this prestigious establishment with a special evening of music. So tonight Simon will be bringing to the Club his enormously impressive sextet, "Red Circle", packed with some of the finest and most respected musicians in the UK, Chris Batchelor-trumpet, Julian Siegel-sax, Oli Hayhurst-bass and Gene Calderazzo-drums. This promises to be a special night and for anyone interested in contemporary UK jazz a must.

“Simon Purcell.…gifted contemporary jazz pianist” Time Out

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Thu 27th - GREG ABATE

Greg Abate 606 Club Chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant london8:30PM A US-based musician of international standing, saxophonist Greg Abate is considered to be amongst the finest jazz players of his generation. After completing his studies at Berklee in the mid 70's, Greg went on tour with the Ray Charles band for two years before returning to Rhode Island, where he ran his own bands for some years before going on the road again in the late 80's with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra. Following that experience he established himself as an international soloist, something he has now been successfully doing for the last 25 years working throughout the US, Canada, UK, Western and Eastern Europe and Russia. As well as his touring work, Greg is also a composer, arranger, a Grammy-nominated recording artist and educator of some considerable note, serving as an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College as well as a very active jazz clinician. His fluent and muscular playing is best described as "post hard bop", encompassing a classic approach to the material in the style of Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderley and Phil Woods. Accompanying Greg tonight will be one of the UK's finest hard bop pianists, Craig Milverton with his trio of Sandy Suchodolski on bass and Matt Home on drums. Promises to be a great night for all lovers of straight ahead jazz sax. 

"Abate is not content to rely on stock bebop riffs...his work [has] a feeling of constant invention and creativity.” Chicago Tribune; "a unique voice" Metro, San Jose; "One of the most exciting players around today" The Jazz Messenger; “Greg Abate is one of the most appealing saxophonists on the scene today...the result is that he plays music with sweetness and daring.” New Jazz Recordings

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Fri 28th - TONY O'MALLEY

Tony O'Malley 606 Club Chelsea live music venue jazz soul groove club restaurant 9:30PM  Tony O’Malley is unquestionably one of the most charismatic vocalists working in the UK. A featured performer since the late 60s, his CV is vast and includes stints with the iconic band 10CC and his own seminal Jazz/Funk band Kokomo. His brand of jazz-tinged contemporary soul and blues is really stunning, with his fabulous, smoky, velvety growl of a voice delivering original material and some covers in his inimitable style. With eight CDs to his name including his latest, “Back at the Bag” released in the summer of 2015, Tony has established himself as one of the most original and powerful performers on the scene today, with a fan base that reaches around the world. Not surprisingly his regular band features some of the finest groove musicians around including Tony’s latest recruits, bass player Sonny Winslow and young drum talent Ally McDougal, as well as perennial band member, guitarist Neil Hubbard (Roxy Music, Joe Cocker). If you like contemporary R&B vocals with a touch of Jazz in the Blues Brothers style, then this is definitely for you.

“...the velvet gravel throated O’Malley is one of the UK’s most undersung vocal performers...the songs drenched in the deep soulful spirit that characterises everything he touches…one of the UK’s hottest properties” Jazzwise

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Sat 29th - DAVE O'HIGGINS

Dave O'Higgins 606 club chelsea live music venue jazz club restaurant London9:30PM Undoubtedly one of this country’s finest modern jazz sax players, Dave has worked with the likes of Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Jimmy Smith and Annie Lennox. The winner of a multitude of awards, he has produced 18 albums to date of his own solo material and appeared on numerous sessions and festivals around the world. His current projects include work with one of New York’s leading sax players, Eric Alexander (in a classic two sax “hard bop” quintet performing on both sides of the Atlantic) as well as the Darius Brubeck Quartet, the Gascoyne/O’Higgins Quartet and the Loire Allstars featuring Tristan Maillot, Anita Wardell, Oli Hayhurst and Mike Gorman. Dave is also the writer and arranger of the Two Minds Big Band, which he co-leads with long time associate Pete Wraight. When not performing himself, Dave is a highly regarded jazz educator, teaching saxophone, harmony and improvisation at the London Centre of Contemporary Music (LCCM), and has previously been on the music faculty at renowned institutions including Goldsmith’s College, Leeds College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the Universities of Natal and Cape Town. Dave will also be previewing material from his upcoming, 19th album "It's Always 9.30 in Zog" to be released on 8 September. This is a brilliant gig led by one of the most respected musicians on the international jazz scene.

“…exceptional fluency...one of Britain’s finest musicians”Observer; “...virtuoso jazz/fusion saxophonist” Time Out; “….world class player” BBC Music Magazine; “…dazzling” Guardian; "A stunning player in the neo-bop vein, with an apparently effortless flow of coherent ideas, beautiful time and a highly developed harmonic sense.” Jazz Guide

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SUN 30th SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL - NO SUNDAY LUNCHES IN THE MONTH OF JULY!

SUN 30th - NOEL MCCALLA/DEREK NASH: "SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL"

Noel McCalla Derek Nash Some Kind of Wonderful 606 Club Chelsea live music venue soul groove funk club restaurant8:30PM Well, this is pretty special, two of the UK's finest musicians, saxophonist Derek Nash and singer Noel McCalla, coming together to celebrate the music of one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time, what more could you ask for!  An award-winning saxophonist, Derek Nash is perhaps best known as one of the featured saxophonists with the Jools Holland Band, leader of the enormously successful “Sax Appeal” and co-leader of the funk/groove outfit “Protect the Beat” (Fri 14th). An experienced musician of many years standing his muscular, fluent, modern jazz playing has been recognised with numerous awards, including “Best Jazz Ensemble” and “Best Jazz CD” as well as being voted one of the top 5 saxophonists in the country. And if all that wasn’t enough he is also highly regarded as a recording engineer, producer and arranger, with a client list that includes Annie Lennox, Alison Moyet, Lulu, Kylie Minogue, David Sanborn, Martha Reeves and many more. Noel McCalla first came to prominence in the mid 80’s with the seminal Jazz/funk band Morrisey/Mullen while also providing vocals on Mike Rutherford’s highly acclaimed album “Smallcreep’s Day”. Forming his own band “Contact” in the early 80’s (subsequently renamed “McCalla” 10 years later), he released the brilliant album “Push and Pull”, followed by the equally great “Hot from the Smoke”. From the early 90’s, for more than 19 years, Noel’s searing, soulful vocals were featured with the iconic Manfred Mann’s “Earth Band”, but more recently Noel has moved away from his globe trotting exploits with Manfred to form several new bands of his own (as well as now working regularly with our very own 606 Club Gospel Group)! These two remarkable musicians, along with a stellar band that includes Neil Angilley (Vanessa Mae, Down to the Bone) on piano and Nic France (Dave Gilmour, Bill Withers) will be bringing to life some of Stevie's most popular offerings, along with some of his equally great but lesser known songs, in their own, inimitable, style. This amalgamation of two truly wonderful musicians over the melting pot of one of the greatest songwriters of all time promises to be a unique and powerful experience and absolutely not to be missed.

“Nash…bravura display of contemporary saxophone” The Observer; “Nash...breathtaking” Sunday Times; “McCalla…spine tingling” Guardian;  “McCalla.…a confident, individual voice, graceful and dynamic." Independent on Sunday

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MON 31ST- LOUISE GOLBEY WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

Louise Golbey 606 club Chelsea live music venue jazz soul club restaurant London8:30PM Raised in a musical family Louise moved to London after her University studies and rapidly established for herself a solid reputation on the Soul and singer/songwriter scene. Her first recordings were released in 2008 and in that same year she was a finalist in the Indy Music Awards and her music video 'How It Is' (which she also recorded in French) was nominated in the UK Music Video Awards. Not a bad start. Since then her powerful, clear, soulful voice has been heard with the likes of Jessie J, Paloma Faith, Omar, Alexander O'Neal, The Drifters, Loose Ends, Roy Ayers and Ed Sheeran, and she performs regularly under her own name at the likes of Ronnie Scott’s, The Hippodrome and the Jazz Café. She has opened for Roberta Flack at Indigo2, George Benson at Kenwood House, and Earth, Wind and Fire at the Royal Albert Hall and supported the Stylistics on their recent UK tour. Festival appearances include France (Musique Cordiale Festival, Provence) and Germany (Hamburg) as well as The Isle Of Wight and the London Jazz Festivals and, of course, Glastonbury. She produced her first album, “Novel”, in 2015 and her music can be heard regularly on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, 6Music and BBC London and she is a firm favourite on Jazz FM, Mi-Soul and Capital Xtra. Louise was introduced to us here by 606 favourite Mo Pleasure, the multi-instrumentalist/producer (and former Music Director of Earth, Wind & Fire), and you get the idea, she's pretty good!  Her music is primarily originals with some classics thrown in to the mix which she likes to describe as "... neo-soul or as I like to call it UK Soul!" and unsurprisingly, she is accompanied by some of the best of the younger neo-soul musicians around, including Adam Rust-keyboard/piano, Matt Waters-guitar, Neil Flynn-bass and James Titshall-drums. Schedule permitting, Mo Pleasure will also be sitting in on a few songs as well in the second set to add extra glitter to the night! Louise is latest addition to the 606 Club family of impressive singers and highly recommended.

"This...young singer takes it up a notch with...a whole heap of sassy soulfulness.....definitely something worthwhile here and her endearing personality should put a smile on most peoples faces!" Blues & Soul

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