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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


1:30PM 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 compositions" 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. Accompanying Irene this afternoon will be Andrew McCormack-piano, Amy Baldwin-bass and Emiliano Caroselli-drums.

“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" Jazzwise


...and in the evening:


8:30PM   The Award-winning London-based African American jazz, soul and blues singer Bruce Lester “Mississippi” Johnson was born in Starkville, Mississippi and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. Heavily influenced by his father's love of classic Soul and R&B, music and singing were always a part of Bruce's life. However, he started his career with a 7-year period in the US Marine Corps before ending his enlistment whilst stationed in Paris. Finding himself in a city full of music and nightlife he made the decision to make singing his full time profession and has, as they say, never looked back. He began to showcase his talent in various venues around Paris and it wasn't long before this charismatic, six foot four inch, singer with the effortlessly soulful bass baritone voice was being noticed for his unique sound and style, and his popularity soon began to grow. With his reputation on the rise he branched out and formed his own funk band that was to go on and win the Jack Daniel’s music competition in Bordeaux, judged by the late, great Nina Simone. This gave him the opportunity to record his first single and went a good way to cementing his reputation in Paris. His next move came when he joined the band of legendary blues bassist Big Joe Turner (BB King, Albert King), which gave Bruce a chance to tour the world and at the same time hone his Blues vocal skills. Collaborating with the pianist from that band Bruce produced the CD "That's The Deal Baby" which is a contemporary take on old school blues and soul. Returning to Paris, Bruce continued to work in prestigious venues with established French musicians, before eventually ending up on the French version of "The Voice". It was this appearance that led to his being asked to join one of France's leading "Rat Pack" ensembles, Forever Gentlemen, with whom he has appeared on two CD's, the first, released in October 2013, going triple platinum and the second CD “Forever Gentlemen 2” being released in October 2014 to considerable acclaim. These days a vastly experienced performer with an eclectic style Bruce includes work at numerous prestigious festivals and venues such at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Royal Albert Hall on a wide and impressive CV. And if all that wasn't enough Bruce is also a well-established actor with over 20 film and TV roles to his name. It's with great pleasure that we welcome this fine artist back to the Club following the UK launch here earlier this year of his seminal blues and soul album referred to above, "That's The Deal Baby" which has been extremely well received by listeners and critics alike, earning him, amongst many other plaudits, the 2017 Living Blues Critic's Award, "Artist Deserving More Attention". Appearing with Bruce tonight, not surprisingly, will be an A-list band of some of the UK's finest Blues/Groove/Jazz musicians, including Carl Hudson-piano, Pat West-guitar, Carl Stanbridge-bass and Pat Levett-drums. Bruce promises a "Blues & Groove Extravaganza with plenty of jazz thrown in", which coming from a man who has played Funk for Nina Simone, toured the world as a blues singer and gone triple platinum singing jazz standards makes sense! Promises to be quite a gig.

"His voice puts me in mind of ...great vocalists such as Lou Rawls" Blues Matters;  “…worth picking up just for Bruce’s soulful voice alone.  Add the nostalgic feel of the ’70s funky soul...and you have something different, a ”blues” that everyone should appreciate.” Blues Rock Review; “beautifully soulful...impressive” Underground Press; "There's something you can't quite place your finger on when it comes to this vocalist. He's like an exotic butterfly you've captured and don't know where it comes from or what it will become tomorrow" Athens News



8:30PM Gina Foster, who is probably best known for her work with the iconic group “Swing Out Sister”, is a truly gifted and impressive singer. Acclaimed as one of the most soulful session vocalists around she has worked prolifically in jazz, soul, groove, pop and dance music with high profile artists including the likes of Eric Clapton and Sinead O’Connor. One of the busiest and most experienced backing vocalists on the UK scene, Tessa Niles's first big break came in the early 1980's when Sting asked her to sing on the Synchronicity World Tour with his band The Police. Since then she has worked with the likes of David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Annie Lennox, Kylie Minogue, Take That, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Tom Jones, Pet Shop Boys, Cliff Richard, Status Quo, Robbie Williams, Cher, Seal and John Denver, but probably her longest musical relationship has been with Eric Clapton, with whom she toured and recorded for over two decades. Tonight, Gina and Tessa will be saluting the world of the backing vocalist, those brilliant singers who add the sparkle to so many headliner's gigs. Over to Gina - "With a lot of help from friend MD Mike Moran on piano (Freddie Mercury, Elton John, George Harrison) Unsung Singers Live is a backstage pass into the world of Rock and Pop. Blending the history of British backing vocalists with revealing storytelling, they feature your favourite unforgettable songs that British unsung vocal heroes helped make hits. Also with vocals from session A-listers Keith Murrell (Madonna, Cliff Richard) and Mim Grey (Paul McCartney, Dave Stewart). And of course, it wouldn't be an Unsung Singers' party without some of Britain's finest session voices joining in for a musical feast for the ears! Try and stop them!" Now this you can't miss.

“Gina Foster…is an incredibly talented and versatile vocalist” Visit London; “Tess Niles…incredible voice” Mirror; “Mim Grey...rare depth and richness” Sunday Express; "Keith Murrell is the best of a tiny handful of British AOR vocalists who can give the Americans a run for their money." teamrock.com




8:30PM For well over a decade now Quentin has established an enviable reputation as a lyrical and melodic trumpet player with a powerful sound and approach. His first album released in 2007 "If Not Now, Then When?" received critical acclaim with Jazzwise calling it an "intensely impressive debut", while the Guardian called Quentin a "young brass virtuoso". He has continued to forge an impressive reputation on the UK scene via projects including the “QC/BA Quartet” (alongside another 606 Club regular Brandon Allen), with the band touring internationally and releasing the brilliant album 'What's It Gonna Be?' He also includes the likes of Jeff Beck, Jason Rebello, Basement Jaxx, Omar, Prince and Roy Ayres on a lengthy and impressive cv but these days, is probably best known for his work with the internationally acclaimed Kyle Eastwood Band. Quentin describes the music this evening as "contemporary straight ahead with some groove and some swing" performed by his brand new quartet of award-winning musicians, Ashley Henry on piano, Daniel Casimir (see Tue 10th) on bass and Shane Forbes on drums. A rare chance to hear this world-renowned musician at the Club with his own quartet. Highly recommended.

“A trumpeter whose style is a sizzling update of the Morgan/Hubbard approach" MOJO Magazine; "Collins...impressively intense" Jazzwise; "Collins...England's top...trumpet master...breathtaking" HMV Magazine




8:30PM David Preston is a guitarist, composer and producer who started playing classical guitar at the age of six and since turning professional in the mid 2000's has written, recorded and performed in many diverse settings, ranging from jazz, rock and pop to contemporary classical. He has recorded and performed with the likes of Curtis Stigers, The Heritage Orchestra, Goldie, Martin Taylor, Empirical, Patrick Cornelius, Ivo Neame, Charlotte Church, Ayanna Witter Johnson, and UK beat-boxing star Shlomo. Highlights of many of his diverse projects include touring, recording and writing with Melody Gardot from 2009 to 2012 and again in 2017, and he made quite an impression performing on, co-writing and co-producing singer Ian Shaw’s 2008 album “Lifejacket”. In 2013 he joined former Nucleus/Loose Tubes saxophonist Tim Whitehead's Homemade Orchestra, playing a 50-date UK tour and in 2015 he appeared with Carlos Acosta CBE onstage at the Royal Opera House for 6 nights in the stage production of 'Cubania'. He also plays with his own internationally recognised contemporary jazz trio 'Preston-Glasgow-Lowe' who released their debut album in 2016 on Whirlwind Records. He’s played at festivals and venues including the Palladium, Queen Elizabeth Hall and L’Olympia in Paris and has appeared on BBC Radios 1 & 3 (an eclectic mix!). Scots-born 6 string bass player Kevin Glasgow has a wealth of experience performing at top venues in the UK and abroad such as Ronnie Scott's, The Lincoln Center, NYC and many festivals including Glastonbury, Rochester, Edmonton, Hong Kong, Edinburgh, the Isle of White and Glasgow International Jazz Festivals. He currently plays in a number of projects, including Tommy Smith’s ‘Karma’, the Asaf Sirkis Trio and the Nicolas Meier Trio+ as well as with Preston-Glasgow-Lowe and he tours regularly with Marcos Valle. David and Kevin's special guests this evening will be International music stars Jason Rebello (Sting, Jeff Beck, Chaka Khan) on piano & keyboards and drummer Jeremy Stacey (Sheryl Crow, Noel Gallagher) currently a member of the iconic band King Crimson. This unique band put together specifically for this gig will perform a great mix of contemporary jazz standards and excellent original material, including two new tunes written specifically for tonight. Booking definitely recommended.

“If Preston's name isn't familiar to you, it should be”Jazz Times; “Preston is equally adept at hurtling improv, Metheny-like chordal themes and warm balladeering” Guardian; “Glasgow unobtrusively fills out the low end with slow-moving basslines, until he steps into the spotlight and reveals himself to be a powerfully original soloist – astonishing” Jazz Views; “In terms of sheer ability and potential, Jason Rebello is probably [one] of the finest…jazz musicians this country has produced.”  Jazz: The Modern Resurgence; “Stacey…a fine…drummer with an infectious feel” Time Out




8:30PM ANTONIO FORCIONE is considered one of the most charismatic and inventive performers to come out of Europe in recent years. He breaks the mould of conventional, popular guitar sounds in the fields of Jazz, Spanish, African, Brazilian and improvised music and has received critical acclaim worldwide. He has released 16 albums, which have variously hit the top of British and international jazz charts and has shared stages around the globe with some of the world’s most accomplished musicians, including John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Jason Rebello and Martin Taylor. This highly charismatic and impressive musician fuses African, Brazilian, modern jazz and contemporary tunes into a wonderfully unique and enjoyable sound. Accompanying Antonio this evening will be an international rhythm section featuring Matheus Nova (Brazil)-bass and Emiliano Caroselli (Italy)-drums. This is an extremely rare chance to hear Antonio in a trio setting and promises to be an exceptional gig from three incomparable musicians.

“Antonio Forcione [is] a performer of world class status…forceful and with an enviable technique, he takes the guitar to new levels of expression combining its melodic powers with dramatic percussive effects…the results are quite spectacular”. The Stage “[Forcione]...a guitar genius" Three Weeks Magazine




9:30PM 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



9:30PM Matt is a lovely, melodic, alto saxophonist who performs in the classic bebop style. One of those players who studied at Berklee College of Music in America, his impressive technique and liquid sound are testament to a fine talent, and he has worked with, among others, Ian Shaw, Peter King, Norma Winstone, Jamie Cullum and Sax Appeal, the latter with which he often performs when not leading his own groups. His writing is also superlative and this great six-piece band, boasting a three-horn front line, is quite brilliant. The music is a wonderfully engaging mix of classic jazz standards and beautifully arranged originals performed by some of the finest players on the scene. As well as Matt on sax the line up also includes fellow saxophonist Steve Main, UK trumpet star Martin Shaw, the highly regarded pianist Leon Greening and the top flight rhythm section of Dave Chamberlain (bass) and Matt Skelton (drums).  A terrific jazz gig from some really exceptional players. 

“Elegant and affectionately crafted… the soloing is very high class” The Guardian



1:30PM GCGC (Godalming Community Gospel Choir) is a 100-strong choir based in Surrey, directed by former 606 Gospel Group regular Hermione Thomas. The choir were one of just six finalists in the BBC 2015 Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year competition, and have won many local accolades. Their style is a mix of contemporary and traditional UK and US gospel. Sadly, much as we would like, the stage at the 606 is not able to accommodate all 100 so today we will be featuring, from that larger group, a smaller group of singers who perform regularly at monthly gospel brunches. Also featured will be the excellent singer and Choir director Hermione Thomas, an experienced and excellent performer well known to our regular Gospel audiences. And don’t forget this is our family day, so children are more than welcome.


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8:30PM 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, the up-and-coming guitarist Richie Aikman, bass player Sonny Winslow and young drum talent Ally McDougal. 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



8:30PM Well, this promises to be a lot of fun. KoGo are the latest, and to my mind one of the best, of the new crop of Jazz/Groove bands to hit the UK scene of late. Led by the Award-winning singer/songwriter Kate Ockenden (Ko) on keyboards and vocals along with husband Geoff Ockenden (Go) on 6-string bass, this is a powerful, sophisticated take on contemporary Groove and R&B that deserves attention. A successful TV and film composer, regularly working for the likes of BBC2, CBBC, CBeebies and Sky TV, Kate has written copious amounts of production music for EMI and scored several independent feature films and documentaries. She won the Yamaha Youth Pop and Rock Awards in 1994, was a finalist in the 2005 BBC New Talent Competition and most recently won the Jazz/Blues category of the UK Songwriting Contest. So it's fair to say she knows what she's doing! As well as KoGo she tours regularly with Britain's Got Talent finalist Julian Smith, is mother to two young children and in her spare time(!) teaches music production, composition and performance at Worcester and Wolverhampton Universities. An in-demand bass player for more than 20 years, Geoff includes work at numerous venues around the country, including regular appearances at Ronnie Scott’s as well as underpinning shows with artists including Chaka Kahn, the aforementioned Julian Smith, Nigel Kennedy, The Average White Band, The Real Thing, Womack and Womack and Ruby Turner. The KoGo Project itself was founded in the summer of 2014 inspired, as Kate puts it  "by a yearning to create honest, original jazz-funk music and perform it live". Although both Kate and Geoff have over 20 years experience of writing and performing this is their first venture together and very impressive it is too. Their debut album "Do It", released in 2016, has been extremely well received, attracting the attention of the likes of Michael McDonald "Brilliant", Bill Sharpe (Shakatak) "Great" as well as Jazz FM. Making up the rest of the band for this evening's show will be Chris Aldridge (Gary Barlow, US3)-sax and Will Morris-drums.

“...knockout, the evening over before you knew it”  Jazz Journal; “Kate Ockenden delivered soulful vocals and funky Rhodes…the standard of playing was excellent throughout...[an] infectious mix of jazz, funk and soul.”The JazzMann




8:30PM Winner of The Musicians’ Company’s Young Jazz Musician Award 2016-17, Daniel Casimir is undoubtedly one of the rising young lions of his generation. He attended the Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Course between 2008-2012, studying with legendary bassist Dave Holland and graduating with first class honours. Of his performance at the Trondheim jazz festival in a project with US sax star Chris Potter, critic Jon Turney said he “did everything a bass player should, cruising with the orchestra, responding creatively to the soloists, duetting impressively with Potter…” After graduating from Birmingham Daniel decided to move to London and complete a Masters at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, supported by scholarships from the Savile Club and Help Musicians. Since getting his Masters, Daniel has performed at the likes of Ronnie Scott’s and the Southbank Centre with the artists such as Julian Joseph, Jason Rebello, Benet Mclean, Lonnie Liston Smith and Nathaniel Facey. He also performs and records with Tom Harrison (‘Unfolding in Tempo’), Jasmine Power (‘Stories and Rhymes’), Camilla George (‘Isang’) and Art Blakey saxophonist Jean Toussaint. Daniel is probably best known here at the Club as the regular bass player with the Clark Tracey Quintet, with whom he has recorded two albums, ‘Meantime’ and ‘Jubilation’.  Tonight Daniel will be performing material from his first release as a bandleader "Escapee" (dedicated to his young son's escapological abilities!) recently released under the cutting edge Jazz Re:freshed label. This is a terrific project highlighting Daniel's writing and arranging and featuring a number of the finest young musicians on the scene, including Sarah Tandy-piano, James Copus-trumpet, Tobie Carpenter-guitar, Olly Sarkar-drums and Tess Hirst-vocals. Highly recommended.

“Daniel Casimir, another great musician from that new generation of jazz players coming through big and strong” Giles Peterson, BBC Radio; “Truly incredible” Jazz FM; “The backbone of it all, Daniel Casimir, impresses with his writing ability...incredible chord changes so brilliant in progression” Danger’s Theory



8:30PM 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 wonderful Nigel Price 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







9:30PM Kevin Leo first started singing in public at the age of 13 and by his mid teens already had performances for the BBC and a Royal Command Performance under his belt. At 17 he appeared on TV's Opportunity Knocks (the previous incarnation of "Britain's got Talent"), which led to him working regularly with comedian Michael Barrymore on his live shows. Taking himself off to college to get some solid musical theory behind him, he paid his way by singing backing vocals for the likes of Dionne Warwick, Kool and the Gang, Three Degrees, Joe Longthorne, Meat Loaf and M-People. By his mid 20's he was a well established figure in the London session scene, which led him in to artist development and vocal coaching, working with acts and companies such as David Hasselhoff, Pixie Lott, Olly Murs, Chico, Sugababes, Lemar, Kevin Lyttle, McFly, Sony, BMG, EMI, Virgin, Warner and Universal. More recently he has added songwriting and producing to his impressive talents and if all that wasn't enough he also has 4 solo albums, 4 EP's and 19 singles to his name as well. Although a regular here with other 606 artists, this is a wonderful opportunity to hear this enormously experienced and highly regarded singer perform at the Club with his own fantastic band, featuring Lex Cameron-keyboards/vocals, Gianluca Chiarella-guitar, Alexis Countouris-bass, Chris Morris-drums and Yvonne Park-vocals.

"KevinLeo...fabulous" Skiddle.com



9:30PM 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 Dave Archer on guitar, Fergus Ireland on bass, Will Cleasby on drums 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



1:30PM Born in Chiswick, Catherine spent her formative years in the North and then in Spain before returning to London where she spent eight years performing lead roles in musical theatre. Her introduction to jazz singing was at an invitation to perform with the great jazz pianist Pete Churchill and since then she has worked regularly with some of the finest jazz musicians in town, appearing at the Spice of Life, the Vortex, Pizza on the Park, the Pheasantry, Pizza Express Dean Street, the Belvedere Jazz Club, Annie’s Jazz Club and St. Ants Jazz Club. Drawing on influences such as Anita O'Day, Patricia Barber, Barbra Streisand and Peggy Lee, with a nod toward Hoagy Carmichael, Catherine is a charismatic singer with a warm expressive tone that she uses to expertly create moods from sultry to joyous. Besides a repertoire that includes jazz classics/blues and Latin, she also writes and performs her own songs and is a featured vocalist with two big bands - the John Ongom Big Band and MOJO. Her latest album, ‘Stories and Lies’, is due for release on 1st September 2017 and she tells us she will "do some of the songs from my new album plus some better known standards". Accompanying Catherine this afternoon will be Gabriel Keen-piano, his brother Alex Keen-bass (talented family!) and Jason Campbell-drums.

“versatile talent…entertaining." Phil Church, The Belvedere Jazz Club


Then in the evening:


8:30PM Probably best known for his work as the original lead singer/guitarist with The Average White Band, Hamish has had an illustrious career as both songwriter and performer. He has worked with the likes of Diana Ross, George Benson and Chaka Khan (for whom he wrote the No. 1 chart hit ‘Whatcha Gonna Do For Me’) culminating in six years with the Paul McCartney Band. Although still guesting in other people’s bands since ’94 he has also led his own group, which is a supergroup in every sense of the word and very much out of the R&B tradition, although considerably more sophisticated than the 70’s version. For many years Hamish played monthly here at the Club and his performance at our 40th Anniversary Festival last year was a highlight of the celebration for many. He continues to be highly active on the scene, working not only with his own band but making guest appearances with the likes of Ringo Starr and Bill Wyman and was seen at the Club last year with the band "360", featuring his old AWB sparring partners Molly Duncan and Steve Ferrone. Hamish is very much musical “family” to us here and this gig is always a little “special”, not only for the audience but for us too and we are truly looking forward to welcoming him back. Booking definitely advised.

“We love Stuart, the funky ex-Average White Band singer and rhythm guitarist with Chaka Khan, George Benson etc. He's still playing a superior blend of soul and jazz with a great band while his voice has that unique smoky soul allure.” Time Out




8:30PM Last year around this time we celebrated our 40th Anniversary by putting on a series of gigs here at the Club featuring 3/4 artists a night for 10 nights. Although we don't have anything particular to celebrate this year (well, not really, more of that later) I missed the fun and camaraderie of these evenings so thought it would be nice to reproduce them on an occasional basis. So tonight we will be featuring not one but four great artists who perform here regularly at the Club, supported by a rhythm section of some of the finest players around, seen here on the last Friday of every month with my band Samara. Renowned throughout the UK, Europe and the USA the multi-award-winning saxophonist Tim Whitehead is a remarkable performer and composer with a dazzling CV. From work in the 70’s with Ian Carr’s “Nucleus (winning the Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award on the way) and the 80's with groundbreaking big band Loose Tubes 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 he 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. One of the most creative and striking performers working on the UK scene, Gwyneth Herbert's remarkable voice is something quite special, bringing sophistication to her singer/songwriter material, and a wonderful “edge” to the occasional cover. Since her first CD “Bittersweet and Blue”, released 10 years ago, she has gone on to produce an immensely impressive series of CDs featuring her brilliant songs. And not content with being one of the finest singer/songwriters in the country (really) she has also won two prestigious theatrical awards for her music, had them queuing around the block at the Rochester Jazz Festival in New York, written a song-cycle about the sea which debuted at the Aldeburgh Festival and provided the music for "The A-Z of Mrs P". Last year alone saw “A Note to the New Government” commissioned by The London Sinfonietta and The Royal Philharmonic Society, two musical collaborations with artist Mel Brimfield and a new theatrical Song Cycle "The Rhythm Method". Quite brilliant. Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Liliana Chachian is generally recognized as one of the finest Brazilian singers in Europe. This enormously experienced performer’s work as both singer and composer, has led her to collaborations with the likes of the iconic Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira and Weather Report’s drummer Dom Um Romão as well as work with artists such as The Pet Shop Boys and Snowboy. She co-wrote the first “Da Lata” album that took her on an extensive world tour, performing in major festivals and venues from New York to China and most countries in Europe. Best known at the Club for her work with her own band Olumo and as the singer with the Brazilian "house" band Samara, she delivers a powerful, rhythmic set in her native Brazilian Portuguese in a way in that only a Brazilian brought up with the music since childhood can achieve. The first artist ever to win two BBC Jazz Awards in the same year, for Best Vocalist and Best of Jazz, Liane Carroll is a dynamic vocalist and pianist whose amazing talent has been captivating audiences around the world for some years now. A featured performer at the Glastonbury Festival her albums have been received with universal acclaim and led to an hour-long special on BBC TV. Her CDs have garnered impressive reviews, “magical” (Guardian), “brilliant” (Observer), "gorgeous" and "heartfelt". A world-class performer, her powerful blues-tinged voice combined with strong piano playing and exciting infectious material, not to mention a wicked sense of humour, make her a truly remarkable performer. Quite a lineup. And although I mentioned that this wasn't to celebrate anything in particular, it is actually my birthday this month (not today!), so there may be just a touch of that in there somewhere as well. Booking advised!

“Whitehead...the finest tenor player in Britain today'' Jazz Review; “Herbert…a remarkably gifted performer” Guardian; . “Chachian…the melodious and brilliant Brazilian vocalist” Straight no Chaser; “Liane Carroll...she seems in some magical way to be made out of music” The Observer




8:00PMDAN 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

9:45PM 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



8:30PM With their dedication to what they like to refer to as “Swamp Soul” this brilliant 6-piece Americana band, with their unique mixture of New Orleans Groove and Funk, bring the rhythm and soul of the deep south (that's Louisiana, not Brighton...) alive. As well as a Jazz/Groove/Blues rhythm section second to none the band also features the brilliant singer/pianist Arthur Lea, who includes a US solo recording and work with the likes of Bootleg Brass and Soweto Kinch on a massive and eclectic cv. And the rest of the band is equally as impressive.  Drummer Pat Levett includes work with Ian Shaw, The Puppini Sisters and the Ronnie Scott's All Stars, saxophonist Anna Kirby includes performances at the Coachella, Terminal 5–New York and Glastonbury festivals as well as TV and radio sessions for MTV, BBC, and Channel 4, guitarist Nat Martin has recently been performing and recording with the likes of Katie Leone (Incognito) and the award-winning Jo Harman as well as with his own band, and bass player Andrew McKinney has performed with the likes of Beverley Knight, Omar, Jamelia and LL Cool J as well as being the regular bass player with the JTQ (James Taylor Quartet) and head of bass studies at BIMM.  If their last gig here is anything to go by this highly impressive line-up are guaranteed to raise the roof.

"From time to time I stumble on a band that totally blows me away...The sound they have put down is perfect" Craig Charles - BBC Radio 2; "Like the blues legends he admires, Arthur Lea is not only a great singer and songwriter – he’s also a fantastic showman" Evening Standard



8:30PM Award-winning flautist/pianist/composer Eddie Parker first came to prominence as one of the founding members and contributing composers for the seminal UK big band of the 1980’s, Loose Tubes. In the early 90’s Eddie became an important part of South African pianist/composer Bheki Mseleku’s band before forming the first of his own groups, touring and recording throughout the 90’s. Since then he has been featured in numerous bands, including Django Bates’s “Delightful Precipice” as well as his own “Twittering Machine” (my band name of the month!) and most recently “Turning World”. Generally considered one of the finest jazz flautists in international music he includes numerous Festival performances including Le Mans (France), Molde (Norway), Copenhagen (Denmark), Wiesen (Austria), and Guimarães (Portugal) on an impressive list. Eddie is also an accomplished composer with a number of commissions to his name as well as teaching credits including Senior Lecturer in Jazz at Middlesex University and PRS Composer in Education at Cheltenham International Festival of Music. He has been active as a respected educator for many years and is currently Director of the innovative and highly successful jazz and improvisation education company, Impro Integrated Music Projects. Tonight Eddie is bringing his fabulous new quartet “Airborn” to the Club, featuring Eddie on both flute and keyboard along with Rob Luft on guitar, Dave Mannington on bass and Martin France on drums performing both his own compositions alongside material from the likes of John McLaughlin, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Jan Garbarek and Keith Jarrett. As Eddie says "Expect some incredible playing, beautiful sounds and an amazing level of telepathy from this new band".

"World class flautist, fine composer, inspiring band leader”The Times; “Eddie Parker’s flute is fast becoming one of the UK’s most important popular jazz voices” Time Out



9:30PM Beverley has had a career in the music industry that is the stuff that dreams are made of. As well as being a first call singer for numerous high profile projects she has also been a pivotal member of ex-Rolling Stones’ bassist Bill Wyman’s project Rhythm Kings, playing and touring with them since the mid-1990s. Bill said of her contribution to their music, “she turned out to be my biggest find of all – putting another dimension into our songs”. However, her CV is also loaded with the names of dozens of well-known pop, soul and dance acts with whom she’s recorded including Robbie Williams, Will Young, M People, Tina Turner, Aswad, Jimmy Cliff, Neneh Cherry, Jamiroquai, ABC and Dido. Her live credits are also extensive, including the likes of Elton John, Chaka Khan, Georgie Fame, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones and Johnny Cash. She’s also worked on numerous film and TV projects including the movie “Love Actually”, and if all that wasn’t enough has found the time to release five solo albums. It’s fair to say that Beverley’s talent and versatility have put her in a class that few can equal. For her 606 date she has put together a standout band, including Nathan O'Borne-guitar, Adam Saunders-piano, Chris Dodd-bass and Graham Cuttill-drums. And if all that wasn’t enough, she’s also asked the wonderful singer Kevin Leo to join her to help make the night just that little bit more special. This gig is an opportunity to get up close to one of the UK scene’s great singers and her truly impressive Friends.

“Beverley Skeete…came into her own with a perfectly paced version of James Brown’s ‘It’s a Man’s Man’s World’.” LondonJazz News



9:30PM Brandon is an expat Australian saxophonist who has made quite an impression on the scene since taking up residence in London. A leading soloist in several jazz orchestras back home he also led his own successful group before decamping to Europe in 2002. His wonderfully fluent and incisive sax playing has been heard in prestigious venues all over Europe and at numerous festivals around the world, including the Womad World Music Festival, Reading Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, The Vittoria and Terrassa Jazz Festivals in Spain, Manly Jazz Festival in Australia and the London Jazz Festival. In London alone he has performed with the likes of Eric Clapton, Mica Paris, Jools Holland, BBC Big Band and Omar, which gives you an idea of just how good he is! Brandon is also the founder & Artistic Director of the Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival, adding a further string to his bow. Tonight Brandon will be bringing his scintillating three-horn front line sextet to the Club, featuring some of the finest musicians on the UK jazz scene, including the award-winning saxophonist Sam Mayne, the multi award-winning Mark Nightingale on trombone and the powerhouse rhythm section of Ross Stanley on piano, Sam Burgess on bass and Chris Higginbottom on drums. Absolutely not to be missed, this one.

“Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today” Jazzwise; "Nightingale...possesses a prodigious technique coupled with a fully rounded...sound that lifts the music well off the paper...it was written on" LondonJazz News;"Mayne's saxophone explorations possessed faultless inner logic, a remarkable feat." Guardian



1:30PM Over the last few years Gareth Lockrane has established himself as one of the finest jazz flautists in Europe, with a string of high profile appearances alongside the likes of the James Taylor Quartet, Natalie Williams and the late, great, Bheki Mseleku. It is a measure of Gareth’s growing international standing that he was named “Rising Star on Flute” in the prestigious Downbeat Critics Poll (USA), just one of many awards and accolades he’s received. This afternoon Gareth will be fronting his 18-piece Big Band that will perform mainly his arrangements of a mix of originals and the odd classic jazz standard, many of which are featured on the band's latest CD "Fistfight at the Barndance" recently released on Whirlwind Records. Given Gareth’s standing on the UK scene it’s not surprising that his Big Band attracts some of the finest players around and this afternoon is no exception, featuring a host of high profile award-winning musicians including Sam Mayne, James Gardiner-Bateman, Richard Shepherd, Barnaby Dickinson, Trevor Mires, Mark Nightingale, Tom Walsh, Steve Fishwick, Henry Collins, Mike Outram, Ryan Trebilcock, Tristan Maillot, Hugh Wilkinson... A rare gig by this truly exceptional Big Band and not to be missed.

“Lockrane’s flute work is exceptional, combining a relaxed fluidity with an acute adventurousness…...very special indeed” Jazzwise; “…formidable” Guardian; “…brilliant” Observer; “Flute phenomenon” Evening Standard; “…breathtaking…dazzling…” AllAboutJazz


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8:30PM WAYNE HERNANDEZ is one of those fantastic singers who has been using his considerable talents for many years to make others sound good. Hugely successful within the music business he has worked with Tina Turner, Tori Amos, Blur, Grover Washington, Roberta Flack and Madonna. He has also toured extensively with Kool and the Gang, Regina Bell and most recently Billy Ocean, and is one of the singers with the band Gorillaz (oh, that guy!). With an Afro-Cuban heritage that includes work to this day with the London Community Gospel Choir, along with living in New York for a number of years, Wayne describes his music as “…a living fusion of music styles from the Black music scene”. Also a well-established songwriter and producer, this multi-talented artist delivers a simply brilliant set of powerful groove music with an impressive eight-piece band of hand-picked musicians, including guitar, sax and backing vocals, that define the word “soul”.

“...it was clear that Wayne had a very special talent, his voice, it was simply breathtaking” Livemusic.fm



8:30PM Jamie is a versatile guitarist who is equally adept performing either jazz or rock with unnerving ease and it’s easy to see why he was won BBC Radio's "guitarist of the year competition" at the age of 19. As one of the most vibrant younger players on the London scene he has collaborated with artists such as Roisin Murphy, Mica Paris, Ed Drewett and Kid Creole but is probably best known her at the Club for his regular appearances here as the guitarist for vocalist Purdy. Recently he has also been increasingly active as an educator, presenting master classes for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the International Guitar Foundation and many music schools throughout the UK. Tonight Jamie has put together a special gig of "two halves". Supported by three quite brilliant musicians, Jim Watson on piano, Nick Walsh on bass and Chris Draper on drums he will showcase the "jazzier" side of his extensive repertoire in the first set, and then he will be inviting his special guests The London Horns - Barnaby Dickinson-trombone, Jim Knight-sax and George Hogg-trumpet to join him on the stand for a seriously "groove" based second set. Jamie has gone from strength to strength as a musician, composer and bandleader and it is with great pleasure that we once again welcome him back to the Club. This promises to be a brilliant night from one of the UK's most talented guitarists.

“McCredie's lead playing is dynamic and perfectly judged…excellent.” AllAboutJazz; “McCredie…cool guitarist” Time Out



8:00PM ARTIE ZAITZ A scholarship recipient at Trinity College of Music, Artie hails from a family of musicians. His Dad is guitarist Jake Zaitz, seen regularly here at the Club with Blues legend Dana Gillespie, so it comes as no surprise that he was exposed to the sounds of jazz from an early age. He first came to our attention here at the Club, several years ago now, making quite an impression "sitting in" with Jake and the guys in Dana's band (something which he still does regularly) and he tells us he first came to the attention of Ronnie Scott's Late Show when he was regularly thrown out for being underage! Since graduating, though, he has become a regular feature at many of the top Jazz venues across London, regularly performing at the likes of Ronnie Scott's Late Late Show and The Kansas Smitty's Club and is the choice guitarist for a number of high profile musicians and singers, keeping up a busy schedule as a sideman around the UK jazz scene and beyond. Tonight Artie will be appearing at the Club with his "Hammond Combo", paying homage to the Blue Note recordings of the 60's era that he so loves, featuring the brilliant Hammond organist Ross Stanley, jazz-scene favourite Steve Brown on drums, and veteran of the Latin scene Dave Pattman on percussion. Over to Artie for a description of the band and music - "a quartet of four of London's most grooving, swinging musicians in an organ-based band, playing original blues-drenched tunes as well as arrangements of soul jazz & latin classics...a boogaloo extravaganza". Now that you can't miss! A rare talent.

“Cool-school jazz from emerging guitar talent Zaitz, whose John Scofield-ish sound takes in some loping New Orleans shuffles and moody cinematic themed originals” Time Out; “guitarist wizz Artie Zaitz…one of the guys…with a god given talent” Blues & Soul

9:45PM JAZZ FROM THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC WITH THE ALISTAIR MARTIN BAND This gig is being presented in collaboration with The Royal Academy of Music, and is part of the Club’s ongoing policy of providing a platform for younger musicians. Tonight the featured musician will be trumpeter Alistair Martin and his excellent band.



8:30PM Stan Tracey CBE (1926-2013) an old friend of the Club, was an outstanding figure in the jazz world whose distinguished career spanned six decades of remarkable creativity. A highly influential and stimulating musical voice he inspired not only his peers, but each successive generation of musicians with whom he worked. To celebrate what would have been Stan's 90th year drummer Clark Tracey, who had 35 years working with his father's various bands, has been showcasing his groups around the country. This evening we celebrate Stan's Octet which, with the exception of outstanding newcomer Nadim Teimoori (Stan’s last choice of front man in his quartet), and pianist Mark Edwards the group is made up of original members of the Octet who appeared on the last two recordings. The octet, which was originally formed by Stan over forty years ago, will perform compositions from various suites, including a selection of Stan's later music as well as his earlier output. In addition to Clark, who will be directing proceedings, the Octet is made up of some of the country's finest musicians: Mark Armstrong-trumpet, Mark Nightingale- trombone, Sam Mayne-alto sax, Simon Allen-tenor sax, Nadim Teimoori-tenor/soprano sax, Mark Edwards-piano and Andrew Cleyndert-bass. This promises to be a very special night dedicated to one of the UK's greatest Jazz musicians. Booking advised.

“Clark Tracey...one of the most impressive jazz drummers in Britain today” The Times




8:30PM  Adam Glasser is a fluent and impressive jazz pianist leaning towards the “township” feel of his South African background. However, in more recent years, as well as continuing and developing his piano playing, he has reinvented himself as one of Europe’s leading jazz chromatic harmonica players. And just in case you think of the harmonica as the thing that wild-eyed musicians beat into submission on blues gigs, then you must check out this gig, a virtuoso on the instrument Adam’s playing is eloquent, subtle and constantly inventive. He has released two critically acclaimed recordings, winning the “Best Modern Jazz Album” award at the 2010 South African Music Awards with his wonderful album “Free at First” while the follow-up, “Mzansi” was also short listed by SAMA in 2012 for “Best Jazz Album”. Adam has performed or recorded with a wide range of artists including Sting, Joe Zawinul, the Eurythmics, Incognito and most recently the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera. In 2014 Adam had the honour of playing several piano dates with iconic SA musician Hugh Masekela, which included the opening of the Commonwealth Games. Tonight Adam's Special Guest is fellow Chromatic Harmonica player, the Award-winning Mathias Heise. At 24, Danish harmonica virtuoso Mathias Heise is emerging as a leading exponent of the chromatic mouth organ on the International stage. “World Chromatic Harmonica Champion” at the 2013 Hohner Festival in Trossingen, he has since released 2 acclaimed albums with his 4-piece fusion band Quadrillion who have performed internationally from the 2016 Penang Island Jazz Festival in Malaysia to a recent tour of the Czech Republic. Recently recognised as an outstanding musician in his own country, in 2016 Mathias received one of Denmark’s most prestigious arts prizes for new talent, the Crown Prince's Star Award. Mathias's latest, highly acclaimed, album ‘Decadence’ is distributed in the UK by Discovery Records. Adam and Mathias met in London earlier this year and got on so well personally and musically that a joint gig seemed to be the obvious thing to do. And so the “Summit” was born. Supported by an impressive rhythm section of Michael De Souza-guitar, Geoff Gascoyne-bass, and Tristan Maillot-drums, Adam will be playing both piano and harmonica, creating a unique frontline of two chromatic harmonica players, a line up I can pretty much guarantee will be absolutely unique! This is a wonderful opportunity to hear these two great exponents of the chromatic harmonica explore a selection of each other’s compositions as well finding common ground by improvising on well-known standards. Not to be missed.

"[Adam Glasser]... has brought a truly unique voice and idiom to the constantly evolving language of jazz... a challenge to equal for sheer scope of virtuosity, musicality and surprise" AllAboutJazz; "the virtuosity and panache associated with practitioners on more conventional instruments…a wholly impressive evening's music from a man in complete control of his considerable resources"VortexJazz; "Mathias Heise....plays the chromatic harmonica with the pinpoint articulation of a flute.....really something.....gorgeous" Guardian; "Heise...great vibe....scene-stealing....performance..... destined for bigger stages across Europe" LondonJazz News




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






1:30PM Eileen is not only a wonderful vocalist with a lovely, breathy delivery but also a highly accomplished musician, being fluent on both piano and flute. She has worked at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Regents Park Open Air Theatre and of course the 606, where she was a regular for many years (though not so much lately as she is now also Mrs. Steve Brookstein and a mum). Signed to Jive Records in 2003, just prior to the label’s acquisition by BMG, her first CD “I Miss the Sky” was finally completed and released through radio station Jazz FM in 2009, who received the album as a demo and were so impressed they decided to put it out on their own imprint, Clifford Street Records. Today Eileen will be showcasing her latest project "A Tribute to Blossom Dearie" which will feature her performing both originals and classic jazz standards made famous by this iconic US artist. And if we're lucky husband Steve Brookstein may even sing a couple too! Aiding and abetting her today will be Naadia Sheriff-piano, Rob Rickenberg-bass and Nick Smalley-drums. A talented and impressive performer we don’t hear enough of!

“Eileen has it all…” Tina May; “This album is fantastic! Eileen not only provides an inspiring vocal performance but she is an amazing musician” Jazz FM


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8:30PM Noel 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)! Tonight Noel will be playing with his 4-piece band featuring Tim Cansfield-guitar, Henry Thomas-bass and Nic France-drums. The music is a mix of really great “groove” based originals and some classic groove standards performed in his own, fiery, high energy way. So, if you appreciate creative songwriting coupled with a charismatic vocal delivery, be sure to attend what promises to be a “Groove” extravaganza.

“…spine tingling” Guardian; “…a confident, individual voice, graceful and dynamic." Independent on Sunday



8:30PM Well, this is a treat. US born-and-raised singer/pianist Doña Oxford will be returning to the Club fresh from a successful summer of festivals and European club dates. Born in New York City to a trumpet-playing Episcopal Priest and an ex-cabaret singer mother Doña was destined to become a musician. After studying classical piano through her school years in upstate New York she began singing and acting extensively in both regional and Off-Broadway plays, and at 17 she applied and was accepted to New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied drama. While in college Doña began working as a waitress at the now-defunct Lone Star Café, a legendary New York City meeting ground for the blues and roots music elite, and was soon sitting in at the open-mic nights there. It was at one of those sessions that Doña met Arthur Neilson, a veteran guitarist who had played with everyone from Cyndi Lauper to Otis Rush, forming a band with him called Oxford Blues that was formative in developing her love of "Roots", Soul and Boogie Woogie music that she performs so effectively today. They toured the Northeast regularly, eventually releasing a self-produced CD that garnered impressive reviews. In addition to performing with her own band Doña's reputation as an impressive sideman was rapidly growing, and it wasn't long before she was being asked to work as a singer/pianist with some of the finest musicians around. Her CV these days reads like a who's who of popular music, including work with the likes of Keith Richards, Van Morrison, Buddy Guy, Levon Helm, Lonnie Brooks, Shirley Dixon and her idol, former Chuck Berry sideman and father of rock & roll piano, Johnnie Johnson. Now based in LA, California, as well as extensive touring around her native USA Doña's impressive playing and singing has been heard worldwide, including Canada, Europe and Japan. She has produced six albums under her own name and will be performing material from her latest, critically acclaimed, CD "Live...And Loud!!" this evening. A high-energy performer with a powerful delivery and stunning piano technique Doña imbues every song, from ballad to rip roaring classic, with a unique style and delivery. She is promising to bring to the Club this evening a show that is a mixture of "Roots", R&B, Soul and some of the most remarkable Boogie Woogie piano playing you are ever likely to see!  A rare chance to see this terrific performer with her own band that also features James Beck on guitar & vocals, Jim Williams-guitar/percussion & vocals, Phil Mann on bass & vocals and Sam Roberts on drums.

" ...Carole King meets The Rolling Stones" Fortune Magazine; "The next big thing in music" Ewan McGregor; "If she's not coming near you, you need to move" Joe Bonamassa, "Musician's Cooler"




8:30PM One of the most talented singer/songwriters of her generation, there's a great deal more to Anoushka Lucas than just "a girl with a guitar". Hailing from Hammersmith, West London, as this multi-instrumentalist (she also plays very good piano) describes it "...my childhood was mainly hijacked by my dad's attempts to educate me in Jazz, Country, Rock and MGM musicals. All in one go." After graduating from Oxford with a degree in languages (Italian and Russian, which included spending some interesting time in Russia) Anoushka decided to pursue the great love of her life, music. She started with an EP released in 2009 that showcased her terrific, pure and characterful voice and which served as a springboard for a more adventurous second EP, released in 2011, entitled "Left to my Own Devices" what featured her inventive, musical and witty compositions. At the same time she started to collaborate with playwright Che Walker, which has led to her working as a composer on a number of productions with him, as well as artists such as Omar and legendary producer Stephen Rinkoff. She was featured at the first ever Love Supreme Festival in 2013 as the winner of their "Discovery" competition and more recently has been touring and performing both as a solo artist and with her band. She continues to write music for the theatre, contributing all the music to Che's latest piece, “The Etienne Sisters” which premiered at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. In a style that has been described as "sultry, sensual and sassy" this incredibly talented artist will be performing this evening both solo and with the impressive bass player Rio Kai. She is promising to unveil some brand new material, which should make the evening even more exciting and rewarding. If you want to know what's happening at the cutting edge of the songwriting world, this is unquestionably the gig to be at.

"When first watching her perform, it was clear to all that she had a natural and rich talent and was confident enough in it to just simply... sing! She has a beautiful tone to her voice" Neil Cowley (Love Supreme); “[Anoushka Lucas] you just get the sense there is real creativity going on...she's got it all" Nigel Williams, Jazz FM


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