Gig Guide

28April
2017

Byron Wallen's 'Four Corners'

Byron Wallen's 4 Corners presents 'Anthem For Woolwich'

This suite of pieces is a symbol of the unity and vitality of Woolwich. An anthemic testament to a part of London often vilified and dismissed.

The project was conceived in 2013, sitting in the central square in Woolwich surrounded by such a diverse array of people. This unique composition will bring music from different worlds together which will in turn have the potential to inspire and bring people together.

Born of Belizean parents and raised in London, Byron's international adventures into straight ahead and world jazz have taken his name and music afar, not only with four acclaimed albums (winning awards and nominations from the BBC and the MOBO Awards), but playing alongside legendary musicians such as Andrew Hill, Sam Rivers,Mulatu Astatke, George Benson, Red Snapper,Jack Dejohnette and King Sunny Ade.

Widely recognized as a seminal figure in jazz, constantly travelling the world teaching, performing and composing. Byron is an acclaimed writer and producer whose original music has been commissioned by the Science Museum; PRS, BBC, Jerwood Foundation, Southbank Centre, National Theatre, Arts Council, FIFA, Sage Gateshead, Birmingham Arts, Plymouth University. He has also composed soundscapes for Universal Pictures, Warner Bros and Game of Thrones.

Features Rob Luft - Guitar, Paul Michael - Bass, Rod Young - Drums.

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05May
2017

Stefania Arcieri Ensemble

Stefania Arcieri Ensemble: Views

Stefania Arcieri on vocals, Gareth Lockrane on flutes, Nathaniel Facey on alto sax, Sam Leak on piano, Dario Di Lecce on double bass, Shane Forbes on drums

The Stefania Arcieri Ensemble is a new project which brings together some of the most creative and impressive artists on the London scene and beyond: profound and distinct personalities meet harmoniously developing unique sonorities. With this band Stefania will be presenting music from the album "Views - Shapes and Hues of Some Impressions" which introduces her as a singer as well as a composer. The album includes different ensemble combinations, from quartet to septet, reflecting wide stylistic multiplicities, blending various sounds, hues, dynamics mainly inspired by contemporary jazz & latin worlds.

"Views" describes an intense encounter between harmonies, textures and perspectives, expressed through a multicoloured mixture of timbres. Here the role of the singer is particular: the voice melts with the other instruments in the arranged sections and all the sounds move from moments of bright blooming energy to others of grace and intimacy, proceeding between vigorous melodic lines and elegant dreamy paths. Eveything is enriched by the sensitivity and singular flair of every artist in the band.

This stunning extraordinary line-up will deliver a fervent and thrilling performance, for a night full of exciting improvisations, interplay, uniqueness.

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11May
2017

Jam at The Crypt

Thursday 11th May - Jam at The Crypt. Doors Open 8pm. Entry Free. Music From 8.30pm

The start of a new Crypt project open to all musicians and jazz fans alike. This specially structured and themed jam session offers the opportunity to play alongside top UK musicians. Tonight's house band is Mick Foster: Alto and Baritone sax, Simon Purcell: Piano, Conor Chaplin: Double bass, Dave Wickins: Drums and our very own Arnaud Guichard: Tenor and Baritone sax.

The first part features the house band playing a set focussing on two 'cool jazz' albums: Gerry Mulligan meets Ben Webster and Gerry Mulligan meets Johnny Hodges. Followed by an open jam where all musicians are welcome to perform a tune.

12May
2017

Azhaar and Global Wave

Azhaar and Global Wave

"Global Wave do just what the label says, world rhythms , funky grooves, jazz textures, songs from the heart. Just what we need to surf this unpredictable new world!"

Azhaar made her reputation fronting and co-writing for the popular Brazilian jazz group Sirius B. Their album on Freestyle Records was voted no 1 of that year on Jazz FM and in the Japanese Brazilian charts. In 2009 she released her jazz quartet album Out There on 33 Records launched at Londons 606 Club.

She has performed all over Europe,including international festival as such as Montreux , Mai Jazz, Brecon, Glastonbury.

After an absence travelling and touring South America, Azhaar returns with her new project Global Wave, described as new world jazz. Based on original compositions, inspired by her travels. The music follows on from Sirius B and embraces Latin, Brazilian , Swing, African, Arabic and Funk.

She is in the process of recording the first album with Global Wave, featuring Azhaar vocals/violin; Jim Blomfield, keyboards; Guillaume Ottaviani bass; Ivan Moreno Percussion; Paolo Adamo drums.

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13May
2017

Balkan Dance Party Featuring Balkanatics

Saturday 13th May - Balkan Dance Party Featuring Balkanatics

The original Balkan brass band from London featuring a mix of British and Balkan musicians with Ion East (sax); Igor Gudzalov (trumpet,vocals ); Chris Batchelor, trumpet; Dave Powell, Tuba; Petro Dewzi, Accordion; Paul Clarvis, ethno drums.

Transport yourself into the Kusturica film "Underground" for a night of Balkan grooves and crazed improvisations.

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19May
2017

Gary Baldwin Trio

Gary Baldwin Trio

Gary Baldwin, hammond organ; Winston Clifford - drums; Simon Fernsby - guitar.

Gary Baldwin first came to prominence with the Tommy Chase Band, since then he has performed with Georgie Fame, Joey De Franscesco, John McLaughlin, Ian Shaw, Benny Green, Jim Mullen, Clark Tracey, Alan Barnes, Guy Barker, Bruce Adams and Ronnie Cuba, as well as being the featured soloist with The Echoes of Ellington Jazz Orchestra.

Studio work includes the acclaimed "Portishead" (Dummy) and "Morcheeba" (Do you have a name). Gary is also a member of the Ronnie Scott All Stars. More recently he was the house organist for the Royal Albert Hall Blues Festival playing with Ronnie Wood, Mick Taylor, Van Morrison and Mick Hucknell.

Gary plays mainly in the tradition of Lonnie Smith, Jimmy McGriff and Groove Holmes, using full bass pedals.

"The British Master of the Hammond Organ". Time Out

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26May
2017

Gareth Lockrane's Grooveyard Unplugged

Gareth Lockrane's Grooveyard Unplugged

Gareth Lockrane (flutes/tunes) Alex Garnett (saxes) Ross Stanley (keyboard) Dave Whitford (bass) Tristan Maillot (drums)

Formed in 2002 with saxophonist Alex Garnett Grooveyard have released two critically acclaimed CD's "PUT THE CAT OUT" and "THE STRUT" and have won the Best European Jazz Group award in the 2003 Granada Jazz Festival. Their 2012 album "THE STRUT" was named Jazz album in the year in MOJO magazine.

As a sideman, Gareth has been involved in many diverse projects - as a key member of the late great Bheki Mseleku's group during his last years from 2005 to 2008 and also with the James Taylor Quartet, Phil Robson's IMS Quintet featuring Mark Turner, The Laurence Cottle's Big Band, and many more.

"The formidable Lockrane ... a stunning display of sharp-accented runs, earthy whoops and constantly refreshed melodic ideas."

John Fordham, The Guardian.

"Lockrane is an exceptional soloist with an improvisatory confidence that's quite startling" Peter Vacher, Jazzwise

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02June
2017

Alina Bzhezhibska's Tribute to Alice and John Coltrane

Internationally renowned jazz harpist Alina Bzhezhinska, award-winning jazz saxophonist Tony Kofi, a diverse bass player/composer Larry Bartley and a virtuoso drummer Joel Prime star in this highly anticipated new show dedicated to one of the most famous couples in Jazz history - Alice and John Coltrane.

They celebrate the double anniversary of Alice Coltrane's birth and death (1937-2007) by performing her original compositions dedicated to her husband along with his famous works "Naima", "Dahomey Dance" and "After The Rain".

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03June
2017

Roger Beaujolais Quartet Album Launch

Roger Beaujolais has been in and around the jazz scene for over 30 years. At first with jump jive supremos 'The Chevalier Brothers' and then leading his own bands after signing to Acid Jazz Records. Since 2000 he has been playing more acoustic jazz and this launch gig is to celebrate his 19th album release 'Sunset'.

Over the years Roger has fitted in many pop sessions with artists as diverse as Robert Plant, Alexander O'Neal, Morrissey, Paul Weller, Shola Ama, Omara Portuondo, Ed Motta, Kirsty MacColl and Fairground Attraction along with many more. He currently also plays with Jerry Dammers' Spatial AKA Orchestra and Mark Nevin.

Roger Beaujolais - vibes, Robin Aspland - piano, Simon Thorpe - bass, Winston Clifford - drums.

(Photo by William Ellis)

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09June
2017

Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet

Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet

IQ featuring Asaf Sirkis (drums/compositions), Sylwia Bialas (voice/compositions), Frank Harrison (piano/keyboards), Kevin Glasgow (electric bass).

The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet is a collaboration between Israeli UK - resident drummer/composer Asaf Sirkis, known for his work with Gwilym Simcock, Jacob Collier, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Garland, Larry Corryel, Asaf Sirkis Trio, and Polish vocalist/composer extraordinaire Sylwia Bialas.

The quartet features London based, Scottish bassist Kevin Glasgow, and the acclaimed Frank Harrison on piano and keyboards (UK).

With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing, this band celebrates original music from both collaborators, covering a wide range of influences such as contemporary classical music, Polish folk, South Indian and Middle Eastern music. The quartet`s latest album "Come To Me" was selected as one of the best albums of 2015 at All About Jazz website.

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10June
2017

Sat 10th June - Balkan Dance Party Featuring Raka Balkan Band

Sat 10th June - Balkan Dance Party Featuring Raka Balkan Band

New band on the block Raka is a Balkan collective bringing you a heavy dose of upbeat tunes from Albania to Bulgaria and everywhere in between.

Traditional Balkan styles fused with new arrangements promises to make you bop 'til you drop!

Featuring Josh Middleton (accordion), Lori Secanska (vocals) and more.

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16June
2017

Georgia Mancio Quartet

Georgia Mancio Quartet

Award-winning jazz vocalist/lyricist Georgia Mancio, has proved herself one of Europe's most original, adventurous and multi-faceted new artists.

She has worked with Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan, Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll, Jason Rebello, Gwilym Simcock, Kate Williams, Darius Brubeck and Bobby Wellins among many others.

She has released many albums and produced presented and performed in five annual editions of ReVoice! - her own universally acclaimed international voice festival.

A true improviser with a boundless and bold imagination, Georgia produces music of beauty, bite and unfailing integrity, embracing a wide-ranging jazz repertoire alongside influences from her Anglo/Italian/Uruguayan heritage and her own original writings.

Georgia Mancio - vocals, Joe Webb - piano, Dave Ohm - drums, (Bass TBC)

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