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606 Jazz Club, Chelsea, London -  Live Music Programme 16th May - 31st May 2024.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Laura Thorne of the 606 Club has forwarded details of forthcoming live jazz events for the second half of May 2024, plus a look forward at events in June and August.

Laura Thorne writes;

Hello all you connoisseurs of culture and lovers of live music – greetings from the 606 in Chelsea, known for presenting the best jazz, soul, Latin, groove, R&B & blues musicians in the UK bar none.

This mail provides details about the Club’s upcoming shows from Thursday 16th to Friday 31 May 2024.

Keep reading for more information about the second half of our May programme or, visit, where there are extended descriptions, photos and video clips for your consumption.

Looking forward to June (and look forward we must!) there are several highlights such as:

Sun 2nd: Vocalist Claire Martin with special guest, Freddie Gavita (trumpet)
“Easily the best British singer of her generation” The Times

Thu 6th: Pianist Jason Rebello ft. saxophonist Pat Clahar
“[Rebello]...contemporary jazz chops in spades” London Jazz

Sat 8th: Jazz FM, MOBO & Parliamentary Jazz Award winner, Saxophonist Binker Golding

Sun 9th: BBC Jazz & Parliamentary Jazz Award-winning vocalist Ian Shaw ft. pianist Jamie Safir “…our finest Jazz singer” Time Out London

Thu 13th/Fri 14th: Shez Raja ft. Guthrie Govan (‘Guitarist of the Year’, Guitarist Magazine)

Wed 19th: Album Launch ‘The Roots Beneath’ – Phil Merriman Trio

Thu 20th: Partikel + Natalie Rozario “Original and at times deeply poignant, this is a big step forward by a group intent on walking down a road less travelled” Kevin Le Gendre

Some of the details of of our June dates are not on the website yet, but they will be as soon as circumstances permit!

Then, coming up on the 2nd and 3rd of August: our annual outdoor weekend at Fulham Palace, Jazz on the Lawn with ‘The Wonder of Stevie’ led by vocalist Noel McCalla & saxophonist Derek Nash (Friday) & clarinettist Adrian Cox (Kansas Smitty’s) & his band ft. vocalist Louise Balkwill on the Saturday. Details here:


606 CLUB – 16-31 MAY 2024 GIG GUIDE


Thu 16th     8:00pm     TONY O’MALLEY    
Tony O’Malley’s brand of Groove and R&B is stunning, with his fabulous, smoky, velvety growl of a voice delivering original material and some covers in his own inimitable fashion. One of the most original and powerful performers on the scene today, if you like contemporary R&B vocals in the Blues Brothers style, then this is definitely for you.
“one of the UK’s hottest properties” Jazzwise;
“pure groove, funky keyboard, growling vocals and soul to spare…O’Malley has it all” Blues & Soul Magazine              

Fri 17th       9:00pm         JAELEE SMALL
A compelling and deeply soulful vocalist with an unrivalled energy in performance, Jaelee Small has been thrilling audiences across the capital and beyond for some years. Balancing her solo career with studio and touring work she includes the likes of The Cinematic Orchestra and ‘Funkshone’ on an impressive cv. Tonight, along with her band Black Hat, she will be performing her show “Sistas of Rare-Groove and Soul”, featuring songs from iconic vocalists including Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan.
“delightful…vocalist Jaelee Small” BBC  

Sat 18th       9:00pm         BRANDON ALLEN QUARTET  
Brandon Allen’s wonderfully fluent and incisive sax playing has been heard with numerous high-profile artists including Eric Clapton, Jools Holland and Kyle Eastwood. Tonight Brandon will be bringing his fantastic quartet to the Club featuring pianist Tim Lapthorn performing new arrangements of jazz standards, plus some of Brandon’s own original material.
“Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today” Jazzwise;
“stunning…world class” Evening Standard

Sun 19th       8:00pm         DANA GILLESPIE & THE LONDON BLUES BAND        
A five-time winner of Blues Connection and Blueprint Magazine’s “Top British Female Blues Vocalist” award, blues singer Dana Gillespie has now entered their Hall of Fame. Appearing with the London Blues Band featuring Dino Baptiste on piano & vocals, Dana’s music is full of style, character and most of all, heart. Quintessential Blues at its very best.
“…she literally beats the pants off anything done by a British bluesman these last 10 years” Essential Blues                                    

Mon 20th       8:00pm         MARTIN SPEAKE
One of the UK’s finest improvisers the Award-winning saxophonist Martin Speake is as comfortable playing the music of Charlie Parker or standards in duet with Ethan Iverson or Indian music with Dharambir Singh and Sarvar Sabri. His always melodic and flowing sax has been heard with a multitude of great bands and artists, from Itchy Fingers, Loose Tubes, Paul Motian & Sam Rivers to Bobo Stenson and The Style Council. The music this evening will feature original music by Martin drawing on a wide range of influences with melody being the driving force. Also featuring Mike Outram guitar.
“One of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent” Jazz Times  

Tue 21st       8:00pm         DAN REINSTEIN WITH ART THEMEN
American born but British educated, saxophonist Dan Reinstein first began playing at the old 606 Club on Kings Road when he was a medical undergraduate, but even then he was an impressive musician. He returned to the US 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 performing, and when he returned to London in the early 2000’s to live and work it was great to hear his fluent, classic hard-bop, muscular sax playing again and the rest, as they say, is history. Tonight, joining Dan will be his special guest Art Themen. An exciting, playful and inventive saxophonist (and former medic!), Art has been a leading light of the British jazz scene for over 50 years.
“[Reinstein]…impressive hard-bop saxophonist” Time Out; “
Themen, a veteran master now, in such eloquent form” Jazzwise;
“Themen…one of the tiny handful of undeniably perfect jazz musicians” Observer

Wed 22nd       8:00pm         HEIDI VOGEL      
As well as lead singer with the The Cinematic Orchestra the remarkable Heidi Vogel’s fluent and powerful, soul influenced vocals have been head with the likes of Bobby McFerrin, Isaac Hayes, Soweto Kinch, Thundercat and Chick Corea. Appearing tonight with her quartet featuring the terrific Ivo Neame-piano, she will be performing her jazz/Latin set, drawing on music from her forthcoming album, “Beijo Partido”. 
“Vogel’s voice is an extraordinarily rich and complex instrument, one that you can easily fall in love with” Jazzwise Magazine

An established artist on the UK and international scene, saxophonist &composer Julian Costello’s show this evening will celebrate the launch of his latest album, “And All the Birds Were Set Free” on 33Jazz Records. Along with Julian on tenor and soprano saxophones the quartet also features John Turville-piano, Andy Hamill-bass & Tom Hooper-drums. And watch out for Julian’s Special Guest, the remarkable, award-winning, vocalist Georgia Mancio.
“highly melodic music” The JazzMann;
“Costello imbues his instrumental pieces with emotion, space and lyricism” London Jazz News;
“Costello…a writer with a talent for inventive and memorable melodies” All About Jazz;
“Mancio…a sublime vocalist” Jazzwise

UK-based Venezuelan pianist Edgar Marcias has established himself as a sought-after pianist in a variety of musical styles, from jazz to salsa. His vast and impressive cv includes work with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, David Murray, Scott Hamilton and Bobby Wellins and tonight he will be showcasing his tribute to the iconic Cuban band The Buena Vista Social Club. The band and the Grammy-winning album of the same name released in 1996 became a worldwide phenomenon, selling over 8 million records. Featuring Chris Bowden-sax, Tom Hill-bass/vocals, Miles Levin-drums & Richard Sealy-percussion this project is Edgar’s “take” on that album, featuring his arrangements of all the classic tracks for a Latin Jazz Quintet. If you like Latin music you will love this!
“Edgar Macias…played superbly throughout” Independent

Sat 25th       9:00pm         TOM SMITH
Twice finalist of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year programme in 2014 and 2016, saxophonist Tom Smith went on to win the Peter Whittingham Development Award from Help Musicians UK in 2018. Since then he’s worked with Grammy Award-winner Maria Schneider, Donny McCaslin (David Bowie) and more. For this 606 show Tom has put together an inspired line-up with a promise of some new material along with a choice selection of jazz standards.
“[Tom Smith] …something really special” London Jazz


Well, this is pretty special, two of the UK’s finest musicians, saxophonist Derek Nash (Jools Holland) and singer Noel McCalla (Manfred Mann), come together to celebrate the music of one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time, Stevie Wonder. Accompanying these two remarkable musicians will be their stellar band, including Neil Angilley (Vanessa Mae)-piano and Tim Cansfield (Bee Gees)-guitar. Unique and powerful.
“Nash…breathtaking” Sunday Times;
“McCalla…spine tingling” Guardian        


Mon 27th     8:00pm         RUMBAND FT. MICHAEL BAILEY & AMA LIA
Featuring an array of brilliant and highly experienced musicians from the likes of Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Greece, Dominica, Nigeria, Australia and the UK the Rumband is not named after the alcoholic beverage(!), it actually stands for “Rhythmic Underground Movement”, and rhythmic it certainly is! Led by old friend of the Club bassist Michael Bailey along with singer Ama Lia the band effortlessly deliver a compelling array of musical styles, from Groove &Latin to Blues & Soul. Collectively the band include work with the likes of Bob Marley, Johnny Nash, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, Pete Townsend, Chaka Khan, Lionel Richie & Beyonce and Ama Lia describes the band as “a unique family of musicians with an immense wealth of experience, music and stories”.  Promises to be quite a night…

Tue 28th       8:00pm         BERNARDO LOBO        
Brazilian singer/guitarist Bernardo Lobo is one of the leading lights of Brazilian music in Europe. With 8 albums to his name his original music, which is a winning mix of different Brazilian rhythms and feels, is both exciting and sophisticated. A creative artist of depth and musicality as well as his native Brazil he has performed in much of Europe, the USA and Japan and includes work with some of the greatest Brazilian musicians on the international scene, including the likes of Milton Nascimento, Chico Buarque, Ivan Lins, Marcos Valle, Seu Jorge & Joyce. This will be his only UK date in a new tour across Europe and Brazil launching his latest album “Bons Ventos” (Good Winds) accompanied by the brilliant Argentinian/Brazilian pianist/composer Pablo Lapidusas alongside Anselmo Netto-percussion. And watch out for their special guest, vocalist Celeste Caramanna.
“Lobo…a composer in tune with his time” Jornal do Brasil;
“Lapidusas… energy, lyricism” Time Out;
“Celeste…up-and-coming…star” London Live


Wed 29th     8:00pm         REMEMBERING GEOFF CASTLE
This special evening will celebrate the music of highly regarded UK pianist Geoff Castle (1949-2020) whose output ranged from contemporary Jazz & Latin to Folk and Caribbean. Associated with the Club for some years it will feature many of his friends and fellow musicians from just some of the classic bands Geoff worked with, including Nucleus, Paz &Carmina as well as Geoff’s piano Trio and beyond. Musicians performing tonight include John Crawford, Matt Wates, Rob Statham, Steve Taylor, Mark Rose and Emiliano Caroselli as well as vocalists Marta Capponi, Jojo Desmond and Shireen Francis plus Special Guests. This is a special evening to celebrate a special musician.
“Geoff was a pivotal and seemingly ubiquitous player on the British jazz scene…he will be sorely missed by fans and fellow musicians alike who regarded him with great affection both for his easy going affability and his spectacular virtuosity” Jazz Journal

Originally from Canada Sean Fyfe’s fluent hard-bop influenced piano playing was a feature of various notable venues in both Canada and the US before he established himself here in London, where he’s become one of the busiest pianists on the scene. The show tonight will feature material from Sean’s newly-released album, ‘Stepping Stones’ with a remarkable two sax frontline of Dave O’Higgins plus his very special guest from New York, the critically acclaimed Award winning alto saxophonist Jon Gordon (Maria Schneider, Clark Terry, Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Phil Woods, Tony Bennett, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin…). The combination of Dave’s terrific muscular tenor playing alongside Jon’s fluent, sparkling, alto promises to be one of the highlights of the month. Highly recommended. “Fyfe…accomplished pianist” All About Jazz;
“Jon Gordon is a master…an elite musician for our time” Jazz Improv NY;
“[O’Higgins]…exceptional fluency…one of Britain’s finest musicians” Observer

Fri 31st         9:00pm         SAMARA
“Samara” is a five-piece jazz/Latin group led by the 606 Club’s own “Guv’nor” Steve Rubie on sax and flute and suffice it to say, we all think the guys in the band are just great! Featuring singer Carolina Lelis, who relocated to the UK in 2019 from Brasil where she had worked and recorded with some of Brazil’s finest musicians, the music is an infectious blend of Brazilian Samba, jazz & Latin and everyone has a great time!
“Cracking Latin-jazz quintet…explores…Latin jazz classics in great rhythmic style” Time Out


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