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606 Jazz Club, Chelsea, London, live music programme for August 2022.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Laura Thorne of the 606 has forwarded details of the club's live programme for August 2022. Fully detailed schedule attached.

Laura Thorne writes;

606 Club August 2022 Upcoming Live Shows


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

A list of our August performances is attached, with event descriptions below. To find out more about these shows and to view artist videos and photos, please visit

Our Sunday lunch performances and live streaming programme are taking a break for the summer hols! They were last seen en route to a beach somewhere, sunglasses on and towels in hand…we await their return in September.



Mon 1st       8:00pm       BOBBY QUIGLEY’S ORGAN TRIO    
This fantastic “Groove” gig features the band of guitarist Bobby Quigley, a formidable musician who includes work with the likes of Pete Ray Biggin, Imaani and Katie Leone on an impressive cv. Citing influences including Peter Bernstein, John Scofield and Dr Lonnie Smith tonight he is bringing his Trio to the Club featuring Pete Whittaker-organ & Roy Pfeffer-drums to perform what he describes as “a voyage of reimagination of jazz & soul, with a hint of New Orleans thrown in there for good measure”.
“Led with panache by Bobby Quigley on guitar… with Quigley excelling” Close-Up Culture


Tue 2nd     8:00pm         TRIO MANOUCHE        
Founded by guitarist/singer Simon Harris, Trio Manouche is a world-class gypsy jazz ensemble that perform a mixture of traditional classic swing tunes and upbeat quirky originals. Their set brings together the repertoire of gypsy guitar legend Django Reinhardt, the band’s own foot-tapping arrangements of swing greats such as Nat King Cole as well as their own songs with unique charm. And if you get lucky Simon may even sing and play trumpet (not at the same time, of course!). The trio is completed by Giulio Romano Malaisi-guitar and Marcus Penrose-double bass.
“Virtuosic” Guardian;
“seamless, classic and witty” Evening Standard;
“a class act” BBC Radio 3


Wed 3rd       8:00pm         ALEX CLARKE    
A finalist in the 2020 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition, winner of the Rising Star category in the 2019 British Jazz Awards and nominee in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2021, Alex is amongst the most in-demand and versatile young saxophonists emerging on the British jazz scene. Her fluent, melodic, style and warm, round, tone fit perfectly with the straight-ahead jazz standard and bebop repertoire she performs. This gig also features her Special Guest: Clark Tracey-drums. A swinging gig from a real talent.
“Clarke…gorgeous sound” All About Jazz


Thu 4th       8:00pm         LILY DIOR          
“She can belt out a song, dramatize a lyric, swing hard and earthy, flirt, sing a tender song - Lily can tell a story” ABC.
In an extensive and highly respected career London-based Lily Dior is recognized as one of Australia’s foremost vocalists. The music this evening will showcase a mix of Lily’s groove, soul and jazz credentials as she presents some old favourites and original material, all performed with the powerful and charismatic vocals that are Lily’s trademark. Her stellar band also features Dave Lewis-sax and Tim Lapthorn-piano. A great night out!
“sassy, soulful, passionate and strong.” Rhythms Magazine;
irresistibly sultry, yearning tone” Jazzwise


Fri 5th         9:00pm         LEX CAMERON            
First call singer/keyboardist for a host of high-profile names Lex Cameron includes work as MD for the iconic UK soul artist Omar and the legendary singer/composer Leon Ware on a vast cv. With his 4-and-a-half octave vocal range, charismatic delivery, impressive musicianship he can be relied upon to give an electric performance. And watch out for his Special Guest, the iconic vocalist Donna Gardier. Groove at its very best.
“Lex Cameron…quality old school soul” UK Vibe


Sat 6th         9:00pm       DEREK NASH      
The multi-Award-winning saxophonist Derek Nash is perhaps best known as one of the featured saxophonists with the Jools Holland Band. An experienced musician of many years standing his muscular, fluent, modern jazz playing has been recognised with numerous awards, including being voted one of the top 5 saxophonists in the country. Tonight Derek is bringing his great, swinging, band to the Club so expect something really quite special.
“bravura display of contemporary saxophone” The Observer;
“breathtaking” Sunday Times;
“the music fizzes with energy” Observer


Sun 7th         8:00pm         ZOE FRANCIS FT. JIM MULLEN      
Zoe Francis started singing jazz while living and working in New York. Her love for the great songwriters combined with her knack for capturing the bittersweet, poignant nature of these songs really brings them to life. Zoe will be performing an eclectic mix she describes as “standards from the American Songbook book with fresh arrangements! Expect to hear classics by Ellington, Strayhorn, Mercer, Arlen & more”. Also featuring the acclaimed award-winning guitarist Jim Mullen and the simply outstanding Gareth Williams-piano.
“Francis…a breath of spring…great interpreter of the Great American Songbook” Jazz Journal

Mon 8th       8:00pm       DAVE ITAL’S BIRTHDAY GIG  
Dave Ital has a reputation as a guitarist of the highest calibre. Frequenting the 606 alongside the likes of Imaani, Mary Pearce and Michelle John, Dave’s powerful yet sophisticated Groove playing makes for a magnetic live set. In his storied career, Dave’s guitar has been heard accompanying world-class talent including Chaka Khan, Tom Jones, Nile Rodgers, Take That and Beyoncé. Tonight Dave will be taking centre stage with his magnificent band to celebrate his Birthday (!) and it’s great to have him back here at the Club.
“Dave Ital on guitar is excellent…taking…an astonishing musical voyage with a great guitar solo” MS Times;
“Cool guitar-led funk, jazz and soul band” Time Out    


Tue 9th         8:00pm         SIMON LASKY    
Winner of the 2018 British Composer Award for ‘Jazz Composition for Small Ensemble and signed to highly regarded label 33Jazz, Simon Lasky juggles a busy career as a composer, pianist, NPR jazz host and recording artist on both sides of the Atlantic. Now resident in Florida USA, Simon has put together an incredible 7-piece band for this very special return to the Club alongside special guest Noemi Nuti-vocals. They will be performing new arrangements of compositions from Simon’s most recent album “About the Moment”, as well as premieres of brand-new Septet compositions and arrangements of well-known material.
“Uplifting improvisational grooves, classy chops…there’s no shortage of beautifully striking moments.” All About Jazz;
“joyous exuberant…brilliantly crafted on all levels” BBC Radio 3


Wed 10th       8:00pm         PETE WAREHAM
Multi award-winning saxophonist and producer Pete Wareham has long been involved in some of the most innovative projects in British music, including Acoustic Ladyland, Melt Yourself Down (both his own bands), Polar Bear, and many others. Tonight he is joined by Elliot Galvin-piano, Tom McCredie-bass and Corrie Dick-drums in what for Pete is a brand-new band to, as he puts it, “explore all forms of music in what will be a spontaneous and thrilling gig”. Now that you can’t miss!
“Mind-blowing magnificence” The Times;
“Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear have been responsible for opening the floodgates for a new wave of bands to fearlessly push the boundaries of jazz” Jazzwise


Thu 11th     8:00pm         LAUREN LUCILLE      
A respected performer for many years in her native Australia, Lauren Lucille has been steadily establishing herself as an impressive artist and educator since moving to the UK. As well as an excellent jazz vocalist she is also a skilled singer/songwriter, as her 2019 album “Let Go” demonstrates. However, it is her jazz credentials she will be showcasing tonight as she and her band have put together a programme of material by Cole Porter, Charlie Parker and Madeleine Peyroux. So, if you like the sound of jazz standards or bebop or something a little more relaxed and modern, then this show is for you!”.
“…an incredible vocal range” Vents magazine;
“Lucille…oozes…musical talent” Folkrag


Fri 12th       9:00pm         BEVERLEY SKEETE      
Beverley Skeete’s career in the music industry is the stuff that dreams are made of. A first call singer for numerous high-profile artists including Robbie Williams, Tina Turner and Elton John she was also a pivotal member of ex-Rolling Stones’ bassist Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings. Her talent and versatility have put her in a class that few can equal. One of the UK scene’s great singers.
“Skeete…came into her own with a perfectly paced version of James Brown’s ‘It’s a Man’s Man’s World’” LondonJazz News

Sat 13th       9:00pm         ALEX WESTERN-KING    
An award-winning young musician, Alex Western-King is considered to be one of the most talented saxophonists of his generation. His debut album, ‘SideSlip’ was received with considerable acclaim (“expertly melds bebop energy with…jazz improvisation”, London Jazz News) and tonight, appearing with his quartet, Alex will perform a melodic, straight ahead, set of jazz standards and originals.
“Western-King displays energetic creativity and willingness to explore…modern jazz sounds…while maintaining firm sonics from the past” The Jazz Word

Sun 14th       8:00pm   CLOSED FOR PRIVATE EVENT


Mon 15th       8:00pm         RAY RUSSELL    
Ray Russell is a guitarist/composer who has had a truly exceptional career. You will have heard his playing on the likes of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and Tina Turner’s “Private Dancer”, as well as on his vast array of award-winning soundtrack compositions. Amongst his fellow musicians he is heralded as one of the greats. Tonight he will be performing material from his latest album “Fluid Architecture”, which given Ray’s intrepid approach to creativity, resonates with his various immersions in R&B, cool jazz and jazz-rock/rock-jazz fusion. Featuring Jim Watson-piano/kybds, Mo Foster-bass & Ian Palmer-drums, this is a unique gig.
“Russell…a fearsomely gifted [guitar] player who relies on taste rather than speed” BBC Jazz;
“an improvisational force to be reckoned with.” All Music Guide

Tue 16th       8:00pm     ANTHONY KERR ‘THE ART OF THE VIBES’
Anthony Kerr is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the jazz vibraphone. He includes work with artists such as George Shearing, Elvis Costello and Charlie Watts and appears regularly as a soloist with the BBC Big Band and Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames. Winning numerous awards including the British Jazz Award for ‘Best Instrumentalist’ Anthony has the grace and flair that comes with true mastery. For his show tonight his trio is joined by trumpet and flugelhorn virtuoso Martin Shaw to explore some of the thoughtful and intelligent compositions from the pen of Billy Strayhorn, as well as John Coltrane, Bill Evans and JS Bach! “Played unbelievably” Jazz Mag;
“Brilliant” Belfast Telegraph

Wed 17th     8:00pm         GINA FOSTER      
Probably best known for her work with the iconic group “Swing Out Sister”, Gina Foster is a truly gifted and impressive singer. Renowned as one of the most soulful session vocalists around she has worked prolifically in jazz, R&B, groove, pop and dance music with the likes of Eric Clapton and Sinead O’Connor. Gina will be performing a repertoire of classic soul &groove numbers (along with some impressive originals), backed by a fantastic “All-Star!” band including Paul Stacey (Oasis)-guitar & Richard Bailey (Steve Winwood)-drums to do justice to these wonderful songs.
“Gina Foster…an incredibly talented and versatile vocalist” Visit London

Thu 18th       8:00pm                 KATE WILLIAMS QUARTET
Pianist/composer Kate Williams has gained a reputation as both a distinctive writer and performer. She has released a number of critically acclaimed CDs, including Kate’s album with vocalist Georgia Mancio, ‘Finding Home: Kate Williams’ Four Plus Three Meets Georgia Mancio’ which won Album of the Year at the 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. This evening the quartet will play tunes by US guitarist Emily Remler and pianist Bill Evans as well as originals by Kate herself. The gig also features the remarkable Mike Outram-guitar.
“Williams has a quality rare among jazz composers: a musical vocabulary that’s all her own” The Observer ****


Fri 19th           9:00pm       THE BRANDON ALLEN GROOVE BAND            
Expat Australian saxophonist Brandon Allen has made quite an impression on the scene since taking up residence in London. His wonderfully fluent and incisive sax playing has been heard with numerous high-profile artists including Eric Clapton, Jools Holland and the Kyle Eastwood Band. Tonight will mark the debut of Brandon’s new project, influenced by the likes of Lalo Schifrin, Weather Report and Vangelis. As he describes it, “you’ll be hearing funky basslines, otherworldly drum grooves, soaring synthesizers and intricate, intoxicating melodic sax and guitar lines”. With a dream line-up of Mike Outram-guitar, Jim Watson-keyboards, Laurence Cottle-bass & Jamie Murray-drums, now this you can’t miss!
“Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today” Jazzwise;
“a saxophone heavyweight” Blues and Soul Magazine;
“world class” Evening Standard


Sat 20th       9:00pm         JAMES DAVISON/CALLUM AU                
This quintet, delightfully named Quintet-a-Tete, is led by two highly regarded, award-winning young jazz musicians, trumpeter James Davison and trombonist Callum Au. The emphasis is on fun, swinging, music bringing the atmosphere and vibe of 50’s and 60’s jazz to life for the modern day. Recipient of the Worshipful Company of Musicians Young Jazz Musician of the Year, James has established himself as a powerful force on the UK scene. As well as a fluent trombonist Callum is also regarded as one of the UK’s finest composers and arrangers, with both an APJAG award and a Grammy nomination for his album with Claire Martin, “Songs & Stories”.
“Davison… effervescent…thrilling” The JazzMann;
“remarkable young arranger Callum Au is already a master” Guardian


Sun 21st       8:00pm         FINI BEARMAN
Hailed in Jazzwise Magazine as “one of contemporary music’s most imaginative song stylists”, Fini deftly weaves her way between the realms of Jazz and Contemporary song writing. She released her 4th album ‘La Loba’ in October 2020 to glowing reviews, including ‘Editor’s Choice’ and Album of the Year. She has performed as a bandleader and alongside a notable array of international artists, including Bobby McFerrin, Cleo Laine, Jon Hendricks and Kenny Werner. She is currently the first practicing professor of songwriting at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Tonight she will perform a mix of originals and standards with her band featuring the highly regarded pianist Tom Cawley.
“an irresistible voice”;
“memorable” ****” Jazzwise


Mon 22nd     8:00pm         NATALIE DUNCAN              
Singer/songwriter/pianist Natalie Duncan came to wider attention following her appearance on the BBC programme “Goldie’s Band By Royal Appointment”, with the Guardian declaring “An incandescent star is born”. Shortly thereafter she featured on “Later with Jools Holland”. Natalie’s latest recording, “Free"received a five star review from Echoes Magazine (calling it “a fine album”), while Jazz FM selected two of the album’s singles as Tracks of the Week. A truly entrancing & atmospheric mix of jazz, soul and groove.
“She draws comparisons with Nina Simone and Alicia Keys, but has developed her own soulfully compelling style as well as a voice whose honeyed, silky caresses are to die for” MOJO
“a set of genuine, heartfelt and resonating songs” Blues & Soul Magazine

Tue 23rd       8:00pm       MARK LOCKHEART    
Mark Lockheart is a multi-award-winning tenor sax player who first made his name working with seminal band Loose Tubes. Co-founder of the universally regarded “The Perfect Houseplants” Mark has toured and recorded with Django Bates, Mark Anthony Turnage and Seb Rochford’s highly acclaimed “Polar Bear. His album “Ellington In Anticipation” was the MOJO Album of the Year and he was named Jazz FM’s “Instrumentalist of the Year 2016”. And if all that wasn’t enough he is also a highly respected educator, writer and arranger. Tonight he is appearing with his quartet featuring trumpet master Chris Batchelor.
“Lockheart is a consummate saxophonist” The Rough Guide to Jazz;
“inspired and imaginative” The Times; “compelling” Guardian

Wed 24th       8:00pm                 GUILLE HILL      
Originally from Uruguay, Guille (pronounced Gee-jay) moved to London in 1997 and since then has established himself as a first call musician across the musical spectrum, active on both the Latin and Jazz scenes. The list of artists that he has worked with is a testament to his creativity and skill, including Tom Jones, Jennifer Lopez and Airto Moreira. Tonight Guille will be performing a Jazz/Latin repertoire influenced by contemporary and traditional music from Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. Joining him will be some of the finest Latin players in the UK - Paul Booth-sax/flute, Steve Lodder-piano/keyboards, Andy Lafone-bass and Davide Giovannini-drums.
“Guillermo Hill…excellent” AllAboutJazz      


Thu 25th       8:00pm         JOHN CRAWFORD          
John Crawford is one of the finest Latin/Jazz pianists on the scene, whose unerring musicality and impressive technique have taken him all over the world. He includes work with the likes of Latin legend Airto Moreira and if that wasn’t enough is also one of this country’s leading exponents of Spanish music. Also featured will be Uruguayan guitarist Guille Hill and Special Guest Eleonora Claps on vocals.
“Glorious…a skilful and imaginative soloist” Jazzwise;
“so much style and imagination” Jazz Review


Fri 26th       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


Sat 27th       9:00pm         HARVEY/O’HIGGINS PROJECT        
The Harvey/O’Higgins Project is the latest venture led by two of the UK’s most prestigious jazz musicians, pianist Graham Harvey (Stacey Kent) and saxophonist Dave O’Higgins. Rooted in the post-bop idiom the music, as described by Graham “embodies the aesthetic of harmonic integrity (‘making the changes’) coupled with rhythmic coherence (‘being in the pocket’)”. This evening they will be playing music from their latest album, “That’s The Way to Live” on Ubuntu Music. Promises to be a swinging night!
“O’Higgins…exceptional…one of Britain’s finest musicians” Observer;
“Harvey…excellent” Jazzwise

Sun 28th       8:00pm         JO HARROP’s BIRTHDAY GIG        
Inspired by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, Jo Harrop possesses a wonderfully clear, controlled and expressive voice. Her album ‘Weathering the Storm’ received glowing reviews (“a little gem” Guardian), and in 2022 Jo’s latest album “The Heart Wants”, featuring bassist Christian McBride, was nominated for two Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year. This 606 performance, subtitled ‘The Art of Song’, will feature amongst others Sam Watts-piano, Jamie McCredie-guitar special guest Alex Hitchcock-tenor sax. It’s also (almost!) Jo’s birthday, making the occasion that much more special! A treat for those who like their jazz hip, swinging and heartfelt.
“Harrop…born to sing jazz!” Blues & Soul;
“A singing sensation…amazing” BeBop Spoken Here


The Small Island Project is an exciting group put together and fronted by the multi-talented singer Shireen Francis. Integrating jazz harmonies with the Afro-Caribbean/Brazilian rhythms of Reggae, Calypso and Samba, the band create an unusual but highly accessible musical hybrid. Featuring Dominic Grant-guitar, Mark Cherry-steel pan, Mao Yamada-bass & Fergus Gerrand-percussion this is a great way to celebrate Carnival weekend!
“brilliant vocalist” Jazzwise;
“A beautiful artist with real depth and heart” Jazz UK


Tue 30th     8:00pm     RMQ      
RMQ were brought together for the Chatham Jazz Festival as an All-Star group and, in the tradition of such things, enjoyed themselves so much that they decided to keep doing it! The band features 606 Club owner and flautist Steve Rubie (Julian Joseph Big Band, Samara) and virtuoso trombonist Geoff Mason (Ronnie Scott’s Big Band) alongside a powerful rhythm section performing an eclectic mix of jazz standards, contemporary jazz tunes by the likes of Joe Zawinul and John Taylor, and high energy Brazilian music. A world-class band performing classic compositions.
“Steve Rubie…in fine form” Telegraph

Tue 31st       8:00pm       ALLISON NEALE
A beautifully fluent and inventive player on both alto sax and flute, Allison Neale plays in a strongly melodic “West Coast cool jazz” style reminiscent of her main influences Paul Desmond (of Dave Brubeck fame), Art Pepper and Stan Getz. Her brilliant compositions, relaxed tempo and melodic approach provide a fresh insight into modern jazz. Her latest album, ‘Quietly There’ featured internationally renowned guitarist Peter Bernstein and earned glowing reviews for its musicality and material. Also featured tonight are Colin Oxley-guitar, Jeremy Brown-bass & Matt Fishwick-drums.
“her meltingly full, sweet tone…[and]unfailingly melodic sense…never sounds trite” Jazz Views;
“Neale…a talent to savour” Jazz UK


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