606 Jazz Club, Chelsea, London - Live Music Programme : Saturday 23 Sept - Friday 6 October 2023
Sunday, September 17, 2023
Laura Thorne of the 606 Club has forwarded details of some forthcoming live jazz events. Fully detailed schedule attached.
Laura Thorne writes;
606 Club Live Music: Saturday 23 Sept - Friday 6 October 2023
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.
Brief descriptions of forthcoming performances are below. But, to find out about even more about these artists, visit the events area of the 606 site at https://www.606club.co.uk/events/, where there are extended descriptions, photos and video clips.
606 CLUB UPCOMING SHOWS, 23 SEPTEMBER – 6 OCTOBER
Sat 23rd Sep 9:00pm JOE WEBB
Pianist Joe Webb has quickly become a force to be reckoned with on the UK jazz scene. He’s worked with Hailey Tuck, Rob Luft, Adrian Cox and more, but it is as a member of the Kansas Smitty’s House Band, the swinging, mainstream jazz outfit dubbed London’s ‘new swing princes’that his profile has reached new heights, including appearing on Jamie Cullum’s latest Christmas album. Joe’s band this evening features the brilliant sax playing of Alec Harper.
“[Webb]… a dazzling display of virtuoso pianistics” The Jazz Mann;
“There are few people more joyous to listen to…than Joe Webb” Jamie Cullum
Sun 24th Sep 1:30pm SUNDAY LUNCH: ERIKO ISHIHARA
A fine singer and an excellent jazz pianist Eriko has established an enviable reputation on the UK jazz scene, working at the likes of Ronnie Scott’s and the Royal Festival Hall as well as major concert halls in Hong Kong and Korea. With 4 albums to her name, the latest featuring the iconic US sax legend Scott Hamilton, her intimate programme of jazz standards and bossa novas is the perfect way to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon. Also featuring Colin Oxley-guitar.
“immaculate…stylish…and…passionate” New World;
“Classy!” Swing Journal Japan
Sun 24th Sep 8:00pm WAYNE HERNANDEZ
Wayne Hernandez is one of those fantastic singers who has been using his considerable talents for many years to make others sound good. He includes work with Tina Turner, Kool and the Gang and Gorillaz and more recently the Kingdom Choir, who took the world by storm performing at the wedding of Harry and Meghan. He describes his music as “…a living fusion of music styles from the Black music scene”. A brilliant set of powerful groove music from an impressive band of hand-picked musicians that defines the word “soul”.
“...it was clear that Wayne had a very special talent, his voice, it was simply breathtaking” Livemusic.fm
Mon 25th Sep 8:00pm DINO BAPTISTE
Best known here at the Club as the pianist with the iconic Blues singer Dana Gillespie, Dino first started performing as a singer/pianist in the mid 70’s, influenced by the likes of Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis and Louis Prima. A busy and successful musician Dino also includes work with the likes of Donald Fagen, Leo Sayer and Jeff Beck. His debut CD “Two Timing Lover” was received with considerable acclaim and it is music from this album plus as Dino puts it “an exclusive selection of old hits from my idols Ray Charles and Nat King Cole” that he will be performing tonight. “Dino Baptiste…impressive…among the best of the…British blues keyboard players” Blues on Stage
Tue 26th Sep 8.00pm RORY INGHAM
Trombonist Rory Ingham was named ‘Rising Star’ in the 2017 British Jazz Awards, ‘One to Watch’ in Jazzwise’s 2018 ‘Shape of Jazz to Come’and ‘Student of the Year’ 2018 by the British Trombone Society. In addition to working with a panoply of top UK artists, including Claire Martin & Dave Holland his own band Bonsai was nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz Award. Tonight Rory will be appearing with his latest quartet featuring Jonny Mansfield-vibes, Joe Lee-bass and Shane Forbes-drums to perform ‘new original music, along with choice standards’.
“Virtuosic trombone playing” British Trombone Society
Wed 27th Sep 8:00pm TOM CAWLEY
A former “Young Jazz Musician of the Year” the multi-Award-winning pianist Tom Cawley is one of the country’s leading jazz artists. His mature playing and fluent technique have made him the pianist of choice for a who’s who of world class musicians and his trio “Curios” garnered a string of Awards and plaudits: “spellbinding” Independent, “dazzling” Jazz UK, “pioneering” Musician magazine. A class act and an absolute must see.
“…excellent, fluid, pianist with a deft touch and a superb…imagination” Time;
“piano virtuoso” Time Out
Thu 28th Sep 8:00pm HUNGARIAN XCHANGE PROGRAMME: EVA BOLBA
Amongst the most popular straight-ahead singers in Hungary the multi-Award-winning vocalist Eva Bolba has been impressing audiences in her home country and beyond for more than 20 years. At the age of 12 she won the Composers’ Prize at the Tachikawa World Children Music Festival before enrolling in the Jazz programme of the world-famous Ferenc Liszt Academy in her late teens. Currently the singer with the immensely popular jazz vocal quartet 4 Seasons, her joyous and inventive approach to jazz is both infectious and exciting. Tonight she will be appearing with a UK trio featuring the brilliant pianist Tim Lapthorn.
“Eva Bolba’s sounds display the full range of emotions” Klasszik Rádió 92.1
Presented in association with the Hungarian based non-profit organisation Harmonia Muhely Alapitvany.
Fri 29th Sep 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 pianist John Crawford and singer Carolina Lelis, who relocated to the UK in 2019 from Brazil 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 30th Sep 9:00pm DESCHANEL GORDON
One of the brightest prospects of his generation, Deschanel already includes work with the likes of upcoming trumpeter Mark Kavuma, Cassie Kinoshi’s SEED Ensemble and US-born singer Judi Jackson as well as performances at prestige venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, Jazz Café, Love Supreme and the Winter Jazzfest in New York. It’s little surprise then that this highly talented musician was a BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year!
“…flowingly expansive piano solo…exhibiting a…relaxed fluency” The Jazzmann;
“Gordon…a…player of immense stature” Sussex Jazz Magazine
Sun 1st 8:00pm MO PLEASURE
One of the great multi-instrumentalists of his generation Morris “Mo” Pleasure has been at the forefront of US popular music for more than 30 years. He began his professional career with Ray Charles before moving to work with the likes of Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves and Chaka Khan. In 1993, he became a member of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire, becoming their musical director from 1994-2001. Mo then toured with Janet Jackson, was on the ill-fated Michael Jackson tour and most recently MD’d for Bette Midler. Tonight’s line-up features Special Guest vocalist Kedma.
“...Pleasure proves that jazz can still be made which is smooth yet textured…varied and interesting… Superb” Soul Express
Mon 2nd 8:00pm PHIL MULFORD’S ‘THUNDERTHUMBS’
Join us to celebrate the great Soul and Funk songs from the likes of George Benson, George Duke and Michael Jackson with “Thunderthumbs”, the 10-piece band led by bassist Phil Mulford. Inspired by the great US bassist Louis Johnson’s work the set runs from Louis’ time with Billy Preston in 1972 through to his own band The Brothers Johnson and the Quincy Jones-produced hits on which he played. The gig features 3 brilliant singers, Jacqui Hicks and Debby Bracknell (Shakatak) & Simon Foster (The Flying Pickets), a deeply grooving rhythm section and powerhouse horns. If you like 606 regulars All Fired Up you’ll love this!
“Hicks…a singer of warmth, poise and intelligence” Yorkshire Post;
“Foster…like Joe Cocker in Van Morrison’s hat and James Morrison’s socks. Ace!” Karamel Music Club
Tue 3rd 8:00pm BARRY GREEN FT IAIN BALLAMY
Barry Green is a wonderful modern jazz pianist whose fluent and melodic playing has made a significant impact on the UK jazz scene. His cv is vast, including work with the likes of Bobby Watson, Charles McPherson, Richie Cole and Us3 as well as with his own trio. For this 606 date Barry has chosen the beautiful playing of multi-Award-winning saxophonist Iain Ballamy (Django Bates, Bill Bruford’s Earthworks) and iconic bassist Dave Green (Stan Tracey, Charlie Watts) to complete the trio.
“Pianist Barry Green and bassist Dave Green…two of the best mainstream-to-bop musicians on the UK scene” Guardian;
“Ballamy…leaves you in absolute awe…the sheer virtuosity and sense of joy” BBC
Wed 4th 8:00pm PAUL MORAN JAZZ ORGAN TRIO FT JO HARROP
Fondly known as the ‘Jazz Geordie’, Paul Moran has become one of the most prolific and sought after musicians of his generation. A multi-instrumentalist fluent on piano, Hammond organ, trumpet and more, he is also a highly respected composer and arranger. For more than a decade he was the Musical Director for iconic singer/songwriter Van Morrison, appearing on several of Van’s albums, including ‘Astral Weeks Live at The Hollywood Bowl’, as well as working with a vast number of other household names (Tom Jones, Rick Astley, Cilla Black, Chrissie Hynde…). Tonight, in addition to Paul on organ and bass pedals, he’ll be joined on the stand by award-winning vocalist & 606 favourite Jo Harrop, iconic Scottish guitarist Jim Mullen and ace drummer Mez Clough (Van Morrison, Madness), playing music from his record “Smokin B3 Volume 2” along with other choice numbers from the soul jazz repertoire. This is Paul’s first live show with his band in a couple of years, making this performance a comeback of sorts and one not to miss!
“..the B3er-horn man still knows how to work a groove….Moran hums on the Leslie amps and Price glides with cool strings…a juke joint that jumps” Jazz Weekly; “Moran’s accompaniment throughout was just right….and his keyboard playing shined on the….organ” Downbeat;
“[Harrop] A singing sensation… her voice is amazing…a class act” BeBop Spoken Here
Thu 5th 8:00pm PHIL MEADOWS GROUP
Award-winning UK saxophonist & composer Phil Meadows is an adventurer inspired by global sounds. While rooted in jazz, his music includes influences from electronica and hip-hop to Afrobeat, contemporary music and more. His various career highlights include performing across Europe with Matthew Herbert, working with Grammy winners the Metropole Orkest as guest conductor and collaborations with bands/artists such as Phronesis and Femi Tomowo. Phil’s latest album “Beware of the Bear” featuring Michael De Souza-guitar, Joe Downward-bass and Jay Davis-drums is a satisfying synthesis of soaring melodies, atmospheric soundscapes, and head-nodding grooves. ”Meadows has a formidable reputation as an innovative composer” Jazzwise;
“Inventive and expressive” Guardian;
“The versatile and likeable Meadows is one of the most promising emerging jazz talents that we have” The Jazz Mann
Fri 6th 9:00pm BRUCE ADAMS FT ALAN BARNES
Bruce Adams has been a stalwart of the UK jazz scene for almost 50 years. Performing with the likes of Harry Sweets Edison, Buddy Tate, Al Cohn and Benny Waters he is widely regarded as one of the finest mainstream cornet/trumpet players in Europe. The recipient of more than 30 British Jazz Awards and twice named BBC Jazz Musician of the Year, virtuosic sax and clarinet player Alan Barnes has collaborated with the likes of Michel Legrand, Jamie Cullum & Van Morrison. A remarkable front line with their swinging band.
“Bruce Adams…as much delicacy as power in his playing” Guardian;
“Barnes…phenomenal” Masters of The Jazz Saxophone
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