Sunday June 18th 2017 ... Osian Roberts - Mark Nightingale ... £14.00

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“The Music of Cole Porter” ... This is an opportunity to hear Mark Nightingale and Osian Roberts celebrate the music of Cole Porter with a selection of his classic songs which have been given new arrangements by members of the band.


The band is co-led by Osian Roberts who is a big toned tenor saxophonist based in Cardiff who is influenced by Sonny Rollins. Since graduating from The Royal Academy of Music Osian has played with Sir John Dankworth and American pianist Cedar Walton.


The other co-leader is trombonist Mark Nightingale. A graduate of Trinity College of Music, Mark progressed via Bone Supremacy to appear with Cleo Laine, Clark Terry and Stan Tracey. Mark has appeared on over 60 CDs with his latest being “The Sound of Jay and Kai” with Alistair White on Woodville Records.


Taking the stage at The Club will be Osian Roberts on tenor Saxophone, Mark Nightingale on trombone, Jim Watson on keyboards, Simon Woolf on bass and Sebastiaan De Krom on drums.


Classic interpretations of Cole Porter Songs.

Sunday July 16th 2017 ... Chris Ingham Quartet ... £14.00

o “The Music of Dudley Moore" ... After a very successful gig at The Club playing the music of Horace Silver in February this year we welcome back Chris Ingham this time with his Quartet. On this occasion Chris will be playing the music of Dudley Moore who is one of his British Jazz heroes.

 

It is often forgotten that after Oxford University and the success with the Oxford Review and “Beyond the Fringe” Dudley Moore became one of the UK’s leading jazz pianists, first with John Dankworth and then leading his own trio in the tradition of Oscar Peterson. Chris Ingham was born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and moved to Bury St Edmunds when he was ten. It is our good fortune that he has chosen to live in our area and grown into a major jazz producer and band leader.

 

Taking the stage at The Club will be Paul Higgs on trumpet, Chris Ingham on keyboards, Geoff Gascoyne on bass and George Double on drums.

 

“Classic British Jazz from a golden era”

Sunday August 20th 2017 ... Karen Sharp Quintet ... £15.00

o It is always good to welcome Karen back to the Club. This time it is with her established Quintet which features long term associate Robert Fowler also on tenor saxophone and clarinet. This is the same front line which produced the superb CD “Brandy and Beer” celebrating the two tenor saxophone band and records of Zoot Sims and Al Cohn.

 

Karen last played for us in October 2015 and before that with Georgina Jackson which was an enjoyable demonstration of another aspect of her talented playing in a variety of settings. Karen’s playing goes from strength to strength and she has now added the baritone saxophone to her armoury. Needless to say Karen has won British Jazz awards for both her tenor saxophone playing and in the rising star category.

 

On the night the quintet will be Karen Sharp tenor saxophone and clarinet, Robert Fowler tenor saxophone and clarinet, Robin Aspland on keyboards, Jeremy Brown on bass and Matt Home drums.

 

“Karen is a class A player” Humphrey Lyttleton.

Sunday September 17th 2017 ... Andy Panayi Quartet ... £13.00

o Andy has pursued careers as a jazz musician, educator and composer in both jazz and classical music and has now developed an additional talent as a woodwind instrument repairer. Andy is a professor at The Royal College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music in London and Birmingham. Andy has also won awards for his arranging skills as well as The British Jazz Awards for his jazz flute playing.

 

He plays with a range of bands including his own Quartet featuring Mark Nightingale on trombone which is featured at The Club.

 

The quartet has produced four well received CDs being “Blown Away”, “WHOOeeee!” “News From Blueport” which is a tribute to the pianoless quartets of Gerry Mulligan and ”The Solar Cats” a Journey to the Planets Suite.

 

At The Club the musicians playing will be Andy Panayi on tenor saxophone and flute, Mark Nightingale on Trombone, Simon Woolf on bass and Steve Brown on drums.

 

“His work is a sheer delight” John Dankworth.

Sunday October 15th 2017 ... Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble ... £15.00

o “The Music of John Coltrane” ... Gilad’s various bands have always been well received at the Club. This time it is the turn of The Orient House Ensemble to play their brand of exciting music.

 

The origin of this band dates back to 2000 when it was founded by Gilad in London with Asif Sirkus on drums, Frank Harrison on piano and Oli Hayhurst on bass. Inevitably there have been personnel changes along the way and the band has produced nine CDs recording their progress.

 

This evening they will play the music of John Coltrane who has probably become the most influential tenor saxophonist in jazz history. Expect the “full sheets of sound” pioneered by Coltrane combined with intense interpretations of classic modern jazz. This latest version of the group to play at the Club will be Gilad Atzmon on saxophones, Frank Harrison on keyboards, Yaron Stavi on bass and recent recruit Enzo Zirilli on drums.

 

“Best Musician living in the world today” Robert Wyatt The Guardian.

Sunday November 19th 2017 ... Georgina Jackson Quartet ... £14

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We can welcome Georgina for her second appearance at the Club, the first being with Karen Sharp in October 2014.

 

Georgina first came to prominence playing trumpet with the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra which is considered second only to The National Youth Jazz Orchestra. She then went on to play lead trumpet with the Andy Prior Orchestra and sang with the BBC Big Band.

 

She has released three CDs entitled “Til There Was You”, “Watch What Happens” and “Peggy Duke & Benny” which have been well supported by Jazz FM and Sir Michael Parkinson.

 

A recent success was Georgina’s appearance at the BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall with Clare Teal’s Double Big Band in August this year. Tonight the bands personnel are Georgina Jackson on trumpet and vocals, Chris Ingham on keyboards, Mick Hutton on bass and George Double on drums.

 

“That was amazing...The real deal...I never thought that I’d fall in love with a girl from Wigan, but I did tonight” Sir Bruce Forsyth (At Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club).

Sunday December 17th 2017 ... The Horn Factory ... £10

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It is a very warm welcome back to the Club for East Anglia’s premier big band-Horn Factory.

 

This big band is based in the Ipswich area and plays music made famous by the big bands of Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, Gordon Goodwin, Sammy Nestico and other modern big band sounds.

 

The band is now playing some new material by amongst others Chick Corea and Horace Silver. Most of the charts have been written in the last 15 years which brings the sound right up to date with music that crackles with energy.

 

Horn Factory is expertly led by Gill Burgoyne on alto saxophone and is up to full strength. They are a 19 piece concert jazz big band which will fill the stage floor at the Club giving everyone the chance to experience this big band at close quarters.

 

The previous six appearances at the Club have all been very successful and we are assured that this visit will be to the same high standard.

 

Toe tapping contemporary Big Band jazz.

Sunday January 14th 2018 ... Scott Hamilton Quartet ... £15

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It is that time of the year when we are able to offer The Scott Hamilton Quartet for your enjoyment. Is there a better way to start the year than in the company of these accomplished musicians?

 

Scott was born in Providence Rhode Island and established himself as a jazz player in New York in the 1970s. He has taken forward the tradition of classic jazz tenor saxophone building on the styles of the major practitioners Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and Zoot Sims.

 

He has recorded over 45 albums under his own name with the latest being “The Shadow of Your Smile” with Dena DeRose and released on Disc Medi.

 

At the Club Scott brings with him his regular English band consisting of John Pearce on keyboards, Dave Green on double bass, and that most skilful of drummers Steve Brown.

 

Anyone who comes along to the gig can expect the very best that mainstream modern jazz can offer anywhere in the world.

 

Perhaps the best Swing Jazz experience available.

Sunday February 25th 2018 ... Brandon Allen and Trio ... £14

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Originally hailing from Perth in Western Australia, Brandon has been based in London for the past 17 years. Now established in this country as a leading tenor saxophonist, Brandon is also an accomplished composer and arranger. Other accomplishments include being an educator and the founder and director of The Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival.

 

Brandon has performed with a galaxy of music stars including Eric Clapton, Kyle Eastwood, The Blockheads, Guy Barker and Stan Tracey. He has been featured on 16 CDs for a variety of bands including “Beauty in Quiet Places” which is a band he co-leads with Quentin Collins.

 

Brandon also leads some 7 bands ranging from his Trio to Big Bands and finds time to regularly appear with seven other bands as a featured sideman.

 

Taking the floor at The Club will be Brandon Allen on tenor saxophone, Chris Ingham on keyboards, Geoff Gascoyne on bass and George Double on drums.

 

“Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor sax player in Britain today” Tony Hall Jazzwise.

Coming Soon ...

Sunday March 18th 2018

Trudy Kerr Quartet

 

Sunday April 15th 2018

Blues Night (BBC Radio Suffolk Live recording at the Club)

 

Sunday May 20th 2018

“Pavane” Paul Higgs

 

Sunday June 17th 2018

“Fish Tales” Alan Barnes with the Pat McCarthy Octet and Josie-Anne Moon (Poet)