The Verdict
159 Edward Street, BN2 0JB
door/food 7.0  music 8.30 (Smalls, Safehouse 8.00) - late

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Jazz programme April 2017
further information to follow

Thursday 6th  £16  WEBSITE  EMAIL RESERVATION  Smalls presents

Rico Tomasso, Julian Stringle and Mark Bassey

with Jonathan Vinten Trio

George Melly's pianist at helm of superb sextet


Friday 7th  £13/10  BOOK ONLINE  Verdict Jazz presents
Christian Brewer/Leon Greening Quartet 
hard bop and soulful, with Nigel  Thomas (bass), Spike Wells (drums)

On Christian: "Ex Leeds and Guildhall, he is one of the most lyrical and soulful alto players to have emerged in recent years. Loved for his melodic playing and pure tone, with roots in funk and groove-oriented music, he now plays with the finest in Europe and is a regular at Ronnie's." - Basho Records

"One of the most exciting alto players I've heard in a long time." - Tony Hall * "Phenomenal!" Dave Gelly, Observer * "An excellent player and composer" - Ian Carr  Christian's website
On Leon: "Having seen Leon loads of times live, I just couldn't believe that he hadn't recorded under his own name and that when he did it had to be in the States. Was it worth the wait? Damn right it was. This is a truly excellent album with great tunes on which he isn't afraid to let us hear his influences - Kelly, Feldman, Powell - but plenty of his own style as well. He swings more than any pianist around today." five star Amazon review of Leon's CD Cookin in BrooklynKnow not One 

Thursday 13th  £15  WEBSITE  EMAIL RESERVATION  Smalls presents

Jamie Brownfield, Liam Byrne and Imogen Ryall    with Jonathan Vinten Trio

classic trumpet, sax and vocals
Friday 14th £15/12  BOOK ONLINE  Verdict Jazz presents

Rick Simpson’s Klammer  

brilliant young sextet features George Crowley (tenor sax), Mike Chillingworth (alto sax), Ralph Wyld (vibraphone), Tom Farmer (bass), Dave Hamblett (drums)

Following on from pianist Rick Simpson’s 2011 release Semi Wogan comes this four-year follow-up Klammer, being released on Two Rivers records and featuring an expanded ensemble giving full voice to Simpson’s ambitious and exciting compositions. His music draws from an eclectic array of influences, focuses on modern textures and rhythms, and is all shot through the prism of his own individual language, with enough space for soloists to shine and plenty of wit and levity to boot. Rick was last heard at the Verdict on the superb Jay Phelps gig in November 2016.

Wednesday 19th  £6/5  WEBSITE  Safehouse presents
The Spirit Farm

“Devastatingly creative **** ” – Jazzwise

Christophe de Bezenac: saxophone  Adam Fairhall: piano, keyboards  Anton Hunter: guitar  Johnny Hunter: drums  Dave Kane: double bass  Corey Mwamba: vibes and misc instruments


Friday 21st  £13/10  BOOK ONLINE  Verdict Jazz presents
Simon Spillett Quartet
Out of  Tubbs’ shadow with John Critchinson (piano), Dave Green (bass), Spike Wells (drums)

"Simon Spillett is a phenomenal tenor player. 'Powerful' comes most readily to mind, but that adjective could also be applied to high-volume, raw-toned speed merchants. But Spillett is a master musician, not a one-trick showman, and there wasn't a number in which some of the finer expressive potential of the tenor saxophone didn't appear. His combination of speed and articulation are amazing; the long, improvisatory lines were wondrous to follow - and never lost to smeared notes or squawks; and his range of tone color and command of the instrument's nuances were not left to the occasional ballad. His entire performance was an object lesson in what it means for a musician to play powerfully." - J. Whitman, Wakefield Jazz


Thursday 27th  £16  WEBSITE  EMAIL RESERVATION  Smalls presents
Aurelie Tropez, Trevor Whiting, Mark Edwards Trio

virtuoso clarinet fest


Friday 28th £10/5  WEBSITE  New Generation Jazz presents

Alex Curtis Quartet  featuring Jon Shenoy

Jon Shenoy (tenor sax) Alex Curtis (piano, compositions)

Dave O'Brien (bass) Sophie Alloway (drums)

Expect highly original arrangements/compositions, heavy grooves and outstanding group interaction.