The Verdict
159 Edward Street, BN2 0JB
door/food 7.0  music 8.30 - late

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Jazz programme August 2017

Friday 4th £15/12   BOOK ONLINE

Sonny Rollins' guitarist returns with the Blockhead King

Saul Rubin/Gilad Atzmon Quartet

Gilad Atzmon (saxes)  Saul Rubin (guitar)  Yaron Stavi (bass)  Enzo Zirilli (drums)

A repeat of the amazing session of 4th August 2016, which was voted by many the Verdict gig of the year.  It pairs the brilliant Gilad with one of the finest US guitarists and two of the hottest rhythm guys on the planet. Gilad needs no introduction, so... better call Saul's: A mainstay of the NY scene, he majored in composition at the Hartt School of Music, studying with legendary saxist Jackie McLean. His soulful, virtuosic playing has been heard alongside Roy Hargrove, Victor Lewis, Bob Cranshaw, Hank Jones, Cameron Brown, Larry Willis, Lew Soloff and many more. He has performed at clubs and concert halls all over the world and in 2009 he opened his own Zeb's Loft in Chelsea, New York, hosting, among others, Gregory Porter and Bob Dorough. "Saul is a consummate musician. He is everything I could ask for in a band mate." - Sonny Rollins

Wednesday 9th £10/8  BOOK ONLINE   

experimental week-night special - look out for laptops

Ben Castle/Mark Edwards Duo

Ben Castle (tenor sax) Mark Edwards (piano, keyboards, gismos)
Verdict favourites Ben and Mark have collaborated on many projects over the last twenty years in a wide range of musical styles. Here they bring together jazz, electronica and free music in an exciting and experimental new duo. This is a rare chance to catch Ben, now a Dublin resident, playing in the UK. Do not miss it.

Friday 11th £13/10  BOOK ONLINE   

master pianist explores Bags' bag

Dave Newton Trio

Nat Steele (vibraphone) Dave Newton (piano) Luke Steele (bass)
Dave Newton has been playing for over thirty years, has worked with the greatest singers and players in the world, and was voted best pianist in the British Jazz awards for the thirteenth time in 2014. His recording career began in 1985 with Buddy De Franco and Martin Taylor and his first solo album was released in 1988, heralding a long series of award-winning discs, and in this latest project with the brilliant Steele brothers he delves into the huge musical legacy left by the mighty Milt Jackson.
"I have enough problems trying to move my fingers over the keyboard each night never mind risking intimidation by young lions like David Newton!" - Chick Corea

Friday 18th £15/12  BOOK ONLINE   

Sax legend pays due homage and continues the quest

Denys Baptiste Quartet: The Late Trane

Denys Baptiste (saxes) Nikky Yeoh (piano) Neil Charles (bass) Rod Youngs (drums)
The later works of John Coltrane, preserved in both studio and  live recordings, were some of the most emotional and spiritually charged music of the 20th Century, mirroring a time of tumultuous change in both America and the wider world. During the mid to late 60s, the last phase of Trane’s musical odyssey, he was religiously inspired and recorded a series of ground-breaking albums including A Love Supreme, Crescent, Interstellar Space, Meditations, Om and Sun Ship, albums that shifted the boundaries of jazz forever.   Denys Baptiste played with Gary Crosby and Nu Troop before releasing his 1999 debut album Be Where You Are, which won the MOBO award for Best Jazz Act. His 2004 album Let Freedom Ring! was also nominated for a MOBO, and for the BBC and Parliamentary Jazz Awards. This Late Trane quartet is presently recording an album due for release in the Autumn.

Friday 25th £10/5    BOOK ONLINE

New Generation Jazz WEBSITE presents rising sax star launching new CD

Camilla George Quartet

Camilla George (tenor sax) Shirley Tetteh (guitar) Jihad Darwish (bass) Sam Jones (drums)
In January 2017, Camilla George (Jazz Jamaica, Venus Warriors) launched her own long-awaited debut album, Isang, on the Ubuntu Music label; the album is a blend of African, Caibbean and modern jazz influences.  Camilla grew up listening to Fela Kuti alongside Jackie McLean and Charlie Parker.  Now a graduate from Trinity College of Music, she has studied with many jazz greats including Jean Toussaint, Courtney Pine, Tony Kofi, Christian Brewer, Julian Siegel and Martin Speake.  Formed in 2014, the CGQ has a fresh modern edge whilst paying homage to the tradition, with a bit of calypso thrown into the mix.  The band is inspired by artists such as Kenny Kirkland, Wynton Marsalis, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts and Kenny Garrett. Their EP Lunacity was acclaimed by fans, critics and musicians alike.

Saturday 26th  £10/5  BOOK ONLINE

multi-talented pianist returns after continental tour

Joss Peach Trio plus guests

BAFTA-nominated pianist Joss's latest trio features Terry Pack on bass and Milo Fell on drums, plus various mystery guests, playing a diverse mix of material including pieces by Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea and Miles Davis, some favourite standards, some originals, and some interpretions of non-jazz material by artists like Sting. Expect great melodies, rich textures, and creative, responsive interplay. Always a fun and fascinating evening.