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Jazz programme December 2016

Friday 2nd  £13/9  BOOK ONLINE
"the sweetest guitar in Britain, a sound of great beauty" London Jazz

Mike Outram/Julian Nicholas Quartet

Julian Nicholas (saxophones) Mike Outram (guitar) Tim Robertson (bass) Dave Wickins (drums)


Mike has toured with Chick Corea, Herbie Mann, Carleen Anderson, Tim Garland and Robert Fripp. He is Guitar Professor at Trinity College and at The Royal Academy, and for three years he  penned a monthly column in Guitarist Magazine.
"There is no musician with such complete control of the sounds coming out of a guitar. Mike Outram plays the sweetest wailing rock guitar in Britain. It's a sound of great beauty." Seb Scotney, London Jazz
Local jazzers all know and love Julian for his always melodic, versatile playing in bands from Cloggz to Claire Martin to Mingus Underground, for his co-curation of the thriving South Coast Jazz Festival, and for his leadership of the jazz course at Chichester. What they may not know is that he also co-wrote the BAFTA-nominated score for Jeff Pope's Brinksmatt film Fools' Gold and that he was recently featured on Radio 3 playing with the great Loose Tubes ensemble at Ronnie Scott's.

Friday 9th  £10/5  NGJ WEBSITE  BOOK ONLINE

New Generation Jazz presents

Alex Hitchcock Quintet  

James Copus (trumpet) Alex Hitchcock (tenor saxophone) Will Barry (piano)) Joe Downard (bass) Jay Davis (drums)

This new quintet shares a musical history that stretches back over a decade and features some of the most exciting and distinctive rising stars from London’s vibrant jazz scene: trumpeter James Copus (Stan Sulzmann’s Neon Orchestra), pianist Will Barry (Jasper Hoiby’s Qualia), bassist Joe Downard (NYJO) and firebrand drummer Jay Davis (Dave Drake, Big Bad Wolf). Taking its compositional cue from an Anglo-American range of influences including Kneebody, Ambrose Akinmusire and Kenny Wheeler, the group displays a spirit of openness and interaction grounded in its members’ close musical relationships, while blurring the boundary between written and improvised music, and balancing harmonic curiosity with melodic impact.
‘A fantastic young talent’ – Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM
‘Incredible young lion of the tenor sax’ – Gareth Lockrane
‘One to watch in 2016’ – JazzWise


Tuesday 13th  £15  BOOK ONLINE

Smalls Xmas special: three UK award-winners

Karen Sharpe, Robert Fowler, Oliver Wilby + Trio

Karen Sharpe, Robert Fowler, Oliver Wilby (tenor saxophones)

Mark Edwards (piano) Piers Clark (guitar) Steve Thompson (bass)
plus mulled wine and buffet

Friday 16th  £15/12  BOOK ONLINE

new cool yule arrangements, hot Xmas treats

Paul Booth's Xmastet

Steve Waterman (trumpet) Paul Booth (tenor saxophone)

John Donaldson (piano) Nigel Thomas (bass) Spike Wells (drums)
Anyone who heard Paul's Xmastet three years ago (click 
GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN  WHITE CHRISTMAS) will not want to miss this rare treat, the perfect swinging antidote to the routine deluge of seasonal shopping mall schlock. The ace tenorman teams again with the great Steve Waterman and the senior house rhythm section to present a programme premiering some brilliant hip new arrangements. Also expect a selection of free Xmas comestibles.
Ex-Royal Academy, Paul won BBC's Young Jazz Player of the Year and the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz fellowship in Miami, and has so far released four solo albums. Besides his jazz work he plays with Stevie Winwood, Carlos Santana, Steely Dan and Eric Clapton. "He reminds me of a young Tubby Hayes" - Ronnie Scott. 
Ex-Trinity, Steve tours Europe with the Carla Bley Band and King Salsa. He has played with Mal Waldron, Tony Coe, John Warren &
Andy Sheppard and he has recorded two albums for ECM.

Friday 30th  £13/9  BOOK ONLINE

young tenor giant returns with Brighton wonderboy 

Riley Stone-Lonergan Quartet

Riley Stone-Lonergan (tenor saxophone) Dave Drake (piano)
Tim Thornton (bass) Tim Giles (drums)


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