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

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Jazz programme February 2017
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Friday 3rd  £15/12 BOOK ONLINE Verdict Jazz presents

Tim Whitehead and Jonathan Gee: Mainly Cedar
Tim Whitehead (
tenor & soprano saxes)  Jonathan Gee (piano)
Yaron Stavi (bass)  Spike Wells (drums)

On Tim:  "Those of us who have caught him live have been left in blinking disbelief.  It's not just his mastery of the tenor saxophone, phenomenal though it is, but the absolute conviction of his playing that is so impressive." Dave Gelly, Observer/BBC   "Whitehead has a highly personal, always gorgeous sound and an infinite vocabulary - one of the country's finest." Birmingham Post

On Jon: "One of European jazz's most celebrated musicians... His music is precise, lucid and original, and at times breathtakingly lyrical." - British Council  Yaron has played with everyone from Daniel Barenboim to Gilad Atzmon to Richard Galliano, while Verdict house drummer Spike has played with everyone from Tubby Hayes to Roland Kirk to Bobby Wellins. The set list will consist mainly of compositions  by Cedar Walton, plus some by Jonathan and Tim.


Thursday 9th  £14 WEBSITE EMAIL RESERVATION Smalls presents

Jo Fooks, Al Nicholls + Smalls rhythm section

Swing-to-bop style sax woman and the blue-tinged honk of the Texas tenors make this a full steam ahead blowing session.


Friday 10th £15/12 BOOK ONLINE Verdict Jazz presents

Damon Brown International Quartet with special guest Ed Jones

Damon Brown (trumpet, vocals)  Ed Jones (tenor & soprano saxes)

Paul Kirby (Scotland, piano)   Sean Pentland (USA, bass)   Manuel Weyand (Germany, drums)

Ace UK trumpeter Damon is here teamed up with one of South Korea's top emigré rhythm sections, who have together toured extensively in Asia and have lately recorded their first CD Sorry It's Just Jazz, being released by 33 records to coincide with this UK tour.  With the addition tonight of the superb Ed Jones, afficionados will be treated to echoes of the great British supergroup Killer Shrimp which in 2007 won the Parliamentary Best Jazz Ensemble Award.  No prisoners, no apologies, no excuses - do not miss this.


Saturday 11th  £10/5 BOOK ONLINE STUDENTS Lower East Side Sounds

The Joss Peach Group
introducing Mikey Simmonds (violin)  Josie Peach (sax)
Joss Peach (piano) 
Terry Pack (bass)  Dougal Taylor (drums)
BAFTA-nominated pianist Joss Peach's latest ensemble introduces violinist Mikey Simmonds and drummer Dougal Taylor, alongside Joss's long-time collaborators, and the
varied and eclectic set will comprise brand new originals written for the ensemble. Expect insistent grooves, funky hooks and hypnotic melodies.

Friday 17th  £13/10 BOOK ONLINE Verdict Jazz presents

Tim Armacost's TRIAD

Tim Armacost (saxophones)   Michael Janisch (bass)
Klemens Marktl (drums)

Grammy-nominated US saxophonist and composer Tim has spent a lifetime of travelling and enhancing his multi-instrumental absorption of
world musics. A marquee artist of his generation currently based in New York, he has recorded for Concord, Smalls Live and Whirlwind, and is known for his rich and robust tenor sound and in-the-moment improvisations both steeped in the tradition and true to his own singular voice. He has written for Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Orchestra as well as countless other bands, and now bares all in this classic saxophone trio format.  Michael is a composer, bandleader, producer and record label owner originally from the US and currently based in London. He is known for his versatility and power and described by The Guardian as "virtuosic and emphatic."  Austrian Klemens studied drums in Holland and New York with Carl Allen, Ralph Peterson, Greg Hutchinson and Ari Hoenig, before touring and recording with artists such as George Garzone, Seamus Blake, Barry Harris and Kenny Werner. In 2001 he won first prize at the Dutch Leidsche Jazz Awards and in 2003 he moved to New York where he formed his own quartet with Chris Cheek, Aaron Goldberg and Matt Penman, and recorded his own debut album Ocean Avenue. He currently lives in Vienna and tours all over Europe. Crash helmets are advised.


Thursday 23rd  £14 WEBSITE EMAIL RESERVATION Smalls presents

Amy Roberts, Richard Exall + Smalls rhythm section

Two hugely versatile and exciting multi-reed musicians play the music of Johnny Hodges, Earl Bostic and more

Friday 24th  £10/5 BOOK ONLINE NGJ WEBSITE New Generation Jazz presents

Matt Ridley Quartet featuring Jason Yarde

Jason Yarde (soprano and alto saxophones)  John Turville (piano)

Matt Ridley (double bass, compositions)  George Hart (drums)

Formed in 2012, they have established themselves as ‘One of Britain’s very finest contemporary quartets’ - Jazzviews.  Their music takes the audience on an absorbing journey which effectively marries the exhilaration of spontaneity with intricately sculpted arrangements.  While deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, Ridley eschews the usual head/solos/head approach, preferring to create a unique sound-world from an initial inspiration.  At the heart of each composition is a strong, memorable melodic theme, the realisation of which draws on many influences for its fullest expression.  Classical, groove-based and ‘world’ musics can all be distinguished, while ferocious improvisational skills make for absorbing and entertaining listening.  Amazing band,  amazing music.