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

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Jazz programme March 2017

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

"today's most accomplished interpreter of American music" - NYTimes

Marlene VerPlanck + John Pearce Trio
Marlene VerPlanck (vocals) John Pearce (piano) Paul Morgan (bass) Bobby Worth (drums)
A former studio singer in NYC, Marlene has recorded thousands of radio and tv commercials and has sung with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Mel Tormé to Kiss.  Her latest (2016) CD
The Mood I'm In, recorded in the UK with this very trio, was awarded 5 stars in both Downbeat and Jazz Journal International, one of only 13 discs chosen, and the only singer to be honoured. 
Thursday 9th

Chris Garrick and Remi Harris

Stunning violin and guitar, with Steve Thompson and Piers Clark


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

Steve Fishwick (trumpet) Steve Main (tenor sax) Matt Wates (alto sax) Leon Greening (piano) Malcolm Creese (bass) Matt Fishwick (drums)

Matt Wates' celebrated outfit is arguably the finest and certainly the most resilient sextet in UK jazz, having been together 25 years, during which time it has recorded twelve albums of memorable, exciting originals. The band continues to work up and down the country, is assembling material for its forthcoming 13th CD, and as usual will tonight be test driving some new material for the discerning Verdict audience.
"I strongly believe that jazz has to swing. This is what gives the music that beautiful human quality which attracted us in the first place. If it isn't swinging at least some of the time, I really don't feel it's jazz." - Matt
"This is quite simply the best British band in years" - Steve Voce

Friday 17th  BOOK ONLINE  £13/10  Verdict Jazz presents
 Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet "inspired by Alice and John Coltrane"

Tony Kofi (saxophones) Alina Bzhezhinska (Ukraine, harp) Larry Bartley (double bass) Joel Prime (Australia, drums) 

Verdict favourite Tony has played with Donald Byrd, David Murray, Sam Rivers, Andrew Hill and Ornette Coleman, his fluent, fiery hard-bop alto in constant demand. “Passionate... superb... heartfelt.” - Guardian Alina B studied music in Poland before being appointed harp tutor at Scotland's Royal Conservatoire. She has played at the European Parliament, at the Queen's 80th birthday at Balmoral and at the Thai King's birthday in Bangkok. Her London appearances include Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, live on BBC Radio 3 and the London Jazz and Film Festivals. Her duo with jazz vocalist Niki King was support act for Gregory Porter. "Alina played with conviction, a strong sense of rhythm and superb use of dynamics" - Edinburgh Festival   Joel was on a kit from age 3, playing regular gigs at 11, gained an honours degree in music, in 2008 won a Downbeat (USA) award, and in 2011 was voted his country's Best Up & Coming DrummerLarry has played with Stan Turrentine, Julian Joseph, Andy Sheppard, Orphy Robinson, Steve Williamson and Soweto Kinch. 

Together they will display their skills with beautiful melodies and jazz harmonies in an intimate performance of tunes by Duke Ellington, Randy Weston, Alice & John Coltrane, plus some specially written originals. 


Thursday 23rd £14  WEBSITE  EMAIL RESERVATIONS  Smalls presents

Dave Green & Steve Brown

Celebrating the rhythm section, with Mark Edwards and Piers Clark

Friday 24th £13/10  BOOK ONLINE  Verdict Jazz presents

Terry Seabrook Quintet plays Wayne Shorter

Graham Flowers (trumpet) Andy Panayi (saxes) Terry Seabrook (piano) Simon Thorpe (bass) Pete Hill (drums)

Terry's exciting new Quintet follows on from one his renowned previous projects, Milestones, which focused on the music of Miles Davis. This is a natural progression, since Shorter was one of Miles’s most important sidemen and contributed so many brilliantly original pieces for that quintet. Shorter has been one of the greatest and most prolific of contemporary jazz composers, and he has written for all of the bands in which he has played, including Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and of course Weather Report. There is much to choose from, but the compositions selected and arranged for tonight include One By One, Speak No Evil, Black Nile, Ana Maria, Fee Fi Fo Fum, Witch Hunt, Prince of Darkness, Nefertiti, Night Dreamer, ESP, Infant Eyes, Wild Flower and more. There will also be some originals by Terry and Andy Panayi.

Friday 31st £10/5  WEBSITE  BOOK ONLINE   New Generation Jazz presents
MAISHA featuring Nubya Garcia and Shirley Tetteh

Nubya Garcia (sax, flute) Shirley Tetteh (guitar) Amane Suganami (keys) Twm Dylan (bass)

Jake Long (drums)  Tim Doyle (percussion)

Maisha is a London based ensemble lead by drummer Jake Long playing original music inspired by the sounds of artists such as Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, fused with West African and Afro-beat rhythms. The band features Nubya Garcia and Shirley Tetteh, who have both wowed New Generation audiences with their as members of Nerija and Gary Crosby's Groundation. Their debut EP, which was recorded live at South London arts event Good Evening/Royal Albert, has a rhythmic, spiritual energy that radiates from every beat and note played. “Welcome to a new welcome” captures the raw intensity of the young musicians in this band who have come together with a common quest… to touch your soul.