Thursday 4th Smalls presents £16  WEBSITE   EMAIL OR  PHONE 07984 881561

Rossano Sportiello/Alan Barnes Duo

Rossano Sportiello (piano)  New York based Rossano is one of the brightest talents on the international jazz scene with virtually every classic style of jazz piano at his fingertips. As a recent review noted ''he never puts a finger wrong and seems to get better with every offering''. His mentor, bebop piano legend Barry Harris claims Rossano as ''The best stride pianist he's ever heard''. He has performed with many of the world’s finest jazz musicians and his burgeoning reputation makes him an ever increasing presence at international jazz festivals and concerts.
Alan Barnes (multi-reed) Over the years Alan has gained almost legendary status in British jazz for his playing and compositions. He is ‘first call music man’ at many jazz festivals and clubs and his versatility is stunning playing across the jazz spectrum. His wit, warmth and engaging style makes him a favourite with audiences, alongside a prolific recording career - over forty albums - with many of the great UK and American jazz musicians.

Friday 5th
Verdict Jazz presents £15/12  BOOK ONLINE

Art Themen’s Future Directions

with Steve Fishwick, Gareth Williams, Arnie Somogyi, Spike Wells

Art: "It's like playing alongside Kenny Dorham and Bill Evans!"

"Art Themen is one of the tiny handful of undeniably perfect jazz musicians." - Dave Gelly, Observer. Steve Fishwick lists the great Kenny Dorham amongst his influences, and with his fabulous, flawless, flowing technique he is earning for himself a global reputation comparable to his hero's. "Virtuosic Gareth Williams is a jewel of a player - spinning out luminous introductions and codas." – Jazziz magazine (USA). Arnie Somogyi has recorded over 50 albums, including four as leader, and has worked with James Moody, Bobby Hutcherson, Art Farmer and Herb Ellis. And with Spike and his legion credits, who's or what's not to love?

Friday 12th 

Quentin Collins/Brandon Allen Quartet 

 ‘wonderfully energising London legends’ - Guardian
Quentin Collins (trumpet) Brandon Allen (tenor sax) Ross Stanley (Hammond organ) Ed Richardson (drums)
"In a jazz world that seems increasingly to be dominated by music-school graduates determined to explore the trickiest chord sequences they can contrive, Collins and Allen are a bracing tonic, their approach recalling the classic jazz of the 1950s and 60s epitomised by the Blue Note label. So it was no surprise to find their quartet delivering over an hour of unfussy, melodic hard bop with grace, zip and bustling energy. They began with the title-track of their new album, 'What's It Gonna Be?' on which Collins's rattling vigour and flaring brilliance and Allen's driving power (Tubby Hayes has been mentioned) were given free rein... An irresistibly lively, sassy performance" London Jazz Fest review, 2011

Saturday 13th Lower East Side Sounds presents £15/13

Edana Minghella with Mark Edwards Trio

sultry songstress serenades from Ella to Elvis

Sunday 14th  £10/8  BOOK ONLINE IF PROBLEMATIC, PHONE ANDY 07985 778994 

Howard Alden/Geoff Simkins Trio

US guitar and UK alto masters converse with SimonWoolf

On Howard: "Utter assurance, crystalline sound, each note articulate and complete - Alden's solos are succinct, orderly and swinging." - The New Yorker * "Possibly the best guitarist of his generation" - Jazz Times * "The most impressive and creative member of a new generation." Newark Star. He has played and recorded with Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Mel Powell, Bud Freeman, Clark Terry and Dizzy Gillespie.
On Geoff: "Simkins is one of the UK's finest alto saxophonists, very much in the Lee Konitz mould. His sound is pure and lovely, his execution clean and immaculate, extolling the virtues of post-bop West Coast cool. He never over-blows or over-solos, everything is beautifully relaxed and lucid." - Geoff Eales
On Simon: "A lyrical double-bassist in the tradition of the incomparable Red Mitchell, Woolf is one of the nation's most musical players at the pinnacle of the Jazz circuit." - Streatham Hideaway * "Spirited, melodic and swinging.” - The Observer

Friday 19th £13/10   BOOK ONLINE IF PROBLEMATIC, PHONE ANDY 07985 778994 

Kevin Flanagan Quartet 

hip US emigré leads RipRap band
Kevin Flanagan (tenor, soprano saxes) Dave Gordon (piano) Joel Humann (bass) Tom Holland (drums).
“Having listened to the Riprap CD, I was full of hope that these guys could deliver live what they had managed to recreate in the studio, and I have to say the concert was absolutely amazing - one of the best groups on the circuit.” – Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex. * “The Riprap collective can take you back and forth across the porous borderland between music and poetry, contemporary poets inspiring new grooves whilst the music gives the poets back their voice clean and cool. To listen to Riprap is to discover that things are more than they are, and give more than they have.” – Malcolm Guite

Monday 22nd  £10/8   BOOK ONLINE IF PROBLEMATIC, PHONE ANDY 07985 778994

Kit Downes' Enemy 

Kit Downes (piano) Petter Eldh (bass) James Maddren (drums).
Based in London and Berlin, Enemy play expressive and complex music. Light-speed rhythmic patterns and dense harmonic clusters collide in a unique and formidable combination of voices that has been described as "fiercely intense and beautifully intricate". "Rip-roaring grooves, mind-boggling polyrhythmic drumming, snapping physicality and sweeping piano runs from brittle street grooves." - John Fordham, The Guardian 

Friday 26th New Generation Jazz presents £10/5 BOOK ONLINE STUDENTS

Trope (funk-soul-jazz five-piece)  

stars of Love Supreme 2016 make Verdict debut
Drawn together from across the British Isles on a journey from London - Birmingham - Glasgow, TROPE’s musical influences stretch much further afield. They started out life reworking and pulling around the music of Stevie Wonder, playing their debut at Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival before the mighty Nile Rodgers & Chic. 2015 saw TROPE recorded their first EP Butterflies & Dragons. A heady mix of Soul, Jazz and Hip-Hop saw comparisons made to the likes of Hiatus Kaiyote, Brotherly and Heritage Orchestra. They have been featured on BBC Introducing, made the Bandcamp New and Notable Records section and were recently nominated for 'Best New Artist' alongside The Internet, Dayme Arocena and Kamasi Washington at the 2016 JAJ Awards in Japan. TROPE are currently preparing a mini album for release, so get ready for some fresh, new sounds coming your way very soon!

The Verdict

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door/food 7.0  music 8.30 (Smalls 8.00) - late
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Jazz Festival programme May 2017