Friday 6th  £15/12   BOOK ONLINE
"Britain's finest straight ahead trumpeter" - Evening Standard

Damon Brown Quintet
Damon Brown (trumpet, fl'horn)  Christian Brewer (alto sax)

Leon Greening (piano)  Adam King (bass)  Kim Minchan (S. Korea, ds)

Four of UK's top jazz musicians are are joined tonight by South Korea's finest drummer Kim Minchan for this special concert to promote Damon's latest CD Han River Tales, recently released by Seoul's WePlayJazz label. Damon recorded the CD in Korea last year with the powerful and creative Minchan driving the music forward. The sets will be a mixture of Damon's infectious originals and some specially arranged standards. and as always with Damon, you can expect a highly explosive and fun night.

Saturday 7th  £10/5    BOOK ONLINE
Gilad introduces his singing actress better half and her debut CD
Tali Atzmon's Talinka Quartet
Tali Atzmon (vocals)   Gilad Atzmon (reeds, accordion)  Jenny Bliss Bennet (violin, viola da gamba, flute, vocals)  Yaron Stavi (bass)

"Talinka - such an evocative name - wittily appropriate for this intimate set sensitively arranged around Tali's heartfelt, true and soulful voice. Since hearing her discrete contributions to records by Gilad and friends, I've long wished she would make a record revealing her own deeply personal approach. Here, at last, is that record." - Robert Wyatt 

"Talinka is a gem, everything flowing, gently adventurous, soothing, sonorous and pregnant with earthy jazz refrains... Take your shoes off, ratchet the Barcalounger all the way back, and relax into this highly intelligent CD; you deserve it." - Mark S. Tucker, Veritas Vamprius



the finest clarinettist in the world? 
Smalls presents Ken Peplowski with Julian Stringle, Craig Milverton, Piers Clark, Steve Thompson


Friday 13th  £15/12  BOOK ONLINE 
the great sax/guitar partnerships celebrated
XPQ: Xenopoulos/Price Quartet

Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor sax) Nigel Price (guitar)  Dario di Lecce (bass)  Steve Brown (drums)

For almost a decade Nigel Price and Vasilis Xenopoulos have established a strong musical partnership through their shared stylistic and artistic connections. Their newly formed band pays homage to some of the greatest guitar/saxophone collaborations such as Jim Hall/Sonny Rollins, Wes Montgomery/Johnny Griffin, Kenny Burrell/Stanley Turrentine, Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd, and from the UK scene Dave Cliff/Geoff Simkins and the legendary Morrissey/Mullen.


Saturday 14th  £15/12   BOOK ONLINE

internationally acclaimed and twice winner BBC best jazz vocalist

Ma Baker presents  Ian Shaw
“Best Jazz Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004, and nominated in the Best UK Vocalist category at the Jazz FM awards in 2013, Ian has already amassed a number of highly praised international albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz singers. His 13th album, A Ghost In Every Bar, the lyrics of Fran Landesman (Splash Point Records), was exceptionally well received. In the summer of 2015 he signed to Harmonia Mundi's Jazz Village label and recorded the album The Theory Of Joy for them, which was released in February 2016 to great acclaim on tours to Canada, the Far East, Australia and Europe. Following this success, Ian has been nominated for Male Jazz Vocalist of the Year in the prestigious US Downbeat 82nd Annual Readers' Poll


Wednesday 18th  £6/5   BOOK ONLINE

SME and Moiré musician with adventurous pianist

Safehouse presents  TrevorWatts & Simon Grew


Friday 20th  £13/10   BOOK ONLINE
our man in Los Angeles reaffirms special relationship
Benn Clatworthy Quartet 

Benn Clatworthy (tenor sax)  John Donaldson (piano)  Simon Thorpe (bass)  Rod Youngs (drums)

Following the success of his latest CD What's Going On, a trip with JD to New Orleans where they played with the great drum master Herlin Riley (Wynton Marsalis, Ahmad Jamal, Dr John), and a  whistle-stop tour of South America, Benn makes his annual return to Blighty and the Verdict, this time with our own nearby master Rod Youngs. "Some of the most emotive and creative jazz this side of Sonny Rollins." - Edinburgh Evening News    "A Master Player" -  LA Weekly     "Sublime" -  Jazz Times


Saturday 21st  £13/10   BOOK ONLINE

super-hip saxist launches new CD

Paul Booth Quartet

Paul Booth (saxes)  Steve Hamilton (piano)  Dave Whitford (bass)  Andrew Bain (drums)

Paul writes: "The idea behind this project is to go back to my jazz roots, writing material with strong melodic and harmonic content that also provides a vehicle for quartet improvisation and the musicians' unique talents. In a way I want to write one page songs in the style of the American songbook but reflecting a more contemporary and personal twist. I also want to record in the style of quartets in the 1950s and 60s, that is, without overdubs or separation. We will all face each other in the studio and just play live. Two or three takes of each track and done."
Cheltenham Jazz writes: "Booth's band is very much a band, a thing of inspired empathy, playing a skilfully planned and varied programme, flying upon a high tide of logic and momentum. No sweat, it was pure enjoyment. Andrew Bain was a lead player's delight, keeping the beat ever varied and interesting, and anticipating to a hair's breadth the need for increased dynamics. The exhilaration was quite something."

Wednesday 25th  £10/5  

Greek gypsy jazz featuring brilliant guitarist Jim Politis

The Ghost Notes
The Ghost Notes were formed in Greece in 2012 by vituoso guitarist and Berklee scholar Jim Politis. Influenced by traditidional manouche gypsy tunes, Django Reinhardt and the whole spectrum of jazz music, they play original compositions that combine a modern approach to gypsy and swing with Greek elements and ethnic flavours. Following Jazzy-Key and Secrets of a Memory, the band has just released their 3rd album, Dance of Colors, which they will perform on this, their 4th European Tour.
presents Imogen Ryall celebrating Ella Fitzgerald
with Mark Edwards, Steve Thompson, Steve Brown

Friday 27th  £10/5  

virtuoso pianist “best new talent of 2016” - Marlbank

New Generation presents  Charlie Stacey

more information to follow


Saturday 28th  £15 /12 

sensational octet returns with new material

Mingus Underground

Martijn Van Galen (trumpet) Mark Bassey (trombone) Andy Pickett  (alto sax) Rob Leake (baritone sax, bass clarinet) Sam Miles (tenor sax)  Joss Peach (piano) Terry Pack (bass) Milo Fell (drums)

+ Verdict poet-in-residence Gilli Bloodaxe

The Mingus Underground Octet returns to the Verdict after previous sell-out visits, playing a selection of well and lesser known pieces from the Mingus canon. The show will feature performance poet Gilli Bloodaxe vocalising Mingus’s The Man Who Never Sleeps, which mixes the mythology of sleep with the mythology of Mingus.

The Verdict
159 Edward Street, BN2 0JB
door/food 7.0  music 8.30 - late
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Jazz programme October 2017




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