Friday 1st  £15/12   BOOK ONLINE

Brighton debut of UK’s hippest singer + Leon Greening Trio

Kevin Fitzsimmons Quartet

Kevin Fitzsimmons (vocals)  Leon Greening (piano)  Adam King (bass)  Lloyd Haines (drums)

Genuinely hip male jazz singers are few and far between. Genuinely hip British male jazz singers are as hens' teeth. Born into a musical show business family, Londoner Kevin discovered the Great American Songbook aged five, became a long time fan of Mark Murphy and Mel Tormé and is already forging his own reputation as a charismatic performer and songwriter.

"An irresistible mix of Sinatra, Bennett and Bublé, backed by a world class band" - Jazz FM.

"Unique interpretations, superb presence, a brilliant gig" - Jazz Nights

"Lovers of jazz vocal mainstream have another star to follow" - Jazzwise Magazine

"Talent, originality and that rare vocal skill of total control over all that he does" - Grapevine Magazine.

Monday 4th  free

controversial author braves the gagging threats

Gilad Atzmon book launch: Being in Time

"A universalist, humanistic and humanitarian critique of contemporary Western politics, culture, values and mores" - Francis A. Boyle, Professor of international law, University of Illinois (reviewing Gilad's previous book The Wandering Who? (2011) which has been translated into more than ten languages.


Wednesday 6th 8.0 pm  £3/2

Safehouse WEBSITE open session

Friday 8th  £13/10    BOOK ONLINE

introducing rising UK alto star + US piano master

Sam Braysher/Michael Kanan Quartet

Sam Braysher (alto sax)  Michael Kanan (piano)  Dario di Lecce (bass) Steve Brown (drums)
Born in 1989, Sam studied at the Guildhall, gaining a First in 2011, since when he has carved out a career as another precious jazz rarity, a youthful purist. In 2010 his quartet won the UK Jazz Radio Young Performers Award. To coincide with the release of their duo album Golden Earrings (Fresh Sound New Talent Records), he has invited over from New York the celebrated pianist Michael Kanan.  A real master with an exquisite touch, Michael is a world-class interpreter of standards who has collaborated extensively with jazz royalty including Jane Monheit, Jimmy Scott, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Peter Bernstein. With the dream bass and drums team of Dario and Steve, expect a fresh, swinging approach to the timeless material of the Great American Songbook from these four wonderfully gifted and melodic improvisers.

Saturday 9th  £8/5  BOOK ONLINE  

Brighton favourite introduces brilliant US drummer

Terry Seabrook Trio

Terry Seabrook (piano)  Nigel Thomas (bass)  Darren Beckett (drums)  

Terry and Nigel have been playing together since they started out in jazz as  The Smalltet duo at The Eagle in Gloucester Road 40 years ago. Since then they have featured in various formations (Hipnosis in the 80s being a memorable funky high point) as well as in their own projects. Recently they have been playing  with newcomer Darren Beckett who makes his Verdict debut tonight. Arriving from New York a year ago Darren has been relished the thriving Brighton scene as well as continuing his international work with singer Madeleine Peyroux, with whom he has toured for ten years. His CV also includes Lee Konitz, Larry Goldings, Rich Perry, The Fugees and Aaron Parks. The Trio will be playing some bespoke arrangements of standards as well as originals and songs by more contemporary composers such as Pat Metheny, Lennon-McCartney, Tom Harrell and Clare Fischer.

Friday 15th  £15/12  BOOK ONLINE

UK's finest guitar/vocal partnership with  Terry, Nigel, Spike

Jim Mullen/Zoe Francis Quintet

Zoe Francis (vocals)   Jim Mullen (guitar)   Terry Seabrook (piano)

Nigel Thomas (bass)   Spike Wells (drums)

A rescheduling of the gig earlier this year which had to be cancelled because of Jim's miserable foot problem, from which, praise be, he has now fully recovered.
"If you know current British jazz you will know Jim Mullen's playing. He's been around for quite a while and records regularly, but that's no reason to take him for granted. With his unique mellow sound (the result of using his thumb as plectrum) and his ability to spin a seemingly effortless stream of melody, he never fails to keep your ears fully occupied." - Dave Gelly, The Observer (reviewing 2013 CD String Theory) "Several months having passed since hearing the debut show of singer Zoe Francis with guitar legend Jim, it was with some sense of anticipation that I made my way to Dean Street's Pizza Express... Immediately one could not help noticing an increased authority, and yet - and it is an important part of her appeal - she retains an almost diffident charm and a vocal quality that seem to hark back to singers of the thirties and forties. Without trying for the effect, just now and again there might be a hint of Billie Holiday too... Francis invariably chooses great tunes, many of them out of the norm... The acid test for me was her duet with Mullen on My Man: here was a treatment that brought her exquisite voice and considerable technique into clear focus - beautiful. They sent us out into the street after two sets that did not lose their grip once. Quite an achievement from someone who is still a relatively new face." - Brian Blain, LondonJazz

Thursday 21st  £10/5  BOOK ONLINE   

deep acoustic jazz featurs striking original compositions  

Eddie Myer Quintet

Riley Stone-Lonergan (tenor sax)  Mark Edwards (piano)
Luke Rattenbury (guitar)  Eddie Myer (bass)  Tristan Banks (drums) 

After a successful run of summer festival appearances the Eddie Myer Quintet return to their favourite venue for the first time since their sold-out show in January with a packed program of material from the first two albums and some previews of the upcoming new recording, mixed in with their own take on some familiar and unfamiliar standards.
Expect a mixture of hard driving swing spiced with Cuban and Brasilian rhythms and a sensibility that blends the timeless with the contemporary, plus plenty of hot soloing.
"Accumulates beauty like a Sunday walk in the park… An exhilarating celebration.”  - Jazzwise Magazine


Friday 22nd  £15/12  BOOK ONLINE     

brilliant pianist interprets The Nightingale and the Rose and standards

Will Butterworth Quartet

Seb Pipe (alto sax)  Will Butterworth (piano)  Nick Pini (bass)

Marco Quarantotto (drums)  + Verdict poet-in-residence Gilli Bloodaxe

Will has been professional for 14 years, playing across Europe and with many of Britain's finest musicians, including Bill Bruford, Andy Sheppard, Julian Siegel and Asaf Sirkis. He was half of the critically acclaimed 'Stravinsky Duo' with Dylan Howe, he has recorded three CDs as leader, and his quartet album The Nightingale and the Rose, inspired by the Oscar Wilde fantasy, was released by Jellymould this month.
"A talented modern jazz pianist with a spacious and fractious beauty, a rising British star." - Time Out   "Intense, thrilling music-making, this is a bold, fresh adventure." - Jazz Journal
"One of the most thrilling musicians you can see/hear anywhere." - The Mirror
"A brilliant young pianist, stunning displays of virtuosity, a remarkable talent" - The Jazz Mann

Saturday 23rd  £10/5  BOOK ONLINE    

Ma Baker presents

superb trumpeter leads Love Supreme all-stars

Chris Coull Quintet

Chris Coull (trumpet & flugelhorn)  Sara Oschlag (vocals)  Tim Wells (piano)  Dan Sheppard (bass)  Dave Trigwell (drums)  

Chris has played alongside Alan Barnes, John Dankworth and many other UK greats, his thoughtful, subtle improvisations following the styles of Clifford Brown and Miles Davis with perhaps a dash of Woody Shaw. His recordings include Blues On the Corniche and Jazz from the Sands. Tonight he and standout UK vocalist Sara perform songs on their latest CD, a collection from the great American songbook.

"Great sound and sweet lines, Chris is a trumpeter not to be missed!" - Dominick Farinacci

Wednesday 27th 8.0 pm  £6/5

Safehouse WEBSITE presents

Alan Wilkinson/Andrew Cheetham duo

+ Ian Brighton (solo)


Thursday 28th 8.0 pm  £15  email Dennis for reservations    

Smalls WEBSITE presents

Matthias Seuffert & Martin Shaw + Smalls rhythm

Top Berlin sax man and cool UK trumpeter open Smalls' new season with Mark Edwards Trio

Friday 29th  £10/5 BOOK ONLINE

New Generation Jazz WEBSITE presents

Cassie Kinoshi's SEED

Formed in early 2016, SEED Ensemble is a ten-piece band led by London-based alto saxophonist and composer Cassie Kinoshi, also known for her work with jazz septet NÉRIJA and Afrobeat band KOKOROKO. The band explores a blend of genres and features some of London’s most up-and-coming young jazz musicians including tuba player Theon Cross and tenor saxophonist Chelsea Carmichael.
" A most fantastic and colourful approach - So very well done and I'm extremely proud of you all. Big thanks " - Greg Osby " The richness of the band’s melody, harmony and solo is something we can attest to and that got the crowd going. Band members cut across race and gender; and original compositions are inspired by social issues. A night of music by the people for the people about the people. We like "

Saturday 30th  £10/5  BOOK ONLINE
Ma Baker presents 

Joss Peach Group

BAFTA-nominated pianist Joss's latest enseble playing a diverse mix of material including some favourite standards, some originals, and some interpretions of non-jazz material by artists like Sting. Expect great melodies, rich textures, and creative interplay. Always a fun and fascinating evening.

The Verdict
159 Edward Street, BN2 0JB
door/food 7.0  music 8.30 - late
book @ WeGotTickets   VENUE PAGE

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