The Verdict Revival Lockdown Sessions
An exciting lineup for April, embracing the global reach and flavors of jazz influenced music from Brazil to Cuba and leading up to a free live stream for the 10th International Jazz Day Celebration on the 30th of April sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum london. You can find all live stream events listed here on our Eventbrite page. #jazzday #theverdictrevival #rebirthofthegroove
Friday 23rd April, 8.30pm BST
Adriana Lord – vocals / Luke Rattenbury – guitar / Eddie Myer – bass / Tristan Banks – percussion
One of the top exponents of Cuban, Salsa, Cumbia and Latin Music working in the UK today, Son Guarachando is fronted by Adriana Lord from Havana, who was a leading force on the Cuban scene for over a decade, having worked with William Vivanco, Eliades Ochoa (Buena Vista Social Club) and N.G. La Banda. They have been in high UK demand, with club dates at Ronnie’s, The Barbican and Bar Salsa, plus tours, festivals and private parties. The band was recently featured on BBC1′s The One Show.
£8 ticket link
Friday 30th April, 7:30pm BST
Free admission 10th International Jazz Day Celebration : Tunes in Rooms/Austrian Cultural Forum
Guido Spannocchi – woodwinds / Jay Phelps – trumpet / Rupert Cox – piano / Ruth Goller – bass / Tristan Banks – drums / plus duo: Lisa Hofmaninger – reeds / Judith Schwarz – drums
Jazzexchange is a series of concerts initiated by the ACF and curated by the two Austrian-born London-based musicians Aram Zarikian and Guido Spannocchi. The project aims to link cutting-edge bands from Austria to the UK scene – even during travel-banned pandemics. Every year nearly 200 countries participate in International Jazz Day, organising concerts, jam sessions, workshops and conferences.
free admission booking link
Friday 7th May, 8.30pm BST
Greg Heath / Nick Meier Quartet
Gregory Heath – Soprano & Tenor Saxophones / Nicolas Meier – Electric & Acoustic Guitar / Simon Thorpe – Acoustic bass / Nick Smalley – Drums & Percussion
UK-based guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the world’s most original and uniquely talented guitarists. Drawing from a love of Turkish, Eastern & Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango and more — all mixed with jazz — Meier’s versatility and musical fluency extends well beyond that, even. (… so much so, that his considerable talents drew the attention of rock guitar legend, Jeff Beck, who made Nicolas a mainstay in The Jeff Beck Group — carrying him on two world tours during the course of the last several years.)
Gregory Heath – Soprano & Tenor Saxophones. New Zealand born tenor saxophonist Greg Heath has been resident in the UK since 1986 and has worked with a wide range of jazz and popular musicians, including Dr John, Jimmy Cliff, Omar Hakim, Rachael Z, Nile Rogers, Mica Paris, Maceo Parker, Van Morrison and Joan Armatrading, Ilham Al Madfai, Roy Ayers, Beverley Knight, Jimmy Ruffin. As a composer and has extensive experience writing for film, television and interactive media as well as leading his own quartet with an album release Fact & Fiction. 2009. He is a current member and co-founder of UK Jazz supergroup Hexagonal.
£8 ticket link
Friday 14th May, 8.30pm BST
Paul Booth / Ross Stanley / Tristan Banks
Paul Booth is the in-demand sax man on today’s music scene. His ability to blend into any musical surrounding coupled with his talents as a multi-instrumentalist has led to him being regularly chosen to perform with many well-known artists. Paul has toured, performed and recorded around the world with Steve Winwood, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Carlos Santana, Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers Band, Bonnie Raitt, Chaka Khan, Kylie Minogue, Jamiroquai, Gregory Porter, Barry Manilow, Warren Haynes, Marti Pellow, Derek Trucks, Eddie Henderson, Geoffrey Keezer, Clarence Penn and Ingrid Jensen. He has worked with Incognito, Brand New Heavies and The BBC Big Band. Paul currently performs his own music with a number of different groups and has 6 solo albums released.
Ross Stanley is one of the UK’s top jazz pianists – constantly in demand for his flowing creative and lyrical playing. His soloing is profoundly steeped in complex harmonic tension and release but always serves the music and is universally revered by both fellow musicians and the wider listening public alike. Ross’s musical skills have kept him in high demand, seeing him play with names such as Eddie Gomez, Pino Palladino, Seamus Blake, Jim Mullen Organ Trio, Deodato, Dennis Rollins and has toured with Maceo Parker, Tom Jones, Jamie Cullum, Zigaboo Modeliste, Steve Ferrone, Hamish Stuart, Goldie, US3, Trevor Horn. Ross is a Hammond endorsee and also received a British Jazz Award in the Organ Category 2016.
Tristan Banks has worked as a recording artist and session musician building a reputation as a knowledgeable, versatile and authentic world-class drummer and percussionist. Working with many artists covering a wide field of musical genres including Roy Ayers, Steve Winwood, Dave Valentin, Beverley Knight, Hexagonal, David Gilmour, Peter King, Lewis Taylor, Guy Barker, Marcos Valle, Liane Carroll, Terry Callier, Da Lata, Jim Mullen, Carleen Anderson and Mayra Andrade.