January 2019

Simon Spillett, 25th

Friday 4th £13/10 Verdict Jazz presents at last the return to UK of wonder pianist DAVE DRAKE TRIO • Local hero finally overcomes US visa problems and celebrates with Tim Thornton (bass) Shane Forbes (drums) and new original compositions • info & book onlineHeartraceSkydive

Saturday 5th £15/12 Roxanne presents DARREN BECKETT QUARTET featuring JASON YARDE • high-energy Coltranesque, with New York edge • Jason Yarde (reeds) John Donaldson (piano) Simon Thorpe (bass) Darren Beckett (drums) • info & book via Roxanne@Verdict

Saturday mornings 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th 11am-1pm £80 for 4 weeks, £25 drop-in VOCAL JAZZ – the nuts and bolts • singers’ course hosted by Claire Martin & Elaine Crouch • info & book via Roxanne@Verdict

Friday 11th £15/12 Verdict Jazz presents MINGUS UNDERGROUND OCTET PLUS SARA OSCHLAG • the amazing BassMeant tribute band rides again, featuring Mark Bassey (trombone) Martijn Van Galen (trumpet) Andy Pickett (alto sax) Sam Miles (tenor sax) Rob Leake (baritone sax, bass clarinet) David Beebee (piano) Terry Pack (bass) Milo Fell (drums) with special guest Sara Oschlag (vocals) • reprise, with new material, of last June’s sensational gig • info & book onlineThe ClownThe Ditchling Beacon

Saturday 12th £10/5 Roxanne presents NIGHTHAWKS • celebrating Jazz from the movies • Matt Wates (alto sax) Roy Hilton (piano) George Trebar (bass) Pete Hill Drums • info & book via Roxanne@Verdict

Thursday 17th £16 Smalls presents SCOTT HAMILTON plus the Smalls rhythm section • “the finest living tenor saxist in the modern swing idiom” with Mark Edwards (piano) Steve Thompson (bass) Steve Brown (drums) • Smalls website • tickets email dennis.simpson100@gmail.com • sold out

Friday 18th £10/5 New Generation Jazz presents ALEX HITCHCOCK QUINTET • young powerhouse features Alex Hitchcock (tenor saxophone) James Copus (trumpet/flugelhorn) Will Barry (piano) Joe Downard (bass) Jay Davis (drums) • Info & book online Blues for J C 

Saturday 19th £15/12 Roxanne presents FEVER: JO HARROP sings Peggy Lee, featuring TONY KOFI (alto sax) • with Alex Webb (piano) Neville Malcolm (bass) Joel Prime (drums) • info & book via Roxanne@Verdict

Sunday 20th £12/9 Roxanne presents SAM BRAYSHER & MICHAEL KANAN • return of superb young altoman with top New York pianist • info & book via Roxanne@Verdict

Friday 25th £15/12 Verdict Jazz presents SIMON SPILLETT QUARTET• Simon Spillett (tenor sax) Rob Barron (piano) Alec Dankworth (bass) Spike Wells (drums) • UK’s master reedman with A-team rhythm section: no compromise • info & book onlineSquare One trailerGrits, Beans and Greens

Saturday 26th £10/5 Roxanne presents FRANK GREENE BAND • funk/soul 9-piece with infectious melodies, inescapable hooks and massive energy • info & book via Roxanne@Verdict