Pre-Covid

A nostalgic reminder of the way we were before lockdown, February-March 2020

 

Saturday 1st February Roxanne presents Adrian Cox: Now is Spring • Parliamentary nominee launches CD • Adrian Cox (clarinet/vocals) Joe Webb (piano) Simon Read (double bass) Gethin Jones (drums)

 

Friday 7th Verdict Jazz presents Lewis Wright/Kit Downes Duo • Empirical vibesman and pianist recreate “loveliness and bravado” • Tokyo ’81 • Ono no Komachi

 

 

 

Saturday 8th Roxanne presents Talinka 2 • featuring Tali Atzmon (vocals), baroque virtuoso Jenny Bliss (‘cello), international jazz stars Gilad Atzmon (reeds) and Yaron Stavi (bass) • launch of 2nd album Rainbow Over Kolonaki  • latest video  • Losing Vision • Four 2 Tango

 

Thursday 13th Smalls presents Alan Barnes & Trevor Whiting • legendary reedman and Chris Barber saxist turn sixty, with Mark Edwards (piano) Piers Clark (guitar) Steve Thompson (bass) • Alan’s Top Tracks • Trevor: C Jam Blues

 

Friday 14th Verdict Jazz presents Xhosa Cole/Jay Phelps Quartet • Parliamentary award winning saxist and superb, genre-fluid trumpeter, with James Owston (bass) Jim Bashford (drums) • Xhosa’s Quintet 1080  • Jay: Everyone’s Ethnic

 

Saturday 15th Roxanne presents Joy Ellis Trio: Dwell • exciting  singer-songwriter-poet-pianist on CD launch tour, with Henrik Jensen (bass) Adam Osmianski (drums) • From Dusk Till Dawn • Here in the Quiet

 

Friday 21st Roxanne presents Pete Cater’s Ministry of Jazz • ace drummer leads all-star septet featuring Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor sax) Adrian Fry (trombone) George Hogg (trumpet) Richard Shepherd (alto sax) Pete Whittaker (hammond organ) Simon Thorpe (bass) • Sampler

 

Saturday 22nd Verdict Jazz presents Martin Speake – Ethan Iverson International Quartet • US Bad Plus pianist teams with UK sax virtuoso plus Calum Gourlay (bass) Jeff Williams (drums) • “He (Iverson) now makes music that innovates from the inside out” – Wall Street Journal • Blackwell • Dancing in the Dark

 

Wednesday 26th SafeHouse presents Trevor Watts & Jamie Harris plus new quartet: Ron Caines (saxes) Alice Eldridge (‘cello) Gus Garside (bass) James Parsons (drums)

 

Friday 28th New Generation Jazz presents Zeñel • Laurence Wilkins (trumpet) Noah Stoneman (keys) Zoe Pascal (drums) • hot young trio lead “bared-teeth cavalry charge” – LondonJazzNews • @ Jazz Re:Freshed

 

Saturday 29th Roxanne presents David Angol Quartet • Peaky Blinders tenor saxist makes Verdict debut with Leon Daniel (piano) Neville Malcolm (bass)  Winston Clifford (drums) • Cadenza • Conversation

 

Friday 6th March Roxanne presents Gaz Hughes Sextet • tribute to  Art Blakey • Bruce Adams (trumpet) Alan Barnes & Dean Masser (reeds) Andrzej Baranek (piano) Ed Harrison (bass) Gaz Hughes (drums) • simply unmissable • Promo video

 

Saturday 7th Roxanne presents Nimbus Sextet • top Scottish band led by keys and harmonica player Joe Nichols, with a fresh take on world music, post-bop, hip-hop and funk, creating instantly relatable melodic hooks, driving grooves and episodic compositions • Klara

 

Friday 13th Verdict Jazz presents Chris Batchelor’s Zoetic • Chris Batchelor (trumpet) John Parricelli (guitar) Margrit Hasler (viola) Steve Watts (bass) Paul Clarvis (drums) • eclectic sounds from African grooves to wistful European folk melodies to sinuous Arabic lines  • Shanzu • Telling The Tale