Jazz

2020

 

3rd January

The Ted Beament Quartet

Ted Beament keyboards, Robert Fowler sax, Alec Dankworth bass, Winston Clifford drums

 

Local lad Ted is no stranger to Marigolds. One of the finest pianists in Britain Ted has performed world-wide as well as around the UK and on the London jazz scene. He has played with so many outstanding musicians, far too many to list here and is a member of the outstanding Humphrey Lyttelton Band.

 

Robert Fowler has a broad, mellow tenor sound, reminiscent of the great saxophonists of the 40s and 50s, and a swinging vibrancy to compete with the best. He has played with numerous bands and has toured in Europe, the USA and the Far East as well as being no stranger to the recording studio.

 

The son of John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, it was inevitable that Alec would go on to be an outstanding musician playing and touring the world with his parents something that he repeated with other bands. He has worked with far too many great and variety of musicians that reflect his love of music from all walks of life to list here. In 2001 Alec worked again with his parents, and his sister Jacqui Dankworth in 2009 although currently Alec’s daughter Emily Dankworth performs with Alec in his World Spirit group.

 

Winston Clifford is one of the most in demand drummers on the jazz scene today with his playing free from the usual restraints of stylistic expectations but a true reflection of listening and responding, “in the moment”. Again, he has played with far too many famous musicians to mention here.

 

Tickets £10

 

 

 

31st January

Tribute to Shelly Manne with Matt Skelton and Mark Crooks

Matt Skelton drums, Mark Crooks sax, James Davison trumpet, Leon Greening keyboards, Jeremy Brown bass.

 

Sheldon Manne (June 11, 1920 – September 26, 1984), professionally known as Shelly Manne, was an American jazz drummer. Most frequently associated with West Coast jazz, he was known for his versatility and also played in a number of other styles, including Dixieland, swing, bebop, avant-garde jazz and fusion, as well as contributing to the musical background of hundreds of Hollywood films and television programs.

 

Equally at home in modern and vintage Jazz styles Matt Skelton, a graduate of the RA of Music, enjoys a diverse musical career that encompasses Symphonic and Light Orchestral Music as well as smaller bands/trios. He has accompanied and recorded with, far too many leading internationally known Jazz figures to list here.

 

Mark graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. He moved to London to study on the postgraduate jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music after winning the Young Jazz Player of the Year Competition in 1991. Mark has worked in a wide range of musical settings including classical work and shows but is perhaps most at home in the jazz world. He has played in all of London’s top jazz venues and at jazz festivals up and down the country both with his own and other bands and orchestras.

 

Since graduating with a MA in Jazz Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, James has become a regular lead trumpet deputy in many West End Shows. As well as a busy and varied freelance player he has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and as guest Principal with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hallé Orchestra. James is also a member of several bands/orchestras, as well as his own band co-led with Callum Au.

 

Award winning jazz pianist Leon Greening has been the sideman of choice with the 'who's who' of the UK Jazz Scene. Known as 'everybody's favourite pianist' he is one of the finest pianists this country has ever produced and having done just about everything in the music world has become a mainstay of the London jazz scene whether playing for somebody else’s or his own band.

 

Jeremy Brown graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and has become one of the foremost bass players on the UK Jazz scene. Much in demand in the UK and Europe as a backing sideman he also performs as a regular member of many groups some of which he has toured abroad with. Jeremy is a founding member of the John Wilson Orchestra and whilst playing for other orchestras is currently a member of the BBC big band.

 

 

Tickets £10

 

 

 

28th February

‘Blue Town Project’ featuring Jim Mullen & Zoe Francis: https://www.zoe-francis.com/

Zoe Francis vocals, Jim Mullen guitar and Ross Stanley- Hammond organ B3.

 

Based on Zoe Francis’ album, Blue Town' project is a selection of some of the greatest bittersweet songs of the last century. Lyrics which capture our moods, whether daydreaming or reminiscing, hopeful or heartbroken. With two stellar musicians Jim Mullen ( A legend to guitar players around the world) and Ross Stanley (probably the most in-demand sideman on the British scene) they bring layers of harmonic colour to the pleasing melancholy in these stories, composers including Billy Strayhorn, Ennio Morricone, Lionel Bart and Fran Landesman.

 

Zoe started her career in her teenage years when she toured with a contemporary dance company and acted in a local theatre group. While in New York learning Tango and going to Jazz clubs she took part in vocal workshops and began singing in the many jam sessions held around Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Harlem which led onto her performing in local clubs with well-known musicians. Zoe returned to the UK where she soon started performing and recording with a number of top players and bands where the album, Blue Town is her latest project.

 

Jim Mullen has had such a long and varied illustrious career that it is impossible to do it justice here. He is a multi-award winner and has performed, toured and recorded with some of the best musicians of their time. He was guitarist with Pete Brown & Piblokto in 1970, Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, Kokomo, the Average White Band before forming associations with other musicians as leader/co-leader and attracting critical acclaim.

 

​After studying at Marlborough College and leaving Guildhall having completed a BMUS in classical and jazz piano, Ross has become one of the most in demand musicians in the UK and is recognised as one of the UK's top jazz pianists. Even in his relatively short but distinguished career he has played, recorded and toured with far too many illustrious musicians to mention here.

 

 

Tickets £10

 

 

 

 

27th March

Gig cancelled due to the coronavirus:

 

 

 

 

24th April

Gig cancelled due to the coronavirus 

 

 

29th May

The Alan Barnes Quintet

 

More to follow

 

 

 

Tickets £10

 

 

 

 

26th June

Steve Waterman Quintet

 

 

More to follow

 

 

 

Tickets £10

 

 

 

 

31st July

Elaine Delamar and Trio

 

 

More to follow

 

 

 

Tickets £10

 

 

28th August

Derek Nash Quartet

 

 

More to follow

 

 

 

Tickets £10

 

 

 

 

25th September

Nigel Price Quartet with Vasilis Xenopoulos

 

 

More to follow

 

 

 

Tickets £10

 

 

 

 

30th October

Band to be confirmed

 

 

 

Tickets £10

 

 

 

 

27th November

Band to be confirmed

 

 

Tickets £10

 

 

 

 

25th December

There’s good news and bad news

 

As it is Christmas Day there is no Gig in December.

 

We will make an announcement in due course about an extra gig at the beginning of January 2021.

 

There will be the normal jazz gig at the end of January.

 

 

Tickets £0