This high energy sextet, with African and Jazz influences, was formed in late 2016, to perform the music of two titans of Jazz – Bheki Mseleku and McCoy Tyner. It was an ambition born of love and experience; Simon Thorpe (the original bassist) and John toured with Bheki while Jason worked with McCoy. These associations bring an authority and authenticity to the group’s music as well as having a strong influence on their original material.
Since the bands inception it has released its critically acclaimed debut album McCoy and Mseleku and has played to enthusiastic audiences at club and festival appearances including Love Supreme, Scarborough, and Herts festivals as well as concert recordings for BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Now and in session for Radio 3’s J-Z.
On Wednesday, November 10, 8:00pm Alina Bzhezhinska’s Hip Harp – £18
Jay Phelps Trumpet,
Mikele Montolli Bass,
Adam Teixeira Drums,
Joel Prime Percussion
“Alina Bzhezhinska… throws a spellbinding party to awaken the senses” – London Jazz News
“…Bzhezhinska shares with Alice (Coltrane) a mastery of the jazz harp.” ★★★★★, The Times
Alina Bzhezhinska is one of the most exciting and dynamic harpists based in the UK. Her imaginative programmes have established her reputation as a harpist of exceptional accomplishment. She has had the honour of playing at European Parliament, at the Queen’s 80th-birthday celebrations at Balmoral Castle and at the King of Thailand’s birthday celebrations in Bangkok.
Jay, Mikele, Adam and Joel are outstanding players in their own right.
On Wednesday, November 24, 8:00pm The Art Themen Trio – £16
Art Themen Saxophone,
Pete Whittaker HammondOrgan,
George Double Drums
We are delighted to have three of our favourite musicians with us. Art Themen’s Wikipedia page chronicles his illustrious jazz career. We love his tone, musicality and joy in playing.
Pete Whittaker is organist for the best. The Hammond B3 beast he brings is in itself a marvel.
“George Double’s fine and delicate drumwork offering a shimmering background” LONDON JAZZ NEWS.
On Wednesday, 22 December 2021: The Alan Barnes Sextet; Ellington/Strayhorn Revisited – £25
Alan Barnes Saxophone,
Robert Fowler Saxophone,
Karen Sharp Saxophone,
David Newton Piano,
Simon Thorpe Bass,
Clark Tracey Drums
Alan Barnes is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist. He is best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax, where he combines a formidable virtuosity with a musical expression and collaborative spirit that have few peers. As a raconteur he has no jazz peer.
His range and brilliance have made him a “first call” for studio and live work since his precocious arrival on the scene more than thirty years ago.
We will be treated to a Christmas reprise of his brilliant Ellington/Strayhorn album.