Sun 10 Jun - SIMON SPILLETT (sax)
Described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as "formidable," Simon Spillett is a British jazz saxophonist who has won several awards for his music including the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards, Jazz Journal magazine's Critic's Choice CD of the Year and most recently the Services to British Jazz Award in the 2016 British Jazz Awards.
Sun 24 Jun - NICOLAS MEIER (gtr)
UK-based guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the UK’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 is one of the rising stars in a vibrant British jazz scene.
Sun 08 Jul - TINA MAY (voc)
Always a complete joy to get Tina May back at Jazznights. "May has a fine, expressive voice, with immaculate pitch, clear diction and no annoying mannerisms. She also has excellent pitch and diction that imparts a smile to her voice". Dave Gelly - The Observer. "Considered as one of the finest jazz vocalists" All Music Guide.
Sun 22 Jul - PAUL HIGGS (trp)
Paul presents his "Shades of Miles", a tribute to Miles Davis, the most revered jazz trumpeter of all time who was at the forefront of several major innovations in jazz from the mid '40s to the early '90s - bebop, cool, hard bop, modal, jazz funk and jazz fusion. Paul plays well-known favourites from these styles as well as some less familiar gems.
Sun 05 Aug - MARTIN SPEAKE (sax)
‘Martin Speake is one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent.’ Thomas Conrad - Jazz Times. “Speake is a strikingly talented improviser with a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration.” - Encyclopedia of Popular Music. “An alto saxophonist who sounds only like himself.” Dave Gelly - The Observer.
Sun 19 Aug - KAREN SHARP (sax)
Since leaving Humph's band Karen Sharp has continued to establish herself as a first class tenor and baritone player through working with her own band - new CD "The Sun, the Moon & You". She works with singer Tina May as well as appearing on Jacqui Dankworth's recent album. She has been recognised in the British Jazz Awards twice.
Sun 30 Sep - TARA MINTON (harp & voc)
Tara Minton is a harpist, vocalist and songwriter hailing from Melbourne, Australia and since relocating to London in the Spring of 2011 she has built an international reputation. Tara has played some of London's most iconic venues including The Elgar Room at The Royal Albert Hall, The Pizza Express Soho and Ronnie Scott's.
Sun 28 Oct - TRACKS
A return visit from this fusion band which features three of the original Shakatak members - Bill Sharpe, Keith Winter and Roger Odell plus Michael Nyman bassist Martin Elliott. They play "acoustic" versions of mainly original material influenced by the 70's jazz-rock of Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Sun 11 Nov - LEE GIBSON (voc)
Lee Gibson is a ‘jazz vocal sensation’ (The Independent). A nationally and internationally acclaimed singer who has delighted critics and fans alike with her wonderful voice, innate sense of swing and dynamic stage presence. ‘She is that rarity, a swinging singer who has also reached the highest standards of musicianship.’ Time Out.