Sun 17 Nov - CHRISTIAN BREWER (sax)
"Christian Brewer is the kind of mainstream-to-postbop alto saxophonist who's easy to take for granted on the UK jazz scene. He's almost as agile and fluently expressive as the Charlie Parker disciple Phil Woods on fast pieces, and his ballad playing echoes the raw-nerve soulfulness of the late Art Pepper", John Fordham - The Guardian.
Sun 01 Dec - ANDI HOPGOOD (voc)
Andi’s performance work has taken her all over the UK, Europe and USA. She has released two albums under her own name and is hoping to release another at the end of this year. Alongside her solo work, current projects include The London Vocal Project led by Pete Churchill, a jazz duo with pianist Jim Watson and trio with saxophonist Martin Hathaway.
Sun 15 Dec - LAURA ZAKIAN (voc)
Laura brings her new project Minor Moments to Jazznights after it's sensational reviews and live performances. The band will feature her husband Paul Bartholomew on baritone sax, the brilliant pianist Steve Lodder with Bernie and Roger accompanying. A very special "Christmas Gig" night to end a great year at The Bell.
Sun 29 Dec - HARRY GREENE (sax)
This 20 year-old saxophonist and guitarist is currently based in London. Since picking up the sax and guitar at age 7 Harry was sitting in at Jazznights soon after. He has since performed at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Latitude Festival, London Olympic Park, Southbank and the Bures Jazz Festival.
Sun 12 Jan - DEREK NASH (sax)
Derek has been a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004, has led Sax Appeal for over thirty years, fronts the funk/fusion band Protect the Beat, and is a member of the Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion. He is renowned for his energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic performances on all four saxophones.
Sun 26 Jan - SAM DUNN (gtr)
"Sam Dunn is a wonderful musician on all levels. He has a wide, interesting repertoire, beautiful sound, and is equally compelling with ballads and burners. And with his fast ears and quick wit, he's great fun on the bandstand" - Judy Carmichael, US Pianist. "Keep playing those right chord changes, you sound great!" George Wein, Newport Jazz Festival
Sun 09 Feb - LIZ FLETCHER (voc)
"Fletcher has heart, sensitivity and subtle control - she’s the real deal" John Fordham, The Guardian. "Respectfully traditional and excitingly contemporary" Lee Gibson, Music Magazine. "One of the UK's top jazz singers" Ronnie Scott's Magazine. "A very talented jazz singer with that lovely gift of cool restraint" Campbell Burnhap, Jazz FM
Sun 23 Feb - ART THEMEN (sax)
Famously combining the careers of jazz saxophonist and orthopaedic surgeon, Art has been described by critic John Fordham as "an appealing presence on the British jazz circuit for over 40 years. Originally a Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins disciple he has proved himself remarkably attentive to the saxophone styles of subsequent generations".
Sun 08 Mar - VASILIS XENOPOULOS (sax)
Saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos is one of the most accomplished Greek jazz musicians of his generation and a genuine representative of straight ahead jazz. London became his permanent home after graduating with honors from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and gradually established himself as one of the UK's up and coming jazz saxophonists.
Sun 22 Mar - PETE NEIGHBOUR (clt)
Pete Neighbour is a highly respected clarinet & sax player; originally from London and now based in the USA. He travels extensively throughout the world performing in his own inimitable style and Jazznights is proud to be part of his annual UK Tour. "Pretty tone, fearless swing and neat melodic embellishment."
Sun 05 Apr - KELVIN CHRISTIANE (sax)
Kelvin Christiane has been leading his own bands for the past fifteen years and has released twelve CD’s of his originals and standards. A graduate from the Leeds College of Music he performs regularly at the major festivals in the UK and Europe which has included Nice and Montauban, France.
Sun 19 Apr - JULIAN COSTELLO (sax)
Julian Costello is a sax lyricist, telling his stories of life’s ups and downs with perfect alteration of tone to impart strength, humour and even frailty at times...where their inner nature springs to the fore. This is a great album, strong, tenacious in its quality and simply makes a great listen" Sammie Stein - Jazz in Europe.
Sun 03 May - TBA
Watch this space!
Sun 17 May - EMILY SAUNDERS (voc)
Emily balances virtuosity and a captivating presence with musicianship of the highest order establishing her not only as a rhythmically inventive jazz vocalist but also as a supremely talented songwriter. “Absolutely brilliant” – Jamie Cullum BBC Radio2. “Musicality, poise and ingenuity – Saunders is the real deal” – The Guardian.