Sun 25 Aug - MARK NIGHTINGALE (trb)
Mark is rightly considered to be one of the best trombonists in the world. As a session musician he has worked with everyone from Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini and Michel Le Grand on the one hand to Kylie Minogue, Paul McCartney and Elton John on the other! He wins British Jazz Awards on an annual basis.
Sun 08 Sep - MATT WATES (sax)
"A truly remarkable young British alto saxophonist" Dave Gelly, Observer. "A performer of boundless ability" Ken Rattenbury, Crescendo. "The most swinging alto player on both sides of the Atlantic" Duncan Lamont. "An incredibly talented musician and composer" John Dankworth. "In his modest way, Matt Wates is a bit of a phenomenon" Dave Gelly, Observer.
Sun 22 Sep - JOSH KEMP (sax)
With a playing style combining melodic inventiveness, a rich tone and a lyrical style of improvisation, Josh is a regular performer at Jazz Clubs and Festivals across the UK, with recent performances including Ronnie Scott's and the London Jazz Festival. A musician in the finest tradition - just 100 per cent free-range swing.
Sun 06 Oct - ESTELLE KOKOT (voc)
“If you want to hear a genuine innovator with a creative twist on Jazz vocals include Estelle Kokot” London Jazz Festival. "She is the queen of nuance, understands the power of dramatic expression when sincerely delivered and crashes through the barriers of convention with disarming honesty then delivers the unbelievable". Gisele Turner - Going Places.
Sun 20 Oct - NIC MEIER (gtr)
In just a few short years, 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 03 Nov - DEBBY BRACKNELL (voc)
Debby has many years of experience as a professional singer in both live settings and in the studio. She started her vocal training at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford receiving the high accolade of most outstanding vocalist of the year. She has worked as backing vocalist for Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, Shakatak & Mica Paris.
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.