Sun 01 Apr - CHRIS RAND (sax)
London based Saxophonist Chris Rand grew up on the south coast of Dorset. He moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and quickly became one of the UK’s top saxophone side men playing and recording throughout the world with many of UK’s top Jazz and Blues artists. "A self-confessed rock ‘n’ roller who flirts with jazz" Jazzwise.
Sun 15 Apr - ATILA (voc)
Atila started his professional career with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and he is now an established Jazz singer in the UK. Sartorially stylish and musically classy, his interpretations of the American Songbook take influence from early Frank Sinatra. “I was very impressed with his singing, he has a real feel for the lyric” Sir Michael Parkinson.
Sun 29 Apr - HARRY GREENE (saxes & gtr)
Harry is a 20 year-old saxophonist and guitarist currently based in London. Since picking up the sax and guitar at age 7 he was sitting in at Jazznights soon after! He is currently studying full-time on the jazz course at London's Royal Academy of Music, as well as playing and writing for a wide range of different bands.
Sun 13 May - ED JONES (sax)
An award winning Uk jazz saxophonist/composer who has been based in London for over 25 years. He works in the UK and internationally with a wide range of his own projects and collaborations, and has over 70 published works as a composer and discographic credits on over 150 recordings.
Sun 27 May - EMILY DANKWORTH (voc)
Given Emily’s musical heritage – granddaughter to Dame Cleo Laine and the late Sir John Dankworth as well as niece to Jacqui Dankworth and daughter to Alec Dankworth – it is no surprise that she has her forte in music. Bonus: Alec will be on bass! "Flawless pitch with a lovely lyrical expression in her voice". Tina May.
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.