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 - LOZ SPEYER (trp)
"Nobody writes world music quite like Loz Speyer, and he’s long deserved a bigger stage" John Fordham, the Guardian. "I liked trumpeter Loz Speyer‘s approach. He managed to get away from all the frantic business card-swapping and took refuge in playing some beautiful-toned crystal-clear bebop lines." Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz News.
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.
Sun 31 May - SNOWBOY (congas)
He is without doubt, the country’s best known Latin percussionist and his band is probably Europe’s most travelled Latin Jazz act. He has performed or recorded with Lisa Stansfield, Imelda May, Amy Winehouse, Rod Temperton, Airto Moreira, Deodato, Mica Paris, Incognito, Shakatak, Beatifik (!) and many more.
Sun 14 Jun - ANDI HOPGOOD (voc)
Andi is a respected vocalist and saxophonist, having graduated with an MMus in Jazz from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2005. Her music crosses jazz, blues, pop, and soul, and she has a passion for improvisation. Andi’s performance work has taken her all over the UK, Europe and USA.
Sun 28 Jun - 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. Chris 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.
Sun 12 Jul - LIZ FLETCHER (voc)
Born in Kingston Upon Thames into a musical family (her parents were singers, her stepfather a saxophonist), Liz has performed all over Europe, the Far East and USA. Influenced by Peggy Lee and Julie London with a love for Ella and Chet Bakers’ phrasing and a passion for Marvin Gaye & Donny Hathaway from whom Liz developed her own style.
Sun 26 Jul - GILAD ATZMON (saxes)
Gilad Atzmon is a British Jazz artist and author. Gilad was born in Israel in 1963 and trained at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem (Composition and Jazz). A multi-instrumentalist he plays saxophones, clarinet and ethnic woodwind instruments . His album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year.