- Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
- Swingin’ with Roan……
One of my favourite musicians is Roan Kearsey-Lawson who doubles on vibraphone, drums and percussion with equal flare (and his recent album ‘Presence in Mind’ with Duncan Lamont is great too! – check it out!). Tonight I’m guesting with Roan to open his brand-new club in Chatham! Final arrangements are still in the making but ‘watch this space’ for details of time and venue. You can also call Roan on (01634) 365453 to check for updates! Look forward to seeing you there!
- Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
- Tina comes to town…….
Tonight at The Cricketers my guest is the lady who – for me – is the most original jazz singer in the UK (and well beyond!) and the greatest to grace our shores since Dame Cleo Laine! TINA MAY joins us, presenting songs from her many albums (I have a baker’s dozen of them!) including ‘Divas’ ‘My kinda Love’ and many more. And if you haven’t (by some oversight!!) seen and heard Tina before book early for what will be a truly unforgettable evening! Co-starring with her will be DOMINIC ASHWORTH (guitar) along with our wonderful house rhythm section: Roger Curphey (bass) and Alan Clarke (drums). You know the number to call(!):01702 345053 or e-mail;the firstname.lastname@example.org
- Saturday, March 17th, 2018
- A great fundraiser for The Jazz Centre UK…..
Tonight I’m pleased and proud to be joining the ladies of The Orpheus Singers with their Director David Clark for a wonderful fundraiser in Westcliff for my beloved Charity ‘The Jazz Centre UK’ – now up and running in Southend’s Beecroft Art Gallery! For our concert, called ‘All That Jazz!’ I’ll be joined by two of the greatest jazz musicians in Britain: the great BRIAN DEE (piano) and our Time Lord LEN SKEAT at the bass. Both the trio and the singers will play two nice long sets – and we may even have a jam-session at the end too! The concert takes place at Crowstone Christian Centre, Crowstone Road, Westcliff on Sea SS0 8LH and the music starts at 7.30pm. For tickets please call Mo Harding (Concert manager) on 07866 807279 or e-mail: email@example.com
I really look forward to seeing you at this wonderful event!
- Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
- A top trumpeter at the Cricketers!
Tonight at the Cricketers Jazz Bar we welcome the young trumpeter who for me is the most brilliant new arrival in the UK! FREDDIE GAVITA plays with the Ronnie Scott All Stars and also has a brilliant solo career ahead of him: his first new solo album ‘Transient’ belies its title as Freddie will be with us for many years to come! I look forward to taking a few lessons too! Joining him will be Tim Huskisson (piano) Roger Curphey (bass) and Alan Clarke (drums) and do book early as this is Freddie’s first appearance as a soloist in Southend. For bookings call (01702) 345053 or e-mail Cassie or Cristina at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Friday, April 20th, 2018
- ‘Lady Sings The Blues’ back on the road……..
It’s wonderful to be touring again with VAL WISEMAN’S legendary tribute to Billie Holiday, ‘Lady Sings the Blues’ co-starring Roy Williams, Alan Barnes, Brian Dee, Len Skeat and Eric Ford! Tonight we’re playing at LINCOLN DRILL HALL, 3 School Lane, Lincoln LN2 1EY. The music starts at 7.30 and please contact the venue for tickets: 01522 873894 or e-mail: email@example.com
Can’t wait to see you!
- Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
- The Hunter is on……!!
Today I’ll be coming back to our beloved HUNTER CLUB for JIM BAYNE and one of Jim’s extra-special lunchtime presentations celebrating two of the greatest American jazz giants: EDDIE CONDON and DUKE ELLINGTON! Our star players include: JULIAN MARC STRINGLE and DUNCAN HEMSTOCK (Reeds) CHRIS GOWER (trombone) and the CHRIS INGHAM TRIO with MICK HUTTON and GEORGE DOUBLE. And of course a red-hot musical time is guaranteed for all! The Hunter Club is at 6 St Andrews Street, Bury St. Edmunds Suffolk IP33 3PH and for tickets please call Jim:01284 762508. Do it soon – as Jim tells me there are already only a few tickets left! But it’s worth a try! Hope to see you…..!!
- Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
- Another first for The Cricketers!
Tonight to the club we welcome ROBERT FOWLER – a great saxophonist whom you can see with the re-formed Humphrey Lyttelton Band and just as regularly as featured tenorist with the John Wilson Orchestra. Robert (Bob to friends!) is one of those players who takes his inspiration from the classic era of jazz saxophonists including Coleman Hawkins, Chu Berry and Lester Young – so be prepared to be swung out of the joint! With Robert (and me for a tune or two) will be our house rhythm section: Tim Huskisson, Roger Curphey and Alan Clarke. The music’s FREE (aren’t we nice?) and starts at 8.30. But don’t forget to book a delicious meal with chef Carlo before settling down for some classy Swing! Call 01702 345053 to book or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Friday, June 8th, 2018
- Rocking in Rhythm comes back to Goring….
Tonight we bring our show ‘ROCKING IN RHYTHM’ (for the third year in the row!) to GORING VILLAGE HALL, High Street, Goring RG8 9AG. Our star, of course, is blues-and-Manfreds legend PAUL JONES and with him will be our pollwinning HALF DOZEN back on the road:Julian Marc Stringle, Chris Gower, Craig Milverton, Dominic Ashworth, Al Swainger and Nick Millward!). Tickets are £19.50 and the show begins at 8pm. Do book early (we were sold out last time!!) by contacting BILL JACKSON: 01491 875758/07885 251803 and you can also buy tickets at ‘Inspiration’, 1 The Arcade Goring on Thames RG8 9AY or ‘Music Box’ Market Place, Wallingford OX10 0AD
Look forward to seeing you again for a rockin’ night!
- Wednesday, June 13th, 2018
- Learn to croon………
Back to the Cricketers Jazz Bar (by popular demand) comes the wizardly SPATS LANGHAM; master-guitarist, virtuoso banjoist and connoisseur interpreter of the choicest selections from the golden years of American popular song. Expect nothing less than excellence from Spats, who unashamedly describes himself as a ‘crooner’ but whose hot vocals will regularly blow you away too. I may even join him for our unique version of Johnny Mercer’s ‘Dr Heckle and Mr Jibe’!! Joining Spats and I will be Roger Curphey (bass) Alan Clarke (drums) – and dropping in for a blow will be an extra special guest: CHRIS GOWER from my HALF DOZEN! Book early by calling Cassie or Cristina on 01702 345053 or email: email@example.com
- Sunday, August 19th, 2018
- On the Isle with JULIAN MARC…..
Today I’m sailing across to the ISLE OF WIGHT to play a concert for my dear friend BILL WILLS’ Newport Jazz Club at the Apollo Theatre with my pal of so many years , the great JULIAN MARC STRINGLE and Friends. The address is Pyle Street, Newport, PO30 1JT and this concert takes place – as usual – in the afternoon starting at 3pm. For tickets please telephone Bill on 01983 523879 or e-mail: to reserve tickets.
- Sunday, October 7th, 2018
- The Divas come to Kansas City……!
Today we come back to our beloved Hunter Club for promoter (and great pal) Jim BAYNE to celebrate ‘Kansas City Jazz‘ and ‘The Divas of Swing‘ – all in one session! Such a commission demands an all-star cast and at the club I’ll be joined by exactly that: ALAN BARNES and JULIAN MARC STRINGLE (Reeds) ROY WILLIAMS (trombone) the great CHRIS INGHAM TRIO and special guest VAL WISEMAN direct from her ‘Lady Sings The Blues’ touring presentation. The Hunter Club is at 6, St Andrews Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3PH and Jim’s gig is at LUNCHTIME from 12.30-2.30pm. For reservations please call Jim on:01284 762508 or e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you!
- Saturday, October 27th, 2018
- ‘Lady Sings The Blues’ and a big Deal day….
‘Lady Sings The Blues’ – starring VAL WISEMAN and her musicians – comes to The Astor Community Centre, Stanhope Road, Deal, Kent CT14 6AB. For tickets please call 01304 370220.