St Ives Jazz Club: St Ives Jazz Club Gigs, July - September 2011|
Posted Jul 02, 2011 - 07:55 PM
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Details of musicians appearing at St Ives Jazz Club between July and September 2011 follow (also added to gig list)...
ST IVES JAZZ CLUB at the WESTERN HOTEL Royal Square, St Ives
All gigs: doors open 8.00 pm, live music from 9 to 11.30-ish
The lower prices are for St Ives Jazz Club members, MU members, Western Hotel residents and students. Programme may be subject to change etc etc ... please call 01736 798061 or 796082 to make sure.
Tues 5 July £10/£6
STEKPANNA with STEVE WATERMAN
Jazz with Russian, Swedish and British accents. Russian jazz virtuosi Leonid and Nikolai Vintskevich team up with Steve Kershaw (UK) and Petter Svärd (Sweden) to present an evening of deep grooves, driving swing, and quirky melodies delivered with passion, wit and humour. The ensemble will also be joined by their comrade, the trumpet ace Steve Waterman.
'Great fun, and much recommended.' Jazz Journal
Tues 12 July £10/£6
JOHN PAUL GARD (Hammond), ALEX HUTCHINS (gt), GETHIN JONES (dm)
'A mix of Jimmy Smith and Jaco Pastorius, with a dash of Spike Jones, resting on top of the finest choice of funky grooves.'
Tues 19 July £10/£6
SAM COOMBES QUARTET
TIM LAPTHORN (pn), ANDREW ROBB (db), DAVE HAMBLETT (dm)
Blending a wide range of modern jazz influences, from hard bop through modal, Coltrane, and funk, the band will be playing material from Sam's new album 'Outlines', which has been described as 'Vital, bristling with joie de vivre but not without its slightly darker side ... a compelling, refreshingly high-octane performance from a saxophonist whose live shows should be well worth seeking out.'
Coombes' playing has received complimentary and warm critical responses from critics on both sides of the Channel. Jean-Marc Gelin of the French Dernieres Nouvelles du Jazz magazine has described him as 'an out of the ordinary saxophonist equipped with incredible technical abilities,' comparing his playing on record to that of Kenny Garrett and Jackie McLean. Vincent Bessieres of Jazzman observed that Coombes, 'demonstrates a certain daringness in his solos, and especially on alto, where sparks really fly,' likening him to Vincent Herring.
Tues 26 July £10/£6
GARETH ROBERTS QUINTET
GARETH ROBERTS (tb), GETHIN LIDDINGTON (tp), PAUL JONES (pn), AIDAN THORNE (db), MARK O'CONNOR (dm)
This band have been playing together for many years and have built up a large following with their own, unique, exciting brand of jazz. Their first CD won the Jazz Services Promoters' Choice Award and since then they've played many premier jazz festivals and done a full UK tour. Gareth writes all of their music, influenced by Charles Mingus and the Blue Note jazz of the 60s. Chris Parker of the Vortex describes their recently released second album 'Go Stop Go', as 'refreshingly unpretentious, unashamedly entertaining and infectiously enthusiastic.'
Tues 2 August £10/£6
Having picked up just about every British jazz award going in the last few years, including the 2008 Parliamentary Jazz Award for 'Musician Of The Year, 'Liane Carroll has been hailed by critics and fans alike as one of our very finest jazz singers. She has worked with an extensive roster of international artists, such as Gerry Rafferty, Gerry Donahue, Long John Baldry and Sir Paul McCartney, as well as the fast soul outfit 'London Elektricity.' Since 2003 she has released four critically acclaimed jazz albums, one of which, 'Slow Down,' was voted by The Times as one of the top five jazz albums of 2007. Possessed of a huge vocal range, a prodigious musicality and an unerring sense of musical honesty, her live set is one of the most emotionally exciting to be found on the UK jazz circuit and covers a broad repertoire from the contemplative Tom Waits and Lauro Nyro, through to familiar jazz standards, as well as Liane's self-penned original material.
'Close to musical perfection.' Jazzwise, 'Utterly brilliant.' Time Out, 'World-class.' John Fordham - The Guardian, 'Highly Recommended.' Sir Michael Parkinson
Tues 9 August £10/£6
DEREK NASH with the DALE/MILVERTON QUARTET
MARTIN DALE (sx), CRAIG MILVERTON (pn), KEVIN SANDERS (db), COACH YORK (dm)
A multi-award-winning performer at the forefront of the British Jazz movement, Derek Nash is, 'one of the most versatile saxophonists in the UK today,' (The Guardian). A member of the Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2005, he 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 Experience. Tonight he's alongside the British Jazz Awards Jazz Pianist of the Year 2010 and one of the busiest and most popular saxists in the South West, together with a cracking rhythm section.
Tues 16 August £10/£6
MIKE WESTBROOK BIG BAND
A new 20-piece big band featuring some of the finest West Country musicians directed by Mike Westbrook, one of the UK's foremost jazz composers.
'... a master of Jazz orchestration. He can suggest a carnival, a ballroom or a greasy back street with a few cunningly placed notes. The full effect is awe inspiring.' The Observer.
'Mike Westbrook is one of Britain's most creative, experimental and daring jazz composers.' The Times.
'Britain's most innovative big band leader.' The Wire.
Tues 23 August £10/£6
THEO JACKSON QUINTET
BRANDON ALLEN (sx), JAMES MCCREDIE (gt), GIAZONNE REYES (bass), FRANK HOCKNEY (dm)
Theo combines songs of striking originality with an edgy and captivating presence that wows audiences. Recently picked up by publishing giant Splash Point, Theo is joined by a great band for what promises to be a spectacular performance.
'One firecracker of a vocalist! Theo has a unique but incredibly engaging vocal style swapping between hard bop, edgy crooner, heart rending ballad and foot tapping swing.' Oxford Jazz Festival Review
Tues 30 August £12/£6
SARAH GILLESPIE QUARTET featuring GILAD ATZMON
BEN BASTIN (dbass), ENZO ZIRILLI (dm)
Critically acclaimed, Anglo-American singer-songwriter Sarah Gillespie returns with her explosive mix of jazz, folk and middle eastern blues stamped with her trademark lyricism that knits raw poetry with everyday banter. She will be playing material from her most recent release 'In the Current Climate' which received 4 and 5 star reviews in the music and broadsheet press. Her quartet features her collaborator and producer, Gilad Atzmon on sax, clarinet and accordion, Enzo Zirilli on drums and Ben Bastin on bass. Having toured extensively in the UK and Europe, the band have gathered an ever-growing, loyal fan base enchanted by their witty onstage quips and virtuoso playing. She has performed live on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour and received airplay on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM.
'Sarah Gillespie is brilliant, the bee's knees.' Robert Wyatt
'Streetwise and romantic, tender and tough.' Daily Telegraph
'From the title on, everything about this album proclaims a sharp intelligence. An album of infinite richness.' Manchester Evening News
Tues 6 September £10/£6
SIMON SPILLETT with CRAIG MILVERTON TRIO
Simon Spillett's driving and energised style has often been compared favourably to that of his idol, the late great Tubby Hayes, arguably the most accomplished of the post-war British Bebop generation, and his approach does indeed share a similar love of dare-devil tempos and all-out, no-holds-barred, intensity. His passionate commitment to unabashed straight-ahead jazz has attracted much attention and garnered him welcome praise. Added to these skills, he is also a rhapsodic ballad player. Above all, he remains a proudly 'British' jazz musician.
'He is the Lewis Hamilton of the tenor saxophone, and other players gulp when they hear him.' Dave Gelly, The Sunday Observer
Tues 13 September (St Ives September festival Gig) £12 adv/£14 door/£6 members
NIGEL PRICE TRIO
NIGEL PRICE (gt), MATT HOME (dm), PETE WHITTAKER (Hammond)
Winners of the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Awards for best jazz ensemble, led by one of Britain's finest guitarists Nigel Price - ex James Taylor Quartet and also a regular performer at Ronnie Scott's. His blend of flowing bebop lines, blues feeling and the will to swing has made him instantly accessible and popular with jazz audiences.
Matt Home has toured with luminaries such as Scott Hamilton and Jim Mullen, and is a house band regular at Ronnie Scott's.
Pete Whittaker, who actually brings the real thing to gigs, has been involved with many jazz projects including Theo Travis' Double Talk and guitarist John Etheridge's Blue Spirits.
The band will be playing hard swinging, deeply groovesome jazz, including material from their album 'Nigel Price Organ Trio - Live!' (Jazzizit records).
'Unpretentious swinging fun played with skill and verve.' The Jazzmann.com
Tues 20 September (St Ives September Festival Gig) £12 adv/£14 door/£6 members
PHIL ROBSON (gt), DAVE WHITFORD (db), GENE CALDERAZZO (dm)
'One of the most gifted and original singer/songwriters in today's jazz world.' Ian Carr, BBC Music Magazine.
Irish-born singer-songwriter Christine Tobin is based in the UK and spends her time between London and the beautiful Kent coast. Her style, although rooted in jazz, is steeped in the singer-songwriter tradition and draws on a broad range of influences from West Africa to Brazil (Oumou Sangare, Fela Kuti, Elis Regina etc). Her sound is rich, authentic and deeply expressive and was described by The Guardian as 'Tobin's 24 carat voice', while praising her both for the poetry of her compositions and her golden voice. Much of her repertoire is self-penned and Tobin has received many accolades for her skills as a writer and arranger. Romantic and radical, Christine is a musical free spirit who blurs the lines to create her own unique style that is streetwise and eclectic. In 2008 she was named Best Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards.
Tues 27 September £10/£6
with RALPH FREEMAN TRIO
Tommaso has been touring extensively with his quartet this year, promoting his album 'Blood & Champagne', a collection of his original compositions and tunes written by Ennio Morricone, Michel Petrucciani, Billy Strayhorn and Henry Mancini.
The album is receiving great reviews from both Italian and UK critics, such as: 'Gifted with a clean, early Art-Pepper-like tone, he seems to have done a lot of woodshedding lately and now plays not only with his usual lyricism and feeling ... but also from a new position of technical strength, bolstered by hard-won licks galore.' Jack Massarick, Jazzwise (May 2011), and, 'Anyone who loves modern jazz that is provocative without being musically aggressive is urged to write the date in their diary, underlined and in CAPITALS. I just know this is going to be one of the year's outstanding gigs.' Lance Liddle
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