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June 2017


17th: Annette Gregory Celebrate Ella Fitzgerald at The Civic – Stourport  £10/ £9.00 concession – Booking details

18th: Polly Gibbons at the 606 Club London

Singer Polly’s star is very much on the rise. Now signed to American label Resonance Records, Polly has been touring the US and is just about to release her second record with the label, “Is it Me?”, material from which she will be performing at this 606 show. Her fans include some of the UK’s biggest jazz vocal stars, including Ian Shaw who called Polly’s talent “one in a million” and Claire Martin (host of BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Lineup) who said that Polly’s is “a soulful voice that will capture your heart…a real singer at last”.

18th: Torus, Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club

21st –  25th: Glasgow Jazz Festival – Website

22nd – 25th: Upton Jazz Festival – Festival Site

23rd: Hayley Sanderson at the 606 Club London

One of the featured vocalists on the BBC’s megahit programme “Strictly Come Dancing”, Hayley Sanderson is a versatile singer, equally at home whether performing jazz, soul, groove or pop. Her personality is irresistible, and her ability to engage an audience is second to none! Because of her demanding “Strictly” commitments, she’s not able to play at the Club as often as we’d like and this is her first show here since 2015.

23rd: The Ronnie Jones Quartet at South Molton Jazz Club, North Devon – Website

25th: Ludlow Fringe Festival– The Brewery includes Annette Gregory Celebrate Ella Fitzgerald £12/ £10.00 concession Booking details

27th: Marco Marconi’s “Trialogue” CD Launch at the 606 Club London

From Umbria, Italian piano virtuoso Marco Marconi was classically trained but has found his true calling in the world of jazz. Upon performing at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2009 he relocated to the UK, initially working with Alan Bates’ Candid Records label. His first album, “Nordik” came out on the 33Jazz label in 2016 and his new album, Trialogue which is releasing at the Club this evening will feature, as well as new original compositions “a standout medley of a famous film score, a funky version of a Bee Gee’s number and stunning arrangements of a couple of classic jazz tunes”.

28th: Mo Pleasure Band at the 606 Club London

After joining Ray Charles band as a teenager, US-born multi-instrumentalist Morris “Mo” Pleasure has gone on to be employed as ‘Musical Director’ for such industry giants as Earth, Wind and Fire (10 years), Janet Jackson, Roberta Flack, Christina Aguilera, Natalie Cole, Bette Midler (current) Michael McDonald, Maxwell, Billy Paul (RIP) and dozens of other iconic artists. As Mo lives Stateside, he only plays here occasionally and his shows attract a devout following. He also can be counted on to bring along equally stellar special guests, which have included among them singers Acantha Lang and Ivy Chanel.

30th June – 2nd July: Love Supreme Festival – Details here

30th June – 2nd July: Burton Agnes Jazz Festival, Driffield – Festival Info here


July 2017

1st: Tim Kliphuis Trio at Thaxted Festival – Booking & Event Details

2nd: Darius Brubeck Quartet, Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club

6th – 9th: Wigan Jazz Festival – Festival Site

7th: Buxton Fringe Festival – Green Man Gallery Annette Gregory Celebrate Ella Fitzgerald £9/ £7.50 concession Booking details

7th – 9th: North Sea Jazz Festival – Festival Site

8th: Jazz on the Airfield – Steve Tucker’s All Star Jazz Band will be the main feature of JAZZ ON THE AIRFIELD on July 8th. 2017 at Eggesford, near Chulmleigh EX18 7QY Come and picnic, enjoying the fabulous views, from 4.30p.m. and hear the Copplestone Community Choir who will sing from 6.15 before we go into the hangar to listen – and dance – to Steve and his boys. There will be a bar and food by Pizza Buona, La Cantina, the Camper Coffee Co. and Farmer Tom’s Dairy Ice cream. All in aid of Send a Cow.

8th: Clare Teal at Thaxted Festival – Details and Booking Info

8th: Greater Manchester Fringe Festival – Z-Arts Centre Annette Gregory Celebrate Ella Fitzgerald £8/ £6.00 concession Booking details

9th: The Wilbraham Arms Pub, Stoke on Trent  Summer jazz sounds Free entry

11th – 15th: Hull Jazz Festival – Festival Site

14th – 16th: Swanage Jazz Festival – The Last One !!! – Website

14th – 23rd: Edinburgh Jazz Festival – Festival Site

16th – 19th: Peter Lays Jazz Party (Hayling Island)  – Mill Rythe Holiday Village ~ 16 Havant Road ~ Hayling Island PO11 0PB

22nd: The Great Yorkshire Fringe Festival  Annette Gregory Celebrate Ella Fitzgerald £10/ £8.00 concession Booking details

23rd – 29th: Ryedale Trad Jazz Week – Website

28th: Chelsea’s 606 Club Presents Jazz on the Lawn at Fulham Palace : RB Funkestra with Helena-May – Fulham Palace, Bishop’s Avenue, Fulham London SW6 6EA Booking

28th: The John Walters Trio at South Molton Jazz Club, North Devon – Website

28th July – 6th Aug: Manchester Jazz Festival – Festival Site

29th: Chelsea’s 606 Club Presents Jazz on the Lawn at Fulham Palace :Emma Smith Quintet – Fulham Palace, Bishop’s Avenue, Fulham London SW6 6EA Booking

29th: Birmingham Fringe Festival  Annette Gregory Sings Cool Jazz £10 / £8.00 concession Booking details

30th: The JiveSwing Jazz Festival is Back! Sunday 30th July 2017.Featuring some of the biggest names in internationally acclaimed swing and Jazz bands, plus dance classes and shows.. Once more, it is absolutely FREE. Share this event with all your friends, to join you for a whole day of music, sun, food and dancing.More information will be available on Watford council websites and soon.



August 2017

28th July – 6th Aug: Manchester Jazz Festival – Festival Site

25th: The Neil Todd Band at South Molton Jazz Club, North Devon – Website


September  2017

22nd – 24th : Scarborough  Jazz Festival – Festival Site


October  2017

6th – 8th: Marsden Jazz Festival – Festival Site

13th – 15th: Herts Jazz Festival : Festival Site 

Herts Jazz is pleased to announce the line-up for its seventh Herts Jazz Festival taking place on 13-15 October at the Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City.

Georgie Fame with the Guy Barker Big Band gets the ball rolling on the Friday night. Saturday night climaxes with The Golden Age of British Big Bands with the Pete Long Orchestra and the Festival concludes on Sunday evening with a rare performance of the late Bobby Wellins’ Culloden Moor Suite featuring Mornington Lockett and graduates from the Purcell School of Music. Artists appearing throughout the weekend include Jay Phelps, Gary Husband, Art Themen’s “New Directions”, Hexagonal, Clark Tracey’s Hexad tribute and Alan Barnes’s Octet performing the recently commissioned “Fish Tales”.

The festival will have a similar format to previous years which was so popular, with free of charge sessions (for Weekend and Day ticketholders) in the foyer during the lunch and dinner intervals and after hours. The free sessions also feature stars from the British jazz scene such as Derek Nash, Leon Greening and Jim Mullen. The Festival is again being supported by Arts Council England, Fazioli and Cambridge Drums.

Festival Director, Clark Tracey, said, “We are so excited to have three big bands with us for the first time. It is great to see our good friend Georgie Fame returning on the Friday and very special to be able to present the Culloden Moor Suite in memory of Bobby Wellins who sadly died last year. We continue to introduce young musicians to the jazz festival world with St Albans Music School Ensemble and students from the Purcell School performing on the Sunday. It is all going to be rather special!”

27th – 29th: Whitley Bay Jazz Fest – Website


November 2017

10th – 19th: EFG London Jazz Festival – Festival Site – some events listed below

Friday 10 November, Kings Place
An evening to celebrate a seminal and inspirational figure in the evolution of UK jazz since the 1960s.

Keith Tippett unveils a brand new duo with fellow pianist Matthew Bourne – himself one of the most provocatively talented artists of a later generation – alongside the Octet who plays on his most recent, acclaimed recording ‘The Nine Dreams of Patrick Gonogon’, in music that carries echoes of Irish folk themes, Ellington and Mingus, but which is entirely of Tippett’s own making, with a band of precociously talented young players as well as the assured presence of drummer Peter Fairclough‘simply breathtaking’ (Guardian)

Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.

British artists supported by PRS Foundation Talent Development Partnership with Serious



Whirlwind Recordings Blows a Storm
Friday 10 November

Killer triple bill from the increasingly active London-based record label.

Whirlwind head honcho, bassist Michael Janisch, leads a terrific Stateside Quartet with the Pakistani/American guitarist Rez Abbasi – rapidly emerging as one of today’s major new voices on his instrument – alongside saxophonist Walter Smith III and the brilliant drummer Clarence Penn.  Award-winning trumpeter Henry Spencer’s ‘gleaming tone’ (Jazzwise) lies at the core of an exciting young band playing out of the tradition with an invigorating freshness and attitude, whilst saxophonist Strigalev’s zany trio takes that same  tradition by the scruff of the neck, combining ‘hip jazz virtuosity and surrealism’ (Guardian) in equal measures.



Saturday 11 November, Barbican

Charismatic and captivating, the live performances of tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain are aurally and visually stunning

– a master of the Indian classical tradition, and a musical world traveller whose creative collaborations transcend boundaries.  His newest collaboration explores how jazz influenced the popular music of India, tracing a story that harks back to the Hollywood musicals of the 30s and 40s and India’s burgeoning film industry.

A few decades later, and whilst the West embraced Indian classical music, India itself absorbed the jazz spirit, with musicians such as pianist Louiz Banks and guitarist Sanjay Divecha leading the way – both featured in tonight’s concert in a terrific ensemble alongside singer/violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan, with jazz stars Holland and Potter, playing an exclusive European date.




ACT at 25

Saturday 11 November, Cadogan Hall

Pianist Michael Wollny, accordionist Vincent Peirani, saxophonist Emil Parisien and the extraordinary vocal gymnastics of Andreas Schaerer – four stand-out individual talents from the ACT Records roster join forces in an all-star quartet that re-defines the range of their various instruments – not just cutting loose from the boundaries of jazz, but doing it in a way which energizes and takes the audience by storm.

Individually, all four have made a massive impact at previous Festivals, but and the release of their collaboration – ‘Out of Land’ marks the boundless potential that these emergent forces will have in the European jazz of the future.  The virtuosity of Polish violinist Adam Bałdych enables him to pass with astonishing ease through all kinds of borders: the boundaries of his instrument, the barriers between genres, the seams between composing and improvising in his collaboration with the brilliant Norwegian pianist Helge Lien in a heady mix of jazz, Polish and Norwegian folk music.

ACT have championed the cause of new European music for some 25 years – tonight’s concert takes their message into a new dimension.



Saturday 11 November, Rich Mix

World jazz hits the Rich Mix stage big time – three great bands, all with new recordings emerging this year.

The deeply soulful afro-dub grooves of Soothsayers define the music of a band that’s attained cult status over the years, whilst Lokkhi Terra take a musical journey from the melas of Bangladesh to the streets of Habana, via Lagos and on to the streets of London.  Conceived in Calcutta, bred in Bolton, matured in Manchester and now living in London, Arun Ghosh brings his latest take on Indo-jazz to complete a stellar night.



Hertfordshire Chorus + Blue Planet Orchestra + Roland Perrin Trio + Bishop’s Hatfield Girls School choir, Rhodes Avenue School. David Temple, conductor

Sunday 12 November, Barbican (matinee)

Jazz harmonies, Brazilian grooves, Baroque counterpoint and symphonic architecture combine in the London premiere of a new choral symphony by composer and pianist Roland Perrin.  Inspired by the Amazon River and region; its topography, its multitude of insects, the mystery of its remote tribes, and the experiences of the different people arriving from afar. Rio Amazonas is also an inner reflection on our primal selves – performed by a heady mix of jazz trio, massed choirs, and string orchestra.

‘Music full of contrasts, dramatic but hip and swinging too.  Impressively flexible choral writing integrated into the instrumental texture – musically terrific.’ (Guardian)

Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.



Sunday 12 November, Rich Mix

The buzz around Swiss power trio Schnellertollermeier has been noisily growing for a few years, fusing the anarchy of punk with dazzling instrumental dexterity – booming, bone-rattling, and ‘spectacularly undaunted fury’ (Guardian).

Led Bib  – ‘lean, mean, improv-rocking jazz machine’ (Time Out) – celebrate their latest, highly rated RareNoise album – making sound that draws in audiences of bebop diehards and thrash metal headbangers in equal measures, whilst World Service Project continue to create musical mayhem – ‘like Downton Abbey run by anarchists, a mesmerising combination of brutality and dark humour’ (Jazzwise). Three bands who, in true Match&Fuse style, threaten to blow the Rich Mix roof with a joint blast of sheer energy.


Monday 13 November, Scala

KNOWER are hot futuresonic funk-pop. The LA duo of drummer-producer Louis Cole and vocalist Genevieve Artadi will be joined by an all-star band including Thundercat’s sideman Dennis Hamm (keys), Sam Wilkes (bass) and special guests.

Currently touring their fourth album Life, they cross dubstep grooves, jazz harmonies and funky vocals into an imaginative off-world experience. Known for their racy performances and infectious energy, Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi’s performance ‘will be leavin’ y’all on your knees, beggin’ for more.’ (Quincy Jones)


Wednesday 15 November, Rich Mix

Celebrating an eagerly-awaited third Brownswood album, produced by long time collaborator Moses Boyd, Zara McFarlane has long been recognised as one of the most talented jazz-inspired singer/songwriters to come out of the UK scene – a further milestone in a year which also sees her performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company in ‘Antony and Cleopatra’,  Her previous album gathered a clutch of awards (MOBO, JAZZ FM), drawing from influences as widely ranging as the deep spiritual jazz of Pharoah Sanders to dub and reggae.  The next stage in the story promises to be fascinating.



Wednesday 15 November, Electric Ballroom

Ever-inventive and relentless trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah combines instruments ancient and modern, acoustic and electronic — and some completely new — in a genre-splitting new vision of Stretch Music.

Following his electrifying sold-out Scala show at the EFG London Jazz Festival, this Grammy-nominated artist returns with a new band, new album, ‘Ruler Rebel’, the first record from his new series The Centennial Trilogy. Detailing a new vision and sound for Scott and his band, ‘Ruler Rebel’ promises an audio adventure in a way listeners never heard before.

Stretching the work of Trap music with West African beats and New Orleanian styles — ‘Ruler Rebel’ will speak to a myriad of issues from xenophobia to gender equality, evaluating the social political realities of the world using sound.


JAZZ AROUND THE WORLD – Ranjana Ghatak & Liran Donin

Thursday 16 November, Wigmore Hall (11am)

This interactive schools concert explores jazz from around the world. Internationally renowned singer Ranjana Ghatak has a classical Indian vocal music background and has evolved a style of her own that reflects contemporary Britain. She performs with bass player Liran Donin from Mercury Prize-nominated band Led Bib, in a concert that combines engaging performance with interactive activities designed to support and extend the Key Stage 3 curriculum.


YAZZ AHMED – La Saboteuse

Friday 17 November, Kings Place

The live London launch of her most recent Naim CD, trumpeter and composer Yazz Ahmed takes a further step in a musical journey that embraces her Bahraini roots alongside the new moves and grooves of today’s jazz radicals.  Undulating rhythms and melody resonant with the sounds and sensations of the Middle East, and her own sonorous trumpet lines, combine in music of cinematic breadth.

‘Ahmed takes you on a beautiful journey of forward-thinking jazz compositions.’ (Twistedsoul)

‘A potent mix of post-bop lyricism and modern fusion soundscaping makes connections with both head and heart.’ (Bandcamp)

Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.

British artists supported by PRS Foundation Talent Development Partnership with Serious



Saturday 18 November, Wigmore Hall (11am)

A dynamic showcase of jazz music, this interactive concert introduces families to new sounds from across the genre. Performed by internationally renowned singer Ranjana Ghatak, alongside bass player Liran Donin from Mercury Prize-nominated band Led Bib, this vibrant performance brings together a wide variety of contemporary jazz especially for families. For ages 5+



Sunday 19 November, Barbican
A rare performance of Joe Zawinul’s grand orchestral vision of one of the world’s great rivers, conducted by his friend Kristjan Järvi.

In Stories of the Danube the rich textures of the orchestral palette meet the fire and momentum of contemporary jazz, as the music follows the course of the river through continental Europe and into the Black Sea. Järvi was a close collaborator with Zawinul in the years before his untimely passing – and tonight pays tribute to this seminal composer, keyboard virtuoso and co-founder of Weather Report.

Alongside the symphony the trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard and his Quintet will join the BBC Concert Orchestra in the UK premiere of a new extended piece, Herbie Hancock: By Himself, which was inspired by Hancock’s impressionistic piano solos. Complemented with music drawn from the composer’s score for the recent Robert de Niro film The Comedians, it’s a piece which harks back to that classic Blue Note sound of the 1960s and is a perfect accompaniment to the sweeping evocation of the Danube.

Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.


17th – 19th: Teignmouth Jazz Festival, Devon – Website


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