• Mon
    05
    Mar
    2018

    Bryan Corbett & Chris Gumbley

    jan-15When this band appeared here last year I had many requests to have them back again. Read a review of that session here

    Chris plays a range of instruments including a bass clarinet which you don't see or hear too often. Bryan on  trumpet/flugelhorn.

     

    Bryan Corbett (tpt/flgl), Chris Gumbley (clt, bs clt, sax), Al Gurr (keys), Ben Markland (bs).

  • Mon
    02
    Apr
    2018

    The Roy Sainsbury Rhythm Chiefs

    Roy Sainsbury's Rhythm Chiefs is a six piece band inspired by the swinging music of the Count Basie small groups, this is feel-good music, effortlessly creating a warm rapport with every audience.

    The musicians are each highly respected players in their own right: Dave Newton on piano,  Bill Coleman on Bass, Bryan Corbett on Trumpet, Charlie Wright on Tenor Saxophone, Mal Garrett on Drums and Roy Sainsbury on Guitar provide the rhythmic pulse throughout. Music to warm your heart and bring a smile to your face!

    “As joyful an affirmation as you're likely to hear these days of foot-stamping, head shaking, having-a-good-time entertainment to be wholeheartedly enjoyed by both performers and audience” Robin Kidson

  • Mon
    07
    May
    2018

    Clive Morton Trio

    Godfather of the double bass, Clive Morton - longtime sideman with Frank Sinatra and Stephane Grappelli, as well as jazz tutor to Jamie Cullum - is joined by two  up-and-coming musicians who are both fast making a name for themselves on the jazz circuit.

    Tom Berge - Tom started playing the piano at the age of 5. He studied at Leeds College of Music and graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Jazz performance, receiving the Jazz Conservatoire Prize. Tom was also a pupil of award-winning pianist David Newton.
    Billy Weir - After graduating from South West Music School and National Youth Jazz Collective, Billy enrolled on the Jazz Course at Birmingham Conservatoire. In 2014 Billy was awarded the “Tony Levin Drum Prize” for the “most swinging drummer” Billy has also recorded for the BBC series “Father Brown”.

  • Mon
    04
    Jun
    2018

    John Hallam with the Rod Kelly Trio

    Well-known throughout the Midlands & North West, band leader John Hallam is a virtuoso clarinettist and reeds specialist whose clarinet playing draws inspiration from Benny Goodman,Artie Shaw and Acker Bilk, whilst on saxophone he cites Lester Young, Stan Getz and Gerry Mulligan as just a few of his influences.

    Having worked alongside many of the greats, John's playing is imbued with the rich history of jazz and resonates strongly with audiences wherever he appears.

     

    Rod Kelly started his jazz career playing trumpet in the Midlands before moving to London in the sixties and forming a Mainstream and later Bebop sextet which featured BBC Jazz Club Producers  Robin Sedgely (tbn) and Roger Eames (bs). As Rod says "this inside access to the corridors of jazz power led instantly to absolutely nowhere!".
    He played with Bobby Wellins for a year and New York Pianist Errol Clarke for 2 years and in 1978 was playing regularly at Ronnie Scotts. Moving to the South West he supported George Shearing on a rare British concert. Eventually He moved back to the Midlands and swapped to playing piano in the early nineties, forming his own band and finding himself much in demand. Rod is also a published novelist and playwright.

    John Day (bs), Roger Powell (dms)

  • Mon
    02
    Jul
    2018

    David Newton Trio

    dnFor those of us who missed it  last time, and indeed for those who didn't, our most popular band is back.

    It has been said that David Newton is 'one of our nation’s treasured pianists'. The man has a lovely touch, that is for certain.

    He’s been the accompanist of choice for vocal royalty for years, and it’s easy to hear why: Newton’s musical responsiveness is as impressive as his re-harmonization and arranging skills at the piano. It can be a fine line between clever and stupid when it comes to re-setting musical chestnuts to the jazz format, but Newton bridges that gap by a good mile or more. He’s the kind of pianist every drummer and bass player could wish for.

    Clive Morton (bs), Terry Howard (dms)

  • Mon
    06
    Aug
    2018

    TBA

  • Mon
    03
    Sep
    2018

    Richard Baker Quintet

  • Mon
    19
    Nov
    2018

    Dario Napoli Trio (Italy)

    Modern Manouche Project
    listen below to one of Dario's own compositions - 'Four'

    Although Django Reinhardt is the inspiration behind the trio, in his Modern Manouche Project, Dario Napoli looks to include more contemporary influences in his version of gypsy swing. Introducing elements of different musical styles including bebop, the result is an exuberant sound, without ever totally abandoning the gypsy imprint of Django. Most songs are original compositions of Dario with a few reinterpretations of jazz standards.