FEBRUARY 2015
Celebrating Tubby Hayes

January 30th 2015 marks a milestone anniversary in British jazz history – 80 years since the birth of the British saxophone genius Tubby Hayes. Arguably the legendary figure of post-war British jazz, Hayes died tragically in 1973, but has left a rich legacy of recordings, compositions and arrangements which continue to inspire. To celebrate Tubby’s music, award-winning tenor saxophonist Simon Spillett has assembled a unique all-star band of legendary ex-Tubby Hayes alumni to perform a number of concerts commemorating their former colleague. John Critchinson, Dave Green and Spike Wells will also be joined by a very special guest for part of the concert – Hayes’ close friend and fellow tenor saxophonist, the legendary Bobby Wellins. The music played will include compositions and arrangements from albums such as The Jazz Couriers In Concert, Tubbs in New York and Mexican Green, together with standards and ballads associated with Tubby.
Tickets £18/£13*

Jo Fooks Quartet

Edinburgh born Jo Fooks back in1992 won the Scottish Young Jazz Musicians Award, before going on to study at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Berklee College of Music at Boston in America. Humph Lyttelton on hearing her debut CD with her hard swinging, warm toned tenor invited her to join his eight piece band back in June 2006. After 14 months of an enforced break from music Jo is back and playing the saxophone with more enthusiasm than ever. Her quartet includes pianist Ted Beament a longstanding member of Humph’s band. The group will be playing a selection of upbeat standards with an energy and enthusiasm that will help blow away any winter blues!
Tickets £17/£12*

Laura Jurd’s Chaos Orchestra
Somewhat of a ‘secret weapon’ on the UK music scene, this large ensemble is already making waves in London and the rest of the UK, consisting of some of London’s most high-calibre creative young performers. Highly committed to creating a spectacle, this 19-piece line-up plays contemporary music by some of the UK’s finest young composers and improvisers including Laura Jurd, Elliot Galvin, Alex Roth and Simon Marsh amongst others. With a passion for new music this hard hitting, cross-genre big band is reminiscent of the eighties powerhouse ‘Loose Tubes’, whilst developing a truly unique, ever-evolving identity of its own. “Hugely original and exciting ensemble, rich in orchestration and bold improvisational concepts, this group is sure to be the future of British Jazz.” - Mark Lockheart
Tickets £20/£15*

Mads Mathias

Already somewhat of a star in his native Denmark, Mads Mathias is a vocalist/songwriter and saxophonist, who has captured the hearts of music lovers with his charismatic performances, spirited personality and entrancing original songs with the feel of timeless swing-era classics. Inspired and influenced by the great jazz vocalists of the past and present from Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra to Harry Connick Jr, Mads is nevertheless an original talent with a unique and effortlessly charming vocal delivery and a skill for writing catchy and memorable, stylishly crafted tunes. In addition to leading his own quartet and big band, he frequently fronts the prestigious Danish Radio Big Band and has recently won the Danish Music Award ‘Best New Danish Jazz Artist of the Year’. Mads will be performing music from his latest album ‘Free Falling’ alongside well-loved standards.
Tickets £17/£12*