JANUARY 2019
Joe Stilgoe

To open our 25th year, we are pleased to present internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter Joe Stilgoe. He also works in theatre, starring in High Society at The Old Vic in 2015, writing the songs for a production of ‘The Jungle Book’, which toured in 2018, and appearing at the Royal Albert Hall in ‘Guys and Dolls: Live in Concert’. In addition, he works extensively on radio, and on television he has appeared most notably hosting 2016’s BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, and least notably in Bargain Hunt! Joe will play songs from his five critically lauded albums, three of which have topped the UK Jazz chart, as well as some classics from the likes of Cole Porter and Louis Prima. Expect a mixture of virtuosic musicianship and breath-taking theatricality, on-the-spot improvisation and the quickest of wits.
Tickets £25/£20*

Scott Hamilton Quartet

Forty years ago, Scott Hamilton first performed in Britain and instantly became a favourite with the jazz fraternity. Scott’s quartet with top musicians John Pearce, Dave Green and Steve Brown has been a working unit since 2000, playing not only throughout Britain, but also in Europe and twice in Brazil. As Scott says “the band is my favourite. They are right on it, every second.” Being a working group means that the repertoire is constantly increasing and as saxophonist and writer Dave Gelly pointed out in Jazz Journal, “if you go back through all his albums the titles add up to a huge slice of classic American Song plus a scattering from elsewhere (including Britain) and jazz standards’ The jazz club is the natural habitat for the quartet, where the empathy between the players and the audience is at its best. As Tim Cummings (The Independent) wrote, “when the US saxophonist plays, the room swings”.
Tickets £20/£15*

Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet

Originally from Ukraine/Poland, Alina Bzhezhinska, winner of the PRS Women Make Music Award, is an internationally renowned harpist and has performed with leading classical and jazz musicians such as Shabaka Hutchings, Django Bates & the Glasgow String Quartet. Alina’s critically acclaimed quartet appeared at the EFG London Jazz Festival in a special triple bill at the Barbican with Denys Baptiste and Pharoah Sanders and were nominated for Best Live Experience of the Year at the 2018 Jazz FM Awards. Alina’s quartet will be playing music by Alice and John Coltrane, Joe Henderson and original pieces from her debut album Inspiration.
Tickets £20/£15*

Karen Sharp Quartet

Karen Sharp, a multiple award winner and prominent artist on the jazz scene will be appearing with her long established line-up of Nikki Iles, Dave Green and Steve Brown - world class musicians who also happen to be great friends. Together they create a unique sound that is warm, spontaneous and exciting, incorporating free-flowing improvisation with almost telepathic ensemble playing. They will be performing music from their long awaited second album, ‘The Sun, the Moon and You’ which includes familiar, lesser-known and original tunes showcasing the unique spirit of a band with a shared passion for strong melodies, group interplay and respect for the jazz tradition.
Tickets £19/£14*