Davide Logiri Quintet
16/04/2014



Italian pianist Davide Logiri is a graduate of the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, where he now lives. His quintet will be laying a repertoire of mostly jazz standards and includes Ben Thomas on Trumpet and Andrew Fawcett on saxophone.

www.davidelogiri.eu

 
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Alan Wormald With the Dave Cottle Trio
23/04/2014



Guitarist Alan Wormald has been playing guitar since a very young age, and as a child used to sit and work out the guitar parts for Beatles songs by listening to radio or LP’s. Over the years he has worked with people such as Freddy Starr, Cannon & Ball and Shakatak in the studio and also with live performances. He still tours with Shakatak and has been a member of Shakatak now since 1995 and still going strong mainly playing gigs in foreign countries such as Japan and Russia. Musical influences range from The Beatles, Cream, Alan Holdsworth, Jimmi Hendrix and anything that just sounds cool. Alan uses Parker Fly Classic and Levinson Blade R3 fitted with RolandGR20 and run it through Marshall TSL122 +2X12 Cab, Boss ME50.

alanwormaldband.blogspot.co.uk

 
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Monthly sitters in Night
29/04/2014



Come along from 8pm onwards and join in playing some jazz!!

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Dave O’Higgins Quartet
30/04/2014



Dave is a popular & well-known figure on the international jazz scene, having recorded 14 albums as leader with various lineups. He cut his teeth with NYJO, Cleo Laine, Roadside Picnic and Mezzoforte and went on to work with Jim Mullen, Ray Charles, Martin Taylor, Itchy Fingers, Frank Sinatra, Salif Keita, Jimmy Smith, Joe Locke, Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Stan Tracey, Matthew Herbert, Chico Chagas and the BBC Big Band to name only a few.

Dave has just recorded a new cd, Standards (JVG Productions) due for release Feb 2014. The tunes are instrumental versions of some of the Sinatra repertoire, of which Dave had first hand experience playing in his band at the last London shows in May 1992.

2013’s critically acclaimed CD release, Got The Real Note (Jazzizit) by the Gascoyne/O’Higgins Quartet with Sebastiaan de Krom on drums, Graham Harvey on piano and co-led with bassist, Geoff Gascoyne comprises a selection of “contrafacts” (new tunes written to changes of favourite standards) and the CD was recorded, mixed and mastered at Dave’s new specialist jazz recording studio (JVG). “Real Note Vol 2” is due out March 2014 and the band will be on tour in April and May.

www.daveohiggins.com

 
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Julian Siegel Quartet
07/05/2014



Sought-after saxophonist Julian Siegel has chosen some of the generation’s most distinctive voices for his acoustic quartet, featuring Liam Noble on piano, Gene Calderazzo on drums and Oli Hayhurst on bass. The band’s music moves freely through varied sound-worlds and colours, from undercurrents of bop to electroacoustic grooves, an acoustic quartet playing early electric Miles to dancing West African drum grooves, searching ballads and joyful melodies.

The set will include music from the Quartet's award winning album 'Urban Theme Park', plus the band will be showcasing some new music to be featured on their next album to be recorded next year. Gigs from this all-star group will always be essential listening.

"When the Julian Siegel Quartet perform live it’s a fantastic ride" Jez Nelson, BBC Radio Jazz.

"Urban Theme Park' is darn good fun...already a major contender for album of the year and it’s not even spring yet" Andy Robson, Jazzwise Magazine, March 2011

"A dream team of London jazz talent...Urban Theme Park is a thing of charm and poise – in the best sense, a very English record. With such a knack for drawing on jazz traditions while remaining fresh and forward-looking, the Julian Siegel Quartet are the perfect illustration of why British jazz is turning heads the world over. Siegel’s tunes fit are a mix of fiendish, time-twisting grooves, building riffs and brightly hummable melodies, never mere blowing exercises, their through-composed nature gives them real drama and momentum.” Edward Randell – MusicOMH

www.juliansiegel.com/index.php/js-quartet

 
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Simon Allen With the Dave Cottle Trio
11/05/2014



* Ticketed Event - includes 2 Course Dinner *
To be held at The Village Hotel, Fabian Way, Swansea - 1pm – 4pm


Simon began his career with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Pendulum Jazz Orchestra, performing alongside the likes of Jazz Stars Art Themen, Gerard Presencer, Jamie Cullum and Peter King. After being a winner in the Daily Telegraph ‘Young Jazz’ competition, and a finalist in the ‘Young Jazz Musician of the Year’, Simon gained a place at the Royal Academy of Music, and was selected to join UK drummer Clark Tracey’s acclaimed Quintet, winning further awards and touring the UK over 7 years. Simon is also a member of the Laurence Cottle All Star Big Band, and works with Colin Towns Mask Orchestra for the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Matthew Herbert Big Band, touring around Germany, China, Belgium and Poland. He has appeared at major UK venues and festivals including Ronnie Scott’s, the Barbican and Brecon Jazz Festival, and worked with an astonishing array of top musicians from the jazz and pop world.

Simon has been featured in Stan Tracey CBE’s various groups, and on Jools Holland’s “Later” TV show performing a track from the album. Outside of jazz, Simon leads a horn section, which among others has backed Phil Collins, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney. Simon has been working with Jamie Cullum, Beverley Knight and Florence Rawlings, a young soul singer managed by Mike Batt. Simon has also recently released an album under his own name, “Any Minute Now – Simon Allen Quintet” (2011).

Tickets abailable every Wednesday from Swansea Jazzland or soon to be available on this website!

 
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Shades of Shearing
14/05/2014



Shades of Shearing are making waves across the UK. The quartet re-creates the sound of the famous George Shearing Quintet, but with a twist in the tail, as the line-up consists of two guitars, vibes and double bass, (one guitar takes on the role of the piano).

When guitarists Trefor Owen and Andy Hulme first performed their arrangements for two guitars the audience reaction was, “You’ve really captured the Shearing Sound there!”. They have added the mellow tones of the vibes to create the even more authentic close harmony sounds of the legendary George Shearing Quintet.

Mid Wales based vibes player Paul Sawtell, who has had a love affair with the instrument going back to the 1980s and is also well-known as a jazz pianist, has worked with a wide range of celebrated performers, from Shirley Bassey and Tom Jones to the BBC Radio Big Band, Kenny Ball, Syd Lawrence and a host of internationally renowned jazz soloists, including Herb Geller and Peter King. Trefor Owen, Wales’s premier jazz guitarist, has toured the UK with such American guitar greats as Mundell Lowe, Jack Wilkins and Randy Johnston and performed extensively in the USA, appearing in San Francisco and LA, at the Classic American Guitar Show,New York and the prestigious Jazz Cafe, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, whilst fellow guitarist Andy Hulme’s accomplished performances alongside Trefor and American jazz legends at North Wales International Jazz Guitar Festivals have proved him to be among the finest of today’s UK players. Andy is a member of the acclaimed jazz groups BBQ and the Brownfield/Byrne Hot Six.

Completing the line-up of Shades of Shearing is one of the UK's foremost double bass players, Bill Coleman. Bill has worked as MD for many high profile names, including Helen Shapiro and Kiki Dee, and has accompanied numerous internationally renowned musicians including Alan Skidmore, Alan Barnes, Jackie Dankworth, Clare Teal, Enrico Tomasso and Bruce Adams.

www.treforowen.com/shades-of-shearing

 
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Juan Galiardo/Arturo Serra Quartet
21/05/2014



Arturo Serra (vibes) from Valencia is a Getxo jazz festival prize winner, widely known across Spain and Europe as a top jazz performer, soloist and teacher of improvisation. He is a professor at the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra who studied at the Conservatoire of Valencia, including with Gary Burton and Ed Saindon. He has played with Pat Metheny, Kenny Barron, Mulgrew Miller among many others and his quartet is much in demand at concerts and festivals on the continent. He is currently involved in several new musical projects, one of which is a recently released tribute CD to Bobby Hutcherson, a key influence.

Pianist Juan Galiardo is originally from Seville, who has worked with Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Magnarelli, Dave Santoro, Dick Oatts, Gregory Hutchinson, Ruben Rogers, Yosvany Terry, Mark Whitfield, Darren Barrett, Freddie Bryant, Donny McCaslin, Mark Ledford, Andrea Michelutti. He is a graduate of Cadiz University and the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he played for five years. He has performed in the USA, Japan, Phillippines, England, Ireland, Wales, France, Portugal and Spain. He organized the 'Cádiz International Jazz Workshop' for 4 years and is an experienced jazz teacher and tutor.

Mark O’Connor drums and Aidan Thorne, bass complete the line up.



 
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Monthly sitters in Night
27/05/2014



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David Newton Trio
28/05/2014



David grew up in Scotland with the piano trio sound of Peterson, Tatum or Garner an ever-present feature in the Newton household. After graduating from Leeds College of Music he freelanced around Yorkshire before move to Edinburgh followed where theatre work using local musicians quickly led to an established position on the Scottish jazz scene. He moved to London where he rapidly became a much sought after pianist teaming up with Alan Barnes, guitarist Martin Taylor and saxophonist Don Weller.

During the nineties, David’s reputation as an exquisite accompanist for a singer spread and he was regularly working with Carol Kidd, Marion Montgomery, Tina May, Annie Ross, Claire Martin and of course Stacey Kent, with whom he spent ten years recording and traveling all over the world. While all this was going on, he was composing music which he would record on his own CDs as well as writing specifically for Martin Taylor, Alan Barnes, Tina May or Claire Martin and Newton's music can now be heard on many television productions, especially in the United States where over twenty TV movies benefit from Newton's haunting themes. David Newton is relishing the musical freedom of his Trio and the special sound it makes whilst working on two other new recording projects, as an arranger and a composer.

David Newton has been voted best Jazz Pianist in the British Jazz awards for the tenth time in 2011 and was made a Fellow of Leeds College of Music in 2003.

www.davidnewton.biz/index.shtml

 
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Lee Gibson With the Dave Cottle Trio
04/06/2014



A nationally and internationally acclaimed singer who has delighted critics and fans alike with her wonderful voice, innate sense of swing and dynamic stage presence. She is that rarity, a swinging singer who has also reached the highest standards of musicianship" Time Out. Lees recording and performance career has encompassed TV appearances, including the Morecambe and Wise Show; radio broadcasts with the BBC Concert Orchestra; shows with the WDR and Francy Boland big bands in Germany; Festival appearances all over Europe and in Australia; concert appearances in Canada, South Africa and the USA, including The Orleans Casino Las Vegas; as well as at virtually all major Halls, Clubs and Festivals in the UK.

www.leegibson.co.uk

 
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Phil Robson Organ Trio
11/06/2014



Phil Robson, an incredibly versatile and creative guitar player as well as composer, named Musician of the Year at 2009 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, has joined forces with the Hammond virtuoso Ross Stanley and the inspiring and powerful drummer Gene Calderazzo to form this brand new trio.

This all-star band, which came into being after the great success of two recent "try out gigs" at which, so much fun was had, by the musicians and audiences alike, that it simply had to become a touring and recording band. The concept of an organ trio has always been close to Phil Robson's heart. But he wanted to feel that he had his own, unique take on this great tradition before forming a trio himself and that time is now! The band are currently playing Robson's originals, but new material is being written especially for the trio and the 2014 tour.

As a band leader Robson has fronted many innovative projects including: The Immeasurable Code Quintet featuring US saxophone star Mark Turner, Six strings & the beat, Phil Robson Trio with drum legend Billy Hart and James Genus on bass as well as Quartet featuring David Liebman and Jeff Williams. The new organ trio is another of his "destined for success" projects. Phil and Gene are well known for their great work together as part of the cult band Partisans, but this will be a totally new experience and the wonderful Ross Stanley brings his own spectrum to this fine cocktail.

www.philrobson.net

 
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John Dalton Trio
18/06/2014



Originally From Bristol, jazz guitarist John Dalton has resided for Los Angeles since 1985. His early influences were watching the BBC and a show featuring the Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson where he would play jazz and feature a variety of guests. One night his guest was the solo jazz guitar wizard Joe Pass As a touring session guitarist he played bars and hotels in Denmark andmet more and more similar musicians on the road and as his contacts grew he would end one tour and immediately start on another.

He lists his influences as Tal Farlow, Wes Montgomerey, Joe Pass and Pat Martino. John - Paul Gard will be playing Organ with John.

www.jondaltonjazz.com

 
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Monthly sitters in Night
24/06/2014



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Nicolas Mieir Quartet
25/06/2014



In just a few short years UK-based Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the UK’s most original guitarists. Drawing on a love of Turkish, Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango all mix with jazz, Meier has developed his own unique sound with his regular group (latest release was his eight album with his full band.)

London based Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier is one of the stars of a vibrant British jazz scene, his trademark sound, as heard on his MGP Records and Naim albums, a mixture of Methenyesque jazz.

www.meiergroup.com

 
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