Zena James “Funky Jazz Quintet” featuring Toby Stewart
05/11/2014
With a distinctive soulful and bluesy approach to popular standards and lesser-known jazz gems, vocalist Zena James received top reviews for the launch of her debut album “Tell Me More” in 2007, and for her refreshingly original jazz-soul follow-up CD, “Captivated”.

A fervent pop child of the Seventies who turned to jazz two decades later, Zena is inspired as much by Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Lewis Taylor and Eva Cassidy as by jazz greats like Anita O’Day. From a lifelong passion for soul and R&B that characterizes her delivery, funky arrangements and compelling original tunes, Zena has been making her mark on the jazz. The Quintet features Mike Bradley on Drums and offers you a chance to hear saxophonist Toby Stewart in advance of him appearing here with his 10 piece band “Monsters on a Leash” on November 28th.

www.zenajames.com

Doors open at 7:30pm - Performance starts approx. 8:30pm - Members £7 - Non-Members £10

Vincent Herring with the Dave Cottle Trio
12/11/2014
Vincent is a saxophone virtuoso with a uniquely intense and vigorous musical voice. He is considered one of the premier saxophonists of his generation.

Vincent first toured Europe and the United States with Lionel Hampton’s big band in the early 1980’s. As he developed his musicianship working with Nat Adderley, a partnership blossomed that continued for nine years. Along the way he worked and/or recorded with Cedar Walton, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Hayes, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver Quintet, Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, Larry Coryell, Steve Turre, The Mingus Big Band, Kenny Barron, Nancy Wilson, Dr. Billy Taylor, Carla Bley, and John Hicks.

Vincent has appeared as guest soloist with many artists and ensembles including Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center and John Faddis with the Carnegie Hall Big Band. While amassing these impressive credentials, Vincent continued to develop his own voice and style. Inspired by a collage of diverse musical influences, Vincent is also involved in Jazz education and is currently on the faculty of William Patterson University. He conducts master classes and jazz workshops at conservatories and universities around the world.

www.vincentherring.com

Doors open at 7:30pm - Performance starts approx. 8:30pm - Members £9 - Non-Members £12

Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet
19/11/2014
The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet is a fresh new collaboration between Israeli UK-resident drummer/composer Asaf Sirkis, known for his work with the Lighthouse trio (ACT), Gilad Atz- mon, Tim Garland, Larry Corryel, John Abercrombie & the Asaf Sirkis trio, and Polish vocalist/ composer extraordinaire Sylwia Bialas (Germany-resident).

The quartet features USA resident bassist and harmonica player Patrick Bettison, and the acclaimed Frank Harrison on piano and keyboards (UK). With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing, this band celebrates music from both collaborators, covering a wide range of influences such as contemporary classical music, Polish folk, South Indian & Middle Eastern musics as well as a wide range of dynamics – from the most delicate ballad all the way to high-energy electric virtuoso lines and everything in bet- ween. Expect soulful melodies, aerospheric sounds with strong grooves, a full colour electroa- coustic jazz with an ethnic touch and some uncommonly used instruments and sound effects. The quartet has recently been touring the UK and recording their new album 'Dreams Dreams'. The album will be officially released in November 2014.

Doors open at 7:30pm - Performance starts approx. 8:30pm - Members £7 - Non-Members £10

Jazz Masterclass with Bobby Wellins
followed by Monthly Jazz Jam Session - FREE ENTRY
25/11/2014
7.30pm Jazz saxophone legend Bobby Wellins will be giving a saxophone jazz Master class, all instruments welcome. Followed by the monthly jazz jam session.

Free Admission

Doors open at 7:00pm - Performance starts approx. 7:30pm - Members FREE - Non-Members FREE

Bobby Wellins Quartet
26/11/2014
Bobby’s recording career kicked off in 1956 when he joined the piano-less Buddy Featherstonhaugh quintet, also featuring the young Kenny Wheeler on trumpet. In the early '60s, he was hired by bandleader Tony Crombie for his latest band, beginning what would be a long association between Wellins and the influential British pianist Stan Tracey. In 1965 Bobby and Stan Tracey quartet recorded a suite of pieces inspired by Dylan Thomas' -Under Milk Wood. Three decades later this record was remembered fondly, picked repeatedly in jazz magazines as an all-time favourite of British jazz.

In the '70s, Wellins began concentrating on his own groups, usually a quartet formation. Further collaborations with Tracey took place in the '80s, along with a very special recording project including the wonderful Mingus band jazz trombonist Jimmy Knepper. The oversize coach overflowing with liquor and musicians that is known as the Charlie Watts big band of course dropped by and picked up Bobby, who appears amongst the throngs of players on the 1986 release Live at Fulham Town Hall. In the '90s, the saxophonist released some of his most well-received work to date. He also has developed a flair for the intricate and oddball music of Thelonios Monk, performing it in several repertoire groups. Danny Moss Jnr features on the Double Bass.

www.nme.com/artists/bobby-wellins#biography

Doors open at 7:30pm - Performance starts approx. 8:30pm - Members £7 - Non-Members £10

Toby Stewarts’ Monsters on a Leash
The music of Tower of Power
28/11/2014
*** Ticketed Event ***

MONSTERS ON A LEASH - 'The music of Tower of Power played by a stunning line-up comprising the finest and funkiest of London’s West-End players - prepare for a 'funky good time!'

The Monsters were born and raised in North America, fuelled on Motown and Funk, and seasoned on the road. Today after relocating to London they can be found playing their Tower of Power and Motown party sets in London’s exclusive hotels, nightclubs, aboard cruise ships and many city events throughout the year. The 10 piece band comprises of diverse performance credits from the Spice Girls to West End Shows, the Hard Hitting Rhythm Section, Power Horns and energy filled vocals will leave you gasping for air and nailed to the dance floor!

Doors open at 7:30pm - Performance starts approx. 8:30pm - Members £10 - Non-Members £13
Tickets also available every Wednesday from Swansea Jazzland

Hot Club Gallois
03/12/2014
Wales' premier gypsy jazz & swing band evokes the style and elegance of 1930's Paris with music inspired by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Their repertoire includes classic Jazz standards, profound ballads, swaying bosses, boleros and traditional gypsy dances.

Thrilling audiences around the British Isles with an irresistible mix of beautiful melodies and dynamic rhythms, notable performances by the band include: Welsh Proms, Brecon Jazz Festival, Le Quecumbar Jazz Club (London), Upton Jazz Festival and Swansea International Jazz Festival.

Richard Jones (guitar)
Luke Archard (guitar)
Xenia Porteous (violin)
Mike Morgan (bass)

www.hotclubgallois.co.uk

Doors open at 7:30pm - Performance starts approx. 8:30pm - Members £7 - Non-Members £10

Simon Allen Quintet
10/12/2014
An all-star line-up featuring the cream of British Jazz! Led by Simon the Quintet will play a set including some of Simons originals, plus ripping up standards!

Sax - Simon Allen
Trumpet – Martin Shaw
Bass – Laurence Cottle
Drums – Mike Bradley
Keys – Tom Cawley

www.simonallensaxophone.com

Doors open at 7:30pm - Performance starts approx. 8:30pm - Members £9 - Non-Members £12

Jazzland Christmas Party
Alan Barnes with the Dave Cottle Trio
17/12/2014
Alan is a firm favourite of ours at Swansea Jazzland. His impressive career has included two years with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, three years with the Tommy Chase Quartet and four years with Humphrey Lyttelton’s Band. His work on clarinet and saxes covers a staggering range and he includes Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Sonny Rollins among his heroes. Alan played at the inaugural Swansea International Jazz Festival in June.

A great night on the way with the best of jazz, full of festive cheer and the party gets underway at 8pm! Buffett included!

Ticket's Available From Jazzland every Wednesday or from this website

Doors open at 7:00pm - Performance starts approx. 8:00pm - Members £10 - Non-Members £13
Tickets also available every Wednesday from Swansea Jazzland


 

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