Gary Potter with the Dave Cottle Trio
17/09/2014
Entirely self taught, Gary started to play the guitar when he was eleven years old. Appearing professionally in country bands at just twelve. He was voted Best Country Guitarist one three occasions and looked set to become a Nashville legend with an early elevation to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

His path towards jazz started when a friend gave him a recording of Django Reinhardt when he was fifteen. This had an immediate impact on him and from then on he decided to make jazz his career. He has won many awards for jazz and is regarded as one of the best jazz guitarists in the world, regularly appearing at major guitar festivals worldwide.

Gary’s musical experience is extensive and covers Jazz, Country, Classical, Pop, Funk and Blues and his versatility is renowned and respected as a player of all these music genres.

He is a virtuoso in Country fingerpicking, his unique approach to finger style having developed when he was fifteen, after a visit to see Segovia. Later, playing with Country bands, he discovered that playing finger style was as natural to him as using a pick.

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

Ceri Williams X Project
24/09/2014
Led by Trumpeter Ceri Williams the 7 piece ensemble includes Jason Charles Rogers, Nick Baron, Pete Phillips, John Farrow, David Moreau and Sally Thomas. The band plays mostly fusion material by Weather Report, Chick Corea, Art Ensemble, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Roy Hargrove and Neil Yates amongst others.

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

Monthly sitters in Night
30/09/2014
Come along from 8pm onwards and join in playing some jazz!!

Free Admission

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

Swansea Hit Squad and Guests
01/10/2014
*** Special charity event in aid of Morriston Hospital children’s Ward and Maggies Cancer Charity ***

The Swansea Hit squad reforms for this special charity event. Featuring the Simmons brothers Ian and Steve on Guitar and Sax, plus the house trio of Dave Cottle, piano, Alun Vaughan, bass and Paul Smith, drums, with a host of guest performers.

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

Nigel Price Quartet
08/10/2014
Nigel is a well-established member of the jazz community and is an in-demand sideman, as well as leading his own groups; he prefers the organ/drums/guitar combo, but is versatile enough to feel comfortable in a variety of musical scenarios. His blend of flowing bebop lines, blues feeling and the will to swing has made him instantly accessible and popular with jazz audiences. The quartet features exciting Greek saxophonist Vasilis Xenpoulos.

Nigel Price – Guitar
Matt Home – Drums
Ross Stanley – Organ
Vasilis Xenpoulos – Tenor Sax

www.nigelprice.biz

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

Aidan Thorne Quintet “Duski”
15/10/2014
Duski are an expanded ensemble led by Cardiff based bassist Aidan Thorne. Featuring some of Wales’ finest talent, Duski play an eccentric mix of original and popular music. The band features Greg Sterland, Mark O Connor, Paul Jones and Tom Ollendorf.

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

Rob Barron Quartet
22/10/2014
With regular appearances at the Ronnie Scott’s Late Late Show and at venues such as the 606 clubs, the band has developed a close musical rapport around a shared passion for music from the hardbop era.

Drawing influences from the classic groups of the period such as the Wes Montgomery and George Shearing Quartets and more modern groups such as the Peter Bernstein/Mike Ledonne Quartet, the band plays new exciting arrangements of timeless popular songs from Rodgers and Hart to Stevie Wonder as well as original compositions.

Rob Barron - Piano
Colin Oxley - Guitar
Tim Thornton - Bass
Josh Morrison – Drums

robbarronmusic.com

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

Jazz Masterclass with Dave Cottle
followed by Monthly Jazz Jam Session - FREE ENTRY
28/10/2014
7.30pm Pianist Dave Cottle will be discussing constructing Jazz Chords. The Master class is suitable for all instruments, especially piano and guitar. Followed by the monthly jazz jam session.

Free Admission.

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

Capital City Jazz Orchestra
29/10/2014
This 17-piece band was formed in 2008 and features some of the finest big band musicians in South Wales. Led by musical director Ceri Ress, the band has played successful gigs at Brecon Jazz Festival, Pontypool Jazz Festival, Margam Festival, Cardiff's St David's Hall and Swansea International Jazz Festival.

www.ccjo.co.uk

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

Zena James “Funky Jazz Quintet” with Simon Allen
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 Simon Allen on Saxophone and Mike Bradley on Drums.

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
Hot Club Gallois, are a welsh group inspired by the music of Django Rienhardt and Stephane Grapelli. Their music evokes the style and elegance of 1930's Paris and draws on passion and romance of the gypsy Jazz tradition. Their repertoire includes classic Jazz standards, profound ballads, swaying bossas and traditional gypsy waltzes and boleros. The band played at the first Swansea International Jazz Festival back in June.

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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