Jazz IS alive

Keep in touch for jazz dates and venues in the Swindon area. Please note that the blogger (who set this site up for Dave Knight) receives information second-hand and lives on the other side of the country! More information on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jazz-Knights/544313058974889

Saturday, 5 October 2013

CHARITY CONCERTS

                                            CHARITY CONCERT
                        IN AID OF ANGELS ORPHANAGE-NEPAL                             
                                            NOVEMBER 15th
                                         Catherine Sykes Quartet
                                         Paul Buck - piano
                                        Clive Morton - bass
                                        Terry Howard - drums
                       Catherine is an outstanding vocalist and has performed
                       at numerous prestigious jazz festivals and has appeared             
                       with big bands such as The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK.
                                 St MICHAEL'S and ALL ANGELS
                                    CHURCH LANE  HIGHWORTH
                                        SN6-7AD   7-30/10-00
                               TICKETS £10   INFO 01793-764979


                                           CHARITY CONCERT
                                               NOVEMBER 30th
                           CLIVE MORTON'S MAINSTREAM JAZZ QUINTET
                               St ANDREW'S CHURCH  CHURCH WALK
                                            SHRIVENHAM  SN6-8AN
                                             7-30/10-00  TICKETS£10
                                                  INFO 01793-791043
        

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

JAZZ IN THE SWINDON AREA IN OCTOBER

         01  Rob Terry Trio
               Baker St Wood St SN1-4AM
               01793-978011 8-10.30 FREE       

        06  Clive Burton Trio
               The Plough Inn Devizes Road SN1-4BQ
                01793-522156 3-5.30 FREE

        08   Louise Parker Trio
               Baker St Wood St SN1-4AM
               01793-978011 8-10.30 FREE

        10   Dom Franks/John-Paul Gard Duo
                Prince Of Wales High St Shrivenham Sn6-8AF
                01793-782268  FREE

        13   Alvin Roy Trio
                The Plough Inn Devizes Road SN1-4BQ
                01793-522156 3-5.30 FREE

         15   Duncan Enslem Quartet
                 Baker St Wood St SN1-4AM
               01793-978011 8-10.30 FREE

         20   Remi Harris Trio
                 The Plough Inn Devizes Road SN1-4BQ
                01793-522156 3-5.30 FREE

         22   Jazz Special
                Gyspy Fire (outstanding Jazz Violinist)
                Baker St Wood St SN1-4AM
               01793-978011 8-10.30 
FREE

        24   Rob Terry Trio
                Prince Of Wales High St Shrivenham Sn6-8AF
                01793-782268
  FREE  

                
        27   Andy Nowak Trio
                The Plough Inn Devizes Road SN1-4BQ
                01793-522156 3-5.30 FREE

        29   Ruth Hammond Quartet
               Baker St Wood St SN1-4AM
               01793-978011 8-10.30 FREE

       30    Dave Newton Trio
                Portwell Angel Market Place Faringdon SN7-4HU
                01367-248030 7.30-10 FREE

        31   Kingsdown All Stars plus Guests
                Kingsdown Road St Philip Swindon Wiltshire SN2 7PE
                01793 824802 8-11 FREE

     

Friday, 13 September 2013

JAZZ AT THE PLOUGH THROUGH UNTIL CHRISTMAS

                                                   Jazz At The Plough Inn
                                                   26 Devizes Rd  SN1 4BQ
                                                   Sundays 3-00/5-30   FREE

                        SEPTEMBER   15    DAVE NEWTON TRIO
                                                  22    STUART HENDERSON - TRIO
                                                  29    JOHN-PAUL GARD - TRIO 

                            OCTOBER    06   CLIVE BURTON - TRIO
                                                   13    ALVIN ROY - TRIO
                                                   20    REMI HARRIS - TRIO
                                                   27    ANDY NOWAK - TRIO

                         NOVEMBER   03    ROD KELLY  - TRIO
                                                  10    MARTIN PICKETT - TRIO
                                                  17    BEN HOLDER - TRIO
                                                  24    ROB TERRY - TRIO

                         DECEMBER   01    TBC
                                                  08    RORY McINROY - TRIO
                                                  15    RACHAEL PENNELL - TRIO
                                                  22    TBC ?
                                                  29    TBC ?

Friday, 16 August 2013

SEPTEMBER JAZZ AT THE PLOUGH, SWINDON

                                                      
                                                            FREE!

                       SEPT   01   MIKE EVANS/JON GREEN - TRIO
 

                                   08    GEORGE COOPER - TRIO


                                   15     DAVE NEWTON - TRIO


                                   22     STUART HENDERSON - TRIO


                                   29     JON PAUL-GARD - TRIO

 

Thursday, 15 August 2013

GIGS AT THE PRINCE OF WALES, SHRIVENHAM UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR

                                                          FREE!        

               AUG  22    DAVE NEWTON /JOHN PEARCE  DUO
                                  Amazing violinist-Awesome pianist

             SEPT   12    EMILY WRIGHT/DALE HAMBRIDGE  DUO
                                   Unique vocalist with beautiful voice, excellent pianist

             SEPT   26     CATHERINE SYKES TRIO
                                    Swinging vocalist, Paul Buck piano, Clive Morton bass

              OCT   10     DOM FRANKS/JOHN PAUL GARD  DUO
                                    Groove driven tenor sax organ combo

              OCT   20      ROD KELLY  TRIO
                                    Sophisticated-entertaining jazz pianist

              NOV    14     BALANCIA TRIO
                                     Bossa Nova and latin style jazz

              NOV     28    RACHAEL PENNELL TRIO
                                    Charismatic singer/actress, enraptures audiences

              DEC    12      REMI HARRIS  TRIO
                                      Exciting and talented young jazz guitarist 

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

JULY GIGS AT THE PRINCE OF WALES, SHRIVENHAM

                               Prince of Wales
                               High St, Shrivenham
                               SN6 8AF
                               8-30pm/11-00pm
                                     FREE

JULY

11   Ben Holder Trio
Sensational, spirited, remarkable

18  Nicola Farnon/Dave Newton Duo   JAZZ SPECIAL
Unique Jazz vocalist/bassist with UK's premier jazz pianist

25   Terry Hutchins Trio
Consummate jazz guitarist

JULY GIGS AT BAKER STREET, SWINDON

                             
                                 Baker St, Wood St
                                 Swindon SN1 4AN
                                 8-00pm/10-30pm
                                        FREE

JULY

02  Geoff Mason Quartet   JAZZ SPECIAL
Virtuoso trombonist from Ronnie Scotts Big Band

09  Kathy Jones Balanca Quintet
Latin Jazz led by multi lingual jazz singer Kathy Jones

16  Andy Pete/Alex Steele Quartet
Outstanding trumpet/flugel horn player from Birmingham

23   Nicola Farnon Quartet
Great Jazz singer and talented double bassist with a swinging quartet

30    Dave Newton  Trio
The UK's best Jazz pianist as voted by the public 11 times!                                         
             

Thursday, 27 June 2013

MORE DATES FOR THE PLOUGH, SWINDON


                                               AUGUST - SEPTEMBER          
                                                         JAZZ GIGS                                              
                                                       PLOUGH INN
                                                26, Devizes Rd  SN1-4BQ
                                               Sundays  3-00/5-30  FREE
                                              

                AUGUST   04     Terry Hutchins - Trio
                                             (Consummate jazz guitarist, classical jazz standards)

                                   11      Graham Turner - Trio
                                              (Talented pianist leads swinging bop based trio)

                                   18      Steve Laming-Trio 
                                              (Acclaimed gypsy style guitarist, vintage jazz )

                                   25       Anders Olinder - Trio
                                              (Master keyboard player maestro of jazz funk music)

       SEPTEMBER   01       Mike Evans - Trio
                                               (Remarkable violinist with outstanding rhythm duo)

                                   08       George Cooper
                                               (Vibrant exciting jazz piano)

                                   15        Dave Newton - Trio  
                                                (UK's No1 jazz pianist leads impressive trio)

                                   22        Stuart Henderson - Trio
                                                (Versatile Instrumentalist, driving post bop sounds)

                                   29       John Paul-Gard - Trio
                                                (Grooving cool funky sounds on B3 organ)

Friday, 21 June 2013

NEW SWINDON VENUE, THE PLOUGH, DEVIZES ROAD

Dave Knight has created a brand new jazz venue in Swindon and is pleased to announce upcoming gigs at The Plough, Devizes Rd, SN1 2BQ
                                         Sundays  3-00/5-30pm  FREE

                    JUNE  30th   Clive Burton - Trio
                                        (Popular trombonist, a superb musician,
                                        swinging, infectious mainstream jazz)

                    JULY   14     Stuart  Henderson Trio
                                         (Trumpeter with an outstanding technique
                                         and beautiful sound)

                                21    Catherine Sykes Trio
                                       (Peggy Lee inspired jazz vocalist, featured singer
                                        in Ray McVay's Glenn Miller orchestra, a unique voice)

                                28    Alex Steele Trio
                                      (Widely respected jazz pianist supported by Clive Morton's
                                        impeccable bass playing) 

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

OLD TOWN SWINDON JAZZ DAY SUNDAY THE 7th OF JULY

                                           
                                         Plough Inn, 26 Devizes  Rd,
                                             Swindon  SN1 2BQ 
                     10-30/ 1-00   Alvin Roy/Rod Kelly - Trio
                       1-30/ 4-00  Louise Parker - Trio

                                         Baker St, Wood St
                                            Swindon SN14AN
                     11-00/ 1-30   Steve Laming - Trio
                       2-00/ 4-30   John Paul Gard - Trio
                       5-00/ 7-30   Radio Banska - Quintet

                                        20 @ Kings, 20, Wood St,
                                           Swindon SN1 4AB
                      4-30/ 7.30   Dave Newton - Trio

                                        Outside in Wood St
                                   12-00/ 1-00 and 2-00/ 3-00
                                       Ray Butt's Wood St Stompers
                     

Thursday, 9 May 2013

GIG AT THE OLD GEORGE INN SOUTH CERNEY

The Dave Newton trio will be playing at the Old George Inn, South Cerney, Gloucestershire on Sunday 12th of May. The music starts at 8pm and admission is FREE.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

JAZZ REVIEW - PAUL BUCK TRIO, PRINCE OF WALES, SHRIVENHAM

Shrivenham jazz aficionados were presented with an evening of extraordinary jazz piano from the Paul Buck trio. Paul is a remarkable pianist, able to blend the many elements of pop and jazz into intelligent and accessible music. Outstanding drummer Terry Howard pushed the trio along with swinging precision. Completing the group, bassist Clive Morton played with a sensitive and delicate touch.

The evening's jazz commenced with the title tune from the 1924 Broadway musical Lady Be Good by George and Ira Gershwin. Toots Thieleman's composition Bluesette followed. Chattanooga Choo Choo, the 1942 gold disc made famous by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, preceded Jerome Kern's Pick Yourself Up. St Thomas from the repertoire of tenor sax giant Sonny Rollins changed the mood yet again. The evening's music concluded with the beautiful 1921 song Just Friends.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening of piano jazz and all for FREE.

                                                                                                   Dave Knight

Paul Buck

REVIEW - ANDY HAGUE QUINTET PLUS ED JONES, BAKER STREET, SWINDON

Andy Hague has long been a stalwart on the West Country jazz scene and beyond. His present UK tour confirms that he has lost none of his enthusiasm and love of the music, and his current quintet has matured into a fine outfit.

On the night, this impression was confirmed by the addition of the experienced guest Ed Jones on tenor sax. Taking up the challenge of arranging for this extra instrument, Andy adjusted his charts for this gig, and the three-part voicings for the front line created an exciting, fat sound on the ensemble passages. Ben Waghorn, also a wonderful tenor player in his own right, kept to alto sax for the occasion and Andy himself provided the brass element on trumpet and flugelhorn. This front line was backed by Jim Blomfield on keyboard, another musician who is gaining deserved recognition in jazz circles; also making waves are Will Harris on double bass, providing a sophisticated metronome pulse, combined with Mark Whitlam's exuberant 'Elvin  Jones' drum machine.

The musical content for the evening was diverse but tending towards a satisfying hard bop feel. We heard material by Charles Toliver, Jimmy Heath, Billy Strayhorn, Marcus Printup, Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter and Lee Morgan, with several Andy Hague originals - Tranquil Moment being a fine balladic slow samba.
 
Ann Ronell's Willow Weep For Me is a pretty tune. Played using the riff-motif of Miles Davis' All Blues as a rhythmic device behind the melody showed an engaging arranging touch by the sextet leader and allowed Ben, Jim and Will to blossom. For me, though, the highlight was a more traditional melody: Weaver Of Dreams by Victor Young gave full rein to Ed Jones' fertile tenor sax and Andy Hague's winsome flugelhorn.

The expanding Baker Street jazz audience warmed to this Bristol-based band, an easy to listen to, friendly combo - not a primal donnal amongst them! All this for FREE.

                                                                                                Keith Brain
  
Andy Hague quintet plus Ed Jones - photo by Keith Brain

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

REVIEW - JOHN PEARCE TRIO, PORTWELL ANGEL, FARINGDON

The Portwell Angel presented a fascinating evening of jazz featuring highly acclaimed violinist John Pearce, an undisputed master of the instrument and a musician fuelled by an all encompassing creative passion. A natural swinger, John tackled with energetic enthusiasm a varied programme of well-known jazz standards. Harry Warren's There Will Never Be Another You opened the evening. A beautiful rendition of My One and Only Love followed Bronislaw Kaper's On Green Dolphin Street. Two bossa nova standards How Insensitive and Girl From Ipanema completed the evening, both written by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

A first class rhythm section of Pat Metheny inspired guitarist Matt Hopkins and double bassist Clive Morton were in able support, Clive's bass lines as strong and tasteful as ever.

The next presentation is on the 24th of April and it welcomes the UK's top jazz pianist Dave Newton and his trio. Please support this excellent new venue. Admission is FREE.

                                                                                                Dave Knight.

John Pearce
Matt Hopkins
Clive Morton

Monday, 1 April 2013

REVIEW - REMI HARRIS TRIO, PRINCE OF WALES, SHRIVENHAM


Remi Harris is a young guitarist making a reputation in the field of gypsy-jazz. With formidable technique, his musical associations (perhaps prompted by his name...'do-re-mi'...) range widely through the musical culture of the last hundred years.
 
In a very full programme of some twenty five numbers we were treated to a variety, not so much of style influences, rather of material which appealed to the musicians. Since this involved a request - Sweet Georgia Brown - and several spontaneous sing-along episodes, this appeal was mutual with a majority of the audience.
 
So a first set gamut which started with Putting On The Ritz and included Charlie Parker's Donna Lee, Lady Madonna as a homage to the Beatles, a Just Friends nod to Chet Baker, a George Benson number and even a medley of Cherokee with I'll See You In My Dreams. The second set was equally as varied, starting with a sortie from acoustic to electric guitar for Softly As In A Morning Sunrise and Road Song recalling Wes Montgomery. Then Need Your Love recalling Fleetwood Mac and BB King, before a return to the accoustic sound. We were treated, of course, to Django Reinhardt  classics (one of which included a Jimi Hendrix lick) and even to the exotic - sounds normally heard played on an oud, also the more familiar klezmer music. An original, Ninick, showed off Remi as a composer with this, a pretty, catchy tune.
 
This was not a one man show, however. On rhythm guitar, Ben Salmon needed no gratuitous praise. Just think Freddie Greene (the heart beat of the Basie Band) and enough said. And Tom Moore on double bass laid down a rock-solid backing with an inventive line in solos.
 
All in all a fine, well knitted young trio, enthusiastic, attentive and responsive to each other. They deserved their plaudits which I'm sure will become more and more far reaching.
 
                                                                                                       Keith Brain.
 
Remi Harris
 
Ben Salmon
 
Tom Moore
   

Sunday, 17 March 2013

JAZZ REVIEW

SIMON SPILLETT TRIO, PRINCE OF WALES, THURSDAY 14th of MARCH

The much lauded saxophonist and jazz authority, Simon Spillett brought his tenor sax to the Prince on a cold March night to an audience of jazafs and socialising diners and drinkers. In a programme sensibly tailored for this setup, the theme was 'standards', with a sprinkling of ballads and refreshing tempo changes. Three J Van Heusen compositions, two by Jerome Kern and a Cole Porter number framed the course of the evening, but the attacking be-bop style generally associated with this axe man was never far away.

Simon Spillett has had a long and productive musical relationship with pianist John Critchinson, a stalwart trio member. 'Critch'  is a fount of musical knowledge with stories of the early be-bop days, from his West Country roots to Ronnie Scott's Soho world. His enthusiasm and musical talent are undiminished.

One might consider that the trio's drummer, Terry Howard - a newcomer to Simon - would be disadvantaged in the understanding built between keyboard and sax, but locally based, Terry is an experienced jazzman in his own right and provided attentive and sympathetic backing throughout.

So an evening of fine music. Starter: The Way You Look Tonight at medium tempo; into an easy-paced, lyrical It Could Happen To You. Then a slow, languorous But Beautiful, showing off the sweet, wistful tone of the tenor sax. A samba rhythm to Night And Day livened up the mood and gave Terry the chance to exercise sticks and skins, this followed by the third Van Heusen  tune, I Thought About You. The set closer: Who Parked The Car?, a catch-all title for an up-tempo blues built around Sonny Rollins' Tenor Madness. Green Dolphin St, latinated, and Guy Wood's My One And Only Love - with some well placed Polka Dots and Moonbeams quotes from Critch opened the second set. Quotes from My Favourite Things reminiscent of John Coltrane were featured on Lover Man - Simon's only soprano sax excursion of the evening. Perhaps the most memorable number of the session, however, was The Gentle Rain as a gentle bossa nova from the pen of the admirable Luiz Bonfa. A lively Nobody Else But Me, the second of the Kern contributions, left the evening to be rounded-off by the ever reliable jazz vehicle, Bye Bye Blackbird.

A satisfied audience and I think the musicians, too, enjoyed their trip to the sticks.

                                                                              Logodaedalus (AKA Keith Brain)

Simon Spillett
John Critchinson
Terry Howard

JAZZ REVIEW

STUART HENDERSON QUINTET, BAKER STREET, TUESDAY 12th of MARCH

The Stuart Henderson Qnt played Baker St on a Tuesday against the opposition of Man. U. on the night. This band has provincial associations but A-league qualities and played a well-knitted programme of modern jazz according to the preferred formula for this venue. Material by Kenny Dorham, Miles Davis and Donald Byrd showed off the tastes of the leader on trumpet but included a lovely rendition of a Leonard Bernstein ballad on flugelhorn.

The tenor sax contribution of Reading-based Ukrainian, Anatoliy Vyachaslavov made a well balanced complement forming the front line, sounding to me at times more from the plains of Texas than from the Ukraine.

On keyboard, Graeme Taylor laid down a satisfying infill and his own solo contributions were well constructed and inventive.

In the engine room, Simon Price on drums provided an extra dimension of energy and immaculate time keeping, with the whole group underpinned by Rapa Mizraki, impeccable on double bass.

Indeed, the whole group was as well-knit as their programme - which also included Toots Theilmanns' Bluesette, Henry Mancini's Days of Wine & Roses, Ellington's In A Mellow Tone, Sammy Cahn's Secret Love and Kern's All TheThings You Are.

Well, not all, but quite a few things in this enjoyable musical mesh.

                                                                          Logodaedalus (AKA Keith Brain)

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

CHARITY JAZZ CONCERT


                                              FRIDAY 28th of JUNE                                           
                                              St Michael's Church, Vicarage Lane
                                              Highworth SN6-7AD

                                              Charity jazz evening in aid of
                                              Angels Orphanage, Nepal
                                              Emily Wright and the Royals
                                              Admission £10.00
                                              7.30-10.00 Tickets From
                                              Lighthouse Book Shop, Highworth
                                              Info Centre Swindon
                                              Reservations 01793-764979

JAZZ GIGS AT BAKER STREET APRIL/MAY/JUNE

Upcoming gigs at Baker Street, Swindon.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

JAZZ REVIEW BAKER STREET.

On Tuesday 5th March, Baker Street presented 4 of the UK's most acclaimed jazz musicians, featuring a quartet led by Ron Heatherington, a favourite drummer of visiting International jazz musicians. On double bass was John Rees-Jones, who is currently working with the Humphrey Lyttelton band and will be playing at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London in two weeks time.The UK's foremost jazz pianist Dave Newton was on piano. Dave has accompanied many visiting US musicians, including Herb Ellis and Art Farmer. He has been awarded top British jazz pianist 11 out of the past 12 years. Art Themen was on saxophone. Art managed to combine with considerable success being an orthopaedic surgeon (ret) and an eminent jazz musician.

The large audience of jazz fans from Swindon and elsewhere were treated to an evening of some excellent jazz music. Ballads/blues and bop standards were on display and it was a super evening's music and all for FREE.

Next week,Tuesday 12th March, admission FREE 8pm Baker Street presents the Stuart Henderson Quintet, featuring the fantastic Ukrainian tenor saxophonist Anatoliy Vyacheslavov.

                                                                                                 Dave Knight.
Art Themen
Dave Newton

Ron Heatherington

JAZZ AT THE PRINCE

Gigs April through until August at the Prince of Wales, Hight Street, Shrivenham. Thursday evenings 8.30/11.00 FREE

Friday, 1 March 2013

MARCH JAZZ GIGS

Your complete listings for March.

JAZZ REVIEW


Swindon jazz has been presenting some outstanding jazz sessions at various venues in the Swindon area and in Bristol. Gigs featuring some of the UK's finest jazz musicians, including the UK's number one jazz pianist Dave Newton, UK's top jazz rock guitarist Mike Outram, leading alto sax player Martin Speake, Steve Waterman trumpet, Alan Barnes the UK's pre-eminent mainsteam jazz saxophonist and Tantrum featuring Tommaso Starace, the superb alto sax musician from Milan Italy, and Roger Beaujolias Britain's finest vibes player. Swindon's own musicians Ian Bateman and Chris Cobbson have also featured prominently.

This Tuesday 5th March 8.00-10.30 Baker St are presenting another jazz showcase featuring some of the UK'S top jazz musicians lead by drummer Ron Heatherington, who has often gigged at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, John Rees-Jones on bass from Humph's band, Dave Newton will be on piano and on tenor sax Art Themen, the former orthopaedic surgeon and a legend on the UK R'n'B scene.
               Expect standing room only, so come early, and it's all FREE.
               Swindon Jazz is now presenting in excess of 200 gigs per year.

                                                                                                 Dave Knight.

Art Themen

Dave Newton


Wednesday, 20 February 2013

TANTRUM TRIO PLUS ONE AT BAKER STREET

                     "How does a jazz musician end up with a million dollars?
                      Start with two million." - Roger Beaujolais.

Roger Beaujolais 
 
Tommaso Starace

Paul Jefferies

Frank Hockney


Friday, 8 February 2013

NEW MONTHLY GIG AT THE PORTWELL ANGEL IN FARINGDON

A new venue for you. There will be jazz at the Portwell Angel in Faringdon on the last Wednesday in every month. 7.30/10pm FREE.

Commencing . . .

March the 27th    John Pearce trio - Highly talented exciting jazz violinist with Matt Hopkins on guitar and Clive Morton on double bass

April the 24th      Dave Newton trio - UK's award winning No 1 pre-eminent jazz pianist with Clive Morton on double bass and Terry Howard on drums

May the 29th       Emily Wright duo - Superbly gifted young jazz vocalist about to begin a UK tour in June at the Brass Pig Bristol and then Pizza Express London, St Ives jazz club Cornwall etc.

                                                                                               David Knight

Thursday, 31 January 2013