For nearly 40 years this basement club in the heart of Soho has been one of London’s favourite jazz night-spots and one of the best modern mainstream jazz venues in Europe.
The highlights of the October programme include:
-Ken Peplowski – A rare London date for one of the greatest jazz clarinettists playing today
-The Legendary Sheila Jordan one of the world’s most revered and original singers who last performed in 2008 at the Lincoln Centre
-Gill Manly & Ian Shaw- Following their smash hit sell-out success at the Purcell Room in April this year, twice BBC Jazz Award winner Ian Shaw joins forces with Gill Manly to celebrate the life and music of Nina Simone and Ray Charles
-Phenomenally talented saxophonist, flautist and composer, Snake Davis now on the road with his own 4 piece band
-Lea DeLaria returns with Wall2Wall the David Bowie Songbook with Special Guest Ian Shaw
-Mose Allison After a 12 year recording hiatus he is back with “The Way of the World”
FULL OCTOBER PROGRAMME:
Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd October Chuck Loeb £25
Chuck became the newest recruit in Fourplay earlier this year, replacing Larry Carlton on guitar. He’s just finished recording the new Fourplay CD and between that and the forthcoming live commitments with the band he’s taking a couple of nights out to play four solo shows at PizzaExpress.
Sunday 3rd October James Pusey Group £8
This is the official album launch gig for the bands first CD “First Chapter”. Fronted by guitarist James Pusey this contemporary jazz quartet play original music drawing from a wide range of influences. James Pusey (guitar), Brandon Allen (sax), Oli Hayhurst (bass), Elliott Henshaw (drums), Tim Oram (soprano sax)
Sunday 3rd October Evening Reunion Album Launch featuring Trudy Kerr & Ingrid James £15
Trudy Kerr’s ninth album “Reunion” sees her teaming up with her long-time friend, the Australian jazz chanteuse, Ingrid James. They deliver an eclectic selection of jazz, latin and folk songs by composers such as Chick Corea, Bob Dorough, Baden Powell and Carole King. A great trio will join Trudy and Ingrid: Robin Aspland (piano), Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and Seb de Krom (drums)
Monday 4th October Richard Fairhurst ‘Triptych’ / Sam Leak ‘Aquarium’ £15 (£10 Conc)
Triptych is the new trio project formed by award winning London based pianist & composer Richard Fairhurst featuring the superb Danish bassist Jasper Hoiby and brilliant New York drummer Chris Vatalaro. Aquarium, led by Pianist/Composer Sam Leak features BBC Jazz Award winners James Allsopp (Saxophone) and Josh Blackmore (Drums) alongside Bassist Calum Gourlay.
Tuesday 5th October Ken Peplowski £20
Ken Peplowski is one of the great jazz clarinettists playing today and an outstanding saxophonist. The club is proud to present the phenomenal American for a rare London date in the company of his friends; fellow reed player Karen Sharp, pianist John Pearce, bassist Dave Green and drummer Martin Drew. Ken Peplowski (clarinet & tenor), Karen Sharp (tenor & baritone), John Pearce (piano), Dave Green (bass) and Steve Brown (drums)
Wednesday 6th October Next Generation Music @ PizzaExpress: Exploring New Musical Territory
PizzaExpress has been in love with jazz for 40 years since the launch of the legendary PizzaExpress Jazz Club Soho in 1969.The restaurant is now looking back at its roots to invent its future, building on its heritage to create the sound of the next generation PizzaExpress, launching at a new ‘living lab’ concept restaurant in Richmond, opening later this year. Join Curator Nick Luscombe (ICA, Flomotion, iTunes), Stac and The Simonsound for an evening of dialogue on progressive music that embodies the spirit and attitude of both jazz and PizzaExpress of the future.
For tickets enquiries please visit: www.pizzaexpresslive.co.uk/jazzlist
Thursday 7th & Friday 8th October Sheila Jordan with Brian Kellock Trio and Tori String Quartet
This legendary lady, inspired by Charlie Parker, started singing in 1940’s Detroit. She is one of the world’s most revered and original singers, last performing at Lincoln Centre on her birthday in 2008. Together with The Brian Kellock Trio – Multi Award winning Scottish pianist with his London based trio comprised of Brian Kellock (piano), Calum Gourlay (bass) and Stu Ritchie (drums) and The String Quartet – composed of Guillem Calvo Martínez de Albéniz (1st violinist), Helena Massip i Pinatella (2nd violinist), David Frankel (viola) and Hannah Marshall (cello).
Saturday 9th & Monday 11th October Hilary Kole featuring Pianist Garry Dial £20
‘You Are There’ marks the second album from Hilary Kole, the New York-based jazz singer (and pianist, arranger, and composer) making her London Debut at PizzaExpress Jazz Club for 2 nights. Even though hundreds of singers are releasing what seems like hundreds of CDs these days, no vocalist – in either the classic or the contemporary era – has done an album like ‘You Are There’ she has teamed up with eleven different great pianists – each of them true legends of the keyboard – and recorded thirteen spontaneous piano-vocal duo tracks with these amazing musicians.
Sunday 10th October Gill Manly & Ian Shaw: “Guilty Pleasures” £20
Following their smash hit sell-out success at the Purcell Room in April this year, twice BBC Jazz Award winner Ian Shaw joins forces with Gill Manly to celebrate the life and music of Nina Simone and Ray Charles and all their favourite singers in between. Gill Manly’s dramatic, gospel tinged delivery and Shaw’s soulful singing and piano playing will ensure this is a show not to miss.
Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th October James Morton’s Porkchop £15
Funk, soul-jazz, and gospel bring jazz back to the dance floor. His debut album ‘Don’t You Worry ‘Bout That’; was launched at PizzaExpress in June 2010 to great critical acclaim. James Morton (Alto Saxophone), Denny Ilett (Guitar), Dan Moore (Hammond Organ), Ian Matthews (Drums)
Thursday 14th October FREYjA with Antonio Forcione £17.50
After five years immersed in the Paris jazz scene, where she wrote and recorded her two most recent albums, FREYjA’s seductive style & soulful poetry mesmerizes audiences and fans around the world. This concert will include tracks from her new 2010 album ‘Not That Girl!’ & reunite FREYjA with special guest Antonio Forcione on guitar.
Antonio Forcione (Guitar), Peter Dale (Piano), Jonny Gee (Bass), Paul Robinson (Drums – Nina Simone, Van Morrison…), Alessandro Tomei (Sax/ Flute – direct from Rome)
Friday 15th October – 1st Show Michael Janisch Presents: Leon Parker Trio featuring Stan Sulzmann£15
For over twenty years, New York native drummer and percussionist Leon Parker has provided a unique foundation to some of the jazz world’s most esteemed improvisers A highly regarded bandleader, for his first headlining date in London, he is joined by one of the UKs most celebrated improvisers, Stan Sulzmann, and bassist Michael Janisch, to present highly spirited music with focus on group improvisation and melody.
Stan Sulzmann is without question one of the most highly respected musicians in the UK today, admired by musicians and audiences alike. His career stretches back to the 60’s, when as part of a uniquely talented crop of British musicians, he played with Graham Collier, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Gordon Beck, as well as leading many groups of his own. Since that time Stan has been at the forefront of European contemporary jazz, and a host of discerning musicians has sought his talents. Constantly in demand as a guest soloist, he has appeared with bands across Europe, Leon Parker (Drums), Stan Sulzmann (Saxophones), Michael Janisch (Bass)
Friday 15th October – 2nd Show Michael Janisch Presents: David Lyttle’s ‘Dark Tales’ featuring US Tenor Tim Warfield £10
A new jazz suite inspired by the macabre writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson and Charles Dickens. Drummer/composer David Lyttle has been hailed as one of the most significant jazz performers to have emerged in recent years, working with artists such as Dave Liebman, Greg Osby, Jean Toussaint, Soweto Kinch and Tommy Smith. His new ‘Dark Tales’ suite was premiered to much acclaim at Belfast’s Ulster Hall last October, and features Award winning piano virtuoso and Steinway artist Robert Mitchell. The New York Times describes special guest Tim Warfield as “perhaps the most powerful tenor saxophonist of his generation”. Known for his work with Dizzy Gillespie, Christian McBride, Nicholas Payton, Isaac Hayes and Bill Cosby, he makes his first London appearance in many years. David Lyttle, (Drums), Tim Warfield (Tenor Saxophone), Robert Mitchell (Piano),
Michael Janisch (Bass)
Saturday 16th October (Double Shows) Snake Davis £20
Phenomenally talented saxophonist, flautist and composer, Snake Davis, heard on Lisa Stansfields’ “Change”, “Someday”, M Peoples hits, Paul Hardcastles albums and Take That’s “Million Love Songs”. 2010 sees him on the road with his own 4-piece band, Paul Birchall (keyboards), Bryan Hargreaves (drums), Neil Fairclough (bass). They play a mix of soul world funk and jazz, featuring the haunting Japanese shakuhachi and Irish whistle along with his saxophones.
Sunday 17th October – Lunch Red Stripe Band £15
Led by eccentric raconteur and boogie woogie front man Red Stripe on piano joined by a highly animated horn section and TV’s “Stars in their Eyes” finalist Gemma Nelson and Baritone and tenor sax players Erica Clarke and Martin Gray. Their music is drawn from the boogie woogie, jive and rock’n’roll of the 1930’s-1950’s. Red Stripe (piano/vocals), Gemma Nelson (vocals), Martin Gray (tenor sax), Erica Clarke (baritone sax), Mike Nicholls (trumpet), Costa Tancredi (bass), Ed Williams (drums)
Sunday 17th October – Evening Mina Agossi £15
Mina mixes many different musical styles, from hip hop to world to jazz, blues, rock
Mina Agossi (voice), Phil Reptil (guitar and keyboards), Ichiro Onoe (drums), Eric Jacot (bass)
Monday 18th October Juliet Kelly £15
Acclaimed jazz singer and songwriter who has forged her own unique niche with her distinctive velvety voice, now celebrates the jazz divas that have inspired and influenced her. The performance will include songs from Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Astrid Gilberto, showcasing popular favourites as well as introducing some lesser-known gems. Juliet has worked with Courtney Pine and supported Georgie Fame and Take 6.
Juliet Kelly (vocals), George Moore (piano), Oli Hayhurst (bass) and Pat Illingworth (drums)
Tuesday 19th October Lea DeLaria’s Wall2Wall – David Bowie Songbook with Special Guest Ian Shaw £20
Lea DeLaria has distinguished herself in every form of entertainment that she touches: jazz musician, Broadway diva, actor, writer and stand-up comic. On this Wall2Wall Songbook event, she covers the David Bowie songbook, with vocalist Ian Shaw as special guest, and a brilliant line-up including pianist and musical director Janette Mason, Simon Little (bass) and Paul Robinson (drums).
Wednesday 20th October Robin McKelle Album Launch £15
After two jazz albums songstress Robin McKelle breaks with her former classicism with a magnificent new album that spans rhythm ‘n’ blues, soul and jazz. This covers an entire tradition of great soul music (by Ray Charles and Nina Simone especially) along with covers of standards by Willie Dixon, Arthur Hamilton and Doc Pomus, as well as self-penned songs, Robin McKelle includes highly-successful, original takes on titles by Leonard Cohen, the Gibb brothers (The Bee Gees) and Lennon & McCartney. She is backed by a formidable group of musicians. Among them is Fred Wesley (James Brown’s legendary trombonist), who has contributed two superb arrangements to the album legendary sax player Houston Person on two tracks. Xavier Davis (piano and keys), Reggie Washington (bass), Mark McLean (drums)
Thursday 21st October Jay Phelps £15
Vancouver-born Jay distinguished himself early on as the youngest bandleader in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival’s history. After moving to London at the age of 17, he was immediately absorbed into the UK jazz scene performing and recording with the likes of Courtney Pine, Guy Barker, Jazz Jamaica, Sir John Dankworth, Amy Winehouse, Dennis Rollins – Jay went on to co-lead the young jazz sensation Empirical where he spent two years enjoying international success and media attention. Jay Phelps now presents his solo debut, Jay Walkin’where he sets out to honour the integrity and capture what is the traditional spirit of jazz music. With a stellar line-up consisting of a generational mix of London’s top Jazz musicians. Jay Phelps (Trumpet), Shabaka Hutchings (Tenor Sax), Jonathan Gee (Piano), Karl Rasheed-Abel (Bass), Gene Calderazzo (Drums), Michael Mwenso (Vocals)
Friday 22nd – Friday 29th October Mose Allison £25 (Fri & Sat) / £22 (Sun – Thu)
Mose Allison, pianist/singer/composer, has been a major influence on musicians of the last 50 years and he has been touring and recording for at least that long. Many stars including The Who, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, The Clash and Diana Krall have recorded his songs. After a 12 year recording hiatus he is back with “The Way of the World”
Saturday 23rd October – Lunch Yutaka Shiina £10
Yutaka Shiina has been Japans leading modern Jazz Pianist for twenty years. Hugely popular in both Japan and the US his dynamic playing and writing have won him many fans. Yutaka was a full time member of the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine. Damon Brown is one of the UK leading Jazz musicians and since sharing the stage in Paris for the first time the two have now been collaborating for almost five years. The band includes drummer Troy Miller and the virtuosic German Bass player Martin Zenker.
Saturday 30th October (Double Shows) Jarek Smietana Trio £15
Jarek Smietana is one of Europe leading guitarists and Poland’s most famous Jazz guitarist. Yaron Stavi is one of the UK leading bass players. The two met while playing together in Nigel Kennedy’s band. Adam Czerwinski has been Jarek’s regular drummer for many years. The trio has been working together for several years recording and touring around the world. The trio will play some of Jarek Smietana’s Original music plus music by Ornette Coleman, Keith Jarrett, Jimmy Hendrix and more.
Jarek Smietana (Electric Guitar), Yaron Stavi (Double Bass), Adam Czerwinski (Drums)
Sunday 31st October Estelle Kokot £15
This Presentation will feature works by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Stephen Sondheim, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, Estelle’s originals and more…South African singer, songwriter, pianist Estelle Kokot and bassist Geoff Gascoyne with drummer Gene Calderazzo
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