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6th November 2018

REMI HARRIS
Remi Harris: Guitar
Caley Groves: Guitar
Mike Green: Double Bass

Remi Harris has been described by Jamie Cullum as “an incredible guitarist”. His unique style draws inspiration from Gypsy Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Electronic and World Music. He has toured worldwide as well as performing at Buckingham Palace, the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum and live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3.
Primarily self taught with the help of his Dad’s guitar magazines and records, Remi started playing at the age of 7, initially inspired by rock and blues guitarists of the 60s and 70s such as Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green and Jimmy Page.
In his late teens he developed an interest in jazz music, in particular artists such as Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Stan Getz. Since then he has been growing a reputation for blending all of his influences into his own individual style of playing.
In his live shows Remi plays an eclectic mix of original compositions, improvisations, jazz standards and new arrangements of music from Django Reinhardt, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, Peter Green and many more.

2nd October 2018

GILAD ATZMON plays Coltrane
Gilad Atzmon: Saxophone
Frank Harrison: Piano
Yaron Stavi: Bass
Enzo Zirrili: Drums

Gilad Atzmon has been described as the “hardest-gigging man in British jazz”. He has toured extensively around the world as a powerhouse multi-instrumentalist: he plays saxophones, clarinet and ethnic woodwind nstruments. Much influenced by both John Coltrane and Charlie Parker, Atzmon’s powerful playing style combines great bebop artistry with Middle-Eastern roots (he was born in Israel). His live performances have been described as “breathtaking and overwhelming”.
He has recorded 15 albums and 2003’s ‘Exile’ was the BBC’s Jazz Album of the Year.
In 1998 he joined Ian Dury’s band The Blockheads and remained with them after Dury’s death. He has recorded with Robbie Williams, Sinead O’Connor, Robert Wyatt and Paul McCartney and is featured on Pink Floyd’s last album ‘The Endless River’.
Alongside his straightahead bebop quartet, Atzmon has toured extensively with his Arabic-tinged Orient House Ensemble (they’ve produced 8 albums). His appearances are always greeted with enthusiasm. “For sheer improvisational firworks, quirky humour and genre-defyng invention,” wrote one critic, “one will be hard-pressed to find a bandleader as unique as Gilad Atzmon.”

4th September 2018

PAUL McCANDLESS and CHARGED PARTICLES
Paul McCandless: Wind instruments
Murray Low: Keyboards
Aaron Germain: Bass
Jon Krosnick: Drums

Three-time Grammy Award winner Paul McCandless from San Francisco is a world-renowned multi-instrumentalist and composer. Since 2014, he has been performing his original compositions with the celebrated jazz trio Changed Particles.
Brought up in small-town Pennsylvania, Paul played both classical music and jazz from an early age. This is reflected in the instruments he plays: the oboe, English horn, bass clarinet, soprano and sopranino saxophone and a collection of folk flutes.
During a distinguished career spanning four decades, he has brought the soaring lyricism of his playing and composing to two seminal bands: the original Paul Winter Consort and the innovative quartet OREGON. He has appeared with such musicians as Pat Metheny, Wynton Marsalis, Steve Reich, Al Jarreau and many others. The music he plays with the long-established trio Changed Particles traverses a range of genres including swinging jazz, funky-fusionish tunes, romantic ballads, purely improvised adventures and original McCandless styles that have no names.

7th August 2018

PETE BROWN and KEVIN FLANAGAN
Pete Brown: Vocals
Kevin Flanagan: Saxophones
Simon Thorpe: Bass
John Donaldson: Piano
Darren Beckett: Drums

Something completely different. The tradition of combining poetry and jazz has a long history. In this country the legendary poet and singer Pete Brown was at the forefront, working with Dudley Moore, Stan Tracey and Bobby Wellins in the 60’s. He appeared at the Albert Hall alongside many of the great U.S. beat poets including Allen Ginsberg. It was through his association with jazz that he met Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton. Pete’s songwriting partnership with Jack produced many of Cream’s greatest songs including ‘Sunshine of Your Love’, ‘White Room’, ‘I Feel Free’ etc. A rare chance to hear this award-winning artist in an intimate setting.

US saxophonist Dr Kevin Flanagan, now resident here, has played sax for countless stars including B.B. King, Led Zepplin, Sex Pistols and Portishead. He also worked with the hugely successful Tommy Chase group in the 80’s. Influenced by the ‘beat’ writing of Jack Kerouac and Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder, Kevin has constructed a unique mix of readings and jazz. He plays the first set, Pete the second.

3rd July 2018

PETER FRAIZE
Peter Fraize: Saxophone
Terry Seabrook: Organ
Jack Kendon: Trumpet
Milo Fell: Drums

American saxophonist and composer Peter Fraize appears with the terrific Terry Seabrook Trio. Fraize is known for his impassioned high-energy playing, intricate and melodic writing and his no-boundaries’ approach. His music has traces of Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. Brought up in a musical family in Northern Virginia, Peter took up the saxophone at the age of 9 and formed his first jazz group at 16. He studied both jazz and classical music at the New England Conservatory of Music before transferring to the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he appeared with a range of European jazz groups.
Since his return to America in 1989, he’s been involved with numerous and varied jazz and rock projects. He has toured widely, especially in Peru, Japan and Europe. He was last on the South Coast in 2016, when he appeared at the Love Supreme Festival.
Based in Washington, DC, he has been Director of Jazz Studies at George Washington University since 1994, where he teaches saxophone and jazz harmony.

5th June 2018

THEO TRAVIS DOUBLE TALK
Theo Travis: Tenor Sax, Flute
Mike Outram: Guitar
Pete Whittaker: Hammond Organ
Nic France: Drums

This will be an evening of powerful bluesy progressive jazz, with smoking Hammond organ, explosive guitar solos, emotional tenor sax and flute and all driven by powerhouse drumming. Theo Travis has an international reputation as one of the foremost saxophonists and flautists on the contemporary British jazz scene.
He has appeared on over 120 albums and played at Ronnie Scott’s in London over 70 times. His many musical interests come together in this distinctive quartet project.
With Travis on tenor and soprano saxes and flute, the band includes the soulful Hammond organ of Pete Whittaker, the soaring guitar of Mike Outram and the powerful but subtle drums and percussion of Nic France. Reviewing their most recent album Transgressions, the BBC website said: Travis’ tenor is a warm, mellifluous instrument and together with the luscious, bluesy Hammond organ they create something unexpected a prog-rock/jazz/blues hybrid album of genuine power and excitement.

1st May 2018

MARTIN SPEAKE QUARTET featuring ETHAN IVERSON
Martin Speake: Alto Sax
Ethan Iverson: Piano
Fred Thomas: Double Bass
James Maddren: Drums

Martin Speake and hot New York pianist Ethan Iverson first met in 1990 when they were both studying in Banff, Canada. 12 years later they got together to record an album of ballads. Now they’ve joined up once more to record a quartet album of Martin’s compositions. Martin Speake has been described as one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent. He has recorded 18 CDs under his own name and played with a panoply of well known jazz musicians.
For 17 years Ethan Iverson has been a third of the ground-breaking avant garde trio The Bad Plus, recording a river of CDs and touring the world. He left the band at the end of 2017 to concentrate on curating a major centennial celebration of Thelonious Monk at Duke University and to record with Martin Speake.
Fred Thomas on double bass and James Maddren on drums also have highly distinguished pedigrees, including in Thomas’s case a trilogy of J.S.Bach recordings.

 

10th April 2018

ALEXANDRA RIDOUT
Alexandra Ridout: Trumpet
Simon Thorpe: Bass
John Donaldson: Piano
Darren Becket: Drums

In March 2016, at the age of just 17, Alexandra Ridout was named the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year. The Chairman of the Jury, Julian Joseph, said: ìWe were enchanted by Alexandraís presence as a musician, her sound, but I think most importantly there was a relationship with the blues and swinging that sounds important in her playing. We all heard that, and we all felt that, and it really tipped the decision in her favour.î
Alexandra has been playing the trumpet since she was nine, gaining a grade 8 distinction just four years later. She has studied both jazz and classical trumpet at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music and last autumn took up a full time scholarship place there.
Over the last couple of years she has played with a wide variety of bands, including her own quintet. She was also named as runner-up in the British Jazz Award ëRising Starí category.
For this session she will be supported by some Jazz Hastings stalwarts, John Donaldson on piano, Simon Thorpe on bass and Darren Beckett on drums.


6th March 2018

JOHN ETHERIDGE TRIO
John Etheridge: Guitar
Roger Carey: Bass
Nic France: Drums

Guitarist John Etheridge has long been held in the highest regard by his fellow musicians. In an interview with the Guardian in 1981, Sting said: ìI never wanted to be a star, just a highly respected musician like John Etheridge. In a career that has spanned more than 40 years, Etheridge has played, recorded and toured the world with an astonishing number of bands. He spent years touring and recording with Dick Heckstall-Smith and did the same with Nigel Kennedy’s live band.
His leap into the front rank had come in 1975, when he was asked to join the legendary jazz-fusion group The Soft Machine. An illustration of his range was that at the same time, he developed a long-term collaboration with the iconic French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli. In 2006, he started another long-term collaboration with John Williams, the celebrated classical guitarist. The duo have recorded two albums together and have toured Europe, the US and Australia and New Zealand.
For this session Etheridge will be joined on bass by Jazz Hastings very own Roger Carey. On drums will be Nic France.


13th February 2018

GEOFF SIMKINS / NIKKI ILES / DAVE GREEN
Geoff Simkins: Alto Sax
Nikki Iles: Piano
Dave Green: Double Bass

These three long established and highly regarded musicians have been playing together for quite a while, but they only released their first CD together ñ from which they’ll certainly be playing tracks in this session – last August. Geoff Simkins has been playing jazz since his early teens. He turned professional in 1977. His principle influences have been American alto player Lee Konitz and tenor player Warne Marsh. Radio 3 described him as world class, simply wonderful.
Pianist and composer Nikki Iles studied jazz at the Leeds College of Music. She has played and recorded with a wide range of musicians and in 1996 won the John Dankworth Special Award at the BT British Jazz Awards.
Bassist Dave Green’s first public performances were with his childhood friend Charlie Watts in the 1950s. He turned pro in 1963 and quickly got a job with Humphrey Lyttelton which was to last for 20 years. He still found time to play regularly with Stan Tracey and to back visiting Americans at Ronnie Scott’s, including Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Roland Kirk and Sonny Rollins.



 old old archives in no particular order (and often no year!!)



Tuesday 13th January

THE REMI HARRIS PROJECT
featuring
Remi Harris: Guitars
AC Wood: Guitars
Mike Green: Double Bass


Tuesday 10th February

JIM HART TRIO
featuring
Jim Hart: Vibraphone
Michael Janisch: Bass
Dave Smith: Drums


Tuesday 3rd March

JOHN ETHERIDGE TRIO
featuring
John Etheridge: Guitar
Roger Carey: Bass
Mark Fletcher: Drums


Tuesday 14th April

ART THEMEN/ LARA JURD QUINTET
featuring
Art Themen: Sax
Laura Jurd: Trumpet
John Donaldson: Piano
Simon Thorpe: Bass
Spike Wells: Drums


Tuesday 5th May

LIAM NOBLE TRIO WITH GEOFF SIMKINS
featuring
Liam Noble: Piano
Geoff Simkins: Alto Sax
Dave Whitford: Bass
Dave Wickens: Drums


Tuesday 2nd June

CLAIRE MARTIN WITH THE JAZZ HASTINGS TRIO
featuring
Claire Martin: Vocals
John Donaldson: Piano
Simon Thorpe: Bass
Milo Fell: Drums


Tuesday 7nd July

DAVE NEWTON’S BIG SCREEN TRIO PLAYS THE MOVIES
featuring
Dave Newton: Piano
Tom Farmer: Bass
Matt Skelton: Drums


Tuesday 4th August

MATT RIDLEY QUARTET
featuring
Matt Ridley: Bass
Jason Yarde: Saxophone
John Turville: Piano
George Hart: Drums

 


Tuesday 1st September

JEAN TOUSSAINT QUARTET
featuring
Jean Toussaint: Soprano/Tenor Sax
John Donaldson: Piano
Simon Thorpe: Bass
Spike Wells: Drums

Tuesday 4th October

ANDY PANAYI TRIO WITH MARK NIGHTINGALE
featuring
Andy Panayi: Sax/Flute
Mark Nightingale: Trombone
Percy Pursglove: Bass
Andrew Bain: Drums


Tuesday 3rd November

JULIAN ARGÜELLES TETRA
featuring
Julian Argüelles: Sax
Kit Downes: Piano
Sam Lasserson: Bass
James Maddren: Drums


Tuesday 8th December

ALAN BARNES ALL STAR OCTET ‘A JAZZ CHRISTMAS CAROL’
featuring
Alan Barnes: Sax/Clarinets
Bruce Adams: Trumpet
Mark Nightingale: Trombone
Robert Fowler: Saxes/Clarinet
Karen Sharp: Saxes/Clarinet
Dave Newton: Piano
Simon Thorpe: Bass
Clark Tracey: Drums


Tuesday 5th January

SIMON SPILLETT QUARTET
featuring
Simon Spillett: Tenor Sax
Mark Edwards: Piano
Dan Shephard: Bass
Spike Wells: Drums


Tuesday 2nd February

TOM HARRISON QUINTET + CLEVELAND WATKISS
featuring
Tom Harrison: Alto Sax
Cleveland Watkiss: Vocals
Robert Mitchell: Piano
Daniel Casimir: Bass
David Lyttle: Drums


TUESDAY 8TH MARCH

PHIL ROBSON’S ORGAN TRIO
featuring
Phil Robson: Guitar
Ross Stanley: Organ
Gene Calderazzo: Drums


TUESDAY 5TH APRIL

ROGER BEAUJOLAIS QUARTET
featuring
Roger Beaujolais: Vibes
Robin Aspland: Piano
Simon Thorpe: Bass
Milo Fell: Drums


TUESDAY 3RD MAY

NORMA WINSTONE + JAZZ HASTINGS TRIO
featuring
Norma Winstone: Vocals
John Donaldson: Piano
Simon Thorpe: Bass
Jon Scott: Drums


TUESDAY 7TH JUNE

STEVE WATERMAN QUARTET
featuring
Steve Waterman: Trumpet/Flugel
John Horler: Piano
Tim Wells: Bass
Dave Barry: Drums


TUESDAY 7TH JUNE

MINGUS UNDERGROUND OCTET
featuring
Mark Bassey: Trombone
David Beebee: Piano
Milo Fell: Drums
Rob Leake: Reeds
Sam Miles: Tenor sax
Terry Pack: Double bass
Andy Pickett: Alto sax
Martijn van Galen: Trumpet/Flugel
and featuring poet Gilli Bloodaxe as “The Clown” and “The Man Who Never Sleeps”


TUESDAY 9TH AUGUST

FRANK HOLDER QUARTET
featuring
Frank Holder: Vocals/Percussion
Stan Robinson: Sax
Mark Cross: Bass
Geoff Castle: Piano


TUESDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER

BENN CLATWORTHY QUINTET with NEIL YATES
featuring
Benn Clatworthy: Sax
Neil Yates: Trumpet
John Donaldson: Piano
Simon Thorpe: Bass
Rod Youngs: Drums


TUESDAY 11TH OCTOBER

JOSEPHINE DAVIES QUARTET
featuring
Josephine Davies: Sax
John Turvill: Piano
Dave Whitford: Bass
Nick Smalley: Drums


TUESDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

CLARK TRACEY QUINTET
featuring
Chris Maddock: Alto/Tenor Sax
James Copus: Trumpet
Harry Bolt: Piano
Daniel Casimir: Bass
Clark Tracey: Drums


TUESDAY 13TH DECEMBER

JAY PHELPS QUARTET
featuring
Jay Phelps: Trumpet
Rick Simpson: Piano
Mark Lewandowski: Bass
Shane Forbes: Drums


2017


TUESDAY 10TH JANUARY 2017

ART THEMEN QUARTET and the FILO ALLSTARS DOUBLE BILL!
featuring
Art Themen: Sax
John Donaldson:Piano
Simon Thorpe: Bass
Spike Wells: Drums
Jason Yarde: Alto/sop
James MacMillan: Trumpet
Greg Heath: Tenor
Tristan Banks: Drums


TUESDAY 7TH FEBRUARY 2017

MALCOLM EDMONSTONE TRIO with LIANE CARROLL
featuring
Malcolm Edmonstone: Piano
Roger Carey: Bass
Milo Fell: Drums
and
Liane Carroll: Vocals


TUESDAY 7TH MARCH 2017

OXLEY/MEIER GUITAR DUO
featuring
Peter Oxley: Guitars
Nicholas Meier: Guitars


TUESDAY 4TH APRIL 2017

TONY WOODS PROJECT
featuring
Tony Woods: Saxes/flutes
Mike Outram: Guitar
Milo Fell: Drums
Robert Millett: Vibraphone
Andy Hamill: Bass


TUESDAY 9TH MAY 2017

 JIM MULLEN QUARTET
featuring
Jim Mullen: Guitar
John Donaldson:Piano
Simon Thorpe: Bass
Spike Wells: Drums


TUESDAY 6TH JUNE 2017

ALAN BARNES/GILAD ATZMON QUINTET
featuring
Gilad Atzmon: Alto/Clarinet
Alan Barnes: Alto/Clarinet
Frank Harrison: Piano
Yaron Stavi: Bass
Chris Higginbottom: Drums


Tuesday 4th July 2017

ROBERT MITCHELL’S EPIPHANY 3
featuring
Robert Mitchell: Piano
Tom Mason: Bass
Saleem Raman: Drums


Tuesday 8th August 2017

ANDY PANAYI QUARTET
featuring
Andy Panayi: Saxophone and flute
Terry Seabrook: Piano
Nigel Thomas: Bass
Darren Beckett: Drums


Tuesday 19th September 2017

HEXAGONAL
featuring
Jason Yarde: Alto/Baritone Sax
Greg Heath: Tenor sax
James McMillan: Trumpet
John Donaldson: Piano
Simon Thorpe: Bass
Tristan Banks: Drums

Temporarily called the Filo All Stars until they came up with a proper name, Hexagonal came together to play the music of the late, great South African composer and multi-instrumentalist Bheki Mseleku. They’ve now added pieces by McCoy Tyner and some compositons of their own to their repertoire.
The band features some of the best musicians around including internationally celebrated saxophonist Jason Yarde, Kiwi saxophonist and composer Greg Heath, Grammy award winning producer/trumpeter James McMillan, accomplished drummer Tristan Banks and Jazz Hastings stalwarts John Donaldson on piano and Simon Thorpe on bass.