All gigs take place at:
East Hastings Sea Angling Association
The Stade, Hastings, TN34 3JF
Doors open 7.45 for 8.30 start.
Tuesday 1st May
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.
This promises to be a classy evening.
Tuesday 5th June
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.