All gigs take place at:
East Hastings Sea Angling Association
The Stade, Hastings, TN34 3JF
Doors open 7.45 for 8.30 start.
Tuesday 13th February
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.
Tuesday 6th March
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.
Tuesday 10th April
Alexandra Ridout: Trumpet
Simon Thorpe: Bass
John Donaldson: Piano
Darren Becket: Drums
This will be a special evening. 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.
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.