All gigs take place at:
East Hastings Sea Angling Association
The Stade, Hastings, TN34 3JF
Doors open 7.45 for 8.30 start.
Tuesday 7th June
BYRON WALLEN’S 4 CORNERS PROJECT
Byron Wallen: Trumpet
Rob Luft: Guitar
Paul Michael: Bass
Rod Youngs: Drums
Widely recognised as a seminal figure in world jazz, trumpeter and composer Byron Wallen has travelled the world recording, teaching and performing alongside legendary musicians such as George Benson, Andrew Hill, Chaka Khan, Hugh Masekela and Courtney Pine.
Raised in a musical environment, Byron started learning his first instrument, the piano, at an early age. He then went on to study trumpet in London and New York. His work draws inspiration from contemporary jazz and indigenous African and Asian cultures. He’s joined tonight by Rob Luft, Paul Michael and great US drummer Rod Youngs, formerly with Gil Scott-Heron.
As a composer, he’s been commissioned by organisations as varied as the National Theatre, FIFA and Game of Thrones. His most recent album with tonight’s band Four Corners, Portrait: Reflections on Belonging, led to them being shortlisted for Jazz Ensemble of the Year in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2020.
Tuesday 5th July
GILAD ATZMON TRIO
Gilad Atzmon: Alto saxophone
Ross Stanley: Organ
Darren Beckett: Drums
Gilad Atzmon has been described by the Guardian 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 instruments. Much influenced by both John Coltrane and Charlie Parker, Atzmon’s powerful playing style. 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”.
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’.
His trio features two of the pre-eminent musicians on the scene today. Ross Stanley is first call organist in the UK and is the real deal playing Hammond B3 with Leslie speakers. On drums is the great Darren Beckett a veteran of twenty years playing with a who’s who on the New York scene “For sheer improvisational fireworks, quirky humour and genre-defyng invention,” wrote one critic, “one will be hard-pressed to find a bandleader as unique as Gilad Atzmon.”
Tuesday 2nd August
Trevor Mires: Trombone
Ryan Quigley: Trumpet
Paul Booth: Saxophone/Flute
Roland Perrin: Piano
Davide Mantovani: Bass
Dave Patman: Percussion
Tristan Banks: Drums
TRYPL are a horn section trio comprising Trevor Mires, Ryan Quigley and Paul Booth (get it?) who have worked together many times on recordings and gigs. And individually they have all had amazing careers.
Trevor was a member of Jamiroquai, has recorded with Pat Metheney and Radiohead and performed with Alicia Keys and Beyonce. Ryan has worked with Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Harry Connick Jr, George Michael, Gregory Porter, Michael Bublé and Robbie Williams, as well as many classical orchestras. Paul has toured, performed and recorded around the world with The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Carlos Santana, Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers Band and Barry Manilow. Together, they have toured and recorded with many great salsa, boogaloo and merengue bands. It was from this, and their love of latin jazz, that the fast paced, high Impact and groovy seed for TRYPL was born. Add a rhythm section and you have a high energy septet.
Tuesday 13th September
JASON REBELLO TRIO
Jason Rebello: Piano
Orlando le Fleming: Bass
Jeremy Stacey: Drums
By the time he was 24 in 1993, Jason Rebello already had three critically acclaimed albums under his belt, which led one critic to declare “In terms of sheer ability and potential, Jason is probably the finest young jazz musician this country has produced”. In 1998, Jason became Sting’s keyboard player, touring the world and recording with Sting’s band for six years. Through an introduction from Sting, he then met guitar legend Jeff Beck, who was looking for a new keyboard player. Jason spent the next six years touring and recording with Beck’s band, while still finding time to work with artists such as Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Pee Wee Ellis, Joss Stone and Madeleine Peyroux.
In 2013, Jason decided he wanted to re-establish himself as a solo jazz artist, He has since released two albums, the most recent of which, ‘Held’, won best new CD in the British Jazz Awards.
Orlando Le Fleming has recently returned to the UK after two decades playing in the USA working with great musicians there including Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Billy Cobham and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Jeremy Stacey is one of the go to session drummers with credits of a stream of top artists in rock and jazz.
Jason will be doing a workshop for musical all-comers between 3 and 5pm. £15 entry fee in addition to the session entry fee which will be £15 for this special gig.
Tuesday 4th October
HENRY LOWTHER’S STILL WATERS
Henry Lowther: Trumpet
Pete Hurt: Saxophone
Barry Green: Piano
Dave Green: Bass
Paul Clavis: Drums
Henry Lowther formed Still Waters in 1996 along with his friend of 40 years, bassist Dave Green. It is now one of the most accomplished and creative bands around, playing radical and original music, ranging from gentle, quietly pastoral and melodic compositions, reflecting the band’s name, through to dynamic improvisation.
In the sixties Henry worked on the rock scene with Manfred Mann and John Mayall, and also with Keef Hartley, with whom he appeared at the legendary Woodstock festival in 1969. Around the same time he joined the John Dankworth Orchestra, an association that was to last 45 years.
His musical breadth is confirmed by his frequent appearances as a classical player with major symphony orchestras and ensembles. As a session musician he has recorded with Bing Crosby, George Harrison, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Sir Simon Rattle and Nelson Riddle.
This evening will be part of his 80th birthday tour.
Tuesday 8th November
Greg Abate: Saxophone
John Pearce: Piano
Simon Thorpe: Bass
Alfonso Al Vitale: Drums
American based saxophonist, flautist and composer, Greg Abate, has been a feature of the world jazz scene for 50 years and still spends 225 days a year touring the world. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1971, he spent two years playing alto sax in the Ray Charles band. In the 1980s, he was hired to play tenor sax in the revived Artie Shaw band.
In his international solo career since then, he has recorded 17 acclaimed albums as leader. He is also Professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College. His undying commitment to music, combined with his swinging intensity and ever-present jazz aesthetic has earned him a title he is well deserving of: the Prince of Bebop.
For this session, he’ll be playing with the John Pearce, one of the best kept secrets of the jazz world. He is the pianist of choice for many great visiting players such as Scott Hamilton and has accompanied many great singers such as Anita O’Day, Peggy Lee, Elaine Delmar and Annie Ross. With them will be great young drum talent Alfonso Al Vitale and old friend Simon Thorpe on bass.
Tuesday 6th December
EMMA RAWICZ QUARTET
Emma Rawicz: Saxophones/Flute
Ant Law: Guitar
Ivo Neame: Keyboard
Asaf Sirkis: Drums
Emma Rawicz is an award winning young saxophonist and composer currently making waves on the UK music scene. She has been described as ‘a force to be reckoned with’ (Jazzwise) and ‘a fast rising star’ (London Jazz News). At the age of 20, she has already recorded her eagerly awaited debut album made up entirely of her original compositions.
Growing up in rural North Devon, Emma didn’t discover jazz until the age of 15, and didn’t pick up a tenor saxophone until a year later. She had spent her childhood immersed in music but it was largely folk and classical. In the space of just 5 years, she has gone from novice saxophonist to one of the most exciting new young emerging artists on the UK jazz scene.
Emma is a natural performer. Her music has a unique sound fusing all her many influences, and her compositions range from hypnotic Afro-Cuban inspired grooves to hard hitting modern jazz and funk numbers.
Her all-star band features the great Asaf Sirkis on drums, the equally talented Ivo Neame on keyboard and Ant Law on guitar.