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 December
DESCHANEL GORDON TRIO
Deschanel Gordon: Piano
Will Each: Bass
Will Cleasby: Drums
Brilliant young pianist Deschanel Gordon, voted the BBC’s Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2020, makes his Jazz Hastings debut with his trio. He has been described as “the piano man to watch” by London Jazz News.
The twenty-two year old was born in Hackney and attended youth programmes such as the Hackney Creative Jazz Ensemble and the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy.
Growing up he was surrounded by a wide range of music from gospel to reggae. But when he was ten he was inspired by a video of virtuoso pianist Oscar Peterson. This sparked his love of jazz and he switched from classical to jazz piano training.
Although he has only just graduated from Trinity Laban (with first class honours) Deschanel is already making waves on the UK jazz scene. One of the brightest prospects of his generation, he has worked with the likes of Mark Kavuma, Cassie Kinoshi’s Mercury Prize nominated SEED Ensemble and US-born singer Judi Jackson.
He has performed at many of London’s best-known jazz venues, including the 606 Club, Ronnie Scott’s, the Jazz Cafe, the Barbican and Cadogan Hall. He has also travelled widely, playing at jazz festivals in Europe and the USA, including Moods in Zurich, New York’s Winter Jazz Festival, Jazz TM in Romania and Fasching in Sweden.
He will be supported by Will Each on bass and Will Cleasby on drums.
Tuesday 4th January 2022
JIM MULLEN ORGAN TRIO
Jim Mullen: Guitar
Mike Gorman: Organ
Tristan Maillot: Drums
Jim Mullen is a jazz legend. His distinctive guitar sound – like his idol Wes Montgomery he plays with his thumb – has been an instantly recognisable instrumental voice in UK jazz for more than 50 years. He is widely regarded as one of the finest jazz guitarists in Europe.
Originally from Glasgow he made his name playing with a number of seminal bands through the 70’s and 80’s including Brian Auger’s “Oblivion Express”, The Average White Band and his own highly acclaimed jazz/funk band “Morrissey-Mullen”. A prized sideman as well as leader Jim has worked with the likes of Mose Allison, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy Witherspoon and Georgie Fame. The band he leads this evening is an Organ trio featuring leading pianist/organist Mike Gorman and drummer Tristan Maillot performing a dynamic set of originals and carefully crafted jazz standards.
Tuesday 8th February
JERRY BERGONZI QUARTET
It is a year this month since the passing of Agatha Coffey, much loved JAZZ HASTINGS co-founder and driving force behind the club for 15 years. To remember her, we are fortunate to bring to the club one of the great saxophonists, Jerry Bergonzi. This special concert is dedicated to her.
Jerry Bergonzi: Saxophone
Bruce Barth: Piano
Mark Hodgson: Bass
Stephen Keogh: Drums
Tickets for this very special evening will be £15.
Master saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi gained worldwide recognition while playing with two generations of Brubeck bands. He is renowned for his innovation, mastery and integrity, as a performer, composer, author and educator. In an endless series of rave reviews he is credited for his relentless drive, inner fire, total command, awesome technique, elastic lyricism, rich resonance and as a musical visionary. Among the artists that Bergonzi has performed and recorded with are; Bill Evans, Paul Desmond, Dave Holland, Gerry Mulligan, Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes and many more.
Michael Brecker was asked by an interviewer how it felt, at the peak of his powers and with the world at his feet, to be the king of the tenor saxophone, Brecker replied: “I don’t know, you’d better ask Jerry Bergonzi.” Jerry will be joined by the hugely respected American pianist Bruce Barth and his trio.
On this special occasion, the band will also conduct a workshop between 3pm and 5pm for all instrumentalists.
Tickets are £20 (workshop only) from https://buytickets.at/jazzhastings/612846.
Tuesday 8th March
BAFOTOYA featuring Jean Toussaint and Jason Yarde
Jean Toussaint: Saxophones
Jason Yarde: Saxophones Larry Bartley: Double bass
Shaney Forbes: Drums
This new quartet is made up of some of the UK’s most formidable jazz musicians and composers. Jean Toussaint spent four years as a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers before moving to London in the late ‘80s to establish a reputation as a band leader, playing with British artists such as Courtney Pine, Julian Joseph and Jason Rebello.
Jason Yarde enjoys an international career both as a saxophonist and composer. He has worked with some of the biggest names in jazz including the great McCoy Tyner. Larry Bartley has become one of the most sought after bass players on the British jazz scene, while drummer and composer Shaney Forbes has built a huge reputation since he first emerged in 2001 at the age of 18. Together they produce an undeniably unique sound, respecting traditions while constantly seeking out new ground.
Tuesday 5th April
TRISH CLOWES and MY IRIS
Trish Clowes: Saxophone
Ross Stanley: Piano and Organ
Chris Montague: Guitar
James Maddren: Drums
Saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes has been described by John Fordham in The Guardian as “one of the most agile and original jugglers of improv and adventurous composition to have appeared in the UK in recent times”.
Clowes was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist from 2012-14, during which time she as commissioned to write for the BBC Concert Orchestra, a piece that won her a British Composer Award in 2015. She has recorded a number of critically acclaimed albums, two of the most recent of which were with her band My Iris.
My Iris is an intense and thrilling band now at the front rank of the contemporary UK jazz scene. Clowes provides her bandmates with a unique platform for individual expression, delivering driving grooves and lingering melodic lines, seamlessly morphing between earthy restlessness and futuristic landscapes.
Tuesday 3rd May
ROB LUFT QUINTET
Rob Luft: Electric Guitar
Joe Wright: Tenor Saxophone
Joe Webb: Piano/Keyboard
Conor Chaplin: Bass
Corrie Dick: Drums
Rob Luft is an award-winning 26-year-old jazz guitarist and composer from London. From 2010 to 2015 he was a member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra which led The Times to say he was destined “to achieve great things”. On graduation from the Royal College of Music, he was awarded the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize. With his quintet he has already produced two highly acclaimed albums. He was nominated as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ in both the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and the 2019 Jazz FM Awards. In 2019 he was selected as a BBC New Generation Jazz Artist.
Rob is not bound by conformity, not restricted in technique – he’s a free-flowing, creative musician bursting with joy and natural warmth who’s producing music the way he hears it, with band members happy to interpret it.
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.