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2nd November 2021
LIANE CARROLL, PETE BROWN BAND and HEXAGONAL

On November 2nd Jazz Hastings, renowned for bringing nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and promising newcomers to its monthly sessions, will relaunch with a special fundraising evening featuring three acts who are all well known to our regular audience – Liane Carrol, the Pete Brown Band and Hexagonal.

Liane Carroll has been a pillar of British jazz scene for over 35 years. While we like to think of her as one of Hastings’ own, she also has a huge national and international reputation.

She has collaborated with such diverse artists as Paul McCartney, Gerry Rafferty, Long John Baldry, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin and drum and bass outfit London Elektricity, with whom she appears at Glastonbury in 2017.

As a recording artist Lianne has gained much critical acclaim. Her five most recent albums have all earned a four star review in the Guardian. ’Seaside’, her homage to her life by the coast, won the coveted British Jazz Award for Best New CD in 2015.

The tradition of combining poetry and jazz has a long history. In this country the legendary poet and singer Pete Brown, who will be appearing with his band at this special session, 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 of Cream. Pete’s songwriting partnership with both of them produced many of Cream’s greatest songs including ‘Sunshine of Your Love’, ‘White Room’ and ‘I Feel Free’. A rare chance to hear this award-winning artist in an intimate setting.

The popular Hastings-based sextet Hexagonal, made up of highly respected local musicians who all have international reputations, came together in 2016 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 compositions of their own to their repertoire.

Their first album, McCoy and Mseleku, was released to great acclaim in 2018 and was featured prominently on BBC Radio 3’s programme J to Z.

The band features some of the best musicians around including internationally celebrated saxophonist Jason Yard, Kiwi saxophonist and composer Greg Heath, acclaimed trumpeter Graeme Flowers, accomplished drummer Tristan Banks and Jazz Hastings stalwarts John Donaldson on piano and Simon Thorpe on bass.

3rd March 2020

LEWIS WRIGHT and KIT DOWNES

Lewis Wright: Vibraphone
Kit Downes: Piano

Lewis Wright and Kit Downes, both award-winning international performers in their own right, have a long musical history. They first met at a youth music programme and have stayed friends and collaborators ever since. With Lewis on vibraphone and Kit on piano, they make one of the most virtuosic and original duos of recent years. Their debut album ‘Duets’ was released on Signum Records in 2018.

Lewis Wright is one of world’s finest vibraphonists. He has performed at venues such as the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall and has been a featured soloist with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra.

Kit Downes is a BBC Jazz Award winning, Mercury Music Award nominated recording artist with the prestigious ECM label. He’s also a composer. He has toured the world with his own bands and other major international artists, leading the Guardian to describe as having “world class stature”. Together they will be unforgettable.

Monday 17th February 2020

MARTIN SPEAKE, ETHAN IVERSON, CALUM GOURLAY, JORGE ROSSY

Martin Speake: Saxophone
Ethan Iverson: Piano
Calum Gourlay: Bass
Jorge Rossy: Drums

A great international quartet fronted by two of the most original improvisers on either side of the Atlantic: Martin Speake, one of Britain’s most fluent and creative sax players, and Ethan Iverson, one of New York’s finest and most innovative pianists. The two met in Canada nearly 30 years ago and have maintained an ongoing though sporadic, collaboration ever since.

Scottish-born Calum Gourlay became a mainstay of the London jazz scene after graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, performing with John Scofield, Kurt Elling, the Tommy Smith group and many others.
Jorge Rossy from Spain is internationally recognized as one of the most influential drummers of his generation. He has made more than 80 recordings and has toured with such great artists as Charlie Haden, Wayne Shorter, Lee Konitz, Carla Bley and Brad Mehldau.

14th January 2020

XHOSA COLE QUARTET

Xhosa Cole: Saxophone
Jay Phelps: Trumpet
James Owston: Bass
Jim Bashford: Drums

Just over a year ago, 22-year-old Birmingham saxophonist Xhosa Cole played John Coltrane’s “Moment’s Notice, Johnny Green’s “I Cover the Waterfront” and his own composition “Moving Ladywood” at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall to become the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician.

Xhosa has been playing the saxophone since he was 12 and has appeared with the Jazzlines Ensemble, the Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra and Midland Youth Jazz orchestra. He is also a fine composer and teacher.

For his first UK tour, Xhosa will be joined by Vancouver-born but London-based trumpeter Jay Phelps, who created and co-led the hip jazz sensation Empirical and has performed and recorded with artists such as Courtney Pine, Wynton Marsalis, John Hendricks, George Benson, Jamie Cullum, Sir John Dankworth, Amy Winehouse, Hugh Masakela and Jazz Jamaica.

On bass will be fellow BBC Young Jazz Musician finalist James Owston and on drums will be powerhouse drummer Jim Bashford. The quartet will feature classic arrangements, contemporary takes on standards and some original works.

17th December 2019

O’HIGGINS AND LUFT PLAY MONK AND TRANE

Dave O’Higgins: Tenor sax

Rob Luft: Guitar
Scott Flanigan: Organ
Rod Youngs: Drums
Jazz veteran Dave O’Higgins and young “firebrand” Rob Luft will lead a quartet featuring Thelonious Monk compositions (expect some rarely heard ones!) and tunes played by John Coltrane with especial reference to his choice of standards in the 1950s.

Both Monk and Trane were “modernists”, but also steeped in swing and the rich tradition of the beboppers. Dave and Rob intend to respect this lineage whilst putting their own mark on it. Expect some swing, fun, grooves and moods from this exciting new collaboration.

Dave has worked with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Jimmy Smith, Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee, Stephan Grapelli, Jamie Cullum, John Dankworth, Cleo Lane and Frank Sinatra.

Rob, a 25-year-old Londoner, was named “Breakthrough Act of the Year” in last year’s Jazz FM Awards and was nominated “British Jazz Musician of the Year” in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018.

They will be joined by Irish keyboard player Scott Flanigan and American drummer Rod Youngs, last seen at Jazz Hastings in February.

5th November 2019

JIM RATTIGAN’S PAVILLON

Jim Rattigan: French Horn
Martin Speake, James Allsopp and Mick Foster: Saxes
James Copus, Steve Fishwick and Robbie Robson: Trumpets
Mark Nightingale and Sarah Williams: Trombones
Hans Koller: Piano             Dave Whitford: Bass       Tim Giles: Drums

Jim Rattigan is a rare thing in jazz: a French horn player – not many of them about – who for the last 19 years has also headed and composed for his own 12-piece group called Pavillon, each member of which can safely be described as “a player of note”.
He studied at Trinity College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music and for six years was a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. But during that time he was also always playing jazz.
He founded Pavillon in 2000 and has since recorded five albums. A sixth is in the pipeline. In 2016/17, the band enjoyed a highly successful Arts Council tour.
In a review, Dave Gelly in The Guardian described Rattigan as “a composer with a canny approach when it comes to combining the sounds of various instruments. The distinctive voice of the horn becomes familiar as it weaves among the saxophones and trumpets and takes its turn among the soloists.”

1st October 2019

TWO OF A MIND

Chris Biscoe: Baritone Sax
Allison Neale: Alto Sax
Simon Thorpe: Bass
Matt Fishwick: DrumsSaxophonists Chris Biscoe and Allison Neale formed Two of a Mind to explore afresh the freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations of standard material recorded 50 years ago by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond on the classic albums Blues in Time and Two of a Mind.
Reflecting the line-up of the originals, the new band is a quartet of baritone and alto sax, bass and drums. It evokes the spirit of these classic recordings while giving free reign to the personalities of the musicians.
Multi-instrumentalist Chris Biscoe has featured on baritone sax with such big bands as Graham Collier and the New York Composers Orchestra. American born altoist Allison Neale’s beautifully crafted lines evoke the spirit of Paul Desmond and Art Pepper, with whom she has a particular affinity.
They will be joined by bass player Simon Thorpe, well known to Jazz Hastings from Hexagonal. And by drummer Matt Fishwick, who has played in the UK and USA with Scott Hamilton, Jim Mullen, Anita O’Day and many others.

3rd September 2019

LOUIS MOHOLO-MOHOLO’S FOUR BLOKES

Louis Moholo-Moholo: Drums
Jason Yarde: Saxes
Alexander Hawkins: Piano
John Edwards: Bass

An intriguing evening with the venerable South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo and his quartet Four Blokes, featuring longtime collaborators Jason Yarde (well known to Jazz Hastings devotees), Alexander Hawkings and John Edwards.

Born in Cape Town in 1940, Louis has been a seminal figure since his emergence with the legendary Blue Notes in the 1960s. Since then he’s played with classic line-ups such as Brotherhood of Breath and his own bands Spirits Rejoice and Viva La Black.
That last band became the first black group to tour South Africa, sponsored by the British Council, as the end of Apartheid and freedom became imminent and irreversible.
The other three ‘blokes’ in the quartet are also at the cutting edge of modern creative jazz. We know Jason as a highly sought after musician; Alexander and John have equal international reputations.
“Listen to the …quartet to understand how, in this music, the individual and the collective can simultaneously attain equal importance: a most elevated state of being” wrote one critic.

6th August 2019

ODETTE

Odette Adams: Vocals and acoustic guitar
Kartik Raghunathan: Violin and vocals
Matt Chandler: Acoustic guitar
Dave Jones: Bass
Eric Ford: Drums and percussion

Odette’s first album, “A Shake Of The Hand” received this glowing review from Sunday Times music critic Clive Davis: “… a chain of sun-kissed original numbers full of the verve and energy of R & B but with none of its bombast or cliches”.
The style and spirit set by the album is given life by Odette’s wonderful band, with whom she has already completed two well received tours of Jazz venues and Arts Centres throughout the UK.
In a genre-obsessed world, Odette gives us some release into a free-er style that incorporates folk, jazz, world music and other influences from her very wide musical taste. Brand new songs will be introduced in this engaging live performance alongside established material.
Lyrically, Odette writes about everyday life from a more profound perspective and explores her passion for inner and outer well-being. If you’re a fan of Joni Mitchell or Erika Badu, you will love this! Not to be missed!

9th July 2019

Hasting Big Band directed by Pete Hurt

Pete Hurt, Rob Leake, Jason Yarde, Greg Heath, Chris White
and Amy Leake: Saxes, Flutes and Clarinets
Graeme Flowers, Andy Baxter, Neal Bland, Martyn Van Galen: Trumpets
Mike Hext, Tim Wade, Rosie Wilcock, Phil Baxter: Trombones
John Donaldson: Piano       Will Collier: Bass
Nick Smalley: Drums           Phil Capone: Guitar

The stage will be full to the brim for this sensational gig by the 17-piece Hastings Big Band under the direction of the legendary British saxophonist, composer and arranger Pete Hurt (last seen at Jazz Hastings with Henry Lowther’s Still Waters in April).  Pete has had a stellar career as a saxophonist but is perhaps most revered by his fellow musicians as a composer and as an arranger much influenced by the great Gil Evans. He has worked with many large ensembles, notably the BBC Big Band, and wrote the arrangements for the hit musical “Five Guys Named Moe”.
He’ll be leading a truly star-studded line-up, including on trombone Mike Hext, the first ever winner of the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year Award. On drums will be the much-sought-after Nick Smalley, a recent DFL.
There will also be some familiar faces from our very own Hexagonal, including Jason Yarde and Greg Heath on sax, Graeme Flowers on trumpet and John Donaldson on piano.

4th June 2019

Julian Nicholas Band

Julian Nicholas: Saxophone
Imogen Ryall: Vocals
Mark Edwards: Piano
Tim Robertson: Bass
Darren A. Beckett: Drums

The legendary Bobby Wellins says of Julian Nicholas that: “His beautiful and creative playing makes Julian one of my favourite tenor saxophonists”. After he accompanied her at the Brighton Festival, Nina Simone requested that he play with her again when she came back the following year.
Julian was made aware by his composer grandfather that music can be accessible and yet still retain integrity, originality and depth. With this in mind, he has worked in most genres as a session musician and sideman, sustaining a reputation for his own artistry and unique flavour within jazz.
Among the artists he has worked with during his career are Jimmy Witherspoon, Bobby Wellins, Martha Reeves, Loose Tubes, Harry ‘Sweets’ Eddison, Stan Tracey and Toyah Wilcox.
He says the line-up of his current band – Imogen Ryall on vocals, Mark Edwards on piano, Tim Robertson on bass and Darren A, Beckett on drums – is perfect for the cross-genre melodies and grooves long associated with his style.

7th May 2019
Tony Kofi: A Portrait of Cannonball

Tony Kofi: Saxophone
John Donaldson: Piano
Simon Thorpe: Bass

Spike Wells: Drums

Alto-sax master Tony Kofi fronts this loving celebration of the jazz giant (in every sense) Julian ‘Cannnonball’ Adderley, which traces the explosive music of Cannonball from his first session as leader in 1955 through work with Miles Davis to the soul-jazz of the late 1960s.
Born of Ghanaian parents, Tony is a British multi-instrumentalist who plays alto, baritone, soprano and tenor saxophones and the flute. He has established himself as a musician, teacher and composer of some authority. Among many other awards, he was the winner of Best Instrumentalist in the BBC Jazz Awards 2008.
As well as leading a number of his own bands, he has worked and recorded with artists such as Ornette Coleman, Courtney Pine, Donald Byrd, Eddie Henderson, The David Murray Big Band, Abdullah Ibrahim, Macy Gray, Harry Connick and the Julian Joseph Big Band.
Playing with him this evening will be Jazz Hastings regulars John Donaldson on piano, Simon Thorpe on bass and Spike Wells on drums.

12th March 2019

THE OXLEY-MEIER GUITAR PROJECT

Pete Oxley: Guitars
Nicolas Meier: Guitars

A welcome return for the brilliantly matched duo of two of the best guitarists around, Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier. The Observer said of their last album together, The Colors of Time, that “when it comes to empathy, this duet of guitar virtuosi come close to perfection”.
Expect a dazzling display of contemporary fare, ranging from Turkish panache to soundscapes of Latin America to English pastoralism. Hear this played on nylon string, steel string, electric, 12 string, fretless, slide, guitar-synth, glissentar guitars and more!
For their live gigs, the Oxley-Meier Guitar Project aim to entertain by playing with a spontaneity and an intuitive interplay between them that keeps them fresh and fired up from gig to gig. So expect the unexpected!
Pete began his career in Paris before relocating to London in 1997, since when he’s played with many of the world’s leading jazz artists. Swiss-born Nicolas has performed extensively with his own band as well as spending three years touring the world with Jeff Beck.

12th February 2019

Rod Youngs: The Power of Three

Rod Youngs: Drums
Denys Baptiste: Sax
Larry Bartley: Bass

London-based drummer Rod Youngs’ approach to music is intuitive, emotional and all embracing but soundly rooted in the jazz tradition.
He moves seamlessly from one genre to another, always preserving stylistic conventions whilst injecting creativity and individuality.
His journey in music began in his youth and blossomed into a distinguished career that has spanned over two decades. A native of Washington DC, Rod developed an interest in music from his father, who managed some of DC’s foremost R&B bands. He developed a life-long obsession with drums and percussion.
Since those early years, Rod’s consummate musicianship has brought him a wide variety of work including concerts, numerous recordings and sessions for radio, TV and film. He has become the drummer of choice for a formidable array of artists including Gil Scott-Heron, Courtney Pine, Hugh Masakela, Natalie Cole, Mica Paris and Abdullah Ibrahim.
He will be joined for this performance by long-term collaborators Denys Baptiste on saxophone and Larry Bartley on bass.

15th January 2019

Tina May Trio
Tina May: Vocals
Nikki Iles: Piano
Arnie Somogyi: Double Bass

Tina May has been described by one critic as “a singer whose voice contains aspects of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Cleo Laine, but the overall effect is pure Tina May… her ability to change rhythm, tone and style many times during a number creates her own very special brand of modern jazz”. Tina has appeared in concert halls and jazz clubs all over the world and has recorded countless brilliantly reviewed albums. Along the way she has worked with a battalion of great artists, among them Stan Tracey, Johnny Dankworth, Cleo Laine and Scott Hamilton.
But perhaps her closest collaboration has been with pianist Nikki Iles. They have been appearing and recording together since 1996. Their musical friendship has taken them all over the globe – they’ve given concerts in Los Angeles, Tokyo and almost every country in Europe.
They’ll be joined for this session by the ever-swinging, inventive double bass player Arnie Somogyi.

4th December 2018

MARTIN and MULLEN celebrating Wes Montgomery
Claire Martin: Vocals
Jim Mullen: Guitar
Mike Gorman: Organ
Ed Richardson: Drums

Celebrated jazz singer Claire Martin, ranked by Jazz Times USA as “among the four or five finest female jazz vocalists on the planet”, and fabled guitarist Jim Mullen have worked together frequently over the years. But for 2018 they have developed a new project celebrating the work of legendary guitarist Wes Montgomery, who died 50 years ago at the age of just 45.
From the late ‘50s to the late ‘60s, Montgomery was the pre-eminent jazz guitarist in the world. And he had a huge influence on many who followed. Among those who have acknowledged their debt to him are George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Jimi Hendrix, Pat Metheny and Stevie Wonder.
And, of course, Jim Mullen. Just like Wes Montgomery, Jim plays exclusively using his thumb.
Claire Martin needs little introduction to the Jazz Hastings audience. She tours constantly, quite often appearing with our very own Liane Carroll, and has made more than 18 albums (three of them with Jim Mullen). One of the most recent led The Times to call her “our finest jazz singer”

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.