Tuesday 28th September
£10 online, £12 on the door subject to availability.
Live music returns with a passion to the intimate and plush surroundings of our upstairs bar for our Monday to Thursday programme. Here is a rare opportunity to experience some of the best singers and instrumentalists on the London scene: from popular New Orleans fused singer/pianists such as TJ Johnson on Monday, through ‘jazz ‘n samba’ sets from leading vocalists such as Georgia Mancino and Luna Cohen on Tuesdays, ebullient trumpeter Andy Davies with guest accompanists on Wednesdays plus mouthwatering guitar duos featuring the likes of Jim Mullen and Ant Law on Thursdays. Club DJ Mike Vitti and friends will be spinning soul, funk and jazz vinyl on Fridays and Saturdays.
19 October – FREDDIE BENEDICT vocals & CHRIS BLAND piano
Hailing from a theatrical family, Freddie Benedict’s extraordinary voice soared from a young age. A choral scholar and classical soloist in his early years, it is as a jazz interpreter that his mature, warm baritone has really found its calling. He is also a talented multi-linguist and mean trumpeter, with a side gig as a pretty sharp mimic.
“Freddie is an incredible young, up-and-coming jazz vocalist.”— Jon Smith, The Swingles
Beginning to become better known on the scene, pianist Chris Bland who turned professional in 2014, has worked with the likes of Brian May, James Morrison, Bobby Shew, Elliot Mason, Dennis Rollins and NYJO.
26 October - JO HARROP vocals & JAMIE McCREDIE guitar
Born in Durham and raised on a heady musical diet of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin, Jo Harrop cut her teeth as a session singer, working with a host of iconic artists including Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart, Gloria Gaynor and Enrique Iglesias. After moving to London, she quickly established herself as one of the most unmistakable voices in British jazz, performing everywhere from the Royal Albert Hall to the Sunset Sunside Jazz Club in Paris.
A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, over the last few years Jamie McCredie has cemented his reputation as one of the UK's busiest and most versatile guitarists. Recently returned from European/USA tour with Roisin Murphy, Jamie can be heard on her recent Mercury Music Prize nominated album ‘Hairless Toys’, and her latest release ‘Take Her Up To Monto’.
2 November – TARA MINTON vocals/harp & ED BABAR double bass
Jazz harpist and vocalist Tara Minton and double bassist Ed Babar are celebrating their eight-year musical partnership with a new duo record, “Two For The Road” - an intimate exploration of tunes from the British jazz canon and the Great American Songbook. Tara is proudly endorsed by Camac Harps and has performed the world over with the likes of Bjork, Tom Walker, SuRie, and Miranda Mulholland. Her original music has been featured on the BBC and her most recent concert at Cadogan Hall was streamed live on Jazz Fm. She has worked with Stan Sulzmann, Geoff Gascoyne, Tony Kofi, Tommaso Starace, 'Kitty, Daisy and Lewis' and recorded as both a harpist and vocalist at Abbey Road Studios. Her 2020 release, "Please Do Not Ignore The Mermaid" received widespread jazz media praise and international radio play. London bassist, Ed Babar is band leader of The Blues and Roots Ensemble, a 9 piece band dedicated to sharing the music of Charles Mingus. BARE performs regularly in venues in and around London and leads large scale music education projects in schools across the UK. The pair will present three sets of music from their upcoming album, "Two For The Road" along with Latin jazz favourites
9 November – JESSICA RADCLIFFE vocals & CHRIS ELDRED piano
Emerging from the ranks of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra where she eventually became the featured vocalist, Jessica Radcliffe has appeared regularly at the capital's array of jazz clubs and venues, such as Ronnie Scott's Bar, The Spice of Life, The 606 Club and The Vortex, as well as regional and international venues, with a wealth of well-reputed jazz musicians. She performed alongside Jiggs Wigham with the Latvian Radio Big Band and, as a member of the London Vocal Project, travelled to New York to debut Jon Hendricks' fully lyricised "Miles Ahead" to the man himself. She was a featured soloist alongside Michelle Hendricks, Kevin Burke-Fitzgerald and Anita Wardell. As a composer, Jessica is musical director of "The Remembrance Project", which was featured in the London Jazz Festival 2016. Chris Eldred has been involved with projects with Django Bates, Mark Lockheart, John Dankworth and others, and has performed alongside leading musicians such as Jean Toussaint (Art Blakey), Malcolm Earle-Smith, Bobby Wellins (Stan Tracey) and many others. He held the piano chair with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra from 2008-2014, playing high profile performances such as the BBC Proms, broadcast on BBC radio and television and many of England’s finest jazz festivals and concert halls. He still plays regularly with NYJO’s small group counterpart, the NYJO Nonet.
16 November – FINI BEARMAN vocals & TOM CAWLEY piano
Fini Bearman is a London based singer, songwriter, composer & multi-instrumentalist, who has a 'rare sense of melody running through her eclectic compositions, full of catchy twists and turns'. Her music melds diverse influences from jazz, folk and contemporary music into an 'arresting and uniquely personal' sound. Fini released her 4th album 'La Loba in October 2020 and it has already received much glowing reviews from peers and critics including ****'s from Jazzwise (Editors Choice), allaboutjazz, The Arts Desk (album of the year), and more.'…Skilful and accurate… wistful soulfulness' John Fordham, (The Guardian). Tom Cawley is one of the UK's leading jazz pianists. He has performed worldwide - in major clubs, venues and festivals – with some of the country's leading artists, most notably Peter Gabriel, was a founder member of Acoustic Ladyland, led his long-running trio ‘Curios’ and most recently, collaborated with Fini as part of an originals quintet for his well-received ‘Catenacio’ album.
23 November – DEELEE DUBE vocals & ROB LUFT guitar
London-born and award-winning vocal artist Deelee Dubé made history as the first British Sassy Awards recipient, winning the prestigious Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition in 2016, and possesses what Jazz Times called ‘a warm tone, genuine blues feeling and easy rhythmic authority’. Recorded on the Concord Jazz US label and released in 2020 to unequivocal critical acclaim, ‘Trying Times’ was applauded as ‘a most impressive debut’ by All About Jazz, and subsequently won the Mzantsi Jazz Awards for best International Jazz Collaboration in 2021. Rob Luft is an award-winning jazz guitarist from London whose virtuosity has been compared to that of six-string legends John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco De Lucia. Praised by The Times for performances with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in 2015, who said he was destined “to achieve great things in the future”, Rob was subsequently the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Prize from The Royal Academy of Music, and also of 2nd Prize in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
30 November – IRENE SERRA vocals & LUCA BOSCAGIN guitar
Up and coming Italian vocalist Irene Serra will perform an ecletic mix of material from straight-ahead jazz standards and swinging blues to beautiful Brazilian songs. Her past performances have included an appearance at the Barbican with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra), Pizza Express Jazz Club, Union Chapel, King’s Place and SpiceJazz Soho.