Thursday 24th June 2021
£10.00 - £10.00
£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.
24 June - CLEMENT REGERT guitar & MACIEK PYSZ guitar
Clement Regert is a French guitarist who moved from Paris to London in 2005. Since then, he has played in numerous venues and festivals in the UK such as the EFG London Jazz Festival, London Latin-Jazz Festival and Ronnie Scott's. "A great Guitarist!" Jazzwise; "Jubilant melodies, Thick pulsating guitar licks!" Young & Serious This a rare intimate outing for Regert since he normally gigs with his own popular jazz-funk sextet, 'Wild Card'.
Originally from Poland but living in the UK since 2003, Maciek Pysz is a guitarist and composer known for his clear lyrical phrasing, his virtuosity, and his imaginative cinematic compositions. To date, he has released three albums as a leader, three as co-leader and has participated on six albums as a sideman. He has worked with musicians such as Richard Galliano, Daniele di Bonaventura and Tim Garland. Of his live performances, one critic referred to the "refreshingly clean, quicksilver beauty of Maciek Pysz's guitar."
1 July – JIM MULLEN guitar & DAVE WARREN guitar
Jim Mullen is a living legend whose instantly recognisable sound has graced countless recordings. His early gigging days were spent with the likes of Average White Band and Kokomo. The wider public know him from his 70s jazz-funk days with the Morrissey—Mullen Band and he has been first choice guitarist with visiting US stars such as Jimmy Smith, Mose Allison and Gene Harris. In 2014, he featured prominently on the Citrus Sun album, 'People of Tomorrow', produced by Incognito co-founder, Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick. A superb accompanist and soloist, Dave Warren is much in demand playing regularly at Ronnie Scott’s with his own quartet, and elsewhere with the bands of Dick Pearce, Renato D’Aiello, Alison Neale, The London Jazz Orchestra, Matt Wates, Dave Cliff and Georgia Mancio.
8 July – HARRY DIPLOCK guitar & JEREMIE COULLON guitar
Harry Diplock is a young London-based guitarist, regularly playing rhythm and lead in a wide variety of Jazz, Swing and Gypsy Jazz groups. Fellow guitarist Jeremie Coullon along with Harry are founder members of The London Django Collective which was born out of the desire to create a forum for musicians influenced by the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt. The Collective remains in the spirit of Django, whilst pushing the genre of ‘gypsy jazz’ in London forward into a modern sphere.
15 July – BILLY ADAMSON guitar & ALEX MUNK guitar
Billy Adamson has performed most styles of music, including pop, jazz, blues, soul and classical, plus multiple TV and radio appearances with the likes of Jess Glynne, All Saints, Ward Thomas and Izzy. He has also recorded on multiple Grammy nominated projects including ‘Cheers To The Fall’ by US artist Andra Day, the 'Rocket Man' film soundtrack, Elton John's Golden Globe winning song 'I’m Gonna Love You Again’ and MOBO nominated, Atlantic recording artist ‘Kwabs’. Alex Munk is an award winning guitarist, composer and bandleader for ‘Flying Machines’ and through his busy touring activities as a sideman, he has established himself as one of the country’s most in demand jazz guitarists.
22 July – NICK COSTLEY WHITE guitar & HANNES RIEPLER guitar
Nick Costley White whose early influences were the laid-back swing of classic jazz guitarists such as Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell but has now forged forward with own semi-acoustic contemporary approach. Hannes Riepler grew up in Austria, studied jazz guitar in Amsterdam and moved to London in 2006, where he dived into the vibrant scene as an energetic and inventive guitar player. Since hosting the renowned Vortex Downstairs Jazz Night jam session, he has become a mover and shaker of jazz in London himself.
29 July – NIGEL PRICE guitar & GIORGIO SERCI guitar
Over a career spanning more than 25 years, award winning jazz guitarist Nigel Price has become widely acknowledged as one of the hardest working musicians in the business.
Musically, his blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues sensibility and his mastery of chording continue to delight audiences and fellow musicians alike. His career highlights include a support show for Gladys Knight at The Royal Albert Hall and an appearance on Van Morrison’s 2016 album ‘Keep Me Singing’. Giorgio Serci is an award winner guitarist, composer, arranger and lecturer. He has recorded, performed and supported Jools Holland, Shirley Bassey, Basia, David Garrett, Julian Lloyd Webber, Kenny Wheeler, Dr John, Martin Taylor, Sylvain Luc, Nigel Kennedy, Andy Sheppard, Paul Booth, Ryan Quigley, Bill Bruford, Paolo Fresu, Harvie S, CBS Orchestra, BBC concert Orchestra and the Frankfurt Philharmonie.
5 August – MARCUS BONFANTI guitar & LAURENCE CORNS guitar
Drawing on influences from the American Folk, Blues and Jazz scene of the early 20th century Marcus Bonfanti & Laurence Corns deliver an authentic take on the songs and guitar styles of that era. Marcus Bonfanti is a twice winner of best Acoustic Performer at The British Blues Awards and since 2014 he has fronted legendary Rock n Roll Band Ten Years After. Marcus is also the front man of The Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion now into the twelfth year of their residency at the club. Laurence Corns’ vast knowledge of guitar styles from across the world has lead him to work with many artists of differing genres from Madeline Peyroux to Stella Chiweshe as well as being the musical director of the critically acclaimed National Theatre production Fela! Be prepared to be taken on a musical road trip across The United States that you won’t forget.
12 August – DEIRDRE CARTWRIGHT guitar & ALISON RAYNER bass
Deirdre Cartwright is a London based guitarist and composer who first became well known in the 1980s for presenting the BBC TV’s ground breaking series 'Rockschool' and for playing in the Afro Latin Jazz group 'The Guest Stars'. They recorded three albums and toured in 17 countries. She has recorded five albums with her own Deirdre Cartwright Group, played with legendary guitarist Tal Farlow, studied in America with Mick Goodrick, toured with the Jamaican composer Marjorie Whylie, and presented on BBC Radio 3. She founded Blow the Fuse with Alison Rayner in 1989 and they won Services to Jazz last year at the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards. “If there is a more complete guitarist in contemporary music than Deirdre Cartwright - I'd like to know who it is” Dave Gelly The Observer.
Alison Rayner double bass, also played with US jazz guitar legend Tal Farlow, New York jazz poet Jayne Cortez and drummer Denardo Coleman, Ian Shaw and John Etheridge. In the 80s she spent five years with the aforementioned ‘The Guest Stars ‘ In 2012, the ARQ, Alison Rayner Quintet was formed. ‘A big, beautiful bass sound that comes from the heart. Highly intelligible music, characterized by individuality, spirit and a sense of freedom.’ Val Wilmer, author, As Serious As Your Life: the Story of the New Jazz
19 August – CORNELIUS CORKERY guitar & SOL GRIMSHAW guitar
Cornelius Corkery is a self-taught guitarist whose style is heavily rooted in the tradition of the great Django Reinhardt, enriched with his own unique musical innovations. Cornelius has performed at festivals across the UK and abroad including Burton Agnes Jazz Festival and Cork Jazz Festival. His new album of original compositions is soon to be released on Pavement Jazz Records. Look out for his podcast ‘Gypsy Jazz Hangouts’.
Sol Grimshaw is one of the rising guitar talents in the UK today. Still only 20 years old, he began studying at The Purcell School of Music aged 14, and is currently half way through his degree course at guildhall. Sol blends a world of exotic influences in his guitar playing, and has a seemingly inexhaustible imagination for improvisation. One to watch for the future!
26 August – CHRIS COBBSON guitar & DOMINIC GRANT guitar
Most recently, performing at the club with the world famous African group, ‘Osibisa’, stints with Courtney Pine and first-call player for many UK-based bands, Chris Cobbson with fellow guitarist, Dominic Grant will be playing a mix of swing standards, bossa novas, their twist on popular songs and some Caribbean and African music. Dominic Grant has worked extensively on the West Coast of America, particularly in Los Angeles and Las Vegas with various bands playing variety of musical styles Jazz, Latin, Pop. He toured for two years with the Gary Puckett Band, garnered live work with famous jazz musicians: Albert Tootie Heath, Bill Henderson, Herman Riley and Phil Upchurch. Since returning to Europe in the late 90s, he has performed duos with Eduardo Niebla, Martin Byatt, Kathy Wilson, Nina Ferro, Victoria Newton, Kelly Dickson and Karen Lane.