Thursday 29th September 2022
£10.00 - £10.00
£10 online, £12 on the door subject to availability.
The club reserves the right to give away ticketed seats in the event of the ticket holder arriving later than 30 minutes after the advertised start time of the show. In this case, the ticket holder will still be granted entry subject to availability with no guarantee of seating.
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.
18 August – VALENTINA FIN vocals & LUCA ZENNARO guitar
London debut of Italian vocalist Valentina Fin who was nominated at this year’s ‘Riga Jazz Stage’ international contest. She presents her show ‘Going Inside’, a research project consisting of original compositions written by the artist with both Italian and English lyrics, inspired by poems from international literature.
In addition, there are some modern standards from the jazz tradition arranged for the duo. The leitmotiv of the project is an intimate and profound kind of artistic and musical research, a need that becomes urgent in the frenetic context in which we live. The result is a project that is almost chamber-based, but at the same time maintains the energy of a young international ensemble. www.valentinafin.com
Similarly, guitarist Luca Zennaro, born in Venice, in 1997 was runner-up in the 2017 ‘Riga Jazz Stage’ international competition. His family was musical (both parents are pianists) and was playing by ear from an early age, his experimenting with improvisation drawing Luca naturally to jazz. Luca starts performing in jazz festivals at the age of sixteen, playing with top Italian musicians like Stefano Onorati and Stefano Paolini. His latest project is as co-founder of the bass-less trio ‘Hack Out!’ with which he toured Europe during 2021. The trio has also recorded with the Blue Note artist Jacky Terrasson. www.lucazennaro.com
25 August – NICOLAS MEIER guitar & RANDOLPH MATTHEWS vocals - UK-based guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the world's most original and uniquely talented guitarists. Drawing from a love of Turkish, Eastern & Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango and more -- all mixed with jazz -- Meier's versatility and musical fluency extends well beyond that, even. (... so much so, that his considerable talents drew the attention of rock guitar legend, Jeff Beck, who made Nicolas a mainstay in The Jeff Beck Group -- carrying him on two world tours during the course of the last several years.)
Acclaimed jazz vocalist, songwriter and beatbox extraordinaire, Randolph Matthews performs solo, accompanied only by his looped voice. Where his roots in Jazz, blues and folk music explore the thin line between the divine and secular, his compositions are musically piercing and attuned to the stories of life. Notably performing with a fedora hat and an old 1960 suitcase, mixing African and electronica, plus delicate poetry with a pinch of English humour, he has invented his own electrifying musical style.
1 September – FRAN McGILLIVRAY bass guitar, vocals & MIKE BURKE guitar/vocals
Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke an exciting and compelling duo with a strong following on the blues and roots music scene. Former founder members of the legendary Urban blues outfit So Long Angel, and currently collaborating with the Spikedrivers in the Blues and Gospel project Saints & Sinners, Fran and Mike have spent many years honing their craft and have developed a unique take on roots music and an amazing empathy on stage. They have performed at many major festivals in Europe and the UK and have shared the bill with artists such as Bob Dylan, Bert Jansch, John Renbourne and Elvis Costello. Fran & Mike have recorded five albums and the latest, entitled “Rain”, was released in February 2022 to critical acclaim. "Splendid! wonderful voice and tasty guitar" Paul Jones BBC Radio; “Very impressive”. Robin Denselow, The Guardian; Fran sounds like a mix of Rory Block and Bonnie Raitt” Blues in Britain
8 September – BILLY ADAMSON guitar & JON HARVEY bass
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’. A solid rhythmic foundation is provided by superb bassist Jon Harvey.
15 September – ARTIE ZAITZ guitar & JAMES KITCHMAN guitar
Both guitarists are involved in many different groups, so when we get together as a duo gig, they play the music of Bird, Monk and Dizzy plus the more obscure standards with a deep mutual respect that dates back to our years of study together at Trinity College. Artie Zaitz is swiftly emerging as one of the UK’s top young guitarists. Artie has a particular interest in recordings form the Blue Note label which had a profound influence on the current material he performs with his quartet and trio. London-based guitarist James Kitchman hails from Northumberland. A graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, his projects have encompassed a broad array of musical styles’ He plays alongside Corrie Dick in Jonathan Chung’s contemporary jazz trio Glasshopper. Kitchman appeared at recent series of concerts with The Libertines. His latest release with vocalist Sylvia Schmidt explores the Anglo/American folk songs of the Appalachian mountains.
22 September - 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.