Monday October 27th
Headlining we have a trio of groovy geezers who go by the collective handle of The Grip. It’s a project led by reeds player Finn Peters and featuring the always amazing Oren Marshall on Tuba and the equally brilliant Tom Skinner on the kit. The Grip nod towards underground labels like Black Jazz and Strata East with their freewheeling, funk-fuelled, loose-limbed jazz. Here’s a sample; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SghxzB0lF8U
The solo spot this month is occupied by ex-Tomorrow’s Warrior and classically trained bass player Neil Charles. Neil’s adept on the upright and electric bass so expect a bit of both - I hope.
It’s also Gary Crosby’s Tomorrow’s Warriors that we have to thank for unearthing the talents of guitarist Shirley Tetteh. Shirley cites influences as diverse as Django Reinhardt and Julian Lage on her playing. Her new band opens the show for us this coming Monday.
We start at 8pm and with so much music to fit in, that does mean 8 sharp. Before and in between bands you can hear Jez play some tunes in the bar.
As usual Gina Southgate as our artist in residence, paints the action as it happens. You can see her work on display in our foyer, on her website, and of course watch her painting live on the night...
And Jez is still saying: “Jazz in the UK is in a really healthy state. Week by week I hear strong CDs and see excellent gigs. And it's coming from all directions. Free music, electronica, more mainstream things, dance music, big bands. There are scores of excellent players coming out of colleges, but still great things rising up from underground scenes. We're still lucky to be able to hear great legends of UK jazz who started out in the 60s onwards, as well as new artists just finding their feet. We want to reflect and mix all of this.”
For The Cockpit, Jazz In The Round has reinvented an iconic event. Forty years ago, Humprey Burton broadcast T. Rex, among others, from the iconic seventies theatre off Marylebone’s Lisson Grove, as part of the London Weekend Television Music In The Round series (Video p.1 - Video p.2). Jez Nelson’s Somethin’ Else, The Cockpit, and Prodigal Jazz, with Loudwater Partners wish to thank you, the audience for sticking with the thing....It's been fab and it's still fab and it wouldn't be the same without you. Laters xxx
Every last Monday in the month. Starting at 6pm, with DJ set in the bar. First band 8pm.
Box Office for ticket collection and purchase closes at 9pm sharp.
Tickets £9 online, by phone or on the door (if you're lucky)