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Tuesday, 27th June, 2017

THAT FREE FLOW SWING THING featuring Al Nicholls, tenor sax. and Jeff Williams, trombone, who will bring back that sound of the 1940's and 50's with that laid back effortless style of swing of those days, along with our resident trio.


Al Nicholls musical career started by graduating from the Leeds College of Music who have produced so many of our star musicians over the years, before countless appearances across the world and eventually landed in London. He has played tenor with a host of big jive/blues bands among them the 'Ray Gelato Giants' and the 'T.J.Johnson Band, but currently leads his swing band 'Blue Harlem'. Al's playing style is effortless producing the sounds of those 40's and 50's tenors of Illinois Jacquet and Charlie Ventura with a laid back approach. Al never fails to please an audience and you can be sure tonight will be no exception.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jeff Williams having collaborated with Al over a score and more years is a trombonist with a playing style full of spirit. He recalls how they first met 'in a pub', now that's no surprise for musicians! and very soon got to know each others music taste and they soon made an album 'Uptown Swing' with all the influences of swing music from the 30's onwards mainly from the Ellington, Basie and Dorsey Bands. Having obtained a copy I found that our own Hilary Cameron was on keyboards and plays a beautiful ballad on it. Jeff is now leading the Mississipi Swamp Dogs a New Orleans Blues sextet that has performed at Ronnie Scott's Boisdale's and the renowned Bulls Head in Barnes. Listen and enjoy the rapport as they maintain that veritable tradition earthy and hearty jazz............ full of romance!




Tuesday, 25th July, 2017

STRINGS & SONGBIRD featuring Mike Sagrott, guitar and Sharon Scott, vocals, will be recalling her favourite tunes, accompanied by the resident trio.


Mike Sagrott began strumming a guitar in his teens that inevitably led him into rock and blues sounds until he bought a Wes Montgomery LP by mistake!  A long journey ensued into his discovery of jazz as he learnt with local bands. Suddenly family business commitments took over his life which lasted for almost thirty years until his retirement when he began picking up the threads once again and plays with the Kenny Baxter Quintet and co-leads his own group Timeline.



Sharon Scott, a frequent visitor to the Club is a rare breed of singer particularly with ballads, that may have come from singing in the church since the age of three in her home town of Glasgow. By 1986 she became domiciled in the South with music remaining her greatest love and singing at every opportunity in recalling her favourite female vocalists, from the hits of Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee, Lena Horne and Sassy Sarah Vaugh





Tuesday, 29th August, 2017

HORNS OUT FRONT feature the multi-instrumentalist, Paul Higgs, trumpet, and Kevin Mcmahon, tenor sax, a very smooth musician, both of whom will play Horns Out Front accompanied by the resident trio.


Paul Higgs, a frequent visitor to the Club continues to perform at the highest level blending classical and jazz styles with simple ease. His CD ‘Pavanne’ reached No.1 in One World Charts. His recent collaboration with the Chris Ingram Quartet on the crafted biography of Hoagy Carmichael created CD’s ‘Hoagy’  and ‘Dudley’  highlighting the delightful music of Dudley Moore that are bringing great acclaim. Paul’s own show titled ‘A Brief History of Jazz’ is a fantastic tour of jazz history as recorded by trumpeters of the past.


                                                                                                            Kevin Mcmahon

hails from Dublin, in the emerald isles and currently leads his group ‘Swing Odyssey’ and plays at top London venues. His influences have been the great tenor players of Stan Getz, Lester Young and Dexter Gordon with a sound that veers between mainstream to swing with ballads and blues. He has recorded three of CD’s titled ‘Sometimes I’m Happy’, ’Stardust’ and his latest ‘Your Choice’.  Welcome back Kevin with those ballads and blues reflecting your classic looks and taste.







Tuesday, 26th September, 2017

SINATRA’S SONGBOOK featuring John Withers, vibraphone, accompanying Paul Wood, vocals, through the vast songbook of Frank Sinatra with which Paul entertained for many years on cruises with his ‘Salute to Sinatra’ tour.


John Withers, a self taught percussionist at home with either drums or vibraphone has played with a number of big bands as well as a host ofcelebrities. He never fails to entertain, so is it little wonder he is in constant demand gigging around jazz clubs with his eclectic choice of music. Tonight his programme will centre around Sinatra’s Songbook.


Paul Wood

found singing came naturally, soon entertaining publicly at every opportunity. He is a well respected in demand vocalist with his own particular approach to a song whether a delicate ballad or rhythmic swing tune that not many are able to match. He has travelled extensively in Europe and North America appearing with many big bands such as Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra, Syd Lawrence Orchestra and James Last to name but a few. Listen to him croon his way through the Sinatra Songbook with ease and that cheeky little smile.






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