WitneyJazz

Welcome to Witney Jazz, we arrange monthly jazz concerts showcasing truly entertaining jazz musicians in a friendly, club like environment - please check out our web site and get in touch if you like what you see - you’d be very welcome

What’s On

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Catherine Sykes Trio

March 3rd 2017

£12.00 (£10.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

The fabulous vocalist Catherine Sykes brings her own tribute to Peggy Lee to Witney Jazz. Think ‘Fever’, ‘It’s a Good Day’, Hallelujah I love Him So'

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Catherine hails from north Yorkshire. She’s a graduate of Leeds College of Music and she has the most wonderful vocal instrument which is smooth and full bodied but with a hint of huskiness. She’s performed at a host of the top clubs around the UK, most often in the company of top rate big bands (Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Glen Miller Memorial Orchestra, Nick Ross Orchestra), but she does occasionally agree to perform in a small ensemble and we’ve asked her to bring her Peggy Lee Tribute show to Witney Jazz with an intimate chamber styled piano and double bass trio. So lots of work for all three to undertake but a great opportunity to express themselves and really delve deep into these fabulous tunes.

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Simon Spillett Band

April 7th 2017

£12.00 (£10.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

Simon won the 2016 British Jazz Award for 'services to British Jazz’ and he’s with us to provide a tribute to the late, great Tubby Hayes

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For Mr Spillett read Mr Tubby Hayes! Simon is possibly the world's leading expert on the British hard bop Saxophone phenomenon who took America by storm in the 50s. His concerts are unashamedly full of the music of Tubby and references to his works. With a fiery turn of speed, tough talking tone and lyricism aplenty, Simon Spillett is the sax players player. With Alex Steele (piano), Paul Jefferies (bass) and Charlie Stratford (drums) this promises to be one of the highlights of our 2017 series!

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Ben Cummings’ Chet-Mulligan Quartet

May 5th 2017

£12.00 (£10.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker’s edgy musical relationship created possibly one of the most intriguing quartet’s of the early 50s.

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This is exciting… the ebullient Mr Cummings will create a performance that emulates the unique Mulligan/Baker pianoless quartet that carved out its very own niche in jazz during the 1950s. This unique quartet revolutionised jazz at the time and Witney Jazz, ever keen to keep things interesting and moving on, are delighted to welcome Ben on trumpet and flugel horn. Joining him will be award winning saxophonist Amy Roberts, drummer Nick Millward and Paul Jefferies on double bass for a night of West Coast ‘Cool’. The original band only played a handful of gigs in the Hague, Holland but this piano-less quartet pioneered a whole new sound that has rarely been emulated.

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Denny Illet Quartet

June 2nd 2017

£12.00 (£10.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

Exquisite guitar playing, a Sinatra like voice that engages like few others - you’ll be hooked from the very first chord!

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Mr Ilett is one heck of guitarist, but more recently he’s taken to adding a good deal of vocals to his sets. Take a peek at his interview video and see how broad his influences are. A professional for nearly 30 years, band leader, composer and master arranger, Denny Jnr. (his father Denny Snr. is a superb trumpeter) has toured the world performing with or directing for a host of stunning ensembles including the much loved Lilian Boute band. His voice just lends itself to Sinatra comparisons and so we’ve asked Denny to bring along a quartet of his favourite musicians to create a night of vocal and guitar led music.

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Greg Abate Quartet

July 7th 2017

£12.00 (£10.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

Long Island based Be-Bop specialist alto saxophone man Greg is back for a UK visit with a hard hitting style that promises to rivet the listener

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This globe trotting musician is on the road over 250 days of the year, yet his playing spark never seems to dim. He just adores performing and his astonishing energy is evident from the first few bars of every concert. Phil began playing as a teenager and attended the world famous Berklee School of Music. Shortly after he joined the Ray Charles Orchestra, touring with the great man for two years and then moving onto Artie Shaw’s band. The Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich perhaps puts it best when he says of Greg "Abate is not content to rely on stock bebop riffs and standard chord progressions. Rather, the sharp angularity of his phrases and the often startling pauses in his fast-moving lines give his work a feeling of constant invention and creativity.” See what you think - we think he’s a ‘monster’.

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Jamie Brownfield Quartet (the Music of Benny Goodman)

August 4th 2017

£12.00 (£10.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

Welcome Jamie Brownfield - ridiculously young professional trumpeter and lover of music with melody!

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Jamie teams up with jazz violinist Ben Holder and stunning pianist Tom Kincaid to create a musical tribute to the music of Benny Goodman. yes - we hear you “but Benny was a band leading clarinettist” true, but that’s what makes it much more fun. These guys are not setting out to emulate or copy the great reeds player but they do adore his music and they will take it by the scruff of the neck and create something truly effervescent with it, that much we can promise. Tom Kincaid is a Manchester based pianist who specialises in the older, perhaps less chromatic piano approach with rhythm being its prime element, yet he has a touch that’s at once feather light and yet truly muscular - the closest thing you’ll come to hearing Teddy Wilson live!

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Julian Marc Stringle Trio

September 1st 2017

£12.00 (£10.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

Quite probably the UK’s finest jazz clarinettist - certainly one with the most illustrious hair! Julian presents an evening of swing jazz with a ‘smidge' of funkiness together with ace Canadian guitarist Dominic Ashworth and Paul Jefferies on bass.

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A child prodigy - clarinettist / reeds-smith and all round nice guy Julian Marc Stringle, has been performing at a stratospheric level for the whole of his life it seems! For those who recognise names - he studied clarinet with Wilf Keeley and composition with William Lloyd Webber. His first TV performances were with Acker Bilk aged 14 and he went on to be regular with Kenny Ball, George Chisholm and Dame Cleo Lane bands - all of this in his 20s. But Julian hasn't just kept playing the traditional or even mainstream flavours of jazz - his own all star quartet specialises in Latin/funk music and he frequently dips into the classical world with special duo performances featuring the phenomenal Canadian guitar virtuoso Dominic Ashworth. So we've asked Julian to team up with Dominic and bassist Paul Jefferies to present a varied show of jazz styles. Julian's playing is full of sparkle and wit - you're in for real musical treat !

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Michael Roberts Trio - Remembering Mark Murphy

October 6th 2017

£12.00 (£10.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

Singer, record-producer, actor and composer - Michael is one of those rare male singers that don’t try to emulate Frank Sinatra! We love Frank - but Frank is Frank and Michael has aspirations to introduce you to the late, great ground breaking vocalist Mark Murphy - we promise you, this is fantastic stuff.

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You may not have heard of him, but Mark Murphy was ground breaking throughout his long and illustrious career. He was one the first artist to treat the human voice as an instrument in just the same way as we use say a trumpet or sax, it can solo as well as sing words!! He developed the art of ‘Vocalese’ and won numerous international awards and great acclaim for his recorded works. Now introducing Michael Roberts - he was in fact a student of Mark Murphy and has himself won awards for his work as a singer and producer. His delivery is utterly convincing - not a mimic of others’ styles but a powerful yet controlled voice that can can be literally whisper quiet or take the roof tiles off - always real, always in tune with the style he is delivering. With Michael will be the fabulous bassist and guitarist Mark Rose (he’ll be playing guitar on this occasion) and Paul Jefferies on double bass.

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Rebecca Poole Quartet

November 3rd 2017

£12.00 (£10.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

The delicious Rebecca returns because she was literately so popular last time she performed at Witney Jazz - with Hugh Turner (guitar), Paul Jefferies (bass) & Stuart Henderson (trumpet) - a night of American Songbook Jazz and lots more.

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You may have heard her as ‘Purdy’ her alter-ego more pop styled character, but tonight it’s very firmly Rebecca Poole the jazz singer you’ll be coming to hear. She has a distinctive sultry, yet musical style with that rare ability to hold your attention whilst she relates the real meaning of a song. Fist class pitching and a touch of sparkle complete the sonic story. Rebecca is no stranger to small audiences (in fact she tells us she loves the sense of intimacy in smaller venues) but she’s also happy in front of tens of thousands as witnessed by her performances at Wembley Stadiums and the Royal Albert Hall with the likes of Jools Holland. She’s a regular at the top clubs in London and we’re delighted to have her with us again at Witney Jazz.