Current Programme

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Just a taste of the May through August 2018 season

Drum master Luca Santaniello brings his fine quartet,
Jacqui Dankworth sings for us in Ipswich as part of their festival, and
Georgia Mancio completes a strong season.

Gill Manly
Gill Manly

"Gill's voice is nothing short of electric...singers with this much control and technique are a scarcity nowadays" - Jazz On Cd Magazine
Gill Manly vocals, Trevor Hyatt mandola/guitar/vocals, Thomas Coffey guitar/vocals

Gill Manly has been singing jazz and blues for over 35 years and “Going Home” is her 4th album release, but her first blues cd and first live recording.

The rich tradition of blues and gospel music was always a huge love, and Gill views all blues as a form of folk tradition, the formation of her acoustic blues trio lends itself beautifully to that genre. But make no mistake, Gill’s eclectic approach to song choice means she has delved into composers such as Dory Previn, Doc Pomus, Bill Withers, Percy Mayfield, as well as Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Mississippi Fred MacDowell.

Trevor Hyatt and Thomas Coffey are the ideal accompaniment to this wonderful singer.

"Great voice, terrific vocal range and technique, commanding stage presence, and packed houses. The audience and Ronnie Scott's Club loves Gill Manly." Simon Cook (Ronnie Scott's)
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Barb Jungr
Barb Jungr

"Barb Jungr is the alchemist among jazz singers. She takes dubious songs, and turns them into gold. And she takes songs we already knew were gold, and makes them interestingly different." - Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph.

Barb Jungr vocals, Jenny Carr piano, Dudley Phillips bass

Barb Jungr returns to the writing of Bob Dylan again and again to explore the richest veins of inspiration. One of the very finest vocalists around, Barb does not just sing songs, but, based on her deep insightful understanding, completely inhabits them in her own unique way. She delivers lyrics with enveloping emotion, by turns rich in passion or tenderness, anger or humour and her performances are honed to a perfection which renders the word “interprets” wholly inadequate.

Joining Barb is Australian pianist Jenny Carr who has worked extensively with her over the years and always provides sensitive accompaniment with increasingly jazz infused solos overlying her classical roots.

Dudley Phillips has worked regularly with many singers including Amy Winehouse, Bill Withers and of course Barb.

Expect an emotional roller-coaster that will invite you to reflect on the world in which we live, but always with the safety net of amusing and sometimes downright hilarious commentary, delivered in Barb’s own inimitable style.

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Chris Allard Band
Chris Allard

"Allard's master class in electric jazz guitar was worth the price of admission in it's own right!" - Harrogate Festival

Chris Allard ~ guitar, Ross Stanley ~ piano, Oli Hayhurst ~ bass, Nick Smalley ~ drums

Musician magazine says, *Chris Allard is a regular on TV, radio and the international jazz festival circuit. His original jazz is approachable and witty, especially in the company of his band... Top drawer! * His CD, *Invisible Landscape* features Oli Hayhurst on double bass and Nick Smalley on drums. After laying down the main guitar parts on electric guitar (Gibson 335 ) live with the trio, extra guitar parts were added to a number of the pieces * extra dimensions and colours of various different guitars; steel-string acoustic, classical guitar, electric guitars with differing textures and effects * all of which add interest and distinguish the band from other guitar-led jazz groups without losing focus or direction.
We have the addition of the great keyboardist, Ross Stanley to the CD's trio format, tonight on piano.
*Rocking with bluesy angular lines*somewhere between Scofield and Carlton with a dash of fleet-footing Martino*he demonstrates gorgeous nylon-string polyphony*evocative acoustic work*demonstrates enough compositional and stylistic colour * to suggest bebop is far from being Allard's only brush* - Guitarist

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Fishwick Brothers play Cedar Walton and Duke Pearson
Steve and Matt

Celebrating the timeless compositions of two Hard Bop heroes of the Blue Note era

Steve Fishwick ~ trumpet, Matt Fishwick ~ drums, Dave O'Higgins ~ sax, Rob Barron ~ piano, Dario De Leche ~ bass

MThis project was formed to perform the timeless compositions of two pianist/composers associated with the Hard Bop era of jazz and the Blue Note Record label: Cedar Walton and Duke Pearson. Although some of these tunes have become jazz standards (Walton's Bolivia and Ugetsu, and Pearson's Jeanine for example) there is a great wealth of material by these composers that is very rarely played. This project aims to redress the balance, bring these tunes to a new audience and generally celebrate the work of these great jazz artists. Steve and Matt recorded with Walton in 2007 (The Osian Roberts/Steve Fishwick Quintet meets Cedar Walton! HBR33006) and Matt was mentored by Bob Cranshaw (Duke Pearson's bass player) during the 5 years that he lived in New York, so there is a discernible link to these performers and the composers of this music.

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18 May, £16
Luca Santaniello Quartet: tribute to Philly Joe Jones
Luca Santaniello

Luca's skills as a drummer and composer have earned him wholehearted praise in the US, Europe and South America.

Luca Santaniello ~ drums, Steve Fishwick ~ trumpet, Gabriel Latchin ~ piano, Calum Gourlay ~ bass

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25 May, £15
David Gordon Trio
David  Gordon

"a richly gifted player with a sparkling style and boundless imagination" - Phil Johnson, the Independent

David Gordon ~ Piano, Oli Hayhurst ~ Bass, Paul Cavaciuti ~ Drums

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1 June, £20
QCBA: Quentin and Brandon
Quentin and Brandon

Their latest album is a melting pot of Jazz, Brazilian and Funk, always soulful and, crucially, always swinging!

Brandon Allen ~ Tenor Sax, Quentin Collins ~ Trumpet, Ross Stanley ~ Organ, Lloyd Haines Drums

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8 June, £18
Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet
Asaf and Silwia

With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing, this band celebrates music from a wide range of genres.

Asaf Sirkis ~ Drums/Compositions/Konnakol, Sylwia Bialas ~ Vocals/Compositions, Frank Harrison ~ Piano/Keys, Kevin Glasgow ~ Electric Bass

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15 June, £16
Roger Beaujolais Quartet
Roger Beaujolais

Of Roger's 19 th album, Ian Mann the Jazz Man says, "A very classy piece of work that will help to consolidate Beaujolais' reputation as one of the best loved musicians on the UK jazz scene."

Roger Beaujolais ~ Vibraphone, Robin Aspland ~ Piano, Simon Thorpe ~ Bass, Winston Clifford ~ Drums

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8:00pm Sunday, 24 June, £21
Jacqui Dankworth at the Ipswich Jazz Festival
Jacqui Dankworth

Jacqui Dankworth is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the UK. Her concert appearances and her stylistically diverse recordings showcase her virtuosic and effortless mastery of a wide spectrum of genres.
St Peters by the Waterfront, College Street, Ipswich IP1 1 XF
Tickets from the New Wolsey Theatre, 1473 295900

Jacqui Dankworth ~ Vocals, Charlie Wood ~ Piano, Chris Allard ~ Guitar

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29 June, £16
Freddie Gavita Quartet
Freddie Gavita

Freddie won the British Jazz Awards Best Trumpeter in 2017 , for his global appeal with scintillating grooves and heartfelt ballads

Freddie Gavita ~ Trumpet, Tom Cawley ~ Piano, Calum Gourlay ~ Bass, Josh Blackmore ~ Drums

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13 July, £18
Chris Ingham's Dudley Moore Show
Jazz of Dudley Moore

Following their acclaimed Hoagy project, the quartet revisit Moore's music on ther new CD, "Dudley"

Chris Ingham ~ Piano, Paul Higgs ~ Trumpet, Geoff Gascoyne ~ Bass, George Double ~ Drums

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27 July, £16
Rob Barron Quartet
Rob Barron

One of the most creative and versatile musicians of his generation

Rob Barron ~ Piano, Nat Steele ~ Vibraphone, Jeremy Brown ~ Bass, Josh Morrison ~ Drums

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10 August, £18
Fletch's Brew
Mark Fletcher

The band's style floats seamlessly between the idioms of fusion, funk, bop, reggae and rock.

Mark Fletcher ~ Drums, Freddy Gavita ~ Trumpet, Ross Stanley ~ Organ, Laurence Cottle ~ Bass

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24 August, £18
Georgia Mancio Quartet
Georgia Mancio

"an object lesson in subtlety*in the impact of nuance*It's beautiful" - All About Jazz *****

Georgia Mancio ~ Vocals, Kate Williams ~ Piano, Steve Watts ~ Bass, Dave Ohm ~ Drums

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