A real favourite of the club, Quentin Collins, born locally in Forest
Gate, is an outstanding trumpeter who graduated from the Guildhall
School of Music by winning the 'Best Finals' prize. Already with a
wealth of experience, he has worked with the likes of Jean Toussaint,
Stan Tracey, Norma Winstone, Roy Ayers, John Surman, Roy Hargrove, Tim
Garland and Ray Gelato. In 2007 Quentin released his debut solo album
"If Not Now, Then When?" on SunlightSquare Records to much critical
acclaim. He is now the regular trumpet player for the Kyle Eastwood
band, with whom Quentin tours extensively. In Quentin's own words "I've
played in many different contexts & styles e.g. Pop, Funk, Reggae,
Classical, Hip-Hop, but I love Jazz above all, especially Be-Bop,
Hard-Bop, Post-Bop and contemporary straight-ahead". "A Trumpeter whose
style is a sizzling update of the Morgan/Hubbard approach" - MOJO
Tonight's Festival band, specially formed for this one-off gig, should really raise the roof. Winston Rollins, Chris Storr, Dave Ital and bandleader Derek Nash, are all members of Jools Holland's famed Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Pete Whittaker is a leading exponent of the hammond organ, Geoff Gascoyne the go-to bass player and Clive Fenner the hugely experienced host and resident drummer of the long established East Side Jazz Club in Leytonstone.
Derek Nash is a vibrant and charismatic performer on all four saxes from soprano to baritone. Derek is of course best known as leader and arranger, since its inception 30 years ago, of the award winning ensemble 'Sax Appeal'. His playing credits include David Sanborn, Mavis Staples, Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, Jools Holland and the late Spike Robinson with whom he recorded an award winning CD 'Young Lions Old Tigers'. Derek is also a respected recording engineer. He was awarded a gold disc for his work on 'Pointless Nostalgic' by Jamie Cullum and has recorded for Bobby Wellins, Dave O'Higgins, Martin Drew, Geoff Gascoyne, Georgie Fame and George Melly.
Don's career started when he played Mozart's clarinet concerto in the Fairfield Hall, Croydon as a 14 year old. He went on to take up tenor sax, with lessons from Kathy Stobart and formed his now almost legendary group "Major Surgery" which ran for nine years playing his own compositions.“Weller’s stage presence and the world-class power and fluency of his sax-playing has been part of his enduring charm over three decades on the British jazz scene” - John Fordham, The Guardian. “He imitates nobody yet swings as hard and plays as soulfully, inventively and, if necessary, as devastatingly fast as any American icon could” - Jack Massarik, London Evening Standard.
Byron began playing jazz around Brighton, then came to London at the beginning of the 1990s to play with Jazz Warriors singer Cleveland Watkiss and to work in the quartet of jazz drummer John Stevens. Later he joined Gary Crosby’s band Nu-Troop and in 1995 formed his own band, Sound Advice. Byron won the 2003 BBC prize for "Innovation in Jazz". He's played trumpet in a huge variety of musical settings including The Style Council, Charles Earland, Courtney Pine and Jean Toussaint. He has also worked with Andrew Hill, Lonnie Liston Smith, Ronnie Laws and Chaka Khan. “..one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive” - Jazzwise Magazine.
in Gloucester and spending her student days in Paris, award winning
jazz vocalist Tina has recorded numerous CDs both as a leader and a
guest. In 2004 Tina completed recording with legendry pianist Ray Bryant
and a host of New York jazz players. These sessions at the Rudy Van
Gelder studio's were released on 'Tina May sings the Ray Bryant Song
Book'. “For musical taste, delicacy of interpretation and presentational
flair Tina May has always been a hard act to follow. She is also
completely at home in jazz, which isn't as common among high-profile
singers as you might think” - Dave Gelly, Observer
began playing saxophone at the age of 15. In 1984 he graduated from
Middlesex University with a degree in music, and for a while served an
apprenticeship as a street musician. He works in the UK and
internationally with a wide range of his own projects and
collaborations. Ed’s playing credits include George Benson, Horace
Silver, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dianne Reeves, Charles Earland, Clifford
Jarvis and Dr Lonnie Smith. “A formidable saxophonist. Ed Jones may have
hit his highest profile through his work with bands US3 and Incognito,
but he’s an improviser to his fingertips, a player of forceful
imagination and one of the UK’s most distinctive saxophonists.” - John
Fordham, The Guardian. “One of the most fluent and forceful saxophonists
in Europe” - Jack Massarik, Evening Standard.
is committed to swinging and exciting jazz and likes to bring in
influences from his different musical experiences. For more than 10
years he has been resident drummer at The East Side Jazz Club in East
London where he has supported many of the countries top jazz musicians
including Kenny Wheeler, Peter King, John Etheridge, Alan Barnes, Jean
Toussaint and Tony Coe. He started playing in blues, pop and jazz-rock
bands supporting groups including Fleetwood Mac, Free and The Nice, but
always had a love of jazz since first hearing “ Straight No Chaser” in
his early teens. He studied and became good friends with top American
drummer Clifford Jarvis ( Freddie Hubbard, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders) and
Britains premier drum teacher Bob Armstrong. As well as organising the
East Side Jazz Club he is founder and Director of ‘Jazzsummerschool’
which offers jazz courses in France and Cuban music courses in Havana
Cuba. The Quartet’s first CD, recorded live in the club and aptly named ‘Get It!’ will be available this evening.
A big welcome back after 2 long years to the phenomenal, exciting, unpredictable musical genius that is Gilad Atzmon.
"Eschewing the political rhetoric, Atzmon now lets the music do the talking, relaxing into a skilful and witty dialogue with his versatile bandmates. Together they breathe new harmonic and rhythmic life into every composition they perform, transforming even the most well-worn jazz standards into scintillating originals - the true essence of real live jazz." "You get an awful lot of music with Gilad Atzmon: quotes from jazz standards, torch songs, ideas playfully purloined from Mediterranean or Middle Eastern sources, sultry Paris-cabaret smooches, New Orleans clarinet swing and bebop in hyperdrive. The Israeli reed virtuoso is acclaimed as one of the most original world-jazz specialists..” - John Fordham, The Guardian. "Atzmon is an astonishing musician with a seemingly effortless ability to demolish and rebuild any old tune he chooses to play" - John Lewis, Time Out.
Tonight a big welcome to Nadim Teimoori who debuts as a leader at the East Side. His superb tenor sound first came to our attention when he accompanied Dennis Rollins, at his gig here in January this year. Originally from Doncaster, Nadim joined DYJA (Doncaster Youth Jazz Associaton) at the age of 13 and progressed rapidly, receiving recognition from all over the country and winning numerous awards. A diploma in Jazz Studies at Leeds College of Music followed, before ending up at the Royal Academy Of Music in 2008, winning the Humphrey Lyttelton Royal Academy of Music Jazz Award in 2011, and graduating with 1st Class Honours in 2012. A former member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), Nadim performed with NYJO at the BBC Proms in 2012.
“More than any other British jazz trumpeter, Pearce probably
deserves the mantle of heir to Jimmy Deuchar, offering a style that
contains a fractured lyricism reminiscent of his forebear...He has a
sophisticated command of harmonic improvising, although, as with his
self-confessed (and disparate) trumpet heroes - Chet Baker, Art Farmer
and Don Cherry - his playing comes across as anything but contrived.
Pearce had a lengthy association with Ronnie Scott which lasted from the
1970s until Scott's health forced him to abandon performing in the
mid-1990s, and some of his best recorded work can be found on the CD
Never Pat A Burning Dog (Jazz House, 1990), where his solos contrast
admirably with Scott's more forthright contributions, and contain a heat
and urgency never far beneath the cool surface" - Simon Spillett.
The last album from Denys Baptiste ‘Identity By Subtraction’ attracted some very positive reviews: "London saxophonist Baptiste won a raft of prizes - a Mercury, a Mobo and a British Jazz award - and much deserved acclaim for 2003's ‘Let Freedom Ring’. Given that head-start, his seven-year absence from the recording studio has been surprising. But the traditionally swaggering tenor-sax tone with a soulfully imploring contemporary edge is still fully functioning on this new quartet set...There's plenty of Coltrane-driven orthodox-postbop that largely avoids the rhythmically byzantine nu-jazz challenges of recent years" - John Fordham, The Guardian. "Baptiste puts all the pieces together with rare dedication, imagination and emotion. Nine mature originals complete a multi-faceted suite of straight-ahead contemporary jazz that repays repeated listening" - Jack Massarik, London Evening Standard.
Barnes is the most reliably entertaining, multi-skilled reed virtuoso
on the UK scene” - John Fordham, Guardian. Alan has enjoyed a prolific
career, playing and recording for many bands. He has dominated the
British Jazz Awards over the years, having won the alto sax section in
1993, 95, 97 & 99, the clarinet award for 94, 96 & 98
and being voted the top baritone player in 98, 2000 & 2002. In
2001 and 2006 Alan received the prestigious BBC Jazz Instrumentalist of
the Year award and in November 2003 was made a fellow of the Leeds
College of Music. 2003 also saw the inception of Alan’s own record label
Woodville Records. Alan is joined by the co-leader of his award-winning
quintet - trumpeter par excellence Bruce Adams, himself a previous
winner of the top trumpet prize at the British Jazz Awards.
Stepney born, raised on the Isle of Wight, tenor saxophonist Mornington Lockett returned to London to attend the Guildhall School of Music. As a member of the Ronnie Scott Sextet, Mornington worked extensively in Britain and abroad. He has recorded albums with Ronnie Scott, guitarist Jim Mullen, drummer Martin Drew, jazz singers Sarah Jane Morris, Claire Martin and Ian Shaw and the rock band Oasis. In 2001 Mornington and the late Martin Drew formed the group 'Celebrating The Jazz Couriers', recreating the classic 1950s group which featured Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott. In 2004 the group disbanded, and reformed as the 'New Couriers' taking in the Tubby Hayes Quartet repertoire and also the compositions of the great British pianist and vibraphone player, Victor Feldman. "Saxophonist Mornington Lockett must be one of the most complete masters of the instrument alive today" - Dave Gelly, The Observer.
Tonight we proudly present the one man institution that is Peter King. In the words of one critic, "the finest alto saxophonist that Britain has ever produced, and one of the finest in the world today" - Dave Gelly. Peter King has been a major influence on the British jazz scene ever since he played, at the age of eighteen, the opening night of the original Ronnie Scott’s in 1959. He’s worked with such legends as Bud Powell, Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Milt Jackson, Lalo Schifrin, George Coleman and the Ray Charles Orchestra. "A wonderful musician, Peter King, of course, is a master of his instrument. People are aware of that here in America as well as in England" - Elvin Jones. "World’s great Altoist...My Man!" - Nat Adderley. "Peter King is one of the best musicians in the world" - Lalo Schifrin.
Born in Vancouver, Canada 1982, Jay took up the trumpet at 11 years of age. At 15 he became the youngest artist to lead his own band at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Keen to develop his career further, Jay moved to London at the age of 17 where he immediately attracted the attention of Gary Crosby who engaged him as a dep for Jazz Jamaica All Stars and Nu Troop. In 2002 Gary offered him a place in the core band of Tomorrow's Warriors. Formerly co-frontman of the much admired band Empirical, Jay is a featured member of Dennis Rollins’ Badbone & Co and has performed with Andrew Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Brown, George Benson and Hugh Masakela. Jay's solo debut album Jay Walkin’, was released in November 2010 "..evoking the spirit of the 1940′s New York Birdland scene"
Tonight we welcome back the affable Derek Nash, a vibrant and charismatic performer on all four saxes from soprano to baritone. Derek is of course best known as leader and arranger, since its inception 30 years ago, of the award winning ensemble 'Sax Appeal'. His playing credits include David Sanborn, Mavis Staples, Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, Jools Holland and the late Spike Robinson with whom he recorded an award winning CD 'Young Lions Old Tigers'. Derek is also a respected recording engineer, he was awarded a gold disc for his work on 'Pointless Nostalgic' by Jamie Cullum and has recorded for Bobby Wellins, Dave O'Higgins, Martin Drew, Geoff Gascoyne, Georgie Fame & George Melly.
Head of Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music, Nick Smart is an internationally renowned jazz educator, trumpeter and musical director. In 2013 he was the winner of the prestigious Parliamentary Award for Jazz Education. 2005, Nick released his debut album 'Remembering Nick Drake' to critical acclaim. The album featured Smart’s arrangements of Nick Drake’s music played by an all star line-up including John Parricelli, Paul Clarvis, Christine Tobin and Stan Sulzmann amongst others. It was described by Straight No Chaser magazine as "..a future classic because it really captures all that is best about British jazz..". Rob Townsend started playing the sax when he got fed up with carting drums around. A senior lecturer in Jazz at Middlesex University, he has performed with a broad range of leading musicians including Django Bates, Sam Rivers, Iain Ballamy, Tim Garland, Mark Lockheart and Bill Bruford. Rob has been a featured soloist with ex Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett for a number of years, touring internationally and recording a number of albums and DVDs.
Art Themen, orthopaedic surgeon (now retired) and illustrious saxman, remains a firm favourite on the British jazz scene with a pedigree as long as Southend Pier. Art was involved in the early British blues movement with Alexis Korner’s All Stars, Jack Bruce’s Band and Long John Baldry’s Hoochie Coochie Men. He has played and recorded with the bands of Michael Garrick, Graham Collier, Don Weller and in 1974 began a long association with Stan Tracey. He also toured and recorded with Charlie Parker alumni, Red Rodney and Al Haig. “Originally a Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins disciple..Themen has proved himself remarkably attentive to the saxophone styles of subsequent generations. The atonal whirlings of Evan Parker are evident, alongside John Coltrane's sheets of sound, and the full-bodied, vibrato-laden rhapsodising of long-gone swing stars such as Coleman Hawkins” - John Fordham, The Guardian.
Martin Shaw was born into a family of musicians, both his mother and father being accomplished pianists. He began piano lessons at the age of 9 and started studying the trumpet at the age of 11. Four years later Martin became a member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain and remained there for 3 years. He subsequently gained a place at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1989 Martin was invited to study at Berklee college of music in Boston. Martin has worked with many leading jazz artists including Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Pete King, Dick Morrisey, Tim Garland and numerous big bands including the BBC Big Band; he has also recorded, performed live and toured extensively with various pop artists including Sting, Jamiroquai, Natalie Cole, Paul Young and the Brand New Heavies. In 2001 Martin was appointed professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Co-fronting tonight, Sam Mayne is also a former student of the Royal Academy of Music. Sam's work credits include Billy Cobham, Amy Winehouse, BBC Big Band & Concert Orchestra, Joe Locke, Victor Bailey, Django Bates, Tim Garland, Stan Tracey, Joe Lovano, Bud Shank, Patti Austin and Gladys Knight.
Steve Melling was brought up in Preston, Lancs and studied at Goldsmiths' College in London before joining the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. In the late 1970's he began playing professionally when he toured with Harry Beckett and Elton Dean. He played keyboards with Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia in 1986-7, and in 1987 and 1989 toured the Far East with the Clark Tracey quintet and made three albums with the band. Steve worked with Tim Whitehead in 1988-9, and played on his album Decision. Steve has worked for many years with Alan Skidmore and can be heard on his quartet album East To West and on three recordings of a band which combined a jazz quintet and African percussionists and came to be known as Ubizo. During the 1990's Steve worked and recorded with Claire Martin, Alan Skidmore and Peter King and played regularly at Ronnie Scott's with these and several other bands and his trio. In 1996 he recorded his own album Trio Duo Solo. Steve has also played with many American jazz musicians including concerts with Jazz Machine, a band led by the legendary drummer Elvin Jones. He has also worked with Phil Woods, Benny Golson, James Moody and Charles McPherson. From 1996-98 he was Professor of Jazz Piano at London’s Royal College of Music. In 2000 Steve joined The New Couriers, a band formed by Martin Drew and Mornington Lockett and made four albums with them.
trumpets: Quentin Collins, Noel Langley, Enrico Tomasso & Steve Waterman
trombones: Gordon Campbell, Trevor Mires, Sarah Williams & Andy Wood
saxes: Jay Craig, Frank Griffiths, Sam Mayne, Bob Sydor & Jamie Talbot
tuba: Graham Read
guitar: John Etheridge
piano: Barry Green
bass: Oli Hayhurst
drums: Peter Cater
something of an institution at the East Side, Emmy and BAFTA winning
composer John Altman formed his big band in 1985. Dubbed "the best big
band in the UK" by the Daily Telegraph, it is certainly the only big
band to have performed on a number 1 worldwide hit single (Bjork's "It's
Oh So Quiet") and in 2 top 5 hit movies (Little Voice and Shall We
Dance). With all material written and/or arranged by John and showcasing
the star studded line up of great jazz soloists this should be as
memorable a night as were the last seven years' sold out performances.
John's long playing career has seen him perform with jazz giants like Al
Cohn, Jimmy Heath, Chet Baker, Bud Freeman and Joe Newman. John wishes
to make it known that he has never won a BBC Jazz Award!
Chris Laurence has maintained a dual career in both jazz and classical music. He plays regularly with John Surman, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor and Norma Winstone. In the classical world he was principal double bass with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Jazz artists he's recorded with include J.J. Johnson, Tony Coe, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan and Johnny Mathis. 'New View' was Chris's debut album with his quartet. "Laurence is clearly a democratic leader, but what he brings to New View, in addition to an astute choice of band mates and material, is an homage to Burton's guitar-based groups that transcends mere mimicry. It's a fine debut and one that will hopefully be the start of a somewhat late-in-life solo career" - John Kelman, allaboutjazz.com
remembered by those of us of a certain age for 60's gigs at the
Flamingo Club in Soho and Klooks Kleek, tonight we are priviledged to
host the legendary Zoot Money. At school Zoot played the French horn and
sang in the choir, life changed when he discovered Jerry Lee Lewis and
Ray Charles, took up keyboard and, by the beginning of the 1960s,
Hammond organ. In 1961 he formed the Big Roll Band playing soul, jazz
and R&B. Famed far and wide for his combination of outrageous
antics (including "shocking" trouser activity that predated PJ Proby by
several years), tight musicianship and passionate vocal delivery. Zoot's
countless musical associations include Alexis Korner's Blues
Incorporated, Georgie Fame, Alan Price, Ruby Turner, Dick
Heckstall-Smith, Steve Marriott & Ronnie Lane, Peter Green and Eric
Born in Perth, Western Australia. Brandon Allen started playing the piano at the age of 10, then played classical guitar for one year before taking up the saxophone at age 13. Since arriving in the UK, he has worked with many varied artists including Eric Clapton, Mica Paris, Jools Holland, Neil Diamond, Kyle Eastwood and Liane Caroll. He hosts the Late Late Show at Ronnie Scotts every Wednesday with his quartet. "Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today. His phrasing is unashamedly emotional, soaked in the blues tradition." - Tony Hall, Jazzwise
Waterman began his career while studying at Trinity College of Music.
He is professor of jazz trumpet at The Royal Academy of Music and
Trinity College. Steve has his own quintet and in 2003 formed an
18-piece jazz orchestra playing his original compositions. As well as eight
notable albums under his own leadership, he has recorded with the likes
of Carla Bley, Mike Garrick, Graham Collier and Alan Barnes. Steve’s
most recent album 'Buddy Bolden Blew It', is described as a history of jazz through
tunes written by trumpet players. Inspired by the legendary Buddy
Bolden, acknowledged as the first major figure of this music form in New
Orleans at the start of the 20th century.
As a saxophonist and composer, Mark Lockheart's work often defies categorisation and crosses the boundaries of the jazz, new music and folk worlds. Mark came to prominence in the mid 1980s with the influential and radical big band Loose Tubes, which he toured with throughout the USA and Europe and recorded with until its demise in 1989. In the mid-nineties Mark toured extensively with Django Bates' Delightful Precipice. Subsequent projects include Mark Lockheart's In Deep, Seb Rochford's Polar Bear, Perfect Houseplants, Disassembler and Robert Wyatt’s Soup Songs. Voted ‘Parliamentary Jazz Musician of the Year’ for 2010, Mark's CD 'Days Like These' features seven original compositions played by Mark with the NDR Big Band. In 2013 Mark released ‘Ellington In Anticipation’ a radical reworking of Ellington tunes with an all star line up including tonight’s pianist Liam Noble. The CD had many 4 and 5 star reviews and was MOJO magazine's Jazz Album of 2013.