Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door


Nottingham born, Tony Kofi studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Back in the UK he played with The Jazz Warriors and Gary Crosby's Nu Troop. His subsequent playing credits include Billy Higgins, Branford Marsalis, Byron Wallen, Claude Deppa, Donald Byrd, Lonnie Smith, Eddie Henderson, Jazz Jamaica All Stars and the big bands of Jean Toussaint and Julian Joseph. Tony's quartet was voted best ensemble at the 2005 Parliamentary Jazz Awards; their CD ‘Plays Monk - All Is Know’, was awarded ‘BBC Jazz Line-up Album of the Year 2005’. "If the parameters, as on Kofi's previous albums, are mostly retro, the impact of the music is again wholly of today. Kofi deals not so much with the past as with the eternal truths of jazz music - swing, in-the-moment lyricism, the lust for life - and he continues to find compelling ways to express them. His albums are heartfelt, unpretentious explosions of joy, and precisely what the doctor ordered" - Chris May, Allaboutjazz.com

Tuesday, 9 October, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door


Guildford born, Chris began playing the violin at the age of 5. At home, his father Michael, the jazz pianist and composer of international renown, taught him jazz tunes, introducing the colours, flavours and rudiments of the great improvising music. He has worked with many artists including Julian Joseph, Dolly Parton and Brian Ferry and made tours of the Far East and Australia with guitarist John Etheridge in a tribute to Stephane Grappelli. Chris has fronted the The Budapest Cafe Orchestra, the gypsy-beat specialists from Harringay, since 2009. His recording ‘Different Strokes’ was called “The outstanding British album of the year” in the Sunday Times. “His violin playing was a stunning display of musicianship, whether lightly dancing, delicately teasing or producing pyrotechnics that scorched the very timbers of the building” - Jazz Journal.

Tuesday, 2 October, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£8 on the door

Woodstock survivor Henry Lowther has had a varied career since the 60’s working with both the Gil Evans and George Russell Orchestras, John Dankworth, Peter King, Kenny Wheeler, Charlie Watts, Loose Tubes and John Surman on the jazz scene, to Manfred Mann, Buzzcocks, John Mayall and Keef Hartley at the legendary Woodstock Festival in August 1969. On the classical side, Henry is an accomplished composer, as well as being a featured member of the London Brass Virtuosi.
Art Themen, orthopaedic surgeon (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.

Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£10 on the door

It's time for our annual fix of the world-class Liane Carroll. Born in London and raised in Hastings, where she currently lives with her husband, bassist Roger Carey, East Side favourite Liane has been playing the piano since she was three and performing professionally since the age of fifteen. She has toured and recorded with artists such as Gerry Rafferty, Long John Baldry and Paul McCartney. Liane enjoyed success as double winner in the 2005 BBC Jazz Awards and ‘Best female jazz vocalist’ at the first Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards. Liane went on to pick up the 2008 Parliamentary Jazz Award for ‘Musician Of The Year.’ Later that year Liane formed an exciting new collaboration with the acclaimed Scottish jazz pianist Brian Kellock, and in November the pair toured throughout Scotland, at which The Herald declared, "This may well be British jazz's greatest double act." In 2009 Liane and her trio went stateside for the first time and performed to rapturous audiences at Dizzy's Jazz Club at the Lincoln Centre and the Rochester Jazz Festival. “..her elegant vocal improvisations eking new truths from familiar lyrics each time.” - John Lewis, The Guardian (reviewing Liane’s latest album ‘The right to Love’ ).

Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

Our new season opens with debutant Nathaniel Steele, a jazz vibraphone player and drummer based in London. Since his arrival on the scene, he has quickly gained a reputation as a talented musician to watch out for, described by Clark Tracey as "one of the best vibes players this country has ever produced." Principally self-taught, and following in the style of Milt Jackson and Cal Tjader, Nat takes a two mallet approach to improvisation, focusing on melodic interpretation and a great swing feel.

His "Nat Steele Quartet" is regularly featured at the Late, Late show at Ronnie Scott's and as a result he has recently attracted compliments for his playing from the likes of Benny Green, Joe Locke, Jason Marsalis, Harold Mabern and Eric Alexander, has studied with Mike LeDonne and had the good fortune to sit in with both Benny Green and Wynton Marsalis.

In September 2017 he launched his debut album, "Portrait of the Modern Jazz Quartet" on Trio Records, with the launch held at Ronnie Scott’s. "Sheer delight" Peter Vacher (Jazzwise), "Vibrant" - Bruce Lindsay (JazzJournal), "A refreshing treat for the ears" - Rebecca Franks (BBC Music Magazine), "Vital intensity…" - Dave Gelly (The Observer).

Tuesday, 10 July, 2018


8.30 - 11.00pm
£10 on the door

East Side All Star Rhythm & Blues Band

Tonight's band should really raise the roof. With several members of Jools Holland's famed Rhythm & Blues Orchestra plus top session guitarist Dave Ital, Pete Whittaker, a leading exponent of the Hammond organ, former Robert Plant sideman Phil Scragg on bass 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 over 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.

Tuesday, 3 July, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Ed 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.

Tuesday, 26 June, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

Clive Fenner Quintet

Clive is committed to swinging and exciting jazz and likes to bring in influences from his different musical experiences. For around 18 years he has been host and resident drummer at The East Side Jazz Club in east London where he has supported many of the country's 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 Quintet’s latest CD “Get Up!” recorded live in the club with tonight’s line-up, will be available this evening.

Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Saxophonist Pete Wareham is well known for his group Acoustic Ladyland and Seb Rochford's Polar Bear. He is a member of the London based jazz collective F-IRE. Pete graduated from Leeds College of Music in 1997 and later continued to pursue post graduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music. He played tenor and baritone saxophone in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra during 1997-1999. In 2001 he formed Acoustic Ladyland, they went on to win the BBC Jazz Award Best Band in 2005. In July 2011, Wareham announced the band's final performance before re-forming with the same members under the new name Silver Birch.

Tuesday, 12 June, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Chris Biscoe is self taught, starting on alto sax then tenor, soprano, baritone, flute and alto clarinet. He started working with Mike Westbrook in 1979 and has played in many of Mike’s projects. He has also toured and recorded with George Russell, Andy Sheppard, Grand Union, Chris McGregor, Didier Levallet and worked with Hermeto Pascoal, Dewey Redman, Kenny Wheeler and the New York Composers Orchestra. A recent venture for Chris (on baritone & alto clarinet) along with Allison Neale on alto has been a new band 'Two of a Mind'. The band’s debut album on Trio Records, includes some tracks using arrangements from those original recordings, as well as new compositions and arrangements by Chris and Allison. "Exploring afresh the freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations of standard material recorded 50 years ago by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond on Blues in Time and Two of a Mind, this new band promises to evoke the spirit of these classic recordings while giving free reign to the personalities of the five musicians."

Tuesday, 5 June, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

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. Brandon is also busy as a session musician, composer and arranger for commercial music and films. His distinctive sound has been featured on film soundtracks including "Alfie"(2004) and "The Look of Love" (2013). He is currently a professor at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. "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.

Tuesday, 29 May, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

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.

Tuesday, 22 May, 2018


8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door


Saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos was born in Athens and started playing clarinet and piano at 9 years of age. He started on the saxophone at 13, and continued his music studies at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens. In 1999 Vasilis was awarded a jazz scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston MA. By 2002 Vasilis had moved to London and continued his studies under the guidance of Eddie Harvey, Stan Sulzmann, Jimmy Hastings and Pete Cook. Vasilis formed his first Quartet in 2005 and gradually established himself as one of London’s up and coming jazz saxophonists. As a jazz musician he has worked with some of the best musicians in the British jazz scene, such as Jim Mullen, Steve Waterman, Alan Barnes, Derek Nash, Bruce Adams, Martin Shaw, Nigel Price, Ray Gelato and many others. In 2009 he formed his current ensemble “The Xtet" and their debut album “Loud City" containing 8 original compositions was released on 33Jazz Records in 2011 to much critical acclaim.

Tuesday, 15 May, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

"Alan 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.

Tuesday, 8 May, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

Composer, arranger, producer, musical director and saxophonist Jason Yarde writes music that has been described as powerful, spiritual, evocative, rhapsodic, hair-raising and formidable. Jason began playing alto and soprano saxes with the Jazz Warriors at 16, making himthe youngest ever member of this important band. He was nominated for the Bird Award at the 2004 North Sea Jazz Festival and for the Jazz on 3 Innovation Award for the 2005 and 2006 BBC Jazz Awards. "The highlight was Jason Yarde's inspired, beautifully constructed arrangement of Footprints, a famous Wayne Shorter tune from the album Miles Smiles" - John L Walters, The Guardian. "Superlative, original altoist Yarde is first call for visiting jazz royalty such as McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill and Sam Rivers and is also a gifted composer, arranger and producer..” - Time Out.

Tuesday, 1 May, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

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 has been a featured member of Dennis Rollins’ Badbone & Co and has performed with Andrew Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Brown, George Benson and Hugh Masakela.

Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

    His 'n' Hers

His 'n' Hers pits Mr and Mrs O’Higgins against each other apparently in the manner of the movie, Mr & Mrs Smith… In reality this is in the good humoured tradition of the great Johnny Griffin - Eddie Lockjaw Davis group, with some of the best arrangements borrowed from that repertoire, too! Although the two tenors were of different temperaments both musically and emotionally their ideas complemented and enhanced one another.

Judith is a forensic pathologist, saxophonist and author. She was born in Hilden, Germany. She studied medicine and music education in Münster, finished university in Hamburg and became a forensic pathologist. She now lives in London with her husband Dave O'Higgins. Judith produced and played on the critically acclaimed Abstract Truth Big Band recording made under the direction of Jörg Achim Keller at the famous Abbey Road Studio in 2015. She is undoubtedly the best forensic pathologist jazz saxophonist living in London!

Dave’s playing credits include Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Smith, Cleo Laine & John Dankworth, Joey Calderazzo, Joe Locke, Martin Taylor, Jim Mullen, Matt Bianco, Jason Rebello, Clark Tracey Sextet, Peter Gabriel and Jamie Cullum. Dave is twice winner of Best Tenor Sax at the British Jazz Awards. "O’Higgins, well - does he know just how good he is? When it comes to bop of any kind, on either soprano or tenor saxophones, he is, live, one of our few world-class players, capable of holding his own with the Americans" - Sholto Byrnes, The Independent.

Tuesday, 17 April, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

"I bought my first vibraphone at the age of 24 (after a wasted youth being a very bad - not to mention unemployed - rock drummer) and played my first gig at the age of 28. I am completely self taught".  "..in full flight with two mallets in each hand, he gives the world's best vibes players a run for their money" - James Griffiths, Guardian. "After an energetic 30 years on the scene, vibes stalwart Roger Beaujolais’ 19th album is a highly satisfying mix of originals and a few well-chosen classics performed with flair and class. Older readers may recall Beaujolais from his early jump-jive with The Chevalier Brothers and his grooving acid jazz hits. Since the turn of the millennium he has focused on acoustic jazz, and this CD is another chance to join him and revel in some top-notch vibes smoothness." - LondonJazzNews (reviewing Roger's latest CD 'Sunset').

Tuesday, 10 April, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£8 on the door

Tonight 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.

Tuesday, 27 March, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£10 on the door

Omar Puente with the East Side Latin All Stars

Tonight we get in the Cuban groove with our good friend Omar Puente and I defy anyone to sit still for long. The infectious cross rhythms from this authentic combo are guaranteed to get the club cooking. Omar began serious music studies at the age of 8. At 12 he left his family to take up a place at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana. His education was furthered by playing with fellow students and visiting tutors such as Paquito d’Rivera and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1998 he formed the group Raices Cubanas (Cuban Roots). Since arriving in England, Omar has maintained an international profile, playing all over Europe, USA and Africa with such musicians as Tito Puente, Kirsty MacColl, Jools Holland, Courtney Pine and recently Nigel Kennedy 's new, three-electric-violin "Chilling-est Violinists". Omar teaches jazz violin at Leeds College of Music and conducts workshops in schools on the cultural and musical development of Cuba.