Tuesday, 30 May, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

"Simon Spillett is the kind of big toned wailing tenor player that I like. The influences of Tubby Hayes and Johnny Griffin are clearly discernible in his sound, harmonic thinking and in his direct no-nonsense determination in getting things swinging. This refreshing attitude is also in evidence in his composing. He has written a whole raft of catchy hard bop tunes which are great launching pads for the soloist and that never fall into the trap of complexity for complexity's sake. A great player" - Alan Barnes. "Those of us who have heard him...have been left blinking in disbelief. It's not just his mastery of the tenor saxophone, phenomenal though that is, but the absolute conviction of his playing that is so impressive" - Dave Gelly, Sunday Observer. "The world's leading Tubbiologist" - Jack Massarik, Jazzwise.

Tuesday, 23 May, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

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.

Tuesday, 16 May, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£8 on the door



Trinity Laban Jazz Ensemble

Formed predominantly but not exclusively of year 1 & 2 undergraduates, the Ensemble is directed by trombonist Malcolm Earle-Smith plus Simon Purcell piano & Clive Fenner drums.
The evening will include a set of swinging standards, originals and vocals by some of the great American writers, including Bill Holman, Bob Brookmeyer and Billy May.

Tuesday, 9 May, 2017

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, 2 May, 2017

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, 25 April, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Born Birmingham 1964, Dave learnt trumpet, drums and piano at school but was self taught on the sax. Dave’s playing credits include Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Cleo Laine & John Dankworth, Martin Taylor, Jim Mullen, Matt Bianco, Jason Rebello, Clark Tracey Sextet, Peter Gabriel and Jamie Cullum. Winner of the 1995 BT British Jazz Awards in the tenor sax and rising star categories. Dave’s most seen and heard career moment (and arguably moment of least artistic merit!)...as the busker in “The Return of Mr Bean”. "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, 4 April, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£8 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.

Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door


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.

Tuesday, 21 March, 2017

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, 14 March, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

Nathaniel Facey Quartet

Nathaniel is of course a founding member of the award winning and widely acclaimed band Empirical. His fellow band members tonight have a similar association. Born in London to Jamaican parents, Nathaniel cites his influences as Charlie Parker, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman. He began his music studies at the age of 14 with a degree from London's Royal Academy of Music and has distinguished himself as a creative composer and lyrical performer with a massive future. As well as working with such names as Jason Moran, Jack DeJohnette, Hugh Masekela, Courtney Pine and Julian Joseph.

Tuesday, 7 March, 2017

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 saxes) along with Allison Neale on alto has been a new band 'Two of a Mind' “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, 28 February, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

“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.

Tuesday, 21 February, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

Chris Batchelor, trumpeter and composer, gained his first professional experience with Dudu Pukwana's Zila aged 17, at the suggestion of Harry Beckett. He subsequently became a founder member, composer and soloist with Loose Tubes, contributing many pieces to the repertoire of the band from 1984-1990. He was also very active at this time as a member of legendary world music trailblazers 3 Mustaphas 3, as well as enjoying a varied diet of gigs with Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath, Congolese soukous band Taxi Pata Pata and Ashley Slater's Microgroove. As a sideman, Chris has appeared alongside many international stars, including Michael Brecker, Sam Rivers, Hermeto Pascoal, John Taylor and the Jazz Passengers with Deborah Harry.
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.

Tuesday, 14 February, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£10 on the door


John Altman Big Band

  • soprano sax, baritone sax & arrangements: John Altman
  • trumpets: Sid Gauld, Noel Langley, Ryan Quigley & Steve Waterman
  • trombones: Owen Dawson, Trevor Mires, Sarah Williams & Ray Wordsworth
  • reeds: Mike Coates, Frank Griffith, Jimmy Hastings, George Millard & Bob Sydor
  • tuba: Graham Read
  • guitar: Rob Luft
  • piano: Jim Watson
  • bass: Joe Boyle
  • drums: Pete Cater
In early 1985 John Altman was asked to arrange an obscure Billie Holiday song for the young pop star Alison Moyet. It was her parents' favourite record and she'd grown up singing it. It was duly recorded as an album track, but then issued as a single and shot to the top of the charts within a week of release. Coincidentally at the same time John had to have a minor operation that put him at home for six weeks. He decided to use the time by creating a big band library for a one off gig at his local jazz club. Over thirty years later he's at his local jazz club playing a one off gig with the big band! Members of the original band will be here tonight with John plus an astounding roster of the top UK jazz musicians for the 31st anniversary concert of the band that the Daily Telegraph called “the best big band in Europe”. 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 all the previous sold out performances at the East Side. John's long playing career has seen him perform with jazz giants Al Cohn, Jimmy Heath, Chet Baker, Bud Freeman and Joe Newman to name but a few.

Tuesday, 7 February, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Tim Whitehead was born in Liverpool, the son of one of the original writers of Dennis the Menace in the Beano. His first public performance was as solo clarinettist in his school orchestra’s rendition of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, conducted by his fellow pupil, the now knighted, Sir Simon Rattle. From this promising musical beginning, Tim decided to follow a career in Law, but was pulled back to music, and more specifically jazz, soon after qualifying. In the 70s he toured with Ian Carr’s Nucleus and Graham Collier Music and won the Young Jazz Musicians of the Year Award with his own band South of the Border in 1977. In the 80’s he was a member of the big band Loose Tubes. In 2009 Tim was the first ever musician Artist in Residence at Tate Britain, to research and compose music in response to the work of JMW Turner. During the residency he wrote 'Colour Beginnings' which was performed at Tate Britain in November 2009 following a series of lecture demonstrations in October.

Tuesday, 31 January, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Born in Derby 1970, guitarist Phil Robson had already enjoyed an exciting career from the age of 14 onwards playing in his home town with such visiting musicians as John Etheridge and Bheki Msleku as well as with his clarinettist father, Trevor Robson. Moving to London at the age of 18, he attended the Guildhall School of Music being one of the youngest students ever to do the post graduate jazz course at that time. Phil’s work credits include Big Jon Patton, Charles Earland, Billy Hart, James Genus, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Mike Gibbs, Tim Garland, Django Bates, Bobby Wellins and he co leads the acclaimed group ‘Partisans’ with Julian Siegel. "One of the crop of UK guitarists who combine the technical expertise of classic beboppers such as Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell with the bite and muscle of a post-funk generation raised on Hendrix, Scofield and Metheny" - John Fordham, The Guardian.

Tuesday, 24 January, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 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, 17 January, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

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.

Tuesday, 10 January, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

John Horler is a highly respected pianist and composer who has earned a formidable reputation on the British jazz scene over many years. His credentials as a musician are as impeccable as they are diverse. The route to success was through pub gigs and appearances on BBC’s Jazz Club, funded by work as a successful session musician. As his reputation grew he found himself increasingly supporting American jazz stars such as Bob Brookmeyer, Clark Terry, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Art Farmer, Pepper Adams, Bud Shank, and Shorty Rodgers. One of the most memorable of these events was working with Chet Baker for a week at The Canteen in Great Queen Street. He worked closely with Pete King, Tommy Whittle, Tony Coe and the late great Ronnie Ross for many years, playing regularly in their groups and recording with them. For over twenty years he was first pianist to Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine. Martin Shaw 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, 3 January, 2017

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.