Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£8 on the door

"If John Etheridge weren’t so brilliant he might be more famous. His versatility is confusing. What other guitarist could have begun his career as a member of Soft Machine and the Stephan Grappelli Quintet?" - Dave Gelly, Observer. John left Grappelli’s group in the early 80s. For the last twenty five years he has pursued a career involving associations with many of the great players - he has appeared with: Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Pat Metheny and Nigel Kennedy. "I never wanted to be a star, just a highly respected musician like John Etheridge" - Sting, The Guardian. "One of the best guitarists in the world" - Pat Metheny.
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, 5 December, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Familiar to us all as the accomplished leader of his astonishing big band, as well as a prolific composer for the movies, television and commercials, tonight John Altman lays down his baton to front a small group. An Emmy and BAFTA winning composer, John began his musical journey at age 3 with Judy Garland at the London Palladium. Commencing his recording and live career as an in-demand saxophonist in the late 60s he has performed with many of the major figures in music over the last few decades including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Muddy Waters, Nick Drake, Eric Clapton, Sting, Phil Collins, Jimmy Page, Little Richard and Van Morrison, also jazz giants Al Cohn, Jimmy Heath, Chet Baker, Bud Freeman and Joe Newman.

Tuesday, 28 November, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

Leo Richardson is the son of veteran jazz bassist Jim Richardson and a former student of Trinity College of Music where he achieved a a 1st class degree with honours in Jazz Performance. "Tenor saxophonist Leo Richardson has been raising eyebrows around the scene for some time now, notably in the Late Late Show at Ronnie Scott’s, but biding his time about making his first album. I’ve just played it twice, end to end, and I can’t remember hearing a more impressive debut. The energy of it is quite ferocious at times, but all under control and technically perfect." Dave Gelly - The Observer. "I have known Leo Richardson for several years and in my view he is destined to become one of the finest jazz tenor saxophone players this country has produced. He has a rare natural talent" - Alan Skidmore.

Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

Born 1964 in the Midlands to Jamaican parents and raised in South Yorkshire, Dennis Rollins cut his teeth at the age of 14 performing with the Doncaster Youth Jazz Assoc. He moved to London and began playing with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the legendary all-black big band Jazz Warriors. A charismatic and energetic musician, composer and educator, well known on the British and international jazz scene, and celebrated for his versatility and unique approach to the underrated trombone. "..a groove-based brassman who seamlessly combines fluid improvising with the ability to kick the pulse of a band as irresistibly as a drummer"  - The Guardian.
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’.

Tuesday, 14 November, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

Peter Jones is an experienced and versatile jazz singer who has played all over London and the south east with some of the UK’s finest musicians. His three albums to date have received rave reviews. A talented lyricist, Peter has added words to some jazz classics that didn’t previously have any. Recently he has been working with the Mü Orchestra to develop jazz renditions of classic tunes by Steely Dan and Donald Fagen. "..atmospheric and superbly-executed collection of late-night vibes and sentiments.. the level of creativity and skill on offer makes this a valuable and important collection for anyone remotely interested in contemporary jazz singing and song writing" - Mark McKergow, LondonJazzNews reviewing Peter's latest CD 'Under The Setting Sun'.

Tuesday, 7 November, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

"Theo Travis has played on more than 100 albums since 1993. He has an attractive Michael Breckerish sound on uptempo tenor sax, a Stan Getz-to-Andy Sheppard feel on ballads and soft Latin themes, and a poignant ambient tone on flute - with the latter expanded by electronics and echo. Sometimes it's hard to banish the sound of John Thomson purring "n-i-i-i-c-e" from The Fast Show's Jazz Club under these softly throbbing grooves" - John Fordham of The Guardian reviewing Theo's 2 CD compilation "An Anthology".
Glasgow born Jim Mullen is possibly best known for his long association with the legendary sax player Dick Morrisey. Their popular group Morrisey Mullen was at the forefront of the jazz-funk movement in the UK, producing seven albums. Jim has also gained acclaim backing vocalist Claire Martin on three albums. As a sideman he has been in demand by visiting U.S. stars like Gene Harris, Mose Allison, Jimmy Smith, Percy Sledge, Plas Johnson, Jimmy Witherspoon and Terry Callier.  A dynamic and forceful player, his deep affinity with the blues gives his music a quality of earthy excitement.

Tuesday, 31 October, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

"The tall, shaven-headed Damon Brown is a well-known figure in Europe, his trumpet and long-gauge flugelhorn a well-known and welcome sound in Paris, Barcelona and other jazz-friendly cities for years. Only back home in London is he taken for granted, a curious and regrettable state of affairs. On a good night he is one of the world's finest players, and last night was such a one. Fluent, impassioned and technically superb - unlike most of his rivals.. Damon never splits a note - he produced a series of swinging and shapely solos that had the crowded venue in the palm of his hand." - Jack Massarik, London Evening Standard.

Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 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. Pete Hurt has quietly been part of the London jazz scene for almost four decades and has developed one of the most uniquely distinguishable sounds and styles. Apart from his great saxophone playing he has also been recognised for his compositional and arranging skills.

Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

The most recent album from Denys Baptiste, 'The Late Train' is a reimagining and reworking of ten carefully chosen composition from John Coltrane’s late music (from 1963 - 1967) with a fresh and modern new interpretation, The Late Trane perfectly balances Denys Baptiste’s unique artistic vision with the visceral emotions and cosmic references that encompasses Coltrane’s late music.
"With Late Trane, Denys Baptiste has achieved something special and important. He has opened another rare window onto one of the greatest moments in jazz history. He’s made a beautiful and welcoming record that I’m sure will guide others towards those late 60s Impulse masterworks. Denys has once again taken his time. But it’s been worth the wait" - Jez Nelson.

Tuesday, 10 October, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Tonight, our annual welcome back to tenor ace Benn Clatworthy, grandson of the famous theatre and revue artist, Gertrude Lawrence. Raised in London he has been a resident of Los Angeles since 1980. As a teenager Benn took sax lessons from Ronnie Scott who recommended him to Berklee College, Boston. Benn’s distinctive, muscular saxophone and flute feature in his unique arrangements of standards from Cole Porter to Marvin Gaye, John Coltrane to the Beatles. His work credits include such notables as Cedar Walton, Lionel Hampton and Jimmy Cleveland. Benn has released eleven CDs to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.

Tuesday, 3 October, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Steve Waterman 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 8 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. 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.

Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

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, 19 September, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

We open our new season with a classic Quentin Collins five piece. Always popular, Quentin, 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 Fred Wesley, Gregory Porter, 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 he tours extensively. Quentin's most recent CD “Beauty in Quiet Places” where he pairs with sax player Brandon Allen as QCBA, attracted rave reviews. "A Trumpeter whose style is a sizzling update of the Morgan/Hubbard approach" - MOJO.

Tuesday, 11 July, 2017




8.30 - 11.00pm
£10 on the door

East Side All Star Rhythm & Blues Band

Tonight's band should really raise the roof. Winston Rollins, Chris Storr and bandleader Derek Nash, are all members of Jools Holland's famed Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Dave Ital's a top session guitarist and then some. 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.

Tuesday, 4 July, 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.
Unfortunately, our original billing Peter King is unwell. We wish Peter a swift recovery.

Tuesday, 27 June, 2017


8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

Simon won the Daily Telegraph Jazz Musician of the year at the tender age of 16. He was lead alto in the Pendulum Jazz Orchestra, before moving to London in 1998, playing tenor and alto in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and leading his own quartet. Simon studied at the London College of Music and then at the Royal Academy. He has appeared with Colin Towns' Mask Orchestra, for the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Matthew Herbert Big Band, the BBC Big Band, Clark Tracey's Quintet and the late Stan Tracey’s various groups. Other musicians he's worked with include Kenny Wheeler, Iain Ballamy, Django Bates, Wynton Marsalis, Alan Barnes, Art Themen, Don Weller, Julian Joseph, Jim Mullen and Tina May. “He knows how to produce a luminous, floating tone on alto sax, has an impressive technique, and constructs his solos with maturity and confidence” - Sholto Byrnes, The Independent. 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, 20 June, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

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. 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. It was described by Straight No Chaser magazine as "..a future classic because it really captures all that is best about British jazz.."

Tuesday, 13 June, 2017

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, 6 June, 2017


8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

Clive Fenner Quartet + special guest Jim Watson

Clive is committed to swinging and exciting jazz and likes to bring in influences from his different musical experiences. For around 15 years he has been 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 Quartet’s first CD, recorded live in the club and aptly named "Get It!" will be available this evening.