Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£8 on the door


A vibrant and charismatic performer on all 4 saxes from soprano to baritone, Derek Nash 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 and the late Spike Robinson with whom he recorded an award winning CD 'Young Lions Old Tigers'.
“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 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.

Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

Born 1964 in the Midlands to Jamaican parents and raised in South Yorkshire, Dennis 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. Dennis' group Badbone & Co walked off with the BBC's Jazz Award for Best Band 2006 and a year later Dennis achieved the British Jazz Award  in the trombone category. "..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.

Tuesday, 4 December, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£8 on the door


Steve Rubie has run the 606 Jazz Club since 1976.. "I first set foot in the 606 Club in the late 60’s after a gig with my friend, singer/guitarist Dave Lipson.. Situated at 606 Kings Road it was a unique venue which boasted 7 tables and a log fire, the only heating during the winter months. I was then still at school, although already playing venues, and it was a year later when I started at University in London that I became a regular visitor to the Club. Whilst the rest of my friends were going to parties every weekend, I was off to do gigs.. Jonathan Gee has worked with many of the country's leading jazz musicians, including Steve Williamson and Tim Whitehead, vocalists Christine Tobin and Cleveland Watkiss, and poet Lemn Sissay. From the USA he has appeared with Pharoah Sanders, David Murray, Benny Golson, Jean Toussaint, Art Farmer, Mark Murphy, James Spaulding and Ted Curson. He is a founder member of the Monk Liberation Front, dedicated to the study and performance of the work of pianist/composer Thelonious Monk. “The impeccably-dressed pianist Jonathan Gee sent flurries of notes tumbling over the tune's ever-shifting, churning brew of chords in a prodigious display of technical brilliance" Jack Losh - Jazz Times.

Tuesday, 27 November, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£8 on the door

Our original booking for this Tuesday, Christian Brewer, is now unavailable for health reasons. We send Christian our best wishes and will no doubt see him at a later date. Instead, it is our good fortune to be able to present sax giant Steve Wiliamson alongside a very strong rhythm section. We are indebted to Steve for answering our SOS at such short notice.

Born in west London to Jamaican parents, Steve Williamson began playing saxophone at the age of 16 and started his career playing in reggae bands, including Misty in Roots. In 1984 and 1985 he studied at London's Guildhall School of Music. Williamson was a member of the noted collective of British-born black jazz musicians who came together as the Jazz Warriors in the mid-1980s. At the Nelson Mandela 70th birthday open-air festival in 1988 Williamson played alongside Courtney Pine in Wembley Stadium and afterwards was a constant presence at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. He was member of Louis Moholo's Viva La Black (1988) and of Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath (1990). During the 1990s he led his own band and appeared in projects of Iain Ballamy, Maceo Parker, Bheki Mseleku, US3, and Graham Haynes. In 1990 Williamson released his first album A Waltz for Grace with Verve, featuring vocalist Abbey Lincoln. In 1992 he released his second album, Rhyme Time, followed by Journey to Truth in 1994, featuring Cassandra Wilson - Wikipeadia. "Around the time of ‘A Waltz For Grace’ I was doing around three hundred and seventy-five gigs a year! I’ve still got lists of stuff I was doing, and it was literally like, "Do this! Be here! Be that!’ It had to be just so." - Steve Williamson.

Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 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, 13 November, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 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, 6 November, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 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, 30 October, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 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, 23 October, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 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, 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.