April 7th - ‘THE MARK CROOKS QUARTET plays.. JOHNNY MANDEL’
An evening dedicated to the wonderful music of Johnny Mandel, the brilliant composer and arranger. From Oscar winning scores to world famous songs, from orchestrations for Sinatra and Streisand to TV Themes and award-winning songs, Johnny Mandel is a musician’s musician. Expect familiar melodies like Emily, The Shadow of your Smile, Close enough for Love and You are There, as well as some of his lesser known songs. The Quartet, led by MARK CROOKS on clarinet and tenor sax, is joined by GABRIEL LATCHIN piano, DAVE CHAMBERLAIN bass and STEVE BROWN drums.
May 5th - THE JONNY HEPBIR QUARTET
Making a welcome return with this exciting and hugely energetic ensemble featuring MIKE PIGGOTT violin, SARA OSCHLAG vocals, JONNY HEPBIR guitar, JASON HENSON guitar and DAN SHEPHERD bass. Mix up Gypsy swing, Jazz standards and funky Latin with taste, tone and tenacity. Not to be missed!
June 2nd - THE NIGEL THOMAS QUARTET
Some years have passed since Double Bassist and composer, Nigel Thomas recorded his critically acclaimed CD “Yoichi” with his quintet. Since then, he’s been involved with several different projects and has been in demand as sideman for many leading jazz players in the UK. 2015 saw the debut performance of Nigel’s exciting new Quintet - Paul Booth Saxopohones/ Flute/ Bass clarinet, with Mark Edwards piano and Winston Clifford on drums featuring some stunning new original compositions and reworking of the standards.