Jo FOOKS is a saxophonist whose mellow tone is often compared to Stan Getz and Zoot Sims. She won the 'Young Scottish Musician of the Year' and went on to study at the Guildhall in London and the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston. After recording her debut album ‘Here and Now!’ she was recruited by the late Humphrey Lyttelton into his eight-piece band. Her band line up will be: Andy Panayi, reeds; Mark Edwards, piano; paul Morgan, bass; and Buster Birch, drums. With Jo's many influences, including:  Illinois Jacquet, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans, be ready to enjoy a compelling evening.

 

Local pianist Peter Godfrey, having played with numerous well known British and American musicians, plays the Steinway this evening, accompanying the well-known ANDY WOON, on cornet and trumpet, and TONY CARTER on reeds, best known for his work with the Big Chris Barber Band. Bassist, PAUL WHITTEN, completes the rhythm section together with drummer, JOHN MUXLOW, who along with Peter, Andy and Tony, has played with The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra. This is an exciting line-up promising much swing and rhythm from the 1930s to the 1950s.

 

In the words of the New York Jazz Times, Mike Piggott is one of the best swing fiddle players anywhere. His confident style, based on Stephane Grappelli, with aspects of Eddie South and Stuff Smith, mixes into what emerges as a very personal means of expression. With Nils Solberg, guitar & vocals; Peter Morgan, double bass; and Rod Brown, drums, with their eclectic mix of jazz standards and Gypsy Jazz, à la Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli, this band produces enthrallingly outstanding performances. Mike Piggott's lilting glissando violin is a thrilling experience, magically recreating the quintessence of many Hot Club de Paris numbers.

 

With his first album recording as band leader, Gaz Hughes’ 2020 tour features the music of the great Art Blakey, together with timeless and much-loved tracks by composers such as Bobby Watson, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and Curtis Fuller. His band line-up is comprised of today’s finest, with Alan Barnes, alto & baritone sax; Bruce Adams, trumpet; Dean Masser, tenor sax; Andrzej Baranek, piano; Ed Harrison, bass; and Gaz Hughes, drums.

Jo Fooks, is a saxophonist whose mellow tone is often compared to Stan Getz and Zoot Sims. She won the 'Young Scottish Musician of the Year' and went on to study at the Guildhall in London and the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston. After recording her debut album ‘Here and Now!’ she was recruited by the late Humphrey Lyttelton into his eight-piece band. Her band line up will be: Andy Panayi, reeds; Mark Edwards, piano; Steve Thompson, bass; and Buster Birch, drums. With Jo's many influences, including:  Illinois Jacquet, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans. Be ready to enjoy a compelling evening.

Much travelled and recently returning from two tours to Australia and a memorable one to California, Martin Bennett’s experience is incalculable. For many years an outstanding trombonist, he now leads from the keyboard, keeping his renowned vocals as part of the programme. The Old Green River Band’s line-up will be:  Martin Bennett, piano/vocals; John Finch, trombone; Stan Williams, trumpet; Howard Murray, reeds; Howard Worthington, bass; and Bill Buck, drums,  a mix of old heads and young blood, but with the shared intention of playing top class music with integrity and passion.

Steyning Jazz Club welcomes the Andy Dickens’ Quintet, with their excitingly vibrant and lyrical 30/40s jazz. ANDY on trumpet, flugelhorn and vocals, brings together Tim Huskisson, piano; Al Nicholls, tenor sax; Manuel Álvarez, double bass; and ROD BROWN on drums and hand-beats. This hand-picked quintessential quintet has a wry presentation style and a range of irresistible jazz from the carnival trumpet and dancing street-beat of Dr John’s New Orleans, through to the driving swing of Clark Terry and Oscar Peterson. This is a band that is as entertaining as it gets, promising an evening of fine music and wholesome good humour.

The outstanding vibraphonist Nat Steele performs a swinging take on the famous MJQ (Modern Jazz Quartet). With special guest, top New York saxophonist, Grant Stewart, the band features tracks made famous by saxophonist Sonny Rollins, whilst recording with the original MJQ in 1956. Joining them will be the young pianist Gabriel Latchin, who’s recently released his own debut album to critical acclaim; Italian bassist, Dario dI Lecce, a recent arrival on the UK jazz scene, and the ever-swinging Steve Brown on drums. Expect lots of swing, mixed with a scintillating soupçon of classical influences.

World-renowned jazz clarinettist Adrian Cox and his quartet will present music from their brand new album ‘Now Is Spring’, with music written by Adrian and long-time collaborator, pianist Joe Webb.  The album draws on Adrian’s influences of New Orleans, blues and swing music, the tunes crafted with the soul and passion of those beyond their years, creating a timeless set of beautiful melodies. The band line-up remains: JOE WEBB, piano; SIMON READ, double bass; GETHIN JONES, drums and ADRIAN on clarinet and vocals. The band have toured extensively during the past two years presenting their tribute to jazz clarinet legend Edmond Hall, with shows across Europe and at Dizzy’s Club (New York). Their accompanying album ‘Profoundly Blue’ is currently nominated in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2019 (Best Jazz Album).

This January meeting opens our new 2020 season and is our membership renewal evening. Doors open at 7.00pm, so join us in a glass of fine wine and renew your membership for the coming year: annual membership is £10.


Pianist Leon Greening, whose fluently assured hard-swinging style epitomises the best on the contemporary UK Jazz scene, is accompanied by ALEX GARNETT, one of the UK’s leading alto and tenor players, DAVE CHAMBERLAIN double bass, with his renowned driving swing, and MATT SKELTON drums, whose wide ranging career has taken him from Ronnie Scott’s with Cleo Laine to playing with Alan Barnes, Damon Brown and the Pasadena Roof Orchestra. These four of the finest musicians are in constant  demand and we are  delighted to have them playing for us here at Steyning.