Steyning Jazz Club warmly presents EDANA MINGHELLA, a wonderfully sensitive vocalist who brings a programme dedicated to songs and singers that have excited and moved her, and the evening will feature, among others, the songs of Bille Holiday. Performing with an emotional intensity, her singing has been described as faultless, stylish and utterly captivating. EDANA is in constant demand throughout the UK, and has recently performed to sell-out evenings at Ronnie Scott's and Soho Pizza Express. Her musical companions are, as ever, MARK EDWARDS, piano; PETE MAXFIELD, double bass; and LEE GOODALL, alto sax.


This highly acclaimed band with MARLENE HILL, vocals; MAURICE DENNIS, banjo; MEGS ETHERINGTON, trumpet; TONY CARTER, reeds; MARTIN LITTON, piano; GRAHAM COLLICOT, drums; and ALLAN SOKELL, sousaphone, specialises in recreating the jazz and hot dance band music of the 1920s and 1930s with its characteristic drive, wit and allure.


THE PHIL BROWN SEXTET returns to the club with their mainstream style drawing material from a broad spectrum of bands from the 1930s to 1960s. This is a band that performs with an irresistible iridescent animation, Dixieland to swing, with the great standards in their sights. The line up is: PHIL BROWN, trombone and vocals; LESTER BROWN trumpet, flugelhorn and vocals; MARK ASTON, reeds; ANDREW CLANCY, piano; MIKE BENNETT, bass; and DAVID CLANCY, drums.


This fantastic quintet make a welcome return to the club and features, as always, MIKE PIGGOTT on violin, SARA OSCHLAG on vocals, JONNY HEPBIR and JASON HENSON on guitars, and DAN SHEPPARD on bass. The band play an eclectic mix of jazz standards, Gypsy Jazz à la Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grapelli, all blended into snappy exciting arrangements with more than a dash of musical interplay. They are musicians who love playing together, and it shows.


With JAMIE BROWNFIELD on Trumpet and LIAM BYRNE on Tenor Sax, backed by the trio from Brighton’s Smalls Jazz Club:  MARK EDWARDS, piano; PIERS CLARK, guitar; and STEVE THOMPSON, string bass, this is a band inspired by the music of Beiderbecke, Armstrong, Gillespie, Miles, Duke Ellington, Lester Young and other great swing musicians. They approach this hallowed music with an emphasis on quality and a genuine respect for its tradition, keeping a classic repertoire alive and intact for our appreciation and delight.


Backed by his group of top London based musicians TJ plays an extraordinary blend of music that transcends the boundaries of jazz, blues, soul, country and gospel. His distinctive voice and unique personal stage manner always brings both the band and the audience together to create an intimate yet exciting atmosphere that is rarely equalled. Widely considered to be one of the UK’s most charismatic highly revered jazz and blues singers, TJ with his band have toured extensively both in the UK and overseas including many sell-out performances at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s.


With ENRICO TOMASSO trumpet & vocals, GRAHAM HUGHES trombone, TREVOR WHITING alto sax & clarinet, MARTIN LITTON piano, MARTIN WHEATLEY guitar and RICHARD WHITE bass sax, clarinet & vocals. This fabulous band play the classic jazz from of the 20s and 30s reminiscent of BIX BEIDERBECKE and his peers, a band that breathes new life into the golden era of Jazz.


Matt Wates alto sax, Steve Main tenor Sax, Martin Shaw trumpet, Leon Greening piano, Malcolm Creese bass and Matt Home drums. The band has been together now in this format for some twelve years and the combination of two saxes trumpet and rhythm section has become a classic, creating innumerable possibilities for an arranger/composer. Matt endeavours to come up with material that will be fun to play, as well as creating a strong mood that communicates itself well to an audience. In style, the sextet resembles many of the great small bands of the 50s and 60s, such as those of Horace Silver and Art Blakey. Taking inspiration from the past, but trying not to replicate it, the band performs music for which they have the deepest respect.


With Mark Edwards piano, Ben Castle Sax and clarinet, Darren Becket drums and Arnie Somgyi double bass. These four musicians have extensive CV’s in the world of music having recorded and toured internationally with a wide array of artists: Radiohead, Madelaine Peyroux, Katie Melua and Sting to name but a few. Darren Beckett returned to the UK two years ago after a decade living and working in New York, and Ben Castle, now resident in Dublin, makes a visit home to join with this brand new project. The band put their own spin and fresh arrangements on jazz standards, ancient and modern, as well as a few pieces drawn from the outer edges of their eclectic influences and experience.


PETE LETANKA is a professional jazz pianist and composer and an associate of the NATIONAL YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA. He graduated in 1997 with a first class BA (hons) after which he formed the PETE LETANKA TRIO with bassist ANDY HAMIL and drummer WINSTON CLIFFORD. They became very active on the London jazz scene, performing at Ronnie Scott's, the Purcell Room, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. He was signed with Zephyr Records in 2005 who released his debut album Afrostocracy. Since then he has been involved with the Children's Music Workshop and has led projects for the Royal Opera House and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Tonight, the band will be playing a tribute to the inspirational music of Charles Mingus and Abdulla Ibrahim.