The last jazz club before New York

All gigs: doors open 7.30pm, live music from 8.30 to 11-ish.
Bar snacks and light meals available until 8.15.

The lower prices are for St Ives Jazz Club members, MU members and Western Hotel residents.
Full Time Students and under 18s get in for £5.

Programme may be subject to change etc ... please call 01736 796082 to make sure.

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Tues 24th April £13/£8/£5

Alex Hitchcock Quintet


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Alex Hitchcock – tenor saxophone
James Copus – trumpet, flugelhorn
Will Barry – piano
Joe Downard – bass
Jay Davis – drums

Saxophonist Alex Hitchcock (‘a fantastic talent' – Helen Mayhew, JazzFM) leads a powerhouse quintet that combines a compelling, adventurous ear for melody with virtuosic improvising. Highlights from the past year include performances at Love Supreme Festival, the Royal Albert Hall, Jazz in the Round, the London Jazz Festival and Pizza Express Jazz Club, as well as a tour of Hungary and Poland and radio play on BBC Radio 3 and JazzFM. ​The quintet features five of the most creative rising stars of the UK's jazz scene, who have already made their mark as sidemen with an impressive list of jazz luminaries ranging from Jasper Høiby through Chris Potter to Elliot Galvin. Glassy saxophone and trumpet unison blends with rhythmic fireworks created between piano and drums, alternating angularity and muted warmth. Influences range from the explosive energy of Kneebody and the complexity and nuance of Ambrose Akinmusire to European trailblazers Phronesis and Django Bates.

'If I suggest that it reminded me of Miles Davis’s classic quintet with Wayne Shorter, that will give you some idea of the impact it had on me. It’s tightly disciplined, in the best sense of the word, with the front-line of Hitchcock and Copus playing as one, but with a sense of space that allows soloists to explore the themes in any direction they choose’ –

Tues 1st May £13/£8/£5


Greg Sterland Saxes
Dan Messore Guitar
Aidan Thorne Bass
Mark O Connor Drums

'Progressive Jazz at its best'

Duski began life as a small three piece jazz group. Years went by and more musicians joined and slowly the jazz styles disappeared and heavy jams and collective improvising took its place. The piano morphed into different synthesisers and tape loops and the double bass cracked open to reveal its electric counter part. Standard chord progression melted away to reveal the dark minimalist progressive rock band. One of the major influences in the writing and improvisation within the band is the work of David Lynch. Frightening and strange sights from Twin Peaks and the gritty confusion of Lost Highway mix together for improvisational moments within the band. Duski can be heard performing music by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti on tours. Last tour saw the band experiment with the bitter-sweet free ballad ‘Laura Palmer Theme’. The band features Paul Jones (Sweet Baboo, Zervas and Pepper) Greg Sterland (Lore) Dan Messore (Indigo Kid, Michelson Morley) Aidan Thorne (Slowly Rolling Camera, Julie Murphy) and Mark O Connor (Burum, Khamira) Duski has toured the UK twice, appeared at Green Man Festival, Swansea Jazz Festival and will be touring in the autumn of this year to launch their debut album including a performance at Swn Festival. The Simple Songs Tour in June 2016 was a critical success seeing Duski performing to more progressive music fans.

“A contemporary group playing fresh, original music that deserves to be seen and heard” Ian Mann www.cambrianrecords.comFormed in 2011 and Initially inspired by the music of

“blurring the lines of Jazz and more experimental rock” Tim Hall

“Progressive Jazz at its best” Aberjazz

Tues 8th May £13/£8/£5
Tori Freestone Alcyona Mick


with special guest

Brigitte Beraha

Tori Freestone Sax / Flute
Alcyona Mick Piano
Brigitte Bereha Vocals

Tori and Alcyona formed their Duo in 2015 playing Monk tunes on a project in the Canary islands, and were given their first platform at Manchester Jazz Festival in 2015. In the duo setting Alcyona and Tori have a very spontaneous, interactive approach to playing, and like to follow whatever direction the music takes them in on the day, using the space to take risks and have fun, as well as explore the more quiet tender moments that are created. The two share a large range of musical influences that fall not only within the jazz genre, including Brazilian music, English folk, Latin, Arabic, free playing, Monk and more, and the aim is to take the audience on an engaging journey through this sound world. Their debut duo album includes the exciting and experimental vocalist Brigitte Beraha who uses her voice as an instrument and fits in perfectly with their sound. Brigitte agreed to join them as a special guest on their debut album recording in Udine, Italy after performing with them on a concert in London shortly before. The three have known each other for years, working together on the London scene in many different ensembles including the London Jazz orchestra. The duo are embarking on an Arts Council funded UK tour in the Spring 2018, coinciding with the release of their album 'Criss Cross' in March 2018 on transatlantic label Whirlwind recordings. They will also be performing in Germany, Italy and Slovenia. Past performances have included features at Manchester, Marsden, and Lancaster Jazz festivals, the Vortex, Museo del Grifo in Lanzarote Spain). The album features original material, apart from 'Criss Cross' which was written by Thelonious Monk, in the spirit of the origins of this project.

Tues 15th May £13/£8/£5
Andre Canniere


Andre Canniere - trumpet
Rick Simpson - piano
Tori Freestone - Sax / flute
Tom Farmer - bass
Andrew Bain - drums
Brigitte Bereha - vocals

Andre Canniere is an acclaimed trumpet player, composer and educator currently based in London. Originally from rural Pennsylvania (USA), Canniere spent the first five years of his career in New York City where he worked with artists such as Maria Schneider, Becca Stevens, Donny McCaslin, Kate McGarry, Ingrid Jensen and Darcy James Argue. He has toured widely throughout the United States and Europe with performances at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Barbican, Birdland, the London Jazz Festival, The Hague Jazz Festival and the Rochester International Jazz Festival. Since his arrival in the UK, Canniere’s profile has been steadily rising, both as a solo artist and a collaborator. In 2012 Canniere released his critically acclaimed debut Forward Space on Whirlwind Recordings (“the new label of the moment” – BBC Radio 2) which Jazzwise Magazine hailed as “one of the best recordings in a long time” and listed as one of their ‘Best Albums of 2012’. The following year Canniere released Coalescence, his second Whirlwind album which was equally lauded by the press and firmly established Canniere as “one of the most compelling artists on the current London jazz scene” (The Scotsman). In 2016, Canniere released his third album The Darkening Blue on Whirlwind featuring the “imposingly original” (Guardian) saxophonist Tori Freestone, pianist Ivo Neame (of Phronesis fame), “virtuostic and emphatic” (Guardian) bassist Michael Janisch, US drummer Ted Poor (Bill Frisell, Cuong Vu, Ben Monder) and the “subtlety and precision” (Guardian) of guest vocalist Brigitte Beraha. As a composer, Canniere has been described as an “imaginative newcomer” whose music is “audaciously crafted” and “shows glimpses of an unusual fluency and freedom within the context of a dense and rhythmically intricate contemporary-jazz sound” (Guardian). Jazzwise Magazine states that “Canniere’s compositions contrast breezy folky jazz elements with a darker harmonic language that draws from Radiohead and a rawer rock-ish groove-based approach straight out of the New York alt jazz scene”. Canniere’s music has been played on radio stations across the world including BBC Radio 2 and Radio 3 (UK), RTE Lyric fm (Ireland), Radio Cardiff (Wales) and Radio Bremen (Germany). In addition to his work as a bandleader and composer, Canniere maintains an active career as a sideman and session musician. He holds the trumpet chair in several London based bands including Henrik Jensen’s Followed By Thirteen, Dee Byrne’s Entropi and the Overground Collective and has collaborated with many of the UK’s most celebrated jazz musicians including Michael Janisch, Jasper Hoiby, Ivo Neame, Jim Hart, James Maddren, Alex Garnett and Alice Zawadzki. Canniere is equally at home outside the usual jazz circuit, having appeared on Britain’s Got Talent and with well-known acts such as Augustines and Stooshe. Canniere is highly passionate about music education and has led workshops and masterclasses at universities and schools throughout the United States and Europe. Andre is currently the Head of Jazz at the Highgate School and teaches jazz at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in London.

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