The last jazz club before New York

We do not do advance ticket sales, everything is on the door on the night.

All gigs: doors open 7.30pm, live music from 8.30 to 11-ish.

Bar snacks and light meals available until 8.15.
Breaking News, we now accept credit card payments, no more looking for the elusive St Ives ATM
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 795277 to make sure.

To download your copy of our new Summer programme click here !


Tues 21st May £13/£8/£5
Alaias

ALAIAS

ALAIAS MUSIC FOR AN IMAGINARY SURF FILM

(for the uninitiated amongst us, an "ALAIAS" is a type of surfboard!!

Dan Messore (guitar)
Dan Moore (organ and synths)
Matt Brown (drums and percussion)

Born of a love of both surfing and improvisation. Inspired by the great surf movie soundtracks across the eras. From groovy 60s’ organ to synth drenched audio adventures. Alaias’ all original material will conjure the waves in your mind and evoke the free spirit in you. With elements of post-rock, punk-jazz, ambient, psyche and electronic music. Music from the realm of experimentation that belongs to the sea.

“Messore is a gifted and accessible composer, and a sophisticated guitar soloist whose jazz roots go deep” – John Fordham, The Gaurdian


Tues 28th May £13/£8/£5
Bill

JOHN HORLER plays BILL EVANS

A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF BILL EVANS

John Horler - Piano
Ron Phelan - Bass
Ronnie Jones - Drums

Critically acclaimed pianist and stalwart of the British jazz scene, John Horler presents a special evening celebrating the music of Bill Evans.

Pianist for Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine for 20 years, John has performed with jazz legends including Art Farmer, Chet Baker, Zoot Sims, Maynard Ferguson, Tony Coe, Ronnie Ross, Pete King, Kenny Wheeler and Tommy Whittle.

But John says it is the playing of Bill Evans which has been a lifelong stimulus; “Embracing the music of European composers Debussy, Ravel and even Brahms, which he welded into his own very special jazz language… Even today he is still the most influential figure in my playing… in an inspirational way…"

Supported by a well regarded West Country based rhythm section, this is a priceless opportunity to see one of Britain's most acclaimed jazz pianists playing the music he loves.

Jazz has been at the centre of my life since I was a child. For me music, and especially jazz, is about togetherness, about individual input being merged with others to make a whole piece of music.

The other big influence must be Chick Corea, with his incredible variety of music over the years and of course his amazing playing. Also Miles Davies whose work has such a powerful emotional impact. Both these musicians had the ability to bring together other fine players and create exceptional groups, producing music of the highest quality.

I think of myself as modern, in the sense that modern means "now”. My compositions (though not in a classical form of course) are influenced quite strongly by twentieth century classical composers, also called Modern - Berg, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and more recently Richard Strauss.

"Jazz and classical idioms live happily side by side in the benign and often surprising world of pianist and composer John Horler. It’s best not to try second-guessing him, just wait and enjoy what emerges." "Horler does what only the very best can do: he creates a version that is completely his own while also conveying the essence of the original." From Dave Gelly‘s review of John’s latest album “ Free and Easy”. 15th Jul 2018


Tues 4th June £13/£8/£5
Alex Hitchcock

ALEX HITCHCOCK QUINTET

Alex Hitchcock (saxophone)
James Copus (trumpet/flugelhorn) Will Barry (piano)
Joe Downard (bass)
Jay Davis (drums)

A powerhouse quintet that combines a compelling, adventurous ear for melody with virtuosic improvising. The band's increasingly burgeoning reputation on the international jazz stage was confirmed by first place at the Conad Jazz Contest at the 2018 Umbria Jazz Festival.

In a breakthrough year in 2018, a 15-date nationwide tour of their acclaimed debut EP was followed by a sold-out launch at Pizza Express Jazz Club in London and performances at Ronnie Scott's and Love Supreme Festival. Critic John Fordham called the EP 'an impressive calling card for a band with a bright future'. ​

Other highlights from the past year include performances at the London and Cambridge Jazz Festivals, the Royal Albert Hall and Jazz in the Round, as well as touring to Spain, Hungary and Poland and features on BBC Radio 3, JazzFM and Hungarian television. ​

'...[at Love Supreme 2018] they dazzled with a display of collective virtuosity, demonstrating that challenging acoustic jazz can hold its own, and retain the crowds’Jazzwise

'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’ – thejazzman.com

'I really, really enjoyed this’ – Soweto Kinch,

'A young band on the way up’Jazz Journal

'Alex Hitchcock's saxophone... spilling across the soundscape in streams of wild and unpredictable colour'The 405 Music and Culture Magazine


Tues 11th June £13/£8/£5
Azhaar

AZHAAR and GLOBAL WAVE

Azhaar Saffar (vln/vo),
   Jim Blomfield Piano
Guillaume Ottaviani Bass,
Pedro Alves Percussion 
Paolo Adamo Drums

Azhaar made her reputation fronting and co-writing for the popular Brazilian jazz group Sirius B. Their album, 'Posto Nove' , (Freestyle Records)was playlisted at no 1 on Jazz FM and in the Japanese Brazilian charts (released on P-vine)... she later released the album 'Out There' on 33 Records, launched at Londons 606 Club

She has performed all over Europe, including international festival as such as Montreux , Mai Jazz, Brecon and Glastonbury.

After an absence travelling and touring South America, Azhaar returned to the UK to give birth to her new album and project Global Wave. A continuation of the world jazz fusion experience of Sirius B. But throwing a wider net to embrace Latin, Brazilian , African, Arabic and Funk.

After a successful corwdfunding campaign ‘Original Love’- was finally released in May 2018. A warm welcome on the airwaves had several tracks from this album played regularly on radio in the UK and worldwide for several months after the release!

The present line up is: Azhaar vocals/violin; Jim Blomfield, keyboards; Guillaume Ottaviani bass; Ivan Moreno Percussion; Paolo Adamo drums..”


Tues 18th June £13/£8/£5
Joy Ellis

JOY ELLIS QUARTET

Joy Ellis - piano & voice
  Billy Adamson - guitar
  Henrik Jensen - double bass
  Adam Osmianski - drums
 

Joy Ellis is a pianist, singer and composer based in London. Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama she has toured all over the world playing jazz. Past gig highlights include Ronnie Scott’s, the Jazz Café and the Barbican Pit Theatre in London, the London Jazz Festival, the Cork Jazz Festival and No Black Tie Jazz Club in Kuala Lumpur. She was recently selected as one of fourteen emerging artists to work with Mercury-nominated singer ESKA on a composition residency in Manchester.

In November 2017, Joy released her debut album entitled 'Life On Land' on F-IRE. The album reflects her passion for jazz and improvisation, her love of groove and dance music, her classical roots as a pianist and the soulful, poetic aspects of being a singer-songwriter.

Startling debut from British singer-songwriter who sets her cool, poetic meditations...to a suitably restless, sophisticated jazz soundscape. Highly original work that creates a world of it’s own.’ Chris Ingham, MOJO ★★★★

‘Fiery improvisations from Ellis who provides well-structured hard-bop solos on piano and Fender Rhodes.John Lewis, The Guardian ★★★★

‘Joy Ellis has a distinctive voice of her own. A very gifted player indeed. A triple threat with those pipes of hers, those fingers and her song-writing assets.’ Simon Redley, Music Republic Magazine ★★★★


Tues 25th June £13/£8/£5
Ralph

RALPH FREEMAN 4

Ralph Freeman pno,
Rob Townsend Sax,
Marcus Vergette Bass,
  Andrea Trillo Dms
 

Club founder returns with some of his London buddies, to play a programme of their own distinctive take on some classic jazz material, and new originals from Freeman

…vibrant, energising music, with new compositions that span from bluesy to bossa-esque, all with be-boppy brio. Dan Matlin.

Saxophonist Rob Townsend has spent much of the last five years touring with iconic prog-rock guitarist Steve Hackett. He also plays and records with acid-jazz hammond legend James Taylor. Over the years Rob has performed with many great names in British jazz such as Django Bates, Iain Ballamy, Mark Lockheart, Laurence Cottle, Tim Garland and Arnie Somogyi as well as with USA legends such as Sam Rivers and Eddie Henderson.

Rob is an acclaimed jazz teacher, co-leading the excellent degree jazz programme at Middlesex University in London.

Ralph Freeman Pianist, composer, artist. Founder of St Ives Jazz Club, which was awarded Jazz Venue Of The Year 2015 in the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards. As well as performing with his own ensembles and various original projects, he has worked with many of Britain's leading jazz musicians both at the Club and in London.

Marcus Vergette A bass player, composer and artist who's work includes jazz, classical, improv and pop. Present projects include Mike Westbrook Orchestra, Jonathan Gee trio, London Sinfonietta, performances for the South Bank Centre and touring his Marsyas Suite.

Andrea Trillo A drummer, originally from Rome, who has performed with many British jazz icons including Don Weller, Jim Mullen, Tony Kofi and Julian Segal and has toured with the legendary Herbie Hancock.


To download your copy of our new Summer programme click here !

HERE's WHAT COMING in 2019!!!
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| 21st May, Alaias | 28th May, Tribute to Bill Evans (John Horler)| 4th June, Alex Hitchcock Quintet | 11th Jun, Azhaar | 18th Jun, Joy Ellis Quartet | 25th Jun, Ralph Freeman Quartet | 2nd Jul, Andy Hague | 9th Jul, Tori Freestone | 16th Jul, Craig Milverton |watch this space |

 

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