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 16th July £13/£8/£5
Craig Milverton

CRAIG MILVERTON TRIO

Craig Milverton Piano
Ashley John-Long Bass,
Coach York Drums

Craig Milverton is one of Britain's finest Jazz Pianists and this was recognised in 2010 by winning Best Jazz Pianist in the British Jazz Awards and 11 Awards with Digby Fairweather and his Half Dozen in the Best Small Group Category. He also has many projects , including Trichotism alongside the Brilliant Award Winning Guitarist Nigel Price based loosely on The Oscar Peterson drumless Trios , His Tribute To Oscar Peterson Show which features the superb Canadian Guitarist Dominic Ashworth , gifted young Ray Brown inspired Bassist Sandy Suchodolski and the great swinging Drummer Nick Millward .

His solo piano show 'Jazz Piano Legends ' pays homage to 17 Great Pianists from James P Johnson to Dave Brubeck . Also The Clarinet Maestros featuring 2 of The worlds Top Players, American Ken Peplowski and Julian Stringle who have recorded 2 Aclaimed CDs and Tour the Uk annually . His trio, is often used to back a Host of top names at Clubs and Festivals across the Uk and Europe . Artists include Stacey Kent, Jacqui Dankworth and Scott Hamilton.

He works regularly with Digby Fairweather and his Half Dozen and was accompaniest to Blues Singer George Melly with whom he recorded 3 CD's one of which featured Van Morrison . He plays regularly at One of the worlds most famous Jazz Clubs Ronnie Scott's, and has toured and performed at top venues and festivals across the Globe.

His Trio with Virtuoso Bassist Ashley John-Long and the superb Coach York on Drums will be performing a mixed programme of standards , Oscar Peterson compositions and Craig’s Compositions including from his Exeter Jazz Suite .


Tues 23rd July £13/£8/£5

Sorry change of personnel to advertised programme

Chris Bowden

CHRIS BOWDEN QUARTET

Chris Bowden - Alto Sax
Rebecca Nash - Piano/Keyboards
Chris Mapp - bass
Neil Bullock - drums

Let's face it, despite all its history, the myths and legends that surround its most famous exponents, the black and white photos, the recordings, the movies, even, the saxophone wasn't most contemporary music-makers idea of fun in the early nineties. Chris Bowden could easily have stayed one of the unsung backroom musicians of the British scene - a fine sax player, a talented and knowledgeable arranger and composer, or he could have been a straight-up UK jazz man playing in tiny clubs to 30 or 40 devotees.

He chose neither route. Chris Bowden chose to make 'jazz' that was as contemporary and relevant as sampled, sequenced music. He chose to ignore obscurity, but to give Kenny G the finger, too. In 1996 he released 'Time Capsule' (Soul Jazz) to immense critical acclaim and general appreciation. Space jazz with the rigour of a classicist, by turns forbidding and kitsch, a superb mood piece rather than just a succession of tunes, it established that Bowden was a huge talent in his own right.

Bowden had started his professional career in theheart of the acid jazz boom playing sessions and shows for Talking Loud's K-Creative. He had continued to work Simon Richmond (Palm Skin Productions) on Mo' Wax. He had also contributed arrangements and playing for Jessica Lauren (Soul Jazz) and Jhelisa Anderson (Dorado), contributing a disctintiveness to all these projects that would only be recognised as his in retrospect. After 'Time Capsule' came out, he also played a large part in helping 4Hero develop the more organic, jazz-soul take on drum & bass that made up the first half of their "2 Pages" album. He wrote the music, arranged the strings and played sax on their "Hero" single, performing with them at live shows too. Also Chris MD'd and performed for American jazz legends James Mason, who was touring music from his Rhythm of Life album, and Doug Karn, with a set compiled from his Black Jazz Records catalogue. He has also worked as a session musician for Basement Jaxx and, perhaps most pertinent here, played in The Herbaliser live band for the last three years. his current trio (who blew the roof off Ronnie Scott's at Ninja's 10 year celebrations last autumn) is set to cause serious tremors wherever they play. Chris Bowden has chosen his own path.

"There will be me,.. Neil bullock as before. But we will be joined by Rebbeca Nash on keys ,,, she plays with Dee Byrne’s Entropi And is a prominent respected member of the jazz scene (google her, I’m sure you’ll be happy, and Chris Mapp on bass,, of Gonimoblast.

I’m certainly excited to be playing with these excellent musicians, you have my assurance this band will be killin’, to use a term I believe the young people use". Chris Bowden


Tues 30th July £13/£8/£5
John Cox Band

JCB Heroes, with Special Guest KRIS GAYLE

John Cox - Sax / Flute
Mike Higgs - Trombone
Tom Quirke - Piano / Keyboards
Ross Williams - Bass
Jamie Fyffe - Drums
Special Guest - Kris Gayle - Vocals
Kris

Local Saxophonist and Flautist John Cox returns with his band composed of the finest musicians in the county Mike Higgs, Tom Quirke, Ross Williams, Jamie Fyffe to play a programme of classic compositions and arrangement from John's Heroes and influences. Including Shorty Rogers, Art Pepper, Roland Kirk, Alan Skidmore and many many more.

As a special surprise Vocalist Kris Gayle will be making a very welcome guest appearance to join the band in several numbers, its been a few years since Kris was at the club so don't miss this rare occasion to catch the West Countrys best.


Tues 6th August £13/£8/£5
Rob and Kate

WILL BARTLETT KATE MULLINS

Between Us - Album Tour

Kate Mullins - Vocals
  Will Bartlett - Keyboards
  
Will Bartlett and Kate Mullins lead you through you a fun, tender and emotionally-charged night of song.

Between Us is an intimate two-way musical conversation between us, pianist Will and vocalist Kate, and you, the audience. We deliver your favourite music with an informal style, designed to open up ourselves to the power of musical connection. Concert-goers will be given the opportunity to submit their favourite song choice along with the story that accompanies it to Will and Kate in advance of the performance. We will then deliver a few of these suggestions on the night. Each bespoke arrangement takes into account the personal narrative behind the audience request choice and aims to deliver their faithful take on people’s most cherished songs.

This tour marks the official launch of our debut album Between Us and we will be showcasing many of the songs from the record through the evening. After the interval, Kate and Will perform spontaneous audience suggestions, taking requests and letting you experience the perilous process of crafting an arrangement in real time. This will be an evening full of laughter, danger, maybe some tears, and certainly lots of wonderful music.

Submit a request for your favourite song in advance, to: wdbartlett@gmail.com


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

HERE's WHAT COMING in 2019!!!
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| 25th Jun, Ralph Freeman Quartet | 2nd Jul, Andy Hague | 9th Jul, Tori Freestone | 16th Jul, Craig Milverton | 23rd Jul Chris Bowden | 30th Jul JCB Heroes |watch this space or click here June- August !

 

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