All gigs: doors open 8.00 pm, live music from 9 to 11.30-ish
Bar snacks and light meals available until 8.45
The lower prices are for St Ives Jazz Club members, MU members, Western Hotel residents and students
Programme may be subject to change etc etc ... please call 01736 796082 to make sure.
Tues 2 April £12/£8
ANDY HAGUE (tp), BEN WAGHORN (sx), JIM BLOMFIELD (pn),
WILL HARRIS (db), MARK WHITLAM (dm)
A stalwart of the Bristol jazz scene, Andy leads one of the most popular bands in the area.
They’re here in St Ives as part of a national tour to promote their new CD ‘Cross My Palm,’
which has received some excellent reviews. ‘“Cross My Palm” is a straight-ahead jazz album
that bristles with energy, fun and great grooves – and swings like a very swinging thing too.’
Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz
. ‘It is the sheer quality and power of the solos (Hague’s in
particular, but also Blomfield’s consistently accomplished contributions) that really draw
the ear to this wholly enjoyable set.’ Chris Parker, LondonJazz.blogspot
Tues 9 April £10/£6
with MARC HADLEY (sx)
MATT JOHNS (pn), CHRIS JONES (db), KEITH MICHAEL (dm)
A quartet of Cornwall-based musicians who are edging the jazz quartet format progressively away from well-trodden
standard material into more contemporary areas, but retaining a strong melodic content. Keith, Chris and Marc are all
associate lecturers at Falmouth/Dartington College of Arts, and Matt is a graduate of Truro College jazz degree course.
Tues 16 April £12/£8
with CRAIG MILVERTON TRIO
‘Original wihout being willfully eccentric and charming without coyness. Tina May is one of the best jazz vocalists
anywhere today.’ Dave Gelly
. ‘That great rarity, a singer who enhances a song ...’ The Observer
. ‘... superb tonal range,
elastic phrasing, faultless diction and barrelfuls of individual style.’ The Herald
. ‘Considered as one of the finest jazz
vocalists the UK has ever produced.’ All Music Guide
. ‘Handles the classics as the gems they still are.’ The Guardian
Tues 23 April £12/£8
ALEX HUTTON (pn), YURI GOLOUBEV (db), ASAF SIRKIS (dm)
An established pianist on the London Jazz scene, having worked with most of its leading figures,
Alex Hutton is now receiving the recognition he deserves by way of his 2012 album ‘Legentis’,
of which Jazzwise
wrote: ‘For those into current piano trio jazz trends, this has to be one of
the best and most interesting around at the moment.’ ‘Hutton is an able and adventurous composer
who draws on a variety of influences ranging from classical to punk. He’s a writer of catchy hooks
and grooves but develops these sometimes simple ideas in interesting ways and in players of the quality
of Golubev and Sirkis he has the perfect partners with which to do this.’ Ian Mann
‘Alex Hutton makes vividly intelligent music that stands out head and shoulders in a crowded scene.’ Brian Morton.
Tues 30 April £12/£8
with MARTIN DALE QUARTET
MARTIN DALE (sx), GAVIN MARTIN (pn),
KEVIN SAUNDERS (db), DENNIS HARRIS (dm)
A multi-award-winning performer at the forefront of the British Jazz movement, Derek Nash is,
‘one of the most versatile saxophonists in the UK today,’ (The Guardian
). A member of the Jools
Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2005, he has led Sax Appeal for over thirty years, fronts
the funk/fusion band Protect the Beat, and is a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Experience.
Martin Dale is a familiar face at the club and one of the busiest and most popular saxists in the
South West, and he’s put together a kicking rhythm section for tonight’s gig.
Tues 7 May £10/£6
directed by VIV RODD
The Big Band was formed in 2006 by course leader-pianist-composer-arranger Vivian Rodd to develop the
student’s reading-listening and ensemble playing skills. Since its formation, the Big Band has enjoyed
great success over the past few years playing at many of the South West’s most prestigious venues.
Performing a mixture of swing/fusion/Latin/crossover/ballads/be-bop & blues, this amazingly talented
group of seventeen musicians and singers will hold you spellbound and wanting more. Tailor-made
arrangements (mostly by Viv) coupled with talented soloists, gives this ensemble real originality,
quality and appeal.
Tues 14 May £12/£8
JONATHAN GEE (pn), MARCUS VERGETTE (db), ANDY TRIM (dm)
Pianist Jonathan Gee returns to St Ives with the trio that triumphed here last year playing
self-penned compositions from his recent New York recorded album ‘Dragonfly’, as well as some
Monk, Brazilian tunes and classic vocal numbers. ‘The fire and invention that marked his recent
performances with Pharoah Sanders are in full evidence on this disc ... his breathlessly sparkling
originality shines through.’ Robert Shaw, Jazzwise.
Tues 21 May £12/£8
DAN MESSORE (gt), TRISH CLOWES (sx),
CALUM GOURLAY (db), GETHIN JONES (dm)
Guitarist/composer Dan Messore is a player with a warm, full, tone who channels Frisell,
Fahey and other masters, while managing to create a singular sound world of his own.
He shares the frontline with BBC new generations saxophonist Trish Clowes, whilst
rhythmic foundations are provided tonight by leading light and creative bassist Calum
Gourlay and legendary drummer Gethin Jones. The quartet has an acute sense of dynamics
and pace, giving Messore’s compositions a vibrancy and emotional connection that heightens
their impact. ‘The evocative power of Messore’s music is evident from the outset in the open
spaces and Jarrett-like lyricism. A formidable improviser with an assured sense of narrative
ebb and flow.’ Peter Quinn, Jazzwise
. ‘It’s fair to quote names like Pat Metheny and Frisell
as references, but the seam of jazz Messore is mining goes further back to such as Charlie Byrd
and Jim Hall.’ Kevin Le Gendre, BBC Music Review
Tues 28 May £12/£8
HENRIK JENSEN (db), ANDRE CANNIERE (tp),
ESBEN TJALVE (pn), PETER IBBETSON (dm)
London-based Danish bass player/composer Henrik Jensen has spent the last five years recording
and touring the world with The Puppini Sisters but he has also been laying the bass lines down
for a host of other artists. However, it is this group where Henrik’s musical focus really lies.
Their album ‘Qualia’ is a collection of compositions that are thoughtful, playful, at times
melancholic and there is space in the arrangements, room for each member of the quartet to express.
Tues 4 June £12/£8
NICOLAS MEIER (guitar, glissentar & baglama),
LIZZIE BALL (violin), PAT BETTISON (bass & harmonica),
ASAF SIRKIS (dm), DEMI GARCIA (percussion)
Nicolas Meier has carved out a reputation as one of the UK’s most original guitarists.
Drawing on a love of Turkish and eastern music, flamenco and tango all mixed with jazz,
Meier has developed his own unique sound with his regular group. ‘Meier's technique is phenomenal.
Dextrous and vigorous, favouring giddily-fast fingered, serpentine single note runs, it is musicianly
in the best sense of the word.’ Chris May (All About Jazz). ‘... an excellent guitarist who plays
in the fusion/funk-post bop tradition. The Meier Group is an extension of his compositional talents,
a great, tight group with a burnin’ young guitarist out front. That’s a combination that’s worth watchin’
out for, so watch out for the Meier Group!’ Mark White (Associate Professor of Guitar, Berklee College
of Music and MMC recording artist)
Tues 11 June £12/£8
with CRAIG MILVERTON TRIO
The legendary Peter King, in the words of one critic, ‘is the finest alto saxophonist that
Britain has ever produced, and one of the finest in the world today.’ Dave Gelly, 'The Giants Of Jazz'.
He has been a major influence on the British Jazz scene ever since he played (at the age of eighteen!)
the opening of Ronnie Scott's. ‘Had Scott's club died overnight and been heard of no more, it could still
have justified its existence by pointing to a discovery like Peter King.’ Benny Green, 'Jazz Decade,
Ten Years At Ronnie Scott's'.
‘Peter King is one of the best musicians in the world.’ Lalo Schifrin.
Tues 18 June £12/£8
MIKE GORMAN (Hammond) & MATT SKELTON (dm)
Colin Oxley is a master musician and writer. Very much a leading figure, and a highly regarded jazz guitarist,
with a fluid, warm style – sometimes compared to Barney Kessell's – who performs in various small group settings
as well as accompanying such distinguished vocalists as Stacey Kent, with whom he has recorded a number of top
albums. Tonight the trio will be delighting us with a mixture of Colin's originals and arrangements of standards.
'Colin Oxley’s guitar is dazzling and deliciously melodic.' Crescendo Magazine
'Colin is recognized as a world class player and one of the finest guitarists ever to come from the UK.'
Steve Ruby, 606 Club
Tues 25 June £12/£8
EMILY WRIGHT (vo), NICK MALCOLM (tp), DALE HANBRIDGE (pn),
WILL HARRIS (db), MARK WHITLAM (dm)
Led by singer Emily Wright (‘terrifically talented’, The Telegraph
) and featuring acclaimed trumpeter
Nick Malcolm, Moonlight Saving Time are a young, dynamic quintet at the cutting edge of the UK jazz scene,
combining bold improvisation with contemporary hip-hop, Latin and Afro-Cuban styles. Sold-out concerts at Brecon,
Oxford and Cheltenham jazz festivals have attracted glowing reviews, while their debut EP launch concert at Colston Hall,
Bristol was described as, ‘something of exceptional quality’, by Venue Magazine.
‘Music for the heart and the head.’ LondonJazz.
‘Raw and unique.’ Jacqui Dankworth.
COMINUP PEDALMANIA | SARAH GILLESPIE | WESTBROOK BIG BAND | EDGAR MACIAS QUINTET |
LIANE CARROLL | IAN SHAW | RONNIE SCOTT’S HOUSE BAND | NIGEL PRICE TRIO