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 13th February £13/£8/£5

WHAT A WAY TO START THE NEW SEASON
THE CLUB IS DELIGHTED TO PRESENT
Dom Pipkin

Dom Pipkin ‘Smokin’ Boogie’

Tales of the big easy, bourbon & bad boys

One of Europe’s most authentic and spirited blues and jazz piano players, Dom Pipkin, brings his acclaimed one man to St Ives Jazz Club with a rollercoaster ride through the rich world of New Orleans, featuring astonishing stories and some truly breath-taking piano.

Brothels and barrelhouses, love, sex and tragedy, chasing the ‘rushin’ lady’. Voodoo spells and Mardi Gras Queens, the colourful lives of Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair and the drug-fuelled funk and psychedelia of Dr John and James Booker are conjured up in all their technicolour glory in their rawest setting –a man, a piano, a glass of bourbon and panama hat.

Pipkin has performed extensively in New Orleans, and shared stages with international icons Allen Toussaint, Dr John, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Grammy award winner Jon Cleary invites him to jam onstage whenever he’s in the Crescent City.

His experiences are real and resonating. His work has ranged from teaching Jonathan Ross the piano to privately entertaining the film director Stanley Kubrick, and performing to the opening committee of the 2012 London Olympics.

He has recorded and toured with Paul Weller, Paloma Faith, Ray Davis, Morcheeba, David Byrne, Guy Barker, Ella Eyre, John Newman, Pee Wee Ellis and Laura Mvula. He also has dozens of radio and TV appearances to his credit and is in constant demand on the capital's live music scene.

Dom Pipkin is a lively and passionate performer who transports his audience to a magical world of New Orleans piano. He is the UK’s best-kept secret, but a secret we love to let out every once and a while.


Tues 27th February £13/£8/£5
David Ferris

DAVID FERRIS SEPTET

FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST MARIA VÄLI

This band was originally formed in October 2016 by Birmingham-based pianist and composer David Ferris, featuring some of the Midlands’ best musicians. The music written for this band draws from his experience of playing in large fully-orchestrated groups, and smaller more improvised settings, and focuses on melody and warmth, with influences ranging from John Scofield to Fred Hersch to The Beatles. For their debut album recording, the band was joined by special guest singer Maria Väli, a graduate of the renowned Trondheim Conservatory and member of the multi-award winning Estonian Voices. The new music for the project includes settings of poems by WB Yeats, Seamus Heaney, WH Auden and Ted Hughes.

David Ferris - Piano
Maria Väli - Vocals
Hugh Pascall - Trumpet
Richard Foote - Trombone
Chris Young - Alto and Soprano Saxophones
Vittorio Mura - Tenor and Baritone Saxophones
Nick Jurd - Bass
Euan Palmer - Drums

“One to watch.” - Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM “A young musician of great promise.” - Ian Mann


Tues 6th March £13/£8/£5
Jazz Defenders

JAZZ DEFENDERS

The Jazz Defenders are a group born out of a deep love for Blue Note Records – specifically the hard bop recordings of Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan and The Jazz Messengers. Those records were highly regarded for a reason – catchy horn lines and incredible musicianship combined with Rudy Van Gelder’s engineering skills mean they will forever be regarded as classics of the genre. The Jazz Defenders are a group that would ‘defend’ the legacy of those recordings whilst creating its own original identity and distinctive flair.

The group was initially conceived by the vibrant Bristol composer George Cooper who in 2015, set about choosing the right musicians for the individual qualities and style that they would bring to the group. Then followed an all original set of tunes written between Cooper and each member of the ensemble. Featuring some of Bristol’s finest players the line-up is Nick Dover (tenor saxophone), Nick Malcolm (trumpet), Matt Brown (drums), Will Harris (bass), and George Cooper (piano). The music that they produce together is a modern Soul Jazz slant on classic Hard Bop, effortlessly channelling the spirit of the golden Blue Note era of Jazz.

As session musicians in their own right, the five members of the band have worked with a variety of internationally acclaimed artists such as Nigel Kennedy, Massive Attack, Pee Wee Ellis, Andy Sheppard, Get The Blessing, Simon Spillet, Alan Barnes, Rodriguez & Nostalgia 77, as well as playing at venues including Ronnie Scott’s, The Jazz Cafe & The 606 Club.

Nick Dover (tenor saxophone)
Nick Malcolm (trumpet)
Matt Brown (drums)
Will Harris (bass)
George Cooper (piano)


Tues 13th March £13/£8/£5
Elliot Galvin Trio

ELLIOT GALVIN TRIO

ELLIOT GALVIN piano, kalimba, melodicas, accordion, cassette player and stylophone
TOM McCREDIE double bass
CORRIE DICK drums, percussion and glockenspiel

‘He reminds me of the young Django Bates, and the impression Django made on me in the 1980s – great improv chops, strong character as a player and a composer, evident love of the jazz tradition without wanting to repeat the past, very English sense of humour. He’s the kind of artist you always want to stay tuned in to, because you know he’s going to keep on coming up with surprises.’ JOHN FORDHAM (GUARDIAN)

“Jazz Music for the Radiohead fan” ROCHESTER CITY NEWSPAPER

Led by composer/pianist Elliot Galvin, The Influencing Machine is a sonic reaction to the human mind, technology and the post-truth age featuring bassist Tom McCredie and drummer Corrie Dick. Analogue synthesis and electric sounds orbit the acoustic world of piano, bass and drums as the ensemble present some exhilarating new music. One of the rising stars of UK jazz, Elliot is a key member of Dinosaur, led by Laura Jurd. A superbly gifted composer and pianist, his maverick imagination and magpie-like ability to blend a disparate world of influences has seen him compared to Django Bates.


Tues 20th March £13/£8/£5
Draw by Four

DRAW BY FOUR

JON SHENOY Tenor Sax
WILL BARTLETT Organ
SAM DUNN Guitar
CHRIS DRAPER drums

With a line-up steeped in tradition, Draw By Four take the classic 60s organ quartet into brand new territory where the compositions from leader Jon Shenoy (Ivo Neame Large Ensemble) mix contrapuntal bass lines and rhythmic hooks with thoughtful lyricism. Mixing stark ethereal voices with gritty Hammond boogaloo, organist Will Bartlett (Jim Mullen, Salena Jones) draws on a wide palette of sounds that build the foundation for an infectious mix of groove-based original compositions, enchanting ballads and unique arrangements of avant-pop songs.

Due for release in March 2018 on Jellymould Jazz records, Framework is the 10-track debut album from Draw By Four, recorded hot on the heels of their UK tour of the same name. As well as showcasing formidable performances from the quartet members it also includes a suite of compositions written in response to paintings by three British painters: Winifred Knights, JMW Turner & Gill Holloway.

“Dynamic and evocative adventures from soulful and skillful players – a refreshing and groovy band.” – Chris Cheek (Rudder)

“Shenoy plays with great assurance, power and fluency.” – Ian Mann (thejazzmann.com)


Tues 27th March £13/£8/£5
Sur Ecoute 4tet

SUR ECOUTE - 4TET

GREGORY SALLET Sax
MATTHIEU ROFFE Piano
BERTRAND BERUARD Bass
KEVIN LUCCHETTI drums

"SUR ECOUTE" 4tet is a fresh mix of 4 confirmed musicians from the French Jazz Scene around original compositions by Gregory SALLET (saxophonist of Trio Enchant(i)er, Anne Quillier 6tet…) and the pianiste Matthieu ROFFE (Chamber Metropolitan Trio, Matteo Pastorino 4tet...). Bertrand Beruard on Double Bass (C. Hanriot's "Grooovematic"...) and Kevin LUCCHETTI on drums (CNSM de Paris, Trio Enchant(i)er) bring their creativity and groove to a group who generates an active and reactive musical exchange.


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HERE's WHAT COMING FOR 2018 !!!
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| CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS BREAK | FEBRUARY | 13th DOM PIPKIN | 27th DAVID FERRIS SEPTET | TO COME | JAZZ DEFENDERS | ELLIOT GAVIN | ED JONES | ROB LUFT | ALEX HITCHCOCK | much more to come, watch this space |
 

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