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Loxwood Jazz and Blues Club


World Class Musicians usually the 3rd Tuesday of every month

Simon launched the Loxwood Jazz and Blues Club to raise much needed funds to extend and improve his local village hall. The first night in December 2009 was a sell out and it continues to sell out most months. World class musicians join Simon to provide a variety of highly entertaining evenings. The hall's fundraising committee were delighted and work hard each month to ensure there is a licensed bar with real ale and set the hall up in a relaxed way with candlelit tables to create a fantastic atmosphere. To find out more about the hall refurbishment click here.

Tickets are only £10 each (unless otherwise stated) and available from Anita Bates on 07739 231 467, anita@anitabates.com or from Loxwood Post office and stores. Doors open at 7.30 and the music starts at 8pm. The location is Loxwood Village Hall, Guildford Road, Loxwood, RH14 0SF.


Summary of dates, full details of each are below:

18th November Simon Bates Big Band £15   !!  SOLD OUT  !!

20th December Christmas Party with Julie Stardust, Harry the Piano, Jeff Lardner & Paul Morgan

17th January Pazz

28th February Simply Swing

21st March Georgina Jackson

25th April Gordon Campbell Quartet with Harry the Piano, Bobby Worth and Paul Morgan

16th May Catfish

20th June Derek Nash

18th July Mardi Gras Jazz Band

19th September Pure Brubeck

17th October The Clarinet Maestros! - Ken Peplowski, Julian Stringle and Simon Bates! £15

24th November (Friday) Simon Bates Big Band £15

19th December Christmas Party


Please note: the club does not run in August


18th November 2016

Simon Bates Big Band   Tickets £15  !! SOLD OUT !!  

Once again, Simon presents his 18 piece jazz orchestra of the UK’s finest session players. Recently he has been collaborating with the celebrated British Composer Howard Blake – last June the Big Band and Simon premiered a new version of his major work ‘Heartbeat’ – so we hope to feature some unique and never before heard arrangements of his music mixed in with the usual best of Basie, Ellington and Gordon Goodwin.

The band features Simon Niblock and Scott Garland on Saxes, Gabriel Garrick and Graham Russell on Trumpet, Robbie Harvey and Andy Crompton on Trombone, Mick Hutton on Bass and Pete Cater on Drums.
 

20th December 2016


Loxwood Jazz Christmas Party     

Featuring the wonderful vocal talents of Julie Stardust, the fabulous fingers of Harry The Piano, the foot tapping drumming of Jeff Lardner and the smooth bass of Paul Morgan, your start to the festive season could not get any better. Expect musical fireworks alongside your favourite Christmas jazz. We guarantee you’ll leave with a smile!

 


17th January 2017

Paz

Latin fusion band PAZ was founded in the 70’s by the late Dick Crouch. They immediately built a huge following and in 1976 recorded the first of many BBC broadcasts. The band’s first album ‘Kandeen Love Song’ quickly became popular on the club scene and subsequent albums topped the jazz charts. Paz is now helmed by the dazzling keyboard player Geoff Castle and features the amazing bass of Rob Statham and percussion from the latin virtuoso Chris Fletcher. This is feel-good music at its best, guaranteed to beat the January blues!





28th February 2017

Simply Swing

Featuring Steve Pert – Vocals, Simon Bates – Saxophone, Sandra Lambert – Piano, Mick Hutton – Bass and Jeff Lardner - Drums

Always a massive hit with the Loxwood audience, The Simply Swing Band has been at the heart of the London entertainment scene for over 15 years. Playful and dramatic, cool and current, Simply Swing will take you on a musical journey from Frank Sinatra to Michael Bublé with class, humour and virtuosity.




21st March 2017

Georgina Jackson

Back by popular demand, Simon teams up with trumpeter and vocalist Georgina Jackson for a night of fun and class. Described as a mix of Harry James and Doris Day, Georgina’s unique talents are well known and respected within the music profession. She is widely acknowledged as the finest female lead trumpet player in the country and one of the top jazz vocalists. Darling of the cruise ships, we’re lucky to have Georgina for one of her rare appearances on dry land!





Gordon Campbell Trombone

25th April 2017

Gordon Campbell Quartet with Harry the Piano, Bobby Worth and Paul Morgan

Gordon Campbell is one of the UK’s finest trombone players. He is currently lead trombone in the BBC Big Band and Professor of Trombone for the Royal Marines. His varied career has encompassed jazz, classical, musical theatre, film and pop and he has worked with many of the worlds leading performers including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Barbara Streisand, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles and Robbie Williams.


Lauded by the British Press as 'The New Victor Borge' Harry is well known to Loxwood audiences. He has been musical director on several primetime BBC TV shows and accompanied just about everybody in the business from Englebert Humperndink and Charlotte Church to David Bowie and James Belushi. 'He has an uncanny ability to play any tune in any style' noted one newspaper – a true genius of the piano!


Paul Morgan's virtuoso technique and solid swinging style has led him to work with a wide array of artists including Zoot Sims, Peggy Lee, Ronnie Scott and the New Jazz Couriers. He was the bass player in Don Lusher’s big band and the principal bass of the BBC Radio Orchestra.

Bobby Worth is a drummer of renown and British Jazz Awards winner.  He has appeared with a who's who of Jazz including George Melly, Digby Fairweather, Elaine Delmar, Alex Welsh, Herb Geller, Bob Wilber, Kenny Davern, Barbra Steisand and as a drumming Pudsey on Children in Need!


16th May 2017


Catfish

British Blues Award winners Catfish have been taking the blues world by storm over the last two years. Their debut album ‘So Many Roads’ went straight to no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts in Jan 2015 and their follow up EP, a tribute to BB King called 'When BB Sings the Blues' followed it to no 5 the following February and March. Their new album of original material is due out in Jan 2017.

 

… rock steady rhythm section of Dusty Bones, Kevin Yates, add to the winner in this year's keyboard player category of the British Blues Awards Paul Long and you've already got the foundation of a great band....and the icing on the cake a scorching, heartfelt, emotion drenched set from uber guitar talent, Matthew Long - this young man is going to go a long way… (Tony Corner, Radio DJ Blues Corner)


 

20th June 2017


Derek Nash - Saxophones

A member of Jools Holland's Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Derek has to be the hardest working Saxophonist around! In the recent British Jazz Awards, he was nominated in all the following categories: Alto Saxophone, Miscellaneous Instruments (Baritone Sax), Tenor Saxophone, Composer, Arranger and Small Group (with Sax Appeal). He leads several bands including the multi award winning Sax Appeal and Protect The Beat and has worked with Jazz legends, young and old including Dave and Don Grusin, David Sanborn, Nelson Rangell, Jamie Cullum, Spike Robinson and Ernie Watts.




18th July 2017


Mardi Graz Jazz Band


The Mardi Gras Jazz Band have been entertaining audiences since the late 1970’s! Their infectious New Orleans and Dixieland style is bound to bring a broad grin to your face and they are one of the busiest bands around playing for corporate events and parties – which is what we’ll have tonight… A Party!

 


19th September 2017 

Pure Brubeck!

Harry The Piano – Piano, Simon Bates - Alto Saxophone, Dominic Howles – Bass, Pete Cater - Drums

 

Emulating the style of the classic Dave Brubeck Quartet (Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Eugene Wright, Joe Morello) Pure Brubeck draws on their repertoire from the period 1951-1968, covering albums such as the Jazz Goes to College series, Time Out, Time Further Out and Time In. The gig is designed to show the virtuosity of the original members of Brubeck's quartet and Pure Brubeck with a combination of transcription and original improvisation, but always within the style of the original. You won’t hear a more accurate live representation of the Dave Brubeck Quartet.




17th October 2017 

The Clarinet Maestros! - Ken Peplowski, Julian Stringle and Simon Bates  Tickets £15 

The celebrated American clarinet star Ken Peplowski & Europe’s premier jazz clarinetist and Loxwood Jazz favourite Julian Marc Stringle perform in session with Simon and "Britain’s answer to Oscar Peterson" Craig Milverton on piano. ‘The Clarinet Maestros’ will perform an exciting and refreshing programme of great melodies by both British and American tunesmiths.


Starting his career off playing in the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the litany of musicians Ken has collaborated with includes: Mel Torme, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Madonna, Hank Jones, Rosemary Clooney, Tom Harrell,  James Moody, Cedar Walton, Houston Person, Woody Allen and Marianne Faithfull. In 1984, Benny Goodman came out of retirement and put together a new band, hiring Ken on tenor saxophone. He has recorded more than 50 CDs as a soloist, over 400 as a sideman and has won the Down Beat best clarinetist award several times!


"Mr. Peplowski sounds the way (Benny) Goodman might if he had kept evolving, kept on listening to new music, kept refining his sound, polishing his craft, and expanding his musical purview into the 21st century.” Will Friedwald in The Wall Street Journal, December 2012


"Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist" Russell Davies, BBC2







24th November 2017 - Yes, it's a Friday! 

Simon Bates Big Band      Tickets £15  (and sell out fast!)

Now a regular feature in the Loxwood Jazz calendar and Simon’s favourite gig of the year, this 18 piece big band guarantees to keep you smiling from the first to last note – and beyond! Expect a mix of Basie, Ellington and Gordon Goodwin with some new arrangements and rarely performed music from British composers and arrangers. As ever the all-star line-up comprises the best of British Jazz including Pete Cater on Drums, Mick Hutton on Bass, Gabriel Garrick on Trumpet and the incomparable Ozzie on percussion.


19th December 2017


Loxwood Jazz Christmas Party     

Now an annual tradition at Loxwood Jazz, our Christmas party features a dazzling array of the country’s finest musicians backing the glamorous and talented Julie Stardust. The only way to start your festive celebrations!






Please note: the club does not run in August


 

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