St Ives Jazz Club Gigs, February – May 2018

Details of musicians appearing at St Ives Jazz Club between February and May 2018 follow (also added to gig list).

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

Please note we are closed from January to February 13th, and on February 20th
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. Students get in for £5.

Programme may be subject to change … please call 01736 796082 to make sure.

Tues 13 February £13/£8/£5
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 27 February £13/£8/£5
David Ferris Septet featuring special guest Maria Vali

David Ferris (pno), Maria Väli (voc), Hugh Pascall (tpt), Richard Foote (tbn), Chris Young (alt,sop), Vittorio Mura (ten,bar), Nick Jurd (bs), Euan Palmer (dr)
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. “One to watch.” Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM “A young musician of great promise.” Ian Mann

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

Elliot Galvin (piano, kalimba, melodicas, accordion, cassette player, stylophone), Tom McCredie (double bass), Corrie Dick (drums, percussion, 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 20 March £13/£8/£5
Draw by Four

Jon Shenoy (ten), Will Bartlett (org), Sam Dunn (gtr), Chris Draper (dr)
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 (

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

Gregory Sallet (sax), Matthieu Roffe (pno), Bertrand Beruard (bs), Kevin Lucchetti (dr)
“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.

Tues 3 April £13/£8/£5
Ed Jones Quartet

Ed Jones (sx), Ross Stanley (pn) Riaan Vosloo (db) Tim Giles (dms)
“A formidable saxophonist… a player of forceful imagination, and one of the UK’s most distinctive saxophonists.” John Fordham, The Guardian. “One of the most fluent and forceful saxophonists in Europe.” Jack Massarik, “One of Europe’s most exciting and innovative bandleaders.” BBC Music Magazine.

Tues 10 April £13/£8/£5
Rob Luft

Rob Luft (guitar), Joe Wright (sx), Joe Webb (pn/kb), Tom McCredie (eb), Corrie Dick (dm)
“Riser” is the debut album from award-winning guitarist Rob Luft. At 24 years of age, his proficiency as a guitarist and composer embodies a level of musicianship and vision well beyond his years. A winner of the prestigious Kenny Wheeler Music Prize and second in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition, Rob is garnering praise from critics across Europe. The UK’s Jazzwise Magazine has highlighted his “obvious star quality” and Riser is an album that stands up to scrutiny as one of the finest debut records in many years in the burgeoning creative current UK Jazz scene.

Tues 17 April £13/£8/£5
Bruno Heinen & The Italian Job

Bruno Heinen (piano), Michele Tacchi (bass), Riccardo Chiaberta (drums)
With material written by each member of the group their compositions have a unified written language stemming from the European jazz tradition. Heinen’s roots in impressionistic classical music are complemented by Michele Tacchi’s bass sound and the dynamic range of Riccardo Chiaberta’s drums.

Tues 24 April £13/£8/£5
Alex Hitchcock Quintet

Alex Hitchcock (sx), James Copus (tp/fl), Will Barry (pn), Joe Downard (db), Jay Davis (dms)
‘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’

Tues 1 May £13/£8/£5

Aidan Thorne (bs), Greg Sterland (sax), Dan Messore (gtr), Mark O Connor (dr)
Influenced not only by jazz but by pop, rock and film, Duski create a distinctive, if slightly dark group sound. Their eponymously named début album scores high in terms of playing, writing and production. “delicious melodic invention .. emotionally fraught tone” londonjazznews

Tues 8 May £13/£8/£5
Tori Freestone / Alcyona Mick – duo with Brigitte Beraha

In the duo setting Alcyona (piano) and Tori (sax) have a very spontaneous, interactive approach to playing, using the space to take risks and have fun, Their debut duo album ‘Criss Cross’ includes the exciting and experimental vocalist Brigitte Beraha

Tues 15 May £13/£8/£5
Andre Canniere 6

Andre Canniere (tp), Rick Simpson (pn), Tori Freestone (sx), Tom Farmer (bs), Andrew Bain (dm), Brigitte Beraha (vo)
In 2016, Canniere released his third album The Darkening Blue. As a composer, He has been described as an “imaginative newcomer” whose music is “audaciously crafted” “Canniere’s compositions contrast breezy folky jazz elements and a darker harmonic language that draws from Radiohead and a rawer rock-ish groove-based approach straight out of the New York alt jazz scene”.

Tues 22 May £13/£8/£5
Dan Messore, Alaias

“Music For An Imaginary Surf Film”
Dan Messore (gtr), Dan Moore (org) Matt Brown (dm)
Early Pat Metheny and a 70s tinged rock jazz to a more effected soundtrack like landscape. There’s big riffs and some extended compositions. Dan plays electric guitar and 12 string and baritone guitars. Dan Moore is playing organ, moog and other synths, and Matt Brown is on drums and percussion.

Tues 29 May £13/£8/£5

Nicolò Ricci (sx), Andrea Di Biase (db) Michele Caiati (gtr), Riccardo Chiaberta (dm)
Dugong is an up-and-coming band by some of the best musicians of the Italian jazz scene. It was originally created in Milan by guitarist Michele Caiati and saxophonist Nicolò Ricci, but it was later expanded abroad to London based bassist Andrea Di Biase and drummer Riccardo Chiaberta. They released their debut album “Miscommunication” in 2014 with critical acclaim and toured it extensively in Italy, Switzerland and UK. They will release their second album in April 2018 with the prestigious Italian label Honolulu Records.

For more info, call 01736 796082.

COMIN UP: watch this space…

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