After another successful Sunday Session at The Talking Heads, we're excited announce that we'll be moving there permanently from Sunday May 29th!! We've got some exciting things planned to mark the occasion and we hope to see many of you there! We've loved being at The Shooting Star for the past year and we'll be continuing some special events there in the future... But we're not gone yet! We've got three more great Sunday Sessions this month with The Sound Of BlueNote, Captain Punch and Matt Findlay. We're also hosting a special event there on Tuesday May 31st with The Mighty Paul Jordanous and Tom White Quintet.
At The Talking Heads on May 29th, we've got a very special launch event featuring The Belgarum Big Band (7pm) Penquin (8pm) and a Jam Session until 10:30!
Our times will change slightly and the gigs will now start at 8:30 and finish at 10:30 (Apart from the 7pm start on May 29th for the Launch!) The Talking Heads is an ALL AGES venue so Students are welcome! Free Entry as always, however, your donations have been going down really well and we are finding that bands and musicians are much more willing to come and play with the increased renumeration!! Have a great weekend and we'll look forward to seeing you all at This Sunday!! https://www.facebook.com/events/1021713551243413/
At Southampton Modern Jazz Club, we aim to provide a comfortable atmosphere for listeners and performers to enjoy improvised music of all kinds. We have been lucky to have a great range of performers from around the country and around the corner, all of whom take these performances seriously and deliver high quality and unique music. The performances are free of charge, but we do ask that you support the pub during your visit and donate to the band if you can. We thank you for coming to listen and hope you'll have an enjoyable experience at our concerts.
Matt has worked with a diverse range of artists including Youth (Killing Joke, The Orb), Arno Carstens, Fake?, Poly Styrene and more recently accompanied Ozark Henry on his European tour.
His innovative style is supported by a career that has spanned genres from jazz to punk, folk to electronica.
Based in London, Matt's current projects include jazz group The Matt Chandler Trio with Jason Simpson on double bass and Sophie Alloway on drums, and electro-funk band Pest who regularly play live shows around London and have releases on Ninja Tune records.
In 2009 Matt independently released his debut album “After Midnight” and followed this up in 2011 with his second, “It Goes Like This”.
Awards 2013: International ‘Future Guitar Legend’, sponsored by Eastman Guitars. Matt took the stage with John Pisano in Los Angeles 2010: Blue Noize blues guitar competition. 2009: Best Newcomer for MC3 Organ Trio, at The Cheltenham Jazz Festival Budvar Brewed Awards
Paul performs regularly around the UK & Europe with Artists and bands from various musical genres. He has recently been on tours with artists as diverse as German Funk Outfit Mighty Mocambos & London vocalist Gizelle Smith', US Soul Legend 'Sir Joe Quarterman', British Funk & Soul band 'The Jezebel Sextet', Anglo/US contemporary original jazz project 'The Carrasco Ensemble' and The 'Glenn Miller Orchestra'.
He has performed live with; (selected) New York Voices, Clark Tracey Sextet, Peter King, Don Weller Big Band, Laurence Cottle, Alan Barnes, Mornington Locket, Lillian Boutte, Bobby Worth Quintet, Mike Garrick Orchestra, Michael Henderson, Jean Carne, Noel Mckoy, Keni Burke, Speedometer, Martha High, Shola Ama & Jodie Prenger, and appeared on many Radio and TV Broadcasts in both the UK and overseas.
Over the last 10 years he has recorded on over 30 releases for various labels, including albums/EPs by: Clark Tracey Sextet, David Essex, Atomic Hooligan, Baker Brothers, Soundspecies, Noel Mckoy, Speedometer, Martha High, Gizelle Smith, DJ Safrolla, Lloyd Ryan Big Band, Scott Mckeon & Baby Sol among others.
A bit of an SMJC colaboration, The Organ Three-O features 3 very familiar performers from different projects over the years. Organist Bill Mudge was part of the musical movement that eventually started the SMJC. A former resident of Southampton, Mudge was a familiar face on the music scene before moving to London in 2009. Mudge and Carrasco worked on several projects together and had an organ Quartet with Paul Young and Lewis Allen during those years that was known for playing funky, rockin' covers of familiar Pop, Rock, Funk and Jazz tunes. Guitarist Leo Appleyard came on the scene a bit later and staretd working with Ted on various projects including The Paul Jordanous Ensemble and eventually got Ted involved in his own group. Appleyard had also worked with Mudge on a few occasions and was keen to explore the Organ Trio format in further depth. One evening, possibly after a few adult beverages, the idea came together to form this project. This will be their second appearance at The SMJC.
Info to come.
We're excited to welcome back Dave Sanders and His Band!
Dave Sanders- Saxohpone Alex Wesson- Trombone Robert Johnston- Guitar Matt Findlay- Bass Ted Carrasco- Drums
Dave began his forays into music at an early age, receiving piano lessons from his mother and regularly attending live music events with his family. Before long he moved onto the clarinet, studying under Jenny Knight and Emma Cypher-Neale. As a clarinet player Dave helped lead his school's concert band, including conducting at a number of concerts. He also played in and conducted the West Wiltshire Wind Band over a number of years.
Alongside his formal music study Dave fostered a passion for performing by playing drums in a local punk band All Else Fails and had his first professional gigs at the age of 16 with the function outfit Geisha House, playing at weddings and events in the Wiltshire area.The combination of these experiences led Dave to study BA Music at the University of Southampton. Upon his arrival he chose jazz alto saxophone as his second-study; this has proven to be a defining decision in his career. Before long, under the tutelage of David Bitelli, alto saxophone became his first instrument, a lifelong passion and ongoing challenge.
During his time at university Dave composed for and performed as part of modern jazz septet Diaspora. As well as this, Dave has performed alongside British jazz greats Soweto Kinch, Abram Wilson, Jason Marsalis, Reuben James, The World Service Project and Denys Baptiste. In his final summer at Southampton University, he went on tour to Rotterdam with the Southampton University Jazz Orchestra where they performed at North Sea Jazz Festival 2013.Since graduating Dave has been forging a reputation as an exciting, innovative and highly professional saxophonist incorporating live electronics. Currently, Dave is playing in a number of jazz outfits including his own sextet and as part of the guitar and sax duo. He is a busy session player with function and wedding bands across the UK and plays with the talented DB Horns, who tour with award-winning tribute acts ‘And Finally...Phil Collins’ and ‘Talon: Best of the Eagles’.
Dave is also a prolific nightclub musician, holding residencies in south coast clubs Cafe Parfait and Bonsai Lounge, with drummer Jake Horn as part of Sticks and Licks and as a soloist. This experience has allowed him to play alongside DJs to huge crowds at festivals like Bournemouth 7s 2014, which was attended by 30,000 people.
Most recently Dave has recorded an album with 16-piece afrobeat band, The Sea Slugs. Women, They Cause Fear was released independently on 2nd May 2015 and can be heard here. Dave had a busy summer of festivals including Bournemouth 7's and Common People amongst others and a busy schedule with his function band, Box Party.
Dave is now establishing himself on the London jazz scene and is playing regularly with 'Tiki', a dynamic trio playing up to date covers with top London session musicans. Since his arrival in the capital Dave has performed sets at the legendary Ronnie Scott's and Windsor Castle and has provided entertainment for corporate clients including Ted Baker, Lidl, NAIM and Serco.
As a native to London I have been exposed to various forms of music from an early age. From an early age I was being tutored by renowned saxophonist, Mornington Lockett. Whilst being a student of Mornington I performed with Lockett on many occasions including the Bulls Head, Thames Jazz festival and various venues in London.
I also attended the Junior Jazz group at the Royal Academy of Music every Saturday where I gained a wealth of knowledge and experience under Nick Smart. With this group I played at venues including Pizza Express Jazz club (Dean Street) and Ronnie Scott’s. I then became lead alto in ‘The Jazz Funk Collective’, touring with them for three years around London and Ireland performing at venues such as The Blue Note, The Boom Boom Room and Galway Jazz club.
I achieved a B.Mus. Hon Jazz performance degree from a world class London conservatory in 2012 studying for four years under renowned musicians including: Russell Van Den Berg, Jason Yard, Mark Lockhart, Simon Purcell. World famous Jazz master Jean Toussaint (Art Blakey) decided to mentor me for 2 years post graduation (2012/13). I released my first album 'Next Beginning' in November 2014 on the renowned F-IRE Label gaining critical acclaim, in particular from the National Guardian,' His assurance and inventiveness are impressive at any tempo' and Jazzwise Magazine. I have toured England, Wales and Scotland performing music from my album. A quote from a recent tour - 'Eagles is one of The UK's best contemporary saxmen' - Bebop Spoken Here. I have performed at some of London's best venues with my band such as: Pizza Express Jazz club - Soho a number of times, The Queen Elizabeth Hall - Southbank, The Clore Ball Room - Royal Festival Hall, The Spice of Live, The London Jazz festival three times. I am active on the UK music scene performing in many different bands such as Nomad Soul Collective of which we performed for SERIOUS at this years London Jazz Festival, Emeka Presents - Kalakuta, The Philip Clouts Quartet of which we have just completed a very successful album release UK tour, a quote about myself from Philip's album - '...his deftly swerving post - bop inventiveness illuminates the initially languid Dreamy Driving...' - John Fordham The National Guardian. Samuel is currently preparing to release his 2nd album in early 2017 on Whirlwind Records.
Line Up: Samuel Eagles - Alto Saxophone, Duncan Eagles - Tenor Saxophone, Ralph Wyld - Vibraphone, Sam Leak - Piano, Max Luthert - Double Bass, Dave Hamblett - Drums
Info to come.
Daniel Gassin is an Australian pianist of French-American descent who has recently relocated to Paris.
In 2007 Daniel was the sole Australian to reach the finals of the Jazz Solo Piano Competition at the iconic Montreux Jazz Festival.
In 2008 he was selected to participate in the Jazz & Creative Music Workshop in Banff, Canada, headed by acclaimed U.S. trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas. In the same year, the Daniel Gassin Trio released its second album “Crossover” which was recorded by and for Mal Stanley's Jazztrack program on ABC national radio.
In 2010, the Daniel Gassin Trio performed at the Dubai International Jazz Festival and the Queenstown International Jazz Festival.
In 2011 Daniel made his Wangaratta International Jazz Festival debut as leader with his newly-formed Sextet.
In July of that year, the Daniel Gassin Sextet’s debut album, featuring all original compositions, was released to critical acclaim and widespread national airplay. The album was nominated for Best Jazz Album at the Independent Music (AIR) Awards, and the track "Banff Song" earned a nomination for the 2012 Jazz Bell Awards for Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year.
Daniel has recently returned from Australia where he won Third Prize in the finals of the National Jazz Awards.
In addition to performing and touring extensively with many of Australia’s finest jazz musicians, Daniel has performed with US jazz greats Dave Liebman, Bob Sheppard, George Garzone and John Riley.
Daniel Gassin is a Yamaha artist.
Another former resident of Southampton, Tom White has gone on to become one of the best trombone players in Europe. To put it simply, this is going to be one of the best sessions of this season. Tom's compositions are intricate, sophiscated & catchy. His Band is comprised of some of the most sought after and interesting players of this generation.
Nothing really needs to be said about local legend, Jay Fashole-Luke. If you've enjoyed music in Southampton in the past 5-10 years, chances are that he's been involed in playing, promoting, or organising it. The great music scene in this city is largely due to his hard work and we're excited to have him back at The SMJC!
Hailing originally from Montreal in Canada, Eric Guy did the rounds in rock bands as a teenager before enrolling in the Jazz program at Vanier college, where he studied electric and acoustic bass with session veteran Vic Angelillo, arranging with Christopher Smith and composition under Joe Sullivan. He cut his teeth playing jazz around town with long-time friends and guitar virtuosos Jean-Sebastien Williams and Simon Angell (Patrick Watson), and the CJAD All-City Big Band under Denis Christiansen, amongst many others, and played in every musical situation available, from hip-hop to gypsy music, and everything in between. He also made a mark in the Hip-Hop/RnB session scene, notably with El Verso, whose singles have been getting massive airplay.
In the period between 2002 and 2007 Eric sailed the high seas for parts of the year, playing bass for the luxury cruise lines Celebrity and Crystal Cruises, culminating in his appointment as band master and musical director in 2006 on the Crystal Symphony.
All the while, he continued to study privately with the likes of Rufus Reid, David Friesen and UK electric bass virtuoso Janek Gwizdala. His growing interest in composition and orchestration led him to delve deeply in the music of Schoenberg, Shostakovich, Mingus, and countless others, as well as completing a MIDI orchestration course under Ben Newhouse at Berklee College of music. Since moving to London in 2008, Eric Guy has been making his mark in both the Jazz and Pop scene, notably playing with Anton Browne, Mike Coates and Duncan Eagles in the jazz side of things, and with session ace Chris Madin (Strictly come dancing) and chart-topper DJ Ironik in the pop world.
Adam Goldsmith's guitar work has featured on albums worldwide with sales totalling in the millions and TV shows and films with audience figures well into the tens of millions. He has worked with artists from Gloria Estefan to the London Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic to Meatloaf, and Brian May to Beverley Knight.
He has also played on countless TV shows including The Voice, Pop Idol, Children in Need, Popstar to Operastar, Strictly Come Dancing, the Royal Variety Show and many others.
This all-star band features stalwarts of the UK session scene, playing their take on music written by John Schofield, Pat Metheny, and Steely Dan amongst others. This night of jazz-infused blues features Steve Pearce on Bass (Tom Jones, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder), Simon Allen on Saxophone (Stan Tracey, Jamie Cullum, Beverley Knight), Simon Carter on keyboards (Jamiroquai, Anastasia, Corinne Bailey Rae), and West End star drummer Doug Harper.
As a pianist Andrew has worked with a long list of musicians including Mornington Lockett, Ed Jones, Spike Robinson, Dave O’Higgins, John Etheridge, Pete Wareham, Clark Tracey, Lanny Morgan and with bands as diverse as ‘The Dick Heckstall‐Smith Sextet’, the funk group ‘The Jazz Terrorists’ and the Mingus tribute group ‘On the Corner’, recorded for 33 Records. He has performed at The Royal Festival Hall, The Barbican, The Jazz Café, Vortex and many other venues.
Andrew’s Jazz compositions, although firmly rooted in the sound of the genre, often reflect the flavour of the other music in his output. The Andrew Daniels Ensemble was formed to showcase these pieces and brings together an exciting group of musicians, balancing improvisation with the weight given to the detailed writing and compositional development within the music.
Eddy White was born in the English coastal town of Eastbourne in 1986, relocating to Southampton at the age of three. He is now based in London. He took up music in 1996, originally starting with the piano. However, with a developing interest in rock music of the '70s such as Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, he switched to guitar a year later. At this time, Eddy was influenced by guitarists such as Jimmy Page, Slash and Steve Vai. He was very keen and enthusiastic about playing, practising some six hours a day when he was in his early teens. Eddy ended up playing in many bands around the age of 15, notably the Hampshire Youth Jazz Orchestra. It was around this time that he started to develop an interest in jazz, and nowadays his musical stylings and influences are broad and diverse. At the age of 16, he gained his Grade 8 on guitar, and received the Morley-Scott 'Musician Of The Year' award a few months later. In 2009, Eddy graduated from the University of Southampton with a BA (Hons) degree in Music.
From mid-August 2010 to early January 2011, Eddy was working primarily in the USA on board The Sapphire Princess cruise liner (Princess Cruises), which toured the US (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, French Polynesia, The Samoan Islands, Fiji, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. In late February until mid-June 2011, he worked on board the Emerald Princess touring the Caribbean and Europe. His latest cruise ship work was on board the illustrious Queen Victoria (Cunard), performing for 5 weeks with the Royal Court Theatre Orchestra (November until December 2014).
From January 2013 to September 2014, Eddy was the guitarist for the theatre tour of 'New Jersey Nights,' performing all over the UK in high-end theatres to sell-out audiences. The show was devised by acclaimed theatre producer David King.
In March 2016, Eddy toured Germany for 16 days, performing in the show 'Sinatra & Friends.'.
Mick Hanson is one of the UK’s leading exponents of jazz guitar. His unique style is a masterful fusion of his early blues roots with the honest swinging jazz of the 50’s and 60’s. Mick has worked and recorded with many of the worlds best known performers including Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Dick Morrissey, Brian Dee, Gordon Beck and Dave Newton, and recorded two critically acclaimed albums as a leader.
John William Coltrane would have been 90 years old this week (Sept. 23rd). We are celebrating with Paul Young and, amongst other works, A love supreme.
Piers Green is an in demand London based session saxophonist who performs regularly across the UK and Europe. Equally at home in any genre, he has worked with JTQ, Frazey Ford, Push, The Snitch, Clark Tracey as well as many others. He also records for Film and TV, more recently Top Coppers (BBC2) and Dancing on the Edge.
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