If there is one piece of news this week which I know would have made John Dankworth proud, it would be to know that jazz is alive and well in the ‘Stow, E17, where he came from.
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The indomitable group of local resident musicians E17 Jazz have got their mojo (and more importantly their gig) back. E17 Jazz is a non-profit organization, devoted to high quality original music and to “engage with other local arts groups to further stimulate creative activity in the borough.” It is the sort of activity which people who witter on endlessly about “The Arts,” – check out an article which uses the phrase a staggering EIGHTY SEVEN TIMES– ought to engage with. Yah.
A new life, then, which kicks off tomorrow night, Wednesday 6th April at 8.30 with pianist Naadia Sheriff (MC and bandleader for Kate Dimbleby) followed by a Jam session.
Future dates fixed are:
Wednesday 13th April – Ryan Williams Flashmob with trumpeter Rory Simmons Will Collier, Bass and Nick Smalley, Drums
Wednesday 20th April – pianist Rick Simpson ‘s quartet
Wednesday 27th April – drummer Nick Smalley ’s Clunk
MAY 4th Jam
MAY 11TH – Cast http://www.cast/jazz.co.uk Pat Levett
Formed in late 2010 Cast perform their own eclectic reworkings of popular and lesser known standards. Pat Levett – Drums / James Allsopp – Saxophone / Rob Updegraff – Guitar / Dave Manington – Bass
MAY 18th – Nick Tomlain’s Silent Majority, featuring Nia Lynn on vocals and Gareth Lochrane on flutes.
MAY 25th – Big Band
JUNE 1st – Jam
JUNE 8th – Chris Lee
JUNE 15th – Vitor Pereira Quintet with Chris Williams of Led Bib, James Alsopp, Eddie Hick – drums , Will Collier – double bass and Vitor Pereira – guitars/ composition
JUNE 22nd – Cardboard Whale- Julie Kjaer – altosax & flute with Dylan Bates , Matt Scott – accordion, Oren Marshall and Paul May.
JUNE 29th – Bobby Wellins with John Turville trio
July 6th – JAM Hosted by Tori Freestone
July 13th – Jez Franks Trio
July 20th – Tom Hewson’s Treehouse with Lewis Wright – vibraphone
and Calum Gourlay – bass
Admission is CHEAP! £5 for audience, £3 for participants WHERE? Walthamstow Cricket Club, 48a Greenway Avenue, E17 3QN
good to know,the small gigs were great a couple of years ago when I lived in Walthamstow,and together with the Monday jazz jams at the Troy bar is a good place to break the routine during weekdays
June 8th – Chris Lee trumpet, Ralph Weedon piano, Tim Giles drums, Will Collier bass. Playing tunes by Thelonious Monk. Beautiful compositions like Introspection, Ugly Beauty and Monks Mood that dont get heard enough. Hope you can make it.