• THE ALLISON NEALE QUARTET

    Date: 
    Monday 25th September 2017 at 8:00pm
    Ticket Price: 
    £12

    American born altoist ALLISON NEALE'S beautifully crafted lines evoke the spirit of Paul Desmond and
    Art Pepper with whom she has a particular affinity.

    As a strong advocate of the melodic West Coast style she has performed alongside leading international artists such as Adelaide Hall and Bud Shank and more recently tenorist Scott Hamilton as well as featuring in both the John Dankworth ‘Generations‘ Band and the “Back to Basie’ Orchestra.

    This evening Allison presents her Quartet featuring simply superb musicians :

    LEON GREENING - Keys.........DARIO DE LECCE - Bass.........MATT FISHWICK - Drums

    http://www.allisonneale.com
    http://www.mattfishwick.net

  • KEN PEPLOWSKI & JULIAN MARC STRINGLE QUARTET

    Date: 
    Monday 2nd October 2017 at 8:00pm
    Ticket Price: 
    £15

    “Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist” Russell Davies, BBC2 August 2013

    After a year of college, Ken joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow. “Buddy heard me with my quartet at a Cleveland jazz festival along with Teddy Wilson’s trio and the Dorsey band, and made an offer right then and there for me to not only play lead alto, but to have a feature spot on the clarinet with the rhythm section. It was a great ‘road-school’ – we learned the discipline that goes with playing one-nighters every day for 48 weeks out of the year, and Buddy was a great, very generous bandleader.”

    Peplowski met Sonny Stitt while on the road with the Dorsey band, and studied with him. “He was, and is, an inspiration to all of of us who make a living ‘on the road’ – I’ve never heard anybody play with such amazing consistency as Sonny, through all kinds of settings.”

    In 1984, Benny Goodman came out of retirement and put together a new band, hiring Ken on tenor saxophone.

    Ken is joined this evening by JULIAN MARC STRINGLE - Master Clarinettist and said by the late John Dankworth to be the best to emerge in British Jazz for decades.

    The evening is completed by the simply superb CRAIG MILVERTON TRIO

    http://www.kenpeplowski.com
    http://www.julianmarcstringle.com
    http://www.craigmilverton.co.uk/index.htm

  • RON DRAKE QUARTET

    Date: 
    Monday 9th October 2017 at 8:00pm
    Ticket Price: 
    £12

    It's always a delight to welcome RON DRAKE back to Bexley. Ron began his musical life in the 60s with the Alan Elsdon Band - in which Campbell Burnap also played and during which time the two formed a friendship which lasted until Campbell's death. Ron later worked with Rod Mason and the Alex Welsh Reunion Band. His Jazz style is cultured and impeccable (rather like the man himself) and is a joy to hear. Ron is widely respected in the world of jazz as one of the very finest reed players.

    The evening Ron is supported by TED BEAMENT, JEROME DAVIES and ROD BROWN

    http://www.jeromedavies.com

  • KAREN SHARP & ROBERT FOWLER QUINTET

    Date: 
    Monday 16th October 2017 at 8:00pm
    Ticket Price: 
    £12

    KAREN SHARP - SAXOPHONES & CLARINET - makes a very welcome return to Bexley.

    With remarkably little fuss, Karen rose from newcomer in Humphrey Lyttelton's final band to being voted top tenor saxophonist in 2010's British jazz Awards. Her style is so flexible that she can move effortlessly from an old standard like "Bye Bye Baby" to her own ethereal title track - adjusting the sound through subtle shifts of tone and attack. Humph persuaded her to add baritone to her tenor - and she is equally impressive on that. Karen is indisputedly A-team and her material full of surprises.

    This evening Karen is joined by the superb ROBERT FOWLER on Tenor and Baritone together with JOHN PEARCE/keys, PAUL MORGAN/Double Bass and BOBBY

    http://www.karensharp.net

  • DAMON BROWN QUARTET

    Date: 
    Monday 23rd October 2017 at 8:00pm
    Ticket Price: 
    £12

    DAMON BROWN is a superb musician with a unique voice on both Trumpet and Flugelhorn.
    This evening Damon will be playing along with :

    LEON GREENING/Keys - ADAM KING/Double Bass - MATT SKELTON on drums.

    http://www.damonbrownjazz.wordpress.com

  • GASCOYNE/O'HIGGINS QUARTET

    Date: 
    Monday 30th October 2017 at 8:00pm
    Ticket Price: 
    £12

    Saxophonist DAVE O'HIGGINS and Bassist GEOFF GASCOYNE co-lead this group - which is completed by pianist GRAHAM HARVEY and drummer SEBASTIAN DE KROM. It would be hard to find a more experienced or intuitive quartet on the UK jazz scene.

    We're delighted, here at Bexley, to form part of their UK 2017 Tour.

    http://www.daveohiggins.com
    http://www.geoffgascoyne.com

  • DENISE KING QUARTET

    Date: 
    Monday 6th November 2017 at 8:00pm
    Ticket Price: 
    £12

    Artists aren't made - they are born. DENISE KING is no exception t this rule. She comes to us via top venues in Philadelphia, New York, Paris, Turkey, Briazil, Africa, Germany and Japan - with much of her phrasing borrowed from Sarah Vaughan, Ella, Nat 'King' Cole and Sinatra - from Carmen McCrea and Nina Simone.
    This evening at Bexley we welcome another Great Lady of Jazz.

    Accompanying Denise this evening will be John Pearce, keys - Simon Woolf, Double Bass - Winston Clifford - Drums.

    http://www.denisekingsings.com
    http://www.woolfnotes.co.uk

  • GREG ABATE Quartet

    Date: 
    Monday 13th November 2017 at 8:00pm
    Ticket Price: 
    £12

    GREG ABATE - from the United States - is back with us once more - a Bebopper pure and simple. One who brings passion and a lovely melodic tone to his playing.

    GREG ABATE is a man who has built a career as a powerhouse reed man and a proponent of the mainstream bebop style - earning the nickname "The Prince of Bop". He is a multi instrumentalist - equally at home on alto, tenor, soprano, baritone, flute........think Charlie Parker, Phil Woods. From an album recorded with Phil Woods - Greg will include in his programme this evening the very lovely WILLOW WEEP FOR ME.

    Greg will be supported this evening by the superb CRAIG MILVERTON/keys - SANDY SUCHODOLSKI/double bass and NICK MILLWARD, drums.

    http://www.gregabate.com
    http://www.craigmilverton.co.uk

  • THE MARK CROOKS QUARTET

    Date: 
    Monday 20th November 2017 at 8:00pm
    Ticket Price: 
    £12

    MARK CROOKS is a star on the Clarinet ........he pops up all over the London scene. Mark is a member of the superb Back to Basie Orchestra and the John Wilson Orchestra - and although he has worked in a wide range of musical settings Mark is, undoubtedly, most at home in the Jazz World.

    This evening Mark will be accompanied by RICHARD BUSIAKIEZICZ/Keys - DAVE CHAMBERLAIN/Bass and ROD BROWN/drums

    http://www.davechamberlain.biz

  • THE CHRIS INGHAM QUARTET

    Date: 
    Monday 27th November 2017 at 8:00pm
    Ticket Price: 
    £12

    The CHRIS INGHAM Quartet's new CD "DUDLEY" is a vibrant and moving homage to Dudley Moore - one of the British Jazz Piano greats.

    Chris Ingham has a warm and generous way with music with a style based on rhythmic presence and dynamic propulsion.....DOWNBEAT

    With Chris this evening will be PAUL HIGGS/trumpet - MARIANNE WINDHAM/double bass and GEORGE DOUBLE/drums

    http://www.chrisingham.co.uk
    http://www.paulhiggs.co
    http://www.mariannewindham/wordpress.com
    http://www.georgedouble.com

  • JIMMY HASTINGS & MARTIN SHAW QUINTET

    Date: 
    Monday 4th December 2017 at 8:00pm
    Ticket Price: 
    £12

    JIMMY HASTINGS - Professor of Jazz Saxophone at the London College of Music and back in 1998/2004 was also Professor of Jazz Saxophone to the Royal Marines School of Music.

    He was, of course, famously part of the Humphrey Lyttleton Band and the John Dankworth Generation Band.
    These days Jimmy deputises regularly with many of the big bands of today - including the Don Lusher Big Band, Paul Lacey's Back to Basie Band, the Syd Lawrence Band, The Echoes of Ellington Band and others.

    MARTIN SHAW - one of the country's top trumpet soloists playing with Big Bands to Quartets - from cutting edge jazz to contemporary pop & funk. Martin Shaw is a stunning musician at the top of his game.

    Completing the Quintet this evening will be :

    Ted Beament/keys - Dave Chamberlain/bass - Bobby Worth/drums

    http://www.hastings.co.uk/biography.htm
    http://www.pureblissmusic.com/artist/martin-shaw

  • X P Q - XENOPOULOS/PRICE QUARTET

    Date: 
    Monday 11th December 2017 at 8:00pm
    Ticket Price: 
    £12

    THE X P Q will be an entirely new and exciting venture for BEXLEY.

    For almost a decade Nigel Price and Vasilis Xenopoulos have established a strong musical partnership thrugh their shared stylistic and artistic connections.

    Their newly formed band pays homage to some of the great guitar/saxophone collaborations - such as
    Jim Hall/Sonny Rollins...Wes Montgomery/Johnny Griffin.....Kenny Burrell/Stanley Turrentine........
    Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd and, from the UK jazz scene, Dave Cliff/Geoff Simkins and the legendary Morrisey/Mullen/

    On Bass will be Dario de Lecce with Steve Brown on drums.

    It promises to be an exciting and innovative evening at BEXLEY.

    http://www.vasilisx.com
    http://www.nigelprice.biz

  • BEXLEY XMAS BASH WITH ALAN BARNES & DEREK NASH

    Date: 
    Monday 18th December 2017 at 8:00pm
    Ticket Price: 
    £12

    Here we go again - it's the BEXLEY CHRISTMAS BASH with, of course, DEREK NASH & ALAN BARNES.

    Derek has been a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004 - has led Sax Appeal for over 30 years, fronts the funk/fusion band Protect the Beat, and is a member of the Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion. He is also an "Honorary Son of Bexley" !

    Alan Barnes also needs no introduction having been a regular broadcaster over a 10 year period with the BBC Big Band and Radio Orchestra. He has toured and recorded with many of the Big Band leaders such as Kenny Baker, Bob Wilber, Don Weller, Stan Tracey, Mike Westbrook - not, of course, forgetting Spike Robinson's Tenor Madness. Together with his work as a session musician, on albums, film and television soundtracks and jingles - Alan is surely one of the busiest and most highly regarded musicians on the British music and jazz scene.

    Supporting Derek and Alan this evening will be a stellar Trio:

    David Newton/keyboard: Geoff Gascoyne/double bass: Clark Tracey/drums

    Oh - and let's not forget the Christmas Cake and Mince Pies !

    http://www.dereknash.com
    http://www.alanbarnesjazz.com
    http://www.geoffgascoyne.com
    http://www.clarktracey.com