Tuesday, 29 April, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£5 on the door

Stepney born, raised on the Isle of Wight, tenor saxophonist Mornington Lockett returned to London to attend the Guildhall School of Music. As a member of the Ronnie Scott Sextet, Mornington worked extensively in Britain and abroad. He has recorded albums with Ronnie Scott, guitarist Jim Mullen, drummer Martin Drew, jazz singers Sarah Jane Morris, Claire Martin and Ian Shaw and the rock band Oasis. In 2001 Mornington and the late Martin Drew formed the group 'Celebrating The Jazz Couriers', recreating the classic 1950s group which featured Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott. In 2004 the group disbanded, and reformed as the 'New Couriers' taking in the Tubby Hayes Quartet repertoire and also the compositions of the great British pianist and vibraphone player, Victor Feldman. "Saxophonist Mornington Lockett must be one of the most complete masters of the instrument alive today" - Dave Gelly, The Observer.

Tuesday, 8 April, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Tonight we proudly present the one man institution that is Peter King. In the words of one critic, "the finest alto saxophonist that Britain has ever produced, and one of the finest in the world today" - Dave Gelly. Peter King has been a major influence on the British jazz scene ever since he played, at the age of eighteen, the opening night of the original Ronnie Scott’s in 1959. He’s worked with such legends as Bud Powell, Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Milt Jackson, Lalo Schifrin, George Coleman and the Ray Charles Orchestra. "A wonderful musician, Peter King, of course, is a master of his instrument. People are aware of that here in America as well as in England" - Elvin Jones. "World’s great Altoist...My Man!" - Nat Adderley. "Peter King is one of the best musicians in the world" - Lalo Schifrin.

Tuesday, 1 April, 2014


8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Born in Vancouver, Canada 1982, Jay took up the trumpet at 11 years of age. At 15 he became the youngest artist to lead his own band at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Keen to develop his career further, Jay moved to London at the age of 17 where he immediately attracted the attention of Gary Crosby who engaged him as a dep for Jazz Jamaica All Stars and Nu Troop. In 2002 Gary offered him a place in the core band of Tomorrow's Warriors. Formerly co-frontman of the much admired band Empirical, Jay is a featured member of Dennis Rollins’ Badbone & Co and has performed with Andrew Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Brown, George Benson and Hugh Masakela. Jay's solo debut album Jay Walkin’, was released in November 2010 "..evoking the spirit of the 1940′s New York Birdland scene"

Tuesday, 25 March, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£5 on the door

Tonight we welcome back the affable Derek Nash, a vibrant and charismatic performer on all four saxes from soprano to baritone. Derek is of course best known as leader and arranger, since its inception 30 years ago, of the award winning ensemble 'Sax Appeal'. His playing credits include David Sanborn, Mavis Staples, Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, Jools Holland and the late Spike Robinson with whom he recorded an award winning CD 'Young Lions Old Tigers'. Derek is also a respected recording engineer, he was awarded a gold disc for his work on 'Pointless Nostalgic' by Jamie Cullum and has recorded for Bobby Wellins, Dave O'Higgins, Martin Drew, Geoff Gascoyne, Georgie Fame & George Melly.

Tuesday, 18 March, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Head of Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music, Nick Smart is an internationally renowned jazz educator, trumpeter and musical director. In 2013 he was the winner of the prestigious Parliamentary Award for Jazz Education. 2005, Nick released his debut album 'Remembering Nick Drake' to critical acclaim. The album featured Smart’s arrangements of Nick Drake’s music played by an all star line-up including John Parricelli, Paul Clarvis, Christine Tobin and Stan Sulzmann amongst others. It was described by Straight No Chaser magazine as "..a future classic because it really captures all that is best about British jazz..". Rob Townsend started playing the sax when he got fed up with carting drums around. A senior lecturer in Jazz at Middlesex University, he has performed with a broad range of leading musicians including Django Bates, Sam Rivers, Iain Ballamy, Tim Garland, Mark Lockheart and Bill Bruford. Rob has been a featured soloist with ex Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett for a number of years, touring internationally and recording a number of albums and DVDs.

Tuesday, 11 March, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£5 on the door

Art Themen, orthopaedic surgeon (now retired) and illustrious saxman, remains a firm favourite on the British jazz scene with a pedigree as long as Southend Pier. Art was involved in the early British blues movement with Alexis Korner’s All Stars, Jack Bruce’s Band and Long John Baldry’s Hoochie Coochie Men. He has played and recorded with the bands of Michael Garrick, Graham Collier, Don Weller and in 1974 began a long association with Stan Tracey. He also toured and recorded with Charlie Parker alumni, Red Rodney and Al Haig. “Originally a Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins disciple..Themen has proved himself remarkably attentive to the saxophone styles of subsequent generations. The atonal whirlings of Evan Parker are evident, alongside John Coltrane's sheets of sound, and the full-bodied, vibrato-laden rhapsodising of long-gone swing stars such as Coleman Hawkins” - John Fordham, The Guardian.

Tuesday, 4 March, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Martin Shaw was born into a family of musicians, both his mother and father being accomplished pianists. He began piano lessons at the age of 9 and started studying the trumpet at the age of 11. Four years later Martin became a member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain and remained there for 3 years. He subsequently gained a place at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1989 Martin was invited to study at Berklee college of music in Boston. Martin has worked with many leading jazz artists including Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Pete King, Dick Morrisey, Tim Garland and numerous big bands including the BBC Big Band; he has also recorded, performed live and toured extensively with various pop artists including Sting, Jamiroquai, Natalie Cole, Paul Young and the Brand New Heavies. In 2001 Martin was appointed professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Co-fronting tonight, Sam Mayne is also a former student of the Royal Academy of Music. Sam's work credits include Billy Cobham, Amy Winehouse, BBC Big Band & Concert Orchestra, Joe Locke, Victor Bailey, Django Bates, Tim Garland, Stan Tracey, Joe Lovano, Bud Shank, Patti Austin and Gladys Knight.

Tuesday, 25 February, 2014


8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Steve Melling Trio

Steve Melling was brought up in Preston, Lancs and studied at Goldsmiths' College in London before joining the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. In the late 1970's he began playing professionally when he toured with Harry Beckett and Elton Dean. He played keyboards with Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia in 1986-7, and in 1987 and 1989 toured the Far East with the Clark Tracey quintet and made three albums with the band. Steve worked with Tim Whitehead in 1988-9, and played on his album Decision. Steve  has worked for many years with Alan Skidmore and can be heard on his quartet album East To West and on three recordings of a band which combined a jazz quintet and African percussionists and came to be known as Ubizo. During the 1990's Steve worked and recorded with Claire Martin, Alan Skidmore and Peter King and played regularly at Ronnie Scott's with these and several other bands and his trio. In 1996 he recorded his own album Trio Duo Solo. Steve has also played with many American jazz musicians including concerts with Jazz Machine, a band led by the legendary drummer Elvin Jones. He has also worked with Phil Woods, Benny Golson, James Moody and Charles McPherson. From 1996-98 he was Professor of Jazz Piano at London’s Royal College of Music. In 2000 Steve joined The New Couriers, a band formed by Martin Drew and Mornington Lockett and made four albums with them.

Tuesday, 18 February, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£8 on the door

John Altman Big Band

  • soprano sax, baritone sax & arrangements: John Altman
  • trumpets: Quentin Collins, Noel Langley, Enrico Tomasso & Steve Waterman
  • trombones: Gordon Campbell, Trevor Mires, Sarah Williams & Andy Wood
  • saxes: Jay Craig, Frank Griffiths, Sam Mayne, Bob Sydor & Jamie Talbot
  • tuba: Graham Read
  • guitar: John Etheridge
  • piano: Barry Green
  • bass: Oli Hayhurst
  • drums: Peter Cater
Now something of an institution at the East Side, Emmy and BAFTA winning composer John Altman formed his big band in 1985. Dubbed "the best big band in the UK" by the Daily Telegraph, it is certainly the only big band to have performed on a number 1 worldwide hit single (Bjork's "It's Oh So Quiet") and in 2 top 5 hit movies (Little Voice and Shall We Dance). With all material written and/or arranged by John and showcasing the star studded line up of great jazz soloists this should be as memorable a night as were the last seven years' sold out performances. John's long playing career has seen him perform with jazz giants like Al Cohn, Jimmy Heath, Chet Baker, Bud Freeman and Joe Newman. John wishes to make it known that he has never won a BBC Jazz Award!

Tuesday, 11 February, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Chris Laurence Quartet

Chris Laurence has maintained a dual career in both jazz and classical music. He plays regularly with John Surman, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor and Norma Winstone. In the classical world he was principal double bass with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Jazz artists he's recorded with include J.J. Johnson, Tony Coe, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan and Johnny Mathis. 'New View' was Chris's debut album with his quartet. "Laurence is clearly a democratic leader, but what he brings to New View, in addition to an astute choice of band mates and material, is an homage to Burton's guitar-based groups that transcends mere mimicry. It's a fine debut and one that will hopefully be the start of a somewhat late-in-life solo career" - John Kelman, allaboutjazz.com

Tuesday, 4 February, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£8 on the door

Zoot Money's
Big Roll Band

Fondly remembered by those of us of a certain age for 60's gigs at the Flamingo Club in Soho and Klooks Kleek, tonight we are priviledged to host the legendary Zoot Money. At school Zoot played the French horn and sang in the choir, life changed when he discovered Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles, took up keyboard and, by the beginning of the 1960s, Hammond organ. In 1961 he formed the Big Roll Band playing soul, jazz and R&B. Famed far and wide for his combination of outrageous antics (including "shocking" trouser activity that predated PJ Proby by several years), tight musicianship and passionate vocal delivery. Zoot's countless musical associations include Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, Georgie Fame, Alan Price, Ruby Turner, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Steve Marriott & Ronnie Lane, Peter Green and Eric Burdon.

Tuesday, 28 January, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£5 on the door

Born in Perth, Western Australia. Brandon Allen started playing the piano at the age of 10, then played classical guitar for one year before taking up the saxophone at age 13. Since arriving in the UK, he has worked with many varied artists including Eric Clapton, Mica Paris, Jools Holland, Neil Diamond, Kyle Eastwood and Liane Caroll. He hosts the Late Late Show at Ronnie Scotts every Wednesday with his quartet. "Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today. His phrasing is unashamedly emotional, soaked in the blues tradition." - Tony Hall, Jazzwise

Tuesday, 21 January, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£5 on the door

Steve Waterman began his career while studying at Trinity College of Music. He is professor of jazz trumpet at The Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College. Steve has his own quintet and in 2003 formed an 18-piece jazz orchestra playing his original compositions. As well as eight notable albums under his own leadership, he has recorded with the likes of Carla Bley, Mike Garrick, Graham Collier and Alan Barnes. Steve’s most recent album 'Buddy Bolden Blew It', is described as a history of jazz through tunes written by trumpet players. Inspired by the legendary Buddy Bolden, acknowledged as the first major figure of this music form in New Orleans at the start of the 20th century.

Tuesday, 14 January, 2014


8.30 - 11.00pm
£5 on the door

As a saxophonist and composer, Mark Lockheart's work often defies categorisation and crosses the boundaries of the jazz, new music and folk worlds. Mark came to prominence in the mid 1980s with the influential and radical big band Loose Tubes, which he toured with throughout the USA and Europe and recorded with until its demise in 1989. In the mid-nineties Mark toured extensively with Django Bates' Delightful Precipice. Subsequent projects include Mark Lockheart's In Deep, Seb Rochford's Polar Bear, Perfect Houseplants, Disassembler and Robert Wyatt’s Soup Songs. Voted ‘Parliamentary Jazz Musician of the Year’  for 2010, Mark's CD 'Days Like These' features seven original compositions played by Mark with the NDR Big Band. In 2013 Mark released ‘Ellington In Anticipation’ a radical reworking of Ellington tunes with an all star line up including  tonight’s pianist Liam Noble. The CD had many 4 and 5 star reviews and was MOJO magazine's Jazz Album of 2013.