Tuesday, 28 April, 2015

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Born Birmingham 1964, Dave learnt trumpet, drums and piano at school but was self taught on the sax. Dave’s playing credits include Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Cleo Laine & John Dankworth, Martin Taylor, Jim Mullen, Matt Bianco, Jason Rebello, Clark Tracey Sextet, Peter Gabriel and Jamie Cullum. Winner of the 1995 BT British Jazz Awards in the tenor sax and rising star categories. Dave’s most seen and heard career moment (and arguably moment of least artistic merit!)...as the busker in “The Return of Mr Bean”. “O’Higgins, well - does he know just how good he is? When it comes to bop of any kind, on either soprano or tenor saxophones, he is, live, one of our few world-class players, capable of holding his own with the Americans” - Sholto Byrnes, The Independent.

Tuesday, 21 April, 2015

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

"Christian Brewer’s alto sound is light - though he can dig in when needed - and he is a remarkably fluent and craftsmanlike improviser. Though fresh ideas flow inexorably, Brewer is not tempted to waste notes despite his fluency, so that there’s a real sense of purpose about his work." - Peter Martin, Jazz UK (reviewing Cristian's CD 'Seesaw'). "..A Phil Woods - like accuracy on fast tracks..and a soul searching Art Pepper quality to his ballad playing.." - Duncan Heining, Jazzwise. Martin Shaw 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.

Tuesday, 14 April, 2015

8.30 - 11.00pm
£8 on the door

Omar Puente with the East Side Latin All Stars

Tonight we get in the Cuban groove with our good friend Omar Puente and I defy anyone to sit still for long. The infectious cross rhythms from this authentic combo are guaranteed to get the club cooking. Omar began serious music studies at the age of 8. At 12 he left his family to take up a place at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana. His education was furthered by playing with fellow students and visiting tutors such as Paquito d’Rivera and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1998 he formed the group Raices Cubanas (Cuban Roots). Since arriving in England, Omar has maintained an international profile, playing all over Europe, USA and Africa with such musicians as Tito Puente, Kirsty MacColl, Jools Holland, Courtney Pine and recently Nigel Kennedy 's new, three-electric-violin "Chilling-est Violinists". Omar teaches jazz violin at Leeds College of Music and conducts workshops in schools on the cultural and musical development of Cuba.

Tuesday, 24 March, 2015

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

Born in Oldham, Lancs, Annie Whitehead learnt trombone at school and by the age of fourteen was already busy playing with brass bands, local dance groups and the Manchester Youth Jazz Orchestra. At sixteen, she started her professional career with Ivy Benson's legendary All Girls Orchestra. Annie has worked with many well known artists including Elvis Costello, Joan Armatrading, Chris Rea, The Style Council and Robert Wyatt. She was a member of Chris MacGregor's Brotherhood of Breath, The Carla Bley Very Big Band and the Penguin Café Orchestra. She has contributed to more than 50 albums and has recorded five albums under her own name."Annie Whitehead is a trombonist of elegant technique and musical tastes taking in funk, salsa and ska as well as jazz" - John Fordham. "Space age themes, a rock influenced funk beat, impressive soloists.. one of the most individual and cohesive bands currently touring the jazz circuit" - The Times.

Tuesday, 17 March, 2015

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Born in London to Jamaican parents, Nathaniel cites his influences as Charlie Parker, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman. He began his music studies at the age of 14 with a degree from London's Royal Academy of Music and has distinguished himself as a creative composer and lyrical performer with a massive future. As well as working with such names as Jason Moran, Jack DeJohnette, Hugh Masekela, Courtney Pine and Julian Joseph, Nathaniel is of course a founding member of the award winning and widely acclaimed band Empirical. Their fifth studio album has recently been recorded following a week of unique concerts at Foyles Bookshop in the West End.

Tuesday, 10 March, 2015

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Born 1964 in the Midlands to Jamaican parents and raised in South Yorkshire, Dennis cut his teeth at the age of 14 performing with the Doncaster Youth Jazz Assoc. He moved to London and began playing with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the legendary all-black big band Jazz Warriors. A charismatic and energetic musician, composer and educator, well known on the British and international jazz scene, and celebrated for his versatility and unique approach to the underrated trombone. Dennis' group Badbone & Co walked off with the BBC's Jazz Award for Best Band 2006 and a year later Dennis achieved the British Jazz Award  in the trombone category. "..a groove-based brassman who seamlessly combines fluid improvising with the ability to kick the pulse of a band as irresistibly as a drummer"  - The Guardian.

Tuesday, 3 March, 2015

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 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, 24 February, 2015

8.30 - 11.00pm
£8 on the door

John Altman Big Band - 30th Anniversary Concert

  • soprano sax, baritone sax & arrangements: John Altman
  • trumpets: Quentin Collins, Mike Lovatt, Noel Langley & Steve Waterman
  • trombones: Gordon Campbell, Trevor Mires, Sarah Williams & Andy Wood
  • saxes: Alan Barnes, Jay Craig, Robert Fowler, Frank Griffiths & Bob Sydor
  • tuba: Graham Read
  • guitar: Mitch Dalton
  • piano: Barry Green
  • bass: Geoff Gascoyne
  • drums: Pete Cater
In early 1985 John Altman was asked to arrange an obscure Billie Holiday song for the young pop star Alison Moyet. It was her parents' favourite record and she'd grown up singing it. It was duly recorded as an album track, but then issued as a single and shot to the top of the charts within a week of release. Coincidentally at the same time John had to have a minor operation that put him at home for six weeks. He decided to use the time by creating a big band library for a one off gig at his local jazz club. Thirty years later he's at his local jazz club playing a one off gig with the big band! Four members of the original band will be here tonight with John plus an astounding roster of the top UK jazz musicians for the 30th anniversary concert of the band that the Daily Telegraph called “the best big band in Europe”. 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 all the previous sold out performances at the East Side. John's long playing career has seen him perform with jazz giants Al Cohn, Jimmy Heath, Chet Baker, Bud Freeman and Joe Newman to name but a few.

Tuesday, 17 February, 2015

8.30 - 11.00pm
£8 on the door

Township Comets

The Township Comets play the searing, joyous music of South African saxophonist Dudu Pukwana, a towering figure in township jazz and the European free scene. Chris Batchelor and Adam Glasser played with Pukwana in the ‘80’s, and the group features vocalist Pinise Saul, star of classic Zila records ‘Life In Bracknell and Willisau’ and ‘Zila 86’. Doubtless the roof will raise and the room will sway with the power and seduction of their sound. "I heard the Township Comets playing Dudu Pukwana's music, and Chris McGregor's legacy, and that was fantastic too. It was really like hearing those wonderful bands with Dudu in all over again." John Fordham - BBC Jazz on 3 review of London Jazz Festival.

Tuesday, 10 February, 2015


8.30 - 11.00pm
£8 on the door

The Clark Tracey Quintet

"This quintet is one of the liveliest and most creative groups of young musicians that Clark Tracey has led. The album nonetheless puts the drums in the forefront, opening with a forceful account of Tony Williams' "Lawra", introduced by Clark's toms and snare, and later including Clark's own tribute to another great percussionist in his composition "Elvin's Hug". The onomatopoeic "Rim Clicker" - another Clark composition - is self-explanatory.
The personnel includes several alumni of Birmingham Conservatoire, where Clark has taught for some time, and the result is a shared sense of purpose, but also conveying the feeling that these are musicians with a point to prove. Saxophonist Maddock has, as Jazzwise readers will know, won a Yamaha Jazz Scholarship, not to mention the Mike Gibbs/BBC Big Band Award for composition and arranging. He extends his solo skills here on Clark Terry's "A Pint Of Bitter", a gentle bluesy rambling number. On piano, Harry Bolt, back from leading the band on the Queen Mary 2, also makes his mark, notably on Cedar Walton's composition "Ojos De Rojo", where he nods in the composer's direction but remains his own man. Daniel Casimir's bass lines lock on to the drums, and add to the tight feel of the rhythm section. The outstanding soloist however is Henry Armburg Jennings, who is as at home on a poised flugelhorn ballad as he is playing more fiery trumpet excursions. His playing on "What's New" is the highlight of a very accomplished disc. The record has brought off that rare double - enticing a listener to want to hear the band live, and providing a perfect memento of how it sounds to those who have experienced it in concert." - Peter Vacher, Jazzwise Magazine

Tuesday, 3 February, 2015

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, 27 January, 2015

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Born 1936 in Glasgow, Bobby worked with Stan Tracey's Quartet during the 1960s, playing on the classic album "Under Milk Wood". In a poll by Jazz UK magazine, readers chose this record as their all-time favourite British jazz album. Bobby was absent from the jazz scene for a number of years, until in 1976 he formed a quartet and with Don Weller, a quintet. He was then able to perform regularly and start recording again. Bobby Wellins is and always has been an original with his own distinctive sound. "Bobby Wellins has a tenor sax tone so celebrated that it has become the one aspect of his playing everbody mentions. But that gorgeous, smoky sound is part of a complete style that involves articulation, phrasing and a delightfully wayward approach to time" - The Observer.

Tuesday, 20 January, 2015


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.
Stan Sulzmann’s career stretches back to the 60’s, when as part of a uniquely talented crop of British musicians, he played with Graham Collier, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler and Gordon Beck as well as leading his own groups.

Tuesday, 13 January, 2015

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

This evening we welcome several talented musicians completely new to the club, introduced to us by bassist, bandleader, composer, arranger and record producer Gary Crosby OBE. A founder member of the original Jazz Warriors, he leads Gary Crosby’s Nu Troop, Gary Crosby Trio, Guava, Jazz Jamaica and Jazz Jamaica All Stars. Gary is the nephew of guitarist Ernest Ranglin, who performed with Jazz Jamaica at Ronnie Scott’s in October 2009 as part of the club’s anniversary concert series. In 1991, Gary established Tomorrow’s Warriors, providing a platform for talented young musicians who wished to pursue a career in jazz. Over the following 13 years, the Tomorrow’s Warriors Jazz Café Jam Session became an institution and developed four generations of Warriors, including Denys Baptiste, J-Life and Soweto Kinch. In 2009, Gary was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Tuesday, 6 January, 2015


8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 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, 16 December, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

A vibrant and charismatic performer on all 4 sax's from soprano to baritone, Derek Nash is of course best known as leader and arranger, since its inception almost 30 years ago, of the award winning ensemble ‘Sax Appeal’. His playing credits include David Sanborn, Mavis Staples, Eric Clapton, Tom Jones and the late Spike Robinson with whom he recorded an award winning CD 'Young Lions Old Tigers'.
“If John Etheridge weren’t so brilliant he might be more famous. His versatility is confusing. What other guitarist could have begun his career as a member of Soft Machine and the Stephan Grappelli Quintet?” - Dave Gelly, Observer. John left Grappelli’s group in the early 80s. For the last twenty years he has pursued a career involving associations with many of the great players - he has appeared with: Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Pat Metheny and Nigel Kennedy. “I never wanted to be a star, just a highly respected musician like John Etheridge” - Sting, The Guardian. “One of the best guitarists in the world” - Pat Metheny.

Tuesday, 9 December, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Julian Siegel studied sax, clarinet and conducting at UEA, Norwich. Moving to London in 1991 he became known on his second instrument, the double bass. Now established as one of the most in-demand saxophonists on the scene, his current bands are the Julian Siegel Quartet featuring pianist Liam Noble, the Julian Siegel Trio with US stars drummer Joey Baron and bassist Greg Cohen and the influential band Partisans, co-led for the last 14 years with guitarist Phil Robson. Julian has played in large ensembles led by Andrew Hill, Mike Gibbs alongside Bill Frisell, Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum, the Hermeto Pascoal UK Big Band, Django Bates Delightful Precipice, John Taylor, Jazz Jamaica, Kenny Wheeler, Colin Towns with the NDR big band, Hans Koller New Memories Band with Steve Lacy and with Jason Yarde's'Acoutastic Bombastic' In smaller groups he has played with Gary Husband’s ‘Drive’, Django Bates’ Human Chain, NYC performance artist/violinist Laurie Anderson and pianist/singer-songwriter Steve Nieve, The Smith Quartet, Kirk Lightsey, Norma Winstone and Jason Palmer’s Quartet featuring Jeff Ballard.

Tuesday, 2 December, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

John Horler is a highly respected pianist and composer who has earned a formidable reputation on the British jazz scene over many years. His credentials as a musician are as impeccable as they are diverse. As his reputation grew he found himself increasingly supporting American jazz stars such as Bob Brookmeyer, Clark Terry, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Art Farmer, Pepper Adams, Bud Shank, and Shorty Rodgers. One of the most notable of these events was working with Chet Baker for a week at The Canteen in Great Queen Street.

Mark Nightingale is one of the most sought after session-musicians on the London scene. His rich and varied musical life has taken him from recording with Sting, Tom Jones, the Spice Girls and Robbie Williams to playing in the orchestras of Henry Mancini, Michel Legrand and Frank Sinatra. He has also performed in such esteemed jazz company as Clark Terry, Bill Holman, Slide Hampton, James Morrison and Ray Brown.

Tuesday, 25 November, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Familiar to us all as the accomplished leader of his astonishing big band, as well as a prolific composer for the movies, television and commercials, tonight John Altman lays down his baton to front a small group. An Emmy and BAFTA winning composer, John began his musical journey at age 3 with Judy Garland at the London Palladium. Commencing his recording and live career as an in-demand saxophonist in the late 60s he has performed with many of the major figures in music over the last few decades including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Muddy Waters, Nick Drake, Eric Clapton, Sting, Phil Collins, Jimmy Page, Little Richard and Van Morrison, also jazz giants Al Cohn, Jimmy Heath, Chet Baker, Bud Freeman and Joe Newman. His last quartet album recorded in LA was Observer Jazz CD of the month, as was his previous big band CD featuring vocalist Joan Viskant.

Tuesday, 18 November, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

Son of the late Jimmy Skidmore, also a tenor saxophonist, Alan has toured and recorded with Elvin Jones, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Mike Gibbs and Mike Westbrook, Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath, John Dankworth and Tubby Hayes Big Bands, the widely influential SOS group with Mike Osborne and John Surman as well as a continuing association with Georgie Fame’s Blue Flames. “Skidmore - one of the most ferociously virtuosic saxophonists to have emerged out of the British sax generation that worked up its momentum around 1970 - is no mere mirror of Coltrane’s glory. When he attacks the master’s long, twisting odysseys into melodic and harmonic density, he plays as if the effort is fearsome. To watch his chest pumping after a five-minute double-time avalanche of improvisation, you almost wish he would sit down and recover with a bit of Coltrane-like yoga breathing” - John Fordham, Guardian.

Tuesday, 11 November, 2014


8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Tonight, our annual welcome back to tenor ace Benn Clatworthy, grandson of the famous theatre and revue artist, Gertrude Lawrence. Raised in London he has been a resident of Los Angeles since 1980. As a teenager Benn took sax lessons from Ronnie Scott who recommended him to Berklee College, Boston. Benn’s distinctive, muscular saxophone and flute feature in his unique arrangements of standards from Cole Porter to Marvin Gaye, John Coltrane to the Beatles. His work credits include such notables as Cedar Walton, Lionel Hampton and Jimmy Cleveland. Benn has released eleven CDs to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Cecilia Coleman is one of the USA's most original voices both as pianist and composer/arranger. Born at Long Beach, CA and resident of New York, she has led her own groups since 1990. She is credited with seven CDs as a leader.

Tuesday, 4 November, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Glasgow born Jim Mullen is possibly best known for his long association with the legendary sax player Dick Morrisey. Their popular group Morrisey Mullen was at the forefront of the jazz-funk movement in the UK, producing seven albums. Jim has also gained acclaim backing vocalist Claire Martin on three albums. As a sideman he has been in demand by visiting U.S. stars like Gene Harris, Mose Allison, Jimmy Smith, Percy Sledge, Plas Johnson, Jimmy Witherspoon and Terry Callier. A dynamic and forceful player, his deep affinity with the blues gives his music a quality of earthy excitement.

Tuesday, 28 October, 2014


8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Tim Whitehead was born in Liverpool, the son of one of the original writers of Dennis the Menace in the Beano. His first public performance was as solo clarinettist in his school orchestra’s rendition of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, conducted by his fellow pupil, the now knighted, Sir Simon Rattle. From this promising musical beginning, Tim decided to follow a career in Law, but was pulled back to music, and more specifically jazz, soon after qualifying. In the 70s he toured with Ian Carr’s Nucleus and Graham Collier Music and won the Young Jazz Musicians of the Year Award with his own band South of the Border in 1977. In the 80’s he was a member of the big band Loose Tubes. In 2009 Tim was the first ever musician Artist in Residence at Tate Britain, to research and compose music in response to the work of JMW Turner. During the residency he wrote 'Colour Beginnings' which was performed at Tate Britain in November 2009 following a series of lecture demonstrations in October. The performance was also recorded for release in 2010. The London Jazz Festival commissioned Tim to compose 'Turner And The Thames' for the 2013 and 2014 festivals, which were performed by Tim's quartet.

Tuesday, 21 October, 2014


8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Woodstock survivor Henry Lowther has had a varied career since the 60’s working with both the Gil Evans and George Russell Orchestras, John Dankworth, Peter King, Kenny Wheeler, Charlie Watts, Loose Tubes and John Surman on the jazz scene, to Manfred Mann, Buzzcocks, John Mayall and Keef Hartley at the legendary Woodstock Festival in August 1969. On the classical side, Henry is an accomplished composer, as well as being a featured member of the London Brass Virtuosi. Allison Neale was born in Seattle, USA and raised in Northamptonshire. Skilled and versatile, equally at home on sax or flute, she started playing by ear at an early age, assimilating the stylistic approach of many players, but above all Paul Desmond and Art Pepper, with whom she still has a particular affinity.

Tuesday, 14 October, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

"Simon Spillett is the kind of big toned wailing tenor player that I like. The influences of Tubby Hayes and Johnny Griffin are clearly discernible in his sound, harmonic thinking and in his direct no-nonsense determination in getting things swinging. This refreshing attitude is also in evidence in his composing. He has written a whole raft of catchy hard bop tunes which are great launching pads for the soloist and that never fall into the trap of complexity for complexity's sake. A great player" - Alan Barnes. "Those of us who have heard him...have been left blinking in disbelief. It's not just his mastery of the tenor saxophone, phenomenal though that is, but the absolute conviction of his playing that is so impressive" - Dave Gelly, Sunday Observer. "The world's leading Tubbiologist" - Jack Massarik, Jazzwise.

Tuesday, 7 October, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Nottingham born, Tony Kofi studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Back in the UK he played with The Jazz Warriors and Gary Crosby's Nu Troop. His subsequent playing credits include Billy Higgins, Branford Marsalis, Byron Wallen, Claude Deppa, Donald Byrd, Lonnie Smith, Eddie Henderson, Jazz Jamaica All Stars and the big bands of Jean Toussaint and Julian Joseph. Tony's quartet was voted best ensemble at the 2005 Parliamentary Jazz Awards; their CD ‘Plays Monk - All Is Know’, was awarded ‘BBC Jazz Line-up Album of the Year 2005’. "If the parameters, as on Kofi's previous albums, are mostly retro, the impact of the music is again wholly of today. Kofi deals not so much with the past as with the eternal truths of jazz music - swing, in-the-moment lyricism, the lust for life - and he continues to find compelling ways to express them. His albums are heartfelt, unpretentious explosions of joy, and precisely what the doctor ordered" - Chris May, Allaboutjazz.com

Tuesday, 30 September, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£8 on the door

  • Liane Carroll (piano and vocals)
  • Roger Carey (electric bass)
  • Clive Fenner (drums)
It's time for our annual fix of the world-class Liane Carroll. Born in London and raised in Hastings, where she currently lives with her husband, bassist Roger Carey, East Side favourite Liane has been playing the piano since she was three and performing professionally since the age of fifteen. She has toured and recorded with artists such as Gerry Rafferty, Long John Baldry and Paul McCartney. Liane enjoyed success as double winner in the 2005 BBC Jazz Awards and 'Best female jazz vocalist' at the first Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards. Liane went on to pick up the 2008 Parliamentary Jazz Award for 'Musician Of The Year.' Later that year Liane formed an exciting new collaboration with the acclaimed Scottish jazz pianist Brian Kellock, and in November the pair toured throughout Scotland, at which The Herald declared, "This may well be British jazz's greatest double act." In 2009 Liane and her trio went stateside for the first time and performed to rapturous audiences at Dizzy's Jazz Club at the Lincoln Centre and the Rochester Jazz Festival. "No one who hears Liane Carroll in person is likely to forget the experience. It's not just that she's a brilliant pianist and a mesmerising singer, but that, like Stevie Wonder, she seems in some magical way to be made out of music. No recording has managed to capture this quality until now, but this one comes close" - Dave Gelly, The Observer (reviewing Liane's CD 'Up and Down'). Liane's last CD 'Ballads' was released to huge critical acclaim.

Tuesday, 23 September, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

A real favourite of the club, Quentin Collins, born locally in Forest Gate, is an outstanding trumpeter who graduated from the Guildhall School of Music by winning the 'Best Finals' prize. Already with a wealth of experience, he has worked with the likes of Jean Toussaint, Stan Tracey, Norma Winstone, Roy Ayers, John Surman, Roy Hargrove, Tim Garland and Ray Gelato. In 2007 Quentin released his debut solo album "If Not Now, Then When?" on SunlightSquare Records to much critical acclaim. He is now the regular trumpet player for the Kyle Eastwood band, with whom Quentin tours extensively. In Quentin's own words "I've played in many different contexts & styles e.g. Pop, Funk, Reggae, Classical, Hip-Hop, but I love Jazz above all, especially Be-Bop, Hard-Bop, Post-Bop and contemporary straight-ahead". "A Trumpeter whose style is a sizzling update of the Morgan/Hubbard approach" - MOJO Magazine.

Tuesday, 15 July, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

Leytonstone Festival All Star Rhythm & Blues Band

Tonight's Festival band, specially formed for this one-off gig, should really raise the roof. Winston Rollins, Chris Storr, Dave Ital and bandleader Derek Nash, are all members of Jools Holland's famed Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Pete Whittaker is a leading exponent of the hammond organ, Geoff Gascoyne the go-to bass player and Clive Fenner the hugely experienced host and resident drummer of the long established East Side Jazz Club in Leytonstone.
Derek Nash is 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 and George Melly.

Tuesday, 8 July, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£5 on the door

Don's career started when he played Mozart's clarinet concerto in the Fairfield Hall, Croydon as a 14 year old. He went on to take up tenor sax, with lessons from Kathy Stobart and formed his now almost legendary group "Major Surgery" which ran for nine years playing his own compositions.“Weller’s stage presence and the world-class power and fluency of his sax-playing has been part of his enduring charm over three decades on the British jazz scene” - John Fordham, The Guardian. “He imitates nobody yet swings as hard and plays as soulfully, inventively and, if necessary, as devastatingly fast as any American icon could” - Jack Massarik, London Evening Standard.

Tuesday, 1 July, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£5 on the door

Byron began playing jazz around Brighton, then came to London at the beginning of the 1990s to play with Jazz Warriors singer Cleveland Watkiss and to work in the quartet of jazz drummer John Stevens. Later he joined Gary Crosby’s band Nu-Troop and in 1995 formed his own band, Sound Advice. Byron won the 2003 BBC prize for "Innovation in Jazz". He's played trumpet in a huge variety of musical settings including The Style Council, Charles Earland, Courtney Pine and Jean Toussaint. He has also worked with Andrew Hill, Lonnie Liston Smith, Ronnie Laws and Chaka Khan. “..one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive” - Jazzwise Magazine.

Tuesday, 24 June, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£5 on the door

Born in Gloucester and spending her student days in Paris, award winning jazz vocalist Tina has recorded numerous CDs both as a leader and a guest. In 2004 Tina completed recording with legendry pianist Ray Bryant and a host of New York jazz players. These sessions at the Rudy Van Gelder studio's were released on 'Tina May sings the Ray Bryant Song Book'. “For musical taste, delicacy of interpretation and presentational flair Tina May has always been a hard act to follow. She is also completely at home in jazz, which isn't as common among high-profile singers as you might think” - Dave Gelly, Observer

Tuesday, 17 June, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£5 on the door

Ed began playing saxophone at the age of 15. In 1984 he graduated from Middlesex University with a degree in music, and for a while served an apprenticeship as a street musician. He works in the UK and internationally with a wide range of his own projects and collaborations. Ed’s playing credits include George Benson, Horace Silver, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dianne Reeves, Charles Earland, Clifford Jarvis and Dr Lonnie Smith. “A formidable saxophonist. Ed Jones may have hit his highest profile through his work with bands US3 and Incognito, but he’s an improviser to his fingertips, 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, Evening Standard.

Tuesday, 10 June, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£5 on the door

Clive Fenner Quartet

Clive is committed to swinging and exciting jazz and likes to bring in influences from his different musical experiences. For more than 10 years he has been resident drummer at The East Side Jazz Club in East London where he has supported many of the countries top jazz musicians including Kenny Wheeler, Peter King, John Etheridge, Alan Barnes, Jean Toussaint and Tony Coe. He started playing in blues, pop and jazz-rock bands supporting groups including Fleetwood Mac, Free and The Nice, but always had a love of jazz since first hearing “ Straight No Chaser” in his early teens. He studied and became good friends with top American drummer Clifford Jarvis ( Freddie Hubbard, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders) and Britains premier drum teacher Bob Armstrong. As well as organising the East Side Jazz Club he is founder and Director of ‘Jazzsummerschool’ which offers jazz courses in France and Cuban music courses in Havana Cuba. The Quartet’s first CD, recorded live in the club and aptly named ‘Get It!’ will be available this evening.

Tuesday, 3 June, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

A big welcome back after 2 long years to the phenomenal, exciting, unpredictable musical genius that is Gilad Atzmon.
"Eschewing the political rhetoric, Atzmon now lets the music do the talking, relaxing into a skilful and witty dialogue with his versatile bandmates. Together they breathe new harmonic and rhythmic life into every composition they perform, transforming even the most well-worn jazz standards into scintillating originals - the true essence of real live jazz." "You get an awful lot of music with Gilad Atzmon: quotes from jazz standards, torch songs, ideas playfully purloined from Mediterranean or Middle Eastern sources, sultry Paris-cabaret smooches, New Orleans clarinet swing and bebop in hyperdrive. The Israeli reed virtuoso is acclaimed as one of the most original world-jazz specialists..” - John Fordham, The Guardian. "Atzmon is an astonishing musician with a seemingly effortless ability to demolish and rebuild any old tune he chooses to play" - John Lewis, Time Out.

Tuesday, 27 May, 2014

8.30 - 11.00pm
£5 on the door

Tonight a big welcome to Nadim Teimoori who debuts as a leader at the East Side. His superb tenor sound first came to our attention when he accompanied Dennis Rollins, at his gig here in January this year. Originally from Doncaster, Nadim joined DYJA (Doncaster Youth Jazz Associaton) at the age of 13 and progressed rapidly, receiving recognition from all over the country and winning numerous awards. A diploma in Jazz Studies at Leeds College of Music followed, before ending up at the Royal Academy Of Music in 2008, winning the Humphrey Lyttelton Royal Academy of Music Jazz Award in 2011, and graduating with 1st Class Honours in 2012. A former member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), Nadim performed with NYJO at the BBC Proms in 2012.