Future Gigs



Tuesday, 27th March, 2018
TRIUMPHANT TROMBONES featuring DEREK CLENSHAW & CLIFF MASON, trombones, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

Derek Clenshaw is no stranger to the Club having guested on several occasions and has a wealth of experience from playing alongside noted legends on the jazz scene. His music career started in the world of brass bands that progressed through to playing with bands both mainstream and traditional with such jazz legends as Humphrey Littleton, Freddie Randall, Bruce Adams and Mike Cotton.

Cliff Mason also began his musical career in the world of brass bands before being introduced to the Ken Turner Band in 1987 immediately taking to jazz like a duck to water. He still continues to lead the trombone section of the Ken Turner Band and is also a member of the Shades of Swing Big Band.
With these two trombone exponents we look forward to listening to an evening of favourite trombone tunes and I would be surprised if such tunes, as Caravan, Mood Indigo, Harlem Nocturne, Moonglow, Moonlight Serenade, and In a Mellow Tone, were not subjected to some special trombone treatment.


Tuesday, 24th April, 2018
IT'S GOTTA BE SWING featuring AL NICHOLLS, tenor sax and ANDY DICKENS, tpt/flugelhorn with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

Another welcome return to the Club by Al Nicholls this time with his long time cohort, Andy Dickens. Al needs little introduction other than to say his busy gigging schedule with Blue Harlem and T.J.Johnson Quintet keeps him fully occupied and to the fore in the music world. His playing style is similar to that of the 40's and 50's swinging tenors with that laid back effortless style that can be heard on his CD 'That Swing Thing' with his trio.


A first time visit for Andy Dickens a freelance jazz musician who also has a penchant for the occasional vocal and plays all the jazz genres you can wish for. His lively style of playing has given him the opportunity to frequently guest at European Jazz Festivals where he had the experience of playing with such legends as Ken Peplowski, Humphrey Littleton and Slim Gaillard and many others. Often featured with other bands his tunes, off beat observations and typically wry presentation result in an evening that is entertaining and draws from the finest traditions of jazz.


Tuesday, 29th May, 2018
THE MANCINI MAGIC featuring PAUL HIGGS, trumpet, and JOHN WITHERS, kit with resident duo of Hilary Cameron, keys and Ted Simkins, bass.

Paul Higgs needs no introduction being a regular visitor to the Club in a variety of guises this multi-instrumentalist performs across the country. Currently touring with the Chris Ingham Quartet which is receiving critic's acclaim wherever they appear.   In addition he tours with his own shows such as 'Shades of Miles', History of Jazz' and the award winning 'Pavanne', a masterpiece of the blend of jazz and classical music. However on this occasion he will be enlightening you to his masterful trumpet skills by bringing you his interpretations of Henry Mancini outstanding scores.



John Withers is another regular visitor and an outstanding master percussionist whether on drums or vibraphone whatever the musical group and which he as for a variety of groups for many years. Tonight he will be in his element punctuating the beat for those fabulous Henry Mancini compositions that Paul will have arranged that may probably include such memorable tunes as Pink Panther, Days of Wine and Roses, Charade, Snowfall  or even Two for the Road but who knows, just sit back and listen to a wonderful evening of jazz.



Tuesday, 26th June, 2018

IT'S DIXIE TIME featuring TIM HUSKISSON, keyboard, and JIM DOUGLAS, guitar, with resident duo of Ted Simkins, bass, and Dave Grant, kit.


Tim Huskisson, an amazing self-taught pianist and clarinetist, became inspired with jazz after hearing it first on 78rpm records, now who remembers those! Well, Tim is a collector of such and has an excellent collection of early recordings. His musical career blossomed after encouragement from Digby Fairweather who introduced him to his 'All Stars' but then moved on to accompanying well-known entertainers until 1989 when he became MD for Brian Conley, with theatre tours across the country that included the London Palladium and Royal Albert Hall. Latterly he has dedicated himself to the music that inspired him and keeping it live on the jazz circuit.




Jim Douglas formed his first band at school, initially in the skiffle genre, but by fifteen had acquired a guitar and banjo and with his clarinetist friend Pete Kerr, formed the 'H.idden Town Dixielanders'. An engagement in Germany required them to turn professional and they changed their name to 'Capital Jazz'. Jim played with the highly successful 'Clyde Valley Stompers', that sadly broke up, leaving him only playing occasional gigs with the renowned 'Alex Welsh Band'. He officially joined them in 1964, and remained a stalwart for eighteen years up until the death of Alex Welsh.







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