Future Gigs



Tuesday, 25th June, 2019

MUSICAL POTPOURRI, featuring JOHN WITHERS, vibes, and MARTIN NICKLESS, clarinet, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

John Withers, a regular to the Club, makes another welcome return, again with his magical vibraphone to bring you a musical potpourri of melodies. John is a master of selecting the more mature melodies, those that don’t readily come to mind, but all certainly excellent tunes that appeal to everyone's taste after John’s deft arrangements are added. I can’t be sure John has ever played with Martin before so the melodies or tunes agreed by these two experienced and fine musicians awaits us all assuring a great evening’s entertainment.


Martin Nickless, clarinet, a regular with the Carlton Jazz group at our end of year gig, makes clear his first love in music is for the big band. His career includes various genres of music from classical to pop and has played for many West End shows, with sessions for composer Stanley Myers as well as touring with Jack Jones, Frankie Vaughan & Norman Wisdom. Martin is also known for his writing and arranging and is clearly an outstanding exponent of the clarinet and called upon for many other gigs and tonights meeting with John will be another to remember.



Tuesday, 30th July, 2019
‘DUELLING BONES’ features the trombones of DEREK CLENSHAW & GARY DAVISON, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

Derek Clenshaw, Lambeth born, is counted among Britain’s leading exponents, following in the distinguished footsteps of trombonists George Chisholm and Roy Williams. Currently a company director of an electronic security business, he prefers his music to remain semi-professional and for most of his life he’s been a freelance musician. In the past Derek has freelanced with many bands, both mainstream and traditional, playing with jazz artists like Humphrey Lyttleton, Freddie Randall, Terry Lightfoot, Bruce Adams, Enrico Tomasso, Simon Spillett and Julian Marc Stringle.



Gary Davidson started playing the trombone with the Salvation Army in 1969 and after a period with local brass band won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama as a junior exhibitionist. He then joined the Hertfordshire Youth Orchestra giving him the opportunity to play at the Royal Albert Hall, Snape Malting’s and a tour to Poland in the 1970’s. Gary has a passion for jazz, playing in small combos and big bands across East Anglia including the Cambridge based 78RPM Big Band where he is currently lead trombone. In 2003 he joined Prime Brass a Cambridge based brass ensemble well known for its’ performances at the lighter end of the musical spectrum recording five CD’s and supports Junior Prime Brass for talented teenage brass players.


Tuesday, 27th August, 2019


Carol Braithwaite, vocals, began singing at five, before joining an amateur dramatics society, that formed her social life while pursuing a secretarial career. In 2000, by invitation, sang with a jazz band re-igniting her passion so on her return, set out to “find jazz again”. She runs two clubs, and In 2010 released her CD ‘I’m Just a Lucky So & So’ followed by her second recording, ‘Timeless’.



Tim Huskisson, keys, self taught, became inspired by 78rpm records. Playing with local jazz bands, and with guidance from Digby Fairweather, he went to Sweden in 1981 with his ‘All Stars’. After a chance meeting with Brian Conley he became his MD in the 90’s. Returning to the music that inspired him as established himself as one of the finest musicians on the jazz circuit.



Goff Dubber, reeds, learned his jazz, after a classical start at school and playing in the West End during the New Orleans revival of the 1950s He took part in BBC Jazz Club broadcasts with his swinging style earning him appearances throughout Britain and world wide in concerts as well as running his own band “Dixieland Express".




Ted Simkins, bass, an elder statesmen of bass players around, that all musicians wish they had the same energy he puts into every gig. No matter the style or genre he fits into the groove such is the experience of a much admired musician whose main interest at one time was photography. Whatever it is that keeps him going, if he could only bottle it he would make him a fortune.



Dave Grant, kit, leads the resident trio at Jazz at OB’s, keeping Jazz live in Brentwood which he has done so for over thirty years. Originally from The Old House in Brentwood, Dave enjoys the style of ‘Dixieland’ jazz having played with many musicians of that genre and others who have guested at the Club. He has his own DG Quartet playing local gigs and also runs Carlton Jazz.


Tuesday, 24th September, 2019
‘IT DON”T MEAN A THING’, featuring AL NICHOLLS, tenor sax, and DEREK CLENSHAW, trombone, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.


Al Nicholls, tenor sax., makes another welcome return to the Club this time with a guest he has never met before, trombonist Derek Clenshaw. Al needs very little introduction other than to say he always has a busy schedule gigging, leading his exciting Blue Harlem band and playing lead tenor sax for the widely acclaimed, and the highly revered T.J.Johnson Quintet that is transcending the boundaries of jazz, blues, soul and country music throughout the UK. Al from the old school of ‘Swing’, hence the title ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing’, will display Al’s playing style that follows the swinging tenors of Illinois Jacquet and Charlie Ventura with a serene effortless style.



Derek Clenshaw, trombone, is also no stranger to the Club having guested on several occasions, as recently as July, and brings a wealth of experience on the jazz scene. His music career began in the world of brass bands that progressed through to both, mainstream and traditional leading him to play with many jazz legends. Preferring to create his own trombone style he enjoys the sounds of George Chisholm, Frank Rosolino, J.J. Johnson and Roy Williams when listening to his jazz library at home.





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