July 1st - THE SIMON BATES BIG BAND!
This magnificent 17 piece Big Band is formed and led by the international musician, Simon Bates - Music Director for Alexander Armstrong of “Pointless” fame, and now on tour. Simon plays Sax, Flute and Clarinet, bringing with him another top flight collection of great musicians : Saxophones: Altos: Scott Garland +1, Tenors: Simon Bates, Mike Coates, Bari: Bob McKay, Trombones: Chris Dean, Andy Crompton, Nick Mills, Bruce Douglas, Trumpets: Graham Russell, Gabriel Garrick, Paul Jordanous, Paul Eshelby, Piano: Jim Treweek, Bass: Paul Morgan, Drums: Pete Cater, Percussion: Ossie
The Band will be playing a combination of early Big Band favourite numbers, as well as some contemporary numbers. They played last year to a full and rapturous house! The hall will be in concert seating - so please come early to secure a good seat. Doors Open at 7.45pm
Aug 5th - BILL PHELAN’S MUSKRAT RAMBLERS
A wonderful, authentic and traditional New Orleans Band with local legend BILL PHELAN on trumpet, ALAN CRESSWELL clarinet, JOHNNY McCALLUM banjo, PAUL NORMAN drums, JOHN FINCH trombone, ANDY LAWRENCE string bass. This is an exciting original and vibrant band, herded brilliantly by Bill Phelan and playing to full houses through Sussex and neighbouring counties. The Band has a long and enormously successful residency at The Station Hotel, Hassocks and is regularly featured at Jazz Festivals throughout the UK. It is a little while since they last played here, and they make a most welcome return.
Sept 2nd - THE ADRIAN COX QUARTET
Founded in 2012 by leading UK Reed player, ADRIAN COX. He has toured & recorded extensively with TJ Johnson, Paloma Faith and Bad Manners - the band. Adrian has hand picked the UK’s leading jazz musicians to form his quartet with a swinging set of hot numbers from the 30’s onwards The band is: NILS SOLBERG guitar, who has played from The Kremlin to The Royal Albert Hall and the London Jazz Scene, GEORGE TREBAR double bass and a leading player on the Gypsy Jazz Scene, MEZ CLOUGH drums, a London based player for the main jazz venues in UK. With a varied programme from Benny Goodman to Ben Webster via Ed Hall to Johnny Hodges they play an exciting mix of energetic traditional jazz and swing. Adrian played recently at the club, and received such a great reception, his return has been enthusiastically requested by all.
Tonight is Membership Renewal Evening, so join us all in a glass of fine wine, and renew your membership for the coming year. Membership is £10.00