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
Oct 7th - BEN CLATWORTHY & JOHN DONALDSON QUARTET
A great jazz quartet, currently touring the UK, led by legendary Ben Clatworthy, a brilliant post-Coltrane tenor saxophonist who mixes fiery energy, melody and dynamic control. Benn is a Londoner by birth, having settled in the U.S. and has made his mark playing on the USA’s West Coast. His playing has a distinctive, full and emotive tone and he is an accomplished improviser and emotion stirring balladeer whilst having echoes of the penetrative dynamism of John Coltrane. Complementing Ben is one of the UK’s finest piano players John Donaldson, with Simon Thorpe on bass and Matt Home on drums.