June 3RD - THE JONATHAN VINTEN TRIO
His New Album recorded with the trio “Lullaby of the Leaves” is in the Telegraph’s Top 50 Jazz CDs of 2015 and is hugely popular. “I love it” DC.
Jonathan was pianist with George Melly and John Chilton’s Feetwarmers for over 10 years, touring extensively with regular appearances at Ronnie Scott’s and at The Nice Jazz Festival. JJ is a wonderful pianist, and he played at the club last year. Tonight, his trio, as on the CD, is STEVE THOMPSON - Double Bass “one of the few double bass players in England to get a proper sound out of his instrument” Ken Peplowski. Steve plays wonderful bass lines, and is also cursed with a good voice. BOBBY WORTH - Drums. Bobby was the National Youth Jazz Orchestra’s first drummer, with an illustrious career performing all over the world with the best musicians in the business including Barbra Streisand on the Jonathan Ross show.
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.