PETE LETANKA is a professional jazz pianist and composer and an associate of the NATIONAL YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA. He graduated in 1997 with a first class BA (hons) after which he formed the PETE LETANKA TRIO with bassist ANDY HAMIL and drummer WINSTON CLIFFORD. They became very active on the London jazz scene, performing at Ronnie Scott's, the Purcell Room, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. He was signed with Zephyr Records in 2005 who released his debut album Afrostocracy. Since then he has been involved with the Children's Music Workshop and has led projects for the Royal Opera House and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Tonight, the band will be playing a tribute to the inspirational music of Charles Mingus and Abdulla Ibrahim.

 

Adrian Cox returns with his band in tribute to the Louisiana born clarinettist Edmond Hall. The quartet first played our club in January 2018 and return with the same exciting line-up of JOE WEBB, piano; SIMON READ, double bass; GETHIN JONES, drums and ADRIAN himself on clarinet and vocals. The aim of the band is to keep alive the memory and compositions of the great New Orleans clarinettist. In the past couple of years ADRIAN has featured on radio and television, also alongside WYNTON MARSALIS at the Barbican in London and the Lincoln Center, New York. He receives countless accolades from around the world, recently quoted in Time Out magazine as "London's most charismatic reeds man."

 

This January meeting opens our new 2019 season and is our membership renewal evening. Doors open at 7.00pm, so join us in a glass of fine wine and renew your membership for the coming year: annual membership is £10.

 

Vibraphonist NAT STEELE’S "Portrait of the MJQ" Quartet performs a swinging take on music of one of the most successful and influential jazz groups of the 20th century, the Modern Jazz Quartet. The gig will feature tunes from their new album including a complete performance of ‘La Ronde Suite’. Joining him are the young pianist GABRIEL LATCHIN who's recently released his own debut album to critical acclaim, Italian bassist DARIO DE LECCE, a recent arrival on the UK jazz scene and the ever-swinging STEVE BROWN (Benny Golson, Scott Hamilton) on drums. Expect lots of swing mixed with some classical influences! “Sheer delight.” Peter Vacher (Jazzwise). “Vibrant.” - Bruce Lindsay (JazzJournal). “A refreshing treat for the ears.” - Rebecca Franks (BBC Music Magazine).

 

A welcome return to the “in serious demand” & popular guitarist DAVE CHAMBERLAIN, who has played with John Dankworth, Buddy Greco, Mark Murphy, The BBC Concert Orchestra, and The Hallé Orchestra. Tonight he returns with the critically acclaimed pianist LEON GREENING, CALLUM GOURLAY bass player with the Kit Downes Trio, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Martin Speake & Stan Sulzmann, and drummer MATT FISHWICK, one of the very first call drummers in London.

 

Masterfully referencing many of the great piano trios. The trio echoes the talents of Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and Errol Garner, with a repertoire encompassing a wide range of standards. Jonathan has been a featured guest across Europe, performing at the Los Angeles Jazz Festival, the prestigious Nice Jazz Festival and with many visiting American jazz greats including Wild Bill Davison, Kenny Davern, Warren Vache, Al Casey and Benny Waters. He has played with the British bands of George Melly, Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball at the BAFTA Awards, Swanage Jazz Festival, The National Theatre and Thaxted Arts Festival.

 

Legend of British Jazz, Bobby Worth brings his scintillating drumming to the mix and the beautiful tones formed by Steve Thompson on bass complete the trio.

 

 

Emile leads this band along with a fantastic line up of musicians who often play together but not always in this exact line up. Emile spent his teenage years living in New Orleans learning first hand and watching the legends of the music. He still returns there to play and to visit friends and family. Styles cross New Orleans Rhythm & Blues through to Jazz and Rock & Roll. So, expect a little of all things New Orleans, not just straight out jazz. He appears at Steyning with ADRIAN COX saxophone & clarinet, SIMON PICTON banjo, FINLAY MILNE trumpet, ALAN SOKELL sousaphone and, EMILE MARTYN drums.

 

A London band born out of a collective admiration of Django Reinhardt and anything that swings. The word Latchepen is an exclamation of happiness in the Romani language. Acoustic by nature but with a projection and heart beat that can rival any amplifier or drum, this is jazz on a string with influences ranging from Romani music to bebop. MATT HOLBORN violin, KOUROSH KANANI guitar, JEREMIE COULLON guitar, SIMON READ bass.

 

This evening local pianist PETER GODFREY has gathered together a group of musicians who played over the years with the fondly remembered and hugely missed pianist, Terry Whitney, a catalyst and key musician from the start of The Steyning Jazz Club. Terry played prolifically all over Sussex and beyond, with numerous great musicians and was well known on the jazz scene, also recording and broadcasting. Tonight, those playing tribute to Terry will be GEOFF SIMKINS and ROY LEITH saxes JACK CRYER vocals ANDY WOON cornet GERRY HIGGINS bass JOHN MUXLOW drums and PETER GODFREY piano.

 

Led by pianist Leon Greening, who epitomises the fluent and assured hard-swinging confidence of the best of the current UK players, accompanied by ALEX GARNETT one of the UK’s leading tenor players, ADAM KING one of our top bassists and with percussionist SEBASTIAAN de KROM, inventive and standout drummer, currently Music Director of the NYJO. These guys are constantly in demand around the UK and we’re delighted to have them play at Steyning.

 

Making a welcome return featuring MIKE PIGGOTT on violin, SARA OSCHLAG on vocals, JONNY HEPBIR and JASON HENSON on guitars, and DAN SHEPPARD on bass. The band play an eclectic mix of jazz standards, Gypsy Jazz à la Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grapelli all blended into snappy exciting arrangements with more than a dash of musical interplay. They are musicians who love playing together, and it shows.