Tuesday, 1 May, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

Born in Vancouver, Canada 1982, Jay took up the trumpet at 11 years of age. At 15 he became the youngest artist to lead his own band at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Keen to develop his career further, Jay moved to London at the age of 17 where he immediately attracted the attention of Gary Crosby who engaged him as a dep for Jazz Jamaica All Stars and Nu Troop. In 2002 Gary offered him a place in the core band of Tomorrow's Warriors. Formerly co-frontman of the much admired band Empirical, Jay has been a featured member of Dennis Rollins’ Badbone & Co and has performed with Andrew Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Brown, George Benson and Hugh Masakela.

Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

    His 'n' Hers

His 'n' Hers pits Mr and Mrs O’Higgins against each other apparently in the manner of the movie, Mr & Mrs Smith… In reality this is in the good humoured tradition of the great Johnny Griffin - Eddie Lockjaw Davis group, with some of the best arrangements borrowed from that repertoire, too! Although the two tenors were of different temperaments both musically and emotionally their ideas complemented and enhanced one another.

Judith is a forensic pathologist, saxophonist and author. She was born in Hilden, Germany. She studied medicine and music education in Münster, finished university in Hamburg and became a forensic pathologist. She now lives in London with her husband Dave O'Higgins. Judith produced and played on the critically acclaimed Abstract Truth Big Band recording made under the direction of Jörg Achim Keller at the famous Abbey Road Studio in 2015. She is undoubtedly the best forensic pathologist jazz saxophonist living in London!

Dave’s playing credits include Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Smith, Cleo Laine & John Dankworth, Joey Calderazzo, Joe Locke, Martin Taylor, Jim Mullen, Matt Bianco, Jason Rebello, Clark Tracey Sextet, Peter Gabriel and Jamie Cullum. Dave is twice winner of Best Tenor Sax at the British Jazz Awards. "O’Higgins, well - does he know just how good he is? When it comes to bop of any kind, on either soprano or tenor saxophones, he is, live, one of our few world-class players, capable of holding his own with the Americans" - Sholto Byrnes, The Independent.

Tuesday, 17 April, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

"I bought my first vibraphone at the age of 24 (after a wasted youth being a very bad - not to mention unemployed - rock drummer) and played my first gig at the age of 28. I am completely self taught".  "..in full flight with two mallets in each hand, he gives the world's best vibes players a run for their money" - James Griffiths, Guardian. "After an energetic 30 years on the scene, vibes stalwart Roger Beaujolais’ 19th album is a highly satisfying mix of originals and a few well-chosen classics performed with flair and class. Older readers may recall Beaujolais from his early jump-jive with The Chevalier Brothers and his grooving acid jazz hits. Since the turn of the millennium he has focused on acoustic jazz, and this CD is another chance to join him and revel in some top-notch vibes smoothness." - LondonJazzNews (reviewing Roger's latest CD 'Sunset').

Tuesday, 10 April, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£8 on the door

Tonight the phenomenal, exciting, unpredictable musical genius that is Gilad Atzmon.
"Eschewing the political rhetoric, Atzmon now lets the music do the talking, relaxing into a skilful and witty dialogue with his versatile bandmates. Together they breathe new harmonic and rhythmic life into every composition they perform, transforming even the most well-worn jazz standards into scintillating originals - the true essence of real live jazz." "You get an awful lot of music with Gilad Atzmon: quotes from jazz standards, torch songs, ideas playfully purloined from Mediterranean or Middle Eastern sources, sultry Paris-cabaret smooches, New Orleans clarinet swing and bebop in hyperdrive. The Israeli reed virtuoso is acclaimed as one of the most original world-jazz specialists..” - John Fordham, The Guardian. "Atzmon is an astonishing musician with a seemingly effortless ability to demolish and rebuild any old tune he chooses to play" - John Lewis, Time Out.

Tuesday, 27 March, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£10 on the door

Omar Puente with the East Side Latin All Stars

Tonight we get in the Cuban groove with our good friend Omar Puente and I defy anyone to sit still for long. The infectious cross rhythms from this authentic combo are guaranteed to get the club cooking. Omar began serious music studies at the age of 8. At 12 he left his family to take up a place at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana. His education was furthered by playing with fellow students and visiting tutors such as Paquito d’Rivera and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1998 he formed the group Raices Cubanas (Cuban Roots). Since arriving in England, Omar has maintained an international profile, playing all over Europe, USA and Africa with such musicians as Tito Puente, Kirsty MacColl, Jools Holland, Courtney Pine and recently Nigel Kennedy 's new, three-electric-violin "Chilling-est Violinists". Omar teaches jazz violin at Leeds College of Music and conducts workshops in schools on the cultural and musical development of Cuba.

Tuesday, 20 March, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

“More than any other British jazz trumpeter, Pearce probably deserves the mantle of heir to Jimmy Deuchar, offering a style that contains a fractured lyricism reminiscent of his forebear...He has a sophisticated command of harmonic improvising, although, as with his self-confessed (and disparate) trumpet heroes - Chet Baker, Art Farmer and Don Cherry - his playing comes across as anything but contrived. Pearce had a lengthy association with Ronnie Scott which lasted from the 1970s until Scott's health forced him to abandon performing in the mid-1990s, and some of his best recorded work can be found on the CD Never Pat A Burning Dog (Jazz House, 1990), where his solos contrast admirably with Scott's more forthright contributions, and contain a heat and urgency never far beneath the cool surface" - Simon Spillett.

Tuesday, 13 March, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

Born in Eugene, Oregon in 1959, Frank lived in New York City from 1980-1995. While there he worked with Ron Carter, Jon Hendricks and Jack McDuff and played lead alto with the Glenn Miller Orchestra for a nationwide tour in 1984. He has also worked with the orchestras of Toshiko Akiyoshi, Mel Lewis, Buddy Rich and Mel Torme. He has recorded with guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli on his CD’s All Of Me and Naturally and produced and arranged for guitarist, Dave Stryker’s Steeplechase CD Nomad. As a composer/arranger Frank has written for the Ron Carter Nonet, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, the Jon Hendricks Explosion, the Blue Wisp Big Band and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra and clarinettist, Eddie Daniels. Frank moved to London in 1996 and formed his excellent Nonet the following year.

Tuesday, 6 March, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
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As a saxophonist and composer, Mark Lockheart's work often defies categorisation and crosses the boundaries of the jazz, new music and folk worlds. Mark came to prominence in the mid 1980s with the influential and radical big band Loose Tubes, which he toured with throughout the USA and Europe and recorded with until its demise in 1989. In the mid-nineties Mark toured extensively with Django Bates' Delightful Precipice. Subsequent projects include Mark Lockheart's In Deep, Seb Rochford's Polar Bear, Perfect Houseplants, Disassembler and Robert Wyatt’s Soup Songs. Chris Batchelor, trumpeter and composer, gained his first professional experience with Dudu Pukwana's Zila aged 17, at the suggestion of Harry Beckett. He subsequently became a founder member, composer and soloist with Loose Tubes, contributing many pieces to the repertoire of the band from 1984-1990. He was also very active at this time as a member of legendary world music trailblazers 3 Mustaphas 3, as well as enjoying a varied diet of gigs with Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath, Congolese soukous band Taxi Pata Pata and Ashley Slater's Microgroove. As a sideman, Chris has appeared alongside many international stars, including Michael Brecker, Sam Rivers, Hermeto Pascoal, John Taylor and the Jazz Passengers with Deborah Harry.

Tuesday, 27 February, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

"Simon Spillett is the kind of big toned wailing tenor player that I like. The influences of Tubby Hayes and Johnny Griffin are clearly discernible in his sound, harmonic thinking and in his direct no-nonsense determination in getting things swinging. This refreshing attitude is also in evidence in his composing. He has written a whole raft of catchy hard bop tunes which are great launching pads for the soloist and that never fall into the trap of complexity for complexity's sake. A great player" - Alan Barnes. "Those of us who have heard him...have been left blinking in disbelief. It's not just his mastery of the tenor saxophone, phenomenal though that is, but the absolute conviction of his playing that is so impressive" - Dave Gelly, Sunday Observer. "The world's leading Tubbiologist" - Jack Massarik, Jazzwise.

Tuesday, 20 February, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£10 on the door


John Altman Big Band

  • soprano sax, baritone sax & arrangements: John Altman
  • trumpets: Quentin Collins, Noel Langley, Mike Lovatt & Steve Waterman
  • trombones: Owen Dawson, Mike Feltham, Rory Ingham & Sarah Williams
  • reeds: Mike Coates, Matt Davies, Frank Griffith, Bob Sydor & Matt Wates
  • tuba: Graham Read
  • guitar: Mitch Dalton
  • piano: Jim Watson
  • bass: Oli Hayhurst
  • drums: Pete Cater
In early 1985 John Altman was asked to arrange an obscure Billie Holiday song for the young pop star Alison Moyet. It was her parents' favourite record and she'd grown up singing it. It was duly recorded as an album track, but then issued as a single and shot to the top of the charts within a week of release. Coincidentally at the same time John had to have a minor operation that put him at home for six weeks. He decided to use the time by creating a big band library for a one off gig at his local jazz club. Over thirty years later he's at his local jazz club playing a one off gig with the big band! Members of the original band will be here tonight with John plus an astounding roster of the top UK jazz musicians for the 32nd anniversary concert of the band that the Daily Telegraph called “the best big band in Europe”. With all  material written and/or arranged by John and showcasing the star studded line up of great jazz soloists this should be as memorable a night as were all the previous sold out performances at the East Side. John's long playing career has seen him perform with jazz giants Al Cohn, Jimmy Heath, Chet Baker, Bud Freeman and Joe Newman to name but a few.

Tuesday, 13 February, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£8 on the door

Chris Laurence Quartet

Chris Laurence has maintained a dual career in both jazz and classical music. In the classical world he was principal double bass with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Orchestra until 1995, playing on many of their famous recordings. Jazz artists he has recorded with include J.J.Johnson, Tony Coe, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Clark Terry, Johnny Mathis and Lena Horne. He also spends a lot of time recording music for TV, Film and Albums, most notably “Leaving Las Vegas”, Ken Loach’s “Looking For Eric”, “The Constant Gardener”, Howard Shores’ score for “Hugo” and most recently was featured on the sound track of Mike Leigh’s “Mr Turner”. In 2007 he recorded a CD with his own jazz quartet titled “New View”, along with Frank Ricotti (vibes), John Parricelli (guitar), Martin France (drums) and featuring Norma Winstone (Vocals). As well as jazz and classical music, Chris has also featured on albums including Elton John, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joni Mitchell, David Gilmour, Michel Legrand and guitarist John Williams.

Tuesday, 6 February, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£9 on the door

South African Jazz and Beyond

Adam Glasser’s unique harmonica sound combines his South African roots with many years immersed in the UK jazz scene initially playing piano his own groups as well as for SA legends such Dudu Pukwana, and as musical director for 16 years of the veteran SA vocal group the Manhattan Brothers. His 16 years as musical director led to his producing their final album ‘Inyembezi’ for EMI in 2006. Adam has since released 2 critically acclaimed albums of his own – ‘Free at First’ (2010 SAMA Best Modern Jazz Album)and ‘Mzansi’ (nominated 2012 SAMA Best Jazz Album). Adam's playing credits include Hugh Masekela, Joe Zawinul, Martha Reeves, Jimmy Witherspoon, Sting and the Eurythmics. Tonight's set is likely to include a tribute to the late Hugh Masekela.

Tuesday, 30 January, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£8 on the door

The Clark Tracey Quintet

Clark Tracey grew up in a jazz environment as the son of Stan Tracey CBE, the UK's leading jazz pianist, and from an early age took to the piano and vibraphones. At 13 he started playing the drums and he turned professional at 17 in 1978 by joining his father's various ensembles, from trio to orchestra up to the present day. Within that context he has toured worldwide and recorded extensively. In 2001 Clark began his own record company, Tentoten Records and in 2007 he formed Resteamed Records, a label dedicated to his father's works. In 1981 he formed the first of his own groups with Django Bates, Iain Ballamy and Andrew Cleyndert. Later groups have included Guy Barker, Nigel Hitchcock, Mark Nightingale, Julian Arguelles, Gerard Presencer, Alec Dankworth, Simon Allen, Zoe Rahman, Lewis Wright, Kit Downes, Mark Armstrong and Henry Armburg Jennings. As well as regular dates in this country, Clark has performed at numerous festivals and played outside the UK with his own groups in Europe, the Far East and Australia.

Tuesday, 23 Jaunary, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

Steve Fishwick is already a firm favourite here with his stylish and perfectly executed take on the classic hard bop sound. By the time Steve and his twin brother, drummer, Matt enrolled at the Royal Academy of Music in London at the age of eighteen, they had led their own group and were familiar faces on the Manchester jazz scene. He co-leads a sextet alongside saxophonists Osian Roberts and Frank Basile. Their most recent album 'In The Empire State' being recorded in New York. "Throughout the proceedings Steve Fishwick proves himself to be a world-class player.." - Brian Robinson, Jazz Journal. On the more commercial side he has performed with such stars as Kylie Minogue, Jools Holland and Jamie Cullum and can be heard playing the jazz trumpet solos on the soundtrack to the British movie release 'Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll'. Tonight, Steve is joined out front by saxophonist Duncan Eagles, in demand sideman and a key member of the band Partikel.

Tuesday, 16 January, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Jonathan Gee has worked with many of the country's leading jazz musicians, including Steve Williamson and Tim Whitehead, vocalists Christine Tobin and Cleveland Watkiss, and poet Lemn Sissay. From the USA he has appeared with Pharoah Sanders, David Murray, Benny Golson, Jean Toussaint, Art Farmer, Mark Murphy, James Spaulding and Ted Curson. He is a founder member of the Monk Liberation Front, dedicated to the study and performance of the work of pianist/composer Thelonious Monk. The band has appeared twice at the London Jazz Festival performing Monk's complete works in day-long sessions. Tonight Jonathan is joined by highly respected Italian altoist Gaetano Partipilo. “The impeccably-dressed pianist Jonathan Gee sent flurries of notes tumbling over the tune's ever-shifting, churning brew of chords in a prodigious display of technical brilliance" Jack Losh - Jazz Times.

Tuesday, 9 January, 2018

8.30 - 11.00pm
£8 on the door

Born in west London to Jamaican parents, Steve Williamson began playing saxophone at the age of 16 and started his career playing in reggae bands, including Misty in Roots. In 1984 and 1985 he studied at London's Guildhall School of Music. Williamson was a member of the noted collective of British-born black jazz musicians who came together as the Jazz Warriors in the mid-1980s. At the Nelson Mandela 70th birthday open-air festival in 1988 Williamson played alongside Courtney Pine in Wembley Stadium and afterwards was a constant presence at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. He was member of Louis Moholo's Viva La Black (1988) and of Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath (1990). During the 1990s he led his own band and appeared in projects of Iain Ballamy, Maceo Parker, Bheki Mseleku, US3, and Graham Haynes. In 1990 Williamson released his first album A Waltz for Grace with Verve, featuring vocalist Abbey Lincoln. In 1992 he released his second album, Rhyme Time, followed by Journey to Truth in 1994, featuring Cassandra Wilson - Wikipeadia. "Around the time of ‘A Waltz For Grace’ I was doing around three hundred and seventy-five gigs a year! I’ve still got lists of stuff I was doing, and it was literally like, “Do this! Be here! Be that!’ It had to be just so." - Steve Williamson.

Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£8 on the door

"If John Etheridge weren’t so brilliant he might be more famous. His versatility is confusing. What other guitarist could have begun his career as a member of Soft Machine and the Stephan Grappelli Quintet?" - Dave Gelly, Observer. John left Grappelli’s group in the early 80s. For the last twenty five years he has pursued a career involving associations with many of the great players - he has appeared with: Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Pat Metheny and Nigel Kennedy. "I never wanted to be a star, just a highly respected musician like John Etheridge" - Sting, The Guardian. "One of the best guitarists in the world" - Pat Metheny.
Art Themen, orthopaedic surgeon (now retired) and illustrious saxman, remains a firm favourite on the British jazz scene with a pedigree as long as Southend Pier. Art was involved in the early British blues movement with Alexis Korner’s All Stars, Jack Bruce’s Band and Long John Baldry’s Hoochie Coochie Men. He has played and recorded with the bands of Michael Garrick, Graham Collier, Don Weller and in 1974 began a long association with Stan Tracey. He also toured and recorded with Charlie Parker alumni, Red Rodney and Al Haig. "Originally a Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins disciple..Themen has proved himself remarkably attentive to the saxophone styles of subsequent generations. The atonal whirlings of Evan Parker are evident, alongside John Coltrane's sheets of sound, and the full-bodied, vibrato-laden rhapsodising of long-gone swing stars such as Coleman Hawkins" - John Fordham, The Guardian.

Tuesday, 5 December, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Familiar to us all as the accomplished leader of his astonishing big band, as well as a prolific composer for the movies, television and commercials, tonight John Altman lays down his baton to front a small group. An Emmy and BAFTA winning composer, John began his musical journey at age 3 with Judy Garland at the London Palladium. Commencing his recording and live career as an in-demand saxophonist in the late 60s he has performed with many of the major figures in music over the last few decades including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Muddy Waters, Nick Drake, Eric Clapton, Sting, Phil Collins, Jimmy Page, Little Richard and Van Morrison, also jazz giants Al Cohn, Jimmy Heath, Chet Baker, Bud Freeman and Joe Newman.

Tuesday, 28 November, 2017

8.30 - 11.00pm
£7 on the door

Leo Richardson is the son of veteran jazz bassist Jim Richardson and a former student of Trinity College of Music where he achieved a a 1st class degree with honours in Jazz Performance. "Tenor saxophonist Leo Richardson has been raising eyebrows around the scene for some time now, notably in the Late Late Show at Ronnie Scott’s, but biding his time about making his first album. I’ve just played it twice, end to end, and I can’t remember hearing a more impressive debut. The energy of it is quite ferocious at times, but all under control and technically perfect." Dave Gelly - The Observer. "I have known Leo Richardson for several years and in my view he is destined to become one of the finest jazz tenor saxophone players this country has produced. He has a rare natural talent" - Alan Skidmore.