20/04/14 Rich O’Brien ProjectA truly funky band!Merging grooves reminiscent of a Marcus Miller or Soulive record with ambient melodies that explore a range of musical styles, The Rich O'Brien Project’s modern blend of jazz, funk, soul and r’n’b appeals to astute listeners and dance floor goers alike. With the rich ‘grooves for moves’ and soulful melodies characteristic of smoke-filled jazz clubs seen in their acclaimed debut EP, Frisky, their debut album Hot Potato - released 15th July 2012 and winner of the Robert Blackwell Composition Prize - is one not to be missed.
23/04/14 'Predicate'***** The Plancktone club presents ... Wednesday Jazz Special ***** Hearalding the release of their second album on Gaffer Records, 'Nails', Predicate return to the Queens to invent another night of soundsculpting life experience. Led by Alex Ward, described as "a compulsively creative polymath" by Stewart Lee and "one of those musicians who seems to get interesting music out of anything he touches", by Nate Dorward. Ward has excelled by writing the compositions specifically for an improvising group to take and springboard from in any direction they choose.
27/04/14 Red River BluesBlues from Ross - straight down the line with a mixture of cigar box guitar, harmonica and sax expanding the unit to give that big six piece sound. A great night is assured http://www.redriverblues.com
30/04/14 BonefishYes….the Swedes are back….they just cant stay away. Anyone who was at the gigs last year will recall what a wonderful atmosphere there was and how much fun we all had. We even had two gigs they loved it so much!! Who knows it might even happen again this year.
04/05/14 Wild Bird SeedA debut gig for a big local band. More info to follow.
11/05/14 Dan JamesGreat performances of the great women of jazz and Blues. "Keeps on Churnin'" and hollers like a "Big Ten Inch Record", Bridget's the real deal - "She's Got Good Dry Goods" http://www.myspace.com/bridgetthebiggirlsblues
18/05/14 Bridget and the Big Girls BluesGreat performances of the great women of jazz and Blues. "Keeps on Churnin'" and hollers like a "Big Ten Inch Record", Bridget's the real deal - "She's Got Good Dry Goods" http://www.myspace.com/bridgetthebiggirlsblues
22/05/14 NMQ - Nick Malcolm Quintet***** Wednesday Jazz Special ***** Time to hear tunes from Nick's latest CD, "Beyond These Voices", live at the Queens (as opposed to BBC Radio 3). Inventive and melifluous trumpet playing, strong compositions and arrangement and a band that all rise to the challenge of a very high bar - Checkout the NMQ
25/05/14 The Heavy QuartetConstantly evolving, the Heavy Quartet have released a number of critically acclaimed albums. All their output is a funky collection of grooves, mixing a big brass sound with intricate improvisation. A group that shuns the common labels, the Heavy Quartet represent vibrant musical irreverence and unpredictable eclecticism. This nine piece….yes they are not a quartet…had the Pub jumping when they last played and as this is an anniversary gig expect fireworks. http://www.heavyquartet.com/“
1/06/14 Rhythm RatsThe full on quintet for a night of earthy blues. Great original blues guitar from Chris Mayfield with one of THE sublime rhythm sections of Thad Kelly and Les Morgan. Add to this the incomparable Jane Pearl and you have one of the best bands around. Big urban blues influences executed with that easy, smooth rolling motion - like listening to good cigars and whisky
04/06/14 The Partisans***** Wednesday Jazz Special ***** Are we kidding? NO - its the Partisans!!!
08/06/14 Ian LutherAfter his stunning performance at the New Years Eve Party it is great pleasure to have Ian back again. A fantastic mixture of his own compositions and covers done in his own inimitable fashion this is always a great night
11/06/14 John Dalton and John Paul GardJohn Dalton is based in the USA and it is not often that we get to hear this great Jazz musician. Playing with his friend John Paul Gard this trio will be awesome.
15/06/14 Kevin FigesBetter and better every time we hear this trio. Tremendous synergy and freedom of interpretation and a complete mastery of the instruments and form by all three players. Kevin's alto sax is always lyrical, inventive and accurate and the drum/bass interaction is positively telepathic. This band is the true face of modern jazz playing in the UK. "One of the most interesting emerging talents on the UK scene." Jazzwise Magazine
Some dates for your diary ...
25/06/14 Tom Hewson 5'tet***** Wednesday Jazz Special ***** J Maddren, G Crowley, N Malcolm and F Ireland on tour - checkout www.tomhewson.com
8/10/14 Duski Tour***** Wednesday Jazz Special ***** Composer and bassist, Aiden Thorne, brings his refreshing core trio of Greg Sterland (Tenor Sax) and Mark O’Connor (Drums) expanded with the guitar and keyboards of Tom Ollendorf and Paul Jones. As part of their Jazz Services National tour we can expect an evening of new, original jazz compositions, executed by highly accomplished and sensitive players.
15/10/14 Dörner/Lash/Turner***** The Plancktone club presents ... Wednesday Jazz Special ***** Major European improvisors descend again on the Queens for a night of extreme abstraction.
12/11/14 Preston Glasgow Lowe UK Tour***** Wednesday Jazz Special ***** A real treat in contemporary fusion from 3 of London's most creative instrumentalists. Travelling well beyond the format of the 'guitar led trio' the virtuosity of playing presents a level of energy and creativity it is little wonder they have shared stages with the likes of John Schofield, Tommy Smith, Robert Mitchell, Foreign Exchange, and so many more that you need to checkout the biographies.
26/11/14 Deep Whole Trio***** The Plancktone club presents ... Wednesday Jazz Special ***** Brace yourselves for the alchemy that is Paul Rogers on bass, Paul Dunmall saxophones and bagpipes, and Mark Sanders on Drums.
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