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Sunday 05/11 Forfeits


Wednesday 08/11/18 Lenore Raphael + Wayne Wilkinson + Chris Hodgkins + Alison Rayner - album release

***** Jazz Special *****

On the 11th November the band launch their album “Lenore Raphael + Wayne Wilkinson + Chris Hodgkins at the PizzaExpress”. Recorded during the EFG London Jazz Festival, acclaimed jazz pianist Lenore Raphael, US guitarist Wayne Wilkinson, and trumpeter/composer Chris Hodgkins with special guest bass player Alison Rayner perform together to launch their CD, in a special set of originals and classic jazz standards.

Lenore Raphael is an internationally renowned jazz pianist, Steinway artist/radio host and jazz teacher. She has performed and in many cases, sold out major jazz clubs and festivals, including Dizzy's at Jazz At Lincoln Centre, The Blue Note, Birdland, Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott's and many more. She was one of three featured Steinway pianists with Ahmad Jamal and Abdullah Ibrahim at the Joy Of Jazz festival in South Africa.

"Jazz critics have compared her to Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and even Thelonious Monk, but with all these influences, Lenore Raphael is just ONE thing … a great pianist!" Jazz USA

Wayne Wilkinson is a recognized and accomplished professional guitarist from the USA. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, The White House, the Kennedy Centre and major jazz and special music festivals across USA. He has performed for multiple Presidents, heads of state and other dignitaries.

Bass player and composer Alison Rayner spent five years in the 80s with critically acclaimed jazz/Latin group The Guest Stars, touring all major international jazz venues and festivals and recording three albums. Alison Rayner has co-run Blow the Fuse Records & Blow the Fuse Jazz Club in London since 1989, performing with artists such as American jazz guitar legend Tal Farlow, New York jazz poet Jayne Cortez, Denardo Coleman, Peter King and John Etheridge.
‘Spirited, eloquent and graceful’ *** The Guardian
‘A gorgeous album, synthesising mood, melody and the interplay between musicians totally at home with each other.’ **** Jazzwise
Chris Hodgkins raised in Cardiff and co-founded the Welsh Jazz Festival and established the Welsh Jazz Society. As a jazz trumpeter Chris joined the Icon Jazzmen when he was 18. Chris toured the UK and Europe with Johnny Bastable’s Chosen Six, Monty Sunshine, Route 66; appearing at the Sacramento Jazz Festival in the USA with the Pete Allen Band, and played a number of tours of Germany with the Chris Haskins Band.
In 1985 he was appointed Director of Jazz Services the national organisation funded by Arts Council England to provide services in information, touring, education, communications and publishing to the UK jazz community. Among his many successes was the National Touring Support Scheme which has enabled the careers of hundreds of artists over the years. Chris also helped to set up the annual Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Chris continues to be a major figure in promoting and supporting jazz musicians in the UK.


Sunday 12/11 SP3 Steve Payne/Miskiminn/Hobday


Sunday 19/11 Skylark


Sunday 26/11 The Harrisons

First time at the Queens and about time too! Great line up of two guitars and a trombone all blending three part vocals. The Harrison's always deliver broad, quality entertainment to all.


Sunday 03/12 WILL KILLEEN


Sunday 10/12 Heavy Quartet




Saturday 23/12 John Paul Gard/Alex Hutchins


Wednesday 14/3/18 Hiby-Bardon-Hession

***** Jazz Special *****

Having played an astonishingly powerful gig at the Queens in 2016 the Hiby-Bardon-Hession trio return to bring an intense evening of extemporised collective soundscapes.
The combined but restrained focus of their last performance was akin to the darkening and impending thrill of a brewing thunderstorm never quite breaking but bound to at any minute. A delight for the audible senses spilling out to the cliches of hair raising on the arms and neck and of course the unbelievable, near telepathic, understanding of the players drawing you in like a rip-tide on a dark night.

A world class trio from three players with huge international reputations combining Wuppertal and Leeds in a common European understanding.
Hans Peter Hiby - tenor/alto saxophones, Michael Bardon - double bass, Paul Hession - drum set ()
Supported by the Plancktone Club

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