Gig Diary

Sun 09 Oct - RENATO D'AIELLO (sax)

Born in Naples 1959. Renato started his professional career playing with the Giovanni Tommaso big band and then he received a full tuition scolarship from Berklee college of Boston. International tours followed with Tony Scott, Art Farmer and Renato toured Japan with Yoshida Masahiro trio. “Renato is a superlative saxophonist". Ian Carr.

Sun 23 Oct - LUCA LUCIANO (clt)

“Masterful Clarinet! Luca is a noted Italian clarinettist and composer based in London, having developed an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso around the UK and overseas via recordings and concert hall appearances” - The Musician. A former clarinet professor in the UK and as a recording artist his solo albums have received much critical acclaim.

Sun 06 Nov - STAN SULZMANN (sax)

A veteran of the UK jazz scene, Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Gil Evans, Michael Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier, Gwilym Simcock and many others as well as having a prolific output as a bandleader. "It simply doesn’t get any better than this" John Kelman.

Sun 20 Nov - CHRISTIAN BREWER (sax)

Christian Brewer is a well known jazz saxophonist/composer/educator and he has been a leading voice on the alto saxophone for over 20 years having played at top clubs and festivals worldwide with Peter King (UK), Bob Martin (USA), Dmitry Baevsky (Russia), Tito Alcedo (Spain), Yutaka Shiina (Japan), Jos Matchel (Holland) amongst many.

Sun 04 Dec - ESTELLE KOKOT (voc)

Estelle returned to London after touring South Africa between February 2014 and January 2015 introducing the music of Chico Freeman and Jan Pulsford to a new audience. She recorded The Sound of You album in November 2014 with Chico Freeman on saxophones, Herbie Tsoaeli on bass and Kevin Gibson on drums in Cape Town.

Sun 18 Dec - TENOR MADNESS (saxes)

A real battle of the saxes with two of the finest tenor players in the UK going head to head on some classic jazz standards. Both Kevin Flanagan and Colin Watling run their own quartets with whom they have recorded great CDs. A fantastic night of straight ahead jazz and a brilliant way to finish an amazing year at The Bell.

Sun 01 Jan - ALAN BARNES (saxes)

One of the most popular jazz musicians in the UK and a winner of numerous awards. "Barnes plays music that was radical 50 years ago - hard, urban post-bop - but he infuses it with so much passion and energy you could believe it was minted on the spot, which is always part of the story with jazz". John L. Walters - The Guardian.

Sun 15 Jan - ADAM GLASSER (harm)

Award-winning Jazz harmonica and keyboard player Adam Glasser grew up in South Africa and is currently London-based. He won the 2010 SAMA Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album and his recent album Mzansi was also nominated Best Jazz Album at the 2012 SAMA Awards. He pays tribute to the recently departed Toots Thielemans.

Sun 29 Jan - MATT WATES (sax)

"A truly remarkable young British alto saxophonist" Dave Gelly - Observer. "A performer of boundless ability" Ken Rattenbury - Crescendo. "The most swinging alto player on both sides of the Atlantic" Duncan Lamont. "An incredibly talented musician and composer" John Dankworth . "Matt Wates is a bit of a phenomenon" Dave Gelly - Observer.

Sun 12 Feb - MARK NIGHTINGALE (trb)

Mark is an internationally acclaimed jazz soloist and one of the UK’s most in demand studio musicians. He performs in several groups and bands including his own Quintet and Big Band, The Sound of J&K, and The Andy Panayi Quartet. "Mark Nightingale is one of the most sensational musicians this country has ever produced". Humphrey Lyttelton.

Sun 26 Feb - JACQUI HICKS (voc)

Having sung with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra on a regular basis in 1992 Jacqui joined and toured the world with jazz funk band Shakatak. She has recorded a number of CDs with her own quartet and she is the featured singer on both Beatifik CDs and on The Boaters Project CD. Jacqui is a highly skilled singer with charm and intelligence.

Sun 12 Mar - ROBERT FOWLER (sax)

Since leaving the Pasadena Roof Orchestra Robert has worked with many bands and has also released his own CD "Front and Centre" which demonstrates the strong influence of some of the greats of the classic jazz era - Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. He has also been working and touring with Bryan Ferry on his recent album As Time Goes By.

Sun 09 Apr - NIC MEIER (gtr)

In just a few short years UK-based Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the UK’s most original guitarists and drawing on a love of Turkish, Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango all mixed with jazz he has developed his own unique sound. He was sensational at last year's Bures Festival Jazz Night after touring with Jeff Beck.

Sun 23 Apr - KEVIN FITZSIMMONS (voc)

Kevin has performed at jazz venues throughout the UK and at top London clubs including Ronnie Scotts, The 606 Club & the Pizza Express Jazz Club. His fresh-sounding renditions of jazz standards and iconic pop tunes has garnered him critical acclaim and fans far and wide. “….his voice is an irresistible mix of Sinatra, Bennett & Buble" Jazz FM.

Sun 04 Jun - CRISSY LEE QUARTET

Crissy is widely acclaimed as being the UK’s and Europe’s finest female drummer. Born in Colchester, Essex her career has seen Crissy travel the globe, appearing on numerous TV programmes and bringing the rich rewards of sharing the stage with some of the world’s greatest celebrities. The quartet has recorded a new CD "My Favourite Things".