While they considered calling the night “Jazz Snobs Eat Shit” Jez and his firm opted for a more sensitive and positive vibe whereby they can bring together bands and artists from different scenes, genres, cultures and generations. Their only watchword, says Jez, is “quality”.
During the Sixties this iconic West London theatre hosted live in-the-round TV music broadcasts of artists like T Rex and Jez maintains their sessions will be equally intimate and will feature 3 acts – a headliner, a brand new act, and a one-off solo spot. Between sets he will be chatting to the artists about whatever is on their mind and at the end of night he’ll be busting a little DJ set in the bar.”
The first night… this Monday! January 30th 2012… showcases a killing trio featuring award-winning vibes player, multi-instrumentalist and composer Orphy Robinson, saxophonist/composer Steve Williamson and keyboards/composer Pat Thomas.
Kicking off the night at 8.30pm will be Jazz Ahmed (flugelhorn/trumpet player), Lewis Wright (vibes) and Dave Mannington (guitar) and they will be followed by a solo set from the Cinematic Orcghestra’s heavily respected guitarist & soundscaper Stuart McCallum.
Radio presenter, Jez Nelson has long been at the epicentre of the UK jazz scene and on the basis of a weekly diet of fresh CDs and excellent live gigs he maintains the scene here is in a really healthy state. The music is coming from all directions and as a reflection of this future sessions will include a host of new generation players.
Shabaka Hutchings and the Sons of Kemet with Seb Rochford, Tom Skinner (drums) and Oren Marshall (tuba), Jason Yarde’s Trio Wah, and Arun Ghosh Quartet are set to headline the February, March and April gigs.
Andrew McCormack and Flashmob feat. Ryan Williams, Rory Simmons, Will Collier and Nick Smalley will be joining in February and Dave Eliot and Shadow Writing will joining the line-up for March session.
Other artists onfirmed for future sessions include World Service Project, Brownswood signee Zara McFarlane and the mighty Finn Peters
As Jez says, “It’s only 7 quid to get in!”… so free your mind and your ass will follow!
For tickets call The Cockpit box office on: 020 7258 2925 (lines open 12-6 Monday to Friday) or buy online from firstname.lastname@example.org.
London NW8 8EH