WHAT'S ON

DOORS @ 7PM FOR KITCHEN & BAR

PERFORMANCES @ 8:30PM

SUNDAY PERFORMANCES @ 8PM

Roxanne @ The Verdict gigs will be ticketed here. Follow links in pics for other promoters.

Slamtabulous is the new monthly spoken-word event brought to you by The Write Release... and it's more than just another spoken-word slam. Slamtabulous gives performers the opportunity to battle for cash prizes. Each month there will be eight slots available for those wanting to battle and these will be awarded on a 'first-come, first-served' basis on the night. Those battling must be prepared to fight through three separate rounds with a different piece for each. Battlers will have three minutes for the first two rounds and up to five minutes for the final showdown... but any more than ten seconds over time and it will be game over without being scored. With special guest performances from Emma Clowsley of Spit the Ink and Annabelszki

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Slamtabulous

£5 OTD

"Clatworthy is a jazz musician following in the footsteps of his master and king John Coltrane. He takes no prisoners and is constantly in search of the next level. If you get an opportunity to hear him, take your seat belt and buckle it tight." - Henry Franklin, bassist (Freddie Hubbard, Hugh Masekela) • "Benn's artistry involves all the knowledge, passion, control, emotion and inventiveness expected from a true master." - Otmoro Ruiz, pianist/arranger (Grammy nominee)

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Benn Clatworthy Quartet

£15/£12

Composer and trumpet player Miguel Gorodi leads this talent-packed nonet which plays all original compositions. The music is influenced by jazz musicians such as Steve Coleman, Steve Lehman, Tyshawn Sorey, Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter, as well as classical composers such as Louis Andriessen, Gérard Grisey, Per Nørgård and Stravinsky. Gorodi balances texture, colour, form and interweaving rhythmic grooves to create evocative sound worlds for these exceptional improvisers to explore within. The group are currently touring their debut album Apophenia which was released on Ubuntu in May this year. Gareth Lockrane: flutes Michael Chillingworth: alto sax, clarinet & bass clarinet George Crowley: tenor sax & bass clarinet Miguel Gorodi: trumpet, flugalhorn & compositions Kieran McLeod: trombone Ray Hearne: tuba Ralph Wyld: vibraphone Conor Chaplin: double bass Dave Hamblett: drums

Miguel Gorodi Nonet

£15/£10

British pianist/composer Andrew McCormack has built a diverse international career with many appearances at major festivals and concert halls all over the globe. He is perhaps best known internationally as a long-standing member of the Kyle Eastwood Band but also has numerous projects under his own name including a trio, a duo with Saxophonist Jason Yarde and the pianist’s progressive jazz project, Graviton. Andrew has also received commissions for classical orchestral and chamber concerts. In 2017, Andrew launched Graviton, a new band project which saw him in a more groove- based setting including vocals and a wider sound world closer to what might be described as ‘Prog-Jazz’. Graviton: The Calling, Andrew’s latest album in 2019, is a fully conceived work that follows the classic hero’s journey. Whatever the genre, throughout his body of work, Andrew McCormack has managed to consistently demonstrate a compelling setting for his musical ideas, a platform for virtuosic improvisation and a constant revivifying and adaptive embodiment of the jazz tradition. Andrew McCormack - Piano Noemi Nuti - Vocals Josh Arcoleo - Sax Tom Herbert - Electric Bass Joshua Blackmore - Drums

Andrew McCormack: Graviton

£10/£5

UK trumpeter Laura has carved a reputation as one of the most characterful voices in European jazz today. Her distinctive approach to improvisation is often simple yet always colourful, resulting in a sound that is instantly inviting and recognisable. Here she is joined by kindred spirits Ruth Goller (Melt Yourself Down, Vula Viel) on bass and longtime collaborator and Dinosaur bandmate Corrie Dick (Elliot Galvin, Rob Luft) on drums as they present selected songs from across the centuries. From John Dowland to Bill Withers, the trio breathe new life into some of Laura’s favourite melodies.

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Laura Jurd Trio

£13/£10

ARQ combine richly nuanced compositions, rhythmic interplay and folk-infused melodies with skilful musicianship and a love of improvisation. ARQ play 'songs without words' and are lauded for their vibrant, communicative performances. Winner of ‘Ensemble of the Year’ at the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and shortlisted for ‘Best Small Group’ at the 2018 British Jazz Awards, ARQ release their third album Short Stories October 2019 on Blow The Fuse Records. Watch the Short Stories preview video here: https://youtu.be/tGc_dVpAY4c

ARQ: Alison Rayner Quintet

£15/£10

Smalls never fails to deliver an evening of perfect jazz - please head to their website for listing info

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Smalls Presents: Jo Fooks & Al Nichols

£15

Vasilis’ third album as leader celebrates the music and spirit of Dexter Gordon, a true heavyweight of the tenor saxophone, and features Dexter originals, some standards played 'Dexter-style' and a couple of Vas's own Dexter-influenced compositions. "Dexter was my first big hero and the impact of his music on me goes way back to when I was still a teenager. His 1962 recording ‘Go!' was the first of many in my record collection and to this day I can sing along to all the solos from that album with the same enthusiasm I had as a kid. Subsequently there have of course been other influences on my playing, but Dexter remains my top inspiration when it comes to tone and melodic development. This project has been a long time coming and I hope you will enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it."

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VASILIS XENOPOULOS/MARK EDWARDS QUARTET

Glasgow born Bassist, Composer and Band Leader Calum Gourlay brings his brand new quartet and first small band album to tour the UK in 2019. Featuring music written especially for and inspired by the band members who are also 3 founding members of his big band. Helena Kay on Saxophone, Kieran McLeod on Trombone and James Maddren on drums. They are celebrating the release of Calum’s first small band album New Ears on Ubuntu music. This is the last gig of their 2019 tour supported by Arts Council England.

Calum Gourlay Quartet: New Ears

THE VERDICT COMEDY CLUB IS BACK!!

THURSDAY 21ST NOVEMBER! GET IT IN YOUR DIARIES!

HEADLINED BY BEST PAL WILLIAM STONE.

William Stone is gathering moss. Stuck somewhere between reality and dreams, offering glimpses into his world through whimsical oneliners and oblique observations. BBC New Comedy Award Finalist 2018. Leicester Square Theatre new act of the year finalist 2018.

BIG THINGS ARE HAPPENING SO YOU ARE GOING TO WANT TO CATCH HIM NOW WHILST YOU CAN STILL GET WITHIN TOUCHING DISTANCE. (Don’t touch the acts)

The Support cast is pure fireworks too, JADE GEBBIE, HARRY PUGH, SIMONE BELSHAW, DAVID DIAMOND, ALICE INDIA and RIGGS.

AND WITH JUDGE JAMES MCDONNELL RESIDING AND NATHAN ‘PIANO MAN’ RAMSDEN-LOCK ON THE JURY IT WOULD BE CRIMINAL TO MISS IT.

WHATS THE VERDICT?

GUILTY!!

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Verdict Comedy Club

£3

"LIFE ON THE EDGE" (2017 LEO RECORDS) ALBUM REVIEWS: "It starts with Blue Note- and Ogun-spirit, with Spirits Rejoice-mood and Mingus-power... Rocket Science is unfailingly retro-futuristic, tardis-blue, open for everything that was considered amazing in the 1960s..." - Bad Alchemy magazine, Germany
"A constant flow of ideas, the horns sometimes jostling busily for attention, sometimes conversing, sometimes singing sweetly together... While you listen, thoughts of influences fall away and you can just enjoy this newly created music for itself. That is the sound of success." - London Jazz News

We could quote over and over but best you just pop down and hear for yourself.

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Loz Speyer's Inner Space

£15/£12

A presentation of a delicious, multifarious repertoire including retrospective references to Tim’s ‘Turner and The Thames’ / ‘Colour Beginnings’ compositions, his ‘Wake Up Call’ album for Sony/EMI, together with work by contemporary jazz artists Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny. We also feature contemporary classics from composers such as Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder – our own original material, born from the structures of their tunes, just as Bebop was developed from an existing popular repertoire of its time.

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Tim Whitehead Quintet ft Jonathan Gee

£15/£10

Hip-hop, neo soul, jazz, funk & everything in between.

Giwa Music Presents: Verdict Vibes

£5 advance £5 OTD

Fresh through the doors of 2018 Red Bull Music Academy - Singer, saxophonist, and multi-instrumentalist, Quinn Oulton brings his unique home-brewed songwriting concoctions to life, alongside his explosive powerhouse of a live band.

Engrossed in the world of jazz from the age of 8, Quinn blends his harmonically rich saxophones, and colourful textures of guitars and percussion with an honest and deceivingly innocent approach to the art of songwriting, deriving from the likes of John Martyn and Jeff Buckley.

'The gifted London talent multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Quinn Oulton, is creative on many platforms similar to friend and inspiration, Jacob Collier, as he makes splendid music, animation and videos pulling out interesting details in the music when he layers his harmonically rich saxophone.' - Julian Joseph - BBC Radio 3 Jazz Lineup

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New Generation Jazz Presents: Quinn Oulton

£10/5

The Mark Cherrie Quartet comprises of Mark Cherrie on steel pan, John Donaldson on piano, Mick Hutton on double bass and Eric Ford on drums. Mark was originally introduced to the steel pan by his father, Ralph Cherrie, a musician himself who along with two other members of the Russ Henderson Trio, took to the streets of Westbourne Grove in 1967 and ended up starting the Notting Hill Carnival. Flash forward to the present day and Mark has taken this unique instrument and completely recontextualised it. Whilst still having a love of all the musical forms of the Caribbean, Mark has been forging a path into the world of jazz music, creating a new, fresh sound in the process. After recording their debut album in 2016, the album was released on Trio Records in February last year. Musically, the band steers away from the Caribbean but instead plays contemporary jazz by the likes of Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock to jazz reworkings of popular tunes by Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana, as well as some original pieces. Since the album was released, the band have garnered great reviews by many of this country’s foremost jazz critics, including a 4 star review in the Guardian and was included in Dave Gelly’s top ten jazz albums of 2018. The album launch gig took place at the 606 Club and was packed out. The band embarked on a UK tour last year in support of the album, generously sponsored by the Arts Council England and this year played 3 consecutive sold out nights at Ronnie Scott’s. Since the album’s release, the album has also picked up a considerable amount of radio play from JazzFM, Radio 6 and other regional BBC stations.

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Mark Cherrie Quartet

£10/£5

The Graham Harvey Quartet was formed in May 2019 with the intention of celebrating the great hard bop bands of the 50’s and 60’s. Graham is joined by Saxophonist Dave O'Higgins, drummer Josh Morrison and, for this gig, special guest Callum Gourlay on double bass. A commitment to hard swinging and authentic language is foremost in the band’s approach to the great compositions of Horace silver, Benny Golson and Cedar Walton et al.

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Graham Harvey Quartet ft Dave O'Higgins

£15/£10

'British songwriters rule the world' The Guardian.

'British Standard Time' is a swinging journey through the best of UK songwriting - from the jazz-era master Ray Noble and Eric Maschwitz to music theatre writers Antony Newley and Lionel Bart, from the pop giants Lennon & McCartney to Elvis Costello and Amy Winehouse. Velvet-voiced Jo Harrop and pianist/arranger Alex Webb mine a rich seam of material and present it in a cool, contemporary jazz format.

Expect classics like ‘These Foolish Things’, ‘The Very Thought Of You’, ‘As Long As He Needs Me’, ‘Who Can I Turn To’, ‘Norwegian Wood’ and ‘Almost Blue’ as well as forgotten gems by John Dankworth and Victor Feldman plus some carefully-chosen originals and a couple of surprises.

“A singing sensation.... her voice is amazing” Bebop Spoken Here blog on Jo Harrop.

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Jo Harrop: British Standard Time

£15/£10

ZONE-B
The brand new project from the highly acclaimed Big Air saxophone and trumpet partnership of Steve Buckley and Chris Batchelor, featuring Rob Luft on Guitar, Tom Herbert on electric bass and Gene Calderazzo on drums. Not to be missed!
“Exuberantly inventive” All about Jazz.
“Dazzling and invigorating” The Jazz Mann.

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Steve Buckley Quintet

£15/£10

"Wild Card defies gravity by spinning from Funk, Soul, jazz & Afro/latin sounds..."
★★★★ JazzinEurope

"No frills, Funk fuelled, fun played with integrity and a passionate feel for Jazz!"
★★★ Jazzwise

"it’s a seamless blend of jazz, funk and Latin"
★★★★ KindOfJazz

"It's creative, refreshing and jam packed with energy...Hot and cool but definitely Jazz."
★★★★ Music republic magazine

Wild Card gets on down, just for the Funk of it. That's a great gift to give to the world"
★★★★ All About Jazz

"Anyone who thinks the jazz scene has been surrendered to the squeaky experimentalists should. Sit back and let the adrenalin sizzle!
★★★★ The Art Desk

"Full Marks...Tight beats, sharps horns and fleet footed samba!"
★★★★ The Jazz Journal

"their approach is the diametrical opposite of navel-gazing jazz"
Londonjazznews

"Excellent playing… Wild Card’s natural habitat is in live performance… raising the roof in the right club environment…Exciting stuff.”
The JazzMann ★★★★

"Un Groupe passionant!"
Alex Dutilh "France Musique"

"I love Wild Card"
NPR Atlanta 91.9FM (Aaron Cohen MD)

"Sounds great...grooves like crazy"
Russ Davis "Voice of America"

"My goodness me, phenomenal band, you gotta love these guys...very exciting and energetic "
Linley Hamilton BBC JAZZ WORLD

“A festival highlight - groovacious music purveyed through jazz edginess to an appreciative audience - Wild Card indeed!”
Paul Pace (Booking Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club)

“The audience were mesmerised…If toe tapping, hand clapping, hip swinging and a good time is what you are after go and see Wild Card at one of their shows!”
Young & Serious

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Wild Card

£15/£10

All the bells and whistles of a Big Band Christmas Bonanza Special PLUS Andy Panayi as guest sax player and a free glass of fizz with every ticket!

Les Paul Big Band Christmas Special ft Andy Panayi

£16

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