Sign up with your email address to join our Virtual Jazz Club every Friday evening on Zoom at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. 

 

1hr before the start of the show you will receive an email which contains the invitation link. 

 

Entry is FREE but donations can be made at www.paypal.me/busterbirch

which will be split with the band.

 

CORRECTION: 
THE EMAIL INVITE WILL BE SENT OUT EACH FRIDAY AT 7:00PM, NOT FRIDAY MORNINGS

 

Fri 8 May

8:00pm

This session will finish slightly early to allow people

to catch the Queen's VE day speech at 9:00pm

 

HEADS SOUTH

Heads South plays superb Latin Jazz combining Cuban and other Latin rhythms with distinctive melodies in an exhilarating repertoire of original and classic tunes. The Band is led by John Harriman piano/organ and features top UK trumpeter Steve Waterman,  Venezuelan bassist Adolfredo Pulido, Cuban percussionist Chino Martell Morgan on congas, bongos, cajon, guiro and Buster Birch on drums, timbale, castanets, frame drum. 

The Band has released two albums to critical acclaim, it was chosen to perform a national tour of Wales sponsored by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Arts Council of Wales and was selected from more than 75 bands nationwide as winner of the UK Jazz Services/National Touring Forum award.

www.headssouth.com
Fri 15 May

8:00 pm

JO FOOKS 

Jo Fooks, born in Edinburgh, began learning the saxophone at 15. In 1992 she won 'The Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year'. Inspired and encouraged by local Edinburgh musicians, Jo went on to study saxophone at the Guildhall School of music in London (1995-99). She also studied at the Berklee School of music in Boston after receiving a full fee scholarship for the summer jazz programme.

After recording her debut album "Here and Now!", the legendary British trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton invited her to join his eight-piece band. With whom she toured and performed in some of the most amazing theatres and venues in Britain. Humphs fun filled and melodic approach to music was to be a huge influence. And through performing in his band Jo also recorded and worked with Acker Bilk and played alongside Tina May, Joe Temperley, Scott Hamilton, Elkie Brooks,and many others.

Jo's other influences include Illinois Jacquet, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gorden, Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans. Her mellow tone is often compared to Stan getz and Zoot Simms.

 

www.jofooks.co.uk

 

Fri 22 May

8:00pm 

 

ARQ (Alison Rayner Quintet)

Alison Rayner (bass, composer) has been playing jazz and other contemporary styles since the mid-70s. She spent five years in the 80s with critically acclaimed Latin-jazz group The Guest Stars, touring all major international jazz venues and festivals across seventeen countries and recording three albums.

She currently leads ARQ, widely celebrated from six years of extensive UK and European touring and critical acclaim for their first two albums ‘August’ (2014) and ‘A Magic Life’ (2016), receiving national and international radio play and four and five-star reviews in jazz and national press. 
ARQ’s third album Short Stories (released Oct 2019 on Blow the Fuse Records) is now receiving extensive radio play and press acclaim, with one of the pieces receiving an Ivor Novello Award. The ‘Short Stories’ album and tour is supported by ACE and PRS Foundation Women Make Music.

Rayner also performs and records with, amongst others, guitarist Deirdre Cartwright, trumpeter Chris Hodgkins, vocalist Carol Grimes, Latin-jazz quartet Chico Chica and US-based singer-songwriter Zoe Lewis.

She has co-run Blow the Fuse, an artist-led partnership in London since 1989, running jazz club nights, promoting tours, larger scale events and producing records on Blow the Fuse Records. She has played on around 30 albums and performed with artists such as American guitar legend Tal Farlow, New York jazz poet Jayne Cortez, Denardo Coleman, Peter King and John Etheridge.

Rayner teaches on jazz summer schools in the UK and abroad; composes and examines for an international music examination board and is an endorsee for Picato Innovation double bass strings. She was nominated in ‘Best Double Bass’ category 2018 & 2019 British Jazz Awards.

 

www.alisonrayner.com

 

 

Fri 29 May

8:00pm 

Blue Harlem

Blue Harlem have been widely regarded as one of the top swing/jump-blues bands on the London scene for over 15 years. They have become regular favourites at venues such as the world famous Ronnie Scott'sThe100 ClubThe HippodromeHideawayJitterbugs and many, many more. 

 

They enjoy an international reputation - 2007 found them launching the 4th International Film Festival of Dubai and in 2008, they were personally invited by Baz Luhrmann to perform for the launch of his 1940's blockbuster movie ‘Australia’.

 

They have been invited on three separate occasions to perform at Highgrove House charity balls for the Prince’s Trust. They have an enviable reputation as a party band, having played for society soirees all over the UK - including Buckingham Palace, Annabel’s, The Sands Venue and Burgh Island. They also regularly perform abroad, appearing at jazz festivals in Spain, Norway, Belgium and Germany. 

 

Blue Harlem launched the career of rising star Imelda May, and are now proud to feature as their vocalist the sensational Sophie Shaw. Blue Harlem is led by Al Nicholls on Tenor Sax and features Paul Eldridge on Piano, Sandy Burnett on Double Bass, Sam Brown on Drums, Gethin Liddington on trumpet and Horace Cardew on Baritone Sax.

 

www.blueharlem.co.uk

 

 

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