New York drum master, Ari Hoenig is coming to the UK for a tour in February with a trio featuring our very own guitarist, Tom Ollendorf. He will be playing at the Vortex Jazz Club in London on February 13th. As well as running his own acclaimed ensembles, Ari has played for such virtuosi as Kenny Werner, Chris Potter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Herbie Hancock, Joshua Redman, Gerry Mulligan, Joe Lovano and many more besides. He has a regular residency at Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich, NY: check it out here: https://youtu.be/vRN7w-ApfiU. In addition, check out Tom's Beautiful Bach Bedroom Broadcast here: www.facebook.com/tom.ollendorff/videos/1984273848299027/
The regular first Wednesday of the month gigs with Mark Aston and friends has changed its venue to the Strawberry Hill Golf Club. A much bigger capacity room, with double-sided bar, warmer, more comfy surroundings and vastly improved acoustics was a fantastic choice, but also a bit of a punt for Mark. As it happened, this gig SOLD OUT with a waiting list of over 20 people hoping for last minute cancellations! This was an absolute STORMING gig, with Mark on tenor sax, Ben Cummings on trumpet/flugelhorn and vocals, and John Pearce on piano... What a night!
Tuesday night sessions at the George and Dragon resumed in style, with Jazz Royalty kicking off the proceedings: Alan Barnes on Alto Saxophone, accompanied by Dave Jones on bass, Alan Berry on Keys, and myself Matt Skeaping on drums. An exciting start to the year!
A week before Christmas saw us playing at The Ned - a former bank, now Hotel, restaurant and club all in one, perched on the corner of Bank Junction in the City of London. With Alex Hutton on piano, Alec Dankworth on bass and Kate Winter, vocals. This was a first for The Cocktail Hour - stunned at the cavernous size and luxury of the venue. Several live bands on rotation throughout the day and evening. Just like I imagined it was in most London Hotels in days gone by....
The ongoing adventures of London Jazz Cocktailers