Sunday, January 10th
Jazz Club Launch Night Triple Bill!
John Etheridge Anita Wardell & Robin Aspland Reg Webb Trio
Described by none other than Pat Metheny as "one of the best guitarists in the world", John Etheridge rightly enjoys a glowing global reputation.
A prodigiously gifted and creative player, his range is well illustrated by his years of simultaneously touring and recording with the iconic violinist Stephane Grappelli and the legendary jazz-fusion group, Soft Machine (now reformed as Soft Machine Legacy).
Equally at home on acoustic and electric guitar, John's willingness to engage with so many styles is matched by his ability to excel in any of them.
During his illustrious career, apart from fronting his own bands, he's played with John Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Didier Lockwood, Dizzie Gillespie, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe, Nigel Kennedy, Pat Metheny, Birelli Lagrene, Barney Kessell, Vic Juris, Tony Williams, Andy Summers. Gary Boyle, Danny Thompson and countless others.
John's ability as an outstanding composer is sometimes overlooked, but he is often under pressure from audiences to feature more of his own material. Without doubt, a masterful musician.
“There's never a moment's doubt about his awesome authority whenever he touches a guitar.” - John Fordham, The Guardian
"His mesmerising version of Stormy Weather sounded as if there were two, even three, guitarists at work, as he simultaneously picked bass and melody lines." - Jan Fairley, Edinburgh Festival.
Anita Wardell & Robin Aspland
Australia-reared, Guildford-born Anita Wardell is an uncompromising exponent of bebop and has rightly won a cult following since she burst onto the scene.
During her teens, she started to get to grips with the complexities of modern jazz when she discovered Clifford Brown, Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. At the same time, she learned her vocal craft from greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Mark Murphy, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, Jon Hendricks and Eddie Jefferson.
After being constantly overlooked in the British Jazz Awards, she finally won the Best Vocalist category in 2013, triumphing over singers Claire Martin and Liane Carroll.
Described by critic Clive Davis as "the female equivalent of Mark Murphy", Anita has a mercurial musicality and acute sense on improvisational freedom that can at times take the breath away.
Regarded by many critics as the most creative jazz singer performing in London today, she’s indisputably the real deal.
Accompanying Anita is her long-time collaborator, Robin Aspland. A pianist with a reputation as an excellent and inventive soloist, Robin has a local connection, having attended Colchester Institute (where he attained a Degree in Music) and was taught by none other than Reg Webb!
A highly respected and gifted sideman, his talents have seen him accompany artists such as Georgie Fame, Jim Mullen, Pete King, Kenny Wheeler, Arturo Sandoval, Curtis Stigers, Eddie Henderson and Bobby Watson. He also spent six years touring with Van Morrison.
“This sweet toned Australian chooses superior songs and can improvise with the best . . . an exceptional talent." - Jack Massarik, Evening Standard
Reg Webb Trio
Back in the day, Reg Webb played some memorable gigs at the club, including a superb piano duo with Pete Jacobsen, while he also accompanied guitar greats Barney Kessell and Martin Taylor, and blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon He's also played with Art Farmer, Joe Pass and Roland Kirk.
Like John Etheridge, Reg has successfully straddled two differing worlds of music, having been a member of both Lennie Kravitz's and Suzi Quatro's bands, and musical director to Vanessa Paradis, as well as working with the likes of Shirley Bassey.
However, his first love has always been jazz. A musician whose influences span George Shearing and Bill Evans to Herbie Hancock, his enthusiasm and boundless energy knows no bounds.
Completing the trio are Ben Hearn (Bass) and Andrew Dowding (Drums).
Tickets £12. £10 Concessions
Doors: 7.00pm. Music: 7.30pm