Wed 12 October 2016
Andrea Vicari & Mornington Lockett
Wed 26 October 2016
Wed 9 November 2016
Tom Haines Big Band
Wed 7 December 2016
20:00 £20 (includes a drink)
Nic Meier Quartet
Wed 28 Sept 2016
Nic Meier (Guitar) Asaf Sirkis (Drums) Kevin Glasgow (Bass) Richard Jones (Violin)
Nic visited Stratford Jazz last year with the Oxley/Meier guitar duo. Swiss born guitarist Nicolas is comfortable in many situations and draws influence from Turkish and Middle Eastern folk, Flamenco, Tango and a good dose of Jazz. He also has a love of rock music and has been a member of Jeff Beck's group for a number of years.
With a lineup of Remi on acoustic and electric guitars accompanied by a hot club rhythm section of guitar and double bass, the Remi Harris Project take gypsy swing characteristics and infuse them with influences from Jazz, Blues, Rock'n'Roll, Funk, World Music and more. The show includes solo, duet and trio playing interspersed with Remi's commentary and includes repertoire from Django Reinhardt, Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix and Peter Green to name a few.
"incredible guitarist... I'm absolutely blown away by his talent" Jamie Cullum
"Remi Harris is one of the most exciting young guitarists in the Gypsy Jazz world" Martin Taylor
Andrea Vicari (Piano) Mornington Lockett (Sax) Dorian Lockett (Bass) Nic France (Drums)
A mid season special event for Stratford Jazz featuring some of the very best UK Jazz musicians around. This will be held in the auditorium with cabaret style seating. Andrea Vicari is on tour to promote her new album Mirrors. Based on varied styles and grooves from Flamenco to South African rhythms; whilst showcasing the extraordinary improvisational skills of virtuosos Mornington Lockett (sax) - as well as her own piano playing described by JazzUK magazine as " a constant delight - intense, probing, and generating a seemingly endless succession of ideas". Although Elvis Stanic is also on the album, it is with regret that we are unable to fly him over for this gig.
Greg Abate (Sax) Ian Beestin (Drums) Geoff Pearson (Bass) Neil Hunter (Piano)
Back to normal but by no means less special than our previous gig, Greg Abate returns for another UK tour. Greg plays standards and his own compositions with sincerity, virtuosity and a passion for swinging mainstream jazz. Last year he played Stratford Jazz on 11th November and I booked him for 2016 on the 12th!
Drinks Reception - Sheila Waterfield Duo from 7pm
Tom Haines Big Band - 8.30
Stratford Jazz formed in 1986 with a handful of jazz musicians playing in the White Swan. Regular gigs were held from 1991 and after 3 venue changes we are delighted to celebrate 30 years of high quality Jazz in Stratford upon Avon. We start proceedings with a drinks reception in the foyer from 7pm and continue in the auditorium with the Tom Haines Big Band. UK jazz composer Tom has been gaining recognition in the big band field and has been winning award after award in Europe over the past 3 years.