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Saturday January 22nd 2011

Millennium Hall

Phil Robson

& the Instant Message Quintet featuring Mark Turner

Phil Robson - guitar

Mark Turner - sax

Michael Janisch – bass

Gareth Lockrane - flute

Ernesto Simpson – drums

Highly acclaimed as both guitarist and composer,

Phil Robson has won many awards, and fronted

many innovative projects. We're fortunate that with

this one he's bringing the remarkable New York

based saxist, Mark Turner. Internationally one of the

seriously acclaimed saxophone voices among the

recent generation, Turner's playing displays his

major influences - Coltrane and Warne Marsh – with

a technical brilliance that extends the saxophone

range effortlessly into the high altissimo register –

harmonically fluid and rhythmically beautiful

improvisation. The talents of Gareth Lockrane and

Michael Janisch are both well known to Sheffield

audiences but watch out for Ernesto Simpson, a

Cuban drummer with a strong reputation on the NY

jazz scene for his powerful, innovative style

Friday January 28th

Millennium Hall

The Mick Hutton Group

Mick Hutton – double bass

Andy Panayi – saxes, flute

Mark Edwards – piano

Paul Robinson - drums

Mick Hutton, one of the most talented bass players in Europe, has been active on the British jazz scene for over thirty years. It’s a joy to see him back in action on double bass after a six-year period impaired by an injury. Effortless bass lines, making the whole band sound great, combine with superb solos and stylish arrangements. Four great musicians with a very strong group identity, playing a mix of Mick Hutton originals and Ellington and Mingus tunes, with the accent on accessibility

Friday February 11th

Millennium Hall

Jay Phelps Quintet

Jay Phelps – trumpet

Shabaka Hutchings – saxes/clarinet

Gene Calderazzo – drums

Karl Rasheed-Abel – bass

Jonathan Gee - piano

Canadian-born Phelps distinguished himself as the

youngest band-leader in the Vancouver International Jazz

Festival's history. Moving to London at the age 17, he was immediately absorbed into the UK scene, performing with

the likes of Courtney Pine, Guy Barker, Jazz Jamaica and

John Dankworth. As co-leader of the young jazz sensation

Empirical, he spent two years enjoying the kind of

international success that UK jazz musicians haven't

enjoyed for years.

“Phelps exhibits much of Wynton Marsalis's fluency and

vocalised tone” John Fordham – The Guardian

“sounds like a mixture of Freddie Hubbard, Booker Little

and Terence Blanchard” John Murphy –JazzTimes

“an acrobatic solo displayer, cutting and fiery, and certainly

not afraid of extended bouts of self-expression” Martin

Longley - BBC

Dylan Howe Quartet
Brandon Allen – tenor sax

Ross Stanley – piano

Chris Hill – bass

Dylan Howe - drums

Highly rated and versatile drummer Dylan Howe leads a

quartet, featuring the best young players from the London

jazz scene. Returning here to the Coltrane influenced quartet

sound, they use original compositions plus arrangements from Howe's recent projects - Bowie's Berlin trilogy, Larry Young,


“A superb player" The Observer "The best neo-bop group in

the country" London Evening Standard

"…knows exactly how the dynamics and drama of this idiom

are supposed to work, and proves himself to be a

sophisticated composer." John Fordham – The Guardian

"Searing modal hard bop … playing scorching originals and

drawing on the spirit of classic 60’s Blue Note" The Times,

Top Five Jazz

"an audacious example of cross-pollination…

Dylan Howe is a cultured drummer who enjoys

leaping into the unknown" Clive Davis - The Times

Friday March 4th

Millennium Hall

Steve Waterman Quintet

Buddy Bolden Blew it’
Steve Waterman - trumpet

Chris Allard - guitar

Anthony Kerr - vibes

Alec Dankworth – bass

Dave Barry – drums

Steve Waterman, a regularly on the UK and European

scenes, is undoubtedly among the current top British jazz

trumpeters. This project is a history of nearly 100 years of jazz trumpet, told through compositions written by the great players, Louis

Armstrong, King Oliver, Bix Beiderbecke, Roy Eldridge,

Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, Tom Harrell, Kenny Wheeler

and more.

“…a delight to hear… an accomplished technician

and possessing a beautiful sound in both his

instruments” Crescendo Magazine

Friday March 11th

Millennium Hall

Sam Crockatt Quartet

Sam Crockatt – tenor sax

Kit Downes – piano

Oli Hayhurst – bass

Ben Reynolds – drums

A welcome return for the highly lyrical sax of Sam Crockatt,

one of the most in-demand young saxophonists in London.

He leads a truly improvising ensemble, which forms the ideal

context his own playing, reflecting his enthusiasm for Joe

"his love of an elegant melody is apparent throughout, his light but strong, warbling, slightly smoky tenor sound perfectly gauged to bring

out his tunes' freshness, grace and vitality"

Chris Parker -

Friday March 25th


Millennium Hall

John Donaldson Sextet

plays the music of

Bheki Mseleku
John Donaldson – piano

Peter King – alto sax

Ian Price – tenor sax

Simon Thorpe – bass

Tristan Banks - drums

Quentin Collins - trumpet

Marvellous South African pianist, Bheki Mseleku

(1955–2008) was lauded for his melodicism, rhythmic

sophistication, ability to assimilate a broad variety of

styles and strong spiritual leanings. In his final

years he was a friend and inspiration to his touring

companion, John Donaldson.

Working in the San Francisco Bay area from 1982-93,

Donaldson played with many local notables. Since his return

from California he has toured with dozens of premier league British

musicians. On this occasion he is joined by Peter King on

alto as part of a very strong sextet.

"With remarkably little publicity or fuss, John Donaldson has

emerged as one of Britain’s most exciting contemporary jazz

pianists." Dave Gelly – The Observer

"One of the great piano players of recent British jazz"

Chris Parker -

Saturday April 2nd

Crucible Studio

Storms / Nocturnes
Tim Garland – saxes

Joe Locke – vibes

Geoffrey Keezer - piano

In 2001 Tim Garland formed a unique trio of virtuoso jazz

players, all band leaders in their own right but committed to

creating a three way dialogue of captivating, immersive


The Storms/Nocturnes trio features New York vibes star Joe

Locke and recent Grammy nominee Geoffrey Keezer, the

peerless piano phenomenon now living in California, along

with the UK's Garland on saxes and bass clarinet.  After a

gap of several years running their respective bands they are

re-united and are currently recording their new album which

will be released in Spring 2011.

Friday April 15th

Millennium Hall

Kairos Quartet
Adam Waldmann – sax

Jasper Hoiby – bass

Rob Barron – piano

Jon Scott - drums

A modern twist to the classic jazz quartet, blurring the

boundaries between accessible tune-led music, heavy

grooves and improvising of the highest order. Tight group

interplay and a strong sense of song-like compositions show a deep respect for folk, world music and funk. Waldmann delivers

with a captivating warm tone on both soprano and tenor

saxes, full of sophisticated rhythmic undercurrents

and thematic narratives.

“One of the most assured and melodically potent

debuts of 2010Jazzwise

“Kairos 4TET mixes group-sensitive and

freewheeling jazz improv and memorable themes

with an elan that’s likely to put it on a lot people’s

“rising UK stars” list this year" The Guardian

Friday May 6th

Millennium Hall

Trio Wah!
Jason Yarde – saxes

Larry Bartley – bass

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