@splashpointjazz News Splash – June 2022: Jubilee 🇬🇧, Germany 🇩🇪 and Tennis! 🎾

Hello June Jazzers!

We have an absolute bumper bundle of gigs for you this month!

We’re not expecting to see HM The Queen at any of our Jubilee gigs, but you never know, and we wouldn’t turn her away…

After the Jubilee, the big news is Neal’s mini-Tour of his “Not” King Cole show to Germany 🇩🇪!

And then Neal’s 7-piece Band play the Eastbourne Tennis Finals for the 14th Year! (Serving up music for the Pimms-on-the-lawn immediately before the matches)

We round off the month with Andy Panayi’s Student Big Band at Eastbourne, closely followed by the return of violin ace Mike Piggott.

Get your Diaries out NOW!

PS See below for Nigel Price’s campaign re supporting jazz venues

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Previously on @splashpointjazz…. 

Another wonderful gig in Seaford in early May, this time with Karen Sharp:
 
[Photos: Suzy T]
Karen Sharp @splashpointjazz Seaford

World class jazz at our Eastbourne club with the Barnes/Panayi sextet
 
[Photo: Neal]
Alan Barnes + Andy Panayi Sextet @splashpointjazz Seaford

Neal’s “Not” King Cole Show hit Tunbridge Wells:
 
[Photo: Ian Smith]
Neal Richardson’s Trio at the Pantiles

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Looking ahead:

Here’s the list of our public gigs coming up.  
Pls see www.splashpointjazz.com/events to keep up to date 🙂

J U B I L E E   G I G S 🇬🇧

Wednesday 1 June 8:00 pm

Neal Richardson with Miles Danso
London – Marquis of Westminster 50 Warwick Way SW1V 1RY

Friday 3 June 2:30pm
Neal Richardson jazz piano for Mayor’s Jubilee Tea Party 🇬🇧
Seaford – The View BN25 4JS
Bookings: 01323 890139

Friday 3 June 7:00pm
1940s  Dance Night with Andy Panayi’s Little Big Band feat. Yvonne Lloyd (vox)
Eastbourne – Fishermen’s Club BN22 7AA
Tickets on door

Saturday 4 June 1pm 

Jane Tuff (sax) with Neal Richardson (pno)
East Grinstead – 1 Middle Row Cafe, RH19 3AX
Bookings: 07594 595165

Sunday 5 June 1:00 pm

@splashpointjazz presents Sunday Lunch Jazz: Nigel Price (solo guitar)
London – Marquis of Westminster 50 Warwick Way SW1V 1RY
Bookings: ‭020 7592 0249‬
(see below for Nigel’s campaign re supporting jazz venues)

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Wednesday 8 June 7:00 pm

Neal Richardson’s “Not” King Cole Show, with Miles Danso (bass), 
Luke Rattenbury (gtr)Alex Eberhard (drums), and guest Sue Richardson (tpt) 
Seaford – The View BN25 4JS
www.wegottickets.com/splashpointjazz

Thursday 9 June 8:00 pm
Sue Richardson with house band feat. Mike Hext (Trombone), Neal Richardson (Piano), Paul Morgan (Bass) and Pete Beament (Drums)
Robertsbridge Jazz Club
Village Hall, 11-23 Station Rd, Robertsbridge TN32 5DG
Tickets 01580 880434

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G E R M A N Y 🇩🇪

Saturday 11 June 6:00 pm
 
Neal Richardson’s “Not” King Cole Show, with Miles Danso (bass), 
Luke Rattenbury (gtr)Alex Eberhard (drums), and guest Sue Richardson (tpt)
Stuttgart – Castle Festival

Sunday 12 June
Neal Richardson’s “Not” King Cole Show, with Miles Danso (bass), 
Luke Rattenbury (gtr)Alex Eberhard (drums), and guest Sue Richardson (tpt)
Eppingen – Garden Festival

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Sunday 19 June 4:00pm


“Summer Chillout” – NEW WEEKLY RESIDENCY!

Neal Richardson with guest Miles Danso (dbl bass)

Cooden – Relais Cooden Beach Hotel TN39 4TT.    Bookings 01424 842281

 

Friday 24 June 7:30pm
 
Sue Richardson (vocals, trumpet) with Katy Jungmann in “Get Getz” Show
Hampstead Jazz Club @The Duke of Hamilton, 23-25 New End, Hampstead, NW3 1JD‬
https://hampsteadjazzclub.com/whats-on/get-getz-the-music-of-stan-getz/

Saturday 25 June 10:00 am 🎾

Neal Richardson’s 7-piece Band, LTA Tennis Finals (14th year!)
Eastbourne – Centre Court, Devonshire Park, College Rd BN21 4JJ
https://tickets.lta.org.uk/content – SOLD OUT

Sunday 26 June 3:00pm

Andy Panayi’s Student Big Band
Eastbourne – Fishermen’s Club BN22 7AA
Tickets on door

 

Sunday 26 June 4:00pm


“Summer Chillout” – NEW WEEKLY RESIDENCY!

Neal Richardson with guest Sue Richardson (tpt/vox)

Cooden – Relais Cooden Beach Hotel TN39 4TT.    Bookings 01424 842281

 

Wednesday 29 June 8:00pm

Mike Piggott (violin) Quartet feat. Nils Solberg (gtr), Jerome Davies (bass)
and Rod Brown (dms)

Eastbourne – Fishermen’s Club BN22 7AA
www.wegottickets.com/splashpointjazz

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SPECIAL NOTICE: NIGEL PRICE’S CAMPAIGN TO SAVE GRASSROOTS JAZZ VENUES
Our dear friend Nigel Price (gtr) is leading the charge for funding for grassroots jazz clubs in the UK, much like our @splashpointjazz clubs.
PLEASE publicise this and support the campaign as generously as you are able!  Many thanks ❤️
To quote Nigel:

“Grassroots jazz venues didn’t qualify for any help from the Culture Recovery Fund.
£1.57 Billion was shoved out the door too quickly, without considering everyone who needed help.
We are already losing some of them as a direct result of this.
I’m trying to raise a million pounds to help every single club in the UK.
This represents (ball park) roughly 5 grand between roughly 200 clubs.
That kind of help would give our little world some kind of future. Can YOU help?
If you can’t donate then please share.”

https://gofund.me/6afd7442

And here’s the QR code:

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Phew!  See you a lot this month :-))

Neal Richardson and The Splash Point Jazz Mob
@splashpointjazz

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@splashpointjazz Newsletter May 2020

Spring!

 

Hi folks

We’re still here (!), and pleased to tell you about some more gigs in the pipeline up to the end of May – especially for Sue, including the debut of her new show “Bird” (and it’s not what you think!) 😉

Previously on @splashpointjazz…. 

The line-up at the barnstorming gig in Seaford earlier this month:


[Photo: David Butterworth]
Roger Beaujolais @splashpointjazz Seaford

L-R: Sue, Neal Richardson, Roger, Oz Dechaine, Sophie Alloway

Looking ahead:

Here’s the list of our public gigs coming up.  
Pls see. www.splashpointjazz.com/events to keep up to date 🙂

Wednesday, 27 April 2022 8:00pm

[Photo: Peter Prior]
Sue Richardson Quintet: “Bird” feat. Jo Fooks (tenor), Neal Richardson (keys), Marianne Windham (bass) and Romarna Campbell (drums)
Eastbourne – Fishermen’s Club BN22 7AA
www.wegottickets.com/splashpointjazz 

Friday, 29 April 2022 7:00pm


[Photo: Peter Prior]
Sue Richardson Quintet: “Jazz Classics and Legends” feat. Jo Fooks (tenor), Neal Richardson (keys), Andy Hamill (bass) and Buster Birch (drums)
London – St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square WC2N 4JJ
https://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/whatson-event/crypt-lates-jazz/?whatson-event-date=2022-04-29&whatson-event-time=7:00 PM

Sunday, 8th May 2022 8:00 pm

[Photo: Copasetic Foundation]
Sue Richardson in “Billie Holiday at the Carnegie Hall” starring Vimala Rowe
Wavendon – The Stables, Stockwell Ln, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU
https://stables.org/event/billie-holiday-at-the-carnegie-hall-with-vimala-rowe

Wednesday, 11th May 2022 7:00 pm

[Photo: karensharp.co.uk]
Karen Sharp (sax)) with The Neal Richardson Trio feat. Andy Hamill (bass) and Phl Crabbe (drums)
Seaford – The View BN25 4JS
www.wegottickets.com/splashpointjazz

Thursday 12th May 2022 7:30 pm

[Photo: googliesjazz.co.uk]

Sue Richardson with house band
Enfield – Googlies
, Botany Bay Cricket Club, East Lodge Lane, Enfield, EN28AS

googliesjazz@btinternet.com or telephone to 020 8350 3541

Wednesday, 25th May 2022 8:00pm

[Photos: Brian O’Connor]
Alan Barnes/Andy Panayi Sextet, feat. Robbie Robson (tpt), John Donaldson (keys), Simon Thorpe (bass), Pete Cater (dms)
Eastbourne – Fishermen’s Club BN22 7AA
www.wegottickets.com/splashpointjazz 

Hope to see you soon

Neal &
The Splash Point Mob
@splashpointjazz
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@splashpointjazz Newsletter April 2022

Hello Splashpointjazzers
Tina May

We can’t start the month without paying tribute to our dear departed friend Tina May, who sadly died much too young last week.
Tina was one of the UK’s best-ever jazz singers, an inspiration musically and absolutely one of the nicest, warmest people on the scene you could ever meet.
Our thoughts are with her children and partner Simon Spillett.So, we continue to carry the jazz torch this month with another programme of exciting live @splashpointjazz gigs.

Previously on @splashpointjazz…. 

A couple of action shots from our previous month:

Sarah Moule @splashpointjazz Seaford [Photo: SuzyT]


Matt Home @splashpointjazz Eastbourne [Photo: SuzyT]

Looking ahead:

Here’s the list of our public gigs coming up.  
Pls see. www.splashpointjazz.com/events to keep up to date 🙂

Wednesday, 13 April 2022 7:00 pm

Roger Beaujolais (vibraphone) with The Neal Richardson Trio feat. Oz Dechaine (bass) and Sophie Alloway (drums)
Seaford – The View BN25 4JS
www.wegottickets.com/splashpointjazz

Wednesday, 27 April 2022 8:00pm

[Photo: Peter Prior]
Sue Richardson Quintet: “Bird” feat. Jo Fooks (tenor), Neal Richardson (keys), Marianne Windham (bass) and Romarna Campbell (drums)
Eastbourne – Fishermen’s Club BN22 7AA
www.wegottickets.com/splashpointjazz 

Friday, 29 April 2022 7:00pm

[Photo: Peter Prior]
Sue Richardson Quintet: “Jazz Classics and Legends” feat. Jo Fooks (tenor), Neal Richardson (keys), Andy Hamill (bass) and Buster Birch (drums)
London – St.Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square WC2N 4JJ
https://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/whatson-event/crypt-lates-jazz/?whatson-event-date=2022-04-29&whatson-event-time=7:00 PM

Sat 30 April 2022 Evening
International Jazz Day!
Details TBA – watch this space (ie our website)
www.splashpointmusic.com/

Back up and running elsewhere:
LEWES 
Terry Seabrook’s new monthly gig in Lewes at The Con Club:
Sunday 10th April 2022, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Alex Hitchcock & The Dream Band 
https://www.lewesconclub.com/events/sunday-jazz-at-the-con-alex-hitchcock-the-dream-band/

BRIGHTON
Tristan Banks rides again! Weekly gigs at The Verdict:
https://www.verdictjazz.com/

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@splashpointjazz Newsletter March 2022

Hello Splashpointjazzers!


Sunflowers, the national flower of Ukraine ❤️

It’s March! Spring is virtually here, and with world events being so grim, surely we need to cheer ourselves up as much as possible…
There’s no better way than getting together and enjoying some swinging Live Music!

Previously on @splashpointjazz…. 

A couple of action shots from our previous month:


Sue Richardson @Ronnie Scott’s


Tommaso Starace @splashpointjazz Seaford


Shireen Francis @splashpointjazz Eastbourne

Looking ahead:

Here’s the list of our public gigs coming up.   We’ve changed the format of the list on our website too – pls see
www.splashpointjazz.com/events to keep up to date 🙂

Tuesday, 8 March 2022 7:00 pm
Neal Richardson solo piano/vocal
The Pearl of China, Weybridge, KT13 8HE
Bookings: 01932 842766
Yep, another new venue for us, for occasional “taster menu” nights.

Wednesday, 9 March 2022 7:00 pm

[Photo: Brian O’Connor]
Sarah Moule (vox) with The Neal Richardson Trio feat. Miles Danso, Alex Eberhard
Seaford – The View BN25 4JS
www.wegottickets.com/splashpointjazz

Sunday, 20 March 2022 4:00 pm
Neal Richardson solo piano/vocal
The Queen’s Head, Parsonage Lane, Icklesham TN36 4BL
Bookings: 01424 814552

Tuesday, 22 March 2022 2:00 pm
Neal Richardson solo piano/vocal
Bangor, Wales, details TBA

Saturday, 26 March 2022 8:00 pm
Neal & Sue Richardson Duo
Live at The Swamp Studio, Raamsdonk, Holland
Details TBA

Sunday, 27 March 2022 Mother’s Day Lunch
12:00 pm Terry Seabrook, solo piano
Cooden Beach Hotel, Bexhill
Bookings: 01424 842281
(Presented by @splashpointjazz)

Sunday, 27 March 2022 Mother’s Day Tea

3:00 pm Gabrielle Taylor, solo classical guitar
Cooden Beach Hotel, Bexhill
Bookings: 01424 842281
(Presented by @splashpointjazz)

Sunday, 27 March 2022 Mother’s Day Lunch
12:30 pm Oz Dechaine, solo piano
Seaford – The View, BN25 4JS
Bookings: 01323 890139

(Presented by @splashpointjazz)

Wednesday, 30 March 2022 8:00 pm

[Photo: Brian O’Connor]
Matt Home Quartet’s “Bobby Timmons Project”
Eastbourne – Fishermen’s Club BN22 7AA
www.wegottickets.com/splashpointjazz 

AND our dear friend and colleague Terry Seabrook has started a new monthly gig in Lewes at The Con Club:
Sunday 13th March 2022, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Milestones – Terry’s tribute to Miles Davis
https://www.lewesconclub.com/events/jazz-at-the-con-milestones/

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@splashpointjazz News Splash: London Jazz Festival Shows! Gigs galore; Tim Minchin!

Dear Lovely Jazzers

BOY have we got some news for you!

We are very happy to announce not ONE but TWO gigs in the 2021 EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL!!

And they are both at the most stylish venue in London – the Crazy Coqs room at Piccadilly! Read on for more details.


[Neal Richardson Quartet @Crazy Coqs]

So, here’s the round-up of our upcoming gigs, in date order, with a teensy bit of info about the new ones since the last Newsletter.

Booking Details for all our gigs are on our website Events page here:
http://www.splashpointjazz.com/Events

Wednesday 27th October 7pm Neal Richardson at The Broad Oak TN31 6EU 
This month it’s Neal solo piano/vocals. Free to diners so book a table on 01424 882700

Wednesday 27th October 8pm Terry Quinney Quartet tribute to Stan Getz, 
Splash Point Jazz Club, Eastbourne BN22 7AA
A monster band with Terry playing the part of the legendary sax man. Tickets at www.wegottickets.com/splashpointjazz

NEW: Friday 29th October 7:30pm Sue + Neal Richardson Duo coffee concert, Raamsdonk, Holland
The Dutch have a lovely tradition of live music in people’s private houses, called Coffee Concerts.  We’ve done quite a few of them 🙂
It’d be nice idea to copy this in the UK!   (Sorry this one’s sold out)

NEW: Thursday 4th November 7pm Neal Richardson’s Splash Point Jazz Show Livestream
Neal’s amazing monthly studio livestream (on the first Thursday of the each month).
Multiple cameras, grand piano, studio-quality sound
Tune in on FaceBook or YouTube:
YOUTUBE  www.youtube.com/user/SplashPointMusic
FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/Splashpointjazz

NEW: Friday 5th November 7:30pm Neal Richardson Duo at the Bosa Restaurant, Putney SW15 1SQ
This one’s a peach!! A new venue, rearranged from last month, and possibly the most authentic Lebanese food in London!
Neal will be serving up the jazz fireworks on piano/vocal, with Miles Danso on double bass.
Remember, Remember what date it is!  Book a table on 020 8785 1851

NEW: Saturday 6th November 7pm Neal Richardson Trio at the Queen Adelaide, Kingston Rd, Epsom KT19 0SH
Following a very successful debut last month… they’ve asked us back! 🙂 Book a table on 020 8393 2666
Neal’s Trio features Miles Danso (double bass) and Alex Eberhard (drums).

NEW: Wednesday 10th November 7pm Sara Oschlag with the Neal Richardson Trio, 
Splash Point Jazz Club, Seaford BN25 4JS

[Photo credit: Brian O’Connor]

Our favourite Danish songstress Sara brings her pinpoint vocal dexterity to thrill us at Seaford, accompanied by Neal at the piano, George Trebar on double bass and Eric Ford on drums.

NEW: Monday 15th November 9.15pm  LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL Neal Richardson’s “Not” King Cole Show, 
Crazy Coqs W1F 7ED
THE BIG ONE!!

[Photo credit: Peter Prior]
YES! Neal’s Quartet return to the London Jazz Festival with their sell-out show about the life of Nat King Cole.
ONLY ONE SHOW, ONLY 75 SEATS SO BOOK NOW!!! 
https://www.brasseriezedel.com/events/neal-richardson-not-king-cole/

NEW: Saturday 20th November 8pm  LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL Sue Richardson in The Billie Holiday Story, 
Crazy Coqs W1F 7ED

Sue is delighted to return in this heart-wrenching but gorgeous show, by our friends at Copasetic Productions
https://www.brasseriezedel.com/events/billie-holiday-at-carnegie-hall/

Remember, booking details for all our gigs are on our website Events page here:
http://www.splashpointjazz.com/Events

* * STOP PRESS * *
Last night we were v lucky to be invited to see the one-off comical/philosophy/musical/lyricist genius that is Tim Minchin.
The man is a force of nature – in a class all of his own. His songs and soliloquys were all breathtaking in their wit and wordplay.
You can read Neal’s full review here:
https://www.splashpointmusic.com/blog/

WEBSITE GIGLIST
We’ve updated the giglist on the website, so please have a look there 🙂
www.splashpointjazz.com/Events

FACEBOOK GROUP
Please join the new @Splashpointjazz Friends FaceBook Group! 😃
www.facebook.com/groups/814085392610722

Finally, please TELL YOUR FRIEND(S), FWD THIS EMAIL,

That’s it for now – see you at one of our gigs sooooon, and DEFINITELY on the 15th Nov! 😉

THANKS FOR HELPING US KEEP IT LIVE ❤️

Neal & The Splash Point Jazz Mob
@splashpointjazz

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Review of Tim Minchin, Brighton Centre 25/10/21

Review of Tim Minchin, Brighton Centre 25/10/21

[Main Photo: Tim Minchin + Band, by Neal Richardson 25/10/21]

I was one of the lucky ones to witness the one-off comical/philosophy/musical/lyricist genius that is Tim Minchin LIVE in Brighton last night (25th Oct), as part of his BACK Again Tour

The man is a force of nature – in a class all of his own. His songs and soliloquies are all breathtaking in their wit and wordplay.

He started, predictably unpredictably by appearing alone at the piano in darkness, and regaling us with his comic-dark song “If this plane goes down”, thus setting the tone for an evening full of musical and comic surprises, that had all of us at turns in hysterics, disbelief (at his lyricism) and tears.

And soliloquies there certainly were!  I would estimate that the performance time was equally split between the marvellously-inventive songs (easy to see why he was entrusted with Dahl’s Matilda), and his powerful rhetoric, both of which reward the careful listener (there are a LOT of words) at his unparalleled crafts-person-ship.  He delights in provocation, in popping pomposity, hypocrisy, tribalism, religiosity, social media and faux-beliefs along the way, together with much ire at the confirmation biases with which we all inevitably operate, and his main point: how hard it is for any of us to change our minds!  But it is all done with such good humour, impishness and well-place self-deprecation that it would be hard to take offence instead of being rightly challenged by his prodding.

The inventive songs came thick and fast (I refer here to a few examples just by the titles I gave them):

Dilemma: the conflict between his piano-playing key signatures and his vocal range… resulting in him playing in F major and singing in F sharp!

Mitsubishi Colt: an astounding bravura display of machine-gun words set over a walking bass in the left hand with a super-fast improvised line in the right hand.

Power of Prayer: A complete, logical destruction of its title, just broiling in acerbic wit.  The  words filled two pages in the A3 souvenir programme, yet Minchin had no paper aide memoire throughout the gig.

After the first few numbers, the 7-piece band appeared as suddenly as he had, filling the sound out fully in true rock-star fashion. All the players were, of course, top notch and multi-skilled. Once again I have to single-out  the drummer/vocalist Brad Webb, who once again absolutely nailed it as the power behind the musical throne.

The philosophical challenges and quips came thick and fast too, like so many fireworks in the Minchin firmament: “The self is an illusion based on fear”; “You need eyebrows to get irony, that’s why seagulls are so literal”;  “Churches are like football teams – just with mascots that can fly”; “I’m a proud empiricist” and so forth.

Periodically he treated us to his “Glossary of Terms”, revelling  in explaining some of his forthcoming cultural references to younger attendees (“I can’t believe there are fully-grown adults here born since 2000!”).

Then in the best traditions of stagecraft, several times at a high-point of energy and hilarity, he would slay us all with a profound ballad, “The Absence of You” and “I’ll Take Lonely Tonight” being two of such.

The second set opened with a self-declaration of his being uxorious (“I want you to have to go away and look things up”), but with an ode to his wife that was a little more shall we say statistically-based. “She hates it” he admitted.

There was a stunning video projected in sync with his tune about “Leaving L.A.”, followed by his 9-minute mini rock-opera about… “Cheese!”, featuring his self-proclaimed best pun ever written (no spoilers here).

More excellent diatribes followed, winding up to the finale, the autobiographical “I talked too much and stayed too long” – which he declaimed as his preferred epitaph!

The gentle chorale encore, using the whole band to blend stunningly-rich  vocal harmonies, belied the truth behind the grit and causticity of the preceding proceedings… actually this whole exercise had been a paean to love.

Minchin’s writing – of both script and lyrics – is incredible;  his wordplay as good as anyone who ever lived.

It’s little wonder he has been awarded THREE honorary Doctorates so far.

He is indeed in a top class all of his own.  Thrilling.

 

Neal Richardson, Seaford UK

26th October 2021

@splashpointjazz

@splashpointjazz News Splash: Livestream and Epsom this week; Jamie Cullum!

Hello Jazz Stoics!

I have to say Autumn Leaves a lot to be desired doesn’t it?
But to sate your desire, we have two gigs this week, and a heads-up for the rest of the month 😃

Thursday 7th October 7pm Neal Richardson’s Splash Point Jazz Show Livestream
Yes, it’s the beginning of a new month, so it’s the first Thursday again! 
Time for Neal to dust off the tech load in the coal and cajole it into life, to bring music, love and laughter into your very dwelling! 

Settle down with a nice beverage of your choice and enjoy the show.

As always, there’ll be
Multiple cameras, grand piano, studio-quality sound and broadcast on FB & YT so you can watch it on your telly!

Watch on our YOUTUBE CHANNEL:
www.youtube.com/user/SplashPointMusic

Watch on our FACEBOOK PAGE:
www.facebook.com/Splashpointjazz  

Optional Paypal tips: www.paypal.me/nealpiano  “Every little helps!”  – and THANK YOU to all those who chipped-in last month 🙏❤️😃

Friday 8th October 8.30pm Neal Richardson Band at the Queen Adelaide, Ewell
Yep – a new venue – for those of you who are Sarf Londoners

The address is Kingston Rd, Epsom KT19 0SH
Neal’s Trio with Miles Danso (bass) and Alex Eberhard (drums)
Details HERE

NEXT WEEK and beyond. (Get these in your diary NOW! 🙂

Wednesday 13th October 7pm Jeff Williams (tbn) with the Neal Richardson Trio at Splash Point Jazz Club, Seaford

Post-pandemic Seaford gig #2!
Last month’s was a SMASH, so don’t miss this one! Jeff was an absolute scream when he guested on Neal’s Livestream,
so come and see the great man in person!
With the inimitable Andy Hamill on double bass (& kazoo and paper🤦‍♂️) and Alex Eberhard returning on drums 👍
Details & Tickets HERE

Wednesday 27th October 7pm Neal Richardson at The Broad Oak TN31 6EU 
It’s a lovely venue, with a different Jazz Menu each month, a separate room for the music, and an attentive audience.
Book yourself in for a treat!
Details HERE

Wednesday 27th October 8pm Terry Quinney Quartet tribute to Stan Getz, Splash Point Jazz Club, Eastbourne
Come and delight in tenor saxman Terry Quinney’s recreation of the legendary Stan Getz’s famous sound.

With Phil Doyle (keys), Joe Limburn (bass) and Andy Chapman (drums)
Doors open 7.15pm
Details & Tickets HERE

STOP PRESS

Friend of Splash Point Jazz and world-class drummer Brad Webb (you’ve seen him on the Livestream, and at Seaford SPJC) is playing at the London Palladium tonight and tomorrow. 

It’s part of the new Tour by another friend of ours, that fantastic national treasure and jazz ambassador Jamie Cullum 😃
Obviously Neal’s on the guestlist (Thanks Brad!) so will be there tomorrow.

That’s All For Now Folks!

See you on Thursday online 🙂

WEBSITE GIGLIST
All our gigs are on the giglist on the website, so please have a look there 🙂
www.splashpointjazz.com/Events

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JAZZ IS BACK with a bang! Come and be part of it 😃

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Review of Jamie Cullum at The London Palladium, Weds 6/10/21

Jamie Cullum at The London Palladium, Weds 6/10/21
I’ve followed Jamie’s career – and been inspired by it – for around for 20 years now.
From smaller gigs, jazz weekenders (we had breakfast together at Margate I seem to remember!), to his worldwide breakthrough with “Twenty Something” onwards, Love Supreme and huge festivals and his messianic Radio 2 show spreading the word to new generations.
So it was with great pleasure and awe that I approached London’s iconic Palladium tonight to see a jazz piano player/singer/songwriter sell out two nights with his 10-piece band in 2021. What a huge achievement in itself, and what an amazing show.  World class, as good as it gets. Perfectly paced, with a huge range of styles, inexhaustible energy, and superb musicianship all round. Jamie is astounding, and deserving of his successes.
The gig got off to a very good start with support act Sam Wills, who captivated the capacity crowd with the quality of his voice, keyboard, songs and his singular band of Ed Blakely.
The sound throughout was crystal clear, which was a good indication of the engineering for the main act to come.
The crowd gave Jamie a hero’s welcome as he bounced onto the stage, and as he thanked everyone, he acknowledged that many had waited two-and-a-half years to see this show since buying their tickets in 2019, thanks to the pandemic. (One of his parting comments later as he left after the encores was “You were worth the wait” – which summed up the love flowing in both directions).
He immediately got everyone on his side by summing up the lost months with his poignant song Age of Anxiety, starting with just piano and voice, before his first-class band joined in.
Followed by (I Wish I Was) Taller, and These are the Days I’ve Been Missing, we were all on board the Cullum train for wherever he wanted to take us.
The energy didn’t drop – even in the quieter numbers – and a near two hours flew by.
The catchy songs kept on coming with almost no break, and covering a massive range of styles – from swing, New Orleans, pop, ballads, choral, dance, to zydeco and boogaloo.  Jamie is a thoughtful songwriter, always surprising with his lyrics eg “Throw me a rope; will I climb or will I choke”
Jamie is a superb showman – the whole show was superbly crafted but proving that old showbiz maxim of how much work has to go in to make something appear so effortless.  He is very generous in sharing the limelight with his team: Each of the 10-piece band members had their moments of glory, and all were amazingly good.  There was a genuine feeling of them loving their jobs, this night, and each other.
Special mention must go to drummer, who nailed the whole thing down throughout, perfectly jumping between the non-stop tempo/style/meter changes… not to mention emerging from his drum solo into a 15 meter groove!
As a jazz musician myself, a highlight for me was a Quintet version of Porter’s I Get A Kick, very cleverly arranged with the horns playing Groovin’ High riffs in between the lines (and soloing on the latter). Suddenly 2,300 people – many of whom probably wouldn’t identify as jazz fans – were listening to mainstream swing and bebop… clapping solos… 70 years on from when Nat King Cole had played on this same stage.
Band line-up changes continued apace – keeping the interest up – when Jamie switched to Trio format, then again solo at the piano. I loved his wistful solo version of What A Difference (A Day Made), with gorgeous re-harmonisations and vocal sweeps. The Palladium could have been a tiny Manhattan piano bar at 3am.
Then we were off again with the full band for a high-octane romp through Hang Your Lights from his 2020 Christmas album… “I was very nervous about going anywhere near the walled garden created by Michael Bublé, so I wrote my own 10 songs for it!”.
Next we had 8 of the musicians down the front of the stage with just Loz Garrett’s bass, singing as a beautiful chorale; then straight back to full-throttle 10-piece with the backing singers dancing and Jamie off the stage and in the audience (much to everyone’s delight). With well-practised persuasion he had everyone – the whole Palladium – on their feet dancing and waving to his command.
A series of encores followed, whereupon the band left the stage to the star to sing “You And Me Are Gone”.
He finished the show in this wonderful place just as he had started out his London career – alone with a piano and a mic, demonstrating consummately his musicianship and passion for the music, on which everything else in the evening – and the past 20 years – was built.
Catch this Tour wherever you can.
Neal Richardson, Seaford UK
6th October 2021
@splashpointjazz
PS I will be talking about the show on the #splashpointjazzshow Livestream 7/10/21 7pm UK (on FB and YT)

#RespectMovie – Review of the new Aretha Franklin film

Respect – film on UK general release 10th September; Details from KovaPR.com

You’d be forgiven for thinking that a film about Aretha would be an extended sugary buildup to the recording of the eponymous song… but you’d be completely unprepared for the hard-hitting masterpiece that unfolds.

Mention must first be made of a jaw-dropping performance from Jennifer Hudson as Aretha, both in acting and singing, the latter channelling the great lady herself to an unbelievable degree. Ms Hudson sang it all live during the filming, and there are enough closeups to prove it.

Quite simply, an astounding bravura work.

Childhood Aretha is beautifully captured by young actress Skye Dakota Turner too.

It’s a long film, but Aretha had a long and eventful life.

The cinematic pace doesn’t falter, and tackles just about every serious issue of the day – racism, segregation, the civil rights movement, domestic violence, child-abuse, religion vs music industry, mental health… and hooks you in right there in the first 15 minutes.

All the supporting cast are wonderful, and make the most of the no-holds-barred script. The sets and costumes are meticulous in their historical accuracy, even down to the microphones, studio equipment and musical instruments.

The music re-creations are very cleverly done, with proper musicians playing actual instruments mainly live on-camera.

There are nice insights too into songwriting and production. (Having produced many albums in studios I could appreciate the largely-authentic agony and triumph of these moments!).

I would say this hard-hitting biopic should be essential viewing for musicians of all genres, and anyone else with any appreciation of a truly legendary singer.

Be prepared to be informed, shocked, elated, awe-struck and moved to tears.

The last 15 minutes are among the most powerful bits of cinema I’ve ever seen.

 

Neal Richardson

(Pianist/Singer/Producer)

@splashpointjazz

31/8/21 Seaford, UK

Summer Jazz in the Vineyard!!

Yep, green shoots are well and truly maturing, as we have now booked gigs over the next 3 months creating more than 70 properly-paid slots for musicians :-).
All the details and ticket info is on our website at splashpointjazz.com
And our latest innovation is…
Summer Jazz In the Vineyard!  10th+11th July, 2-6pm
Buy tickets at splashpointjazz.com
Here’s the official PR:

24/5/21

A new jazz weekend is coming to an East Sussex vineyard in July, featuring two fantastic professional bands and refined wines.

Summer Jazz in the Vineyard will bring the music of legends Nat King Cole and Chet Baker in two shows featured in the London Jazz Festival, to Off the Line Vineyard in Hellingly.

The festival also includes wine tasting, vineyard walks through the unique natural woodland, pas- ture and ponds, a kids’ gym and a Salehurst Halt food van serving local and seasonal produce.

Seaford-based jazz musician and festival organiser Neal Richardson said: “After a year of isolation we can’t wait to bring people together for a fabulous summer weekend of live music in the gor- geous grounds of the vineyard.

“It’s great to be working with fantastic local businesses to create an exciting event to celebrate summer and enjoy jazz together.’

Pianist/singer Neal Richardson’s show ’Not’ King Cole’, described as ‘Jazz at it’s purest’ by Jazz Journal, is on the Saturday 10th and trumpeter/singer Sue Richardson’s ‘Chet Baker: Too Cool’ of which Jazz FM said ‘I kid you not, you closed your eyes, you were listening to Chet Baker’ is on Sunday 11th July.

Kristina Studzinski from Off the Line Vineyard said: “We’re delighted to be able to welcome people back to our vineyard and grounds, and of course serve up our wonderful local wines.

‘Jazz and wine is a perfect combination, and our lovely vineyard is the perfect setting.’

Off the Line specialises in rosé wines, all of which will be available to sample, taste and purchase at the festival. It sits alongside the Old Cuckoo Line, an old railway connection between Polegate and Edridge, and festival comers are encouraged to arrive by bike or foot along it as an environ- mentally friendly option.

The event runs from 2-6pm on the 10th and 11th July, and tickets at £20 for one day or £35 for both are available at www.splashpointjazz.com

Thanks for reading!