@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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Please join the @Splashpointjazz Friends FaceBook Group! 😃
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See you soon! 😃

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

Neal & The Splash Point Jazz Mob
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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

@Splashpointjazz News: Livestream TONIGHT Thurs 28th Jan 2021 7pm GMT

Hi gang

Guess what!?…

Neal Richardson’s “Splash Point Jazz Show” LIVESTREAM GIG goes out tonight! 7pm GMT on our YouTube channel and FaceBook page!

Multiple cameras, grand piano, studio-quality sound and broadcast on FB & YT so you can watch it on your telly!
(Optional Paypal.me tips)

Here’s the Direct Gig Link on YT:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGbOO4uwMPc
Here’s the Direct Gig Link on FB:
https://www.facebook.com/Splashpointjazz/posts/4350287651654345

You can click on either of those links at any time to cue it up on your screen 😃
Go on, try it now!

Being the end of January, the theme this week is all about Money and Taxes!!
Have you done your Tax Return yet?

Let us encourage, commiserate, and distract you… 🤣

Seeya later 🙂

Neal & The Splash Point Jazz Mob
@splashpointjazz

TONIGHT! Neal Richardson’s “Splash Point Jazz Show” 14/1/2021

Morning, Jazz Contemplators!

As you can see in the photo, the mists of time had descended over Splash Point this morning – à la Neal’s “When Will It End” blues – but hopefully it WILL lift eventually…!
If you are feeling the same, FEAR NOT – the sun will come shining through again for us all… starting with the cheery nonsense that is…

Neal Richardson’s “Splash Point Jazz Show” and it’s TONIGHT 7pm (UK)!!!! (Thursday 14th Jan 2021)

Yep – just when you thought we’d forgotten you – how could we? – it’s back on the rails for your weekly dose of piano, vocals, banter, and even a little trumpet thrown in.😃

We had record numbers of viewers last week – and the fun today starts as usual at 7pm on both YouTube and FaceBook – the links are on our website www.splashpointjazz.club – or here::
YT:  splashpointjazz channel 
FB: splashpointjazz page

Joining Neal for a few numbers at vast expense will be Special Guest jazz diva Sue Richardson on vocals and trumpet 🙂

So, pour yourself a nice drink, get us up on your telly, and settle down for some actual LIVE MUSIC.

Just listen, join in the Chat, or even better pay what you like to www.paypal.me/nealpiano

Seeya SOON!

Neal & The Splash Point Mob
@splashpointjazz

**STOP PRESS**
You may remember that our dear friend Buster Birch interviewed Neal & Sue on his Virtual Jazz Club in November?
Well TOMORROW at 8pm (Fri 15th)  he’s interviewing another dear friend of Splash Point Jazz: sax supremo Andy Panayi!
www.busterbirch.co.uk/virtualjazzclub

2021 January Newsletter

Hello Young Lovers!

Happy New Year – and we’re here to make it so :-))

We may be in lockdown again…but we ain’t beat yet… in fact the beat goes on – or rather, starts again – this Thursday 🙂

It’s the 1st one of the year, but our 40th Livestream!

Yep, Neal Richardson’s weekly “Splash Point Jazz Show” starts again this week at the same time –
Thursday 7th Jan 7pm UK, same place – your place 🤣

The links to either YouTube or Facebook (your choice) are on our website’s front page here: www.splashpointmusic.com/

Reproduced here:

YT:  splashpointjazz channel
 
FB: splashpointjazz page

Due to the new Lockdown, it’ll be mostly Neal solo for the time being, but with the added attraction of singer/trumpet ace Sue Richardson joining in for a few numbers too :-). There’s always a lot of interaction with viewers, banter and fun – as well as the Live music in stereo studio sound, with multiple cameras.

Come and join in! We promise to cheer you up 😃

It’s free to view on either YT or FB, but we trust our loyal audience to make a voluntary payment for the entertainment through www.paypal.me/nealpiano

Seeya there and then!

Neal & The Splash Point Jazz mob
@splashpointjazz

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Splashpointjazz NewsFlash 7/4/20: Live TONIGHT!

Hi fellow Hermits!

It’s that time of the week again… Hold on to your communication devices… and catch Neal singing and playing for your entertainment this very eve in the salubrious Splash Point Jazz Club – Virtual!

Neal’s “At Your Request” Livestream show TONIGHT 7pm FB

7pm

To watch Live on FB:            https://www.facebook.com/SplashpointJazz on Facebook

To watch immediately after on YT:    https://www.youtube.com/user/SplashPointMusic/videos  on Youtube

You can interact, make comments, leave a Tip… but whatever you do…

PLEASE FOLLOW OUR FB PAGE AND OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL – that REALLY helps 🙂

* * * NEW! * * *

SOUND:
We’ve sorted the tech so now the sound is glorious stereo!

YOUR TOON:    Request a jazz tune in advance!
Press the Paypal  “Leave a Tip” button here:  https://www.splashpointmusic.com/.  (£10 Tip pls)
Put the tune title in yr Paypal payment and if Neal can he’ll play it today if there’s time, or next week.

YOUR TIME: So far the shows have been just 30mins.  Please let us know if you’d like longer eg 45? 1hr?  🙂

We’ve squeezed 25 gigs a month into just one a week… don’t miss it!
See you in the ether later 🙂

Thanks for your support

The Splash Point Mob

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February Newsletter 2020

 


SPJC Newsletter  FEBRUARY 2020There’s one subject we’re definitely not mentioning… So, on with the other news…Love is in the air – it’s that month of hearts and flowers again, with Valentine’s Day giving a trade boost to florists, chocolatiers and greetings cards makers throughout the land. And why not? Who doesn’t like to receive a little something to show they’re loved?
This year being a Leap Year, we get an extra day, too – traditionally the one day every four years when ladies get a chance to propose marriage (no figures available for how many get accepted.)  And pity the poor babies born on February 29th (‘leaplings’), who only get a real birthday once every four years. The odds of being born a leapling are 1 in 1,461, so that makes them pretty rare and special. And possibly slimmer, since they don’t get a  birthday cake every year (officially…)
Neal would be delighted to celebrate Valentine’s with YOU, (see below), just bear in mind he likes vegan dark chocolate, pink Prosecco, and his favourite flowers are tulips (Now you KNOW he doesn’t write this stuff).

Aside from that, we can promise that you’ll fall in love with ALL our special guests this month, because they’re a gorgeous, adorable bunch.
OK, bang that gong, here are The February #splashpointjazz Listings!

*** STOP PRESS: Advanced notice of a lovely fund-raising concert Neal is doing for Chaseley Trust Home, at the Birley Centre, Eastbourne on Friday April 17th
Details/tickets here:  https://www.chaseley.org.uk/fundraising/all-that-jazz-music-concert/ ***

SOLO PIANO GIGS

Friday February 7th , Hastings
Maxine’s Bar and Restaurant at Bannatynes Hotel & Spa, Hastings (Battle Rd, St Leonards-on-sea TN38 8EA) features Neal playing solo piano for their Gin and Jazz night.
Lovely venue for a proper night out, get yourselves all dressed up – and decide in advance who the designated driver is because they’ve got a huge range of gins, including some pretty unusual ones. The music starts at 7pm, and both parking and gig are free.

Friday February 14th , Hastings. Jazz Duo
It’s Valentine’s night, and you’re looking for somewhere special to take your beloved for a romantic meal. Where better than Maxine’s Bar/Restaurant at Bannatynes Hotel & Spa? 
Neal and double bassist Oz Dechaine will get you into a romantic mood this extra special  Gin and Jazz night, playing some of those ballads and jazz standards that speak of love… Be there by 7pm, music and parking totally free of charge.

Alfriston

Dates throughout the month at Deans Place Hotel, BN26 5TW   
Book a table on 01323-870248

Neal Richardson – Dinner Jazz @ Deans Place Hotel, Fridays & Saturdays 6.30pm:

1st, 8th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th

Sunday lunches 12.30:

2nd , 9th , 16th, 23rd

Rod Hart – Dinner Jazz @ Deans Place Hotel, 6.30pm:

7th, 14th – Valentine’s Day

AROUND THE CLUBS:

Wednesday February 12th, Seaford
It’s a welcome return visit to The View, Southdown Road, BN25 4JS for one of our favourites, the great trumpet/flugelhorn player Graeme Flowers, with Neal‘s Trio: Nigel Thomas (bass) and Phil Crabbe (drums)
An ‘A’ list performer, Graeme has been on a world tour with Kylie Minogue, plays regularly with Kyle Eastwood (bass-playing son of Clint, in case you didn’t know…), has played all the major UK jazz clubs, and can often be seen on our TV screens as part of Dave Arch’s fabulous ‘Strictly’ band. So you can imagine it’s a thrill for us when he plays SPJC, and no wonder we love him to bits.
If want to eat at The View before the gig (and plenty of people do…) give them a buzz beforehand (01323 890139) so they know how many knives and forks to set out.
The music starts at 7pm, on Wednesday February 12th, tickets are £10, on the door on the night or in advance from WeGotTickets.com. (booking fee applies).

Thursday February 20th, at Brighton
Not one, but TWO special guests for February at The Walrus, (10 Ship Street, BN1 1AD), and appropriately enough for the month of love – a married couple!
Jo Fooks (tenor sax), and Buster Birch (drums) make a great partnership, in every sense of the word, including musically.
Jo  won ‘The Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year’, and then went on to study saxophone at the Guildhall School of Music in London and the Berklee School of music in Boston USA. Her mellow tone is often compared to Stan Getz and Zoot Simms.
Buster studied drums and percussion at the University of London and later at the Guildhall School of Music. He moved to New York where he gigged and continued his studies at the drummers collective in Manhattan, and privately with Jo Morello (from Dave Brubeck’s famous quartet).
These are impressive qualifications, folks! And with Neal (keys) and Marianne Windham (bass) on the gig we think we’ve got a winner on our hands.
Jazz at The Walrus is in the room downstairs, which has a really nice jazz-club vibe and a selection of excellent food available. The music starts at 7.30pm on Thursday February 20th, tickets are £10 (which includes your first drink), and you can buy in advance from thewalrusbrighton.com/#bookatable  or on the door on the night.

Wednesday February 26th , Eastbourne
It’s another double-bill at The Fishermen’s Club (Royal Parade, BN22 7AA) in February  when the lovely Jacqui Hicks (vocals) teams up with long-time collaborator and ace sax player, the ever-lovely Art Themen (‘Be still my beating heart…’ quoth Annette…)
Jacqui has toured the world with leading jazz funk band Shakatak, singing and also playing sax and flute for them. Art has played with just about anyone you care to name, and for forty years, until his retirement, he combined a career as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with his ‘night job’, as a leading jazz musician. Jacqui and Art played in a trio format for many years with the late, great pianist John Critchinson, and are always happy to be performing on stage together again.  We’re lucky to be hearing them in Eastbourne with Terry Seabrook (keys), Paul Whitten (bass) and Alex Eberhard (drums).
Doors open at 7.15pm on Wednesday February 26th and the music starts at 8pm, tickets are £10, on the door on the night or in advance from WeGotTickets.com. (booking fee applies).
Loads of free parking on site and drinks at club prices.

Wednesday February 26th, Battle 
Another winning February combination is at The Bull Inn (27 High Street, TN33 0EA), when you can hear Neal playing there on the 26th with excellent guitarist Luke Rattenbury. Luke studied jazz at Chichester and Leeds and is a mainstay of the Brighton jazz scene, playing regularly in various Afro-Cuban acts as well as guest appearances in mainstream bands across UK jazz clubs and festivals.
The music starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday February 26th and it’s free to diners, but you should phone 01424 775171 beforehand to book a table – which you won’t regret because not only is the food at The Bull very good, it’s one night when you won’t have to cook for yourself or wash up afterwards. Result!

AND FINALLY, whether you’re with others or not this Valentine’s Day, have a super day and month with some great music, and let’s concentrate on love and kindness 🙂

Please keep supporting live jazz in Sussex in 2020!

The Splash Point mob.
@splashpointjazz

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January Newsletter 2020

SPJC Newsletter  JANUARY 2020

WELCOME TO 2020! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

A bright, shiny new year all ready for us to fill up with good things! Hope you’ve all got your diaries at the ready, with pens poised and hovering over January.

2020 has got quite a lot to live up to because her older sister 1920 certainly wasn’t shy of creating ‘firsts’, among them:

  • The Council of the League of Nations met for the first time in London,
  • The roller coaster at Margate’s Dreamland opened,
  • A new airmail service started from London to Amsterdam,
  • Bristol quarter sessions signed up the first women jury members,
  • The first night bus services were introduced in London,
  • Compulsory hand signals were introduced for all car drivers (though probably not the hand signals we see today…),
  • Rupert Bear first appeared in a cartoon strip in the Daily Express,
  • … and there are loads more. Cheeky 1920 made quite a thing of firsts.

We don’t know what innovations 2020 will bring us, but some things in the year ahead are already certain – the summer Olympics will be in Tokyo, the UK hosts the 2020 Climate Talks in November, and Parliament will no doubt find something to “vex-it”…

Just as importantly (some would say more so), Splash Point Jazz will continue at all of our current venues (and maybe we’ll unveil another one as the year pans out…). Time to get those pens and diaries together folks, because here are The January Listings!

 

AROUND THE CLUBS – SUMMARY

Weds 01 Jan 11:00    NYDay jazz brunch: Andy Drudy + Neal   Alfriston
Fri 03 Jan 18:30    Dinner Jazz piano with Rod Hart    Alfriston
Fri 03 Jan 19:00    Jazz & Gin pno/vox with Neal    Hastings
Sat 04 Jan 18:30    Dinner Jazz piano with Neal    Alfriston
Sun 05 Jan 12:30    Dinner Jazz piano with Neal    Alfriston
Weds 08 Jan 19:00    Shireen Francis + Neal’s Trio    Seaford
Fri 10 Jan 18:30    Dinner Jazz piano with Neal    Alfriston
Sat 11 Jan 18:30    Dinner Jazz piano with Neal    Alfriston
Sun 12 Jan 12:30    Dinner Jazz piano with Neal     Alfriston
Fri 17 Jan 18:30    Dinner Jazz piano with Neal    Alfriston
Sat 18 Jan 18:30    Dinner Jazz piano with Neal    Alfriston
Sun19 Jan 12:30    Dinner Jazz piano with Neal    Alfriston
Thurs 23 Jan 19:30    Julian Marc-Stringle + Neal’s Trio    Brighton
Fri 24 Jan 18:30    Dinner Jazz piano with Neal    Alfriston
Sat 25 Jan 18:30    Dinner Jazz piano with Neal    Alfriston
Sun 26 Jan 12:30    Dinner Jazz piano with Neal    Alfriston
Weds 29 Jan 19:30    Sue Richardson + Neal    Battle
Weds 29 Jan 20:00    Tommaso Starace + Band    Eastbourne
Fri 31 Jan 18:30    Dinner Jazz piano with Neal    Alfriston

IN DETAIL:

Wednesday January 1st, Alfriston
New Year’s Day Jazz Brunch
at Deans Place Hotel (Seaford Rd, Alfriston BN26 5TW)

With the fiery jazz Duo of Neal Richardson (piano/vocals) and Andy Drudy (guitar/vocals). Come and see the musical sparks fly between these two friends of 20 years, in the newly-awarded 4* country house hotel!  A great start to the New Year – and guaranteed to take you mind off your hangover. Book a table on 01323 870248, music is 11am-2pm.

 

Friday January 3rd, Hastings
Maxine’s Bar and Restaurant at Bannatynes Spa Hotel, Hastings (Battle Rd, St Leonards-on-sea TN38 8EA) features Neal playing solo piano and singing for their monthly Jazz & Gin night.

If you haven’t been before you’ll find that Maxine’s is quite a swanky venue, they’ve got a huge range of gins (plus other alcoholic beverages) and you get to hear Neal burning up the keyboard too. You can even ask for a request, something special, ‘our tune’, that sort of thing. No guarantees he’ll play it but worth a try… The music starts at 7pm, and both parking and gig are free.

 

Wednesday January 8th, Seaford
We’re starting the new year with some scintillating vocals at The View, Southdown Road, BN25 4JS when the fabulous Shireen Francis will be our special guest, with Neal‘s Trio.

Blessed with a deep, soulful voice and incredible range, Shireen has developed her own unique blend of jazz incorporating flavours of gospel, blues, calypso and reggae. She’s also a warm, likeable personality on (and off) stage and we think you’ll love her, Seaford. They certainly like her at BBC Radio: “Quite simply, one of the best British jazz vocalists of this generation” they said. And you can’t get much higher praise than that…

Neal’s Trio for this one is spectacular too: a very welcome return by the great Andy Hamill on bass and, making his SPJC debut will be Brad Webb on drums, who’s in between touring with Tim Minchin and next Jamie Cullum!

So this looks like being a stunning gig to kick off 2020 at Seaford. Don’t forget you can eat before the gig at The View, just give them a buzz beforehand (01323 890139) so they know how many to expect. Food is served all day until 8pm.

The music starts at 7pm, on Wednesday January 8th, tickets are £10, on the door on the night or in advance from WeGotTickets.com. (booking fee applies).

 

Thursday January 23rd, Brighton
Our January guest at The Walrus, (10 Ship St, BN1 1AD) is the renowned clarinettist Julian Marc-Stringle, who performed one of the gigs of the year in Seaford SPJC last year.  Julian will be accompanied by Neal’s Trio, which tonight comprises again the multi-instrumentalist Andy Hamill on double bass, and everyone’s favourite Austrian Alex Eberhard on drums.

First appearing on TV with Acker Bilk at the tender age of fourteen, Julian went on to become a virtuoso jazz clarinetist. In addition to leading his own bands Julian’s career has seen him performing with Peanuts Hucko, George Chisholm, Kenny Ball, Don Lusher, Kenny Baker, Dame Cleo Laine & Sir John Dankworth, Digby Fairweather, Craig Milverton and many others. In Paris he arranged and conducted a big band album for Charles Aznavour and he’s also worked with Meatloaf and Tina Turner – versatile or what?? Julian has been nominated in the Best Clarinetist category in the 2019 British Jazz Awards. Oh and by the way, he also plays alto and tenor saxes, and sings…

For anyone who hasn’t already been to The Walrus, you’ll find us in the room downstairs, which has a really nice jazz-club vibe. The food there is excellent too, so give yourself a treat, ignore the apron and oven at home, and indulge in a dinner-and-jazz night out (after all, it IS a new year, and you deserve it after all that cooking over Christmas…)

The music starts at 7.30pm on Thursday January 23rd, tickets are £10 (which includes your first drink), and you can buy in advance from thewalrusbrighton.com/#bookatable  or on the door on the night.

 

Wednesday January 29th , Eastbourne
There’ll be a European feel about The Fishermen’s Club (Royal Parade, BN22 7AA), at our January gig because our very special guest is Naples-born Tommaso Starace (saxes), plus on drums will be one of Spain’s finest, Javier Forero. Tommaso moved to the UK in 1994 where he graduated at Birmingham Conservatoire with a BMus first class honours, and in 2000 at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama with a Postgraduate Degree in jazz studies. (Wow! Now that’s impressive…) He performs with his own quartet all over Europe, and has worked as a solo artist alongside some of the most respected jazz musicians worldwide. At the Fishermen’s we have the pleasure of hearing Tommaso playing with Mark Edwards (keys), Nigel Thomas (bass) and Javier Forero (drums). There will almost certainly be some European wines on sale (club prices, folks!) and Guinness – yes, that comes from Europe too, oh dear this is getting political now…

Doors open at 7.15pm on Wednesday January 29th and the music starts at 8pm, tickets are £10, on the door on the night or in advance from WeGotTickets.com. (booking fee applies).

Loads of free parking on site and drinks at club prices.

Wednesday January 29th, Battle 
Come along to the intimate jazz room at The Bull Inn (27 High Street, TN33 0EA), have your dinner cooked for you, and hear the wonderful singer/trumpeter Sue Richardson, accompanied by Neal.
Sue and Neal have performed thousands of gigs together, on ships, in jazz clubs, hotels and concert halls all over the world (55 countries so far.)…
Come and hear their intuitive communication in the music in this lovely venue.
The music starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday January 29th (free to diners) and you should phone 01424 775171 beforehand to book a table.

 

SOLO PIANO GIGS

Every weekend, Alfriston
Dinner Jazz @ Deans Place Hotel, BN26 5TW

Fridays & Saturdays from 6.30pm; Sunday lunches 12.30pm
Book a table on 01323 870248

Rod Hart – 3rd January
Neal Richardson – 4th, 5th,  10th, 11th, 12th,  17th, 18th, 19th,  24th, 25th, 26th, 31st

 

JAZZ WORKSHOPS

SPJC’s good friend Andy Panayi re-starts his fortnightly sax workshops on Saturday 11th January, 9.30am-12pm.

His students put on a brilliant Big Band gig in Eastbourne last July, and if you were there you’ll know how impressive they were.

And new this season: He introduces a fortnightly jazz improvisation class (for players of all instruments) starting Saturday 4th January, 9.30am-12pm

If you’re interested in joining either of these, please contact Andy for more information on apanayisax@gmail.com

 

AND FINALLY, your New Year’s Resolutions are entirely your own affair, and we wouldn’t dream of asking you to divulge them to us… but we’ll stand a drink in the bar for the person who comes up with a prediction of the most amusing ‘first’ to come out of 2020!

 

All of us at Splash Point Jazz would like to wish every one of you

A  HAPPY, HEALTHY AND EXCITING NEW YEAR!

Keep supporting live jazz in Sussex in 2020!
The Splash Point mob.

@splashpointjazz

 

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December Newsletter 2019

 

SPJC Newsletter  DECEMBER 2019

 

Following our bumper 30-gig month in November, including smashing the London Jazz Festival, we hurtle with you into the crazy Xmas month.

 

But first, TWO excellent reviews appeared of Neal’s “Not King Cole” shows in the Festival:

Now, to quote the “unforgettable” poetry that is the lyric of Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’:

So here it is, Merry Christmas
Everybody’s having fun
Look to the future now
It’s only just begun…

And there you have it. The essence of this season of good cheer.

We could spend a few minutes now jingling our way down the memory lane of Christmas number ones, but actually there are really only two that matter, aren’t there?  The first of course, Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’, the world’s best selling single, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide. The other… well we’ll get to the other one later on…

Christmas at Splash Point Jazz is a thoroughly jolly affair, the office a blaze of fairy lights and candles, desks piled high with tinsel and crackers (well where did you think Neal got his gags from??), and an abundance of (vegan) mince pies and chocolates.

SPJC Christmas Special gigs were, naturally, organised back in the summer (anyone remember that?) so around the office the anticipation has been growing for months. But it’s time now to share the excitement, and so here are (drumroll please…) THE DECEMBER LISTINGS!

 

Splash Point Jazz gigs Dec 2019 – AT A GLANCE

Sun 1st 12.30pm Alfriston Neal’s solo Dinner Jazz
Weds 4th 7pm Seaford Sue’s Ella & Louis Show
Thur 5th 7am (!) Seaford Neal & Julie Terry
Fri 6th 6.30pm Alfriston Rod Hart solo
Fri 6th 7pm Hastings Neal’s Gin & Jazz
Sat 7th 6.30pm Alfriston Neal solo
Sun 8th 12.30pm Alfriston Neal solo
Weds 11th 8pm Eastbourne Sue’s Screen Sirens Show
Fri 13th 6.30pm Alfriston Neal solo
Sat 14th 6.30pm Alfriston Rod Hart solo
Sun 15th 12.30pm Alfriston Rod Hart solo
Weds 18th 7.30pm Battle Neal and Dave Lewis duo
Fri 20th 6.30pm Alfriston Neal solo
Sat 21st 6.30pm Alfriston Neal solo
Sun 22nd 12.30pm Alfriston Neal solo
Tue 24th 6.30pm Alfriston Neal solo
Weds 25th 12.30pm Alfriston Fiona Hosford harp
Thur 26th 12.30pm Alfriston Neal solo
Fri 27th 6.30pm Alfriston Neal solo
Sat 28th 6.30pm Alfriston Rod Hart solo
Sun 29th 12.30pm Alfriston Rod Hart solo
Weds 1st Jan 12.30pm Alfriston Neal and Andy Drudy duo

More details below. Please always check with venues on the day.

 

AROUND THE CLUBS:

Wednesday December 4th , Seaford: Xmas Special

First up in the 2019 run of Christmas Specials is Seaford, at The View, Southdown Road, BN25 4JS where Sue Richardson is performing her wonderful Tribute to Ella and Louis – just as well then that Sue plays the trumpet and sings as brilliantly as she does! Alongside Sue, every note of the way, are Neal (piano), Miles Danso (bass) and Alex Eberhard (drums).

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong recorded three albums together in the late 1950s, and were described as ‘the perfect partnership’. The musical chemistry between them resulted in some of jazz’s finest and most memorable duets – find out how they did it on December 4th at The View!

Seaford also boasts a monthly raffle that other jazz clubs would kill for, and our Christmas Raffle is legendary. But to be in with a chance of winning a prize you have to meet us halfway by coming along to the gig and BUYING A TICKET!

The music starts at 7pm, on Wednesday December 4th , tickets are £10, on the door on the night or in advance from WeGotTickets.com. (booking fee applies).

Thursday December 5th at 7am!!
Neal Richardson
& Julie Terry duo, Seaford Chamber of Commerce Xmas Breakfast Special, The View. Contact www.seafordchamber.co.uk if you want to come as a guest.

Friday December 6th, Hastings
Maxine’s Bar and Restaurant at Bannatynes Hotel & Spa, Hastings (Battle Rd, St Leonards-on-sea TN38 8EA) features Neal playing and singing for their Xmas Gin and Jazz night. The music starts at 7pm, and both parking and gig are free.

Wednesday December 11th , Eastbourne: Xmas Special
You can come in your posh togs for the Eastbourne Christmas Special at The Fishermen’s Club (Royal Parade, BN22 7AA), because we’re getting the paparazzi in and rolling the red carpet out for Sue Richardson’s amazing show ‘Screen Sirens‘. It tells the stories behind some of the movie industry’s top leading ladies – both the beauties and the beasts – from Hollywood’s first talkies through to the technicolor 1950s. Sue brings a cast of beautiful, tempestuous women alive through the popular Oscar-winning songs which helped to make them famous – from films such as Top Hat, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Wizard of Oz, and lets us into the world of Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich and many other stars from Hollywood’s golden age.

Supporting Sue will be Neal (keys), Andy Hamill (double bass) and Rod Youngs (drums).
And because it’s Christmas, there will be mince pies and mulled wine available!
Doors open at 7.15pm on Wednesday December 11th and the music starts at 8pm, tickets are £10, on the door on the night or in advance from WeGotTickets.com (booking fee applies).

Free parking on site and drinks at club prices.
Wednesday December 18th, Battle (this appears incorrectly on flyers as December 28th – we all proof-read these and yet that one STILL crept through…)

The Bull Inn (27 High Street, TN33 0EA) will have their festive menu in place for our Christmas Special gig in Battle when Neal will be joined by super-saxman Dave Lewis. Soulful and bluesy, Dave is an American saxophonist now resident in the UK, with a natural affinity to the jazz greats such as Dexter Gordon and Joe Henderson. He is known for his distinctive tenor sound and individual approach. He sounds great playing alongside Neal, who will no doubt be letting his funky side come to the fore on this night, and together they are going to ROCK the Bull like it’s never been rocked before!

The music starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday December 18th (free to diners) and you should phone 01424 775171 beforehand to book a table. Check out the Christmas menu on their website: www.thebullinnbattle.co.uk.  Yum.

There is no December gig at our Brighton venue (The Walrus) but we’re back there in the New Year. More details in the January newsletter.

ALFRISTON solo piano residency: Every Fri & Sat 6.30pm, Sunday lunch 12.30pm
Dates throughout the month at Deans Place Hotel, BN26 5TW   Book a table on 01323-870248

Rod Hart: 6th, 14th, 15th, 28th, 29th
Neal Richardson:1st, 7th, 8th, 13th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 27th

Xmas Eve – Neal Richardson 6.30-9pm
Xmas Day – Fiona Hosford harp 12.30pm-5pm
Boxing Day – Neal Richardson 12.30-5pm

2020: Jan 1st New Year’s Day Jazz Brunch 12.30-3pm pm Neal Richardson & Andy Drudy

AND FINALLY, there’s the little matter of that other major Christmas hit.
Its title is ‘The Christmas Song’, but it’s known to most people by the first line of the lyrics – ‘Chestnuts roasting on an open fire’… which of course was a massive hit for Nat Cole.

The thing is: which famous singer wrote the lyrics?

There’s a hairband with reindeer antlers attached for the first person to email us the correct answer.

All of us Splash Point Jazz would like to wish every one of you

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

And THANK YOU for supporting live jazz in Sussex this year 🙂

Please keep it up in 2020!

 

The Splash Point mob.

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