June Newsletter

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Splash Point Jazz News June 2019

Aah, lovely June! Our favourite month at SPJC because to us JUNE means CAKE. We have no less than THREE Splash Point birthdays within a week (Lemon Drizzle anyone? [plant-based of course]) so we take a little time out from jazz club duties to slice up and share out the jammy, fruity, yummy confections that come out of the SPJC kitchens. But rest assured that as soon as we’ve licked the last crumbs off our fingers (not near the piano please…) we’re back to business.

And here, the results of our cake-infused deliberations, are the highlights of a jazz-packed month.

First and foremost, we’ve got not one, but TWO pieces of exciting news this month!

*** Our New Website is up and running, all bells and whistles and some fancy technical wizardry – check it out at www.splashpointmusic.com. Have a good look round – you’ll find all our leaflets on the Events page – and do let us know what you think!  Looks good on your mobile too. There’ll be more pages added as we go, but we hope you like it. (www.splashpointjazz.club also takes you there).

A BIG thanks to Mark at www.design-m.co.uk for his excellent work on this – and the BEST EVER award-winning picture of Splash Point in a storm too – see if you can find it…

***  New Venue! We have moved SPJC Brighton by popular request to a cracking new venue in the city centre. The Walrus, at 10 Ship Street, is a gorgeous pub with a dedicated function room, an excellent food menu, and some really lovely staff. We’re excited about the move there, and would of course love you to come along and help us to make it a vibrant, buzzing club – as only you can. We’ve booked some absolutely top-drawer guests, see below for our opening night gig.  WE NEED YOUR HELP with this one, jazzlovers – please support this new gig so it gets off to a great start – THANK YOU ❤️  P.S. All the NCPs do an evening rate from 6pm now 🙂

Here are the June gigs, in date order and all their jazzy splendour: 

Sunday 2nd June,  Alfriston

Neal picks up the piano cudgels (?) to start the month playing and singing for your delight at the regular jazz lunch in The Dining Room,  Deans Place Hotel, Alfriston from 12.30pm. A very classy restaurant in a beautiful setting – book a table on 01323 870248.

Gosh, Sunday lunch out! When was the last time you did that? What a treat… take a friend, or take us all with you!

Wednesday 5th June, Seaford

You know the venue, it’s the aptly-named View (Seaford Head Golf Club, BN25 4JS) famous for its fabulous picture-postcard panorama, but also featuring good food (book in advance if you want to eat: 01323 890139) and masses of free parking on the doorstep.

Now, Neal is away for this month’s gig due to one of the afore-mentioned birthdays… BUT you will be in the exceedingly good hands of Terry Seabrook (piano) with his Latin/Brazilian London band T-Rio. With Davide Mantovani on bass and Tristan Banks on drums. We GUARANTEE this will be a superb gig!

The music starts at 7pm on Wednesday June 5th. Tickets are £10, buy on the door on the night, or in advance from WeGotTickets.com/splashpointjazz (booking fee applies).

Friday 7th June, Hastings

At Bannatynes Hotel & Spa, Hastings (Battle Rd, St Leonards-on-sea TN38 8EA) you will be able to hear Neal playing solo piano/vocals for Jazz & Gin night in Maxine’s Bar & Restaurant. It’s a free gig in a sophisticated place with fine dining, lots of gins, and plenty of on-site parking at Bannatynes too. So really no reason not to go!

Wednesday 19th June, Glasgow International Jazz Festival

little further afield, Sue Richardson will be blowing her own trumpet in the opening show of the Glasgow International Jazz Festival (www.jazzfest.co.uk ). Sue’s again in David McAlmont’s “Bille Holiday at Carnegie Hall” concert, staged by our friends at Copasetic Productions ( copaseticfoundation.org )

Thursday 20th June, Brighton

Our inaugural SPJC gig at The Walrus, (10 Ship Street, BN1 1AD  01273-025749)  features  the incredible, world-class vibes maestro Roger Beaujolais as special guest with Neal‘s trio. Roger was a founder member of hugely successful jump/jive band “The Chevalier Brothers” and subsequently with pop band “Fairground Attraction” before jazz claimed him. Along the way he became a Professor of Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance and played on sessions with the likes of Robert Plant, Paul Weller, Morrissey, Kirsty MacColl, Alexander O’Neal, Neneh Cherry and far too many others to cram in here. Unbelievably, Roger is entirely self-taught – just goes to show what determination and a LOT of practice can achieve… tell your kids and grandkids… And your grandparents – e.g. Neal taught a gentleman jazz piano who started aged 79!

Neal’s Trio for this gig features Nigel Thomas (bass) and Eric Ford (drums).

The music starts at 7.30pm on Thursday June 20th, tickets are £10, and you can buy in advance from thewalrusbrighton.com/#bookatable  or on the door on the night.

Wednesday 26th June, Eastbourne

Two highly regarded jazz musicians, always in great demand, leading a classic straight-ahead jazz quartet – this is what you’ll find at The Fishermen’s Club (Royal Parade, BN22 7AA), when the Mark Crooks/Colin Oxley band hit town. Mark(sax/clarinet) has worked with a hugely diverse range of musicians, from Spike Robinson to Simon Rattle, Elaine Delmar to Lady Gaga and John Dankworth to John Wilson. Colin (guitar) is a real musician’s  musician, a fabulous accompanist and a brilliant soloist. The band is completed by Simon Thorpe (bass) and Matt Home (drums). Sure to be a popular gig, you may want to consider booking in advance for this one.

Doors open at 7.15pm on Wednesday June 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).

Free parking on site, drinks at club prices, great sound (thanks Andy!), and a really friendly atmosphere at the Club.  WeGotTickets.com/splashpointjazz

Wednesday 26th June,  Battle

If you live closer to Battle than to Eastbourne you might want to check out The Bull Hotel Battle (27 High Street, TN33 0EA). This is a lovely venue, small but beautiful, and staffed by some of the nicest people in the business. This month Nealwill have as his special guest a man who’s not only a great musician but also a great entertainer. Just back from a Tour of the Far East, Jeff Williams (trombone/vox) is lively and fun – in other words he’s a very good foil for Neal!  (Ha bl**dy ha – Ed.]

The music at The Bull is free to diners but you are advised to book in advance (01424 775171) to avoid disappointment – Jazz Wednesdays have become very popular and we don’t want you to get there and find it’s all sold out. You can see the menu on their website  (thebullinnbattle.co.uk). The music starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday June 26th and what with the music and the food you’re in for a really good night out.

Saturday 29th June,  Eastbourne International Tennis Tournament

Jazz & Tennis!  For the TWELFTH year running, The Neal Richardson Band is the warm-up act for FINALS DAY at the LTA Intl Tennis Tournament! It’s a great occasion – champagne and picnics on the lawn right before the match… Buy a finals day ticket or even just a stroller and come and enjoy sunshine(hopefully), jazz and balls flying about…

LTA Eastbourne

One more thing – THANK YOU for all the lovely feedback about these Newsletters (a monthly wordfight between author Annette Keen and spoilsport Neal!)… Please do fwd this Newsletter to all yr friends and encourage them to come, and to sign up – through our NEW WEBSITE (did we mention that?! 😂)

One more once… Feedback from the May newsletter put us in our place as one reader found an extra Spring song in the title quiz. It was ‘Blue Spring Shuffle’ by Kenny Dorham and well worth your while to check it out. Well done sir, we owe you a drink!

We genuinely look forward to welcoming you to our jazz clubs, and hope to see you again very soon. Keep supporting live jazz in Sussex!

The Splash Point mob.

May Newsletter

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Welcome to the May SPJC newsletter, and just for a change we’re starting this month with a quiz.

How many jazz tunes and standards can you name with the word Spring in the title? Give yourself two minutes. The clock starts ticking NOW…

At Splash Point we came up with six in the allotted time, they’re listed at the end of the newsletter. If you can think of any others please email and let us know! Isn’t this exciting?

Now, that’s quite enough excitement for the time being so settle down and take a look at our monthly round-up of who’s where around the Clubs.

First of all, a very special SPJC date, and a real coup for us to get these guys on their UK tour.

Friday May 17th ROTTINGDEAN

A different venue for SPJC: The Plough, Vicarage Lane, Rottingdean, Brighton BN2 7HD, and a chance to catch a couple of visiting US musicians on their ONLY gig in Sussex.

The Chris Hodgkins International Quartet is led by award-winning UK trumpet player Chris Hodgkins, with 29 year old South Korean pianist from New York, Jinjoo Yoo (“one of the most exciting pianists on the scene in New York”), headline guitarist Wayne Wilkinson  (“one of the best, most underrated jazz guitarists in the USA”), and the UK’s own Alison Rayner on bass, winner of a Parliamentary Jazz Award in 2018. The band takes a fresh look at music ranging from lesser known standards to band originals.

Tickets for this outstanding gig are £10, buy on the door on the night or in advance from WeGotTickets.com (booking fee applies).

And now back to the beginning of the month:

Wednesday May 1st SEAFORD

The lovely View (Seaford Head Golf Club, BN25 4JS) really lives up to its name now that lighter evenings are here and you can see right across the golf course up to the cliffs.

Our special guest with Neal’s trio on Wednesday May 1st is the singer/guitarist Ciyo Brown. Born in Jamaica but a UK resident from the age of six months, Ciyo was a high achiever academically and is a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives – ask him anything about housing law and he’ll know the answer! But a professional music career has seen him playing in the theatre, on session recordings and live with a multitude of artistes including George Benson, Courtney Pine, Jean Toussaint, Jim Mullen, and the London Gospel Choir.

Playing alongside Neal and Ciyo are Oz Dechaine (bass) and Alex Eberhard (drums). Dinner is available at The View, provided you book in advance on 01323 890139. Or just come to listen and enjoy a drink or two. This is gonna be a really good one – so don’t miss out.

The music starts at 7pm. There’s free parking right outside the door. Tickets are £10, buy on the door on the night, or in advance from WeGotTickets.com (booking fee applies).

Friday May 3rd LONDON

The prestigious Cadogan Hall sees a lunchtime recital of Sue Richardson’s hugely popular Chet Baker musical biography “Too Cool”; The music starts at 12pm. Starring Sue Richardson trumpet/vocals, accompanied by Neal Richardson on piano and Andy Hamill on double bass. More details here https://cadoganhall.com/whats-on/genres/jazz-blues/

Friday May 3rd HASTINGS

Back from London to Bannatynes Hotel Hastings (Battle Rd, St Leonards-on-sea TN38 8EA), you will be able to hear Neal playing solo piano/vocals for Jazz & Gin Night on Fri 3rd May from 7pm. Free to diners, great food, classy bar and plenty of on-site parking at Bannatynes too.

Sunday May 5th ALFRISTON

Neal’s second solo gig of the month is at Deans Place Hotel, Alfriston BN26 5TW, where he is playing for Sunday lunch diners from 12.30pm.  It couldn’t be easier to get a table, simply phone 01323 870248. Go on, give yourself a treat, you deserve to have your Sunday lunch cooked for you once in a while. We all do. See you there! 

Thursday May 9th BRIGHTON

Brighton Marina, at The Master Mariner (BN2 5WD) on Thursday May 9th  features  SPJC favourite, super sax and even more (if possible) super flute player Andy Panayi as special guest with Neal’s trio. Recent weeks have seen Andy playing with the Big Bands of Tommy Smith, Mark Nightingale, and Len Phillips, as well as gigs with Alan Barnes, Jim Rattigan and many others. Andy can also often be found in the orchestra pit at the Cambridge Theatre in London, for the award-winning musical “Matilda”, and later this year he’ll be on tour again with Elaine Paige. But on May 9th, he’s all ours… Neal’s Trio for this gig features  Paul Whitten (bass) and Phil Crabbe (drums). The music starts at 7.30pm, admission is FREE, and there’s a varied bar menu to choose from at the Mariner.

Friday May 17th ROTTINGDEAN 
Don’t forget The Chris Hodgkins International Quartet is at The Plough, Vicarage Lane, Rottingdean, Brighton BN2 7HD

Wednesday May 29th EASTBOURNE
And it’s that man again, at Eastbourne jazz club, at The Fishermen’s Club, Royal Parade, BN22 7AA on Wednesday May 29th, when Andy Panayi’s Boptet are going to be serving up some cool bop classics from the ‘50s and ‘60s. With the exception of Andy (he’ll kill me for this…) it’s a young band, all up and coming stars: Sam Miles (sax), Jack Kendon (trpt), Duncan White (gtr), Oz Dechaine (bass) and Alex Pitt (drums). Not a grey hair between them. Meanwhile, up at the front… no, stop it. Experience counts too.

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

No problem parking, it’s plentiful, it’s right outside the door, and it’s free. And to complete your evening’s enjoyment, drinks at club prices!

Wednesday May 29th BATTLE
It’s the same night, but a different location. Wednesday May 29th , at the Bull Hotel Battle (27 High Street, TN33 0EA) Neal will have as his special guest the wonderful Raul D’Oliveira, (trpt/vocals), Latin jazz officianado and all-round entertainer. Last month at the Mariner in Brighton Raul had them dancing at the back of the pub – never been known before!

The music at The Bull is free to diners but you are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment as Jazz Wednesdays have become very popular and prone to selling out these days. Nice menu, good food and some lovely jazz vibes as well. Call The Bull on 01424 775171 to reserve a table. The music starts at 7.30pm.

QUIZ ANSWERS:  Up Jumped Spring; Joy Spring; Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most; Spring is Here; It Might As Well Be Spring; You Must Believe in Spring

No prizes, just a warm glow of achievement if you got them all, or if you beat us!

We genuinely look forward to welcoming you to our jazz clubs, and hope to see you again very soon. Keep supporting live jazz in Sussex!

The Splash Point mob.