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/ ***


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.


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


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.

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October Newsletter 2019

SPJC Newsletter  OCTOBER 2019

It’s a bit like Marmite, October. Some people love it, all those crunchy leaves and crisp mornings, and others hate it because it brings a whiff of winter. Here at Splash Point Music we love Marmite (oh my goodness, those Marmite roasted cashews! And Marmite Flatbreads!) but we’re split down the middle with October. And then of course at the end of the month there’s Halloween to enjoy… or endure… The one thing we’re unanimous about is that we’ve got some cracking gigs coming up this month.

FIRSTLY A REMINDER: Neal’s “Not King Cole” concerts are in the 2019 London Jazz Festival, Sunday 17/11/19 (3pm and 7pm) at the fabulous Crazy Coqs in Piccadilly:


Tickets are selling ALREADY so please BOOK NOW to avoid being turned away!

OK, fanfare please from the back of the room, because here come The October Listings!

Wednesday October 2nd , Seaford

Our Seaford venue at The View, Southdown Road, BN25 4JS, is always popular, and rightly so. You can eat before or during the gig, there’s loads of free parking right outside the door, an astonishingly varied raffle (fights have broken out over some of these prizes folks), and before the light fades you can watch bunnies hopping about over the golf course. 

Oh yes, and there’s always a super-special guest with Neal’s trio. This month please come along and welcome alto sax player Matt Wates, a stalwart of the UK jazz scene since he won the Rising Star award in the 1997 BT British Jazz Awards. Matt’s Sextet won the Best Small Group award in 2001 and are still going strong. We think he might have another job on the side writing the jokes for Christmas Crackers – so we’re lucky to get him at this time of year (you’ll have to come on October 2nd to understand that remark…) Also playing will be Nigel Thomas (bass) and Sophie Alloway (drums). The music starts at 7pm, on Wednesday October 2nd , tickets are £10, on the door on the night or in advance from WeGotTickets.com. (booking fee applies). 

Friday October 4th, Hastings

Maxine’s Bar and Restaurant at Bannatynes Hotel & Spa, Hastings (Battle Rd, St Leonards-on-sea TN38 8EA) is the place to hear Neal playing solo piano for their monthly Jazz & Gin night. You might want to dress up a bit for this one, it’s a beautiful venue and Neal will definitely be wearing a jacket, at least to start with. Possibly also a tie. Maybe spats. Possibly trousers. Nice menu to choose from, gins-a-plenty and jazz likewise. The music starts at 7pm, and both parking and gig are totally free (you should probably buy at least one drink though… just a thought…) 

Saturday October 5th, Alfriston. * * NEW NEW NEW * *

We’re delighted to announce that those lovely people at the newly 4*rated Deans Place Country House Hotel have been so knocked out by Neal’s newly-refurbished piano there, that they’ve invited us to supply live music every weekend from today (Sat 5/10/19) 😃 It’s excellent fine-dining in an informal and intimate atmosphere in their beautiful Dining Room restaurant, with (usually) Neal providing the dinner jazz.  Music starts at 6.30pm

This is a try-out, so please do go along, and when you book mention that you’re going because of the live music! – Thanks!  Book a table on 01323 870248.

Sunday October 6th, Alfriston

What could be nicer than Sunday Lunch Jazz at Deans Place Country House Hotel, in the company of your favourite musician?  Well, we tried, we really did, but inexplicably neither Jamie Cullum nor Stevie Wonder were available. 

However, we were able to secure the services of the wonderful (you’ve guessed it…) Neal Richardson!  Lunch is served at 12.30pm, look on their website (www.deansplacehotel.co.uk) for the menu; book a table on 01323 870248

Wednesday October 9th, Bristol

Sue Richardson will be at St George’s Hall, Great George St, Bristol BS1 5RR with Alex Webb’s fabulous show ‘Billie Holiday at Carnegie Hall‘, starting at 8pm. This show just keeps rolling, people really love it, Billie’s legacy living on. Maybe you have family or friends living in Bristol? Or treat yourself to a couple of days away, there’s Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and loads of other great stuff so you’ll easily fill the daytime.

Thursday October 10th , Brighton

If you haven’t yet been to the latest SPJC Brighton venue (The Walrus, 10 Ship Street, BN1 1AD  01273-025749) you really should give it a go. The music is in the downstairs room, which has a great jazz club feel about it, and a dedicated basement bar and staff so you haven’t got to keep trekking upstairs for your drinks. And the food there is very good indeed, waiter service straight to your table. Special guest for October is the wonderful Nigel Price (guitar). It’s impossible not to bring out the superlatives when talking about Nigel, he really is top-drawer, world-class, super-talented, multi-award-winning. Never before has a SPJC guest needed so many hyphens. You really don’t want to miss this one. Neal‘s trio for the night features  Dan Sheppard (bass) and Eric Ford (drums). 

The music starts at 7.30pm on Thursday October 10th, 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.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 11th, 12th + 13th, Alfriston * * NEW NEW NEW * *

Rod Hart is at Deans Place Country House Hotel for Dinner Jazz (see above, 5th), while Neal is working in Holland.

Friday/Sat music starts at 6.30pm. Sunday lunch 12.30pm.  When you book a table (01323 870248) please mention that you’re going because of the live music – thanks! 

Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 18th, 19th + 20th, Alfriston * * NEW NEW NEW * *

Rod Hart is at Deans Place Country House Hotel for Dinner Jazz (see above, 5th), while Neal is working in Devon.

Friday/Sat music starts at 6.30pm. Sunday lunch 12.30pm.  When you book a table (01323 870248) please mention that you’re going because of the live music – thanks! 

Friday October 25th , Chelsea

The inspiring new show Get Getz, with Sue Richardson (trumpet and vocals) and Katie Jungmann (sax) is appearing at The Pheasantry, Chelsea, on Friday October 25th. Tickets are £20, the music starts at 8.30pm and as The Pheasantry is a Pizza Express LIVE venue you can probably guess what’s on the menu.

We know you love Sue, surely you must like Stan Getz, and who doesn’t fancy a pizza now and again? Book yourself a table immediately.


Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 25th, 26th + 27th, Alfriston * * NEW NEW NEW * *

Neal is at Deans Place Country House Hotel for Dinner Jazz (see above, 5th). 

Friday/Sat music starts at 6.30pm. Sunday lunch 12.30pm.  When you book a table (01323 870248) please mention that you’re going because of the live music – thanks! 

Wednesday October 30th, Eastbourne

And so we find ourselves in Eastbourne at The Fishermen’s Club (Royal Parade, BN22 7AA), where the band for October is the Nigel Thomas Quartet. Now of course we all know bass player Nigel, he’s appeared at many a SPJC gig – but this is his own, very fine quartet, which features the mighty line-up of Paul Booth (saxophones, bass clarinet, flute),  Mark Edwards (keyboard) and Winston Clifford (drums). Really?? All of them on one gig?? Ever heard a bass clarinet before??… The Quartet’s recent album ‘Hidden’ had great reviews and it’s probably safe to say that some of the tracks will be featured on October 30th. 

Doors open at 7.15pm on Wednesday October 30th 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 October 30th, Battle – BATTLE FESTIVAL SPECIAL

Meanwhile, over at The Bull Hotel, Battle (27 High Street, TN33 0EA) Neal will be showcasing his Not King Cole Trio as part of the Battle Festival. If you missed the gig in August at Eastbourne (why??why??) this is another chance to catch Neal, Ciyo Brown (guitar) and Miles Danso (bass) doing their wonderful Nat-thing.  This gig is free to diners (though you’ll need to book in advance on 01424 775171 to be sure of your table). The music starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday October 30th and is a featured highlight of Battle’s 2019 Arts Festival.


AND FINALLY, the nights are starting to draw in and apart from Strictly there isn’t a lot on the telly, so here’s a suggestion of how to pass the time in a legal and perfectly innocent way. If you replace the letter ‘L’ in Love, with the letter ‘H’, you get the word Hove. Apply this to song titles and you get some pretty interesting results… Some of our favourites are: ‘Hove For Sale’, ‘What Is This Thing Called Hove?’, ‘Like Someone in Hove’, and one for everyone familiar with travelling along the A27: ‘At Long Last, Hove!’

Have fun and let us know your favourites!

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.