SPJC Newsletter Mid-March 2020 This is the newsletter we never thought we would have to write, but it’s got to be done so here goes.
UNSURPRISING NEWS Due to the current coronavirus Covid-19 crisis, and in line with Government recommendations, we are cancelling all our jazz gigs for the foreseeable future, in agreement with all our venues. This is not a decision any of us wanted to take, and we haven’t done it lightly, but the safety and well being of our audiences, musicians and volunteers must be our top priority.
Please keep an eye on our website (www.splashpointmusic.com) for updates, and be assured that as soon as possible we will re-instate gigs – and email you to let you know. Any musicians and bands that are cancelled will have priority bookings in 2021, so you will get to see them all, just not for a while.
SURPRISING NEWS To cheer you up, Neal will be doing home-broadcasting of little solo gigs, snippets and crazy stuff to keep you titillated!
Details, again, will be on the website. You can also read announcements on our Instagram and Twitter and FaceBook feeds – please search/follow @splashpointjazz
(These also end up on our website). There’s also some great stuff on our YouTube channel (SplashPointMusic)
CONNECT WITH US! It’s gonna be a lonely few months stuck indoors… so don’t let yourself get down and fearful… Email us! (firstname.lastname@example.org) Message us!(@splashpointjazz).
Ask Neal for a request to play a tune for you online… Become a Patron (he likes to be able to eat..🤣)
If you know anyone who comes to our gigs, but doesn’t get our emailed newsletters, please pass on this news to them.
As always, we thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you again once life gets back to normal. And to paraphrase Arnie Schwarzenegger’s Terminator: We’ll be back! And in the meantime – see you online!
Keep well. Keep an eye on elderly neighbours, friends, relatives. Be nice to people 😃
The Splash Point mob.
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Hello jazz fans! Here we are in March, famous for March winds (followed by April showers)… erm, didn’t we already have those in February?? But this month is so much more than just howling winds. After months of drabness in the gardens, March is also the time for beautiful daffodils and blossom trees to give our hearts a lift, the distinctive scent of hyacinths, fabulous early rhubarb to tickle your taste buds (rhubarb gin anyone?), and lovely little furry tree catkins (hands up if you remember the Nature Table at school). (Yes, you can put your hands down now, thank you). So that’s sight, smell, taste and touch covered, only sound to go – so let’s see what fantastic musicians will be blowing in to SPJC this March!
HASTINGS – Friday March 6th Maxine’s Bar and Restaurant at Bannatynes Hotel, Hastings (Battle Rd, St Leonards-on-sea TN38 8EA) is the place to find Neal playing solo piano/vocals on Friday 6th March for their Gin and Jazz night.The music starts at 7pm, and it’s a very stylish venue, with a huge variety of gins (maybe even the afore-mentioned Rhubarb Gin…) and although you will have to buy your drinks, the music is free! Ask Neal to play a request or two, he’s always happy to oblige. Well, nearly always… There’s plenty of free on-site parking at Bannatynes, so no worries there.
Also at Bannatynes on 22nd March, Neal and lovely Jane Tuff (sax)are playing for a special Mothers’ Day lunch, from 12.30pm. Book a table on 01424 851222
ALFRISTON – Dates throughout the month Book a table on 01323-870248 at Deans Place Hotel, BN26 5TW
Fridays & Saturdays 6.30pm Dinner Jazz @ Deans Place Hotel: 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th – Neal
6th – Rod Hart
Sunday Lunch Jazz12.30pm:
15th, 29th – Neal
1st, 8th, 22ndRod Hart
AROUND THE CLUBS:
SEAFORD – Wednesday March 11th at the View (Seaford Head Golf Club, BN25 4JS), has the great Andy Williams (guitar) guesting with Neal’s trio on Wednesday March 11thwith the music starting at 7pm. Andy has worked with many of Britain’s finest musicians, including guitarist Martin Taylor, vocalist Liane Carroll and saxophonist Alan Barnes. He has performed at many major venues worldwide and can boast performances at both the Blue Note Jazz Club and BB King’s Bar in New York. At home Andy has played Ronnie Scott’s Club, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Rock Garden in London, amongst other top venues. He’s an incredibly busy performer, so we’re lucky to have snapped him up for a gig at The View. Neal’s trio on the night features Miles Danso (bass) and Javier Forero (drums). Dinner is available at The View, provided you book in advance on 01323 890139. Or just come to listen and be entertained. The music starts at 7pm, on Wednesday March 11th. There’s free parking right outside the door, and inside The View you’ll get a great welcome. Tickets are £10, buy on the door on the night or in advance from WeGotTickets.com (booking fee applies).
BRIGHTON – Thursday March 19th at The Walrus, (10 Ship Street, BN1 1AD) plays host this month to a very special guest, on Thursday March 19thwhen the amazing Adam Glasser (harmonica) joins Neal‘s trio. Brought up in South Africa, Adam’s first instrument was piano, with his musical education taking place in Paris, and Berklee College of Music (Boston USA). Tours in Europe and the UK, and an award for jazz piano led to more prestigious gigs and venues. In the 1990s Adam started playing the chromatic harmonica, and his musical career took on a different slant. He’s filled in twice for Stevie Wonder, played on many film and TV scores, and in 2014 was invited by Hugh Masekela to be his pianist when the legendary South African trumpeter was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the University of York. Adam’s South African roots are never far away in his repertoire, which often includes the lively rhythms of township music. Playing with Adam and Neal on the 19th will be Nigel Thomas (bass) and Sophie Alloway (drums). The music starts at 7.30pm on Thursday March 19th , 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.
LONDON – Friday March 20th On 20th March you might fancy having a day out in London, where Sue Richardson will be playing in Alex Webb’s show ‘Billie’, the fabulous biog of Billie Holiday. The venue is ‘Under The Bridge’, Chelsea, (and it’s actually in Chelsea football ground…) And if you’re travelling in a westerly direction this month you might like to know that Sue will be in Bath at the St James Wine Vault, on 26th March (gig starts at 8pm), and the following evening she’s off to Somerset to play at the Ilminster Arts Centre with Andy Panayi and the Dave Newton Trio, where the music starts at 8pm.
EASTBOURNE – Wednesday March 25th The Fishermen’s Club, Royal Parade, BN22 7AA continues on the last Wednesday of the month and we’ve got a cracker for you on Wednesday March 25thwhen drummer Gaz Hughesbrings his ‘Homage to Art Blakey’ Quintet to town.The first jazz album Gaz bought was ‘Art Blakey Live’ – still one of his most-played and treasured albums. To say he’s a fan of Art’s is an understatement! And just look at the line-up he’s got in this band: Alan Barnes and Dean Masser (saxes), Bruce Adams (trumpet), Andrezej Baranek (keys), Ed Harrison (bass) and Gaz himself of course, on drums. They’ll be playing loads of tunes famously associated with Art Blakey; including timeless and much-loved tracks by composers such as Bobby Watson, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and Curtis Fuller – you’ll know many of them, though there may be a surprise or three along the way… This gig will definitely be popular, so you might want to book ahead to be sure of a seat. The music starts at 8pm on Wednesday March 25th, tickets are £10, on the door on the night or in advance from WeGotTickets.com. (booking fee applies). Loads of free parking right outside the door and drinks at club prices!
*NEW VENUE* BROAD OAK (near BATTLE), Wednesday March 25th Our newest venue The Broad Oak replaces the Bull at Battle as the lovely landlords Al & Kerri have moved to this new pub and refurbished it! And, we’ve put a lovely baby grand piano in there to celebrate. Come and see what the fuss is about for our first gig there, when Neal’s first guest will be the beguiling Jane Tuff (tenor sax). By the time she left school Jane was already working in Big Bands and soul bands. After studying at the London College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, she went on to play in West End and touring shows, European shows, Big Bands and various ensembles. She is also a renowned teacher of all woodwind instruments. Neal and Jane have worked together a lot as a duo, and developed that lovely rapport which only comes when musicians are happy and comfortable with each other. They are, and you will be too when you hear the music they make. Jazz at The Broad Oak is free to diners and you are advised to book in advance on 01424 882700 Website www.thebroadoak.co.uk email :email@example.com The music starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday March 25th. You definitely deserve a treat, and this gig (with lovely food to go with it) will be just that.
And if you can’t make the 25th, you can still see Neal and Jane together at: Buxted Park Hotel, on Sunday 1st March, at 12.30pm, or for Bannatynes Hotel, Mothers’ Day, Sunday 22nd March at 12.30pm.
AND FINALLY… advance news! This year our very good friend Brian O’Connor is celebrating his first 50 years in jazz photography. Fifty years! Imagine! When Brian first got behind the lens we were only just starting to use decimal currency in the UK, clad in our super-trendy hot-pants and bell-bottomed trousers. If you go along to the Clocktower Gallery (9 Katherine St, Croydon, CR9 1ET) between 6th April and 1st May you will be able to see an exhibition of Brian’s splendid photos, and it’s totally FREE. From Stan Getz to Xhosa Cole, he’s captured them all for posterity. There is even a chance Brian will be wearing his bell-bottomed trousers when you go. Mark the dates in your diary!
Much to look forward to in March around the SPJC empire! 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. @splashpointjazz
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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!
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
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 26thand 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 26thand 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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