Jazz in the House: Chris Laurence Quartet @ Lauderdale House
May 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Chris Laurence with Frank Ricotti (vibes), John Parricelli (guitar), and Martin France (drums)        

When it comes to jazz, playing the game of ‘who’s best?’ is surely a no-win situation. But anyone who was present the last time this band played at Lauderdale would have been sorely tempted to say Chris Laurence!

Laurence’s band mines a rich seam of mostly British composers like John Surman, Stan Sulzmann, John Parricelli (not to mention honorary Brit Kenny Wheeler!) with a soupcon of Steve Swallow. Their last show was one of the finest concerts that we have been privileged to present.

Chris Laurence returns for Jazz in the House, with Frank Ricotti, John Parricelli, and Martin France. Doors open at 8pm and the concert begins at 8.30pm. The bar will be open from late afternoon for drinks and snacks.

Sarah Moule & Simon Wallace Quartet: The Genius of Duke Ellington @ Lauderdale House
Jun 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Sarah Moule and the Simon Wallace Quartet present The Genius of Duke Ellington featuring Simon Wallace (piano), Dave Bitelli (saxophones), Mick Hutton (double bass) and Paul Robinson (drums)    

Although Ellington was a prolific writer of class popular songs it is odd that no one has seen fit to devise a programme around them. Until now!

Sarah Moule and Simon Wallace have been Ellington fans since a very young age. And so are world music exponent Dave Bitelli (glad to see him back in a jazz context!) and the other members of this wonderful band. Material by Duke will be featured alongside music by his right hand man, Billy Strayhorn. And Ellington buffs will be excited to hear that the programme also features newly-rediscovered material by another intriguing Ellington collaborator, Marshall Barer, who is rarely mentioned in all the copious appreciations of the master’s work.

“Cool, elegant, immaculate” – The Observer 

“Sarah Moule stands in the very top flight of UK vocalists” – London Jazz

Jazz in the House continues with Sarah Moule alongside Simon Wallace, Dave Bitelli, Mick Hutton and Paul Robinson performing the Genius of Duke Ellington. Doors open at 8pm and the concert begins at 8.30pm. The bar will be open from late afternoon for drinks and snacks.

Jazz in the House: Karen Sharp Quartet @ Lauderdale House
Jun 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Karen Sharp Quartet featuring Nikki Iles (piano), Dave Green (double bass), Steve Brown (drums)        

Inspired by the music of Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins, Karen Sharp moved to London in the year 2000 after graduating in composition from The Royal Northern College of Music. She became a member of Humphrey Lytellton’s band for four years, won several polls, and became first call for many visiting American artists. Nowadays she has a chair in Guy Barker’s Big Band but it is in this, her quartet with Nikki Iles, that we can hear her wonderful loping lines and warm sound at its best. Dave Green and Steve Brown are consummate performers, ensuring that we are in for a night of perfect ‘real thing’ jazz at its best.

Karen Sharp performs alongside Nikki Iles, Dave Green and Steve Brown as part of this season’s Jazz in the House. Doors open at 8pm and the concert begins at 8.30pm. The bar will be open from late afternoon for drinks and snacks.

Jazz in the House: Ben Crosland Quintet plays the Ray Davies Songbook @ Lauderdale House
Jun 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Ben Crosland with Brandon Allen (saxophones), Chris Allard (guitar), Steve Lodder (keys) and Sebastian de Krom (drums)      

Yorkshire based bass guitarist Ben Crosland is a fascinating composer and arranger who regularly works with top London players. A few years ago we presented his ‘brass band’ composition, with great success. This time he has re-configured some of the music which made such an impression on him as a thirteen year old playing along to Kinks singles on the Dansette in his bedroom.

This celebration of local music legend Ray Davies will be part of the Highgate Festival 2019!

As The Jazz Mann wrote “the Quintet is not into artful or ironic post-modern de-construction. Instead Crosland’s love of his source material shines through loud and clear.”  Crosland’s rich palette contains up-tempo swing, Latin tinged balladry, jazz waltz and modern New Orleans feel, which he uses to enhance, but not swamp, the rich, melodic content of Ray Davies’s classic material.

“...with this sharp, cogent collection, a dedicated follower of Ray Davies has made him a well-respected jazz composer too” – The Times

The finale of this season of Jazz in the House is Ben Crosland Quintet plays the Ray Davies Songbook, featuring Brandon Allen, Chris Allard, Steve Lodder and Sebastian de Krom. Doors open at 8pm and the concert begins at 8.30pm. The bar will be open from late afternoon for drinks and snacks.