Wednesday Nights @ Mill Hill Jazz Club from 8.30pm
The Mill Hill Jazz Club is run by Valerie O’Doherty and has been running successfully for many years as one of the best value clubs around. Each week we feature a host of top class jazzmen and women ranging from established international stars through to newly discovered and rapidly developing fresh young talent.
Meeting every Wednesday in the clubhouse of the Mill Hill Golf Club our admission price is one of the lowest around.
One of Italy's greatest exports (after spaghetti and chianti) Marco is simply one of the finest Jazz pianists you could hope to hear. His distinctive style and intense relationship with his music draws you in to his unique creativity and mesmerising talent.
Sophisticated, classy and atmospheric - a joy to listen to.
With accompanists Shane Allessio on bass and Jason Reeves on drums.
Anita Wardell's singing is exciting and breathtaking. She is noted for her mesmerizing and captivating vocal improvisations and vocalese lyrics to instrumental solos. Anita is a musician who uses the voice as her instrument, displaying precision and agility, mixed with heartfelt emotion.
Singer Norma Winstone praised her “unexpected vulnerability, which makes her reading of the ballads both beautiful and touching”.
Bebop pioneer, Mark Murphy, proclaimed Anita, "a gift from Australia", adding “What hits me, is how expressive her ballad singing is. Then she has the courage to scat a ballad or two, not unlike a young lady disciple of the Ben Webster school.”
If you haven't been to one of our last Wednesday of every month Jam Nights then you have deprived yourself of a truly great evening out. Our House band provides open stage professional backing for Jazz players, singers and performers to get up and lay down some licks and chops for us to enjoy.
We can never predict who'll turn up but you can be sure that any musician with no booked gigs will make their way to Mill Hill for the chance to make their own mark. We have folks ranging from household names (Persil, Daz, Fairy Liquid and Domestos to name just a few) to talented amateurs pitching up to entertain us.
With the cheapest possible entry fee and nothing to watch on the telly tonight come to the MHJC.
Geoff Mason has built a considerable reputation as a fine exponent of Blue Note era jazz, when Horace Silver, Kenny Dorham and Randy Weston were writing some of the best jazz themes ever. His band has made appearances at the Ealing Jazz Festival and has a regular spot at The Bull's Head, Barnes. He has also played with numerous big and small bands and has featured on several BBC sessions.
His quartet includes Alan Berry on keyboards, Val Manix on bass and Trevor Tomkins on drums.
Vas formed his first Quartet in 2005 and gradually established himself as one of London’s up and coming jazz saxophonists. As a jazz musician he has worked with some of the best musicians in the British jazz scene, such as Jim Mullen, Steve Waterman, Alan Barnes, Derek Nash, Bruce Adams, Martin Shaw, Nigel Price, Ray Gelato and many others. On an international level, he has appeared with a variety of top performers such as sensational pianists Hiromi, and Jason Lindner.
Vas has just launched his new CD "Loud City" and your music collection is incomplete without it.
Watch this space for a future booking,
Esta B Daley is a solo performer, songwriter and band leader in her own right with a love for singing anything from pop, soul to jazz music. Based in Watford she has enjoyed the privilege of working with some of the UK's major figures including Jim Mullen, Karen Sharp, Jim Richardson and Mike Searle. Esta performs Swing, Jazz, Blues, Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova, Samba and power ballads with a few jazzy Classic Soul songs thrown in for good measure.
One of MHJC's most reliable supporters Esta frequently graces our stage on our Jam Nights and wows us with her dulcet tone and stunning good looks.
Joining Esta tonight are Paulo Losi on keys, Karen Sharp on sax and Sophie Alloway on drums.
Once again it's time for our monthly open stage for Jazz singers and players to Jam along with our house band:
Paulo Losi - keyboards
Mike Paxton - drums
Steve Picking - bass
all organised and presented by Val - who will treat us all to her own vocals.