Jazz In The Round

With Jez Nelson From Somethin Else On Jazz FM

Mon 27 Jun to Mon 25 Jul

Jazz In The Round

A Cockpit Production

Every last Monday of the month we gather the finest musicians we can find and throw them together in a barrier busting night with Jez Nelson from Somethin else on Jazz FM.



Stardust feat. Stan Sulzmann & Nikki IIles

Steve Noble

Vels Trio


Tickets £12 (free to Cockpit Supporters Of Sound)

DJ set in the bar with Jez Nelson & Chris Phillips from 7pm

Main acts on the stage at 8pm 




Saxophonist Stan Sulzmann and pianist Nikki Iles are iconic figures on the UK jazz scene composing and playing in their own distinctive contemporary styles.

But for all of the original cutting-edge music that these two outstanding instrumentalists have played it is the love of the Standard Jazz Repertoire that brings them together for their new album Stardust.


A veteran of the UK jazz scene, Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier and Gwilym Simcock, as well as a prolific output as bandleader.


A highly respected composer and arranger, his vibrant big band arrangements have excited and inspired people for the last 25 years, and in 2013 Stan was commissioned to write an original piece for the London Jazz Festival.

Highly in demand as a sideman, Stan has worked with a host of musicians, including: John Taylor, Jim Mullen, Nikki Iles, Mike Gibbs, Marc Copland, Allan Botchinksy, European Jazz Ensemble, Kit Downes, Michael Brecker and Gil Evans.


Over the last few years Nikki Iles has progressed into the front rank of British jazz musicians. 


. The first platform for her own composing was the group Emanon, led by trumpeter Richard Iles, which also included the guitarist Mike Walker and saxophonist Iain Dixon and they were all members of the Creative Jazz Orchestra, working with Vince Mendoza, Anthony Braxton, Mike Gibbs, Kenny Wheeler and Mark Anthony Turnage. Nikki also began playing with several London based bands including the Steve Arguelles group, Mick Hutton's Straight Face, Stan Sulzmann's Quartet and Tina May. 

In 1996, Nikki won the John Dankworth Special Award at the BT British Jazz Awards and that same year recorded a duo CD, Treasure Trove, with Stan Sulzmann. A year later, she recorded a duo CD with Tina May, Change of Sky, and a CD with Martin Speake, The Tan Tien. 

Playing highlights in the last couple of years have included The Julian Arguelles Octet, The Kenny Wheeler Big Band, Tony Coe and Tina May, “Renga” with Rufus Reid . The Anglo / Canadian Quartet with Martin Speake, Anthony Michelli and Duncan Hopkins., trio with Jeff Williams, The Stan Sulzmann Big Band, Joe Locke and Neil Pursey, Claire Martin and at the 2015 London Jazz Festival with Dave Holland in the tribute to Kenny Wheeler.



Steve Noble is London's leading drummer, a fearless and constantly inventive improviser whose super-precise, ultra-propulsive and hyper-detailed playing has galvanized encounters with Derek Bailey, Matthew Shipp, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith,Evan Parker,Thurston Moore.Ikue Mori Stephen O'Malley, Joe McPhee, Alex Ward, Rhodri Davies and many, many more.


In the early eighties, Noble played with the Nigerian master drummer Elkan Ogunde, Rip Rig and Panic, Brion Gysin and the Bow Gamelan Ensemble, before going on to work with the pianist Alex Maguire and with Derek Bailey (including Company Weeks 1987, 89 and 90). He was featured in the Bailey's excellent TV series on Improvisation for Channel 4 based on his book ‘Improvisation; its nature and practise’. He has toured and performed throughout Europe, Africa and America and currently leads the groups N.E.W (with John Edwards and Alex Ward) and DECOY (with John Edwards and Alexander Hawkins).

Vels Trio are an instrumental band from the shores of Brighton, fusing their love and respect for jazz with an eclectic mix of musical genres. 


Channelling ingrained deep grooves, progressive soundscapes and contemporary hip hop productions - Vels Trio synthesise their mutual loves to challenge the psyche of not only the seasoned Jazz lover, but hyperactively engaging the ever-growing ‘generation now’ of curious, broadminded and savvy music lovers.


Cameron Dawson - Bass, Dougal Taylor - Drums, Jack Stephenson-Oliver - Keys





Ant Law


PLus more to be confirmed


Described as “An Innovator" by The Guardian, Guitarist Ant Law was a scholar at Edinburgh University and Berklee College of Music. He now lives in London and works extensively with his own quintet, as well as (Grammy-winner and Chick Corea sideman) Tim Garland's “Lighthouse" (along with Jason Rebello and Asaf Sirkis), and with saxophonist/composer Paul Riley and Trio HLK.
2014 saw Ant's quintet complete a long tour and head straight into the studio, tracking Zero Sum World for Michael Janisch's prestigious Whirlwind Recordings label. ZSW was released on February 16th 2015 to another sold out Pizza Express (this time a 2-night stand) and another tour followed.

"Along the way we hear post-M-Base-ish metric twists, a funky revamp of a South Indian cyclical rhythmic etude as well as more ambient , jangly folk-rock guitar moments..." Jazzwise Magazine
"Getting more and more out of this music every time I hear it." The Jazz Breakfast
Seed are a ten-piece band led by alto saxophonist and composer Cassie Kinoshi, SEED presents a stellar line-up featuring some of London’s most up-and-coming young jazz musicians. Combining jazz with inner-city London, West African and Caribbean influenced groove, SEED explores a blend of genres through both original music and arrangements.


Each month we are lucky enough to have Steven Cropper with us to take photographs and capture the music magic that happens here. 
Catch up on, or re-live a back catalogue of Jazz In The Round events on his photography blog site Transient Life  where you can marvel at his moment capturing images and read his detailed summary of each show.  


Empirical had helped the hiss get going, to allow me start to fully savour the prospect of this gig, at their remarkable week long, pop-up jazz lounge in Old Street tube, .... an improvising jazz quartet playing three hour-long sets a day, in an abandoned retail unit, as City workers and gooraging for fast food at lunchtime, whoa, what’s occurring here?This is great. As in the tube station, so at The Cockpit, the stand-out track on first hearing it live is the song, Lethe, the mythical river of forgetfulness, brought to vivid life in Keats imagination, and still fresh in my memory after the passage of 43 years from O level English Lit.

My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains
One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk.

Utterly beautiful.

Ignorance can be bliss: coming to jazz via rock and pop, classical and dance music, I must confess that I’d never before heard of our solo artiste tonight, Django Bates. However, I found his surreal mix of sung-spoken poetry, piano and brass thing – I’m still not sure what that was - to be enchanting and lovely.








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“Jazz in the UK is growing: Free music, electronica, more mainstream things, dance music and big bands. excellent players coming out of colleges and great things rising up from underground scenes. Plus we're still lucky to be able to hear great legends of UK jazz who started out in the 60's as well as new artists just finding their feet. We want to mix all of this.” Jez Nelson


Every month our artist in residence Gina Southgate paints the action as it happens.

You can see her work on display in our foyer, view it on her website, and watch her at it live on the night.


Later 2015 lineup TBC includes:

Iain Ballamy, Steve Williamson, Sam Eagles Qt, Ashley Henry trio, Nick Smart, Moss Freed's Let's Spin, Marc Cary Focus Trio, Rob Luft band


Keep your jazz juices flowing with this video from the first ever JAZZ IN THE ROUND.

For The Cockpit, Jazz In The Round has reinvented an iconic event.
Forty years ago Humprey Burton broadcast T. Rex, among others, from the iconic seventies theatre off Marylebone’s Lisson Grove as part of the London Weekend Television Music In The Round series (Video p.1 - Video p.2). 

For those that were at the Phronesis recording a while back , you may see yourself here in this delightful trailer


Jez Nelson, everyone at The Cockpit, Sean Corby, Chris Phillips, everyone at Somethin Else and Richard Wyatt wish to thank all of  you for joining is in completing a 3rd year of JAZZ IN THE ROUND.




BOOKING TICKETS: For tickets call The Cockpit box office on: 020 7258 2925 (lines open 10.30am-6pm, Mon to Sat), or click the link. Please have your credit or debit card details handy when you call. We do not charge booking fees either online or over the phone. We do not post out tickets. Once you have booked and paid, you can collect your tickets on the night, on the door. Please arrive in good time - and bring proof of concessionary status if applicable, a note of your online booking reference number (or a print-out of your confirmation) or the card you paid with if you booked over the phone. Box Office for ticket collection and purchase closes at 9pm sharp. For artist submissions, email Alex at alex_j_watson@hotmail.co.uk