Jazz In The Round

With Jez Nelson From Somethin Else On Jazz FM

Mon 30 May 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.





SKINT with Jamie Benzies, Phil Meadows & Harry Pope

Femi Temowo


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 





Featuring Brigitte Beraha (voice), Noel Langley (trumpet/flugelhorn), Chris Laurence (bass), Martin France (drums) and Geoff Eales (Piano)

Transience is the latest incarnation from one of the UK’s most versatile and unclassifiable pianists, composers and improvisers.
Eales stubbornly refuses to be pigeon-holed, always relishing the opportunity to work in an array of contrasting musical contexts.

Here he is joined by four masters of the contemporary jazz scene as he reflects on the fragility and impermanence of life in words and music.
Transience is also the name of his new album released on Fuzzy Moon Records on April 1. It is dedicated to the memories of three people: his Mother Valerie, and two legends of contemporary improvised music: trumpeter/flugelhorn player/composer Kenny Wheeler and pianist/composer John Taylor.

Transience, his thirteenth CD, is the first to feature a voice in the line-up.
Beraha was carefully selected for her exceptional skills as both a wordless improviser and a wonderful interpreter of lyrics. Like the great Norma Winstone, she has the knack of using her voice like an instrument that blends perfectly within the ensemble rather than dominating it. Indeed, the melding of Beraha’s voice with Langley’s flugelhorn is one of the defining features of the album.

This performance is the last date in Eales’ 23-date UK Arts Council-supported tour to promote and celebrate the new album.

“Quiet drama with an exquisite touch” 4 Stars (The Observer)

“Whichever context, configuration or style he’s playing we’ve come to expect something special from Geoff Eales and this is no exception” 4 Star (Jazz Mann)



 SKINT are a new powerhouse trio bringing you their take on dance music from across the globe. Expect heavy beats, big riffs and fiery improvisation coming from three of London’s finest young musicians.
Phil Meadows – Saxophones, Keys, Electronics, Jamie Benzies – Bass, Electronics, Harry Pope – Drums, Electronics

FEMI TEMOWO is a MOBO Award nominated musician whose slick and melodic guitar sound has earned him a place beside many great musicians and artists from across many genres, having played with the likes of – George Benson, Courtney Pine, The Roots, Omar, Roachford, Amy Winehouse, Jason Rebello, Eska Mtungwazi, Soweto Kinch, Terri Walker, Jean Toussaint, Don Blackman, Michal Urbaniak and many more.

Femi’s latest project Orin Meta, sees him in a Quartet / Quintet setting where he is currently expanding on some of the ideas he started on his debut album but in a smaller group setting, experimenting with Nigerian folk sounds and jazz song form.


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