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.
NEXT GIG: MONDAY 27TH JUNE 2016
Stardust feat. Stan Sulzmann & Nikki IIles
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
MONDAY 25TH JULY 2016
PLus more to be confirmed
29th February: EMPIRICAL, DJANGO BATES, EVAN PARKER, ORPHY ROBINSON, ALEXANDER HAWKINS, LAURA JURD
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.
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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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.