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PIZZA EXPRESS, SOHO … NOVEMBER 4th & 5th  2017

October 1st

Tickets for my November 4th show at Pizza Express Dean Street, Soho have nearly SOLD OUT a month in advance!! Thanks for your support. These will be great shows. Tickets are still available for Sunday 5th. Buy them now here

RAY CHARLES PROJECT at the RIBBLE VALLEY JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL – MAY 1st 2017

23rd March

The 11-piece comes to The Grand in Clitheroe on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, so you can bring the whole family this time!!
This is the first appearance in the North West since Manchester Jazz Festival 2016, so we’re expecting a cracker. The line up is A-list, with the top Manchester musicians. The ‘Jaelettes’ are led by the wonderful Zoe Kyoti, Rosie Douglas and Clare Morel. Guitar legend Mike Walker is the special guest. We’ll be doing the full Ray Charles repertoire…Book your tickets now at the website .

LLANDUDNO JAZZ  FESTIVAL – JULY 30th 2017

24th April

Sunday evening gig by the seaside. A great Jazz Festival worth checking out all day.  I’ll be on around 8pm.  I’ll be on the Fringe stage with my trio. You know what, I think I might book a hotel too.

BOKAN, 39th FLOOR ROOF TERRACE, NOVOTEL CANARY WHARF London – April 9th

24th April 2017

Once a month on a Sunday, I will be doing a Jazz quartet gig in a cocktail bar on the 39th Floor roof terrace of the Novotel in Canary Wharf! What more can I say. Dust off last years sunnies, come down and get cocktailed up with me !! Featuring Pat Illingworth (drums), Tom Mason (bass) and Josh Arcoleo (sax)

THE A-TRANE JAZZ CLUB – BERLIN – June 8th, 9th, 10th 2017

6th April 2017

I’m pleased to announce my first triple header at The A-Trane Jazz Club Jazz Club. This is usually an annual Winter visit, so I’m delighted we’re now doing it in the Summer too. I play with legendary German drummer Michael Kersting (Jaco Pastorius, Chet Baker, Trilok Gurtu), bassist Thomas Heidepriem and a guest saxophonist. Currently return flights from Manchester or London are pretty cheap so come for the weekend. Check out the club at their website here

NEW PHOTOS FROM THE BOISDALE “EVENING WITH WHOOPI GOLDBERG”

23rd March

I was delighted to entertain the illustrious audience at Canary Wharf for the Evening with Whoopi Goldberg. I had a superb band out that night, including Ian Thomas on drums, Jim Hunt on Sax.. the place went nuts and I got some decent photos out of it!

THE A-TRANE JAZZ CLUB – BERLIN – Jan 13th/14th 2017

14th October

I’m pleased to announce my double dates in Germany at The A-Trane Jazz Club. This is an annual visit, and whilst the shows generally sell out, they are being increasingly attended my my UK followers too, which makes for a great atmosphere. I play with legendary German drummer Michael Kersting (Jaco Pastorius, Chet Baker, Trilok Gurtu), bassist Thomas Stieger and a guest saxophonist. Cureently return flightds from Manchester are £34 (about the same as a single train ticket to London) and £39 buys you a return flight from London to Berlin. Do it! Check out the club at their website here

MANCHESTER JAZZ FESTIVAL REVIEW – Manchester Evening News

14th October

It’s taken me months to put this up, but I was really pleased with our Manchester Jazz Festival 17-piece Ray Charles gig at the end of July. It’s worth a read so follow this link

NEW YEARS EVE IN THE LAKES

14th October 2016

The Gilpin Lodge is one of the UK’s premier boutique hotels. Situated in Bowness, Windermere, they were featured on a BBC 2 series whilst searching for a chef who would propel them to Michelin Star fame. I’ve just heard they have gained that Michelin star last week, so congratulations to Barney and the team.. I’ve played  (and stayed) there many times and I can vouch for the fact its a remarkable hotel. I play on NYE with Richard Hammond on bass. It will be quite a night, with great music following your 8 course dinner.. There’s a NYE accommodation package. Check out the website here 

THE CINNAMON CLUB RESIDENCY – Dec 2nd 2016

27th September

My favourite residency gig comes around again on Friday December 2nd. Always an exciting gig with a special guest, and some new material. This month’s guest is Kyran Matthews, a phenomenal young saxophonist and my usual top notch house rhythm section. Book early on 0161 926 8992 or get more information on their website

SYMPOSIUM, Wilmslow, Cheshire. Wednesday evenings. Fortnightly

19th September 2016
This is a new cocktail bar opening in Wilmslow, Cheshire. I will be resident there playing as a duo on Wednesday nights until the New Year and a Saturday 5-piece gig on December 10th.

MATT & PHREDS JAZZ CLUB, Manchester. Saturday afternoons. Monthly

19th September 2016
I’m starting a series of 1 hr solo slots at Matt & Phreds Jazz Club in the “Northern Quarter” of Manchester. 5 – 6pm. Happy hour with 2 4 1 cocktails, and cheap and wonderful pizzas. We did the first one last Saturday and I was taken aback by how many people attended. The tables were all full, and it was a real listening gig. The next gig is on 15th October, then November 12th. Check out the club here

THE DEN, 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London – October 8th

20th September 2016
I’ve been asked to become a regular artist at a new underground “speakeasy-style” cocktail bar in Soho, London. I do the first gig on 8th October,. and perhaps 3 more in November. Watch this space. Check out The Den, Wardour Street here

PIZZA EXPRESS JAZZ CLUB, Soho, London – Saturday & Sunday 11th, 12th June 2016

17th March 2016

I’m delighted to be playing at Pizza Express Jazz Club again after a storming sell out gig 18 months ago. This time we’re on at the weekend which is great.. Saturday and Sunday. I’ve invited my Berliner drummer friend Michael Kersting to reproduce the atmosphere of the wonderful gigs we served up in January at the A-Trane Jazz Club. Also on the line up is Andrew Ross (sax), Mike Outram (guitar) and Dan Drury (bass). Collectively the band members have collaborated with Jaco Pastorius, Chet Baker, Chaka Khan, Sister Sledge, Incognito, Madness, Trilok Gurtu, Liam Gallagher, Michael Buble & Matt Bianco!!

Read the full review of my last gig at the club….

Headlining MANCHESTER JAZZ FESTIVAL 2016!

20th May 2016

Well, 7 yrs after launching the 12-piece Ray Charles Project at Manchester Jazz Festival 2009, we’ve come full circle and are bring our 17-piece big band with us. The gig is at the main Festival Pavilion in Albert Square and we will be supported by the wonderful Alexander Bone and his Jam Experiment, Alexander then joins us for the main course. Mike Outram comes up from London to feature on guitar and we have a cracking line up.

Buy your ‘early bird’ tickets here for £14 instead of £16. This will no doubt sell out.

RAY CHARLES PROJECT BIG BAND @ THE APEX THEATRE, BURY ST EDMUNDS

17th March 2016
On 6th September, we take our show to a beautiful theatre called the Apex in Bury St Edmunds. It will be our first big theatre gig since Cadogan Hall last May 2015. More info to follow. Buy your tickets here

THE CINNAMON CLUB RESIDENCY GIG, Cheshire  – Thursday 23rd June 2016

17th March 2016

The wonderful Cinnamon Club jazz night returns, and this season I’ve had some wonderful guests along. On 23rd June, I welcome Dean Masser, a powerful tenor sax player and a strong character to boot! It will be an entertaining night..  To book tickets, click here

NEW YEARS EVE IN THE LAKES

25th Nov 2015

The Gilpin Lodge is one of the UK’s premier boutique hotels. Situated in Bowness, Windermere, they were featured on a BBC 2 series whilst searching for a chef who would propel them to Michelin Star fame. I’ve played  and stayed there many times and I can vouch for the fact its a remarkable hotel. I play on NYE with Richard Hammond on bass. It will be quite a night, with great music following your 8 course dinner.

 

*Last call*  SUPPER CLUB AT THE COAST BAR, TARPORLEY!  Dec 17th

Wed 25th Nov 2015

The Coast Bar are a relatively new venue in the heart of Cheshire with big ideas for the live music and dining experience. On the strength of the last gig there in August I’m really looking forward to this trio gig with Tim France on sax and Luke Flowers on drums. I love the whole Supper Club format. Be quick.. it’s coming up very soon. December 17th. This will sell out very soon.
Book your table here

New!!  —  PRUDENTIAL BLUESFEST 2015

Mon 21st Sept 2015

My Ray Charles Project will perform at the massive Bluesfest Event at the O2 Arena on Sunday Nov 8th in the afternoon. The show will be at The Brooklyn Bowl alongside blues greats such as Georgie Fame, Paul Jones & Dr Feelgood. The event is free. For more details on the Bluesfest, go to their website

RAY CHARLES’ BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT THE JAZZ CAFE, CAMDEN!

Sat 26th Sept 2015

To celebrate what would have been Ray Charles’ 85th birthday, my 11-piece Ray Charles Project has been booked to play at the funky Jazz Cafe in Camden on Sat 26th September. I have a cracking line up on this, and am expecting it to be a knockout! And a sell out. Tickets are £20 in advance but £25 on the door, so book early. Capacity is only 350. There are still some tables available on the balcony level. Book here

NEW PROMO VIDEOS!!

Thurs 8th Oct 2015

Wanna watch a new 2 min promo video of my gig at Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho earlier this year?  Click here
Watch out, my Cadogan Hall video is coming very soon, and it’s a blinder!

“CLUB 43” JAZZ CLUB AT THE RADISSON EDWARDIAN HOTEL … **SOLD OUT**
Sun 27th Sept 2015
This is a great supper club evening held at Club 43 inside the Radisson Edwardian Hotel in Manchester City Centre. They have many regulars of their own that attend all the gigs so it always sells out weeks ahead. I’ve done the gig 3 times before with my quartet, including my album launch. Book your table here

LLANDUDNO JAZZ FESTIVAL FRINGE

Sun July 26th
I’m playing a couple of sets at the Llandudno Jazz Festival fringe. It’s always nice to be beside the seaside. I play with the house band, so it’ll be unrehearsed, which should make it interesting. Come and join us. Check out the festival fringe website

RAY CHARLES PROJECT – My 17-piece Big Band makes its London Debut !!

Feb 18th 2015
On Saturday May 9th 2015, my 17-piece Ray Charles Big Band comes to London for the first time. And what a venue… Cadogan Hall, the 900 capacity home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Sloane Square. This will be a special Saturday night, where we play in a double bill alongside Liz Fletcher’s tribute to Nina Simone. Book your tickets here

PIZZA EXPRESS – REVIEW!

8th Jan 2015
What a night at Pizza Express, Dean St, Soho on January 8th! A show that sold out 2 months before the gig. Follow this link for a wonderful review by Kai Hoffman for London Jazz News

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH – 19TH OCTOBER

19th Oct 2014
I had a great mention in the Sunday Telegraph recently from their regular columnist Bryony GordonClick here to read it.

NUMBER 1 SINGLE!

March 4th, 2014

LONDON JAZZ NEWS ARTICLE

February 3rd, 2014
I was asked to write an article for “London Jazz News” about my Desert Island Discs experience and I was really pleased with the piece, which was published last week. Read it here at  http://www.londonjazznews.com/2014/03/jeremy-sassoon-how-things-we-handed.html

RADIO 2 – GOOD MORNING SUNDAY

February 3rd, 2014

My recording of the song “The things we’ve handed down” was played on Clare Balding’s Sunday morning show on Radio 2. This is getting good!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b042b381