Elmbridge Jazz Clubs – Gigs at Imber Court Sports & Leisure Centre East Molesey / Esher Surrey
Elmbridge Jazz Clubs – Jazz at Imber Court
The venue for this Jazz Club is Imber Court, East Molesey Surrey. They have a large car park and a reasonably priced club bar.
We offer relaxing jazz in a friendly atmosphere and new-comers are always welcome.
Gigs For August To November 2018
When: Approximately Monthly
Where: Imber Court Sports Club & Leisure Centre
8.30pm – 11pm, except for except for the big band concert on 16th November, which starts at 8 pm.
Price: See Programme.
Phone 01932 845 174.
Please mention the All About Weybridge website
Tuesday 7th August 2018
We push the walls back for the Stan Reynolds Big Band,
Another opportunity to hear 17 musicians playing great arrangements from Count Basie, Duke Ellington and many more from that era. Join us for an invigorating, foot-tapping evening starting at 8.30 pm, entrance £12, raffle – and a warm welcome.
Friday 24th August 2018
We welcome back Jimmy Hastings on saxophones and flute
Jimmy’s varied career has included world tours as a ship’s musician, the BBC Big Band, small jazz groups, West End musicals, accompanist to visiting US artistes, TV sessions. Always keen to encourage aspiring young musicians, he has held several senior roles in jazz education. Jimmy is backed by the exciting John Horler on keyboard, long-term pianist for John Dankworth and popular accompanist for the cream of UK and visiting artistes; superb bass player Paul Morgan and London based drummer and professor Trevor Tomkins. A strong quartet, expect to hear some of the lesser known tunes as well as some favourites. From 8.30 pm, entrance £13, raffle, friendly atmosphere.
Friday 14th September 2018
We are privileged to present trumpet and flugelhorn player Henry Lowther backed by the superb rhythm section of John Pearce (keyboard), Dave Green (double bass) and Steve Brown (drums).
Members of the trio are much in demand to accompany visiting international jazz artistes and are well known on the UK and overseas circuits. Henry was playing cornet at the age of five, violin with the Leicester Symphony Orchestra at age 14 then switched to jazz and the trumpet after hearing a Sonny Rollins track. He was soon appearing at Ronnie Scott’s with Tubby Hayes, and since then has played with all the jazz greats. Currently runs two bands, one of which includes Dave Green. Expect some exciting – and sensitive – tunes played brilliantly. This treat starts at 8.30 pm, entrance £13, raffle and a friendly atmosphere.
Friday 19th October 2018
The Clark-Duncan Sextet
In past years supporters of Jazz at Imber Court will remember it was a tight quintet playing the music of Benny Golson, John Coltrane, Kenny Wheeler and other great names from the Blue Note legacy. It has now morphed into a sextet: co-leaders Trevor Clark (double bass) and Peter Duncan (digital piano) with Denis Smith on drums, Georgina Owen (soprano, alto and tenor saxophones), Stuart Ashton (clarinet and tenor) and at short notice the wonderful Henry Lowther steps in on trumpet and flugelhorn. Entrance £12.
Friday 9th November 2018
Jazz at Imber Court is proud to offer you a stellar line-up.
Mark Nightingale started at London’s Trinity College of Music, served his ‘apprenticeship’ with NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra), is greatly in demand for studio session work and TV appearances and has rightly become known as one of the top-flight jazz trombonists worldwide, recording and playing with a wide range of artistes from Frank Sinatra to Steely Dan. He runs his own bands, composes and arranges, and is passionate about educating young players. As if that weren’t enough, we have John Horler on keyboard, who has been with Mark in John Dankworth’s band for many years, Andrew Cleyndert on double bass and Steve Brown on drums, all of whom are constantly in demand to accompany top musicians. Starts at 8.30 pm, entrance £14, raffle and a warm welcome.
Friday 16th November 2018
This is going to be a Special Big Band Night – ‘Remembering Stan Reynolds’.
Stan passed away in April of this year and tonight, with his family, friends and fellow musicians, Stan’s band will lift the roof off! We shall be hearing all the great arrangements that this band has under its belt (Basie, Ellington and the like) and no doubt there will be some extra surprises. Please note, we shall be starting at 8 pm. Entrance £12, hopefully we’ll have time to run the usual raffle –and we can expect a great atmosphere.
Large Car Park / Bar / Raffle
Friday 16th March 2018
We have the Stuart Henderson/Mike Wills Quintet, comprising Mike playing lyrically on a variety of reed instruments and Stuart on trumpet and flugelhorn.
Stuart spent over 20 years playing in Her Majesty’s Household Division at State occasions worldwide and has now moved very successfully into the jazz scene. The immaculate bass playing of Dave Green and tasteful drumming of Derek Gayle complete this highly enjoyable quintet.
Friday 15th June 2018
Alan Barnes, David Newton and Dave Green
Alan Barnes is well known and respected for his mastery of the saxophone family and for his rapport with audiences, always much in demand at festivals here and abroad, and he makes a very welcome return visit to Imber Court.
We are also very fortunate in having, on keyboard, the incomparable David Newton, 13 times winner of the Best Jazz Pianist award, and the immaculate Dave Green on double bass. One of the classiest trios you could ever hope to see – 8.30 pm, entrance £13, raffle.
Friday 20th April 2018
It is with great pleasure that we welcome back the Al Nicholls Quartet.
Tenor saxophonist Al, with his smooth playing and excellent choice of tunes, is joined by the highly accomplished John Pearce on keyboard, virtuoso bass player Paul Morgan and John Sergeant on drums. Beautiful jazz, easy to listen to.
Tuesday 5th June 2018
We’re delighted to present for the first time at Imber Court the Dave Marrion Big Band under the direction of Arnie Bibby.
You will hear the classic big band numbers made famous by Count Basie and Sammy Nestico for example, played joyfully by 17 fine musicians, including the legendary Ronnie Hughes featured in the trumpet section. (You may have seen Ronnie and pianist Jack Honeyborne playing in that wonderfully amusing film ‘The Quartet’.) Our exciting evening starts at 8.30 pm, entrance £12, raffle.
Friday 11th May 2018
It is with great pleasure that we welcome back Mark Bassey, trombonist, composer and arranger.
(Photo above by RyanMarshall).
Mark has played with, among many others, Alan Barnes, Nikki Iles, the BBC Big Band and at Ronnie Scott’s with Lianne Carroll. Mark has also been involved with jazz education for over 25 years, teaching a variety of instruments, harmony, improvisation, composition and arranging at various establishments including the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music.
Tonight he is joined by Malcolm Cliff (keyboard), Val Manix (double bass) and John Sergeant (drums). Easy listening jazz in a friendly atmosphere, starts at 8.30 pm, entrance £12, raffle.
Friday 20th July 2018
We’re pleased to welcome back Martin Shaw, trumpet and flugelhorn.
Martin spent three years with NYJO followed by another three at the Royal Academy of Music in London and in 1989 was invited to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Martin Shaw has played with big bands including John Wilson’s orchestra on TV, all the top UK artistes in jazz and pop, and is much in demand in recording studios. Tonight he is supported by the excellent musicianship of John Pearce (keyboard), with Dave Green on double bass and Matt Home on drums. Good, melodic jazz – 8.30 pm start, entrance £13, raffle and a friendly welcome!
Friday 19th January 2018
The Jim Mullen/Zoe Francis/Mick Hutton Trio.
Jim’s sensitive guitar accompaniment to Zoe’s soft singing with their regular bass player Mick providing support means that we shall be listening to some excellent arrangements.
Tuesday 6th February 2018
Tuesday is Big Band Night – this evening it’s the Willie Garnett Big Band.
We’ll have 16 swinging musicians playing arrangements from the 1940’s onwards by Thad Jones, Sammy Nestico, Charles Mingus and many more. An entertaining, foot-tapping evening,
Friday 16th February 2018
We welcome back fantastic keyboardist John Horler in the John & Dave Horler Quartet.
John (long-term pianist for the late John Dankworth) is joined by his brother on valve trombone, backed by bass player Tim Wells and drummer Trevor Tomkins. Dave, Tim and Trevor have all worked with the WDR Big Band in Cologne and with many top artistes in the USA, Europe and the UK. This promises to be a tight set!