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Here is a news update about our forthcoming guest artists, we continue to engage the best of British jazz performers and are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to present them to you along with a variety of pianists, very often the delightful Hilary Cameron but also others who are named below as appropriate.

Thursdays (doors open at 7.30, performances are from 8 o'clock until 11)

23rd February: Frank Griffith – saxophones & clarinet. Having been born in the USA, where he has worked with, among others, the Glenn Miller, Mel Torme, Mel Lewis and Buddy Rich Orchestras, Frank has been in the UK for 20 years. A musician of immense talent & versatility, Frank also has a delightfully informative and amusing approach to delivering programmes that engage and entertain; it is a great pleasure to welcome him back after an over-long absence.

2nd March: Karen Lane – vocals. We offer a welcome return for this extremely versatile and accomplished vocalist with a wide-ranging repertoire, who always delights our audiences at Googlies with singing of the highest calibre and an enchanting manner.

9th March: Simon Spillett – saxophones. The British Jazz Awards for 2016 have just been announced and this remarkably talented saxophonist has deservedly received the award for 'Services to Jazz'. Simon's playing is, at once, dynamic, creative & thoughtful and his performances never fail to enthral. Assisting us in accompanying Simon will be his long time pianist, the legendary John Critchinson.

16th March: Terry Smith – guitar. With a level of versatility that astonishes and a technique to match Terry invariably produces performances that appeal to everyone present. Over the years Terry has received as many jazz awards as anyone and we are confident that you share our enthusiasm for this return visit.

23rd March: Karen Sharp – saxophones. Karen is another award winner in the 2016 Jazz Awards. Karen’s subtle and tasteful inventiveness together with a superb tone combine to demonstrate just why there is such demand for her work from bandleaders such as Alan Barnes and from audiences around the country. All of which add up to a compelling reason to attend.

30th March: Adam Glasser – harmonica. It has been rather too long since Adam last visited Googlies, which is something we are very happy to remedy now. There are not many exponents of jazz harmonica and very, very few indeed in Adam's class, his style and repertoire cover an enormous range and his refreshing approach gives his performances a quality that is rare.

6th April: UPDATED! Georgia Mancio – vocals. Due to an alteration to her touring schedule, Georgina Jackson is unable to appear on 6th April. We have however, been able to engage the wonderful vocalist, Georgia Mancio. We are delighted to present Georgia, who has been able to fit us in between headlining at Ronnie Scott's on 3rd April and touring in Germany later in month, and I very much hope that you will give her the support that she deserves.

13th April: Simon Allen – saxophones. Simon studied saxophone at the Royal Academy, after beginning his career with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Pendulum Jazz Orchestra, performing alongside the likes of Jazz Stars Art Themen, Gerard Presencer and Peter King. More recently Simon has been integral to both the Clark Tracey Quintet and the Stan Tracy Quartet. At the time of his first visit Simon was one of our youngest guests and he immediately established himself as a firm favourite with the audience and house band. His enthusiasm for playing allied to a great technique and marvellous improvisational skills, enable Simon to produce jazz of the highest quality.

20th April: Nat Steele – vibes. A marvellous exponent of his fascinating instrument, Nat has, in previous visits, held the audience spellbound with his combination of superb technique and ability to swing like the proverbial clappers.

27th April: Allison Neale – alto sax & flute. Jazz saxophonist and flautist Allison Neale was born in Seattle, USA, and raised in Northamptonshire. Allison started playing by ear at an early age, assimilating the stylistic approach of many players, but above all Paul Desmond and Art Pepper, with whom she still has a particular affinity. Allison spent her formative years playing alto in the Midland Youth Jazz orchestra where she had the opportunity to perform with many leading international artists. Holding the flute chair in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra between 1996 and 1998 propelled her development and in no time at Allison was a well sort after musician. An extremely melodic & lyrical approach to jazz gives Allison a wide appeal and we welcome her return to Googlies.

On the second Sunday of each of the Months of March & April we shall be presenting a big band event that will run between 3 pm & 5.30. Please visit the Big Band Sundays page for more details.

Entrance for all events unless marked * is 7.00 for Members and 10.00 for visitors.

There is a 50% reduction for students at all events.

Reservations are essential for people wishing to have supper at Googlies and in order to help us give the best service that we can to all attending preferable for attending at all events. Please remember to book by e-mail at googliesjazz@btinternet.com or by telephone on 020 8350 3541.

J.J.

 

 

Our venue is at Botany Bay Cricket Club, East Lodge Lane, Enfield EN2 8AS
For Reservations - Tel : 020 8350 3541 or Email : googliesjazz@btopenworld.com