Elmbridge Jazz – Gigs at Imber Court Sports & Leisure Centre East Molesey / Esher Surrey
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 March To August 2018
When: Approximately Monthly
Where: Imber Court Sports Club & Leisure Centre
8.30pm – 11pm
Price: See Programme.
Phone 01932 845 174.
Please mention the All About Weybridge website
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 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.
Friday 11th May 2018
It is with great pleasure that we welcome back Mark Bassey, trombonist, composer and arranger.
He 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.
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 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 July 2018
His second visit to Imber Court, we’re delighted to present Mark Crooks, tenor saxophone and clarinet.
Mark has studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music, having won the Young Jazz Player of the Year competition in 1991. Equally at home in classical and West End shows, Mark’s preferred genre is jazz, appearing in festivals and prestigious clubs here and overseas. Again Mark 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.
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.
Large Car Park / Bar / Raffle
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!