Festival Lineup

Writtle Jazz Festival – Sunday 29th July!

(Tickets only available from the Civic Theatre and locally at The Rose and Crown, The Wheatsheaf, Robyn’s Nest, Barnet Fayre and Writtle Library until Thursday 26th July, priced at £15 for each day, after which you can only purchase them on each day at the Festival and they will be slightly more expensive at  £17.50 – cash only)

The lineup for Sunday 29th July is complete and it’s looking fantastic, commencing at 12.00 midday and finishing at 9.00pm!

Village Hall

1.00pm – Elliot Weight Trio

 

We see the return of the popular young pianist Elliott Weight with his own trio. Elliot is joined by London based musicians Adam Woodcock & Jaz Moses. Formed in 2017 this dynamic young trio draw on their experience of playing with many of the London elite to play the classic standards. They bring a refreshing and accomplished take on the songs we all know and love, allowing the music to flow freely.

Simply called “Standards (Vol 1)” this performance will promise an eclectic mix of swinging tunes, ballads, and even some Latin twists.

Both Adam and Jaz are studying jazz at the Trinity College of Music, in Greenwich. Adam is much in demand playing various styles with several different bands and teaches in London.

2.30pm – Melvin Beddow Big Band

 

The MBBB is a traditional big band line up with two vocalists. They play a wide range of authentic big band music including swing, jive, rock & roll, pop and jazz.

“The Melvin Beddow Big Band provided Writtle with a fantastic gig at the 2017 jazz festival. They were definitely one of the highlights of the day.”

4.00pm – Frank Weatherley Trio

The jazz trio led by Frank Weatherley will be performing music by Frank from a collection of compositions written over many years that form a diary of events and musical reflections on places visited in England, Scandinavia ant the European Continent. José Canha will be on double bass and Josh Law on drums. The three have developed their own fresh take on the compositions, with lyrical saxophone sound, punchy drumming and a rich double bass sound.

5.30pm – Dan Banks Quintet

 

Two In a Box is Dan’s debut album and introduces his quintet, featuring some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians: Roberto Manzin (tenor saxophone), Paul Higgs (trumpet), José Canha (double bass), and Joshua Law (drums).

The album consists of seven original compositions from Dan and is remindful of the classic Blue Note sound of Horace Silver, Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, while also containing a flavour of modernity reminiscent of the Kyle Eastwood Quintet and Christian McBride’s ‘Inside Straight’.

“in his debut as a leader, he shows mastery of the hardbop idiom as composer, soloist and bandleader…if this particular band plays near you, you should try to catch it; fans of the idiom won’t be disappointed.”—Mark Gilbert (Jazz Journal)

Marquee on the Village Green

12.00 Midday – Miss Rosie & The Moonshyne Runners

 

Celebrating the iconic divas of jazz, Miss Rosie assembled the Moonshyne Runners in 2016 with a mission to keep the rhythm swinging, fingers snapping, and feet dancing. This fast-rising vocalist and her band played in the Clore Ballroom of the Royal Festival Hall on just their third appearance. They’ve performed at Ronnie Scott’s, Toulouse Lautrec, The Hanwell Hootie and at jazz clubs and swing dance events all around London as they dip into the Great American Songbook with the music of Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day and more.

“Some of the finest swing & jazz classics with the smooth, sultry vocals from the glamorous Miss Rosie at the helm providing the icing on the cake!” – Claire ‘Voodoo Doll’ Austin, Curator, The Torch Club, Vintage NYE Party

1.00pm – Neil Angilly Trio

 

With what is already a well lived musician career, Neil has worked with many of the brightest in the industry, working as Musical Director for Vanessa – Mae (since 1997), performing with Maceo Parker, Roy Hargrove, Down to the Bone, ( Grammy Nominees ) Snowboy & the Latin Section, Lionel Richie & Lisa Stansfield, Three Friends amongst many others.

In 2007 the Neil Angilley Trio recorded their 1st album, ‘Havana
Club’ –

“ Neil Angilley has long been one the UK’s best-kept secrets in the Jazz world. The Neil Angilley Trio debut album – Havana Club is nothing short of spectacular, reminiscent, at times of the great works of Michel Camillo and Chick Corea, this brazillian-fusion trio album is world class and is a very fulfilling listen. I won’t highlight any particular title on the album as they’re all great, so, as I say: just take a moment to check it out. “ Blues & Soul Magazine.

Their most recent Trio recording is ‘Chango’ and is a tribute to the people of Yoruba. It is the music, spirit, culture and their God, Chango, that was the inspiration for making this album. Neil is joined by Davide Giovannini ( Paul McCarty, Steve Winwood ) on Drums/Vocal and Davide Mantovani ( Babba Maal, Jim Mullen, Andy Sheppard ) on Bass, special guest Snowboy joins the trio on Congas/Percussion.

The trio have worked regularly in the London Jazz scene and
across the U.K. In 2010 the trio were invited to perform at ‘ The
International Jazz Festival ‘ in Trieste, Italy. They have also
recently performed in France.

Neil co wrote and played on ‘The Sweetness’ with Down To The
Bone producer Stuart Wade. The single charted at no1 in May
2014 in the USA Billboard Charts for Jazz/Funk.
Neil has also appeared as a guest soloist on various albums
including ‘An Ordinary Day in an Unusual Place’ – US3, ‘Fuzzy
Logic’ – David Benoit (GRP) and ‘Crush’ – Richard Elliot (Verve) as well as appearing on the main stage at Glastonbury with Dame Shirley Bassey in 2008.

www.angilley.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/neilangilley

2.15pm – Noel McCalla/Derek Nask Band

 

The Noel McCalla/Derek Nash Band presents
Some Kinda Wonderful

Celebrating the genius of Stevie Wonder throughout his entire career, the mesmeric vocalist, Noel McCalla, and award-winning saxophonist, Derek Nash, have put together a band of top musicians to play a wide-ranging back-catalogue of classic hits, from 1970’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered through to hits from Talking Book, Innervisions, Songs in the Key of Life and Hotter than July. Playing hit after hit, from the dance floor classics I Wish and Superstition to beautiful arrangements of My Cherie Amour and Overjoyed, the set will also include compositions by Stevie that others have had massive hits with.

Noel McCalla’s long association with the brilliant Morrisey Mullen Band earned him acclaim as “one of Britain’s best Soul Singers” (Blues and Soul Magazine) and, for more than 19 years, Noel’s searing, soulful vocals were featured with the iconic Manfred Mann’s “Earth Band”. He also provided vocals on Mike Rutherford’s highly acclaimed album, Smallcreep’s Day, and is often featured with jazz funk band, Mezzoforte.

Derek Nash has played in Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004 and is also a member of the Ronnie Scotts Blues Explosion. He has won several British Jazz Awards throughout his career fronting Sax Appeal, his Acoustic Quartet and the funk band, Protect the Beat. Derek has performed live, on record and on television with Gregory Porter, Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Amy Winehouse and many, many more. At the forefront of the British jazz movement, Derek Nash is “one of the most versatile saxophonists in the UK today” (The Guardian)

3.30pm – Sarah O’Shea Band

 

Sarah is an accomplished vocalist with a varied career ranging from fronting ‘The Commitments’ touring show, gigging with her own solo show to roles in productions of Grease, Dirty Dancing, and Hannah Montana in venues worldwide.

Sarah has assembled an awesome live band and together they perform funky/soul/jazz from artists such as Carol King, Joni Mitchell, Prince, Eva Cassidy and many more.

Sarah is delighted to be performing at the Writtle Jazz Festival again this year.

4.45pm – The Old Jelly Rollers

 

WHO DAT? The Old Jelly Rollers are a musical collective who encompass the raucous, joyful spirit of the birthplace of jazz. They are bound to get your feet shuffling with their full 7 piece line up of some of London’s finest young musicians! The band is lead by up-and-coming songstress Louise Balkwill, named by multi-award winning singer Liane Carroll as a singer to listen out for. Come and move to the beat of the streets of New Orleans!

6.00pm – Sunchaser

 

Originally formed in 1996, Sunchaser was a collaboration between Neil Robinson and Sam Edwards to produce and record a track for the acclaimed JTI album ‘Scored one nil’.They recorded a funky upbeat version of the Sportsnight theme tune which became one of the favourite tracks of the album and was played on BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM on numerous occassions.

Neil at the time was the long serving drummer for The James Taylor Quartet who continued to work with them until mid 2007 and since then has continued to session for many other well known artists including Tom Jones, The Sugababes, Mica Paris, Jamelia, Tony Hadleigh, David Mcalmont, Roy Ayers and The Sound Stylistics to name a few.

Neil has also played at many major international Jazz festivals including Nice, New york, North Sea jazz festival in Holland , Rio, Singapore and Bankok and most recently a week at the Blue Note club in Tokyo.

Sam is also a seasoned session musician, composer and arranger who is involved with many projects and is the keyboard player for The Real Thing. He has also worked with many artists including Rose Royce, Odyssey, JTQ , The Crissy Lee Quartet and The Tony Evans Orchestra and is a sort after session musician on the local Jazz scene.

Move on 20 years and Neil and Sam, who have always had a passion for rare groove and funky soul jazz, decided to reform Sunchaser to become a live act to perform the music they love with adrenaline fuelled enthusiasum inspired by great Artists such as Blue Mitchel, Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, Bobby Lyle, Grant green and Herbie Hancock.

Andy Staples on Bass was an obvious choice for Neil and Sam to complete the Rhythm section. Having both worked with him on numerous occassions over the years his groove and feel sits perfectly for the style that the music evokes. Always busy and also a major force on the local Jazz scene, Andy has also worked with The Real Thing, Jason Rebello and Sean Maguire and is a member of Derek Nash’s ‘Picante’ latin band.

Long term friend, Zak Barrett, was then invited to complete the line up on Tenor saxophone. Zak’s playing truly makes the whole project come alive. A highly experienced Jazz musician who organises and runs the well established jazz club at the Bassment in Chelmsford has worked alongside Mick Hucknall, Narada Michael waldon, The Foundations, Ashley Slater and Bernie Marsden. He has also had great success with his own band ‘The Fellowship’ playing internationally in the US and Europe.

After 20 years, Sunchaser will be back in the studio to record an EP which will be available soon.

7.30pm – Harry Funk – Sponsored by  LSA Civils

 

Harry Funk are a band of like-minded musicians whose distinctive retro funk grooves come flavoured with a unique cockney edge. They have one mission in mind….to make music as funky as possible! Known for their eclectic taste in music, from Rock to Reggae, Soul, Pop and Jazz, Harry Funk make every song their own. The band’s unique set list could come straight from k-billy’s super sounds of the seventies – don’t be surprised to hear songs from the Meters, War, Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson, Al Green, Bob Marley, Prince, Steely Dan and Paul Simon. The Harry Funk Collective have supported artists including Gloria Estefan, Robin Gibb, Jocelyn Brown, Anita Baker and The Foundations as well as leading jazz luminaries.

The Rose and Crown

2.00pm – Solar

 

Bass player Ben Hearn is part of the lineup for Solar, returning this year to play in the courtyard at The Rose and Crown from around 2.00pm!

Solar are an Essex based contemporary jazz ensemble consisting of Alex Hearn on guitar, Ben Hearn on Bass, Josh Law on Drums and Dan Banks on Piano. Their sound explores a wide palette of styles and influences from incendiary earthy funk to labyrinthine modern jazz.

4.00pm – Miss Rosie & The Moonshyne Runners

 

Celebrating the iconic divas of jazz, Miss Rosie assembled the Moonshyne Runners in 2016 with a mission to keep the rhythm swinging, fingers snapping, and feet dancing. This fast-rising vocalist and her band played in the Clore Ballroom of the Royal Festival Hall on just their third appearance. They’ve performed at Ronnie Scott’s, Toulouse Lautrec, The Hanwell Hootie and at jazz clubs and swing dance events all around London as they dip into the Great American Songbook with the music of Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day and more.

“Some of the finest swing & jazz classics with the smooth, sultry vocals from the glamorous Miss Rosie at the helm providing the icing on the cake!” – Claire ‘Voodoo Doll’ Austin, Curator, The Torch Club, Vintage NYE Party

The Wheatsheaf 

2.30pm – Dave Mascal with Ian Thompson on Sax and Julia Quinn on vocals

 

Dave Mascall will be performing at the Wheatsheaf on Sunday 29th July!

Dave has been in the local jazz scene for many years. He is equally at home playing Jazz, Funk, Soul and Rock. During his varied musical career he has worked frequently as a session musician with numerous American Soul artists.

At the Festival, he will be joined by Ian Thompson on Saxophone and Julia Quinn on Vocals!

4.00pm – James Maltby Duo

 

James Maltby is a guitarist and composer currently studying jazz at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London. He began playing guitar at the age of eight and has since become a versatile musician, performing and recording regularly around London and the South-East. Performances to date include the Barbican Concert Hall, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and The Novello Theatre.

Having grown up immersed in alternative and progressive rock music, his playing and composition now draws on an array of styles, often blending the harmonic richness of jazz with folk-inflected melodies and intricate grooves. Today he is joined by saxophonist James Badger to perform music from The Great American Songbook.

 

James Badger is a saxophonist who is about to begin a Masters programme studying Jazz at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He began learning the saxophone at the age of 13 and quickly became passionate about the expressive capacity of improvised music.

Under the tutelage of Zak Barrett, James has developed into a capable and diverse tenor player who draws influences from a variety of established and contemporary artists across genres including John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Ornette Coleman, Walter Smith III, Ambrose Akinmusire and Radiohead.

The Bridge Street Lounge and Grill

4.30pm – Joe Gibson

 

We’ve seen Joe Gibson every year at Writtle and this year he’s back and will be performing again at the Bridge Street Lounge and Grill, so don’t miss this intimate gig!

Joe Gibson is one of the UK’s fastest emerging jazz singers and has performed with some of the finest jazz musicians in venues across the country, including Liane Carroll, Ted Beament, Zak Barrett and many more. He performs all material in his own unique style and delivers soulful, emotional performances on stage and in recordings.