Friday October 7th – Sam Crockatt Quartet + Duo Plus

This one’s going to get a bit silly – hold on to your hats…

Sam Crockatt Quartet

Sam Crockatt – sax

Kit Downes – piano

Oli Hayhurst – bass

James Maddren – drums

Parliamentary award-winning saxophonist and composer Sam Crockatt makes a long overdue visit to the Con Cellar Bar, joined by his stellar quartet featuring Kit Downes, Oli Hayhurst and James Maddren.
Citing John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins and Lee Konitz among his musical influences (he had a lesson with Lee Konitz which he found inspirational), Sam’s ability to marry his understanding of past masters with contemporary styles keeps him constantly in demand and has taken him to stages at the EFG London Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Kragujevac Jazz Festival (Serbia) and WDR Festival (Cologne).
Critical acclaim for his third release Mells Bells has further enhanced his reputation as a composer and leader and the album has drawn praise from such eminent publications as The Guardian, Jazzwise Magazine, The Telegraph and The Financial Times.

“An exceptionally gifted group of musicians gelling together remarkably well… This is yet another excellent example of evidence that British jazz is not merely alive and well, but kicking too.”
★★★★ All About Jazz

“Mells Bells is [Crockatt's] strongest statement so far… classy and engaging… makes for very pleasurable listening.”
★★★★ Jazzwise Magazine



Our second band for the evening features two secret special guests – award-winners, longtime collaborators and musical associates in a multi-instrumental, multi-faceted duo (with a couple of possible guests, too).
Between them these two have played and recorded with Marius Neset, Phronesis, Hermeto Pascoal, Kenny Wheeler, Ralph Alessi, Julian Arguelles, Stan Sulzmann and Gwilym Simcock, to name but a few – this will not disappoint!

“Neame is playing better than ever” – Jack Massarik

“Jim Hart’s vibraphone work shows why this lonely instrument deserves more ears.” – JazzTimes

***Please note that from now on regular gigs at the Con Cellar will cost £8 on the door, £5 for students. With a pint of delicious, moustache-twiddling craft beer now coming in well above the £5 mark, we have to hold to the belief that two sets of original music is worth more – we trust you’ll agree, and come down for this ridiculous double bill***

As ever, doors 8:30, music from 9 – entry £8 / 5

See you there!

ps. tickets are on sale for our special gig with Ellery Eskelin / Matthew Bourne / Chris Sharkey on Oct 10th – see the home page and get them while they’re still there!