Friday November 4th – Chris Batchelor’s Happy House + Dave Smith’s Soundhouse

Our November gig at the Con Cellar is going to be another big one – get it in the diary!

Happy House:

Chris Batchelor – trumpet
Margrit Hasler – viola
Chris Montague – guitar
Steve Watts – bass
Paul Clarvis – drums

An exciting new band from legendary trumpeter and composer Chris Batchelor! A prominent member of the reformed Loose Tubes and leader of the supergroup Pigfoot, Chris was selected to receive the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers in 2009, and has played alongside international stars such as Michael Brecker, John Taylor, Sam Rivers, Hermeto Pascoal, Tim Berne and Uri Caine.
Happy House presentfFresh interpretations of music by Bill Frisell, Arthur Blythe, Ornette Coleman and others from an unusual line up of five strong voices drawn from the ranks of Loose Tubes, Pigfoot, Troyka and Mark Lockheart’s Ellington In Anticipation.
“Batchelor, a fine trumpeter who intriguingly blends Miles Davis’s shrewd pacing and evocative long-note sounds with something of Harry Beckett’s bubbly phrasing”
John Fordham, The Guardian



Dave Smith – drums / percussion
Tom Challenger – saxophone

A key figure in the UK’s jazz and improv scene for many years, and now the drummer with Led Zep legend Robert Plant, Dave Smith invites longtime collaborator and Outhouse / Fofoulah bandmate Tom Challenger for an immersive duo set – we can’t wait to hear what they have in store…

Doors 8:30, music from 9; entry £8 (£5 students)

See you there

ps. tickets are now on sale for our London Jazz Festival special on 18th November, featuring Liam Noble and Paul Clarvis’ Duo, plus Can of Worms - – these festival shows sell out, so grab one soon if you want to be there!