Night at the 606
606 Club Presents the Second Annual “Night at the 606” on Saturday 10th September at the Butley Priory, Suffolk featuring Liane Carroll, Georgina Jackson, Alex Garnett, Kay Elizabeth & The Gareth Williams Trio.
1st August, London UK: Following on the success of the first “Night at the 606”, a star-studded outdoor concert held at Suffolk’s historic Butley Priory last year, London-based jazz & live music venue the 606 Club will present its second annual show featuring the UK jazz scene’s premier artists on Saturday, 10 September 2016.
With a reputation built upon and strongly associated with its support of British-based jazz talent, this second “A Night at the 606” will once again feature some of the Club’s best-loved & renowned performers, including award-winning vocalists Liane Carroll and Georgina Jackson, Butley Priory and 606 Club regular, vocalist Kay Elizabeth and leading UK saxophonist Alex Garnett, all supported, as before, by pianist Gareth Williams & his Trio. The 606 Club’s owner Steve Rubie – who has been running the Club since 1976, making this its 40th Anniversary in October – will compère the night.
A former medieval monastery between Woodbridge and Aldeburgh in an area of outstanding beauty on the Suffolk Heritage Coast, Butley Priory is an extraordinary building, sometimes referred to as ‘a cathedral in the woods’. Originally a monastery dating back to 14c, stories of Mary Rose Tudor staying at the Priory during hunting expeditions with the Duke of Suffolk are just some of the romantic tales that abound. Now a fairytale Wedding and Events venue, Butley Priory has also hosted artistic and musical performances for the last 20 years. With accommodation for up to 16 people and only two hours from London, the house is also available to let for family reunions, corporate events and retreats.
The 606 was originally located in a basement accommodating a mere 30 people at 606 King’s Road. Musician Steve Rubie acquired ‘The Six’ (as it’s colloquially known) in 1976, and the venue moved to its present location on Lots Road in 1988. The Club presents jazz, blues, R&B, soul, groove and Latin music seven nights a week, and has fostered the careers of many leading jazz artists, including the likes of Jamie Cullum, Gwilym Simcock, Claire Martin, and Polly Gibbons.
Featured this evening will be another artist who established her now stellar career appearing at the 606 Club, the iconic Ms Liane Carroll. The recipient of two BBC Jazz Awards and a Parliamentary Jazz Award among many other honours, Liane is a dynamic vocalist and pianist whose sensational talent has been captivating audiences around the world. She is recognised as one of the finest singer/pianists on the International jazz scene, has worked with the likes of Gerry Rafferty, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Paul McCartney, and has been a featured performer at Glastonbury Festival. Her albums have been received with universal acclaim and led to an hour-long special on BBC TV. A world-class artist, her powerful blues-tinged voice combined with strong piano playing and exciting infectious material, not to mention a wicked sense of humour, make her a truly remarkable performer. “Liane Carroll…she seems in some magical way to be made out of music” – The Observer
Also featured tonight is the dynamic singer & trumpeter Georgina Jackson. After acquiring what she likes to describe as “a strange and somewhat unfashionable obsession with jazz and Big Band music”, Georgina began her musical career as a professional trumpet player. However, again as she describes it “harbouring a desire to wear a posh frock” she decided that adding singing to her repertoire could be, well, fun. These days her terrific swing jazz vocals can be heard in a variety of impressive settings, not least as featured vocalist with the BBC Big Band, the BBC Concert Orchestra and as resident singer with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra. This is wonderful, swinging straight ahead jazz from one of the most talented singers on the scene. Oh, and she still plays great trumpet as well so expect something just a little different. “A talented trumpet player and singer with a sassy, vibrant style” – All About Jazz
Saxophonist Alex Garnett is a “musician’s musician”, enjoying a varied musical career as both a pro jazz artist and an in-demand session and studio saxophonist. His powerful, flowing, hard bop sax style has been heard with some of Europe’s leading bands and creative jazz ensembles, and he’s one of the few headlining UK jazz musicians in the current Ronnie Scott’s All Stars pool. He has performed in over 30 countries worldwide with Sir John Dankworth, Wynton Marsalis, Peter King, Humphrey Lyttelton, Van Morrison and Jools Holland, as well as leading his own highly acclaimed bands, “Bunch of Five” & “Organism” among other projects. And to add to his appeal even further, his onstage wit and patter are an absolute delight. “Garnett has a great muscular style and a rich, gritty tone.”– Jazz Breakfast
And finally, expat US vocalist Kay Elizabeth who is probably best known on the festival and Club scene as the lead singer with the highly acclaimed band The Fontanas but who is also equally well known at Butley Priory as one of their favourite solo artists. A wonderful performer with a powerhouse voice and charisma to match, Kay is equally at home singing Groove and Blues as she is her own singer/songwriter material. A terrific artist and a welcome addition to the line up for this evening’s festivities. “Kay Elizabeth, with…quiet and fierce dignity…and her incredible voice…gives all this magic its luminescent centre.” – Run Riot
Accompanying Kay and the rest of the talent is one of the UK’s most sought after pianists, Gareth Williams who will be performing with his standout trio. The Musical Director for the Claire Martin band as well as a featured performer with the “Godfather” of soul sax Pee Wee Ellis, Gareth also includes work with the likes of jazz funk group Us3, Iain Ballamy, Tim Garland, Art Farmer, Jerry Bergonzi and Gwyneth Herbert on a remarkable CV. An epitome of the Renaissance man, he trained as a doctor and received a degree in English from Cambridge before switching to music (initially as a guitarist, which instrument he still plays at professional level). Gareth is one of the most sought-after accompanists to play at the Six and as such, there’s no one better to start off the night at Butley Priory!
The evening will conclude with all of the night’s performers coming back onstage to play together for the grand finale.
The stage will be set up in front of the spectacular facade of the house, and guests will be seated on the lawn, or (if need be) under the shelter of a marquee. You are welcome to bring a picnic, and there will also be delicious locally-sourced, hot and cold food available. A cash bar will be open during the evening.
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The 606 Club Presents the Second Annual “Night at the 606” at Butley Priory, in Woodbridge, Suffolk
Date: Saturday 10th September, 7:30pm (doors 6:30pm) / Admission Price: £18
For more information or to book tickets visit 606club.co.uk/606-butleypriory.html / calling the 606 box office at 0207 352 5953.