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Jazz at Karamel: Then and Now

Chris Biscoe (Baritone), Allison Neale (Alto), Colin Oxley (Guitar), Dave Whitford (Bass), Matt Fishwick (Drums)

New explorations of the freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations of standard material recorded 50 years ago by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond on Blues in Time and Two of a Mind, this new band evokes the spirit of these classic recordings while giving free reign to the personalities of the musicians.

The band’s first CD, Then and Now, has received great reviews and the group is establishing a national reputation for its fresh and spontaneous approach to established jazz repertoire.

The band have performed at French Festivals with Didier Levallet, will be touring with Inner Space, and have arranged gigs with Blythe Spirits and The Wobbly Rail 5. They have produced a CD with Roger Turner, and will be gigging around England with Two of a Mind, with the performances in Welwyn on March 25th being recorded live for broadcast on Jazz Now, BBC Radio 3, scheduled for July 23rd 2018.

“…perfect rapport, and a positively uncanny grasp of this elusive idiom”, Dave Gelly, The Observer

“…theirs is music that reaches the parts that other forms, more brash perhaps, simply don’t.”, Peter Vacher, Jazzwise

Tickets available on the door at £10 per person.
Doors open at 6pm.
Live music starts at 8pm – 2 sets of an hour with a short interval.
Kitchen is open from 7pm until 10pm.

Come early and enjoy our Happy Hours Buy One Get One Half Price on drinks offer 5-7pm.

Karamel London N22 is a Time Out award-winning restaurant/venue situated in the heart of Wood Green’s cultural quarter. It is open Mon-Sun – specialising in World Food, Craft Beers, & Fine Wines, and hosts Jazz every Thursday evening and presents singer/songwriters, alternative folk and poetry and emerging artists on Friday nights.

Jazz at Karamel: Babelfish

Brigitte Beraha (Vocals), Barry Green (Piano), Chris Laurence (Bass), Paul Clarvis (Drums)

A collaboration between two of the UK’s finest jazz artists Barry Green-piano and Brigitte Beraha-voice, Babelfish also features legends Chris Laurence-double bass and Paul Clarvis-drums/percussion.

Between them they have played or recorded with artists as diverse as Bobby Wellins, BBC Concert Orchestra, Evan Parker, Kenny Wheeler and Stevie Wonder.

Their albums ‘Babelfish’ and ‘Chasing Rainbows’ received rave reviews and this gig marks the first concert of their 20-date UK tour which will culminate into the recording of their much anticipated third album: a journey into their favourite books through the vehicles of jazz, latin, classical, folk and improvised music.

“Babelfish are a definition of a contemporary jazz class act.” The Guardian

“It’s a pleasure to enter the original music language of this band: a world of playfulness and beauty, where anything could happen- you’re caught up in their sense of mystery and imagination.” LondonJazz

Tickets available on the door at £10 per person.
Doors open at 6pm.
Live music starts at 8pm – 2 sets of an hour with a short interval.
Kitchen is open from 7pm until 10pm.

Come early and enjoy our #HappyHour #BOGOHP Buy One Get One Half Price on drinks offer 5-7pm.

Karamel London N22 is a Time Out award-winning restaurant/venue situated in the heart of Wood Green’s cultural quarter. It is open Mon-Sun – specialising in World Food, Craft Beers, & Fine Wines, and hosts Jazz every Thursday evening and presents singer/songwriters, alternative folk and poetry and emerging artists on Friday nights.

Jazz at Karamel: Stu Butterfield and Friends

Pete Hurt (Tenor), Kate Williams (Piano), Dave Green (Bass), Stu Butterfield (Drums)

Not a working Quartet as such, but these four have played together many times over the years in different permutations.

Pete, Kate and Stu are members of Mingus Moves, while Dave and Stu have been part of the Great Wee Band. Pete and Dave play together in Henry Lowther‘s Still Waters.

Apart from his wonderful tenor playing, Pete is a brilliant composer and arranger and fronts his own Big Band. Kate is also a renowned composer and leads a wonderful Quartet featuring ace flautist Gareth Lochrane.

Expect an evening of swinging and predominantly lyrical improvisation.

Tickets available on the door at £10 per person.
Doors open at 6pm.
Live music starts at 8pm – 2 sets of an hour with a short interval.
Kitchen is open from 7pm until 10pm.

Come early and enjoy our #HappyHour #BOGOHP Buy One Get One Half Price on drinks offer 5-7pm.

Karamel London N22 is a Time Out award-winning restaurant/venue situated in the heart of Wood Green’s cultural quarter. It is open Mon-Sun – specialising in World Food, Craft Beers, & Fine Wines, and hosts Jazz every Thursday evening and presents singer/songwriters, alternative folk and poetry and emerging artists on Friday nights.

Jazz at Karamel: Gary Willcox Quartet

Steve Maine (Alto), Ross Stanley (Piano), Oli Hayhurst (Bass), Gary Willcox (Drums)

The Gary Willcox Quartet was formed in 2007 by Gary as way for him to develop his skills as a composer.

Since then the band has worked predominantly around the London and South East area taking in venues such Ronnie Scott’s, The 606 Club, Jazz Café Posk, to name a few.

Gary’s compositions are in a contemporary vernacular but take on influences from Popular Music song forms, Big Bands, Bebop & Modal Jazz.

The band have their own ‘Contemporary Straight Ahead’ sound, rooted in the tradition but with each member’s own voice on their respective instrument combining to create a fresh but recognisable palate.

As well as Gary’s own compositions the band also reinterpret works by some of the giants of modern jazz e.g. Theloniuos Monk, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Wayne Shorter and Ornette Coleman.

The members, between them, have a wealth of experience.

Gary Willcox (drums & leader) has played around the UK with well-known artists such as Ian Shaw, Jim Mullen, Chris Batchelor and Tim Whitehead. He is a member of the Way Out West collective and via that collaborates frequently with Kate Williams, Chris Biscoe (who is also playing at Karamel on 31.04.18), Tim Whitehead, Pete Hurt and Emily Saunders & others. He is also a member of Loz Speyer’s Inner Space Music.

Stephen Main (alto sax) plays regularly in the BBC Big Band, The Pete Cater Big Band and has been a member of the Matt Wates Sextet for many years, in which he plays tenor sax.

Oli Hayhurst (double bass) has played in the bands of many of the UK’s best known Jazz artist’s e.g. Tim Whitehead, Georgia Mancio, Julian Seigel and more recently with the great John Coltrane collaborator Pharoah Sanders and is well-known to UK jazz fans.

Ross Stanley (piano) is the piano/keyboard of choice for many people, working with Hamish Stuart, Nigel Price Organ Trio, Brandon Allen & Quentin Collins Quartet and working in London’s recording studios.

“…Inspiring and in the moment playing. Love it…” – Jerry Bergonzi

“A versatile band with a rich, emotive sound: three powerful yet thoughtful soloists propelled by a lively, rustling drummer, playing open, attractively airy music imbued with just the right mix of punch and wistfulness.” – Chris Parker

Tickets available on the door at £10 per person.
Doors open at 6pm.
Live music starts at 8pm – 2 sets of an hour with a short interval.
Kitchen is open from 7pm until 10pm.

Come early and enjoy our HAPPY HOURS Buy One Get One Half Price on drinks offer 5-7pm.

Karamel London N22 is a Time Out award-winning restaurant/venue situated in the heart of Wood Green’s cultural quarter. It is open Mon-Sun – specialising in World Food, Craft Beers, & Fine Wines, and hosts Jazz every Thursday evening and presents singer/songwriters, alternative folk and poetry and emerging artists on Friday nights.

Jazz at Karamel: Torus

Tim Whitehead (Tenor), Jonathan Gee (Piano), Mick Sexton (Bass), Trevor Taylor (Drums)
 
Torus, a modern jazz quartet that operated around Essex in the 1980s originally comprising Gary Plumley (saxophones), Pete Jacobsen (piano), Mick Sexton (bass) and Trevor Taylor (drums) reformed over Summer 2011 for a retrospective celebrating the music of that period from Steps Ahead (Mainieri, Grolnick, Brecker), Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.
 
The band still gets together on frequent occasions to celebrate great jazz from that period.
 
Tonight’s lineup will be Torus stalwarts Mick Sexton on Double Bass and Trevor Taylor on Drums and joined by Tim Whitehead on Saxophone and Jonathan Gee on Piano.
 
Special guest tonight is
Tim Whitehead (tenor-sax): “Those of us who have caught him live have been left blinking in disbelief. It’s not just his mastery of the tenor saxophone, phenomenal though it is, but the absolute conviction of his playing that is so impressive.” Dave Gelly (The Observer/BBC ) – www.timwhitehead.co.uk
 
Jonathan Gee is “One of the most celebrated musicians in European jazz. His music is precise, lucid and original, and at times breathtakingly lyrical.” (Visions of Britain)
 
Trevor Taylor and Mick Sexton make up the back line with a combination of thoughtful, light-touched swinging jazz through to high energy Latin grooves.

Live music starts at 8pm – 2 sets of an hour with a short interval.

Kitchen is open from 7pm until 10pm offering delightful, nourishing and great vegan food.

Come early and enjoy our Happy Hours – Buy One Get One Half Price on drinks offer 5-7pm.

Karamel London N22 is a Time Out award-winning restaurant/venue situated in the heart of Wood Green’s cultural quarter. It is open Mon-Sun – specialising in World Food, Craft Beers, & Fine Wines, and hosts Jazz every Thursday evening and presents singer/songwriters, alternative folk and poetry and emerging artists on Friday nights.

Jazz at Karamel: Chris Laurence Quartet

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Chris Laurence (b), Frank Ricotti (vibes), John Paricelli (g), Martin France (d)
“This tremendously influential Quartet” – The Vortex
“A superb album, initially easy on the ear, yet revealing fresh subtleties each time it’s
played” – Chris Parker
A collection of world class virtuosi, all four of these wonderful musicians operate in all
forms of music, jazz, rock and pop, classical and film, and have appeared all over the
world. John, Chris and Martin were, of course, the other three members of the late Kenny
Wheeler’s much lauded Quartet.

Jazz at Karamel: Orquestra Mahatma

Sonia Slany, scrapy things (violin), Stuart Hall, twangy things (guitar), Alec Dankworth,
plucky things (bass), Paul Clarvis, tappy and bangy things (percussion)
An eclectic band which draws heavily on international music, including Spanish, French
Bulgarian, Macedonian and Latin American music as well as jazz influences.
“A little miracle of home grown British Jazz” – The Independent
“Stirring and stunning experiments in Jazz without frontiers” – The Sunday Times
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Jazz at Karamel: Trogon

Nick Smart (leader, trumpet), Kishon Khan (piano), Chris Montague (guitar), Denny
“Jimmy” Martinez (bass), Dave Hamblett (drums), Javier Ginarte (percussion)
Named after the national bird of Cuba, Trogon makes full use of the cultural breadth of
London’s rich musical landscape. Led by trumpeter, Nick Smart, Head of Jazz at the Royal
Academy of Music, the group’s exciting mix of musical backgrounds is enriched by the
propulsive rhythmic traditions of Afro-Cuban music and the rich harmonies of
contemporary jazz. www.nicksmart.co.uk

 

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