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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.

Karamel Open Mic Night

Calling aspiring singers, singersongwriters and spokenword artists of all ages and experiences.
 
Shine your hidden talent at Karamel Restaurant!
 
Starts 7-11.30pm
*** Buy one get one half price drinks offer from 5-7pm ***
Kitchen opens 7-10pm offering delightful, nourishing and great #vegan food.
 
Karamel Restaurant 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 – Vasilis Xenopoulos

In keeping with Collage Arts’ long standing tradition of bringing top quality entertainment to the borough, there’s a brand new event set to join the already brimming roster for 2014. Fresh from world famous London venues The Vortex and Ronnie Scott’s, Jazz at Karamel will be hosting the hottest talents from all ends of the Jazz spectrum. Kicking off with the raucous and formidable Pigfoot on January 29th there’s a truly delectable menu of treats on offer throughout the year. There’s something scheduled for every jazz fan’s tastes, from the airy piano and alto sax compositions of Allison Neale and Kate Williams, to the fiery tenor of up-and-coming saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos and his band. Presided over by Stu Butterfield, a mainstay of the scene who’s been drumming for four decades, Jazz at Karamel is set to be a great addition to the Karamel calendar. Add to that the unbeatably low entry price of no pounds, and we’re on to a sure-fire winner.

With Stu at the helm, we’re guaranteed to have the best and brightest in store, with a list of acclaim between them longer than this article, from as diverse and respected sources as The Times newspaper and the late, great Humph himself. It’s a mixed bag of delights on offer, promising updates of timeless classics and brand new compositions, old players and newbies, sharing the spotlight and the stage. So if Brubeck’s your bag and Hines is your hobby, in 2014 Karamel is the place to be.

A night with Vasilis Xenopoulos.

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