Jazz Coventry
At The Albany Club

The Albany Club is delighted to be the home of Jazz Coventry. We've had some world class musicians play in recent months and hope to continue to grow as a venue with a national and international reputation. Everyone welcome, around 8:00pm onwards.

We present a wide range of music from mainstream through Bebop to adventurous contemporary jazz.

Artists appearing are the best available groups, usually active on London's jazz scene, and American and European musicians when available. Young emerging bands are regularly featured and groups presented are normally regular working bands rather than soloists plus rhythm sections.

Gigs are usually held once a month upstairs in the concert room which comfortably holds 200 people. Visit www.jazzcov.co.uk for more information on upcoming gigs.

Adrian Litvinoff’s Interplay


Thursday September 14th 8.00pm  

Interplay, the well-established five-piece contemporary jazz ensemble based in the Midlands, is by turns lyrical and energetic, spontaneous and crafted. Through the compositions of bassist and leader Adrian Litvinoff the band invokes such varied musical and cultural references that audiences are constantly delighted and refreshed. Not for nothing has the band’s performance been described as ‘modern jazz with a smile’

The front line players, Alan Wakeman (saxes, flute) and Richard Baker (trombone), are fine individual performers who have also developed a notable rapport through playing together in the band. Alan’s emotive freewheeling style contrasts piquantly with Richard’s more structured melodic approach, with beautiful results. Both are in demand as soloists, and they have recently been playing together in Richard Baker’s quintet also.

An accomplished soloist as well as an accompanist, keyboard player Neil Hunter is much sought after across the Midlands, appearing widely with Tony Kofi, Greg Abate and other visiting jazz celebrities. His musical understanding and resourcefulness mean that he constantly re-interprets the music in intriguing ways while remaining at the heart of the band’s sound, often achieving spectacular technical feats along the way.

Drummer and percussionist Dave Balen brings a different sensibility to the band, expressed through his imaginative use of percussion from around the world. He provides an ebb and flow of energy that avoids many of the tropes of jazz in favour of a more questioning and conversational style. Outside Interplay Dave has a continuing involvement with Indian music and is frequently to be heard performing on tabla. Adrian Litvinoff, bassist and principal writer for the group, has many musical allegiances that inform both his writing and his playing. His main activities outside the band embrace Celtic Fusion rock, and classic Blues and Soul. Through Adrian’s refusal to be pigeonholed he has evolved a personal musical perspective from which to develop what critic Ian Mann (The JazzMann) has called a ‘distinctive group sound and philosophy’ (Warwick Arts Centre, June 2014).

Interplay has played at many jazz venues and also at community events. Recent appearances include a concert for International Jazz Day featuring South African trumpeter Claude Deppa, and a radio broadcast on behalf of Jazz UK launching the Coventry #4Jazz Festival. A musical celebration that is also a quest, this is music that anyone can enjoy and feel a part of the journey.

Adrian Litvinoff: Bass
Alan Wakeman: Saxes and Flute
Richard Baker: Trombone
Neil Hunter: Keyboards
Dave Balen: Drums

See more at: http://interplayjazz.co.uk/

Tickets £10, students £5

For more detail of all Jazz Coventry gigs visit: www.jazzcov.co.uk

For booking in advance contact Neil McGowan on 07811 203727 or neil.mcgowan@btconnect.com

O’Higgins & Luft play Monk and Trane


Thursday October 17th 8.00pm  

This will be part of a substantial 40-plus date autumn tour promoting their new CD O’Higgins and Luft play Monk and Trane (Ubuntu Music 2019)

For established giant of the UK jazz scene, O’Higgins, this will be his 21st CD as leader. For young “firebrand” Rob Luft, this will be his 2nd. They will be leading a quartet with Irish organist, Scott Flanigan and American drummer, Rod Youngs. The repertoire will be made up of Thelonious Monk compositions (expect some rarely heard ones!) and tunes played by John Coltrane with especial reference to his choice of standards and various collaborations in the 1950s.

Both Monk and Trane were “modernists”, but also steeped in swing and the rich tradition of the beboppers. Dave and Rob intend to respect this lineage whilst putting their own mark on it. Expect some swing, fun, grooves and moods from this exciting new collaboration.

Dave O’Higgins - tenor saxophone
Rob Luft - guitar
Scott Flanigan - organ
Rod Youngs - drums

Watch the album trailer video: https://youtu.be/a_LrdP86YPU

Tickets £12, students £6

For more detail of all Jazz Coventry gigs visit: www.jazzcov.co.uk

For booking in advance contact Neil McGowan on 07811 203727 or neil.mcgowan@btconnect.com