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.


The Xhosa Cole Quartet


Thursday January 30th at 8.00pm  

Winner of the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year, Xhosa Cole brings together an all-star quartet featuring some of finest talent based in the UK. Alongside fellow finalist and bass player James Owston, powerhouse drummer Jim Bashford and Canadian trumpet virtuoso Jay Phelps, this band embodies the spirit of the Bebop and Hard bop greats. With a repertoire inspired by the great music of Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown and Gigi Gryce this band lights up the stage with all the charisma, passion, edge, chemistry and spontaneity reminiscent of this great era. They will feature classic arrangements, contemporary takes on standards as well as original works from members of the band.

The Band

  • Xhosa Cole - Saxophone. Xhosa is an embodiment of the success of jazz development programmes in Birmingham. Having grown up in Handsworth and first played the Tenor at Andy Hamilton's Ladywood Community Music School, he's now rapidly joining the list of top young UK jazz players on the scene.
  • Jay Phelps - Trumpet. Canadian Trumpet player Jay Phelps has travelled the globe as a sideman and leading his own projects. He's played with greats including Wynton Marsalis, Andrew Hill and Nasheet Waits. Channelling the sound of Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw and Clifford Brown, his playing pairs beautiful with Xhosa's.
  • James Owston - Bass. Fellow BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year finalist, James Owston is a household name on the Birmingham jazz scene. In his final year of study at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, James is the bass player for Clark Tracey's latest Quintet.
  • Jim Bashford - Drums. Jim Bashford is a phenomenal, seasoned drummer and mentor. Having played with greats including Drew Gress, John O'Gallagher, Jean Toussaint and Hillary Jensen, Jim has a strong connection to the lineage of the music and brings the fire on the drums!

Tickets £12, students £6


The Alison Rayner Quintet

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Thursday 12th March at 8.00pm  

Bassist & composer Alison Rayner’s award-winning quintet combine richly nuanced compositions, rhythmic interplay and folk-infused melodies; this, along with their love of improvisation, creates a strong sense of narrative and cinematic quality. ARQ play 'songs without words' and are lauded for their vibrant, communicative performances.

ARQ are widely celebrated from six years of extensive UK and European touring and critical acclaim for their first two albums ‘August’ (2014) and ‘A Magic Life’ (2016), receiving national and international radio play and four and five-star reviews in jazz and national press. Winners of ‘Ensemble of the Year’ at the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and shortlisted for ‘Best Small Group’ at the 2018 British Jazz Awards, ARQ’s third album Short Stories (released Oct 2019 on Blow the Fuse Records) is now receiving extensive radio play and press acclaim. The project is supported by ACE and PRS Foundation Women Make Music

The Band

  • Alison Rayner - Double bass
  • Buster Birch - Drums & Percussion
  • Deirdre Cartwright - Guitar
  • Diane McLoughlin - Saxophones
  • Steve Lodder - Piano

- See more at: http://www.blowthefuse.com/

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