Saturday, 2 June 2018


01 June 2018 - BRIAN BICAT Memorial 
                       Atlantic Crossover ft. John Settle

God's Truth!! WHAT A NIGHT!! Glyde House packed to the rafters and every chair in the building redeployed and still people standing, Atlantic Crossover and John Settle completely obliterated a most receptive, eager and engaging audience. The place was "on fire" with break-neck sax runs, trumpet and flugel "voluntaries" rippling about the place floating on a forceful rhythmic feather-bed. And then there was John Settle. Hitherto I must confess to some perplexity regarding vibes - I know, "ignoramus"! - well not any longer - Stripes! can John Settle make those bars sound - they were bloody-well dancing on the cords - and they had to with the machine-gun pace emanating from the front line, but the highest accords to John's talent were the looks of amazement on the brass instrumentalists faces and the rapturous appreciation of an audience greedy for more. If Jim and James' playing failed to thrill - an impossible precept in fact - then their arrangements of long familiar tunes into a state of complete "newness" completely converted any faith-free. Mark Chandler, despite being delayed by a drugs-bust en-route, was at his bristling best, strafing the audience with almost supersonic salvos, and then there's Rod Mason. What is there to say about Rod which hasn't already been said?? The man is a megalith. I closed my eyes often as his baritone rasped out "fire", images of John Surman filling my mind's eye. Of course all this "bristling" out front simply demands the finest rhythm. I don't think I've heard a better rhythm section anywhere, live or recorded, than Jami Sheriff, Adrian Knowles and Dave Walsh? Oh! no bit-part players, these - they pushed their way forward with beautiful appropriation, thunder, gentility and glorious talent. All of this resulted in such a gloriously spectacular celebration of jazz, befitting the Great Brian Bicat, our Founder often mentioned in Jim's commentary, was surely there amongst us in spirit with a broad grin on his face and jaw dropped at such unbelievable virtuosity, and particularly so at the closing Caravan - always persuasively requested by Brian of bands, yet Atlantic never got round to it. They absolutely "nailed" it last night! And so I think Brian will join me in especially thanking Jim and Rod for putting such a thing of beauty together in Brian's honour - thank you both sincerely for that and the band for such thrilling delivery. I am sure JATPjazz will never have a better night.

1st set : 
Mark Chandler - trumpet 
Jim Corry - alto sax
James Russell - tenor sax
Rod Mason - Baritone sax
Dave Walsh - drums
Jamil Sheriff - piano
Adrian Knowles - bass
Special Guest John Settle - vibes

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Up Next . . .

15 June 2018 - Rob Luft Quintet

It would be quicker to list who award-winning jazz guitarist Rob Luft doesn’t play with - He is THE “go to man”  Ref Corrie Dick’s Sept 2016 gig ?. 2016 RAM Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize (Edition Records), 2nd Prize 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar. His debut album, “Riser”, released to widespread critical acclaim. “a very sophisticated debut, but given Luft’s old-soul achievements since his early teens, we should have heard it coming” wrote John Fordham
Rob Luft - g, Joe Wright - sax, Joe Webb - keys, Tom McCredie - b, Corrie Dick - d     

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Artephis rescheduling . . .

02 March 2018 Artephis *** POSTPONED ***

Regrettably, in the interests of everyone's wellbeing considering the weather, resultant conditions and the extra "helping" of snow forecast for when we'd be setting off home, we have decided to POSTPONE tomorrow evening's Artephis gig.
We will re-schedule as soon as possible and advise the date when known. Apologies for any disappointment and hope to see you in more tropical temeperatures on 16 March for Phil Meadows Project

RNCM Alumni Artephis are a forward looking, contemporary ensemble casting late 60’s/ early 70’s Miles Davis influence onto a Christian Scott / Antonio Sanchez / Brian Blade Fellowship Band musical plane yielding an eclectic sound of explosive groove and light-footed nuance. Aaron Wood - tpt/flugel, James Girling - g, Ali Roocroft - p, Alasdair Simpson - b, Matt Brown - d

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Brian Bicat

Dear Friends of JATPjazz, with much sadness and regret I must inform you of the demise or our beloved founder, Brian Bicat who passed away suddenly on 22 September. 
Announcement has been delayed in deference to Brian's wife Kathleen's wishes and to allow Brian's family to assemble from abroad to deal with matters. Kathleen requests expressions of condolence and sympathies be confined to card or letter presently whilst she struggles to come to terms with this sudden loss.

A celebration of Brian's life will be held at Nab Wood Crematorium on Thursday 12 October at 13:20

In keeping with Brian's strong "show must go on" principle, Kathleen plans to return to JATPjazz for the 03 November gig, having found some solace in attending to JATPjazz matters since Brian's passing. Kathleen requests therefore that her return be as normal, quiet and low-key as is possible and asks that no fuss be made on that occasion.

We plan at some point hence to hold a Bicat-Special in Brian's honour. Much detail is obviously to be added, however we broadly intend that this be a gig with Brian's favourite musicians, entry to which will be free, however there will be a "pay what you feel" arrangement, all proceeds of which will be donated to a charity of Kathleen's choice.

Farewell Brian - you are sorely missed
The JATPjazz King is dead. Long live the King!