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The Chandos Arms • 31 Colindale Avenue • London • NW9 5DS

020 8200 0032

“I love coming to jazz at the Chandos.

Each time I am blown away by the performances!”


Jan 19, 2020


Saxophonist Simon Spillett

“Spillett doesn't shake you by the hand so much as grab you by the throat...” The Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings


Simon’s appearances at the Chandos always draw a big crowd and a tremendous response to his breathtaking set of hard-swinging jazz, centered around the music of Britain’s first international jazz star, Tubby Hayes


Described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as ‘formidable’, Simon Spillett has won several awards for his music, including the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards (2011), Jazz Journal magazine’s Critic’s Choice CD of the Year (2009) and Rising Star in the BBC Jazz Awards (2007).


He’s worked with Sir John DankworthStan TraceyPeter King and The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra. He has recorded three albums, Introducing Simon SpillettSienna Red and Square One, all of which have received highly favourable reviews in both the specialist and national press. His festival, concert and club appearances across the UK have included sold-out gigs at Ronnie Scott’s and the Brecon Jazz Festival and he has broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz-Line Up with his own band.


He has also worked as a writer, penning the definitive biography of Tubby Hayes (The Long Shadow Of The Little Giant), articles for magazines including Jazz Journal and Record Collector and acting as a consultant for a number of jazz record labels, in which capacity he has written booklet essays for over seventy albums.


“Those of us who have caught him....have been left blinking in disbelief. It's not only his mastery of the tenor saxophone, phenomenal though that is, but the absolute conviction of his playing that is so impressive.” Sunday Observer


“An extraordinarily talented tenor player...” Jazzwise


“A bruising, scruff-of-the-neck hard bopper, he has examined and absorbed all the greats...generates huge excitement, passion and swagger.” MOJO


With Neil Angilley: piano • Chris Dodd: bass • Jeremy Shoham: sax • Rick Finlay: drums

£8.50 | £5 students in advance | unwaged: pay what you like on the night

Feb 02, 2020


Keyboardist Steve Lodder

“Lodder is both an improviser of originality and a musical thinker of erudition and depth” The Guardian


Keyboardist Steve Lodder brings a set of his own compositions and contemporary jazz standards to the Chandos.


Steve’s an acclaimed sideman for many International and London musicians including Andy SheppardNaná VasconcelosGeorge Russell’s Living Time OrchestraSarah Jane MorrisJohn HarleCarla Bley and Mônica Vasconcelos.


He’s also been musical associate with Paul McCartney on the Standing Stone and Ecce Cor Meum projects, and a musical arranger for the Zappatistas.


Originally a Cambridge organ scholar he has played church organ on albums with Mark Ramsden and Asaf Sirkis and has written several books, one on Stevie Wonder, one on the Hammond organ, and The Keyboard Bible (with Janette Mason).

with Jeremy Shoham: sax • Rick Finlay: drums • bass tbc

£8 | £5 students in advance | unwaged: pay what you like on the night

Feb 16, 2020


Saxophonist Glen Manby

We are delighted to welcome alto saxophonist and composer Glen Manby for his first visit to the Chandos Arms, accompanied by dazzling pianist Leon Greening.


Based in Wales, Glen has worked at home and abroad, including prestigious events like the European Summit, the Queen's banquet for the Opening of the Senedd Welsh Parliament, the Opening of the Wales Millennium Centre, and club dates around Britain, as well as gigs in New York, Germany, and Switzerland.


In 1997 he was awarded a scholarship to study on the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program at The New School in New York's Greenwich Village. He was awarded an Arts Council of Wales grant to study at the Lausanne Conservatoire, Switzerland, and later received a project grant to compose, arrange and record a new repertoire with his recently-formed quintet. The resulting CD, "Homecoming", is available on the Mainstem jazz label.


An esteemed educator, Glen has taught at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the University of South Wales and currently at Cardiff University School of Music. 


with Leon greening: piano • Jeremy Shoham: sax • Rick Finlay: drums • bass tbc 

£8 | £5 students in advance | unwaged: pay what you like on the night

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