Speakeasy – Torquay

A jazz/funk ensemble with some of the SW's finest jazz musicians

Speakeasy – Torquay

Toorak Hotel, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5JS

2017 Upcoming Gigs

SpeakeasyTorquay gigs are held at The Toorak Hotel, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5JS (opposite the Riviera Centre)

Tickets are available to buy in person from:  The Torbay Bookshop, 7 Torquay Rd, Paignton and The Torbay Riviera Co., Torquay Harbour

Online at fougoumedia.co.uk/events       On the door on the night.

Sam Massey Quintet
Wednesday 22 March 2017

Sam is a talented trumpet and flugelhorn player, working with Mike Westbrook, Karen Street and popular ska band The Simmertones amongst others. read more and book.

The Sam Massey Quintet is a jazz/funk ensemble comprising some of the South West’s finest jazz musicians, combining an experienced, steaming rhythm section with an energetic, front line blend of trumpet and tenor sax. The band play a mixed programme of jazz standards, ballads and jazz-funk numbers, as well as original compositions by the band.

Bandleader Sam Massey is a fast-emerging talent on the South West jazz scene, studying with renowned British jazz trumpeter Nick Malcolm. He has performed and recorded with some top British jazz artists including Mike & Kate Westbrook, The Simmertones and has recently returned from a tour of Greece with funk/soul artists “Hannah Williams and the Affirmations”.

Joanna Cooke
Wednesday 5 April 2017

Joanna Cooke is a vocalist, singing soul, jazz, blues and R&B with influences ranging through Aretha Franklin, Etta James , Ella Fitzgerald , Howling Wolf and Nina Simone read more and book

Big Bad Wolf
Wednesday 19 April 2017

Big Bad Wolf is a London based band featuring washy guitars, ambient vocals, brassy hooks and deep grooves… “I really like the kind of combination of lazy trombone and darting guitar riffs” – Jez Nelson, BBC Radio 3 (Jazz On 3) read more and book

Joy Ellis Quartet
Wednesday 17 May 2017

Joy Ellis is a pianist, singer and composer. Her new album entitled ‘Life On Land’ to be released in Spring 2017 reflects her passion for jazz, her love of groove and dance music, her classical roots as a pianist and the mournful, soulful aspects of being a singer-songwriter. read more and book

Ensemble Baklava
Wednesday 7 June 2017

With a unique combination of traditional instruments, Ensemble Baklava blends the sounds of the oud, bouzouki, concertina, bagpipes, Middle Eastern percussion, mandolin, baglama, spiked fiddle, guitar, tin whistle and voices to bring evocative, stirring and lively music and song from the Mediterranean, both contemporary and ancient.

Will Barnes Trio
Wednesday 21 June 2017

Will Barnes is a UK jazz guitarist who has performed with Gary Potter, Frank Vignola, Alan Barnes and John Etheridge. With influences of Bebop, Jazz Manouche, Latin, Blues and Fingerstyle, Will’s live performances capture his love for a broad range of musical styles and techniques. read more and book

A/B Trio
Wednesday 19 July 2017

Chronograph Recording artists A/B trio brings together three of Alberta’s most in-demand performing and recording musicians – Thom Bennett (drums and cymbals), Dan Davis (saxophone), and Josh McHan (double bass). This group is inspired by the open-sounding, chordless groups of Sonny Rollins and Joshua Redman, as well as being informed by the work of Chris Potter and Ari Hoenig. Their material ranges from inventive re-interpretations of standards to modern, original repertoire. More details to follow.

Sue Richardson with The Matt Carter Trio
Thursday 27 July 2017

“Sue Richardson’s trumpet playing catches [Baker’s] combination of delicacy and strength, and her singing has something of his candid simplicity. She even writes the kind of tunes that he might have invented.” 4* review in The Observer“ I kid you not, you closed your eyes, you were listening to Chet Baker. A remarkable young woman.” Richard Wheatly, Jazz FM. More details to follow.

Old Hat Jazz Band
Wednesday 30 August 2017

‘A phenomenal sound…Huge amounts of style and panache … Ridiculously happy making music’ – BBC Radio 3
‘The spirit and swing of the music’s early decades is right at the heart of these tunes…If at times it feels like the joy has been lost from jazz, “The Sparrow” proves that it’s still there to be found.’ – All About Jazz
Jam Experiment
Wednesday 18 October 2017

“The Jam Experiment is one of the best young bands I’ve ever heard. The instrumental playing is highly accomplished, but most impressively, this is a band that swings, has great arrangements and knows how to present itself. A really refreshing presence on the scene.” – Alan Barnes

Sunsplash Quartet
Wednesday 29 November 2017

Pianist Philip Clouts’ Sunsplash Quartet play music from the townships of South Africa with music from Abdullah Ibrahim’s breakthrough hit ‘Mannenberg’, Miriam Makeba’s ‘Click Song’ and tunes by Dudu Pukwana and Hugh Masakela.

Chestnut Ave, Torquay TQ2 5JS, UK
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