Twickenham Jazz Club's Past Gigs

Mike Piggott’s Hot Club Quartet

“One of the best jazz-fiddlers active anywhere” – New York Times

UK jazz violinist Mike Piggott presents an entertaining programme of jazz favourites from the music of Stephane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, Cole Porter, Fats Waller, George Gershwin to the “Blues”. The show also includes the music of other jazz violinists including Joe Venuti and Stuff Smith – also one or two unusual musical instruments!

Mike Piggott – Described by Jazz Uk as a “Master of the Violin” is also a favourite violinist and guitarist of many musicians. Mike has performed, recorded and toured with a wide range of artists including Martin Taylor, Nigel Kennedy, Ken Peplowski, and Phil Collins. It was fantastic to welcome him to Twickenham Jazz Club. The joint will be a jump-in.

His Glittering Band includes Nils Solberg (guitar and vocals) who has toured recorded and broadcast with Nigel Kennedy, Clare Teal, and Bryan Ferry

Peter Morgan on double bass: A much loved and highly respected local musician who is much sought after by visiting American Jazz musicians and has played with Digby Fairweather, Don Rendell, Acker Bilk and many more.

Rod Brown on drums: A tasteful and very experienced drummer who has supported many great artists including Elaine Delmar, Matt Munro and Clare Teal.

The Band:

Mike Piggott – Violin,

Nils Solberg – Guitar and Vocals,

Peter Morgan – Double Bass,

Rod Brown – Drums

The last time this incredible and beloved band took the stage at Twickenham Jazz Club, they received a well-deserved standing ovation. The energy, musical prowess, and sheer expertise they delivered were nothing short of remarkable. For those who are new to their music, brace yourselves for an extraordinary experience rooted in the essence of the Great Hot Club tradition. Their sound carries the timeless echoes of legends like Stefan Grappelli, Django Reinhardt, Stuff Smith, and Slim Garland.

Picture subtle Gypsy Swing melodies, presented in an almost intimate acoustic manner. And that’s not all – the performance is adorned with touches of violin history and astonishing innovations in playing rare instruments.

The band’s leader, Mike Piggott, has earned a spot among the finest swing jazz fiddle players in the world, as proclaimed by the esteemed New York Jazz Times.

Nils Solberg, the guitarist and vocalist, boasts a musical journey peppered with collaborations alongside luminaries like Bryan Ferry, Nigel Kennedy, Clare Teal, Fapy Lafertin, Gary Potter, and Ralph McTell. His prowess as a jazz guitarist, vocalist, soloist, accompanist, and recording artist remains in constant demand.

Our bassist, Pete Morgan, whose extensive career in performing and recording speaks volumes. A blend of humility and talent, he’s garnered respect from fellow musicians and audiences alike. He encapsulates his musical philosophy perfectly: “The musicians who inspire me the most are the ones who play like themselves, with real humanity.

And the drummer, Rodders Brown – a man of few words but boundless rhythm. His drumming is simply infectious, a seamless fusion of smiles and swing that keeps the groove alive.

So, “Forget Your Troubles, Just Get Happy“.

Join us in a musical journey that’s all about leaving your troubles behind and embracing happiness. Get ready to tap your toes, as we promise to envelop you in a warm, welcoming atmosphere that’ll make you feel right at home.

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May 22, 2024

Hetty Kate: Swinging Vintage Jazz & A Benefit Concert for Anita Wardell with special guest Nigel Price on Guitar

This will be an amazing evening featuring a stunning and versatile vocalist who is rarely seen in the UK,
Hetty Kate: Vocals
Matyas Gayer: Piano
Jeremy Brown: Double Bass
Steve Brown: Drums
Special Guest – Nigel Price: Guitar
*** Please note that for the first time at our club, seating will be in theatre style, and we ask diners to eat in the main bar before the performance. ***

June 12, 2024

‘Trombonism’ – Nick Mills Trombone Quintet

Trombones: Nick Mills, Andy Flaxman, Tom Dunnett, Chris Lowe, Bruce Douglas
Rhythm Section: Jim Treweek – Piano, Andy Hamill – Double Bass, Dave Tandy – Drums

June 26, 2024

Ineza & “Women’s Words, Sisters’ Stories”

Great musicians explore the music written by some of our most iconic Jazz Songstresses.
Ineza: Vocals
Alex Webb: Keyboard
Katy Patterson: Drums
Charlie Pyne: Double Bass

July 3, 2024

Tommaso Starace ”My favourite Standards”

Tommaso has an endearing style and charm that never fails to engage his audience.
Tommaso Starace: Alto Saxophone
Alban Claret: Guitar
Steve Ashworth: Hammond Organ
Chris Nickolls: Drums

July 10, 2024

Summer Latin Love Vibes with Roger Beaujolais

Roger Beaujolais: Vibrophone
John Crawford: Keyboard
Andy Lafone: Bass
Davide Giovannini: Drums

July 24, 2024

Nick Mills Blue Note Project ‘It Must Schwing’

Nick Mills: Trombone
Saxophone: Dave O’Higgins
Martin Shaw: Trumpet
Leon Greening: Keyboard
Jeremy Brown: Double Bass
Matt Home: Drums
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