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A collective of the finest jazz musicians in West London.

They appear every Wednesday at the Bulls Head pub in Barnes (3 mins from Barnes Bridge station, or a short bus ride from Hammersmith)... and are not to be missed.

Also, now monthly at Cafe Posk in Hammersmith

Way Out West is a unique collective of jazz musicians. Diverse improvisation, performance, arranging, composition, all come to the forefront in full force within weekly gigs, as each collective member presents collaborations of their work with guest stars from today's jazz scene.

Seasonal blasts include Way Out West appearing together for All-star evenings.

  
December 2014
17th
@ Bulls Head
Matt Wates Sextet
Matt Wates (alto sax), Steve Main (tenor sax), Martin Shaw (trumpet), Leon Greening (piano), Malcolm Creese (bass), Ed Richardson (dms)

Standards and originals from this long established 'contemporary west coast' group. Tight ensemble playing and an emphasis on groove, melody, and swing.'This is quite simply the best British band in years (Steve Voce, 'Gramophone Jazz')'
£10 / £8 conc / £5 students
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January 2015
7th
@ Bulls Head
TORUS with Mornington Lockett
Mornington Lockett (saxes), Jonathan Gee (piano), Mick Sexton (bass), Trevor Taylor (drums)

Originating in Essex early 80s the quartet reformed in 2011 and is now an established presence on the London scene. Expect spirited renditions of iconic music of that period from Keith Jarrett, thru' Steps Ahead (Brecker, Grolnick, Mainieri.
£10 / £8 conc / £5 students
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9th
@ Cafe Posk
Kate Williams Trio + Gary Willcox Trio
Kate Williams - piano, Oli Hayhurst - bass, Tristan Mailliot - drums. Tim Lapthorn - Piano, Oli Hayhurst - Bass, Gary Willcox - Drums

Tonight's gig is a double bill of piano trios. There will be a mixture of original material and standard reortoire from both trios plus some collaboration between the two on some items
£8 / £5 students
 
14th
@ Bulls Head
Billy Strayhorn Centenary Celebration
Chris Biscoe, Tony Woods, Nette Robinson, Tom Millar, Jimmy Hastings

"Billy Strayhorn was my right arm... my brainwaves in his head, and his in mine." Duke Ellington

Varied instrumentals and gorgeous songs by the great Billy Strayhorn, who wrote classics such as Lush Life, Chelsea Bridge, Day Dream and Take the A Train.

"Born 100 years ago in Dayton, Ohio, Billy Strayhorm wrote Lush Life when only 20, then joined Duke Ellington and contributed classics such as Chelsea Bridge, Daydream and the Ellington theme tune Take the A Train to the band's repertoire. The evening will feature varied instrumentals and gorgeous songs written by Strayhorn. ""Billy Strayhorn was my right arm, my left arm, all the eyes in the back of my head, my brainwaves in his head, and his in mine."" Duke Ellington "
£10 / £8 conc / £5 students
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21st
@ Bulls Head
Stan Sulzmann Quartet
Stan Sulzmann - tenor sax; Nick Smart - trumpet; Ross Stanley - Hammond organ; Tim Giles - drums

Stan Sulzmann is an internationally acclaimed saxophonist who has toured and recorded extensively with hisc own bands and with Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Gill Evans, Mike Brecker, Mike Gibbs and many others. Trumpeter Nick Smart has established his reputation playing with Bob Brookmeyer, George Russell and Dave Douglas, and conducted the Kenny Wheeler Big Band. Ross Stanley is equally well known as a pianist and organist, while Tim Giles is equally well known as a drummer and composer. The quartet played on the 2013 London Jazz Festival and bring a fresh approach to a classic jazz line-up, with new tunes by Stan and and material from the jazz and standards repertoire. www.stansulzmann.co.uk "
£10 / £8 conc / £5 students
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28th
@ Bulls Head
Element Trio
Ralph Wyld - vibes, Flo Moore - bass, Rod Oughton - drums

Element is a collaborative trio, featuring Ralph Wyld on vibes, Flo Moore on bass and Rod Oughton on drums. The trio's repertoire consists mainly of original music written by the members, and benefits from their differing compositional approaches. In addition, Element perform some pieces from other musicians, including Joe Locke and Pascal Schumacher, with which the members have a personal connection. Since making its debut in early 2013, Element has performed at venues including Dempsey's in Cardiff, the 606 Club and the Vortex. "
£10 / £8 conc / £5 students
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February 2015
4th
@ Bulls Head
Benet McLean / Emily Saunders ESB
Benet McLean (vocals/violin/keys), Emily Saunders (vocals), Byron Wallen (trumpet), Steve Pringle (keys), Paul Michael (bass), George Hart (drums).

“A true virtuoso on piano and violin .. he throws in everything and the kitchen sink but with taste, intelligence and great abandon ...he's brave, scrupulous, detailed and accurate."" Julian Joseph (BBC Radio 3 presenter)

Emily Saunders’ band return to Way Out West following a triumphant London Jazz Festival gig, and ahead of the release of her second album “Outsiders Insiders” on March 2nd 2015.

“Saunders is the real deal, a jazz vocalist with a big future” (4 ****) John Fordham, The Guardian"
£10 / £8 conc / £5 students
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11th
@ Bulls Head
Dave Jones' Affinity
Dave Jones - bass, Maciek Pysz - guitar, Roger Beaujolais - vibes, Tony Woods - saxes

Dave Jones leads an evening expressive compositions, wonderfully interactive ensemble playing and two fabulous new musicians to play at WOW in Maciek Pysz and Roger Beaujolais. "
£10 / £8 conc / £5 students
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13th
@ Cafe Posk
"Vasilis Xenopoulos Quintet"
Vasilis Xenopoulos tenor Nigel Price guitar Leon Greening Piano Adam King Double Bass Matt Home Drums

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£8 / £5 students
 
18th
@ Bulls Head
Pete Hurt + Martin Speake Quartet
Pete Hurt tenor sax, Martin Speake alto sax, Conor Chaplin bass, Juanma Nieto drums

Music by Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh amongst others. This band which started playing occasional gigs in a bar in East London is dedicated to performing the music of the Tristano school (Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz & Warne Marsh and others) plus standard tunes that were associated with these players. "
£10 / £8 conc / £5 students
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25th
@ Bulls Head
Mike Outram


Master guitarist returns to Way Out West "
£10 / £8 conc / £5 students
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March 2015
4th
@ Bulls Head
Giant Steps Now!
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Music from the 1959 album Giant Steps by the great John Coltrane which changed the face of jazz. This will be a unique chance to hear a contemporary, live performance of music originally created for the studio.
£10 / £8 conc / £5 students
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6th
@ Cafe Posk
Jimmy Hastings Quartet
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£8 / £5 students
 
11th
@ Bulls Head
Elecric Lyric Ensemble
Nette Robinson-vocals, Tony Woods-sax, Tom Millar- piano, Matt Ridley- bass, Chris Nickolls-drums

An evening of musical settings of poetry. Words by Sassoon, Hopkins, Hood... Music by Garrick, Woods, Millar.

“Jazz is poetry never prose” (Michael Garrick OBE, founder of the Lyric Ensemble).
£10 / £8 conc / £5 students
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18th
@ Bulls Head
DISORDER AT THE BORDER
Chris Biscoe - alto, sop sax, alto clarinet; Ben Davis - cello; Elliot Galvin - piano; Tom McCredie - bass; Corrie Dick - drums

Three generations of musicians from three London jazz collectives, meeting for the third time: leave your preconceptions at the door. Members of Chaos, Way Out West and F-IRE collectives open up to playing tunes across a wide area of the jazz spectrum created by everyone in the band. Chris Biscoe is known for his work with George Russell, Hermeto Pascoal and Mike Westbrook, Ben Davis leads the innovative Basquiat Strings. They have also worked together as a duo, and in Ben's quartet. Comparative newcomers Elliot Galvin, Tom McCredie and Corrie Dick are swiftly gaining recognition as some of the most creative musicians on the British and European scene.
£10 / £8 conc / £5 students
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25th
@ Bulls Head
Tim Whitehead Quartet
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£10 / £8 conc / £5 students
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