Latest Gigs

Gigs & concert details for upcoming Way Out West events. All our upcoming gigs are listed below along with band personnel, dates, what kind of music it is, plus info on the venue and tickets. If you’d like to be notified of upcoming gigs, please join the mailing list (see link on this page). Hope to see you at a gig!

Update 26th May 2020. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, all gigs are cancelled for the next few months 😦

So we’re writing a regular newsletter to keep you filled in on any online-only activity carried out by our members – please see below for copies.

Newsletters

Lockdown Newsletter #2, May 29th 2020

Despite loosening of lockdown in some areas, live events are in limbo.

Sadly, the performance at Jazz Café Posk on June 5th  by the NTJO Nette Robinson & Tony Woods Jazz Orchestra has to be postponed. At Way Out West we are looking forward to the time when public events are allowed again, but we will be using our own judgement to ensure that we re-open at a time safe for audiences and performers.

In our first newsletter we told you about YouTube live events and record releases.

Here you can discover Kate Williams with Pete Whittaker in an organ/piano duo, and Emily Saunders’ news, including advance notice of a new album release.

Newsletters are also being posted on our website: www.wowjazz.org

Take care and the best of health to you all. 

KATE WILLIAMS

Since lockdown, my time has been divided between growing veg, practicing, online teaching, and walking through the least populated bits of our local park. The decrease in road and air traffic has made us much more aware of birds and their song this year. Our most recent discovery is a group of mistle thrushes – a tonic for the soul!

I’ve just finished a duo recording/video with organist Pete Whittaker (my husband). We were invited to do this by Birmingham Jazz and you can watch it here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9JSH8EZ6D4&feature=emb_title

Other news is that my most recent CD ‘Finding Home’ with Georgia Mancio has been nominated in the best album category at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2020, and Georgia is nominated for best singer. The winners will be announced at end of June.
Finding Home short promo

….and of course you can listen/buy here: https://katewilliams.bandcamp.com/

Stay safe and well everyone, Kate

EMILY SAUNDERS

Since lockdown I’ve been going through the ebb & flow that many of us are experiencing in this ’new normal’.. awaiting the ‘old normal’ to return, and wondering how it will inevitably need to come back in a different guise.. the ‘new old normal’.. or the ‘old new normal’.. or just the ‘new normal v2’..

In reaching out and catching up, I’ve enjoyed the space in time to focus on new material, yet whilst being in this restricted environment I’m reminded of when I was in my own personal lockdown a year back – when physically ill and unable to use my limbs fully. Somehow, even though this is a terrible time for many, strangely for me it’s easier as I’ve been here before, and at least now I can work at home, as my body is working fully. I suppose we all know at different times, how every journey is personal. Aside from my at home experience, my heart extends so much to those who’ve lost family in this awful time of a world pandemic – which sadly my family has experienced too.

Somehow in this time we all look forwards, and focus on how fortunate we are – the sun has been shining more powerfully throughout with bluer skies than we’ve seen for a long time, and the birds are singing louder than ever, in the relief of less noise and air pollution. It’s quite amazing to see how quickly nature and beauty can bounce back, if we give it the space to do so.

So back to what I’m doing at mo 🙂 music is very much core – I’m forever focusing on vocal developments, writing new tunes, battling with lockdown weight-gain via an exercise bike, and finishing my long-awaited 3rd album which is going to mix in about a week (with full social distancing:). We’re also planning the schedule for its release alongside a celebration gig in 2021 which we hope will be a big welcome-back party – more info on my website will be coming soon: emilysaunders.co.uk In the meantime do have a listen to my music on https://open.spotify.com/artist/5NAKODnitrTr99wt3SR6Qf

Looking forward to seeing you all soon when WOW returns soon to present its varied and vibrant repertoire – sending thoughts and love to you all in music! Emily

Lockdown Newsletter #1, May 12th 2020

Dear Way Out West supporters,

You already know that live jazz, like all other arts events involving audiences and collective performance, is shut down. At present there’s no way of knowing when we might emerge from this situation, but it seems certain not to be before September.

Sadly, the performance at Jazz Café Posk on June 5th by the NTJO (Nette Robinson & Tony Woods Jazz Orchestra) has to be postponed. At Way Out West we are looking forward to the time when public events are allowed again, but we will be using our own judgement to ensure that we re-open at a time safe for audiences and performers.

Meanwhile, there are some concerts on YouTube Live by our ‘family bands’ involving Nette, Tony and Dave Jones, and record releases from Chris Biscoe. More on those below.

Take care and the best of health to you all.

‘Jones Family Lockdown Getdown!’
Wednesday May 13th 8:00pm

Join US!! Meredith, Dave, Madeleine and John on Wednesday 13th for a live stream gig in celebration of Dave’s birthday. We will perform some jazz and soul classics (artists such as Herbie Hancock & Stevie Wonder) and we will be live from 8pm. Be great to feel connected to everyone again and only donate if and what you feel like.

Information and stream links to be posted on our Facebook pages very soon, here is a link to the event page. https://www.facebook.com/events/697747224351736/?active_tab=about
https://www.facebook.com/dave.jones.31521301?eid=ARCHEoRz3fn2eSV24FhxlKFDCBBFYZ2w-unzCRIVHYjFdcj8TnYUJoUJW9sGQfGgSeq51CYwUxp6CEMh or email me directly on davejonesmusic@icloud.com for the link to the event.
Hope to see you! Dave.

NETTE ROBINSON & TONY WOODS

Nette and Tony will be performing a concert on 16th May – Live Streamed on YouTube. They have been performing as a Duo for several years, with a diverse repertoire that includes Jazz Standards, Originals, settings of poetry, Russian Folk songs, Stevie Wonder…  
Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYlGkGwUjHg 

They’ll go live from 7.00 pm and music will start at 7.30. (NB Sometimes takes a little while to go live.) Please say Hello to them in the chat – really helps to feel someone is there!

If the link doesn’t work you can just go to Nette’s YouTube Channel- click here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxLZtTt3pyP7oGILrpZfovQ or just search for Nette Robinson on YouTube.

If you want to contribute, (but you don’t have to!) please send Tony an email – thetonywoods@gmail.com or Nette’s paypal is: https://www.paypal.com/webapps/shoppingcart?flowlogging_id=3441716bb6855&mfid=1586985286500_3441716bb6855#/checkout/openButton
Best wishes, Tony

CHRIS BISCOE 

I’ve been pursuing the never-ending incremental business, otherwise known as practicing, of improving a craft I’ve been engaged in for around half a century, while enjoying some walks in the park, fruitless scanning of the sky for the Perseids, making baby steps at a language I should have worked on long ago. I have found I need to take a different approach to improvisation on the clarinet (my second instrument) and saxophone. For me, clarinet demands more purely mechanical practice to open up the vistas I need to improvise. So I’m hoping to develop that side of my alto clarinet playing.
As an over 70 year old in virtual lockdown I know that I’m taking more than I’m receiving, and that some of the younger players I work with will have it much harder than me. With no opportunity of selling CDs on gigs, releasing recordings for download is a useful alternative. I’m involved in 3 releases on bandcamp in which 50% of the receipts go to charities (Refuge for victims of domestic violence and Medecins sans Frontieres), the remaining money to musicians and engineers. You can find out more at my website www.chrisbiscoe.co.uk or follow these links:
https://chrisbiscoe.bandcamp.com/album/wobbly-rail-five
https://chrisbiscoe.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-campus-west
https://johnpope.bandcamp.com/album/unforseen

Thanks for reading this and take care, Chris

2020 Gigs

DEAR ALL – WE HAVE DECIDED TO POSTPONE/CANCEL ALL GIGS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. STAY SAFE AND KEEP WASHING THOSE HANDS!

POSTPONED Friday 3rd April @ POSK – Way Out West – Stevie in Wonderland

The WayOutWest Allstars present newly minted arrangements of the best songs of one of the greatest song writers of the late 20th Century, Stevie Wonder, whose work has moulded the development of popular music and whose influence stretches across the boundaries of music.

  • Tim Whitehead – tenor and soprano saxes
  • Tony Woods – alto and soprano saxes
  • Emily Saunders – vocals
  • Kate Williams – piano
  • Dave Jones – double and electric basses
  • Gary Wilcox – drums.

Tickets

Venue & tickets – Cafe POSK, Hammersmith
238-246 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 0RF
Gig starts at 8:30 pm
Tickets: £12 on the door, £10 in advance and concession, £5 students

POSTPONED Friday 1st May @ POSK – Way Out West – May Day: The Songs of Protest 

A traditional spring holiday in many cultures, May Day was chosen as International Workers Day in the late 19th Century and has since been associated with struggles for rights and equality.

This evening will feature a wide range of protest songs from American jazz standards of the 1930’s to more contemporary material.

  • Nette Robinson – voice
  • Emily Saunders – voice
  • Chris Biscoe – sax
  • Tony Woods – sax
  • Kate Williams – piano
  • Dave Jones – bass
  • Gary Willcox – drums

Tickets

Venue & tickets – Cafe POSK, Hammersmith
238-246 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 0RF
Gig starts at 8:30 pm
Tickets: £12 on the door, £10 in advance and concession, £5 students

Friday 5th June @ POSK – NTJO – Nette and Tony’s Jazz Orchestra

An exciting and outstanding big band led by Tony Woods and Nette Robinson. The NTJO presents reworkings of Tony’s compositions, originally written for his band the “Tony Woods Project”, arranged by both Tony Woods and Nette Robinson and featuring an all-star line up.

Critics have raved about Tony’s music –

“European sensibility and American grooves united” (Jazz Uk)

“Combines a jazz edge with the melodic zest of folk… delightful” (BBC Radio 3)

“Full of surprises” **** (the Guardian)

“Woods is phenomenal” (BBC Music Magazine)

“Definitely Jazz for the 21st Century” (Jazz Journal) 

  • Nette Robinson – vocals
  • Tony Woods, Tim Whitehead, Pete Hurt, Martin Dunsdon, Chris Biscoe – saxophones
  • Andy Gibson – trumpet
  • Nick Mills – trombone
  • Mike Outram – guitar
  • Rob Millett – percussion
  • Andy Hamill – bass
  • Milo Fell – drums

Tickets

Venue & tickets – Cafe POSK, Hammersmith
238-246 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 0RF
Gig starts at 8:30 pm
Tickets: £12 on the door, £10 in advance and concession, £5 students

Past Gigs

Friday 6th March @ POSK – Way Out West – Horace Silver + Blue Note Tribute

Way Out West presents an evening of music from legendary jazz pianist/composer Horace Silver. Silver started his career in the bebop idiom but soon formed a band with Art Blakey that would lead to the start of Hard Bop(that band later became the Jazz Messengers). The 1st set concentrates on Silver’s prolific writing from the mid fifties to mid sixties where his compositions have become staple jazz repertoire. The 2nd set is from Silver’s later work, the award winning 1996 album ‘The Hardbop Grandpop’.

  • Martin Shaw – Trumpet
  • Nick Mills – Trombone
  • Pete Hurt, Chris Biscoe – saxes
  • Tom Millar – piano
  • Dave Jones – bass
  • Gary Willcox – drums

7th February 2020 @ POSK – Way Out West – My Funny Valentine: Love Themes

Celebrate Valentine’s Day a week early, as Way Out West previews the day with a mixture of songs including the classic My Funny Valentine and other standard tunes with original compositions from members of WOW and the wider jazz repertoire. Featuring Tim Whitehead, Nick Mills and Emily Saunders amongst others.

  • Pete Hurt, Tim Whitehead – saxophones 
  • Nick Mills – trombone
  • Tom Millar – piano
  • Dave Jones – bass
  • Gary Willcox – drums
  • Emily Saunders – voice

11th January 2020 @ POSK – Pete Hurt Jazz Orchestra: 70th Birthday Big Band Bash

The Pete Hurt Jazz Orchestra returns to the Posk to celebrate Pete’s 70th birthday. The all-star band will be playing selections from the 2015 album “A New Start” plus several new pieces. There may be some guests sitting in with the band so come and join the fun!

  • Tori Freestone, Tony Woods, Josephine Davies, Bob McCay – reeds
  • Jim Rattigan – french horn
  • John Barclay, Robbie Robson Henry Lowther – trumpets
  • Nick Mills, Martin Gladish, Andy Lester – trombones
  • Dave Powell – tuba
  • Kate Williams – piano
  • Nick Costley-White – guitar
  • Andy Cleyndert – bass
  • Jon Scott – drums
  • Pete Hurt – arm-waving

Venue & tickets – Cafe POSK, Hammersmith
238-246 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 0RF
Gig starts at 8:30 pm
Tickets: £12 on the door, £10 in advance and concession, £5 students

17th January 2020 @ POSK – Way Out West – Gunslinging Bird

Charles Mingus wrote: If Charlie Parker were a gunslinger there’d be a whole lot of dead copycats. Tonight: no copycats, just music.

Dead at 34, the most influential musician of the bebop era, the most important alto saxophonist in jazz, creator of crystal clear lines at any tempo, the legend of Charlie Parker grew so that on his death ‘Bird Lives’ appeared on walls worldwide. Way Out West collective presents instrumental and vocal music by and about Charlie Parker. 

  • Nette Robinson – vocals
  • Tony Woods, Chris Biscoe, Pete Hurt, Tim Whitehead -saxophones
  • Nick Mills – trombone
  • Kate Williams – piano
  • Dave Jones – bass
  • Gary Willcox – drums.

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/492930/

Venue & tickets – Cafe POSK, Hammersmith
238-246 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 0RF
Gig starts at 8:30 pm
Tickets: £12 on the door, £10 in advance and concession, £5 students

December 18th 2019 @ Bull’s Head – Way Out West – “XMAS Presence” 

Tonight’s exciting concert presents an evening of XMAS standards both well known, and also lesser known traditional festive music re-worked in the usual style of the amazing Way Out West Jazz Collective.

  • Tom Millar – piano
  • Dave Jones – bass
  • Pete Hurt – tenor sax
  • Chris Biscoe – saxes
  • Tim Whitehead – saxes
  • Tony Woods – saxes
  • Gary Wilcox – drums
  • Nette Robinson – vocals

October 4th 2019 @ Cafe POSK – Emily Saunders – “All As One”

International renowned and critically acclaimed vocalist, composer, and broadcaster, Emily Saunders takes the stage by storm, leading an exceptional band of stellar musicians through her original songs. As a socially conscious wordsmith, many of her songs reflect on society, the fragility of people and the strength of connectivity, establishing her not only as a rhythmically inventive jazz vocalist, but a supremely talented songwriter. Her latin-infused, hip swaying groove ooze hazy sunshiny days and hot sultry nights, with driving baselines, splashes of spoken word, and edges of drum ’n bass (“UK’s Queen of Jazz Fusion” Snowboy) pronounce Saunders as “one for the dance jazz clubs” (Gilles Peterson BBC radio 6).

  • Emily Saunders – Voice
  • Byron Wallen – Trumpet
  • Chris Jerome – Keys
  • Paul Michael – Bass
  • Eric Ford – Drums

‘Absolutely brilliant’ – Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio2
‘Fast Rising Brit Jazz Talent’ – Metro
‘Next big thing’ – Evening Standard
“Classy vocals.. hugely talented…much panache” Echoes
‘Musicality, poise and ingenuity – Saunders is the real deal’ – The Guardian
‘a soundworld both unified and unique – highly impressive’ – The Arts Desk
‘One for the jazz dance clubs’ – Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio6
‘Jazz album of the year so far’ – The Independent
“Superb new talent everyone’s talking about..It’s got energy it got effervescence it’s got everything” Jazz Fm
‘The outrageously good Emily Saunders. An extraordinary talent’ – JazzFM

Evening Standard★★★★ The Independent★★★★ The Guardian★★★★ The Arts Desk★★★★

emilysaunders.co.uk
twitter.com/emilysounds
facebook.com/emilysaundersesb

Venue & tickets – Cafe POSK, Hammersmith
238-246 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 0RF
Gig starts at 8:30 pm
Tickets: £12 on the door, £10 in advance and concession, £5 students

November 16th 2019 @ Cafe POSK – Blue Notes and 50 years of British Jazz

Way Out West is a collective of jazz musicians based around west London. Formed in 2004, it has promoted over 600 gigs in 10 different venues. Uniquely among London jazz collectives it is multi-generational, with members ages ranging from 20 to 90+, and this is reflected in the range of music played.

The concert is a double bill, with an opening set by a sextet playing arrangements by trombonist Nick Mills drawn from great Blue Note recordings by Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard.

In contrast, the second half starts with a taste of cross-cultural exchange – music from The European Quartet – the great collaboration between Jan Garbarek and Keith Jarrett.

The main part evening draws on the rich tradition of compositions by British based composers including Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Mike Westbrook and Mike Gibbs, plus contemporary works by members of Way out West including Pete Hurt and Kate Williams. New arrangements feature a variety of line-ups from duo to eleven piece.
The concert is probably the first to feature such a cross section of British jazz compositions of the last 50 years. Several of the musicians involved have worked and recorded with these composers and bring their personal experience to the celebration of originality and innovation which these writers brought to the jazz scene.

  • Kate Williams and Tom Millar (piano)
  • Nette Robinson and Emily Saunders (voice)
  • Gary Willcox (drums)
  • Mick Sexton (bass)
  • Nick Mills (trombone)
  • Chris Biscoe, Pete Hurt, Tim Whitehead, Tony Woods (saxes and woodwind)
  • Guests: Steve Fishwick and Robbie Robson (trumpet); Oli Hayhurst (bass)

Venue & tickets – Cafe POSK, Hammersmith
238-246 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 0RF
Gig starts at 8:30 pm
Tickets: £15 on the door, £12 in advance and concession, £5 students

November 20th 2019 @ Bull’s Head – Way Out West – “The Europeans – Songs and Landscapes” – EFG London Jazz Festival 2019

Tonight’s exciting concert presents an evening of great jazz realising European themes and connections with Nette Robinson singing songs composed by great European jazz artists with Tim Whitehead and Tony Woods on saxophones fronting a band with a truly international rhythm section, featuring Italian pianist Giovanni Mirabassi alongside Dave Jones on bass and Gary Wilcox on drums.

Venue & tickets – The Bull’s Head, Barnes
373 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, SW13 9PY
Gig starts at 8:00 pm
Tickets: £12 on the door, £10 in advance and concession, £5 students

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Way Out West gigs are at the following venues

Venue & tickets – The Bull’s Head, Barnes
373 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, SW13 9PY
Gig starts at 8:00 pm
Tickets: £12 on the door, £10 in advance and concession, £5 students

Venue & tickets – Cafe POSK, Hammersmith
238-246 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 0RF
Gig starts at 8:30 pm
Tickets: £12 on the door, £10 in advance and concession, £5 students