MARCH 16

MARCH

THE LIST IS CONSTANTLY BEING UPDATED. IF YOU'RE ON THE MAILING LIST OR YOU FOLLOW US ON TWITTER YOU'LL BE NOTIFIED WHEN THINGS GO LIVE. 

NOT ALL EVENTS ARE PRE-BOOKABLE. IT SAYS IF THEY ARE. 

CONCESSIONS ARE FOR STUDENTS WITH VALID ID, OVER 60s & MUSICIANS' UNION MEMBERS. 

BK = BEAR KEEPER (MEMBERS)

WE CLOSE AROUND MIDNIGHT. 


THURSDAY 03 MARCH

Lights low. Records playing. 

No live music currently planned, but we're still open for the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town.


FRIDAY 04 mARCH

SIMIANS OF SWING

The Simians of Swing are no ordinary jazz group; they are story tellers in the great comic book tradition.  Each number on this album is a soundtrack to a hero or villain; some of the characters are good, most are bad … but all are legends with tales of revenge, tragedy and romance. Set in a post-apocalyptic world the Simians narrate their stories through the medium of jazz.

Simians for the night will be:

Sara Dowling - vocals
Andy Davies - trumpet
Luca Boscagin - guitar
Lorenzo Bassignani - bass
Josh Blackmore - drums

CHECK THEM OUT HERE

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM        
£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SATURDAY 5 FEB

THE MONOCHROME SET

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Their first Luton gig after 37 years of existence. With support from The Knockouts.

This is an external promoter event, and is currently SOLD OUT. Sorry. 


SUNDAY 6 MARCH

THE LUTON DESCARGA PROJECT #1

An exciting new monthly Latin jazz project for The Bear Club. More HERE

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 7.30PM - 10PM

£5 / £0 (BK)

FIRST COME FIRST SERVED


THURSDAY 10 MARCH

Lights low. Records playing. 

No live music currently planned, but we're still open for the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town.


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FRIDAY 11 MARCH

HEZRON SPRINGER TRIO

Outing for dynamic young pianist HEZRON SPRINGER and featuring electric bassist and guitarist DAVE SHANNON and drummer DAN EGAN. Not a typical Jazz set, but Jazz fused with Bossa Nova, Rock, Metal, Salsa, Latin, Contemporary and so much more. If this is your first time watching them you're in for a real treat!

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM        
£5 / £4 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SATURDAY 12 MARCH

STORMY MONDAY & THE KRAKOW JAZZ ENSEMBLE

In 1988, director Mike Figgis cast 6 members of the legendary free jazz group 'The People Band', to perform in his first feature film ‘Stormy Monday’, which starred Sting, Tommy Lee Jones, Sean Bean and Melanie Griffith. 

Figgis knew exactly what he was arranging, as he himself had been a People Band member since the late ’60’s.

The band was cast in the film as “The Krakow Jazz Ensemble’ a group of touring Polish Jazz musicians.  

The band; guitarist Ed Deane, saxophonists Davey Payne & Paul Jolly, pianist Mel Davis, bassist Charlie Hart and drummer Terry Day, feature throughout the film performing and playing, including an extreme version of the ’Star Spangled  Banner’ (in front of a visibly shocked Jones and Griffith) which caused a stir amongst film goers and notably film critics.

Since then the 6 musicians have performed regularly with others as the People Band and this performance at the Bear Club forms part of a planned reunion for the Krakows who will perform alongside pianist Pat Thomas, replacing the late Mel Davis.  

A special FREE screening of the film will take place early in the evening. 

DOORS: 5.45PM
FILM: 6.00PM - 7.30PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM
£7 / £6 / £3 (BK)

Film screening is free for those who can only attend this part. 

EMAIL TO RESERVE

Luton's Paul Jolly (left) in a shot from the film. 

Luton's Paul Jolly (left) in a shot from the film. 


THURSDAY 17 MARCH

Lights low. Records playing. 

No live music currently planned, but we're still open for the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town.


FRIDAY 18 mARCH

GREG COULSON

''Greg Coulson is definitely one to watch. Informed by the organ masters Ray Charles, Steve Winwood and Booker T, his style is rhythmic, fluid and above all, very exciting." - The Blues Magazine

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A night of rhythm and blues featuring Greg and his immensely talented outfit featuring Stuart Dixon - Guitar (Dani Wilde/Eddie Floyd/Geno Washington/Marcus Malone), John Thompson - Bass (The Selecter/Bad Manners) and Jay Joseph on drums.

A return to The Bear Club after Greg's fantastic show here last year. 

DOOR: 7.00pm
MUSIC: 8.30pm

£8 / £7 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


"Wild Card gets on down, just for the Funk of it. That's a great gift to give to the world" ★★★★  All About Jazz

SATURDAY 19 MARCH

WILD CARD featuring JIM KNIGHT

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Critically acclaimed, Clement Regert's Wild Card is a melting-pot of musical ideas, fusing urban rhythms, Hard-bop and grooves with latin and jazz attitude. 

For tonight’s show they have a stellar line up which comprises of special guest, fiery Alto saxophonist Jim Knight (M.Buble, Cee Lo Green...), backed up by the core Organ trio of Gabor Gornyei on Drums, Andrew Noble on Hammond Organ and French guitarist/band leader Clement Regert.

You can expect to hear their famous mix of Afro-jazz, Hard-bop, Samba and raw funk numbers. 

CLICK HERE TO HEAR

 

"Best 10 jazz album of the year 2015"  ★★★★  The Telegraph

Organic Riot  ★★★★ “Album of the week”    The Evening Standard

"Whaoo! What a band! ...You are in for a real treat."  BBC "Jazz World show" 

DOOR: 7.00pm
MUSIC: 8.30pm

£8 / £7 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


THURSDAY 24 MARCH

Lights low. Records playing. 

No live music currently planned, but we're still open for the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town.


“I can’t hold a candle to this guy” – Jamie Cullum

FRIDAY 25 MARCH

DOM PIPKIN

“The soul of New Orleans in the UK”,  Dom Pipkin has played with everyone in the business, and has a unique relationship with the blues and soul of New Orleans, where he is a regular visitor and performer. 

Dom breathes new life into the classic funk sounds of The Meters, Dr John, Fats Domino and Professor Longhair with a stellar list of festival and radio and TV appearances including The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the London Jazz Festival, and an extended residency at Ronnie Scott’s famous jazz club in London. 

CLICK HERE TO HEAR DOM ON THE STREETS OF NEW ORLEANS. 

www.dompipkin.co.uk

DOOR: 7.00pm
MUSIC: 8.30pm

£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SATURDAY 26 MARCH

TOM RIDOUT'S SQUARE2

A hard swinging, heavy punching and intensely creative new jazz quartet. Playing a mix of old songbook standards and new original music. 
Comprised of top London Jazz students, the lineup is Tom Ridout - Saxophones, Joe Hill - Piano, Joe Dessauer - Drums and Joe Boyle - Bass.

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM        
£5 / £4 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SUNDAY 27 MARCH

JAZZ JAM

DOOR: 1.30pm
MUSIC: 2.00pm - 5.00PM

£4 / £3 (BK)

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