JUNE

JUNE

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NOT ALL EVENTS ARE PRE-BOOKABLE. 

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

BK = BEAR KEEPER (MEMBERS)

IF YOU DON'T SEE THE DATE HERE, WE ARE NOT OPEN. 

WE CLOSE AROUND MIDNIGHT. 


" Jam Experiment is ‘feel good’, accessible, intelligently crafted… and irresistible. " 
- London Jazz News  

FRIDAY 01 JUNE

JAM EXPERIEMENT

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Jam Experiment are a 5 piece band based in London. They won the 2014 Jazz North Introduces Scheme, shortly after their debut gig supporting Liane Carroll. They have  since appeared on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland and Jazz FM numerous times, and played at leading jazz festivals and venues across the UK including London, Love Supreme, Manchester, Scarborough, Liverpool, leaving audiences in awe. 
The lineup includes the winner of the inaugural  BBC Young Musician Jazz Award, saxophonist  Alexander Bone, as well as the winner of Rising Star in the 2017 British Jazz Awards, trombonist Rory Ingham, Dominic Ingham on Violin, Toby Comeau on piano/keyboard, Joe Lee on bass, and Jonny Mansfield on drums. 
Jam Experiment display a fresh, energetic and honest approach of original compositions and arrangements. All band members write music for the band and contribute musical ideas equally, creating a beautifully varied set of music, and a very individual, cool and funky sound. They released their debut album in 2017 followed by a 40 date UK Tour! 

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

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SATURDAY 02 jUNE

MATT CHANDLER TRIO

Matt has worked with many of the UK’S  major jazz artists such as Dave O Higgins, Alan Barnes, Dennis Rollins and Tony Kofi. His innovative style is supported by a career that has spanned genres from jazz to punk, folk to electronica. Based in London, The Matt Chandler Trio features Ross Stanley on Hammond Organ and Eric Ford on drums. At present Matt is promoting his 3rd album, 'Astrometrics', released on 33 Jazz Records.

“I wanted to do an album that was in keeping with the organ trio tradition but with a newer take on it and with material that was not composition heavy, where the music and the players just "get down to it". The material, by design, is simplistic. It's really a celebration of our skills and how are skills work together.”

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

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SUNDAY 03 JUNE

JAZZ JAM

With its new home on the first Sunday of the month,...  Come to watch, come to play, come to drink...

What is the Jazz Jam?

The Jazz Jam is a session led by a great house band, where musicians and singers come to try out material, play old classics and sit in with other players. 

Who is it for?

It is for everyone. Half of the crowd come to play, half come to just watch. It's the sort of gig where you don't know what's coming next. 

What's the vibe?

It's a relaxed Sunday afternoon feel, very friendly and a chance to see some great music up close, often with musical combinations and improvisations that you will never see again.

If you are lucky...

....you might even see Perry's jazz dancers who stop in every now and then, clear some tables, and hit the floor.  

Find the Jazz Jam on Facebook HERE

DOOR: 1.30pm
MUSIC: 2.00pm - 5.30PM
£4 / £3 (BK)

NO RESERVATIONS. FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. 


"The loose, improvisatory feel of a Charlie Parker riff.
Life as jazz. Cinema as bebop"

— Tom Shone (Sunday Times Film Critic)
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TUESDAY 05 JUNE

'WILDERNESS'

A screening of Justin's (aka BEAR's) first feature film, released last year and winner of 12 international film festival awards. Shot predominantly in Cornwall, but a small section in The Bear Club, it features a jazz soundtrack from some Bear regulars. 

MORE INFO & TRAILER HERE

Thanks to everyone who has been asking about screenings, progress, successes... so here, finally, are 4 chances to watch it in Luton. Showing 5th, 11th, 19th, 25th June. 

DOORS: 7.30PM
FILM: 8.00PM (followed by Q&A*)

84 mins / Not suitable for kids

TICKETS: £8 / £5 BK
EMAIL TO RESERVE
 

* Q&A will be with the director Justin John Doherty, and with editor Steven Worsley and members of the cast where schedules allow.  


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THURSDAY 07 JUNE

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 


FRIDAY 08 JUNE

THE TOOTS PROJECT

 Photo: Jon Frost

Photo: Jon Frost

The Toots Project is a programme of music from virtuoso harmonica player Phil Hopkins, presenting an homage to the unique Belgian jazz musician Toots Thielemans, whose career over 50 years saw him working alongside the leading names in jazz, pop and media, gracing their recordings with the highly personal and stirring sound of chromatic harmonica.

This supergroup of incredible musicians also features Yaron Stavi on bass, Jonathan Gee on piano, Rick Finlay on drums and Jeremy Shoham on Saxophone. 

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

EMAIL TO RESERVE


"She slips effortlessly between smokey soul, folk-pop and
heart-wrenching alt-country, all in a rich voice"
 - 
Q Magazine

sATURDAY 09 JUNE

DANNI NICHOLLS

Fresh back from recording her new album in Nashville, Tennessee, armed with a batch of new songs, award nominated Americana singer/songwriter Danni Nicholls is back at the Bear Club with her signature blend of american roots infused music.

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

SOLD OUT - SORRY (worth trying the door after 8.30)


"The loose, improvisatory feel of a Charlie Parker riff.
Life as jazz. Cinema as bebop"

— Tom Shone (Sunday Times Film Critic)

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MONDAY 11 JUNE

'WILDERNESS'

A screening of Justin's (aka BEAR's) first feature film, released last year and winner of 12 international film festival awards. Shot predominantly in Cornwall, but a small section in The Bear Club, it features a jazz soundtrack from some Bear regulars. 

MORE INFO & TRAILER HERE

Thanks to everyone who has been asking about screenings, progress, successes... so here, finally, are 4 chances to watch it in Luton. Showing 5th, 11th, 19th, 25th June. 

DOORS: 7.30PM
FILM: 8.00PM (followed by Q&A*)

84 mins / Not suitable for kids

TICKETS: £8 / £5 BK
EMAIL TO RESERVE

* Q&A will be with the director Justin John Doherty, and with editor Steven Worsley and members of the cast where schedules allow.  


WEDNESDAY 13 JUNE

HAPPY SHARK COMEDY PRESENTS...


DANE BAPTISTE, HENRY PAKER & JARLATH REGAN

Dane Baptiste
Original, provocative and exceptionally prolific, Dane Baptiste (UK) comes to The Bear Club for the first time with his unique brand of standup comedy. As seen on Mock The Week and Live At The Apollo, Dane made comedy history in 2014 as the first black British act to be nominated for an Edinburgh Comedy Award. 

"Observational comedy at its finest" - The Independent, UK

"Dane Baptiste is a comical genius" - Edinburgh Festival Magazine

Joe Wilkinson
Joe is a critically acclaimed standup and comedy talent, most recently portraying the wonderfully creepy Dan in the smash hit new BBC Three sitcom Him And Her. Joe has also made star appearances on Russell Howard's Good News and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

Henry Paker
Award-winning stand-up from the surrealist comedian is the fastest rising star on the UK comedy circuit and name you’ll be hearing a lot more of very soon. Henry’s TV appearances include Russell Howard’s Good News, Seann Walsh World and Edinburgh and Beyond. Henry also co writes and stars in Radio 4 sketch show Small Scenes and is one of the most sought after writers in the industry. 

Jarlath Regan (MC)
Jarlath Regan (Irishman Abroad podcast creator and star of Tonight At The Palladium, Standup Central & Russell Howard’s Good News) is our new resident MC. Jarlath is known in Ireland for his regular appearances on television and radio, his best selling illustrated books, weekly podcast and hilarious range of greeting cards. Since moving to the UK he has become a regular at all the top clubs across the country, supported Jack Whitehall and Marc Maron on tour and donated a kidney to his brother. The Irish Times has called him “Downright hilarious… a comedy genius”.

DOOR: 7.00PM
For tickets GO HERE

(on sale Friday 18 May 9am)


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THURSDAY 14 JUNE

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 


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FRIDAY 15 JUNE

THE CLIFF BROWN BAND

Despite playing The Royal Albert Hall at the tender age of 17, Cliff Brown has continued to keep his feet on the ground. Rooted firmly in the music business he divides his time between playing live, producing records and building some of the world's best valve guitar amplifiers. 

The Cliff Brown Band return to The Bear Club, bringing their own mix of Chicago, Texas and Jump Jive blues blended with the funky jamming styles of New Orleans. 

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SATURDAY 16 JUNE

DUGONG

 

Dugong is an up-and-coming band by featuring of the best musicians on the Italian jazz scene. It was originally created in Milan by guitarist Michele Caiati and saxophonist Nicolò Ricci, but it was later expanded abroad to London based bassist Andrea Di Biase and drummer Riccardo Chiaberta.

They released their debut album “Miscommunication” in 2014 to critical acclaim and toured it extensively in Italy, Switzerland and UK.

They will release their second album in April 2018 with the prestigious Italian label Honolulu Records. The band has a very individual sound which draws inspiration from many genres of music, from Alternative Rock to Modern Jazz to Contemporary classical music.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR

www.dugong.eu

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

EMAIL TO RESERVE


"The loose, improvisatory feel of a Charlie Parker riff.
Life as jazz. Cinema as bebop"

— Tom Shone (Sunday Times Film Critic)

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TUESDAY 19 JUNE

'WILDERNESS'

A screening of Justin's (aka BEAR's) first feature film, released last year and winner of 12 international film festival awards. Shot predominantly in Cornwall, but a small section in The Bear Club, it features a jazz soundtrack from some Bear regulars. 

MORE INFO & TRAILER HERE

Thanks to everyone who has been asking about screenings, progress, successes... so here, finally, are 4 chances to watch it in Luton. Showing 5th, 11th, 19th, 25th June. 

DOORS: 7.30PM
FILM: 8.00PM (followed by Q&A*)

84 mins / Not suitable for kids

TICKETS: £8 / £5 BK
EMAIL TO RESERVE

* Q&A will be with the director Justin John Doherty, and with editor Steven Worsley and members of the cast where schedules allow.  


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THURSDAY 21 JUNE

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 


FRIDAY 22 JUNE

TIM PENN & THE SECOND LINE

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Tim Penn & The Second Line are rapidly gathering a reputation as one of the top New Orleans R&B outfits around London. If you like Professor Longhair, Dr John, Allen Toussaint, The Neville Brothers, mixed in with an occasional old school Jelly Roll Morton -  then this is one band you won’t want to miss. In Tim’s own words “This is the blues, but with a great big smile on its face”

CLIKC HERE TO HEAR

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

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SATURDAY 23 JUNE

THE FB POCKET ORCHESTRA

Blues, Ragtime, Hot Jazz, Songs and Dances from long ago. Working backwards from the 1930s, the FB Pocket Orchestra explores repertoire that formed the embryo of what is now known as popular music.

The members originally began playing together simply as an exercise in exploring heritage repertoire - taking on a few informal performances and recording dates as schedules allowed.

The FBPO became an 'official' project in the spring of 2012 and aims to present a contemporary slant on popular acoustic music from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. 

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE

'Atmospheric, yet vibrant, this charming collection of songs will make you wish you had been born some 100 years ago. The style, glamour and ‘fabulousness’ of this era is captured beautifully on the album.'  - Jazz FM review October 1st 2012


SUNDAY 24 jUNE

UNPLUGGED CORNER

Quarterly guest programmed acoustic event showcasing the best in local singer/songwriter talent. 

DOOR: 6.45PM
MUSIC: 7.15PM  
£5 /£0 (BK)

{FIRST COME FIRST SERVED}

 

"The loose, improvisatory feel of a Charlie Parker riff.
Life as jazz. Cinema as bebop"

— Tom Shone (Sunday Times Film Critic)

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MONDAY 25 JUNE

'WILDERNESS'

A screening of Justin's (aka BEAR's) first feature film, released last year and winner of 12 international film festival awards. Shot predominantly in Cornwall, but a small section in The Bear Club, it features a jazz soundtrack from some Bear regulars. 

MORE INFO & TRAILER HERE

Thanks to everyone who has been asking about screenings, progress, successes... so here, finally, are 4 chances to watch it in Luton. Showing 5th, 11th, 19th, 25th June. 

DOORS: 7.30PM
FILM: 8.00PM (followed by Q&A*)

84 mins / Not suitable for kids

TICKETS: £8 / £5 BK
EMAIL TO RESERVE

* Q&A will be with the director Justin John Doherty, and with editor Steven Worsley and members of the cast where schedules allow.  


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THURSDAY 28 JUNE

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 


FRIDAY 29 JUNE

THE LEWIS HAMILTON BAND

 Photo: Baz Groom   

Photo: Baz Groom

 

Since their formation in August 2010 The Lewis Hamilton Band have been booked for over 500 shows from Shetland to Slovenia, and have appeared at most of the UK’s biggest blues festivals, including main stage performances at Hebden Bridge and Maryport. As a guitarist, Lewis pays tribute to some of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, taking influence from people like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Rory Gallagher. He also incorporates playing styles from more modern blues-rock musicians such as, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks and Matt Scofield. As a vocalist he has developed his own unique and powerful style of singing, while taking influence from the likes of Joe Cocker and Dave Matthews. 

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

EMAIL TO RESERVE


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SATURDAY 30 JUNE

B. D. LENZ

Mix the sophistication of jazz, the grit of Blues, and the grooves of funk and soul, and you have the recipe for contempo-jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz. The New Jersey native has played guitar since his early teens, is a graduate of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles,

CLICK HERE TO HEAR

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

EMAIL TO RESERVE