The Verdict

Brighton's only purpose-built jazz venue, 159 Edward Street, BN2 0JB

live jazz on Fridays and some Saturdays
 student discounts - door/food 7.0 pm - music 8.30  

live jazz on Wednesdays, Fridays and some Saturdays

 student discounts - door/food 7.0 pm - music 8.30


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every Saturday, 11 am - 2 pm Brighton Jazz School weekenders' class

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Tuesday 8th


virtuoso pianist takes on Bach, with video art




"J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations is one of the most famous works in musical literature and an endless source of inspiration for pianists around the world. The music simply transcends genres, and Bach's ability to develop and sculpt variations on a theme remains unsurpassed. It is no coincidence that the legendary saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, himself a master in the art of thematic variation, deeply admired Bach.In the notes for his interpretation of the Variations, British pianist John Law explains the structure of the work and sees a resemblance to jazz: "They fall somewhere between a chaconne (variations on a repeating chord sequence - rather as in jazz) and a passacaglia (different harmonisations over a continuously repeating bass theme)."
"A fascinating portal into Bach's music that sets the mood for a total experience." - All About Jazz
In the first set, John will playing some of his own new solo compositions, and in the second, the Goldbergs. His performance will be enhanced by videos operated by Patrick Dunn and featuring animations by David Daniels (Led Zeppelin, Bryan Adams).

John's   website   wiki   Congregation   Three Part Invention   These Skies... CD promo   Goldberg Project  


Friday 4th December  film at 7.15 £5  BOOK ONLINE  gig at 8.30 £12/9  BOOK ONLINE
biographer lives (and plays) the Hard Bop dream        

Simon Spillett (tenor sax)  John Critchinson (piano)  Dave Green (bass)  Spike Wells (drums)
plus preview screening of A Man in a Hurry (Tubby Hayes biopic) 
To add to his comprehensive CV as UK's foremost classic hard bop tenor saxophonist (Jazz Journal critics' CD [Sienna Red] of the year 2009, British Jazz Awards poll winner 2011) and an accomplished jazz writer (e.g. The Long Shadow Of The Little Giant [Tubby Hayes], 2015, Equinox), Simon now also emerges as an engaging TV personality, appearing in Mark Baxter & Lee Cogswell's biopic of Tubby A Man in a Hurry being (at last) scheduled for national transmission in 2016 (date to be confirmed). In the meanwhile, the Verdict is proud to have been chosen as one a few select venues where this compelling film will be screened prior to public broadcast, followed by two full sets from Simon's 'Tubbs Survivors' Quartet.

Simon's   website   wiki   Square One CD promo   Blake's Heaven   Tubby Hayes   wiki   A Man in a Hurry