Andy Mears Orchestra ft. Vocalist Gemma Nelson

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Expect an afternoon of sumptuous grooves, world rhythms and swinging classics from a stellar cast of some of London's hottest musicians.

With a broad repertoire that draws from the libraries of Buddy Rich, Benny Carter, Charles Mingus, Basie, Ellington and more as well as performing fresh and exciting new material from Andy and other leading UK composers/arrangers, there really is no better way to spend a cold Sunday afternoon in February than in the warm and friendly surroundings of South London's premier Jazz venue in the company of The Andy Mears Orchestra.

In addition to running the Orchestra, Andy has an Octet, for which he writes extensively and which features some of the finest jazz talent the UK has to offer and it was with this group that Andy recorded his first CD as a leader, Eight plus One. It subsequently received a number of radio appearances and favourable reviews, notably from the late, great Humphrey Lyttelton, who described Andy and his ensemble as "Auspicious".

Guest Vocalist with the Orchestra this afternoon is highly sought after vocalist and recording artist, Gemma Nelson.

Gemma’s first major breakthrough came in 1998 after performing alongside legendary American Soul-Singer Jimmy Ruffin.

Since then she has toured all over the world working with artists such as Kool & the Gang, Neil Cowley, The Royal Air Force Squadronaires and many more.

Vocals - Gemma Nelson
Saxes - Andy Mears, Andy Hooley, Dave Horniblow, Toby Stewart, Colin Mills
Trumpets - Ben Beavis, Freddie Gavita, Ben Godfrey, Paul Mason, Andrew Lofthouse
Trombones - Andy Watson, Nick Mills, Jonty Hill, Josh Hayward
Drums - Dave Tandy, Piano - tbc, Bass - Tom Mark

SKU: Andy Mears Orchestra 9th February 2014
Doors 12pm, Show 2pm

Bring the kids too!

Our Sunday lunch shows are always a great day out for families as well and children under the age of 16 are admitted free of charge. All we ask is that youngsters are able to enjoy the show without causing a disturbance - while booking please choose number of adults and state the number children attending in the comments.

Show seating info

All customers are seated on arrival on a first come, first served basis, so the earliest arrivals will get the best choice of tables, and we will ask you if you wish to dine as you arrive. Diners receive a full waiter service in the central seating area, and in this area all members of the party must have at least a main course meal. Parties where only some members wish to dine can still eat by ordering their food at the bar. Please note our max table size is 6 people, so bigger parties will be seated at separate tables, close together.