After these guys had to postpone due to illness earlier in the year, we're absolutely thrilled to have them back!
Forj is an exciting quartet led by drummer Jonathan Silk, featuring the critically acclaimed and long time friend and collaborator, Nick Jurd on double bass alongside the incredible musicianship of two of London’s finest improvisers, Joe Wright and Josh Arcoleo on tenor saxophones. This band promises high octane grooves and expansive improvisation across a whole series of original compositions. Forj attempt to bridge the gap between chaos and purpose. With original compositions as a framework, the band move to reshape what the music is at every outing. With improvisation at the heart of the ensemble, every performance is a new experience. Performing a rocky, but subtle, set of intricate grooves and diverse melodies, Forj blur the lines between composition and improvisation in a highly interactive manner in this exciting chordless ensemble.
Debut release Skirfare was released in February 2021, only available through their dedicated album builder on the Forj website. Their latest album Our Space is to be released April 2022 and is available through the FORJ bandcamp.
Joe Wright, Josh Arcoleo, Nick Jurd, Jonathan Silk
Jazz FM broadcaster, Clare Teal returns to Crazy Coqs following her acclaimed and sold-out double header last year. This further opportunity to hear her evocative voice spanning a wide range of delightful songs, combined with her self deprecating northern wit, makes these concerts a must get to night out. Clare is equally at home on large stage venues, including the BBC Proms at The Albert Hall, The Cadogan Hall and the EFG London Jazz Festival with her Mini Big Band at St.John’s Smith Square, as well as in smaller, intimate, club environments such as The Other Palace Studio, The Pheasantry and Crazy Coqs. For these two concerts at Crazy Coqs, Clare is once again joined by her regular accompanist, the brilliant pianist Jason Rebello, winner of the British Jazz Awards 2017 Best Pianist, followed by his triumphant concert in the 2018 London Jazz Festival. His eagerly awaited performance in the 2019 Steinway two-piano Festival concert with Julian Joseph was such an outstanding success that they returned earlier in 2020 for two sold out concerts.
Renowned UK singer pianist Jeremy Sassoon narrates and performs his history of Jewish songwriters from the piano, supported by his trio. The show starts with the golden era of Gershwin and the Great American Songbook and continues right up to the early 21st Century, spanning artists such as Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Randy Newman and Amy Winehouse. Jeremy is a captivating host and raconteur, armed with witty repartee and some surprising and little known facts. The show’s sell-out launch in London 2019 received a rapturous standing ovation. Don’t miss it!
They’re back! The London Quartet return to Crazy Coqs with their trademark mix of comedy, charm and vocal virtuosity: from Pop to the Classics, Folk to Jazz, Musical to Movie. Great singing, Great songs, Great fun from a Great British vocal group. The Quartet will be accompanied at the piano by Chris Hatt, Associate Musical Director of Hamilton, in an evening which embraces the Sublime and the Ridiculous. There will be Songs of Cricket and Songs of Love and War, in a wide-ranging programme which includes music from some of the great vocal groups, amongst which the Hi-Lo’s and the Four Freshmen from 1950s America and the great inter-war German group, the Comedian Harmonists. All presented with The London Quartet’s signature blend of virtuoso singing and side-splitting humour.
After these guys had to postpone due to illness earlier in the year, we're absolutely thrilled to have them back! Forj is an exciting quartet led by drummer Jonathan Silk, featuring the critically acclaimed and long time friend and collaborator, Nick Jurd on double bass alongside the incredible musicianship of two of London’s finest improvisers, Joe Wright and Josh Arcoleo on tenor saxophones. This band promises high octane grooves and expansive improvisation across a whole series of original compositions. Forj attempt to bridge the gap between chaos and purpose. With original compositions as a framework, the band move to reshape what the music is at every outing. With improvisation at the heart of the ensemble, every performance is a new experience. Performing a rocky, but subtle, set of intricate grooves and diverse melodies, Forj blur the lines between composition and improvisation in a highly interactive manner in this exciting chordless ensemble. Debut release Skirfare was released in February 2021, only available through their dedicated album builder on the Forj website. Their latest album Our Space is to be released April 2022 and is available through the FORJ bandcamp.
Winner of the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year, Xhosa Cole is an embodiment of the success of numerous community arts programmes in Birmingham including the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra, Jazzlines Ensemble and Birmingham Music Service. Having grown up in Handsworth and first played the Tenor at Andy Hamilton's Ladywood Community Music School, he's now among a long legacy of Birmingham Saxophonists including Soweto Kinch and Shabaka Hutchings. Xhosa has performed twice at the BBC Proms, Composed music for the Ripieno Players, a Birmingham Based String Orchestra, recorded saxophone for Mahalia’s debut album ‘Love and Compromise’, completed a 22 date UK tour, all along side his studies as a scholar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Xhosa Also received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for ‘Best Newcomer’ in 2019 and Jazz FM 'Breakthrough act of the year'. Xhosa's earliest memories of the arts are with ACE Youth Dance group. However, since playing in Holyhead School's Jazz band with Ray Prince and Sid Peacock he decided to pursue music and joined the Jazzlines Ensemble, Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra, Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra among others. Xhosa attended courses with the National Youth Jazz Collective and National Youth Wind Orchestra. He is now finishing his degree in Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London alongside a wide spectrum of work writing and performing across the UK. in 2019 Xhosa received the Parliamentary Jazz award for 'Best Newcomer”.
Jazz fusion guitarist, Jules Hay, brings his second album, ‘Where Next?’ back from South America to London. Jules will also be playing tracks from his first album, ‘From London to Little London.’ Both albums were recorded in Brazil bringing together infectious Brazilian grooves with a modern jazz fusion sensibility. Where Next? also brings in influences from Afrobeat, Latin Jazz, Reggae and Jazz Funk. ‘…this harmonious thinking and rhythmical characteristics are addictive, relaxing and life giving.’, jazz.sk ‘beautiful guitars, convoluted technical passes, bouncing bass, skilful keyboards, jazz, and jazz to a bossa nova tune, rejoice!’, DJOLO. His debut album – From London to Little London (July 2020) – traced his journey from his home in the UKs capital to the Brazilian city of Londrina – aka ‘Little London.’ But what started out as a short-term recording project saw him locked down in South America for more than a year during the pandemic. The subsequent months spent hanging out, playing and recording with local musicians brings him full circle; Where Next? was recorded in Brazil and finished back in the UK, essentially documenting his journey home. Musically, the set of 9 original songs brings together infectious Brazilian rhythms and grooves with a modern jazz fusion sensibility. We’re thrilled to have Jules upstairs at Toulouse! Book your ticket now for this perfect Thursday night gig.
Known for her charming delivery of a lyric and her impeccable time, 2016 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition finalist, Lauren Bush is a contemporary Canadian jazz vocalist based in London, UK. All About Jazz noted that “Bush is one of the freshest and most exciting vocalists to appear on the scene for some time.” and Downbeat Magazine commented on “her unique phrasing, perfect diction and scatting abilities.” Her 2016 debut album, All My Treasures, comprised of 12 carefully selected, favourite jazz standards, was produced by jazz luminary Ian Shaw and met with critical acclaim. With quirky and refreshing arrangements, Lauren is able to show off her versatility and improvisation skills in the up-tempo tunes like Sweet Georgia Brown and I’m Old Fashioned while impressing with her sultry phrasing and dusky range in the ballads like Detour Ahead. Currently touring her latest album, Dream Away.
Get ready for a brand new residency at Toulouse! An open mic for singer and jazz lovers with the one and only, Freddie Benedict! The man can, act, skat, sing, and play the trumpet! Freddie was born from an artistic family, joining a local church choir as a child, which sent him on his way to becoming the ambitious, and talented performer you’ll see on stage. His vocal talents have seen him play at some of the most sought after concert halls, with international operas and the NYJO from Carnegie Hall, Glyndebourne, and the Royal Opera House to name but a few. Continually gigging and creating, new projects including Around the World in 30minutes. Taking jazz tunes and Freddie’s multi-lingual expertise to bring you a set of select songs, transporting you to France, Spain, America and Brazil! Click here for a little sample. Believe us, you’re in good hands! This event is open to all level of singers – it’s about the joy of singing! You’ll have the pleasure of playing with a killer house band: Chris Bland – Piano Jack Garside – Double Bass Tom Potter – Drums Open Micers discount. Book your table now!
We’re thrilled to have the talented Daniel Benisty with us in our piano room. Entertainer, Songwriter, Poet, Linguist, Voice Impersonator and Bandleader who performs a complete mix of pop, soul, latin, variete française, jazz, swing and blues. Expect a variety of mellow jazz (covers of Billie Holiday & Nat King Cole) to upbeat Swing (eg. Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett) to Soul (Bill Withers & Stevie Wonder) to interactive Singalong (Elton John, Elvis, Ed Sheeran & The Beatles) to popular repertoire from France, Belgium, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Portugal, Spain, Brazil. Originally from London, Daniel started his musical journey in his 20s whilst living and working in Switzerland. Developing as a Jazz Pianist and Blues singer (separately), Daniel studied jazz at EJMA and toured as a singer with a number of Swiss bands who performed regularly at Blues, Jazz and Rock festivals in France, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. Alongside a passion for Jazz and Blues, Daniel’s operatic and musical theatre styles have seen him perform on a variety of stages across the UK and Europe where he has performed as Elvis (Geneva, Switzerland), Freddie Mercury (Frankfurt, Germany) and as a lead Italian tenor in a London production of “Lend me a Tenor”. As well as having an extremely wide repertoire of songs spanning 1920 to 2020, Daniel also sings in a dozen languages, including Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. Alongside his Anglo-French musical home, Toulouse Lautrec, Daniel has also performed at The Ritz, The Ivy, The Dorchester, The Wellsley, The Hilton, Home House, the Troubadour and many other prime London music venues, both solo as a pianist/singer and with his band, The London Swing and Soul Band. Daniel has also been Musical Director, Bandleader and Principle Resident musician at Caffe Concerto, RAC Club, Bar 48, The Savoy, Cafe 1001 and the Phoenix Arts Club.
We love having Australian harpist and singer, Tara Minton at the TLV piano bar! Boasting international acclaim as performer and educator – she will dazzle you with her “Blessing of a voice” – (Mancunian Matters) and incredible playing on the Camac Big Blue Harp. Expect a fantastic set including covers of some of her favourite artists: Joni Mitchell – “I adore her! ‘A case of you’, ‘blue’, ‘both sides now’ are all classics. Very into Fleetwood Mac, Joan Armatrading, Tracy Chapman, Jewel, Norah Jones too.” (Tara Minton) Before relocating to London in 2011, she had already performed many seasons as the harpist for the Melbourne Opera, recorded her first EP and gained an endorsement from master harp makers ‘Les Harpes Carmac’ by the director himself, Jakez François. Since then, with a scholarship, Tara has completed her Masters in Jazz at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2019); released her first album, “The Tides of Love” in 2016; played and toured with countless amazing artists including: Bjork, Tom Walker, SuRie, Tony Kofi, Paul Lee and at the start of 2020, travelled Mexico playing for Miranda Mullholland. Not only that, back in March she reached the finals of the World Harp Competition in Utrect! We eagerly await a rescheduled date for the final and have our fingers crossed. Tara’s latest offering – “Please Do Not Ignore The Mermaid” will be released in November this year with Lateralize Records and we cannot wait! Check out the teaser here and escape into this sirens world. Meanwhile, as the Autumn Leaves start to fall, book your table to see Tara Minton now* * Warning: “Sing-alongs have been known to happen!” – Tara Minton
We’re delighted to have this fun and energetic performer back at the Piano Room for an evening of Jazz and Bosa classics. Natalia Dormer delights in creating a great atmosphere for her guests – super inspired by Antonio Carlos Jobim, expect a great night out with us at Toulouse while you enjoy a delicious dinner. She will be performing with her regular pianist Richard. Book your table with us now.
Italian born, Francesca Confortini brings a lovely soul to her neo-jazz pop sound and we can’t wait to introduce you! Another star in the making, since moving to London in 2013, Francesca has kept busy, gigging and touring with the likes of Gypsy Dynamite, London Soul Section, and The Swingpunks Jazz Big Band. Her own ventures have included the trio Jazz Silhouettes and her funk ensemble WSFB. There’s an effortlessness to her amazing voice which speaks to her musical theatre background as she studied in Milan, touring as Carmen Diaz in Fame, straight after graduating. This year, Francesca has released some fantastic new music, echoing her strengths as a versatile singer and performer – check out her original music here: Window you can go and buy it here. Still keeping busy from isolated collaborations with the Trio Manouche and returning to the studio with Gypsy Dynamite, can’t hold Confortini down! Delighted to have her back at our piano bar, don’t hesitate to book your spot.