The Cookin’ Pots are fast becoming one of the hottest swing/jazz funk quartets on the circuit.
The band predominantly play an array of classic jazz and swing hits, combining their vibrant set with a selection of self-penned numbers.
Taking inspiration from the 1940's jazz of Billie Holiday, the delta blues of Howlin' Wolf, the genre sidestepping of Tom Waits, Ma Polaine's Great Decline to play their own style of broken-down roots music; from almost painfully sparse bitter-sweet love songs, to fearsome tales of revenge, alongside country-soul ballads and infectious vaudevillian tango.
Kaeshammer’s live performances, on record and on stage, are an invitation to join a party. He doesn’t play at you. He plays with you. At one of his shows, you’re all in it together – not only part of the story, but virtually part of the band. A night with Michael and his band isn’t the kind of show where you just sit, watch and applaud politely every now and then.
House band The Nightcreatures host a new monthly jam session of music from the Crescent City of New Orleans. Musicians of all kinds are welcome to come and join in performing standard repertoire made famous in The Big Easy as well as other material given the NOLA treatment.
Kyla Brox can be tender, urgent and gritty: she blurs the distinction between pleasure and pain like the soul greats of old. The daughter of blues singer Victor Brox, Kyla started singing on-stage at the age of 12 and has several albums to her name, including the band triumph Coming Home (2004) and the stripped and sensitive Grey Sky Blue (2009).
Stuart McCallum's music is 'alternative jazz', a distillation of influences, a sound that is concentrated and distinctive. Not wanting to hide behind over complicated harmonic and rhythmical structures, angular and forgettable melodies, Stuart's music is a new hybrid of composition, production and performance.
Alexis returns to Matt and Phred's performing some of her favourite standards plus original material from her début album, This is New to Me. The Leeds-based saxophonist's compositions include styles she enjoys playing and listening to, such as funk, blues and swing.