Preview: A Night At The 606 - in Suffolk

The famous 606 Club moves to Butley Priory, Suffolk for A Night At The 606 on 25 July, featuring Polly Gibbons, Jim Mullen and Dave O'Higgins

It's almost 40 years since the 606 Club, one of London's best-known jazz venues, opened in Lots Road, Chelsea. This year, the club is moving out of town for the first time, for one night only, to present its inaugural A Night At The 606 concert at Butley Priory near Woodbridge in Suffolk.

The line-up for the evening features three singers. Polly Gibbons, originally from Framlingham, just a few miles from Butley Priory, has won praise from Ian Shaw and Claire Martin. She recorded her latest album, The Many Faces Of Love, in Los Angeles and released it earlier this year (reviewed in JJ June 2015). Zoe Francis is a vocalist who enjoys bringing some lesser-known American Songbook songs back to life. She'll be joined by guitarist Jim Mullen (pictured right). Singer and sax player Hayley Sanderson, a featured vocalist on Strictly Come Dancing, is equally at home on jazz, soul or pop numbers.

Saxophonist Dave O'Higgins, whose extensive CV includes contrafact specialists the Gascoyne/O'Higgins Quartet and recent involvement in a new recording of Oliver Nelson's Blues And The Abstract Truth, will also appear. Steve Rubie, the 606's owner, will act as MC for the evening. The Gareth Williams Trio will play the first set and will act as accompanists for the rest of the acts.

Butley Priory, near Woodbridge, dates from the 14th century and is now an events venue. The concert stage will be set up in front of the Priory's impressive facade. Audience members will be seated on the lawn - or under the shelter of a marquee should the English summer weather prove inclement. A cash bar will be open and locally-sourced hot and cold food will also be available: guests are welcome to bring picnics.

The concert starts at 7.30pm, with access to the venue from 6.30pm. Tickets for the event cost £18.00 and are available from the 606 Club website or by telephone from the 606 box office on 0207 352 5953.

Bruce Lindsay

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