The Spotted Dog programme for dogged spotters

The increasingly organised Mike Fletcher has been in touch to alert us all to what he has in store at The Spotted Dog on Tuesday nights right up until Christmas. These regular evenings are backed by the Cobweb Collective and a collection on the night goes to helping the musicians put a crust on the table. Find out more about Cobweb Collective here.

The Spotted Dog is in Digbeth, at 104 Warwick Street, Birmingham, B12 0NH, to be precise. And here is a picture of it, so you’ll know if you are in the right place:

And here, in Mike’s words, is what’s in store. Get these dates in your diary and get on down there:

Tonight, 1 November

A stalwart of the Birmingham music scene for several decades, Steve is one of the city’s best loved musicians. Equally adept as a saxophonist and blues guitarist, he is joined tonight by a trio of the new generation’s finest. Bebop at it’s best.

Steve Ajao – saxophones
Andy Bunting – piano
Chris Mapp – bass
Jim Bashford – drums

Tuesday 8 November

Back at the Dog by popular demand and led by pianist and composer Dave Grey, the quartet has been going from strength to strength over the last few years. Here they play anticipation of the launch of their latest album, The Dark Red Room, featuring Soweto Kinch. You heard it here first!

Dave Grey – piano
Sam Wooster – trumpet
Nick Jurd – bass
Jim Bashford – drums

Tuesday 15 November

Often cited as one the country’s best alto saxophonists and internationally renowned for his work on the Ninja Tunes label, Chris is very much back on the scene and playing better than ever. Hear him tonight with long-term collaborator Miles Levin in a new line up with Andy Bunting and Nick Jurd.

Chris Bowden – alto saxophone
Andy Bunting – piano
Nick Jurd – bass
Miles Levin – drums

Tuesday 22 November

Jazz at the Spotted Dog is very proud to welcome two jazz legends in quartet with two more familiar faces. Jeff Williams splits his time between New York and London and his resume reads like a who’s who of jazz:  Dave Liebman, Paul Bley and Lee Konitz to name but a few. Hans Koller is one of Europe’s leading composers and arrangers. He has a fantastic discography as a bandleader, including albums with Steve Lacy and Bill Frisell. They are joined here tonight by the Dog’s own Mike Fletcher and Nick Jurd on bass.

Mike Fletcher – saxophones
Hans Koller – piano
Nick Jurd – bass
Jeff Williams – drums

Tuesday 29 November

The More Or Less Ensemble was formed by Mike Fletcher in 2007 as a band of varying size and personnel to play some of his own compositions and arrangements. Tonight they will be performing Mike’s arrangements of music written by saxophonist Clifford Jordan and pianist Cedar Walton.

Sam Wooster – trumpet
Mike Fletcher – alto saxophone
Lluis Mather – tenor saxophone
Rob Anstey – trombone
Andy Bunting – piano
Nick Jurd – bass
Euan Palmer – drums

Tuesday 6 December

One of the UK’s most in-demand tenor players takes time off from his busy schedule to pay a visit to the Spotted Dog. Most often heard with his own project Ma as well as with several of London’s best  bands, including Outhouse. Catch him here with recent Birmingham expat Rob Anstey and Birmingham residents Mike Fletcher and Jonathan Silk.

Tom Challenger  – tenor saxophone
Mike Fletcher – alto saxophone
Rob Anstey – bass
Jonathan Silk – drums

Tuesday 13 December

The Matt Gough Dectet was formed in 2010 after Matt recorded an album featuring quintet, nonet and fifteen piece big band. After this project was finished the Dectet was formed, combining elements from all there bands on the album. Tonight the band will be a nonet, performing music from the album Resilience, as well as new music inspired by visual storytelling.

Matt Gough – trumpet
Chris Young  – alto saxophone
John Fleming – tenor saxophone
Richard Foote – trombone
Tom Dunnett – trombone
Helena Jacklin – French horn
Tobie Carpenter – guitar
Nick Jurd – bass
Ben Kane – drums

Tuesday 20 December

Fred Thelonious Baker is one of England’s great virtuosi on both guitar and electric bass. He is known to fans of the Canterbury music scene for his work with Phil Miller’s In Cahoots and to jazz fans as leader of the Fred Baker Group as well as for his work with the great Harry Beckett and appearances both live and on disc with Horace Parlan, Pete Saberton and Tony Levin. Tonight he will be showcasing his solo guitar and bass work and then will be joined in the second set by Mike Fletcher, guitarist Barry Edwards and Tymoteusz Jozwiak on drums.

Fred Baker – guitar/bass guitar
Mike Fletcher – saxophone
Barry Edwards – guitar
Tymoteusz Jozwiak – drums

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