The Verdict

10th Anniversary Celebration 

Nominated Jazz Venue of the Year 2022

The Verdict has been named as one of the 10 top jazz clubs in Europe by The Guardian. Brightons only purpose jazz club hosting the best in jazz music.
Now with covid-safe ventilation.

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The Verdict Jazz Jam

Season Finale Thursday June 30th

doors 7:30pm / show 9pm

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Five-Way Split

Friday July 1st

doors 7:30pm / show 8:30pm

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Five-Way Split 

Live at The Verdict Jazz Club

Quentin Collins - trumpet

Vasilis Xenopoulos - saxophone

Rob Barron - Piano

Mátyás Hoffecker – Bass

Matt Home - Drums

Five-Way Split is a new band formed in 2020 and features some of the finest contemporary bebop musicians in the UK. Five-Way Split is fronted by internationally renowned trumpet star Quentin Collins, Greek saxophone phenomenon Vasilis Xenopoulos and the golden touch of pianist Rob Barron. Added to this is virtuosic bassist Mátyás Hoffecker and rock-solid drummer Matt Home. The band’s vision is to carry on the lineage of groups like Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and contemporary bop heroes One For All. From this inspiration, the band presents a sound that respects the tradition of the hard-bop era whilst also bringing it up to date for today’s audience. With an extensive repertoire of hip, swinging material by greats like Jimmy Heath, Cedar Walton and Horace Silver, along with their carefully crafted and imaginative original compositions, Five-Way Split delivers a night of the best swinging and soulful music in town.


Press Quotes:

Quentin Collins


★★★★★ - BBC Music Magazine

Vasilis Xenopoulos

“One of the most fiery young saxophonists around”

★★★★- The Times

Rob Barron

“Almost perfect”

5/5 - UK Vibe

Phil Dawson Quintet

Friday July 8th

doors 7.30pm / show 8.30pm

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The Verdict Jazz Jam

Live at The Verdict Jazz Club


John Banks - bass

Tristan Banks - drums

plus special guests

Every Thursday we're hosting an amazing night for jazz jammers, musicians come and sit in with the house trio and come hang with the best in the Brighton and beyond.

Tristan Banks has worked as a recording artist and session musician building a reputation as a knowledgeable, versatile and authentic world-class drummer and percussionist. Working with many artists covering a wide field of musical genres including Roy Ayers, Steve Winwood, Dave Valentin, Beverley Knight, Hexagonal, David Gilmour, Peter King, Lewis Taylor, Guy Barker, Marcos Valle, Liane Carroll, Terry Callier, Da Lata, Jim Mullen, Carleen Anderson and Mayra Andrade.

Phil Dawson Quintet Live at The Verdict Jazz Club

Phil Dawson - guitar

Rowland Sutherland - flutes

Maurizio Ravalico - Percussion

Matheus Nova – Bass

Marius Rodrigues - Drums

Phil Dawson is a guitar player who works extensively in many different African, Latin and Brazilian music traditions – together with styles that more typically cross the radar of someone with a similar British background: Roots reggae, punk rock, blues, soul, R’n’B, jazz and funk. His compositions reflect this blend, currently focusing on (some mainly) Anglophone West African musical ideas, inspired by many of the artists Phil has worked with, marrying them with elements of improv and extended harmony, assisted by some top players both from within and outside these areas of music.

Phil has collaborated with many iconic musicians from the four compass points of Africa: Khaled (North); Osibisa and Tony Allen (West); Mulatu Astatke (East) and Hugh Masekela (South)

‘Free-wheeling... dazzling.. mind expanding...’ - Jazzwise

‘This is great’ - Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 6

‘Amazing’ - Chris Phillips, Jazz FM

‘Beautiful’ - Kassin (producer, Caetano Veloso, Sonzeira etc) (on ‘It’s Time’)

‘A modern classic’ - Quinton Scott, Strut Records

‘Rapid-fire guitar work with variety and energy’ – The Guardian, UK'A great guitarist’ – Tony Allen

‘An absolute killer - irresistible’ - Snowboy (on ‘Gnostic Hilife’)

‘Phil Dawson and his (quintet) are really smoking at the mo. Nowonder the London jazz young guns are ripping it up with bandslike this leading the way. Miss them at your peril’ – Russ Jones (FutureWorld Funk)


The Verdict,
159 Edward Street, Brighton, BN2 0JB, UK

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