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Verdict Jazz: Preserving the Soul of Jazz Music

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 Verdict Jazz: Preserving the Soul of Jazz Music

Join us in preserving the vibrant legacy of jazz music at Verdict Jazz! Our crowdfunding project aims to support the continued growth and impact of our organization in celebrating this timeless art form

Protecting, securing and improving

16% of UK Grassroots Music Venues were Lost in the Last 12 Months

125 Spaces Permanently Closed to Live Music.

4000 Jobs Lost

14,500 Events No Longer Possible

193,230 Opportunities Lost for Musicians

38% of Remaining Venues Post Financial Loss – Whole Sector Records 0.5% Profit Margin on £501m Turnover Despite Increased Ticket Demand.

For the last 12 years The Verdict has been an internationally renowned hub of Jazz and the creative performance arts, hosting many established and emerging artists that work within all aspects of the music and creative industries

As running costs rise up to 30% in some cases it has become increasingly difficult to maintain fundamental expenses, such as utilities, musicians fees, and various running costs.

Help us to sustain Verdict Jazz as a top level grass roots music venue in this financially challenging time. 

About Verdict Jazz

The Verdict is a multi award winning grass roots music venue, the only full time Jazz venue outside of London in the South of England, it has been named as one of the 10 top jazz clubs in Europe by The Guardian also being nominated as Jazz Venue of the year by the All Party Parlimentary Jazz Awards in 2022 and 2023. Weekly hosting the best in jazz music with top International acts, playing blues, swing, funk, Latin Jazz and fusion.

In 2023 we hosted 165 Performances, workshops, masterclasses bringing world class music and education to Brighton and the South of England for thousands of attendees while continuing our position as a vital and key music venue in the National and International touring network for 100's of musicians.

Verdict Jazz is dedicated to honoring the rich history and cultural significance of jazz through live performances, educational programs, and community outreach initiatives. Based in the heart of Brighton, our organization is committed to keeping the spirit of jazz alive.

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THE VERDICT

12th Anniversary Celebration 

Nominated Jazz Venue of the Year 2022/23

The Verdict is a multi award winning grass roots music venue, the only full time Jazz venue outside of London in the south of England, it has been named as one of the 10 top jazz clubs in Europe by The Guardian. Weekly hosting the best in jazz music with Top International acts, playing blues, swing, funk, Latin Jazz and fusion.

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The Verdict Jazz Jam

Thursday February 22

Doors 8pm Show 9pm

John Banks - bass

Andy Williams - guitar

Tristan Banks- drums

 

The Verdict Jazz Jam

Calling all jazz enthusiasts and aspiring musicians! Join us for an unforgettable night of live jazz at The Verdict Jazz Club in the heart of Brighton. Whether you're a seasoned jazz player or just starting your musical journey, our Jammin' Jazz Night welcomes all talents, making it the perfect place to showcase your skills or simply revel in the magic of jazz.

Highlights:

Open Jam Session: Bring your instrument, your voice, or simply your love for jazz, and join our open jam session. Feel the groove and improvise alongside fellow musicians in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Live Jazz Performances: Enjoy electrifying live jazz performances by some of Brighton's finest musicians. Be inspired and immersed in the rich world of jazz music.

Meet and Connect: Network with fellow jazz lovers, musicians, and local artists. This is your chance to make connections that can lead to exciting musical collaborations.

Delicious Drinks and Food: Savor a selection of craft cocktails, fine wines, and delectable bites from our menu to enhance your jazz experience.

Admission:

Musicians: Free (Bring your instrument and join the jam!)

General Admission: £5 (Tickets available at the door)

Note:

Please arrive early to secure your spot in the jam session. Instrumentalists, vocalists, and jazz aficionados of all levels are welcome! Let the spirit of jazz unite us in a night of rhythm, melody, and improvisation.

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the vibrant jazz community in Brighton. Mark your calendar, invite your friends, and let the jazz flow at The Verdict. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information and updates, visit our website at www.verdictjazz.com or follow us on social media @VerdictJazz

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Theo Erskine / Mark Kavuna
Quintet

Friday February 23

Doors 7pm Show 8.30pm

 

Theo Erskine - tenor sax

Mark Kavuma - trumpet

Noah Stoneman - piano

Michael Shrimpling - double bass

Shane Forbes - drums

 

Ultrasound, the fifth release under the Banger Factory umbrella, is a further stride forward toward founder and trumpeter Mark Kavuma’s vision of bringing together seemingly disparate elements from within the bubbling London jazz scene, uniting sounds and players from across generations and creating a unique, exciting, andfresh sound all of its own.

Marking the start of a new partnership with saxophone player Theo Erskine strengthening the imprint's artistic reach and sparking ever more creative ideas,Ultrasound is the product of hours and days spent together during the pandemic -hours and days that turned into time spent plotting, planning, and putting in placefuture musical collaborations and projects when getting together in person becameimpossible.

Now, all Banger Factory releases are recorded at Theo's studio in Forest Hill described so eloquently in Oliver Newman's evocative liner notes.

"The tall south-facing windows frame an arc of daylight around south London’s paling hills. Light lets nothing off the hook. Each ordinarything we overlook sharpens into life and gets remade with new clarity, definition, and detail. It’s like we’re seeing the familiar view unfoldfor the first time again - the busy rows of buildings being added to; traffic pushing homeward under a strengthening smile of moonlight asthe day declines. Those trees."

The recording itself captures the zeitgeist of a unique moment in time when musicians starved of creative, collaborative music-making during the pandemic met again and each track is suffused with the palpable joy yet tinged with reflection.

Inspired by a shared love of Thelonious Monk's 'Live At The It Club', opener 'IT' encapsulates the sound, the emotions, and theenergy of that rediscovered togetherness better than words could express.

'The Day After Tomorrow’ promises respite from a hangover, ‘The Return of Johnny Bravo’ characterises a re-emergence in awhirlwind of excitement. 'June' describes the glinting skyline of a world-reopened and 'The Loneliest' explores how peace is drawn from inward sources in the loneliest of times.

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Liam Noble / Geoff Simkins "Lucky Teeth"

Saturday February 24

Doors 7pm Show 8.30pm

 

Liam Noble: Piano

Geoff Simkins: Alto Saxophone

 

Taking their name, and not much else, from a late Victorian circus act involving the catching of turnips on a fork wedged between his front facing incisors, Noble and Simkins wind and swoop their way around melodies from classic standards to 80s pop. There’s a sense of danger and daring throughout, capturing, they’d like to think, some of the sheer terror and beauty of root vegetables in flight. Standards like “Stella By Starlight” and “When You’re Smiling” contrast with Duran Duran’s melodramatic “Save A Prayer” and the traditional folk song “Black Waterside”, provoking interaction both rumbustious and delicate, and perhaps a rethinking of what it means to be staring a speeding turnip in the face.

 

“A philosopher’s stone of a listen with excellently authentic Vortex club sound captured when all the pieces of the puzzle seem to have slotted into place…sheer alchemy is only ever a stone’s throw away."

Stephen Graham, marlbank.net

Contact

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

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