Thurs 30th May - John Law’s Re-Creations

Admission £12

Acclaimed pianist JOHN LAW returns to SoundCellar with his RE-CREATIONS QUARTET. Started in 2016, as a counterfoil to John’s original compositions group Congregation, which mixed contemporary jazz with electronics and backing tracks, Re-Creations began as a fun project, with the aim of playing lots of different tunes from different genres. It very quickly developed artistically to the point that it began to rival Congregation in terms of artistic excellence and spontaneous creativity. The arrangements became more complex and interesting while at the same time the fact that audiences almost always knew the tunes meant that the group was at the same time very accessible. The quartet’s repertoire includes, as well as jazz classics like Monk, Miles Davis, Gershwin, also tunes from pop/rock/indie (Pink Floyd, Beatles, The Jam, Stevie Wonder, Bon Iver, Michael Jackson, Radiohead). Also, gradually, classical pieces started appearing in the group’s repertoire: their version of the Kyrie from Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Satie’s Gymnopédie.


John Law - piano

Sam Crockatt - saxophones

James Agg - double bass

Billy Weir - drums


Thurs 13th June - The Tony Woods Project

Admission £12

Acclaimed saxophonist TONY WOODS makes his SoundCellar debut as part of a UK tour. Formed in the mid 90’s, Tony Woods Project has recorded four highly acclaimed albums of original, folk inspired compositions: High Seas (1997), Lowlands (2004), Wind Shadows (2009) and Hidden Fires (2017). The band has attracted airplay on BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM, UK Jazz Radio, has toured the UK extensively and performed at festivals across the country including Manchester, London, Swanage, Ealing, Ascot and Teignmouth. The group feature melodic, folk inspired, quirky and uplifting compositions from Tony and exciting solos from the whole band. One aspect of the music is the way collective improvisations (reminiscent of early forms of jazz where the instrumentalists weaved their lines around each other) are incorporated into bigger structures.



“Woods’ writing is colourful, imaginative and inventive, and the way in which he brings his various influences together to create a seamless whole is frequently masterful.”

- The JazzMann on Hidden Fires ****


Tony Woods – saxophone

Mike Outram - guitar

Robert Millett - vibes

Andy Hamill - bass

Milo Fell - drums


*SoundCellar pop-up gig at St Peter's Church, Church Rd , Ashley Cross, Poole at 7.30 pm*

Saturday 15th June - 'Renaissance' John Law and Jon Lloyd

Admission: £10 on the door Refreshments available

The duo of John Law on keyboards and Jon Lloyd on soprano and tenor saxophone play a programme featuring excerpts from John Law's composition “Renaissance”, a piece based on Thomas Tallis' “Spem in Alium” and work by other Renaissance composers, which is to premiere at this year's Frome festival in July. They will also play several other ambient, minimalist pieces by both Law and Lloyd. Expect an evening of contemplative melody, textural harmony and emotionally charged improvisation.


John Law - piano

Jon Lloyd - saxophones


*SoundCellar pop-up gig at The Cow 58 Station Road, Parkstone, Poole, BH14 8UD*

Thurs 27th June – The Alex Hitchcock Quintet

Admission £12

Saxophonist ALEX HITCHCOCK (‘a fantastic talent’ – Helen Mayhew, JazzFM) brings his powerhouse quintet to SoundCellar for debut performance. The group combines a compelling, adventurous ear for melody with virtuosic improvising. Their summer 2019 tour launches their first album All Good Things, released on the Spanish label Fresh Sound New Talent, renowned for introducing debuts by artists including Robert Glasper, Brad Mehldau and Avishai Cohen. In a breakthrough year in 2018, a 15-date nationwide tour of their acclaimed live EP was followed by performances at Ronnie Scott's, Love Supreme Festival, and the Umbria Jazz Festival, as well as radio play on BBC Radio 3 and JazzFM. Critic John Fordham called the EP ‘an impressive calling card for a band with a bright future’. The quintet features five of the most creative rising stars of the UK's jazz scene, who have already made their mark as sidemen with an impressive list of jazz luminaries ranging from Jasper Høiby through Chris Potter to Elliot Galvin. Influences range from the explosive energy of Kneebody and the complexity and nuance of Ambrose Akinmusire to European trailblazers Phronesis and Django Bates.


'If I suggest that it reminded me of Miles Davis’s classic quintet with Wayne Shorter, that will give you some idea of the impact it had on me. It’s tightly disciplined, in the best sense of the word, with the front-line of Hitchcock and Copus playing as one, but with a sense of space that allows soloists to explore the themes in any direction they choose’ –


'I really, really enjoyed this’ – Soweto Kinch, BBC Radio 3


‘A fantastic young talent... undoubtedly one of the stars of the future’ – Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM


Alex Hitchcock – tenor saxophone

James Copus – trumpet, flugelhorn

Will Barry – piano

Joe Downard – bass

Jay Davis – drums


Thurs 11th July – Andy Hague with The SoundCellar 5

Admission £12


Thurs 25th July – Bonsai

Admission £12


Thurs 1st August - The Brandon Allen/Tim Lapthorn Quartet

Admission £12




All gigs start at 8.15pm

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All gigs at - The BLUE BOAR, 29 Market Close, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1NE *unless stated otherwise