Take Out with Arun Luthra's Konnakol Jazz Project
Aug
20
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Arun Luthra's Konnakol Jazz Project

Arun Luthra is one of the premier saxophonists and composers on New York's jazz scene, and one of the small group of American jazz musicians of Indian heritage who have continued to explore to possibilities of fusing the modern post-bop sound with elements of Indian classical music – especially konnakol, as well as drawing from a wide variety of modern & classic influences to create a vibrant new sound & style. Catch him while he's in town for a limited time with his U.K. rhythm section (Ivo Neame, Tom Mason, David Ingamells).

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Basement Tapes with Quinn Oulton
Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Quinn Oulton

Fresh through the doors of 2018 Red Bull Music Academy - Singer, saxophonist, and multi-instrumentalist, Quinn Oulton brings his unique home-brewed songwriting concoctions to life, alongside his explosive powerhouse of a live band. Engrossed in the world of jazz from the age of 8, Quinn blends his harmonically rich saxophones, and colourful textures of guitars and percussion with an honest and deceivingly innocent approach to the art of songwriting.


Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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The Shed with Olly Chalk/John O’Gallagher
Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Olly Chalk/John O’Gallagher

The Olly Chalk Trio walks the high-wire between total freedom and detailed writing, juggling intricate, daring and emotive compositions with explosive improvising. Olly’s writing draws from 20th Century Classical and traditional Japanese music and often make connections to poetry and spoken word. After winning the Peter Whittingham Development Award in January 2018, the trio were joined in the studio by fiery New York saxophonist John O’Gallagher. The music from this new album: ‘Scathed Citizens’ explores a vivid picture-book of themes: science fiction, mysticism, hope, anxiety, dystopia and growing up in the peaceful Suffolk countryside.

Olly Chalk - piano/compositions

John O’Gallagher - alto saxophone

Sam Ingvorsen - double bass

Gwilym Jones - drums

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Take Out with Duncan Eagles
Aug
27
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Duncan Eagles

Duncan began his musical journey on the piano studying classical music before picking up the saxophone aged 16. This group went on to release four albums to much critical acclaim and opened up the opportunity to perform at venues and festivals all over the world including tours to China, Europe, Canada and the USA. Now with his fifth studio album and debut as a leader, this latest statement is his most exciting yet.


Duncan Eagles - Saxophone

Dave Preston - Guitar

Matt Robinson - Piano

Max Luthert - Bass

Dave Hamblett - Drums

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Take Out with Alistair Martin
Sep
3
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Alistair Martin

Trumpet player Alistair Martin brings his band to perform original music from his debut album ‘Oblivion’, which will be released later in the year.

The line-up includes some of London’s most exciting players in Will Barry(piano), Dave Storey(drums), Quinn Oulton(tenor sax) and Daisy George(bass).

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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The Shed with Ashton Jones
Oct
31
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Ashton Jones

The Ashton Jones Project roll into Kansas Smitty's for a Funky Halloween Special.

Ashton Jones is one of the UK’s most promising funk, soul vocalists and songwriters, rapidly becoming known for his vibrant and dynamic live performances. With influences including James Brown, Earth Wind & Fire, Rick James and Prince, and a throwback style rarely seen on this side of the Atlantic, Ashton delivers soulful melodies, gritty funk and sparks of falsetto with an audience captivating brand of energy, flare and musicianship.

His group ‘The Ashton Jones Project’ features some of London's most talented and burgeoning musicians, whose live performance credits include artists such as Cory Wong, Beverley Knight, Joss Stone & Pee Wee Ellis. Having racked up over 200k streams in 3 months alone, and with support from BBC Radio 2, BBC6Music and BBC Introducing,.

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Friday Hat Trick with Dave Archer Trio
Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

Friday Hat Trick with Dave Archer Trio

House Band guitarist Dave Archer is stepping out on his own as a band leader. He's handpicked this all rhythm three piece especially for our Friday Hat Trick. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass and Jim Hall, Dave will join forces with some of the best musicians in town to spice up your Friday.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Thursday is the New Friday with Giacomo Smith
Aug
15
to Aug 16

Thursday is the New Friday with Giacomo Smith

The second show of the night will be fronted by our very own Giacomo Smith, Kansas Smitty’s House Band leader and founder. With the summer season approaching, days are getting longer and weekends are seeming shorter. It's been said around town, but now we're making it official with our new night, ‘Thursday is the New Friday’. Stretch your weekend out with the same laid back atmosphere and top shelf music we usually feature on Friday and Saturday nights. Book a table and enjoy a Smitty's weekend a little earlier in the week.

Music from 9:30pm


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The Shed with Rodney Lister
Aug
15
7:30 PM19:30

The Shed with Rodney Lister

For this special Thursday we won’t have one, but TWO shows. The first one will be lead by Rodney Lister, Smitty's founder Giacomo Smith's music theory professor from his Boston days. He's visiting London to write reviews of the BBC Proms and to bring together his London friends for a concert of classical and new music.

Doors 7pm, music starts at 7:30pm

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Basement Tapes with Lewis Wright Trio
Aug
14
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Lewis Wright Trio

Lewis Wright is a vibraphonist, composer and drummer based in London. He is a member of Empirical, a jazz ensemble who released several critically acclaimed albums and performed at leading jazz festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Molde Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Tonight Lewis will be fronting a heavy weight trio on vibraphone with Ferg Ireland on bass and Matt Home at the drum set. 

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Peanut Butter Jam with Will Glaser
Aug
13
7:00 PM19:00

Peanut Butter Jam with Will Glaser

The stickiest jam of them all is back in town, this time in collaboration with English drummer Will Glaser. Since Graduating from Guildhall in 2014, Will has become a highly in demand sideman to a vast array of the British Jazz scene; performing with broadly ranging musicians such as Soweto Kinch, Dame Cleo Laine, Stan Sulzmann, Kit Downes.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Old School with Smitty's Big Four
Aug
11
7:00 PM19:00

Old School with Smitty's Big Four

No musical high can top the jubilant ensemble out-chorus from a great New Orleans jazz band. So join us for members of the Kansas Smitty's House Band and invited guests perform unearthed gems and new compositions in the vein of Jelly Roll Morton, Eddie Condon and John Kirby with a bespoke list of cocktails to sip on as the musicians urge each other on to ever greater feats. 

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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The Shed with Alexandra Ridout Quintet
Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Alexandra Ridout Quintet

The quintet members all met at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz Department around 4 years ago and have been delighting audiences across the country at Jazz Festivals and Clubs ever since. Their passion for music and outstanding musicianship produce an incredibly mature band sound that belies their tender years. They are equally at home playing hard swinging jazz, contemporary jazz, poignant ballads and solid funk tunes.

The band is Alexandra Ridout (trumpet), Noah Stoneman (piano), Miles Mindlin (guitar), Freddie Jensen (bass) and Luca Caruso (drums).

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Take Out with Dave Drake
Aug
6
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Dave Drake

Since Barry Harris invited Dave to join him on stage to play a duet with him after hearing him play, Dave has joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra as their youngest player, been selected by jazz great trumpeter Wynton Marsalis to play piano at two Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra UK concerts in 2012, and gained a scholarship to study jazz at prestigious Manhattan university The New School. He's gone a long way, but he's always up for his regular slot at Smitty's.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Wind Up with Horniblow's Hot Three
Aug
4
7:00 PM19:00

Wind Up with Horniblow's Hot Three

Comprising specialist syncopators from the UK and USA, Horniblow’s Hot Three play riotous 1920s hot jazz – the original piano trio format at its most stomping. Whilst most vintage bands honour early jazz’s great geniuses, the Three take pleasure in trawling the other end of the spectrum, finding music neglected for nearly a century – sometimes rightly! – and breathing new life into it for modern audiences.

Specialisms include elegant ‘impressionist’ jazz of the late 20s, imaginative versions of classic ragtime tunes, and spirited recreations of the rustic, down-home washboard-trio style of long-lost nobodies like Jimmie O’Bryant and George McLennon.

Horniblow’s Hot Three are a unique act incorporating humour, painstaking musicological research, foot-stamping energy, and a commitment to representing the full spectrum of 1920s jazz from the ridiculous to the revolutionary.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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52nd Street with Alex Garnett/Pete Horsfall
Aug
3
7:00 PM19:00

52nd Street with Alex Garnett/Pete Horsfall

Find the late night subterranean haven of Smitty's off of the busy thoroughfare of Broadway just as the original hipsters did in 30s and 40s New York. 52nd Street was the place where musicians got together after their "legit" gigs and put everything on the line to birth the most exciting sounds to ever be called jazz. 

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Friday Hat Trick with Matyas Gayer
Aug
2
7:00 PM19:00

Friday Hat Trick with Matyas Gayer

Hungarian pianist Matyas Gayer has gone a long way since his first performances at Palace of Arts, in Budapest. Playing with many acclaimed British musicians, he’s slowly becoming one of our weekend regulars. This Friday he’ll be bringing his own trio to Smitty’s for a night of straight ahead tunes and standards.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Thursday is the New Friday with Yûr Yesli/Steve Brown/Dario Di Lecce
Aug
1
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday is the New Friday with Yûr Yesli/Steve Brown/Dario Di Lecce

With the summer season approaching, days are getting longer and weekends are seeming shorter. It's been said around town, but now we're making it official with our new night, ‘Thursday is the New Friday’. Stretch your weekend out with the same laid back atmosphere and top shelf music we usually feature on Friday and Saturday nights. Book a table and enjoy a Smitty's weekend a little earlier in the week.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Basement Tapes with Rachael Cohen
Jul
31
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Rachael Cohen

Rachael Cohen is no stranger to Smitty’s and is a mainstay at London’s most famous club Ronnie Scott’s. She was first the female artist signed the internationally acclaimed Whirlwind Recordings and is noted for her composing, her work with singer Judi Jackson, and New York drummer Jason Brown. This brand new band, composed by Ferg Ireland (electric bass), Rupert Cox (piano) and Jordan Hadfield (drums), had their debut at Ronnie Scott’s featuring the internationally renowned vocalist Heidi Vogel - famous for her work with the Cinematic orchestra. Expect: compositions rooted in heavy grooves and synthtastic vibes. 

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Take Out with The Sounding Circle
Jul
30
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with The Sounding Circle

Billy Adamson and Glyn Daniels were brought together over a shared love of vintage Americana.  Sounding Circle was inspired when camping out in the Californian desert whilst on tour in America. Where bands like Vulfpeck have updated Motown rhythm section playing into a blank canvas for wide-ranging collaborations, Sounding Circle swap in 70's Californian pop and psychedelia for their revolving cast of choice guests.  Sounding Circle want to make Smitty's the hub for London's most tasteful musicians and singers to feature with their ultrasolid rhythm section. They'll invite in songwriters and players to expand foundries within their timeless and genre-less style. Loose psychedelic gutter blues. 

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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The Shed with The London Django Collective
Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with The London Django Collective

The best music is made collectively. The London Django Collective was born out of the desire to create a local and innovate forum for musicians influenced by the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt. The Collective remains in the spirit of Django, whilst pushing the genre of ‘gypsy jazz’ in London forward into a modern sphere. Fresh out of the studio the collective will be coming out with a number of regular digital releases and videos throughout 2019, showcasing each member in turn.

Harry Diplock (guitar), Robin Katz (guitar), Kourosh Kanani (guitar), Jeremie Coullon (guitar), Matt Holborn (violin), Giacomo Smith (clarinet) and Pete Thomas (bass)

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Basement Tapes with Kit Downes/Giacomo Smith
Jul
24
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Kit Downes/Giacomo Smith

Unaccompanied solos, unorthodox ensemble configurations, extended orchestral compositions, overdubbing: Giuffre was there early on, if not first, on all counts. He became famous for his development of forms of jazz which allowed for free interplay between the musicians, anticipating forms of free improvisation. This Wednesday, Giacomo Smith and Kit Downes reunite for a special night in honour of his legendary legacy.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Wind Up with Dirty Ragtimers
Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

Wind Up with Dirty Ragtimers

The Dirty Ragtimers play classic American music from the early 20th Century. Bringing quality singing, finger-picking blues, hot/swing jazz, ragtime, country and gospel together to satisfy audiences like a great rediscovered recipe. The band work their own arrangements, original songs, crying violin and sweet harmonies with an original sound drenched in history and quality craftsmanship. 

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Saturday Night Special with Will Arnold Forster Trio
Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

Saturday Night Special with Will Arnold Forster Trio

Born in London, Will began playing at the age of five and after ten years of classical training he caught the jazz bug at the age of 17. He’s quickly become one of our favourite guitarists and hosts for our monthly Peanut Butter Jam. Today we welcome him as he will be playing with his own trio for this Saturday Night Special.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Friday Hat Trick with Finger Counting Trio
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

Friday Hat Trick with Finger Counting Trio

Finger Counting Trio comprises trumpet player Freddie Gavita, guitarist Nick Costly-White and bassist Tim Thornton. The trio took inspiration from the album Finger Painting, in which Nicholas Payton, Mark Whitfield and Christian McBride performed the music of Herbie Hancock. Following this thread they chose some other classic albums such as Count Basie's Atomic Basie to re-imagine in this more unusual trio line-up. The evening will consist of a selection of the musicians favourite compositions.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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The Shed with Kadialy Kouyaté
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Kadialy Kouyaté

Kadialy Kouyaté is a musician, a singer songwriter inspired by the West African Griot repertoire. Born into the great line of Kouyate Griot in Southern Senegal, Kadialy’s mesmerising kora playing and singing style have been appreciated in many prestigious venues as both a soloist and in different ensembles.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Basement Tapes with New Orleans Swamp Donkeys
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with New Orleans Swamp Donkeys

Electrifying and authentic, the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys are an extremely versatile group of young musicians who play traditional jazz, blues, vaudeville, original music, and many other New Orleans-derived styles. On their journey from playing local festivals and second lines to performing in world-class venues all around the globe, the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys have sold out the Blue Note NYC and gone viral with their rendition of the Game of Throne theme. Their sound is enormously accessible. These passionate jazz musicians transform the room into a hot 1910s New Orleans speakeasy. With the Louis Armstrong-sounding, soulful and sweet James Williams leading the drove, the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys bring a remarkably diverse appearance and truly authentic sound to every stage.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm


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Take Out with Ofer Landsberg
Jul
16
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Ofer Landsberg

Shortly after his arrival in New York, aged only seventeen, jazz guitarist Ofer Landsberg was performing regularly with legendary jazz greats such as pianist Frank Hewitt and drummer Jimmy Lovelace. Distinguishing himself as a striking talent, he frequented gigs at the celebrated clubs Smalls and Fat Cat, where during this time he met his mentor, the renowned bebop pianist and teacher Barry Harris. Join him 


Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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