Take Out with The Sounding Circle
May
21
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 8.30pm

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Basement Tapes with TJ Johnson
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with TJ Johnson

TJ Johnson's brand new project, 'A Man and His Blues', will be heavily influenced by the songs and life of one of the greatest blues singers, Jimmy Witherspoon. Jimmy's style of blues - known as the "blues shouter" - grew widely popular in the 1950's. Tonight TJ and his band will be honouring his memory with a selection of hot jump blues tunes, some stomping swing and many soulful ballads. 

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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The Shed with Kit Downes/Reinier Baas/Ben Van Gelder
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Kit Downes/Reinier Baas/Ben Van Gelder

Guitarist Reinier Baas and saxophonist Ben van Gelder have shared the stage over 200 times in the past eight years, but continue to challenge each other as performers and composers. Together, they have developed a unique vocabulary that is rooted in the American jazz tradition, but is unmistakably European at the same time. Tonight's gig will be featuring five international "improv pros": Reinier Bass on guitar, Kit Downes on piano, Ben Van Gelder on alto saxophone, Connor Chaplin on bass and Will Glaser on drums.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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“Ain’t Gonna Give You None Of My Jelly Roll” at Underbelly Festival Southbank
May
24
9:30 PM21:30

“Ain’t Gonna Give You None Of My Jelly Roll” at Underbelly Festival Southbank

Kansas Smitty’s house bands reputation in london has always been synonymous with New Orleans. For this one off show on London’s Underbelly Festival Southbank they join forces with a roster of special guests, for a night inspired by the self-proclaimed ""inventor of jazz"" Jelly Roll Morton’s infamous interview with song collector Alan Lomax.

Kansas Smitty's House Band will be collaborating with England's living link to New Orleans jazz legend Louis Armstrong, Enrico Tommaso. They will also be joined by 'UK Jazz Invasion' superstars Theon Cross (Sons of Kemet) and Shane Forbes (Empirical).

Music from 9.30pm


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Saturday Night Special with Malcolm Edmonstone
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

Saturday Night Special with Malcolm Edmonstone

Malcolm is a key professor in the Guildhall Jazz faculty and Artistic Director of Jazz for the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland. He has played with many of the UK’s leading jazz musicians, including Mark Lockheart, Stan Sulzmann and Iain Dixon. Join him at the bar tonight as he will be playing with Will Cleasby (drums) and Will Sach (bass).

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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Take Out with Marton Juhasz Quartet
May
28
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Marton Juhasz Quartet

After returning from the United States in 2012, Marton has been active in Europe working with musicians such as Lionel Loueke, Gilad Hekselman, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Byron Wallen, and many more. Tonight he will be celebrating the release of his newest album "Discovery", with a few of our favourite UK based musicians: George Crowley, Rob Luft and Andrew Robb. 

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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The Shed with Dave Archer Trio
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Dave Archer Trio

For this special Thursday night, we would like to re-create our usual weekend, chatty and dynamic vibe. Because, we all know, Thursday is the new Friday, right? House Band guitarist Dave Archer is stepping out on his own as a band leader. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass and Jim Hall, Dave will join forces with two special guests to spice up your Thursday.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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Take Out with Lilli Unwin + Support
Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Lilli Unwin + Support

Welcome singer/songwriter Lilli Unwin as she celebrates her newest release, 'it may not always be so'. The artist describes her EP as "a reminder to trust in yourself and the process of change". Through her creative process Lilli weaves different chapters of her life, from the delicate naivety of ‘Icarus’, through the tempestuous ‘Black Rain’. Join us during this unexpected and refreshing journey through Lilli's memories.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Basement Tapes with Rossano Sportiello Trio
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Rossano Sportiello Trio

The fabulous Italian-American swing pianist Rossano Sportiello joins bassist Dave Green and drummer Steve Brown. Rossano was born in Vigevano, Italy, and graduated in classical piano aged only 16. Having transferred his allegiance to jazz, he became known as an exponent of the stride style and was compared to the late Ralph Sutton and Dave McKenna, but that understates his playing range. He can, as they say, do it all. He is aided in achieving this by having, in his words, the best of the best - poll winners Dave Green on bass and Steve Brown on drums to complete the sensational trio.


Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Old School and Smitty's Big Four
Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

Old School and 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 from 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Basement Tapes with Almanaque Quartet
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Almanaque Quartet

To kick off this Wednesday night, Luca Boscagin's Almanaque Quartet will present a powerful musical adventure into the depths of Brasilian and African grooves mixed with Jazz. The band, formed in 2015, have already performed at several festivals and clubs around Europe and they regularly feature at Ronnie Scott’s in London playing alongside Ivan Lins, Eumire Deodato and Pee Wee Ellis as well as others. Come down to see them play all of your favourite tunes by Milton Nascimento.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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The Shed with Matthew Read Trio
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Matthew Read Trio

Formed in 2015, the Matthew Read Trio brings together three like-minded approaches for music making, creating an exciting new performance every time they play. Drawing influence from the bands of Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Paul Motian and many more, MRT brings a fresh edge to the world of the guitar trio. Featuring Benedict Wood (guitar), Arthur Newell (drums) and Matthew Read (double bass).

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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Basement Tapes with Alex Merritt/Gareth Fowler
Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Alex Merritt/Gareth Fowler

Alex is a London-based tenor saxophonist and composer involved with jazz, improvised music and contemporary classical music. Tonight his usual quintet with stateside guitarist Gareth Fowler and trumpeter Percy Pursglove will be revolutionised by a special guest, German pianist Pablo Held. Completing the line-up will be Josh Blackmore on drums and Oli Hayhurst on bass.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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52nd Street with Pete Horsfall
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

52nd Street with 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 8.30

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Basement Tapes with Jack Gillen Trio
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Jack Gillen Trio

Jack Gillen is a London based guitarist and composer who fuses Jazz, Rock, Folk, Blues, and Classical influences into his distinctive style. His debut EP ‘The Long Way Down’ (released in the latter half of 2018) features melodically focused compositions, dark harmonic twists and turns and lots of dynamic improvisation. This high energy guitar trio features the grooving and explosive combination of Darren Beckett on drums and Phil Donnelly on bass.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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Wind Up with Amaro Frietas
Jun
30
7:00 PM19:00

Wind Up with Amaro Frietas

In the sweltering North-Eastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco lies the coastal city of
Recife, where Amaro Freitas is pioneering the new sound of Brazilian jazz. For the
prodigious young pianist, the spirit of his hometown runs deep. From the Afro-Brazilian
maracatu born on the sugar plantations of slavery, to the high intensity carnival
rhythms of frevo and baião, Amaro’s heavily percussive approach to jazz is as
indebted to these Pernambuco traditions as it is to Coltrane, Parker and Monk.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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Take Out with Richard Fairhurst Trio
Jul
2
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Richard Fairhurst Trio

Steinway Artist and BBC Jazz Award winner Richard Fairhurst has been an important figure on the UK jazz scene since the mid 1990’s. His ongoing significance is evident in the recent album recorded with the late, great John Taylor. This performance features Richard’s trio accompained by the bass work of Dave Whitford and drummer Tim Giles. Their music combines both cerebral and lyrical improvisation full of emotion with high-energy grooves.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Basement Tapes with Emanuele Filippi
Jul
3
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Emanuele Filippi

Italian award-winning pianist and composer Emanuele Filippi is making his first appearance at Smitty's with his debut record “Polyphonies” featuring original compositions inspired by the sounds of European classical music. He'll be joined by two London-based musicians that have slowly become regulars here at the bar: Peter Wilson (guitar) and Luca Caruso (drums). 

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm



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The Shed with Bird / Herbert / Sanders
Jul
4
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Bird / Herbert / Sanders

A brand new trio featuring drummer George Bird (Saltwater Samurai / Zara McFarlane), bass player Tom Herbert (Polar Bear / The Invisible) and guitarist Greg Sanders (Teotima / Kadialy Kouyate), exploring folk music traditions from around the world and songs by artists such as Nick Drake, Manuel da Falla and Abdullah Ibrahim.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Gypsy Jazz Masterclass with Gonzalo Bergara
Jul
11
11:00 AM11:00

Gypsy Jazz Masterclass with Gonzalo Bergara

Gonzalo Bergara has forged his own style of progressive and modern Gypsy Jazz by mixing the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina. He is now considered as one of the most respectful guitarist composers of the last ten years. For this reason, we are more than happy to host him today for an exclusive masterclass at Smitty's. There's a limited amount of tickets, so make sure to book your slot as fast as you can.

Masterclass – 11am to 1pm

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The Shed with Gonzalo Bergara Quartet
Jul
11
8:30 PM20:30

The Shed with Gonzalo Bergara Quartet

Following the great success of the Winter Tour 2018, The Gonzalo Bergara’s Quintet is excited to announce their come back to Europe presenting a new ake on the project “Django Meets Piazzolla”. Tonight Gonzalo Bergara Quartet will perform an incredible intimate concert planned for Kansas Smitty’s, bringing along multi-talented UK based musicians such as Andrea Todesco (guitar), Maki Bergara (cajon) and Pete Thomas (double bass). 

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

www.natpressplay.com

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The Shed with Gonzalo Bergara Quartet
Jul
11
9:30 PM21:30

The Shed with Gonzalo Bergara Quartet

Following the great success of the Winter Tour 2018, The Gonzalo Bergara’s Quintet is excited to announce their come back to Europe presenting a new ake on the project “Django Meets Piazzolla”. Tonight Gonzalo Bergara Quartet will perform an incredible intimate concert planned for Kansas Smitty’s, bringing along multi-talented UK based musicians such as Andrea Todesco (guitar), Maki Bergara (cajon) and Pete Thomas (double bass). 

Doors 9.30, music from 10pm

www.natpressplay.com

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Take Out with Sen3
Jul
16
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Sen3

Sen3 create a compelling wide-screen soundworld that’s rich in melody and emotive
harmonies, contemporary beat-culture and heavy riffs. Imagine a combo of Pink Floyd’s
ethereal epic-ness, Thundercat’s psychedelic soul-funk, a touch of J-Dilla/Madlib beat
conducting with a twist of Led Zepellin riffs and you’re half way there.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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52nd Street with Pete Horsfall
May
18
7:00 PM19:00

52nd Street with 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 8.30

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Basement Tapes with Alex Bryson Trio
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Alex Bryson Trio

Tonight acclaimed pianist Alex Bryson will be delighting us with some tunes from the straight ahead jazz tradition, in the school of Bud Powell, Sonny Clark, Ray Bryant, and Horace Silver, among others. He will be presenting an eclectic mix of his carefully selected picks accompanied by Darren McCarthy (bass) and Matt Fishwick (drums).  

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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Take Out with The Pucciarelli Group
May
7
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with The Pucciarelli Group

The Pucciarelli Group features recent graduates of The Guildhall School of Music, some of whom are rapidly becoming ‘musicians to look out for' within the London and British Jazz scene. Such members include Sam Knight (Tenor Saxophone), Ed Rice (Piano), Ed Ireland (Bass), Jack Yardley (Drums) and Giuseppe Pucciarelli (Guitar). The Pucciarelli Group will present the music of their upcoming release ‘Feel Free To Feel Free’, an excellent album that reminds of the finest music of Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny and Michael Brecker. The band, in fact, explores sounds that act as intermediary between European and American Jazz. A concert not to be missed. 

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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Wind Up with Lewis Wright
May
5
7:00 PM19:00

Wind Up with Lewis Wright

Lewis Wright is a vibraphonist, composer and drummer based in London. In 2014 he was asked by Wynton Marsalis to guest with him and the Lincoln Centre Orchestra at the Barbican. He is a member of jazz ensemble Empirical, who have 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. Come see him take the stage tonight. 

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Friday Hat Trick with Harry Diplock
May
3
7:00 PM19:00

Friday Hat Trick with Harry Diplock

Born on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, Harry Diplock first played guitar at age 13 where he experimented with a variety of genres from funk to hard rock.  His passion for improvisation was confirmed when during a gig with friends, the audience called for an encore,  so they decided to create one on the spot.  This song went on to appear on BBC Introducing.  Come over for a night of jazz, swing and gypsy jazz tunes.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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The Shed with Joe Downard
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Joe Downard

Originally from Brighton, bassist Joe Downard goes way back with the Kansas Smitty's family. For this special Thursday night, we would like to re-create our usual chatty and dynamic vibe. Because, we all know, Thursday is the new Friday right? Joe recorded two studio albums, toured the UK and Europe extensively and performed with Wynton Marsalis, Gregory Porter and some of the top UK instrumentalists. Tonight he will be playing with Will Barry (piano) and Felix Ambach (drummer). Come party with us.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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Basement Tapes with Pete Horsfall
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Pete Horsfall

Kansas Smitty's House Band vocalist, trumpet player and composer Pete Horsfall is considered a rising star on the international jazz scene. Today he will be introducing us to RED, his own tribute to the legendary New Orleans trumpeter and singer Henry "Red" Allen. The EP includes obscure and beautiful songs from Red's catalogue, in addition to a number of Peter's original compositions crafted around the audio of Red's interview with the jazz writer Nat Hentoff.


Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Take Out with Serendip
Apr
30
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Serendip

Serendip is a project led by saxophonist Arnaud Guichard featuring drummer Jamie Murray, guitarist James Kitchman and bassist Mikele Montolli. The ensemble creates a unique universe of sound inspired by contemporary jazz, central African rhythms, meditative sounds and free jazz. 

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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Wind Up with Phoenician Blinds
Apr
28
7:00 PM19:00

Wind Up with Phoenician Blinds

Based out of London, Phoenician Blinds are a jazz-leaning instrumental quartet with blends of straight-ahead jazz, hip-hop and cinematic soundscapes. Influenced by the likes of Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Robert Glasper and Avishai Cohen, this is music sure to make you groove and contemplate the essence of soulful music.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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52nd Street with Pete Horsfall
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

52nd Street with 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 8.30


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Basement Tapes with Giacomo Smith and Joe Stilgoe
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Giacomo Smith and Joe Stilgoe

Joe Stilgoe and Giacomo Smith first met at a star studded Christmas party that hosted the likes of Goldie and the Rolling Stones. As two of the only people in the room that knew who Louis Armstrong was, the pair locked into a jam session on the house owner’s art case Steinway that went long into the night. Tonight the two are teaming up again to relive the chemistry of their first meeting in anticipation of an album that they plan to record later this year. 

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Saturday Night Special with Dave Archer Trio
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Saturday Night Special 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 Saturday Night Special. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass and Jim Hall, Dave will join forces with Liam Dunachie (piano) and Will Cleasby (drums) to spice up your Saturday.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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Mardi Gras with Kansas Smitty's House Band
Apr
18
7:00 AM07:00

Mardi Gras with Kansas Smitty's House Band

In Mardi Gras Vol. 1  The Kansas Smitty's House Band addressed their roots in acoustic New Orleans music. On April 18th they're launching Vol. 2, which features the soulful vocals of trumpeter/vocalist Pete Horsfall. In this EP they bridge the gap between tradition and the modern day. The set of songs was produced by the acclaimed singer/songwriter Rhys Lewis in his Bermondsey studio. If the last launch party was anything to go by, make sure to get your tickets now before they sell out.

 Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Basement Tapes with Henrik Jensen
Apr
17
7:00 AM07:00

Basement Tapes with Henrik Jensen

Danish bassist Henrik Jensen has spent the last five years recording and touring the world with the vocal trio The Puppini Sisters, but he has also been laying the bass lines down for artists including Pete Wareham, Martin Speake, Elizabeth Shepherd and Peter Ehwald. His compositions are thoughtful, playful, bursting with energy and at times melancholic. Curious? Get a ticket for tonight's show. 

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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