Take Out with The Jordan Ferrin Storyband
Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with The Jordan Ferrin Storyband

Jordan Ferrin is a saxophonist, woodwind doubler, teacher, and composer/arranger from California. For over four years he traveled the world working as a cruise ship musician. In 2018 Jordan moved to London to study as a postgraduate at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, bringing his inspirations in travel and in music.

With his Storyband project, Jordan marries those experiences in travel and music. Every composition has a story behind and within it. With influences ranging from Sonny Rollins to Cuong Vu and Radiohead to The Brian Blade Fellowship, Jordan's music is diverse; but it is from within each story that the listener can enjoy both the music and its message.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Basement Tapes with Jonny Mansfield Quartet
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Jonny Mansfield Quartet

Jonny Mansfield is a London-based vibes player. He has performed at many prestigious venues with respected musicians including Chris Potter, Gareth Lockrane and Mark Lockhart. He has toured throughout Europe and performed at major venues such at the Bimhaus, Leipzig Jazzstage, A38 Budapest, Love Supreme Festival and the Royal Albert Hall. In Summer 2019, Jonny released his debut album with his 11 piece ensemble 'Elftet' after being awarded the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize in June 2018 and subsequently signed to Edition Records to release his album featuring Chris Potter, Gareth Lockrane and Kit Downes.

Jonny Mansfield - Vibraphone / Will Barry - Piano / Will Harris - Bass / Boz Martin-Jones - Drums

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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The Shed with Ray Gelato
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Ray Gelato

Ray Gelato is credited for helping kick off the Swing revival in the early '80s. This interest in vintage Swing/Jazz and R&B went massive in the '90s, spreading all over the US, and spawning bands like The Brian Setzer Big Band and The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies to name but a few. Ray started playing the tenor sax in 1979 and learned initially by playing along to his Dad’s old Rock'n'Roll records.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Take Out with Louis Cole (Late show)
Oct
1
10:00 PM22:00

Take Out with Louis Cole (Late show)

Louis Cole is an artist who is almost as famous for his musical left turns as he is his unique aesthetic and "searing" live performances. For this very intimate show at Smitty's he's taking one of those turns. Don't expect drum solos. This will be an ambient show of mostly unreleased ballads and ambient songs.

Doors 10pm, music 10:30 - 11:30pm

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Basement Tapes with Rick Simpson Trio
Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Rick Simpson Trio

Award-winning pianist and composer Rick Simpson has been no stranger to the heart of the London Jazz scene, on both the new music and more traditional fronts. Come and listen to him and his trio and let yourself drift along to their versatile playing and improvised sounds mixing up original compositions and music from their favourite composers.

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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The Shed with Dave Storey
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Dave Storey

Dynamic London-based drummer Dave Storey has established himself as one of the leading drummers on the London jazz scene.

His trio (Will Sach - bass, James Allsopp - Saxophone) released their debut album Bosco (Impossible Ark Records) this year which showcased the group’s ability to push boundaries whilst maintaining a fluid, conversational approach to improvisation. Over the past 4 years they have honed their approach towards celebrating the elements they love in classic jazz lineups and recordings, and maximising the space for communication and interaction within their own compositions.

This gig will feature brand new material which will be recorded in October for their second release on Impossible Ark Records.

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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Basement Tapes with Reuben James
Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Reuben James

Reuben James is a singer, songwriter and pianist, best known for his ongoing collaborations with Sam Smith. Reuben co-wrote the title track from Smith’s most recent album “The Thrill of it All”, as well as the song “Him”.

Reuben has played piano since the age of 3 and won a scholarship to the prestigious Trinity College of Music in London, before going on to be named Rising Star at the 2014 British Jazz Awards. Raised on an eclectic mix of jazz, gospel, hip hop and classical music, Reuben’s confident, flowing approach belies his years.

Reuben signed with Warner/Chappell in 2018 and has since been working on his own material, exploring the boundaries between jazz and pop. Reuben has been collaborating with artists such as Honne, Pnau, Tom Misch, Bruno Major, Callum Scott, Disclosure, Col3trane, Hiraku Utada and Tori Kelly.

In 2019 Reuben Released his Debut EP ‘Adore’ and performed his first solo live shows, supporting Alicia Keys at the Dubai Jazz Festival and Kamasi Washington on his UK tour.

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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Jnr Williams ‘The Live Corner Open Mic’
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Jnr Williams ‘The Live Corner Open Mic’

Singer Jnr. Williams curates an open mic night opening the floor up to up and coming talent and a line-up of special guests and friends. Jnr grew up playing the open mic circuit weekly in London and wants to support the art of showing up and playing a few tunes. Expect spoken word, jazz, rap, soul.. You name it.. Come down, have a drink and jam.

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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Kansas Smitty's Old School with The Old Jelly Rollers
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Kansas Smitty's Old School with The Old Jelly Rollers

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!

The Old Jelly Rollers, led by songstress Louise Balkwill, are a musical collective who encompass the raucous, joyful spirit of the birthplace of jazz. They are bound to get your feet shuffling with their full 7 piece line up of some of London’s finest young musicians. Come and move to the beat of the streets of New Orleans!

Louise Balkwill - voice / Tim Quicke - trumpet / Hannah Hever - clarinet / Peter Thornton - trombone / Martin Lee Thomson - tuba / Adam Chinery - banjo / Bubu Drum Jah Tooth - drums

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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Joe Stilgoe and Giacomo Smith
Oct
14
7:00 PM19:00

Joe Stilgoe and Giacomo Smith

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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Basement Tapes with Adriano Moncada
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Adriano Moncada

Italian guitarist Adriano Moncada established himself in the modern jazz scene as a prolific composer and band leader of the contemporary jazz band "Gemini Trio". Adriano's compositional approach is very much inspired by the music of Pat Metheny, Radiohead and Joe Pass. This brand new quartet includes active members of the London jazz scene such as Alex Hitchcock on tenor, Joe Downard on double bass and Jay Davis on drums. For this show, they willl be playing original compositions and a few standards.

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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The Shed with Malcolm Earle-Smith
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Malcolm Earle-Smith

Malcolm Earle-smith is a multi-faceted jazz musician, not only widely respected in the fields of classic jazz and swing, but also a very accomplished improviser in bop and more contemporary idioms. His performing career as a trombonist and vocalist spans from early jazz to contemporary jazz styles. He has worked with many artists including Digby Fairweather, Jack Parnell, John Dankworth, Henry Lowther, Andrea Vicary and Martin Speake. He has also worked with soul artists Martha Reeves and Ronnie Spector, has recorded and toured extensively with Bryan Ferry and appears on Ferry’s album, ‘As Time Goes By’.

For this show, Malcolm will be leading a quintet featuring Leo Richardson (saxophone), Chris Eldred (piano), Conor Chaplin (bass) and Douglas Marinner (drums).

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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Friday Hat Trick with Giacomo Smith
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Friday Hat Trick with Giacomo Smith

Our House Band leader Giacomo Smith is playing at the bar tonight, come along and hear this multi-talented musician do his thing. No doubt he'll bring his favourite players, as yet unheard tunes, some great stories and certainly a few surprises along the way. Book a seat in advance or come early to grab a good spot.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Take Out with Phelan Burgoyne Trio
Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Phelan Burgoyne Trio

British drummer and composer Phelan Burgoyne has gained an international reputation playing many festivals and clubs all over Europe with musicians including Jorge Rossy, Bill McHenry, Kit Downes, Emanuele Maniscalco and Ben Street. With his trio, he has released 2 records featuring all original compositions; Unquiet Quiet (2015) and Verdasio (2019) to critical acclaim.

For this show, we are delighted to welcome Burgoyne's Trio featuring James Kitchman on Guitar and Tom McCredie on Bass.

“It’s plan to see why Burgoyne’s reputation has reached its current momentum” - The Guardian

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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Basement Tapes with HOWES3
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with HOWES3

HOWES3 are an exciting Brighton-based jazz funk/gospel fusion power trio. Brought together through a mutual love of 70’s jazz funk, 80’s fusion, 90’s R’n’B, gospel and hip-hop they cultivate a unique sound that has a foot in each genre. Blending smooth neo-soul progressions and utilising rich gospel harmony, sincere melodies and increasing levels of rhythmic freedom throughout, their music takes you on a feel-good journey through their collective influences.

Line-up: Oli Howe (piano, rhodes and synthesisers), Marcus Porter (bass) & Luke Campbell (drums)

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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Thursday is the new Friday with REBOP (feat. Jorge Rossy)
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday is the new Friday with REBOP (feat. Jorge Rossy)

You just can't wait for Friday to come? 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.

REBOP sees Jorge Rossy (Brad Mehldau Trio, Steve Swallow, Lee Konitz) working with four rising stars of the European jazz scene in a collaborative, cooperatively-led quintet setting. With each band member contributing original material, a broad range of styles and influences are present, encompassing swinging post bop, reflective contemporary jazz, Brazilian music and the blues. This truly international quintet (with members currently based in based in Hamburg, Amsterdam, London, Basel and Barcelona) was formed in 2017. They have already toured in the UK, Germany and Spain, and recently released an album, Introducing REBOP, on the Swiss label Unit Records.

Jorge Rossy - vibraphone / Phelan Burgoyne - drums / Sam Braysher - alto saxophone / Tilman Oberbeck - double bass / Linus Eppinger - guitar

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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Saturday Night Special with Dave Archer
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Saturday Night Special with Dave Archer

Every weekend Kansas Smitty’s turns into the hottest hidden gem in the city. House Band guitarist Dave Archer is stepping out on his own as a band leader and 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 some of the best musicians in town to spice up your Saturday.

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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Wind Up: Matt Skelton plays Eddie Condon
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Wind Up: Matt Skelton plays Eddie Condon

Drummer Matt Skelton is equally at home in modern and vintage Jazz styles Matt enjoys a diverse musical career that also encompasses Symphonic and Light Orchestral Music. He has accompanied many leading Internationally-known Jazz figures such as Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Kenny Davern, Bob Wilber, Ken Peplowski, Conte Candoli, Red Holloway, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Warren Vache, Michael Moore, Harry Allen and Scott Hamilton. Matt regularly plays with The BBC Big Band and BBC Concert Orchestra in broadcasts and BBC Proms TV appearences.

Matt regularly performs with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, CBSO, Hallé, RLPO, Britten Symphonia, Lahti, RTE Concert Orchestra and Big Band and most recently Radio France Philharmonic. Matt is the drummer for the Grammy-nominated John Wilson Orchestra, a specialist light music orchestra with which Matt has recorded many film soundtracks including the Kevin Spacey, Bobby Darin biopic ‘Beyond The Sea’ (2003).

For this show, Matt will perform the music of American jazz banjoist, guitarist, and bandleader, Eddie Condon.

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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Take Out with AKIMBO
Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with AKIMBO

Akimbo is a band of quiet aspirations. Founded from within the buzz of the hectic North London landscape, this project plays with the role of silence and dynamics in making music. Not to say that their music is loud and soft. Rather it’s gentle, thoughtful, rough-around-the-edges, layered and made to sound beautiful, when it can be.

Composed of a guitar and vocal duo, Pedro Velasco and Nell Greco try not to pay too much attention to the traditional ‘roles’ and expectations of their parts. They look for the limitations of their instruments, blur lines and listen intently for what each other is doing. And they care about how well they’re sharing their craft with their audience.

The aim is to be honest, to look after the music and to have fun.

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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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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52nd Street with Pete Horsfall
Nov
2
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 8:30pm

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Wind up with The London Django Collective
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

Wind up with The London Django Collective

The best music is made collectively and 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. First volume, by Harry Diplock, is out on October 14 but in the meantime....head to YouTube to watch a brand new video of them jamming out Tiger Rag at the end of a recording day at Soup Studios: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJqxmoDgr0U

Line-up: Harry Diplock (guitar) / Robin Katz (guitar) / Jeremie Coullon (guitar) / Matt Holborn (violin) / Giacomo Smith (clarinet) / Pete Thomas (bass)

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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Take Out with Ingi Bjarni
Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Ingi Bjarni

Ingi Bjarni Skúlason is a pianist and composer of considerable distinction and finesse, creatively seeking to shun boundaries in style or genre. Across our forever-united European musical landscape, he builds collaborations that challenge and excite, including projects with friends and colleagues in the Scandinavian countries he has lived in and whose open, artistic culture is closely entwined with that of his Icelandic homeland. This singular musician’s focus produces original works which, while informed by jazz tradition, Nordic folksong and electronica, rise up from a wellspring of meticulously-shaped imaginings – ideas inspired by relentlessly searching improvisation, as well as the people he interacts with in daily life, and also the wonders of the natural environment.

Ingi Bjarni Skúlason - piano / Valdimar Olgeirsson - double bass / Óskar Kjartansson - drums

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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Basement Tapes with NIM QUARTET
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with NIM QUARTET

NIM QUARTET is the project of London-based bass player Nim Sadot who conjures up a magical mix of instrumental fusion jazz. His eponymous debut album was released in 2018 and gathered an excellent selection of musicians from the London jazz scene that includes the likes of Hamish Balfour (Keys), Nick Walters (Trumpet), Laurie Lowe (Drums) and more. The quartet released their sophomore album 'Nim Quartet II' in June 2019.

Originally from Israel, Nim has played with some of the top names in the jazz world including Harvey Mason (USA), Marlene (Japan, CBS, SONY), Snow Boy (UK), Makoto Kuriya (Japan) and Tony Lakatos (Hungary).

Doors 7pm, music 8:30pm

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The Shed with Joachim Caffonnette
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Joachim Caffonnette

Pianist Joachim Caffonnette, a leading figure of the young Belgian jazz scene, joins forces with one of Paris’ tightest rhythm sections to give birth to a symbiotic new trio dedicated to Caffonnette’s melodic and powerful compositions. They present an album entitled « Vers l’azur noir » (Towards The Black Azure - Neuklang Records - Germany) dedicated to all castaways and to the human intelligence that will leap to life so that hatred and stupidity will run out steam.

For the first time, the band will tour the UK, playing Caffonnette’s originals as well as some covers from both the jazz and pop-rock repertoire. The eclecticism of this piano trio combo will lead the audience along hard swinging moments, melancholic times and great lyricism all glued together with a smart sense of interplay. Not to be missed!

Joachim Caffonnette - piano / Alex Gilson - double bass / Jean-Baptiste Pinet - drums

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tPDFmFKuuI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9v2ExDOHPA

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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Friday Hat Trick with Matyas Gayer
Nov
8
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 8:30pm

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Kansas Smitty's Old School
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Kansas Smitty's Old School

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 8:30pm

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Basement Tapes with Helena Kay's KIM TRIO
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Helena Kay's KIM TRIO

Tenor saxophonist Helena Kay (Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2015, winner of Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2017) leads a trio comprising some of the most in demand young musicians on the London jazz scene. Joined by Ferg Ireland (Kansas Smitty’s House Band, Soweto Kinch) and David Ingamells (Kate Williams), the trio play a mixture of Helena’s originals and tunes from the jazz canon, inspired by greats such as Sonny Rollins and Antonio Carlos Jobim, and contemporary names like Melissa Aldana and Larry Goldings. Their debut album Moon Palace was released on 7th December 2018 on Ubuntu Music.

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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The Shed with Gary Alesbrook Quintet
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Gary Alesbrook Quintet

Judging by his resume, trumpeter and flugelhorn player Gary Alesbrook likes to mix things up. He’s played on live shows and studio sessions for Kasabian, Noel Gallagher, Scissor Sisters, Rag N Bone Man, Raphael Saadiq, Kelis and Tom Jones, as well as movie, TV and computer game soundtracks. Each has proved the perfect setting for his warm and lyrical sound and although Alesbrook has shown his dexterity as a player able to cross multiple genres, it is Jazz that drives his debut album.

His early years as a jazz artist were influenced by players such as Chet Baker, Clark Terry and Clifford Brown and it’s the intuitive use of swing that is very evident in his first work ‘Jazz in Movies’ . His use of melody and beautifully crafted phrasing hark back to an era who’s footprint has been left most notably in the world of movies.

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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EFG London Jazz Festival - Tom Barford, Dave Whitford & Jeff Williams
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

EFG London Jazz Festival - Tom Barford, Dave Whitford & Jeff Williams

Tom Barford is a London based saxophonist/composer described by Evan Parker as "A new star in the Jazz firmament" after winning the Kenny Wheeler Prize back in 2017 and releasing his acclaimed debut album in 2018. Tom has also been busy touring and recording as a sideman in such groups as the Tom Syson Band, Alberto Palau’s Flight Mode and has appeared with the Guy Barker Big Band (featuring Billy Cobham) and Gareth Lockrane’s Big Band. Tom also enjoys co-leading the band ‘AuB’ with Alex Hitchcock with an album due to be released next year on Edition Records.

For this one off gig at Kansas Smitty’s Tom will be joined by Jazz hero’s Jeff Williams (Joe Henderson, Lee Konitz, Stan Getz, Joe Lovano) and Dave Whitford (Steve Lacy, Marc Copland, John Taylor, Dave Leibman) for a trio set consisting of newly composed trio music and lesser known jazz standards.

On the occasion of the London Jazz Festival, we will go until late on Friday and Saturday. Come and Join us to celebrate Jazz.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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EFG London Jazz Festival - Giacomo Smith
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

EFG London Jazz Festival - Giacomo Smith

Our House Band leader Giacomo Smith is playing at the bar tonight, come along and hear this multi-talented musician do his thing. No doubt he'll bring his favourite players, as yet unheard tunes, some great stories and certainly a few surprises along the way. Book a seat in advance or come early to grab a good spot.

On the occasion of the London Jazz Festival, we will go until late on Friday and Saturday. Come and Join us to celebrate Jazz.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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EFG London Jazz Festival - Adrian Cox
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

EFG London Jazz Festival - Adrian Cox

For this years LJF, clarinettist Adrian Cox will be previewing music from his new album set for release in January 2020.

Over the past 2 years, Cox has been performing "Profoundly Blue”, a tribute to the great clarinet legend Edmond hall. Along with his top flight Quartet featuring Joe Webb (piano), Simon Read (bass) and Gethin Jones (drums) they toured extensively across Europe and in the USA where they performed at Dizzy’s Jazz Club, New York and have sold over 3000 albums.

Of recent, Adrian has been taking more time to write and record his original music and will be touring the UK extensively in January/February 2020.

Tonight’s performance will be the first chance to hear what Adrian and his band have been working hard on and we are delighted that Kansas Smitty’s plays host to the occasion. Sure to sell out fast.

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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EFG London Jazz Festival - Jas Kayser Trio
Nov
18
7:00 PM19:00

EFG London Jazz Festival - Jas Kayser Trio

Afro-beat inspired grooves blended with jazz influenced harmony and contagious horn lines backing the refreshing take on African vocal harmonies are what define the sound of Jas & Chums. Formed of an international collective of musicians from around the globe such as Belgium, Israel, Panama, US and UK, Jas & Chums is led by the drummer and composer, Jas Kayser, from the UK.

The project explores the common ground between progressive jazz, and soulful, afro-beat led rhythms and is set to cement her credentials as one of the leading forces behind the resurgence of jazz-influenced sounds in the UK and US.

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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EFG London Jazz Festival - Joe Webb Trio
Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

EFG London Jazz Festival - Joe Webb Trio

Joe Webb is a highly regarded pianist and a leading force on the UK jazz scene. He grew up in Wales before moving to London in 2013 to pursue the capital’s growing jazz movement. He is in constant demand as a recording artist on piano and Hammond organ, as well as having a relentless performance schedule with shows across Europe.

Joe met Tom Farmer (bass) and Shane Forbes (drums) in London where they often played together as a rhythm section, backing a wide variety of musicians. After a year of accompanying other artists, Joe began to write music especially for the trio. With inspiration ranging from his travels in around Europe, to Britpop classics and even football stars, the trio’s style is highly original, modern and slick. The band have already established themselves with a series of sold-out shows at esteemed jazz clubs including Ronnie Scott’s, Kansas Smitty’s and Crazy Coqs. Along with his trio, Joe tours extensively with the acclaimed Kansas Smitty’s House Band, Rob Luft, Adrian Cox, Hailey Tuck, Corrie Dick and Fraser & the Alibis.

‘He can swing and is melodic, letting the ideas unfold without the arbitrary stuff’ - Brad Mehldau

A great young pianist, check him out, very talented’ - Jason Rebello

Joe Webb - exceptionally promising young pianist. His playing is rare and has an unusual sense of delicate beauty’ - Huw Warren

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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EFG London Jazz Festival - Lydian Collective
Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

EFG London Jazz Festival - Lydian Collective

Catch London-based instrumental jazz/fusion four-piece Lydian Collective live at Kansas Smitty's bar on Broadway (Hackney) as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival in 2019.

Lydian Collective make genre-crashing, boundary-smashing music seem effortless’ - CLASH MAGAZINE

‘Life affirming music’ - Nick Luscombe BBC Radio 3

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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EFG London Jazz Festival - RP Quartet
Nov
21
7:00 PM19:00

EFG London Jazz Festival - RP Quartet

RP Quartet is a group that revives the 1960’s jazz repertoire in the spirit of the Hot Club de France Quartet founded by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli. The unequalled rhythm of Parisian Gypsy jazz, as well as the timbre and lyricism of solo acoustic instruments, two guitars, a violin and a double- bass make up RP's unique sound. Everything started at the renowned international jazz school “le Centre Des Musiques Didier Lockwood” . From West Side Story to Nougaro, and from Thelonious Monk to Miles Davis, the repertoire reveals the many facets of one of the most beautiful jazz scene.

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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EFG London Jazz Festival - Alex Hitchcock & guests
Nov
22
7:00 PM19:00

EFG London Jazz Festival - Alex Hitchcock & guests

Award-winning London-born saxophonist and composer Alex Hitchcock is back at the bar. He leads his own quintet, whose increasingly burgeoning reputation on the international jazz stage was confirmed by first place in the Conad Jazz Contest at the 2018 Umbria Jazz Festival.

For this LJF-special show, he will be joined by some very special guests to create the perfect backdrop to your Saturday night. Book a seat or come ealy to grab a good spot.

On the occasion of the London Jazz Festival, we will go until late on Friday and Saturday. Come and Join us to celebrate Jazz.

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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EFG London Jazz Festival - Reinier Baas, Shane Forbes & Tom Farmer
Nov
23
7:00 PM19:00

EFG London Jazz Festival - Reinier Baas, Shane Forbes & Tom Farmer

Guitarist, composer and bandleader Reinier Baas graduated from the Conservatory of Amsterdam in 2010 with the highest honours, spending part of his studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Since, he has played prestigious venues around the globe, such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, Bimhuis, Wellington Jazz Festival and Umbria Jazz Festival. Reinier Baas is currently a member of Pynarello, Benjamin Herman’s Bughouse, Ben van Gelder & Reinier Baas, Ben van Gelder trio ft. Han Bennink. For this gig, he will be joined by Shane Forbes on drums and Tom Farmer on bass.

On the occasion of the London Jazz Festival, we will go until late on Fridays and Saturdays. Come and Join us to celebrate Jazz.

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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EFG London Jazz Festival - Kit Downes' BENVANEMY
Nov
24
7:00 PM19:00

EFG London Jazz Festival - Kit Downes' BENVANEMY

Meeting together for the second time, this group made up of old friends and colleagues from the UK, Sweden and the Netherlands perform original music written by each member. Expect shapeshifting rhythmic structures, fluid melodies and lush harmonies.

Line-up: Kit Downes (Piano) / Ben Van Gelder (Saxophone) / Petter Eldh (Bass) / James Maddren (Drums)

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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Take Out with Sen3
Nov
26
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Sen3

An exciting new genre-hopping guitar trio called Sen3 have emerged from London’s melting pot.The band 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.

With credits as in-demand sidemen for David Gilmour, Jamie Woon, Jessie Ware, Khadi Tatham and PBUG, the band stretched out in early 2017, releasing their debut album 'The Drop' to rave reviews and plenty of attention from Jazz FM, BBC Radio, Ronnie Scott’s, Jazzwise Magazine, Sofar Sounds and Dublab. The band released their sophomore album 'Volume II' earlier this year.

Line-up: Max O'Donnell (Guitar) / Dan Gulino (Bass) / Saleem Raman (Drums)

Doors 7pm, music from 8:30pm

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Friday Hat Trick with Matyas Gayer
Nov
29
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 8:30pm

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Friday Hat Trick with Jas Kayser Trio
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Friday Hat Trick with Jas Kayser Trio


Afro-beat inspired grooves blended with jazz influenced harmony and contagious horn lines backing the refreshing take on African vocal harmonies are what define the sound of Jas & Chums. Formed of an international collective of musicians from around the globe such as Belgium, Israel, Panama, US and UK, Jas & Chums is led by the drummer and composer, Jas Kayser, from the UK.

The project explores the common ground between progressive jazz, and soulful, afro-beat led rhythms and is set to cement her credentials as one of the leading forces behind the resurgence of jazz-influenced sounds in the UK and US.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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The Shed with Naama Gheber
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Naama Gheber

We are delighted to welcome Naama Gheber at Kansas Smitty's again. Naama is a New York-based jazz vocalist inspired by the emotionaly direct compositions of Lorenz and Hart, Fields and Hugh, Cole Porter and other great composers and lyricist of the 1930’s and ‘40’s. Come and enjoy her elegant voice, sensitive interpretation and crisp phrasing that have become recognizable elements of her signature style and timeless appeal. For this gig, Naama will sing a collection of moving jazz tunes from her upcoming album and will be joined by Will Arnold Foster on Guitar and Calum Gourlay on bass.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Basement Tapes with Tom Barford, Conor Chaplin & Jeff Williams
Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Tom Barford, Conor Chaplin & Jeff Williams

Tom Barford is a London-based saxophonist/composer described by Evan Parker as "A new star in the Jazz firmament" after winning the Kenny Wheeler Prize back in 2017 and releasing his acclaimed debut album in 2018. Tom has also been busy touring and recording as a sideman in such groups as the Tom Syson Band, Alberto Palau’s Flight Mode and has appeared with the Guy Barker Big Band (featuring Billy Cobham) and Gareth Lockrane’s Big Band. Tom also enjoys co-leading the band ‘AuB’ with Alex Hitchcock with an album due to be released next year on Edition Records.

For this one off gig at Kansas Smitty’s, Tom will be joined by Jazz hero’s Jeff Williams (Joe Henderson, Lee Konitz, Stan Getz, Joe Lovano) and Conor Chaplin (Kit Downes, Marius Neset, Thomas Strønen, Bobo Stenson, George Garzone) for a trio set of standards and post-bop tunes written and made famous by some of Tom's favourite tenor players.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Take Out with Matt Carmichael Quartet
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Matt Carmichael Quartet

Matt Carmichael is a 20-year-old Scottish tenor saxophonist marked as ‘One to Watch in 2019 ‘by Jazzwise magazine. Matt's folk/jazz influenced music has been featured on BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM, BBC Scotland and he gigs regularly at festivals and venues throughout the UK and further afield.

For this gig only the Matt Carmichael Quartet will be joined by the phenomenal London-based guitarist Peter Wilson.

Matt Carmichael - Tenor Saxophone / Fergus McCreadie - Piano / Ali Watson - Bass / Tom Potter - Drums / *Special guest Peter Wilson - Guitar

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Wind Up with Emma Frank & Roselien Tobbackx
Sep
15
7:00 PM19:00

Wind Up with Emma Frank & Roselien Tobbackx


Emma Frank has a sound that intertwines folk, R&B, and even jazz, with shifting tempos and winding melodies that are poignant, propelling and all-engulfing. On her fourth album, Come Back, released on September 6 via Justin Time/Nettwerk, Emma plays with ideas of love, lust, self-doubt, commitment and sadness to relinquish the most intimate corners of her mind with her listeners. Emma’s songs are journeys of self-discovery, framed by insightful lyrics and her warm, gossamer voice that songwriter Leif Vollebekk described as "like leather on silk." Emma Frank has performed at Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, NXNE, Pop Montreal, the Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival, and performs regularly in New York City. For this gig, Emma will be performing with Dominic Mekky (Keys), Pedro Barquinha (Drums) and Franky Rousseau (Guitar).

Roselien Tobbackx is a promising, young artist who combines influences drawn from jazz, soul, rnb and electronic music. Her first EP ‘Truth’ came to the attention of Meshell Ndegeocello, Reggie Watts, Lefto and Erica McKoy from Worldwide Fm. This led to some great live opportunities which included opening multiple times for Meshell Ndegeocello, Gregory Porter and Gabriel Garzon Montano. Originally from Belgium she recently re-located to South-London. On this evening Roselien will enchant you as a solo artist with an electric guitar, loopstation and marvellous voice. Not to be missed.

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Lola Young
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Lola Young

Lola Young, is an 18-year-old artist from South East London. Her song writing draws influences from Prince, Joni Mitchell to Ben Howard. Her style is both dark and witty. She encompasses the sharp socially aware lyrical ability usually seen in hip hop with a tender story telling abiltiy more often seen in folk music. Come and see why at one of a few select shows before her debut single drops later this year.

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Lola Young
Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

Lola Young

Lola Young, is an 18-year-old artist from South East London. Her song writing draws influences from Prince, Joni Mitchell to Ben Howard. Her style is both dark and witty. She encompasses the sharp socially aware lyrical ability usually seen in hip hop with a tender story telling abiltiy more often seen in folk music. Come and see why at one of a few select shows before her debut single drops later this year.

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Lola Young
Sep
10
7:00 PM19:00

Lola Young

Lola Young, is an 18-year-old artist from South East London. Her song writing draws influences from Prince, Joni Mitchell to Ben Howard. Her style is both dark and witty. She encompasses the sharp socially aware lyrical ability usually seen in hip hop with a tender story telling abiltiy more often seen in folk music. Come and see why at one of a few select shows before her debut single drops later this year.

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Kansas Smitty's Old School
Sep
8
7:00 PM19:00

Kansas Smitty's Old School

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 Tom Syson
Sep
5
7:00 PM19:00

The Shed with Tom Syson

Tom Syson is a highly regarded trumpeter and composer based in the UK. In January 2019, he recorded his 2nd album, ‘Different Coloured Days’ at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The album title is inspired by his experience with anxiety. Tom also has vast experience performing in larger ensembles, having held the lead trumpet chair in the European Radio Jazz Orchestra 2018, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Birmingham Jazz Orchestra, as well as performing with the London Jazz Orchestra, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

For this show, Tom will be joined by Tom Barford (Tenor Saxophone), David Ferris (Piano), Pete Hutchison (Double Bass) and Jonathan Silk (Drums).

Doors 7pm, music from 9pm

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Basement Tapes with Yusuf Ahmed
Sep
4
7:00 PM19:00

Basement Tapes with Yusuf Ahmed

Drummer Yusuf Ahmed and his band featuring Tal Janes (guitar), Joseph Costi (keys) and Ben Reed (bass) are taking over the Kansas Smitty's stage. Expect to be taken on rhythmic, melodic and sonic adventures weaving together free form improvisation and original compositions. The kick you may need to brave the second half of the week!

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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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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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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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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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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