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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 trio will be featuring three international "improv pros": Reinier Bass on guitar, Kit Downes on piano and Ben Van Gelder on alto saxophone.

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 Memphis born pianist, Charlie Wood, for a night inspired by the self-proclaimed ""inventor of jazz"" Jelly Roll Morton’s infamous interview with song collector Alan Lomax.

When Jelly Roll moved to DC in 1935, he took up management of a bar called the Blue Moon Inn. It was here that Alan Lomax discovered the self-proclaimed ""inventor of jazz"" and invited him to interview for the Library of Congress. Jelly told all of the brothels he grew up in, his days as a pool shark, the notorious criminals he rubbed shoulders with and the corners of the globe that he reached. He also played versions of his compositions that cemented his genius in the annals of jazz history.

"I have been robbed of three million dollars all told. Everyone today is playing my stuff and I don't even get credit. Kansas City style, Chicago style, New Orleans style hell, they're all Jelly Roll style"" - Jelly Roll Morton"

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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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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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Saturday Night Special with Such Sweet Thunder
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Saturday Night Special with Such Sweet Thunder

Piotr Jordan and Joplin Parnell explore compositions and folk songs from the first part of the 20th century. Featuring Brazilian Choro and folk music of North Western Europe with a collection of Tin Pan Alley’s finest, their sound harks back to that melancholic and enchanting era of the 1920s and 30s.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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Take Out with Kino Trio
Apr
9
8:00 PM20:00

Take Out with Kino Trio

"Kino Trio" is a collective and a forward-looking project founded in London in 2015, presenting material written by each member of the group. Their compositions have a unified written language stemming from the European jazz tradition. Heinen's roots in impressionistic classical music are complimented by Michele Tacchi's lyrical fretless sound and the wide dynamic range of Riccardo Chiaberta's sensitive approach to the drums.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Friday Hat Trick with Will Cleasby
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Friday Hat Trick with Will Cleasby

Tonight one of our favourite musicians will be taking the stage with Ugandan sensation Mark Kavuma. Since arriving in London three years ago Will played with both young talents and veterans of the scene, taking part of projects including Judi Jackson, the Kansas Smitty’s House Band and the Banger Factor.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm


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Women in Jazz presents: Ms. Maurice
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

Women in Jazz presents: Ms. Maurice

Ms Maurice brings her melange of influences from organic grooves infused with 70s jazz and a touch of West African sonic seasoning. These sounds are heavily influenced by her London upbringing.

Ms Maurice is also bandleader of KOKOROKO and plays with jazz septet Nérija, who were nominated for Jazz Fm Breakthrough Act 2016 and Parliamentary Jazz Newcomer of Year 2017 winner. She has performed with the likes of SOLANGE, KANO on the ‘Jool’s Holland Show’ and ‘The Mercury Prize 2016’, and features on Little SIMZ’s album ‘Stillness in Wonderland.’

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Take Out with Marc Michel
Apr
2
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Marc Michel

Lyon-born drummer Marc Michel is a regular and dynamic presence on the international jazz scene, touring all over the world with his EYM trio and with many notable musicians, including Chris Cheek, Gilad Hekselman and Sylvain Luc. Praised for his polyrhythmic ease, as well as musicality, Marc will be playing some of his original compositions accompanied by British heavy-weights Tom Ollendorff (guitar) and Calum Gourlay (double bass).

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Wind Up with Joplin Parnell
Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

Wind Up with Joplin Parnell

Piotr Jordan and Joplin Parnell explore compositions and folk songs from the first part of the 20th century. Featuring Brazilian Choro and folk music of North Western Europe with a collection of Tin Pan Alley’s finest, their sound harks back to that melancholic and enchanting era of the 1920s and 30s.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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Take Out with Ant Law
Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

Take Out with Ant Law

Ant Law takes Smitty's stage for the first time with Michael Chillingworth (alto sax/bass clarinet), Ferg Ireland (bass) and James Maddren (drums). He will be sharing his original tunes from the album "Life I Know", recently released with Edition Records. If you're new to his music we definitely recommend you to come over for this special Take Out at the bar.

Doors 7pm, music from 8.30pm

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