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A collective of the finest jazz musicians in West London.

They appear every Wednesday at the Bulls Head pub in Barnes (3 mins from Barnes Bridge station, or a short bus ride from Hammersmith)... and are not to be missed.

Also, now monthly at Cafe Posk in Hammersmith

Way Out West is a unique collective of jazz musicians. Diverse improvisation, performance, arranging, composition, all come to the forefront in full force within weekly gigs, as each collective member presents collaborations of their work with guest stars from today's jazz scene.

Seasonal blasts include Way Out West appearing together for All-star evenings.

September 2015
@ Bulls Head
Two of a Mind

Two of a Mind - the great recordings by Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan revisited by this contemporary quartet.

Exploring afresh the freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations of standard material recorded 50 years ago by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond on Blues in Time and Two of a Mind, this new band promises to evoke the spirit of these classic recordings while giving free reign to the personalities of the four musicians. Multi-instrumentalist Chris Biscoe has featured on baritone sax with the big bands of Hermeto Pascoal, Tony Kinsey, Graham Collier, Mike Westbrook and the New York Composers Orchestra. American born altoist Allison Neale’s beautifully crafted lines evoke the spirit of Paul Desmond and Art Pepper, with whom she has a particular affinity. Jeremy Brown is one of the most sought after bass players on the UK scene, while Stu Butterfield has made major contribution to The Great Wee Band with Henry Lowther and Jim Mullen and Mingus Moves.

Allison Neale - alto sax; Chris Biscoe - baritone sax; Jeremy Brown - bass; Stu Butterfield - drums  

£12 / £10 conc / £5 students
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@ Bulls Head
Mick Sexton's TORUS

A blast from the 80s. Another chance to hear the sort of acoustic fusion reminiscent of the time.

TORUS really capture the spirit of that confident new wave of the 70s and 80s with tunes from Steps (Don Grolnick, Mike Mainieri, Michael Brecker), Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett and Weather Report.

Passionate and charismatic saxophonist Gary Plumley astounds with soaring, high energy pyrotechnics. Currently at the top of his game there's no holding him. (You may also hear Gary round town from time to time with Sax Appeal or Snowboy and the Latin Section.

Jonathan Gee is "One of the most celebrated musicians in European jazz. His music is precise, lucid and original, and at times breathtakingly lyrical." (Visions of Britain.) Trevor Taylor and Mick Sexton make up the back line with a combination of thoughtful, light-touch swinging jazz through to high energy Latin grooves as the occasion demands.

Gary Plumley, Saxes and flutes; Jonathan Gee, piano; Mick Sexton, bass; Trevor Taylor, drums.

£12/ £10 conc / £5 students
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@ Cafe Posk
WOW @ Cafe Posk
Friends, colleagues and members of WoW gather in musical celebration of Linda Whitehead.

Tim Whitehead founded Way Out West in 2004, and the 500 gigs staged by the collective since then testify to the strength of his vision. Linda, who has been Tim's constant companion and support, is ill and on this gig friends, colleagues and members of WoW gather in musical celebration of them both.

Participants will include: Mornington Lockett and Chris Biscoe - saxes; Mike Outram - guitar; Jonathan Gee and Tom Millar - piano; Mick Hutton - bass; Nic France and Gary Willcox- drums

Message from Tim:
"In April, Linda received a diagnosis of endometrial cancer stage 4b and was given a life expectancy of 'weeks or months rather than years' without chemotherapy, one year with chemotherapy which carried a high risk of loss of function of hands and feet and would likely have stretched over six months. With characteristic courage and humour, she opted, with my full support, to seek other treatment not currently on offer from the NHS, and responded to the doctor's enquiry, “How are your bowel movements?" with "Fine. How are yours?" We have been pursuing this course since then, obviously including radical diet and lifestyle changes and rest.

What I can tell you is that three months on, Linda maintains a good state of health and a rich life, and we are looking forward to carrying on researching, learning, consulting and applying to a stage of optimum health which we are thoroughly expecting Linda to achieve with the full support of family and friends. This has been a remarkable journey so far, with much good coming out of it and great kindness and support along the way, including within my own working world, without which we wouldn't have been able to have achieved what we have to this point.

Of course the future is unknown for us all. WayOutWest's generous gesture in putting on a benefit concert for Linda on 11th September at Jazz Cafe Posk at The Polish Centre on Kings St in Hammersmith, has moved us both profoundly. WOW has been a source of action, optimism, community, and work for all of us who have been involved from the beginning 11 years ago, and I'm proud to have been part of it all.
I'm still doing the odd gig here and there, but my main task is to stand by and support throughout this journey the woman who has partnered and supported me through thick and thin and given, with enthusiasm, commitment, and intelligence, a huge part of her life to bringing up our four wonderful children, which I do gladly and with equal enthusiasm. We have both learned so much in these three months, an experience which we deeply value.

Love to you all.

£8 / £5 students
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@ Bulls Head
Dave Jones Affinity

Featuring Dave Jones, Gareth Lochrane & John Turville.

More information soon.

£12 / £10 conc / £5 students
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@ Bulls Head
Tim Whitehead Wake up Call:
The EMI Sessions.

The first performance of driving new music written by Tim Whitehead.

This will be the first performance of new music written by Tim, whose work has attracted a residency at Tate Britain in 2009 and a London Jazz Festival commission in 2013 and recorded by the sextet in April 2015. This soulful, grooving new music features Quentin Collins-"A trumpeter whose style is a sizzling update of the Morgan/Hubbard approach" MOJO Magazine

Tim Whitehead- tenor, soprano saxes and bass clarinet, composer Quentin Collins-trumpet Tony Woods - alto sax and alto clarinet Liam Noble -piano Oli Hayhurst -double bass Eddie Hick -drums

£12 / £10 conc / £5 students
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@ Bulls Head
Way Out West presents Miles v Monk

Way Out West presents Miles vs Monk featuring Steve Fishwick - trumpet, with Chris Biscoe, Jimmy Hastings and Pete Hurt - saxes and woodwind; Kate Williams - piano; Gary Willcox - drums and Tony Kinsey - drums.

Music from two iconic and hugely influential albums from 1957 - Miles Ahead and Monk's Music. Miles Ahead cemented Miles Davis's position as the great lyric trumpeter of his era, while Monk's Music introduced Monk's jarring rhythms and innovative harmonic sense to a wider audience. Recorded just months apart, Miles Ahead featured the coolly passionate trumpet of Miles Davis over the georgeous arrangements crafted by Gil Evans, while Monk's Music brought together, for one time only, tenor sax giants Coleman Hawkins and John Coltrane.

£12 / £10 conc / £5 students
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