Latest Gigs

Gigs & concert details for upcoming Way Out West events. All our upcoming gigs are listed below along with band personnel, dates, what kind of music it is, plus info on the venue and tickets. If you’d like to be notified of upcoming gigs, please join the mailing list (see link on this page). Hope to see you at a gig!

August 2019 Gigs

31st @ Cafe POSK – Thelonious and The Duke – The music of Ellington and Monk

In the 1950s Thelonious Monk appeared to take the bebop tradition apart, ignoring swing and flowing virtuosity in favour of dissonance and fragmentation. Many people believed he just couldn’t play the piano. Meanwhile, Duke Ellington had developed his pre-swing era 1920s band into the most innovative big band of the swing era, continuing to create ever more ambitious harmonic and structural ideas while keeping his essential swinging rhythm section intact. As time passed Monk’s debt to earlier jazz traditions became more clear, and in 1956 he recorded ‘Thelonious Monk plays Duke Ellington’. In 1962 the Duke invited Monk to play two of his compositions with the Ellington orchestra. Tonight’s concert includes those tunes and music from the Monk plays Ellington repertoire.

  • Liam Noble (piano)
  • Dave Whitford (bass)
  • Gary Willcox (drums)
  • Chris Biscoe, Pete Hurt, Tony Woods (saxes)

Venue & tickets – Cafe POSK, Hammersmith
238-246 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 0RF
Gig starts at 8:30 pm
Tickets: £12 on the door, £10 in advance and concession, £5 students

November 2019 Gigs

16th @ Cafe POSK – Blue Notes and 50 years of British Jazz

Way Out West is a collective of jazz musicians based around west London. Formed in 2004, it has promoted over 600 gigs in 10 different venues. Uniquely among London jazz collectives it is multi-generational, with members ages ranging from 20 to 90+, and this is reflected in the range of music played.

The concert is a double bill, with an opening set by a sextet playing arrangements by trombonist Nick Mills drawn from great Blue Note recordings by Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard.

In contrast, the second half starts with a taste of cross-cultural exchange – music from The European Quartet – the great collaboration between Jan Garbarek and Keith Jarrett.

The main part evening draws on the rich tradition of compositions by British based composers including Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Mike Westbrook and Mike Gibbs, plus contemporary works by members of Way out West including Pete Hurt and Kate Williams. New arrangements feature a variety of line-ups from duo to eleven piece.
The concert is probably the first to feature such a cross section of British jazz compositions of the last 50 years. Several of the musicians involved have worked and recorded with these composers and bring their personal experience to the celebration of originality and innovation which these writers brought to the jazz scene.

  • Kate Williams and Tom Millar (piano)
  • Nette Robinson and Emily Saunders (voice)
  • Gary Willcox (drums)
  • Mick Sexton (bass)
  • Nick Mills (trombone)
  • Chris Biscoe, Pete Hurt, Tim Whitehead, Tony Woods (saxes and woodwind)
  • Guests: Steve Fishwick and Robbie Robson (trumpet); Oli Hayhurst (bass)

Venue & tickets – Cafe POSK, Hammersmith
238-246 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 0RF
Gig starts at 8:30 pm
Tickets: £12 on the door, £10 in advance and concession, £5 students

20th @ Bull’s Head – Way Out West – “The Europeans – Songs and Landscapes” – EFG London Jazz Festival 2019

Tonights exciting concert presents an evening of great jazz realising European themes and connections with Nette Robinson singing songs composed by great European jazz artists with Tim Whitehead and Tony Woods on saxophones fronting a band with a truly international rhythm section featuring Italian pianist Giovanni Mirabassi alongside Dave Jones on bass and Gary Wilcox on drums.

Venue & tickets – The Bull’s Head, Barnes
373 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, SW13 9PY
Gig starts at 8:00 pm
Tickets: £12 on the door, £10 in advance and concession, £5 students

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Way Out West gigs are at the following venues

Venue & tickets – The Bull’s Head, Barnes
373 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, SW13 9PY
Gig starts at 8:00 pm
Tickets: £12 on the door, £10 in advance and concession, £5 students

Venue & tickets – Cafe POSK, Hammersmith
238-246 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 0RF
Gig starts at 8:30 pm
Tickets: £12 on the door, £10 in advance and concession, £5 students