Now in its seventh year, Jazz on the Lawn attracts over a thousand visitors annually, who come to enjoy the weekend’s accessible mix of straight ahead jazz, standards, groove, soul & Latin. This winning straight continues in 2015 as Tony O’Malley, best known as one of the founding members of Kokomo as well as for his work with the iconic 70’s band 10CC, performs on Friday with a six-piece band featuring guitarists Adam Phillips & Alan Darby (Van Morrison, Eric Clapton). Tony’s signature blend of jazz and rhythm & blues-influenced contemporary groove is the perfect showcase for his smoky, velvety growl of a voice and as a performer Tony’s jubilant onstage persona is impossible to resist, making him one of the 606’s most popular artists.“…the…gravel throated O’Malley is one of the UK’s most undersung vocal performers…the songs drenched in the deep soulful spirit that characterizes everything he touches…one of the UK’s hottest properties” – Jazzwise.
On the following day, Saturday the 1st, in the spirit of the great male vocalists such as Sinatra, Martin and Tormé we present hard-swinging jazz singer Kevin Fitzsimmons with his 7-piece band. Superbly skilled, his exciting arrangements of jazz standards, remakes of pop hits and tasty originals have made him a “star to follow” according to leading jazz authority Jazzwise magazine. Kevin’s band boasts an amazing three-horn front line featuring some of the most celebrated players on the London scene. Ronnie Scott’s house saxophonist Alex Garnett is himself a bona fide headline artist in his own right whose latest 2015 recording “Andromeda” is receiving rave reviews, leading UK trumpeter Steve Fishwickmade his international reputation working with iconic US singer Anita O’Day and also includes work with the likes of Sir John Dankworth, the BBC Big Band and Jamie Cullum, and young trombonist Callum Au, a regular at Ronnie Scott’s who includes work with Buddy Greco and Joss Stone, is considered to be one of the most talented musicians of his generation. Promises to be a vibrant evening full of sophistication and verve! “Fitzsimmons’s… voice is an irresistible mix of Sinatra, Bennett & Buble, backed by a world class band” JazzFM.
Integral to the appeal of the event is the setting itself, the main lawn of Fulham Palace. The summer residence of the Bishop of London since 704 AD, Fulham Palace is an elegant Grade 1 listed building set within a 13-acre botanical garden. The large main lawn of the Palace provides the perfect venue for dancing the night away under the stars. Concertgoers may purchase delicious food, including handmade gourmet burgers, snacks, beverages, beer and wine from the venue’s popular Drawing Room Café, or are welcome to bring a picnic of their own if they prefer.
The 606 Club was originally located in a basement accommodating a mere 30 people at 606 King’s Road. Musician Steve Rubie acquired ‘The Six’ (as it’s colloquially known) in 1976, and the venue moved to its present location on Lots Road in 1988. The Club presents the finest British-based musicians playing jazz, blues, R&B and Latin, seven nights a week, and has fostered the careers of many now famous musicians, including Jamie Cullum, Kit Downes, Gwilym Simcock, Claire Martin and Liane Carroll. The 606 has also promoted numerous other outdoor summer festivals, including Jazz at Regent’s Park and Abbeyfest.
Event Details: Jazz on the Lawn at Fulham Palace
Friday 31 July, 7:30pm – Tony O’Malley
Saturday 1 August, 7:30pm – Kevin Fitzsimmons featuring Alex Garnett, Steve Fishwick & Callum Au
Venue: Fulham Palace, Bishop’s Avenue, Fulham London SW6 6EA fulhampalace.org
Tickets & Information: Tickets, £15 (adults), £10 (children, 4-10), 3& under – free
Information & Booking: 0207 351 5175 or online, 606club.co.uk