MATT WATES SEXTET At the verdict: 2030
Alto sax player Matt Wates teams up with Martin Shaw (trumpet) Steve Main (tenor sax), Leon Greening (piano) Malcolm Creese (bass) and Matt Home (drums) • Door/food 7.0 pm, music 8.30 • Students £12 (see note below). A former winner of the BT Rising Jazz Star award, Matt has played with everyone from Humphrey Lyttelton to Norma Winstone to Jamie Callum. To hear them play (on a previous trip to The Verdict, click here. For venue details, click here.
EMPIRE AT SHORTT’S MUSIC BAR: 2130
There seems to be little that this versatile and high-energy Brighton-based band can’t handle: Soul, Funk, Motown, Indie hits, classic Rock & Roll. Happily the relaxed interior at Shortt’s is also a good space for dancing. To check out their sound, click here and here for venue details.
DIRTY DC AT CONCORDE 2: 2000
Dirty DC have been going for 20 years, celebrating the sounds and attitude of AC/DC. For venue details, click here.
ALEX BRYSON TRIO At the verdict: 2030
Pianist Alex Bryson, is British – but now based in New York. He’ll be joined tonight by Simon Woolf on bass and Matt Fishwick on drums. To hear him play, click here. For venue details, click here.
HOT DAMN AT SHORTT’S MUSIC BAR: 2200
Versatile band Hot Damn specialise in dance floor favourites from ’70s to now. For venue details, click here.
DAVID AUGUST AT CONCORDE 2: 1900
Described as ‘one of the most exciting emerging voices in electronic music..(who has)continually refused to conform.’ His work has ranged from Underground to performing with the 50-piece Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. To hear his sound, click here. For venue details, click here.
BEST OF ENEMIES / HOT MOTH / SOUTHBANK CROWS & LUNA BLUE AT THE LATEST MUSIC BAR: 2000
Best of Enemies come from Croydon and were described by BBC Introducing as one of their Top Picks of 2016. To hear their sound, click here. They’re joined tonight by Hot Moth, Southbank Crows – and Brighton’s own Luna Blue. For venue details, click here.
POST PUNK / FOLK
THE ACADEMY OF SUN WITH 21 CROWS AND THE SEANCE DJS AT ST MARY’S CHURCH: 1930
The Academy Of Sun, describe themselves as ‘a Queer gnostic post-punk band.’ To hear what that sounds like, click here. They’ll be joined by Jon Griffin’s 21 Crows playing ‘beautiful tapestries of dark folk, gothic drone and beautiful, often historically-enriched storytelling.’ The evening will end with Seance DJs James Papademetrie and Pete Wiggs. For venue details, click here.
HEAR LIES AT PATTERNS: 1900-2200
Hear Lies are celebrating the release of their first EP, Semiotics. They’re joined by Maypine and Victory Lane. For venue details, click here.
DESSA AT PATTERNS: 1900-2200
Dessa (aka Margret Wander) is an American artistic polymath: rapper, singer, spoken word artist, writer, and record executive. She has performed at Glastonbury, with the Minnesota orchestra and co-written compositions for a 100 voice choir. To hear her in action, click here. For venue details, click here.
JAZZ / ELECTRONICA
GOGO PENGUIN AT CONCORDE 2: 1930-2300
The trio from Manchester are well known too their hypnotic rhythms, strong base lines and minimalist piano. Now signed to Blue note, their new album, A Humdrum Star was released earlier this year. For venue details, click here.
SUNDAY SESSIONS AT THE RANELAGH: 1500-1900
Bring a guitar to the iconic Blues venue on St James’ St to join in their monthly Open Mic session. Hosted by Mike Newsham. To book a slot, email Joestrummy@gmail.com
LIVE SUNDAY JAZZ AT THE HAND IN HAND: 2000-2300
How is it possible to fit so much entertainment into such a tiny, cosy space? The Hand in Hand team explains that the line-up for their weekly Sunday jazz sessions can change right up till the last minute – but neither that, nor much else, really, is a problem at this relaxed pub which specialises in unusual and specialist beers. For venue details, click here.