Claire Martin, The Printmakers and Jamie Cullum line-up for 606 Club 30 years at Lots Road Festival


Chelsea's salubrious jazz den, the 606 Club, is to mark its 30th anniversary at its Lots Road locale with a starry 12-nights of over 30 Brit-jazz names strongly associated with the venue, including an extremely rare club appearance by jazz star Jamie Cullum on 22 May. Unsurprisingly, the latter night has already sold out, yet there are plenty more highlights to enjoy between 16 - 27 May, which include leading UK jazz singers Claire Martin, Liane Carroll, Jacqui Dankworth and Polly Gibbons, jazz-funk gents Hamish Stewart and Tony O'Malley, Kansas Smitty's saxophonist Giacomo Smith and drummer Clark Tracey's Quintet.

Further bookings include a Basho Music night (23 May) featuring Mercury nominated pianist Gwilym Simcock with top UK bassist Laurence Cottle, who appear before forward-looking contemporary jazz group The Printmakers (above centre) featuring pianist Nikki Iles, vocalist Norma Winstone, guitarist John Parricelli, saxophonist Mark Lockheart, bassist Steve Watts and drummer Tim Giles. There's also a Sisters of Soul night (25 May) that unites soul-jazz singers Imaani, Vanessa Haynes and Mary Pearce with a stellar band; and things conclude on Sunday 27 May with a packed line-up of afternoon and evening performances from the likes of Alice Zawadzki/Rob Luft Duo, Claire Martin/Jim Mullen Duo, the Rachael Calladine Quintet and Latin-jazz band Samara.

Opened by owner (and fine flautist) Steve Rubie on London's King's Road in 1976, and named after its 606 address, the club's increasing popularity necessitated a move in May 1988 to the larger space in Chelsea, which has proved a winning location for showcasing the best home-grown jazz talents ever since.

Mike Flynn

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