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ConnectsMusic is excited to share a musicians run club ‘Eltham Jazz Club’, now renamed Hugh & Marion’s. Georgia Mancio, multi-award-winning vocalist, lyricist, and producer, and acclaimed drummer, Dave Ohm, announced their new stewardship of the long-standing Eltham Jazz Club in tribute to its original founders.
Hugh and Marion Ockendon regularly promoted jazz in Eltham for a mightily impressive 28 years. With Hugh as resident pianist, they hosted countless high calibre musicians including Tina May, Alan Barnes, Byron Wallen, Tony Ko fi, Jim Mullen, Roger Beaujolais, Charlotte Glasson, Art Themen and Ben Holder. When Hugh died in 2020, Marion continued the club alone until her own untimely death in October 2022. With a little serendipity, and thanks to the recommendation of club regular, vocalist Jacqui Hicks, Georgia and Dave stepped in and will continue Hugh and Marion’s legacy of presenting bi-monthly Thursday concerts at Eltham Warren Golf Club, the home of Eltham Jazz since 2014.
Marion’s final booking poignantly falls this Thursday 15 December with Shireen Francis and Sarah Moule’s Xmas Special. The club will then re-open on 12 January 2023 with Georgia Mancio Quartet, featuring flautist/pianist Gareth Lockrane and bassist Andrew Cleyndert. Testament to their highly regarded position on the UK jazz scene, they have already secured some major names for their first season: alto saxophonist Allison Neale (26 January), vocalist Elaine Delmar (9 February), saxophonist Denys Baptiste (23 February), vocalist/pianist Liane Carroll (9 March) and saxophonist Stan Sulzmann (23 March).
If you want to hear some great music, Hugh & Marion’s is THE place!
Club Address: Eltham Warren Golf Club, Bexley Road, London SE9 2PE
Tickets: £18 (advance) / £20 (door) / £17 Golf Club Members / £12 Students
Times: 8 – 10.30pm (doors 7pm)
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Learn more about the new ‘Hugh & Marion’s’ managers:
The recipient of two Parliamentary Jazz Awards: Best Vocalist (2021) and Best Album (2020), alongside multiple nominations at the Jazz FM, British Jazz and Urban Music Awards. Her collaboration with Grammy- winning pianist/composer, Alan Broadbent, has yielded two albums (Quiet Is The Star, Songbook), a book of songs and performances across Europe and the US. Other credits include: BBC Proms, Kate Williams, Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw, Pat Metheny (lyric approval) and Bobby McFerrin. She also produced ReVoice! – the revered international voice festival in association with the Pizza Express Jazz Club that ran over 5 years and 4 venues, and involved 162 artists including Gregory Porter’s fi rst UK booking – and its follow up, Hang.
He has been a leading player on the UK and international scene for 35 years, with credits including: Ian Shaw, Alan Broadbent, Liane Carroll, Benny Golson, Gregory Porter, Claire Martin, Karin Krog, Rebecca Parris and Anthony Strong. He has also fronted his own bands with members including Dave Newton, Steve Watts, Paul Stacey, Rob Townsend, Nikki Iles, Laurence Cottle and Mornington Lockett. He has collaborated with Georgia for over 20 years: as the drummer in her regular quartet, and co-producing/playing on her albums Trapeze (2008), Silhouette (2010) and Songbook (2017).“
Final words from Georgia Mancio and Dave Ohm:
As we learn more about the work Hugh and Marion did to keep the club going: so many gigs for so many musicians over so many years, we are truly humbled and grateful for this opportunity. Thank you to Hugh and Marion’s family and the loyal regulars for giving us your trust and support. We will do our best to nurture the club and make it thrive for as long as possible, knowing how precious and essential music, art, creativity, community and connection are for us all.
Georgia Mancio & Dave Ohm Hugh & Marion’s, Eltham Jazz Club