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14 -17 Manchester Street, Brighton, BN2 1TF, 687171


SUN 1 THE DESPERATE ONES brel based cabaret
Songs of Love and Death
Inspired by the dark eloquence of Jacques Brel, The Desperate Ones bring you a performance of his and other songs that sit close to the heart and the crypt.
"…when I have enough in my belly to drown the world I'll break my glass to make all silent and I'll sing loudly to approaching death bawdy songs, which horrify the nuns" Le Denier Repas. Jacques Brel 1929 - 1978

"What a performance! Graceful, rich, confident, mesmerising, thoughtful and moving, unpredictable, mature, articulate, playful… So many feelings and thoughts awaken. 'Jacques Sabbath' - as the Jacques Brel influenced band dubbed themselves for the night - are real 'acrobats of love'. Storytellers playing an arsenal of instruments and using vocal cords of angels. All this at Joogleberry's cabaret bar.
People of the 21st century, go and see them, do not be afraid to go back in time. I know what I am talking about. And I want to start learning French again."
Colette Meacher: LATEST 7 *****



As a change from our regular flamenco we’re branching out tonight with a fantastic London based greek folk group – This is going to be great !Plastikes Karekles is a Greek folk group, the seed of which was sewn by a group of friends whilst lying on a beach in Greece, consuming an assortment of fresh fruit, some ouzo and absorbing the less than stressful life of the Mediterranean coast line. Toying with the idea of how ideal it would be to play and sing ones way through life with one's closest friends somewhere along the way it happened and that is how we are here now. Since becoming a group Plastic Chairs have not looked back. They regularly perform in different combinations and have taken part in numerous festivals, including Henley, Chelsea, Venice and Welsh Proms. They have also performed on London Greek Radio, live radio in Greece and the BBC. Other venues have included the Komedia Theatre in Brighton, St. David's Hall and the Millennium Centre in Cardiff and the Purcell Room in London. The music they play encompasses traditions from all over Greece including the Greek Rebetiko (often described as the Greek Blues), and island music.

THURS 5 POINT BREAKS funk hip hop
Pointbreaks is all about artists cross collaborating and challenging the boundaries of musical genre’s From Hip hop and Funk to Breakbeat and Jazz. This months showcase features: TBC

An American from Paris Joe Lee entertains and enthrals audiences around the world with huge charisma and a wealth of experience spanning five decades.

To experience Joe Lee Wilson live is to be blessed with an exposure to a voice and style considered to be the male equivalent to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Betty Carter.

To see him live at Joogleberry’s is to have the most fantastically intimate experience of a Maestro at work in the most beautiful of settings. He will be performing songs from his latest album BALLADS FOR TRANE including Violets for Your Furs, Cover The Waterfront, Every Time We Say Goodbye as well as some of his own superb original songs with his superbly talented quartet.

“…powerful and dramatic…” HUMPHREY LYTTLETON

“…performs persuasively and with utter conviction…” BLUEPRINT MAGAZINE

“I doubt if we’ll hear a more inspiring affirmative performance this (or any other) year” CITY LIFE

“He is a beautiful musician and a beautiful human being” SAXOPHONIST PETER KING

“…a penetrating forthrightness of approach and vibrant, wide-horizon sound…with the look of a man who enjoys his work” JOHN FORDHAM, THE GUARDIAN

“a mesmeric live performer. His mixture of jazz, ballads, blues, gospel and even Native American music is so personal that his act is, literally, unique” DAVE GELLY, THE OBSERVER

“Wilson’s impassioned but controlled delivery held the audience spellbound” JAMES GRIFFITHS, THE GUARDIAN

Doors 8pm £10

SAT 7 TONY LEWIS BAND jazz swing
Jazz swing funk with Perrier Award nominated vocalist Tony Lewis

SUN 8 CHERRY + SEEKER + KIT ASHTON acoustic soul
Whilst only 18 years old, Cherry's already managed to have quite a career in the music industry, which began by signing to 24/7 Management at the age of 14. Cherry started out as one half of the brother/sister act Redcherry, extensively touring throughout the UK, supporting chart acts, and co-writing with top UK writer/producers. Redcherry received brilliant press coverage and recorded for the label One Little Indian, which led to a Production deal with Riff Raff Productions.

From day one it was inevitable that Cherry was destined to pursue a solo career, and at the ripe old age of 17, this decision was made. Cherry's spent the last year crafting her talent as a singer songwriter, working and recording with Andy Wright and Andy Hayman at Metropolis studios, as well as continuing to co-write with Tim Ellis in her hometown Brighton. Cherry's developed a sound of her own which combines classic pop melodies with real heartfelt lyrics.

2006 kicked off to an amazing start with Cherry signing a Publishing deal with A&G Publishing, whilst attending Midem. Cherry's spent the last 6 months in rehearsals with her own band, and are now out gigging material from her forthcoming debut album.

Seeker are a local band born and bred in Brighton. Lead singer Jen and guitarist Adam head the band with drummer Cam and recent additions, Mark on bass and Hannah on B.V's. They released their debut album 'Need to Move' last December and are now gigging their way round the UK to promote it. A blend of funk/soul/rock with a splash of pop, Seeker are sure to delight your ears in moments.
"Seeker play smooth jazz funk with a huge dash of soul. Matching both the lively atmosphere and relaxed vibe of their hometown of Brighton this band exudes class. Play them anywhere and anytime to capture hazy, good feelings of sunny days." The Tilting Sky'. November 2005 edition.

Likened to Jeff Buckley and a young David Bowie, amongst others, Kit Ashton's music is a blend of alternative rock and pop. He combines an incredible vocal expression with a broad harmonic palette, natural command of his guitar, and some of the most hooky, catchy melodies you could hope for.

Kit currently lives in Brighton, England, and is signed to management/production company Orange Room Music, with whom he has released a five track EP - 'Blindsided'. This has resulted in regular airplay and live performances on various radio stations, including BBC Southern Counties Radio.

Is there a reason to sing in assured tones of skillfully chosen colour about the lack of buoyancy in your ocean? Is there a reason to write more songs about not capitalising on a moment, on the potential of situations for fear of failure? There is a reason. That reason is called Sparker.

Since releasing the "Electro-Magnetic Blues" album, PAUL THE GIRL has played her first gigs in New York, Los Angeles, and Austin SXSW festival, but most recently in France, Holland and Belgium, supporting the Magic Numbers in February 2006. Meanwhile, back in London she has played gigs with Roy Harper, Dirty Three, Johnny Dowd, Moris Tepper, Danielson Famile, Kevin Coyne, Wreckless Eric, Billy Jenkins, Electric Eel Shock, Jeffrey Lewis, Thalia Zedek, Billy Childish, Ed Harcourt and not forgetting the unscheduled performance at Patti Smiths Meltdown aftershow party at the Royal Festival Hall, London. The new album, "Little Miss Weird" is set for re-release on 2nd October 2006.It can be purchased from all good shops and £5/4

Ellie Holland is a singer songwriter whose music has been described as soulful urban pop. Her voice and style have been compared with artists ranging from India Arie to British newcomer Amy Winehouse. Yet her individuality and unique style set her a side from her peers.

As well as having a rich, soulful voice, Ellie is also an innovative songwriter. She takes inspiration from a wide variety of music. Ellie's lyrics are subtly reflective and poignant. She takes an introspective and level-header view of human relationships, writing about romantic encounters as well as platonic friendships. Ellie's confidence and independance is apparent throughout her work.

Ellie has plenty of experience of live performance. She has performed as both lead singer and backing vocalist and performed live at MOBO 2003. Ellie has gigged extensively, both as a two-piece acoustic ensemble and with a larger band. She has also worked as a session singer, performing with American hip-hop star Lumidee and S Club 7's Rachel Stevens.
"well produced urban pop… no doubt we will be hearing this in the charts soon" Future Music

Berenice is a singer and songwriter of the "old school" - her craft is rare in an age where these skills are so often under-valued. Totally accessible to an audience, Berenice and her band will captivate you and lead you through a spell-binding 45-minute set. Having just finished recording and producing her debut album, she is now showcasing songs from it in and around London, building a loyal following along the way.

The regular Wednesday night Flamenco at Joogleberry is hugely popular – with tapas, sangria, a fantastic band every week and very cheap entry is it any wonder why?!

THURS 12 MJ AND THE BOYS + NELL BRYDEN jazz soul rock’n’roll
American singer MJ with her boys bring their unique style of Rhythm and Blues, Jazzy, Soulful Ballads and Swinging Rock and Roll to Joogleberry Playhouse. MJ will captivate you with her voice and her own musical style, singing the songs of Etta James, Nina Simone Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles just to name a few.

Nell Bryden, an up and coming singer-songwriter from New York, has begun to grab the attention of the media on both sides of the Atlantic. Now promoting a new album, which was inspired by her travels in New Orleans, Nell Bryden will play a 32-date summer tour through Ireland and the UK. This latest recording echoes the blues and jazz sound that New Orleans is famous for.
"stirring and sexy." Performing Songwriter
"Bryden writes well-crafted pop songs. her voice has great depth, flexibility and energy." Timeout New York
"distinctive and insightful." Logo Magazine

Influenced by the late 70's and early 80's London jazz funk and soul, scene, Kemal Kusabbi was inspired by the music of Grover Washington Junior and the likes of the Crusaders. Kemal fronts a 5 piece funk ensemble that combines original compositions with Jazz, funk, latin and soul grooves.

With a vocal tone reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan and Aretha Franklin, International artist Aydenne Simone and her band Jazz Culture are true ambassadors of jazz music. They play in some of London’s finest restaurants and venues across London, including an 18 month residency at Mezzo, Wardour Street, before flying to Singapore to take up a three month residency at the 5 star Shangri-la Hotel.

Aydenne attracts sophisticated audiences, who know and love the style and songs of the greats such as Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald etc.

Aydenne Simone, nearly 16 years in the business, 6 singles, a shining live career, living in South London , and it’s as if it’s a well kept secret.

Natureboy (aka Dave Noble) is a quiet little fellow who makes music in his garden shed studio. He plays guitar (plus a number of other instruments) and sings too... He has recently completed his second album 'Pages Turning' featuring some top jazz uk musicians including the wonderful 'Alice Russell' (Tru-Thoughts). They have a recent 7" vinyl release of the popular track 'Sweet is the Air' on Tru-Thoughts taken from the Natureboy debut 'Whoever you may be'. This track was recently recorded by Janis Siegel (formerly of Manhattan Transfer) just released on Telarc records. Dave is currently working on new tunes for a third album.Check out the website for more details

Roger Davies is making a name for himself as one of today's most
entertaining acoustic singer-songwriters. Appearing at the Joogleberry
Playhouse as part of his UK Tour, Roger will be showcasing songs from his new album 'Northern Trash'.By mixing elements of Folk, Comedy and Rock n' Roll into his song writing, Roger has been described as a cross between Johnny Cash and George Formby. "That's fair enough," he says, "but I don't consciously try to write, sound or perform like anyone else. I just write songs that reflect the way the world looks through my glasses and what it feels like to live in it".

Chris Simmons is one of the very best acoustic artists on the scene today and has already made a huge impact on the Sussex music scene. In a busy few months his band have played to over 80,000 people including Brighton`s Party In The Park, won Southern FM`s Battle Of The Bands, and have supported some of the best up and coming bands around (The Von bondies, The Departure etc). . Tonight we are treated to a whole unplugged session.
"Beautifully ambitious. One to watch" Time Out
"A breath of fresh air.This band are going to be very big indeed" The Times

MFC: Gorgeous folk/alt-country pop - equal parts darkness and cheeky humour from acclaimed roots specialists! The Mountain Firework Company are a Brighton based acoustic roots combo led by Belfast born guitar-picker/singer-songwriter Gareth Mcgahan with Simon c. Russell on double bass and vocals Grant Allardyce on drums with the recent addition of Matt Oldfield on banjo and vocals and often with Luke Smith (mandolin and vocals) they play a unique mix of swamp-folk and alt country blues. They are going from strength to strength regularly playing the Brighton scene, and featuring in the "radio1 live" festival, UV magazine, and recently on juice fm's "latest 7".
MPE BAND: Maggi, Pierce And E.J. live in a time capsule. Three pilots and a dog. They leave pieces of their lives in lines of songs. They share their music with fans in the U.S, U.K. and Europe playing at colleges, festivals, listening rooms and clubs. Their live show is fiery, spontaneous and unforgettable. Their diverse mix of music borrows from many familiar sources, but combines into such a unique blend that can only be described as fabulous, freaky, frothy and fantastic! Recently they were quoted as one of the best unsigned bands in America (Sun Sentinal-Miami).

The regular Wednesday night Flamenco at Joogleberry is hugely popular – with tapas, sangria, a fantastic band every week and very cheap entry is it any wonder why?!

THURS 19 THE CATALYST CLUB conversation club
If you could speak enthusiastically on any subject for 15 minutes, what would you choose? “The first rule of Catalyst Club,” said Mr Bramwell, “is that you do talk at Catalyst Club. In fact that’s the only rule.” Each month the club features three guest orators, speaking on a range of eclectic subjects to be revealed only on the night. The club also serves as an informal book and music club and offer a chance for members to play and discuss music by their favourite artists (at a discreet level, of course!). To date, The Catalyst Club have had talks on:The Martini, William Blake, architecture, chewing gum, the Vikings, cannabis, naturism, Barber Shop Quartet Singing. For anyone wishing to contribute, be added to the mailing list or wanting more information on Catalyst Club email 
Doors 8pm. Show starts 8.30pm £3

Return Of The Bump Squad are an 8-piece funk band, playing all original tunes, and currently kicking up a storm wherever they go on the Brighton club circuit. Very much influenced by George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic thang of the late 1970's, with a cutting-edge, funky sound that always gets people's booty movin'! ith a vibrant and colourful live show bursting with up-beat, party-startin' grooves, this band know what the live experience is all about - good old-fashion' funk, delivered with a certain style rarely seen or heard in many of today's guitar bands. n exciting show for music lovers not to be missed! Catch them at there best - live - and expect a very funky night at the Joogleberry!

SAT 21 THE MAGIC NUMBER jazz swing
Popular and talented Gypsy jazz and swing band

After a two decade independent career in Germany, London born singer - songwriter Jan Allain returns to the U.K. for a rare live performance. With her wide repertoire of uplifting and powerful original songs, trusty guitar and feisty harmonica Jan teams up with German bass funk queen, multi instrumentalist and singer- songwriter Uli Pfeifer for a storming set of powerful songs and surprises.

'Folk- Funktastic!!' Women in Voice festival 2006.
' A beautiful explosion of passion , talent and humour' Music Outlook

Jan Allain's independant career is testament to how the energy and talent of creativity can succeed above and beyond the music industry. She is an artist who has paved her own way into the hearts of her loyal fan base. Her natural charisma and sense of humour have charmed audiences across Europe for two decades.

"A songwriting force of great subtlety and stealth" Gary Kemp.
"Intelligent lyrics riding high on classy melodies" Rollingstone.

Uli Pfeiffer: Bass player with successful Latin funk band Kick La Luna and a multitude of euro bands over the past two decades. Multi instrumentalist, singer and songwriter with an eclectic background in many styles of world music.

"Layers of sparkling female musicality covered in rich delicious vocals" Stern Magasine

Electroacoustic Club leaves its London home, the Slaughtered Lamb, to bring a taste of the cream of it's eclectic acoustic crop to Brighton's Joogleberry Playhouse, as part of the tour to promote 'Live at the electroacoustic club Volume 2' on Running Jump Records. From the soulful celtic lullabies of BLUE ROSE CODE and SAMANTHA WHATES to the gothic, Cash-Buckley-Cobain hybrid of MATT KEBBELL, the creamy roots- rock of SMOKE FEATHERS, multi-instrumental west-coast psych-pop and 3- part harmonies of HEXICON, and smoking folk-jazz of MISS JO WILLIAMS, this is a chance to see one or two of Mercury Prize-nominee, Lou Rhodes favourite acts, who she chose to support her on her recent tour, performers from this summer's Wireless Festival, and acts who have supported Bob Geldof, Paolo Nutini, James Morrison, Rose Kemp, Vijay Kishore, Jeff Klein, Polly Paulusma and Ane Brun.


London singer-songwriter PAULINE TAYLOR first came onto the scene as part of the UK dance act Faithless. The former ballet student and tequila drinker released her first, self-titled album across Europe in 1999 to critical acclaim. Her music has been described as a blend of 'folking soul' and 'urban campfire blues'. After a break from the live scene, Taylor returned last summer with a spectacular opening set for Morcheeba at London's Somerset House. Taylor released the beautiful 'A Simple life' in 2005 having just signed a major publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music. She also features on both Dido records, P*NUTs debut album 'Sweet As' (Cheeky Records/BMG, released Sept 2003) and Jason Sparks 'Heroes and Villains' (Botchit and Scarper, released 2004) and has written with ex spicegirl Melanie Chisholm and new artists Kristian Leantiou, Paolo Nutini, Belle and The Hempolics Taylor's individual and thoughtful lyrics are sure to put her among the best of today's songwriters."

Jo Hall with new 3 piece line up, soulful melodies with real feeling drawing from life experiences and backed by 'the situations' - aptly named as they both seem to have a situation going on.


The regular Wednesday night Flamenco at Joogleberry is hugely popular – with tapas, sangria, a fantastic band every week and very cheap entry is it any wonder why?!

FRI 27 LOS ALBERTOS jazz swing ska
Extremely popular swing ska band

Three Plus One's accessible blend of jazz, latin and soul has made them a firm favourite with Brighton audiences. Combining a solid groove, exciting improvisation and heartfelt vocals, classic songs such as Corcovado and Night & Day sit beside soul jazz favourites like Mercy, Mercy, Mercy and Sunny.

Taking a break from his duties with local indie giants The loveGods, tenor saxophonist Jeff Howlett has a big warm tone reminiscent of players such as Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins and Stanley Turrentine.
Keith Baxter, founder of local R&B legends The Roadrunners, lays down a rock solid groove on his Fender fretless bass.
Guitarist John Harris acknowledges influence of modern jazz greats such as Grant Green and Jim Hall, with whom he has studied.
Singer Ela Southgate has an intimate sound reminiscent of Astrud Gilberto and Bjork and, when not singing jazz, gigs with quirky electronica/funk outfit Speedway5.

When its done right blues doesn't sound new or old, it just sounds here and now. It cuts through any mood and just makes you feel right. The Caretakers believe in looking after the basics and letting the music speak for itself. Terrific musicianship is not allowed to overshadow a deep feeling for the blues, where the songs come first and the singer tells the story. The Caretakers have fashioned their own distinctive sound around a classic Memphis/Chicago blues line-up of drums, bass, piano, guitar and harmonica - call it Deep South Coast Blues.

Now a regular fixture in the Joogleberry programme more great performers showcase for our regular programme.
Drop in a demo for the attention of Carly, headed CAN U JOOGLE? Or email for more info

Open your coffin lid, put your scariest face o n and head on down to the Joogleberry Playhouse for a spine tingling evening of decadent horror. Trudi Styles hosts a Halloween extravanganza with special guest stars and a delicious frightful twist on trick or treat!
Cemetery gates open at
8pm. Fancy dress optional. £7/5 advance

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