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Shades of Shearing

Wed 08 May 2024 from 20:15pm in The Main Club

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Member ticket only - £15
Non-members ticket only– £20
Members dining + ticket– £45
Non-members dining + ticket– £50

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Over 18s Only

Doors Open 7pm

On Stage 8.15pm

Shades of Shearing

Top UK line-up led by pianist Nick Tomalin dedicated to performing the music of the great George Shearing.

The show will celebrate the distinctive sound of the classic Shearing Quintet as well as highlighting the work of this influential and important British pianist, whose fame came to the fore when he settled in the US in the late 40s. The repertoire includes Shearing’s best known compositions including ‘Lullaby of Birdland’ and ‘September in the Rain’ but also features some of Shearing’s slightly more unfamiliar tunes and arrangements.

Over the last twenty years Nick Tomalin has become a mainstay of the London jazz scene, and works regularly with some of the country’s leading jazz musicians including Jim Mullen, Mark Lockheart, Stan Sulzman and Alan Barnes amongst many others.

When still a student Nick appeared in a masterclass with George Shearing which was filmed for the Southbank Show episode ‘The Shearing Touch’. Partly inspired by this, Nick decided to form the ‘Shades of Shearing’ Quintet dedicated to performing his unique and popular compositions and arrangements.

The band features some of the UK’s leading jazz musicians including Nat Steele on vibes and Dave Warren on guitar, and the show will be a celebration of one of the greatest jazz musicians this country has ever produced.


Nick Tomalin – piano

Nat Steele – vibraphone

Dave Warren – guitar

Dominic Howles – bass

Matt Fishwick – drums


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