EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2022 HJC PRESENTS British Standard Time feat. Carroll Thompson & Freddie Benedict

Wednesday 16th November 2022

Tickets: £20.00 Seat at a shared Table for 4 /£15.00 Seat – No Table

Doors: 7.30pm

Show: 8.00pm-10.00pm

EFG live is back for 2022 and The Hampstead Jazz Club is a proud supporter of this important musical event every November, bringing you a stellar line-up of events!

The live show of this remarkable release “British Standard Time“, a “Jazz FM Album Of The Week” and a celebration of UK songwriters from the 1930s to the present day. The show ranges over the same glorious material with some extra surprises. Vocals are handled by UK reggae legend Carroll Thompson and rising jazz star Freddie Benedict with the Alex Webb Trio and guitarist Jamie McCredie, playing new arrangements of classics by Ray Noble, Noel Coward, George Shearing and John Dankworth, musical hits by Lionel Bart and Tony Newley, and of course contributions from the great British pop writers – Lennon & McCartney, Amy Winehouse and others.

Webb has struck gold … Unreservedly recommended’ – Jazz Views

Queen Of Lovers Rock Carroll Thompson and Freddie Bennedict front this swinging tribute to British songwriters past and present, launching the album ‘British Standard Time’ with Alex Webb (piano), Mikele Montoli (bass) and Sophie Alloway (drums).

Absolutely brilliant! I have had the privilege to review some good albums this year and this is right up there with the very best’ – Simplyjazztalk.blog

Alex Webb, a resident artist at Hampstead Jazz Club, is a highly experienced songwriter, pianist and arranger working in jazz and music theatre. He has recorded four albums for commercial release: ‘All Or Nothing At All’ by Alexander Stewart (as MD); ‘Call Me Lucky’ as Alex Webb, ‘The Last Bohemians’ with David McAlmont and his most recent. ‘British Standard Time’, a celebration of UK songwriters in new jazz arrangements. His songs have been recorded by Vimala Rowe, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, David McAlmont, Liane Carroll, China Moses, Cherise Adams-Burnett & Jo Harrop among others.

Known the world over as ‘The Queen Of Lovers Rock’, Carroll Thompson burst on the scene in 1980, with a million-selling self-penned debut album. ‘Hopelessly In Love’ stayed in the UK reggae charts for an amazing and record-breaking two and a half years, much of that time in the Number 1 slot.

Carroll has sung with Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, Art Blakey, Sting, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Sade and many more – and is now using her remarkable voice in jazz contexts as well as reggae.

Rising jazz vocalist Freddie Benedict has already distinguished himself in the classical field as well as jazz. He is now studying for a master’s degree in jazz singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and as the lead male singer with National Youth Jazz Orchestra, has performed all over the UK, including Ronnie Scott’s.

The New Yorker’s legendary music critic, Whitney Balliett, defined jazz as ‘the sound of surprise,’ which seems to perfectly sum up the music on British Standard Time.


Alex Webb – Piano

Carroll Thompson – Vocals

Freddie Bennedict – Vocals

Mikele Montoli – Bass

Jamie McCredie – Guitar

TBC – Drums

Please note, The Club is not licensed to allow access to Children under the age of 16 after 9pm, so for evening performances, please do not book tickets for children under the age of 16. Children aged 16 and above are welcome at any time.

For £20.00 Tickets:

Seats are not numbered and you will be seated at available tables. Please note tables seat 4 people, so for bookings of less than 4 people, you will be seated and share a table for 4.

For £15.00 Tickets:

This is a fully seated event.  Seats are not numbered and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Please NOTE, there is NO food served in the Jazz Club, there is a bar for drinks. We advise booking a table for dinner at the Duke of Hamilton upstairs at least 1hr before show-time – Book Here

Please note the Jazz Club is situated in the basement of the Duke of Hamilton Pub and access is via a number of stairs. The nearest toilets are situated on the 1st floor of the Pub.


Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm

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