John Williamson Trio

Thursday 19th May 2022

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

Doors: 7.30pm

Show: 8.00pm-10.00pm

Bassist John J. Williamson leads a trio with the acclaimed saxophonist and composer Alex Hitchcock, and Jay Davis, whose instantly recognisable drumming propels a number of outstanding bands, LIVE at The Hampstead Jazz Club!

John’s “detailed and hugely compelling” writing is anchored by emotional honesty and a keen melodic instinct, and ranges from neo-Tristano treatments of songbook harmony to big-sky Americana influenced by his time in the US. A selection of standards completes an intimate, expressive set that at times embraces the pared-back format and at others transcends it.

“Razor-sharp reactions to a constantly shifting musical landscape… promised much and delivered in spades.Bebop Spoken Here

In Leeds, Washington DC and now London, John’s musicality and versatility have led to a varied portfolio of work alongside a long list of renowned creative musicians. His first originals project as leader draws on this broad experience, guided by an unswerving commitment to melody, invention and communication. 

The trio includes two of the most respected and distinctive voices on the UK scene, Alex Hitchcock and Jay Davis. Each is recognised as much for their unique approach as for the creative and collaborative spirit they bring to projects they are involved in. 

John’s writing is influenced by the infectiously angular contrafacts of Lee Konitz and the Tristano school, the vivid programmaticism of Charles Mingus, and the fertile axis between the American songbook, folk music and free exploration embodied by Paul Motian, Ornette Coleman, Charlie Haden and others. A selection of standards completes a varied yet unerringly melodic and cohesive set, which at times embraces the pared-back trio format and at others transcends it.

The project debuted last year to two packed houses at the Vortex jazz club, and has recently returned from a tour in northern England which Bebop Spoken Here said “promised much and delivered in spades… well-worth hearing.” 

A crack rhythm section… rollicking swing.” – Washington DC City Paper 


Tenor Saxophone – Alex Hitchcock

Double Bass – John J. Williamson

Drums – Jay Davis

Photo Credits –  Julia Hawkins and John Hartley

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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