Gig Details

Friday 23 February. 20:00 – 22:30.

At Crookes Social Club

Full £15, Concessions £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 18 year olds £3, Under 15s Free. Advance tickets from 


Arnie Somogyi: bass; Tony Kofi: alto sax; Jeremy Price: trombone; Mark Edwards: piano; Clark Tracey: drums

 Led by Arnie Somogyi, the “Jump Monk” project is dedicated to performing the music of two of the greatest jazz composers and musicians: pianist Thelonious Monk and bass player Charles Mingus. Named after Mingus’s musical tribute to Monk, “Jump Monk”, this stellar quintet captures the freedom of interpretation and drive that characterises the music of two of the most important and colourful figures in jazz. Expect passion and fireworks from the front line, pushed on by one of the best rhythm sections around.


Performing a mix of lesser-known compositions along with familiar favourites such as “Round Midnight”, “Fables of Faubus” and “Better Get It in Your Soul”, Arnie Somogyi is joined by an immensely talented and experienced, multi-award-winning line-up which includes some of the leading figures in British jazz today. This is a very special band playing very special music.

One of the UK’s most in-demand double bass players Arnie Somogyi has been at the heart of the jazz scene since his debut at Ronnie Scott’s in 1990. Since then he has played bass with some of the most important figures in British jazz, including Claire Martin, Stan Tracey, Jason Rebello and tenor titans Don Weller, Bobby Wellins and Art Themen. As a band leader and composer he has attracted critical acclaim for innovative and ground-breaking projects which have ranged from straight-ahead hard-swinging jazz to collaborations with East European folk musicians. He has played on over 70 albums, including five as a leader, and has recorded and performed throughout Europe with many of the world’s leading jazz musicians including the Mingus Dynasty Big Band, James Moody, Bobby Hutcherson, Art Farmer, Bobby Watson, Herb Ellis, Eddie Henderson, Joey Calderazzo, Steve Grossman, and Scott Hamilton- as well as with international stars including Tom Jones, Charlie Watts and Amy Winehouse.

…”Jump Monk, is led from the back by Arnie Somogyi, a bassist who doesn’t mark time but makes it sing, urging his fellows on in the most vital way on an array of Monk’s tunes [with extra Mingus] aided by Clark Tracey ….  Add in Jeremy Price’s trombone and the searing alto of Toni Kofi, with his flame thrower tone and vehement attack, and you have music of real consequence”…Peter Vacher, Jazzwise.

 “Somogyi has respect for the jazz tradition whilst simultaneously subtly undermining it. Long may he continue to do so”…