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Mark Hale Trio ft. surprise special guest!

“Mark has already become a very established drummer, not only recognised for his tasteful skill on the instrument, but more importantly the feel in which he delivers his art. World class drummers Enzo Zirrili, and Steve Brown have taken him under their wing to pass on their expertise, for no other reason than they too hear his ever increasing potential. A final highly important factor: Mark always turns up very smartly dressed, and well on time; a perfect reflection of his playing.” Nick Hill, Trumpet 

"Tubby was always looking for a Drummer to play like Art Taylor or Philly Joe; in Mark Hale he would have found one! Fast Tempo, phew! I urge readers to go out and hear this band" 

Colin Barnes' write up in Jazz Journal Magazine. (From the Simon Spillett Quartet performance at Boaters Jazz)

On 5th August Drummer Mark Hale will lead a very special trio for a one off gig at Hot Numbers, not only will it feature two fine Jazz musicians but it will bring to a close the Jazz night's that Mark has been running since the Thursday Jazz Nights have been established at the Cafe.

The Trio will play a range of well loved Jazz Standards & an evening not to be missed.


Saul Rubin - Guitar

“Saul is a consummate musician, a person who is aware of the feelings of others and a person who is gentle in that sense. He is everything I could ask for in a band mate.” Sonny Rollins

"Saul has it all together and is a positive force in the world of the guitar. He plays hip melodies, which he’s totally in touch with when improvising. His harmonies, both with his impeccable comping and chord soloing, employ refreshing voicings, and certainly keep the listener involved." Gene Bertoncini

A mainstay on the New York jazz scene, Saul Rubin graduated from the Hartt School of Music, where he majored in composition and studied jazz with the legendary saxophonist Jackie McLean and saxophonist/arranger Paul Jeffrey, before moving back home to New York. Since then his soulful and virtuosic playing has been heard alongside some of the world's greatest jazz musicians, including Sonny Rollins (touring Europe and the US), Roy Hargrove (he arranged for the Roy Hargrove Big Band album Emergence (Verve, 2009), and has toured extensively with them throughout Europe, Canada, Japan and the US), Renee Fleming, John Hicks, Victor Lewis, Bob Cranshaw, Sammy Figueroa, Johnny O'Neal, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Cameron Brown, Candido, Winard Harper, Larry Willis, Sue Terry, Essiet Essiet, Willie Jones III, Eric Revis, James Hurt, Gerald Cannon, Sherman Irby, Lew Soloff, Jonathan Batiste, Roberta Gambarini, and many more.

In 2009, Saul opened Zeb’s in a New York loft in Chelsea, a performance and production space where countless artists have since performed and recorded. In 2010 he began curating a successful weekly jazz vocal series (hosting and accompanying such luminaries as Gregory Porter, Roseanna Vitro, Nancy Harms, Bob Dorough, Johnny O’Neal, Tessa Souter and Brianna Thomas). For three years he has produced the NYC Jazz Guitar Festival, showcasing some of the world’s best jazz guitarists, including Bucky Pizzarelli, Gene Bertoncini, Peter Bernstein and Paul Bollenback. 

He has performed at the Blue Note (Tokyo and New York), the Jazz Standard, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Fat Cat, Smalls, Mezzrow, the Hollywood Bowl, and concert halls all over the world, including London, Vienna, Geneva, Barcelona and Prague. As well as recording for other artists, he has released two albums as a leader, The Saul Rubin Quartet (2004), featuring John Hicks, Gerald Cannon and Montez Coleman, and Saul Rubin: The Zebtet (Red Records, 2015), featuring Stacy Dillard, JohnnyO'Neal and Fabio Morgera.

Earlier Event: 4 August
Jazz Night! Alex Merritt Trio
Later Event: 7 August
Blackjack Blues Band