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John Petters Swing Band at The ARC, St John’s Arts Centre, St John’s Walk, Market St, Old Harlow, CM17 0AJ on Thurs 29th September at 8PM.  Adm: £10  Details 01406 365 731 and

Britain’s Ace Drummin’ Man, John Petters returns for a brand new season of hot music.  Featured in the John Petters Swing Band will be the ever popular multi-instrumentalist, Tim Huskisson, clarinet, the amazing Colin Bray on vibraphone,  piano professor, Martin Litton and Harlow bass ace, Keith Donald.  The band will perform a selection of swing classics, ala Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa,  with a few piano rags by the likes of Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton thrown in for good measure.

Petters  was recently recognised by the National Jazz Archive and interviewed for the “Intergenerational Jazz Reminiscence Project”.  Much of John’s early career was associated with jazz in Harlow, where he brought many top American and British jazz legends to The Square in the mid 80s, going on to star in many sell-out shows at the Playhouse. He has been running the sessions at the ARC since 2000.

Friday October 21st Rotary Club of Chelmsford Jazz Night at King Edward VI Grammar School, Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 3SX, starting at 8.00pm. The Richard Pite Quartet, a unique band that presents a mixture of standards, jazzy takes on contemporary and classical pop, original compositions plus adaptations of classical music and a few surprises along the way. Tickets £13 available from Civic Theatre Box Office Chelmsford 01245 606505 or online at . Licensed Bar.

The National Jazz Archive with a fund raising concert present Alan Barnes, the multi-award-winning performer on clarinet, alto and baritone saxes with an all-star group of top UK jazz musicians on Saturday 22 October in the Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB  2:30pm.  Admission £15. T: 020 8502 4701 E:
Alan Barnes Quintet with Henry Lowther on trumpet, Frank Harrison on piano, Simon Thorpe on bass and Matt Fishwick on drums



The Robert Bell Trio on the First and Third Thursday of the Month at The Speakeasy Bar, 175 Epping High Street, Epping CM16 4BL Superb Jazz trio featuring vocalist Robert Bell (Hendricks, Sinatra, Bennett, Torme ect)  Graham Cuttill drums, Mike Baker guitar and Stuart Walker on keys. Free admission

First Friday of the Month at 8.00. Dodgy Jammers at Broxbourne Sailing Club, Meadgate Road, Nazeing. Usual house band Wally Shaw on keyboard, Paul Leader on bass and Lester Bennett on drums. Very reasonable bar, home-cooked food, beautiful rural setting. £3. Annie or 07885480329.

little bread BIG JAM at The Royal Inn on The Park (111 Lauriston Road, E9 7HJ) returns to Wednesdays. Join Annie, Peter and the band in the Garden Bar at the back of this beautiful park-side pub. All instrumental and vocal jazz jammers and jazz-loving listeners, clappers and whoopers and their friends, families and lovers welcome. £4 for jammers. Contributions from grateful listeners welcome. Contact Annie on 07885480329 for more details.

A new Jazz Jam night at the Forester’s Arms, Colchester. Held on the last Thursday of every month. Members of the band of the parachute regiment Big Band are hosting an evening of Jazz where they will play a short set of music until they open up the floor to anyone who wants to Jam, any ability. The house band consists of: Pianist, Drummer, Bass, Trombone and Trumpet.

There is a Jazz Jam session on alternate Tuesday lunch times at The Battle of Britain Club, Hillingdon Road, Hillingdon (Nr Uxbridge) UB10 0RY from 12 midday until 2.00pm.  Good players welcome as is anyone who enjoys listening to good jazz. We have a bar and food is also available.   It’s all very informal and friendly.

Mascara Bar, 72 Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington N16 6XS. Every Tuesday: House trio + jam. 8.30. (F). info: 07905 151894

Mill Hill Jazz Club host a regular end of month, Wednesday, open stage for quality musicians. Val’s House band provides the professional rhythm section that binds it all together. The Golf Clubhouse, 100 Barnet Way, London NW7 3AL 0208 207 045

The Cambridge Jazz Jam is now firmly established in its new home, the Burleigh Arms pub, 9 – 11 Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8EG, tel: 01223 301 547.  This new venue has been praised for providing a good performance space, for its beers (choice of real ales) and its food. We operate every Tuesday, 8.15 – 11 pm. Admission is free, and guest musicians, guest singers, and audience are all welcome. Our policy is inclusive, so whether you’re an accomplished performer, or someone still trying to get it together, you’ll be equally welcome. Our backing group of experienced musicians will give all the support you need.  Further information from Mike Quigley, mobile: 07979 59 22 41.

There is a Thursday night Jazz Session and Jam at Nomad Bar, 58 Old St, EC1V 9AJ. The normal house band is Antonio Marzinotto and his trio but often have special guests and other bands. The aim of the night is for all talented jazz musicians, young and old, to play together in a relaxed atmosphere.

Jazz at the Green Note “jam great atmosphere!” on the 1st Sunday of every month. Music 8:30pm – Band set followed by a jam. 106 Parkway, Camden NW1 7AN.

There is a jazz jam every Saturday with the Nora Bite trio at 9:30pm, original music in the first set followed by a jazz standards jam. Free entrance. Venue: Troyganic, 132 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch E2 8DP. Usual house band is a guitar trio led by Nora Bite. Until 2am .

Previously Silver Bullet Jazz Jam Jazz Jam Session has moved to Stereo 92 – 92 Stoke Newington High Street London N16 7 NY. 1st 3 Tuesdays of every month.  So every Tues except the last Tuesday of the month From 8.30 till midnight. Always a blazing trio with your host Bukky Leo on Tenor. Free Entry before 9pm,  £3.00 thereafter.  Come check our new home for Jazz.  Come  chill & play!!

There is a Jam session on the first Thursday of each month in Colchester at The Bull, Crouch Street. The house band regularly features such great players as Bern Hodgekins (Bass player with Jazznights trio) and Mick Hutton (bass). After short set from house band, stage open for jammers and singers. Running for 5 years now

Singers’ Night at Nelson (48 Stanhope Street, London NW1. six min walk from Warren Street station). 2nd Tuesday of each month. Open mic for jazz vocalists. In 18th year. Excellent accompanists. Food available. £8 singers, £7 guests, £5 full time students with student card. Doors, list 6.00pm, music 7.45 – 10.30pm. Chris Legee

There is a LondonBluesJams Yahoo! Group – blues rock n roll soul jam every Wednesday 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm . The Crown Inn, Roneo Corner, 360 Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch ,Essex RM12 4TW. info Bob Marks 07503 16 45 72 Full back line. P.A. Keys, Saxes and Brass. Mainly blues but all tastes catered for. All musos welcome – beginners to pros and bands. Vocalists especially welcome.

The Ipswich Jazz Collective meet on the 2nd Friday in the month to hold a jam session at the Golden Hind Pub on Nacton Road Ipswich. Set up 7.30 for 8pm start. Bass amp & drums set up, PA on request. Guitarists to bring their own amps. No entrance fee and all levels of player catered for. Further details/contact at

The Norwich Jazz Jam is at the Fat Cat and Canary  every Monday featuring Mark Jolley (violin), Lee Vasey (guitar), Ian Hireson (bass) & Matt Furness (drums)

Open Jazz Jam, “Who Pays The Piper” at The White Horse’ Pub, Mill Rd, Husborne Crawley, Beds MK43 0XE, 1 mile from M1 Jn 13, A507 between Ridgmont and Woburn. Fortnightly session on Tuesdays from 8–11.00pm. FREE ENTRY – though we ask for donations toward back line, occasional raffle. Pub food, Chris 07804140606

There is a new jazz jam in Suffolk, in the picturesque market town of Woodbridge – it happens on Thursday evenings once a month, there is a facebook group people can join:  at the Kings Head, 17 Market Hill, Woodbridge IP12 4LP  For more info e-mail


BELVEDERE JAZZ & MUSIC CLUB, every Wednesday evening is at The Chichester Hotel, Old London Road, Rawreth, Nr. Wickford SS11 8UE (Off A129, 800 yards Wickford side of The Carpenters Arms roundabout). Meals available from 6:30pm whilst you sit at a candlelit table, either before or whilst enjoying the top quality jazz which commences at 8:00pm until 10.30pm. Top International, Regional Bands and Artists, including Big Bands, Swing and Mainstream, all tuneful easy listening foot tapping music with something for everyone! Friendly welcoming atmosphere ~ Admission is from £10 on the door ~ Large free car park ~ Drinks at pub prices ~ Newcomers most welcome. ; Telephone: 07850 607075 or

28th September – The Jonathan Vinten Jazz Band     Jonathan Vinten – piano & vocals, Goff Dubber – saxes, clarinet, Andy Dickens - trumpet, flugelhorn & vocals,  Dave Hewitt – trombone, Rod Brown – drums & Andy Lawrence – double bass

A stunning six piece band led by our Summer Pianorama star pianist Jonathan Vinten featuring tunes such as ‘I Can’t Get Started’, ‘The Man I Love’, ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing’, J J’s Boogie &  ‘Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby’  etc.

5th October  –  International Star Vocalist: Peter Grant

We welcome back International vocalist Peter Grant whose album ‘New Vintage’ reached No 8 in the charts with a successful follow up album ‘Traditional’. Peter has appeared on many TV programs including Michael Parkinson and Alan Titchmarsh plus the London Palladium. Peter who is considered one of the UK’s finest male vocalists being influenced by Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick and Matt Monro, is accompanied by Danny McCormack – piano, Boysey Battrum – sax & Syd Lawrence Orchestra’s drummer Dave Tandy.  Admission £12.50

12th October  – Harry ‘the piano’ Harris & Simon Bates Quartet

Simon Bates – saxophone, clarinet and flute with Harry ‘the piano’ Harris on piano, Jeff Lardner – drums plus Gavin Scott – double bass.

We welcome back to the club at Members’ requests, the highly talented Simon & Harry for a great evening of highly entertaining jazz — no doubt with a few surprises!   This is one evening not to miss!

19th October  -Jazz at The Movies – Joanna Eden + Chris Ingham Qrt   

Joanna Eden described by Time Out as ‘the UK’s answer to Diana Krall’ with the Chris Ingham Quartet. The Quartet features pianist Chris Ingham, drummer George Double, bassist Arnie Somogyi and saxophonist/clarinettist Mark Crooks from the John Wilson Orchestra.   This swinging jazz quintet will present their new 2016 own take on numerous recognisable tunes and themes from classic films.

26th October – Dave Browning/Pete Allen/John Petters/Keith Donald

Dave ‘Mr Stride’ Browning – piano, Pete Allen - saxes & clarinet, John Petters – drums & Keith Donald – double bass

Led by our Pianorama star Dave Browning this will be a fabulous evening of Swing, Mainstream and Dixieland by these fantastic musicians who are all stars in their own right, with the brilliant clarinettist & saxophonist Peter Allen and the master Swing drummer John Petters and swinging bassist Keith Donald.      Early reservation advised!

2nd November  –  Tina May & Frank Griffith Quartet
Tina May – vocals, Frank Griffith – saxes, Robin Aspland – piano, Dave Green – double bass, & Steve Brown – drums. Real jazz singers flourish in the company of good jazz musicians, and Tina May is a real jazz singer. She can sing a straight melody and make it open like a flower. She can swing effortlessly and invent a wordless scat chorus as tricky as anything her fellow musicians can deliver. Led by saxophonist and arranger Frank Griffiths, they are among the best jazz musicians you will find anywhere.  – Dave Gelly

9th November  – Tribute to Benny Goodman – Pete Long Quartet

Pete Long — clarinet,  Richard Pite — drums,  Nick Dawson — piano,  Anthony Kerr — vibes.

“Celebrating the music of the first incarnation of the Goodman Quartet, where the bass-less rhythm section is driven by the alliance of bass drum and pianist’s left hand, the Quartet will be playing many of the early Goodman Hits.  Expect Avalon, Lady be Good, Dinah, I’ve Got Rhythm, China Boy and many others.”  – Pete Long

 16th November – Syd Lawrence Orchestra’s ‘ Savoy Collection’   

Savoy Collection septet were formed from The Geraldo Orchestra under  his leadership back in 1992.  After a long break Chris Dean reformed them for a Syd Lawrence Orchestra cruise in 2013. They proved very popular and with their specialist playing, these seven of the UK’s finest musicians continually bring audiences to their feet everywhere they perform.  Sit back and enjoy a unique musical evening of great music and entertainment ! £12.50  Admission

23rd November – Australia’s James Morrison Quartet

James Morrison – trumpet/vocals/trombone etc.,  William Morrison – guitar, Harry Morrison – double bass, & Patty Danao – drums.

The name James Morrison is known throughout the world for his sheer brilliance as a jazz musician being all round entertainer. James works with the cream of the world’s best performers and Ray Brown called him “The Genius”  but Wynton Marsalis said it best “Man, James Morrison can play!”
James Morrison has appeared at two Royal Command Performances for the Queen and has performed especially for US Presidents Bush, Clinton & Obama. He’s also appeared with Herbie Hancock & Quincy Jones to name just a couple of jazz icons.
James composed and performed the fanfare for the 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Sydney and has been appointed as a Member The Order of Australia for his services to the arts. Accompanying James this evening are his two sons, guitarist William and double bassist Harry along with drummer Patty Danao. Don’t miss this great opportunity to see them!  £15 Admission – reservation essential

30th November – Pasadena Roof Orchestra  – SOLD OUT

Our End of Year Gala featuring Duncan Galloway and his fabulous Pasadena Roof Orchestra performing hot dance music from the 1920’s, 30’s & 40’s Tickets £20

JAZZ@ST ANT’S A great weekly jazz night – now in its 12th year! St Anthony’s Club, The Red House, 13 Upton Ave, (corner of Upton Lane), Forest Gate E7 9PN. Every Weds 8.30 pm. Admission £3. Please support the raffle from which all proceeds go to the band. For latest listings visit or Jazz in London listing. Please download their current listing at, or

28 SeptJohn Withers (vibes) + Hilary Cameron (piano) + Lester Bennett (dfrums)

with John Withers (drums) – not 28 Sep + John Pamenter (double bass).

THEYDON JAZZ CLUB  Enjoy great jazz at The King’s Oak, High Beach, IG10 4AE,.  A different top-class band every Monday 8pm-10.30pm in the King’s Room (with dance floor)  – ALL ARE WELCOME.  Info: Dave & Sheila Dyer 01945 588325 / email: / website:   Entry:  £10  Members:  £8   Unless stated otherwise.  Open from 5 pm for dining from the weekday set menu or Gastro Pub menu.  Happy atmospher


26th – Carol Braithwaite & her Jazz Crew

OCTOBER     (N.B. From now on WEDNESDAYS in the Gastro Pub Bar)

5th – Jackie Free & his Chicagoans
12th – Goff Dubber & his Dixieland Express
19th – Tony Pitt & his All Stars
26th – Les Handscombe & his Tailgate Jazz Band


2nd – George Kid Tidiman & his All Stars
9th – To be confirmed
16th – The Melvin Beddow Big Band (in The King’s Room)
23rd – The Gresty-White Ragtimers
30th – Baby Jools & his Jazzaholics


7th – Richard Exall & his Shooting Stars
14th – Peter Rudeforth & The Theydon Select Six
21st – Hugh Rainey & his Jazz Band with Lyn Falvey
28th – closed for Christmas

LIVE JAZZ AT THE TAVERN on the Last Sunday of each Month. 55-57 Frinton Road, Holland On Sea, Essex CO15 5UH. Tel: 01255 814080. Admission £10 . Doors open 7.30pm . Jazz 8pm till 10.30pm

Sunday 25th September – MIKE PIGGOTT – DJANGO NIGHT
Mike Piggott, Violin  Nils Solberg, Jeff Green Gtrs- Alan Morgan Bass

Ted Beament, Keyboard – Paul Budd, Drums – Alan Morgan, Bass

Sunday 27th November – ROGER NOBES – VIBRAPHONE
Ted Beament, Keyboard – Paul Budd, Drums – Alan Morgan, Bass

Sunday 18th December – BARRY PALSER SUPER SIX
Barry Palser -Tbn, Pete Rudeforth-Tpt, John Crocker- Sax, Jim Douglas-Gtr, John Tyson –Drms, Alan Morgan-Bass

JAZZ AT THE BARDSWELL Always the Last Tuesday of every month at the Bardswell Social Club, junction of Weald Road/Bardswell Close, Brentwood CM14 4TJ: doors 7 pm, music from 8 till 10.30 pm. Admission £8.00. Refreshments at Club Prices. Enjoy an evening in a friendly crowd in a relaxed atmosphere, with resident trio plus guests.

Tues 27th September – Following their exciting appearance together last year, and by members popular request, we welcome back to the Club the emaculate award winning Canadian guitarist, Dominic Ashworth, along with Ireland’s favourite swinging Irish tenor saxophonist, Kevin Mcmahon. This combination produced some outstanding music at their last visit from mainstream standards to bebop and included some cool sounds much appreciated by their audiences.  Welcome back.

Tues 25th October - Julian Marc Stringle, a child prodigy from the London School of Music, always in great demand on clarinet and saxophone, having recently made a European tour playing the first ever jazz concert in Albania, and the experienced vocalist Paul Woods, a top London crooner, who has performed across Europe and North America with the Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra, Syd Lawrence Orchestra and the BBC Big Band will create an interesting duo that is certain to keep your attention.

Tues 29th November – With Christmas soon upon us and our last gig of the year we once more welcome back the “Christmas Crew” a motley sextet of talented experienced musicians made up of their leader Gary Wood, trumpet & vocals, Tim Huskisson, keys, Martin Nickless, clarinet, Derek Clenshaw, trombone, Ted Simkins, bass and our host Dave Grant,  drums. Hopefully our superb Christmas buffet will once more be on offer requiring admission to being raised to £15 to meet the extra costs. Don’t miss this traditional fun night that will be laced with a masterful mix of mainstream, dixieland, swing and traditional numbers with plus a few vocals thrown in for good measure.

ANNIE’S JAZZ @ THORPE BAY GOLF CLUB. Annie’s Jazz is at Thorpe Hall Golf Club, Thorpe Hall Avenue. Thorpe Bay. Southend-on-Sea. SS1-3AT on Tuesdays.  Food served from 7pm until 8pm and the music will start at 8.00pm. Please phone Annie for reservations 07504-232783 or e-mail

Tues 27th September – Claire Martin & Liane CarrollFull house, reserve list only.

Tues 4th October – Kai Hoffman & Her Cats

An exciting evening of jump/jive, swing & bluesy jazz from one of our favourite artists. American born Kai is a consummate professional who always delivers a powerful performance.

Tues 11th October – PICANTE

Latin Jazz at it’s most exciting best with Derek Nash on sax, Neil Angilley on piano, Robin Jones on percussion, Marc Cecil on drums, Dominic Ashworth on guitar & special guest. Picante are six of our very best musicians playing an amazing selection of songs. This is hot!!!

Tues 18th October – ‘CELEBRATING HOAGY’.  The Chris Ingham Trio with Paul Higgs on Trumpet.

An enchanting evening of music with four of the u.k’s finest musicians.  “This is just lovely”. Sunday Times.


Barb Jungr has been called “One of the best nightclub singers in the world”. She receives regular 5 star reviews and performs extensively in the U.S, Australia &Europe. This is a rare opportunity to see her locally.


A spellbinding wonderful evening of entertainment. Breathtaking dance, guitar & vocals from three of Spain’s Best!

Tues 8th November – THE STOREYVILLE STEAMERS  featuring Annie on vocals present:-

‘The Songs of Ella & Louis’.  Paul Higgs on Trumpet, Charles Sherwood on Sax, Tim Huskisson on Piano, Bill Todd on Trombone, Graeme Culham on Drums, Roger Curphey on Bass & Annie on Vocals.

 Tues 15th NovemberJULIE DEXTER & TRIO.

JULIE DEXTER to sing JAZZ at ANNIESJAZZ as part of her UK TOUR!  HOW LUCKY ARE WE!!!  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear her sensational sound!  World renowned, award winning, British singer, songwriter and producer considered by many to be ‘one of the most influential female vocalists of our generation’.

SPIKE’S PLACE”  AT BRENTWOOD 8.00pm. The Bardswell, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4TJ. Tel: 01245 420475  Top-Class Mainstream Jazz.  £13 / £10 (members) unless otherwise stated. email:

Tuesday 4th October  – 8.00pm
From the USA Denise King (vocalist) with John Pearce, Simon Woolf & Bobby Worth
Admission £14.00 members £11.00

Tuesday 11th October – 8.00pm
Alan Barnes with Richard Busiakiewicz Dave Chamberlain & Steve Brown

Tuesday 18th October – 8.00pm
Al Nicholls with Paul Eldridge Manuel Alferez & Paul Robinson

“SPIKES PLACE AT SAFFRON WALDEN” - Third Thursday of every month – 8.30pm. Saffron Hotel, High St, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1AZ. Top-Class Mainstream Jazz. E mail: For advance bookings contact: Susan 01245 420475

Thursday 20th October – 8.30pm
Richard Pite with Phillip Achille, Dave Chamberlain & Gunther Kurmayr
Admission £11.00

CHELMSFORD JAZZ CLUB presents 10 or 11 concerts a year at the Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG (next to the Civic Theatre), mainly on Sunday lunchtime. The jazz is generally mainstream and modern and the club is justly proud of the quality.  For an annual subscription of £10.00 (£15.00 joint) members are entitled to a £4.00 reduction on normal ticket prices, and early notice of concerts. There’s a friendly atmosphere, so come along. Enq: Larry Newall-Smith 01245 256510.  Advance booking:   01245 606505

Sunday 2nd October   (£12 / £16)   Doors: 11.45am     Gig starts: 12.15pm
‘Tenor Madness’ with Derek Nash, Vasilis Xenopolous, Robert Fowler, John Pearce, Paul Morgan and Bobby Worth

Sunday 6th November (£10 / £14)   Doors: 11.45am     Gig starts: 12.15pm
Nigel Price with Alex Garnett, Ross Stanley and Matt Home

Sunday 4th December (£13 / £17)   Doors: 11.45am     Gig starts: 12.15pm
‘Christmas Carol’ with Alan Barnes, Robert Fowler, Karen Sharp, Bruce Adams, Mark Nightingale, Dave Newton, Simon Thorpe and Clark Tracey

MUSIC AT MARIGOLDS, Cricket Club, Chippingfield, Old Harlow, Essex CM17 0DJ. Doors and Licensed Bar 7.30pm, Fridays. 01279 414174 / 421763 Car Parking On Site and there are two Public Car Parks, on the FIND US page of the website, within easy walking distance and can be accessed via a well lit footpath a little way up Chippingfield on the right when leaving – a dotted line on the map between Chippingfield and Wayre Street, Spicers Lane. £8 on the Door

30th September – Jim Mullen with the Brian Dee Trio:

 Jim Mullen guitar, Brian Dee keyboard, Len Skeats, bass Duncan Gaffney drums

 In conjunction with saxophonist and long-time collaborator Dick Morrissey, Jim Mullen spearheaded the British jazz-fusion movement of the 1970s. Born in 1945 in Glasgow, Jim acquired his first guitar at age eight, soon after discovering jazz through an older friend. He later studied journalism but remained a fixture of the local jazz circuit.
Mullen relocated to London in 1969, joined Pete Brown’s Piblokto!, and then signed with Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, cementing his credentials in nascent jazz-rock. Stints with Vinegar Joe and Kokomo followed, and in the early 1970s he also collaborated with Duncan and Ball in their blue-eyed funk unit the Average White Band. Via the AWB, Mullen met Morrissey, a veteran of the much-respected jazz-rock vehicle If. In 1977, they teamed as a duo for Up, embracing bop to pop to funk and found favour with listeners on both sides of the jazz-rock dyad. Morrissey and Mullen co-headlined six albums.  They split following 1988’s Happy Hour, and Mullen went on to work with vocalist Claire Martin. He also headlined a series of LPs including Rule of Thumb and Soundbites. An in-demand sideman, Mullen backed American giants including Mose Allison, Jimmy Smith, and Terry Callier. In the summer of 2000, he reunited with Morrissey, months prior to Morrissey’s death from spinal cancer.

14th October – Rollo Markee and the Tailshakers

Rollo Markee delivers stylish, self-assured vocals, and blows long, sinuous lines on the harp. He started playing blues twenty years ago at the age of seventeen and has played all over the International Blues circuit. A trained dancer and actor, Rollo puts his engaging personality into his performances.
The Tailshakers were originally formed in Leeds & Nottingham in 1998, although the line-up has changed over the years. Their sound echoes the classic American recordings from the 1940s & 50s, and their style combines Chicago Blues with West Coast Swing. Their music, sounds as it might have sounded in Chicago clubs and juke joints, and always wins great approval from the audience.
With Rollo’s impressive harp at the front, the band performs a mixture of Blues standards and original material and it is little wonder that they are able to work so frequently in Blues clubs and bars throughout the UK.  To recapture the feeling of bygone days, or just jive, bop and swing, Rollo Markee & the Tailshakers will fill the bill.

28th October – Brandon Allen Quartet:

Brandon Allen sax, Tim Lapthorne keyboards, Arnie Somogyi bass, Matt Holm drums

Quoting Jasswise, ‘Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today. His phrasing is unashamedly emotional, soaked in the blues tradition.”
Originally from Perth, Australia Brandon has been based in London for the past 16 years and worked with very many varied artists and groups/ensembles. Brandon also works as a session musician, composer and arranger for commercial music and films where his playing has been featured on films including “Alfie”(2004) and “The Look of Love” (2013). He regularly hosts the Late Late Show at Ronnie Scotts with his quartet.
Brandon is the founder and director of the Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival and has toured throughout the UK, Europe and Asia with the Kyle Eastwood Band.  He has conducted masterclasses and private tuition at The Sydney Conservatorium (Australia), LIPA(Liverpool), The London Contemporary College of Music, the Cambridge Jazz Co-op and at various venues around the UK and Australia whilst on tour.

HORNCHURCH JAZZ CLUB, 25 North St (rear), Hornchurch, Essex RM11 1RS. The Hornchurch Conservative Club is a comfortable air-conditioned venue with a dance floor, drinks at club prices, wheel-chair access and car parking, Members £7, non-members £8. Call Laurie on 07913 558616 for more details. Sundays  8:30 – 11pm

Sunday, 25th September from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm. It’s the last Sunday of the month so it’s The Jack Clifford Swingtette. An evening of traditional and jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack’s clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with guests backed by Roger Curphey bass and Alan Clarke drums.

Sunday, 2nd October from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm. The Ken Turner Big Band. Hornchurch’s very own 17-piece big band featuring the vocals of Mark Stratford, playing the music of Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Glen Miller, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. A packed club for this band. The Hornchurch Conservative Club is a comfortable air-conditioned venue with a dance floor, drinks at club prices, wheel-chair access and car parking. Admission £8. Call Laurie on 07913 558616 for more details.

9th Oct – Rance’s Rocking Chair Band
16th Oct – Nick Charles’s Tribute Band
23rd Oct – The Downhome Jazz Band
30th Oct – The Jack Clifford Swingtette.

GC’s JAZZ CLUB at The Woolpack, 23 Mildmay Road, Chelmsford CM2 0DN 01245 – 259295. First Sunday in Every Month 8.30pm – 11pm. Free Admission. Food Available.

Sunday 2nd October.   SHADES OF MILES – PAUL HIGGS Trumpet
A tribute to the late Mile Davis performing classic arrangements such as ‘So What’, ‘Sketches of Spain’ through to later compositions such as ‘Human Nature’. Performed by one of the UK’s finest trumpeters  Paul Higgs.
Sam Edwards  Keyboards   Jose Canha  String Bass   Graeme Culham  Drums.

Sunday 6th November.  JOHNNY WITHERS – Vibraphone.  John has been active on the london jazz scene for many years not only on vibes but as a drummer, playing in the Ken Turner big band and various outfits.
Neale Ridding  Keyboards   Jose Canha  String Bass   Graeme Culham  Drums.

Sunday 4th December – ZAK BARRETT & REG WEBB
Featuring two of our finest musicians. Zak who has made a name for himself on the music scene as a talented saxophonist in various genres of music. Tonight he is joined by Reg Webb who as a highly respected musician  to thrill us on vocals and keyboards.

e17 JAZZ – The award winning e17 jazz collective presents concerts on the last Wednesday of each month featuring local musicians of national renown plus exciting guest stars in a relaxed jazz club setting. at their NEW VENUE – Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, E17 6DS. 07739660449

Tues 27th September  –  Josh Kemp Quartet   8.30-10.30pm, £10/£8 (Under 15 FREE!)

Josh Kemp – Tenor sax    Rob Baron  – piano   Arnie Somogyi – Double Bass   Tim Giles – Drums                                 ‘A high level of self-expression’  **** Jazzwise
‘A mix of Getzian breeziness and Coltrane’s imploring cry’  The Guardian
Saxophonist and composer Josh Kemp brings his quartet as part of a major UK tour, playing from his new CD – ‘Rare Groove’. A musician with a rare gift for melody, gaining many plaudits for his lyrical improvising style and attractive compositions, Josh is equally happy playing in the jazz standards tradition or original compositions in a contemporary style. They deliver high-energy jazz with an enjoyable and relaxed groove.

Tues 11th October – Big Bad Wolf   8.30-10.30pm,    £8/£5 (Under 15 FREE!)

Owen Dawson (Electric Trombone)   Rob Luft (Guitar/Vocals)    Michael DeSouza (Fender Bass VI/Vocals)   Jay Davis (Drums)

This is a London based band featuring washy guitars, ambient vocals, brassy hooks and deep grooves … this distinctive sound arises from their consistently egalitarian process of group composition, with all 4 members present from conception to completion of each song. Starting each writing session by recording an open-ended group improvisation, they then listen back, pick out the best ideas and then develop them into intricate and concise pieces of music. Big Bad Wolf have developed a unique way to bridge the gap between improvised music and contemporary pop/rock styles. All band members have a strong grounding in jazz from their studies on prestigious jazz courses at the Royal Academy of Music and at Leeds College of Music. From this background, the band strives to constantly push the boundaries and blur the edges of the genre through a wealth of influences, from Bjork to Derek Bailey, brought to the table by each member to the group. From the band’s first experimentations in late 2014 there has always been a primary focus on the instrumental blend within the slightly unconventional line up (trombone, guitar, bass VI and drums) and how to work that into forging an individual, contemporary sound whilst still honouring the improvisational element of the jazz tradition.

Tues 25th October – The Button Band    8.30-10.30pm, £8/£5 (Under 15 FREE!)

Andrew Button – Guitar   Andy Woolf – Tenor Sax   Dave Manington – Bass   Marek Dorcik – Drums
The Button Band is a new project from top London based Guitarist Andrew Button and showcases Andrew’s highly personal writing style. Distinctly British lyrical jazz with folk and country influences drawing inspiration from Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Loose Tubes, Brad Shepic, and PigFoot.  The band’s eponymous debut album was released in 2014 to critical acclaim followed by an arts council supported UK wide tour. The band are recording their second album.  “Upbeat township swing straight out of the Loose Tubes mould, good-humoured and infectious.”  –  Geoff Winston

Tues 8th November – Nick Tomalin Quartet   8.30-10.30pm, £8/£5 (Under 15 FREE!)

Gareth Lockrane – Flutes   Nick Tomalin – Piano    Dominic Howles – Bass
Matt Fishwick – Drums   Original music rooted in the post-bop tradition combined with the contemporary sound world of Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor.

Tues 22nd November – Andre Canniere Group    8.30-10.30pm, £8/£5 (Under 15 FREE!)

Andre Canniere – Trumpet    Brigitte Beraha – Vocals    Tori Freestone – Tenor Sax/Flute    John Turville – Piano    Dave Manington – Bass    TBC – Drums
Trumpeter Andre Canniere presents new music from his latest album ‘The Darkening Blue’ (Whirlwind Recordings), as part of a UK tour, inspired by the mysticism of Rilke and the grit of Bukowski.   ‘Beautifully balanced… exhilirating’ (The Guardian *****)

THE SOUTHEND JAZZ CLUBevery Monday at the EKCO Social & Sports Club, Thornford Gardens, Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea, Essex. SS2 6PU. 01702 351641 From 7:30pm.  Music  8:00pm – everyone welcome.  Info: Bryan Jones 07801 757912 or 01702 61825.  Facebook –  Twitter @southendjazz;  email to join mailing list.  Entrance £10

COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE JAZZ CLUB.  Church St, Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF.  Concerts every 1st SUNDAY of the month.  Tickets £10 to £14.   JAZZ EXPRESS: Book for any three gigs and get tickets for just £8 each! Doors at 7pm, music at 7.30pm. 
 To book, Arts Centre box office 01206 500900.

JAZZ AT SAWBRIDGEWORTH MEMORIAL HALL. The Forebury, Sawbridgeworth, Herts, CM21 9AT.  Licensed bar.  Performances 8.00 – 10.30  Tickets may be purchased at the door or online.

Fri 21st Oct  –  Hilary Cameron vocals presenting the American Songbook £10

Sat 19th Nov – The Gary Wood Swing Band   Gary Wood – trumpet, vocals,  Nick Newall – tenor sax & flute,  Chris Eldred – keyboard,  Charlie Pyne – bass & vocals,  Martin Guy drums  £10

Fri 16th DecNoemi Nuti vocals with her Latin band  £10

JAZZ AT THE RHODES ARTS COMPLEXBishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 3JG  01279 710 200

FORTNIGHTLY FREE Live Midweek Music in our Theatre Lounge on Wednesdays

7:30 pm  Relax on a Wednesday evening at Rhodes while listening to the very best from the vibrant local music scene.  Our Midweek Live Music events are now established as a ‘must see’ night for music fans of all ages so unwind, kick back and relax.

Our resident Jazz Quintet Que Pasa are now established on the second Wednesday of every month. Featuring internationally renowned players Pete Lemer on keys, Paul Robinson on drums, Steve Cook on Bass, with Adam Amor on Sax and brilliant trumpet player Paul Higgs. Between them they have worked with acts such as Nina Simone, Grace Jones, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Ginger Baker, Mike Oldfield, The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The best of the genre from the best in the business.

JAZZ AT THE CROWN.  This new Jazz venue at ‘The Crown’, Church Street, Great Ellingham, nr. Attleborough, Norfolk opened on the 11th September. The aim is to create a Sunday evening Jazz scene once a month featuring some of East Anglia’s major Jazz musicians using a regular rhythm section of Nigel Portass, Keyboard – Jeff Burbidge, Bass Gtr. – and Bob Dore, Drums. The music will commence at 6.0pm and finish around 8.30 pm and will be free admission.  The following are the Jazz musicians being featured

 9th October – TOM MELVIN – Vocals.  Tom is at home singing in front of a small trio in an intimate restaurant through to a big band in full flight. His experience is therefore extensive especially when singing the music from the great American Songbook. His renditions of many of the pop tunes give you a new approach into what prove to be very lovely tunes. He also has the ability to swing in his approach to his music puts him in awe of many other singers. He has therefore worked in all the major venues, halls, clubs, Holiday Camps etc. so this afternoon will prove to be enjoyable and a tribute to the Rat Pack.

 13th November – MYKE CLIFFORD – Saxophone/Flute/Clarinet/Vocals.  Myke is very comfortable playing the whole spectrum of Jazz and is extremely popular wherever he plays. This understanding comes from years of playing all types of music from Soul, Blues, Rock, R&B, Funk, and Jazz, with the consequence he is in demand to play the various jazz clubs in and around the country and many music festivals including Glastonbury Pop Festival. His wide approach to music is enjoyed by all Jazz lovers and because of his background and approach makes non Jazz lovers enjoy his performances also.

JAZZ AT CHICKENSHED – Chickenshed Theatre Bar, 290 Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 4PE.  Times: 8.30pm – 11.30pm Support 7pm – 7.45.   Price: £17 on door| £15 in advance
To book: telephone Box Office 020 8292 9222, email or visit

Fri 4 NovemberThe Inimitable Liane Carroll

Free spirit Liane Carroll captivates everyone who sees her perform. She is a one-off on the UK jazz scene and her combination of skill, heart and personality is attracting attention in the USA too. Liane delights audiences with original jazz interpretations of beautiful and often neglected songs from every musical idiom. She is a unique performer and without a doubt the biggest solo jazz draw in the country.

JAZZ AT THE HUNTER CLUB, 6, St Andrews Street South, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3PH. 1st class jazz in Bury St Edmunds 07799 650009   Doors 7.30,   Music   8pm

On Sat, 24th September at 8pm (doors 7:30) the Barford Stoneman Quintet.  £12 / £6 U25.  An exciting Hard Bop organ quintet comprising the cream of the country’s young jazz talent.  The group was formed by drummer Joel Barford and organist/pianist Noah Stoneman (UK Young Jazz Musician 2016 finalist) and features Alex Ridout on trumpet (UK Young Jazz Musician 2016 winner), local sax hero Harry Greene and guitarist Miles Mindlin.

THE JAZZ MIX @ THE MARITIME ROOM, Cliff’s Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea. Facebook – The Jazz Mix @ The Maritime Room and check out our page on the Cliffs Pavilion website: … go to Special Events tab to find The Jazz Mix page.  On Wednesday nights.

Weds 28th September 2016 – Derek Nash Funk Experience

Led by acclaimed saxophonist Derek Nash (Jools Holland R&B Orchestra) and with a band chock full of funk all-stars, featuring vocalist Noel McCalla, Dave Ital on guitar, Winston Blissett on bass, Arden Hart on keys and Frank Tontoh on drums.  The Funk Experience bring you the sounds of Grover Washington Jnr, David Sanborn, Herbie Hancock, Bill Withers and more as they dig deep into the beat and groove laden world that has inspired their journey as musicians.  Tickets £14

Weds 26th October 2016 – Hamish Stuart Band

Glasgow-born Hamish Stuart shot to fame in the 1970’s as the falsetto voice and guitarist of the Average White Band (AWB), his distinctive songwriting and vocal and guitar style helping pave the way to AWB’s extraordinary worldwide success. After AWB’s split up Hamish spent the rest of the 1980’s touring, writing and recording with a galaxy of soul legends, including Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, George Benson and Chaka Khan. Tickets £18

Weds 30th November 2016 – Omar with the QCBA Quartet

British born, classically trained soul legend Omar’s career spans twenty five years. The internationally acclaimed classic and neo-soul singer, songwriter and musician makes a return to the club to make sophisticated soul-funk syncopations with this excellent quartet, featuring trumpeter Quentin Collins and saxophonist Brandon Allen. Tickets £18

Weds 11th January 2017 – Dave Mascall’s Acid Lounge

Local guitarist Dave Mascall makes a welcome return to the club bringing with him a mixture of up-tempo soulful funky jazz grooves!  Tickets £10

Weds 25th January 2017 – Tristan

Netherlands-based, UK Soul Chart toppers Tristan have been wowing groove-loving audiences with their unique, feel-good, vintage, Acid Jazz music which has led them to large airplay on UK’s Jazz FM. Modern arrangements performed by some of today’s best contemporary European pop/jazz musicians, funky rhythm-guitars, Hammond, Fender Rhodes and synths and a rhythm section that has been playing together for decades are the perfect foil for lead singer Evelyn Kallansee’s beautiful vocals. Tickets £16

Weds 22nd February 2017 – Chris Standring

Smooth groove guitarist Chris Standring, English born but residing in California for over 20 years, Chris Standring has firmly established himself as a popular mainstay in the contemporary urban jazz genre with his infectious R&B driven hits. Chris will be making his annual pilgrimage back to his homeland to play tunes from his tenth solo recording “Ten” with a dazzling soul infused groove-laden jazz set. Digging even deeper into creative territory, Standring continues to stand out from the herd and blaze new trails in the contemporary jazz world. Tickets £15

THURSDAY JAZZ AT THE RAFA CLUB, 295 Cranbrook Road, Ilford, IG1 4UA. A swinging group led by Leszek Kulaszewicz. Come and listen to the music plus every week there is a fantastic vocalist. The club is well serviced by public transport with plenty of buses going to the club or a ten minutes walk from Gants Hill or Ilford stations. The club will be open from 8pm with music from 9 – 11pm.

LEVERINGTON JAZZ CLUB meet monthly at The Leverington Sports (Jazz) Club, Church Road, Leverington , Wisbech PE13 5DE on the 2nd Sunday in each calendar month at 1.15 pm, lunchtime. Admission £7.50  Wheelchair access, Bar @ Club Prices, Snacks & Coffee, Large Car Park, Comfortable – Plentiful seating, Dance floor, Attractive Venue. All welcome. Run by Dave/Sheila Dyer 01945 588325 email:   Sessions 1.15pm – 3.45

JAZZ AT THE ROWFANT. Rowfant House, Wallage Lane, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 4NG.  On 2nd Thursday of each month.  £8.00 on the door.  01342 714869

MILL HILL JAZZ CLUB – The Mill Hill Jazz Club has been providing live jazz of the highest standard to North West London for many years and is for everyone with a passion for live jazz, blues and soul. If you like jazz, the Mill Hill Jazz Club is the place to hang out. Every Wednesday from 8.30pm. The Golf Clubhouse, 100 Barnet Way, London NW7 3AL www.millhilljazzclub. Admission £8 members, £9 guests unless stated otherwise.

JAZZ AT THE KINGS LANGLEY CLUB – The very best bands of local musicians every Tuesday at 8.30pm, 3-5 Hempstead Road, Kings Langley, Herts. Tel: 01923 262982. No entry charge, Visitors welcome .  Keep an eye on the website for any late amendments.

September 27th – Hertswing Big Band.  Top of the bill, as always, our own “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it ain’t got that Swing” big band.  Aided by Vicky, our vocal star.

October 4th Kingsclub 7. Our regular house band led by John Davis, featuring the usual front line of leader on alto/soprano sax with John Mole on tenor sax and John Bridge on trombone, plus Bobby Allen vocals.

October 11th Latin Enigma.  A splendid 12-piece band that performs with verve the many forms and rhythms of Latin American music.    Salsa Dancers Welcome!

October 18th Lou’s Sextet.  We welcome again Louise and her sextet with Laurie “The Hat” on vocals for an evening of Jazz, blues and Latin.

October 25th Cliff Longhurst  ‘Jazz Knights’  Woody Herman style big band.  An absolutely top class band presented by Cliff on drums.

BIG BAND JAZZ AT THE MANOR. London’s Sunday lunchtime show-case for the biggest and best names in British Big Band Jazz, is starting regular concerts at the Ruislip Conservative Club. Performances are SUNDAYS 12:30 to 3:00 pm at the Function Room, Ruislip Conservative Club, 56-58 Ickenham Road (near West Ruislip tube station), Ruislip HA4 7DQ   Admission £10

HERTS JAZZ – Screen2, Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6BX.  Gigs feature the very best jazz talent in the country every Sunday (7:30pm – 10pm) at the Hawthorne Studio. Free parking (after 7pm),  disabled access.  Tickets for just £5 to students and under-21s.  £13 on the night/ £11 advance, £12 concessions / £10 advance, £9 members/ £8 advance, £5 students & U-21s/ £3 advance

BERKHAMSTED JAZZ present live jazz in a relaxed club atmosphere, with reasonably priced licensed bar. £10 – members Dacorum Card holders, £13 – visitors and guests. Concerts normally at the Civic Centre, High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 3HD. Parking on High Street and in the car park behind the shops opposite. Disabled access.

FLEECEJAZZ – World class Jazz every Friday at Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel CO6 4PZ

  • Doors at 7.30pm, gig starts 8.00 pm, 2 sets, ends approx 11.00 pm
  • Ample parking; fully accessible – for information call 01787 211865
  • See website for directions to the venue as satnav can get you lost!
  • Tickets via Box Office: 01787 211865; WeGotTickets (booking fee applies); On the door (sorry, no debit/credit cards – cash or cheque only)

September 23rd  –  Kate Shortt ~ Vocals, Cello, Piano, and maybe Organ   £15

…extraordinary things with the cello from serious classical, through improvised jazz to seriously improvised comedy

September 30th  –  Barb Jungr    £20

BARB JUNGR ~ Vocals                   DAVIDE MANTOVANI ~ Bass

“Bob Dylan, jazz, northern soul, Nina Simone and continental Europe’s cabaret music perform a subtle dance in Jungr’s consciousness.” – The Guardian

JAZZ AT THE FOLD – The Billericay  Arts Association– 72 Laindon Road, Billericay CM12 9LD.

LIVE JAZZ AT NORTH WEALD VILLAGE HALL  – Usually the 3rd Saturday afternoon in the month.  £8 on the door, start time of 12:30pm.  The Hall is in the High Road, behind the vets surgery CM16 6DB.  Licensed bar at village hall prices.  Tea, coffee and snacks at reasonable prices, with parking – but get there early.  01992 522621

The Jack Free Allstars.  The legendary trombonist appears with regulars Pete Rudeforth, John Crocker, Tim Huskisson, Murray Salmon, Martin Guy, Colin Bray, Carol Braithwaite.  With Paul Higgs, Colin Good, Gary Wood, Julian Stringle, Trevor Whiting, JJ Vinten amount recent guests.

October 15, November 19,  December 17

SMALLS JAZZ CLUB, Caxton Arms, 36 North Gardens, Brighton BN1 3LB has been running for six years.  Essentially a mainstream venue with top UK and American headliners supported by the Smalls Rhythm Section – guitar, bass, piano with occasional drums. It is an acoustic venue in a basement in The Caxton Arms in the centre of Brighton with seating for 50 max, giving it an intimate atmosphere. The gigs are on Thursdays, fortnightly from October to May. The music is from early jazz to early be-bop and West Coast.  The pub is friendly and offers a Thai tapas menu. Tickets: /

“SPIKE’S PLACE” AT BECKENHAM – 8:30pm. Club Langley, 2 Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3SR (Off South Eden Park Road). Admission £13.00 (members £10.00) unless otherwise stated. 020 8650 2406 / 01245 420475 E mail: Advance bookings contact: Susan 01245 420475

 Thursday 22nd September – 8.30pm
Nigel Price Organ Quartet with Vasilis XenopolousRoss Stanley & Matt Home 

Thursday 29th September – 8.30pm   Tickets £18.00 members £15.00
Syd Lawrence Orchestra – Remembering the music of Basie & Ellington

Thursday 6th October – 8.30pm   Admission £14.00 members £11.00
From the USA Denise King (vocalist) with John Pearce, Simon Woolf & Bobby Worth

Thursday 13th October – 8.30pm
Derek Nash with John Pearce Paul Morgan & Bobby Worth

Thursday 27th October – 8.30pm
Richard Pite with Phillip Achille, Dave Chamberlain & Gunther Kurmayr

MILESTONES JAZZ CLUB Is held every first Sunday of the month at Hotel Hatfield, The Esplanade, Lowestoft, NR33 0QP

SUNDAY 2 October – DON WELLER & ALAN BARNES with The Chris Ingham Trio
This is the Milestones 20th birthday concert!

To mark its 20th anniversary Milestones brings together two saxophone giants of UK jazz. The virtuoso playing of Don Weller (tenor) and Alan Barnes (alto / baritone) is characterised by an unfettered mix of commitment, enjoyment and quiet passion equally at home with breakneck bebop, funky hard bop or heartbreaking ballads. A high energy programme of standards given superb support by Chris Ingham (piano), Mick Hutton (double bass) and George Double (drums). A rare meeting not to be missed!
Admission – £10    Listen to Don and Alan at

SUNDAY 6 November – THE NIGEL PRICE ORGAN TRIO with Alex Garnett

Amazing guitarist Nigel Price returns to Milestones with one of the most exciting and popular bands in the UK today and guest tenor saxophonist Alex Garnett. Hard-swinging, bluesy grooves featuring Nigel’s long flowing lines are performed over originals and standards in the spirit of Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith and 1960’s Blue Note jazz. Petrol is thrown on the fire by the great Ross Stanley (Hammond organ) and Matt Home (drums). Not to be missed!
Admission – £7 £6 concessions  Listen to The Organ Trio at or

JAZZNIGHTS @ THE BELL, CLARE The Bell Hotel, Market Hill, Clare, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 8NN. from. 7.30 – 10.00pm £10. Reserve seating on 01787 237653 or email reply – pay on the door. With Simon Brown (keys), Bernie Hodgkins (bs) & Roger Odell (drs) + LARRAINE ODELL (voc). Downstairs in the Tudor Room.

Sunday 25th Sept – PAUL HIGGS
Sunday 9th October – RENATO D’AIELLO
Sunday 23rd October – LUCA LUCIANO

FOLKESTONE JAZZ CLUB AT THE TOWER Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone, Kent CT20 3HL. Every Thursday Music Starts 8 30pm To book seats please call 01303 277175  or email  Derick Woodland Beryl Wood

Sept 29th     THE  PAUL  LACEY  “SWEETS” SEXTET        8.30pm            £12

Swinging for “Sweets” ~ The music of Harry ” Sweets” Edison.    When we decided we wanted to do this music at The FJC , there was only one person to go to –  Paul Lacey.  His knowledge of the Basie personnel is amazing – he has the charts & chose the right musicians. The music will be on the lines of that famous CD that we often play
” SONNY – SWEETS & JAWS ” Sonny Stitt- Harry “Sweets” Edison – Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis
This outfit will swing with power from start to finish – because that was The Sweets line —  he was a big part of the Basie power house for many years.  The musicians have been chosen just for that. Paul Lacey trumpet. Leader of the award winning Back to Basie Orch & a natural choice for the music of Harry “Sweets” Edison.
Robert Fowler tenor sax – Smooth yet forceful top tenor man. This is “Lockjaw”
Marc Crooks alto sax- -Those sweet “Sonny” solos by one of The UK’s best.
Plus  a rhythm section that swings like a pendulum
John Pearce  piano – – Murray Salmon  double bass – –  Rod Brown  drums

October 6th   THE NIGEL PRICE QUARTET   £12

Nigel Price – Leader & Guitar  Vasilis Xenopoulos -Tenor Sax.  Ross Stanley -Organ.   Matt Home- Drums.
We welcome the return of this fantastic swinging quartet led by one of the UK’s most exciting jazz guitarists Nigel Price & complemented by the superb tenor playing of The Charismatic Greek, Vasilis Xenopoulos.  It just doesn’t stop there, as in my opinion we also have Europe’s best swinging organist in Ross Stanley - this young man has come on in leaps & bounds in the last few years & is now right up there with the best. Wow — could you ask for a more swinging drummer for this gig than Matt Home.  

October 13th   THE MATT WATES SEXTET     £12

This is a long standing well established outfit & has become one of the stalwarts of The British jazz Scene — This is a fabulous modern outfit showcasing some of the Uk’s finest musicians. This band has many wonderful CD’s to their name & it’s a privilege for us to be hosting them yet again to what has become an annual visit.
Matt Wates alto sax  – Leader – composer – arranger -unique good egg & great alto saxophonist.
Steve Main tenor sax – Formerly with NYJO & now a regular member of The BBC Big Band & this band for many years – -also a star man in his own right.
Martin Shaw  trumpet . Sensational trumpeter & a great piano teacher.
Leon Greening piano . An unforgiving unique talent of the keyboard – Outstanding pianist – we love him.
Malcolm Creese - double bass – Internationally admired bassist – a former member of the Dankworth Orch
Matt Home drums — He must be good — twice in two weeks !!!
All of these guys have been in this band for years & can read each other like a hand to a glove —dw

October 20th  ELAINE DELMAR with THE BRIAN DEE TRIO   £12

Universally known as Miss Sophistication of the jazz world — This Lady is very much Star Quality.  Elaine was born into the jazz world — her father being the late great Leslie ” Jiver” Hutchinson.  To her credit she has enhanced that talent & became an actress- film star & an outstanding jazz vocalist.  She performed on The West End stage in Bubbling Brown Sugar & only last year Clare Teal introduced her to the audience at The Royal Albert Hall as Jazz Royalty — a title that nobody would argue with.  We welcome her back for her annual visit to The FJC with The Legendary Pianist BRIAN DEE
Brian Dee
- Piano – Definitely one of the finest accompanist / jazz pianists in the country.  Brian has accompanied Fred Astaire – -Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee & performed with all the greats of the jazz world
Bill Coleman - Double Bass -With 4 decades of experience as a professional bassist at his finger tips,  We are in for a treat. Bill has played with Jim Mullen, Kenny Ball & Scott Hamilton to name a few…
Rod Brown  Drums -Every vocalists favorite drummer – -Long term with Clare Teal.

October  27th     THE MATT  SKELTON ALL STARS               £12

Big Band Music of The Highest Quality performed by Big Band Star Musicians, Playing the great tunes of Ellington & Basie.   Just look at “ALL STAR” the line up !!!
Matt Skelton — Drums & leader – One of the UK’s top drummers & a full time member of the fabulous John Wilson Concert Orchestra – So we have Matt just before he rejoins The Orch for another sell out nationwide tour in all the big venues & ending at The Royal Albert Hall.
Alan Barnes – Saxes – This multi Brit Jazz Award Winner is a great addition to any gig.
Robert Fowler -Saxes- Leader of his own big band & with his own rounded sound – he is always welcome.
George Hogg - Trumpet – -A rare talent for any brass section – -one of the UK’s finest
Gordon Campbell- Trombone -This man is world class & hard to get. Also Director of Music Royal Marines.
Rob Barron - Piano . One of the UK’s great young pianists. …Has recorded with his own jazz trio.
Jeremy Brown - Double Bass . This is the pendulum – the beat & the driving force

MALDON NEW ORLEANS TRADITIONAL JAZZ CLUB 8:30 – 11pm, every First Thursday of the month at The Blue Boar – Silver St, Maldon CM9 4QE. Not to be confused with the slick sound of British Trad Jazz nor the eclectic jazz/blues/swing of the Blackwater Band. This is ensemble music in the style you would hear in Preservation Hall New Orleans. Gerry Hoskin (Bass) Brian Peters (clarinet) Rodger Howlett (banjo) Pete Jezard (Trombone) + occasional guest musicians. Door charge £6

MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ AT THE BEDFORD ARMS, on Bromham Road, No 2 Bronham Road, Bedford, MK40 2QA.

THE CRYPT, St Giles Church, Camberwell Church St, London SE5 8RB.  Doors 8.00 pm £8 / £5

FRANK GRIFFITH GIGLIST- Frank Griffith, Director of Performance, School of Arts, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH 01895 266572. 07976 313224

2 November, 8PM. FG w/Tina May, Robin Aspland, Dave Green, Steve Brown. Belvedere Jazz Club, Chichester Hotel, Old London Road, Rawreth, SS1 8UE. £10.

CAROL BRAITHWAITES’ GIGS LISTING:   (further information : website).

Friday 14th October – Billericay Const Club 1, High St, Billericay.  CM12 9BE.
An afternoon of toe tapping swinging music with along with Tim Huskisson,
Paul Higgs, George Tidiman, Roger Curphey, Ric Rossi.
Lunchtime menu available + club prices for drinks. Fun starts at 12.30 – 2.30pm.  
£5 door. Monthly club:  2nd Friday in every month.

Wednesday 21th September –   Essex County Bowls Club
21, Imperial Avenue, Westcliff SS0 8NE.
Monthly Jazz Night with Tony Gooderham – piano, Roger Curphey – bass, Mike Sagrott – guitar, Alan Clarke – drums. Special guest: Ian Thompson – Saxaphone.

Starts at 8 – 10.30pm £5 door.
Monthly club: 3rd Wednesday of every month.

Future guests at Essex Bowls : Paul Higgs trumpet (september)
Goff Dubber clarinet/sax. (november)
Pete Rudeford – trumpet (december)
All information on website:

diary dates:

26th September – Kings Oak, Epping

DAVID PRICE (banjo, guitar, vocal) will be appearing at the following:

23rd Sept  Fri.  Ongar Jazz Club, Budworth Hall, High Street, Ongar, Essex CM5 9JG. 8.00– 11.00pm . with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Sept 29th  Thurs.  1066 Jazz Club. Marina, St Leonards On Sea, Hastings, TN38 0BU. 8.00-11.00 pm. with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

Oct 2nd  Sun.  Lemsford Village Jazz Club, Welwyn Garden City. 1.00-4.00pm. with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Oct 12th  Weds.  New Reading Jazz Club with  Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Oct 31st  Mon.  Southend Jazz Club, Ekco Sports & Social Club, Thornford Gardens, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6PU. 8.00-10.30pm with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

Nov 14th  Mon.  Griffin Park Jazz Club, Brentford FC Braemar Road, Brentford, TW8 0NT  8.30 – 11pm with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Nov 20th  Sun.  Colchester Jazz Club, Marks Tey Parish Hall, Old London Rd, Marks Tey, Colchester CO6 1EJ. 7.45–10.30pm with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

Dec 2nd  Fri.  Farnborough Jazz Club, High Street, Farnborough, Kent BR6 7BA  8.30-11.00 with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Dec 9th  Fri.  Jazz On The Green, Sarisbury Green Community Centre, Southampton, Hants, SO31 7AA with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Dec 18th  Sun.  Hornchurch Jazz Club, Consevative Club, 25 North Street, RM11 1RS   8.30-11.00 with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

RON SPACK’S JAZZTET at THE OAKWOOD. 564 Rayleigh Road, Eastwood, SS9 5HX. Tel: 01702 512819. Every Monday. Free 8.30 till 11.00pm. Meals served during the evening.  Ron Spack’s Jazztet, Ron leading on bass

RON SPACK’S LUNCHTIME JAZZ at THE WESTCLIFF HOTEL. 18-20, Westcliff Parade, Westcliff on Sea, Esse. SSO 7QW. 01702 345247. Sunday 1pm. Ron on Bass, plus guest.


The Wagon in Wix  8:30 – 11pm (every 3rd Wednesday of the month) with The Blackwater Band – Brian Hart (Clarinet/Sax) Mel Cox (Banjo) Paul Budd (drums) Gerry Hoskin (Bass) Pete Jezard (Trombone/Vocals). Playing happy jazz blues and ballads.

The Maldon New Orleans Traditional Jazz Club 8:30 – 11pm, every First Thursday of the month. At The Blue Boar – Silver St, Maldon CM9 4QE. Not to be confused with the slick sound of British Trad Jazz nor the eclectic jazz/blues/swing of the Blackwater Band
This is ensemble music in the style you would hear in Preservation Hall New Orleans.  Gerry Hoskin (Bass) Brian Peters (clarinet) Rodger Howlett (banjo) Pete Jezard (Trombone) + occasional guest musicians. Door charge £6

THE BOTTLENECK BLUES CLUB meet on the last Tuesday of the month in the Roffen Suite in Rochester – 41 New Road, Rochester ME1 1DX. Normally tickets £12, doors 7.30pm, band on stage 8.45pm. Good food, reasonably priced available to eat at your table if required.

THE DON STEELE JAZZBAND play at The Woodman, Goathurst Common, Ide Hill, Sevenoaks TN14 6BU every other Wednesday from 8pm. Good food, wine and draft beer to go with the trad jazz. Band Members – Don Steele Trumpet, Richard Brennan Reeds, Johnny McCallum Banjo/Guitar, Mick Scriven Bass, Bill Magee Drums, Jan Bryce Trombone and Eileen Ford Singer  Playing on alternate Wednesdays from 17th February

JAZZ AT BARNEY’S CAFE/BAR 46-56 Portland Rd, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1QN (Tel: 01903 527075). Website:  A few minutes drive from Worthing train station, in the centre of town.

Every Saturday 8.30pm – 11pm, join local tenor saxophonist Mike Pappenheim with  guest artists for two sets of standards-led jazz with some easy-listening pop thrown in. Free Entry!   01903 527075.

Live Saxophone led Jazz Trio featured every Sunday along with Sunday Roast from 4 – 6pm Free Entry.   Bedford Tavern 160 Seven Sisters Road London N7 7 PT

For Live Music in Cambridge – Hot Numbers Coffee with Nick Hill plus guests every Thursday evening within the gallery space from 7pm – 10:30pm. Units 5/6 Dales Brewery, Gwydir Street, Cambridge CB1 2LJ. Some fantastic recent guests include Gillad Atzmon, Frank Harrison, John Turville, Josh Kemp.

JAZZ NIGHTS AT HAVERHILL ARTS CENTRE, High St, Haverhill, Suffolk CB9 8AR. To book 01440 714140 or go to

The JUST JAZZ & BLUES BAND appear once a month at The Victoria, 28 North Hill, Highgate London N6 4QA. Admission free – starts 8.30 pm. Band are Barry Rosen, sax/ Peter Cundall, gtr/ Tom Cundall, gtr/ Harry Mackie, bass & Alan Webb, drums.

THE SPARROWS OF PARIS – Vintage French Chansons and Gypsy Jazz.  Quartet headed by singer Carolyn Saint-Pé with accordion, guitar & double bass

SPICE OF LIFE – 6 Moor Street, Soho, London W1D 5NA Nominated for Jazz Venue of the Year Award – Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2010 & 2015. Pre-bookings: ; tel/text: 07870 915682

WEDNESDAY 28th September – CAYENNE Classic Latin jazz rock band Cayenne, originating from the depths of Camden Town, return to Soho to deliver a uniquely British flavour of jazzy Afro Cuban rhythms with some stellar guest vocalists! ROBERT GREENFIELD aka. ROBERTO CAMPOVERDE guitar, MARC PARNELL drums, MARC FOX timbales, DARRYL LE QUE congas, PAUL REDFERN bass, ARTHUR LEA keys, STEVE WATERMAN trumpet, BUD BEADLE flute/sax & JESSICA GREENFIELD vocals With a ferociously energetic six-piece rhythm section playing alongside horns and vocals, Cayenne instantly get the audience’s pulses racing. They have backed luminaries such as Nina Simone, Gil Scott Heron, Paquito di Rivera, Arturo Sandoval and toured with Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Machito and his Orchestra. Started in Camden in 1979, Cayenne has a uniquely British flavour of jazz-rock and Afro Cuban rhythms, with an extensive original back catalogue of songs, plus the odd cover! Their dance floor hit “Roberto Who” made it into clubs across the world receiving gold discs in Mexico and Greece. The infectious jazzy fusion they created in the 80’s and early 90’s helped revitalise an interest in Latin music in the UK, and the the various members of the band played on recorded tracks and toured with many pop acts who used latin influences in their music such as: Wham, Madness, Haircut 100, Eurythmics, ABC, Matt Bianco, Incognito, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Elton John, George Michael and Tom Jones. Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £12/£10 advance

THE CRAZY COQS, 20, Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED   The Crazy Coqs is London’s leading cabaret style entertainment venue; an intimate compelling purpose made cabaret room, part of the Brasserie Zedel complex.  An intimate and unique cabaret & performance venue, in an extraordinary Art Deco setting.

Monday 17 October  – TINA MAY

Tina May celebrates the legend Edith Piaf at 7pm.  Tickets £20
Multi award winning vocalist, Tina May, brings to life the music and song of France’s most beloved entertainer, national icon and musical legend. A gifted lyricist, consummate vocalist and sparkling entertainer, Tina May’s astonishing vocal ability and hypnotic stage presence has won her worldwide acclaim.
Accompanied on the piano by Nikki Iles, Tina  captures the magic of Piaf with classics including La vie en rose, Hymne à l’amour, Milord and Non, je ne regrette rien.

Tuesday 25 October  – CLARE TEAL  CLARE TEAL entertains with two shows at 7pm and 9.30pm.  Tickets £30

Clare Teal is one of the UK’s most celebrated and much loved singers, as well as a prolific recording artist, concert hall performer and popular BBC Radio 2 broadcaster. She performs an intimate selection of swinging, emotive and characterful songs accompanied on piano by Jason Rebello.  She has recorded and released 15 albums to public and critical acclaim. With her stunning voice, encyclopaedic knowledge of jazz, swing and big band music, and her innate warmth and wit, this opportunity to hear Clare Teal in cabaret is an unmissable diary must.

Tuesday  1 November –  INFECTIOUS BRAZIL   Luiz Morais Quintet with Gabriela Kozyra at 8pm.  Tickets £20

The compelling party rhythms of urban Rio arrive at the Crazy Coqs with “Infectious Brazil”. Their iconic music of Brazil’s identity, including the dance infused Samba, Bossa Nova and Choro styles are guaranteed to put a happy smile on your face; get your feet tapping, bodies swaying and fingers popping. Outstanding international instrumentalists  on guitar, piano, flute and percussion, and lyrical singing of  love, passion and pleasure, will ensure you get infectious for Brazil.


On Thursday November 10th at 8.45pm at  The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU Classic Jazz in Four Hands – With Paolo Alderighi and Stephanie Trick      Tickets: £12 in advance & £15 on the door.*

Box office: 01908 280 800

*Please note A handling charge of £2.80 applies to all bookings. Online bookings are also subject to a £1.80 per ticket processing fee.

With over 500 musicians, 80 events, workshops, speakers and films, the second Cambridge Jazz Festival will take place over 12 days: Nov 16 – 27th 2016


Theydon Jazz Club Every Monday 8-10:30 pm, Traditional/Dixieland/New Orleans Jazz features Excellent Live Bands for listening/Dancing, facilities include: Bar/ Meals/ Dance Floor/Car Park.

Jazz in the Round, The Cockpit, Gateforth St, Marylebone NW8 8EH. Jazz/contemporary music every last Monday in the month. First band 8pm. Tickets from £8 020 7258 2925. DJ set with Jez in the bar.


Jazz at the Bardswell Last Tuesday of every month at the Bardswell Social Club, Bardswell Close, Brentwood CM14 4TJ: doors open 7 pm.: music from 8 – 10.30 pm. Admission £7.00. Resident trio – drums, piano, bass plus guests. Great crowd and drinks at club prices. Dave Grant 01708 763723.

Annie’s Jazz @ Thorpe Hall Golf Club . Every Tuesday 8-30-11pm. Annies Jazz @yeoldesmack.

The Bottleneck Blues Club who meet on the last Tuesday of the month in the Roffen Suite in Rochester – 41 New Road, Rochester ME1 1DX. Normally tickets £10, doors 7.30pm, band on stage 8.45pm. Good food, reasonably priced, available to eat at your table.

Jazz at The Kings Langley Club. The very best bands of local musicians every Tuesday at 8.30pm. 3-5 Hempstead Road, Kings Langley, Herts. Tel: 01923 262982. No entry charge, visitors welcome.

A Norfolk gig – The Eddie Seales Big Band perform on the 1st Tuesday of the month is at The William Burt Centre, West Winch (near Kings Lynn).

Jazz every Tuesday at the Cricketers Pub, 47 Shirley Road, Croydon, Surrey CR07ER.  Free Entry.

Humphrey Lyttelton Band will be at the Bull’s Head, Barnes, SW13 9PY, tickets £12 – a regular monthly booking, 2nd Tuesday of every month.

Every Tuesday Evening 7.30 -9.30pm. Music, Improvisation, Meditation & Mindfulness at Samatha House, near Stisted, Essex. Explore & learn relaxing meditation techniques, music improvising workshops & listening to meditative music (Johnty Wilks saxes, synths, flutes, Darnell keyboards & synths,) special guests £5.00 (or £7.50 including food at the earlier time 6.30pm and socialising). Johnty on 0771 359 4543. B&B available.


Every Wednesday evening The Belvedere Jazz and Music Club. Doors open at 6:30pm for meals and lite bites at your table with music commencing at 8:00pm -10.30pm. Admission £10. Large free car park, bar. At The Chichester’s Tudor Room, Old London Road, Rawreth, Nr. Wickford. SS11 8UE

Every Wednesday evening Mill Hill Jazz Club at the Clubhouse, 100 Barnet Way, Mill Hill, NW7 3AL. From 8:30pm. £8 members, £9 guests.

Jazz at the Railway Hotel, Southend. 32 Clifftown Road Town Centre, Southend SS1 1AJ. The best of the local Jazz scene with many special guests! Free admission. Start at 8.30.


At The Little Crown, 12 Short Wyre Street, Colchester CO1 1LN more Trad Jazz with The Dixie Jazz Trio 8:00 – 10:30 On every 2nd Thursday of the month. 8:00 – 10:30pm. – The Dixie Trio + 1.

Googlies Jazz Supper Club at Botany Bay Cricket Club, East Lodge Lane, Enfield, EN2 8AS Live Jazz every Thursday evening. Doors 7.30pm, Performance from 8pm. Licensed Bar, food available & free ample parking. The Colin Peters Quartet support a different guest each week. Adm normally – Guests £9.00, Members £7.00 Membership: £15.00 per year

The Pump House Jazz Club at Watford continues on Thursdays.

The Cross Keys is an independent pub in Tunbridge Wells with live music at the core. Sonny’s Jazz nights run every Thursday and there is no charge for entry. St Johns Road (A26) just over a mile north of Tunbridge Wells Town Centre. 236/238 St Johns Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9XD Tel: 01892 536 516:

The Sole Bay Jazz Band meets every Thursday at 8pm at the sports/social club – The Maltings Pavilion, Pirnhow Street, Ditchingham, Nr Bungay, Suffolk NR35 2RU with regular members & guests from around the region playing. Free admission, bar & large car park. Weekly update at

The Just Jazz & Blues Band have a regular monthly spot at “The Audley”, Mount Street, London W1. Admission Free – starts from 7.30pm – Food & drink available.


Music at Marigolds, Harlow Cricket Club. A great regular jazz night in Harlow on the last Friday of every month. More at: They also host some great blues nights: Jazz on the door £8 – Blues on the door £8

World class Jazz every Friday at Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel CO6 4PZ

Jazz in Leytonstone last Friday of every month. Catherine Lima and trio (Gabriel Keen on keys, Gareth Hughes on bass and Marek Dorjik on drums) at the Plough and Harrow (main bar) 419 High Road, Leytonstone, London E11 4JU from 9-11pm Tel: 020 8558 2660. Free entry.

Jazz in Waltham Abbey first Friday of every month. Catherine Lima and trio (Paul Higgs on keys, Matt Lowrie on bass and Jason Campbell on drums) at the Woodbine Inn, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 3QT. Music from 8.30pm free entry. Tel: 01992 713050.


For Trad Jazz fans there is the long-established Hornchurch Jazz Club, 25 North St (rear), Hornchurch, Essex. Tel: Laurie on 07913 558616. Great atmosphere. Dancing. Drinks at Club Prices.Admission £7. Members £6. Guests £6. 8:30 – 11pm.

Jazz and Tapas, 1st Sunday of the month, 1.00 – 4.00pm, O Picado, 403 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex SS0 7HU, Tel 01702 300540 Sunday lunchtime 1pm to 4pm, at O’Picado, a family run Portugese restaurant. Bookings 01702 300540.

For fans of Trad Jazz out there, may we direct to you Wilf James‘ comprehensive listings —, or just Google Wilf’s Jazz!!

News & Forthcoming Events at Exchange House Music Club, Exchange House, Blackmore, Essex, CM4 0QY. Tel. 01277 824 616 or 07885 423 393. David Price.

Retrospectivejazz, are a trad and Dixieland band based in darkest NE Essex. You can find their website at

The Globe Pub, 20 Morning Lane, Hackney, London, E9 6NA. (Opposite Tesco car park entrance) have Different Trad Jazz bands every Sunday 12:30 – 3:30pm. Free entrance.

John Petters News -

Jazz at St John’s Arts Centre, Old Harlow – full programme for the Spring / Summer :

Tony Jacobs News

My recent weekend at South Downs Holiday Village sold out so as well as returning there next Spring and Autumn, I have been offered a third weekend in June ‘FROM DIXIELAND TO SWING’.

Make a note in your diaries of three more weekends  of Swing, Hot Jazz and Cabaret in 2017 at the same great venue: March 10/11/12, July 7/8/9 and October 20/21/22.

Warners Thorseby Hall Hotel in Nottinghamshire have asked me to present a four day music event on May 15th,16th,17th,18th 2017. The line-up will include the Bateman Brothers’ Ultimate Louis Armstrong Show – with guests Enrico Tomasso and ‘Spats’ Langham, the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, the Tony Jacobs Big Band, the American and British Songbook Show, the Swing Time Jivers and daytime events which will include a tea-dance, a dance workshop and cabaret. More details to follow


Do you like Jazz music?  Do you play the Saxophone?   If playing as part of a group appeals to you, why not join John Seeley’s Jazz and Saxophone Group?  We are a relaxed, friendly, welcoming group and are always looking for more members to join our Jazz family!

Jazz Workshop – The aim of this workshop is to provide a creative and relaxed atmosphere for musicians of all levels, to learn theory aspects of music, and gain practical knowledge of performing.  The music used will range from Hard Bop, Modern to Contemporary Jazz, and will be arranged to a high level.

Jazz Workshop Dates:   7:30pm – 9:30pm – £7 Entry

8th, 22nd September 2016
6th, 20th October 2016
3rd, 17th November 2016
1st December 2016
8th December 2016 – Christmas Concert

All ability levels and instruments welcome, no need to book, just come and join in.
Venue: St. Michael and All Angels Church, 62 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 1LF

Website:  Email:

Saxophone Workshop – The workshop aims to develop saxophone technique and performance in a friendly creative environment.  Each class explores saxophone and musicianship skills that will enhance the individual and group performer.  This includes music theory, methods of practise, sight reading, improvisation, aural work, and specific concepts to increase your knowledge on the saxophone.  This is worked concurrently with a repertoire of saxophone music from different genres of music with a focus on Classical and Jazz.

Saxophone Workshop Dates:  7:30pm – 9:30pm – £7 Entry

1st, 15th, 29th September 2016
13th, 27th October 2016
10th, 24th November 2016
8th December 2016 – Christmas Concert

All ability levels and saxophones welcome, no need to book, just come and join in.
Venue: St. Michael and All Angels Church, 62 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 1LF
Website:   Email:

New weekly Saturday Jazz Workshops in Orpington (SE London) for anyone, any age, on any instrument, interested in developing their improvising skills and musicianship. It is a practical, performance based approach to learning in a supportive, inclusive and nurturing group. Through the playing and study of standard jazz repertoire we cover some of the essential requirements for improvising including ear training, rhythmic skills, developing your harmonic understanding, learning transcriptions of some classic recordings and building a jazz vocabulary. By better understanding the process of playing jazz and your role in the group and by using a variety of different practice methods and approaches you can gain confidence in your improvising. Limited numbers. See for more details.

British and International Vocal (Jazz) Academy (BIVJA) workshop course is a high quality enterprise implementing the skills and experience of a full rhythm section. For those who wish to acquire a greater understanding of the working of that rhythm section plus harmony, aural, jazz music theory and jazz style through practical sessions integrating performance, audience communication, history, safe vocal technique, extending range and improvisation and all ‘tools of the trade’. In Ealing, BIVJA promotes a warm but challenging environment and as the course develops ALL students will have acquired some practical knowledge of piano, bass, kit and percussion playing and band leading skills in addition to vocal and technical skills. The support group created will assist students in self-promotion and performance opportunities. Verona Chard – 020 8992 1571 – leave message, and contact details. 07985 440902

The Julian Joseph Jazz Academy runs weekly in Hackney on Saturday afternoons, under the artistic direction of internationally renowned jazz pianist and composer Julian Joseph, offering talented young instrumentalists and vocalists aged 11-24, the opportunity to work with acclaimed jazz artists to develop their skills through a curriculum underpinned by an introduction to the American roots of jazz.

The Hertfordshire Music Service and North Herts Youth Jazz run the North Herts Youth Jazz Big Band rehearse Tues evenings, term time, at The North Herts Music School, Highbury House, Highbury Road, Hitchin SG4 9RU 01462 434052. Up to age 19.  Improvisers welcome but guidance and instruction will be given to all who wish it. They will perform at least once in public each term to promote the playing of jazz amoung youth. There is a termly fee.

Essex Music Services, part of Essex County Council provide ” Quality instrumental tuition and workshops .. , covering all major orchestral and band instruments and musical styles”. One of the youth orchestras is The Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra (EYJO) for young musicians with a love for jazz with a min of grade 5 – audition entry. Meet monthly for rehearsals and also go on tour. Musical Director since ’91 Martin Hathaway, is one of the country’s leading jazz musicians. He is also the resident conductor of Young Essex Jazz and Essex Junior Jazz. Tickets for their’ Jazz concerts 01206 798788 or email

If you weren’t aware of it you really should be listening to jazz broadcaster of the year Paul Barnes’s show The Late Paul Barnes. The show is broadcast each Saturday between 11pm and 1am on the following BBC stations: Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Cambridgeshire, Northampton and 3CR (Beds, Bucks, Herts). And for those of you who aren’t night owls, thanks to the wonders of modern technology you can “listen again” any time, anywhere by going to:


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Adam Dyer presents a radio show on Phoenix FM, every Monday night 6pm – 8pm, playing jazz from the swing era to the present on 98FM in the Brentwood/Billericay area, available on app-stores and online:, helping to build a following for jazz among younger people. Adam teachs jazz piano/composition in Billericay (MA Guildhall School of Music and Drama).

For info on more complete music genres Jurgen Reid suggests his Facebook/Twitter page – Music In Essex where he posts information about gigs, bands, venues, etc. Facebook – – for twitter profile search @MusicInEssex. Musicians can post their info and Jurgen will share it across the other accounts.

Our friends at MEDWAY JAZZ publish a great newsletter covering a lot of what is going on in Kent. You can download their latest newsletter by clicking here:

Dave Self is a lifelong jazz fan, performer and DJ. He is a presenter of a jazz show for Blast 1386 – Tuesdays midday to CARL ORR on guitar [yes the guitarist with the billy cobham band] and ANDY NOBLE on keyboards . Carl and andy are both from Australia and are both top class exellent musicians 1pm, repeated on Fridays 8pm to 9pm. You can listen in at

A really good website, kindly pointed out to us by Steve Duke. Basically it is a directory of all the great jazz videos which can be found on YouTube sorted by artist … highly addictive!


Courtesy of our friends at J A Z Z N I G H T S

Clare: Jazznights in the Tudor Room at The Bell, Market Hill, CO10 8NN on Sunday 25th September features the brilliant PAUL HIGGS with his unique “SHADES OF MILES” presentation. 7.30-10pm. £10. Reserve seating by reply or call 01787 237653.

Stoke By Nayland: Fleece Jazz at the Stoke By Nayland Hotel, CO6 4PZ have got the cellist KATE SHORTT on Friday 23rd September and then BARB JUNGR on Friday 30th September. Box Office 01787 211865.

Bishops Stortford: On Weds 28th Sept – Latin Jazz with QUE PASA at the Rhodes Hall. Starts 7.30pm.

Bury St Edmunds: The Apex present Songbook Sundays at lunchtime on Sunday 25th September with JOANNA EDEN’S “JONI & ME”.  For all details check They also have the Latin & Gypsy guitars of the LULO REINHARDT & ANDRE KRENGEL QUARTET on Weds 21st Sept.

Bury St Edmunds: Headhunters Jazz at the Hunter Club, 6, St Andrews Street features the BARFORD STONEMAN QUARTET with HARRY GREENE on Sat 24th Sept. Reserve tickets by email to: or see

Colchester: The Arts Centre Jazz Club at Church Street (off Head Street) presents REG & THE READERS on Sun 2nd Octr. Doors 7.00pm. Music 7.30pm. Tickets on 01206 500900 or at See for details.

Chelmsford: GC’s Jazz Club at The Woolpack, 23, Mildmay Road, Essex, CM2 0DN present PAUL HIGGS with SHADES OF MILES on Sun 2nd October. 8.30pm. Free. Call 01245 259295.

Cambridge: Hidden Rooms, 7a, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA present the EMILY SAUNDERS BAND on Thurs 29th Sept. Doors 7pm. Music 8pm. Booking:, or call 07827 012875.

Cambridge: Every Sunday night the ANDY BOWIE QUARTET are at the Tram Depot, Dover Street. See and The ANDY BOWIE TRIO also play at the Anchor, Silver Street every Thursday from 7.00-9.30pm.

Cambridge: Hot Numbers Coffee Bar at Units 5-6, Dales Brewery, Gwydir St, CB1 2LJ feature jazz from time to time. See for details.

Ipswich: The jazz club features TINA MAY with the CHRIS INGHAM TRIO on Sun 16th Oct at the California Club, 195, Foxhall Road, IP3 8LB. for details.

Diss: There’s jazz at the Park Hotel, IP22 4LE with DEREK NASH and the CHRIS INGHAM TRIO on Thursday 29th September. 8pm. £12.

Felixstowe: Jazz East presents JULIAN STRINGLE on Sunday 25th September at The Alex, 123 Undercliff Road West, IP11 2AF. 8.00-10.30pm. FREE adm. Tel: 01394 282958 for info or see

Ely: On Thursday 13th October the GARY HART QUINTET are at the Royal Standard pub & restaurant. Starts 7.30pm.

Holland On Sea: Live Jazz At The Tavern, 55-57, Frinton Road, Essex, CO15 5UH presents Django Night with MIKE PIGGOTT on Sunday 25th September. Adm £10. Doors 7.30pm. Jazz 8.00 to 10.30pm. Tel: 01255 814080 for information.

Norwich: The jazz club at the Maddermarket Theatre Bar on Monday 10th October host an Open Mic/Jam Night and on Tuesday 11th October GILAD ATZMON appears. for more information.

Lowestoft: Milestones Jazz Club at the Hatfield Hotel, The Esplanade, NR33 0QG presents DON WELLER & ALAN BARNES on Sun 2nd October.

Walthamstow: E17 at Gnome House, 7, Blackhorse Lane, E17 6DS present the JOSH KEMP QUARTET on Tuesday 27th September. Check for details.

Mill Hill: The jazz club’s next gig is on Weds 21st Sept.

Streatham: The Hideaway at SW16 2BF present SHAKATAK on Saturday 1st October. Launch of new CD “Times & Places”.



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