Friday 7th Feb

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Graham Pike Sextet 
Bob Sydor ~ Tnr            Aldevis Tibaldi ~ Alto     G Pike ~ Trumpet, Harmonica, Vocals
Gabriel Keen ~ Keys     Alex Keen ~ Bass             Luke Christie ~ Kit
Sun Feb 23rd, 2.30pm  – Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead, SE15 3BE
Tues Apr 28th, 8.15pm  – Kings Langley Jazz Club, 3-5 Hempstead Rd, Kings Langley, WD4 8BJ
Sun May 3rd, 2pm  – Abbey Mills, Watermill Way, Merton, XGL SW19 2RD
Sun May 17th, 7.30pm  – Springfield, Bounds Green Rd, N11 2PP

Graham Pike Quartet 
Thurs 4th March, 8.30pm  – Jazz @ St Ant’s The Red House, 13 Upton Ave, (corner of Upton Lane), Forest Gate E7 9PN
Weds 22nd Apr, 8.30pm  – Barleymow, 7 Watersplash Road, Shepperton, TW17 0EE
Sun 26th Apr, 12pm – Grims Dyke Hotel, Old Redding, Harrow Weald HA3 6SH

*Harmony In Harlem* the Cambridge-based big band specialising in authentic *Duke Ellington*, are performing at *St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church, Cambridge CB2 3AR*, 7:30pm on Saturday 29th February.  *Primping for the Prom* and *Diminuendo in Blue & Crescendo in Blue* are the theme. Tickets £15 online/on the door:

On Saturday February 29 Heads South Cuban Jazz Salsa will celebrate Leap Day at The Grey Lady Music Lounge in The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells Kent TN2 5TW  Steve Waterman trumpet, John Harriman piano & organ, Venezuelan bassist Adolfredo Pulido, Cuban percussionist Chino Martell Morgan, Buster Birch drums. Tel: 01892 544700 to book.  £7. Dining available from 8pm, music 9.30pm  “Cool, cultured and exhilarating” The Musician. “Effervescent Latin favourites and original compositions in the Cuban tradition with plenty of jazz content from excellent players” Rob Adams, JazzUK  “Heads South is a refreshing cultural mix of players with outstanding jazz credentials..Cuban rhythms dominate, rocking syncopated percussion…well worth seeing” The Gig Guide More info on Heads South website viewable on Google

Dave Browning’s Jazz Cats will  roar into the ARC (St John’s Arts & Recreation Centre,  St John’s Walk, Market St, Old Harlow CM17 0AJ) on Saturday 22nd February at 3pm.  Admission £12 – details from John Petters: 01406 365 731, e-mail:

This brand new band, put together by former Essex stride pianist, Dave Browning, takes as its inspiration the freewheeling, spicy tang of Chicago style Dixieland.  In choosing the incredible young cornetist, Allen Beechey in the featured role, the band has perhaps the closest chance at recreating this exciting music, which saw the light of day in the Chicago Speakeasies under control of such gangsters as Al Capone.
Guitarist / author, Jim Douglas made several albums with the ‘Wild One’ in the ‘60s and ‘70s whilst playing with the famous Alex Welsh Band.
Ex Harlow drummer, John Petters first played with Davison at Ted’s Wine Bar at the Playhouse in 1983, along with bassist, Keith Donald.
Dave Browning  started playing piano age 5. He became inspired by the music of Fats Waller and started sitting in at various jazz venues around Essex. He joined the Hugh Rainey Band, playing at festivals and clubs all over the UK.  He is regarded as possibly the finest “stride” style pianist in Europe.
Making his first appearance at the ARC will be, Simon Spillett, a multi-award winning saxophonist, on soprano sax.  He’s won the BBC Jazz Awards Rising Star (2007), Jazz Journal’s Critics’ Choice album of the Year (2009), the British Jazz Awards Top Tenor Saxophonist (2011), the Services to British Jazz award (2016).  His many club and festival appearances include sold-out gigs at Ronnie Scott’s and The Brecon Jazz Festival, and has made several appearances leading his own group on BBC Radio Three.
Harlow Bass Ace, Keith Donald will provide exactly the right rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment for this exceptional band.

MEHR CLEF SUMMER JAZZ COURSE  –  23-29 August 2020
At University of Chichester – Residential course for Instrumentalists and Vocalists. Minimum age 14 years. All instruments, all levels.  Students perform every night in Jazz Club.
Audition Preparation and Mock Audition for Students applying to Music Colleges
Tutors:  Alan Barnes – Sax,  Stan Sulzmann – Sax, Tom Cawley – Piano,  Mark Hodgson – Bass, Martin France – Drums,  Lee Gibson – Vocals    plus Rick Simpson – Piano, Matt Sulzmann – Sax, Ursula Malewski – Vocals,   Ed Rice – Vocal accompanist 
Details: 07718 424509,

We welcome for the first time to Wickham Bishops Jazz Club Bob Dwyer’s Bix and Pieces Jazz Band on Saturday 22nd February 2020, 6.30 for 7.30pm at Wickham Bishops Village Hall, just off A12 South of Witham, CM8 3JZ featuring;

Bob Dwyer leading on trombone & vocals   Hugh Crozier on keyboards & vocals
John Bayne on double bass & bass saxophone                   Paula Jackson on reeds
Graham Collicott on drums                    Max Emmons on trumpet and harmonica

The band was formed around a decade ago by the vastly experienced Bob Dwyer and has not looked back, playing in a range of music styles the band is in great demand.  Tickets, contact Pete 07548775777 or email
Bring your own drinks and nibbles.




‘Jazztonic’ @ Radio Nene Valley website.  ‘Jazztonic’ is a weekly jazz music and magazine radio programme available worldwide via the Radio Nene Valley website and clicking on ‘listen’.  From ragtime through swing and fusion to contemporary it goes out every Wednesday at 7pm and is repeated at 7am the following morning (Thursday).  
Weds 26th February: Jim Douglas  (Alex Welsh Band) in conversation live in the studio.
There is no catch-up service . . . so listen live!

Sound of Spitfire Radio on the internet   Tune in at 9pm Monday UK time:   There will be two broadcasts of each show, but you’ll need to catch it live as it will not be available for download.  This is a new internet station, based in Spalding Lincolnshire.


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 6:15pm 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 £12.50 on the door ~ Large free car park ~ Newcomers most welcome ; Telephone: 07850 607075 or Email – Reservations recommended.  Belvedere Jazz & Music Club is non-profit making, receives no external funding and is run entirely by voluntary jazz enthusiasts

 26th February – ‘The Allure of Miss Lee’ – Catherine Lima & Paul Higgs Quintet

4th March – Jeff Hooper Big Band – £20 via reservation

11th March – ‘Genius of Duke Ellington’ – Sarah Moule Quintet – £12.50

18th March – Simply Swing with Steve Pert – £15

Thursday 26th March – UK’s No 1 Swing Band: The Jive Aces – £17.50 via reservation

1st April – Dave Browning’s Jazz Cats – £15

8th April – The Georgina Jackson Big Band – £20

15th April  – The Essex Hot Five including Paul Higgs, Dominic Ashworth & Ted Beament – £12.50

22nd April  – The Rag & Bone Club – £15

29th April – Amy Baker & The Swingbeats – £15

JAZZ@ST ANT’S A great weekly jazz night – now in its 14th year!  St Anthony’s Club, The Red House, 13 Upton Ave, (corner of Upton Lane), Forest Gate E7 9PN.  Every Weds  8.45 pm. Admission £3.  Please support the raffle from which all proceeds go to the band.  For latest listings visit  Please download current listing at, or

JAZZ at O Bs’
Welcomes all Jazz Fans to Old Brentwoods’ Club, Ashwells Road, Brentwood, Essex. CM15 9SE   Dave Grant continues to support Live Music on the last Tuesday each month bringing a kaleidoscope of jazz styles by talented professional guest musicians plus the resident trio, in  pleasant surroundings, relaxed and friendly atmosphere and a licensed bar with snacks on request.  Doors 7pm, music from 8 till 10.45pm   Entrance on door  £10.00.   For info. contact Dave Grant 01708 763723 or Richard 07935 441616 or  Website:


With the resident duo of Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.
Once again this trio of outstanding musician’s will play compositions from guitar legends of earlier years

TUES 31st MARCH  –  JO FOOKS, tenor sax & SHARON SCOTT, voc.

With the resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit
Two lassies from ‘o’er the border’ play and sing the best from the great American songbook.


with the resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit
A programme of early jazz from two experienced exponents of that style.

SPIKE’S PLACE”  AT BRENTWOOD – 8.00pm. The Bardswell, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4TJ. Tel: 01245 420475  Top-Class Mainstream Jazz.  email:   Admission £15.00 members £12.00 unless otherwise stated.  Join the Facebook groups

Tuesday 3rd March – 8.00pm
Chris Dean (trombone/vocals – leader of the Syd Lawrence Orchestra) with The John Pearce Trio

Tuesday 10th March – 8.00pm
Jo Harrop – vocals Al Nicholls with Ted Beament – piano 
Manuel Alverez – bass                        Rod Brown – drums
Admission £16.00 members £13.00

Tuesday 17thMarch  – 8.00pm – Closed

Tuesday 24th March – 8.00pm
Pete Neighbour with       Ted Beament – piano
Simon Thorpe – bass       Richard Pite – drums

are now to be found at  Liberal Club, 10 Balfour Road, Ilford  IG1 4JF   Every Thursday  at 8pm. Door £5     The new team run a weekly jazz night in the traditions of the old club.      Ilford Liberal Club and the former RAFA Club jazz people are all keen to promote the evenings as an occasion for music-lovers to get together and enjoy a night of good-quality jazz provided by excellent local musicians.  We have a page on our Club website dedicated to the jazz evenings:
We have also just set up our own Jazz Facebook page for people to follow events and provide valuable feedback. This includes an interesting article on the origins of the original RAFA jazz nights:

Thurs  27th February   
Our regular request and invited open mic hosted by
Louise Ellen (Vlc/Flute) & House Band

Thurs 5th March
Ienne Hunter Quartet with Rachel Bartlett ( Tnr)  £5

Thurs  12th March   
Graham PIke Quartet with guest singer Rachel O’Reilly
Jenny Carr ~ Pno,  Alex Keen ~ Bass,  Nick Anderson ~ Kit

Thurs  26th March   
Louise Ellen (Vlc/Flute) & House Band hosts our regular request and invited open mic.


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    ONE TUESDAY EACH MONTH WILL BE AN EVENING FOR DANCE.  MEMBERSHIP OF ANNIE’S MUSIC & DANCE CLUB AVAILABLE AT £20 A YEAR SAVING £2 EACH WEEK.  TELEPHONE ANNIE ON 07504-23

*** Concessionary prices always for musicians & students of £10 ***


Jake & Elwood Blues Are Back!!   ….  and they intend to rock the joint with their hit show
These two phenomenal singers and entertainers travel UK & Europe wide, and definitely recapture the lunacy, music and the soul that is The Blues Brothers!!

This action packed show features only the finest Soul, Blues and Rhythm ‘n’ Blues classics immortalised in the legendary ‘Blues Brothers’ movies plus a whole lot more, including Gimme Some Loving, Everybody Needs Somebody, Jailhouse Rock, Hey Bartender, Land of 1000 Dances, Sweet Home Chicago, Shake your Tailfeather, Flip Flop Fly, She Caught the Katy, Rawhide and of course the ‘classic’, Minnie The Moocher.



One of the biggest hits of the 2019 Southend Jazz Festival are back by popular demand. This young and exciting band, made up of exceptional musicians, bring a highly accessible form of pop-infused Gypsy-jazz originals and expert jazz re-workings of well known pop hits. With music as warm as the campfire it was made to be played around, Pixie and The Gypsies are an ethereally beautiful new face on the scene. Gypsy jazz is credited to 1930’s Romani guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt. Honeyed vocals, hypnotic tempos and narrative driven lyrics, these bohemian style tunes are both vintage and contemporary. Brianna McClean.  Pixie & The Gypsies have repeatedly sold out top jazz venues in London and played some of Europe’s biggest Jazz festivals.  Their debut album, Honey Trap, went straight in at No.1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart.

BOOK TICKETS online or  CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE 0333 666 3366.

Prima Jazz Club has a fully licensed cocktail bar and a menus of sharing platters are available. Full dining options are available, before or after the show, upstairs in the main Casino restaurant. For more details on dining options, or to make a dinner reservation, please contact the Casino direct on 01702 352919. 
Doors Open at 7:00PM    Starts at 8:00PM

SPIKES PLACE at THE JAZZ CENTRE UK   Beecroft Arts Gallery, Victoria Avenue, Southend, SS2 6EX    Tel: 01702 215169 (Thurs & Sat only)  Or: 01245 420475

Saturday 29th February   2.00pm – 4.00pm
Nicholas Meier – guitar   Jakub Cywinski – bass   Eric Ford – drums
Admission £10.00 students £5.00

Saturday 28th March   2.00pm – 4.00pm
Pete Neighbour with Ted Beament – piano  Simon Thorpe – bass   Marc Cecil – drums
Admission £10.00 students £5.00

, 39 Ongar Road, Abridge,  Essex RM4 1UDTraditional/Dixieland/New Orleans Jazz featuring excellent live bands for listening and dancing. Drinks & snacks / tea & coffee / dance floor / plentiful seating / free car park. All are welcome.

Sessions are now Tuesday Afternoons 1.30– 4.30pm ongoing on the 2nd and 4th TUESDAYS  in the month.   Admission – Guests £12, Members £10. Children admitted under supervision, free for 12 and unders.  Bar/ Tea & Coffee / Free Car Park  /Good Seating/disabled welcome/ Memberships available @ £5.  Further info  or phone 07903 879209/01945 588325

Feb 25th  –   lan Gresty with The French Quarter All Stars

Mar 10th  –  Richard Exal’ls Shooting Stars with Peter Rudeforth tpt

Mar 24th  –  The Carlton Jazzband     Mike Henley Tpt./Sharon Scott Voc’s

Mar 31st  –  Extra Gig   The Gary Wood 40’s Band   
Gary Wood  Tpt/voc’s       Derek Klemshaw Tbn

Apr 14th  –   Geo Tidiman’s All Stars

Apr28th  –  Gresty White Ragtimers

  Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG (next to the Civic Theatre), mainly on Sunday lunchtime.
Doors open: 11.45am     Gigs start: 12.15pm    Advance booking:   01245 606505   
£13 / £17 / £5 under 18s and NUS carrying students (unless otherwise stated)

1st March 2020           £14 /£18 /£5      Vasilis Xenopoulos Quintet

5th April 2020             £13 / £17 / £5     James Scannell Quartet

3rd May 2020              £15 /£19 /£5       Ray Gelato’s Giants

21stJune 2020             £13 / £17             Sara Dowling Quartet

, Harlow Cricket Club, Chippingfield, Old Harlow, Essex CM17 0DJ.  Doors & Licensed Bar 7.30pm, Fridays. 01279 414174 / 421763   Car Parking on site next to the new Clubhouse which has been built between the Cricket Club’s two grounds.  Admission £10

28th February  –  ‘Blue Town Project’ featuring Jim Mullen & Zoe Francis

Zoe Francis vocals, Jim Mullen guitar and Ross Stanley- Hammond organ B3.

Based on Zoe Francis’ album, Blue Town’ project is a selection of some of the greatest bittersweet songs of the last century. Lyrics which capture our moods, whether daydreaming or reminiscing, hopeful or heartbroken. With two stellar musicians Jim Mullen ( A legend to guitar players around the world) and Ross Stanley (probably the most in-demand sideman on the British scene) they bring layers of harmonic colour to the pleasing melancholy in these stories, composers including Billy Strayhorn, Ennio Morricone, Lionel Bart and Fran Landesman.
Zoe started her career in her teenage years when she toured with a contemporary dance company and acted in a local theatre group. While in New York learning Tango and going to Jazz clubs she took part in vocal workshops and began singing in the many jam sessions held around Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Harlem which led to her performing in local clubs with well-known musicians. Zoe returned to the UK performing and recording with a number of top players and bands.  The album, Blue Town is her latest project.
Jim Mullen has had a long and illustrious career. He is a multi-award winner and has performed, toured and recorded with some of the best musicians of their time. He was guitarist with Pete Brown & Piblokto in 1970, Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, Kokomo, the Average White Band before forming associations with other musicians as leader/co-leader and attracting critical acclaim.
​After studying at Marlborough College and leaving Guildhall having completed a BMUS in classical and jazz piano, Ross has become one of the most in demand musicians in the UK and is recognised as one of the UK’s top jazz pianists. Even in his relatively short but distinguished career he has played, recorded and toured with many illustrious musicians.

13th March- Doc K Blues Band

 Tim Hill provides harmonica and vocals with long standing member Dave Barnes on slide guitar and vocals (Blues Movie, Mad Dog), lead guitarist Malcolm Hine (S.A.L.T, Brett Marvin, Southside, Blues Twins et al) Mick Parker on drums and Simon Fowle on bass.  Arguably one of the finest purveyors of Chicago Blues anywhere in the capital and certainly one of the most popular bands we have the privilege of putting on at the club. Dr K’s Bluesband play authentic exciting Blues and rocking R&B and have toured widely in Britain and Europe over many years.
Founded by Fairport’s Ashley Hutchings in 1967, Dr K’s have been stalwarts of the British Blues and R&B scene ever since. Dr K’s extensive Family Tree includes Geoff Bradford (Blues By 6, Cyril Davis All Stars) Geoff Krivitt (John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers) Eric Peachey (East of Eden, Mick Taylor Band), with historical links to many other prominent bands and players.

27th March – Rob Barron Quartet:

Rob Barron keyboards, Nat Steele vibes, Jeremy Brown bass and Josh Morrison drums.

Rob Barron, London based pianist, arranger and composer has been described as “one of the most creative and versatile musicians of his generation.” Playing his first gigs in his teens, Rob graduated from Leeds College of Music with a BA Hons. He then moved to London to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, gaining an MMus with distinction.  Rob has become a mainstay of the London jazz and studio scene.  He’s travelled all over the world and has played with numerous orchestras and bands including house bands for many TV shows for the BBC. He regularly appears with the BBC Big Band and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra. No stranger to the recording studio Rob has played on several film and TV soundtracks including commercials for M&S, J.Sainsbury, H&M, and Boots.
Based in London, Nat Steele has gained a reputation as a formidable vibraphone player, described by Clark Tracey as “one of the best vibes players this country has ever produced.” On drums and vibes he’s performed with most of the names on the London jazz scene and has regularly featured at Ronnie Scott’s as well as travelling around the UK with his group and alongside other high-profile UK players.
Jeremy Brown is one of the foremost bassists on the UK Jazz scene. He has performed and recorded with numerous UK and American jazz artists as well as being a member of the BBC big band. He has recorded and toured around the world as a part of the internationally acclaimed Stacey Kent’s group.
London based drummer, Joshua Morrison, began formal study age 7 and had toured several countries and begun working professionally whilst at school when he received a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music. He has gone on to play with many of the best UK, European and American musicians.

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,  Call Laurie on 07913 558616 for more details. Sundays  8:00 – 10:30pm   From March Fortnightly Members £9, Guests £10

23rd February – The Jack Clifford Swingtette.  Another wonderful end to the month with an evening of jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack blowing reeds leads his ensemble with a guest front line and a rhythm section of regulars Tim Huskisson on piano and Roger Curphy bass.

 8th March – Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.  Bob Dwyer playing trombone leads his popular band with Max Emmons trumpet and blues harmonica, and Bernie Holden reeds. The band plays mainly in the style of the legendry Bix Beiderbecke.

22nd March – Cyril Bass and Friends.  By popular demand a return visit to club for this local quartet of talented musicians.

29th March – The Jack Clifford Swingtette.  A great end to the month with an evening of jazz standards from the Swingtette. As usual, Jack’s ensemble with a guest front line and a rhythm section regulars Tim Huskisson and Roger Curphy.

12th April – Ollie Benson’s Hot Club. A return visit of this popular ensemble. It features Ollie Benson guitar and Peter Sellars violin. The group plays jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli reminiscent of The Hot Club of France.

26th April – The Jack Clifford Swingtette. Another wonderful end to the month with an evening of jazz from the Swingtette. Jack leads his ensemble with a guest front line and a rhythm section of Tim Huskisson and Roger Curphy.

at The Woolpack, 23 Mildmay Road, Chelmsford CM2 0DN   First Sunday in the Month. Free Admission. Food Available. 8pm till 10.30pm. / facebook.

Sunday 1st March 2020
Simon Hurley  Guitar
imon’s style reflects many of his influences such as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Martin Taylor who has described his playing as “Just Beautiful”.  Accompanied by my trio tonight featuring:
Dan Banks  Keyboards   Ben Hearn  String/Elec Bass   Graeme Culham  Drums

Sunday 5th April 2020
Zak Barrett  Saxophone
No stranger to Chelmsford being front man for the group ‘The Fellowship’, a member of Graeme’s Sextet and figure head for the ‘Writtle Jazz Festival’. A fine player.
Gabriel Keen  Keyboards   Alex Keen  String Bass   Graeme Culham  Drums

Sunday 3rd May 2020
Steve Waterman  Trumpet 
I am looking forward to playing with Steve again. One of the UK’s top trumpet players having performed with whose who of  jazz. Steve also played with Graeme’s quintet during the 1990’s.
Gabriel Keen  Keyboards   Alex Keen  String Bass   Graeme Culham  Drums.         

228 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex SS0 7JG.  The club is on the second Wednesday of every month.  The music starts at 8.30pm but get there early for the best seats, the parking is free after 6pm at the nearby car park and there is no entrance at the club. If you wish to eat before the music starts it’s best to book before you go. The phone number is 01702 345053.  See you there!

Our next jazz session is on Wednesday March 11th. Our guest will be the dynamic Pete Long –saxophonist/clarinettist supreme.  Leader of the ‘Echoes of Ellington’ orchestra and creator of the first ‘Jazz Planets’ Suits’, a best seller in 2019’s jazz charts.  Maybe the most exciting visitor to our club so far? Digby and the house trio will be there to join him. The music starts at 8.30pm but get there early for the best seats – and remember to book a table if you wish to eat at the accompanying restaurant.  The food is great and the prices are too!. There is no admission charge and parking is free after 6.30pm at the nearby car park.

WICKHAM BISHOPS JAZZ CLUB      Saturdays,  6.30 for 7.30pm   Just off A12 South of Witham,  at Wickham Bishops Village Hall, CM8 3JZ .  Admission £12.50, For Tickets, contact Pete on 07548775777 or email wickham bishops jazz club  Bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles.

February 22nd  –  Bob Dwyer’s Bix and Pieces

March 28th  –  Alan Gresty Jazz Band

April 25th  –  Enrico Tomasso Jazz Band

May 23rd  –  Chris Walker’s Pedigree Jazz Band

June 27th  –  Fenny Stompers

July  25th   Pete Allen Jazz Band

For bookings; email, or ring Peter on 07548775777.

   Saffron Suite High Street Saffron Walden Essex CB10 1AZ    Join our Facebook group  For advance bookings contact: Susan 01245 420475  

Thursday 19th March  – 8.30pm
Mark Crooks Quartet plays the music of Johnny Mandel
Admission £12.00

– 8:30pm.  Club Langley, 2 Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3SR (Off South Eden Park Road).  Admission £15.00  members £12.00  unless otherwise stated.  020 8650 2406 / 01245 420475 E mail: Advance bookings: Susan 01245 420475 
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Thursday 27th February  – 8.30pm
Paul Hart – violin              Mark Crooks – saxophone 
Colin Oxley – guitar          Simon Woolf – bass

Thursday  5th March  – 8.30pm
Zoe Francis with the Jim Mullen Trio

Thursday 12th March  – 8.30pm
Pete Neighbour with Ted Beament – piano Simon Thorpe – bass & Richard Pite – drums

Thursday 26th March  – 8.30pm
Matt Wates – alto sax with the Leon Greening trio

Cliffs 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 night.  Doors open 8pm, music from 8.30pm to 11pm
You can find us on Facebook; join the group page – The Jazz Mix @ The Maritime Room or follow us on Twitter – The Jazz Mix @MickCrookJazz
Check on the Cliffs Pavilion website for future events by placing Jazz Mix in the search box.

 Weds 26th February 2020 – Shakatak

With a career spanning more than three decades and a back catalogue packed with groove classics Shakatak have enjoyed success and career longevity.  2020 will be the band’s 40th Anniversary. Because of the nature of their music their fan base is far reaching while retaining an “underground” element. This paradox sees the band, known primarily as serious musicians, enjoying both high cult status and instant recognition. Their many hits include the singles Easier Said Than Done, Night Birds and Down on the Street, and they have released more than 50 CDs plus three DVDs, their new cd “In the Blue Zone” has recently been released.  The six-piece line-up features the four original members: Bill Sharpe, Jill Saward, Roger Odell and George Anderson. Tickets £20

Weds 11th March 2020 – Snake Davis Band

Snake Davis is one of the most in-demand rock jazz and soul sax players in the world, widely known for his solos on tracks such as Lisa Stansfield’s “Change”; M-People’s “Search For A Hero” and “Moving On Up”; and Take That’s “Million Love Songs”. He has played and recorded with artists ranging from James Brown, Tina Turner and Paul McCartney to The Eurythmics and Amy Winehouse. His live show delivers superb dance music with flavours of soul, world, reggae, funk and jazz. Tickets £18


JAZZ AT THE KINGS LANGLEY CLUB.    The very best bands of local musicians every Tuesday at 8.15/8:30 pm, 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.   Note the earlier start time with the intention of an earlier finish at 10.30.

February 25th    Terry Trenwith’s Octave.  A fun night of wide ranging jazz standards and a few jokes! Terry can always be relied on to host an entertaining night!  


March 3rd 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, John Bridge on trombone. 


March 10th Cliff Longhurst’s small group. Cliff runs the acclaimed ‘Jazz Knights’ big band and presents here a perfectly formed small version with the usual top players and singers. Not to be missed!


 March 17th Treble Clef.  With John Davis on alto sax / flute / piano, Jonathan Grogan guitar, Brian Norman drums and Chris Hargreaves bass.  A talented quartet playing a lively and varied mixture of latin,swing and bebop. Vocals by Bryony.

March 24th Semaphore  Provide an intriguing blend of mellow Swing and Latin rhythms with Yvette Byrne as guest singer.


March 31st Hertswing Big Band. Top of the bill, as always, our own Basie style“It Don’t Mean a Thing if it ain’t got that Swing” big band. Always an exciting night! Aided by Vicky, our vocal star.


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.   Concerts start at 8.00pm and end at 10.30pm.

14th Mar 2020  –  Hertswing Big Band. 
John Davis (leader, saxes) + 17 inc. vocalist. 

4th Apr 2020  –  Benny, Peggy and Duke. 
Georgina Jackson (tpt, voc), Pete Long (cl), Anthony Kerr (vibes), Nick Dawson (p), 
Dave Chamberlain (b), Richard Pite (d). 

9th May 2020  –  Chris Ingham Quartet.  Stan Getz Tribute.
Chris Ingham (p), Arnie Somogyi (b), George Double  (d), Mark Crooks (ts).

30th May 2020  –  Bateman Brothers Jazz Band. Louis Armstrong Tribute  
Alan Bateman (tpt), Ian Bateman (tbn), Trevor Whiting (cl), Craig Milverton (p),
John Day (b), Steve Rushton (d), Aydenne Simone (voc).

20th Jun 2020  –  Leon Greening Sextet. Art Blakey Tribute.
Leon Greening (p), Steve Fishwick (tpt), Osian Roberts (ts), Joe Fenning (tbn),
Conor Chaplin (b), Matt Home (d).

The Bell Hotel, Market Hill, Clare, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 8NN. from 7.30 – 10.00pm   £10 Admission.   Reserve seating on 01787 237653 or email  – pay on the door.   Downstairs in the Tudor Rooms

Sun 23rd Feb –   ART THEMEN  Mike Gorman (keys), Steve Cook (bs), Roger Odell (drs)
plus LARRAINE ODELL (voc)    Admission £12
Famously combining the careers of jazz saxophonist and orthopaedic surgeon, Art has been described by critic John Fordham as “an appealing presence on the British jazz circuit for over 40 years. Originally a Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins disciple he has proved himself remarkably attentive to the saxophone styles of subsequent generations”.
Sun 22nd Mar –   PETE NEIGHBOUR

jazz events in Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Club House, 4 Guildford Lawn, Ramsate, Kent.  CT11 9AY.  The cost of becoming a member is just £10 per year. As a member you get tickets at reduced prices, and you receive a monthly newsletter and listings by post, free of charge.

The Old Church in Stoke Newington is a beautiful Elizabethan building which is mainly used for live music these days.  It really is a stunning setting for performances with amazing acoustics and I’m really thrilled to be curating, hosting and performing in a series of concerts there!  

JOANNA’S PLACE  Fairycroft House, 37 Audley Road, Saffron Walden CB11 3HD.  Fairycroft House, Saffron Walden is an accessible building with a large, free car park and a licensed bar.  Tickets (£15 in advance or £17 on the door) for all three gigs are available from Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, or on the website.

SPLASH POINT JAZZ run four regular clubs in SUSSEX, and two occasional ones. 
Our new website now live – Google Splash Point Jazz

THE VIEW, Seaford Head Gold Club, SEAFORD  BN25 4JS


THE BULL INN, 27 High Street  BATTLE  TN33 0AD.   


– Trinity School, Shirley Park, CROYDON, CR9 7AT. A great new club with the Joe Pettitt Trio as house band – Joe on bass, Rob Barron (piano) and Matt Skelton (drums). Ample on-site free parking, fully licensed bar. Doors open 6.00pm, music starts 7.00pm. Admission £10 on the door. Call 020 8656 9541 or email

with the finest Jazz and world music artists in the UK at the CHICKENSHED THEATRE, Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 4PE.  From 8pm to 10pm  Bookings 020 8292 9222 or visit    Price: £17

FOLKESTONE JAZZ CLUB AT THE TOWER Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone, Kent CT20 3HL. Every Thursday Music Starts 8 00pm  To Book Email Beryl the Booker at   or call  07388 127229   Gigs start  8pm – Adm £14

Feb 27th   PETE  CATER ~THE  MINISTRY of  JAZZ     Big Band Classics & Big band Swing .  Led by Pete Cater the leader of The Buddy Rich tribute band…

PETE  CATER Drums & Leader. This man drives with his unique natural ability  
VASILIS  XENOPOULOS tnr sax~~The Charismatic Greek is back ~ Europes Best 
RICHARD  SHEPHERD alto sax Leads his own sextet in the late show at Ronnies
MARK NIGHTINGALE tbn ~Great player & already a UK legend with many awards
GEORGE  HOGG tpt ~ So much experience..So much talent & So Good
SIMON  THORPE dbl bass ..A regular at The FJC & always welcome
PETE  WHITTAKER organ This is a great addition to any big band  

March 5th             THE ALAN BARNES ” ALL STAR ” QUARTET 

ALAN BARNES saxes Multi Award winner in so many sections in so many polls .
DAVID NEWTON piano .. The winner of  fourteen consecutive Brit Jazz Awards        
ANDREW CLEYNDERT double bass . One of the UK’s top bassists & a FJC favourite
SEBASTIAAN du KROM drums . At the top with Europes finest ..

March 12th            THE PETE LONG ” Experience” QUARTET

PETE LONG clarinet & sax .. The leader of the award winning big band Echoes of Ellington & The Ronnie Scott Orchestra ~~ also appears at The FJC with his Benny Goodman Quartet.
JOHN PEARCE piano .. The Gon’nor of the jazz piano is back at The FJC ..
PAUL MORGAN double bass . Great musician & to be seen in every form of music
BOBBY WORTH drums This man is a Legend in his own lifetime ..

Tues ~~~ It’s a swinging affair ~~~


This is the first time that we have seen The Brit Jazz Award Winning trumpeter ENRICO TOMASSO with the former Humphrey Lyttleton swinging sax lady JO FOOKS ~~Be assured that this is a really great combination that works & swings like crazy ..   PLUS  rhythm section
TED BEAMENT piano ~ALEX KEEN double bass ~BUSTER BIRCH drums 

March 26th   THE JULIAN MARC STRINGLE DREAM BAND  Special Guest on trumpet BRUCE ADAMS                           

JULIAN MARC STRINGLE  Clarinet & tenor sax ..In the words of Sir John Dankworth ” This man is the finest clarinetist in Europe ” ~ Multi award winner
BRUCE ADAMS trumpet & flugel horn. The high note king & multi award winner.
DOMINIC ASHWORTH guitar . Many times at The FJC for this wonderful Canadian
LEON GREENING piano . Great favorite not only at the The FJC but wherever he goes.
CHRIS DODDS bass . This man swings like the pendulum .
NIC FRANCE drums One of thr UKs finest returns to The FJC

CM16 6DB – Every 3rd Saturday afternoon, starts 12.00pm til 2:30pm  Admission is £10  The Hall is just off the High Road behind the vets surgery.   Arrive early to get a good parking place.   The band is led by the legendary trombonist Jackie Free and features many top names.   Pete Rudeforth, Julian Stringle, Richie Howard, Enrico Tomasso, Nick Dawson to name but a few who have joined Tim Huskisson piano, Murray Salmon bass and Martin Guy drums plus added guests Colin Bray vibes and Carol Braithwaite vocals.

238-246 King St, London W6 0RF.  (nearest tube Ravenscourt Park Station)  Reservations … ring Peter on 07415 892 436   Bar Open 7.30pm. Music 8.30pm.

JAZZLIVE AT THE CRYPT St Giles’ Church, Camberwell Church Street  SE5 8QZ
You’ll find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @jazzlivese5 

2020 is  going to be an important year for us and The Crypt. The jazz club will be 25 (we opened on 20th October 1995). Rather than celebrate on just one date, we decided to make a year of it with a special programme that we have curated to reflect the diversity of jazz music that The Crypt is famous for.
We highly recommend buying tickets in advance. Doors/ bar/ food from 8pm. On Friday Ayako’s Kitchen will be serving great food from 8pm – Arrive early for a good table!!

Friday 21st Feb   –  Sara Dowling Quartet

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

  • Doors at 7.30pm, gig starts 8.00 pm, 2 sets, ends 10:30 pm
  • Ample parking; fully accessible – for info. call 01787 211865
  • See website for directions. Satnav can get you lost!
  • Tickets Box Office: 01787 211865; (booking fee applies); On the door (sorry, no debit/credit cards – cash or cheque only)
  • *Friends of Fleece Jazz loyalty card holders have a £4 discount on each gig and a choice of a free gig if you attend eight or more gigs.

21 February 2020, £18/£14*  –  Georgia Mancio Quartet
“Technical mastery and remarkable versatility” – The Observer
Georgia Mancio vocals, Kate Williams piano, Julie Walkington bass, Dave Ohms drums 

28 February 2020, £18/£14*  –  Tim Whitehead Quartet
“Whitehead more than justified his growing reputation as one of Britain’s most thoughtful composers and improvisers” – The Times
Tim Whitehead sax, Jonathan Gee piano, Andy Hammill bass

6 March 2020, £18/£14*  –  The Oxley Meier Guitar Project
“A fascinating fusion, opulent with evocative splendour” – MOJO
Nicolas Meier and Pete Oxley guitars, Raph Mizraki bass, Paul Cavaciuti drums

13 March 2020  –  No gig tonight

20 March 2020, £18/£14*  –  Bryan Corbett’s Hi-Fly Quintet ‘59
“This outstanding quintet celebrate the year 1959 in jazz that saw the release of some of the most revered jazz albums such as Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue”.
Bryan Corbett trumpet/flugel, Chris Bowden alto sax, Matt Radcliffe piano, Tom Hill bass,  Carl Hemmingsley drums 

27 March 2020, £20/£16*  –  Elaine Delmar and Her Trio
“Ageless, evergreen singing… as beautiful and talented as ever…she’s marvellous!” Michael Parkinson
Elaine Delmar vocals, Barry Green piano, Simon Thorpe bass, Bobby Worth drums

every Monday (except bank holidays) 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: Adrian Green 01702 435263.  Facebook  Twitter @southendjazz;  email us to join mailing list. Entrance £10

,  6 St Andrews Street South, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3PH. 1st class jazz in Bury St Edmunds  
07799 650009   Doors 7.15,   Music   8pm   The Hunter Club management would like it to be known that PRE-GIG PIZZA will be available in bar from 6.30pm on gig evenings, to be enjoyed in the bar, please and not in the jazz club itself. Also The Hunter Club Management are heading to a Cashless Bar from January 2020 but Pay-on-the-door jazz event tickets will continue to accept cash, as well as card payments

Saturday 7 March  8pm (doors 7:15pm)  £15 / £8 u25   
ART THEMEN plays Sonny Rollins

The indestructible UK jazz legend celebrated his 80th birthday in November 2019 and plays on, as impishly and inventively as ever. Tonight he salutes his tenor saxophone hero Sonny Rollins, and plays tracks from his acclaimed new album Thane and the Villeins.  With Chris Ingham (piano), Owen Morgan (bass) and George Double (drums).

Fri 27 March 2020  8pm (doors 7pm)     £14 / £7 u25

Superb, straight ahead quartet co-led by ever inventive drummer MARC CECIL and swinging saxophonist ZAK BARRETT, with music from their acclaimed CD Freedom To Speak Jazz Volume 1. With CHRIS INGHAM (piano) and MATT RIDLEY (bass

Sat 25 April 2020     8pm (doors 7pm)     £15 / £8 u25

A swinging celebration with tenor sax maestros Ray Gelato (UK) and Enric Peidro (Spain) saluting the classic heroes of the tenor sax including Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, Charlie Ventura and many more swing-to-bop era giants. With the Chris Ingham Trio.

You close your eyes and hear each tenor sax giant”  JAZZWAX, NEW YORK

@ Pizza Express: The Pheasantry
152 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4UT   Tel: 020 7439 4962

Saturday  March 7th   Liane Carroll – Solo
Show 1 @ 6pm    Show 2 @ 9pm    
Tickets £25

Liane has been an award winning pillar of the British jazz and soul scene for over thirty-five years, with performances voted Best British Jazz Vocalist – British Jazz Awards 2013 & 2016   Along the way she has collaborated with such diverse artists as Paul McCartney, Gerry Rafferty, Long John Baldry, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin OBE (in the 2017 & 2018 London Jazz Festivals in St John’s Smith Square) and drum and bass outfit London Elektricity with whom she appeared at Glastonbury Festival 2017.  Equally at home in intimate jazz venues -with a solo performance at The Other Palace, and in vast performance spaces in the 2016 BBC Late Night Proms at The Royal Albert Hall
She runs regular workshops for aspiring vocalists at all levels of experience and teaches at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama.
Liane Carroll doesn’t just sing jazz – she is jazz” – MOJO Magazine

Friday   April 3rd   Sarah Moule with the Songs of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn with Simon Wallace – piano   Doors 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Tickets: £20

The music of Duke Ellington has been inspiring Sarah and Simon since they both discovered jazz. Sarah regularly includes Ellington songs in her live set and performed a concert of Ellington’s arrangements with the Capital City Jazz Orchestra at Brecon Jazz Festival. Simon was hooked after hearing the Ellington band live when he was 13 years old. Together they celebrate the genius of the Duke with a collection of his greatest songs and those of his right-hand man Billy Strayhorn plus some rare Ellington gems.
“Exquisitely textured arrangements…such a compelling interpreter of a lyric”– Jazz Journal

Saturday April 4th  – Emma Smith sings the Music of Blossom Dearie with Jamie Safir – piano    Doors 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Tickets: £20

Emma is an award-winning vocalist who has appeared on Graham Norton, Strictly Come Dancing, The One Show, at the Royal Albert Hall with NYJO, at London’s Crazy Coqs as a Worshipful Company of Musicians Gold Medalist and at jazz clubs and festivals all over the world. She is a BBC Radio 3 Presenter, hosting ‘Jazz Now’ for last 3 years.
The remarkable distinctive voice and personality of American Blossom Dearie has captivated Emma for many years. She graced Pizza On The Park on several occasions so this opportunity to hear her music again through Emma’s stunning voice, should not be missed. Enjoy memorable gems including “I’m Hip”, “Peel Me A Grape” and many more.
Emma is accompanied by her long-time associate Jamie Safir on piano, who has been Will Young’s pianist of choice for several years, and with whom Emma has recently recorded a new album before embarking on a national 2020 tour.
If you want a name for the future, then don’t wait too long to beat a path to the door of Emma Smith… she’s in her twenties, but this should, be a major career”Daily Telegraph

Friday 1st May Louise Clare Marshall sings the music of Sergio Mendes   Doors 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Tickets: £20

Whether performing on tour with BBC’s Jools Holland or Roxy MusicElla Fitzgerald or Aretha Franklin’s American Songbook, Louise’s sonic skills span across genres  and all the while, her voice resonates, crackles, pops and burns as a phoenix rises from the flame.
Louise gives voice to the producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist, Sergio Mendes whose influence on the music industry has spanned five decades and continues to evolve through new collaborations and mediums.   One of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time, Mendes has recorded more than 35 albums, many of which went gold or platinum, and he’s a three-time Grammy® Awards winner.
Currently a featured singer with Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Louise has worked with David Gilmour, Beverley Knight, Michael Ball, Robbie Williams, Bryan Ferry, Ronnie Wood, Van Morrison, Madeline Bell, Steve Winwood to name but a few.

Saturday   2nd May   Jacqui Dankworth and Butterfly’s Wing   Doors 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Tickets: £25

The celebrated singer Jacqui Dankworth, following her previous London sold out musical excursions  at Crazy Coqs and London Jazz Festival Concerts at The Other Palace comes to the Jazz Divas 2020 Series at The Pheasantry with Butterfly’s Wing, a unique chamber jazz group of four outstanding musicians, to perform original music interspersed with new arrangements of classic songs.

Featuring:  Chris Garrick -violin     David Gordon – piano     Rupert Giller- cello
Jacqui invites us into her wonderfully transparent sound-world – by turns magical, witty, powerful – with a range of seductive rhythms, cutting-edge improvisation and lyrics, at once heart-rending, joyous and surreal.
“Spine-tinglingly beautiful. The most expressive voice of her generation”.The Observer

Friday 5th June Tammy Weis and Whisper Of The Souls   Doors 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Tickets: £20

Growing up in Canada Tammy was already singing at the tender age of three. In June 2000 she released her debut album “Legacy”, in memory of her mother, which was internationally received and led to appearances on national and international TV and radio, as well as gigs at the Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver Jazz Festivals, In London she has performed at Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express and The Other Palace – singing the music of Julie London, as well as venues all over Europe.
Now resident in England and Portugal, Tammy has been heard on Radio stations across the country, including Jamie Cullum’s show on BBC Radio 2, Jenni Murray’s Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 and Robert Elms BBC Radio London.
This Jazz Divas concert will feature her new album of Tammy’s creative gypsy jazz music settings of the poems of the legendary Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa, one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and the greatest poet in the evocative Portuguese language.
Isn’t she great! Now there’s a vocalist”— Michael Buble

Saturday 6th June Janet Planet and the Music of Nancy Wilson
Doors 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Tickets: £25

Arriving from the US for her U.K. debut in this concluding concert of our Jazz Divas 2020 Series, we welcome Janet Planet,  the  sultry vocalist with a vast repertoire of jazz, blues, and standards…with some Bob Dylan thrown in for good measure.
This concert marks the international launch of Janet’s latest show, paying homage to the iconic 1962 Capitol Records release of Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley featuring songs from that album, “Happy Talk”, “The Masquerade Is Over” “Unit 7” and so many more, supported by saxophonist and husband Tom Washatka with Jim Watson – piano, Geoff Gascoyne – double bass and Matt Home -drums.
In 2017 Planet was acknowledged by the GRAMMY Foundation for her recording “Janet Planet – Just Like A Woman – The Music Of Bob Dylan”.
Janet’s determination and creative output continues to take her around the world through her recordings and live performances. with tours across the U.S., Canada, Japan, Russia, South Africa and Europe.  She leaves listeners assured that there is a soul in this “Planet”.

DISS JAZZ CLUB  THE CORN HALL, 10 St Nicholas St, Diss IP22 4LB

JAZZUP! AT CLUB 85, 74 Whinbush Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire  SG5 1PZ an independent music venue.  

Saturday 29th February ….. WILD CARD  Featuring Chris Rand & Tom White   Clement Regert’s Wild Card is a melting-pot of musical ideas, fusing urban rhythms, hard￾bop and grooves with Latin and jazz attitude.

Gabor Dornyei – drums                    Andy Noble – Hammond organ
Clement Regert – guitar                    Tom White – trombone
Chris Rand – tenor sax

They have a stellar line up which comprises special guests fiery saxophonist Chris Rand (9 Below Zero, Crowd Company) and rising star trombonist Tom White (Incognito, Rag And Bone Man), backed up by the core organ trio of Gabor Dornyei on drums, Andrew Noble on Hammond organ and French guitarist/band leader Clement Regert.   You can expect to hear their famous mix of Afro-jazz, Hard-bop, Samba and raw funk numbers.

2x “Album of the week”     ★★★★ Evening Standard
“A fine live act… full of treats”   ★★★★The Telegraph
“Wild Card defies gravity by spinning from funk, soul, jazz & Afro/Latin sounds…”
★★★★ JazzinEurope
“No frills, funk fuelled, fun played with integrity and a passionate feel for jazz!”
★★★ Jazzwise
“it’s a seamless blend of jazz, funk and Latin”   ★★★★ KindOfJazz
“Creative, refreshing and jam packed with energy…Hot and cool but definitely jazz.”
★★★★ Music republic magazine

+ DJs: Les Jazz Rats      Eric (landlord of The Highlander Pub) and Sten (North Herts FM resident hip-hop DJ) spin jazz and rare grooves exclusively on vinyl. With the last live band set finishing at around 11.00, and a late bar til 1am, our JazzUp DJs invite you to hit the dance floor and party in earnest.
Entry £12 , £10 with JazzUp Loyalty Card.
Tickets  …     H-Town Rags, Hitchin     Riot Lounge, Hitchin     Jolly Brown, Hitchin
Bar 85, Hitchin     David’s Music Letchworth     on line from from WeGotTickets  and

16+ with photo ID – younger patrons can be signed in at the door by a responsible adult.
Like all our gigs this show finishes well in time for the last trains North and South to
Cambridge/Peterborough and London and we are just a 5 minute stroll from the station.     TWITTER @JazzUpHitchin
Any further questions please contact

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

meet on the last Tuesday of the month in Rochester. Normally tickets £12.  Doors 7.30pm, band on stage 8.30pm.  Good food, reasonably priced available to eat at your table if required.  Further information, upcoming shows, map etc, available – search botleneck blues club  The venue is the St. George Hotel.  If you drive past with the Roffen on your left, the venue is a couple of hundred yards up New Road, on the left.  There is on-site parking both on the roof, accessed from the front and in the basement at the rear, although you can find plenty of on-street parking within a short walk.  Parking in one of the car parks requires (immediate) registration in the venue, available on panels both in the lobby and in the performance room itself  Please enter the venue via the main front door and make your way down to the Stanley Ballroom. Tickets £12.00, pay on the door.  Bookings to me .

Blues Power will be appearing on Tuesday 25th February Top flight, highly experienced, blues musicians and quality accordingly guaranteed!

IMPORTANT NOTE: We will be starting slightly earlier at 8.30pm and, due to the location of the Banqueting suite beneath the hotel residence, music has to be finished by 10.30pm.  It appears that the new room has been well accepted and we are keen to keep this facility, therefore, in future we may want to start even earlier at  8-8.15pm and any feedback on this would be gratefully received.  

is held on the first Sunday of every month at Hatfield Hotel, The Esplanade, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0QG  

Sunday 22 February Larraine Odell and the Jazznights Trio present an eening of songs from The Great American Songbook

THE JAZZ CENTRE UK opened in Feb 2016  to promote, preserve and celebrate the vibrant culture of jazz in the UK.  In The Beecroft Art Gallery, Victoria Ave, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6EX and open for our exhibitions between Tues and Sat 10am to 5pm.   At present we are fully staffed on Thursdays and Saturdays – so please call in to our Jazz Cafe, have a coffee and say hello to our friendly volunteers.  Come and see our Living Heritage Museum containing Humphrey Lyttleton’s desk, trumpet, letters and trophies (and many other artifacts).  We cover all genres of jazz and we celebrate the music’s heritage, art and memorabilia. Check for Saturday afternoon Jazz films and live music. 

COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE JAZZ CLUB.  Church Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF.  Concerts usually every 1st SUNDAY of the month, plus the odd extra event.  Tickets £12 to £20.
JAZZ EXPRESS: Book for any three concerts and get tickets for just £10 each. Students 2-for-1 admission!!  Doors: 7pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm. 
 Arts Centre box office: 01206 500900.

JAZZ AT THE IVY ROOM – Farnham Conservative Club, Ivy House, Ivy Lane, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PQ. Last Wednesday of the month. The Farnham Conservative Club is a hidden gem of a venue in the centre of town with drinks at club prices, wheel-chair access and free parking.  Curry available from 7 pm. Show 7.45pm – 10.15 pm. All welcome.
Admission £12 (+ £0.50 booking fee online)    Info:

JAZZ AT THE BOATHOUSE – Old Nazeing Road, Broxbourne EN10 6QU hosted by Broxbourne Rowing Club is re-commencing its Sunday programme  Doors and Licensed Bar open 7:30pm.   Music from 8pm.   Admission £12.00 on the door   Herts Jazz & Broxbourne Rowing Club members £10   Under 21s £5

SMHT JAZZ CLUB AT SAWBRIDGEWORTH MEMORIAL HALL   The Forebury, Sawbridgeworth CM21 9AT  8.15 – 10.45

GC’s FENLAND JAZZ CLUB   7.30pm -10pm.  Admission Free.  Light food will be available.  The Woodmans Cottage, 90 High Road, Gorefield, PE13 4NB   Tel 01945 871094.  Also on Facebook.  Further to the success of GC’s Jazz Club in Chelmsford, Essex. Graeme starts a second club  The new jazz club will feature a regular house trio: Simon Brown keyboards, Jose Canha string bass, Graeme Culham on drums with monthly front line guests.

JAZZ AT THE GEORGIAN – Georgian House Hotel,  37-41 High Street, Haselmere, Surrey GU27 2JY.  First Wednesday of the month.  Centre of town venue with wheel-chair access and free parking.  Food available from 6:45.  Show 7:45pm to 10:15pm.  All Welcome Admission £14.

ORPINGTON JAZZ CLUB   7 Station Road, Orpington, Kent BR6 0RZ.   Hosted at the Orpington Liberal Club, with its CAMRA award winning bar, free parking across the road in Tescos multi story car park and only a 10min walk from Orpington train station and 2min walk from the high street, Orpington Jazz Club presents some of the finest jazz musicians in the country on the last Friday of each month. The bar has a friendly pub atmosphere and a well stocked selection of fine ales. The music takes place in the adjoining small hall, with cabaret style seating. Concerts 8:00-10:30pm with a half hour interval.  Bar open 6:00-11:00pm and seats available in the hall from 7:30pm. No advance tickets, reservations or pre-bookings. Tickets on the door only.  Entry £10.00, no concessions.

PORTSMOUTH JAZZ features the best live modern jazz in comfortable surroundings. Ample parking. Licensed bar. Good inexpensive meals and bar snacks can be purchased in the adjoining lounge and pub.   Performances 8pm, doors open 7.15pm   Tickets on door.   The Executive Suite, Inn Lodge,  Burrfields Road, Portsmouth PO3 5HH      Dave 023 9225 5806 or Claire 02392 298161

BIG BAND JAZZ IN BROMLEY – FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH – with the Mick Collins Legacy Jazz Orchestra, at Sundridge Park Working Men’s Club, 134 Burnt Ash Lane, Bromley, Kent, BR1 5AF. 8.30pm start, £8 admission.  This 16-piece big band is one of London’s finest, featuring top-class musicians from the South East, including young rising stars from Trinity Laban Conservatoire.  With over 300 charts in the band’s library, the repertoire covers a vast range of music – including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Gil Evans, Miles Davis, Maynard Ferguson, Oliver Nelson, Thad Jones, Bill Holman and Bob Florence, as well as gems of British jazz from the 1960s to the present day.
Mick Collins founded his band in the early 1970s and over the years many of the UK’s best jazz musicians have passed through its ranks. Now co-led by trombonists Paul Taylor and Bill Todd it continues Mick’s mission of performing this great music to the best possible standards.
This is a regular monthly gig. The orchestra performs at the same venue at the same time on the 1st Monday of each month

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 – keys, Paul Robinson – drums, Steve Cook – 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 IN THE JUNGLE BAR, Fore Street, Hertford SG14 1AX on the Second and Last Monday of each Month with the NEIL FRYER QUINTET featuring  Natalie-Miles (trumpet),  Neil Fryer (tenor sax),  Richard Herdman (guitar),  Paul Leader(bass),  Luke De La Salle (drums),  And Guests.  Music at 8.30 p.m.  Admission Free.  For further information please contact Neil Fryer (m) 07504 733892

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.

KENNY BALLS LIVE LOUNGE Every Thursday of every month at SIR HENRY’S IN Averly Essex.  The Kenny Ball junior quartet featuring vocals Kenny Ball junior.  Piano – Michael Horner   Sax – Andrew linen   Bass – Alan Morgan   Drums – Peter Jackson.  Classics from the song book plus guests  7.30pm till late

JAZZ AT THE EMPIRE BAR – Empire Bar, 291 Mare Street, Hackney E81EJ   A Jazz night in Hackney on the second Wednesday of the month.

The Good Times Jazz Band – trad jazz at its best, played with humour and pizzazz!  Regular 2nd Sunday of the month  gigs 2pm-4.30pm at The Steamboat Tavern, 78-80 New Cut West, Ipswich, IP2 8HW.   Dancers welcome, food available till 3pm, free entry.   Check us out on Facebook – The Good Times Jazz Band @reallyoldjazz

KiX Jazz Orchestra. 17 piece band plus Kate Daniels on vocals. Repertoire includes a wide variety of Latin, Swing Standards, Fusion and Originals. To see when and where they are on next search for Kix Jazz Orchestra and go to the Schedule tab on their website.

The Cambridge Riverside Jazzband plays at the Six Bells, Fulbourn, just a couple of miles SE of Cambridge, every first and third Wednesday of the month at 8:30pm.  Admission is £6 and there is a small dance floor, and of course, real ale!   CRJ is the oldest trad band in the area, started by Ted Vousden in 1956 and run  continuously since. We now play mainstream as well as traditional stuff and are happy to do requests if they were written before about 1950 ( and we’ve heard of them!!!).  Come and give us a whirl!

The Andy Bowie Quartet plays modern jazz every Sunday 8 to 11 at the Tram Depot, Dover Street, Cambridge, as we have for the last 4 years.

BASSMENT, 16 Wells Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1HZ  have a monthly, live, Thursday night Jazz Funk session.     House band:   James Maltby – Guitar   Dan Banks – Piano   Andy Staples – Bass   Josh Law – Drums   Zak Barrett – Saxophone

A new venue in Essex – music Saturday nights and Sundays late afternoon at  THE PRINCE ALBERT  (The Green, Blackmore, Ingatestone CM4 0RT   Tel:  01277821705)    Delicious Meals available  Mon- Sat: 12.00 – 15.00, 18.00 – 21.00 Sun: 12.00 – 16.00

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

CAROL BRAITHWAITES’ GIG LISTING   More information website:

Friday 13th March  
Billericay Const. Club 1A High St, Billericay. CM12 9BE .  Jolly jazz. Joined by Tim Huskisson – piano, Roger Curphey – bass. Ric Rossi – drums
Guest: Paul Higgs – trumpet. Lunchtime menu available + club prices for drinks.
Fun starts at 12:30 – 2:30pm.  £8 door.

Saturday 14th March
Jazz Centre UK.  Beecroft Art Gallery, Victoria Avenue,   Southend SS2 6EX.
(website. Together with Tony Gooderham – piano, we will celebrate the ladies of jazz and movies from the 20’s through to present day.
2- 4pm admission free.  refreshments available.

Saturday 21st March
North Weald Village Hall. CM16 6BU
With Jackie Free and the Allstars.
Music starts at 12:30 – 3:00pm.  Entry payable at door.

Diary Dates: more information later.

10/04/20 – Billericay – with Hugh Rainey & George Tidiman
11/04/20 – The Jazz Centre
18/04/20 – North Weald
08/05/20 – Billericay – Mick Foster
09/06/20 – Abridge Jazz Club
12/06/20 – Billericay – Tony Gooderham & Mike Sagrott
13/06/20 – The Jazz Centre – Southend         

FRANK GRIFFITHS Upcoming Gigs List

1 March, 12.00PM. Conducting Sax Workshop at LIVERPOOL SAX DAY. Liverpool Hope University, Creative Campus. For more info

2 March, 8PM. FG Trio w/Tony Omersher and John MacCormick. Boulevard West. 7 Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1RP . 01704 537263. £15, includes supper.

HEADS UP! dates

Sun 10th May – The Blue Boar, 3-7 Silver St, Maldon, CM9 4QE (2.30pm – 5.30pm)
Sun 2nd Aug – The Blue Boar, 3-7 Silver St, Maldon, CM9 4QE (2.30pm – 5.30pm)


THE LEN PHILLIPS BIG BAND – A full 16 piece band featuring star players including Tony Fisher, David Black, Harold Fisher, Jon Shenoy, Chris Gower and Bunny Thompson.
“A marvellous orchestra masterfully directed by Joe Pettitt” ~ David Jacobs CBE

Warner’s Big Band Breaks

Matthew Ford singing every night of every break

2-6 March – Gunton Hall, Lowestoft, Suffolk
17 March – Bembridge Coast Hotel, Isle of Wight – featuring Clare Teal
4-8 May – Sinah Warren, Hayling Island
19-23 October – Sinah Warren, Hayling Island

Trinity School, Croydon, CR9 7AT

Friday 13 March, 7.30pm – £16.50 (Over 60s £15) –

THE DON STEELE JAZZBAND play at The 3 Horseshoes, The Pound, Knockholt TN14 7LD every other Wednesday lunchtime (12.30 to 3pm) .  Good food, wine and draft beer to go with the trad jazz. Band Members – Don Steele Trumpet,  John Stuart – Banjo/Guitar, Richard Brennan – Reeds, Mick Scriven – Bass, Jan Bryce – Trombone.    The band plays in the traditional jazz style.

JAZZ AT BARNEY’S CAFE/BAR 46-56 Portland Rd, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1QN (01903 527075).  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.

RON SPACK’S JAZZTET at THE OAKWOOD. 564 Rayleigh Road, Eastwood, SS9 5HX. Tel: 01702 512819. Every Monday. Free  8.00 till 10.30pm.  Meals served during the evening.  Ron Spack’s Jazztet, Ron leading on bass

The Indian and Thai fusion restaurant – The Royal Tiger in ChelmsfordSouthend Rd, Rettendon Common CM3 8EE – put on live modern jazz on the last Sunday evening of the month.  They have had renowned musicians likes of Alan Barnes, Derek Nash, Lily Dior, Marc Cecil and many more.    Bookings 01245 403030

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



The ‘Usual Suspectsback as usual at in The Wagon in Wix   on Wednesday  Feb 19  8:30 – 11pm

Jax  Winter and friends are back at Mill Hill Jazz Club on Wednesday 4th March.  A quintet of fine players to support Jax who offers up the Standards, older and newer  in her own inimitable style. 100 Barnet Way. NW7.  8.15 pm.   Tickets on the door.  Bar.


From Steve Wright, Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club  –

Essex jazz musicians and clubs using Twitter can now promote their events via a new site: @EssexJazzLive. Apart from the usual word count, images are also welcome – as are Likes/Retweets.
Steve has also created a Facebook page for Essex jazz musicians, clubs and promoters to publicise their events.

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

*** JAZZ JAMS ***

The Exhibitionist Café  is a new arts and performance space on Ware High Street. The café serves delicious vegetarian and vegan food Wednesday through to Saturday, plus there are regular exhibitions and live music events including a blues jam and now a jazz jam starting on Thursday 12th December.

Come and be a part in Hertfordshire’s newest jazz jam! The house band will be working hard for you putting out your favourite jazz, funk and fusion tunes. Expect anything from swing through hard bop and beyond. Singers, piano, drums, guitarists, horns … all welcome.  Thursday 12th December 7.30pm. The Exhibitionist Cafe 73 High St. Ware SG12 9AD  Tel: 01920 466659.

Jazz Gig/Jazz Jam   Every last Sunday of the month from 5pm at The Spread Eagle, 88 Queen’s Rd, Brentwood CM14 4HD.  Enjoy a beverage, listen to some happening sounds and even make some happening sounds yourself!!   And   ……..   IT’S FREE ENTRY!!!  Gonna be another fun gig!!   Great little pub with some nice real ales and friendly atmosphere.  Easy parking too as it’s single yellow Sunday.   Guests welcome in the second set,  just bring your instrument – sticks, voice or fingers.  Hopefully see you there!!

Michael Connolly  Drums     Ben Hearn  Bass
Andy Noble  Keys                    Glen Parish  Guitar

The Cambridge Jazz Jam (“CamJam”) has now moved to the other Snug bar in Cambridge, located at 67 Lensfield Rd, Cambridge CB2 1EN. The sessions will now run every Thursday, 8 – 10.30 pm.  Musicians, singers and audience all welcome !  Free admission. Our policy is inclusive, so whether you’re an accomplished musician, or someone still struggling to get it together, you’ll be equally welcome. Further info from Mike Quigley, 07979 59 22 41

Sunday Freddie Freeloader’s Jazz Jams at the Black Bull in Rainsford Road Chelmsford CM1 2PN.  Future dates (all at the earlier time of 4-7 p.m.) are: ;  November 17th. Free entrance, all experience levels,  Playlist and music available in advance. DWJQ are house band, PA drum kit bass amp and one guitar amp provided.  More details including access to the music to be played available from

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.

EALING JAZZ JAM  –  Every Monday from 9 till 11 this long running jam is held at The Plough Inn, Northfields Ave, Ealing. One minute walk from Northfields Tube.  Hosted by Bobby Allan and Wendy Linsey on alternate weeks.  After two or three numbers from The Mary Belson Trio the jam is opened.  It’s a very friendly and inclusive jam in a large and comfortable  Gastropub.   Always an appreciative audience and our aim is two numbers minimum from our guests.  It is a busy night but a very enjoyable one with lots of regulars but we love to welcome new faces to  our Monday jam with a Friday vibe.

New Weekly Jazz Jam at established North London venue Mascara Bar, 72 Stamford Hill N16 6XS every Tuesday (opposite Morrisons – five mins from Stoke Newington BR).  Free entry.  House band starts at 7:30 and the jam session opens for the second set running till 11:30.  Singers more than welcome, great laid back informal friendly setting, come on down!  Great house band led by drummer Filippo Giangrande with Edd Bateman on bass, Dan Waldman guitar, and Colin Campbell on saxes.

There is a new Jazz Jam at the Burleigh Arms, Newmarket Road, Cambridge, on Tuesdays 8 to 11. Musicians and singers welcome

Jazz Gig and Jam with  The Michael Connolly Quartet –  Every last Sunday of the month at 5.00-8.30 at The Spread Eagle, Queen’s Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4HD.   Free Entry.  Guests welcome just bring your instrument.  Also there is a Jazz Gig and Jam on the first Sunday of every month at The Kings Arms, 2 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J 7QAT from 6.30pm – 10.00pm

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

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.

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.  Now In 21st year (2018). 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

Jazz jam sessions at the Fox and Firkin pub, 316 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6JZ. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.  House band play a set from 8.30, jam session from 9.30-11pm.  Come and sing, play or listen. Free entry & a good pizza menu !

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 3rd Friday in the month to hold a jam session at the Inkerman pub on Norwich 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.

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

Open Jazz Jam,   “Who Pays The Piper ..?”  Milton Keynes area,  at ‘THE ROSE & CROWN’ PUB – 89 High St, Ridgmont, MK43 0TY.  A Jazz Jam ,  next session MONDAY 24/02/20  then fortnightly from that date ~ from 8 – 11.00pm. FREE ENTRY – though we do ask for donations toward our house bands travelling expenses, .. particularly if you want to play or sing ..  (and there may be the occasional raffle!) .. so, if you like a bit of jazz ….~ bring your instruments, voice and friends.
Contact Chris on., or find  “Who Pays The Piper ..?” Facebook page.

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

KINGSTON……SINGERS OPEN MIC + TRIO @ the RAM JAM CLUB on the 3rd Sunday in the month…at 6 pm, behind the Grey Horse Pub 46 Richmond Road KT2 5EE.   PARKING. 12th year.


 John Seeley’s Jazz and Saxophone Group
If playing as part of a group appeals to you, why not join John Seeley’s Jazz and Saxophone Group?  I run a Jazz Workshop and Saxophone Workshop on alternative Thursday evenings, 7.30pm to 9.30pm at St Michael and All Angels Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.  £7 Entry.   All ability levels and instruments are welcome, no need to book, just come along and join in!   We’re a relaxed, friendly, welcoming group 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.
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 practice, 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.

Weekly Saturday Jazz Workshops in Orpington (SE London) for anyone, any age, on any instrument, interested in developing their improvising skills and musicianship – a practical, performance based approach to learning in a nurturing group.

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”.The Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra (EYJO) is for young musicians with a love for jazz with a min of grade 5 – audition entry. Meet monthly for rehearsals and 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


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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).

Our friends at MEDWAY JAZZ publish a great newsletter covering a lot of what is going on in Kent.

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.


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