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‘leven o’clock, Saturday night – make it a date with The Late Paul Barnes for the very best in jazz, swing and classic popular music. Hear two kings of the clarinet, Ken Peplowski and Julian Marc Stringle, who share gigs in the region this week. There’s big band music, and small, from Johnny (later John) Dankworth. Julie London sings, and so does Georgie Fame as we open the Great American Songbook at the page headed George Gershwin. All this and so much more at 11.00 pm on Saturday, September 23 on the following BBC stations: Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Cambridgeshire, Northampton and Three Counties. Also available nationally and internationally on the BBC iPlayer. The Late Paul Barnes – rhythm & rhubarb of the finest kind.

‘Jazz on Tap’ at the Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG on Sunday, October 15th 5 – 7pm.  Jacqueline Pert performs a fun mix of classic and modern jazz to song and tap dance.   Gabriel Keen (keyboard), Phil Antonia (bass), David Hawthorne (drums).  With special guest, Bret Jones (Britain’s Got Talent – Old Men Groovin’).

This year’s annual 1940s charity gala Big Band Blitz will be held on Saturday 4thNovember at the Winning Post, Chertsey Road, Twickenham.   This year we will have the Jon Bennett Big Band with a host of ‘showbiz’ guest vocalists, plus the 1940’s re-enactors, 1940’s memorabilia, the Celebrity Charity Raffle Draw, plus a few surprises.

This is the 18th year of this event, and the Mayor of Richmond will be one of the VIP guests. The event will help benefit the Mayor’s Charity Appeal.  We are also hoping (subject to availability) that Dame Vera Lynn’s legendary musical director will be there with his new Italian vocalist Stefania Salvador to perform a special two song medley dedicated to Dame Vera, which they did for her 100th birthday.
Hope we will have the pleasure of seeing you and your friends at this year’s event.
I can guarantee it will be a most entertaining evening.  The tickets are £23, with concessions for over 65s at £20.   Cheques payable to Aspects Productions.  Or online:

Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra Album Launch @ Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho on Sun 15th Oct 1pm – £15
and Queens Theatre Hornchurch on Weds 25th Oct 8pm – £10.50

The Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra present their new album ‘Weapons of Mass Distraction’, a collection of original big band compositions penned by their enigmatic leader and baritone saxophonist Andrew Linham. Since the premier of Andrew’s first major work ‘The Linferno Suite’ in 2013, the 17 piece big band have performed a vast collection of his original tunes that are unfettered by style and convention, diversely genre-swapping their way through swinging cockney two-steps to punk rock Bavarian waltzes – and that’s without mentioning cheesy power ballads! Bringing together a wealth of talented musicians, cherry picked from London, this contemporary big band are sure to leave you grinning from ear to ear.
Andrew has always stated assuredly that he wants it to be ‘a loud visceral remedy of jazz-based insanity to warm the cockles of your heart.’
From 2015 tour:

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.  Next date – 24th September.  Bookings 01245 403030

23rd September (lunchtime)  –  Chris Rand’s Gathering featuring special guest Tony Remy
Lunchtime gig @ Pizza Express Soho.  Doors 12:30
Tickets –
The band will be playing new material from Chris’ up coming album. Joining him will be Paul Jordanous – Trumpet, Andrew Noble – Organ , and Jason Reeve – Drums.

Award Winning Jazz Star, Amy Roberts returns to the Arc, St John’s Arts Centre, St John’s Walk, Market St, Old Harlow, CM17 0AJ on Thurs 28th September @ 8pm  Adm: £10 – Details 01406 365 731.  Amy was voted winner of the 2009,  2011 & 2015 British Jazz Awards.

Amy has played all over the UK and Europe at prestigious clubs and festivals, and is well known as a charismatic performer on flute, clarinet and saxophones. Amy currently leads her own bands and makes guest appearances with other highly acclaimed ensembles.  She was the first female instrumentalist to join the famous Big Chris Barber Band, with whom she toured the UK and Europe.  Joining Amy will be veteran guitarist and author, Jim Douglas, who rose to fame during the Trad Jazz Boom with the famed Scottish Band the Clyde Valley Stompers.  He then joined the Alex Welsh band – the leading Chicago and swing style band of the period. During this tenure Jim performed and recorded with such legendary American jazz stars as Bud Freeman, Ruby Braff, Wild Bill Davison, and as immortalised on a BBC 2 Jazz 625 broadcast, with New Orleans trumpeter, Henry Red Allen.  Harlow bass ace, Keith Donald and ex Harlow drummin’ man, John Petters complete the exciting opening night of the new jazz season.

As from 13th September the Cambridge Jazz Jam will no longer operate at the Carpenters Arms

Every 1st  and 3rd Thursday of every month Kenny Ball Jr will be doing a live show with special guests below the Brickyard, South Street, Romford Essex, singing with Pete Corrigan bass Pete Jackson on drums Paul Searly on guitar Michael Horner piano Andrew Lidden on sax 7.30 till 1.

John Petters’ 15th William Shakespeare Jazz’n’Swing Festival on 11-13 November at the 4 star Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwks.  To book 01406 365 731   Download flyer:
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23 September 2017  – Simply Swing are performing their show at Braintree Arts Centre.  The show presents a history of swing music including music by Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee, Michael Buble etc.  3 great vocalists and a 7 piece band provide a great evenings entertainment. Tickets from Braintree Arts Centre.

Caxton Swing are playing on Saturday 23rd September as part of the Royston Arts Festival at Old Bull Inn, Market Square Royston, Herts.  Program is a selection of jazz & swing numbers from the 20’s thro’ to the present day.  Doors 7.30pm Concert starts 8pm.  Tickets – £8.00 Concessions £6.00 from”www. We Got Tickets.Com”

Catherine Lima album launch – Stories and LiesWeds 27th September at 8pm (doors at 7.30) at Arthouse Cinema, 159a Tottenham Lane, Crouch End N8 9BT.  With this second album, Catherine explores her personal take on the narrative behind the lyrics of songs.  Catherine has written four songs for this album, two of which are based on characters from classic novels and with a mix of swing, soulful ballads and latin rhythms, she tells a story with every song.   Tickets are on sale now @£12.00 (plus booking fee of £1.33) via

On 23rd September  at 3 pm – Terry Steel’s Astor Big Band and singers, together with our guests, the Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society, present ‘Miller Plays the Musicals’ at the Palace Theatre, Southend .  This show is our tribute to Glenn Miller and other great big bands, and to their singers like Frank Sinatra and the Andrews Sisters.  Plus, songs from musicals, old and new, presented in the big band style.   Tickets are available  via the website or Box Office Tel: 01702 351135.  All our profits, and a collection at this performance, go to the Royal British Legion to support their work with PTSD sufferers.



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.

Every Thursday – The Acton Jazz Jam hosted by Bobby Allen & Andrew McKay at The George & Dragon 183 High Street W3 9DJ (opposite  Morrisons) 8pm until 11pm.  On street parking from 7pm.  Food available.  Micro brewery.  Fun atmosphere & all levels welcome.  Google DRAGONFLY BREWERY for all info.  See you there!

As from 13th September the Cambridge Jazz Jam will no longer operate at the Carpenters Arms. We are looking at other possible venues. Meanwhile, please consult our Facebook page (“Cambridge Jazz Jam”) for updates.

There is a new Jazz Jam at the Burleigh Arms, Newmarket Road, Cambridge, on Tuesdays 8 to 11, starting 21st March. 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. 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

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 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)

Tendring Jazz Collective – Come and jam with our house band. Bring your instrument, voice, friends & family and enjoy a night of good music and good fun!   Hosted by local musicians, including guitar, bass and drums.  Facebook page “Tendring Jazz Collective”   Last Wednedsday of each month from 8pm till 10:30pm. The New Bell Inn, Outpart Eastward, Harwich, Essex CO12 3EN.

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 £12.50 on the door ~ Large free car park ~ Drinks at pub prices ~ Newcomers most welcome. ; Telephone: 07850 607075 or

27th September – Ken Peplowski & Julian Marc Stringle “The Clarinet Maestros”     Ken Peplowski  – clarinet, tenor sax     Julian Marc Stringle  – clarinet, tenor sax     Craig Milverton – piano     Sandy Suchodolski – double  bass     Nick Milward – drums

Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinettist” – Russell Davies, BBC2 Aug 2013    “Mr. Peplowski sounds the way Benny Goodman might if he had kept evolving … ” – Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, Dec 2012
In 2014, Ken was the recipient of the Sarasota Jazz Festival’s “Satchmo” award, given to him for his “unique and enduring contribution to the living history of jazz”; in March, Ken was also the guest of honour at a “Highlights In Jazz” concert in NYC saluting him for “his matchless musical achievements”. He was the 2015 recipient of Hot House Magazine’s “Fans’ Decision Jazz Award” on clarinet.    “Julian Stringle is the best clarinettist to emerge in British jazz for decades” – Sir John Dankworth

4th October –  ‘Embraceable Ella’   –  Joanna Eden                     Joanna Eden – vocals   Chris Ingham – piano   George Double – drums   Julian Landymore – saxes
Owen Morgan – double bass

Arguably the UK’s answer to Diana Krall and Norah Jones Joanna Eden, accompanied by the Chris Ingham Quartet, perform from the throw-away ‘A Tisket A Tasket’ which brought Ella to fame in the forties with the Chick Webb Orchestra to later songbook album classics like Cole Porter’s ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’ and Gershwin’s ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, mime the rich seam of Ella Fitzgerald’s unrivalled canon with humility, style and deep affection.  Joanna launched ‘Embraceable Ella’ to much acclaim at the London Jazz Festival 2016 and has toured the UK with this heart-warming collection of songs and anecdotes.

 11th October  – Jazz Dynamos with Lucy Randall
Lucy Randall – vocals & percussion   Stewart Curtis – saxes & flute   Dom Metz – vocals & drums   Mark Adelman – piano   Anders Janes  – double bass

The Jazz Dynamos Quintet transforms well known songs with a mix of classic jazz and swing, Bossa, samba, and contemporary pop music – occasionally all at the same time! The technique, versatility and sheer joy in Lucy Randell’s versatile and joyous singing, allied to the swingiest, funkiest, best dressed rhythm section in the UK, make this a lively and entertaining show. They have appeared at many prestigious venues including Ronnie Scott’s and Pizza Express Jazz Clubs in London, the Elgar Room in The Royal Albert Hall, and the Henley Festival.
With Lucy fronting the Jazz Dynamos for the last 6 years, and with long term French drummer Dom Metz (Glen Miller Memorial Orchestra), the band have remained in high demand all over the world, performing at clubs, festivals and private events for, amongst others, British and Hollywood Royalty! From heart-stopping ballads from The Great American Songbook, to 1960’s French Riviera Beach Party vibes to jazz and Latin re-workings of ’80s million selling  hits, with many varied stops along the way, Jazz Dynamos will be joined by special guest Stewart Curtis on saxes and flute to augment their unique and entertaining musical mix.

18th October – The Len Phillips Big Band with top UK vocalists Gary Williams & Eleanor Keenan

We are pleased to present an evening with the Len Phillips Big Band, being an all star 16 piece band whose players have between them worked with Sinatra, Ted Heath, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr and Tom Jones to name but a few.  Repertoire is drawn from the best bands from both sides of the Atlantic – bands such as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Ted Heath, Ken Mackintosh and Benny Goodman plus the songs of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.“
Thirty years after its inception and now under the leadership of Joe Pettitt, the LPBB can be seen up and down the country playing to packed concert halls, theatres & festivals.
“A marvellous orchestra masterfully directed by Joe Pettitt” – David Jacobs CBE   Admission £20 by prior reservation only 

25th October – The Al Nichols Swing Quartet
Al Nicholls – tenor saxophone   Paul Eldridge – piano   Manuel Alvarez – double bass   Paul Robinson – drums

Top London saxophonist Al Nicholls plays with a ravishing, full rounded sound in the tradition of Coleman Hawkins. From “smoochy” ballads, through to swinging up-tempo numbers, Al’s great sound is perfect in creating that after hours, jazz club atmosphere. His repertoire encompasses literally hundreds of the classic “standards” of the 30s, 40s and 50s, written by masters such as George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Rogers and Hart, and Duke Ellington.

JAZZ@ST ANT’S A great weekly jazz night – now in its 13th 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  Please download their current listing at, or

27 Sept:   John McGinley (guitar) + Frank Sebastian (saxes) + Paul McGinley (piano)

    4 Oct:   Roger Lewin (pno) + Phil Brown (tenor) + Sarah-Jane Hassell(vocals)

 11 Oct:   Paul Wood (vocals) + Cliff Hall (piano)

 18 Oct:   Ienne Hunter (guitar) + Gabriel Keen (piano) +
Tamas Teszary (vibes) + Wally Shaw (bass)

25 Oct:    Paul Higgs (trumpet/flugelhorn) + Jenny Carr (piano) + Wally Shaw (bass)

with John Withers    (drums)
&     John Pamenter (double bass) – not 18/25 Oct

THEYDON JAZZ CLUB @ THORNWOOD VILLAGE HALL, Weald Hall Lane, CM16 6NB. 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of every month, 8 pm to 10.30. Traditional/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. Admission – Guests £12, Members £10. Children admitted under supervision, free for 12 and unders.  Disabled facillities are available.  Visit or contact Dave & Sheila Dyer – tel: 01945 588325; email:

Oct 17th  –  TJ Johnsons Jazz & Blues Band

Nov 7th  –  The Chosen Men
Nov 21st  –  The Melvin Beddows Big Band 

Dec 5th  –  T B A
Dec 19th  –  THE THEYDON SELECT SIX   Peter Rudeforth tpt    Julian Marc Stringle Reeds   And Flaxman Tbe   Tim Huskisson Pno    Roger Curphey bass    Alan Clark Dms

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 of Hilary Cameron – keys, Ted Simkins – bass and Dave Grant – drums, 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 or Richard 07935 441616 or  Website:

Tuesday, 26th September  –    SINATRA’S SONGBOOK featuring John Withers,  vibraphone, accompanying Paul Wood, vocals, through the vast songbook of Frank Sinatra with which Paul entertained on cruises with his ‘Salute to Sinatra’ tour.

John Withers, a self taught percussionist at home with either drums or vibraphone has played with a number of big bands as well as a host of celebrities. He always entertains, so is it little wonder he is in constant demand gigging around jazz clubs with his eclectic choice of music. Tonight his programme will centre around Sinatra’s Songbook.
Paul Wood, found singing came naturally, soon entertaining publicly at every opportunity. He is a well respected in demand vocalist with his own particular approach to a song whether a delicate ballad or rhythmic swing tune that not many are able to match. He has travelled extensively in Europe and North America appearing with many big bands such as Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra, Syd Lawrence Orchestra and James Last. Listen to him croon through the Sinatra Songbook with ease.

Tuesday, 31st October  –    THE DYNAMIC DUO   featuring Dominic Ashworth, guitar and Julian Marc Stringle, clarinet & sax bringing you an evening of unbelievable music bliss that always embraces this duo wherever they appear such is the understanding between them.

Dominic Ashworth, an exceptionally talented Canadian guitarist, who is a regular visitor to the Club for which we are extremely lucky  to have as our guest, with his services being in great demand playing and touring with groups such as, Picante Latin Band, The Dream Band and also guesting with many other star musicians across the country. No matter the tempo, genre, style Dominic ticks all the boxes to ensure his audience is always wanting more.
Julian Marc Stringle, a child clarinet prodigy with a flamboyant air is the other part of this wondrous duo who seamlessly play as if one such is their understanding of each other’s flawless.musical ability,  Julian has many mantels in the music world to all the genres, as well as his composing, arranging, writing, teaching and with his continuous gigging around the country it is little wonder that the late Johnny Dankworth quoted that he is the finest exponent of the clarinet in recent decades.

Tuesday, 28th November   –   CHRISTMAS CREW STRIKES AGAIN  featuring Mike Cotton, trumpet & vocals, Paul Higgs, keyboard, Derek Clenshaw,  trombone, Martin Nickless, clarinet, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, drums, who begin the party sprit for the oncoming Christmas season with all styles, shades, tempos from Dixie to Mainstream plus our usual Christmas Buffet all for the party entrance cost of £15.00.

Mike Cotton trumpet & vocals played in various trad jazz bands in the late ’50s, and in 1960 formed a group of his own and their sound was pure Dixieland. Known as the Mike Cotton Jazzmen the group played as many as 300 gigs a year. But as music styles  constantly change Mike also changed and became known to play with a variety of entertainers. In the years since, he has remained      active as a session musician, and in the ’90s played with the 100 Club All-Stars, while the Mike Cotton Sound’s name periodically surfaces, more thorough the history of British traditional jazz.
Paul Higgs, keyboards, needs no introduction being a regular visitor to the Club in a variety of guises that this multi-instrumentalist performs across the country usually with his preferred instrument, trumpet. He currently is touring with the fantastic Chris Ingham Quartet with the brilliant musical biographies, ‘Hoagy’ and ‘Dudley’ portraying the lives and music of the legends Hoagy Carmichael and Dudley Moore both of which are receiving critical acclaim across the country. However on this occasion he will be enlightening  you to his excellent keyboard skills of a master musician.
Derek Clenshaw trombonist, so often the choice of many top bandleaders, when in need of a freelance jazz musician. Performing  with all UK jazz stars, with a music preference for mainstream and jazz standards, along with having that sweet touch with the warm rounded sound of the trombone. Derek has been seen in many bands, mainstream and traditional, and has played with such well-known names as Humphrey Lyttleton, Freddie Randall, Terry Lightfoot, Janusz Carmello, Bob Kerr, Julian Marc Stringle,  Mike “Magic” Henry, Mike Cotton, Bruce Adams, John Crocker, Enrico Tomasso and Simon Spillett.
Martin Nickless, clarinet, makes clear his first love in music is for the big band and his career includes various genres of music from classical to pop.  He has played for many West End shows, sessions for composer Stanley Myers as well as touring with Jack Jones, Frankie Vaughan & Norman Wisdom. Martin is also known for his writing and arranging and is clearly an outstanding exponent of the clarinet and called upon for many gigs.
Ted ‘the hat’ Simkins, skeletal bass, and a member of the resident trio, must be one of the oldest bass players around, but all musicians still wish for the same energy and prowess that he puts in at every gig.  Ted fits into the  groove automatically such is the experience of this much admired musician whose main interest at one time was photography.   If he could bottle it what keeps him going he would make a fortune.
Dave Grant, drums, the leader of the resident trio at Jazz at O B’s primarily in the interest of keeping Jazz live in Brentwood. Dave enjoys the  ‘Dixieland’ style of jazz having played with many musicians of that genre and the many others who have guested at the  Club. He has his own quartet playing local gigs and also plays with Carlton Jazz Band.

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

Annie & Tony will be performing on Sunday the 1st of October.  As a winter special leading up to Christmas they will be performing the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month.  Please telephone Thorpe Hall Golf Club on 01702-582205 or Annie on 0704-232783 to book your table for lunch.

Bringing together four hugely successful multi-instrumentalist singers who have performed all over the world, from Sidney Opera House to the Edinburgh Festival, picking up the Michael Kamen Award for composition along the way, Gypsy Dreamers presents a sophisticated and hugely entertaining mix of pop songs, Latin tunes, French chansons and originals.

This all star band bring alive the spirit of the greats – “Dom brings the whole New Orleans thing to the UK.  So good!”

“When Kitty sings, music stops to listen.” – Jazz in Europe magazine.  Stylish London singer Kitty La Roar debuts her new quartet at Annie’s Jazz, singing, scatting and free-styling at the drums. The band will be showcasing original compositions from the recent album Valentine’s Eve, as well as introducing the music of Monk, Ellington, Strayhorn and Sonny Rollins sung with new original lyrics.


An amazing performance at the club earlier in the year. Don’t miss this exciting evening of music from five of the most sought after musicians in the U.K. There are not enough superlatives to describe how seriously good this band are!!!
Led by Derek Nash (of the Jools Holland R&B Orchestra) and featuring Pete Adams  (piano – Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Madonna),  and Nic France (drums – Bill Withers, David Gilmour, Mose Allison), Dave Ital on guitar ( Tom Jones, Anita Baker & Level 42), Jonathan Noyce on bass ( Jethro Tull, Take That ). The Funk Experience brings together five of the best funk musicians in the UK.


Julia Quinn on vocals,Tony Sanderman on Guitar, Dan Banks on Piano, Marc Cecil on Drums & Andy Staples on Bass.  Julia has been performing in different genres of music for a number of years. Her soulful mellow tone lends itself seamlessly to Jazz. A highly regarded singer who has performed with many top names including Iain Shaw. Her quintet offers a wide selection of styles within the Jazz genre.



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 October – 8.00pm
Bruce Adams with Richard Busiakiewicz, Dave Chamberlain and Matt Home

Tuesday 10th October – 8.00pm
Jim Mullen, Olly Wilby, Simon Woolf, drums tbc

Tuesday 17th October – 8.00pm
Elaine Delmar with the John Pearce trio

Tuesday 24th October – 8.00pm
Vasilis Xenopoulos & Nigel Price Quartet

 “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.  join the Facebook groups

Thursday 19th October – 8.30pm
Al Nicholls with the Ted Beament trio    Admission £12.00    Food available

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 notice of concerts. There’s a friendly atmosphere, come along. Enq: Larry Newall-Smith 01245 256510.  Adv booking:   01245 606505.  join the Facebook groups

1st October:     Buster meets Buster featuring Jo Fooks, Pete Ringrace, Neil Casey and Buster Birch accompanying Buster Keaton’s classic 1928 ‘Steamboat Bill Junior.’
5th November:   Denise King with John Pearce and Simon Woolf and Winston Clifford.
3rd December:             Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams, Robin Aspland, Simon Thorpe and Bobby Worth.

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.  We are now in the new Clubhouse which has been built between the Cricket Club’s two grounds.  Carry on a bit further round Chippingfield and its on your left still.  £8 Door

29th September – Rebop Tribute to Horace Silver:

Rebop is Paul Higgs trumpet, Colin Watling tenor saxophone, Chris Ingham piano, Marianne Bidwell  bass and George Double drums.  Returning to Marigolds after some fantastic gigs the superb Rebop play innovative and exhilarating modern jazz pioneered by jazz greats such as Bird, Dizzy, Miles, Fats, Tadd, Bud, Monk, Bill, Red, Philly Joe, Paul C, Jimmy C, Wynton, Cannonball, Trane and many others.
Rebop looks to play classic jazz of the ’40s and ’50s and they do it very, very well. However, tonight’s gig will be a tribute to Horace Silver.  Horace Silver was an American jazz pianist, composer and band leader, born 2 Sept 1928 in Norwalk, Connecticut and died 18 June 2014. He was among the most influential jazz musicians of his lifetime and a pioneer of hard bop. He worked as a sideman and leader of his own bands especially pioneering the quintet instrumentation of tenor saxophone, trumpet, piano, bass, and drums.  He was a prolific recording artist and composer. As a composer, he led a return to an emphasis on melody and his legacy as a composer may be greater than as a pianist, because his works, many of which are jazz standards, continue to be performed and recorded worldwide today.

13th October  –  Rag Mama Rag:

Formed in 1991, the English duo Rag Mama Rag, have consistently built up their reputation as one of Europe’s finest Country Blues acts and return to Marigolds following several fantastic gigs in recent years.  With an interesting and wide range of instruments, (Ashley Dow, Henderson Acoustic Guitar, National & Dobro Resonator Bottleneck Guitars, Weissenborn Acoustic Lap Steel, Ukulele and Vocals, plus Deborah Dow, Harmonica, Washboard, Percussion and Backing Vocals), Rag Mama Rag create an exceptionally full and hard driving rhythmic sound which soon has audience’s feet tapping.
Their repertoire is 20s and 30s Blues based, but extremely varied, encompassing Mississippi Blues, East Coast Ragtime sounds, early White Country tunes, Original Compositions, and many other regional styles of the 20s and 30s period.  Touring nonstop in Europe during the last ten years Rag Mama Rag have clocked up well over 2000 concerts and have played at many major festivals in France, Belgium and Germany

27th October –  Simon Spillett – A Tribute to Tubby Hayes:

Simon Spillett sax, Ted Beament keyboards, Simon Thorpe bass, Winston Clifford drums

This month sees the return to Marigolds of yet another great act. Described as one of the most popular and entertaining of the new wave of young British jazz musicians, Simon Spillett’s driving and energised style has often been compared favourably with that of his idol, the late great Tubby Hayes, arguably the most accomplished of the post-war British Bebop generation, and his approach shares a similar love of dare-devil tempos and all-out, no-holds-barred, intensity.
Simon has recorded studio albums but openly admits that he, ‘really can’t handle recording’ and so has not made as many albums that other jazz musicians of his ability have.  Simon has won several jazz awards and in 2016, was appointed as a Patron of the Jazz Centre UK, joining fellow patrons Sir Michael Parkinson, Dame Cleo Laine, Van Morrison, Paul Jones (of Manfred Mann) and Jools Holland.
He is always in demand at jazz venues across the UK and has played at many major festivals including Brecon International Jazz Festival, Swanage Jazz Festival, Wigan International Jazz Festival, Wavendon Jazz Festival, Southport Jazz On A Winters Weekend, Cleethorpes Beachcomber Jazz Festival and others.  As ever the Simon Spillett Quartet is sure to deliver a high energy performance of straight-ahead jazz in tribute to the late, great Tubby Hayes guaranteed to entertain everybody.

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, Normally Members £7, non-members £8. Call Laurie on 07913 558616 for more details. Sundays  8:30 – 11pm

24th September – The Jack Clifford Swingtette. Another wonderful end to another month of eclectic jazz at the club with an evening of traditional and jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack’s clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with guests including, as usual, Tim Huskisson playing the piano.

1st October – Kit Packham’s One Jump Ahead.  Kit’s alto sax and vocals leads this popular band featuring the tenor sax of Tracey Mendham. They play the swinging tempos of Louis Jordan as well as Rhythm & Blues and classic Rock’n’Roll.

8th October – Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.  Bob Dwyer blowing trombone leads his popular band with Max Emmons trumpet and blues harmonica, and Bernie Holden reeds, playing mainly in the style of the legendry Bix Beiderbecke. Listen out for John Bayne’s bass saxophone.

15th October – The Downhome Jazz Band.  This popular Essex band is led by bassist Ken ‘Slow Drag’ Collins with Hugh Rainey trumpet. Listen and strut your stuff to traditional and jazz standards from a great band. Another fantastic evening.

22nd October – Barry Tyler’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band.  All the way from Saffron Walden, Barry on drums leads his band, including Bill Gyford on banjo, playing the music of Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller and, of course, the O.D.J.B. Old-time jazz at its best.

29th October – The Jack Clifford Swingtette.  Another wonderful end to another month of jazz at the club with an evening of traditional and jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack’s clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with guests including, as usual, Tim Huskisson playing the piano.

GC’s JAZZ CLUB at The Woolpack, 23 Mildmay Road, Chelmsford CM2 0DN 01245 – 259295. First Sunday in Every Month 8:00pm – 10:30pm.  Free Admission.  Food Available.   Est 2012 Celebrating Five years!

Sunday 1st October 2017      RICHARD EXALL  Saxophone
Richard Has worked with big bands such as the Glen Miller Orchestra UK, Nelson Riddle Orchestra UK and bands such as Robin Jones King Salsa. A regular member of the Chris Barber band since 2004.
Tim Huskisson - Keyboard. - Roger Curphey String Bass. Graeme Culham – Drums.

Sunday 5th November 2017      SIMON HURLEY  Guitar
His playing is much inspired by Joe Pass and Martin Taylor who is quoted as saying that “Simon’s playing is just beautiful”.

Sam Edwards – KeyboardsJose CanhaString Bass.  Graeme Culham – Drums.

Sunday 3rd December 2017     SIMON SPILLETT  Saxophone
British jazz award winner, Author, Band leader, Patron of the Jazz Centre UK, Tubby Hayes prodigy.  Simon returns with his powerful and driving style with the Peter Lemer trio. Peter is a regular member of the Barbara Thompson band ‘Paraphernalia’ and has played with bands such as UK Drummer Ginger Baker’s ‘Gurvitz Army’.

Peter Lemer – KeyboardsJose CanhaString Bass.  Graeme Culham – Drums.

THE JAZZ MIX @ THE MARITIME ROOM    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 nights.

Weds 27th September 2017 – Louise Marshall & Derek Nash

With a smoky voice that crackles and pops, Louise Marshall is an established star with Jools Holland, David Gilmour and Roxy Music. She brings a fiery passion in singing the blues, soul and contemporary takes on the Great American Songbook. Saxophonist Derek Nash is at the forefront of the British jazz movement, he has been a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004, has led Sax Appeal for over thirty years, fronts the funk/fusion band Protect the Beat, and is a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion. Tickets £16

Weds 25th October 2017 – Dave Lewis’ 1UP

Dave Lewis’s robust and melodic tenor playing has been heard with a notable list of artists including Bryan Ferry, John Mayall, Eric Clapton and The Blockheads. His own band features an impressive array of talent fronted by fantastic vocalist Lizzie Deane, Lizzie’s warm persona and infectious performance style calls to mind the great soul divas such as Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield, but at the same time she brings her own unique energy and approach to every song. With a strong emphasis on groove, improvisation and spontaneous melodic interplay, 1UP is one of the tightest, funkiest bands on the scene. Expect to hear on the night tunes from their new album “Under the Same Sun”  Tickets £16

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.

CHICKENSHED THEATRE JAZZ BAR –  290 Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 4PE.
Booking telephone number: 020 8292 9222.  Booking email:

The Clarinet Maestros
Date:                Sunday 8 October
Time:                7:30pm
Price:                £20 adv | £25 on the door

Chickenshed presents America’s foremost swing clarinettist Ken Peplowski with the UK’s renowned clarinet maestro Julian Marc Stringle.  As a young man Ken Peplowski was heavily influenced by Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman. Ken had the honour to join Benny Goodman’s last big band on tenor saxophone at the age of 18.  Julian has now made two albums with Ken during their European tour in 2015/16.  Their contrasting styles on clarinet blend perfectly. The duo are backed by the outstanding pianist Craig Milverton’s trio featuring Sandy Suchdolski on bass and Nick Milward on drums.  Step into a fiery atmosphere of world class musicians in an amazingly intimate setting.

 The Inimitable Liane Carroll
Date:                Saturday 4 November
Time:                7pm support act (45mins) | 8.30pm main act (3hrs)
Price:                £20 adv | £25 on the door

The unrivalled multi-award winning Jazz cabaret entertainer Liane Carroll brings her unique talent back to delight the devoted Chickenshed fan club.  A joyous free spirit, Liane Carroll captivates everyone who sees her perform.  A classically trained pianist since she was three, she possesses a true musicality that lifts her interpretations into the realms of art in their own right and to hear her sing even the best known standard or the most hackneyed pop song is to hear that song afresh.   “Seaside” her last album, won CD of the year at the 2015 British Jazz awards.  She is a unique performer and without a doubt the biggest and hottest solo jazz draw in the country.

Date:                Sunday 5 November
Time:                7.30pm – 10pm
Price:                £10

Chickenshed is delighted to host the new 5 piece Blues Rock sensations JFK.
Their music pays lip service to old masters of the blues and rock, but encompasses their own take, which ambles into Jazz, Latin and even Reggae, no genre is unexplored. They have previously played at the Blues Woodland Stage at Livestock, at St Harmonica’s in October, and at The Black Barn in April.  The band will be playing their Southern Rock influenced style of music which will also feature original tracks from their album, recently promoted at The 100 Club, as well as their versions of lesser known material. The line-up features Chris Elliot (vocals) whose singing many have compared to a cross between Greg Allman and John Mayer, Spanish maestro lead guitarist Iago Banet whose theatrics on slide guitar are to be seen; behind them, and the backbone of the band, are Sol Ezra on drums (ex Talk Talk and Island Record house drummer), Paul Blount (ex Jeff Beck/ Micky Waller Band) on Keyboards, and Leslie Fleischman on bass.
A band that will capture your spirit and then pour chilli sauce all over it – they’re hot!

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

Fri 6 Oct :      Mornington Lockett – Ronnie Remembered

World-class saxophonist who played in the bands of Jimmy Smith, Jim Mullen, Martin Drew and Stan Tracey, among many others. Mornington was also, alongside Art Themen and Don Weller, one of the ‘Three Tenors’. Tonight, he remembers his tenure with the British jazz legend Ronnie Scott in the company of the Chris Ingham Trio featuring as special guest another former Scott alumnus, bass legend Dave Green.   “One of the most complete masters of the instrument” GUARDIAN


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 from £12.   Online Tickets: Web:  Email:

Weds 27th SeptEnrico Tomasso & Roy Williams “Homage to Clark Terry & Bob Brookmeyer” with Sandra Lambert (Piano), Mick Hutton (Bass) and Jeff Lardner (Drums)

Enrico is one of Britain’s top jazz trumpeters – winning the best trumpet category in the British Jazz Awards twice. He is also a popular figure at European festivals and clubs. Tonight, he teams up with trombonist Roy Williams whose professional musical career has now spanned seven decades. Roy made his name as the regular trombonist with the Alex Welsh Band from 1965 to 1978. He has worked with many of the jazz greats including Peanuts Hucko and Scott Hamilton. Together Enrico and Roy recreate the work of jazz legends Clark Terry and Bob Brookmeyer to bring you an evening of terrific swinging jazz.

Wednesday 25th October  - Derek Nash with Sandra Lambert (Piano), Mick Hutton (Bass) and Jeff Lardner (Drums)

At the forefront of the British Jazz movement, Derek Nash has been a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004, performing both live and on TV with such greats as Eric Clapton, Amy Winehouse, Chaka Khan, Gregory Porter, Emeli Sande, Jessie J, Sir Paul McCartney, Solomon Burke, Annie Lennox, Eddie Floyd, Sam Moore, Madeleine Peyroux, Roger Daltrey, David Sanborn, Eddi Reader and Tom Jones.

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 26th – 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.

FLEECEJAZZ – World class Jazz every Friday at Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel CO6 4PZ     Doors 7.30pm, gig starts 8.00 pm, 2 sets, ends approx 11.00 pm   Ample parking; fully accessible – info 01787 211865    See website for directions as satnav can get you lost!   Tickets – Box Office: 01787 211865; WeGotTickets (booking fee); On the door (cash/cheque)


29th September       £15       The Paper Jam Duo
Christian Garrick ~ violin      David Gordon ~ piano


No duo works better than this. They have a quality that fills space and keeps you tapping your toes to a bright shimmering sound

Sleeve notes for the CD Paper Jam:   “spirit of early jazz is here on this recording: two lone voices pitted against each other and with no bassist or drummer to provide a resting point along the way. There is a sense of danger and exposure with the very skeleton of their improvisatory craft on display.  Chris and David are cowboy gunslingers, urgent and dangerous, whose pedigree of cattle rustling and gaming houses (or scales and music theory at their various academies and kaleidoscopic experience as jazzers) has led to this shootout. The gold standard of such shootouts, of course, is Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines’ recordings in 1928, Weather Bird their apogee, where rivalry, ego and tension underpin but are washed away by bucketloads of rapport: call and response, cryptic copycat and overt playfulness.

… On this CD we have two musicians who are supple enough technically and full to the brim with ideas  – its lodestar is engagement, and, together, Chris and David cavort incredibly as though a complete jazz orchestra, yet with only catgut and chopsticks. Chris cascades and skinny-dips, David dives or bellyflops; we have joy, skittishness, the lingering, tender phrase and the throwaway thrill. We are taken from the Anglican (David Gordon’s chillingly beautiful English Isobars or William Walton’s account of Shakespeare), to the blues and back to the New Orleans cradle of jazz, Tin Pan Alley, the sixties’ pop parade, and the embrace of world music (sambas, mambos, S African townships). This duo has the energy and timbre to fill either a living room or a concert hall. It is always an  amazing treat to hear them perform together live, or here on their new CD, Paper Jam.


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 vet’s surgery CM16 6DB.  Licensed bar at village hall prices.  Tea, coffee and snacks at reasonable prices, with parking – but get there early. Please phone Margaret or George on 01992 523535 to book

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

October 21                    November 18                   December 16

“SPIKE’S PLACE” AT BECKENHAM – 8:30pm. Club Langley, 2 Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3SR (Off South Eden Park Road). Admission £14.00  members £11.00  unless otherwise stated. 020 8650 2406 / 01245 420475 E mail: Advance bookings: Susan 01245 420475  join the Facebook groups

Thursday  28th September – 8.30pm
Derek Nash Quartet

Thursday  5th October  – 8.30pm
Pete Long Quartet

Thursday  12th October – 8.30pm
Buster meets Buster  – includes Buster Keaton movie with the music from the Buster Birch Quartet featuring Jo Fooks     Tickets £15.00 members £12.00 now available

Thursday  26th October – 8.30pm
Vasilis Xenopoulos & Nigel Price Quintet

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

Sunday 1 OCTOBER – Josephine Davies’s SATORI     Admission – £7 / £6 (concession)

Brand new trio from the Perrier award winning tenor/soprano saxophonist Josephine Davies. Influenced by the great live trio recordings of Joe Henderson and Julian Arguelles, Satori have created a similar group feeling of freedom and exploration, playful original compositons that harness melody and groove with plenty of room for improvisation. Also featuring the wonderful Dave Whitford (double bass) and Paul Carvis (drums).

JAZZNIGHTS @ THE BELL, CLARE The Bell Hotel, Market Hill, Clare, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 8NN. from 7.30 – 10.00pm   £10 Admission.   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 24th Sept – JOSH KEMP

Sunday 8th Oct – TRACKS
Sunday 22nd Oct – LOZ SPEYER

Sunday 5th Nov – CHRISTINE TOBIN
Sunday 19th Nov – QUE PASA

Sunday 17th Dec – LAURA ZAKIAN

Sunday 7th Jan – LIANE CARROLL
Sunday 21st Jan – CHRIS ALLARD

FOLKESTONE JAZZ CLUB AT THE TOWER Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone, Kent CT20 3HL. Every Thursday Music Starts 8 00pm To book please call 01303 277175  or  Derick Woodland Beryl Wood.  Gigs start  8pm – Adm £12

Sept 28th   KEN PEPLOWSKI   &   JULIAN MARC STRINGLE   Clarinet Maestros — The world’s finest Jazz clarinettist’s.  The USA’s No1 clarinettist meets Europe’s No 1 clarinettist.  They are also great tenor saxophonists ~ Plus THE CRAIG MILVERTON TRIO

KEN PEPLOWSKI    From the USA & recognised as the world’s finest clarinettist ~ played with Benny Goodman & often compared to him… The New York Times said “Goodman with a twist of Lightning ”  ~~~ Tonight Ken is teaming up with Europes finest clarinettist
Both of these excellent musicians will also entertain us on Tenor Sax
Backed by The UK’s own Oscar Peterson style pianist ~~ the award winning CRAIG MILVERTON & HIS TRIO with Sandy Suchodolski double bass  & Nick Millward drums

October 5th           Adm  £12         Derek Nash from The Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with his 8-Piece  SAX APPEAL  (5 Sax + 3 Rhythm).
piano     PHIL SCRAGG bass     NIC FRANCE drums

October 12th      Adm £12        MISS ELAINE DELMAR & HER TRIO        Universally known as Miss Sophistication of The Jazz World – This Lady is very much Star Quality.  Elaine was born into the jazz world–her late father being the late great Leslie “Jiver” Hutchinson.  To her credit she has enhanced that talent & become 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 Royal Albert Hall audience as JAZZ ROYALTY – a title that nobody would argue with.
John Pearce  piano – One of the UKs finest…. Alec Dankworth double bass Brit Jazz award winner & the top vocalist’s favourite drummer  Rod Brown ….. This Top Quality Trio would be hard to beat..

October 19th   THE BEST OF BRITISH JAZZ        Adm  £14
” A FISH TALE ”   THE ALAN BARNES ALL STAR OCTET           This is part of a nationwide tour supported by the arts council of Great Britain

This is the amazing story in music & verse of the bravery of the men & families in the Fishing Industry  in World War 2.  A tribute to the contribution made by those in the fishing industry who were instrumental in feeding the nation and protecting it in war.  At the start of WW2 Grimsby had 400 trawlers – 200 were converted to minesweepers – 200 trawlers carried on fishing in mine infested waters of the North Sea.  In that area of the North Sea there were 16000 mines  —  14500 men lost their lives.

Alan Barnes  saxes  Leader – fisherman & Master of Ceremonies
Gilad Atzmon  saxes  – A massive name in the jazz world making his first visit to The FJC
Dean Masser  saxes –  One of the stalwarts of northern jazz – Great tenor man.
Neil Yates  trumpet  Ditto to above.   works Manchester & the north with Dean
Mark Nightingale  trombone . UK’s number 1 & multi award winner for trombone.
Pat McCarthy  guitar   & great composer — shared the dot’s with Alan on this story.
Dave Green  double bass — 2 words go together Dave Green & World Class
John Perry  percussion. Internationally famed drummer in many genre’s
Josie-Anne Moon  poetry  Listen — Hear & Learn ….

In this band we have six new names to the audience of The FJC.   Most of you will have seen the internationally renowned saxophonist Gilad Atzmon.. Dean Masser & Neil Yates are the Manchester based Jazz Worriers.

October 26th       THE JO FOOKS / AL NICHOLS  QUINTET           Adm £12  //

Two top swinging tenors blowing great standards & some originals.  It’s our kind of music – It’s your kind of music – It’s toe tapping music.  Two great swinging musicians — each have their own bands – come together for this night of swing.  Plus the swinging rhythm section ~ with one of The FJC’s favourite pianists   –  TED BEAMENT  On double bass -the pendulum of –  VAL MANNIX  The professor of drums -  BUSTER BIRCH

Tuesday    October 31st    THE BEST OF BRITISH JAZZ             Adm £12

Tribute to THE BENNY GOODMAN QUARTET  by THE PETE LONG ALL STAR QUARTET   This All Star Quartet has been selected by award winning big band leader PETE LONG to play the amazing swinging music of the famous BENNY GOODMAN QUARTET

PETE LONG   Clarinet ~ Leader ~ Raconteur & jocular historian
ANTHONY KERR  Vibes -from the BBC Big Band. One of the top Vibes men in the UK.
NICK DAWSON  Piano ~ Great pianist ~ MD at Mama Mia in the West End
RICHARD PITE  Drums ~  Amazing drummer & stick juggler — Must be seen !!!

BASSMENT, 16 Wells Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1HZ  have a monthly, live, Thursday night Jazz Funk session.  Last event: 10th Aug.       House band:   James Maltby – Guitar   Dan Banks – Piano   Andy Staples – Bass   Josh Law – Drums   Zak Barrett – Saxophone

THE JAZZ CENTRE (UK)   c/o Beecroft Art Gallery – Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS09 6EX   E-mail:
Tel:  01702 215169     Facebook:

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.

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

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

JAZZ IN THE JUNGLE BAR, Fore Street, Hertford SG14 1AX is now on the Second and Last Monday of each Month with the NEIL FRYER QUARTET featuring Neil Fryer (tenor sax) Phil Mead (keyboard) 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

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 £18.   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. Online:

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 6.00pm and finish around 8.30 pm and will be free admission.

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.

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 visit their new website at

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.

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

Cuffley Jazz Workshop meets most Monday evenings at Cuffley Youth & Community Centre, Station Road, Cuffley, EN6 4EY 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm New members always welcome.  Contact Les 07941183004

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

10 Oct, 8.45PM. The Polo Sticks w/Alan Barnes, Martin Nickless, Charlie Wood, Dave Jenkins, Les Cirkel. The Stables.Wavendon, MK17 8LU.  01908 280800. £10.
18 Oct, 12.30PM. W/Tad Newton. The Spice of Life. 6 Moor St, London, W1D 5NA. £6.

7 Nov, 8PM. w/Tad Newton. Olney Jazz Club. Carlton House Club.38 Hi St, Olney, MK46 4BB. £10. 01234 711348
25 Nov, 7.30PM. w/Tina May, Nick Weldon, Dave Olney, Richard Pite. Celebrating Ella and Fats. Pavenham Village Hall. Pavenham, Beds, MK43 7PE.£12.

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On Sat 23 September Heads South Latin Jazz will be at The Grey Lady Music Lounge
The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Steve Waterman trumpet, John Harriman piano & organ, Uruguayan bass player Andres Lafone, Cuban percussionist Chino Martell Morgan, Buster Birch drums. Booking: 01892 544700.  £6 /7. Music 9pm, dining available from 8pm  “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

CAXTON SWING Gigs.   For more detailed info

Saturday 23rd September Old Bull Inn High St Royston from 8pm as part of The Royston Arts Festival Tickets £8 & £6 from

Advance News – Monday 2oth November at Churchill College Cambridge with guest star Jo Fooks. Part of the Cambridge Jazz Festival.  Tickets £11 & £9

CAROL BRAITHWAITES’ JAZZ NIGHTS:   (further information : ).

16/09 – North Weald (afternoon)
16/09 – Billericay (evening)
20/09 – Essex County Bowls
07/10 – Jazz Centre (open day)
13/10 – Billericay
18/10 – Essex County Bowls
21/10 – North Weald (afternoon)
21/10 – The Fold, Billericay (evening)
10/11 – Billericay
15/11 – Essex County Bowls
18/11 – North Weald
08/12 – Billericay
16/12 – North Weald
20/12 – Essex Bowl

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

Thurs 28th Sept. 1066 Jazz Club. Marina, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 0BU. 8.00-11.00pm. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces

Sun. 1st Oct. 2017. The Globe On Morning Lane, Hackney, E9 6NA. 12.30 – 3.30 pm. – with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces. FREE ADMISSION.

Thurs. 5th Oct. The Swan, High Street, Chaddesley Corbett, Nr Kiddderminster, DY10 4SD.  – with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Fri. 6th Oct. Newbold Verdon Jazz Club, Social Club, Main street, Newbold Verdon, Leicester, LE9 9NP. 8.00 – 10.30pm.  – with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Sun. 8th Oct. Hornchurch Jazz Club, Conservative Club, 25 North Street, Hornchurch, RM11 1RS. 8.30 – 11.00. with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Fri. 13th Oct. Farnborough Jazz Club, Farrow Fields, High street, BR6 7BA. 8.00 – 11.00pm.  – with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

Sun. 12th Nov. Colchester Jazz Club, Marks Tey Parish Hall, Old London Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, CO6 1EJ. 7.45-10.30pm.  – with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.


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.

Friday 29 Sept – PETER KING with Jim Treweek-piano, Eric Guy-bass, Buster Birch-drums.
A major influence on the British Jazz scene ever since he played (at the age of 18!) the opening night of Ronnie Scott’s Club, London. “Peter King is the finest alto saxophonist that Britain has ever produced, and one of the finest in the world today” – Dave Gelly… “A wonderful musician, Peter King is a master of his instrument.” - Elvin Jones…“Peter King is one of the best musicians in the world.” – Lalo Schifrin.

Friday 27 October – PETE LONG with Jim Treweek-piano, Eric Guy-bass, Buster Birch-drums. One of the most in-demand jazz and session musicians in the UK. Clarinet, sax and oboe player Pete Long is director of The Ronnie Scott’s big band and has also worked with Tom Jones, Norah Jones, Solomon Burke, Dr. John, Lulu, Georgie Fame, Lionel Richie, Sir Paul McCartney, Seth MacFarlane, Will Young, Joss Stone, Dionne Warwick, Humphrey Lytlleton, Sir John Dankworth and is also the featured soloist on the theme tune to “The Office”.

Friday 24 November – ARQ (Alison Rayner Quintet) Alison Rayner-bass, Diane McLaughlin-sax, Deirdre Cartwright-guitar, Steve Lodder-piano, Buster Birch-drums
Terrific grooves, poignant melodies and fluid improvisation… ARQ brings to the stage a musical bond that is expressed in such fun and joyful moments, that it is an absolute pleasure to be in the same room with them” – Colchester Arts. They completed a 30 date UK tour in the spring of 2017 with a sell out concert at Pizza Express Dean St and tonight is part of another new UK wide tour.

Friday 29 December – JOHN ETHERIDGE with Jim Treweek-piano, Eric Guy-bass, Buster Birch-drums.  A true master of guitar in all styles. Simultaneously touring in duo with Stephane Grappelli and as a member of legendary fusion band “Soft Machine” John Etheridge defies boundaries and excels in all musical settings. He has worked with John Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzie Gillespie, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe, Nigel Kennedy, Pat Metheny, Birelli Lagrene, Barney Kessel, Elton Dean and John Williams. “One of the best guitarists in the world” – Pat Metheny… “I never wanted to be a star, just a highly respected musician like John Etheridge” – Sting. 

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, Essex. SSO 7QW. 01702 345247. Sunday 1pm. Ron on Bass, plus guest.


On Wednesday September 20 we are back for our usual 3rd Wednesday of the month at THE WAGON in WIX – 8:30 – 11pm   The usual suspects will be lined up, but as Mel Cox is on holiday leave (unpaid) we have Oliver Benson on guitar, banjo and we may let him sing.

on October 1st we will be back at the ALBION Rowhedge for our usual Sunday afternoon jazz     2 – 4:30pm

The Wagon in Wix  from 8:30 – 11pm (and on every 3rd Wednesday of the month) with The Blackwater Band from 8:30  to 11 pm  and on the 3rd Wednesday of every month during 2017  There will be happy jazz provided The Blackwater Band

CHRIS INGHAM QUARTET live in 2016-17

Sun 24 Sep – COLCHESTER Arts Centre

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.  Further information, upcoming shows, available at

Tuesday 26th September, we have the return to the club of the Zoe Shwarz Blue Commotion.  A highly accomplished and experienced band with the added value of one of the best female powerhouse vocalists to be performing on the circuit.  Latest news for the band is that they are one of four to be nominated to take part in the UK Blues Challenge on 10th September at the iconic Cavern Club in Liverpool.  The winner goes on to represent the UK in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in December 2017 and again in the European Blues Challenge in Holland, February 2018.  A truly great evening in store!  Tickets £12.00, pay on the door.  Bookings to me at the return email address.  Doors open 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 (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.

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     advances        

WEDS 27th September – LONDON CITY BIG BAND – Incredibly tight youthful ensemble playing faithful renditions taken from the books of Sinatra, Ella, Basie, Rich & James & led by top young trumpeter BARNEY LOWE. Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 adv


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

John Petters News -

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

Tony Jacobs News You’ll see on the home page that I am on Facebook so if you’d like to connect that way, click on the link. I am also struggling with Twitter!!! Of course you can always email me at


 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 my own 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, there is no need to book, just come along and join in!   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.
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. It is a practical, performance based approach to learning in a nurturing group. Through the playing and study of standard jazz repertoire we cover some of the requirements for improvising including ear training, rhythmic skills, developing your harmonic understanding, learning transcriptions of some classic recordings and building a jazz vocabulary. Limited numbers.

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


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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. 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 Cavendish Suite at The Bell, Market Hill, CO10 8NN

Stoke By Nayland: Fleece Jazz at the Stoke By Nayland Hotel, CO6 4PZ

Saffron Walden: The Foyer Jazz Club at Saffron Hall present the LUCA STOLL QUARTET on Friday 6th October. 8pm. £13.50.

Bury St Edmunds: The Apex present Songbook Sundays with EMILY SAUNDERS on Sunday 24th September. 11.30am start. £10 adv, £12 door.

Bishops Stortford: The band QUE PASA are back at the Rhodes Centre on Weds 1 Nov.

Chelmsford: The TED BEAMENT TRIO are at ACanteen, 35 New London Rd, CM2 0ND with “Jazz For Dining” on Saturday 23rd September. Around 8pm to 10.30ish. Book a table on 01245 205889.

Colchester: The Arts Centre Jazz Club at Church Street (off Head Street) on Sunday 1st October present the MATT RIDLEY QUARTET. See See for details.

Cambridge: Every Sunday night the ANDY BOWIE QUARTET are at the Tram Depot, Dover Street.

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

Rawreth: The Belvedere Jazz & Music Club at The Chichester Hotel, Old Wickford Road, Nr Wickford, SS11 8UE  Tel: 07850 607075.

Lowestoft: Milestones Jazz Club at the Hatfield Hotel, The Esplanade, NR33 0QG present JOSEPHINE DAVIES’S SATORI on Sunday 1st Oct.


And finally … NAG TIME! PLEASE NOTE:

1. As mentioned above, please do NOT just send us posters or flyers or a link to a website. We will not include anything which we cannot copy and paste the text from. Word etc documents are fine, as is just typing the information in the body of an email. If someone does your artwork for you they would normally be happy to email you the text to save you re-typing it.

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