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REDBRIDGE GREEN FAIR MUSIC CLUB – ACOUSTIC ZONE at Cranbrook Castle Tennis Club, St.George’s Rd/Pavilion Rd Ilford IG1 3PG (10 mins walk Gants Hill) Friday 24 January 7.45pm
Al Neville & Rachel Eyres – Accomplished vocal, guitar, violin duo playing diverse original songs
Cuerdas   Jazz, folk, flamenco, classical music duo Jane (violin) & Javier (guitar)
Ian Hollyer Singer/guitarist whose performances include many popular hits from past decades
Admission only £5  (Under 18’s £2)  07917 050490
Licensed Bar (cash only)   No membership required    Everyone welcome

Stella Goodey Sings and Swings the Blues  at  The ARC, St John’s Arts & Recreation Centre,  St John’s Walk, Market St, Old Harlow CM17 0AJ  on  Sat 25th January at 3pm.  Admission £12 – details John Petters: 01406 365 731, e-mail:     Presenting a sensational programme of classic blues from the ‘20s to the early ‘40s,  Returning will be the renowned chanteuse, Stella Goodey, accompanied by John Petters, drums, Tim Huskisson, clarinet, Lord Arsenal, piano & trumpet, and Keith Donald, bass.
Stella is a classically trained musician and naturally gifted singer. She specialises in singing traditional jazz, early classic blues and is the best interpreter of Billie Holiday’s style in the country, according to critics.  Stella’s powerful voice is reminiscent of the classic blues artists and has been likened to Bessie Smith, Dinah Washington and blues influenced rock star, Janis Joplin.  Despite the strength in Stella’s voice, it can also emulate the sweet, vulnerability and expression of the legendary Lady Day, Billie Holiday.

Jazz at the Liberal Club   –  Join Annie and Bow Django for an evening of gypsy jazz played as le Quintet du Hot Club de France would LOVED to have played it!  
Where?          Ilford Liberal Club, 10 Balfour Rd, IG1 4JF
When?           8.30 Thursday,  January 23rd 
How much?  £5
Why?              Great music, lovely people and a very reasonable bar. 
There’s jazz every Thursday night. See our Facebook page Jazz at the Liberal Club. 

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.

The Harry Bolt Quartet at Toulouse Lautrec, 140 Newington Butts, Kennington, London SE11 4RN  Sat 25th January, 2020 at 9pm (doors 7.30pm)   0207 582 6800     Harry Bolt (Piano) Andreas Di Biase (Bass) Mike de Souza (Guitar), Corrie Dick (Drums)

Fresh from an extended time playing in New York, Harry will lead his own talented quartet, Four modern Jazz Musicians at the top of their field delivering a new approach on jazz classics, standards and modern contemporary arrangements that also provide a showcase for Harry’s exciting, standout compositions. A performance not to be missed!
“ … Harry plays with soul, energy, versatility and most importantly – heart. He has an assured future in the business”   Rodney Jones, Julliard
“Something of a Prodigy, a Remarkable Young Pianist”   David Lewis of Straight Ahead, 606 Jazz Club on Solar Radio

– 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

            24th January – Soloist – Ben Holder (violin)




‘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).   Wednesday 22nd January: music from some of those jazz musicians born during January, so expect music from Wild Bill Davison, Jay McShann, Django Reinhardt and Tubby Hayes.   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

29th January – ‘Jazzin’ Jolson’ with Julian Stringle, Nick Dawson &
                            Enrico Tomasso Sextet

5th February – Harlem Meer Cats

12th February – ‘Soheim & Me’  with  the Joanna Eden Quintet featuring
                               special guest vocalist Leigh McDonald 

19th February – Mick Foster Quartet with Dominic Ashworth

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

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

22nd January 2020  –  Soloist –  Frank Sebastian (Tenor), Keyboards – Paul McGinley, Guitar – John Mc Ginley,  Double Bass – Wally Scott tbc,  Drums – John Withers

29th January 2020  –  Soloist –  Peter Rouse (Vocals), Keyboards – Jenny Carr,
Double Bass – Alex Keen,  Drums – John Withers

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 trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit
Another visit from this extraordinary talented, singer / songwriter who charms her audiences with her range of tunes and tempos along with the lyrics of some beautiful ballads and standards from the great American songbook.   This remarkable voice, once heard, never forgotten.


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 4th February – 8.00pm
Matt Skelton Celebrates the music of Shelley Manne
Mark Crooks – sax     Jim Davidson – trumpet    Leon Greening – piano
Jeremy Brown – bass & Matt Skelton – drums
Admission £16.00 members £13.00

Tuesday 11th February – 8.00pm
Zoe Francis with the Jim Mullen Trio

Tuesday 18th February – 8.00pm
Mark Crooks Quartet plays the music of Johnny Mandell

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  30th January  
Louise Ellen (Vlc/Flute) & House Band hosts our regular request and invited open mic.

Thurs  13th February  
Graham Pike Quartet (Harmonica/Tpt) with guest singer Rob Bell
Jenny Carr ~ Pno,  Mao Yamada ~ Bass,  Nick Anderson ~ Kit

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

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

 Tuesday 28th of January  –  Dance Night.   No Good Woman & The Kingsnakes.

This wonderful band with the awesome Dawnette providing lead vocals took the club by storm in August & here they are again at the earliest available date.  No Good Woman & The Kingsnakes are a five piece blues band from Southend-on-sea, playing sassy, soulful blues, old and new, from the Delta to Chicago, Bessie Smith to B.B King and Nina Simone to Peter Green:

Dawnette (A No Good Woman) – Vocals
Dawnette has been singing for as long as she can remember and was the lead singer for The Honky Tinkers (also known as The HTs). She has sung jazz, soul, funk and blues with a number of groups and musicians over the years, including a few times with local legend Digby Fairweather. This No Good Woman knows what she’s about – sassy, strong, sexy, spicy & sweet, without apology.  So when you come to hear her sing, you better be ready!
Johnny Vortex – Guitars
Johnny Vortex is the founder and driving force of The Kingsnakes. His true identity has not been established as he was defrosted from an ice-berg two years ago. All we know is he is approximately 4,500 years old. In the laboratory during the defrosting process he absorbed the music being played on the radio. It was of course the Blues.
Pat McNamara – Bass
Key founding member of long-established Southend Beat Group The Phrogs, Pat has played bass with a number of bands including Dooyah! with Gary Thompson and Dave Dulake. Pat plays with a stripped back and minimal approach that is sympathetic with the style and allows room for the Kingsnakes to manoeuvre.
Gary Thompson – Drums and Vocals
Having spent many years in the music business, appearing on Top of the Pops when he was the drummer with the band Tonite, Gary not only pays drums but is also an accomplished guitarist and songwriter.
Wailin’ Wayne – Harmonica and Vocals
Wayne has played with a number of local bands, becoming hooked on the blues since hearing the first album by Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac. He is also known for organising the Rochford Summer Solstice Real Ale and Music festivals.

   Beecroft Arts Gallery, Victoria Avenue, Southend, SS2 6EX    Tel: 01702 215169 (Thurs & Sat only)  Or: 01245 420475

Saturday 25th January   2.00pm – 4.00pm
Vasilis Xenopolous  with Ross Stanley  –  Simon Thorpe  &  Steve Brown
Admission £10.00

Saturday 29th February   2.00pm – 4.00pm
Nicholas Meier – guitar   Jakub Cywinski – bass   Eric Ford – 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

Jan 28th – Mike Barry’s Dixie Rhythm Kings

Feb 11th  –  TJ Johnson’s Jazz and Blues Band

Feb 25th  – The French Quarter All Stars  featuring Alan Gresty

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

Mar24th  –  The Carlton Jazzband

  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)

16th February 2020    £14 /£18 /£5     Nat Steele’s Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) plus
Grant Stewart     

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

31st January  –  Tribute to Shelly Manne with Matt Skelton and Mark Crooks

Matt Skelton drums, Mark Crooks sax, James Davison trumpet, Leon Greening keyboards, Jeremy Brown bass.

Sheldon Manne (June 11, 1920 – September 26, 1984), professionally known as Shelly Manne, was an American jazz drummer. Frequently associated with West Coast jazz, he was known for his versatility and also played in a number of other styles,  as well as contributing to the musical background of hundreds of Hollywood films and television.
Equally at home in modern and vintage Jazz styles Matt Skelton, a graduate of the RA of Music, enjoys a diverse musical career that encompasses Symphonic and Light Orchestral Music as well as smaller bands/trios. He has accompanied and recorded with, far too many leading internationally known Jazz figures to list here.
Mark graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. He moved to London to the postgraduate jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music after winning the Young Jazz Player of the Year Competition in 1991. Mark has played in all of London’s top jazz venues and at jazz festivals with his own and other bands and orchestras.
Since graduating with a MA in Jazz Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, James has become a regular lead trumpet deputy in many West End Shows.  He has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and as guest Principal with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hallé Orchestra.
Award winning jazz pianist Leon Greening has been the sideman of choice with the ‘who’s who’ of the UK Jazz Scene. Known as ‘everybody’s favourite pianist’ he is one of the finest pianists this country has ever produced and  has become a mainstay of the London jazz scene.
Jeremy Brown graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and has become one of the foremost bass players on the UK Jazz scene. Much in demand in the UK and Europe as a backing sideman he also performs as a regular member of many groups. He is a founding member of the John Wilson Orchestra and  is currently a member of the BBC big band.

14th February –  Rag Mama Rag:

 Formed in 1991, the English duo RAG MAMA RAG, have slowly and consistently built up their reputation as one of Europes finest Country Blues acts.
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 audiences 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 non stop 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

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 onto 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.

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

26th January – The Jack Clifford Swingtette.  A great end to the first month of the year 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.

9th February – Kit Packham’s One Jump Ahead.  Kit’s alto sax and vocals leads this popular high-energy five-piece band. They play the swinging tempos of Louis Jordan as well as Rhythm & Blues and classic Rock ’n’ Roll. Always a great evening!

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.

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

Sunday 2nd February 2020
Andi Hopgood   Vocals 
I am pleased to have Andi return to the club. Her repertoire features the popular american song book.. Andi also fronts the ‘Suffolk Soul Singers’ and is a active member of the Musicians Union.
Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.         

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!

Digby’s Club at The Cricketers. Our next date is Wednesday February 12th when the music starts at 8.30pm as usual. Our guest is the great guitarist Dominic Ashworth – whose brand new album ‘PSYCHE’ hit the headlines in 2019 and won a five star review in Jazzwise Magazine.  Dominic will be joined by Digby on trumpet, Alan Clarke on drums, Roger Curphey on double bass and Tim Huskisson on piano. Remember to book if you want to eat at the adjacent restaurant tel. 01702 345053.  The food is great and prices very reasonable. There is no admission charge and parking is free after 6.30pm at the nearby carpark. Look forward to seeing you there!

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.

January 25th  –   East Coast Wanderers

The East Coast Wanderers Jazz Band on Saturday 25th January 2020, 6.30 for 7.30pm at Wickham Bishops Village Hall, just off A12 South of Witham, CM8 3JZ featuring;
Alan Arnold  leading on bass               Ron West on drums
Richard Mayhew on trombone           Mel Cox on strings
Tim Densham on reeds.

To start the New Year, we welcome back The East Coast Wanderers Jazz Band, a band formed from members of the late Tom Collins Jazz Band. The band plays regularly at clubs, dances, weddings and festivals and in 1977 were winners of the Dunkirk Festival. The band’s repertoire is constantly being extended in scope and content and we look forward to an entertaining evening.
Tickets – contact Pete on 07548775777 or email

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 20th February  – 8.30pm
Dave O’Higgins– saxophone  with Graham Harvey – piano Jeremy Brown – Bass and Josh Morrison – drums
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 
join the Facebook groups

Thursday  23rd January  – 8.30pm    ‘Tenor Madness
In memory of the late great Spike Robinson    Featuring   Alan Barnes   Derek Nash
Vasilis Xenopolous    John Peace   Paul Morgan  &  Bobby Worth
Tickets £17.00 members £14.00

Thursday  6th February  – 8.30pm
Matt Skelton Celebrates the music of Shelley Manne
Mark Crooks – sax     Jim Davidson – trumpet     Leon Greening – piano    
Jeremy Brown – bass        Matt Skelton – drums
Admission £16.00 members £13.00

Thursday 13th February  – 8.30pm
Robert Fowler Quartet

Thursday 27th February  – 8.30pm
Paul Hart – violin              Mark Crooks – saxophone 
Colin Oxley – guitar          Simon Woolf – bass

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 29th January 2020Tristan

Funky rhythm guitars, Hammond, Fender Rhodes and synths, and a rhythm section playing solid grooves and tight, punchy arrangements, have become the trademark of Dutch jazz funksters Tristan. All this gives singer Evelyn Kallansee the solid ground to make her beautiful vocals shine. What makes this group stand out is the high quality of the compositions and arrangements. Tristan’s debut release, Full Power received rave reviews, while their highly acclaimed follow-up, 2nd Phase, proved that this is a band with something to say, both albums going straight to No 1 in the UK soul charts.  The group continues to surprise yet again with their 2019 release, The Spice of Five. Tickets £16

Weds 12th February 2020Some Kinda Wonderful – The Music of Stevie Wonder

Celebrating the genius of Stevie Wonder, mesmeric vocalist, Noel McCalla and award-winning saxophonist, Derek Nash, have put together a band of top musicians to play a back-catalogue of classic hits. Noel McCalla’s long association with the brilliant Morrisey Mullen Band earned him acclaim as “one of Britain’s best Soul Singers” (Blues and Soul Magazine) and, for more than 19 years, Noel’s searing, soulful vocals were featured with the iconic Manfred Mann’s “Earth Band”. Derek Nash has played in Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004 and is a member of the Ronnie Scotts Blues Explosion. He has won several British Jazz Awards throughout his career fronting Sax Appeal, his Acoustic Quartet and the funk band, Protect the Beat. Tickets £18

 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.

January 28th   Hertswing Big Band    John Davies presents the expected Basie swing and drive with an ever stimulating programme. With star singer Vicky.

February 4th   Flat Back Four With Jez Guest saxes, Neil Drake piano, Roger Hudson bass and Ian Sands drums.  A top quality quartet not to be missed! 

February 11th     Conchord Big Band   A popular band in the Basie tradition presented by JJ on drums.

February 18th    The Jim Phillips Band    Fronted by Jim on baritone sax, with many recently acquired combo charts from his extensive music library.  All aided by Bryony on vocals.

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!  


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.

15th Feb 2020  –  Simon Spillett Quartet. 
Simon Spillett (ts), Rob Barron (p), Alec Dankworth (b), Clark Tracey (d). 

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).

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.

25 January 2020 at 12 Noon  –  BURT BUTLER’S JAZZ PILGRIMS

Tickets  –   Members £10     Non Members £15    Tickets include buffet lunch.
Ticket Hot Line  01843 596789

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 26th Jan  –   SAM DUNN with Simon Brown (keys), Bernie Hodgkins (bs), Roger Odell (drs)  plus LARRAINE ODELL (voc)
“Sam Dunn is a wonderful musician on all levels. He has a wide, interesting repertoire, beautiful sound, and is equally compelling with ballads and burners. And with his fast ears and quick wit, he’s great fun on the bandstand” – Judy Carmichael, US Pianist. “Keep playing those right chord changes, you sound great!” George Wein, Newport Jazz Festival.

Sun 9th Feb   –   LIZ FLETCHER
Sun 23rd Feb –   ART THEMEN
Sun 22nd Mar –   PETE NEIGHBOUR

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.   


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

Jan 23rd               CRAIG MILVERTON QUINTET  

MARTIN  DALE.  A name from the past ~This former Royal Marine was based at Deal & then moved back to his home town Plymouth.  Remember him as a top tenor man playing at Mike & Wendy Porter Wards Old School House Jazz at Teynham ~ great times & great jazz.  Martin was with the best in jazz that were based in Kent ie Johnny Burch & Dick Morrissey (sadly no longer with us).   Martin moved back to Plymouth,  where he runs his own modern jazz outfits & combines with Exeter based award winning pianist CRAIG MILVERTON a regular at The FJC for many years.   Plus ~
DOMINIC ASHWORTH guitar ~ This Canadian guitarist is world class by any standards & we are lucky to have such quality at The FJC ~ Dom’s just released his latest CD Psyche
ANDREW CLEYNDERT double bass . So much experience & one of the UK’s top men
ROD BROWN drums Recognised in the jazz world as one of the UK’s finest.  Rod travels from Lympne to all corners of  the UK on a daily basis to accompany all the top headliners in the jazz world.

Jan 30th       This very exciting outfit playing the wonderful music of the Legend .. American pianist  McCoy Tyner   & the great South African  multi instrumentalist & composer Bheki Mseleku ~ THIS  IS  THE  EXCITEMENT  IN  JAZZ~~ “HEXAGONAL”

JASON YARDE   saxes                         GREG HEATH   tenor sax
GRAEME FLOWERS   trumpet            JOHN DONALDSON   piano
SIMON THORPE   double bass          TRISTAN BANKS   drums


Direct from NYC playing the music of Sonny Rollins meets The MJQ   In previous visits of the Nat Steele vibes lead quartet we have been treated to the wonderful music of The MJQ ~ on this visit we have the added pleasure & excitement of the New York based Canadian sax star

GRANT STEWART ~This is stateside quality , Grant has won the prestigious Downbeat Magazine award 8 times . The music for this gig is based on the much acclaimed recording of Sonny Rollins meets The MJQ.  A World Class outfit 

GRANT STEWART  tnr sax        NAT STEELE  vibes           GABRIEL LACHIN  piano
DARIO Di LECCE ‘ dbl bass      STEVE BROWN  drums

Feb 13th    MICK FOSTER /KAREN SHARP QUINTET  The Amazing  Battle of The Baritones

MICK FOSTER baritone sax . This man is the closest that anyone in this country has come to emulating in stance , style & playing the music of the legend Gerry Mulligan ~~ the music just flows
KAREN SHARP baritone & tenor sax ..This Brit Jazz award winner on tenor also excells on baritone ~ This will be va battle to behold.
TED  BEAMENT pno ~ Great favourite at The FJC . Long term member of the much acclaimed Humphrey Lyttelton Band 
PAUL  MORGAN  dbl bass~Much in demand for this swinging bassist
ROD  BROWN drums This man adds the cherry on the cake with his e xpertise..

Feb 20th     THE  SARA  DOWLING  QUARTET         Current Brit Jazz Award Winner   

SARA DOWLING  This Lady took the jazz scene & jazz festivals by storm in 2018 Her unbelievable voice & performing The American Song Book has to be seen & heard ~She was here in 2019 & this year we are hoping that she will also return later in the year . Since her last visit
DARIO di LECCE‘ outstanding Italian bassist 
ROSS STANLEY piano     One of the UK’s leading Jazz Pianists
STEVE BROWN drums    Multi award winning drummer

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  

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.

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.

24 January 2020, £18/£14*  –  Joanna Eden’s Jazz At The Movies
“One of the finest combos in the country and aseriously talented vocalist… a great evening that satisfied both jazz and movie buffs. Quite a trick” – Jazz Journal
Joanna Eden vocals, Chris Ingham piano, Mark Crooks sax, Arnie Somogyi  bass,  George Double drums

31 January 2020, £18/£14*  –  The Horn Factory
“The horns had it, they definitely had it – in abundance. Some great tunes and first-rate arrangements”                      Personnel to be confirmed

7 February 2020, £18/£14*  –  Jo Harrop Sings Peggy Lee
“This girl was born to sing jazz; a class act” – Pizza Express
Jo Harrop vocals, Tony Kofi sax, Alex Webb piano, Henry Gilbert bass, Joel Prime drums

14 February 2020, £18/14*  –  Chris Biscoe and Alison Neal – Two of a Mind
Great music based on the wonderfully melodic interpretations of material recorded 50 years ago by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond.
Chris Biscoe baritone, Alison Neal alto sax, Jeremy Brown bass, Matt Fishwick drums

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,

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 8 February at 8pm  (doors 7:15pm)  £15 / £8 u25
POLLY GIBBONS  With Chris Ingham (piano), Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and George Double (drums).  Soulful charismatic singing star, Polly has been nominated twice as “Best Jazz Vocalist” by JAZZ FM and the BBC. Acclaimed and located in the USA for the last five years, Polly makes a rare appearance in her native Suffolk.

DISS JAZZ CLUB  THE CORN HALL, 10 St Nicholas St, Diss IP22 4LB on Thursday 30 January at 7:30 (doors 7pm)  £14  Sara Dowling sings the jazz of Judy Garland. 
With  CHRIS INGHAM  piano     DARIO DILECCE   bass   GEORGE DOUBLE   drums 

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

JAZZUP!  Saturday 25th January   presents…  ALINA HIP HARP  + TONY KOFI
Alina Bzhezhinska – Harp
Mikele Montolli – Electric Bass
Joel Prime – Drums / Percussion
Tony Kofi – saxophone
Internationally renowned harpist Alina Bzhezhinska has a strong reputation for
innovation. This time she creates a unique sound on the harp with electronics and loop
pedals, supported by Mikele Montolli (bass) and Joel Prime (drums/percussion). Through a combination of original works and covers, she pays homage to some of jazz, funk and hip￾hop’s greatest innovators. Her new trio draws from a variety of influences, including the likes of Dorothy Ashby’s ‘Afro-harping’, Alice Coltrane’s spiritual outputs and Sun Ra’s free form jazz experimentation; as well as 90’s Triphop and Kuti-esque Afrobeat rhythms.

Two years ago, Bzhezhinska stormed the UK music scene when her quartet appeared at
the Barbican during the EFG London Jazz Festival alongside Denys Baptiste and Pharoah
Sanders – and has been nominated for Best Live Experience of the Year at the 2018 Jazz
FM Awards. Later she produced her critically acclaimed album, Inspiration (Ubuntu Music), featuring award winning saxophonist Tony Kofi. She performed at the London Jazz
Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and
WOMADelaide Festival in Australia.  Encouraged by her collaboration with Kamaal Williams, Shabaka Hatching and Ursula Rucker, she steps out in new jazz territory.
Bassist Mikele Montolli (Verona, Italy) has performed and recorded with such great artists
as ”Sun Ra Arkestra” Knoel Scott quartet and Marshall Allen, top U.K. Jazz singers Julie
Dexter and Heidi Vogel, and L.A. saxophone legend Don Menza, thus building an
extensive music vocabulary based on Afro-American tradition fused with years of classical
training and experimental form-free music. In 2017 Montolli released his debut album
“Satellite House”.
Australian drummer/percussionist Joel Prime has become an important addition to British jazz. Winner of ‘Australia’s Best Up & Coming Drummer’ competition in 2011, his versatility across congas, drum kit and all manner of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian percussion has created the opportunity for Joel to perform with Mr Little’s Noisy Band, Felix Riebl and The Copasetic Foundation, amongst others.

Featuring Tony Kofi
Having ‘cut his teeth’ in the “Jazz Warriors” of the early 90’s, award-winning saxophonist
Tony Kofi ( has gone on to establish himself as a musician,
teacher and composer of authority. Tony’s playing has also been a feature of many bands
and artists including “US-3” World Saxophone Quartet, Courtney Pine, Donald Byrd, Eddie
Henderson, The David Murray Big Band and Sam Rivers, Andrew Hill, Ornette Coleman, Nu-Troop and Jazz Jamaica. His fluent and fiery hard-bop soprano/ alto/ tenor/ baritone
playing is constantly in demand.
“…Bzhezhinska – an artist to watch.”   ★★★★ Jane Cornwell, Evening Standard“
…Bzhezhinska shares with Alice (Coltrane) a mastery of the jazz harp.”
★★★★★ Will Hodgkinson, The Times

+ 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.
Ticket details…  Entry £12 , £10 with JazzUp Loyalty Card.

Tickets available from …
H-Town Rags, Hitchin     Riot Lounge, Hitchin     Jolly Brown, Hitchin
Bar 85, Hitchin                 David’s Music Letchworth
and 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.

– 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.

WEDS 22nd January – SAM NEWBOULD QUINTET + TOM OLLENDORFF TRIO – With earthy melodies, lush harmony and emotive improvisation, the SAM NEWBOULD QUINTET led by acclaimed Amsterdam-based saxophonist, draws together some of the most exciting talents in European jazz. Sam’s writing is influenced by the compositional styles of Kenny Wheeler, Django Bates and Wayne Shorter and similarly a kaleidoscope of genres including jazz, English folk, 20th century classical music and progressive rock. The quintet’s most recent project, entitled ‘BLENCATHRA’, is a work inspired by life growing up in the Northern English countryside. Listeners are taken on a journey through the beautiful, mysterious, and sometimes wild corners of a landscape filled with secrets and memories.

SAM NEWBOULD alto sax/composition, ALEX HITCHCOCK tenor sax, BILLY MARROWS guitar, WILL SACH bass & GUY SALAMON drums.

TOM OLLENDORFF is a jazz guitarist based in London. In 2015 Tom was awarded the Yamaha Scholarship for Outstanding Jazz Musicianship.  Tom has performed with a wide range of highly respected artists and ensembles, including Geoff Simkins, Dave Cliff, Bill McHenry, Jeff Williams and Ari Hoenig, French group EYM and Welsh Singer Megan Thomas. He has appeared at venues and festivals in the UK, France, China, Slovakia, Switzerland and Holland.  He is a visiting tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. 

A highly talented, Imaginative player” (The Jazz Man) 
He is gaining a formidable reputation as an outstanding improviser and imaginative composer“(Bracknell Jazz)
“I really enjoy the playing and writing of young guitarist Tom Ollendorff, definitely one to watch and listen out for” (Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM) 

TOM OLLENDORFF guitar, CONOR CHAPLIN bass & JAMES MADDREN drumsDoors open: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 advance 

WEDS 29thJanuary – LONDON CITY BIG BAND ftg STEVE TROWELL vocals – 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 open: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 advance

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

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   Further information website:
Carol Braithwaite Jazz listing (website

Saturday 8th February  –  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.
Monthly residency. 2- 4pm admission free.  (donation for the centre very welcome) refreshments available.

Friday 14th February  –  Billericay Const. Club 1A High St, Billericay. CM12 9BE Great way to start the weekend.  Jolly Xmas jazz.  Joined by Tim Huskisson – piano, Roger Curphey – bass. Ric Rossi – drums
Guest: Mick Foster – sax. Lunchtime menu available + club prices for drinks.
Fun starts at 12:30 – 2:30pm.  £8 door.

Saturday 15th February  –  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.

13/03/20 – Billericay – Paul Higgs
14/03/20 – The Jazz Centre UK – Southend
21/03/20 – North Weald
10/4/20 – Billericay
11/4/20 – Jazz Centre UK
18/4/20 – North Weald
09/06/20 – Abridge

FRANK GRIFFITHS Upcoming Gigs List

4 February, 8.30PM.  FG Quartet w/Franck Amallem – piano, John MacCormick – bass, Danny Ward – drums. Phase One. 80 Seel Street, Liverpool, L1 4JN. £3 admission.

8 February 2020, 2.30-5PM.   w/Tina May, Franck Amsallem, Steve Berry and Eryl Roberts. Southport Jazz Festival.

8 February, 9PM. FG with Franck Amsallem and Steve Berry. Ma Boyles, 7 Tower Gardens, The Strand, Liverpool, L3 1LG. 0151 236 0870

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.

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

United Services Club, Main Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 6NE

Sunday 16 February – £13
Doors at 7pm, starts at 8pm.  Free parking to the rear of the club. Tickets available on the door. Call 01342 523 003 or email for more information.

The King’s School, Canterbury, CT1 2ES

Thursday 23 January, 7pm – £14 (Over 60s £12) –

Trinity School, Croydon, CR9 7AT

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

meet on the last Tuesday of the month in Rochester. 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, 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 .

For this month, on Tuesday 28th January, we have the Dave Kelly Band.  Dave is one of the better known characters on the British blues scene, being co-principal of The Blues Band together with Paul Jones.  Quality absolutely guaranteed!

As you are probably aware, the club is teetering as to it’s existence due to the falling attendance and we literally can’t do the artists justice at these levels.  I appreciate that a lot of you are experiencing a wrench from the Roffen and, so be it, if we cannot overcome that.  The new venue is perhaps not as intimate and atmospheric, however, I think the staff there have been marvellous and the place is well appointed.  At least for this show, please give it your best effort to attend and bring along as many people as possible.  The club has been a great contributor to keeping live music in this genre going (where many have fallen) and still represents fantastic value for money!

The website for the venue, which is near to the Roffen, is:

Tickets £12.00, pay on the door.  Bookings to me at the return email address.  Doors open 7.30pm, band on stage circa 8.45 pm.  Good food, reasonably priced, available to eat at your table if required.  Further information, upcoming shows, location map etc., available at

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 Suspects‘ on Sunday February 9th   (Instead of the first Sunday of the month)    Afternoon Jazz in Ye Olde Abion – Rowhedge  from 2 to 4:30pm  With New guest on guitar Tony Sandeman  and the rest of the ‘Usual Suspects‘ Gerry (bass) Brian (sax/clarinet) and Peter Jezard (vocals/trombone)

On Saturday 15 February 2020 the Sparrows will be atThe Green Note, 106 Parkway, Camden London NW1 7AN.   Entry: £10   The Sparrows of Paris return to renowned jazz club The Green Note in Camden with a mix of gypsy jazz and vintage french chansons with jazz singer Carolyn Saint-Pé, accordionist Pete Watson, guitarist Jake Maun and double bass player Julia Doyle.  


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” 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

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.


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’d normally be happy to email you the text to save you re-typing it.

IMPORTANT – we have been having lots of problems with the newsletter getting caught in spam filters.  We are removing website links, to try to make it less “spammy”.  Can you please not include links, but perhaps add wording like “please Google xxx theatre for more details”

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