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The Sound of Surprise! The Late Paul Barnes brings you rhythm & rhubarb on the BBC at 11.00 pm on Saturday, December 3.

We celebrate Dave Brubeck, solo and quartet; we mark the centenary of the great saxophonist Charlie Ventura; and revel in the witty arrangements of the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra.   Christmas? “Bah, humbug!” said Scrooge. Alan Barnes sets the old miser to music in A Jazz Christmas Carol.
All these and so much more at 11.00 pm on Saturday on the following BBC stations: Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent. Cambridgeshire, Northampton and Three Counties. The best jazz programme around.

Jazz at the Bardswell is moving and will be named JAZZ at O B’s.  All Jazz Fans are welcome at our new venue, Old Brentwoods’ Club, Ashwells Road, Brentwood, Essex. CM15 9SE

Thanks to the management of Old Brentwoods’ Club, from 31st January, 2017, Dave Grant will continue 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.
Doors open 7pm with music from 8 till 10.45pm and with entrance on the door of £10.00.  For info. contact Dave Grant 01708 or Richard 07935 441616 or on e-mail grntj@aol.com

The next Jazz Evening at the Redbridge Sports & Leisure Centre is on Tuesday 13th December 2016  from 8.00pm ’til 10.30pm with Special guest Jim Mullen – guitar, Brian Dee –  Keyboard, Len Skeat – Bass, John Withers – Drums, Paul Wood – resident Vocalist and Fran’s Raffle!!!!  We hope you can make it.

John Seeley’s Jazz and Saxophone Group present a  Christmas Concert.   An evening of Jazz, Popular and Christmas tunes on  Thursday 8th December 2016 at 8pm.   Free admission and refreshments, Free parking, Raffle at the  Main Hall, St. Michael and All Angels Church, 62 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1LF   info@johnseeleyjazz.co.uk    www.johnseeleyjazz.co.uk

Jazz and Tap at the Luna Lounge, 7 Church Ln, London E11 1HG on Sunday, December 4th, 4 – 6pm. Jacqueline Pert sings and taps to classic jazz with Gabriel Keen (keyboard), Phil Antonia (bass) and David Hawthorne (drums).

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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 music@indigoshades.com or 07885480329.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 simonhurley@madasafish.com

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 jazzzone@waitrose.com.

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 http://www.ipswichjazzcollective.blogspot.co.uk

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

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

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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1503416799918503/?fref=ts  at the Kings Head, 17 Market Hill, Woodbridge IP12 4LP  http://www.kingsheadwoodbridge.co.uk  For more info e-mail ben.watson.cmg@gmail.com

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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. www.belvederejazz.co.uk ; Telephone: 07850 607075 or Email:mailto::belvederejazz@gmail.co

21st December  –  Len Phillips Big Band – SOLD OUT

A special evening with the Len Phillips Big Band, 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 etc.  Featuring singer  Eleanor Keenan.  SORRY SOLD OUT

4th January  – T J Johnson Quintet     TJ Johnson – piano/vocals,  Al Nichols – tenor sax, Tony Pitt – guitar/ banjo, Jay Darwish – double bass & Wesley Gibbens – drums

TJ Johnson is widely considered to be one of the UK’s most charismatic highly revered jazz and blues singers. Backed by his group of top London based musicians, TJ plays an extraordinary blend of music that transcends the boundaries of jazz, blues, soul and country  and is influenced by some of the greats such as Ray Charles, Dr John, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, BB King, Nina Simone, Alberta Hunter, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Witherspoon and many more. His distinctive voice and unique personal stage manner always brings both the band and the audience together to create an intimate yet exciting atmosphere that is rarely equalled   TJ and his band have toured extensively both in the UK and overseas for over twenty years and now while still maintaining a high profile at international festivals and venues, he is also very involved in the vibrant London music scene. TJ’s style and mix of music seems to be very popular with the young trendy in-crowd and older jazz and blues fans alike. They have also sold out eight times running at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

11th January – Derek Nash’s Picante Latin
Derek Nash – saxes, Dominic Ashworth – guitar, Robin Jones – percussion & congas, Andy Staples – bass,  Neil Angilley – keyboards, Marc Cecil – drums

We welcome back leading saxophonist Derek Nash, a featured soloist with the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, and his fabulous Latin/Salsa band to the Belvedere. Co-founded with guitarist Dominic Ashworth, who was awarded Jazz Guitarist of the Year in 2006, they are joined by world-renowned, master percussionist and leader of King Salsa Robin Jones plus Marc Cecil, the drummer with King Salsa and other Latin bands. On the keyboards is Latin-maestro Neil Angilley who has previously appeared at the club with Julian Marc Stringle. This stellar line-up is completed by the bass of Andy Staples who plays and records with several leading UK bands.

18th January  – Top UK Vocalist Matthew Ford         Matt Ford  – vocals, John Horler –  keyboard, Neil Bullock – drums, & Jeremy Brown – double bass

We welcome back the Award Winning International Singing star Matthew Ford who has appeared with BBC Concert Orchestra, and recently at BBC 2 TV’s 2016 live broadcast of  Prom 38 with The  John Wilson Orchestra ‘Performing Gershwin’. Accompanied by the fabulous John Horler Trio – this is one evening definitely not to miss!

25th January – Skelton-Skinner All Stars Septet

At member’s request, we welcome back this great line-up of British based Jazz musicians, playing a repertoire based mostly on the Duke Ellington small band and Count Basie’s Kansas City 7. Starring drummer   Matt Skelton with arrangements by Colin Skinner clarinet/alto sax, deputy bandleader for the Syd Lawrence Orchestra. Graham Harvey – piano, Alan Barnes – tenor sax, Gordon Campbell – trombone, George Hogg – trumpet & Jeremy Brown – double bass.

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

 7 Dec:    Leszek Kulascewicz (tenor/soprano) + Paolo Losi (piano)

14 Dec:   Graham Pike (trumpet/harmonica/vocals) + Phil Mead (piano)

21 Dec:   Paul Wood (vocals) + Cliff Hall (piano)

       with John Withers (drums) + John Pamenter (double bass)

THEYDON JAZZ CLUB @ THE KING’S OAK, High Beach, IG10 4AE. Every Wednesday, 8 pm to 10:30 in the Gastro Pub Bar. Traditional/Dixieland/New Orleans Jazz featuring excellent live bands. Bar / meals / free car park. All are welcome. Visitors £10, Members £8. Visit www.theydonjazzclub.org.uk or contact Dave & Sheila Dyer – tel: 01945 588325; email: davedyer24@gmail.com

7th December 2016 – RICHARD EXALL – clarinet & saxes, & his SHOOTING STARS:
Alastair “Titch” Walker
trumpet; Graham Robertsbanjo & guitar; Trevor Evansdouble-bass; John Watson drums (personnel to be confirmed)

14th December 2016 – PETER RUDEFORTH – trumpet, & THE THEYDON SELECT SIX:Andy Flaxman – trombone; Trevor Whiting – clarinet & saxes; Jean-Marie Fagon – guitar; Roger Curphey – bass; Alan Clarke – drums

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 / dance floor / plentiful seating / free car park. All are welcome. Visitors £10, Members £8. Visit www.theydonjazzclub.org.uk or contact Dave & Sheila Dyer – tel: 01945 588325; email: davedyer24@gmail.com

Special pre-Christmas opening session:

THURSDAY 22nd December 2016 – HUGH RAINEY – trumpet, & his JAZZ BAND:  Les Handscombe trombone; Brian Hart clarinet & saxes; Tim Huskisson piano; Ollie Benson – banjo & guitar; Derek Pring bass; Johnny Baker drums & vocals (personnel to be confirmed)

TUESDAY 3rd January 2017 – T.J. JOHNSON – piano, & his JAZZ & BLUES BAND:  including Al Nicholls – saxes; Tony Pitt – guitar (full personnel to be confirmed)

TUESDAY 17th January 2017 – JULIAN MARC STRINGLE – clarinet & tenor sax, & THE CHOSEN MEN:  Enrico Tomasso – trumpet; Roy Williams – trombone; Tim Huskisson – piano; Roger Curphey – bass; Les Cirkel – drums

JAZZ AT O B’s  Jazz at the Bardswell is moving and will be named JAZZ at O B’s.   All Jazz Fans are welcome at our new venue, Old Brentwoods’ Club, Ashwells Road, Brentwood, Essex. CM15 9SE.  Thanks to the management of Old Brentwoods’ Club, from 31st January, 2017, Dave Grant will continue 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.  Doors open 7pm with music from 8 till 10.45pm and with entrance on the door of £10.00.  For info. contact Dave Grant 01708 or Richard 07935 441616 or on e-mail grntj@aol.com

Tuesday, 31st January, 2017

Extremely versatile and impressive vocalist, Catherine Lima, makes her first appearance at our new venue, in the company of Paul Higgs, trumpet, the multi instrumentalist and frequent visitor, along with the resident trio, who will be singing and playing tunes with influences of Anita O’Day, Peggy Lee, Hoagy Carmichael, Patricia Barber, and Barbara Streisand and some magical sounds from trumpeters of the past.
Catherine has performed on the London circuit since 2001 having an engaging charismatic stage presence along with a crystal clear and incredibly sexy voice. She has an expressive tone, perfect pitch, and impeccable timing that accompanying musicians admire, creating moods, from sultry to joyous, shining through each tune be it a ballad, Latin, blues or swing classic standard.
Paul needs little introduction and is a maestro of music be it playing, composing, arranging, accompanying and is a much sought after Musical Director. His collaboration with Chris Ingram on recent shows, as “Hoagy” and the latest “Jazz of Dudley Moore”, is winning much acclaim in music circles.  Do not miss this class act!

Tuesday, 28th February, 2017

His musical career began with classical piano, flugelhorn and trumpet, eventually leading Graham Pike into theatre, TV and studio arranging until he encountered the chromatic jazz harmonica which is now his main favoured instrument.  Spending a lot of time in studio production, he has since inception, worked on the BBC’s children’s programme, ‘The Tweenies’  that is now showing in more than 68 countries and has penned arrangements for ‘Crimewatch’ and ‘Hearts of Gold’ with excursions into other TV productions.  As Musical Director he has arranged music for such theatre shows as ‘Chicago’, ‘Guys & Dolls’ and ‘Jungle Book’ and several pantomimes as well.   Graham often rejuvenates neglected tunes in his sets but with the recent passing of the Belgium legend Toots Thielemans, be not surprised if some of his compositions are not aired.

Tuesday, 28th March, 2017

Award winning saxophonist and composer, Andy Linham, plays along with his mystery guest.  Now who could that be!   They will be exploring the work of two legendary silky, cool and smooth jazz alto saxophonists, Lee Konitz and Paul Desmond who bought forth a wealth of beautiful compositions and recordings through the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s
Andy, an extremely busy young man, regularly performs around London and the UK, is also a composer and arranger having written several large scale works for a full length musical as well as for his own original big band, sextet and quartet and has created a vast catalogue of educational music for schools.
We will, for sure, hear more about this young man in the future.
His diverse compositional approach make him a musician to watch. Indeed, the International Jazz Conference of Britain , said of him ‘Very Impressive’ – Jazz UK

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 boneswithtones@gmail.com.

Dom Pipkin and The Ikos – December 6th     £14 members   £16 non members

Authentic New Orleans piano R&B grooves and funk from pianist Dom Pipkin.  Former Musical Director for Paloma Faith, London based piano player Dom Pipkin was originally a member of Errol Linton’s Blues Vibe, before splitting to form his own group.  His style developed out of a love of the New Orleans piano professors — Professor Longhair, James Booker, Huey ‘Piano’ Smith, Jon Cleary, as well as from a whole host of jazz and blues influences, such as Errol Garner and Otis Spann. His solo set (most famously booked privately by the late Stanley Kubrik) shows his classical and sometimes rhapsodic influences, married with a tough approach to the blues and driving left hand rhythms.  Whether rocking solo piano sets at speakeasies such as London’s Nightjar and Ronnie Scott’s, or providing funked out and experimental keys with bandleaders Bukky Leo, Roy Pfeffer, Ramon Goose, Kevin Davy or James Evans around town, Dom Pipkin always brings that bit of New Orleans/blues/grit to any musical situation.

Annie’s Jazz favourite Liane Carroll returns on December 13th.  Start the festive season in style.

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

Tuesday 6th December – 8.00pm
Vaslis Xenopolous with Nigel Price Dario di Lecce & Matt Home

Tuesday 13th December – 8.00pm
Christmas Party  With Jo Fooks , Al Nicholls and Sue Rivers  Plus Ted Beament, Val Manix & Buster Birch
Admission £16.00 members £13.00 includes buffet

“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: susan_may@btinternet.com www.myspace.com/spikesplacejazzclub. For advance bookings contact: Susan 01245 420475

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

Sunday 4th December (£13 / £17)   Doors: 11.45am     Gig starts: 12.15pm – 2:30pm
‘A Christmas Carol’ with Alan Barnes, Robert Fowler, Karen Sharp, Bruce Adams, Mark Nightingale, Dave Newton, Simon Thorpe and Clark Tracey

Larry Berkovitz & Zak Barrett & friends XMAS JAZZ at CRAMPHORN THEATRE CHELMSFORD Fri 16th Dec 2016 @ 8pm; Sat 17th Dec 2016 @ 3pm & @ 8pm  Tickets £12.50 please note that a £1.50 booking fee applies per transaction for bookings paid by credit card.  Chelmsford Civic box office telephone number for tickets – 01245 606505

Returning with more XMAS JAZZ fun (and terrible jokes), Larry Berkovitz and Zak Barrett are back with members of their much acclaimed jazz band em@il special AND two stunning special guests … the renowned multi-instrumentalist Adam Mader on everything and the stunning Andy Frost, a brilliant drummer and exceptional voice percussionist (beatbox+). This year Larry & Zak will also welcome a new young talent to the stage – Dom Copestick – a sneak preview of one of tomorrow’s jazz musicians!
Larry and Zak collaborated for many years arranging for and performing with em@il special – the little band with the big band sound – bringing fresh and unique arrangements of Jazz standards to enthusiastic audiences in Chelmsford, London and beyond! In recent years, however, the collaboration has concentrated on the now legendary XMAS Jazz seasons which have become a regular sell-out fixture at Chelmsford’s newly refurbished intimate Cramphorn Theatre.  Be sure not to miss this year’s XMAS JAZZ special – please reserve early!

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

9th December – The John Edmonds Blues Band: http://johnedmonds.org.uk/

John Edmonds guitar, Dr Ika guitar, Roger Woods drums and John Kaethner bass.  Back at Marigolds after fantastic gigs in recent years the JEBB play classic guitar based blues of all types, albeit in their own indomitable style.

Fronted by two experienced axe men in John Edmonds and Dr Ika you will have to go a long way to find two such fine and talented guitarists in the one band backed by such a tight driving rhythm section in Roger and John. None of their arrangements are set in stone and it is generally a case of seeing what happens on the night and it does generally happen.  John can lay claim to fame for making two appearances on Top of the Pops; being on the same show as the Hollies and the Beatles; appearing with Tom Jones at the Playhouse theatre during a live radio broadcast of Easy Beat. John was also a member of the 1968 cult blues band “Glass Opening” whose records are selling for 100’s pounds on eBay.  With a live sound that is full of energy and creativity, JEBB embraces all type of blues that is always fresh and spontaneous. Don’t miss an excellent night’s entertainment by a really good tight band displaying a wealth of variety and interest.

30th December – No December Gig this year due to the Christmas Holidays

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

Sunday, 4th December from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm. The Ken Turner Big Band. Hornchurch’s very own 17-piece big band featuring the vocals of Mark Stratford, playing the fabulous music of Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Glen Miller, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Arrive early for a good seat, a packed club guaranteed.

Sunday, 11th December from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm. Kit Packham’s One Jump Ahead. Kit’s alto sax and vocals leads this popular band featuring the tenor sax of Tracey Mendham and Simon DaSilva’s trumpet playing the hits of Louis Jordan,  Rhythm & Blues and classic Rock’n’Roll.

18th DecemberBob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

25th – No Jazz.

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

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

e17 JAZZ – The award winning e17 jazz collective presents concerts on the last Wednesday of each month featuring local musicians of national renown plus exciting guest stars in a relaxed jazz club setting. www.e17jazz.com/whatson/ at their NEW VENUE – Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, E17 6DS. www.gnomehouse.org.uk 07739660449  www.e17jazz.com/whatson/

Sunday 4th Dec – Special Family Event   Molly and the Owl     2.30-4.30pm, Price £8/£5
Nia Lynn
  vocals/narration   –   Mark Allaway    saxes   –   Nick Tomalin   piano/composer   –   Dominic Howles     bass   –   Matt Fishwick     drums
Molly and the Owl is a “jazz fairy tale” about a young girl and her strange meeting with a saxophone playing owl. Molly visits an exciting town called Jazzville, but how will she find her way home…? The piece is performed by a live jazz band and aims to introduce the basics of jazz to a young audience in a fun and accessible way.  “…ought to go straight onto the music curriculum… strikes an effective balance between an educational and a fun element.” (Jazzwise magazine)

Monday 5th Dec @ MIRTH  Jac Jones Quartet    8.30-11pm, Price £8/£5
Jac Jones
– Tenor Sax        Michael De Souza – Guitar       Dave Manington – Bass         Jay Davis – Drums
We’re really excited to welcome Jac’s quartet to Mirth for the first timeWith a focus on group improvisation the quartet aim to blur the boundaries between structured playing and a free improvising approach. Using original and standard jazz repertoire, the group conceive melody and textures and spontaneous arrangements of these materials. Jac has recently released his second album as a leader and is known as a strong, energetic player.

Tuesday 13th December  –  E17 Large Ensemble     8.30-10.30pm, Price £10/£8 (UNDER 15S FREE!)
“there are always surprises… it makes the journey always worth taking” – LondonJazz
The flagship e17 jazz large ensemble is a fantastically exciting band and always produce a sensational performance.   The line up features vocals, 5 saxophones (!), 3 trumpets, piano, guitar, bass and drums. It brings together some of the key players from previous gigs, together with other brilliant musicians associated with e17 jazz. The band was formed in 2009 by Carlos Lopez Real and John Turville to open the inaugural  Walthamstow Jazz Festival. ‘Old’ favourites, and several new tunes to tempt you…

E17 Large Ensemble
John Turville
 piano, director   –   Brigitte Beraha voice   –   Jez Franks guitar
Dave Manington bass   –   Nick Smalley drums
Robbie Robson, Hugh Pascall, Tom Allan trumpets
Tori Freestone tenor sax, flute   –    Carlos Lopez-Real alto sax, flute, clarinet
Josh Kemp tenor sax, soprano sax   –   Alex Merritt tenor sax
Mick Foster baritone sax, bass clarinet

More info for all these gigs at: www.e17jazz.com/whatson/

THE SOUTHEND JAZZ CLUBevery Monday at the EKCO Social & Sports Club, Thornford Gardens, Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea, Essex. SS2 6PU. 01702 351641 www.ekcoclub.co.uk From 7:30pm.  Music  8:00pm – everyone welcome.  Info: Bryan Jones 07801 757912 or 01702 61825.  Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Southend-Jazz-Club/133240693427561  Twitter @southendjazz;  email jazz@greenad.co.uk to join mailing list.  Entrance £10

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

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

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

JAZZ AT THE RHODES ARTS COMPLEXBishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 3JG  01279 710 200  www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

FORTNIGHTLY FREE Live Midweek Music in our Theatre Lounge on Wednesdays

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

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

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

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

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

Fri 16 December:  Rebop – Miles Davis:  From Bop to Blue.  Fresh from their sold out appearance at St James Theatre as part of the 2016 London Jazz Festival, the mighty sextet Rebop present highlights from Miles Davis’s majestic musical journey from the virtuosic frenzy of bebop to the mysterious modality of Kind Of Blue.

PAUL HIGGS trumpet                                 COLIN WATLING tenor saxophone
Dr KEVIN FLANAGAN alto saxophone       CHRIS INGHAM piano
Rev ANDREW BROWN bass                       GEORGE DOUBLE drums
Surely one of the best bands in the country”   EAST ANGLIAN DAILY TIME

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

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

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

Weds 25th January 2017 – Tristan

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

Weds 22nd February 2017 – Chris Standring

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

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

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    www.rowfanthouse.co.uk

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

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

December 6th Kingsclub 7 Our regular house band led by John Davis, featuring the usual front line of leader on alto/soprano sax with John Mole on tenor sax and John Bridge on trombone aided by Bobby Allen vocals.

December 13th Terry’s Jazz Party  A lively evening of fun with the irrepressible Terry with jokes and jazz . 

December 20th Jim Phillips Christmas Party Bring your friends, family and instruments. There will be the usual quizzes and raffle. The Big Band will be playing from about 9.30pm.   Eileen and Jim look forward to seeing you there.

December 27th Jolly Jazzers By this time you will probably have had your fill of Christmas, so escape with us for some popular jazz and a few jokes from this lively band. Bring an instrument and sit in for the odd number. Or even sing!  Any collection (if there is one!) will go to the Hospice of St. Frances in Berkhamsted.

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

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

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

FLEECEJAZZ – World class Jazz every Friday at Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel CO6 4PZ www.fleecejazz.org.uk

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

December  9   £15  Sarah Gillespie Quartet

Sarah Gillespie – vocals and guitar
Kit Downes – piano
James Maddren – drums
Ben Bastin – Bass

“From Dylan’s lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell with a little rap like percussiveness thrown in: she is an original” – John Fordham
Sarah Gillespie was born in London to an American mother and British father. She grew up in Norfolk, England – interspersed with numerous trips to Minnesota, where she soaked in the sounds of Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan, Cole Porter and early blues and jazz. From the age of 4, Sarah composed songs on piano, and then at 15 began playing guitar. At 18, she moved to the USA, busking in the streets and playing gigs.
On returning to London, she gained a first class degree in Film And Literature and an MA in Politics and Philosophy from Goldsmiths University. Sarah’s critically acclaimed albums Stalking Juliet (2009) In The Current Climate (2011) Glory Days (2013) and her anti-war narrative suite The War on Trevor (2012) all received 4 and 5 star reviews in the broadsheet and music press. Sarah has since performed live on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, been interviewed by Andrew Marr on Start The Week as well as receiving radio play on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and numerous radio stations world wide. She has performed in many festivals, arts centres and jazz venues in Europe and across the UK including headline shows at the world famous Ronnie Scott’s in London.
Her music is a fusion of jazz, folk and blues knitted together by poetic, streetwise lyricism. The Guardian’s jazz critique John Fordham describes Gillespie as ‘(joining) Bob Dylan’s lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell, with a little rap-like percussiveness thrown in, she is an original.” Sarah’s band features James Maddren on drums, Ben Bastin on double bass and Mercury nominated pianist Kit Downes on piano and organ.

16 December  £20   Sarah Jane Morris

Sarah Jane Morris – Vocals       Tony Remy – guitar
Henry Thomas – bass               Tim Cransfield – guitar

A truly magnificent voice with a special FleeceJazz Christmas concert!
Don’t miss “the breathtaking range and timbral richness of Sarah Jane Morris’s voice..” “Sarah Jane Morris could not sing an insincere note if she tried.” – Jazz Wise
Sarah Jane Morris is a singer at home in a wide range of genres including pop (she worked extensively with the Communards), rock and R&B as well as Jazz. She has a throaty, extraordinarily deep voice. With her flamboyant, idiosyncratic style, she is a singer 0f awesome eloquence.
She brings UK guitar supremo Tony Remy, the mighty Henry Thomas, musician, composer and educator, and Trinidadian Guitarist Tim Cransfield who is the first call session musician for just about anybody.
“Her excellent voices oars and swoops with the agony and ecstasy of the Delta and smoky Chicago clubs” – Daily Telegraph.

23 December  £20  –  The Alan Barnes Octet      PRESENT:   A Jazz Christmas Carol    A treat for anyone who loves music, literature or Christmas!

Alan Barnes – REEDS and READs (geddit?)      Bruce Adams – trumpet
Mark Nightingale – trombone                         Robert Fowler – sax and clarinet
Karen Sharpe – sax and clarinet                      David Newton – piano
Simon Thorpe – bass                                        Clark Tracey – drums

Reeds maestro Alan Barnes presents an all-star octet to perform his suite based on Charles Dickens’ famous seasonal tale. With composer/arranger Alan leading from the front on sax and clarinet, the ensemble includes Bruce Adams on trumpet, Mark Nightingale on trombone, Dave Newton on piano and Clark Tracey, drums. As Alan is a master raconteur and frontman as well as the UK’s leading mainstream-to-modern saxophonist and bandleader, this is guaranteed to be a very entertaining evening.

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

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

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

December 17

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

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

Thursday  8th December  – 8.00pm
A CHRISTMAS CAROL  With  Alan Barnes  Bruce Adams  Robert Fowler  Karen Sharp  Mark Nightingale  Dave Newton  Simon Thorpe  &  Clark Tracey
Like the Dickens classic itself, Alan Barnes’s “Christmas Carol” has something for everyone.  A family night out that is also a treat for the jazz connoisseur; it will delight anyone who loves music or literature – or just Christmas!
Admission £18.00 members £15.00 includes food

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

JAZZNIGHTS @ THE BELL, CLARE The Bell Hotel, Market Hill, Clare, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 8NN. from. 7.30 – 10.00pm £10 Admission. www.jazz-nights.com. 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 4th December – ESTELLE KOKOT
Sunday 18th December – TENOR MADNESS

Sunday 1st January – ALAN BARNES
Sunday 15th January – ADAM GLASSER
Sunday 29th January – MATT WATES

Sunday 12th February – MARK NIGHTINGALE
Sunday 26th February – JACQUI HICKS

Sunday 12th March – ROBERT FOWLER

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

Dec 8th      THE CHRISTMAS EVENT with THE COLROSE 7     8 30pm       £12
Plus The Annual Bumper Raffle — All the fun of last year plus a bit more !!!  Last year’s mince pies !!!   But new raffle prizes – – So no worries  A Great Way To End Another Very Successful Year For The FJC

JANUARY  2017      NEW music start time — now 8pm    All gigs this month £12 !!!

Jan  5th      8pm       £12    Pete Long’s  POCKET BASIE           www.plong.co.uk

It’s great to kick off the new year with more Basie.  This is one of Pete Long’s very successful outfits – which include The Ronnie Scott Orchestra & the famous Echoes of Ellington — All of  Pete’s bands are full of the UK’s finest musicians.  Tonight’s programme will be the best of Basie in a great package …..

PETE LONG  Sax & Clarinet +++ Brilliant raconteur & Great bandleader
GEORGE HOGG  Trumpet – Amazing musician returning to The FJC
COLIN GOOD  Piano.  One of The UK’s most experienced keys man
MARTIN WHEATLEY  Guitar.  International Jazz Guitarist~ much sought after
JOE PETTITT  Double Bass – Joe is the leader of the very successful Len Phillips Big Band
RICHARD PITE  Drums Big Bands need a big band drummer. Richard’s the one

 

Jan 12th     8pm       £12    From The Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Derek Nash’s   SAX APPEAL  5 Saxes & 3 rhythm          www.dereknash.com

DEREK NASH Saxes & Leader  VASILIS XENOPOULOS Tenor Sax- – -SIMON ALLEN Tenor Sax  MATT WATES Alto Sax —– BOB McKAY Baritone Sax  PETE ADAMS Piano– PHIL SCRAGG  Bass—-NIC FRANCE  drums

 

Jan 19th    8pm     £12      THE SCOTT HAMILTON QUARTET     
From the USA the worlds most famous Tenor Saxophonist  www.scotthamiltonsax.com

The FJC is proud to welcome back Scott Hamilton to The Tower along with his fantastic rhythm section.  The first American jazz man of 2017 to the FJC – -This has now become an annual event to have The Scott Hamilton Quartet with us in January.  As in previous visits we do expect a totally full house for the man who is currently The Worlds Most Famous Tenor Saxophonist & i think probably the most recorded – – as well as the many recordings in his own name he has accompanied every famous vocalist on the planet.  With him, will be his own superb recorded rhythm section

JOHN PEARCE  piano  –  The Guvnor & one of UKs finest
DAVE GREEN    double bass  –  Multi Brit Jazz Award Winner
STEVE BROWN  drums  –  Multi Brit Jazz Award Winner

Jan 26th   8pm     £12      ” THE BLUE NOTE PROJECT “

The Blue Note Project was formed in Leeds 12 years ago by trombonist Nick Mills. The aim was to keep alive the great music of the 60s Blue Note era.  The vibrant music of The Blue Note Project recalls the 1960s Blue Note as immortalised by the ground breaking musicians like Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubberd, Joe Henderson & Horace Silver.  Performed by a sextet of some of The UKs finest musicians

NICK MILLS  trombone – leader & arranger
DAVE O’HIGGINS  tenor sax.  Brit Jazz award winner & a  leader in UK Jazz
MARTIN SHAW  trumpet.  From The BBC Big Band & The John Wilson Orch
LEON GREENING  piano – One of The UKs most talented young pianists
JEREMY BROWN  double bass – Great bassist & always welcome at The FJC
MATT HOME  drums In the top echelon of Brit drummers

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

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

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

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

10 December, 8PM. FG with Jacqui Dankworth’s annual Christmas Show. Quarry Theatre at St Lukes. 26 St Peters Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN. 01234 362207. www.quarrytheatre.org.uk.£15

19 December,8.30PM. Frank Griffth/Charlie Wood Quartet doing “Memphis Soul Swamp”. Bedford Arms, 2 Bromham Rd, Bedford, MK40 2QA.01234 214656. Free

6 February, 8.30PM. FG with Trevor Tomkins, Alec Dankworth,and Robbie Robson. Red Lion,92 Linkfield Rd, Isleworth,TW7 6QJ. 0208 560 1457. Free

26 February, 3PM. Musical Director for singer, Kevin Fitzsimmons “Sinatra and Sequins” Show. Corn Exchange Theatre, Broad Street, Stamford, PE9 1PX. 01780 766455. www.stamfordcornexchange.co.uk £19.

1 March, 8.30PM. FG with the Soulfunk 4. Richard Exall, sax, Pete Whittaker, organ and Mark Hale drums. Mill Hill Golf Club.100 Barnet Way, NW7 3AL. 0208 0451. www.millhilljazzclub.co.uk. £9.

11 March 8PM. w/Tina May. Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3AE. 01442 228 091. £15.

12 March, 7.30PM. Guildhall Theatre,Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AE. 01332 01332 255529.www.derbylive.co.uk. £13.

25 May,8PM. Frank Griffith Nonet. Karamel Klub, 4 Coburg Road, London, N22 6UJ. 0208 829 8962. www.karamelrestaurant.com. £8.

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

Carol Braithwaites’ Gig listing….more information: carolbraithwaite.com

Friday 9th December  – Billericay Const Club 1, High St,  CM12 9BE.
Lunchtime jazz 12.30 – 2.30pm.  £5 door.
Monthly club:  2nd Friday in every month.

Wednesday 21st December –   Essex County Bowls Club
21, Imperial Avenue, Westcliff SS0 8NE.

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

Diary dates(more information)

19/11/16 – North Weald
25/11/16 – Marigolds Jazz Club, Harlow
27/11/16 – Leigh Const. Club (Duo) Afternoon with Tony Gooderham
9/12/16 – Billericay with guest: Goff Dubber.
21/12/16 – Essex Bowl with guest: Pete Rudeford – trumpet.
18/1/17 – PCRF Charity Night at Essex Bowls Club.

17/3/17 – Sawbridgeworth.

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

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

Frid 13th Jan 2017. Farnborough Jazz Club, Farnborough Sports Club, Farrow Field, High Street, Farnborough, Kent, BR6 7BA. 8.00-11.00pm.
Sun 15th Jan 2017. Colchester Jazz Club.  Marks Tey Parish Hall, Old London Rd, Marks Tey, Colchester CO6 1EJ. 7.45 – 10.30pm. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Thurs 19th Jan 2017. 1066 Jazz Club. Marina, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 0BU. 8.00-11.00pm. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Sun 22nd Jan 2017. The Globe, Morning Lane, Hackney, E9. 12.30-3.30pm. Free Admission. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.ion.

Wed 19th April 2017. Amersham Jazz Club. Beaconsfield Sycob F.C., Hall Barn,  Holloway Park,  Windsor Road,  Beaconsfield,  Bucks  HP9 2SE. 8.30-11.00pm. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Sun 30th April 2017. Little Venice t.b.a afternoon. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

Mon 1st May 2017.  Little Venice t.b.a afternoon. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Thurs 11th May 2017. 1066 Jazz Club. Marina, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 0BU. 8.00-11.00pm. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Wed 17th May 2017. Sutton Coldfield Traditional Jazz Club, Warmley Social Club, 4 Fox Hollies Road, B76 2RJ. 8.30-11.00pm. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

Thurs 8th June 2017. Pumphouse, Jazz Club, Local Board Road, Lower High Street, Watford, WD17 2JP. 8.15-11.00pm. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

Fri 18th Aug 2017. Runnymede Jazz Club. Heriot Rd, Chertsey KT16 9BU.8.00-10.30pm. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

Thurs 28th Sept 2017. 1066 Jazz Club. Marina, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 0BU. 8.00-11.00pm. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces

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

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

PETER JEZARD FORTHCOMING GIGS

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

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

CHRIS INGHAM QUARTET live in 2016-17

Thurs 19 Jan – DISS Jazz Club
Sun 22 Jan – LONDON Pizza Jazz Club, Soho
*Wed 1 Feb – LONDON Crazy Coqs (trio)* 
Wed 8 Feb – EASTLEIGH Concord Club
Tues 14 Feb – GUILDFORD Electric Theatre
Tues 7 March – OLNEY Jazz Club
Wed 8 March – BELVEDERE Jazz Club
Mon 10 April – LONDON Reform Club
Fri 5 May – SOUTHPORT The Atkinson
Sun 7 May – LINCOLN Jazz Week
*Sat 10 June – COSSINGTON Village Hall*
Thurs 22 June – CAMBRIDGE Jazz Club
Sun 16 July – IPSWICH Jazz Club
*Sun 23 July – RADLETT Arts Centre*
Sun 3 Sep – RADLETT Arts Centre
Sun 24 Sep – COLCHESTER Arts Centre
All The Jazz of Dudley Moore except *Celebrating Hoagy*
A Swinging Christmas 2016
Fri 2 Dec – STOKE BY NAYLAND Fleece Jazz
Sun 4 Dec (11.30am) – WAVENDON Stables
Wed 7 Dec – LONDON Lansdowne Club (private)
Fri 9 Dec – BURNHAM MARKET The Hoste
Sat 10 Dec – DISS Amandines
Thurs 15 Dec – SAFFRON WALDEN Town Hall
Sat 17 Dec – HADLEIGH Town Hall
Sun 18 Dec – LONDON Ronnie Scott’s
Mon 19 Dec – BURY ST EDMUNDS Apex
Tues 20 Dec – SOUTHEND Annie’s Jazz
Fri 23 Dec – SOUTHWOLD St Edmund’s Hall

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. www.bottleneckblues.com. 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

Wednesday 7th December at the Three Horseshoes, The Pound, Knockholt starting at 8pm collection made for band.

Wednesday 14th December at the Surprise Inn, 107 Upper Shirley Road, nr West Wickham starting at 8pm free entry.

JAZZ AT BARNEY’S CAFE/BAR 46-56 Portland Rd, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1QN (Tel: 01903 527075). Website: http://www.barneysworthing.co.uk  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. www.hotnumberscoffee.co.uk

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

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  www.thesparrowsofparis.com

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: www.wegottickets.com info@spicejazz.co.uk ; tel/text: 07870 915682 www.spicejazz.co.uk http://www.facebook.com/spicejazz

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On June 18 2017 @1 pm Elgoods will run their celebrated Fathers Day Jazz event in their beautiful Brewery Gardens at North Brink Wisbech, The Band will be The Hugely successful band from last year The Theydon Select Six:- Peter Rudeforth Trunpet/Julian Stringle Clt/sax, admission £10 each, accompanied under 12’s free.  The band will play three sets between 1-4.15pm snacks /tea/coffee, and alcohol available …. please bring a garden chair or blanket …. picnics are allowed dogs (except guide dogs) aren’t.  Wheelchair access.  Enquiries, advanced reservations:- davedyer24@gmail.com :  phone 01945 588325

Monday

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

Tuesday

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

Annie’s Jazz @ Thorpe Hall Golf Club . Every Tuesday 8-30-11pm. www.anniesjazz.co.uk Annies Jazz @yeoldesmack. anniesjazz@googlemail.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday

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

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

Theydon Jazz Club Every Wewds 8-10:30 pm, Traditional/Dixieland/New Orleans Jazz features Excellent Live Bands for listening/Dancing, facilities include: Bar/ Meals/Car Park.   www.theydonjazzclub.org.uk

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

Thursday

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

Googlies Jazz Supper Club at Botany Bay Cricket Club, East Lodge Lane, Enfield, EN2 8AS Live Jazz every Thursday evening. Doors 7.30pm, Performance from 8pm. Licensed Bar, food available & free ample parking. The Colin Peters Quartet support a different guest each week.

The Pump House Jazz Club at Watford continues on Thursdays.

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

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

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

Friday

Music at Marigolds, Harlow Cricket Club. A great regular jazz night in Harlow on the last Friday of every month. More at: www.musicatmarigolds.co.uk. They also host some great blues nights:

World class Jazz every Friday at Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel CO6 4PZ www.fleecejazz.org.uk

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

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

Sunday

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

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

For fans of Trad Jazz out there, may we direct to you Wilf James‘ comprehensive listings — http://bit.ly/r0lcY2, 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. www.jazzbanduk.com

Retrospectivejazz, are a trad and Dixieland band based in darkest NE Essex. You can find their website at http://.retrospectivejazz.cticloud.co.uk

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

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Jazz at St John’s Arts Centre, Old Harlow – full programme for the Spring / Summer : http://traditional-jazz.com/mainpages/documents/stjohnsa5.pdf

Tony Jacobs News

My recent weekend at South Downs Holiday Village sold out so as well as returning there next Spring and Autumn, I have a third weekend in June ‘FROM DIXIELAND TO SWING’.
Make a note in your diaries of three more weekends  of Swing, Hot Jazz and Cabaret in 2017 at the same great venue: March 10/11/12, July 7/8/9 and October 20/21/22.
Warners Thorseby Hall Hotel in Nottinghamshire have asked me to present a four day music event on May 15th,16th,17th,18th 2017. The line-up will include the Bateman Brothers’ Ultimate Louis Armstrong Show – with guests Enrico Tomasso and ‘Spats’ Langham, the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, the Tony Jacobs Big Band, the American and British Songbook Show, the Swing Time Jivers and daytime events which will include a tea-dance, a dance workshop and cabaret. More details to follow

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 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.

Workshop dates:
5th, 19th January 2017
2nd, 16th February 2017
2nd, 16th, 30th March 2017
13th, 27th April 2017
11th, 25th May 2017
8th June 2017

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.

Workshop dates:
12th, 26th January 2017
9th, 23rd February 2017
9th, 23rd March 2017
6th, 20th April 2017
4th, 18th May 2017
1st, 15th June 2017

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

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

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 beverley.lockyer@essex.gov.uk

If you weren’t aware of it you really should be listening to jazz broadcaster of the year Paul Barnes’s show The Late Paul Barnes. The show is broadcast each Saturday between 11pm and 1am on the following BBC stations: Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Cambridgeshire, Northampton and 3CR (Beds, Bucks, Herts). And for those of you who aren’t night owls, thanks to the wonders of modern technology you can “listen again” any time, anywhere by going to: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002mhdx

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tune to www.1940sukradio.co.uk

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: http://www.phoenixfm.com/2014/01/21/all-that-jazz/, helping to build a following for jazz among younger people. Adam teachs jazz piano/composition in Billericay (MA Guildhall School of Music and Drama). http://www.reverbnation.com/adamdyerjazz

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

Our friends at MEDWAY JAZZ publish a great newsletter covering a lot of what is going on in Kent. You can download their latest newsletter by clicking here: http://jazzupdate.co.uk/downloads/kentjazzspring14.pdf

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 http://radiotime.com/station/s_6837/Blast_1386.aspx.

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

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

Clare: Jazznights in the Tudor Room at The Bell, Market Hill, CO10 8NN on Sunday 4th December features the inimitable singer ESTELLE KOKOT. 7.30-10pm. £10. Reserve seating by reply or call 01787 237653.

Stoke By Nayland: Fleece Jazz at the Stoke By Nayland Hotel, CO6 4PZ have got JAZZ AT THE MOVIES on Friday 2nd December then the SARAH GILLESPIE QUARTET on Friday 9th December. Box Office 01787 211865. See details http://www.fleecejazz.org.uk/

Bury St Edmunds: The Apex present Songbook Sundays at lunchtime. For all details check https://www.theapex.co.uk/about/songbook-sundays.

Bury St Edmunds: Headhunters Jazz at the Hunter Club, 6, St Andrews Street features REBOP on Friday 16th December. Reserve tickets by email to:  headhunterslivemusic@gmail.com or see http://www.headhunterslive.org.

Colchester: The Arts Centre Jazz Club at Church Street (off Head Street) presents the ALEX MERRITT/JEFF WILLIAMS QUARTET on Sunday 4th December. Doors 7.00pm. Music 7.30pm. Tickets on 01206 500900 or at www.colchesterartscentre.com. See www.colchesterartscentrejazzclub.com for details.

Chelmsford: There’s jazz at ACanteen, 35 New London Rd, Chelmsford CM2 0ND on Saturday 17th December with the TED BEAMENT TRIO. Book a table on 01245 205889 or come and hang at the bar. SHAKATAK will be appearing here on New Year’s Eve – book now!

Chelmsford: GC’s Jazz Club at The Woolpack, 23, Mildmay Road, Essex, CM2 0DN present ZAK BARRETT & REG WEBB on Sunday 4th December. 8.30pm. Free. Call 01245 259295.

Cambridge: Hidden Rooms, 7a, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA present JOHN ETHERIDGE & VIMALA ROWE on Thursday 15th December. Doors 7pm. Music 8pm. Booking: www.cambridgejazz.org, or call 07827 012875.

Cambridge: Every Sunday night the ANDY BOWIE QUARTET are at the Tram Depot, Dover Street. See http://www.tramdepotcambridge.co.uk and https://soundcloud.com/andy-bowie.

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

Hadleigh: The jazz club at the Town Hall present JAZZ AT THE MOVIES with a “Swinging Christmas” on Saturday 17th December at 8pm. t: 07941 360890 | e: george.double@hotmail.co.uk | w: georgedouble.com

Ipswich: The jazz club features ALAN BARNES “A Christmas Carol” on Sunday 11th December at the California Club, 195, Foxhall Road, IP3 8LB. See http://www.ipswichjazzclub.co.uk/gigs.htm for details.

Felixstowe: Jazz East presents the NIGEL PRICE QUARTET on Sunday 4th December at The Alex, 123 Undercliff Road West, IP11 2AF. 8.00-10.30pm. FREE adm. Nigel is also doing a GUITAR WORKSHOP in the afternoon. Tel: 01394 282958 for info or see http://jazzeast.vpweb.co.uk/default.html.

Norwich: The jazz club at the Maddermarket Theatre Bar features a VOCAL JAZZ WORKSHOP with ANDI HOPGOOD on Saturday 3rd December with morning and afternoon sessions. See http://www.norwichjazzclub.co.uk for details.

Lowestoft: Milestones Jazz Club at the Hatfield Hotel, The Esplanade, NR33 0QG presents the HORN FACTORY on Sunday 4th December. See http://www.milestonesjazzclub.co.uk.

Walthamstow: E17 at Gnome House, 7, Blackhorse Lane, E17 6DS present a Special Family Event – MOLLY and the OWL on Sunday 4th December. 2.30-4.30. Then on Tuesday 13th December the E17 LARGE ENSEMBLE appear. 8.30-10.30pm. Check http://www.e17jazz.com for details.

Mill Hill: The jazz club’s gigs are on Wednesdays www.millhilljazzclub.co.uk for details.

 

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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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