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Harmony In Harlem the Cambridge-based big band specialising in authentic Duke Ellington, are performing a fresh selection of Ellingtonia from the 1930s to 1950s at St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church,  St Andrew’s St Cambridge,CB2 3AR   7:30pm on Saturday 9th March 2019. Black and Tan Fantasy and Ellington’s jungle sounds are the theme. Tickets £15 online/on the door:

Young Swing Violin Virtuoso Ben Holder @ St John’s Arts Centre,St John’s Walk, Market Street,  Old Harlow CM17 0AJ on Saturday 26th January @ 3pm.  Admission: £12
Details: 01406 365 731        E-mail:

Drummin’ Man John Petters collaborated on a new CD project with virtuoso, young swing violinist, Ben Holder – resulting in the recently released album, “Swing That Music”.  Ben was recently featured in an interview about his career on BBC Jazz Club, where presenter, Walter Love  played  several of the tracks from the CD.   A  recent review of Ben, “… get your feet tapping and your jaw dropping at the speed of his fingers. Top quality musicianship and utter entertainment”.
This young genius is probably the most gifted swing violinist to emerge since Stephane Grappelli.  Taught classically from six, he studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire during which he discovered Jazz – swing masters such as Benny Goodman and the great jazz violinists, Stephane Grappelli, Joe Venuti and Stuff Smith.
Ben’s innate sense of swing stems from those early listening sessions – and his various awards bear testimony to his abilities.  Expect a programme which includes American Songbook items as September Song, Swing That Music, Crazy Rhythm, Tiger Rag and more.
Ben will take the stage alongside popular, star pianist Tim Huskisson.  
Harlow bass ace, Keith Donald will complete the line-up for what promises to be an afternoon of musical fireworks of dazzling quality.

Clare Teal and her BIG Mini Big Band on Friday 15th February @ Cadogen Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ    Show 7:30pm     Box Office: 020 7730 4500   Tickets £31, £25, £19 + plus transaction fee unless made in person.  New Show for 2019

Award winning jazz vocalist and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal and her BIG Mini Big Band bring  you more exhilarating swing and sparkling melodies as they celebrate the Great American and British Song books as well as contemporary writers creating the standards of today.   Promising a rich jazz infused repertoire in its many forms and eclectic song list, with arrangements crafted by world renowned trumpeter and composer Guy Barker and pianist extraordinaire Jason Rebello.

Clare Teal – vocal              Guy Barker – trumpet      Martin Shaw – trumpet
 Ashley Horton – trombone                                         Alex Garnett – alto saxophone
 James Gardiner-Bateman – tenor saxophone         Gemma Moore – baritone saxophone
 Jason Rebello – piano      Simon Little – bass            Ben Reynolds – drums
“The new first lady of Jazz” – The Independent
“A First Class Evening’s Entertainment from The Queen of Swing” – Time Out  

The Cambridge Jazz Jam is moving location. From 28th January onwards, we will hold sessions at a café/bar called The Snug, located at 170 East Road, Cambridge CB1 1DB. As hitherto, the sessions will run every Monday, 8 – 10.30 pm. There will be no session on 21st January

February 3rd  There’s Sunday lunchtime jazz   2 – 4:30 pm  with THE USUAL SUSPECTS Olli, Brian, Gerry and Peter. when we return to Ye Olde Albion Rowhedge

The next Freddie Freeloader’s Jazz Jam is on Sunday 20th January from 6-9 p.m. at the Black Bull in Rainsford Road Chelmsford CM1 2PN.  Future dates (all at the earlier time of 4-7 p.m.) are: March 17; May 12; July 21st; September 22nd; November 17th. Free entrance, all experience levels,  Playlist and music available in advance from DWJQ are house band, PA drum kit bass amp and one guitar amp provided.

DWJQ are playing at the Three Elms Chelmsford CM1 4TZ on Wednesday 23rd January from 8p.m. Free entrance.

The James Pearson Trio will play a fundraising concert ‘100 Years of Jazz Piano’ for the National Jazz Archive on Saturday 9 February, in Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB.  The concert starts at 2.30pm and tickets cost £15.

Pianist James Pearson, with Sam Burgess on bass and Chris Higginbottom on drums, present a history of jazz piano, featuring Oscar Peterson, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Erroll Garner, Bill Evans and many, many more. James Pearson is a world-class pianist, composer and raconteur extraordinaire. He is the artistic director at Ronnie Scott’s Club where his trio are the house band. His fine piano playing and arrangements can be heard on over 50 albums. With collaborations ranging from Paul McCartney to Wynton Marsalis, James is one of the country’s most sought-after pianists.
Bass player Sam Burgess is a stalwart of the UK jazz scene. As well as playing on numerous film soundtracks, his driving bass lines can be heard accompanying bands of all styles.
Chris Higginbottom is one of the UK’s top drummers, and is a member of the Kyle Eastwood band and the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars. A Royal Academy of Music graduate, Chris lived in New York for eight years where he played with many of the biggest names in jazz. He has performed all over the world and has released two albums as a leader. James said: “It seems very appropriate to bring my trio to present a concert telling the story of jazz piano to help raise funds for the Archive, which itself covers the history of jazz. We’re looking forward to it!”
The concert will include a tribute to the late Brian Browning, in thanks and recognition for the generous legacy he left to the National Jazz Archive in his will. There will be a display of some of the photos he took at the East Side Jazz Club, Leytonstone over the years. 
Tickets /info,
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Twitter            @JazzArchive   Instagram



‘Jazztonic’ is a weekly jazz music and radio programme available worldwide but only via 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).  There is no catch-up service . . . so listen live.

Wednesday 16th January will feature music from and a telephone conversation with Rob Luft, contemporary guitarist who has a number of new projects upcoming!
Wednesday 23rd January will feature Miles Hancock and other members of ‘Jazz Colossus’, a Northamptonshire based big band chatting live in the studio.

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 brand new internet station, based in Spalding Lincolnshire.
Facebook: SoundOfSpitfire          Twitter: @SoundOfSpitfire
Skype: SoundOfSpitfire Studio    Or e-mail

Observation from a reader “Re Radio – have you noted streaming from Bay Area San Fran?  They play great stuff, even at their 7am (our 3pm).”


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 – Reservations recommended

16th January – Matthew Ford + John Horler Quartet

Matthew Ford – vocals                  Ian Laws – guitar
John Horler – piano                       Neil Bullock – drums
Joe Pettitt – double bass

Star vocalist on the 2018 Nationwide tour of ‘Celebrate Sinatra’ Matthew has made multiple appearances on the BBC Proms and Friday Night Is Music Night.  Recent appearances include the John Wilson Orchestra, Halle, Ulster Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestras.
John Horler has for over twenty years performed with Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine. Guitarist Ian Laws has performed with  the BBC Big Band, BBC Concert Orchestra,  Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Jamie Cullum, Barry Manilow and Ray Charles. Double bassist Joe Pettitt is leader of the Len Phillips Big Band and has played in the BBC Big Band.  Drummer Neil Bullock has performed for the Jeff Hooper,  BBC and the Fat Chops Big Bands.

 23rd January – The Harlem Meer Cats

Ned Bennett – alto sax & clarinet            Ben Cummings – trumpet
Jeff Williams – trombone                           Colin Good – piano
Chris Nickolls – drums                               Jerome Davies – double bass

Formed in 2015, the Meer Cats is made up of 6 of the finest early jazz specialists in London, playing the music of Duke Ellington’s bands of the late 1920s and early 1930s, recreating the Cotton Club in New York with growling trumpet and trombone, haunting clarinet, swooping sax and African drum rhythms, with plenty of Swing!

 30th January – Salud! ‘Tom’ Jobim

Georgia Mancio – vocals                            Mark Crooks – tenor sax/clarinet
Robin Aspland – piano                                Colin Oxley – guitar
Dave Ohm – drums                                      Simon Thorpe – double bass

Award-winning jazz vocalist/lyricist, Georgia Mancio (Alan Broadbent, Ian Shaw, ReVoice! Festival) and virtuoso reeds player, Mark Crooks (The Lincoln Center NYC, BBC Proms/John Wilson Orchestra) co-lead this tribute to the remarkable Brazilian composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and Bossa Nova co-creator Antonio Carlos ‘Tom’ Jobim.  Jobim’s beautiful, bitter-sweet melodies evoke the sunshine and easy rhythm of Brazil combined with a jazz musician’s sense of harmony, the eloquence of George Gershwin and Irving Berlin and the sweep of Debussy, Chopin and Ravel. Salud! Tom Jobim recreates the hits (Desafinado, Chega de Saudade, Corcovado and most famously The Girl from Ipanema) as well as lesser known gems with collaborators Elis Regina, Stan Getz, João and Astrud Gilberto. Georgia and Mark lead an all-star band to pay an authentic and soulful appreciation of the timeless music of one of the world’s greatest composers.

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  8.30 pm. Admission £3. Please support the raffle from which all proceeds go to the band. For latest listings visit  Please download current listing at, or

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

Tuesday, 29th January , 2019

Catherine Lima returns to the Club bringing her charismatic presence, crystal clear and incredible sexy voice along with impeccable timing and perfect pitch. Always guaranteeing an entertaining evening with her versatile talent and now also as a songwriter, her performance will include a couple of new songs she has written this year and will feature some songs from her new show, ‘The Allure of Miss Lee’ which explores Peggy Lee’s recordings and songwriting career. Catherine commented ‘ I’m delighted to be coming back to OB’s – it’s always a pleasure working with such a talented resident trio and performing to such a welcoming and appreciative audience’.

Tuesday, 26th February, 2019  

THE GREAT GUITARS REVISITED, featuring the three guitars of DOMINIC ASHWORTH, ANDY WATSON and SIMON HURLEY with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

INTRO –  Not one, not two but three amazingly talented guitarists, will tonight bring you a musical story on jazz from the 70’s and 80’s when three American guitarists joined forces and became known as The Great Guitars. They were, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis and Charlie Byrd who left a lasting legacy of guitar styles that even remains innovative today. They covered a wide range of styles and genres as you will hear when our guests revisit their music and I am sure it will make you want to listen to The Great Guitars again and again.

Dominic Ashworth, an exceptionally talented Canadian guitarist, and regular guest to the Club, for which we are extremely lucky as his services are in great demand country wide touring with groups such as, Picante Latin Band, Rag & Bone Club, The Dream Band and accompanies many other jazz musicians. No matter the tempo, genre, style, Dominic ticks all the boxes ensuring his audience are always wanting more from this truly amazing musician.
Andy Watson graduated at City of Leeds College of Music, where so many of our jazz musicians studied. Andy has been a professional musician for the whole of his working life as a player and educator. Performing as a solo artist he has travelled extensively, appearing at many venues and festivals. His teaching work is in schools and colleges as both guitar teacher and lecturer and directs many workshops around the UK.
Simon Hurley picked up the guitar 25 years ago and, and having been self-taught, embarked upon a formal musical education in 2006. In 2010 he graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree at Colchester and began to study jazz under the tutelage of guitarist Andy Watson. He is inspired by Joe Pass and Martin Taylor, who has described his playing as ‘Just beautiful’. Simon divides his time between teaching, recording, accompanying and performing in and around S. E. England.

Tuesday, 26th March, 2019

An EVENING with ELLA and LOUIS featuring HILARY CAMERON, keys/vocals, and PAUL HIGGS, trumpet, with resident duo of Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

Hilary Cameron trained originally as a classical pianist but later decided to spend two years in New York studying jazz at the Manhattan School of Music. Whilst there the opportunity arose for her to gain invaluable experience performing in Clubs and venues with a host of experienced musicians playing the New York circuit. Hilary is also an excellent jazz flautist and vocalist that not many people are aware of. On returning to London she was soon performing at Ronnie Scotts, Pizza on the Park and the Purcell Room on London’s South Bank along with festivals in London, Brecon and Birmingham before joining OB’s resident trio.
Paul Higgs, needs no introduction being a regular visitor, almost a season ticket holder, in a variety of guises that this multi-instrumentalist performs across the country. Apart from touring with the fantastic Chris Ingham Quartet he has a very busy schedule with his own one man shows of ‘A Brief History of Jazz’, ‘Shades of Miles’, ‘Quintessential’ and ‘Pavane’ the latter being on his CD, a collection of original compositions that takes you on a mystic musical journey. Tonight, Paul accompanies Hilary, in portraying the wonderful music of the duets between Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong who sang such brilliant tunes as, ‘Summertime’, ‘Nearness of You’. ‘Cheek to Cheek’. ‘Tenderly’ and ‘Moonlight in Vermont’.
Sit back and enjoy the artistry.

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.

Hosts :  1st Thursday :   Ienne Hunter   (Guitarist)
2nd Thursday :               Graham Pike   (Harmonica/ Trumpet / Vocals)
3rd Thursday :                Annie Dehaney-Steven   (Singer)
4th Thursday :                Louise Miller   (Singer)   Open Mic night
The first three Thursdays usually have a guest artist, invited by the host along with a particularly excellent House Band.  The 4th Thursday is very much a singalong and open mic night. Sometimes there’s a 5th Thursday, check the diary for who’s on.
Past guests include :   KIX Jazz Orchestra (Big Band),   Bobby Allen (vcls),   Catherine Lima (vcls),   Paul Wood (vcls),   Sharon Scott (vcls),   Iris Edris (vcls),   John Eacott (Trumpet),   Robert Bell (vcls),   Sue Holiday (vcls).  Liz Byrne (vocals)

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


With Chris Pearson on guitar. Mags on vocals, Tom McCree on harp, Bernie Brewster on bass & Martin Brown on drums.  Known as a blues & party band they will play a smooth mix of up temp blues with a slight mod influence including tunes like Shakin’ all over, Louie Louie, Flip Flop Fly, Barefootin & Hoochie Coochie Coo.


Paul Higgs (trumpet), Roberto Manzin (saxophone), José Canha (upright bass), Joshua Law (drums), and Dan Banks (piano/bandleader).
The Dan Banks Quintet play a mixture of Blue Note inspired originals and select material from the American Songbook & tonight launch music from Dan’s new album. Expect an evening of dynamic jazz, revisiting the Golden Age of bebop and hardbop; remindful of Horace Silver, Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, and Hank Mobley.

TUES 29TH OF JAN – ‘THIS CAN’T BE LOVE‘.  Celebrating the music of Rodgers & Hart.
With Paul Higgs on trumpet, Elliott Weights on piano, Alex Keen on bass, Neil Bullock on drums & Annie on vocals.
A classic evening of the great standards written by this prolific songwriting duo. Tonight we endeavor to convey the quality and frequent humor which they brought to all of their compositions.

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 15th January – 8.00pm
Derek Nash Quartet

Tuesday 22nd January – 8.00pm
Simon Spillett with the Ted Beament Trio

Tuesday 5th February – 8.00pm
Matt Skelton Celebrates ‘Shelley Manne’
Featuring Mark Crooks – sax   Jim Davidson – trumpet   Leon Greening –piano
Conor Chaplin – bass    Matt Skelton – drums
Admission £16.00 members £13.00 unless otherwise stated

Tuesday 12th February – 8.00pm
Christian Brewer with Nico Merc i– piano Marco Marizola – bass & Lee Barbien – drums

   Beecroft Arts Gallery, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea Essex SS2 6EX     Tel no: 01702 215169 (Thurs & Sat only)  Or: 01245 420475

Saturday 26th January   2.00pm – 4.00pm
Anita Wardell with the Robin Aspland trio
Admission £10.00

Saturday 23rd February   2.00pm – 4.00pm
Osian Roberts – sax   Graham Harvey – piano   Simon Wolf – bass and
Sebastiaan deKrom – drums
Admission £10.00

, 39 Ongar Road, Abridge,  Essex RM4 1UD from 8pm to 10.30Traditional/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. The Club nights  will be the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each 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.  Visit or contact Dave & Sheila Dyer – tel: 01945 588325; email:

Enrico Tomasso’s Hot Four are appearing at ib Wednesday 23rd January at 8pm.  Featuring Keith Nicholls on Piano and Vocals with Malcolm McQuaid Bass and Martin Wheatley Gtr/Bjo.

presents 10 or 11 concerts a year at the Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG (next to the Civic Theatre), mainly on Sunday lunchtime. The jazz is generally mainstream and modern and the club is justly proud of the quality.  For an annual subscription of £10.00 (£15.00 joint) members are entitled to a £4.00 reduction on normal ticket prices, and notice of concerts. There’s a friendly atmosphere, come along. Enq: Christine Adgo 07702 303121.  join the Facebook groups   Twitter account @ChelmfordJazz  Doors: 11.00am     Gigs start: 12.15pm    Advance booking:   01245 606505    £12 / £16

Sunday 13th January 2019
Geoff Simkins
with John Pearce Dave Green and Steve Brown

, 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

11th January- Jimmy C and the Blues Dragons:

Canadian – born singer, guitarist Jimmy C moved to Britain via Vancouver, San Francisco and Japan since when Jimmy and the band are earning a deserved reputation as one of the most entertaining and hard-working bands on the London circuit.
Playing a repertoire which includes blues classics from Robert Johnson and T-bone Walker, various Kings of the blues, that is Albert, Freddie and BB, they follow through to the music which the British Blues Invasion of North America left in its wake, from the Rolling Stones to Cream, from Jimi Hendrix to the Doors and even Steppenwolf They freely admit they are not blues purists but as they point out neither were the blues greats – their mission is to do what Muddy Waters did, and what Rufus Thomas did, to entertain and get you dancing.
Jimmy C & The Blues Dragons play sharp snappy blues, with a little bit of edge and an element of fun and clearly enjoy what they do and seem able to communicate this to their audience…. Pete Feenstra

25th January – Atila

Atila vocals, Graham Harvey keyboards, Dario Di Lecce bass and Steve Brown drums

Atila Huseyin is an established UK Jazz singer. Sartorially stylish and musically classy, his interpretations of the American Songbook are internationally renowned, taking influence from early Frank Sinatra.
Atila began music professionally aged 15 with local big band ‘Young Jazz’. First playing saxophone, but then switching to vocals. In 2002 Atila was invited to feature with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra with whom he toured extensively as well as recording.
Further tours followed with various artists most notably with the legendary Buddy Greco highlighting with an appearance with the BBC Big Band at the 30th Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, broadcast on BBC Radio 2 Big Band Special and four nights at Ronnie Scott’s in London in 2008. In 2013 Atila was invited to perform with Buddy Greco for his 70th Anniversary Celebration.
Numerous tours and recording sessions followed in diverse formats and artists including trips to the States. Atila has performed live on the Alan Titchmarsh Television Show on ITV in 2010 and on ITV show Stepping Out, in 2013. He has also recorded advertisements for many international companies including the Emirates 2012 as well as long running residencies at the Park Plaza hotel and the Arts Club Dover Street.

8th February – Gentleman and the Contenders:

Returning to Marigolds after some sensational gigs the bands influences remain deeply rooted in early 50’s style Swing,West Coast and Chicago Blues and they are one of the hottest bands on the scene today.  Led by the inspirational harmonica player and vocalist Tim Corbett they deliver a brand of high energy jumpin’ blues that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and get your toes tappin’.  Tim Corbett is much admired by audiences and his peers alike and is recognised for his technical mastery of the harmonica and his powerful vocal performance.
TJ Cadman is a stylish guitar master that gets to the very heart of the music with his irresistible style, slick solo’s and sophisticated chord patterns.
With Nick Vaughan on drums and Mike Reeman on double bass their swinging rhythms and lazy shuffles combined with great dynamics create the band’s musical style and it’s unique Chicago Style sound.

22nd February – Art Theman & Henry Lowther Quintet

Art Theman sax, Henry Lowther trumpet, Mike Gorman keyboards, Flo Moore bass and Stu Butterfield drums.
A self-taught musician, Art played tenor sax at Cambridge while studying medicine. Qualifying as a doctor he played in blues and R&B bands in the early 60s as well as backing groups for numerous pop sessions.
Art worked with Alexis Korner, Phil Seamen, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker and Long John Baldry. In the late 60s/early 70s Art started to favour jazz. He played with Barbara Thompson, Michael Garrick, Henry Lowther and Graham Collier and began a long and fruitful association with Stan Tracey, which continued into the 90s. Art has accompanied many visiting US jazzmen too many to list here.
Had Art chosen a musical career he would have doubtless been an international artist of some stature. Attaining his high standing while working as a consultant surgeon, is testimony to his remarkable talents.
A wit might say that Henry’s career peaked when he played at Woodstock as part of the Keefe Hartley band way back in the dim and distant. Those more knowledgeable would raise more than an eyebrow at that.
Henry’s father taught him to play cornet when he was about 5. His first cornet is very special, not only because it was originally his father’s, but is a Boosey & Co with ‘British throughout’ stamped on the bell. Henry researched the instrument and found that it came out of the factory on 14 April 1912, the day the Titanic sank”.

Henry’s career has been long and illustrious from his initiative work in the sixties through to the present day, his virtuosity allowing him to tour extensively right around the world. Not only has he played with so many well-respected musicians that there is far too little space here to list them all, he is able to move between musical genres at will and with consummate ease.

, 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   Members £9, Guests £10


13th –  Christine and the Stackyard Stompers.  Playing 1920s classic jazz, led by Christine Woodcock on trombone and vocals, the Stackyard Stompers pay tribute to the jazz greats King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and Clarence Williams.

20th – Mike Barry’s New Uptown Gang.  Mike on trumpet leads his new gang which includes Mike Holt blowing trombone, Goff Dubber blowing reeds and Roger Curphey on double bass. The Gang play old and not so old tunes including classic and traditional jazz numbers.

27th – The Jack Clifford Swingtette.   Another wonderful end to the month with an evening of jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack blowing clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with a guest front line and a rhythm section of regulars Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Clarke drums and Roger Curphy bass. 

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

Sunday 3rd February 2019  –  MICK FOSTER  Baritone Saxophone

Mick has played and recorded with a wide range of bands and musicians including  ‘The London Jazz Orchestra’ , ‘Back To Basie Orchestra’ John Dankworth & Cleo Laine,Guy Barker and Ginger Baker and is respected as one of the UK’s finest  baritone players.    Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 3rd March 2019  –  GRAHAM PIKE  Trumpet, Flugel, Harmonica, Vocal.  

After a past life as TV/Theatre Musical Director, Composer, Graham has returned to his youth playing the live circuit with his own quartet & MD of KIX Jazz Orchestra. A century has produced so much great jazz, I love dipping into it all.     Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 7th April 2019  –   JOHN WITHERS  Vibraphone

John is a multi talented musician playing drums as well as vibraphone. He has been in great demand on the London scene for many years and was a long time member of the Ken Turner big band.    Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Jose Canha String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 5th May 2019  –  BRIDGET METCALFE  Vocals

The BBC broadcaster, artist, composer and of course singer. As a singer she released her ‘In Your Eyes’ jazz album with 6 consecutive nights at London’s Ronnie Scott’s. “I’m always looking to include a few different but well known songs (e.g. by composers like Michel Legrand) which are great jazz numbers. Reprising these makes a change, inspires musicians and surprises audiences”.    Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 2nd June 2019  –  NEALE RIDDING  Flute/ Saxophone               

Regarded as one of the best jazz flautists in the country and his tenor sax tone reminiscent of the great Tubby Hayes. Neale was a full time member of Graeme’s quintet through the 1990’s. Apart from his talents on flute and saxophone’s he is also a fine pianist, He is in great demand on the jazz club circuit and as a tutor at his private studio in London.

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.  Online:

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

, 228 London Road, Westcliff SS0 7JG – where we set our regular jazz club for the second Wednesday every month.   We shall be at the Cricketers (Tel. 01702 345053 ) for our Christmas party time on Wednesday December 12th, and remember the music starts at 8.30pm but get there early for the best seats! If you want to eat before the music starts – ring Carlo at the adjacent restaurant and be sure to book a table as the restaurant gets busy on jazz night.  We have invited the very busy Mick Foster along with his baritone saxophone. Mick is heavily involved with many bands but he has managed to join us on December 12th.  Also joining us will be Dominic Ashworth (always a pleasure to hear) with his guitar. Digby Fairweather (trumpet) will join Mick on the front line, and will shall have Alan Clarke (drums) and Roger Curphey (bass) to complete the line-up.  Look forward to seeing you for our last session of 2018!

Every 3rd Saturday afternoon, starts 12.30 til 3pm Admission is £10 The Hall is just off the High Road behind the vets surgery. Postcode is CM16 6DB.  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.
The following dates are booked      Dec 15th

The Jack Free Allstars.  The legendary trombonist appears with regulars Pete Rudeforth, John Crocker, Tim Huskisson, Murray Salmon, Martin Guy, Colin Bray, Carol Braithwaite.  Paul Higgs, Colin Good, Gary Wood, Julian Stringle, Trevor Whiting, JJ Vinten among recent guests.  The Jack Free Allstars will continue the Gig at North Weald into the New Year.  Admission will be £10.  12.30 – 3.00 pm

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)    Tickets:  Info:

   Saturdays, 6.30 for 7.30pm   Just off A12 South of Witham, Essex CM8 3NN.  Admission £12.50, ring Gordon on 01621 891717.  Bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles.

THE SOUTHEND JAZZ CLUBevery 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 to join mailing list. Entrance £10

 14 Jan – Southend Bob’s New Orleans Band

21 Jan – Les Handscombe’s Tailgate JB

28 Jan – Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces

   4 Feb – Frog Island Jazz Band

11 Feb – Carol Braithwaite with the Jazz Club Quartet (Tim Huskisson, Eddie Johnson, Alan Clarke and Ollie Benson)

18 Feb – Jackie Free’s Chicagoans

25 Feb – Just Friends Jazz Band

  4 Mar – Doc Houlind’s Revival All Stars

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 15th   Kingsclub 7. Our regular house band led by John Davis, featuring the usual front line of leader on alto/soprano  sax with John Mole on tenor sax John Bridge on trombone and Mike Sherwood on vocals.

January 22nd  Tiger Swing Recreating Django and hot club of Paris style with Felicity’s accomplished violin. A very refreshing  evening.  

January 30th   Hertswing Big Band with their usual exciting swing, bringing their classic Basie style big band sound. Aided by Vicky their star vocalist. 

February 5th   John Bignall Quartet.  With John Bignall on saxes, Neil Drake piano,Roger Hudson bass and Ronnie Fen drums. A top quality quartet not to be missed!

February 12th  Conchord Big Band   A popular band in the Basie tradition presented by JJ on drums and led by Cliff Brown.

February 19th  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 26th  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!  

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

Thursday 17th January  – 8.30pm
Derek Nash Quartet
Admission £12.00

Thursday 21st February   – 8.30pm
Osian  Roberts – sax   Graham Harvey – piano   Simon Wolf – bass and
Sebastiaan deKrom – 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  24th January  – 8.30pm
Derek Nash Quartet

Thursday  7th February – 8.30pm
Matt Skelton Celebrates ‘Shelley Manne’
Featuring Mark Crooks – sax   Jim Davidson – trumpet   Leon Greening –piano  
Conor Chaplin – bass Matt Skelton – drums
Admission £16.00 members £13.00 unless otherwise stated

Thursday 14th February   –  8:30pm
Jo Harrop and Chris Dean Quintet

Thursday  28th February   – 8.30pm
Sue Richardson Quartet

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.   It may be a rather cold, wet and grey January day here in Saffron Walden, but we have plenty for you to look forward to in 2019! 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

Saturday 19th Jan – WINTER WARMER – Tina May  Joanna Eden hosts the evening and supports the delightful doyen of British Jazz, Tina May, who has mesmerised worldwide audiences.  Come and be mesmerised by her and the fabulous Chris Ingham Trio.
Dave Gelly, The Observer:  Tina May has a fine, expressive voice, with immaculate pitch, clear diction and no annoying mannerisms.   There are still some tickets available, so do come along and find out for yourselves why Tina has been called “the most expressive and technically gifted jazz singer on the UK scene”!

On 2 March, we are very lucky to be hosting first-class US import Rodney Branigan, a Texas-raised multi-instrumentalist with a rich and soulful voice, who learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville, and put it all together in London. Prepare to be enthralled by his dual guitar playing!

And on 27 April, we look forward to welcoming jazz violinist Ben Holder, who mixes his classical training with the techniques of jazz masters such as Benny Goodman and Oscar Peterson.

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


“Julian is an immense talent! Probably the best clarinettist to emerge in British jazz for several decades. His playing has ‘world class’ written all over it”. Sir John Dankworth. “Stringle’s clarinet sound is exquisite. It has freshness, sparkle and a flute-like softness. At times he makes the clarinet sound re-invented”. John Fordham, The Guardian. 

Sun 10th Mar – JO HARROP


Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone, Kent CT20 3HL. Every Thursday Music Starts 8 00pm To book please call 01303 277175  Email Beryl the Booker at   Derick Woodland Beryl Wood.  Gigs start  8pm – Adm £14

Jan 17th        £14      Multi Talented ~~ Multi Award Winner  THE LIANE CARROLL  TRIO    This lady is a one off & reaches the emotions that other tonics can’t with            ROGER  CAREY – bass       RUSSELL  FIELD – drums

Jan 24th        £12     The swinging saxes of   JO FOOKS  &  AL NICHOLS  QUINTET
A great night of swing & toe tapping music with  JO FOOKS , the swinging lady of jazz.  This former Humphrey Lyttelton tenor saxophonist co leads this outfit with one of the UKs finest swing sax men AL NICHOLS (AL leads his own group Blue Harlem)

Plus the mega swinging rhythm section of ~~
TED BEAMENT piano.  Long term pianist with the Humph band ~
PETE RINGROSE double bass.   This guy swings like a pendulum !!
BUSTER BIRCH drums.  The professor of drums , back at The FJC.

 Jan 31st       £14      No Politics ~~ PETE CATER with his MINISTRY of JAZZ    Big Band Classics & Big Band Swing ~ Led by Pete Cater the leader of The Buddy Rich tribute band.  Loaded with world class musicians all driven by Drummer Pete Cater.

PETE CATER drums & leader.  Drives with his unique natural ability.
VASILIS XENOPOULOS tenor sax.   The charismatic Greek is back. Europes finest.
RICHARD SHEPHERD alto sax.  Leads own sextet in late show at Ronnies.
ADRIAN FRY trombone.  Great player, Great big band arranger
GEORGE HOGG trumpet.  So experienced So much talent & So Good
SIMON THORPE double bass.  A regular at The FJC & always welcome
PETE WHITTAKER organ.  This is a great addition to any big band

Feb 7th     £12     Award Winners Galore ~ THE ALAN BARNES ALL STAR QUARTET //

ALAN BARNES saxes & clarinet ~ Leader ~ Humor & Multi Multi Brit Jazz Award Winner.
DAVID NEWTON piano .. David topped the Brit Jazz Awards for 13 consecutive years
ANDREW CLEYNDERT double bass . Experience & expertise ~ That is this man
SEBASTIAAN de KROMM drums .. One of Europes finest

The Valentines Day Special //

A Great evening of Toe Tapping Jazz  ~~  A Jazz lovers Treat 
JULIAN MARC STRINGLE  sax & clarinet .. Sir JD said the best in Europe.
STEVE WATERMAN  trumpet & flugle .. The UK’s No1 jazz trumpeter.
DOMINIC ASHWORTH  guitar .. Wonderful Canadian guitarist.
LEON GREENING  piano .. Fantastic & a great FJC favorite.
CHIS DODDS  bass .. This guy swings like the pendulum.
NIC FRANCE  drums .. At the forefront of British drummers.

Feb 21st         £12     THE ROB BARRON QUINTET         The swinging style of George Shearing & Milt Jackson

ROB BARRON piano  ..   NAT STEELE vibes ..  WILL ARNOLD FORSTER guitar..   JEREMY BROWN double bass  ..  JOSH MORRISON drums

Feb 28th          £14      The wonderful music & songs of Peggy Lee ~ Duke Ellington & Benny Goodman.    Pete Long’s   PEGGY  .. DUKE  &  BENNY  //
The most swinging show on the jazz scene ~~ recreating the wonderful music of the heyday of swing music & the all American song book ~ performed by the UK’s best.

PETE LONG clarinet & sax .. Leader & wonderful  humorist raconteur.. Pete is also the leader of the award winning Echoes of Ellington Orchestra.
Making her FJC debut is the Chicago born vocalist & international star performer MISS JOAN VISKANT ~ This lady is Peggy Lee & is a big band singer of quality.
NICK DAWSON piano .. The MD from the long running west end show Mama Mia.
ANTHONY KERR  vibes .. Professor at The Royal School of Music & The BBC Big Band.
DAVID CHAMBERLAIN  double bass .. Barrister David is one of the UKs finest bassists.
RICHARD PITE drums .. Great drummer & stick juggler ~ man of many talents ~ club owner ~ management etc. 100 years of jazz in 99 minutes Big Band.

In the next few weeks (Not booking ATM) (All at £12 except Feb 28th & March 28th)

March 7th      CRAIG MILVERTON Qt with ROBERT FOWLER (The music of Tad Dameron)
March 12th     THEO TRAVIS Qt with MARC PARNELL
March 21st      SARA DOWLING Qt plus  ROBERT FOWLER
March 28th    JAZZ ‘N JOLSON ( It’s all in the title )

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

Friday 18 January.   Janet’s Jazz Night  Tickets on the door £8.

Terence Collie – piano, Stuart Barker – bass ,Rha Stranges – drums 
Friday 18 January features trumpet player Paul Jordanous and vocalist Julia May.

Our fantastic and very popular series of Janet’s Jazz Nights are hosted by Janet McCunn and fabulous house band led by Terence Collie and feature a first set with a special guest instrumentalist followed by a guest vocalist joining Janet for the second set.
1st Set – Terence Collie Trio with Paul Jordanous
2nd Set – Terence Collie Trio with Janet McCunn and Julia May
3rd Set – Open Jam Session (first-come, first-on-the-list or book online for priority)

Saturday 19 January. Monika Lidke Band.    Door £10  Advance £8.  Students £5

Monika Lidke – Voice, Matt Chandler – Guitar, Adam Spiers – Cello, Jakub Cywinski – Double Bass, Adam Teixerira – Drums

Songstress Monika Lidke creates exciting and original music that truly connects with her audience. Her songs blend jazz and folk with Polish and French roots to create a mesmerising live show. Currently signed to Dot Time Records (USA) Monika’s music is also featured on several compilations (including Universal Poland) were they receive extensive radio play. Monika and her band are currently working on their fourth album and they have chosen this special event to showcase their new songs.

Friday 25 January. Willie Garnett Big Band. Tickets on the door £8.

WILLIE GARNETT’S BIG BAND …. Undoubtedly one of the best British big bands led by veteran band leader Willie Garnett … Superb Musicians … Keeping the GREAT Classics ALIVE!    Willie has a treasure trove of charts and selects a no-nonsense set including standard’s like Count Basie’s Corner Pocket, Coltrane classic…My Favourite Things and The Beatle’s Norwegian Wood.  A Great Crowd & Great Banter…..A WONDERFUL NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENT!

Saturday 26 January. Alex Roth / Wacław Zimpel / Hubert Zemler
Tickets on the door £10. Advance £8. Students £5.

Alex returns with a new project exploring his Polish-Jewish ancestry, developed through a residency at the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków with support from Arts Council England. He is joined by two of Poland’s most acclaimed contemporary musicians: clarinettist Wacław Zimpel and percussionist Hubert Zemler, both stalwarts of Warsaw’s thriving experimental music scene.

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

11 January 2019, £20/£16*   Tony Kofi and The Organisation: “Point Blank”
“A Killer band with real bite!” Jazzwise 
Tony Kofi baritone sax   Pete Whittaker organ    Simon Fersby guitar    Pete Cater drums

18 January 2019, £18/£14*    Nigel Price Quartet
Nigel Price guitar    Jim Watson piano    Vasilis Xenopoulos tenor sax
Pete Levett drums
“Lovers of jazz across the UK – prepare to be taken by storm” The Jazzmann

25 January 2019, £18/£14*     Alan Barnes Quartet
Alan Barnes saxes   Robin Aspland piano   Arnie Somogyi  bass
Sebestiaan de Krom  drums
Nothing more to be said, just magnificent!

1 February 2019, £16/£12*     Basil Hodge Quartet
“Basil’s rhapsodic style gives the band a thick, full sound. He is a fleet and driving pianist”
Basil Hodge piano    Ed Jones tenor sax    Oli Hayhurst bass    Winston Clifford drums

8 February 2019, £18/£14*   Chris Bowden Quintet featuring Bryan Corbett: “Unlikely Being”
“Atmospheric tunes, extended arrangements, powerful performances and good old- fashioned grooves” 
Chris Bowden alto sax    Bryan Corbett trumpet/flugel     Jim Watson piano    Chris Dodd bass    Neil Bullock drums

15 February 2019, £20/£16*    Deelee Dubé and Renato D’Aliello
“A voice of deep grainy power, Dubé has a quick-witted musicality” – Daily Telegraph
Deelee Dubé vocals    Renato D’Aliello tenor sax    Bruno Montrose piano    Adam King bass    Alfonso Vitale drums

22 February 2019, £20/£16*    Clark Tracey Quintet: “No Doubt”
After 35 years of leading his own bands, this is the latest one and features some of the brightest young stars of the future.  
Clark Tracey drums    Alex Ridout trumpet    Sean Payne alto sax    Elliott Sansom piano    James Owston bass

, 6, St Andrews Street South, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3PH. 1st class jazz in Bury St Edmunds   07799 650009   Doors 7.15,   Music   8pm

Saturday 9 February 2019  £14 / £7 u25 – Nigel Price

Formerly of the James Taylor Quartet, Nigel Price is the world-class shining star of groove guitar with over 500 appearances at Ronnie Scott’s under his belt. His irresistible music recalls the masters Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Pat Martino and early George Benson with an expertly blended, hugely exciting brand of hard-bop and soul-jazz.


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

– Hadleigh Town Hall, Market Place, Hadleigh, IP7 5DN.


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

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

Saturday 26th January 2019    RANDOLPH MATTHEWS
Nominated Jazz FM “Best live performance 2018”, Randolph Matthews is described by Jazz FM as “Flawless and world class.”
Randolph’s vocal performances span over two decades where he has collaborated with artists from the jazz, blues and contemporary music scenes such as Mulatu Atstake, Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experience) and openings for Richard Bona (Pat Metheny) and grammy award winning jazz legend Herbie Hancock. He’s also graced the Royal Courts of Buckingham Palace to perform for Queen Elizabeth II.  Randolph is one of the truly unique and incredible talents in today’s effervescent UK jazz culture. Influenced by legends such as Bobby McFerrin and Kurt Elling, Randolph’s show is an international mix of original material, re-works, and audience interactions entwined with life stories which he tells with pure emotion and humour.  His new album “Untamed” was released in 2018 on BandCamp Spotify and ITunes with an album tour in November.
Nominated Jazz Fm Best Live Jazz Performance 2018 – Jazz FM
”The rich enveloping musical world of Randolph Matthews“ – Jazzwise Magazine
“The people choice award 2017” – Ascona Jazz Festival
“Dazzling improvisational skills ,flawless and world class” – Chris Phillips Jazz FM
“This man’s not just original, he’s out there” – Blues and Soul magazine
Plus special guest DJ…  MATT SMOOTH
Ticket details…  Entry £12 , £10 with JazzUp loyalty card.
Tickets available from …
Riot Lounge, Hitchin           Farleys, Hitchin       Gatefold Record Lounge, Hitchin
Jolly Brown, Hitchin             Bar 85, Hitchin        David’s Music Letchworth
Unikorn Stevenage             and on line from from
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.
Any further questions please contact

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.

– 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.
Tickets: Website:

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  email:    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.

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

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.

THE JAZZ CENTRE UK opened in Feb 2016, brain child of Digby Fairweather to promote, preserve and celebrate the vibrant culture of jazz music in the UK and beyond.  In The Beecroft Art Gallery, Victoria Ave, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 6EX and open for all to see our exhibitions between Tues and Sat between 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.  Registered Charity No. 116742.  The Heritage Lottery Fund has helped us to set up phase 1, but we have much greater future plans   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.  Jazz films are shown every Saturday at 2pm in our 100 seater cinema and we have live music in the Centre on Saturday afternoon.  We actively support and promote contemporary performance and education  – send your email address and we shall add you to our ‘friends’ who receive our newsletter.

Friday January 11th, 12 – 2pm: ‘Listen in’ at The Jazz Centre UK.  Duke Ellington ‘At his Very Best’. Free admission.
Saturday, January 12th: 11:30am – 1:30pm:
The Glyn Morgan Trio + Special Guests at  The Jazz Centre UK. Free Admission.
Friday, January 18th 12-2pm: ‘Listen in’ at The Jazz Centre UK.   ‘Erroll Garner: ’Concert by the Sea’ Free admission.
Friday, January 25th, 12-2pm: ‘Listen in’ at The Jazz Centre UK.
‘Charlie Parker: The Dial Sessions’. Free admission.
Saturday, January 26th: 2pm – 4pm: ‘Spike’s Place at The Jazz Centre UK’.
Susan May presents Anita Wardell with Robin Aspland’s Trio. £10 Admission.
Friday, February 1st:12-2pm: ‘Listen in’ at The Jazz Centre UK’.  ‘Oscar Peterson Trio: Night Train’ Free admission.
Saturday, February 2nd: 12 – 2pm:’Jazz 825′ at The Jazz Centre UK:
Trevor Taylor presents the ‘Unity Organ Trio’. Free Admission.
Friday February 8th: 12-2pm: ‘Listen in’at The Jazz Centre UK . ‘John Coltrane: Giant Steps
Saturday, February 9th: 11:30am – 1:30pm:
The Glyn Morgan Trio + special guests at The Jazz Centre UK. Free Admission.
Friday February 15th:12-2pm: ‘Listen in’ at The Jazz Centre UK.  ‘Billie Holiday: Lady in Satin’ Free Admission.

Saturday February 16th: 2 – 4pm: Special presentation: ‘The Dean of Decadence’ featuring Chris Wade’s new documentary ‘George Melly; the Certainty of Hazard’ and ‘Memories of Melly’ by Digby Fairweather. Admission £5.00
Friday February 22nd:12-2pm: ‘Listen in’ at The Jazz Centre UK. ‘Art Blakey: ’Moanin’’
Saturday, February 23rd: 2pm – 4pm: ‘Spike’s Place at The Jazz Centre UK’.
Susan May presents: Osian Roberts with Simon Woolf’s Trio. £10 Admission.

Friday March 1st:12-2pm: ‘Listen In’ at The Jazz Centre UK     Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
Saturday, March 2nd: 12 – 2pm: ‘Jazz 825’ at The Jazz Centre UK:
Trevor Taylor presents ‘The Flute in Jazz’ with Geoff Warren’s Flutopia. Free Admission.
Friday March 8th:12-2pm: ‘Listen In’ at The Jazz Centre UK   Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah-Um
Saturday, March 9th: 11:30am – 1:30pm:    The Glyn Morgan Trio + special guests at The Jazz Centre UK. Free Admission.
Fri March 15th:12-2pm: ‘Listen In’ at The Jazz Centre    Ella Fitzgerald: Live at Carnegie Hall
Saturday, March 16th: 1pm – 4pm: Guest speaker at The Jazz Centre UK: jazz journalist and author PeterVacher will give a presentation, with musical illustrations, on his book.
“Swingin’ on Central Avenue: African–American Jazz in Los Angeles”. Admission £5.
Friday March 22nd:12-2pm: ‘Listen In’ at The Jazz Centre UK.    Gil Evans: Out of the Cool
Saturday, March 30th: 2pm – 4pm: ‘Spike’s Place’ at The Jazz Centre UK’.
Susan May presents ‘Isn’t it a lovely day..?’ with Sara Dowling, Atila, Gabriel Latchin, Dario DiLecce and Steve Brown. Admission £12.

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

e17 JAZZ – The award winning e17 jazz collective presents concerts on the last Wednesday of each month featuring local musicians of national renown plus exciting guest stars in a relaxed jazz club setting.  186 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4QH

Weds March 27th @ MAUD
Charlie Mingus’s – Ah Um  
Played by the Dave Manington Sextet
8.30-11pm,    £10 – Early bird   £12 – advance ticket   £15 – on the door

Charles Mingus’s classic jazz album played live in full by the fantastic group led by Dave Manington on Double Bass. Accompanied by projections of the original musicians and artwork. Celebrate the 60th birthday of this classic masterpiece by one of the heavyweights of the jazz world.
Jamey O’Donnell – Alto Sax       Jack Jones – Tenor Sax         Owen Dawson – Trombone
Naadia Sheriff – Vocals              Dave Manington – Bass       Will Glaser – Drums

Tickets –

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

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

JAZZ AT THE CROWN.  This new Jazz venue at ‘The Crown’, Church Street, Great Ellingham, nr. Attleborough, Norfolk opened on 11th September. The aim is to create a Sunday evening monthly Jazz scene featuring some of East Anglia’s major Jazz musicians using a regular rhythm section of Nigel Portass – Keyboard, Jeff Burbidge – Bass Gtr and Bob Dore – Drums. The music will commence at 6.00pm and finish around 8.30 pm and will be free admission.

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

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

KENNY BALLS LIVE LOUNGE Every Thursday of every month.  The opening night is the 1st February 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.   Dates  for 2018 – 11th Nov,  9th Dec.  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 visit their new website at

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

HEADS UP! dates


15 January, 9PM. FG with The Jazz Bandits Trio. Phase 1- 80 Seel Street, Liverpool, L1 4BH. Free.

21 January, 8.30PM. FG with the Mark Hale, ArnieSomogi, Graham Harvey and Henry Lowther. 60th Birthday Party! The White Horse. 84 Newnham Ave, Bedford, MK41 9PX. 01234 409326. Free

27 January, 9PM. Frank Griffith Quartet, w/Misha Gray, Hugo Harrison and  Eryl Roberts. Railway Pub. 74 Wellington Road, Stockport, SK4 1HF. 01745 812260. Free.

27 January 2019, 2PM. FG with the Omega Big Band. Wigan Jazz Club, Vauxhall Road, Wigan, WN1 3LU.

15 February, 8PM. w/Strictly Swing Big Band. Halton Royal British Legion Club. 1 Castle Road, Runcorn, WA7 2BE. 01922 8572131.

13 March, 8.30PM. w/Vic Blackwell Quintet. Fleetwood Heskith Social Club. Fylde Road, Southport, PRD 9XH. 01704 809138. £5.

20 April, 3-5PM. w/Annie Long. Nantwich Jazz

9 June, 8PM. FG with Tina May, Michael Roberts, Robin Aspland, Jeremy Brown and Rod Youngs.  Broadway Meets Jazz. Dorchester Corn Exchange. High E Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF.01305 819039. £14.

CAROL BRAITHWAITES’ GIG LIST.  (more – Many thanks

Friday 11th January
Billericay Const. Club, 1AHigh St, Billericay. CM12 9BE
Great way to start the weekend.  Jolly jazz.
Fun starts at 12:30 – 2:30pm.  £8 door.

Thursday 17th January
Hadleigh Cricket Club, Rectory Road, Hadleigh SS7 2NQ
An evening of easy listening jazz played in a friendly club
atmosphere.The American Songbook along with jazz instrumentals.
Tim Huskisson – piano, Roger Curphey – bass, Jason Campbell – drums.
Come and join us for a relaxing night of music.Special guest: Paul Higgs – trumpet
Time 8 – 10.30pm. £10 entry.

Saturday 19th January
North Weald Village Hall. CM16 6BU
With Jackie Free and the Allstars.
Music starts at 12:30 – 3:00pm.  Entry £10

Friday 8th February
Billericay Const. Club, 1AHigh St, Billericay. CM12 9BE
Fun starts at 12:30 – 2:30pm.  £8 door.
Special guest: Mick Foster – sax.

Monday 11th February
Echo Club, Thornford Gardens, Southend.
Guesting with the Echo Club Quartet. 8 – 10.30pm
£10 door.

Saturday 16th February
North Weald Village Hall. CM16 6BU
With Jackie Free and the Allstars.
Music starts at 12:30 – 3:00pm.  Entry payable at door.

Thursday 21st February
Hadleigh Cricket Club, Rectory Road, Hadleigh SS7 2NQ
An evening of easy listening jazz played in a friendly club
atmosphere.The American Songbook along with jazz instrumentals.
Tim Huskisson – piano, Roger Curphey – bass, Jason Campbell – drums.
Come and join us for a relaxing night of music. Special guest: Mick Foster – sax
Time 8 – 10.30pm. £10 entry.

For the Diary – More info later:
08/03/19 – Billericay Const. Club (afternoon)
16/03/19 – North Weald Jazz Club (afternoon)
21/03/19 – Hadleigh Cricket Club. Guest : Goff Dubber – clarinet


FIVE STAR SWING  –  Swing ‘n’ sing-along into Christmaswith the unique Five Star Swing Big Band show – As featured at London’s Leicester Square Theatre and BBC “Children in Need”. Enjoy all your favourite Christmas songs with the dynamic Big Band treatment from Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie, Nat King Cole – jazzing up those Jingle Bells! “Superb – they swing like crazy!” says Sheila Tracy, BBC.  As seen at Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity Ball & Blackpool Tower Ballroom. “Swing and Song of the highest order” – Telegraph. Featuring Simone from the Ivy Benson Orchestra, and Chris Smith (Jnr) composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band, Herb Miller Big Band (Glenn’s brother), plus Tony Bennett’s trombonist!

Joanna Eden

10 Jan     Sondheim & Me   606 CLub   Chelsea   8pm

HEADS SOUTH Gig Listing      Info Listen      View

CAXTON SWING Gigs.   For more detailed info

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

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

THE BOTTLENECK BLUES CLUB meet on the last Tuesday of the month in Rochester. Normally tickets £12.  Doors 7.30pm, band on stage 8.30pm.  Good food, reasonably priced available to eat at your table if required.  Further information, upcoming shows, map etc, available at

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.

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.

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

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



The James Pearson Trio will play a fundraising concert ‘100 Years of Jazz Piano’ for the National Jazz Archive on Saturday 9 February, in Loughton, Essex.

Pianist James Pearson, with Sam Burgess on bass and Chris Higginbottom on drums, present a history of jazz piano, featuring Oscar Peterson, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Erroll Garner, Bill Evans and many, many more. James Pearson is a world-class pianist, composer and raconteur extraordinaire. He is the artistic director at Ronnie Scott’s Club where his trio are the house band. His fine piano playing and arrangements can be heard on over 50 albums. With collaborations ranging from Paul McCartney to Wynton Marsalis, James is one of the country’s most sought-after pianists.
Bass player Sam Burgess is a stalwart of the UK jazz scene. As well as playing on numerous film soundtracks, his driving bass lines can be heard accompanying bands of all styles.
Chris Higginbottom is one of the UK’s top drummers, and is a member of the Kyle Eastwood band and the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars. A Royal Academy of Music graduate, Chris lived in New York for eight years where he played with many of the biggest names in jazz. He has performed all over the world and has released two albums as a leader. James said: “It seems very appropriate to bring my trio to present a concert telling the story of jazz piano to help raise funds for the Archive, which itself covers the history of jazz. We’re looking forward to it!”
The concert will include a tribute to the late Brian Browning, in thanks and recognition for the generous legacy he left to the National Jazz Archive in his will. There will be a display of some of the photos he took at the East Side Jazz Club, Leytonstone over the years.
The concert is at Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB, close to the Archive’s home in Loughton Library, where extensive parking is available. The church and the archive are about a kilometre away from Loughton Station on the Central Line, and are also served by numerous bus routes. The concert starts at 2.30pm and tickets cost £15.  For details and to book tickets, visit,
email  or phone 020 8502 4701.

Twitter            @JazzArchive

The Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle, events in Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Club, Guildford Lawn, Ramsgate, Kent. CT11 9AY.

Saturday 23rd March  at 12 Noon
Doc Houlin & The Revival All Stars.  All Tickets 15 pounds (includes buffet)


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 —, or just Google Wilf’s Jazz!!


*** JAZZ JAMS ***

The Cambridge Jazz Jam is moving location. From 28th January onwards, we will hold sessions at a café/bar called The Snug, located at 170 East Road, Cambridge CB1 1DB. As hitherto, the sessions will run every Monday, 8 – 10.30 pm. There will be no session on 21st January. Further information from Mike Quigley, 07979 59 22 41

Freddie Freeloader’s second Jazz Jam will take place at the Black Bull pub in Chelmsford CM12PN from 4-7 on Sunday November 18th. Members of DWJQ will be the house band, they will have music with them for a score of jazz standards, just bring your instruments or sticks and you can sign up to sing or play on any of those. If you want to play something else or in a different key, please bring music (including parts for concert, Bb and Eb instruments) and we will give it a go. Just turn up to sing play or listen, or you can pre book a slot to lead up to 3 numbers by contacting This approach worked really well at the first one last month, this one should be even better.

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

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

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

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

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


 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 are a relaxed, friendly, welcoming group and are always looking for more members to join our Jazz family!
Jazz Workshop
The aim of this workshop is to provide a creative and relaxed atmosphere for musicians of all levels, to learn theory aspects of music, and gain practical knowledge of performing.  The music used will range from Hard Bop, Modern to Contemporary Jazz, and will be arranged to a high level.
Saxophone Workshop
The workshop aims to develop saxophone technique and performance in a friendly creative environment.  Each class explores saxophone and musicianship skills that will enhance the individual and group performer.  This includes music theory, methods of practice, sight reading, improvisation, aural work, and specific concepts to increase your knowledge on the saxophone.  This is worked concurrently with a repertoire of saxophone music from different genres of music with a focus on Classical and Jazz.

Weekly Saturday Jazz Workshops in Orpington (SE London) for anyone, any age, on any instrument, interested in developing their improvising skills and musicianship. It is a practical, performance based approach to learning in a nurturing group. Through the playing and study of standard jazz repertoire we cover some of the requirements for improvising including ear training, rhythmic skills, developing your harmonic understanding, learning transcriptions of some classic recordings and building a jazz vocabulary. Limited numbers.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Cambridge: The jazz club at Hidden Rooms on Thursdays  Phone: 07827 012875. Email:

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

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

Rawreth: The Belvedere Jazz & Music Club at The Chichester Hotel, Old Wickford Road, Nr Wickford, SS11 8UE   8pm to 10.30pm. Meals from 6.30pm. Tel: 07850 607075.

Mill Hill: Jazz club gigs on Wednesdays.

And finally … NAG TIME! PLEASE NOTE:

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

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3. We have had a couple of instances lately where people unconnected with the night have contacted us to let us know that details of the night have changed or that it has ceased. If you are including your events PLEASE let us know of any changes etc. (you only have to click “reply” when you receive the weekly newsletter). And of course if you are aware of a change or an inaccuracy please let us know – we really do appreciate your input.

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5. We always try (when life doesn’t get in the way!) to send the newsletter on Friday morning. Can you get your information to us by 4pm Thursday evening at the latest to guarantee inclusion please.

Many thanks!