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Catherine Lima Jazz Band and Heads UP! will play at the Redbridge Green Fair Music Club this Friday 22 March at our regular friendly and comfortable venue Cranbrook Castle Tennis Club Bar at 65 St George’s Road Ilford Essex IG1 3PG, junction with Pavilion Road (parking in surrounding residential streets). 10 minutes walk from Gants Hill Station via Cranbrook Road (towards Ilford) and right into Cranbrook Rise, then second left into St George’s Road. Buses 366 and 145 pass the other end of St George’s Road along The Drive.
Our two acts tonight combine a collection of superb professional musicians performing some classic familiar material in a range of jazz-related styles, together with the immaculate vocals of Catherine Lima and some fabulous original compositions. Two fantastic acts and an evening absolutely not to be missed – come early to nab your seats!  Licensed Bar but also family friendly – no age restriction and no membership required. 

John Petters Swing Band Reunion @ Old Harlow  at  The ARC, St John’s Arts Centre, St John’s Walk, Market St, Old Harlow CM17 0AJ  on  Saturday 30th March @ 3pm.  Admission £12
Details: 01406 365 731 e-mail tessa@traditional-jazz.com

The exciting music of Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa  will rping out .  
This special concert sees the return of world traveller, clarinettist/saxophonist, Pete Neighbour, and fellow reedman Julian Stringle.  Pianist Martin Litton and Harlow bassist, Keith Donald complete the line-up.  
Pete Neighbour now based in the USA, who spends the year playing back to back cruises, is making his annual visit to Blighty, to the delight of his many UK fans.
Speaking of Julian Stringle, Sir John Dankworth said, “Julian is an immense talent! Probably the best clarinettist to emerge in British jazz for several decades.”  Julian and Pete were original members of the John Petters Swing Band in 1983, when the ex-Harlow drummer, smitten by swing music, set out to recapture, successfully, the sounds of the 30s.
Saturday’s concert promises such exuberant up tempo tunes as ‘Avalon’, ‘China Boy’, ‘Christopher Columbus’ and ‘Stealin’ Apples’ as well as danceable ballads such as ‘Moonglow’ and ‘Memories of You’.   Dance or listen, this is going to be an afternoon of music not to be missed.

JAZZ AND PIZZA WITH MORPHOLOGY – 26th April 2019, 7:30 at The Avenue Theatre, Gippeswyk Avenue, Ipswich, IP2 9AF.

Take some cool jazz from 1950s California, mix it with latin and calypso beats, add some proper rustic Italian Pizza, then host it all in an intimate studio theatre with great sightlines. It’s Jazz and Pizza night at the Red Rose Chain. Perfect for a night out with friends or a fun alternative date night! Tickets £8 (pizza sold separately). Tickets available at the theatre web site (search: Morphology Red Rose Chain) or phone 01473 603388

The Blackwater Band  with  Brian Hart (Clarinet/Sax)  Mel Cox (Banjo)   Gerry Hoskin (Bass)  Pete Jezard  (Trombone/Vocals)  are back in the WAGON in WIX  on Wednesday March 20th     8:30 – 11pm

On April 7th There’s Sunday lunchtime jazz   2 – 4:30 pm  with  THE USUAL SUSPECTS   Olli (guitar)  Brian,  Gerry and  Pete Jezard   returning to  Ye Olde Albion Rowhedge

Kaleidoscope of Rainbows, Cambridge  Friday 22 March 2019 , 7.30 PM at Baptist Church, 43 St Andrews Street, Cambridge CB2 3AR.  The Jazz Orchestra of the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama will perform works from the golden age of British jazz-fusion composition, featuring Kaleidoscope of Rainbows by Neil Ardley, and compositions by Mike Westbrook, Michael Garrick and others.  For more information and/or booking: https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/tickets/events/kaleidoscope-rainbows

London based pianist and composer HARRY BOLT, who is rapidly becoming “the one to watch” on the UK jazz scene, will be playing in PIANO DUET with highly talented SAM LEAK at PIZZA EXPRESS JAZZ CLUB, Soho on Saturday 23rd March, as part of this year’s STEINWAY PIANO FESTIVAL.  Doors open 12 noon.  Playing from 1300.   Harry regularly plays to sell out gigs across London, the UK and recently in New York.  In order to find a voice for his ever-growing portfolio of original compositions, he formed the “Harry Bolt Quartet” in 2017.  Mentored by one of the UK’s most highly regarded pianists of all time, John Taylor, his accomplished style ranges from bop to modern, traditional to contemporary, always surprising his audience and himself!  NOT TO BE MISSED!  £15.

Catherine Lima gigs

The Allure of Miss Lee – the songs of Peggy Lee – 24th April 7.30pm at the Headgate Theatre, Colchester.  Tickets £14  www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/576508

Foyer Jazz in Saffron Hall  Audley End Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4UH   Saturday 30 March, 7.30pm  –  Bill Laurance is a 3-time Grammy award winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and founding member of the hugely successful jazz collective Snarky Puppy. Dubbed a ‘jazz maestro’ by The Guardian, his music blends grit, groove and feel-good funk to create a sonic landscape that’s like nothing you’ve ever heard before.    Tickets £10 – £25    Booking link: https://saffronhall.com/calendar/bill-laurance/

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JAZZ RADIO

‘Jazztonic’ @ www.radionenevalley.co.uk
Wednesday 20th March: will feature a repeat of the Kim Cypher interview which was broadcast on the 13th but suffered a break in the internet stream. Kim will be talking about her career and the new album.
Wednesday 27th March: Amy Roberts and Richard Exall
Wednesday 10th April: Dave Browning
‘Jazztonic’ is a weekly jazz music and magazine radio programme available worldwide but only via www.radionenevalley.co.uk and clicking on ‘listen’.
From ragtime through swing and fusion 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!

Sound of Spitfire Radio on the internet www.soundofspitfire.co.uk   Tune in at 9pm Monday UK time: http://listen.soundofspitfire.co.uk/  There will be two broadcasts of each show, but you’ll need to catch it live as it will not be available for download.  This is a new internet station, based in Spalding Lincolnshire.http://listen.soundofspitfire.co.uk/
Facebook: SoundOfSpitfire          Twitter: @SoundOfSpitfire
Skype: SoundOfSpitfire Studio    Or e-mail tower@soundofspitfire.co.uk

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

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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 6:15pm 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. www.belvederejazz.co.uk ; Telephone: 07850 607075 or Email:mailto:belvederejazz@gmail.com – Reservations recommended

20th March    The Rag and Bone Club

Hazel Holder – vocals                           Stephen Large – piano
Ben Cummings – trumpet                   Lucy Shaw – double bass
Niall Oates – tenor sax                         Andy Jones – drums
Dominic Ashworth – guitar

This highly entertaining 7 piece band is fronted by the classy singer Hazel Holder who has West End and Broadway shows under her belt and is currently resident director on the West End musical ‘Dream Girls’. The band is led by pianist Stephen Large who has been musical director for Caro Emerald, Rebecca Ferguson and Duffy as well as having been MD/keyboard player for Paul Heaton/Jackie Abbott, Imelda May, Clare Teal, Martha Reeves and Rod Stewart. He has also taken over Jools Holland’s role as keyboard player in the band Squeeze. Describing themselves enigmatically as ‘itinerant dealers in second-hand soundings and muggled melodiousness!’, The Rag and Bone Club deliver an outstanding performance of musical excellence with a keen reference to the music of the 1930s and 40s swing era. The band is influenced by jazz aristocrats such as Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Ramsey Lewis, Chet Baker and Nat King Cole. They are all experienced musicians having worked with legendary artists including Kenny Ball, The Humphrey Littleton Band, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder as well as playing with The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Pee Wee Ellis and Jamie Cullum. Their album entitled ’Take Away Everything’ features original jazz compositions along with innovative takes on old classics.

27th March  – The Essex Hot Five

Paul Higgs – trumpet/flugelhorn/vocals
Mick Foster – saxes                                 Ted Beament – piano
Marc Cecil – drums                                 Andy Staples – double bass

Led by the renowned trumpeter Paul Higgs (BBC Philharmonic Orchestra) the Essex Hot Five will perform your favourite standards featuring Mick Foster (Pasadena Roof Orchestra) Andy Staples and Marc Cecil (Derek Nash’s Picante Latin) and star of our Summer Pianorama Ted Beament.
Come along and support our Essex musicians for a great fun night of top quality jazz and entertainment.


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 www.essexjazz.co.uk/ants.  Please download current listing at www.jazzjam.co.uk/downloads/stants.pdf, or www.essexjazz.co.uk/ants


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 grntj@aol.com.  Website: www.jazzatobs.co.uk

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 as a classical pianist but later to spent 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.

Tuesday, 30th APRIL, 2019

TAKE FIVE’ PAUL featuring ANDY LINHAM, alto saxophone, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

Take Five: is the story of a jazz artist, Paul Desmond, who transcended genres to establish one of the most immediately recognisable sounds in all of music. Long before his success as the alto saxophonist with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, decades before he wrote “Take Five,” Desmond determined that he would be himself, never a disciple or an imitator, whatever the cost. Unfortunately Paul, after years of smoking and ill health died in 1977 at the very young age of 52, but remains a widely recognised genius as a music improviser with his warm delicate tone and taste that he likened to as a ‘Very Dry Martini’.

Andy Linham, exploring the music of Paul Desmond this evening, is more than a talented young jazz reed player, he is a performer with a portfolio that is hard to keep up with. He plays in several bands, leads his own London Big Band and small groups, composes and arranges music, is a primary school teacher, a music tutor and involved with musical theatre. However, after a deep breath, it is his quirkily dry sense of humour that comes through in his conversations as well as in his music. Born in Havering, he went to Coopers Coborn School in Upminster and after graduating from Leeds College of Music with a BA [Hon] degree in 2010, where he won the coveted Yamaha Jazz Scholarship Award, he returned to London and did a master’s degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Now that, for sure, looks good on a CV.
This comment from ‘Jazzwise’ magazine, says it all!  “Whether on a rapid fire or slow burn setting, Andrew Linham is a musician of tremendous flow and invention.’

Tuesday, 28th May, 2019

‘SHADES OF MILES’ featuring PAUL HIGGS, trumpet, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Les Cirkel, kit.

Miles Davis was the major force in the jazz world as a trumpeter, bandleader and composer. After leaving the Juilliard School [Institute of Musical Art] he was soon playing a fast improvisational style of jazz that defined the modern jazz era. From 1945-1991 he was for ever at the forefront experimenting and furthering jazz with ‘fusion’ of jazz and rock. Drug abuse and alcohol blighted his life between 1975/1980 until meeting the actress Cicely Tyson, who helped him before marrying him. In his latter years he played with Quincy Jones at the Montreau Jazz Festival performing his earlier work for which he received a Grammy Award in 1991. Sadly he succumbed to pneumonia at the age of 65 and in 1993 he was posthumously awarded another Grammy Award, for his lasting influence on jazz.

Paul Higgs, a much sought after multi-instrumentalist, making another welcome visit to the Club and this time with one of his own shows, ’Shades of Miles’ a musical biography of probably the most influential trumpeter of the twentieth century, Miles Davis. Paul, renowned as one of UK’s leading trumpet players and composers, continues to have an extensive musical career in TV and theatre where he was MD for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Coy’s. Now concentrating on his love of jazz composition, arranging, recording and directing others in his own recording studio, he still, time permitting, plays at venues whenever the opportunity arises. Another enlightening lesson of jazz by this superlative musician awaits you.

Tuesday, 25th June, 2019

MUSICAL POTPOURRI, featuring JOHN WITHERS, vibes, and MARTIN NICKLESS, clarinet, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

John Withers, a regular to the Club, makes another welcome return, again with his magical vibraphone to bring you a musical potpourri of melodies. John is a master of selecting the more mature melodies, those that don’t readily come to mind, but all certainly excellent tunes that appeal to everyones taste after John’s deft arrangements are added. I can’t be sure John has ever played with Martin before so the melodies or tunes agreed by these two experienced and fine musicians awaits us all assuring a great evening’s entertainment.
Martin Nickless, clarinet, a regular with the Carlton Jazz group at our end of year gig, makes clear his first love in music is for the big band. His career includes various genres of music from classical to pop and has played for many West End shows, with sessions for composer Stanley Myers as well as touring with Jack Jones, Frankie Vaughan & Norman Wisdom. Martin is also known for his writing and arranging and is clearly an outstanding exponent of the clarinet and called upon for many other gigs and tonights meeting with John will be another to remember.


RAFAJAZZ
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 @ 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       www.anniesjazz.co.uk    ONE TUESDAY EACH MONTH WILL BE AN EVENING FOR DANCE.

Tues 26TH MARCH – THE LIFE & MUSIC OF CHET BAKER

Featuring Sue Richardson on Trumpet, Flugel & vocals, Ted Beament on Piano & Murray Salmon on bass.

This  show  features  trumpet  player  Chet  Baker’s  beautiful  music,  recalling  the  smoky  jazz  clubs  of  1950s  West  Coast  cool.  Chet’s  romantic  music  belied  a  tragic,  heroin-fuelled  existence.  His  intriguing  story  epitomises  that  of  the  classic  jazz  musician.      Running  through  the  fantastic  music  is  a  narrative  that  actress  Sylvia  Syms  helped    develop.  The  story  that  unfolds  engages  with  all  audiences  whether  jazz  fans  or  not  and  generates  discussions  and  sparks  interest.    The  show  has  been  a  sell-out  each  time  it’s  appeared  at  Ronnie  Scott’s.
“I  kid  you  not,  you  closed  your  eyes,  you  were  listening  to  Chet  Baker.  A  remarkable  young  woman”    Richard Wheatley, Jazz FM

TUESDAY 2ND APRIL – THE HARRY BOLT QUARTET

Harry Bolt – Piano Ed Haine – Sax  Stuart Barker – Bass  Angus Bishop – Drums

Harry became the youngest ever Jazz Pianist to lead his own trio aboard the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner, touring the world – twice! He gained his BMUS (HONS) Jazz Piano (Performance) in 2015. Harry came to the attention of famous UK Drummer/Bandleader Clark Tracey in his final year at Birmingham and joined Clark’s prestigious, young Quintet playing the jazz circuit and many festivals in the UK and Europe, for three years. During this time he recorded two albums, both receiving 5-stars in JazzWise Reviews. Citing stylistic references that include Brad Mehldau, Aaron Parks and Jacky Terrasson, Harry has also played with leading figures on the contemporary jazz scene such as Jeff Ballard, Mark Turner, Dave Holland and Perico Sambeat.The Quartet has already achieved two sell out status gigs at London’s famous Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho & at Ronnie Scott’s. Harry is now proud to be a regular member of the House All Stars Band. Tonight the quartet will play well known standards with some original music.

TUESDAY 9TH  APRIL – AN EVENING WITH KARL CHARITY

With Karl Charity on Vocals & /Trumpet, Roger Lewin on Piano, Jahid Darwish on Bass, Alofonso Vitale on Drums.

After a much loved performance in the summer last year it is a pleasure to welcome Karl again. As a singer, Karl has an extensive repertoire, stretching from the classic Chet Baker songs to the much loved standards of the great ‘American Songbook’ and iconic jazz stars, past and present.
Karl has many years experience playing trumpet in the West End, most recently on stage in ‘Soul Sister’ at The Savoy theatre. He has toured extensively with many bands including the Joe Loss Band, The Duke Ellington show ‘Sophisticated Ladies’  & with UB40 in Europe & South America.  More recently his voice has seen him gather increasing popularity

TUES 16TH APRIL – ‘THIS CAN’T BE LOVE’  CELEBRATING RODGERS & HART

With Paul Higgs on Trumpet/Guitar & Melodica, Neil Bullock on Drums, Alex Keen on Bass, Gabrielle Keen on Piano & Annie on Vocals.

My first exposure to jazz came in the form of two albums that my parents owned. The first was a dixieland jazz compilation & the second was Ella Fitzgerald singing ‘The Rodgers & Hart Songbook’.
It was only later in life that I realised what an influence that Rodgers & Hart album had been on me. Such an extensive catalogue of well known beautiful songs and yet Rodgers & Hart as a partnership often seem overshadowed when ‘The Great American Songbook’ is referred to. I knew Paul was a fan of this great songwriting partnership and asked him if he would be musical director for an evening devoted to their work and happily he agreed.  After their first Broadway hit Rodgers & Hart never looked back with a string of successful musicals & films. They worked together on 28 stage musicals and more than 500 songs from 1919 until Hart’s death in 1943. An often tempestuous & fractious relationship was punctuated by the brilliance of their writing partnership.
A superb line up of musicians  and an informative narrative of their life & work promise to make this an interesting & entertaining evening. One of the very best drummers in the U.K, the now legendary Paul Higgs on an array of instruments & the Keen brothers on piano bass who have become the go to for many discerning artists. Tonight we endeavor to convey the quality and frequent humor which they brought to all of their compositions.

TUESDAY 23RD APRIL – DANCE NIGHT – HULLABALOO

A return for this highly popular band who took the club by storm last year with their repertoire & 4 part harmony. Tonight they play for dance.  Jarrod Coombes on Bass & Lead Vocals, Ian Harris on drums, Martin Towner on Guitar and vocal & Ivan Thompson on sax, clarinet & blues harp.  The vibe is upbeat to put a smile on your face and get your feet tapping.
With a blend of jazz, jive, rock n roll, swing, jump jive and an original twist on pop, Hullabaloo are a fantastic four piece swing band playing material ranging  from Gershwin to James Brown. Their versatility allows them to adapt a vast array of songs to venues of any size. Sophisticated close harmonies, classy arrangements & exciting showmanship make this band produce a distinctive sound that once heard is rarely forgotten. These four professional musicians originate from the south-east of England & take their musical influences from artists such as Nat King Cole, Django Reinhardt, The Everley Brothers, Zoot Sims & Junior Walker. Prepare to be thoroughly entertained!!! 

TUESDAY 30TH APRIL – EARL OKIN

Earl Okin has been one of the UK’s leading male Jazz and Bossa Nova singer/musicians for more years than he cares to remember.  Also renowned for his ‘vocal trumpet’ solos, he has worked alongside everyone from Cleo Laine to Stephane GrappellI, Benny Carter to Barney Kessel and given concerts literally around all the world. His humour is legendary and he is equally at home in comedy clubs.  His shows are sprinkled with his own brand of humour & the result is something totally unique and unmissable. He is considered to be one of the finest exponents of Bossa Nova. He normally performs solo playing both guitar & piano & is considered to be a very fine jazz singer.  Based in London, Earl has given concerts around the world in theatres, clubs and festivals on TV and regularly performs at London’s premier Jazz Club, Ronnie Scott’s and cabaret and concert venues such as Les Crazy Coqs and the Royal Albert Hall.

TUESDAY 7TH MAY – THE ART THEMAN ORGAN TRIO

Art Theman on sax, Pete Whittaker on organ & George Double on drums.

A fantastically exciting, playful and inventive saxophonist, Art Themen has been a beloved character of the British jazz scene for over 50 years, in the bands of Alexis Korner and Stan Tracey among many others, and remains as brilliant and inimitable as ever. His new Organ Trio features the soulful and genuinely groovy organ playing of Pete Whittaker and George Double , who has backed Shirley Bassey, Jack Jones and of course is a regular visitor to Annie’s Jazz, on drums. Expect mischief, twinkly charm and downhome grit from a genuine treasure of British jazz.

TUESDAY 14TH MAY – DANCE NIGHT MAY BALL – THE RED HOT RAGS

Andrew Hodges on piano, Giulio Romano on guitar, Nick Lenner-Webster on bass, Daniele Antenucci on drums.

Inspired by the Golden Age of Jazz the Italian – American vocalist Jessica De Giudici gives shape to The Red Hot Rags project at the very beginning of 2017.  The 5 piece band pays homage to the Ladies of Jazz revisiting the Great American Songbook and tunes made famous by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Julie London to mention a few providing an approach that proves to be at once refreshing and faithful to the original style of the Era.
The very spirit of the Golden Age of Jazz is brought back to life through tunes and costumes celebrating all Jazz from the Roaring 20s to the Post WWII with manouche influences; blues & latin overtones. With years of experience behind them, this group of adaptable, fun-loving musicians deliver the popular songs of the 1920/40s by the likes of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday together with modern-day chart-toppers such as “All About The Bass”, “Valerie” and more. 


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

Tuesday 2nd April –8.00pm
Jo Harrop – vocals with the John Pearce Trio

Tuesday 9th April – 8.00pm
Dave O’Higgins – tenor sax with   Grahan Harvey – piano   Jeremy Brown – bass and Mark Taylor – drums

Tuesday 16th April – 8.00pm
Alan Barnes – tenor sax   Nigel Price – Guitar   Gunther Kurmayt – piano  
Dominic Howles – bass and   Marc Cecil – drums
Admission £16.00 members £13.00

Thursday 18th April – 8.00pm
Essex Easter Jazz Showcase
Tickets £6.00
All money made on this evening will go to the Spike Robinson Scholarship Fund 


SPIKES PLACE at THE JAZZ CENTRE UK
   Beecroft Arts Gallery, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea Essex SS2 6EX     Tel no: 01702 215169 (Thurs & Sat only)  Or: 01245 420475 Email:susan_may@btinternet.com

Saturday 30th March 2.00pm – 4.00pm
‘Isn’t It a Lovely Day’ with Atila and Sara Dowling with the Gabieral Latchin Trio 
Admission £12.00

Friday 12th April   –  Spike Jazz Academy Showcase
Tickets £6.00
All money made on this evening will go to the Spike Robinson Scholarship fund 

Saturday 27th April 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Derek Nash with Dave Newton – piano   Geoff Gascoyne – bass  and
Sabastiaan de Krom – drums
Admission £12.00


THE THEYDON AND ABRIDGE JAZZ CLUB @ ABRIDGE VILLAGE HALL
, 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 www.theydonjazzclub.org.uk or contact Dave & Sheila Dyer – tel: 01945 588325; email: davedyer24@gmail.com

27th Mar  –  The Gresty White Ragtimers

April 10th  –  Rico’s Hot 4
                Enrico Tomasso Tpt/voc                    Keith Nicholls Piano/vocs
                Martin Wheatley Bjo/Gtr                   Trevor Whiting Clt/Sax

Wed April 24 – Julian’s Chosen Men    
                 Julian Marc Stringle                              Enrico Tomasso 
                 Roy Williams                                          Tim Huskisson pno  
                 Roger Curphey                                       Les Circklen Dms


CHELMSFORD JAZZ CLUB
presents 10 or 11 concerts a year at the Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG (next to the Civic Theatre), mainly on Sunday lunchtime. The jazz is generally mainstream and modern and the club is justly proud of the quality.  For an annual subscription of £10.00 (£15.00 joint) members are entitled to a £4.00 reduction on normal ticket prices, and notice of concerts. There’s a friendly atmosphere, come along. Enq: Christine Adgo 07702 303121.  join the Facebook groups   Twitter account @ChelmfordJazz  Doors: 11.00am     Gigs start: 12.15pm    Advance booking:   01245 606505    £12 / £16 
Now have a reduced ticket price for Under 18s at £5.

Sunday 12th May

“Sweet Chorus” featuring John Etheridge, David Kelbie, Chris Garrick and Peter Townsend

Sunday 2nd June

Zak Barrett with the Marc Cecil Trio

8th September

Simon Spillett (sax), Ted Beament (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Winston Clifford (drums)

6th October

Derek Nash (sax), Dave Newton (piano), Geoff Gascoyne (bass), drummer tbc


MUSIC AT MARIGOLDS
, 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  musicatmarigolds@ntlworld.com

 29th March  –  Derek Nash Quartet

Derek Nash saxophoneDominic Ashworth guitar,  Andy Staples bass and  Marc Cecil drums.

Derek is one of the foremost talents on the UK jazz scene. He is the leader of award-winning ‘Sax Appeal’ and fronts the funk band “Protect the Beat” as well as being a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion. As a full-time member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004, he has worked alongsidemany famous talents.
With the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Derek performs approaching 100 gigs per year, including for 65,000 people at the Cardiff Millennium Stadium and for over 100,000 at the Glastonbury Festival, where he was a featured soloist.
Derek’s has won many awards and still regularly appears in the British Jazz awards nominations in several categories. He has recorded numerous albums in his own right and featured on far more with other artists.  At his Clowns Pocket Recording Studio, Derek is a respected recording engineer and producer and has recorded albums for numerous famous artists. With Trudy Kerr, he is co-director of Jazzizit Records, an UK independent Jazz label.  He is also the writer and arranger of many TV and radio themes. Although he will vehemently disagree one of his stand-up achievements was playing “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” for a condom advert! Sorry for raising that Derek.

12th April  –  Laura B and her Band

It has been said that, ‘Laura B is the UK’s foremost authentic Rhythm & Blues vocalist and performer and that her powerhouse vocals are inspired by original legends such as Ruth Brown, Big Maybelle, Lavern Baker and Etta James’, and we are not going to argue about that.  Laura B is backed by her fabulous all-star band. Led by Chris Corcoran, who, after some knock out gigs, is no stranger to Marigolds, this exciting six-piece combo rocks its’ riffs, honks its’ horns and swings its’ rhythms.”

 Mere words are not sufficient to describe what this combo has in store for Marigolds, far better visit Laura’s website where there is a myriad of videos showcasing the bands amazing talents.  So, if you like Good Time, Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, remember She rocks, She rolls, She Swings…She’s Dynamite!! So, don’t miss her.

 26th April  –  Nigel Price Quartet

Nigel Price guitar, Vasilis Xenopoulos sax, Arnie Somogi bass and Sebastian de Krom drums.

Over a career spanning more than 25 years, award winning jazz guitarist Nigel Price has become widely acknowledged as one of the hardest working musicians in the business (56 date tour in late 2016) (over 500 appearances at Ronnie Scott’s).  Starting his professional career in his early 20s, Nigel toured Europe with various reggae and funk bands before settling on a solo guitar career and turning his attention to jazz. Citing early influences as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Nigel honed his craft by attending gigs and sitting in with the players of the time.  Nigel has played on more than 50 albums including 5 as a leader, spent ten years with acid jazz outfit The Filthy Six, was a member of James Taylor’s band for 3 years (with whom he recorded 5 albums) and performed with the legendary David Axelrod.  He has also taught at The International Guitar Foundation at King’s Place, London. 
Saxophonist and composer Vasilis Xenopoulos is one of the most accomplished Greek jazz musicians of his generation. London became his permanent home after graduating from the infamous Berklee College of Music, and gradually established himself as one of London’s up and coming jazz saxophonists. He has worked with some of the best musicians in the British jazz scene but far too many to list here,  Vasilis has appeared in many guises, as guest soloist, as band leader or as saxophone section leader in jazz venues and jazz festivals throughout the UK but in 2017 Nigel and Vasilis created the XPQ (Xenopoulos/Price Quartet) and recorded their first album under that brand, “Sidekicks” which celebrates some of the most successful guitar/sax pairings in the history of jazz.

17th May – The Untouchables

Keith Parker, harp and vocals, Peter Ellison, guitar and vocals, Paul ‘Chuck’ Green, doghouse bass and Malcolm ‘Eddie the Legend’ Buckland, drums.

The Untouchables are champions of raw blues, basing their sound on the swinging soul of the great artists who recorded for Chess Records in the 50s. With a string bass, a vintage drum kit, a cranked guitar through a hot valve amp and a wailing harp, this band turns any venue into a rocking juke joint.
They play sparse, tasteful Chicago blues. Not blues rock but tight, swinging, focussed, authentic sounding urban blues, with every element honed to its bare essentials in an unostentatious display of taste and restraint. These players have lived and breathed the style until it’s so much a part of them that it oozes out of their pores. If you like Little Walter, Bo Diddley or Willie Dixon, then this is as close as you’ll get to seeing them live.

31st May – Portrait of Cannonball with Tony Kofi and Andy Davies

Tony Kofi sax, Andy Davies trumpet, Alex Webb piano, Andrew Cleyndert bass, Alfonso Vitale drums with special guest vocalist Deelee Dube.

Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley was one of the best-loved figures in post-war jazz. Hailed as ‘the new Bird’, he made historic recordings with Miles Davis and John Coltrane as well as having many crossover hits as a pioneer of soul-jazz. Spanning bebop to jazz-funk, he was an unfailingly inventive and communicative virtuoso. He died on August 8, 1975; 2019 would have been his 91st year.
Alto sax master Tony Kofi fronts this loving celebration of the jazz giant Julian ‘Cannnonball’ Adderley. The group traces the explosive music of Cannonball from his first session as leader in 1955 through work with Miles Davis to the soul-jazz of the late 1960s with Deelee Dube recollecting the memorable 1961 collaboration with Nancy Wilson.
In 2016 Deelee Dube was the first non-American winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Award whilst Toni Kofi is a multi-award winner himself. Andy Davies is one of London’s top new jazz stars leading his own band, the Andy Davies Quartet, currently the resident band at the famous Ronnie Scotts’ Wednesday night jam session whilst also being much in demand as a solo player working with many leading jazz vocalists
Alex Webb is a songwriter, arranger and pianist and his songs have been recorded by numerous jazz singers. Together with Andrew Cleyndert and Alfonso Vitale the three combine to provide a really tight rhythm section.


HORNCHURCH JAZZ CLUB
, 25 North St (rear), Hornchurch, Essex RM11 1RS. The Hornchurch Conservative Club is a comfortable air-conditioned venue with a dance floor, drinks at club prices, wheel-chair access and car parking,  Call Laurie on 07913 558616 for more details. Sundays  8:00 – 10:30pm   From March Fortnightly Members £9, Guests £10

24th March – Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.  Bob Dwyer playing trombone leads his popular band with Max Emmons trumpet and blues harmonica, and Bernie Holden reeds. The band plays mainly in the style of the legendry Bix Beiderbecke. Listen out for John Bayne’s bass saxophone.

31st March – 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 tinkling the ivories, Alan Clarke caressing drums and Roger Curphy plucking his bass.


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

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.


THE JAZZ MIX @ THE MARITIME ROOM   
Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea   Facebook – The Jazz Mix @ The Maritime Room and check out our page on the Cliffs Pavilion website: www.southendtheatres.org.uk … go to Special Events tab to find The Jazz Mix page.  On Wednesday night.  Doors open 8pm, music from 8.30pm to 11pm
You can find us on Facebook; why not join the group page – The Jazz Mix @ The Maritime Room or follow us on Twitter – The Jazz Mix @MickCrookJazz
Check on the Cliffs Pavilion website: www.southendtheatres.org.uk for future event details by placing Jazz Mix in the search box.

 Weds 27th March 2019Protect the Beat

Led by saxophonist Derek Nash (Jools Holland), if you love the saxophone and guitar led jazz funk band, Morrissey Mullen, danced to the Average White Band, got on down to the groove of the Brecker Brothers or were transfixed by the Yellowjackets, then Protect The Beat is right up your street and will blow you away.They take all those influences and create their own unique instrumental jazz- funk fusion sound.
Joining Derek on stage for the evening will be Tim Cansfield on guitar, Phil Scragg on bass, Neil Angilley on keyboards and Darby Todd on drums.  Tickets £16

 Weds 24th April 2019Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion

Direct from their monthly Sunday residence in London, the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion musicians are on the top of their game in the world of blues and jazz.  Tickets £20

All the 160 seated tickets for this gig have now SOLD OUT, there will be some standing room only tickets available on the door on the night!

Weds 29th May 2019  – City Funk Orchestra

City Funk Orchestra comprises of two of the finest soul singers in the UK today, Noel McCalla and Imaani, together with a band of top musicians they will deliver a night of the funkiest dance-floor classics from the golden era of funk & soul – from pumping soul music favourites to the most romantic of Diana & Marvin soul ballads. Expect the very best of Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross, Sister Sledge, Barry White, O’Jays, Michael Jackson, SOS Band, Maze, Shalamar, Gap Band, The Emotions and more…True Funk! Tickets £18

Please check out local internet radio station Cheeky Radio www.cheekyradio.co.uk they kindly promote our monthly gigs, streaming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Soul, RnB, Jazz-Funk, Soulful House, Reggae, Jazzy House, Jazz and Nu Jazz. They have excellent scheduled shows which feature several DJ’s including owner Mark Lee, plus, a brand-new Smooth Jazz show on Tuesdays from 4-6pm with John Morley, they both personally make time to come down to the Maritime Room to support the jazz club night. 

THE CRICKETERS JAZZ CLUB, 228 London Road, Westcliff SS0 7JG – where we set our regular jazz club for the second Wednesday every month.   Jazz at The Cricketers, Westcliff on Sea, Essex SS) 7JG  

Our next jazz night will be Wednesday April 10th which is an overdue first visit to the Cricketers for the great PETE LONG!  Clarinet-saxophonist supremo; long time leader of the Echoes of Ellington orchestra, his  ‘Ellingtones’ and Musical Director of The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra.  Pete is one of British jazz’s most exciting and unstoppable creative forces.  Fasten your seat-belts! With the house trio and Digby.  Remember the music starts at 8.30pm but get there early for the best seats.  If you wish to have a meal at the adjacent restaurant it is best to book a table – phone number is 01702 345053 – as jazz night is usually very busy.  There is no entrance fee and parking is free after 6pm at the nearby car park.  See you there!


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 –  http://mirthmarvelandmaud.com/tickets/


LIVE JAZZ AT NORTH WEALD VILLAGE HALL –
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 BRAZA CLUB 
Elm Road March PE15 8NZ on Friday 5th April 2019 from 8-11pm present The  SIMON NELSON ALL STAR SIX  with traditional Jazz for dancing and/or listening.    Admission  £10 each.  From the organisers of Elgoods Fathers Day Jazz

SIMON NELSON  Trumpet /Vocals /Leader    Andy Flaxman  Trombone
Tim Huskisson  Piano                                        Mark Crooks  Clt/Sax
John Elmer  Drums                                             Roger Curphy  Bass


WICKHAM BISHOPS JAZZ CLUB  
   Saturdays,  6.30 for 7.30pm   Just off A12 South of Witham,  at Wickham Bishops Village Hall, CM3 3NN .  Admission £12.50, ring Gordon on 01621 891717.  Bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles.

May 11th         The Chicago Teddy Bears Jazz Society.

Further dates, details to follow;  June 8th,   September 14th,   October 12th,   November 9th,   December 14th.


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 www.ekcoclub.co.uk From 7:30pm. Music 8:00pm – everyone welcome. Info: Adrian Green 01702 435263.  Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Southend-Jazz-Club/133240693427561  Twitter @southendjazz;  email jazz@greenad.co.uk to join mailing list. Entrance £10


JAZZ AT THE KINGS LANGLEY CLUB –
The very best bands of local musicians every Tuesday at 8.15/8:30 pm, 3-5 Hempstead Road, Kings Langley, Herts. Tel: 01923 262982. No entry charge,  Visitors welcome.  www.kingslangleyjazz.co.uk   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.

March 19th   –  Treble Clef.  With John Davis on alto sax / flute / piano, Jonathan Grogan guitar, Brian Norman drums and Chris Hargreaves bass. A laid back trio playing a mixture of latin,swing and bepop. Vocals by Bryony.  

March 26th  –  Hertswing Big Band.   Top of the bill, as always, our own Basie style “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it ain’t got that Swing” big band. Always an exciting night! Aided by Vicky, our vocal star.

April 2nd  – Semaphore.   Provide an intriguing blend of mellow Swing and Latin rhythms with Yvette Byrne as guest singer.

April 9th  –  Razzamajazz Dixieland Band.  Our popular Traditional jazz band playing all the old favourites from the crescent city.

April 16th  –  The Shoe Horns.   A sextet formed by students of Jazz School UK, who will play an eclectic selection of pieces by Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, J.J.Johnson,  Thelonius Monk, Horace Silver, Cedar Wilson  and many more.

April 23rd  –  Kingsclub 7.   Our regular house band led by John Davis, featuring the usual front line of leader on alt/soprano sax with John Mole on tenor sax, John Bridge on trombone, Neil Drake piano and Ronnie Fen Drums.   Annie Dehany-Stevens Vocals.
April 23rd Kings Club Seven.   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 Annie Dehany-Steven on vocals. 

 

April 30th  –  Graham Pike Sextet  “Your Bop is in the Post !”   Playing Graham’s own arrangements of post bop and originals including Horace Silver, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard.


SPIKES PLACE AT SAFFRON WALDEN
   Saffron Suite High Street Saffron Walden Essex CB10 1AZ   E mail: susan_may@btinternet.com www.myspace.com/spikesplacejazzclub or join our Facebook group  For advance bookings contact: Susan 01245 420475

Thursday 21st March   – 8.30pm
Pete Neighbour – clarinet   Ted Beament – piano   Simon Thorpe – bass  and           Richard Pite – Drums
Admission £12.00

Thursday 18th April   – 8.30pm
Simon Spillett with  Ted Beament – piano   Alec Dankworth – bass  and
Trevor Tompkins – drums
Admission £12.00


“SPIKE’S PLACE” AT BECKENHAM
– 8:30pm.  Club Langley, 2 Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3SR (Off South Eden Park Road). Admission £16.00  members £13.00  unless otherwise stated. 020 8650 2406 / 01245 420475 E mail: susan_may@btinternet.com www.myspace.com/spikesplacejazzclub Advance bookings: Susan 01245 420475  join the Facebook groups

Thursday  28th March  – 8.30pm
Zak Barrett – sax Richard Busiakiewicz – piano Neville Malcom – bass Marc Cecil – drums

Thursday  4th April – 8.30pm
Sara Dowling with Gabriel Latchin – piano   Dario diLecce – bass  and
Steve Brown – drums

Thursday 11th April – 8.00pm
Jo Fooks Quartet

Thursday  25th April  – 8.30pm
Simon Spillett with Ted Beament – piano   Alec Dankworth – bass and
Winston Clifford – drums


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

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.

 
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

Sun 24th Mar – PETE NEIGHBOUR  with Ted Beament (pno), Bernie Hodgkins (bs), Roger Odell (drs) & Larraine Odell (voc)
Pete Neighbour is a highly respected clarinet & sax player, originally from London and now based in the USA. He travels extensively performing in his own inimitable style of swing era jazz but for the 21st Century. He performs regularly, worldwide, in a variety of settings with concert and guest appearances all over Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. His good friend Ted Beament (ex-Humphrey Lyttelton) joins us!

Sun 7th Apr – HANNAH HORTON
Sun 21st Apr – RENATO D’AIELLO

Sun 5th May – TORI FREESTONE
Sun 19th May – SIMON SPILLETT

Sun 2nd Jun – LUCA LUCIANO
Sun 16th Jun – MICK HANSON
Sun 30th Jun – NIC MEIER


FOLKESTONE JAZZ CLUB AT THE TOWER
Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone, Kent CT20 3HL. Every Thursday Music Starts 8 00pm  To Book your seats Email Beryl the Booker at  twinklewood49@gmail.com   or call 01303 277175   Gigs start  8pm – Adm £14

March 21st    £12    THE  SARA DOWLING  QUARTET plus Special Guest.. Robert Fowler

Musicians & critics alike all say that this is the vocalist that we have been waiting for ~~ this lady took the UK jazz festivals by storm in 2018.  Her unbelievable voice & performing the American song book is to be seen & heard ..     www.saradowling.co.uk

SARA DOWLING is the vocalist that every jazz club promoter & festival organiser in the UK & Europe is wanting to book ~~ This Lady is Hot & a Must See 
ROBERT FOWLER tenor sax. This is one of Europes finest saxophonists & he is on this gig at his request !!!  That really says all we need to know about this amazing vocalist..
GABRIEL  LACHIN piano   Fine pianist & great accompanist for Sara ..
DARIO di LECCE’ double bass.  Always good to see this Italian bassist back at FJC
STEVE BROWN drums Multi Brit Jazz award Winner & multi appearance at FJC !!!

March 28th        £14   Berny Stringle & The FJC  present JAZZ  N’ JOLSON

The wonderful music made famous by AL  JOLSON & performed by our top musicians from the London Stage Show   This is when Jazz meets Broadway & The West End …

JULIAN MARC STRINGLE  clarinet & MC ~ Sir JD said. The best in Europe
ENRICO TOMASSO  trumpet .. Brit Jazz Award Winner
CHRIS GOWER trombone ~ The experience of this man is incredible ..
NICK DAWSON piano .. MD for the long running West End show Mama Mia
ANDREW CLEYNDERT double bass .  One the UK’s best & a great FJC favorite 
ROD BROWN drums As above ! in every way ~We are so lucky to have him here

April 4th        £14     THE CLARK TRACEY SEXTET   Play the music of Stan Tracey

This is The Music of Stan Tracey ~ compiled by Clark as a tribute to his father & in recognition of Stan  being one of great stalwarts of British Jazz.  This outstanding jazz is performed by total experience plus two of the most brilliant young musicians that this country has seen in years  ,,,

CLARK TRACEY drums & leader. Brit Jazz award winner ..Band leader. Club owner.  Promoter & the man behind the very successful Herts Jazz Festival
ART THEMEN tenor sax ..Experience is this mans middle name & definitely one of the UKs finest tenor players ( He was a leading orthopaedic surgeon)
ALEX RIDOUT  trumpet. This young lady was the Winner of BBC Young Musician of The Year & when you hear her it’s not difficult to see why.
SEAN PAYNE  saxes This young man was also BBC young musician of the year & has developed into a great jazz find since playing in Clarks various bands .
ANDREW CLEYNDERT double bass Recognised as one of the UK’s finest & loved bassists ~~ fortunately we have him booked a few times in 2019
BRUCE BOARDMAN piano . This is the experience & it’s not difficult to see  why Clark has obtained the services of this brilliant pianist for this gig ~~ Bruce has played with everyone who is anyone , from Ronnie Scott to Harry ” Sweets ” Edison ~~ This is a master touch ..

April 11th         £14             ” HEXAGONAL “  

HEXAGONAL ~~ This 6 piece outfit came together in 2016 & in the past 3 years have headlined many UK jazz festivals with great success .. They were here in 2018 & we just had to get them back to the FJC…This is one of the most exciting instrumental outfits of the decade & loaded with top quality musicians & was formed to play the music of the late great South African composer & multi instrumentalist BHEKI MSELEKU & also complemented by some of the music of the great American pianist McCOY TYNER

JASON YARDE alto & baritone sax . One of the most exciting saxophonists on the planet with a CV that reads like the history & the future of jazz ..
GREG HEATH ..tenor sax Originally from New Zealand .This man has made his mark on the British jazz scene & is a great leader & sideman ~~ Quality
GRAEME FLOWERS trumpet Top man & one of most sought after trumpets on BJS
JOHN DONALDSON piano . One of the UK’s top jazz pianists ~ back at the FJC
SIMON THORPE double bass ~ Ditto above & an FJC favorite .
TRISTAN BANKS drums  World class drummer / percussionist ~ must see

April 18th               £12         THE DEREK NASH ACOUSTIC QUARTET

It’s that man from Jools Holland back with us…Derek Nash & this is The All Star Quartet of Quartets   This will be another Derek Nash stormer with 3 more outstanding musicians …  This outfit will swing like crazzzzy with this line up..

DEREK NASH saxes ( other bits & pieces !!! ) Leader of the famous Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues orchestra & many of his own outfits of which many come to FJC.  In addition to being a fantastic saxophonist , Derek Nash is Mr Entertainment ~ & a amazing personality ~~ He plays great jazz & puts the sunshine into a cloud.
NEIL ANGILLEY piano ..The UK’s Number One Latin jazz Pianist & many other sides to his playing skills . ~ ie The pianist for Michael Ball & Alfie Boe on their recent private engagement for HRH The Queen at Buckingham Palace.. Neil will be back with us in June with his own trio & will perform his Lake District Suite 
GEOFF GASCOYNE double bass . This one of the UK.s finest musicians . He is an amazing composer & orchestra leader & has many CDs with this huge outfit..
SEBASTIAAN du KROM drums World class drummer . One of Europes finest.. 

April 25th           £12       GORDON CAMPBELL  &  CHRIS DEAN  QUINTET  Two Big Band Leaders & Two Top Trombonists  & it is Just Two 

This is the quality outfit with Gordon Campbell who leads his own well established Big Band as well as a formidable Octet that we had the FJC in 2018~~ Gordon is also a professor at  Royal Marines School of Music Portsmouth & one of the stalwarts of the world famous John Wilson Concert Orchestra.
Chris Dean , co leader of this wonderful quintet is also the  UK’s longest serving big band leader ~a position he has held for over 22 years with the one & only Syd Lawrence Orchestra ~~ the UK’s number one concert/dance band ..

With two top line stars we get three top line rhythm 
TREVOR BROWN piano  Well known as The Syd Lawrence pianist..
ANDREW CLEYNDERT double bass.. Great bassist in a great outfit..
DAVE TANDY drums. Also from The Syd Lawrence Orch // & the RPO & the Ronnie Scott Orch ~~ this is Quality ..

Tuesday  April 30th         £12    ROGER  BEAUJOLAIS  QUARTET  
The swinging vibes lead quartet return to The FJC

ROGER BEAUJOLAIS  vibes  .. This man is at the forefront of European vibes players ~ well respected with a lot of original swinging numbers..
ROBIN ASPLAND piano.  Great jazz pianist & great accompanist ..
SIMON THORPE double bassist of the highest order ..Back at the FJC
WINSTON  CLIFFORD drums.  Driving this outfit to the full .. 

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

Saturday 23 March. Olandra & Piotr Jaszczuk. An Evening of Cohen & Cave.   £10 on the door. Advance £8, Students £5

Warsaw-born artists, Olandra and Piotr Jaszczuk return to Jazz Café POSK performing a concert in tribute to iconic musicians and songwriters Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave. The artists have re-imagined a selection of these classics presenting them with new arrangements and interpretations. The evening will feature a collection of their classics such as Cohen’s “Suzanne” & “Hallelujah” and “Where the Wild Roses Grow” & “Henry Lee” by Cave, as well as a selection of lesser-known but very poignant pieces. Olandra & Piotr will perform these songs in English as well as translated versions in Polish, and following last year’s sell-out event, they have added new material and invite you to join them in what promises to be another evening of mesmerising and emotional heartfelt music.
The evening will be supported by singer Weronika Bielecka and accompanied on piano by Alina Bistricka, who will perform songs from Joni Mitchell including a selection from classic albums Blue and Mingus

Friday 29 March. Willie Garnett Big Band. £8 on the door.

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 30 March. Wild Card. £10 on the door. Advance £8, Students £5

Critically acclaimed Clement Regert’s WILD CARD are back at Jazz Café POSK with a melting-pot of musical ideas and presenting an evening fusing urban rhythms, JOIN US for Hard-bop and grooves with a real latin and jazz attitude!
In addition to Clement, the group’s core members are organist Andy Noble and drummer Sophie Alloway, augmented by a rotating stable of first call musicians including tonight’s featured horn players, saxophonist Denys Baptiste and trumpeter Graeme Flowers. Baptiste, described by Time Magazine as “the icon of British Jazz” is a MOBO and Mercury-Prize-winning musician whose latest album, “The Late Trane” received two Jazz FM nominations, while virtuoso trumpeter Flowers works with everyone from Kyle Eastwood to Michael Buble and Quincy Jones.


FLEECEJAZZ –
World class Jazz every Friday at Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel CO6 4PZ www.fleecejazz.org.uk         Doors 7.30pm, gig starts 8.00 pm, 2 sets, ends approx 10.30 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 (sorry, no debit/credit cards – cash or cheque only)  
*Friends of Fleece Jazz loyalty card holders have a £4 discount on each gig and a choice of a free gig if you attend eight or more gigs.

22 March 2019, £20/£16*    John East Project
“East and the band brought the house down” –  City AM
John East vocals/Hammond organ   Steve Pearce electric bass    Nigel Price guitar,
Dave Lewis tenor sax    Dan Hewson trombone/piano   Scott Baylis trumpet/flugel/piano    Mark Fletcher drums

29 March 2019, £18/£14*    Sean Khan Quartet
Sean’s blissful and gifted alto sax playing demonstrates a rare technical prowess and understanding of jazz history.  
Sean Khan alto sax   Sam Leake piano   Lorenzo Bassignani bass   Laurie Lowe  drums

 5 April 2019, £20/£16*   Fletch’s Brew
The central ethos of the “Brew” remains commitment to spontaneity…..    
Mark Fletcher drums,  Jim Hunt tenor sax,  Jim Watson keyboards,  Laurence Cottle bass

12 April 2019, £18/£14*   Sara Oschlag Quartet
A unique and individual voice making interesting material effortlessly her own. 
Sara Oschlag vocals,  Chris Coull trumpet,  Jason Henson guitar,  Dan Shepperd bass

19 April 2019, £20/£16*   Ant Law Quintet
Ant’s long awaited third album, Life I Know, draws on a depth of musical and life experiences to create a career defining album.
Ant Law guitar,  Michael Chillingworth saxophone,  Ivo Neame piano,  Tom Farmer bass,  James Maddren drums

26 April 2019, £18/£14*   Christian Brewer Quartet
Bebop influenced, contemporary sounding player, Christian plays with great fluency and has a clear lyrical and soulful sound.  
Christian Brewer saxophone,  Leon Greening piano,  Adam King bass,  Matt Skelton drums


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 7.15,   Music   8pm

Friday 29 March   £14 / £7 u25 – WEST WESTON’S BLUESONICS

Authentic, passionate Chicago blues from a charismatic quartet led by singer and one of the Europe’s foremost harmonica specialists Steve ‘West’ Weston. Recently featured on an extensive tour with Mud Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters) and on a chart-topping album with Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey.

Friday 17 May  £15  –     Hunter Club 8pm (doors 7.15pm)   SARA sings JUDY

Recently rated as “one of the best jazz singers this country has” by London Jazz News, SARA DOWLING brings her own unique nuance, sensitivity and swing to the rich repertoire associated with Hollywood legend Judy Garland, with songs from Meet Me In St Louis, Easter Parade and many other classics.  With CHRIS INGHAM piano, DARIO DI LECCE bass and GEORGE DOUBLE drums. 


JazzUp! AT CLUB 85
, 74 Whinbush Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire  SG5 1PZ an independent music venue.
Sat 30th March   JazzUP!   FRASER & THE ALIBIS  https://www.fraserandthealibis.com

London based four piece Fraser & the Alibis play the hippest in Bop, Blues and Boogaloo.
Inspired by the big tenor sax sounds of Dexter Gordon and the screaming Organ of Jimmy
Smith, the band play original tunes, deeply entrenched in the roots of the music. With a nod to ‘Sam Butera and the Winesses’, Fraser & the Alibis channel the intensity and feel good effect of the swing and jive music of the dance hall era, combined with the intricacies and virtuosities of later jazz movements.
The band features some of the most in-demand, young improvisers on the London scene. The guys regularly appear at Ronnie Scott’s with different projects, and they have played as a group at Brecon, Birmingham, London, Cheltenham and Swansea jazz festivals. After playing approximately 400 gigs together over the last decade, they successfully released their debut Album in October 2017.
Fraser Smith – Tenor Sax           Joe Webb – Organ
Harry Sankey – Guitar                Gethin Jones – Drums
Original tunes which take the virtues of 50s and 60s hard bop and soul jazz and infuse them with a youthful enthusiasm born of the 21st century. – Ian Mann, Jazz Mann
An all star outfit. – David Freeman, Jazz FM
Smith wallows in that funky Gene Ammons/ Ike Quebec sound. – Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here

+ support  STELLAR YOUTH JAZZ
Continuing our programme of opening the support slot to young, local jazz talent, we are delighted to welcome this young big band. Based at the North Herts Music School Hitchin, The Stellar Youth Jazz ensemble attracts youngsters from across the North Herts area. They perform exciting, groove based music across a variety of jazz genres.
+ The Deadbeat DJs.   Felix and Paul spin jazz and vintage R&B exclusively on vinyl. With the last live band set finishing at around 11.15, and a late bar ’til 1am, our JazzUp DJs invite you to hit the dance floor and party in earnest.
Ticket details  …  Entry £12 , £10 with JazzUp Loyalty Card.
Tickets available from …                           Riot Lounge, Hitchin
Gatefold Record Lounge, Hitchin            Farleys, Hitchin
Jolly Brown, Hitchin                                   Bar 85, Hitchin
David’s Music Letchworth                        
on line from from WeGotTickets  and  https://robincampbell.org/shop-online
16+ with photo ID – younger patrons can be signed in at the door by a responsible adult.
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.
More JazzUp details here:   https://jazzupuk.com    https://www.facebook.com/JazzUpC85


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

WEDNESDAY 20th March – LONDON CITY BIG BAND ftg. SARA DOWLING – Incredibly tight youthful ensemble playing faithful renditions taken from the books of Sinatra, Ella, Basie, Rich & James & led by top young trumpeter BARNEY LOWE + special guest vocalist SARA DOWLING evoking the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee. Doors open: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 – ‘Early Bird’ tickets: £5 advance 

 WEDNESDAY 27th March – JONATHAN KREISBERG MEETS NELSON VERAS Guitar summit featuring the world-class talents of Jonathan Kreisberg and Nelson Veras. Combining timeless melodicism and American swing with forward–thinking lines and textures. 
Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £20/£15 advance

JONATHAN KREISBERG has performed 20th century works with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas; led his own groups and recorded several critically acclaimed CDs and played and recorded with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joe Locke, Lee Konitz, Bill Stewart and Larry Grenadier among others. 
JONATHAN… He is a passionate musician with great vision, and he is constantly in fiery pursuit of innovation.” Legendary Hammond B3 organist, Doctor Lonnie Smith

NELSON VERAS has long been one of the guitar world’s great secrets, possessing a unique style based on a mixture of classical guitar techniques, modern jazz and classical harmony plus his Brazilian roots. He was “discovered” by Pat Metheny when aged14 and went on to win numerous awards before he was even 19. He has performed/recorded with Steve Coleman, Michel Petrucciani, Tomasz Stanko, and Manu Kaché among others.
NELSON… “His improvisations are magnificent. It’s been quite some time since an artist like this has emerged, with a creative power that’s absolutely unquestionable. Nelson, BRAVO !” Pat Martin


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   www.thejazzcentreuk.co.uk   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.    gwendolinesweetingham@gmail.com

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.

SEASIDE SHUFFLE jazz Events in Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Club House, Guildford Lawn, CT11 9AY, unless stated otherwise.

Saturday 23 March at 12 noon – DOC HOULIN & THE REVIVAL ALL STARS
Tickets 15 pounds (includes buffet)

Saturday 27 April at 12 noon – THE JAZZ ADVOCATS
Tickets 12 pounds (includes buffet)

Saturday 29 June at 12 noon – MARTIN BENNETT’S OLD GREEN RIVER BAND
Tickets 12 pounds (includes buffet)

12 July-14 July   Trad Jazz Festival    Ticket Hotline 01843 596789

HADLEIGH JAZZ CLUB – Hadleigh Town Hall, Market Place, Hadleigh, IP7 5DN.  Hadleigh Jazz Club Presents Jazz At The Philharmonic Saturday April 6th 7.30pm  It’s a night of jazz variety, much in the way of the Jazz At The Philharmonic concert tours of the ’50s and ’60s. I’ve assembled a cast of thousands (well seven) to present between them several distinct and delightful acts. Joining out trio will be the mighty Oxley Meier Guitar Project   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6l9BWRkD-Y as part of their 50+ date UK tour, Chris Ingham’s new Mose Allison project gets a spot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAvTSMByEQg and we also feature Sax Wunderkind Harry Greene, fresh from the Royal Academy, with his own soulful and super groovy sound. Plus, a special guest or two to be announced on the night.. Exciting! As ever, do drop a line for reservations.

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

SUNDAY 7 APRIL – PETE OXLEY AND NICOLAS MEIER    Admission – £9 / £5 (U25)

An extremely sophisticated and entertaining duo of guitarists, Oxley and Meier (formerly with The Jeff Beck Band) travel on a contemporary journey through jazz on a collection of acoustic and electric guitars via Latin American, Spanish and Middle Eastern influences. Performing originals and modern standards by Chick Corea, Milton Nascimento and Pat Metheny. Not to be missed!   Listen at website

SUNDAY 5 MAY – TO BE ANNOUNCED

SUNDAY 2 JUNE – THE TORI FREESTONE TRIO    Admission – £9 / £5 (U25)

The return of a great band. A trio of just sax, bass and drums may sound like a dry prospect but the widely admired composer, tenor saxophonist and flautist Tori Freestone makes it distinctive, exciting and playful. A free-flowing, intelligent style that highlights a great gift for melodic invention is harnessed by a trio currently on tour and playing at the top of their powers. Part of a UK tour supporting the band’s new album with the wonderful Dave Mannington (double bass) and Tim Giles (drums).   Listen at website


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PORTSMOUTH JAZZ features the best live modern jazz in comfortable surroundings. Ample parking. Licensed bar. Good inexpensive meals and bar snacks can be purchased in the adjoining lounge and pub.   Performances 8pm, doors open 7.15pm   Tickets on door.   The Executive Suite, Inn Lodge,  Burrfields Road, Portsmouth PO3 5HH   www.portmouthjazz.com  email: portsmouthjazz@btinternet.com    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


CHICKENSHEDRAYNE THEATRE – 
290 Chase Side, Southgate,  N14 4PE.    Booking: 020 8292 9222.  bookings@chickenshed.org.uk   Julian Marc Stringle celebrates “It’s Clazzical” Album Launch on Sunday 24 March, 7.30pm – 9.30pm     Price:  £20   

The charismatic virtuoso clarinettist Julian Marc Stringle plays ‘It’s Clazzical’ in concert with his all-star ‘Dream Band’ and violinist Sonia Slany’s ‘Solid Strings’.

‘It’s Clazzical’ is an effervescent  fusion of popular classic melodies and pulsating Latin Jazz rhythms.  This dynamic show features stunning arrangements of masterworks by: Gershwin, Bernstein, Piazzolla, Mangione, Bechet, Jobim, Aznavour, Rimsky Korsakov, Dankworth, Stratta and Stringle.   Performing ‘It’s Clazzical’ with Julian at this gala concert is a remarkable ensemble of renowned jazz players and distinguished classical instrumentalists: Neil Angilley – Piano, Dominic Ashworth – Guitars, Chris Dodd – Bass, Mike Bradley – Drums, Marc Cecil – Percussion, Sonia Slany – Violin, Jonathan Truscott – Violin, Steve Tees – Viola and Nick Cooper – Cello.   The show is aimed at classical music lovers, devotees of musical theatre and fans of accessible Latin jazz.

“Julian is an immense talent !  The best clarinettist to emerge in British Jazz in decades. His playing has ‘world -class’ written all over it” Sir John Dankworth CBE
“Stringle’s sound is exquisite . It has freshness , sparkle and a flute-like softness. At times this breathtaking clarinettist makes the  instrument sound re-invented.”  John Fordham – The Guardian
“Julian has got it all – sound, technique, ideas and feeling . ‘It’s Clazzical’ exemplifies the brilliant eclecticism of Julian and his Dream Band – I love it.” Ken Peplowski
“Julian is a consummate artist. His life has been dedicated to his craft. Today, his place among the ranks of the all-time great clarinettists is assured.” Digby Fairweather

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 – 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.

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.

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

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

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

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

The Good Times Jazz Band – trad jazz at its best, played with humour and pizzazz!  Regular 2nd Sunday of the month  gigs 2pm-4.30pm at The Steamboat Tavern, 78-80 New Cut West, Ipswich, IP2 8HW.   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 https://www.kixjazzorchestra.co.uk/schedule

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. https://soundcloud.com/andy-bowie

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  princealbertblackmore@outlook.com

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

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HEADS UP! dates   www.headsupjazz.co.uk

Fri 22nd March 2019 – Catherine Lima jazz band + Heads UP! (7.45pm, Adm. £5 / £2 under 18’s)  Cranbrook Castle Tennis Club, St.George’s Rd, Ilford, IG1 3PG

Sat 6th Apr 2019 – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (8pm)

Sun 19th May – The Blue Boar, 3-7 Silver St, Maldon, CM9 4QE (2.30pm-5.30pm)

Sat 25th May 2019 – The Blue Boar (Beer Festival), 3-7 Silver St, Maldon, CM9 4QE (time tba)

Sun 4th August – The Blue Boar, 3-7 Silver St, Maldon, CM9 4QE (2.30pm)

Sat 17th Aug 2019 – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (8pm)

Fri 11th Oct 2019 – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (9pm)

Sat, 6 July 2019 – Jazz in the Park (incl. other bands) at Lake Meadows, Billericay, CM12 0BW (Free 4:00 – 7:00pm)


FRANK GRIFFITH UPCOMING GIGLIST
www.frankgriffith.co.uk for more info

22 March, 7.30PM. w/Phil Shotton Big Band and  vocalist, Chris James. Great Hall, Cornerstone Building, Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus, Everton, L6 1HP. 0151 291 3578.
31 March, 1PM. w/ Saxtivity (sax quartet). Elm Hall Church. Elm Hall Drive. Liverpool, L18 1LF. £5.

20 April, 3-5PM. w/Annie Long. Nantwich Jazz Festival.   www.nantwichjazz.com.

8 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. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. £14.
9 June, 8PM. FG with Pete Whittaker- organ, Nigel Price- guitar, Les Cirkel, drums. Boaters, Canburys, Lower Ham Road,Kingston, KT2 5AU. 0208 541 4672. www.boaterslive.com. Free.
10 June, 8.30PM. FG at The Millbrook Arms, 574 London Road, Isleworth, TW7 4EY. 0208 560 1546. Free.

CAROL BRAITHWAITES’ GIG LIST.  (more – website:carolbraithwaite.com) Many thanks

Friday 8th March
Billericay Const. Club, 1AHigh St, Billericay. CM12 9BE
Jolly jazz. – Lunchtime menu available + club prices for drinks.
Fun starts at 12:30 – 2:30pm.  £8 door..

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

Thursday 21st March
Hadleigh Cricket Club, Rectory Road, Hadleigh SS7 2NQ
The American Songbook along with jazz instrumentals.
Time: 8 – 10.30pm. £10 entry.Tim Huskisson – piano, Roger Curphey – bass,
Jason Campbell – drums. Special guest:  Goff Dubber – clarinet/sax.

For the Diary – More info later:
12/04/19 – Billericay Const. Club (afternoon)
18/04/19 – Hadleigh Cricket Club. Guest: Paul Higgs – trumpet
20/04/19 – North Weald Jazz Club (afternoon)
10/05/19 – Billericay Const. Club (afternoon)
16/05/19 – Hadleigh Cricket Club. Digby Fairweather – trumpet.


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

Warner’s Big Band Breaks

4-8 March – Gunton Hall, Lowestoft, Suffolk – Featuring Pete Long, Georgina Jackson & Enrico Tomasso
6-10 May – Sinah Warren, Hayling Island – Featuring Stephen Triffitt
8-12 July – Bodelwyddan Castle, North Wales – Featuring  Jeff Hooper
21-25 October – Sinah Warren, Hayling Island – Featuring Matthew Ford plus Glenn Miller with strings

United Services Club, Main Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 6NE        Doors open at 7pm, concert starts at 8pm. Free parking to the rear of the club. Tickets £12, available on the door. Call 01342 523 003 or email info@lenphillipsbigband.co.uk for more information

Sunday 28th April – Featuring Eleanor Keenan

Other Concerts

Friday 29th March, Trinity Concert Hall, Trinity School, Croydon, CR9 7AT – Featuring Matthew Ford & Joanna Eden – Click here for tickets

Sunday 9th June, The Mill at Sonning, Reading, Berkshire – call 0118 969 8000


HEADS SOUTH Gig Listing     
Info www.headssouth.com. Listen https://play.spotify.com/artist/5q7ONQYJYdcGTsrb2p9ctM      View  https://youtu.be/omhD3zFtEp8

CAXTON SWING Gigs.   For more detailed info  www.caxton-swing.co.uk

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 www.bottleneckblues.com

For this month on Tuesday 26th March, we have the amazing duo of Ben Tyzack  (Spikedrivers) and Guy Tortora.  Last time this duo played at the club it generated positive feedback amongst the highest ever received.  Two seasoned professionals combining their many talents to deliver a double helping of joy!  Absolute quality and a fantastic evening in store.   

The venue is the St. George Hotel.  If you drive past with the Roffen on your left, the venue is a couple of hundred yards up New Road, on the left.  There is on-site parking both on the roof, accessed from the front and in the basement at the rear, although you can find plenty of on-street parking within a short walk.  Parking in one of the car parks requires (immediate) registration in the venue, available on panels both in the lobby and in the performance room itself. Please enter the venue via the main front door and make your way down to the Stanley Ballroom.

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


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

The next Wednesday lunchtime gig is on Wednesday 3rd April and then every other Wednesday.

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

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

 

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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)

MEHR CLEF SUMMER JAZZ COURSE  –  18 – 24 August 2019   At University of Chichester – Residential course for Instrumentalists and Vocalists with a Minimum age 14 years, all levels, all instruments.   Students perform every night in Jazz Club.
Audition Preparation and Mock Audition for Students applying to Music Colleges
Tutors:  Alan Barnes – Sax,  Stan Sulzmann – Sax, Tom Cawley – Piano,  Mark Hodgson – Bass, Martin France – Drums,  Lee Gibson – Vocals    plus Rick Simpson – Piano, Matt Sulzmann – Sax, Ursula Malewski – Vocals,   Ed Rice – Vocal accompanist  Contact: T 07718 424509

 

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From Steve Wright, Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club  www.colchesterartscentrejazzclub.com

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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/559438814439358/

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!!

 

*** 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.  Further info from Mike Quigley, 07979 59 22 41

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

The next Freddy Freeloader Jazz Jam, hosted by DWJQ, is at the Black Bull Chelmsford CM1 2PN from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday 17th March. Contact mickfoster@btconnect.com for more details and for access to the music to be played. Free entry, all experience levels welcome to play or listen.

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 www.millhilljazzclub.co.uk valgorjazz@gmail.com 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 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.  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 jazzzone@waitrose.com.

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

There is a LondonBluesJams Yahoo! Group – blues rock n roll soul jam every Wednesday 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm . The Crown Inn, Roneo Corner, 360 Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch ,Essex RM12 4TW. info Bob Marks 07503 16 45 72 Full back line. P.A. Keys, Saxes and Brass. Mainly blues but all tastes catered for. All musos welcome – beginners to pros and bands. Vocalists especially welcome.

The Ipswich Jazz Collective meet on the 3rd Friday in the month to hold a jam session at the Inkerman pub on Norwich Road, Ipswich. Set up 7.30 for 8pm start. Bass amp & drums set up, PA on request. Guitarists to bring their own amps. No entrance fee and all levels of player catered for. 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)

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 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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 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.   www.saturdayjazzworkshop.com

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

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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

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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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.

2. Please send all items for inclusion in the newsletter to listings<at>jazzupdate.co.uk

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.

4. Please include full address in including postcode for the venue. Most people these days use SatNav, so please make it easier for them.

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!