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Jazz Showcase Night at Green Fair Music Club this Friday 16 March, Cranbrook Castle Tennis Club this week.  We’re delighted to welcome stunning singer Catherine Lima with her excellent jazz trio featuring Gabriel Keen, Ted Simkins and Dave Grant. Catherine has a popular following across many jazz venues, including the former RAFA Jazz Club now running their re-located sessions every Thursday evening at Ilford Liberal Club 10 Balfour Road IG1 4JF.  In support we have a set from Dave Dean,  Dave is one of the excellent collection of vocalists from the Traveling Tilburys, but tonight will be singing solo some of his favourite songs and standards from swing and pop genres.

The Alan Gresty Jazz Band with special guest Pete Neighbour on Clarinet, on Saturday 24th March, 6.30 for 7.30pm at Wickham Bishops Village Hall, just off A12 South of Witham, Essex featuring;   Alan Gresty leading on trumpet,   Jim Douglas on guitar and banjo,   Roger Curphey on bass,   John Watson on drums,   Malcolm Earle-Smith on trombone,   Colin Bray on piano and vibes,   Pete Neighbour on clarinet.   We look forward to enjoying music reminding us of the times of Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton and many more.   For Tickets, ring Gordon on 01621 891717.     Bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles.

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.

The first EASTBOURNE SPLASH POINT JAZZ FESTIVAL   takes place on Sunday September 30th at three main venues all a pebble’s throw from the seafront. Headliners include Mark Nightingale, Art Themen, Roger Beaujolais, Craig Milverton, Andy Panayi, Julian Marc Stringle, Jason Yarde, Alex Garnett, Hexagonal ….   One stroller ticket gives access to all 12 gigs. £50+booking fee from WeGotTickets/splashpointjazz  or £45* early bird booked before 30/6/18  Supporting

JOHN PETTERS SWING BAND REUNION @ Old Harlow.   St John’s Arts Centre, St John’s Walk, Market St, Old Harlow CM17 0AJ with the exciting music of Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa on Saturday 24th March @ 3pm  Adm £10   01406 365 731  This sees the return of world traveller, clarinettist/ saxophonist, Pete Neighbour, and fellow reedman Julian Stringle.  Ex Alex Welsh Jazz Band guitarist, Jim Douglas, pianist Tim Huskisson and Harlow bassist, Keith Donald complete the line-up.  CALENDAR

BEDFORD JAZZ WORKSHOP on Thurs 15 March, 8-10PM at Russell Park Club, 69 Goldington Road, Bedford MK40 3ND.   Fee – £10   Info  or 07976 313224.  Led by Bedford-based saxophonist and educator, Frank Griffith.  Info –    All instruments and vocalists welcome.  Sax, trumpet, flute, trombone, violin, guitar, piano, bass, drums, percussion ….   Reading music is not necessary as the emphasis will be on improvisation on basic jazz, blues and latin repertoire.   All levels welcome and you don’t need to have previous experience improvising

On 7th April Hadleigh Jazz Club favourite Joanna Eden brings her labour of love show Embraceable Ella to the club. A celebration Ella Fitzgerald’s life and work, the evening is rich with anecdote and swing and Jo will be joined by our very own Chris Ingham Trio. We’re at Ronnie Scott’s the next day, which is sold out, so come to Hadleigh instead.

St Paul’s Artfest 2018 presents THE JOY OF JAZZ on Weds 28th March at 7:30pm at St Paul’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP with Polly Gibbons (vocals) James Pearson (piano) Tim Boniface (sax) Ed Babar (bass) and Sophie Alloway (drums).

BURY FESTIVAL 2018 at the Hunter Club on Friday 18 May at 8pm (doors 7:30pm)   £15 – 6 St Andrews Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3PH t: 07799 650009   e:    The Jazz of DUDLEY MOORE with the Chris Ingham Trio with Chris Ingham – piano, Paul Higgs – trumpet, Rev. Andrew Brown – bass, George Double – drums.

THE HARRY BOLT QUARTET    Will debut at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho on Weds 28th March at 8.30 pm   Tickets £15 In advance “Harry is a pianist who brings a fresh and unique interpretation to modern/traditional jazz.  He plays with a palpable enthusiasm – soulful, flairful and full of heart and is known for his subtle touch.  With styles ranging from bop to stride and from the traditional to the contemporary.”   With Benet Mclean (Violin)   Arnie Somogyi (Bass) and Jonathan Silk (Drums)   Calendar

Free  JAZZ EXHIBITION – Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain  at Two Temple Place WC2R 3BD from now till 22 April  (closed Tuesdays).   It is an “absolute gem” of a building  with a most interesting history.  Like Jazz history?  Like beauitful architectural features?  Go.

The National Jazz Archive will be celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. The first fundraising concert this year will be on Saturday 24 March at 8pm when the John Ongom Big Band will play in Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB, close to the Archive’s home.  The church and the archive are about a kilometre away from Loughton Station on the Central Line, and they are also served by numerous bus routes.  Parking available.  Tickets £12   The 17-piece John Ongom Big Band, with vocalists Mark Jennett and Cynthia Simmonds, under musical director Angus Moncrieff, will play a great selection of music.



Saturday night – make it a radio date with The Late Paul Barnes for the very best in jazz, swing and classic popular music, with big bands and small. Keep the cold out with the hot trumpets of Bix Beiderbecke and Kenny Baker (postponed from last week), plus a celebration of trombonists Glenn Miller, Miff Mole and Roy Williams. All this and so much more at 11.00 pm on Saturday, on the following BBC stations: Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Cambridgeshire, Northampton and Three Counties. Also available nationally and internationally on the BBC iPlayer. The Late Paul Barnes – rhythm & rhubarb of the finest kind.

‘Jazztonic’ is a weekly jazz music and magazine radio programme available only via and clicking on ‘listen’.  From ragtime, through swing and fusion to contemporary it goes out every Wednesday at 7pm and is presented by David Craigie.  There is no catch-up service . . . so listen live.


BELVEDERE JAZZ & MUSIC CLUB, every Wednesday evening is at The Chichester Hotel, Old London Road, Rawreth, Nr. Wickford SS11 8UE (Off A129, 800 yards Wickford side of The Carpenters Arms roundabout). Meals available from 6:30pm whilst you sit at a candlelit table, either before or whilst enjoying the top quality jazz which commences at 8:00pm until 10.30pm. Top International, Regional Bands and Artists, including Big Bands, Swing and Mainstream, all tuneful easy listening foot tapping music with something for everyone! Friendly welcoming atmosphere ~ Admission is from £12.50 on the door ~ Large free car park ~ Drinks at pub prices ~ Newcomers most welcome. ; Telephone: 07850 607075 or

21st March – Tina May

Tina May – vocals    Chris Ingham – piano    George Double – drums    Arnie Somogyi – double bass
Real jazz singers flourish in the company of good jazz musicians, and Tina May is a real jazz singer. She can sing a straight melody and make it open like a flower. She can swing effortlessly and invent a wordless scat chorus as tricky as anything her fellow musicians can deliver. Led by pianist Chris Ingham, they are among the best jazz musicians you will find anywhere.

28th March – The Rag & Bone Club

Helen 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 is fronted by 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 MD/keyboard player for Paul Heaton/Jackie Abbott, Imelda May, Clare Teal, Martha Reeves and Rod Stewart. He’s taken over Jools Holland’s role as keyboard player in 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 30s and 40s swing era. They are all experienced musicians having worked with legendary artists including Kenny Ball, The Humphrey Littleton Band, Paul Mc Cartney, Stevie Wonder as well as playing with The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Pee Wee Ellis and Jamie Cullum.  Reservation essential!

4th April – ‘The Spirit of Stephane Grappelli & Django Reinhardt

Mike Piggott – violin, Nils Solberg – guitar, Jeff Green – guitar, Alan Morgan – double bass Mike Piggott frequently guests  at  festivals  and jazz  clubs,  including  an  appearance  as a member of Martin Taylor’s “Spirit  of Django”  at  the  Xabia  Jazz  Festival  in  Spain.
Nils Solberg has been a professional guitarist since the 70s when he started his career playing Dixieland Jazz in the hotels of the West End of London. He since played with many bands in that genre, notably Dick Charlesworth, Alan Elsdon and Terry Lightfoot, while also performing in the Gypsy Jazz style and was for some time accompanying Nigel Kennedy as well as Bryan Ferry. He is also a singer of great enthusiasm, and an ardent exponent of the “Great American Songbook”. Jeff has toured with Nigel Kennedy’s ‘Wasp Factory’ and with Stephane Grappelli’s Quartet, with Martin Taylor. Jeff has recorded albums with diverse musicians such as Ronnie Scott, Mike Osborne and Jim Richardson and has recorded CDs with Brian Dee, Alan Barnes, Tommy Whittle.  Alan Morgan originally a guitar player, changed to bass in 1960 and has worked with many musicians in all styles – Tubby Hayes, Humphrey Lyttelton, Don Rendell, Tommy Whittle, Art Themen and Brian Dee.

11th April – The Jeff Hooper Big Band

Jeff Hooper one of the most talented and best liked singers on the European music scene, tonight brings his 14 piece big band  for the first time to our Club.  Early in his career Jeff worked with Matt Monro (who taught him how to tie a bow tie!), Morecambe and Wise, and Stephane Grappelli. Jeff came second in the Star Search USA show in Hollywood and was then voted one of the top three rising stars in the world by the Frank Sinatra Music Society.
Jeff  breathes new life into the music of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat “King” Cole, Vic Damone, Jack Jones, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr,  Matt Monro and Mel Tormé with a relaxed, emotive style.  In a music world dominated by cyber-pop and short-lived wonders, Jeff’s enduring quality is a breathtaking voice and sheer magnetism. This isn’t only because the songs he sings are time-honoured masters, it’s down to his unique voice, chestnut warm and chocolate rich, classic, certain and reassuring.  Jeff likes to give really well presented shows with entertaining dialogue and, combined with his magnificent singing, has made him a popular figure on the music scene. Tickets at £20 are on sale Wednesday Club nights only

18th April  – Elaine Delmar

Elaine Delmar – vocals, John Pearce – piano, Rod Brown – drums, Simon Thorpe – double bass
“Quality is timeless, which explains how the stylish  Elaine  Delmar has survived the passage of so many vocal trends over the years. A favourite with both jazz and cabaret audiences, she continues to set the standard for sophisticated rich-toned  interpretations of the Great American Songbook.”  London Evening Standard.  At members’ request, we  welcome back Elaine who wherever she performs, thrills her audiences with her sublime delivery of gems from The great American Songbook.  Quite simply Elaine is one of the greatest female jazz vocalists to have come from these shores.  Come and enjoy Elaine treat some of the greatest songs ever written with the true respect they deserve. An incredibly sumptuous evening of world-class music is guaranteed!

25th April  – ‘Bennett to Buble’  The American Songbook at its Best – Kevin Fitzsimmons Quintet

Kevin Fitzsimmons – vocals, Leon Greening – piano, Sam Mayne – saxes, Lloyd Haines – drums, Tim Thornton – double bass
Charismatic jazz singer Kevin Fitzsimmons takes a break from starring in the big  band  concert  ‘Sinatra  Sequins  &  Swing  –  The  Capitol  Years  Live!  to  bring  his  brilliant ‘Bennett-To–Buble’: The American Songbook At Its Best!  show to us following nine sell outs of this show at Ronnie Scott’s. The show itself is a clever mix of standards so expect songs like: Don’t Get Around Much Any More, Fever, I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face, Steppin’ Out, re-styled with taste and verve.  With Kevin is his unstoppably swinging band, described by JAZZWISE Magazine as “the cream of UK’s straight-ahead jazz musicians”. Come and hear what all the fuss is about and enjoy the award winning pianist swinging Leon Greening.  Wynton Marsalis says about saxophonist Sam Mayne “We haven’t had anything like this in New York for over twenty years”.  Bassist Tim Thornton won the 2013 British Jazz Award in the rising star category and is a regular member of the Ronnie Scott’s Quintet. Award winning Welsh drummer Lloyd Haines also appears regularly at Ronnie Scott’s.

JAZZ@ST ANT’S A great weekly jazz night – now in its 14th year! St Anthony’s Club, The Red House, 13 Upton Ave, (corner of Upton Lane), Forest Gate E7 9PN.  Every Weds  8.30 pm. Admission £3. Please support the raffle from which all proceeds go to the band. For latest listings visit  Please download current listing at, or

28 Feb:  Paul Higgs (trumpet/flugelhorn) + Jenny Carr (piano)

with John Withers (drums) – not 14 Feb – & John Pamenter (double bass)

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/ Free Car Park  /Good Seating/disabled welcome/ membership available.  Visit or contact Dave & Sheila Dyer – tel: 01945 588325; email:

 Weds 28th Mar – Pete Rudeforth’s all star Jazz Band          Peter Rudeforth – Tpt/Vos/Ldr  Julian Marc Stringle – Clt/Saxes/Voc   Andy Flaxman – Tbe    Tim Huskisson – Piano
Sandy Burnett – Bass   John Elmer – Drums

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

Tues 27th March     TRIUMPHANT TROMBONES featuring DEREK CLENSHAW & CLIFF MASON, trombones,  with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.
Derek Clenshaw is no stranger to the Club having guested on several occasions and has a wealth of experience from playing alongside noted legends on the jazz scene. His music career started in the world of brass bands that progressed through to playing with bands both mainstream and traditional with such jazz legends as Humphrey Littleton, Freddie Randall, Bruce Adams and Mike Cotton.
Cliff Mason also began his musical career in the world of brass bands before being introduced to the Ken Turner Band in 1987 immediately taking to jazz like a duck to water. He still continues to lead the trombone section of the Ken Turner Band and is also a member of the Shades of Swing Big Band.
With these two trombone exponents we look forward to an evening of favourite trombone  tunes and I would not be surprised if such tunes as Caravan, Mood Indigo, Harlem Nocturne, Moonglow, Moonlight Serenade, and In a Mellow Tone were not subjected to some special trombone treatment

Tuesday, 24th April – IT’S GOTTA BE SWING featuring AL NICHOLLS, tenor, and ANDY DICKENS, trumpet with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.  Al Nicholls makes another welcome return to the Club this time with long time cohort and guest Andy Dickens.  Al needs very little introduction other than to say he has a busy schedule gigging, with leading his exciting Blue Harlem band and playing lead tenor sax of the widely acclaimed, highly revered T.J. Johnson Quintet that is transcending the boundaries of jazz, blues, soul and country music.
Andy Dickens, a freelance jazz trumpeter / flugelhorn, with a penchant for an occasional vocal, plays all the jazz genres you can wish for. His lively style and playing has made him a frequent guest at European Jazz festivals encountering such legends as Slim Gaillard, Ken Peplowski, Humphrey Littleton, Bruce Turner, Pete Allen and Jonathan Vinten groups. He is often featured with other bands and musicians where his tunes, off beat observations and typically wry presentation results in an evening that is entertaining and draws from the finest traditions of jazz.

Tuesday, 29th May – MANCINI MAGIC featuring PAUL HIGGS, trumpet, and JOHN WITHERS, kit, with resident duo of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass.

Paul Higgs, a multi-instrumentalist marvel, returns by popular demand on his trumpet, to portray his understanding of the magic associated with Henry Mancini’s music. A master of composition, particularly for screen themes, Mancini’s artistry, will no doubt be fully explored by Paul with such tunes as ‘Moon River’, ‘Pink Panther’, ‘Days of Wine and Roses’, ‘Charade’, ‘How Soon’, Dreamsville and others.
John Withers, no stranger to the Club, will accompany Paul with his always immaculate percussion timing completing the rhythm section for tonights gig.

Tuesday, 26th June, 2018 – IT’S DIXIE TIME featuring TIM HUSKISSON, keys, and JIM DOUGLAS, guitar, with resident duo of Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

Tim Huskisson, another multi-instrumentalist is no stranger to the Club, is a self taught musician becoming inspired with jazz after first hearing it on 78rpm records, now how early was that ! Latterly he has dedicated himself by keeping alive the music that first inspired him on the local jazz circuits, Tonight Tim, as in the title, Dixie, will be in his element exploring the 1920’s tunes like ‘At the Jazz Band Ball’, ‘Back Home in Indiana’, ‘After You’ve Gone’, ‘Avalon’ and others.
Jim Douglas formed his first jazz band at school, initially in the ‘skiffle’ genre, and by fifteen had acquired a guitar and banjo and, along with his clarinetist friend Pete Kerr, formed the ‘Hidden Town Dixie-Leaders’ and when an engagement in Germany required them to turn professional, changed their name to ‘Capital Jazz’. He played with highly successful ‘Clyde Valley Stompers’’, that sadly broke up, leaving Jim playing occasional gigs with the renowned ‘Alex Welsh Band’, officially joining in 1964, remaining a stalwart for eighteen years up until the death of Alex Walsh.

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


Tues 20th March – The Derek Nash Picante Latin Band

Award winning saxophonist Derek Nash makes a welcome return, bringing his new Latin/Salsa band.  Derek Nash saxes, Dominic Ashworth guitar, Robin Jones percussion, Marc Cecil drums, Neil Angilley keyboards, Andy Staples bass & special guest.
“At the forefront of the British Jazz movement, Derek Nash is ‘one of the most versatile saxophonists in the UK today'” (The Guardian) To demonstrate that versatility, he returns to Thorpe bay with his new Latin/Salsa project. This amazing line up of musicians deliver latin music that is original & as good as the standards we all know. Influenced by the Buena Vista Social Club & Sergio Mendes they create a high energy experience with style & humour. An experience!!!

Tues 27th March – MO’S NOT JUST JAZZ BAND

Michele Osten – vocals   David Roberts – piano & Dan Allsopp – drums
The band is fronted by Michele Osten, with vocals as smooth as silk…and accompanied by some of the best jazz musicians who have played at some of London’s finest venues, such at The Pheasantry, Pizza Express – Chelsea & The Groucho Club – London’s West End.  Born in Seattle USA, Michele now resides in England.  Michele spent 5 years performing in France where she performed various French musicians all over the Burgundy Region and became the principal singer with The Big Band at the Conservatoire in Nevers.

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

Tuesday 3rd April – 8.00pm
Steve Waterman with the Ted Beament Trio

Tuesday 10th April  – 8.00pm
Alan Barnes  Dave Lewis  with the Graham Harvey Trio
Admission   £16 non-members, £13 members

Thursday 12th April – 8.00
Essex Easter Jazz Showcase
Tickets £6.00

Tuesday 17th April – 8.00pm
Renato D’Aiello Quartet

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

Saturday 31st March  2.00pm – 4.00pm
Jo Fooks with the Ted Beament Trio
Admission £10.00 students £5.00

Saturday 28th April  2.00pm – 4.00pm
Daryl Sherman and Dave Green
Admission £10.00 students £5.00

CHELMSFORD JAZZ CLUB presents 10 or 11 concerts a year at the Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG (next to the Civic Theatre), mainly on Sunday lunchtime. The jazz is generally mainstream and modern and the club is justly proud of the quality.  For an annual subscription of £10.00 (£15.00 joint) members are entitled to a £4.00 reduction on normal ticket prices, and notice of concerts. There’s a friendly atmosphere, come along. Enq: Larry Newall-Smith 01245 256510.  join the Facebook groups
Doors: 11.45am     Gig starts: 12.15pm    Advance booking:   01245 606505    £12 / £16

Sunday 15th April.    The Humphrey Lyttelton Band 

MUSIC AT MARIGOLDS, Cricket Club, Chippingfield, Old Harlow, Essex CM17 0DJ.  Doors and Licensed Bar 7.30pm, Fridays. 01279 414174 / 421763 Car Parking On Site and there are two Public Car Parks.  We are now in the new Clubhouse which has been built between the Cricket Club’s two grounds.  Carry on a bit further round Chippingfield and its on your left still.  £10

16th March – Stevie Smith’s Sin House

Stevie Smith harp and lead vocals, Steve Smith guitar and backing vocals, Richard Taylor bass and Clive Edwards drums.

Stevie Smith is considered to be one of the best frontmen on the blues scene and has played with many famous names from Rory Gallagher and Ray Dorset to Bad Manners. He has been praised for his harmonica work by no less than Muddy Waters himself but is mostly known on the blues circuit, as the pocket dynamo who fronted Ruthless Blues for Twenty Years.  As well as playing with Stevie for a good number of years, Steve Smith has played with Paul Williams Blue Thunder and The Sharpees amongst others.
With impeccable support from Richard and Clive both of whom have played in numerous different line ups, Sin House is a band not to be missed and we are delighted to welcome them to Marigolds.

30th March – Clark Tracy Quintet:

Clark Tracey – drums     Alexandra Ridout – trumpet     Sean Payne – alto sax
Elliot Sansom – keyboards    James Owston – bass.

Clark Tracey grew up in a jazz environment as the son of Stan Tracey CBE, the UK’s leading jazz pianist, and from an early age played piano and vibraphones. At 13 he started playing the drums and he turned professional at 17 in 1978 by joining his father’s various ensembles, from trio to orchestra.
He formed his first own group in 1981 and has since collaborated and played freelance with too many jazz luminaries to list here. Clark has toured the UK and worldwide performing in over 50 countries bringing him numerous awards including best drummer in the British Jazz Awards in 2016 & 2017.  He has recorded extensively making over 90 albums and in 2001 he began his own record company, Tentoten Records and in 2007 he formed Resteamed Records, a label dedicated to his father’s works. Clark regularly composes and arranges for his own groups and other artists and ensembles.  He has given master classes in a number of academic institutions and has run numerous workshops around the UK and overseas and has even written an intermediate level instructional book for Schott Publishing, “Exploring Jazz Drums”.

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

18th March –  Rance’s Rocking Chair Band. Led by Dave Rance’s trumpet with Brian Webb trombone and Derek Scofield reeds, this Dixieland seven-piece jazz band entertain with plenty of vocals, a dash of humour for good measure and always provide an evening of foot-tapping jazz.

25th March –  The Jack Clifford Swingtette. A wonderful end to the month with an evening of traditional and jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack blowing clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with regulars including Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Clarke drums and Roger Curphy 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!

Sunday 1st April 2018 (Woolpack Beer Festival)    ANDI HOPGOOD Vocals
Andi returns singing the ‘American Song Book’. A popular vocalist on the east anglia jazz scene and has also been known to play saxophone.
Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 6th May 2018     NEALE RIDDING Flute/Saxophone
Neale is no stranger to the club, often guesting on keyboards. He is possibly the finest jazz flautist in the UK. He was also a regular member of Graeme’s quintet on Saxophone & Flute for many years.
Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 3rd June 2018    MICK FOSTER  Baritone Saxophone
I am pleased to have him return to the club playing compositions by Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper to name a couple. It will be a great evening if his last one was to go by.
Tim Huskisson Keyboards, Roger Curphey String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

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:

Sunday, March 18th:  Jazz, Funk and Soul with Bassistry.  This dynamic, vocal-led group mix a heady cocktail of jazz, soul and funk with pulsating electronic grooves and contemporary string soundscapes.

Sunday, April 8th:  Kristian Borring Quartet.  A musician who not only favours fleet-fingered, hip-swinging, soul-bop, guitarist Kristian Borring also draws from the subtle, gentle lyricism of guitarists such as John Abercrombie and Pat Metheny.

Sunday, April 22nd:  Martin Speaker Quartet with Special Guest Ethan Iverson. A rare opportunity to hear the former Bad Plus pianist in concert outside of London – and with arguably the UK’s finest altoist, backed by two top-drawer musicians in Fred Thomas (Double Bass) and James Maddren (Drums).

Sunday, May 6th:  Alex Hitchcock Quintet.  Rising tenor sax star leads a youthful powerhouse quintet bristling with talent, and oozing a compelling, adventurous ear for melody with virtuosic improvising.

Sunday, June 3rd:  Joy Ellis Quartet.  With a voice that has been compared to singers such as Carol Kenyon, Annie Ross, Shirley Horn and Dame Cleo Laine, Joy nevertheless has a distinctive voice of her own, allied to impressive piano skills, with shades of Keith Jarrett and McCoy Tyner in her playing.

Sunday, July 1st:  Tristan.  This Dutch group’s music can be best described as feel-good vintage Acid Jazz with the energy, vibe and sounds of today, performed by some of the best contemporary pop/jazz musicians from Europe, and featuring the stunning vocals of Evelyn Kallansee.

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

Weds 28th March  – Peter White

International award winning smooth jazz guitarist Peter White is one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists in the contemporary jazz landscape. Armed with an unparalleled combination of lyricism and energy, he combines elements of pop, jazz and classical guitar to create a sound that’s singular and yet accessible to a broad audience. On the night Peter will be playing tunes from his recent recording “Groovin”. Tickets £17

Weds 25th April – Sax Appeal – 40th Anniversary

Charismatic saxophonist Derek Nash takes a break from touring with the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra to bring his own multi award-winning octet back to the club to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Sax Appeal features five top-name saxophone stylists and a sparkling rhythm section performing Derek’s breath-taking arrangements of Jazz standards and superb originals. Expect driving swing Blue Note Style, Ellington sweetness, pure danceable Brazilian Latin, Brecker.  Brothers style Fusion, biting Sanborn style Funk, all in the space of one concert, featuring a myriad of saxophone styles from some of the best UK sax stylists.  Tickets £17

Weds 30th May 2018 – Oli Silk

The ever-popular smooth jazz keyboardist Oli Silk can often be found on keyboard duty for many international smooth jazz artists, Oli’s unique blend of high energy jazz funk instrumentals and soulful vocals have garnered him a huge reputation on the worldwide stage. On the night Oli will be featuring tunes from his brand-new cd “Where I Left Off”   Tickets £17

The CRICKETERS JAZZ CLUB at 228 London Road, Westcliff, Essex  SS0 7JG.  Music starts at 8.30pm – but if you want to eat in the adjoining restaurant before the music starts, remember to book a table as the restaurant gets very busy on jazz nights. Tel 01702 345053. There is no entrance fee and parking is free at the nearby car park after 6.30pm. A great atmosphere with our regular troupe of lindy hoppers, which are fun to watch – or join them if you can keep up with them!

JAZZ AT THE GEORGIAN – Georgian House Hotel, 37-41 High Street, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2JY.  First Wednesday of the month. Centre of town venue with wheel-chair access and free parking.  Food available from 6.45 pm. Show 7.45pm – 10.15 pm. All welcome.  Admission £14. Tickets: Website:  Email:

Weds 4th April 2018JACQUI HICKS – Sings & Swings The American Songbook
Sandra Lambert
(Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums) + guest   Expect a night of hard swinging standards, raunchy blues and romantic ballads from one of the UK’s top jazz vocalists.

Wed 2nd May 2018 – Andy Dickens & Al NichollsEchoes of Harlem with Sandra Lambert (Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums)   Hear the warmth of Mardi Gras New Orleans jazz; the heat of Chicago Clubland and the excitement of New York swing from this trumpet and saxophone team.

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:  Info:

Sandra Lambert
(Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums) + special guest               Now residing in the USA and a favourite player of Sir Michael Caine and Mick Jagger, Pete will deliver swing-era jazz programme with superb musicianship and lively anecdotes.

Sandra Lambert
(Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums)
Certain to be an exciting, fiery and humorous session with dazzling technique, creative excellence and accessible and enjoyable music form these two British jazz legends.

JAZZ at WICKHAM BISHOPS VILLAGE HALL     6.30 for 7.30pm at , just off A12 South of Witham, Essex CM8 3NN.  Admission £12.50, ring Gordon on 01621 891717.  Bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles.

March 24th  –  The Alan Gresty Jazz Band with Pete Neighbour on clarinet
April 28th  –   The John Petters All Stars
June 9th  –    Richard Leach’s Seven Stars of Jazz
September 8th  –  Hugh Rainey and his Jazz Friends
October 13th  –  The Pete Allen/Roger Marks Elite Jazz Band
November 10th  –  Simon Nelson and DixieMix
December 22nd  –  Keith Nicholls and the All Stars

JAZZ AT THE KINGS LANGLEY CLUB – The very best bands of local musicians every Tuesday at 8.15/8:30 pm, 3-5 Hempstead Road, Kings Langley, Herts. Tel: 01923 262982. No entry charge,  Visitors welcome .  Keep an eye on the website for any late amendments.   Note the earlier start time from March with the intention of an earlier finish at 10.30.

No jazz club on 20th March due to floor replacement work

March 27th   Hertswing Big Band.  John Davies presents the expected Basie swing and drive with an ever stimulating programme. With star singer Vicky.

LIVE JAZZ AT NORTH WEALD VILLAGE HALL  – Usually the 3rd Saturday afternoon in the month.  £8 on the door, start time of 12:30pm.  The Hall is in the High Road, behind the vet’s surgery CM16 6DB.  Licensed bar at village hall prices.  Tea, coffee and snacks at reasonable prices, with parking – but get there early. Please phone Margaret or George on 01992 523535 to book

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

Mar 17th
Apr 21st
May 19th

“SPIKE’S PLACE” AT BECKENHAM – 8:30pm. Club Langley, 2 Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3SR (Off South Eden Park Road). Admission £15.00  members £12.00  unless otherwise stated. 020 8650 2406 / 01245 420475 E mail: Advance bookings: Susan 01245 420475  join the Facebook groups

Thursday  22nd March – 8.30pm
‘Searching for Hope’    with  Herwig Gradischnig   Steve Fishwick   Claus Raible      Giorgos Antonious    Matt Home

Thursday  5th April – 8.30pm
Derek Nash Quartet

Thursday  12th April  – 8.30pm
Steve Waterman with the Ted Beament Trio

Thursday  26th April – 8.30pm
Atila with Gabriel Latchin Dario d’Leece & Steve Brown

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

Sunday 18th 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 all around the world performing in his own inimitable style of swing. Pete includes Jazznights in his annual UK Tour for 2018. “Pete negotiates passages with ease, soaring with his clear tone intact.”   He is joined by ex-Humphrey Lyttelton pianist Ted Beament.

Sunday 1st Apr – CHRIS RAND
Sunday 15th Apr – ATILA
Sunday 29th Apr – HARRY GREENE

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

March 22nd     The UK’s number one big band vocalist International singing star JEFF HOOPER

Jeff Hooper is travelling from his home in South Wales for this gig at The FJC.  Jeff was the long term number one vocalist for the famous Syd Lawrence Orchestra, before branching out with a very busy & successful solo career.  Jeff has his own Big Band & also performs regularly with The BBC big band & The Royal Phil Orch.  For this gig Jeff brings with him the very experienced rhythm section.
JOHN  PEARCE piano    PAUL MORGAN double bass    BOBBY  WORTH drums

March 29th   THE DEREK NASH ACOUSTIC QUARTET From The Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

This is such a Quality Outfit — Loaded with Award Winners
DEREK NASH  saxes                         DAVE NEWTON piano
GEOFF GASCOYNE double bass     SEBASTIAAN de KROM  drums


The Mornington Lockett story would be a fantastic read – this man has played with & led the best ~ including many years alongside Ronnie Scott -the legend of British jazz ~ Mornington leaves many in his trail !!
Mark Nightingale ~ Multi Brit Jazz Winner & amazing musician. Great favorite at The FJC with his own band & many others.
The powerhouse frontline in backed by a true giants of jazz rhythm section.
GARETH WILLIAMS piano ..One of the UK’s finest.
DAVE GREEN double bass . Multi Brit Jazz Winner ~ World Class
DAVE BARRY drums .The experience of this man is unsurpassed….

April 12th     The wonderful sound of Trombones for Two  GORDON CAMPBELL & CHRIS DEAN       Adm £12 ;    //

Gordon Campbell a legend & most respected member of the trombone family.  He has his own big band & octet & is also a lead in The John Wilson Orch & The Director of Music at The Royal Marines School of Music Portsmouth.
Chris Dean ~ brilliant musician & has been The MD of the world famous Syd Lawrence Orchestra for over 20years..Great to get these two together..
Plus the Quality Rhythm Section ~~
JOHN PEARCE piano The Guvenor.. everyone wants JP & pleased to say he topped the Piano Poll atThe FJC in 2017
PAUL MORGAN double bass .. This guy swings like a pendulum.
BOBBY WORTH drums One of The UK’s best for many years…

April 19th   Paul Lacey’s  8 pc BASIE EXPRESS  with the Big Sound With musicians from The Award Winning Back to Basie Orchestra      Adm £14 

Paul Lacey’s Award Winning Back to Basie Orchestra is the heart of this Basie Express ~~ with Paul leading this very successful & highly polished outfit of musicians from the big band – -hence it swings like Basie, sounds like Basie & it is BASIE EXPRESS
PAUL LACEY trumpet & leader   ROBERT FOWLER saxes
MARK CROOKS saxes  ADRIAN FRY trombone  COLIN OXLEY guitar
JOHN PEARCE piano ~DOMINIC HOWLES double bass. MATT HOME drums

Tuesday Special              

April 24th          Direct from Ronnie Scotts   The Garnetts Are Back at The FJC ~ The Father & Son team of The British Jazz Scene      Adm £12

ALEX GARNETT & WILLIE GARNETT    This is one of the highlights of The FJC calendar —  Two outstanding musicians with loads of humour & it adds up to a great night..
ALEX GARNETT alto & tenor sax – One of the UK’s finest saxophonists & recognised world wide for his accomplished playing.. He has a long term residency at Ronnie Scotts & is a big part of that organisation ~~ he is the MC /MD in the theatre touring show The Ronnie Scott Story…
WILLIE GARNETT tenor sax & one of the legends of the British jazz scene ..In addition to his brilliant playing , Willie is also a sax repair specialist & all the visiting sax stars from overseas all take their instruments to Willie to be fine tuned. Plus The Willie Garnett 17pc Big Band is still very active & swinging around the capitol
The Garnetts are backed by another great rhythm section
LEON  GREENING piano   ADAM KING double bass   SEBASTIAAN de KROM drums

May gigs at The FJC ~5 ~ Five star gigs~ For info only..

24th       ALAN BARNES ALL STARS play the music of Henry Mancini

JAZZ CAFE POSK- 238-246 King St, London W6 0RF.  (nearest tube Ravenscourt Park Station)

Saturday 17 March – St. Patrick’s Day Special with Denvur Cuss. £8 on the door…Students £5

London based jazz vocalist Denver Cuss takes inspiration from modern jazz artists such as Esperanza Spalding and Roy Hargrove as well as fusion greats like Chick Corea, Weather Report, Hiatus Kaiyote. Denver and her band have been playing together for 3 years and are currently writing music for an EP which they plan to record this summer.
For this St. Patrick’s Day special, the band will be presenting a selection of their original pieces as well as re-imagined versions of jazz standards and an Irish tune or two

Friday 23 March – Willie Garnett Big Band £6   A WONDERFUL NIGHT’S ENTERTAINMENT!

Undoubtedly one of the best British big bands led by veteran band leader Willie Garnett… Superb Musicians…Keeping the GREAT Classics ALIVE!… Great Crowd & Great Banter and a bargain price of £6!


Friday 6 April – WAY OUT WEST present…WOBBLY RAIL FIVE… £10 on the door. students £5…with  Chris Biscoe – saxes and alto clarinet, Pete Hurt – tenor and soprano sax, Tom Millar – piano, Steve Watts – bass, Jon Scott – drums

Co-led by Chris Biscoe and Pete Hurt, the Wobbly Rail Five features compositions by Pete, Chris, Liam Noble and the always inspiring Thelonious Monk. The band’s name is inspired by steam trains and a Cecil Taylor composition, which gives a clue to the band’s approach. The emphasis is on melody, rhythm, dynamics and variety.

Saturday 7 April – Janette Mason’s Red Alert Tour…£9 on the door. Students £5.

Janette Mason – Keyboards, Tom Mason  – Bass, Chris Morris  – Drums

Janette’s unique contemporary compositions, drawing on her wide-ranging influences from Dave Brubeck to David Bowie and Herbie Hancock to Goldfrapp, combine interesting timescapes and modern beats with a cinematic texture and are underpinned by a mature and inventive jazz vocabulary. Her latest project, Red Alert, is inspired by her passionate belief that jazz needs to constantly evolve to attract a younger, more diverse audience.

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


The superb tenorist formerly of the Jack Parnell Quartet salutes mighty saxophone legend Dexter Gordon, a mighty jazz man who went from being the archetypal bebop tenor player in the 1940s through a second coming on Blue Note Records in the 1960s to an Oscar nomination for his leading role in Bertrand Tavernier’s 1986 acclaimed jazz movie Round Midnight.  A commanding player with a big sound and an engaging stage manner, Dean is, very much “Old School”.  Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and the sounds of players like Ben Webster, Lester Young and Eddie Lockjaw Davis all made their mark on the young saxophonist, as did the exciting, big-toned, hard-swinging styles of Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Johnny Griffin and Stanley Turrentine.  With Chris Ingham piano   Rev. Andrew Brown bass   George Double drums  Admission £12 /£6 U25

PORTSMOUTH JAZZ features the best live modern jazz in comfortable surroundings. Ample parking. Licensed bar. Good inexpensive meals and bar snacks can be purchased in the adjoining lounge and pub.   Performances 8pm, doors open 7.15pm   Tickets on door.   The Executive Suite, Inn Lodge,  Burrfields Road, Portsmouth PO3 5HH  email:    Dave 023 9225 5806 or Claire 02392 298161

19 March –  PHIL PHILLIPS QUINTET   tickets:- £16 / £14 concessions

A new name for the Portsmouth Jazz “roll of honour”, Phil Phillips is making a rare trip from London where his musical skills are in great demand!  An original pianist/vocalist, (“Mr Entertainment”) he performs at private parties for the “good and the great”. In addition to the top hotels, can be found fronting his band of quality musicians on the Jazz Club circuit. A band that includes Saxophonist Jimmy Hastings. Arriving in London as a youth, he joined Ken Mackintosh as first tenor, subsequently leaving to join the BBC Radio Orchestra. Jazz gigs followed and a stint with the Cologne Radio Orchestra then a joint band with John Horler. A seasoned pit musician he’s played for many West End shows but is probably best known as Humphrey Littleton’s tenor sax of choice for many years … he still plays with the band! Celebrated guitar legend, Jim Mullen brings his considerable talent to the line up. A significant member of many top “groups” in the 70’s, Jim’s collaboration with the great Dick Morrisey found critical notice as joint leader of the British jazz funk band Morrissey–Mullen. As well as his own band, Jim has recorded with, among others, Mose Allison, Gene Harris, Georgie Fame and more. Mullen has won many British music awards including “Best Guitar” in the British Telecom Jazz Awards (1994, 1996 and 2000). Andy Cleyndhert a former member of the Ronnie Scott Sextet and Quartet, Andy has featured on many recordings with a vast array of celebrated players, Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris etc. In addition to his playing skills, he now records fellow musicians. Bobby Worth, the first drummer with NYJO(!!) is one of the country’s top players.

16 April  –  MIKE PIGGOTT QUARTET tickets:- £15 / £13 concessions

One of the UK’s best jazz violinists, Mike Piggott makes his Portsmouth Jazz debut tonight. Mike began playing the guitar, and occasional violin, with soul, blues and reggae bands in the London club scene of the early 70s. A natural graduation to the violin, working some of the country’s top folk/blues bands, Mike started playing more jazz, becoming an occasional member of John Etheridge’s “Sweet Chorus” and an appearance at the Xabia Jazz Fesival in Spain as a member of Martin Taylor’s “Spirit of Django”. In addition to guest appearances on numerous recordings by other artists, he is an established educator. Five years as jazz/rock violin/guitar “tutor”, for a week each year,  at the Dartington International Summer SchoolA versatile player, Mike covers a range of styles embracing the likes of Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli, Ray Nance, Jean luc Ponty and so on.  “One of the best swing jazz fiddlers anywhere”… New York Jazz Times – “Master of the jazz violin” … Jazz UK. Roy Hilton (piano) returns tonight as a sideman not bandleader. A graduate of the Leeds College of Music, Roy’s career has embraced all aspects of the music business. MD for many radio broadcasts, composer/arranger and accompanist to the good and the great! We welcome a ‘new face’ to the Inn Lodge, bassist Peter Morgan a dedicated musician with a ‘star studded’ CV, check out his website! And a long overdue return for one of the South’s busiest musicians, drummer Malcolm Mortimore. A go to player for ALL styles of music!

JazzUp at Club 85, 74 Whinbush Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire  SG5 1PZ an independent music venue.

Saturday 31st March – Dave Lewis’ FunkUp! + Les Jazz Rats DJs.  Let the funk ride!  Our next JazzUp will be all about the ‘F’ word; top London tenor sax maestro Dave Lewis has put together a stunning lineup of some the UK’s heaviest musicians.  At JazzUp, we bring you all the many facets of jazz, from the classic to the cutting edge, and this one will be our first journey into the funky side. Add to that Les Jazz Rats DJs spinning vinyl and you have a night not to be missed.  Just look at this lineup!!! …  Dave Lewis – tenor, Al Cherry – guitar, Carl Hudson – keys,  Mic France – drums.  Entry £10 advance. £12 on the door
£10 on the door with JazzUp loyalty card

May 26th – Rob Luft’s Riser Just nominated JazzFM’s Breakthrough Act of the year.  THE guitarist to watch in the UK

June 30th – Dinosaur Recent Mercury Prize nominee + JazzFM award nominee this year

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.

BIG BAND JAZZ NIGHT – BROMLEY – FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH –   8.30pm start – £6 admission.  With the Mick Collins Legacy Jazz Orchestra  at Sundridge Park Working Men’s Club, 134 Burnt Ash Lane, Bromley, Kent, BR1 5AF.  The Orchestra, a 16-piece, is one of London’s finest and longest established, and features top-class musicians from the South East, alongside the best up-and-coming players from Trinity Laban Conservatoire.  This is a regular monthly gig. The orchestra performs at the same venue at the same time on the 1st Monday of each month.

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

JAZZ AT THE RHODES ARTS COMPLEXBishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 3JG  01279 710 200

FORTNIGHTLY FREE Live Midweek Music in our Theatre Lounge on Wednesdays
7:30 pm  Relax on a Wednesday evening at Rhodes while listening to the very best from the vibrant local music scene.  Our Midweek Live Music events are now established as a ‘must see’ night for music fans of all ages so unwind, kick back and relax.
Our resident Jazz Quintet Que Pasa are now established on the second Wednesday of every month. Featuring internationally renowned players Pete Lemer – keys, Paul Robinson – drums, Steve Cook – Bass, with Adam Amor on Sax and brilliant trumpet player Paul Higgs. Between them they have worked with acts such as Nina Simone, Grace Jones, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Ginger Baker, Mike Oldfield, The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The best of the genre from the best in the business.

THE JAZZ CENTRE UK opened in Feb 2016, brain child of Digby Fairweather.  Our purpose is to promote, preserve and celebrate the vibrant culture of jazz music in the UK and beyond. We are 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.  Opening hours 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 who will answer any questions that you may have!  We are a registered Charity No. 116742 and The Heritage Lottery Fund has helped us to set up phase 1 of our project, but we have much greater future plans.  Take a look at   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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW JAZZ CLUB – GC’s FENLAND JAZZ CLUB  –  Further to the success of GC’s Jazz Club in Chelmsford, Graeme started a second club  ‘GC’s Fenland Jazz 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.  The Woodmans Cottage, 90 High Road, Gorefield, PE13 4NB  Tel 01945 871094.  Also on Facebook.   7.30pm -10pm. Admission Free. Light food will be available.

KENNY BALLS LIVE LOUNGE Every Thursday of every month.  The opening night is the 1st February at SIR HENRY’S IN Averly Essex.  The Kenny Ball junior quartet featuring vocals Kenny Ball junior.  Piano – Michael Horner   Sax – Andrew linen   Bass – Alan Morgan   Drums – Peter Jackson.  Classics from the song book plus guests  7.30pm till late

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

KiX Jazz Orchestra. 17 piece band plus Kate Daniels on vocals. Repertoire includes a wide variety of Latin, Swing Standards, Fusion and Originals. To see when and where they are on next visit their new website at

The Cambridge Riverside Jazzband plays at the Six Bells, Fulbourn, just a couple of miles SE of Cambridge, every first and third Wednesday of the month at 8:30pm.  Admission is £6 and there is a small dance floor, and of course, real ale!   CRJ is the oldest trad band in the area, started by Ted Vousden in 1956 and run  continuously since. We now play mainstream as well as traditional stuff and are happy to do requests if they were written before about 1950 ( and we’ve heard of them!!!).  Come and give us a whirl!

The Andy Bowie Quartet plays modern jazz every Sunday 8 to 11 at the Tram Depot, Dover Street, Cambridge, as we have for the last 4 years.

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

A new venue in Essex – music Saturday nights and Sundays late afternoon at  THE PRINCE ALBERT  (The Green, Blackmore, Ingatestone CM4 0RT   Tel:  01277821705)    Delicious Meals available Mon- Sat: 12.00 – 15.00, 18.00 – 21.00 Sun: 12.00 – 16.00

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


15 March,7.30PM. Big Band “recital” for Woburn Sands Big Band Society. “Bacharach does Big Band” tracks. Ellen Petitt Memorial Hall. Woburn Sands, MK17 8RH.
16 March, 9.30PM. w/Stephanie Mair Quartet. Zedels. 20 Sherwood St, London W1F 7ED.0207 734 4888.
17 March, 7.30PM. w/Tad Newton Jazz Friends.Central Hall, Duncombe St, Grimsby, DN32 7EG.

4 April, 12.30PM. The Polo Sticks w/Alan Barnes, Martin Nickless, Martin Litton, Sandy Sucholdski and Richard Pite. The Spice of Life,6 Moor Street, London, W1D 5DA.  £10.
4 April, 8PM. w/Bob Haddrell at Here. 1 Park Road, Crouch End, N8 8TE.  £5
6 April, 9.30PMw/Stephanie Mair Quartet. Zedels.20 Sherwood St, London W1F 7ED.  0207 734 4888.
19 April, 8PM. w/Hugh Ockendon Trio. Eltham Warren Golf Club. Bexley Road, Eltham, SE9 2PE.  £10.
20 April,7.30PM. w/Tad Newton. St Francis Church, Overslade Close, Northants, NN4 0RZ.  £12.
24 April, 8PM. Directing the Addison Big Band. Addison Centre, Bedford Road, Kempston,MK42 8PN.  £10.

17 May, 8PM. W/Tad Newton Band. Verwood Jazz Club, St Leonards Hotel, Ringwood.
18 May, 9.30PM.w/Stephanie Mair Quartet. Zedels.20 Sherwood St, London W1F 7ED.  0207 734 4888.

21 June, 7.30PM. w/Tad Newton Band.Upton on Severn Jazz Festival.
24 June, 12PMClub Hotfoot w/FG, Charles Alexander/Andy Robinson, guitar and Tom Hill, bass. Westwood Social Club, Westward Heath, Coventry, CV4 8GP. 0247 646 6619.  £10.

19 July, 8PM. w/Tad Newton at Bedford Golf Club. Carnoustie Drive, Great Denham, Beds, MK40 4FH.01234 320022. www.thebedfordgc  £10

15 August, 8PM. w/Tad Newton. Wantage Jazz Club. Comrades Club, Newbury St, Wantage, Oxford,OX12 8DJ.  £11.
30 August, 12PM. w/Tad Newton. Westwood Social Club, Westward Heath, Coventry, CV4 8GP. 0247 646 6619.  £10.

20 September, 7.15PM. w/Alan Haughton Trio on John Bunyan Boat Cruise. Meet at Barns Hotel, Bedford. 03301 239511.  £19.

17 Oct, 12.30PM. w/Tad Newton at The Spice of Life. 6 Moor St, London W1D 5NA.  £6.

6 November, 8PM. w/Tad Newton at the Olney Jazz Club. 38 High St,Olney, MK46 4B8. 01234 711388.   £10.
11 November,12PM. w/Tad Newton at The Walnut Tree Inn. Station Road, Blisworth.Northants, NN7 3DS.  £10.
29 November, 8PM. w/Tad Newton at Bedford Golf Club-Carnoustie Drive, Great Denham, Beds, MK40 4FH.01234 320022. www.thebedfordgc  £10

23 December, 12PM. w/Tad Newton-Christmas Special at The Walnut Tree Inn, Station Road, Blisworth,Northants, NN7 3DS.  £10.

HEADS UP dates

- Sun 6th May – The Blue Boar Beer Festival, Silver Street, Maldon

HEADS SOUTH Gig Listing      Info Listen      View

CAROL BRAITHWAITES Gig Listing:   (further info see website :

Saturday 17th March
North Weald Jazz Afternoon with Jackie Free Allstars.  12.30 – 3pm.
Saturday 17th March
Sawbridgeworth Jazz Night.  8pm start.
Thursday 22nd MarchBRAND NEW VENUE:
Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Club. 8 – 10.30pm.
Friday 13th April
Billericay Constitutional Club, 12.30 – 2.30pm.  Monthly Jazz Afternoon.
Thursday 19th AprilBRAND NEW VENUE:
Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Club.  8 – 10.30pm
Saturday 21st April
North Weald Jazz Afternoon with Jackie Free Allstars.  12.30 – 3pm.


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

CAXTON SWING Gigs.   For more detailed info

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

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

THE BOTTLENECK BLUES CLUB meet on the last Tuesday of the month in the Roffen Suite in Rochester – 41 New Road, Rochester ME1 1DX. 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

Tuesday 27th March, no introduction required for Geoff Achison and his UK Souldiggers, consistently a sell-out artist at the club and deservedly so.  All the way from Australia, an internationally acclaimed artist who will transport you into places of delight with his mix of soul, funk and blues, backed by UK musicians of the ultimate pedigree.  Absolute quality for the final show at the Roffen, before the new venue.

Tickets £15.00, pay on the door.  Bookings via website.  Doors 7.30pm, band on stage 8.45pm.  Good food, reasonably priced, available to eat at your table if required.  Further information available at

THE DON STEELE JAZZBAND play at The Woodman, Goathurst Common, Ide Hill, Sevenoaks TN14 6BU every other Wednesday from 8pm. Good food, wine and draft beer to go with the trad jazz. Band Members – Don Steele Trumpet, Richard Brennan Reeds, Johnny McCallum Banjo/Guitar, Mick Scriven Bass, Bill Magee Drums, Jan Bryce Trombone and Eileen Ford Singer  Playing on alternate Wednesdays from 17th February

JAZZ AT BARNEY’S CAFE/BAR 46-56 Portland Rd, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1QN (01903 527075).  A few minutes drive from Worthing train station, in the centre of town.

Every Saturday 8.30pm – 11pm, join local tenor saxophonist Mike Pappenheim with  guest artists for two sets of standards-led jazz with some easy-listening pop thrown in. Free Entry!   01903 527075.

The Indian and Thai fusion restaurant – The Royal Tiger in ChelmsfordSouthend Rd, Rettendon Common CM3 8EE – put on live modern jazz on the last Sunday evening of the month.  They have had renowned musicians likes of Alan Barnes, Derek Nash, Lily Dior, Marc Cecil and many more.    Bookings 01245 403030

Live Saxophone led Jazz Trio featured every Sunday along with Sunday Roast from 4 – 6pm Free Entry.   Bedford Tavern 160 Seven Sisters Road London N7 7 PT

For Live Music in Cambridge – Hot Numbers Coffee with Nick Hill plus guests every Thursday evening within the gallery space from 7pm – 10:30pm. Units 5/6 Dales Brewery, Gwydir Street, Cambridge CB1 2LJ. Some fantastic recent guests include Gillad Atzmon, Frank Harrison, John Turville, Josh Kemp.

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

The JUST JAZZ & BLUES BAND appear once a month at The Victoria, 28 North Hill, Highgate London N6 4QA. Admission free – starts 8.30 pm. Band are Barry Rosen, sax/ Peter Cundall, gtr/ Tom Cundall, gtr/ Harry Mackie, bass & Alan Webb, drums.

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

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

WEDS 21st March – MDX Jazz Presents: THE MOOSTAK TRIO, a London group set at exploring the riches within the world of instrumental improvised music. Formed through the harmonious connection between long standing friends and collaborators HARRY CHRISTELIS guitar, ANDREA DI BIASE double bass, & DAVE STOREY drums, the ensemble seeks out the soft and ambient tones within their original compositions and arrangements, interjected with moments of fire and intensity. Space within the music is key, and is used to instigate highly interactive conversations between the three distinct voices; voices that draw their inspiration from many different places. From Bill Frisell to Radiohead, John Coltrane to The Beatles, RJ Miller to Connan Mockasin, a wealth of listening has brought this band to be what it is.
The BA Jazz course at London’s Middlesex University has been producing innovative and highly creative musicians since its inception in 1993. Hans Koller, Femi Temowo and Stian Westerhus were all Middlesex students, and a new wave of Middlesex composers and improvisers such as Led Bib, Maria Chiara Argirò and Binker Golding have recently had a major impact on the UK jazz scene. “MDX Jazz Presents” is a collaboration with ‘Spicejazz’ promoter Paul Pace at the Spice of Life in Soho to promote the work of current and ex-students of the Middlesex course.  Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 advance

WEDS 28th March – LONDON CITY BIG BAND ftg. special guest TBC – Incredibly tight youthful ensemble playing music from the Big Band Era and beyond.  Vocals: TBC;  trumpets: BARNEY LOWE, STUART FOWLER, MIGUEL GORODI;  trombones: PAT HAYES, ED PARR, OLLIE MARTIN, SAM FREEMAN;  saxes: JOHNNY GRIFFITHS, SAM BRAYSHER, MAX JOHNSON, GEORGE MILLARD, ANDREW LINHAM;  piano: DOUGIE FREEMAN;  bass: TBC & drums: DAVID INGAMELLS.   Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 advance


JOHN PETTERS SWING BAND REUNION @ Old Harlow, The ARC, St John’s Arts Centre, St John’s Walk, Market St, Old Harlow CM17 0AJ with the exciting music of Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa on Saturday 24th March @ 3pm  Admission £10
Details: 01406 365 731 e-mail

This sees the return of world traveller, clarinettist/ saxophonist, Pete Neighbour, and fellow reedman Julian Stringle.  Ex Alex Welsh Jazz Band guitarist, Jim Douglas, pianist Tim Huskisson 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.  Sir John Dankworth said of Stringle, “Julian is an immense talent! Probably the best clarinettist to emerge in British jazz for several decades …world class.”    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 30s sounds.

THE HARRY BOLT QUARTET    Will debut at PIZZA EXPRESS JAZZ CLUB, Soho on Weds 28th March at 8.30 pm   Tickets £15 In advance of debut album “PIECE BY PIECE”  “Harry is a pianist who brings a fresh and unique interpretation to modern/traditional jazz.  He plays with a palpable enthusiasm – soulful, flairful and full of heart and is known for his subtle touch.  With styles ranging from bop to stride and from the traditional to the contemporary – he tries to surprise himself and his audience.”  Harry is proud to be playing with:

Benet Mclean (Violin) Arguably one of the most bewilderingly adventurous and prominent jazz violinists currently in the UK, receiving mentoring from Yehudi Menuhin at the Royal College of Music and touring with Brit-soul legend Omar.
Arnie Somogyi (Bass) is one of the UK’s most in-demand bass players and has performed with many of the world’s leading jazz musicians, as well as international stars including Tom Jones, Charlie Watts and Amy Winehouse.
Jonathan Silk (Drums) leads and composes for the Jonathan Silk Big Band 18-piece ensemble dedicated to performing his original composition.

Gareth Lockrane Big Band Sunday a 19-piece British Big Band will be at Pizza Express Live, Dean Street, London, W1D 3RW on Sunday 29th April.   A world class sensation led by the original writing and arranging of the brilliant jazz flautist Gareth Lockrane.  Doors 12:00 noon – Music 1.30pm  Tickets £25 Tel: 020 7439 4962

This is a wonderful opportunity to hear music performed from their new album “Fistfight At The Barndance”, rated a top five jazz album of the year in the 2017 British Jazz Awards.

Elgood Brewery presents Fathers Day Jazz  on Sunday 17th June at 72 North Brink WISBECH PE13 1LW.  3 sessions of jazz by Peter Rudeforth’s Traditional Jazz Band featuring top musicians

Peter Rudeforth Tpt/Flugel/Vocs Ldr         Tim Huskisson Pno
Julian Marc Stringle  Clt/Saxes/Voc            Sandy Burnett Bass
Andy Flaxman Tbe                                       John Elmer Drums
(As Jazz is in the garden …… please bring your own chair or blanket)
Licensed Bar, Tea, Coffee & Snacks available or you can bring  picnic
Admission for Jazz and Gardens £10 Cash on Door, under 12’s free
Details   tel  01945 588325/07903 879209
Disabled facilities/Free Car Park/Raffle in Aid of Tapping House Charity

Ursula Malewski’s Summer Jazz Course will be held at University of Chichester from 19-25 August in their music block.  The en-suite accommodation is next to the music block and just across from a small plaza with outdoor eating area and campus restaurant.  Application forms, details  For Instrumentalists and Vocalists aged 14+ (no upper age limit)   Suitable for all levels, beginners to advanced.  The course offers intensive learning in an environment with like-minded people.

Alan Barnes – Highly regarded Tutor and multi-award winning Jazz Musician
Malcolm Edmonstone
– Head of Jazz at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London
Martin France
 – Professor for Jazz at Royal Academy of Music, London
Mark Hodgson – Professor for Jazz at Birmingham Conservatoire
Lee Gibson
– Senior Professor for Jazz at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London
Ursula Malewski – Course Director
Rick Simpson
– Experienced and popular Tutor, highly in demand accompanist
Matt Sulzmann –
Innovative Jazz Musician, popular with young Students
Ed Rice – Vocal Accompanist

Course fee £850.00 includes tuition, en-suite accommodation, breakfast, tea/coffee and dinner. Students may bring non-playing partners.   Rates

The first EASTBOURNE SPLASH POINT JAZZ FESTIVAL takes place on Sunday September 30th, at three main venues all a pebble’s throw from the seafront. Headliners include Mark Nightingale, Art Themen, Roger Beaujolais, Craig Milverton, Andy Panayi, Julian Marc Stringle, Jason Yarde, Alex Garnett, Hexagonal…. There will also be Fringe events in local cafés and a Jazz Photography exhibition by renowned photographer Brian O’Connor.      One stroller ticket gives access to all 12 gigs. £50+booking fee from WeGotTickets/splashpointjazz  or £45* early bird booked before 30/6/18

Festival Director Neal Richardson “We’re really excited to be presenting this first Eastbourne Splash Point Jazz Festival, building on the success of our Splash Point Jazz Clubs. It’s going to be one amazing day, 12 bands, the cream of British Jazz, 3 main venues all within walking distance of each other, around Eastbourne’s cool “Splash Point” area, by the sea.”   Festival Patron: Stephen Lloyd MP  Supporting local charity


From Steve Wright, Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club

Essex jazz musicians and clubs using Twitter can now promote their events via a new site: @EssexJazzLive. Apart from the usual word count, images are also welcome – as are Likes/Retweets.
Steve has also created a Facebook page for Essex jazz musicians, clubs and promoters to publicise their events.

For fans of Trad Jazz out there, may we direct to you Wilf James‘ comprehensive listings —, or just Google Wilf’s Jazz!!

News & Forthcoming Events at Exchange House Music Club, Exchange House, Blackmore, Essex, CM4 0QY. Tel. 01277 824 616 or 07885 423 393. David Price.

*** JAZZ JAMS ***

The Robert Bell Trio on the First and Third Thursday of the Month at The Speakeasy Bar, 175 Epping High Street, Epping CM16 4BL Superb Jazz trio featuring vocalist Robert Bell (Hendricks, Sinatra, Bennett, Torme ect)  Graham Cuttill drums, Mike Baker guitar and Stuart Walker on keys. Free admission

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.

The Cambridge Jazz Jam  is moving to a new home !  From Monday 27 November we will be located at The Duke of Cambridge pub, 176 East Road, Cambridge CB1 1BG, Tel: 01223 304121. Sessions are on Mondays, running from 8 – 10.30 pm. Free admission. Our policy is inclusive, so whether you’re an accomplished player, or still trying to get it together, you’ll be welcome to play (or sing) with our friendly backing group. Further information from Mike Quigley, 07979 59 22 41

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

Jazz Gig and Jam with  The Michael Connolly Quartet –  Every last Sunday of the month at 5.00-8.30 at The Spread Eagle, Queen’s Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4HD.   Free Entry.  Guests welcome just bring your instrument.  Also there is a Jazz Gig and Jam on the first Sunday of every month at The Kings Arms, 2 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J 7QAT from 6.30pm – 10.00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a Jam session on the first Thursday of each month in Colchester at The Bull, Crouch Street. The house band regularly features such great players as Bern Hodgekins (Bass player with Jazznights trio) and Mick Hutton (bass). After short set from house band, stage open for jammers and singers. Running for 5 years now

Singers’ Night at Nelson (48 Stanhope Street, London NW1. six min walk from Warren Street station). 2nd Tuesday of each month. Open mic for jazz vocalists. In 18th year. Excellent accompanists. Food available. £8 singers, £7 guests, £5 full time students with student card. Doors, list 6.00pm, music 7.45 – 10.30pm. Chris Legee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 John Seeley’s Jazz and Saxophone Group
If playing as part of a group appeals to you, why not join John Seeley’s Jazz and Saxophone Group?  I run my own Jazz Workshop and Saxophone Workshop on alternative Thursday evenings, 7.30pm to 9.30pm at St Michael and All Angels Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.  £7 Entry.   All ability levels and instruments are welcome, there is no need to book, just come along and join in!   We are a relaxed, friendly, welcoming group and are always looking for more members to join our Jazz family!
Jazz Workshop
The aim of this workshop is to provide a creative and relaxed atmosphere for musicians of all levels, to learn theory aspects of music, and gain practical knowledge of performing.  The music used will range from Hard Bop, Modern to Contemporary Jazz, and will be arranged to a high level.
Saxophone Workshop
The workshop aims to develop saxophone technique and performance in a friendly creative environment.  Each class explores saxophone and musicianship skills that will enhance the individual and group performer.  This includes music theory, methods of practice, sight reading, improvisation, aural work, and specific concepts to increase your knowledge on the saxophone.  This is worked concurrently with a repertoire of saxophone music from different genres of music with a focus on Classical and Jazz.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Mill Hill: Jazz club gigs on Wednesdays.


And finally … NAG TIME! PLEASE NOTE:

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

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

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.

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