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‘JAZZ IN A BROAD WAY‘ at the Time and Leisure Studio – New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG      Doors 7pm for 7.30pm / Lift access available / Bar      On the door £15.00 or £13.00 concessions     Interval  15 / 20 mins
ATG Tickets: + £1.50 Online Booking Fee  0844 871 7646

Sunday 16 Sept 2018 with Chris Hare Compere

Digby Fairweather  –  trumpet
Dominic Ashworth  –  guitar
Paul Morgan  –  bass
Clark Tracey  –  drums
Roan Kearsey-Lawson  –  vibraphone
Verona Chard  –  vocals

Sunday 21 October 2018 with Chris Hare Compere

Renato D’Aiello  –  sax
Wayne McConnell  –  piano
Chris Neill  –  bass
Winston Clifford  –  drums
Verona Chard  –  vocals

Sunday 25 November 2018 with Chris Hare Compere

Gareth Williams  –  piano
Verona Chard  –  vocals
Roan Kearsey-Lawson  –  vibraphone
Alec Dankworth  –  bass
Winston Clifford  –  drums

Eastbourne Splash Point Jazz Festival, Sunday September 30th:  Gigs will be in three venues in the ‘East of the Pier’ Heritage Area of Eastbourne: The Fishermen’s Club on Royal Parade, Christ Church Seaside, and Leaf Hall Seaside.  Leaf Hall will also feature an exhibition by renowned jazz photographer Brian O’Connor. The venues are all within easy walking distance, and festival-goers are encouraged to dip in and out of gigs.   Eastbourne’s ‘East of the Pier’ has its own fascinating story to tell that includes smuggling, the fishing industry and pioneering businessmen. It is also home to the Devonshire Collective, a creative and cultural hub with studios, makerspaces, workshops, a gallery and café for the benefit of artists, community members and the wider public.
Stroller tickets (£50) available at any Splash Point Jazz Club gigs (, via, or from Eastbourne’s Tourist Information Office.  All programme information is on the website.

Metal announce programme of Lazy Sundays –  Jazz at Chalkwell Hall, Chalkwell Avenue
Southend on Sea.  SS0 8NB.  See entry.

Every Sunday over the summer from 2 – 4pm you’ll be able to treat yourself to a chilled drink and some amazing live jazz performances, in the beautiful surroundings of Metal’s Chalkwell Hall in Chalkwell Park.  All performances free.

Sun 19 Aug: 2-4pm   The Harrison Dolphin Trio
Sun 26 Aug: 2-4pm   Laura Judd and Elliot Galvin
Sun 2 Sept:  2-4pm   Dylan Howe Trio with special guest Snowboy
7pm-11pm   Farewell to Summer – Special Guest DJ Snowboy supported
by the mighty Urban Allstars. 
(FREE but please book)
All events are free but some may require booking.

The Jazz Centre UK celebrates the heritage, culture and future of Jazz Women with an Exhibition, June 30th – August 18th:  An ongoing display of memorabilia, books, periodicals, music and film, celebrating the contribution to the arts and future of jazz women.



Jazztonic‘ . . . 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 repeated at 7am the following morning (Thursday).

Wednesday 22nd August: London based singer Sara Dowling on the telephone talking about her new album. News and some favourite tracks added in too!
There is no catch-up service so listen live . . . or the following morning!
Radio Nene Valley is on Facebook and Twitter, leave us a message!

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


BELVEDERE JAZZ & MUSIC CLUB, every Wednesday evening is at The Chichester Hotel, Old London Road, Rawreth, Nr. Wickford SS11 8UE (Off A129, 800 yards Wickford side of The Carpenters Arms roundabout).  Meals available from 6:15pm whilst you sit at a candlelit table, either before or whilst enjoying the top quality jazz which commences at 8:00pm until 10.30pm. Top International, Regional Bands and Artists, including Big Bands, Swing and Mainstream, all tuneful easy listening foot tapping music with something for everyone! Friendly welcoming atmosphere ~ Admission is from £12.50 on the door ~ Large free car park ~ Newcomers most welcome. ; Telephone: 07850 607075 or – Reservations are recommended

22nd August – Ben Holder Quartet

Ben Holder – violin, piano & vocals,   Jez Cook – guitar,   Paul Jefferies – double bass,   Malcolm Garrett – drums

Award winning Ben Holder is one of the finest swing jazz violinists in the UK, he also sings and plays piano. Ben’s passion is his quartet, a truly fabulous ensemble, delighting audiences with all styles of jazz, blues and swing which Ben has taken the time and energy to develop his own original style of music, resulting in some breathtaking, inventive compositions. During his classical studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Ben began listening to Jazz – classic masters such as Benny Goodman and Oscar Peterson and of course the great jazz violinists including Grappelli, Joe Venuti and the awe inspiring Stuff Smith. Ben’s innate sense of swing rhythm (something which often eludes classical players) stems from those early listening sessions – and his various awards bear testimony to his abilities. A first call jazz violinist for many of the country’s top bands and studios. Led by Ben on violin, piano and vocals, this group features the melodic Jez Cook on guitar, the great Paul Jefferies on double bass and the incredible drummer Malcolm Garrett.

29th August – Swing Time!  The Andrew Linham Orchestra

We welcome back The Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra which is a seventeen piece ensemble founded in 2013 by Essex saxophonist and composer Andrew Linham and includes many of London’s  top jazz musicians.
Andrew’s Orchestra will include a guest appearance by vocalist Mark Stratford alongside a traditional selection of standard big band repertoire, featuring classics from Glenn Miller to Duke Ellington and Count Basie, with popular numbers from the iconic 1958 ‘The Atomic Mr Basie’ album.  Admission £15 – reservations essential

5th September – Paul Wood & Friends

Paul Wood – vocals, Brian Dee – piano, Dominic Metz – drums, Simon Thorpe – double bass, Robert Fowler – tenor saxophone/clarinet, John Withers – vibes

Paul Wood is a vocalist who’s appeared with the Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra, Syd Lawrence Orchestra, BBC Big Band, Tommy Dorsey Tribute Orchestra & The Len Phillips Big Band.  We welcome back this popular Ilford crooner Paul Wood, who will sing your favourite songs along with several instrumentals by the quintet.
Brian Dee is one of the most respected pianist accompanists on the British jazz scene, working as effectively with vocalists as with instrumentalists and has recorded with Bing Crosby, Johnny Mercer, Peggy Lee & Fred Astaire to name but a few.
Robert Fowler regularly performs on tenor sax and clarinet, in the John Wilson and BBC Big Bands. Simon Thorpe on double bass leads Jivin’ Miss Daisy and also regularly appears at Ronnie Scott’s.
John Withers is a man of many talents not only being an excellent vibe player, but also a superb percussionist and plays in several big bands as well as smaller ones.
Dominic Metz tours internationally with French Artist Charles Aznavour, as well as with the Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra.

12th September – Ray Gelato & The Giants

Ray Gelato – tenor sax & vocals, Gunther Kurmayr – piano, Andy Rogers – trombone, Danny Marsden  – trumpet, Olly Wilby – saxes, Manuel Alvarez - double bass, Ed Richardson – drums

After numerous successive sold out shows at Ronnie Scott’s we welcome back Ray Gelato and The Giants.  Constantly the fabulous Ray Gelato, and his amazing swing band blow the lid off Ronnie Scott’s Club in awesome fashion.  Ray, a wonderful sax player and superb front man, is a London boy heavily influenced by the likes of Louis Prima, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Louis Jordan and Coleman Hawkins. The Giants’ brilliant horn section is made up of Andy Rogers – trombone, Danny Marsden – trumpet and Olly Wilby – saxophone, who’s joint talent goes beyond the brass, supplying some playful call and response backing vocals.  The double bass player Manuel Alvarez and amazing drummer Ed Richardson are always on fire together creating smoking hot rhythms and are the driving energy of the band.  Completing  the seven piece line-up is the talented ever smiling jazz pianist Gunther Kurmayr tickling the ivories with great gusto. Tickets priced £17.50 are on sale Club nights (Wednesdays) only

19th September – Jonathan Vinten Jazz Band

Jonathan Vinten – piano & vocals, Andy Dickens – trumpet & vocals, Rob Brown – drums, Andy Lawrence – double bass, Goff Dubber – saxes, clarinets, Graham Hughes – trombone

Jonathan Vinten was pianist with George Melly and John Chilton’s Feetwarmers for over 10 years, Jonathan toured extensively, at home and abroad, playing over 250 theatre concerts a year and making numerous TV and radio appearances. He also performed month-long Christmas seasons at Ronnie Scott’s every year during this time and has worked with Terry Lightfoot, Aker Bilk and Kenny Ball.  Jonathan has been a featured guest on tours in Europe. He has performed at the Los Angeles Jazz Festival, the prestigious Nice Jazz Festival and with many visiting American musicians.  Jonathan has a Masters degree in Composition for Film and Television and has had his works performed at London ’s Festival Hall. Regularly appears in our Club’s Summer Pianorama.

26th September – ‘Embraceable Ella’

Joanna Eden – vocals, Chris Ingham – piano, George Double – drums, Alan Barnes – saxes, Owen Morgan – double bass

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

22 August – Catherine Lima

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

Tuesday, 28th August  –  OLD, NEW & BLUE featuring JOHN WITHERS, vibraphone, and NEALE RIDDING, flute, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

John Withers makes another welcome return, but this time with his magical vibraphone to bring you a musical pot pourri of tunes, hence, Old, New and Blue to suit everybody’s taste and will accompany the experienced Neale Ridding who is making his debut at the Club. This can be considered a reunion as both played together many years ago when John had a residency at The Heybridge Country Club.
Neale Ridding, flute, is another multi-instrumentalist with over thirty years experience as a professional musician and spent some time as a member of the 1980’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra. His musical career began by playing the piano, but he moved quickly onto alto saxophone and particularly flute, of whom many, consider him to be one of the country’s leading exponents, and is also very active as a music teacher,  This’ll be Neale’s first visit so be sure to give him a warm welcome.

Tuesday, 25th September – ELLINGTON TO BASIE featuring JEFF WILLIAMS, trombone, & PETE COOPER, trumpet, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

Jeff Williams, making his third visit to the Club with his trusted trombone playing with a style full of spirit, exuberance and inventiveness, having collaborated with a host of star musicians for over a score or more years. His main influences of swing music came from the 30’s onwards mainly from the Ellington, Basie and Dorsey bands. Jeff now leads the Mississipi Swamp Dogs, a New Orleans Blues sextet that performs at notable  London  venues as  Boisdales, Ronnie Scotts, Bulls Head, and The Hideaway. He is also a member of the Harleem Meer Cats a group with music roots in replicating New Yorks’ Cotton Club on the jazz circuits.
Pete Cooper, trumpet, and long time cohort of Jeff’s, will be making his first visit to the Club. He began playing at the age of eleven whilst at school with friends and later went on to play with The National Youth Jazz Orchestra before running a successful printing business twenty five years ago, for a more reliable income. Before that he played for several musical theatre shows touring the country and also for TV programmes and advertisements and has recorded and toured with Buddy Greco and Frankie Lane, and played the Royal Albert Hall with the great John Williams. He has guested with the  Danish Radio Big Band, the renowned Nick Ross Orchestra and the Len Phillips Big Band.  Another first time guest musician, sure to receive a warm reception.

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

(Previously advertised artist Alina Bzhezhinska will now be appearing on 12rd Oct.)

The Toots Project is a live programme of music from virtuoso harmonica player Phil Hopkins, presenting an homage to the unique Belgian jazz musician Toots Thielemans, whose career over 50 years saw him working alongside the leading names in jazz, pop and media, gracing their recordings with the highly personal and stirring sound of chromatic harmonica.  The Toots Project quintet features some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians, whose reputation extends internationally. Classically-trained bassist Yaron Stavi tours regularly with Richard Galliano, Gilad Atzmon and The Blockheads. Pianist Jonathan Gee recently has been working with the USA’s Craig Handy, and singer Cleveland Watkiss at the 2017 London Jazz Festival saw him in three concerts which paid tribute to Thelonius Monk in his centenary year.

Phil has been featured harmonica soloist for major West End productions including Trevor Nunn’s Porgy and Bess and Gone With The Wind, Tim Rice’s From Here To Eternity and Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins. As a recording musician Phil has performed on many TV, film, radio and album sessions as well as playing in prestigious concert halls in the UK and abroad. Lately he’s been working with the London Sinfonietta.




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 21st August – 8.00pm
Andrea Pozza (from Italy) with Dave Green and Steve Brown

Tuesday 4th September – 8.00pm
Derek Nash with Richard Busiakiewicz Mick Hutton & Sebastiaan deKrom

Tuesday 11th September – 8.00pm
Mark Crooks Quartet ‘plays Stan Getz meets the Oscar Peterson Trio

Tuesday 18th September – 8.00pm
Jo Fooks & Al Nicholls with Richard Busiakiewicz, Tim Fairhill & Chris Nickels
Admission £16.00 members £13.00

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 25th August   2.00pm – 4.00pm
Andrea Pozza (from Italy) with Simon Woolf and Darren Beckett
Admission £10.00 students £5.00

Saturday 29th September   2.00pm – 4.00pm
‘Picanti’ with Derek Nash  Neil Angilley  Dominic Ashworth  Andy Staple  Robin Jones Marc Cecil
Admission £12.00 students £6.00

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 or contact Dave & Sheila Dyer – tel: 01945 588325; email:

22nd Aug    – Julian Marc Stringle and The Chosen Men .. Enrico Tomasso / Roy Williams / Tim Huskisson

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: 11.45am     Gigs start: 12.15pm    Advance booking:   01245 606505    £12 / £16

Sunday 9th September – Sara Dowling Quartet
Sara Dowling (vocals),   Gabriel Latchin (piano),  Dario di’Lecce (bass),  Steve Brown (drums)

Going forward from October – Reduced price tickets at £5 for under 18’s

Sunday 7th October 2018
Nigel Price and Vasilis Xenopolous with Ross Stanley and Steve Brown

Sunday 4th November  2018
Nicola Farnon Trio

Sunday 2nd December 2018
Pete Long’s ELLINGTONES (10 piece band playing the Music of Duke Ellington )

Sunday 13th January 2019
Scott Hamilton with John Pearce Dave Green and Steve Brown

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

31st August – Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee with special guest Tony Kofi

Jo Harrop vocals,  Tony Kofi sax,  Alex Webb piano,  Neville Malcolm bass,  Joel Prime drums.

Durham born jazz singer Jo Harrop is a jazz singer who has a refined mellow sound that is warm, intimate & sincere. She pays tribute to Peggy Lee, the sultry songstress who Duke Ellington called ‘the queen’.  Created with MD/arranger Alex Webb (piano) ‘Fever’ features Tony Kofi (alto sax), with creamy-voiced Harrop delivering moving renditions of Peggy Lee ballads as well as swinging out on other great songs from the Lee canon.
Born in Nottingham to West African parents, the playing career of saxophonist Tony Kofi has been long and varied. After a four-year stint at the legendary Berklee College of Music in Boston Mass. USA, on a full scholarship music diploma Tony has appeared and played in numerous different combos in the UK and abroad. He is particularly committed to teaching youth the joys of music and regularly runs his own workshops/ individual lessons and works in South London with special needs children.
Alex Webb has been a jazz-oriented songwriter and arranger for some years and for a large part of his career he has worked in and around the music business – in live music promotion, music publishing, as a music press officer and in music radio. As a piano player he has played with many notable performers both in the UK and abroad.

14th September – Fobo Jug Band:

Harpo harmonica and washboard, Speed Dial Simmonds guitar, vocals and kazoo and Cripple Fingers piano.

The FoBo Jug Band are an acoustic trio stomping and hollering blues, country and ragtime classics of the prohibition with fantastic ability and love for the music they play. They are one of the most impressive Country Blues and Ragtime Trios on the circuit. Their music is quite simply full of toe tapping joy displaying great musicality with an authentic feel that rings true.  They have played, the London Jazz Festival, London Blues Fest, headlined the Blues Shakedown festival, the Ignite Series at the Royal Albert Hall and Wilton’s Music Hall and have residencies at some of London’s finest music venues.
They like to holler and stomp at any opportunity, so if you want to stomp and holler until your feet drop don’t miss what will be a great gig. Unfortunately, the boys don’t have a jug so please come along and give generously.

28th September – Clive Fenner Quintet:

Clive Fenner drums, Martin Hathaway sax, Mike Gorman keyboards, Mark Ridout and Jeff Gascoyne bass.

For more than 10 years Clive has been the resident drummer at The East Side Jazz Club where he has supported many of the UK’s leading musicians including Kenny Wheeler, Peter King, Tony Coe, Jean Toussaint, John Etheridge and Liane Carroll.
He started playing in Blues, Pop and Jazz-Rock bands in clubs and Universities supporting bands like Fleetwood Mac, The Nice and Free and always had a love of jazz since hearing “Straight No Chaser” in his teens. He studied with top American drummer Clifford Jarvis (Freddie Hubbard, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders ) and with Britain’s premier drum teacher, Bob Armstrong.
As well as organising and performing at The East Side Jazz Club he is founder and Director of The International French Jazz Summer School and The Cuban Music School in Havana Cuba.  The rest of the band have all had long and varied careers and there is far too little space to even start to document here. However, they can all be found on the web at the addresses given above.

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


19th 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.

26th – The Jack Clifford Swingtette. Another 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 rhythm section of regulars Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Clarke drums and Roger Curphy bass.


2nd – Rance’s Rocking Chair Band. Led by Dave and his trumpet this Dixieland seven-piece jazz band entertains with plenty of vocals, a dash of humour for good measure and always provide an evening of foot-tapping jazz.

9th – Kit Packham’s One Jump Ahead. Kit’s alto sax and vocals leads this popular band featuring the tenor sax of Tracey Mendham. They play the swinging tempos of Louis Jordan as well as Rhythm & Blues and classic Rock ’n’ Roll.

16th Henri’s Hot Shots. This is the band’s first time at the club but certainly not Henri’s, he’s the exuberant drummer of Rance’s Rocking Chair band. An evening of traditional jazz.

23rd – Dave Hammer’s Little BigHorn. Dave Hammer on vibraphone leads his nine-piece big sounding band, with a repertoire that ranges from warm West Coast to crisp New York jazz with a splash of the sophistication of Duke Ellington.

30th – 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 rhythm section of regulars 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 2nd September 2018   PAUL WOOD  Vocal      Paul has travelled extensively in Europe appearing with many Big Bands such as ‘Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra’, ‘Sid Lawrence Orchestra’ and ‘James Last’ to name but a few. Paul has recently been performing a series of Sinatra tributes with the Len Phillips Big Band around the UK. “He has the sound and feel of Mel Torme and timing of Sinatra” Say’s Graeme.    Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 7th October 2018   RICHARD EXALL   Sax/Clarinet     Back by popular demand. Richard has to be one of the most versatile musicians on the jazz scene with his experience of working with Robin Jones Afro Cuban Band, Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Chris Barber, Nelson Riddle Orchestra UK to name a few.    Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Jose Canha String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 4th November 2018   SIMON HURLEY  Guitar        Simon graduated in 2010 with a First Class Honours Degree from Colchester Institute, He is competent in many styles. His jazz  playing is much inspired by that of Joe Pass and Martin Taylor who is quoted as describing Simons playing as ‘Just Beautiful’ .    Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 2nd December 2018  PAUL HIGGS  Trumpet           Paul is a highly respected and talented musician who came up through the ranks of NYJO performing with greats such as Louie Bellson & Tony Bennett. He is a fine pianist, composer & arranger, being MD at the national theatre for many years.  Paul is a long time member of Graeme’s quintet.  Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen 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:

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 29th August – Julia Quinn Band    Doors 8pm, music 8.30 to 11pm.

Local lead vocalist Julia started singing at school before graduating to The Melvin Beddow Big Band at aged 17. Various pop, rock and funk function line ups followed before Julia tried a Jazz Summer School at the Guildhall and in 1997 she attended the 1st Essex Easter Jazz Course. Vocal tutor (and later Julia’s mentor) BBC Male Jazz vocalist of the year Ian Shaw pointed out Julia’s voice to fellow tutor and guitarist Tony Sandeman, who later invited her up to sing some tunes with legendary jazz funk combo ‘C’ Level. As a singer/songwriter she has collaborated with jazz guitarist Dave Mascall and released songs on his Acid Lounge cd’s. On the night Julia’s band includes Dan Banks on keyboards, Tony Sandeman on guitar, Andy Staples on bass and Marc Cecil on drums.
£12 from Cliffs Pavilion Box Office 01702 351135  Online  Doors open 8pm, music from 8.30 to 11pm.

 Wednesday 26th September 2018 – Louise Clare Marshall & The Brethren

Louise with her band The Brethren make their debut at the club bringing with them soul flavours, jazz moments and pop classics with crazy live vibes to keep you tantalised for a superb evening. Featured singer with Jools Holland, David Gilmour and Marc Almond, Louise and her sensational band will enrich your soul with original and classic songs from all genres and give them her “Marshall Vibes” her fans are used to hearing…a guaranteed top night out for all! Tickets £17

Wednesday 24th October 2018 – Morrissey Mullen Legacy Band

Morrissey Mullen, formed by saxophonist Dick Morrissey and guitarist Jim Mullen, was one of the first and certainly the finest Jazz-Funk Fusion bands ever to work in the UK. In 1976 the band was launched and was soon playing to packed houses everywhere. Jim’s searing guitar lines played against Dick’s fabulous muscular and hugely inventive sax soloing created a unique sound still talked about today. The band existed as a full-time working entity for over 12 years before disbanding in 1988. Sadly, Dick Morrissey died in 2000 and remains much missed to this day. The Morrissey Mullen Legacy Band features Jim Mullen on guitar, Dave Lewis on tenor saxophone and Noel McCalla on vocals together. Tickets £17

Wednesday 28th November 2018 – Snake Davis Band – Classic Sax Solos

Snake Davis has played with the likes of James Brown, Smokey Robinson and Chaka Khan, Eurythmics, Lisa Stansfield and M-People. His live shows deliver superb dance music with flavours of soul, reggae and dance. Snake has played the club several times and for this particular gig he will be bringing his successful “Classic Sax Solos” show to town for you all to enjoy! Tickets £18

THE CRICKETERS JAZZ CLUB, 228 London Road, Westcliff SS0 7JG – where we set our regular jazz club for the second Wednesday every month. The next date will be September 12th and the music starts at 830pm but come early for the best seats.  If you want to eat in Carlo’s adjacent restaurant it’s worth booking a table as jazz night gets busy – the phone number is 01702 345053.  On September 12th we have invited Rowan Kersay Lawson to the club – and if you haven’t heard Rowan before you are in for a real treat.  Rowan is bringing his vibraphone to our set – something extra special to hear. He will be backed by Roger Curphey (bass), Alan Clarke (drums) and Ted Beamont will be completing the rhythm section.  Digby Fairweather  (trumpet) will be on the frontline and this will prove to be a great night – you musn’t miss it! Remember there is no entrance fee and there is free car parking after 6.30pm at the nearby car park.  See you there!

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 following dates are already booked for the rest of 2018

Aug 18
Sept 15
Oct 20
Nov 17
Dec 15

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

JAZZ AT CHALKWELL  HALL    Metal announce programme of Lazy Sundays –   Chalkwell Avenue Southend on Sea.  SS0 8NB.  Every Sunday over the summer from 2 – 4pm you’ll be able to treat yourself to a chilled drink and some of the most amazing live jazz performances you’ll see this year, in the beautiful surroundings of Metal’s Chalkwell Hall in Chalkwell Park.  The line up includes some of the UK’s best musicians and singers, emerging musicians and much loved local heroes. All performances are free. What better way to while away a summer afternoon…

Sun 19 Aug: 2-4pm – The Harrison Dolphin Trio

The Harrison Dolphin Trio is comprised of Southend and London-based musicians aged between 15 and 18 years old, producing music influenced heavily by Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Art Tatum, Tadd Dameron and other great bebop musicians from the 1940’s – 1950’s.

Harrison is one of three UK musicians offered a space on the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Course in California, USA. The guitarist’s trio is becoming an increasing presence in jazz events around London and Southend, including recent performances at the Jazz Centre UK, Twenty One Southend, supporting Rob Luft at Club 85 and more — and with a constant line-up of saxophonist is Louis McPherson and bassist Lorenzo Morabito, audiences should be expecting a well-connected band of stylistic, instrumental and creative proficiency beyond the musicians’ years.

Sun 26 Aug: 2-4pm – Laura Judd and Elliot Galvin

Laura Judd is a London based trumpet player, composer and improviser who is making enormous waves on the British jazz scene. She won the prestigious Dankworth prize for composition at just 19, and at the age of 21 was the first woman in nearly 20 years to take the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Jazz Award. The Guardian called her performances “Sophisticated and technically awesome…delivered with the assurance of a budding trumpet-improv original.”
Elliot Galvin is a regular collaborator with Laura Judd,  and is one of the rising stars of UK jazz. A superbly gifted composer and pianist, whose maverick imagination and magpie like ability to blend a disparate world of influences into his own unique musical vision has seen him compared to Django Bates. Galvin’s music is both playful and deadly serious drawing on a wide range of influences from Keith Jarrett to Stravinsky, Ligetti, Deerhof and the Beatles as well as the films of David Lynch, the Dada movement and the literature of James Joyce.

Sun 2 Sept: 2-4pm  Dylan Howe Trio with special guest Snowboy

On September 2nd 2018 acclaimed drummer Dylan Howe brings his new trio to Chalkwell Hall featuring two of the UK’s finest players; Dave Whitford on double bass and Gareth Hunt on piano – playing two specially crafted sets of classic standards and music by Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Dylan Howe is a British drummer (born in 1969) recently resident in Chalkwell, best known for leading his quintet and other jazz groups since 2002 and his tenures with Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Steve Howe and Wilko Johnson, coupled with extensive session work since 1990.

Snowboy has recorded or performed percussion with many, many Jazz and Latin artists such as Airto Moreira, Deodato, Makoto Kuriya, Herman Olivera, Flaco Jimenez, Jon Lucien, James Taylor, Quartet, Big John Patton, and Incognito as well as Lisa Stansfield, Imelda May, Amy Winehouse, Rod Temperton, Mark Ronson, Basia, Simply Red, Mick Hucknall, Mica Paris, Darrel Higham, Patti Austin and many, many more. More importantly he is also the leader of his world – famous Afro-Cuban Jazz group, featuring a who’s-who of the UK’s most exciting and fiery Jazz and Latin players.  His music draws on Salsa, Mambo and Latin Jazz, and captures the block party feel of 1970’s New York, inspired, as ever, by the greats such as Eddie Palmieri and Tito Puente. Snowboy and the Latin Section’s current album ‘New York Afternoon’ reached Number 1 in the Latin Jazz chart and Number 6 in the Jazz chart, and was the Number 1 Salsa album on the Colombian radio station ‘Salsa Exitos Del Mundo’.

7pm-11pm: Farewell to Summer – Special Guest DJ Snowboy supported by the mighty Urban Allstars.  (FREE but please book)

All events are free but some may require booking. Please see for more details. For press enquiries, interviews or photographs please email or call 01702 4707110

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

Friday August 17th  –  Sara Dowling vocals with Ted Beament keys, Adam King bass, Martin Guy drums and special guest Paul Higgs trumpet.   Sara is a world class vocalist and is much in demand. Recently appeared as a support act at Ronnie Scott’s and the Newport IOW jazz festival. She appeared at Swanage jazz festival on July 15th. Not to be missed!

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:

August – Closed for Holidays

Wednesday 26th Sept – Ray Gelato – ‘The Godfather of Swing’

Ray Gelato (Sax & Vocals),   Sandra Lambert (Piano),   Mick Hutton (Double Bass),
Jeff Lardner
Get ready to be whisked back to the 1950’s with tenor saxophonist and vocal jazz showman Ray Gelato.  Known for his distinctive Louis Prima influenced vocal style, Ray has worked with many jazz greats including, Sam Butera, Scott Hamilton, Al Grey (Count Basie), Buddy Tate, Van Morrison, Al Casey (Fats Waller).

Wednesday 31st October  – Andy Dickens & Al Nicholls

Andy Dickens (Trumpet & Voc),  Al Nicholls (Sax),  Sandra Lambert (Piano),  Mick Hutton (Double Bass),  Jeff Lardner (Drums)
Andy & Al’s lively vocal/trumpet/flugelhorn and tenor sax collaboration evokes the warmth and exuberance of Mardi Gras New Orleans; the heat of Chicago clubland and the excitement of small-band New York swing.
You can expect an evening punctuated with song and off-beat observations with a typically wry presentation resulting in an entertaining programme that draws from the finest traditions in jazz.

Wed 28th Thurs 29th & Fri 30th November –  Rat Pack Refreshed Show

Steve Pert (Vocals),  Sandra Lambert (Piano),  Mick Hutton (Double Bass),  Jeff Lardner (Drums),  TBC (Trumpet),  TBC (Sax)
Six Piece Band featuring Vocalist Steve Pert. ‘Rat Pack Refreshed’ celebrates the songs of Frank Sinatra and his contemporaries, all served up with wit and charm. This vibrant, energetic show will include classic Rat Pack songs such as Fly Me To The Moon, New York New York, One For My Baby, The Lady Is A Tramp, That’s Amore, Volare, Mr Bojangles, Ain’t That A Kick In The Head, and many more.

Wed 19th & Thurs 20th December – The Ivy Room Christmas Special

Georgina Jackson (Tpt & Vocals),  Sandra Lambert (Piano),  Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums),  TBC (Saxophone)
Hosted by Vocalist and Trumpet player Georgina Jackson.   Georgina’s sassy vibrant style brings you swinging songs and melodies associated with the best of the female and male crooners from the past hundred years, plus all your Christmas favourites.  Guaranteed to be a swinging, toe tapping, bluesy and fun night for all with a fabulous festive feel.

JAZZ at WICKHAM BISHOPS VILLAGE HALL     Saturdays, 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.

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

THE SOUTHEND JAZZ CLUBevery Monday (except bank holidays) at the EKCO Social & Sports Club, Thornford Gardens, Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea, Essex. SS2 6PU. 01702 351641 From 7:30pm. Music 8:00pm – everyone welcome. Info: Adrian Green 01702 435263.  Facebook –  Twitter @southendjazz;  email to join mailing list. Entrance £10

20 Aug – Southend Bob’s New Orleans Jazz Band

27 Aug – Bank Holiday – NO JAZZ

  3 Sep – Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang

10 Sep – Golden Eagle Jazz Band

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

August 15th – Desafinado  Led by Phill Burrell on guitar. Small group jazz and latin classics in a relaxed style.

August 28th – 7 Aside 7 Seven piece combo of very accomplished players with some top class arrangements.  A band of brilliant soloists, at the club for the first time.

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

Thursday 20th September – 8.30pm
From Washington DC USA
Nathaniel (Nate) Najar – guitar  with Dave Chamberlain & Matt Home
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 £15.00  members £12.00  unless otherwise stated. 020 8650 2406 / 01245 420475 E mail: Advance bookings: Susan 01245 420475  join the Facebook groups

Thursday  23rd August – 8.30pm
Andrea Pozza (from Italy) with Simon Woolf and Darren Beckett

Thursday  6th September – 8.30pm
From USA  Paul McCandless and Charged Particles
Admission £16.00 members £13.00

Thursday  13th September – 8.30pm
From Washington DC USA
Nathaniel (Nate) Najar – guitar  Calan Gourlay & Matt Home

Thursday  27th September – 8.30pm
Jo Fooks & Al Nicholls with Paul Eldridge, Tim Fairhill & Chris Nickels

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.

Sun 19th Aug – LIANE CARROLL @ THE READING ROOM, High Street, Gt Yeldham  CO9 4ER
Nominated: Vocalist Of The Year 2016 – Jazz FM Awards 2016. Winner: Best British Jazz Vocalist – British Jazz Awards 2016. BASCA Gold Badge Award for Services to Music – 2016. “She seems in some magical way to be made out of music” The Observer. “Deeply soulful, wonderfully honest” The Times. “Liane Carroll doesn’t just sing jazz. She is jazz.” MOJO.
There is no bar so bring your own booze!  The Waggon & Horses is just across the road and the Village Local store nearby has a good selection of beer, wine, etc – open until 8pm.  Street car parking is available in Whitlock Drive opposite the venue.

Sun 2nd Sep – TBC
Sun 30th Sep – TARA MINTON
Sun 14th Oct – KAREN SHARP
Sun 28th Oct – TRACKS
Sun 11th Nov – LEE GIBSON
Sun 25th Nov – ED JONES

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  Email Beryl the Booker at   Derick Woodland Beryl Wood.  Gigs start  8pm – Adm £12

AUG 23rd    The Most Famous Jazz Tenor Saxophonist in the World is Back to The FJC from The USA … THE SCOTT HAMILTON QUARTET

SCOTT HAMILTON.   The most famous tenor saxophonist in the world is back with us at The FJC for his second visit this year ~~ following on from his now annual gigs with us in January ~~ it now looks (with the right support) that this will also be an annual event on our amazing Top Quality weekly jazz calendar …Scott Hamilton travels the world every year & even finds time to have made over 50 albums & has accompanied on more than you can count ~~ this will be another night of Quality Jazz to Remember..
JOHN PEARCE piano…One of the finest pianists on the UK Jazz scene
DAVE GREEN double bass. Two words go together Dave Green / World Class
STEVE BROWN drums The amazing Brit Jazz award winner.. is a must

AUG 30th   The Garnetts are back with The Legends of Brit Jazz.  ALEX GARNETT & WILLIE GARNETT  This’ll be a night of great jazz ~ played by some of the amazing musicians that have put British Jazz at the forefront of jazz

ALEX GARNETT alto & tenor sax.. One of the UK’s finest saxophonists & recognised worldwide for his accomplished playing .. He has a long term residency at Ronnie Scotts & is the host of their late shows & is a big part of that organisation. He is also MD/MC of the theatre touring show The Ronnie Scott Story…
WILLIE GARNETT tenor sax One of our Legends & still runs his own 17pc Big Band.
TED BEAMENT piano This man has a mass of experience.A great favorite at The FJC  & is a permanent member of the famous Humphrey Lyttelton band
DAVE GREEN double bass .Another true legend of British Jazz & is World Class
CLARK TRACEY drums Brit Jazz Award winner for the second year running.

Sept 6th      THE STEVE WATERMAN ALL STAR SEPTET            Adm £14

UK’s No 1 jazz trumpeter STEVE WATERMAN calls up all of these Brit Jazz Award Winners to swing their way through his music & newly arranged originals.. With a line up like this ~~ It’s a Jazz Lovers Feast

STEVE WATERMAN. leader, trumpet & flugel horn     ALAN BARNES saxes

Sept 13th      MISS  TINA  MAY  & Her Trio      Adm £12

The Blonde Bombshell of British Jazz is back in town.  Yes the fantastic award winning British Jazz vocalist is back with us at The FJC.

Tina May’s charm & vocal approach to jazz numbers puts her in the top echelon of British Jazz vocalists ~~ This lady is in demand worldwide & is often in Paris or Singapore to name just a few of her gig list.   With her tonight we have a trio that would be the envy of any jazz vocalist !!!  These guys swing like crazzzzy

ROBIN ASPLAND piano One of the most respected of UK jazz pianists
MICK HUTTON double bass .. Great bassist.. Has accompanied all the top vocalists
ROD BROWN drums ~~ The vocalists drummer ~ None better

Tuesday – Sept 18th   THE PETE LONG QUARTET     Adm £12

This All Star Quartet has been selected by award winning big band leader PETE LONG to play the amazing swinging music of The World Famous BENNY GOODMAN QUARTET.  They were here last year & played to a packed Tuesday audience, & many said that this outfit were better than the original 78s that they had ~ So we bring back the memories.

PETE LONG Leader ~ Clarinet ~ Raconteur & Jocular Historian
ANTHONY KERR Vibes. One of the UKs top Vibes men . The man from The BBC big band.
NICK DAWSON Piano.  Great pianist~ Great personality ~ MD Mama Mia in West End.
RICHARD PITE Drums.  Amazing drummer & stick juggler !! Must be seen


On a personal note, this was & is one band that we just had to see at The FJC.  Not only is the great rounded sound of tenor sax man Gene Ammons at the top of my list ~~ he is also at the top of Brandon Allens ~ This will be magic.  The very impressive tenor saxophonist Brandon Allen ~ originally from Perth, Western Australia has made his home in the UK since 2000 & is now recognised in the top flight & very much sought after. This year he has toured Australia ~ China ~Hong Kong & Japan with his own band & also playing with his good friend Kyle Eastwood (son of Clint).

BRANDON ALLEN  Tenor Sax     ROSS STANLEY Organ / Piano
ARNIE SOMOGYI  Bass               MATT HOME  Drums

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

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) sorry, no debit/credit cards – cash or cheque only) *£4 discount for members of the “Friend of Fleece Jazz” loyalty scheme.

14 September, £25/*£21  –   Sarah-Jane Morris (vocals) and Antonio Forcione (guitar)

Each has been compared to an array of musical geniuses including Janis Joplin and Tom Waits (vocally) as well as Jimi Hendrix (instrumentally) – a comparison Antonio wears with pride. They also exude a wonderful chemistry when performing together.
“Leave your preconceptions at home,’ begins one London critic’s assessment of sensual singer-songwriter Sarah Jane Morris. Expect fantastic singing and intense brilliance. ‘Morris does not interpret soul. She is soul, with all its passion and pain, joy and sorrow, hard times and highs.”  The Gazette, Montreal.
Sarah Jane trained as an actress at the Central School of Speech and Drama, alongside comedy duo French and Saunders, actor Rupert Everett and film star Kristen Scott-Thomas. She found fame with The Communards and with the BBC ban of her version of Me and Mrs Jones. Since then she has become a world superstar, with hits in Japan, Germany, Greece (two no. 1 ‘s), and Italy, (awarded the key to the city of Verona!), honoured with a European Grammy and won the international San Remo song festival.

Antonio Forcione‘s playing is a thing of wonder, as a stunning soloist at Fleece Jazz and with Sarah. He is a multi-award winning, charismatic, inventive, mould breaking, genre bending, Hendrix of the acoustic guitar. Recently he has been writing and playing with Sarah in what promises to be one of her best ever partnerships.
Come and see a “flamboyant, idiosyncratic singer on the borders of jazz, soul and pop, she’s a majestic if raw-nerved singer of awesome eloquence” The Guardian.

21 September  £18/*£14 –  Kate Williams Quartet

“…crisp, incisive and totally at one with the rhythmic ebb and flow.” – “Williams has a quality rare among jazz composers: a musical vocabulary that’s all her own” The Observer ****
Kate Williams ~ piano     Stan Sulzmann ~ saxophones
Oli Hayhurst ~ bass        David Ingamells ~ drums

Jazz pianist/composer Kate Williams was born in London into a musical family (her father is the guitarist John Williams, her mother a classical pianist). A recipient of the John Dankworth Award For Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, she has gained a distinctive reputation as both a writer and performer.  She has released several previous CDs, each one to critical acclaim, including ‘Made Up’ (with her septet) and ‘Smoke And Mirrors’ (with tenor legend Bobby Wellins – an album that is always very close to my pleyer). Both were in Mojo magazine’s top ten jazz albums in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
She was featured at the Pizza Express Steinway 2 – Piano Festival in 2010, 2011 and 2013 (with Robin Aspland and Nikki Iles respectively), with two of the concerts broadcast on Radio 3 ‘s Jazz Line Up. Her Four Plus Three album with the Guastalla string quartet has rave reviews

A veteran of the UK jazz scene, Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier and Gwilym Simcock, as well as a prolific output as bandleader.  Always moving forward, Stan’s Neon Quartet sees him amongst some of the UKs most sought-after young musicians, and their latest album *Subjekt* explores Stan’s ever-developing musical influences. Stan is also a highly respected composer and arranger; his vibrant big band arrangements have excited and inspired people for the last 25 years, and in 2013 Stan was commissioned to write an original piece for the London Jazz Festival.
Highly in demand as a sideman, Stan has worked with a host of musicians, including: John Taylor, Jim Mullen, Nikki Iles, Mike Gibbs, Marc Copland, Allan Botchinksy, European Jazz Ensemble, Kit Downes, Michael Brecker and Gil Evans. And now with Kate, which will be a magical combination.

Oli Hayhurst has been one of the busiest bass players on the London jazz scene since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2000 He is involved in a wide range of music playing with stars of jazz, classical and world musics. He has been featured on over 60 albums and toured extensively. He is a firm Fleece Jazz favourite.

David Ingamells was born in 1990 and started to play the drum kit at the age of seven. In 2009 he was awarded a place to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Martin Hathaway, Scott Stroman and Malcolm Edmonstone. He is currently a Fellow of the Guildhall School. Whilst at the Guildhall, David had the opportunity to play with the Southbank Sinfonia, as well as being involved in several projects featuring musicians such as Mike Gibbs and Nikki Iles. He graduated from the Guildhall in 2013 with a First Class Honours and was awarded both the Chartered Surveyors’ Prize and the Yahama Jazz Scholarship in the same year. In addition to concert venues such as Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican Hall and St. John’s, Smith Square. He has performed in the Isle of Wight, Marlborough and Lillehammer Jazz Festivals, as well as the City of London Festival and the BBC Proms.
“a triumph of integrity and classy musicality” – The Guardian ****

28 September  £15/*£11  –   Jon Shenoy

Shenoy displays a melodic sensibility that bears comparison with any of the great saxophone balladeers of yore.” * Bebop Spoken Here

Jon Shenoy ~ tenor sax          Will Bartlett ~ organ
Sam Dunn ~ guitar                  Chris Draper ~ drums

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

Friday 24th August at 8pm (doors 7:30pm)   £12 / £6 u25
GETZ – A Musical Portrait

A career-wide musical survey of the lyrical genius of jazz saxophone Stan Getz, from Early Autumn (1949) to People Time (1991), taking in the swinging 1950s, the bossa nova years of the early 1960s and the fruitful, daring collaborations with pianists Chick Corea and Kenny Barron.  ​Featuring the woodwind star of the John Wilson Orchestra, MARK CROOKS with CHRIS INGHAM (piano/commentary), ARNIE SOMOGYI (bass) and GEORGE DOUBLE (drums).

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

HADLEIGH JAZZ CLUB – Hadleigh Town Hall, Market Place, Hadleigh, IP7 5DN   Our next gig at Hadleigh Town Hall is a real treat, Chris Ingham’s Rebop with their Miles Davis : From Bop To Blue show will be with us on Saturday September 1st at 7:30. The sextet, which features HJC favourite Paul Higgs on trumpet and alto virtuoso Kevin Flanagan, formerly of the Tommy Chase Quartet, will trace Miles Davis’ journey from his emergence in the ’40s to the recording of Kind Of Blue regarded by many critics as the greatest album in jazz history, full stop. As well as delightful playing, expect plenty of Ingham-style anecdote and observation, it will be a lovely evening.      £14

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

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

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: Website:  Email:

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 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 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   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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Good Times Jazz Band – trad jazz at its best, played with humour and pizzazz!  Regular 2nd Sunday of the month  gigs 2pm-4.30pm at The Steamboat Tavern, 78-80 New Cut West, Ipswich, IP2 8HW.   Dates  for 2018 – 12th Aug,  9th Sept,  14th Oct,  11th Nov,  9th Dec.  Dancers welcome, food available till 3pm, free entry.   Check us out on Facebook – The Good Times Jazz Band @reallyoldjazz

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

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

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

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

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

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

HEADS UP! dates

Sun 12 Aug – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (3pm-6pm)
Sun 19 Aug – The Chequers, 11 Chequers Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, CM1 3NG (3pm-6pm)

Sun 9 Sept – Mill Meadows Fayre 11am-4.30pm, Mill Meadows Nature Reserve, Billericay (3.15pm)
Fri 21 Sept – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (7pm-10pm)

Sun 18 Nov – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (3pm-6pm)
Sun 16 Dec – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (3pm-6pm)


15 August, 8PM. w/Tad Newton. Wantage Jazz Club. Comrades Club, Newbury St, Wantage, Oxford,OX12 8DJ.  £11.
18 August, 4PM. FG with Henry Lowther, Paul Clarvis, Alec Dankworth, Dave Warren. Drayton Court Jazz Festival.2, The Avenue, London, W13 8PH. 0208 997 1019. Free.
19 August, 8PM. FG with Dave Warren, Alec Dankworth and Paul Clarvis. Boaters. Canbury Gardens, Lower Ham Road, Kingston, KT2 5AU. 0208 541 4672.www.boaterslive Free

15 September, 8PM. W/Tina May and Colin Anthony “Jazz meets Guys and Dolls” Bridport Arts Centre. South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NR.01308 427183. £15
20 September, 7.15PM. w/Alan Haughton Trio on John Bunyan Boat Cruise. Meet at Barns Hotel, Bedford. 03301 239511.  £19.
22 September, 7.30PM. W/Tad Newton and Friends. Central Hall, Duncombe Street, Grimsby, DN32 7EG. £10.

6 October, 7PM. With Lee Gibson singing the Burt Bacharach Songbook.Crazy Coqs. 20 Sherwood Street, London, W1 £20.

30 November, 1-2PM. FG w/Nikki Iles, piano; Dave Green, bass.  Beldam Room at Brunel University, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH.

CAROL BRAITHWAITES’ GIG LISTING.  more information website:

Friday 10th August – Billericay Const. Club, 1AHigh St, Billericay. CM12 9BE
Great way to start the weekend.  Jolly jazz.  Lunchtime menu available
+ club prices for drinks. Fun starts at 12:30 – 2:30pm.  £7 door.
Special guest: Goff Dubber sax/clarinet.

Saturday 18th August – North Weald Village Hall. CM16 6BU
With Jackie Free and the Allstars.
Music starts at 12:30 – 3:00pm.  Entry payable at door.
Food available along with tea/coffee and bar

Friday 14th September – Billericay Const. Club, 1AHigh St, Billericay. CM12 9BE
Great way to start the weekend.  Jolly jazz.  Lunchtime menu available
+ club prices for drinks. Fun starts at 12:30 – 2:30pm.  £7 door. d

Saturday 15th September – North Weald Village Hall. CM16 6BU
With Jackie Free and the Allstars.
Music starts at 12:30 – 3:00pm.  Entry payable at door.
Food available along with tea/coffee and bar

Thursday 20th September – Hadleigh Cricket Club, Rectory Road, Hadleigh SS7 2NQ
An evening of easy listening jazz played in a friendly club
atmosphere.  Along with the trio and special guest: Martin Nickless
sax/clarinet.  The American Songbook along with jazz instrumentals
Come and join us for a relaxing night of music.  Time 8 – 10.30pm
£10 entry.

More info later:
12/10/18  Billericay
18/10/18  Hadleigh Cricket Club
20/10/18  North Weald


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
 is back on bass. Mel banjo  Brian sax/clarinet  Me trombone/vocals  and if you’re unlucky  I may even get the suwannee whistles out.

The Blackwater Jazz Band  –  August 25  –  2 – to 4:30pm
(Mel Cox, Brian Hart,Gerry Hoskin,Ron West and Me) will be playing at the Clacton Real Ale & Cider Festival, St James Church Hall, Tower Road Clacton   August 25  –  2 – to 4:30




8-10 Aug – MAC & EDEN: CRASH & BURN – Corpus Playroom, Cambridge tbc
16 Aug – JOANNA EDEN LIVE – Othona, Bridport, Dorset (email me for tickets)
17 Aug – JOANNA EDEN LIVE – Combeinteignhead, Devon (email me for tickets)
18 Aug – JOANNA EDEN LIVE – (includes workshop) – Exeter Cathedral
19 Aug – JOANNA EDEN LIVE – Ashburton Live, Devon (email J for tickets)
23-26 Aug – Mac & Eden
: Crash & Burn – Camden Fringe Festival, London

8 Sept – Joanna Eden’s Latin Lovers – Bulls Head, Barnes, London tbc
15 Sept – Hosting Barb Jungr – Joanna’s Place, Saffron Walden, Essex
26 Sept – Embraceable Ella – Belvedere Jazz, Wickford, Essex

5 Oct – Embraceable Ella – Haverhill Arts Centre

HEADS SOUTH Gig Listing      Info Listen      View

CAXTON SWING Gigs.   For more detailed info

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

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

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

Tuesday 25th September – another fabulous band on tour from Austin, Texas, James and Black.  Sam Kelly will also be drumming for them, while on tour, so will be a sort of fixture for us in 2018 (4 shows), however, what a great fixture to have!   The ticket price will be the standard £12.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEDS 8th August - RETRO CHET QUARTET – ‘The Life & Music of Chet Baker’ – GEOFF VARRALL trumpet/flugelhorn/cornet, CAROLINE COOPER piano, CLIVE BROWN bass & PETER MILES drums. The quartet was formed in the summer of 2017 to mark the 30th anniversary of Chet Baker’s Last Night in Tokyo Concert. Tonight’s show will engage you with the fascinating life story of this icon trumpeter and his beautiful music albeit often produced in tragic circumstances. There will be narration between the music + a back projection of images and movie footage to bring Chet’s amazing story to life.
Thirty years ago, just two weeks before his untimely death, Chet Baker played a final concert in Hanover. In this anniversary celebration year of his life and music, we revisit four decades of Chet Baker playing with some of the finest musicians to be found either side of the Atlantic including on bass, Carson Smith and Ron Carter, on piano Russ Freeman, Hal Galper and Harold Danko and on drums, Shelly Manne, Larry Bunker and Steve Gadd.
The show will feature music from the Fifties (Deep in a Dream, The Trumpet Artistry of Chet Baker for Dick Bock, Pacific Records and Chet in Paris 1955 for the Barclay Label, the Sixties (Chet is Back, The Italian Sessions and The Most Important Jazz Album of 1964/65 including Tadd’s Delight by Tadd Cameron), the Seventies (1974 Carnegie Hall Concert with Gerry Mulligan and She was Too Good for Me with arrangements by Don Sebesky) and the Eighties (Last Night in Tokyo and the Stuttgart and Hannover concerts). Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 advance

WEDS 15th August – TOMASZ BURA & THE SCIENTISTS TOMASZ BURA piano/keyboards, YOLANDA CHARLES bass, MARK MONDESIR drums & ROUHANGEZE vocals – Coming from the Eastern European school of classical piano, Tomasz Bura has wide language as an instrumentalist and a composer. He connects his classical music background with jazz and World Music elements.
His compositions are rich with colourful harmonies and surprising rhythms.
Supported by top UK bassist Yolanda Charles (QUEEN, Hans Zimmer), Mark Mondesir (John McLaughlin, Chris Potter) on drums and astonishing World Music singer Rouhangeze Baichoo will make the show an unforgettable experience.  Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 advance

WEDS 22nd August - IRON MAN SEPTET ‘The Music of Eric Dolphy’ – Ensemble brimming with top jazz talent performing music from the early 60s albums of the legendary composer and multi-instrumentalist ‘Iron Man’/’Far Cry’/’Outward Bound’. RORY SIMMONS trumpet, ALAM NATHOO alto sax, GEORGE CROWLEY tenor sax, JAMES ALLSOPP bass clarinet, RICK SIMPSON piano, TOM HERBERT bass & SIMON ROTH drums Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 advance

WEDS 29th August – TOMORROW’S WARRIORS FEMALE FRONTLINE – The 9-piece developed out of the award-winning Tomorrow’s Warriors Emerging Artist Development Programme based at the Southbank Centre. This ensemble embodies the Warrior spirit in more than just serious musical talent. Playing a selection of upbeat jazz standards, funk and contemporary versions of some well-known classics from the likes of Kenny Garrett, Roy Hargrove and Freddie Hubbard, the Female Frontline is led by saxophonist ALEKSANDRA TOPCZEWSKA under the tutelage of GARY CROSBY OBE Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 advance



The Hadleigh Jazz Club trip to St Martin In The Fields for Paul Higgs Pavane gig on Tuesday August 28th. The cost will be £17 per person to cover the return coach travel from Hadleigh, the gig itself is free of charge.  Leaving Hadleigh at 8.30am, there’ll be free time scheduled in for lunch/coffee/sightseeing etc and we’ll be leaving London at 4pm.

The next Hadleigh Jazz Club date will be Sat 1st Sept with Chris Ingham’s Rebop sextet featuring the music of Miles Davis, Bop To Blue

July 2018 update.  Just six weeks to go to our Summer Jazz Course at Chichester. As always, we are lucky to have a wonderful group of students and the team is very much looking forward to working with everyone. We still have a few places available:
Bass – 1 place
Guitar – 1 place
Vocals – 1 place
Reeds/Horns – few places
2 reed/horn bursary places for musicians aged 14-18 at a reduced rate of £599
In exceptional circumstances we will accept students under 14 for a bursary. However, it would be essential for a parent to accompany him/her.
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

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.

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.

The Cambridge Jazz Jam has resumed its sessions, now that Mondays are free of World Cup fixtures. The jam is 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. Musicians and singers welcome

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Singers’ Night at Nelson (48 Stanhope Street, London NW1. six min walk from Warren Street station). 2nd Tuesday of each month. Open mic for jazz vocalists.  Now In 21st year (2018). Excellent accompanists. Food available. £8 singers, £7 guests, £5 full time students with student card. Doors, list 6.00pm, music 7.45 – 10.30pm. Chris Legee

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

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

The Ipswich Jazz Collective meet on the 2nd 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 a Jazz Workshop and Saxophone Workshop on alternative Thursday evenings, 7.30pm to 9.30pm at St Michael and All Angels Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.  £7 Entry.   All ability levels and instruments are welcome, no need to book, just come along and join in!   We are a relaxed, friendly, welcoming group and are always looking for more members to join our Jazz family!
Jazz Workshop
The aim of this workshop is to provide a creative and relaxed atmosphere for musicians of all levels, to learn theory aspects of music, and gain practical knowledge of performing.  The music used will range from Hard Bop, Modern to Contemporary Jazz, and will be arranged to a high level.
Saxophone Workshop
The workshop aims to develop saxophone technique and performance in a friendly creative environment.  Each class explores saxophone and musicianship skills that will enhance the individual and group performer.  This includes music theory, methods of practice, sight reading, improvisation, aural work, and specific concepts to increase your knowledge on the saxophone.  This is worked concurrently with a repertoire of saxophone music from different genres of music with a focus on Classical and Jazz.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Mill Hill: Jazz club gigs on Wednesdays.


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

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