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Friday 7 December: The Black Bull pub, Balsham, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4DJ. Smooth jazz classics from singer Sue Heath and the Jazz Wave jazz trio. 8 – 10:15 pm, free admission.

Saturday  15th DecemberSouthend Jazz Co-op present their annual Christmas concert at the Old Fire Station.  Entrance is free, refreshments are available although you are welcome to bring your own.  Doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 7.30.

Wednesday 12th December:  Jazz 825 at the Railway Hotel Clifftown Rd Southend on Sea features Interplay with John Seeley on Tenor Sax   Admission is free, the food is great and the music cooking.

We shall be at The Cricketers (228 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex SS0 7JG Tel. 01702 345053 ) for our Christmas party time on Wednesday December 12th.  The music starts at 8.30pm but get there early for the best seats!  We have Mick Foster along with his baritone saxophone.  Also joining us will be Dominic Ashworth (always a pleasure to hear) with his guitar. Digby Fairweather (trumpet) will join Mick on the front line, and will shall have Alan Clarke (drums) and Roger Curphey (bass) to complete the line-up.  Look forward to seeing you for our last session of 2018!

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

Saturday 15th December at 12.00 Noon
Doolally Tap Jazz Band,  Tickets 12 pounds (includes Christmas goodies)
Saturday 23rd March  at 12 Noon
Doc Houlin & The Revival All Stars.  All Tickets 15 pounds (includes buffet)

The Len Phillips Big Band will be at the United Services Club, Main Rd, Sidcup, DA14 6NE – A full 16 piece band featuring star players including Tony Fisher, David Black, Harold Fisher, Jon Shenoy, Jon Stokes and Bunny Thompson. Doors open at 7pm, concert starts at 8pm. Free parking to the rear of the club. Tickets available on the door. Call 01342 523 003 or email for more information.  On Sunday 16th December – Christmas special with Matthew Ford – Entry £14

Christmas Concert – An evening of Jazz, Popular and Christmas tunes Presented by John Seeley’s Jazz and Saxophone Group on  Thursday 6th December 2018 – 8pm to 10pm,  Free admission and refreshments and a Raffle.   Main Hall, St. Michael and All Angels Church, 62 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1LF     Email:   Website:

RICO and his HOT RHYTHM  will play 3 – 45min sets for dancing and/or listening at The BRAZA Club, Elm Road, March PE15 8NZ on Friday 4th  Jan 2019 8-11pm   Admission £10 per person Bar/ Dance Floor/ Car Park  Further       or Sheila/Dave 01945 588325/07903 879209     From the organisers of Elgoods Fathers Day Jazz

Enrico Tomasso  Trumpet /Vocals /Leader
Graham Hughes  Trombone/Vocals
Tim Huskisson  Clarinet
Thomas ( Spats) Langham  Banjo/ Guitar
John Sutton  Drums
Malcolm Skedd  Bass

Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra @ Vortex Jazz Club – CHRISTMAS SPECIAL! on Sunday 16th December 2018 at 8pm Admission   £10.00

The Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra present original big band music from their first album ‘Weapons of Mass Distraction’ alongside new Christmas works entitled ‘Christ-Mess’. Composed and arranged by their enigmatic leader and baritone saxophonist Andrew Linham, this ensemble has been genre swapping their way into the future of contemporary big band music with original tunes unfettered by style and convention. Bringing together a wealth of talented music this is an particularly exciting performance as they premier their new Christmas inspired works which will leave you grinning from ear to ear.



‘Jazztonic’ is a weekly jazz music and magazine radio programme available worldwide but only via and clicking on ‘listen’.   From ragtime, through swing and fusion to contemporary it goes our every Wednesday at 7pm and is repeated at 7am the following morning (Thursday).    There is no catch-up service . . . so listen live.

Wednesday 19th December: an hour of Christmas tinged jazz tracks!

Happy Christmas and New Year everyone!

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

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


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

9th January – Derek Nash’s Picante Latin

Derek Nash – saxes                      Neil Angilley – piano
Andy Staples – double bass      Marc Cecil – drums
Dominic Ashworth – guitar       Robin Jones – percussion

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

16th January – Matthew Ford + John Horler Quartet

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

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

 23rd January – The Harlem Meer Cats

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

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

 30th January – Salud! ‘Tom’ Jobim

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

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

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

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

27th November completes our programme of gigs for 2018

Tuesday, 29th January , 2018

THE ALLURE OF Miss DAY featuring CATHERINE LIMA, vocals, and PAUL HIGGS, trumpet, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

Catherine Lima returns to the Club bringing her charismatic presence, crystal clear and incredible sexy voice along with impeccable timing and perfect pitch. Always guaranteeing an entertaining evening with her versatile talent and now also as a songwriter, her performance will include a couple of new songs she has written this year and will feature some songs from her new show, ‘The Allure of Miss Lee’ which explores Peggy Lee’s recordings and songwriting career. Catherine commented ‘ I’m delighted to be coming back to OB’s – it’s always a pleasure working with such a talented resident trio and performing to such a welcoming and appreciative audience’.
Paul Higgs, needs no introduction being a regular visitor to the Club in a variety of guises that this multi-instrumentalist performs across the country. He tours with the fantastic Chris Ingham Quartet with the brilliant musical biographies of, ‘Hoagy’ and ‘Dudley’ portraying the lives and music of the legends Carmichael and Moore both of which are receiving critical acclaim wherever they appear. His own shows, should definitely not be missed, include, ‘A Brief History of Jazz’, ‘Shades of Miles’, ‘Quintessential’, ‘Mancini Magic’ and ‘Pavane’. Collaborating with Catherine in recent years, he produced her first CD ‘Stories & Lies, and will be accompanying and embellishing her voice tonight with the trumpet skills of an outstanding master musician.

Tuesday, 26th February, 2019  

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

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

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

Tuesday, 26th March, 2019

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

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

Sit back and enjoy the artistry.

are now to be found at  Liberal Club, 10 Balfour Road, Ilford  IG1 4JF   Every Thursday  at 8pm. Door £5     The new team run a weekly jazz night in the traditions of the old club.

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

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



Jazz Dynamos take well known songs and transform them with a mix of jazz, bossa, samba and contemporary pop music – occasionally all at the same time!   The repertoire includes everything from classic Peggy Lee to Latin versions of Dolly Parton and Madonna hits, with everything in-between. The technique, versatility and sheer joy in Lucy Randell’s versatile and joyous singing, allied to the swingiest, funkiest, best dressed rhythm section in the UK, make this a lively and entertaining show not to be missed.
‘when I saw you play, you truly blew me away’ – Music Editor of ‘The Independent’, London


They are an incredible septet led by Neil Drinkwater. The band plays all over the world at festivals, clubs and parties.They have performed for the Royal Families of no less than five countries and have shared stages with Sting, Madonna, Van Morrison, Eddi Reader and Chris Barber.

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 11th December  – 8.00pm
Alan Barnes with John Pearce – piano Simon Thorpe – bass Matt Home – drums

Tuesday 18th  December – 8.00pm
Jivin Miss Daisy with    Liz Fletcher – vocal     Luke Annesley – sax     Bruce Adams – trumpet    John Pearce – piano    Simon Thorpe – bass    Rod Brown – drums
Admission £17.00 members £14.00 buffet included

Tuesday 8th January  – 8.00pm
Anita Wardell with the Robin Aspland Trio

Tuesday 15th January – 8.00pm
Derek Nash Quartet

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

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

Saturday 29th December   2.00pm – 4.00pm
Simon Spillett with Ted Beament – piano Alec Dankworth – bass Winston Clifford – drums

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

, 39 Ongar Road, Abridge,  Essex RM4 1UD from 8pm to 10.30Traditional/Dixieland/New Orleans Jazz featuring excellent live bands for listening and dancing. Drinks & snacks / tea & coffee / dance floor / plentiful seating / free car park. All are welcome. The Club nights  will be the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month Admission – Guests £12, Members £10. Children admitted under supervision, free for 12 and unders.  Bar/ Tea & Coffee / Free Car Park  /Good Seating/disabled welcome/ Memberships available @ £5.  Visit or contact Dave & Sheila Dyer – tel: 01945 588325; email:

Wed 12th Dec – The Hugh Rainey Band Plus Guests Tim Huskisson & Vocalist  Carol Braithwaite appear at Theydon & Abridge Jazz Club All welcome £12 Non Members , £10 Members  Abridge Village Hall Ongar Rd., RM4 1UH enquiries   07903 879209

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

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

, Harlow Cricket Club, Chippingfield, Old Harlow, Essex CM17 0DJ.  Doors & Licensed Bar 7.30pm, Fridays. 01279 414174 / 421763   Car Parking on site next to the new Clubhouse which has been built between the Cricket Club’s two grounds.  Admission £10

14th December  –  The Eric Ranzoni Trio:

From North London much-acclaimed Eric Ranzoni returns after previous knockout gigs. Renowned on the London Blues scene, including a residency at Boisdales in Belgravia, for his tremendous piano playing Eric’s musical talents are second to none.
Since returning to London in 2003, Eric has become known as an exceptional and versatile pianist, with a warm singing voice and a knack to entertain. Solo or accompanied by excellent musicians, he’s played the Blues (and Roots music in general) in many top venues in London and about, with frequent stints abroad. In great demand as Blues pianist with London-based bands, he played piano on Mud Morganfield’s, Muddy Waters eldest son, UK/European tour, along with Big Joe Louis and Wes Weston.
In Mud’s band he’s appeared on ‘Later with Jools Holland’ on BBC TV and played major Blues Festivals alongside artists like Sting, John Mayall, Herbie Hancock, Santana, Jack Bruce, Van Morrison…
Eric’s has played with Ray Cooper (Elton John and Eric Clapton percussionist), Jools Holland, Otis Grand, Buddy Whittington, Charlie Musselwhite, Big Joe Louis, Bill Hurley (The Inmates), UK top band Cadillac Kings, Chas Hodges (Chas & Dave), boogie woogie stars Ben Waters & Axel Zwingenberger etc

28th December  –  The Alan Barnes Quartet:

Alan Barnes Sax, Ted Beament keyboards, Simon Thorpe bass and Clark Tracey drums

Alan is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist. He is best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax that has few peers. His range and brilliance have made him “first call” for studio and live work and his recorded catalogue is immense whether as leader/co-leader, alone or supporting other artists. The recipient of numerous British Jazz Awards, Alan has played residencies and toured tirelessly, building a warm rapport, making him uniquely popular in British jazz.
Local lad Ted Beament needs no introduction to regular patrons and as space is short……
Simon Thorpe plays in bands across the jazz spectrum as well as leading his own bands with a double bass style that is strong and melodic – one of the UK’s most popular players.
Son of Stan Tracey CBE, Clark has forged his own varied jazz career. After playing in his father’s various ensembles Clark has gone on to tour worldwide and record extensively. He has formed many bands with many famous musicians and has freelanced with some of the most important jazz artists home and abroad. Gifted composer and teacher Clark formed his own record companies, Tentoten Records & Resteamed Records which is devoted to his father’s works. He is one of the sharpest jazz drummers in the country, playing with a keen-eared awareness making him one of the most entertaining drummers in the country.

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


9th – 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.

16th – Jackie Free’s Chicagoans.  The Chicagoans were formed in 1980 and ever since they been playing the Windy City’s style of jazz. This week with Tim Huskisson on piano.

23rd – Iris Harmon and Her Boys.  Swing into Christmas with Iris and ‘Her Boys’. Iris sings old and new jazz numbers in her own inimitable style.

30th – The Jack Clifford Swingtette.  A swinging end to another year of jazz 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.


6thBob 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.

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

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

27th – The Jack Clifford Swingtette. A swinging end to another year of jazz 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.

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 6th January 2019  –  GOFF DUBBER  Sax/Clarinet     Goff has worked with whose who of the swing and traditional styles of the jazz world including Graham Stewart’s Jazzmen which became the resident band on TV’s Six-Five Special. He was a regular member of Neville Dickie’s band, Ken Colyer, Cresty/White to name a few. We are pleased to include his style of jazz in our club.    Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 3rd February 2019  –  MICK FOSTER  Baritone Saxophone

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

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

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

Sunday 7th April 2019  –   JOHN WITHERS  Vibraphone

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

Sunday 5th May 2019  –  BRIDGET METCALFE  Vocals

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

Sunday 2nd June 2019  –  NEALE RIDDING  Flute/ Saxophone               

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

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

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

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

Every 3rd Saturday afternoon, starts 12.30 til 3pm Admission is £10 The Hall is just off the High Road behind the vets surgery. Postcode is CM16 6DB.  Arrive early to get a good parking place.   The band is led by the legendary trombonist Jackie Free and features many top names.

Pete Rudeforth, Julian Stringle, Richie Howard, Enrico Tomasso, Nick Dawson to name but a few who have joined Tim Huskisson piano, Murray Salmon bass and Martin Guy drums plus added guests Colin Bray vibes and Carol Braithwaite vocals.
The following dates are booked      Dec 15th

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

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

Weds 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.

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

 December 22nd  –  Keith Nicholls and the All Stars

every 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

10 Dec –  Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang

17 Dec –  Hugh Rainey Jazz Band

24 Dec –  Christmas Eve – No Jazz

31 Dec –  New Year’s Eve – No Jazz


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.

December 11th – Terry’s Jazz Party A fun night of wide ranging jazz standards and a few jokes! Terry can always be relied on to host an entertaining night!

 December 18th – Jim Phillips Christmas Party. Bring your friends, family and instruments. There will be the usual quizzes and raffle. The Big Band will be playing from about 9.30pm. with the ever popular Bryony on vocals.

Eileen and Jim look forward to seeing you there.

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

December – closed

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

The Forebury, Sawbridgeworth CM21 9AT  8.15 – 10.45

– 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

Wednesday 12th December   – 8.00pm     The Humphrey Lyttelton Band  featuring
Jimmy Hasting
– sax              Tony Fisher – trumpet
Ray Wadworth – trombone   Olly Wilby – sax
Ted Beament
– piano               John Rees-Jones – bass
Adrian Macintosh – drums
Admission £17.00 members £14.00 buffet included

Thursday  3rd January   – 8.30pm
Anita Wardell with the Robin Aspland Trio

Thursday  10th January  – 8.30pm
Bobby Worth’s 70 Birthday Bash
With Alan Barnes – sax Bruce Adams – trumpet
plus the Bobby Worth Trio
Admission £16.00 members £13.00 buffet included

Thursday  24th January  – 8.30pm
Derek Nash Quartet

Fairycroft House, 37 Audley Road, Saffron Walden CB11 3HD

Saturday 19th Jan – WINTER WARMER – Tina May  Joanna Eden hosts the evening and supports the delightful doyen of British Jazz, Tina May, who has mesmerised worldwide audiences.  Come and be mesmerised by her and the fabulous Chris Ingham Trio.
Dave Gelly, The Observer:  Tina May has a fine, expressive voice, with immaculate pitch, clear diction and no annoying mannerisms .

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 9th December JOSEPHINE DAVIES   with   Simon Brown (pno), Bernie Hodgkins (bs), Roger Odell (drs) & Larraine Odell (voc)

Very excited that this new star saxophonist is at Jazznights this Sunday. Josephine’s latest album received a four and a half star review in the US publication Downbeat. She is known for her melodic focus, versatility and unique style which has been described as “consistently inventive” (Jazzwise Magazine), “strong and authoritative” (The JazzMann) and “gifted and imaginative” (All About Jazz).  7.30-10pm. Reserve by reply or call 01787 237653. £10 – pay on the door.

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

Dec 13th   £14   Christmas event with Kent’s No 1 Party Band THE COLROSE 7
If you survived last year’s ~ then we hope you will come again.  An evening of fun ~ great music ~ Bumper Raffle & of course  The famous Last Years Mince Pies & Sweeties !!   All of that topped off with the wonderful seven piece band of ~~ THE COLROSE 7

Jan 3rd     £14    With musicians from The famous Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra..  This is PICANTE ~ The Latin Band of Latin Bands ~  Influenced by the Buena Vista Social Club & Sergio Menzies.   Derek Nash’s  PICANTE     This outfit is loaded with Latin specialists & the Rhythm is Awesome ~~

DEREK NASH saxes ~ Leader & percussion assortment !!! . Great Leader & charismatic entertainer~ Has numerous bands & is always welcome at The FJC whenever he is not leading the front row for Jools Holland
CHRIS STORR trumpet.  Amazing lead trumpet , also from Jools Holland.  The ideal man to put the bite into Latin
DOMINIC ASHWORTH guitar ~ Top Canadian Jazz Guitarist ~ Great with Latin
NEIL ANGILLEY piano .This man is recognised a The UKs finest Latin pianist.  He tours with Michael Ball & Alfie Boe & also does the private gig for The Queen with them at Buck House !! ~ Wow ~ Only the best.  Neil will be with us in May with his own ultra exciting trio.
DAVIDE MANTOVANI double bass .. World class Italian bassist.  Much in demand.  Has his own outfits & often required worldwide to accompany top vocalists. Also 1/3 of Neil’s trio!
ROBIN JONES  Congas ~ This is The Rhythm of The Night ~ Conga Crazy.
MARC CECIL drums & percussion . This guy generates excitement in this outfit, as he does with his own band ..

Jan 10th        £14      THE SCOTT HAMILTON QUARTET
Yes this is now the annual event of The FJC , having the worlds most famous jazz saxophonist play for us ~ The FJC is one of the very few jazz clubs in this country where this Jazz Star appears twice every year.  This man is recognised worldwide as being the number one & at the top of the tree for many years.  He has made over 50 albums & appeared on many more accompanying all of the top vocalists.  A legend in his own lifetime.  With Scott will be his regular & most amazing world class rhythm section.

JOHN PEARCE piano.   The Guv’nor of the jazz piano.
DAVE GREEN double bass. Two words  “World Class”
STEVE BROWN drums . Multi British Jazz Award Winner & seeker of Fine Dining !!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feb 7th             ALAN BARNES QUARTET
Feb 21st          ROB BARRON QUINTET ( In the George Sheering Style )
Feb 28th         GEORGINA JACKSON . PETE LONG . Peggy ~ Duke & Benny
March 7th      CRAIG MILVERTON Qt with ROBERT FOWLER (The music of Tad Dameron)
March 12th     THEO TRAVIS Qt with MARC PARNELL
March 21st      SARA DOWLING Qt plus  ROBERT FOWLER
March 28th    JAZZ ‘N JOLSON ( It’s all in the title )

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

Saturday 8 December. The Rhythm Swing Quintet. Tickets on the door £8.  Students £5.   Dani Gallini – Vocals, Ryszard Kolendo – Guitar, Dan Camalich – Violin, Peter Bakaja – Double Bass, Tamas Teszary – Drums & Vibraphone.

The Rhythm Swing Quintet return to Jazz Cafe POSK with their traditional Christmas Show playing selections from their debut CD, jazz standards, Latin rhythms and original material. They bring their own interpretation of gypsy swing “manouche” style taking inspiration from the great jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and his Quintet of The Hot Club of France.

Friday 14 December. Willie Garnett Big Band. Tickets on the door £8.   WILLIE GARNETT’S BIG BAND…. Undoubtedly one of the best British big bands led by veteran band leader Willie Garnett… Superb Musicians…Keeping the GREAT Classics ALIVE!…
Willie has a treasure trove of charts and selects a no-nonsense set including standard’s like Count Basie’s Corner Pocket, Coltrane classic…My Favourite Things and The Beatle’s Norwegian Wood.  A Great Crowd & Great Banter…..A WONDERFUL NIGHT’S ENTERTAINMENT!

Sat 15 December. Alle Choir London. A Jazzy Christmas. £10 on the door. Advance £8.

Alle Choir London, as seen on BBC1 “Pitch Battle”, is coming back to Jazz Cafe with Christmas favourites. This time with Alberto Ferro on the piano and Monika Lidke as a guest star. Join us for an evening of Polish and English traditional carols and winter songs in new, jazzy arrangements. For early comers a glass of mulled wine.

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

4 January 2019, £18/£14*   Chris Ingham and Mark Crooks – Getz: A musical Portrait
Chris Ingham piano    Mark Crooks sax/clarinet
Arnie Somogyi bass     George Double drums
“Ingham has a warm and generous way with music…his style is based on rhythmic presence and dynamic propulsion” – Downbeat

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

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

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

, 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 21 December at 8pm (doors 7:15pm)   £14 / £7 u25  –  REBOP plays  HORACE SILVER

In the wake of their sold-out appearance at the 2018 London Jazz Festival, Rebop returns to the Hunter Club for their traditional seasonal slot to celebrate the life-affirming grooves and melodies of the late, great jazz composer-pianist Horace Silver. Featuring ‘Song For My Father’, ‘Sister Sadie’, ‘Filthy McNasty’ and other fingerpoppin’ classics.

PAUL HIGGS – trumpet                          KEVIN FLANAGAN – tenor sax
CHRIS INGHAM – piano                         Rev ANDREW BROWN – bass

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

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

22 Dec   SOLD OUT

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

Saturday 29th December 2018.   The JAZZUP END OF YEAR PARTY!
The second year of JazzUP has been another great one, and it’s now time to celebrate.  What a year it’s been – with mind-blowing performances from big names in contemporary jazz such as Rob Luft, Dinosaur and Jay Phelps and sell-out gigs from the likes of legends such as Horace Panter and Ray Gelato.    We’ve put together a gig to help you groove your way out of 2018, and open the door to 2019, which, incidentally, already looks like a big one for JazzUp; Randolph Matthews kicking off the new year in January, the mighty Ray Gelato returning in February, and Fraser and the Alibis coming in March.
Headlining the party night will be:  CLOSE TO THE BONE,  Fronted by JazzUp founder Dave Keech on trombone, who has tweaked the band to celebrate both local young players and rising young jazz stars.
Dave Keech  –  trombone
Tom Ridout –  saxes (
Flo Moore –  bass (
Gabriel Taylor  –  trumpet                       Craig Stallwood  –  piano
Joe Keech  –  drums      + guest singer – Rachel Farrow
Rachel needs little introduction as an established and hugely popular singer based in Hitchin, and leader of Genie and the Jivebombers. You’ll have seen her perform wonderful duets at JazzUp with Ray Gelato.  And her sassy Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee influenced style is perfection for any party.   + DJs: Les Jazz Rats and The Deadbeats
Eric and Sten (Rats) and Felix and Paul (Deadbeats) spin jazz and rare grooves exclusively on vinyl. With the last live band set finishing at around 11.15, and a late bar ’til 1am, our JazzUp DJs invite you to hit the dance floor and party in earnest.
Ticket details … Entry £12 , £10 with JazzUp loyalty card.
Tickets available from …  Farleys, Hitchin  Riot Lounge, Hitchin  Gatefold Record Lounge, Hitchin  Jolly Brown, Hitchin  Bar 85, Hitchin  David’s Music Letchworth  Unikorn Stevenage  and on line from from WeGotTickets
16+ with photo ID – younger patrons can be signed in at the door by a responsible adult.

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:

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

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

BIG BAND JAZZ IN BROMLEY – FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH – with the Mick Collins Legacy Jazz Orchestra, at Sundridge Park Working Men’s Club, 134 Burnt Ash Lane, Bromley, Kent, BR1 5AF. 8.30pm start, £8 admission.  This 16-piece big band is one of London’s finest, featuring top-class musicians from the South East, including young rising stars from Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
With over 300 charts in the band’s library, the repertoire covers a vast range of music – including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Gil Evans, Miles Davis, Maynard Ferguson, Oliver Nelson, Thad Jones, Bill Holman and Bob Florence, as well as gems of British jazz from the 1960s to the present day.
Mick Collins founded his band in the early 1970s and over the years many of the UK’s best jazz musicians have passed through its ranks. Now co-led by trombonists Paul Taylor and Bill Todd it continues Mick’s mission of performing this great music to the best possible standards.
This is a regular monthly gig. The orchestra performs at the same venue at the same time on the 1st Monday of each month.

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

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

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

THE JAZZ CENTRE UK opened in Feb 2016, brain child of Digby Fairweather to promote, preserve and celebrate the vibrant culture of jazz music in the UK and beyond.  In The Beecroft Art Gallery, Victoria Ave, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 6EX and open for all to see our exhibitions between Tues and Sat between 10am to 5pm.   At present we are fully staffed on Thursdays and Saturdays – so please call in to our Jazz Cafe, have a coffee and say hello to our friendly volunteers.  Registered Charity No. 116742.  The Heritage Lottery Fund has helped us to set up phase 1, but we have much greater future plans   Come and see our Living Heritage Museum containing Humphrey Lyttleton’s desk, trumpet, letters and trophies (and many other artifacts).  We cover all genres of jazz and we celebrate the music’s heritage, art and memorabilia.  Jazz films are shown every Saturday at 2pm in our 100 seater cinema and we have live music in the Centre on Saturday afternoon.  We actively support and promote contemporary performance and education  – send your email address and we shall add you to our ‘friends’ who receive our newsletter.

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 – 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 16 Dec – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (4pm-7pm)


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

27 January, 9PM. Frank Griffith Quartet. Railway Pub. 74 Wellington Road, Stockport, SK4 1HF. 01745 812260. Free.

CAROL BRAITHWAITES’ GIG LIST.  (more – Many thanks

Wednesday 12th December
Theydon & Abridge JC, Village Hall, Ongar Road RM4 1UD
Guesting with the Hugh Rainey Jazz Band.  8 – 10.30pm

Friday 14th December
Billericay Const. Club, 1AHigh St, Billericay. CM12 9BE
Jolly jazz. Lunchtime menu available + club prices for drinks.
Special guest: Paul Higgs.
Fun starts at 12:30 – 2:30pm.  £7 door.

Saturday 15th December
North Weald Village Hall. CM16 6BU
Guesting With Jackie Free and the Allstars.
Music starts at 12:30 – 3:00pm.  Entry payable at door.

Thursday 20th December
Hadleigh Cricket Club, Rectory Road, Hadleigh SS7 2NQ
Come and join us for a relaxing night of music..
The American Songbook along with jazz instrumentals.
Tony Gooderham – piano, Roger Curphey – bass,
Jason Cambell  – drums. Special guest: Mick Foster.
Time 8 – 10.30pm. £10 entry.

For the Diary – More info later:
11/01/19 – Billericay Const. Club (afternoon)
17/01/19 – Hadleigh Cricket Club (evening) Guest: Paul Higgs
19/01/19 – North Weald Jazz Club (afternoon)
08/02/19 – Billericay Const Club. Guest : Mick Foster
16/02/19 – North Weald Jazz Club (afternoon)
21/02/19 – Hadleigh Cricket Club. Guest: Mick Foster
08/03/19 – Billericay Const. Club (afternoon)
16/03/19 – North Weald Jazz Club (afternoon)
21/03/19 – Hadleigh Cricket Club. Guest : Goff Dubber – clarinet

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

9 December –  The Big Band at Christmas          Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe    3.00pm Start     01394 284962
11 Decemer  –  The Big Band at Christmas          Queens Theatre, Hornchurch   7.30pm     01708 443333
13 December  –  The Big Band at Christmas        Stratford Playhouse, Stratford    7.30pm Start     01789 333990
16 December –  The Big Band at Christmas         Auden Theatre, Holt    7.30pm Start     01263 713444
17 December –  The Big Band at Christmas         Brindley Theatre, Runcorn    7.30pm Start     0151 907 8360
19 December  –  The Big Band at Christmas        Place Theatre,   Southend    7.30pm Start     01702 351135
20 December   –  Five Star Swing  at Christmas  Clair Hall, Haywards Heath    7.30pm Start     01444 455440
21 December  –  The Big Band at Christmas        Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford     7.30pm start      01780 763203

Joanna Eden

20 Dec   A Swinging Christmas   Royal Albert Hall   Elgar Room   9:30pm
10 Jan     Sondheim & Me   606 CLub   Chelsea   8pm

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CAXTON SWING Gigs.   For more detailed info

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra @ Vortex Jazz Club – CHRISTMAS SPECIAL! on Sunday 16th December 2018 at 8pm Admission   £10.00

The Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra present original big band music from their first album ‘Weapons of Mass Distraction’ alongside a collection of new Christmas works entitled ‘Christ-Mess’. Composed and arranged by their enigmatic leader and baritone saxophonist Andrew Linham, this ensemble has been genre swapping their way into the future of contemporary big band music with original tunes unfettered by style and convention. Bringing together a wealth of talented music from London this is an particularly exciting performance as they premier their new Christmas inspired works which have never before seen the light of day and will leave you grinning from ear to ear.
The cleverly titled Weapons of Mass Distraction firmly establishes the Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra has a signification addition to today’s big band scene and a group that deserves wider recognition at the international level.
They play with guts and attitude, and manage to inject outrageous humor into even the most demanding of musical passages, striking a perfect balance between the sublime and the ridiculousEd Enright, Downbeat (Editor’s Pick) December 2017

Larry Berkovitz (piano/ vocals) & Zak Barrett (saxes) present: XMAS JAZZ at CRAMPHORN THEATRE Fairfield Road, Chelmsford CM1 1JG   Tickets are already on sale and selling fast – reserve your places early!

Thursday 20th December 2018 @ 8pm
Friday       21st December 2018 @ 8pm
Saturday  22nd December 2018 @ 3pm & 8pm
Tickets £17 (Sat 3pm tickets £12)  Please note that a £1.50 booking fee applies per transaction for bookings paid by credit card  To book – please call 01245 606505

XMAS JAZZ Special  with Rowan Ward (saxes) Jamie Castel (saxes/vocals) Dom Copestick (saxes /vocals) Robert Rickenberg (d bass)  AND  virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Adam Mader (trumpet/violin/mandolin/melodica/recorders/whistling/face slapping etc.. and vocals) and Andy Frost (beatbox / drums)

The XMAS Jazz Special returns – back again at Chelmsford’s intimate Cramphorn Theatre bringing you more XMAS Jazz, seasonal cheer, really silly good jokes … AND … oodles of complimentary kisses and mince pies !
Larry and Zak collaborated for many years arranging and performing in em@il special, bringing fresh, unique arrangements of jazz standards to enthusiastic audiences in Chelmsford, London and beyond and … in recent years concentrating on the now legendary XMAS Jazz seasons. Don’t miss the XMAS Jazz fun with all the regular gangsters including Adam Mader on everything, Andy Frost on percussive mouth … AND … having now aged at a least a couple of years …. Dr Jamie Castell returns to the stage (assuming he doesn’t lose his bus ticket).



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 Cambridge Jazz Jam will operate on Monday 10 December, and then take a Christmas break, resuming on Monday 7 January. We welcome instrumentalists, singers and audience. Our policy is inclusive, so whether you’re an accomplished player or someone still trying to get it together, you’ll be equally welcome. We’ll give you strong support from our experienced rhythm section. Venue: Duke of Cambridge pub, 176 East Road, Cambridge CB1 1BG. Free entry. Further info from Mike Quigley, 07979 59 22 41

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

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

EALING JAZZ JAM  –  Every Monday from 9 till 11 this long running jam is held at The Plough Inn, Northfields Ave, Ealing. One minute walk from Northfields Tube.  Hosted by Bobby Allan and Wendy Linsey on alternate weeks.  After two or three numbers from The Mary Belson Trio the jam is opened.  It’s a very friendly and inclusive jam in a large and comfortable  Gastropub.   Always an appreciative audience and our aim is two numbers minimum from our guests.  It is a busy night but a very enjoyable one with lots of regulars but we love to welcome new faces to  our Monday jam with a Friday vibe.

New Weekly Jazz Jam at established North London venue Mascara Bar, 72 Stamford Hill N16 6XS every Tuesday (opposite Morrisons – five mins from Stoke Newington BR).  Free entry.  House band starts at 7:30 and the jam session opens for the second set running till 11:30.  Singers more than welcome, great laid back informal friendly setting, come on down!  Great house band led by drummer Filippo Giangrande with Edd Bateman on bass, Dan Waldman guitar, and Colin Campbell on saxes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Mill Hill: Jazz club gigs on Wednesdays.

And finally … NAG TIME! PLEASE NOTE:

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

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