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Terry Steel’s Astor Big Band and singers, together with guest Sadie Nine from BBC Essex, present The Glenn Miller Story at the Palace Theatre, Southend on 28 Oct 2018 at 3pm.  The show explores Glenn’s life story and career from his earliest days in big bands working with artists such as Ben Pollack and the evolution of his distinct sound with Ray Noble, right up to the fateful flight in December 1944 from which he never returned. The performance includes numerous unforgettable No 1 hits, including Moonlight Serenade, American Patrol, Serenade in Blue, Chattanooga Choo Choo and String of Pearls.

All profits, and a collection at the performance, go to the Royal British Legion to support their work with PTSD sufferers.   2018 is a key year for the RBL, as it marks the centenary of World War 1 Armistice on 11/11/1918.  We will, therefore, be presenting in our show a special WW1 tribute including the songs used to recruit the troops and march them to war in 1914, with an introduction from a person of national significance in 1940.  Also reflected will be the work done by the RBL with veterans from all conflicts.

For more information and tickets, please contact the theatre (430 London Road, Southend on Sea, Essex  SS0 9LA ) Box Office 01702 351135, or from the ‘What’s On’ pages on their website

Andrew Linham Quartet @ Queens Theatre Hornchurch featuring guest trumpeter Sam Warner on Thursday 29th November 2018 at 8pm Admission  £10.50

An evening of swinging jazz standards and compositions from the quartets’ celebrated debut album Abandoned Silence with special guest trumpeter Sam Warner.
Whether on rapid-fire or slow-burn setting, Linham is a musician of tremendous invention and flow.” – Robert Shore Jazzwise May 2012.

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

*Harmony In Harlem* the Cambridge-based big band specialising in authentic *Duke Ellington*, are performing a fresh selection of Ellingtonia from the 1930s to 1950s at *St John’s ARC, Harlow*, 7:30pm on Saturday 20th October 2018. *Black and Tan Fantasy* and Ellington’s jungle sounds are the theme. Tickets £15/£13 on the door. St John’s Arts and Recreation Centre, St John’s Walk, Old Harlow, CM17 0AJ, Tel:  01279 442447

The next Jazz Evening at the RSL is on TUESDAY 23rd October 8.00pm to 10.30pm.  Featuring for the first time OFER LANDSBERG top Jazz guitarist from Israel.  First time here  Mike Edmonds bass guitar with  Cliff Hall keyboard   John Withers drums and resident vocalist PAUL WOOD   Plus Fran’s raffle.  Hope YOU can make it.

Sir Michael Parkinson will cut the ribbon to The Jazz Centre UK’s biggest development yet. In a Grand Relaunch on Saturday October 20th, The Jazz Centre UK will triple the size of its premises to open:  an Art Gallery, ‘Jazz Café’, jazz record shop, a state of the art Cinema and Multi-Media Centre for jazz on film and record (including a 6000-strong vinyl collection for public use), a unique walk-through celebration of ‘Jazz from Then to Now’, a library and research service with internet facilities, and fully-equipped 140-seat concert hall.  We will also be unveiling our HLF funded exhibition “Humph; ten years on” which displays the UK’s national heritage collection of Humphrey Lyttelton.

Other special guests include:       A performance by The Humphrey Lyttelton Band (2-4pm) and special surprise guests.    Performances by the Centre’s ‘Jazz Arrivals’ (including The Harrison Dolphin Trio).     Southend Mayor Cllr Derek Jarvis
Our Trustees including:  Digby Fairweather, Simon Spillett and Mick Foster
Susan Da Costa.     Other VIP guests have been invited.

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

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

‘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 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



‘Jazztonic’ . . . 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 out every Wednesday at 7pm and is repeated at 7am the following morning (Thursday).  There is no catch-up service  . . . so listen live, or the following morning (Thursday).  Radio Nene Valley is on Facebook and Twitter

Weds 24th Oct re-runs of programmes featuring Jim Douglas and Clark Tracey

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 recommend

24th October – Blue Harlem

Al Nichols – tenor sax     Sophie Shaw – vocals           Neil Casey – piano                             Gethin Liddington – trumpet                     Horace Cardew – baritone sax
Paul Robinson – drums                               Sandy Burnett – double bass

Led by London saxophonist Al Nichols and the fabulous singer Sophie Shaw following their recent sell out gig at Ronnie Scott’s, this seven piece band will be performing a mixture of Swing & Blues with a superb brass front line and  foot tapping rhythm section for a great energetic night !

31st October – Tony Jacob’s Swell Party           Tony Jacobs – vocals & trumpet
Louise Cookman – vocals           Sue Greenway – saxes           Jim Barry – piano                  Paul Morgan –  double bass       Len Walker – guitar               Pete Cater – drums

“This extraordinary singer and his fabulous band” A fantastic new show celebrating the genius of the greatest songwriters and performers of all time: George Gershwin, Fred Astaire, Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Frank Sinatra & Hoagy Carmichael etc.        Admission £17.50 Reservations recommended

7th November – Pete Allen’s Hot Four

 Pete Allen  – clarinet/saxes & vocals         Dave Browning – piano
Keith Donald – double bass                       John Petters – drums

A  fabulous  entertaining  evening of swing from this talented Quartet led by the brilliant clarinettist/saxophonist Pete Allen, also featuring the superb popular stride  pianist Dave Browning, double bassist Keith Donald and the master swing drummer John Petters

14th November – Atila Sings His Favourite Songs            Atila – vocals  

Colin Oxley -guitar                            Gabriel Latchin – piano
Matt Home – drums                         Conner Chaplin – double bass

Following Atila’s sell out shows at the Club ‘Broadway to MGM’ and ‘Atila Sings Nat King Cole’, tonight he will be singing a selection of his all time favourites.

21st November – Susana Sheiman + Gunther Kurmayr Quartet

Susana Sheiman – vocals      Vasilis Xenopoulos – tenor sax
Gunther Kurmayr – piano     Manuel Alvarez -  double bass     Matt Home – drums

Susana Sheiman is one of the most personal and acclaimed voices of contemporary Spanish jazz.  Warm and rich tone, wide register, intense and powerful expressiveness are just few of Susana Sheiman’s singing features. Born in Madrid where she initiated her career mainly as a soul singer, Susana moved later to Barcelona, Spain’s main jazz scene. She quickly started touring and recording with some of the most acclaimed musicians and bands either locally and internationally. Susana Sheiman has worked with the Barcelona Jazz Orchestra, Jesse Davis, Frank Wess, Nicholas Payton, Ignasi Terraza and Brad Leali among many others.

A fervent admirer of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day, Judy Garland, Kay Starr and Nancy Wilson, singers who have inspired Susana to create her own personal style.

28th  November – ‘Salute to Benny Goodman’ – Pete Long Quartet

Pete Long – clarinet                    Nick Dawson – piano
Richard Pite – drums                 Anthony Kerr – vibes

We welcome back at Members’ request Pete Long celebrating the music of the first incarnation of the Goodman Quartet, where the bass-less rhythm section is driven by the alliance of bass drum and pianist’s left hand. The Quartet will be playing the early Goodman hits such as  Avalon, Lady be Good, Dinah, I’ve Got Rhythm, Airmail Special, China Boy, After You’ve Gone, Moon Glow and many others.

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

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

Tuesday, 30th October       TWO JEWELS OF JAZZ featuring DOMINIC ASHWORTH, guitar, and JULIAN MARC STRINGLE, clarinet, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

Dominic Ashworth, an exceptionally talented Canadian guitarist, a regular visitor to the Club, for which we are extremely lucky to have as our guest. His services are in great demand country wide  touring with groups such as, Picante Latin Band, The Dream Band and also guesting with many other star musicians such as Craig Milverton, Derek Nash and the Rag & Bone Club, around the country. No matter the tempo, genre, style, Dominic ticks all the boxes ensuring his audience are always wanting more from this amazing musician.
Julian Marc Stringle, a child clarinet prodigy with a flamboyant air, and that’s no pun, is the other part of this wondrous duo who seamlessly play as if one, such is their understanding of each other’s flawless musical ability, Julian has many mantels in the world of music in all the genres, as well as his composing, arranging, writing, teaching and his continuous touring around the world with his Dream Band and many other groups. Is it little wonder that the late Johnny Dankworth quoted  ‘Julian is an immense talent, probably the best clarinetist to emerge in British jazz for several decades’

Tuesday, 27th November, 2018  completes our programme of gigs for 2018

PRE CHRISTMAS JAZZ / BUFFET, for just £15 per head by ticket only, so early bookings essential to avoid disappointment, featuring CARLTON JAZZ, by PAUL HIGGS, trumpet, DEREK CLENSHAW, trombone, MARTIN NICKLESS, clarinet, TIM HUSKISSON, keyboard and TED SIMKINS, bass, with leader DAVE GRANT, drums, playing a complete potpourri of music gems to bring in Christmas.

Paul Higgs, trumpet, needs no introduction being a regular visitor to the Club in a variety of guises that this multi-instrumentalist performs across the country. He currently is touring 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. Tonight he will be enlightening you to his excellent trumpet skills of a master musician.
Derek Clenshaw trombone, the choice of top bandleaders, when in need of a freelance jazz musician. Performs with all UK jazz stars, preferring music of mainstream and jazz standards, having a sweet touch and a warm rounded sound of the trombone. Derek has been seen in many bands, playing with such well-known names as Humphrey Lyttleton, Freddie Randall, Mike Cotton, John Crocker, Julian Marc Stringle, and Bruce Adams.
Martin Nickless, clarinet, makes clear his first love in music is for the big band and his career includes various genres of music from classical to pop and has played for many West End shows, with sessions for composer Stanley Myers as well as touring with Jack Jones, Frankie Vaughan & Norman Wisdom. Martin is also known for his writing and arranging and is clearly an outstanding exponent of the clarinet and called upon for many other gigs.
Tim Huskisson, keyboard, was self taught at a very early age and became inspired by the 78rpm records he acquired, a hobby of his to this day. Taking clarinet lessons in his  teens he began playing with local jazz bands before receiving further encouragement from Digby Fairweather and taken on a jazz cruise to Sweden with his ‘All Stars’ in 1981. By a chance meeting with Brian Conley he played in summer shows and became his MD in the 90’s. Latterly he has dedicated himself to the music that first inspired him and has established himself as one of the busiest and finest musicians on the jazz circuit.
Ted ‘the hat’ Simkins, skeletal bass, and a member of the resident trio, is one of the elder statesmen of bass players around, but all musicians still wish for the same energy and prowess that he puts into every gig. No matter the style or genre Ted fits into the groove automatically such is the experience of this much admired musician whose main interest at one time was photography. Whatever it is that keeps him going, and if he could only bottle it, would make him a fortune.
Dave Grant, drums, leads the resident trio at Jazz at O B’s, primarily in the interest of keeping Jazz live in Brentwood which he has done so for over thirty years. Originally from The Old House in Brentwood Dave enjoys the ‘Dixieland’ style of jazz having played with many musicians of that genre and many others who have guested at the Club. He has his own DG Quartet playing local gigs and also runs Carlton Jazz.

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

Tuesday 23rd of October – THE ALINA BZHEZHINSKA QUARTET   Alina Bzhezhinska – Harp,  Tony Kofi – Saxophones,  Larry Bartley – Double Bass,  Joel Prime – Drums/Percussion

Alina Bzhezhinska – internationally acclaimed harpist/composer, the winner of the PRS Women Make Music Award 2018, celebrates the extraordinary music of Alice Coltrane & John Coltrane and presents her own works in an extensive Summer – Autumn 2018 tour. Alina’s stellar quartet consisting of award-winning jazz saxophonist Tony Kofi, double bass player/composer Larry Bartley and drummer Joel Prime recently completed a series of sold out shows, including their opening performance for Pharaoh Sanders at The Barbican to 2,000 people during The EFG London Jazz Festival, earning universal rave reviews.
“…Bzhezhinska’s superlative touch on the instrument does her role model proud…”  Kevin LeGendre, Jazzwise Magazine

Tuesday 30th of October – ALMA GITANA.   Flamenco Jazz.   With Lourdes Fernandez: Dancer, Jesus Olmedo: Dancer, Andres Garcia: guitar, Javier Moreno: Vocals & Percussion.

When you have experienced the breathtaking momentum of this group, you realise you have just seen something spectacular and unique; the speed and power of the feet stomping of Lourdes & Jesus, the raw captivation of the flamenco guitar of Andres, and the amazing vocals of Javier, melt into a magical and passionate performance.
Alma Gitana are quickly earning a reputation in the Flamenco and World Music scene, with all  shows selling out quickly. A spellbinding wonderful evening of entertainment.“I have seen flamenco in Spain many times, but this is something special…” Adam
Please book early for this show to avoid disappointment.



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 23rd October – 8.00pm
From Berlin  James Scannell – saxophones with Graham Harvey – piano Simon Woolf – bass and Matt Skelton – drums

Tuesday 6th November – 8.00pm
Matt Wates with Leon Greening – piano  Julian Bury – bass  drummer TBC

Tuesday 13th November  – 8.00pm
Vasilis Xenopolous Quartet

Tuesday 20th November – 8.00pm
From Spain  Susana Sheiman – vocals  Gunther Kurmayr – piano  Manuel Alverez – bass & Steve Brown – drums

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 27th October 2.00pm – 4.00pm
From Berlin James Scannell – saxophones with Alex Bryson – piano Simon Woolf – bass and Darren Beckett – drums

Saturday 24th November 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Mick Foster – saxophones  Dominick Ashworth – guitar  Julian Bury – bass  Tristan Mailliot – drums
Admission £10.00

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:

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

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

Sunday 4th November  2018
Nicola Farnon Trio

Sunday 2nd December 2018
 (10 piece band playing the Music of Duke Ellington )

Sunday 13th January 2019
Geoff Simkins
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

26th October  –  James Scannell Quartet

James Scannel sax, clarinet, Gabiel Latchin keyboards, Simon Woolf bass and Matt Fishwick drums.
Born in London 1974 but now living in Berlin, James Scannell works as freelancer playing a range of woodwind instruments performing jazz, pop and classical music.
He has recorded for film, TV Shows and commercials, has worked with classical orchestras (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Session Orchestra, Deutsches Film Orchestra Barbelsberg) played jazz festivals in France, Spain, Germany, England, USA, Finland, Denmark and Sweden and concert performances in Singapure, Switzerland, China and UEA.  He has performed with big bands (Echoes of Ellington, Rias, Till Brönner) played on pop albums (one becoming platinum), as well as co-leading his own jazz band Linejam wíth singer Aline Staskowiak.
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.

16th November  –  Cadillac Kings:

Mike Thomas: vocals, harmonica, slide guitar, Mal Barclay: lead guitar, vocals, Tim Penn: piano, accordion, vocals, Roy Webber: drums, vocals, and Paul Cuff: double bass, Fender bass.

The Cadillac Kings are firm favourites on the blues, r&b, rock & roll & swing dance scenes and feature five of the UK’s top roots musicians. Inspired by early rhythm & blues styles with a distinctly modern take lyric-wise, they have earned a reputation for wowing audiences from night clubs to festivals, from theatres to dance halls, the length & breadth of the UK & Europe, from the Canary Islands to the Arctic circle.   Since their formation in 2000 the band has opened shows for & shared stages with countless famous blues, rock & roots acts and have picked up numerous awards on the way.
Their fifth & latest album, “The Secret of my Success” released in Oct 2016 to unanimous praise in the UK, USA & Europe was chosen by the UK’s Independent Blues Broadcasters Association as one of the best 3 releases of 2016 alongside Kaz Hawkins & Joe Bonamassa in the top 40 blues cds of the year.   They’re a band at the top of their game with a well-earned reputation for their unfailing ability to put on a great performance, playing the very best good time blues with warmth & humour exuding from every pore.

30th November  –  Marigolds Jazz All Stars featuring Enrico Tomasso: &  &  &

Enrico Tomasso trumpet/vocals, Martin Guy drums, Mark Crooks sax, clarinet, Tim Huskisson keyboards, and Jose Canha bass

 Enrico was born into a musical family and was brought up on the earlier styles, Swing and Dixieland, by his dad before he discovered Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard and the ‘fusion stuff’, which opened his mind to anything.
When Louis Armstrong came to London in 1976 Enricos dad introduced him, age 9, to Louis at London Airport. As Enrico had taken his trumpet with him, which he had been playing for 3 years, he serenaded Louis in the airport with ‘Sleepy Time Down South’ as alluded to in our posters.   Enrico has gone on to become a very top trumpeter in the jazz world winning numerous awards and playing with many famous musicians in many prestigious bands as well as leading his own ensembles.
There is too little space here to do justice to Enrico’s illustrious career or to even scratch the surface of the careers of the other musicians in the band other than to say in Greg’s own words that, ‘they are all top blokes’.

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.

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   Members £9, Guests £10


21st  –  The Hugh Rainey Jazz Band. The third visit of the year by one of Essex’s most popular and enduring traditional jazz bands led by the ebullient Hugh on trumpet. The six-piece band plays the music of Bechet, Ellington, Beiderbecke, Morton, Oliver and Basie. Another great evening of traditional jazz. The Hornchurch Conservative Club is an air-conditioned venue with a dance floor, drinks at club prices, comfortable seating, wheel-chair access and car parking. Admission £10. Call Laurie on 07913 558616 for more details.

28th -The Jack Clifford Swingtette. Another wonderful end to a month of wonderful jazz with an evening of jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack blowing clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with a guest front line and a rhythm section of regulars Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Clarke drums and Roger Curphy bass. Another great evening of traditional jazz.


 4thMarius Rudnick. The first time at the club for Marius who is a versatile flute and reed player. For this evening he brings along not only his instruments but his band to entertain us with jazz numbers from the 1950’s and 60’s.

11th – Ollie Benson’s Hot Club Group. Another group back because they were liked so much. It features Ollie Benson guitar, Peter Sellars violin and Tim Huskisson clarinet. The group plays jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli reminiscent of The Hot Club of France.

18thPaula Jackman’s Jazzmen. Paula Jackman leads her mostly Essex based Jazzmen. The six-piece jazz band with the usual front line of Allan Bradley (Lord Arsenal) trumpet, Paula blowing clarinet and Bob Alcoe trombone play their very own brand of Dixieland jazz as well as traditional jazz.

25thThe Jack Clifford Swingtette. Another wonderful end to the month with an evening of jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack blowing clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with a guest front line and a rhythm section of regulars Tim Huskisson tinkling the ivories, Alan Clarke caressing drums and Roger Curphy plucking the 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 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 night

Weds 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. 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

Weds 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.  If you want to eat in Carlo’s adjacent restaurant it’s worth booking a table as jazz night gets busy – 01702 345053.   Our next jazz night will be on Wednesday November 14th and by public demand we have invited Simon Spillett, the superb tenor saxophone player back to the club.  He created such a stir last time he joined us with have asked him to make a return spot.  His idol is Tubby Hayes and you will not be surprised that he will incorporate some of Tubby’s numbers. He will be backed by our hard working rhythm section, Alan Clarke (drums), Roger Curphey (double bass) and Chris Kibble on piano.  Of course Digby Fairweather (trumpet) will join Simon from time to time to make the music even more exciting!  The music starts at but get there early for the best seats – and remember to book your place at the adjoining restaurant if you wish to eat before the music starts.  There is no entrance fee and parking is available without any charge close by.  Should be a good one – 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 booked     Oct 20th  Nov 17th  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

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:

Weds 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.

Weds 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

October 23rd  –  Cliff Longhurst’s ‘Jazz Knights’ A top class Woody Herman style band presented by Cliff on drums.

October 30th  –  Lou’s Sextet Playing a mix of mainstream jazz, swing, blues, latin, American songbook, jump, jive and some funk. With this varied repertoire, good presentation,experienced musicians, including the expert rhythm section, the band puts on an entertaining performance.

November 6th – Razzamajazz Dixieland Band (Formerly Dixieland7). Our popular Traditional jazz band playing all the old favourites from the Crescent City.

November 13th – Conchord Big Band  A popular and very accomplished band with outstanding soloists. Always welcome at the club.

November 20th – Treble Clef.  With John Davis on alto sax / flute / piano , Jonathan Grogan guitar Brian Norman drums and Chris Hargreaves bass. A laid back trio playing a mixture of latin,swing and bepop. Vocals by Bryony.

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

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 15th November – 8.30pm
Al Nicholls & Jo Fooks Quintet
Admission £13.00

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

“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  25th October  – 8.30pm
From Berlin  James Scannell – saxophones with Gabriel Latchin – piano Simon Woolf – bass and Matt Skelton – drums

Thursday  1st November – 8.30pm
Mark Crooks – sax/clarinet  Paul Hart – violin  Harry Sanky –guitar and Simon Woolf -bass

Thursday  8th November  – 8.30pm
From USA Greg Abate – alto sax  Gunther Kurmayr – piano  Simon Thorpe – bass and David Ingamells – drums

Thursday  22nd November   – 8.30pm
Chris Dean – trombone/vocals  Trevor Brown – piano  Tom Mark – bass and  Max Mills – drums

JOANNA’S PLACE  Fairycroft House, 37 Audley Road, Saffron Walden CB11 3HD

Sunday 28 Oct -  Acclaimed performance poet John Hegley and mad Singer/Instrumentalist Paul Kissaun A mirthful evening of performance poetry and musical fun, hosted and opened by Joanna Eden.

 Saturday 1 Dec – Christmas Special.  Jazz at the Movies – A Swinging Christmas

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 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 £14

Oct 25th   TENOR  MADNESS      £12

It’s that man again from The Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra & this time with the aid of two other great saxophonists ~ Alan Barnes & Vasilis Xenopoulos & a fantastic rhythm section , Derek Nash pays tribute to the late great saxophonist Spike Robinson ~ an American who made his home in the UK ..   This is the amazing line up …


Nov 1st        THE GORDON CAMPBELL ALL STAR OCTET           £14

The swinging music of the American jazz Giant DAVE PELL, performed by some of Europe’s finest musicians, under the direction of Gordon Campbell (Lead trombonist for the world famous John Wilson Orchestra)  Expect to hear standards as Cheek to Cheek .. Fly Me To The Moon .. Days of Wine & Roses .. Change Partners . .. Desafinado & 42nd Street.  These numbers have arranged by the renowned American musicians Shorty Rogers, Marty Paich & Bill Holman to name a few …

GORDON CAMPBELL  Leader & Trombone     DANNY MARSDEN  Trumpet
OLLY WILBY  Saxes           CLAIRE McINERNEY Baritone Sax       JIM WATSON  Piano

Tues Nov 6th   From The Late Show at Ronnie’s   THE  ARTIE  ZAITZ  QUARTET         £12

ARTIE ZAITZ  Guitar & Leader .. exciting young guitarist
MIKE GORMAN Piano/Org .. Top musician & great favorite  (+ Indian food expert )
DAVE PATTMAN  Congas .. breaths Latin & has toured worldwide with the best, including the world famous Beuna Vista Social Club …
STEVE BROWN  Drums ..  Multi Brit Jazz Award Winner & an asset to any band

Nov 15th     MICK FOSTER & KAREN SHARP QUINTET //     £12   Battle of The Baritones ! ! !

This is an amazing meet of two of the UK’s baritone sax giants, with Mick Foster , the man who is the UK’s own Gerry Mulligan in style, stance & sound in every way ~ Plus Karen Sharp ~ The British Jazz Award Winner ~~ These two head to head ~ wow !!!
Plus the wonderful swinging trio of ….
TED BEAMENT piano ~ ANDREW CLEYNDERT double bass ~ ROD BROWN drums

November 22nd  PHIL DeGREG + THE ALAN BARNES QUINTET    £12 ;  //

Wow ~ What a line up  From The USA ,Phil DeGreg recognised worldwide as the professor  & educator of piano jazz , playing with ALAN BARNES the multi Brit Jazz Award Winner & his  amazing quintet of award winners of …
BRUCE ADAMS tpt.. DAVE GREEN double bass…  STEVE BROWN drums

Playing some really Hot Toe Tapping Jazz with all your favorite numbers, all backed by this wonderful rhythm section
JOHN HORLER piano.. ALEC DANKWORTH double bass.. BOBBY WORTH drums

Diary Dates

December 6th    It’s Almost Christmas ~ THE MATT WATES QUINTET

December 13th   The Famed FJC Christmas Party  With Kent’s own number one party band  THE COLROSE 7 2019

January 3rd        From The Jools Holland R & B Orchestra DEREK NASH with his Full Latin Band  PICANTE’

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

Friday 19 October.   Janet’s Jazz Night.  Tickets on the door £8. Advance £6.

House Band … Terence Collie – piano, Paul Michael – bass, Rha Stranges – drums   Featuring saxophonist Duncan Lamont Jnr and guest vocalist Sarah Jane Garside Eveleigh.
1st Set –   Terence Collie Trio with Jac Jones
2nd Set – As above with Janet McCunn and Sarah Jane Garside Eveleigh
3rd Set – Open Jam Session (first-come, first-on-the-list or book online for priority)

Saturday 20 October.  Nigel Price Organ Trio. Tickets on the door £10. Advance £8. Students £5.

Nigel Price on Guitar, Ross Stanley on Hammond, Steve Brown on Drums, Vasilis Xenopoulos on Sax.
The Nigel Price Organ Trio, winner of the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Awards for ‘best jazz ensemble’ is led by one of Britain’s finest guitarists.  Formerly of the James Taylor Quartet, Nigel Price is the world-class shining star of British groove guitar recalling the masters Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Pat Martino and early George Benson with an expertly blended, hugely exciting brand of hard-bop and soul-jazz.  Formed in 2002, this trio has worked hard, playing hundreds of venues both in the UK and abroad including ten residencies at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London and has undertaken five extensive UK tours.

Friday 26 October.  Willie Garnett Big Band. Tickets on the door £8.

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

Saturday 27 October.  Przemek Straczek Trio.  Tickets on the door £9. Advance £8. Students £5.

Przemysław Strączek – Guitar, Francesco Angiuli – Double Bass, Flavio Li Vigni – Drums.
Outstanding Polish guitarist Przemek Straczek returns to Jazz Café POSK with his International Trio. A graduate from The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and a laureate of the Marek Bliziński Jazz Guitarist Master Competition in Warsaw, Przemek is considered as one of the best Polish guitarists in the Jazz Top ranking, as picked by the readers of Jazz Forum. His group have been together since 2011 and will be playing selections from their five critically acclaimed albums.

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 – via Box Office: 01787 211865;  WeGotTickets (booking fee); On the door

2 November, £18   Andrew McCormack’s Graviton

“Graviton represents the highest level of musicianship you could get together in one band.” – Jamie Cullum
Andrew McCormack piano, Noemi Nuti vocals, Josh Arcoleo saxophone, Robin Mullarkey bass, Josh Blackmore drums

9 November, £15  –  Elina Duni & Rob Luft Duo featuring Fred Thomas

 “A fiercely individual voice, infused by jazz as well as her own cultural roots. – EFG London Jazz Festival

16 November    Tina May

“Lesser artists… may have grabbed the headlines, but Tina May remains the most expressive and technically gifted jazz singer on the UK scene” – Kenny Mathieson, The Scotsman
Tina May vocals, Robin Aspland piano, Arnie Somogyi bass, Steve Brown drums

23 November, £16   African Jazz Quintet 

Exciting African Township music will keep your feet tapping!
Frank Williams ~ Tenor Sax, Alastair Gavin ~ Piano, Cameron Pierre ~ Guitar, Raph Mizraki Bass, Kofi Oheneba Adu ~ Drums

30 November, £16   Talinka

“Terrific emotional depth . . . Very entertaining and richly enjoyable.” – Peter Jones, Bebop Spoken Here
Tali Atzmon vocals, Gilad Atzmon bass clarinet/soprano sax/accordian/guitar, Yaron Stavi bass, Jenny Bliss viola da gamba/flute/barque violin/vocals

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 26 October at 8pm  (doors 7:15pm)   £14 / £7 u25
SUE RICHARDSON QUINTET   Plays  Clifford Brown

Following Too Cool, her acclaimed show about Chet Baker, Sue Richardson presents Jazz Immortal, telling the story and playing the music of the legendary Clifford Brown, the trumpet giant who died tragically in 1956 aged 25.
SUE RICHARDSON (trumpet/commentary)   HARRY GREENE (sax)
CHRIS INGHAM (piano)       Rev ANDREW BROWN (bass)     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.   Many of you will know the phenomenal singer Sara Dowling, who has burst on to the UK scene to enormous critical acclaim over the last couple of years. Chris Ingham and I have joined with her and bass player Dario Di Lecce to present  The Judy Garland Story a brand new show where we explore the career and catalogue of one of Hollywood’s brightest yet most troubled stars. I’m very excited about it and hope you might be able to join us. Here’s a little Sara to be going on with     7:30pm on Saturday 27th October.  £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.  Saturday 27th October 2018

JAY PHELPS   –  Free As The Birds   –   Trumpeter and Artist,

Jay Phelps is a Vancouver-born Canadian with an instantly recognisable warm and projecting tone. He was tutored by the city’s top Jazz and Classical trumpeters and distinguished himself early on as the youngest band-leader in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival’s history.

In 1999 aged 17, Jay moved to London to immerse himself in the jazz scene and attracted the notice of Gary Crosby (Dune records), who offered him work with Jazz Jamaica in 2002 and the opportunity to be a ‘Tomorrow’s Warrior’. Citing Louis Armstrong, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown and Miles Davis as his early influences, Jay went on to create and co-lead the UK Jazz sensation Empirical. They spent two years touring major festivals and events with their debut album, while garnering worldwide media attention.
Jay has performed and recorded with a veritable who’s who of international Jazz artists; Courtney Pine, Andrew Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Brown, John Hendricks, Nasheet Waits, George Benson, Jamie Cullum, Sir John Dankworth, Jean Toussaint, Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker, Amy Winehouse, Charlotte Church, Hugh Masakela, Jazz Jamaica, Soweto Kinch, Skatroniks, Ska Cubano, Chineke Orchestra.
In 2012, Jay guested with Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra for Marsalis’ epic, ‘Congo Square’.  Taking the chair of the master he conducted the band. Later that summer he proceeded to have two sell out nights featuring the Jay Phelps Big Band at Ronnie Scott’s.  Jay expanded Into TV where he featured in the band on BBC’s Dancing on The Edge, written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff.
After a successful year of hosting the Late Show at Ronnie Scott’s, Jay moved his night to the Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square.  As well as being a late night host and performer of London’s top music venues, Phelps regularly tours nationally and internationally with his own bands (JPQ, Projections:Of Miles, Jay’s Jitter Jive). When not with his own groups, Jay has been touring with two of Brazil’s great musical exports, Ed Motta and Banda Black Rio and Afrobeat Master Orlando Julius, American Soul singer Liv Warfield.  Jay recorded his second solo album ‘Free as the Birds’, a departure from the more traditional approach of his first,  released on Ropeadope Records March 23, 2018. London is currently home and he is the M D of one of London’s top new clubs Jack Solomons.

Links :  Plus the return of the Deadbeat DJs spinning vinyl between sets, and the dance floor later.
Ticket details…  Entry £12 , £10 with JazzUp loyalty card. Tickets from … Farleys, Hitchin Gatefold Record Lounge Hitchin,  Jolly Brown Hitchin, Bar 85 Hitchin,  David’s Music Letchworth , Unikorn Stevenage and on line from from

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:

Friday 9 November – The Inimitable Liane Carroll  at 8:30pm    £20

The unrivalled multi-award winning Jazz cabaret entertainer Liane Carroll brings her unique talent back to delight the devoted Chickenshed fan club.
A joyous free spirit, Liane Carroll captivates everyone who sees her perform. She delivers every song as though she wrote it. A classically trained pianist since she was three, she possesses a true musicality that lifts her interpretations into the realms of art in their own right and to hear her sing even the best known standard or the most hackneyed pop song is to hear that song afresh.

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

Kenny Ball Junior is performing in the gardens of Sir Henry’s (Romford Rd, Aveley, South Ockendon RM15 4PR) in Aveley Essex every Sunday (weather permitting) singing songs from the 50s to the 70s – swing jazz etc from 1pm 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 –  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 18 Nov – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (4pm-7pm)
Sun 16 Dec – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (4pm-7pm)


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 LIST.  (more – Many thanks

Thursday 18th October
Hadleigh Cricket Club, Rectory Road, Hadleigh SS7 2NQ
An evening of easy listening jazz played in a friendly club
atmosphere. Come and join us for a relaxing night of music.
Time 8 – 10.30pm. £10 entry.

Saturday 20th October
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 9th November
Billericay Const. Club, 1AHigh St, Billericay. CM12 9BE

Lunchtime menu available + club prices for drinks.
Fun starts at 12:30 – 2:30pm.  £7 door.

Thursday 15th November
Hadleigh Cricket Club, Rectory Road, Hadleigh SS7 2NQ
An evening of easy listening jazz played in a friendly club
atmosphere.Special guest: Shanti Jayasinghi – trumpet.
Time 8 – 10.30pm. £10 entry.

Tuesday 27th November
Jazz at: Old Brentwoods’ Club, Ashwells Road, CM15 9SE
Guesting with Dave Grant’s Carlton Jazz Band. 8 – 10.30pm.

For the Diary – More info later:
14.12.18 – Billericay
15.12.18 – North Weald
20.12.18 – Hadleigh Cricket Club. (xmas special)


There’s Sunday lunchtime jazz  2 – 4:30 pm  with THE USUAL SUSPECTS Olli, Brian, Gerry and Me when we return to Ye Olde Albion Rowhedge on Sunday October 7

Yes it’s come round again  on Wednesday October 17– 8:30 – 11  LIVE JAZZ in the WAGON in WIX  with  The Usual Suspects  Brian (Clarinet/Sax),  Gerry, (Bass) Pete (Suwannee whistles/vocals/trombone  and a special guest  Fred Eatherton (banjo)



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

On 30th October, we have a great favourite, namely Rag Mama Rag, with no introduction required for what could be described as the ultimate self-contained duo experience.  Absolute quality guaranteed!

For those that haven’t so far attended, the new venue is the St. George Hotel.  If you drive past with the Roffen on your left, the venue is a couple of hundred yards up New Road, on the left.  There is on-site parking both on the roof, accessed from the front and in the basement at the rear, although you can find plenty of on-street parking within a short walk.  Parking in one of the car parks requires (immediate) registration in the venue, available on panels both in the lobby and in the performance room itself. The website address:

Please enter the venue via the main front door and make your way down to the Stanley Ballroom.   Tickets £12.00, pay on the door.  Bookings to me at the return email address.  Doors open 7.30pm, band on stage 8.45pm.  Good food, reasonably priced, available to eat at your table if required.  Further information, upcoming shows, location 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:

WEDS 24th October – DAVID TUGHAN + TIM LAPTHORN TRIO Swinging vocalist who can evoke the contrasting artistries of Frank Sinatra and Chet Baker. Doors open: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 advance

WEDS 31st October – LONDON CITY BIG BAND - Incredibly tight youthful ensemble playing music from the Big Band Era and beyond. Doors open: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 advance

WEDS 7th November – 20 YEARS OF SPICEJAZZ!’   PAUL PACE + ANTON BROWN + RACHAEL CALLADINE vocals + ALEX WESTERN-KING QUARTET + SPECIAL GUESTS –  ‘A celebration of great live jazz at the Spice of Life since 1998’   Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 advance

plus 12 gigs in 10 days during the EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL at Spicejazz at the Spice of Life, Soho



Kim Fair added a petition “SAVE THE VAL“.

It would mean a lot to me if you took a moment to add your name because:  Over the past 80 years, the Valentine Pub in Perth Road Gants Hill has been a significant venue within the area and has been a place where many community members have socialised, built lasting friendships and relationships. It has been a place where live music chimed the ears of local people too.
Real change happens when everyday people like you and I come together and stand up for what we believe in.  Together we can reach heaps of people and help create change around this important issue.
After you’ve signed the petition please also take a moment to share it with others.  It’s super easy – all you need to do is forward this email or share this link on Facebook or Twitter:

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).

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


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 ***

Freddie Freeloader’s second Jazz Jam will take place at a different venue, 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.

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.


And finally … NAG TIME! PLEASE NOTE:

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

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

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

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

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

Many thanks!