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*NEW JAZZ CLUB*   HASLEMERE JAZZ CLUB – JAZZ AT THE GEORGIAN 37-41 High Street, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2JY.  opens 7 March 2018.  Running live jazz on the FIRST Wednesday of each month right in the centre of Haslemere at The Georgian House Hotel. Doors open 6.45 pm, with live music from 7.45 pm-10.15 pm.  Entrance £14 and tickets can be purchased from www.pta-events/jazzatthegeorigan.co.uk, at the Georgian House Hotel or on the door.  Food is optional and will be served from 6.45 pm (meat or veggie options for just £10). So come and listen to top quality music from the UK’s finest musicians and singers.http://www.jazzatthegeorigan.co.uk   http://www.facebook.com/jazzatthegeorgian

CATHERINE LIMA‘s gigs

Weds 24th Jan – Forest Gate E7         Jazz at St. Ants – with Aled Thomas on piano, John Pamenter on double bass and John Withers on drums. 
Venue:              St. Ants Jazz Club, the Red House, 13 Upton Avenue, Forest Gate E7 9PJ
Time:                 8.45pm
Entry fee:          £3.00 (non members)

Tues 30th  Jan – Brentwood, Essex     Jazz with trio – Hilary Cameron on keyboard, Ted Simkins on double bass and Dave Grant on drums.
Venue:           Old Brentwood’s Club, Ashwells Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 9SE
Time:              Music starts at 8pm doors open at 7pm – light snacks available
Entry fee:       £10
Tel:                  01277 374070              www.jazzatobs.co.uk

Jazz night at Stanboroughs Conservative Club, Hoddesdon on 23rd February hosting award winning trumpet ace Rico Tomasso who has played trumpet for legend Louis Armstrong.  He is rated as the best jazz player in the UK.  On clarinet will be Julian Marc Stringle, Europe’s top clarinettist who will be accompanied by world class Rhythm Section. This will be a real treat for music lovers. Food will be available to purchase from the events evening menu on the night from 6-8pm. Music starts at 8.30pm. £10 for members, £15 non-members.  Please call 07473 016379 or 01992 46627 to book tickets.  Stanboroughs Conservative Club, Stanboroughs Court, Conduit Lane, Hoddesdon, EN11 8EP

The next Jazz Evening at Redbridge Sports & Leisure Centre will be on Tuesday 23rd January  from 8.00pm to 10.30pm and will feature      BRUCE ADAMS  –  Trumpet
BRIAN DEE  –  Keyboard    LEN SKEAT  –  Bass    JOHN WITHERS  –  Drums
PAUL WOOD  –  Vocals    and   FRAN’S RAFFLE

The Sparrows of Paris  will be at Green Note, 106 Parkway, Camden,  London NW1 7AN on Saturday 3 February 2018 at 8pm.  Admission £10.   http://www.greennote.co.uk/production/the-sparrows-of-paris/

Quartet THE SPARROWS OF PARIS present vintage french jazz and Jazz-Musette music from the 1920s to 50s. Headed by french jazz singer Carolyn Saint-Pé with Pete Watson on accordion, Lucy Tasker on clarinet and Julia Doyle on double bass.  The Sparrows of Paris transport you to Paris in black and white with a set specially devised for The Green Note comprising vintage french chansons, musette and french jazz.

HADLEIGH JAZZ CLUB Hadleigh Town Hall, Market Place, Hadleigh, IP7 5DN presents Alan Barnes & David Newton.  Alan Barnes and David Newton are among the most decorated and beloved of British jazzmen.  Join us on Saturday at 8pm on Feb 10th where the pair celebrate 40 years of friendship and collaboration in an evening of swing, sophistication and humour.   Admission  £14

‘leven o’clock, Saturday night – make it a date with The Late Paul Barnes for the very best in jazz, swing and classic popular music. This week includes a celebration of Marlene Ver Planck that most musical of singers. She’s just died at the age of 84, working almost to the end. Hear her with such as Warren Vache, Harry Allen, Bucky Pizzarelli, Joe Wilder. There’s the Belgian gypsy genius guitarist Django Reinhardt. There are pianos and big bands with Oscar Peterson and Count Basie. And glorious vocals from Irene Kral. Unmissable! All this and so much more at 11.00 pm on Saturday, January 20 on the following BBC stations: Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Cambridgeshire, Northampton and Three Counties. Also available nationally and internationally on the BBC iPlayer. The Late Paul Barnes – rhythm & rhubarb of the finest kind.

Jazztonic’ is a weekly jazz music and magazine programme available only via www.radionenevalley.co.uk and clicking on ‘listen’.  From ragtime through swing and fusion to contemporary it goes out every Wednesday at 7pm and is presented by David Craigie.  Wednesday 17th January will feature a telephone conversation with Nigel Price about his new album and plans for the Swanage Jazz Festival.

Thursday January 18th.  Jazz night with Stolen Moments at the Pavilion cafe near Muswell Hill.  Albert Road Recreation Ground, London N22 7XL. (Parking in road for free, not in the Park).  Stolen Moments is a seven piece mainstream band with vocalist playing a mix of blues, ballads, fast/medium swing and Latin. Line up includes Graham Pike on trumpet and harmonica and Annie Dehaney-Steven on vocals, and band is led by Julian Rhys Williams on saxes.  Doors 7.45, band on from 8.30. Bar and Snacks available. Tickets: £5 on the door.

Jackie Free’s Chicagoans at The ARC, St John’s Arts & Recreation Centre,  St John’s Walk, Market St, Old Harlow CM17 0AJ  on Saturday 27th January at 3pm.  Admission £10 – details from John Petters: 01406 365 731  tessa@traditional-jazz.com

A true jazz legend, trombonist, Jackie Free, kicks off the new year, leading his six piece band.  A member of the pioneering Freddy Randall Jazz Band, Jackie played with the amazing Louis Satchmo Armstrong in 1956.  Featured will be trumpet virtuoso, Peter Rudeforth, clarinettist, Julian Stringle, highly popular piano professor, Martin Litton, and  Harlow bassist, Keith Donald and John Petters on drums.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ipswich Jazz Collective meet on the 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 http://www.ipswichjazzcollective.blogspot.co.uk

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

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

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

There is a new jazz jam in Suffolk, in the picturesque market town of Woodbridge – it happens on Thursday evenings once a month, there is a facebook group people can join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1503416799918503/?fref=ts  at the Kings Head, 17 Market Hill, Woodbridge IP12 4LP  http://www.kingsheadwoodbridge.co.uk  For more info e-mail ben.watson.cmg@gmail.com

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

24th January – The Harlem Meer Cats                     Ned Bennett – alto sax & clarinet   Ben Cummings – trumpet   Jeff Williams – trombone   Colin Good – piano              Jerome Davies – double bass   Chris Nickolls – drums

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 20s and early 30s, recreating the Cotton Club in New York.  Much of what they play is with growling trumpet and trombone, haunting clarinet, swooping sax and African drum rhythms, with plenty of Swing!   Expect to hear tunes such as It Don’t Mean A Thing, Jungle Nights in Harlem, Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, Old Man Blues, Caravan, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady, Six or Seven Times, and many more.
Their music has been arranged for the Harlem Meer Cats by their leader Ned Bennett; with each piece Ned transcribes the essence of the original recording, and distils it down to fit their streamlined 6-piece line up. All the melodies, harmonies and rhythms are carefully replicated. Played with authenticity, they treat every performance as a jazz gig with high energy playing, great improvised solos, and a great swing feel.

31st January  – ‘Broadway to MGM’ – Atila                   Atila – vocals   Rob Barron – piano   Colin Oxley – guitar    Dave Green – double bass   Steve Brown (tbc) – drums

This exciting show presents a selection of Broadway hits especially on those that made it to MGM and onto the big screen.  Join Atila for a trip through the decades of great song writers and forgotten hits. Featuring songs such as ‘Bewitched’ ‘The Right Girl For Me’, ‘You My Love’, ‘Hello Young Lovers’, ‘What Kind of Fool am I’ and many, many more… Come along to this great show to relive an era when lyrics were king and melody was a symphonic theme

7th February – The Rob Barron Quintet

Rob Barron – piano     Colin Oxley – guitar     Nat Steele – vibes     Jeremy Brown – double bass     Josh Morrison – drums

Rob Barron regularly appears with the BBC Big Band and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra.  He is one of London’s finest and most dynamic jazz pianists whose quintet will be performing music full of soul and passion for the American tradition of swing, harmony and feel. Tonight they will be playing new arrangements of standards as well as the occasional tunes by Hank Jones, George Shearing etc.  Guitarist Colin Oxley has appeared at the Club recently with Atila and Driving Miss Daisy ensemble.  Vibraphonist Nat Steele appears with Pete Neighbour.  Double bassist Jeremy Brown has appeared at the Club with Matthew Ford & The Skelton – Skinner Septet.  Drummer Josh Morrison also appeared with Atila last year at the Club.

14th February – The Humphrey Lyttelton Band – Celebrating Humph and his music!

Tony Fisher – trumpet     Robert Fowler – tenor/baritone saxes + clarinet     Ray Wordsworth – trombone     Ted Beament – piano     Jimmy Hastings – alto sax + clarinet     Adrian Macintosh – drums     John Rees-Jones – double bass

In 2008, Humphrey Lyttelton celebrated sixty years as a bandleader, his hallmark being versatility, reflected in a repertoire which extends from early traditional to modern by way of  Ellington and Basie. Tonight from his Legacy Band you’ll hear Humph’s big hit ‘Bad Penny Blues’ plus some Buck Clayton arrangements. It’s little surprise that the prevailing reaction from audiences is ‘We never thought a jazz concert could have such variety!’ The most important ingredients are, of course, the musicians, all stars in their own right!   Admission £15 – reservations recommended

21st February – Sinatra at the Movies! – Simply Swing with Steve Pert

Steve Pert – vocals     Sandra Lambert – piano and musical director     Simon Bates – tenor sax/ flute/ clarinet     Jeff Lardner – drums     Mick Hutton – double bass

Sandra Lambert’s Simply Swing Band featuring vocalist Steve Pert bring you ‘Sinatra At The Movies’, celebrating the songs from the movies in which Sinatra starred – Pal Joey, High Society, Guys & Dolls, The Joker is Wild, On The Town and many more.  Expect a vibrant evening with laughter and anecdotes and hear classic Sinatra movie songs.
Steve is one of the country’s finest and most versatile singers. He began his career in the acclaimed close harmony vocal group ‘Wall Street Crash’ with whom he appeared in over two hundred TV performances worldwide, including three Royal Variety Shows. He has worked with some of the world’s foremost musicians and singers including Harry Belafonte, Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner, Was Not Was and Toots Thieleman.
Pianist Sandra Lambert has performed and recorded with Bette Midler, Humphrey Lyttleton, Cilla Black, Paul O’Grady, Helen Shapiro and The London Symphony Orchestra. A sought after accompanist and arranger, Sandra is Musical Director of Simply Swing.
Bassist Mick Hutton is a staple of the British jazz scene and has worked with Harry Beckett, Julian Argüelles, Iain Ballamy, Django Bates Ken Stubbs, Alan Barnes, Peter Erskine, Tina May, Jim Mullen, John Scofield, Alan Skidmore, Tommy Smith, John Taylor, Stan Tracey and Kenny Wheeler.
Drummer Jeff Lardner has recorded and toured with the world’s foremost musicians and singers including Van Morrison, Kylie Minogue, Natalie Cole, Bobby Womack, Gregory Porter, Joss Stone, Mick Hucknall, Georgie Fame, BBC Big Band and Mark Knopfler.
Saxophonist Simon Bates is known and respected for his stylistic versatility. Simon has worked with musicians including Elvis Costello, Jamie Cullum, Dizze Rascal, Shane McGowan, Lulu, Rick Wakeman, D:Ream, Chaka Khan, Emma Bunton, Seal and Carleen Anderson. He was Musical Director for Rick Astley, Bette Midler.

28th February – The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra  + Male Vocalist – directed by Dr. John Ruddick MBE

The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra with a male vocalist, comes to the Club highly recommended by Chris Dean, leader of the Syd Lawrence Orchestra.  Dr. John Ruddick MBE is the Musical Director of the MYJO and has led the band to a record eleven wins in the BBC National Big Band Competition with the band being unbeaten in the Competition for twenty years.  In 2004 MYJO opened the IAJE Conference in Toronto, and was introduced as one of the finest young jazz orchestras in the world. MD John Ruddick performs as a freelance trumpet player across the UK and Europe which included being a member of the late Don Lusher’s Big Band.  He has also performed many times with the BBC Big Band, and the Fat Chops Big Band, BBC Radio and TV ITV, BBC Big Band, Syd Lawrence Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Shirley Bassey Orchestra, Peggy Lee, Frankie Laine and Bruce Forsyth to name just a few!   Admission £15 – reservations recommended

‘Surely, one of the finest big bands in the land’. – THE MUSICIAN
‘Arguably, the finest of its kind in the UK…does not get any better than that’. -THE STAGE
‘One of the finest youth bands I’ve ever performed with…..in the world’. –  BOBBY SHEW
‘Shattering talent….played with a power and precision that would not have shamed Stan Kenton himself. Catch them if you can’. – GODFREY SMITH, Sunday Times
‘Honestly, I haven’t heard a better big band since the days of Herman, Ellington and Basie’. – DIGBY FAIRWEATHER

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

24 Jan:  Catherine Lima (vocals) + Aled Thomas (piano)

31 Jan:  Leszek Kulaszewicz (tenor) + t.b.c.

7 Feb:   Java Jam –  Roger Lewin (piano) + Phil Brown (tenor) + Sarah Jane Hassell (vocals)

 with John Withers (drums) & John Pamenter (double bass)

THE THEYDON AND ABRIDGE JAZZ CLUB @ ABRIDGE VILLAGE HALL, 39 Ongar Road, Abridge,  Essex RM4 1UD from 8pm to 10.30Traditional/Dixieland/New Orleans Jazz featuring excellent live bands for listening and dancing. Drinks & snacks / tea & coffee / dance floor / plentiful seating / free car park. All are welcome. The Club nights  will be the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month Admission – Guests £12, Members £10. Children admitted under supervision, free for 12 and unders.  Bar/ Free Car Park  /Good Seating/disabled welcome/ membership available.  Visit www.theydonjazzclub.org.uk or contact Dave & Sheila Dyer – tel: 01945 588325; email: davedyer24@gmail.com

Weds 24th  Jan – TJ JOHNSON’s Jazz & Blues Band featuring Al Nichols & Tony Pitt

Weds 14th Feb – Kid Tidimans Allstars

Weds 28th Feb – Lizy & The Top Hat Jazzband

Weds 14th Mar –  Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang

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

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

Tuesday, 30th January, 2018     STORIES & LIES featuring CATHERINE LIMA, vocals, 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 the resident trio will enjoy to follow. Catherine’s performance will have a little of her latest album ‘Stories & Lies’ including some written herself that was released last September, 2017, and she always guarantees an entertaining evening with her versatile talent and also now as a songwriter.

Tuesday, 27th February, 2018   DUELLING GUITAR DUO featuring ANDY WATSON & SIMON HURLEY, guitars, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.
Andy Watson and Simon Hurley are welcomed back, by popular demand, to this tutor and student guitar duo forming the combination of the world wide experience of Andy Watson and the ingenuity of the rapidly rising star Simon Hurley. Whatever their programme comprises this evening, it will certainly be varied and entertaining that is sure to include all genres encompassing the world of guitar music.

Tuesday, 27th March, 2018     TRIUMPHANT TROMBONES featuring DEREK CLENSHAW & CLIFF MASON, trombones,  with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.
Derek Clenshaw is no stranger to the Club having guested on several occasions and has a wealth of experience from playing alongside noted legends on the jazz scene. His music career started in the world of brass bands that progressed through to playing with bands both mainstream and traditional with such jazz legends as Humphrey Littleton, Freddie Randall, Bruce Adams and Mike Cotton.
Cliff Mason also began his musical career in the world of brass bands before being introduced to the Ken Turner Band in 1987 immediately taking to jazz like a duck to water. He still continues to lead the trombone section of the Ken Turner Band and is also a member of the Shades of Swing Big Band.
With these two trombone exponents we look forward to an evening of favourite trombone  tunes and I would not be surprised if such tunes as Caravan, Mood Indigo, Harlem Nocturne, Moonglow, Moonlight Serenade, and In a Mellow Tone were not subjected to some special trombone treatment

ANNIE’S JAZZ @ THORPE BAY GOLF CLUB. Annie’s Jazz is at Thorpe Hall Golf Club, Thorpe Hall Avenue. Thorpe Bay. Southend-on-Sea. SS1-3AT on Tuesdays.  Food served from 7pm until 8pm and the music will start at 8.00pm. Please phone Annie for reservations 07504-232783 or e-mail boneswithtones@gmail.com.

DON’T FORGET THE JANUARY PROMOTION. INTRODUCE SOMEONE NEW TO THE CLUB AND BOTH COME IN AT HALF PRICE.

Tues 23rd January  –  THE CHRISTIAN BREWER QUARTET
With Leon Greening, Adam King & Don Scott.  One of the most lyrical and soulful alto players to have emerged in the U.K in recent years.

Tues 30th January  –  LIVEN-UP
Tony Gooderham on piano, Paul Jayasinha on trumpet, Alec Pitman on sax & vocals, Chrissy Lee on drums & Roger Curphey on bass.  An early return for this popular beguiling band.

Tues 6th February  –  ‘REEDS & RHYTHM LED BY GOFF DOBBER.
With Tim Huskisson on piano, Karl Wirrman on sax/clarinet, Johnny Baker on drums, Roger Curphey on bass & Goff himself on clarinet/sax.  Swinging Jazz with a touch of the traditional.

Tues 13th Feb –  BARB JUNGR & JOHN McDANIEL perform The Beatles ‘COME TOGETHER’.
Internationally acclaimed & award winning duo perform the music of the Beatles. This show was described by The New York times as “Thrilling”.

Tues 20th February  –  THE RED STRIPE BAND.
An incredible Septet led by Neil Drinkwater.   An engaging, ever moving comical show that encompasses boogie woogie, swing, rock n’ roll & blues.

Tues 27th February  –   AN EVENING WITH KARL CHARITY
A captivating trumpet player with a voice that is attracting lots of attention. An extensive repertoire from the classic Chet Baker to the much loved American Songbook.

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

Tuesday 23rd January – 8.00pm
Jim Mullen – guitar  Zoe Francis – vocals  Kate Williams – piano  &  Simon Woolf – bass

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

Saturday 27th January  2.00pm – 4.00pm
Vasilis Xenopoulos & Nigel Price Quartet
Admission £10.00 students £5.00

 “SPIKES PLACE AT SAFFRON WALDEN” - Third Thursday of every month – 8.30pm. Saffron Hotel, High St, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1AZ. Top-Class Mainstream Jazz. E mail: susan_may@btinternet.com www.myspace.com/spikesplacejazzclub. For advance bookings contact: Susan 01245 420475.  join the Facebook groups

December to February – CLOSED reopens 15th February

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

 Sunday 11th February.    John Etheridge (guitar),  Art Themen  (sax) Arnie Somegy (bass) and Winston Clifford (drums)

 Sunday 18th March.   ‘Searching for Hope’ with Herwig Gradischng (sax), Steve Fishwick (trumpet), Claus Raible (piano)   Giorgos Antonia (bass) and Matt Home (drums)

Sunday 15th April.    The Humphrey Lyttelton Band  (7 piece band, line up TBC)

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

26th January – Christian Brewer Quartet: http://www.christianbrewer.com/

Christian Brewer Sax, Leon Greening piano, Adam King bass and Matt Skelton drums.

Christian Brewer is a leading sax player, composer and teacher having performed at many of the top clubs, venues and festivals both home and abroad.  He studied at Leeds School of Music and The Guildhall School of Music to become one of the most lyrical and soulful alto players to have emerged on the UK in recent years with his melodic playing and pure tone. He has performed with many leading players from around the world and is no stranger to the recording studio.
Leon Greening studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then at Leeds College of Music, where he received a BA (Hons) in Jazz and Contemporary Music. He was runner up in the Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 1999 and like Christian, has performed with far too many leading jazz artists to include here. He is also an experienced teacher, composer and bandleader and has released a CD with his own trio featuring Sam Burgess on bass and Steve Brown on drums.

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

21st JanuaryThe Hugh Rainey Jazz Band.  The hugely popular Hugh on trumpet leads his own band which he formed in 1970. The band includes Les Hanscombe trombone, Brian Hart clarinet and saxophone, and plays the music of Bechet, Ellington, Beiderbecke, Morton, Oliver and Basie.

28th JanuaryThe Jack Clifford Swingtette.  A wonderful end to the month with an evening of traditional and jazz standards from the Swingtette.  Jack’s clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with regulars including Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Clarke drums and Roger Curphy bass.

4th MarchThe Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra. The EYJO is made up of young musicians directed by renowned jazz saxophonist, Martin Hathaway, who is Head of Jazz at Guildhall School of Music. EYJO play a wide range of jazz from traditional to modern jazz.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear and dance to this wonderful group.

11th MarchMike 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.

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

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

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

Sunday 4th February 2018    PAUL HIGGS Trumpet
Paul needs no introduction being a popular guest. Tonight features a mix of the of his popular themed shows such as ‘Cult TV Themes’ ‘Shades of Miles’, ‘A Brief History of Jazz’. Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 4th March 2018      ADAM GLASSER Harmonica
Looking forward to this one. Adam played with my quintet during the 1990’s on many occasions on piano and doubling on chromatic Harmonica. Tonight will feature a mixture of Standards and more.
Sam Edwards Keyboards, Jose Canha String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday 31st January 2018 – Some Kinda Wonderful – The Music of Steve Wonder featuring Noel McCalla on vocals and Derek Nash on saxes.

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

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

Wed 31st January 2018BEN HOLDER – VIOLIN & VOCALS
Sandra Lambert
(Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums) + special guest

Sizzling Hot Club music from the hottest Gypsy Jazz specialist on the scene. Featuring the swing sounds of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli

Wed 28th February 2018JACQUI HICKS – Sings & Swings The American Songbook
Sandra Lambert
(Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums) + special guest

Expect a night of hard swinging standards, raunchy blues and romantic ballads from one of the UK’s top jazz vocalists.

Wed 28th March 2018 – PETE NEIGHBOUR – CLARINET
Sandra Lambert
(Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums) + special guest

Now residing in the USA and a favourite player of Sir Michael Caine and Mick Jagger, Pete will deliver swing-era jazz programme with superb musicianship and lively anecdotes.

Wed 25th April 2018 – ALAN BARNES & BRUCE ADAMS
Sandra Lambert
(Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums)

Certain to be an exciting, fiery and humorous session with dazzling technique, creative excellence and accessible and enjoyable music form these two British jazz legends.

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

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

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

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

JAZZ AT THE KINGS LANGLEY CLUB – The very best bands of local musicians every Tuesday at 8.30pm, 3-5 Hempstead Road, Kings Langley, Herts. Tel: 01923 262982. No entry charge, Visitors welcome . www.kingslangleyjazz.co.uk  Keep an eye on the website for any late amendments.

January 23rd   Tiger Swing Recreating Django and hot club of Paris style with Felicity’s accomplished violin. A very refreshing  evening.

January 30th   Hertswing with their usual classic big band sound aided by Vicky their star vocalist.   An evening not to be missed!

February 6th    Club Dixielanders. Our popular Traditional Jazz Band playing all the old favourites from the Crescent City.

February 13th  The Jim Phillips Band.  Fronted by Jim on baritone sax, with many recently acquired combo charts from his extensive music library.  All aided by Bryony on vocals.

February 20th  Conchord Big Band  A popular band in the Basie tradition led by Cliff Brown.

February 27th   Terry Trenwith’s Octave.  A fun night of wide ranging jazz standards and a few jokes! Terry can always be relied on to host an entertaining night!

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

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

Jan 20
Feb 17
Mar 17
Apr 21
May 19

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 £18.   JAZZ EXPRESS: Book for any three concerts and get tickets for just £10 each. Students 2-for-1 admission!! Doors: 7pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm. 
 Arts Centre box office: 01206 500900. Online: www.colchesterartscentre.com   www.colchesterartscentrejazzclub.com

“SPIKE’S PLACE” AT BECKENHAM – 8:30pm. Club Langley, 2 Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3SR (Off South Eden Park Road). Admission £14.00  members £11.00  unless otherwise stated. 020 8650 2406 / 01245 420475 E mail: susan_may@btinternet.com www.myspace.com/spikesplacejazzclub Advance bookings: Susan 01245 420475  join the Facebook groups

Thursday  25th  January  – 8.30pm
Jim Mullen – guitar   Zoe Francis – vocals   Kate Williams – piano  &  Simon Woolf – bass

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

Sunday 21st Jan – CHRIS ALLARD    with PETER LEMER (pno). BERNIE HODGKINS (bs), ROGER ODELL (drs) & LARRAINE ODELL (voc)    Chris has worked with many top artists and performed at major festivals and venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican, the O2 Arena, Montreux Jazz Festival and the Royal Festival Hall. He has worked with Jacqui Dankworth, Tim Garland, Dame Cleo Laine, Sir John Dankworth, Claire Martin, Jamie Cullum, the BBC Big Band and many others.

Sunday 4th Feb – LUCA LUCIANO
Sunday 18th Feb – ANDY PANAYI

Sunday 4th Mar – MARTIN DOBSON
Sunday 18th Mar – PETE NEIGHBOUR

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

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

January 25th    The Lennie Niehaus Connection by  THE MICK FOSTER QUINTET   Featuring three of the UKs finest saxophonists ~ Foster ~ Barnes & Fowler
www.mickfoster.org.uk // www.alanbarnesjazz.com
These are the wonderful original compositions & arrangements of standards by LENNIE NIEHAUS former Stan Kenton alto saxophonist. The charts have been transcribed by Mick Foster the UK’s number one baritone sax man.  At our request to play this music, Mick has also organised & acquired the right team to play this West Coast Jazz in the style of the original (1950s) Lennie Niehaus Quintet of Bob Gordon baritone sax .. Jack Montrose tenor.. Monty Budwig double bass & Shelly Manne drums..
Lennie is now 88 & living in California ~ he has spent most of his life writing music for films & is credited for the music in most of the films of his good friend Clint Eastwood
MICK FOSTER  baritone sax ~~ ALAN BARNES alto sax ~~ ROBERT FOWLER tenor sax  ~~ DAVID CHAMBERLAIN double bass ~~ TRISTAN MAILLOTT  drums
The heading Lennie Niehaus Connection comes from my meeting him in 1956.   Please google Lennie Niehaus ~ this guy will blow your mind.

Feb 1st  Pete Long with POCKET BASIE       www.plong.co.uk ; 

PETE LONG~ great musician, clarinet & saxophone & wonderful humorist raconteur Pete is also the leader of The Echoes of Ellington Big Band that won the coveted Brit Jazz Award.   He also leads The Ronnie Scott Big Band & the perform on a regular basis at Ronnies.   He returns to The FJC with these Quality Musicians in his highly successful Pocket Basie outfit  which played to our Full House in Jan 2016

GEORGE HOGG Trumpet  MARTIN WHEATLEY Guitar  COLIN GOOD Piano   JOE PETTITT Double Bass   ED RICHARDSON Drums

Feb 8th  JACQUI HICKS – UK’s Favorite Lady Big Band Blues Singer with The Brian Dee Trio Plus Special Guest Star ~ tenor sax man ART THEMEN

Wow what a scoop to get ART THEMEN to join this fantastic line up ~ This man ~ the former top orthopaedic surgeon has always been in the top echelon of British Saxophonists ~Having seen him a few times recently, the word on the street is~ & i have to agree, his playing is now up into another gear.

BRIAN DEE piano.  DAVE GREEN double bass.  CLARK TRACEY drums   The wonderful JACQUI HICKS noted for her singing with the award winning  Back to Basie Orchestra & Shakatak ~~ Jacqui is The musicians vocalist & the list of credits to her runs into pages.  Accompanying  Jacqui we have a World Class rhythm section –
BRIAN DEE piano  The legend of the jazz piano who has accompanied everyone from Peggy Lee to Bing Crosby to Elaine Delmar & all of the great jazz soloists from the  USA & the UK … 12 years with The Ted Heath Band…
DAVE GREEN double bass World Class & that says it all
CLARK TRACEY drums — recognised as the finest jazz drummer outside of the USA.

Tuesday Feb 13th     THE ARTIE ZAITZ QUARTET   Direct from Ronnie Scotts in London

ARTIE ZAITZ guitar.  ROSS STANLEY hammond organ.   STEVE BROWN drums.  DAVE PATTMAN congas.

Making its debut at The FJC.  Having seen them on many occasions i can vouch for them being one of the most exciting & unique outfits on The UK jazz scene.  They are almost contracted to Ronnie Scotts & the brilliant young leader guitarist Artie Zaitz Is pure class & up there with the best.  Plus the excitement of Ross Stanley with the full force of the mighty Hammond  & total percussion with the combination of Brit Jazz award winning drummer Steve Brown & the exciting rhythm of the congas of Dave Pattman one of latin musics foremost percussionists.  Dave has played with all the leading latin bands on the planet ~ including the world famous Beuna Vista Social Club

Feb 22nd        JAZZ ‘ N  JOLSON   You Loved this show in 2016 & in 2017, so you must in 2018.  From the London Stage ~ Berny Stringle presents The Music of Al Jolson in Jazz

JULIAN MARC STRINGLE  Tnr Sax & Clrnt. Europe’s finest ( Sir JD ) –
CHRIS GOWER Trombone ~ From Bone Supremacy
ENRICO TOMASSO Trumpet – The Brit Jazz Award Winner
NICK DAWSON  Piano ~A night off For The MD of West End Show Mama Mia
ANDREW CLEYNDERT Double Bass .. So good to have AC back at The FJC
ROD BROWN Drums  It wouldn’t Jazz ‘N Jolson without Rod Brown

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.

Friday 29 December – JOHN ETHERIDGE with Jim Treweek-piano, Eric Guy-bass, Buster Birch-drums.

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.

Regular venue every second Wednesday every month at The Cricketers, 228 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex  SS0 7JG . great food – great jazz and a wonderful atmosphere.  The food is so good that it’s better to book a table if you intend to eat on Jazz night –the phone number is 01702 345053.  There is no entrance fee and plenty of free car parking opposite The Cricketers. It promises to be a real fun night!  All sorts of wonderful guests lined up for you in 2018 so watch this space!

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

Friday 19 January – Janet’s Jazz Night. This month’s special guests are Duncan Eagles on Sax and Becky Morse on Vocals. £7

‘Janet’s Jazz Fridays’ are hosted by Janet McCunn with a house trio led by Terence Collie and feature a first set with a special guest instrumentalist followed by a guest vocalist joining Janet for the second set. The third and final set is a jam session so all can come and sing and play.  Just put your name on the list!   The jam session is on a first come first served basis so buy your ticket online to automatically get on the list!

Saturday 20 January – Monika Lidke Band   £9 Students £5

Songwriter & Jazz-folk singer Monika Lidke creates exciting and original music that truly connects with the audience. Her songs blend jazz and folk with Polish and French roots to create a mesmerising live show.  Monika Lidke is a singer-songwriter of Polish origin, currently living in London. She creates exciting and original music that truly connects with the audience. Her songs blend jazz, folk and Latin grooves with Polish and French roots to create a mesmerising live show

Monika Lidke – Vocals,  Matt Chandler – Guitar,   Rob Luft – Guitar,   Adma Spiers – Cello,  Tim Fairhall – Bass,   Adam Teixeira – Drums

Friday 26 January-  Willie Garnett Big Band  £6

Undoubtedly one of the best British big bands led by veteran band leader Willie Garnett… Superb Musicians…Keeping the GREAT Classics ALIVE!….Regular to our stage performing every last Friday of each month, the band will be treating us to their usual selection of the finest popular jazz standards.

Saturday 27 January – Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet  “Inspired by Alice & John Coltrane” £10  Students £5

Internationally renowned harpist Alina Bzhezhinska, award-winning jazz saxophonist Tony Kofi, a diverse bass player/ composer Larry Bartley and a virtuoso drummer Joel Prime bring to life this highly anticipated project dedicated to one of the most innovative female jazz musicians – Alice Coltrane. They celebrate the double anniversary of Alice Coltrane birth and death (1937-2007) by performing their arrangements of her compositions from the albums such as Journey in Satchidananda, Ptah The El Daoud and Eternity as well as her latest release by Luaka Bop The Ecstatic of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda.

Alina Bzhezhinska – Harp,  Tony Kofi – Saxophone,   Larry Bartley – Bass,   Joel Prime – Drums

Saturday 10 February – Valentine’s Special – Bobby Davro with Denmark Street Big Band.  A Night Of Sinatra’s Love Songs  £14

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

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

Thurs 1 Feb:  ALAN BARNES/DAVE NEWTON
Two of the UK’s greatest award-winning jazz musicians, saxophonist/clarinettist Barnes and pianist Newton, perform scintillating, empathetic duets from their new album in celebration their 40 year collaboration.

Sat 17 Feb: SARA DOWLING sings COLE PORTER
One of the outstanding vocal talents of her generation applies her exotic musicality to the exquisite, witty work of the great American songwriter. With Chris Ingham (piano), Owen Morgan (bass) and George Double (drums

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

JAZZ AT THE RHODES ARTS COMPLEXBishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 3JG  01279 710 200  www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

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

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

BASSMENT, 16 Wells Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1HZ  have a monthly, live, Thursday night Jazz Funk session.  Last event: 10th Aug.       House band:   James Maltby – Guitar   Dan Banks – Piano   Andy Staples – Bass   Josh Law – Drums   Zak Barrett – Saxophone

THE JAZZ CENTRE UK opened in February 2016 is the brain child of Digby Fairweather and our purpose is to promote, preserve and celebrate the vibrant culture of jazz music in the UK and beyond. We are sited in The Beecroft Art Gallery, Victoria Ave, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 6EX and we are open for all to see our exhibitions between Tuesday and Saturday opening hours are 10am to 5pm.   At present we are fully staffed on Thursdays and Saturdays – so please call in to our Jazz Cafe, have a coffee and say hello to our friendly volunteers who will answer any questions that you may have!  We are now a registered Charity No. 116742 and The Heritage Lottery Fund has helped us to set up phase 1 of our project, but we have much greater plans for the future.  You may like to take a look at our website www.thejazzcentreuk.co.uk which gives you further details of our movements. Come and see our Living Heritage Museum containing Humphrey Lyttleton’s desk, trumpet, letters and trophies (as well as 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 also have live music in the Centre on Saturday afternoon.  We actively support and promote contemporary performance and education  – keep in touch – send me your email address and we shall add you to our list of ‘friends’ who receive our newsletter. Hope to see you at The Jazz Centre UK soon!   Email address is:- gwendolinesweetingham@gmail.com

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. www.e17jazz.com/whatson/ at their NEW VENUE – Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, E17 6DS. www.gnomehouse.org.uk 07739660449  www.e17jazz.com/whatson/

THE SOUTHEND JAZZ CLUBevery Monday at the EKCO Social & Sports Club, Thornford Gardens, Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea, Essex. SS2 6PU. 01702 351641 www.ekcoclub.co.uk From 7:30pm.  Music  8:00pm – everyone welcome.  Info: Bryan Jones 07801 757912 or 01702 61825.  Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Southend-Jazz-Club/133240693427561  Twitter @southendjazz;  email jazz@greenad.co.uk to join mailing list.  Entrance £10

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!

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

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    www.rowfanthouse.co.uk

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.

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

The Andy Bowie Quartet plays modern jazz every Sunday 8 to 11 at the Tram Depot, Dover Street, Cambridge, as we have for the last 4 years. https://soundcloud.com/andy-bowie

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

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

FRANK GRIFFITH GIGLIST- Frank Griffith, Director of Performance, School of Arts, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH 01895 266572. 07976 313224 www.frankgriffith.co.uk

21 Jan, 1PM. w/Tad Newton Band. Solihull Jazz Club, Union Road, B91 3DH.

25 Jan, 8PM. w/Bob Haddrel. Here Cafe, 28-30 Lower Kings Road, Berkhamstead, Herts, HP4 2AB. 01442 300870. Free.

1 Feb, 8PM. W/Tad Newton Band. Pumphouse Jazz Club. Local Board Road, Watford, WD17 2JP.

6 Feb, 8PM. The Great British Songbook. w/Pete Churchill, piano/vocals and Laurence Evans, bass. The Pavilion Cafe, Bedford Park, MK40. 01234 351104. www.pavilioninthepark.co.uk. £25 for meal and music. Booking in advance required.

14 Feb, 8.30PM. w/Lauren Bush, vocals, Dorian Ford, piano and Laurence Evans, bass. Mill Hill Jazz Club, 100 Barnet Way, NW7 3AL. 0208 207 0451.
www.millhilljazzclub.co.uk.£8.

18 Feb, 12PM. w/Tad Newton Band. The Walnut Tree Inn. Station Road, Blisworth, NN7 3DS.  01604 485 549.£10.

4 April, 12.30PM. The Polo Sticks w/Alan Barnes, Marting Nickless, Martin Litton, Sandy Sucholdski and Richard Pite. The Spice of Life,6 Moor Street, London, W1D 5DA. www.spicejazz.co.uk. £10.

17 May, 8PM. W/Tad Newton Band. Verwood Jazz Club, St Leanards Hotel, Ringwood.

21 June, 7.30PM. w/Tad Newton Band.Upton on Severn Jazz Festival.

24 June, 12PM.Club Hotfoot w/FG, Charles Alexander/Andy Robinson, guitar and Tom Hill, bass. Westwood Social Club, Westward Heath, Coventry, CV4 8GP. 0247 646 6619. www.jazzmatazz.org.uk. £10.

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

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

CAROL BRAITHWAITES’ JAZZ NIGHTS:   (further information : carolbraithwaite.com ).

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.

PETER JEZARD FORTHCOMING GIGS

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

On Wednesday 17th January there is LIVE Dixieland jazz and Swing in the WAGON in Wix    8:30  –  11pm with  Pete Jezard & ‘The Usual Suspects’  (Mel Cox, Brian Hart and Gerry Hoskin)

Also The usual FIRST SUNDAY gig at the ALBION Rowhedge has MOVED (just for February) to the Sunday February 11.

So happy afternoon JAZZ from 2 to 4:30pm in Ye Olde Albion Rowhedge on Sunday FEBRUARY 11

THE BOTTLENECK BLUES CLUB meet on the last Tuesday of the month in the Roffen Suite in Rochester – 41 New Road, Rochester ME1 1DX. Normally tickets £12.  Doors 7.30pm, band on stage 8.45pm. www.bottleneckblues.com. Good food, reasonably priced available to eat at your table if required.  Further information, upcoming shows, map etc, available at www.bottleneckblues.com.

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

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

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

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

Every 1st  and 3rd Thursday of every month Kenny Ball Jr will be doing a live show with special guests below the Brickyard, South Street, Romford Essex, singing with Pete Corrigan bass Pete Jackson on drums Paul Searly on guitar Michael Horner piano Andrew Lidden on sax 7.30 till 1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEDS 24th Jan – FUTURE FUNK FUSION JAM hosted by top UK bassist YOLANDA CHARLES. The house band featuring NOREEN STEWART vocals, KIM MURRAY guitar, GARETH BROWN drums & ROSS STANLEY keys will play the opening set followed by a jam featuring special guests. Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £8/£5  http://www.wegottickets.com/event/426251

WEDS 31st Jan – LONDON CITY BIG BAND – Incredibly tight youthful ensemble playing faithful renditions taken from the books of Sinatra, Ella, Basie, Rich & James & led by top young trumpeter BARNEY LOWE and featuring leading swing vocalist SHANE HAMPSHEIR. Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8  http://www.wegottickets.com/event/426252

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Jackie Free’s Chicagoans at The ARC, St John’s Arts & Recreation Centre,  St John’s Walk, Market St, Old Harlow CM17 0AJ  on Saturday 27th January at 3pm.  Admission £10 – details from John Petters: 01406 365 731  tessa@traditional-jazz.com

A true jazz legend, evidenced by the blue plaque on his childhood home in Leytonstone, trombonist, Jackie Free, kicks off the new year,   Leading his six piece band, the Epping based musician, in his 86th year, has seen many changes to the music scene, since he started blowing his horn as a kid in the Boy’s Brigade in the ‘40s.  A member of the pioneering Freddy Randall Jazz Band, Jackie played with the amazing Louis Satchmo Armstrong in 1956.  A devotee of the jazz pioneered by white musicians in the Windy City, in the late 20s, Jackie’s band plays in true Chicago style.
Featured will be trumpet virtuoso, Peter Rudeforth a member of the Chris Barber Band.  Clarinettist, Julian Stringle is no stranger, having been a key member of the John Petters Swing BandReturning to piano, highly popular piano professor, Martin Litton, whose playing never fails to delight.  Harlow bassist, Keith Donald and John Petters on drums will complete this foot tapping, stomping line up.

From Tony Jacobs – If you want to book something very special for Valentine’s day, there is still some availability for our forthcoming Festival at Eastbourne‘s Cavendish Hotel!  Monday 12 Feb to Friday 16 Feb.  Four days of fantastic music featuring the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, the legendary Elaine Delmar and her band, the Jim Barry Quintet, Catherine Sykes, Louise Cookman, Sue Greenway, Jim Barry, Steve Rushton and a host of some of the UK’s greatest musicians. The event also features daytime cabaret from Jim and Tony – and the first performance of ‘Now You Has Jazz!’ – celebrating the genius of Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby with the Ian Bateman Jazz Band, Tony and trumpet supremo Enrico Tomasso.
Booking only through Isle Of Wight Tours – 01983-405116  For Eastbourne residents –  Isle Of Wight Tours have  arranged a pass system. Each show is £20.00. If you’d like to see all four – £70.00. Contact Isle Of Wight Tours  to arrange a pass

For fans of Trad Jazz out there, may we direct to you Wilf James‘ comprehensive listings — http://bit.ly/r0lcY2, or just Google Wilf’s Jazz!!

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

Retrospectivejazz, are a trad and Dixieland band based in darkest NE Essex. You can find their website at http://.retrospectivejazz.cticloud.co.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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tune to www.1940sukradio.co.uk

Adam Dyer presents a radio show on Phoenix FM, every Monday night 6pm – 8pm, playing jazz from the swing era to the present on 98FM in the Brentwood/Billericay area, available on app-stores and online: http://www.phoenixfm.com/2014/01/21/all-that-jazz/, helping to build a following for jazz among younger people. Adam teachs jazz piano/composition in Billericay (MA Guildhall School of Music and Drama). http://www.reverbnation.com/adamdyerjazz

Our friends at MEDWAY JAZZ publish a great newsletter covering a lot of what is going on in Kent. You can download their latest newsletter by clicking here: http://jazzupdate.co.uk/downloads/kentjazzspring14.pdf

Dave Self is a lifelong jazz fan, performer and DJ. He is a presenter of a jazz show for Blast 1386 – Tuesdays midday to CARL ORR on guitar [yes the guitarist with the billy cobham band] and ANDY NOBLE on keyboards . Carl and andy are both from Australia and are both top class exellent musicians 1pm, repeated on Fridays 8pm to 9pm. You can listen in at http://radiotime.com/station/s_6837/Blast_1386.aspx.

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

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

Cambridge: The jazz club at Hidden Rooms on Thursdays  www.cambridgejazz.org.  Phone: 07827 012875. Email: info@cambridgejazz.org.

Cambridge: Every Sunday night the ANDY BOWIE QUARTET are at the Tram Depot, Dover Street. See http://www.tramdepotcambridge.co.uk and https://soundcloud.com/andy-bowie.

Cambridge: Hot Numbers Coffee Bar at Units 5-6, Dales Brewery, Gwydir St, CB1 2LJ features jazz from time to time. See www.hotnumberscoffee.co.uk 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>jazzupdate.co.uk

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