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THE SWING SPECTACULAR! Saturday 5th May @ Colchester Town Hall 19.30-00.00  Rising star of swing and big band singing Lydia Bell presents the third annual evening of classic swing with The Sweeting Swing Band. Dancing from The Seaside Stompers, Cocktail bar, Vintage Dress encouraged. In aid of local homeless charity Emmaus Colchester. Tickets £17.50 available from

JAZZ IN A BROAD WAY – New Wimbledon Theatre at 93 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG on Sunday 22 April 2018.   7pm doors for 7.30pm start – 10pm    With vocalist Verona Chard and the Vamp Band featuring Chris Neill – piano and bass and Roan Kearsey-Lawson vibraphone     Please contact for ticket information or New Wimbledon Theatre   Tickets £15.00 and £13.00 concessions

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 Jack Honeybourne 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.

“SUMMER EVENING JAZZ” – Rotary Fundraiser on Saturday 7th July Featuring The Jive Aces  and The Salty Town Six

The Rotary Club of Ingatestone is holding this popular Open Air Jazz Concert in the gardens of Ingatestone Hall, Hall Lane, Ingatestone.    Sat.Nav:  CM4 9NS   Gates 5.45 pm, concert 6.15 pm.  In aid of The Not Forgotten Association and Alzheimer’s Society and other local Rotary causes. £16.00 in advance or £17.50 at gate, if available. Accompanied children under 15 admitted free.  Food and drinks available.   

The Jazz Centre UK is delighted to announce that from Friday, April 6th to Saturday 12th May 2018  it will be presenting its first major exhibition ‘Jazz Now’.  ‘Jazz Now’ is on the link through to the media section of the Jazz Centre’s website.  The exhibition will be presented through a display exhibition, live presentations, film and five live music events.



Something for the weekend? On Saturday join the Late Paul Barnes for rhythm & rhubarb of the finest kind, the very best in jazz, swing and classic popular music, old and new. This week, a centenary celebration of Helen Forrest, queen of the big band vocalists. She sang with three of the best: Harry James, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. Plus a couple of great tenor players, Gene Ammons and Bud Freeman, and the West Coast sound of Shorty Rogers. All this and so much more at 11.00 pm on Saturday, April 14 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 – with rhythm & rhubarb of the finest kind

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

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 6:30pm whilst you sit at a candlelit table, either before or whilst enjoying the top quality jazz which commences at 8:00pm until 10.30pm. Top International, Regional Bands and Artists, including Big Bands, Swing and Mainstream, all tuneful easy listening foot tapping music with something for everyone! Friendly welcoming atmosphere ~ Admission is from £12.50 on the door ~ Large free car park ~ Drinks at pub prices ~ Newcomers most welcome. ; Telephone: 07850 607075 or

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

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

2nd May  – ‘‘Its Clazzical’ – Julian Marc Stringle’s Dream Band + Sonia Slany’s Solid Strings

Julian Marc Stringle – clarinet,  Neil Angilley – piano, Dominic Ashworth – guitars, Chris Dodd – bass, Mike Bradley – drums, Marc Cecil – percussion, The Solid Strings: – Sonia Slany – violin, Steve Tees – violin, Jonathan Truscott – viola, Nick Cooper – cello    A unique fusion of classic melodies and pulsating Latin rhythms featuring a stunning suite from Bernstein’s “West Side Story.”  Sir John Dankworth’s  ‘A Lyric Fantasy’ has become the foundation stone of a new concert that Julian calls  ‘It’s Clazzical’
You’ll also hear music from Gershwin,  Rimsky-Korsakov, Piazzolla, Jobim,  Mangione, Eddie Daniels, Villa-Lobos and Julian Stringle, performed by this sensational 10 piece ensemble.  ADMISSION £17.50 BY PRIOR RESERVATION ONLY

9th May – Gunther Kurmayr Quartet with Vasilis Xenopoulos

Gunther Kurmayr – piano, Vasilis Xenopoulos – tenor sax, Matt Home – drums, Manuel Alvarez– double bass
GUNTHER KURMAYR has spent many years touring the world with Ray Gelato & The Giants and Salena Jones. Tonight he leads his top notch quartet on a journey through the Great American Songbook, shining new light through old windows and infusing timeless standards. VASILIS XENOPOULOS  was awarded a jazz scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston MA in 1999. In the same year he represented Greece in the European Jazz Youth Orchestra and toured many European countries. By 2005  Vasilis had moved to London establishing himself as one of London’s top saxophonists. Vasilis has worked with some of the best musicians in the British jazz scene with a uniquely impressionistic classical style. MANUEL ALVAREZ has appeared at the Club with Ray Gelato & The Giants and Al Nichols. MATT HOME has appeared with Cleo Laine and Curtis Stigers and at our Club with Iain Mackenzie.

16th May – Gordon Campbell All Stars Octet

Gordon Campbell – trombone, Olly Wilby – saxes, Martin  Shaw – trumpet/flugel horn, Claire McInerney – baritone sax, Robin Aspland – piano, Anthony Kerr – vibes, Ed Richardson – drums, Dave Whitford – double bass

We welcome back The John Wilson Orchestra & BBC Big Band’s lead trombonist Gordon Campbell and his All Star Octet featuring the music of the USA’s Dave Pell Octet, with popular standards arranged by the renowned Americans’ Shorty Rogers, Marty Paich & Bill Holman. Expect to hear tunes such as ‘Cheek to Cheek’, ‘Fly Me to The Moon ’,  ‘Days of Wine & Roses ’, ‘Change Partners ’ & ‘Desafinado ’ & ‘42nd Street ’ etc.  Robin Aspland, Martin Shaw, Anthony Kerr also perform with BBC Big Band  musicians. Olly Wilby plays in The Pasadena Roof Orchestra. Both Olly and Ed Richardson appear at the Club with Ray Gelato & The Giants. Claire McInerney has performed with Al Martino and Jamie Cullum.

23rd & 30th May – Closed

6th June – The  Syd Lawrence Orchestra with Chris Dean vocals/ trombone – Admission £20 by prior reservation only

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


With Vasilis Xenopoulus Sax/Flute, Neil Angilley Piano, Adam Osmianski Drums & Andy Hamill on Bass.
With his warm baritone voice, jazz singer Peter Jones has worked with some of the top names in British jazz, including Roger Beaujolais, Henry Lowther, Mornington Lockett and Nigel Price. His three albums to date have received excellent reviews with tracks featured on Jazz FM and many other radio stations throughout Europe.
In additon to being a prolific writer himself his repertoire includes songs made famous by Sinatra, Nat King Cole and – in particular – Mark Murphy.
His early influences were molded by the only album available a Nat King Cole compilation. American singer Mark Murphy became a favourite and Peter subsequently wrote a book about Mark Murphy.  Tonight he will be joined by a formidable line-up consisting of Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor/flute), Neil Angilley (piano), Andy Hamill (bass/chromatic harmonica) and Adam Osmianski (drums).

Tues 1st May – Stewart Curtis & The K Groove

Shanti Paul Jayasinha on Trumpet, Flugal & Slumpet, Rob Terry on Piano, Kita Steuer on Bass, Hans Ferrao on Drums, Ronen Kozokaro on Darburka&Percussion and Stewart Curtis on Sax/Clarinet & Flutes.
Multi Woodwind & Reedman/composer Stewart Curtis with his band K-Groove will be playing a variety of Jazz, Tango, Latin & Klezmer quirky arrangements & compositions (with a touch of humour thrown in for good/bad measures)
Having been together for over 20 years Stewart & his band never fail to provide a source of ear to ear grins & simply great toe tapping rhythms…..playing many well known tunes such as; Thomas the Tango Engine, The Cuban Cucumber, South of Croyden & My Yiddisher Modal.
Front man Curtis has recorded & performed with many artists over the years such as; Mari Wilson, Claire Teal, Nik Kershaw, Selina Jones, Tracey Ullman, The Spike Orchestra, Jazz Dynamos, Catherine Lima plus was awarded the title of “Klezmer Idol” back in 2007.

Tues 8th May – The Rebecca Hollweg Quartet

Rebecca Hollweg is a jazz singer and singer-songwriter.  Jamie Cullum is a big fan – ‘A great singer whom I love very much…a great album’ (BBC Radio 2), and she plays regularly at London’s 606 Club. Her venue credits include Ronnie Scott’s and the South Bank Centre, and she has toured the UK playing everywhere from jazz clubs to major theatre venues supporting big names.  Her 3 albums have all been played on BBC Radio 2, and she has appeared on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Loose Ends and Broadcasting House, and the BBC World Service.  ‘Absolutely stunning’, Aled Jones on BBC Radio 2
She has an amazing band of some of the UK’s finest jazz players and together they have recorded her originals and a wide range of jazz standards and classic songs. She has toured across Europe and in America and Australia.
‘Exquisite vocals’, Lucy O’Brien, The Guardian

Tues 15th May – Embraceable Ella.   Joanna Eden with the Chris Ingham Trio


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 8th May – 8.00pm
Marc Cecil Quintet 
Admission £16.00 members £13.00

Tuesday 15th May  – 8.00pm
The Syd Lawrence Orchestra lead by Chris Dean Featuring guest vocalist Sara Dowling
Admission £20.00 members £17.00

Tuesday 22nd May – 8.00
Christian Brewer Quartet

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

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

Saturday 26th May  2.00pm – 4.00pm
Dave O’Higgins with Rob Barron Geoff Gascoyne & Sebastian deKrom
Admission £10.00 students £5.00

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

Weds May 9th – TJ Johnson’s Jazz & Blues Band.  TJ – Piano  Al Nicholls – Reeds  Tony Pitt – Gtr

Tue 23rd May  – Carol Braithwaite’s Jazz Crew

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 13th May – Clark Tracey Quintet
Clark Tracey (drums),   Alexandra Ridout (trumpet),   Sean Payne (alto),
Elliott Sansom (piano),   James Owston (bass)

Sunday 3rd June – Keith Nichols Quintet
Keith Nicholls (piano),   Enrico Tomasso (trumpet),   Trevor Whitting (sax),   Richard Pite (drums/bass)   Guitar tbc

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

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

27th April  –  Matt Wates Quartet:

Matt Wates sax, Leon Greening keyboards, Julian Bury bass and Matt Fishwick drums

Matt was born in London in 1964 and graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1988. As with so many of the musicians who play at Marigolds Matt has appeared with so many famous performers they cannot be included here. Similarly, he has played and recorded with many notable ensembles and the Matt Wates Sextet has recorded nine albums on the Audio-B label.
John Dankworth said of Matt that he was, “An incredibly talented musician and composer” and it has been said that he is a truly remarkable young British alto saxophonist, a performer of boundless ability and the most swinging alto player on both sides of the Atlantic. Matt won the Rising Star award in the 1997 BT British Jazz Awards, and the Matt Wates Sextet won the Best Small Group award in 2001 where the aim is for the band to sound like a band and not just a collection of soloists. Matt composes and arranges much of the material that the Sextet plays.
Pianist Leon Greening’s is an immense talent with a hard-swinging style that has made him a favourite on the jazz scene for a long time given his youthful years. He studied piano at Leeds College of Music and the Guildhall and makes no apologies for his adoration of the great bebop pianists, with Wynton Kelly, Bobby Timmons and Bud Powell being among his primary influences.
His intense performances and extraordinary solos, inspired by those earlier jazzmen keep audiences on the edge of their seats and mark him out as one of the finest pianists this country has ever produced.

11th May  –  Split Whiskers:

Returning once again to Marigolds after several fantastic gigs in recent years Split Whiskers, fronted by Gilby J. Fletcher on vocals & blues harp with Johnny ‘Magic Boy’ Wright on vocals & acoustic, resonator & electric guitars backed by Matt Willshaw on keys, Alex Machell on bass and Tony Hill on drums.
Split Whiskers have their roots firmly planted in Chicago blues, crossing into different genres with more than a hint of the Delta. The band’s fame is spreading and they are becoming one of the busiest bands at blues venues around the UK and are in particular in great demand on the Festival circuit. As with all their previous gigs at Marigolds their superb musicianship, along with their infectious humour on stage, promises a great evening’s entertainment.
Paraphrasing Blues Matters magazine, they are a must see band.

25th May  –  Ted Beament Quintet

Ted Beament keyboards, Jo Fooks sax, Steve Waterman trumpet, Murray Salmon bass and Les Circle drums. There is far too little space here to do justice to this fantastic line up of musical talent. Apologies.

A regular at Marigolds, Ted’s superb musicianship makes him one of the finest pianists in Britain. He has played all over the UK and abroad but is particularly well known on the London jazz scene. As well as being a great band player, Ted is equally at home performing as an innovative soloist or providing an excellent accompaniment for any vocalist. He is currently a member of the outstanding Humphrey Lyttelton Band but has also played alongside many fine soloists, too many to name here.
After winning ‘The Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year’, Sottish born Jo went on to study at the Guildhall School of music in London and later the Berklee School of music in Boston on a full fee scholarship. After recording her debut album “Here and Now!”,  legendary British trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton invited her to join his band with whom she toured and performed across the UK.
Winning numerous jazz awards over the years Steve is one of the top British jazz trumpet players both at home and on the international scene beginning his career while studying at Trinity College of Music. Since then, as well as playing regularly he has recorded many critically acclaimed CDs in his own name and with others and has a large portfolio of his own compositions. He is professor of Jazz Trumpet teaching in several institutions as well as teaching on many summer jazz courses and numerous Trumpet master classes and workshops throughout the UK and across the world. He has co-written with John ONeil a highly acclaimed Jazz Trumpet tutor book, ‘The Jazz Method for Trumpet’ published by Schott & Co.

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

22nd April - Barry Tyler’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band.  All the way from Saffron Walden, Barry on drums leads his band, including Bill Gyford on banjo, playing the music of Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller and, of course, the O.D.J.B. Old-time jazz at its best.

6th May – The Hugh Rainey Jazz Band.  A return visit of one of Essex’s most popular and enduring traditional jazz bands led by Hugh on trumpet. The band plays the music of Bechet, Ellington, Beiderbecke, Morton, Oliver and Basie.

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 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.

Sunday 1st July 2018    GRAHAM PIKE  Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Harmonica, Vocal.
After a past life as TV/Theatre Musical Director, Composer, Graham has returned to his youth playing the live circuit with his own quartet & MD of KIX Jazz Orchestra. “A century has produced so much great jazz, I love dipping into it all say’s Graham”.   Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 5th August 2018   JULIAN STRINGLE  Clarinet, Saxophone.    Julian made his TV debut with Acker Bilk when he was just 14. He has played on concert, club, festival and broadcast dates with his own bands. He was voted best ‘Best Clarinettist’ at the British Jazz Awards 2006/7.    Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weds 25th April – Sax Appeal – 40th Anniversary

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

Weds 30th May 2018 – Oli Silk

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

The CRICKETERS JAZZ CLUB at 228 London Road, Westcliff, Essex  SS0 7JG.  Every second Wednesday of the month  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 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   See entry

Sunday 22nd April -  COLIN WATLING QUARTET
Sunday 29th April -  DARYL SHERMAN
Sunday 6th May  -   NAT STEELE QUARTET

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

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

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

Sandra Lambert
(Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums)
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.

Wed 30th May – JEFF HOOPER Sings Tony Bennett & The Great Crooners

Sandra Lambert (Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums) + Guest
One of the most talented and best liked singers on the European music scene, Jeff has worked with Matt Monro, Morecambe and Wise, Stephane Grapelli, Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Tom Jones.  He is a great favourite on the BBC RADIO 2 show ‘Friday Night is Music Night’.

Wed 27th June – GARTH BARDSLEY Sings The Bricusse & Newley Songbook

Sandra Lambert (Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums)
West End Star Garth Bardsley is a professional singer, actor, writer, lyricist, and award-winning director. As a colleague and friend of Anthony Newley he penned his biography “Stop The World – The Biography of Anthony Newley”. Now we bring you the show featuring such wonderful songs as “Candy Man”, “Feeling Good”, “On A Wonderful Day Like Today”, “Who Can I Turn To”.

Wed 25th July – TONY JACOBS & HIS BAND – ‘A Swell Party’

‘A Swell Party’ is a celebration of some of the greatest popular music of all time.  From Irving Berlin and Cole Porter to Flanders and Swan; Tin Pan Alley to Broadway and the Hollywood Musical.

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.

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

Sunday 22nd April –  COLIN WATLING QUARTET
Straight – ahead jazz from a superb band.  Colin Watling (tenor sax)   Russell Williams (keyboard)   Murray Salmon (double bass)   Clark Tracey (drums)

Sunday 29th April –  DARYL SHERMAN
American vocal and  piano star with DAVE GREEN the doyen of British bassists

Sunday 6th May  –   NAT STEELE QUARTET
A portrait of the Modern Jazz Quartet.  Nat Steele (vibraphone)   Gabriel Latchin (keyboard)   Dario Di Lecce (double bass)   Steve Brown (drums)

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

April 24th – The Shoe Horns.  A sextet formed by students of Jazz School UK, who will play an eclectic selection of pieces by John Coltrane, Jimmy  Heath, Thad Jones, Hank Mobley, Thelonius Monk, Jerry Mulligan, Charlie Parker, Oliver Nelson, Horace Silver and many more.

May 1st – Graham Pike Quartet. Featuring Graham on trumpet/flugel and harmonica with a talented accompanying trio.

May 8th – Cliff Longhurst’s “Jazz Knights” A Woody Herman style big band. An absolutely top class band presented by Cliff on drums.

May 15th – The Jim Phillips Big Band. Presented by Jim on baritone sax, this well known big band in the classic tradition. Driving swing with new and old favourites. 

May 22nd – Stolen Moments. A 7 piece band playing intriguing and varied arrangements of mainstream jazz. Led By Julian Rhys-Williams on saxes with Graham Pike on trumpet/flugel and harmonica plus vocals from Annie Dehany-Steven.

May 29th – Hertswing Big Band. Big, bouncy and Basie style Swing, the very best!  A popular programme of everyones favourites .

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

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

Apr 21st
May 19th

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

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

Thursday  3rd May – 8.30pm
Marc Cecil Quintet

Thursday  10th May  – 8.30pm
Vasilis Xenopolous Quartet

Thursday  24th May – 8.30pm
Lee Gibson Quartet

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

Sunday 29th Apr – HARRY GREENE

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

Tuesday Special              

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 20 April – Julia May & Maria Lidze. Just Friends – Jazz Classics, Bossa Nova, Gypsy Swing & Cuban. Support Alina3.   Tickets £7 on the door, Students £5.

Just Friends is an evening hosted by close friends and jazz vocalists, Julia May and Maria Lidze who met whilst studying jazz performance at the London College of Music and are now both in their final year.

Saturday 21 April – Algorythm. Tickets £10 on the door and Students £5.  Emil Miszk – Trumpet, Slawek Korzyno – Drums, Krzysztof Slomkowski – Double Bass, Szymon Burnos – Piano, Piotr Checki – Tenor Saxophone

Polish based adventurous modern jazz quintet formed in 2013. Binding together different ideas, trends and personalities the band writes and play original music taking inspiration from everyday emotions and modern living. They will be performing selections from their recent much-acclaimed CD “Mandala” as well as favourites from their debut in 2014 “Segments”.

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

Fri 27 April : DAVE O’HIGGINS   £12 /£6 u25

Currently the saxophonist in the Darius Brubeck Quartet and mainstay of the Ronnie Scott’s Orchestra and BBC Big Band, Dave has played with Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles and is among the most in-demand, respected and swinging players in the country.   Since 1993, he has led on nineteen albums and his latest quartet CD It’s Always 9:30 in Zog generated a hugely successful 34-date tour and saw him return to his driving, straight-ahead roots, garnering some of the best reviews of his career.

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 28th April  – Soul Grooves with Horace Panter featuring Steve Cradock and Jim Hunt.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Jazz Centre UK programme in brief below.  For greater detail:

Sat April 21st –   Movie:  Big Band Special – Ralph Gleason’s Jazz Casual
Sat April 28th –   Live Jazz:  Daryl Sherman and Dave Green
Sat May 26th –    Live Jazz:  Dave O’Higgins Quartet
Sat June 30th-    Live Jazz:  Sara Dowling Quartet
Sat July 28th –     Live Jazz:  Greg Abate Quartet

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


20th April  –  Gill Manly    £18

“Gill’s voice is nothing short of electric…singers with this much control and technique are a scarcity nowadays” – Jazz On CD Magazine                         Gill Manly ~ vocals   Trevor Hyett ~ mandola/guitar/vocals     Thomas Coffey ~ guitar/vocals
Gill Manly has been singing jazz and blues for over 35 years and “Going Home” is her 4th album release, but her first blues cd and first live recording.  The rich tradition of blues and gospel music was always a huge love, and Gill views all blues as a form of folk tradition, the formation of her acoustic blues trio lends itself beautifully to that genre. But make no mistake, Gill’s eclectic approach to song choice means she has delved into composers such as Dory Previn, Doc Pomus, Bill Withers, Percy Mayfield, as well as Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Mississippi Fred MacDowell.  Trevor Hyett is a multi-instrumentalist, Thomas Coffey is a guitarist, both are vocalists and they have played with Gill for years.
“Some singers, like fine wines, improve and mature over time. Gill Manly, with more than 20 years of performing ageless material, exudes confidence and musicality in everything she does.” – Steve Rubie, 606 Jazz Club

27th April  –  Barb Jungr   £20

Barb Jungr is “shockingly expressive, with an astonishing palette of colours” “I just hope that Dylan himself has a listen and starts writing for her…” – The Observer
Barb Jungr ~ vocals   Jenny Carr ~ piano   Dudley Phillips ~ bass
Barb Jungr returns to the writing of Bob Dylan again and again to explore the richest veins of inspiration. Fortunately Barb also returns again and again to the Fleece to share these treasures with us. As the New York Times wrote Barb can “squeeze more juice out of a Dylan song than just about anybody”.
Joining Barb is Australian pianist Jenny Carr who has worked extensively with her over the years and always provides sensitive accompaniment with increasingly jazz infused solos overlying her classical roots.
Completing the line-up is creative, self taught bassist Dudley Phillips who has worked regularly with many singers including Amy Winehouse, Bill Withers and of course Barb. His teacher is to be congratulated.
Barb “opens up a window of vulnerability and sensuality that previously sat stoic beneath the surface of these songs, and suffuses them with such a delicate, gauzy luminosity that they seem to glow from the inside out” – All Music Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


19 April, 8PM. w/Hugh Ockendon Trio. Eltham Warren Golf Club. Bexley Road, Eltham, SE9 2PE.  £10.
20 April,7.30PM. w/Tad Newton. St Francis Church, Overslade Close, Northants, NN4 0RZ.  £12.
24 April, 8PM. Directing the Addison Big Band. Addison Centre, Bedford Road, Kempston,MK42 8PN.  £10.

5 May, 8PM. W/Tad Newton at Collingtree Golf Club.Northampton,NN4 4XN.£10.
17 May, 8PM. W/Tad Newton Band. Verwood Jazz Club, St Leonards Hotel, Ringwood.
18 May, 9.30PM.w/Stephanie Mair Quartet. Zedels.20 Sherwood St, London W1F 7ED.  0207 734 4888.
25 May,8PM. FG Trio at Pavilion Cafe in Bedford Park. Park Ave, Bedford, MK41 7SS. 01234 351104. £25 includes 2 course meal.
31 May, 8PM. W/Tad Newton at
w/Tad Newton at Bedford Golf Club. Carnoustie Drive, Great Denham, Beds, MK40 4FH.01234 320022. www.thebedfordgc.£10.

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

19 July, 8PM. w/Tad Newton at Bedford Golf Club. Carnoustie Drive, Great Denham, Beds, MK40 4FH.01234 320022. www.thebedfordgc  £10
25 July,12PM. Guesting w/ Birmingham Big Band. All Services Club, Church Road, Birmingham, B13 9EA. £10.

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

2 September,12PM.W/Tad Newton Band celebrating band’s 35th anniversary.The Walnut Tree Inn. Station Road, Blisworth, NN7 3DS.01604 485 549.£10.
15 September, 8PM. W/Tina May and Colin Anthony “Jazz meets Guys and Dolls” Bridport Arts Centre. South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NR.01308 427183. £15
20 September, 7.15PM. w/Alan Haughton Trio on John Bunyan Boat Cruise. Meet at Barns Hotel, Bedford. 03301 239511.  £19.

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

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

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

HEADS UP! dates

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

- Fri 13th AprThe Chequers, 11 Chequers Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, CM1 3NG (8pm-11pm)

- Sun 6th MayThe Blue Boar Beer Festival, Silver Street, Maldon, CM9 4QE (3pm-6pm)

- Sun 13th MayValentines Mansion (in the Walled Garden), Emerson Rd, Ilford, IG1 4XA (approx. 1-2pm)

– Sun 20th MayThe Drill, Brentwood Rd, Gidea Park, Romford, RM2 5TD  (2pm-5pm)

HEADS SOUTH Gig Listing      Info Listen      View

CAROL BRAITHWAITES Gig Listing:   (more details website :

Thursday 19th April – H & T Cricket Club, Rectory Road, Hadleigh SS7 2NQ
Monthly Music Night.    Guest: Mick Foster – sax. Relaxing and toe tapping classics from decades of popular music. Club prices for drinks.  Starts 8pm – 10.30pm. £8 door.

Saturday 21st April – North Weald Village Hall. CM16 6BU
With Jackie Free and the Allstars.  Music starts at 12.30 – 3pm.  Entry fee payable at door.

Friday 11th May – Billericay Const.Club, 1A High St, CM12 9BE.
Jolly jazz.  Lunchtime menu available + club prices for drinks.
Fun starts at 12.30 – 2.30pm.  £7 door.

Thursday 17th May – Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Club, Rectory Road,
Hadleigh SS7 2NQ   **NEW VENUE** 
Monthly Music Night with Carol, Tony Gooderham – piano, Mike Sagrott – guitar,  Ted Simkins – bass, Mike Barry – drums. Relaxing ballads, toe tapping classics from decades of popular music.  Comfortable and welcoming. Club prices for drinks.  Starts 8pm – 10.30pm.  £8 door.

Saturday 19th May – North Weald Village Hall. CM16 6BU
With Jackie Free and the Allstars.
Music starts at 12.30 – 3pm.  Entry fee payable at door.

For the diary (more details later)
25/05/18 – Queens Theatre, Hornchurch   (2.30 – 5pm) with trio:
08/06/18 – Billericay (afternoon)
17/06/18 – Garden Party  – Stock (3.30 – 5.30pm) £15 lunch included
21/06/18 – Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Club (evening)
25/07/18 – Abridge & Theydon Jazz Club with the Jazz Crew.  


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
Wednesday March 21  8:30 to 11pm
 is back on bass. Mel banjo  Brian sax/clarinet  Me trombone/vocals  and if you’re unlucky  I may even get the suwannee whistles out.

If all this is a bit too much, or not enough you have a repeat opportunity to hear the band and good jazz n swing  in Ye Olde Albion Rowhedge  Sunday afternoon  April 1st   from 2 to 4:30


JOANNA’S PLACE  –  My Saffron Walden music and cabaret club JOANNA’S PLACE at Fairycroft Media and Arts Centre continues to go from strength to strength!   On Saturday 28th April we’re welcoming the legendary guitarist John Etheridge with his world class band. He has played with Stephan Grapelli, John Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzie Gillespie, Nigel Kennedy, Pat Metheny and ex-Police guitarist Andy Summers among many others!

JAZZ AT THE MOVIES AT THE SAFFRON HALL  –  Don’t miss my first concert on the glorious stage of the SAFFRON HALL with my amazing band JAZZ AT THE MOVIES on Friday 4th May.  We play jazz influenced movie tunes so it’s the perfect excuse for me to put on a posh frock and do some Shirley Bassey ‘armography’!  We might even be doing a Star Wars tune so May the 4th be with you!

EMBRACEABLE ELLA TOUR DATES  –  My Embraceable Ella Tour has grown and grown!  The poster’s finally printed and we’re starting the next leg of the tour at Olney Jazz, then Hadleigh Jazz then we’re off to Ronnie Scott’s!    Please come along if you enjoy the music of Ella Fitzgerald!  It’s a real labour of love show.  To find more information and links to book tickets for Embraceable Ella and other of my shows do go to

MAC AND EDEN COMEDY CABARET DATES  –  My naughty but nice cabaret Crash & Burn which I perform with my dear mad friend Leigh McDonald is going from strength to strength!  We’ve just been asked to perform for 4 nights at the Camden Fringe in August but first we’ll be doing our thing at the Bury St Edmunds Festival on 21st May! 

CAXTON SWING Gigs.   For more detailed info

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

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

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

The show at the new venue, The George Hotel, will be the May 29th show with Steve Weston.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEDS 25th April – LONDON CITY BIG BAND ftg. special guest ANTHONY KERR vibes - Incredibly tight youthful ensemble playing music from the Big Band Era and beyond and featuring acclaimed vibraphonist ANTHONY KERR with emphasis on the exciting arrangements from the legendary Terry Gibbs Dream Band trumpets: BARNEY LOWE, STUART FOWLER, MIGUEL GORODI; trombones: PAT HAYES, ED PARR, OLLIE MARTIN, SAM FREEMAN; saxes: JOHNNY GRIFFITHS, SAM BRAYSHER, MAX JOHNSON, GEORGE MILLARD, ANDREW LINHAM; piano: DOUGIE FREEMAN; bass: TBC & drums: DAVID INGAMELLS  Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 advance


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

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

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

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

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

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

“SUMMER EVENING JAZZ” – Rotary Fundraiser for Charity on Saturday 7th July 2018
Featuring The Jive Aces, the UK’s No.1 Jive & Swing Band and The Salty Town Six

In its 22nd year, the Rotary Club of Ingatestone is holding this popular Open Air Jazz Concert in the gardens of Ingatestone Hall, Hall Lane, Ingatestone.    Sat.Nav:  CM4 9NS
Gates 5.45 pm, concert begins 6.15 pm.  In aid of The Not Forgotten Association and Alzheimer’s Society and other local Rotary causes. Tickets £16.00 in advance from ticket outlets or £17.50 at gate, if available. Accompanied children under 15 admitted free. Make up a party – bring your table & chairs and enjoy your own picnic and drinks. Food and drinks will be available. A BBQ will be cooking a variety of hot dishes and burgers. Brentwood Brewing Company will provide Real Ales – Wines – Soft Drinks & Mineral Waters.  Refreshments available: Coffee – Tea – Ice-cream. Raffle. Ticket Hotline: 01277 350800   To Book or for details of ticket outlets:

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

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

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

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

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


From Steve Wright, Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club

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

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

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

*** JAZZ JAMS ***

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Mill Hill: Jazz club gigs on Wednesdays.


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