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Ronnie Scott’s 60th Anniversary Street Party  12pm – 6pm on  Sat 20th July
Free entry  Family friendly     The party will play host to outdoor live music from some amazing artists, including The Pee Wee Ellis Funk Assembly, Nubya GarciaEliane & La Evolucion and a very special performance from children’s carnival and New Orleans-inspired youth group  Kinetika Bloco. Enjoy outdoor bars, champagne cocktails and street food from the likes of Hoppers and Little Italy and kids entertainment including face painting, balloon modelling and a bubble show.

Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation Instrument Amnesty    10am – 4pm on Sat 20th July
Dust off that old instrument you don’t use and give it a new home! Donate your unwanted or unused instrument (in good condition) to the Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation Instrument Amnesty, and it will go to a young person to help support their music education in the UK or abroad.  Since 2015, the initiative has donated 350 instruments to beneficiaries in need of instrument provision who have included Play for Progress in Croydon, which delivers therapeutic and educational arts programmes for child refugees across London; Kinetika Bloco, a performance group in Tulse Hill, which engages South London Youth with creative arts (at the Street Party); and In Place Of War Manchester, a global organisation who empowers communities in places of conflict using creativity as a tool for positive change.  As the amnesty is the same day as the street party above, we recommend that you drop off instruments if possible before 2pm.

On Saturday July 20 afternoon from 1:30 to 4:30pm the Brightlingsea Colne Yacht Club Regatta (Waterside, Brightlingsea CO7 0AX) The Blackwater Band with Brian (clarinet/sax, Derek Pring (Brass-Bass) Mac (Banjo) & special guest drummer (ex Chris Barber) John Sutton with Peter  (Vocals, swuanee whistle, trombone)

PIZZA EXPRESS Jazz Club, Soho … Tuesday 13th August, 2019: 8.00 pm, Doors 6.30 pm.  Fresh from an extended time playing in New York, pianist Harry Bolt will lead his talented trio  three modern jazz musicians at the top of their game delivering a new approach on jazz classics, standards and modern contemporary arrangements that also provide a showcase for Harry’s exciting, standout compositions. Add to that the skills of an exceptional, young rising star on Sax (Duncan Eagles) and you have a performance not to be missed!   (Stuart Baker, Bass and Angus Bishop, Drums)         Pizza Express, 10 Dean Street, London W1D 3RW

Catherine Lima and her Quartet play a fundraising concert for the National Jazz Archive featuring the music of Peggy Lee on Saturday 27 July, in Loughton, Essex – ‘The Allure of Miss Lee’   The concert starts at 2.30pm and tickets cost £15.

Catherine Lima explores Peggy Lee’s rise from humble beginnings to her first big break as a singer with Benny Goodman through to her solo career as a singer/song writer and actress. The concert will feature hits such as ‘Fever’, ‘I’m a Woman’, ‘He’s a Tramp’, ‘Is That All There Is?’ and some lesser known songs from her 60-year career.
Catherine Lima is a charismatic and entertaining performer with a warm expressive tone which she uses expertly to create moods from sultry to joyous. She performs regularly at venues in North and East London and Essex and is a vocalist with the John Ongom Big Band and MOJO. Her album, Stories and Lies, was released in September 2017.
Her Quartet features Paul Higgs on piano, Alex Field on guitar, Les Cirkel on drums and José Canha on bass.
The concert is at Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB, close to the Archive’s home in Loughton Library, with extensive parking. The Church is 15 minutes’ walk from Loughton Central Line Station, and close to numerous bus routes.
For details and to book tickets, visit, email or phone 020 8502 4701.



‘Jazztonic’ @ Radio Nene Valley website.   Wednesday 24th July will be a re-run of an interview with the trumpeter Tom Syson from Bedford. He discusses and plays music from his 2nd album ‘Different Coloured Days’ ‘Jazztonic’ is a weekly jazz music and magazine radio programme available worldwide but only via the Radio Nene Valley website.   From ragtime through swing and fusion to contemporary it goes out every Wednesday at 7pm and is repeated at 7am the following morning (Thursday).   There is no catch-up service . . . so listen live!

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 new internet station, based in Spalding Lincolnshire.
Facebook    Twitter   Skype    SoundOfSpitfire Studio   e-mail

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


BELVEDERE JAZZ & MUSIC CLUB, every Wednesday evening is at The Chichester Hotel, Old London Road, Rawreth, Nr. Wickford SS11 8UE (Off A129, 800 yards Wickford side of The Carpenters Arms roundabout).  Meals available from 6:15pm whilst you sit at a candlelit table, either before or whilst enjoying the top quality jazz which commences at 8:00pm until 10.30pm. Top International, Regional Bands and Artists, including Big Bands, Swing and Mainstream, all tuneful easy listening foot tapping music with something for everyone! Friendly welcoming atmosphere ~ Admission is from £12.50 on the door ~ Large free car park ~ Newcomers most welcome ; Telephone: 07850 607075 or Email – Reservations recommended.  Belvedere Jazz & Music Club is non-profit making, receives no external funding and is run entirely by voluntary jazz enthusiasts

24th July – Summer Pianorama – Ted Beament, Dave Browning & J J Vinten

31st July – Joanna Eden’s ‘Embraceable Ella’ with Chris Ingham Trio

7th August – Stephen Triffitt + Six Piece Band – £20 by reservation only

14th August – Jivin’ Miss Daisy Nine Piece Swing Band – Admission £15

21st August – Paul Wood All Stars with Jim Mullen

28th August – Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra Guest + vocalist Mark Stratford

4th September – ‘Matt & Nat’ Chris Dean & Atila and quartet from the S.L.O. Admission £15

18th September – Ray Gelato & The Giants – Admission £17.50

25th September – Jonathan Vinten Trio

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  8.45 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

24th July 2019
        Soloist – Catherine Lima (Vocals)                   Keyboards – Aled Thomas
        Double Bass – Alex Keen                                  Drums – John Withers

31st July 2019
        Soloist – Simon Spillett (Tenor Sax)                Keyboards – Roger Lewin
        Double Bass – Alex Keen,                                 Drums – John Withers

7th August 2019
        Soloist – Phil Brown (Tenor Sax)                      Keyboards – Roger Lewin
        Double Bass – Wally Shaw                                Drums – John Withers 

14th August 2019
        Soloist – Leszek Kulascewicz (Tenor Sax)      Keyboards – Hilary Cameron
        Double Bass – Mark Ambler                            Drums – John Withers 

21st August 2019
        Soloist – Peter Rouse (Vocals)                           Keyboards – Cliff Hall
        Double Bass – Wally Shaw                                Drums – John Withers 

28th August 2019
        Soloist – Ienne Hunter (Guitar)                        Keyboards – Gabriel Keen
        Double Bass – Alex Keen                                   Drums – John Withers

4th September 2019
        Soloist – Bill Yeomans (Tenor Sax)                   Keyboards – Hilary Cameron
        Double Bass – Wally Shaw                                 Drums – John Withers

11th September 2019
        Soloist – JAVA JAM                                                Keyboards – Roger Lewin
        Double Bass – Wally Shaw                                 Drums – John Withers

18th September 2019
        Soloist – James Brady (Trumpet)                       Keyboards – Ed Rice
        Double Bass – Alex Keen                                    Drums – John Withers

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, in  pleasant surroundings, relaxed and friendly atmosphere and a licensed bar with snacks on request.  Doors 7pm, music from 8 till 10.45pm   Entrance on door  £10.00.   For info. contact Dave Grant 01708 or Richard 07935 441616 or  Website:

Tuesday, 30th July, 2019

‘DUELLING BONES’  featuring the trombones of DEREK CLENSHAW & GARY DAVISON, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

Derek Clenshaw, Lambeth born, is counted among Britain’s leading exponents, following in the distinguished footsteps of trombonists George Chisholm and Roy Williams. Currently a company director of an electronic security business, he prefers his music to remain semi-professional and for most of his life he’s been a freelance musician. Derek has freelanced with many bands, mainstream and traditional, playing with jazz artists like Humphrey Lyttleton, Freddie Randall, Terry Lightfoot, Bruce Adams, Enrico Tomasso, Simon Spillett and Julian Marc Stringle.
Gary Davidson started playing the trombone with the Salvation Army in 1969 and after a period with local brass band won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama as a junior exhibitionist. He then joined the Hertfordshire Youth Orchestra giving him the opportunity to play at the Royal Albert Hall, Snape Malting’s and a tour to Poland in the 1970’s. Gary has a passion for jazz, playing in small combos and big bands across East Anglia including the Cambridge based 78RPM Big Band where he is currently lead trombone. In 2003 he joined Prime Brass a Cambridge based brass ensemble recording five CD’s and supports Junior Prime Brass for talented teenage brass players.

 Tuesday, 27th August, 2019


 Carol Braithwaite, vocals, began singing at five, before joining an amateur dramatics society, that formed her social life while pursuing a secretarial career. In 2000, by invitation, sang with a jazz band re-igniting her passion so on her return, set out to “find jazz again”. She runs two clubs, and In 2010 released her CD ‘I’m Just a Lucky So & So’ followed by her second recording, ‘Timeless’.
Tim Huskisson, keys, self taught, became inspired by 78rpm records. Playing with local jazz bands, and with guidance from Digby Fairweather, he went to Sweden in 1981 with his ‘All Stars’. After a chance meeting with Brian Conley he became his MD in the 90’s. Returning to the music that inspired him has established himself as one of the finest musicians on the jazz circuit.
Goff Dubber, reeds, learned his jazz, after a classical start at school and playing in the West End  during the New Orleans revival of the 1950s He took part in BBC Jazz Club broadcasts with his swinging style earning him appearances throughout Britain and world wide in concerts as well as running his own band “Dixieland Express”.
Ted Simkins, bass, an elder statesmen of bass players around, that all musicians wish they had the same energy he puts into every gig. No matter the style or genre he fits into the groove such is the experience of a much admired musician whose main interest at one time was photography.  if he could bottle what keeps him going he would make a fortune.
Dave Grant, kit, leads the resident trio at Jazz at OB’s, keeping Jazz live in Brentwood which he has done so for over thirty years. Originally from The Old House in Brentwood, Dave enjoys the style of ‘Dixieland’ jazz having played with many musicians of that genre and others. He has his own DG Quartet playing local gigs and also runs Carlton Jazz.

 Tuesday, 24th September, 2019

‘IT DON”T MEAN A THING’, featuring AL NICHOLLS, tenor sax, and DEREK CLENSHAW, trombone, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass, Dave Grant, kit.

Al Nicholls, tenor sax., makes another welcome return to the Club this time with a guest he has never met before, trombonist Derek Clenshaw. Al needs very little introduction other than to say he always has a busy schedule gigging, leading his exciting Blue Harlem band and playing lead tenor sax for the widely acclaimed, and the highly revered T.J.Johnson Quintet that is transcending the boundaries of jazz, blues, soul and country music throughout the UK. Al from the old school of ‘Swing’, hence the title ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing’, will display Al’s playing style that follows the swinging tenors of Illinois Jacquet and Charlie Ventura with a serene effortless style.
Derek Clenshaw, trombone, is also no stranger to the Club having guested on several occasions, as recently as July, and brings a wealth of experience on the jazz scene. His music career began in the world of brass bands that progressed through to both, mainstream and traditional leading him to play with many jazz legends. Preferring to create his own trombone style he enjoys the sounds of George Chisholm, Frank Rosolino, J.J. Johnson and Roy Williams when listening to his jazz library at home.

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

Tuesday 23rd  July – 8.00pm
Alan Barnes 60th Birthday  with  Alan Barnes   Bruce Adams   Robin Aspland  
Andy Clyndert & Bobby Worth
Admission £16.00 members £13.00

are now to be found at  Liberal Club, 10 Balfour Road, Ilford  IG1 4JF   Every Thursday  at 8pm. Door £5     The new team run a weekly jazz night in the traditions of the old club.
          Hosts :  1st Thursday :   Ienne Hunter   (Guitarist)
          2nd Thursday :               Graham Pike   (Harmonica/ Trumpet / Vocals)
          3rd Thursday :                Annie Dehaney-Steven   (Singer)
          4th Thursday :                Louise Miller   (Singer)   Open Mic night
The first three Thursdays usually have a guest artist, invited by the host along with a particularly excellent House Band.  The 4th Thursday is very much a singalong and open mic night. Sometimes there’s a 5th Thursday, check the diary for who’s on.
Past guests include :   KIX Jazz Orchestra (Big Band),   Bobby Allen (vcls),   Catherine Lima (vcls),   Paul Wood (vcls),   Sharon Scott (vcls),   Iris Edris (vcls),   John Eacott (Trumpet),   Robert Bell (vcls),   Sue Holiday (vcls).  Liz Byrne (vocals)

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    ONE TUESDAY EACH MONTH WILL BE AN EVENING FOR DANCE.  MEMBERSHIP OF ANNIE’S MUSIC & DANCE CLUB AVAILABLE AT £20 A YEAR SAVING £2 EACH WEEK.  TELEPHONE ANNIE ON 07504-23


Java Jam are a collective of the finest musicians in the Southeast.  They have delighted audiences with an eclectic mixture of American Songbook classics, vintage pop and smooth bossa nova in their own unique style. Star of stage and screen Sarah-Jane Hassell fronts the band with her sophisticated smooth vocals. Sarah-Jane starred in many West End shows – Les Miserables, Evita, My Fair Lady and Miss Saigon to name a few. 


Born in London and raised in Hastings; from the beginning of her musical career age fifteen, she has dedicated her life to creating a deep and abiding connection with audiences through her exceptional talent, versatility and ability to truly interpret a song.
She has collaborated with such diverse artists as Paul McCartney, Gerry Rafferty, Long John Baldry, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin OBE and drum and bass outfit London Elektricity with whom she headlined in 2016 at Finsbury Parks Hospital in the Park festival. She appeared with them again at Glastonbury Festival 2017.  In the summer of 2016 Liane took part in the BBC Late Night Proms performing at The Royal Albert Hall with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra Of Scotland.
As a recording artist Liane has gained much critical acclaim. Her four most recent albums  all earned a four star review in The Guardia. Her latest release Seaside, homage to her life by the coast, is her third with Grammy nominated producer James McMillan and holds a coveted British Jazz Award for Best New CD (2015).

“Liane Carroll … is jazz. This is jazz of the highest quality. Believe.”  4 stars, Mojo


A highly commended show & superb CD.  Paul Higgs takes you on a delightful musical tour of the history of jazz, playing hits by the legendary greats – Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, and Miles Davis, amongst others.  Taking you through the styles of New Orleans, swing and bebop, through cool jazz, modal and Latin right up to contemporary jazz,
Paul’s entertaining commentary enhances these classics, creating a truly memorable show.
“Paul is the most versatile musician I’ve ever met. He seems to “get” music the way other people breathe.”  Mathew Scott, Head of Music, National Theatre.
“Paul Higgs displays a gorgeous tone, unflagging inspiration, stylistic cognisance at its most perceptive and enviable faultless chops to boot” – Digby Fairweather



Indian music has long held a fascination for jazz musicians, but indo-jazz fusion as a genre has focused exclusively on Hindustani or Carnatic classical music. Bollywood songs – a repertoire larger, richer, and more flamboyant than the Hollywood equivalent which has given us the Great American Songbook – have gone largely ignored. Bombay Bop intend to put this right. The band’s leader, Dave Jago, is a founder member of the Bollywood Brass Band, and has been playing this music at Indian weddings and festivals for over 25 years. His new band takes the drama, romance, passion and energy of Bollywood and mixes it up to produce a fresh and invigorating jazz sound. Expect gorgeous ballads from the 50s, funk from the sixties, right through to the invigorating dance sounds of the present.

Dave Jago (trombone) will be well known to club members as a musician with a wide range of musical interests, playing everything from trad to improv via mainstream, bop and all points in between.
Rav Neiyyar (tabla) is a powerhouse percussionist who has shared the stage globally with the likes of Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg, and Page & Plant. His deep musical knowledge and curiosity has taken him from bhangra to and classical Indian  music through to cutting edge contemporary sounds.
Paul Brett (drums and percussion) plays in a range of jazz and world music bands, and is a mainstay of Afro Fusion band Yaaba Funk.
Jake Stoddart (trumpet) leads Don’t Problem, one of the hippest and most musically adventurous young bands on London’s newly burgeoning jazz scene
Tony Gooderham (piano) makes a welcome return to the club. Tony is a fantastic and versatile pianist who adds a bit of magic to everything he plays.
Peter Marsh (bass) is another Londoner, with a broad background in straight ahead jazz and folk.


The acclaimed rising jazz vocal star salutes the showbusiness legend that was Judy Garland. Featuring Judy-associated material by America’s greatest songwriters, Sara captures the emotional essence and swing of a Hollywood icon.  Gifted with immensely emotional vocals, she is known for her interpretations of classic ballads leaving audiences spell bound, as well as the energy and vigor with which she tackles the up tempo standards from the American Song Book. She is now one of the UK’s leading jazz vocalists, regularly performing at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club and the 606 Jazz Club.  
Featuring SARA DOWLING (voice) with CHRIS INGHAM (piano), DARIO DI LECCE (bass) and GEORGE DOUBLE (drums).

“How soon before it will become normal to think about her as one of the best jazz singers this country has?”     LONDON JAZZ NEWS


No Good Woman & The Kingsnakes are a five piece blues band from Southend, playing sassy, soulful blues, old and new, from the Delta to Chicago, Bessie Smith to BB King and Nina Simone to Peter Green.

Dawnette (A No Good Woman) – Vocals    Dawnette was the lead singer for The Honky Tinkers (aka The HTs). She has sung jazz, soul, funk and blues with a number of groups and musicians over the years, including a few times with local legend Digby Fairweather. This No Good Woman knows what she’s about – sassy, strong, sexy, spicy & sweet, without apology.  So when you come to hear her sing, you better be ready!  
Johnny Vortex – Guitars    Johnny Vortex is the founder and driving force of The Kingsnakes. His true identity has not been established as he was defrosted from an ice-berg two years ago. All we know is he is approximately 4,500 years old. In the lab during defrosting he absorbed the music being played on the radio. It was of course the Blues.

   Beecroft Arts Gallery, Victoria Avenue, Southend, SS2 6EX    Tel: 01702 215169 (Thurs & Sat only)  Or: 01245 420475

Saturday 27th July 2.00pm – 4.00pm          Admission £10.00

From the USA   Greg Abate  with  John Pearce   Simon Thorpe   &   Alfonso Vitale

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

July 24th  –  Carlton Jazz (with Peter Rudeforth tpt)

presents 10 or 11 concerts a year at the Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG (next to the Civic Theatre), mainly on Sunday lunchtime. The jazz is generally mainstream and modern and the club is justly proud of the quality.  For an annual subscription of £10.00 (£15.00 joint) members are entitled to a £4.00 reduction on normal ticket prices, and notice of concerts. There’s a friendly atmosphere, come along. Enq: Christine Adgo 07702 303121.  join the Facebook groups   Twitter account @ChelmfordJazz  Doors: 11.45am     Gigs start: 12.15pm    Advance booking:   01245 606505   £12 / £16 / £5 under 18s (unless otherwise stated)

Sunday 8th September

Simon Spillett  (sax),   Ted Beament  (piano),   Alec Dankworth  (bass) 
and  Winston Clifford  (drums)

Sunday 6th October

Derek Nash  (sax),   Dave Newton  (piano),   Geoff Gascoyne  (bass),
drummer  Sebastiaan de Krom

3rd November                    £13 / £17

Matt Skelton celebrates ‘Shelly Manne’ featuring    Mark Crooks   (sax), 
Jim Davison  (trumpet),    Leon Greening  (piano),  Conor Chaplin  (bass) 
and  Matt Skelton  (drums)     

8th December                    £13 / £17

Jo Harrop (vocals),  Tony Kofi (sax),  Graham Harvey (piano),  Dave Chamberlain (bass) and  Matt Home (drums)

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

26th July  –  The Greg Abate Quartet

Greg Abate sax, John Pearce keyboards, Simon Thorpe bass and Matt Holmes drums

Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer is an International Jazz/Recording Artist, touring the world 225 days a year. In the mid 70’s after a four-year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 2 years. In 1978 Greg formed his own group Channel One which was a favourite in the New England area but went on to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to ’87.  Following this Greg ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing Jazz Festivals, Jazz Societies and Jazz Clubs throughout the U.S. Canada and abroad, including most of Europe, UK, and Moscow and Georgia Russia.
Greg recorded his first CD Live at Birdland NYC in 1991 on the Candid Jazz Label with the trio of James Williams, Rufus Reid and Kenny Washington. To date Greg has recorded over 17 other recordings as leader. ‘Recently’, Greg released, ‘Kindred Spirits’, featuring Greg and Phil Woods with The Tim Ray Trio on Whaling City Sound Records.
Greg is also an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College and is also a very active jazz clinician with co. sponsorship from the Conn -Selmer Instrument Co., conducting workshops and master classes through the U.S and abroad. Greg was inducted into the RI Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

16th August  –  Chris Lord and her Blues Express

Chris Lord vocals, Joe Nethercoat guitar, Rick Booth guitar, Tom Domagala saxophone & flute, Rafaele Ruocco double bass & bass guitar and Rick Philpott drums. 

With her powerful and raunchy Rhythm & Blues 5 piece, Chris Lord & her Blues Express returns to Marigolds  to produce more classic Blues, R&B and Blues Rock.  The band is driven by the superb voice of Chris Lord, supported by a heady mixture of tenor saxophone and guitar, all built upon a first class rhythm section.  Together the band merges to weave a magical spell wherever they perform.  Influences range from early artists like Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton, to the golden years represented by the three Kings, all the way to more modern exponents of the art like Etta James and Beth Hart; but don’t expect the same old covers. The Express take pains to dig out some lesser known tracks which always keep the night interesting.

30th August  –  Stan Getz Tribute: Chris Ingham Quartet featuring Mark Crooks

Chris Ingham keyboards, Mark Crooks tenor saxophone, Darren McCarthy bass and Joel Barford drums.  From the late 1940s to the early 1990s, tenor saxophonist Stan Getz was one of the great, individual instrumental artists in jazz. As jazz itself went through many phases, Getz as a player was remarkably consistent, producing album after album of poetic, swinging music, his playing always unmistakable, characterised by his singing, luminescent tone, his unmatched elegance, passion and lyricism.

Chris Ingham Formed the quartet in 2013. Chris is musical director of film song repertory quintet Jazz At The Movies, a record producer (Ruthie Henshall, Joanna Eden), author (Rough Guides to The Beatles and Frank Sinatra) and TV composer (Wartime Crime, How The Beatles Changed The World). He curates jazz clubs in Diss and Bury St Edmunds.

Mark Crooks is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. Mark is the featured woodwind specialist in the John Wilson and Back To Basie orchestras and as star clarinettist has performed salutes to Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman with the Solid Senders Orchestra with Strings. Leader of his own group featuring guitarist Colin Oxley, Mark has produced three acclaimed CDs.

“Crooks’ tenor raises the hairs on the back of the neck excellent collection…the band are in fine classic swinging form…extremely expressive…” LONDON JAZZ NEWS
“Crooks’s tenor rises to the challenge…a performance that strikes a balance between muscle and lyricism” SUNDAY TIMES

13th September  –  Katie Bradley & Dave Ferra Blues Band

Katie Bradley is an artist who is gaining momentum in the world of Blues where her love for many different styles of Blues disciplines has helped to make her a highly acclaimed performer. She has an amazing voice and a dynamic style of blues harp playing and has been complimented by Paul Jones for her intuitive playing, which sets her apart from most other performers.  Katie has toured the world with the best musicians and has a busy schedule writing, recording and playing festivals worldwide.
Dave Ferra who fronts his own Allstars, is a brilliant entertainer with a great pedigree. Dave is well known for playing Blues, Spirituals, ragtime etc on guitar, slide and rack harp. Coupling a great sense of humour with immaculate timing Dave and the band are renowned for building a great rapport with audiences.  Dave has supported many famous bands. He is a regular at London’s ‘Ain’t nothin but the Blues’ Bar and was a finalist in the 2018 UK Blues Awards.

“Wonderful stuff…Great man, great voice, great everything!” – Doug Welch, BBC Radio Kent
“Acoustic Bluesman par excellence” – Blues Matters
“great guitar and spot on for style” – Blues in Britain

27th September – No Gig just for this month

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   From March Fortnightly Members £9, Guests £10

Sunday, 14th July from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm. Fine and Dandy.

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

Sunday 4th August 2019  –  PAUL WOOD  Vocals  

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 1st September 2019  –  ALEX HEARN  Guitar

We are pleased to see the return after some time of this talent musician. Alex has been featured with many jazz projects around Essex along with his talented brother Ben Hearn who have played at the club together. Alex will be performing a varied program of standards, familiar jazz heads and a touch of modern.
Gabriel Keen Keyboards,  Jose Canha String Bass,  Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 6th October 2019 –  RICHARD EXALL Saxophone/Clarinet   

Back by popular demand. Richard has to be one of the most versatile musicians on the jazz scene with his experience of working with Robin Jones Afro Cuban Band, Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Chris Barber, Nelson Riddle Orchestra UK to name a few.
Gabriel Keen Keyboards,  Alex Keen String Bass,  Graeme Culham Drums.   

Sunday 3rd November 2019 – PAUL HIGGS  Trumpet/Flugel    

Paul is a highly respected and talented musician who came up through the ranks of NYJO performing with greats such as Louie Bellson & Tony Bennett. He is a fine pianist, composer & arranger, being MD at the national theatre for many years. Paul is a long time member of Graeme’s quintet. In recent years has recorded his own album ‘Pavane’.
Gabriel Keen Keyboards,  Jose Canha String Bass,  Graeme Culham Drums.         

Sunday 1st December 2019  –  SIMON SPILLETT  Saxophone/Flute               

British jazz award winner, Author, Simon brings his powerful swinging style of playing back to the club since his last appearance here with pianist Peter Lemer. Simon is well known as a Tubby Hayes prodigy and great Be Bop saxophonist.
Gabriel Keen Keyboards,  Alex Keen String Bass,  Graeme Culham Drums.

Saturdays,  6.30 for 7.30pm   Just off A12 South of Witham,  at Wickham Bishops Village Hall, CM8 3JZ .  Admission £12.50, For Tickets, contact Pete on 07548775777 or email wickham bishops jazz club  Bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles.

September 14th  –  Richard Leach’s 7 Stars of Jazz

October 12th       –  Martin Bennetts Old Green River Jazz Band

November 9th    –   John Petters’ New Orleans All Stars

December 14th   –   John Maddocks’ Jazzmen

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

Thursday 18th July  – 8.30pm        Admission £12.00
Matt Wates with Leon Greening Julian Bury & Matt Fishwick

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

Thursday  25th July  – 8.30pm       Admission £16.00   members £13.00

From the USA  Greg Abate  with John Pearce  Simon Thorpe  &  Marc Cecil

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea   Facebook – The Jazz Mix @ The Maritime Room and check out our page on the Cliffs Pavilion website: … go to Special Events tab to find The Jazz Mix page.  On Wednesday night.  Doors open 8pm, music from 8.30pm to 11pm
You can find us on Facebook; join the group page – The Jazz Mix @ The Maritime Room or follow us on Twitter – The Jazz Mix @MickCrookJazz
Check on the Cliffs Pavilion website for future events by placing Jazz Mix in the search box.

Wednesday 28th August 2019Picante

Picante is a hugely enjoyable Latin band fronted by Derek Nash, featured saxophonist with the Jools Holland R&B Orchestra and Sax Appeal and Dominic Ashworth, a British Jazz award-winning guitarist. Taking Latin flavours from Buena Vista Social Club, Sergio Mendes, Stan Getz/Astrid Gilberto, Spyro Gyra and the Gypsy Kings, Picante’s music makes you feel like dancing from the first bar with their unique compositions in mambo, salsa, samba and bossa nova styles. Tickets £15

Wednesday 9th October 2019Thunderthumbs

A celebration of the bass playing and music of the great Louis Johnson – the man who put the thumb into the funk! Superb 10-piece band led by soul/funk, jazz and pop bass supremo Phil Mulford. As one half of The Brothers Johnson he backed the Supremes and Billy Preston before co-penning many celebrated singles such as ‘Strawberry Letter 23’ and ‘Stomp’. His bass on Quincy Jones’ Mellow Madness positioned him as a unique and formidable talent in his own right while his innovations on the biggest selling album of all time, Michael Jackson’s Thriller (also Off the Wall), again elevated his fame and status further. To so many of the great artists of his era, Louis was the Brother Johnson who added the fire to so much unforgettable music that this night intends to revisit. Tickets £16

This event is part of the Southend Jazz Festival.

Wednesday 30th October 2019Sax Appeal

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. Sax Appeal features five top-name saxophonists 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 £18

Wednesday 27th November 2019Omar with the QCBA Quartet

British born, classically trained soul legend Omar’s career spans over twenty-five years. The internationally acclaimed classic and neo-soul singer, songwriter and musician makes a return to the club to make sophisticated soul-funk syncopations with this excellent jazz quartet, featuring trumpeter Quentin Collins and saxophonist Brandon Allen. Tickets £20

228 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex SS0 7JG.  The club is on the second Wednesday of every month.  The music starts at 8.30pm but get there early for the best seats, the parking is free after 6pm at the nearby car park and there is no entrance at the club. If you wish to eat before the music starts it’s best to book before you go. The phone number is 01702 345053.  See you there!

Wednesday August 14th.  Possibly the busiest and possibly most recorded jazz musician in Britain today – the multi award winning Alan Barnes comes back to the Cricketers Jazz Bar to host a quintet set with Digby, Tim, Roger and Alan.  Look out for some blistering bebop alto, seductive tenor-sax and liquid clarinet from our guest – along with his celebrated talents as Britain’s funniest jazz emcee! Come early to get a seat!

JOANNA’S PLACE  Fairycroft House, 37 Audley Road, Saffron Walden CB11 3HD.  Fairycroft House, Saffron Walden is an accessible building with a large, free car park and a licensed bar.  Tickets (£15 in advance or £17 on the door) for all three gigs are available from Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, or on the website.  

JOANNA’S PLACE AT THE OLD CHURCH     The Old Church in Stoke Newington is a beautiful Elizabethan building which is mainly used for live music these days.  It really is a stunning setting for performances with amazing acoustics and I’m really thrilled to be curating, hosting and performing in a series of concerts there!  

Friday 26 July – Texan singer/guitarist/songwriter Rodney Branigan ‘One Man Two Guitars’   “A First Class US Import!” supported by Joanna Eden

Saturday 14 Sep – Performance Poet of Radio 4 fame Matt Harvey “As though Tom Waits & Stephen Sondheim had come together with Roald Dahl!” Sunday Times.  Supported by fringe winners Mac & Eden. 

Saturday 2 November – Joanna Eden Trio with JONI & ME, acclaimed singer/songwriter Joanna Eden and guitarists Lewis Andrews and Chris Allard celebrate the magical music of Joni Mitchell – as featured on ‘Joanna Eden has  melody, mystery & Bite’ Mojo ‘Seek her out’ Sir Michael Parkinson BBC Radio 2

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

 July 23th  –  Treble Clef.  With John Davis on alto sax / flute / piano , Jonathan Grogan guitar and Chris Hargreaves bass.  Playing a mixture of latin,swing and bepop.  Vocals by Bryony.

July 30th  –  Hertswing Big Band.  John Davies presents the expected Basie swing and drive with an ever stimulating programme. With star singer Vicky.

August 6th  –  Katie Daniels Band with Graham Pike.  Katie is a nationally acclaimed jazz singer, this is an evening not to be missed.

August 13th  –  Octave.  A fun night of wide ranging jazz standards and a few jokes! Terry can always be relied on to host an entertaining night!

August 20th  –  Desafinado   Led by Phill Burrell on guitar. Small group jazz and latin classics in a relaxed style.     7 Aside  Seven piece combo of very accomplished players with some top class arrangements.   A band of brilliant soloists, a second visit at the club.

jazz events in Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Club House, 4 Guildford Lawn, Ramsate, Kent.  CT11 9AY.  The cost of becoming a member is just £10 per year. As a member you get tickets at reduced prices, and you receive a monthly newsletter and listings by post, free of charge.

21 September 2019 at 12 Noon  –  BURT BUTLER & THE JAZZ PILGRIMS
Members £10     Non Members £15  (includes buffet)

5 October 2019 at 12 Noon  –  THE JAZZ ADVOCATS with superb singer
Members £10 pounds     Non Members £15 pounds   (includes buffet)

26 October 2019 at  12 Noon  –  ROBINS’S RASCALS JAZZ BAND
Members £10    Non Members £15  (includes buffet)

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


Sun 11th Aug – TRACKS

Sun 8th Sep – MATT WATES
Sun 22nd Sep – JOSH KEMP

Sun 20th Oct – NIC MEIER

run four regular clubs in SUSSEX, and two occasional ones. 
Our new website now live – Google Splash Point Jazz

THE VIEW, Seaford Head Gold Club, SEAFORD  BN25 4JS


THE BULL INN, 27 High Street  BATTLE  TN33 0AD.   


FOLKESTONE JAZZ CLUB AT THE TOWER Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone, Kent CT20 3HL. Every Thursday Music Starts 8 00pm  To Book your seats Email Beryl the Booker at   or call 01303 277175   Gigs start  8pm – Adm £14

It’s Swing Time & the music of  Harry ” Sweets ” Edison.. Performed by musicians from The Award Winning Back to Basie Orchestra ~~

July 25th       THE  PAUL  LACEY ” Sweets Edison ” SEXTET                   £14

What a wonderful swinging outfit to bring to a close another amazing season of top quality jazz, playing the music of the former Basie trumpet star Harry “Sweets” Edison.  Who better to play this wonderful swinging music than musicians from The Award Winning Back to Basie Orchestra with their leader Paul Lacey.  These musicians have been specially  chosen to perform this swinging music as per the great recordings of the Sweets Sextet…..

The full line up is PAUL  LACEY trumpet & leader..Also The leader of  The Ward Winning Big Band The Back to Basie Orchestra..
MARC CROOKS tenor sax..Lead sax in The B to B Orch & many outfits at The FJC~~ plus The World Famous John Wilson Orchestra 
JIMMY HASTINGS alto sax Leader of the Humphrey Lyttelton Band & a true legend
Plus Plus a rhythm section that would be Hard to Beat 
JOHN PEARCE piano…. MURRAY  SALMON double bass…. ROD BROWN drums.


MARK NIGHTINGALE trombone. Brit Jazz Award Winner & one of the UK’s finest musicians.  Mark is also a brilliant arranger & leads a big band as well as performing in some of this country’s great orchestras.
ART THEMEN tenor & soprano  sax.  A legend in his own lifetime.  Art has been at the top echelon of British Jazz for many years ~ He was a great part of the Stan Tracey outfits while combining his love of jazz & his other professional life of an orthopedic surgeon.
GARETH WILLIAMS piano . Very highly rated by all jazz musicians on the British Jazz scene.
ANDREW CLEYNDERT double bass . Has become a regular at FJC & why not He is one of the best.
DAVE BARRY drums . This man is the driving force of any unit .Great drummer with great history.

Jazz Royalty ~ The Star of Broadway & The London Stage is back at The FJC

August 8th         £12      MISS ELAINE DELMAR & Her Trio             

Universally known as Miss Sophistication of the jazz world~This lady is very much Star Quality.  Elaine was born into the jazz world , her father being the late Great Leslie “Jiver” Hutchinson.  To her credit she has enhanced that talent & has become an actress ~ a film star & an outstanding jazz vocalist. Miss Delmar has performed on Broadway & in the hit west end show “Bubbling Brown Sugar” with Billy Daniels ~~ Clare Teal introduced her to a packed Royal Albert Hall as Jazz Royalty ~a title that nobody would argue with. We welcome her back to The FJC with her Top Quality Trio..

JOHN PEARCE piano ~~ SIMON THORPE double bass ~~ ROD BROWN drums

August 15th     £12     THE MARC CECIL QUINTET                           

MARC CECIL  Leader & drums .Brilliant drummer/arranger/composer, & like his own career The Marc Cecil Quintet will take you on a journey around The World of Jazz ~~which includes The Swing of New York~ The Salsa of Cuba & The Samba of Brazil .. All linked together with some jazz standards with some exciting new arrangements that are loosely based around the library of Dizzy Gillespie.
SHANTI  JAYASINHA trumpet & flugel. This young man has become a massive hit on the London jazz scene 
JAMES ARBEN saxes   This guy was such a hit with the FJC & was rated by the people that ” Know ” as the most underrated sax man on the British Jazz Scene.
DAN BANKS piano .. Great pianist from The Peoples Republic of Medway  & now residing in the county town ..Dan has his own jazz outfit & is making  a big name for himself on the other side of the Thames.
DOMINIC HOWLES double bass. Great bassist ~ Pendulum swing & always welcome at The FJC  British Jazz at its Best

August 22nd     £14   From The USA   THE SCOTT HAMILTON QUARTET  

SCOTT HAMILTON is recognised worldwide as being the number one tenor saxophonist of his day & has been at the top of the tree for many years .. The FJC is one of the few jazz clubs in the UK where Scott appears twice a year..Scott has made over 50 albums & has appeared on many more accompanying all of the top vocalists.  Definitely a Legend in his own lifetime.  With Scott will be his regular & most amazing world class rhythm section.
JOHN PEARCE piano.. The Gov’nor of the jazz piano
DAVE GREEN double bass. Two words describe Dave Green ” World Class”
STEVE BROWN drums .Multi British Jazz Award Winner & seeker of fine dining ??

August 29th      £14        PETE LONG with his POCKET BASIE.

Yes , this is small group Basie as it was & how it should be & another wonderful outfit of the king of UK bands Pete Long ~~ Pete is the leader of The Ronnie Scott Orchestra ~~ The Echoes of Ellington~~ The Benny Goodman tribute Quartet & this POCKET BASIE , plus arranging , composing & organizing many more.  Plus he is an amazing musician & great humorist raconteur ~ the man is a jazz music workaholic …  

This is the line up to keep The Basie pendulum swinging ~~

PETE LONG tenor sax ~ Leader & historic humorist raconteur..
JAMES DAVIDSON trumpet & flugel ~ Brilliant musician & welcome back to FJC
 HARRY SANKEY guitar . Another new man to the club with a great CV & website
COLIN GOOD piano .. As on previous visits with this band CG is Basie !!
JOE PETTITT double bass .Top bassist & also the leader of the Len Phillips Orch.
RICHARD PITE drums, Drummer extraordinaire~ stick juggler & also Club owner. Agent ~Manager & The 100 years of Jazz in 99 minutes Orch ..                                                

238-246 King St, London W6 0RF.  (nearest tube Ravenscourt Park Station)  Reservations … ring Peter on 07415 892 436   Bar Open 7.30pm. Music 8.30pm.

JAZZLIVE AT THE CRYPT St Giles’ Church, Camberwell Church Street  SE5 8QZ You’ll find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @jazzlivese5 

LIVE JAZZ AT NORTH WEALD VILLAGE HALL – Every 3rd Saturday afternoon, starts 12.30 til 3pm Admission is £10 The Hall is just off the High Road behind the vets surgery. Postcode is CM16 6DB.  Arrive early to get a good parking place.   The band is led by the legendary trombonist Jackie Free and features many top names.   Pete Rudeforth, Julian Stringle, Richie Howard, Enrico Tomasso, Nick Dawson to name but a few who have joined Tim Huskisson piano, Murray Salmon bass and Martin Guy drums plus added guests Colin Bray vibes and Carol Braithwaite vocals.


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.  186 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4QH

World class Jazz every Friday at Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel CO6 4PZ         Doors 7.30pm, gig starts 8.00 pm, 2 sets, ends approx 10.30 pm  
Ample parking; fully accessible – info 01787 211865    See website for directions as satnav can  get you lost!    Tickets – via Box Office: 01787 211865;  WeGotTickets (booking fee); On the door (sorry, no debit/credit cards – cash or cheque only)  
*Friends of Fleece Jazz loyalty card holders have a £4 discount on each gig and a choice of a free gig if you attend eight or more gigs.

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

, 6, St Andrews Street South, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3PH. 1st class jazz in Bury St Edmunds   07799 650009   Doors 7.15,   Music   8pm

, 74 Whinbush Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire  SG5 1PZ an independent music venue.   Break for July and August.

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

WEDS 24th July – TOM CAWLEY’S CATENACCIO     ‘Catenaccio’ is the name given to a tactical innovation pioneered in Italian football during the 1960s and involves fluid movement between positions and extra cover. The system led to the more universally celebrated ‘total football’ a decade later and then ultimately to this collection of music. For this new project, top UK jazz pianist TOM CAWLEY brings together an array of exceptional talent: FINI BEARMAN vocals, Gareth Lockrane flutes, CONOR CHAPLIN bass and CHRIS HIGGINBOTTOM drums. The music may be best described as contemporary melodic jazz-fusion, evoking shades of Weather Report and Return to Forever-period Chick Corea along with the harmonic vocals of Flora Purim. Doors open: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 – ‘Early Bird’ tickets: £5 advance 

WEDS 31st July – SI GARDNER BIG BAND   First-call trumpeter Si Gardner who graced the ranks of the 1984 edition of the incredible Buddy Rich Big Band and many other major jazz ensembles since – as well as extensive session work, founded his own stellar big band in 1986. His aim has been to present top UK musicians playing the best swinging charts and to have fun in the process. This rare show will be no exception with this amazing line-up: Trumpets: RYAN QUIGLEY, MIKE DAVIS, GEORGE HOGG, & TOM GARDNER; Trombones: PETE BEACHILL, ANDY WOOD, TOM DUNNETT, RICHARD HENRY Saxophones: JAMIE TALBOT, SIMON MARSH, TOM RIDOUT, MARTIN WILLIAMS & CLAIRE McINERNEY; Piano: TOM CAWLEY, Bass: WILL HARRIS & Drums: IAN THOMAS     Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 – ‘Early Bird’ tickets: £5 advance

– Hadleigh Town Hall, Market Place, Hadleigh, IP7 5DN.  £15

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

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

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.


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)    Info:

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

The Forebury, Sawbridgeworth CM21 9AT  8.15 – 10.45

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

– Georgian House Hotel,  37-41 High Street, Haselmere, Surrey GU27 2JY.  First Wednesday of the month.  Centre of town venue with wheel-chair access and free parking.  Food available from 6:45.  Show 7:45pm to 10:15pm.  All Welcome Admission £14.

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.

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      Dave 023 9225 5806 or Claire 02392 298161

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

Bishop’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.

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.

, 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

– 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.

Every Thursday of every month 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

Empire Bar, 291 Mare Street, Hackney E81EJ   A Jazz night in Hackney on the second Wednesday of the month.

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

KiX Jazz Orchestra. 17 piece band plus Kate Daniels on vocals. Repertoire includes a wide variety of Latin, Swing Standards, Fusion and Originals. To see when and where they are on next search for Kix Jazz Orchestra and go to the Schedule tab on their website.

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

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

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

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

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



HEADS UP! dates

Sun 4th August – The Blue Boar, 3-7 Silver St, Maldon, CM9 4QE (2.30pm)

Sun 13 October – MusicFest (incl. other artistes/bands), in the Walled Garden, Valentines Park, Ilford (All day 11:00am – 6:30pm. Times to be advised. Free entry)

CAROL BRAITHWAITES’ GIG LIST.  (more – Many thanks

Friday 19th July – Sawbridgeworth Jazz Club, Memorial Hall, CM21 9BD
with Jackie Free Allstars.

Saturday 20th July – North Weald Village Hall with Jackie Free Allstars

Friday 9th August – Billericay Const. Club, 1A High St, Billericay. CM12 9BE
Fun starts at 12:30 – 2:30pm.  £8 door. Special guest Mick Foster.

Saturday 17th August – North Weald Village Hall with Jackie Free Allstars

Tuesday 27th August – OB’s Club, Ashwells Road, Brentwood CM15 9SE
with club duo +Tim Huskisson, Goff Dubber.

Friday 13th September – Billericay Const. Club, 1A High St, Billericay. CM12 9BE
Fun starts at 12:30 – 2:30pm.  £8 door.

Thursday 19th September – Hadleigh Cricket Club, Rectory Road, Hadleigh SS7 2NQ
An evening of easy listening jazz played in a friendly club atmosphere.  Time: 8 – 10.30pm. £10 entry.
Tony Gooderham – piano, Roger Curphey – bass,
Jason Campbell – drums.  Special guest:  Mike Sagrott – guitar.

Dates in Diary (further information to follow)
11/10/19   Billericay
17/10/19   Hadleigh
19/10/19   North Weald

FRANK GRIFFITHS Upcoming Gigs List

4 August, 9PM.   FG Quartet with Misha Gray, Ed Harrison and Eryl Roberts. Railway Pub, 74 Wellington Rd, Stockport, SK4 1HF. Free.

30 August, 8PM.   FG Nonet. Sefton Park Cricket Club, Sefton Park. Liverpool, L17 1AP. £5.

17 September, 8PM.   FG Quartet at Wilmslow Conservative Club.  15 Grove Ave, Wilmslow, SK9  5EG. Free.

6 October, 2-3PM.   With Annie Long Quartet. Williamson Art Gallery. Statey Road, Birkenhead, CH43 4UE. www.williamsonart Free.

28 November, 8.30PM.  FG w/Martin Hart Quartet. Hedsor Social Club, Hedsor Road, Bourne End, Bucks,  SL8 5ES. £8.

29 November, 1PM.  FG with  Martin Litton, piano and Nils Solberg, guitar. Brunel University, Beldam Room.   Free

4 February, 8.30PM.  FG Quartet w/Franck Amallem – piano, John MacCormick – bass, Danny Ward – drums. Phase One. 80 Seel Street, Liverpool, L1 4JN. £3 admission.

8 February 2020, 2.30-5PM.   w/Tina May, Franck Amsallem, Steve Berry and Eryl Roberts. Southport Jazz Festival.

A full 16 piece band featuring star players including Tony Fisher, David Black, Harold Fisher, Jon Shenoy, Chris Gower and Bunny Thompson.
“A marvellous orchestra masterfully directed by Joe Pettitt” ~ David Jacobs CBE

Warner’s Big Band Breaks

21-25 October – Sinah Warren, Hayling Island – Featuring Matthew Ford plus Glenn Miller with strings

United Services Club, Main Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 6NE        Doors open at 7pm, concert starts at 8pm. Free parking to the rear of the club. Tickets £12, available on the door. Call 01342 523 003 or email for more information

RON SPACK’S JAZZTET at THE OAKWOOD. 564 Rayleigh Road, Eastwood, SS9 5HX. Tel: 01702 512819. Every Monday. Free 8.00 till 10.30pm. Meals served during the evening.  Ron Spack’s Jazztet, Ron leading on bass

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 – search botleneck blues club  The venue is the St. George Hotel.  If you drive past with the Roffen on your left, the venue is a couple of hundred yards up New Road, on the left.  There is on-site parking both on the roof, accessed from the front and in the basement at the rear, although you can find plenty of on-street parking within a short walk.  Parking in one of the car parks requires (immediate) registration in the venue, available on panels both in the lobby and in the performance room itself

THE DON STEELE JAZZBAND play at The 3 Horseshoes, The Pound, Knockholt TN14 7LD every other Wednesday lunchtime (12.30 to 3pm) .  Good food, wine and draft beer to go with the trad jazz. Band Members – Don Steele Trumpet,  John Stuart – Banjo/Guitar, Richard Brennan – Reeds, Mick Scriven – Bass, Jan Bryce – Trombone.    The band plays in the traditional jazz style.

The next Wednesday lunchtime gig is on Wednesday 3rd April and then every other Wednesday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



2019 Southend Jazz Festival  –  Now presented by Jazz Matters, 2019 sees the launch of the all-new Southend Jazz Festival; a week-long celebration of Jazz music with live events and workshops all across Southend.  We’re showcasing the very best of local talent and bringing some of the UK’s best performers to Southend.  Stay tuned to the website and our social meda as we release details of more artists and events.   The Southend Jazz Festival’s flagship event is “The Big Jazz Blowout!”

Advance notice: Boughton Jazz Picnic Sat July 20, followed by Water Rats tour of the Broads

MEHR CLEF SUMMER JAZZ COURSE  –  18 – 24 August 2019   At University of Chichester – Residential course for Instrumentalists and Vocalists with a Minimum age 14 years, all levels, all instruments.   Students perform every night in Jazz Club.
Audition Preparation and Mock Audition for Students applying to Music Colleges
Tutors:  Alan Barnes – Sax,  Stan Sulzmann – Sax, Tom Cawley – Piano,  Mark Hodgson – Bass, Martin France – Drums,  Lee Gibson – Vocals    plus Rick Simpson – Piano, Matt Sulzmann – Sax, Ursula Malewski – Vocals,   Ed Rice – Vocal accompanist  Contact: T 07718 424509


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 – just Google Wilf’s Jazz!!

*** JAZZ JAMS ***

The Cambridge Jazz Jam (“CamJam”) has now moved to the other Snug bar in Cambridge, located at 67 Lensfield Rd, Cambridge CB2 1EN. The sessions will now run every Thursday, 8 – 10.30 pm.  Musicians, singers and audience all welcome !  Free admission. Our policy is inclusive, so whether you’re an accomplished musician, or someone still struggling to get it together, you’ll be equally welcome. Further info from Mike Quigley, 07979 59 22 41

Sunday Freddie Freeloader’s Jazz Jams at the Black Bull in Rainsford Road Chelmsford CM1 2PN.  Future dates (all at the earlier time of 4-7 p.m.) are: ;  July 21st; September 22nd; November 17th. Free entrance, all experience levels,  Playlist and music available in advance. DWJQ are house band, PA drum kit bass amp and one guitar amp provided.  More details including access to the music to be played available from

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ipswich Jazz Collective meet on the 3rd Friday in the month to hold a jam session at the Inkerman pub on Norwich 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.

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)

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

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


 John Seeley’s Jazz and Saxophone Group
If playing as part of a group appeals to you, why not join John Seeley’s Jazz and Saxophone Group?  I run a Jazz Workshop and Saxophone Workshop on alternative Thursday evenings, 7.30pm to 9.30pm at St Michael and All Angels Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.  £7 Entry.   All ability levels and instruments are welcome, no need to book, just come along and join in!   We’re a relaxed, friendly, welcoming group 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 – a practical, performance based approach to learning in a nurturing group.

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.


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’d normally be happy to email you the text to save you re-typing it.

IMPORTANT – we have been having lots of problems with the newsletter getting caught in spam filters.  We are removing website links, to try to make it less “spammy”.  Can you please not include links, but perhaps add wording like “please Google xxx theatre for more details”

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