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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!” – we’ll be gradually releasing line-up details over the coming months, but Early Bird tickets go on sale 30th April.  

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

JAZZ AND PIZZA WITH MORPHOLOGY – 26th April 2019, 7:30 at The Avenue Theatre, Gippeswyk Avenue, Ipswich, IP2 9AF.  Take some cool jazz from 1950s California, mix it with latin and calypso beats, add some proper rustic Italian Pizza, then host it all in an intimate studio theatre with great sightlines. It’s Jazz and Pizza night at the Red Rose Chain. Perfect for a night out with friends or a fun alternative date night! Tickets £8 (pizza sold separately). Tickets available at the theatre web site (search: Morphology Red Rose Chain) or phone 01473 603388

Herts based jazz four piece Semafour return to the Rose and Crown, Sandridge, AL4 9DD , Sunday 21st April at 7pm. Jazz and Latin tunes by Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, Dave Holland and many more. In the interval there is an ‘open blow ‘ session for players to join the band for a tune or two. (Rose and Crown is available through various search engines, Semafour are on Facebook).

The Cricketers Jazz Club at 228 London Road Westcliff on Sea Essex SS0 7JG is our regular venue for jazz every second Wednesday of the month – the next one being Wednesday May 8th when as usual the music starts at 8.30am.  For the best seats get there early and remember if you want to eat during the evening book a table tel 01702 345053. We welcome back Britain’s greatest trobonist ROY WILLIAMS! For over fifty years (since he burst onto the scene with the great ALEX WELSH band in 1965) Roy has set unequalled standards for his craft, and to enjoy his musical company at the Cricketers Jazz Bar is both a pleasure and a privilege.  Come early for an extra-special evening of music.  With the house trio and Digby.  Parking is free after 6pm at the nearby car park. See you there!



ELGOOD’S ANNUAL FATHER’S DAY JAZZ PICNIC  is on Sunday 16th June 1-4 pm In the Brewery Gardens, North Brink Wisbech PE13 1LW    Presenting The Peter Rudeforth Jazz Band –  which consists of :

Peter Rudeforth  Tpt/Vocs /Ldr            Julian Marc Stringle   Clt/Sax/Vocs
Andy Flaxman   Trombone                   Jonathan Vinten  Piano
Sandy Burnett   Bass                             John Elmer   Drums

Licensed Bar/Tea & Coffee     Bring your picnic+ Chairs/Blanket
Invalid facilities   Children 12 & Under Free – with Parents   £10 Cash on Door
Phone 07903 879209 :- 01945 588325
Raffle in aid of Tapping House Charity
Last year this event attracted an audience in excess of 300

Catherine Lima will be at The Woodbine Inn, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey,  EN9 3QT from 8:30 on Friday 3rd May with trio – Aled Thomas on keyboard, Matt Lowrie on bass guitar and Luke de la Salle on drums

Catherine Lima on Wednesday, 15th May  – The Mill Hill Jazz Club, Mill Hill Golf Club, 100 Barnet Way, NW7 3AL with The Allure of Miss Lee – the music of Peggy Lee with Aled Thomas on keyboard, Alex Field on guitar, Jose Canha on double bass and Jason Campbell on drums
Time  8.30pm    Entry fee:   £10.00

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



Wednesday 24th April: a mixture of gig news, new tracks and old favourites.
‘Jazztonic’ is a weekly jazz music and magazine radio programme available worldwide but only via and clicking on ‘listen’.  From ragtime, through swing and fusion 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 April –    Louise Cookman/ Steve Rushton :-‘ Cool Heat – Burnin’ Beat!’

Louise Cookman – vocals                         Steve Rushton – drums
Dave Priseman – trumpet/flugelhorn    Al Cherry – guitar
Mick Foster – saxes/flute                          Paul Morgan – double bass

Cool Heat, Burnin’ Beat  are a stunning six piece band featuring percussion maestro Steve Rushton and big band vocalist Louise Cookman, celebrating the music of  jazz legends.
Louise Cookman was a regular guest singer on Big Band Special on BBC Radio 2 and has of toured as guest vocalist for the BBC Big Band, Glenn Miller & Piccadilly Dance Orchestras and crooner Tony Jacobs. She has sung on Radio 2, 3 and 4, performed at Ronnie Scott’s, Cadogan Hall, the Queen Elizabeth and Royal Festival Halls. Louise also featured on BBC TV’s “Len Goodman’s Dancing Feet & Dance Band Days”. Steve Rushton has become one of the UK’s busiest and most in-demand drummers, with an impressive list of credits to his name. A flamboyant and stylish performer, he’s toured the world with Imelda May. Steve appeared at our Club with Tony Jacobs & Iain Mackenzie.
Mick Foster has worked with many of the UK’s top big bands including the BBC Concert Orchestra. TV work includes BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and ITV’s Downton Abbey.
Paul Morgan has  worked  with  Peggy Lee, Don Lusher  and was  the principle bass with the BBC Radio Orchestra.
Al Cherry’s made numerous TV appearances, and toured internationally with many bands.
Dave Priseman is a regular with Imelda May’s touring band and Ronnie Scott’s, has also appeared on  BBC Radio 4.

1st May – Simply Swing

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

Sandra Lambert’s Simply Swing Band, featuring vocalist Steve Pert, invite you to join them for an evening of laughter and anecdotes and a fun and lively repertoire mix of Swing, Rat Pack, Jump Jive, Ballads, Bossa Nova, Salsa and Mambo.
Steve is one of the country’s finest and most versatile singers. He began his career in the internationally acclaimed close harmony vocal group ‘Wall Street Crash’ with whom he appeared in over two hundred TV performances worldwide, including three Royal Variety Shows. He has worked with some of the world’s foremost musicians and singers including Harry Belafonte, Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner, Was Not Was and Toots Thieleman.
Pianist Sandra Lambert has performed and recorded with Bette Midler, Humphrey Lyttelton, Cilla Black, Paul O’Grady, Helen Shapiro and The London Symphony Orchestra. A sought after accompanist and arranger, Sandra is Musical Director of Simply Swing.
Drummer Jeff Lardner has recorded and toured with the world’s foremost musicians and singers including Van Morrison, Kylie Minogue, Natalie Cole, Bobby Womack, Gregory Porter, Joss Stone, Mick Hucknall, Georgie Fame, BBC Big Band and Mark Knopfler.
Saxophonist Simon Bates is known and respected for his stylistic versatility. Simon has worked with musicians including Elvis Costello, Jamie Cullum, Dizzee Rascal, Shane MacGowan, Lulu, Rick Wakeman, D:Ream, Chaka Khan, Emma Bunton, Seal and Carleen Anderson. He was Musical Director for Rick Astley, Bette Midler.
Bassist Mick Hutton is one of the UK’s finest and has worked with all the big names in jazz..

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

24 APRIL 2019
Soloist – JAVAJAM – Sarah Jane Hassell (Vocals)
Keyboards – Roger Lewin
Double Bass – Alex Keen
Drums – John Withers

1 MAY 2019
Soloist – Catherine Lima
Keyboards – Aled Thomas
Double Bass Wally Shaw
Drums – John Withers

8 MAY 2019
Soloist – Frank Sebastian (Tenor)
Guitar – John McGinley
Keyboards – Paul McGinley
Double Bass – Wally Shaw
Drums – John Withers

15 MAY 2019
Soloist – Paul Wood (Vocals) 
Keyboards – TBC
Double Bass – Wally Shaw
Drums – John Withers

22 MAY 2019
Soloist – John Withers (Vibes)
Keyboards – Hilary Cameron
Double Bass – Alex Keen
Drums – Ted Pope

29 MAY 2019
Soloist – Leszek Kulascewicz (Tenor)
Keyboards – TBC
Double Bass – Alex Keen
Drums – John Withers

5 JUNE 2019
Soloist – TBC
Keyboards – TBC
Double Bass – Wally Shaw
Drums – John Withers

12 JUNE 2019
Soloist – Emma Finlay (Vocals)
Keyboards – Aled Thomas
Double Bass – Wally Shaw
Drums – John Withers

19 JUNE 2019
Soloist – Paul Higgs (Trumpet/Flugel Horn)
Keyboards – Jenny Carr
Double Bass – Wally Shaw
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 of Hilary Cameron – keys, Ted Simkins – bass and Dave Grant – drums, in  pleasant surroundings, relaxed and friendly atmosphere and a licensed bar with snacks on request. Doors 7pm, music from 8 till 10.45pm   Entrance on door  £10.00.   For info. contact Dave Grant 01708 or Richard 07935 441616 or  Website:

Tuesday, 30th APRIL, 2019

TAKE FIVE’ PAUL featuring ANDY LINHAM, alto saxophone, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

Take Five: is the story of a jazz artist, Paul Desmond, who transcended genres to establish one of the most immediately recognisable sounds in all of music. Long before his success as the alto saxophonist with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, decades before he wrote “Take Five,” Desmond determined that he would be himself, never a disciple or an imitator, whatever the cost. Unfortunately Paul, after years of smoking and ill health died in 1977 at the very young age of 52, but remains a widely recognised genius as a music improviser with his warm delicate tone and taste that he likened to as a ‘Very Dry Martini’.

Andy Linham, exploring the music of Paul Desmond this evening, is more than a talented young jazz reed player, he is a performer with a portfolio that is hard to keep up with. He plays in several bands, leads his own London Big Band and small groups, composes and arranges music, is a primary school teacher, a music tutor and involved with musical theatre. However, after a deep breath, it is his quirkily dry sense of humour that comes through in his conversations as well as in his music. Born in Havering, he went to Coopers Coborn School in Upminster and after graduating from Leeds College of Music with a BA [Hon] degree in 2010, where he won the coveted Yamaha Jazz Scholarship Award, he returned to London and did a master’s degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Now that, for sure, looks good on a CV.

This comment from ‘Jazzwise’ magazine, says it all!  “Whether on a rapid fire or slow burn setting, Andrew Linham is a musician of tremendous flow and invention.’

Tuesday, 28th May, 2019

‘SHADES OF MILES’ featuring PAUL HIGGS, trumpet, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Les Cirkel, kit.

Miles Davis was the major force in the jazz world as a trumpeter, bandleader and composer. After leaving the Juilliard School [Institute of Musical Art] he was soon playing a fast improvisational style of jazz that defined the modern jazz era. From 1945-1991 he was for ever at the forefront experimenting and furthering jazz with ‘fusion’ of jazz and rock. Drug abuse and alcohol blighted his life between 1975/1980 until meeting the actress Cicely Tyson, who helped him before marrying him. In his latter years he played with Quincy Jones at the Montreau Jazz Festival performing his earlier work for which he received a Grammy Award in 1991. Sadly he succumbed to pneumonia at the age of 65 and in 1993 he was posthumously awarded another Grammy Award, for his lasting influence on jazz.

Paul Higgs, a much sought after multi-instrumentalist, making another welcome visit to the Club and this time with one of his own shows, ’Shades of Miles’ a musical biography of probably the most influential trumpeter of the twentieth century, Miles Davis. Paul, renowned as one of UK’s leading trumpet players and composers, continues to have an extensive musical career in TV and theatre where he was MD for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Coy’s. Now concentrating on his love of jazz composition, arranging, recording and directing others in his own recording studio, he still, time permitting, plays at venues whenever the opportunity arises. Another enlightening lesson of jazz by this superlative musician awaits you.

Tuesday, 25th June, 2019

MUSICAL POTPOURRI, featuring JOHN WITHERS, vibes, and MARTIN NICKLESS, clarinet, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

John Withers, a regular to the Club, makes another welcome return, again with his magical vibraphone to bring you a musical potpourri of melodies. John is a master of selecting the more mature melodies, those that don’t readily come to mind, but all certainly excellent tunes that appeal to everyones taste after John’s deft arrangements are added. I can’t be sure John has ever played with Martin before so the melodies or tunes agreed by these two experienced and fine musicians awaits us all assuring a great evening’s entertainment.
Martin Nickless, clarinet, a regular with the Carlton Jazz group at our end of year gig, makes clear his first love in music is for the big band. His career includes various genres of music from classical to pop and has played for many West End shows, with sessions for composer Stanley Myers as well as touring with Jack Jones, Frankie Vaughan & Norman Wisdom. Martin is also known for his writing and arranging and is clearly an outstanding exponent of the clarinet and called upon for many other gigs and tonights meeting with John will be another to remember.

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.


A return for this highly popular band who took the club by storm last year with their repertoire & 4 part harmony. Tonight they play for dance.  Jarrod Coombes on Bass & Lead Vocals, Ian Harris on drums, Martin Towner on Guitar and vocal & Ivan Thompson on sax, clarinet & blues harp.  The vibe is upbeat to put a smile on your face and get your feet tapping.
With a blend of jazz, jive, rock n roll, swing, jump jive and an original twist on pop, Hullabaloo are a fantastic four piece swing band playing material ranging  from Gershwin to James Brown. Their versatility allows them to adapt a vast array of songs to venues of any size. Sophisticated close harmonies, classy arrangements & exciting showmanship make this band produce a distinctive sound that once heard is rarely forgotten. These four professional musicians originate from the south-east of England & take their musical influences from artists such as Nat King Cole, Django Reinhardt, The Everley Brothers, Zoot Sims & Junior Walker. Prepare to be thoroughly entertained!!! 


Earl Okin has been one of the UK’s leading male Jazz and Bossa Nova singer/musicians for more years than he cares to remember.  Also renowned for his ‘vocal trumpet’ solos, he has worked alongside everyone from Cleo Laine to Stephane GrappellI, Benny Carter to Barney Kessel and given concerts literally around all the world. His humour is legendary and he is equally at home in comedy clubs.  His shows are sprinkled with his own brand of humour & the result is something totally unique and unmissable. He is considered to be one of the finest exponents of Bossa Nova. He normally performs solo playing both guitar & piano & is considered to be a very fine jazz singer.  Based in London, Earl has given concerts around the world in theatres, clubs and festivals on TV and regularly performs at London’s premier Jazz Club, Ronnie Scott’s and cabaret and concert venues such as Les Crazy Coqs and the Royal Albert Hall.


Art Theman on sax, Pete Whittaker on organ & George Double on drums.


Andrew Hodges on piano, Giulio Romano on guitar, Nick Lenner-Webster on bass, Daniele Antenucci on drums.

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

Thursday 18th April – 8.00pm      Tickets £6.00
Essex Easter Jazz Showcase
All money made on this evening will go to the Spike Robinson Scholarship Fund 

Tuesday 7th May – 8.00pm
Jimmy Hastings Quartet

Tuesday 14th May – 8.00pm
Vasilis Xenopolous with Ross Stanley – piano Darrio DiLecce – bass and
Steve Brown – drums

Tuesday 21st May– 8.00pm
Jo Fooks Quartet

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

Saturday 27th April 2.00pm – 4.00pm      Admission £12.00
Derek Nash with Dave Newton – piano   Geoff Gascoyne – bass  and
Sabastiaan de Krom – drums

Saturday 25th May 2.00pm – 4.00pm     Admission £12.00
Remembering the music of Stan Getz with
Mark Crooks – tenor sax           Colin Oxley – guitar
Darrio DiLecce – bass                Matyas Geyer – piano

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

April 24 – Julian’s Chosen Men    
             Julian Marc Stringle                            Enrico Tomasso 
             Roy Williams                                        Tim Huskisson pno  
             Roger Curphey                                    Les Circklen Dms

May 8  – Simon Picton’s Westside Syncopators featuring Andy Dickens

May 22 –  The Peter Rudeforth Jazz Band  
            Peter Rudeforth  Tpt Flugel Voc’s Ldr           Julian Marc Stringle Saxes /Clt  Vocs
            Andy Flaxman Tmb                                         Tim Huskisson Pno   
            Sandy Burnett Bass                                         John Elmer Dms

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

Sunday 12th May

“Sweet Chorus” featuring John Etheridge, David Kelbie, Chris Garrick and Andy Crowdy

Sunday 2nd June

Zak Barrett with Gunther Kurmayr (piano), Manuel Alvarez (bass) and Marc Cecil (drums)

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)

, 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 April  –  Nigel Price Quartet

Nigel Price guitar, Vasilis Xenopoulos sax, Arnie Somogi bass and Sebastian de Krom drums.

Over a career spanning more than 25 years, award winning jazz guitarist Nigel Price has become widely acknowledged as one of the hardest working musicians in the business (56 date tour in late 2016) (over 500 appearances at Ronnie Scott’s).  Starting his professional career in his early 20s, Nigel toured Europe with various reggae and funk bands before settling on a solo guitar career and turning his attention to jazz. Citing early influences as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Nigel honed his craft by attending gigs and sitting in with the players of the time.  Nigel has played on more than 50 albums including 5 as a leader, spent ten years with acid jazz outfit The Filthy Six, was a member of James Taylor’s band for 3 years (with whom he recorded 5 albums) and performed with the legendary David Axelrod.  He has also taught at The International Guitar Foundation at King’s Place, London. 
Saxophonist and composer Vasilis Xenopoulos is one of the most accomplished Greek jazz musicians of his generation. London became his permanent home after graduating from the infamous Berklee College of Music, and gradually established himself as one of London’s up and coming jazz saxophonists. He has worked with some of the best musicians in the British jazz scene but far too many to list here,  Vasilis has appeared in many guises, as guest soloist, as band leader or as saxophone section leader in jazz venues and jazz festivals throughout the UK but in 2017 Nigel and Vasilis created the XPQ (Xenopoulos/Price Quartet) and recorded their first album under that brand, “Sidekicks” which celebrates some of the most successful guitar/sax pairings in the history of jazz.

17th May – The Untouchables

Keith Parker, harp and vocals, Peter Ellison, guitar and vocals, Paul ‘Chuck’ Green, doghouse bass and Malcolm ‘Eddie the Legend’ Buckland, drums.

The Untouchables are champions of raw blues, basing their sound on the swinging soul of the great artists who recorded for Chess Records in the 50s. With a string bass, a vintage drum kit, a cranked guitar through a hot valve amp and a wailing harp, this band turns any venue into a rocking juke joint.
They play sparse, tasteful Chicago blues. Not blues rock but tight, swinging, focussed, authentic sounding urban blues, with every element honed to its bare essentials in an unostentatious display of taste and restraint. These players have lived and breathed the style until it’s so much a part of them that it oozes out of their pores. If you like Little Walter, Bo Diddley or Willie Dixon, then this is as close as you’ll get to seeing them live.

31st May – Portrait of Cannonball with Tony Kofi and Andy Davies

Tony Kofi sax, Andy Davies trumpet, Alex Webb piano, Andrew Cleyndert bass, Alfonso Vitale drums with special guest vocalist Deelee Dube.

Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley was one of the best-loved figures in post-war jazz. Hailed as ‘the new Bird’, he made historic recordings with Miles Davis and John Coltrane as well as having many crossover hits as a pioneer of soul-jazz. Spanning bebop to jazz-funk, he was an unfailingly inventive and communicative virtuoso. He died on August 8, 1975; 2019 would have been his 91st year.
Alto sax master Tony Kofi fronts this loving celebration of the jazz giant Julian ‘Cannnonball’ Adderley. The group traces the explosive music of Cannonball from his first session as leader in 1955 through work with Miles Davis to the soul-jazz of the late 1960s with Deelee Dube recollecting the memorable 1961 collaboration with Nancy Wilson.
In 2016 Deelee Dube was the first non-American winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Award whilst Toni Kofi is a multi-award winner himself. Andy Davies is one of London’s top new jazz stars leading his own band, the Andy Davies Quartet, currently the resident band at the famous Ronnie Scotts’ Wednesday night jam session whilst also being much in demand as a solo player working with many leading jazz vocalists
Alex Webb is a songwriter, arranger and pianist and his songs have been recorded by numerous jazz singers. Together with Andrew Cleyndert and Alfonso Vitale the three combine to provide a really tight rhythm section.

, 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

28th April –  The Jack Clifford Swingtette.  Another wonderful end to the month with an evening of jazz standards from the Swingtette.  Jack blowing clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with a guest front line and a rhythm section of regulars Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Clarke drums and Roger Curphy bass.  Admission £10.

5th  May – No Jazz.

12th May –  Christine and the Stackyard Stompers.  A return visit to the club for this famous traditional jazz band.  Playing 1920s classic jazz, led by Christine Woodcock on trombone and vocals, the Stackyard Stompers pay tribute to the jazz greats like King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and Clarence Williams.

19th May –  No Jazz.

26th May – The Jack Clifford Swingtette.  Another wonderful end to the month with an evening of jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack blowing clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with a guest front line and a rhythm section of regulars Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Clarke drums and Roger Curphy bass.

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

Sunday 5th May 2019  –  BRIDGET METCALFE  Vocals

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

Sunday 2nd June 2019  –  NEALE RIDDING  Flute/ Saxophone               

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

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; why not 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 event details by placing Jazz Mix in the search box.

 Weds 24th April 2019Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion

Direct from their monthly Sunday residence in London, the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion musicians are on the top of their game in the world of blues and jazz.  Tickets £20
All the 160 seated tickets for this gig have now SOLD OUT, there will be some standing room only tickets available on the door on the night!

Weds 29th May 2019  – City Funk Orchestra

City Funk Orchestra comprises of two of the finest soul singers in the UK today, Noel McCalla and Imaani, together with a band of top musicians they will deliver a night of the funkiest dance-floor classics from the golden era of funk & soul – from pumping soul music favourites to the most romantic of Diana & Marvin soul ballads. Expect the very best of Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross, Sister Sledge, Barry White, O’Jays, Michael Jackson, SOS Band, Maze, Shalamar, Gap Band, The Emotions and more…True Funk! Tickets £18

Please check out local internet radio station Cheeky Radio they kindly promote our monthly gigs, streaming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Soul, RnB, Jazz-Funk, Soulful House, Reggae, Jazzy House, Jazz and Nu Jazz. They have excellent scheduled shows which feature several DJ’s including owner Mark Lee, plus, a brand-new Smooth Jazz show on Tuesdays from 4-6pm with John Morley, they both personally make time to come down to the Maritime Room to support the jazz club night. 

THE CRICKETERS JAZZ CLUB, 228 London Road, Westcliff SS0 7JG – where we set our regular jazz club for the second Wednesday every month.   Jazz at The Cricketers, Westcliff on Sea, Essex SS) 7JG  

next jazz night will be Weds 8th May

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

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.

   Saturdays,  6.30 for 7.30pm   Just off A12 South of Witham,  at Wickham Bishops Village Hall, CM3 3NN .  Admission £12.50, ring Gordon on 01621 891717.  Bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles.

May 11th         The Chicago Teddy Bears Jazz Society.

Further dates, details to follow;  June 8th,   September 14th,   October 12th,   November 9th,   December 14th.

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

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.

April 23rd  –  Kingsclub 7.   Our regular house band led by John Davis, featuring the usual front line of leader on alt/soprano sax with John Mole on tenor sax, John Bridge on trombone, Neil Drake piano and Ronnie Fen Drums.   Annie Dehany-Stevens Vocals.
April 23rd Kings Club Seven.   Our regular house band led by John Davis, featuring the usual  front line of leader on alto/soprano  sax with John Mole on tenor sax, John Bridge on trombone and Annie Dehany-Steven on vocals. 


April 30th  –  Graham Pike Sextet  “Your Bop is in the Post !”   Playing Graham’s own arrangements of post bop and originals including Horace Silver, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard.

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

Thursday 16th May   – 8.30pm
Vasilis Xenopolous     with    Ross Stanley – piano
Darrio DiLecce – bass  and    Emiliano Caroselli – drums
Admission £12.00

– 8:30pm.  Club Langley, 2 Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3SR (Off South Eden Park Road). Admission £16.00  members £13.00  unless otherwise stated. 020 8650 2406 / 01245 420475 E mail: Advance bookings: Susan 01245 420475  join the Facebook groups

Thursday  25th April  – 8.30pm
Simon Spillett with Ted Beament – piano   Alec Dankworth – bass and
Winston Clifford – drums

Thursday  2nd May – 8.30pm
Vasilis Xenopolous         with     Robin Aspland – piano
Darrio DiLecce – bass     and      Steve Brown – drums

Thursday  9th  May – 8.00pm
Lee Gibson Quartet

Thursday  23rd May  – 8.30pm
Jimmy Hastings Quartet

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

On Saturday, 27 April, catch the very talented Ben Holder at Joanna’s Place in Saffron Walden, with the fabulous Chris Ingham Trio!     Tickets (£15 in advance or £17 on the door) are available from Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre.   Doors 7pm for an 8pm start

Ben Holder is one of the most gifted and exciting young jazz violinists in the UK. Taught classically from the age of six, he studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire and began gigging at the tender age of 14. During his classical studies, Ben began listening to Jazz – classic masters such as Benny Goodman and Oscar Peterson and of course the great jazz violinists including Grappelli, Joe Venuti and the awe inspiring Stuff Smith.  Ben’s innate sense of swing rhythm – something which often eludes classical players – stems from those early listening sessions and his various awards bear testimony to his abilities. Ben now plays all over the UK as well as abroad thanks to his energy, personality and musical mastership. A first call, stand-out jazz violinist for many of the UK’s top clubs and studios.

 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 21st Apr – RENATO D’AIELLO  with Simon Brown (pno), Owen Morgan (bs), Roger Odell (drs)

“Renato is a superlative saxophonist with a passionate and poetic soul. He has all the virtues – a beautiful sense of time and pacing and a technique which effortlessly projects his brilliantly flowing ideas.” Ian Carr, Jazz writer. “D’Aiello’s weighty, behind-the-beat sound shows a poetic imagination.” John Fordham, The Guardian,   7.30-10pm. Reserve by reply or call 01787 237653. £10 – pay on the door.


Sun 2nd Jun – LUCA LUCIANO
Sun 16th Jun – MICK HANSON
Sun 30th Jun – NIC MEIER

SPLASH POINT JAZZ run four regular clubs in SUSSEX, and two occasional ones. The listings for March/April are:

Eastbourne, at The Fishermen’s Club, Royal Parade, BN22 7AA:
Wednesday April 24th: Sara Dowling Quartet
Music starts at 8pm,doors at 7.15pm. Tickets: £10, on the door or in advance from WeGotTickets. Free parking at the club, drinks at club prices.

Battle, at The Bull Inn, 27 High St, TN33 0EA:
Wednesday April 24th: Neal Richardson(pno/vox) with Sara Oschlag (vox)
Music starts at 7.30pm and is free to diners.

Seaford, at The View, Seaford Head Golf Club, Southdown Road, BN25 4JS.

Alfriston, Deans Place Hotel BN26 5TW:

Brighton, at The Master Mariner, Brighton Marina, BN2 5WD.

Hastings, Bannatynes Hotel, TN38 8EA:
Sunday 21st April 12.30pm Neal Richardson solo pno/vox   Free

For more information Google Splash Point Jazz Club

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

April 18th               £12         THE DEREK NASH ACOUSTIC QUARTET

It’s that man from Jools Holland back with us…Derek Nash & this is The All Star Quartet of Quartets   This will be another Derek Nash stormer with 3 more outstanding musicians …  This outfit will swing like crazzzzy with this line up..

DEREK NASH saxes ( other bits & pieces !!! ) Leader of the famous Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues orchestra & many of his own outfits of which many come to FJC.  In addition to being a fantastic saxophonist , Derek Nash is Mr Entertainment ~ & a amazing personality ~~ He plays great jazz & puts the sunshine into a cloud.
NEIL ANGILLEY piano ..The UK’s Number One Latin jazz Pianist & many other sides to his playing skills . ~ ie The pianist for Michael Ball & Alfie Boe on their recent private engagement for HRH The Queen at Buckingham Palace.. Neil will be back with us in June with his own trio & will perform his Lake District Suite 
GEOFF GASCOYNE double bass . This one of the UK.s finest musicians . He is an amazing composer & orchestra leader & has many CDs with this huge outfit..
SEBASTIAAN du KROM drums World class drummer . One of Europes finest.. 

April 25th           £12       GORDON CAMPBELL  &  CHRIS DEAN  QUINTET  Two Big Band Leaders & Two Top Trombonists

This is the quality outfit with Gordon Campbell who leads his own well established Big Band as well as a formidable Octet that we had the FJC in 2018~~ Gordon is also a professor at  Royal Marines School of Music Portsmouth & one of the stalwarts of the world famous John Wilson Concert Orchestra.
Chris Dean , co leader of this wonderful quintet is also the  UK’s longest serving big band leader ~a position he has held for over 22 years with the one & only Syd Lawrence Orchestra ~~ the UK’s number one concert/dance band ..
With two top line stars we get three top line rhythm 
TREVOR BROWN piano  Well known as The Syd Lawrence pianist..
ANDREW CLEYNDERT double bass.. Great bassist in a great outfit..
DAVE TANDY drums. Also from The Syd Lawrence Orch // & the RPO & the Ronnie Scott Orch ~~ this is Quality ..

Tuesday  April 30th         £12    ROGER  BEAUJOLAIS  QUARTET  
The swinging vibes lead quartet return to The FJC

ROGER BEAUJOLAIS  vibes  .. This man is at the forefront of European vibes players ~ well respected with a lot of original swinging numbers..
ROBIN ASPLAND piano.  Great jazz pianist & great accompanist ..
SIMON THORPE double bassist of the highest order ..Back at the FJC
WINSTON  CLIFFORD drums.  Driving this outfit to the full .. 

Tuesday   May 7th   THE JIM MULLEN TRIO + DAVE LEWIS    Google Jim Mullen ~ Wikipedia

The legend of the jazz guitar JIM MULLEN returns to The FJC.  Jim is recognised worldwide by audience & fellow musicians as one of the greatest jazz guitarists of our time ~ He was also 50% of the world famous Morrissey- Mullen outfit, which is sadly missed.  With Jim tonight is 

MIKE GORMAN organ ~ Swings like crazy ( Also writes Indian cook books ) !!!
TRISTON MAILLOTT drums .. Top UK jazz drummer ..
DAVE LEWIS tenor sax . Brilliant , outgoing inventive swinging musician.  Originally from the USA & now resides in the UK & has his own very successful band named 1up

May 16th      THE MICK FOSTER “MULLIGAN” SEXTET         £14 
The Authentic Gerry Mulligan music, combining the two most successful periods of Mulligan ie Mulligan/Chet Baker & Mulligan/Bob Brookmeyer 
These charts were transcribed for this sextet by Mick Foster & the UKs number one big band arrangers ~~ trombonist Adrian Fry & tenor man Robert Fowler from an original idea of The Folkestone Jazz Club

MICK FOSTER leader & baritone sax . This man is naturally the closest that i have ever seen anyone play a baritone sax like the legend.. His style , his tone & his stance are so much like Gerry Mulligan …dw
ROBERT FOWLER tenor & baritone sax  One of the UKs top saxophonists with a mass of Mulligan experience.. He is the leader of the UKs Gerry Mulligan big band.
SHANTI JAYASINHA trumpet . A welcome return to this young man who has made a big name for himself on the London Jazz Scene.
ADRIAN FRY  trombone . A top musician & as stated one of the UKs top big band  arrangers~~ He also runs the trombone outfit Bone Supremacy.  All of that with the classic top of tree Mulligan piano less rhythm section of
JULIAN BURY double bass  & MATT HOME drums 

May 23rd     XPQ  Vasilis Xenopoulos / Nigel Price Quartet          £12                    

This is pure jazz & toe tapping music for all jazz lovers .. VASILIS XENOPOULOS  tenor sax ..The Charismatic Greek is in the top notch of all European tenor players & leads this Quality Quartet with his long term musical partner, the brilliant & very talented NIGEL PRICE.  They are accompanied by the amazing Italian bassist DARIO di LECCE’ & the British Jazz Award Winning drummer STEVE BROWN

The Best of British play the music of Duke Ellington & Jonny Hodges

May 30th         THE ALAN BARNES ALL STAR SEXTET            £14       

With a line up of such experienced jazz musicians ~ Brit Jazz award winners & Legends all on the same stage ~This can only be a Night of Nights ~

ALAN BARNES  saxes ~ Leader ~  Humour  & a real good egg ~ He has probably won more British Jazz Awards than any other musician ~ A real Star.
ROBERT FOWLER tenor sax The man with the great rounded sound.  One of the UKs best
BRUCE ADAMS trumpet .. The high reg man of British Jazz ~~ Amazing
GARETH WILLIAMS piano .. Highly regarded & much sought after jazz man ..
ADAM KING double bass ..Don’t let his young looks fool you !! This man has experience.
CLARK TRACEY drums.. Brit Jazz award winner ++ Bandleader + Club owner etc etc ..

JAZZ CAFE POSK 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.

Friday 26 April 2019. Willie Garnett Big Band.  £8 on the door.  BIG BAND FRIDAY

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

Saturday 27 April 2019.  Heidi Vogel.  £10 on the door. £8 Advance. £5 Students.

Celebrating International Jazz Day 2019, we welcome fantastic Heidi Vogel to perform a selection of jazz, blues and Brazilian classics. Heidi is the voice of the Cinematic Orchestra and is featured on their new album “To Believe”. She has toured with them extensively including all over the USA, Australia, South Africa, Canada and Europe and in London had a sold-out concert at The Royal Albert Hall. She has sung with The London Metropolitan Orchestra and The Krakow Symphony Orchestra and on TV she gave a stunning live performance on the Jimmy Kimmel show. Heidi has an imposing deeply soulful voice and this promises to be a memorable evening from a truly emotive and captivating vocalist.

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.

19 April 2019, £20/£16*   Ant Law Quintet
Ant’s long awaited third album, Life I Know, draws on a depth of musical and life experiences to create a career defining album.
Ant Law guitar,  Michael Chillingworth saxophone,  Ivo Neame piano,  Tom Farmer bass,  James Maddren drums

26 April 2019, £18/£14*   Christian Brewer Quartet
Bebop influenced, contemporary sounding player, Christian plays with great fluency and has a clear lyrical and soulful sound.  
Christian Brewer saxophone,  Leon Greening piano,  Adam King bass,  Matt Skelton drums

3rd May 2019, £18/£14*    The Blue Dahlia – Free entry with Eyal Lovatt ticket
Dahlia Dumont’s rich and textured singing will start the gig.   
Dahlia Dumont vocals, Daniele Borgato bass, Aurimas Goris accordion
Eyal Lovett Quartet – starts at 8:15
The melody is Eyal Lovett’s artform, the tune that makes you think.
Eyal Lovett piano, Eran Har Evan guitar, Aiden Lowe drums, Thomas Kolarczyk bass

12th May 2019, £20  Liane Carroll – The stunning Liane is doing a solo performance just for Fleece Jazz!
“Lianne Carroll doesn’t just sing jazz. She is jazz. This is jazz of the highest quality.” Mojo 
Liane Carroll vocals and piano

24th May 2019, £20/£16*    Tim Kliphuis
Dutch jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis is the foremost ambassador for the music of Stéphane Grappelli.
Tim Kliphuis violin, Nigel Clark guitar, Roy Percy bass

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

Friday 26 April   £14 / £7 u25   PAUL HIGGS   MANCINI

 A gorgeous tone, unflagging inspiration, stylistic cognisance at its most perceptive and enviably faultless chops” JAZZ RAG

A former musical director at the RSC and National Theatre and one of the UK’s leading jazz trumpeters, Paul Higgs salutes the soundtrack maestro Henry Mancini, interpreting music from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Peter Gunn, The Pink Panther, Charade, Arabesque and many more.

PAUL HIGGS trumpet/flugelhorn           CHRIS INGHAM piano
Rev. ANDREW BROWN bass                    GEORGE DOUBLE drums

Friday 17 May  £15  –     Hunter Club 8pm (doors 7.15pm)   SARA sings JUDY

Recently rated as “one of the best jazz singers this country has” by London Jazz News, SARA DOWLING brings her own unique nuance, sensitivity and swing to the rich repertoire associated with Hollywood legend Judy Garland, with songs from Meet Me In St Louis, Easter Parade and many other classics.  With CHRIS INGHAM piano, DARIO DI LECCE bass and GEORGE DOUBLE drums. 

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

Saturday 27th April    JazzUP! presents  …  CHARLIE PYNE QUARTET
Charlie Pyne grew up in Hitchin, went through Wilshere Dacre, Highfield and Knights Templar Schools, and was heavily involved in the local music scene through the Hitchin Light Orchestra and Herts County Music services before she moved to London to study in 2005. She is now a rising star on the contemporary jazz scene and a consummate professional musician. We can’t wait to welcome her home!
Charlie’s music combines riffs, kaleidoscopic harmony and memorable tunes, mixing contemporary jazz with influences from rock and tango. Her new album “Dancing Shadows” is out now and available on all platforms. Featuring Luke Pinkstone on saxes, Liam Dunachie on piano and Katie Patterson on drums, Dancing Shadows is a collection of thoughtful, melodic songs with lots of groove and an atmosphere of story telling.
Charlie has played with artists such as Yazz Ahmed, Noel Langley, Nigel Hitchcock, Brigitte
Beraha, Shirley Smart, Karen Street, Nikki Isles, Sophie Alloway, Tori Freestone, Alcyona Mick and Martin France.

– 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

in Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Club House, Guildford Lawn, CT11 9AY, unless stated otherwise.

Saturday 29 June at 12 noon – MARTIN BENNETT’S OLD GREEN RIVER BAND
Tickets 12 pounds (includes buffet)

12 July-14 July   Trad Jazz Festival    Ticket Hotline 01843 596789

HADLEIGH JAZZ CLUB – Hadleigh Town Hall, Market Place, Hadleigh, IP7 5DN.  Hadleigh Jazz Club Presents Jazz At The Philharmonic Saturday April 6th 7.30pm  It’s a night of jazz variety, much in the way of the Jazz At The Philharmonic concert tours of the ’50s and ’60s. I’ve assembled a cast of thousands (well seven) to present between them several distinct and delightful acts. Joining out trio will be the mighty Oxley Meier Guitar Project as part of their 50+ date UK tour, Chris Ingham’s new Mose Allison project gets a spot and we also feature Sax Wunderkind Harry Greene, fresh from the Royal Academy, with his own soulful and super groovy sound. Plus, a special guest or two to be announced on the night.. Exciting! As ever, do drop a line for reservations.

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


SUNDAY 2 JUNE – THE TORI FREESTONE TRIO    Admission – £9 / £5 (U25)

The return of a great band. A trio of just sax, bass and drums may sound like a dry prospect but the widely admired composer, tenor saxophonist and flautist Tori Freestone makes it distinctive, exciting and playful. A free-flowing, intelligent style that highlights a great gift for melodic invention is harnessed by a trio currently on tour and playing at the top of their powers. Part of a UK tour supporting the band’s new album with the wonderful Dave Mannington (double bass) and Tim Giles (drums).   Listen at website

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

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:

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

290 Chase Side, Southgate,  N14 4PE.    Booking: 020 8292 9222.   Julian Marc Stringle celebrates “It’s Clazzical” Album Launch on Sunday 24 March, 7.30pm – 9.30pm     Price:  £20   

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

The Good Times Jazz Band – trad jazz at its best, played with humour and pizzazz!  Regular 2nd Sunday of the month  gigs 2pm-4.30pm at The Steamboat Tavern, 78-80 New Cut West, Ipswich, IP2 8HW.   Dates  for 2018 – 11th Nov,  9th Dec.  Dancers welcome, food available till 3pm, free entry.   Check us out on Facebook – The Good Times Jazz Band @reallyoldjazz

KiX Jazz Orchestra. 17 piece band plus Kate Daniels on vocals. Repertoire includes a wide variety of Latin, Swing Standards, Fusion and Originals. To see when and where they are on next 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 19th May – The Blue Boar, 3-7 Silver St, Maldon, CM9 4QE (2.30pm-5.30pm)
Sat 25th May 2019 – The Blue Boar (Beer Festival), 3-7 Silver St, Maldon, CM9 4QE (time tba)

Sat 6 July 2019 – Jazz in the Park (incl. other bands) at Lake Meadows, Billericay, CM12 0BW (Free 4:00 – 7:00pm)

Sun 4th August – The Blue Boar, 3-7 Silver St, Maldon, CM9 4QE (2.30pm)
Sat 17th Aug 2019 – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (8pm)

Fri 11th Oct 2019 – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (9pm)


20 April, 3-5PM. w/Annie Long. Nantwich Jazz Festival.

8 June, 8PM. FG with Tina May, Michael Roberts, Robin Aspland, Jeremy Brown and Rod Youngs.  Broadway Meets Jazz. Dorchester Corn Exchange. High E Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF.01305 819039. £14.
9 June, 8PM. FG with Pete Whittaker- organ, Nigel Price- guitar, Les Cirkel, drums. Boaters, Canburys, Lower Ham Road,Kingston, KT2 5AU. 0208 541 4672. Free.
10 June, 8.30PM. FG at The Millbrook Arms, 574 London Road, Isleworth, TW7 4EY. 0208 560 1546. Free.

CAROL BRAITHWAITES’ GIG LIST.  (more – Many thanks

For the Diary – More info later:
18/04/19 – Hadleigh Cricket Club. Guest: Paul Higgs – trumpet
20/04/19 – North Weald Jazz Club (afternoon)
10/05/19 – Billericay Const. Club (afternoon)
16/05/19 – Hadleigh Cricket Club. Digby Fairweather – trumpet.

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

6-10 May – Sinah Warren, Hayling Island – Featuring Stephen Triffitt
8-12 July – Bodelwyddan Castle, North Wales – Featuring  Jeff Hooper
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

Sunday 28th April – Featuring Eleanor Keenan

Other Concerts

Friday 29th March, Trinity Concert Hall, Trinity School, Croydon, CR9 7AT – Featuring Matthew Ford & Joanna Eden – Click here for tickets

Sunday 9th June, The Mill at Sonning, Reading, Berkshire – call 0118 969 8000

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 – search botleneck blues club

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




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: ; May 12; 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.

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)

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


And finally … NAG TIME! PLEASE NOTE:

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

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