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Tuesday 20th August 2019 – 8:30 pm  The Paul Carmichael Band will be at The 606 Club, 90 Lots Road  SW10 0QD    Music Charge: £12.00

“Paul Carmichael…Great fusion bass player”  Time Out
Paul Carmichael has been an in-demand bass player since the late 70s.  Now also a well-respected producer he has often been heard at the Club playing with other people, but tonight we welcome him with his latest band playing a mix of classic jazz standards from the likes of Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock as well as takes on his own originals. What makes this gig particularly interesting, however, is that in a subtle change from his previous bands, which featured Paul on electric bass playing hard driving Jazz/Groove, tonight Paul will be featured extensively on acoustic bass playing music that he describes as “small combo jazz in the classic format”. He has arranged his more groove-orientated pieces, such as those on his last CD “Wax is Melting”, to the gentler pace of a modern jazz quartet and to bring this concept to fruition has asked some of the finest players around to join him, including the impressive Vasilis Xenopoulos – sax, along with Chris Neill – piano and drummer Sophie Alloway.  Promises to be an interesting and musically rewarding night.  

Zeeteah Massiah has been a force in music all her life.  After hitting No.1 in the US Billboard charts in the 90s, and singing with stars including Tom Jones, Robbie Williams, Paul Weller, Kim Wilde and Johnny Hallyday, she now plays to packed houses in London. Zeeteah delivers sexy, soulful music from the heart.

Sunday 1st SeptemberPizza Express, Dean Street with  Henry Thomas (bass/md), Chris Neill (piano), John Jackson (drums) and Rob Hughes (saxophone/flute-barritone)  £20   Doors 6pm  Show 8pm

Friday 6th September:   Green Note Basement Bar with piano accompaniment  £9  8pm

Larry Berkovitz (piano/vocals) and Zak Barrett (saxes) present:  XMAS JAZZ Special at The Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford CM1 1JG on
      Thursday 19th December 2019  @  8pm
      Friday       20th December 2019  @  8pm
      Saturday  21st December 2019  @  3pm  &  8pm
with Rowan Ward (saxes) Dom Copestick (saxes /vocals) Robert Rickenberg (d bass) AND virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Adam Mader (trumpet/violin/mandolin/melodica/recorders/whistling/face slapping etc.. and vocals) and Andy Frost (beatbox / drums)  Tickets £20 (Sat 3pm tickets £15)   Please note that £1.50 booking fee applies per transaction for bookings paid by credit card (not per ticket)   To book –  01245 606505   Tickets are already on sale and selling fast –reserve your places early!

A note  from Larry – “Our XMAS Jazz Specials have now been running for several years playing to packed houses and we’re back again this year at our usual haunt – The Cramphorn Theatre Chelmsford – bringing you more XMAS Jazz, seasonal cheer, really silly good jokes +oodles of complimentary kisses and mince pies! …. your continued support is greatly appreciated by our bank manager … so … please bring everyman, his mother-in-law, and his dog … no silly paper hats … we promise”   

The Gareth Lockrane Big Band return on Sunday October 6th to PizzaExpress Live Jazz Club Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 3RW.   Doors 12.00pm  Music 1.30pm.  The sensational 19-piece Band led by the original writing and arranging of the brilliant jazz flautist Gareth Lockrane, features a combination of established British jazz greats with Academy trained younger musicians, in multi layered arrangements scored for 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 reeds, guitar, piano, bass, percussion and drums in addition to Gareth on the entire flute family.

The band will play music from their last album, “Fistfight At The Barndance”, rated a top five jazz album of the year in the 2017 British Jazz Awards, and short listed as Best jazz album in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018, and new compositions and arrangements
“…Lockrane is the next best thing and the most exciting and inventive instrumentalist in the country.” – London Evening Standard

MEhr Clef Summer Jazz Course 18-24 August, University of Chichester.
Few places left for reeds/horns/guitar. Last minute reduced group rate for 4 students. For details contact: Ursula Malewski 07718 424509,

HERNE BAY JAZZ AND SWING FEST 2019 on Sunday, August 18th, 4pm until 10pm on the Herne Bay Pier Stage, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ

Now in its 3rd year, Broadreach Records are proud to bring you the Swing Fest with top-level UK jazz and swing,   Free entry – no tickets necessary – because we think Jazz & Swing should be for everyone.  This event is free thanks to sponsors Canterbury City Council, Herne Bay Pier Trust, Vivien of Holloway fashion brand and private donations.
Headliner is 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Award Winner, Ian Shaw.  We are thrilled to present top trombonist Mark Nightingale, sax player Andy Panayi, guitarist Carl Orr and vocalist/compere/Festival Director Kai Hoffman.  Soho-legends The Fallen Heroes will finish off the night with their New Orleans Rhythm ‘n’ Blue swith a London twist. 
Why not come dressed for a day (& night) at the seasid, all jazzed up.  Bring a chair or a blanket if you like; there are also a (limited) number of seats available. Refreshments including excellent fish & chips, local ales etc. are available from the pier’s many beach hut purveyors.   Last year’s festival was enjoyed by over 6,000 people.

Nomad, a band comprising Larry Harper on Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Dave Lee on Keyboards, Paul Rivz on drums and Steve Duke on bass, will be playing their own brand of Jazz, with elements of Funk, Latin and World Music, including many original compositions, at The Jazz Centre UK, Beecroft Art Gallery, Victorian Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6ES on Saturday 24th August between 12 noon and 2pm. Admission is free.

Additionally, Nomad will be part of the Southend Jazz Festival’s BIg Jazz Blowout on the evening of 12th October and will be playing at the Park Inn By Radisson Palace, Southend on Sea. Check for details of time of performance and on which stage they’ll be featured.”



‘Jazztonic’ @ Radio Nene Valley website.   ‘Jazztonic’ is a weekly jazz music and magazine radio programme available worldwide but only via the Radio Nene Valley website.   Wednesday 21st August: Joe Stilgoe by telephone talking about his new album ‘The Heat Is On’, big band versions of 80’s hits! Plus favourites and gig news.  Wednesday 28th August: Nettie Baker, celebrating the 80th birthday of her father Ginger, by telephone! Plus favourites and gig news.  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

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

2nd October –    Blue Harlem with Al Nichols & Sophie Shaw

9th October –   ‘Celebrating Hoagy’ – Chris Ingham Quartet with Paul Higgs

16th October – ‘Slide by Slide’ Chris Dean & Gordon Campbell Quintet

23rd October  – Jo Harrop Sextet celebrate Anita O’Day, Peggy Lee & Sarah Vaughan etc

30th October –  Len Phillips Big Band with Guest Vocalist Iain Mackenzie – £20

6th November –    Ben Holder Quartet

13th November – Pete Allen Hot Four with Dave Browning

20th November – Vasilis Xenopoulos Quintet with Freddie Gavita

27th November – ‘Salute to Benny Goodman’ with Pete Long Quartet

JAZZ@ST ANT’S A great weekly jazz night – now in its 14th year!  St Anthony’s Club, The Red House, 13 Upton Ave, (corner of Upton Lane), Forest Gate E7 9PN.  Every Weds  8.45 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

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, 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 3rd September – 8.00pm
Vasilis Xenopolous Quartet

Tuesday 10th September – 8.00pm
Matt Wates Quartet

Tuesday 17th September– 8.00pm
Zoe Francis  with Jim Mullen Graham Harvey & Mick Hutton

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


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 28th September   2.00pm – 4.00pm     
Tenor Madness    With    Alan Barnes   Derek Nash   Vasilis Xenopolous  
                                              John Pearce   Paul Morgan  &  Bobby Worth

Admission £12.00

, 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:      enquiries Dave Dyer 07903 879209

Aug 28th  –  Carol’s Jazz Crew
Sep 11th  –  Peter Rudeforth Jazz Band
Sep 25th  –  Gresty White Ragtimers

Oct 9th    –  Carlton Jazz
Oct 23rd  –  Gary Woods and The Woodchoppers

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

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

25th August – The Jack Clifford Swingtette.  Another wonderful end to the month with an evening of jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack blowing reeds 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 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 19th September    – 8.30pm
Richard Pite with the Jonathan Gee Trio
Admission £12.00

– 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  5th September  – 8.30pm
Zac Barrett  with  Gunther Kurmayr   Neville Malcom  &  Marc Cecil

Thursday 12th September   – 8.30pm
Zoe Francis  with  Jim Mullen   Graham Harvey  &  Mick Hutton

Thursday  26th September  – 8.30pm
Imre Varga  with  Geoff Gascoyne  &  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!

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!  

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.

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.

September 3rd  –  Kingsclub 7. Our regular house band led by John Davis, featuring the usual front line of leader on alto/soprano sax John Mole on tenor sax and John Bridge  trombone and featuring Tracy O’Connor as our guest vocalist.

September 10th  –  Jim Phillips Big Band. Fronted by Jim on baritone sax, presenting this accomplished and popular Basie style band. The programme will include some newly acquired Ted Heath Charts and featuring Bryony on vocals.

September 17th  –  The Flat Back Four A quartet featuring Jez Guest on sax with Neal Drake piano, Roger Hudson bass and Ronnie Fenn drums.

September 24th Hertswing Big Band.   Top of the bill, as always, our own  “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it ain’t got that Swing” big band.

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 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 Email Beryl the Booker at   or call  07388 127229   Gigs start  8pm – Adm £14

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 ..                                                

September 5th   at 8pm      £12   TERRY SEABROOK ALL STAR QUINTET with the wonderful music of American Sax Legend Wayne Shorter.  This wonderful music of Wayne Shorter illustrates  the reciprocal thoughts & jazz feel during his time with Art Blakey & Miles Davis & his own outfits.  Performed by The UKs own top men.

TERRY SEABROOK Leader & one of the UKs leading jazz pianists
ANDY PANAYI  Saxes .This award winning saxophonist has been away to long
GRAEME FLOWERS Trumpet .. A return visit for this man with a fine technique
SIMON THORPE Double Bass ..A firm favourite at The FJC
PETER HILL Drums .. A debut performance , but comes with a great reputation 

September 12th   at 8pm     £14     LOUISE MARSHALL  with  THE DEREK NASH BAND     From The Jools Hollands Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

At this gig The FJC will be supporting the charity  Breast Cancer Care .   Beverley Nash ( Derek’s wife & diary manager!) was diagnosed in 2015 & now works as a volunteer for the charity. She has been selected as one  of the models for Breast Cancer Care’s ” The Show ” & is also the cover girl on the summer edition of BCC’s VITA magazine. She & all other models, are now doing all they can to raise funds & awareness.   Many of us will know someone who has been affected by this disease ~~  So Let’s Do All We Can To Help …

LOUISE MARSHALL One of Jools leading vocalists & very often seen with the band on TV ~~ Louise is a class act in her own right & always has the audience eating out of her hand ~This Lady is an exceptional jazz vocalist & has Personality PLUS ! ! ! 
DEREK NASH Saxes . The amazing energetic leader of the Jools Holland sax section brings back Louise to the FJC for another great night of Funky Jazz & Blues .
NEIL ANGILLEY Piano. A great favourite at The FJC . This is the UK’s number one Latin pianist & he is also pianist to Michael Ball & Alfie Boe on their Royal visits !!!
ALEC DANKWORTH double bass.  This Brit Jazz award winner needs no introduction – Great musician in his own right & comes from the great legacy of British Jazz 
MARC CECIL drums & one of the UKs finest Latin percussionists  Marc has his own band & is another fav at FJC

September 19th   at 8pm    £12    DAMON BROWN INTERNATIONAL QNT

DAMON BROWN  Really is the international trumpet star, He now spends most  of his life living & working in South Korea ~ but also enjoys the freedom of playing with his own bands & guesting in other corners of the world & for tonight’s line up we have ..
ALEX GARNETT Saxes . One of Europes finest jazz saxophonists .. MC & runs the Ronnie Scott stage show & the Upstairs at Ronnies ..So great to have him at The FJC
MARCO  MARCONI Piano.  Brilliant Italian pianist , very much sought after on the London jazz Scene ~~~ He is a class act 
SEAN DRABBIT Double Bass. This Canadian from Victoria BC is an established bassist in the jazz world , playing alongside Wynton Marsalis & was an integral part of the Ellis Marsalis Band
CLARK TRACEY Drums. The British Jazz Award winning Drummer is back at FJC

Tuesday Special ~ Sept 24th   8pm     £12     BRUCE ADAMS / ROBERT FOWLER QNT 

ROBERT FOWLER Saxes.   Joint leader of this outstanding award winning quintet.  Robert is a great favorite at the FJC with his Gene Ammons like rounded sound …
BRUCE ADAMS Trumpet & Flugle horn.  Great partner for Robert & this man really reaches into the high register ..
JOHN PEARCE Piano.  Known as the Govenor of the British Jazz Piano.
DAVE GREEN Double Bass.  As said before ~ two words for this man “World Class”
DAVE BARRY Drums.  Top man with a mass of experience.   Hard to Beat … 

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.

13th September 2019, £18/£14*

Bonsai (formerly known and Jam Experience)
A stunning young group who blew us away when the came last, with powerful but accessible jazz.
Rory Ingham trombone, Dominic Ingham jazz violin, Toby Comeau piano, Joe Lee bass, Jonny Mansfield drums

20th September, £18/£14*    Tammy Weis Quartet

Tammy is a Canadian now blessing us with residence in the UK.  “Tammy Weis is a true Singer-Songwriter. Technically brilliant vocals delivering her poignant lyrics straight to my soul. Her live performance of “Found Your Way to Me” at Jazz FM actually moved me to tears. Remember her name!” –  Nigel Williams,  Jazz FM
Tammy Weis vocals, Tom Cawley piano, Juke Walkington double bass, Dave Ohm drums

27th September 2019,  £18/£14*     Renato D’Aiello Quintet Plays the Music of Cedar Walton

”Italian saxophonist Renato D’Aiello oozes class. When he plays quietly the effect is like hearing an old friend kindly giving you some much-needed advice. And when he lets rip, he has you rocking in your chair” – ( James Griffith ( Guardian Nottingham )
Renato tenor sax, Mark Bassey trombone, Matyas Gayer piano,
Adam King  double bass, Alfonso Vitale drums

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

Fri 16 August 2019  –  ALEX GARNETT     8pm (doors 7.30pm)     £14 / £7 u25

The established twice-weekly host of the legendary Late Show at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the saxophonist of the touring show The Ronnie Scott’s Story, Alex has been a respected, in-demand sideman for over 20 years and his recent, acclaimed CDs establish him as a formidable leader. 
 “Wild, hip and cool” ALL ABOUT JAZZ
Individuality, skill and stamina” EVENING STANDARD
 ALEX GARNETT saxophone    CHRIS INGHAM piano
OWEN MORGAN bass             GEORGE DOUBLE drums

Friday  6 Sept 2019    –  ATILA      8pm (doors 7:15pm)   £14/£7 u25
One of the UK’s top swing singers, ATILA delivers his charismatic, stylish interpretations of the Great American Songbook associated with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat ‘King’ Cole and other legendary crooners.
  ATILA   voice                                  CHRIS INGHAM   piano
 OWEN MORGAN   bass                MARC CECIL   drums

JAZZUP! AT CLUB 85, 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.

WEDNESDAY 14th August – no live jazz

WEDS 21st August – BIG SMOKE FAMILY ‘purveyors of voodoo funk’ – a unique mix of punchy horns, heavy street beats and chants. Following in the footsteps of modern funk bands such as Galactic and Trombone Shorty, and drawing inspiration from Mardi Gras Indians, James Brown, The New Mastersounds, The Herbaliser and Eddie Bo. 

The BSF are electrifying performers with credits that include Dr John, Maceo Parker, Zigaboo, Ernest Ranglin, Seal and Tom Jones. They can regularly be seen playing at Ronnie Scott’s, The Hootannay, Pizza Express, Bussey Building and many more and have played memorable festivals dates at Bestival, Secret Garden Party and the London Jazz Festival to name a few.  “A great modern take on the Mardi Gras Indian theme” – Galactic “Nola-tastic” – The New Mastersounds . “Always brilliant” – Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 http://www.

WEDS 28th August – MORGAN BROTHERS BIG BAND – A new and exciting big band full of top young London musicians led by identical twins Huw and Christopher Morgan. The band play a wonderful mix of instantly recognisable songs from the big band era but with original arrangements of classic 80’s pop to add a bit of a twist. Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8

WEDS 4th September – VandoJam hosted by RACHAEL COHEN QUARTET – Originally from the Shetland Isles, London-based saxophonist Rachael Cohen is a significant improviser and composer on the contemporary UK jazz scene and a frequent host bandleader for the late late show at Ronnie Scott’s. “Cohen takes a softly devious approach reminiscent of Lee Konitz – but, as with the canny Cool School veteran, the quietness is deceptive and the subtlety is in the weighting of phrases and the hipness with which she plays off the rhythm section.” The Guardian 
Opening set from featured band + JAM SESSION where instrumentalists and singers are welcome by invitation   Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £8/£5/free to MU

WEDS 11th September – JOHN HEGLEY & as part of Soho.Live Jazz Week ‘Luton’s superstar, lover of dogs and a proud spectacles wearer brings his unique blend of poetry and musical mayhem to the Spice.’ Accompaniment will come from CHRIS DOWDING trumpet/flugelhorn, JIM RATTIGAN French horn & JEFF MILLER tuba + guest slots from DIEGO BROWN, THE GOOD FAIRY PAUL PACE. There will be jazz and jazzing up of John’s songs, along with French baroque jazzing and naked English poetry. Doors open: 6pm, Music/Poetry: 8-11pm – £12/£10

WEDS 18th September – JOHN PEARCE – Heartfelt renditions of classic jazz standards by violin virtuoso JOHN PEARCE. Launching his debut album at Spice of Life, he will be joined by the award-winning DAVID NEWTON piano, WILL HARRIS bass, IAN MATTHEWS drums and special guest LEE MEAD vocals.

John Pearce has been exciting British jazz audiences with his impassioned performances and technical brilliance. Known for his emotive sound and mercurial energy, he improvises with distinctive melodic invention and clarity. His major influences include Paul Desmond, Charlie Parker, Keith Jarrett, Jeff Hamilton and Wynton Marsalis. ‘Full of energy and intensity…a true musician.’ Andy Sheppard
’Immense technical grasp…passionate commitment to everything that he plays.’ Venue Magazine (Tony Benjamin) John Pearce was awarded a bursary at the Royal Academy of Music and studied extensively with Nic Fallowfield and Hungarian pedagogue Bela Katona. Performance highlights include the Royal Albert Hall, St. Martin in the Fields and St. John & Smith Square and appearances at the Cheltenham Music Festival. Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £12/£10

WEDS 25th September – LONDON CITY BIG BAND – Incredibly tight youthful ensemble playing faithful renditions taken from the books of Basie, Ellington & Rich, led by top young trumpeter BARNEY LOWE. Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8

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

Saturday 31st August Getz: a Musical Portrait – Chris Ingham Quartet Feat. Mark Crooks   This is the third in a series of repertory retrospectives from this band. A big hit with The Sunday Times and across the jazz press, the show is touring the UK, including an appearance at Ronnie Scott’s in November, but forget all that .. .you can watch in in Hadleigh first!

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 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 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  12 – 2.30pm. (Pay at door.)

Tuesday 27th August – OB’s Club, Ashwells Road, Brentwood CM15 9SE
with club duo +Tim Huskisson, Goff Dubber.  8 – 10.30 (pay at door.)

Wednesday 28th August – Theydon & Abridge Jazz Night, Ongar Road, RM4 1UD
Jazz crew: Tim Huskisson, Roger Curphey, Jason Campbell & Martin Nickless.  8 – 10.30 (pay at door)

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

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

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  Please enter the venue via the main front door and make your way down to the Stanley Ballroom.

on Tuesday 27th August we have the ’Summer Spectacular’, representing an additional show to our normal annual run. Featuring Geoff Achison and the UK Soul Diggers, the show was set up so that we didn’t miss Geoff’s 2019 UK tour, particularly in view that he is among the club’s all time favourite artists – an internationally acclaimed guitarist and all-round amazing performer, with a personality that endears all to him – this is why!  The band comprises the cream of British musicians, making the whole something very special indeed.  We also have, from the USA, the acclaimed James and Black in support, providing what is, overall, an event at great value and simply not to be missed!    

Tickets £15.00, pay on the door.  Bookings to email address.  Doors open 7.30pm, support on stage circa 8.00 pm. 

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.

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 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

EFG London Jazz Festival 2019.   The Music of Gil Evans – Miles Ahead: Porgy & Bess on Sunday November 24that St John’s Smith Square, Westminster, London, SW1 3HA.   Performance 7.30pm    Tickets £40 / £30 / £20 / £15   This special concert allows UK jazz collectors to experience a unique live performance of the entire Gil Evans Porgy & Bess Suite

 Gil Evans, arranger, composer and bandleader is widely recognised as one of the greatest orchestrators in jazz, playing an important role in the development of cool & modal jazz, best known for his acclaimed collaborations with Miles Davis.  We feature two of their greatest collaborations in this concluding concert of the 2019 EFG London Jazz Festival.
The first half: Miles Ahead   Features the outstanding band leader Chris Ingham with his 6-piece REBOP, playing their arrangements from the Miles Ahead album including “The Duke”, “New Rhumba” and “Blues For Pablo” among others
The second half: Porgy & Bess    Is a rare UK performance of the outstanding, complete and original Gil Evans arrangements of George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, made possible by the JBGB Events collaboration with Gil Evans son Miles Evans who has provided us exclusive access to the authentic arrangements to make this concert possible.  To perform the Porgy & Bess Suite JBGB Events have commissioned a special 22-piece Royal Academy of Music All Stars Jazz Orchestra — made up of some of the UK’s finest musicians selected from RAM Jazz alumni.  The conductor is Nick Smart — The Academy’s Head of Jazz, and the orchestra leader and manager is trombonist Tom Green.
The concert features a stellar selection of trumpet soloists in the Miles Davis role, including Jazz legend Henry Lowther, virtuoso Steve Fishwick, rising star Freddie Gavita and in demand Martin Shaw.



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: ;  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

KINGSTON……SINGERS OPEN MIC + TRIO @ the RAM JAM CLUB on the 3rd Sunday in the month…at 6 pm, behind the Grey Horse Pub 46 Richmond Road KT2 5EE.   PARKING. 12th year.


 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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