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Jazz at Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall. The Forebury, Sawbridgeworth, Herts, CM21 9BD.  Licensed bar.  Performances 8.00 – 10.30  Tickets may be purchased at the door or online.

Fri 19th Aug Rosanna Brandi vocals.  American songbook & Latin jazz  £8

Fri 16th Sept  – Crooner Evening with Paul Wood vocals,  Brian Dee keyboard,  Paul Morgan bass,  John Withers vibraphone,  Martin Guy drums  £10

Fri 21st Oct  –  Hilary Cameron vocals presenting the American Songbook £10

Sat 19th Nov – The Gary Wood Swing Band   Gary Wood – trumpet, vocals,  Nick Newall – tenor sax & flute,  Chris Eldred – keyboard,  Charlie Pyne – bass & vocals,  Martin Guy drums  £10

Fri 17th DecNoemi Nuti vocals with her Latin band  £10

On 12 August there will be a charity event in aid of the Veterans of War at the RUSS Club, Mawney Road, Romford RM7 7HB  from 8:30 to midnight with Cliff Hall keyboard, Simon Thorpe double bass, Dave Hawthorn drums, Mark Rigour guitar and Paul Wood vocals.  Phone 07940 161223 for tickets at £7.50 each

Val Wiseman Presents Divas of Swing – her tribute to Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee,
Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday on Saturday 23 July, Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, IG10 1RB , 2.30pm, £15.  A fundraiser for National Jazz Archive.  TICKETS :  020 8502 4701  With Brian Dee, piano   Len Skeat, bass  and  Eric Ford, drums

The Silver Bullet Jazz Jam – Has moved to Stereo 92 – 92 Stoke Newington High Street London N16 7 NY. 1st 3 Tuesdays of every month. So every Tues except the last Tuesday of the month From 8.30 till midnight.

WRITTLE JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL 2016 is on Sunday 31st July.  Writtle will be hosting this inaugural event, a Jazz and Blues Festival, to be held at various venues.  The Festival is for one day – commencing at midday and concluding at 9.00pm. There will be a wide range of refreshments on offer both on the green and also at other venues.  Tickets Festival available from The Civic Theatre in Chelmsford.

Musicians and bands will be playing at various venues including The Bridge Street Lounge & Grill, Fulton’s Writtle, The Rose and Crown, The Wheatsheaf, The Village Hall and a Marquee on the green.  Zak Barrett, a local saxophonist, will be bringing together local, national and international Jazz and Blues musicians. The Village Hall will play host to a “Jazz Jam”, which will provide an opportunity for amateur musicians to play with an experienced band.  Jordan Marsh is a foot stompin’ piano player, singer & song writer. With fifteen years of experience, he always gets the crowd up on their feet. Playing a mix of original material plus covers, Jordan and his band have played many support slots for major artists such as Peter Green, Mike D’Arbo, Nick Lowe & Geraint Watkins.


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

First Friday of the Month at 8.00. Dodgy Jammers at Broxbourne Sailing Club, Meadgate Road, Nazeing. Usual house band Wally Shaw on keyboard, Paul Leader on bass and Lester Bennett on drums. Very reasonable bar, home-cooked food, beautiful rural setting. £3. Annie or 07885480329.

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

The Cambridge Jazz Jam is now firmly established in its new home, the Burleigh Arms pub, 9 – 11 Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8EG, tel: 01223 301 547.  This new venue has been praised for providing a good performance space, for its beers (choice of real ales) and its food. We operate every Tuesday, 8.15 – 11 pm. Admission is free, and guest musicians, guest singers, and audience are all welcome. Our policy is inclusive, so whether you’re an accomplished performer, or someone still trying to get it together, you’ll be equally welcome. Our backing group of experienced musicians will give all the support you need.  Further information from Mike Quigley, mobile: 07979 59 22 41.

There is a Thursday night Jazz Session and Jam at Nomad Bar, 58 Old St, EC1V 9AJ. The normal house band is Antonio Marzinotto and his trio but often have special guests and other bands. The aim of the night is for all talented jazz musicians, young and old, to play together in a relaxed atmosphere.

VivaVocals at The Loft, Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec, Kennington - first Sunday of the month – Open Mic with the Bob Stuckey Trio, host – Romy Summers. £8 singers, £6 audience. Normally first Sunday of each month at 7:30pm. Doors and singing list at 7pm (first come first served to sign up). Two featured mini sets and a night of open mic

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 .

Previously Silver Bullet Jazz Jam Jazz Jam Session has moved to Stereo 92 – 92 Stoke Newington High Street London N16 7 NY. 1st 3 Tuesdays of every month. So every Tues except the last Tuesday of the month From 8.30 till midnight. With your host Bukky Leo on Tenor. Cover door charge a mere £3.00. Come check our new home for Jazz & play!!

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

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

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

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

The Norwich JazzJam is at the Fat Cat Tap Brewery, 98-100 Lawson Road, NR3 4LF Norwich on Monday nights with Lee Vasey, Ian Hireson & Matt Furness.

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


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, Carvery and tasty Lite Bites available from 6:30pm whilst you sit at a candlelit table, either before or whilst enjoying the top quality jazz which commences at 8:00pm until 10.30pm. Top International, Regional Bands and Artists, including Big Bands, Swing and Mainstream, all tuneful easy listening foot tapping music with something for everyone! Friendly welcoming atmosphere ~ Admission £10 on the door ~ Large free car park ~ Drinks at pub prices ~ Newcomers most welcome. ; Telephone: 07850 607075 or Email:

20th July – Summer Pianorama     Dave Browning, Ted Beament & Jonathan Vinten with Alan Morgan – double bass & Paul Budd – drums

A three piano extravaganza plus rhythm section.  Enjoy a variety of jazz piano styles including  Fats Waller, Errol Garner, Hank Jones, Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, George Shearing, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Monty Alexander, Jelly Roll Morton, Teddy Wilson and many more! Includes ‘Piano Madness’ with all three pianists playing simultaneously and a bit of Boogie Woogie!

27th July – The Three Tenors  Fivers + One Diva!     Three London Crooners Bob E.Dymon, Tommy King & Mark Stratford & Helen Keating accompanied by Bill Yeomans – tenor sax and flute, Alan Berry – piano, Terry Davis – double bass & Mike Lewis – drums

A third fun filled evening with London’s Burning actress Helen attempting to keep these three London crooners in order, so expect antidotes and banter as well as hearing those favourite songs and instrumentals from yester year.

3rd August – Blue Harlem     Al Nichols – saxes, Sophie Shaw – vocals, Neil Casey – piano, Gethin Liddington – trumpet, Tamar Osborne – tenor sax, Paul Robinson – drums & Sandy Burnett – double bass

Led by saxophonist Al Nichols and the fabulous singer Sophie Shaw following their recent sell out gig at Ronnie Scott’s, this septet will be performing a mixture of Swing & Blues with a superb brass front line and  foot tapping rhythm section for a great night of energetic entertainment.

10th August – ‘Bennett to Buble’ –  The American Songbook at its Best!  –  Kevin Fitzsimmons Quintet      Kevin Fitzsimmons – vocals, Leon Greening – piano, Leo Richardson – tenor sax, Adam King – double bass & Matt Fishwick – drums

Charismatic jazz singer Kevin Fitzsimmons takes a break from starring in the big band concert ‘Sinatra Sequins & Swing – The Capitol Years Live! to bring his brilliant  Bennett – To – Buble: The American Songbook At Its Best!  Show  to us following eight sell outs of this show at Ronnie Scott’s. The show itself is a clever mix  of standards covered by Messrs Bennett, Buble & co, so expect songs like: Don’t Get Around Much Any More, Fever, I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face, Steppin’ Out, re-styled with taste and verve.  With Kevin is his unstoppably swinging band, described by JAZZWISE review as “the cream of UK’s straight-ahead jazz musicians”.  Come and enjoy award winning pianist  Leon Greening (headliner at festivals incl Ronnie Scott’s International Piano Trio Festival, “Catch him when you can” says Jazz Journal).  The 2015 ‘Young Jazz Musician Of The Year’, upcoming bassist Adam King; respected jazz drummer Matt Fishwick “Impressive”- The Observer, “Outstanding drummer” – Jazzwise and Leo Richardson an upcoming saxophonist marked out as a one to watch, who has already hosted the Late Show at Ronnie Scott’s.

17th August – ‘The Clarinet Maestros’     Ken Peplowski – clarinet/tenor sax,  Julian Marc Stringle –  clarinet/saxes, Craig Milverton – piano, Sandy Suchodolski –  double bass & Nick Milward – drums

Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinettist” – Russell Davies, BBC2.   In 2014, Ken was the recipient of the Sarasota Jazz Festival’s “Satchmo” award, given to him for his “unique and enduring contribution to the living history of jazz”;  in March, Ken was also the guest of honour at a “Highlights In Jazz” concert in NYC saluting him for “his matchless musical achievements”. He was the 2015 recipient of Hot House Magazine’s “Fans’ Decision Jazz Award” on clarinet.  “Julian Stringle is the best clarinettist to emerge in British jazz for decades” – Sir John Dankworth.  Julian was voted ‘Best Clarinettist’ at the British Jazz Awards 2006. and is now recognised as the most stylish performer on the instrument in Europe.

24th August –  From the Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra – Vocalist – Paul Wood
Paul Wood  –
vocals, Brian Dee – piano, John Withers – vibes & Harold Fisher – drums

We welcome back top UK crooner Paul Wood who has toured Europe and the USA with his ‘Salute to Frank Sinatra’ and tonight will feature your favourite songs accompanied by this world class quartet who will also perform several instrumentals.

31st August – Derek Nash Acoustic Quintet      Derek Nash – saxes, Dave Newton – piano, Martin Shaw – trumpet/flugelhorn, Mick Hutton – double bass & Sebastiaan de Krom – drums

We welcome back this star studied quintet featuring Jools Holland  Rhythm & Blues Orchestra member Derek Nash – saxes who has had two sell out appearances at our Club with his Picante Latin. Accompanying is Best British Jazz Pianist 13 times Dave Newton – piano,  Martin Shaw from the BBC Big Band on trumpet & flugel horn.  Mick Hutton – double bass and from Ray Gelato & the Giants, Sebastiaan de Krom – drums.  Derek will include several numbers from his successful Joy Riding CD.

7th September – The Alan Barnes All Stars Quintet      Alan Barnes – saxes & clarinet,  Robert Fowler –  saxes & clarinet, Robin Aspland – piano,  Matt Fishwick – drums & Simon Thorpe – double bass

Multi award winner Alan Barnes tonight features his own star studied Quintet who will be performing your favourite jazz standards together with humour and anecdotes thrown in for good measure! The musicians have all appeared with the biggest names and big bands on the UK jazz scene.

14th  September   – International Vocalist : Jeff Hooper      Jeff Hooper – vocals, John Pearce – piano, Paul Morgan – double bass & Neil Bullock – drums

Another evening of pure class entertainment from one of the UK’s most respected singers.  Jeff Hooper breathes new life into the music of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat “King” Cole, Vic Damone, Jack Jones, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr, Matt Monro and Mel Tormé with a relaxed, emotive style. Jeff and his Swing Easy band have been selected  once again to be the Strictly Come Dancing Tour Band. Accompanied by John Pearce – piano, Paul Morgan  – double bass and Neil Bullock on drums. (Admission £12.50 – reservations advised)

21st September – Ray Gelato & The Giants       Ray Gelato – tenor sax & vocals, Danny Marsden – trumpet, Andy Rogers – trombone, Olly Wilby – saxophone, Manuel Alvarez – double bass, Ed Richardson – drums, Gunther Kurmayr – piano

Constantly the fabulous Ray Gelato, and his amazing swing band The Giants, blow the lid off Ronnie Scott’s Club in awesome fashion.  Ray, a wonderful sax player and superb front man, is a London boy heavily influenced by the likes of Louis Prima, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Louis Jordan and Coleman Hawkins. Arguably the only British jazz artist with a proper stage show.”  –  THE LONDON EVENING STANDARD – This is a ticket only event. Tickets priced at £15 are on sale Wednesday Club nights only – Ring or email for availability

28th September – The Jonathan Vinten Jazz Band     Jonathan Vinten – piano & vocals, Goff Dubber – saxes, clarinet, Andy Dickens - trumpet, flugelhorn & vocals,  Dave Hewitt – trombone, Rod Brown – drums & Andy Lawrence – double bass

A stunning six piece band led by our Summer Pianorama star pianist Jonathan Vinten featuring tunes such as ‘I Can’t Get Started’, ‘The Man I Love’, ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing’, J J’s Boogie &  ‘Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby’  etc.

JAZZ@ST ANT’S A great weekly jazz night – now in its 12th year! St Anthony’s Club, The Red House, 13 Upton Ave, (corner of Upton Lane), Forest Gate E7 9PN. Every Weds 8.30 pm. Admission £3. Please support the raffle from which all proceeds go to the band. For latest listings visit or Jazz in London listing. Please download their current listing at, or

13 Jul:   Simon Spillett (tenor) + Hilary Cameron (piano)

20 Jul:   OCTETChris Storey (trumpet/flugelhorn) + Ken Page (alto) + Leszek Kulascewicz (tenor/soprano) + Andrew Linham (baritone/clt) + Ayo Akintonwa (guitar) + Wally Shaw (piano) + John Withers (drums) + John Pamenter (bass/arrangements)

27 Jul:   Paul Higgs  (trumpet/flugelhorn) + Gabriel Keen (piano)

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

THEYDON JAZZ CLUB  meets at The King’s Oak, High Beach, IG10 4AE, every Monday 8pm-10.30pm in the King’s Room (with dance floor)  – ALL ARE WELCOME.  Info: Dave & Sheila Dyer 01945 588325 / email: / website:  Traditional/Dixieland/New Orleans Jazz features Excellent Live Bands for listening/Dancing,   Entry:  £10  Members:  £8   Unless stated otherwise.  Open from 5 pm for dining from the weekday set menu or Gastro Pub menu.  Happy atmosphere!

July 2016

25 – Tony Pitt’s All Stars

August 2016

2 – Brian Giles’ Mahogany Hall Stompers [N.B. Tuesday]
8 – Brian White’s French Quarter Band
15 – Lizzie Exell’s Old Hat Jazz Band
22 – George “Kid” Tidiman’s All Stars
30 – Simon Picton’s Westside Syncopators
[N.B. Tuesday]

LIVE JAZZ AT THE TAVERN on the Last Sunday of each Month. 55-57 Frinton Road, Holland On Sea, Essex CO15 5UH. Tel: 01255 814080. Admission £10 . Doors open 7.30pm . Jazz 8pm till 10.30pm

Ted Beament, Keyboard – Paul Budd, Drums – Alan Morgan, Bass

Sunday 21st August – PIANORAMA
Ted Beament, Reg Webb, Michael Horner – Keyboards, Paul Budd, Drums – Alan Morgan, Bass

Sunday 25th September – MIKE PIGGOTT – DJANGO NIGHT
Mike Piggott, Violin  Nils Solberg, Jeff Green Gtrs- Alan Morgan Bass

Ted Beament, Keyboard – Paul Budd, Drums – Alan Morgan, Bass

Sunday 27th November – ROGER NOBES – VIBRAPHONE
Ted Beament, Keyboard – Paul Budd, Drums – Alan Morgan, Bass

Sunday 18th December – BARRY PALSER SUPER SIX
Barry Palser -Tbn, Pete Rudeforth-Tpt, John Crocker- Sax, Jim Douglas-Gtr, John Tyson –Drms, Alan Morgan-Bass

JAZZ AT THE BARDSWELL Always the Last Tuesday of every month at the Bardswell Social Club, junction of Weald Road/Bardswell Close, Brentwood CM14 4TJ: doors 7 pm, music from 8 till 10.30 pm. Admission £8.00. Refreshments at Club Prices. Enjoy an evening in a friendly crowd in a relaxed atmosphere, with resident trio plus guests.

Tues 26th July – Another brass player who has horns of many sizes, shapes and guises making a welcome return visit, Graham Hunter, accompanied by the resident trio bringing that ‘cool sound’ of the West Coast of California. That can only mean Graham will be refreshing us with the music of the trumpet legend Chet Baker and may even throw in a few vocals in that smokey, muted voice associated with Chet Baker for us to remember a truly great musician.

Tues 30th August – Once again we welcome back Mike Sagrott, guitar, with the newcomer debut of Dave Jago, trombone, and with resident trio to accompany our regular delectable Scottish songbird, Sharon Scott, they will provide a complete kaleidoscope of melodies from the Great American Songbook bringing back the tunes loved and appreciated by all music lovers.

Tues 27th September – Following their exciting appearance together last year, and by members popular request, we welcome back to the Club the emaculate award winning Canadian guitarist, Dominic Ashworth, along with Ireland’s favourite swinging Irish tenor saxophonist, Kevin Mcmahon. This combination produced some outstanding music at their last visit from mainstream standards to bebop and included some cool sounds much appreciated by their audiences.  Welcome back.

Tues 25th October - A combination of a child prodigy from the London College of Music and a clarinet graduate of classical music at the Leeds College of Music will create the interesting sounds you will hear tonight that will rock your socks off.  The always in great demand Julian Marc Stringle, clarinet and saxophone, along with the talented and delightful Jacqui Hicks, vocals and flute are two complete musicians who have toured the world with numerous groups. They play regularly together in “The Dream Band”, a Latin influenced jazz sextet, and recently made a European tour playing the first ever jazz concert in Albania.  Jacqui, since 1993, has toured the world extensively, as vocalist/reed player with the acclaimed jazz group “Shakatak”.

Tues 29th November – With Christmas soon upon us and our last gig of the year we once more welcome back the “Christmas Crew” a motley sextet of talented experienced musicians made up of their leader Gary Wood, trumpet & vocals, Tim Huskisson, keys, Martin Nickless, clarinet, Derek Clenshaw, trombone, Ted Simkins, bass and our host Dave Grant,  drums. Hopefully our superb Christmas buffet will once more be on offer requiring admission to being raised to £15 to meet the extra costs. Don’t miss this traditional fun night that will be laced with a masterful mix of mainstream, dixieland, swing and traditional numbers with plus a few vocals thrown in for good measure.

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

26th of July – Neil Angilley Latin Trio.

2nd of August – Jordan Marsh & His Gigolo’s.

9th of August – Java Jam.

16 of August – Rico’s Hot Rhythm Boy’s

23rd of August – Five Star Swing Sinatra Special.

30th of August – Liane Carroll.

SPIKE’S PLACE” JAZZ CLUB @ BRENTWOOD 8.00pm. At Bardswell Social Club, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4TJ. Top-Class Mainstream Jazz. £13 (non-members) £10 (members) unless otherwise stated. email:

Tuesday 19th July – 8.00pm
Simon Spillett with John Critchinson Tim Wells and Trevor Tomkins

Tuesday 2nd August – 8.00pm
Lily Dior with Neil Angilly Phil Scragg and Marc Cecil

Tuesday 9th August – 8.00pm
From the USA John Collianni  with Dave Chamberlain and Richard Pite

Tuesday 16th August – 8.00pm
Derek Nash with Dave Newton Alec Dankworth & drummer tba

Tuesday 23rd  August – 8.00pm
Jo Fooks with Ted Beament – Val Manix & Buster Birch

 “SPIKE’S PLACE” JAZZ CLUB @ HADLEIGH- 8.00pm. Hadleigh Conservative Club, 24 High Street, Hadleigh, Essex SS7 2PB. Top-Class Mainstream Jazz. £12.00 (members £9.00)

“SAFFRON JAZZ” - Third Thursday of every month – 8.30pm. Saffron Hotel, High St, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1AZ. Top-Class Mainstream Jazz. E mail: For advance bookings contact: Susan 01245 420475

Thursday 18th August – 8.30pm – Admission £11.00
From the USA John Collianni  with Dave Chamberlain and Richard Pite

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 early notice of concerts. There’s a friendly atmosphere, so come along. Enq: Larry Newall-Smith 01245 256510.  Advance booking:   01245 606505

Sunday 11th September  (£10 / £14)   Doors: 11.45am     Gig starts: 12.15pm
Jaqui Hicks with John Critchinson, Dave Green, Roger O’Dell and Martin Shaw

Sunday 2nd October   (£12 / £16)   Doors: 11.45am     Gig starts: 12.15pm
‘Tenor Madness’ with Derek Nash, Vasilis Xenopolous, Robert Fowler, John Pearce, Paul Morgan and Bobby Worth

Sunday 6th November (£10 / £14)   Doors: 11.45am     Gig starts: 12.15pm
Nigel Price with Alex Garnett, Ross Stanley and Matt Home

Sunday 4th December (£13 / £17)   Doors: 11.45am     Gig starts: 12.15pm
‘Christmas Carol’ with Alan Barnes, Robert Fowler, Karen Sharp, Bruce Adams, Mark Nightingale, Dave Newton, Simon Thorpe and Clark Tracey

MUSIC AT MARIGOLDS, Cricket Club, Chippingfield, Old Harlow, Essex CM17 0DJ. Doors and Licensed Bar 7.30pm, Fridays. 01279 414174 / 421763 Car Parking On Site and there are two Public Car Parks, on the FIND US page of the website, within easy walking distance and can be accessed via a well lit footpath a little way up Chippingfield on the right when leaving – a dotted line on the map between Chippingfield and Wayre Street, Spicers Lane. £8 on the Door

29th July – Kevin Fitzsimmons Quintet:

Kevin Fitzsimmons vocals, Leon Greening keyboards, Frank Griffith sax, Adam King bass, Matt Fishwick drums.

Kevin is a London born jazz singer, bandleader, lyricist & songwriter and producer, with  album ‘Show Me The Way’ released to critical acclaim in 2013.  He’s played jazz clubs like Ronnie Scotts, The 606, Herts Jazz Club etc.  Festival appearances include the Southend Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival fringe, and Hever Festival. He enjoyed six sell out shows at Ronnie Scotts, has sang at Birdland Jazz Club in NYC and headlined in the 400 seater Athens concert backed by pioneers of Greek jazz scene, The Dimitris Kalantzis Quartet.  He’s performed in an hour long concert live on Jazz FM and with his band appeared in Made In Chelsea. His distinctive vocals have been used by luxe brands like Louis Vuitton, Hermes and for campaigns in New York, Far East, Europe, London,  and TV and radio commercials – including a TV advert with Hollywood star Naomi Watts.
A sought-after vocalist on the corporate circuit he’s entertained royalty and performed for celebrities and sports stars at their gigs. A natural lyricist (and artist/cartoonist), he writes in collaboration with musicians, notably the Jools Holland saxophonist Derek Nash. Kevin also fronts Sinatra Sequins & Swing (The Capitol Years Live!), a touring Big Band theatre concert featuring the Pete Long Orchestra, based on the iconic music produced during Sinatra’s supreme era at Capitol Records, from 1953-61.

12th August – Paul Lamb and the King Snakes:

The incomparable Paul Lamb and the King Snakes need no introduction to blues aficionados. Paul started playing on the club scene in the early seventies and represented Great Britain in the 1974 world harmonica championships which led to a time with Sonny Terry – Paul has said, ‘It was a great learning period for me with the maestro. Sonny was very kind and spent a lot of time educating me about the Blues’.
Paul has become known around the world as one of the foremost blues harmonica players playing with many famous blues players. He and his band have won countless awards and sold record breaking quantities of albums and Paul himself has been inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame.   With Chad Strentz vocals and guitar and Andy Lamb, Paul’s son, playing dynamic guitar, Paul Lamb and the King Snakes blow up a storm playing real blues, boogie, swing and good time jump and are a stunning act not to be missed.

26th August – Jo Fooks and the Ted Beament Trio:

Jo Fooks sax, Ted Beament keyboards, Val Mannix bass and Buster Birch drums.

Born in Edinburgh, Jo began learning the saxophone at 15. In 1992 she won ‘The Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year’.  She went on to study saxophone at the Guildhall School of music in London (1995-99) and at the Berklee School of music in Boston after receiving a full fee scholarship for the summer jazz programme.   After recording her debut album, “Here and Now”, legendary British trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton invited Jo to join his eight-piece band. She toured and performed with Hump whose fun filled, melodic approach to music was to be a huge influence.  Jo also recorded and worked with Acker Bilk and played alongside Tina May, Joe Temperley, Scott Hamilton, Elkie Brooks and many others.  Her mellow tone is often compared to Stan getz and Zoot Simms.  Jo began to compose in 2004 after learning and analysing a wide variety of Jazz standards and was described by Hump as, ‘a brilliantly inventive player and composer’. She currently gigs in and around the London area and her teaching positions have included tutoring the RAF bands men (2000-2006).
Backed by the local boy made good, (he also played in Hump’s band) Ted Beament’s Trio need no introduction, having performed many brilliant gigs here in the past.

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, Members £7, non-members £8. Call Laurie on 07913 558616 for more details. Sundays  8:30 – 11pm

Sunday, 24th July from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm. The Downhome Jazz Band. This popular Essex band is led by bassist Ken ‘Slow Drag’ Collins with Hugh Rainey trumpet. Listen and strut your stuff to traditional and jazz standards from a great band.  Another fantastic evening.

Sunday, 31st July from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm. The Jack Clifford Swingtette. It’s the last Sunday of the month so it’s traditional and jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack’s clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with guests backed by Roger Curphey bass and Alan Clarke drums. This month’s guest is Tim Huskisson playing the piano

GC’s JAZZ CLUB at The Woolpack, 23 Mildmay Road, Chelmsford CM2 0DN 01245 – 259295. First Sunday in Every Month 8.30pm – 11pm. Free Admission. Food Available.

Sunday 7th August.  TIM HUSKISSON Clarinet/Keyboard
A welcome return to Tim, displaying his talents on Clarinet & Keyboards. The trio is led by for the first time at the club by guitarist Mike Sagrot.
Mike Sagrot - Guitar   Roger Curphey - String Bass   Graeme Culham - Drums.

Sunday 4th September.  SOLAR –  A new band performing compositions from their new CD and popular jazz standards. Featuring the talented brothers:  Alex Hearn Guitar & Ben Hearn Bass.  With Dan Banks – Keyboards   Josh Law – Drums.

Sunday 2nd October.   SHADES OF MILES – PAUL HIGGS Trumpet
A tribute to the late Mile Davis performing classic arrangements such as ‘So What’, ‘Sketches of Spain’ through to later compositions such as ‘Human Nature’. Performed by one of the UK’s finest trumpeters  Paul Higgs.
Sam Edwards  Keyboards   Jose Canha  String Bass   Graeme Culham  Drums.

Sunday 6th November.  JOHNNY WITHERS – Vibraphone.  John has been active on the london jazz scene for many years not only on vibes but as a drummer, playing in the Ken Turner big band and various outfits.
Neale Ridding  Keyboards   Jose Canha  String Bass   Graeme Culham  Drums.

Sunday 4th December – ZAK BARRETT & REG WEBB
Featuring two of our finest musicians. Zak who has made a name for himself on the music scene as a talented saxophonist in various genres of music. Tonight he is joined by Reg Webb who as a highly respected musician  to thrill us on vocals and keyboards.

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

Tuesday 26th July –   Jason Rebello   –  8.30-10.30pm, £10/£8 (UNDER 15 FREE!)

Jason Rebello – Piano   Tori Freestone – Tenor Sax   Dave Manington – Double Bass   Tim Giles – Drums
Our very special guest this season — one of the most renowned jazz pianists in the world — Jason is known for collaborations with artists as diverse as Sting, Jeff Beck, Wayne Shorter and Peter Gabriel. He’ll be playing with the Tori Freestone Trio this evening in a special concert.

Tuesday 13th September  –  Chris Batchelor  –  8.30-10.30pm, £10/£8 (UNDER 15 FREE!)

Chris Batchelor – trumpet   With the Nick Tomalin Trio.   Chris Batchelor is an innovative and creative trumpet player and composer based in London, who is featured as a sensitive and versatile soloist in many highly regarded groups on the UK and European jazz scenes.  He has played alongside international stars such as Michael Brecker, John Taylor, Sam Rivers, Hermeto Pascoal, Tim Berne and Uri Caine. In November 2009 he was selected to receive the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers.  He is a prominent member of the reformed Loose Tubes and leads the band Pigfoot which is dedicated to deconstructing popular repertoire, from New Orleans to opera and Elvis.

Tuesday 27th September  –  Josh Kemp Quartet   8.30-10.30pm, £10/£8 (UNDER 15 FREE!)

Josh Kemp – Tenor sax    Rob Baron  – piano   Arnie Somogyi – Double Bass   Tim Giles – Drums
‘A high level of self-expression’  **** Jazzwise
‘A mix of Getzian breeziness and Coltrane’s imploring cry’  The Guardian
Saxophonist and composer Josh Kemp brings his quartet to E17 as part of a major UK tour, playing music from his new CD – ‘Rare Groove’. A musician with a rare gift for melody, gaining many plaudits for his lyrical improvising style and attractive compositions, Josh is equally happy playing in the jazz standards tradition or original compositions in a contemporary style. The band delivers high-energy jazz with an enjoyable and relaxed groove.

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

25 July – The Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band

  1 Aug – Hugh Rainey Jazz Band

  8 Aug – George Kid Tidiman’s All Stars

15 Aug – Golden Eagle Jazz Band

22 Aug – Jackie Free’s Chicagoans

29 Aug – Bank Holiday – NO JAZZ

COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE JAZZ CLUB.  Church St, Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF.  Concerts every 1st SUNDAY of the month

Tickets £10 to £14.   JAZZ EXPRESS: Book for any three gigs and get tickets for just £8 each! Doors at 7pm, music at 7.30pm. 
 To book, call the Arts Centre box office 01206 500900.

JAZZ AT THE RHODES ARTS COMPLEX. Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 3JG
01279 710 200 or

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 on keys, Paul Robinson on drums, Steve Cook on Bass, with Adam Amor on Sax and brilliant trumpet player Paul Higgs. Between them they have worked with acts such as Nina Simone, Grace Jones, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Ginger Baker, Mike Oldfield, The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The best of the genre from the best in the business.

JAZZ AT CHICKENSHED – Chickenshed Theatre Bar, 290 Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 4PE.  Times: 8.30pm – 11.30pm  Price: £17 | £15 in advance

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

Friday 22nd July at 8pm  John Etheridge Blue Spirits  £12/£6 U25

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

THURSDAY JAZZ AT THE RAFA CLUB, 295 Cranbrook Road, Ilford, IG1 4UA. A swinging group led by Leszek Kulaszewicz. Come and listen to the music plus every week there is a fantastic vocalist. The club is well serviced by public transport with plenty of buses going to the club or a ten minutes walk from Gants Hill or Ilford stations. The club will be open from 8pm with music from 9 – 11pm.

LEVERINGTON JAZZ CLUB meet monthly at The Leverington Sports (Jazz) Club, Church Road, Leverington , Wisbech PE13 5DE on the 2nd Sunday in each calendar month at 1.15 pm, lunchtime. Admission £7.50  Wheelchair access, Bar @ Club Prices, Snacks & Coffee, Large Car Park, Comfortable – Plentiful seating, Dance floor, Attractive Venue. All welcome. Run by Dave/Sheila Dyer 01945 588325 email:   Sessions 1.15pm – 3.45

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

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

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

July 26th – Hertswing Big Band John Davies presents the expected Basie swing and drive with an ever stimulating programme.

August 2nd – Kingsclub 7  Our regular house band led by John Davis featuring the usual front line of John Mole on tenor sax and John Bridge on trombone with Bobby Allen vocals.

August 9th – Glenwood Jazz Very able small band playing smooth jazz. Classic tunes from the great American songbook in a relaxed mood with vocalist Cathy Wagstaff.  Promise of a very enjoyable evening.

August 16th – Terry Trenwith’s Team  A fun night of wide ranging jazz standards and a few jokes! Terry can always be relied on to host an entertaining night!

August 23rd – Jolly Jazzers a popular local band of long standing who provide entertainment at many functions at everything from 100th birthdays to steam rallies, and much in between!

August 30th – Desinfanado Lead by Phill Burrell. Small group Latin/ Jazz and classic songs, in a relaxed mood.

BIG BAND JAZZ AT THE MANOR. London’s Sunday lunchtime show-case for the biggest and best names in British Big Band Jazz, is starting regular concerts at the Ruislip Conservative Club. Performances are SUNDAYS 12:30 to 3:00 pm at the Function Room, Ruislip Conservative Club, 56-58 Ickenham Road (near West Ruislip tube station), Ruislip HA4 7DQ   Admission £10

HERTS JAZZ – Screen2, Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6BX.  Gigs feature the very best jazz talent in the country every Sunday (7:30pm – 10pm) at the Hawthorne Studio. Free parking (after 7pm),  disabled access.  Tickets for just £5 to students and under-21s.  £13 on the night/ £11 advance, £12 concessions / £10 advance, £9 members/ £8 advance, £5 students & U-21s/ £3 advance

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.

FLEECEJAZZ – World class Jazz every Friday at Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel CO6 4PZ

  • Doors at 7.30pm, gig starts 8.00 pm, 2 sets, ends approx 11.00 pm
  • Ample parking; fully accessible – for information call 01787 211865
  • See website for directions to the venue as satnav can get you lost!
  • Tickets via Box Office: 01787 211865; WeGotTickets (booking fee applies); On the door (sorry, no debit/credit cards – cash or cheque only)

JAZZ AT THE FOLD – The Billericay  Arts Association– 72 Laindon Road, Billericay CM12 9LD.

LIVE JAZZ AT NORTH WEALD VILLAGE HALL  – usually the first Friday in the month and just £8 on the door and a start time of 8:30pm. The Hall is in the High Road, behind the vets surgery, CM16 6DB. Licensed bar at village hall prices, tea and coffee and snacks at very reasonable prices and with ample parking. Ted Beament resident pianist – bass and drums varies. 01992 522621
Due to the incredible popularity of our monthly “Saturday Lunchtime with Jack” with The Jack Free All Stars we are continuing. Musicians regularly appearing are Pete Rudeforth, Mike Cotton, Gary Woods, John Crocker, Bert Brandsma, Tim Huskisson, Colin Bray, Murray Salmon, Martin Guy. “The Happiest Saturday Afternoon in Essex”

SMALLS JAZZ CLUB, Caxton Arms, 36 North Gardens, Brighton BN1 3LB has been running for six years.  Essentially a mainstream venue with top UK and American headliners supported by the Smalls Rhythm Section – guitar, bass, piano with occasional drums. It is an acoustic venue in a basement in The Caxton Arms in the centre of Brighton with seating for 50 max, giving it an intimate atmosphere. The gigs are on Thursdays, fortnightly from October to May. The music is from early jazz to early be-bop and West Coast.  The pub is friendly and offers a Thai tapas menu. Tickets: /

“SPIKE’S PLACE” AT BECKENHAM – 8:30pm. Club Langley, 2 Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3SR (Off South Eden Park Road). Admission £13.00 (members £10.00) unless otherwise stated. 020 8650 2406 / 01245 420475 E mail: Advance bookings contact: Susan 01245 420475

Thursday 28th July – 8.30pm
Renato D’Aiello with Dan Hewson – piano Joe Downard – bass Andrea Trillo drums

Thursday 4th August – 8.00pm
Lily Dior with Robin Aspland – Phil Scragg and Marc Cecil
Plus a small group from the Essex Easter Jazz workshop

Thursday 11th August – 8.30pm
From the USA John Collianni  with Dave Chamberlain and Richard Pite

Thursday 25th August – 8.30pm
Lee Gibson with John Horler Tim Wells and Trevor Tomkins

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

Sunday 31st July     EMILY SAUNDERS
Sunday 14th Aug  –  CAMERON PIERRE
Sunday 28th Aug    TRACKS
Sunday 11th Sept  ANITA WARDELL

FOLKESTONE JAZZ CLUB AT THE TOWER Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone, Kent CT20 3HL. Every Thursday Music Starts 8 30pm To book seats please call 01303 277175  or email  Derick Woodland Beryl Wood


By audience demand !!!  Apart from the brilliant musicianship of this father & son combination – the humour & banter between these two is not to be missed
Alex Garnett saxes One of the UKs finest saxophonists & a resident at Ronnie Scotts.  Alex also tours & compares the nationwide theatre show The Ronnie Scott Story.
Willie Garnett – tenor sax . Great solo tenorman in the Hawk style — Is also very busy with his own Big Band playing gigs in & around the capital.
Leon Greening piano — This outstanding young pianist adds to any event with his electrifying approach to the keys.  Adam King double bass. Amazing – this young man plays with all the maturity of someone far beyond his years.  Sebastiaan de Krom drums — One of Europe’s finest back at The FJC

July 28th       PETE LONG  &  CHRIS DEAN        £12  //   The Big Band Leaders are back at The FJC

Pete Long –Saxes – Clarinet & brilliant raconteur – Plus one of The UKs most successful Big Band leaders — with -The Ronnie Scott Orchestra- The Echoes of Ellington etc.
Chris Dean the amazing trombone playing & occasional vocals of one of our longest serving Big Band leaders — Chris has lead the Syd Lawrence Orchestra since 1996  To complete this line up of Big Bands & Orchestra connections
Nic Dawson piano Great pianist – Great showman & MD to Mama Mia on London stage
Paul Morgan double bass  — Amazing bassist with all forms of music
Richard Pite drums – Fantastic showman in his own right — enjoys the stick juggling !!!

Aug 4th    8 30pm    THE SIMON SPILLETT QUARTET     £10

This loaded all star quality modern jazz quartet returns to The FJC.  Simon Spillett tenor sax is the 21st century’s Tubby Hayes & blows with the freedom of Hayes. A recent BBC quote ” He is to Be Bop what Harry Allen & Scott Hamilton are to Mainstream”.  Look out for his award winning acclaimed book,  ” The Long Shadow of The Little Giant” The life & legacy of Tubby Hayes.  Simon will have with him The Legacy rhythm section of ~~~
John Critchinson piano A legend of the Ronnie Scott days with Tubbs
Alec Dankworth double bass – Fantastic bassist & following the family legacy
Clark Tracey drums   Ditto !!!  Often said to be the best Jazz Drummer outside of The USA   ~   we are not going to argue about that.

Aug 11th  TINA MAY & HER TRIO     8 30pm       £10

Tina May is always welcome back to The FJC — Her charm & vocal approach to Jazz numbers has put her in the top echelon of British Jazz Vocalists – -Tina is in demand worldwide & is often in Paris & Singapore to name just two of her gig list.   With her tonight we have a trio that would be the envy of any jazz vocalist –
Robin Aspland piano. One of the most respected of UK jazz pianists
Mick Hutton double bass. Great bassist –Has accompanied all the top vocalists
Rod Brown drums. The vocalists drummer – -none better.


The USA’s No1 clarinettist meets Europe’s No1 clarinettist & they are also great tenor saxophonists  – – pure magic ! ! ! “Ken Peplowski is arguably the worlds greatest swing clarinetist” Russel Davies BBC.   “Julian Marc Stringle is now one of the world’s great clarinet players”  Jim Mullen.  “Craig Mlverton is a pianist of unrivalled swing ! ”  Dave Gelly. The Observer.  Both excellent musicians will also entertain us on Tenor Sax.
Ken PeplowskiFrom The USA & recognised as the world’s finest clarinetist – played with Benny Goodman & often compared to him. The New York Times said ” Goodman with a twist of lightning ”
Julian Marc Stringle – – a great favourite at The FJC – – -for a friendly battle of the sticks !!!
All of this with The UKs own Oscar Peterson style pianist with his own trio ..
Craig Milverton piano       Al Swainger double bass            Nick Millward drums

        Aug 25th  THE MARC CECIL QUINTET        8 30pm     £12

Another New Band to The FJC — it arrives with a string of recommendations
Marc Cecil Leader & drums – Brilliant drummer arranger & composer & like his own career Marc Cecils  Quintet play a veriety of music, loosely based around the library of Dizzy Gillespie.  This band will take you on a journey around the world of Jazz –which includes The Swing of New York, The Salsa of Cuba & The Samba of Brazil —  all linking together with some original arrangements of classic jazz standards – –   And Just Look at The Line Up that Marc has got for this gig- -Wow ! ! !
Vasilis Xenopoulos tenor sax  The charismatic Greek — One of the most exciting tenor players on the British Jazz Scene.   Shanti Paul Jayasinha trumpet – making his second visit to The FJC this year- this brilliant musician was with us in The Mulligan Sextet & what an impact & a treat.   Gunther Kurmayr piano – From Austria – Also making his second visit to The FJC  – This amazing & exciting musician is The Pianist for the very successful Ray Gelato & The Giants Dominic Howells  double bass – Great British Bassist that swings like the pendulum.

MALDON NEW ORLEANS TRADITIONAL JAZZ CLUB 8:30 – 11pm, every First Thursday of the month at The Blue Boar – Silver St, Maldon CM9 4QE. Not to be confused with the slick sound of British Trad Jazz nor the eclectic jazz/blues/swing of the Blackwater Band. This is ensemble music in the style you would hear in Preservation Hall New Orleans. Gerry Hoskin (Bass) Brian Peters (clarinet) Rodger Howlett (banjo) Pete Jezard (Trombone) + occasional guest musicians. Door charge £6

MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ AT THE BEDFORD ARMS, on Bromham Road, No 2 Bronham Road, Bedford, MK40 2QA.

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

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

26 July, 12.30-3PM. FG with Malcolm Earle Smith and Jack Honeybourne Trio. Spice of Life, 6 Moor St, London, W1D 5NA.  Free

29 July, 8PM. w/Kevin Fitzsimmons at Marigolds Cricket Club, Chippingfield, Essex, CM17 ODJ. 01279 421763. £8

31 July, 1PM. FG with Kevin Fitzsimmons at Pizza Express, 10 Dean Street W1D 3RW. 08456 £12.

4 September, 4-6.30PM. FG w/Neal Richardson Trio. Seaford Head Golf Club, Southdown Road, Seaford, BN25 4JS. 01323 890139.

5 September, 8PM. FG w/Terry Seabrook Trio. The Snowdrop Inn, 119n South Street, Lewes, E Sussex, BN7 2BU. 01273 471018. Free

6 September, 8PM. FG Quartet with Dave Newton, Alec Dankworth and Mark Hale. Baker Street, Wood Street, Old Town, Swindon, SN1 4AN. 01793 978 011. Free

9 September, 8PM.  Frank Griffith Sextet presents “Kind of Blue” (Miles 90th year) with  Jay Phelps, Tony Kofi, Gareth Williams, Jez Brown and Rod Youngs. Dorchester Corn Exchange, School Lane, DT1 1XR.01305 266926. £14.

2 November, 8PM. FG w/Tina May, Robin Aspland, Dave Green, Steve Brown. Belvedere Jazz Club, Chichester Hotel, Old London Road, Rawreth, SS1 8UE. £10.

CAROL BRAITHWAITES’ GIGS LISTING:   (further information : website).

Friday 12th August – Billericay Const Club 1, High St, Billericay.  CM12 9BE.
An afternoon of toe tapping swinging music with along with Tim Huskisson,
Goff Dubber, George Tidiman, Roger Curphey, Ric Rossi.
Lunchtime menu available + club prices for drinks. Fun starts at 12.30 – 2.30pm.  
£5 door. Monthly club:  2nd Friday in every month.

Wednesday 17th August –   Essex County Bowls Club
21, Imperial Avenue, Westcliff SS0 8NE.
Monthly Jazz Night with Tim Huskisson – piano, Ted Simkins – bass, Mike Sagrott – guitar, Mike Barry – drums. Special guest: Mick Foster – tenor sax.

Starts at 8 – 10.30pm £5 door.
Monthly club: 3rd Wednesday of every month.

Future guests at Essex Bowls : Ian Thompson sax (august)
Paul Higgs trumpet (september) Goff Dubber clarinet/sax. (november)
Pete Rudeford – trumpet (december)

diary dates:

12th August – Billericay
17th August – Essex County Bowls Club
27th August – North Weald
1st September – Hamlet Bar, Westcliff

DAVID PRICE (banjo, guitar, vocal) will be appearing at the following:

July 31st  Sun.  Royal British Legion. 118 Church Hill, Loughton, IG10 1LH. 1.00-4.00 pm. with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

Aug 4th  Thurs.   Sidcup Jazz Club, Sidcup & Footscray Cricket Club, 108 Main Road, DA14 6NE. 8.00-10.30. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Aug 18th  Thurs.  1066 Jazz Club, Marina, St Leonards On Sea, Hastings, TN38 0BU. 8.00-11.00 pm  with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
24th Aug  Weds.  Sutton Coldfield Traditional Jazz Club, Warmley Social Club, 4 Fox Hollies Road, B76 2RJ 8.30–11.00  with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Aug 28th  Sun.  Jazz Lunch, St Mary’s Church, Guilden Morden, nr. Royston. 12.00-4.00pm. with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Aug 31st.  The Globe PH, Bude Jazz Festival, 8.000-11.00 with  BD’sB&P.

Sept 1st  Thurs.  Bude Jazz Festival, Falcon Hotel. 11.00-2.00pm with BD’sB&P.
Sept 2nd  Fri.  Tunbridge Wells Jazz Club, Masonic Centre, St John’s Road, TN4 9UY   8.00-10.30 pm  with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Sept 4th  Sun.  The Globe, Morning Lane, Hackney, E9. 12.30–3.30. with BD’sB&P.
7th Sept  Weds.  Amersham Jazz Club, Beconsfield SYCOB Football Club, Windsor Road, Beconsfield, Bucks HP9 2SE with  Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Sept 9th  Fri.  Farnborough Jazz Club, High Street, Farnborough, Kent BR6 7BA  with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces. 8.00-11.00
Sept. 18th  Sun.  Hornchurch Jazz Club. Hornchurch Jazz Club, Conservative Club, 25 North Street, RM11 1RS.   8.30-11.00.
7th Sept  Weds.  Amersham Jazz Club, Beaconsfield SYCOB FC, Hall Barn,  Holloway Park, Windsor Road, Beaconsfield,  Bucks HP9 2SE. 8.00–11.00pm  with BD’sB&P.
23rd Sept  Fri.  Ongar Jazz Club, Budworth Hall, High Street, Ongar, Essex CM5 9JG. 8.00– 11.00pm . with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Sept 29th  Thurs.  1066 Jazz Club. Marina, St Leonards On Sea, Hastings, TN38 0BU. 8.00-11.00 pm. with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

Oct 2nd  Sun.  Lemsford Village Jazz Club, Welwyn Garden City. 1.00-4.00pm. with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Oct 12th  Weds.  New Reading Jazz Club with  Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Oct 31st  Mon.  Southend Jazz Club, Ekco Sports & Social Club, Thornford Gardens, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6PU. 8.00-10.30pm with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

Nov 14th  Mon.  Griffin Park Jazz Club, Brentford FC Braemar Road, Brentford, TW8 0NT  8.30 – 11pm with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Nov 20th  Sun.  Colchester Jazz Club, Marks Tey Parish Hall, Old London Rd, Marks Tey, Colchester CO6 1EJ. 7.45–10.30pm with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

Dec 2nd  Fri.  Farnborough Jazz Club, High Street, Farnborough, Kent BR6 7BA  8.30-11.00 with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Dec 9th  Fri.  Jazz On The Green, Sarisbury Green Community Centre, Southampton, Hants, SO31 7AA with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Dec 18th  Sun.  Hornchurch Jazz Club, Consevative Club, 25 North Street, RM11 1RS   8.30-11.00 with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

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

July 25th   Tony Pethen, saxophone, Alex Boyle, keyboard, Glyn Morgan, drums

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


The Wagon in Wix  8:30 – 11pm (every 3rd Wednesday of the month) with The Blackwater Band – Brian Hart (Clarinet/Sax) Mel Cox (Banjo) Paul Budd (drums) Gerry Hoskin (Bass) Pete Jezard (Trombone/Vocals). Playing happy jazz blues and ballads.

The Maldon New Orleans Traditional Jazz Club 8:30 – 11pm, every First Thursday of the month. At The Blue Boar – Silver St, Maldon CM9 4QE. Not to be confused with the slick sound of British Trad Jazz nor the eclectic jazz/blues/swing of the Blackwater Band
This is ensemble music in the style you would hear in Preservation Hall New Orleans.  Gerry Hoskin (Bass) Brian Peters (clarinet) Rodger Howlett (banjo) Pete Jezard (Trombone) + occasional guest musicians. Door charge £6

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

On Tuesday 26th July  a great band returning to the Bottleneck after quite a long absence.  Complete with their original frontman, the charismatic Son Maxwell, they are Storm Warning.  Apart from the aforementioned frontman, a fabulous rhythm section and one of the tastiest guitarists on the circuit. Combined with their overall classy delivery makes this band one of my personal favourites.  They have a vintage sound all of their own.  Bookings to email address.  Doors open 7.30pm, band on stage 8.45pm.  Further information, upcoming shows, location map etc., available at

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

JAZZ AT BARNEY’S CAFE/BAR 46-56 Portland Rd, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1QN (Tel: 01903 527075). Website:  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.

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

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

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

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

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

MILESTONES JAZZ CLUB Is held every first Sunday of the month at Hotel Hatfield, The Esplanade, Lowestoft, NR33 0QP

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

WEDS 27th July – BRANDON ALLEN QUARTET PLAYS GENE AMMONS ‘Exciting tenor saxophonist and regular host of the popular Ronnie Scott’s Late Show honours the music of US saxophone great Gene Ammons, a bebop master, and frequent purveyor of the heart-felt ballad and funky blues’BRANDON ALLEN tenor sax, TIM LAPTHORN piano/keys, MARK LEWANDOWSKI bass & MATT HOME drums

WEDS 3rd August – VandoJam hosted by saxophonist MATT TELFER & featuring the CAMILLA GEORGE QUARTET – JAM starts at 8pm, thus sitters-in for mostly instrumental session are invited from the first-set onwards… singers welcome by invitation. Top rhythm section accompanying jammers will feature LIAM STEVENS piano, MILES DANSO bass & JOEL PRIME drums + host & saxophonist MATT TELFER. Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £5/£3 advance, MU free


THE 32ND BIRMINGHAM & SOLIHULL JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL from 15th July to 24th with bands and musicians from UK,  Czech Republic, Canada, France, Holland, Hungary, Italy, India, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Spain and The USA.  A total of  *201 performances of which there’ll be *189 free admission!

CHRIS RAND’S  “Gathering”:

 Wednesday 27th July 2016 – The Pheasantry Pizza Express, Chelsea – Featuring Jamie McCredie (Guitar) –

 Friday 29th July 2016 – Pizza Express, Maidstone – Featuring Tony “Rico” Richardson (Saxes) –

The FRANK GRIFFITH SEXTET will  present  a performance of the seminal 1959 LP, Kind of Blue on 9 September at the Dorchester Arts Centre to celebrate Miles Davis’s (1926-1991) 90th year . Canadian born UK resident, Jay Phelps (Wynton Marsalis and LCJO, Courtney Pyne) will handle the Miles role along with UK alto saxophonist, Tony Kofi (World Sax Quartet, Donald Byrd) and USA tenor saxophonist, Frank Griffith, who has arranged Miles material for Ron Carter and Jon Hendricks. Acclaimed British jazzers, Gareth Williams, piano, bassist, Jeremy Brown and American drummer, Rod Youngs (Gil Scott-Heron) will comprise the rhythm section. The Kind of Blue show was written and will be narrated by journalist and Dorchestorian, Paul Lashmar.   Info or call 01305 266926

With over 500 musicians, 80 events, workshops, speakers and films, the second Cambridge Jazz Festival will take place over 12 days: Nov 16 – 27th 2016


Theydon Jazz Club Every Monday 8-10:30 pm, Traditional/Dixieland/New Orleans Jazz features Excellent Live Bands for listening/Dancing, facilities include: Bar/ Meals/ Dance Floor/Car Park.

Jazz in the Round, The Cockpit, Gateforth St, Marylebone NW8 8EH. Jazz/contemporary music every last Monday in the month. First band 8pm. Tickets from £8 020 7258 2925. DJ set with Jez in the bar.


Jazz at the Bardswell Last Tuesday of every month at the Bardswell Social Club, Bardswell Close, Brentwood CM14 4TJ: doors open 7 pm.: music from 8 – 10.30 pm. Admission £7.00. Resident trio – drums, piano, bass plus guests. Great crowd and drinks at club prices. Dave Grant 01708 763723.

Annie’s Jazz @ Thorpe Hall Golf Club . Every Tuesday 8-30-11pm. Annies Jazz @yeoldesmack.

The Bottleneck Blues Club who meet on the last Tuesday of the month in the Roffen Suite in Rochester – 41 New Road, Rochester ME1 1DX. Normally tickets £10, doors 7.30pm, band on stage 8.45pm. Good food, reasonably priced, available to eat at your table.

Jazz at The Kings Langley Club. The very best bands of local musicians every Tuesday at 8.30pm. 3-5 Hempstead Road, Kings Langley, Herts. Tel: 01923 262982. No entry charge, visitors welcome.

A Norfolk gig – The Eddie Seales Big Band perform on the 1st Tuesday of the month is at The William Burt Centre, West Winch (near Kings Lynn).

Jazz every Tuesday at the Cricketers Pub, 47 Shirley Road, Croydon, Surrey CR07ER.  Free Entry.

Humphrey Lyttelton Band will be at the Bull’s Head, Barnes, SW13 9PY, tickets £12 – a regular monthly booking, 2nd Tuesday of every month.

Every Tuesday Evening 7.30 -9.30pm. Music, Improvisation, Meditation & Mindfulness at Samatha House, near Stisted, Essex. Explore & learn relaxing meditation techniques, music improvising workshops & listening to meditative music (Johnty Wilks saxes, synths, flutes, Darnell keyboards & synths,) special guests £5.00 (or £7.50 including food at the earlier time 6.30pm and socialising). Johnty on 0771 359 4543. B&B available.


Every Wednesday evening The Belvedere Jazz and Music Club. Doors open at 6:30pm for meals and lite bites at your table with music commencing at 8:00pm -10.30pm. Admission £10. Large free car park, bar. At The Chichester’s Tudor Room, Old London Road, Rawreth, Nr. Wickford. SS11 8UE

Every Wednesday evening Mill Hill Jazz Club at the Clubhouse, 100 Barnet Way, Mill Hill, NW7 3AL. From 8:30pm. £8 members, £9 guests.

Jazz at the Railway Hotel, Southend. 32 Clifftown Road Town Centre, Southend SS1 1AJ. The best of the local Jazz scene with many special guests! Free admission. Start at 8.30.


At The Little Crown, 12 Short Wyre Street, Colchester CO1 1LN more Trad Jazz with The Dixie Jazz Trio 8:00 – 10:30 On every 2nd Thursday of the month. 8:00 – 10:30pm. – The Dixie Trio + 1.

Googlies Jazz Supper Club at Botany Bay Cricket Club, East Lodge Lane, Enfield, EN2 8AS Live Jazz every Thursday evening. Doors 7.30pm, Performance from 8pm. Licensed Bar, food available & free ample parking. The Colin Peters Quartet support a different guest each week. Adm normally – Guests £9.00, Members £7.00 Membership: £15.00 per year

The Pump House Jazz Club at Watford continues on Thursdays.

The Cross Keys is an independent pub in Tunbridge Wells with live music at the core. Sonny’s Jazz nights run every Thursday and there is no charge for entry. St Johns Road (A26) just over a mile north of Tunbridge Wells Town Centre. 236/238 St Johns Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9XD Tel: 01892 536 516:

The Sole Bay Jazz Band meets every Thursday at 8pm at the sports/social club – The Maltings Pavilion, Pirnhow Street, Ditchingham, Nr Bungay, Suffolk NR35 2RU with regular members & guests from around the region playing. Free admission, bar & large car park. Weekly update at

The Just Jazz & Blues Band have a regular monthly spot at “The Audley”, Mount Street, London W1. Admission Free – starts from 7.30pm – Food & drink available.


Music at Marigolds, Harlow Cricket Club. A great regular jazz night in Harlow on the last Friday of every month. More at: They also host some great blues nights: Jazz on the door £8 – Blues on the door £7

World class Jazz every Friday at Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel CO6 4PZ

Jazz in Leytonstone last Friday of every month. Catherine Lima and trio (Gabriel Keen on keys, Gareth Hughes on bass and Marek Dorjik on drums) at the Plough and Harrow (main bar) 419 High Road, Leytonstone, London E11 4JU from 9-11pm Tel: 020 8558 2660. Free entry.

Jazz in Waltham Abbey first Friday of every month. Catherine Lima and trio (Paul Higgs on keys, Matt Lowrie on bass and Jason Campbell on drums) at the Woodbine Inn, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 3QT. Music from 8.30pm free entry. Tel: 01992 713050.


For Trad Jazz fans there is the long-established Hornchurch Jazz Club, 25 North St (rear), Hornchurch, Essex. Tel: Laurie on 07913 558616. Great atmosphere. Dancing. Drinks at Club Prices.Admission £7. Members £6. Guests £6. 8:30 – 11pm.

Jazz and Tapas, 1st Sunday of the month, 1.00 – 4.00pm, O Picado, 403 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex SS0 7HU, Tel 01702 300540 Sunday lunchtime 1pm to 4pm, at O’Picado, a family run Portugese restaurant. Bookings 01702 300540.

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

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

Retrospectivejazz, are a trad and Dixieland band based in darkest NE Essex. You can find their website at

The Globe Pub, 20 Morning Lane, Hackney, London, E9 6NA. (Opposite Tesco car park entrance) have Different Trad Jazz bands every Sunday 12:30 – 3:30pm. Free entrance.

John Petters News -

London Louis Armstrong Riverboat ShuffleSaturday 3rd September – 2:15 – 5:30pm on the Jewel of London. A great cruise! We are limiting tickets to ONLY 160 this year to enable everyone to have a seat and enjoy the cruise in comfort.  John Petters New Orleans All Stars with Alan Bateman, David Horniblow, Mike Pointon, J J Vinten and Keith Donald will entertain.
Flyer/ booking:

Jazz at St John’s Arts Centre, Old Harlow – full programme for the Spring / Summer :

Tony Jacobs News

My recent weekend at South Downs Holiday Village sold out so as well as returning there next Spring and Autumn, I have been offered a third weekend in June ‘FROM DIXIELAND TO SWING’.

Make a note in your diaries of three more weekends  of Swing, Hot Jazz and Cabaret in 2017 at the same great venue: March 10/11/12, July 7/8/9 and October 20/21/22.

Warners Thorseby Hall Hotel in Nottinghamshire have asked me to present a four day music event on May 15th,16th,17th,18th 2017. The line-up will include the Bateman Brothers’ Ultimate Louis Armstrong Show – with guests Enrico Tomasso and ‘Spats’ Langham, the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, the Tony Jacobs Big Band, the American and British Songbook Show, the Swing Time Jivers and daytime events which will include a tea-dance, a dance workshop and cabaret. More details to follow


Do you like Jazz music?  Do you play the Saxophone?   If playing as part of a group appeals to you, why not join John Seeley’s Jazz and Saxophone Group?  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.

Jazz Workshop Dates:   7:30pm – 9:30pm – £7 Entry

14th, 28th July 2016
11th, 25th August 2016
8th, 22nd September 2016
6th, 20th October 2016
3rd, 17th November 2016
1st December 2016
8th December 2016 – Christmas Concert

All ability levels and instruments welcome, no need to book, just come and join in.
Venue: St. Michael and All Angels Church, 62 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 1LF

Website:  Email:

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 practise, 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.

Saxophone Workshop Dates:  7:30pm – 9:30pm – £7 Entry

7th, 21st July 2016
4th, 18th August 2016
1st, 15th, 29th September 2016
13th, 27th October 2016
10th, 24th November 2016
8th December 2016 – Christmas Concert

All ability levels and saxophones welcome, no need to book, just come and join in.
Venue: St. Michael and All Angels Church, 62 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 1LF
Website:   Email:

New 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 supportive, inclusive and nurturing group. Through the playing and study of standard jazz repertoire we cover some of the essential requirements for improvising including ear training, rhythmic skills, developing your harmonic understanding, learning transcriptions of some classic recordings and building a jazz vocabulary. By better understanding the process of playing jazz and your role in the group and by using a variety of different practice methods and approaches you can gain confidence in your improvising. Limited numbers. See for more details.

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

If you weren’t aware of it you really should be listening to jazz broadcaster of the year Paul Barnes’s show The Late Paul Barnes. The show is broadcast each Saturday between 11pm and 1am on the following BBC stations: Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Cambridgeshire, Northampton and 3CR (Beds, Bucks, Herts). And for those of you who aren’t night owls, thanks to the wonders of modern technology you can “listen again” any time, anywhere by going to:


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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).

For info on more complete music genres Jurgen Reid suggests his Facebook/Twitter page – Music In Essex where he posts information about gigs, bands, venues, etc. Facebook – – for twitter profile search @MusicInEssex. Musicians can post their info and Jurgen will share it across the other accounts.

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

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

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


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

Clare: Jazznights in the Tudor Room at The Bell, Market Hill, CO10 8NN on Sunday 17th July features the fantastic guitarist MICK HANSEN. Doors 7pm. Music 7.30-10.00pm. Adm £10. Non-regulars can reserve seating by emailed reply or call 01787 237653.

Stoke By Nayland: Fleece Jazz at the Stoke By Nayland Hotel, CO6 4PZ have got on Sunday 29th July the ASAF SIRKIS INTERNATIONAL QUARTET appear. Box Office 01787 211865. See details

Saffron Walden: At the Town Hall on Friday 15th July at 7.30pm JOANNA EDEN presents her “Embraceable Ella” program with the CHRIS INGHAM TRIO.  All profits go to “People In Motion“ an organisation helping refugees. Contact for details.

Bishops Stortford: On Wednesday 17th August there’s Latin Jazz with QUE PASA at the Rhodes Hall. Starts at 7.30pm.

Bury St Edmunds: The Apex present Songbook Sundays at lunchtime on Sunday 24th July with TRUDY KERR.  For all details check

Bury St Edmunds: Headhunters Jazz at the Hunter Club, 6, St Andrews Street features JOHN ETHERIDGE BLUE SPIRITS on Friday 22nd July. Reserve tickets by email to: or see

Colchester: The Arts Centre Jazz Club at Church Street (off Head Street) presents PAUL TOWNDROW & STEVE HAMILTON on Sunday 4th September. Doors 7.00pm. Music 7.30pm. Tickets 01206 500900 or for details.

Chelmsford: GC’s Jazz Club at The Woolpack, 23, Mildmay Road, Essex, CM2 0DN present the TIM HUSKISSON QUARTET on Sunday 7th August. 8.30pm. Free. Call 01245 259295.

Cambridge: Hidden Rooms, 7a, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA present  the MALCOLM CREESE QUARTET on Thurs 21st July. Doors 7pm. Music 8pm. Book:, or 07827 012875.

Cambridge: Every Sunday night the ANDY BOWIE QUARTET are at the Tram Depot, Dover Street. and The ANDY BOWIE TRIO also play at the Anchor, Silver Street every Thurs from 7.00-9.30pm.

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

Ipswich: The jazz club features the GILAD ATZMON/ALAN BARNES BAND on Sunday 17th July at the California Club, 195, Foxhall Road, IP3 8LB. See for details.

Felixstowe: Jazz East presents THE HORN FACTORY on Sunday 17th July at The Alex, 123 Undercliff Road West, IP11 2AF. 8.00-10.30pm. FREE adm. Tel: 01394 282958 for info or see

Ely: On Thursday 11th August the GARY HART QUINTET are at the Royal Standard pub & restaurant. Starts 7.30pm.

Holland On Sea: Live Jazz At The Tavern, 55-57, Frinton Road, Essex, CO15 5UH presents COLIN WATLING with the TED BEAMENT TRIO on Sunday 24th July. Adm £10. Doors 7.30pm. Jazz 8.00 to 10.30pm. Tel: 01255 814080 for information.

Norwich: The jazz club at the Maddermarket Theatre bar features an OPEN MIC/JAZZ JAM on Monday 15th August and on Tuesday 16th August the TOMASSO STARACE SYNERGY TRIO appear. See for more information.

Lowestoft: Milestones Jazz Club at the Hatfield Hotel, The Esplanade, NR33 0QG presents THE MINGUS PROJECT on Sunday 7th August. See

Walthamstow: E17 at Gnome House, 7, Blackhorse Lane, E17 6DS present the JASON REBELLO QUARTET on Tuesday 26th July. Check for details.

Mill Hill: Wednesdays.  Check for details.


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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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