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Saturday 24th February at noon, Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle, Small Boat Owners Club, Guildford Lawn, Ramsgate, The Black Cat Jazz Band, Tickets £12 including buffet. Ticket info: 01843 596789.

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 specifically for Essex jazz musicians, clubs and promoters to publicise their events.

During 2018, the National Jazz Archive will be celebrating their 30th anniversary. The first fundraising concert in this anniversary year will be on Saturday 24 March at 8pm when the John Ongom Big Band will be playing in Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB, close to the Archive’s home.  The church and the archive are about a kilometre away from Loughton Station on the Central Line, and they are also served by numerous bus routes.  Also, parking is available.  Tickets £12

The 17-piece John Ongom Big Band, with vocalists Mark Jennett and Cynthia Simmonds, under musical director Angus Moncrieff, will play a great selection of music made famous by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and others.

Saturday 24th February at 7pm, at the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, IP9 2RX – Big Band Spectacular with music from Horn Factory, Big Band of the Queen’s Division & Musicians from the RHS Big Band. FREE admission with a retiring collection in aid of Brass For Africa & The Suffolk Community Foundation.

Ursula Malewski’s Summer Jazz Course will be held at University of Chichester from 19-25 August.  The en-suite accommodation is next to the music block across from campus restaurant.  Application forms, details  For Instrumentalists and Vocalists aged 14+ (no upper age limit)   Suitable for all levels, beginners to advanced.  The course offers intensive learning in an environment with like-minded people.  Course fee £850.00 includes tuition, en-suite accommodation, breakfast, tea/coffee and dinner. Students may bring non-playing partners.   Rates    See Calendar

A Celebration of Wild Bill & Bechet – John Petters Blue Note Jazzmen at The ARC, St John’s Arts & Recreation Centre,  St John’s Walk, Market St, Old Harlow CM17 0AJ  on Saturday 24th February at 3pm.  Admission £10   Details John Petters: 01406 365 731  e-mail:  Featuring two young musicians, soaked in the style, conetist, Allen Beechey and clarinet /saxophonist, Duncan Batchelor, this show will include such jazz classics as, “Tiger Rag”, “At The Jazz Band Ball”, “Tin Roof Blues” and “Runnin’ Wild”.

JAZZUP! Club85 Hitchin, Saturday 24th February presents … the Tom Ridout No Excuses Band + support North Herts and Stevenage Youth Jazz Big Band with an average age below 25. Tom Ridout’s band represents the cutting edge, and features his sister Alex, winner of the 2016 BBC Young Jazz Musician Award, as well as virtuoso guitarist, Rob Luft.  See Calendar.

BEDFORD JAZZ WORKSHOP  Thursday 22 February, 8-10PM led by Bedford-based saxophonist and educator, Frank Griffith.  Russell Park Club, 69 Goldington Road, Bedford MK40 3ND.   Fee- £10  For more info or ing 07976 313224 or email

All instruments and vocalists welcome. Sax, trumpet, flute,trombone, violin, guitar, piano, bass, drums, percussion … and more.   Reading music is not necessary as the emphasis will be on improvisation on basic jazz, blues and latin repertoire.   All levels welcome and you don’t need to have previous experience improvising



‘leven o’clock, Saturday night – make it a radio date with The Late Paul Barnes for the very best in jazz, swing and classic popular music including the Latin beat of the bossa nova played by Jim Tomlinson, Derek Nash and Stan Getz. There’s mambo from Machito and Charlie Parker, plus the fine big band of Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass and glittering clarinet from Buddy De Franco. All this and so much more at 11.00 pm on Saturday, February 17 on the following BBC stations: Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Cambridgeshire, Northampton and Three Counties. Also available nationally and internationally on the BBC iPlayer. The Late Paul Barnes – rhythm & rhubarb of the finest kind.

Jazztonic‘ is a weekly jazz music and magazine radio programme available only via and clicking on ‘listen’.
From ragtime, through swing and fusion to contemporary it goes out every Wednesday at 7pm and is presented by David Craigie.

Weds 21st Feb re-run of a conversation with Olney Jazz Club promoter and keyboard player, Alan Haughton.
Weds 28th Feb legendary guitarist Jim Douglas will be in conversation live in the studio.
Weds 7th March both Amy Roberts and Richard Exall will be in conversation live in the studio.
There is no catch-up service . . so listen live!


BELVEDERE JAZZ & MUSIC CLUB, every Wednesday evening is at The Chichester Hotel, Old London Road, Rawreth, Nr. Wickford SS11 8UE (Off A129, 800 yards Wickford side of The Carpenters Arms roundabout). Meals available from 6:30pm whilst you sit at a candlelit table, either before or whilst enjoying the top quality jazz which commences at 8:00pm until 10.30pm. Top International, Regional Bands and Artists, including Big Bands, Swing and Mainstream, all tuneful easy listening foot tapping music with something for everyone! Friendly welcoming atmosphere ~ Admission is from £12.50 on the door ~ Large free car park ~ Drinks at pub prices ~ Newcomers most welcome. ; Telephone: 07850 607075 or

28th February – The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra  + Male Vocalist – directed by Dr. John Ruddick MBE
The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra comes highly recommended by Chris Dean, leader of the Syd Lawrence Orchestra.  Dr John Ruddick MBE is the Musical Director of the MYJO has led the band to a record eleven wins in the BBC National Big Band Competition.  In 2004 MYJO opened the IAJE Conference in Toronto, and was introduced as one of the finest young jazz orchestras in the world. MD John Ruddick performs as a freelance trumpet player across the UK and Europe.  He has performed many times with the BBC Big Band, and the Fat Chops Big Band, BBC Radio and TV ITV, Syd Lawrence Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Shirley Bassey Orchestra, Peggy Lee, Frankie Laine and Bruce Forsyth to name just a few!   Admission £15 – reservations recommended
‘Surely, one of the finest big bands in the land’. – THE MUSICIAN
‘Arguably, the finest of its kind in the UK…does not get any better than that’. -THE STAGE
‘One of the finest youth bands I’ve ever performed with… the world’. –  BOBBY SHEW
‘Shattering talent….played with a power and precision that would not have shamed Stan Kenton himself. Catch them if you can’. – GODFREY SMITH, Sunday Times

7th March –  The Skelton-Skinner All Stars Septet  Featuring musicians  from the BBC & John Wilson Orchestras

Matt Skelton – drums    Colin Skinner – alto sax/clarinet    Rob Barron – piano    Alan Barnes – tenor/baritone sax    Gordon Campbell – trombone    Mike Lovatt – trumpet    Jeremy Brown – double bass
We welcome back at members’ request this top line up of British based Jazz musicians, playing a Swing in the style of the Duke Ellington Small Band and the Count Basie Kansas City 7. The Septet will be featuring material from their new album ‘The Odd Couple’, so expect to hear tunes such as Shiny Stockings, It’s Only A Paper Moon, Cottontail, Emily, Love Walked In, I Remember You, After All and Splanky etc.
Bespoke arrangements by the former Syd Lawrence Orchestra Deputy Band Leader Colin Skinner, will specially feature each member of this mouth-watering septet.

14th March – Pete Neighbours’ All Stars Quintet

Pete Neighbour – clarinet    Dave Newton –  piano    Nat Steele – vibes    Dave Green – double bass    Steve Brown – drums
Now residing in South Carolina but originally from East London, Pete has performed extensively over Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. He is one of very few jazz musicians to reach a wider audience by performing as a Headline Guest Entertainer on luxury cruise ships focussing focuses particularly on the ‘Swing era’ with music and stories from that era.  Recently awarded ‘Entertainer of the Year’ award by Italian six star cruise line ‘Silversea’.  Pete has performed at private parties for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales at Highgrove House and for Sir Michael Caine, Mick Jagger and venues such as London’s The Royal Festival Hall, New York’s Lincoln Centre, The Orient Express, The House of Lords and Scottish Baronial castles.
Winner of the 2014 British Jazz Awards for Best Pianist again for the 13th year Dave Newton is the Big Screen Take One pianist/narrator and appears with all the top musicians including Derek Nash, Tina May, Stacey Kent, Claire Martin and Marion Montgomery to name just a few!
Described by Clark Tracey ‘As one of the best vibes players this country has ever produced’ Nat Steele’s Quartet is regularly featured on the Late Show at Ronnie Scott’s and is known for swinging mainstream and bebop jazz.
Winner in the 2015 British Jazz Awards for Best Bassist, Dave has toured with Charlie Watts  to USA, Brazil and Japan. He’s been part of the Scott Hamilton Quartet for the last sixteen years. It’s easy to see why he has become one of the bass players in the world. Joined the Chris Barber Band in 2007.
Winner of the 2014 British Jazz Awards for Best Drummer, one of the foremost drummers in the UK Steve Brown quickly established himself on the Jazz scene in London. Hugely popular with jazz audiences everywhere Steve has become ‘first call’ for an impressive array of jazz stars with his assured swinging playing.

21st March – Tina May

Tina May – vocals    Chris Ingham – piano    George Double – drums    Arnie Somogyi – double bass
Real jazz singers flourish in the company of good jazz musicians, and Tina May is a real jazz singer. She can sing a straight melody and make it open like a flower. She can swing effortlessly and invent a wordless scat chorus as tricky as anything her fellow musicians can deliver. Led by pianist Chris Ingham, they are among the best jazz musicians you will find anywhere.

28th March – The Rag & Bone Club

Helen Holder – vocals    Stephen Large – piano    Ben Cummings – trumpet    Lucy Shaw –  double bass    Niall Oates – tenor sax    Andy Jones – drums    Dominic Ashworth – guitar
This highly entertaining 7 piece band is fronted by the classy singer Hazel Holder who has West End and Broadway shows under her belt and is currently resident director on the West End musical ‘Dream Girls’. The band is led by pianist Stephen Large who has been musical director for Caro Emerald, Rebecca Ferguson and Duffy as well as having been MD/keyboard player for Paul Heaton/Jackie Abbott, Imelda May, Clare Teal, Martha Reeves and Rod Stewart. He has taken over Jools Holland’s role as keyboard player in the band Squeeze. Describing themselves enigmatically as ‘itinerant dealers in second-hand soundings and muggled melodiousness!’, The Rag and Bone Club deliver an outstanding performance of musical excellence with a keen reference to the music of the 1930s and 40s swing era. The band is influenced by jazz aristocrats such as Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Ramsey Lewis, Chet Baker and Nat King Cole. They are all experienced musicians having worked with legendary artists including Kenny Ball, The Humphrey Littleton Band, Paul Mc Cartney, Stevie Wonder as well as playing with The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Pee Wee Ellis and Jamie Cullum.  Reservation essential!

JAZZ@ST ANT’S A great weekly jazz night – now in its 14th year! St Anthony’s Club, The Red House, 13 Upton Ave, (corner of Upton Lane), Forest Gate E7 9PN.  Every Weds  8.30 pm. Admission £3. Please support the raffle from which all proceeds go to the band. For latest listings visit  Please download current listing at, or

21 FebJohn McGinley (guitar) + Frank Sebastian (tenor) + Paul McGinley (piano)
28 FebPaul Higgs (trumpet/flugelhorn) + Jenny Carr (piano)

with John Withers (drums) – not 14 Feb – & John Pamenter (double bass)

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

 Weds 28th Feb – Lizy & The Top Hat Jazzband

Weds 14th Mar –  Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang

Weds 28th Mar – Pete Rudeforth’s all star Jazz Band          Peter Rudeforth – Tpt/Vos/Ldr  Julian Marc Stringle – Clt/Saxes/Voc   Andy Flaxman – Tbe    Tim Huskisson – Piano
Sandy Burnett – Bass   John Elmer – Drums

JAZZ at O Bs’ Welcomes all Jazz Fans to Old Brentwoods’ Club, Ashwells Road, Brentwood, Essex. CM15 9SE   Dave Grant continues to support Live Music on the last Tuesday each month bringing a kaleidoscope of jazz styles by talented professional guest musicians plus the resident trio of Hilary Cameron – keys, Ted Simkins – bass and Dave Grant – drums, in  pleasant surroundings, relaxed and friendly atmosphere and a licensed bar with snacks on request. Doors 7pm, music from 8 till 10.45pm   Entrance on door  £10.00.   For info. contact Dave Grant 01708 or Richard 07935 441616 or  Website:

Tuesday, 27th February, 2018   DUELLING GUITAR DUO featuring ANDY WATSON & SIMON HURLEY, guitars, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.
Andy Watson and Simon Hurley are welcomed back, by popular demand, to this tutor and student guitar duo forming the combination of the world wide experience of Andy Watson and the ingenuity of the rapidly rising star Simon Hurley. Whatever their programme comprises this evening, it will certainly be varied and entertaining that is sure to include all genres encompassing the world of guitar music.

Tuesday, 27th March, 2018     TRIUMPHANT TROMBONES featuring DEREK CLENSHAW & CLIFF MASON, trombones,  with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.
Derek Clenshaw is no stranger to the Club having guested on several occasions and has a wealth of experience from playing alongside noted legends on the jazz scene. His music career started in the world of brass bands that progressed through to playing with bands both mainstream and traditional with such jazz legends as Humphrey Littleton, Freddie Randall, Bruce Adams and Mike Cotton.
Cliff Mason also began his musical career in the world of brass bands before being introduced to the Ken Turner Band in 1987 immediately taking to jazz like a duck to water. He still continues to lead the trombone section of the Ken Turner Band and is also a member of the Shades of Swing Big Band.
With these two trombone exponents we look forward to an evening of favourite trombone  tunes and I would not be surprised if such tunes as Caravan, Mood Indigo, Harlem Nocturne, Moonglow, Moonlight Serenade, and In a Mellow Tone were not subjected to some special trombone treatment

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

Tues 27th February  –   AN EVENING WITH KARL CHARITY

Karl Charity on Vocals & /Trumpet, Roger Lewin on Piano, Jahid Darwish on Bass, Alofonso Vitale on Drums.
As a singer, Karl has an extensive repertoire, stretching from the classic Chet Baker songs to the much loved standards of the great ‘American Songbook’ and iconic jazz stars, past and present.  He has many years experience playing trumpet in the West End, most recently on stage in ‘Soul Sister’ at The Savoy theatre. He has toured extensively with many bands including the Joe Loss Band, The Duke Ellington show ‘Sophisticated Ladies’  & with UB40 in Europe & South America.


Popular vocalist on the London jazz scene, Esta Bennett is currently performing The Duncan Lamont Songbook at London venues and across the country featuring Duncan himself on tenor sax.   Saxophonist and composer Duncan Lamont is one of Britain’s most respected musicians, having performed with Henry Mancini, Benny Goodman, Gil Evans, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Count Basie. In addition to his achievements as a performer he is also one of the UK’s most important contemporary jazz songwriters. His songs have been recorded by Natalie Cole, Cleo Laine, Norma Winstone & Mark Murphy & many others.
“Vocalist Esta Bennett’s many virtues include an incredibly seductive lower register…. and a winning sense of humour” – Jazz Wise Magazine

Tues 13th March – Simon Spillett and the Ted Beament Trio.  Tribute To The Tenors – swing, bop, bossa and beyond

Award-winning saxophonist Simon Spillett (BBC Jazz Awards, British Jazz Awards, Services To British Jazz) presents an evening celebrating the rich tradition of the tenor saxophone in jazz, performing music associated with the great pioneers of the instrument such as swing stars Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and Lester Young, modern jazz icons like Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins and cool school idols including Stan Getz and Zoot Sims. There’ll also be some surprising choices from lesser known jazz figures. The music promises to be swinging, passionate and energetic, illustrated by fascinating stories about each of the featured artists. The whole evening is tied together with Simon’s signature dry wit.

Tues 20th March – The Derek Nash Picante Latin Band

Award winning saxophonist Derek Nash makes a welcome return, bringing his new Latin/Salsa band.  Derek Nash saxes, Dominic Ashworth guitar, Robin Jones percussion, Marc Cecil drums, Neil Angilley keyboards, Andy Staples bass & special guest.
“At the forefront of the British Jazz movement, Derek Nash is ‘one of the most versatile saxophonists in the UK today'” (The Guardian) To demonstrate that versatility, he returns to Thorpe bay with his new Latin/Salsa project. This amazing line up of musicians deliver latin music that is original & as good as the standards we all know. Influenced by the Buena Vista Social Club & Sergio Mendes they create a high energy experience with style & humour. An experience!!!

Tues 27th March – MO’S NOT JUST JAZZ BAND

Michele Osten – vocals   David Roberts – piano & Dan Allsopp – drums
The band is fronted by Michele Osten, with vocals as smooth as silk…and accompanied by some of the best jazz musicians in the business who have played at some of London’s finest venues, such at The Pheasantry, Pizza Express – Chelsea & The Groucho Club – London’s West End.
Born in Seattle USA, Michele now resides in England.  Michele spent 5 years performing in France where she performed various French musicians all over the Burgundy Region and became the principal singer with The Big Band at the Conservatoire in Nevers.

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 6th March – 8.00pm
Chris Cheek (USA) with Jim Watson, Simon Woolf & Tristian Maillot

Tuesday 13th March  – 8.00pm
Atlia with Gabriel Latchin Dario diLeece Steve Brown

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

Saturday 24th February  2.00pm – 4.00pm
Alan Barnes Quartet
Admission £10.00 students £5.00

Saturday 31st March  2.00pm – 4.00pm
Jo Fooks with the Ted Beament Trio
Admission £10.00 students £5.00

“SPIKES PLACE AT SAFFRON WALDEN” - 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.  join the Facebook groups

Thurday 15th March – 8.30pm
Ted Beament Quartet
Admission £12.00

CHELMSFORD JAZZ CLUB presents 10 or 11 concerts a year at the Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG (next to the Civic Theatre), mainly on Sunday lunchtime. The jazz is generally mainstream and modern and the club is justly proud of the quality.  For an annual subscription of £10.00 (£15.00 joint) members are entitled to a £4.00 reduction on normal ticket prices, and notice of concerts. There’s a friendly atmosphere, come along. Enq: Larry Newall-Smith 01245 256510.  join the Facebook groups
Doors: 11.45am     Gig starts: 12.15pm    Advance booking:   01245 606505    £12 / £16

Sunday 15th April.    The Humphrey Lyttelton Band  (7 piece band, line up TBC)

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

23rd February – Rob Barron Quartet: http:

Rob Barron keyboards, Nat Steele vibes, Jeremy Brown bass and Josh Morrison drums.

Rob Barron is a London based jazz pianist, arranger and composer and has been described as “one of the most creative and versatile musicians of his generation.” Born in East Yorkshire he started playing the piano age five and by the time he was in his teens, was performing his first gigs with infamous local band Jazz Soup, playing a weekly residency in Hull that lasted over two years.  Rob studied Jazz at Leeds College of Music where he was awarded the prize for outstanding performance on the BA Hons programme. After working as a pianist in Leeds and Manchester, he moved to London in 2004 to further his studies at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Since graduating, Rob has become a mainstay of the London jazz and studio scene and his work as a jazz pianist has taken him all over the world where he has played with numerous leading artists. He regularly appears with the BBC Big Band and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra/Late Show and performed live with numerous bands and artists as well as in the house band for many TV shows for the BBC.

16th March – Stevie Smith’s Sin House

Stevie Smith harp and lead vocals, Steve Smith guitar and backing vocals, Richard Taylor bass and Clive Edwards drums.

Stevie Smith is considered to be one of the best frontmen on the blues scene and has played with many famous names from Rory Gallagher and Ray Dorset to Bad Manners. He has been praised for his harmonica work by no less than Muddy Waters himself but is mostly known on the blues circuit, as the pocket dynamo who fronted Ruthless Blues for Twenty Years.  As well as playing with Stevie for a good number of years, Steve Smith has played with Paul Williams Blue Thunder and The Sharpees amongst others.
With impeccable support from Richard and Clive both of whom have played in numerous different line ups, Sin House is a band not to be missed and we are delighted to welcome them to Marigolds.

30th March – Clark Tracy Quintet:

Clark Tracey – drums     Alexandra Ridout – trumpet     Sean Payne – alto sax
Elliot Sansom – keyboards    James Owston – bass.

Clark Tracey grew up in a jazz environment as the son of Stan Tracey CBE, the UK’s leading jazz pianist, and from an early age played piano and vibraphones. At 13 he started playing the drums and he turned professional at 17 in 1978 by joining his father’s various ensembles, from trio to orchestra.
He formed his first own group in 1981 and has since collaborated and played freelance with too many jazz luminaries to list here. Clark has toured the UK and worldwide performing in over 50 countries bringing him numerous awards including best drummer in the British Jazz Awards in 2016 & 2017.  He has recorded extensively making over 90 albums and in 2001 he began his own record company, Tentoten Records and in 2007 he formed Resteamed Records, a label dedicated to his father’s works. Clark regularly composes and arranges for his own groups and other artists and ensembles.  He has given master classes in a number of academic institutions and has run numerous workshops around the UK and overseas and has even written an intermediate level instructional book for Schott Publishing, “Exploring Jazz Drums”.

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

25th February  – The Jack Clifford Swingtette. A wonderful end to the month with an evening of traditional and jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack blowing clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with regulars including Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Clarke drums and Roger Curphy bass.

4th MarchThe Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra. The EYJO is made up of young musicians directed by renowned jazz saxophonist, Martin Hathaway, who is Head of Jazz at Guildhall School of Music. EYJO play a wide range of jazz from traditional to modern jazz.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear and dance to this wonderful group.

11th MarchMike Barry’s New Uptown Gang. Mike on trumpet leads his new gang which includes Mike Holt blowing trombone, Goff Dubber blowing reeds and Roger Curphey on double bass. The Gang play old and not so old tunes including classic and traditional jazz numbers.

18th March –  Rance’s Rocking Chair Band. Led by Dave Rance’s trumpet with Brian Webb trombone and Derek Scofield reeds, this Dixieland seven-piece jazz band entertain with plenty of vocals, a dash of humour for good measure and always provide an evening of foot-tapping jazz.

25th March –  The Jack Clifford Swingtette. A wonderful end to the month with an evening of traditional and jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack blowing clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with regulars including Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Clarke drums and Roger Curphy bass.

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

Sunday 4th March 2018      ADAM GLASSER Harmonica
Looking forward to this one. Adam played with my quintet during the 1990’s on many occasions on piano and doubling on chromatic Harmonica. Tonight will feature a mixture of Standards and more.
Sam Edwards Keyboards, Jose Canha String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 1st April 2018 (Woolpack Beer Festival)    ANDI HOPGOOD Vocals
Andi returns singing the ‘American Song Book’. A popular vocalist on the east anglia jazz scene and has also been known to play saxophone.
Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 6th May 2018     NEALE RIDDING Flute/Saxophone
Neale is no stranger to the club, often guesting on keyboards. He is possibly the finest jazz flautist in the UK. He was also a regular member of Graeme’s quintet on Saxophone & Flute for many years.
Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 3rd June 2018    MICK FOSTER  Baritone Saxophone
I am pleased to have him return to the club playing compositions by Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper to name a couple. It will be a great evening if his last one was to go by.
Tim Huskisson Keyboards, Roger Curphey String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

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

Sunday, March 4th:  The Chris Ingham Quartet – The Jazz of Dudley Moore.  Following the release of their highly praised CD, Dudley, the Chris Ingham Quartet revisit the Dagenham-born musician’s fabulous 1960s jazz compositions in an evening packed with music and anecdote.

Sunday, March 18th:  Jazz, Funk and Soul with Bassistry.  This dynamic, vocal-led group mix a heady cocktail of jazz, soul and funk with pulsating electronic grooves and contemporary string soundscapes.

Sunday, April 8th:  Kristian Borring Quartet.  A musician who not only favours fleet-fingered, hip-swinging, soul-bop, guitarist Kristian Borring also draws from the subtle, gentle lyricism of guitarists such as John Abercrombie and Pat Metheny.

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

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

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

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

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

Weds 28th February  – Reach For It – The Genius of George Duke

A celebration of the master musician, all-round genius and great guy George Duke. Tracing his work from the Zappa years though a glittering, multi-album solo career, the heavyweight collaborations (Billy Cobham, Stanley Clarke) and Montreux triumphs, Dukey’s music provides the melodic soul enriched canvas for these outstanding players to express themselves. Expect impeccable ensemble musicianship combined with friendly funk and some very groovy jazz!  Reach For It features Carl Hudson on keyboards, Tim Cansfield on guitar, Phil Mulford on bass, Geoff Dunn on drums, Karl Vanden Bossche on percussion.  Tickets £16

Weds 28th March  – Peter White

International award winning smooth jazz guitarist Peter White is one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists in the contemporary jazz landscape. Armed with an unparalleled combination of lyricism and energy, he combines elements of pop, jazz and classical guitar to create a sound that’s singular and yet accessible to a broad audience. On the night Peter will be playing tunes from his recent recording “Groovin”. Tickets £17

Weds 25th April – Sax Appeal – 40th Anniversary

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

Weds 30th May 2018 – Oli Silk

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

The CRICKETERS JAZZ CLUB at 228 London Road, Westcliff, Essex  SS0 7JG.  Music starts at 8.30pm – but if you want to eat in the adjoining restaurant before the music starts, remember to book a table as the restaurant gets very busy on jazz nights. Tel 01702 345053. There is no entrance fee and parking is free at the nearby car park after 6.30pm. A great atmosphere with our regular troupe of lindy hoppers, which are fun to watch – or join them if you can keep up with them!

JAZZUP!  Club85 Hitchin, Sat 24th February  presents … the Tom Ridout No Excuses Band + support North Herts and Stevenage Youth Jazz Big Band     Mailing List –
Listings –   £10 advance. £12 on the door.
Tickets from … Farleys Hitchin, Gatefold Record Lounge Hitchin, Jolly Brown Hitchin, Bar 85 Hitchin, David’s Music Letchworth, Unikorn Stevenage and WeGotTickets

The stage will be filled with some of the brightest and best musicians the UK has to offer – with an average age below 25. Tom Ridout’s band represents the cutting edge, and features his sister Alex, winner of the 2016 BBC Young Jazz Musician Award, as well as virtuoso guitarist, Rob Luft.  In support, the best young jazz talent from NHSYJBB, directed by Paul Woodin.

Award winning saxophonist, recorder player, composer and arranger Tom Ridout was noted by Jazzwise Magazine in 2012 as an upcoming jazz musician. A recent graduate from the Royal Academy of Music, finalist in the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016, Tom is a prolific composer who fronts his own bands playing his original compositions.
His debut album “No Excuses” features original compositions and arrangements  and the No Excuses band – an up to 13 piece ensemble consisting of the Quintet (sax/ recorder, guitar, piano, bass, drums) with added second guitar, string quartet and brass trio (flugelhorn, french horn and trombone).  Influences come from jazz, folk, 60s rock/pop and 20th century tonal classical.

Tom Ridout – Saxophones and Recorders, Rob Luft – Guitars, Will Barry – Piano and Rhodes, Flo Moore – Electric Basses, Phelan Burgoyne – Drums, Billy Marrows – Guitar
STRING QUARTET:  Anastasia Stahlmann – Lead Violin, Didier Osindero – 2nd Violin, Anita Kurowska – Viola, Cecilia Bignall – ‘Cello,
BRASS TRIO:  Alexandra Ridout – Flugel and Trumpet, Anna Drysdale – French Horn, Elliot Pooley – Trombone,

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

Wed 28th February 2018JACQUI HICKS – Sings & Swings The American Songbook
Sandra Lambert
(Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums) + guest
Expect a night of hard swinging standards, raunchy blues and romantic ballads from one of the UK’s top jazz vocalists.

Wed 28th March 2018 – PETE NEIGHBOUR – CLARINET
Sandra Lambert
(Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums) + special guest
Now residing in the USA and a favourite player of Sir Michael Caine and Mick Jagger, Pete will deliver swing-era jazz programme with superb musicianship and lively anecdotes.

Wed 25th April 2018 – ALAN BARNES & BRUCE ADAMS
Sandra Lambert
(Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums)
Certain to be an exciting, fiery and humorous session with dazzling technique, creative excellence and accessible and enjoyable music form these two British jazz legends.

JAZZ at WICKHAM BISHOPS VILLAGE HALL     6.30 for 7.30pm at , just off A12 South of Witham, Essex CM8 3NN.  Admission £12.50, ring Gordon on 01621 891717.  Bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles.

March 24th  –  The Alan Gresty Jazz Band with Pete Neighbour on clarinet
April 28th  –   The John Petters All Stars
June 9th  –    Richard Leach’s Seven Stars of Jazz
September 8th  –  Hugh Rainey and his Jazz Friends
October 13th  –  The Pete Allen/Roger Marks Elite Jazz Band
November 10th  –  Simon Nelson and DixieMix
December 22nd  –  Keith Nicholls and the All Stars

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

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

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

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

February 20th  The Jim Phillips Band. Fronted by Jim on baritone sax, with many recently acquired combo charts from his extensive music library.  All aided by Bryony on vocals.

February 27th   Terry Trenwith’s Octave.  A fun night of wide ranging jazz standards and a few jokes! Terry can always be relied on to host an entertaining night!

March 6th   Kingsclub 7.   Our regular house band led by John Davis, featuring the usual front line of leader on alto/soprano  sax with John Mole on tenor sax, John Bridge on trombone and Annie Dehany-Steven on vocals.

March 13th   Cliff Longhurst’s ‘Jazz Knights’  Woody Herman style big band.  An absolutely top class band presented by Cliff on drums.

March 20th   Treble Clef.  With John Davis on alto sax/flute/piano, Jonathan Grogan guitar and Chris Hargreaves bass. A drumless quiet laid back trio playing a mixture of latin,swing and bebop.

March 27th   Hertswing Big Band.  John Davies presents the expected Basie swing and drive with an ever stimulating programme. With star singer Vicky.

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

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

Feb 17
Mar 17
Apr 21
May 19

“SPIKE’S PLACE” AT BECKENHAM – 8:30pm. Club Langley, 2 Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3SR (Off South Eden Park Road). Admission £14.00  members £11.00  unless otherwise stated. 020 8650 2406 / 01245 420475 E mail: Advance bookings: Susan 01245 420475  join the Facebook groups

Thursday  22nd February – 8.30pm
Jo Fooks Quartet

Thursday  1st March – 8.30pm
Pete Neighbour with John Pearce Simon Thorpe & Bobby Worth

Thursday  8th March  – 8.30pm
Chris Cheek (USA) with Graham Harvey, Simon Woolf & Winston Clifford

Thursday  22nd March – 8.30pm
‘Searching for Hope’     with Herwig Gradischnig, Steve Fishwick, Claus Raible, Giorgos Antonious Matt Home

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

Sunday 18th Feb – ANDY PANAYI
Andy Panayi is an exceptionally gifted jazz musician who plays all the flutes, all the saxophones and he currently leads his own groups. Andy has received The Marty Paich Arranging Award, The John Dankworth Soloist Award, The Worshipful Company of Musicians Jazz Medal and the British Jazz Awards for his Jazz Flute performances.

Sunday 4th Mar – MARTIN DOBSON
Sunday 18th Mar – PETE NEIGHBOUR

Sunday 1st Apr – CHRIS RAND
Sunday 15th Apr – ATILA
Sunday 29th Apr – HARRY GREENE

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

Feb 22nd        JAZZ ‘ N  JOLSON   You Loved this show in 2016 & in 2017, so you must in 2018.  From the London Stage ~ Berny Stringle presents The Music of Al Jolson in Jazz

JULIAN MARC STRINGLE  Tnr Sax & Clrnt. Europe’s finest ( Sir JD ) –
CHRIS GOWER Trombone ~ From Bone Supremacy
ENRICO TOMASSO Trumpet – The Brit Jazz Award Winner
NICK DAWSON  Piano ~ A night off For The MD of West End Show Mama Mia
ANDREW CLEYNDERT Double Bass .. So good to have AC back at The FJC
ROD BROWN Drums  It wouldn’t Jazz ‘N Jolson without Rod Brown

March 1st     THE BRANDON  ALLEN QUARTET    Play The Gene Ammons Project.

The very impressive tenor saxophonist Brandon Allen, originally from Perth, Australia has made his home in the UK since 2000 & is now recognised in the top flight. He has just returned from an extensive tour of Australia, China, Hong Kong & Japan, playing with his own band & with his good friend Kyle Eastwood (son of Clint)
BRANDON ALLEN  tenor sax
ROSS STANLEY  organ & piano ~ Brit Jazz Award  Winner
ARNIE SOMOGYI  double bass ~ First class bassist & educator
MATT HOME  drums  One of the UK’s finest

March 8th   THE ALAN BARNES ALL STAR SEXTET  Play The Music of Duke Ellington

With a line up of such experienced jazz musicians ~ British Jazz Award Winners & Legends This can only be a night of nights …
ALAN BARNES  saxes            BRUCE ADAMS trumpet & flugel
ROBERT FOWLER saxes         BRIAN DEE piano..
DAVE GREEN double bass     CLARK TRACEY drums

Tuesday Special
March 13th
  THE CRAIG MILVERTON QUARTET Play The Music of Oscar Peterson

CRAIG MILVERTON  piano.   Brit Jazz Award Winner & recognised as one of the greats of The UK’s present day jazz pianists.  His interpretation of Petersons playing is a talent that only a few can achieve
DOMINIC ASHWORTH  guitar.   From Canada & now settled in the UK & much in demand.  Dominic has been with us many  times & is one of the best..
SANDY SUCHODOLSKI double bass.   Fine young bassist.  Has his own trio on the London jazz scene & also works a lot with Craig.
ROD BROWN drums.   One of the finest & most sensitive drummers  on the UK jazz scene – always in demand-Great favourite at The FJC

March 22nd     The UK’s number one big band vocalist International singing star JEFF HOOPER

Jeff Hooper back at The FJC.  Travelling all the way from his home in South Wales for this gig at The FJC.  Jeff was the long term number one vocalist for the famous Syd Lawrence Orchestra, before branching out with a very busy & successful solo career.  Jeff has his own Big Band & also performs regularly with The BBC big band & The Royal Phil Orch.  For this gig Jeff brings with him the very experienced rhythm section.
JOHN  PEARCE piano    PAUL MORGAN double bass    BOBBY  WORTH drums

March 29th   THE DEREK NASH ACOUSTIC QUARTET From The Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

This is such a Quality Outfit — Loaded with Award Winners
DEREK NASH  saxes                         DAVE NEWTON piano
GEOFF GASCOYNE double bass     SEBASTIAAN de KROM  drums

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

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

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

Friday 23 February – Willie Garnett’s Big Band & Stan Reynolds Orchestra.  Double Big Band Battle! £10. 

This special charity evening is on aid of the fantastic Otakar Kraus Music Trust.

Saturday 24 February – An evening of Cohen & Cave.  £8 Students £5

Warsaw-born artists, Olandra and Piotr Jaszczuk, will perform a concert in tribute to these legendary musicians. The songs of Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave have achieved legendary status to their countless fans in Poland and tonight’s young artists have re-imagined a selection of these classics presenting them with new arrangements and interpretations.  The artists will perform the songs in English as well as translated versions in Polish.

Friday 2 March – Way Out West present Tim Whitehead & Gary Wilcox Quartet.  Exploring Bacharach  £10  Students £5

The group will be exploring the popular lyricism of Bacharach plus the energy brought by the influences of contemporary jazz.

Saturday 3 March – Wild Card present LIFESTORIES –  New Cd Launch  £10, Students £5

Critically acclaimed Wild Card is a melting-pot of musical ideas, fusing urban rhythms, Hard-bop and grooves with a latin and jazz attitude. The evening’s show will feature a stellar line-up with very special guests: trumpet virtuoso Graeme Flowers and fiery alto saxophonist Jim Knight all backed up by the core organ trio of Sophie Alloway on drums, Andy Noble on Hammond Organ, and French guitarist/band leader, Clement Regert.



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

One of the outstanding vocal talents of her generation applies her exotic musicality to the exquisite, witty work of the great American songwriter.  With Chris Ingham (piano), Owen Morgan (bass) and George Double (drums)  Admission £12


The superb tenorist formerly of the Jack Parnell Quartet salutes mighty saxophone legend Dexter Gordon, a mighty jazz man who went from being the archetypal bebop tenor player in the 1940s through a second coming on Blue Note Records in the 1960s to an Oscar nomination for his leading role in Bertrand Tavernier’s 1986 acclaimed jazz movie Round Midnight.  A commanding player with a big sound and an engaging stage manner, Dean is, very much “Old School”.  Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and the sounds of players like Ben Webster, Lester Young and Eddie Lockjaw Davis all made their mark on the young saxophonist, as did the exciting, big-toned, hard-swinging styles of Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Johnny Griffin and Stanley Turrentine.  With Chris Ingham piano   Rev. Andrew Brown bass   George Double drums  Admission £12 /£6 U25



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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



18 Feb, 12PM. w/Tad Newton Band. The Walnut Tree Inn. Station Road, Blisworth, NN7 3DS.  01604 485 549.  £10.
20 February, 830PM. W/John Altman Big Band. East Side Jazz Club. Leytonstone Servicemans Club. 2 Harvey Road, E11 3DB. 0208 989 8129.  £8.
24 February, 7.30PM. w/Dave Foster Trio. The Pembroke Arms. 29 Hitching St, Biggleswade, SG18 8BE.  Free
25 February, 12.30PM. W/Don Mather Septet. Jaguar Club Coventry. Fenton Road, Allesley, CV5 9PS.02476 404386.  £10.

3 March,1PM. w/Saxtivity (sax quartet). Fancy Bakery, 35 Roff Avenue,Bedford,MK41 7TH. 01234   Suggested donation of £5.
13 March, 8.30PM. Frank Griffith Quintet. East Side Jazz Club.Leytonstone Servicemans Club. 2 Harvey Road, E11 3DB. 0208 989 8129.  £8.
15 March,7.30PM. Big Band “recital” for Woburn Sands Big Band Society. “Bacharach does Big Band” tracks. Ellen Petitt Memorial Hall. Woburn Sands, MK17 8RH.
16 March, 9.30PM. w/Stephanie Mair Quartet. Zedels. 20 Sherwood St, London W1F 7ED.0207 734 4888.
17 March, 7.30PM. w/Tad Newton Jazz Friends.Central Hall, Duncombe St, Grimsby, DN32 7EG.

4 April, 12.30PM. The Polo Sticks w/Alan Barnes, Martin Nickless, Martin Litton, Sandy Sucholdski and Richard Pite. The Spice of Life,6 Moor Street, London, W1D 5DA.  £10.
4 April, 8PM. w/Bob Haddrell at Here. 1 Park Road, Crouch End, N8 8TE.  £5
6 April, 9.30PMw/Stephanie Mair Quartet. Zedels.20 Sherwood St, London W1F 7ED.  0207 734 4888.
19 April, 8PM. w/Hugh Ockendon Trio. Eltham Warren Golf Club. Bexley Road, Eltham, SE9 2PE.  £10.
20 April,7.30PM. w/Tad Newton. St Francis Church, Overslade Close, Northants, NN4 0RZ.  £12.
24 April, 8PM. Directing the Addison Big Band. Addison Centre, Bedford Road, Kempston,MK42 8PN.  £10.

17 May, 8PM. W/Tad Newton Band. Verwood Jazz Club, St Leonards Hotel, Ringwood.
18 May, 9.30PM.w/Stephanie Mair Quartet. Zedels.20 Sherwood St, London W1F 7ED.  0207 734 4888.

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

19 July, 8PM. w/Tad Newton at Bedford Golf Club. Carnoustie Drive, Great Denham, Beds, MK40 4FH.01234 320022. www.thebedfordgc  £10

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

20 September, 7.15PM. w/Alan Haughton Trio on John Bunyan Boat Cruise. Meet at Barns Hotel, Bedford. 03301 239511.  £19.

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

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

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

HEADS UP dates

- Fri 9th Mar – The Miley, Rochford, Essex
– Sun 6th May – The Blue Boar Beer Festival, Silver Street, Maldon

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CAROL BRAITHWAITES Gig Listing:   (further info see website :

Saturday 17th February
North Weald Jazz Afternoon with Jackie Free Allstars. 12.30 – 3pm.
Friday  9th March
Billericay Constitutional Club, 12.30 – 2.30pm. Monthly Jazz Afternoon.
Saturday 17th March
North Weald Jazz Afternoon with Jackie Free Allstars.  12.30 – 3pm.
Saturday 17th March
Sawbridgeworth Jazz Night.  8pm start.
Thursday 22nd MarchBRAND NEW VENUE:
Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Club. 8 – 10.30pm.
Friday 13th April
Billericay Constitutional Club, 12.30 – 2.30pm.  Monthly Jazz Afternoon.
Thursday 19th AprilBRAND NEW VENUE:
Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Club.  8 – 10.30pm
Saturday 21st April
North Weald Jazz Afternoon with Jackie Free Allstars.  12.30 – 3pm.

For the diary

11/5/17 – Billericay (afternoon)
17/5/17 – Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Club – (evening)
19/5/17 – North Weald – (afternoon)
25/5/17 – Queens Theatre – Hornchurch – (afternoon)


The Wagon in Wix  from 8:30 – 11pm (and on every 3rd Wednesday of the month) with The Blackwater Band from 8:30  to 11 pm  and on the 3rd Wednesday of every month during 2017  There will be happy jazz provided The Blackwater Band

On Wednesday 17th January there is LIVE Dixieland jazz and Swing in the WAGON in Wix    8:30  –  11pm with  Pete Jezard & ‘The Usual Suspects’  (Mel Cox, Brian Hart and Gerry Hoskin)

Also The usual FIRST SUNDAY gig at the ALBION Rowhedge has MOVED (just for February) to the Sunday February 11.

So happy afternoon JAZZ from 2 to 4:30pm in Ye Olde Albion Rowhedge on Sunday FEBRUARY 11

CAXTON SWING Gigs.   For more detailed info

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

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

THE BOTTLENECK BLUES CLUB meet on the last Tuesday of the month in the Roffen Suite in Rochester – 41 New Road, Rochester ME1 1DX. Normally tickets £12.  Doors 7.30pm, band on stage 8.30pm. Good food, reasonably priced available to eat at your table if required.  Further information, upcoming shows, map etc, available at

Tuesday 27th February, a very special artist is coming to the club, certainly one of the premier female vocalists currently performing and doing so with the very finest musicians at her side.  The Kyla Brox Band is not to be missed.  Absolute quality!  Tickets £12.00, pay on the door.  Bookings to me at the return email address.  Doors open 7.30pm, band on stage 8.45pm.  Good food, reasonably priced, available to eat at your table if required.  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 (01903 527075).  A few minutes drive from Worthing train station, in the centre of town.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEDS 21st Feb – MDX Jazz Presents: VITOR PEREIRA QUINTET + CHARLIE SCARR TRIO The BA Jazz course at London’s Middlesex University has been producing innovative and highly creative musicians ever since its inception in 1993. Hans Koller, Femi Temowo and Stian Westerhus were all Middlesex students, and a new wave of Middlesex composers and improvisers such as Led Bib, Maria Chiara Argirò and Binker Golding have recently had a major impact on the UK jazz scene.
“MDX Jazz Presents” is a collaboration with ‘Spicejazz’ promoter Paul Pace at the Spice of Life in Soho to promote the work of current and ex-students of the Middlesex course.

VITOR PEREIRA QUINTET: VITOR PEREIRA guitar, CHRIS WILLIAMS alto sax, ALAM NATHOO tenor sax, MICK COADY bass & ADAM TEIXEIRA drums. London-based Portuguese guitarist leads Exciting and energetic contemporary jazz group. From the catchy rock-like riffs to more contemplative interludes, a full spectrum of textures unveiling a vast background of musical influences and leading the listener through a very diverse and ‘bumpy’ journey. Initially studying classical guitar, Vito’s interest in Jazz took him to study with the likes of Pat Metheny, Jonathan Kreisberg, Gilad Hekselman or Aaron Goldberg which consequently led him to in 2004 to study at Middlesex University. An active name in the UK and Europe he plays often with top UK and European musicians: James Allsopp, Asaf Sirkis, Josh Arcoleo, Binker Goldings and Marc Demuth.“intriguing and innovative” All About Jazz ”’New World’ brims with vigour, imagination and staying power” London Jazz “Highly impressive” The Jazz Mann“the music is contemporary, it’s for today … the musical manifesto is superb”Bebop Spoken Here “hard-hitting contemporary jazz-rock flavour in line with Pereira’s fine politically motivated compositions” Jazzwise + CHARLIE SCARR TRIO: CHARLIE SCARR drums, TOMMY REMON guitar & DAN BARRETO  bass   Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 advance



JAZZUP! Club85 Hitchin, Saturday 24th February presents … the Tom Ridout No Excuses Band + support North Herts and Stevenage Youth Jazz Big Band with an average age below 25. Tom Ridout’s band represents the cutting edge, and features his sister Alex, winner of the 2016 BBC Young Jazz Musician Award, as well as virtuoso guitarist, Rob Luft.

Award winning saxophonist, recorder player, composer and arranger Tom Ridout was identified by Jazzwise Magazine in 2012 as an upcoming jazz musician. A recent graduate from the prestigious Royal Academy of Music, finalist in the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016,Tom is a prolific composer who fronts his own bands playing his original compositions.  Tom has recently released his debut album “No Excuses” launched at The Vortex Jazz club featuring original compositions and arrangements by Tom and the No Excuses band is an up to 13 piece ensemble consisting of the Quintet (sax/recorder, guitar, piano, bass, drums) with added second guitar, string quartet and brass trio (flugelhorn, french horn and trombone). Influences for the album include jazz, folk, 60s rock/pop and 20th century tonal classical.   Entry £10 advance. £12 on the door  £10 on the door with JazzUp loyalty card

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

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

Elgoods’ Fathers Day Jazz afternoon  will take place in the Brewery Gardens at North Brink Wisbech Cambs, June 17th with 3 sets of traditional Jazz from the Peter Rudeforth Jazzband commencing at 1.15 pm.  Peter Rudeforth :- Trumpet/vocs, Julian Marc Stringle:-  Clt/Sax/Vocs, Andy Flaxman:- Tbe, Tim Huskisson:- Pno, Sandy Burnett:- Bass, John Elmer:- Drums.   Admission £10 cash on door.  Supervised under 12s free.  This is an open air event – please bring picnic chairs or blankets, Large free car park /disabled facilities/bar and food available but picnics are allowed.  Dogs not allowed – except Carer Dogs.   Details or to reserve tickets contact  07903  879209/01945 588325.

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

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

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


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

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

*** JAZZ JAMS ***

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Mill Hill: Jazz club gigs on Wednesdays.


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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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