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THE JAZZ CENTRE UK at The Beecroft Art Gallery, Victoria Ave, Southend on Sea, Essex  SS2 6EX  is now open 5 days a week from Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 4.30pm.

On Saturday June 22nd we are proud to announce our ‘DANKWORTH DYNASTY DAY’ presenting JACQUI DANKWORTH in concert with CHARLIE WOOD (keyboard).  The concert will be held in our Lecture Theatre between 2 – 4pm and tickets are £15.00 or with ‘Meet and Greet’ (1.30pm) £20.00.  The concert will conclude with the unveiling on Duncan Shoosmith’s portrait of Dame Cleo Laine, winner of the Sky Portrait Artist of the Year competition 2019.  Tickets on sale at The Jazz Centre UK or e-mail

Do you love singing? Are you too busy or shy to join a choir? Come and join us at Fairycroft House, Saffron Walden on Saturday 6 July for a fabulous evening of singing, socialising, and quite a lot of laughter, led by the very talented Joanna Eden!  Words are on an overhead projector so you don’t spill your drink…! (Paper copies also available.) We learn the songs together on the night, but if you’d like to practise in advance, the songs will be available online nearer the time.  This time we will be supporting Fairycroft House’s fundraising campaign to redevelop the main hall by removing the wall to create an amazing performance space.  Tickets (£12) are available from Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre or at website  Fairycroft House is an accessible building with a large, free car park and a licensed bar.

Glenn Macnamara: Frank Sinatra & Friends Live At Crazy Coqs 20 Sherwood Street, London, W1F 7ED Thursday 6th June (7PM) and Friday 7th June (9.15PM). Tickets £20.  Born and bred in Scotland and now considered by many as Britain’s finest swing singer Glenn brings his debonair charm, silky voice and brilliant band to Crazy Coqs for a show you won’t want to miss. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and Bobby Darin – when bands were big and swing was King!  In London, Glenn has performed in front of royalty at Hampton Court Palace whilst entertaining those lucky enough to catch his show at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, The Dorchester and Savoy Hotels. These are just a few of the venues to be wowed by Glenn’s unique style.  Further afield, Glenn has taken his talent all over the world including Birdland Jazz Club and Swing 46 in New York, The National Concert Hall in Ireland and Italy, where he shared a stage with Sinatra’s guitarist, Lino Patruno.  Don’t miss this exciting talent and his wonderful swing band for a night of smooth entertainment that will have you singing along and wanting more.  “The UK’s finest swing singer” – Timeout London.  Should you wish to enjoy dinner or a light bite to eat before or after your show, Brasserie Zédel is located just across the foyer from Crazy Coqs. To book a table, please call 020 7734 4888 or visit us online

On 21st June, 7.30pm at Tydd St. Giles Parish Church, Wisbech PE13 5LB.  A Midsummer Jazz evening with the Kate Williams and Derek Scurll Quartet.  Kate (vocals) and Derek (vibes) play a wide range of sophisticated material: jazz standards and classic songs from the Great American Songbook (Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Weill), authentic Latin American styles (Jobim, Gilberto) and a smattering of modern pop songs and original compositions.
Price £7 includes programme, beer, summer punch and nibbles.   Booking, Jane Melloy on 01945 870384 or Liz Jordan on 01945 583086 and on door.

Priory Park Bandstand, Victoria Avenue, Southend  SS2 6ND, 3 pm to 5 pm.  Free!

Sunday 26 May: Timeline      Timeline are a contemporary jazz quintet playing a mixture of originals and modern classics, and lesser known numbers that interest us. Expect an eclectic mixture of numbers by such masters as Pat Metheny and Wes Montgomery, by way of Steps Ahead and Sam Rivers, though to Prince, alongside a clutch of original compositions. Mike Sagrott (guitar), Dave Jago (trombone), Tony Gooderham (Piano), Geof Harris (bass) and Simon Harwood (drums).

“Summer Evening Jazz” – Rotary Fundraiser for Charity on Saturday 6th July 2019
Featuring The Jive Aces, UK’s No. 1 Jive & Swing Band and The Salty Town Six.
Now in its 23rd year, Rotary Club of Ingatestone is holding this popular Open Air Jazz Concert in the gardens of Ingatestone Hall, Hall Lane, Ingatestone.    Sat.Nav:  CM4 9NS
Gates open at 5.30 pm and concert begins at 6.15 pm. Tickets £16.00 in advance from ticket outlets or £17.50 at gate, if available.   Accompanied children under 14 admitted free.
Bring table & chairs and enjoy a picnic from the food and drinks which will be available. 
Prizesfor best dressed vintage costume.  Raffle.   Full details search :  summereveningjazz        Ticket Hotline: 01277 350800

ELGOOD’S ANNUAL FATHER’S DAY JAZZ PICNIC  is on Sunday 16th June 1-4 pm In the Brewery Gardens, North Brink Wisbech PE13 1LW    Presenting The Peter Rudeforth Jazz Band
Licensed Bar/Tea & Coffee     Bring your picnic+ Chairs/Blanket
Invalid facilities   Children 12 & Under Free – with Parents   £10 Cash on Door
Phone 07903 879209 :- 01945 588325     Raffle in aid of Tapping House Charity



‘Jazztonic’ on Radio Nene Valley website.
Wednesday 29th May: Tom Syson Bedford based composer and trumpeter, will be live in the studio talking about and playing tracks from his new album ‘Different Coloured Days’.
‘Jazztonic’ is a weekly jazz music and magazine radio programme available worldwide but only via the Radio Nene Valley website and clicking on ‘listen’.  From ragtime, through swing and fusion to contemporary it goes out every Wednesday at 7pm and is repeated at 7am the following morning (Thursday).  there is no catch-up service . . . so listen live!

 Sound of Spitfire Radio on the internet   Tune in at 9pm Monday UK time:   There will be two broadcasts of each show, but you’ll need to catch it live as it will not be available for download.  This is a new internet station, based in Spalding Lincolnshire.
Facebook    Twitter   Skype    SoundOfSpitfire Studio   e-mail

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


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

29th May – Julian Marc Stringle’s Dream Band with Jacqui Hicks

5th June – Syd Lawrence Orchestra – £20 by reservation only

12th June – Adrian Cox Quartet – Profoundly Blue

19th June – Tina May with Chris Ingham Trio

26th June – Derek Nash’s Sax Appeal – £15 by reservation only

3rd July – Kevin Fitzsimmon’s Quintet with Leon Greening

10th July – From Australia George Washingmachine recreating the Hot Club de France – Grappelli/Reinhardt night

17th July – The Cosimo Project – Rhythm & Blues + Jazz Sextet

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

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

A great weekly jazz night – now in its 14th year!  St Anthony’s Club, The Red House, 13 Upton Ave, (corner of Upton Lane), Forest Gate E7 9PN.  Every Weds  8.45 pm. Admission £3.  Please support the raffle from which all proceeds go to the band.  For latest listings visit  Please download current listing at, or

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

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

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

19 JUNE 2019
Soloist – Paul Higgs (Trumpet/Flugel)     Keyboards – Jenny Carr
Double Bass – Wally Shaw                        Drums – John Withers

26 JUNE 2019

Soloist – Graham Pike (Trumpet/Flugel Horn/Harmonica)
Keyboards – Tony Gooderham
Double Bass – Alex Keen                            Drums – John Withers

3 JULY 2019

Soloist – Geoff Mason (Trombone)            Keyboards – Jenny Carr
Double Bass – Wally Shaw                           Drums – John Withers

10 JULY 2019

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

17 JULY 2019

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

24 JULY 2019

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

JAZZ at O Bs’ 
Welcomes all Jazz Fans to Old Brentwoods’ Club, Ashwells Road, Brentwood, Essex. CM15 9SE   Dave Grant continues to support Live Music on the last Tuesday each month bringing a kaleidoscope of jazz styles by talented professional guest musicians plus the resident trio 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, 28th May, 2019

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

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

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

Tuesday, 25th June, 2019

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

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

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 11th June – 8.00pm
Sara Dowling Quartet

Tuesday 18th June – 8.00pm
From the USA Sheryl Bailey – guitar plus Olly Wilby – sax Simon Woolf – bass and Matt Fishwick – drums

are now to be found at  Liberal Club, 10 Balfour Road, Ilford  IG1 4JF   Every Thursday  at 8pm. Door £5     The new team run a weekly jazz night in the traditions of the old club.

Hosts :  1st Thursday :   Ienne Hunter   (Guitarist)
2nd Thursday :               Graham Pike   (Harmonica/ Trumpet / Vocals)
3rd Thursday :                Annie Dehaney-Steven   (Singer)
4th Thursday :                Louise Miller   (Singer)   Open Mic night
The first three Thursdays usually have a guest artist, invited by the host along with a particularly excellent House Band.  The 4th Thursday is very much a singalong and open mic night. Sometimes there’s a 5th Thursday, check the diary for who’s on.
Past guests include :   KIX Jazz Orchestra (Big Band),   Bobby Allen (vcls),   Catherine Lima (vcls),   Paul Wood (vcls),   Sharon Scott (vcls),   Iris Edris (vcls),   John Eacott (Trumpet),   Robert Bell (vcls),   Sue Holiday (vcls).  Liz Byrne (vocals)

Annie’s Jazz is at Thorpe Hall Golf Club, Thorpe Hall Avenue. Thorpe Bay. Southend-on-Sea. SS1-3AT on Tuesdays.  Food served from 7pm until 8pm and the music will start at 8.00pm. Please phone Annie for reservations 07504-232783 or e-mail    ONE TUESDAY EACH MONTH WILL BE AN EVENING FOR DANCE.


Dale Storr takes an attentive audience on a musical journey showcasing the legendary piano players of New Orleans. The show consists of breathtaking piano playing and singing accompanied by encyclopedic storytelling.   

“A Tour-de-force of Rockin’ New Orleans Piano” Blues Matters Magazine
“I’ve seen D .John’s shadow” – David Barard ( Bass player for Dr.John and Allen Toussaint )
“He was absolutely phenomenal – just Dale and a piano and he brought the house down. It’s more than just his technical brilliance that makes the show – he’s promoting a new solo album and chooses a fantastic set of New Orleans repertoire for this show, with really interesting chats in between songs that show his encyclopedic knowledge of and passion for the subject. He’s nominated in the best piano player in the British Blues Awards and I’m not surprised” – Mark Tattersall, Artistic Director Dorchester Corn Exchange.


A band that brings the house down every time they perform. I think they like us almost as much as we like them. a rip roaring evening of humour & musical entertainment.

The Red Stripe Band are enjoying their 23rd year in the business. They are an incredible septet led by Neil Drinkwater. Their colourful career has seen their latest CD “Soho Surprise” reach number 10 in the London Jazz Charts and their songs used on Radio and TV alike, including endorsement by Papa Johns the US Pizza Giant. They have played at virtually every jazz and blues festival in the UK and picked up best newcomer at Montreux Jazz Festival in 2010. Expect to be entertained with both original songs and other boogie woogie, swing and rock n roll classics in an engaging, ever moving and comical show.
The band plays all over the world at festivals, clubs and parties. They are asked back year after year to several jazz and blues festivals including Edinburgh, Derry, Umbria, Marlborough, Birmingham to name but a few. They have performed for the Royal Families of no less than five countries and have shared stages with Sting, Madonna, Van Morrison, Eddi Reader and Chris Barber.


Jenny Carr, Robert Rickenberg, Jonathan Lee & Natasha Seale on vocals. 

Hailed by Hilary Finch in The Times as ‘an accomplished Jazz singer’ and as ‘a Jazz lady at heart’ former West end leading lady and songwriter Natasha Seale, brings together an all-star rhythm section from the UK jazz scene to celebrate the life and songs of iconic vocalist, Rosemary Clooney. 
Uplifting and heartening this show blends together the delights of 1950s popular song with infectious Latin grooves, interspersing vocal jazz and all with a generous dollop of ‘Rosie’ signature warmth and honesty.
Topping the British and American Charts with hits including Come On-My HouseThis ‘Ole House, Mambo Italiano, Hey There, Tenderly and Half As Much Clooney’s voice was once described as the “nearest thing to Ella Fitzgerald.” In the 1954 classic White Christmas she starred alongside, life long friend, Bing Crosby and rubbed shoulders with a whole host of musical royalty; the Gershwin brothers, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Perez Prado and Tony Bennett – too name but a few.
Reviewer Ken Dryden claimed “Rosemary easily ranked as one of the greatest vocalists to appear on a record with the maestro Duke Ellington and his orchestra. 

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

Saturday 25th May 2.00pm – 4.00pm     Admission £10.00
Matt Wates – alto sax   Leon Greening – piano    Julian Bury – bass & Matt Fishwick – drums

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

June 12 – Geo Tidiman All Stars

June 26th-  T J Johnson’s Jazz and blues Band

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

Sunday 2nd June

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

Sunday 8th September

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

Sunday 6th October

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

3rd November                    £13 / £17

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

8th December                    £13 / £17

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

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

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

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

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

, 25 North St (rear), Hornchurch, Essex RM11 1RS. The Hornchurch Conservative Club is a comfortable air-conditioned venue with a dance floor, drinks at club prices, wheel-chair access and car parking,  Call Laurie on 07913 558616 for more details. Sundays  8:00 – 10:30pm   From March Fortnightly Members £9, Guests £10

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

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

Sunday 2nd June 2019  –  NEALE RIDDING  Flute/ Saxophone               

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

Sunday 7th July 2019  –  TRACEY MENDHAM Saxophone

Featured for the second time at the club, Tracey is a busy musician on the London jazz scene performing with various big bands & lineups. She is a swinging player with a lively personality. It will be a entertaining evening.
Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Jose Canha String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.  

Sunday 4th August 2019  –  PAUL WOOD  Vocals  

Paul has travelled extensively in Europe appearing with many Big Bands such as ‘Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra’, ‘Sid Lawrence Orchestra’ and ‘James Last’ to name but a few. Paul has recently been performing a series of Sinatra tributes with the Len Phillips Big Band around the UK. “He has the sound and feel of Mel Torme and timing of Sinatra” Say’s Graeme.
Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.         

Sunday 1st September 2019  –  ALEX HEARN  Guitar

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

Sunday 6th October 2019 –  RICHARD EXALL Saxophone/Clarinet   

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

Sunday 3rd November 2019 – PAUL HIGGS  Trumpet/Flugel    

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

Sunday 1st December 2019  –  SIMON SPILLETT  Saxophone/Flute               

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

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea   Facebook – The Jazz Mix @ The Maritime Room and check out our page on the Cliffs Pavilion website: … go to Special Events tab to find The Jazz Mix page.  On Wednesday night.  Doors open 8pm, music from 8.30pm to 11pm
You can find us on Facebook; why not join the group page – The Jazz Mix @ The Maritime Room or follow us on Twitter – The Jazz Mix @MickCrookJazz
Check on the Cliffs Pavilion website: for future event details by placing Jazz Mix in the search box.

 Weds 29th May 2019  – City Funk Orchestra

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

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

, 228 London Road, Westcliff SS0 7JG  is our regular venue for jazz every second Wednesday of the month –  our next date will be Wednesday June12th. We simply can’t book a Cricketers season without bringing back the incomparable SIMON SPILLETT!   Get ready for another non-stop thrill-ride with Britain’s most exciting saxophonist who (famously!) carries the flame of Tubby Hayes but brings his own urgent musical messages along with him too. The House Trio will be right behind him and Digby may blow a tune or two along the way. The music starts at 8.30pm but come early for the best seats and remember if you would like a meal before the music starts it’s best to book a table beforehand –phone number is 01702 345053. There is no entrance fee and car parking is free at the nearby car park after 6pm.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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

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

Further dates,
June 8th,   September 14th,   October 12th,   November 9th,   December 14th.

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

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

Thursday 20th June   – 8.30pm         Admission £13.00
Matt Skelton Celebrates the music of ‘Shelly Manne’ featuring
Mark Crooks
– sax/clarinet       James Davison – trumpet
Leon Greening – piano             Conor Chaplin – bass and
Matt Skelton – drums

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

Thursday  6th June – 8.30pm
Matt Wates – alto sax             Leon Greening – piano
Adam King – bass                   Matt Fishwick – drums

Thursday 13th June  – 8.00pm
From the USA   Sheryl Bailey – guitar plus          Andy Panayi – sax
                            Simon Woolf
– bass and             Matt Fishwick – drums

Thursday  27th June  – 8.30pm
Atila with                                                   Gabriel Latchin – piano
Dave Chamberlain – bass                     Josh Morrison – drums

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

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

May 28th  Hertswing Big Band.    Top of the bill, as always, our own Basie style“It Don’t Mean a Thing if it ain’t got that Swing” big band. Always an exciting night! Aided by Vicky, our vocal star.

June 4th  Kingsclub 7.    Our regular house band led by John Davis, featuring the usual front line of leader on alto/soprano sax and John Mole on tenor sax and John Bridge on trombone and Mike Sherwood vocals.

June 11th  Razzamajazz Dixieland Band.   Our popular Traditional jazz band playing all the old favourites from the Crescent City.

June 18th  Lou’s Sextet   Playing a mix of mainstream jazz, swing, blues, latin, American songbook, jump, jive and some funk. With this varied repertoire, good presentation, experienced musicians, including the expert rhythm section, the band puts on an entertaining performance.

June 25th  The Jim Phillips Band.    Fronted by Jim on baritone sax, with many recently acquired combo arrangements from his extensive music library.  Featuring Bryony on vocals.

e17 JAZZ – The award winning e17 jazz collective presents concerts on the last Wednesday of each month featuring local musicians of national renown plus exciting guest stars in a relaxed jazz club setting.  186 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4QH

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

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


Sun 11th Aug – TRACKS

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

Sun 20th Oct – NIC MEIER

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

THE VIEW, Seaford Head Gold Club, SEAFORD  BN25 4JS:  Wed June 5th at 7pm:  Terry Seabrook’s T-Rio. Latin & Brazilian jazz.
Tickets £10, on the door or in advance from

THE WALRUS, 10 Ship Street, BRIGHTON BN1 1AD:  Thurs June 20th at 7.30pm:  Roger Beaujolais  w. Neal Richardson Trio.  Tickets £10, on the door or in advance from

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

Weds May 29th at 7.30pm, . Neal Richardson (piano) with special guest Raul D’Oliveira, (trpt/vocals), Latin jazz officianado and all-round entertainer.  Free to diners but you are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment as Jazz Wednesdays are very popular. Nice menu, good food and some lovely jazz vibes as well. Call The Bull on 01424 775171 to reserve a table.
Wed June 26th at 7.30pm:  Jeff Williams (trombone) w Neal Richardson (piano/vox).  Free to diners


Weds May 29that 8pm, The Fishermen’s Club.  Andy Panayi’s Boptet are going to be serving up some cool bop classics from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Featuring young up and coming stars: Sam Miles (sax), Jack Kendon (trpt), Duncan White (gtr), Oz Dechaine (bass) and Alex Pitt(drums). Led from the front by sax/flute supremo Andy Panayi.  Doors open at 7.15pm tickets are £10, on the door on the night or in advance from (booking fee).

Weds June 26th at 8pm: Mark Crooks/Colin Oxley Quartet (Mark Crooks: sax/clarinet, Colin Oxley: guitar, Simon Thorpe: bass, Matt Home: drums). Tickets £10, on the door or in advance from

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

May 30th         THE ALAN BARNES ALL STAR SEXTET            £14       

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

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

June 6th        £12     THE  BEN  CROSLAND  QUINTET  play THE RAY DAVIES SONG BOOK  The melodic music of Ray Davies ( The Kinks ) in a Top Quality Jazz Format

Ben Crosland is a bassist from Huddersfield & over the years has come up with various well received jazz projects & for me this is the highlight of his career ~ The Ray Davies Song Book (But no singing ~ ha ha !!! )   You will know & recognise The Kinks hits of the 60s ie Waterloo Sunset~ You Really Got Me ~ Sunny Afternoon & Dedicated Follower of Fashion.   It is great music & very well arranged ~ melodic & swinging by a quintet of UK

BEN CROSLAND  bass & leader & arranger ( Also a member of Yorkshire CC )
DAVE O’HIGGINS  tenor sax Top jazz tenor man & one of the Uk’s finest a great favorite at The FJC & is a permanent member of the Darius Brubeck Qt
JOHN ETHERIDGE guitar  Probably the most well known Jazz/Rock Jazz fusion guitarst in the UK & is in demand worldwide . It is an experience to see & hear John Etheridge .. Go to & also Wikepedia  
STEVE LODDER piano Great jazz pianist & arranger with a mass of experience..
SEBASTIAAN de KROM  drums One of Europes finest & a great favorite at FJC.

JUNE 13th            £14      THE  LIANE  CARROLL  TRIO   
Back at The FJC  ~~  This Lady is a One off & reaches the emotions that other tonics can’t.

With ROGER CAREY bass  &  RUSSELL FIELD drums..

JUNE 20th            £12      THE  NEIL  ANGILLEY  TRIO      The UK’s Number One Latin Jazz Pianist is also The Royal Pianist !!!

NEIL ANGILLEY~ A great favorite at The FJC and he is not only the UK’s number one Latin jazz pianist ~ but he is also the number one pianist for Michael Ball & Alfie Boe & appeared with them for thier private performance for The Queen at Buckingham Palace ~ Neil says it was his mums proudest moment when he gave her the photo ~ So , it’s only the best at The FJC ..  The other two permanent members of this amazing trio are the Italian duo ~
DAVIDE MANTOVANI  double bass.  Brilliant musician who has played the FJC before & is always welcome.
DAVIDE  GIOVANNINI drums   A truly outstanding drummer making his FJC debut.

Tuesday Special ~    Book early  .   Pete Long ++ Ellingtonia ++ Gustav Holst
June 25th      £14         The Classical Duke Ellington performed by THE PETE LONG (Echoes of Ellington) SEXTET  ” THE PLANETS ”            JAZZ  PLANETS

This is the Gustav Holst famous Planet Suite, completely arranged by Pete Long in the style of Duke Ellington ~~ He originally arranged this huge piece of music for his very successful orchestra Echoes of Ellington & this has been performed to great applause in concert halls throughout the country .. Now he has produced this sextet version of this great music for jazz clubs..It is a must for The FJC

PETER LONG  clarinet ~ sax~ Leader ~ raconteur & historic humour. A very clever & busy man .. Pete leads  The Ronnie Scott Orchestra . .Pocket Basie.. Echoes of Ellington Orchestra and a few other very successful outfits.
CALLUM AU trombone . Amazing young musician who also leads his own Big Band
GEORGE HOGG trumpet ~Great musician & always welcome back at The FJC
ROB BARRON piano.  One of the UK’s leading modern jazz pianists.
JOE PETTITT double bass . Leader of the Len Phillips big band & also a bass maker !!
CLARK TRACEY drums.  Multi Brit Jazz Award Winner ~Club owner & Total jazz.                                                                        

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

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

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

14th June 2019,  £18/£14*    Alina Bzhezinska Quartet
Alina Bzhezinska shares with Alice Coltrane a mastery of the Jazz Harp.
Alina Bzhezinska harp, Tony Kofi sax, Larry Bartley bass, Joel Prime drums

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

Fri 24 May   –   Hunter Club 8pm (doors 7.15pm) £16   LATIN JAZZ NIGHT

A vibrant sextet led by DEREK NASH, the irrepressible star saxophonist of the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, these virtuoso musicians deliver effervescent entertainment full of the life-affirming rhythms and excitement of authentic Latin Jazz.   With DEREK NASH saxes, CHRIS STORR trumpet, NEIL ANGILLEY piano, ANDY STAPLES bass, MARC CECIL drums and ROBIN JONES percussion.

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

On Saturday 25th May 2019 JazzUP! presents … ROB LUFT
Rob Luft is an award-winning 25-year-old jazz guitarist from London whose virtuosity has been compared to that of six-string legends John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco De Lucia. Praised by The Times for performances with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in 2015, who said he was destined ‘to achieve great things in the future’, Rob was subsequently the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Prize from The Royal Academy of Music, and he also received the 2nd Prize in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival. His debut album, “Riser”, was released on Edition Records in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim from the European jazz media. John Fordham wrote in The Guardian that it’s a “very sophisticated debut, but given Luft’s old-soul achievements since his early teens, we should have heard it coming”. Subsequently, on the back of the success of his first album, Rob was nominated for a string of awards – Breakthrough Act in the 2018 Jazz FM Awards, Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2019 Jazz FM Awards.

The Rob Luft Band plays original compositions, many of which were recorded on Rob’s debut album, Riser, which was released on Edition Records in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim from the jazz media (4.5-star review in Downbeat Magazine, 4 stars in The Guardian and 4 stars in The Irish Times). The project brings together English, Scottish & Welsh musicians each drawing upon their own musical upbringing, adding a subtle Celtic folk influence to the project. Luft’s own playing & writing has also been heavily influenced by London-based West African guitarists such as Congolese Soukous master Mboka Liya, with whom he studied for some years.
Rob Luft – Guitar                                Joe Wright – Sax & Electronics
Tom McCredie – Bass Guitar            Corrie Dick – Drums
“Guitar virtuoso makes enticingly vivacious debut” The Guardian
“…a singular talent, a fluent improviser and a composer of catchy, earthy, infectiously upbeat tunes. There are echoes of west African high-life, English folk, indie rock and various strands of contemporary jazz, but Luft’s sound is joyously original, robust and in-your-face…” The Irish Times
“So young and so talented!” Jamie Cullum, BBC RADIO 2
“With Riser, Luft has produced a debut album of remarkable originality, strong compositions and he’s assisted by a formidable quartet of musicians whose natural sensibilities and talents only serve to enhance the project.” All About Jazz (USA)
Continuing our policy of a support slot that showcases young, (and we do mean young) jazz talent, the Guns include NYJO Academy Big Band & Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz students.  Trumpeter Gabriel Taylor leads this ridiculously talented young band.
+ The Deadbeat DJs
DJs Felix (of Farley’s fame) and Paul Puskas spin the very hippest in vinyl jazz, latin, funk and
vintage RnB. With the last live band set finishing at around 11.15, and a late bar ’til 1am, our JazzUp DJs invite you to hit the dance floor and party in earnest.
Entry £12 , £10 with JazzUp Loyalty Card.
Tickets available from …     Riot Lounge, Hitchin      Gatefold Record Lounge, Hitchin
Farleys, Hitchin     Jolly Brown, Hitchin     Bar 85, Hitchin     David’s Music Letchworth
and on line from from WeGotTickets  and
16+ with photo ID – younger patrons can be signed in at the door by a responsible adult.  Like all our gigs this show finishes well in time for the last trains North and South to Cambridge/Peterborough and London and we are just a 5 minute stroll from the station.

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

WEDS 29th May – LONDON CITY BIG BAND – Incredibly tight youthful ensemble playing faithful renditions taken from the books of Basie & Rich, led by top young trumpeter BARNEY LOWE . Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 – ‘Early Bird’ tickets: £5 advance

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

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

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

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

Saturday June 8th 7.30pm –  Pete Long Salutes Benny Goodman    Pete Long is the Director of both The Ronnie Scott’s Big Band and the famous Echoes Of Ellington Orchestra as well as being an absolute force of nature.  On June 8th at 7.30pm, he brings his quintet to Hadleigh to celebrate the music of Benny Goodman and is joined by Anthony Kerr on Vibraphone, Colin Good on Piano, Joe Pettitt on Bass and George Double.   Do drop a line for reservations

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


HEADS UP! dates

Sat 25th May  – The Blue Boar (Beer Festival), 3-7 Silver St, Maldon, CM9 4QE (time tba)

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

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



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

CAROL BRAITHWAITES’ GIG LIST.  (more – Many thanks

For the Diary – More info later:
14/06/19 – Billericay
20/06/19 – Hadleigh Cricket Club
July – August  (no jazz Billericay & Hadleigh)
19/7/19 – Sawbridgeworth Jazz Club with the Jackie Free Allstars.
20/7/19 – North Weald
17/8/19 – North Weald
27/08/19 – Ob’s, Brentwood with club trio +Tim Huskisson, Goff Dubber.
13/09/19 – Billericay
19/09/19 – Hadleigh Cricket Club

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

Warner’s Big Band Breaks

8-12 July – Bodelwyddan Castle, North Wales – Featuring  Jeff Hooper
21-25 October – Sinah Warren, Hayling Island – Featuring Matthew Ford plus Glenn Miller with strings

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

Other Concerts

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

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

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

THE BOTTLENECK BLUES CLUB meet on the last Tuesday of the month in Rochester. Normally tickets £12.  Doors 7.30pm, band on stage 8.30pm.  Good food, reasonably priced available to eat at your table if required.  Further information, upcoming shows, map etc, available – search botleneck blues club

Tuesday 28th May – The Kyla Brox Band.

“… Kyla and her excellent band were also the runaway winners of the 9th European Blues Challenge in Ponta Delgada, The Azores at the beginning of April . There were 22 bands taking part from all over Europe and Kyla won by a mile!”  Ashwyn Smythe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



2019 Southend Jazz Festival  –  Now presented by Jazz Matters, 2019 sees the launch of the all-new Southend Jazz Festival; a week-long celebration of Jazz music with live events and workshops all across Southend.  We’re showcasing the very best of local talent and bringing some of the UK’s best performers to Southend.  Stay tuned to the website and our social meda as we release details of more artists and events.   The Southend Jazz Festival’s flagship event is “The Big Jazz Blowout!” – we’ll be gradually releasing line-up details over the coming months, but Early Bird tickets go on sale 30th April.  

ELGOOD’S ANNUAL FATHER’S DAY JAZZ PICNIC  is on Sunday 16th June 1-4 pm In the Brewery Gardens, North Brink Wisbech PE13 1LW    Presenting The Peter Rudeforth Jazz Band –  which consists of :
Peter Rudeforth  Tpt/Vocs /Ldr            Julian Marc Stringle   Clt/Sax/Vocs
Andy Flaxman   Trombone                   Jonathan Vinten  Piano
Sandy Burnett   Bass                             John Elmer   Drums
Licensed Bar/Tea & Coffee     Bring your picnic+ Chairs/Blanket
Invalid facilities   Children 12 & Under Free – with Parents   £10 Cash on Door
Phone 07903 879209 :- 01945 588325     Raffle in aid of Tapping House Charity
Last year this event attracted an audience in excess of 300

“Summer Evening Jazz” – Rotary Fundraiser for Charity on Saturday 6th July 2019
Featuring The Jive Aces, UK’s No. 1 Jive & Swing Band and The Salty Town Six.
Now in its 23rd year, Rotary Club of Ingatestone is holding this popular Open Air Jazz Concert in the gardens of Ingatestone Hall, Hall Lane, Ingatestone.    Sat.Nav:  CM4 9NS
Gates open at 5.30 pm and concert begins at 6.15 pm.    In aid of The Not Forgotten Association, Nerve Tumours UK and other local Rotary causes.   Tickets £16.00 in advance from ticket outlets or £17.50 at gate, if available.   Accompanied children under 14 admitted free.
Make up a party – bring table & chairs and enjoy a picnic from the food and drinks which will be available.  Abigail’s Deli will be offering pizzas, hot dogs and burgers.  The Star Inn will provide a Pop-Up Gin & Fizz Bar plus Lager, beer, Wines, Pimms and Soft Drinks.
Refreshments available:   Coffee – Tea – Ice-cream – Lollies.
Prizes to be won for best dressed vintage costume.  Raffle.
For full details of event and ticket outlets and to book online – search :  summereveningjazz        Ticket Hotline: 01277 350800

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

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


From Steve Wright, Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club  –

Essex jazz musicians and clubs using Twitter can now promote their events via a new site: @EssexJazzLive. Apart from the usual word count, images are also welcome – as are Likes/Retweets.
Steve has also created a Facebook page for Essex jazz musicians, clubs and promoters to publicise their events.

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


*** JAZZ JAMS ***

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

Sunday Freddie Freeloader’s Jazz Jams at the Black Bull in Rainsford Road Chelmsford CM1 2PN.  Future dates (all at the earlier time of 4-7 p.m.) are: ; May 12; July 21st; September 22nd; November 17th. Free entrance, all experience levels,  Playlist and music available in advance. DWJQ are house band, PA drum kit bass amp and one guitar amp provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ipswich Jazz Collective meet on the 3rd Friday in the month to hold a jam session at the Inkerman pub on Norwich Road, Ipswich. Set up 7.30 for 8pm start. Bass amp & drums set up, PA on request. Guitarists to bring their own amps. No entrance fee and all levels of player catered for.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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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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