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Saturday 16th DecemberSouthend Jazz Co-op annual Christmas concert.  The music starts at 7.30 and entrance is free.  Refreshments and wine available with a raffle in the interval.  Hadleigh old Fire Station, High Street, Hadleigh, Essex SS7 2PA

BIG BAND JAZZ NIGHT – BROMLEY – FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH –   8.30pm start – £6 admission.

Mick Collins Legacy Jazz Orchestra is presenting a Big Band Special on Monday 1st January 2018 at Sundridge Park Working Men’s Club, 134 Burnt Ash Lane, Bromley, Kent, BR1 5AF.  It’ll feature favourite classic charts from Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and much more. 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.

The Cricketers Jazz Club at 228 London Road, Westcliff Essex  SS0 7JG.  Starting with a knock-out blow  into 2018 – our club invites Simon Spillett back to The Cricketers by popular demand.  His torrentially creative tenor saxophone explodes into the New Year to blow the cobwebs away!  Simon will be backed by Roger Curphey (bass), Alan Clarke (drums) and the wonderful Chris Kibble (piano). Digby Fairweather (trumpet) will be joining the front line – so expect sparks to fly!  The date is Weds January 10th – 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!

Harmony In Harlem the Cambridge-based big band specialising in authentic Duke Ellington, are performing The Nutcracker Suite, Ellington’s take on the favourite seasonal Tchaikovsky. Saturday 16th December 2017, 7:30pm. St John’s Arts & Recreation Centre, Old Harlow CM17 0AJ. Tickets £15/£12 on the door, or tel 01279 442447.

The Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle, Saturday 16th December 2017 at 12 Noon. Festival Fun with DOOLALLY TAP, including Christmas Goodies only £12. Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Club, Guildford Lawn, Ramsgate, Kent. CT11 9AY. Hotline 01843 596789.


Sat 16 Dec:    FULBOURN Fulbourn Centre, Townley Hall
Mon 18 Dec: BURY ST EDMUNDS The Apex
Tues 19 Dec: SOUTHEND Annie’s Jazz
Wed 20 Dec: GUILDFORD St John’s Church, Farncombe

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 27th January  2.00pm – 4.00pm
Vasilis Xenopoulos & Nigel Price Quartet
Admission £10.00 students £5.00

‘Tis the season to be jolly, so deck the halls with holly, plus “Rhythm & rhubarb of the finest kind”. Join The Late Paul Barnes on Saturday night for the best Christmas music and the best performers: Diana Krall, Fats Waller, Stacey Kent, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Manhattan Transfer, Stan Kenton, Oscar Peterson, Scott Hamilton. The very best in jazz, swing and classic popular music – with seasonal touches. All this and so much more at 11.00 pm on Saturday, December 16 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 – the sounds of surprise.

Jazztonic‘ a weekly jazz music and magazine radio programme presented by David Craigie and found only via and clicking on ‘listen’.  Every Wednesday at 7pm.  Wednesdays 20th and 27th December ‘A Christmas Jazz Extravaganza’

THE HARRY BOLT QUINTET will make its debut at RONNIE SCOTT’S JAZZ CLUB on Monday 18th December.  The Late Show – starting 11 pm.  Great line up with  :   Benet Mclean – Violin    Adam King – Bass    Will Glaser – Drums    Harry Bolt – piano and special guest Alex Garnett – Sax  Touring the UK in 2018 promoting debut album “Piece By Piece”.  Exciting, young players, not to be missed!


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


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

December – No Gigs till

3rd January – T J Johnson                      T J Johnson – piano/vocals   Al Nichols – tenor sax   Tony Pitt – guitar/ banjo   Simon Read – double bass   Wesley Gibbens – drums

TJ Johnson is widely considered to be one of the UK’s most highly revered jazz and blues singers. Backed by his group of top musicians, TJ plays an extraordinary blend of music that transcends the boundaries of jazz, blues, soul and country  and is influenced by some of the greats such as Ray Charles, Dr John, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, BB King, Nina Simone, Alberta Hunter, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Witherspoon and many more. His distinctive voice and unique personal stage manner brings both the band and the audience together to create an intimate, exciting atmosphere that is rarely equalled.   They have toured extensively in the UK and overseas for over twenty years and now he is also very involved in the vibrant London music scene. TJ’s style and mix seems to be very popular with the young trendy in-crowd and older jazz and blues fans alike. They’ve sold out eight times running at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

10th January – Derek Nash Picante Latin Sextet
Derek Nash – saxes   Dominic Ashworth – guitar    Robin Jones – percussion & congas   Andy Staples – bass   Neil Angilley – keyboards   Marc Cecil – drums

We welcome back leading saxophonist Derek Nash, a featured soloist with the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, and his fabulous Latin/Salsa band to the Belvedere. Co-founded with guitarist Dominic Ashworth, who was awarded Jazz Guitarist of the Year in 2006, they are joined by world-renowned, master percussionist and leader of King Salsa Robin Jones plus Marc Cecil, the drummer with King Salsa and other Latin bands. On the keyboards is Latin-maestro Neil Angilley who has previously appeared at the club with Julian Marc Stringle. This stellar line-up is completed by the bass of Andy Staples who plays and records with several leading UK bands.

17th January  – The Award Winning International Singing Star Matthew Ford + John Horler Quartet     Admission £15                                                  Matthew Ford – vocals   John Horler – piano   Ian Laws – guitar   Joe Pettitt – double bass   Neil Bullock – drums

Star vocalist on the 2017 nationwide tour of ‘Celebrate Sinatra’ Matthew has made multiple appearances on the BBC Proms and Friday Night Is Music Night.  Recent appearances include the John Wilson Orchestra, Halle, Ulster Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestras.  Broadcasts on Radio 2 & 3, BBC 1, 2, 3 & 4, ITV and Sky Arts’.

 24th January – The Harlem Meer Cats                     Ned Bennett – alto sax & clarinet   Ben Cummings – trumpet   Jeff Williams – trombone   Colin Good – piano              Jerome Davies – double bass   Chris Nickolls – drums

Formed in 2015, the Meer Cats is made up of 6 of the finest early jazz specialists in London, playing the music of Duke Ellington’s bands of the late 1920s and early 1930s, recreating the Cotton Club in New York.  Much of what they play is with growling trumpet and trombone, haunting clarinet, swooping sax and African drum rhythms, with plenty of Swing!   Expect to hear tunes such as It Don’t Mean A Thing, Jungle Nights in Harlem, Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, Old Man Blues, Caravan, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady, Six or Seven Times, Perdido, In A Mellow Tone, I’m Beginning to See the Light and many more.
Their music has been arranged for the Harlem Meer Cats by their leader Ned Bennett; with each piece Ned transcribes the essence of the original recording, and distils it down to fit their streamlined 6-piece line up. All the melodies, harmonies and rhythms are carefully replicated. Played with authenticity, they treat every performance as a jazz gig with high energy playing, great improvised solos, and a great swing feel.

31st January  – ‘Broadway to MGM’ – Atila                   Atila – vocals   Rob Barron – piano   Colin Oxley – guitar    Dave Green – double bass   Steve Brown (tbc) – drums

This exciting show presents a selection of Broadway hits especially on those that made it to MGM and onto the big screen.  Join Atila for a trip through the decades of great song writers and forgotten hits. Featuring songs such as ‘Bewitched’ ‘The Right Girl For Me’, ‘You My Love’, ‘Hello Young Lovers’, ‘What Kind of Fool am I’ and many, many more… Come along to this great show to relive an era when lyrics were king and melody was a symphonic theme

JAZZ@ST ANT’S A great weekly jazz night – now in its 13th 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 their current listing at, or

20 Dec: Paul Wood (vocals) + Cliff Hall (piano)  with EDDIE’s CHRISTMAS BUFFET!

27 Dec & 3 JanCLOSED for Holiday

10 Jan: Bill Yeomans (saxes) + Colin Peters (piano)

17 Jan: Geoff Mason (trombone) + Jenny Carr (piano)

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

THEYDON JAZZ CLUB @ THORNWOOD VILLAGE HALL, Weald Hall Lane, CM16 6NB. 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of every month, 8 pm to 10.30. Traditional/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. Admission – Guests £12, Members £10. Children admitted under supervision, free for 12 and unders.  Disabled facillities are available.  Visit or contact Dave & Sheila Dyer – tel: 01945 588325; email:

The Theydon Jazz Club will be moving venues on Wed 10th January 2018 to ”The Abridge Village Hall” at 39 Ongar Road, Abridge, Essex RM4 1UD.  The Club will also be renamed ”The Theydon & Abridge Jazz Club”.

Dec 19th  –  THE THEYDON SELECT SIX   Peter Rudeforth tpt    Julian Marc Stringle Reeds   And Flaxman Tbe   Tim Huskisson Pno    Roger Curphey bass    Alan Clark Dms

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

Tuesday, 30th January, 2018     STORIES & LIES featuring CATHERINE LIMA, vocals, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.
Catherine Lima returns to the Club bringing her charismatic presence, crystal clear and incredible sexy voice along with impeccable timing and perfect pitch the resident trio will enjoy to follow. Catherine’s performance will have a little of her latest album ‘Stories & Lies’ including some written herself that was released last September, 2017, and she always guarantees an entertaining evening with her versatile talent and also now as a songwriter.

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


An enchanting show rich with anecdote, sophistication and swing, A Swinging Christmas gathers jazzy festive favourites of the Silver Screen, as made famous by Ella, Eartha, Frank, Doris, Dean, Bing and a whole gang of cool celluloid cats and hip Hollywood chicks.
Regularly sold-out at Ronnie Scott’s, Jazz at the Movies are fronted by acclaimed singer Joanna Eden (‘the UK’s answer to Norah Jones and Diana Krall’ – Time Out) and featuring the groovy sounds of the Chris Ingham Quartet. This show will also feature special guest Mark Crooks, the clarinet and saxophone star of the internationally acclaimed John Wilson Orchestra.


Tues 9th January   –   JAVA JAM.
American Songbook classics, vintage pop and smooth bossa with their own unique take. Star of stage and screen Sarah-Jane Hassell on vocals.

Gabriel Latchin on piano, Nat Steel on vibes, Jeremy Brown on bass & Steve Brown on drums.  One of the most sought after and acclaimed singers in the country today.

With Leon Greening, Adam King & Don Scott.  One of the most lyrical and soulful alto players to have emerged in the U.K in recent years.

Tues 30th January  –  LIVEN-UP
Tony Gooderham on piano, Paul Jayasinha on trumpet, Alec Pitman on sax & vocals, Chrissy Lee on drums & Roger Curphey on bass.  An early return for this popular beguiling band.

Tues 6th February  –  ‘REEDS & RHYTHM LED BY GOFF DOBBER.
With Tim Huskisson on piano, Karl Wirrman on sax/clarinet, Johnny Baker on drums, Roger Curphey on bass & Goff himself on clarinet/sax.  Swinging Jazz with a touch of the traditional.

Internationally acclaimed & award winning duo perform the music of the Beatles. This show was described by The New York times as “Thrilling”.

Tues 20th February  –  THE RED STRIPE BAND.
An incredible Septet led by Neil Drinkwater.   An engaging, ever moving comical show that encompasses boogie woogie, swing, rock n’ roll & blues.

Tues 27th February  –   AN EVENING WITH KARL CHARITY
A captivating trumpet player with a voice that is attracting lots of attention. An extensive repertoire from the classic Chet Baker to the much loved American Songbook.

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 9th  January – 8.00pm
Mick Foster Quartet

Tuesday 16th January  – 8.00pm
‘TENOR MADNESS’ In memory of the late great saxophonist Spike Robinson
Featuring Derek Nash – Alan Barnes – Vasilis Xenopolous
John Pearce  –  Paul Morgan & Bobby Worth
Admission £16.00 members £13.00

Tuesday 23rd January – 8.00pm
Jim Mullen – guitar  Zoe Francis – vocals  Kate Williams – piano  &  Simon Woolf – bass

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 27th January  2.00pm – 4.00pm
Vasilis Xenopoulos & Nigel Price Quartet
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

December to February – CLOSED reopens 15th February

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 14th January.   Ron Drake (sax/clarinet) with Ted Beament (piano) Spenser Brown (bass) and Rod Brown (drums)

 Sunday 11th February.    John Etheridge (guitar),  Art Themen  (sax) Arnie Somegy (bass) and Winston Clifford (drums)

 Sunday 18th March.   ‘Searching for Hope’ with Herwig Gradischng (sax), Steve Fishwick (trumpet), Claus Raible (piano)   Giorgos Antonia (bass) and Matt Home (drums)

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

XMAS JAZZ at CRAMPHORN THEATRE CHELMSFORD    The hugely successful XMAS Jazz Specials have now been running for several years, with packed houses treated to stunning musicianship. Lots of fun on stage, the band is always greatly encouraged by the tremendous audience response. Larry and Zak collaborated for many years arranging and performing in em@il special, bringing fresh, unique arrangements of jazz standards to enthusiastic audiences in Chelmsford, London and beyond, in recent years concentrating on the now legendary XMAS Jazz seasons. Don’t miss the XMAS Jazz fun with all the regular mobsters including Adam Mader on everything and Andy Frost – the percussive mouth. After last year’s full houses, an additional date has been added to this year‘s XMAS jazz season at Chelmsford’s Cramphorn Theatre … everyman and his dog welcome …. come in your droves (or even in your cars?) (or sleighs?).   Tickets are already on sale   Be sure not to miss this year’s XMAS JAZZ special – please reserve your places early!    Complimentary mince pies … AND … no silly paper hats.

Larry Berkovitz (piano/vocals) and Zak Barrett (saxes) present:  XMAS JAZZ Special  with Rowan Ward (saxes) Dom Copestick (saxes /vocals) Robert Rickenberg (dbl bass) AND special guests:  virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Adam Mader (flugelhorn/violin/mandolin/melodica/recorders/whistling/face slapping etc.. and vocals) and Andy Frost (beatbox / drums)   Tickets £15 (Sat 3pm tickets £10)   Please note that a £1.50 booking fee applies per transaction for bookings paid by credit card   To book – please call 01245 606505

Thursday 21st December 2017 @ 8pm
Friday 22nd December 2017 @ 8pm
Saturday 23rd December 2017 @ 3pm & 8pm

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.  £8 Door

29th December – The Alan Barnes Quartet

Alan Barnes sax, Robin Aspland keyboards, Simon Thorpe bass and Clark Tracey drums.

Alan is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist, best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax that has few peers. His range and brilliance have made him a “first call” for studio and live work and his recorded catalogue is immense whether as leader/co-leader, alone or supporting others. The recipient of numerous British Jazz Awards, Alan has played residencies and toured tirelessly and building a warm rapport with audiences making him uniquely popular in British jazz.
Hailing from Leeds, Robin Aspland studied music at Colchester Institute before joining various bands in the Leeds area when after moving to London played with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra. Through the 90s, Robin became very well known in UK jazz circles, playing with resident and visiting artists too many to mention here including touring with Van Morrison for 6 years.
Bass player Simon Thorpe plays in many bands across the jazz spectrum as well as leading several of his own bands with a double bass style that is strong and melodic making him one of the UK’s most popular bass players.
Son of Stan Tracey CBE, Clark needs no introduction having forged his own bright and varied jazz career. After playing with his father’s various ensembles Clark has gone on to tour worldwide and record extensively. He has formed numerous bands with many famous well-respected musicians as well as playing freelance alongside some of the most important artists in jazz at home and abroad. An accomplished composer and teacher of jazz Clark formed his own record companies, Tentoten Records and Resteamed Records, dedicated to his father’s works. He is one of the sharpest jazz drummers in the country, playing with a keen-eared awareness that can be rare among today’s drummers.

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  8:30 – 11pm

Sunday, 17th December from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm.  Ollie Benson’s Hot Club Group. This is the group’s first time at the club. It features Ollie Benson guitar, Peter Sellars violin and Tim Huskisson clarinet. The group plays jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli reminiscent of The Hot Club of France.  Admission £10

Sunday, 24th December from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm. The Jack Clifford Swingtette. Another wonderful end to another year of wonderful jazz with an evening of traditional and jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack’s clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with guests including, as usual, Tim Huskisson playing the piano.  Admission £10.

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 7th January 2018    TRACEY MENDHAM Saxophone
Featured for the first time at the club, Tracey is a busy musician on the London jazz scene performing with various lineups. She is a swinging player with a lively personality.
Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 4th February 2018    PAUL HIGGS Trumpet
Paul needs no introduction being a popular guest. Tonight features a mix of the of his popular themed shows such as ‘Cult TV Themes’ ‘Shades of Miles’, ‘A Brief History of Jazz’. Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

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.

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.

Wednesday 10th January 2018 – Reach For It – The Genius of George Duke featuring keyboard wizard Carl Hudson and Gina Foster on vocals.

Wednesday 31st January 2018 – Some Kinda Wonderful – The Music of Steve Wonder featuring Noel McCalla on vocals and Derek Nash on saxes.

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 20th December 2017 – Christmas Special!
Lily Dior
(Vocals), Sandra Lambert (Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums), Simon Bates (Saxophone)

Hosted by Australian songstress Lily Dior, expect to hear and sing along to some classic Christmas songs!   Recognised as one of Australia’s finest jazz singers, Lily Dior has shared the stage with a remarkable list of outstanding musicians including the Australian Art Orchestra, Mike Nock, DIG, The Bay’s (UK), Oscar Castro Neves, Airto Moriera, Don Grusin, Mark Murphy, James Morrison and The Manhattan Jazz Quintet.
She’ll be joined by special guest saxophonist Simon Bates. Playing all musical genres, Simon is constantly in demand for his versatility. He is a respected band leader having led the band on the Johnny Vaughan Tonight Show and many other TV bands. He has been Musical Director for many well known artists including Bette Midler, Rick Astley, Richard Shelton and Alexander Armstrong.

Wed 31st January 2018BEN HOLDER – VIOLIN & VOCALS
Sandra Lambert
(Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums) + special guest

Sizzling Hot Club music from the hottest Gypsy Jazz specialist on the scene. Featuring the swing sounds of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli

Wed 28th February 2018JACQUI HICKS – Sings & Swings The American Songbook
Sandra Lambert
(Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums) + special 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.

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

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

December 19th   Jim Phillips Christmas Party. Bring your friends, family and instruments. There will be the usual quizzes and raffle. The Big Band will be playing from about 9.30pm.

December 26th   Boxing Day No Band.

January 2nd    Desinfinado.   Led by Phill Burrell on guitar. Small group jazz and latin classics in a relaxed style.

 January 9th   Lou’s Sextet.  We welcome again Louise and her sextet for an evening of Jazz, blues and Latin.

January 16th   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 Mike Sherwood on vocals.

January 23rd   Tiger Swing Recreating Django and hot club of Paris style with Felicity’s accomplished violin. A very refreshing  evening.

January 30th   Hertswing with their usual classic big band sound aided by Vicky their star vocalist.   An evening not to be missed!

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.

December 16

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 £18.   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:

17th Dec  –  Jason Fredericks Cinematic Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas – The Music of Vince Guaraldi.  Paying homage to the genius of composer Vince Guaraldi and creator Charles M. Schulz, the trio perform music from the classic 1965 animated TV special.

“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  4th January – 8.30pm
Dave O’Higgins Quartet

Thursday  11th January  – 8.30pm
‘TENOR MADNESS’ In memory of the late great saxophonist Spike Robinson
Featuring  Alan Barnes – Vasilis Xenopolous – Robert Fowler – John Pearce
Paul Morgan & Bobby Worth
Admission £16.00 members £13.00

Thursday  25th  January  – 8.30pm
Jim Mullen – guitar   Zoe Francis – vocals   Kate Williams – piano  &  Simon Woolf – bass

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 17th Dec – LAURA ZAKIAN

Sunday 7th Jan – LIANE CARROLL
Sunday 21st Jan – CHRIS ALLARD

Sunday 4th Feb – LUCA LUCIANO
Sunday 18th Feb – ANDY PANAYI

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

January 4th    Derek Nash’s   PICANTE’    NOW BOOKING
With musicians from The Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.  This is the Latin Band of Latin Bands ~~ Latin as hot as it gets !!!  Influenced by the world famous Buena Vista Social Club & Sergio Menzies.
saxes ~ Leader & percussion assortment !!! Great leader & charismatic entertainer ~ Has numerous bands & is always welcome at The FJC whenever he is not leading the front row with Jools Holland.
CHRIS STORR trumpet ~ Amazing lead trumpet, also from Jools Holland.  The ideal man to put the bite into Latin.
DOMINIC ASHWORTH guitar ~Top Canadian jazz guitarist – great with Latin.
NEIL ANGILLEY piano ~ This man is recognised as The UK’s finest Latin pianist.  Has recently toured with Alfie Boe & Michael Ball including a private performance for The Queen at Buck House.  Wow – only the best at FJC.
ANDY STAPLES bass ~ One of the UK’s top bassists with the Latin touch.
ROBIN JONES percussion ~ This is the Rhythm of the Night ~ Conga Crazy
MARC CECIL ~drums & percussion. This guy generates excitement in this outfit as he also does with his own band

January 11th     NOW BOOKING   Multi Award Winner   THE LIANE CARROLL TRIO   

 January 18th    NOW BOOKING  From The USA The most famous tenor sax man in the world..  THE SCOTT HAMILTON QUARTET
his is the annual event of having the world’s most famous jazz tenor saxophonist play for us ~~ In 2017 we were also lucky to have him play for us in August & both gigs were a complete sell out.  This man has been at the top for many years & has made over 50 albums.  With Scott will be his regular & most amazing world class rhythm section
JOHN PEARCE piano~ DAVE GREEN double bass~ STEVE BROWN drums

January 25th    NOW BOOKING   The Lennie Niehaus Connection by  THE MICK FOSTER QUINTET   Featuring three of the UKs finest saxophonists ~ Foster ~ Barnes & Fowler //
These are the wonderful original compositions & arrangements of standards by LENNIE NIEHAUS the former Stan Kenton alto saxophonist. The charts for this sextet have all been transcribed by Mick Foster the UK’s number one baritone sax man.  At our request to play this music, Mick has also organised & acquired the right team to play this West Coast Jazz in the style of the original (1950s) Lennie Niehaus Quintet of Bob Gordon baritone sax .. Jack Montrose tenor.. Monty Budwig double bass & Shelly Manne drums..
Lennie is now 88 & living in California ~ he has spent most of his life writing music for films & is credited for the music in most of the films of his good friend Clint Eastwood
MICK FOSTER  baritone sax ~~ ALAN BARNES alto sax ~~ ROBERT FOWLER tenor sax  ~~ DAVID CHAMBERLAIN double bass ~~ TRISTAN MAILLOTT  drums
The heading Lennie Niehaus Connection comes from my meeting him in 1956.   Please google Lennie Niehaus ~ this guy will blow your mind.

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.

Friday 29 December – JOHN ETHERIDGE with Jim Treweek-piano, Eric Guy-bass, Buster Birch-drums.  A true master of guitar in all styles. Simultaneously touring in duo with Stephane Grappelli and as a member of legendary fusion band “Soft Machine” John Etheridge defies boundaries and excels in all musical settings. He has worked with John Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzie Gillespie, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe, Nigel Kennedy, Pat Metheny, Birelli Lagrene, Barney Kessel, Elton Dean and John Williams. “One of the best guitarists in the world” – Pat Metheny… “I never wanted to be a star, just a highly respected musician like John Etheridge” – Sting. 

Regular venue every second Wednesday every month at The Cricketers, 228 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex  SS0 7JG . great food – great jazz and a wonderful atmosphere.  The food is so good that it’s better to book a table if you intend to eat on Jazz night –the phone number is 01702 345053.  There is no entrance fee and plenty of free car parking opposite The Cricketers. It promises to be a real fun night!  All sorts of wonderful guests lined up for you in 2018 so watch this space!

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

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)

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

Friday 22 Dec  at 8pm  (doors 7:30pm)  £14 / £7 U25 – REBOP plays BLUE NOTE

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.

BASSMENT, 16 Wells Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1HZ  have a monthly, live, Thursday night Jazz Funk session.  Last event: 10th Aug.       House band:   James Maltby – Guitar   Dan Banks – Piano   Andy Staples – Bass   Josh Law – Drums   Zak Barrett – Saxophone

THE JAZZ CENTRE UK opened in February 2016 is the brain child of Digby Fairweather and our purpose is to promote, preserve and celebrate the vibrant culture of jazz music in the UK and beyond. We are sited in The Beecroft Art Gallery, Victoria Ave, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 6EX and we are open for all to see our exhibitions between Tuesday and Saturday opening hours are 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 now 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 plans for the future.  You may like to take a look at our website which gives you further details of our movements. Come and see our Living Heritage Museum containing Humphrey Lyttleton’s desk, trumpet, letters and trophies (as well as 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 also have live music in the Centre on Saturday afternoon.  We actively support and promote contemporary performance and education  – keep in touch – send me your email address and we shall add you to our list of ‘friends’ who receive our newsletter. Hope to see you at The Jazz Centre UK soon!   Email address is:-

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

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!

JAZZ IN THE JUNGLE BAR, Fore Street, Hertford SG14 1AX is now on the Second and Last Monday of each Month with the NEIL FRYER QUARTET featuring Neil Fryer (tenor sax) Phil Mead (keyboard) 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 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.

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

Cuffley Jazz Workshop meets most Monday evenings at Cuffley Youth & Community Centre, Station Road, Cuffley, EN6 4EY 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm New members always welcome.  Contact Les 07941183004

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

14 Dec, 12-2PM. FG Trio with Charles Alexander, guitar and Simon Woolf, bass. Clocktower Cafe, Katherine St, Croydon, CROI 1NZ. Free. 02028 668 4713.

17 Dec, 12PM. w/Tad Newton Band. Walnut Tree Inn,Station Road, NN7 3DS. 01604 485549. £10.

3 Jan, 8PM. FG with Rico Tomasso, Richard Bushiakevitz, Arnie Somogi and Les Cirkel. Ruislip Golf Club, Ickenham Road,HA4 7DQ.01895 32394. £8.

17 Jan, 8PM. Guest conductor/soloist with The Rebel Yell Orchestra. The Spice of Life. 6 Moor Street, London W1D 5DA. £10.

21 Jan, 1PM. w/Tad Newton Band. Solihull Jazz Club, Union Road, B91 3DH.

25 Jan, 8PM. w/Bob Haddrel. Here Cafe, 28-30 Lower Kings Road, Berkhamstead, Herts, HP4 2AB. 01442 300870. Free.

1 Feb, 8PM. W/Tad Newton Band. Pumphouse Jazz Club. Local Board Road, Watford, WD17 2JP.

6 Feb, 8PM. The Great British Songbook. w/Pete Churchill, piano/vocals and Laurence Evans, bass. The Pavilion Cafe, Bedford Park, MK40. 01234 351104. £25 for meal and music. Booking in advance required.

14 Feb, 8.30PM. w/Lauren Bush, vocals, Dorian Ford, piano and Laurence Evans, bass. Mill Hill Jazz Club, 100 Barnet Way, NW7 3AL. 0208 207 0451.£8.

18 Feb, 12PM. w/Tad Newton Band. The Walnut Tree Inn. Station Road, Blisworth, NN7 3DS.  01604 485 549.£10.

4 April, 12.30PM. The Polo Sticks w/Alan Barnes, Marting Nickless, Martin Litton, Sandy Sucholdski and Richard Pite. The Spice of Life,6 Moor Street, London, W1D 5DA. £10.

17 May, 8PM. W/Tad Newton Band. Verwood Jazz Club, St Leanards Hotel, Ringwood.

21 June, 7.30PM. w/Tad Newton Band.Upton on Severn Jazz Festival.

24 June, 12PM.Club Hotfoot w/FG, Charles Alexander/Andy Robinson, guitar and Tom Hill, bass. Westwood Social Club, Westward Heath, Coventry, CV4 8GP. 0247 646 6619. £10.

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CAROL BRAITHWAITES’ JAZZ NIGHTS:   (further information : ).

Saturday 16th December  –  North Weald Village Hall. CM16 6BU
With Jackie Free and the Allstars.
Music starts at 12.30 – 3pm.  Entry fee payable at door.
Food available along with tea/coffee and bar.

Weds 20th Dec  –  Essex County Bowls Club, Imperial Avenue, Westcliff on Sea.  SS0 8NE
An evening of easy listening jazz played in a comfortable and friendly club.
With Tim Huskisson, Mike Sagrott, Mike Barry, Ted Simkins.
special guest : Digby Fairweather
Ground level and easy parking. Club prices for drinks.
Starts at 8.00 – 10.30pm.  £7 door.

Weds 10th January  –  Theydon Bois Jazz club held in Abridge Village Hall RM4 1UD .
With Hugh Rainey Jazz Band.
Starts at 8pm through till 10.30pm. Door entry payable.

Friday 12th January  –  Billericay Constitution Club, High St, Billericay. CM12 9BE
Great way to start the weekend.  Lunchtime menu available + club prices for drinks.
Fun starts at 12.30 – 2.30pm.  £7 door.

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 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

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

Every 1st  and 3rd Thursday of every month Kenny Ball Jr will be doing a live show with special guests below the Brickyard, South Street, Romford Essex, singing with Pete Corrigan bass Pete Jackson on drums Paul Searly on guitar Michael Horner piano Andrew Lidden on sax 7.30 till 1.

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     advances        


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

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

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


 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

Clare: Jazznights in the Cavendish Suite at The Bell, Market Hill, CO10 8NN present their XMAS GIG on Sunday 17th December featuring singer LAURA ZAKIAN & saxophonist KEVIN FLANAGAN. 7.30-10pm. £10. Reserve seating by reply or call 01787 237653.

Stoke By Nayland: Fleece Jazz at the Stoke By Nayland Hotel, CO6 4PZ have got IAN SHAW & BARRY GREEN on Wednesday 20th December. See

Saffron Walden: The Foyer Jazz Club at Saffron Hall present REBECCA NASH & SARA COLMAN on Friday 12th January. 8pm. £13.50.

Bury St Edmunds: Headhunters Jazz at the Hunter Club, 6, St Andrews Street features REBOP on Friday 22nd December. Reserve tickets by email to: or see

Chelmsford: The TED BEAMENT TRIO are at ACanteen, 35 New London Rd, CM2 0ND with “Jazz For Dining” on Saturday 16th December. Around 8pm to 10.30ish. Book a table on 01245 205889. Also at ACanteen the brilliant drummer ANDY GANGADEEN & his Trio play jazz-funk every Friday night!

Chelmsford: On New Years Eve SHAKATAK are at ACanteen! Book now on 01245 205889.

Colchester: The Arts Centre Jazz Club at Church Street (off Head Street) on Sunday 17th December present the JASON FREDERICK TRIO. See See for details.

Cambridge: The jazz club at Hidden Rooms have got the MARK CROOKS QUARTET on Thursday 11th January. Doors & Bar Open 7:00pm, Jazz from 8:00pm. Booking: Online at  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.

Harlow: On Saturday 16th December HARMONY IN HARLEM play Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite at St John’s Arc, Old Harlow, CM17 0AJ. 7.30pm. See

Rawreth: The Belvedere Jazz & Music Club at The Chichester Hotel, Old Wickford Road, Nr Wickford, SS11 8UE presents T J JOHNSON on Wednesday 3rd January then the DEREK NASH PICANTE LATIN SEXTET on Wednesday 10th January. 8pm to 10.30pm. Meals from 6.30pm. Tel: 07850 607075.

Hadleigh: The jazz club at Town Hall presents JAZZ AT THE MOVIES on Saturday 23rd December. Contact Check for other gigs.

Ipswich: The jazz club features the HORN FACTORY on Sunday 17th December at the California club, 195, Foxhall Road, IP3 8LB.

Norwich: The jazz club at Maddermarket Theatre Bar have got DEELEE DUBE on Tuesday 12th December. See for details.

Lowestoft: Milestones Jazz Club at the Hatfield Hotel, The Esplanade, NR33 0QG presents the SIMON YOUNGMAN QUINTET on Sunday 7th January. See

Mill Hill: The jazz club next gig is on Wednesday 13th December.



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