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The annual 1940s Big Band Blitz gala has a new 2016 production.  This year’s Big Band Blitz will be on Sat 26th Nov and held in the large ballroom of The Winning Post, Chertsey Road, in Twickenham.  Once again you can step back in time to the 1940s and enjoy the music of Glenn Miller and other big bands of the period.  There will be a host of ‘showbiz’ vocalists to entertain you, plus a few surprises.  The event will help benefit the Mayor’s Charity Appeal, which this year is the  Integrated Neurological Services..  Ticket: £23 (concessions for the over 60’s at £20).

Tickets by post from:  Aspects Productions, c/o Executive Mortgages, 6 Park Rd, Teddington TW11 OAACheques payable to Aspects Productions. General Enquiries: 020 8973 3605 / 07808 156 797
Credit Card Bookings – See Tickets:​  See Tickets tel: 0843 515 9400

On Friday, 4th November at 8pm at Hazlitt Exchange Studio (Earl Street, Maidstone, ME14 1PL)  The delectable Miss Kiddy and her fiendish Cads give the hits of the 21st Century a
Vintage make over with swinging beats, toe-tapping finesse and a lot of laughter thrown in!
£15 (+ fee) from Hazlitt Theatre Box Office  01622 758611

29th November. 8:00 pm.  Downstairs at the King’s Head, 2 Crouch End Hill, N8 8AA. KiX Jazz Orchestra. 18 piece band. Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band arrangements and other funky stuff. Kate Daniels on vocals. Charity event to raise funds to support unaccompanied refugee children in the camps. £10 (or more please). Advance tickets – Graham Pike 07951 832310

Veteran Jazz Stars return to The Arc on Thursday 27th October.   St John’s Arts Centre, St John’s Walk, Market St, Old Harlow, CM17 0AJ  At 8pm Adm: £10  Three international stars of jazz join John Petters Swing Band:  John Crocker, famed clarinettist and saxophonist from the Chris Barber Band will be joined by former Alex Welsh guitarist, Jim Douglas and former George Melly pianist, J J Vinten.

John Crocker toured the world with the Barber band for over 35 years before deciding to freelance. He is a top draw at festivals, clubs and concerts all over Europe.
Jim Douglas combines a busy life on the road as a musician with that of a writer. He has just published a second autobiography, “Teenage to Travelitis”, which tells the story of his early years as a member of the famed Clyde Valley Stompers.  During his long tenure with the Alex Welsh Band, Douglas accompanied may legendary American musicians, including the New Orleans trumpeter, Henry Red Allen.  J J Vinten spent a quarter of a century as MD and pianist for the larger than life singer and personality, George Melly.  JJ was part of the band which held fort every year at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, the only traditional jazz band to appear at the venue.  Now freelance, JJ combines band leading, both with his own sextet and a piano trio with teaching and appearing as a featured guest all over the UK and Europe.  Completing the line-up will be Harlow bass Ace, Keith Donald and ex Harlow drummin’ Man John Petters.
Admission £10. Details from 01406 365 731 and

Redbridge Green Fair Music Club Showcase Night at the RAFA Club, 295 Cranbrook Rd Ilford IG1 4UA on Friday 21 October 7.45pm.  Admission only £4 (Under 18’s £2) All welcome   More information: 07917 050490

Heads UP!   Melodic modern jazz with a funky edge featuring Steve Duke (guitars), Julia Austin-Brenes (sax & flute), Steve Gee (bass), Rick Wills (drums)
Ben Haley & the Comics.  In trio format playing original material – indie/melodic rock
Replay.  Guitar/Keyboard/Vocal trio playing popular covers from 60’s and 70’s

Caxton Swing, an eight piece band will be joined by jazz virtuoso Alan Barnes on saxophone and clarinet, performing as part of the Cambridge Jazz Festival on 22 November in the Recital Hall at the Leys School, Trumpington Road Cambridge CB2 1DU at 8pm. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions).  Booked  Information or    Alan Barnes is an international award winning jazz musician, composer and arranger. He has worked with a broad range of top musicians such as Humphrey Littleton, Stan Tracey, Jamie Cullum, Clare Teal, Bjork and Bryan Ferry.

Thursday Jazz Divas 2016 presents Jessica Radcliffe With Nicholas Fitch, Freddie Gavita and Arnie Somogyi – 27th October 8pm @ St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA  Tickets £19 / £25 Tel: 0844 264 2140

A classically trained singer, clarinetist and saxophone player, Jessica joined NYJO and quickly established a swinging reputation. Studying at Trinity she worked around many jazz venues and in 2014 came to the attention of wider audiences through playing Ronnie Scott’s; guesting with Alan Barnes and in 2015 at The Hoste of Jazz. Her debut album “Live at The Spice” shows Jessica on the upwards trajectory.

The next Redbridge Jazz evening will be on Tuesday 1st November 8.00pm to 10.30pm. and will feature star drummer HAROLD FISHERl with Brian Dee.  Keyboard Paul Morgan  Bass John Withers Vibes Paul Wood Vocals Fran’s Raffle.  £6 each 2 for £10 £8 at the door.

The next gig at Hadleigh Jazz Club, Hadleigh Town Hall, Market Place, Hadleigh, IP7 5DN   is on Saturday, October 22nd. A true legend of British jazz, the super-suave saxophonist Art Themen who even has his own Wikipedia entry.   Clinging on, will be Chris Ingham, Mick Hutton and George Double. Recording of Art’s lyrical ballad playing

Friday October 21st Rotary Club of Chelmsford Jazz Night at King Edward VI Grammar School, Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 3SX, starting at 8.00pm. The Richard Pite Quartet, a unique band that presents a mixture of standards, jazzy takes on contemporary and classical pop, original compositions plus adaptations of classical music and a few surprises along the way. Tickets £13 available from Civic Theatre Box Office Chelmsford 01245 606505 or online at . Licensed Bar.

The National Jazz Archive with a fund raising concert present Alan Barnes, the multi-award-winning performer on clarinet, alto and baritone saxes with an all-star group of top UK jazz musicians on Saturday 22 October in the Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB  2:30pm.  Admission £15. T: 020 8502 4701 E:
Alan Barnes Quintet with Henry Lowther on trumpet, Frank Harrison on piano, Simon Thorpe on bass and Matt Fishwick on drums



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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Previously Silver Bullet Jazz Jam Jazz Jam Session has moved to Stereo 92 – 92 Stoke Newington High Street London N16 7 NY. 1st 3 Tuesdays of every month.  So every Tues except the last Tuesday of the month From 8.30 till midnight. Always a blazing trio with your host Bukky Leo on Tenor. Free Entry before 9pm,  £3.00 thereafter.  Come check our new home for Jazz.  Come  chill & play!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


BELVEDERE JAZZ & MUSIC CLUB, every Wednesday evening is at The Chichester Hotel, Old London Road, Rawreth, Nr. Wickford SS11 8UE (Off A129, 800 yards Wickford side of The Carpenters Arms roundabout). Meals 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 £10 on the door ~ Large free car park ~ Drinks at pub prices ~ Newcomers most welcome. ; Telephone: 07850 607075 or

26th October – Dave Browning/Pete Allen/John Petters/Keith Donald

Dave ‘Mr Stride’ Browning – piano, Pete Allen - saxes & clarinet, John Petters – drums & Keith Donald – double bass

Led by our Pianorama star Dave Browning this will be a fabulous evening of Swing, Mainstream and Dixieland by these fantastic musicians who are all stars in their own right, with the brilliant clarinettist & saxophonist Peter Allen and the master Swing drummer John Petters and swinging bassist Keith Donald.      Early reservation advised!

2nd November  –  Tina May & Frank Griffith Quartet
Tina May – vocals, Frank Griffith – saxes, Robin Aspland – piano, Dave Green – double bass, & Steve Brown – drums. Real jazz singers flourish in the company of good jazz musicians, and Tina May is a real jazz singer. She can sing a straight melody and make it open like a flower. She can swing effortlessly and invent a wordless scat chorus as tricky as anything her fellow musicians can deliver. Led by saxophonist and arranger Frank Griffiths, they are among the best jazz musicians you will find anywhere.  – Dave Gelly

9th November  – Tribute to Benny Goodman – Pete Long Quartet

Pete Long — clarinet,  Richard Pite — drums,  Nick Dawson — piano,  Anthony Kerr — vibes.

“Celebrating the music of the first incarnation of the Goodman Quartet, where the bass-less rhythm section is driven by the alliance of bass drum and pianist’s left hand, the Quartet will be playing many of the early Goodman Hits.  Expect Avalon, Lady be Good, Dinah, I’ve Got Rhythm, China Boy and many others.”  – Pete Long

 16th November – Syd Lawrence Orchestra’s ‘ Savoy Collection’   

Savoy Collection septet were formed from The Geraldo Orchestra under  his leadership back in 1992.  After a long break Chris Dean reformed them for a Syd Lawrence Orchestra cruise in 2013. They proved very popular and with their specialist playing, these seven of the UK’s finest musicians continually bring audiences to their feet everywhere they perform.  Sit back and enjoy a unique musical evening of great music and entertainment ! £12.50  Admission

23rd November – Australia’s James Morrison Quartet

James Morrison – trumpet/vocals/trombone etc.,  William Morrison – guitar, Harry Morrison – double bass, & Patty Danao – drums.

The name James Morrison is known throughout the world for his sheer brilliance as a jazz musician being all round entertainer. James works with the cream of the world’s best performers and Ray Brown called him “The Genius”  but Wynton Marsalis said it best “Man, James Morrison can play!”
James Morrison has appeared at two Royal Command Performances for the Queen and has performed especially for US Presidents Bush, Clinton & Obama. He’s also appeared with Herbie Hancock & Quincy Jones to name just a couple of jazz icons.
James composed and performed the fanfare for the 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Sydney and has been appointed as a Member The Order of Australia for his services to the arts. Accompanying James this evening are his two sons, guitarist William and double bassist Harry along with drummer Patty Danao. Don’t miss this great opportunity to see them!  £15 Admission – reservation essential

30th November – Pasadena Roof Orchestra  – SOLD OUT

Our End of Year Gala featuring Duncan Galloway and his fabulous Pasadena Roof Orchestra performing hot dance music from the 1920’s, 30’s & 40’s Tickets £20

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

 26 Oct:   NOT JUST SAXRay Shea (piano) + Sarah Bolter (saxes)

  2 Nov:   Len McEllin (tenor) + Frank Brereton (piano) + Mike Edmonds (bass)

  9 Nov:   Bill Yeomans (saxes) + Chris Storey (trumpet) + Colin Peters (piano)

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

THEYDON JAZZ CLUB  Enjoy great jazz at The King’s Oak, High Beach, IG10 4AE,.  A different top-class band every Monday 8pm-10.30pm in the King’s Room (with dance floor)  – ALL ARE WELCOME.  Info: Dave & Sheila Dyer 01945 588325 / email: / website:   Entry:  £10  Members:  £8   Unless stated otherwise.  Open from 5 pm for dining from the weekday set menu or Gastro Pub menu.  Happy atmospher

OCTOBER     (N.B. From now on WEDNESDAYS in the Gastro Pub Bar)

26th – Les Handscombe & his Tailgate Jazz Band


2nd – George Kid Tidiman & his All Stars
9th – To be confirmed
16th – The Melvin Beddow Big Band (in The King’s Room)
23rd – The Gresty-White Ragtimers
30th – Baby Jools & his Jazzaholics


7th – Richard Exall & his Shooting Stars
14th – Peter Rudeforth & The Theydon Select Six
21st – Hugh Rainey & his Jazz Band with Lyn Falvey
28th – closed for Christmas

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

Tues 25th October - Julian Marc Stringle, a child prodigy from the London School of Music, always in great demand on clarinet and saxophone, having recently made a European tour playing the first ever jazz concert in Albania, and the experienced vocalist Paul Woods, a top London crooner, who has performed across Europe and North America with the Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra, Syd Lawrence Orchestra and the BBC Big Band will create an interesting duo that is certain to keep your attention.

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

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


Barb Jungr has been called “One of the best nightclub singers in the world”. She receives regular 5 star reviews and performs extensively in the US, Australia & Europe. This is a rare opportunity to see her locally.


A spellbinding wonderful evening of entertainment. Breathtaking dance, guitar & vocals from three of Spain’s Best!

Tues 8th November – THE STOREYVILLE STEAMERS  featuring Annie on vocals present:-

‘The Songs of Ella & Louis’.  Paul Higgs on Trumpet, Charles Sherwood on Sax, Tim Huskisson on Piano, Bill Todd on Trombone, Graeme Culham on Drums, Roger Curphey on Bass & Annie on Vocals.

 Tues 15th NovemberJULIE DEXTER & TRIO.

JULIE DEXTER to sing JAZZ at ANNIESJAZZ as part of her UK TOUR!  HOW LUCKY ARE WE!!!  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear her sensational sound!  World renowned, award winning, British singer, songwriter and producer considered by many to be ‘one of the most influential female vocalists of our generation’.

SPIKE’S PLACE”  AT BRENTWOOD 8.00pm. The Bardswell, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4TJ. Tel: 01245 420475  Top-Class Mainstream Jazz.  £13 / £10 (members) unless otherwise stated. email:

Tuesday 1st November  – 8.00pm
Derek Nash with Gunther Kurmayr

Tuesday 8th November – 8.00pm
Jacqui Hicks with the Robin Aspland Trio

Tuesday 15th November – 8.00pm
Robert Fowler Quartet

Tuesday 22nd November – 8.00pm
From the USA Harry Allen with Andrea Pozza Simon Thorpe & Steve Brown
Admission £14.00 members £11.00

“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

Thursday 17th November  – 8.30pm
From the USA Harry Allen with Andrea Pozza Simon Thorpe & Steve Brown
Admission £13.00

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

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

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

Larry Berkovitz & Zak Barrett & friends XMAS JAZZ at CRAMPHORN THEATRE CHELMSFORD Fri 16th Dec 2016 @ 8pm; Sat 17th Dec 2016 @ 3pm & @ 8pm  Tickets £12.50 please note that a £1.50 booking fee applies per transaction for bookings paid by credit card

Returning with more XMAS JAZZ fun (and terrible jokes), Larry Berkovitz and Zak Barrett are back with members of their much acclaimed jazz band em@il special AND two stunning special guests … the renowned multi-instrumentalist Adam Mader on everything and the stunning Andy Frost, a brilliant drummer and exceptional voice percussionist (beatbox+). This year Larry & Zak will also welcome a new young talent to the stage – Dom Copestick – a sneak preview of one of tomorrow’s jazz musicians!
Larry and Zak collaborated for many years arranging for and performing with em@il special – the little band with the big band sound – bringing fresh and unique arrangements of Jazz standards to enthusiastic audiences in Chelmsford, London and beyond! In recent years, however, the collaboration has concentrated on the now legendary XMAS Jazz seasons which have become a regular sell-out fixture at Chelmsford’s newly refurbished intimate Cramphorn Theatre.  Be sure not to miss this year’s XMAS JAZZ special – please reserve early!

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

28th October – Brandon Allen Quartet:

Brandon Allen sax, Tim Lapthorne keyboards, Arnie Somogyi bass, Matt Holm drums

Quoting Jasswise, ‘Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today. His phrasing is unashamedly emotional, soaked in the blues tradition.”
Originally from Perth, Australia Brandon has been based in London for the past 16 years and worked with very many varied artists and groups/ensembles. Brandon also works as a session musician, composer and arranger for commercial music and films where his playing has been featured on films including “Alfie”(2004) and “The Look of Love” (2013). He regularly hosts the Late Late Show at Ronnie Scotts with his quartet.
Brandon is the founder and director of the Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival and has toured throughout the UK, Europe and Asia with the Kyle Eastwood Band.  He has conducted masterclasses and private tuition at The Sydney Conservatorium (Australia), LIPA(Liverpool), The London Contemporary College of Music, the Cambridge Jazz Co-op and at various venues around the UK and Australia whilst on tour.

HORNCHURCH JAZZ CLUB, 25 North St (rear), Hornchurch, Essex RM11 1RS. The Hornchurch Conservative Club is a comfortable air-conditioned venue with a dance floor, drinks at club prices, wheel-chair access and car parking, Members £7, non-members £8. Call Laurie on 07913 558616 for more details. Sundays  8:30 – 11pm

Sunday, 23rd October from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm. The Downhome Jazz Band. This popular Essex band is led by bassist Ken ‘Slow Drag’ Collins with Hugh Rainey trumpet. Listen and strut your stuff to traditional and jazz standards from a great band

Sunday, 30th October from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm. It’s the last Sunday of the month so it’s The Jack Clifford Swingtette.  A wonderful evening of traditional and jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack’s clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with guests including Tim Huskisson on piano

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

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

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

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

Tues 25th October – The Button Band    8.30-10.30pm, £8/£5 (Under 15 FREE!)

Andrew Button – Guitar   Andy Woolf – Tenor Sax   Dave Manington – Bass   Marek Dorcik – Drums
The Button Band is a new project from top London based Guitarist Andrew Button and showcases Andrew’s highly personal writing style. Distinctly British lyrical jazz with folk and country influences drawing inspiration from Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Loose Tubes, Brad Shepic, and PigFoot.  The band’s eponymous debut album was released in 2014 to critical acclaim followed by an arts council supported UK wide tour. The band are recording their second album.  “Upbeat township swing straight out of the Loose Tubes mould, good-humoured and infectious.”  –  Geoff Winston

Tues 8th November – Nick Tomalin Quartet   8.30-10.30pm, £8/£5 (Under 15 FREE!)

Gareth Lockrane – Flutes   Nick Tomalin – Piano    Dominic Howles – Bass
Matt Fishwick – Drums   Original music rooted in the post-bop tradition combined with the contemporary sound world of Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor.

Tues 22nd November – Andre Canniere Group    8.30-10.30pm, £8/£5 (Under 15 FREE!)

Andre Canniere – Trumpet    Brigitte Beraha – Vocals    Tori Freestone – Tenor Sax/Flute    John Turville – Piano    Dave Manington – Bass    TBC – Drums
Trumpeter Andre Canniere presents new music from his latest album ‘The Darkening Blue’ (Whirlwind Recordings), as part of a UK tour, inspired by the mysticism of Rilke and the grit of Bukowski.   ‘Beautifully balanced… exhilirating’ (The Guardian *****)

Sunday 4th Dec – Special Family Event   Molly and the Owl     2.30-4.30pm, Price £8/£5

Nia Lynn   vocals/narration   –   Mark Allaway    saxes   –   Nick Tomalin   piano/composer   –   Dominic Howles     bass   –   Matt Fishwick     drums

Molly and the Owl is a “jazz fairy tale” about a young girl and her strange meeting with a saxophone playing owl. Molly visits an exciting town called Jazzville, but how will she find her way home…? The piece is performed by a live jazz band and aims to introduce the basics of jazz to a young audience in a fun and accessible way.  “…ought to go straight onto the music curriculum… strikes an effective balance between an educational and a fun element.” (Jazzwise magazine)

Tuesday 13th December  –  E17 Large Ensemble     8.30-10.30pm, Price £10/£8 (KIDS UNDER 15 GO FREE!)

“there are always surprises… it makes the journey always worth taking” – LondonJazz
The flagship e17 jazz large ensemble is a fantastically exciting band and always produce a sensational performance.   The line up features vocals, 5 saxophones (!), 3 trumpets, piano, guitar, bass and drums. It brings together some of the key players from previous gigs, together with other brilliant musicians associated with e17 jazz. The band was formed in 2009 by Carlos Lopez Real and John Turville to open the inaugural  Walthamstow Jazz Festival. ‘Old’ favourites, and several new tunes to tempt you…

E17 Large Ensemble

John Turville piano, director   –   Brigitte Beraha voice   –   Jez Franks guitar
Dave Manington bass   –   Nick Smalley drums
Robbie Robson, Hugh Pascall, Tom Allan trumpets
Tori Freestone tenor sax, flute   –    Carlos Lopez-Real alto sax, flute, clarinet
Josh Kemp tenor sax, soprano sax   –   Alex Merritt tenor sax
Mick Foster baritone sax, bass clarinet

More info for all these gigs at:

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

COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE JAZZ CLUB.  Church St, Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF.  Concerts every 1st SUNDAY of the month.  Tickets £10 to £14.   JAZZ EXPRESS: Book for any three gigs and get tickets for just £8 each! Doors at 7pm, music at 7.30pm. 
 To book, Arts Centre box office 01206 500900.

JAZZ AT SAWBRIDGEWORTH MEMORIAL HALL. The Forebury, Sawbridgeworth, Herts, CM21 9AT.  Licensed bar.  Performances 8.00 – 10.30  Tickets may be purchased at the door or online.

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

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

Fri 16th DecNoemi Nuti vocals with her Latin band  £10

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

JAZZ AT THE CROWN.  This new Jazz venue at ‘The Crown’, Church Street, Great Ellingham, nr. Attleborough, Norfolk opened on the 11th September. The aim is to create a Sunday evening Jazz scene once a month 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 6.0pm and finish around 8.30 pm and will be free admission.  The following are the Jazz musicians being featured

13th November – MYKE CLIFFORD – Saxophone/Flute/Clarinet/Vocals.  Myke is very comfortable playing the whole spectrum of Jazz and is extremely popular wherever he plays. This understanding comes from years of playing all types of music from Soul, Blues, Rock, R&B, Funk, and Jazz, with the consequence he is in demand to play the various jazz clubs in and around the country and many music festivals including Glastonbury Pop Festival. His wide approach to music is enjoyed by all Jazz lovers and because of his background and approach makes non Jazz lovers enjoy his performances also.

JAZZ AT CHICKENSHED – Chickenshed Theatre Bar, 290 Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 4PE.  Times: 8.30pm – 11.30pm Support 7pm – 7.45.   Price: £17 on door| £15 in advance
To book: telephone Box Office 020 8292 9222, email or visit

Fri 4 NovemberThe Inimitable Liane Carroll

Free spirit Liane Carroll captivates everyone who sees her perform. She is a one-off on the UK jazz scene and her combination of skill, heart and personality is attracting attention in the USA too. Liane delights audiences with original jazz interpretations of beautiful and often neglected songs from every musical idiom. She is a unique performer and without a doubt the biggest solo jazz draw in the country.

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 21st October at 8pm  (doors 7:30pm)  £12/£6 U25 –  Trio Manouche +1.  One of the UK’s leading Gypsy Swing acts, performing the works of Django Reinhardt and their own original swing compositions and songs. Featuring Simon Harris (vocals, guitar), Ducato Piotrowski (guitar), Mark Lewandowski (bass) and special guest Giacomo Smith (clarinet).

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

Weds 26th October 2016 – Hamish Stuart Band

Glasgow-born Hamish Stuart shot to fame in the 1970’s as the falsetto voice and guitarist of the Average White Band (AWB), his distinctive songwriting and vocal and guitar style helping pave the way to AWB’s extraordinary worldwide success. After AWB’s split up Hamish spent the rest of the 1980’s touring, writing and recording with a galaxy of soul legends, including Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, George Benson and Chaka Khan. Tickets £18

Weds 30th November 2016 – Omar with the QCBA Quartet

British born, classically trained soul legend Omar’s career spans twenty five years. The internationally acclaimed classic and neo-soul singer, songwriter and musician makes a return to the club to make sophisticated soul-funk syncopations with this excellent quartet, featuring trumpeter Quentin Collins and saxophonist Brandon Allen.  £18

Weds 11th January 2017 – Dave Mascall’s Acid Lounge

Local guitarist Dave Mascall makes a welcome return to the club bringing with him a mixture of up-tempo soulful funky jazz grooves!  Tickets £10

Weds 25th January 2017 – Tristan

Netherlands-based, UK Soul Chart toppers Tristan have been wowing groove-loving audiences with their unique, feel-good, vintage, Acid Jazz music which has led them to large airplay on UK’s Jazz FM. Modern arrangements performed by some of today’s best contemporary European pop/jazz musicians, funky rhythm-guitars, Hammond, Fender Rhodes and synths and a rhythm section that has been playing together for decades are the perfect foil for lead singer Evelyn Kallansee’s beautiful vocals. Tickets £16

Weds 22nd February 2017 – Chris Standring

Smooth groove guitarist Chris Standring, English born but residing in California for over 20 years, Chris Standring has firmly established himself as a popular mainstay in the contemporary urban jazz genre with his infectious R&B driven hits. Chris will be making his annual pilgrimage back to his homeland to play tunes from his tenth solo recording “Ten” with a dazzling soul infused groove-laden jazz set. Digging even deeper into creative territory, Standring continues to stand out from the herd and blaze new trails in the contemporary jazz world. Tickets £15

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

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

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

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

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

October 25th  Cliff Longhurst  ‘Jazz Knights’  Woody Herman style big band.  An absolutely top class band presented by Cliff on drums.

November 1st 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 and John Bridge on trombone aided by Bobby Allen vocals.

November 8th Club Dixielanders. Our popular Traditional jazz band playing all the old favourites from the Crescent City.

November 15th Conchord Big Band A popular band led by Cliff Brown on trumpet (and a few vocals!) Always welcome at the club.

November 22nd John Bignall Band  A long awaited return of John to the club together with his always accomplished band. Also presenting the return of Ellie who is now forging a distinguished professional singing career.

November 29th Hertswing Big Band. Big, bouncy, and Basie style Swing, the very best!  Hopefully with Star Vocalist  Vicky who we must congratulate on her own recent production,  a baby girl !!!

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

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

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

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

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

September 30th  –  Barb Jungr    £20    BARB JUNGR ~ Vocals    DAVIDE MANTOVANI ~ Bass   BARRY GREEN ~ Piano

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

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 vets surgery CM16 6DB.  Licensed bar at village hall prices.  Tea, coffee and snacks at reasonable prices, with parking – but get there early.  01992 522621

The Jack Free Allstars.  The legendary trombonist appears with regulars Pete Rudeforth, John Crocker, Tim Huskisson, Murray Salmon, Martin Guy, Colin Bray, Carol Braithwaite.  With Paul Higgs, Colin Good, Gary Wood, Julian Stringle, Trevor Whiting, JJ Vinten amount recent guests.

November 19,  December 17

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

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

Thursday 27th October – 8.30pm
Richard Pite with Phillip Achille, Dave Chamberlain & Gunther Kurmayr

Thursday 3rd November – 8.30pm
Jacqui Hicks with the Robin Aspland Trio

Thursday 10th November – 8.30pm
Mark Crooks with Richard Busiakiewicz Dave Chamberlain & Rod Brown

Thursday 24th November – 8.30pm
Simon Bates Quartet

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

SUNDAY 6 November – THE NIGEL PRICE ORGAN TRIO with Alex Garnett

Amazing guitarist Nigel Price returns to Milestones with one of the most exciting and popular bands in the UK today and guest tenor saxophonist Alex Garnett. Hard-swinging, bluesy grooves featuring Nigel’s long flowing lines are performed over originals and standards in the spirit of Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith and 1960’s Blue Note jazz. Petrol is thrown on the fire by the great Ross Stanley (Hammond organ) and Matt Home (drums). Not to be missed!
Admission – £7 £6 concessions  Listen to The Organ Trio at or

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

Sunday 23rd October – LUCA LUCIANO

Sunday 4th December – ESTELLE KOKOT
Sunday 18th December – TENOR MADNESS

Sunday 1st January – ALAN BARNES
Sunday 15th January – ADAM GLASSER

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

October  27th     THE MATT  SKELTON ALL STARS               £12

Big Band Music of The Highest Quality performed by Big Band Star Musicians, Playing the great tunes of Ellington & Basie.   Just look at “ALL STAR” the line up !!!
Matt Skelton — Drums & leader – One of the UK’s top drummers & a full time member of the fabulous John Wilson Concert Orchestra – So we have Matt just before he rejoins The Orch for another sell out nationwide tour in all the big venues & ending at The Royal Albert Hall.
Alan Barnes – Saxes – This multi Brit Jazz Award Winner is a great addition to any gig.
Robert Fowler -Saxes- Leader of his own big band & with his own rounded sound – he is always welcome.
George Hogg - Trumpet – -A rare talent for any brass section – -one of the UK’s finest
Gordon Campbell - Trombone -This man is world class & hard to get. Also Director of Music Royal Marines.
Rob Barron - Piano . One of the UK’s great young pianists. … Has recorded with his own jazz trio.
Jeremy Brown - Double Bass . This is the pendulum – the beat & the driving force

Nov  1st  TUES  JIM MULLEN TRIO plus DAVE LEWIS   8 30pm   £12
JIM MULLEN. Guitar. Brit Jazz award winner & a legend of the jazz world leads this all star outfit with the formidable tenor sax man DAVE LEWIS.
Dave Lewis is a very successful band leader in his own right & will defo light up the FJC.
MIKE GORMAN . Organ — One of the UKs most swinging organists along with the driving force of MATT SKELTON behind the drums. Matt covers every aspect of music from jazz trios  to Skelton /Skinner Big Band to being the resident drummer in The John Wilson Concert Orchestra ~ ~ ~ Wow what a way to kick off the month.

Nov 10th   THE BONE SUPREMACY       8 30pm        £12     5 Trombones & 3 Rhythm       We just had to bring this amazing outfit back to The FJC ~ with five of The UK’s finest & most experienced trombone players & backed by a rhythm section that would drive a full twenty piece orchestra. Not to be missed – people are still raving over their last visit.
Adrian Fry.    Mark Nightingale.     Andy Flaxman,   Ian Bateman.     Chris Gower.   
John Pearce – piano.    Jerome Davies – double bass.  Pete Cater – drums

Nov 17th  THE TOMMASO STARACE QUINTET     8 30pm    £12  //
On his previous visit to The FJC this charismatic Italian saxophonist went down storm with his very adventurous & exciting quartet — For this visit we have asked him for a quintet & Tommaso has engaged the services of the brilliant tenor saxophonist Dave O’Higgins.
Dave is the resident saxophone part in The Darius Brubeck Quartet & earlier this year was on a tour in the USA with the other members of the Brubeck family.

Tommaso Starace saxes           Dave O’Higgins tenor sax        Frank Harrison piano  Laurence Cottle double bass.  Chris Nickolls drums.

Nov 24th  THE LIANE CARROLL TRIO        8 30pm      £12
Roger Carey bass – – - Russell Field drums

Dec 1st   THE ALAN BARNES ALL STAR OCTET    8 30pm      £14     Re this gig

The Alan Barnes Octet perform his “Charles Dickens Christmas Carol Project”
This new suite of pieces takes the audience through the characters & scenes of ” A Christmas Carol “.. Readings from the original Dickens tell the story, & after each scene eight of The UK’s Top Jazz Musicians bring the characters & scenes to life, switching the audience from hilarity to pathos with a skill that would have done credit to Dickens himself !!
A gruff Baritone Sax plays Scrooge. His lost love Belle is a lyrical Alto. His clerk Bob Cratchet a cheery Clarinet & Marley’s Ghost walks in the person of a swinging Trombone.  Just as Scrooge’s ghosts take him on a tour of his life, so do the movements of this suite. Each one seems to have a benevolent presiding ghost, celebrating the spirit of the Jazz Greats Past & Present.

Alan Barnes saxes & orator !!!          Bruce Adams trumpet
Mark Nightingale trombone             Robert Fowler saxes               Karen Sharp saxes
Dave Newton piano                           Simon Thorpe double bass    Clark Tracey drums

Dec 8th      THE CHRISTMAS EVENT with THE COLROSE 7     8 30pm       £12

Plus The Annual Bumper Raffle — All the fun of last year plus a bit more !!!  Last year’s mince pies !!!   But new raffle prizes – – So no worries  A Great Way To End Another Very Successful Year For The FJC

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

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

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

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

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

10 December, 8PM. FG with Jacqui Dankworth’s annual Christmas Show. Quarry Theatre at St Lukes. 26 St Peters Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN. 01234 362207.£15

19 December,8.30PM. Frank Griffth/Charlie Wood Quartet doing “Memphis Soul Swamp”. Bedford Arms, 2 Bromham Rd, Bedford, MK40 2QA.01234 214656. Free

26 February, 3PM. Musical Director for singer, Kevin Fitzsimmons “Sinatra and Sequins” Show. Corn Exchange Theatre, Broad Street, Stamford, PE9 1PX. 01780 766455. £19.

11 March 8PM. w/Tina May. Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3AE. 01442 228 091. £15.

12 March, 7.30PM. Guildhall Theatre,Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AE. 01332 01332 £13.

1 March, 8.30PM. FG with The Soulfunk 4. Richard Exall, sax, Pete Whittaker, organ and Mark Hale drums. Mill Hill Golf Club.100 Barnet Way, NW7 3AL. 0208 0451. £9.

25 May,8PM. Frank Griffith Nonet. Karamel Klub, 4 Coburg Road, London, N22 6UJ. 0208 829 8962. £8.

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

Carol Braithwaites’ Gig listing….more information:

Friday 11th November  – Billericay Const Club 1, High St,  CM12 9BE.
Lunchtime jazz 12.30 – 2.30pm.  £5 door.
Monthly club:  2nd Friday in every month.

Wednesday 16th November–   Essex County Bowls Club
21, Imperial Avenue, Westcliff SS0 8NE.

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

Diary dates(more information)

19/11/16 – North Weald
25/11/16 – Marigolds Jazz Club, Harlow
27/11/16 – Leigh Const. Club (Duo) Afternoon with Tony Gooderham
9/12/16 – Billericay with guest: Goff Dubber.
21/12/16 – Essex Bowl with guest: Pete Rudeford – trumpet.
18/1/17 – PCRF Charity Night at Essex Bowls Club.

17/3/17 – Sawbridgeworth.

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

Wed 26th Oct 2016. Rose & Crown, Gt. Waltham, Chelmsford Road, Chelmsford, CM3 1AG. 4 piece jazz band. Free Admission
Thurs 27th Oct 2016. David Price & Maralyn. Leather Bottle, Blackmore, Essex, CM4 0RT. 8.00-10.30pm. Admission free.
Oct 31st  Mon.  Southend Jazz Club, Ekco Sports & Social Club, Thornford Gardens, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6PU. 8.00-10.30pm with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

Nov 14th  Mon.  Griffin Park Jazz Club, Brentford FC Braemar Road, Brentford, TW8 0NT  8.30 – 11pm with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Nov 20th  Sun.  Colchester Jazz Club, Marks Tey Parish Hall, Old London Rd, Marks Tey, Colchester CO6 1EJ. 7.45–10.30pm with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Sun 27th Nov 2016. Thameside Jazz Club, Springhouse Road, Corringham, Essex, SS17 7QT. 8.00-10.30pm. with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces

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

Frid 13th Jan 2017. Farnborough Jazz Club, Farnborough Sports Club, Farrow Field, High Street, Farnborough, Kent, BR6 7BA. 8.00-11.00pm.
Sun 15th Jan 2017. Colchester Jazz Club.  Marks Tey Parish Hall, Old London Rd, Marks Tey, Colchester CO6 1EJ. 7.45 – 10.30pm. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Thurs 19th Jan 2017. 1066 Jazz Club. Marina, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 0BU. 8.00-11.00pm. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Sun 22nd Jan 2017. The Globe, Morning Lane, Hackney, E9. 12.30-3.30pm. Free Admission. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.ion.

Wed 19th April 2017. Amersham Jazz Club. Beaconsfield Sycob F.C., Hall Barn,  Holloway Park,  Windsor Road,  Beaconsfield,  Bucks  HP9 2SE. 8.30-11.00pm. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Sun 30th April 2017. Little Venice t.b.a afternoon. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

Mon 1st May 2017.  Little Venice t.b.a afternoon. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Thurs 11th May 2017. 1066 Jazz Club. Marina, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 0BU. 8.00-11.00pm. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Wed 17th May 2017. Sutton Coldfield Traditional Jazz Club, Warmley Social Club, 4 Fox Hollies Road, B76 2RJ. 8.30-11.00pm. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

Thurs 8th June 2017. Pumphouse, Jazz Club, Local Board Road, Lower High Street, Watford, WD17 2JP. 8.15-11.00pm. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

Fri 18th Aug 2017. Runnymede Jazz Club. Heriot Rd, Chertsey KT16 9BU.8.00-10.30pm. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

Thurs 28th Sept 2017. 1066 Jazz Club. Marina, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 0BU. 8.00-11.00pm. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces

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, Esse. SSO 7QW. 01702 345247. Sunday 1pm. Ron on Bass, plus guest.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEDS 26th October – LONDON CITY BIG BAND – Incredibly tight youthful ensemble playing faithful renditions taken from the books of Sinatra, Ella, Basie, Rich & James & led by top young trumpeter BARNEY LOWE. Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 advance

THE CRAZY COQS, 20, Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED   The Crazy Coqs is London’s leading cabaret style entertainment venue; an intimate compelling purpose made cabaret room, part of the Brasserie Zedel complex.  An intimate and unique cabaret & performance venue, in an extraordinary Art Deco setting.

Tuesday 25 October  – CLARE TEAL  CLARE TEAL entertains with two shows at 7pm and 9.30pm.  Tickets £30

Clare Teal is one of the UK’s most celebrated and much loved singers, as well as a prolific recording artist, concert hall performer and popular BBC Radio 2 broadcaster. She performs an intimate selection of swinging, emotive and characterful songs accompanied on piano by Jason Rebello.  She has recorded and released 15 albums to public and critical acclaim. With her stunning voice, encyclopaedic knowledge of jazz, swing and big band music, and her innate warmth and wit, this opportunity to hear Clare Teal in cabaret is an unmissable diary must.

Tuesday  1 November –  INFECTIOUS BRAZIL   Luiz Morais Quintet with Gabriela Kozyra at 8pm.  Tickets £20

The compelling party rhythms of urban Rio arrive at the Crazy Coqs with “Infectious Brazil”. Their iconic music of Brazil’s identity, including the dance infused Samba, Bossa Nova and Choro styles are guaranteed to put a happy smile on your face; get your feet tapping, bodies swaying and fingers popping. Outstanding international instrumentalists  on guitar, piano, flute and percussion, and lyrical singing of  love, passion and pleasure, will ensure you get infectious for Brazil.


On Thursday November 10th at 8.45pm at  The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU Classic Jazz in Four Hands – With Paolo Alderighi and Stephanie Trick      Tickets: £12 in advance & £15 on the door.*  Box office: 01908 280 800   *Please note A handling charge of £2.80 applies to all bookings. Online bookings are also subject to a £1.80 per ticket processing fee.

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

The Pump House Jazz Club at Watford continues on Thursdays.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

John Petters News -

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

Tony Jacobs News

On Sunday October 16th, I’ll be presenting ‘A SWELL PARTY’ at the annual National Sinatra Society Convention in Birmingham. This will be with the Jim Barry Quintet and the wonderful Catherine Sykes.  The fun-packed concert celebrates the great songwriters (Gershwin, Porter, Mercer, Berlin et. al.) and  performers including Sinatra, Louis, Bing, Ella and others.  It is a matinee – starting at 3.45pm. The venue is The Cobden Hotel, Hagley Road, B16 9NZ  tickets from Margaret Cummings on 0121 350 0683.

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

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

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


Do you like Jazz music?  Do you play the Saxophone?   If playing as part of a group appeals to you, why not join John Seeley’s Jazz and Saxophone Group?  We are a relaxed, friendly, welcoming group and are always looking for more members to join our Jazz family!

Jazz Workshop – The aim of this workshop is to provide a creative and relaxed atmosphere for musicians of all levels, to learn theory aspects of music, and gain practical knowledge of performing.  The music used will range from Hard Bop, Modern to Contemporary Jazz, and will be arranged to a high level.

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

8th, 22nd September 2016
6th, 20th October 2016
3rd, 17th November 2016
1st December 2016
8th December 2016 – Christmas Concert

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

Website:  Email:

Saxophone Workshop – The workshop aims to develop saxophone technique and performance in a friendly creative environment.  Each class explores saxophone and musicianship skills that will enhance the individual and group performer.  This includes music theory, methods of practise, sight reading, improvisation, aural work, and specific concepts to increase your knowledge on the saxophone.  This is worked concurrently with a repertoire of saxophone music from different genres of music with a focus on Classical and Jazz.

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

1st, 15th, 29th September 2016
13th, 27th October 2016
10th, 24th November 2016
8th December 2016 – Christmas Concert

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

Weekly Saturday Jazz Workshops in Orpington (SE London) for anyone, any age, on any instrument, interested in developing their improvising skills and musicianship. It is a practical, performance based approach to learning in a supportive, inclusive and nurturing group. Through the playing and study of standard jazz repertoire we cover some of the essential requirements for improvising including ear training, rhythmic skills, developing your harmonic understanding, learning transcriptions of some classic recordings and building a jazz vocabulary. By better understanding the process of playing jazz and your role in the group and by using a variety of different practice methods and approaches you can gain confidence in your improvising. Limited numbers. See for more details.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Stoke By Nayland: Fleece Jazz at the Stoke By Nayland Hotel, CO6 4PZ have a night of on Friday 21st October then they have TASSOS SPILIOTOPOULOS on Friday 28th October. Box Office 01787 211865. See details

Bishops Stortford: On Wednesday 30th November there’s Latin Jazz with QUE PASA at the Rhodes Hall. Starts at 7.30pm.

Bury St Edmunds: The Apex present Songbook Sundays at lunchtime on Sunday 23rd October with EMILY DANKWORTH. For all details check

Bury St Edmunds: Headhunters Jazz at the Hunter Club, 6, St Andrews Street or see

Colchester: The Arts Centre Jazz Club at Church Street (off Head Street) See for details.

Chelmsford: GC’s Jazz Club at The Woolpack, 23, Mildmay Road, Essex, CM2 0DN present JOHNNY WITHERS (vibes) on Sunday 6th November. 8.30pm. Free. Call 01245 259295.

Cambridge: The Jazz Festival takes place from the 16th to the 27th November with a host of great gigs all over the city. Google for full details.

Cambridge: Hidden Rooms, 7a, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA present the TINA MAY QUARTET on Thursday 27th October. Doors 7pm. Music 8pm. Booking:, or call 07827 012875.

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

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

Ipswich: The jazz club features the HARRY ALLEN QUARTET on Sunday 20th November at the California Club, 195, Foxhall Road, IP3 8LB. See for details.

Felixstowe: Jazz East presents NICOLAS MEIER on Sunday 23rd October at The Alex, 123 Undercliff Road West, IP11 2AF. 8.00-10.30pm. FREE adm. Tel: 01394 282958 for info or see

Holland On Sea: Live Jazz At The Tavern, 55-57, Frinton Road, Essex, CO15 5UH presents TONY BARNARD with the TED BEAMENT TRIO on Sunday 30th October. Adm £10. Doors 7.30pm. Jazz 8.00 to 10.30pm. Tel: 01255 814080 for information.

Norwich: The jazz club at the Maddermarket Theatre Bar on Monday 7th November host an Open Mic/Jam Night and on Tuesday 15th November the NIGEL PRICE ORGAN TRIO appear. See for more information.

Lowestoft: Milestones Jazz Club at the Hatfield Hotel, The Esplanade, NR33 0QG presents the NIGEL PRICE ORGAN TRIO on Sunday 6th November. See

Walthamstow: E17 at Gnome House, 7, Blackhorse Lane, E17 6DS present THE BUTTON BAND on Tuesday 25th October. Check for details.

Mill Hill: for details.



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