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The Julian Marc Stringle Quartet will play a fundraising concert for the National Jazz Archive on Saturday 23 June, in Loughton, Essex, starting at 2.30pm.  Tickets £15.  The Quartet will feature music made famous by Benny Goodman, Buddy de Franco and Artie Shaw, among others. The concert is the second in a series of events this year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Archive.

Julian Marc Stringle plays clarinet, alto and tenor saxes, and sings, but the clarinet is his passion. He is recognised as Europe’s most stylish performer on the instrument and has won several British Jazz awards, with his highly melodic music, unique sound and phenomenal technique. He plays in and leads a wide range of groups, playing swing, modern, Latin, jazz-funk and more.
Award-winning Canadian guitar virtuoso Dominic Ashworth is an active freelance player. He regularly plays alongside Julian, both as a duo and in Julian’s Dream Band. He teaches guitar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. On bass is Julian’s long-time musical associate Andrew Cleyndert, well known to jazz audiences for the past 30 years. He has played and toured with the cream of UK and international musicians. In the drum chair is Kent-based Rod Brown, drummer of choice for many top vocalists.
The venue for the concert is Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB, which is located just a couple of hundred yards from the Archive’s home in Loughton Library, where extensive parking is available. The church and the archive are about a kilometre away from Loughton Station on the Central Line, and are served by numerous bus routes.
For details and to book,
email    or phone 020 8502 4701.

Elgood Brewery presents Fathers Day Jazz  on Sunday 17th June at 72 North Brink WISBECH PE13 1LW.  3 sessions of jazz by Peter Rudeforth’s Traditional Jazz Band featuring top musicians

Peter Rudeforth Tpt/Flugel/Vocs Ldr         Tim Huskisson Pno
Julian Marc Stringle  Clt/Saxes/Voc            Sandy Burnett Bass
Andy Flaxman Tbe                                       John Elmer Drums

Entry from 11am Music starts at 1-4 pm
(As Jazz is in the garden …… please bring your own chair or blanket)
Licensed Bar, Tea, Coffee & Snacks available or you can bring  a picnic
Admission for Jazz and Gardens £10 Cash on Door, under 12’s free
Details   tel  01945 588325/07903 879209
Disabled facilities/Free Car Park/Raffle in Aid of Tapping House Charity

BEDFORD JAZZ WORKSHOP on Thursday 24th May.  At Russell Park Club, 69 Goldington Road, Bedford MK40 3ND.  Contact

MehrClef’s preparations for the Summer Jazz Course are in full swing. The teaching rooms we want to use at Chichester all have Steinway Grand Pianos including the Essex and Boston range. A musician’s dream, especially for pianists. The Elizabeth Swan Room, which we will use both for teaching and our nightly Jazz Club, is kitted out with a pro PA system. The Tutor and Student Concerts will be held in the Chapel, the University’s official Concert venue.
Current availability:
Piano – 1 place       Bass – 2 places
Drums – 1 place     Vocals – 4 places
Other instruments including Sax, Flute, Brass, guitar – places available.

Que Pasa’s monthly gig at The Rhodes Arts Centre Bishop’s Stortford on Wednesday 16th May 7:30pm – this month  featuring the superb Kevin Flanagan on saxophones in addition to  Adam Amor.   Free entry! – although we may pass a hat-shaped container around – but come and enjoy those Latin rhythms and contemporary Jazz.    Kevin Flanagan: Tenor sax   Paul Robinson: Drums   Adam Amor: Saxes   Steve Cook: Basses   Peter Lemer: Piano

 Wednesday 23rd May at 1pm THE GREAT TENORS   £9   with    Simon Spillett tenor sax   CHRIS INGHAM piano    ARNIE SOMOGYI bass    A Headhunters lunchtime presentation, live at the Apex Auditorium.

 “Saxophone playing of the highest order”    JAZZ JOURNAL         Recent recipient of a UK Jazz Award for Services to British Jazz, renowned musician and author Simon Spillett salutes the jazz masters of the tenor saxophone, including Lester Young, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins.  A special Bury Festival lunchtime event in the magnificent Apex auditorium, with Yamaha concert grand piano.

 Expressive, soulful Jazz singer, Rachel Jenkins will be singing a solo set on Thurs 31st May, 8pm at The Imperial Arms Coach House Bistro, 1 Old Hill, Chislehurst, Bromley.  A beautiful, intimate venue, with a fabulous food and wine menu.  Booking advisable 0203 605 7899.

Hadleigh Jazz Club at Hadleigh Town Hall on Sat 9th June at 7:30pm.  £14   Tina May will be joined by super-swinging quartet including Mike Gorman on piano, Nigel Price guitar, Arnie Somogyi Bass and George Double Drums.



‘Jazztonic’ is a weekly jazz music and magazine radio programme available only via and clicking on ‘listen’.  From ragtime through swing and fusion to contemporary it goes out every Wednesday at 7pm and is presented by David Craigie.    There is no catch-up service . . . so listen live!

Sound of Spitfire Radio on the internet   Tune in at 9pm Monday UK time:  There will be two broadcasts of each show, but you’ll need to catch it live as it will not be available for download.  This is a brand new internet station, based in Spalding Lincolnshire.
Facebook: SoundOfSpitfire          Twitter: @SoundOfSpitfire
Skype: SoundOfSpitfire Studio    Or 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 6:15pm whilst you sit at a candlelit table, either before or whilst enjoying the top quality jazz which commences at 8:00pm until 10.30pm. Top International, Regional Bands and Artists, including Big Bands, Swing and Mainstream, all tuneful easy listening foot tapping music with something for everyone! Friendly welcoming atmosphere ~ Admission is from £12.50 on the door ~ Large free car park ~ Newcomers most welcome. ;  Telephone: 07850 607075 or   –   Reservations are recommended

23rd & 30th May – Closed

6th June – The  Syd Lawrence Orchestra with Chris Dean vocals/ trombone

We welcome back at members’ request Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra, recently voted “Best Big Band in the Land” for the ninth consecutive year.  This fabulous orchestra has been thrilling audiences all over Great Britain and Continental Europe for over 40 years. Renowned for its exciting blend of high octane Big Band Swing and Classic Dance Music, the Orchestra’s repertoire ranges from the legendary Glenn Miller through the era of the great Count Basie Orchestra to the hits of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. It has recently been voted “Best Big Band in the Land” for the twelfth consecutive year. The Orchestra, directed since 1996 by Chris Dean, has a repertoire of over 1,200 classic Big Band titles including Glenn Miller’s ‘Moonlight Serenade’ ‘In the Mood’, Tommy Dorsey´s ‘I’m Getting Sentimental Over You’ ‘Opus One’, Benny Goodman´s ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’, Artie Shaw´s ‘Begin The Beguine’, Woody Herman’s ‘Blues on Parade’, Ray Anthony’s ‘Mr Anthony’s Boogie’, Duke Ellington’s ‘Satin Doll’, Bert Ambrose’s ‘Night Ride’, Count Basie´s ‘April in Paris’ and ‘Splanky’, Charlie Barnet´s ‘Skyliner’, Stan Kenton´s ‘Peanut Vendor’, the ‘Trumpet Blues’ of Harry James, ‘I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm’ of Les Brown, the hits of Billy May and Ted Heath’s ‘Hot Toddy’. Tonight in addition to big band numbers will be vocals from band leader Chris Dean.  Admission £20 on the door via prior reservation only

13th June – Georgina Jackson Quartet

Georgina Jackson – vocals & trumpet, Robin Aspland – piano, Paul Morgan – double bass & Ed Richardson – drums

“The multi-talented Jackson has a vocal presence that is satin, tonally splendid and finger beckoningly seductive….she instinctively demos how to rhythmically milk the best and most meaningful out of both lyric and melody” –  Jazz Times
Georgina Jackson began her musical career working as a professional trumpet player. She has worked with many famous faces, such as Frank Sinatra Junior, Nancy Sinatra and Seal, and eventually as resident singer with the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra. Georgina also appears with the BBC Big Band.
Robin Aspland, a much in demand pianist, attended Colchester Institute where he attained a degree in music. He has worked with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Iain Ballamy, John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, and was last here with the Gordon Campbell All Stars.
Paul Morgan worked with NYJO, and was the Principal Bass with the BBC Radio Orchestra. Paul was last at the Club with Tony Jacobs and Simply Swing.
Ed Richardson is an established young drummer on the UK music scene. He can be seen often at Ronnie Scott’s, performing with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra & All-Stars + Ray Gelato & The Giants and Gordon Campbell’s All Stars at our Club.

20th June – Dutch No1 Jive & Swing Band: Jazz Connection

Jurgen Feskens – trumpet, flugelhorn & vocals, Peter van Steen – trombone, Rob Henneveld – tenor & alto saxes, clarinet, Bart Wouters – double bass & vocals, Bart Maassen – piano, Ad Hoendervangers – drums

Following their knock out gig last year, we welcome back Jazz Connection, true followers of the Jump Jive/Blues and early Rhythm ‘n Blues style that hit America’s black post war population. With songs from Louis Prima, Wynonie Harris, King Curtis, Louis Jordan and Teddy Brannon, they bring a revival of the best and brightest star performers from these exciting years.
Founded 27 years ago in ‘jazzy’ hometown Breda, Jazz Connection is running like a train, swinging and rolling through Europe with their Jazz & Jive show. They have performed at major festivals and clubs in Holland, toured in Belgium, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Scandinavia, France, Bulgaria and Poland as well as in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Together with lots of humour, Jazz Connection produces their remarkable sound, transparent, sophisticated, catchy and groovy. Whether it’s a festive jive, tantalizing boogie or heartbreaking blues, you’ll recognise without doubt the sound of this unique sextet. Admission £15, reservations recommended

27th June – Summer Pianorama

Dave Browning – piano, Ted Beament – piano, Jonathan Vinten – piano, Alan Morgan - double bass, Cyril Bevan – drums

A super three piano extravaganza plus rhythm section.  Enjoy a variety of jazz piano styles including Fats Waller, Errol Garner, Hank Jones, Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, George Shearing, Oscar Peterson, Monty Alexander and many more in one great night out!   Includes ‘Piano Madness’ with all three pianists playing simultaneously plus some boogie woogie!

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

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

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, 29th May – MANCINI MAGIC featuring PAUL HIGGS, trumpet, and JOHN WITHERS, kit, with resident duo of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass.

Paul Higgs, a multi-instrumentalist marvel, returns by popular demand on his trumpet, to portray his understanding of the magic associated with Henry Mancini’s music. A master of composition, particularly for screen themes, Mancini’s artistry, will no doubt be fully explored by Paul with such tunes as ‘Moon River’, ‘Pink Panther’, ‘Days of Wine and Roses’, ‘Charade’, ‘How Soon’, Dreamsville and others.
John Withers, no stranger to the Club, will accompany Paul with his always immaculate percussion timing completing the rhythm section for tonights gig.

Tuesday, 26th June, 2018 – IT’S DIXIE TIME featuring TIM HUSKISSON, keys, and JIM DOUGLAS, guitar, with resident duo of Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

Tim Huskisson, another multi-instrumentalist is no stranger to the Club, is a self taught musician becoming inspired with jazz after first hearing it on 78rpm records, now how early was that ! Latterly he has dedicated himself by keeping alive the music that first inspired him on the local jazz circuits, Tonight Tim, as in the title, Dixie, will be in his element exploring the 1920’s tunes like ‘At the Jazz Band Ball’, ‘Back Home in Indiana’, ‘After You’ve Gone’, ‘Avalon’ and others.
Jim Douglas formed his first jazz band at school, initially in the ‘skiffle’ genre, and by fifteen had acquired a guitar and banjo and, along with his clarinetist friend Pete Kerr, formed the ‘Hidden Town Dixie-Leaders’ and when an engagement in Germany required them to turn professional, changed their name to ‘Capital Jazz’. He played with highly successful ‘Clyde Valley Stompers’’, that sadly broke up, leaving Jim playing occasional gigs with the renowned ‘Alex Welsh Band’, officially joining in 1964, remaining a stalwart for eighteen years up until the death of Alex Walsh.

Tuesday, 31st July, 2018

JAZZ DIVAS RECALLED featuring SHARON SCOTT, vocals, and DOMINIC ASHWORTH, guitar, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

Sharon Scott, our regular Scottish songstress will be recalling her favourite Jazz Divas from Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee and others with the tunes that made them headliners with countless hits. Tonight she will be very ably accompanied by our other guest, Dominic Ashworth.
Dominic Ashworth, guitar, returns from a busy schedule on the music scene where he is in great demand with such great groups as ‘Picante’, ‘Rag & Bone Club’, and ‘The Dream Band’ and more recently with Julian Stringle’s latest show ‘It’s Clazzical’ a vibrant mix of Latin and classically composed numbers with an added quartet of strings for another sound dimension. Dominic’s style and experience covers the complete spectrum of music genres and is a favourite with many among our audience, so will be at total ease accompanying Sharon whatever programme she chooses.

Tuesday, 28th August, 2018

OLD, NEW & BLUE featuring JOHN WITHERS, vibraphone, and NEALE RIDDING, flute, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

John Withers makes another welcome return, but this time with his magical vibraphone to bring you a musical pot pourri of tunes, hence, Old, New and Blue to suit everybody’s taste and will accompany the experienced Neale Ridding who is making his debut at the Club. This can be considered a reunion as both played together many years ago when John had a residency at The Heybridge Country Club.
Neale Ridding, flute, is yet another multi-instrumentalist with over thirty years experience as a professional musician and spent some time as a member of the 1980’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra. His musical career began by playing the piano, but he moved quickly onto alto saxophone and particularly flute, of whom many, consider him to be one of the country’s leading exponents, and is also very active as a music teacher,  This’ll be Neale’s first visit so be sure to give him a warm welcome.

Tuesday, 25th September, 2018

ELLINGTON TO BASIE featuring JEFF WILLIAMS, trombone, & PETE COOPER, trumpet, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, of Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

Jeff Williams, making his third visit to the Club with his trusted trombone playing with a style full of spirit, exuberance and inventiveness, having collaborated with a host of star musicians for over a score or more years. His main influences of swing music came from the 30’s onwards mainly from the Ellington, Basie and Dorsey bands. Jeff now leads the Mississipi Swamp Dogs, a New Orleans Blues sextet that performs at notable  London  venues as  Boisdales, Ronnie Scotts, Bulls Head, and The Hideaway. He is also a member of the Harleem Meer Cats a group with music roots in replicating New Yorks’ Cotton Club on the jazz circuits.
Pete Cooper, trumpet, and long time cohort of Jeff’s, will be making his first visit to the Club but his style has the credentials for creating the sound of the 1930’s swing era. He began playing at the age of eleven whilst at school with friends and later went on to play with The National Youth Jazz Orchestra before running a successful printing business twenty five years ago, for a more reliable income. Before that he played for several musical theatre shows touring the country and also for TV programmes and advertisements and has recorded and toured with Buddy Greco and Frankie Lane, and played the Royal Albert Hall with the great John Williams. He has guested with the  Danish Radio Big Band, the renowned Nick Ross Orchestra and the Len Phillips Big Band.  Another first time guest musician, sure to receive a warm reception.

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


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 22nd May – 8.00
Christian Brewer Quartet

Tuesday 5th June – 8.00pm

Tuesday 12th June  –  8.00pm
Ted Beament with Colin Watling – sax Murray Salmon – bass & Les Cirkle – drums

Tuesday 19th June 8.00
Al Nicholls with the Imre Varga Trio

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 26th May  2.00pm – 4.00pm
Dave O’Higgins with  Rob Barron  Geoff Gascoyne  &  Sebastian deKrom
Admission £10.00 students £5.00

Saturday 30th June  2.00pm – 4.00pm
Sara Dowling with Gabriel Latchin – piano Dario  DiLeece – bass & Matt Home drums
Admission £10.00 students £5.00

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

Tue 23rd May  – Carol Braithwaite & The Jazz Crew

Wed 13th June – The Chicagoans Jack Free /Peter Rudeforth /Tim Huskisson

Wed 27th June – The Carlton Jazz band

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 3rd June – Keith Nichols Quintet
Keith Nicholls (piano),   Enrico Tomasso (trumpet),   Trevor Whitting (sax),   Richard Pite (drums/bass)   Guitar tbc

Sunday 9th September – Sara Dowling Quartet
Sara Dowling (vocals),   Gabriel Latchin (piano),  Dario di’Lecce (bass),  Steve Brown (drums)

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

25th May  –  Ted Beament Quintet

Ted Beament keyboards, Jo Fooks sax, Steve Waterman trumpet, Murray Salmon bass and Les Circle drums. There is far too little space here to do justice to this fantastic line up of musical talent. Apologies.

A regular at Marigolds, Ted’s superb musicianship makes him one of the finest pianists in Britain. He has played all over the UK and abroad but is particularly well known on the London jazz scene. As well as being a great band player, Ted is equally at home performing as an innovative soloist or providing an excellent accompaniment for any vocalist. He is currently a member of the outstanding Humphrey Lyttelton Band but has also played alongside many fine soloists, too many to name here.
After winning ‘The Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year’, Sottish born Jo went on to study at the Guildhall School of music in London and later the Berklee School of music in Boston on a full fee scholarship. After recording her debut album “Here and Now!”,  legendary British trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton invited her to join his band with whom she toured and performed across the UK.
Winning numerous jazz awards over the years Steve is one of the top British jazz trumpet players both at home and on the international scene beginning his career while studying at Trinity College of Music. Since then, as well as playing regularly he has recorded many critically acclaimed CDs in his own name and with others and has a large portfolio of his own compositions. He is professor of Jazz Trumpet teaching in several institutions as well as teaching on many summer jazz courses and numerous Trumpet master classes and workshops throughout the UK and across the world. He has co-written with John ONeil a highly acclaimed Jazz Trumpet tutor book, ‘The Jazz Method for Trumpet’ published by Schott & Co.

8th June  –  Private Letting – No Blues Gig

29th June  –  Jim Mullen Organ Trio

Jim Mullen guitar, Mike Gorman organ and Tristan Mailliot drums

Jim is a truly original player in modern jazz guitar. Originally from Glasgow he moved to London in 1969, going on to work in the groups of Pete Brown, Brian Auger, Vinegar Joe and Kokomo. In 1975 whilst touring the US with the Average White Band, Jim met sax player Dick Morrissey. They began a 15-year association in the legendary British jazz funk band Morrisey Mullen where Jim found critical notice as joint leader.  After the demise of this band he worked with jazz vocalist Claire Martin and formed a series of quartets.
Jim has also played and recorded with Mose Allison, Hamish Stuart, Joanna Eden, Tam White, Claire Martin, Mike Carr, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dave O’Higgins and Georgie Fame, Sinan Alimanović, David Tughan and Frank Holder. He has recorded as part of The AllStars, a collective of session musicians on their McCartney-produced album All About the Music, alongside guests Jocelyn Brown, Hamish Stuart and Angelo Starr.   Twice winner of ‘Best Guitar’ in the BT jazz awards and ‘Best Guitar’ in the 2000 British Jazz Awards.
Mike Gorman was born in Sheffield. After studying in Manchester, he moved to London in 1995 to attend the Guildhall School of Music,  He has since established himself as one of the UK’s leading jazz pianists and organists, performing with virtually every UK horn player and vocalist of note – Don Weller, Bobby Wellins, Alan Skidmore, Georgie Fame, Peter King, Alan Barnes, Dave Cliff, Stacey Kent, Guy Barker and Danny Moss, etc.
Mike is a key member of the Jim Mullen Organ Trio, with whom he as recorded 3 acclaimed albums.  He is also in great demand as a session player touring and recording extensively with a variety of artists in the field of popular and commercial music – Boy George, Mica Paris, Van Morrison, Hamish Stuart, Marty Pellow, Marlena Shaw, Gwen McCrae, Andrea Bocelli and Tom Robinson.
Mike worked with many US artists, including Jimmy Witherspoon, Ken Peplowski, Bill Watrous, Lanny Morgan, Gwen McCrae and Marlena Shaw, and toured and recorded with major international acts Incognito and Us3. His debut album “The Maze” on label 33 Records (2002) received critical acclaim and named Jazz CD of the Month in the Nov ’02 BBC Music Magazine.

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

20th May – Marius Rudnick Band. Appearing for the first time at the club and playing jazz in the styles of John Coltrane and Miles Davis. As well as tributes to these two giants of jazz expect an evening of swing standards from the tenor saxophone, clarinet and flute of Marius Rudnick.  Admission £10.

27th May – The Jack Clifford Swingtette. A wonderful end to another month of jazz with, as usual, an evening of traditional and jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack blowing clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with regulars including Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Clarke drums and Roger Curphy bass.

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

Sunday 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.

Sunday 1st July 2018    GRAHAM PIKE  Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Harmonica, Vocal.
After a past life as TV/Theatre Musical Director, Composer, Graham has returned to his youth playing the live circuit with his own quartet & MD of KIX Jazz Orchestra. “A century has produced so much great jazz, I love dipping into it all say’s Graham”.   Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 5th August 2018   JULIAN STRINGLE  Clarinet, Saxophone.    Julian made his TV debut with Acker Bilk when he was just 14. He has played on concert, club, festival and broadcast dates with his own bands. He was voted best ‘Best Clarinettist’ at the British Jazz Awards 2006/7.    Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 2nd September 2018   PAUL WOOD  Vocal      Paul has travelled extensively in Europe appearing with many Big Bands such as ‘Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra’, ‘Sid Lawrence Orchestra’ and ‘James Last’ to name but a few. Paul has recently been performing a series of Sinatra tributes with the Len Phillips Big Band around the UK. “He has the sound and feel of Mel Torme and timing of Sinatra” Say’s Graeme.    Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 7th October 2018   RICHARD EXALL   Sax/Clarinet     Back by popular demand. Richard has to be one of the most versatile musicians on the jazz scene with his experience of working with Robin Jones Afro Cuban Band, Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Chris Barber, Nelson Riddle Orchestra UK to name a few.    Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Jose Canha String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 4th November 2018   SIMON HURLEY  Guitar    Simon graduated in 2010 with a First Class Honours Degree from Colchester Institute, He is competent in many styles. His jazz  playing is much inspired by that of Joe Pass and Martin Taylor who is quoted as describing Simons playing as ‘Just Beautiful’ .    Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 2nd December 2018  PAUL HIGGS  Trumpet           Paul is a highly respected and talented musician who came up through the ranks of NYJO performing with greats such as Louie Bellson & Tony Bennett. He is a fine pianist, composer & arranger, being MD at the national theatre for many years.  Paul is a long time member of Graeme’s quintet.  Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

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

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

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

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

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

Weds 30th May 2018 – Oli Silk

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

The CRICKETERS JAZZ CLUB at 228 London Road, Westcliff, Essex  SS0 7JG.  Every second Wednesday of the month  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, good food, lots of ales to choose and there is no entrance charge.  .  It’s a good idea to book a table before you come if you wish to eat – phone number is  01702 345453.  Remember the music starts at 8.30pm – but come early for the best seats!

June 13th is our next Wednesday date.  We promise you a very entertaining evening as our special guest is Spatts Langham, who will strum his guitar and banjo (not at the same time of course!) and bring along some of his wonderful songs. It will be the second time that Spatts has visited us at The Cricketers and we sure that his second visit will surpass his first.  He will be backed by Roger Curphey (bass) and  Alan Clarke  (drums).  Chris Gower (trombone) will join Digby (trumpet) on the front line.  So the evening is sure to be a lively one!  See you there!

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

Sunday 20th May –  CHRISTIAN BREWER QUARTET   Alto sax star
Christian Brewer (alto saxophone) Tim Lapthorn (keyboard)  Adam King (double bass) Darren Beckett (drums)

Sunday 27th May – TED BEAMENT TRIO and special guest  MARCO NATALE-MILES
Humphrey Lyttelton band pianist with young trumpet ace.  Ted Beament (keyboard) Murray Salmon (double bass) Les Cirkel (drums) and Marco Natale-Miles (trumpet/flugel horn)

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

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 27th June – GARTH BARDSLEY Sings The Bricusse & Newley Songbook

Sandra Lambert (Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums)
West End Star Garth Bardsley is a professional singer, actor, writer, lyricist, and award-winning director. As a colleague and friend of Anthony Newley he penned his biography “Stop The World – The Biography of Anthony Newley”. Now we bring you the show featuring such wonderful songs as “Candy Man”, “Feeling Good”, “On A Wonderful Day Like Today”, “Who Can I Turn To”.

Wed 25th July – TONY JACOBS & HIS BAND – ‘A Swell Party’

‘A Swell Party’ is a celebration of some of the greatest popular music of all time.  From Irving Berlin and Cole Porter to Flanders and Swan; Tin Pan Alley to Broadway and the Hollywood Musical.

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

June 9th  –    Richard Leach’s Seven Stars of Jazz
September 8th  –  Hugh Rainey and his Jazz Friends
October 13th  –  The Pete Allen/Roger Marks Elite Jazz Band
November 10th  –  Simon Nelson and DixieMix
December 22nd  –  Keith Nicholls and the All Stars

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

May 22nd – Stolen Moments. A 7 piece band playing intriguing and varied arrangements of mainstream jazz. Led By Julian Rhys-Williams on saxes with Graham Pike on trumpet/flugel and harmonica plus vocals from Annie Dehany-Steven.

May 29th – Hertswing Big Band. Big, bouncy and Basie style Swing, the very best!  A popular programme of everyones favourites .

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

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

May 19th

“SPIKE’S PLACE” AT BECKENHAM – 8:30pm. Club Langley, 2 Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3SR (Off South Eden Park Road). Admission £15.00  members £12.00  unless otherwise stated. 020 8650 2406 / 01245 420475 E mail: Advance bookings: Susan 01245 420475  join the Facebook groups

Thursday  24th May – 8.30pm
Lee Gibson Quartet

Thursday  7th June – 8.30pm
Zoe Francis with the Jim Mullen Trio

Thursday  14th June  – 8.30pm
Stan Getz meets the Oscar Petersen Trio
With Mark Crooks  Alex Bryson  Dario Di Leece  &  Colin Oxley

Thursday  28th June – 8.30pm
Al Nicholls with the Imre Varga Trio

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.

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

This is a Very Special Night of The Music of Henry Mancini       
The man that brought us The Pink Panther theme~~ Moon River ~ Breakfast at Tiffany’s ~ Peter Gunn music & much more of the world’s most popular music. All of tonight’s music has been transcribed for this exceptional group of British musicians by The Very Talented & Multi British Jazz Award Winner ALAN BARNES who leads this Star Loaded Sextet
ALAN BARNES saxes & leader & arranger   STEVE WATERMAN trumpet & flugel
MARK NIGHTINGALE trombone                   GARETH WILLIAMS piano
ADAM KING double bass                              MATT SKELTON drums  ; / /
We anticipate a Full House … Book early to get in !!!


The legend of the jazz guitar JIM MULLEN returns to The FJC.  Jim is recognised worldwide by audience & fellow musicians as one of The greatest jazz guitarists ~ He was also 50% of the world famous Morrissey – Mullen outfit , which is sadly missed.
MIKE GORMAN organ ~~ Swings like crazy (Also writes Indian cook books)!!!
TRISTAN MAILLOT drums  Top UK drummer. Always welcome at The FJC.
DAVE LEWIS tenor sax Brilliant outgoing inventive swinging musician, originally from the USA & now resides in the UK & has his own very successful band  1up

JUNE  7th    This is The Authentic Gerry Mulligan music combining the two most  famous periods of Mulligan /Chet Baker & Mulligan Bob Brookmeyer THE MICK FOSTER “MULLIGAN”  SEXTET     These charts were transcribed for this sextet by Mick Foster & the UK’s number one big band arranger Adrian Fry.

MICK FOSTER baritone sax & leader ~~ This man is naturally the closest that i have ever seen anyone play like the legend. His tone style & stance is so much like Gerry Mulligan.
ROBERT FOWLER tenor & baritone sax.. One of the UK’s top saxophonists with a mass of Mulligan experience .. He is the leader of the UK’s Gerry Mulligan Big Band ~ ~ Great to have him.
SHANTI JAYASINHA trumpet ..A welcome return to this young man who is making a big name for himself on the London Jazz Scene.
ADRIAN FRY trombone & arranger. Brilliant musician & recognised as one of the best big band arrangers in the country. Leader of the wonderful Bone Supremacy.
DAVID CHAMBERLAIN double bass..A well established part of the British Jazz scene (Also a Barrister!!!) Swings like crazy & ideal this West Coast pianoless jazz.
TRISTAN MAILLOT drums. Huge experience with this music & a great asset


Roger Carey bass.    Russell Field drums.   This lady is a one off !!   She reaches the emotions that other tonics can’t …


NIKKI ISLES   Current holder of the piano section of the prestigious Brit Jazz Award & well deserved, as you will see. This is a scoop for the FJC to get Nikki & this booking was very much helped by the legend Brian Dee in  persuading Nikki to make her first appearance at The FJC.   This lady is a very special must see.
KAREN SHARP The current & previous holder of the coveted tenor sax section of The Brit Jazz Awards ~~ Karen has been with us on many occasions & it’s always a great pleasure to have a musician of such quality back with us.
DAVE GREEN  Multi Brit Jazz Award Winner double bass .  This man is World Class. He has  been honoured with so many awards he must need another trophy cabinet.
STEVE BROWN  Multi Brit Jazz Award Winner drums & like Dave is also in the Scott Hamilton Qt & played FJC many times with many quality outfits..

June 28th    ” HEXAGONAL ” 

This 6 piece outfit came together in 2016 & in the past 2 years have headlined many UK  jazz festivals with great success.  A new band to The FJC ~ one of the most exciting instrumental outfits of the decade, loaded with top quality musicians.  Created to play the music of The Late Great South African composer & multi instrumentalist BHEKI MSELEKU & complemented by some of the music of the great American pianist McCOY TYNER, plus some exciting originals.
ALAN BARNES saxes ~ The treat of treats to see & hear one of The UK’s top saxophonists playing this most exciting music.
GREG HEATH tenor sax Originally from NZ . This man has made his mark on The British Jazz Scene as a great leader & sideman
QUENTIN COLLINS trumpet. Brilliant trumpeter & founder member of QCBA.
JOHN DONALDSON piano One of the UK’s top pianists ~~ back at The FJC
SIMON THORPE double bass. Ditto above ..Amazing bassist.
TRISTAN BANKS drums.World class drummer / percussionist ~ must see.

Christmas in July gigs 

   July 5th       THE MARC CECIL QUINTET
19th       DEREK NASH BAND with Louise Marshall
26th       GREG ABATE’ with CRAIG MILVERTON Trio

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

Friday 18 May – Janet’s Jazz Night. Tickets £7.

This month’s guests are Gareth Lockrane on Flute and Jane Parker on Vocals.  Our fantastic and very popular series of Janet’s Jazz Nights are hosted by Janet McCunn and fabulous house band led by Terence Collie and feature a first set with a special guest instrumentalist followed by a guest vocalist joining Janet for the second set. The third and final set is a jam session so all can come and sing and play. Just put your name on the list!  These are fun and friendly social evenings with a Jam Session at the end … all musicians welcome!

Saturday 19 May – Luna Cohen Acoustic Project. £10 on the door Students £5.

The Luna Cohen Acoustic Project brings together a select line-up with Luna herself on vocals joined by 7-string guitarist Luiz Morais, pianist Sam Watts and an incredible array of timbre by percussionist Jansen Santana, mixing a wide range of influences from all over Brazil using modern jazz expressions to create a vibrant, sophisticated and absolutely unique sound and atmosphere

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 18 May at 8pm  (doors 7:30)  £15    The Jazz of DUDLEY MOORE with CHRIS INGHAM QUARTET      Chris Ingham piano    Paul Higgs trumpet
Rev. Andrew Brown bass     George Double drums

Dudley Moore’s fame as part of the Pete ‘n’ Dud comedy duo in the 1960s and beloved comic actor in Hollywood in the 1970s and 80s has overshadowed his achievements as a dazzling jazz pianist and a composer of wit and emotional depth. Consequently, his delightful music is hugely undervalued and rarely played. Some pieces are quintessential expressions of the bright, optimistic, swinging ‘60s, others are deeply poignant, personal expressions of a darker, more complex world. Elsewhere there is a unique and bittersweet mix of the two.
Following their praised Hoagy Carmichael project, the Chris Ingham Quartet revisit Moore’s inexplicably overlooked 1960s music with sounds from the fabulous Decca jazz trio albums, the TV show Not Only But Also (1965-70) and the brilliant movie soundtracks for Bedazzled (1967) and 30 Is A Dangerous Age, Cynthia (1968).
The Chris Ingham Quartet have sold out London’s Ronnie Scott’s three years running 2015/16/17 amid acclaimed nationwide appearances at clubs and festivals. Their recent CD Dudley was among Jazz Journal’s Albums of 2017 while their previous release Hoagy featured in the Sunday Times Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2014.

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

So …. what do we have for you on May 21st?  A touch of the “Italians”, sax maestro, Tomasso Starace and his band. With a programme remembering the great alto players (Parker, Adderley, etcetera) and the music of the great bands of the 50’s and 60’s.  Swinging melodies that defined musical generations!  “Anyone who has experienced a glissando of language on the streets of Italy, will understand the utter exuberance with which Italian born Starace attacks and runs with the language of music.”  Paul Medley – Oxford Times

With Tomasso are three ‘new faces’ to Portsmouth Jazz.  On keyboard, Frank Harrison.  Frank began playing gigs when he was 15 and after taking up a scholarship at Berklee in Boston  (USA), he returned to the UK and joined Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble. He has also performed with Peter King, Bobby WellinsDon WellerJohn Etheridge, Louis Stewart and more.  Frank Harrison is one of the most talented young musicians I have heard”  Ronnie Scott.
Bassist, Dominic Howles is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music. Whilst there he was able to play with renowned pianist John Taylor, singer Norma Winstone and saxophonist Stan Sulzmann.  Dominic is busy on the British jazz scene, in addition to radio, TV and theatre work.
On drums, Chris Nickolls.  Originally from a ‘rock and funk’ background, he started to listen to jazz after moving to London. A graduate of the London College of Music, Chris has been performing with the likes of Jim Mullen, Martin Shaw, Laurence Cottle and Jean Toussaint to name a few.

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

May 26th – Rob Luft’s Riser  Just nominated JazzFM’s Breakthrough Act of the year.  THE guitarist to watch in the UK

Rob Luft is an award-winning young guitarist from London whose virtuosity has been compared to that of six-string legends John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco De Lucia. Praised by The Times for his performances with NYJO, destined ‘to achieve great things in the future’, Rob was the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Prize from The Royal Academy of Music, and received the 2nd Prize in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival. His debut album, “Riser”, was released in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim from the European jazz media. John Fordham wrote in The Guardian that it’s a “very sophisticated debut, but given Luft’s old-soul achievements since his early teens, we should have heard it coming”.
As well as leading his own project, Rob is a regular member of a multitude of some of London’s finest modern jazz groups, such as Byron Wallen’s “Four Corners”, Eddie Parker’s “Airborn”, The Alice Zawadzki Group and Iain Ballamy’s “Mole catchers”. Additionally, he appears on Liane Carroll’s last album on Linn Records (‘Seaside’), two albums from Italian drummer Enzo Zirilli on Milanese label UR Records (‘Zirobop’ & ‘Ten to Late’) and the last release from Misha Mullov-Abbado on Edition Records (‘Cross-Platform Interchange’).  Finally, he was the recipient of the 2015 Peter Whittingham Award as part of two collective ensembles: Patchwork Jazz Orchestra and jazz-rock quartet Big Bad Wolf.
“Guitar virtuoso makes enticingly vivacious debut” THE GUARDIAN (UK)
“So young and so talented!” Jamie Cullum, BBC RADIO 2 (UK)

Entry £12 , £10 with JazzUp loyalty card.
Tickets available from …
Farleys, Hitchin                       Gatefold Record Lounge Hitchin
Jolly Brown Hitchin                 Bar 85 Hitchin
David’s Music Letchworth      Unikorn Stevenage
and on line from from WeGotTickets
16+ with photo ID – younger patrons can be signed in at the door by a responsible adult.
Downstairs bar open until 1am.
Like all our gigs this show finishes well in time for the last trains North and South to Cambridge/Peterborough and London and we are just a 5 minute stroll from the station.

June 30th – Dinosaur Recent Mercury Prize nominee + JazzFM award nominee this year

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Jazz Centre UK programme in brief below.  For greater detail:

Sat May 26th –    Live Jazz:  Dave O’Higgins Quartet
Sat June 30th-    Live Jazz:  Sara Dowling Quartet
Sat July 28th –     Live Jazz:  Greg Abate Quartet

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)

18th May  –   Luca Santaniello Quartet: tribute to Philly Joe Jones   £16

Luca Santaniello ~ drums   Steve Fishwick ~ trumpet   Gabriel Latchin ~ piano   Calum Gourlay ~ bass
Luca Santaniello’s bebop influenced style coupled with his deep classical training has helped to shape his sound and has given birth to a refreshing new voice in jazz.

25th May  –   David Gordon Trio   £15

David Gordon ~ Piano   Oli Hayhurst ~ Bass   Paul Cavaciuti ~ Drums
“a richly gifted player with a sparkling style and boundless imagination” – Phil Johnson, the Independent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


18 May, 9.30PM.w/Stephanie Mair Quartet. Zedels.20 Sherwood St, London W1F 7ED.  0207 734 4888.
25 May,8PM. FG Trio at Pavilion Cafe in Bedford Park. Park Ave, Bedford, MK41 7SS. 01234 351104. £25 includes 2 course meal.
31 May, 8PM. W/Tad Newton at Bedford Golf Club. Carnoustie Drive, Great Denham, Beds, MK40 4FH.01234 320022. www.thebedfordgc.£10.

7 June, 8PM. FG Quartet at The Karamel Klub.4 Coburg Road, Wood Green, N22 6UJ. £8.
21 June,
7.30PM. w/Tad Newton Band.Upton on Severn Jazz Festival.
23 June, 1-2PM. Saxtivity at Fancy Bakery. 35 Roff Avenue, Bedford, MK41 7TH.
24 June, 12PMClub Hotfoot w/FG, Charles Alexander/Andy Robinson, guitar and Tom Hill, bass. Westwood Social Club, Westward Heath, Coventry, CV4 8GP. 0247 646 6619.  £10.

7 July, 8PM. w/Tina May Dave Green, Graham Harvey and Rod Youngs Jazzeco Festival. Harlington Manor, Beds,LU5 6PB.
19 July, 8PM. w/Tad Newton at Bedford Golf Club. Carnoustie Drive, Great Denham, Beds, MK40 4FH.01234 320022. www.thebedfordgc  £10
25 July,12PM. Guesting w/ Birmingham Big Band. All Services Club, Church Road, Birmingham, B13 9EA. £10.

15 August, 8PM. w/Tad Newton. Wantage Jazz Club. Comrades Club, Newbury St, Wantage, Oxford,OX12 8DJ.  £11.
18 August, 4PM. FG with Henry Lowther, Paul Clarvis, Alec Dankworth, Dave Warren. Drayton Court Jazz Festival.2, The Avenue, London, W13 8PH. 0208 997 1019. Free.
30 August, 12PM. w/Tad Newton. Westwood Social Club, Westward Heath, Coventry, CV4 8GP. 0247 646 6619.  £10.

2 September,12PM.W/Tad Newton Band celebrating band’s 35th anniversary.The Walnut Tree Inn. Station Road, Blisworth, NN7 3DS.01604 485 549.£10.
15 September, 8PM. W/Tina May and Colin Anthony “Jazz meets Guys and Dolls” Bridport Arts Centre. South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NR.01308 427183. £15
20 September, 7.15PM. w/Alan Haughton Trio on John Bunyan Boat Cruise. Meet at Barns Hotel, Bedford. 03301 239511.  £19.
25 September, 8PM. The Addison Big Band directed by Frank Griffith.Addison Centre,Bedford Road, Kempston, MK42 8PN.£5.

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

6 November, 8PM. w/Tad Newton at the Olney Jazz Club. 38 High St,Olney, MK46 4B8. 01234 711388.   £10.
11 November,12PM. w/Tad Newton at The Walnut Tree Inn. Station Road, Blisworth.  Northants, NN7 3DS.  £10.
29 November, 8PM. w/Tad Newton at Bedford Golf Club – Carnoustie Drive, Great Denham, Beds, MK40 4FH.  01234 320022. www.thebedfordgc  £10
30 November, 1-2PM. FG w/Nikki Iles, piano; Dave Green,bass. Beldam Room at Brunel University, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, UB8 Free.

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

HEADS UP! dates

- Sun 20th MayThe Drill, Brentwood Rd, Gidea Park, Romford, RM2 5TD  (2pm-5pm)

- Fri 15th JuneThe Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (3pm-6pm)

CAROL BRAITHWAITES Gig Listing:   (more details website :

Saturday 19th May – North Weald Village Hall. CM16 6BU
With Jackie Free and the Allstars.
Music starts at 12.30 – 3pm.  Entry fee payable at door.

For the diary (more details later)
25/05/18 – Queens Theatre, Hornchurch   (2.30 – 5pm) with trio:
08/06/18 – Billericay (afternoon)
17/06/18 – Garden Party  – Stock (3.30 – 5.30pm) £15 lunch included
21/06/18 – Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Club (evening)
25/07/18 – Abridge & Theydon Jazz Club with the Jazz Crew.  


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
Wednesday March 21  8:30 to 11pm
 is back on bass. Mel banjo  Brian sax/clarinet  Me trombone/vocals  and if you’re unlucky  I may even get the suwannee whistles out.

If all this is a bit too much, or not enough you have a repeat opportunity to hear the band and good jazz n swing  in Ye Olde Albion Rowhedge  Sunday afternoon  April 1st   from 2 to 4:30


EMBRACEABLE ELLA TOUR DATES  –  My Embraceable Ella Tour has grown and grown!  The poster’s finally printed and we’re starting the next leg of the tour at Olney Jazz, then Hadleigh Jazz then we’re off to Ronnie Scott’s!    Please come along if you enjoy the music of Ella Fitzgerald!  It’s a real labour of love show.  To find more information and links to book tickets for Embraceable Ella and other of my shows do go to

MAC AND EDEN COMEDY CABARET DATES  –  My naughty but nice cabaret Crash & Burn which I perform with my dear mad friend Leigh McDonald is going from strength to strength!  We’ve just been asked to perform for 4 nights at the Camden Fringe in August but first we’ll be doing our thing at the Bury St Edmunds Festival on 21st May! 

HEADS SOUTH Gig Listing      Info Listen      View

CAXTON SWING Gigs.   For more detailed info

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

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

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

on 29th May, we have a change of venue and the perfect act to start the new era – West Weston’s Bluesonics and fitting that an artist that being among the most popular at the club, should take us forward.  Led by a world-class harmonica player, a great singer and all round entertainer, Steve (West) Weston plus the cream of British musicians – guitarist Paul GarnerOrlando Shearer on bass and Mike Thorne on drums.
The new venue is the St. George Hotel.    There is on-site parking both on the roof, accessed from the front and in the basement at the rear, although you can find plenty of on-street parking within a short walk.  Parking in one of the car parks requires registration in the venue, available on panels both in the lobby and in the performance room itself.  Tickets £12.00, pay on the door.  Bookings to email.  Doors 7.30pm, band on stage 8.45pm.  Food available if required.  Further info

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEDS 23rd May – NIM QUARTET is the project of London-based bass player NIM SADOT who conjures up a magical mix of instrumental fusion jazz.  NIM QUARTET – NICK WALTERS trumpet, HAMISH BALFOUR keys, NIM SADOT bass & BORIS MASSOT BRAUN drums.  Nim has played with some of the top names in the jazz world including Harvey Mason (USA), Marlene (Japan,CBS,SONY), Snow Boy (UK), Makoto Kuriya (Japan) and Tony Lakatos (Hungary).
“Performing their very first show, they were well received by the audience thanks to their blend of blue note-influenced, cool grooves and superbly musical playing” Drummer Magazine
Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 adv

WEDS 30th May – LONDON CITY BIG BAND ftg. special guest SARA DOWLING vocals - tight youthful ensemble playing music from the Big Band Era and beyond.
Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 adv


BURY FESTIVAL 2018 at the Hunter Club on Friday 18 May at 8pm (doors 7:30pm)   £15 – 6 St Andrews Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3PH t: 07799 650009   e:    The Jazz of DUDLEY MOORE with the Chris Ingham Trio with Chris Ingham – piano, Paul Higgs – trumpet, Rev. Andrew Brown – bass, George Double – drums.

“SUMMER EVENING JAZZ” – Rotary Fundraiser for Charity on Saturday 7th July 2018
Featuring The Jive Aces, the UK’s No.1 Jive & Swing Band and The Salty Town Six

In its 22nd year, the Rotary Club of Ingatestone is holding this popular Open Air Jazz Concert in the gardens of Ingatestone Hall, Hall Lane, Ingatestone.    Sat.Nav:  CM4 9NS
Gates 5.45 pm, concert begins 6.15 pm.  In aid of The Not Forgotten Association and Alzheimer’s Society and other local Rotary causes. Tickets £16.00 in advance from ticket outlets or £17.50 at gate, if available. Accompanied children under 15 admitted free. Make up a party – bring your table & chairs and enjoy your own picnic and drinks. Food and drinks will be available. A BBQ will be cooking a variety of hot dishes and burgers. Brentwood Brewing Company will provide Real Ales – Wines – Soft Drinks & Mineral Waters.  Refreshments available: Coffee – Tea – Ice-cream. Raffle. Ticket Hotline: 01277 350800   To Book or for details of ticket outlets:

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

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

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

The first EASTBOURNE SPLASH POINT JAZZ FESTIVAL takes place on Sunday September 30th, at three main venues all a pebble’s throw from the seafront. Headliners include Mark Nightingale, Art Themen, Roger Beaujolais, Craig Milverton, Andy Panayi, Julian Marc Stringle, Jason Yarde, Alex Garnett, Hexagonal…. There will also be Fringe events in local cafés and a Jazz Photography exhibition by renowned photographer Brian O’Connor.      One stroller ticket gives access to all 12 gigs. £50+booking fee from WeGotTickets/splashpointjazz  or £45* early bird booked before 30/6/18

Festival Director Neal Richardson “We’re really excited to be presenting this first Eastbourne Splash Point Jazz Festival, building on the success of our Splash Point Jazz Clubs. It’s going to be one amazing day, 12 bands, the cream of British Jazz, 3 main venues all within walking distance of each other, around Eastbourne’s cool “Splash Point” area, by the sea.”   Festival Patron: Stephen Lloyd MP  Supporting local charity


From Steve Wright, Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club

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

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

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

*** JAZZ JAMS ***

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

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

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

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

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.  Now In 21st year (2018). Excellent accompanists. Food available. £8 singers, £7 guests, £5 full time students with student card. Doors, list 6.00pm, music 7.45 – 10.30pm. Chris Legee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Mill Hill: Jazz club gigs on Wednesdays.


And finally … NAG TIME! PLEASE NOTE:

1. As mentioned above, please do NOT just send us posters or flyers or a link to a website. We will not include anything which we cannot copy and paste the text from. Word etc documents are fine, as is just typing the information in the body of an email. If someone does your artwork for you they would normally be happy to email you the text to save you re-typing it.

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