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Mike Edmonds on Bass and Jeff Green on guitar this  Weds 18th July at St Anthony’s Club, The Red House, 13 Upton Ave, (corner of Upton Lane), Forest Gate E7 9PN with John Withers on drums . Piano or sax TBA .   8.30pm.  325 bus stops outside, 58 or 25 run near to Romford Road.

Young Swing Violin Virtuoso Ben Holder @ St John’s Arts Centre, St John’s Walk, Market Street, Old Harlow CM17 0AJ on Sunday 29th July @ 3pm.  Admission: £10   Details: 01406 365 731   E-mail:

Harlow music lovers should brace themselves for something quite extraordinary.   A recent review “…get your feet tapping and your jaw dropping at the speed of his fingers. Top quality musicianship and utter entertainment”.   This young genius is Ben Holder, probably the most gifted swing violinist to emerge since Stephane Grapelli.
Ben will be with John Petters Swing Band,  as part of a nationwide tour.   Taught classically from six, he studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire. During his studies, Ben discovered Jazz – swing masters such as Benny Goodman and the great jazz violinists, Stephane Grappelli, Joe Venuti and the awe inspiring African American, Stuff Smith.
Ben’s innate sense of swing stems from those early listening sessions – his various awards bear testimony to his abilities.   Expect a programme which includes American Songbook items “Cheek to Cheek” to Fats Waller’s, “Ain’t Misbehavin’, Gerswin’s “Lady Be Good” and “Liza”, and much more.
A first call jazz violinist, Ben will take the stage alongside popular, star guitarist, Jim Douglas, who worked with Grapelli in the 70s.    Harlow bass ace, Keith Donald and ex Harlow drummin’ man, John Petters for what promises to be an afternoon  of musical fireworks with dazzling quality.

MEhr Clef have 2 reduced rate places for 14-18 year old reed/horn players available on their Summer Jazz Course 19-25 August at University of Chichester. Fee £599 includes tuition, accommodation in single en-suite rooms, dinner, breakfast and tea/coffee during breaks. For details contact 07718 424509 or email

The Good Times Jazz Band – trad jazz at its best, played with humour and pizzazz!  Regular 2nd Sunday of the month  gigs 2pm-4.30pm at The Steamboat Tavern, 78-80 New Cut West, Ipswich, IP2 8HW.   Dates  for 2018 – 12th Aug,  9th Sept,  14th Oct,  11th Nov,  9th Dec.  Dancers welcome, food available till 3pm, free entry.   Check us out on Facebook – The Good Times Jazz Band @reallyoldjazz

Jazz Evening at Redbridge Sports and Leisure Centre – on Tuesday 17th July 2018 featuring Brian Dee – Keyboard,  Len Skeat - Bass and  John Withers - Drums.  Backing star vocalist Paul Wood.  Also featuring Fran’s Raffle.  Hope you can make it.

Oxfam Southend, on 37 Southchurch Road (South East corner of the Victoria Shopping Centre) SS1 2NG on Sunday 22nd July are holding a Vinyl Sunday and will be playing sample tracks from Albums by Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Getz and many others, between 11am and 5pm.  If you have any vinyl records that you are no longer playing, what better way to Help Fight Poverty than by donating them to Oxfam, and please sign-up to Gift Aid (where appropriate) for that extra 25% for your donation.


Friday 27th July 7.00pm till late, with The Nicola Farnon Trio. Nicola plays the Double Bass and sings. Our headline act is the sensational duo of Jason Rebello, pianist for Sting for a number of years and Jeff Beck, accompanied by saxophonist Tim Garland. This’ll be amazing! We finish Friday with Tony Gooderham’s “Liven Up”, which concludes an outstanding evening of Jazz for just £12.50!

Saturday 28th July from 7.00pm till late will feature The Daniel Parker Trio, a regular at The Writtle Jazz Festival, The Simon Hurley Quartet and our headline act at 9.00pm is The Fellowship.  Our very own Saxophonist Zak Barrett, with Pete Riley on Drums, Seth Govan on Bass, John Leo Dutton on keys and of course Guthrie Govan on Guitar!

The lineup for Sunday 29th July from noon till 9.00pm is nearly finalised. We welcome The Elliot Weight Trio, The Dan Banks Quintet, The Melvin Beddow Big Band and the Frank Weatherly Trio to the Village Hall. The Rose and Crown will host Solar, featuring Vocalist Karin Lou Reid visiting the UK from New Zealand. The Wheatsheaf will see the return of The Dave Mascall Duo.
The Marquee on the Village green kicks off at 1.00pm with The Neil Angilly Trio, Noel Mcullah and The Derek Nash band at 2.15pm, The Sarah O’Shea band at 3.30pm. We’re waiting to confirm the act for 4.45pm, but we finish with Sunchaser at 6pm and Harry Funk from 7.15pm!

The Jazz Centre UK celebrates the heritage, culture and future of Jazz Women.  There will be an Exhibition, June 30th – August 18th:  An ongoing display of memorabilia, books, periodicals, music and film, celebrating the contribution to the arts and future of jazz women. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.    There are also Live Music Events –

July 21st:    Karen Sharp and Nikki Iles



‘Jazztonic’ is a weekly jazz music and magazine radio programme available worldwide but only via and clicking on ‘listen’.  From ragtime, through swing and fusion to contemporary it goes out every Wednesday at 7pm and is repeated at 7am the following morning (Thursday).  it is presented by David Craigie.  There is no catch-up service . . . so listen live or the following morning at 7am!

Wednesday 18th July: Music from musicians with a July birth date!
Wednesday 25th July: Dave Chard, Northampton based saxophonist and general jazz enthusiast will be live, chatting in the studio!

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

18th July – A Touch of Class

Helen Keating – vocals,  Ben Cummings – trumpet,  Art Themen – sax,  Roy Williams – trombone,  Alan Berry – piano,  Roger Curphey – double bass,  John Field – drums

We welcome back Helen Keating with her star studded line up after their sell out show at the renowned London’s Spice of Life last December.  You will hear instrumentals and songs from the songbooks of Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Count Basie, Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer, Irvine Berlin and many more being performed by this fabulous septet.

25th July – The Mississippi Swamp Dogs

Jeff Williams – vocals/trombone,  Ned Bennett – saxes,  Paul Miller – vocals/piano,  Paul Urwin – percussion & congas,  Manuel Alvarez – bass,  Dan Redding – guitar,   Jono Lee – drums

Following their sell out performances at Ronnie Scott’s, The Mississippi Swamp Dogs seven piece band present ‘A Night In New Orleans’ – a celebration of the rich music from the Crescent City.  Stroll through New Orleans’ legendary French Quarter and you’ll be entranced by some of the most joyous, most danceable, most irresistible sounds  anywhere on the planet.  The Mississippi Swamp Dogs take the best of these and present them in a tuneful, high-energy show.
If you love the music of Fats Domino, the Neville Brothers, Dr John, Louis Prima, Professor Longhair and the great Louis Armstrong, you’ll go crazy for this band. The Swamp Dogs offer a riotous mixture of Samba and Rhumba Latin rhythms, Soul, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues and old style shuffles.

1st August – Jo Harrop sings the Anita O’Day Songbook

Jo Harrop – vocals,   Harry Sankey – guitar,   Steve Brown – drums,   Adam King – double bass,   Alex Hitchcock – tenor saxophone

Stunning jazz vocalist Jo Harrop sings material from the great American Anita O’Day, choosing songs from her recordings on Verve.  Songs have been selected from Anita’s albums such as ‘Anita Sings the Winners’, ‘Pick Yourself Up’ and ‘Anita Swings Cole Porter and Rogers & Hart’ which featured arrangements from jazz royalty Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessel and the Billy May Orchestra, so expect to hear classics such as ‘Taking A Chance On Love’, ‘I’ve Got The World On A String’ and ‘We’ll Be Together Again’.
Jo says ‘A self confessed song stylist Anita O’Day was one of the coolest jazz vocalists on the jazz singers scene, but also had a warmth and intimacy to her voice, which reflected her often turbulent journey through life. The story of Anita O’Day and how her life and musical career intertwined, is what draws me to her as an artist, music was her only constant throughout her life. I have selected some of the finest songs from Anita’s repertoire, capturing the gutsy spirit, and tender side, of the one also known as The Jezebel Of Jazz’.
With Jo’s music described as retro soul and a voice that’s been variously likened to dark velvet and honeyed chocolate, all matched to a sunny, upbeat personality, she will make it an evening not to be missed.
Jo Harrop is joined by some of the UK’s finest Jazz musicians, as they swing their way through the songbook of, Anita O’Day.

8th August – Stephen Triffitt – The World’s No. 1 Tribute to Frank Sinatra

Stephen Triffitt – vocals,   Nigel Hailwood – saxes,   Bunny Thompson – piano,   Tom Mark – double bass,   Steve Rushton – drums

Nobody does Frank Sinatra better than Stephen Triffitt. His voice, his moves, his style, even his looks – Stephen has made the great man his own.  As one journalist put it “You’d swear you’re listening to the original.”  Stephen created the role of Frank Sinatra in the original West End cast of The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas as well as opening USA, Canadian and European productions.  He has sold out the London Palladium twice and the Royal Festival Hall as well as performed as Frank at the legendary Sands Casino in Vegas.

Admission £17.50 – reservation essential

15th August –  Jivin’ Miss Daisy

Simon Thorpe – double bass/bandleader,   Liz Fletcher – vocals,   Malcolm Earle Smith – trombone & vocals,   Karen Sharp – saxes,   Colin Oxley – guitar,   John Pearce – piano,   Matt Skelton – drums,   Mark Crooks - clarinet/saxes,   Simon Finch – trumpet

Jivin’ Miss Daisy is one of the UK’s finest 9 piece swing bands, regularly selling-out Ronnie Scott’s and other venues playing all kinds of swing & jazz music, ranging from Duke Ellington and Jimmie Lunceford in the 1920s, through Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman in the 30s and 40s, to Ella and Basie in the 1950s and early 60s. Featuring Liz and Malcolm in vocal numbers, popular instrumentals and solo spots, the band puts on a wonderful evening’s entertainment, with plenty of favourites and lesser-known gems from the great songwriters including Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and many others, with original arrangements by bandleader Simon Thorpe.

The band features some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians, with credits including Tom Jones, Katie Melua, Van Morrison, Wynton Marsalis, Bryan Ferry, Jools Holland, Stacey Kent and BBC Proms favourites the John Wilson Orchestra.  Admission £15

22nd August – Ben Holder Quartet

Ben Holder – violin, piano & vocals,   Jez Cook – guitar,   Paul Jefferies – double bass,   Malcolm Garrett – drums

Award winning Ben Holder is one of the finest swing jazz violinists in the UK, he also sings and plays piano. Ben’s passion is his quartet, a truly fabulous ensemble, delighting audiences with all styles of jazz, blues and swing which Ben has taken the time and energy to develop his own original style of music, resulting in some breathtaking, inventive compositions. During his classical studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Ben began listening to Jazz – classic masters such as Benny Goodman and Oscar Peterson and of course the great jazz violinists including Grappelli, Joe Venuti and the awe inspiring Stuff Smith. Ben’s innate sense of swing rhythm (something which often eludes classical players) stems from those early listening sessions – and his various awards bear testimony to his abilities. A first call jazz violinist for many of the country’s top bands and studios. Led by Ben on violin, piano and vocals, this group features the melodic Jez Cook on guitar, the great Paul Jefferies on double bass and the incredible drummer Malcolm Garrett.

29th August – Swing Time!  The Andrew Linham Orchestra

We welcome back The Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra which is a seventeen piece ensemble founded in 2013 by Essex saxophonist and composer Andrew Linham and includes many of London’s  top jazz musicians.

Andrew’s Orchestra will include a guest appearance by vocalist Mark Stratford alongside a traditional selection of standard big band repertoire, featuring classics from Glenn Miller to Duke Ellington and Count Basie, with popular numbers from the iconic 1958 ‘The Atomic Mr Basie’ album.  Admission £15 – reservations essential

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

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, 31st July  –  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. 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  –  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 – ELLINGTON TO BASIE featuring JEFF WILLIAMS, trombone, & PETE COOPER, trumpet, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, 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. 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

Tuesday 17th of July –  The Imogen Ryall Trio    First time appearance at Annie’s.

With Roderick Hart on piano & Jeremy Brown on bass.  Stylish & sophisticated Sussex based singer makes her debut at Annie’s.     “Imogen is utterly mesmerising and without doubt one of my favourite singers”. Claire Martin Obe.
Imogen made her singing debut at the age of 17 at The Chichester Jazz Festival, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 2.  Alumni of the renowned Guildhall School of Music & Drama and former member of The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Imogen’s career has since encompassed several recordings, a three-year residency at London’s prestigious Dorchester Hotel and several tours of Europe, the Middle East and South Korea.  Closer to home, she has performed at London’s Jazz Café, 606 Club, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the Barbican Hall and has worked with many of the country’s finest jazz artists including Julian Nicholas (Loose Tubes), Bobby Wellins, Liam Noble, and Jim Mullen.  Imogen is working on the release of her debut quintet album with trumpeter Jack Kendon and featuring long-term collaborator Julian Nicholas. A trio album with Julian and pianist Mark Edwards is also planned for the near future.
RODERICK HART has worked with Elaine Delmar, Bobby Wellins, Geoff Simkins, Peter King and Andy Panayi. He started playing the piano when he was very small having started with classical lessons but it wasn’t until he heard jazz that he realized where his passion lay.
JEREMY BROWN graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 1994 and went on to work in Peter King’s quartet and pianist Julian Joseph’s trio.


Tuesday 24th of July – Miss Rosie & The Moonshyne Runners

With Miss Rosie on vocals, Jack Marshall on piano, Stephanie Legg on sax/clarinet, Chris Harper on guitar, Ike Onwuagbu on bass, David West on drums.  Inspired by the great vocalists of the golden age of jazz this band resurrect the spirit of swing.

Tuesday 31st of July –  The Deptford Rivieras

With Gary Baldwin on organ, Phil Veacock on sax & Alan Savage on drums.  Known as the British Grand Master of the Hammond Organ Gary Baldwin has graced the stage with Fats Domino, Van Morrison & Lulu  to name just a few. Phil Veacock is  musical director of Jools Hollands Rhythm & Blues Orchestra & has also worked with many of our greatest artists including Sir Paul McCartney, Elton John & George Benson.
” Superbly talented, groovy & blue, The Deptford Rivieras are the pulsating sound of swinging London”. Jools Holland.

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 17th July 8.00pm
Greg Abate (saxophone player from the USA) with John Pearce  Simon Thorpe  and Matt Home

Tuesday 24th July 8.00pm
Alan Barnes with Robin Aspland  Simon Thorpe  and  Matt Home

Tuesday 7th August – 8.00pm
Clark Tracey Quintet
Admission £16.00 members £13.00

Tuesday 14th August  – 8.00pm
Ted Beament Quartet

Tuesday 21st August 8.00pm
Andrea Pozza (from Italy) with Dave Green and Steve Brown

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

Saturday 28th July  2.00pm – 4.00pm
Greg Abate (sax player from USA) with John Pearce Simon Thorpe and Matt Home
Admission £10.00 students £5.00

Saturday 25th August 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Andrea Pozza (from Italy) with Simon Woolf and Darren Beckett
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:

25th July     – Carol Braithwaite & The Jazz Crew with Tim Huskisson
8th AugustThe Gresty White Ragtimers  includes Geoff Cole /Goff Dubber
22nd Aug    – Julian Marc Stringle and The Chosen Men .. Enrico Tomasso / Roy Williams / Tim Huskisson

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: Christine Adgo 07702 303121.  join the Facebook groups   Twitter account @chelmfordjazz
Doors: 11.45am     Gigs start: 12.15pm    Advance booking:   01245 606505    £12 / £16

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

Going forward from October – Reduced price tickets at £5 for under 18’s

Sunday 7th October 2018
Nigel Price and Vasilis Xenopolous with Ross Stanley and Steve Brown

Sunday 4th November  2018
Nicola Farnon Trio

Sunday 2nd December 2018
Pete Long’s ELLINGTONES (10 piece band playing the Music of Duke Ellington )

Sunday 13th January 2019
Scott Hamilton with John Pearce Dave Green and Steve Brown

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

27th July – Allison Neale’s West Coast Quartet

Allison Neale Saxophone, Alex Bryson piano, Darren Macarthy bass and Matt Fishwick drums.

Allison, who is no stranger to Marigolds, was born in the USA when her British father was working for Boeing in Seattle and came to the UK as a young child. She originally started playing flute when about eight years old and although classically trained on flute she started playing saxophone in her mid-teens.  Allison was heavily influenced by listening to her father’s records, in particular those of West Coast Jazz musicians like Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz, the Brubeck Quartet, Paul Desmond, Jim Hall and Chet Baker, Bill Evans.  She has a particular affinity with Paul Desmond and Art Pepper and the beautifully crafted lines of her compositions often evoke the spirit of those players.  As a strong advocate of the melodic West Coast style she has performed alongside leading international artists such as Adelaide Hall and Bud Shank and more recently tenorist Scott Hamilton as well as featuring in both the John Dankworth ‘Generations‘ Band and the “Back to Basie’ Orchestra. She frequently tours the UK and has two CDs to her name ‘Melody Express’ with guitarist Dave Cliff and ‘Blue Concept’ with trumpeter Gary Kavanagh, both on 33 Records.  Her third CD ” I Wished on the Moon was released in Jan 2015 features her quartet and Milt Jackson influenced vibraphonist Nat Steele.

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


22nd – George Tidiman’s All Stars. George leads his band of stars. Another great session of foot-tapping traditional jazz and George’s jokes and humour.

29th – The Jack Clifford Swingtette. Another wonderful end to the month with an evening of jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack blowing clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with rhythm section of regulars Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Clarke drums and Roger Curphy bass.


5th – Jackie Free’s Chicagoans. Jackie has blown his trombone many times at the club with other bands. This is the first time at the club, however, that he’s brought his Chicagoans band with him. He formed the Chicagoans in 1980 and they been playing that city’s style of jazz ever since.

12th – Mike Barry’s New Uptown Gang. Mike on trumpet leads his new gang which includes Mike Holt blowing trombone, Goff Dubber blowing reeds and Roger Curphey on double bass. The Gang play old and not so old tunes including classic and traditional jazz numbers.

19th Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces. Bob Dwyer playing trombone leads his popular band with Max Emmons trumpet and blues harmonica, and Bernie Holden reeds. The band plays mainly in the style of the legendry Bix Beiderbecke. Listen out for John Bayne’s bass saxophone.

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


2nd – Rance’s Rocking Chair Band. Led by Dave and his trumpet this Dixieland seven-piece jazz band entertains with plenty of vocals, a dash of humour for good measure and always provide an evening of foot-tapping jazz.

9th – Kit Packham’s One Jump Ahead. Kit’s alto sax and vocals leads this popular band featuring the tenor sax of Tracey Mendham. They play the swinging tempos of Louis Jordan as well as Rhythm & Blues and classic Rock ’n’ Roll.

16th Henri’s Hot Shots. This is the band’s first time at the club but certainly not Henri’s, he’s the exuberant drummer of Rance’s Rocking Chair band. An evening of traditional jazz.

23rd – Dave Hammer’s Little BigHorn. Dave Hammer on vibraphone leads his nine-piece big sounding band, with a repertoire that ranges from warm West Coast to crisp New York jazz with a splash of the sophistication of Duke Ellington.

30th – The Jack Clifford Swingtette. Another wonderful end to the month with an evening of jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack blowing clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with rhythm section of regulars 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 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.

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:

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 29th August – Julia Quinn Band    Doors 8pm, music 8.30 to 11pm.

Local lead vocalist Julia started singing at school before graduating to The Melvin Beddow Big Band at aged 17. Various pop, rock and funk function line ups followed before Julia tried a Jazz Summer School at the Guildhall and in 1997 she attended the 1st Essex Easter Jazz Course. Vocal tutor (and later Julia’s mentor) BBC Male Jazz vocalist of the year Ian Shaw pointed out Julia’s voice to fellow tutor and guitarist Tony Sandeman, who later invited her up to sing some tunes with legendary jazz funk combo ‘C’ Level. As a singer/songwriter she has collaborated with jazz guitarist Dave Mascall and released songs on his Acid Lounge cd’s. On the night Julia’s band includes Dan Banks on keyboards, Tony Sandeman on guitar, Andy Staples on bass and Marc Cecil on drums.
£12 from Cliffs Pavilion Box Office 01702 351135  Online

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!

Our club plays jazz every second Wednesday of the month – the next one is August 8th! Come and join us with the truly wonderful vocalist Val Wiseman.

The theme for the night will be ‘Divas of Swing’ – and Val knows how to swing!  She will be backed by our great rhythm section with Tim Huskisson (keyboard), Alan Clarke (drums), and Roger Curphy on bass.  Digby Fairweather (trumpet) will be joining the group to complete the line-up. So expect a really entertaining evening of music.  Remember there is no entrance fee and parking is free and easy around the Cricketers.

LIVE JAZZ AT NORTH WEALD VILLAGE HALL – Every 3rd Saturday afternoon, starts 12.30 til 3pm Admission is £10 The Hall is just off the High Road behind the vets surgery. Postcode is CM16 6DB.  Arrive early to get a good parking place.   The band is led by the legendary trombonist Jackie Free and features many top names.

Pete Rudeforth, Julian Stringle, Richie Howard, Enrico Tomasso, Nick Dawson to name but a few who have joined Tim Huskisson piano, Murray Salmon bass and Martin Guy drums plus added guests Colin Bray vibes and Carol Braithwaite vocals.

The following dates are already booked for the rest of 2018

July 21
Aug 18
Sept 15
Oct 20
Nov 17
Dec 15

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

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

Friday August 17th  –  Sara Dowling vocals with Ted Beament keys, Adam King bass, Martin Guy drums and special guest Paul Higgs trumpet.   Sara is a world class vocalist and is much in demand. Recently appeared as a support act at Ronnie Scott’s and the Newport IOW jazz festival. She is appearing at Swanage jazz festival on July 15th. Not to be missed!

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

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 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.

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 with the intention of an earlier finish at 10.30.

July 17th – 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 ably with our favourite Annie Dehany-Steven on vocals.

July 24th – Treble Clef.  With John Davis on alto sax / flute / piano , Jonathan Grogan guitar and Chris Hargreaves bass. A drumless quiet laid back trio playing a mixture of latin,swing and bepop. Vocals by Bryony.

July 31st – Hertswing Big Band  John Davies presents the expected Basie swing and drive with an ever stimulating programme. With star singer Bryony.

August 7th – lat Back 4. A new quartet featuring Jez Guest on sax with Neal Drake piano Roger Hudson bass and Ronnie Fenn drums.

August 14th – Octave.  A fun night of wide ranging jazz standard s and a few jokes! Terry can always be relied on to host an entertaining night!

August 15th – Desafinado  Led by Phill Burrell on guitar. Small group jazz and latin classics in a relaxed style.

August 28th – 7 Aside 7 Seven piece combo of very accomplished players with some top class arrangements.  A band of brilliant soloists, at the club for the first time.

SPIKES PLACE AT SAFFRON WALDEN   Saffron Suite High Street Saffron Walden Essex CB10 1AZ   E mail: or join our Facebook group  For advance bookings contact: Susan 01245 420475

Thursday 19th July  –  Dave O’Higgins Quartet
Admission £12.00

Thursday 16th August – 8.30pm
Atila with the Gabriel Latchin trio
Admission £12.00

“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  26th July – 8.30pm
Tribute to Benny Goodman  With Pete Long Nat Steele Colin Good and Richard Pite

Thursday  2nd August – 8.30pm
Mick Foster – Imre Varga Simon Thorpe & Chris Nickles

Thursday  9th August  – 8.30pm
Clark Tracey Quintet
Admission £16.00 members £13.00

Thursday  23rd August – 8.30pm
Andrea Pozza (from Italy) with Simon Woolf and Darren Beckett

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

Sun 19th Aug – LIANE CARROLL
Sun 2nd Sep – TBC
Sun 30th Sep – TARA MINTON
Sun 14th Oct – KAREN SHARP
Sun 28th Oct – TRACKS
Sun 11th Nov – LEE GIBSON
Sun 25th Nov – ED JONES

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

JULY 19th   LOUISE MARSHALL with THE DEREK NASH BAND      Both are leading members of the hugely successful & much televised Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra… // ;

DEREK NASH ~ The amazing energetic leader of The Jools Holland Sax section, brings back to The FJC  LOUISE MARSHALL ~ The wonderful Blues / Funk  vocalist from that Orchestra.  On her previous visits to the club, Louise has had the audience complete mesmerized & had them all eating out of her hand with her amazing voice & wonderful personality
NEIL ANGILLEY piano.  The most exciting Latin pianist in the country & THE pianist to Michael Ball & Alfie Boe (Recently appeared at Buck Palace with them)
ALEC DANKWORTH double bass . Brit Jazz Award Winner & part of the dynasty..
MARC CECIL  drums . Here the previous week & too good to send home !!!


This is a treat for all jazz nuts to have this great multi saxophonist GREG ABATE’ with us  ~ Greg plays with huge passion & a very melodic tone to his playing & has a CV as long as your arm & a website to match.  With Greg we have the Brit Jazz Winning Pianist CRAIG MILVERTON & his Trio with SANDY SUCHODOLSKI double bass, ROD BROWN drums

Music Starts 8pm ~~ All Gigs in August £12 p.nt   To Book Seats please Email Beryl the Booker at or Call 01303 277175

AUG 2nd         The New Young Guns Are Back with The Winners of BBC young musicians comp THE CLARK TRACEY (Young Guns) QUINTET ;

CLARK TRACEY  drums & leader. Brit Jazz award winner 2016 & 2017 & recognised as one of the finest jazz drummers outside of the USA  (& a lot better than the ones in the USA ).  Clark has the expertise & knack of putting together these outstanding young quintets , that play with the confidence & knowledge of jazz men far beyond their years ~ Highly recommended
ALEX RIDOUT trumpet Brilliant young lady & winner of the coveted BBC Young Musician of the year award ~~ Alex comes from a high quality musical family ..
SEAN PAYNE saxes.. Another  BBC young musician award winner & good to see him back at FJC
ELLIOT SANSOM piano. BBC young musician finalist & is much in demand with his own outstanding trio in The Midlands
JAMES OWSTON dbl bass  Another one of Clarks great finds & swings like crazy.

AUG 9th  This exciting Quintet with a continental  flavour returns to The FJC XPQ   Vasilis Xenopoulos & Nigel Price Quintet ..

VASILIS XENOPOULOS tenor sax. The Charismatic Greek is in the top notch of all European tenor players & he leads this Quality Quintet with his long term musical partner , the Brilliant & Very Talented Guitarist NIGEL PRICE.They are accompanied by another great rhythm section of world class fame & Quality

AUG 16th    MISS LEE GIBSON & Her All Star Trio

World Class British Jazz Singers are a Rare Breed ~~ But Lee Gibson is One of Them ~~ Jazz vocal sensation (The Independent).  One of The Treasures of British Jazz. This Lady has an amazing CV & with a string of well deserved accolades a mile long .. Lee has featured in over 1000 BBC broadcasts & performed many times with The BBC Big Band …  For this gig Lee brings The Quality & well tuned Trio..

JOHN HORLER piano..  TIM WELLS dbl bass..  TREVOR TOMKINS drums

AUG 23rd    The Most Famous Jazz Tenor Saxophonist in the World is Back to The FJC from The USA … THE SCOTT HAMILTON QUARTET

SCOTT HAMILTON.   The most famous tenor saxophonist in the world is back with us at The FJC for his second visit this year ~~ following on from his now annual gigs with us in January ~~ it now looks (with the right support) that this will also be an annual event on our amazing Top Quality weekly jazz calendar …Scott Hamilton travels the world every year & even finds time to have made over 50 albums & has accompanied on more than you can count ~~ this will be another night of Quality Jazz to Remember..
JOHN PEARCE piano…One of the finest pianists on the UK Jazz scene
DAVE GREEN double bass. Two words go together Dave Green / World Class
STEVE BROWN drums The amazing Brit Jazz award winner.. is a must

AUG 30th   The Garnetts are back with The Legends of Brit Jazz.  ALEX GARNETT & WILLIE GARNETT  This’ll be a night of great jazz ~ played by some of the amazing musicians that have put British Jazz at the forefront of jazz

ALEX GARNETT alto & tenor sax.. One of the UK’s finest saxophonists & recognised worldwide for his accomplished playing .. He has a long term residency at Ronnie Scotts & is the host of their late shows & is a big part of that organisation. He is also MD/MC of the theatre touring show The Ronnie Scott Story…
WILLIE GARNETT tenor sax One of our Legends & still runs his own 17pc Big Band.
TED BEAMENT piano This man has a mass of experience.A great favorite at The FJC  & is a permanent member of the famous Humphrey Lyttelton band
DAVE GREEN double bass .Another true legend of British Jazz & is World Class
CLARK TRACEY drums Brit Jazz Award winner for the second year running..

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

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 27 July at 8pm (doors 7:30pm)  £12 / £6 u25  ART THEMEN

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

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

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

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

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 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)

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

16 JulGeorge ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars
23 Jul
Phoenix Jazz Band
30 Jul
East Coast Jazz Wanderers

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

HEADS UP! dates

Fri 20 July – The Drill, Brentwood Road / Slewins Lane, Romford, RM2 5TD (8.30pm-11pm)
Sun 22 July – The Chequers, 11 Chequers Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, CM1 3NG (3pm-6pm)
Sun 29 July – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (3pm-6pm)

Sun 5 Aug – The Chequers, 11 Chequers Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, CM1 3NG (3pm-6pm)
Sun 12 Aug – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (3pm-6pm)
Sun 19 Aug – The Chequers, 11 Chequers Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, CM1 3NG (3pm-6pm)

Sun 9 Sept – Brentwood Park Festival, Warley, Brentwood CM13 3UJ (times tba)
Sun 16 Sept – The Chequers, 11 Chequers Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, CM1 3NG (3pm-6pm)
Fri 21 Sept – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (7pm-10pm)

Sun 18 Nov – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (3pm-6pm)
Sun 16 Dec – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (3pm-6pm)


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.
19 August, 8PM. FG with Dave Warren, Alec Dankworth and Paul Clarvis. Boaters. Canbury Gardens, Lower Ham Road, Kingston, KT2 5AU. 0208 541 4672.www.boaterslive Free

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.
22 September, 7.30PM. W/Tad Newton and Friends. Central Hall, Duncombe Street, Grimsby, DN32 7EG. £10.

6 October, 7PM. With Lee Gibson singing the Burt Bacharach Songbook.Crazy Coqs. 20 Sherwood Street, London, W1 £20.

30 November, 1-2PM. FG w/Nikki Iles, piano; Dave Green, bass.  Beldam Room at Brunel University, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH.

CAROL BRAITHWAITES Gig Listing:   (more details website :

Friday 13th July – Billericay Const. Club, 1AHigh St, Billericay. CM12 9BE
Jolly jazz.  Lunchtime menu available+ club prices for drinks.
Carol is joined by the jazz crew.
Fun starts at 12.30 – 2.30pm.  £7 door.

Saturday 21st July – North Weald Village Hall. CM16 6BU
Carol guests with the Jackie Free Allstars.  Music starts at 12.30 – 3pm. £10 door

Wednesday 25th July – Theydon & Abridge Jazz Club,
Village Hall, 39 Ongar Road, Abridge RM4 1UD
Carol along with Trio and Guest:  Martin Nickless – clarinet/sax.

For the diary (more details later)

10/8/18 –   Billericay
18/8/18 –   North Weald
14/9/18 –   Billericay
20/9/18 –   Cricket Club, Hadleigh.


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
 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.

Saturday July 21    12 to 3pm  –  The Usual Suspects    (The Blackwater 4)  at St James Annual Fete, Little Clacton

Sunday August 5   2 – 4:30   The Usual Suspects    (The Blackwater 4) at Ye Olde Albion Rowhedge



26 July – Embraceable Ella – Radlett Arts Centre, Herts
28 July – Embraceable Ella – Pizza Espress Jazzclub, Soho, London

6 Aug – MAC & EDEN: TWO LADIES – Corpus Playroom, Cambridge tbc
8-10 Aug – MAC & EDEN: CRASH & BURN – Corpus Playroom, Cambridge tbc
16 Aug – JOANNA EDEN LIVE – Othona, Bridport, Dorset (email me for tickets)
17 Aug – JOANNA EDEN LIVE – Combeinteignhead, Devon (email me for tickets)
18 Aug – JOANNA EDEN LIVE – (includes workshop) – Exeter Cathedral
19 Aug – JOANNA EDEN LIVE – Ashburton Live, Devon (email J for tickets)
23-26 Aug – Mac & Eden
: Crash & Burn – Camden Fringe Festival, London

8 Sept – Joanna Eden’s Latin Lovers – Bulls Head, Barnes, London tbc
15 Sept – Hosting Barb Jungr – Joanna’s Place, Saffron Walden, Essex
26 Sept – Embraceable Ella – Belvedere Jazz, Wickford, Essex

5 Oct – Embraceable Ella – Haverhill Arts Centre

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

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 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:


The Hadleigh Jazz Club trip to St Martin In The Fields for Paul Higgs Pavane gig on Tuesday August 28th. The cost will be £17 per person to cover the return coach travel from Hadleigh, the gig itself is free of charge.  Leaving Hadleigh at 8.30am, there’ll be free time scheduled in for lunch/coffee/sightseeing etc and we’ll be leaving London at 4pm.

The next Hadleigh Jazz Club date will be Sat 1st Sept with Chris Ingham’s Rebop sextet featuring the music of Miles Davis, Bop To Blue

July 2018 update.  Just six weeks to go to our Summer Jazz Course at Chichester. As always, we are lucky to have a wonderful group of students and the team is very much looking forward to working with everyone. We still have a few places available:
Bass – 1 place
Guitar – 1 place
Vocals – 1 place
Reeds/Horns – few places
2 reed/horn bursary places for musicians aged 14-18 at a reduced rate of £599
In exceptional circumstances we will accept students under 14 for a bursary. However, it would be essential for a parent to accompany him/her.
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 has resumed its sessions, now that Mondays are free of World Cup fixtures. The jam is 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. 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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