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National Jazz Archive have a fundraising concert – Clare Teal and her trio on Thursday 14 September at the Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB at 7.45pm.  Tickets £20Clare Teal is a much-loved singer and popular BBC Radio 2 broadcaster. Having released 15 albums to public and critical acclaim, Clare has been voted ‘British Jazz Vocalist of the Year’ three times.  She is an honoured patron of the National Jazz Archive. Her Trio features Jason Rebello on Piano, Tom Farmer on bass, and Ben Reynolds on drums.

Denmark Street Big Band present ‘Henry Mancini Songbook’ with Jo Harrap on Saturday 16th September at Jazz Cafe POSK 238-246 King Street London W6 0RF.  Tickets £12    Bar 7:30pm  Music 8:30pm.

The Cambridge Jazz Jam has found a new home: from 21st August the jam will operate at The Carpenters Arms pub, 184 – 186 Victoria Road, Cambridge CB4 3DZ, on Mondays 8 – 10.30 pm. Free admission. Instrumentalists and singers welcome to perform numbers of their choice. Our policy is inclusive.  Further info Mike Quigley  07979 59 22 41

On 23rd September  at 3 pm – Terry Steel’s Astor Big Band and singers, together with our guests, the Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society, present ‘Miller Plays the Musicals’ at the Palace Theatre, Southend .  This show is our tribute to Glenn Miller and other great big bands, and to their singers like Frank Sinatra and the Andrews Sisters.  Plus, songs from musicals, old and new, presented in the big band style.   Tickets are available  via the website or Box Office Tel: 01702 351135.  All our profits, and a collection at this performance, go to the Royal British Legion to support their work with PTSD sufferers.

The RAFA Club, Ilford is now closed for refurbishment

‘Jazztonic’ is available via and clicking on ‘listen’.  This a jazz music and magazine programme broadcast every Wednesday at 7pm.     Forthcoming highlights will include Ed Arm (guitarist) 13th September and Frank Griffith (20th September)

Hadleigh Jazz Club, Hadleigh Town Hall, Market Place, Hadleigh, IP7 5DN8 pm Saturday 9th September present Mark Crooks Quintet with The Music Of Johnny Mandel.  Admission  £14  t: 07941360890 | e: | w:

MARK CROOKS clarinet/saxophone   COLIN OXLEY guitar         CHRIS INGHAM piano
DAVE CHAMBERLAIN bass                   GEORGE DOUBLE drums
The world-class clarinet and saxophone star of the John Wilson Orchestra and Jazz at the Movies salutes the great jazz and film composer, writer of the classic songs ‘The Shadow of Your Smile’, ‘Emily’, ‘Theme From MASH’ and other masterpieces.
“Warm-tone, elegantly inventive swing, musically immaculate” MOJO
“A small-scale master class in improvisatory interplay” JAZZ NEWS



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

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

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

Every Thursday – The Acton Jazz Jam hosted by Bobby Allen & Andrew McKay at The George & Dragon 183 High Street W3 9DJ (opposite  Morrisons) 8pm until 11pm.  On street parking from 7pm.  Food available.  Micro brewery.  Fun atmosphere & all levels welcome.  Google DRAGONFLY BREWERY for all info.  See you there!

The Cambridge Jazz Jam has found a new home: from 21st August the jam will operate at The Carpenters Arms pub, 184 – 186 Victoria Road, Cambridge CB4 3DZ, on Mondays 8 – 10.30 pm. Free admission. Instrumentalists and singers welcome to perform numbers of their choice. Our policy is inclusive, so whether you’re accomplished or still trying to progress, our experienced backing group will give you all the support you need. Further info 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

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

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

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

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

The original long running Silver Bullet Jazz Jam hosted by the legendary Bukky Leo has found a new home at Map Studio Café, Kentish TownOne of the most successful Jams in London, running for over 5 years right up to the demise of the venue. Now you can enjoy the same high calibre of entertainment provided by the excellent saxophone led rhythm section. Emerging from his Afrobeat roots Bukky Leo brings an immense knowledge of Bebop through his close association with Joe Henderson and legendary US drummer Bob Moses. Expect to hear some great tunes from the American Song Book. All Instrumentalists and Jazz Vocalists welcome.   Admission £5   email:  Or tickets– 0207 916 0545 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


BELVEDERE JAZZ & MUSIC CLUB, every Wednesday evening is at The Chichester Hotel, Old London Road, Rawreth, Nr. Wickford SS11 8UE (Off A129, 800 yards Wickford side of The Carpenters Arms roundabout). Meals available from 6:30pm whilst you sit at a candlelit table, either before or whilst enjoying the top quality jazz which commences at 8:00pm until 10.30pm. Top International, Regional Bands and Artists, including Big Bands, Swing and Mainstream, all tuneful easy listening foot tapping music with something for everyone! Friendly welcoming atmosphere ~ Admission is from £12.50 on the door ~ Large free car park ~ Drinks at pub prices ~ Newcomers most welcome. ; Telephone: 07850 607075 or

16th August – Charity Night with Paul Wood & Friends    

Paul Wood – vocals                   John Withers – vibes          Brian Dee – piano
Paul Morgan – double bass    Harold Fisher – drums
Special Guest Appearance:   Bruce Adams – trumpet & flugelhorn
Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra’s vocalist Paul Wood will perform your favourite  vocals  accompanied  by  these  highly  talented musicians. In addition to Paul singing, you will also hear several instrumentals.   The evening will feature a special ‘Bumper Raffle’ with all proceeds donated  to the Veterans of War Charity, Reg Number 1150039, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life of veterans of war who have served in the British armed forces. Paul Wood is the Chairman of this charity so please come along to support it.

23rd August  – T J Johnson Quintet

T J Johnson – piano/vocals      Al Nichols – tenor sax        Tony Pitt – guitar/ banjo
Simon Read – double bass     Wesley Gibbens – drums
TJ Johnson is considered to be one of the UK’s most charismatic highly revered jazz and blues singers. Backed by his group of top London based musicians, TJ plays an extraordinary blend of music that transcends the boundaries of jazz, blues, soul and country  and is influenced by some of the greats such as Ray Charles, Dr John, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, BB King, Nina Simone, Alberta Hunter, Frank Sinatra and many more. His distinctive voice and unique stage manner always brings the band and the audience together to create an intimate yet exciting atmosphere.   They have toured extensively both in the UK and overseas for over twenty years and while still maintaining a high profile at international festivals and venues, TJ is also very involved in the vibrant London music scene. TJ’s style and mix of music seems to be very popular with the young trendy in-crowd and older jazz and blues fans alike. They have sold out eight times running at London’s Ronnie Scott’s.

30th 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.  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 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

6th September – The Jonathan Vinten Jazz Band       Jonathan Vinten – piano & vocals     Julian Marc Stringle – saxes, clarinets        Andy Dickens – trumpet & vocals
Rob Brown – drums     Andy Lawrence – double bass     Dave Hewitt – trombone

Jonathan Vinten.  As pianist with George Melly and John Chilton’s Feetwarmers for over 10 years, Jonathan toured  extensively, at home and abroad, playing over 250 theatre concerts a year and making numerous TV and radio appearances. He also performed month-long Christmas seasons at Ronnie Scott’s every year during this time and has worked with Terry Lightfoot, Aker Bilk and Kenny Ball.  Jonathan has been a featured guest on tours in Europe. He has performed at the Los Angeles Jazz Festival, the prestigious Nice Jazz Festival and with many visiting American musicians.  Jonathan has a Masters degree in Composition for Film and Television and has had his works performed at London ’s Festival Hall. Regularly appears in our Club’s Summer Pianorama
Julian Marc Stringle made his TV debut with Acker Bilk when he was just 14. The show featured Julian’s teenage Dixieland band “Young Jazz” that included the Sidwell brothers on Trumpet & Trombone, Paul Clarvis on Drums, Andy Cleyndert on Bass, and Sam Brown vocals.  At 17 he formed a Modern Jazz quintet and toured Europe with Dave Cliff, Nick Weldon, Andy Cleyndert and Mark Taylor.   He has written over 30 TV jingles and documentary film scores. In Paris he arranged and conducted a big band album for Charles Aznavour. He has produced and performed on many audio books for children.  His first album ‘Pathfinder’ featured John Parricelli, Dudley Phillips, James Bannerman and Ralph Salmins. Polygram TV released ‘Beach Samba’ a Latin Classics dance album featuring Julian with an 18 piece big band and strings. Merfangle Music have released two albums featuring Julian and The Dream Band – ‘Sundance’ and ‘Blues for the morning after’. He has three further albums in production. He was voted ‘Best Clarinettist’ at the British Jazz Awards 2006.His major influences have been Artie Shaw, Peanuts Hucko, Buddy De Franco, Eddie Daniels, Oscar Peterson – and Delius!
“The best clarinettist to emerge in British jazz for decades” – Sir John Dankworth.
Andy Dickens lively trumpet and flugelhorn playing evokes the warmth and exuberance of Mardi Gras New Orleans; the heat of Chicago club land and the excitement of small-band New York swing. A frequent guest at European jazz festivals, he has played with many English and American notables including Slim Gaillard; Ken Peplowski; Humphrey Littleton; Terry Lightfoot; Judith Durham; Clark Tracey; Bruce Turner; Jools Holland;  Duncan Lamont; David Newton & Pete Allen.
Dave Hewitt  (trombonist) toured for three years in the Theatre Show ‘Basin Street to Broadway’ with Georgie Fame.  He has guested with bands such as that of Terry Lightfoot, Freddie Randall All Stars, The Alan Elsdon All Stars, Laurie Chescoe’s Good Time Jazz Band and Keith Smith’s Hefty Jazz.  He has played with many visiting Americans, including Wild Bill Davison, Peanuts Hucko, and Kenny Davern. Notably, he appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Teddy Wilson and Stèphane Grappelli.
Andy Lawrence double bass – Andy is very experienced, having been Terry Lightfoot’s bass man for many years, as well as being in demand as a deputy for most professional Jazz bands. Andy has been doing most of the Max Collie Rhythm Aces gigs during the last few years travelling from Liverpool.

13th September – International Vocalist: Jeff Hooper            Jeff Hooper  – vocals       John Pearce  – piano       Paul Morgan – double bass       Neil Bullock – drums

We welcome back Jeff Hooper from South Wales who launched his career after winning ITVs New Faces, age fourteen, going on to appear in a variety of TV shows, gaining a recording contract with EMI and a place in the charts with his debut single. Travelling to America, he performed at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas – home of the ‘Rat Pack.’ Returning to the UK, Jeff joined the Syd Lawrence Orchestra for a decade as lead singer, touring the UK, Europe and worldwide, appearing in major venues such as the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall, there followed regular recordings for radio and TV.    During this time he worked with the great Matt Monro who taught him how to play poker and tie a bow tie!!  Jeff’s Swing Easy band have been selected once again to be the Strictly Come Dancing Tour Band.   Jeff breathes new life into the music of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat “King” Cole, Vic Damone, Jack Jones, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr, Matt Monro and Mel Tormé with a relaxed, emotive style. Along with his many solo cabaret appearances and performing with his own Jazz trio, Jeff runs his own Big Band and has recently performed appeared at Gala concerts with Katherine Jenkins and Charlotte Church. Jeff  is the ultimate professional, dedicated to his art. His flawless diction and great musical instinct means he takes a classic and makes it ‘his own’.

20th September – Ray Gelato & The Giants        Ray Gelato – tenor sax & vocals     Gunther Kurmayr – piano     Andy Rogers – trombone     Danny Marsden  – trumpet     Olly Wilby – saxes     Manuel Alvarez – double bass     Ed Richardson – drums

After 20 successive sold out shows at Ronnie Scott’s we welcome back Ray Gelato and The Giants.  Constantly they blow the lid off Ronnie Scott’s Club in awesome fashion.  Ray, a wonderful sax player and superb front man, is a London boy heavily influenced by the likes of Louis Prima, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Louis Jordan and Coleman Hawkins. The Giants’ brilliant horn section is made up of Andy Rogers – trombone, Danny Marsden – trumpet and Olly Wilby – saxophone, who’s joint talent goes beyond the brass, supplying some playful call and response backing vocals.  The double bass player Manuel Alvarez and amazing drummer Ed Richardson are always on fire together creating smoking hot rhythms and are the driving energy of the band.  Completing         the seven piece line-up is the talented ever smiling jazz pianist Gunther Kurmayr tickling the ivories with great gusto.  (Admission £17.50 by ticket only – available solely on club nights)

27th September – Ken Peplowski & Julian Marc Stringle “The Clarinet Maestros”     Ken Peplowski  – clarinet, tenor sax     Julian Marc Stringle  – clarinet, tenor sax     Craig Milverton – piano     Sandy Suchodolski – double  bass     Nick Milward – drums

Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinettist” – Russell Davies, BBC2 Aug 2013    “Mr. Peplowski sounds the way Benny Goodman might if he had kept evolving, kept on listening to new music, kept refining his sound, polishing his craft, and expanding his musical purview into the 21st century.” – Will Friedwald, in The Wall Street Journal, Dec 2012
In 2014, Ken was the recipient of the Sarasota Jazz Festival’s “Satchmo” award, given to him for his “unique and enduring contribution to the living history of jazz”; in March, Ken was also the guest of honour at a “Highlights In Jazz” concert in NYC saluting him for “his matchless musical achievements”. He was the 2015 recipient of Hot House Magazine’s “Fans’ Decision Jazz Award” on clarinet.
“Julian Stringle is the best clarinettist to emerge in British jazz for decades” – Sir John Dankworth

4th October –  ‘Embraceable Ella’   –  Joanna Eden

 11th October  – Jazz Dynamos with Lucy Randall

18th October – The Len Phillips Big Band with top UK vocalists Gary Williams & Eleanor Keenan

25th October – The Al Nichols Swing Quartet

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

16 AugSimon Spillett (tenor) + Hilary Cameron (piano) + Ted Pope (drums)

23 AugOCTETMark Tydeman (tpt/flg)   Mervin Samuels (alto)   Leszek Kulaszewicz (tnr)   Errol Woodburn (bari)   Ayo Akintonwa (gtr)   Hilary Cameron (pno-Lester Bennett (drs)    John Pamenter (bs/arrgts)

30 AugGeoff Mason (trombone) + Hilary Cameron (piano)

6 Sept:    Bill Yeomans (tenor) + Colin Peters (piano)

with John Withers (drums)  – not 16 & 23 Aug – & John Pamenter (double bass)

THEYDON JAZZ CLUB @ THORNWOOD VILLAGE HALL, Weald Hall Lane, CM16 6NB. 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of every month, 8 pm to 10.30. Traditional/Dixieland/New Orleans Jazz featuring excellent live bands for listening and dancing. Drinks & snacks / tea & coffee / dance floor / plentiful seating / free car park. All are welcome. Admission – Non Members £10, Members £8. Children admitted under supervision, free for 12 and unders.  Disabled facillities are available.  Visit or contact Dave & Sheila Dyer – tel: 01945 588325; email:

Aug 15th  –  Carol Braithwaite’s Jazz Crew  Goff Dubber/ Tim Huskisson

Sept 5th  – The Gary Wood Swing Quintet  (Gary Wood Tpt/Voc’s)
Sept 19th  –  Kid Tidimans AllstarsOct 3rd  –  T B A

Oct 17th  –  TJ Johnsons Jazz & Blues Band

Nov 7th  –  The Chosen Men
Nov 21st  –  The Melvin Beddows Big Band 

Dec 5th  –  T B A
Dec 19th  –  THE THEYDON SELECT SIX   Peter Rudeforth tpt    Julian Marc Stringle Reeds   And Flaxman Tbe   Tim Huskisson Pno    Roger Curphey bass    Alan Clark Dms

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

Tuesday, 29th August   –   HORNS OUT FRONT  featuring the multi-instrumentalist, Paul Higgs, trumpet, and Kevin Mcmahon, tenor sax, a very smooth musician, both of whom will be Horns Out Front accompanied by the resident trio.

Paul Higgs, a frequent visitor to the Club continues to perform at the highest level blending classical and jazz styles with simple ease. His CD ‘Pavanne’ reached No.1 in One World Charts.   His recent collaboration with the Chris Ingram Quartet on the crafted biography of Hoagy Carmichael created CD’s ‘Hoagy’  and ‘Dudley’  highlighting the delightful music of Dudley Moore is bringing great acclaim. Paul’s own show titled ‘A Brief History of Jazz’ is a fantastic tour of jazz history as recorded by past trumpeters.
Kevin Mcmahon hails from Dublin, and currently leads his group ‘Swing Odyssey’ and plays at top London venues. His influences have been the great tenor players of Stan Getz, Lester Young and Dexter Gordon with a sound that veers between mainstream to swing with ballads and blues. He has recorded three of CD’s with  ‘Sometimes I’m Happy’, ’Stardust’ and his latest ‘Your Choice’.  Welcome back Kevin with those ballads and blues reflecting classic looks and taste.

Tuesday, 26th September  –    SINATRA’S SONGBOOK featuring John Withers,  vibraphone, accompanying Paul Wood, vocals, through the vast songbook of Frank Sinatra with which Paul entertained for many years on cruises with his ‘Salute to Sinatra’ tour.

John Withers, a self taught percussionist at home with either drums or vibraphone has played with a number of big bands as well as a host of celebrities. He always entertains, so is it little wonder he is in constant demand gigging around jazz clubs with his eclectic choice of music. Tonight his programme will centre around Sinatra’s Songbook.
Paul Wood, found singing came naturally, soon entertaining publicly at every opportunity. He is a well respected in demand vocalist with his own particular approach to a song whether a delicate ballad or rhythmic swing tune that not many are able to match. He has travelled extensively in Europe and North America appearing with many big bands such as Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra, Syd Lawrence Orchestra and James Last to name but a few. Listen to him croon his way through the Sinatra Songbook with ease and that cheeky little smile.

Tuesday, 31st October  –    THE DYNAMIC DUO   featuring Dominic Ashworth, guitar and Julian Marc Stringle, clarinet & sax bringing you an evening of unbelievable music bliss that always embraces this duo wherever they appear such is the understanding between them.

Dominic Ashworth, an exceptionally talented Canadian guitarist, who is a regular visitor to the Club for which we are extremely lucky  to have as our guest, with his services being in great demand playing and touring with groups such as, Picante Latin Band, The Dream Band and also guesting with many other star musicians across the country. No matter the tempo, genre, style Dominic ticks all the boxes to ensure his audience is always wanting more.
Julian Marc Stringle, a child clarinet prodigy with a flamboyant air, and that’s no pun, is the other part of this wondrous duo who seamlessly play as if one such is their understanding of each other’s flawless.musical ability, Julian has many mantels in the music world to all the genres, as well as his composing, arranging, writing, teaching and with his continuous gigging around the country it is little wonder that the late Johnny Dankworth quoted that he is the finest exponent of the clarinet in recent decades.

Tuesday, 28th November   –   CHRISTMAS CREW STRIKES AGAIN  featuring Mike Cotton, trumpet & vocals, Paul Higgs, keyboard, Derek Clenshaw,  trombone, Martin Nickless, clarinet, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, drums, who begin the party sprit for the oncoming Christmas season with all styles, shades, tempos from Dixie to Mainstream plus our usual Christmas Buffet all for the party entrance cost of £15.00.

Mike Cotton trumpet & vocals played in various trad jazz bands in the late ’50s, and in 1960 formed a group of his own and their sound was pure Dixieland. Known as the Mike Cotton Jazzmen the group played as many as 300 gigs a year. But as music styles  constantly change Mike also changed and became known to play with a variety of entertainers. In the years since, he has remained      active as a session musician, and in the ’90s played with the 100 Club All-Stars, while the Mike Cotton Sound’s name periodically surfaces, more thorough the history of British traditional jazz.
Paul Higgs, keyboards, needs no introduction being a regular visitor to the Club in a variety of guises that this multi-instrumentalist performs across the country usually with his preferred instrument, trumpet. He currently is touring with the fantastic Chris Ingham Quartet with the brilliant musical biographies, ‘Hoagy’ and ‘Dudley’ portraying the lives and music of the legends Hoagy Carmichael and Dudley Moore both of which are receiving critical acclaim across the country. However on this occasion he will be enlightening  you to his excellent keyboard skills of a master musician.
Derek Clenshaw trombonist, so often the choice of many top bandleaders, when in need of a freelance jazz musician. Performing  with all UK jazz stars, with a music preference for mainstream and jazz standards, along with having that sweet touch with the warm rounded sound of the trombone. Derek has been seen in many bands, mainstream and traditional, and has played with such well-known names as Humphrey Lyttleton, Freddie Randall, Terry Lightfoot, Janusz Carmello, Bob Kerr, Julian Marc Stringle,  Mike “Magic” Henry, Mike Cotton, Bruce Adams, John Crocker, Enrico Tomasso and Simon Spillett.
Martin Nickless, clarinet, makes clear his first love in music is for the big band and his career includes various genres of music from classical to pop.  He has played for many West End shows, sessions for composer Stanley Myers as well as touring with Jack Jones, Frankie Vaughan & Norman Wisdom. Martin is also known for his writing and arranging and is clearly an outstanding exponent of the clarinet and called upon for many gigs.
Ted ‘the hat’ Simkins, skeletal bass, and a member of the resident trio, must be one of the oldest bass players around, but all musicians still wish for the same energy and prowess that he puts in at every gig. No matter the style or genre Ted fits into the  groove automatically such is the experience of this much admired musician whose main interest at one time was photography.   Whatever it is that keeps him going, if he could bottle it he would make a fortune.
Dave Grant, drums, the leader of the resident trio at Jazz at O B’s primarily in the interest of keeping Jazz live in Brentwood. Dave enjoys the  ‘Dixieland’ style of jazz having played with many musicians of that genre and the many others who have guested at the  Club. He has his own quartet playing local gigs and also plays with Carlton Jazz Band.

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



His voice has been described as an irresistible mix of Sinatra, Bennett & Buble. Backed by a world class band, Kevin  takes a break from starring in his big band concert ‘Sinatra Sequins & Swing – The Capitol Years Live! to bring his brilliant ‘Bennett-To-Buble’. The American Songbook At Its Best!’ With eight sell-out shows at Ronnie Scott’s and elsewhere tonight promises to be a classic.
“Unique interpretations, superb presence, unique personality.  A brilliant gig”  – More Opinions (JazzNights)

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 15th August – 8.00pm
Alan Barrnes with Robin Aspland Simon Thorpe & Clark Tracey

Tuesday 22nd August – 8.00pm
Josh Kemp Quartet

Tuesday 5th September – 8.00pm
Rob Barron Quartet featuring Nat Steele on Vibes

Tuesday 12th September – 8.00pm
Ted Beament with Colin Watling – sax Murray Salmon – bass and Les Cirkel – drums

Tuesday 19th September – 8.00pm
Dave Lewis Quartet

 “SPIKES PLACE AT SAFFRON WALDEN” - Third Thursday of every month – 8.30pm. Saffron Hotel, High St, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1AZ. Top-Class Mainstream Jazz. E mail: For advance bookings contact: Susan 01245 420475.  join the Facebook groups

Thursday 17th August – 8.30pm
Alan Barnes with Richard Busiakiewicz trio
Admission £12.00

Thursday 21st September – 8.30pm
Derek Nash Quartet
Admission £12.00

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

3rd September:     Sarah Dowling, Vasilis Xenopolous, John Pearce, Dave Green, and Steve Brown
1st October:     Buster meets Buster featuring Jo Fooks, Pete Ringrace, Neil Casey and Buster Birch
5th November:   Denise King with John Pearce and Simon Woolf (drummer TBA)
3rd December:    TBA

MUSIC AT MARIGOLDS, Cricket Club, Chippingfield, Old Harlow, Essex CM17 0DJ.  Doors and Licensed Bar 7.30pm, Fridays. 01279 414174 / 421763 Car Parking On Site and there are two Public Car Parks.  We are now in the new Clubhouse which has been built between the Cricket Club’s two grounds.  Carry on a bit further round Chippingfield and its on your left still.  £8 Door

25th August – The Humphrey Lyttleton Band

Tony Fisher trumpet, Jimmy Hastings alto sax, clarinet & flute, Robert Fowler tenor sax, baritone sax & clarinet, Ray Wordsworth trombone, Adrian Macintosh drums, Ted Beament piano and John Rees-Jones bass. 
In January 2008, Humphrey Lyttelton celebrated sixty years as a bandleader, leading a band which he ranked as one of the very best of his career. It’s hallmark is versatility, reflected in a repertoire which extends from early traditional to modern by way of Ellington and Basie.
Members of the late Humphrey Lyttelton’s band continue to fly the flag. The band is now joined by trumpeter Tony Fisher who joined after Humph’s death. The hallmark of the band is versatility. Not to be forgotten are Humph’s compositions, of which he recorded over two hundred, including Bad Penny Blues.  Unsurprisingly the prevailing reaction from audiences is ‘We never thought a jazz concert could have such variety’.

15th September – The Barefoot Doctors:

The Barefoot Doctors are fronted by Bluesy songstress Stella Hensley and Blues, Slide, Ragtime guitarist Chris Newman, and backed by the unstoppable grooves of bassist Fabian Bonner and the shamanic drumming of drummer Ian Croft.
​Chris Newman worked with The Climax Blues Band and then formed The Mississippi Houndogs with Climax front man Colin Cooper. This band also featured Pick Withers (Dire Straits), Roger Innis (Chaka Khan) and Terry Butters (Sutherland Bros).
​Chart success came in the early nineties with The Soul Survivors. Their recording of ‘Woolly Bully’ featured the infamous Vinnie Jones leading onto various TV shows and appearances. In the nineties Chris toured with Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep) on a Mapex Drum Clinic tour. The recording of An Acoustic Tribute to Rory Gallagher went on to see him performing the length and breadth of  Ireland, including the International Tribute Festival in Ballyshannon.
Stella Hensley has a smoky, sultry, velvet but powerful voice and has often been compared to Stevie Nicks and Alison Moyet. She has been co-writing songs for many years. Her words are heartfelt, personal and able to move even the coldest of hearts.

29th September – Rebop Tribute to Horace Silver:

Rebop is Paul Higgs trumpet, Colin Watling tenor saxophone, Chris Ingham piano, Marianne Bidwell  bass and George Double drums.  Returning to Marigolds after some fantastic gigs the superb Rebop play innovative and exhilarating modern jazz pioneered by jazz greats such as Bird, Dizzy, Miles, Fats, Tadd, Bud, Monk, Bill, Red, Philly Joe, Paul C, Jimmy C, Wynton, Cannonball, Trane and many others.
Rebop looks to play classic jazz of the ’40s and ’50s and they do it very, very well. However, tonight’s gig will be a tribute to Horace Silver.  Horace Silver was an American jazz pianist, composer and band leader, born 2 Sept 1928 in Norwalk, Connecticut and died 18 June 2014. He was among the most influential jazz musicians of his lifetime and a pioneer of hard bop. He worked as a sideman and leader of his own bands especially pioneering the quintet instrumentation of tenor saxophone, trumpet, piano, bass, and drums.  He was a prolific recording artist and composer. As a composer, he led a return to an emphasis on melody and his legacy as a composer may be greater than as a pianist, because his works, many of which are jazz standards, continue to be performed and recorded worldwide today.

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, Normally Members £7, non-members £8. Call Laurie on 07913 558616 for more details. Sundays  8:30 – 11pm

20th AugustThe Frog Island Jazz Band. This famous traditional jazz band with the front line of Jim Hurd clarinet, John Whitehead trumpet and John Jeans trombone. Behind them are Brian Lawrence banjo, Chris Marchant drums and Rob Fullalove brass bass. The Frogs play 1920s and 1930’s New Orleans jazz. Bring your dancing shoes!

27th AugustThe Jack Clifford Swingtette. Another wonderful end to another month of jazz at the club with an evening of traditional and jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack’s clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with guests including, as usual, Tim Huskisson playing the piano.

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!

NEW TIMES!   8pm  – 10.30pm 

Sunday 3rd September 2017      JOHN WITHERS  Vibraphone
John is a multi talented musician playing drums as well as vibraphone. He has been in great demand on the London scene for many years and was a long time member of the Ken Turner big band.

Neale Ridding - Keyboard. Roger Curphey – String Bass. Martin Guy – Drums.

Sunday 1st October 2017      RICHARD EXALL  Saxophone
Richard Has worked with big bands such as the Glen Miller Orchestra UK, Nelson Riddle Orchestra UK and bands such as Robin Jones King Salsa. A regular member of the Chris Barber band since 2004.
Tim Huskisson - Keyboard. - Roger Curphey String Bass. Graeme Culham – Drums.

Sunday 5th November 2017      SIMON HURLEY  Guitar
His playing is much inspired by Joe Pass and Martin Taylor who is quoted as saying that “Simon’s playing is just beautiful”.

Sam Edwards – KeyboardsJose CanhaString Bass.  Graeme Culham – Drums.

Sunday 3rd December 2017     SIMON SPILLETT  Saxophone

British jazz award winner, Author, Band leader, Patron of the Jazz Centre UK, Tubby Hayes prodigy.  Simon returns with his powerful and driving style with the Peter Lemer trio. Peter is a regular member of the Barbara Thompson band ‘Paraphernalia’ and has played with bands such as UK Drummer Ginger Baker’s ‘Gurvitz Army’.
Peter Lemer – KeyboardsJose CanhaString Bass.  Graeme Culham – Drums.

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

THE JAZZ 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 August 2017 – Sunchaser

Led by local drummer Neil Robinson, a professional touring and recording artist for more than 20 years. As well as once being a core member of the James Taylor Quartet he has performed alongside artists such as Tom Jones, Mica Paris and Tony Hadley to name but a few. Neil is joined on stage for the evening by a superb band of local musicians featuring Zak Barrett on saxophone, Sam Edwards on keyboards, Andy Staples on bass and Graham Cuttill on percussion. Expect jazz funk fusion fireworks!   Tickets £12 available from Cliffs Pavilion Box Office. Doors 8pm, music 8.30 to 11pm.

Weds 27th September 2017 – Louise Marshall & Derek Nash

With a smoky voice that crackles and pops, Louise Marshall is an established star with Jools Holland, David Gilmour and Roxy Music. She brings a fiery passion in singing the blues, soul and contemporary takes on the Great American Songbook. Saxophonist Derek Nash is at the forefront of the British jazz movement, he has been a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004, has led Sax Appeal for over thirty years, fronts the funk/fusion band Protect the Beat, and is a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion. Tickets £16

Weds 25th October 2017 – Dave Lewis’ 1UP

Dave Lewis’s robust and melodic tenor playing has been heard with a notable list of artists including Bryan Ferry, John Mayall, Eric Clapton and The Blockheads. His own band features an impressive array of talent fronted by fantastic vocalist Lizzie Deane, Lizzie’s warm persona and infectious performance style calls to mind the great soul divas such as Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield, but at the same time she brings her own unique energy and approach to every song. With a strong emphasis on groove, improvisation and spontaneous melodic interplay, 1UP is one of the tightest, funkiest bands on the scene. Expect to hear on the night tunes from their new album “Under the Same Sun”  Tickets £16

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 is now on the Second and Last Monday of each Month with the NEIL FRYER QUARTET featuring Neil Fryer (tenor sax) Phil Mead (keyboard) Paul Leader(bass) Luke De La Salle (drums) And Guests.  Music at 8.30 p.m.  Admission Free.  For further information please contact Neil Fryer (m) 07504 733892

COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE JAZZ CLUB.  Church Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF.  Concerts usually every 1st SUNDAY of the month, plus the odd extra event.  Tickets £12 to £18.   JAZZ EXPRESS: Book for any three concerts and get tickets for just £10 each. Students 2-for-1 admission!! Doors: 7pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm. 
 Arts Centre box office: 01206 500900. Online:

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

FORTNIGHTLY FREE Live Midweek Music in our Theatre Lounge on Wednesdays

7:30 pm  Relax on a Wednesday evening at Rhodes while listening to the very best from the vibrant local music scene.  Our Midweek Live Music events are now established as a ‘must see’ night for music fans of all ages so unwind, kick back and relax.

Our resident Jazz Quintet Que Pasa are now established on the second Wednesday of every month. Featuring internationally renowned players Pete Lemer on keys, Paul Robinson on drums, Steve Cook on Bass, with Adam Amor on Sax and brilliant trumpet player Paul Higgs. Between them they have worked with acts such as Nina Simone, Grace Jones, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Ginger Baker, Mike Oldfield, The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The best of the genre from the best in the business.

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

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

Fri 18 Aug:    MARK CROOKS plays JOHNNY MANDEL     £12 / £6 u25

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 from £12.   Online Tickets: Web:  Email:

Weds 27th SeptEnrico Tomasso & Roy Williams “Homage to Clark Terry & Bob Brookmeyer” with Sandra Lambert (Piano), Mick Hutton (Bass) and Jeff Lardner (Drums)

Enrico is one of Britain’s top jazz trumpeters – winning the best trumpet category in the British Jazz Awards twice. He is also a popular figure at European festivals and clubs. Tonight, he teams up with trombonist Roy Williams whose professional musical career has now spanned seven decades. Roy made his name as the regular trombonist with the Alex Welsh Band from 1965 to 1978. He has worked with many of the jazz greats including Peanuts Hucko and Scott Hamilton. Together Enrico and Roy recreate the work of jazz legends Clark Terry and Bob Brookmeyer to bring you an evening of terrific swinging jazz.

Wednesday 25th October  - Derek Nash with Sandra Lambert (Piano), Mick Hutton (Bass) and Jeff Lardner (Drums)

At the forefront of the British Jazz movement, Derek Nash has been a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004, performing both live and on TV with such greats as Eric Clapton, Amy Winehouse, Chaka Khan, Gregory Porter, Emeli Sande, Jessie J, Sir Paul McCartney, Solomon Burke, Annie Lennox, Eddie Floyd, Sam Moore, Madeleine Peyroux, Roger Daltrey, David Sanborn, Eddi Reader and Tom Jones.

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

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

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

Aug 22nd – Jolly Jazzers.  A popular local band of long standing who provide entertainment at many functions at everything from 100th birthdays to steam rallies, and much in between! The collection (if there is one!) will go to the St. Francis Hospice, a very worthwhile local organisation which the band supports.

Aug 29th – Showcasing Miguel and friends.  Supported by the star studded ‘A’ team.

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 August      £15      Kevin Fitzsimmons

Kevin Fitzsimmons – vocals       Leon Greening – piano       Jeremy Brown – bass
Matt Home – drums
From regular sell-out appearances at Ronnie Scott’s, Kevin makes his long overdue Fleece Jazz debut with a top drawer band.
“talent, originality and sheer musical skill … a confident but unassuming  performer who has that rare vocal skill of total control of all he does and a supremely mature mastery of the audience… He has an outstanding voice of great depth and clarity, with echoes of Mel Torme, and a sheer polish to his tone and diction that might only have been matched by Sinatra at a similar age. He sings in a clear yet dramatic way that makes every word of the lyrics both clear and packed with the emotional emphasis” Roger Haywood
“Singer Kevin Fitzsimmons has the most unenviable job in jazz: sounding original in the male-jazz-vocalist mould that defies being broken or reconstituted. But he’s his own man” Jazz Journal

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.

August 26                         September 16                  October 21
November 18                    December 16

“SPIKE’S PLACE” AT BECKENHAM – 8:30pm. Club Langley, 2 Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3SR (Off South Eden Park Road). Admission £14.00  members £11.00  unless otherwise stated. 020 8650 2406 / 01245 420475 E mail: Advance bookings contact: Susan 01245 420475  join the Facebook groups

Thursday  24th August – 8.30pm
Sara Dowling & Chris Dean with Trevor Brown Jeremy Brown & Dave Tandy
Admission £15.00 members £12.00

Thursday  7th September – 8.30pm
Alan Barnes with John Pearce – Dave Chamberlain and Bobby Worth

Thursday  14th September – 8.30pm
Jimmy Hastings with the John Horler Trio

Thursday  28th September – 8.30pm
Derek Nash Quartet

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

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

Sunday 10th Sept – ADAM GLASSER

Sunday 24th Sept – JOSH KEMP

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 at 8pm – Adm £12

Aug 17th          MISS TINA MAY & Her Trio   Fantastic award winning jazz vocalist ~ The Blond Bombshell of British Jazz

TINA  MAY is always welcome back at The FJC. Her charm & vocal approach to jazz numbers has put her in the top echelon of British Jazz vocalists.  Tina is in demand worldwide & is often in Paris or Singapore – just a few of her gig list.  With her tonight we have a trio that would be the envy of any jazz vocalist ~ they swing like crazzzzy ..
ROBIN ASPLAND  piano ~~ One of the most respected of UK jazz pianists
MICK HUTTON  double bass ..Great bassist — has accompanied all the top vocalist’s
ROD BROWN  drums — The vocalist’s drummer ~~ None better

The Most Famous Jazz Tenor Saxophonist in The World … Back to The FJC                      From The USA … SCOTT HAMILTON

The most famous tenor saxophonist in the world is back at The FJC for his second visit this year.  We had a full house for his annual visit with us in January & yes folks he will be with us next January…  Scott Hamilton travels the world, & originally for this UK visit he was only booked in for a four day gig at Pizza Express Jazz Room in London’s Soho – but he kindly agreed to come a day early & fit in The FJC before he starts the Pizza gig ~~ Wow ~ & we are so pleased to have this quartet back again.
JOHN PEARCE piano  One of the finest pianists on the UK jazz scene
DAVE GREEN double bass — When you mention this mans name~~ Just say World Class
STEVE BROWN drums ~ Multi British Jazz Award Winner ~~ It’s all here !!!

Aug 31st       RONNIE  SCOTT  REMEMBERED       

 Five of Ronnie Scott’s mates celebrate the legend.  The Legacy of the late Ronnie Scott lives on with the musicians that were a big part of his music & played alongside the man whose name has become synonymous with British Jazz.  This is modern jazz as it should be ~~~ as played at Ronnies in 50’s & 60’s ~ Brilliant
MORNINGTON LOCKETT  tenor sax. Stood alongside “the man” for many years.  This man is a one off  – Unique full on style, but never loses the rhythm & the feel. Magic
HENRY LOWTHER trumpet – flugel  One of the legends of British jazz returning to the FJC~ Pure Class
JOHN CRITCHINSON  piano ~ Yes another RS band member – Brilliant pianist plus the Scott jokes…
TIM WELLS  double bass. From the USA keeping the beat & reminding us of those great days.
TREVOR TOMKINS drums. The Professor … The architect of modern drumming …

Sept 7th                 8pm            £12  The Tumultuous Tenors


A great night for all jazz nuts with two fantastic tenors giving it  their all & backed up with a seriously amazing rhythm section ..



Sept 14th       THE BEST OF BRITISH JAZZ            8pm          £12

The Multi Award Winning International Jazz Star.back at The FJC.




Sept 19th         THE BEST OF BRITISH JAZZ                   8pm              £12

The Award Winning International Trumpet Star Laura Jurd is back at The FJC with a Sensational Tuesday All Star  Line Up…


MICK FOSTER The UK’s Gerry Mulligan
LAURA JURD Amazing International trumpet star..

Laura has just returned from a very successful tour of Europe – Scandinavia – Canada & Nth America with her band Dinosaur..

BRIAN DEE Experience & still at the top for this legend
ALEC DANKWORTH Brit Jazz winning bassist — The legacy
DAVE BARRY Fantastic drummer & band leader..

Not to be missed by any Jazz Nut


Sept 28th   THE BEST OF INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ~           8pm               £12

Is This, Jazz at The Phil ?? 

The Clarinet Maestros – The world’s finest Jazz clarinettist’s

The USA’s No1 clarinettist meets Europe’s No1 clarinettist

The are also great tenor saxophonist’s~~ Pure Magic ~ ~

KEN PEPLOWSKI   &   JULIAN MARC STRINGLE                                     


                          THE CRAIG MILVERTON TRIO                                                                                                  Full info & Hi Res photos // //

Critics comments Ken Peplowski is arguably The World’s Greatest living swing clarinettist ” Russell Davis BBC

” Julian Marc Stringle is now one of the world’sgreat clarinet players ”  Jim Mullen

” Craig Milverton is a pianist unrivalled swing ”  Dave Gelly ~ The Observer

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Does it get any better than this ??? ~~~ as they return to The FJC…

KEN PEPLOWSKI    From the USA & recognised as the world’s finest clarinettist ~ played with

Benny Goodman & often compared to him… The New York Times said ” Goodman with a twist

of Lightning ”  ~~~ Tonight Ken is teaming up with Europes finest clarinettist ( Quote by Sir JD )

JULIAN MARC STRINGLE ..A great favourite at The FJC~~ for a friendly battle of the sticks !!!

Both of these excellent musicians will also entertain us on Tenor Sax…

All of this & backed by The UK’s own Oscar Peterson style pianist ~~

The award winning CRAIG MILVERTON & HIS TRIO with

Sandy Suchodolski double bass  &  Nick Millward drums  — We are feasting folks !!!

THE JAZZ CENTRE (UK)   c/o Beecroft Art Gallery – Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS09 6EX   E-mail:
Tel:  01702 215169     Facebook:

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

15 August, 8PM. FG with Kevin Fitzsimmons. Annies Jazz Club.Thorpe Hall Golf Club. Thorpe Hall Avenue. Essex, SS1 3AT.£10.
18 August, 7PM. W/Henry Lowther. Drayton Court Jazz Festival. 2, The Avenue, Ealing, W13.997 10109.£5.
30 August,12.30PM. W/Alex Garnett and Jack Honeybourne Trio. The Spice of Life.6 Moor St, London, W1D 5NA.£6.

6 Sept, 8PM. FG W/Tina May and the Swing Unlimited Big Band. Parley Sports and Social Club. 275 Christchurch Road, West Parley, Ferndown, BH22 8SQ. 07771 267445.£10.
7 Sept, 8PM FG W/Tina May, Jez Brown, Rod Youngs and Gareth Williams. Celebrating Ella’s Centenary- 100 years of Song. Dorchester Corn Exchange, High E Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF. 01305 819039. £14

10 Oct, 8.45PM. The Polo Sticks w/Alan Barnes, Martin Nickless, Charlie Wood, Dave Jenkins, Les Cirkel. The Stables.Wavendon, MK17 8LU.  01908 280800. £10.
18 Oct, 12.30PM. W/Tad Newton. The Spice of Life. 6 Moor St, London, W1D 5NA. £6.

7 Nov, 8PM. w/Tad Newton. Olney Jazz Club. Carlton House Club.38 Hi St, Olney, MK46 4BB. £10. 01234 711348
25 Nov, 7.30PM. w/Tina May, Nick Weldon, Dave Olney, Richard Pite. Celebrating Ella and Fats. Pavenham Village Hall. Pavenham, Beds, MK43 7PE.£12.


Wed 16th August – The Railway, Clifftown Road, Southend (8.30pm Free)

Sunday 20th August – Animal Aid Festival Fun Day, Herongate Cricket Green, Brentwood, CM13 3NY (10am-6pm, FREE)

CAXTON SWING Gigs.   For more detailed info

Sunday 27th August Riverside Park St Neots Cambs from 2pm Free

Saturday 23rd September Old Bull Inn High St Royston from 8pm as part of The Royston Arts Festival Tickets £8 & £6 from

Advance News – Monday 2oth November at Chruchill College Cambridge with guest star Jo Fooks. As part of the Cambridge Jazz Festival.  Tickets £11 & £9 from

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

11/08 – Billericay
15/08 – Theydon Boise Jazz Club
16/08 – Essex County Bowls
26/08 – North Weald
08/09 – Billericay
16/09 – North Weald (afternoon)
16/09 – Billericay (evening)
20/09 – Essex County Bowls
07/10 – Jazz Centre (open day)
13/10 – Billericay
18/10 – Essex County Bowls
21/10 – North Weald (afternoon)
21/10 – The Fold, Billericay (evening)
10/11 – Billericay
15/11 – Essex County Bowls
18/11 – North Weald
08/12 – Billericay
16/12 – North Weald
20/12 – Essex Bowl

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

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

Sun. 17th Sept. Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, CM23 2LD. 8.00-10.30pm – with Bill Cornell Jazz Band.

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

Sun. 1st Oct. 2017. The Globe On Morning Lane, Hackney, E9 6NA. 12.30 – 3.30 pm. – with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces. FREE ADMISSION.

Thurs. 5th Oct. The Swan, High Street, Chaddesley Corbett, Nr Kiddderminster, DY10 4SD.  – with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Fri. 6th Oct. Newbold Verdon Jazz Club, Social Club, Main street, Newbold Verdon, Leicester, LE9 9NP. 8.00 – 10.30pm.  – with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Sun. 8th Oct. Hornchurch Jazz Club, Conservative Club, 25 North Street, Hornchurch, RM11 1RS. 8.30 – 11.00. with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Fri. 13th Oct. Farnborough Jazz Club, Farrow Fields, High street, BR6 7BA. 8.00 – 11.00pm.  – with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

Sun. 12th Nov. Colchester Jazz Club, Marks Tey Parish Hall, Old London Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, CO6 1EJ. 7.45-10.30pm.  – with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

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

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


The Wagon in Wix  from 8:30 – 11pm (and on every 3rd Wednesday of the month) with The Blackwater Band from 8:30  to 11 pm  and on the 3rd Wednesday of every month during 2017  There will be happy jazz provided The Blackwater Band

Weds August 16 –  8:30 to 11pm – Our monthly visit to The Wagon in Wix

Saturday August  26th  –  2 to 4:30pm  Our annual visit to the Clacton-on-Sea Real Ale and Cider Festival 2017 James’ Hall,  Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea. CO15 1LE

CHRIS INGHAM QUARTET live in 2016-17

Sun 3 Sep – RADLETT Arts Centre
Sun 24 Sep – COLCHESTER Arts Centre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 WEDNESDAY 16th August – NATIONAL YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA directed by MARK ARMSTRONG – UK’s foremost young big band returns to the Spice! NYJO will perform popular classics from the compendium of the world’s best big band music while also showcasing some of today’s best of British big band composers and arrangers.  The concert will feature some of today’s best young jazz soloists including rising young star vocalist Ellie Bignall. Music Director: MARK ARMSTRONG; trumpet: JAMES DAVISON, SAM MOFFIT, TOM SYSON, HARRY EVANS; trombone: CHRIS VALENTINE, MADDIE DOWDESWELL, RORY INGHAM; bass trombone: JAMES MAUND; alto saxophone: SAM GLASER, TOM SMITH; tenor saxophone:  TOM RIDOUT, TOM BARFORD baritone saxophone: JESSAMY HOLDER; piano: JOE HILL; bass: JACK TUSTIN; guitar: NICK FITCH; drums: MAX MILLS; vocals: ELLIE BIGNALL Doors open: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 advance

WEDNESDAY 23rd August – JITTER KINGS – Drawing on inspiration from the likes of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald to Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, The Jitter Kings will be playing jazz music from the Swing Era and Dixieland. “The musicians delighted a capacity audience with a display of virtuosity… Already highly accomplished, these young jazz musicians gave a stunning display.”- University of the Third Age. ABBEY MORDUE vocals

MATT DAVIES saxes, TBC trombone, MIKE REDFERN guitar, ALEXANDER VEITCH piano, MATTHEW READ upright bass & TOM HUTCHISON drums/washboard Doors open: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 advance

WEDNESDAY 30th August – The ENGINE – First-call bassist with JTQ & Deodato delivers the raw instrumental retro-funk from the JBs, Headhunters and Rare Groove to Afro-beat mania. ANDREW MCKINNEY bass, ADAM BETTS drums, AL CHERRY guitar, JAMES KNIGHT tenor sax.


Chelmsford based DW JazzQuartet are embarking on a ‘tour’ of local Essex villages this summer. The DW JazzQuartet play groove based jazz from the 1960s including tunes by the likes of Lou Donaldson, Grant Green, Gabor Szabo and Gene Ammons. The band are Dave Warren (guitar), Tony Pethen (saxes), Ian Fair (bass) and Mick Foster (drums). All gigs are free entrance.

Sun 20th August – 1pm,  Green Café, Little Canfield
Wed 23rd August – 8pm,  The Three Elms, Chignal St James

Ellabration!    Frank Griffith sax    Tina May – vocals   With the Swing Unlimited Big Band, Celebrating the Centenary of Ella Fitzgerald’s sound and song on 6 September at 8PM at Parley Sports and Social Club. 275 Christchurch  Road. West Parley, Ferndown, BH8 8SQ. 07771 267445. £10 admission.


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


Jazz at O B’s  Last Tuesday of every month at Old Brentwood Club, Ashwell Road, Brentwood.  Doors open 7 pm.: music from 8 – 10.30 pm. Admission £10.00. Resident trio – drums, piano, bass plus guests. Great crowd and drinks at club prices. Dave Grant 01708 763723.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Theydon Jazz Club Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday 8-10:30 pm, Traditional/Dixieland/New Orleans Jazz features Excellent Live Bands for listening/Dancing, facilities include: Bar/ Meals/Car Park.

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


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

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

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


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

Googlies Jazz Supper Club at Botany Bay Cricket Club, East Lodge Lane, Enfield, EN2 8AS Live Jazz every Thursday evening. Doors 7.30pm, Performance from 8pm. Licensed Bar, food available & free ample parking. The Colin Peters Quartet support a different guest each week.

The Pump House Jazz Club at Watford continues on Thursdays.

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

John Petters News -

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

Tony Jacobs News You’ll see on the home page that I am on Facebook so if you’d like to connect that way, click on the link. I am also struggling with Twitter!!! Of course you can always email me at


 John Seeley’s Jazz and Saxophone Group
If playing as part of a group appeals to you, why not join John Seeley’s Jazz and Saxophone Group?  I run my own Jazz Workshop and Saxophone Workshop on alternative Thursday evenings, 7.30pm to 9.30pm at St Michael and All Angels Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.  £7 Entry.   All ability levels and instruments are welcome, there is no need to book, just come along and join in!   We are a relaxed, friendly, welcoming group and are always looking for more members to join our Jazz family!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Clare: Jazznights in the Cavendish Suite at The Bell, Market Hill, CO10 8NN on Sunday 13th August features new star saxophonist AARON LIDDARD. 7.30-10pm. £10. Reserve seating by reply or call 01787 237653.

Stoke By Nayland: Fleece Jazz at the Stoke By Nayland Hotel, CO6 4PZ have got KEVIN FITZSIMMONS with on Friday 18th August. See

Saffron Walden: Spike’s Place at The Saffron Hotel, High Street, Essex, CB10 1AZ presents ALAN BARNES with the RICHARD BUSIAKIEWICZ TRIO on Thursday 17th August. 8.30pm start. £12. Advance booking at 01245 420475.

Bury St Edmunds: Headhunters Jazz at the Hunter Club, 6, St Andrews Street features MARK CROOKS with the Music of Johnny Mandel on Friday 18th August. Reserve tickets by email to: or see

Bury St Edmunds: The Apex present Songbook Sundays with GILL MANLY on Sunday 27th August. 11.30am start. £10 adv, £12 door.

Chelmsford: The TED BEAMENT TRIO are at ACanteen, 35 New London Rd, CM2 0ND with “Jazz For Dining” on Saturday 23rd September. Around 8pm to 10.30ish. Book a table on 01245 205889.

Colchester: The Arts Centre Jazz Club at Church Street (off Head Street) on Sunday 1st October present the MATT RIDLEY QUARTET. See See for details.

Hadleigh: The jazz club at the Town Hall features the MARK CROOKS QUINTET on Saturday 9th September. 8pm start. £14. Tel: 07941 360890 for advance tickets.

Cambridge: The jazz club at Hidden Rooms have got the SUE McCREETH QUARTET on Thursday 14th September. Doors & Bar Open 7:00pm, Jazz from 8:00pm. Booking: Online at  Phone: 07827 012875. Email:

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

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

Rawreth: The Belvedere Jazz & Music Club at The Chichester Hotel, Old Wickford Road, Nr Wickford, SS11 8UE on Wednesdays. Adm £12.50. 8pm to 10.30pm. Meals from 6.30pm.

Ipswich: The jazz club features the KAREN SHARP QUINTET on Sunday 20th August at the California club, 195, Foxhall Road, IP3 8LB.

Norwich: The Maddermarket Theatre Bar features an OPEN MIC/JAZZ JAM on Mon 14th Aug and Tues 22nd Aug the ALEX HUTTON TRIO appear.

Lowestoft: Milestones Jazz Club at the Hatfield Hotel, The Esplanade, NR33 0QG present their next gig on Sunday 3rd September.

Mill Hill: The jazz club gigs are on Wednesdays.


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