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Jazz Workshop Sunday 24th November 2019 at the Swan Hotel High Street Maldon Essex CM9 5EP   All levels.   £12 per person per session.   Enquiries and Reservations

10.30am – 1pm  Jazz, Gospel and Swing Singing led by Tina May international jazz singer and voice coach accompanied by Dave Brooker (keys) of Kind of Blue
2pm – 5pm         All instruments led by John Seeley MA BA Music (sax and clarinet) accompanied by his rhythm section.

On Wednesday October 9th 2019 Heads South Latin Jazz will be at St Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square 8 to 10pm  Jazz in the Crypt, London WC2N 4JJ  Tkts £7 – 15  Booking   email or tel 020 7766 1100   

Steve Waterman trumpet, John Harriman piano & organ, Venezuelan bassist Adolfredo Pulido, Cuban percussionist Chino Martell Morgan, drummer Buster Birch. “Cool, cultured and exhilarating” The Musician. “Effervescent Latin favourites and original compositions in the Cuban tradition with plenty of jazz content from excellent players” *****Rob Adams, Jazz UK

Terry Steel’s Astor Big Band is presenting  ‘The Glenn Miller Story … Continues’ at The Palace Theatre (430 London Road, Southend on Sea, Essex  SS0 9LA) on 29 September 2019 at 3pm   Info and tickets Box Office tel: 01702 351135 or ‘What’s On’ pages on their website.

The 18 piece Astor Big Band and Singers present the story of Alton G Miller from the formation of his first band in 1936 through to his disappearance on a flight from Bedford to Paris in December 1944.  We use the format of his “Chesterfield” sponsored broadcasts – Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue – to bring you a host of Miller classics, plus a selection of compositions from other big bands and from stage musicals (as Glenn would have played them).  A Concert to appeal to all fans of Big Bands – and of Modern Musicals.
Special Guest Star – we are delighted that West End actress and star Cabaret act Sadie Nine from BBC Essex will be joining us for this performance!
Very Special Guest – Chief Petty Officer Doug Shelley who spent the war on Russian convoy protection.  You will have the opportunity after the show to meet Doug.

** All our profits plus a collection made at this performance go to the Royal British Legion to support their work with PTSD sufferers.

THE HARRY BOLT QUARTET at the TOULOUSE LAUTREC Jazz Club on Sat 21st Sept 2019 –  140 Newington Butts, Kennington  SE11 4RN    £15-On the Door  Online from £10 – £12    To dine from the á la carte menu before the show.  Please call 020 7582 6800 or Book Online.  With   Joe Downard (Bass)   Euan Palmer (Drums)

Fresh from playing in New York, Harry will lead his own talented quartet who are not four modern jazz musicians at the top of their field delivering a new approach on jazz classics, standards and modern contemporary arrangements that also provide a showcase for Harry’s exciting, standout compositions. Add to that the skills of an exceptional, young rising star on Sax (Duncan Eagles) and you have a performance not to be missed!  Expect the Unexpected! 
“Something of a Prodigy, a Remarkable Young Pianist”  David Lewis of Straight Ahead, 606 Jazz Club on Solar Radio
“ … Harry plays with soul, energy, versatility and most importantly – heart. He has an assured future in the business”   Rodney Jones, Julliard

Adrian Cox presents ‘Profoundly Blue’ – a tribute to the music of Louisiana-born clarinettist Edmond Hall.  This is a fundraising concert for the National Jazz Archive featuring the music of clarinettist Edmond Hall, on Saturday 28 September, at Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB.  The show features leading UK clarinet star Adrian Cox and his fine band with Joe Webb, piano, Simon Read, bass, and Gethin Jones, drums.  Concert starts at 2.30pm    Tickets cost £15.

“Adrian Cox presents ‘Profoundly Blue’” has completed three extensive UK tours, as well as being invited to festivals around Europe and to play in New York in July 2019. The band have produced two albums and sold over 2000 CDs.  ‘Profoundly Blue’ has been nominated in the Best Album category in the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
The title ‘Profoundly Blue’ comes from the 1941 hit album which featured Edmond Hall with Meade Lux Lewis and Charlie Christian. Adrian leads the quartet with this as a starting point and continues through a program of lesser known tunes from the albums ‘Rumpus on Rampart’ and ‘Petite Fleur’.
Adrian Cox started playing music aged 6 and turned professional age of 15. He’s toured Europe extensively over the past 19 years and was runner-up in the clarinet category of the 2018 British Jazz Awards. He is a member of UK jazz act Kansas Smitty’s House Band.

Clark Tracey inspired by … The rhythms of Art Blakey.    The Blue Note Years – Tues Sept 24th @ PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)  Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 3RW   Tickets: £23 020 7439 4962    Doors 6:30pm – Music at 8.30pm

Art Blakey, one of the greatest jazz drummers created a new “double hit shuffle” rhythm that propelled his band forward. He launched the careers of legions of young sidemen, many of whom became leading jazz greats.
The British jazz great Clark Tracey, winner of Best Drummer British Jazz Awards 2017 & 2018 leads the ensemble capturing the hard driving Art Blakey style, supported by ace saxophone master Alan Barnes.



‘Jazztonic’ @ Radio Nene Valley website.   ‘Jazztonic’ is a weekly jazz music and magazine radio programme available worldwide but only via the Radio Nene Valley website.    From ragtime through swing and fusion to contemporary it goes out every Wednesday at 7pm and is repeated at 7am the following morning (Thursday).   There is no catch-up service . . . so listen live!

Sound of Spitfire Radio on the internet   Tune in at 9pm Monday UK time:   There will be two broadcasts of each show, but you’ll need to catch it live as it will not be available for download.  This is a new internet station, based in Spalding Lincolnshire.
Facebook    Twitter   Skype    SoundOfSpitfire Studio   e-mail

Observation from a reader “Re Radio – streaming from Bay Area San Fran?  They play great stuff, even at their 7am (our 3pm).”


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 Email – Reservations recommended.  Belvedere Jazz & Music Club is non-profit making, receives no external funding and is run entirely by voluntary jazz enthusiasts

25th September – Jonathan Vinten Trio

2nd October –    Blue Harlem with Al Nichols & Sophie Shaw

9th October –   ‘Celebrating Hoagy’ – Chris Ingham Quartet with Paul Higgs

16th October – ‘Slide by Slide’ Chris Dean & Gordon Campbell Quintet

23rd October  – Jo Harrop Sextet celebrate Anita O’Day, Peggy Lee & Sarah Vaughan

30th October –  Len Phillips Big Band with Guest Vocalist Iain Mackenzie – £20

6th November –    Ben Holder Quartet

13th November – Pete Allen Hot Four with Dave Browning

20th November – Vasilis Xenopoulos Quintet with Freddie Gavita

27th November – ‘Salute to Benny Goodman’ with Pete Long Quartet

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  8.45 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

18th September 2019
        Soloist – James Brady (Trumpet)                       Keyboards – Ed Rice
        Double Bass – Alex Keen                                    Drums – John Withers

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, 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, 24th September 2019

‘IT DON”T MEAN A THING’, featuring AL NICHOLLS, tenor sax, and DEREK CLENSHAW, trombone, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass, Dave Grant, kit.

Al Nicholls, tenor sax., makes another welcome return to the Club this time with a guest he has never met before, trombonist Derek Clenshaw. Al needs very little introduction other than to say he always has a busy schedule gigging, leading his exciting Blue Harlem band and playing lead tenor sax for the widely acclaimed, and the highly revered T.J.Johnson Quintet that is transcending the boundaries of jazz, blues, soul and country music throughout the UK. Al from the old school of ‘Swing’, hence the title ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing’, will display Al’s playing style that follows the swinging tenors of Illinois Jacquet and Charlie Ventura with a serene effortless style.
Derek Clenshaw, trombone, is also no stranger to the Club having guested on several occasions, as recently as July, and brings a wealth of experience on the jazz scene. His music career began in the world of brass bands that progressed through to both, mainstream and traditional leading him to play with many jazz legends. Preferring to create his own trombone style he enjoys the sounds of George Chisholm, Frank Rosolino, J.J. Johnson and Roy Williams when listening to his jazz library at home.

Tuesday, 29th October, 2019

‘RETURN OF BENNY & CHARLIE’ featuring JULIAN MARC STRINGLE, clarinet, and DOMINIC ASHWORTH, guitar & resident trio Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

JULIAN MARC STRINGLE, clarinet, as Benny, and DOMINIC ASHWORTH, guitar, as Charlie, have a programme to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Benny Goodman & Charlie Christian collaboration through those golden years of 1939/41.
Little needs to be said about our guests this evening, who regularly visit us, other than to say they are two of the most accomplished musicians sought after on the jazz circuit today, and it must be acknowledged how lucky we are to have them guesting at the Club.
This evening they will take a rare opportunity to recall these two golden years of two of the most significant jazz legends the world may ever hear and whose collaboration was cut short by the unfortunate tragic demise of Charlie Christian but will forever be remembered by such evergreen tunes as ‘Stardust’, ‘Flying Home’, ‘Rose Room’, ’Memories of You’, ‘Poor Butterfly’, ‘Seven Come Eleven’, ’I’m Confessing’,  ‘Those Foolish Things’ , ‘Wholly Cat’s’, ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’ and many others.

 Tuesday, 26th November, 2019

‘CARLTON JAZZ BUFFET’ featuring PAUL HIGGS, trumpet, DEREK CLENSHAW, trombone, MARTIN NICKLESS, clarinet, GABRIEL KEEN, keys, ALEX KEEN, bass and DAVE GRANT, kit.

Our year end gig bringing you an evening of all genres and styles, full of fun, laughter and food.

Paul Higgs, renowned as one of UK’s leading trumpet players and composers, continues to have an extensive musical career in TV and theatre. He is currently concentrating on his love of jazz composition, arranging, recording and directing others in pursuit of excellence.
Derek Clenshaw trombone, the choice of top bandleaders, when in need of a freelance jazz musician. Performs with all UK jazz stars, preferring music of mainstream and jazz standards, having a sweet touch and a warm rounded sound of the trombone.
Martin Nickless, clarinet, is clear his first love is in music  and for the big band and his career includes various genres of music from classical to pop and played for many West End shows, with sessions for composer Stanley Myers also touring with Jack Jones and Frankie Vaughan .
Gabriel Keen, keys, classically trained at London College of Music winning 2nd prize in a noted Piano Competition. Was resident pianist at Kensington Palace Hotel and also with a number of big bands such as London Swingfonia, Denmark Street and vintage swing band Radio Nights. 
Alex Keen, bass, and brother of Gabriel, has accompanied Jim Mullen, Alan Barnes, Jimmy Hastings, John Etheridge, toured UK extensively and plays and records with the Frances Knight Trio, Graham Pike Quartet, Catherine Lima and several other groups.  
Dave Grant, kit, leads the resident trio at Jazz at OB’s, keeping Jazz live in Brentwood which he has done so for over thirty years. Originally from The Old House in Brentwood, Dave enjoys the style of ‘Dixieland’ jazz having played with many musicians of that genre and others who have guested at the Club. He has his own DG Quartet playing local gigs and also runs Carlton Jazz.

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 1st October – 8.00pm
Mick Foster with Colin Oxley Tom Farmer Tritan Mailliot

Tuesday 8th October – 8.00pm
Jo Fooks with the Ted Beament Trio

Tuesday 15th October – 8.00pm
Derek Nash with the Graham Harvey Trio

Tuesday 22nd October – 8.00pm
Jo Harrop Quartet

are now to be found at  Liberal Club, 10 Balfour Road, Ilford  IG1 4JF   Every Thursday  at 8pm. Door £5     The new team run a weekly jazz night in the traditions of the old club.

26th ~ Louise Miller’s/House Band ~ Request night and open mic.

The first three Thursdays usually have a guest artist, invited by the host along with a particularly excellent House Band.  The 4th Thursday is very much a singalong and open mic night. Sometimes there’s a 5th Thursday, check the diary for who’s on.
Past guests include :   KIX Jazz Orchestra (Big Band),   Bobby Allen (vcls),   Catherine Lima (vcls),   Paul Wood (vcls),   Sharon Scott (vcls),   Iris Edris (vcls),   John Eacott (Trumpet),   Robert Bell (vcls),   Sue Holiday (vcls).  Liz Byrne (vocals)

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    ONE TUESDAY EACH MONTH WILL BE AN EVENING FOR DANCE.  MEMBERSHIP OF ANNIE’S MUSIC & DANCE CLUB AVAILABLE AT £20 A YEAR SAVING £2 EACH WEEK.  TELEPHONE ANNIE ON 07504-23


Jo Harrop is a jazz singer who has a refined mellow sound evoking the greats such as Anita O’Day, Nina Simone, & Sarah Vaughn, and has graced many prestigious stages and studios around the UK & Europe, including the Royal Albert Hall, The Sage, The 606 club, Jazz Cafe, Pizza Express Jazz Club, The Hideaway, The Savoy, as well as clubs in Paris, Rome, Switzerland & Dubai. 
Before  the jazz scene, Jo started off her career as a singer/songwriter, and provided backing vocals for international stars, such as, Leanne Rimes, Enrique Iglesias and Neil Diamond, as well as writing and recording. More recently Jo recorded “That’s What Friends Are For” on harmonica player Mark Felthams album. She supported The Blind Boys Of Alabama, and her music has been featured on both Courtney Pine & Huey Morgans BBC Radio shows, and also Jazz FM, BBC London.
A small jazz band, exploring the soulful, intimate side of songs from the great American Songbook amongst many other beautiful creations.

TUES 1ST OF OCT – Barb Jungr ‘Bob, Brel & Me’

“One of the world’s great cabaret singers” (Time Out New York)   “The alchemist among jazz singers…electrifying….she is in the top tank of jazz singers…she is truly a marvel who should not be missed” (The Telegraph)
In this new collection, Barb turns her acclaimed ability at reinvention and reinterpretation to a set of Dylan and Brel songs she has never tackled before on stage.  They include ‘Les cœurs tendres’, ‘Voir un ami pleurer’, ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ and ‘This Wheel’s on Fire’. Alongside will be some of Barb’s own songs, written with wonderful collaborators including Level 42’s Mike Lindup.
Any performance of an existing song is a conversation between writer and singer, and the conversation between Bob, Brel and Barb is a particularly stimulating one. Things could get heated!  Barb can’t wait to scale the mountainous heights of the work of these two extraordinary writers, navigating its complex emotional terrain and traversing its ravines of love, sadness and anger.


There are not enough superlatives to describe how seriously good this band are. They bring the house down every time they play. They draw from a back catalogue of hits by Bill Withers, The Crusaders, The Average White Band, David Sanborn, Grover Washington Jnr, Herbie Hancock, the JBs and Stevie Wonder to perform crowd-pleasing, spirit-lifting funk tunes and creating a night of foot-tapping, hand-clapping good times!

TUES 15TH  OCT – Double header with Odette Adams & The Stefanos Tsourelis Trio

Odette Adams – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar    Kartik Raghunathan – Indian Classical Violin, Vocals    Stefanos Tsourelis – Acoustic Guitar, Oud    Greg Hagger – Double Bass, Electric Bass    Eric Ford – Drums & Percussion

London based Singer-Songwriter, Odette Adams, and her 5-piece band have been bringing their fresh, live sound to delighted audiences across the country. Her vibrant tracks incorporate folk, jazz, Indian, Mediterranean and African flavours to create a uniquely layered experience.
“You don’t have to like jazz, folk or World Music to appreciate Odette as her material will appeal to anyone who appreciates good musicianship and music of the highest quality.” Steve Wright, Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club
Greek oud player, guitarist and composer, Stefanos Tsourelis, will be supporting Odette with his trio, adding an exciting Mediterranean / Middle Eastern flavour to the evening.


“The Tricity Vogue All-Girl Swing Band are not only full to the brim with top-quality, virtuosic musicianship, they bring a level of glamour and theatricality rarely seen on the London jazz scene.” Passing Clouds
The Tricity Vogue All Girl Swing Band regularly fills the dancefloor at swing nights, parties, weddings and balls with its vintage swing sound, incorporating much-loved 1920s and 1930s tunes, pop numbers given the retro treatment, and many of Tricity’s cheeky originals.

TUES  29TH OF OCT – Natalia Farran Latin Jazz Ensemble ft. Ramon Farran

The versatile and sultry vocalist Natalia Farran fronts this exciting ensemble, with the fabulous Phil Phillips on piano and vocals. Featuring local legend Marc Cecil on drums and up-and-coming double bass star José Canha, plus a very special guest, Ramon Farran, on percussion.  Join us for an evening of traditional Cuban boleros, jazz standards with a twist, rootsy and innovative flamenco-jazz, Latin percussion solos, bossa nova and even a touch of bebop.
Phil Phillips and Ramon Farran played jazz together in 1960s Spain – they’re now reunited by fate. This is going to be joyful reunion of old friends and an all-round fun evening of wonderful music brought to you by musicians of the highest caliber. Prepare to be entertained… and bring your dancing shoes!

Natalia Farran – vocals         Phil Phillips – piano and vocals        Marc Cecil – drums    
José Canha – double bass     Ramon Farran – percussion

– Concessionary prices always for musicians & students of £10

   Beecroft Arts Gallery, Victoria Avenue, Southend, SS2 6EX    Tel: 01702 215169 (Thurs & Sat only)  Or: 01245 420475

Saturday 28th September   2.00pm – 4.00pm     
Tenor Madness    With    Alan Barnes   Derek Nash   Vasilis Xenopolous  
                                              John Pearce   Paul Morgan  &  Bobby Worth
Admission £12.00

Saturday 26th October   2.00pm – 4.00pm
Zac Barrett and Marc Cecil with Gunther Kurmayr & Neville Malcom
Admission £10.00

, 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:      enquiries Dave Dyer 07903 879209

Sep 25th  –  Gresty White Ragtimers

Oct 9th    –  Carlton Jazz
Oct 23rd  –  Gary Woods and The Woodchoppers

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 / £5 under 18s (unless otherwise stated)

Sunday 6th October

Derek Nash  (sax),   Dave Newton  (piano),   Geoff Gascoyne  (bass),
drummer  Sebastiaan de Krom

3rd November                    £13 / £17

Matt Skelton celebrates ‘Shelly Manne’ featuring    Mark Crooks   (sax), 
Jim Davison  (trumpet),    Leon Greening  (piano),  Conor Chaplin  (bass) 
and  Matt Skelton  (drums)     

8th December                    £13 / £17

Jo Harrop (vocals),  Tony Kofi (sax),  Graham Harvey (piano),  Dave Chamberlain (bass) and  Matt Home (drums)

MUSIC AT MARIGOLDS, Harlow Cricket Club, Chippingfield, Old Harlow, Essex CM17 0DJ.  Doors & Licensed Bar 7.30pm, Fridays. 01279 414174 / 421763   Car Parking on site next to the new Clubhouse which has been built between the Cricket Club’s two grounds.  Admission £10

27th September – No Gig just for this month

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   From March Fortnightly Members £9, Guests £10

22nd September – The Nick Charles Quintet.  A band led by Nick Charles playing clarinet recreates the sound of Benny Goodman, Sidney Bechet and stars from the 1930’s. The first visit this year from this talented band of musicians for an evening of classic small band jazz.

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

13th October – Cyril Bass and Friends. The first time at the club for this local quartet of talented musicians and maybe a well-known singer.

27th October – The Jack Clifford Swingtette. Another wonderful end to the month with an evening of jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack blowing reeds leads his ensemble with a guest front line and a rhythm section of regulars Tim Huskisson on piano and Roger Curphy bass.

10th November– Ollie Benson’s Hot Club of Hornchurch. A return visit of this popular ensemble. It features Ollie Benson guitar and Peter Sellars violin. The group plays jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli reminiscent of The Hot Club of France.

24th November – The Jack Clifford Swingtette. Another wonderful end to the month with an evening of jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack blowing reeds leads his ensemble with a guest front line and a rhythm section of regulars Tim Huskisson on piano and Roger Curphy bass.

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 6th October 2019 –  RICHARD EXALL Saxophone/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,  Alex Keen String Bass,  Graeme Culham Drums.   

Sunday 3rd November 2019 – PAUL HIGGS  Trumpet/Flugel    

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. In recent years has recorded his own album ‘Pavane’.
Gabriel Keen Keyboards,  Jose Canha String Bass,  Graeme Culham Drums.         

Sunday 1st December 2019  –  SIMON SPILLETT  Saxophone/Flute               

British jazz award winner, Author, Simon brings his powerful swinging style of playing back to the club since his last appearance here with pianist Peter Lemer. Simon is well known as a Tubby Hayes prodigy and great Be Bop saxophonist.
Gabriel Keen Keyboards,  Alex Keen String Bass,  Graeme Culham Drums.

with the finest Jazz and world music artists in the UK at the CHICKENSHED THEATRE, Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 4PE.  From 8pm to 10pm  Bookings 020 8292 9222 or visit    Price: £17

Friday 20 September:  Powerhouse drummer Steve Taylor and the 16-piece Big Band Explosion perform with their trademark “Fiery & hard-hitting” (Time Out) style. Expect musical fireworks and deftly crafted arrangements of Al Jarreau, Gil Scott-Heron, Quincy Jones, Buddy Rich, George Benson, plus icing the cake with brand new original tracks and special guests.

“Awesome” – Ronnie Scott’s     “Absolutely fantastic” – Clare Teal BBC Radio 2
“Fiery and hard-hitting” 4**** Time Out     with “This big band swings, drives, grooves and rocks like no other…” Jane Lee Grace, Steve Wright Show BBC Radio 2

 Friday 18 October:  Fiesta Flamenca are Europe’s finest flamenco artists bringing thrilling virtuoso musicianship and authentic flamenco to Ziggy’s World Jazz. The incredible Ramón Ruiz is the UK’s leading flamenco guitarist, sharing the stage with the passion and brilliance of flamenco dancer Anita la Maltesa whose sensual voice and breath-taking footwork evokes the true spirit of traditional flamenco. This is London’s hottest flamenco on fire!!!  Ramón Ruiz has established himself as the UK’s leading flamenco guitar player. Born in Granada Spain and based in London, Fiesta Flamenca have performed worldwide at many of the UK’s most prestigious venues, including Royal Albert Hall, Royal Variety Show, Ronnie Scott’s, BBC Radio and the One Show.

“Mesmerising… passion, grace and fire” – Time Out
“Breathtaking” – BBC1    “London’s finest flamenco”  – Jazz FM

Friday 15 November: A rousing double bill with vocalist Josie Frater and drummer Steve Taylor’s powerfully uplifting world-jazz-groove original songs, plus rhythm-centric, Brazilian-inspired jazz outfit Samba Azul; led by US drummer Adam Osmianski, bringing the spirit of Brazil to the heart of London.

“Superb, captivating” – Time Out     “Cinematic, sparkling” – Janey Lee Grace BBC Radio 2
“London’s finest flamenco” – Jazz FM

Samba Azul are “A formidably talented outfit invoking the spirit of Brazil” (London Jazz News). US drummer Adam Osmianski leads this uplifting ensemble. Featuring emerging pianist/vocalist composer Joy Ellis and vocalist Mishka Adams in a mesmerising 8-piece line up evoking the joyous nature of Brazilian music

Saturdays,  6.30 for 7.30pm   Just off A12 South of Witham,  at Wickham Bishops Village Hall, CM8 3JZ .  Admission £12.50, For Tickets, contact Pete on 07548775777 or email wickham bishops jazz club  Bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles.

October 12th       –  Martin Bennetts Old Green River Jazz Band

November 9th    –   John Petters’ New Orleans All Stars

December 14th   –   John Maddocks’ Jazzmen

   Saffron Suite High Street Saffron Walden Essex CB10 1AZ    Join our Facebook group  For advance bookings contact: Susan 01245 420475  

Thursday 17th October    – 8.30pm
Al Nicholls with the Imre Varga Trio
Admission £12.00

– 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 September  – 8.30pm
Imre Varga  with  Geoff Gascoyne  &  Marc Cecil

Thursday  3rd October  – 8.30pm
Tickets £19.00 members £16.00

Thursday 10th October  –  8.30pm
Alan Barnes with Harrison Dolphin, Geoff Gascoyne & Matt Home

Thursday  24th October   – 8.30pm
Nat Steele Quartet

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 night.  Doors open 8pm, music from 8.30pm to 11pm
You can find us on Facebook; join the group page – The Jazz Mix @ The Maritime Room or follow us on Twitter – The Jazz Mix @MickCrookJazz
Check on the Cliffs Pavilion website for future events by placing Jazz Mix in the search box.

Wednesday 9th October 2019Thunderthumbs

A celebration of the bass playing and music of the great Louis Johnson – the man who put the thumb into the funk! Superb 10-piece band led by soul/funk, jazz and pop bass supremo Phil Mulford. As one half of The Brothers Johnson he backed the Supremes and Billy Preston before co-penning many celebrated singles such as ‘Strawberry Letter 23’ and ‘Stomp’. His bass on Quincy Jones’ Mellow Madness positioned him as a unique and formidable talent in his own right while his innovations on the biggest selling album of all time, Michael Jackson’s Thriller (also Off the Wall), again elevated his fame and status further. To so many of the great artists of his era, Louis was the Brother Johnson who added the fire to so much unforgettable music that this night intends to revisit. Tickets £16

This event is part of the Southend Jazz Festival.

Wednesday 23rd October 2019360 Band – 10th Anniversary Special!

This is a special gig! Three of the original members of the Average White Band, singer/guitarist Hamish Stuart, saxophonist Molly Duncan and drummer Steve Ferrone getting back together again with a band to die for. To set the scene we must go back a little over 40 years. A group of young Scottish musicians are out in LA looking for a record deal when they approach Jerry Wexler from Atlantic Records, who loves the material he hears and signs them on the spot. They record part of the album in Miami and the rest in New York and in 1974 the eponymous “Average White Band” album is released. And a legendary band is born. By 1975 Steve Ferrone was on drums, “AWB” had gone Gold and the rest, as they say, is history.  Tickets £20

Wednesday 30th October 2019Sax Appeal

Charismatic saxophonist Derek Nash takes a break from touring with the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra to bring his own multi award-winning octet back to the club. Sax Appeal features five top-name saxophonists and a sparkling rhythm section performing Derek’s breath-taking arrangements of Jazz standards and superb originals. Expect driving swing Blue Note Style, Ellington sweetness, pure danceable Brazilian Latin, Brecker Brothers style Fusion, biting Sanborn style Funk, all in the space of one concert, featuring a myriad of saxophone styles from some of the best UK sax stylists. Tickets £18

Wednesday 27th November 2019Omar with the QCBA Quartet

British born, classically trained soul legend Omar’s career spans over twenty-five years. The internationally acclaimed classic and neo-soul singer, songwriter and musician makes a return to the club to make sophisticated soul-funk syncopations with this excellent jazz quartet, featuring trumpeter Quentin Collins and saxophonist Brandon Allen. Tickets £20

228 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex SS0 7JG.  The club is on the second Wednesday of every month.  The music starts at 8.30pm but get there early for the best seats, the parking is free after 6pm at the nearby car park and there is no entrance at the club. If you wish to eat before the music starts it’s best to book before you go. The phone number is 01702 345053.  See you there!

Our next monthly session will be on Weds October 9th when the music will start as usual 8.30pm until late. Our superb guest will be Julian Marc Stringle. Julian is one of Britain’s best loved musicians on the British scene and we are lucky to have him back again for a solo gig. Along with our house rhythm section Tim, Roger and Alan, and of course Digby too. Julian has been touring with his new album ‘It’s Clazzical’ this year to full houses and tonight will be no exception to the house full notices. The Cricketers have promised to put out more chairs for this extra special evening. Make sure you’re early!  Remember to book if you want to eat at the adjacent restaurant tel  01702 345053

The Old Church in Stoke Newington is a beautiful Elizabethan building which is mainly used for live music these days.  It really is a stunning setting for performances with amazing acoustics and I’m really thrilled to be curating, hosting and performing in a series of concerts there!  

Saturday 2 November – Joanna Eden Trio with JONI & ME, acclaimed singer/songwriter Joanna Eden and guitarists Lewis Andrews and Chris Allard celebrate the magical music of Joni Mitchell – as featured on ‘Joanna Eden has  melody, mystery & Bite’ Mojo ‘Seek her out’ Sir Michael Parkinson BBC Radio 2

JOANNA’S PLACE  Fairycroft House, 37 Audley Road, Saffron Walden CB11 3HD.  Fairycroft House, Saffron Walden is an accessible building with a large, free car park and a licensed bar.  Tickets (£15 in advance or £17 on the door) for all three gigs are available from Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, or on the website.

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.

September 24th  –  Hertswing Big Band.   Top of the bill, as always, our own  “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it ain’t got that Swing” big band.

October 1st  –  Cantaloupe Quartet   Led by Rodger Hudson bass with John Bignall saxes,Neil Drake piano and Ronny Fenn drums. 

October 8th  –  Kings Club 7   Our regular house band featuring John Davis on alto/soprano sax, John Mole tenor sax and John Bridge trombone with Mike Sherwood vocals.

October 15th  –  Stolen Moments   A 7 piece band playing intriguing and varied arrangements of mainstream jazz. Led by Julian Rhys-Williams on saxes with Graham Pike on trumpet/flugal and harmonica plus vocals by Annie Dehany-Steven.

October 22nd  –  Cliff Longhurst’s ‘Jazz Knights‘   A top class Woody Herman style band presented by Cliff on drums. A not to be missed chance to enjoy a professional standard big band.

October 29th  –  Lou’s Sextet   Playing a mix of mainstream jazz, swing, blues, latin, American songbook, jump, jive and some funk. With this varied repertoire, good presentation,experienced musicians, including the expert rhythm section, the band puts on an entertaining performance.

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.   Concerts start at 8.00pm and end at 10.30pm.

28 Sept 2019  –  Darius Brubeck Quartet.
Darius Brubeck (p), Dave O’Higgins (ts) Matt Ridley ((b) Wesley Gibbens (d).

26 Oct 2019  –  Alan Barnes Big Band. 
Robin Aspland (p), Sam Burgess (b), Matt Skelton (d), Gordon Campbell &
Mark Nightingale (tbn), Pat White & James Copus (tpt), Alan Barnes, Jim Gold,
Robert Fowler, Andy Panayi & Mick Foster (reeds).

6th Nov 2019  –  Annual General Meeting . 7.30 pm
At the Court House, adjacent to St Peter’s Church in Berkhamsted High Street.
Please join us to help us to plan the future of Berkhamsted Jazz.

23rd Nov 2019  –  Red Stripe Band.
Neil Drinkwater (p, voc), Lara de Belder (voc) Martin Gray (ts), Lottie B (bs),
Lee Vivian (tpt), Costa Tancredi (b), Nick Marangoni (d).

15th Dec 2019 (Sunday) –  Gabriel Latchin Trio. 
Gabriel Latchin (p), Dario de Lecce (b), Josh Morrison (d).  

11th Jan 2020  –  TJ Johnson Band. 
TJ Johnson (p,voc),  Al Nicholls (ts), James Kitchman (g), Trevor Evans (b),
Wesley Gibbens (d). 

15th Feb 2020  –  Simon Spillett Quartet. 
Simon Spillett (ts), Rob Barron (p), Alec Dankworth (b), Clark Tracey (d). 

14th Mar 2020  –  Hertswing Big Band. 
John Davis (leader, saxes) + 17 inc. vocalist. 

4th Apr 2020  –  Benny, Peggy and Duke. 
Georgina Jackson (tpt, voc), Pete Long (cl), Anthony Kerr (vibes), Nick Dawson (p), 
Dave Chamberlain (b), Richard Pite (d). 

9th May 2020  –  Chris Ingham Quartet.  Stan Getz Tribute.
Chris Ingham (p), Arnie Somogyi (b), George Double  (d), Mark Crooks (ts).

30th May 2020  –  Bateman Brothers Jazz Band. Louis Armstrong Tribute  
Alan Bateman (tpt), Ian Bateman (tbn), Trevor Whiting (cl), Craig Milverton (p),
John Day (b), Steve Rushton (d), Aydenne Simone (voc).

20th Jun 2020  –  Leon Greening Sextet. Art Blakey Tribute.
Leon Greening (p), Steve Fishwick (tpt), Osian Roberts (ts), Joe Fenning (tbn),
Conor Chaplin (b), Matt Home (d).

jazz events in Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Club House, 4 Guildford Lawn, Ramsate, Kent.  CT11 9AY.  The cost of becoming a member is just £10 per year. As a member you get tickets at reduced prices, and you receive a monthly newsletter and listings by post, free of charge.

21 September 2019 at 12 Noon  –  BURT BUTLER & THE JAZZ PILGRIMS
Members £10     Non Members £15  (includes buffet)

5 October 2019 at 12 Noon  –  THE JAZZ ADVOCATS with superb singer
Members £10 pounds     Non Members £15 pounds   (includes buffet)

26 October 2019 at  12 Noon  –  ROBINS’S RASCALS JAZZ BAND
Members £10    Non Members £15  (includes buffet)

 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 22nd Sep – JOSH KEMP  with  Simon Brown (keys), Bernie Hodgkins (bs), Stuart Pringle (drs) and Larraine Odell (voc)

With a playing style combining melodic inventiveness, a rich tone and a lyrical style of improvisation, Josh is a regular performer at Jazz Clubs and Festivals across the UK with recent performances including Ronnie Scott’s and the London Jazz Festival. A musician in the finest tradition – just 100 per cent free-range swing. 

Sun 20th Oct – NIC MEIER

run four regular clubs in SUSSEX, and two occasional ones. 
Our new website now live – Google Splash Point Jazz

THE VIEW, Seaford Head Gold Club, SEAFORD  BN25 4JS


THE BULL INN, 27 High Street  BATTLE  TN33 0AD.   


FOLKESTONE JAZZ CLUB AT THE TOWER Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone, Kent CT20 3HL. Every Thursday Music Starts 8 00pm  To Book Email Beryl the Booker at   or call  07388 127229   Gigs start  8pm – Adm £14

Tuesday Special ~ Sept 24th   8pm     £12     BRUCE ADAMS / ROBERT FOWLER QNT 

ROBERT FOWLER Saxes.   Joint leader of this outstanding award winning quintet.  Robert is a great favorite at the FJC with his Gene Ammons like rounded sound …
BRUCE ADAMS Trumpet & Flugle horn.  Great partner for Robert & this man really reaches into the high register ..
JOHN PEARCE Piano.  Known as the Govenor of the British Jazz Piano.
DAVE GREEN Double Bass.  As said before ~ two words for this man “World Class”
DAVE BARRY Drums.  Top man with a mass of experience.   Hard to Beat … 

Special Tuesday ~~Oscar Peterson Time
October 1st      £12     THE CRAIG MILVERTON QUARTET

CRAIG  MILVERTON ~ The Brit Jazz Award Winning Pianist recognised for his wonderful interpretation of the music of Oscar Peterson.  With Craig tonight we have the brilliant Canadian guitarist DOMINIC  ASHWORTH.  Plus the pendulum swinging double bassist SANDY SUCHODOLSKI   And the incredible ROD BROWN on drums 

October 10th        £14   DEREK NASH ~~ SAX APPEAL  ( 8pc )   Derek Nash from The Jools Holland R & B Orchestra  

The Amazing Sax Section is …
The Amazing Rhythm Section is… 

October 17th       £12    THE ROB BARRON QUINTET  
Music in the style of The Great George Sheering

 This swinging quintet brings more than a hint of Sheering to its music.  With a line up like this and the interplay between Piano , Vibes & Guitar.  this is a must for all sheering fans & lovers of smoooooth jazz

ROB  BARRON .. Piano & Leade   In the top echelon of British Jazz Pianists
COLIN  OXLEY .. Guitar -from the BBC Big Band  & probably the most sought after guitarist on the British Jazz Scene.
JONNY  MANSFIELD Vibes .Making his debut at The FJC ~ But with a great CV
JERREMY  BROWN ..Double Bass . A well established bassist on The BJS
JOSH  MORRISON Drums.  Always good to see this quality drummer at The FJC

October 24th       £12   THE TOMMASO STARACE QUARTET

This is a unique quartet of very top Italian Jazz musicians.  This vibrant music will capture your thoughts & imagination & lends itself in a way of the great Cannonball Adderley…

TOMMASO  STARACE .Alto Sax …      BRUNO  D’AMBRA ..Organ / Piano

October 31st     £12    MISS TINA MAY with THE NIKKI ILES TRIO 

The dream team – Tina & Nikki perform together so often that they know each other’s heart beat ~~ Tina is  in great demand in Singapore the middle east & Paris.
NIKKI ILES  Piano.  .A Brit jazz Award Winner & this month receives THE GOLD BADGE at THE IVORS for an educator & services to jazz..  She was recently much applauded at The FJC in the Brit Jazz awards winners gig with Karen Sharp.  On bass tonight is the very experienced ARNIE  SOMOGYI, who will  be swinging along with ROD  BROWN on Drums

238-246 King St, London W6 0RF.  (nearest tube Ravenscourt Park Station)  Reservations … ring Peter on 07415 892 436   Bar Open 7.30pm. Music 8.30pm.

Saturday 21 Sept.  HipHarpCollective.   £10 on the door.  £8 Online. £5 Students.

Alina Bzhezhinska – Harp, Gareth Lockrane – Flutes, Christian Vaughan – Keyboards, Julie Walkington – Double Bass, Joel Prime – Drums & Percussion.

We welcome back Alina Bzhezhinska with an all-star line-up, and her brilliant current HipHarpCollective project “Inspired by Dorothy Ashby”
“I set myself on a mission to bring to life the finest compositions of legendary harpists Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane. Along with UK’s top jazz musicians, I created a very unique programme that is based on deep and thorough study of Ashby’s innovative album Afro Harping and Coltrane’s spiritual recordings of Journey in Satchidananda and Eternity.

Friday 27 Sept 2019.  Willie Garnett Big Band.  £8 on the door.

WILLIE GARNETT’S BIG BAND…One of the best British big bands led by veteran band leader Willie Garnett… Superb Musicians…Keeping the GREAT Classics ALIVE!…
Willie has a treasure trove of charts and selects a no-nonsense set including standard’s like Count Basie’s Corner Pocket, Coltrane classic…My Favourite Things and The Beatle’s Norwegian Wood.  A Great Crowd & Great Banter…..A WONDERFUL NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENT!

Saturday 28 September 2019. Talinka & The Orient House Ensemble DOUBLE BILL.   £10 on the door, Advance £8, Students £5

Talinka defies boundaries between styles and genres. It is where folk, early music, jazz and tango merge into simplicity, harmony and warmth.  Jenny Bliss, a baroque virtuoso artist, Yaron Stavi, one of the leading bass players in Europe, Gilad Atzmon, an internationally acclaimed Jazz saxophonist with an affinity for ethnic sounds and his wife Tali, whose singing has been paired up with her theatrical career.
The Orient House Ensemble will be flaying a mixture of their favorites offering up a unique blend of world jazz a mixture of bebop, Balkan, Arabic and Tango. Gilad Atzmon is joined by John Turville (piano), Yaron Stavi (db) and Ted Carrasco (drums). 

Friday 4 Oct 2019. Emily Saunders ESB. £12 on the door. Online £10. Students £5.

Emily Saunders – Voice, Byron Wallen – Trumpet,  Paul Michael – Bass, Eric Ford – Drums

Emily Saunders ESB…Internationally renowned and critically acclaimed vocalist, songwriter, producer, arranger, and broadcaster Emily Saunders leads an exceptional band of stellar musicians through her original songs. She balances virtuosity and captivating presence with musicianship of the highest order, establishing her not only as a rhythmically inventive jazz vocalist, but a supremely talented songwriter.

AZZLIVE AT THE CRYPT St Giles’ Church, Camberwell Church Street  SE5 8QZ
You’ll find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @jazzlivese5 

 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.

World class Jazz every Friday at Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel CO6 4PZ         Doors 7.30pm, gig starts 8.00 pm, 2 sets, ends approx 10.30 pm  
Ample parking; fully accessible – info 01787 211865    See website for directions as satnav can  get you lost!    Tickets – via Box Office: 01787 211865;  WeGotTickets (booking fee); On the door (sorry, no debit/credit cards – cash or cheque only)  
*Friends of Fleece Jazz loyalty card holders have a £4 discount on each gig and a choice of a free gig if you attend eight or more gigs.

20th September, £18/£14*    Tammy Weis Quartet

Tammy is a Canadian now blessing us with residence in the UK.  “Tammy Weis is a true Singer-Songwriter. Technically brilliant vocals delivering her poignant lyrics straight to my soul. Her live performance of “Found Your Way to Me” at Jazz FM actually moved me to tears. Remember her name!” –  Nigel Williams,  Jazz FM
Tammy Weis vocals, Tom Cawley piano, Juke Walkington double bass, Dave Ohm drums

27th September 2019,  £18/£14*     Renato D’Aiello Quintet Plays the Music of Cedar Walton

”Italian saxophonist Renato D’Aiello oozes class. When he plays quietly the effect is like hearing an old friend kindly giving you some much-needed advice. And when he lets rip, he has you rocking in your chair” – ( James Griffith ( Guardian Nottingham )
Renato tenor sax, Mark Bassey trombone, Matyas Gayer piano,
Adam King  double bass, Alfonso Vitale drums

every 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 us to join mailing list. Entrance £10

, 6, St Andrews Street South, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3PH. 1st class jazz in Bury St Edmunds   07799 650009   Doors 7.15,   Music   8pm

Friday 27 Sept 2019    –  THE FUNCTION     8pm (doors 7:20pm)   £14/£7 u25

A rare jazz club glimpse at what jazz musicians are compelled to play at parties, weddings or corporate events, and what they do to survive. Tunes you know!  Dancefloor fillers!  Bum-gropers!  Function fails!  Beat the band competition!  Inappropriate requests!  And, through it all, actual jazz.  Watch the boys sweat, and find out what they’re really thinking… 

With special guest saxophonist  JOSH KEMP: “A mix of Stan Getzian breeziness and Coltrane’s imploring cry” GUARDIAN

JOSH KEMP saxophone                 CHRIS INGHAM piano
OWEN MORGAN bass                   GEORGE DOUBLE drums 

, 74 Whinbush Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire  SG5 1PZ an independent music venue.  

Saturday 28th September  JazzUP! present s… HORACE PANTER’S SOUL GROOVES

We’re over the moon to bring this British bass icon back to JazzUp. Horace Panter needs no introduction as founder member and bassist of The Specials.  After many Top Ten singles and achievements too numerous to mention. The Specials influence on British music is immense, and their blend of ska and rocksteady with punk’s energy and attitude is both the soundtrack of a generation, and a major force in contemporary music. Their new album ‘Encore’ was released at the beginning of this year and quickly went to No.1 in the UK Album Charts. As a bassist, Horace is a master of the rock-solid groove, and JazzUp gives him a chance to stretch out and lay it down on tunes by the likes of The Meters, George Benson and Booker T.  Combine that with a blistering lineup of jazz soloists and you have a JazzUp not to be missed…  Not one but three Specials!…

Nikolaj Torp Larsen    The Specials keyboardist, co-writer and key component in their recent chart-topping album, Nikolaj is also a highly successful jazz musician and film score composer.   He has contributed to more than 70 albums and worked with artists including Adele, Jason Mraz, James Morrison, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson (w/Chaka Khan, Pointer Sisters, Gloria Gaynor, Sister Sledge and Grace Jones), Florence & The Machine, CeeLo Green, Jack Savoretti, Cat Stevens, Engelbert Humperdinck (w/ Elton John, Lulu and Ron Sexsmith), Lewis Capaldi, Lala Del Rey, Lianne La Havas and many more.

Kenrick Rowe    Specials drummer, and a regular and hugely welcome visitor to JazzUp, Kenrick is one of the most in-demand professional drummers on the scene, well known for his mastery of reggae with bands such as Aswad and Jazz Jamaica, and also for his powerful soul and funk grooves with many top bands. After a busy years touring the globe with PJ Harvey, and now The Specials, he’s ready again to lay down the groove for us at JazzUp.

George Vjestica    It’s a first time JazzUp visit for guitarist and songwriter George. As well as leading the group Bandante, George is also known for working with singer Nick Cave, and with Warren Ellis on film soundtracks, The Proposition and Lawless. He has also performed on Nick Cave and the Bad  Seeds albums, Push the Sky Away (as a guest) and Skeleton Tree (as a full-time band member).  He has also toured with John Squire (Stone Roses), appearing on the Marshall’s House album, and played guitar on KT Tunstall’s debut EP False Alarm.

Jim Hunt    Musical prodigy Jim Hunt’s career has taken in an extraordinary breadth of artists. As arranger,  saxophonist and horn section leader he has toured and recorded with Primal Scream, Richard Ashcroft, and Paloma Faith to name a few. He’s particularly noted for his longstanding place in Amy Winehouse’s horn section, and current work with Noel Gallagher.

Dave Keech    The founder and Musical Director of JazzUp completes the outfit to create a powerful tenor and trombone front line. Dave is always active on the British jazz scene, doing regular gigs, and has recently spent time in the studio as a member of the horn section for Senegalese singer Modou Touré, on his forthcoming album, as well as a recent studio session for Fenna Rhodes and Lettice Rowbotham.

SPECIAL GUEST DJ   Dan Donovan – composer, keyboard player, and remixer. well known as former keyboardist for Big Audio Dynamite. After a spell as a drum programmer for Sisters Of Mercy he later rejoined his B.A.D. colleague, Don Letts, in his new band, Screaming Target. In 1993, he joined Dreadzone as a keyboardist, writer and performer. During the noughties, he had a reggae DJ partnership with Don Letts; Dub Cartel, playing many gigs, festivals and doing remixes. He has remixed tracks by  artists such as Grace Jones, Adamski, Carl Douglas, Scientist, Selah Sue, Pablo Moses, Seal, the Ruts and the Supernovas. He has also worked as a programmer and keyboard player for DJs such as Paul Oakenfold, Mark Moore, Kevin Saunderson, Tony Humphries and Judge Jules.
In 2014 he played additional keyboards on a new dub album by Sly & Robbie called Dubrising. In 2015 he again played keyboards on an album featuring Brinsley Forde with Sly & Robbie. Currently he is in a DJ and writing partnership with Paul Simonon, bass player from The Clash, playing out under the name of Simonon & Donovan. They have done DJ gigs for Prada in Paris, Stella McCartney at Abbey Road Studios, Calvin Klein in London, Neighbourhood in Tokyo, Iconoclast Productions for the Cannes Lions and many others.
Les Jazz Rats.  Our brilliant resident DJs Sten and Eric will of course also be in the house.

Ticket details…  Entry £14 , £10 with JazzUp Loyalty Card.
Tickets available from …  Riot Lounge, Hitchin    Jolly Brown, Hitchin    Bar 85, Hitchin
David’s Music Letchworth    and on line from from WeGotTickets
16+ with photo ID – younger patrons can be signed in at the door by a responsible adult.
Like all our gigs this show finishes well in time for the last trains North and Sou

SPICEJAZZ AT 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 from we got tickets.

WEDS 18th September – JOHN PEARCE – Heartfelt renditions of classic jazz standards by violin virtuoso JOHN PEARCE. Launching his debut album at Spice of Life, he will be joined by the award-winning DAVID NEWTON piano, WILL HARRIS bass, IAN MATTHEWS drums and special guest LEE MEAD vocals.

John Pearce has been exciting British jazz audiences with his impassioned performances and technical brilliance. Known for his emotive sound and mercurial energy, he improvises with distinctive melodic invention and clarity. His major influences include Paul Desmond, Charlie Parker, Keith Jarrett, Jeff Hamilton and Wynton Marsalis. ‘Full of energy and intensity…a true musician.’ Andy Sheppard
’Immense technical grasp…passionate commitment to everything that he plays.’ Venue Magazine (Tony Benjamin) John Pearce was awarded a bursary at the Royal Academy of Music and studied extensively with Nic Fallowfield and Hungarian pedagogue Bela Katona. Performance highlights include the Royal Albert Hall, St. Martin in the Fields and St. John & Smith Square and appearances at the Cheltenham Music Festival. Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £12/£10

WEDS 25th September – LONDON CITY BIG BAND – Incredibly tight youthful ensemble playing faithful renditions taken from the books of Basie, Ellington & Rich, led by top young trumpeter BARNEY LOWE. Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8

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

opened in Feb 2016, brain child of Digby Fairweather to promote, preserve and celebrate the vibrant culture of jazz music in the UK and beyond.  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 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.  Reg Charity No. 116742.  The Heritage Lottery Fund has helped us to set up phase 1, but we have much greater future plans   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.

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.

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)    Info:

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

The Forebury, Sawbridgeworth CM21 9AT  8.15 – 10.45

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.

– 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.

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.

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      Dave 023 9225 5806 or Claire 02392 298161

– with the Mick Collins Legacy Jazz Orchestra, at Sundridge Park Working Men’s Club, 134 Burnt Ash Lane, Bromley, Kent, BR1 5AF. 8.30pm start, £8 admission.  This 16-piece big band is one of London’s finest, featuring top-class musicians from the South East, including young rising stars from Trinity Laban Conservatoire.  With over 300 charts in the band’s library, the repertoire covers a vast range of music – including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Gil Evans, Miles Davis, Maynard Ferguson, Oliver Nelson, Thad Jones, Bill Holman and Bob Florence, as well as gems of British jazz from the 1960s to the present day.
Mick Collins founded his band in the early 1970s and over the years many of the UK’s best jazz musicians have passed through its ranks. Now co-led by trombonists Paul Taylor and Bill Todd it continues Mick’s mission of performing this great music to the best possible standards.
This is a regular monthly gig. The orchestra performs at the same venue at the same time on the 1st Monday of each month

Bishop’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.


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

– 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.

Every Thursday of every month 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

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

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.   Dancers welcome, food available till 3pm, free entry.   Check us out on Facebook – The Good Times Jazz Band @reallyoldjazz

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 search for Kix Jazz Orchestra and go to the Schedule tab on their website.

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

Sun 13 October – MusicFest (incl. other artistes/bands), in the Walled Garden, Valentines Park, Ilford (All day 11:00am – 6:30pm. Times to be advised. Free entry)

CAROL BRAITHWAITES’ GIG LIST.  (more – Many thanks

Thursday 19th September
Hadleigh Cricket Club, Rectory Road, Hadleigh SS7 2NQ
An evening of easy listening jazz played in a friendly club atmosphere.The American Songbook along with jazz instrumentals. Time: 8 – 10.30pm. £10 entry.
Tony Gooderham piano, Mike Sagrott guitar. Roger Curphey bass,  Jason Campbell drums.

Saturday 21st September
North Weald Village Hall. CM16 6BU   With Jackie Free and the Allstars.
Music starts at 12:30 – 3:00pm.  Entry payable at door.

Dates in Diary
11/10/19 – Billericay – Paul Higgs – trumpet
17/10/19 – Hadleigh CC. – Richie Howard – clarinet
19/10/19 – North Weald.
08/11/19 – Billericay – Tony Gooderham & Mike Sagrott – guitar.
21/11/19 – Hadleigh CC – Mick Foster – sax.
13/12/19 – Billericay – Hugh Rainey & George Tidiman
19/12/19 – Hadleigh CC – Paul Higgs – trumpet.

FRANK GRIFFITHS Upcoming Gigs List

17 September, 8PM.   FG Quartet at Wilmslow Conservative Club.  15 Grove Ave, Wilmslow, SK9  5EG. Free.

6 October, 2-3PM.   With Annie Long Quartet. Williamson Art Gallery. Statey Road, Birkenhead, CH43 4UE. www.williamsonart Free.

28 November, 8.30PM.  FG w/Martin Hart Quartet. Hedsor Social Club, Hedsor Road, Bourne End, Bucks,  SL8 5ES. £8.

29 November, 1PM.  FG with  Martin Litton, piano and Nils Solberg, guitar. Brunel University, Beldam Room.   Free

4 February, 8.30PM.  FG Quartet w/Franck Amallem – piano, John MacCormick – bass, Danny Ward – drums. Phase One. 80 Seel Street, Liverpool, L1 4JN. £3 admission.

8 February 2020, 2.30-5PM.   w/Tina May, Franck Amsallem, Steve Berry and Eryl Roberts. Southport Jazz Festival.

A full 16 piece band featuring star players including Tony Fisher, David Black, Harold Fisher, Jon Shenoy, Chris Gower and Bunny Thompson.
“A marvellous orchestra masterfully directed by Joe Pettitt” ~ David Jacobs CBE

Warner’s Big Band Breaks

21-25 October – Sinah Warren, Hayling Island – Featuring Matthew Ford plus Glenn Miller with strings

United Services Club, Main Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 6NE        Doors open at 7pm, concert starts at 8pm. Free parking to the rear of the club. Tickets £12, available on the door. Call 01342 523 003 or email for more information

meet on the last Tuesday of the month in Rochester. Normally tickets £12.  Doors 7.30pm, band on stage 8.45pm.  Good food, reasonably priced available to eat at your table if required.  Further information, upcoming shows, map etc, available – search botleneck blues club  The venue is the St. George Hotel.  If you drive past with the Roffen on your left, the venue is a couple of hundred yards up New Road, on the left.  There is on-site parking both on the roof, accessed from the front and in the basement at the rear, although you can find plenty of on-street parking within a short walk.  Parking in one of the car parks requires (immediate) registration in the venue, available on panels both in the lobby and in the performance room itself  Please enter the venue via the main front door and make your way down to the Stanley Ballroom.

The Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion will be appearing on the upcoming Tuesday 24th September.  A top quality act well known to the club.  Tickets £12.00, pay on the door.  

play at The 3 Horseshoes, The Pound, Knockholt TN14 7LD every other Wednesday lunchtime (12.30 to 3pm) .  Good food, wine and draft beer to go with the trad jazz. Band Members – Don Steele Trumpet,  John Stuart – Banjo/Guitar, Richard Brennan – Reeds, Mick Scriven – Bass, Jan Bryce – Trombone.    The band plays in the traditional jazz style.

The next Wednesday lunchtime gig is on Wednesday 3rd April and then every other Wednesday.

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.

RON SPACK’S JAZZTET at THE OAKWOOD. 564 Rayleigh Road, Eastwood, SS9 5HX. Tel: 01702 512819. Every Monday. Free  8.00 till 10.30pm.  Meals served during the evening.  Ron Spack’s Jazztet, Ron leading on bass

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



Nomad, a band comprising Larry Harper on Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Dave Lee on Keyboards, Paul Rivz on drums and Steve Duke on bass, will be playing their own brand of Jazz, with elements of Funk, Latin and World Music, including many original compositions, as part of the Southend Jazz Festival’s BIg Jazz Blowout on the evening of 12th October and will be playing at the Park Inn By Radisson Palace, Southend on Sea. Check for details of time of performance and on which stage they’ll be featured.”

The Gareth Lockrane Big Band return on Sunday October 6th to PizzaExpress Live Jazz Club Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 3RW.   Doors 12.00pm  Music 1.30pm.  The sensational 19-piece Band led by the original writing and arranging of the brilliant jazz flautist Gareth Lockrane, features a combination of established British jazz greats with Academy trained younger musicians, in multi layered arrangements scored for 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 reeds, guitar, piano, bass, percussion and drums in addition to Gareth on the entire flute family.

The band will play music from their last album, “Fistfight At The Barndance”, rated a top five jazz album of the year in the 2017 British Jazz Awards, and short listed as Best jazz album in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018, and new compositions and arrangements
“…Lockrane is the next best thing and the most exciting and inventive instrumentalist in the country.” – London Evening Standard

EFG London Jazz Festival 2019.  The Voices of Jazz on Saturday Nov 23rd @ St Johns Smith Square, Westminster  SW1 3HA.   @ 7:30pm Tickets £15 / £20 / £25 / £35  
A three part concert featuring distinctive and different voices of Jazz
  –    VoCollective Six Part A Capella Group
  –   Etcetera – Civil Service Choir
 –    The Swingles

The Swingles    –    For over half a century, The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group have the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since the 1960s. 
In 1963, American-born Ward Swingle assembled a group of Parisian session singers to sing Bach’s keyboard music. The resulting album, Jazz Sebastian Bach, launched the Swingle Singers. They’ve since made more than 50 recordings and appeared on numerous film and TV soundtracks.
Their versatility has led to collaborations with artists as diverse as the Modern Jazz Quartet, Jamie Cullum and Labrinth. Luciano Berio explored the sound of the Swingles’ amplified voices in an orchestral setting with his groundbreaking Sinfonia in 1968. They continue to perform the piece to great acclaim, including recent performances at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, London’s Royal Festival Hall, and Milan’s La Scala.  In addition to a busy schedule that regularly takes them to North and South America, Europe and Asia, The Swingles present their own London A Cappella Festival at Kings Place each January.
The Swingles are:     Federica Basile   Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson   Imogen Parry   Oliver Griffiths   Jon Smith   Kevin Fox   Edward Randell  
VoCollective is a contemporary A Cappella vocal group.  Every member performed in award-winning University a cappella groups across the UK. Since graduating, moving to London and forming the group they have performed at numerous events and gigs in the UK and abroad, including at Carnegie Hall in New York, representing the UK in Sept 2018. Noted for their soulful sound and vibrant energy, VoCollective are developing a well-earned reputation as an innovative jazz focused ensemble.
Etcetera – Civil Service Choir is one of the largest workplace choirs in the country. Under the direction of Stephen Hall, the choir has built a reputation for innovative and inspiring public performances at St John’s Smith Square and other London venues, with repertoire ranging from large scale choral works with orchestras to choral jazz.
For this concert Etcetera performs Bob Chilcott’s highly original and effective “A Little Jazz Mass” and Will Todd’s “Songs Of Love” (three stunning jazz settings of love-inspired poems), concluding with his emotive choral jazz interpretation of “Amazing Grace”. The choir is accompanied by the Chris Ingham Trio with the BBC young jazz musician of the year Alexander Bone on alto saxophone.

EFG London Jazz Festival 2019.   The Music of Gil Evans – Miles Ahead: Porgy & Bess on Sunday November 24that St John’s Smith Square, Westminster, London, SW1 3HA.   Performance 7.30pm    Tickets £40 / £30 / £20 / £15   This special concert allows UK jazz collectors to experience a unique live performance of the entire Gil Evans Porgy & Bess Suite

 Gil Evans, arranger, composer and bandleader is widely recognised as one of the greatest orchestrators in jazz, playing an important role in the development of cool & modal jazz, best known for his acclaimed collaborations with Miles Davis.  We feature two of their greatest collaborations in this concluding concert of the 2019 EFG London Jazz Festival.
The first half: Miles Ahead   Features the outstanding band leader Chris Ingham with his 6-piece REBOP, playing their arrangements from the Miles Ahead album including “The Duke”, “New Rhumba” and “Blues For Pablo” among others
The second half: Porgy & Bess    Is a rare UK performance of the outstanding, complete and original Gil Evans arrangements of George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, made possible by the JBGB Events collaboration with Gil Evans son Miles Evans who has provided us exclusive access to the authentic arrangements to make this concert possible.  To perform the Porgy & Bess Suite JBGB Events have commissioned a special 22-piece Royal Academy of Music All Stars Jazz Orchestra — made up of some of the UK’s finest musicians selected from RAM Jazz alumni.  The conductor is Nick Smart — The Academy’s Head of Jazz, and the orchestra leader and manager is trombonist Tom Green.
The concert features a stellar selection of trumpet soloists in the Miles Davis role, including Jazz legend Henry Lowther, virtuoso Steve Fishwick, rising star Freddie Gavita and in demand Martin Shaw.

Larry Berkovitz (piano/vocals) and Zak Barrett (saxes) present:  XMAS JAZZ Special at The Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford CM1 1JG on
      Thursday 19th December 2019  @  8pm
      Friday       20th December 2019  @  8pm
      Saturday  21st December 2019  @  3pm  &  8pm
with Rowan Ward (saxes) Dom Copestick (saxes /vocals) Robert Rickenberg (d bass) AND virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Adam Mader (trumpet/violin/mandolin/melodica/recorders/whistling/face slapping etc.. and vocals) and Andy Frost (beatbox/drums)  Tickets £20 (Sat 3pm tickets £15)   £1.50 booking fee applies per transaction for bookings paid by credit card (not per ticket)   To book –  01245 606505 


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 – just Google Wilf’s Jazz!!

*** JAZZ JAMS ***

The Cambridge Jazz Jam (“CamJam”) has now moved to the other Snug bar in Cambridge, located at 67 Lensfield Rd, Cambridge CB2 1EN. The sessions will now run every Thursday, 8 – 10.30 pm.  Musicians, singers and audience all welcome !  Free admission. Our policy is inclusive, so whether you’re an accomplished musician, or someone still struggling to get it together, you’ll be equally welcome. Further info from Mike Quigley, 07979 59 22 41

Sunday Freddie Freeloader’s Jazz Jams at the Black Bull in Rainsford Road Chelmsford CM1 2PN.  Future dates (all at the earlier time of 4-7 p.m.) are: ;  September 22nd; November 17th. Free entrance, all experience levels,  Playlist and music available in advance. DWJQ are house band, PA drum kit bass amp and one guitar amp provided.  More details including access to the music to be played available from

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.

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 3rd Friday in the month to hold a jam session at the Inkerman pub on Norwich 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.

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

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

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

KINGSTON……SINGERS OPEN MIC + TRIO @ the RAM JAM CLUB on the 3rd Sunday in the month…at 6 pm, behind the Grey Horse Pub 46 Richmond Road KT2 5EE.   PARKING. 12th year.


 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’re a relaxed, friendly, welcoming group 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 – a practical, performance based approach to learning in a nurturing group.

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.


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’d normally be happy to email you the text to save you re-typing it.

IMPORTANT – we have been having lots of problems with the newsletter getting caught in spam filters.  We are removing website links, to try to make it less “spammy”.  Can you please not include links, but perhaps add wording like “please Google xxx theatre for more details”

2. Please send all items for inclusion in the newsletter to listings<at>

3. We have had a couple of instances lately where people unconnected with the night have contacted us to let us know that details of the night have changed or that it has ceased. If you are including your events PLEASE let us know of any changes etc. (you only have to click “reply” when you receive the weekly newsletter). And of course if you are aware of a change or an inaccuracy please let us know – we really do appreciate your input.

4. Please include full address in including postcode for the venue. Most people these days use SatNav, so please make it easier for them.

5. We always try (when life doesn’t get in the way!) to send the newsletter on Friday morning. Can you get your information to us by 4pm Thursday evening at the latest to guarantee inclusion please.

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Many thanks!