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The Late Paul Barnes is back on Saturday, February 18 at 11.00 pm with the very best in swing music.   There’s a celebration of Harold Arlen one of the finest composers of the Great American Songbook. Think of Blues in the night, I gotta right to sing the blues, I’ve got the world on a string and think of singers such as Ella, Sarah, Diana Krall, Susannah McCorkle, Anita O’Day and so on.   Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy de Franco and Artie Shaw will turn up too.   All this and so much more at 11.00 pm on Saturday, February 18 on the following BBC stations: Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent. Cambridgeshire, Northampton and Three Counties.   Also available nationally and internationally on the BBC iPlayer.   Rhythm &  Rhubarb of the finest kind.

Sunday, 26th February from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm. The Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra at Hornchurch Jazz Club at Hornchurch Conservative Club, 25 North Street, RM11 1RS. Wow! Another big band and another club première! The EYJO is made up of young musicians directed by renowned jazz saxophonist, Martin Hathaway, who is Head of Jazz at Guildhall School of Music. EYJO play a wide range of jazz from traditional to modern jazz. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear and dance to this wonderful group

Ipswich Jazz Festival –  A weekend of great musical events is planned for the next Ipswich Jazz Festival to be held from Friday 23rd June to Sunday 25th June.  Tickets are now on sale for most events.  See Calendar

Jazz @ St John’s Arts Centre, St John’s Walk, Market St. Old Harlow, CM17 0AJ  – 8PM ADM £10 on Thursday 23rd February – 100 years of Jazz on  Record.  The Original Dixieland Jass Band Centenary Celebration – John Petters’ Original Dixieland Jass Band.  A unique opportunity to celebrate 100 years since the first jazz record was made.  See Calendar

25 February 2017Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall, Crabbe Street IP15 5BN  2-30-4.30 Simply Swing Showband.  A celebration of  the history of swing music through the music of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin, Robbie Williams, Michael Buble and many more.   Tickets £9.50

 

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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 music@indigoshades.com or 07885480329.

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a Thursday night Jazz Session and Jam at Nomad Bar, 58 Old St, EC1V 9AJ. www.nomadjazz.com. 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 simonhurley@madasafish.com

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 jazzzone@waitrose.com.

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 http://www.ipswichjazzcollective.blogspot.co.uk

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

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

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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1503416799918503/?fref=ts  at the Kings Head, 17 Market Hill, Woodbridge IP12 4LP  http://www.kingsheadwoodbridge.co.uk  For more info e-mail ben.watson.cmg@gmail.com

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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. www.belvederejazz.co.uk ; Telephone: 07850 607075 or Email:mailto::belvederejazz@gmail.co

22nd February –  “Spirit of Stephane Grappelli & Django Reinhardt”

Mike Piggott – violin   Nils Solberg – guitar    Jeff Green – guitar
Alan Morgan – double bass
Mike Piggott  guests  at  festivals  and jazz  clubs  in the  UK  and abroad,  including  an  appearance  as a member of Martin Taylor’s “Spirit  of Django”  at  the  Xabia  Jazz  Festival  in  Spain.  Two shows,   “Grappelli –   A Celebration” and  “Stringing  the  Blues”  have  received  enthusiastic  reviews. Mike’s first CD release “Blues for Stuff and Steph”, featuring his quartet, has received excellent reviews from music publications in the UK, the USA, Jazz FM and BBC radio’s “Jazz Notes”. “One of the best Swing Jazz fiddle players anywhere” ~ New York Jazz Times
Nils Solberg has been a professional guitarist since the 1970s when he started his career playing Dixieland Jazz in the hotels of the West End of London. He since played with many bands in that genre, notably Dick Charlesworth, Alan Elsdon and Terry Lightfoot, while also performing in the Gypsy Jazz style and was for some time accompanying Nigel Kennedy as well as Bryan Ferry. A singer of great enthusiasm and an ardent exponent of the “Great American Songbook”.
Jeff has toured with Nigel Kennedy’s ‘Wasp Factory’ and with Stephane Grappelli’s Quartet, with Martin Taylor., Jeff has recorded albums with diverse musicians such as Ronnie Scott, Mike Osborne and Jim Richardson and has recorded CDs with Brian Dee, Alan Barnes, Tommy Whittle, and  Andy Aitchison.
Alan Morgan originally a guitar player, changed to bass in 1960 and has worked with many musicians in all styles.  Some of the musicians include: Tubby Hayes, Humphrey Lyttelton, Don Rendell, Tommy Whittle, Art Themen and Brian Dee.

8th March – The Jazz of Dudley Moore – Chris Ingham Quartet

Chris Ingham – piano    George Double – drums    Geoff Gascoyne – double bass 
Paul Higgs
– trumpet
The beloved comic actor Dudley Moore (1935-2002) was also one of the UK’s most dazzling, swinging jazz pianists and a composer of wit and depth.
Following their acclaimed Hoagy project, the Chris Ingham Quartet  revisit Moore’s music on their new CD Dudley, with sounds from the fabulous 1960’s Decca trio albums, the ground breaking satire of Beyond The Fringe (1960-64), the TV show Not Only But Also (1965-70) and the brilliant movie soundtracks for Bedazzled (1967) and 30 Is A Dangerous Age, Cynthia (1968).

15th  March  – Enrico Tomasso’s Swing Six

Enrico Tomasso  – vocals & trumpet    Mark Crooks – tenor sax/clarinet    Olly Wilby –  saxes & clarinet    Colin Good –piano    Jerome Davies –  double bass    John Sutton – drums
Playing arranged small band swing music that will include tunes from the American John Kirby’s Sextet, which was popular in 1938/42 with trumpeter Charlie Shavers, Russell Procope – sax, Buster Bailey – clarinet, Billy Kyle – piano, John Kirby – double bass & William ‘O’Neill’ Spencer – drums. They were known as “The Biggest Little Band In The Land”.  ‘Undecided’ was their huge hit proving that they could ‘Swing the Classics’.  Enrico has spent several years with The Pasadena Roof Orchestra & Ray Gelato as well as numerous other bands and top musicians

22nd   March –   Pete Neighbour All Stars Quintet

Dave Newton –  piano    Nat Steele – vibes    Dave Green – double bass    Steve Brown – drums
Now residing in South Carolina but originally from East London, Pete has performed extensively over Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. In more recent years he has carved a niche for himself being one of very few jazz musicians to reach a wider audience by performing as a Headline Guest Entertainer on luxury cruise ships. His act focuses particularly on the ‘Swing era’ with music and stories from that era never failing to ensure an enthralling evening’s entertainment.  He was recently awarded the ‘Entertainer of the Year’ award by the Italian six star luxury cruise line ‘Silversea’.  Pete has performed at private parties for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales at Highgrove House and for Sir Michael Caine, Mick Jagger and venues such as London’s The Royal Festival Hall, New York’s Lincoln Centre, The Orient Express, The House of Lords and Scottish Baronial castles.

29th   March –  The  Julian Marc Stringle Dream Band with Jacqui Hicks

Julian Marc Stringle – clarinet, saxes & flute    Jacqui Hicks – vocals    Dominic Ashworth – guitar    Neil Angilley – keyboard    Chris Dodd  – bass    Mike Bradley – drums
The Dream Band is Julian’s own exciting and melodic Latin-influenced jazz sextet featuring keyboard virtuoso Neil Angilley, Canadian guitar star Dominic Ashworth, stylish Shakatak vocalist Jacqui Hicks, bass ace Chris Dodd and the dynamic Mike Bradley on drums. The highly talented virtuoso pianist  Neil Angilley  has worked  with Dame Shirley Bassey,  The Gypsy Kings, singer Lisa Stansfield  and James Galway and many more top names. Bass ace Chris Dodd has worked extensively on the UK and European jazz circuits and  has recorded and performed all over the globe with many acclaimed musicians. Drummer Mike Bradley has worked with Rosemary Clooney, Sir John Dankworth and Cleo Laine plus Natalie Cole, to name but a few. & David Cassidy.

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

22 Feb:   Leszek Kulascewicz (tenor/soprano) + Jez Franks (guitar)

 1 Mar:   Simon Spillett (tenor) + Hilary Cameron (piano)

                     with John Withers (drums) + 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 www.theydonjazzclub.org.uk or contact Dave & Sheila Dyer – tel: 01945 588325; email: davedyer24@gmail.com

Feb 21st  –  Peter Rudeforth’s Select Six

Mar 7th  –  Carol Braithwaite & The Jazz Crew

Mar21st  –  The Gresty White Ragtimers

Apri 4th  –  The Carlton JazzBand

April 18th  –  Graham Hughes Sunshine Kings

May 2nd  –  Jack Free’s Chicagoans

May16th  –  Kid Tidiman’s All Stars

June 6  –  The Tony Pitt All Stars

June 20th  –  T B A

July 4th –  Julian Stringle & The Chosen Men featuring Enrico Tomasso/Roy Williams

July 18th –  The Westside Syncopators

Aug 1st  –  The Dart Valley Stompers

Aug 15th  –  T B A

Sept 5th  –  T B A

Sept 19th  –  Kid Tidimans Allstars

Oct 3rd  –  T B A

Oct 17th  –  TJ Johnsons Jazz & Blues Band

Nov 7th  –  The Chosen Men

Nov 21  –  The Melvin Beddows Big Band (22piece)

Dec 5th  –  T B A

Dec 19th  –  T B A

JAZZ AT O B’s  Jazz at the Bardswell has moved and is JAZZ at O B’s.   All Jazz Fans are welcome at our new venue, Old Brentwoods’ Club, Ashwells Road, Brentwood, Essex. CM15 9SE.  Thanks to the management of Old Brentwoods’ Club, 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.  Doors open 7pm with music from 8 till 10.45pm and with entrance on the door of £10.00.  For info. contact Dave Grant 01708 763723 or Richard 07935 441616 or e-mail grntj@aol.com

Tuesday, 28th February, 2017

His musical career began with classical piano, flugelhorn and trumpet, eventually leading Graham Pike into theatre, TV and studio arranging until he encountered the chromatic jazz harmonica which is now his main favoured instrument.  Spending a lot of time in studio production, he has since inception, worked on the BBC’s children’s programme, ‘The Tweenies’  that is now showing in more than 68 countries and has penned arrangements for ‘Crimewatch’ and ‘Hearts of Gold’ with excursions into other TV productions.  As Musical Director he has arranged music for such theatre shows as ‘Chicago’, ‘Guys & Dolls’ and ‘Jungle Book’ and several pantomimes as well.   Graham often rejuvenates neglected tunes in his sets but with the recent passing of the Belgium legend Toots Thielemans, be not surprised if some of his compositions are not aired.

Tuesday, 28th March, 2017

Award winning saxophonist and composer, Andy Linham, plays along with his mystery guest.  Now who could that be!   They will be exploring the work of two legendary silky, cool and smooth jazz alto saxophonists, Lee Konitz and Paul Desmond who bought forth a wealth of beautiful compositions and recordings through the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s
Andy, an extremely busy young man, regularly performs around London and the UK, is also a composer and arranger having written several large scale works for a full length musical as well as for his own original big band, sextet and quartet and has created a vast catalogue of educational music for schools.
We will, for sure, hear more about this young man in the future.
His diverse compositional approach make him a musician to watch. Indeed, the International Jazz Conference of Britain , said of him ‘Very Impressive’ – Jazz UK

Tuesday, 25th April, 2017

‘Ivory & Ebony’ DIVA LEGENDS  featuring the keyboards of Sandra Lambert, Jenny Carr and Hilary Cameron bringing back the memorable hits of legendary female jazz pianists of years past, such as, Mary Lou Williams, Marion McPartland, Shirley Horn, Nina Simone, the wistful Blossom Dearie and other well known pianists.

Sandra Lambert has enjoyed a massive cosmopolitain musical career providing her with the ability to move freely between genres so distinguishing her from other pianists. She has recorded with a variety of artistes among them are Bette Midler, Cilla Black, Humphrey Littleton and was Helen Shapiro’s MD in the 90’s. She currently leads a quintet aptly named ‘Simply Swing’.
Jenny Carr, a classically trained pianist arrived from Australia in the ’90’s as the keyboard / backing vocalist for Jason Donovan’s world tour playing the Wembley arena. Since then she has worked with Beverley Craven, Billy Ocean and Imelda May. Currently freelancing with numerous jazz groups she accompany’s vocalists Sarah Moule, Nina Ferro and Barb Jungr.
Hilary Cameron, began her career in classical music, then spent two years studying jazz at Manhattan School of Music playing clubs and venues across New York. Back in London she worked with Womack & Womack and then formed her own jazz / latin trio. playing and working with a host of jazz musicians such as Derek Nash, Al Nicholls, Ken Peplowski and Trudy Kerr.

Tuesday, 30th May, 2017 GUITAR MASTERS RECALLED  featuring the guitar duo of Andy Watson and Simon Hurley who will be recalling the music and styles of many legendary jazz guitarists over the past century.

Andy Watson, has tutored, arranged and played with just about everyone having toured and playing extensively in television, theatre and radio across the UK and in jazz concerts abroad. Having tutored many guitar stars of the future he is highly sought after by budding young guitarists aiming to reach the highest pinnacles in jazz. Tonight Andy will be playing with one of his earlier highly successful pupils.
Simon Hurley, having studied with Andy is now making his own niche in jazz as well as being competent in many styles, from rock, blues to country and funk and whatever theatre work requires. He also regularly performs with with large and small jazz ensembles around the UK.  His jazz playing is much inspired by that of Joe Pass and the maestro, Martin Taylor, has described his playing as ‘Just Beautiful’.

Tuesday, 27th June, 2017  THAT FREE FLOW SWING THING   featuring Al Nicholls, tenor sax. and Jeff Williams, trombone who bring that wonderful swing era of the 40’s and 50’s produced by Ellington, Basie and Dorsey bands.

Al Nicholls is just one of countless jazz musicians who graduated from Leeds College of Music and for twenty or more years made endless appearances across the world. Al’s style is similar to that free flow sound of Illinois Jacquet and Charlie Ventura having developed that laid back effortless style. He currently leads the swing band ‘Blue Harlem’ and is a regular sideman of T.J.Johnson’s band
Jeff Williams has a playing style, full of spirit, exuberance and inventiveness from the collaboration with Al Nicholls over a score or more years. He recalls how they first met, in a pub! now that’s no surprise for a musician. Jeff currently leads the ‘Mississipi Swamp Dogs’ a blues sextet of New Orleans origins performing in such notable London venues as Ronnie Scotts, Bulls Head and Boisdales.

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 boneswithtones@gmail.com.

Tues  21st of February  –  JULIE JIVE & THE BIGSHOTS.

Swinging, rocking & jiving music from this 5-piece Essex based band. Slick, visual entertainment taking us back to all the favourite singers of the 50’s.

Tues  28th of February  – THE DEREK NASH FUNK EXPERIENCE.

Derek & the members of his band have played with the who’s who of soul, jazz & funk music including Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Bill Withers & M People. This is their opportunity to unleash their versions of the classic hits from the legendary Bill Withers, The Crusaders, The Average White Band, Herbie Hancock & Grover Washington Jnr & many more.

Tues  7th of March  – THE MICHELE DRESS TAP PROJECT

Featuring Junior Laniyan & Scott Cripps on Rhythm Tap.  Michele Drees Tap Project is a spectacular mix of rhythm tap dance and jazz. Working towards a revival of the iconic ‘Jazz Tap’, from Harlem to Hollywoods silver screen and right up to the present day Tap Jazz movement. A unique and innovative project that is a stunning visual and listening experience with world class dancers and musicians.

Tues  14th of March – THE LEE GOLD QUARTET

A talented South African born singer/ pianist who is fast becoming one of the most popular performers in London. In 2014 she appeared all over the UK with the London City Jazz Quartet. Residencies around the top London venues have seen a recently acclaimed debut at Ronnie’s.

Tues 21st of March – THE DAISY BOWLERS

An enchanting evening of Happy tunes, tales & banter from Heather Simmons, Debbie Bines & Dave Cooke.  This exciting trio will have you singing & dancing with their delightful harmonies, humor & interpretations of some of the most popular tunes spanning the last century & beyond. Their infectious style and obvious delight in the music they perform will have you smiling from beginning to end.

Tues 28th of March – MARLENE VERPLANCK with JOHN PEARCE, BOBBY WORTH & PAUL MORGAN.

On tour her UK tour New York singing legend appears for the first time at Annie’s. During her career, Marlene has appeared extensively on T.V & Radio and worked with Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme & The Glenn Miller Orchestra to name just a few. Her recent CD with this trio has received 5 star reviews.

SPIKE’S PLACE”  AT BRENTWOOD 8.00pm. The Bardswell, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4TJ. Tel: 01245 420475  Top-Class Mainstream Jazz.  email: susan_may@btinternet.com www.myspace.com/spikesplacejazzclub   Admission £15.00 members £12.00 unless otherwise stated

Tuesday 21st  February
Alan Barnes with the Richard Busiakiewiz Trio 

“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: susan_may@btinternet.com www.myspace.com/spikesplacejazzclub. For advance bookings contact: Susan 01245 420475

Thursday 16th February
Vasilis Xenopoulos Quartet.  Admission £11.00

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

5th March:  Pete Neighbour with the Ted Beament Trio

2nd April:    Picante featuring Derek Nash (saxes) Dominic Ashworth (guitar) Neil Angilley (piano) Andy Staples (bass) Marc Cecil (drums) Robin Jones (percussion)

7th May:     Rossano Sportiello with Dave Green & Steve Brown

4th June:      Allison Neale

MUSIC AT MARIGOLDS, Cricket Club, Chippingfield, Old Harlow, Essex CM17 0DJ.  Doors and Licensed Bar 7.30pm, Fridays. 01279 414174 / 421763 musicatmarigolds@ntlworld.com www.myspace.com/musicatmarigolds. 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

 24th February  –  Derek Nash Quartet: http://www.dereknash.com

Derek Nash saxophone, Neil Angilley keyboards, Andy Staples bass Marc Cecil drums.
Derek is one of the foremost talents on the UK jazz scene and is the leader of award-winning ‘Sax Appeal’ and fronts the funk band “Protect the Beat” and a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion. As a full-time member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004, he has worked alongside many famous talents.   With Jools Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Derek performs approaching 100 gigs per year, including  65,000 people at the Cardiff Millennium Stadium and over 100,000 at the Glastonbury Festival, where he was a featured soloist.  He has won many awards and still regularly appears in the British Jazz awards nominations in several categories. He has recorded numerous albums in his own right and featured on far more with other artists.

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

19th February – Paula Jackman’s Jazzmen.   Paul Jackman blowing clarinet leads her Jazzmen. The six piece jazz band plays their brand of Dixieland music as well as traditional jazz. All the way from Cambridgeshire, this is the band’s first time playing at the club, so let’s give them a big warm welcome.

26th February – The Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra.   Another big band and another club première! The EYJO is made up of young musicians directed by renowned jazz saxophonist, Martin Hathaway, who is Head of Jazz at Guildhall School of Music. EYJO play a wide range of jazz from traditional to modern jazz. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear and dance to this wonderful group.

GC’s JAZZ CLUB at The Woolpack, 23 Mildmay Road, Chelmsford CM2 0DN 01245 – 259295. First Sunday in Every Month 8.30pm – 11pm. Free Admission. Food Available.   Est 2012 Celebrating entering it’s fifth year!

Sunday 5th March    ‘TORME TO BUBLE’  

PAUL WOODS  Vocals  I am pleased to have the talented  Paul Wood return to the club with his usual vibrant and swinging style. He is always in great demand on the jazz and theatre circuit as well with various big bands.  Paul Higgs - Keyboard. Roger Curphey – String Bass. Graeme Culham – Drums.

Sunday 2nd April    ‘CULT TV JAZZ’  

PAUL HIGGS  Trumpet  Paul returns to the club, this time performing familiar themes from TV & Film.  Titles will include:  Tomorrows World, Star Trek, Bewitched to name a few.  Gabriel Keen - Keyboard. - Alex Keen Bass. Graeme Culham – Drums.

Sunday 7th May 2017    NEALE RIDDING  Flute/Saxophone   Neale is a active musician on the London scene and guests at various jazz clubs around the UK.  He is possibly the best jazz flutist in the UK and has a big Tubby Hayes Tenor saxophone sound.  Sam Edwards – Keyboards – Jose Canha String Bass.  Graeme Culham – Drums

Sunday 4th June    ‘RENOWN UK JAZZ GUITARIST”

ESMOND SELWYN  www.esmondselwyn.com   This is Esmond’s first visit to the club. He is one of the top jazz guitarist in the UK. I look forward to his exciting and melodic playing. Checkout his website. Not to be missed.  Sam Edwards – KeyboardsJose CanhaString Bass.  Graeme Culham – Drums

Sunday 2nd July     REG WEBB  Vocals/Keyboards

One of the innovators of the UK’s Jazz Fusion scene with his own band ‘Fusion’ which later became the ‘Reg Webb Band’ featuring Nik Kershaw.   Ben Hearn – Bass  Graeme Culham – Drums.

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. www.e17jazz.com/whatson/ at their NEW VENUE – Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, E17 6DS. www.gnomehouse.org.uk 07739660449  www.e17jazz.com/whatson/

Tuesday 28th Feb @ MAUD
Venue – Maud (Mirth, Marvel & Maud) - 186 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4QH

Josephine Davies – Tenor Sax  Dave Whitford – Double Bass  Paul Clarvis – Drums

Perrier Award winning saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies works at the forefront of the contemporary British jazz scene. Graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she is now resident composer and tenorist for the London Jazz Orchestra and is featured on the recent, highly acclaimed big band album from veteran saxophonist Pete Hurt. Josephine’s new trio project, Satori, features the huge talent of drummer and percussionist Paul Clarvis (Liam Noble, Steve Swallow), and bassist Dave Whitford (Christine Tobin, Bill Frisell).
Influenced by the great live trio recordings of Joe Henderson and Julian Arguelles, Satori were inspired to create a similar feeling of freedom and exploration whilst bringing a fresh, unique sound through original compositions. They have just released their debut live album on Whirlwind Recordings.

“A fluid, sumptuous sound” (Jazzwise)        “A high class ballad performance with assured and highly skilled tenor sax” (The Jazz Mann)
Tickets – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/387314

THE SOUTHEND JAZZ CLUBevery Monday at the EKCO Social & Sports Club, Thornford Gardens, Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea, Essex. SS2 6PU. 01702 351641 www.ekcoclub.co.uk From 7:30pm.  Music  8:00pm – everyone welcome.  Info: Bryan Jones 07801 757912 or 01702 61825.  Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Southend-Jazz-Club/133240693427561  Twitter @southendjazz;  email jazz@greenad.co.uk to join mailing list.  Entrance £10

 20 Feb – Mahogany Hall Stompers

27 Feb – National Youth Jazz Collective with The Ridouts Quintet
(7:30pm start and free entry for this gig)

  6 MarLes Handscombe’s Tailgate Jazz Band

13 MarGeorge ‘Kid’ Tidman’s All Stars

20 MarMelvin Beddow Big Band

27 MarMike Cotton with Jazz Club Quartet (Tim

  3 AprHot Lips Oldtime Jazz

10 AprGolden Eagle Jazz Band

17 Apr – Easter Monday – NO JAZZ

24 AprPedigree Jazz Band

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

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

JAZZ AT THE RHODES ARTS COMPLEXBishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 3JG  01279 710 200  www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

FORTNIGHTLY FREE Live Midweek Music in our Theatre Lounge on Wednesdays

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

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

JAZZ AT THE IVY ROOM – Last Wednesday of the month at the Farnham Conservative Club, Ivy House, Ivy Lane, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PQ 7.45pm – 10.15 pm All welcome.  Admission £12 (online bookings £11.50 + booking fee)   Online Tickets: https://www.wegottickets.com/ivyroomjazz  More information: www.ivyroomjazz.co.uk  info@ivyroomjazz.co.uk 07778 669065

22nd February 2017 – Jacqui Hicks Sings The Great American Songbook with special guest Martin Shaw (Trumpet), Sandra Lambert (Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums).
Voted one of the UK’s top jazz vocalists, Jacqui sings jazz ballads with poise, elegance and beauty and her swinging jazz style is effortless and understated,  She has recorded for Hal David & John Cacavas, Duncan Lamont, Brian Dee and Johnny Keating, among others. She’s worked on several film soundtracks including Tomb Raider II and Veronica Guerin and has appeared in Radio 4 plays for the BBC.

JAZZ AT THE CROWN.  This new Jazz venue at ‘The Crown’, Church Street, Great Ellingham, nr. Attleborough, Norfolk opened on the 11th September. The aim is to create a Sunday evening Jazz scene once a month featuring some of East Anglia’s major Jazz musicians using a regular rhythm section of Nigel Portass, Keyboard – Jeff Burbidge, Bass Gtr. – and Bob Dore, Drums. The music will commence at 6.0pm and finish around 8.30 pm and will be free admission.  The following are the Jazz musicians being featured

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 bookings@chickenshed.org.uk or visit www.chickenshed.org.uk

JAZZ AT THE HUNTER CLUB, 6, St Andrews Street South, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3PH. 1st class jazz in Bury St Edmunds   headhunterslivemusic@gmail.com    www.headhunterslive.org 07799 650009   Doors 7.30,   Music   8pm

Fri 24 Feb: BRANDON ALLEN plays GENE AMMONS
Fri 24 March: JACQUI HICKS/JULIAN STRINGLE
Fri 14 April: GEORGINA JACKSON

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

Weds 22nd February 2017 – Chris Standring

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

Wednesday 29th March 2017 – Peter White 

International award winning smooth jazz guitarist Peter White is one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists in the contemporary jazz landscape. Armed with an unparalleled combination of lyricism and energy, he combines elements of pop, jazz and classical guitar to create a sound that’s singular and yet accessible to a broad audience. On the night Peter will be debuting tunes from his new recording “Groovin” Tickets £17

Monday 24th April 2017 – The Alley Cats

The Alley Cats features the punchy sound of Gary Plumley on tenor saxophone and Dennis Rollins on trombone together with a top class local rhythm section. Expect an evening of classic jazz tracks with a funky edge with tunes by well known artists such as Horace Silver, Cannonball Adderley, Grover Washington and Roberta Flack. Tickets £15

Wednesday 31st May 2017 – Snake Davis Band

Saxophonist Snake Davis has played with the likes of James Brown, Smokey Robinson and Chaka Khan, Eurythmics, Lisa Stansfield and M-People. His live show delivers superb dance music with flavours of soul, reggae and dance. With a storming new rhythm section there’ll be lots of new material, and a wonderful mix of soul, world, funk and jazz. Tickets £17

You can find us on Facebook; why not join the group page – The Jazz Mix @ The Maritime Room   Cliffs Pavilion website: www.southendtheatres.org.uk for future event details by placing Jazz Mix in the search box.

THURSDAY JAZZ AT THE RAFA CLUB, 295 Cranbrook Road, Ilford, IG1 4UA. A swinging group led by Leszek Kulaszewicz. Come and listen to the music plus every week there is a fantastic vocalist. The club is well serviced by public transport with plenty of buses going to the club or a ten minutes walk from Gants Hill or Ilford stations. The club will be open from 8pm with music from 9 – 11pm.  “Louise Ellen and the Juke Box Band” play audience requests every last Thursday of the month at Rafa Club in Ilford.

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    www.rowfanthouse.co.uk

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 . www.kingslangleyjazz.co.uk  Keep an eye on the website for any late amendments.

February 21st   Jim Philips Small Band.  Fronted by Jim on baritone sax, presenting this accomplished band playing original arrangements of popular standards.

February 28th   Treble Clef.   With John Davis on alto sax / flute / piano , Jonathan Grogan guitar and Chris Hargreaves bass. A drumless quiet laid back trio playing a mixture of latin,swing and bebop. assisted by Bryony on vocals.

March 7th  Kingsclub 7.  Our regular house band led by John Davis, featuring the usual front line of leader on alto/soprano  sax with John Mole on tenor sax John Bridge on trombone and  Tracey O’Connor on vocal

March 14th  Cliff Longhurst’s ‘Jazz Knights’  Woody Herman style big band.  An absolutely top class band presented by Cliff on drums.

March 21st  Octave – Terry Trenwith’s Team  A fun night of wide ranging jazz standards and a few jokes! Terry can always be relied on to host an entertaining night!

March 28th  Hertswing Big Band John Davies presents the expected Basie swing and drive with an ever stimulating programme.   Featuring our singing star Vicky

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

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

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

FLEECEJAZZ – World class Jazz every Friday at Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel CO6 4PZ www.fleecejazz.org.uk

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

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

LIVE JAZZ AT NORTH WEALD VILLAGE HALL  – Usually the 3rd Saturday afternoon in the month.  £8 on the door, start time of 12:30pm.  The Hall is in the High Road, behind the 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  northwealdvillagehall.org

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.

February 18                      March 18                         April 15
May 20                              June 17                             July 15
August 26                         September 16                  October 21
November 18                    December 16

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

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

Thursday  23rd February  – 8.30pm
‘Two Pianos’  Ted Beament & Robin Aspland with Dave Chamberlain & Winston Clifford

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

JAZZNIGHTS @ THE BELL, CLARE The Bell Hotel, Market Hill, Clare, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 8NN. from. 7.30 – 10.00pm £10 Admission. www.jazz-nights.com. 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 26th February – JACQUI HICKS

Sunday 12th March – ROBERT FOWLER

Sunday 26th Mar – SNOWBOY

Sunday 9th Apr – NIC MEIER

Sunday 23rd Apr – KEVIN FITZSIMMONS

Sunday 7th May – SIMON SPILLETT

Sunday 21st May – MORNINGTON LOCKETT

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

Feb 16th       NO JAZZ THIS WEEK  -- THEATRE IN USE

Feb 23rd      8pm      £12     Pete Cater’s MINISTRY OF JAZZ

When Pete Cater first formed this band last year The FJC was one of the first clubs to present this all star outfit — it was well rehearsed with great arrangements, many by the big band arranger & great trombonist Adrian Fry. This is Big Band compositions plus Blue Note classics & more !!! In fact our kind of music with our style of band.  With Europe’s finest Big Band drummer Pete Cater in charge , this outfit cannot fail to drive & swing & that is why we have invited them back to the FJC
Pete Cater drums & Leader – Still a big band drummer but also with the tender touch…
Richard Shepherd alto sax. Brilliant saxophonist & much sought after
Vasilis Xenopoulos tenor sax Everyone wants The Charismatic Greek – This man has developed into one of the finest tenor saxophonists in Europe — He is world class & luckily is booked into The FJC many times in 2017
George Hogg trumpet –One of the UK’s most talented young trumpeters.
Adrian Fry  trombone The leader of Bone Supremacy & in demand for arranging big band parts.
Simon Thorpe double bass. Much acclaimed bassist & often returns to The FJC
Pete Whittaker organ This is the difference — & having a top class organist in big band music makes it swing like crazy

March 2nd    8pm    £12   MORNINGTON LOCKETT & DICK PEARCE with The Dave Barry Trio

The music of Ronnie Scotts ” Old Place ” — Back together.     ML must be one of the most complete masters of the instrument alive today … The Observer
This is a great occasion for us to get these two giants of the modern jazz world to return to The FJC – Anyone who went to Ronnies in the old days,  this is the amazing music we used to hear — modern jazz with feeling —  Both of these amazing musicians were there alongside Ronnie.  Individually they’re world class- together – a blast like no other.  Morningtons tenor playing inspires the trumpet playing of Dick Pearce & vice versa – how it has always been.

DAVE BARRY  Drums – -The musicians drummer- swings like crazy & a great driving force – the perfect combination for this outfit.
GARETH WILLIAMS  Piano. Very highly rated & one of the UKs top jazz pianists.
DAVE GREEN Double Bass. Multi Brit Jazz award winner – We say Dave Green & world class in the same breath !!!

March 9th    8pm    £12     THE STEVE WATERMAN ALL STAR SEPTET  www.stevewaterman.co.uk

This is The Cream of The British Jazz Scene in One Packet & on One Stage & everyone a Star in his own right.  The Septet is the brainchild of  STEVE WATERMAN & is a well rehersed outfit with The Best of British Jazz.  I will just list the names- -you all know who they are , but probably didn’t think you would ever see them all on the same stage !!!

STEVE WATERMAN  trumpet & leader      MARK NIGHTINGALE  trombone
ALAN BARNES  saxes     DAVE O’HIGGINS  saxes     GARETH WILLIAMS  piano
ALEC DANKWORTH  double bass      CLARK TRACEY drums

March 16th   £12  Direct from New York City ~ MARLENE  VerPLANCK  &  her Trio

This lady is recognised world wide as one of the finest performers of The Great American Song Book & is making her annual European tour. The New York Times said  ” She may be the most accomplished interpreter of American popular song performing today ” With this amazing lady is her own trio for all of her European gigs for many years – this is a polished outfit .
JOHN PEARCE  piano    PAUL MORGAN  double bass    BOBBY WORTH  drums

March 23rd     8pm   £12    THE HUMPHREY LYTTELTON BAND

This is The Original ‘Humph’ Band ( + trumpet ) Loved by millions & still loved today.  You all know the band & the swinging music — but just to remind you … it is

JIMMY HASTINGS  &  ROBERT FOWLER  Saxes      TONY FISHER trumpet
RAY WORDSWORTH trombone           TED BEAMENT piano
JOHN REES JONES double bass           ADRIAN MACKINTOSH drums

March 30th   8pm   £12  DEREK NASH with  TENOR MADNESS    

It’s that man again from The Jools Holland R & B Orchestra  –  3 Tenors & 3 Rhythm —- Wow ! !  Derek Nash pays tribute to the late great Tenor sax man Spike Robinson.

THE THREE TENORS  DEREK NASH    ALAN BARNES    VASILIS XENOPOULOS
The Amazing Three Rhythm  JOHN PEARCE piano.  PAUL MORGAN double bass.  BOBBY WORTH drums

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

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

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

LOUISE ELLEN AND THE JUKE BOX BAND” play audience requests every last Sunday of the month at Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec in Kennington and every last Thursday of the month at Rafa Club in Ilford.

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

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

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

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

12 March  7.30PM. Guildhall Theatre,Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AE. 01332 01332 255529.www.derbylive.co.uk. £13.

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

CAROL BRAITHWAITES’ GIGS LISTING:   (further information : carolbraithwaite.com ).

Friday 10th February – Billericay Const Club 1, High St,  CM12 9BE.
Great way to start the weekend.  Lunchtime menu available + club prices for drinks.
Fun starts at 12.30 – 2.30pm.  £7 door.  Monthly club:  2nd Friday in every month.

Wedday 15th Feb – Essex Bowls Club 21, Imperial Avenue, Westcliff  SS0 8NE.
An evening of easy listening jazz played in a comfortable and friendly club.
Ground level and easy parking.  Club prices for drinks .  Starts at 8 through to 10.30pm.  £7 door.  Special guest: Mick Foster – tenor sax.

Saturday 18th February  – North Weald Village Hall, CM16 6BU
with Jackie Free and the Allstars.  Afternoon monthly jazz club.  12.30 – 3pm
Food available along with tea/coffee and bar. Entry fee payable at door.

Tuesday 7th March – Theydon Jazz Club, Thornwood Village Hall,
Weald Hall Lane, CM16 6NB. Carol is joined by Alan Gresty – trumpet,
Goff Dubber – clarinet/sax, Tim Huskisson – piano, Roger Curphey – bass,
Mike Barry – drums.  Tickets at door 8-10.30pm.
Dave and Sheila are great hosts at this new venue and offer great evenings of music.

dairy dates
10/3/17 Billericay
15/3/17 Essex Bowls Club
17/3/17 Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall.
18/3/17 North Weald.

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

Mon. 27th Feb. Epsom Playhouse Theatre Ashley Ave., Epsom, KT18 5AL. 8.00 – 11.00pm. with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

Mon. 20th March. The Cricketers, Horsell Green, Nr Woking, GU21 4X 8.00 – 10.30pm.  – with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Fri. 31st March. Farmborough Jazz Club, Farrow Fields, High street, BR6 7BA. 8.00 – 11.00pm.  – with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

Sun. April 16th. Springhouse Jazz Club, Springhouse Road, Corringham, Essex, SS17 7QT. with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

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

Mon 1st May   Little Venice t.b.a afternoon. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Mon. 8th May,  Griffin Park Jazz Club, Brentwood F.C., the Hive, Braemar Road, Brentford, TW8 0NT. 8.00 – 11.00pm. with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Thurs 11th May. 1066 Jazz Club. Marina, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 0BU. 8.00-11.00pm. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.
Wed 17th May. Sutton Coldfield Traditional Jazz Club, Warmley Social Club, 4 Fox Hollies Road, B76 2RJ. 8.30-11.00pm. With Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

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

Fri. 14th July.  Farnborough Jazz Club, Farrow Fields, High street, BR6 7BA. 8.00 – 11.00pm.  – with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

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

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

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.
Fri. 13th Oct. Farnborough Jazz Club, Farrow Fields, High street, BR6 7BA. 8.00 – 11.00pm.  – with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

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

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

PETER JEZARD FORTHCOMING GIGS

The Wagon in Wix  from 8:30 – 11pm (and on every 3rd Wednesday of the month) with The Blackwater Band

CHRIS INGHAM QUARTET live in 2016-17

Tues 7 March – OLNEY Jazz Club
Wed 8 March – BELVEDERE Jazz Club
Mon 10 April – LONDON Reform Club
Fri 5 May – SOUTHPORT The Atkinson
Sun 7 May – LINCOLN Jazz Week
*Sat 10 June – COSSINGTON Village Hall*
Thurs 22 June – CAMBRIDGE Jazz Club
Sun 16 July – IPSWICH Jazz Club
*Sun 23 July – RADLETT Arts Centre*
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. www.bottleneckblues.com. Good food, reasonably priced available to eat at your table if required.

Babajack, one of the most requested return acts, appearing on Tuesday 28th February.  Pure entertainment and guaranteed quality!   Tickets £12.00, pay on the door.   Doors 7.30pm, band on stage 8.45pm.  Good food, reasonably priced, available to eat at your table if required.  Further information, upcoming shows, location map etc., available at www.bottleneckblues.com.

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

JAZZ AT BARNEY’S CAFE/BAR 46-56 Portland Rd, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1QN (Tel: 01903 527075). Website: http://www.barneysworthing.co.uk  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. www.hotnumberscoffee.co.uk

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

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  www.thesparrowsofparis.com

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: www.wegottickets.com info@spicejazz.co.uk ; tel/text: 07870 915682 www.spicejazz.co.uk http://www.facebook.com/spicejazz

 WEDNESDAY 22nd February LONDON CITY BIG BAND – Incredibly tight youthful ensemble playing faithful renditions taken from the books of Sinatra, Ella, Basie, Rich & James & led by top young trumpeter BARNEY LOWE. Doors open: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 adv

WEDS 22nd March – HARALD LASSEN NEW QUARTET – ‘Top Norwegian saxophonist’ – After building up strong and young band concepts such as the indie jazz quartet Pixel, avant-hiphop sextet Mopti & Bendik Baksaas and the innovative duo DUPLEX, saxophone player Harald Lassen decided to track his jazz roots and write music for a really conventional jazz line up; the piano quartet. Earlier this year Lassen invited the renowned Belgian band LABtrio for a one-time Norway tour after discovering them in Norrlandsoperan in Umeå (Sweden). To continue the development of this music he has put together a group of musicians ideally suited for this music – a mixture of the past with rising European star BRAM DE LOOZE piano and a new explosive Norwegian rhythm section consisting of STIAN ANDERSEN bass & TORE FLATJORD drums. The quartet plays Lassen original music inspired by impressionism, the 70s and life so far. https://www.facebook.com/harald.lassen  Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8

WEDS 19th April – PIXEL – Leading Norwegian powerhouse indie-jazz ensemble featuring ELLEN ANDREA WANG double bass/vocals, JONAS KILMORK VEMØY trumpet, HARALD LASSEN tenor sax/vocals & JON AUDUN BAAR drums “It’s rare for a group so young to emerge with such a fully formed and distinctive concept, but Pixel seems to have accomplished just that” of the overwhelming review John Kelman from All About Jazz

Combining indie-rock energy with the improvisational flexibility of jazz, Pixel is earthy and ethereal, wistful and aggressive, sensuous and pummelling. The group stands at the forefront of a rising generation of jazz players who are remaking jazz in their own image, and doing so for an audience that is hungry for something new and reflects modern day sounds in creative music.  Regarded widely as one of the most exciting jazz bands of our time, their second album ‘WE ARE ALL SMALL PIXELS’ received 4 stars in DownBeat Jazz Magazine. The track ‘CALL ME’ has received extensive radio airplay. The band will be performing music from their third recently released critically acclaimed album ‘GOLDEN YEARS’. http://www.pixelband.no/ https://www.facebook.com/pixelnorway/ Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £12/£10

 

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Jazz @ St John’s Arts Centre, St John’s Walk, Market St. Old Harlow, CM17 0AJ  – 8PM ADM £10 on Thursday 23rd February – 100 years of Jazz on  Record.  The Original Dixieland Jass Band Centenary Celebration – John Petters’ Original Dixieland Jass Band

A unique opportunity to celebrate 100 years since the first jazz record was made, takes place on Thursday 23rd February.

On  26th February 1917, five white musicians from New Orleans, known as  the Original Dixieland Jass Band (ODJB) assembled at the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York,  where they recorded  two original compositions -“Livery Stable Blues”, (which featured the cornet, clarinet and trombone imitating farm animals) and Dixie Jass Band One-Step. The band had to play into a primitive recording horn, the vibrations of which cut the grooves into this early 78rpm disc. The success of the ODJB record caught the Victor Company by surprise, selling an unprecedented million copies and  kick starting the jazz age.
The new music, which was completely improvised, was a sensation for young dancers, eager to escape the carnage of World War 1.
At the height of its fame, the band was struck by the tragic death of its pianist, Henry Ragas, who succumbed to the influenza epidemic in 1918. However, the band sailed for England that year and literally exploded on to the London society scene.
Booked to appear in the Musical Review, “Joy Bells”, at the London Hippodrome, the band caused a sensation, but brought the wrath of the show’s star comedian, Sir George Robey, who said to the show’s producers, “either they go or I go”.
The band was fired but hired immediately by the Palladium, earning a staggering $1800 dollars a week – a fortune in 1918.
The British nobility, in the person of Lord Donegal, a friend of the Prince of Wales, arranged a command performance before King George V.  The royals, who expected a concert of polite chamber music, appeared petrified when the band stomped into “Tiger Rag”. The King, however applauded, followed by his badly frightened entourage.
Pianist  Billy Jones, from Romford, joined the now titled “Original Dixieland Jazz Band” and  became the first British musician to record with an American Jazz ensemble, when they  recorded 17 tracks for the Columbia Graphophone Co.
The band sailed back to New York in 1920 and eventually broke up, but their music influenced generations of musicians who followed.
Featured in this tribute will be a specially chosen line-up,  comprising musicians steeped in the style of the ODJB – Allen Beechey, cornet, Tim Huskisson, clarinet, Graham Hughes, trombone, Dave Browning, piano and John Petters, drums.
The show will comprise such ODJB compositions as, “Tiger Rag”, “Sensation Rag”, “Fidgety Feet” “Dixie Jass Band One-step”, “Livery Stable Blues” and “Clarinet Marmalade”, all performed with that New Orleans Dixieland beat, which turned music world on its head a century ago.

Admission is only £10. Be sure to get there early, for this is guaranteed to be a exceptional night to remember.  Details from John Petters: 01406 365 731

On June 18 2017 @1 pm Elgoods will run their celebrated Fathers Day Jazz event in their beautiful Brewery Gardens at North Brink Wisbech, The Band will be The Hugely successful band from last year The Theydon Select Six:- Peter Rudeforth Trunpet/Julian Stringle Clt/sax, admission £10 each, accompanied under 12’s free.  The band will play three sets between 1-4.15pm snacks /tea/coffee, and alcohol available …. please bring a garden chair or blanket …. picnics are allowed dogs (except guide dogs) aren’t.  Wheelchair access.  Enquiries, advanced reservations:- davedyer24@gmail.com :  phone 01945 588325

Ipswich Jazz Festival –  A weekend of great musical events is planned for the next Ipswich Jazz Festival to be held from Friday 23rd June to Sunday 25th June.  Tickets are now on sale for most events.

Starting on Friday 23rd June with a South African, Township style jazz concert by trumpeter Claude Deppa and the Clare Hirst Band, the festival also includes performances by jazz guitar supremo John Etheridge and singer Vimala Rowe whom he recently completed an acclaimed album with as well as saxophonist Art Themen and the Chris Ingham Trio and top name big band, Back to Basie. Tickets are available from the New Wolsey Theatre – by phone, in person or online. www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

There are also workshops for local amateur musicians and even a workshop on music photography.  Young people in Suffolk can join a mini course on jazz music and as well as that, there are gigs by local jazz bands in local pubs, an art show, a Lindy Hop dance workshop and jazz-themed films – Finding Fela about jazz musician Fela Kuti and the remastered version of the 1943 classic Stormy Weather.
Festival organiser Neil Bateman said: “Yet again Ipswich has attracted some top names from the jazz world and as a not-for-profit venture, we have kept ticket prices as low as possible.  There’s a wide range of jazz music on show – something for everyone, as well as films, dance and art.  This is going to be a great weekend and we want to get Ipswich Jazz Festival widely known about in Suffolk and beyond.”
You can find out more at www.ipswichjazzfestival.org.uk or by liking our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ipswichjazzfestival/

Headline acts announced for Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival’s tenth anniversary.

The Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival are delighted to announce headlining performances with swinging jazz from Claire Martin OBE and Ray Gelato, and powerful blues from Northern Ireland’s star, Kaz Hawkins. To be held at Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield, YO25 4NB from  30th June – July 2nd 2017   www.burtonagnes.com

They say that good things come in small packages. This may be one of the summer’s smallest gatherings, but it’s also one of the most sophisticated…’ Daily Mail

The festival is uniquely set in one of the UK’s finest Elizabethan stately piles, Burton Agnes Hall, home to the saxophone playing organiser, Simon Cunliffe-Lister. Over twenty five bands provide a weekend of jazz and blues on manicured lawns, and in the ornately carved Great Hall. Civilised camping with hot showers in the adjacent park field, children’s entertainers, and local ale and food inspired The Independent to describe the Festival as ‘Possibly the most enjoyable jazz concert I’ve ever attended’.

‘Now this is a proper music festival’  The Times
One of The Daily Telegraph’s best fifteen festivals for the over 50s.
“This is a very English festival, with a wonderful laid-back atmosphere…superbly organised and efficiently run, which brought together such a wide range of musical styles across a successful weekend…Yes, this is a wonderful English festival.” Fatea Magazine
“Who could have imagined such an idyllic and sublime location for a Jazz and Blues Festival.. .thankfully somebody did…This unique venue and event is a must attend festival….make sure you get your tickets…I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.”  Yorkshire Gig Guide

More artists will be announced over the coming weeks and months -please visit http://www.burtonagnes.com/Jazz_Festival/Line_Up.html to be kept up to date.

Fifteen generations have filled the Hall with treasures, from magnificent carvings commissioned when the Hall was built in 1598 by Sir Henry Griffith, to French Impressionist paintings, contemporary furniture, tapestries and other modern artwork in recent years. Simon Jenkins, author of ‘England’s Thousand Best Houses’, described Burton Agnes Hall as ‘the perfect English house’ and as one of England’s twenty finest houses alongside Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth House.

Claire Martin OBE & Ray Gelato, ‘A Swingin’ Affair’

‘Jazz Artistry’ The Observer

Join internationally renowned vocalist and BBC Radio presenter, Claire Martin OBE, and legendary saxophonist and singer, Ray Gelato, for their first show together: ‘A Swingin’ Affair’.  Celebrating the release of their album ‘We’ve Got a World That Swings’, described by The Observer as “Jazz Artistry”, these much celebrated and respected artists take to the stage to explore the Great American Songbook.  Alongside a world-class trio of musicians, Claire and Ray revisit classics such as ‘Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off’, ‘They Can’t Take That Away from Me’, ‘They all Laughed’ and ‘Can’t We Be Friends’.
If you like your music sassy, sharp and swinging, this is the show for you. A swingin’ affair indeed!
Hugely entertaining and beautifully performed’ The Observer
Strikes all the right notes, played and sung with real joie de vivre’ Jazzwise

 Claire Martin OBE:

Our finest jazz singer’ The Sunday Times
‘She ranks amongst the four or five finest female jazz vocalists on the planet’ Jazz Times USA
‘A consummate jazz singer with old-school virtues … she wins plaudits everywhere she works’ The Guardian

Ray Gelato:

‘Not for nothing is Gelato known as ‘The Godfather of Swing’’ The Telegraph
‘Gelato’s dapper mixture of swing and Louis Prima jumping jive remains as invigorating as ever’ The Times

Kaz Hawkins

‘…terrific vocal performance’ Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

Multi award winning Kaz Hawkins is Northern Ireland’s very own blues and soul darling. One of today’s most popular blues artists in the UK and Ireland, Kaz has been compared to Etta James and Janis Joplin, to name but a few. Her powerful, deep, soulful voice combined with her 1950s swing dress and Dr Marten’s boots creates a unique performance not to be missed.  Invited by BBC Radio Ulster to take part in a special Van Morrison 70th birthday broadcast in Northern Ireland August 2015, Best Studio Album 2015 (Blues Matters), Best Emerging Artist (British Blues Awards 2015) and Winner of Female Vocalist Pure M Awards (Northern Ireland Industry Award), Winner of Best Music Video 2016 with Pure M Awards and a nominee for the UK Blues Challenge 2016.

Tickets for the full weekend along with day and evening only tickets are available now at early bird discounted prices from here:

http://www.burtonagnes.com/Jazz_Festival/Tickets_and_Prices.html

You can also buy tickets by phoning the estate office weekdays 9am to 5pm on 01262 490 324 or by visiting Burton Agnes Hall and its courtyard shops.

For more info, images and interviews please contact denise@manillapr.com

Monday

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

Tuesday

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 £7.00. Resident trio – drums, piano, bass plus guests. Great crowd and drinks at club prices. Dave Grant 01708 763723.

Annie’s Jazz @ Thorpe Hall Golf Club . Every Tuesday 8-30-11pm. www.anniesjazz.co.uk Annies Jazz @yeoldesmack. anniesjazz@googlemail.com

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. www.bottleneckblues.com. 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). www.eddiesealesbigband.co.uk

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. www.humphreylyttelton.com/live

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.

Wednesday

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. www.belvederejazz.co.uk 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.

Theydon Jazz Club Every Wewds 8-10:30 pm, Traditional/Dixieland/New Orleans Jazz features Excellent Live Bands for listening/Dancing, facilities include: Bar/ Meals/Car Park.   www.theydonjazzclub.org.uk

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.

Thursday

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 www.cakesandal.blogspot.co.uk

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.

Friday

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

World class Jazz every Friday at Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel CO6 4PZ www.fleecejazz.org.uk

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

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

Sunday

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 — http://bit.ly/r0lcY2, 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. www.jazzbanduk.com

Retrospectivejazz, are a trad and Dixieland band based in darkest NE Essex. You can find their website at http://.retrospectivejazz.cticloud.co.uk

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 : http://traditional-jazz.com/mainpages/documents/stjohnsa5.pdf

Tony Jacobs News

My recent weekend at South Downs Holiday Village sold out so as well as returning there next Spring and Autumn, I have a third weekend in June ‘FROM DIXIELAND TO SWING’.
Make a note in your diaries of three more weekends  of Swing, Hot Jazz and Cabaret in 2017 at the same great venue: March 10/11/12, July 7/8/9 and October 20/21/22.
Warners Thorseby Hall Hotel in Nottinghamshire have asked me to present a four day music event on May 15th,16th,17th,18th 2017. The line-up will include the Bateman Brothers’ Ultimate Louis Armstrong Show – with guests Enrico Tomasso and ‘Spats’ Langham, the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, the Tony Jacobs Big Band, the American and British Songbook Show, the Swing Time Jivers and daytime events which will include a tea-dance, a dance workshop and cabaret. More details to follow

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 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.

Workshop dates:
5th, 19th January 2017
2nd, 16th February 2017
2nd, 16th, 30th March 2017
13th, 27th April 2017
11th, 25th May 2017
8th June 2017

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.

Workshop dates:
12th, 26th January 2017
9th, 23rd February 2017
9th, 23rd March 2017
6th, 20th April 2017
4th, 18th May 2017
1st, 15th June 2017

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

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

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 beverley.lockyer@essex.gov.uk

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: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002mhdx

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tune to www.1940sukradio.co.uk

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: http://www.phoenixfm.com/2014/01/21/all-that-jazz/, helping to build a following for jazz among younger people. Adam teachs jazz piano/composition in Billericay (MA Guildhall School of Music and Drama). http://www.reverbnation.com/adamdyerjazz

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

Our friends at MEDWAY JAZZ publish a great newsletter covering a lot of what is going on in Kent. You can download their latest newsletter by clicking here: http://jazzupdate.co.uk/downloads/kentjazzspring14.pdf

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 http://radiotime.com/station/s_6837/Blast_1386.aspx.

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

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

Clare: Jazznights at The Bell, Market Hill, CO10 8NN on Sundays . 7.30-10pm. £10. Reserve seating by reply or call 01787 237653.

Haverhill: The All That Jazz Club features IAN SHAW with the HANNAH HORTON QUARTET on Saturday 25th February at 8pm. £10.  Box Office on 01440 714140.

Saffron Walden: The Saffron Hall, Audley End Road, CB11 4UH have got the ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ TRIO on Thursday 30th March. Tickets £12 – £26. Box Office 0845 548 7650.

Stoke By Nayland: Fleece Jazz at the Stoke By Nayland Hotel, CO6 4PZ. Box Office 01787 211865. See details http://www.fleecejazz.org.uk/

Bishops Stortford: On Wednesday 15th March there’s Latin Jazz with QUE PASA at the Rhodes Hall. Starts at 7.30pm. http://www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk/events/live-midweek-music/.

Bury St Edmunds: Headhunters Jazz at the Hunter Club, 6, St Andrews Street headhunterslivemusic@gmail.com or see http://www.headhunterslive.org.

Bury St Edmunds: Songbook Sundays continues at The Apex with TAMMY WEIS on Sunday 19th February. 11.30 start. £10 advance or £12 on the door.

Colchester: The Arts Centre Jazz Club at Church Street (off Head Street) presents the TORI FREESTONE TRIO on Sunday 5th February. Doors 7.00pm. Music 7.30pm. Tickets on 01206 500900 or at www.colchesterartscentre.com. See www.colchesterartscentrejazzclub.com for details.

Chelmsford: ACanteen, 35 New London Rd, Chelmsford CM2 0ND presents jazz for dining with the TED BEAMENT TRIO on Saturday 18th February.

Cambridge: Every Sunday night the ANDY BOWIE QUARTET are at the Tram Depot, Dover Street. See http://www.tramdepotcambridge.co.uk and https://soundcloud.com/andy-bowie.

Cambridge: Hot Numbers Coffee Bar at Units 5-6, Dales Brewery, Gwydir St, CB1 2LJ feature the KEVIN FLANAGAN TRIO on Thurs 26th January  www.hotnumberscoffee.co.uk

Hadleigh: The Jazz Club at the Town Hall presents SARA DOWLING & TOMMASO STARACE on Saturday 11th February at 8pm. Tickets £14. Tel: 07941 360890.

Ipswich: The jazz club features REBOP with The Music of Horace Silver on Sun 19th Feb at the California Club, 195, Foxhall Road, IP3 8LB. http://www.ipswichjazzclub.co.uk/gigs.htm

Norwich: The jazz club at the Maddermarket Theatre Bar http://www.norwichjazzclub.co.uk for details.

Lowestoft: Milestones Jazz Club at the Hatfield Hotel, The Esplanade, NR33 0QG presents PETE OXLEY & NICOLAS MEIER on Sunday 5th Feb. http://www.milestonesjazzclub.co.uk.

Walthamstow: The E17 Jazz Club feature JOSEPHINE DAVIES SATORI on Tuesday 28th February at Maud, 186, Hoe Street, E17 4QH. £8/£5. 8.30-11pm.

Mill Hill: The jazz club.

 

MARLENE VERPLANCK

Sunday, February 26  –  Cosmic Surf Club, Berkelselaan 51a, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Maxim Baguis, piano, Eric Albjerg, bass. Music begins at 4:30, tickets 20 euros

Wednesday, March 1  –  Marlene returns to Chichester Hotel, Old London Road, Rawreth, Nr Wickford, SS11 8UE. Tel: 07850 607075 Everyone LOVES this venue. Advance reservations a must! Food is served from 6.30 p.m. with music from 8 p.m.

Friday, March 3  –  Marlene returns to The Verdict, a lovely intimate venue with terrific food! 159 Edward St., Brighton BN2 OJB Tel: 01273 674 847

Sunday, March 5  –  Marlene returns to the world famous, Ronnie Scott’s lunchtime with, John Pearce, Paul Morgan, Bobby Worth and very special guest, UK’s star trombonist, Mark Nightingale. 47 Frith St, Soho, London Reservations a must! 020 7439 0747

Wednesday, March 8  –  The Concord Club, Stoneham Ln, Eastleigh. SO50 9HQ One of my long-time favorite venues where everything is first rate. Reservations: 023 8061 3989

Saturday, March 11  –  Essendon Village Hall, School Lane, Essendon, AL9 6HD at 08.00 PM.

Tuesday, March 14  –  Marlene returns to Wales at The Treorchy Rugby Club, Treorchy, CF42 6PPN with The Dave Cottle Trio Tel: 01443 436 813

Wednesday, March 15  –  This is a new venue and we know from last year how great the band is. Come join us! Marlene with The Capital City Jazz Orchestra, SWBBS Whitehead Sports & Social Club, Pye Corner, Park View, Bassaleg, Newport. NP10 8LA  Start 8pm Pay at Door £8 Wednesday, March 15  www.facebook.com/southwalesbigbandsociety

Thursday, March 16  –  The Folkestone Jazz Club at The Tower, Tower Theatre,North Road. Shorncliffe. Folkestone, Kent.  Ct20 3hl. Very excited about this new venue, Seat bookings 01303 277175 Email: twinklewood@btinternet.comInfo:01303 260330 Email: dwoodland05@aol.com   Web site: www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk

Sunday, March 19  –  Marlene with John Ruddick’s award-winning MYJO Big Band. Details forthcoming.

Monday, March 20  –  The Kings Head, Bexley High St., Bexley, Kent. DA5 1AA Sold out last year…reserve early! Tel: 0208 467 1350 or contact by e mail: JANETMUDELE@aol.com.

Tuesday, March 21  –  New venue. Marlow Jazz Club, Christ Church URC, Oxford Road, Marlow SL7 2NL. For reservations, tel: 01628 486227. Or via Michael Eagleton, 01628 486571. or michael@jazzfans.co. Music starts 8:30, Tickets 10 pounds.

Wednesday, March 22  –  Bonington Theatre, Arnold Leisure Centre, Love this venue! Gorgeous theatre! Always an SRO crowd. Book early. High St., Nottingham NG5 7EE I LOVE this theatre! Tel: 0115 956 0733

Tuesday, March 28  –  New venue. Annie’s Jazz Club at Thorpe Hall Golf Club, Thorp Hall Ave., Southend on Sea SS1 3AT

Wednesday, March 29  –  Brand new venue. JW3, 341-351 Finchley Rd, London NW3 6ET Very excited!  My last gig in the UK, please join us for a happy ending. Reservations: 020 7433 8988

 

 

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