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RAFAJAZZ 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.

Hosts :  1st Thursday :   Ienne Hunter  (Guitarist)
2nd Thursday : Graham Pike  (Harmonica/ Trumpet / Vocals)
3rd Thursday :  Annie Dehaney-Steven  (Singer)
4th Thursday :  Louise Miller  (Singer) Open Mic night
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 (vcls)

JOHN PETTERS DIXIE FIVE @ the ARC on Saturday 29th September 2018 @ 3pm,  Adm: £12   Further details: 01406 365 731   E-mail:

Harlow music lovers are in for a treat this autumn with an exciting series of traditional jazz and swing concerts set for the ARC (St John’s Arts Centre, St John’s Walk, Market St. Old Harlow, CM17 0AJ). The season commences on Saturday 29th September at 3 pm with ex Harlow drummin’ man, John Petters Dixie Five and a programme of hot Dixieland.   Featured in the line-up will be star trumpeter, Gary Wood, clarinet and soprano saxophonist, Duncan Batchelor, piano professor, Martin Litton and Harlow’s own bass ace, Keith Donald.
Both Petters and Donald recorded a new CD with the swing violinist Ben Holder and guitarist Jim Douglas, which came about as a result of the exciting gig at the Arc in July which will be released in October.

Kim Fair just added a petition “SAVE THE VAL“.

It would mean a lot to me if you took a moment to add your name because:  Over the past 80 years, the Valentine Pub in Perth Road Gants Hill has been a significant venue within the area and has been a place where many community members have socialised, built lasting friendships and relationships. It has been a place where live music chimed the ears of local people too.
Real change happens when everyday people like you and I come together and stand up for what we believe in.  Together we can reach heaps of people and help create change around this important issue.
After you’ve signed the petition please also take a moment to share it with others.  It’s super easy – all you need to do is forward this email or share this link on Facebook or Twitter:

On Weds October 3 Heads South will be at St Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square 8 to 10pm  Jazz in the Crypt, London WC2N 4JJ  Tkts £7 – 15  Book at  Tel 020 7766 1100   Steve Waterman trumpet, John Harriman piano & organ, Venezuelan bass player Adolfredo Pulido, Cuban percussionist Chino Martell Morgan, Buster Birch drums. “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, JazzUK   Info  Listen   View

On Sunday 30th September 4-7 pm, Freddy Freeloader’s Jazz Jam, at The Herald in Harlow CM19 5RD. All abilities, house band PA and back line provided, just bring ears, instruments and music. Details from     Admission free

DWJQ (The Dave Warren Jazz Quintet) on Tuesday 18 September will be at the Three Elms Chelmsford CM1 4TZ, 8 pm with their modern jazz from the era of the 1940s to 1960s by the likes of Lou Donaldson, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins plus familiar tunes such as Autumn Leaves, Summertime and Georgia On My Mind, and a host of Latin tunes with both Cuban and Brazilian influence.  Admission free.

8th Herts Jazz Festival – 2018    October 5, 6, 7 at Broadway Theatre, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DD.     Book tickets from     Box Office: 01462 681088
Full Weekend:  Standard £120,  Members £105,  Students £85
Saturday:          £55, £45, £35
Sunday:             £65, £55, £50                  Individual prices below:

Friday 5th October          £25 / £22 / £15
8-10.30  A Tribute To Jazz At The Philharmonic
Simon Spillett, Art Themen, Dean Masser – Tenor, Pete Long – Clarinet, George Hogg, Steve Waterman, Mark Armstrong – Trumpet, Callum Au, Ian Bateman – Trombone, Harry Sanke – Guitar, Nick Dawson – Piano, Steve Rose – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Saturday 6th October

11.30-12.30  Art Themen ‘New Directions’ Quartet       £10 / £8 / £8
Art Themen – Tenor/Soprano, Gareth Williams – Piano, Arnie Somogyi – Bass, Winston Clifford – Drums
1-2  Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet     £10 / £8/ £8
Matthew Herd – Alto, James Davison – Trumpet, Sam Rapley – Tenor, Liam Dunachie – Piano, Misha Mullov-Abbado – Bass, Scott Chapman – Drums
2.30-3.30  Paul Dunmall’s Sunship Quartet plus special guest Alan Skidmore   £10/£8/£8
Paul Dunmall, Alan Skidmore, Howard Cottle – Reeds, Olie Brice – Bass, Tony Bianco – Drums
4-5  Robert Mitchell Epiphany Trio     £10 / £8 / £8
Robert Mitchell – Piano, Tom Mason – Bass, Saleem Raman – Drums
6.30-7.45  Alan Barnes Octet    £10 / £8 / £8
Alan Barnes, Robert Fowler, Karen Sharp – Reeds, Bruce Adams – Trumpet, Mark Nightingale – Trombone, Dave Newton – Piano, Simon Thorpe – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums
8.15-10.45  Joey DeFrancesco Quartet     £30 / £27 / £20
Joey DeFrancesco – Organ/Keyboards/Trumpet/Vocals, Troy Roberts – Saxophone, Dan Wilson – Guitar, Michael Ode – Drums

Sunday 7th October

11-12   HYJE – Bernstein &  Beyond     Free
Directed by Duncan Fraser
12.30-1.30  Claire Martin/Dave Newton      £10 / £8 / £8
Claire Martin – Vocals, Dave Newton – Piano
2-3  Portrait of the Modern Jazz Quartet    £10 / £8 / £8
Nat Steele – Vibes, Gabriel Latchin – Piano, Dario Di Lecce – Bass, Steve Brown – Drums
3.30-4.45  Gareth Lochrane’s Grooveyard    £10 / £8 / £8
Gareth Lockrane – Flute, Alex Garnett – Tenor, Mike Outram – Guitar, Ross Stanley – Piano, Dave Whitford – Bass, Tim Giles – Drums.
5.15-6.30  Jean Toussaint’s Young Lions    £10 / £8 / £8
Jean Toussaint – Tenor, Mark Kavuma – Trumpet, Ashley Henry – Piano, Daniel Casimir – Bass, Ben Brown – Drums
8-10.30  Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames    £30/£27/£20
Georgie Fame – Vocals/Organ, Alan Skidmore – Tenor, Guy Barker – Trumpet, Anthony Kerr – Vibes, Tristan Powell – Guitar, Alec Dankworth – Bass, James Powell – Drums

RICO and his HOT RHYTHM  will play 3 – 45min sets for dancing and/or listening at The BRAZA Club, Elm Road, March PE15 8NZ on Friday 4th  Jan 2019 8-11pm   Admission £10 per person Bar/ Dance Floor/ Car Park  Further       or Sheila/Dave 01945 588325/07903 879209     From the organisers of Elgoods Fathers Day Jazz

Enrico Tomasso  Trumpet /Vocals /Leader     Graham Hughes  Trombone/Vocals
Tim Huskisson  Clarinet                                     Thomas ( Spats) Langham  Banjo/ Guitar
John Sutton  Drums                                             Malcolm Skedd  Bass

Kenny Ball Junior is performing in the gardens of Sir Henry’s (Romford Rd, Aveley, South Ockendon RM15 4PR) in Aveley Essex every Sunday (weather permitting) singing songs from the 50s to the 70s – swing jazz etc from 1pm till late.

‘JAZZ IN A BROAD WAY‘ at the Time and Leisure Studio – New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG      Doors 7pm for 7.30pm / Lift access available / Bar      On the door £15.00 or £13.00 concessions     Interval  15 / 20 mins
ATG Tickets: + £1.50 Online Booking Fee  0844 871 7646

Sunday 21 October 2018 with Chris Hare Compere
Renato D’Aiello  –  sax                              Wayne McConnell  –  piano
Chris Neill  –  bass                                      Winston Clifford  –  drums
Verona Chard  –  vocals

Sunday 25 November 2018 with Chris Hare Compere
Gareth Williams  –  piano                            Verona Chard  –  vocals
Roan Kearsey-Lawson  –  vibraphone       Alec Dankworth  –  bass
Winston Clifford  –  drums

Eastbourne Splash Point Jazz Festival, Sunday September 30th:  Gigs will be in three venues in the ‘East of the Pier’ Heritage Area of Eastbourne: The Fishermen’s Club on Royal Parade, Christ Church Seaside, and Leaf Hall Seaside – which will also feature an exhibition by renowned jazz photographer Brian O’Connor. Stroller tickets (£50) available at any Splash Point Jazz Club gigs (, via, or from Eastbourne’s Tourist Information Office.  All programme information is on the website      See below



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

Wednesday 19th September: news, gigs, new releases and some old favourites.  Coming soon to Jazztonic: Tina May, Jim Mullen, Clark Tracey and Paul Jones.

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


BELVEDERE JAZZ & MUSIC CLUB, every Wednesday evening is at The Chichester Hotel, Old London Road, Rawreth, Nr. Wickford SS11 8UE (Off A129, 800 yards Wickford side of The Carpenters Arms roundabout).  Meals available from 6:15pm whilst you sit at a candlelit table, either before or whilst enjoying the top quality jazz which commences at 8:00pm until 10.30pm. Top International, Regional Bands and Artists, including Big Bands, Swing and Mainstream, all tuneful easy listening foot tapping music with something for everyone! Friendly welcoming atmosphere ~ Admission is from £12.50 on the door ~ Large free car park ~ Newcomers most welcome. ; Telephone: 07850 607075 or – Reservations recomme

19th September – Jonathan Vinten Jazz Band

Jonathan Vinten – piano & vocals, Andy Dickens – trumpet & vocals, Rob Brown – drums, Andy Lawrence – double bass, Goff Dubber – saxes, clarinets, Graham Hughes – trombone
Jonathan Vinten was pianist with George Melly and John Chilton’s Feetwarmers for over 10 years, Jonathan toured extensively, at home and abroad, playing over 250 theatre concerts a year and making numerous TV and radio appearances. He also performed month-long Christmas seasons at Ronnie Scott’s every year during this time and has worked with Terry Lightfoot, Aker Bilk and Kenny Ball.  Jonathan has been a featured guest on tours in Europe. He has performed at the Los Angeles Jazz Festival, the prestigious Nice Jazz Festival and with many visiting American musicians.  Jonathan has a Masters degree in Composition for Film and Television and has had his works performed at London ’s Festival Hall. Regularly appears in our Club’s Summer Pianorama.

26th September – ‘Embraceable Ella’

Joanna Eden – vocals, Chris Ingham – piano, George Double – drums, Alan Barnes – saxes, Owen Morgan – double bass
We welcome back the UK’s answer to Diana Krall and Norah Jones, Joanna Eden, accompanied by the Chris Ingham Quartet, perform from the throw-away ‘A Tisket A Tasket’ which brought Ella to fame in the forties with the Chick Webb Orchestra to later songbook album classics like Cole Porter’s ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’ and Gershwin’s ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, mime the rich seam of Ella Fitzgerald’s unrivalled canon with humility, style and deep affection.  Joanna launched ‘Embraceable Ella’ too much acclaim at the London Jazz Festival 2016 and has toured the UK with this heart-warming collection of songs and anecdotes.

3rd October – Len Phillips Big Band with top UK vocalists Gary Williams & Eleanor Keenan

We welcome back The Len Phillips Big Band – an all star 16 piece band whose players have between them worked with Frank Sinatra, Ted Heath, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr and Tom Jones to name but a few.  Repertoire is drawn from the best bands from both sides of the Atlantic – bands such as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Ted Heath, Ken Mackintosh and Benny Goodman plus the songs of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.“
Thirty years after its inception and now under the leadership of Joe Pettitt, the LPBB can be seen up and down the country playing to packed concert halls, theatres & festivals.
“A marvellous orchestra masterfully directed by Joe Pettitt” – David Jacobs CBE.  Admission £20 by prior reservation only

10th October – T J Johnson

Al Nichols – tenor sax                  Tony Pitt – guitar/ banjo
Simon Read – double bass          Wesley Gibbens – drums

At members’ request, we welcome back TJ Johnson, who is widely considered to be one of the UK’s most charismatic highly revered jazz and blues singers.  Backed by his group of top London based musicians, TJ plays an extraordinary blend of music that transcends the boundaries of jazz, blues, soul and country  and is influenced by some of the greats such as Ray Charles, Dr John, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, BB King, Nina Simone, Alberta Hunter, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Witherspoon and many more. His distinctive voice and unique personal stage manner always brings both the band and the audience together to create an intimate yet exciting atmosphere that is rarely equalled.   TJ and his band have toured extensively both in the UK and overseas for over twenty years and now while still maintaining a high profile at international festivals and venues, he is also very involved in the vibrant London music scene. TJ’s style and mix of music seems to be very popular with the young trendy in-crowd and older jazz and blues fans alike. They have also sold out eight times running at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

17th October – Julian Marc Stringle Quintet

Julian Marc Stringle  – vocals, clarinet & sax          Dominic Ashworth – guitar
Tim Huskisson – piano              Andrew Cleyndert – bass                    Rod Brown – drums

These two Award Winning jazz musicians come together for an evening of top quality melodic music including many tunes which you know and love so well.  Accompanied by a talented rhythm section, this is one evening not to miss!
The highly talented pianist  Tim Huskisson was MD for Brian Conley and also for ‘Jolson’ at  London’s  Victoria Palace. Tim was often required to  play  for  guest  entertainers including Larry  Grayson,  Little & Large & Michael Barrymore.
Andrew  Cleyndert  was a member of  the  late Ronnie Scott’s Sextet/Quartet and  featured in  Stan Tracey’s bands for nearly  20  years.   He runs Trio  Records  plus  his own Quartet.  Andrew has been nominated  for  the  British Jazz Awards  every  year since  they  started!
Rod Brown  toured with  Herb Miller’s Orchestra, working with Matt Monro, Clair Teal & Tommy Cooper!  He played in West End Shows  ‘Me and My Girl’  and ‘Thank you Mr. Gershwin’.

24th October – Blue Harlem

Al Nichols – tenor sax             Sophie Shaw – vocals           Neil Casey – piano                             Gethin Liddington – trumpet                     Horace Cardew – baritone sax
Paul Robinson – drums                               Sandy Burnett – double bass

Led by London saxophonist Al Nichols and the fabulous singer Sophie Shaw following their recent sell out gig at Ronnie Scott’s, this seven piece band will be performing a mixture of Swing & Blues with a superb brass front line and  foot tapping rhythm section for a great energetic night !

31st October – Tony Jacob’s Swell Party

Tony Jacobs – vocals & trumpet                  Louise Cookman – vocals
Sue Greenway – saxes            Jim Barry – piano                  Paul Morgan –  double bass
Len Walker – guitar                                       Pete Cater – drums

“This extraordinary singer and his fabulous band” A fantastic new show celebrating the genius of the greatest songwriters and performers of all time: George Gershwin, Fred Astaire, Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Frank Sinatra & Hoagy Carmichael etc.        Admission £17.50 Reservations recommended

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

5th of September – drummer Teddy Pope leading the band with his guest stars .

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

Tuesday, 25th September – ELLINGTON TO BASIE featuring JEFF WILLIAMS, trombone, & PETE COOPER, trumpet, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

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

ANNIE’S JAZZ @ THORPE BAY GOLF CLUB. Annie’s Jazz is at Thorpe Hall Golf Club, Thorpe Hall Avenue. Thorpe Bay. Southend-on-Sea. SS1-3AT on Tuesdays.  Food served from 7pm until 8pm and the music will start at 8.00pm. Please phone Annie for reservations 07504-232783 or e-mail






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 18th September – 8.00pm
Jo Fooks & Al Nicholls with Richard Busiakiewicz, Tim Fairhill & Chris Nickels
Admission £16.00 members £13.00

Tuesday 2nd October – 8.00pm
Benny Goodman Tribute with Pete Long – clarinet Nat Steele – vibes Martin Lytton – piano & Richard Pite - drums

Tuesday 9th October  – 8.00pm
‘Isn’t it a Lovely Day with Sara Dowling and Atila (vocals) plus Gabriel Latchin – piano Dario DiLecce – bass & Steve Brown – drums
Admission £16.00 members £13.00

Tuesday 16th October – 8.00pm
Bruce Adams – trumpet with John Pearce Simon Thorpe – bass & David Ingamells – drums

Tuesday 23rd October – 8.00pm
From Berlin  James Scannell – saxophones with Graham Harvey – piano Simon Woolf – bass and Matt Skelton – drums

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

Saturday 29th September   2.00pm – 4.00pm
‘Picanti’ with Derek Nash  Neil Angilley  Dominic Ashworth  Andy Staple  Robin Jones Marc Cecil
Admission £12.00 students £6.00

Saturday 27th October 2.00pm – 4.00pm
From Berlin James Scannell – saxophones with Alex Bryson – piano Simon Woolf – bass and Darren Beckett – drums

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

Wed  26th SeptHugh Rainey Jazz Band + Lyn Falver appear at Theydon & Abridge Jazz Club RM4 1UD (Abridge Village Hall)  8-10.30 pm Dave/Sheila 01945 588325/07903 879209

CHELMSFORD JAZZ CLUB presents 10 or 11 concerts a year at the Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG (next to the Civic Theatre), mainly on Sunday lunchtime. The jazz is generally mainstream and modern and the club is justly proud of the quality.  For an annual subscription of £10.00 (£15.00 joint) members are entitled to a £4.00 reduction on normal ticket prices, and notice of concerts. There’s a friendly atmosphere, come along. Enq: Christine Adgo 07702 303121.  join the Facebook groups   Twitter account @chelmfordjazz
Doors: 11.45am     Gigs start: 12.15pm    Advance booking:   01245 606505    £12 / £16

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

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

Sunday 4th November  2018
Nicola Farnon Trio

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

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

MUSIC AT MARIGOLDS, 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

14th September – Fobo Jug Band:

Harpo harmonica and washboard, Speed Dial Simmonds guitar, vocals and kazoo and Cripple Fingers piano.

The FoBo Jug Band are an acoustic trio stomping and hollering blues, country and ragtime classics of the prohibition with fantastic ability and love for the music they play. They are one of the most impressive Country Blues and Ragtime Trios on the circuit. Their music is quite simply full of toe tapping joy displaying great musicality with an authentic feel that rings true.  They have played, the London Jazz Festival, London Blues Fest, headlined the Blues Shakedown festival, the Ignite Series at the Royal Albert Hall and Wilton’s Music Hall and have residencies at some of London’s finest music venues.
They like to holler and stomp at any opportunity, so if you want to stomp and holler until your feet drop don’t miss what will be a great gig. Unfortunately, the boys don’t have a jug so please come along and give generously.

28th September – Clive Fenner Quintet:

Clive Fenner drums, Martin Hathaway sax, Mike Gorman keyboards, Mark Ridout and Jeff Gascoyne bass.

For more than 10 years Clive has been the resident drummer at The East Side Jazz Club where he has supported many of the UK’s leading musicians including Kenny Wheeler, Peter King, Tony Coe, Jean Toussaint, John Etheridge and Liane Carroll.
He started playing in Blues, Pop and Jazz-Rock bands in clubs and Universities supporting bands like Fleetwood Mac, The Nice and Free and always had a love of jazz since hearing “Straight No Chaser” in his teens. He studied with top American drummer Clifford Jarvis (Freddie Hubbard, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders ) and with Britain’s premier drum teacher, Bob Armstrong.
As well as organising and performing at The East Side Jazz Club he is founder and Director of The International French Jazz Summer School and The Cuban Music School in Havana Cuba.  The rest of the band have all had long and varied careers and there is far too little space to even start to document here. However, they can all be found on the web at the addresses given above.

12th October  –  Sister Suzie:

Vocals Suzie, Guitar Matt Jackson, Double bass Darren Eddie Edwards, Sax/harp Mick, Drums Brian Nevill.

Suzie hails from Northumberland’s wild and rural northern border and has been bringing her natural downhome charms to southern climes for the last few years.
Suzie’s aunty Freda turned her on to Elvis. This triggered a love of classic rhythm & blues which led Suzie to the sounds of Memphis Minnie, Big Mama Thornton, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Robert Johnson, Rufus Thomas, Leadbelly, Elmore James before ultimately her biggest idol became New Orleans Soul Queen, Irma Thomas. This led Suzie to decide that singing and entertaining in public was going to be her life’s ambition and her travelling to New Orleans was a natural progression to further those goals.
The itinerant life, working to pay for her music habit, led to Suzie traveling around the UK for a while, until settling in the south where she finally cut her first record in July 2016. This was followed by her second a year later and recently a third. Further tours in the UK plus some European festivals and weekenders have seen Suzie and the band firmly establish themselves on the UK blues scene.

26th October  –  James Scannell Quartet

James Scannel sax, clarinet, Gabiel Latchin keyboards, Simon Woolf bass and Matt Fishwick drums.

Born in London 1974 but now living in Berlin, James Scannell works as freelancer playing a range of woodwind instruments performing jazz, pop and classical music.
He has recorded for film, TV Shows and commercials, has worked with classical orchestras (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Session Orchestra, Deutsches Film Orchestra Barbelsberg) played jazz festivals in France, Spain, Germany, England, USA, Finland, Denmark and Sweden as well as concert performances in Singapur, Switzerland, China and UEA.
He has performed with big bands (Echoes of Ellington, Rias, Till Brönner) played on pop albums (one becoming platinum), as well as co-leading his own jazz band Linejam wíth singer Aline Staskowiak.
The rest of the band have all had long and varied careers and there is far too little space to even start to document here. However, they can all be found on the web at the addresses given above.

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


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

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

30th – The Jack Clifford Swingtette. Another wonderful end to the month with an evening of jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack blowing clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with rhythm section of regulars Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Clarke drums and Roger Curphy bass.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Weds 26th September 2018 – Louise Clare Marshall & The Brethren

Louise with her band The Brethren make their debut at the club bringing with them soul flavours, jazz moments and pop classics with crazy live vibes to keep you tantalised for a superb evening. Featured singer with Jools Holland, David Gilmour and Marc Almond, Louise and her sensational band will enrich your soul with original and classic songs from all genres and give them her “Marshall Vibes” her fans are used to hearing…a guaranteed top night out for all! Tickets £17

Weds 24th October 2018 – Morrissey Mullen Legacy Band

Morrissey Mullen, formed by saxophonist Dick Morrissey and guitarist Jim Mullen, was one of the first and certainly the finest Jazz-Funk Fusion bands ever to work in the UK. In 1976 the band was launched and was soon playing to packed houses. Jim’s searing guitar lines played against Dick’s fabulous muscular and hugely inventive sax soloing created a unique sound still talked about today. The band existed as a full-time working entity for over 12 years before disbanding in 1988. Sadly, Dick Morrissey died in 2000 and remains much missed to this day. The Morrissey Mullen Legacy Band features Jim Mullen on guitar, Dave Lewis on tenor saxophone and Noel McCalla on vocals together. Tickets £17

Weds 28th November 2018 – Snake Davis Band – Classic Sax Solos

Snake Davis has played with the likes of James Brown, Smokey Robinson and Chaka Khan, Eurythmics, Lisa Stansfield and M-People. His live shows deliver superb dance music with flavours of soul, reggae and dance. Snake has played the club several times and for this particular gig he will be bringing his successful “Classic Sax Solos” show to town for you all to enjoy!  Tickets £18

THE CRICKETERS JAZZ CLUB, 228 London Road, Westcliff SS0 7JG – where we set our regular jazz club for the second Wednesday every month. The next date will be September 12th and the music starts at 830pm but come early for the best seats.  If you want to eat in Carlo’s adjacent restaurant it’s worth booking a table as jazz night gets busy – the phone number is 01702 345053.   Our next jazz night is Wednesday October 10th when the music will be starting at 8.30pm. Our very special guest is the truly great trombonist Mark Nightingale – and we are looking forward to our to our very special guest with immense anticipation! He will be backed by Roger Curphey (bass), Alan Clarke (drums) and Tim Huskisson on piano.  Digby Fairweather (trumpet) will be joining Mark on the front line, so expect a wonderful evening of jazz.  Remember to book a table at the adjacent restaurant if you want to eat before the music begins – it gets busy on jazz night!  See you there!

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

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

The following dates are already booked for the rest of 2018

Sept 15
Oct 20
Nov 17
Dec 15

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

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

Friday August 17th  –  Sara Dowling vocals with Ted Beament keys, Adam King bass, Martin Guy drums and special guest Paul Higgs trumpet.

JAZZ AT THE IVY ROOM – Farnham Conservative Club, Ivy House, Ivy Lane, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PQ. Last Wednesday of the month. The Farnham Conservative Club is a hidden gem of a venue in the centre of town with drinks at club prices, wheel-chair access and free parking.  Curry available from 7 pm. Show 7.45pm – 10.15 pm. All welcome.
Admission £12 (+ £0.50 booking fee online)    Tickets:  Info:

Weds 26th Sept – Ray Gelato – ‘The Godfather of Swing’

Ray Gelato (Sax & Vocals),   Sandra Lambert (Piano),   Mick Hutton (Double Bass),
Jeff Lardner
Get ready to be whisked back to the 1950’s with tenor saxophonist and vocal jazz showman Ray Gelato.  Known for his distinctive Louis Prima influenced vocal style, Ray has worked with many jazz greats including, Sam Butera, Scott Hamilton, Al Grey (Count Basie), Buddy Tate, Van Morrison, Al Casey (Fats Waller).

Weds 31st October  – Andy Dickens & Al Nicholls

Andy Dickens (Trumpet & Voc),  Al Nicholls (Sax),  Sandra Lambert (Piano),  Mick Hutton (Double Bass),  Jeff Lardner (Drums)
Andy & Al’s lively vocal/trumpet/flugelhorn and tenor sax collaboration evokes the warmth and exuberance of Mardi Gras New Orleans; the heat of Chicago clubland and the excitement of small-band New York swing.
You can expect an evening punctuated with song and off-beat observations with a typically wry presentation resulting in an entertaining programme that draws from the finest traditions in jazz.

Weds 28th Thurs 29th & Fri 30th November –  Rat Pack Refreshed Show

Steve Pert (Vocals),  Sandra Lambert (Piano),  Mick Hutton (Double Bass),  Jeff Lardner (Drums),  TBC (Trumpet),  TBC (Sax)
Six Piece Band featuring Vocalist Steve Pert. ‘Rat Pack Refreshed’ celebrates the songs of Frank Sinatra and his contemporaries, all served up with wit and charm. This vibrant, energetic show will include classic Rat Pack songs such as Fly Me To The Moon, New York New York, One For My Baby, The Lady Is A Tramp, That’s Amore, Volare, Mr Bojangles, Ain’t That A Kick In The Head, and many more.

Weds 19th & Thurs 20th December – The Ivy Room Christmas Special

Georgina Jackson (Tpt & Vocals),  Sandra Lambert (Piano),  Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums),  TBC (Saxophone)
Hosted by Vocalist and Trumpet player Georgina Jackson.   Georgina’s sassy vibrant style brings you swinging songs and melodies associated with the best of the female and male crooners from the past hundred years, plus all your Christmas favourites.  Guaranteed to be a swinging, toe tapping, bluesy and fun night for all with a fabulous festive feel.

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

October 13th  –  The Pete Allen/Roger Marks Elite Jazz Band
November 10th  –  Simon Nelson and DixieMix
December 22nd  –  Keith Nicholls and the All Stars

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

10 Sep – Golden Eagle Jazz Band

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 18th The Flat Back Four.  A new quartet featuring Jez Guest on sax with Neal Drake piano, Roger Hudson bass and Ronnie Fenn drums.

September 25th 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

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

Thursday 20th September – 8.30pm
From Washington DC USA
Nathaniel (Nate) Najar – guitar  with Dave Chamberlain & Matt Home
Admission £12.00

Thursday 18th October– 8.30pm
Alan Barnes – alto & baritone saxophone with the Robin Aspland Trio
Admission £12.00

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

Thursday  27th September – 8.30pm
Jo Fooks & Al Nicholls with Paul Eldridge, Tim Fairhill & Chris Nickels

Thursday  4th October– 8.30pm
‘Isn’t it a Lovely Day’ with Sara Dowling and Atila (vocals) plus Gabriel Latchin – piano Dario DiLecce – bass & Steve Brown – drums
Admission £16.00 members £13.00

Thursday  11th October  – 8.30pm
Vasilis Xenopolous – saxophone Rob Barron – piano Simon Thorpe – bass and Emilian Caroselli – drums

Thursday  25th October  – 8.30pm
From Berlin  James Scannell – saxophones with Gabriel Latchin – piano Simon Woolf – bass and Matt Skelton – drums

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.


The Andy Watson/Simon Hurley Band was formed in 2010 with a view to exploring a carefully selected repertoire of song and jazz standards. The duo is strongly influenced by the Jim Hall/Pat Metheny, Louis Stewart/Martin Taylor and Jimmy Raney/ Doug Raney partnerships – which have been an inspiration to both players for many years.

Sun 30th Sep – TARA MINTON
Sun 14th Oct – KAREN SHARP
Sun 28th Oct – TRACKS
Sun 11th Nov – LEE GIBSON
Sun 25th Nov – ED JONES

FOLKESTONE JAZZ CLUB AT THE TOWER Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone, Kent CT20 3HL. Every Thursday Music Starts 8 00pm To book please call 01303 277175  Email Beryl the Booker at   Derick Woodland Beryl Wood.  Gigs start  8pm – Adm £14

Tuesday – Sept 18th   THE PETE LONG QUARTET     Adm £12

This All Star Quartet has been selected by award winning big band leader PETE LONG to play the amazing swinging music of The World Famous BENNY GOODMAN QUARTET.  They were here last year & played to a packed Tuesday audience, & many said that this outfit were better than the original 78s that they had ~ So we bring back the memories.

PETE LONG Leader ~ Clarinet ~ Raconteur & Jocular Historian
ANTHONY KERR Vibes. One of the UKs top Vibes men . The man from The BBC big band.
NICK DAWSON Piano.  Great pianist~ Great personality ~ MD Mama Mia in West End.
RICHARD PITE Drums.  Amazing drummer & stick juggler !! Must be seen


BRANDON ALLEN  Tenor Sax     ROSS STANLEY Organ / Piano
ARNIE SOMOGYI  Bass               MATT HOME  Drums

On a personal note, this was & is one band that we just had to see at The FJC.  Not only is the great rounded sound of tenor sax man Gene Ammons at the top of my list ~~ he is also at the top of Brandon Allens ~ This will be magic.  The very impressive tenor saxophonist Brandon Allen ~ originally from Perth, Western Australia has made his home in the UK since 2000 & is now recognised in the top flight & very much sought after. This year he has toured Australia ~ China ~Hong Kong & Japan with his own band & also playing with his good friend Kyle Eastwood (son of Clint).

October 4th.  THE SKELTON / SKINNER ALL STAR SEPTET             £14

Colin Skinner  –  Co Leader &.Alto Sax      Matt Skelton  –  Co Leader & Drums   Alan Barnes   –  Saxes   Mike Lovatt  –  Trumpet    Gordon Campbell  –  Trombone     Will Barry  –  Piano     Jerremy Brown  –  Double Bass

All Star really means All Star with these Quality musicians from the World Famous John Wilson Orchestra..This is a well tuned outfit with every member in the top echelon of British Jazz ~~  his line up have just brought out another great CD ” The Odd Couple “

October 11th     ALEX GARNETT & FREDDIE GAVITA  QUINTET       £12  /

Gareth Williams – piano.  At the forefront of modern piano players in the UK
Adam King - double bass.  Outstanding musician & a great bassist
Dave Barry – drums.  Brilliant driving drummer with a mass of experience

Alex Garnett  baritone & alto sax . With such a heavy schedule with the Scott Organisation we are so fortunate to be able to get Alex Garnett back to The FJC.. This man is recognised as one of Europe’s finest saxophonists . In addition to that & his permanent spot of MC &  MD upstairs at Ronnies ~~ he is also the MC / MD of the touring stage show The Ronnie Scott Story ~~ with him tonight we have his playing partner in that show Freddie Gavita.
Freddie Gavita trumpet & flugel hornThe 2017 Brit Jazz Award Winner   At last we have been able to get this amazing musician to The FJC ~ very much in the Chet Baker style.  Freddie is a permanent member of the Ronnie Scott Orch / Quintet & the touring Ronnie Scott Story theatre stage show.

October 18th   MISS  ELAINE  DELMAR  &  Her Trio       £12

Universally known as Miss Sophistication of the jazz world~~This Lady is very much Star Quality..  Elaine was born into the jazz world, her father being The Late Great Leslie ” Jiver ” Hutchinson.  To her credit she has enhanced that talent & has become an actress ~ a film star & an outstanding  jazz vocalist.  She performed on the West End Stage in Bubbling Brown Sugar & Clare Teal introduced her to the audience at The Royal Albert Hall as JAZZ ROYALTY – a title that nobody would argue with. We welcome her back to The FJC with her top quality trio..

John Pearce - piano.  One of the great British jazz pianists ~ The Gov’nor.
Simon Thorpe –  double bass. Top man & swings like the pendulum.
Rod Brown – drums.  Every top vocalists dream drummmer.

October 25th    TENOR  MADNESS  Derek Nash ~~ Alan Barnes ~~ Vasilis Xenopoulos.   £12

It’s that man again from The Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra & this time with the aid of two other great saxophonists ~ Alan Barnes & Vasilis Xenopoulos & a fantastic rhythm section , Derek Nash pays tribute to the late great saxophonist Spike Robinson ~ an American who made his home in the UK ..   This is the amazing line up for this great session…

The Three Tenors
The Three Rhythm

JAZZ CAFE POSK- 238-246 King St, London W6 0RF.  (nearest tube Ravenscourt Park Station)  Reservations … ring Peter on 07415 892 43

Friday 14 Sept.  Janet’s Jazz Night with Jac Jones on Sax & Sarah Hitchcock on Vocals with Terence Collie on Piano, Paul Michael on Bass and Rha Stranges on Drums. Tickets £8 on the door, £6 online.

Our fantastic and very popular series of Janet’s Jazz Nights are hosted by Janet McCunn and fabulous house band led by Terence Collie and feature a first set with a special guest instrumentalist followed by a guest vocalist joining Janet for the second set. The third and final set is a jam session so all can come and sing and play. Just put your name on the list!

Saturday 15 Sept. Tassos Spiliotopoulos Quartet. Tickets £9 on the door. Students £5.

Tassos Spiliotopoulos, now a resident of Sweden, is back to the UK touring his new album ‘In the North’ with his Quartet from Stockholm. An album that Tassos considers his best-recorded work yet and one that confirms his reputation as one of the most accomplished guitarists of his generation and a musician that brings something truly new to the Jazz table. The music builds on to the modern Jazz idiom, but this time new influences from Greek folk music, film music, flamenco, blues and fusion are incorporated.

Saturday 22 September.  Jonny Mansfield’s Elftet.  Tickets £10. Students £5.

Elftet was formed in September 2015 by Jonny Mansfield. His original compositions are influenced by those of Vince Mendoza, Marius Neset and Ravel, as well as songwriters such as Norah Jones and James Taylor. Elftet has been played on BBC radio 3 and WBGO (New York jazz station) as well as being written about in Jazzwise, London Jazz News and Jazzthing. The September UK tour is to promote the upcoming release of their debut album featuring Chris Potter, Kit Downes and Gareth Lockrane.

FLEECEJAZZ – World class Jazz every Friday at Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel CO6 4PZ     Doors 7.30pm, gig starts 8.00 pm, 2 sets, ends approx 11.00 pm   Ample parking; fully accessible – info 01787 211865    See website for directions as satnav can get you lost!   Tickets – Box Office: 01787 211865; WeGotTickets (booking fee); On the door (cash/cheque) sorry, no debit/credit cards – cash or cheque only) *£4 discount for members of the “Friend of Fleece Jazz” loyalty scheme.

14 September, £25/*£21  –   Sarah-Jane Morris (vocals) and Antonio Forcione (guitar)

Each has been compared to an array of musical geniuses including Janis Joplin and Tom Waits (vocally) as well as Jimi Hendrix (instrumentally) – a comparison Antonio wears with pride. They also exude a wonderful chemistry when performing together.
“Leave your preconceptions at home,’ begins one London critic’s assessment of sensual singer-songwriter Sarah Jane Morris. Expect fantastic singing and intense brilliance. ‘Morris does not interpret soul. She is soul, with all its passion and pain, joy and sorrow, hard times and highs.”  The Gazette, Montreal.
Sarah Jane trained as an actress at the Central School of Speech and Drama, alongside comedy duo French and Saunders, actor Rupert Everett and film star Kristen Scott-Thomas. She found fame with The Communards and with the BBC ban of her version of Me and Mrs Jones. Since then she has become a world superstar, with hits in Japan, Germany, Greece (two no. 1 ‘s), and Italy, (awarded the key to the city of Verona!), honoured with a European Grammy and won the international San Remo song festival.

Antonio Forcione‘s playing is a thing of wonder, as a stunning soloist at Fleece Jazz and with Sarah. He is a multi-award winning, charismatic, inventive, mould breaking, genre bending, Hendrix of the acoustic guitar. Recently he has been writing and playing with Sarah in what promises to be one of her best ever partnerships.
Come and see a “flamboyant, idiosyncratic singer on the borders of jazz, soul and pop, she’s a majestic if raw-nerved singer of awesome eloquence” The Guardian.

21 September  £18/*£14 –  Kate Williams Quartet

“…crisp, incisive and totally at one with the rhythmic ebb and flow.” – “Williams has a quality rare among jazz composers: a musical vocabulary that’s all her own” The Observer ****
Kate Williams ~ piano     Stan Sulzmann ~ saxophones
Oli Hayhurst ~ bass        David Ingamells ~ drums

Jazz pianist/composer Kate Williams was born in London into a musical family (her father is the guitarist John Williams, her mother a classical pianist). A recipient of the John Dankworth Award For Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, she has gained a distinctive reputation as both a writer and performer.  She has released several previous CDs, each one to critical acclaim, including ‘Made Up’ (with her septet) and ‘Smoke And Mirrors’ (with tenor legend Bobby Wellins – an album that is always very close to my pleyer). Both were in Mojo magazine’s top ten jazz albums in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
She was featured at the Pizza Express Steinway 2 – Piano Festival in 2010, 2011 and 2013 (with Robin Aspland and Nikki Iles respectively), with two of the concerts broadcast on Radio 3 ‘s Jazz Line Up. Her Four Plus Three album with the Guastalla string quartet has rave reviews
A veteran of the UK jazz scene, Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier and Gwilym Simcock, as well as a prolific output as bandleader.  Always moving forward, Stan’s Neon Quartet sees him amongst some of the UKs most sought-after young musicians, and their latest album *Subjekt* explores Stan’s ever-developing musical influences. Stan is also a highly respected composer and arranger; his vibrant big band arrangements have excited and inspired people for the last 25 years, and in 2013 Stan was commissioned to write an original piece for the London Jazz Festival.
Highly in demand as a sideman, Stan has worked with a host of musicians, including: John Taylor, Jim Mullen, Nikki Iles, Mike Gibbs, Marc Copland, Allan Botchinksy, European Jazz Ensemble, Kit Downes, Michael Brecker and Gil Evans. And now with Kate, which will be a magical combination.
Oli Hayhurst has been one of the busiest bass players on the London jazz scene since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2000 He is involved in a wide range of music playing with stars of jazz, classical and world musics. He has been featured on over 60 albums and toured extensively. He is a firm Fleece Jazz favourite.
David Ingamells was born in 1990 and started to play the drum kit at the age of seven. In 2009 he was awarded a place to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Martin Hathaway, Scott Stroman and Malcolm Edmonstone. He is currently a Fellow of the Guildhall School. Whilst at the Guildhall, David had the opportunity to play with the Southbank Sinfonia, as well as being involved in several projects featuring musicians such as Mike Gibbs and Nikki Iles. He graduated from the Guildhall in 2013 with a First Class Honours and was awarded both the Chartered Surveyors’ Prize and the Yahama Jazz Scholarship in the same year. In addition to concert venues such as Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican Hall and St. John’s, Smith Square. He has performed in the Isle of Wight, Marlborough and Lillehammer Jazz Festivals, as well as the City of London Festival and the BBC Proms.
“a triumph of integrity and classy musicality” – The Guardian ****

28 September  £15/*£11  –   Jon Shenoy

Shenoy displays a melodic sensibility that bears comparison with any of the great saxophone balladeers of yore.” * Bebop Spoken Here

Jon Shenoy ~ tenor sax           Will Bartlett ~ organ
Sam Dunn ~ guitar                  Chris Draper ~ drums

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

Friday 21st Sept 2018    8pm  (doors 7.30pm)     £14 / £7 u25

Gabrielle Ducomble  Alluring Belgian chanteuse in an enchanting evening of French chanson, Argentine Tango, Brazilian bossa nova and a selection from her beautiful new album Across The Bridge. Featuring her brilliant musicians NICOLAS MEIER (guitar), RICHARD JONES (violin) and NICK KACAL (bass).

Thursday 4th October  8pm  (doors 7:15pm)   £14 / £7 u25

RAY GELATO – The Godfather of Swing

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

HADLEIGH JAZZ CLUB – Hadleigh Town Hall, Market Place, Hadleigh, IP7 5DN.   Many of you will know the phenomenal singer Sara Dowling, who has burst on to the UK scene to enormous critical acclaim over the last couple of years. Chris Ingham and I have joined with her and bass player Dario Di Lecce to present  The Judy Garland Story a brand new show where we explore the career and catalogue of one of Hollywood’s brightest yet most troubled stars. I’m very excited about it and hope you might be able to join us. Here’s a little Sara to be going on with     7:30pm on Saturday 27th October.  £14

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

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

Saturday 29th September  JazzUp returns from the summer break in fine style with local musician turned national jazz star Jon Shenoy and is brilliant quartet:  DRAW BY FOUR!  With a line-up steeped in tradition, Draw By Four take the classic 60s organ quartet into brand new territory where the compositions from leader Jon Shenoy (Ivo Neame Large Ensemble) mix contrapuntal bass lines and rhythmic hooks with thoughtful lyricism. Mixing stark ethereal voices with gritty Hammond boogaloo, organist Will Bartlett (Jim Mullen, Salena Jones) draws on a wide palette of sounds that build the foundation for an infectious mix of groove-based original compositions, enchanting ballads and unique arrangements of avant-pop songs.

Released in March 2018 on Jellymould Jazz records, Framework is the 10-track debut album from Draw By Four, recorded hot on the heels of their UK tour of the same name. As well as showcasing formidable performances from the quartet members it also includes a suite of   compositions written in response to paintings by three British painters: Winifred Knights, JMW Turner & Gill Holloway.

“Dynamic and evocative adventures from soulful and skillful players – a refreshing and groovy band.” – Chris Cheek (Rudder)
“Shenoy plays with great assurance, power and fluency.” – Ian Mann (
“Shenoy displays a melodic sensibility that bears comparision with any of the great saxophone balladeers of yore.” – Bebop Spoken Here
“A total master of all his instruments over a bewildering array of idioms, Shenoy can hardly contain the force of his own inventiveness when he takes the microphone for his solo.” – Pete Long (MD, Ronnie Scott’s Big Band)

Jon Shenoy (tenor),  Will Bartlett (organ), Chris Draper (drums), Sam Dunn (guitar)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday 7 October – Good Time Jazz at 8pm    £20

A sparkling line-up of the UK’s finest exponents of fiery Dixieland Jazz come to the Chickenshed to re-create the music and sensational atmosphere of the legendary Eddie Condon Club  that ‘lit-up’ 51st New York from the 30’s to the 50’s.
Join these stunning award-winning instrumentalists for a truly memorable evening of Good Time Jazz! On lead Trumpet- the inimitable Rico Tomasso, on Clarinet & Saxes the ‘maestro’ Julian Marc Stringle, on Trombone the powerful exhilarating Ian Bateman, on Piano & Vocals the multi-talented musical director of ‘Mamma Mia‘ Nick Dawson, on String Bass is Ronnie Scott Club favourite Andy Cleyndert, and driving this remarkable ensemble along – the dynamic  drumming ace Nick Milward.
Don’t miss this joyous show – Let the good times roll!

Friday 9 November – The Inimitable Liane Carroll  at 8:30pm    £20

The unrivalled multi-award winning Jazz cabaret entertainer Liane Carroll brings her unique talent back to delight the devoted Chickenshed fan club.
A joyous free spirit, Liane Carroll captivates everyone who sees her perform. She delivers every song as though she wrote it. A classically trained pianist since she was three, she possesses a true musicality that lifts her interpretations into the realms of art in their own right and to hear her sing even the best known standard or the most hackneyed pop song is to hear that song afresh.

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

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

THE JAZZ CENTRE UK opened in Feb 2016, brain child of Digby Fairweather 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 between 10am to 5pm.   At present we are fully staffed on Thursdays and Saturdays – so please call in to our Jazz Cafe, have a coffee and say hello to our friendly volunteers who will answer any questions that you may have!  We are a registered Charity No. 116742 and The Heritage Lottery Fund has helped us to set up phase 1 of our project, but we have much greater future plans   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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HEADS UP! dates

Fri 21 Sept – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (7pm-10pm)

Sun 18 Nov – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (4pm-7pm)
Sun 16 Dec – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (4pm-7pm)


15 September, 8PM. W/Tina May and Colin Anthony “Jazz meets Guys and Dolls” Bridport Arts Centre. South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NR.01308 427183. £15
20 September, 7.15PM. w/Alan Haughton Trio on John Bunyan Boat Cruise. Meet at Barns Hotel, Bedford. 03301 239511.  £19.
22 September, 7.30PM. W/Tad Newton and Friends. Central Hall, Duncombe Street, Grimsby, DN32 7EG. £10.

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

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

CAROL BRAITHWAITES’ GIG LIST.  (more – Many thanks

Friday 14th September
  –  Billericay Const. Club, 1AHigh St, Billericay. CM12 9BE
Great way to start the weekend.  Jolly jazz.  Lunchtime menu + club prices.
starts at 12:30 – 2:30pm.  £7 door.

Saturday 15th September  –  North Weald Village Hall. CM16 6BU
With Jackie Free and the Allstars.   Music starts at 12:30 – 3:00pm.  £10 entry at door.

Thursday 20th September –  
Hadleigh Cricket Club, Rectory Road, Hadleigh SS7 2NQ
Along with the trio and special guest: Martin Nickless
 – sax/clarinet.
The American Songbook along with jazz instrumentals.   Come and join us for a relaxing night of music.   Time 8 – 10.30pm,  £10 entry.

More info later:

06/10/18  The Fold, Billericay
12/10/18  Billericay Const. Club
18/10/18  Hadleigh Cricket Club
20/10/18  North Weald Village Hall
09/11/18  Billericay
15/11/18  Hadleigh Cricket Club
27/11/18  O’Bs Brentwood


The Wagon in Wix  from 8:30 – 11pm (and on every 3rd Wednesday of the month) with The Blackwater Band from 8:30  to 11 pm  and on the 3rd Wednesday of every month during 2017  There will be happy jazz provided The Blackwater Band
 is back on bass. Mel banjo  Brian sax/clarinet  Me trombone/vocals  and if you’re unlucky  I may even get the suwannee whistles out.

The Blackwater Jazz Band  –  August 25  –  2 – to 4:30pm
(Mel Cox, Brian Hart,Gerry Hoskin,Ron West and Me) will be playing at the Clacton Real Ale & Cider Festival, St James Church Hall, Tower Road Clacton   August 25  –  2 – to 4:30



15 Sept – Hosting Barb Jungr – Joanna’s Place, Saffron Walden, Essex
26 Sept – Embraceable Ella – Belvedere Jazz, Wickford, Essex

5 Oct – Embraceable Ella – Haverhill Arts Centre

HEADS SOUTH Gig Listing      Info Listen      View

CAXTON SWING Gigs.   For more detailed info

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

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

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

Tuesday 25th September – another fabulous band on tour from Austin, Texas, James and Black.  Sam Kelly will also be drumming for them, while on tour, so will be a sort of fixture for us in 2018 (4 shows), however, what a great fixture to have!   The ticket price will be the standard £12.00

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEDS 19th Sept – LONDON CITY BIG BAND - Incredibly tight youthful ensemble playing music from the Big Band Era and beyond.  Doors open: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 advance

WEDS 26th Sept – DANIEL KARLSSON TRIO ’Leading contemporary Swedish piano TRIO’ DANIEL KARLSSON piano, keyboards, CHRISTIAN SPERING double bass, cello, dilruba & tar shehnai & FREDRIK RUNDQVIST drums & percussion

The much acclaimed Swedish pianist Daniel Karlsson’s trio has since their album debut Das Taxibåt in September 2013 become established as one of the most distinctive groups in European jazz. The trio’s debut album Fusion for Fish, released in August 2014 won the Swedish Radio’s Jazz Group of the Year Award 2014, Swedish jazz magazine OJ’s Golden Disc 2015 as well as the Swedish Jazz Grammy 2015. Their music has met with press accolades and frequent airplay in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Italy, UK and Ireland. The 2017 release Ding Dong was nominated for a Swedish Grammy Award for best jazz album in 2018. Their fifth album aptly titled ’No. 5’ is positively brimming with creative music with seven new songs from Daniel Karlsson’s prolific pen, as melodic and powerful as ever. From the pensive opening tracks Dubious Whisper and Let Me Tell You One More Thing over the wildly swinging Meet the Moiners with its maelstrom middle part to the final No Answer Ballad once more proves that this well meshed trio is a force with which to be reckoned. 5 will be released on LP, CD and as a digital album.
”In a market where piano trios abound, the Daniel Karlsson Trio stands out as a trio brimming with ideas. As for Karlsson, …  His riveting playing and compositional flare mark him out as one of the most exciting of contemporary pianists…” Ian Patterson, All about jazz
Doors: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £12/£10 advance


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

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

8th Herts Jazz Festival – 2018

October 5,6,7 at Broadway Theatre, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DD.
Book tickets from     Box Office: 01462 681088
Full Weekend:  Standard £120,  Members £105,  Students £85
Saturday:          £55, £45, £35
Sunday:             £65, £55, £50
Individual prices below:

Friday 5th October          £25 / £22 / £15

8-10.30  A Tribute To Jazz At The Philharmonic
Simon Spillett, Art Themen, Dean Masser – Tenor, Pete Long – Clarinet, George Hogg, Steve Waterman, Mark Armstrong – Trumpet, Callum Au, Ian Bateman – Trombone, Harry Sanke – Guitar, Nick Dawson – Piano, Steve Rose – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Saturday 6th October

11.30-12.30  Art Themen ‘New Directions’ Quartet       £10 / £8 / £8
Art Themen – Tenor/Soprano, Gareth Williams – Piano, Arnie Somogyi – Bass, Winston Clifford – Drums

1-2  Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet     £10 / £8/ £8
Matthew Herd – Alto, James Davison – Trumpet, Sam Rapley – Tenor, Liam Dunachie – Piano, Misha Mullov-Abbado – Bass, Scott Chapman – Drums

2.30-3.30  Paul Dunmall’s Sunship Quartet plus special guest Alan Skidmore   £10/£8/£8
Paul Dunmall, Alan Skidmore, Howard Cottle – Reeds, Olie Brice – Bass, Tony Bianco – Drums

4-5 Robert Mitchell Epiphany Trio     £10 / £8 / £8
Robert Mitchell – Piano, Tom Mason – Bass, Saleem Raman – Drums

6.30-7.45 Alan Barnes Octet    £10 / £8 / £8
Alan Barnes, Robert Fowler, Karen Sharp – Reeds, Bruce Adams – Trumpet, Mark Nightingale – Trombone, Dave Newton – Piano, Simon Thorpe – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

8.15-10.45 Joey DeFrancesco Quartet     £30 / £27 / £20
Joey DeFrancesco – Organ/Keyboards/Trumpet/Vocals, Troy Roberts – Saxophone, Dan Wilson – Guitar, Michael Ode – Drums

Sunday 7th October

11-12 HYJE – Bernstein &  Beyond     Free
Directed by Duncan Fraser

12.30-1.30  Claire Martin/Dave Newton      £10 / £8 / £8
Claire Martin – Vocals, Dave Newton – Piano

2-3  Portrait of the Modern Jazz Quartet    £10 / £8 / £8
Nat Steele – Vibes, Gabriel Latchin – Piano, Dario Di Lecce – Bass, Steve Brown – Drums

3.30-4.45  Gareth Lochrane’s Grooveyard    £10 / £8 / £8
Gareth Lockrane – Flute, Alex Garnett – Tenor, Mike Outram – Guitar, Ross Stanley – Piano, Dave Whitford – Bass, Tim Giles – Drums.

5.15-6.30  Jean Toussaint’s Young Lions    £10 / £8 / £8
Jean Toussaint – Tenor, Mark Kavuma – Trumpet, Ashley Henry – Piano, Daniel Casimir – Bass, Ben Brown – Drums

8-10.30  Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames    £30/£27/£20
Georgie Fame – Vocals/Organ, Alan Skidmore – Tenor, Guy Barker – Trumpet, Anthony Kerr – Vibes, Tristan Powell – Guitar, Alec Dankworth – Bass, James Powell – Drums


From Steve Wright, Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club

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

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

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

*** JAZZ JAMS ***

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

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

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

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

The Cambridge Jazz Jam has resumed its sessions, now that Mondays are free of World Cup fixtures. The jam is at The Duke of Cambridge pub, 176 East Road, Cambridge CB1 1BG, Tel: 01223 304121. Sessions are on Mondays, running from 8 – 10.30 pm. Free admission. Our policy is inclusive, so whether you’re an accomplished player, or still trying to get it together, you’ll be welcome to play (or sing) with our friendly backing group. Further information from Mike Quigley, 07979 59 22 41”

There is a new Jazz Jam at the Burleigh Arms, Newmarket Road, Cambridge, on Tuesdays 8 to 11. Musicians and singers welcome

Jazz Gig and Jam with  The Michael Connolly Quartet –  Every last Sunday of the month at 5.00-8.30 at The Spread Eagle, Queen’s Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4HD.   Free Entry.  Guests welcome just bring your instrument.  Also there is a Jazz Gig and Jam on the first Sunday of every month at The Kings Arms, 2 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J 7QAT from 6.30pm – 10.00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a Jam session on the first Thursday of each month in Colchester at The Bull, Crouch Street. The house band regularly features such great players as Bern Hodgekins (Bass player with Jazznights trio) and Mick Hutton (bass). After short set from house band, stage open for jammers and singers. Running for 5 years now

Singers’ Night at Nelson (48 Stanhope Street, London NW1. six min walk from Warren Street station). 2nd Tuesday of each month. Open mic for jazz vocalists.  Now In 21st year (2018). Excellent accompanists. Food available. £8 singers, £7 guests, £5 full time students with student card. Doors, list 6.00pm, music 7.45 – 10.30pm. Chris Legee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Mill Hill: Jazz club gigs on Wednesdays.


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