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Zeeteah Massiah will be at  PizzaExpress Holborn (99 High Holborn, London WC1V 6LF)  on Sunday 24th February. A huge jazz, blues, soul and reggae talent, she’s had a No.1 dance hit in the USA and has sung with artists including Tom Jones and Robbie Williams.  She will be delighting her fans with both original material and re-workings of her favourite classics. Her unique voice fuses jazz, blues, soul and Caribbean spice and her electrifying stage presence makes every performance unforgettable. Her gigs sell out early, so book now.  £15   Doors 6:30  Show 8:30    Band – Paul Carmichael (bass), Greg Lester (guitar), Chris Neill (keys/MD), Sophie Alloway (drums)

JAZZ AT THE RHODES ARTS COMPLEXBishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 3JG  01279 710 200  www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk  have Jacqui Dankworth on Feb 16th at 7.30   £24

Saxophone Showcase with GILAD ATZMON at The Essex Arms 10 Warley Hill, Warley, Brentwood CM14 5HA on Thursday 21st February  from 7.00pm-8.30pm.  Entry £10 per person (2nd guest free of charge)

Lunchtime Charity Jazz Concert in aid of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Vascular Research, featuring “The Pete Allen Jazz Band” on Sunday 17th March 2019  performing music to suit many tastes from New Orleans, Dixieland, Traditional, Swing to Main Stream and much more, at Hamptons (formerly The Marconi Social Club), Tydemans, off Beehive Lane, Chelmsford CM2 9FH.  Music from 1pm to 3.30pm. Doors open 12.00. Free Parking, Hot and Cold Food, Club Bar Prices, Raffle.  Tickets in advance £14 or £15 on the door, from Brian 01245 224644 or from Hamptons 01245 269422.

Harmony In Harlem the Cambridge-based big band specialising in authentic Duke Ellington, are performing a fresh selection of Ellingtonia from the 1930s to 1950s at St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church,  St Andrew’s St Cambridge,CB2 3AR   7:30pm on Saturday 9th March 2019. Black and Tan Fantasy and Ellington’s jungle sounds are the theme. Tickets £15 online/on the door: http://www.harmonyinharlem.co.uk/

Clare Teal and her BIG Mini Big Band on Friday 15th February @ Cadogen Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ    Show 7:30pm     Box Office: 020 7730 4500   Tickets £31, £25, £19 + plus transaction fee unless made in person.  New Show for 2019      www.clareteal.co.uk     
https://www.cadoganhall.com/event/clare-teal-and-her-big-mini-big-band-190215/

 

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JAZZ RADIO

‘Jazztonic’ @ www.radionenevalley.co.uk
Wednesday 20th February will feature a telephone conversation with Essex based singer Sue Holliday talking about her new album and her career. This, along with old favourites, new tracks and gig news.
‘Jazztonic’ is a weekly jazz music and magazine radio programme available worldwide but only via www.radionenevalley.co.uk 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!

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

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

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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 6:15pm 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. www.belvederejazz.co.uk ; Telephone: 07850 607075 or Email:mailto:belvederejazz@gmail.com – Reservations recommended

20th  February   ‘Getz: A Musical Portrait’

 Chris Ingham – piano/commentary                           Mark Crooks – tenor sax  
Arnie Somogyi – double bass                                       George Double – drums

This is a heartfelt, career-wide celebration of the great lyrical genius of the saxophonist Stan Getz, from the 1940s to the 1990s, taking in the swinging 1950s, the Bossa nova years of the early 1960s and many rich and daring collaborations with some of the great musicians of the era.
GETZ: A MUSICAL PORTRAIT – “Mark Crooks’ tenor raises the hairs on the back of the neck…” LONDON JAZZ NEWS

27th February  – Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz Giants

Kevin Grenfell – vocals, trumpet/trombone            Jeremy Huggett – vocals/sax/clarinet 
‘Baby’ Jools Aldridge – drums                                    Simon Smith – double bass
Phil Nice – piano/vocals

Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz Giants are a versatile swinging five piece and performing a varied selection of music from across the decades, embracing the golden age of Swing, to the timeless classics  of Sinatra, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole, to name but a few.    Swing by and join them!

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 www.essexjazz.co.uk/ants.  Please download current listing at www.jazzjam.co.uk/downloads/stants.pdf, or www.essexjazz.co.uk/ants

20th February – Paul Higgs Trumpet plays Clifford Brown
27th February – John Mcginnley Guitarist with band 

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 grntj@aol.com.  Website: www.jazzatobs.co.uk

Tuesday, 26th February, 2019  

THE GREAT GUITARS REVISITED, featuring the three guitars of DOMINIC ASHWORTH, ANDY WATSON and SIMON HURLEY with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

Not one, not two but three amazingly talented guitarists, will tonight bring you a musical story on jazz from the 70’s and 80’s when three American guitarists joined forces and became known as The Great Guitars. They were, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis and Charlie Byrd who left a lasting legacy of guitar styles that even remains innovative today. They covered a wide range of styles and genres as you will hear when our guests revisit their music and I am sure it will make you want to listen to The Great Guitars again and again.

Dominic Ashworth, an exceptionally talented Canadian guitarist, and regular guest to the Club, for which we are extremely lucky as his services are in great demand country wide touring with groups such as, Picante Latin Band, Rag & Bone Club, The Dream Band and accompanies many other jazz musicians. No matter the tempo, genre, style, Dominic ticks all the boxes ensuring his audience are always wanting more from this truly amazing musician.
Andy Watson graduated at City of Leeds College of Music, where so many of our jazz musicians studied. Andy has been a professional musician for the whole of his working life as a player and educator. Performing as a solo artist he has travelled extensively, appearing at many venues and festivals. His teaching work is in schools and colleges as both guitar teacher and lecturer and directs many workshops around the UK.
Simon Hurley picked up the guitar 25 years ago and, and having been self-taught, embarked upon a formal musical education in 2006. In 2010 he graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree at Colchester and began to study jazz under the tutelage of guitarist Andy Watson. He is inspired by Joe Pass and Martin Taylor, who has described his playing as ‘Just beautiful’. Simon divides his time between teaching, recording, accompanying and performing in and around S. E. England.

Tuesday, 26th March, 2019   

An EVENING with ELLA and LOUIS featuring HILARY CAMERON, keys/vocals, and PAUL HIGGS, trumpet, with resident duo of Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.

Hilary Cameron trained as a classical pianist but later to spent two years in New York studying jazz at the Manhattan School of Music. Whilst there the opportunity arose for her to gain invaluable experience performing in Clubs and venues with a host of experienced musicians playing the New York circuit. Hilary is also an excellent jazz flautist and vocalist that not many people are aware of. On returning to London she was soon performing at Ronnie Scotts, Pizza on the Park and the Purcell Room on London’s South Bank along with festivals in London, Brecon and Birmingham before joining OB’s resident trio.
Paul Higgs, needs no introduction being a regular visitor, almost a season ticket holder, in a variety of guises that this multi-instrumentalist performs across the country. Apart from touring with the fantastic Chris Ingham Quartet he has a very busy schedule with his own one man shows of ‘A Brief History of Jazz’, ‘Shades of Miles’, ‘Quintessential’ and ‘Pavane’ the latter being on his CD, a collection of original compositions that takes you on a mystic musical journey. Tonight, Paul accompanies Hilary, in portraying the wonderful music of the duets between Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong who sang such brilliant tunes as, ‘Summertime’, ‘Nearness of You’. ‘Cheek to Cheek’. ‘Tenderly’ and ‘Moonlight in Vermont’.
Sit back and enjoy the artistry.


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 (vocals)


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       www.anniesjazz.co.uk
ONE TUESDAY EACH MONTH WILL BE AN EVENING FOR DANCE.

Tues 19TH FEB – KIM CYPHER – ‘LOVE KIMx’ ALBUM TOUR.

One of the UK’s most exciting female saxophonists, vocalists and composers, Kim Cypher, brings her brand new ‘Love Kim x’ album tour to Annie’s Jazz Club.   With Chris Cobbson on guitar, Mike Cypher on drums,  Mike Green on double bass & Kim on Sax & Vocals.

Inspired by the funkier side of jazz and having studied alongside US saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis, Kim’s style of performance is best described as ‘funky saxophonist meets 1940′s jazz singer’. Kim performs an eclectic mix of music spanning many genres with a quirky, jazzy twist together with her own original material, all packaged up in a captivating performance and warm stage presence.

Tues 26TH FEB – DANCE NIGHT – THE GOOSEBUMPS

Dance to a unique blend of retro swing and jive, vintage jump blues, classic rock and roll with a dash of soul and funk thrown in for good measure. This band make you want to dance all night long and  the  dance floor will be available for dancing. Swinging and jiving all the way through their 11th year of performing together, the band deliver their lively, cheeky and just plain fun, Swing, Jive and Rhythm ’n’ Blues revue show with more energy than ever.  

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.  Join the Facebook groups

Tuesday 5th March – 8.00pm
Paul Hart – Violin  Mark CrooksHarry Sanky guitar Sax  Simon Woolf – bass

Tuesday 12th March – 8.00pm
Pete Neighbour – clarinet Ted Beament – piano Simon Thorpe – bass and Richard Pite – 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 Email:susan_may@btinternet.com

Saturday 23rd February   2.00pm – 4.00pm
Osian Roberts – sax   Graham Harvey – piano   Simon Wolf – bass and
Sebastiaan deKrom – drums
Admission £10.00

Saturday 30th March 2.00pm – 4.00pm
‘Isn’t It a Lovely Day’ with Atila and Sara Dowling with the Gabieral Latchin Trio 
Admission £12.00


THE THEYDON AND ABRIDGE JAZZ CLUB @ ABRIDGE VILLAGE HALL
, 39 Ongar Road, Abridge,  Essex RM4 1UD from 8pm to 10.30Traditional/Dixieland/New Orleans Jazz featuring excellent live bands for listening and dancing. Drinks & snacks / tea & coffee / dance floor / plentiful seating / free car park. All are welcome. The Club nights  will be the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month Admission – Guests £12, Members £10. Children admitted under supervision, free for 12 and unders.  Bar/ Tea & Coffee / Free Car Park  /Good Seating/disabled welcome/ Memberships available @ £5.  Visit www.theydonjazzclub.org.uk or contact Dave & Sheila Dyer – tel: 01945 588325; email: davedyer24@gmail.com

Feb 27th – T J Johnsons Jazz & Blues Band


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: 11.00am     Gigs start: 12.15pm    Advance booking:   01245 606505    £12 / £16 
Now have a reduced ticket price for Under 18s at £5.

Sunday 3rd March

Zoe Francis (vocals) with Jim Mullen (guitar) and John Pearce (piano) bass tbc

Sunday 14th  April 

Matt Wates (sax), Leon Greening (piano), Julian Bury (bass), Matt Fishwick (drums)

Sunday 12th May

“Sweet Chorus” featuring John Etheridge, David Kelbie, Chris Garrick and Peter Townsend

Sunday 2nd June

Zak Barrett with the Marc Cecil Trio

8th September

Simon Spillett (sax), Ted Beament (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Winston Clifford (drums)

6th October

Derek Nash (sax), Dave Newton (piano), Geoff Gascoyne (bass), drummer tbc


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  musicatmarigolds@ntlworld.com

22nd February – Art Theman & Henry Lowther Quintet

Art Theman sax, Henry Lowther trumpet, Mike Gorman keyboards, Flo Moore bass and Stu Butterfield drums.
A self-taught musician, Art played tenor sax at Cambridge while studying medicine. Qualifying as a doctor he played in blues and R&B bands in the early 60s as well as backing groups for numerous pop sessions.
Art worked with Alexis Korner, Phil Seamen, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker and Long John Baldry. In the late 60s/early 70s Art started to favour jazz. He played with Barbara Thompson, Michael Garrick, Henry Lowther and Graham Collier and began a long and fruitful association with Stan Tracey, which continued into the 90s. Art has accompanied many visiting US jazzmen too many to list here.
Had Art chosen a musical career he would have doubtless been an international artist of some stature. Attaining his high standing while working as a consultant surgeon, is testimony to his remarkable talents.
A wit might say that Henry’s career peaked when he played at Woodstock as part of the Keefe Hartley band way back in the dim and distant. Those more knowledgeable would raise more than an eyebrow at that.
Henry’s father taught him to play cornet when he was about 5. His first cornet is very special, not only because it was originally his father’s, but is a Boosey & Co with ‘British throughout’ stamped on the bell. Henry researched the instrument and found that it came out of the factory on 14 April 1912, the day the Titanic sank”.
Henry’s career has been long and illustrious from his initiative work in the sixties through to the present day, his virtuosity allowing him to tour extensively right around the world. Not only has he played with so many well-respected musicians that there is far too little space here to list them all, he is able to move between musical genres at will and with consummate ease.

15th March  –  Doc K Blues Band

Tim Hill provides harmonica and vocals with long standing member Dave Barnes on slide guitar and vocals (Blues Movie, Mad Dog), lead guitarist Malcolm Hine (S.A.L.T, Brett Marvin, Southside, Blues Twins et al) Mick Parker on drums and Simon Fowle on bass.
Doc K’s are the real deal. Arguably one of the finest purveyors of Chicago Blues anywhere in the capital and certainly one of the most popular bands we have the privilege of putting on at the club. Dr K’s Bluesband play authentic exciting Blues and rocking R&B and have toured widely in Britain and Europe over many years.  Founded by Fairport’s Ashley Hutchings in 1967, Dr K’s have been stalwarts of the British Blues and R&B scene ever since.  Dr K’s extensive Family Tree includes Geoff Bradford (Blues By 6, Cyril Davis All Stars) Geoff Krivitt (John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers) Eric Peachey (East of Eden, Mick Taylor Band), with historical links to many other prominent bands and players.
This is truly an outstanding band that has now played at Marigolds many times. It has been said that they play, ‘quite simply North London’s best Chicago Blues.’ Don’t miss them

 29th March  –  Derek Nash Quartet:    http://www.dereknash.com

Derek Nash saxophoneDominic Ashworth guitar,  Andy Staples bass and  Marc Cecil drums.

Derek is one of the foremost talents on the UK jazz scene. He is the leader of award-winning ‘Sax Appeal’ and fronts the funk band “Protect the Beat” as well as being 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 alongsidemany famous talents.
With the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Derek performs approaching 100 gigs per year, including for 65,000 people at the Cardiff Millennium Stadium and for over 100,000 at the Glastonbury Festival, where he was a featured soloist.
Derek’s 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.  At his Clowns Pocket Recording Studio, Derek is a respected recording engineer and producer and has recorded albums for numerous famous artists. With Trudy Kerr, he is co-director of Jazzizit Records, an UK independent Jazz label.  He is also the writer and arranger of many TV and radio themes. Although he will vehemently disagree one of his stand-up achievements was playing “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” for a condom advert! Sorry for raising that Derek.

HORNCHURCH JAZZ CLUB, 25 North St (rear), Hornchurch, Essex RM11 1RS. The Hornchurch Conservative Club is a comfortable air-conditioned venue with a dance floor, drinks at club prices, wheel-chair access and car parking,  Call Laurie on 07913 558616 for more details. Sundays  8:00 – 10:30pm   From March Fortnightly Members £9, Guests £10

17th February –  For the first time at the club this south east London jazz quintet led by local musician Cyril Bass. They play a range of standards by the likes of Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and the Gershwin brothers

 3rd March – No Jazz

10th March – Red Hot and Blue.  A popular band playing in the New Orleans style of music. The band is led by Peter Leonard on trumpet and includes Alan Cresswell clarinet, John Stuart banjo, Chris Thompson double bass, and Jamie Shaw drums.

17th March – No Jazz

24th March – Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.  Bob Dwyer playing trombone leads his popular band with Max Emmons trumpet and blues harmonica, and Bernie Holden reeds. The band plays mainly in the style of the legendry Bix Beiderbecke. Listen out for John Bayne’s bass saxophone.

on Sunday, 24th February from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm. 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 a guest front line and a rhythm section of regulars Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Clarke drums and Roger Curphy bass    ??

31st March – 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 a guest front line and a rhythm section of regulars Tim Huskisson tinkling the ivories, Alan Clarke caressing drums and Roger Curphy plucking his 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!     www.graemeculham.com

Sunday 3rd March 2019  –  GRAHAM PIKE  Trumpet, Flugel, Harmonica, Vocal.  

After a past life as TV/Theatre Musical Director, Composer, Graham has returned to his youth playing the live circuit with his own quartet & MD of KIX Jazz Orchestra. A century has produced so much great jazz, I love dipping into it all.     Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 7th April 2019  –   JOHN WITHERS  Vibraphone

John is a multi talented musician playing drums as well as vibraphone. He has been in great demand on the London scene for many years and was a long time member of the Ken Turner big band.    Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Jose Canha String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 5th May 2019  –  BRIDGET METCALFE  Vocals

The BBC broadcaster, artist, composer and of course singer. As a singer she released her ‘In Your Eyes’ jazz album with 6 consecutive nights at London’s Ronnie Scott’s. “I’m always looking to include a few different but well known songs (e.g. by composers like Michel Legrand) which are great jazz numbers. Reprising these makes a change, inspires musicians and surprises audiences”.    Gabriel Keen Keyboards, Alex Keen String Bass, Graeme Culham Drums.

Sunday 2nd June 2019  –  NEALE RIDDING  Flute/ Saxophone               

Regarded as one of the best jazz flautists in the country and his tenor sax tone reminiscent of the great Tubby Hayes.  Neale was a full time member of Graeme’s quintet through the 1990’s.  Apart from his talents on flute and saxophone’s he is also a fine pianist, He is in great demand on the jazz club circuit and as a tutor at his private studio in London.


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: www.southendtheatres.org.uk … go to Special Events tab to find The Jazz Mix page.  On Wednesday night.  Doors open 8pm, music from 8.30pm to 11pm
You can find us on Facebook; why not join the group page – The Jazz Mix @ The Maritime Room or follow us on Twitter – The Jazz Mix @MickCrookJazz
Check on the Cliffs Pavilion website: www.southendtheatres.org.uk for future event details by placing Jazz Mix in the search box.

 Weds 27th February 2019 – Chris Standring

LA based smooth groove guitarist Chris Standring has firmly established himself as a popular mainstay in the contemporary urban jazz genre with his infectious R&B driven hits. Chris returns to his homeland to play tunes from his new solo recording “Sunlight” with a dazzling soul infused groove-laden jazz set. Tickets £17

 Weds 6th March 2019Peter 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 playing tunes from his recent recording “Groovin” Tickets £18

 Weds 27th March 2019Protect the Beat

Led by saxophonist Derek Nash (Jools Holland), if you love the saxophone and guitar led jazz funk band, Morrissey Mullen, danced to the Average White Band, got on down to the groove of the Brecker Brothers or were transfixed by the Yellowjackets, then Protect The Beat is right up your street and will blow you away.They take all those influences and create their own unique instrumental jazz- funk fusion sound. Tickets £16

 Weds 24th April 2019Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion

Direct from their monthly Sunday residence in London, the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion musicians are on the top of their game in the world of blues and jazz. The guys will deliver the best possible blues experience you can imagine as the band perform the finest Classic Chicago, Delta and cutting-edge blues with a touch of jazz-funk thrown into the mix for good measure!  Tickets £20

Weds 29th May 2019  – City Funk Orchestra

City Funk Orchestra comprises of two of the finest soul singers in the UK today, Noel McCalla and Imaani, together with a band of top musicians they will deliver a night of the funkiest dance-floor classics from the golden era of funk & soul – from pumping soul music favourites to the most romantic of Diana & Marvin soul ballads. Expect the very best of Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross, Sister Sledge, Barry White, O’Jays, Michael Jackson, SOS Band, Maze, Shalamar, Gap Band, The Emotions and more…True Funk! Tickets £18

Please check out local internet radio station Cheeky Radio www.cheekyradio.co.uk they kindly promote our monthly gigs, streaming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Soul, RnB, Jazz-Funk, Soulful House, Reggae, Jazzy House, Jazz and Nu Jazz. They have excellent scheduled shows which feature several DJ’s including owner Mark Lee

plus, a brand-new Smooth Jazz show on Tuesdays from 4-6pm with John Morley, they both personally make time to come down to the Maritime Room to support the jazz club night. 


THE CRICKETERS JAZZ CLUB
, 228 London Road, Westcliff SS0 7JG – where we set our regular jazz club for the second Wednesday every month.   Jazz at The Cricketers, Westcliff on Sea, Essex SS) 7JG  

The date for March will be Wednesday March 13th and for the first time at the  club we announce the phenomenal young guitarist HARRISON DOLPHIN who will be bringing his own superb trio: LORENZO MORABITO (double bass) and KAI MACRAE (drums) to the club, proving that jazz in the 21st century is in the very best of hands.  Don’t miss what will be an unforgettable night!  There might be a surprise guest too!  The music always starts at 8.30pm but get there early for the best seats and remember to book a table at the adjacent restaurant if you wish to eat before the music begins. The phone number is 01702 345053. See you there!


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.  186 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4QH

Weds March 27th @ MAUD
Charlie Mingus’s – Ah Um  
Played by the Dave Manington Sextet
8.30-11pm,    £10 – Early bird   £12 – advance ticket   £15 – on the door

Charles Mingus’s classic jazz album played live in full by the fantastic group led by Dave Manington on Double Bass.  Accompanied by projections of the original musicians and artwork.  Celebrate the 60th birthday of this classic masterpiece by one of the heavyweights of the jazz world.
Jamey O’Donnell – Alto Sax       Jack Jones – Tenor Sax         Owen Dawson – Trombone
Naadia Sheriff – Vocals              Dave Manington – Bass       Will Glaser – Drums
Tickets –  http://mirthmarvelandmaud.com/tickets/


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 BRAZA CLUB 
Elm Road March PE15 8NZ on Friday 5th April 2019 from 8-11pm present The  SIMON NELSON ALL STAR SIX  with traditional Jazz for dancing and/or listening.    Admission  £10 each.  From the organisers of Elgoods Fathers Day Jazz

SIMON NELSON  Trumpet /Vocals /Leader    Andy Flaxman  Trombone
Tim Huskisson  Piano                                        Mark Crooks  Clt/Sax
John Elmer  Drums                                             Roger Curphy  Bass

WICKHAM BISHOPS JAZZ CLUB      Saturdays,  6.30 for 7.30pm   Just off A12 South of Witham,  at Wickham Bishops Village Hall, CM3 3NN .  Admission £12.50, ring Gordon on 01621 891717.  Bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles.

March 9th       The Alan Gresty Jazz Band with Pete Neighbour.

May 11th         The Chicago Teddy Bears Jazz Society.

Further dates, details to follow;  June 8th,   September 14th,   October 12th,   November 9th,   December 14th.


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 www.ekcoclub.co.uk From 7:30pm. Music 8:00pm – everyone welcome. Info: Adrian Green 01702 435263.  Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Southend-Jazz-Club/133240693427561  Twitter @southendjazz;  email jazz@greenad.co.uk to join mailing list. Entrance £10

18 Feb – Jackie Free’s Chicagoans

25 Feb – Just Friends Jazz Band

  4 Mar – Doc Houlind’s Revival All Stars


JAZZ AT THE KINGS LANGLEY CLUB –
The very best bands of local musicians every Tuesday at 8.15/8:30 pm, 3-5 Hempstead Road, Kings Langley, Herts. Tel: 01923 262982. No entry charge,  Visitors welcome.  www.kingslangleyjazz.co.uk   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.

February 19th  –  The Jim Phillips Band.   Fronted by Jim on baritone sax, with many recently acquired combo charts from his extensive music library.  All aided by Bryony on vocals.

February 26th  –  Terry Trenwith’s Octave.   A fun night of wide ranging jazz standards and a few jokes! Terry can always be relied on to host an entertaining night!  

March 5th  –  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 Tracy O’Connor on vocals. 

March 12th  –  Cliff Longhurst’s Small Group.  Cliff runs the acclaimed ‘Jazz Knights’ big band and presents here a perfectly formed small version, with the usual top players and singers. Not to be missed!

March 19th   –  Treble Clef.  With John Davis on alto sax / flute / piano, Jonathan Grogan guitar, Brian Norman drums and Chris Hargreaves bass. A laid back trio playing a mixture of latin,swing and bepop. Vocals by Bryony.  

March 26th  –  Hertswing Big Band.   Top of the bill, as always, our own Basie style“It Don’t Mean a Thing if it ain’t got that Swing” big band. Always an exciting night! Aided by Vicky, our vocal star.


SPIKES PLACE AT SAFFRON WALDEN
   Saffron Suite High Street Saffron Walden Essex CB10 1AZ   E mail: susan_may@btinternet.com www.myspace.com/spikesplacejazzclub or join our Facebook group  For advance bookings contact: Susan 01245 420475

Thursday 21st February   – 8.30pm
Osian  Roberts – sax   Graham Harvey – piano   Simon Wolf – bass and
Sebastiaan deKrom – drums
Admission £12.00

Thursday 21st March   – 8.30pm
Pete Neighbour – clarinet  Ted Beament – piano  Simon Thorpe – bass  and           Richard Pite – Drums
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 £16.00  members £13.00  unless otherwise stated. 020 8650 2406 / 01245 420475 E mail: susan_may@btinternet.com www.myspace.com/spikesplacejazzclub Advance bookings: Susan 01245 420475  join the Facebook groups

Thursday  28th February   – 8.30pm
Sue Richardson Quartet

Thursday  7th March – 8.30pm
Pete Neighbour – clarinet Ted Beament – piano Simon Thorpe – bass and Richard Pite – Drums

Thursday 14th March  – 8.00pm
Paul Hart – Violin Mark CrooksHarry Sanky guitar Sax Simon Woolf – bass

Thursday  28th March  – 8.30pm
Zak Barrett – sax Richard Busiakiewicz – piano Neville Malcom – bass Marc Cecil – drums


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

On 2 March, we are very lucky to be hosting first-class US import Rodney Branigan, a Texas-raised multi-instrumentalist with a rich and soulful voice, who learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville, and put it all together in London. Prepare to be enthralled by his dual guitar playing!

And on 27 April, we look forward to welcoming jazz violinist Ben Holder, who mixes his classical training with the techniques of jazz masters such as Benny Goodman and Oscar Peterson.

 
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

Sun 10th Mar –  JO HARROP
Sun 24th Mar – PETE NEIGHBOUR

Sun 7th Apr – HANNAH HORTON
Sun 21st Apr – RENATO D’AIELLO

Sun 5th May – TORI FREESTONE
Sun 19th May – SIMON SPILLETT

Sun 2nd Jun – LUCA LUCIANO
Sun 16th Jun – MICK HANSON
Sun 30th Jun – NIC MEIER


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  twinklewood49@gmail.com   Derick Woodland Beryl Wood.  Gigs start  8pm – Adm £14

Feb 21st         £12     THE ROB BARRON QUINTET         The swinging style of George Shearing & Milt Jackson         www.robbarronmusic.com
ROB BARRON piano  ..   NAT STEELE vibes ..   WILL ARNOLD FORSTER guitar..   
JEREMY BROWN double bass  ..   JOSH MORRISON drums

Feb 28th          £14      The wonderful music & songs of Peggy Lee ~ Duke Ellington & Benny Goodman.   Pete Long’s   PEGGY  .. DUKE  &  BENNY
www.plong.co.uk  // www.joanviskant.f9.co.uk
The most swinging show on the jazz scene ~~ recreating the wonderful music of the heyday of swing music & the all American song book ~ performed by the UK’s best.
PETE LONG clarinet & sax .. Leader & wonderful  humorist raconteur.. Pete is also the leader of the award winning Echoes of Ellington Orchestra.
Making her FJC debut is the Chicago born vocalist & international star performer MISS JOAN VISKANT ~ This lady is Peggy Lee & is a big band singer of quality.
NICK DAWSON piano .. The MD from the long running west end show Mama Mia.
ANTHONY KERR  vibes .. Professor at The Royal School of Music & The BBC Big Band.
DAVID CHAMBERLAIN  double bass .. Barrister David is one of the UKs finest bassists.
RICHARD PITE drums .. Great drummer & stick juggler ~ man of many talents ~ club owner ~ management etc. 100 years of jazz in 99 minutes Big Band.

In the next few weeks (Not booking ATM) (All at £12 except Feb 28th & March 28th)
March 7th      CRAIG MILVERTON Qt with ROBERT FOWLER (The music of Tad Dameron)
March 12th     THEO TRAVIS Qt with MARC PARNELL
March 21st      SARA DOWLING Qt plus  ROBERT FOWLER
March 28th    JAZZ ‘N JOLSON ( It’s all in the title )


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

Saturday 16 February 2019.   Valentines Special with Denmark Street Big Band & Mitch Winehouse. Tickets on the door £14.

For this special Valentine’s evening we celebrate the great American Songbook with very special guest Mitch Winehouse, who will be demonstrating his great passion for jazz & swing by performing some of the greatest compositions from the classic swing era. Backed by the dynamic Denmark Street Big Band and guest vocalist Talia Cohen, join us for, what promises to be a very special Valentine’s event!

Friday 22 February.   Willie Garnett Big Band. Tickets on the door £8.

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

Saturday 23 February. Jerzy Malek Quintet. Tickets on the door £12. Advance £10. Students £6.

Considered as one of Poland’s most innovative trumpeters, Jerzy Malek leaps into his brand new project “Black Sheep” presenting new compositions of unrestrained jazz improvisation. Featuring elaborate, modernistic chord combinations, forming narratives that allow Jerzy to explore elements of modern jazz, with expressions from multiple musical genres. Placing high-value on interplay between his quintet of world-class musicians, Jerzy promise’s an evening of freestyling music that will be remarkable and sophisticated.


FLEECEJAZZ –
World class Jazz every Friday at Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel CO6 4PZ www.fleecejazz.org.uk     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 – via Box Office: 01787 211865;  WeGotTickets (booking fee); On the door

15 February 2019, £20/£16*    Deelee Dubé and Renato D’Aliello
“A voice of deep grainy power, Dubé has a quick-witted musicality” – Daily Telegraph
Deelee Dubé vocals    Renato D’Aliello tenor sax    Bruno Montrose piano    Adam King bass    Alfonso Vitale drums

22 February 2019, £20/£16*    Clark Tracey Quintet: “No Doubt”
After 35 years of leading his own bands, this is the latest one and features some of the brightest young stars of the future.  
Clark Tracey drums    Alex Ridout trumpet    Sean Payne alto sax    Elliott Sansom piano    James Owston bass

15 March 2019, £18/£14*      Steve Fishwick Quartet
“They can be cool, slow-burning and moody ensemble pieces or fast-paced, explosive, unison playing.”
Steve Fishwick trumpet, Alex Garnett  saxophone, Mike Karn bass, Matt Fishwick drums

22 March 2019, £20/£16*    John East Project
“East and the band brought the house down” –  City AM
John East vocals/Hammond organ   Steve Pearce electric bass    Nigel Price guitar,
Dave Lewis tenor sax    Dan Hewson trombone/piano   Scott Baylis trumpet/flugel/piano    Mark Fletcher drums

29 March 2019, £18/£14*    Sean Khan Quartet
Sean’s blissful and gifted alto sax playing demonstrates a rare technical prowess and understanding of jazz history.  
Sean Khan alto sax   Sam Leake piano   Lorenzo Bassignani bass   Laurie Lowe  drums


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 7.15,   Music   8pm

Saturday 9 March   £14 / £7 u25  –  LEO RICHARDSON

I can’t remember hearing a more impressive debut…music as good as this is beyond category” OBSERVER
All bets are off regarding CD of the Year”  BEBOP SPOKEN HERE

​Rising star of straight-ahead tenor saxophone taking the UK jazz scene by storm. Influenced by John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Horace Silver and Art Blakey among others, Leo’s recent album The Chase received rave reviews.

LEO RICHARDSON saxophone           CHRIS INGHAM piano
OWEN MORGAN bass                          GEORGE DOUBLE drums


JazzUp! AT CLUB 85
, 74 Whinbush Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire  SG5 1PZ an independent music venue.  Saturday 23rd February    JazzUP! presents … RAY GELATO

Those of you who have witnessed Ray Gelato tearing up Club85 need no introduction here.  On both occasions, tickets sold out so one piece of advice; get in there quick!
Ray has been taking his special brand of swing, jazz and R&B music all over the world since 1988. This multi-talented singer, saxman, songwriter and band leader has appeared at festivals, clubs and concert stages the world over, from Brazil to New York City. He performs with the highest level of musicianship and has been compared to such greats as Cab Calloway and Louis Prima.
The legendary ‘Godfather of Swing’ has had an illustrious and very successful career to date, including a 14 year Christmas residency at London’s Ronnie Scott’s, always a sell-out. He has also performed for HM The Queen (twice), opened for Robbie Williams at the Albert Hall, and was chosen to play at Sir Paul McCartney’s wedding. A memorable highlight for Ray was performing at New York’s Lincoln Center, fronting an 18 piece big band and wowing the audience at this most esteemed venue. Other notable performances include Umbria Jazz Festival (10 times!), Carnegie Hall New York, Montreal Jazz Festival, and BBC Proms In The Park.
Mr Gelato has 10 albums to his name. The Daily Telegraph gave his last release 5 stars,
stating, “ ,,,  ‘this album is a joyous delight.”  His music has also been featured in a number of Hollywood movies and TV shows.
Ray comes to Club85 after a residency at The Blue Note Milan, and we are very lucky to have him in Hitchin for one night only. Tickets are expected to sell out, so please do not risk paying on the door, and be sure to secure your tickets early.
Ray is joined on stage by trombonist and JazzUp founder Dave Keech, who was a member of Ray’s band for several years, touring with Ray extensively and appearing on Ray’s classic album ‘The Full Flavour’. The powerhouse rhythm section includes Ray’s regular bassist and pianist, Manuel Alvarez and Gunther Kurmayr, and rising drum star Jack Amblin.
www.raygelato.com

+ support THE YOUNG JAZZ GUNS    Continuing our policy of a support slot that showcases young, (and we do mean young) jazz talent, the Guns include NYJO Academy Big Band & Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz students. For this one we have Will Inscoe on piano, Kielan Sheard on bass, Henry Walcott on tenor and Joe Keech on drums.

+ The Deadbeat DJs  Felix and Paul spin jazz and vintage R&B exclusively on vinyl. With the last live band set finishing at around 11.15, and a late bar ’til 1am, our JazzUp DJs invite you to hit the dance floor and party in earnest.  Entry £15,  £12 with JazzUp Loyalty Card. Advance tickets only!    Tickets available from …
Riot Lounge, Hitchin                                  Farleys, Hitchin
Gatefold Record Lounge, Hitchin            Jolly Brown, Hitchin
Bar 85, Hitchin                                            David’s Music Letchworth
Unikorn Stevenage                                    and on line from from WeGotTickets  
                                                                      http://www.wegottickets.com
16+ with photo ID – younger patrons can be signed in at the door by a responsible adult.


SPICE OF LIFE
– 6 Moor Street, Soho, London W1D 5NA Nominated for Jazz Venue of the Year Award – Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2010 & 2015. info@spicejazz.co.uk ; tel/text: 07870 915682 www.spicejazz.co.uk   Pre-bookings: www.wegottickets.com   http://www.facebook.com/spicejazz

WEDS 20th February – PIXIE AND THE GYPSIES + LLINOS EMMANUEL – TAYLOR NOTCUTT vocals/ accordion, CONNIE CHATWIN violin/vocals, TWM DYLAN bass MATT WILSON guitar – Support: LLINOS EMMANUEL

Sometimes you hear a voice that just stops you in your steps. Such a voice belongs to Taylor Notcutt, who formed Pixie and The Gypsies four years ago while studying jazz vocals at London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Taylor is one of the UK’s exciting young jazz singers. She is a great story teller and sings from the heart while she mesmerises you with her sultry tone” Trudy Kerr 
Pixie and The Gypsies perform music from their chart-topping debut album ‘Honey Trap’, alongside a selection of covers from the worlds of pop and jazz. “Was enchanted tonight by the special magic of Pixie and The Gypsies… swing, melodic pop, memorable originals” – Paul Pace
2018 was a busy year following the release of their number 1 debut album in August, with the band playing sold-out shows at venues such as The Spice Of Life and Pizza Express Jazz Club, and Upstairs at Ronnie Scottʼs. Theyʼve also performed at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Rye Jazz & Blues Festival, and 8 gigs at Guinness Cork Jazz Festival this year. “Pixie and The Gypsies are an ethereally beautiful new face on the scene” – London Jazz News
“With Taylorʼs breathtakingly sultry, honeyed vocals bolstered by guitar, accordion, violin, double bass and sweet backing vocals, ‘Honey Trapʼ is a real treat” – Elisa Bray Website: www.pixieandthegypsies.comwww.facebook.com/pixieandthegypsies www.instagram.com/pixieandthegypsiesDoors open: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 advance http://www.wegottickets.com/event/461368  

WEDS 27th 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: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 – ‘Early Bird’ tickets: £5 advance http://www.wegottickets.com/event/462031


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.  Registered Charity No. 116742.  The Heritage Lottery Fund has helped us to set up phase 1, but we have much greater future plans   www.thejazzcentreuk.co.uk   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.    gwendolinesweetingham@gmail.com

Friday February 15th:12-2pm: ‘Listen in’ at The Jazz Centre UK.  ‘Billie Holiday: Lady in Satin’ Free Admission.
Saturday February 16th: 2 – 4pm: Special presentation: ‘The Dean of Decadence’ featuring Chris Wade’s new documentary ‘George Melly; the Certainty of Hazard’ and ‘Memories of Melly’ by Digby Fairweather. Admission £5.00
Friday February 22nd:12-2pm: ‘Listen in’ at The Jazz Centre UK. ‘Art Blakey: ’Moanin’’
Saturday, February 23rd: 2pm – 4pm: ‘Spike’s Place at The Jazz Centre UK’.
Susan May presents: Osian Roberts with Simon Woolf’s Trio. £10 Admission.

Friday March 1st:12-2pm: ‘Listen In’ at The Jazz Centre UK     Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
Saturday, March 2nd: 12 – 2pm: ‘Jazz 825’ at The Jazz Centre UK:
Trevor Taylor presents ‘The Flute in Jazz’ with Geoff Warren’s Flutopia. Free Admission.
Friday March 8th:12-2pm: ‘Listen In’ at The Jazz Centre UK   Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah-Um
Saturday, March 9th: 11:30am – 1:30pm:    The Glyn Morgan Trio + special guests at The Jazz Centre UK. Free Admission.
Fri March 15th:12-2pm: ‘Listen In’ at The Jazz Centre    Ella Fitzgerald: Live at Carnegie Hall
Saturday, March 16th: 1pm – 4pm: Guest speaker at The Jazz Centre UK: jazz journalist and author PeterVacher will give a presentation, with musical illustrations, on his book.
“Swingin’ on Central Avenue: African–American Jazz in Los Angeles”. Admission £5.
Friday March 22nd:12-2pm: ‘Listen In’ at The Jazz Centre UK.    Gil Evans: Out of the Cool
Saturday, March 30th: 2pm – 4pm: ‘Spike’s Place’ at The Jazz Centre UK’.
Susan May presents ‘Isn’t it a lovely day..?’ with Sara Dowling, Atila, Gabriel Latchin, Dario DiLecce and Steve Brown. Admission £12.

SEASIDE SHUFFLE jazz Events in Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Club House, Guildford Lawn, CT11 9AY, unless stated otherwise.

Saturday 23 February at 12 noon – DAVE WARE’S HOT SHOTS JAZZ BAND
Tickets 12 pounds (includes buffet)

Thursday 28 February at 7.30pm – St Andrew’s Church, Reading St, Broadstairs CT10 3AZ
DICK SMITH’S TEMPLE JAZZ BAND
Tickets 10 pounds (free refreshments) This has been arranged by Clive in aid of Church funds. Tickets are avaliable daily Monday to Friday 10am to Noon from the church office.

Saturday 23 March at 12 noon – DOC HOULIN & THE REVIVAL ALL STARS
Tickets 15 pounds (includes buffet)

Saturday 27 April at 12 noon – THE JAZZ ADVOCATS
Tickets 12 pounds (includes buffet)

Saturday 29 June at 12 noon – MARTIN BENNETT’S OLD GREEN RIVER BAND
Tickets 12 pounds (includes buffet)

12 July-14 July   Trad Jazz Festival    Ticket Hotline 01843 596789


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: www.colchesterartscentre.com   www.colchesterartscentrejazzclub.com

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: https://ivyroomjazz.yapsody.com  Info: www.ivyroomjazz.co.uk  info@ivyroomjazz.co.uk

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    www.broxbournerowing.org  www.hertsjazz.co.uk

HADLEIGH JAZZ CLUB – Hadleigh Town Hall, Market Place, Hadleigh, IP7 5DN.

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

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: http://www.pte-events.co.uk/jazzatthegeorgian Website: http://www.jazzatthegeorgian.co.uk               Email: info@jazzatthegeorgian.co.uk

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.

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   www.portmouthjazz.com  email: portsmouthjazz@btinternet.com    Dave 023 9225 5806 or Claire 02392 298161

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

CHICKENSHED THEATRE JAZZ BAR –  290 Chase Side, Southgate,  N14 4PE.    Booking: 020 8292 9222.  Booking: bookings@chickenshed.org.uk

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 – 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.

 

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.

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     www.milestonesjazzclub.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.

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

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 – 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 https://www.kixjazzorchestra.co.uk/schedule

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. https://soundcloud.com/andy-bowie

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  princealbertblackmore@outlook.com

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

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HEADS UP! dates   www.headsupjazz.co.uk

Sun 3rd March – The Blue Boar, 3-7 Silver St, Maldon, CM9 4QE (2.30pm-5.30pm)

Sat 6th Apr 2019 – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (8pm)

Sun 19th May – The Blue Boar, 3-7 Silver St, Maldon, CM9 4QE (2.30pm-5.30pm)

Sat 25th May 2019 – The Blue Boar (Beer Festival), 3-7 Silver St, Maldon, CM9 4QE (time tba)

Sun 4th August – The Blue Boar, 3-7 Silver St, Maldon, CM9 4QE (2.30pm)

Sat 17th Aug 2019 – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (8pm)

Fri 11th Oct 2019 – The Castle, High St, Colchester CO1 1TH (9pm)


FRANK GRIFFITH UPCOMING GIGLIST
www.frankgriffith.co.uk for more info

15 February, 8PM. w/Strictly Swing Big Band. Halton Royal British Legion Club. 1 Castle Road, Runcorn, WA7 2BE. 01922 8572131.

13 March, 8.30PM. w/Vic Blackwell Quintet. Fleetwood Heskith Social Club. Fylde Road, Southport, PRD 9XH. 01704 809138. £5.

20 April, 3-5PM. w/Annie Long. Nantwich Jazz Festival.www.nantwichjazz.com.

9 June, 8PM. FG with Tina May, Michael Roberts, Robin Aspland, Jeremy Brown and Rod Youngs.  Broadway Meets Jazz. Dorchester Corn Exchange. High E Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF.01305 819039. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. £14.


CAROL BRAITHWAITES’ GIG LIST
.  (more – website:carolbraithwaite.com) Many thanks

Saturday 16th February
North Weald Village Hall. CM16 6BU
With Jackie Free and the Allstars.
Music starts at 12:30 – 3:00pm.  Entry payable at door.

Thursday 21st February
Hadleigh Cricket Club, Rectory Road, Hadleigh SS7 2NQ
An evening of easy listening jazz played in a friendly club atmosphere.
The American Songbook along with jazz instrumentals.
Tim Huskisson – piano, Roger Curphey – bass, Jason Campbell – drums.
Come and join us for a relaxing night of music. Special guest: Mick Foster – sax
Time 8 – 10.30pm. £10 entry.

Friday 8th March
Billericay Const. Club, 1AHigh St, Billericay. CM12 9BE
Jolly jazz. – Lunchtime menu available + club prices for drinks.
Fun starts at 12:30 – 2:30pm.  £8 door..

Saturday 16th March
North Weald Village Hall. CM16 6BU
With Jackie Free and the Allstars.
Music starts at 12:30 – 3:00pm

Thursday 21st March
Hadleigh Cricket Club, Rectory Road, Hadleigh SS7 2NQ
The American Songbook along with jazz instrumentals.
Time: 8 – 10.30pm. £10 entry.Tim Huskisson – piano, Roger Curphey – bass,
Jason Campbell – drums. Special guest:  Goff Dubber – clarinet/sax.

For the Diary – More info later:
12/04/19 – Billericay Const. Club (afternoon)
18/04/19 – Hadleigh Cricket Club. Guest: Paul Higgs – trumpet
20/04/19 – North Weald Jazz Club (afternoon)
10/05/19 – Billericay Const. Club (afternoon)
16/05/19 – Hadleigh Cricket Club. Digby Fairweather – trumpet.


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

Warner’s Big Band Breaks

4-8 March – Gunton Hall, Lowestoft, Suffolk – Featuring Pete Long, Georgina Jackson & Enrico Tomasso
6-10 May – Sinah Warren, Hayling Island – Featuring Stephen Triffitt
8-12 July – Bodelwyddan Castle, North Wales – Featuring Jeff Hooper
21-25 October – Sinah Warren, Hayling Island – Featuring Matthew Ford plus Glenn Miller with strings

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

Sunday 24th February – Featuring ?
Sunday 28th April – Featuring Eleanor Keenan

Other Concerts

Friday 29th March, Trinity Concert Hall, Trinity School, Croydon, CR9 7AT – Featuring Matthew Ford & Joanna Eden – Click here for tickets

Sunday 9th June, The Mill at Sonning, Reading, Berkshire – call 0118 969 8000


HEADS SOUTH Gig Listing     
Info www.headssouth.com. Listen https://play.spotify.com/artist/5q7ONQYJYdcGTsrb2p9ctM      View  https://youtu.be/omhD3zFtEp8

CAXTON SWING Gigs.   For more detailed info  www.caxton-swing.co.uk

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 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 Wednesday 6th March, the Don Steele Band will be playing lunchtime (12.30 to 3pm) at the Three Horseshoes, The Pound, Knockholt, Kent, TN14 7LD, and then alternative Wednesdays.         The band plays in the traditional jazz style.

JAZZ AT BARNEY’S CAFE/BAR 46-56 Portland Rd, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1QN (01903 527075). 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.

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

 

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CALENDAR

Clare Teal and her BIG Mini Big Band on Friday 15th February @ Cadogen Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ    Show 7:30pm     Box Office: 020 7730 4500   Tickets £31, £25, £19 + plus transaction fee unless made in person.  New Show for 2019      www.clareteal.co.uk     
https://www.cadoganhall.com/event/clare-teal-and-her-big-mini-big-band-190215/

Award winning jazz vocalist and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal and her BIG Mini Big Band bring  you more exhilarating swing and sparkling melodies as they celebrate the Great American and British Song books as well as contemporary writers creating the standards of today.   Promising a rich jazz infused repertoire in its many forms and eclectic song list, with arrangements crafted by world renowned trumpeter and composer Guy Barker and pianist extraordinaire Jason Rebello.

Clare Teal – vocal              Guy Barker – trumpet      Martin Shaw – trumpet
Ashley Horton – trombone                                         Alex Garnett – alto saxophone
James Gardiner-Bateman – tenor saxophone         Gemma Moore – baritone saxophone
Jason Rebello – piano      Simon Little – bass            Ben Reynolds – drums
“The new first lady of Jazz” – The Independent
“A First Class Evening’s Entertainment from The Queen of Swing” – Time Out  

The Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle, events in Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Club, Guildford Lawn, Ramsgate, Kent. CT11 9AY.

Saturday 23rd March  at 12 Noon
Doc Houlin & The Revival All Stars.  All Tickets 15 pounds (includes buffet)

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From Steve Wright, Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club  www.colchesterartscentrejazzclub.com

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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/559438814439358/

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!!

 

*** JAZZ JAMS ***

The Cambridge Jazz Jam is moving location. From 28th January onwards, we will hold sessions at a café/bar called The Snug, located at 170 East Road, Cambridge CB1 1DB. As hitherto, the sessions will run every Monday, 8 – 10.30 pm.  Further info from Mike Quigley, 07979 59 22 41

Sunday Freddie Freeloader’s Jazz Jams from 6-9 p.m. at the Black Bull in Rainsford Road Chelmsford CM1 2PN.  Future dates (all at the earlier time of 4-7 p.m.) are: March 17; May 12; July 21st; September 22nd; November 17th. Free entrance, all experience levels,  Playlist and music available in advance from mickfoster@btconnect.com. DWJQ are house band, PA drum kit bass amp and one guitar amp provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Sunday 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)

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 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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 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.   www.saturdayjazzworkshop.com

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

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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

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

Cambridge: The jazz club at Hidden Rooms on Thursdays  www.cambridgejazz.org.  Phone: 07827 012875. Email: info@cambridgejazz.org.

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 features jazz from time to time. See www.hotnumberscoffee.co.uk for details.

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

Mill Hill: Jazz club gigs on Wednesdays.

And finally … NAG TIME! PLEASE NOTE:

1. As mentioned above, please do NOT just send us posters or flyers or a link to a website. We will not include anything which we cannot copy and paste the text from. Word etc documents are fine, as is just typing the information in the body of an email. If someone does your artwork for you they would normally be happy to email you the text to save you re-typing it.

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

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

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

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

Many thanks!