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‘leven o’clock, Saturday night – make it a date with The Late Paul Barnes for the very best in jazz, swing and classic popular music.  All this and so much more at 11.00 pm on Saturday on the following BBC stations: Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Cambridgeshire, Northampton and Three Counties. Also available nationally and internationally on the BBC iPlayer. The Late Paul Barnes – rhythm & rhubarb of the finest kind.

‘Jazztonic’ from ragtime through swing and fusion to contemporary, it’s all about the best in jazz!  A weekly music and magazine programme available only via and clicking on ‘listen’.  Every Wednesday at 7pm and presented by David Craigie.  Wednesday 29th November will feature music from some of those musicians born during November. So Muggsy Spanier, Tommy Dorsey, Paul Desmond and Randy Brecker will all appear. (Probably: you never know what might happen in between!)

Jazz at the Hunter Club  On Friday 1 December at 8pm (doors 7:30pm)  £12/£6 u25   OXLEY MEIER QUARTET  6 St Andrews Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3PH
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The Cambridge Jazz Jam  is moving to a new home !  From Monday 27 November we will be located 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

The National Jazz Archive are holding a fundraising evening, presenting a Tribute to Stan Tracey at 8pm on Friday 24th November.  With Clark Tracey drums, Art Themen sax, Bruce Broadman keyboard and Andy Cleyndert bass.   £17
Venue – Mirth Marvel and Maud 186 Hoe Street  Walthamstow  E17 4QH

Young Swing Violin Virtuoso Ben Holder @ St John’s ARC, St John’s Arts Centre, St John’s Walk, Market Street, Old Harlow, Essex CM17 0AJ  on Thursday 30th November @ 8pm   Admission: £10   01406 365 731
A recent review of Ben, probably the most gifted swing violinist to emerge since Stephane Grapelli, said, “…get your feet tapping and your jaw dropping at the speed of his fingers. Top quality musicianship and utter entertainment”.   Ben studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire. During his studies, Ben discovered Jazz – swing masters such as Benny Goodman and of course the great jazz violinists, Stephane Grappelli, Joe Venuti and the awe inspiring African American, Stuff Smith.  Ben’s various awards bear testimony to his abilities.   Expect a programme which includes American Songbook items “Cheek to Cheek” to Fats Waller’s, “Ain’t Misbehavin’, Gerswin’s “Lady Be Good”,  “Liza” and much more.  Ben will take the stage alongside star pianist, J J Vinten, Harlow bass ace, Keith Donald and ex Harlow drummin’ man, John Petters for what promises to be an evening of musical fireworks.

Jazz Café POSK - 238-246 King St, London W6 0RF.  (nearest tube Ravenscourt Park Station) full listings are now included.  In short  –

Fri 24 November –  Willie Garnett Big Band £6
Sat 25 November – Denmark Street Big Band -
100 Years of DEAN MARTIN –  £12

Jazz at the Movies at 8pm on SAT 23rd Dec 2017  £14 at Hadleigh Town Hall, Market Place, Hadleigh, IP7          JOANNA EDEN voice     MARK CROOKS saxophones   CHRIS INGHAM piano ARNIE SOMOGYI bass    GEORGE DOUBLE drums
“Sublime seasonal jazz…” BBC RADIO SUFFOLK
“Sassy vocalist and her swinging quartet deliver…” JAZZWISE “Joanna Eden and her first-class band had a ball… and so did the audience!” JAZZ JOURNAL

Calling young Hadleigh musicians.  There will be a Performance Workshop on December 2nd from 2pm to 4pm at The Tudor Hall, Priory Hall.  Admission free but registration necessary.

John Seeley’s Jazz and Saxophone Group present a  Christmas Concert   An evening of Jazz, Popular and Christmas tunes on  Thursday 7th December 2017, 8pm to 10pmFree admission and refreshments.  Free parking.  Raffle.   Main Hall, St. Michael and All Angels Church, 62 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1LF

THE HARRY BOLT QUINTET will make its debut at RONNIE SCOTT’S JAZZ CLUB on Monday 18th December.  The Late Show – starting 11 pm.  Great line up with  :   Benet Mclean – Violin    Adam King – Bass    Will Glaser – Drums    Harry Bolt – piano and special guest Alex Garnett – Sax  Touring the UK in 2018 promoting debut album “Piece By Piece”.  Exciting, young players, not to be missed!

The Sparrows of Paris, french musette group based in London, play at Jamboree (Courtyard of Cable Street Studios, 566 Cable Street London E1W 3HB Tube Limehouse) on Sunday 26 November at 8:45pm.  Doors 7:30pm.  Parisian singer Carolyn Saint-Pé and her quartet The Sparrows of Paris, with Pete Watson on accordion, Lucy Tasker on clarinet, Andrea Vergani on guitar and Julia Doyle on double bass, transport you to Paris of the beginning of the 20th century with a repertoire of vintage french chansons, javas, tangos, valses musette and the odd foxtrot.  With their new album Javas, they keep the musette genre alive with two new songs, Chez Raymond which relates the lives of the French in the UK and Brexzut! the song about brexit!   Tickets: £6

Harmony In Harlem the Cambridge-based big band specialising in authentic Duke Ellington, are performing The Nutcracker Suite Ellington’s take on everyone’s favourite seasonal Tchaikovsky. Thursday 30th November, 7:30pm  at Great St Mary’s Church, Senate House Hill, Cambridge CB2 3PQ  in the heart of Cambridge. Tickets £15 on the door on online at


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.

The Cambridge Jazz Jam  is moving to a new home !  From Monday 27 November we will be located 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, starting 21st March. Musicians and singers welcome

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

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

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

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

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

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. In 18th year. Excellent accompanists. Food available. £8 singers, £7 guests, £5 full time students with student card. Doors, list 6.00pm, music 7.45 – 10.30pm. Chris Legee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

29th November – Jo Harrop pays homage to Peggy Lee            Jo Harrop – vocals    Alex Webb – piano    Tony Kofi – sax    Miles Danso – double bass    Joel Prime – drums

Jo Harrop pays tribute to Peggy Lee, (May 26, 1920 – January 21, 2002) one of the great figures of jazz and American popular song, with a career spanning six decades and one of the greatest exponents  of Torch Song – unforgettable laments for unrequited or lost loves. Creamy voiced Jo Harrop delivers moving renditions of Peggy Lee classics as well as swinging out on other great songs from the canon.  Songs featured include Peggy Lee’s ‘Fever’,  ‘The Folks  Who Live On The Hill’, ‘Why Don’t You Do Right’,  ‘It’s A Good Day’, ‘I Love Being Here With You’ and ‘He’s a Tramp’ (this featuring in the Disney film The Lady And The Tramp)   Jo Harrop guested on the album ‘Call Me Lucky’ by Alex Webb &  The Copasetics, delivering what called ‘a smoothly sumptuous vocal’ on the Webb original ‘End of The Affair’.  The album received four-star reviews in the Guardian and Evening Standard.     ‘‘This girl was born to sing jazz!’  – Blues & Soul

December – No Gigs till

3rd January – T J Johnson                      T J Johnson – piano/vocals   Al Nichols – tenor sax   Tony Pitt – guitar/ banjo   Simon Read – double bass   Wesley Gibbens – drums

TJ Johnson 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, exciting atmosphere that is rarely equalled.   TJ and his band have toured extensively in the UK and overseas for over twenty years and now he is also very involved in the vibrant London music scene. TJ’s style and mix 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.

10th January – Derek Nash Picante Latin Sextet
Derek Nash – saxes   Dominic Ashworth – guitar    Robin Jones – percussion & congas   Andy Staples – bass   Neil Angilley – keyboards   Marc Cecil – drums

We welcome back leading saxophonist Derek Nash, a featured soloist with the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, and his fabulous Latin/Salsa band to the Belvedere. Co-founded with guitarist Dominic Ashworth, who was awarded Jazz Guitarist of the Year in 2006, they are joined by world-renowned, master percussionist and leader of King Salsa Robin Jones plus Marc Cecil, the drummer with King Salsa and other Latin bands. On the keyboards is Latin-maestro Neil Angilley who has previously appeared at the club with Julian Marc Stringle. This stellar line-up is completed by the bass of Andy Staples who plays and records with several leading UK bands.

17th January  – The Award Winning International Singing Star Matthew Ford + John Horler Quartet     Admission £15                                                  Matthew Ford – vocals   John Horler – piano   Ian Laws – guitar   Joe Pettitt – double bass   Neil Bullock – drums

Star vocalist on the 2017 nationwide tour of ‘Celebrate Sinatra’ Matthew has made multiple appearances on the BBC Proms and Friday Night Is Music Night.  Recent appearances include the John Wilson Orchestra, Halle, Ulster Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestras.  Broadcasts on Radio 2 & 3, BBC 1, 2, 3 & 4, ITV and Sky Arts’.

 24th January – The Harlem Meer Cats                     Ned Bennett – alto sax & clarinet   Ben Cummings – trumpet   Jeff Williams – trombone   Colin Good – piano              Jerome Davies – double bass   Chris Nickolls – drums

Formed in 2015, the Meer Cats is made up of 6 of the finest early jazz specialists in London, playing the music of Duke Ellington’s bands of the late 1920s and early 1930s, recreating the Cotton Club in New York.  Much of what they play is with growling trumpet and trombone, haunting clarinet, swooping sax and African drum rhythms, with plenty of Swing!   Expect to hear tunes such as It Don’t Mean A Thing, Jungle Nights in Harlem, Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, Old Man Blues, Caravan, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady, Six or Seven Times, Perdido, In A Mellow Tone, I’m Beginning to See the Light and many more.
Their music has been arranged for the Harlem Meer Cats by their leader Ned Bennett; with each piece Ned transcribes the essence of the original recording, and distils it down to fit their streamlined 6-piece line up. All the melodies, harmonies and rhythms are carefully replicated. Played with authenticity, they treat every performance as a jazz gig with high energy playing, great improvised solos, and a great swing feel.

31st January  – ‘Broadway to MGM’ – Atila                   Atila – vocals   Rob Barron – piano   Colin Oxley – guitar    Dave Green – double bass   Steve Brown (tbc) – drums

This exciting show presents a selection of Broadway hits especially on those that made it to MGM and onto the big screen.  Join Atila for a trip through the decades of great song writers and forgotten hits. Featuring songs such as ‘Bewitched’ ‘The Right Girl For Me’, ‘You My Love’, ‘Hello Young Lovers’, ‘What Kind of Fool am I’ and many, many more… Come along to this great show to relive an era when lyrics were king and melody was a symphonic theme

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

29 Nov:    OCTETMark Tydeman (tpt/flg) + Mervin Samuels (alto) +    Leszek Kulaszewicz (tenor) + Andrew Linham (baritone) + Ayo Akintonwa (guitar) + Hilary Cameron (piano) + Lester Bennett (drums) + John Pamenter (bass/arrangements)

with John Withers (drums) – not 29 Nov  &
and John Pamenter (double bass) – not 25 Oct

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

The Theydon Jazz Club will be moving venues on Wed 10th January 2018 to ”The Abridge Village Hall” at 39 Ongar Road, Abridge, Essex RM4 1UD.  The Club will also be renamed ”The Theydon & Abridge Jazz Club”.

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

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

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

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

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


“This is jazz of the highest quality. Believe.”   4 Stars In Mojo Magazine
London born and Hastings raised, winning singer-pianist Liane Carroll is one of the UK’s greatest musical treasures. A soulful, emotive singer, she is capable of moving an audience to tears with her ability to inhabit a lyric or to have them jumping for joy with her breathtaking vocal virtuosity. Always sells out so please book soon.

SPIKE’S PLACE”  AT BRENTWOOD 8.00pm. The Bardswell, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4TJ. Tel: 01245 420475  Top-Class Mainstream Jazz.  email:   Admission £16.00 members £13.00 unless otherwise stated.  Join the Facebook groups

Tuesday 5th December – 8.00pm
Sara Dowling & Chris Dean with  Trevor Brown- piano  Dave Chamberlain – bass  &  Dave Tandy – drums

Tuesday 12th December – 8.00pm
Christmas Party   With Al Nicholls -sax  Roy Williams – trombone  Imre Varga – piano  Simon Thorpe – bass  &  Emiliano Caroselli – drums
Admission £16.00 members £13.00 includes buffet

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

December to February – Closed

CHELMSFORD JAZZ CLUB presents 10 or 11 concerts a year at the Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG (next to the Civic Theatre), mainly on Sunday lunchtime. The jazz is generally mainstream and modern and the club is justly proud of the quality.  For an annual subscription of £10.00 (£15.00 joint) members are entitled to a £4.00 reduction on normal ticket prices, and notice of concerts. There’s a friendly atmosphere, come along. Enq: Larry Newall-Smith 01245 256510.  join the Facebook groups
Doors: 11.45am     Gig starts: 12.15pm    Advance booking:   01245 606505    £12 / £16

Sun 3rd December.    Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams, Robin Aspland, Dave Chamberlain and Matt Home

Sunday 14th January.   Ron Drake (sax/clarinet) with Ted Beament (piano) Spenser Brown (bass) and Rod Brown (drums)

 Sunday 11th February.    John Etheridge (guitar),  Art Themen  (sax) Arnie Somegy (bass) and Winston Clifford (drums)

 Sunday 18th March.   ‘Searching for Hope’ with Herwig Gradischng (sax), Steve Fishwick (trumpet), Claus Raible (piano)   Giorgos Antonia (bass) and Matt Home (drums)

Sunday 15th April.    The Humphrey Lyttelton Band  (7 piece band, line up TBC)

XMAS JAZZ at CRAMPHORN THEATRE CHELMSFORD    The hugely successful XMAS Jazz Specials have now been running for several years, with packed houses treated to stunning musicianship. Lots of fun on stage, the band is always greatly encouraged by the tremendous audience response. Larry and Zak collaborated for many years arranging and performing in em@il special, bringing fresh, unique arrangements of jazz standards to enthusiastic audiences in Chelmsford, London and beyond, in recent years concentrating on the now legendary XMAS Jazz seasons. Don’t miss the XMAS Jazz fun with all the regular mobsters including Adam Mader on everything and Andy Frost – the percussive mouth. After last year’s full houses, an additional date has been added to this year‘s XMAS jazz season at Chelmsford’s Cramphorn Theatre … everyman and his dog welcome …. come in your droves (or even in your cars?) (or sleighs?).   Tickets are already on sale   Be sure not to miss this year’s XMAS JAZZ special – please reserve your places early!    Complimentary mince pies … AND … no silly paper hats.

Larry Berkovitz (piano/vocals) and Zak Barrett (saxes) present:  XMAS JAZZ Special  with Rowan Ward (saxes) Dom Copestick (saxes /vocals) Robert Rickenberg (dbl bass) AND special guests:  virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Adam Mader (flugelhorn/violin/mandolin/melodica/recorders/whistling/face slapping etc.. and vocals) and Andy Frost (beatbox / drums)   Tickets £15 (Sat 3pm tickets £10)   Please note that a £1.50 booking fee applies per transaction for bookings paid by credit card   To book – please call 01245 606505

Thursday 21st December 2017 @ 8pm
Friday 22nd December 2017 @ 8pm
Saturday 23rd December 2017 @ 3pm & 8pm

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

24th November – Marigolds All Stars:

Paul Higgs trumpet, Zack Barrett sax, Mike Gorman keyboards, Jose Canha bass and Martin Guy drums.

Paul Higgs is renowned as one of the UK’s leading trumpet players and has had an extensive musical career including performing, composing and arranging music for film, TV and theatre. He was a Musical Director for many years for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. He has performed with far too many luminaries to include here and has also performed in major concert venues around the world.
Zak Barrett graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music and has performed as a classical musician including playing on Naxos recordings with the RNCM wind ensemble. He has performed with numerous artists across the UK and abroad and is heavily involved with teaching jazz.
Mike Gorman is an integral part of the London and UK jazz scene performing with virtually every UK horn player and vocalist of note as well as performing with leading international jazz artists. A key member of the Jim Mullen Organ Trio, Mike is also in great demand as a session player, touring and recording extensively.
From Portugal, José Canha worked with many diverse and talented musicians with a wide spectrum of influences but with a leaning towards a passion for Blues and Jazz. After co-founding a blues band José continued to collaborate on a variety of projects, eventually progressing towards working in the UK as a jazz double bassist.
Martyn Guy needs no introduction to audiences at Marigolds where he has performed regularly since the inception of the Club in 2003.

8th December – Paul Lamb and the King Snakes:

The incomparable Paul Lamb and the King Snakes need no introduction to blues aficionados. Paul started playing on the club scene in the early 70s and represented Great Britain in the 1974 world harmonica championships. This led to a time with Sonny Terry. Of that time Paul has said, ‘It was a great learning period for me with the maestro. Sonny was very kind and spent a lot of time educating me about the Blues’.  Over time Paul has become known around the world as one of the foremost blues harp players playing with many famous blues players. He and his band have won countless awards and sold record breaking quantities of albums. Paul has been inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame.  With Chad Strentz vocals/guitar, Andy Lamb, Paul’s son, playing dynamic guitar, Paul Lamb & the King Snakes rock the house with real blues, boogie, swing & good time jump. A stunning act not to be missed.

29th December – The Alan Barnes Quartet

Alan Barnes sax, Robin Aspland keyboards, Simon Thorpe bass and Clark Tracey drums.

Alan is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist, best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax that has few peers. His range and brilliance have made him a “first call” for studio and live work and his recorded catalogue is immense whether as leader/co-leader, alone or supporting others. The recipient of numerous British Jazz Awards, Alan has played residencies and toured tirelessly and building a warm rapport with audiences making him uniquely popular in British jazz.
Hailing from Leeds, Robin Aspland studied music at Colchester Institute before joining various bands in the Leeds area when after moving to London played with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra. Through the 90s, Robin became very well known in UK jazz circles, playing with resident and visiting artists too many to mention here including touring with Van Morrison for 6 years.
Bass player Simon Thorpe plays in many bands across the jazz spectrum as well as leading several of his own bands with a double bass style that is strong and melodic making him one of the UK’s most popular bass players.
Son of Stan Tracey CBE, Clark needs no introduction having forged his own bright and varied jazz career. After playing with his father’s various ensembles Clark has gone on to tour worldwide and record extensively. He has formed numerous bands with many famous and well-respected musicians as well as playing freelance alongside some of the most important artists in jazz at home and abroad. An accomplished composer and teacher of jazz Clark formed his own record companies, Tentoten Records and Resteamed Records, dedicated to his father’s works. He is one of the sharpest jazz drummers in the country, playing with a keen-eared awareness that can be rare among today’s drummers making him one of the most entertaining drummers in the country

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

26th November – The Jack Clifford Swingtette. Another wonderful end to another month of jazz at the club with an evening of traditional and jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack’s clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with guests including, as usual, Tim Huskisson playing the piano.

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

Sunday 3rd December 2017     SIMON SPILLETT  Saxophone
British jazz award winner, Author, Band leader, Patron of the Jazz Centre UK, Tubby Hayes prodigy.  Simon returns with his powerful and driving style with the Peter Lemer trio. Peter is a regular member of the Barbara Thompson band ‘Paraphernalia’ and has played with bands such as UK Drummer Ginger Baker’s ‘Gurvitz Army’.
Peter Lemer – KeyboardsJose CanhaString Bass.  Graeme Culham – Drums.

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 29th November – Hamish Stuart Band with special guest Molly Duncan

Glasgow-born Hamish Stuart shot to fame in the 1970’s as the falsetto voice and guitarist of the Average White Band (AWB), his distinctive song writing and vocal and guitar style helping pave the way to AWB’s extraordinary worldwide success. After AWB’s split up Hamish spent the rest of the 1980’s touring, writing and recording with a galaxy of soul legends, including Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, George Benson and Chaka Khan. Tenor saxophonist Malcolm “Molly” Duncan was a founding member of the Average White Band from 1971 to 1983. Tickets £19

Wednesday 10th January 2018 – Reach For It – The Genius of George Duke featuring keyboard wizard Carl Hudson and Gina Foster on vocals.

Wednesday 31st January 2018 – Some Kinda Wonderful – The Music of Steve Wonder featuring Noel McCalla on vocals and Derek Nash on saxes.

NEW JAZZ CLUB – GC’s FENLAND JAZZ CLUB  –  Further to the success of GC’s Jazz Club in Chelmsford, Graeme started a second club  ‘GC’s Fenland Jazz 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.  The Woodmans Cottage, 90 High Road, Gorefield, PE13 4NB  Tel 01945 871094.  Also on Facebook.   7.30pm -10pm. Admission Free. Light food will be available.

Sunday 10th December 2017
Richard Exall
Saxophone with his ‘Swing to Mainstream’.

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:

Wed 29th & Thurs 30th November –  Rat Pack Refreshed Show
Steve Pert
(Vocals), Sandra Lambert (Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums), Enrico Tomasso (Trumpet), Rob Fowler (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.

Wed 20th December 2017 – Christmas Special!
Lily Dior
(Vocals), Sandra Lambert (Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass), Jeff Lardner (Drums), Simon Bates (Saxophone)

Hosted by Australian songstress Lily Dior, you can expect to hear and sing along to some classic Christmas songs!   Recognised as one of Australia’s finest jazz singers, Lily Dior has shared the stage with a remarkable list of outstanding musicians including the Australian Art Orchestra, Mike Nock, DIG, The Bay’s (UK), Oscar Castro Neves, Airto Moriera, Don Grusin, Mark Murphy, James Morrison and The Manhattan Jazz Quintet (led by Dave Matthews and his exceptional band including Bill Evans, Charnett Moffatt, Victor Lewis, and Lew Soloff).
She’ll be joined by special guest saxophonist Simon Bates. Playing all musical genres, Simon is constantly in demand for his versatility. He is a respected band leader having led the band on the Johnny Vaughan Tonight Show and many other TV bands. He has been Musical Director for many well known artists including Bette Midler, Rick Astley, Richard Shelton and Alexander Armstrong.

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

I am sure many of you will be aware of the recent death of Ivor Rosenberg, a popular figure at the club over many years.   The following is a tribute from Dave Smith:
October brings the sad news of the death of Ivor Rosenberg.  Ivor was a vibrant personality on our local jazz scene, his ethereal alto sound recognizable in any musical company. His wit, charm, and encyclopedic knowledge of all things made him such good company.  Ivor was a natural musician with an innate sense of harmony and form.  He was a regular player at our club over the years and was always featured in small groups, playing modern jazz of the classic era.  We send our condolences to his family and all his many friends.  We are planning a celebration of Ivor’s music on Tuesday 5th December to which all are welcome

November 28th – Hertswing Big Band.  John Davies presents the expected Basie swing and drive with an ever stimulating programme. With star singer Vicky

December 5th A Celebration of Ivor’s Music and Life.   All are welcome to have a blow, exchange anecdotes and jokes, in appreciation of our friendship with Ivor in the style he would expect.

December 12th Terry’s Jazz Party  A lively evening of fun with the irrepressible Terry with jokes and jazz . 

December 19th Jim Phillips Christmas Party. Bring your friends, family and instruments. There will be the usual quizzes and raffle. The Big Band will be playing from about 9.30pm.

December 26th Boxing Day No Band.

LIVE JAZZ AT NORTH WEALD VILLAGE HALL  – Usually the 3rd Saturday afternoon in the month.  £8 on the door, start time of 12:30pm.  The Hall is in the High Road, behind the vet’s surgery CM16 6DB.  Licensed bar at village hall prices.  Tea, coffee and snacks at reasonable prices, with parking – but get there early. Please phone Margaret or George on 01992 523535 to book

The Jack Free Allstars.  The legendary trombonist appears with regulars Pete Rudeforth, John Crocker, Tim Huskisson, Murray Salmon, Martin Guy, Colin Bray, Carol Braithwaite.  Paul Higgs, Colin Good, Gary Wood, Julian Stringle, Trevor Whiting, JJ Vinten among recent guests.

December 16

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

3rd Dec  –  Oxley/Meier Guitar Project.  Expect  a musical melange, including Pat Methenyesque songs, Hot Club swing, Latin cool and Turkish music.

17th Dec  –  Jason Fredericks Cinematic Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas – The Music of Vince Guaraldi.  Paying homage to the genius of composer Vince Guaraldi and creator Charles M. Schulz, the trio perform music from the classic 1965 animated TV special.

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

Thursday  7th December – 8.30pm
Sara Dowling & Chris Dean  with Trevor Brown – piano  Dave Chamberlain – bass  &  Dave Tandy – drums
Admission £15.00 members £12.00

Thursday  14 December – 8.00pm
Christmas Party  With Al Nicholls – sax  Roy Williams – trombone  Imre Varga – piano  Simon Thorpe – bass  &  Emiliano Caroselli – drums
Admission £16.00 members £13.00  includes food

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

Sunday 17th Dec – LAURA ZAKIAN

Sunday 7th Jan – LIANE CARROLL
Sunday 21st Jan – CHRIS ALLARD

FOLKESTONE JAZZ CLUB AT THE TOWER Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone, Kent CT20 3HL. Every Thursday Music Starts 8 00pm To book please call 01303 277175  or  Derick Woodland Beryl Wood.  Gigs start  8pm – Adm £12

November 30th      THE SIMON SPILLETT QUARTET   play Tubby Hayes    Great tenor saxophonist & award winning author Simon Spillett returns to The FJC with this most experienced quartet.
John Critchinson piano – was a stalwart of the Ronnie Scott bands..
Alec Dankworth double bass .Brit Jazz Award Winner .. plus The Legacy..
Clark Tracey drums .Brit Jazz Award Winner . plus The Legacy

December 7th      THE PAUL LACEY ” Sweets ” SEXTET
“Swinging for Sweets ”  The music of Harry ” Sweets ” Edison.  What a swinging outfit to play the wonderful swinging music of the ex Basie trumpeter Harry ” Sweets ” Edison & who better to play it than a sextet led by Paul Lacey, the leader of the award-winning Back to Basie Orchestra.
Paul Lacey  … trumpet & leader
Robert Fowler ..tenor sax.  The most rounded sound on the UK jazz scene.
Alison Neal ..alto sax .. Has played the FJC with her own band & the theatre with Back to Basie — a most welcome return
John Pearce .. piano . The Guv is back — one of the UKs finest
Murray Salmon ..  The experience & quality of this bassist is unequalled
Rod Brown .. drums .. In the top notch of British drummers

Tuesday    December 12th     IT’S PARTY TIME x THE CHRISTMAS BASH with  THE ONE & ONLY COLROSE   7  Kent’s own Number One Party Band ~~ Playing great swing numbers with a christmas feel ~ Bumper Raffle mega prizes & last year’s mince pies !!!   Not to be missed  ( If you can get a ticket ?? !!! )

January 4th    Derek Nash’s   PICANTE’    NOW BOOKING
With musicians from The Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.  This is the Latin Band of Latin Bands ~~ Latin as hot as it gets !!!  Influenced by the world famous Buena Vista Social Club & Sergio Menzies.
saxes ~ Leader & percussion assortment !!! Great leader & charismatic entertainer ~ Has numerous bands & is always welcome at The FJC whenever he is not leading the front row with Jools Holland.
CHRIS STORR trumpet ~ Amazing lead trumpet, also from Jools Holland.  The ideal man to put the bite into Latin.
DOMINIC ASHWORTH guitar ~Top Canadian jazz guitarist – great with Latin.
NEIL ANGILLEY piano ~ This man is recognised as The UK’s finest Latin pianist.  Has recently toured with Alfie Boe & Michael Ball including a private performance for The Queen at Buck House.  Wow – only the best at FJC.
ANDY STAPLES bass ~ One of the UK’s top bassists with the Latin touch.
ROBIN JONES percussion ~ This is the Rhythm of the Night ~ Conga Crazy
MARC CECIL ~drums & percussion. This guy generates excitement in this outfit as he also does with his own band

January 11th     NOW BOOKING   Multi Award Winner   THE LIANE CARROLL TRIO   

 January 18th    NOW BOOKING  From The USA The most famous tenor sax man in the world..  THE SCOTT HAMILTON QUARTET
Yes this is the annual event of The FJC having the worlds most famous jazz tenor saxophonist play for us ~~ In 2017 we were also lucky to have him play for us in August & both gigs were a complete sell out.  This man has been at the top for many years & has made over 50 albums.  With Scott will be his regular & most amazing world class rhythm section
JOHN PEARCE piano~ DAVE GREEN double bass~ STEVE BROWN drums

January 25th    NOW BOOKING   The Lennie Niehaus Connection by  THE MICK FOSTER QUINTET   Featuring three of the UKs finest saxophonists ~ Foster ~ Barnes & Fowler //
These are the wonderful original compositions & arrangements of standards by LENNIE NIEHAUS the former Stan Kenton alto saxophonist. The charts for this sextet have all been transcribed by Mick Foster the UK’s number one baritone sax man.  At our request to play this music, Mick has also organised & acquired the right team to play this West Coast Jazz in the style of the original (1950s) Lennie Niehaus Quintet of Bob Gordon baritone sax .. Jack Montrose tenor.. Monty Budwig double bass & Shelly Manne drums..
Lennie is now 88 & living in California ~ he has spent most of his life writing music for films & is credited for the music in most of the films of his good friend Clint Eastwood
MICK FOSTER  baritone sax ~~ ALAN BARNES alto sax ~~ ROBERT FOWLER tenor sax  ~~ DAVID CHAMBERLAIN double bass ~~ TRISTAN MAILLOTT  drums
The heading Lennie Niehaus Connection comes from my meeting him in 1956.   Please google Lennie Niehaus ~ this guy will blow your mind.

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.

Friday 24 November – ARQ (Alison Rayner Quintet) Alison Rayner-bass, Diane McLaughlin-sax, Deirdre Cartwright-guitar, Steve Lodder-piano, Buster Birch-drums
Terrific grooves, poignant melodies and fluid improvisation… ARQ brings to the stage a musical bond that is expressed in such fun and joyful moments, that it is an absolute pleasure to be in the same room with them” – Colchester Arts. They completed a 30 date UK tour in the spring of 2017 with a sell out concert at Pizza Express Dean St and tonight is part of another new UK wide tour.

Friday 29 December – JOHN ETHERIDGE with Jim Treweek-piano, Eric Guy-bass, Buster Birch-drums.  A true master of guitar in all styles. Simultaneously touring in duo with Stephane Grappelli and as a member of legendary fusion band “Soft Machine” John Etheridge defies boundaries and excels in all musical settings. He has worked with John Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzie Gillespie, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe, Nigel Kennedy, Pat Metheny, Birelli Lagrene, Barney Kessel, Elton Dean and John Williams. “One of the best guitarists in the world” – Pat Metheny… “I never wanted to be a star, just a highly respected musician like John Etheridge” – Sting. 

JAZZ CAFE POSK- 238-246 King St, London W6 0RF.  (nearest tube Ravenscourt Park Station)

Friday 24 November –  Willie Garnett Big Band £6

Undoubtedly one of the best British big bands led by veteran band leader Willie Garnett… Superb Musicians…Keeping the GREAT Classics ALIVE!….Regular to our stage performing every last Friday of each month, the band will be treating us to their usual selection of the finest popular jazz standards.

Saturday 25 November – 100 Years of DEAN MARTIN – Denmark Street Big Band £12

Dubbed as the “coolest man who ever lived” and a member of the fabled Rat Pack, the legendary Dean Martin was one of the elite group signed to Capitol Records in the 50’s and Sinatra’s Reprise Records in the 60’s. Tonight we celebrate the great man’s centenary year and welcome back the “coolest taxi driver in London”….Aiden Kent, to sing some treasured and loved selections from the golden swing era.

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)

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

25 Nov, 7.30PM. w/Tina May, Nick Weldon, Dave Olney, Richard Pite. Celebrating Ella and Fats. Pavenham Village Hall. Pavenham, Beds, MK43 7PE. £12.

1 Dec, 1PM.FG Trio with Nikki Iles, piano and Flo Moore, bass. Brunel University, Beldam Room, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH.www,  Free.

14 Dec, 12-2PM. FG Trio with Charles Alexander, guitar and Simon Woolf, bass. Clocktower Cafe, Katherine St, Croydon, CROI 1NZ. Free. 02028 668 4713.

17 Dec, 12PM. w/Tad Newton Band. Walnut Tree Inn,Station Road, NN7 3DS. 01604 485549. £10.

3 Jan, 8PM. FG with Rico Tomasso, Richard Bushiakevitz, Arnie Somogi and Les Cirkel. Ruislip Golf Club, Ickenham Road,HA4 7DQ.01895 32394. £8.

17 Jan, 8PM. Guest conductor/soloist with The Rebel Yell Orchestra. The Spice of Life. 6 Moor Street, London W1D 5DA. £10.

21 Jan, 1PM. w/Tad Newton Band. Solihull Jazz Club, Union Road, B91 3DH.

25 Jan, 8PM. w/Bob Haddrel. Here Cafe, 28-30 Lower Kings Road, Berkhamstead, Herts, HP4 2AB. 01442 300870. Free.

1 Feb, 8PM. W/Tad Newton Band. Pumphouse Jazz Club. Local Board Road, Watford, WD17 2JP.

6 Feb, 8PM. The Great British Songbook. w/Pete Churchill, piano/vocals and Laurence Evans, bass. The Pavilion Cafe, Bedford Park, MK40. 01234 351104. £25 for meal and music. Booking in advance required.

14 Feb, 8.30PM. w/Lauren Bush, vocals, Dorian Ford, piano and Laurence Evans, bass. Mill Hill Jazz Club, 100 Barnet Way, NW7 3AL. 0208 207 0451.£8.

18 Feb, 12PM. w/Tad Newton Band. The Walnut Tree Inn. Station Road, Blisworth, NN7 3DS.  01604 485 549.£10.

4 April, 12.30PM. The Polo Sticks w/Alan Barnes, Marting Nickless, Martin Litton, Sandy Sucholdski and Richard Pite. The Spice of Life,6 Moor Street, London, W1D 5DA. £10.

17 May, 8PM. W/Tad Newton Band. Verwood Jazz Club, St Leanards Hotel, Ringwood.

21 June, 7.30PM. w/Tad Newton Band.Upton on Severn Jazz Festival.

24 June, 12PM.Club Hotfoot w/FG, Charles Alexander/Andy Robinson, guitar and Tom Hill, bass. Westwood Social Club, Westward Heath, Coventry, CV4 8GP. 0247 646 6619. £10.

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CAXTON SWING Gigs.   For more detailed info

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

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

Saturday 18th November  –  North Weald Village Hall. CM16 6BU
With Jackie Free and the Allstars.
Music starts at 12.30 – 3pm.  Entry fee payable at door.
Food available along with tea/coffee and bar.

Sunday 26th November  –  Queens Theatre, Honchurch.
With Pete Corrigans Band of Hope.  Music starts at 12.45 to 3pm. Door entry payable.

Fri 8th December  –  Billericay Constitution Club, High St, Billericay. CM12 9BE
Great way to start the weekend.  Lunchtime menu available + club prices for drinks.
Fun starts at 12.30 – 2.30pm.  £7 door.

Saturday 16th December  –  North Weald Village Hall. CM16 6BU
With Jackie Free and the Allstars.
Music starts at 12.30 – 3pm.  Entry fee payable at door.
Food available along with tea/coffee and bar.

Weds 20th Dec  –  Essex County Bowls Club, Imperial Avenue, Westcliff on Sea.  SS0 8NE
An evening of easy listening jazz played in a comfortable and friendly club.
With Tim Huskisson, Mike Sagrott, Mike Barry, Ted Simkins.
special guest : Digby Fairweather
Ground level and easy parking. Club prices for drinks.
Starts at 8.00 – 10.30pm.  £7 door.

Weds 10th January  –  Theydon Bois Jazz club held in Abridge Village Hall RM4 1UD .
With Hugh Rainey Jazz Band.
Starts at 8pm through till 10.30pm. Door entry payable.

Friday 12th January  –  Billericay Constitution Club, High St, Billericay. CM12 9BE
Great way to start the weekend.  Lunchtime menu available + club prices for drinks.
Fun starts at 12.30 – 2.30pm.  £7 door.

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

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


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

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

Tuesday 28th November.  We have the amazing Red Butler who were the ‘breakthrough’ band of 2016.  Now matured and metamorphosed into guitar driven blues at it’s very best.  Much nominated and awarded.

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

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

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

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

Every 1st  and 3rd Thursday of every month Kenny Ball Jr will be doing a live show with special guests below the Brickyard, South Street, Romford Essex, singing with Pete Corrigan bass Pete Jackson on drums Paul Searly on guitar Michael Horner piano Andrew Lidden on sax 7.30 till 1.

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

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

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

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

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

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


WAVE-Walthamstow All Voice Ensemble are preparing for a Christmas Concert on Dec 6th at St Mary’s Church in Walthamstow Village and are looking for local musicians – a jazz pianist plus a horn player or a trio.  The rehearsal would be Weds Nov 29th 7.30-9.30 in Walthamstow.

The Southend Jazz Co-op is looking for a new bass player.  The co-op meets every Saturday on Hadleigh Old Fire Station from 10 am to 1 pm.  The aim is to help musicians improve their improvisational/comping skills in the context of a (modern) jazz repertoire.  The atmosphere is friendly and supportive and the level ranges from relative beginners to experienced pro/semipro musicians.  There are regular gigs during the year.   Website:    Interested? Please contact Richard Dray 01268 781700 (

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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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

Saffron Walden: The Foyer Jazz Club at Saffron Hall present BEYOND CANTALOUPE on Friday 8th December. 8pm. £13.50.

Bury St Edmunds: Headhunters Jazz at the Hunter Club, 6, St Andrews Street features the PETE OXLEY/NIC MEIER QUARTET on Friday 1st December. Reserve tickets by email to: or see

Bury St Edmunds: The Apex presents Songbook Sundays with ATILA HUSEYIN on Sunday 3rd December – 11.30am start.

Chelmsford: At ACanteen the brilliant drummer ANDY GANGADEEN & his Trio play jazz-funk every Friday night!

Colchester: On Thursday 7th December there’s a JAZZ GIG & JAM. 8:30-10pm it’s jazz quartet with PAUL HIGGS & CHRIS ALLARD then 10pm-midnight open jazz jam. Free entry, no need to reserve. The Bull  2 Crouch Street Colchester CO3 3E.

Cambridge: The annual JAZZ FESTIVAL runs from the 11th to the 26th November with a host of top artists. See for details.

Cambridge: On Thursday 30th November HARMONY IN HARLEM play Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite at Great St Mary’s Church, Senate House Hill, CB2 3PQ. 7.30pm. See

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.

Hadleigh: The jazz club at Town Hall presents JAZZ AT THE MOVIES on Saturday 23rd December. Contact Check www.jazzatthemovies .com for other gigs.

Lowestoft: Milestones Jazz Club at the Hatfield Hotel, The Esplanade, NR33 0QG presents the SIRKIS/BIALAS INTERNATIONAL QUARTET on Sunday 3rd December. See


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