15th February 2014

From: Chris Neill [mailto:chris@chrisneill.co.uk]
Sent: 15 February 2014 06:51 PM
To: news@jazzupdate.co.uk
Subject: Jazz Update weekly newsletter

 

Hi everyone

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The Len Phillips Big Band www.lenphillipsbigband.co.uk Britain’s most popular big band with and all-star line-up (including Harold Fisher, Roy WIllox, Stuart Brooks, Tony Fisher, David Black and Don Hunt) presents the music of Basie, Goodman, Heath and Kenton plus great songs from Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams and Peggy Lee. The band will be appearing in Sidcup on 16 Feb, Croydon 28th March and Lowestoft from 31st March to 3rd April. Listings below.
This Sunday 16th February come and see Fleur Stevenson at the Oxford Wine Cafe, 38 South Parade, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7JN.  6.30pm til 9pm, free admission.

“It’s like having a bit of Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in your own sitting room,” one Café customer said about our Sunday night jazz sessions and that’s the kind of feel we’re aiming for. Relaxed seating, delicious wine, coffee and deli-snacks on hand, candle lit ambience and fabulous jazz performances from internationally acclaimed trios. A wide variety of styles makes sure there’s something for everyone.  

Fleur is one of the new breed of jazz singers who have trained formally as instrumental musicians before taking the leap of musical faith to become vocalists. Whilst studying jazz trumpet and composition, Fleur began singing at small clubs and bars only to find she adored the sense of freedom that singing can bring. She worked under the tutelage of the great Claire Martin and the collaboration has produced a very fine performer with musical intellect and great skill as an improviser.  Come and join Fleur for some early evening jazz, with Chris Neill on piano and Paul Jefferies double bass.

You can see an example of Fleur’s singing style at www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0lUKFmGJ-U.

There is another opportunity to catch Fleur when she hosts her regular (3rd Tuesday of the month) Jazz Singers’ Night at the Global Cafe, 35-39 London St, Reading RG1 4PS at 9.00pm. Heart melting vocals from Fleur Stevenson with award-winning jazz pianist Chris Neill, bassist Nick Hill and Ben Robins on drums. Performance begins at 9.00pm, and then singers are invited onto stage to jam with the band from 9.30pm.  Get those vocal cords warmed-up and ready!


Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio
plays Herts Jazz Club from 7.30 pm-10.00 pm Sunday 23 February 2014 at Terrace Suite, Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City. Dennis is a renowned band leader and his various groups have won prestigious awards: BadBone & Co was named the Best Band of 2007 at the BBC Jazz Awards and Velocity Trio was named the Band Of The Year at Jazz Yorkshire Awards in 2012. Having won 3 “Best Trombone” awards himself, Dennis was recently bestowed “Player Of The Year” by the British Trombone Society. Tickets: Advance: £3 students/£8 members/£10 concessions/£11 full. Walk-ups: £5 students/£9 members/£11 concessions/£13 full.

Velocity Trio has the rare instrumentation of the trombone-led trio with Hammond organ and drums which makes it unique. Dennis leads the trio with his powerful and inventive trombone with which he creates all the moods from funky and groovy to very melodic and lyrical. He takes the risk and pushes the envelope with his creative and edgy approach to music.
Dennis Rollins – Trombone, Ross Stanley – Organ, Pedro Segundo – Drums

On Tuesday 25th February The Bottleneck Blues Club (Roffen Suite, 41 New Road, Rochester ME1 1DX) have The Marbletones who hail from Holland and are a ‘proper’ blues band of the harp-driven variety. Check them out at http://www.marbletones.com.Tickets £10. Doors open 7.30pm, band on stage 8.45pm. Good food, reasonably priced, available to eat at your table if required. Further information, location map etc. at www.bottleneckblues.com.


Hornchurch Jazz Club
at Hornchurch Conservative Club, 25 North Street, RM11 1RS, on Sunday, 23rd February 2014 from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm. Club regular Jack and his clarinet, rather than sitting-in with other bands Jack leads his own popular 6-piece band including Peter Rudeforth trumpet, Tim Huskisson keyboard and Jackie Free trombone. The club is a comfortable air-conditioned venue with a dance floor, drinks at club prices and car parking. Members £7, non-members £8. Call Laurie on 07913 558616 for more details.


Jazznights
@ The Cock Inn, Clare, 3 Callis Street, Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8PX on Sunday 16th FebEstelle Kokot with Sam Edwards (pno), Bernie Hodgkins (bs) & Roger Odell (drs) and Larraine Odell (voc). 8.00 to 10.30pm Adm £10. Reserve seating on 01787 237653 or email reply – pay on the door.

“Standards and originals perfectly compatible side by side. Kokot is an excellent arranger of her own and other people’s material” John Fordham – The Guardian.
“Within a few notes you know you’ve hit a jackpot with Estelle Kokot…an indefinably mature combination of meticulously well-chosen notes and a voice to strip you down bare and trembling”.
Gisele Turner – JazzEye.

On Fri 28 February Keith Ball and His Jazzmen present a Tribute to Kenny Ball at Theatre Royal BSE, 6 Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP331QR at 7:30pm. Ticket prices: range from £20 to £8.50. Box office – 01284 769505 or www.theatreroyal.org A welcome return to the Theatre Royal for the late Kenny Ball’s Jazzmen. Led now by Keith Ball, Kenny’s son, on vocals and Ben Cummings on trumpet, the Jazzmen perform a selection of Kenny’s top 20 hits interspersed with the very best in Dixieland Jazz.

On Friday 7th March, The Jazz Pop Up Cafe presents International Jazz at the Leigh Community Centre – “Live from Los Angeles” James Tormé - “Tormé meets the British” with Emmy Award winning composer John Altman and his all-star band. Tom Farmer – Bass, Tim Lapthorn – Piano, John Altman – Sax, Martyn Kaine – Drums, at 7.00pm for 7.45pm. Tickets £20.00, inclusive of Canapes. Licensed Bar. 07778-126098 or 01702-477799 email agh477799@aol.com

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The Buckhurst Hill Jazz Jam is back again this (and every) Sunday from 7.30pm, downstairs at: Buckhurst Hill Sports and Social Club, 50 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex IG9 5BY. Due to present licencing issues, the Jam will have to finish at 10:30! Hosted by Deano with an incredible house band led by award-winning pianist Chris Neill (www.chrisneill.co.uk). An incredible atmosphere: always different, but always the same great fun vibe, and run for the benefit of the jammers rather than as a gig for the house band. You don’t have to play, the audience always thoroughly enjoy themselves too. And a family friendly venue too, so please bring along children/grandchildren along. Admission £3, and drinks are at club prices. Free easy local parking. Full details are at www.jazzjam.co.uk, but if you have got any questions please feel free to email (chris@jazzjam.co.uk), or call or text me on 07970 910080. We look forward to seeing you there.


Every
Wednesday at 8.00 to 11pm. Little Bread Big Jam at O’Neills. 762 High Road, Leytonstone, London, E11 3AW. Tel: 020 8536 4039. Usual house band Phil Mead on keyboard, Paul Whelpton on bass and Dave Fowler on drums, although this is subject to change at the whim of good fortune and a better paying gig. All jazz instrumentalists, vocalists and audients welcome. Wonderful music and a warm welcome guaranteed. £4. Bring Your Own Enthusiasm. Please contact Annie on music@indigoshades.com or 07885480329 for more details.
The Robert Bell Trio on the First 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) Paul Higgs trumpet/piano, Graham Cuttill drums, Matt Lowrie bass plus guests “The only purpose built Jazz and cocktails venue in the area and its free addmission”
New Jam Night on Wednesday nights at the Three Travellers, Wood Lane, Dagenham RM10 7DS from 9 – 11.30 pm. Full Back Line with Keyboard and PA. Free Entrance. All muso’s and listeners welcome, to this very friendly pub in Dagenham, easy parking. Hope to see some of you there whenever you can. Help to keep Music Live.


First Friday
of the Month at 8.00. Dodgy Jammers at Broxbourne Sailing Club, Meadgate Road, Nazeing. Usual house band Wally Shaw on keyboard, Paul Leader on bass and Lester Bennett on drums. See above for proviso. Very reasonable bar, home-cooked food, beautiful rural setting (although it will be hard to see it now the evenings are drawing in). £3. Please contact Annie on music@indigoshades.com or 07885480329 for more details.
For up and coming music artists every Tuesday night in the Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, there is an Open Mic Club evening called “We Love Live Music”, celebrating all music genres, this weekly night is all about great live music and exposing new talent! Open to absolutely everyone and totally free of charge this really is the place for you! Book your space, bring your pals, perform, enjoy other acts and possibly get spotted! Email openmic@southendtheatres.org.uk and book your slot or, for more information, call the Hospitality Team on 01702 344553.Doors open at 7.30pm with first acts at 8.30pm.
A Jazz jam on the last Saturday of each month takes place in the Rising Sun pub function room in Billericay. Nimrod Margalit (tenor sax) wiill be running the house band. Feel Free to contact Nimrod for any more information 01268 492351.


Mill Hill Jazz Club
host a regular end of month, Wednesday, open stage for quality musicians to set the club a’swinging. Val’s House band provides the professional rhythm section that binds it all together to make this the most “happening” scene in the whole of North West London. At The Golf Clubhouse, 100 Barnet Way, London NW7 3AL www.millhilljazzclub.co.uk valgorjazz@gmail.com 0208 207 0451

The Cambridge Jazz Jam every Tuesday. We look forward to welcoming friends old and new ! Whether you’re accomplished or trying to improve, you’ll get a warm welcome from our friendly audience. Free admission. Sessions run from 8.30 – 11 pm at The Tram Depot pub, Dover Street, Cambridge CB1 1DY (off East Road, opp. Anglia-Ruskin University). There is public car-parking behind the pub.Further information from Mike Quigley, 07979 59 22 41.
There is a Thursday night Jazz Session and Jam at Nomad Bar, 58 Old St, EC1V 9AJ. www.nomadjazz.com. The normal house band is Antonio Marzinotto and his trio but often have special guests and other bands. The aim of the night is for all talented jazz musicians, young and old, to play together in a relaxed atmosphere.


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


Vocals at Vortex
The Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ – Open Mic with the Bob Stuckey Trio, hosted by Romy Summers. £9 entry

Normally first Sunday of each month, starting at 7:30pm. Doors and singing list taken at 7pm (first come first served to sign up). Each month there are two featured mini sets and a great night of open mic supported by fantastic musicians.


Jazz Jam Session Every Tuesday
@ The Silver Bullet London N4 2PA The Bukky Leo Quartet features the groovy Michelle Montolli on the Bass, the hard driving Gary Williams on the Drums and the superb Joe Bickerstaff on the Piano. Bukky on Tenor & vocs. Jamming starts from 10 till late, now showing great Jazz Movies on show during intervals. Free Entry.
There is a Jam session on the first Thursday of each month in Colchester at The Bull, Crouch Street. They are lucky enough to have a house band that regularly features such great players as Bern Hodgekins (Bass player with Jazznights trio) and Mick Hutton (bass). Our attitude is that of inclusion and after a short set from the house band, we open the stage for jammers and singers. The jam was originally started by Mick Hutton and has been running for about 5 years now with a steady following. Please contact Simon (simonhurley@madasafish.com) for more information.


AMENDMENT AMENDMENT

Due to worries about a strike our event has moved this month from the 2nd Tuesday to Tuesday the 18th in February.

Singers’ Night – Open Mic Event for jazz vocalists in Central London- NORMALLY – 2nd Tuesday of each month at Nelson, 48 Stanhope Street, London NW1 3EX. Less than ten minute’s walk from Warren Street Underground on Tottenham Court Road. Seven pounds non singing guests, Eight pounds singers. Singers please bring song sheets in correct keys. Singing list taken from 6.00pm, music from 7.45 to 10.30pm. Great atmosphere, dedicated sound engineer, attractive setting. Now in our 14th year. If you’d like to dine, phone 020 7388 2283 for tables. Website: <singersnight.co.uk> or phone 020 7703 9648 for additional information.
There is a LondonBluesJams Yahoo! Group – blues rock n roll and soul jam on Thursdays from 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm . This event repeats every week at The Golden Lion, 2 High St Market Square, Romford RM1 1HR. For more info call 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 from beginners to pros and bands. Come and join in the great atmosphere -Vocalists especially welcome.


Jazz Jam
at the Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich is held on 1st Sunday in the month. We start at 2pm and finish around 5.30 – 6pm. All are welcome – both players and jazz fans. Admission FREE and Sunday lunches are available. Why not come along and enjoy the company, have lunch with a drink or two, and soak up the atmostphere. We look forward to seeing you there.
The Ipswich Jazz Collective meet once a month on a Friday to hold a jam session at the Golden Hind Pub on Nacton Road in Ipswich. They start at 7:30 with bass, drums, keyboard gear and a PA set up. Guitarists will need to bring their own amps. There’s no entrance fee and all levels of player are catered for. Local bands also have the chance to do a set on their own. For more information contact Des Hart des-hart@supanet.com.


‘Jazz Jam with Rich Buddie
‘ celebrated its first birthday in January. It has gone from strength to strength, and really is the place to be on a Monday Night in Norwich. Every week from 8pm. Rich Buddie aka Barry Wortley, Turk, Simon and special guests play traditional and funky tunes. Every one is welcome to come along to watch or bring their instruments and join in. Traditionally known as a blues venue, The Walnut Tree Shades Old Post Office Court, Norwich NR2 1NG is now also home to Monday night Jazz. Right in the heart of the city centre, parking, taxis and buses are all available within a 5 minute walk. 01603 622910


The Norwich JazzJam
is at Ketts Tavern in 29 Kett’s Hill, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 4EX

The regular ‘Norwich JazzJam‘ takes place every Monday from 8.30pm – www.jazzjam.org.uk . Players from across Norfolk (and even further afield) enjoy playing the tunes of their choice backed by what has been rated as one of the finest small bands in the region. Led by Brendan Youngs on electric upright bass, with Lee Vasey on his stunningly melodic lead guitar. Mark Jolley adds a highly distinctive electric violin to the frontline, taking over from where Stephan Grappelli left off. Matt Furness on drums drives the whole group – a veteran … but still only 15! Ian Hireson plays beautiful rhythm guitar, laying down perfect chord changes for improvising players. He can sell you the Real Books in C, Eb and Bb at better prices than retail. Brendan invites each jammer to choose a number from the Real Books (or hand out their own charts), set and agree the tempo and intro, then play the head and take the first solo, usually followed by Mark and Lee, each with their own solo chorus, before leading the band out with the head.

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BELVEDERE JAZZ & MUSIC CLUB, every Wednesday evening is now at The Chichester’s Tudor Room, Old London Road, Rawreth, Nr. Wickford. SS11 8UE (Off A129, 800 yards Wickford side of The Carpenters Arms roundabout). Meals and tasty Lite Bites are available from 6:30pm onwards whilst you sit at your table enjoying the 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 atmosphere ~ Candlelit tables ~ Admission £10 on the door ~ All welcome ~ Large free car park. For latest details and location map, see our gigs listings at www.belvederejazz.co.uk

19th FebruaryPaul Wood + Brian Dee, Bruce Adams, Len Skeat & John Withers

Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra’s vocalist Paul Wood will perform your favourite vocals accompanied by a top drawer, highly talented quartet who need no introduction! When they appeared at the club last June they were much acclaimed by the members. In addition to Paul, you will hear several instrumentals performed by this top drawer quartet. Early arrival essential!

26th February - Tim Huskisson’s Variety Jazz

“Seven top versatile musicians present a variety of Swing, Latin, Mainstream, Dixieland and Modern Jazz. This will be an entertaining show for everybody.” A real variety extravaganza led by Tim Huskisson – clarinet, alto sax and piano. Heather Simmons – vocals and tenor sax. Chris Storey – trumpet. Mick Foster – baritone sax and e-melody saxes. Martin Wheatley – guitar and banjo. Mark Cecil - drums. On the double bass we feature Roger Curphey.

5th March – The Linham Brothers Quintet

Andrew Linham – saxophones, Ryan Linham – trumpet, Rob Brockway – piano, Jason Simpson – double bass, Josh Law - drums. Andrew Linham is an exciting talented young saxophonist who has appeared several times at the Club in the Ken Turner Big Band. Tonight he’s appearing again with his younger also highly talented trumpeter brother Ryan with his own quintet, performing well known jazz standards. Back at Members’ request!

12th March – Jim Mullen, Reg Webb, Alan Clarke & Andy Clenydert

Entertaining Jim Mullen is winner of several “Best Guitar” Jazz Awards and has worked with Georgie Fame, Jim Morrison & Brian Auger. Reg Webb a wonderful, charismatic powerful pianist with an absolutely brilliant voice with smooth vocal delivery. Alan Clarke – drummer worked with Jools Holland and The Drifters. Andy Clenydert – double bass, has accompanied Ronnie Scott and Stan Tracy.

19th March – Julian Marc Stringle’s Dream Band

Julian Marc Stringle – clarinet, saxes, flute and vocals, Jacqui Hicks – vocals Dominic Ashworth – guitar, Neil Angilley, Chris Dodd and Mike Bradley.
The Dream Band is Julian’s own exciting and melodic Latin-influenced jazz sextet featuring keyboard virtuoso Neil Angilley, Canadian guitar star Dominic Ashworth, stylish vocalist Jacqui Hicks, bass ace Chris Dodd and the dynamic Mike Bradley on drums.

26th March – Mervyn Wright Orchestra

This 11 piece orchestra will be playing all your big band favourites from Basie to Ted Heath, Woody Herman to Glenn Miller etc. Mark Stratford will be performing from the Great American Songbook with the many tunes associated with Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble and Dean Martin etc. Arrangements are all especially written to encapture the full sounds of big bands with all their harmonic content. You may even have the odd joke thrown in!

2nd April – Simon Spillett + Ted Beament Trio

2011 British Jazz Award Winner for Tenor Saxophone Simon Spillett, having appeared at Ronnie Scotts and broadcast with his own band on BBC Radio, will be performing well known standards including Cole Porter, Jimmy Van Heusen and Jerome Kern compositions with a sprinkling of ballads, and refreshing tempo changes. Ted Beament will be accompanying on piano along with Alan Morgan – double bass & Alan Clarke - drums.

9th April – Pete Allen & Dave Browning ‘Tribute to Fats Waller’

Pete Allen – Clarinet & Saxes, Dave ‘Mr Stride’ Browning – piano, Dave Moorwood – guitar/vocals & Richie Bryant – drums
Pete Allen is described as ‘Britain’s Most Exciting Jazz Clarinettist’ and leader of a most entertaining professional jazz band for 34 years. Pete thrills audiences around the world with his own style of jazz clarinet combined with a slick fast moving entertaining show of light hearted humour and happy foot-tapping jazz songs. Local pianist Dave Browning is popular with our members so early arrival recommended!

16th April – The Kevin Fitzsimmons Quintet with Leon Greening

Kevin Fitzsimmons – vocals, Leon Greening – piano, Sam Mayne – saxes, Adam King – bass & Matt Fishwick – drums Kevin’s band features some of the UK’s top mainstream players so you are guaranteed creative mainstream jazz backing one of today’s most individual male jazz voices…blending West Coast cool, hard swinging, sparkling rhythms, blues-tinged ballads and jazzy lounge sounds, Delivering a sassy new take on the genre, they style carefully chosen standards (from likes of Legrand, Strayhorn, Jobim, Ellington, Porter & Co) with taste and verve, adding a few brand new jazz translations of rock/pop in the mix, along with an original or two thrown in for good measure. The band’s musicians are admired individually among jazz fans and alongside Kevin Fitzsimmons, they have enjoyed sell-out dates at Ronnie Scott’s, a one hour live concert on Jazz FM pus successful dates at other London Jazz Clubs such as Boisdales, The National Theatre Concert Pitch and London’s The Spice Of Life.
Wow! Kevin can really swing a song” – Birdland Jazz Club, New York. “His voice is an irresistible mix of Sinatra, Bennett & Buble” – Jazz FM. “A thoroughbred jazz singer, who can even swing a superior rock song” – Marlbank

23rd April – Digby Fairweather Premier Quartet + Mike Foster

Digby Fairweather – trumpet, Dominic Ashworth – guitar, Len Skeat - double bass, Neil Bullock – drums + Mick Foster – baritone sax
Digby Fairweather’s ‘Premier Quartet’ has starred at the City of London Festival for the last two years. Tonight they are joined by guest baritone saxophonist Mick Foster – nominated as ‘New Star’ in the British Jazz Awards 2013 – for a fun evening of Swing songs and great jazz standards from this all stars quintet!

30th April – The London City Big Band with Billy Boothroyd

The London City Big Band is an exciting 18 piece swing band, comprising of some of the finest young musicians in London and the UK. Employing graduate musicians from the top Music Colleges in London, the ensemble provides an authentic sound that is matched by few other bands around.
The London City Big Band will present timeless arrangements as performed by some of the all-time great vocalists, such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. They will also focus on the music of the Swing Era, performing standard charts from the Big Band greats such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Thad Jones, Bill Holman and many more!

LIVE JAZZ AT NORTH VILLAGE HALL every month – usually the first Friday in the month and just £8 on the door and a start time of 8:30pm. The Hall is in the High Road, behind the vets surgery, post code is CM16 6DB. There is a licensed bar at village hall prices, tea and coffee and snacks are served at very reasonable prices and there is ample parking. Ted Beament is the resident pianist – bass and drums varies from month to month. Contact 01992 522621 with any queries. http://northwealdvillagehall.org/ The current program is :

Friday 7th MarchJulian Marc Stringle – clarinet Dominic Ashworth – guitar Ted Beament – piano Murray Salmon – bass and Les Cirkel - drums

Friday 21st March – extra date, special event The Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra. Starts at 8.00pm just £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, bring your musical kids along and support our young musicians

Friday 4th April – Great vocalist Sue Rivers with Ted Beament piano Pete Ringrose bass Buster Birch drums

Friday 2nd May – The sensational Vasilis Xenopoulos saxophone Nigel Price guitar Ted Beament piano Dave Chamberlain bass Rod Brown drums

Friday 6th JuneEnrico Tomasso trumpet and vocals Ted Beament piano Murray Salmon bass Les Cirkel drums

Friday 11th July ***ONE WEEK LATER THAN USUAL TO BRING YOU*** FROM THE USA
The great Greg Abate sax and flute Ted Beament piano Andy Cleydert bass Winston Clifford drums. Catch Greg Abate in a small venue before he goes off to headline at the Swanage and Marlborough Jazz Festivals

Due to the incredible popularity of our monthly “Saturday Lunchtime with Jack” starring The Jack Free All Stars we are continuing for the rest of the year. Musicians regularly appearing are Pete Rudeforth, Mike Cotton, Gary Woods, John Crocker, Bert Brandsma, Tim Huskisson, Colin Bray, Murray Salmon, Martin Guy. “The Happiest Saturday Afternoon in Essex”


JAZZ@ST ANT’S
A great weekly jazz night – now in its 10th year! St Anthony’s Club, The Red House, 13 Upton Ave, (corner of Upton Lane), Forest Gate E7 9PN. Every Wednesday 8.30 p.m. Admission £3. Please support the raffle from which all proceeds go to the band. For the latest listings visit www.essexjazz.co.uk/ants or Jazz in London listing. Please download their current listing at www.jazzjam.co.uk/downloads/stants.pdf, or go to their website: www.essexjazz.co.uk/ants

19 Feb: – “JAVA JAM” – Roger Lewin (piano) + Phil Brown (tenor/flute) + Sarah Jane and Bonnie Hassell (vocals) + Lester Bennett (drums)

26 Feb: – John Withers (vibes) + Jonathan Smith (piano) + Lester Bennett (drums)

with John Withers (drums) + John Pamenter (double bass), except where shown

LIVE JAZZ AT THE TAVERN on the Last Sunday of each Month. 55-57 Frinton Road, Holland On Sea, Essex CO15 5UH. Tel: 01255 814080. Admission £9 . Doors open 7.30pm . Jazz 8pm till 10.30pm

Sunday 23rd FebruaryAtila Husein – Vocals, Ted Beament – Keyboard, Paul Budd - Drums, Alan Morgan – Bass

Sunday 30th MarchTriple Cream – Fantastic Musical Comedy Trio. Ted Beament - Keyboard, Paul Budd - Drums, Alan Morgan – Bass

Sunday 27th AprilDave Lewis – Tenor Sax, Ted Beament – Keyboard, Paul Budd – Drums, Alan Morgan – Bass

Sunday 25th May - Johnny Withers – Vibes, Ted Beament – Keyboard, Paul Budd - Drums, Alan Morgan - Bass

Sunday 29th JuneTed Beament Trio, Ted Beament – Keyboard, Paul Budd – Drums, Alan Morgan – Bass


JAZZ AT THE BARDESWELL
Always the Last Tuesday of every month at the Bardswell Social Club, junction of Weald Road/Bardswell Close, Brentwood CM14 4TJ: doors open 7 pm.with music from 8 till 10.30 pm. Admission £8.00. Refreshments at Club Prices. Enjoy an evening with a friendly crowd in a relaxed atmosphere and with a resident trio plus guests.

Tuesday 25th February, 2014. The exciting Linham Brothers, Andy on reeds and Ryan on trumpet and flugelhorn. The brothers are well known to our regulars having visited the Club several times. Young and enthusiastic are but just two understated words of many that describe the make up of these extremely talented musicians.

Tuesday 25th March, 2014. Another visit from one of the Club’s favourites, Tim Huskisson on clarinet. This widely acclaimed multi instrumentalist visits us once more for us to enjoy his playing and choice of tunes that he comes from his years of experience in keeping music alive and vibrant..

THE SOUTHEND JAZZ CLUBevery Monday at the EKCO Social & Sports Club, Thornford Gardens, Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea, Essex. SS2 6PU (Tel: 01702 351641 – http://www.ekcoclub.co.uk/) from 7:30pm. Music starts at 8:00pm – everyone welcome. For further information, contact: Shirley Newton Tel: 01702 432102. Find Southend Jazz Club on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Southend-Jazz-Club/133240693427561 follow us on Twitter @southendjazz); or email jazz@greenad.co.uk to join our mailing list for regular updates:-

17 Feb – George Tidiman’s All Stars
24 Feb – The Zoltans

3 Mar – Frog Island Jazz Band
10 Mar – Jazz Club Quartet with Mike Cotton
17 Mar – Rex O’Dell All Stars
24 Mar – Gambit Jazzmen
31 Mar – Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang

SPIKE’S PLACE” JAZZ CLUB @ BRENTWOOD 8.00pm. At Bardswell Social Club, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4TJ. Top-Class Mainstream Jazz. Admission £12 (non-members) £9 (members) unless otherwise stated. e-mail: susan_may@btinternet.com www.myspace.com/spikesplacejazzclub

Tuesday 18th February – 8.00pm
Marc Cecil Quintet
Tickets £13.00 members £10.00

Tuesday 4th March – 8.00pm
Pete Neighbour with the Andy Noble Trio

Tuesday 11th March- 8.00pm
Bruce Adams Quartet

Tuesday 18th March - 8.00pm
Chris Dean with the Trevor Brown Trio

“SPIKE’S PLACE” JAZZ CLUB @ HADLEIGH- 8.00pm. Hadleigh Conservative Club, 24 High Street, Hadleigh, Essex SS7 2PB. Top-Class Mainstream Jazz.

Monday February – CLOSED

Monday 24th March – 8.30pm
Alan Barnes Quartet
Admission £12.00 members £9.00

“SAFFRON JAZZ” - Third Thursday of every month – 8.30pm. Saffron Hotel, High St, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1AZ. Top-Class Mainstream Jazz.

Thursday 20th February – 8.30pm – Pete Neighbour with Andy Noble Trio
Admission £11.00

Thursday 20th March - 8.30pm
Ted Beament & Robinson Aspland (Two pianos) with Dave Chamberlain & Winston Clifford
Admission £11.00

“SPIKE’S PLACE” AT BECKENHAM – 8:30pm. Club Langley, 2 Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3SR (Off South Eden Park Road). Admission £12.00 (members £9.00) unless otherwise stated. 020 8650 2406 / 01245 420475 E mail: susan_may@btinternet.com www.myspace.com/spikesplacejazzclub For advance bookings contact: Susan 01245 420475

Thursday 27th February – 8.30pm – Simon Bates Quartet


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

Thursday 27th FebruaryTommy Blaize Band – The Tommy Blaize Band are the most famous UK group you never knew you knew. www.tommyblaizeband.com
Admission £13 (pay on the door, no advance tickets)

Drawing its members from the Strictly Come Dancing house band, the group routinely perform week after week to millions of viewers on the BBC’s primetime weekend show. Now after years earning a reputation as some of the most accomplished session musicians in the business, the group are set to step into the limelight in their own right with their own material, after the clamour from fans of the show (and even Bruce Forsyth) became too much to ignore. Led by truly phenomenal lead singer Tommy Blaize, who has collaborated with everyone from Basement Jaxx and Stevie Wonder to Amy Winehouse and Robbie Williams, the list of legendary names that Tommy and his band mates David Arch (keyboards), Paul Dunne (guitar), Andy Caine (guitar), Trevor Barry (bass) and Ian Thomas (drums) have worked with simply reads like a who’s who of music. Co-Produced by Grammy nominated producer Steve Price, ‘Don’t Ya Love Life’ features twelve original tracks penned by the group that are simply so instantly ‘classic’, you find yourself wondering why you’ve never heard them before, or if you maybe even had that first dance with the love of your life to their music!

Thursday 27th MarchDave Lewis’ 1-Up. www.davelewis1up.com
Admission £12 (pay on the door, no advance tickets)

Dave is one of the most sought after saxophonists on the UK scene he plays the sax from his soul ,he is well known for his distinctive tenor sound and feel, his sound is steeped in the Blues and this is where his St Louis roots really come through. He leads his band “1-Up” with raw and lyrical emotion and a horn full of real funk and soul! In his career to date Dave has performed and recorded with many different artists such John Martyn, Lamont Dozier, Jim Mullen, Bryan Ferry, Joan Armatrading, John Mayall, Eric Clapton and The Blockheads.

Thursday 24th April - Sax Appeal. www.saxappeal.co.uk
Admission £12 (pay on the door, no advance tickets)

Charismatic saxophone ace Derek Nash takes a break from the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra tour to bring his own multi award-winning octet back to The Jazz Mix. Sax Appeal features five top-name saxophone stylists and a sparkling rhythm section performing Derek’s breath-taking arrangements of Jazz standards and superb originals. Expect driving swing Blue Note Style, Ellington sweetness, pure danceable Brazilian Latin, Brecker Brothers style Fusion, biting Sanborn style Funk, all in the space of one concert, featuring a myriad of saxophone styles from some of the best UK sax stylists.
Sax Appeal have a new cd due for release in 2014 so expect to hear some new tunes on the night!

Thursday 29th MayShakatak. www.shakatak.com
Tickets are now on sale at the Cliffs Pavilion Box Office – £20

It’s really fantastic to welcome to the club legendary jazz/funk outfit Shakatak to close off the season in real style! Shakatak have enjoyed a level of success and career longevity rarely paralleled in contemporary music – but then Shakatak is a particularly unusual group. Because of the nature of their music, their fan base is one that is far reaching while always retaining an “underground” element. This paradox sees the band, who are known primarily as serious jazz/funk musicians, enjoying both high “cult” status and instant recognition as a household name.

CHELMSFORD JAZZ CLUB www.chelmsfordjazzclub.co.uk. Chelmsford Jazz Club presents 10 or 11 concerts a year at the Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG (next to the Civic Theatre). The majority of concerts are on Sundays at lunchtime, although in summer some are in the evening. The jazz presented by the club is generally mainstream and modern and the club is justly proud of the quality of the musicians, British, European and American, who appear. For an annual subscription of £8.00 (£14.00 joint) members are entitled to a £4.00 reduction on normal ticket prices, and early notice of concerts. A monthly newsletter passes on information about our own club, as well as items of interest about other local venues. There is a friendly atmosphere at the club, so please come along and decide for yourself. For membership enquiries call Larry Newall-Smith on. 01245 256510.

Sunday 9th March – 12.15 pm. The Simon Spillett & Henry Lowther Quintet play the music associated with the classic Miles Davis Quintet – Standard Miles. Making up the quintet is a peerless rhythm section of Dave Green – bass, John Critchinson - piano & Trevor Tompkins – drums. Admission £14.00, members £10.00. Box Office 01245 606505


MUSIC AT MARIGOLDS
, Cricket Club, Chippingfield, Old Harlow, Essex CM17 0DJ. Doors and Licensed Bar open at 7.30pm, Fridays. Enquiries 01279 414174 / 421763. www.musicatmarigolds.co.uk and www.myspace.com/musicatmarigolds Email: musicatmarigolds@ntlworld.com. Please refer to the Club’s web site for confirmation and further details:

14th February – Big Mammas Door

28th February – Ant Law Quartet

14th March – The Eric Ranzoni Trio

28th March – Clark Tracey Quintet

11th April – Chris Corcoran Trio & Katie Bradley


ANNIE’S JAZZ AT YE OLDE SMACK
, 7 High Street, Leigh on Sea, Essex SS9 2EN. Every Tuesday 8-30-11pm. Free admission, contact 07888 751062 or see www.anniesjazz.co.uk for more. Upcoming gigs A great line-up of returning artistes!! Please visit the new facebook page Annies Jazz @yeoldesmack. anniesjazz@googlemail.com

Tuesday 18th February. The Rosalie Genay Quintet. Rosalie Genay is an exciting jazz vocalist and singer/songwriter. Her roots are in The Netherlands, with a hint of French heritage. In 2001 she moved to Sydney to continue her vocal studies at The Australian Institute of Music. She then settled in London and over the past ten years she has been performing, working on new music projects, appeared in cabarets and does the occasional acting and filming job.
She has worked with many leading musicians and vocalists on the scene and has appeared in various venues in Australia, Europe and the UK; B flat Jazz Club – Berlin, Chet’s Jazz Bar – Amsterdam, The Spice of Life, Pizza Express, The Archduke, Arcola Theatre, Oliver’s Jazz Bar, Soho Theatre, The Dorchester, Greenwich Theatre – UK, to name but a few. She also frequently plays for private and corporate functions across Europe and the UK.

Tuesday 25th February. Clare Foster’s Latin Ensemble with special guest guitarist. This wonderful band of specially booked musicians will be celebrating the birthday of another one of our favorite people at the smack. Jan invites you all to enjoy the music and the dancing to make her birthday one of the best ever!

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. The Club is for everyone with a passion for live jazz, blues and soul. We have had the pleasure to host to some of the best artists in the world at our club, and to provide our patrons with world class music at a fraction of West End prices. 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.co.uk valgorjazz@gmail.com 0208 207 0451 £9 guests £8 members

19th February – Zoe Francis and the Jim Mullen Quartet. £8 members, £9 guests

Zoe’s review speak for themselves: Zoe has a stunningly beautiful voice” Harry Allen, Saxophone player. “A young singer heading in the right direction” Dr.Barry Harris,pianist and teacher. “Very warm and sensitive human being with a voice as smooth as silk” The late Harry Whitaker, pianist. ” A really unique stylist; her voice reflects a warm heart” Chris Flory, guitarist. “She is unique in that she is honest, and she swings” Neal Miner, bassist. “Zoe’s voice swings and soothes” Gene Bertoncini, guitar player. AND She’s accompanied tonight by one of the UK’s top guitarists and soloists Jim Mullen who himself has been showered with compliments and has played with some of our top bands including: Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, Kokomo, Average White Band, Morrissey–Mullen, The AllStars

26th February – Val’s Jazz Jam. £5 members, £6 Guests

Our monthly open stage for Jazz singers and players to Jam along with our house band. Paulo Losi – keyboards, Mike Paxton – drums, Steve Picking – bass.All organised and presented by Val – who will treat us all to her own vocals.

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 .


THURSDAY JAZZ AT THE RAFA CLUB
, 295 Cranbrook Road, Ilford, IG1 4UA. A swinging group led by Leszek Kulaszewicz. Come and listen to the music plus every week there is a fantastic vocalist. The club is well serviced by public transport with plenty of buses going to the club or a ten minutes walk from Gants Hill or Ilford stations. The club will be open from 8pm and the music will be from 9 – 11pm.


CHIGWELL JAZZ CLUB
is every Tuesday. From 8-10.30pm at Chigwell Hall, Chigwell High Rd. IG7 6BD. Admission is normally £6.50 Members and £7.50 guests and is open to all for listening or dancing to. There are live bands playing Dixieland, Traditional and/or New Orleans Jazz. We have a bar, serve bar food, a dance floor, comfortable seating, a car park and a friendly crowd! (New Members are welcome, as are Non Members. There is an Early Bird Membership Offer Currently Running). Enquiries to Dave Dyer 01945 588325


JAZZ AT THE BOATHOUSE
. Jazz Sessions Hosted by Broxbourne Rowing Club at the newly rebuilt Clubhouse, Old Nazeing Road, Broxbourne, EN10 6QU. www.broxbournerowing.org
Doors Open 8.00pm . Music from 8.30pm. For further information please contact Neil Fryer 01992 442263 m 07504 733892 www.broxbournerowing.org. Doors Open 8.00pm Music from 8.30pm Admission £10.00 Under 21 £5.00

Thurs 6th March American Vocal Star MARLENE VERPLANCK with John Pearce (keyboard) Paul Morgan (double bass) Bobby Worth (drums)

Thurs 3rd April CELEBRATING OUR FIFTEENTH ANNIVERSARY With a Superb Alto Sax led Stellar Group
MATT WATES QUINTET
Steve Fishwick (trumpet/flugel horn) Leon Greening (keyboard) Julian Bury (double bass) Matt Skelton (Drums)

Thurs 1st May Trumpet and Flugel Horn Ace HENRY ARMBURG JENNINGS QUARTET Featuring Adam King (double bass) and Matt Home (drums)

Thurs 5th June All Star Band JOSH KEMP JAZZ PROPHETS
Josh Kemp (saxophones) Tim Lapthorn (keyboard) Mick Hutton (double bass) and Matt Skelton (drums)


JAZZNIGHTS @ THE COCK INN, CLARE
3 Callis Street, Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8PX. from. 8.00 – 10.30pm £8. All with the Roger Odell Trio & Larraine Odell (voc). www.jazz-nights.com.

Sunday 16th FebEstelle Kokot with Sam Edwards (pno), Bernie Hodgkins (bs) & Roger Odell (drs) and Larraine Odell (voc). 8.00 to 10.30pm Adm £10. Reserve seating on 01787 237653 or email reply – pay on the door.

“Standards and originals perfectly compatible side by side. Kokot is an excellent arranger of her own and other people’s material” John Fordham – The Guardian.
“Within a few notes you know you’ve hit a jackpot with Estelle Kokot…an indefinably mature combination of meticulously well-chosen notes and a voice to strip you down bare and trembling”.
Gisele Turner – JazzEye.


FOLKESTONE JAZZ CLUB AT THE TOWER
Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone, Kent CT20 3HL 01303 277175 2013. Every Thursday Music Starts 8 30pm To book seats please email or call 01303 277175

SEAT BOOKINGS FOR ALL FJC JAZZ – 01303 277175. The Folkestone Jazz Club is non profit making. It is run by & for those with a like minded interest in our kind of music.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING LIVE MUSIC DERICK WOODLAND BERYL WOOD 01303 260330, 01303 277175

February 18th TUESDAY TUESDAY £10
THE BEST OF BRITISH JAZZ
( The music in the style of The Bill Le Sage Trio with Ronnie Ross – 1950s –ie Jazz at The Flamingo )
MICK FOSTER Baritone Sax – -The UKs finest
www.mickfoster.org
DAVE ROBINSON Vibes — JIMMY TAGFORD drums
MIKE PORTER-WARD double bass

February 27th £10
THE BEST OF BRITISH JAZZ
Modern Jazz at its Swinging Best
ALEX GARNETT World Class Saxophonist
MARK NIGHTINGALE Trombone — The UKs No1
LEON GREENING Fantastic Modern Pianist
PAUL MORGAN Double Bass – Is there anyone better
MATT SKELTON Drums- amazing drummer from jazz to the classics

JAZZ NIGHTS AT THE FOX INN 1 Eastgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1XX 01284-705562

FREE live Jazz every Sunday in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Entrance is free and there is a large free car park. For drinks in the lounge or book a table for dinner and stay for the evening, sit back, relax and enjoy. Music starts at 7.15 until 9.45, sometimes later. If you would like to get in touch do call Jeff on 07707 317868 – keeping jazz live and free!!!

Sunday the 16th FebruaryHambone
Sunday the 23rd FebruaryAlbert Garza Trio
Sunday the 9th February – Spririt of Django
Sunday the 16th February – Hambone
Sunday the 23rd February – Albert Garza Trio
Sunday the 2nd March – HNB Trio
Sunday the 9th March – Deadly Popadoms
Sunday the 16th March – Helen Abbey Combo
Sunday the 23rd March – Joanna Eden Duo
Sunday the 30th March – Bophouseblue

JAZZ at the HUNTER CLUB – First class jazz in Bury St Edmunds, 6 St Andrews Street South, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3PJ.

Monthly session featuring CHRIS INGHAM piano, REV. ANDREW BROWN bass and RUSS MORGAN drums. “Like being driven around in a Rolls-Royce” ART THEMEN
More info/reservations: http://www.headhunterslive.org/ Reservations headhunterslive@gmail.com or 07799 650009 / 01284 748280 (office hours)

EAST SIDE JAZZ CLUB @ TOMMY FLYNN’S 692 High Road Leytonstone, E11 3AA Just a few minutes walk from Leytonstone tube & bus station. Tel: 020 8989 8129 ttp://eastsidejazzclub.blogspot.com twitter: http://twitter.com/EastSJC e-mail: eastsidejazzclub@gmail.com facebook: http://on.fb.me/13BCHMS

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 8.30pm- John Altman Big Band. Admission £8
trumpets – Quentin Collins, Noel Langley, Enrico Tomasso, Steve Waterman
trombones – Gordon Campbell, Trevor Mires, Sarah Williams, Andy Wood
saxes – Jay Craig, Frank Griffiths, Sam Mayne, Bob Sydor, Jamie Talbot
tuba – Graham Read, guitar – John Etheridge, piano -Barry Green, bass – Oli Hayhurst, drums – Peter Cater

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 8.30pm - Steve Melling Trio
Admission £6
Steve Melling (piano), Andrew Cleyndert (bass), Miles Levin (drums)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 8.30pm. Admission £6
Martin Shaw (trumpet)
Sam Mayne (saxes)
Jim Watson (piano)
Jeremy Brown (bass)
Clive Fenner (drums)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 8.30pm. Admission £5
Art Themen (saxes)
John Critchinson (piano)
Arnie Somogyi (bass)
Clive Fenner (drums)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 8.30pm. Admission £6
Nick Smart (trumpet)
Rob Townsend (saxes)
Chris Montague (guitar)
Dave Whitford (bass)
Clive Fenner (drums)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 8.30pm. Admission £5
Derek Nash (saxes)
Mike Gorman (piano)
Geoff Gascoyne (bass)
Clive Fenner (drums)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 8.30pm. Admission £5
Jay Phelps (trumpet) + Clive Fenner Trio

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 8.30pm. Admission £5
Gilad Atzmon (reeds)
Gareth Williams (piano)
Geoff Gascoyne (bass)
Clive Fenner (drums)

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

On Sunday, 16th February 2014 from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm. Another visit by George Tidiman and his All Stars with Tim Huskisson on clarinet, Denny Illet on trumpet and ‘Southend’ Bob Albutt on banjo. This great band plays fantastic traditional and standard jazz numbers between George’s jokes. The club is a comfortable air-conditioned venue with a dance floor, drinks at club prices and car parking. Members £7, non-members £8. Call Laurie on 07913 558616 for more details.

JAZZ AT THE WOOLPACK, 23 Mildmay Road, Chelmsford, Essex. CM2 0DN Tel: 01245 – 259295 8pm – 11.00pm. ‘The First Sunday In Every Month” Free Admission / Raffle. Please note that personnel may be subject to change.

Sunday 2nd March ‘Albert Garza‘ – (‘Saxophonist from Texas.USA’)
Sam Edwards - Keyboards. Andy Staples – Bass. Graeme Culham – Drums.

Sunday 6th AprilSimon Hurley’ – (‘Ace Jazz Guitarist’)
Dan Banks – Keyboards Mike McGibney – String Bass Graeme Culham – Drums.

‘The Woolpack Easter Beer Festival’
Friday 18th April – ‘Zak Barrett’ – (‘A Great Saxophonist’)
Dan Banks - Keyboards. Mike McGibney – Bass. Graeme Culham – Drums

THE RAILWAY HOTEL, Clifftown Rd, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1AJ. All 20:25-23:00,- free of course.

HERTS JAZZ – now at the Hawthorne Studio, Campus West, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6BX. Established in 1969, Herts Jazz has become renowned as THE venue for jazz fans young and old. Booking is now through Campus West on 01707 357 117. Gigs featuring the very best jazz talent in the country happen every Sunday at the Hawthorne Studio, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City. The gigs have a very relaxed atmosphere where music is top of the agenda for aficionados and newcomers alike. Campus West has plenty of free parking, disabled access and a bar serving beers, wines, soft drinks, hot drinks and snacks. Due to refurbishment work at Campus West our gigs will be in a more intimate space this season with a smaller capacity so early booking is strongly recommended. The club is particularly keen to bring jazz to a wider audience and is making tickets available for just £5 to students and under-21s. For more information about HertsJazz see www.hertsjazz.co.uk Contacts: Clark Tracey – 01442 218338 Stephen Hyde – 07818 452692. Show times etc are – www.hertsjazz.co.uk. 7:30pm til 10.00pm (doors 7.00pm). You can download their latest brochure at www.jazzupdate.co.uk/downloads/hertsjazz.pdf

Robert Fowler with the Clark Tracey Trio plays Herts Jazz Club from 7.30 pm-10.00 pm Sunday 16 February 2014 at The Terrace Suite, Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City. Tickets: Advance: £3 students/£8 members/£10 concessions/£11 full. Walk-ups: £5 students/£9 members/£11 concessions/£13 full.. Book online at www.hertsjazz.co.uk/currentseason.html

Following ten years touring Europe with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, stints with Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra (re-creating the music of Glenn Miller), appearances with the BBC Big Band and Humphrey Lyttelton’s band, and two years touring with Bryan Ferry’s Roxy Music, Robert is now a busy presence on the mainstream scene. The first thing one notices about his playing is his broad, warm, mellow, juicy tone, which is a perfect fit for his calm, measured phrasing. His sound is influenced by tenor giants Hawkins and Webster, with a swinging vibrancy to compete with the best. Robert Fowler – Tenor, Clark Tracey – Drums, Steve Melling – Piano, Mark Levandowsky – Bass

BERKHAMSTED JAZZ . We present live jazz regularly for a listening audience in a relaxed club atmosphere, with a reasonably priced licensed bar. We welcome all ages with concessionary prices for members, children and students. All concerts are £10 for members and Dacorum Card holders, £13 for visitors and guests. We are established as one of the premier jazz venues in the South East. We frequently have full houses so it is worthwhile to book early. We wish to encourage listeners to all the different elements that jazz comprises. We are neither a ‘Traditional Jazz’ nor a ‘Modern Jazz’ club; we include as many facets of jazz as possible. Concerts are at the Civic Centre, High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 3HD unless otherwise stated. There are parking spaces on the High Street and in the car park behind the shops opposite. We have disabled access.

Booking arrangements:
In Person – Perfect Pitch, Chesham [Members must show their Membership Card] At Concerts – Tickets for all concerts will be available from Simon and Joanna Blofeld.
By Post – Pls quote membership numbers Cheque, payable to “Berkhamsted Jazz”, and stamped self-addressed envelope to Berkhamsted Jazz, 6 Longfield Gardens, Tring, HP23 4DN.
By email – Pls quote membership numbers. Tickets may be ordered by email at bjazztickets@gmail.com
By phone – Pls quote membership numbers. Tickets may be ordered (Mon to Fri 9.00am to 6.00pm preferred) from 01442-824173. Tickets ordered by email or telephone will be left on the door for collection and payment until 15 minutes before the concert starts.

Sat 15 Feb. 8.00pm – London Omnibus + Enrico Tomasso. Keith Nichols (p), Spats Langham (g, ban), Richard Pite (d), Enrico Tomasso (tpt)

Sat 1 Mar. 8.00pm – Dave O’Higgins Quartet. Dave O’Higgins (ts), Graham Harvey (p), Geoff Gascoyne (b), Sebastiaan de Krom (d)
Sat 22 Mar. 8.00pm – Ron Drake Quintet. Ron Drake (ts), Roy Williams (tb), Nick Dawson (p), John Rees-Jones (b), Richie Bryant (d)
Sat 12 Apr. 8.00pm – Dominic Alldis Trio. Dominic Alldis (p), Andy Cleyndert (b), Martin France (d)

Sat 10 May . 8.00pm – John Petters’ New Orleans All Stars. Karl Hird (reeds), Mike Pointon (tb), Alan Beechey (tpt/cnt), Dave Browning (p), Keith Donald (b), John Petters[d].
Sat 31 May . 8.00pm – “Jay & Kai Tribute” Mark Nightingale (tb), Alastair White (tb), John Horler (p), Alec Dankworth (b), Clark Tracey (d).
Sat 28 June . 8.00pm – Zoe Francis Quartet. Zoe Francis (voc), David Newton (p), Colin Oxley (g), Andy Cleyndert (b)

Please check the web site for the latest line-up information.

SPICE OF LIFE, 6 Moor Street, London W1. Pre-bookings: info@spicejazz.co.uk ; tel/text: 07870 915682 ; www.wegottickets.com www.spicejazz.co.uk http://www.facebook.com/spicejazz The basement Backstage Bar is open from 6pm serving a selection of food and drinks – live music starts at 8pm.

CLUB INéGALES, Euston

27th February - Oren Marshall (Tuba) & Tim O’Dwyer (Meta Sax)

 

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

23 February, 8PM. FG with the Matt Hope Quartet at The Griffin, 1262, Hi Road, Whetstone, London, N20 9HH, 0208 495 1110. Free. www.thegriffin-whetstone.co.uk

6 March, 8.30PM. FG with Tina May and Hugh Ockendon Trio at the Eltham Conservative Club, 254 Eltham High Street, SE9 1AA. £8.

7 March, 8PM. FG with the Simon Cook Trio at South Hill Park, Recital Room, RG12 4DE. £8. www.bracknelljazz.co.uk

19 March, FG with Doug Winton , guitar, at The Hawth Theatre, Crawley, RH10 6YZ, 01293 553636. £13. www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk

28 March, 8PM. FG with the Brunel Jazzbridge and Michael Omer at St Johns Church, Hillingdon. 01895 461945. £6.00. www.stjohnshillingdon.org.co.uk

9 March, 3-5PM. Frank Griffith and Nonorganic at Googlies, East Lodge Lane, EN2 8AS. £9. www.googliesjazz@btopenworld.com

3 April, 9PM. FG with the Brodowski String Quartet at Pizza Express as part of “Bowed Over” the Dean String Festival. 10 Dean Street, W1. £18. www.pizzaexpresslive.com

23 May, 1-2PM. Frank Griffith Trio at Roberts Room, Brunel University, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH. Free

25 May, 11.30AM-1PM. FG with Charlie Wood and Nic France with “Memphis Soul Swamp” at The Stables, Wavendon, MK17 8LU. £10. www.stables.org

19 July, 8PM FG with Jazz on a Summer’s Day-a tribute to the epical 1958 film about the Newport Jazz Festival. Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NR. 01308 427183. £14. www.bridport-arts.com


CAROL BRAITHWAITE’S FORTHCOMING GIGS.
For more information and to check dates and detail, visit the website: www. carolbraithwaite.com

Park View Chalkwell Park,Westcliff on Sea SS0 8NB. (tel : 01702 483900)
MONTHLY JAZZ NIGHT – 3rd Thursday every month. An evening of swinging, relaxing music with Carol Braithwaite, vocals – Tim Huskisson, piano – Mike Sagrott, guitar- Ted Simkins – bass. Starts 8:00-10.30pm. Entry £5 Dates for 2014: February 20th - March 20th - April 17th, May 15thJune 19thJuly 17thAugust 21st18th SeptemberOctober 16th20th November. (no club december)

Billericay Constitutional Club, 1A Hgh Street, CM12 9BE. (tel: 01277 651844)
MONTHLY JAZZ AFTERNOON – 2nd Friday every month with Carol Braithwaite, vocals/ chat – Tim Huskisson, piano/clarinet – Hugh Rainey, trumpet/banjo – George Tidiman, trombone/ terrible jokes – Roger Curphey, bass/cap – Ric Rossi, drums/hair. Starts 12.30 – 2.30pm.
Entry £5 Lunchtime menu available. Dates for 2014: February 14th, March 14th, April 11th, May 9th, June 13th, July 11th, August 8th, September 12th, October 10th, November 14th, December 12th.

Other dates:
30th March – Shell Club Corringham. 8 – 10.30pm.
15th July – Chigwell Jazz Club, Chigwell. 8 – 10.30pm.
For more information on other events and dates, visit the website : www.carolbraithwaite.com t: 01702 344855

RON SPACK’S JAZZTET at THE OAKWOOD. 564 Rayleigh Road, Eastwood, SS9 5HX. Tel: 01702 512819. Every Monday, 8.30- 11pm. Sitters in welcome. Meals served prior and throughout the evening. Ron Spack on Bass, with the following,

17th February. Graham Hunter-Trumpet. Alex Field-Guitar. Glyn Morgan-Drums.

24th February. John Sharpe-Saxophone. Alex Boyle-Piano. Mike Barry-Drums

RON SPACK’S DINNER JAZZ at WESTCLIFF HOTEL. 18-20, Westcliff Parade, Southend on Sea.SSO 7QW. 01702 345247. Every Sunday At 1pm. Ron Spack on Bass, plus guest.

16th February.
23rd February.

THE SPARROWS OF PARIS Headed by Parisian chanteuse Carolyn Saint-Pé, the quartet include accordion, guitar and double bass for a lively dance set bringing you back to the Guinguette of old Paris or clarinet, guitar and double bass for a sophisticated set of Vintage Lounge French Melodies and Jazz, specialising in vintage French music of the 1920s to the 1950s including the most famous French chansons, valses musettes, javas and tangos and your favourite jazz standards including of course, the best and also the earliest songs of Edith Piaf, as well as well known vintage songs originally sung by Fréhel, Mistinguett, Lucienne Delyle, Lucienne Boyer, Gabin, Georgius, Albert Prejean and Charles Trénet. The Sparrows of Paris can entertain you with the popular dance music of old Paris or serenade you with sophisticated French lounge music, you choose the mood! www.thesparrowsofparis.com

Full Quartet (voice, accordion, guitar and double bass)
Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec – 140 Newington Butts Kennington London SE11 4RN – Free Entry
Sat 1 March 2014 @ 21:00

Duo (voice and accordion)
Brasserie Blanc Tower Hill – 14 Trinity Square London EC3N 4AA – Free Entry
Fri 21st February 2014 @ 18:00
Fri 28th February 2014 @ 18:00
Thurs 6th March 2014 @ 18:30
Thurs 13th March 2014 @ 18:30
Thurs 20th March 2014 @ 18:30
Thurs 27th March 2014 @ 18:30

THE LEN PHILLIPS BIG BANDwww.lenphillipsbigband.co.uk Britain’s most popular big band with and all-star line-up (including Harold Fisher, Roy WIllox, Stuart Brooks, Tony Fisher, David Black and Don Hunt) presents the music of Basie, Goodman, Heath and Kenton plus great songs from Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams and Peggy Lee.

Sunday 16th February, 8pm – Sidcup United Services Club, Main Road, Sidcup, DA14 6NE
As the band’s leader Joe Pettitt is away on tour, Len Phillips himself will be back at the helm for one night only! On vocals will be the fabulous Eleanor Keenan. Tickets are just £10. The gig is open to non-members, with a very reasonably priced bar and free parking to the rear. Call 01883 722 583 for advance bookings and enquiries.

Friday 28th March, 7.30pm – Trinity School Concert Hall, Shirley Park, Croydon, CR9 7AT
A beautiful concert hall, perfectly sized for the jazz orchestra. The band will be featuring their regular vocalist Anton Browne plus special guest Georgina Jackson. Free parking on site and a fully licensed bar. Tickets £14.50 (Over 60s £13/Children £10) available from the website or by calling 01883 722 583.

Monday 31st March – Thursday 3rd April – Warner’s Gunton Hall Coastal Resort, Gunton Ave, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 5DF
Four nights of big band music with guests Matthew Ford and Stephen Triffitt plus the band’s regular singers Anton Browne and Eleanor Keenan. Lunchtime jazz, tea dance and morning piano sessions. For bookings call 0800 138 2633 or visit www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk.

STELLA’S JAZZ CLUB www.stellajazz.co.uk www.stellajazz.com Music @ The Swan Hotel, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 9AS 8.30-11pm £7.50 on door. Based in a the small town of Harleston not far from the beautiful Suffolk Heritage coast . So if you fancy a day on the broads or beach and then are looking for something to wind your day down, head to the jazz club for a chilled evening’s entertainment from some of the UK’s best musicians. It is only £5 for members and membership is £2.50 ! Accommodation is available at the Venue.

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

Every Saturday from 8.30pm until 11pm, join local tenor saxophonist Mike Pappenheim with various guest artists for two sets of mainstream, standards-led jazz with some easy-listening and pop tunes thrown in. Barney’s cafe/bar is at . There’s always a lively atmosphere here and Barney’s is well known locally for putting on live music several nights a week. Free Entry!
Jazz in Worthing with local saxophonist Mike Pappenheim and London-based pianist and teacher Charles Brereton at Barney’s Cafe-Bar, Portland Road, Worthing BN11 1QN. Tel 01903 527075. Charles has worked with musicians such as Tim Garland, Anita Wardell, John Etheridge, Steve Waterman, Gareth Lockrane, Jean Touissant and Martin Hathaway, and was for many years a piano tutor on the late Michael Garrick’s jazz courses as well as being a jazz examiner for ABRSM for 14 years. Barney’s is just a few minutes drive from Worthing train station, right in the centre of town. Free entry, great atmosphere and a wide repertoire of jazz standards, MOR, jazz-funk and some more modern numbers too. There’s something for everyone, so come on down for some South Coast jazz. Music starts at 8.30pm.

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The National Jazz Archive’s new exhibitionAll That Jazz: The Golden Age of British Popular Music 1919-1950 – exploring the social and cultural impact of jazz in Britain. March 6th – April 29th at the Barbican Music Library, Library floor, Level 2 (Access from Silk Street, nearest Tube: Barbican). Exhibition opening times: Mon, Wed: 9.30am-5.30pm; Tue, Thu: 9.30am-7.30pm; Fri: 9.30am-2pm; Sat: 9.30am-4pm; Sun: Closed.

From March 6th to April 29th explore the golden age of British popular music through the collections of the National Jazz Archive at the Barbican Music Library. All That Jazz showcases rare and unique material including posters, programmes and photos from 1919 – 1950. Discover the social and cultural impact of jazz and its relationship with the Second World War. Get to know the stories of the people behind the music, how a machine gun maker went on to form one of the country’s greatest jazz bands and learn of the untimely death of poor ‘Snakehips’ Johnson. Original material on display includes photos and programmes relating to The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Humphrey Lyttelton and Glenn Miller. The Archive is lucky to be able to showcase photos from the personal collection of author Jim Godbolt and bandleader George Webb.
On Tuesday evenings (March 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 8, 15, 29) staff from the National Jazz Archive will be on hand to offer visitors the unique opportunity to handle archive material. These sessions are free and there is no need to book.

On Friday 7th March, The Jazz Pop Up Cafe presents International Jazz at the Leigh Community Centre – “Live from Los Angeles” James Tormé - “Tormé meets the British” with Emmy Award winning composer John Altman and his all-star band. Tom Farmer – Bass, Tim Lapthorn – Piano, John Altman – Sax, Martyn Kaine – Drums, at 7.00pm for 7.45pm. Tickets £20.00, inclusive of Canapes. Licensed Bar. 07778-126098 or 01702-477799 email agh477799@aol.com

Jazz FM, “If you get a chance to see James Tormé you should beg, borrow, even steal a ticket”. James Tormé (who is the son of 3-time Grammy Award Winning jazz legend Mel Tormé) is being praised from all corners of the globe by everyone from Billboard and CBS News, to BBC Radio 2 and Jamie Cullum. James is now bringing his unique singing style to the UK, drawing from the “old school”, but with modern styling that makes it very current in today’s world.
This is a unique opportunity for those in the Southend area to see James perform with a 4-piece quartet led by another legend, John Altman, who worked with James’s father Mel. Composer, arranger, saxophonist and Emmy Award winner. Altman has a huge musical repertoire from films such as ‘Titanic’ to Python’s ‘Life of Brian’ and has played sax alongside many of the jazz greats http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Altman_(composer)
“Such a treat to see and hear this heir to his father’s seat as the foremost jazz singer of his time… Mr. Tormé won a lot of fans on this day, in this town.” Santa Barbara Jazz Society
“Tormé is a sparkplug of sensational vocal artistry and showmanship.” London Jazz News. “…great arrangements, beautifully sung.” Michael Parkinson, BBC Radio 2

Be-Bop in Billericay – Jazz at the Fold. The second modern jazz gig at Billericay’s Fold venue. Building on the success of the first Be-Bop in Billericay event that saw Simon Spillett sell out the Fold, the Billericay Arts Association is proud to present a very special jazz event on Friday 25th April at 8.00 pm at the Fold, 72 Laindon Road, Billericay, Essex, CM12 9LD. (The Fold is next to the Ivory Rooms and there is free parking available). We have succeeded in attracting top-flight, award-winning guitarist Nigel Price, who is joined once again by Ted Beament (Piano), Dave Green (Bass), with the peerless Steve Brown (Drums) making his Billericay debut. This line-up is once again a coup for Billericay, Nigel is a regular at Ronnie Scott’s , be sure not to miss this one. Tickets are £10 and advance bookings can be made on 01277 659286. www.baathefold.org.uk

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Monday

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

Tuesday

The Chigwell Jazz Club meet every Tuesday from 8-10.30pm at Chigwell Hall, Chigwell High Rd. IG7 6BD. Admission is normally £6.50 Members and £7.50 for Non Members. Come and enjoy listening or dancing to live bands playing Dixieland, Traditional and/or New Orleans Jazz. There is a bar which serve bar food, a dance floor, comfortable seating, a car park and a friendly crowd! See full listings below.

Jazz at the Bardeswell Last Tuesday of every month at the Bardeswell Social Club, Bardswell Close, Brentwood CM14 4TJ: doors open 7 pm.: music from 8 – 10.30 pm. Admission £7.00. Refreshments at Club Prices. Resident trio – drums, piano, bass plus guests. Great crowd and drinks at club prices. For further information contact : Dave Grant 01708 763723.

Annie’s Jazz at Ye Olde Smack, 7 High Street, Leigh on Sea, Essex SS9 2EN. Every Tuesday 8-30-11pm. Free admission. www.anniesjazz.co.uk for more. Annies Jazz @yeoldesmack. anniesjazz@googlemail.com

The Bottleneck Blues Club who meet on the last Tuesday of the month in the Roffen Suite in Rochester – 41 New Road, Rochester ME1 1DX. Normally tickets £10, doors 7.30pm, band on stage 8.45pm. Good food, reasonably priced available at the venue. Further information, location map and future gig list at www.bottleneckblues.com. Good food, reasonably priced, available to eat at your table. Location map, further information etc. at www.bottleneckblues.com.

Dan will be appearing with his full band, so please give your support for The Dan Burnett Band on Tuesday January 28th. More information and examples can be found at www.danburnett.co.uk Bookings to email address. Tickets £10, pay on the door. Doors open 7.30 pm, band on stage 8.45pm. Good food, reasonably priced available to eat at your table if required.

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. There will be a session as usual on January 1st.

A Norfolk gig – The Eddie Seales Big Band perform on the 1st Tuesday of the month is at The William Burt Centre, West Winch (near Kings Lynn). www.eddiesealesbigband.co.uk

Humphrey Lyttelton Band will be at the Bull’s Head, Barnes, SW13 9PY, tickets £12. This is a regular monthly booking, 2nd Tuesday of every month. For more information www.humphreylyttelton.com/live

Every Tuesday Evening 7.30 -9.30pm. Music, Improvisation, Meditation & Mindfulness at Samatha House, near Stisted, Essex. Explore & learn relaxing meditation techniques, music improvising workshops & listening to meditative music (plus Johnty Wilks saxes, synths, flutes, Darnell keyboards & synths,) plus special guests (musicians, meditation teachers including “virtual performance sessions” from around the world via the internet & projected onto a large screen). £5.00 (or £7.50 including food at the earlier time 6.30pm and socialising). There will also be projections, candles and subdued lighting for a relaxing ambience. For more info and to book call Johnty on 0771 359 4543. B & B is also available.

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, Saxophonist Johnty Wilks presents Music and Meditation Workshops for musicians and non musicians. Learn to meditate, listen to music and hear musicians improvising. Samatha House, on a farm, Near High Rodding, Dunmow, Essex. Please book in advance. Also get in touch in advance, if you are interested in performing as a musician (improvisers only, jazz influenced or meditation type music) or as a guest speaker on meditation and music – Johnty 0771 359 4543; johnty.wilks@googlemail.com

Wednesday

Every Wednesday evening The Belvedere Jazz and Music Club. Doors open at 6:30pm for meals and lite bites at your table with music commencing at 8:00pm -10.30pm. Admission £10. Top bands and artists – see above for programme. Friendly atmosphere, candle lit tables- all welcome. Drinks at pub prices. Large free car park, bar. www.belvederejazz.co.uk At The Chichester’s Tudor Room, Old London Road, Rawreth, Nr. Wickford. SS11 8UE

Every Wednesday evening Mill Hill Jazz Club at the Clubhouse, 100 Barnet Way, Mill Hill, NW7 3AL. From 8:30pm. £8 members, £9 guests.

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month Saxophonist Johnty Wilks 8.30 – 11.30pm “Johntys Chill out Sessions” – Ibiza Chillout music, romantic jazz and lounge music with saxophonist Johnty Wilks plus regular special guests from the jazz and chillout world. At the beautiful Lounge and Terrace area of the Traffic Bar Cafe. 39 High Street,. Dunmow, CM6 1AE. Tel: 01371 876745. A perfect way to spend a mid week evening. Please get in touch in advance, if you are interested in performing as a guest – relaxing music only. Johnty 0771 359 4543; johnty.wilks@googlemail.com

Jazz at the Railway Hotel, Southend. 32 Clifftown Road Town Centre, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1AJ. The best of the local Jazz scene with many special guests! Free admission. Start at 8.30.

Thursday

At The Little Crown, 12 Short Wyre Street, Colchester CO1 1LN more Trad Jazz with The Dixie Jazz Trio 8:00 – 10:30 On every 2nd Thursday of the month. Note the time is 8:00 – 10:30pm. – The Dixie Trio + 1.

The Cyril Bass Jazz Quartet plus Guests play very nice easy listening jazz every last Thursday of the month from 8:30pm – 11:00pm at The King William IV, 816 High Road, Leyton E10 6AE, opposite the entrance to Tesco. Free entry, with Brodie’s brewery real ales and beers. Pub tel: 020 8556 2460 mob: 07976 122853 Email: jamesandlizzie@brodiesbeers.com.

Botley Hill Farmhouse, Limpsfield Rd, Warlingham, CR6 9QH. (01959 577 154) a 15th century farmhouse set on the Titsey estate, and now a free house and restaurant – standing on the Prime Meridian and International Date Line – www.botleyhill-farmhouse.co.uk, have announced their line up for their Free every Thursday evenings, at 8:30pm – Jazz in the Bar

Googlies Jazz Supper Club at Botany Bay Cricket Club, East Lodge Lane, Enfield, EN2 8AS present Live Jazz every Thursday evening. Doors open 7.30pm with Live Performance from 8 o’clock. There is a Licensed Bar, food available & free ample car parking. The Colin Peters Quartet support a different guest star each week. New Members and Guests Welcome. Admission – unless otherwise stated is – Guests £9.00 per night, Members £7.00 per night Membership: £15.00 per year

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month Saxophonist Johnty Wilks presents live music, dj and “micro clubbing” – why have a late night? This event is early evening event. Come and dance to Jazz, jazz funk and fusion with dj Johnty, plus live sax with Johnty Wilks and guests. Also half price cocktails and snacks available. The Corner Lounge, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1XB http://www.thecornerlounge.co.uk/ Free 01245 505 880. Please get in touch in advance, if you are interested in performing as a guest (guitarists, keys, bass, trumpet, flute etc) , jamming over jazz funk records and/or jazz funk backing tracks. Johnty 0771 359 4543; johnty.wilks@googlemail.com

The Pump House Jazz Club at Watford continues on Thursdays. http://www.pumphouse.info/cgi-bin/pumphouse/site.pl?skin=blues&type=wiki&mode=view&fn=pump_house_jazz_club

The Cross Keys is an independent pub in Tunbridge Wells with live music at the core. Sonny’s Jazz nights run every Thursday and there is no charge for entry. Find them on St Johns Road (A26) just over a mile north of Tunbridge Wells Town Centre. 236/238 St Johns Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9XD Tel: 01892 536 516:

The Sole Bay Jazz Band meets every Thursday at 8pm at the excellent sports/social club – The Maltings Pavilion, Pirnhow Street, Ditchingham, Nr Bungay, Suffolk NR35 2RU with regular members & guests from around the region playing a selection of great songs. Free admission, bar & large car park. Also check out for weekly news update at www.cakesandal.blogspot.co.uk

The Just Jazz & Blues Band have a regular monthly spot at “The Audley”, Mount Street, London W1. Admission Free – starts from 7.30pm – Food & drink available.

Friday

Music at Marigolds, Harlow Cricket Club. A great regular jazz night in Harlow on the last Friday of every month. More at: www.musicatmarigolds.co.uk. They also host some great blues nights: Jazz £8 on the door or £7 in advance – Blues £7 on the door or £6 in advance. See Listings

Friday Jazz at The Hillside, 1 Church Street, Wheathampstead, Herts., AL4 8AP Starts at 8:30-10:45pm. The cost is £35 pp which includes a (very) delicious 3-course meal, a welcome cocktail, and the music charge.

Saturday

A new monthly AFTERNOON venue featuring Dixie/Swing/Blues & a bit of skiffle from 1:30 – 4:30 pm at The Cherrytree, Brightlingsea CO7 0JF

Sunday

8pm @ Grace Bar & Club, Great Windmill Street, Piccadilly, London – Swinging Sunday Sessions. Grace Bar & Club host an evening of Big Band swing, with The Denmark Street 18 piece Big Band in full swing and singer Glenn Macnamara. With timeless classics from the greatest singers of the 20th Century, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Harry Connick Jr and Michael Buble to name a few. Every Sunday Night, Piccadilly, London, 8pm £10. 50% Off drinks 4pm – 8pm (website for details)
www.grace-bar.co.uk www.denmarkstreetbigband.co.uk www.glennmacnamara.co.uk

The White Hart Pub in Whitechapel, 1 Mile End Road, Stepney, London E1 4TP (020 7790 2894) features a variety of quality jazz acts are every Sunday. All shows run 7.30pm – 10.15pm. Free Entry (gratuity collection during performance)

The Globe Pub, 20 Morning Lane, Hackney, London, E9 6NA. (Opposite Tesco car park entrance) have Different Trad Jazz bands every Sunday 12:30 – 3:30pm. Free entrance and Free food.

For Trad Jazz fans there is the long-established Hornchurch Jazz Club, 25 North St (rear), Hornchurch, Essex. Tel: Laurie on 07913 558616. Great atmosphere. Dancing. Drinks at Club Prices.Admission £7. Members £6. Guests £6. 8:30 – 11pm.

Jazz and Tapas, 1st Sunday of the month, 1.00 – 4.00pm, O Picado, 403 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex SS0 7HU, Tel 01702 300540 Sunday lunchtime 1pm to 4pm, at O’Picado, a family run Portugese restaurant. Bookings 01702 300540. Quality laid back and swinging jazz and delicious home cooked Madeiran food.

Second Sundays Salon at The Attic @ Hackney Picture House (270 Mare St, London E8 1HE) hosted by Mychelle Colleary, on Sundays from 3pm to 6pm. A new monthly afternoon event of jazz/acoustic music, art and other performance. £8 adv / £10 door / £6 AEA/MU/Members book online or call the box office 0871 902 5734 http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Hackney_Picturehouse/film/Second_Sunday_Salon_The_Preview

The Joiners Arms (Camberwell) 35, Denmark Hill, Camberwell, SE5 8RS present SUNDAY LUNCH TONGUE – weekly big band events. FREE ENTRY From 2pm to 5pm. Real ales and PIZZA available! Food from 12-4pm.

There is a regular session at The Woolpack, Tuddenham Road, Ipswich IP4 2SH on the lastSunday of each month and bank holidays with a regular rhythm section and different front line each month. Contact Des Hart des-hart@supanet.com or phone 01728 685622

The Moorish Lounge, 3, Quay St., Woodbridge present the Paul Hodgson Trio featuring guitarist Jim Mullen and organist Mike Gorman on the lastSunday of every month. 2 to 5pm. Admission FREE.

O Picado news – Jazz & Tapas at O Picado, 403 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, SS0 7HU, 1.00pm – 4.00pm. Quality, laid back and swinging jazz and delicious home cooked Madeiran food, with Mick Foster (saxes) & Dominic Ashworth (guitar). Every first Sunday of the month. Tel 01702 300540 for bookings.

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There is a regular monthly gig by the Kol Paterson Band at The Galley in Woodbridge, 21 Market Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4LX www.galley.uk.com. Contact Des Hart des-hart@supanet.com or phone 01728 685622

For fans of Trad Jazz out there, may we direct to you Wilf James‘ comprehensive listings — http://bit.ly/r0lcY2, or just Google Wilf’s Jazz!!

News & Forthcoming Events at Exchange House Music Club, Exchange House, Blackmore, Essex, CM4 0QY. Tel. 01277 824 616. Contact David Price:

David recently completed his purpose built mini concert hall at his residence in Blackmore, Essex.
The Banjo Club meets every Monday at Exchange House 2.00-4.00pm. Play the music – join the banjo band.
David Viscount Price A.L.C.M., Exchange House, Blackmore, Essex CM4 0QY. Tel: 01277 824 616 or 07885 423 393 www.jazzbanduk.com

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

There is some great jazz coming up at the Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG. Tel: 01245 606505, email: boxoffice@chelmsford.gov.uk. You can see Chelmsford Theatres’ complete Autumn brochure by clicking here. The theatre website is here.

We have been asked to mention a venue in Tunbridge Wells, Kent called Trinity Theatre (www.trinitytheatre.net) which hosts music, dance, theatre, comedy and film events. It is almost entirely run by volunteers and has been going for over 25 years:

The Pheasantry – London’s leading supper club 152-154 King’s Road, London SW3 4UT. Monday-Saturday: Doors 7.00pm Show 8.30pm. Sundays: Doors 6.30pm Show 8.00pm. Bookings: 08456 027 017 | www.pizzaexpresslive.com

John Petters News -

The Third Louis Armstrong Celebration Jazz Festival @ Mundesley Holiday Village, Mundesley, Norfolk – Friday 30th May – Monday 2nd June 2014. Follow John Petters on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/johnpetters. And on Facebook, where you can join the Traditional Jazz & Swing Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tradjazz/
If you haven’t booked already, I’d like to remind you that this festival promises to be one of the great events of the year. I have uploaded a video featuring over 18 minutes of the artistes who will be appearing. This is mostly from video from last year’s festival, but also includes some historic clips of Jackie Free with Wild Bill and Art Hodes and Jim Douglas with Red Allen and the Alex Welsh Band.
The video and full information, booking form, etc. is available on my website: http://www.traditional-jazz.com/mainpages/mundesley.htm

Other Festival Dates –

The Louis Armstrong Celebration Jazz Festival @ South Downs Holiday Village – Bracklesham Bay Sussex will take place on 12 – 15 September.

The William Shakespeare Jazz’n’ Swing Festival @ Stratford upon Avon – I’m delighted to tell you the dates have now been fixed – Saturday 22 – Monday 24 November 2014. The programme and flyers will be available next month. You may book either of the above now by sending a deposit of £40 per person payable to John Petters, to 218 New House Farm Hospital Drove Long Sutton PE12 9EN.

The Sensation London Louis Armstrong Riverboat Shuffle – Saturday 6th September. Details: http://www.traditional-jazz.com/mainpages/thamesriver.htm Tickets are selling well. Don’t leave it too long.

All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards voting forms are now available. The link to the voting form for the nine categories for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2014 is http://www.jazzservices.org.uk/index.php/parliamentary-jazz-awards/-2014-entry-form

Two years ago you helped Paul Barnes and Mike Pointon win on two categories. It is important that people who represent the traditional / swing end of the jazz spectrum are recognised.
(Paul’s latest show is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002mhdx). We have some fine talented musicians who get very little recognition from the media. Here is a chance to help put that right.
I’m going to ask you to vote for me, if you think I do a good job flying the flag for traditional jazz in the UK.
For the Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters), you may consider one of our festivals at Mundesley, Bracklesham or Stratford as venue of the year or festival of the year. Perhaps, maybe it is St John’s Arts Centre at Old Harlow.
As you know, I’ve put my money where my mouth is (I have more mouth than money) for jazz for over 30 years. You may consider a vote for me for the Services to Jazz Award. Traditional jazz needs extra clout these days and the publicity would give me the opportunity to raise the profile of our music.
The Jazz Media Section really needs to be Paul Barnes at BBC Norfolk. His show is always there at the whim of BBC bosses and is a particular oasis in a sea of sludge that plagues most of the BBC. Cases could also be made for Walter Love’s Jazz Club at BBC Ulster or Alyn Shipton’s Jazz Record Requests. All three presenters are experts in their field.

On Sunday 22nd June – 72 North Brink, Wisbech, Cambs PE13 1LN Invite you to a long-summer day of traditional jazz.: There will be 3 Jazz sessions by a terrific British Jazz Band. Admission £8
In the Band are; Richard Exall Clarinet /Sax/Voc, Peter Rudeforth Trumpet /Cornet/ Flugelhorn/voc, Bob Hunt , trombone, Graham Roberts guitar/Banjo, Graham Reed Bass/ Tuba, John Watson Drums. Admission is : Cash on Door ….Jazz Enquiries to Dave/Sheila Dyer 01945 588325. Licensed Bar, Tea, Coffee & Snacks the Jazz is in the gardens..Please bring your own garden chair if you wish
Tours of the Brewery are available @£5 per head and can be arranged in between jazz sessions as required. Doors open 12 noon. Jazz Starts 12.30

THE NEW TOWNHOUSE JAZZ CLUB, Cheshunt & Waltham Cross Conservative Club, 33 – 35 Eleanor Cross Road, EN8 7LF. £9.00 & £9.50 (usually) Bands 1st set 8.15pm. Tel: 01992 712192 or 07956 980572. E-mail: shartelswans@aol.com or td_hooper@aol.co.uk Admission price is now £9 members & £9.50 guests

February
19th – Dave Ware’s Dixie Hot Shots, our 2nd debut..
26th – Golden Eagle Jazz Band

March
5th – Our Imperial Bar Hot Shots
12th – To celebrate Terry’s 60th Birthday with The Richard Bennett Band Featuring: Doreen DeWit (banjo) £10
19th – George Tidimans All Stars
23rd – Sunday Special, Davy Waskett memorial featuring: Savoy Tribute Band (in aid of Macmillan Nurses) 1 – 4pm
26th – Matt Palmers Millennium Eagle £10

April
2nd – The Hot Shots…………..
6th – Sunday special 1 – 4pm – Memorial for Davy Waskett in aid of MacMillan Nurse £5
9th – Club Closed

THE PUMP HOUSE JAZZ CLUB. Pump House Theatre & Arts Centre, Local Board Road off Lower High Street, WATFORD WD17 2JP. Enquiries: hazel.fox24@ntlworld.com / 01923 467269. Band Bookings: ibjazzhorn@hotmail.com / 01923 210604. Thursdays 8.15-11pm . Admittance £8.00 (Under 21s £4.00)

February 2014
13th – Dave Moorwood’s ZJR All Stars – Valetine’s Special
20th – Colin Kingwell’s Jazz Bandits
27th – Tad Newton &?Jazz Friends

March 2014
6th – Frog Island Jazz Band
13th – Laurie Chescoe Reunion – Fish & Chips – (order in advance £6.00)
20th – Barry Palser’s Savoy Jazz
27th – Millennium Eagle Jazz Band

April 2014
3rd – Richard Leach’s 7 Stars of Jazz – Grand National Draw
10th – New Orleans Z’hulus
17th – Savannah Jazz Band – Easter Buffet
24th – Gresty/White Ragtimers

May 2014
1st – The Chicagoans
8th – David Jones Dixieland Band
15th – Pedigree Jazz Band – Plant Raffle
22nd – New Orleans Heat
29th – John Shillito’s Select Six

THE TRUMPET” High Street, Bilston WV14 0EP 01902 493723. http://www.trumpetjazz.org.uk

 

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New Independent Vocal Jazz Academy – The first British and International Vocal (Jazz) Academy (BIVJA) workshop course will take place from Spring 2013 with ongoing enrolment thereafter. This is a high quality enterprise implementing the skills and experience of a full rhythm section. A course 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’.

Where: Ealing W5, West London
When: Course A – Fortnightly on Sundays plus performance dates and masterclasses
Course B – Fortnightly on Saturdays and as above
Course C – Monday evenings
Who for: Individuals who are serious about developing their knowledge and skills with a view to creating successful jazz performance – all styles, all ages, singers and instrumentalists.
Why: BIVJA is keen to encourage mature students as well as young people at the start of their careers.
There are very few bespoke courses for those who wish to empower themselves with a greater understanding of the rhythm section, band leading and performance confidence.
Is it for me? Call for an informal chat on 020 8992 1571 (leave message and we’ll call you back).
UNIQUE – BIVJA promotes a warm but challenging environment and it’s different because of its very ‘hands on’ approach. 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. Sessions will be followed by a de-brief, student feedback, career support and Q+A – again a unique opportunity
Specialist workshops – Participants will have access to workshops on specific skills such as recording, PA set up and mixing and workshops with visiting professional singers, instrumentalists and mentors. Tutors will vary including Gareth Williams – piano; Peter Ind – bass; Les Cirkel – drums. The support group created by this enterprise will assist students in self-promotion and performance opportunities.

BIVJA Director – Verona Chard – 020 8992 1571 – leave message, and contact details. 07985 440902 www.veronachard.com/bivja vox@veronachard.com


Thursday Night Saxophone Workshop
www.johnseeleyjazz.co.uk

The saxophone workshop aims to develop saxophone technique and performance in a friendly creative environment. The workshop is open to all levels of ability, and every type of saxophone. The workshop is devised for the individual to feel like they are having a private lesson at a fraction of the price. Each class explores saxophone and musicianship skills that will enhance the individual and group performer. This includes looking at music theory, methods of practise, 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. The pieces are denotated to concentrate on musicianship skills and then performed giving members a feeling of completion. The method of teaching focuses on four principles of learning which are posture, pulse, phonology, and personality. This is used through simultaneous learning techniques that connect aural, visual, improvisation, and rhythm.
Saxophone Workshop Details – Fortnightly Thursdays (Check website for dates) 7:30pm – 9:30pm. £7 Entry. All Levels Welcome at St.Michael and All Angels Church, 62 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1LF


Thursday Night Jazz Workshop
www.johnseeleyjazz.co.uk

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 that will be used will range from Hard Bop, Modern to Contemporary Jazz, and will be arranged to a high level.
The teaching of this workshop focuses on the 4 P’s Principle. Posture, Pulse, Phonology, and Personality within music. The method of teaching will follow a style called simultaneous learning. The ingredients of pieces are extracted and worked through by connecting areas of learning as aural, visual, rhythm and improvisation. These are then placed back into context, allowing the individual a deep understanding of the piece and its musical principles.
Jazz Workshop Details – Fortnightly Thursdays (Check website for dates) 7:30pm – 9:30pm. £7 Entry. All Levels/Instruments Welcome. St.Michael and All Angels Church, 62 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1LF

The Julian Joseph Jazz Academy will run 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 12-19, 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. Sign up at https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=EkjCExyKXg2VAdM7eEHiqw
www.hmdt.org.uk HMDT is now on Facebook. Join us at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hackney-Music-Development-Trust-HMDT/33789453887
If you play the saxophone and want to join an informal Saxophone group then come along on a Tuesday evening at Coopers School in Upminster. The Havering Saxophonics are an adult saxophone choir that focus on playing for fun. It is a reading band but all levels are welcome. from 7pm – 9pm. £5… (£3 for concessions). A cup of tea at half time is free…. for more info call John on 01708 446644 or visit www.thehaveringsaxophonics.co.uk

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The Hertfordshire Music Service and North Herts Youth Jazz run the North Herts Youth Jazz Big Band

The band rehearses on Tuesday evenings, term time, at The North Herts Music School, Highbury House, Highbury Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RU 01462 434052. Rehearsals run from 1715 to 1845. Up to age 19 or older if in full time education. We would welcome interest from rhythm section, horn section players and singers. Musicians of grade 5 standard and upwards. Either acoustic or electric bass players. Please be prepared to read charts too! Improvisers will be especially welcome but guidance and instruction will be given to all who wish it. We would also like to encourage composers to come along and write for this group. This band will perform at least once in public each term to promote the playing of jazz amoung young people and perform a wide range of jazz repertoire, from Duke Ellington to Mark Lockheart. There is a termly fee for membership, though a remission of fees scheme is operated by the Hertfordshire Music Service, subject to terms and conditions.

And for those with children/grandchildren in school, we bring to your attention the excellent music services and facilities provided by Essex Music Services. They are part of Essex County Council and provide ” Quality instrumental tuition and workshops to school and colleges in Essex, covering all major orchestral and band instruments and musical styles” ” The opportunity for young people to perform in many youth orchestras and choirs ” and ” Concerts throughout the county where the groups showcase their talents.”

One of the youth orchestras is The Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra (EYJO) for young musicians who have a love for jazz. Members need to attain a minimum of grade 5 in their chosen instrument, and entry is by audition. The EYJO meets monthly for rehearsals. EYJO also go on tour and perform around the county. Their Musical Director is Martin Hathaway, who has directed the EYJO since 1991 and is one of the country’s leading jazz musicians. Martin has won awards for both performance and composition. He has recorded and toured with Radiohead and appeared on their Platinum album Kid A. He is also the resident conductor of Young Essex Jazz and Essex Junior Jazz. Tickets for Essex Music Services’ Jazz concerts may be purchased by calling 01206 798788 for tickets or email beverley.lockyer@essex.gov.uk

Just a reminder – I am sure most of you already listen in, but if you weren’t aware of it you really should be listening to jazz broadcaster of the year Paul Barnes’s show The Late Paul Barnes. The show is broadcast each Saturday between 11pm and 1am on the following BBC stations: Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Cambridgeshire, Northampton and 3CR (Beds, Bucks, Herts). And for those of you who aren’t night owls, thanks to the wonders of modern technology you can “listen again” any time, anywhere by going to: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002mhdx

The Music Hot House, Jon Eno

Those of you who have been involved with youth jazz in Essex in the last ten years or so will probably have come across Jon Eno, a truly inspirational teacher who developed and ran Young Essex Jazz. Jon is now doing great things with youth music in the Midlands, and I am pleased to be able to let you know that he has been nominated for a Parliamentary award for services to jazz education – well done Jon, very richly deserved! His website is www.themusichothouse.co.uk

Baritone sax player wanted for a big band in Hursley (near Winchester) Hampshire. It is a membership band with weekly rehearsals on Tuesday evenings and occasional gigs. If interested, please contact Sally by email at sukiiuk99@gmail.com to find out more.

Wanted – Jazz/Big Band Drummer. The Harmony In Harlem 16-piece orchestra has a unique repertoire of authentic Duke Ellington from the 1930s-1960s. The band rehearses fortnightly on Thursdays in Whittlesford, S Cambs, very close to the M11. They need a drummer who is interested specifically in this sort of music, who would like to commit to the band either permanently or to be a regular dep to share the load with the current drummer. Email: mtk@harmonyinharlem.co.uk web: http://www.harmonyinharlem.co.uk/

Trumpet required for the Mo Jazz Orchestra 18 piece big band. We’re a nice friendly bunch, a mix of pros, semi pros, keen amateurs and music students and aim to play the more modern style of charts, Goodwin, Camilo, Tower of Power etc.We rehearse in a lovely studio every Wed eve in Kings Cross, and have regular gigs booked. Please contact Phil for more info on 07971 609 313 or phil@manley-reeve.freeserve.co.uk

‘The Da Capo Concert Band in Whetstone, Barnet is looking for new players. We particularly need brass players but woodwind players are also welcome. We play a varied wind band repertoire, including specialist wind band music from the likes of Philip Sparke as well as medleys of show-tunes, popular marches; jazz and big band pieces; and themes from film and television. There is no audition but we ask that players are Grade 6 standard or above. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings, 8pm-10pm. For more information see http://www.dacapoconcertband.org.uk/ or email enquiries@dacapoconcertband.org.uk.’

Sax Players wanted. Laurie is looking for alto and tenor players on a permanent basis for his Monday night rehearsal band based in Bentley (just outside Brentwood). Nice band, nice people and a nice cuppa in the break! If you are interested give Laurie a ring on 01702 540061 or his mobile 07778590336

St Albans Big Band (new name for the St Albans Stage Band) is looking for young talented trombonists in the area who would like to join. Maximum age 18. They are looking at doing the Music For Youth Festival this year, both regional and national festivals, collaborating with the North Herts Big Band as well as booking a top jazzer to play with the band this year. If interested, please email keith@jazzjam.co.uk

Musicians wanted for a big band based in Hatfield, Herts. In particular trombones, trumpets and saxes needed, but if you fancy big band playing please get in touch. Rehearsals every Monday evening. Please call Dick Barnard on 07754 406965 for more information.

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Bass player available – Matt Lowrie. I’m the house bassist for the Buckhurst Hill jazz jam, and specialise in depping for function bands and playing in musical theatre. I play electric and upright bass, and I’m a proficient reader. You can find a summary of my CV at www.mattlowriemusic.com Contact me for any gig or more details at matt@mattlowriemusic.com

Graham Hunter is an experienced professional trumpeter and singer, who teaches various musical instruments, with the emphasis on FUN ! ! He will be joining our teacher listings directly.
As a brass specialist, he can give tuition to complete beginners right up to advanced level for the whole valved brass family from trumpet to tuba. Pupils will normally learn how to read music, some theory, and how to improvise. Additionally, beginner lessons are available for drum kit, piano, nylon-strung guitar, bass-guitar and singing. Graham Hunter, 01702 540010 or 07724 088 511 www.grahamhunter.net

Nick Baya, a jazz trained music college student, is offering saxophone and theory lessons beginning from 1st June. Lessons will be available to all ages and abilities with very competitive prices, and will include classical training as well as jazz for those interested in taking grades. Contact now for more details or to book a lesson on 07402 399 746 or send an email to nickbaya@aim.com

This from Loughton guitar legend Mike Eaves, who has worked with artistes as diverse as Lee Ryan, Will Young, Shirley Bassey, Michael Ball, John Williams, Martine McCutcheon, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Please see www.mikeeaves.co.uk for more information and details of special offers, or call Mike on 020 8508 5539 Mike has a new website for my guitar tuition. Please have a look – www.mikeeaves.co.uk – it is much more interactive than the last. He has started a blog on the site, writing a mixture of articles – some about playing the guitar, and some anecdotes from professional work he has done. There is a useful stuff section, which has an online metronome, tuner and chord finder on it as well as links to a couple of apps and hase also included a shop, which has links to products

Benj Blackmore has just moved to the south east. He plays jazz guitar and electric bass to a pretty good standard and is keen to do some gigging around the area. He also teaches (in Ipswich) and has spaces for pupils who want to learn guitar. Beginners to advanced. For examples of his guitar playing from his soundcloud page go to http://soundcloud.com/benjblackmore/lotus-blossom or http://soundcloud.com/benjblackmore/in-a-sentimental-mood. Interested parties can contact him on his mobile 07779 795989.

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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 day. It’s on 98FM in the Brentwood/Billericay area, and 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 also teachs jazz piano/composition in Billericay (I’m have an MA from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama). http://www.reverbnation.com/adamdyerjazz

For information on more complete music genres Jurgen Reid suggests you try his Facebook/Twitter page – Music In Essex on which he posts information about gigs, bands, venues, etc.
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/MusicInEssex – the twitter profile may be found by searching @MusicInEssex.
Musicians can also post their own info on the page profile and Jurgen will share it across the other accounts.

Roger Haywood, the keen Norfolk jazz fan has advised me that he has been invited by the major regional newspaper, the Eastern Daily Press to join their group of reviewers with a special brief to cover jazz, big band, blues and related music. He has asked if clubs and events organisers across the Norfolk coverage area of the paper to add him to their mailing list and advise him of anything suitable that may be coming up. He is happy to consider all genres of jazz, particularly anything that is innovative, original, newsworthy, of national standard or even out of the usual as last year’s Norwich Jazz Massive was. Organisers can contact him on rhaywood@issuesmanagers.com. He points out, of course, that there cannot be any guarantee of coverage but anything he would like to review he will put to the EDP’s arts editor and an approval from him will mean Roger’s review is likely to be used.

THE JAZZ SHOW NEWSLETTER. Alex Hutton and Kate Winter produce and present this lively, inventive radio programme, showcasing the best of contemporary jazz as well as the classics. The show contains music, interviews, performance in the live room, the ‘Time Tunnel’ and ‘Sebastian Scotney’s Album of the week’ The show is broadcast on several radio stations: FM as well as online and is also a weekly podcast. Visit www.thejazzshowonline.com for more details

Johnty Wilks on 0207 193 1977 runs Musicians Heaven, a unique Bed & Breakfast and retreat for jazz musicians based in a gorgeous 16th Century manor house in mid Essex. Rehearse, compose or practise in your room, jam with other guests, enjoy the peace and quiet; or listen to the enchanting sounds of nature as you wander around the grounds.  Only 1 hour from London, 20 minutes from Stansted Airport, based in the heart of Essex.  A musicians retreat, where you can meet other like-minded people.  See http://www.myspace.com/529278563 for more details.

A great recording studio based in Reading, but very reasonably priced with a producer who has got a great feel for the style as well as being incredibly friendly and helpful. He can do everything from a couple of live demos through to producing a fully mastered CD album. www.m4studios.co.uk – for more details call Craig on 07595 643680 or email enquiries@m4studios.co.uk

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 to his show at http://radiotime.com/station/s_6837/Blast_1386.aspx. Dave has also kindly written a review of the Cork Jazz Festival for Jazz Update, which you can read at www.jazzupdate.co.uk/daveself.shtml

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!

Grapevine magazine, the most comprehensive (and free!) events guide in East Anglia, is devoting a monthly double page spread trying to promote jazz to a wider and younger audience. The columnist is well-known jazz journalist, Roger Haywood whose arts reviews for the Eastern Daily Press cover jazz and have brought that specialist music genre into the pages of the paper, probably for the first time on a regular basis. Also, he is now writing the jazz pages for Grapevine events magazine, especially focusing on news and performances across the Eastern Counties. Send any news, opinions or issues that you feel merit a discussion to roger@rogerhaywood.com. His column is separate to the gig guide where copy can be submitted directly to the journal or even inserted online by the promoter directly into their diary at www.grapevinelive.co.uk/Events. These jazz pages look at issues and trends in jazz: topics that he hopes to cover in the coming issues including jazz education, training and teaching (including private jazz tutors), performance opportunities for amateurs including the many jams in the region, music shops, especially those that cover instruments and repairs, plus a feature he wants to do on local big bands, not just who they are but how they work, what they play, where the payers come from and how they fund their existence. Another planned feature where he would like ideas or comments will be on the marketing of jazz especially the many clubs in our region where some are excellent at their promotion and others less so!

 

For jazz fans there is a new blog which is well worth reading, written by Josh Jennings. The British Jazz Blog aims to celebrate, and give a platform to, the fantastic British jazz scene. Focusing on the contemporary side of the genre, the articles are written in a personal, informal manner, ideal for getting people from outside of the genre just as excited about the music as hardcore fans of jazz! www.britishjazzblog.com

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

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

Bungay: The Maltings Pavilion, Pirnhow Street, Ditchingham, NR35 2RU presents the SOLE BAY JAZZ BAND every week. Music 8.00-10.30pm. Adm FREE. Tel: 01986 896143 for information.

Mill Hill: The jazz club continues on Wednesdays. See http://www.millhilljazzclub.co.uk/ for guest details.

 

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, as it is too time-consuming for us to then have to re-type all the information. 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 more than happy to email you the text to save you re-typing it.

2. Can you please send all future items for inclusion in the newsletter to listings<at>jazzupdate.co.uk please.

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. In fact we even took the trouble to call the promoter of a night to check, who confirmed that it had indeed changed to another day. 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. Again, until recently we would Google the address and include the missing information, but it has become too time-consuming to always do this.

5. We always try (when life doesn’t get in the way!) to send the newsletter on Friday at lunchtime. Can you get your information to us by 9am Friday morning at the latest to guarantee inclusion please.

Many thanks!