17th January 2014



From: Chris Neill [mailto:chris@chrisneill.co.uk]
Sent: 17 January 2014 08:47 PM
Subject: Jazz Update weekly newsletter


Hi everyone

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Little BigHorn BigBand will be playing at The Hideaway, 2 Empire Mews, Streatham SW16 2ED on Sunday 19 January. Doors at noon, Show at 2pm. Vibes player Dave Hammer’s Little BigHorn is the bantamweight band with the heavyweight sound. 3 Brass, 3 saxes, rhythm section and vibes are the setting for a repertoire that ranges from warm West Coast to crisp New York hard bop; smooth Brasilia to sophisticated Ellingtonia. If you haven’t yet had the chance, let vibraphonist Dave Hammer introduce you to his latest project featuring arrangements by Bob Hammer, Marty Paich, Tom Kubis (US) and Dave Jones and Phil Steele (UK). With Nick Mills – trombone, Bob McKay – alto sax, John McKillip – tenor sax, John O’Neil – bari sax, Steve Dawson – trumpet, Chris Neill – piano, Dave Jones – double bass, Paul Cavaciuti – drums, Louise Jones – vocals, Dave Hammer – vibes/MD

On Sunday 26th January at 2pm Verona Chard will be appearing at The Grape and Grain, Anerley Hill, Crystal Palace, London SE19 2AA. Tel: 020 8778 9688. grape-and-grain@hotmail.com

On Tuesday the 21st January at 7:00pm at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, 9 Dean Street, W1D 3RW Denmark Street Big Band Presents: “One More Once” A Tribute to Count Basie featuring Kevin Leo and Ray Gelato Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

The Denmark Street Big Band recreates the swinging jazz sounds of the Big Band era, performing compositions that span an entire century of music. Tonight they will be playing selections from legendary Count Basie albums including The Atomic Mr Basie, Live At The Sands (Before Frank), Live at Newport 1957, Ray Swings, Basie Swings as well as plenty of classic Quincy Jones charts

Bruce Adams with Clark Tracey Trio at Herts Jazz Club from 7.30 pm-10.00 pm Sunday 26 January 2014 at Terrace Suite, Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City. Bruce is one of the greatest trumpeters to have graced the British jazz world since leaving the commercial world. Noted for his astonishing range, Bruce swings harder than most. His musical partnership with Alan Barnes was one of the great pairings and widened his audience enough to make him a deserved poll winner over many years. He has often worked as a special guest soloist with both the Scottish Radio Orchestra and the BBC Big Band. Bruce’s long-running musical partnership with saxophonist Alan Barnes has produced many plaudits and acclaimed recordings. Please note that 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 to avoid disappointment. Tickets: Advance: £3 students/£8 members/£10 concessions/£11 full. Walk-ups: £5 students/£9 members/£11 concessions/£13 full.

Bruce Adams – Trumpet, Clark Tracey – Drums, Robin Aspland – Piano, Arnie Somogyi – Bass

The amazing Red Square are playing at Jazz 825 at The Railway, Southend, on 5th February – this will probably be their last ever gig, which will be the completion of a full circle as the band first met in The Railway in 1975, 39 years ago! Red Square were doing ‘punk jazz’ well before anybody else, even before the term ‘punk’ had entered the UK musical lexicon! This will truly be a one off night not to be missed!!!

Wednesday 22nd JanuaryEllie Bignall (vocals), Chris Neill (piano), John Pamenter (bass) & John Withers (drums). 8pm – 11pm at at Jazz @ St. Ants, St. Anthony’s Club, The Red House, 13 Upton Avenue (Corner of Upton Lane), Forest Gate, London E7 9PJ

Hornchurch Jazz Club at Hornchurch Conservative Club, 25 North Street, RM11 1RS, on Sunday, 26th January 2014 from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm. The Phoenix Jazz Band returns to the club. Led Robin Coombs this long established seven piece jazz band’s repertoire consists of well known pieces by great popular music composers of the 1920’s up to the middle of the last century including Ellington, Handy, Carmichael, Jelly Roll Morton and not forgetting, Louis Armstrong. 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.

Fleur Stevenson hosts Jazz Singers’ Night at the Global Cafe, Reading RG1 4PS on Tuesday 21st January. With Robert Otwinowski – jazz guitar, Nick Hill – bass and Ben Robins – drums. Performance begins at 9pm and singers are then invited to jam with the band on stage.

On Thursday 30th January @ 8pm an all action show, packed with variety and excitement, is promised when ex-Harlow drum star, John Petters presents the first jazz concert of the year at The Arc (St John’s Arts Centre, St John’s Walk, Market St. Old Harlow CM17 0AJ). – Admission £10. Two exceptionally gifted, multi-instrumentalists, Tim Huskisson and Sean Moyses will be this month’s special guests. Thursday’s concert will feature music from the Gatsby era of the Roarin’ ’20s into the swinging ’30s.Tel: 01406 365 731. Or look on www.traditional-jazz.com

A self-taught pianist from a very young age, Tim was inspired by Jazz that he first heard on 78rpm records. He took clarinet lessons from the age of 9 and by his late teens was playing in local Essex Jazz bands. Moving professionally into the world of entertainment, Tim worked with entertainers such as Larry Grayson, Little & Large & Michael Barrymore. A chance meeting led to him spending six years as Musical Director for the comedian Brian Conley with whom he appeared with the legendary Bob Hope. Latterly dedicating himself entirely to the music that first inspired him, Tim has established himself as one of the most in-demand musicians on the Jazz club circuit. Playing Vintage and Modern styles on piano and clarinet, he has worked George Melly, Kenny Ball and the late George Chisholm OBE among many others.  Sean Moyses is regarded as one of Europe’s top professional banjo players. He has been playing since he was eleven years old. He mastered the ukulele, mandolin, five-string banjo, plectrum banjo, guitar and uke-banjo. He developed a love for jazz and swing music of the 1920’s and 1930’s. Sean regularly appears with the famous Pasadena Roof Orchestra and has performed major concerts, television and radio broadcasts throughout Europe. He has performed musical comedy with the hilarious Bob Kerr’s Whoopee. A lifelong George Formby fan, Sean often delights audiences with cheeky comedian’s risqué songs, accompanied by his sensational ukulele.  Harlow’s own Keith Donald on acoustic double bass and the bandleader on drums complete the line-up.

Tony Jacobs would like to remind you to tune in to www.1940sukradio.co.uk which plays music from the 1920s to the ’40s as well as having very interesting articles on their website.
He presents his wn show every Saturday at 05.00, 11.00, 17.00 and 23.00 BST. and on January 18th, will be featuring music and songs from Peter Dawson, Lee Wiley, Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Anita O’Day, Frank Sinatra, Mildred Bailey, Red Norvo and many others!

Tony with The Jim Barry Quintet will be presenting ‘Swinging On A Star – The Bing Crosby Years at Catford‘s Broadway Theatre on Wednesday January 29th (a matinee) with Louise Cookman. www.broadwaytheatre.org.uk

Jazz in the Crypt. On Wednesday 22nd January, Heads South Latin Jazz will be at St Martin’s Crypt in Trafalgar Square WC2N 4JJ, at 8pm. Book at http://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/event/heads-south-3/ or Tel 020 7766 1100 Tkts £12/9/5.50. A relaxed and spacious venue with buffet food and drinks available.

Line-up is Steve Waterman trumpet, Cuban percussionist Chino Martell Morgan, Venezuelan bass player Aldofredo Pulido, Buster Birch drums, and leader John Harriman on piano/keys.
“A very talented outfit…a Band that is well worth watching” The Jazzmann. More info at www.headssouth.com

Trumpet Player wanted for Mojo Big Band. MOJO is an established Big Band, with regular gigs. We play contemporary arrangements, typically, Goodwin, Camillo, Bob Berg, Buddy Rich, Bob Mintzer, Tower Of Power etc. We try to avoid the stock Big Band fodder e.g Basie, Ellington, Nestico etc. We are seeking a new Trumpet player, capable of playing First if required, and a reasonable soloist.  We rehearse weekly in studios in the Kings Cross area. We have two monthly regular gigs, plus other ad-hoc gigs “as and when”.  Please contact Si — Please leave a message if I can’t pick up. 07880795292 / simon2000@fsmail.net  

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.

Jazz at the Hunter Club (6 St Andrews Street South, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3PH) present Peter King “The finest alto saxophonist that Britain has ever produced, and one of the finest in the world today” The Observer on Friday 17 January at 8pm. £10. info/reservations: www.headhunterslive.org 07799 650009

A towering figure on the UK jazz scene since the 1960s, Peter King has assimilated the influences of Charlie Parker and John Coltrane to become one ofthe most formidable alto saxophonists in all of jazz, a composer of distinction, an incendiary improviser and a national treasure. Plusa bonus set from local sax hero Harry Greene before his semi-final appearance in Young Jazz Musician of the Year. With Chris Ingham piano, Rev Andrew Brown on bass and Russ Morgan on drums. “Like being driven around in aRolls-Royce…”Art Themen


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.

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 resumes on Tuesday 7th January, (after our Christmas break) and weekly every Tuesday thereafter. 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.

Singers’ Night
– Open Mic Event for jazz vocalists in Central London- 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 The Windmill, Knox Road, Norwich NR1 4LQ.

The regular ‘Norwich JazzJam‘ takes place every Monday from 8.30pm – www.jazzjam.org.uk . Players from across Norfolk (and some from 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.


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

22nd January – Derek Nash Quintet with Dave Newton

Derek Nash – saxophones, Dave Newton – piano, Martin Shaw – trumpet, Geoff Gascoyne – double bass & Sebastiaan de Krom – drums. Derek, a member of Jools Holland Orchestra since 2004 was voted in the Top 3 Alto Saxophonists in the 2010 British Awards. Dave Newton has been voted Best Jazz Pianist for the 10th time in 2011. Martin Shaw has worked with Cleo Lane, BBC Big Band, Natalie Cole & Sting. Geoff Gascoyne and Sebastiaan de Krom have both worked with Jamie Cullum and between them have performed with Ray Gelato, Eartha Kitt and appeared at The Royal Albert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.

29th January – Hot Waffle Big Band

The Hot Waffle Big Band is a relatively new band on the London circuit, only having been formed in 2011 by two ex-NYJO members: Pianist/MD: Graeme Taylor, and Drummer: Matt McDonough. Usually covering all styles of big band including classic swing, this event they will be joined by the legendary voice of Shane Hampsheir, for a slice of Rat Pack and Bublé…. One of the circuit’s most loved and fun bands, featuring many of London’s finest jazz musicians. Early arrival advised.

5th February Catherine Lima with Paul Higgs Quartet

Catherine Lima – vocals, Paul Higgs – piano, Jerome Davis – double bass, Malcolm Ball – drums & Graham Pike – trumpet/flugel horn/harmonica. Catherine Lima’s alto range and crystal-clear enunciation combine to give a rare treat of beautifully warm, rich sounds with perfect pitch and phrasing. She has ability to interpret a song with a fresh appeal and impeccable timing with a great stage presence and a fabulous voice, so standby for an enjoyable evening of your favourite songs plus an instrumental or two from this talented quartet

12th February‘The Spirit of Stephane Grappelli & Django Renihardt”

With Mike Piggott – violin, Nils Solberg – amplified and acoustic guitar, Jeff Green – guitar, Alan Morgan – double bass. An exciting evening of music encompassing the Great American Songbook – Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin etc. Mike Piggott currently guests at festivals and jazz clubs in the UK and abroad, including an appearance as a member of Martin Taylor’s “Spirit of Django” at the Xabia Jazz Festival in Spain

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.

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 February – One of Britain’s best Trombone players Gordon Campbell with Ted Beament – piano Andy Cleyndert – bass and Winston Clifford – drums.

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

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”

Saturday 18th January
Saturday 15th February
Saturday 15th March

A great weekly jazz night – now in its 9th 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

22 Jan: – Chris Neill (piano) + Ellie Bignall (vocals)

29 Jan: – Simon Spillett (tenor) + Hilary Cameron (piano)

with John Withers (drums) + John Pamenter (double bass)

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 26th January Julian Stringle – Sax/Clarinet, Ted Beaumont – Keyboard, Paul Budd – Drums, Alan Morgan – Bass

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

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

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

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

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

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 28th January, 2014. CHICO CHICA is Hilary Cameron, keyboard, Barbara Snow, flugelhorn & percussion and Tom Hannah on guitar. Latin sounds are on the menu tonight from a new exciting and intoxicating trio formed in 2010. Find them on You Tube and then come and listen. You will not be disappointed.

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 or email jazz@greenad.co.uk to join our mailing list for regular updates:-

20 JanJazz Club Quartet with guest Eileen Ford
27 JanBill Freeman’s Happy New Orleans Jazz Band
3 FebMahogany Hall Stompers

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 21st January – 8.00pm – Alan Barnes & Julian Marc Stringle with the Robin Aspland Trio
Tickets £13.00 members £10.00

Tuesday 4th February – 8.00pm
Derek Nash & Dick Pearce Quartet play tribute to Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker

Tuesday 11th February- 8.00pm
Rob Baron Quartet

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

– 8.00pm. Hadleigh Conservative Club, 24 High Street, Hadleigh, Essex SS7 2PB. Top-Class Mainstream Jazz.

Monday 27th January – 8.30pm – Simon Spillett with the Ted Beament Trio
Admission £12.00 members £9.00

Monday February – CLOSED

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

Thursday 16th January – 8.30pm – Alan Barnes & Julian Marc Stringle with the Robin Aspland Trio
Admission £12.00 E mail: susan_may@btinternet.com www.myspace.com/spikesplacejazzclub. Advance bookings: Susan 01245 420475

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

Thursday 23rd January – 8.30pm – Ted Beament & Robin Aspland with Dave Chamberlain & Winston Clifford
Thursday 6th February – 8.30pm – Julian Marc Stringle with the Dominic Ashworth Trio
Thursday 13th February – 8.30pm – Robin Phillips Trio
Thursday 27th February – 8.30pm – Simon Bates Quartet

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 30th January with Tony Sandeman’s Natural Selection
Admission £10 (pay on the door). Doors open 8pm, music from 8.30pm.

Tony Sandeman’s Natural Selection really is what it says; Tony’s “dream band” selected from some of the finest players on the scene today. First put together at the beginning of 2013 for a few very successful gigs , this is a rare opportunity to see this great band between other commitments. Martin Johnson on drums has been recording and touring extensively throughout the continent with Jo Harman this year. Those familiar with Zak Barrett on saxes will be aware of his work with Guthrie Govan in the band The Fellowship of Funk who have also been working in Europe this year. Dan Banks who joined the band in the summer is a prodigious talent and has become one of the busiest keyboard players and arrangers in Essex. If you haven’t seen bass player Andy Staples before you are in for a nice surprise, he is one of the most outstanding bass players in the UK working with among many others guitar virtuoso Alex Hutchinson, it’s a real privilege to have him on board. Tony Sandeman was one of the founder members of the band C-Level with Gary Plumley who frequently features on the programme at the Jazz Mix. This is a new direction for Tony incorporating all the styles of music he loves from straight ahead groove through Jazz and Latin with a bit of Ceilidh thrown in the mix as well. Tony and co-arranger Dan will be putting a few new twists on some old favourites plus some tunes you may not have heard before on what promises to be a very special night of music!

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 held on Sundays at lunchtime, although in the summer months some are held 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 2nd February – 7.45pm – 10.15. Lee Gibson Quartet
Admission £14.00 members £10.00. Box Office 01245 606505

, 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:

31st January – The Ted Beament Quintet

Ted Beament keyboards, Colin Watling saxophone, Nick Page guitar, Murray Salmon bass and Les Cirkel drums. With the exception of Les on drums the band are no strangers to Marigolds having entertained our aficionados royally on a number of occasions in the past.

Ted is a local lad, living as he does on the outskirts of Harlow. He is one of the finest pianists that Britain has to offer and has played alongside many fine soloists and is a mainstay of the Humphrey Lyttelton Band. Colin Watling is rated by many as one of the most exciting tenor saxophonists on the circuit with his melodic, swinging sound and the full gamut of musical styles but always in great humour. It has been often said that Nick Page is the most underrated Jazz Guitarist in the UK. Extremely talented, versatile and inspirational Nick has played with a huge list of fine musicians plus he is a composer and educator and band leader in his own right. Murray Salmon taught himself double bass and went on to back some of the top acts of the seventies (Matt Monroe, Tom Jones, Buddy Greco et al.) as well as playing on the SS Canberra and performing all over the world. Cliff Richard, Des O’Connor, Dana, Cilla Black, The Drifters and Princess Anne are just a few of the people talented Les Cirkel on drums has entertained or played with over the years as well as passing on his expertise and knowledge as a teacher for aspiring drummers.

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

, 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 21st January Picante. Led by Derek Nash and Robin Jones this wonderfully exciting latin sextet have been specially booked to celebrate the birthday of one of our most regular and favourite customers. Hilary welcomes you all to dance and enjoy with some of the finest and most renowned musicians in the land!

Tuesday 28th JanuaryThe Elliott Waites Trio with Joe Gibson performing on vocals. Introduced to us by Joe, Elliott has become a firm favourite with all at the Smack.

Tuesday 4th February. Tina May with trio led by Ted Beament. We welcome Tina for the first time at the Smack. She is one of the most renowned singers in the uk today and has performed worldwide. Please look at her website www.tinamay.com

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

22nd JanuaryThe Nick Page Quartet. £8 members, £9 guests

Nick Page was described by Alan Skidmore as “Without doubt the most underrated Jazz Guitarist in the UK.An undiscovered gem of the British Jazz scene.He is extremely talented,versatile and inspirational.I Love working with Nick” . Now that is as good as you can get. A strong supporter of the Mill Hill Jazz Club and a great friend of Val and Gordon, Nick is a delight to listen to. Always producing pitch perfect notes and chords the melodies and improvs flow like a river from his fingers captivating anyone who stops to listen. Nick is supported tonight by his own careful selected band that once again includes Ted Beament on keyboards, Pete Cator on drums and Simon Thorp on bass.

29th JanuaryVal’s Jazz Jam. £5 members, £6 Guests

Our first Jam Night of 2014 and this one promises to be a corker. Val ensures that we get the best of the best coming along from far and wide (Watford and Ealing anyway) to stand in front of out house band and show us their talents and skills as singers, players, tappers and performers. Always a fun night that’s supported by an enthusiastic audience The Jazz Jam is not to be missed.

5th February – Hilary Cameron’s Latin Quartet. £8 members, £9 guests

Hilary is a London-based jazz artist. Her roots are in classical music but more recently she went to live in New York for 2 years studying jazz at Manhattan School of Music and playing in clubs and venues in New York City. In London she started out on keyboards/vocals touring with the Gail Ann Dorsey Band and Womack and Womack. She then formed her own jazz/latin trio and performed at venues such as the Vortex and the 606 club in London. Her influences are wide ranging and include salsa and Eastern European music. She toured with Europe’s only all-female salsa band “Candela” and recorded with London-based band “Just East of Jazz”. Hilary has recorded thirteen albums with UK based artists including Clare Hirst, Andrea Vicari, Jeremy Shoham (Just East of Jazz), Zoe Schwarz and The Steve Taylor Big Band.

12th February – Sam Kelly’s Blues Band. £8 members, £9 guests

Sam’s long career covers live gigs, festivals, drum workshops, theatre work, radio and TV sessions, both in the UK and overseas. He has been voted into Blues In Britain magazine Gallery of the Greats, as a five-times winner of the ‘UK Drummer of the Year’ award. Combined with his years of experience and his reputation within the UK blues fraternity, Sam is a highly accessible, sought after drummer. His list of credits is enormous and will take up all of our web space to include but it includes amongst many others: Madeline Bell, Linda Lewis, Hamish Stewart and the Cymande All Stars featuring Jimmy Lindsay, Chaka Khan, Dr John, Ben E. King, Robert Plant, The Foundations, Gordon Haskell, Billy Ocean, Desmond Dekker, Eddie Floyd, Roger Chapman, Michelle Shocked, Stan Webb, Gary Moore and Ottis Taylor………… to name but a few. The band this night includes Sam on drums and vocals, Frankie Connolly on guitar and vocals, Andy Hodge on bass guitar & vocals and Terry Ede on sax (what? No Vocals?)

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

January 21st Lou’s Sextet, Louis has built a solid and successful reputation over the years with her sextet; She fronts some of the best players with a pad of blues, jazz and Latin numbers. Laurie on vocals.

January 28th – Our number one big band, Hertswing, back on their bi-monthly spot. Music in the Basie mode, with vocals.

, 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.

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 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

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.

On Sunday 19th January Zoe Gilby a UK jazz vocalist and songwriter who has been making a real impression on the jazz scene today with influences that include Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson, Sheila Jordan and Roberta Gambarini. “An impressive performance from a sophisticated young singer. Her voice has real character. Powerfully sultry and expertly handled” Jazz Journal International. With Simon Brown (piano), Bernie Hodgkins (bass) & Roger Odell (drums). Please reserve seating on 01787 237653 or email reply – pay on the door.

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

January 23rd £10 www.lianecarroll.co.uk
Liane playing her umpteenth gig at the FJC & as all her other world wide gigs, you will need to book early to get in. This lady is the most exceptional talent of any British Jazz
artist ever

January 30th £10 www.dereknash.com www.pureblissmusic.com/artist/martin-shaw
DEREK NASH -Multi Saxophonist & Leader of the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orch is the front man of this fantastic outfit. MARTIN SHAW World renowned Jazz Trumpeter is the Special Guest.
DAVE NEWTON In the top bracket of UK Jazz Pianists
GEOFF GASCOYNE Double Bass – The most sought after
SEBASTIAAN DE KROM – Drums -One of Europes finest

It is often said ” Direct from Londons West End” or ” Straight from Ronnie Scotts” Geoff & Sebastiaan will be at Ronnie Scotts in Londons West End until Wednesday evening with Michel Legrand.
Then straight down to The FJC ! ! !

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.

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!!! The Fox Inn, Restaurant & Rooms, 1 Eastgate Street, Bury St Edmunds.

Sunday the 19th January Heinz Hunt Trio
Sunday the 26th JanuaryBophouseblue

Sunday the 2nd FebruaryHelen Abbey Combo
Sunday the 9th February Spririt of Django
Sunday the 16th FebruaryHambone
Sunday the 23rd FebruaryAlbert Garza Trio

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)

Fri 17 January 8pm £10 PETER KING. “The finest alto saxophonist that Britain has ever produced, and one of the finest in the world today” THE OBSERVER. A towering figure on the UK jazz scene since the 1960s, Peter King has assimilated the influences of Charlie Parker and John Coltrane to become one of the most formidable alto saxophonists in all of jazz, a composer of distinction, an incendiary improviser and a national treasure. Plus a bonus set from local sax hero HARRY GREENE before his semi-final appearance in Young Jazz Musician of the Year.

EAST SIDE JAZZ CLUB @ THE CROWN 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, January 21, 2014 from 8.30pm.
Admission £5
Steve Waterman (trumpet & flugel), Chris Allard (guitar), Andrew Cleyndert (bass), Clive Fenner (drums)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 8.30pm.
Admission £5
Simon Allen (saxes), Alex Hutton (piano), Sam Lasserson (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


19th – The Downhome Jazz Band. This popular led by trumpet player Bill Jenkins returns to the club for their umpteenth visit of the year. Always a great band to listen and dance to.
26th – The Phoenix Jazz Band. Robin Coombs leads this long established traditional seven piece jazz band on another visit to the club.

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 February ‘The Graeme Culham Jazz Sextet – (‘Play’s Buddy Rich & Beyond’)
Paul Higgs – Zak Barrett – Holly Barrett – Dan Banks – Andy Staples – Graeme Culham.

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.

22nd Jan – Dave Mascall Trio with Alan Clerk
29th Jan – Interplay

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

James Pearson Trio at Herts Jazz Club from 7.30 pm-10.00 pm Sunday 19 January 2014 at Terrace Suite, Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City
A truly remarkable pianist, James has been resident at Ronnie Scott’s Club for some years now, rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in the business. His work as a Jazz musician has taken him all over the world. This year his trio played a four night run in Birdland Jazz Club in New York. His fine piano playing and arrangements can be heard on over 50 albums.

Amongst the many people James has worked with are, Dame Cleo Laine, Maria Ewing, Marian Montgomery, Petula Clark, Kevin Spacey, John Wilson, Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Buddy Greco, Johnny Griffin, Joseph Horowitz, Richard Rodney Bennett, Ray Davies, Jeff Beck and Paul McCartney. Tonight’s gig will be very much in the tradition of the great jazz piano trios, with the spotlight on Mr Pearson. Please note that 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 to avoid disappointment. 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
James Pearson – Piano, Arnie Somogyi – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

BERKHAMSTED JAZZ . We present live jazz of all kinds 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, and £13 for visitors and guests.

We are firmly established as one of the premier jazz venues in the South East of England, attracting the best of musical talent from a wide area. We frequently have full houses for our events so it is worthwhile to book early. Our belief is that jazz is for enjoyment and we wish to encourage listeners to all the different elements that jazz comprises. We are neither a ‘Traditional
Jazz’ club, nor a ‘Modern Jazz’ club; we try to include as many facets of jazz as possible in our programme. 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. There is wheelchair access for the disabled. Our membership is stable at about 300. Over the years we have welcomed over 1500 Jazz lovers as members!

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.


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

19 January, 12.30-3PM. Frank Griffith and “Nonorganic”. The Gunnersbury, 590 Chiswick High Road, W4, 5RP. £10.

23 January, 8.30PM. FG with Simon Woolf, piano, Shane Alessio, bass, Stu Butterfield, drums at The Great Northern Railkway Tavern, 67 High Street, Hornsey, N8 7QB. £7.

7 February, 12.30-3PM. Frank Griffith Quintet with Tina May at The Spice of Life, 6 Moor Street, W1. £6. www.spicejazz.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

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: January 16thFebruary 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: January 10th, 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,

20th January. John Sharpe- Saxophone. Dave Mascall-Guitar. Glyn Morgan-Drums.
27th January. Kenny Baxter-Saxophone. Mike Sagrott-Guitar. 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.

19th January
26th January.

The SEARLE STREET BAND play jazz standards, swing, ballads and original compositions in and around Cambridge, featuring Alastair Appleton on saxophone, Richard Blakemore on double bass, Tom Colvin on guitar, Lucas Keen on drums, Fergus Kirkpatrick on piano, and Cassie Gorman on vocals. More details at https://www.facebook.com/TheSearleStreetBand.

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 8 February 2014 @ 21:00

Duo (voice and accordion)
Brasserie Blanc Tower Hill – 14 Trinity Square London EC3N 4AA – Free Entry
Fri 24th January 2014 @ 18:00
Fri 31st January 2014 @ 18:00
Fri 21st February 2014 @ 18:00
Fri 28th February 2014 @ 18:00

Duo (voice and accordion) – Brasserie Blanc Chancery Lane – 119 Chancery Lane London WC2A 1PP – Free Entry
Wed 5th February 2014 @ 18:00

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.


The Forge
, 3-7 Delancey Street, Camden, NW1 7NL on Tuesday 28th January present the Brant Tilds Quartet with Brant Tilds – trumpet, vocals, percussion, Roger Beaujolais – vibes, Dave Jenkins – upright and electric bass and Ed Williams – drumkit.

Trumpet player and percussionist Brant Tilds was born on a US Air Force Base in South Carolina during the Vietnam War. He grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and started sneaking into bars and clubs at 15 to play at jam sessions, and joined the Musicians Union at 16. After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy, and then Indiana University, he moved to Los Angeles, California to study with Charlie Haden at CalArts. After a number of years in Los Angeles, Brant moved to Copenhagen, Denmark and became an assistant professor at Copenhagen University in the Music Institute, and taught about Jazz and Latin American Music. There, he led his quintet, and his 10 piece group Latin Monster with Humberto Gomez Vera, and performed at various clubs and festivals around Europe. During this time in Copenhagen, Brant was commissioned to write a number of pieces for CD ROM, CD, and Video/DVD release (Zentropa Films), as well as recording on principal trumpet with the Dansk Radio Underholdnings for some film soundtracks on Metronome. He has his home and studio in Bedford, England. You can see him around the UK acting for the BBC, and performing on trumpet with The Brant Tilds Quartet.

The Bottleneck Blues Club meet on the last Tuesday of the month in the Roffen Suite in Rochester. The Dan Burnett Band will be appearing with his full band on Tuesday 28th January. www.danburnett.co.uk Good food, reasonably priced available at the venue. Just check by way of a solo performance of a Ray Charles cover at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h-Tp9w0hFE. Rarely do you encounter such technical skill coupled with feel and real soul in the vocal as is evident here. Tickets £10, pay on the door. Bookings www.bottleneckblues.com Doors open 7.30 pm, band on stage 8.45pm. Good food, reasonably priced available to eat at your table if required. Let’s get this year of to a great start in support of real talent.

At The Chickenshed Theatre Bar Jazz Bar, Chase Side Southgate London N14 4PE on Friday 31 January from 7pm-7.45pm (support act) and 8.30pm-11.15pm. Julian Marc Stringle presents ‘It’s Clazzical’ Virtuso clarinettist, Julian Marc Stringle and his Dream Band join forces with Sonia Slany’s Solid Strings to perform their brilliant and orginal fusion of jazz-funk and classic melodies. With compositions by Gershwin, Goodman, Chopin, Mozart, Rimsky Korsakov, Villa Lobos, Sir John Dankworth and Julian himself, ‘It’s Clazzical’ appeals to both Jazz lovers and classical audiences alike. To book telephone Box Office 020 8292 9222, email bookings@chickenshed.org.uk or visit www.chickenshed.org.uk. Evening menu available. : £17 on door or £15 in advance

“Julian is a rare talent and leads a great band. I am a big fan!” Sir Michael Parkinson. “Julian is an immense talent. His performance has ‘world-class’ written all over it. He has given a much neglected instrument a new lease of life” Sir John Dankworth




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.


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.

*** SORRY, CANCELLED DUE TO VENUE PROBLEMS *** Every other Tuesday afternoon from about 12 till 2 or so. Informal jazz get-together at The Crown Hotel, 51 High Street, Manningtree CO11 1AH. Mostly traditional jazz and New Orleans style. We have a core turnout of cornet , drums and usually bass fiddle but everyone is welcome to come along and just blow! Bring your banjo, guitar, sax, clarinet, trombone or whatever! Please contact Sid on 01255 240867 or email sidandsand@yahoo.com for more details.

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. 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. Just check this out for a bit of piano playing – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSNFWolfR54 and then check this out for the whole package by way of a solo performance of a Ray Charles cover at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h-Tp9w0hFE. Rarely do you encounter such technical skill coupled with feel and real soul in the vocal as is evident here.

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

The Bottleneck Blues Club meet on the last Tuesday of the month in the Roffen Suite in Rochester. 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.

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


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.


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

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 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.


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.


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


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.

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 last Sunday 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 last Sunday 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.


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

Old Harlow Thursday 30 January

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.

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
THERE IS A LICENSED BAR /TEA ,COFFEE ,& SNACKS ( the Jazz is in the gardens..Please bring your own garden chair if you wish

From Hornchurch Jazz Club: Hornchurch Jazz Club at Hornchurch Conservative Club, 25 North Street, RM11 1RS, on Sunday, 26th January 2014 from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm. The Phoenix Jazz Band returns to the club. Led Robin Coombs this long established seven piece jazz band’s repertoire consists of well known pieces by great popular music composers of the 1920’s up to the middle of the last century including Ellington, Handy, Carmichael, Jelly Roll Morton and not forgetting, Louis Armstrong. 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.

Details of Jazz in Wantage in January herewith

Wednesday Jan 15th AT 8pm – Zelda’s Jazz Room at the Comrades Club, Newbury Street, Wantage, OX12 8DJ

Laurie Chescoe’s Reunion Band – drummer Chescoe revisits the “Good Time Jazz” days – the band includes superb trombonist Dave Hewett and guitarist/ banjoist Jim Douglas, stalwart of the Alex Welsh band for many years. Tickets on the door £10 Fish n Chip supper available at £3.50 – order by 8pm, licensed bar, raffle, parking, comfortable club room, warm welcome – the best of jazz

Wednesday Jan 22 8.30pm The Lamb Inn, Mill Street, Wantage, OX12 9AB. Dave Moorwood’s Rascals of Rhythm with guest vocalist Kim Osmond No admission charge – Raffle to defray guest expenses.

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

January 2014

15th – Debut for the Mahogany Hall Stompers
22nd – Savoy Tribute Band feat: Pete Rudeforth
29th – Bix & Pieces


5th – The return of the Imperial Bar Hot Shots!!!!!!!
12th – Hersey and the hot shots make their debut…..
19th – Dave Ware’s Dixie Hot Shots, our 2nd debut..
26th – Golden Eagle Jazz Band


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


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
6th – Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces
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



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

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

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


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

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.


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.


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!

The Grapevine Magazine, the most comprehensive FREE what’s on guide in East Anglia. is going to be devoting a monthly jazz page trying to promote jazz to a wider and younger audience. Including a jazz gig round up every third month.

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


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


Clare: “An impressive performance from a sophisticated young singer. Her voice has real character. Powerfully sultry and expertly handled” So say Jazz Journal International about ZOE GILBY, this week’s guest at The Cock Inn, 3, Callis Street, Clare, CO10 8PX. Music 8.00 to 10.30pm. Adm £10. Pay on the door – reservation strongly advised on 01787 237653 or email reply.

Stoke By Nayland: Fleece Jazz at the Stoke By Nayland Hotel, CO6 4PZ present the SIMON SPILLETT QUINTET on Friday 17th January and the KATIE BROWN QUINTET on Friday 24th January. Box Office 01787 211865. See www.fleecejazz.org.uk for details.

Bury St Edmunds: Headhunters’ Jazz at the Hunter Club, 6, St Andrews Street features PETER KING on Friday 17th January. Adm £10. 8pm start. Bookings on 01359 253659 or see www.headhunterslive.org.

Finchingfield: The Fox Inn on the green host the ROBIN PHILLIPS TRIO on Thursday 23rd January. Call 01371 810151 or see www.thefoxinnfinchingfield.co.uk for info.

Hadleigh: The Jazz Club at the Town Hall, Market Place, IP7 5DN present RAY GELATO in concert on Saturday 25th January. 8pm start. Adm £12. Info/reservations: George Double 07941 360890.

Ipswich: On Sunday 19th January 2014 the jazz club features the SCOTT HAMILTON QUARTET at the California Club, 195, Foxhall Road, IP3 8LB. See www.ipswichjazzclub.co.uk for details.

Fulbourn: The Six Bells, High Street, CB21 5DH present JAZZ AT THE MOVIES featuring JOANNA EDEN, FRANK GRIFFITH and the CHRIS INGHAM QUARTET on Saturday 1st February at 8pm. Tickets at £9 from 01223 880778 or see www.fulbournarts.org for more details.

Cambridge: On Monday 27th January the JOSH KEMP QUARTET are at Hot Numbers, Gwydir Street, CB1 2LJ. 8pm start. Adm £8/£5. There is also a free saxophone master class from 6.30 to 7.30pm.

Cambridge: The CMJC at Hidden Rooms, The Basement, 7a, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA present BRASS JAW on Sunday 19th January 2014. See www.cambridgejazz.org or call venue on 01223 514 777.

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.

Chelmsford: The D’UKES are performing at the Norton Pub, 54, Latchingdon Road, Cold Norton, CM3 6JB on Saturday 18 January. Starts 8.30pm.

Holland On Sea: Live Jazz at The Tavern, 55-57, Frinton Road, Essex, CO15 5UH features JULIAN STRINGLE with the TED BEAMENT TRIO on Sunday 26th January. Adm £9. Doors 7.30pm – Music 8.00 to 10.30pm. Details from 01255 814080.

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.

Felixstowe: Jazz East at The Fludyers present ART THEMEN on Sunday 19th January. See http://jazzeast.vpweb.co.uk for details.

Lowestoft: Milestones Jazz Club at Hotel Hatfield, The Esplanade, NR33 0QP feature the HORN FACTORY BIG BAND on Sunday 2nd February. Adm £7/£6. See www.milestonesjazzclub.co.uk.

Norwich: On Tuesday 14th January the SIMON BROWN TRIO are at the jazz club at The Cottage and on Tuesday 21st January SIMON SPILLETT is the guest. Doors 7pm. Music from 8.30 pm. See www.norwichjazzclub.co.uk for more information.

Leytonstone: The East Side Jazz Club at Tommy Flynn’s, 692, High Road, E11 3AA present the MARK LOCKHEART QUARTET on Tuesday 14th January and the STEVE WATERMAN QUARTET on Tuesday 21st January. Call 020 8989 8129 or see http://eastsidejazzclub.blogspot.com.

Walthamstow: On Wednesday 29th January the TORI FREESTONE TRIO are at the Orford House Social Club, 73, Orford Road, E17 9QR. Adm £10/£7. 8.30 to 10.30pm. See www.e17jazz.com/whatson/. Note also the E17 JAM on the first Monday of every month at the Cricket Club, 48a, Greenway Avenue, E17 3QN.

Mill Hill: The jazz club continues on Wednesday 15th January. 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!