Jazz at Progress


Since 2012, Jazz in Reading has been programming fantastic monthly jazz gigs - featuring leading British and international jazz stars - at Progress Theatre here in Reading under the Jazz at Progress brand.

We feature some of the finest soloists, singers and band leaders in the UK and beyond who are supported by a bevy of talented musicians. Expect some great evenings of live modern jazz, right here on your doorstep.

Scroll down for further details of these irresistible gigs.

Check out our new Gallery page for images from some of the great gigs we've put on at Progress.


Jazz at Progress | Tough Tenors Quintet | Review

Progress Theatre | Reading | Friday 27 October Tough Tenors Quintet: Ray Gelato (tenor saxophone), Alex Garnett (tenor saxophone), Gunther Kurmayr (keyboard), Manuel Alvarez (bass), Matt Home (drums). Gladiatorial contests between the giants of the tenor saxophone are the stuff of legend in the jazz world and form some of the most vivid images from […]

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Jazz at Progress | Rebecca Poole Sextet | Tickets on sale soon

Fri 25 May | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £16.00 (£14.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee Rebecca Poole vocals, Brandon Allen tenor sax, Stuart Henderson trumpet , Hugh Turner guitars, Raph Mizraki bass, Steve Wyndham drums You just can’t help but love Rebecca Poole. This delightful songstress has performed with Jools Holland at the Royal […]

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Jazz at Progress | Martin Speake Trio with Ethan Iverson | Tickets on sale soon

Fri 27 Apr | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £20.00 (£18.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee Martin Speake alto saxophone, Ethan Iverson piano, Fred Thomas double bass, James Maddren drums Ethan Iverson, pianist with the game-changing US jazz outfit ‘The Bad Plus’, joins Martin Speake and his trio for this incredible evening of […]

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Jazz at Progress | Chris Laurence Quartet | Tickets on sale soon

Thursday 29 March | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £18.00 (£16.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee Chris Laurence double bass, Frank Ricotti vibraphone, John Parricelli guitar, Martin France drums Chris Laurence is that rare creature of British music; a musician whose work encompasses the whole range of musical genres: classical music as principal […]

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Jazz at Progress | Orphy Robinson Quintet: Bobby Hutcherson Project | Tickets on sale soon

Fri 2 Mar | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £20 (£18 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee. Orphy Robinson vibes and marimba, Robert Mitchell keys, Tony Kofi sax, Dudley Phillips bass, Moses Boyd drums The renowned USA vibes player Bobby Hutcherson died aged 65 in August 2016 having had a glittering career from the late […]

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Jazz at Progress | Leon Greening Quartet | Buy tickets

Fri 2 Feb | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £16.00 (£14.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee Leon Greening piano, Christian Brewer sax, Adam King double bass, Steve Brown drums. (with thanks to Hickies, the Music Shop, Leon will be playing a real piano, not a keyboard) Leon Greening studied piano at Leeds College […]

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Jazz at Progress | John Law’s Re-Creations | Buy tickets

Friday 5 January | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £16.00 (£14.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee Sam Crockatt saxophones, John Law piano/keyboards, James Agg bass, Billy Weir drums/percussion Re-Creations is John Law’s latest project, featuring well known tunes from the worlds of jazz and pop. It features Parliamentary Jazz Award winner saxophonist Sam […]

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Jazz at Progress | Moscow Drug Club

Fri 24 Nov | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £16.00 (£14.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee. Katya Gorrie vocals, Jonny Bruce trumpet, Mirek Salmon accordion, Will Edmunds guitar, Andy Crowdy bass Moscow Drug Club… … is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & […]

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Jazz at Progress | Alex Hitchcock Quintet

Fri 22 September | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £14.00 (£12.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee. Will Barry – piano, Jay Davis – drums, Alex Hitchcock – sax, Joe Downard – bass, James Copus – trumpet We have decided that it is time for Jazz In Reading to give opportunities to young jazz […]

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Jazz at Progress | Jazz Stars of the Future: Tom Smith Septet | Sold out!

Fri 18 Aug | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £15.00 (£13.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee. Tom Smith alto sax, Alex Hitchcock tenor sax, Alistair Martin trumpet, Olli Martin trombone, Will Barry piano, Daisy George double bass and Dave Storey drums. Jazz in Reading is delighted to announce that, in conjunction with Marc Edwards […]

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Jazz at Progress | The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet plus special guest Martin Shaw | Just one ticket still available!

Fri 27 Jan 2017 | Progress Theatre, Reading | The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet plus special guest Martin Shaw | Derek Nash saxes, Martin Shaw trumpet & flugelhorn, Dave Newton piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass, Sebastiaan de Krom drums | 7.30pm | £16.00 (£14.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee Derek Nash – saxes Derek is […]

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Jazz at Progress | Empirical | Buy tickets

Fri 16 Dec 2016 | Progress Theatre, Reading | Empirical | Nathaniel Facey sax, Lewis Wright vibes, Tom Farmer bass, Shaney Forbes drums | 7.30pm | £19.00 (£17.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee. Photo by Steve Pringle Empirical are the coolest UK jazz group, known for producing forward-looking, risk-taking, creative music. Each member has […]

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Jazz at Progress | Ben Holder Quartet | Buy tickets

Fri 4 Nov 2016 | Progress Theatre, Reading | Ben Holder Quartet | Ben Holder violin/vocals/piano, Jez Cook guitar, Paul Jefferies bass, Dave Wilks drums | 7.30pm | £18.00 (£16.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee The Ben Holder Quartet is a stellar line-up of incredible musicians, blending an energetic mix of traditional jazz, mainstream […]

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Jazz at Progress | Christian Brewer Quintet | Buy tickets

Fri 30 Sep 2016 | Progress Theatre, Reading | Christian Brewer Quintet | 7.30pm | £16.00 (£14.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee. Christian Brewer sax | Damon Brown trumpet/flugelhorn | Jonathan Gee piano | Adam King bass | Chris Draper drums This band brings together two fine musicians, currently playing at the top of […]

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Jazz at Progress | Nigel Price Organ Quartet | Buy tickets

Fri 2 Sep 2016 | Progress Theatre, Reading | Nigel Price Organ Quartet | 7.30pm | £15.00 (£13.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee. Nigel Price guitar, Brandon Allen tenor sax, Ross Stanley Hammond organ, Matt Home drums. The renowned Nigel Price Organ Trio, amongst its other successes, picked up a “best jazz ensemble” Parliamentary […]

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Jazz at Progress | Theo Travis’ Double Talk | Buy tickets

Fri 24 Jun 2016 | Progress Theatre, Reading | Theo Travis’ Double Talk | 7.30pm £15 (£13 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee. Theo Travis sax & flute, Mike Outram guitar, Pete Whittaker hammond organ, Nick France drums. In 2015 Tenor sax player and flautist Theo Travis was delighted to get a call from Pink […]

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Jazz at Progress | Moscow Drug Club | Buy tickets

Friday 29 January 2016 | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7: 30pm | £15.00 (£13.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee. Featuring Katya Gorrie vocals, Jonny Bruce trumpet, Mirek Salmon accordion, Denny Ilett guitar and Andy Crowdy bass. Moscow Drug Club is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de […]

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Jazz at Progress | Darius Brubeck Quartet | Sold out

Friday 20 November 2015 | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7.30pm | £18.00 (£16.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee Dave O’Higgins tenor saxophone | Darius Brubeck piano | Matt Ridley double bass | Wesley Gibbens drums Darius is one of five Brubeck brothers who often toured with Chris, Dan and Dad – jazz icon Dave […]

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Jazz at Progress | Gabriel Garrick’s Expansions Quintet | Buy tickets

Friday 23 October 2015 | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7.30pm | £14.00 (£12.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee Gabriel Garrick trumpet | Nigel Price guitar | Terry Collie piano | Dave Jones bass | Paul Cavaciuti drums ‘Expansions’ is the latest band led by Gabriel Garrick who took up the trumpet aged seven, started […]

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Jazz at Progress | Simon Spillett & Peter King’s Tribute to Tubby Hayes

Friday 4 September 2015 | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £16.00 (£14.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee | Buy tickets Simon Spillett tenor sax | Peter King alto sax | John Horler piano | Alec Dankworth double bass | Spike Wells drums – 2015 being the 80th anniversary of Tubby Hayes’ birth Tenor […]

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Progress Theatre

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www.progresstheatre.co.uk | The Mount, Off Christchurch Road, Reading RG1 5HL

Bar at all gigs from 7:00pm. Drinks may be taken into the auditorium during performances.

progress theatre - jazz in reading

Progress Theatre is a self-governing, self-funding theatre group founded in 1947, maintained by volunteers. The Theatre itself is an intimate 95-seat venue. It is the oldest operating theatre in Reading and has a fully licensed bar. There is wheelchair access to the Theatre with a space for disabled patrons. In 2011 Sir Kenneth Branagh became the Patron to Progress Theatre.