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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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Progress Theatre

progress theatre - jazz in reading

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.