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.


Reading Dusseldorf Jazz Ensemble | Reading Fringe Festival | Buy tickets

Wed 25 July | Reading Station Hill Plaza, in front of The Village Biscuit Tin Cafe/Bar 7:30pm till 10.00pm | £15.00 plus booking fee Photo: Zoe White Photography Jazz at The Reading Fringe Festival: “Reading Dusseldorf Jazz Ensemble” Stuart Henderson trumpet & flugelhorn, Reiner Witzel alto & soprano saxes, Pete Billington piano, Raph Mizraki bass, […]

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Jazz at Progress | Jam Experiment Tickets on sale soon

Fri 31 Aug | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £16.00 (£14.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee Chosen in the Shape of Jazz to Come in 2018 in Jazzwise, Jam Experiment is an award-winning band based in London, UK. Formed in 2014, they have appeared on BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM numerous times, […]

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Jazz at Progress | Elftet Tickets on sale soon

Fri 28 Sep | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £16.00 (£14.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee Ella Hohnen Ford vocals & flute, James Davison trumpet & flugel, Tom Smith alto & tenor sax & flute, George Millard tenor sax & bass clarinet, Rory Ingham trombone, Dom Ingham violin & vocals, Laura Armstrong cello, […]

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Jazz at Progress | Matt Wates Sextet Tickets on sale soon

Fri 19 Oct | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £18.00 (£16.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee Matt Wates alto sax, Martin Shaw trumpet/flugelhorn, Steve Main tenor sax, Leon Greening piano, Malcolm Creese bass, Matt Home drums From the time that his truly remarkable young alto player won the Rising Young Star accolade in the 1997 […]

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Jazz at Progress | Steve Fishwick Quintet with special guest from New York, Grant Stewart Tickets on sale soon

Fri 23 Nov | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £17.00 (£15.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee   Steve Fishwick trumpet, John Pearce piano, Jeremy Brown bass, Matt Fishwick drums and Grant Stewart tenor saxophone UK trumpet star Steve Fishwick will be joining forces with special guest from New York, Grant Stewart to present […]

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Jazz at Progress | Jean Toussaint Quintet: Brother Raymond Tour Tickets on sale soon

Fri 14 Dec | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £20.00 (£18.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee Grammy-winning saxophonist New Orleans born, Berklee College of Music student, Jean Toussaint first came to prominence when he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1982. Since moving to London in 1987, Jean has released ten critically acclaimed […]

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Jazz at Progress | Rebecca Poole Quintet | Review

Progress Theatre, Reading Friday 25 May                                                            (Photo by Zoë White) Rebecca Poole Quintet: Rebecca Poole vocals, Brandon Allen tenor sax, Hugh Turner guitar, Raph Mizraki bass, Steve Wyndham drums What better way to round-off another successful season of jazz at Reading’s Progress Theatre than in the company of Rebecca Poole and her quintet on Friday […]

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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.