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 | Jazz Stars of the Future: Tom Smith Septet | Hurry – only one ticket left, and it’s in the front row!

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 | Two of a Mind | Buy tickets

Fri 1 Sep | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £17.00 (£15.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee. Chris Biscoe baritone saxophone, Alison Neale alto sax, Jeremy Brown bass, Stu Butterfield drums, Colin Oxley guitar. Chris Biscoe and Alison Neale evoke the delights, wit and sublime inventive genius of the Gerry Mulligan/Paul Desmond collaboration which produced the classic […]

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Jazz at Progress | Alex Hitchcock Quintet | Buy tickets

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 | Ray Gelato & Alex Garnett “Tough Tenors” Quintet | Buy tickets

Fri 27 Oct | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £18.00 (£16.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee Ray Gelato tenor sax, Alex Garnett tenor sax, Gunther Kurmayr piano, Manuel Alvarez bass, Matt Home drums Ray Gelato is best known as the leader of “Ray Gelato Giants” a band which regularly plays to full houses […]

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Jazz at Progress | Also coming up

Also coming up at the Progress Theatre… Friday 27 October Tough Tenors (Ray Gelato/Alex Garnett Quintet)…  Friday 24 November Moscow Drug Club

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Jazz at Progress | Claire Martin/Dave Newton | Review

Progress Theatre, Reading | Friday 23 June 2017 Claire Martin vocals | Dave Newton piano A Midsummer Night’s Jazz World class’ like ‘genius’ is a grossly over used term, but in the case of Claire Martin and Dave Newton it happens to be absolutely true. Recognised individually by numerous accolades and awards, as a duo […]

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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.