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 | Arnie Somogyi’s Jump Monk | Buy tickets

Fri 7 April | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £17.00 (£15.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee. Arnie Somogyi bass, Tony Kofi alto sax, Jeremy Price trombone, Mark Edwards keyboard, Clark Tracey drums. Led by bassist Arnie Somogyi, Jump Monk pays tribute to two of the greatest composers in jazz: Charles Mingus and Thelonious […]

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Jazz at Progress | Partikel | Tickets available soon

Fri 5 May | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £16.00 (£14.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee. Max Luther bass, Eric Ford drums , Duncan Eagles sax and guest Ant Law guitar Jazz in Reading is very pleased to have Partikel as guests on the 05 May. The band has always been an acoustic […]

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Jazz at Progress | Art Themen’s New Directions Quintet | Tickets available soon

Fri 2 Jun | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £18.00 (£16.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee. Art Themen soprano and tenor saxes| Steve Fishwick trumpet and flugel horn| Gareth Williams keyboard | Arnie Somogyi bass| Winston Clifford drums| Art Themen, described by jazz writer Dave Gelly as, ‘One of the tiny handful of […]

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Jazz at Progress | Claire Martin | More details soon

Fri 23 Jun | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | More details soon Claire Martin has won no fewer than six British Jazz Awards and has been described as one of the top five female jazz vocalists on the planet. Oh yes. And she’s coming to the Progress Theatre! Not only that, she will be […]

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Jazz at Progress | Two of a Mind | More details soon

Fri 1 Sep | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | More details soon

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Jazz at Progress | Alex Hitchcock Quintet | More details soon

Fri 22 Sep | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | More details soon

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Jazz at Progress | Ian Shaw with Jamie Safir and Mick Hutton | Review

Progress Theatre, Reading | Friday 3 March 2017 Ian Shaw vocals and comedy, Jamie Safir keys, Mick Hutton double bass I defy anyone who was in the audience for Ian Shaw’s appearance at Reading’s Progress Theatre on Friday 3 March, to admit that they were not moved by some aspect of his performance. Like him […]

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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.