Spring is in the air – and summer is around the corner!
Hang out the flags, ring the bells and shout from the rooftops … Jazz in Reading, albeit in modified livestreaming form, is back in the business of promoting live jazz.
Our livestream collaboration with Guildford Jazz, under the guiding hand of Marianne Windham has continued apace with gigs by Alan Barnes/Dave Newton, Trish Clowes, Freddie Gavita, the Derek Nash Quartet, the Clark Tracey Quartet, the XPQ: Vasilis Xenopoulos & Nigel Price Quartet and Dave and Judith O’Higgins Read reviews here.
The gigs have been viewed across the UK and as far afield as Denmark, Germany and Switzerland by an online audience now totalling over 1500. This is an incredible achievement in such a short space of time and a tribute to both the musicians and the outstanding quality of the presentations. Our thanks to Marianne and the technical team at the Boileroom, Guildford.
Here are just two of the comments received by way of feedback on the livestreamed gigs:
“Absolutely brilliant concert this evening from the Boileroom! Loved every minute. Great tunes, great musicianship, lovely atmosphere!”
“I closed my eyes and could have been right there in the club! I had no technical issues and the sound/picture was superb. Fantastic session!”
Next up at the Boileroom… TBA
Watch this space
Meanwhile , local trumpet hero Stuart Henderson released ‘Back To Blue Note’, his first digital album, on 16 January. Progress regulars enjoyed a foretaste of this when Stuart brought his brilliant quintet to the Progress late in 2019, when we dedicated a ‘Jazz-n-Film’ night to the 80th anniversary of the Blue Note record label. Full details of the album are available here
The times are certainly a-changin’, but we shall do our best to keep the show on the road until it becomes possible to present live jazz once again.
With all best wishes
The Jazz in Reading Team
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Jazz in Reading
Jazz in Reading is a not-for-profit association of six enthusiasts who share a passion for jazz and seek to promote the best of live jazz across the Thames Valley on this website and to present regular concerts in the convivial surroundings of the Progress Theatre, Reading and beyond. Meet the Team
Jazz at Progress has played host to world class musicians such as Gilad Atzmon, Alan Barnes, Andy Sheppard, Tony Kofi, Clark Tracey, Dave Newton, Gwilym Simcock, Claire Martin and Art Themen, local hero Stuart Henderson, American guests Darius Brubeck, Ethan Iverson and Greg Abate, and the emerging talents of a new generation of musicians such as Xhosa Cole, BBC Young Jazz Musician of 2018, Jonny Mansfield, Tom Smith and the Ingham brothers Dom and Rory, not to mention the unique ‘jazz entertainment’ packages of Get the Blessing and the Moscow Drug Club,
We are proud to have presented ‘Finding Home’, an innovative collaboration between Georgia Mancio and Kate Williams embracing words, strings and jazz rhythm and Mark Lockheart’s ambitious orchestral suite ‘Days on Earth’. Also, we have presented ‘Jazz & Film’ nights dedicated respectively to Tubby Hayes and the 80thAnniversary of Blue Note Records.
We hope that this broad spectrum of styles represents the very best in the contemporary UK scene with an appeal to all lovers of live jazz. Read reviews of past gigs
Our friends at the Progress Theatre received the well-deserved Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the equivalent to an MBE) in 2020. The theatre, tucked away in The Mount off Christchurch Road, Reading has a special atmosphere, beloved of audiences and musicians alike. ‘Audiences listen here,’ commented one musician who regularly plays at London’s top jazz spots, while multi-instrumentalist Ben Holder said, ‘It’s a great venue. We had a blast. Brill audience!’ The Progress also has a well-stocked bar!
Preferred dining: We have a special arrangement with The Queens Head (a short stroll from the theatre at 54 Christchurch Road), offering an excellent range of food including a full à la carte menu and specials dishes. Just show your Jazz at Progress ticket for 7% discount off food and drink on the day of the show you are attending; tickets to be presented when ordering.
tel: 0118 986 3040
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When you’re in the mood to listen to live jazz, check out lots of other gigs in the area in our Jazz Gig Calendar. The calendar listings are compiled and edited by our listings editors, Paul Johnson and Jim Wade. If you’re a musician, promoter or venue owner, you can submit your gig to the calendar here
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