Classic Dickens and classic Alan Barnes present A Jazz Christmas Carol Friday 20 December at Progress Theatre
Recent Jazz at Progress | Stuart Henderson Quintet celebrates Blue Note (photo by Zoë White)
Recent jazz at Progress | Quentin Collins Sextet (photo by Zoë White)
Recent jazz at Progress Friday 20 September | The Scott Willcox Ten-Piece Big Band (Photo by Zoë White)
Recent jazz at South Hill Arts Centre, Bracknell Friday 27 September | Mark Lockheart’s Orchestral Jazz Suite ‘Days on Earth’ | (Photo by Zoë White)
Recent Jazz in Reading concert at the Reading Fringe Festival: Stuart Henderson and The Remix Jazz Orchestra playing 'The Evolution of the Big Band - from the Birth of Jazz' (Photo by Zoë White)
Recent Jazz at Progress | Greg Abate & the Craig Milverton Trio (Photo by Colin Swain)
Recent Jazz at Progress | Paz (Photo by Zoë White)
Recent Jazz at Progress  | The Orphy Robinson Quintet: Bobby Hutcherson Project (Photo by Zoë White)
Recent Jazz at Progress | Henry Lowther’s Still Waters (Photo by Zoë White)
Recent Jazz at Progress | Get The Blessing (Photo by Zoë White)
Recent Jazz at Progress | A Portrait of Cannonball featuring Tony Kofi (Photo by Zoë White)
Recent Jazz at Progress | Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble “Spirit of Trane” (Photo by Colin Swain)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Jean Toussaint Quintet: Brother Raymond Tour (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Steve Fishwick Quintet with special guest Grant Stewart (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Matt Wates Sextet (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Elftet (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Jam Experiment (Photo by Zoë White)
At the 2018 Reading Fringe Festival | Stuart Henderson with the Reading Dusseldorf Jazz Ensemble (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Rebecca Poole Quintet (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Martin Speake Quartet ft. Ethan Iverson (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Chris Laurence Quartet (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Leon Greening Quartet (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress  | John Law’s Re-Creations  (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Moscow Drug Club  (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Ray Gelato & Alex Garnett “Tough Tenors” Quintet  (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Alex Hitchcock Quintet (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Two of a Mind (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress  | Tom Smith Septet (Photo by Colin Swain Photography)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Claire Martin & Dave Newton (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Art Themen's New Directions Quintet (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Partikel (Photo by Rob Blackham / www.blackhamimages.com)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Arnie Somogyi's Jump Monk (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet with special guest Martin Shaw (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Empirical (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Ben Holder Quartet (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Christian Brewer Quintet (Photo by Zoë White)
Previous Jazz at Progress | Nigel Price Organ Quartet (Photo by Zoë White)
Jason Rebello Quartet at Jazz for Kamuli, summer 2016 (Photo by Zoë White)

Jazz in Reading

Jazz in Reading is a not-for-profit association of five ‘nuts’ 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

In the past year alone Jazz at Progress has played host not only to established stars of jazz like Gilad Atzmon, Henry Lowther, Tony Kofi, Orphy Robinson MBE, Steve Fishwick and Geoff Castle, representing a broad spectrum of styles from bebop to fusion, but also to the emerging talents of a new generation of musicians such as the eleven musicians who comprise Jonny Mansfield’s innovative Elftet. Read reviews of past gigs

The Progress Theatre 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!


Jazz lovers in the interval break at the Progress – photo by Zoë White

The Jazz at Progress 2019 season concludes on a high on 20 December with the ever-popular Alan Barnes’ ‘A Jazz Christmas Carol’. And we’ll kick off 2020 with the Xhosa Cole Quartet on 31 January with the Georgia Mancio/Kate Williams collaboration ‘Finding Home’ and Andrew McCormack’s Graviton coming along later.

Lots of great jazz to look forward to and we look forward to seeing you!


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.

email: info.queensheadreading@gmail.com
tel: 0118 986 3040


Jazz Gig Calendar

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

Promote Your Gig

We can help you promote your jazz gigs, at a realistic and very reasonable cost. We have a growing mailing list of 860+ jazz fans in the Reading and Thames Valley area, and active Facebook and Twitter feeds, taking our reach to well over 1,800 jazz lovers in the region. Musicians, bands, venues and promoters can contact us to find out more here

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If you are looking for a jazz band for a party, wedding or other special occasion, let us know. We have extensive contacts in the jazz world and can help you find just the right band to suit your needs and budget.

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