Jazz lovers in the interval break at the Progress – photo by Zoë White
Progress Theatre 6 March  |  Finding Home: Kate Williams’ Four Plus Three meets Georgia Mancio – photo by Zoë White

Jazz at Progress is back on stage …

We are delighted to announce that live jazz will returned to the stage of the Progress Theatre on Friday 22 October with Andrew McCormack’s Graviton, the first in a season of roughly monthly gigs that will run through until July 2022.

Other gigs which fell victim to Lockdown #1 and have now been rescheduled are Clark Tracey’s Sextet in November (details),  Moscow Drug Club in December (details) and Vasilis Xenopoulos’ Dexterity in January 2022 (details) and we are now working to fill the rest of the programme.

Watch this space for further news …

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  great home cooked fresh food with classic English dishes and some tasty specials too! Just show your Jazz at Progress ticket for 10% 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 931 0232


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

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Jazz Jam/Workshop Session | Bracknell

Every Wednesday morning | In House Rhythm Section | Weekly set list of standards from 50s to 70s: all instruments welcome|  Sessions going since 2013 | South Hill Park Arts Centre | 10:00AM to 1:00PM | Contact robharpdraper@gmail.com | Note: currently need drummer for monthly rota.

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