Jazz lovers in the interval break at the Progress – photo by Zoë White
Progress Theatre 25 November 2022 | The Nat Steele MJQ Quartet - photo by Zoë White
Progress Theatre 21 October 2022 | The Power of Three - photo by Zoë White
Progress Theatre 16 September 2022 | Jonny Mansfield Quartet - photo by Zoë White
Progress Theatre 8 July 2022 | Alban Claret & Evan Clegg: The Collection - photo by Zoë White
Progress Theatre 13 May 2022 | Alex Hitchcock Quartet - photo by Zoë White
Progress Theatre 8 April 2022 | Wakey Blakey – with the Rory Ingham/James Davison Sextet - photo by Zoë White
Progress Theatre 4 March 2022 | John Horler: A Tribute to Bill Evans - photo by Zoë White
Progress Theatre 28 January 2022 | Vasilis Xenopoulos with His Dexterity Quintet – photo by Zoë White
Progress Theatre 19 December 2021  |  Moscow Drug Club – photo by Zoë White
Progress Theatre 26 November 2021 | Clark Tracey Sextet – photo by Zoë White
Progress Theatre 22 October 2021  |  Andrew McCormack’s Graviton – photo by Zoë White
Progress Theatre 6 March 2020  |  Finding Home: Kate Williams’ Four Plus Three meets Georgia Mancio – photo by Zoë White

Next up at Jazz at Progress  – and to round off the year…


Alan Barnes and Dave Newton.
Just two of the eight stellar musicians who will be presenting this evening’s performance.

Friday 16 December
Alan Barnes’ “Copperfield” – a Dickensian Jazz Suite
Read more | Tickets here

We look forward to seeing you.  Watch this space for further news …

With all best wishes from 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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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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