Sat 25 Dec | Hot Biscuits Jazz Show | www.fc-radio.co.uk | 11pm | Xmas greetings to all my Jazz friends and listeners at home and abroad. Next week’s show features as many Jazz n’ Blues tunes that I could squeeze into 60 minutes. It highlights with Pete McSloy, a Xmas message from the Simpsons and concluding with a Xmas special from the Muppets. Lock down rules virtually ignored, this show was recorded at Santa’s Grotto at the North Pole. | Archives
Sat 2 Jan | Hot Biscuits Jazz Show | www.fc-radio.co.uk | 9pm | New Year greetings to all my jazz friends and listeners in Reading. Next week’s jazz broadcast carries a present to the future from the past, both in music and in writing. The broadcast includes exclusive recording from earlier days with pieces from the Dave Roberts Quartet, Edward Barnwell & Edward Toots Kainyek, piano and saxes, the Matt Owens Quartet with more of his own compositions and finishing with a return to Edward Toots Kainyek and his Quartet.
As a New Year bonus, if you go to https://aata.dev/…/a-present-to-the-future-from-the-past/ there you will find a co-written article with Norman Warwick. Some reflections with audio on what has been and what might come. | Archives
Fri 3 Jan | Geoff Simkins & Malcolm Earle-Smith | Geoff Simkins alto sax, Malcolm Earle-Smith trombone & vocals, Simon Cook piano, Andy Masters bass, & drums tbc | Bracknell | Tickets – South Hill Park Arts Centre | Bracknell Jazz website | 7.30pm | £12.00/£5.50 U18s
Sun 5 Jan | Ade Holland Trio | Ade Holland guitar , Phil Mason guitar and vocals , John Monney bass | Caversham | The Griffin | 3.30 pm | no charge.
Tues 7 Jan | Equinox with Annie Parker | Annie Parker concert/bass flutes, Peter Bingham tenor sax, John Clarke guitar, Derek Alford bass, Paul Kaluza percussion | Sherfield-on-Loddon | Four Horseshoes | 8:00pm | No charge for admission (donations are welcomed)
Wed 08 Jan | Martin Speake & Alyson Cawley Quintet | Alyson Cawley Tenor Sax, Martin Speake Alto Sax, Colin Oxley Guitar, Marianne Windham Bass, Matt Fishwick Drums | Guildford | Guildford Rugby Club Pavilion | 8:00pm | £16, members £14 | Tickets
Fri 10 Jan | Steve Waterman All Star Band | Steve Waterman trumpet/flugelhorn, Alan Barnes saxes, Mark Nightingale trombone, Karen Sharp saxes, Clark Tracey drums, Gareth Williams piano, Alec Dankworth bass | Goring Gap Gig | Goring Village Hall | 8pm | £15 | Tel John 01491 874492 for tickets and seat reservations.
Sun 12 Jan | Gin and Jazz | Tracey O’Connor, Simon Cook piano | Reading | Three Guineas | 2-5pm | No charge and tonic is free with all gins | In collaboration with Jazz in Reading
Sun 12 Jan | Gli Avanzi | Ewen Baird saxes, Nick Hill keyboard, Martin Dix guitar. Howard King bass guitar, Andrew Last drums | Reading | Global Café | 6:00 pm | No charge but donations welcome
Tue 14 Jan | Scott Hamilton Quartet | Scott Hamilton tenor sax, John Pearce piano, Dave Green bass, Steve Brown drums | Marlow | Royal British Legion | 8.30pm | £10 | SOLD OUT
Tues 14 Jan | Laura Zakian Quintet |Martin Pyne vibraphone & percussion, Paul Bartholomew baritone sax, Steve Lodder piano, Marianne Windham bass, Nic France drums | Guildford | The Electric Theatre | 7:30pm | £16, members £14 | Tickets
Tues 14 Jan | Jam in Reading – Mark Burton Quartet | Jam session with house band, open to singers and instrumentalists | Les Foden saxophone, Mark Burton keyboards, Nick Hill bass, Mike Goff drums | Reading | Global Café | 8.30pm | No charge, donations welcome
Tues 14 Jan | Craig Milverton piano, Andy Crowdy bass, Charlie Stratford drums | Stoke Row | Crooked Billet | 7pm | Full regular menu, £15 music cover charge | For tickets call 01491 681048
The Foyer Jazz Club at Leighton Park School | Alex Hitchcock with the Stuart Henderson Quartet | Reading | Buy Tickets
Thu 16 Jan | Award winning Alex Hitchcock with the Stuart Henderson Quartet | Alex Hitchcock tenor sax, Stuart Henderson trumpet, Tom Berge piano, Paul Jefferies bass, Simon Price drums | The Foyer Jazz Club at Leighton Park School – more details here | £12
Thur 16 Jan | Silver Heels Swing Jive Jazz Band | Live Swinging Jazz Juice with plenty of dancing room for all you Katz | Reading | Global Café | 9.00pm – 11.00pm | No charge, donations welcome
Fri 17 Jan | Mach4 | Barry McNamara vocals, Gareth Lewis guitar, Otto
Silveira piano | Reading | The Global Cafe | 9pm | No charge
Sat 18 Jan | The Two Sisters and Friends | Hilary James voice and mando-bass, Janet Giraudo voice, Simon Mayor mandolin and fiddle, Gerald Garcia classical guitar, Phil Fentimen double bass and blues guitar, Andy Taylor fiddle | Streatley | The Morrell Room | 8pm | £15 | Tickets from Acoustic 0118 926 8615 or from Inspirations Goring High Street 01491 873019 or online here
‘Beautiful, beautiful!’ – BBC Radio 2 |‘A magic pot-pourri of folk songs, chansons, opera, poems, 1930s jazz and pop from yesterday, spiced with stunning, beautiful angel voices in heart-stopping harmony.’ – FolkWales * * * *
Sat 18 Jan | Come and watch electrifying guitarist Hugh Turner and his heavy funk quartet at the Global Café in Reading. Always a cool hang and full of vigour funk explorations! | Reading | Global Café | 9.00pm – 01.00am | £5.00
Tue 21 Jan | Jam Doughnut – a jazz-funk jam night | The house band include members of The Definite Collective – Paul Glover, Jamie Howell, James Newman and Matt McNaughton | Backline provided, bring guitars, sticks, etc. | Reading | Global Cafe | 8.30pm – 11pm | Free entry – donations welcome | More on Facebook
Thur 23 Jan | Fleur Stevenson hosts Jazz Singers Night in Reading | Fleur Stevenson vocals with her band, come along for a sing with this lovely line-up | Reading | Global Café | 9.00pm – jam from 9.30pm | No charge
Thurs 23 Jan | Jazz at Marilyn’s Speakeasy – Lea Lyle Quartet | Lea Lyle vocals, Phil Craddock piano, Marianne Windham double bass, Jim Wade drums | Reading | Marilyn’s Speakeasy | 9pm | £8 (music only) or £20 (£18 Early Bird) with pre-show two course meal | Buy tickets now | Easy cheap parking across the road at Broad St Mall for £4 all night after 6pm | Marilyn’s Speakeasy is a brand new jazz venue in the heart of Reading, located above Smokin’ Billy’s Rib House – click here to receive news of future Jazz at Marilyn’s Speakeasy events.
Fri 24 Jan | Alan Barnes Quartet | Alan Barnes saxes, Alex Hutton piano, Andy Cleyndert bass, Clark Tracey drums | Maidenhead | Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Studio | 8.00pm | £15/£13/£5
Sat 25 Jan | Dinner Jazz at The Angel – Lea Lyle Quartet | Lea Lyle vocals, Phil Craddock piano, Brian Throup bass, Jim Wade drums | The Angel | 8pm | No charge | Dinner reservations 0118 971 382
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Sat 25 Jan | Ewen Baird Quartet: Ewen Baird saxes, Nick Hill piano, Howard King bass, Mike Goff drums | Reading | Queens Head | 8pm | Free entry
Saturday 25 Jan | The Supertonics Big Band, plus vocalist Tricia Bassett, Burns Night Concert | Popular 17-piece Swing Band | Bracknell | South Hill Park Arts Centre | 8.00pm | £10 | Tickets from SHP, firstname.lastname@example.org, 07739-314261 or www.thesupertonics.co.uk
Sat 25 Jan | The Martin Hart Trio with guest Vasilis Xenopoulos | Vasilis Xenopoulos tenor sax, Ken McCarthy piano. Nick Pugh bass, Martin Hart drums | The Oakwood Centre, Woodley | 7.45pm | £12
Sun 26 Jan | Sunday Jazz at The Retreat | Stuart Henderson trumpet, Karen Sharp saxophone, Pete Billington piano, Paul Jefferies bass, Simon Price drums | Reading | Retreat Pub | 3.30pm | No charge but donations welcome
Thurs 30 Jan | Cafe Zazous swing gypsy jazz quartet | HB more guitar, David Stamper guitar, Phil Berry double bass | Piotr Jordan violin | Reading | The Global Cafe | 8:30pm till 11pm | Donations gratefully received
Fri 31 Jan | Jazz at The 19th Hole – Lea Lyle Quartet | Lea Lyle vocals, Phil Craddock piano, Jamie Howell double bass, Jim Wade drums | Theale | Theale Golf Club | Doors 7pm • Music 8pm | Special introductory price: just £5 | To book tickets enquire at the Club bar or call 0118 930 5331 | Plenty of free parking – and food available | The 19th Hole is a brand new easy-to-reach jazz venue close to M4 J12 – click here to receive news of future Jazz at The 19th Hole events.
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Fri 31 Jan | Laura Zakien’s Minor Moments | Laura Zakien vocals, Paul Bartolomew baritone sax, Steve Lodder piano, Andy Hamill bass, Martin Pyne drums | Bracknell | Tickets – South Hill Park Arts Centre | Bracknell Jazz website | 7.30pm | £12.00/£5.50 U18s
Friday 31 January | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £16.00 (£14.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee. Tenor saxophonist Xhosa Cole, BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018, brings together an all-star quartet featuring some of finest talent based in the UK. Alongside fellow finalist and bass player James Owston, powerhouse drummer Jim Bashford and Canadian, now UK resident, trumpet virtuoso Jay Phelps, this band embodies the spirit of the bebop and hard bop greats.
More information and tickets: here