Sat 2 Apr | Claire Jones Quartet | Claire Jones vocals, Phil Craddock piano, Brian Throup bass, Jim Wade drums | Reading | Queens Head | 8pm | Free entry
Claire Jones trained as a classical pianist and singer at the Guildhall School of Music. She went on to develop a fine and original jazz voice, with an ear for jazz language and a warm personal style. As well as singing with her own band and with a female close harmony jazz group, Claire guests for numerous jazz line-ups in the region.
One reviewer has written “she uses a wide range of vocal gymnastics and can scat effectively and musically too, a trick only the most vocally blessed can achieve.”
Sat 2 Apr | Purdy’s Pop Up Presents – Jo Harrop | The HAODS Studio, 19 New Street, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2BP | 8pm, doors 7:30pm | £21, order tickets here | Seating is first-come, first-served. However, for parties of 6 of more, we can reserve seats. Email email@example.com to request this after booking.
Tues 5 Apr | Equinox Quintet Pro-Am Challenge with Simon Allen | Simon Allen saxes, Peter Bingham tenor sax, John Clarke guitar, Derek Alford bass, and Alan Harvey drums | Four Horseshoes pub, Sherfield-on-Loddon RG27 0EX | 8pm to 10.30pm | Four Horseshoes | No charge for admission (donations are welcomed)
Tues 5 Apr | Graeme Hewitt’s High Society Jazz Band | Featuring Mike Henry (ex Chris Barber front line) American long horned cornet, Baby Jools drums | Theale Village Hall RG7 5AS | 12 noon – 2:30 pm | £10 on the door | Bring your own drinks and nibbles
Wed 6 Apr | Jazz at The Kenton – Max Wright Trio with Rob Luft | Rob Luft guitar, Linus Fenton bass, Max Wright drums | Kenton Theatre, Henley RG9 2BS | 8pm | £26 via website or on the door
“Rob Luft has delivered the most fully-realized and rewarding debut album from a guitarist-composer since Julian Lage’s 2009 outing, Sounding Point…” – Downbeat (USA)
“So young and so talented!” – Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2 (UK)
“…an extraordinary talent!” – Julian Joseph, BBC Radio 3 (UK)
Fri 8 Apr | ‘Wakey Blakey’ with the Ingham-Davison Sextet | James Davison trumpet, Rory Ingham trombone, Mark Lockheart tenor sax, Will Barry piano, Adam King bass, Felix Ambach drums | Progress Theatre | 7:30pm | £18.00 (£16.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee | Read more here | Buy tickets
Fri 8 Apr | Jazz at The Goring Community Jazz Club | Mike Wilkins saxophones, Nick Hill piano, Howard King bass, Mike Goff drums | Goring Community Centre, The Old School, Station Rd, RG8 9HB | 7:30pm | £10 | Tickets here or cash or card on the door and tickets available from Inspiration Goring.
Fri 8 Apr| My Iris featuring Trish Clownes- reeds, Ross Stanley-piano, Chris Montague-guitar, James Maddren-drums | Recital Room| South Hill Park Bracknell | 7:30pm | £16.00, £8.00 under 18s and concessions available | www.southhillpark.org.uk | 01344 484123
Sat 9 Apr | Jazz for Ukraine | Featuring Art Themen, Clark Tracey, Dave Newton, Alina Bzhezhinska, Vimala Rowe, Fleur Stevenson and Ben Cummings | Corn Exchange, Wallingford OX10 0EG | 7:30pm | £15, tickets here
Sun 10 Apr | Astor Big Band presents The Glenn Miller Story | The Haymarket Wote Street, Basingstoke RG21 7NW | 7:30pm | £25. Under 16s and f/t students £23 (includes £4 booking fee) | Further info | Tickets
Tues 12 Apr | Alan Barnes saxes [left], Bruce Adams trumpet/flugelhorn [centre], Phil DeGreg from USA piano [right], Stuart Barker bass, Elliot Toms drums | Marlow Jazz Club, The Royal British Legion Hall, SL7 1NT | 8.30pm | £10 Pay at the door, but might be advisable to get a seat or table reserved – 01628 486571 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tues 12 Apr | The Gareth Chelley Quartet with Steph Pirrie | Gareth Chelley tenor sax, Steph Pirrie vocals & trumpet, Phil Craddock piano, Barrie Griffin bass, Jim Wade drums | Kings Langley Jazz Club, 3-5 Hempstead Rd, WD4 8BJ | 8:15pm | Free entry
Thurs 14 Apr | Saskia & Baron Mara | Saskia McNamara vocals, Jonathan Judge saxes, Ruben Berrios keyboard, Howard King bass, Tony Lyons drums | Oxford | Joe’s Bar & Grill | 7.30pm | Free Entry | More info
Fri 15 Apr | Cafe Zazous swing gypsy jazz quintet | HB more guitar, David Stamper guitar, Phil Berry double bass, David Ahmed guitar, Piotr Jordan violin | Reading | The Lyndhurst Arms | 3pm till 5pm | Donations gratefully received | Part of the East Reading Festival event
Tues 19 Apr | Karen Sharp sax, Steve Waterman trumpet, Gareth Williams piano, Rod Youngs drums, Marianne Windham bass | The Harlington, Fleet GU51 4BY | 8.00 pm | Tickets £20 available online at https://fleetjazz.wordpress.com or from the box office on 01252 811009 Mon-Fri 9:30 am – 5 pm Sat 10 am – 3 pm
Sat 23 Apr | Roy Bailey Big Band | Goring Village Hall. RG8 9AG | 8pm | £10 (£5 for under 18) | tickets available online or from Inspiration, Goring Arcade
Goring’s very own big band brings you a glorious evening of great music from Basie, Ellington, Miller, Sinatra and more… Allocated seating around tables – bring your own drinks and nibbles.
Sun 24 Apr | Stuart Henderson trumpet, Vasilis Xenopoulos sax, Denny Ilett guitar, Esther Ng bass, Simon Price drums | 3.30 -5.30pm | The Retreat, St. John’s Street, Reading RG1 4EH | Free entry – donations
Sun 24 Apr | Alan Barnes Quartet | Alan Barnes reeds, Graham Harvey piano, Matt Home drums, Andy Crowdy bass | Oaken Grove Vineyard, Benhams Lane, Fawley, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6JG | 1pm onwards | Tables for 2-6 people, £40 to £120 per table | Grazing platters £12.50 per person | Information and tickets
Sun 24 Apr | Blue Jazz | Sheena Caprice vocals, Leslie Maynerd alto sax, Dave Maynerd guitar, Simon Lenton bass | Marlow | Royal British Legion Hall SL7 1NT | 12.15pm | £5
Tues 26 Apr | Simon Spillett sax, Graeme Taylor piano, Mark Hodgson double bass, Steve Vintner drums | Royal Foresters Jazz Club, London Rd, Ascot SL5 8DR | 8pm | Free entry | Book tables for eating or just drinking on 01344 596480
Fri 29 Apr | 17-piece big band directed by Stuart Henderson | 8pm -10.30pm | Finchampstead Memorial Hall, The Village, Finchampstead RG40 4JU | Tickets £15.00 on the door | For more information or to book in advance contact email@example.com
Fri 29 Apr | Hugh Turner Funk Trio | Hugh Turner guitar, Jerry Soffe electric bass, Steve Wyndham drums | Rhythms at the Yurt Haddon Acre, Sires Hill, North Moreton, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 9BG | 8:00 – 10:30 pm | £25 – tickets here
Hugh Turner is a superbly exciting guitarist – his playing style is steeped in the blues and combined with the funkier side of jazz, creates a sonically exciting soundscape that fizzes with power, groove and stunning musicality.
Sat 30 Apr | Emily Windham Trio | Emily Windham vocals, Xavier Riley guitar, Marianne Windham bass | The Angel, Woolhampton RG7 5RT | Music from 8pm | Free entry. Call 0118 971 3827 to make dinner reservations.
Emily Windham is an actress, singer and performer. A versatile and skilled vocalist with an engaging stage presence, she studied at RADA and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and since graduating has toured shows across the UK and Europe and worked in feature and short films. Xavier Riley, with influences from Django Reinhardt to Wes Montgomery and beyond, plays with groups throughout the South East. A lyrical bass player, Marianne Windham is the founder and driving force of Guildford Jazz, and has performed with many of the UK’s leading jazz musicians.
Sat 30 Apr | The Supertonics Big Band, plus guest vocalist(s) | Popular 17-piece Swing
Band | Carnation Hall, Winkfield Row, Bracknell RG42 7PA | 7.30pm |Tickets £12, reserve in advance via firstname.lastname@example.org or 07739-314261 or www.thesupertonics.co.uk