Monthly Archives: May 2022

Pangbourne Jazz Club | Stuart Henderson and Mark Aston

Sun 1 May | Stuart Henderson trumpet & flugel, Mark Aston saxophones, Terry Hutchins guitar, Andy Crowdy double bass, Brian Greene drums | PWMC, Rosewood Hall, Whitchurch Road, Pangbourne RG8 7BS | 7:30pm | £10 on the door

Graeme Hewitt’s High Society Jazz Band | Theale

Tues 3 May | 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 with free raffle | Enquiries 01256 780065 | Bring your own drinks and nibbles.

HaJaMaLa Jazz | Reading

Wed 4 May | Hamish Stewart drums, Jan Steele sax & flute, Marianne Windham bass, Lawrie Wright piano | The Butler, 85-91 Chatham St, Reading RG1 7DS | 8pm | Free entry

“We are looking to channel the feeling of music of the late 50’s when jazz was for so many the mainstream music of choice.  Melody is high on our priorities.”

Hedsor Jazz Support for Ukraine | Bourne End

Thurs 5 May | A special evening of jazz to raise money for the needs of Ukraine. All the money raised will go to help the refugees from the war in Ukraine | Stuart Henderson trumpet, Frank Walden tenor sax, Vasilis Xenopoulos tenor sax. Regular Hedsor Jazz rhythm section plus many other guests who are all giving their time for this cause | Hedsor Social Club Hedsor Rd, Bourne End SL8 5ES | 8.30pm | £10 admittance on the door

Sam Braysher with The Simon Cook Trio| Bracknell

Fri 6 May |  Sam Braysher-alto sax, Simon Cook-piano, Andy Masters-bass,  drums  tbc | Recital Room| South Hill Park Bracknell | 7:30pm | £16.00, £8.00 under 18s and concessions available | | 01344 484123

Jazz at the Queen’s Head | Gareth Chelley Quartet

Sat 7 May – Gareth Chelley Quartet  | Gareth Chelley tenor sax, Phil Craddock piano, Brian Throup bass, Jim Wade drums | Reading | Queens Head 54 Christchurch Rd, RG2 7AZ| 8pm | Free entry

Gig for Ukraine | Marlow

Sun 8 May | Gig for Ukraine | Christ Church URC, Oxford Road, Marlow | 3.30pm | Free admission with collection for Ukraine relief work | More here

The Gill Love Band (drums, lead guitar, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, harmonica,  sax, vocalist) presents a programme of smooth jazz, latin, blues and pop in support of the people of Ukraine.

Jazz at Hedsor Social Club | Bourne End

Thurs 12 May | Lester Brown – Trumpet, Mike Aston – Reeds, Nigel Fox -Keyboard | The Hedsor Social Club, Hedsor Rd, Bourne End, Bucks SL8 5ES | 8:30 | £10

The Alex Hitchcock Quartet | Buy tickets

Friday 13 May 2022 Progress Theatre, Reading | 7: 30pm | £18.00 (£16.00 concessions, £9 under 16) plus maximum 5% booking fee.

Alex Hitchcock tenor sax
Noah Stoneman piano
Joe Downard bass
Myele Manzanza drums

An incredible saxophonist, with something very unique and original to say’ Walter Smith III

Since his first gig as leader for us at Progress in 2017, Alex Hitchcock is now regarded as one of the UK’s most virtuosic jazz musicians. His quartet’s burgeoning reputation on the international jazz stage, playing Alex’s original compositions at 2018 Umbria Jazz Festival, as well as touring to Poland, Spain, Italy and Hungary and performances at legendary UK venues including Love Supreme Festival, the Royal Albert Hall and Ronnie Scott’s.

Alex is adventurously creative as is proved by his latest Album Dream Band. A disc to be enjoyed at home, as explained in the excerpt below from a recent four star review by Hugh Morris in Jazzwise.

“Alex Hitchcock looks outside of himself on Dream Band, enlisting a quality cast of players who move slickly around the saxophonist. There’s a lot of them; 15 in total over 12 tracks, and no one collaborator appears on more than half the record. The players fuse interestingly in their little units, and Hitchcock’s compositions serve those combinations well. The result is an album full of strong contributions from musicians determined to impress; a bunch of pent-up ideas tumble forth energetically. It’s a good record for piano talent,  with Noah Stoneman on great form.”

Noah Stoneman on piano and Joe Downard on bass are regulars in the quartet, Joe appearing with Alex in 2017.

Myele Manzanza is a powerful drummer who has earned himself a reputation as a composer with vision, and a musician who is not afraid to experiment. He is now resident in the UK having moved from New Zealand about 12 years ago.  Myele only started playing drum kit at age 14 but had been hand drumming traditional African rhythms with his father Sam Manzanza from a young age. “Growing up music and rhythm was all around me and I understood it from a very early age. Through my father I learnt the language of the drum”. Recently interviewed on the Jamie Cullum show. An interesting newcomer to the UK jazz scene.

Jazz at Progress – The Alex Hitchcock Sextet | Reading

Fri 13 May | The Alex Hitchcock Sextet | Alex Hitchcock tenor sax, Noah Stoneman piano, Joe Downard bass, Myele Manzanza drums | Progress Theatre | 7:30pm | £18.00 (£16.00 concessions, £9 under 16) plus maximum 5% booking fee | Read more here | Buy tickets


Jazz at The Goring Community Jazz Club |  Fleur Stevenson

Fri 13 May | Jazz at The Goring Community Jazz Club |  Fleur Stevenson vocals, Stuart Henderson trumpet and flugelhorn, Nick Hill  piano, Howard King  bass, Mike Goff drums | Goring Community Centre, The Old School, Station Rd, RG8 9HB | 7:30 pm | £10 | Please book early to avoid disappointment – tickets here, from Inspiration Goring or cash or card on the door.

Remix Jazz Orchestra | Marlow Jazz Club

Tues 17 May | The Remix Jazz Orchestra | Highly acclaimed 17 piece outfit including Stuart Henderson trumpet and Mike Booker tenor sax | Marlow Royal British Legion Hall SL7 1NT | 8.30pm | £10 pay at the door but phone 01628 486571 to be sure of a good seat.

Clare Hirst, Freddie Gavita, Andrea Vicari Quintet play Horace Silver | Fleet Jazz Club

Tues 17 May | Clare Hirst sax, Freddie Gavita trumpet,  Andrea Vicari piano, Dave Barry drums, Marianne Windham bass | The Harlington, Fleet GU51 4BY | 8.00 pm | Tickets £20 available online at or from the box office on 01252 811009 Mon-Fri 9:30 am – 5 pm Sat 10 am – 3 pm

Jazz at Hedsor Social Club | Bourne End

Thurs 19 May | Lester Brown – Trumpet, Frank Waldon – Reeds, Ken McCarthy – Keyboard | The Hedsor Social Club, Hedsor Rd, Bourne End, Bucks SL8 5ES | 8:30 | £10

ZOETIC | Bracknell

Fri 20 May | ZOETIC featuring Chris Batchelor-trumpet, John Parricelli-guitar, Margrit Hasler-viola, Steve Watts-bass and Paul Clarvis-percussion | Recital Room| South Hill Park Bracknell | 7:30pm | £16.00, £8.00 under 18s and concessions available | | 01344 484123

Jazz at Hedsor Social Club | Bourne End

Thurs 26 May | Duncan Lamont Jr. – Reeds, Mike Innis – Trombone, Ken McCarthy – Keyboard | The Hedsor Social Club, Hedsor Rd, Bourne End, Bucks SL8 5ES | 8:30 | £10

P’Jam | Jazz at the Angel, Woolhampton

Photo © Martin Breschinski

Sat 28 May | P’Jam | Annie Parker flutes, Phil Craddock piano, Marianne Windham bass, Jim Wade drums | The Angel, Woolhampton RG7 5RT | Music from 8pm | Free entry. Call 0118 971 3827 to make dinner reservations

P’Jam is a joyful quartet of musicians who simply enjoy playing jazz together 
in sometimes slightly unexpected and spontaneous ways. With a repertoire that
 spans Miles Davis to the Beatles, expect an evening of great music in good company!

Woodley Theatre presents Jazz @ the Oakwood

Karen Sharp

Sat 28 May | The Martin Hart Trio with special guest, saxophone star Karen Sharp  | 19.45 – 22.30 | The Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley, RG6 4JZ | Tickets £12.00  from | Box Office telephone 07488337838

Jazz at Oaken Grove Vineyard | In Celebration of Oscar Peterson

Sun 29 May | In Celebration of Oscar Peterson | Craig Milverton piano, Art Themen tenor sax, Andy Crowdy bass | Oaken Grove Vineyard, Benhams Lane, Fawley, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6JG | Mid-day onwards | Tables for 2-6 people, £40 to £120 per table | Grazing platters £12.50 per person | Information and tickets