Sat 2 Jul | Peter Bingham Quartet | Peter Bingham tenor sax, Phil Craddock piano, Barrie Griffin bass, Jim Wade drums | Reading | Queens Head 54 Christchurch Rd, RG2 7AZ | 8pm | Free entry
Sun 3 July | The Carpathians Jazz ’n’ Jive Big Band | Very entertaining Oxfordshire band with vocalist Anna Shackleton | Marlow Jazz Club, The Royal British Legion Hall SL7 1NT | 12.30pm (to approx 3pm) | £5
Tues 5 July | Graeme Hewitt’s High Society Jazz Band | Theale Village Hall Englefield Road RG7 5AS | 12 noon – 2:30pm | £10 at the door with free raffle | Bring your own drinks and nibbles
Tues 5 Jul | Equinox Quintet with Simon Cook | Simon Cook piano & trombone, Peter Bingham tenor sax, John Clarke guitar, Derek Alford bass, and Paul Kaluza drums | Four Horseshoes pub, Sherfield-on-Loddon RG27 0EX | 8pm to 10.30pm | Four Horseshoes | No charge for admission (donations are welcomed)
Fri 8 July | Alban Claret & Evan Clegg – The Collection | Alban Claret guitar, Evan Clegg trumpet, Duncan Eagles tenor sax, Luke Fowler double bass, Kuba Miazga drums | Progress Theatre Reading | 7:30pm | £16.00 (£14.00 concessions, £8 under 16) plus maximum 5% booking fee | More info and tickets here
If you like the idea of the bebop tradition being brought bang up to date, then you will love this gig.
Fri 8 July | L’ESPRIT DU JAZZ featuring Karen Street-accordion, Charlie Pyne-bass, Katie Patterson-drums | Recital Room| South Hill Park Bracknell | 7:30pm | £16.00, £8.00 under 18s and concessions available | www.southhillpark.org.uk | 01344 484123
Fri 8 July | Jamie Howell & the Mike Goff Trio | Jamie Howell guitar, Nick Hill piano, Howard King bass, Mike Goff drums | Goring Community Jazz Club,The Goring Community Centre, Station Road Goring | 7:30pm | £10 – tickets here
Fri 15 Jul | Tony Kofi Quartet – A Portrait of Cannonball | Tony Kofi tenor saxophone, fronts this loving celebration of the jazz giant Julian ‘Cannnonball’ Adderley. The group traces the explosive music of Cannonball from his first session as leader in 1955 through work with Miles Davis to the soul-jazz of the 1960s | Norden Farm, Maidenhead | 8pm | £15.00 | Book online here or call the Box Office: 01628 788997
Tues 19 July | Two British saxophone giants who each would provide a great night on their own, but to see them side by side – it will be a bit tasty. Art (“Dr Jazz”) Themen will be featuring his recently acquired tenor sax that was owned by Ronnie Scott and which on many occasions will have played alongside Simon’s great inspiration Tubby Hayes | Art Themen sax, Simon Spillett sax, Frank Harrison piano, Andy Crowdy double bass, Elliot Toms drums | Marlow | Royal British Legion, SL7 1NT | 8.30pm | £10 – for reservations 01628 486571 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on the door
Tues 19 July | Alan Barnes sax and clarinet, Bruce Adams trumpet, Mark Nightingale trombone, Robert Fowler sax and clarinet, Karen Sharp sax and clarinet, Dave Newton piano, Simon Thorpe bass, Clark Tracey drums | 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.
Thurs 21 July | Duncan Lamont Jr – Sax, Mike Innes – Trombone, Ken McCarthy – Keyboard, Martin Hart – Drums | 8:30 | £10 | The Hedsor Social Club, Hedsor Rd, Bourne End, Bucks. SL8 5ES | Please check https://jazzfromgeoff.blogspot.com for line-up changes, etc.
Thurs 28 July | THE ALAN GRAHAM PARTY NIGHT | This is a “special” night celebrating one of British music legends, with a host of his friends and a myriad of musicians | 8:30 | £10 | The Hedsor Social Club, Hedsor Rd, Bourne End, Bucks. SL8 5ES | Please check https://jazzfromgeoff.blogspot.com for line-up changes, etc.changes, etc.
Fri 29 July | Tom Waters sax, Artie Zaits organ, Marcus Praestgaard-Steven guitar, and Jack Thomas drums, | Benson Parish Hall, OX10 6LZ | 7:30-10pm | £16.00 | Tickets available online: https://tom-waters-electric-people.eventbrite.co.uk
An exciting quartet comprising soulful saxophone, bluesy organ, sultry slide guitar, and relaxed ‘phatback’ groove.
Sat 30 July | Lea Lyle Quartet | Lea Lyle vocals, Phil Craddock piano, Phil Berry bass, Jim Wade drums | Reading | Queens Head 54 Christchurch Rd, RG2 7AZ | 8pm | Free entry
Following training at the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama, Lea spent her formative years in theatre and pantomime, before moving on to television and films. These days she focuses on singing, ranging from solo appearances to fronting big bands. Lea has a unique vocal range and a voice that has been said to “melt like chocolate and warm hearts on the coldest of nights”.
Sun 31 July | A Stroll through New Orleans | Thomas L’Etienne, clarinet & sax, Denny Ilett guitar, Andy Crowdy bass | Oaken Grove Vineyard | £20, tables for 2-6 people available | Also available to pre-order is food served by the Little Urban Chef | Gates open 12.00pm midday for drinks, food from 2.45pm, music 3.00pm | Information and tickets