Fri 1 Sep | Brian Throup Quartet | Brian Throup bass, Henry Whitby piano, Ed Adam guitar, Cameron Thembi Moran percussion | The Relais Henley, Hart St. RG9 2AR | 7 – 10pm | Dinner reservations 01491 572161 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat 2 Sep | Steph Pirrie Quartet | Steph Pirrie trumpet & vocals, Simon Cook piano, Brian Throup bass, Jim Wade drums | Queens Head 54 Christchurch Rd, RG2 7AZ | Music from 8pm | Free entry
Steph Pirrie has performed as a vocalist with some of the UK’s finest musicians and is currently studying jazz trumpet at the UK Jazz School working with some of our most admired educators, including Nick Weldon, David Lewis and Steve Waterman.
She began studying voice and classical trumpet aged 11. Her love of harmony, singing and groove-based music inspired her to become a jazz singer.
Steph is also an accredited vocal coach and conductor specialising in groups, acapella, backing vocals and choirs.
Sat 2 Sep | Saturday Sundown Jazz river cruises | Fleur Stevenson / Hugh Turner duo | Jazz Vocals and guitar accompaniment | Caversham Princess, Caversham Bridge. Reading | 6-8pm | Book at Thames River Cruise
Sun 3 Sep | Aret Komlosy vocals, Hugh Turner guitar | Joe’s Bar Summertown Oxford | 6.30-9pm | Free entry
Tues 5 Sep | Equinox Quintet with Simon Allen & guest | Simon Allen sax, 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)
Thurs 7 Sep | FSJB present Fusion 6 – acid jazz, jazz-funk and dance rhythms | Andy Kennedy saxophones, flute, EWI, Tony Imbierski keys, Paul Wallace bass, Tony Mckenna drums, Nick Hollings guitar, Alison Rolls vocals | The Butler, 85-91 Chatham St Reading RG1 7DS | 8:00 – 11:30pm | £8 on the door | More details: https://fsjbmusic.uk/about/
Thu 7 Sep | Guildford Jazz at the Cricket Pavilion | Fraser Smith Quartet – Tip Top! | Woodbridge Road, Guildford GU1 4RP | Food and drinks from 19.15 Jazz from 20:00 to 22:15 | Tickets £20 (Discounts for Members and Students) from here
Upcoming star Fraser Smith is saxophonist who consistently plays with deep feeling, attitude and swing. His debut album, Tip Top!, is a fully acoustic, ‘classic’ jazz quartet recording. A joyful evening of hard swinging jazz not to be missed. ‘Original tunes which take the virtues of 50s and 60s hard bop and soul jazz and infuse them with a youthful enthusiasm born of the 21st century’ Ian Mann – Jazz Mann
Fri 8 Sep | New Jazz Sextet perform a tribute to the Jazz Messengers | Andy Townsend trumpet/flugelhorn, Ewen Baird saxes, Ross Law trombone, Nick Hill piano, Howard King bass, Mike Goff batterie | Goring Community Jazz Club,Old School House, Station Road Goring RG8 9AZ | Doors 7pm Band 7:30 pm | £10 – tickets here
Fri 8 Sep | Brian Throup Quartet | Brian Throup bass, Henry Whitby piano, Ed Adam guitar, Cameron Thembi Moran percussion | The Relais Henley, Hart St. RG9 2AR | 7 – 10pm | Dinner reservations 01491 572161 or email@example.com
Sun 10 Sep | Jazz Lunch: Simon Cook Trio | Lawrie Wright piano, Brian Throup double bass, Jim Wade drums | The Relais Henley, Hart St. RG9 2AR | 1 – 4pm | Lunch reservations 01491 572161 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed 13 Sep | Magoos Jazz Jam | Magoos, 22 Hart Street, Henley RG9 2AU | Second Wednesday of the month | All instruments and levels of experience welcome From 7:30pm | All welcome to listen, please contact email@example.com in advance if you’d like to play | Free entry
Fri 15 Sep | Pigfoot Plays Ellington | Chris Batchelor trumpet, James Allsop baritone sax, Liam Noble piano, Paul Clarvis drums | Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL | 7: 30pm | £19.00 (£17.00 concessions, £10 under 16) plus maximum 5% booking fee | Details and tickets
Fri 15 Sep | P’Jam | Annie Parker jazz flutes, Phil Craddock keyboards, Marianne Windham bass, Jim Wade drums | The Relais Henley, Hart St. RG9 2AR | 7 – 10pm | Dinner reservations 01491 572161 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat 16 Sep | The Supertonics Big Band plus guest vocalist Mr Jeremy Lassen | Carnation
Hall, Winkfield Row, Bracknell RG42 7PA | 7.30pm | Tickets £15, reserve in advance via email@example.com or 07739-314261 or www.thesupertonics.co.uk | Popular 17-piece Swing Band | On-site cafe, or bring your own nibbles and drinks
Sun 17 Sep | Jazz Lunch: Phil Craddock Trio | Phil Craddock piano, Brian Throup double bass, Hamish Wright drums | The Relais Henley, Hart St. RG9 2AR | 1 – 4pm | Lunch reservations 01491 572161 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun 17 Sep | Elaine Delmar – Sings The Great American Songbook | Elaine Delmar – Vocals, Jamie Safir– Piano, Simon Thorpe – Bass | Bishop’s Court Farm, 91 High St, Dorchester on Thames OX10 7HP | Doors: 6pm Show: 7-9pm | £22 | Tickets
Kicking off our Autumn programme of Snug Sessions shows, we are honoured to welcome the legendary multi award winning songstress, Elaine Delmar, who will be making her much-anticipated debut at Bishop’s Court Farm. In an illustrious career that stretches back to the late Fifties, Delmar has appeared everywhere from the Royal Albert Hall to Ronnie Scott’s and starred in numerous West End and Broadway musicals.
Tues 19 Sep | Five-Way Split | Steve Fishwick – trumpet, Vasilis Xenopoulos – saxophone, Matyas Gayer – Piano, Matyas Hofecker – Bass, Matt Home – Drums | Fleet Jazz Club, the Harlington GU51 4BY | Doors and bar open from 7.15pm, performance 8pm to 10pm | Tickets £20 online here from the Box Office on 01252 811009 or on the door (cash or card)
A new jointly led band formed in 2020 featuring some of the finest contemporary jazz bebop musicians in the UK, fronted by Greek saxophone phenomenon Vasilis Xenopoulos, with Steve Fishwick on trumpet and the golden touch of pianist Matyas Gayer. Added to this is virtuosic bassist Matyas Hofecker and rock-solid drummer Matt Home. The band’s vision is to carry on the lineage of groups like Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers as well as mirroring the New York contemporary-bop scene. From this inspiration, the band presents a sound that respects the tradition of the hard-bop era whilst also bringing it up to date for today’s audience. With an extensive repertoire of carefully crafted and imaginative original compositions, along with hip, swinging material by greats like Jimmy Heath, Cedar Walton and Horace Silver, Five-Way Split delivers a night of the best swinging and soulful music in town.
Fri 22 Sep | Rebecca Poole trio featuring Hugh turner guitar, Raph Mizraki acoustic bass and other instruments | Five Horseshoes. Maidensgrove nr Henley| 8pm | £16 music cover advance payment | Diners only | Call reservations on 01491 641282
Fri 22 Sep | Gareth Chelley Quartet | Gareth Chelley tenor sax, Phil Craddock piano, Phil Berry bass, jim Wade drums | The Relais Henley, Hart St. RG9 2AR | 7 – 10pm | Dinner reservations 01491 572161 or email@example.com
Fri 22 Sep | BEAT at the Boiler Room | Tom Ford | 13 Stoke Fields, Guildford GU1 4LS | Doors open 7pm, Support act 7.30 pm | Tickets £12 (discounts for members and students) from here
Fusing Jazz, Bossa Nova and Hip-Hop, Tom Ford has made a name for himself as a funk-loving singer-songwriter from Birmingham. A multi-instrumentalist, Tom has previously worked behind the scenes with artists including Poppy Ajudha, Col3trane and Reuben James.
Sat 23 Sep | Nigel Price guitar, Raph Mizraki double bass, Winston Clifford drums | Crowmarsh Jazz Club, Crowmarsh Crowmarsh Village Hall, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, OX10 8ED | Bar and pizza available | Doors 6.45pm, show 7.30pm | £15 (£5 for Care workers & people on benefits): https://crowmarshjazz.co.uk
Sun 24 Sep | P’Jam | Annie Parker flutes, Phil Craddock piano, Lawrie Wright bass, Jim Wade drums | Hope & Anchor, Station Rd, Wokingham RG40 2AD | 5:30 – 7:30pm | Free entry
Sun 24 Sep | Jazz @ The Retreat Reading | Stuart Henderson trumpet, Simon Price drums, Alec Dankworth bass, Pete Billington keys, Simon Allen sax |The Retreat , 8 St Johns St , RG14EH | 15.30 – 17.30 | Free entry | Donations appreciated
Sun 24 Sep | Denny Ilett sings Sinatra & Nat ‘King’ Cole | Denny Ilett, guitar and trio | Oaken Grove Vineyard, Benhams Lane, Fawley, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6JG | Mid-day onwards . music 1pm | £22, child £10, under 10s free | Food options available to pre-order at ticket check-out | Information and tickets
Sun 24 Sep | Jazz Lunch: Brian Throup Trio | Will Miller piano, Brian Throup double bass. Mike Goff drums | The Relais Henley, Hart St. RG9 2AR | 1 – 4pm | Lunch reservations 01491 572161 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon 25 Sep | Tcha Limberger violin, Dave Kelbie, guitar, Sebastian Girardot, double bass | The Crooked Billet, Stoke Row RG9 5PU | Arrive between 6.30 – 7.00 pm ( pre show dinner ) on stage 8.30pm | Full regular menu, £25 music cover charge | Tickets & table reservations 01491 681048
Tcha Limberger was born into a renowned Belgian family of manouche gypsy musicians. He grew up in the world of gypsy swing style of Django Reinhardt & over the years collaborated with many of its leading performers. Extremely talented multi-instrumentalist – possibly best known for gypsy swing fiddle. Expect an evening of mind blowing gypsy swing influenced with rhythms reflecting the trio’s love of Louis Armstrong, Artie Shaw & Jimmy No one. Naturally with Tcha’s background, there’s plenty manouche gypsy jazz & Django tunes. The Sunday Times heralded Tcha with the accolade ‘The Polymath Virtuoso Tcha Limberger is the King of gypsy music’.
Tues 26 Sep | Steve Waterman’s Latin Quintet | Steve Waterman trumpet & flugelhorn, Simon Allen saxes, Alex Hutton piano, Rob Statham bass, Marc Cecil drums | Marlow Jazz Club The Royal British Legion Hall SL7 1 NT | 8.30pm | £10 | The award winning trumpet star’s new band beginning a nationwide tour: might be best to get a seat reserved – 01628 486571
Wed 27 Sep | Fleur Stevenson’s Jazz Singers Night | Lyndhurst Bar and Kitchen, Reading | 8pm | Free entry | Open to all who would like to sing with a live jazz band.
Thu 28 Sep | Kirk Lightsy Quartet at University of Surrey GU2 7XH | Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7XH | Jazz from 8pm to 10.20pm. Licensed bar on arrival and at the interval | Tickets £20 (Discounts for Members and Students) from here
Kirk Lightsey is a legend of the jazz piano. Deep roots, a feeling for the blues, and a richly developed sense of harmony characterise his playing. He is joined this evening on one of his few UK dates of 2023 by the great US drummer Sangoma Everett, Steve Watts on bass and the exciting young tenor saxophonist Alex Hitchcock. “The veteran virtuoso pianist proves he’s still in fine form with a sparkling swinging set”- JazzWise.
Thurs 28 Sep | Rebecca Poole, Hugh Turner Duo | Joe’s bar Summertown Oxford | 7.30-9.30pm | Free entry
Fri 29 Sep | P’Jam | Annie Parker jazz flutes, Phil Craddock keyboards, Marianne Windham bass, Jim Wade drums | The Relais Henley, Hart St. RG9 2AR | 7 – 10pm | Dinner reservations 01491 572161 or email@example.com
Fri 29 Sep | Fleur Stevenson, Hugh Turner Jazz Duo | Cornerstone Arts, Didcot | Jazz vocals and guitar accompaniment | 5-7pm | Free entry
Fri 30 Sep | Jo Harrop Trio | Mockbeggars Hall Blewbury OX119QQ | Private house concert , strictly advance bookings and payment | 7:30 doors, 8pm show | £30 |Tickets: Izabela@dircon.co.uk
Effortlessly blurring the lines between jazz and folk, it is achingly beautiful music, that is so shot through with pathos and pain, it could melt the hardest of hearts. The Guardian dubbed her work, ‘a little gem: simple, modest and perfect,’ whilst BBC 6 Music’s Iggy Pop fell in love with her voice, calling her “a very fine jazz singer.” Warm, smoky and capable of the most delicate dynamics, Jo Harrop’s mellifluous voice reveals a rarely found intimacy.
“Whatever the subject matter, Harrop’s voice is always versatile enough to eloquently convey a range of moods and emotions; she always makes this sound effortless and natural.” All About Jazz
Sat 30 Sep | 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
Fronted by the exuberant Annie Parker on flute and bass flute, 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!