Our brilliant photographer-in-residence – Zoë White – takes great photos of most of our Jazz at Progress gigs.  Specialising in performance and event photography, Zoë has photographed hundreds of performers over the last several years. She’s taken photos of jazz musicians in venues such as Bulls Head, Crazy Coqs, The Hideaway, Jagz, The Pheasantry, The 606, Ronnie Scott’s and Ronnie’s Upstairs. She was the event photographer for the TW12 Jazz Festival in 2014 – 2017 and for Jazz for Kamuli in 2016.

Scroll down the page for a selection of images Zoë has captured for us since March 2015. All photos below are by Zoë unless otherwise stated. Photo captions are by members of the Jazz in Reading team.
Copyright notice: Zoë’s images may not be copied, reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed or published without her express permission. To enquire about licensing any of the photos, please contact Zoë directly on

Following Zoë’s photos below there is a selection of images of some of the other great jazz gigs we at Jazz in Reading have put on over the last three years or so, at both Progress Theatre and Reading Town Hall.

Jean Toussaint Sextet “Brother Raymond Tour” | Progress Theatre |15 December 2018

Andrew McCormack piano | Jean Toussaint tenor saxophone, composer, leader | Daniel Casimir double bass, composer | Byron Wallen trumpet, composer, percussion | Shane Forbes drums | Tom Dunnett trombone

Steve Fishwick Quintet| Progress Theatre | 24 November 2018

Steve Fishwick trumpet, John Pearce piano, Grant Stewart tenor saxophone, Jeremy Brown bass, Matt Fishwick drums.

Matt Wates Sextet| Progress Theatre | 19 October 2018

Leon Greening piano, Matt Wates alto saxophone, Malcolm Creese bass, Steve Main tenor saxophone,

Steve Fishwick trumpet & flugelhorn, Matt Home drums

Elftet| Progress Theatre | 28 September 2018

Jonny Mansfield vibes & leader, James Davison trumpet & flugelhorn, Rory Ingham trombone, Tom Smith alto saxophone, Sam Rapley tenor saxophone & bass clarinet, Dom Ingham violin & vocals, Ella Hohnen Ford vocals & flute, Laura Armstrong cello, Oliver Mason guitar, Will Harris bass guitar, Boz Martin-Jones drums.

Jam Experiment | Progress Theatre | 31 August 2018

Toby Comeau (keyboard), Rory Ingham (trombone), Dominic Ingham (violin and voice),  Jonny Mansfield (drums), and Joe Lee (bass).

Reading Dusseldorf Jazz Ensemble | Reading Fringe Festival Main Stage | 25 July 2018

Pete Billington (keyboards), Reiner Witzel (alto saxophone), Simon Price (drums), Stuart Henderson (trumpet & flugelhorn), Raph Mizraki (bass & electric bass)

Rebecca Poole Quintet | Progress Theatre | 25 May 2018

Rebecca Poole Quintet: Steve Wyndham (drums), Brandon Allen (tenor sax), Raph Mizraki (bass), Rebecca Poole (vocals), and Hugh Turner (guitar)

Martin Speake Trio with Ethan Iverson | Progress Theatre | 27 April 2018

Ethan Iverson piano | Fred Thomas bass | James Maddren drums | Martin Speake alto saxophone

Chris Laurence Quartet | Progress Theatre | 29 March 2018

The phenomenal Chris Laurence Quartet – Chris Laurence on bass, ‘master storyteller’ John Parricelli on guitar, ‘Wizard of the vibes’ Frank Ricotti and ‘marking time’ on drums, the swinging Martin France.

Leon Greening Quartet | Progress Theatre | 2 February 2018

Leon Greening piano | Christian Brewer soprano & alto saxes | Dave Chamberlain double bass | Steve Brown drums

John Law’s Re-Creations | Progress Theatre | 5 January 2018

John Law keyboards | Sam Crockatt tenor and soprano saxes | James Agg bass | Billy Weir drums, percussion

Moscow Drug Club | Progress Theatre | 24 November 2017

Katya Gorrie vocals, Jonny Bruce trumpet, Mirek Salmon accordion, Will Edmunds guitar, Andy Crowdy bass.

Tough Tenors Quintet | Progress Theatre | 27 October 2017

The Tough Tenors Quintet in full swing – Gunther Kurmayr (keyboard), Manuel Alvarez (bass), Ray Gelato (tenor saxophone), Alex Garnett (tenor saxophone), Matt Home (drums).

Alex Hitchcock Quintet | Progress Theatre | 22 September 2017

Two of a Mind | Progress Theatre | 1 September 2017

Two of a Mind: (L to R), Stu Butterfield, Chris Biscoe, Dave Whitford, Allison Neale, Colin Oxley. Biscoe and Neale provide a perfect foil for each other; a civilised, unhurried musical conversation. Beautifully supported by Stu Butterfield, Dave Whitford and the subtle guitar of Colin Oxley. Like good conversation, there was no telling in which direction the music may lead: you just had to keep listening!

Tom Smith Septet | Progress Theatre | 18 August 2017

All photos courtesy of Colin Swain Photography

Olli Martin, Alex Hitchcock and Alistair Martin in perfect harmony. Each a star in his own right – L to R from the top: Olli, Will B, Alex, Alistair, Conor, Tom & Will C

Claire Martin with Dave Newton | Progress Theatre | 23 June 2017

Dave Newton, piano and Claire Martin OBE, vocals. Claire told us she had a ball – and so did the packed house!

Art Themen’s New Directions Quintet | Progress Theatre | 2 June 2017

Gareth Williams, Arnie Somogyi, Art Themen, Dave Barry and Steve Fishwick. The front line in full flow as Dave Barry follows the chart. They band were happy with the show – and so was the packed house!

Arnie Somogyi’s Jump Monk | Progress Theatre | 7 April 2017

Clark Tracey drums – Jeremy Price trombone – Mark Edwards keyboard – Tony Kofi sax. Arnie’s banner double act – and the quintet all smiles after a great gig.

Ian Shaw with Jamie Safir and Mick Hutton | Progress Theatre | 3 March 2017

Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet with special guest Martin Shaw | Progress Theatre | 27 Jan 2017

The band L to R: Dave Newton, Derek Nash, Geoff Gascoyne, Martin Shaw and Sebastiaan de Krom. Derek Nash digs Martin Shaw’s playing – dig it? The front line obviously pleases Geoff Gascoyne. Including the now-traditional after-gig photo.

Empirical | Progress Theatre | 16 Dec 2016

Lewis Wright-vibes, Tom Farmer-bass, Nathaniel Facey-alto and Shaney Forbes-drums are in the zone. Clapping intro to “The Maze” – a Tom Farmer composition.

Ben Holder Quartet | Progress Theatre | 4 Nov 2016

Jefferies double bass, Ben Holder violin, Dave Wilkes drums, Jez Cook guitar. Ben delights the audience with his vocals and piano too!

Christian Brewer Quintet | Progress Theatre | 30 Sep 2016

Christian Brewer, Jonathan Gee, Adam King and Damon Brown

Nigel Price Organ Quartet | Progress Theatre | 2 Sep 2016

The Quartet in full flow : Ross Stanley, Matt Home, Brandon Allen, Nigel Price

Another great Jazz at the Progress gig concludes

Glimpses of Jazz for Kamuli | 16 July 2016

Theo Travis’ Double Talk | Progress Theatre | 24 June 2016

Double Talk: From left to right – Mike Outram, Dylan Howe, Theo Travis, Pete Whittaker. Zoë White used in-camera double exposures in a clever take on the group’s name.

Scott Willcox Big Band | Progress Theatre | 27 May 2016

All images for this event © Lee Alexander Photography. Images may not be copied, reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed or published without  express permission.

Georgia Mancio and Quadro | Progress Theatre | 22 April 2016

Georgia Mancio, Frank Harrison and Andy Cleyndert. However you looked at it, the enjoyment was clear.

Stuart Henderson / Vasilis Xenopoulos Quintet | Progress Theatre | 24 March 2016

Jez Cook, Vasilis Xenopoulos, Raph Mizraki, Stuart Henderson

Arun Ghosh Quartet | Progress Theatre | 26 February 2016

Liran Donin, Arun Ghosh, Rastko Rasic and Shirley Tetteh

Moscow Drug Club | Progress Theatre | 29 January 2016

Clockwise from top right: Katya Gorrie/Andy Crowdy, Jonny Bruce, Andy Bowen & Mirek Salmon

Andy Sheppard’s Hotel Bristol | Progress Theatre | 18 December 2015

Darius Brubeck Quartet | Progress Theatre | 20 November 2015

Gabriel Garrick’s Expansions Quintet | Progress Theatre | 23 October 2015

Peter King Simon Spillett Quintet | Progress Theatre | 4 September 2015

Kairos 4tet | Progress Theatre | 29 May 2015

Art Themen and Karen Sharp with the Simon Price Trio | Progress Theatre | 1 May 2015

Alex Garnett’s ‘Bunch of Fives’ | Progress Theatre | 2 April 2015

Don Weller Quartet | Progress Theatre | 6 March 2015

Pre-March 2015 gigs at Progress Theatre and Reading Town Hall

Various photographer credits. Random date order.