Jazz at Progress


Since 2012, Jazz in Reading has been programming fantastic monthly jazz gigs - featuring leading British and international jazz stars - at Progress Theatre here in Reading under the Jazz at Progress brand.

We feature some of the finest soloists, singers and band leaders in the UK and beyond who are supported by a bevy of talented musicians. Expect some great evenings of live modern jazz, right here on your doorstep.

Scroll down for further details of these irresistible gigs.

Check out our new Gallery page for images from some of the great gigs we've put on at Progress.


Jazz at Progress | Orphy Robinson Quintet: Bobby Hutcherson Project | Buy tickets

Fri 2 Mar | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £20 (£18 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee. Orphy Robinson vibes and marimba, Robert Mitchell keys, Tony Kofi sax, Dudley Phillips bass, Moses Boyd drums The renowned USA vibes player Bobby Hutcherson died aged 65 in August 2016 having had a glittering career from the late […]

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Jazz at Progress | Chris Laurence Quartet | Buy tickets

Thursday 29 March | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £18.00 (£16.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee Chris Laurence double bass, Frank Ricotti vibraphone, John Parricelli guitar, Martin France drums Chris Laurence is that rare creature of British music; a musician whose work encompasses the whole range of musical genres: classical music as principal […]

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Jazz at Progress | Martin Speake Trio with Ethan Iverson | Buy tickets

Fri 27 Apr | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £20.00 (£18.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee Martin Speake alto saxophone, Ethan Iverson piano, Fred Thomas double bass, James Maddren drums Ethan Iverson, pianist with the game-changing US jazz outfit ‘The Bad Plus’, joins Martin Speake and his trio for this incredible evening of […]

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Jazz at Progress | Rebecca Poole Quintet | Buy tickets

Fri 25 May | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm | £16.00 (£14.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee Rebecca Poole vocals, Brandon Allen tenor sax, Hugh Turner guitars, Raph Mizraki bass, Steve Wyndham drums Following the release of her long-awaited debut album ‘Diamond in the Dust’, 2016 saw Rebecca Poole support Jools Holland and his Rhythm & […]

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Jazz at Progress | John Law’s Re-Creations | Review

Progress Theatre, Reading, Friday 5 January 2018 John Law keyboards, Sam Crockatt tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, James Agg bass, Billy Weir drums, percussion Jazz at Progress 2018 started with an exciting evening’s original arrangements of jazz standards, and unusual pop material, from John Law’s latest project, Re-Creations. Jazz always adapted much source material from other […]

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Progress Theatre

progress theatre - jazz in reading

www.progresstheatre.co.uk | The Mount, Off Christchurch Road, Reading RG1 5HL

Bar at all gigs from 7:00pm. Drinks may be taken into the auditorium during performances.

progress theatre - jazz in reading

Progress Theatre is a self-governing, self-funding theatre group founded in 1947, maintained by volunteers. The Theatre itself is an intimate 95-seat venue. It is the oldest operating theatre in Reading and has a fully licensed bar. There is wheelchair access to the Theatre with a space for disabled patrons. In 2011 Sir Kenneth Branagh became the Patron to Progress Theatre.