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 | The Gaz Hughes Trio: The Nuclear Bebopalypse Tour | Buy tickets

Friday 21 June 2024 | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7: 30pm | £19.00 (£17.00 concessions, £10 under 16) plus maximum 5% booking fee. Gaz Hughes drums Andrzej Baranek piano Gavin Barras double bass The Gaz Hughes Trio: The Nuclear Bebopalypse Tour Gaz Hughes is a renowned jazz drummer and band leader, who first gained wide […]

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Jazz at Progress | Jazz Suite: Under Milk Wood | Buy tickets

Friday 12 July 2024 | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7: 30pm | £17.00 (£15.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee.   Ewen Baird tenor saxophone Martin Pickett piano Steve Kershaw double bass Mike Goff drums Siân Goff & Tom Neill narrators   Under Milk Wood You’ve heard the original Radio Drama and seen the Play […]

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Jazz at Progress | Steve Waterman Latin Jazz Quartet | Tickets on sale soon

Friday 27 September 2024 | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7: 30pm | £19.00 (£17.00 concessions, £10 under 16) plus maximum 5% booking fee. Steve Waterman trumpet & flugelhorn John Donaldson piano Rob Stratham bass Buster Birch drums For a couple of decades, Steve Waterman has been regarded as one of Britain’s finest and most versatile […]

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Jazz at Progress | Perfect Stranger “Unfinished Business” Album Tour | Tickets on sale soon

Friday 25 October 2024 | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7: 30pm | £19.00 (£17.00 concessions, £10 under 16) plus maximum 5% booking fee. Perfect Stranger “Unfinished Business” Chris Sansom conductor (pictured above) | Paul Michael bass guitar | Eddy White guitars | Shanti Jayasinha trumpet & flugelhorn | Jonas Golland drums | Alcyona Mick keys […]

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Jazz at Progress | Soultime! Play the Music of Bobby Timmons | Tickets on sale soon

Friday 13 December 2024 | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7: 30pm | £19.00 (£17.00 concessions, £10 under 16) plus maximum 5% booking fee. Steve Fishwick trumpet Leon Greening piano Matyas Hofecker bass Matt Home drums SoulTime! Is a new and exciting jazz quartet co-led by renowned pianist Leon Greening and exceptional trumpeter Steve Fishwick. Rounding […]

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Jazz at Progress | John Law’s Re-Creations “Many Moons” Tour | Tickets on sale soon

Friday 4 April 2025 | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7: 30pm | £19.00 (£17.00 concessions, £10 under 16) plus maximum 5% booking fee. Photo by Chris Jakob John Law piano Sam Crockatt sax Henrik Jensen bass Alex Goodyear drums John Law presents Re-Creations: creative arrangements of some of the world’s most familiar music. The idea […]

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Jazz at Progress | The John Horler Trio: A Portrait  of Bill Evans | Tickets on sale soon

Friday 16 May 2025 | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7: 30pm | £19.00 (£17.00 concessions, £10 under 16) plus maximum 5% booking fee. John Horler piano Alec Dankworth bass Ronnie Jones drums John Horler makes a welcome return to Jazz at Progress with his Portrait of Bill Evans. Accompanied by his long-time associate Alec Dankworth […]

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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.