Jazz Gig Calendar


This is a live jazz gig listings service from Jazz in Reading. We feature mostly modern jazz gigs happening within 20 miles or so of Reading.

The listings used to be published monthly, under the name 'Jazz Round About Reading', but all gigs now appear in the calendar, the link for which is below left. Check it out whenever you feel the urge to hear live jazz. Don't forget to refresh your browser each time you visit, to be sure of catching all latest changes or additions. Please check with venues before setting off - all details may be subject to change.

Musicians, promoters and venues should send their gig information to us via the Submit Your Gig form. Please note that the details you submit will be checked and edited before being approved for publication. We reserve the right to make amendments before publication if we consider the content inappropriate or inaccurate.

If you have any queries, please email info@jazzinreading.com


Jazz at The Fisherman’s Cottage | Gareth Chelley

Tues 23 Apr | Jazz at The Fisherman’s Cottage | Gareth Chelley tenor sax, Phil Craddock piano, Phil Berry bass, Jim Wade drums | Fisherman’s Cottage, Kennet Side RG1 3DW | Music from 8pm | Free entry, donations welcomed.

Every fourth Tuesday: next date 21 May

Live music. Free entry. Excellent food and drink. And a lot more space than the late-lamented Global Cafe.  Who could ask for more?

Parking at The Fisherman’s Cottage, on surrounding streets or take an easy stroll along the Kennet from the Queen’s Road car park – park for just £3.60 for the evening. More parking information here


Jazz Singers’ Night In Reading

Wed 24 April | Jazz Singers’ Night In Reading | Fleur Stevenson host with house band | The Lyndhurst, 88 Queens Rd, Reading RG1 4DG | 8.00 pm | Every fourth Wednesday of the month | Free admission


Denny Ilett’s Jazz Club, Henley-on-Thames | Art Themen


Wed 24 Apr | Denny Ilett’s Jazz Club | Art Themen sax, Alex Hutton piano, Andy Crowdy bass | The Green Room 48 Market Place Henley on-Thames RG9 2AG | Doors from 7:00pm – Music start 8pm | £8 – £15, VIP tables available, as well as delicious food platters | Book here

A fantastically exciting, playful and inventive saxophonist, Art Themen has been a beloved character of the British jazz scene for 60 years, famously combining his role as a consultant orthopedic surgeon with saxophone duties in the bands of Alexis Korner and Stan Tracey among many others.

Denny Ilett’s Jazz Club at The Green Room is, by far, one of the most popular events so if you’ve not been yet then get your tickets booked now!

VIP tables, general seating and general standing tickets are available so whatever your preference is, we’ve got the tickets for you!


Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot | Fleur Stevenson


Fri 26 Apr | Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot | Fleur Stevenson vocals, Hugh Turner guitar | 25 Station Rd, Didcot OX11 7NE | 6.00 pm | Free admission


Dinner Jazz at The Angel | Emily Windham Trio

Emily Windham

Sat 27 Apr |Emily Windham Trio | Emily Windham vocals, Xavier Riley guitar, Marianne Windham bass | The Angel, Woolhampton RG7 5RT | Music from 8pm | Free entry. Call 0118 971 3827 to make dinner reservations

Emily Windham is an actress, singer and performer. A versatile and skilled vocalist with an engaging stage presence, she studied at RADA and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and since graduating has toured shows across the UK and Europe and worked in feature and short films. Xavier Riley, with influences from Django Reinhardt to Wes Montgomery and beyond, plays with groups throughout the South East. A lyrical bass player, Marianne Windham is the founder and driving force of Guildford Jazz, and has performed with many of the UK’s leading jazz musicians.


The Gill Love Band | Bracknell

Sat 27 Apr | The Gill Love Band | The Cellar Bar, South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA | 7:30pm | £10 – in support of the South Hill Park Trust | Tickets and information here

The versatile Gill Love band will entertain you with a wide range of music – R&B, jazz, popular music, blues and the odd instrumental. Performing songs to get your feet tapping with something for everyone, including: Don’t Wait too Long, I’ll Play the Blues for You, Sweet Home Chicago, A Night Like This, Light My Fire, and Hippology.

The band met at South Hill Park almost ten years ago and love a packed audience when they are playing for charity. On this occasion, they are delighted to be supporting the South Hill Park Trust. It promises to be a fab evening – be there!


Hot Biscuits Jazz Broadcast

Next week I delve into the musical glories of KEN COLYER with an interview with Peter Lay, musician with Ken in his latter days. The broadcast also includes jazz from Jelly Roll Morton Appreciation Group, `Sweet heart blues.` From Leeds, The Big Easy Band. Ben Holder with the John Petters Traditional Jazz & Swing Group and some Crazy Rhythms. The Dixie beats Bolton. Bolton’s premium Dixieland Jazz band. Finishing with Wild Bill Davidson and Art Hodes. If this looks good tune in at www.mixcloud.com/stevebewick


Jazz @ The Retreat Reading

Sun 28 Apr | Jazz @ The Retreat Reading | Stuart Henderson trumpet, Simon Price drums, Leon Greening keys, Vasilis Xenopoulos sax, Stuart Barker bass | The Retreat , 8 St Johns St , RG14EH | 15.30 – 17.30 | Free entry | Donations appreciated


Guildford Jazz at the Cricket Pavilion | Adam Glasser Quintet: “South Africa and Beyond”

Wed 1 May | Guildford Jazz at the Cricket Pavilion | Adam Glasser Quintet: “South Africa and Beyond” | Woodbridge Road, Guildford GU1 4RP | food and drinks from 7.15 pm Jazz from 8.00 pm | Tickets £20 (discounts for members and students) from here

Award Winning virtuoso harmonica player and pianist Adam Glasser brings a band of contemporary jazz musicians to play township jazz. Adam’s harmonica sound combines his South African roots with many years in the UK jazz scene as well as with Hugh Masekela, Joe Zawinul, Martha Reeves and Jimmy Witherspoon. This concert explores township jazz standards across a range of composers from Abdullah Ibrahim to Caiphus Semenya and Themba Mkhize. With Adam Glasser – harmonica & piano, George Crowley – saxophone, Ant Law – guitar, Steve Watts – bass, Corrie Dick – drums. 


Bracknell Jazz | Espiral Trio

Fri 3 May | Bracknell Jazz | Espiral Trio: Josephine Davis sax, David Beebee – guitar, Martin Pyne – percussion | South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA | 7:30 – 10pm | £18.00 under 18yrs £8.50: for other concessions contact South Hill Park Booking Office 01344 484123 | Full details

 


Adrian Cox Quartet featuring Denny Ilett | Purdy’s Pop Up, Henley

Sat 4 May | Adrian Cox Quartet featuring Denny Ilett | The HAODS Studio, 19 New Street, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2BP | 8pm, doors 7:30pm | Info and tickets £21 here

Straight after the launch of his new acclaimed album “Clarinet Fantasy” at Ronnie Scotts, Adrian brings his fabulous Quartet to Henley to play a selection of standards inspired by the great clarinettists of New Orlean, Barney Bigard, Sidney Bechet and Edmond Hall, plus some of his original music from the album.


Pete Allen Jazz Band | Newbury


Graeme Hewitt’s High Society Jazz Band | Theale


Jazz at The Four Horseshoes | Sherfield-on-Loddon

Tues 7 May | Equinox Quintet with Pete Billington | Pete Billington piano, 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)


Fleur Stevenson Trio | Maidensgrove

Fri 10 May | Fleur Stevenson Trio, Maidensgrove | Fleur Stevenson vocals, Hugh Turner guitar, Raph Mizraki double bass | Five Horsehoes, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6EX | 8.00 pm | £16 diners only. Tickets: 01491 641282


Jazz at Progress | Five-Way-Split

Fri 10 May – Five-Way-Split – Quentin Collins trumpet, Vasilis Xenopoulos tenor sax, Rob Barron piano, Magyars Hofecker bass, Matt Home drums | Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL | 7: 30pm | £19.00 (£17.00 concessions, £10 under 16) plus maximum 5% booking fee | Details


The Supertonics Big Band, plus guest vocalist Sarah Jane Eveleigh | Bracknell

Sat 11 May | The Supertonics Big Band, plus guest vocalist Sarah Jane Eveleigh | Popular 17-piece Swing Band | Carnation Hall, Winkfield Row, Bracknell RG42 7PA | 7.30pm | Tickets £15, reserve in advance via davidbennett470@gmail.com or 07739-314261 or www.thesupertonics.co.uk


The Music of Ellington & Strayhorn | The Alan Cornish Theatre, Reading

Sat 11 May | The Music of Ellington & Strayhorn | Ewen Baird saxes, Martin Pickett piano, Howard King bass, Mike Goff drums | The Alan Cornish Theatre, Oakwood Centre, Woodley, Reading RG54JZ | 7:45pm -10pm | £12:50 | Tickets


Hugh Turner Heavy Funk Quartet | Botley

Wed 15 May | Hugh Turner Heavy Funk Quartet featuring  Maff Potts keys, Raph Mizraki electric bass. Steve Wyndam drums | Hard hitting funk and jazz improvised music | First outing at this awesome community music venue: Tap Social, Botley | Approx 8-10pm | £10 tbc


Jimi Hendrix Experience | Henley

Thurs 16 May | Jimi Hendrix Experience | Denny Ilett’s Electric Lady Big Band | The Kenton Theatre, 19 New Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2BS | 7:30pm | £25 | Tickets here


BEAT at the Boiler Room | Neil Angilley Trio

Fri 17 May | BEAT at the Boiler Room | Neil Angilley Trio | 13 Stoke Fields, Guildford GU1 4LS | Doors open 7pm, Support act 7.30 pm | Tickets £12 (discounts for members and students) + £1 booking fee from here

Infectious rhythms from Brazil and Cuba performed by an original member of the Grammy Nominated band, “Down To The Bone”. Chango voted top Latin album of the Year. Expect “Authentic Brazilian Rhythms on top of rich vocal harmonies, segueing into staggering solo & group passages of virtuosity. “Sensational” – Ronnie Scott’s.  Doors open 7.30 pm: Gig times 8.30pm to 10.30pm; Recorded music set and happy hour 10.30 to 11.30pm at The Boileroom,13 Stoke Fields, Guildford GU1 4LS


Blakes Heaven Big Band featuring Fleur Stevenson | Oxford


Fri 17 May  | Blakes Heaven Big Band featuring Fleur Stevenson | North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford OX2 7JN | Tickets: https://www.thenorthwall.com/whats-on/


Fleur Stevenson/ Hugh Turner Duo | Didcot

Fri 17 May | Fleur Stevenson/ Hugh Turner Duo | Great jazz songstress with guitar accompaniment `\ Cornerstone ArtsFoyer, Didcot | 5-7pm | Free


Jazz at St Michael’s Church  | Blewbury 

Sun 19 May | Jazz at St Michael’s Church  (previously Mockbeggars Hall Jazz) | Blewbury
Fleur Stevenson/ Hugh Turner Quartet featuring  Stu Henderson trumpet / percussion, Raph Mizraki acoustic bass / other instruments | 5-8pm | £19.80 including a glass of wine / soft drink


Joe Webb / Will Sach Duo | The Forge, Basingstoke

Sun 19 May | Joe Webb / Will Sach Duo | Joe Webb piano, Will Sach double bass | The Forge, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QR | 7.45pm | Tickets £19. Under 25s and full-time students £17 (includes £4 booking fee) | More info and booking via: anvilarts.org.uk | 01256 844244

Their charismatic music wholly embraces the jazz tradition with nods to popular music along the way.


Guildford Jazz at the Cricket Pavilion | Zoe Gilby: “Pannonica”

Thurs 23 May| Guildford Jazz at the Cricket Pavilion | Zoe Gilby: “Pannonica”| Woodbridge Road, Guildford GU1 4RP | food and drinks from 7.15 pm Jazz from 8.00 pm | Tickets £20 (discounts for members and students) from here

Performing lyrical interpretations of compositions from the legendary pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk. Inspired by the 1988 Carmen McRae album “Carmen Sings Monk”, Zoe details this performance with a time line of Thelonious and Carmen’s career including the story behind ‘Pannonica’ written in honour of the patron of bebop, Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter. Zoe Gilby’s unique vocal phrasing and  appreciation of Monk and McRae’s work is the highlight of this project. With Terence Collie on piano, Marianne WIndham on double bass and Alex Goodyear on drums.  Food and drinks from 19.15 Jazz from 20:00 to 22:15 at Guildford Pavilion, Woodbridge Road, GU1 4RP.


Antonio Forcione | The Forge, Basingstoke

Fri 24 May | Antonio Forcione | The Forge, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QR | 7.45pm | Tickets £23. Under 25s and full-time students £21 (includes £4 booking fee) | More info and booking via: anvilarts.org.uk | 01256 844244

Antonio is a multi-award winning acoustic guitarist and composer who blends jazz, Latin, African, and flamenco sounds.


Dinner Jazz at The Angel | P’Jam



© Martin Breschinski

Sat 25 May | 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!


Martin Taylor | The Forge, Basingstoke

Fri 31 May | Martin Taylor | The Forge, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QR | 7.45pm | Tickets £23. Under 25s and full-time students £21 (includes £4 booking fee) | More info and booking via: anvilarts.org.uk | 01256 844244

Grammy-nominated musician Dr. Martin Taylor, MBE, is a virtuoso guitarist, composer, educator, and musical innovator, whom Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls “THE Acoustic Guitarist of his Generation”.


Fleur Stevenson/Hugh Turner Quartet | Swindon

Sat 1 June | Fleur Stevenson/Hugh Turner Quartet featuring  Stu Henderson trumpet / percussion. Acoustic bass / sax tbc | Highworth Hotel | Highworth Jazz festival near Swindon | 3-4 pm | £tbc


Jazz at The Four Horseshoes | Sherfield-on-Loddon

Tues 4 Jun | Equinox Quintet with Sarah Jane Eveleigh | Sarah Jane Eveleigh vocals, 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)


Damon Sawyer Quartet | Marlborough

Thurs 6 June | Damon Sawyer Quartet | Drummer Damon Sawyer leads his outfit through jazz , funk, swing and latin. Featuring guitarists Hugh Turner and Chris Cobbson plus  Raph Mizraki electric bass | Horseshoe Inn, Mildenhall, Marlborough | 8-10.30pm | Free entry


Blakes Heaven Big Band featuring Fleur Stevenson | Henley-on-Thames


Thurs 6 June  | Blakes Heaven Big Band featuring Fleur Stevenson | Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2BP | Tickets: https://thekenton.org.uk/events/

 


Fleur Stevenson with Simeon Lord Trio | Didcot

Fri 7 June  | Fleur Stevenson with Simeon Lord Trio |  Simeon Lord sax, Fleur Stevenson vocals, Hugh Turner guitar, Howard King double bass | The Barn, Foxhall Rd, Didcot OX11 7AD | Tickets: Tickets: http://simeonlordmusician.uk/


Omar Puente & Ilario Ferrari | The Forge, Basingstoke

Sat 8 Jun | Omar Puente & Ilario Ferrari | Ilario Ferrari piano and vocals, Omar Puente violin and vocals | The Forge, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QR | 7.45pm | Tickets £23. Under 25s and full-time students £21 (includes £4 booking fee) | More info and booking via: anvilarts.org.uk | 01256 844244

Italian pianist Ilario and Cuban violinist Omar will transport you from
the vibrant rhythms of Cuba to the sun-kissed shores of Southern Italy
and back again.


Sundowner Jazz Cruise with Fleur Stevenson | Caversham

Sat 8 June | Sundowner Jazz Cruise with Fleur Stevenson | Fleur Stevenson vocals, Maff Potts piano | Thames River Cruise, Main Pier Caversham Pier, Caversham RG1 8BD | ‍6-8pm | £36 Tickets: https://www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk/events/saturday-sundowner-cruise


Hugh Turner Funk Trio | Camberley

Sun 9 June | Hugh Turner Funk Trio featuring funk and jazz from electrifying guitarist Hugh Turner, Stefan Redtenbacher electric bass, Paul Glover drums | Login Lounge, Camberley | 1-3pm | Free entry


Fleur de Lys Jazz Festival – Fleur Stevenson Quintet et al. | East Hagbourne

Sun 16 June | Fleur de Lys Jazz Festival, East Hagbourne |  Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, Fleur Stevenson Quintet, Dom Pipkin and The Ikos | Fleur de Lys, Main Road, East Hagbourne, Oxfordshire OX11 9LN | Tickets: £30, tel. 01235 813247 info@thefleurdelyspub.co.uk


Jazz at Progress | The Gaz Hughes Trio: The Nuclear Bebopalypse Tour

Fri 21 Jun – The Gaz Hughes Trio: The Nuclear Bebopalypse Tour – Gaz Hughes drums, Andrzej Baranek piano, Gavin Barras double bass | Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL | 7: 30pm | £19.00 (£17.00 concessions, £10 under 16) plus maximum 5% booking fee | Details


Fleur Stevenson/Hugh Turner Duo | Didcot

Fri 21 June tbc | Fleur Stevenson/Hugh Turner duo | Great jazz songstress with guitar accompaniment | Cornerstone Arts Foyer, Didcot | 5-7pm | Free


Tori Freestone and Alcyona Mick | The Forge, Basingstoke

Sat 29 Jun | Tori Freestone and Alcyona Mick | Tori Freestone saxophone, Alcyona Mick piano | The Forge, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QR | 8.15pm | Tickets £19. Under 25s and full-time students £17 (includes £4 booking fee) | More info and booking via: anvilarts.org.uk | 01256 844244

This award-winning pairing are currently creating a stir on the UK jazz
scene.


Sundowner Jazz Cruise with Fleur Stevenson | Caversham


Sat 29 Jun | Sundowner Jazz Cruise with Fleur Stevenson | Fleur Stevenson vocals, Hugh Turner guitar | Thames River Cruise, Main Pier Caversham Pier, Caversham RG1 8BD | ‍6-8pm | £36 Tickets: https://www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk/events/saturday-sundowner-cruise


Bracknell Jazz | Adam Dyer Quartet featuring Duncan Eagles

Fri 5 July | Bracknell Jazz | Adam Dyer Quartet featuring Duncan Eagles – reeds | South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA | 7:30 – 10pm | £18.00 under 18yrs £8.50: for other concessions contact South Hill Park Booking Office 01344 484123 | Full details


Jazz at Progress | Jazz Suite: Under Milk Wood

 

Fri 12 July | Jazz Suite: Under Milk Wood | Ewen Baird tenor saxophone, Martin Pickett piano, Steve Kershaw double bass, Mike Goff drums Siân Goff & Tom Neill narrators | Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL | 7: 30pm | £17 (£15 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee | Details and tickets

You’ve heard the original Radio Drama and seen the Play – now experience the Musical! OK, not exactly a musical – but read on…

In 1965, inspired by Dylan Thomas’ masterpiece, renowned pianist and composer Stan Tracey, ‘the godfather of British jazz’, composed Jazz Suite: Under Milk Wood – a beautifully constructed set of eight tunes, each with an unmistakably individual character, including the acknowledged genius of the tone-poem Starless and Bible Black.

Jazz in Reading – in collaboration with Progress Theatre – has arranged a performance of the work: Stan Tracey’s music interwoven with Dylan Thomas’ words. This is a rare opportunity to experience two musical and literary masterworks at their uplifting and life-affirming best.

“A friend of mine has attended every presentation of this performance to date having attended the previous five at Goring, Oxford, Marlow, Bracknell and Reading. He finds new treasures to enjoy on each occasion. So will you. This is not to be missed.” – Trevor Bannister


Sundowner Jazz Cruise with Fleur Stevenson | Caversham

Sat 13 July | Sundowner Jazz Cruise with Fleur Stevenson | Fleur Stevenson vocals, Maff Potts piano | Thames River Cruise, Main Pier Caversham Pier, Caversham RG1 8BD | ‍6-8pm | £36 Tickets: https://www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk/events/saturday-sundowner-cruise


Sundowner Jazz Cruise with Fleur Stevenson | Caversham


Sat 20 Jul | Sundowner Jazz Cruise with Fleur Stevenson | Fleur Stevenson vocals, Hugh Turner guitar | Thames River Cruise, Main Pier Caversham Pier, Caversham RG1 8BD | ‍6-8pm | £36 Tickets: https://www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk/events/saturday-sundowner-cruise


Henley Jazz Workshop 29 July – 2 August

29 July – 2 August 2024 – The ever popular Henley Jazz Workshop for adult beginners and improvers will be holding its 11th annual workshop at Valley Road School in Henley, featuring an impressive tutor line-up of Karen Sharp, Alex Clarke, Steve Waterman, Denny Ilett and Thomas L’Etienne, with Andy Crowdy overseeing the workshop as musical director.  With more emphasis on improvisation techniques, but still small-group based, this year’s places are going quickly.

The workshop culminates with an evening meal and drinks on 2 August, overlooking the stunning Oaken Grove Vineyard in Fawley with the groups performing their favourite numbers.

Please check availability before booking!
Full details here


Sundowner Jazz Cruise with Fleur Stevenson | Caversham


Sat 3 Aug | Sundowner Jazz Cruise with Fleur Stevenson | Fleur Stevenson vocals, Hugh Turner guitar | Thames River Cruise, Main Pier Caversham Pier, Caversham RG1 8BD | ‍6-8pm | £36 Tickets: https://www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk/events/saturday-sundowner-cruise


Sundowner Jazz Cruise with Fleur Stevenson | Caversham


Sat 17 Aug | Sundowner Jazz Cruise with Fleur Stevenson | Fleur Stevenson vocals, Hugh Turner guitar | Thames River Cruise, Main Pier Caversham Pier, Caversham RG1 8BD | ‍6-8pm | £36 Tickets: https://www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk/events/saturday-sundowner-cruise


Sundowner Jazz Cruise with Fleur Stevenson | Caversham

Sat 7 Sep | Sundowner Jazz Cruise with Fleur Stevenson | Fleur Stevenson vocals, Maff Potts piano | Thames River Cruise, Main Pier Caversham Pier, Caversham RG1 8BD | ‍6-8pm | £36 Tickets: https://www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk/events/saturday-sundowner-cruise