Gigs

Sunday, June 25th, 2017
Rockin’ in Rochdale……..

Tonight (that’s Sunday June 25th) I’m with FRANK BROOKER and TOM KINCAIDE’S TRIO (Jim  Swinnerton and Frank Cotteril) – what a pleasure! – at the Newton National Club, Castleston, Rochdale DL11 3JN for my good friend (and tour organizer!) Tony Sheldon. The music starts at 8pm and for more details and tickets please call Tony on 0161 740 3714! It’ll be a great night!

Monday, June 26th, 2017
Jazz in Parkyland…..

Tonight I’m coming back to BARNSLEY (the one-time home of my great friend Sir Michael Parkinson!) to finish my tour with  FRANK BROOKER and TOM KINCADE’S Trio. We’ll be at the Fairway Hotel, Elmhirst Lane, Dodworth, Barnsley S75 4 LS and our host will be STUART CURRIE! Thanks Stuart! For more details please e-mail Stuart: mail-currie37@btinternet.com – and look forward to seeing you!

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017
BACK TO BUXTON FESTIVAL – for the second year!

Tonight my wonderful poll-winning Half Dozen (eleventh British Jazz Award for Top Small Group in 2017!) comes back to the great Buxton Festival  and our good friend RANDALL SHANNON – for the second year in a row after our sell-out show in 2016! This will be an extra-special night in what is our 2017 ‘Farewell Tour’ and JULIAN MARC, CHRIS, CRAIG,DOMINIC, AL  and NICK will all be on the stand at The Pavilion Gardens Café, St. John’s Road, Buxton, SK17 6BE – right behind the Buxton Opera House. We have loads of new music to play – and sing ! –  and can’t wait to see you!

Saturday, July 8th, 2017
A Jazz Day for the VILLAGE GREEN FESTIVAL in Chalkwell Park, Southend

This year, on Saturday July 8th, The Jazz Centre UK is teaming up with Colette Bailey, Artistic Director of ‘Metal‘ to hold a full day of live jazz at Metal’s legendary ‘Village Green’ Festival! The music’s happening in a specially created ‘Jazz Cafe’ in the park’s Chalkwell Hall – so we’re safe from the rain too! The music plays from 12 noon to 7pm and the visiting stars playing live include Steve Fishwick (trumpet) Mick Foster (baritone) Karen Sharp (tenor) Clare Foster (songs) Paul Shanti (trumpet) Dominic Ashworth (guitars) and Roger Curphey (bass). Tickets are £15.00 for the day and the address is Chalkwell Park, Chalkwell Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS0 8NB.

There’ll also be a fascinating exhibition of exhibits from The Jazz Centre (UK)!

This fantastic festival attracts thousands of visitors so it’s a good idea to turn up early if you don’t want to join a LONG queue!!

Look forward to seeing you there for an unforgettable day!

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
It’s time for some rockin’ blues and soul at The Cricketers!

Everybody loves the blues – and tonight at The Cricketers we present: well, for me, the most exciting blues singer I’ve ever heard in Southend – or pretty much anywhere! We’re joined by DAWNETTE FESSEY – and if you don’t know the name yet, you’ll never forget it again once Dawnette hits the stand! With her will be our house trio: Tim Huskisson, Roger Curphey and Alan Clarke plus special guest DOMINIC ASHWORTH! Music at 8.30 and for Carlo’s amazing cuisine call the number: 01702 345053

Friday, July 21st, 2017
Back to the great Birmingham and Solihull Jazz and Blues Festival!

From Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 July I’m back at Birmingham playing with some of the greatest musicians in the city – and beyond! So here’s my schedule:

Wednesday July 19th:

3pm with the very fine CHASE JAZZMEN, Hagley Road Village, 322-336 Hagley Road B17 8BH

and then on to: the Hampton by Hilton (with the CHASE JAZZMEN again) 200 Broad Street, B15 1SU. Music from 7pm.

Thursday July 20th

With the (wonderful!) JOHN PATRICK TRIO at The Lord Clifton, Gt Hampton Street B19 3DL

Friday July 21st

I’m coming to join you to see one of my favourite jazz movies of all time: ‘Pete Kelly’s Blues’ at: ‘Around the World’ 195 Broad Street, B15 1AY. (I’ll be introducing it too – and a great new album by ‘Pete Kelly’ himself – aka DICK CATHCART. Dick was one of the greatest jazz trumpeters and my new album of his work is on Retrospective RecordsRTR4308)

And then, after that, I’m moving on to: West Bromwich Central Library,  316 High Street, West Bromwich B70 8DZ with KEITH BILL (piano) BILL COLEMAN (bass) and NICK MILLWARD (drums)

For me this is the greatest festival in the UK – directed by JIM SIMPSON and packed with both ‘we veterans’ and some of the most exciting new acts (174 in all!) from all over Britain and Europe – so make a block booking and come and join us all!

Friday, August 4th, 2017
‘ROCKING IN RHYTHM’ is back on the road……

We don’t get to do our ‘ROCKING IN RHYTHM’ show with the great PAUL JONES as often as we’d like, but tonight we’re delighted to come back to GORING JAZZ, GORING-ON-THAMES with the great Paul and our complete Half Dozen: DIGBY, JULIAN MARC STRINGLE, CHRIS GOWER, CRAIG MILVERTON, DOMINIC ASHWORTH, AL SWAINGER and NICK MILLWARD. The venue is Goring Village Hall, High Street, Goring on Thames RG8 9AG – and for tickets please call Bill Jackson:01491 875758. (Tonight I promise to get nothing stuck up my cornet – remember last year??????!!!!!!!!)

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
The Cricketers forms its own team!!

Tonight the Cricketers presents its very own house band – ‘Six of the Best!’ Celebrating some of the greatest musicians who make their home in good ol’ Southend on Sea – but play music all over the UK and beyond – the ‘SOTB’ includes MICK FOSTER (saxes) CHRIS KIBBLE (piano) ROGER CURPHEY (bass) ALAN CLARKE (drums) and a SPECIAL GUEST (tba!). Oh – and me too! Come early as the room gets crowded and you need to find a seat before they’re all gone. Don’t forget the fabulous fizzing jazz cocktails served by our gorgeous bar-staff and the un-missable Creole cooking of Carlo from 6pm. Phone (01702) 435053 for bookings.

Saturday, August 19th, 2017
SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE PERSHORE JAZZ FESTIVAL

We couldn’t be happier that our great friend (and occasional P/A supplier!!) GRAHAM SMITH (and wife MAGGIE!) have invited us back to the PERSHORE JAZZ FESTIVAL! So all the members of our pollwinning HALF DOZEN (DIGBY, JULIAN MARC STRINGLE, CHRIS GOWER, CRAIG MILVERTON, AL SWAINGER and NICK MILLWARD) will be on hand – and, who knows, you may find various members of the H/D circulating around stages on Sunday as well!)! Thanks Graham. For tickets please call: 01386 554235 or e-mail:festival@pershorejazz.org.uk

Can’t wait to play for you!

Sunday, August 27th, 2017
‘Rocking in Rhythm’ at Aberjazz…….

Getting together with the great PAUL JONES is always a pleasure! And tonight our long-running show ‘Rocking in Rhythm’ plays the Aberjazz Jazz and Blues Festival with Paul and my poll-winning Half Dozen! We’re at the Theatr Gwaun, West Street, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire SA65 9AD. There are lots of free events throughout the weekend but for tickets you need to contact Alice Stonhold and here’s her e-mail: alice@aberjazz.com

Looking forward to seeing you!

Friday, September 8th, 2017
Chas and Dave play a fundraiser for The Jazz Centre UK!

Tonight our good friends (and legendary stars!) CHAS AND DAVE are playing a fundraising concert for THE JAZZ CENTRE UK at the SPOTLIGHT THEATRE, Broxbourne Civic Hall, High Street, Hoddesdon EN11 8BE. Their great show will be: ‘CHAS AND DAVE;THE FULL STORY LIVE’! What lovely chaps – and thank you both from the Trustees of The Jazz Centre! For tickets please call: 01992 441946.

I’ll be there to say ‘hello’ and enjoy the music of course! See you there!!

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
CHRIS INGHAM AT THE CRICKETERS…!

In recent years the great pianist-singer CHRIS INGHAM has made a huge name for himself playing and singing with his great quartet at RONNIE SCOTT’S. PIZZA EXPRESS, THE PHEASANTRY  and other top London venues. He’s also produced two exquisite albums dedicated to the musics of HOAGY CARMICHAEL and DUDLEY MOORE. Tonight we’re very lucky to have Chris at the Cricketers with Roger Curfey and Alan Clarke and maybe Dig will sit in for a tune or two! Music at 8.30 – and you know the rest! Fizzing jazz cocktails, the best selection of beers in the county, and Carlo’s fabulous menu! Here’s the number for bookings:01702 435053

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
‘Lady Sings the Blues’ comes to LINCOLN………

Tonight I’m looking forward to playing with the legendary Billie Holiday tribute show ‘LADY SINGS THE BLUES’ starring VAL WISEMAN at Lincoln Drill Hall. Her all-star band includes: ALAN BARNES(clarinet/saxophones) ROY WILLIAMS (trombone)BRIAN DEE (piano) LEN SKEAT (bass and ERIC FORD (drums)! The address of the Drill Hall is Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY  and the number is:01522 873894. Tickets on sale now!

 

Sunday, October 1st, 2017
Back to the HUNTER CLUB for JIM BAYNE

It’s always good to come back to our favourite – The Hunter Club – and this time our friend Jim Bayne has devised a show celebrating two legends: BIX BEIDERBECKE and BUCK CLAYTON. Expect selections from Buck’s immortal Jam Sessions from the 1950s (‘Jumping at the Woodside’ ‘The Hucklebuck’ and more) and cherry-picks from the   immortal Beiderbecke canon including selections from ‘The Wolverines’ his great ‘Gang’ recordings and Paul Whiteman’s immortal recordings with Bix and Frankie ‘Tram’ Trumbauer too. With us will be the all-star A-team assembly of Roy Williams, Alan Barnes and Julian Marc Stringle so the stories – as well as the music – will flow fast and furious! Jim’s shows are always sold out so DO book early to get good seats: 01284 762508! We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, October 6th, 2017
A BIG DEAL FOR ‘LADY SINGS THE BLUES’

Tonight we bring the great ‘LADY SINGS THE BLUES’ revue starring VAL WISEMAN  to The Astor Community Centre, Deal, Kent CT14 6AB. For tickets please call: 01304 370220

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
KAREN at the KRICKETERS…..

Well, we couldn’t resist the spelling! – sorry! Tonight the great KAREN SHARP comes back to the Cricketers Jazz Bar for a welcome return visit after her sell-out appearance last time! Karen began her career with the legendary HUMPHREY LYTTELTON band back in the 1990s but now tops polls everywhere as a soloist and with her own groups! Tonight she’s joined by our house rhythm section – Tim Huskisson, Roger Curphey and Alan Clarke – and I’ll be joining Karen for a tune or two too! Music from 8.30 as usual but if you’d like to dine beforehand call Carlo, Cassie and Christina on (01702) 435053 for their superb cuisine!

Thursday, December 7th, 2017
THE HALF DOZEN AT THE REFORM CLUB……

Tonight the full HALF DOZEN – at the end of their poll winning year (eleven British Jazz Awards in twelve years!) – end their tour at the world-famous REFORM CLUB for their great friend KEITH McDOWELL! All the gentlemen of the Mighty Orchestra – DIGBY, JULIAN MARC, CHRIS GOWERM CRAIG MILVERTON, DOMINIC ASHWORTH, AL SWAINGER and NICK MILLWARD – will be warming up the seventeen days up to Christmas  with an early celebration of Swing and their favourite songs. It’s a private concert we think – but I’ll let you know if there are seats to spare!! Merry Christmas! Digby.

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
Christmas at the Cricketers!

Well it’s Christmas time and we’re having a jazz party at the Cricketers – but we’d like to know who YOU’D like to hear most of all joining Digby and the house rhythm section! So why not send an e-mail with your requests to: gwendolinesweetingham@gmail.com – and we’ll count up the votes!

Look forward to hearing from you…….!! And MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
Another Christmas party!

Well it’s Christmas and I’m delighted to be guesting with that fine singer Carol Braithwaite for her very own Christmas wing-ding at Essex Bowls Club, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westcliff on Sea, SS0 8NE! So why not join us for a glass of Christmas cheer – and some fine songs? Hope to see you…………!


Previous Gigs

Saturday, June 24th, 2017
Everybody Loves Saturday Night…….!

Well, I’m certainly going to enjoy this one where I get to play with my great friend FRANK BROOKER and the TOM KINKAIDE TRIO at Boston Spa Jazz Club, in the village hall in Boston Spa High Street. No bar so bring  your own bottle! Doors open at 7pm for…

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Saturday, June 24th, 2017
On tour in the North ……….June 24-26

Yes, once again I take the ‘Great North Road’ for three concerts! It’s been a little while so it’ll be good to meet old friends again!  On Sunday 25th I’ll be at the NEWTOWN NATIONAL CLUB with the marvellous tenorist FRANK BROOKER and his  great Trio: Tom Kincaid (piano) Jim Swinnerton…

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Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
Hitchin a ride…….!

Tonight our poll-winning Half Dozen (DIGBY, JULIAN MARC, CHRIS GOWER, DOMINIC ASHWORTH, AL SWAINGER AND NICK MILLWARD) makes its annual return to the delightful MARKET THEATRE HITCHIN for our good friend KIRK FOSTER! The show starts at 8pm and the address is 6a Sun Street, Hitchin, Herts S95 1AE . We’re happy that the…

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Sunday, June 18th, 2017
Groovin’ at Greenwich…….!

This afternoon from 1.30-3.30  I’ll be joining the ALAN  CLARKE JAZZMEN for a concert at Greenwich Park, LONDON SE10 8XJ. Looking forward to working for my ol’ buddy from the ORIGINAL Half Dozen back in l971! And we don’t look a day older – do we??? Come and check us…

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Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
At The Jazz Band Ball…….

Tonight at the Cricketers Jazz Bar – along with Carlo’s great New Orleans cuisine – we’ll be serving up a righteous helping of that ‘good ol’ Dixieland’! Joining me in the ensemble will be my long-time colleagues from our poll winning Half Dozen – JULIAN MARC STRINGLE (clarinet) and CHRIS…

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Friday, June 2nd, 2017
Back to our beloved Kenneth More Theatre

This evening we come back to the Kenneth More Theatre to play for our dear friends  Steven Day and Sally Woodfield – and YOU of course! A very special concert for the Half Dozen on its ‘Farewell Tour’ and the whole A-team will be there: Jools, Chris, Craig, Dominic, Al and…

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Friday, May 26th, 2017
Swingin’ at The Barn……….

To our great delight the HALF DOZEN and I are returning to one of our favourite – and most beautiful – venues, THE BARN, CARLTON for our old friends JOHN and JANE TUSTING! JULIAN MARC STRINGLE, CHRIS GOWER, VRAIG MILVERTON, AL SWAINGER and NICK MILLWARD  – our all-star pollwinning troupe! –…

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Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
Flying down to Fleet……..for some jazz!

Today I’ll be visiting the FLEET JAZZ CLUB to play with JULIAN MARC STRINGLE and my good friend (and fine bass-player too) Marianne Wyndham and her Trio. We play at 8pm and our concert is at The Harlington Centre, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hants GU51 1BY. For tickets please call: 01252 811009…

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Friday, May 12th, 2017
‘LADY SINGS THE BLUES’ at Stamford…..

Tonight the renowned tribute show ‘LADY SINGS THE BLUES’ (back on the road after a short break) comes to Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St. Mary’s Street, Stamford, LINCS PE9 2DL. Starring the great VAL WISEMAN playing BILLIE (her new live album for the show is recently out onBig Bear Records…

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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
Alan Barnes comes to town…..

The UK’s most gifted and prolific saxophonist, the great ALAN BARNES joins me for a set this evening at The Cricketers Jazz Bar, 228 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea for an evening of bebop, swing and (no doubt) a good deal of hilarity too! With us as usual will be our wonderful ‘house…

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Sunday, May 7th, 2017
Digby on the ropes……

Today I’m playing a  gig for the great pianist (and cyclist!) Mike Hatchard at the Ropetackle Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex BN43 5EG. It’s Mike’s monthly ‘jazz breakfast’ which starts at 11am and for tickets please call 01273 464440 or e-mail:admin@ropetacklecentre.co.uk. See you there – and I’ll bring the…

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Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
Back to the HUNTER CLUB……

One of our FAVOURITE gigs for one of our (absolutely FAVOURITE!!) promoters Jim Bayne. This time Jim and I plus the great Chris Ingham Trio and guests DUNCAN HEMSTOCK (reeds) and CHRIS GOWER (trombone) will be presenting ‘Some Louis/Some Divas of Swing’. Of course it’s LOUIS ARMSTRONG (who else?) and…

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Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
The mighty RICO at the Cricketers Jazz Bar

Tonight I’m thrilled to be joined by the mighty trumpeter RICO TOMASSO – a regular pollwinner and the ‘spiritual son of Louis Armstrong’ – who gave him his first trumpet lessons back in l969 up at Batley Variety Club! (He taught him to play poker too!).  Rico is the best trumpeter…

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Sunday, April 2nd, 2017
Coming back to the Queens…….

Today at lunchtime (from 1pm) I’ll be at the Queens Theatre Hornchurch, guesting with my good friend Pete Corrigan’s legendary ‘Band of Hope’ – a session which is now in its 43rd year! (We started playing there at the age of 6!) Address is Billet Lane, Hornchurch, London RM11 1QT and the…

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Friday, March 31st, 2017
A night in Chichester for DIGBY’S HALF DOZEN….

Tonight our poll-winning HALF DOZEN plays CHICHESTER JAZZ CLUB, Pallant Suite, 7 South Pallant, Chichester PO19 1SY. For tickets please call: 01243 527730. JULIAN MARC STRINGLE, CHRIS GOWER, CRAIG MILVERTON, DOMINIC ASHWORTH, AL SWAINGER and NICK MILLWARD will all be there and rarin’ to blow! (Oh, and SING too!). The…

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Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Spats at the Cricketers Jazz Bar…….

One of our biggest stars in British classic jazz is Thomas ‘Spats’ Langham who adores the classic crooners of jazz, plays guitar like Eddie Lang and also the fastest banjo since Vess Ossman! Tonight Spats makes his first visit to the Cricketers to entertain us with great songs and his…

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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
A tribute to Nat Gonella in his home town….

Gosport and Fareham Rugby Club, Dolphin Crescent. Gosport PO12 2HE. Please phone Dickie Newman for tickets: 023 9242 9302 And that’s the address for one of my BIG gigs of the year – celebrating the life and music of my great hero, the late NAT GONELLA! Nat played his last West…

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Saturday, February 18th, 2017
Movies at The Jazz Centre UK

There’s a movie today at The Jazz Centre UK at 2pm! Big-screen delights for all the family………..

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Sunday, February 12th, 2017
Down to Dean Street………

Tonight the HALF DOZEN and I play our latest gig at The PIZZA EXPRESS, 10 DEAN STREET, LONDON W1D 3QG for our good pal Joseph Paice! JULIAN MARC STRINGLE, CHRIS GOWER, DOMINIC ASHWORTH, AL SWAINGER and NICK MILLWARD will all be there blowing up a storm and singing our favourite songs…

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
Gigs at the Spice of LIfe – and the Cricketers Jazz Bar!!

Quite a day today! Lunchtime I’m at ‘The Spice of Life’ Cambridge Circus with the great RON RUSSELL JAZZ BAND; then home (at speed) to join the ‘fastest tenor-sax in the West – or East’ – SIMON SPILLETT! Ron’s band at lunchtime features TIM HUSKISSON (clarinet) and CHRIS GOWER (trombone)…

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Saturday, February 4th, 2017
Movie today at The Jazz Centre…….

A movie at The Jazz Centre UK today! We’re open for requests! Curtain up at 2pm!

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Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
Over to the Isle of Wight……..

Today I’m heading over to the Isle of Wight to play for my good friend BILL WILLS with my all-star quintet: JULIAN MARC STRINGLE (reeds/vocals) DOMINIC ASHWORTH (guitars.vocals) AL SWAINGER (bass/vocals) and NICK MILLWARD (drums/vocals). This band is swamped with singers! – but we can swing too! Promise! Our concert…

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Saturday, January 21st, 2017
Movies at The Jazz Centre UK……….

Hi! Today there’s another movie on the Big Screen at The Jazz Centre UK. It’s at 2pm and we’re showing the marvellous documentary simply  called ‘The History of Jazz’ in the ‘Masters of Jazz’ series. As usual it’s free but we’d appreciate a ‘contribution’ after the show is over if you…

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Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Our first session at the wonderful ‘Jazz Bar at the Cricketers’ 228 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex  SS0 7JG (we’re there every second Wednesday of the month by the way!). Tonight Tim Huskisson’s Trio and I will be presenting (or should that be ‘challenging’??) the Great American Songbooks with our…

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Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
A Daryl Sherman record recital……

This is American legend DARYL SHERMAN who plays her one and only concert at The Jazz Centre UK on Saturday 14th January 2017 at 2pm. Today I’ll be presenting a one-hour record recital of Daryl’s greatest music on record – and selling tickets for her concert as well! The recital…

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Saturday, January 7th, 2017
Jazz Movies at The Jazz Centre (UK)

Come and visit The Jazz Centre (UK); say ‘hello’ and see a jazz movie on the Big Screen in our Cinema. The address is ‘The Jazz Centre (UK), Beecroft Art Gallery, Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea, Essex SS0 6EX. Lots of room for everyone and it’s free (though a contribution will…

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Saturday, December 31st, 2016
THE NEW YEAR’S EVE SECRET IS OUT!!!!

YES! It’s happening!!! Our New Year’s Eve Party at the Cricketers in their big club venue ‘The Venue’ (home of Southend Rhythm Club back in l965!!)! Our hosts are Cassie, Carlo and Christina and we promise you an unforgettable few hours to usher in 2017! Carlo’s delicious food, bar-snacks, the…

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Friday, November 18th, 2016
All-Star jazz at ONGAR!

Tonight I’m returning to my favourite club of all – Ongar Jazz – where I’ve been Patron for many a year! Joining me will be a truly all-star group: JULIAN MARC STRINGLE  (clarinet); the legend – ROY WILLIAMS! – on trombone; MARTIN LITTON (piano) LEN SKEAT (double bass) and ALAN CLARKE (drums)….

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Friday, November 11th, 2016
A DATE WITH CHRISSIE LEE……

Tonight I’m playing for the great drummer and big band leader CHRISSIE LEE at her jazz club in West Mersea. The address is  The MICA Centre, 38 High Street, West Mersea, Colchester C05 8QA. Pease telephone:01206 384656 for tickets! Look forward to seeing all my Mersea friends again…..and playing for Chrissie too!

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Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
MEMORIES OF THE DUKE!

Tonight at the Cricketers (228 London Road, Westcliff, SS0 7JG)  we bring you a tribute to the music of the great DUKE ELLINGTON; jazz’s greatest orchestra leader! Hear all of his legendary standards from ‘Mood Indigo’ and ‘Sophisticated Lady’ to ‘Mood Indigo’. Our all-star cast tonight includes a welcome return from…

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