Gigs

Friday, April 20th, 2018
‘Lady Sings The Blues’ back on the road……..

It’s wonderful  to be touring again with VAL WISEMAN’S legendary tribute to Billie Holiday, ‘Lady Sings the Blues’  co-starring Roy Williams, Alan Barnes, Brian Dee, Len Skeat and Eric Ford! Tonight we’re playing at  LINCOLN DRILL HALL, 3 School Lane, Lincoln LN2 1EY. The music starts at 7.30 and please contact the venue for tickets: 01522 873894 or e-mail: boxoffice@lincolndrillhall.com

Can’t wait to see you!

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
The Hunter is on……!!

Today I’ll be coming back to our beloved HUNTER CLUB for JIM BAYNE and one of Jim’s extra-special lunchtime  presentations celebrating two of the greatest American jazz giants: EDDIE CONDON and DUKE ELLINGTON!  Our star players include: JULIAN MARC STRINGLE and  DUNCAN HEMSTOCK (Reeds) CHRIS GOWER (trombone)  and the CHRIS INGHAM TRIO with MICK HUTTON and GEORGE DOUBLE.  And of course a red-hot  musical time is guaranteed for all! The Hunter Club is at 6 St Andrews Street, Bury St. Edmunds Suffolk IP33 3PH and for tickets please call Jim:01284 762508. Do it soon – as Jim tells me there are already only a few tickets left! But it’s worth a try! Hope to see you…..!!

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
Another first for The Cricketers!

Tonight to the club we welcome ROBERT FOWLER – a great saxophonist whom you can see with the re-formed Humphrey Lyttelton Band and just as regularly as featured tenorist with the John Wilson Orchestra. Robert (Bob to friends!) is one of those players who takes his inspiration from the classic era of jazz saxophonists including Coleman Hawkins, Chu Berry and Lester Young – so be prepared to be swung out of the joint! With Robert (and me for a tune or two) will be our house rhythm section: Tim Huskisson, Roger Curphey and Alan Clarke. The music’s FREE (aren’t we nice?) and starts at 8.30. But don’t forget to book a delicious meal with chef Carlo before settling down for some classy Swing! Call 01702  345053 to book or email: thecricketersrestaurant@gmail.com

Friday, June 8th, 2018
Rocking in Rhythm comes back to Goring….

Tonight we bring our show ‘ROCKING IN RHYTHM’ (for the third year in the row!) to GORING VILLAGE HALL, High Street, Goring RG8 9AG. Our star, of course, is blues-and-Manfreds legend  PAUL JONES and with him will be our pollwinning HALF DOZEN back on the road:Julian Marc Stringle, Chris Gower, Craig Milverton, Dominic Ashworth, Al Swainger and Nick Millward!). Tickets are £19.50 and the show begins at 8pm. Do book early (we were sold out last time!!) by contacting BILL JACKSON: 01491 875758/07885 251803 and you can also buy tickets at ‘Inspiration’, 1 The Arcade Goring on Thames RG8 9AY or ‘Music Box’ Market Place, Wallingford OX10 0AD

Look forward to seeing you again for a rockin’ night!

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018
Learn to croon………

Back to the Cricketers Jazz Bar (by popular demand) comes the wizardly SPATS LANGHAM; master-guitarist, virtuoso banjoist and connoisseur interpreter of the choicest selections  from the golden years of American popular song. Expect nothing less than excellence from Spats, who unashamedly describes himself as a ‘crooner’ but whose hot vocals will regularly blow you away too. I may even join him for our unique version of Johnny Mercer’s ‘Dr Heckle and Mr Jibe’!! Joining Spats and I will be Roger Curphey (bass) Alan Clarke (drums) – and dropping in for a blow will be an extra special guest: CHRIS GOWER from my HALF DOZEN! Book early by calling Cassie or Cristina on 01702  345053 or email: thecricketersrestaurant@gmail.com

Sunday, August 19th, 2018
On the Isle with JULIAN MARC…..

Today I’m sailing across to the ISLE OF WIGHT to play a concert for my dear friend BILL WILLS’ Newport Jazz Club at the Apollo Theatre with my pal of so many years , the great JULIAN MARC STRINGLE and Friends. The address is Pyle Street, Newport, PO30 1JT and this concert takes place – as usual – in the afternoon starting at 3pm. For tickets please telephone Bill on 01983 523879 or e-mail:  to reserve tickets.

Sunday, October 7th, 2018
The Divas come to Kansas City……!

Today we come back to our beloved Hunter Club for promoter (and great pal) Jim BAYNE to celebrate ‘Kansas City Jazz‘ and ‘The Divas of Swing‘ – all in one session! Such a commission demands an all-star cast and at the club I’ll be joined by exactly that: ALAN BARNES and JULIAN MARC STRINGLE (Reeds) ROY WILLIAMS (trombone) the great CHRIS INGHAM TRIO and special guest VAL WISEMAN direct from her ‘Lady Sings The Blues’ touring presentation. The Hunter Club is at 6, St Andrews Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3PH and Jim’s gig is at LUNCHTIME from 12.30-2.30pm. For reservations please call Jim on:01284 762508 or e-mail:jwbayne@guildhallproperties.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you!

Saturday, October 27th, 2018
‘Lady Sings The Blues’ and a big Deal day….

‘Lady Sings The Blues’ – starring VAL WISEMAN and her musicians – comes to The Astor Community Centre, Stanhope Road, Deal, Kent CT14 6AB. For tickets please call 01304 370220.


Previous Gigs

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
A top trumpeter at the Cricketers!

Tonight at the Cricketers Jazz Bar we welcome the young trumpeter who for me is the most brilliant new arrival in the UK! FREDDIE GAVITA plays with the Ronnie Scott All Stars  and also has a brilliant solo career ahead of him: his first new solo album ‘Transient’ belies its…

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Saturday, March 17th, 2018
A great fundraiser for The Jazz Centre UK…..

Tonight I’m pleased and proud to be joining the ladies of The Orpheus Singers with their Director David Clark for a wonderful fundraiser in Westcliff for my beloved Charity ‘The Jazz Centre UK’ – now up and running in Southend’s Beecroft Art Gallery! For our concert, called ‘All That Jazz!’…

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
Tina comes to town…….

Tonight at The Cricketers my guest is the lady who –  for me – is the most original jazz singer in the UK (and well beyond!) and the greatest to grace our shores since Dame Cleo Laine! TINA MAY joins us, presenting songs from her many albums (I have a…

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
Swingin’ with Roan……

One of my favourite musicians is Roan Kearsey-Lawson who doubles on vibraphone, drums and percussion with equal flare (and his recent album ‘Presence in Mind’ with Duncan Lamont is great too! – check it out!). Tonight I’m guesting with Roan to open his brand-new club in Chatham! Final arrangements are…

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Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
St. Valentine’s day at the Cricketers…

Due to the ever-growing need for political correctness – as well as musical – we don’t want to say that our guest at The Cricketers this month is anything other than one of Britain’s greatest saxophonists! And the fact that she deserves more Valentines from male admirers young and old…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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Friday, September 29th, 2017
At the Club for Acts and Actors!

Just a few tickets left for this marvellous evening at the renowned C.A.A., 20 Bedford Street LONDON WC2E 9HP. I have the great good fortune to be guesting at the Club tonight with Dominic Ashworth, Alec Dankworth and Clark Tracey. What an all-star team! And my great friend Verona Chard…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 –…

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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…

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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…

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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:…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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