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November 2019

Change of bass player for our December concert

Simon Thorpe for Dave  Chamberlain


Another booking  for 2020

Excellent evening at Spike's Place, Brentwood with the Greg Abate Quartet featuring John Pearce, Simon Thorpe and Alfonso Vitale.


We are very pleased to announce that we have booked them to play at Chelmsford in November 2020


Thank you to everyone who came to see the Matt Skelton Quintet on 3 November. Once again, Richard Dray has kindly agreed to write a review so look out for that in the next newsletter. Meantime the set list:

Our Delight

Our Love is Here to Stay (arr. John Pearce)

On the Street where You Live


So Good





Blue Daniel


Polka Dots and Moonbeams

A Gem from Tiffany

October 2019

Committee meeting

Our next club committee meeting will be on Wednesday 13 November 7:30pm

 at the ConClub in Moulsham Street, Chelmsford. 


Would you would like to come along to discover more about what the committee do and volunteer opportunities in the club?  Please call club secretary Richard - details on the Contact page - or any other committee member.


Members discounted tickets


These  may now be purchased online.

Visit  https://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres/whats-on/music/chelmsford-jazz-club/



Committee meeting

Our next club committee meeting has been brought forward from Wednesday 16 October to Wednesday 9 October 7:30pm at the ConClub in Moulsham Street, Chelmsford. 


Would you would like to come along to discover more about what the committee do and volunteer opportunities in the club?  Please call club secretary Steve - details on the Contact page - or any other committee member.


Spike's Place Brentwood

Tuesday 8 October 2019 8:00pm

Jo Fooks with the Ted Beament Trio

featuring Pete Ringrose on bass and Buster Birch on drums


Thank you to everyone who came along today to see Derek Nash's Acoustic Quartet featuring Dave Newton on keys, Mick Hutton on bass and (for the first time at our club but we hope not the last) Emiliano Caroselli on drums. Stand out song for me was Moonlight in Vermont from their new album Down on Frenchmen's Street. Good too to hear the audience sing along to The Chant from Picante's album Five Note Salsa.

It's a measure of the quality of the musicians we showcase at Chelmsford Jazz Club that two of today's band, Derek (for alto sax) and Dave (piano) are nominated in the 2019 British Jazz Awards. Voting is still open- see link below. When you look at the names of the nominees in all the different categories, you'll notice just how many of these very accomplished musicians have appeared at the club over the last 24 months.


Our guest reviewer of last month's Simon Spillett concert , drummer Richard Dray from the Southend Jazz Cooperative, has kindly offered to write a review of today's concert. This will appear in our November newsletter due out at the end of October. Thank you, Richard.


Lovely to see some new faces in our audience. We hope you enjoyed your visit and will come again soon. If I didn't manage to get to speak to you to welcome you and to explain the benefits of membership, do check our membership page. Call Christine (see contact page) if you would like to know more.

And finally, a big THANK YOU to everyone who put money in our collection tins today for SRSF (see below). We raised £57 - double what we had hoped. Very happy. :)


Spike Robinson Scholarship Foundation

Collection Tins

As many of you will know, our club founder and chair, Susan May Robinson works tirelessly to raise money to provide bursaries for young, developing musicians so that they can participate in the Spike's Jazz Academy, part of the annual Easter Essex Jazz school in Brentwood. The cost per student for 2020 will be £270. These bursaries cover that cost.


To help with this we shall be putting out collection tins at our concerts from now on. Please give what you can so that we can help Susan to help more students.


Larger donations are also very welcome. Please speak to a committee member if you would like to donate directly. Thank you.

Online tickets

We are in discussion with Chelmsford City Theatres to make it possible for our members to buy discounted tickets for our concerts online. Currently, the discount is only available for purchases made in person or by post. We are hoping this facility will be available within the next few weeks for our November and December concerts.

Membership renewal


We are now starting to renew memberships for 2020.

Please check the Membership page for more information.


We hope you have enjoyed the concerts we have staged for 2019.

Check our What's On at CJC page to see what we are planning for 2020.


September 2019

2019 British Jazz Awards

Voting open until 28 October 2019 if you would like to take part:



Saturday 28 September 2:00 - 4:00pm

A reminder for what is bound to be an afternoon of fun and great jazz at Spike's Place at the Beecroft Gallery, Victoria Avenue, Southend, SS2 6EX 

Tenor Madness - Remembering the music of Spike Robinson

Derek Nash, Alan Barnes, Vasilis Xenopoulos, John Pearce, Paul Morgan & Bobby Worth £12.00

Easy parking off Great Eastern Avenue - left off Victoria Avenue, follow Great Eastern Avenue round to the right and up the slope- £3 weekend rate. Take change. There is a MOBON phone app option but last time I used it it charged me the much more expensive weekday rate - it doesn't seem to recognise the weekend. You can reclaim the overcharge but pay cash to avoid the bother. Parking attendants monitor this car park closely so take care.


The Beecroft is only a short walk from Southend Victoria station (trains from Shenfield may be subject to a bus replacement service) or take the X30 airport bus from Chelmsford which also stops at the station.


The Beecroft also houses the Jazz Centre (UK) so come a little early to have time to explore that.

This concert means a great deal to Susan May Robinson, our club founder and chair so it would be great to have as many people as possible come along to support the event.


Susan works tirelessly to raise funds for the Spike Robinson Scholarship Foundation to provide bursaries for students at the Easter Essex Jazz Spike's Jazz Academy.

We may be doing a some tin rattling on Saturday to raise a little more for that. :)

Registered Charity 103228.


*** Vacancy for Club Treasurer ***

Our outgoing Club Treasurer, Steve has provided a short synopsis of the duties of the role hoping that this will encourage someone to step up.

Please do think about helping us especially because ...

...  2020 has the potential to be a very exciting year for the club. We are considering being part of the Essex 2020 countywide celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM). We are only in the very early stages of discussing possible plans for this but the more people we have to help us the more we can consider doing - all of which could benefit the club enormously. Talk to any of our committee members on concert days for more information or arrange with Steve to come along to a committee meeting to observe what goes on. Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 16 October (now 9 October) at the ConClub in Moulsham Street, Chelmsford 7:00pm for 7:30pm.


We now have bands confirmed for the first six concerts of our 2020 series.

Check WHAT'S ON AT CJC for details.


Larry Berkovitz and Zak Barrett present

Christmas Jazz Nights at the

Cramphorn Theatre

Thursday December 19 - Saturday December 21

plus Saturday matinee.

Four performances in all.

This is always popular and sells out quickly so book soon.


Spike's Place, Brentwood,

Tuesday 17 September – 8.00pm

Zoe Francis  with Jim Mullen Graham Harvey & Mick Hutton


*** Vacancy for Club Treasurer ***

A reminder that we are still looking for a new club treasurer to take over from Steve who will be retiring from the role at the end of 2019 after several years of loyal service.


Please do think about helping us. The club constitution allows for twelve committee members. Currently we have only five: Susan, Steve, Jerry, Sally and Chris and three non-committee helpers: Saro, Sheila and Sonia.


Steve has written a comprehensive job description for the treasurer role so please do get in touch with him if you would like to discuss the job. Steve will stay on until the end of the year to mentor the new treasurer so you won't be thrown in at the deep end. You don't need to be an accountant, just organised and numerate with good computer skills.

Thank you.


*** 2020 Series ***

Members have been asking about our 2020 dates.  Some of you may already know about the forthcoming Essex 2020, a countywide celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM).


June marks the 100th anniversary of the Marconi broadcasts from New Street and in September the British Science Festival arrives in Chelmsford. There will be many special events around the city throughout the year. Some of these are being hosted by Chelmsford City Theatres especially in June and September. 


In some incidences, these special events are displacing regular and long standing theatre activities. This hasn't made it easy for the club to book its usual dates but rest assured we are working hard to ensure that we do have a full ten-concert programme for 2020.


At the time of writing we have negotiated theatre dates for January to June and September to December and should be able to release them after our next committee meeting on September 18.  Watch this space.


Spike's Place


Saturday 28 September - 2pm - 4pm

Tenor Madness

Remembering the music of Spike Robinson
Alan Barnes, Derek Nash, Vasilis Xenopolous

John Pearce, Paul Morgan & Bobby Worth

Spike's Place


Tuesday 10 September – 8.00pm

Matt Wates Quartet

Matt Watts alto sax 

Leon Greening piano

Julian Bury bass

Matt Fishwick drums

More information on Spike's Place website


Thank you to everyone who came along today, Sunday 8 September 2019 for the opener  of the second half of our 2019 series with the Simon Spillett Quartet featuring Ted Beament on piano, Alec Dankworth on bass and Winston Clifford on drums.


Richard Dray from Southend Jazz Cooperative has kindly agreed to write a review so watch out for that in our next newsletter. Meantime, here's the set list:

Speak Low

Weaver of Dreams

What's New

On Green Dolphin Street (Ted Beament Trio only)

'Tranes Blues (aka Vierd Blues)


Cotton Tail

Like Someone in Love

Satin Doll (Ted Beament Trio only)

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square



July 2019

Tuesday 2 July 2019

Come along to Spike's Place, Brentwood for 8:00pm to hear Al NIcholls play tenor sax with Paul Eldridge on piano, Manuel Alverez on bass and Paul Robinson on drums.


Wednesday 10 July 7:30pm Milton Court, 1 Milton St, London EC2Y 9BH

Silk Street near The Barbican.

Guildhall Jazz Orchestra: Celebrating Coltrane

Legendary British saxophonist Steve Williamson teams with Guildhall musicians in Scott Stroman’s recreation and expansion of John Coltrane’s seminal 1961 Africa/Brass album.

At the time of posting, only a few tickets left for this so act quickly.

Tickets £15. Students and over 60s £5.



June 2019

Saturday June 29

If you missed them at Chelmsford Jazz Club in April (or even if you did) another chance to see Matt Wates, Leon Greening, Julian Bury and Matt Fishwick at Spike's Place at The Jazz Centre UK, Southend  2:00pm. Tickets £10.

Saturday June 22


Dankworth Dynasty Day at the Jazz Centre UK in Southend.

Jacqui Dankworth in concert and unveiling Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Duncan Shoosmith's winning portrait of Dame Cleo Laine.


Check directly with the centre for ticket availability.


Tuesday June 18 2019 8:00pm

Spike's Place, The Bardswell Club, Weald Road, Brentwood, CM14 4JT.

From the USA - Sheryl Bailey (guitar), with Olly Wilby (tenor sax), Simon Woolf (bass) and Dave Storey (drums)  


Spike's Place, The Bardswell Club, Weald Road, Brentwood, CM14 4JT.

Tickets members £12, non-members £15, students £6.

Listen to audio clips of Sheryl playing here.

***** WE NEED YOUR HELP *****


After five years of loyal and dedicated service with the club committee, Steve, our Secretary and Treasurer, is stepping down to concentrate on family life so we are now looking for new committee member(s) to replace him.


We envisage that the roles will be separated unless someone feels they could take on both. Steve has carried out both roles while doing a full time job so we feel that the work, after the initial learning curve, shouldn't be too onerous for someone else to take on who has a bit of spare time.


Steve is happy to carry on until the end of 2019 to work with the new recruit(s) to ensure a smooth handover. He has written comprehensive job descriptions detailing all the tasks involved in both roles which we can send to interested applicants.


We have regular evening committee meetings which you would be expected to attend. These take place in the Moulsham area of Chelmsford, sometimes each month but sometimes only every two or three months if there is nothing pressing to discuss. These usually take around two hours. Otherwise, the work can be done in your own time from home. Committee members communicate electronically between meetings. You would need to have good administrative and office IT skills, word processing, spreadsheets and email.

These are important roles vital to the running of the club so we hope our members will give some consideration to stepping up.


Contact Steve or Christine (our details are on the contact page) for more information.

Thank you.


***** Spike Robinson *****

BBC Ulster Jazz Club with Walter Love

Lyrical Spike

Lovely radio programme all about Spike. Listen here.


Tickets for all of the concerts in the second half of of our 2019 series are now on sale through the Chelmsford City Theatres Box Office.

We start off with Simon Spillett on Sunday September 8 which is bound to be extremely popular so be sure to get your advance tickets.


Chelmsford Jazz Club is now taking its summer break but, if you are like me and love to have lots of live music events in the diary to look forward to, there is still much going on elsewhere.

Always remember to check Chris Neill's splendid online Essex Jazz newsletter for what's on in and around the county and beyond. 


I just wanted to mention a couple of future events that sound a little different but do feature musicians who are very popular with our club audience giving you an opportunity to see them in a different setting.


The first is at the Headgate Theatre in Colchester on Wednesday August 28 2019 7:30.


The In Crowd: Jazz in the Swinging 60s


The Kevin Fitzsimmons Quartet featuring Leon Greening, Conor Chaplin and Lloyd Haines. 

Hop over to Kevin's Soundcloud to listen to his vocal style.

The second, a long way off but definitely worth putting in the diary, will take place at Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club on Sunday November 3 2019 7:30.

Alan Barnes Octet - a jazz and poetry commission by Grimsby Jazz Projects commemorating the end of the First World War and subsequent conflicts across a century. The octet includes Dave Green, Sebastiaan de Krom and Gilad Atzmon. More details on the CACJC website.


Tuesday June 11 2019 8:00pm

Sara Dowling, with Chris Eldred, Dario di Lecce and Steve Brown at Spike's Place, The Bardswell Club, Weald Road, Brentwood, CM14 4JT.

Tickets members £12, non-members £15, students £6.


Sunday June 2 2019

Thank you to everyone who came along today to hear

Zak Barrett, Gunther Kurmayr, Manuel Alvarez and Marc Cecil.

Set list:

C Jam Blues

There will never be another you

Softly as in a Morning Sunrise

A Child is Born


Night and Day

Love for Sale

But not for me


Sunny Side of the Street

My Funny Valentine

Billy's Bounce

***** Jazz History Event *****

Sunday June 9

Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, London N1 6SH

12:30pm and 15:00pm

100 Years of Jazz in Britain

100 years ago the arrival of two American jazz ensembles – the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and the Southern Syncopated Orchestra – caused a revolution in British popular music and dance. Featuring performances from some of the UK’s top jazz musicians, Tomorrow’s Warriors and Kansas Smitty’s, Professor Catherine Tackley from the University of Liverpool (author of The Evolution of Jazz in Britain, 1880-1935 and curator of the acclaimed exhibition Rhythm and Reaction: the Age of Jazz in Britain) tells the story of the arrival and impact of jazz in the UK.

Free but ticket registration required.

More information here.

A postscript to this. A couple of the volunteers at Digby's Jazz Centre in Southend attended this, enjoyed it immensely even returning with a few dance moves from the early days of jazz! Watch out for future editions of TJCUK newletter for a review. You can sign up for the regular newsletter here.

May 2019


***** Live Music *****

Saturday June 1 12:00 at The Jazz Centre UK, Southend

Jazz825 - Jos Ison Quartet Jazz and the Abstract Truth featuring Dan Banks, Jose Canha, Trevor Taylor, Francois Carrier, John Edwards and Michel Lambert.


Chet Baker fans. Stay for what's on in the Media Room afterwards.


***** Writtle Jazz *****

No festival on The Green this year, however Zak Barrett (coming to play for us this Sunday June 2) is planning a series of jazz events at the Northumberland Building on the Writtle University Campus in Lordship Lane, Writtle. The first of these events will take place on Saturday July 27 and will feature Australian jazz vocalist Lily Dior as the headline act. The evening will commence at around 5.30pm with support acts. There will be a licenced bar, tea, coffee and food. Tickets from Eventbrite.


***** Art Lovers *****

For those who enjoy attending the Spike's Place concerts at The Jazz Centre Southend on the last Saturday afternoon of the month, you may also like to know that The Beecroft Centre also holds regular Art History lectures on the same Saturday mornings between 10:30am and 12:30pm hosted by Dr Mark Banting.


Go to https://thecommonviewer.wordpress.com/ to see the topics of lectures which have already taken place this year.

Future lectures :

29th June: The Camden Town Group

27th July: Natalya Goncharova

31st August: Picasso, Braque & the Cubist Revolution

Price £10 including tea, coffee and biscuits.

For further information please contact Mark Banting by email chasingtales@rocketmail.com

Follow Mark on Twitter @TheCommonViewer ‏for regular thought-provoking tweets on the visual arts.  


***** John Bunch Video *****


Joan Ireson has found this excellent discussion on YouTube between club favourite, pianist John Bunch and Dr. Michael Woods of LA University. 

Joan says:  "We called him Gentleman John.  He played for six years with Tony Bennett and came to Chelmsford several times, one of which was especially memorable and would have made a great record, with Alan Barnes, Dave Green, Steve Brown and Jim Hart on vibes.  He's greatly missed with jazzers in this country but this will revive his memory for them. "


***** Live Music *****

Saturday May 25 Spike's Place at the Jazz Centre, Beecroft Gallery, Southend welcomes The Mark Crooks Quartet "Remembering the Music of Stan Getz" featuring Colin Oxley (guitar), Dario di Lecce (bass) and Matyas Geyer (piano).

2pm-4pm tickets £10 on the door.

The Jazz Centre has just launched its impressive new website. Matthew Fisher has done a fantastic job. As well as looking great, it contains much to explore so do find time to visit the site.


***** Advance Tickets *****

We have had a number of enquiries from people wishing to buy advance tickets for concerts scheduled for after our summer recess. Chelmsford City Theatres who manage our box office have let us know that these should be on sale by the end of May.


***** Live Music *****

Our next concert is on June 2 when we shall be welcoming the Zak Barrett Quartet featuring Gunther Kurmayr, Manual Alvarez and Marc Cecil. Zak is an incredibly versatile player. Many of you will know him as part of the regular line up in Larry Berkovitz's sell out Christmas concerts at the Cramphorn Theatre. There's a clip of Zak playing Round Midnight from one of those concerts on our home page. Others will know him as part of The Fellowship which plays at Chelmsford's Bassment club and headlined to a packed marquee at the 2018 Writtle Jazz Festival. His quartet will be playing jazz standards and selections from the Great American Songbook ... not to be missed. Follow the link from Zak's image at the top of the page to hear music from his Zed Collective album featuring Dan Banks, Andy Staples, Andy Sear and Paul Higgs.


*****Set List *****

Thank you to everyone who came along to see Sweet Chorus today. Great to see so many new faces in the audience (and some returning ones we haven't see in a while).

Jerry will be writing a review for the next club newsletter. Meantime, the set list:


Swing 42

Small hotel


I saw her passing by

Can't buy me love


Oscar Petterford solo from Andy Crowdy - title to come

Airmail Special

Mercy Street

St Thomas



Blue Drag


Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans


Encore: Folks who live on the hill/Blue Moon


***** LIve Music *****

A reminder that Sunday May 12 is concert day at Chelmsford Jazz Club when we shall be welcoming Sweet Chorus - A Tribute to Stephane Grapelli with John Etheridge, Dave Kelbie, Chris Garrick and Andy Crowdy. Doors open 11:00am for 12:15pm.

If you want to hear more live jazz over the next few days then why not head along to The Jazz Centre UK at the Beecroft Centre in Southend on Saturday May 11 to hear the Glyn Morgan Trio. Drummer Glyn will be joined by Ted Beament and Ted Simkins.

Starts 11:30am. Admission free.


Stay on afterwards to see a screening of All Night Long, a 1962 black and white British drama film starring Patrick McGoohan. The story is an updated version of Shakespeare's Othello, set in the London jazz scene of the 1960s. The film features performances by several prominent British and American jazz musicians including Dave Brubeck, John Dankworth, Tubby Hayes and Charles Mingus.


On Tuesday May 14 at 8:00pm, Susan May will be welcoming Vasilis Xenopoulos, Ross Stanley, Dario di Lecce and Steve Brown to Spike's Place at The Bardswell Club in Brentwood . Details here.



April 2019

Viewers of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2019 will have seen overall winner Duncan Shoosmith, as well as painting a portrait of Sir Tom Jones for the National Museum of Wales, also undertake a special commission to paint a portrait of Dame Cleo Laine. Dame Cleo has asked that the painting have a permanent home at The Jazz Centre UK in Southend where it will be displayed close to husband John Dankworth's piano already on display at the centre. On June 22, daughter Jacqui Dankworth will visit the centre to unveil the portrait as well as sing. The centre is also hoping to have the artist there but this is to be confirmed. A special occasion not to be missed and booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.

Call 01702 215169 or email enquiries@thejazzcentreuk.co.uk for more information and ticket prices.


Even if you can't make it on that day, we urge you to find time to visit this fantastic centre which offers regular live performances showcasing developing and established musicians, film and audio events, talks and lectures, art exhibitions and a permanent and growing collection of recorded and printed media and ephemera. More information here.



For those keeping an eye on our What's On page for lineups, we have now confirmed Emiliano Caroselli on drums with Derek Nash for October 6.


Looking for inspiration of where to hear live jazz in Essex and bordering counties? Chris Neill does a fantastic job bringing together all the news of what's on in his Jazz Update.


On Sunday May 12, we shall we welcoming John Etheridge's Sweet Chorus - his tribute to Stephane Grappelli - to the Cramphorn theatre.


If you would like to hear another of John's collaborations, look out for his work with vocalist Vimala Rowe who recently played to a rapt audience at the fantastic Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club. Vimala has an extraordinary voice and stage presence.

Read more about their work together here and listen to extracts from their album Out of the Sky here.


Saturday April 20

The Jazz Centre UK

Beecroft Art Gallery

Southend, SS2 6EX

A return visit of Elephant Talk, the young and exciting seven-piece jazz/fusion band from The Guildhall School of Music.

2:00pm Admission £5.

Recommended by our friends at the Southend Jazz Co-op.

Arrive early to see the Harrison Dolphin Trio from 11:30, the start of their new residency - every third Saturday from April 20.

A reminder you can still catch JAZZ NOW, the centre's first major exhibition, on until Saturday May 12.


Thank you to everyone who came along to see Matt Wates, Leon Greening, Julian Bury and Matt Fishwick on April 14.  Good to see such a big crowd in to hear this fantastic quartet. 

Set list:

Code White, Lonely Town, Lisa, Summer Love, Hill Street, Old Folks, My Shining Hour

Says You, Train Shuffle, Waltz for Manon, Mexican Hot,Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans


Diary dates

If you enjoyed the superb playing of Leon Greening, make a note that he's back with us in November with a Matt Skelton quintet and their tribute to Shelly Manne. This is a new venture which the band debuted a few months ago at Spike's Place in Brentwood and was very well received. 


The band also features talented young trumpet and flugelhorn player James Davison, winner of the prestigious Musician's Company Jazz Young Musician Award for 2018. Those of you who came along to our December concert last year will remember seeing him with Pete Long's Ellingtones.  He also plays the Mercury the Winged Messenger on Pete's Jazz Planets - a tribute to the music of Gustav Holst and Duke Ellington.

Vocalist Jo Harrop also impressed recently at Spike's. She will be coming to us in December with multi-award winning saxophonist Tony Kofi. 


Study, Improvise, Perform

April sees the annual Spike's Jazz Academy taking place from Monday April 9 to Friday April 12 followed by

Easter Essex Jazz from Sunday April 14 to Thursday April 18 at Brentwood School, CM15 8EE. Visit





for more information.


Take a look at the latest edition of Jazz Rag in which our September headliner, saxophonist Simon Spillett talks to Ron Simpson about Life After Tubby Hayes.


March 2019

The club's Annual General Meeting took place on:


Wednesday 27 March 2019 at 7.30pm at the:

Cramphorn Theatre,

Fairfield Road,




Thank you to everyone who attended.