Due to the health emergency all Tuesday sessions are on hold. We will be returning as soon as we can and sessions where possible will be listed in the order the were originally booked (see further down the page below below).
For now – Temporary Covid Compliant Sunday afternoon sessions every Sunday from 3pm – FREE Entry but pre booking vital from;
JAZZ SESSION – TBC
BLUES SESSION – LIAM WARD DUO
20TH JAZZ SESSION – DENNY ILETT TRIO
BLUES SESSION – BOB BOWLES DUO
COVID-19 IMPORTANT INFORMATON: Restrictions are in place for everyones safety and you MUST book a table in advance to secure your place. You can book through - https://theroyaloakoldtown.co.uk/jazz-blues-live-sessions/ Track and trace is only doable through this system and the Royal Oak also have one way systems, high hygiene standards and sanitisers within the venue. Free Entry - First Set 3pm **12 inch Pizza £10!** **Over 100 different Gins as well as 241 Cocktails and £11 bottles of House Wine ** **Meantime Pale Ale | Meantime IPA | Frontier Lager all £3.50 a pint **
Every Tuesday evening, come and hear some of the finest jazz musicians from around the UK including National Jazz Award Winners and special edition nights such as Bebop, Latin or Afro-Beat sessions . Seats by the stage can be reserved in advance, and all other seats/bar stools are first come first serve so please get there early! Entry is free
Performance times: 20:00-21:00 / 21:30-22:30
The Royal Oak, 24 Devizes Road, Swindon, SN1 4BQ
17th IAN BATEMAN & CRAIG MILVERTON TRIO – Band leader of many international level groups, Ian Bateman joins long-time collaborator, the award winning pianist, Craig Milverton. Also joined by London Philharmonic Orchestra young composer scheme winner Ashley John-Long (Double Bass), and Club favourite Nick Millward (Drums).
24th TOMASSO STARACE ORGAN TRIO – Tomasso was born in Italy and moved to the UK in 1994 and studied at Birmingham Conservatoire graduating with a 1st Class music degree, and further studied at Guildhall. He has worked with some of the most respected Jazz musicians on the scene including Jim Mullen, Stan Sulzmann, and Billy Cobham. A night full of Bebop and Swing!
31st – GLEN MANBY & TOM BERGE TRIO – Aclub debut for Glen Manby who is an alto sax player specialising in straight ahead modern Jazz. As an educator he has taught at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama as well as University of South Wales. For this session he is joined by heavy swinging and hugely popular Tom Berge Trio.
7th – CHRIS COBBSON’s CELEBRATION OF GRANT GREEN – Grant Green is sometimes referred to as ‘The Father of Acid Jazz’ because so many of his records were sampled in the genres explosion in the ‘90s. But to those who know the original Blue Note records, he is known as an important guitarist in the Jazz history books. Expect Bop and Latin grooves in an Organ trio also featuring percussion.
14th DAVE JONES QUARTET– Jones’ modern and contemporary style of Jazz went down a storm last year and we are very pleased to have him back. His new EP ‘Is that the time’ launched at Pizza Express Dean street in 2020 and features a tribute to Kenny Kirkland, as well as a Bossa Nova number, and plenty of Jazz fusion. Dave Jones (Piano), Ben Waghorn (Reeds), Ashley John-Long (Double Bass), and Andy Hague (Drums)
21st HOPKINS HAMMOND TRIO – A fantastic Organ trio project featuring some of the finest Jazz musicians around, multi-instrumentalist and local hero Ruth Hammond joins stunning guitarist Matt Hopkins, and Jethro Tull drummer (as well as renowned Jazz drummer) Scott Hammond.
28th BEX JAZZ TRIO – Bex Southgate is an eclectic and fearless singer who can shapeshift between Jazz, Latin, and Blues with ease. From Norah Jones to St Louis Blues, this set will have something for everyone! Bex (vocals, snare drums) will be joined by Cheltenham’s rising stars Oli Pickering (Guitar) and Tomasz Williams (Double Bass).
May 5th – Dom Franks Organ Quartet – A Tribute to Joe Henderson
Gloucestershire based Saxophonist Dom Franks is well known to the club as leader and arranger of his Strayhorn Quartet, but this edition plays tribute to the Soulful American Jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson. Also featuring John Paul Gard (Organ), James Agg (Bass) and Toby Perrett (Drums).
May 12th – Pete Canter Quartet
A club debut for Devonshire based saxophonist Pete Canter who specialises in hardbop, bebop and Latin standards as well as showcasing some swinging originals. He will be joined by Jim Blomfield (Piano), Ralf Dorrell (Double Bass), and Gary Evans (Drums).
May 19th – Rob Terry Trio
One of the most breath-taking acts to ever grace our stage, they blew the audience away at Swindon Jazz & Soul Festival with their incredible set of Gershwin classics reimagined. A stunning fusion of ‘Classical’ Music and Jazz, with incredible arrangements from bandleader and pianist Rob Terry. Also featuring Paul Jeffries (Bass) and Charlie Stratford (Drums).
May 26th – Sara Dowling Quartet
One of the most celebrated fresh voices on the Jazz scene and his the current winner of the vocal category of the British Jazz Awards. Although she is influenced by Jazz greats such as Sarah Vaughan, her Jordanian and Irish heritage, and the fact that she was born in Oman may have been a small part of the unique but powerful making of this world class performer. Ross Stanley (Piano) Dario Di Lecce (Bass) and Steve Brown (Drums).
June 2nd – Dennis Rollins/Derek Nash Quintet
Probably the funkiest ball of goodness from outer space that’s ever been seen in Swindon! Award winning trombonist Dennis Rollins MBE teams up with fellow Funk and Jazz specialist Derek Nash for a spectacular performance – for one night only! Also featuring Denny Ilett Jr (Guitar), Jonny Henderson (Organ) and Ian Matthews (Drums).
June 9th – VE Day Celebration – The Little Big Band feat. Catherine Sykes- In association with Old Town Festival 2020
A 1940’s Swing night celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE day featuring Glenn Miller UK Orchestras vocalist Catherine Sykes. Featuring a 7-piece Swing band playing classics such as ‘Moonlight Serenade’, ‘Sing Sing Sing’, ‘Chatanooga Cho Choo’ and much more!
June 16th – Terry Quinney – A Celebration of Dexter Gordon
A club debut from Saxophonist Terry Quinney. This session celebrates classic songs that Dexter was well known for, as well as ones that the great man wrote himself. This project are due to play Swanage Jazz Festival this year and also feature Tom Berge on Piano, Tom Clarke-Hill on Bass and Nick Millward on Drums.
June 23rd – Victoria Klewin sings Blossom Dearie
Victoria Klewin is a touring vocalist with soul act Hannah and the Affirmations but her first love and expertise is with Jazz. This new project brings fresh life and powerful arrangements of the songs made famous by Blossom Dearie, including Dearies own songs as well as number by Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer. Also featuring Denny Ilett Jnr (Guitar), Dan Moore (Piano) and Chris Jones (Double Bass).
June 30th – John Pearce/David Newton Quartet
John is a stunning classically trained Violists who manages to Swing like he learnt is craft in the back streets of Paris. He released his debut record last year ‘Just Friends’ with his fellow virtuoso musicians including multi-award winning pianist David Newton, Bass player Will Harris and Drummer Ian Matthews.
July 7th – Roger Beaujolais’s Italian Trio
The Wizard of the Vibrophone (or should we say the Barba Lunga/Long Beard) is back with his frequent collaborators from Italy (where Roger tours yearly) Giacomo Dominici (Basses) and Alessandro Pivi (Drums). A very special experience, everyone needs some good Vibes in their life and Roger is the master!
July 14th – BD Lenz Trio
Something completely different but dripping in Jazz, we always want to be included in BD Lenz’s UK Tour when he is over from America. Jazz Funk Fusion with tracks from eclectic artists such as Prince, Pat Metheny, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Beatles and even Bob Marley! BD Lenz (Guitar), James Rosocha (Bass) and Joe Falcey (Drums).
July 21st – The Latin Edition with ZambaLando Quintet
ZambaLando play in the style of Salsa, Merengue, Samba and Bossa Nova in a unique project that is a fusion of Jazz Latin and Funk. Featuring Peruvian vocalist and arranger Miguel Lara, Ministry of Samba’s Percussionist and Director Luke Winton plus a new line up of Guitar, Bass, Piano and Saxophone.
July 28th – Simon Spillett & Tom Berge Trio
It’s not a vibrant, hard swingin’ bebop club without the formidable Simon Spillett making a guest appearance each year. An ambassador of the life and work of the great Tubby Hayes, Simon Spillett is a master of the Tenor saxophone and a celebrated historian and this session also features the heavy swinging favourite Tom Berge.
August 4th – Equinox
A club debut for Equinox, a Hard Bop quartet based in the South West. Led by Steve Mathers (Saxophone ) and featuring Martin Kolarides on Guitar, Dave Smith on Drums, and club favourite John Paul Gard on Organ!
A Quartet celebrating the Hard Bop era, this group feature band leader and saxophonist Steve Mathers, Guitarist Martin Kolarides, Organist John Paul Gard, and Drummer Dave Smith. A Jazz On The Corner debut!
August 11th – Chris Cobbson’s African Jazz Project
Our annual celebration of Afro-Beat and ‘World’ Jazz with Ghanaian Guitarist and arranger Chris Cobbson. Featuring a range of styles from artists such as Hugh Masekela, Abdullah Ibrahim, Miriam Makeba as well as exclusive arrangements of more contemporary artists such as Sting and Mongo Santamaria.
August 18th – Tina May & David Newton Trio
One of the first ladies of British Jazz, Tina is an award winning vocalist who is as comfortable singing in French, scatting, and being a dynamic storyteller as much as she is gracing the stage with her honey coated voice. She is joined by 15 (yes 15!) times Jazz Pianist of the year David Newton and our beloved rhythm kings Clive Morton (Bass) and Terry Howard (Drums).
August 25th – The Latin Edition with Annika Skoogh Quartet
Perfect for the summer, we hold another Latin Edition of the Jazz Club. South American born Annika Skoogh is a Jazz vocalist, brought up in Sweden and now based in Devon! She will be showcasing Brazilian Music as well as Jazz Standards in Bossa Nova and Samba style. Anders Olinder (Keys), Al Swainger (Bass) and Paolo Adamo (Drums)