The Royal Oak – Swindon Old Town – Jazz On The Corner

Every Tuesday evening, come and hear some of the finest jazz musicians from around the UK. 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

2019

28th – Andy Hague Quintet 

Andy Hague brings his Bristol supergroup to the club for the first time! Playing tracks from their new album ‘Coming of Age’ the band consist of Andy Hague (Trumpet), Ben Waghorn (Reeds), Jim Blomfield (Piano), Chris Jones (Double Bass), and Mark Whitlam (Drums).

June 

4th –  Ben Waghorn Quintet feat. Ian Bateman 

A hugley popular tenor Saxophonist, Ben Waghorn has played with many bands such as Portishead, Kasabian, and Goldfrapp, but has deep Jazz roots having been a member of NYJO and been many Jazz bandleaders reedsman of choice. A session full of bop, funk, with well-loved Jazz standards. Ben Waghorn (Reeds), Ian Bateman (Trombone), Jim Blomfield (Piano), Riaan Vosloo (Double Bass), Mark Whitlam (Drums)

11th – Jazz Knights & Old Town Festival present – Victoria Klewin Quartet 

We are very proud to once again be part of the annual Old Town Festival. This year we welcome Jazz & Soul singer Victoria Klewin. As well as fronting  Jazz groups around the country, she has also been working with acclaimed group Hannah Williams and the Affirmations, as well as fronting a new project celebrating the work of Blossom Dearie.

18th – Nigel Price and Libor Smoldas Quartet 

Multi Award-winning guitarist Nigel Price teams up with Czech Guitarist Libor Smoldas for a UK Tour this year and we are so honoured to be part of it! A mesmerising session bringing together two international Jazz Guitar Masters.

25th – John-Paul Gard Organ Trio  

We welcome back Organ maestro John-Paul Gard who joins Matt Hopkins on Guitar and Toby Perret on Drums. This Trio are well known for their love of George Benson’s classic album ‘The Cookbook’ and their set feature many tracks from that alobum as well as classic Jazz tunes with heavy Blues flavour.

JULY 

2nd – Jazz On The Corner – The Soul Edition presents : The Soul Strutters 

Last year we held a special Soul Edition of the Club and we just had to do it again! Lead singer and bassist Eric Mylod-Okafo, Jack Baldus on keys, James Arbery on Guitar and Barney Sage on Drums bring an incredible set of Soul music.  The stunning vocals, beautiful interplay between the musicians,  as well as the set list that move from Classic Old school such as Bill Withers and Teddy Pendergrass, as well as Neo Soul Classics and Funk, make them one of the most in-demand bands in the area. Not to be missed!

9th – Callum Smith Organ Trio 

Did you know that Swindon’s own Callum Smith has been a frequent guest player at Ronnie Scott’s?  Callum returns to his home town with his London based Organ trio who are all on the Master’s programme at Guildhall School of Music. Expect a bop-tastic session full of influences such as Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, Larry Golding and Art Blakey. The line up are – Callum Smith (Drums), Dominic Stockbridge (Guitar) and Chris Bland (Organ)

16th – BD Lenz Trio 

American Jazz fusion guitarist set the place on fire on his last UK tour last year and bearing in mind that is only a figure of speech, we couldn’t wait to have him back! Think Pat Metheny, Prince, Stevie Ray Vaughan with tons of Jazz vibes. A very special and unique Jazz On The Corner experience!

23rd Tom Gardner Quartet 

NYJO Academy member Tom Gardner first played at the club with his father who is the lead trumpet player of the BBC Strictly Orchestra in their joint Candoli project. For this session, Tom leads a group playing classic trumpet-led classics for a swinging night of top quality live Jazz! Also featuring Denny Ilett (Guitar).

30th – Dave Jones Quartet 

Jones has assembled a formidable quartet” (London Jazz News)

London Jazz News are not wrong! A heavy swinging Quartet led by Welsh pianist Dave Jones, featuring  Ashley John-Long (Double Bass), Ben Waghorn (Tenor Sax) and Andy Hague (Drums).

AUGUST 

6th Nicola Farnon Trio 

Vocalist and Double Bass player Nicola Farnon was born in Wiltshire but is based in Sheffield and is a firm favourite at Jazz Festivals in the UK. She leads a tight heavy swinging group who always leave the audience smiling ! Also Featuring 14 times UK Jazz pianist of the year David Newton, and Phil Johnson on Drums.

13th Chris Cobbson African Jazz Project 

Every year we like to celebrate all things Afro-beat with Guitar maestro Chris Cobbson. Originally from Ghana, Chris has played as part of Courtney Pine’s Afro-Caribbean inspired projects as well as being a member of the Afro-beat dance band, Baraka. The band for the session also include arguably the most in-demand percussionist in the UK, Karl Vanden Bossche who has played with Sade, Jamiroquai, Mark Ronson and Simply Red. Soak up the summer vibes with our annual African session!

20th Denny Ilett Organ Trio 

Guitarist Denny Ilett brings a classic set up of the Organ Trio and showcases both Jazz and Blues showing how the two are so interrelated. Making his club debut is organist Dan Moore who has worked with acts as diverse as Roni Size, Joss Stone, and Andy Sheppard. With Matt Brown (Drums) this particular trio play regulary together and the session will be a treat for those that love the classic organ sound without having their ears blown off!

27th Alan Barnes & Tom Berge Trio 

Twice BBC Jazz Musician of the year and over 25 UK Jazz awards, but to us,  he happens to be one of the warmest, entertaining and quick-witted musicians on the circuit which of course continues to make him one of the most loved musicians on the scene. Please get there early to get the best spots as it will be packed as usual!