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 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

2019

JULY

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), Ashley John-Long (Double Bass), and Mark Whitlam (Drums).

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 TINA MAY & DAVID NEWTON TRIO 

One of teh UK’s first ladies of Jazz. The hugley entertainly Tina May joins us for another fabulaous session of Jazz Classics in French and English.  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!

SEPTEMBER

3rd – SIMON SPILLETT & TOM BERGE TRIO  

The return of the Bebop master!  Tubby Hayes Biographer and multi-award winning tenor saxophonist teams up with the heavy swinging Tom Berge Trio.

10th–  ZAMBALANDO QUARTET – LATIN JAZZ SPECIAL

Zambalando’s Conga player and Percussionist Luke Winton is well known in the area as the MD of Ministry of Samba. This new Jazz project also features Peruvian vocalist Miguel Lara.

17th– STUART HENDERSON QUINTET  

Such is his immense talent at Jazz, composition and heavy swing, it is sometimes hard to believe that trumpeter Stuart Henderson was also principal trumpet of The Scots Guards Band in Her Majesty’s Household Division!

24th – ADAM BIGGS QUARTET  

Pianist Adam Biggs is a well-travelled musician, being born in Adelaide, and touring all over the world before settling in Bath. He is now head of Jazz Studies at Bath Spa University.

OCTOBER

1st – ADRIAN COX TRIO  

Known as ‘London’s most charismatic Reeds man’ (Time Out), Adrian Cox was voted for by thousands to become runner up in the Clarinet category of the most recent National Jazz Awards. He will be joined by Simon Read (DB) and Denny Ilett (G).

8th – EVIE’S ALL STARS – SECRET LINE UP!

Our host and promoter Evie turns 21 again and has put together a one night only line up featuring some Jazz On The Corner favourites! Come along on the night to see our surprise guests!

15th – CATHERINE SYKES QUARTET

Vocalist of the Glenn Miller Orchestra UK, Catherine Sykes is an audience favourite and you will adore her warm swinging session. Also featuring Paul Buck (P), Clive Morton (DB) and Terry Howard (D).

22nd – BRIGITTE BERAHA & TOBY BOALCH TRIO

A club debut for celebrated singer Brigitte Beraha who teams up with Toby Boalch playing his Jazz arrangements of classic poetry and of course some Jazz Standards.

29th – JOHN LAW’S RE-CREATIONS QUARTET : VOLUME 3 TOUR

Piano maestro John Law has just produced his new volume of incredible arrangements. This time around they feature Jazz arrangements of songs by Thom Yorke, Gershwin, Satie and John Lennon!

NOVEMBER

5th – ROGER BEAUJOLAIS & TOM BERGE TRIO  Vibraphone master Roger Beaujolais treats us to another melodic and rhythmic showcase. This session also features Tom Berge (P), Raph Mizraki (DB), and Andy Tween (D). Roger will also have copies of his acclaimed recent album ‘Barba Lunga’ (long beard!) for sale.

12th – GARETH WILLIAMS TRIO 

One of the most distinctive piano voices in the UK. We would love to tell you what’s in store, but from insane piano solos, to singing, to the best/worst joke telling, every session from him is a different treat!

19th – ROD KELLY TRIO

Solid old school modern Jazz and catchy Blues vocals, the trio have been together many years and showcase tight arrangements with something for everyone. Rod Kelly (V,P), John Day (DB), and Roger Powell (D).

26th – DAVID KNIGHT’S BEBOP BIRTHDAY BLOW OUT! Swindon’s ‘Mr Jazz’ would have been celebrating his Birthday this week. Every year we hold a special session of bebop, his favourite genre. This year we have Simon Spillett (TS), Ian Bateman (TB), Tom Berge (P), Will Harris (DB) and Andy Tween (D).

December

3rd – DENNY ILETT’S CELEBRATION OF NAT KING COLE  Vocalist and guitarist Denny Ilett plays tribute to Music Legend Nat King Cole, using Nat’s signature instrument choice of Vocally led Piano, Double Bass and Guitar. A perfect session for the lead up to Christmas!

10th – JOHN PEARCE QUARTET – ALBUM TOUR 

An absolute stellar line up of Violinist John Pearce, award winning Pianist David Newton, Will Harris on Double Bass and Ian Matthews on Drums. Playing Jazz standards from John’s debut album ‘Just Friends’.

17th – IAN BATEMAN’S TRIBUTE TO THE CRUSADERS

Ian Bateman (trombone), Amy Roberts (flute), Andy Shillingford (Sax) and the rhythm section of Tom Clarke-Hill’s Funk Machine bring a show of classics by The Crusaders including the 1960’s material when they were known as ‘The Jazz Crusaders’.