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
20th DENNY ILETT QUARTET feat. DAVID NEWTON
Guitarist and vocalist Denny Ilett has an impressive CV, but perhaps is best celebrated as having toured internationally with acclaimed vocalist Lillian Boutte, (the Official Musical Ambassador for the city of New Orleans). This session will be full of Jazz favourites as well as generous portions of Blues. Also featuring current (and 14th time!) Jazz pianist of the year in the UK Jazz awards, David Newton (Piano), Riaan Vosloo (Double Bass) and Ian Matthews (Drums)
27th DAVID KNIGHT’S BEBOP BLOW OUT
Each year, we celebrate what would have been Swindon’s Mr Jazz’s birthday with a celebration of bebop. This year we welcome Richard Shepherd (Reeds), Ed Benstead (Trumpet), Tom Berge (Piano, Clive Morton (Double Bass) and Terry Howard (Drums).
4th THE BLUES EDITION
Last year’s Blues session was so popular that we have decided to do it again! Guitarists and Vocalists Tom Anderson and Denny Ilett lead a full band playing classics made famous by Peter Green, BB King, and many more.
11th A TRIBUTE TO THE CRUSADERS
Jazz Funk Legends The Crusaders are probably best known for their hit ‘Street Life ‘which featured Randy Crawford. Ian Bateman (trombone), Amy Roberts (flute), Richard Exall (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’. Featuring;
IAN BATEMAN – Trombone
AMY ROBERTS – Flute
ANDY SHILLINGFORD – Tenor sax
AL GURR – Keys
LEE JONES – Guitar
TOM CLARKE-HILL – Bass
NICK MILLWARD – Drums
We then take a break for Christmas and New Year
8th – Kim Cypher Quintet
We love kicking off the new year with the thoroughly entertaining Kim Cypher. Her new album tour ‘Love Kim’ will be launched in February at Cleeves Concerts and will feature Funk Legend Pee Wee Ellis. Kim Cypher (Sax, Vocals), Rory McInroy (Piano), Lee Jones (Guitar), Tom Clarke-Hill (Double Bass), Mike Cypher (Drums).
15th Gareth Williams Trio
One of the most formidable piano players in the UK, he plays regularly with fellow Jazz heavyweights such as Jim Mullen and Martin Drew , but is also known to the Jazz hip hop fusion world as former MD and keyboard player of Us3 who were most famous for their US top 10 hit ‘Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)’. He will be joined by Clive Morton (Double Bass) and Terry Howard (Drums).
22nd Art Themen & Denny Ilett Trio
Tenor saxophone star Art Themen returns to Swindon! Nominated once again in the tenor sax category at the UK Jazz awards in 2018, Art is a fan favourite across the UK and is one of the most distinctive tenor sax voices on the scene. Joined by the Jazz guitar master Denny Ilett plus rhythm section.
29th – Hopkins Hammond Trio
A fantastic Organ trio project featuring some of the finest Jazz musicians around, multi-instrumentalist and local hero Ruth Hammond joins guitarist Matt Hopkins (Andy Sheppherd, Emily Wright and The Royals), and Jethro Tull drummer (as well as renowned Jazz drummer) Scott Hammond.
5th Simon Spillett & Tom Berge Trio
It is not a Jazz club without the formidable, award winning tenor player, Simon Spillett! A guaranteed jaw dropping showcase of the saxophone and for this performance he will be joined by the heavy swinging sensation Tom Berge, our beloved Clive Morton (Double Bass) and Terry Howard (Drums).
12th Tom & Simon Gardner Sextet – Play Brothers Candoli
A trumpet-led spectacular with father/son duo Simon and Tom Gardner playing swinging, ‘West Coast’ arrangements from legendary brothers Pete and Conte Candoli. Backed by Dave Newton (piano), Denny Ilett (Guitar), Will Harris (Double Bass) and Mark Whitlam (Drums). An absolutely unmissable performance and a real treat for and intimate Jazz Club. Simon Gardner is the lead trumpet of Dave Arch’s Strictly Come Dancing Band, but of course to Jazz fans he is well known for playing with heavy weights of the field such as Buddy Rich.
19th John Law Recreations
From Stevie Wonder to Pink Floyd, all John Laws mesmerising arrangements and ‘recreations’ are audience favourites and that why we keep inviting him back! An absolute piano maestro both in the Jazz and Classical world, John will be joined by his Cheltenham based group who feature Billy Weir (Drums)
26th Anders Olinder Organ Trio
Anders home engineered Organ is a sight to behold, but it’s nothing compared to the beautiful music he creates from it! Hailing from Sweden and now based in Bristol, Anders is one of the few West Country Jazz musicians who is just as in demand on the London scene from bandleaders such as Byron Wallen and Nigel Price.
5th Roger Beaujolais Italian Trio
The Vibraphone Wizard is back ! His new CD features his ‘Italian Trio’ – Italy being a country that Roger tours extensively. Giacomo Dominici on acoustic & electric basses & Alessandro Pivi on drums. Always a popular and mesmerising performer, please book seats in advance or get there early to secure the best bar spots!
12th Kevin Figes Quartet
Alto Saxophonist and flautist Kevin Figes has had another successful year including leading a new all-star ninette project performing library music from the vaults of KPM and De Wolfe. For this performance Kevin leads a quartet playing classic standards and a few lesser known songs across the Jazz genre.
19th Dale Hambidge/John Paul Gard/Tom Gilkes Trio
Two years ago, for a session that we held at The Plough, pianist Dale Hambidge had the idea of performing with fellow keys master John Paul Gard. The session of piano, Organ and Funk/Blues drummer Tom Gilkes, is still spoken about by the audience members so we have decided to do it all again and this time at our flagship venue. A very special session not to be missed!
26th Tina May & Tom Berge Trio
Quite simply one of the leading ladies of UK Jazz. In 2018, once again she was nominated in the best Vocal category at the UK Jazz awards. One of the most charismatic and multitalented vocalists on the scene and a real treat to see in an intimate venue. She will be joined by the ever popular Tom Berge Trio.
2nd Ian Bateman Quartet
Our local hero has a CV that reads as a who’s who of the legend of British Jazz. As well as long career with Acker Bilk, Ian leads acclaimed bands such as Kick Ass Brass, and A Tribute to Kenny Ball’s Jazzmen, as well as being the master behind the full orchestra production of Billie Holiday’s classic ‘Lady in Satin’ that debuted at Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival in 2019.
9th – Jonny Henderson Trio
The Organ master is back. Twice keyboard player of the year at the British Blues awards, this is a session that is always filled with Funk and Blue. Reworking’s of Jazz classics and some of the best organ solos you will ever hear!
16th Dom Franks Quartet
We always have a blast when saxophonist Dom Franks’ Quartet are in town. From classy arrangements of well-known ballads, to heart racing funk, to foot stomping Latin, there is always something for everyone. This particular performance is part of a brand new line up and collaboration which may surprise you!
23rd Enrico Tomasso Quartet
One of the most exciting sessions of last year’s programme, and since then now crowned (once again) winner of the trumpet category at the UK Jazz awards. If you are a fan of Jazz trumpet you simply cannot miss this masterclass of the instrument, and showmanship.
30th Karen Sharp & Tom Berge Trio
Current winner at the UK Jazz awards in the Tenor Saxophone category. A wonderful collaboration with our rhythm kings Clive Morton (Double Bass) and Terry Howard (Drums) and the classy swing of Tom Berge on Piano. Side stage seats need to be reserved in advance due to high demand!