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

March

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.

April

2nd  Ian Bateman Quartet

Our local hero has a CV that reads as a who’s who of the legends 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 Blues. Reworkings 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!

May

7th – Ben Thomas & Davide Logiri Trio 

As part of their long-awaited UK tour, Milan based pianist Davide Logiri returns to the UK and will perform alongside trumpeter Ben Thomas. The evening will comprise of reworkings of standard material plus a few original tunes by members of the band which features Davide Logiri (Piano), Ben Thomas (Trumpet), Pasquale Votino (Double Bass) and Paolo Adamo (Drums)

14th Paper Moon 

A Vintage style Jazz band that are an absolute must-see for fans of Swing era music. Regulars of the Swing Dance and Lindy Hop scene, this is their club debut and we hope some of you dancers can find some space! Featuring acclaimed singer Lucy Moon, with Dale Hambidge (Piano), Chris Jones (Double Bass) and Matt Brown (Drums)

21st Swing From Paris 

The Gypsy Jazz maestro’s return to Swindon for one of the classiest sessions in the programme.  Vintage Swing making you feel like you are in a chic Parisian café! Featuring Fenner Curtis (Violin), Andy Bowen (Guitar), Brad Laming (Guitar), Steve Laming (Double Bass).

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 Quartet 

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.

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 Quartet 

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!