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

2020

JANUARY 

21st –  IAIN BALLAMY & DENNY ILETT JR QUARTET – Award winning Saxophonist Iain Ballamy is listed in the BBC’s  ‘100 Jazz Greats’ right between Count Basie and Chet Baker and was the first Jazz musician to win the Paul Hamlyn composer’s award. For his debut session at the club he joins virtuoso guitarist Denny Ilett for an evening of heavy swinging Jazz standards.

28th ROBERT FOWLER & TOM BERGE TRIO  – A member of The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, former member of the Humphrey Lyttelton Band and countless other accolades, but for us the most important reason for Robert Fowler returning to the club is because he is simply one of the best Sax players around and we want MORE!

FEBRUARY

4th – KIM CYPHER QUINTET – Kim Cypher returns to The Royal Oak with her ‘Love Kim x’ album tour. This is the perfect opportunity to hear tracks from her 2nd album performed ‘live. Inspired by the funkier side of jazz and having studied alongside US saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis and internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard, Kim’s style of performance is best described as ‘funky saxophonist meets 1940′s jazz singer’. Also featuring a new killer line up of Chris Cobbson (Guitar), Ander Olinder (Organ), Raph Mizraki (Double Bass) and Mike Cypher (Drums).

11th DENNIS ROLLINS & IAN BATEMAN QUARTET – Quite simply a legend of the Jazz scene, Dennis Rollins MBE has won the BBC Jazz Award (for his Jazz/Funk band Badbone & Co), numerous British Jazz Award’s, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Award, Parliamentary Jazz Award and was given an MBE for services to music. This special session features fellow trombonist Ian Bateman and will take a journey across and between both modern Jazz and Funk.

18th ANDY HAGUE’s DOUBLE STANDARDS – Trumpeter Andy Hague is well known on the scene for running the long running Bebop Club in Bristol, and running several bands including Latin combo Conjunto Gringo. His quartet project ‘Double Standards’ celebrates favourite modern Jazz Classics.

25th – DANIEL NEWBERRY QUARTET – Welsh Saxophonist Daniel Newberry sat in on a Roger Beaujolais session last year and the audience loved him. He returns with his own group playing contemporary jazz and standards. Daniel Newberry (Sax), Tom Berge (Piano), Ashley John-Long (Double Bass), Alex Goodyear (Drums).

MARCH

3rd KEVIN FIGES QUARTET – It is time for some Alto sax! We welcome back saxophonist and flautist Kevin Figes, who will be leading a swinging band of Jim Blomfield (Piano), Riaan Vosloo (Double Bass) and Mark Whitlam (Drums) playing classic modern Jazz standards.

10th – DENNY ILETT’s CELEBRATION OF NAT KING COLE – (Adjourned from last December!) 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. Also featuring Maff Potts (Piano) and Paul Jeffries (Double Bass).

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.

APRIL

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).