Future Gigs





Tuesday, 26th June, 2018

IT'S DIXIE TIME featuring TIM HUSKISSON, keyboard, and JIM DOUGLAS, guitar, with resident duo of Ted Simkins, bass, and Dave Grant, kit.


Tim Huskisson, an amazing self-taught pianist and clarinetist, became inspired with jazz after hearing it first on 78rpm records, now who remembers those! Well, Tim is a collector of such and has an excellent collection of early recordings. His musical career blossomed after encouragement from Digby Fairweather who introduced him to his 'All Stars' but then moved on to accompanying well-known entertainers until 1989 when he became MD for Brian Conley, with theatre tours across the country that included the London Palladium and Royal Albert Hall. Latterly he has dedicated himself to the music that inspired him and keeping it live on the jazz circuit.



Jim Douglas formed his first band at school, initially in the skiffle genre, but by fifteen had acquired a guitar and banjo and with his clarinetist friend Pete Kerr, formed the 'Hidden Town Dixielanders'. An engagement in Germany required them to turn professional and they changed their name to 'Capital Jazz'. Jim played with the highly successful 'Clyde Valley Stompers', that sadly broke up, leaving him only playing occasional gigs with the renowned 'Alex Welsh Band'. He officially joined them in 1964, and remained a stalwart for eighteen years up until the death of Alex Welsh.




Tuesday, 31st July, 2018

JAZZ DIVAS RECALLED featuring SHARON SCOTT, vocals, and DOMINIC ASHWORTH, guitar, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.


Sharon Scott our regular Scottish songstress will be recalling her favourite Jazz Divas from Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee and others with the tunes that made them headliners with countless hits in the music charts. Tonight she will be very ably accompanied by our other guest, Dominic Ashworth.



Dominic Ashworth, guitar, returns from a busy schedule on the music scene where he is very fortunate to be in great demand with such groups as 'Picante', 'Rag & Bone Club' and 'The Dream Band' and more recently with Julian Stringle's latest show, It's Clazzical' a vibrant mix of Latin and classically composed numbers with an added string quartet for another sound dimension. Dominic's style and experience covers the complete spectrum of music genres and is a favourite with many among our audience, so will be at total ease accompanying Sharon whatever programme she chooses.





Tuesday, 28th August, 2018

OLD NEW & BLUE featuring JOHN WITHERS, vibraphone, and NEALE RIDDING, flute, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.


Johnny Withers is no stranger to the Club and makes another welcome return, but this time with his magical vibraphone bringing you a potpourri of tunes, hence, Old New & Blue to suit everybody's taste and will accompany the experienced Neale Ridding who will be making his debut at the Club. This can be considered a reunion as both played together many years ago when John had a residency at the Heybridge Country Club in Ingatestone.



Neale Ridding, flute, is yet another multi-instrumentalist with over thirty years experience as a professional musician and spent some time as a member of the 1980's National Youth Jazz Orchestra. His musical career began by playing the piano, but he moved quickly onto the alto saxaphone and particularly flute, of whom many, consider him to be one of the leading exponents, and is also very active as a music teacher.This will be Neale's first visit to the Club so be sure to give him a warm welcome.




Tuesday, 25th September, 2018

ELLINGTON TO BASIE featuring JEFF WILLIAMS, trombone, and PAUL COOPER, trumpet, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.


Jeff Williams, making his third visit to the Club with his trusted trombone playing with a style full of spirit, exuberance and inventiveness, having collaborated with a host of star musicians for over a score or more years. His main influences of swing music came from the 1930's onwards mainly from the Ellington, Basie and Dorsey bands. Jeff now leads the Mississipi Swamp Dogs a New Orleans blues sextet that performs at such notable venues as Boisdales, Ronnie Scotts, Bulls Head and The Hideaway. He is also a member of the Harleem Meer Cats a group with music roots replicating New Yorks' Cotton Club on the jazz circuits.



Pete Cooper, trumpet, is making his first visit to the Club but his style has  credentials for the sound of the 1930's swing era. He began playing at the age of eleven whilst at school with friends and went on to play with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra before running a successful printing business twenty five years ago. Before that he played for several musical theatre shows touring the country and also TV and advertisements. He has recorded and toured with Buddy Greco and Frankie Lane, played the Royal Albert Hall with the great John Williams and guested with the Danish Radio Big Band, the renowned Nick Ross Orchestra and the Len Phillips Big Band.








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