Event Diary

 JUNE 2018

Saturday 30th June – Saturday 18th August: 

‘Jazz Women’

The Jazz Centre UK is holding a seven-week exhibition to celebrate the contribution of women to the arts and crafts of jazz music and to encourage young female performers and commentators to step up and make their own contributions to our on-going culture.

‘Jazz Women’ is the second of our Jazz Centre UK events sponsored by Heritage Lottery Fund. Our exhibition includes 3 live events, a fine collection of books, periodicals, memorabilia, letters, art, posters and photography, and a varied season of films about women in jazz.

Come and join us for our live music events featuring premier jazz women and enjoy the fantastic displays in our exhibitions.

Find out more: http://thejazzcentreuk.co.uk/events-movies/jazzwomen/


JULY 2018

Sunday 1st – Tuesday 31st:

606 Club, London. Monthly Gig List – Download here


Monday 2nd:

TINA MAY & ESTHER BENNETT – Sing “Duncan Lamont” at 606 Club London

Saxophonist and composer Duncan Lamont is one of Britain’s most venerated musicians, having performed with Henry Mancini, Benny Goodman, Gil Evans, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra,

Bing Crosby and Count Basie. In addition to his achievements as a performer he is also one of the UK’s most important contemporary jazz songwriters –

he received a Grammy nomination for soundtrack composition, published numerous song books and his songs have been recorded by the cream of singers (Cleo Laine, Mark Murphy, Norma Winstone, Richard Rodney Bennett, Natalie Cole…). In addition to all of that, he has been commissioned to write or arrange countless orchestral pieces, his saxophone compositions are used by the Associated Board of Music and, most importantly of allhe wrote the theme tunes to children’s TV series Mr Benn and Spot!

Tonight we will be honouring Duncan on the occasion of his 87th birthday in the company of two very fine singers, Esther Bennett and Tina May. Expect a lively atmosphere, plenty of fun and great music as we celebrate with Duncan in true 606 style!


https://youtu.be/6GuvdZqaJO8  (Duncan Lamont tune sung by Tina May)

https://youtu.be/zkSchS8tLe0  (Esther Bennett featuring Duncan Lamont)


Wednesday 4th:

     Pete Canter and Friends – Jam Session at the Exeter Phoenix 8.30pm

     £8.00 Entrance Fee (£4.00 for Jammers) includes raffle ticket to win CDs or wine.

     Exeter Phoenix Website


Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th:

     Wigan International Jazz Festival

Line Up Includes Curtis Stigers & The Ronnie Scotts Big Band. More details Festival Website

Friday 13th – Sunday 15th:

Swanage Jazz Festival

After a large scale Crowdfund campaign – The festival is back this summer! As big as it was before! A wide spectrum of jazz, from trad through modern to contemporary and gypsy jazz, based at two main stages and many venues throughout the town. Event website

Saturday 14th:

Annette Gregory 

Presents Ladies of Jazz at the Buxton Fringe Festival. Following on from her successful ‘Ella’ tour, Annette will captivate you with The Ladies Of Jazz.  Bringing her rich, deep delicate phrasing to songs sung by legends like Sarah Vaughan, Julie London, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Antia O’day.  Enchanting you with some hidden gems from the likes of June Christie and Chris Conner. Buxton Fringe Festival Website

Monday 16th – Wednesday 18th:

Champian Fulton Trio, Pizza Express Jazz Club 

The Champian Fulton Trio take a 3 night residency at the Pizza Express, Jazz Club. More details here

Tuesday 17th:

Annette Gregory 

Presents Ladies of Jazz at the Llandeilo Fawr Festival of Music. Following on from her successful ‘Ella’ tour, Annette will captivate you with The Ladies Of Jazz.  Bringing her rich, deep delicate phrasing to songs sung by legends like Sarah Vaughan, Julie London, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Antia O’day.  Enchanting you with some hidden gems from the likes of June Christie and Chris Conner. Llandeilo Fawr Festival of Music Website

Thursday 19th – Sunday 21st:

Hull Jazz Festival

 Two giants of UK jazz book-end the line-up. Multi-award-winning vocalist Cleveland Watkiss MBE opens the festival on Thursday 19 July, with an exciting new project with Hull’s massive Freedom Chorus. And the closing show on Saturday 21 July features MOBO award-winning saxophonist Denys Baptiste and his acclaimed re-imagining of John Coltrane’s late music……Hull Jazz Festival Website

Thursday 19th – Tuesday 24th:

JazzLeeds Festival

The 2nd Jazz Leeds Festival. From a one day festival in 2017 to a 5 day festival in 2018 and with plans to be enormous by 2023. See why at the JazzLeeds website

Friday 20th – Saturday 28th:

Manchester Jazz Festival

9 days of Jazz. Manchester jazz festival is the UK’s leading showcase for contemporary jazz, with an ongoing focus on championing the region’s creative artists and offering the UK’s only open jazz commissioning scheme for composer-musicians. This means you will see things at the Manchester Jazz Festival that you won’t experience at any other jazz festival. Event Website

Tuesday 24th – Sunday 29th:

Sligo Jazz Festival

Sligo Jazz Project’s annual event is one of Europe’s most unique festivals, built around Europe’s premier jazz summer school. This year Sligo Jazz Project has 26 tutors and attracts over one hundred and twenty participants annually. This fabulous bunch of avid music lovers forms our core audience and makes for an atmosphere like no other festival. Festival Website

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th:

Ealing Jazz Festival 

2 days of Jazz as part of Ealings Summer Festival programme. Full details at festivals website



 Friday 10th – Sunday 12th

Brecon Jazz Festival

It’s in its 35th unbroken year. Yes a special landmark year for Brecon Jazz. Full weekend details online here

Wednesday 15th – Sunday 19th:

Ilkley Jazz Festival

 29 events across 10 venues in the West Yorkshire town. More details at festival website

Thursday 30th August – Sunday 2nd September:
The Chapel Allerton Village Jazz Festival (a JazzLeeds event).
Events include 1920’s swing jazz & an opportunity for you to be a part of the Festival Jazz Jam. (Will that taste good on toast?) More info here

September 2018

Friday 14th – Sunday 16th:

Lowestoft Jazz Weekend

A weekend of Jazz includes Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll & Darius Brubeck. Details and Booking here 

Sunday 30th:

Eastbourne Splash Point Jazz Festival.

One day; 12 bands ; 3 venues. Musician include Nigel Milverton, Roger Beaujolais & Andy Panayi. All the info here



Friday 12th – Sunday 14th:

Marsden Jazz Festival

Founded in 1992, Marsden Jazz Festival is one of the UK’s longest established jazz festivals. Event Website


Fri 1st – Sun 3rd: 
Southport Jazz Festival
Jazz on a Winter Weekend. Jazz Festival Websit