Note our New Venue
From 22 Dec 2016

Dave & Sheila 01945-588325 or mail to 2359o675 at

Our normal jazz night is the first and third Tuesday, in the month
unless stated otherwise.
Admission revised, see below
Good parking, great venue, good music, dance area, a great night out.
Refreshments available, and the band will start at the regular time of 8 pm.
NEW members welcome

Please note that entry fee is now £10.00 members/£12.00 Non Members.

Jazz Diary updated 18 August 2017

July 18th
Peter Rudeforth

Peter Rudeforths Select Six

Peter Rudeforth -trumpet, Andy Flaxman – trombone; Richie Howard – clarinet; Jean-Marie Fagon – guitar; Murray Salmon – bass; Alan Clarke – drums

This brilliant new band was carefully selected especially for the Theydon Jazz Club just a year ago on the initiative of organizers Dave & Sheila Dyer. Several of the members were familiar favourites, but both ‘Bone Supremacy’ trombonist Andy Flaxman and French ‘Hot Club’-style guitarist Jean-Marie Fagan made their Theydon debuts. We’re now delighted to be welcoming them back to Thornwood Common, Don’t miss them!

August 1st
Dart Valley Stompers

The Dart Valley Stompers (50p surcharge tonight)

Jeremy Huggett on tenor sax, soprano sax, clarinet & vocals, Graham Trevarton on trumpet & vocals, and Ron Milford on trombone & vocals, Howard Williams on banjo & guitar, Tony Mann on double bass and Chris Stockings on drums.

The Dart Valley Stompers is one of the most popular and busiest bands in the country regularly performing to capacity audiences at Jazz Clubs and Festivals both in the UK and abroad.

For those that missed it, this evening was one of the best ever, lively is an understatement, and every member of the band was totally brilliant, ten out of ten.

August 15th
Carol Braithewaite

Carol Braithewaite and her Jazz Crew

Carol Braithwaite- vocal, Alan Gresty – trumpet; John Crocker – clarinet / tenor sax; Tim Huskisson – keyboard; Roger Curphey – bass; Paul Budd – drums

An in-demand singer for many years in and around Essex, London and Kent, Carol brings echoes of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday to her stylish performances (just hear her sing Billie’s You’ve Changed!). And she surrounds herself with top quality musicians. Take a mix of swing, wonderful ballads, traditional jazz and the Great American Songbook, add the odd saucy lyric and a sprinkling of Latin, and you have a typical idea of what to expect from Carol Braithwaite’s Jazz Crew.

Sept 5th
Gary Woods

The Gary Wood Swing Quintet

Gary Wood - Trumpet and Vocals; Dan Foster - Saxes; Roger Evan - Keyboard
Chris Green - Bass; Ronnie Fenn - Drums

Gary Wood is one of the country’s leading Jazz/Swing Trumpeters and Vocalists – equally at home as a solo artist or with bands, including his own quartet with whom he has released a CD ‘Evening Standards’. His Gary Wood Swing Band is also in great demand and amongst a variety of shows offered have recently triumphed with ‘When Jazz Meets Gospel’ a combination of slide show, narration and iconic live jazz - all researched, written and presented by the man himself. Gary’s trumpet skills are such that he has played with such ‘greats’ as Johnny Dankworth, Alan Barnes and Roy Williams.
Gary has an extremely likeable stage presence and speaks to his audiences with enormous charm and wit and they respond with great warmth and enthusiasm – something which has made him a popular attraction in live venues and prestigious Festivals throughout the UK and Europe.

Please note that entry fee is now £10.00 members/£12.00 Non Members, sorry.

Sept 19th
Kid Tidiman

George “Kid” Tidimans Allstars

George Tidiman– trombone. Denny Islett – trumpet; Tim Huskisson – clarinet; Bob Allbut – banjo & vocals; Johnny Sirett – bass; Bill Finch – drums 

Even when you’ve heard them before, George Tidiman’s jokes are hilarious – and the jazz is great too, with the peerless front line duo of Denny Islett and Tim Huskisson joining the leader’s Kid Ory-style trombone. An entertaining evening to be enjoyed!
Veteran George Tidiman exudes a youthful spirit of joy in his music that makes him the eternal “Kid” – a “Kid” too in the sense that his kidding, his endless flow of jokes, always makes for a hugely entertaining evening. His All Stars romp through the music of the classic era of Jelly Roll Morton, and of course George’s idol, Kid Ory. Star trumpeter Denny Islett leads, with Tim Huskisson back on clarinet. RC 2/1/2015

Please note that entry fee is now £10.00 members/£12.00 Non Members, sorry.

Octob 3rd
Jackie Free

Jackie Free & his Chicagoans

Jackie Free-trombone, Peter Rudeforth-trumpet, John Crocker or Julian Marc Stringle- clarinet & tenor sax, Tim Huskisson-keyboard , Murray Salmon-bass, Martin Guy or John Watson-drums

For jazz fans ‘the best things in life are Free’ – Jackie Free, that is, and his superlative Chicagoans. Louis Armstrong, no less, described him as “a fine trombone man”. Not only does Jackie share his trombone artistry with another great octogenarian, Chris Barber, but his magnificent front line has Barber’s trumpeter, the peerless Peter Rudeforth, and a Barber stalwart for 35 years, John Crocker. As the title of their last CD announces, hear them Strike Up The Band.

Please note that entry fee is now £10.00 members/£12.00 Non Members, sorry.


Octob 17th
T J Johnson

T J Johnsons Jazz & Blues Band

TJ Johnson and His Band
TJ Johnson is one of the UK’s most charismatic and highly revered jazz & blues singers. Backed by his band of top London musicians, TJ plays a blend of jazz, blues, soul, country and gospel influenced by Ray Charles, Dr John, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, BB King, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Witherspoon. Presented in a cabaret setting with a bar running throughout.


Please note that entry fee is now £10.00 members/£12.00 Non Members, sorry.

Nov 7th
J M Stringle

Julian Marc Stringle & his Chosen Men

Enrico Tomasso- trumpet; Tim Huskisson- clarinet; Roy Williams-trombone, Paul Higgs-piano;Les Cirkel-drums; Roger Curphy-bass

Re 17th January 2017
That was a real knockout session; unbelievable that they hadn’t played together as a band before. Right from the very first "Exactly Like You" they blended superbly, with the front line all equally forthright, inspired by an altogether superior rhythm section. I understand they’d be very pleased to return as a unit, so I very much hope they will.

Please note that entry fee is now £10.00 members/£12.00 Non Members, sorry.

Nov 21st
The Melvin Beddows BIG band
Dec 5th TBA
Dec 19th The Theydon Select six
NB this information is as correct as can be ascertained in advance, unfortunately we cannot guarantee the appearance of named artists