Note our New Venue
From 22 Dec 2016

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


Our normal jazz night is the first and third Tuesday, in the month
unless stated otherwise.
Admission £8.00 Members, £10.00 Guests
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


Jazz Diary updated 28th January 2017

Wed 7th Dec
Shooting Stars

Richard Exall's Shooting Stars

Peter Rudeforth, John Watson, Richard Exall, Graham Read & Geoff Tooley (photo by RC)

All the bands visiting our jazz club are of a high standard, but none is welcomed with greater enthusiasm than The Shooting Stars, so brilliantly led by clarinettist and saxophonist Richard Exall, a musician who has indeed blazed a meteoric trail across the jazz firmament. With its appealingly eclectic mix of jazz styles, the group, founded in 2008 and once more fronted by the peerless Peter Rudeforth, are firm favourites wherever they go. Join them in the Bar of The King’s Oak. RC

Wed 14th Dec
Peter Rudeforth



Peter Rudeforth's 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 to their first visit to Thornwood Common, Don’t miss them!

NOW AT NEW VENUE Thornwood Common Village Hall
Village Hall




Come and join us at our new spacious venue, Our first event is Thursday the 22nd of December, good parking, plenty of room, some refreshments, and a very friendly crowd, a raffle at 9.00, and of course some very good bands, some will be new to us, some our old friends, but all good.

It seats about 150 people, is clean with an attractive parquet floor and a stage (see picture). There is a biggish car park, and it’s only just off the main B1393 road. We do have to pay the council for the hall (not cheap), but we hope to cover the costs with money recovered from tea/coffee/snacks etc. arranged by Sheila.

THURSDAY
22nd Dec Hugh Rainey


Hugh Rainey and his Jazzband

Hugh Rainey - trumpet; Les Handscombe – trombone; Brian Hart – clarinet & saxes; Tim Huskisson – piano; Ollie Benson – banjo & guitar; Derek Pring – bass; Johnny Baker – drums & vocals

A momentous date for the Theydon Jazz Club: the first session at our fine new home of Thornwood Common Village Hall. The launch will be a special pre-Christmas jazz celebration featuring one of our firmest favourite bands. Hearing Hugh Rainey lay down a strong melodic trumpet lead for his Jazz Band, it isn’t surprising that his group has numbered among the most entertaining in all British jazz for so many years. Of the seven-piece band making their welcome quarterly visit on 22nd (for the first time ever, on a Thursday), Les, Brian, Derek and Johnny have all been regular members since the millennium with, more recently, Ollie Benson taking over on banjo and guitar, and the superb Tim Huskisson playing keyboard. Altogether Hugh remains one of our great British jazzmen, leading one of the great British jazz bands. RC


Tuesday 3rd Jan 2017
T J Johnson

TJ Johnson's Blues Band

TJ Johnson-piano , Al Nichols - saxes, Tony Pitt - guitar/banjo; Wesley Gibbens - drums; Jay Darwish- double bass.

He is also an accomplished piano player, drummer and a respected bandleader. Always a true ambassador of the soul, TJ sings songs of love lost and gained, of life wholesome and corrupt, songs of hope, songs of the night, all with the true passion and boozy swagger of only a man who has been there and knows.

Backed by his group of top British musicians TJ plays an extraordinary blend of music that transcends the boundaries of jazz, blues, soul, country and gospel and is influenced by the likes of Ray Charles, Dr John, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, BB King, Nina Simone, Alberta Hunter, Jimmy Witherspoon and many more. His distinctive voice and unique personal stage manner brings both the band and the audience together to create an intimate yet exciting atmosphere rarely equalled.
If you missed this, well it was a really great evening, enjoyed by all.


17th Jan
Chosen  Men


Julian Stringle's Chosen Men

Julian Stringle-clarinet & saxes, Enrico Tomasso-trumpet; Roy Williams-trombone; Tim Huskisson-piano; Roger Curphy-bass; Les Cirkel-drums.

We know most of this new band, so it should be good.


Tues.7th Feb.


Mike Barry's Uptown Gang

Mike Barry-trumpet, Mike Holt-trombone, Goff Dubber- clarinet & saxes, John Stuart-banjo & guitar, Roger Curphey-bass, Graham Collicott-drums

Always a firm favourite at Chigwell (I’ve heard them there 20 times! – Ray), The Uptown Gang make another visit to Theydon. Their first gig, on 2nd June, was a great success so, with veteran trumpet maestro Mike blowing as well as ever, an exhilarating evening of jazz classics is guaranteed.

Tues. 21st Feb.
Peter Rudeforth

Peter Rudeforth's Theydon Select Six

Peter Rudeforth -trumpet, Andy Flaxman – trombone; Richie Howard – clarinet; Tim Huskisson - keyboard; 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 to their first visit to Thornwood Common, Don’t miss them!


Tues. 7th Mar.
Carol Braithwaite

Carol Braithwaite's Jazz Crew

Carol Braithwaite-vocal; Tim Huskisson-keyboard; Goff Dubber-sax, Alan Gresty-trumpet; Roger Curphey-bass, Mike Barry-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 C .

Tues. 21st Mar.
Gresty White

Gresty White Ragtimers

Alan Gresty-trombone, Goff Dubber, Dave Hewett, Colin Bray, John Arthy, John Watson, and probably John Ellmer on CLARINET

Alan Gresty & Brian White’s Ragtimers The band was originally formed to pay tribute to the great cornetist, Muggsy Spanier. Their interpretation of his music had led them to record three volumes of ‘Muggsy Remembered’ for the New Orleans based ‘Jazzology’ label. The repertoire of the band has now been extended to include other material from the Golden Age of Dixieland

Tues. 4th Apl.

Dave Grants Carlton Jazz Band (Please note changes to band).

Dave Grant-drums, Mike Cotton-trumpet, Derek Clenshaw-trombone, Martin Nickless- clarinet, Paul Higgs-keyboard, Ted Simkins-bass

The Carlton Jazz started by Dave Grant in the mid-90s has won a reputation as one of the most accomplished and enjoyable units in the South East. Their eclectic style goes from Dixieland to Latin American to Mainstream – and all stops in between! Led by the ever-ebullient Gary Wood, the top-notch front line also boasts one of the most brilliant trombonists around in Derek Clenshaw.

Tues. 18th Apl.
Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes & His Sunshine Kings

Graham Hughes- trombone, Tom Dennis – trumpet; David Horniblow – clarinet & tenor sax; Laurence Corns – guitar; Paul Tkachenko – sousaphone; Alessandro “Bubu” Canini – drums (list is provisional only)

We have been lucky to have had this band for several years now, always a good evening and never fail to please. Whatever the weather, Graham Hughes’ band bring a welcome ray of youthful sunshine to energize us. Their New Orleans music is full of fun and joy, and an evening in their lively company will leave you feeling young again.

 

NB this information is as correct as can be ascertained in advance, unfortunately we cannot guarantee the appearance of named artists