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 £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 21st April 2017

April 4th
Dave Grant

Dave Grant & his Carlton Jazz Band

Dave Grant-drums, Gary Wood-trumpet, Derek Clenshaw-trombone, Martin Nickless- clarinet, Tim Huskisson-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.

April 18th
Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes-trombone; Peter Rudeforth- trumpet; Julian Marc Stringle- clarinet; Bubu Callini -drums; Ben Hazleton- bass; Laurence Corns – guitar;

The ageing (sorry, maturing) Traditional jazz scene always welcomes an energizing ray of youthful sunshine – especially the sort provided by trombonist Graham Hughes and his Sunshine Kings, one of the most entertaining and exuberant bands in the country, and a firm favourite at our jazz club.

May 2nd

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.

May 16th
George 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

June 6th
Tony Pitt

Tony Pitt & his Allstars

Tony Pitt-banjo, Alan Gresty-cornet, Dave Hewett-trombone, Al Nicholls-soprano & tenor saxes (or Adrian Cox- clarinet & alto sax), * Morgan- bass, John Elmer-drums

When veteran banjo-player Tony Pitt brings his All Stars (formed in 2006) to the jazz club you know what you’re in for: in Tony’s own words, “the hot, foot-tapping traditional jazz we all enjoyed playing, listening or dancing to in those far off days back in the 60s. While I can’t go back to those times, it takes me as close as I can get.” And at the end of the evening everyone is smiling. His All Stars feature the thrilling tenor sax playing of Al Nicholls. Ray Crick

June 20th
Westside Syncopators

The Westside Syncopators

The musicians in the Westside Syncopators are all highly trained, highly experienced professionals who between them have played at: jazz clubs across the UK including Ronnie Scotts and Pizza Express Jazz Club; jazz festivals and venues in France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Denmark, Switzerland and countless other nations; society events including The Chelsea Flower Show, Henley Regatta and Royal Ascot; event venues ranging from Buckingham Palace to The Savoy to the Gherkin Tower; and all kinds of private events from weddings to birthday parties to corporate events to book launches to river boats.

July 4th
Chosen men

The 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.

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!

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