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Loxwood Jazz and Blues Club


World Class Musicians usually the 3rd Tuesday of every month

Simon launched the Loxwood Jazz and Blues Club to raise much needed funds to extend and improve his local village hall. The first night in December 2009 was a sell out and it continues to sell out most months. World class musicians join Simon to provide a variety of highly entertaining evenings. The hall's fundraising committee were delighted and work hard each month to ensure there is a licensed bar with real ale and set the hall up in a relaxed way with candlelit tables to create a fantastic atmosphere. To find out more about the hall refurbishment click here.

Tickets are only £10 each (unless otherwise stated) and available from Anita Bates on 07739 231 467, anita@anitabates.com or from Loxwood Post office and stores. Doors open at 7.30 and the music starts at 8pm. The location is Loxwood Village Hall, Guildford Road, Loxwood, RH14 0SF.


Summary of dates, full details of each are below:

17th April              Peter Rudeforth Dixieland Band

15th May              Sax Appeal 40th Birthday Celebration £15

19th June             Simply Swing

17th July              The Boater’s Project

18th September   Chris Dean

16th October        Clarinet Maestros £15

20th November    Simon Bates Big Band £15

18th December    Christmas Party

Please note: the club does not run in August


17th April 2018 

Peter Rudeforth Dixieland Band


Peter Rudeforth joined the Chris Barber Band in 2008 and has been their main trumpeter ever since! A child prodigy, at the age of 16 he was in demand as a soloist, broadcasting live on radio and television and made a commercial recording of a Vivaldi Concerto. He is a member of many bands and orchestras including the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, and the Palm Court Theatre Orchestra.  He has also worked with Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen, Acker Bilk, George Melly, the Temperance Seven and the Pasadena Rood Orchestra.  Joining Simon and Peter will be Bunny Thompson on piano, Roger Curphey on Bass and John Elmer on Drums.


15th May 2018 

Sax Appeal 40th Birthday  Tickets £15 

Loxwood Jazz are delighted to be celebrating Sax Appeal's 40th birthday!  Five of the UKs top Saxophonists led by powerhouse Derek Nash play a wide variety of music from jazz to funk; slow to fast.  Expect virtuosity of the highest order and a rhythm section of the best players around. 


19th June 2018 

Simply Swing

Featuring Steve Pert (Vocals), Simon Bates (Sax), Sandra Lambert (Piano), Mick Hutton (Bass) and Jeff Lardner (Drums).  Always a massive hit with the Loxwood audience, the Simply Swing Band has been at the heart of the London entertainment scene for 20 years.  Playful and dramatic, cool and current, Simply Swing will take you on a musical journey from Frank Sinatra to Michael Buble with class, humour and virtuosity.


17th July 2018 

The Boater's Project

The Boater's Project was formed around a band of the top London session musicians who appear regularly at the Sunday night Boater's Inn Jazz Club in Kingston (Founded in 1990). Featuring Jacqui Hicks - vocals (Shakatak, Matt Bianco), Phil Mulford - bass (Joss Stone, Annie Lennox, Chaka Khan), Simon Carter - keyboards (Jamiroquai, Craig David, Leo Sayer) and Martin 'Frosty' Beedle - drums (Boy George, John Wilson, Gloria Gaynor).  Expect pop songs and jazz standards in a funkier style...


18th September 2018 

Chris Dean Quintet

Trombonist and singer Chris Dean is Britain's foremost Big Band Leader, being the Musical Director of the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, and he has had a glittering, star-studied career.  As a session musician Chis has recorded with Frank Sinatra, Quincy Jones, Nelson Riddle, George Shearing, Henry Mancini, Michel Legrand, Barbara Streisand, Natalie Cole, Liza Minelli, Mel Torme and Shirley Bassey among many others.  He has also played with the LSO and RPO and performed on albums for the likes of Eric Clapton, Westlife, Wet Wet Wet and Queen.  Not only is Chris as amazing musician, but he is also a great entertainer and his audience always leaves with a smile! 



16th October 2018 

The Clarinet Maestros! - Ken Peplowski, Julian Stringle and Simon Bates  Tickets £15 

After a very popular sell our show at Loxwood Jazz in 2017, the American clarinet star Ken Peplowski & Europe’s premier jazz clarinetist and Loxwood Jazz favourite Julian Marc Stringle return to perform with Simon and the trio. ‘The Clarinet Maestros’ will perform an exciting and refreshing programme of great melodies by both British and American tunesmiths.


Starting his career off playing in the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the litany of musicians Ken has collaborated with includes: Mel Torme, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Madonna, Hank Jones, Rosemary Clooney, Tom Harrell,  James Moody, Cedar Walton, Houston Person, Woody Allen and Marianne Faithfull. In 1984, Benny Goodman came out of retirement and put together a new band, hiring Ken on tenor saxophone. He has recorded more than 50 CDs as a soloist, over 400 as a sideman and has won the Down Beat best clarinetist award several times!


"Mr. Peplowski sounds the way (Benny) Goodman might if he had kept evolving, kept on listening to new music, kept refining his sound, polishing his craft, and expanding his musical purview into the 21st century.” Will Friedwald in The Wall Street Journal, December 2012


"Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist" Russell Davies, BBC2



20th November 2018 

Simon Bates Big Band      Tickets £15  (and sell out very fast!)

A regular feature in the Loxwood Jazz calendar and Simon’s favourite gig of the year, this 18 piece big band guarantees to keep you smiling from the first to last note – and beyond! Expect a mix of Basie, Ellington and Gordon Goodwin with some new arrangements and rarely performed music from British composers and arrangers. As ever the all-star line-up comprises the best of British Jazz including Pete Cater on Drums, Mick Hutton on Bass, Gabriel Garrick on Trumpet and the incomparable Ozzie on percussion. Tickets go on sale from Anita in September and always sell out fast.


18th December 2018


Loxwood Jazz Christmas Party     

Now an annual tradition at Loxwood Jazz, our Christmas party features a dazzling array of the country’s finest musicians backing a glamorous and talented singer. Expect happy standards and lots of the most wonderful festive songs given the Loxwood Jazz treatment. The only way to start your festive celebrations!


Please note: the club does not run in August


 

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