2009 - 2024 Celebrating 15 years of Jazz in Loxwood!

World Class Musicians In Aid Of Loxwood Village Hall

Enjoy great music and a fully licenced bar with real ale!
Tickets available from:
John Murray Butcher & Game Dealer The Parade, Loxwood (CASH ONLY) tickets@loxwoodjazz.co.uk (click the Buy Tickets links below) 

By Telephone From:
Peter Winney 01403 752 377
Doors open at 7.30pm for music starting at 8pm
North Hall, Guildford Road, Loxwood, West Sussex. RH14 0SF

Hosting the evenings, multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger Simon Bates plays with the featured artists every month. Simon originally launched the Loxwood Jazz 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. UK based and international professional musicians join Simon to provide a variety of highly entertaining evenings in our intimate hall. There is a licensed bar with real ale and the hall is set up in a relaxed way with candlelit tables to create a fantastic atmosphere. Hope to see you at one of our wonderful events.

Registered Charity No: 207700 

Photo courtesy of Sam Gregory

Tuesday 19 September - Tickets £15


The Graham Russell Sextet is a six-piece jazz unit comprising of trumpet, saxophone, trombone, piano, bass and drums. Their repertoire is mainly jazz standards with some interesting and challenging arrangements by top
US trumpeter Bobby Shew. Bandleader and trumpeter Graham Russell, has worked with Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Paul McCartney, Elvis TCB band and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; other members have worked with artists including Jamie Cullum, Jools Holland and Elvis Costello.

Tuesday 17 October - Tickets £15


They’re back! The incredible pairing of woodwind virtuoso Simon Bates and piano supremo Harry The Piano with the addition of bass and drums. Harry has been at sea entertaining the well to do on the finest cruise ships for the best part of two years, so it’s good to finally get him performing on dry land. Expect the usual fireworks combining jazz standards and cabaret favourites – come prepared with some requests and discover some familiar tunes played in not so familiar ways!

Photo by Kevin Cherrington

Tuesday 21 November - Tickets £15


November wouldn’t be complete without another visit to Loxwood from the top UK musicians that make up the Simon Bates Big Band. Founded specifically for this club back in 2013 after requests from many of our regular audience members, Simon’s Big Band and its ever-expanding repertoire has been a regular feature in the calendar ever since.
Expect a mix of the classic big bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich 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 musicians including Loxwood favourites Chris Dean, Sid Gauld and Harry Greene.

Tuesday 19 December - Tickets £15


Kick-start your Christmas preparations with the ever popular Simply Swing and the fabulous vocals of Jacqui Hicks. Simply Swing’s Christmas show ‘Swingle Bells’ is an incredible array of the most popular Christmas songs sung and played by virtuosi musicians who have worked with many of the biggest names in the business including Van Morrison, Shakatak, Kylie Minogue, Helen Shapiro, BBC Big Band and Strictly Come Dancing. Ho-ho-

hope to see you there!

Tuesday 16 January - Tickets £15


Drummer, Composer and Musical Director Elliott Henshaw has worked with many well known artists and bands including Shirley Bassey, Paul Anka, Michael Ball, Jane McDonald, Sheridan Smith, David Benoit, Russell Watson, Tony Hadley, The BBC Big Band, The Drifters, Gwen Dickie, Georgie Fame, Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, Eric Marienthal, Beverley Knight and Phil Collins. He is currently the musical director and drummer for both Tony Christie and Leo Sayer and has performed on over 50 albums and recorded music for various film and TV shows. He also has played on over 20 West End shows and runs the 18 piece big band Spice Fusion!

Photo By Sam Gregory

Tuesday 20 February - Tickets £15


Multi award winning reeds player Alan Barnes is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist. He is best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax, where he combines a formidable virtuosity with a musical expression and collaborative spirit that has few peers. His formidable technique, versatility and brilliance have made him a first call for studio sessions and live work throughout the UK.
Alan's unique musicianship, indefatigable touring, and warm rapport with audiences have made him uniquely popular in British jazz.

Photo by Andrew Cleyndert

Tuesday 19 March - Tickets £15


Ronnie Scott's regulars, The Drawtones, create a warm and engaging atmosphere. Featuring seasoned jazz artists, they also nurture and spotlight new and young talent in the band. Relaxed and groovy, bluesy and funky, the sax /guitar /organ combination gives them access to the hippest tunes from the '50s and '60s jazz era, to the dance floor iconic instrumentals of the '70s and '80s. They adapt to the room and crowd, entertaining without imposing, building energetic improvisations whilst delivering the goods of the coolest and most recognisable tunes of the genre. Led by keyboard supremo Rod Pooley, the band features Andy Williams on Guitar, Simon Bates on Saxophone, Daniel Dotor on Bass and Jessica Dann on Drums.

Tuesday 16 April - Tickets £15


Top jazz violinist Mike Piggott and his band present an entertaining evening of favourites from the music of the great Stephane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, Joe Venuti and Stuff Smith alongside interpretations of American songbook composers including Cole Porter, Fats Waller and George Gershwin; with one or two unusual musical instruments to add a bit of spice! The quartet also features Nigel Kennedy’s guitarist Nils Solberg and bassist Peter Morgan.

Tuesday 21 May- Tickets £15


Mick Hanson is one of the UK’s leading exponents of jazz guitar. His unique style is a masterful fusion of his early blues roots with the honest swinging jazz of the 50’s and 60’s. Mick has worked with many of the worlds best known jazz performers including Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Dick Morrissey, Brian Dee, Gordon Beck and Dave Newton, and recorded two critically acclaimed albums as a leader. The quartet features keyboard virtuoso Bill Mudge who works with many top UK jazz musicians including Vasilis Xenopulous and Nigel Price.

Tuesday 18 June - Tickets £15


Established in 2009, jazz-tinged blues band 24 Pesos have been nominated more than 10 times at the British Blues Awards and have released 5 critically acclaimed albums The Boogie Worm, Busted Broken & Blue, When the Ship Goes Down, Flesh & Bones and Do The Right Thing which won the blues and soul awards for most innovative blues album of 2016.
Songwriter and band leader Julian Burdock has written, performed and recorded with many renowned artists such as Beverley Knight, Jocelyn Brown, Dave Stewart (The Eurythmics), SEAL, Billy Paul, Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion, Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley. The band’s current line- up features expert jazz musicians - saxophonist Simon Bates, bassist Nick Cohen and drummer Fabio Poian playing with a bluesy edge.

Photo By Ed Bell

Tuesday 16 July - Tickets £15


Loxwood Jazz host Simon Bates takes you on a journey of the first 100 years of the Clarinet in Jazz, starting with the pioneers Johnny Dodds and Sidney Bechet; through the swing era greats like Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw; on to the be-bop of Buddy DeFranco and Eric Dolphy to contemporary players like Paquito D’Rivera and Eddie Daniels (pictured with Simon) and many more.
There will be rare appearances of the beast that is the Bass Clarinet and its tiny brother the Eb Clarinet alongside the standard Bb Clarinet. You might even hear Simon's famous Acker Bilk impression! As ever, this show features the best musicians British jazz has to offer backing Simon.

Photo By Roger Thomas