Marlow Jazz Club has now been presenting live music for more than 40 years. It began life as the Chilterns Jazz Appreciation Society in the early 1970s with record recitals and jazz film shows. The first live gig in 1976 was in the function room of Marlow’s Clayton Arms pub in Quoiting Square. The programme was initially local bands but the Claytons eventually proved too small for the growing interest, and the first of many moves was made. A very successful venue in the early years was the Firefly at Bourne End (recently demolished), when the bookings became more ambitious and top names on the jazz scene began to appear.
The Royal British Legion Hall has been the venue for the last 10 years and is rated as the best and most comfortable ever by the Club. Over those 39 years there is a very impressive list of top bands and solo stars that have appeared. When a resident trio is required the pianist is usually Frank Toms, who played at that first ever gig at the Clayton Arms. The Club is non-profit making and the aim is only to “break even”. On the (rare!) occasions that there is spare money, then local charities usually benefit.


Car Park  -  Everyone welcome
Bar, Real Ale a speciality and all drinks at fair prices


Often billed as Marlow Jazz Club’s most popular attraction: the truly amazing Gary Potter, top guitarist in the Django tradition returns after a ten month absence along with the extrovert violin talents of Noreen Cullen from Riverdance; Nils Solberg providing brilliant second guitar and an occasional vocal, and the top bass player for this style of jazz – Andy Crowdy. Their last appearance in May 2017 was recorded and another Marlow Jazz Club CD is on the way, hopefully might be available on the night. Gary comes well over 200 miles to play for us, so we’ll have to make this a £10 one! He has guitar fans that don’t seem to show up for other gigs, so once again, you can reserve seats or tables in advance. Don’t miss this!


A change of personnel and a change of name for the band that pays tribute to the unique and melodic sound of Milt Jackson and John Lewis’ original MJQ. The equally superb vibes player Nat Steele has taken the reins from Jim Hart who has moved to France and Nat will be joined by Gabriel Latchen, piano; Steve Brown, drums, (Britain’s finest) and Dario Di Lecce bass, playing all those memorable tunes such as “Bag’s Groove” and “The Golden Striker”. They will be on tour through April to celebrate their new CD and Marlow Jazz Club are honoured to be an early date on their schedule which will be nationally advertised. The CD has received a glowing review in January Jazz Journal and will be on sale on the night. Admission will be £10


Two of the Club’s special favourites experienced health problems in 2017, namely Jim Mullen and Peter King, but they are both now back in business and we hope to see them down here a bit later in the year. Other suggestions welcome.


The Jazz Show “Swing That Music” on Local Radio Station Marlow FM 97.5 Sunday 8pm to 10pm. 97.5 FM

Listen on-line or “listen again” at www.marlowfm.co.uk
Always a rare concert recording in the last half hour
plus news of the Club & local gigs

Also recordings made here when we get permission

michael@jazzfans.co  or  01628 486571


Our Events

We have a wide range of activities during the week as well as occasional Live Entertainment on Saturdays. Details of most of these activities are shown on the Weekly Events page


How to Find Us

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Contact Details

Feel free to contact us using the following details.

Tel: 01628 486659
Weekday evenings after 7 p.m. and
Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes

Email: info@rblmarlow.co.uk