Jazz

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.

 

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

 
 
 

TUESDAY MAY 1st ; FIVE STAR SWING ! WYCOMBE ARTS FESTIVAL GIG !
Once again Marlow Jazz Club have the honour of being asked to stage the jazz gig in the 2018 Wycombe Arts Festival, here at the Royal British Legion Hall
In previous years (Gary Potter, Peter King / Simon Spillett) have been a big success with full houses. This year we have the nationally acclaimed Five Star Swing, a star-studded 10 piece who play the great classics from the Swing Era, including Glenn Miller,
Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman with vocals, Sinatra style, from leader Chris Smith and also from the Ella Fitzgerald- influenced Simone Smith, who also plays alto sax. Chris was formerly the musical arranger for the BBC Big Band and for Herb Miller’s Orchestra (Glenn’s brother)
As featured at London’s Leicester Square Theatre, and as seen on BBC TV’s
"Children in Need", Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity Ball, & at Blackpool Tower Ballroom
“Swing and Song of the highest order” Daily Telegraph
"Superb - they swing like crazy!” Sheila Tracy, BBC Radio 2

NOTE THIS ONE WILL BE AN 8 p.m. START - NOT OUR NORMAL 8.30 p.m.
 AS IT WILL BE POPULAR YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO RESERVE
SEATS OR TABLES IN ADVANCE (BUT PAY ON THE NIGHT £10)
PHONE 01628 486571 TO SAVE A PLACE, (MAY NOT BE MANY
AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR). PLEASE SUPPORT THIS TOP EVENT!!

 

   

TUESDAY JUNE 5th ; PETER KING & SIMON SPILLETT
+ THE FRANK TOMS
TRIO
Despite a period of poor health in 2017, Peter King, Europe’s top alto, and one of the all-time greats and a true legend of British Jazz, continued to play magnificently. He is now returning to something like full strength, and it will be a real pleasure to see him back at Marlow Jazz Club. He has been a great Club favourite since his first appearance in the late 1970s. He will be in tandem again with a regular favourite – supreme tenor sax star Simon Spillett
Backing by Frank Toms, piano, Elliot Toms, drums and Stuart Barker on bass
£10 on the door on the night

 

 

 

TUESDAY JULY 10th  ; GILAD ATZMON PLAYS CHARLIE PARKER
+ THE FRANK TOMS TRIO
Without doubt one of the most brilliant (and unpredictable) jazz musicians based in this country featuring powerful alto and tenor saxes plus clarinet. Last year a planned date here had to be altered due to a mystery illness that affected Gilad, but he is in great shape now - one of the busiest jazzmen around, either in solo dates or with his own Orient House Ensemble. This gig could be a bit sensational and Gilad will be featuring music from his original influence “Bird” the great Charlie Parker
Don’t miss this ; it’s £8 on the door on the night

 

 

  More details soon but the August gig (7th) looks likely to feature the new ten piece band put together by our long standing pianist Frank Toms and featuring some big names such as top trumpet star Steve Waterman. The great name for the band is “CONKERS” “we play old chestnuts”. A nice way to celebrate Frank’s 42 years with this club. He played our 2nd gig (July 1976) in the back room of the Clayton Arms

 

 
 

The BBO Berks, Bucks & Oxon Big Band play at the Royal British Legion Hall (Station Approach, Marlow)
on the last Thursday of most months 8.15pm with proceeds to various local charities.
The band comprises 17 fine musicians and 2 vocalists.
We also mention jazz at Hedsor Social Club every Thursday (various guests) 8.30pm
and at The Perch, Marlow High Street, on the first Friday of the month 7.30pm

 

 

   

MARLOW FM COMMUNITY RADIO STATION
“Swing That Music” - Jazz & Blues show
Sunday nights 6 - 8 p.m. often featuring rare jazz concert recordings in the 2nd hour or recordings made here at the Club
if the musicians give their permission.
97.5 on your FM dial. Also on line via the web-site www.marlowfm.co.uk which has a facility to “listen again” if you missed the show

ENQUIRIES / SUGGESTIONS / RESERVATIONS ALWAYS WELCOMED
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



Station Approach
Marlow
Bucks
SL7 1NT

 

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