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Please, please e-mail or post images, links & info to:-
As Soon As Possible! Why wouldn't you? Just do it!
To bands and musicians not booked, we only have 25
gigs/year and they are allocated months in advance


** Maybe FREE! Car Park off Mansell Street: See Info
Link says 'Paid' but if no Attendant in evening, looks OK.
Paid Parking: Picturehouse or behind the coach park
or in front of hospital
Warning: Shakespeare St, Mulberry St & Great William St. 6pm-8am : Permit Holders Only


WEDNESDAY 23 April 2014, 8pm

Tony Kofi with the BoHoP Trio. £10 (Students ½-price)
Tony Kofi (reeds) Neil Hunter (p) Geoff Pearson (b) Ian Beestin (d)

A welcome back to the Chapel to Tony Kofi (left) one of the finest jazz saxophonists on the UK jazz scene at the present time. Tony’s previous appearance at the Chapel was with Chris Biscoe at the Stratford Music Festival in 2010 when they did a stirring tribute to the legendary Eric Dolphy.


Tony Kofi

Tonight Tony fronts the BoHoP trio who earned some generous plaudits from the Stratford Jazz fans when they accompanied Greg Abate last October.

An evening of high quality bebop jazz is on the agenda with many jazz classics being the order of the day.

WEDNESDAY 14 May 2014, 8pm

THE ORIENT QUARTET £10 (Students ½-price)
Steve Waterman (t) Steve Kershaw (b) Dan Messore (g) Gethin Jones (d)

A newly formed band that is causing quite a stir on the jazz circuit which will come as no surprise when one studies the stellar line-up.

Steve Waterman

Legendary is a much overworked word but I do not think this is so when describing trumpeter Steve Waterman who is one of the most respected jazz musicians both at home and on the international scene.
Steve Kershaw needs no introduction to Stratford Jazz – well known for his stimulating appearances with Stekpanna and his fellow musicians from Russia.

Dan Messore a jazz guitarist of the highest quality – described by Peter Quinn of Jazzwise as “a formidable improviser with an assured sense of narrative ebb and flow”.

Add probably the best jazz drummer to come out of Wales in Gethin Jones and you get a jazz quartet to die for.

WEDNESDAY 28 May 2014, 8pm

TOM HILL’S ZZBop £10 (Students ½-price)
Tom Hill (b) Ian Ellis (s) Craig Milverton (p) Nick Millward (d)

It’s been some time since this excellent band visited Stratford Jazz although Tom, Craig and Nick have all made quite a number of appearances with different groups.

Tom Hill

I think Ian Ellis is one of the best UK jazz saxophonists around and is undoubted talents are somewhat underrated. Expect a feast of hard bebop jazz with classic jazz standards and some original works from Tom and Craig.

WEDNESDAY 16 June 2014, 8pm

NIC MEIER QUARTET £10 (Students ½-price)
Nic Meier (guitar/glissentar) Kevin Glasgow (b) Demi Garcia (per)
Laurence Lowe (d)

Nic Meier is one of the jazz world’s most progressive and exciting guitarists. Tonight he makes a welcome re-appearance to Stratford Jazz in a programme featuring his latest album “Kismet”.
As a composer/arranger he mixes influences from Turkey, central Europe, Iberia and the Americas in what promises to be a jazz evening with a difference. Look out for the Flamenco treatment given to Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”. A gig not to be missed!

Nic Meier (guitar/glissentar)
Nic Meier (guitar/glissentar)

WEDNESDAY 25 June 2014, 8pm

JON DALTON TRIO £10 (Students ½-price)
Jon Dalton (g) John-Paul Gard (organ) Toby Perret (d)

UK born but now based in Los Angeles Jon Dalton visits the UK for a short tour. Accompanied by Hammond-Organ virtuoso John-Paul Gard and the talented Toby Perret on drums the trio’s music is vibrant, exciting, organic and alive. At times smooth and then driven and full of fire and groove.

“The playing is strong and convincing throughout; these guys can really deliver…”

Jon Dalton (guitar)
Jon Dalton (guitar)



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Stratford Jazz - Review


Roy Stevens, 10/04/2014

When Phil Robson experimented on two gigs with a newly formed organ trio the line-up proved such a hit with musicians and audience alike that it just had to become a touring and recording combo. At the Chapel at No.1, Shakespeare Street on Wednesday evening the new trio presented its first concert as part of a Jazz Services sponsored UK tour.

Phil Robson's New Organ Trio

Apparently the concept of an organ trio has always been close to guitarist Phil Robson’s heart and joining forces with Hammond virtuoso Ross Stanley and his Partisans colleague the forceful drummer Gene Calderazzo he has shown serious intent with such an all-star cast. A wealth of new material composed specially for this tour, some of which had been written just five days previously, confirmed Phil’s front ranking in the jazz world not only as a player but as a composer also.

Dave Holland’s The Oracle opened proceedings and set the tone for the rest of the evening with a combination of high octane rock alternating seamlessly with hard bop and improvisational brilliance of the highest order. From then on Phil Robson’s creative compositions took centre stage new compositions intermingled with tunes that Phil had written for others bands. I was particularly impressed by the new treatment given to Last Chance, a signature number with the Partisans band, which highlighted the freedom jazz musicians have when taking a different direction with a familiar tune.

Although it could be said that presently this trio is a work in progress what certainly comes across is the obvious sense of fun and vitality in the music. The tremendous power and subtlety from Gene Calderazzo ensures that the music swings like mad, Ross Stanley on Hammond went from his flowing and lyrical playing to some raw and percussive grooves and Phil Robson displayed fine leadership skills to complement his playing and writing.

Tony Kofi is a jazz saxophonist who ranks with the best in the UK and on Wednesday, 23rd April he appears at the Chapel when he fronts the BoHop Trio.
For information on this and other gigs to be presented by Stratford Jazz visit

Roy Stevens, 10/04/2014

Stratford Jazz - Review


By Roy Stevens 27/03/2014

Three talented UK based jazz musicians presented a most accomplished concert at the Chapel at No.1, Shakespeare Street on Wednesday evening when guitarist Maciek Pysz brought his trio. However, despite being UK based Maciek is Polish and has been based in London since 2003, bassist Yuri Goloubev is Russian, and drummer Asaf Sirkis comes from Israel. To add further to the international flavour Insight, the debut recording of this fine trio, was recorded at the renowned Artesuono Studios in Udine, Italy and over the past six months I have played this beautifully engineered album constantly – awaiting the live concert with some anticipation.


Naturally the concert majored around Maciek’s compositions and arrangements from the Insight album, displaying music which is highly emotional, melodic and accessible, combining the rhythms of Latin and Spain. The culmination of three years touring and performing together has resulted in a tight knit combo feeling comfortable with each other and all thoroughly enjoying being immersed in Maciek’s technically challenging music. The variety of sounds, textures and colours the trio creates is really amazing from such a small group.

In an exhilarating evening of original compositions that embraced Maciek’s classical and jazz influences it seems churlish to pick out highlights in such a plethora of choice. Blue Water the stunning finale of the first set started with Maciek’s signature picking style taking us through calm waters before climaxing with some dynamic bass and percussion work from Yuri and Asaf depicting a storm at sea with such intensity that the audience was left gasping. Then the sublime tenderness of Moody Leaf – Yuri’s melancholy bow work leading in before executing some eloquent pizzicato skills alongside Maciek’s picked guitar and Asaf’s emotive percussion. A poignant tribute to the Legendary Paco de Lucia was a fitting deviation from the Insight script that again confirmed the influence that Spanish flamenco has had on Maciek’s music.

I believe there is much more to come from this excellent trio and just hope that they stay together for a while longer to realise their full potential. The influences of Spanish flamenco combining with the Polish, Russian and Israeli protagonists worked a treat for me.

Another superb guitarist graces the scene at the Chapel on Wednesday evening, 9th April when Phil Robson’s Organ Trio take centre stage. With Ross Stanley on Hammond-Organ and the flamboyant Gene Calderazzo on drums this promises to be a sell-out concert. For more information on this and other concerts visit

Roy Stevens 27/03/2014  

Parking: Suggestion:

Off Mansell St. CV37 6NR only 350 yards walk.
Has been FREE! in the evening. Do check!
Update, February 2014: We understand that for anyone who arrives in the evening, after the booth attendant has left and after the car park patroller has been (probably by 6.30 p.m.), the parking is free. 
If there is no-one there to pay, you are okay, we are told.

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p= piano/keyboard, b= bass, g= guitar, s= sax(s)/reeds, t-s=tenor sax, d= drums, v= vocals, t= trumpet, tb = trombone, pc=percussion, acc = accordion, fh = flugal horn TBC=to be confirmed

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