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Scheduling for the early months of 2015 is in hand. Please keep an eye on this page for future scheduling.

Thank you.


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Wed 7th Jan 2015, 8pm
Alan Barnes/Bruce Adams front Tom Hill trio. £15 entrance. Tickets £13 on line
Alan Barnes (s) Bruce Adams (t) Tom Hill (b) Paul Sawtell (p) Neil Bullock (d)

Alan Barnes/Bruce Adams front the Tom Hill Trio
Alan Barnes (s) Bruce Adams (t)

This will be good, honest, straight-ahead jazz always swinging and with humour never far from the agenda. A cracking way to start 2015 swinging fashion  with Tom Hill’s superb trio in support. We can look forward to an evening of pure entertainment with lots of fun from five musicians who are at the top of their game.

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26 June 2014

The presentation of wine and flowers to Mary and I after the organ trio concert took us completely by surprise and I would like to thank you all, not only for the gifts, but for the wonderful support you have given me over the years.

As announced at the concert we have a full programme up to 7th January 2015 and after that date I will be relinquishing my duties regarding bookings etc with Stratford Jazz.

From September the management at No.1 will take on the running of Stratford Jazz and I will be on hand until January to assist with various matters including emceeing, reviews etc.

What happens after January 2015 is not clear at this stage. That’s normal for Stratford Jazz! It’s been like that since 1986 and we are still here after 28 years of amazing jazz and well over one thousand gigs.

Future plans are complicated by the fact that we have been unable to find someone to replace me. Finding a replacement could prove vital to the future of Stratford Jazz as No.1 management will rely heavily on the jazz input we should provide.

During the summer break I will be meeting with interested parties to see if a solution can be found. In the meantime if you have any views on how we should proceed in the future do not hesitate to make contact.

After a happy fifteen years connection with Stratford Jazz nothing would delight me more than to see live jazz thriving at No.1 over many more years to come.

Many thanks again.



** News from Stratford Jazz**

News: From Stratford Jazz & Survey  

  • We are very hopeful about some really positive discussions ...

  • ...and to help plan the future for Stratford Jazz we are asking questions of our superb audience...

  • On Wed 7th Jan we had and excellent evening with Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams and the Tom Hill Trio with over 90+ and more in the audience, many completed our 'on the night survey'.

    Now we need to hear from those who were not there with our survey 
    - and if you were there and filled in the form it would help hugely if you could also do this little on-line survey as well.

  • Please click the link below and complete our very short and simple-to-do questionnaire Stratford Jazz Audience Survey to all on e-mail list

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    , The Stratford Jazz Team

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** News from No1 Shakespeare Street **
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John Etheridge and Chris Garrick At No.1

Two giants of the world of jazz took centre stage at No.1, Shakespeare Street on Wednesday evening when the eclectic combination of guitarist John Etheridge and violinist Chris Garrick thoroughly engaged the audience with a concert of such outstanding quality that it must rank as the gig of the year.

John Etheridge is an exceptionally gifted and innovative player, described by Pat Metheny as “one of the best guitarists in the world”. His background ranges from swinging with Stephane Grappelli, playing jazz/rock/fusion with the legendary Soft Machine and recreating the music of Frank Zappa. His concerts with Nigel Kennedy and classical guitarist John Williams have been widely acclaimed and confirm John Etheridge’s approach to his craft which refuses to accommodate or even acknowledge artificial musical boundaries. 

John Etheridge
John Etheridge and Chris Garrick At No.1 - Wed 10 Dec 2014

Chris Garrick began violin at the age of five progressing to London’s Royal Academy of Music between 1989 and 1994 gaining first-class honours in his Performer’s Degree also winning the DipRAM in his post-graduate year. He has since attained his teaching diploma and is now an Associate of the Royal Academy. His interest in jazz was nurtured by his father Michael, the renowned jazz pianist/composer, and by regularly attending Music Camps at The Stables at Wavendon, which resulted in a life-long friendship with Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine. Sir John said of Chris “he could easily emerge as one of the great jazz violinists of all time”.

The association of John Etheridge and Chris Garrick has lasted for some thirty years and the range and complexity of sounds that emanate from the basic format of guitar/violin duo continues to astonish. The programme started and finished with classic ‘Hot Club of France’ numbers but there was so much more in between, for this duo can seamlessly switch from ‘Hot Club’ mode into a more contemporary idiom. The audience was treated to a feast of music ranging from some little known composers to classics from Duke Ellington, Pat Metheny and Abdullah Ibrahim – even the Tennessee Waltz found its way on the agenda which may appear naff in a jazz club but this is a duo that can pick up any tune and make it work.

Gorgeous music! Magical interplay from a duo that stunned with its range and vitality. Hard to pick highlights but I will be haunted by the sounds that evoked the  Brazilian rainforest in Luis Bonfa’s Gentle Rain and the rendition of Morricone’s bitter sweet theme to Ocinema Paridiso was a joy.

It is not often that a Stratford Jazz audience demands two encores but for this remarkable duo it was thoroughly deserved.   

Stratford Jazz at No.1 meets for its ‘New Year Special’ concert on Wednesday, 7th January when Alan Barnes and Bruce Adams front the Tom Hill trio. This is always a sell-out concert. More details at:
Roy Stevens – 11/12/2014

Simon Spillett’s “Standard Miles” Quintet at No.1, 26-11-2014

Saxophonist Simon Spillett described his Standard Miles Quintet as “Jazz Royalty” when he presented his tribute to Miles Davis at No.1, Shakespeare Street on Wednesday evening. When one perused the stellar line-up on show it was difficult to argue with such a judgement and by the end of an evening of superlative jazz the judgement was thoroughly endorsed

Henry Lowther on trumpet shared the front line with Simon and showed that five decades in jazz has not diminished his enthusiasm for the genre. His smooth tone and clever muting, which embraced the anguished lyrical tone of Miles, combined excellently with Simon’s bristling tenor.

Standard Miles
Simon Spillett’s “Standard Miles” Quintet

West Country born John Critchinson on piano was as inventive as ever, little wonder that when he moved to London in 1978 Ronnie Scott quickly snapped him up to play with his bands – a fruitful association of some 16 years. His rendition of Baby Won’t You Please Come Home played with a sensitive acknowledgement to Victor Feldman was sheer joy.

Double-bassist Tim Wells was born in Baltimore, USA, moved to London in 1989 and soon established himself as quite a force on the UK jazz scene, an asset to any rhythm section and a classy and creative soloist. 

John Tompkins is a highly respected percussionist and a Professor/teacher of jazz drums and improvisation at the Guildhall. I personally have vivid memories of his times with Don Rendell, Ian Carr and Barbara Thompson – the recordings have retained their freshness to this day.

The band’s programme mainly played music from Miles’s second quintet of the mid 1960’s which, as the name implies, covers show songs and jazz classics which were strongly associated with Miles during this period. Most of the tunes were familiar to the audience and ranged from the lyrical Stella by Starlight and Summer Nights to some more upbeat numbers like Green Dolphin Street and Seven Steps to Heaven all played with great style, some superb and tight ensemble work and a feast of exciting improvisations.

The enchanting All Blues brought the end to an evening of wonderfully accessible jazz of the highest quality, Simon Spillett is commended for his efforts in assembling such an impeccable outfit – “Jazz Royalty” is no exaggeration!
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ROY STEVENS – 27/11/2014.

- with special guest - Chris Bowden

Trumpeter Bryan Corbett guarantees a full-house whenever he appears for Stratford Jazz and deservedly so for he is the jewel in the crown among a host of superb local jazz musicians. Wednesday evening at No.1, Shakespeare Street was no exception when he appeared with his quartet to present a programme of quality jazz which was firmly entrenched in the Blue Note era.

This tight knit quartet exemplifies the virtues of a combo that plays regularly together. The versatile Al Gurr on piano has become a great favourite with the Stratford Jazz fans as has the sublime Ben Markland on bass. Halesowen born, but now resident in London, the much in demand drummer Neil Bullock completes this impressive quartet.

Bryan Corbett Quartet
Bryan Corbett Quartet Facebook Page

The first set comprised a mixture of Bryan’s originals intermixed with a couple of classic standards – beautiful melodic sounds emanating from Bryan’s trumpet and creative improvisations from all musicians. The rendition of Try a Little Tenderness with Bryan playing flugelhorn was particularly poignant as was the touching tribute to Chet Baker on Let’s Get Lost.

The second set started in similar fashion with Green, a haunting melody which Bryan and Chris Dodd collaborated on for their album of the same name. Then all hell let loose! The eagle-eyed of the jazzers had spotted saxophonist Chris Bowden in the audience and he was looking well after a long period of illness. To the delight of the audience Bryan invited Chris to complete the second set with the band, an invitation that met with rapturous applause from both the punters and the band.

Chris Bowden (sax) and Bryan Corbett (trumpet)

No need for warm-ups when Bryan Corbett and Chris Bowden are leading the pack, a rampant opener with Wayne Shorter’s Witchcraft followed by Miles Davis’s So What, Hank Mobley’s This I Dig of You and Horace Silver’s Juicy Lucy. Electrifying ensemble work coupled with inspirational solo work all round and the flamboyant Neil Bullock losing his drumstick in the excitement of it all.

 On Wednesday evening, 26th November, Stratford Jazz continues in the Blue Note vein when Simon Spillett brings his STANDARD MILES quintet to No.1, Shakespeare Street. This tribute to the legendary Miles Davis features a line-up that reads like a ‘who’s who’ of British jazz including the renowned Henry Lowther on trumpet. This excellent quintet played to a full-house at Ronnie Scott’s earlier this year and received rave reviews.

For more information on this and future concerts visit, you will also receive details of how you can save money by booking on-line.

Roy Stevens: 13/11/2014


By Roy Stevens, 23/10/2014

A stunning debut appearance on Wednesday evening when the Robert Castelli Boom Quartet took centre stage for Stratford Jazz at No.1, Shakespeare Street with an accomplished programme combining jazz, funk and rock played in a thoroughly accessible manner.

Of Italian extraction but now based in New York and Vienna, drummer Robert Castelli is the son, grandson and nephew of drummers and his albums as a leader and composer/arranger have received critical acclaim in the US, UK and Europe.

Robert Castelli
Robert Castell

Saxophonist Greg Heath is originally from Auckland, New Zealand but has been resident in the UK since 1989, building up a sterling reputation with the likes of Jim Mullen and John Etheridge and leading his own successful quartet.

Nick Kacal on bass is originally from Trinidad and is probably best known as the leader of Guerilla Sound, a very polished trio in the ground-breaking jazz/funk/rock mould. He also has featured many times with Greg Heath’s quartet.

Swiss born Nic Meier on guitars completes this international outfit and needs no introduction to Stratford Jazz fans having appeared at No.1 on several occasions with his own bands.

Many drummer/band leaders I have seen tend to hog centre stage and the drum techniques become quite repetitive. This is not the case with Robert Castelli he gives his fellow musicians plenty of freedom for improvisation, content to serve the groove and provide a solid platform for some excellent solos. For a drummer of his class he is perhaps the least demonstrative I have seen. This freedom extended to allowing each musician to perform their own compositions, not only confirming what fine tunesmiths they all are, but resulting in a heady mixture of Eastern, African, Latin all seamlessly fitting in with the groovy jazz/funk mode.

Dancing in the aisles would certainly have been on the agenda but the capacity audience did not provide enough space. Sheer enjoyment for everyone present including band and audience alike -  proof that intelligent and exciting jazz can be really good fun.

On Wednesday, 12th November, Stratford Jazz at No.1 presents local maestro Bryan Corbett with his quartet. Bryan is a great favourite with Stratford Jazz fans and a full house is anticipated.

For more information on this and future concerts visit – you will also see details on how to save money by booking online.

ROY STEVENS/ 23/10/2014.  



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