February 19th 2017 ... Rebop “The Music of Horace Silver ... £14


Chris Ingham was born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and moved to Bury St Edmunds when he was ten. It is our good fortune that he has chosen to live in our area and grown into a major jazz producer and band leader.

This time he presents his band Rebop who will play a concert of Horace Silver compositions including such famous pieces as “Song for my Father”, “Senor Blues”, “The Preacher” and “Blowin’ The Blues Away”.

Horace Silver was one of the founders with Art Blakey of The Jazz Messengers. Horace distilled the complexities of 1940s Bebop into a simpler more popular hard driving jazz which became known as Hard Bop. He recorded over 30 albums for Blue Note in the 1950s and 1960s for which he is renowned.

Taking the stage at The Club will be Colin Watling on saxophones, Paul Higgs on trumpet, Chris Ingham on keyboards, Arnie Somogyi on bass and George Double on drums.

“Classic Blue Note Hard Bop from a golden era”

Sunday March 19th 2017 ... Kofi - Barnes Aggregation ... £15.00


After a very successful Christmas gig at The Club we welcome another of Alan Barnes’ groups. Alan does seem to have “the Midas touch” in putting bands together for specific projects.

This time it will be his inspirational band co-led by Toni Kofi and himself both playing alto saxophones. This is unusual to have such lead instruments although there have been plenty of two tenor saxophones bands such as Al Cohn and Zoot Sims.

Tony Kofi is inspired by the blues drenched music of Jackie McLean and Cannonball Adderley whereas Alan Barnes favours the lighter, crisply articulated phrasing of Art Pepper. Together they make beautiful music with contrasting styles.

Their current CD is issued on Woodville Records. It features most of the band that will be playing at The Club this evening. This will be Toni Kofi and Alan Barnes on alto saxophones, John Turville on keyboards, Adam King on double bass and A.N.Other on drums.

“This band is about enjoyment for both players and audience alike” Alan Barnes

Sunday April 23rd 2017 ... The Cadillac Kings ... £13.00


Firm favourites on both the blues and the retro scenes, The Cadillac Kings feature five of the UK's top blues and roots musicians. Inspired by the sounds and styles of the '40s and '50s with a distinctly modern take lyric-wise, the band has a reputation for wowing their audiences from intimate clubs to major festivals.

Along the way the group has picked up numerous awards including The Times' best blues CD of 2004 for Highway 17 and in 2009 Canada's Real Blues magazine's award for the best British blues act and CD for Trouble in Store.

The Cadillac Kings bring their strongest ever line-up to Ipswich. It features two of the UK's very best instrumentalists - pianist, accordionist and professor of all things New Orleans - Tim Penn - and on guitar the brilliant West Coast stylist Mal Barclay. They are joined by Mike Thomas on lead vocals, harmonica and slide guitar, Roy Webber on drums and vocals and Paul Cuff on double bass.

Their performance will be recorded by BBC Radio Suffolk for future broadcast on Stephen Foster’s Drivetime show.

Sunday May 21st 2017 ... Howard Alden Quartet ... £14.00


A long overdue return to The Club by one of the world’s best jazz guitarists Howard Alden. He last played for us back in April 2006 at our former venue The Manor Ballroom.

Howard achieved fame by coaching Sean Penn and playing his guitar parts in the 1999 Woody Allen film Sweet and Lowdown. It was a Django Reinhardt themed film and subsequently Howard released a CD entitled “I remember Django” on Arbours Jazz in 2010. Howard has appeared on over 30 CDs which are currently available from Concord Jazz, Arbours Jazz and other labels such as Delmark.

The quartet includes Olly Wilby as a featured tenor saxophonist. He has wide experience with Ray Gelato and his Giants and the Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 2002 to the present day.

At the Club Howard is supported by Olly Wilby on tenor saxophone, Simon Woolf on double bass and Sebastiaan De Krom on drums

“If there is such a thing as a complete jazz guitarist, then Alden is it” The Sunday Observer.

Sunday June 18th 2017 ... Osian Roberts - Mark Nightingale ... £14.00


“The Music of Cole Porter” ... This is an opportunity to hear Mark Nightingale and Osian Roberts celebrate the music of Cole Porter with a selection of his classic songs which have been given new arrangements by members of the band.

The band is co-led by Osian Roberts who is a big toned tenor saxophonist based in Cardiff who is influenced by Sonny Rollins. Since graduating from The Royal Academy of Music Osian has played with Sir John Dankworth and American pianist Cedar Walton.

The other co-leader is trombonist Mark Nightingale. A graduate of Trinity College of Music, Mark progressed via Bone Supremacy to appear with Cleo Laine, Clark Terry and Stan Tracey. Mark has appeared on over 60 CDs with his latest being “The Sound of Jay and Kai” with Alistair White on Woodville Records.

Taking the stage at The Club will be Osian Roberts on tenor Saxophone, Mark Nightingale on trombone, Jim Watson on keyboards, Simon Woolf on bass and Sebastiaan De Krom on drums.

Classic interpretations of Cole Porter Songs.

Coming Soon ...

Sunday July 16th 2017 ...

Chris Ingham Quartet “The Music of Dudley Moore”

Sunday August 20th 2017 ...

Karen Sharp

Sunday September 17th 2017 ...

Andy Panayi Quartet

Sunday October 15th 2017 ...

Gilad Atzmon Orient House Ensemble Plays “The Music of John Coltrane”

Sunday November 19th 2017 ...

Georgina Jackson Quartet

Sunday December 17th 2017 ...

Horn Factory