Jazz Stroud

“Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.” Ornette Coleman

Next weekend sees a hoard of jazz musicians from Stroud and further afield descend upon the town centre for a packed three days of live music. The eclectic line-up boasts the likes of Andy Sheppard’s Pushy Doctors, Feelgood Experiment, Remi Harris, the Evil Usses, the Andy Nowak Trio, Michelson Morley, the Cheltenham Improvisers Orchestra and Swing from Paris joined by local jazz favourites including the Tadlib Collective, the Dave Ayre Trio, Ramses, Patsy Gamble, the Mighty John Street Ska Orchestra, Clonewheel and many more…

The full schedule confirmed shortly after our May issue hit the streets so we've put together the complete programme for you below!



Cheltenham Improvisers Orchestra The CIO is a non-genre specific Orchestra which sees no distinction between professional or amateur players. It's both transgressive and transformative focussing on free improvisation and challenging traditions of conduction, form and structure. 8:30pm Free


Tadek Chylinski-Reid Tadek currently teaches and performs around the country and also in Germany, where his professor Stephanie Winker - Principal Flute Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra – lives, in Freiburg. He also studies under Michael Cox - Principal Flute BBC Symphony Orchestra. He gave the first ever Beatbox Flute Masterclass this year at the Frankfurt Conservatoire alongside the world’s leading contemporary flautist and composer, Ian Clarke. Tadek currently holds sponsorship under the conductor, Martyn Brabbins – Chief conductor Nagoya Philharmonic and Principal Guest Royal Flemish Orchestra. 8pm Free


Tetraphonic at the Fred Chance and David Corio: Keeping Time Exhibition The Spirit of Jazz thrives in this energetic off-kilter four-piece from Cheltenham and Stroud, featuring Tommy Charles on piano, Emma Ordonez on trumpet, drummer Andy Youell and bassist Richard Pond at the opening of the exhibition ‘Keeping Time’, a collection of photographs of musicians by David Corio and Fred Chance. The exhibition runs until Sunday 26th June pick up a copy of next month’s issue to find out more…7pm Free

SVA (John Street)

Pure Evil Members: Evil 1 - guitar, keys, vocals, glockenspiel, flageolet, sound effects, Evil 2 - double-bass, lead vocals, sound effects, Evil 3 - drums, vocals, percussion, kazoo, sound effects, GIN!!!Genre: Punk, Jazz, Lounge, Latin, Cockney, Avant-Garde. 10pm Free



The Dave Ayre Trio World class jazz from Dave Ayre and members of his jazz collective, bringing together their combined experience of working with artists such as Dave Norton, Chick Corea & Sir John Dankworth to create a vibrant and unique jazz sound. Red Hot Be-Bop, moving ballads and classic swing from an extensive and enthralling repertoire 1pm Free

Swing from Paris Bringing you the sounds of a chic Parisian café and the French jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Expect music by Edith Piaf, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and more - stylish gypsy jazz and vintage swing, with violin, guitars and double bass.8:30pm Free


Weston & Dellow Becky Dellow, Matthias Weston and Special guest Milly Dellow play a fusion of Irish and English tunes, folk songs, and Jazz, with a splash of funk too…3.30pm Free

Mia Cooke and Andrew McKenzie Local jazz duo 7:30pm Free


Jazz Friday Local Big Band of about twenty players. Members mainly coming from the Stroud area and include ‘late-bloomers’ and ‘young hot-shots’.12pm Free (Sub Rooms Forecourt)

Remi Harris Regarded by many as one of the UK's Top up and coming young jazz guitarists and in 2014 he was awarded runner up in the British Jazz Awards in both the “Rising Star” and “Guitar” categories. His unique style blends elements from Gypsy Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock'n'Roll, Hip Hop and World Music. Support from Lewis & Dav. 8:30pm £10/£8concs

SVA (Goods Shed)

The Tadlib Collective A new and exciting formation of professional players across the South-West, expanded from the still running Tadlib Collective trio, the quintet comprises Matt King (guitar), Alex Howgego (piano), James Agg (double bass), Jonathon Green (drums) and Tadek Chylinski-Reid (flute). The Collective have redefined the original Jazz standards, injecting a contemporary twist on what they play. With unique instrumentation and an original, innovative collection of rearrangements and originals, the Collective provide and produce an eclectic mix of Jazz, Latin, Bossa, Fusion and Funk, and aim to bring Jazz to the masses. Plus support from Patsy Gamble, a world class saxophonist, composer and performer who has played around the world with the likes of Mick Jagger, Steve Winwood, Ruby Turner and Grand Drive. 8pm £6adv/£7otd

SVA (John Street)

Stroud Jazz Sessions Special Stroud Jazz Sessions have been based at SVA John Street for the last 12 years. They host a regular jazz jam session every 2nd Thursday of the month with an invited guest musician.This special Jazz Jam extended event for Jazz Stroud will follow the same format as their Thursday nights, special guests plus the usual Jazz Jam House Band lead by Tommy Charles. 11am-5pm Free

The Feelgood Experiment 6-piece soul-hop collective Feelgood Experiment are one of Bristol's most exciting new musical exports, creating innovative sounds inspired by the likes of Fela Kuti, John Coltrane, Hiatus Kaiyote, D'Angelo, Miles Davis and Takuya Kuroda. Fronted by vocalist Holly Wellington and trumpeter Alfie Grieve, it features the very best of Bristol's blossoming young music scene as they combine a love of jazz, soul, Afrobeat, hip hop and R&B to concoct bewitching tunes with complex rhythmic counterpoint and irresistibly groovy harmonic lines. We defy you not to dance! 11pm £6adv/£7otd



Tristan Watson & John Broomhill Local guitarist Tristan Watson has over 20 years of experience of playing Jazz with a vast and varied selection of Musicians and is also a Leeds College of Music Jazz degree graduate. In an intimate duo setting with keyboard player John Broomhill he will play a collection of Jazz standards and Latin numbers. Tristan plays in the bebop style with allot of swing inspired by the great American Jazz Guitar tradition. From fast tempos to slow ballads, expect a well-executed musical performance.2pm Free

SVA (Goods Shed)

Andy Nowak Trio Andy Nowak’s reputation as an outstanding pianist has been growing steadily and now he is debuting his first album. Expect boldly creative playing with thematic ideas at the forefront. 1pm Free

The Mighty John Street Ska Orchestra The MJSSO cover jazz tunes made popular by the Skatalites during the 60s and 70s. It boasts a 9 piece brass and has a tight rhythm section that drives the offbeat forwards.2pm Free

Michelson Morley Electronics and acoustic instruments combine to create melodic, atmospheric, minimalist music led by Get the Blessing saxophonist Jake McMurchie and featuring the best of the Bristol: Will Harris, Mark Whitlam, and special guest Dan Messore. 4pm Free

Andy Sheppard and The Pushy Doctors with support from Ramses The Pushy Doctors are Andy Sheppard on saxophone, Tony Orrell on drums and Dan Moore on keys. They play an irreverent repertoire that will both surprise and intoxicate, including obscurities from Neil Young, Coltrane, The Beatles, Pink Floyd amongst others. This is jazz for medicinal purposes only. Fresh out from the studio, local jazz troupe Ramses have just finished recording their debut EP. 'An electric fusion of Bass-heavy funk and jazz.' Watch this Space! 8:15pm £9adv/£10otd

SVA (John Street)

The Evil Usses and Clonewheel The Evil Usses are one of the most exciting and refreshing bands to grace the planet in recent years. Although they won’t be travelling far geographically, they hail spiritually and sonically from a land far, far away! A Bristol based four-piece who play rocky notjazz, jazzy notrock and post-op psychedelic pop, they’re often praised for their amazingly wild and energetic live shows. Support comes from Clonewheel - A brand new trio formed from the ashes of one-gig-wonder band, King Klam, who debuted and disbanded at the SVA last October, all in one emotional evening. Expect rhythmically enchanting harmonic odysseys led by Alun Elliott-Williams on guitar, soaring over into the fuzz-junk groove sector of Hugh Hopper and drummer Rob Pemberton from Hot Feet.10:30pm £6otd

Visit sva.org.uk and the facebook event page for further info!