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Sad news


Elvyn Griffiths past Society Chairman passed away on Saturday 3rd October.


Elvyn, was an ardent jazz follower. He frequented the White Horse and was elected
Chairman of the Society in 2007, a post he held for nine years.


He was always keen to broaden the Society's presence across Bristol and constantly sought to involve younger musicians and followers. In his support capacity for Bristol University Overseas Students he used every opportunity to make them aware of jazz in Bristol.

 He lead history walks of Bristol which he contrived to end at the

Old Duke. Also introducing many of them to other venues around the City.

His health deteriorated during the last few years but he was always positive. He looked to make a recovery until his last few days.

 He will be sadly missed.


Have a look at our new Nostalgia page to look back at past local bands and musicians and their stories.


Hello to all our jazz friends and Speakeasy Jazz Club supporters

First of all, we would like to thank our wonderful audiences who have attended our 5 jazz concerts since 1st August! Your loyalty and love of the music is so appreciated, not only by Fran and myself, but by all the musicians who have come to play for us. Without your love and support live music would die and we would have no clubs like Speakeasy left in the UK, and we are all extremely grateful to you. 

This October, our Speakeasy Saxophone Spree celebrates two of the best UK tenor sax players, and after our sell-out performance of Simon Spillett, we are proud to present the incredible Martin Dale. 

With love and best wishes Kate Sheridan

Speakeasy Jazz Club   at Clarence House, 139 High St, Portishead BS20 6PY presents

Martin Dale with The Federico Leonori Trio

Friday 30th October 2020              

Admission £20

7.30 - 9.45pm  Doors open 6.30pm (NOTE THE EARLY START!)










MARTIN DALE is one of the finest saxophone players in the country. His versatility, passion and energy show in his ability to play Latin, swing, blues, modern; in fact anything from Bach to Bebop and back! He has backed artists such as Neil Sedaka, Petula Clark and Tom Jones. He is heard regularly on Radio 2 and 3 and Jazz FM, and plays at UK jazz festivals, as well as Ronnie Scottís, Pizza Express and the Concorde Club. 

He delivers a super-suave selection of standards as well as full on, straight down the line swing, delivered with drive and energy. His broad, rich mellow tones are reminiscent of Ben Webster. We are thrilled to welcome him to Speakeasy for an evening of cool, classy jazz. 

For advanced ticket sales only (limited numbers), and further information, please phone Kate Sheridan 01275 848391 or email 


When booking, please bear in mind that you must not sit with anyone who is not from your support bubble.

Masks should be worn on entry to and exit from the club and for moving around the venue. However, feel free to remove them when seated and watching the show. 

Please be aware that we will not be able to help customers to their seats, so if you need assistance please ensure that you have somebody with you who can safely escort you.

The bar will be waiter service only. Please have cash available to pay for drinks as the Clarence House mobile payment machine is unreliable in the ballroom.

Speakeasy will not be dealing with cash on the door, hence the necessity to make  payment for tickets in advance - (non-refundable unless show cancelled)

If you wish to purchase tickets, please phone or email me. I shall also require contact phone numbers of all customers to comply with the 'track and trace' regulations. If the event is cancelled due to the reintroduction of Covid lockdown, we will inform all our customers and give full refunds.

We are really looking forward to seeing you all for what promises to be a great night.

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Receive up to date local jazz news by email each week from our Chairperson and be ready to get our quarterly Newsletter when normality resumes. They contain lots of interesting information and articles about local jazz which do not make the website.   

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Carlton lodge, 38 Eastfield, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 4BE

Tel. 01173635817  

Saturday October 24th 2020


Saturday November 14th  2020


Doors open 6.30 for  7.00 pm           £5           Non-members welcome 

Spaces are limited due to current guidelines but all precautions are being taken to keep members and their guests safe.

The Rafa Club have requested that you must buy tickets in advance,

  Several people have booked tickets in the past and not turned up, so get your ticket and pay before the gig dates.


Government guidelines & social distancing.


You MUST NOT attend

If you have had symptoms of coronavirus within the last 14 days.

If you have been in contact with others that report coronavirus symptoms.

When you DO attend

You will need you to provide Track and Trace information which will be held on file

 securely for 3 weeks.

You should notify us if you develop symptoms in the 2 weeks after your visit to us.

On arrival, you should form a socially distanced queue, respecting others space (1 to 2 meters).

We will have a MAX capacity of 86 to enable social distancing.

First come, first served. Please pre-book your table. (MAX 6 per table)

Itíll be difficult, but please no hugging, kissing or handshaking.

There will be a one-way flow around the room.

Drinks will be ordered by table service only and card payment is the only way to pay.

 Please put your hand up and bar staff will come to you.

There will be no dancing permitted at present, there will be seating on the dancefloor.

You should not sing along to the music nor speak to others using a raised voice,

 as raised voices are not permitted.

You should wear a face mask when walking around the room to your seat, to the to the toilets.

 Once seated, masks are not needed.

You should remain seated for the whole performance.

Sanitise your hands regularly and wash hands thoroughly after using the toilets.

 Hand sanitiser is provided by the venue, please do not remove.

You should not approach band members and break the 2m social distancing rule at any time,

 you are allowed to talk to band members but you must keep 2 meters from them and wear

 a face covering. This is their place of work and we have a duty of care for their health and safety.

You will be asked to leave the room table by table. Please leave promptly.

These rules are boring, but necessary. And itís certainly better than nothing!

And there are hefty fines if it can be proved that we are not compliant.

Maria & Jeremy Huggett


The event below has been rebooked

 for 12th March 2021.

OLDLAND VILLAGE CLUB, West Street, Oldland Common, BS30 9QL

FRIDAY 12th MARCH 2021  £14



Doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm

booking essential  Jack Cox 0117 9325020

Message from Jack and Molly Cox below

Dear Jazzing Friends We hope that you are all well.

Unfortunately I have had to cancel the Jazz Concert planned for November. The restrictions in place to keep us all safe has meant that the number that we could accommodate at an event in the Oldland Village Club would be no more than 50, including the band. This makes staging the event financially unrealistic. I have therefore decided to postpone the concert and the new date for your diaries is 12th March 202l.

l am hoping that you will all bear with me in these difficult times and retain your interest and booking. We sincerely hope that the situation will have improved by then but, in the event of social distancing measures still being in place at that time and it being necessary to cancel the event again, I will cancel a final time and refund any monies paid less a small amount to cover costs already paid and irrecoverable. (Deposit paid in respect of room hire is being carried forward to the new date and therefore has not been lost). As you know any surplus after all costs are met is donated to a worthy charity and, as all charities are suffering from a loss of income due to the effects of the pandemic,your support is invaluable. We are sure that, all being well, the concert next March will be an exceptional event. If the new date will not be convenient to you please inform us as soon as possible.



Thanks to an email from a youth services librarian running a fun jazz music history class for 7-13 year olds who told us they were able to make use of our Society's jazz links lists and use some of this information for their most recent group project.

One of them, Amelia also asked if she could share the article where she initially became interested in jazz music, "Musical Playgrounds for Kids: The History of Jazz Music", and thought it could be a really fun addition for any other young aspiring musicians.

Please pass this on to family and friends as it looks a great introduction and inspiration for young musicians and enthusiasts of jazz.




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