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Hello to all our jazz friends and Speakeasy Jazz Club supporters 

Following on from our hugely successful outdoor show last Saturday with John Pearce Quartet, we are delighted to bring you the dulcet tones of the incredible Maggie Reeday with The Craig Milverton Trio. This will be our last outdoor Saturday afternoon show before we revert to our usual Friday evenings. 

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


MAGGIE REEDAY with The Craig Milverton Trio 

Saturday 26th September 2020

2.00pm - 4.30pm in the HUGE BEER GARDEN (Doors open 1.00pm) Entry £20

In the event of unfavourable weather, we will move indoors!

Maggie Reeday is joining us for a rare and very special appearance, where we help her celebrate 40+ years as one of the UK’s premier and outstanding jazz vocalists. She is joined by the Craig MIlverton Trio for an autumnal feast of Maggie’s most favourite songs covering a huge range of styles – mainstream/swing/blues/funk/soul. 

With her sultry voice and great sense of rhythm, smooth melodies, vibrant personality and stage presence, she naturally connects with her audience, lighting up any stage! She has performed for the Queen mother in a Royal Variety show at The London Palladium and featured in a succession of shows for ITV. 

What a voice! What a band!  

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


The safety and confidence of our audience and bands are of paramount importance to us and we wish to assure you that every effort has been made to provide you with comfortable, safe environment and outdoor/indoor surroundings so that you can come and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of live music with us. The beer garden at the back of Clarence House is truly massive, so big in fact that we won't be using at least a third of it and we are keeping the numbers limited to comply with all the social distancing directives from the authorities. Again, for your safety and peace of mind Nigel at Clarence House has installed a one-way system of entry and exit and social distancing measures at the bar, complete with Perspex screen! As this is an outdoor event the wearing of face masks is optional. If indoors however, we would request that masks are worn on entry to and exit from the club and for moving around the venue - toilets, bar etc. 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.

Please bring your own folding chairs if possible (unless the show is indoors), but please let us know if you need Clarence House to provide chairs for youYou may wish to bring a camping table or something to place drinks on as we cannot guarantee you a table on the day! Some tables will be reserved for disabled. If you wish to bring your own garden chair/blanket you are more than welcome to do so but please be aware that touching or moving Clarence House garden furniture will not be allowed

You may bring a picnic, although Nigel & Trish at Clarence House have a selection of very reasonably priced filled rolls. PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS - full bar available.  

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). However, the bar will be accepting cash as well as card payments.

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 afternoon.

Kate Sheridan & Francis O'Loughlin



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.


A Tribute to the late and great Bristol pianist

JOHN'S DOUBLE-DISC DVD "The Great jazz Pianists" 

 John's feature concert, where he  played tunes all the greatest jazz pianists from a Scott Joplin rag right through to modern jazz by Bill Evans. 

full-length live concert professional filmed by A1R TV

2-disc DVD only £10 including postage

To order: Telephone Amelie Caswell 07971 978132 with your

card number and your postal address for delivery.



Join THE BRISTOL JAZZ SOCIETY today and get our quarterly Newsletter which has lots of interesting articles about local jazz.     

Click here for Jazz Society membership form


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.


Redcliffe Hotel Jazz Weekends , Paignton, Devon



A DAVE COLLETT CD featuring his only recordings of


Available for £2 from Q. Williams Tel. 01179 247371




By Dave Hibberd

Relaunched in a Special limited "Tribute" Edition:

Featuring the stories and photographs from the original book, plus

 additional pages & pictures from Dave's career in Jazz - with narrative by his brother Vernon & colleague Dave Collett.

Unique full cover design!

Previously unreleased picture by celebrated artist Beryl Cook

Permission for use very kindly granted by John Cook, The Trustees of Beryl Cook's estate and  The Dave Collett Trio.

Cover price £12.50 plus £1.50 p&p

Jazz Society Member discounted price £10.00


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The Bristol Blue Five            


The Robin Reece Jazz & Rock Band                 The Dave Collett Trio


The Blue Notes           The Roger Marks Cornish Armada Band


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GOOD VIBES "Live at Warmley"

Recorded at Warmley Community Centre on 18th March 2009

Geoff  Nichols (vibraphone, trumpet, tenor horn)

Andrew Barrett (guitar)

John Martin (piano)

Geoff Weldrake (bass)

Frank Woodford (drums)

Lady Be Good, Moonglow, Let Me See,

Just The Sweetest Thing, The Preacher, 

How About You, The Saint Anthony Chorale,

Swing That Music, Dinah, 

The Bach Double Concerto, 

Sweet Georgia Brown/ In A Mellow Tone

£5  Free p&p Tel: 01643 707956

AVON CITIES CD - now available !

Following the successful 60th Anniversary concert by the Avon Cities at Bedminster Down Ex-Services Club, a limited edition CD '60 Years On', recorded live on the night, is now on sale. 

£10 (+P&P where applicable) Tel: 01643 707956


Dennis Armstrong's Oliver Band

"Joe Oliver's Music: completing the set"

Now available, the remaining sixteen tunes featured in the Creole Band's 1923 recordings, played by Dennis Armstrong's Oliver Band.

 This CD also includes three additional tracks - a piano feature, a clarinet feature, and a vocal from Dennis!

 PKCD-338. £11.50 (inc. p&p) from

  P.E.K. Sound

 Also available: The Blue Five Plus One, Live at the Old Duke. £6.



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