Ongar Jazz Club

Founded in 1986

About

 

Ongar Jazz Club was founded in 1986 as a non- profit making organisation and has developed into one of this country’s leading jazz clubs.

Concerts are held monthly from September through to May. Our AGM (open to all) usually precedes the October concert.

Our charity work helps worthy local organisations and money is raised entirely from the generosity of our members through our monthly raffle.  Information about the charities we support can be found here.

There is no fee for membership for the forthcoming 38th Season.

ARTISTS WHO HAVE PERFORMED FOR ONGAR JAZZ CLUB.

Digby Fairweather, Humphrey Littleton, Maxine Daniels, Cy Laurie, Ronnie Scott, Terry Lightfoot, Monty Sunshine, Dave Shepherd, Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball, Alex Welsh, Merseysippi Jazz Band, Martin Litton, George Webb, Brian Dee, Chicago Teddy Bears, Neville Dickie, Keith Nichols, Christine Tyrell, Max Collie, Richard Leach, Hugh Rainey, Mike Daniels, Jonathon Vinton, Jeff Barnhart, John Maddocks, George Huxley, Kevin Grenfell, Enrico Tomasso, Julian Marc Stringle, Amy Roberts, Richard Exall, Ian Bateman and many others…

All concerts take place in Budworth Hall Ballroom, High Street, Chipping Ongar, Essex, CM5 9JG

 

RESERVATIONS

Too many jazz clubs closed during the Covid-19 pandemic never to re-open.  But we’re delighted that Ongar Jazz Club (‘OJC’) is going from strength to strength.  We no longer need to make special arrangements for the conduct of our concerts, and you can pay at the door on the evening of a concert.  But to be sure of a seat now that we are back to normal playing to full houses, you can make your seat reservation(s) in advance by bank transfer or by using the booking form on the web site.

To pay by cheque, please send your payment to our Bookings Secretary, Paul Keska, together with the Booking Form which you can find on the web site – click here.  For bank transfers our bank details are: Barclays Bank: Account: Ongar Jazz Club Sort Code: 20 29 86 Account No: 10429686; quote the name of the person making the booking as a reference.

If you find you are unable to attend a concert for which you have pre-paid you may sell or gift your seat reservation.  Please note that cheques will be cashed unless you notify Paul Keska of your non-attendance not less than forty-eight hours in advance.

Drinks and Nibbles!

Nerissa and Claire’s Coffee Bar and Restaurant are offering a ‘Help Yourself’ hot and cold buffet menu to be eaten in the Main Hall, at £10 per personserving from 19.00, no booking required.  Hot drinks sold separately are also available.  For more information email – nandccoffee@gmail.co.com

The Budworth Bar will be open for alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks –  please do not  bring your own drinks as you will not be permitted to consume them on the premises –  Thank you!

We will publish any changes to these arrangements here so, keep checking the web site for up-to-date information.

The Chairman Speaks

For our 38th season I tried to put together a programme of diverse jazz styles.  So I’m pleased that January’s concert of ‘Gypsy Jazz’ by The Djangoliers proved so popular – I’m just disappointed that I couldn’t be along to see it!   For February’s concert we’re reverting to a more traditional jazz style with The Windy City Weatherbirds who specialise in Chicago Jazz.  It’s a group of talented, young musicians from London who are helping to keep jazz alive – so drop everything, and come along to support them. 

There will be one concert each month from now through until May 2024.  You can find details of the remaining dates and the artists who will be performing in the ‘Programme’ section of the web site.

Many of the musicians we feature at the OJC are top ranking performers of international repute.  I often find myself totally carried away by musicians, some colleagues of mine, whose performances are magical and worthy of the concert stage at the Albert Hall, or jazz clubs such as Ronnie Scott’s in London. It is, of course, a fact that many of them have performed at large venues in London and Europe, and often further afield.

These performances will all be at the Budworth Hall in the High Street.  The Budworth is now being run by a new committee under the Chairmanship of Paul Keska.  Paul and his team are doing a wonderful job carrying out much needed refurbishment work inside the building and have been carrying out essential repairs to the exterior.   Their progress has been nothing short of phenomenal, and I thank them for their initiative and energy.

Thanks to Paul and his team we now have new chairs and tables to use in the ballroom which creates a fabulous, relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy the wonderful music.  The bar is now open during concerts, and it is also possible to have a light buffet meal from the on- site café before the evening’s performance.

We are, therefore, looking forward to four more concerts of jazz music that will be performed by professional jazz musicians in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere with food and drink readily available.  What’s not to like?

Alistair Allan – Chairman, Ongar Jazz Club

 

THIRTY EIGHTH SEASON

PROGRAMME 2023 – 2024

We’ve worked hard to bring you another great season of jazz for our 38th Season.  So, put the following dates in your diary and don’t miss out – we’ll add full details of bands as soon as they’re confirmed.  Concerts consist of two hour-long sets with an interval of approximately 20 minutes, and end at about 22.30.  Our popular raffle in aid of local charities is drawn during the interval –  so don’t forget to buy your tickets on arrival.  Find us now on Facebook –

THE WINDY CITY WEATHERBIRDS

23 February 2024 8pm

The Windy City Weatherbirds are a London based sextet of young jazz musicians inspired by a love of Chicago Jazz – in particular the Swing and Dixieland music of Bobby Hackett, Jack Teagarden, Louis Armstrong, Muggsy Spanier, Sidney Bechet, and Wild Bill Davison to name but a few!  The band is a ‘family business’ featuring three brothers as the frontline – Magnus, Joe and Daniel Pickering on trumpet, clarinet, and trombone respectively.  The band was formed several years ago during their time studying together at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire, and they now perform at various venues throughout the UK. Aside from their busy concert schedule, they are ‘Live Music Now UK Artists’ and regularly lead educational workshops and interactive concerts in SEND Schools and Care Homes across the South-East of England. The band line-up is as follows:

Magnus Pickering –  Trumpet
Joe Pickering – Clarinet
Daniel Pickering – Trombone
Chris Hyde-Harrisonstrong – Double Bass
Adam Merrell – Drums
Harrison Dolphin – Guitar

Click on the band’s image to see their rendering of “That’s A Plenty”.

 

 

 

 

 

SARAH SPENCER’S TRANSATLANTIC BAND

22 March 2024 8pm

THE HARLEM MEERCATS

26 April 2024 8pm

MARTIN LITTON’S TRIBUTE TO FATS WALLER

24 May 2024 8pm

 

 

Tickets:  Members £15.00 Guests £15.00

A Reminder – If you are unable to use tickets reserved for you for a jazz evening please
contact Paul Keska (07768 815390) not less than forty-eight hours before the date of the concert
so that they are available for other people, and OJC can avoid losses! A full House is good for
the bands and good for OJC. Thank You!

RESOURCES

GALLERY

 

38th Season

Bands who’ve entertained us so far during the 38th Season include:

Ian Bateman’s Jazz Band 

Ian Bateman – Trombone
Alan Bateman – Trumpet & Vocals
Trevor Whiting – Clarinet & Saxophones
Sean Moyses – Banjo & Guitar
Craig Milverton – Piano
Tom Clarke-Hill – Double Bass
Nick Millward – Drums

 

Tad Newton’s Jazzfriends

Tad Newton – Trombone and Vocals
Gary Wood – Trumpet, Flugelhorn and Vocals
Mike Wills – Clarinet & Saxophone
Alan Haughton – Piano
Tomas Pederson – Double Bass
Ronnie Fern – Drums

 

Rico and His Rythm

Enrico Tomasso – Trumpet and Vocals
Alistair Allan – Trombone
Tim Huskisson – Clarinet & Saxophone
Colin Goode – Piano
Martin Wheatley – Guitar & Banjo
John Sutton – Drums

 

John Maddocks’ Jazzmen 

John Maddocks – Clarinet & Saxophone
Tom Connor – Trumpet
Chris Gower – Trombone
Chris Satterly – Piano
Peter McCurrie – Double Bass
John Hall – Drums
Andy Dickens – Banjo & Guitar

 

The Djangoliers

Simon Hurley – Guitar
Rob Ford – Guitar
Zac Barratt – Clarinet
Andy Staples – Double Bass

 

37th Season

Bands who entertained us during the 37th Season included:

Digby Fairweather & Friends 
Peter Rudeforth (alias Digby) – Trumpet
Julian Marc Stringle – Clarinet & Saxophone
Alistair Allan – Trombone
Nick Dawson – Piano
John Ellmer – Drums
Murray Salmon – Double Bass

Dave Browning’s Jazz Cats 
Alan Beeching – Trumpet
Richard Exell – Clarinet & Saxophone
Brian Butler – Trombone
Dave Browning – Piano
Graham Smith – Drums
Keith Donald – Double Bass

 

Simon Nelson’s Dixie Mix 
Simon Nelson – Trumpet
Karl Wirrman – Clarinet & Saxophone
Chris Wigley – Trombone
Kevin West – Guitar & Banjo
Tony Wilkins – Drums
John Benson – Double Bass

The Forest Hill Owls 
Harry Evans – Trumpet
Michael McQuaid – Clarinet & Saxophone
Chris Lowe – Trombone
Martin Wheatley – Guitar & Banjo
Nick Ball – Drums
Dave Horniblow – Baritone Saxophone

The Amy Roberts Quintet 
Amy Roberts – Clarinet, Saxophone and Flute
Richard Exell – Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
Richard Busiakeivicz – Piano
Nick Millward – Drums
Gavin Scott – Double Bass

Enrico Tomasso’s Swing Band 
Enrico Tomasso – Trumpet
Michael McQuaid – Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
Mark Crooks – Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
Colin Good – Piano
Nick Ball – Drums
Jerome Davis – Double Bass

Richard Leach’s Street Band 
Richard Leach – Trombone
Tony Pipkin – Cornet
Zoltan Sagi – Clarinet       
Martin Wheatley – Guitar & Banjo
Nick Ward – Drums
David Deakin – Sousaphone

Pete Allen’s Sextet 
Pete Allen – Clarinet, Saxophone, Banjo, & vocals
Chris Hodgkins – Trumpet
Roger Marks – Trombone       
James Clemas – Piano
Jim Newton – Drums
Dave Hanratty – Double Bass

Jules & the Jazzohollicks 
“Baby” Jules Aldridge –  Drums
Mike “Magic” Henry – Trumpet
Kevin Grenfell – Trombone       
Karl Hurd – Clarinet & Saxophone
Warren James – Banjo & Guitar
Jim Swinnerton – Double Bass

36TH SEASON

Bands who entertained us during the 36th Season included:

Kevin Grenfell And His Jazz Giants
Kevin Grenfell – Trombone
Jeremy Huggett – Clarinet & Saxophone
Graham Hughes – Double Bass
James Clemas – Piano
Jules Aldridge aka ‘Baby Jools’ – Drums

The ‘All-Star’ Gala Concert Band
Mike Henry – Trumpet
Mike McQuaid – Clarinet & Saxophone
Alistair Allan – Trombone
Malcolm Sked aka ‘Skeddy’ – Double Bass & Sousaphone
Martin Litton aka ‘Professor’ – Piano
Tom Langham aka ‘Spatz’ – ‘Parlour’ Guitar & Banjo
Richard Pite – Drums

The Ian Bateman Jazz Band
Ian Bateman – Trombone
Enrico Tomasso – Trumpet and vocals
Craig Milverton – Piano
John Watson – Drums
Graham Read – Double Bass
Joanne Eden – Vocals

Graham Hughes And His Sunshine Kings
Peter Rudeforth – Trumpet
Duncan Hemstock – Clarinet & Saxophone
Graham Hughes – Trombone
Colin Good – Piano
Rupert Gillett – Double Bass
Laurence Corns – Guitar
Bubu Otis – Drums

The Peter Rudeforth Jazz Band
Peter Rudeforth – Trumpet
Duncan Hemstock – Clarinet & Saxophone
Andy Flaxman – Trombone
Louis Thomas – Double Bass
John Ellmer – Drums
Tim Huskisson – Piano

The Julian Marc Stringle Sextet
Julian Marc Stringle – Clarinet & Saxophone
Anthony Kerr – Vibrophone
Dominic Ashworth – Guitar
Andy Cleyndert – Double Bass
Rod Brown – Drums

The Eagles Jazz Band

Richard Exall’s Shooting Stars
Peter Rudeforth – Trumpet
Richard Exall – Clarinet & Saxophone
Alistair Allan – Trombone 
Colin Good – Piano
John Watson – Drums
Sean Moises – Guitar
Graham Read – Double Bass

New Orleans Heat

 

Useful Links

Below are links to some excellent websites for jazz lovers – click on the title to go straight to each web site:

The Jazz Centre UK – the brainchild of our very own patron Digby Fairweather,TJUK celebrates jazz in all its forms – check out the web site and visit the centre in Southend.

The National Jazz Archive – Founded by Digby Fairweather in 1988 the mission of The National Jazz Archive is to safeguard the heritage of jazz in the UK.

CHARITIES SUPPORTED

Below are links to the websites of some of the local charities we have supported over the years – click on the title to go straight to each web site:

Essex and Herts Air Ambulance (‘E&HAA’) – we have supported this vital service for several years.  E&HAA invited our members to a ‘behind the scenes’ webinar held on Wednesday 10th March 2021 at 10.00 am.  If you were not able to log in to watch the webinar live you can catch a recorded version here – please note the webinar proper starts after 9 minutes 20 seconds.

St. Clare Hospicethis local hospice which offers compassionate care to those facing a life-limiting diagnosis, and their loved ones, is regularly chosen by members for our charitable support.    

Dementia Friendly Bowls – the Alzheimer’s Society sponsors this project to enable people with dementia to continue to be active in the community by playing short-mat bowling.

Kids in Need – is a local charity dedicated to supporting children who are terminally or seriously ill, or who have multiple disabilities – here is their letter thanking us for our recent donation.

Little Havens – is a nursing-led hospice that provides care for children and young people up to age 25 from Essex, who have been diagnosed with a complex or incurable condition. 

 

DOWNLOADS

Click on the PDF icon to download a document directly to your computer or tablet.

Concert Booking Form –
Kids In Need acknowledgement letter May 2022 – 

Newsletters:
Members Newsletter February 2023 – 
Members Newsletter January 2023 –
Members Newsletter October 2022 –
Members Newsletter September 2022 –
Members Newsletter May 2022 –
Members Newsletter January 2022 –

PResident: Digby Fairweather

Committee:

Alistair Allan – Chairman: 01277 896041
Debbie Keska – Treasurer: 01277 365670
Paul Keska – Bookings Secretary: 07768 815390
Patti Nicholson – Publicity: 01277 899504
John Root – 01277 363989
Christine Davis – Charity & Raffle Co-ordinator: 01277 890283
Pauline Lester – Caterer: 01277 890369
Jim Davis – Web Site Co-ordinator: 01277 890283

Get In Touch

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Membership

For details of membership and for ticket sales contact:

Paul Keska 07768 815390