@splashpointjazz Newsletter May 2020



Hi folks

We’re still here (!), and pleased to tell you about some more gigs in the pipeline up to the end of May – especially for Sue, including the debut of her new show “Bird” (and it’s not what you think!) 😉

Previously on @splashpointjazz…. 

The line-up at the barnstorming gig in Seaford earlier this month:

[Photo: David Butterworth]
Roger Beaujolais @splashpointjazz Seaford

L-R: Sue, Neal Richardson, Roger, Oz Dechaine, Sophie Alloway

Looking ahead:

Here’s the list of our public gigs coming up.  
Pls see. www.splashpointjazz.com/events to keep up to date 🙂

Wednesday, 27 April 2022 8:00pm

[Photo: Peter Prior]
Sue Richardson Quintet: “Bird” feat. Jo Fooks (tenor), Neal Richardson (keys), Marianne Windham (bass) and Romarna Campbell (drums)
Eastbourne – Fishermen’s Club BN22 7AA

Friday, 29 April 2022 7:00pm

[Photo: Peter Prior]
Sue Richardson Quintet: “Jazz Classics and Legends” feat. Jo Fooks (tenor), Neal Richardson (keys), Andy Hamill (bass) and Buster Birch (drums)
London – St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square WC2N 4JJ
https://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/whatson-event/crypt-lates-jazz/?whatson-event-date=2022-04-29&whatson-event-time=7:00 PM

Sunday, 8th May 2022 8:00 pm

[Photo: Copasetic Foundation]
Sue Richardson in “Billie Holiday at the Carnegie Hall” starring Vimala Rowe
Wavendon – The Stables, Stockwell Ln, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU

Wednesday, 11th May 2022 7:00 pm

[Photo: karensharp.co.uk]
Karen Sharp (sax)) with The Neal Richardson Trio feat. Andy Hamill (bass) and Phl Crabbe (drums)
Seaford – The View BN25 4JS

Thursday 12th May 2022 7:30 pm

[Photo: googliesjazz.co.uk]

Sue Richardson with house band
Enfield – Googlies
, Botany Bay Cricket Club, East Lodge Lane, Enfield, EN28AS

googliesjazz@btinternet.com or telephone to 020 8350 3541

Wednesday, 25th May 2022 8:00pm

[Photos: Brian O’Connor]
Alan Barnes/Andy Panayi Sextet, feat. Robbie Robson (tpt), John Donaldson (keys), Simon Thorpe (bass), Pete Cater (dms)
Eastbourne – Fishermen’s Club BN22 7AA

Hope to see you soon

Neal &
The Splash Point Mob
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@splashpointjazz Newsletter March 2022

Hello Splashpointjazzers!

Sunflowers, the national flower of Ukraine ❤️

It’s March! Spring is virtually here, and with world events being so grim, surely we need to cheer ourselves up as much as possible…
There’s no better way than getting together and enjoying some swinging Live Music!

Previously on @splashpointjazz…. 

A couple of action shots from our previous month:

Sue Richardson @Ronnie Scott’s

Tommaso Starace @splashpointjazz Seaford

Shireen Francis @splashpointjazz Eastbourne

Looking ahead:

Here’s the list of our public gigs coming up.   We’ve changed the format of the list on our website too – pls see
www.splashpointjazz.com/events to keep up to date 🙂

Tuesday, 8 March 2022 7:00 pm
Neal Richardson solo piano/vocal
The Pearl of China, Weybridge, KT13 8HE
Bookings: 01932 842766
Yep, another new venue for us, for occasional “taster menu” nights.

Wednesday, 9 March 2022 7:00 pm

[Photo: Brian O’Connor]
Sarah Moule (vox) with The Neal Richardson Trio feat. Miles Danso, Alex Eberhard
Seaford – The View BN25 4JS

Sunday, 20 March 2022 4:00 pm
Neal Richardson solo piano/vocal
The Queen’s Head, Parsonage Lane, Icklesham TN36 4BL
Bookings: 01424 814552

Tuesday, 22 March 2022 2:00 pm
Neal Richardson solo piano/vocal
Bangor, Wales, details TBA

Saturday, 26 March 2022 8:00 pm
Neal & Sue Richardson Duo
Live at The Swamp Studio, Raamsdonk, Holland
Details TBA

Sunday, 27 March 2022 Mother’s Day Lunch
12:00 pm Terry Seabrook, solo piano
Cooden Beach Hotel, Bexhill
Bookings: 01424 842281
(Presented by @splashpointjazz)

Sunday, 27 March 2022 Mother’s Day Tea

3:00 pm Gabrielle Taylor, solo classical guitar
Cooden Beach Hotel, Bexhill
Bookings: 01424 842281
(Presented by @splashpointjazz)

Sunday, 27 March 2022 Mother’s Day Lunch
12:30 pm Oz Dechaine, solo piano
Seaford – The View, BN25 4JS
Bookings: 01323 890139

(Presented by @splashpointjazz)

Wednesday, 30 March 2022 8:00 pm

[Photo: Brian O’Connor]
Matt Home Quartet’s “Bobby Timmons Project”
Eastbourne – Fishermen’s Club BN22 7AA

AND our dear friend and colleague Terry Seabrook has started a new monthly gig in Lewes at The Con Club:
Sunday 13th March 2022, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Milestones – Terry’s tribute to Miles Davis

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All the best

Neal & the Splash Point Jazz mob

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@splashpointjazz News Splash: London Jazz Festival Shows! Gigs galore; Tim Minchin!

Dear Lovely Jazzers

BOY have we got some news for you!

We are very happy to announce not ONE but TWO gigs in the 2021 EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL!!

And they are both at the most stylish venue in London – the Crazy Coqs room at Piccadilly! Read on for more details.

[Neal Richardson Quartet @Crazy Coqs]

So, here’s the round-up of our upcoming gigs, in date order, with a teensy bit of info about the new ones since the last Newsletter.

Booking Details for all our gigs are on our website Events page here:

Wednesday 27th October 7pm Neal Richardson at The Broad Oak TN31 6EU 
This month it’s Neal solo piano/vocals. Free to diners so book a table on 01424 882700

Wednesday 27th October 8pm Terry Quinney Quartet tribute to Stan Getz, 
Splash Point Jazz Club, Eastbourne BN22 7AA
A monster band with Terry playing the part of the legendary sax man. Tickets at www.wegottickets.com/splashpointjazz

NEW: Friday 29th October 7:30pm Sue + Neal Richardson Duo coffee concert, Raamsdonk, Holland
The Dutch have a lovely tradition of live music in people’s private houses, called Coffee Concerts.  We’ve done quite a few of them 🙂
It’d be nice idea to copy this in the UK!   (Sorry this one’s sold out)

NEW: Thursday 4th November 7pm Neal Richardson’s Splash Point Jazz Show Livestream
Neal’s amazing monthly studio livestream (on the first Thursday of the each month).
Multiple cameras, grand piano, studio-quality sound
Tune in on FaceBook or YouTube:
YOUTUBE  www.youtube.com/user/SplashPointMusic
FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/Splashpointjazz

NEW: Friday 5th November 7:30pm Neal Richardson Duo at the Bosa Restaurant, Putney SW15 1SQ
This one’s a peach!! A new venue, rearranged from last month, and possibly the most authentic Lebanese food in London!
Neal will be serving up the jazz fireworks on piano/vocal, with Miles Danso on double bass.
Remember, Remember what date it is!  Book a table on 020 8785 1851

NEW: Saturday 6th November 7pm Neal Richardson Trio at the Queen Adelaide, Kingston Rd, Epsom KT19 0SH
Following a very successful debut last month… they’ve asked us back! 🙂 Book a table on 020 8393 2666
Neal’s Trio features Miles Danso (double bass) and Alex Eberhard (drums).

NEW: Wednesday 10th November 7pm Sara Oschlag with the Neal Richardson Trio, 
Splash Point Jazz Club, Seaford BN25 4JS

[Photo credit: Brian O’Connor]

Our favourite Danish songstress Sara brings her pinpoint vocal dexterity to thrill us at Seaford, accompanied by Neal at the piano, George Trebar on double bass and Eric Ford on drums.

NEW: Monday 15th November 9.15pm  LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL Neal Richardson’s “Not” King Cole Show, 
Crazy Coqs W1F 7ED

[Photo credit: Peter Prior]
YES! Neal’s Quartet return to the London Jazz Festival with their sell-out show about the life of Nat King Cole.

NEW: Saturday 20th November 8pm  LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL Sue Richardson in The Billie Holiday Story, 
Crazy Coqs W1F 7ED

Sue is delighted to return in this heart-wrenching but gorgeous show, by our friends at Copasetic Productions

Remember, booking details for all our gigs are on our website Events page here:

* * STOP PRESS * *
Last night we were v lucky to be invited to see the one-off comical/philosophy/musical/lyricist genius that is Tim Minchin.
The man is a force of nature – in a class all of his own. His songs and soliloquys were all breathtaking in their wit and wordplay.
You can read Neal’s full review here:

We’ve updated the giglist on the website, so please have a look there 🙂

Please join the new @Splashpointjazz Friends FaceBook Group! 😃


That’s it for now – see you at one of our gigs sooooon, and DEFINITELY on the 15th Nov! 😉


Neal & The Splash Point Jazz Mob

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Review of Jamie Cullum at The London Palladium, Weds 6/10/21

Jamie Cullum at The London Palladium, Weds 6/10/21
I’ve followed Jamie’s career – and been inspired by it – for around for 20 years now.
From smaller gigs, jazz weekenders (we had breakfast together at Margate I seem to remember!), to his worldwide breakthrough with “Twenty Something” onwards, Love Supreme and huge festivals and his messianic Radio 2 show spreading the word to new generations.
So it was with great pleasure and awe that I approached London’s iconic Palladium tonight to see a jazz piano player/singer/songwriter sell out two nights with his 10-piece band in 2021. What a huge achievement in itself, and what an amazing show.  World class, as good as it gets. Perfectly paced, with a huge range of styles, inexhaustible energy, and superb musicianship all round. Jamie is astounding, and deserving of his successes.
The gig got off to a very good start with support act Sam Wills, who captivated the capacity crowd with the quality of his voice, keyboard, songs and his singular band of Ed Blakely.
The sound throughout was crystal clear, which was a good indication of the engineering for the main act to come.
The crowd gave Jamie a hero’s welcome as he bounced onto the stage, and as he thanked everyone, he acknowledged that many had waited two-and-a-half years to see this show since buying their tickets in 2019, thanks to the pandemic. (One of his parting comments later as he left after the encores was “You were worth the wait” – which summed up the love flowing in both directions).
He immediately got everyone on his side by summing up the lost months with his poignant song Age of Anxiety, starting with just piano and voice, before his first-class band joined in.
Followed by (I Wish I Was) Taller, and These are the Days I’ve Been Missing, we were all on board the Cullum train for wherever he wanted to take us.
The energy didn’t drop – even in the quieter numbers – and a near two hours flew by.
The catchy songs kept on coming with almost no break, and covering a massive range of styles – from swing, New Orleans, pop, ballads, choral, dance, to zydeco and boogaloo.  Jamie is a thoughtful songwriter, always surprising with his lyrics eg “Throw me a rope; will I climb or will I choke”
Jamie is a superb showman – the whole show was superbly crafted but proving that old showbiz maxim of how much work has to go in to make something appear so effortless.  He is very generous in sharing the limelight with his team: Each of the 10-piece band members had their moments of glory, and all were amazingly good.  There was a genuine feeling of them loving their jobs, this night, and each other.
Special mention must go to drummer, who nailed the whole thing down throughout, perfectly jumping between the non-stop tempo/style/meter changes… not to mention emerging from his drum solo into a 15 meter groove!
As a jazz musician myself, a highlight for me was a Quintet version of Porter’s I Get A Kick, very cleverly arranged with the horns playing Groovin’ High riffs in between the lines (and soloing on the latter). Suddenly 2,300 people – many of whom probably wouldn’t identify as jazz fans – were listening to mainstream swing and bebop… clapping solos… 70 years on from when Nat King Cole had played on this same stage.
Band line-up changes continued apace – keeping the interest up – when Jamie switched to Trio format, then again solo at the piano. I loved his wistful solo version of What A Difference (A Day Made), with gorgeous re-harmonisations and vocal sweeps. The Palladium could have been a tiny Manhattan piano bar at 3am.
Then we were off again with the full band for a high-octane romp through Hang Your Lights from his 2020 Christmas album… “I was very nervous about going anywhere near the walled garden created by Michael Bublé, so I wrote my own 10 songs for it!”.
Next we had 8 of the musicians down the front of the stage with just Loz Garrett’s bass, singing as a beautiful chorale; then straight back to full-throttle 10-piece with the backing singers dancing and Jamie off the stage and in the audience (much to everyone’s delight). With well-practised persuasion he had everyone – the whole Palladium – on their feet dancing and waving to his command.
A series of encores followed, whereupon the band left the stage to the star to sing “You And Me Are Gone”.
He finished the show in this wonderful place just as he had started out his London career – alone with a piano and a mic, demonstrating consummately his musicianship and passion for the music, on which everything else in the evening – and the past 20 years – was built.
Catch this Tour wherever you can.
Neal Richardson, Seaford UK
6th October 2021
PS I will be talking about the show on the #splashpointjazzshow Livestream 7/10/21 7pm UK (on FB and YT)

Summer Jazz in the Vineyard!!

Yep, green shoots are well and truly maturing, as we have now booked gigs over the next 3 months creating more than 70 properly-paid slots for musicians :-).
All the details and ticket info is on our website at splashpointjazz.com
And our latest innovation is…
Summer Jazz In the Vineyard!  10th+11th July, 2-6pm
Buy tickets at splashpointjazz.com
Here’s the official PR:


A new jazz weekend is coming to an East Sussex vineyard in July, featuring two fantastic professional bands and refined wines.

Summer Jazz in the Vineyard will bring the music of legends Nat King Cole and Chet Baker in two shows featured in the London Jazz Festival, to Off the Line Vineyard in Hellingly.

The festival also includes wine tasting, vineyard walks through the unique natural woodland, pas- ture and ponds, a kids’ gym and a Salehurst Halt food van serving local and seasonal produce.

Seaford-based jazz musician and festival organiser Neal Richardson said: “After a year of isolation we can’t wait to bring people together for a fabulous summer weekend of live music in the gor- geous grounds of the vineyard.

“It’s great to be working with fantastic local businesses to create an exciting event to celebrate summer and enjoy jazz together.’

Pianist/singer Neal Richardson’s show ’Not’ King Cole’, described as ‘Jazz at it’s purest’ by Jazz Journal, is on the Saturday 10th and trumpeter/singer Sue Richardson’s ‘Chet Baker: Too Cool’ of which Jazz FM said ‘I kid you not, you closed your eyes, you were listening to Chet Baker’ is on Sunday 11th July.

Kristina Studzinski from Off the Line Vineyard said: “We’re delighted to be able to welcome people back to our vineyard and grounds, and of course serve up our wonderful local wines.

‘Jazz and wine is a perfect combination, and our lovely vineyard is the perfect setting.’

Off the Line specialises in rosé wines, all of which will be available to sample, taste and purchase at the festival. It sits alongside the Old Cuckoo Line, an old railway connection between Polegate and Edridge, and festival comers are encouraged to arrive by bike or foot along it as an environ- mentally friendly option.

The event runs from 2-6pm on the 10th and 11th July, and tickets at £20 for one day or £35 for both are available at www.splashpointjazz.com

Thanks for reading!

Splash Point Jazz – Late Summer Newsletter 2020


Hello Jazz Friends old and new!

How has the summer been? It’s almost been and gone, we know… but hopefully you’ve had some time to enjoy it.

Have you missed us? Well, despite the ongoing challenges that we are all facing – particularly in the world of live entertainment – we’re aiming here to get back on the horse again… even if it IS a different horse and more like a chihuahua than the thoroughbred stallion six live clubs we used to run….Ah those heady days of unfettered contact, dears!  But adapt we must!


Firstly, we’ve got a couple of ACTUAL LIVE gigs in venues that you can actually attend PHYSICALLY IN PERSON coming up – hooray!

Secondly, Neal will be resuming his Livestream gigs online from next month – both solo and a monthly BAND one with a different guest each time – hooray!

= = = LIVE GIGS = = =

EASTBOURNE – Monday 31st August 2pm
Eastbourne SPJC is hosting a benefit gig for The Fishermen’s Club, Royal Parade, BN22 7AA (‘Keep The Fishermen’s Afloat’) at 2pm on Monday 31st August. Like many venues across the country, The Fishermen’s are having a tough time of it in the present climate. They’ve been very good to SPJC as our Eastbourne venue of choice for the Club and 2018’s Splash Point Jazz Festival, so we’d like to support them in the best way we can.

The all-star musicians on the 31st are:  Andy Panayi (sax), Roy Hilton (keys), Paul Whitten (bass) and Phil Crabbe (drums).

No tickets, but donations on the day (please be generous!), raffle tickets available to buy, and in addition to the usual bar there will be sandwiches available for those who feel peckish. The musicians will be outside (so let’s keep our fingers crossed for the weather..), there is some seating in the garden area too, but once this fills up there will be plenty more seating available inside.
Please support this one folks, we know you’re all longing to get back to hearing some live music and without terrific venues like The Fishermen’s, jazz clubs simply can’t exist.

N.B. Due to social distancing space will be limited, so please arrive early or be prepared to wait until a table becomes vacant. Track & Trace is active at The Fishermen’s.
Also, this is subject to the weather of course… but we hope to see you there.

2. BROAD OAK, KENT – Weds 30th Sept 7pm *NEW VENUE!*
This is the new venue run by the former landlord of our Battle club.  It’s a lovely refurbished village pub, with a dedicated dining/function room at the back into which one of Neal’s fleet (flock? clutch? string?) of grand pianos has already been delivered 🙂 And this NEW SPJC will be opening with Neal’s critically-acclaimed “Not King Cole” show!

Tickets for £10 (+booking fee) will go on sale on our usual WeGotTickets/splashpointjazz page from the 1st Sept.  And the AMAZING offer is that your £10 will be REDEEMABLE AGAINST YOUR FOOD order!
Seats will be strictly limited, for social distancing, so it’ll be first come first served.  There will be tables of two, four and six so please think about putting a group together to make it worthwhile for the pub.

The Trio for this one comprises Neal Richardson (piano, vocals), Luke Rattenbury (guitar) and Miles Danso (bass)

= = = ONLINE GIGS = = = 

1. LIVESTREAM Gig – Thurs 3rd Sept 7pm
Neal’s ever-popular online Livestream returns next month!  Thursdays are the new Tuesdays… and the first one is Thursday 3rd Sept at 7pm.
This first new one is FREE and viewable Live on our YouTube channel:
Please come and say Hi, join in (comment), make a request, and a tip, and learn more about future ones 🙂

Well, hopefully that’s lifted your spirits a bit, and enough to join us at our gigs – both online and in-person!

Stay safe and thanks for supporting Live Music!

The Splash Point Mob

Mid-March 2020 Cancellation Newsletter

SPJC Newsletter Mid-March 2020
This is the newsletter we never thought we would have to write, but it’s got to be done so here goes.

Due to the current coronavirus Covid-19 crisis, and in line with Government recommendations, we are cancelling all our jazz gigs for the foreseeable future, in agreement with all our venues. This is not a decision any of us wanted to take, and we haven’t done it lightly, but the safety and well being of our audiences, musicians and volunteers must be our top priority.

Please keep an eye on our website (www.splashpointmusic.com) for updates, and be assured that as soon as possible we will re-instate gigs – and email you to let you know. Any musicians and bands that are cancelled will have priority bookings in 2021, so you will get to see them all, just not for a while.

To cheer you up, Neal will be doing home-broadcasting of little solo gigs, snippets and crazy stuff to keep you titillated!

Details, again, will be on the website. You can also read announcements on our Instagram and Twitter and FaceBook feeds – please search/follow @splashpointjazz

(These also end up on our website). There’s also some great stuff on our YouTube channel (SplashPointMusic)

It’s gonna be a lonely few months stuck indoors… so don’t let yourself get down and fearful…
Email us! (info@splashpointmusic.com)  Message us!(@splashpointjazz).


Ask Neal for a request to play a tune for you online… Become a Patron (he likes to be able to eat..🤣)

If you know anyone who comes to our gigs, but doesn’t get our emailed newsletters, please pass on this news to them.

As always, we thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you again once life gets back to normal. And to paraphrase Arnie Schwarzenegger’s Terminator:
We’ll be back!  And in the meantime – see you online!


Keep well. Keep an eye on elderly neighbours, friends, relatives.
Be nice to people 😃

The Splash Point mob.

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March Newsletter 2020


SPJC Newsletter  MARCH 2020

Hello jazz fans! Here we are in March, famous for March winds (followed by April showers)… erm, didn’t we already have those in February??
But this month is so much more than just howling winds. After months of drabness in the gardens, March is also the time for beautiful daffodils and blossom trees to give our hearts a lift, the distinctive scent of hyacinths, fabulous early rhubarb to tickle your taste buds (rhubarb gin anyone?), and lovely little furry tree catkins (hands up if you remember the Nature Table at school).
(Yes, you can put your hands down now, thank you).
So that’s sightsmelltaste and touch covered, only sound to go – so let’s see what fantastic musicians will be blowing in to SPJC this March!

*** STOP PRESS: Advanced notice of a lovely fund-raising concert Neal is doing with his “Not King Cole” show,  for Chaseley Trust Home, at the Birley Centre, Eastbourne on Friday April 17th. Details/tickets here:  
https://www.chaseley.org.uk/fundraising/all-that-jazz-music-concert/ ***


HASTINGS – Friday March 6th
Maxine’s Bar and Restaurant at Bannatynes Hotel, Hastings (Battle Rd, St Leonards-on-sea TN38 8EA) is the place to find Neal playing solo piano/vocals on Friday 6th March for their Gin and Jazz night. The music starts at 7pm, and it’s a very stylish venue, with a huge variety of gins (maybe even the afore-mentioned Rhubarb Gin…) and although you will have to buy your drinks, the music is free! Ask Neal to play a request or two, he’s always happy to oblige. Well, nearly always…
There’s plenty of free on-site parking at Bannatynes, so no worries there.

Also at Bannatynes on 22nd MarchNeal and lovely Jane Tuff (sax) are playing for a special Mothers’ Day lunch, from 12.30pm.  Book a table on 01424 851222

ALFRISTON – Dates throughout the month
Book a table on 01323-870248 at Deans Place Hotel, BN26 5TW   

Fridays & Saturdays 6.30pm Dinner Jazz @ Deans Place Hotel:
7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th – Neal

    6th – Rod Hart

Sunday Lunch Jazz 12.30pm:

15th, 29th – Neal

1st, 8th, 22nd Rod Hart


SEAFORD – Wednesday March 11th
at the View (Seaford Head Golf Club, BN25 4JS), has the great Andy Williams (guitar) guesting with Neal’s trio on Wednesday March 11th with the music starting at 7pm. Andy has worked with many of Britain’s finest musicians, including guitarist Martin Taylor, vocalist Liane Carroll and saxophonist Alan Barnes. He has performed at many major venues worldwide and can boast performances at both the Blue Note Jazz Club and BB King’s Bar in New York. At home Andy has played Ronnie Scott’s Club, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Rock Garden in London, amongst other top venues.
He’s an incredibly busy performer, so we’re lucky to have snapped him up for a gig at The View. Neal’s trio on the night features Miles Danso (bass) and Javier Forero (drums).
Dinner is available at The View, provided you book in advance on 01323 890139. Or just come to listen and be entertained. The music starts at 7pm, on Wednesday March 11th.
There’s free parking right outside the door, and inside The View you’ll get a great welcome.
Tickets are £10, buy on the door on the night or in advance from WeGotTickets.com (booking fee applies).

BRIGHTON – Thursday March 19th
at The Walrus, (10 Ship Street, BN1 1AD) plays host this month to a very special guest, on Thursday March 19th when the amazing Adam Glasser (harmonica) joins Neal‘s trio. Brought up in South Africa, Adam’s first instrument was piano, with his musical education taking place in Paris, and Berklee College of Music (Boston USA). Tours in Europe and the UK, and an award for jazz piano led to more prestigious gigs and venues. In the 1990s Adam started playing the chromatic harmonica, and his musical career took on a different slant. He’s filled in twice for Stevie Wonder, played on many film and TV scores, and in 2014 was invited by Hugh Masekela to be his pianist when the legendary South African trumpeter was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the University of York. Adam’s South African roots are never far away in his repertoire, which often includes the lively rhythms of township music.
Playing with Adam and Neal on the 19th will be Nigel Thomas (bass) and Sophie Alloway (drums).
The music starts at 7.30pm on Thursday March 19th , tickets are £10 (which includes your first drink), and you can buy in advance from thewalrusbrighton.com/#bookatable  or on the door on the night.

LONDON – Friday March 20th
On 20th March you might fancy having a day out in London, where Sue Richardson will be playing in Alex Webb’s show ‘Billie’, the fabulous biog of Billie Holiday. The venue is ‘Under The Bridge’, Chelsea, (and it’s actually in Chelsea football ground…)
And if you’re travelling in a westerly direction this month you might like to know that Sue  will be in Bath at the St James Wine Vault, on 26th March (gig starts at 8pm), and the following evening she’s off to Somerset to play at the Ilminster Arts Centre with Andy Panayi and the Dave Newton Trio, where the music starts at 8pm.

EASTBOURNE – Wednesday March 25th
The Fishermen’s Club, Royal Parade, BN22 7AA continues on the last Wednesday of the month and we’ve got a cracker for you on Wednesday March 25th when drummer Gaz Hughesbrings his ‘Homage to Art Blakey’ Quintet to town. The first jazz album Gaz bought was ‘Art Blakey Live’ – still one of his most-played and treasured albums. To say he’s a fan of Art’s is an understatement!  And just look at the line-up he’s got in this band:  Alan Barnes and Dean Masser (saxes), Bruce Adams (trumpet), Andrezej Baranek (keys), Ed Harrison (bass) and Gaz himself of course, on drums. They’ll be playing loads of tunes famously associated with Art Blakey; including timeless and much-loved tracks by composers such as Bobby Watson, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and Curtis Fuller – you’ll know many of them, though there may be a surprise or three along the way…
This gig will definitely be popular, so you might want to book ahead to be sure of a seat. The music starts at 8pm on Wednesday March 25th , tickets are £10, on the door on the night or in advance from WeGotTickets.com. (booking fee applies).
Loads of free parking right outside the door and drinks at club prices!

BROAD OAK (near BATTLE)Wednesday March 25th
Our newest venue The Broad Oak replaces the Bull at Battle as the lovely landlords Al & Kerri have moved to this new pub and refurbished it!
And, we’ve put a lovely baby grand piano in there to celebrate.
Come and see what the fuss is about for our first gig there, when Neal’s first guest will be the beguiling Jane Tuff (tenor sax)
By the time she left school Jane was already working in Big Bands and soul bands. After studying at the London College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, she went on to play in West End and touring shows, European shows, Big Bands and various ensembles. She is also a renowned teacher of all woodwind instruments. Neal and Jane have worked together a lot as a duo, and developed that lovely rapport which only comes when musicians are happy and comfortable with each other. They are, and you will be too when you hear the music they make.
Jazz at The Broad Oak is free to diners and you are advised to book in advance on 01424 882700
Website www.thebroadoak.co.uk
email :info@thebroadoak.co.uk
The music starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday March 25th . You definitely deserve a treat, and this gig (with lovely food to go with it) will be just that.

And if you can’t make the 25th, you can still see Neal and Jane together at:
Buxted Park Hotel, on Sunday 1st March, at 12.30pm, or for
Bannatynes Hotel, Mothers’ Day, Sunday 22nd March at 12.30pm.

AND FINALLY… advance news!  This year our very good friend Brian O’Connor is celebrating his first 50 years in jazz photography. Fifty years! Imagine! When Brian first got behind the lens we were only just starting to use decimal currency in the UK, clad in our super-trendy hot-pants and bell-bottomed trousers. If you go along to the Clocktower Gallery (9 Katherine St, Croydon, CR9 1ET) between 6th April and 1st May you will be able to see an exhibition of Brian’s splendid photos, and it’s totally FREE. From Stan Getz to Xhosa Cole, he’s captured them all for posterity. There is even a chance Brian will be wearing his bell-bottomed trousers when you go. Mark the dates in your diary!

Much to look forward to in March around the SPJC empire!
We genuinely look forward to welcoming you to our jazz clubs, and hope to see you again very soon. Keep supporting live jazz in Sussex!

The Splash Point mob.

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