Jazz Update

Who are we and what do we do?

Welcome to our website.

This is a new portal for information about all things jazz in London and the South East.

So what is our "mission statement"? Over the past couple of years my son has developed a keen interest in jazz, and it has become more and more obvious that, certainly in Essex and Suffolk, it is incredibly difficult to find information about jazz resources. I consider that we have been really lucky to find the fantastic teachers he has now got and the places where he now gets to play, but it has really been "word of mouth" all the way: dark secrets handed down from musician to musician in whispered conversations in dark corners of rehearsal rooms. And the worst thing is that it is not intended to be that way: organisers of jam sessions I talk to bemoan the lack of attendance, and the teachers I speak to (fantastic teachers, with a wealth of experience of teaching and playing jazz) talk about how few pupils they have who are interested in jazz. I decided that it was time to make it easier for other people to find these resources.

The website is just a work-in-progress at this stage, and it will evolve to be whatever people want it to be. If you teach jazz (sorry, I mean teaching improvisation etc, not just teaching a few jazzy pieces) or run a venue or jam session please let me have the details and I will add it to the site. And let me know what other facilities would be useful to you, and if it is practical I will add it. Please email me by clicking here.

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Jazz jam session, if you want to play jazz in a jamming session and you are in one of the following areas then come along to jam with the jazz band in one of the sessions which are being held in Leigh-on-Sea near Southend soon. Bring your own instrument to play jazz. Jazz tuition at the same time as jamming.

* SS0 - Prittlewell, Westcliff-on-Sea
* SS1 - Southchurch, Southend-on-Sea, Thorpe Bay
* SS2
* SS3 - Barling, Churchend, Courtsend, Great Wakering, Little Wakering, North Shoebury, Shoeburyness
* SS4 - Ashingdon, Ballards Gore, Canewdon, Great Stambridge, Paglesham Churchend, Paglesham Eastend, Rochford, South Fambridge
* SS5 - Hawkwell, Hockley, Hullbridge
* SS6 - Rayleigh, Weir
* SS7 - Daws Heath, Hadleigh, Hope's Green, South Benfleet, Thundersley
* SS8 - Canvey Island, Leigh Beck
* SS9 - Eastwood, Leigh-on-Sea
* SS11 - Battlesbridge, Rawreth, Runwell, Shotgate
* SS12 - Nevendon, North Benfleet, Wickford
* SS13 - Bowers Gifford, Pitsea
* SS14 - Basildon
* SS15 - Laindon
* SS16 - Dry Street, Langdon Hills, Vange, Westley Heights
* SS17 - Corringham, Coryton, Fobbing, Horndon on the Hill, Linford, Mucking, Stanford-le-Hope, Thames Haven* CM0 - Asheldham, Bradwell Waterside, Bradwell-on-Sea, Burnham-on-Crouch, Deal Hall, Dengie, Monsale, Ostend, Ramsey Island, Southminster, St Lawrence, Steeple, Stoneyhills, Tillingham

* CM1 - Broomfield, Chelmsford, Chignall Smealy, Chignall St James, Cooksmill Green, Edney Common, Good Easter, Great Oxney Green, High Easter, Loves Green, Mashbury, Roxwell, Stagden Cross, Writtle
* CM2 - Galleyend, Galleywood, Great Baddow, Howe Green, Moulsham, Sandon, West Hanningfield, Widford
* CM3 - Althorne, Bicknacre, Boreham, Cock Clarks, Cold Norton, Crix, Danbury, East Hanningfield, Fairstead, Ford End, Fuller Street, Gamble's Green, Great Canney, Great Leighs, Great Waltham, Hatfield Peverel, Hazeleigh, Howe Street, Latchingdon, Little Baddow, Little Leighs, Little Waltham, Littley Green, Mayland, Maylandsea, Nounsley, Pleshey, Purleigh, Rank's Green, Rettendon, Rettendon Place, Rudley Green, Runsell Green, South Hanningfield, South Woodham Ferrers, Stow Maries, Terling, Willows Green, Woodham Ferrers, Young's End
* CM4 - Blackmore, Fryerning, Heybridge, Ingatestone, Margaretting, Mill Green, Nine Ashes, Norton Heath, Stock
* CM5 - Abbess Roding, Beauchamp Roding, Berners Roding, Bobbingworth, Chipping Ongar, Clatterford End, Fyfield, Greensted, High Laver, High Ongar, Little End, Little Laver, Magdalen Laver, Moreton, Norton Mandeville, Pickerells, Shelley, Shellow Bowells, Stanford Rivers, Toot Hill, Willingale
* CM6 - Aythorpe Roding, Bacon End, Bannister Green, Bardfield End Green, Barnston, Bishop's Green, Bran End, Broadgroves, Broxted, Butcher's Pasture, Causeway End, Chickney, Churchend, Cobler's Green, Duck End, Duton Hill, Felsted, Great Canfield, Great Dunmow, Great Easton, Hartford End, High Roding, Hounslow Green, Keeres Green, Leaden Roding, Lindsell, Little Dunmow, Little Easton, Margaret Roding, Mill End Green, Molehill Green, Monk Street, North End, Stebbing, Stebbing Green, Thaxted, Throws, White Roding
* CM7 - Bardfield Saling, Beazley End, Black Notley, Blackmore End, Bocking, Bocking Churchstreet, Bradwell, Braintree, Church End, Cornish Hall End, Cressing, Finchingfield, Great Bardfield, Great Saling, High Garrett, Howe Street, Jasper's Green, Little Bardfield, Oxen End, Panfield, Pattiswick, Rayne, Shalford, Shalford Green, Stisted, Tye Green, Wethersfield
* CM8 - Chipping Hill, Faulkbourne, Great Braxted, Little Braxted, Rivenhall, Rivenhall End, Silver End, White Notley, Wickham Bishops, Witham
* CM9 - Broad Street Green, Goldhanger, Great Totham, Heybridge, Heybridge Basin, Langford, Little Totham, Maldon, Mundon, Salcott, Tollesbury, Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Tolleshunt Knights, Tolleshunt Major, Ulting, Virley, Woodham Mortimer, Woodham Walter
* CM11 - Billericay, Crays Hill, Downham, Great Burstead, Ramsden Bellhouse, Ramsden Heath, South Green
* CM12 - Little Burstead, Tye Common
* CM13 - Childerditch, Dunton Wayletts, East Horndon, Great Warley, Herongate, Hutton, Ingrave, Little Warley, West Horndon
* CM14 - Brentwood, Brook Street, Coxtie Green, Navestock Side, South Weald
* CM15 - Doddinghurst, Kelvedon Hatch, Mountnessing, Pilgrims Hatch, Shenfield, Stondon Massey
* CM16 - Coopersale Common, Epping, Epping Green, Epping Upland, Fiddlers Hamlet, North Weald Bassett, Theydon Bois, Thornwood Common, Tylers Green
* CM17 - Church Langley, Churchgate Street, Foster Street, Harlow, Hastingwood, Matching, Matching Green, Matching Tye, Potter Street, Threshers Bush
* CM19 - Great Parndon, Roydon, Roydon Hamlet
* CM20 - Eastwick, Gilston Park, Little Parndon
* CM21 - Allen's Green, High Wych, Sawbridgeworth
* CM22 - Bamber's Green, Elsenham, Great Hallingbury, Hatfield Broad Oak, Hatfield Heath, Henham, Hope End Green, Little Hallingbury, Sheering, Smith's Green, Takeley, Takeley Street, Ugley, Ugley Green
* CM23 - Berden, Birchanger, Bishop's Stortford, Farnham, Farnham Green, Hazel End, Manuden, Spellbrook, Thorley, Thorley Street
* CM24 - Stansted Mountfitchet