Traditional Jazz at Wickham Bishops Village Hall

The Wickham Bishops Jazz Club is currently run as a Fund Raising venture for the Village Hall funds. It continues the high standard of the previous Club of Jazz which took place in the hall for 27 years and was widely recognised as one of the top venues for Traditional Jazz in the country and features the top musicians from Britain and abroad.

14th December 2019

We Present:

John Maddocks Jazzmen

John Maddocks Jazzmen

This popular line-up, features:

Reeds John Maddocks - Band Leader
Drums John Hall
Trombone Chris Gower
Trumpet Pete Wilkinson
Strings Andy Maynard
Bass John Arthy
Piano Colin Martin

The John Maddocks Jazzmen, a highly regarded West Country ensemble, have been entertaining jazz audiences since 1961.
I first saw them about 18 months ago, and was blown away by their sound and repertoire. I was so impressed, I thought they would go down well at our place. Not something that can be said of many of the bands I have experienced during my researches on behalf of WBJC.

The Jazzmen have their own sound brought about by the unique style of John's clarinet playing combined with the general professionalism and driving style of the unit, all well versed in trad jazz vernacular.
John's original inspiration was the fine clarinettist Johnny Dodds, but John has embraced influences from across the traditional jazz spectrum.
Personnel changes have been few over the years but one or two in the band can still claim to have been at least twenty five years younger when they first joined.

The Band is well known for its drive and cohesiveness and the inclusion of some seldom heard tunes in the repertoire. The band is in demand for all kinds of functions throughout the UK including the major jazz venues and festivals. They also toured extensively in Holland, Germany and Belgium. There have been many broadcasts and many CD issues. The CD from PEK sound 'Behind Closed Doors' is now available.
We are pleased to welcome the band to Wickham Bishops, and trust you will enjoy their performance

Admission: ₤12.50 - Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start until 10.45pm performance.

No Bar:
Bring your own drinks and glasses, and please remember to take home the empties.

Special Request:
Please refrain from talking during the performance and please respect our neighbours by leaving quietly after the session.

For bookings and more information, please contact Pete Hughes at or on 07548 775777.

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