Listening to Jazz


Whilst you will hear jazz greats Louis, the Duke, Miles and Coltrane, as well as dear old Humph from time to time, the friendly Listening to Jazz group spreads its wings rather further.  Drawing on a record collection of some 3000 cds, vinyl and (occasional) tapes, our monthly sessions cover everything from the first recordings by the Original Dixie Jazz Band to the latest sounds from whoever takes our fancy!

Where and when

We meet on the last Tuesday of the month, 2.15 - 4.15.

Other information

The group is currently full but please contact me if you would like to go on the waiting list.

Contact details

Mike Goldsmith 01536 770122


Jazz – November

Long live Live Jazz The great American drummer and bandleader Art Blakey used to say – you only hear live music once! And it’s largely true, even if some bandleaders insisted on their musicians playing the music exactly as written and recorded, including any solos! Even to listen to the same tunes recorded by the […]

Listening to Jazz – September

The Festival Season Having spent some of May and most of June, as well as a large part of August, in France, I’ve suddenly realized two things. First, I had not written a jazz piece for some time. Second that I had managed to miss much of the jazz festival season. It seems as if […]

Listening to Jazz – June

Jazz and Sponsorship Talking recently to a musician at a local gig, he pointed out that there were an increasing number of musicians and bands seeking gigs at a time when both the number of clubs and sponsorship for the music was becoming smaller and smaller. This situation is reflected in the listings of artists […]

Listening to Jazz – March

New Talent and Jazz Record companies delight in telling us about their new rising stars, be in the pop and rock fields, classical music and even jazz. But it is not often that we have a chance to hear some really new talents live before their names are being nationally promoted. Such an opportunity arose […]

Mike’s Monthly Musings – February

Always thinking about what to play at the next Listening to Jazz session, realising that I must be careful not to repeat a disc I had played in recent months whilst still wanting to provide a varied programme for the fifteen or sixteen souls who crowd into our front room every month, I found myself […]

Mike’s Monthly Musings – December

Gigs are so important… Live music gigs are so important, whether they be for classical, pop, or jazz. They are particularly important for the latter, since it is in this context that one hears musicians both at their best and worst, especially in terms of the improvisational element central to the music. This view was […]

Mike’s Monthly Musings – November

Jazz Duets and Test Pieces: Apart from my love of jazz, I also have another weakness: crime novels.  Reading Michael Connelly’s recent book, I was amused and surprised to come across a reference to a recent jazz issue by tenor sax player Houston Person and bassist Ron Carter.  The disc is called Chemistry and involves […]

Mike’s Monthly Musings – October

Jazz Duos Having managed to miss a couple of months, I realised that I really ought to start writing a piece again and chose to consider duos in jazz.  It’s brought about by listening to a recent recording by tenor sax player Houston Person and bassist Ron Carter, working their way through a series of […]

Mike’s Monthly Musings – July

Hot, Cool, Swinging…. As I write this, I’m sitting in air conditioned apartment in Colmar in Alsace with an outside temperature in excess of 37C and listening to the ex-Basie trumpeter Harry Edison swinging his way through a typical Basie-like tune, with Edison quoting nursey rhymes and joined by another ex-Basie musician, tenor saxist Lockjaw […]

Mike’s Monthly Musings – May

Favourites? Listening to Rob de Bord Barker’s presentation on Gerry Mulligan reminds me that we all have our favourite composers, musicians, singers etc, be they from the classical world, rock and roll, the pop scene, or in my case jazz and blues.  If I look at my record collection for a guide to what I […]