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


Listening to Jazz Weekly Newsletter Sept 25th 2020

This week’s listening started on Sunday with a cd of Sonny Rollins: The Quartets 1962. Recorded between January and May 1962, these 8 tracks feature Rollins with Jim hall on guitar, regular bassist Bob Cranshaw and various drummers. They are the first recordings Rollins made after his sabbatical spent on the Williamsburg bridge in New […]

Listening to Jazz August 2020

Listening to Jazz Weekly Newsletter Well, Bojo and his merry men have managed to sabotage all our plans. Not only has he now required people returning from France to quarantine on return, but the Foreign and Commonwealth Office now advises against all non-essential travel there, so our proposed visit to family and friends looks as […]

Listening to Jazz – August 2020

More than three months since the start of the Covid19 lockdown, I’m still listening to my ration of two lps and a cd each day and producing a weekly newsletter for the group members. Anyone interested can see some recent contributions on the website. We hope that it might be possible to re-start the group […]

Listening to Jazz – July 2020

Hi All, This week I started off by listening to a cd by Helen Sung (Re)Conception 2009, in trio with Peter Washington on bass and Lewis Nash on drums. This is an early recording by a recent/current Minguns Big Band pianist, one well worth searching out. She’s technically proficient, thoughtful and interesting , and here […]

Listening to Jazz – May

Some members have been listening to the classical and pop stuff, for which the group leader forgives them, as he is doing likewise from time to time. Members receive a weekly Newsletter from said leader, reflecting on what he has listened to over the past week. Such choices are made at random from his 3000+ […]

Listening to Jazz – March 2020

Along with listening to the  usual various monthly sounds, group members are currently trying to decide what Desert Island disc they would take with them, as well as sorting out their favourite 60s jazz records for the October 60s project meeting day. March’s meeting will be held at Rob’s place, courtesy of Rob de Barker […]

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 […]