The "Wraysbury Trad Jazz Club" was formed in 1979 by two Wraysbury residents and reached its membership limits in an incredibly short time.
The Club was created with the intention of bringing some of the best jazz in the country to Wraysbury. During its long life the club has hosted, among many others; Humphrey Littleton – with Helen Shapiro on vocals, George Melly, Monty Sunshine with a little help from Lonnie Donegan, the Temperance Seven and Terry Lightfoot as well as a continuing presence from the best Trad Bands playing in the UK today.
It was Terry Lightfoot’s regular appearances in Wraysbury in the early 90’s that prompted the club to officially drop the “Trad” from its name.
The monthly concerts in Wraysbury’s Village Hall are an established feature of the Jazz calendar in the UK.
The Wraysbury Jazz Club is one of the biggest in the country and is usually attended by over 150 enthusiastic members. The club has a reputation as a “listening” club that really appreciates its music.
From its inception the monthly concert included “supper” and Wraysbury has become rightly famous on the Jazz circuit as the “Fish and Chip Jazz Club”. Although the club is “members-only”, the membership fee is great value and members are encouraged to bring guests along to any of the monthly concerts; the August concert is always “open” to everyone.
The Wraysbury Jazz Club also attracts bands from around the world, Geoff Barnhart from the USA, Second Line Jazz from Sweden and Doc Houlind’s All-stars from Denmark are all recent performers.
In the last few years Wraysbury Jazz Club has also introduced “Jazz On The Side”. These concerts, additional to the regular monthly meetings, are smaller more intimate gatherings with a wide range of musical styles played by smaller and often quirkier line-ups – how about a Trombone and Piano front line, or Ukelele and Bass Clarinet?
Jazz On The Side Concerts are always open to non-members, and don’t include the traditional Fish and Chip Supper, they are a just a simple introduction to great live music in a friendly local club.
Whatever the band , and whatever the musical style, Wraysbury continues to meet its original promise from 40 years ago – to host the best classic jazz, that will delight everyone who appreciates great live music whether they are new to Jazz or have been fans all their lives.
Wraysbury’s Jazz Club present “Jazz on the Side”. These concerts, additional to the regular monthly meetings, are a smaller more intimate gathering for music played by smaller and often quirkier line-ups.
Wraysburys Jazz Club is one of the biggest in the UK. Bands play to a full house of enthusiastic members every month. Our club has a reputation as a “listening” club that really knows its music.