Upcoming Gigs

Performances are at the East Hastings Sea Angling Association at The Stade, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3FJ

(Near the Jerwood Gallery and the Lifeboat Station) 

Please check the CONTACTS section on this site for directions.

Doors open 7.45 for 8.30 start. Disabled access. Usual admission £10 on the door.

For further information, or if you would like to be on our monthly e-mailing list please contact us on 01424 250221





Jay Phelps: Trumpet

Rick Simpson: Piano

Mark Lewandowski: Bass

Shane Forbes: Drums

Jay Phelps

Vancouver-born Canadian trumpeter Jay Phelps is at the forefront of the young and creative generation of jazz musicians in the UK, with an instantly recognisable warm and projecting tone. In 1999 aged 17, Jay moved to London, determined to immerse himself in the jazz scene and immediately attracted the notice of Gary Crosby who offered him work with Jazz Jamaica in 2002, the opportunity
to be a Tomorrow’s Warriors. Citing Louis Armstrong, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown and Miles Davis as his main influences, Jay went on to create and co-lead the young and hip jazz sensation Empirical, where he spent two years touring major festivals and events with their self titled debut album, while garnering worldwide media attention that UK jazz musicians haven’t enjoyed for years. Jay has performed and recorded with a veritable who’s who of both UK and international jazz artists such as; Courtney Pine, Andrew Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Brown, John Hendricks, Nasheet Waits, George Benson, Jamie Cullum, Sir John Dankworth, Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker, Amy Winehouse, Charlotte Church, Hugh Masakela and Jazz Jamaica.






Art Themen: Sax   

John Donaldson:Piano

Simon Thorpe: Bass

Spike Wells: Drums

Jason Yarde: Alto/sop

James MacMillan: Trumpet

Greg Heath: Tenor

Tristan Banks: Drums

Art Themen

The New Year starts off in style  with a double bill. Firstly the ever popular Art Themen returns for a set accompanied by the Jazz Hastings Trio and that is followed by the FILO Allstars who will be playing New arrangements of music by Bheki Mseleku and McCoy Tyner among others. Art is of course no stranger to Jazz Hastings and so needs little introduction. His key influences are Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon. Themen has toured world wide and played and recorded with many US and British luminaries.
The Filo Allstars feature some of the best musicians around including the internationally celebrated saxophonist Jason Yarde, Kiwi saxophonist Greg Heath, and grammy award winning producer/trumpeter James McMillan.

This evening will be a benefit performance for Jazz Hastings with the musicians generously giving their time to support the ailing finances of the club. In order to keep offering a varied and high quality programme we do need your regular support so please spread the word!






Malcolm Edmonstone: Piano

Roger Carey: Bass

Milo Fell: Drums


Liane Carroll: Vocals

Malcolm Edmonstone

Malcolm Edmonstone is amongst the most in demand of modern musicians, having forged parallel careers as pianist, arranger and educator, working across the broad spectrum of jazz and contemporary music. A prominent educator, he is Head of Jazz at the Guildhall School and Director of Jazz for NYOS (The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland). As an arranger he has written large-scale projects for jazz artists Liane Carroll, Iain Ballamy, Mike Walker, Claire Martin, Ian Shaw and Jacqui Dankworth. In 2016 he gave his BBC Proms debut, directing the NYOS Jazz Orchestra and Choir in his arrangements for Liane Carroll and Iain Ballamy.
Liane Carroll, of course, needs no introduction at Jazz Hastings and we look forward to welcoming her again.




Peter Oxley: Guitars

Nicholas Meier: Guitars


Pete Oxley and Nick Meier individually need little introduction. Both are internationally recognised for their originality. They play a variety of guitars-classical, steel, 12 string, fretless - and other stringed instruments which Nick has acquired on his forays through Europe and the Middle East.
Nick travels the world with Jeff Beck’s band and his own Meier Group which was voted top band at The Juan Les Pins festival. Pete’s Curious Paradise band is hugely respected for his own original compositions and arrangements. Together they have recorded their  album ‘Chasing Tales’
Pete Oxley began his music career in Paris before relocating to the UK in 1997. His Oxford jazz club, The Spin, won the Parliamentary jazz award as the Best Jazz Venue in the UK in 2012.

'These are two masterly guitarists. In the course of these dozen pieces the array of changing sounds, moods and textures they create is gorgeous, fascinating and apparently endless. Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that this is something exclusively for guitar buffs, or even jazz buffs. If you love music of any kind you’ll probably fall for this.'  The Guardian.




Tony Woods: Saxes/flutes

Mike Outram: Guitar

Milo Fell: Drums

Robert Millett: Vibraphone

Andy Hamill: Bass

Tony Woods

The Project has toured the UK many times with the support of Jazz Services, and has performed at numerous jazz festivals and London venues. The Project has had frequent air play on BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM, UK Jazz Radio and has released three albums  all of which have received great reviews. The albums all feature melodic, folk inspired, quirky and uplifting compositions from Tony and exciting solos from the whole band. One aspect of the music is the way collective improvisations (reminiscent of early forms of jazz where the instrumentalists weaved their lines around each other) are incorporated into bigger structures. The band  features  guitar virtuoso Mike Outram on guitar and Milo Fell on drums, and long time associates Robert Millett on vibes and Andy Hamill on bass, all of whom play with wonderful group empathy and respect for each other and the music.




Jim Mullen: Guitar   

John Donaldson:Piano

Simon Thorpe: Bass

Spike Wells: Drums

Jim Mullen

Jim Mullen was guitarist with Pete Brown & Piblokto! for two albums in 1970. He then played with Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, appearing on the band's first three albums together with future Average White Band drummer Robbie McIntosh. Jim then joined Kokomo and later toured with the Average White Band. At that time Jim met up with tenor saxophone player Dick Morrissey, and throughout the 1980s, he found considerable critical, if not commercial, acclaim as joint leader of the pioneering British jazz funk band Morrissey–Mullen. Record producer Richard Niles, who produced the band's sixth album, It's About Time, would go on to produce three solo albums for Mullen. Mullen has also played and recorded with, among others, Mose Allison, Claire Martin, Mike Carr, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dave O'Higgins and   Georgie Fame. He has won many British music awards including "Best Guitar" in the British Telecom Jazz Awards (1994, 1996 and 2000). Most recently, Jim Mullen has recorded as part of The AllStars, a collective of session musicians on their Paul McCartney-produced album All About the Music.




Gilad Atzmon: Alto/Clarinet

Alan Barnes: Alto/Clarinet

Frank Harrison: Piano

Yaron Stavi:  Bass

Chris Higginbottom:  Drums


Alan Barnes and Gilad Atzmon, two of Britain's most celebrated saxophonists are launching their new Album 'The Lowest Common Denominator'. Expect an evening of humour and superb music by a band of jazz stars! Despite their different backgrounds and approaches, the two horn men share a passion for performance, a healthy sense of competition and a firm belief that  jazz is a lot of fun. Between them, they have come up with daring new arrangements, giving the American songbook a good shake, digging into their bop and post-bop bags and coming up with some barrel-scrapingly outrageous originals.