Coljazz Promotions are Shirley Smith and Colin Erswell, they have been focused on organising Jazz gigs in the Medway towns for many years.

For 2016 there is an exciting line up of events at their 2 venues as listed below.

Jazz at the Anchorians Club

Darland Avenue, Gillingham, ME7 3AN

Start time 2030 hours, cost £10.

Programme for 2016

18 March 

The Derek Nash Experience:

Derek Nash--saxes, Noel McCalla---vocals, Dave Swift--Bass, Graham Harvey--piano, Frank Tonto---Drums 

15 April 

The Greg Heath  quartet

Greg on tenor sax with  

John Donaldson - keys
Nick Kacal - double bass
Milo Fell - drums

20 May 

The Alan Barnes/Hodges, Ellington Evening.

Alan Barnes, Alto Sax/Clt.
Robert Fowler,Tenor Sax/clt.
Robin Aspland,Piano.
Matt Fishwick,Drums.
Bruce Adams,Tpt.
Paul Morgan Bass 

17 June 

Clarke Tracey Quintet

The quintet now features Alex Ridout on trumpet who is this years winner of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year. She joins the established line up of Clarke - drums, Harry Bolt - keys, Daniel Casimir - bass and the dynamic Chris Maddock on sax.

15 July

The Theo Travis Quartet

The dynamic sax and flute of Theo is supported by:

John Donaldson –piano
Alex Keen- double bass
Marc Parnell – drums

19 August

Protect the Beat

Derek Nash - sax (Jools Holland, Dave Grusin, Sax Appeal)
Laurie Cottle - bass 
Dave Ital - guitar 
Arden Hart - keys & trumpet - (Bootsy Collins, Massive Attack)
Darby Todd - drums (Dennis Rollins, Disney's Lion king)

Find out more about this stellar Jazz Funk outfit at:

16 September

Dave Lewis Quartet

With Dave on Sax, Neville Malcolm Bass, Robin Aspland Piano and  Drummer Frank Tontoh

21 October 

John Etheridge & Christian Garrick duo

18 November

Booth/Horler/Rozze/Tomkins/Wells Quintet 

Jazz at the Good Intent

John Street, Rochester ME1 1YL

All gigs at 20.30 hours

Free admission but there will be a raffle.

4 March 

The Gary Barnacle Trio featuring Garry Barnacle on saxes and flute, Jim Treweek keys, Russel Kitto bass, and Tony Totts drums.

6 May

Mike Austin Quartet featuring Mike Austin tenor sax, Hugh Ockendon keys, Alex Keen bass and Tony Totts drums.

3 June

Sarah Bolter (sax) Quartet with Tony Totts - drums and Ray Shea - Keys. Bass tbc. 

1 July

Roberto Manzin Quartet featuring:-   Roberto Manzin tenor sax, Stuart Skeffington keys, Susanna Flack steel pans, and Tony Totts drums.

2 September

Simon Spillett tenor sax, John Critchenson piano, Tony Totts drums.

7 October

Michael Coates sax, Jim Treweek keys,  Tony Totts drums.

4 November

Tracey Mendham sax, Gabriel Keen keys,  Tony Totts drums.

2 December

Dave Lewis sax, Robin Aspland keys,  Tony Totts drums.

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