Wraysbury’s Trad Jazz Club was formed in 1979 by two Wraysbury residents and reached its membership limits in an incredibly short time. Len Pearce, one of the founder members was an officer of the club and a staunch supporter from 1979 right up until his death earlier this year.
The Club was formed with the intention of bringing some of the best jazz in the Country to Wraysbury ,and during its long life the club has hosted, among many others; Humphrey Littleton – with Helen Shapiro on vocals, George Melly, Monty Sunshine, the Temperance Seven and Terry Lightfoot.
In fact it was Terry’s regular appearances in Wraysbury in the early 90’s that prompted the club to officially drop the “Trad” from its name and continue as “Wraysbury’s Jazz Club.
The monthly concerts in Wraysbury’s Village Hall are an established feature of the Jazz calendar in the UK.
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.
Wraysbury’s 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.
Whatever the band , and whatever the musical style, Wraysbury continues to meet its original promise from nearly 40 years ago – to host the best classic jazz music 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.