Bridge Jazz Club

GOOD NEWS!  Bridge Jazz Club is back starting Wed 4th November, 8.30pm indoors at Exeter Phoenix with Pete Canter & Friends + Jam Session. Great swing, bebop & latin jazz from Pete on saxophone, James Clemas on keys, Jim Rintoul on upright bass & Gary Evans drums.

There will be some changes to the usual format to make the event as safe as possible for audience and musicians. As well as cleaning and ventilation of the room before we are admitted, the audience size will be strictly limited to 35, all seated and socially distanced. There will be no raffle. Tickets (virtual only!) will be £10 (£11 PayPal) and you will be able to prepay by BACS or PayPal. Email me at for details of how. Your name will then be on the door. Sorry, but strictly no refunds unless we have to cancel the gig for any reason. You will need to supply name & telephone number for Track & Trace purposes. This data will be kept by Exeter Phoenix (not by me) for up to 28 days and will then be destroyed. There will also be an “informed consent” form which you will have to complete and return to me.

There will also be some changes for jammers:

Sorry, but no sharing of keys or bass.

It may be possible to sit in on drums if you have your own sticks and bring your own sanitiser to clean anywhere on the kit that you have touched but I am presently consulting house drummers on this issue. It may well be that sitting in on drums is not possible.

Singers must bring their own microphone & lead. I won’t be bringing one!

Guitarists must bring their own amplifier. Mine will be strictly off limits to everyone except me!

Finally, because of the overall limit on audience size and the need for the club nights to be financially viable, the £5 (£6 PayPal) jammer tickets will be limited to 6 in number. Once these have gone, jammers will have to pay £10 (£11 PayPal) the same as everyone else. So, even more incentive to prepay and reserve a seat!

The Bridge Jazz Club is a popular monthly jazz night which I host on the first Wednesday of each month in the Voodoo Lounge at Exeter Phoenix. The format is an opening set from me on saxophone with a guest rhythm section, followed by an open mic/jam session.

Musicians wanting to take part in the jam session should bring concert charts for the rhythm section and sign up on the jammer’s sheet when they arrive. Depending on how many people want to play, players of front line instruments might expect to play 1 or 2 tunes. There is often a mass rendition of the blues or a jazz standard or two to close the evening. The Bridge Jazz Club welcomes players of all levels of experience and makes everyone welcome.

NOTE TO SINGERS: Please note this is a jazz jam session so please bring along jazz standards, not pop or show tunes. Charts for keys and bass should be in the form of lead sheets with just melody and chord symbols. This will ensure that there is scope for one or more of the musicians to solo.  Lead sheets usually fit on 1 or 2 sides of A4.  If you aren’t sure if your tune and the chart you have for it are suitable, please email a copy in advance to me at so I can tell you.

Support the Bridge Jazz Club:

The Bridge Jazz Club stays afloat and is able to pay the house band and the room hire at Exeter Phoenix from the proceeds of the door charge. You can help to support the club by donating raffle prizes (wine, new or used jazz CDs, jazz books etc), by buying extra raffle tickets at £1 each, by helping us with setting up/putting away chairs and tables. You also support the club and help ensure that it continues to thrive by turning up to listen as often as you can and by encouraging your friends to come along.

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