Bridge Jazz Club

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.

Club nights begin at 8.30pm and entry is £10 on the door or £5 for musicians taking part in the jam session (cash only). This includes a free raffle.



I have started a new group, Friends of Bridge Jazz Club to raise money for club funds during lockdown. When we do eventually restart club nights, audience numbers may well be lower than before lockdown. There could be social distancing measures in place which limit numbers and some of our regulars may not want to return immediately. This means that the club could well be running at a loss. Extra money raised now for club funds will be used to subsidise club nights post lockdown.

Friends of Bridge Jazz Club are making donations to club funds and getting access to short videos of me playing some jazz, talking about the club and explaining what I’m currently practising.

I have committed myself to make at least 6 short (10-15 minute) videos between now and the end of September. These are available to view in a closed Facebook Group and as private videos on YouTube. Minimum donation to cover the 3 months until the end of September is £5, though larger donations are very welcome and several of our regulars have made very generous donations. Please email me at for details of how you can donate and help support the club at this difficult time.

+ Fundraiser gig:-

Sat 8th Aug 2020: Jazz in the Secret Garden at Exeter Phoenix with Pete Canter & James Clemas. Superb sax & keys duo playing swing, bebop & latin jazz. Outdoors, socially distanced, audience in deckchairs. Maximum 20 tickets. Fundraiser for the Bridge Jazz Club to support it’s re-opening in the autumn. £5. Either contact Pete for details of how to pay in advance  and get your name on the reserved list or, subject to availability, pay cash on the day, exact money only as no change will be given. All proceeds to club funds.


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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