Bridge Jazz Club at Exeter Phoenix

The Bridge Jazz Club is a popular monthly jazz night which I host  at Exeter Phoenix. The usual format is an opening set from me on saxophone with a guest rhythm section followed by an open mic/jam session. Sometimes I play double bass and have one of the bands I work with play the opening set. 


Seats are £10 if booked in advance. For booking details, email There may be tickets on the door, but these are £12.50 (cash & correct money only). Please note that advance reservations are non-refundable and non-transferable unless I sell out and can resell your seat.

Jammers: see information below.

Coming up:

Sun 5th February 2.00pm. Pete Canter & Friends + jam/open-mic session. Pete Canter saxophone, Philip Clouts keys, John Donnolly double bass, Matt Evans drums. Seats on sale from 9th Jan. 

Sun 5th March 2.00pm. Pete Canter & Friends + jam/open-mic session. Pete Canter saxophone, Gavin Martin keys, Adrian Smith double bass, Russell Collins drums. Seats on sale from 6th Feb.

Bridge Jazz Club will continue at Exeter Phoenix in 2023 with a monthly Sunday slot at 2pm. There will be no session in August.

Information for jammers

Jammers places are limited and allocated in advance. Although it is usually first come, first served, I sometimes allocate slots based on balance of instruments and to achieve variety from month to month. There are a limited number of half price seats for jammers. Email to enquire about playing in the jam session.

Jammers with a slot in the jam/open-mic 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. Singers and instrumentalists should bring their own microphones. There is a small monitor amp suitable for vocals, flutes etc. There is no amp for guitars so you need to bring one. Please note that there are often people jamming who play keys, bass or drums so you cannot always expect to play with the house band.

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 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 too. We also appreciate help with setting up and putting away chairs and tables.

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