Bridge Jazz Club

The Bridge Jazz Club is a popular monthly jazz night hosted by fine saxophonist Pete Canter. The club meets on the first Wednesday of each month in the Voodoo Lounge at Exeter Phoenix. The format is an opening set from Pete on saxophone with a guest rhythm section, followed by a jam session.

Club nights begin at 8.30pm and entry is £8 (£9 from January 2019) on the door or £4 for musicians taking part in the jam session. This includes a free raffle.

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 Pete at so he can tell you.  Please make sure you can count the tune in at the correct tempo. If you need the pianist to give you a starting note, let them know in advance.

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 Pete 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.


Wed 9th Jan: Pete Canter saxophone, Philip Clouts keys, Marcus Vergette double bass, Ronnie Jones drums + Jam Session

The Bridge Jazz Club will continue at Exeter Phoenix in 2019 with the first club night moved back one week to Wed 9th Jan. From then on club nights will all be on the usual first Wednesday of each month.

From January 2019, I will be hosting a NEW JAZZ NIGHT at Exeter Phoenix on the 3rd Wednesday each month. Red Pendulum Jazz will have a different format from the Bridge Jazz Club: house trio for one set followed by a set with an invited guest. It will not include a jam session. First session Wed 23rd January with special Guest Julie Yount vocals. Entry will be £9 or just £7 if you buy an advance ticket at the preceeding Bridge Jazz Club night.

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