Wednesday Gigs/Soloists

My trio plays a residency at London’s Toulouse Lautrec every Wednesday night. It’s now £5 entry, but that does include a token for £5 at the bar – what our American cousins would call a minimum. So it’s still free, you just have to buy a drink (we’re not exactly trying to gouge you).

We play an hour-long house set with a guest soloist from 9pm then, after pausing for breath and some valiant attempts at organisation, there’s a jam session til round midnight (and sometimes the wee small hours of the morning).

The guest roster features some of the best around. Here are some links so you can learn more about these fantastic musicians:

The Loft Bar at Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec.

The Loft Bar at Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec – scene of many a late night South London jazz-up.

Yazz Ahmed tpt & flugel
Brandon Allen tenor
Gilad Atzmon alto
Paul Booth tenor
Christian Brewer alto
Marta Capponi voc
Quentin Collins tpt
Tom Dennis tpt
Sara Dowling voc
Duncan Eagles tenor
Steve Fishwick tpt
Shireen Francis voc
Alex Garnett tenor
Adam Glasser harmonica
Ed Jones tenor
Trudy Kerr voc
Tony Kofi alto
Charis Ioannou tenor
Ant Law gtr
Gareth Lockrane flt
Roberto Manzin tenor
Emilia Martensson voc
Benet McLean violin
Jim Mullen gtr
Dan Oates violin
Dave O’Higgins tenor
Carl Orr gtr
Nigel Price gtr
Chris Rand tenor
Tom Ridout tenor
Fulvio Sigurta tpt & flugel
Nat Steele vibes
Martin Speake alto
Anita Wardell voc
Steve Waterman tpt
Tom White trombone
Vasilis Xenopoulos tenor

The house team is: Jason Lyon pno & friendly sarcasm, Henry Gilbert bass and Joel Prime drums.

Regular deps include Matt Findlay bass, Miles Danso bass and Sophie Alloway drums.

Ah Wednesdays… The old wisdom was to load up on Wednesdays so you didn’t bugger up two weekends…


Gareth Lockrane with JLT (Sammy Stein for
Benet McLean with JLT (Stephen Graham for


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Wednesday Gig/Jam

We play every Wednesday night, 9 to 12.30, at Toulouse Lautrec in Kennington, South London. It starts as a gig then becomes a jam. We welcome and accommodate all, but please do have a squizz at Thoughts from the Piano Chair of a Jam Session.
Illustration by Sue Harding

June guest soloists
7 Sara Dowling voc
14 Ed Riches gtr
21 Duncan Eagles tenor
28 Tom Ridout tenor

More info on guests here

For London-wide jazz llistings see

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