The last jazz club before New York

All gigs: doors open 7.30pm, live music from 8.30 to 11-ish.
Bar snacks and light meals available until 8.15.

The lower prices are for St Ives Jazz Club members, MU members and Western Hotel residents.
Full Time Students and under 18s get in for £5.

Programme may be subject to change etc ... please call 01736 796082 to make sure.

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Tues 13th November CLOSED

Tues 20th November £13/£8/£5
Tom Barford


Listen to Bloomer Here !

Tom Barford - saxophone
Rupert Cox - Piano
Billy Marrows - Guitar
Flo Moore - Bass
Dave Storey - Drums

Winner of the 2017 Kenny Wheeler Prize, Tom was raised in a musical family and grew up surrounded by music, from Frank Sinatra to Louis Armstrong. He started the saxophone at the age of 9 but it wasn’t until a few years later that Will Osborne’s inspiring lessons led Tom to a specific interest in Jazz.

Tenor saxophonist Tom Barford's debut CD, Bloomer, on Edition Records, has been described by Evan Parker as "wonderfully intricate and demanding and yet... exuberantly listenable". Evan has also commented: "we are welcoming the birth of a new star in the jazz firmament". With this I firmly concur – Bloomer is clear evidence of an outstanding example of Barford's talent and promise as a composer and player.

Barford's command of the saxophone is displayed effortlessly with his clear and even tonal quality throughout a host of registers. This is enhanced with a modern melodic vocabulary imbued with a consistent vibrancy leaving the listener fully satisfied with every aspect of his delivery. Bloomer consists of nine originals with a healthy mix of tempi, grooves and motifs, all equally executed by his fine group. The guitar of Billy Marrows serves a "hot on the heels" counterfoil to the leader as does Rupert Cox's piano. The sturdy support and melodicism of bassist, Flo Moore, does not go unnoticed along with Dave Storey's pulsating yet solidly hand-on-the-till drumistry.

Barford's impressive CV includes appearances with the Billy Cobham/Guy Barker Big Band (see my review in June 2018), the London Supersax Project and NYJO. Not too shabby for a lad having just graduated from the esteemed Royal Academy of Music jazz programme. Tom was also the winner of the 2017 Kenny Wheeler Prize of Jazz Composition.

Bloomer was produced by acclaimed saxophonist and bandleader, Iain Ballamy, who appears to be a mentor of sorts to Barford. This, and Dave Stapleton's exemplary Edition label have played a large role in this top class recording. All boding extremely well for the future of jazz in the UK. ​

Tom has slowly become recognised as one of the most exciting young players emerging on the scene.

Tom has recently released his Kenny Wheeler Prize debut album BLOOMER on Edition Records and currently touring the album throughout the Session work Tom has been involved in includes playing playing saxophone on console game soundtracks for "LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2" and "LEGO DC Villians" for acclaimed composer Ian Livingstone.

Tom has also appeared with Tom Fletcher (Live Blue Peter appearance). ​ Aside from leading his own groups, Tom also takes pride in fulfilling a sideman role in such groups as The Barry Green Sextet, The Olli Martin Quintet and The Alberto Palau Quintet.

Other projects Tom feels lucky to have been a part of include; ​

The Guy Barker Big Band- a week's run of gigs at Ronnie Scott's featuring Billy Cobham

The London Super Sax Project- Featuring Nigel Hitchcock, Graeme Blevins, Alex Garnett and Sam Maine

National Youth Jazz Orchestra- Regular gig's around the UK including a BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.

A UK tour with the Mark Trounson Quintet featuring the critically acclaimed Bill McHenry and Jeff Williams

A guest appearance with the amazing Iain Ballamy and Evan Parker at the Vortex Jazz Club. ​

"A strikingly large new British jazz talent arrives with saxophonist Tom Barford" WRITTEN IN MUSIC ​

"We are witnessing the birth of a new star in the jazz firmament." EVAN PARKER ​

A wonderful young player. It’s so exciting to hear him grow!’ STAN SULZMANN

Tues 13th November CLOSED

Tues 4th December £13/£8/£5
Julien Marga


Julien Marga - Guitar
Geoffrey Fiorese - Piano
Jordi Cassagne - Bass
Lucas Vanderputten - Drums

"The band of four fleeing the ostentatious swagger and sterile virtuosity.This album exudes charm and delicacy" (Christian Larrède - Music and Culture, France) ​

"The new generation jazz arrives" (Romain Decoret - Guitarist Acoustic) ​

"One of the strong points is the telepathic agreement between the guitarist and his pianist Geoffrey Fiorese (...) They are jostled by a rhythm section that does not let go for a second (...) His warm, refined lyricism, is a predilection for air atmospheres, planing, with a particular setting that gives the impression of flying above the melee.The construction of his chorus gives quite often the feeling of a rise to the highs altitudes. " (Jean-François Mondot - Jazz Magazine, France)

"A sense of breath and space that is rare to find at an age when you accumulate more than you decant (...) As a guitarist, Julien Marga is the kind of musician to whom every notion of estrouffe is foreign. " (Jazz Magazine, France) ​ "Julien Marga Quartet, or when jazz is melody." (, France) ​

"A very elaborate music, interpreted with heart, airy enough to leave spaces of expression to each" (Culture Jazz, France)

"A pure sound and without artifice, which embarks the public on a delicate journey" (La Voix du Nord, France)

"While weaving a musical space of meetings and exchanges for the musicians of this group, Julien Marga has surrounded himself with friends and musicians of great value to develop the most musical project that is" (Midi Madagasikara, Madagascar )

Tues 28th November CLOSED

Tues 11th December £13/£8/£5
Sam Rapley


Sam Rapley - Sax/Clarinet
Alex Munk - Guitar
Matt Robinson - Piano
Conor Chaplin - Bass
Will Glaser - Drums

Formed in 2014, Fabled is the brainchild of saxophonist/clarinettist, Sam Rapley. Following on from the success of their recent EP, the band have been performing extensively across the UK building a loyal fanbase and writing material for their debut album ‘Short Stories’. As the title implies, the album interprets collection of short stories tackling subjects such as life, love, and death told through richly atmospheric and expressive music, which draws from Rapley and his fellow musicians shared love of jazz ensembles, literature, classical musicians, world music, modern composition and indie-folk.

CLOSED for our Christmas and New Year Break The Jazz Cub will re-open on Tues 19th February

HERE's WHAT COMING in 2019!!!
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| 19th Feb JULIEN SEIGEL | 26th Feb, Duncan Eagles | 5th Mar, John Turville | 12th Mar, North Ark/ Joe Hill | 19th Mar, Wendy Kirkland | 26th Mar, Sam Massey | 2nd Apr, Family Band | 9th Apr, Azhaar | 16th Apr, Ian Ballamy | 23rd Apr, Yuko Jazz | 30th Apr, Dave Storey |watch this space |


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