The last jazz club before New York

We do not do advance ticket sales, everything is on the door on the night.

All gigs: doors open 7.30pm, live music from 8.30 to 11-ish.

Bar snacks and light meals available until 8.15.
Breaking News, we now accept credit card payments, no more looking for the elusive St Ives ATM
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 795277 to make sure.

To download your copy of our new Summer programme click here !

Tues 20th August £13/£8/£5
Dave Holdswoth


Dave Holdsworth- trumpet, composer;
Alan Wakeman- tenor, soprano;
Roz Harding– alto;
Marcus Vergette - bass
Coach York- drums

Trumpeter Dave Holdsworth has graced several key jazz recordings over the years, notably with Mike Westbrook, Barry Guy and Tony Oxley. At the same time, he recorded rather less than many of his peers during that important period in British jazz in the late '60s/early '70s. Anyone who has heard his marvellously expressive tone and capacity to subvert the listener's expectations, rhythmically and melodically will welcome his (belated) debut album, Wodgi.

Don Cherry serves well as a reference point. Holdsworth has a broader, softer tone and his approach to a melodic line is less oblique and, for want of a better word, cautious. Both, however, continually surprise and avoid the easy option, whether soloing or contributing to the ensemble. As to the music here, for me, it recalls - albeit on its own terms - Ornette Coleman's first quartet or Sonny Rollins' trio records. Wodgi has that same sense of open harmonies and strong, singing melodies over a supple, bubbling rhythmic base.

Tues 27th August £13/£8/£5
Ben Himpel


Benjamin Himpel - Tenor Sax
Tom Quirke - Piano
Martin Bowie - Guitar
Ross Williams - Double Bass
Tom Jackson - Drums

Some of the best jazz musicians from Cornwall team up with German saxophonist Benjamin Himpel to celebrate the music of Lester Young. Considered one of the most influential of jazz musicians, Young (who was born 110 years ago today) helped shape jazz with his cool, laid back style, rising to fame working with Count Basie and his musical soulmate Billie Holiday.

To honour the legendary saxophonist, the group will follow his influence and spirit through the history of jazz up to some of their own originals.

Tues 3rd September £13/£8/£5
Dick Pearce


Full Steam Ahead - Album Tour

   Laurie Jacobs - Tenor Sax
Dick Pearce - Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Tom Quirke - Piano
Ross Williams - Double Bass
Tom Jackson - Drums
Full Steam Ahead A great selection of jazz standards with some superb playing from Dick Pearce and the quintet.

Laurie Jacobs/Dick Pearce Quintet will be playing a mixture of jazz standards some well known and a selection of less well known tunes, played in the bebop/hardbop genre, with many of the numbers having been played and recorded by the great names in the history of jazz in the 1950's and 60's. Laurie and Dick have been playing together over many years and in May 2013 they recorded a live Cd 'Full Steam Ahead !!!' which was given a 4* review by Jazz Journal.

Dick Pearce is a trumpet player with a formidable reputation, having joined Ronnie Scott's Quintet in 1980 and toured worldwide until 1994, when Ronnie had to give up playing. He led his own quartet in the late 1990's for the next decade and has played with most of the great names in British jazz up to the present day. Dick has influenced a whole generation of British trumpeters with his beautifully integrated mix of hard bop, great technique, melodic phrasing and unique sound.

Laurie Jacobs is well known on the national jazz scene both as a saxophonist and as a promoter, as he founded the the Peterborough Jazz Club in 1992. Laurie has played at many of the top UK jazz venues, including Dean St. Pizza Express and has released 3 Cd's, the last being the recording with Dick Pearce.

The rhythm section features three of the finest musicians in the region, Tom Quirke, Ross Williams and Tom Jackson. 'Look at the trumpet player with Ronnie Scott tonight, Dick Pearce. Tremendously talented- I called home to a couple of friends about him'. Oscar Peterson.

Tues 10th September £13/£8/£5


We are in the age of the improvising musician who explores new sounds

   Jake McMurchie saxophones / electronics
Mark Whitlam drums / electronics
Will Harris double bass
Dan Messore guitar / electronics
Michelson Morley wholly embody this spirit of adventure in Strange Courage, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2014 debut album Aether Drift.

The forward-thinking Bristol group augment acoustic instruments with electronics to create a vast array of timbres that are set to arrangements which are both thrillingly imaginative and fearlessly eclectic. Which is no surprise, given that the aforementioned have played with some of the leading lights in modern British music, from Alexander Hawkins to Portishead.

With their debut release Aether Drift in April 2014, Bristol-based quartet Michelson Morley announced themselves as one of the most original and exciting new bands to hit the UK scene.

The first album as writer and leader by Get the Blessing saxophonist Jake McMurchie, exposed the talents of a brilliant and highly inventive new voice.

But McMurchie’s restless imagination drew them into darker, ambient waters and album number 2 Strange Courage was released in June 2016 on the ground-breaking Babel Label. New tracks such as the architecturally beautiful Tamer as Prey, the darkly meditative Primitive One, the pastoral The Last of Me, and the playfully confrontational Ammageddon, showcased a quartet which brings together diverse influences in a unique and original way.

St Ives Jazz Club September Festival Starts Here !!!!

please note doors open @ 7.00 pm and performance starts @ 8.00 pm

and The hotel will not be serving food at festival gigs

Mon 16th September £15.50/£12


Highly original work that creates a world of it’s own.’ Chris Ingham, MOJO ★★★★

   Joy Ellis - Piano/Vocals,
Jo Caleb - Guitar
Henrik Jensen - Bass,
Adam Osmianski – Drums
Joy Ellis is a pianist, singer and composer based in London. Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama she has toured all over the world playing jazz. Past gig highlights include Ronnie Scott’s, the Jazz Café and the Barbican Pit Theatre in London, the London Jazz Festival, the Cork Jazz Festival and No Black Tie Jazz Club in Kuala Lumpur. She was recently selected as one of fourteen emerging artists to work with Mercury-nominated singer ESKA on a composition residency in Manchester.

In November 2017, Joy released her debut album entitled 'Life On Land' on F-IRE. The album reflects her passion for jazz and improvisation, her love of groove and dance music, her classical roots as a pianist and the soulful, poetic aspects of being a singer-songwriter.

‘Startling debut from British singer-songwriter who sets her cool, poetic a suitably restless, sophisticated jazz soundscape. Highly original work that creates a world of it’s own.’ Chris Ingham, MOJO ★★★★

‘Fiery improvisations from Ellis who provides well-structured hard-bop solos on piano and Fender Rhodes.’ John Lewis, The Guardian ★★★★

‘Joy Ellis has a distinctive voice of her own. A very gifted player indeed. A triple threat with those pipes of hers, those fingers and her song-writing assets.’ Simon Redley, Music Republic Magazine ★★★★

Tues 17th September £15.50/£12


It is sure to be a great night of music!

Giles set up his Jazz Orchestra in January 2018, in order to record his debut big band album, “Be In Today”, and had a successful launch at the Vortex Jazz Club, last summer.

The orchestra is comprised of some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians, and takes influences from Maria Schneider and Gill Evans.

The debut album, “Be In Today”, is made up of original compositions and arrangements, written by Giles Thornton. The Jazz orchestra will be launching their summer tour at this concert. It is sure to be a great night of music!

Giles is a Composer, Arranger and Orchestrator based in London. He has performed in prestigious venues , such as The Royal Albert Hall, Sadler’s Wells, LSO St Lukes, Milton Court Concert Hall and The Barbican Hall. ​

Giles has worked with many artists, such as Jules Buckley, Mike Walker, Liane Carroll and John Harle, among others. ​ His most recent engagements include : Debut Big Band album launch (Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston)- Composer/Conductor "New York: Sound Of A City", Heritage Orchestra, BBC Proms.- Music Team "Mingus: Beneath The Underdog", Metropole Orkest, BBC Proms 2017. - Copyist ​

Press Quote- "Thornton does not set out merely to be clever; his aim, in general, is to create beautiful, melodic music, and that isn’t something one can always take for granted”- London Jazz News. "Interesting and impressive writing from a new young talent”- Norma Winstone.

Tues 24th September £15.50/£12


"A Trumpeter whose style is a sizzling update of the Morgan/Hubbard approach."

Quentin Collins - Trumpet
Tom Harrison- Alto Saxophone
Leo Richardson - Tenor Saxophone
Steve Hamilton - Piano
Conor Chaplin - Bass
Winston Clifford - Drums
Quentin Collins is, quite simply, a master musician; a tone that remains consistently rich throughout every register, pin-point articulation and, where jazz improvisation is concerned, a crackling delivery, brimming with ideas, that does nothing so much as call the late, great, Freddie Hubbard to mind. Performing material from their new album ‘Road Warrior,’ the Sextet draws inspiration from the rich tradition of 3-horn frontlines, with an explosive all-star line-up evoking The Jazz Messengers, McCoy Tyner, and Wynton Marsalis.

Brought up around the sounds of jazz by a music-loving father, Quentin had seen many of the greats by a young age, including Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton & Dave Brubeck. This had a profound influence upon his decision to become a professional musician.

In 20 years as a professional, Quentin has established himself as one of the UK’s top Jazz/Commercial trumpeters, having performed, toured and recorded with a plethora of internationally renowned artists across many genres.

Wed 25th September £15.50/£12


will have the whole club up and dancing before the night is over!

   Matt Carter - Keyboards,
Phoebe Jane - Vocals,
Steve Down - Guitar,
Seth Tackaberry - Bass,
Miguel Andrews - Drums
Matt Carter returns to St Ives Jazz Club with his Stevie Wonder project after the success of their first visit in January. For anyone who loves the music of Stevie Wonder then this gig is a must see, with some of the finest young musicians in the country coming together in what promises to be an evening of high energy, soulful and uplifting music.

The band features the fantastic voice of Phoebe Jane, who has been recognised as a prodigious talent by the likes of Lalah Hathaway. She has performed alongside soul singer Joss Stone, for whom Steve Down (guitar) regularly tours with all over the world.

Both Matt Carter (piano) and Seth Tackaberry (bass) currently study jazz at The Royal Academy of Music, and Seth recently came off tour with guitarist Cory Wong (Vulfpeck) and also made it to the final of BBC young jazz musician 2018.

The line up is completed by Miguel Andrews on drums, who is one of the finest drummers in the South West.

This gig promises to be very special, and if the last one is anything to go by, will have the whole club up and dancing before the night is over!

To download your copy of our new Summer programme click here !

HERE's WHAT COMING in 2019!!!
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| 20th Aug Dave Holdsworth "New Brew" | 27th Aug Ben Himpel "Tribute to Lester Young " | 10th Sep Michelson Morley | 16th Sep Joy Ellis Quartet | 17th Sep Giles Thornton 10 | 24th Sep Quentin Collins Sextet | 25th Sep Matt Carter's Stevie Wonder Project | watch this space or click here September -December !


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