Jazz with attitude.

The monthly jazz event at Club 85, Hitchin. Bringing you jazz with attitude, from young and radical to classic with style. JazzUp brings you the best in brilliant live musicianship and uncompromising grooves. Come see the best on the scene from young superstars to seasoned pros at this atmospheric independent live music venue. Suitable for both jazz heads and absolute beginners. “Nice” it ain’t…


Club 85 – Hitchin
(Doors open 7.45pm)
Saturday 24th February 2024
JAZZUP! presents…
The Billy Pod Quartet – Quintessence

Joe English Tri0






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Following discussions with Bob Mardon (Club 85) we can reassure those who attend JazzUp that the season 2023 – 2024 is confirmed.

The Billy Pod Quartet – Quintessence

Billy Pod is an award-winning Greek drummer based in London.
His debut album “Drums to Heal Society” (2019) has given him a prominent position among the new generation of international drummers and demonstrates his compelling skills as a composer and music ensemble director.
His latest album entitled ‘Quintessence’ is a reflection on the intellectual nature of humanity in modern society. It was well received by press, media and live audiences during his UK and European tour in 2023. It is a shining example of dynamic and lyrical contemporary jazz with haunting melodies and rich, complex moods.

Billy started playing the drums at the age of 7 and then took lessons in classical piano and violin. He has recorded more than 20 albums and has performed in festivals and venues in Europe, USA and Asia. His musical style blends classical, rock and jazz influences, from Radiohead, Jean Sibelius, Philip Glass to Wayne Shorter and Thelonious Monk. In 2019 he made the list of ‘Top 10 new and upcoming drummers’ by French ‘Βatterie’ magazine and he performed at the Tribeca Performing Arts Centre in New York as a finalist in the Made In New York
International Jazz Competition.
Billy left Athens to relocate to London in 2020 and since then, has worked with a number of leading UK jazz artists including: Jim Mullen, Dave O΄Higgins, Rob Luft (BBC NGA recording session at Maida Vale Studios), Mornington Lockett, Misha Mullov-Abbado, Vasilis Xenopoulos, and Gilad Atzmon.

At JazzUp Billy will present music from his latest album ‘Quintessence’.

Line up:
Tom Ollendorff – guitar
Will Barry – piano
Misha Mullov-Abbado – bass
Billy Pod – drums

“An album full of beautifully lyrical harmonies in which to lose oneself”
– Simply Jazz Talk, UK
“His abilities as writer and performer are refreshing, different and most welcome”
– Jazzwise Magazine, UK
“Indeed, the Quintessence of modern Jazz” – Jazzport.cz
‘Billy Pod is an artist that has something important to say so it’s best we give him our
attention going forward…” – Lost in the Nordics Blog

Video Quintessence : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MWpNL1bXjE
Website: www.billypod.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billypod
FB artist page: https://www.facebook.com/Billypoddrums/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/29gpuJ2doYEhltYFX33yZk?si=8B02C2PtQAShJc-MH7AF7g&nd=1

The Joe English Trio

Young, local pianist and Guildhall Jazz student Joe leads his brilliant trio for the whole season of JazzUps as part of our Youth Jazz initiative. This is enabled primarily by the proceeds from the JazzUp Spring Draw, which took place for the two limited edition Charlie Parker prints by artist (and bassist of The Specials) Horace Panter.

DJ: Sten King

Our resident JazzUP DJ and core member of the JazzUp team Sten King delivers that unique JazzUp vibe. Sten is well known as a presenter of acclaimed hip hop radio shows such as ‘The Boom Bap Boutique’, and has built a reputation as the DJ that the musicians love as much as the audience.

Mixcloud logoListen to DJ mixes of previous JazzUp gigs here. Recorded and provided by Sten, some JazzUp vibes on JazzUp Mixcloud, hosting Les Jazz Rats, from Hitchin’s legendary JazzUp nights.

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JazzUp Loyalty Cards are issued free at the discretion of the promoters to those wishing to attend JazzUp on a regular basis. Loyalty Cards guarantee the lowest price for entry to JazzUp. The price may vary depending on performers’ fees (JazzUp Loyalty cards are not transferable).

Paprika Indian Restaurant

Paprika Indian Restaurant, 27 Nightingale Road, Hitchin SG5 1QU offers a 10% JazzUp loyalty card discount on in-house restaurant meals. Please check that the discount is still valid prior to making your purchase (does not include refreshments).

Future JazzUp Dates

Saturday 24th February 2024 – The Billy Pod Quartet
Saturday 28th September 2024 – TBC
Saturday 26th October 2024 – TBC
Saturday 30th November 2024 – TBC
Saturday 28th December 2024 – TBC

Local Jazz Gigs

The Old George – Ickleford – JazzFace – Admission free

The Highlander – Hitchin – 2nd Wednesday of every month – Admission free

The Market Theatre – Hitchin – Jazz Jam – 3rd Wednesday of every month – Admission £10

The Hertford Club – Hertford Jazz Jam – 2nd Thursday of every month – Admission free

Please check dates with venues in advance.

JazzUp Contact:

Club 85, 74-77, Whinbush Road, Hitchin, SG5 1PZ  – 16+ with photo ID – younger patrons can be signed in at the door and accompanied for the duration of the show by a responsible adult. JazzUp finishes in time for the last trains to Cambridge, Peterborough and London and we are just five minutes from the station.

Any further questions please contact:- info@jazzupuk.com

JazzUp UK is promoted by:
Robin Campbell – Music 

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