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 30th September 2023
TICKETS FOR THIS GIG £15
WITH LOYALTY CARD £12
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM
CLUB 85 ONLINE
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM
THE JAZZUP SHOP
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(Please note that paper tickets are no longer issued. Loyalty Card holders please include your number with your ticket order.)
Following discussions with Bob Mardon (Club 85) we can reassure those who attend JazzUp that the season 2023 – 2024 is confirmed.
The new season of JazzUp returns with a real showstopper – the return of the mighty Ray Gelato!
Ray Gelato numbers amongst his fans great artists such as Van Morrison, Paul McCartney and Brian Adams.
For good reason; every concert, club date or event that Ray performs at transports one back in time to an era of music when musicians were not afraid to communicate and entertain.
The Godfather of Swing, Mr. Ray Gelato, has been taking his special brand of swing, jazz and R&B music all over the world since 1988.
This multi-talented singer, saxman, songwriter and band leader has appeared at festivals, clubs and concert stages from Brazil to New York City.
Ray is a living legend in the music business and continues his illustrious and very successful career with boundless energy.
Highlights include an ongoing (now 20 year), always sold-out residency at London’s world-famous Ronnie Scott’s.
He has also twice performed for the late HM The Queen, opened for Robbie Williams at the Albert Hall,
and was chosen to play at Sir Paul McCartney’s wedding. In addition, he has played most of the top international jazz festivals including Montreal,
The Lincoln Centre in New York and numerous appearances at Umbria Jazz in Italy. Ray has also played some of the most
prestigious clubs in the world including Birdland in New York and The Blue Note in Milan.
In 2022 Ray’s original song ‘Ding Ding’ was featured in the movie Lamborghini and the TV
series The Godfather of Harlem.
For full info visit www.raygelato.com
Ray Gelato – Vocals and Tenor Sax
Dave Keech – Trombone
Gunther Kurmayr – Piano
Eleazar Ruiz – Double Bass
Steve Rushton – Drums
The Joe English Trio
Local rising star pianist Joe leads his trio for the whole season of JazzUps as part of our Youth Jazz initiative.
DJ: Sten King
Our resident JazzUP DJ 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.
Listen 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.
JazzUp Loyalty Cards
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 30th September 2023 – Ray Gelato (Tickets Available Online – Club85 & JazzUp Shop)
Saturday 28th October 2023 -Horace Panter Soul Grooves (Tickets Available Online – JazzUp Shop only)
Saturday 25th November 2023 – Randolph Matthews (Tickets Available Online – JazzUp Shop only)
Saturday 30th December 2023 Christmas Special with Dave Keech & Sons (Tickets Available Online – JazzUp Shop only)
Saturday 27th January 2024 – NO JAZZUP – CLUB 85 NOT AVAILABLE DUE TO A PRIVATE FUNCTION
Saturday 24th February 2024
Saturday 30th March 2024
Local Jazz Gigs
The Old George – Ickleford – JazzFace – Last Sunday of every month – 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
Please check dates with venues in advance.
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.
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