Sponsored by Robin Campbell – Music (Updated 17/09/2021)

Jazz with attitude

The long-awaited, post-lockdown return of Jazzup at Club85! We bring you a full season of sensational jazz with a very special first gig…Tomorrow’s Warriors:

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…

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Club 85  – Hitchin
(Doors open 7.45pm)

JazzUp Presents…

special guest

Tomorrow’s Warriors was founded in 1991 by Queen’s Medal for Music recipient Gary Crosby OBE and Janine Irons MBE. Tomorrow’s Warriors supports, mentors and champions aspiring young artists, with a focus on black and female musicians and those from challenging socio economic backgrounds. With a dedicated space to host its Learning Programme at Southbank Centre, Tomorrow’s Warriors is proud to be a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England and a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner. Since inception, the organisation has directly impacted over 10,000 young people aged 11-25 outside of traditional formal education. Its pioneering Young Artist Development Programme has across 30 years provided a crucial development platform for many of the artists now tearing up the international jazz scene – Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, Cassie Kinoshi and Nérija, Femi Koleoso and Ezra Collective, Binker Golding, Shabaka Hutchings and Sons Of Kemet, Cherise, Eska, Denys Baptiste, Soweto Kinch, Zara McFarlane and many more. Tomorrow’s Warriors is pivotal in elevating UK jazz, valued by its alumni and respected by funding partners for the impact delivered through its pipeline for outstanding, diverse talent. Tomorrow’s Warriors Trust is a Registered Charity No 1153613.


Maddy Coombs
Maddy is a tenor saxophonist currently in her second year studying jazz at the Guildhall School of Music. Taking up the saxophone aged 14, she has learnt under the mentorship of Binker Golding, Gareth Lockrane and Alex Davis. Her music draws inspiration from saxophone greats such as Sonny Rollins, Don Byas and John Coltrane, but she is also influenced by modern artists like Melissa Aldana and Joel Ross. With a growing reputation as both a composer and a band leader, Maddy has performed at renowned jazz venues across London including VortexJazz Club, Pizza Express Soho and Ronnie Scott’s.

Maddy Coombs – saxophone
Sultan Stevenson – piano
Francisco Garcia de Paredes – guitar
Menelik Claffey – bass
Harry Ling – drums


Mark Kavuma
Mark Kavuma is a prominent trumpet player on the British jazz scene. Leading his own Quartet and ‘The Banger Factory’, an organisation contingent upon bringing the people a good time. An associate Music Leader for the Tomorrow’s Warriors programme, Mark is also involved in their professional performance ensembles, including the acclaimed Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Jazz Jamaica Small band and Jazz Jamaica All Stars. A gifted composer, educator and inspirational creative enabler, Mark is also a brass tutor and leader at London based carnival band Kinetika Bloco


Eric (landlord of The Highlander Pub) and Sten (North Herts FM resident hip-hop DJ) spin jazz and rare grooves exclusively on vinyl. With the last live band set finishing at around 11.00, and a late bar til 1am, our JazzUp DJs invite you to hit the dance floor and party in earnest.



Listen to DJ mixes of previous JazzUp gigs here. Recorded and provided by Sten, some JazzUp vibes on JazzUp Mixcloud, hosting Les Jazz Rats, Jess Princeton aka DJ Riot Girl DJ sets, from Hitchin’s legendary JazzUp nights.


JazzUp Loyalty Cards are issued free at the discretion of the sponsors 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 25th September 2021
    TOMORROW’S WARRIORS featuring Maddy Coombs Quintet and Special Guest Mark Kavuma
  • Saturday 30th October 2021
    Emma Rawicz
  • Saturday 27th November 2021
    Adrian Cox & Jack Cotterill
    New Orleans Special
  • Saturday 29th January 2022

    Quintet Blue featuring Denys Baptiste & Nigel Price

  • Saturday 26th February 2022

    Tom Ollendorff

  • Saturday 26th March 2022

    JazzUp SPECIAL

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 a five minutes from the station.

Any further questions please contact:- robin@robincampbell.org

JazzUp is sponsored by:
Robin Campbell – Music 

JazzUp Posters designed and sponsored by Del Woodward.

Website sponsored by Robin Campbell – Music.