Web Site Sponsored by Robin Campbell – Music (Updated 20/01/2022)

Jazz with attitude

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Quintet Blue

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…
Quintet Blue featuring Denys Baptiste & Nigel Price

Kicking off the New Year in style with UK jazz heavyweights and young lions!
The Pianist Alex Webb leads this group with a front-line of two of the UK’s greatest jazz improvisers: tenor saxophonist Denys Baptiste and guitarist Nigel Price. Together they celebrate the bluesy, swinging jazz of the 1950s and 60s, with a repertoire of pieces from Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Ahmad Jamal and others, as well as more recent works from Charlie Haden’s Quartet West.

Time Magazine described Denys Baptiste as an ‘icon of British jazz’, with a most distinctive and immediately recognisable sound. In his time he has received the MOBO Best Jazz Act award twice, and a British Jazz Award for Rising Star. He has played and recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz and other genres including McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill, Ernest Ranglin, Martin Taylor, Billy Higgins and many more.

Nigel Price is the winner of two British Jazz Awards for best guitarist (2014 & 2016), a virtuoso soloist who has recorded with Van Morrison and JTQ as well as having five albums to his name.

Alex Webb is a prolific songwriter, arranger and pianist, whose songs have been recorded by jazz singers China Moses, Mina Agossi, Sandra Nkake, Liane Carroll, Allan Harris, Alexia Gardner and Alexander Stewart, among others. Quintet Blue is completed by two young lions of the UK scene, bassist Michele Montoli, and drummer Shaney Forbes of Empirical


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.


A Unique opportunity to win a signed, limited edition print by artist and bassist with
Horace needs no introduction as both sought after artist and iconic musician. Every one of his shows at JazzUp has sold out.

Tickets for the JAZZUP SPRING DRAW will be available tomorrow night at JazzUp, Club 85, and future JazzUps.

Horace Panter limited edition ‘Charlie Parker’ print No.2 of 75, signed and numbered by the artist.

Horace Panter limited edition ‘Charlie Parker’ print No.3 of 75, signed and numbered by the artist.

FREE admission for you +1 to JazzUp season 2022-23

Prints are kindly donated by the artist, measure 84×84 cm and are framed and ready to hang.

Tickets £1 each.

Draw will take place at JazzUp on Saturday 26th March.
(Horace Panter’s Soul Grooves headlining!)

Winners will be notified by post and results will be published on JazzUp website.

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, Jess Princeton aka DJ Riot Girl DJ sets, from Hitchin’s legendary JazzUp nights.

JazzUp Loyalty Cards

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 29th January 2022
    Quintet Blue featuring Denys Baptiste & Nigel Price
  • Saturday 26th February 2022
    Tom Ollendorff Quartet featuring Ben Wendel
  • Saturday 26th March 2022
    Horace Panter’s Soul Grooves

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:- robin@robincampbell.org

JazzUp is sponsored by:
Robin Campbell – Music 

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JazzUp Posters designed and sponsored by Del Woodward.

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