Sponsored by Robin Campbell – Music (Updated 01/10/2021)

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…

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Club 85  – Hitchin
(Doors open 7.45pm)

JazzUp Presents…


19 year old saxophone sensation comes to JAZZ UP with a stellar quartet! Emma Rawicz is a young saxophonist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer making big waves on the UK music scene. At the age of 19 she has already recorded her debut album, Incantation featuring guitarist Ant Law. It consists entirely of her own compositions and is due to be released in early 2022. Emma has also built a reputation as both as a bandleader and a session musician, regularly playing at major national jazz venues including Ronnie Scott’s and EFG London Jazz Festival. Emma’s influences range from modern jazz and fusion to folk and soul; key figures in her musical development include Chris Potter, Ari Hoenig, Kenny Garrett, Joe Henderson and Chick Corea.
Growing up in rural North Devon, Emma discovered jazz at the age of 15, and took up the tenor saxophone a year later after having spent her childhood immersed in music as a
violinist, playing largely folk and classical music. Emma studied at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Chetham’s School of music and now conducts her career alongside her studies in jazz saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music. She is also part of NYJO, playing in their Jazz Orchestra and composing and playing in the Jazz Exchange Programme, as well as doing educational work as a NYJO Ambassador. Emma is a natural performer and will be presenting more of her original music from her new project, as well as music from her forthcoming album. Her music has a truly unique sound, fusing her many influences, and her compositions range from lilting Afro-Cuban inspired grooves to hard-hitting funk numbers.


Emma Rawicz – sax
Dave Preston – guitar
Conor Chaplin – bass
Jay Davis – drums


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.

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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

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 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 

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JazzUp Posters designed and sponsored by Del Woodward.

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