The Village of Gayton, Northamptonshire
The Gayton Jazz Appreciation Society is now defunct
Contact NameJohn Shaw
Contact Phone01604 859 364

The principal objectives of the Society were an enjoyment of the jazz genre and a search for, and sharing of, new jazz knowledge and experiences. A complementary activity was a shared appreciation of fine ales, beers, wines, malt whiskies and other intriguing alcoholic beverages.

We held regular events to enable us to significantly expand our knowledge of the history and scope of jazz styles, bands and performers.

Our main interests embraced early blues, rhythm & blues, traditional, mainstream and modern but not ultra-modern jazz. Big bands and female vocalists were the favourites of some members and a smidgin of rock-and-roll and country music had crept in.

The Gayton Jazz Appreciation Society was founded in November 2002 and wound up in November 2013.
The inaugural meeting was held on November 23rd in the house of one of the eight “Founding Members”, all long-time jazz aficionados. Thereafter, for about two and a half years, we met in each other’s houses with a somewhat formal, pre-planned, programme of music.

As interest and numbers grew, we moved to The Eykyn Arms, Gayton in May 2004 and remained there until July 2008. In October 2008 we changed the venue to The George Inn in Tiffield.

We met on the last Saturday of eight months in the year and usually had a programme, or at least the presenters, planned a year ahead. These included local musicians and radio presenters and we decided to have guest speakers for each session during 2007, 2008 and 2009. This proved highly successful and each evening widened our knowledge and enjoyment of the genre.

In varying numbers, we frequented a number of “local” jazz venues, some of which have gone, as seems to be the case with those establishments attempting to promote jazz.

During the eleven years of our existence, our geographical, as well as jazz, horizons were widened by visits by some of us to festivals and sessions in London, Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Southport, Swanage, Swindon, Brecon, Teignmouth and Upton-on-Severn.

As a result of our initiatives, seven fully professional CDs, all featuring The Harry Walton Quintet were produced at Chris Furner’s Fit-dog Studio in Gayton, between July 2005 and October 2007.

In collaboration with the Gayton Church Heritage Trust, on Friday, September 28, 2007 in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Gayton, we held the first “Jazz In The Church” (JITC) concert. The Harry Walton Quintet played the Bunyan Suite, written by his pianist, Stan McCallum and also some standard jazz favourites. This was a fund-raising event for the church and it seemed that jazz-lovers and others, an audience of about ninety, all enjoyed the occasion, which raised £960 for GCHT.

Following this successful event, there were a further eleven “JITC” concerts, which in total raised £13,800 for GCHT; most gratifying in terms of much-needed funds for the GCHT but equally in introducing live jazz to Gayton and bringing in an audience from a much wider area. A listing of the concert dates and the featured musicians is available.

We also introduced the first live jazz at The George Inn and hosted five bands from 2009 until 2012.

With some reluctance we wound up the “Society” in November 2013;it seemed to have run its course and we finished with a fine recording of the Milt Jackson/John Coltrane version of, appropriately, “The Night We Called It A Day”.

Anyone who seeks further information or help in organising more local live jazz is invited to contact me,
John Shaw tel: 01604 859364 or email:

JS November 2015

For a slightly longer history, see "The Gayton Jazz Appreciation Society (TGJAS)"

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Biggin Hall

0247 7645 1046

214 Binley Road, Coventry, CV3 1HG

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Billing Mill

01604 415 059

The Causeway, Billing, Northampton, NN3 9EX

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Daventry ESC

01327 877 899
Mardi Gras Jazz Club 01604 505 408 (John Hale)

Market Square, Daventry, Northants. NN11 4BH

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Great Doddington Social Club

Contact: Jean Sulman; Tel: 01933 226 009

41 Lower Street, Great Doddington, Northants. NN29 7TL

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Overstone Golf Club

01604 647666

Billing Lane, Overstone, Northampton, NN6 0AS

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01604 230777

222 Kettering Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 4BN

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Roade ESC

01604 862 861
Tad Newton 01604 858 549

London Road, Roade, Northants. NN7 2NL

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01933 229417 answer machine
07782 208456 9am till 9pm

27 Midland Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN8 1HF

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01933 227111

31-33 Midland Road, Wellingborough, NN8 1HF

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The Artichoke

01604 643 941

Moulton, Northants. NN3 7SP

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The Black Bottom Club

01604 233 401

The Courtyard, George Row, Northampton, NN1 1DF

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The Carriage House

01933 314769

13 Market Square, Higham Ferrers, NN10 8DJ

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The Castle

01933 270 007 (box office)

Castle Way, Wellingborough NN8 1XA

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The Eykyn Arms

01604 859364 or 01604 858361

High Street, Gayton, Northants. NN7 3HD

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The George Inn

01327 350587

Tiffield NN12 8AD

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The Headland

01604 416 131
Contact: Sue Still 01536 414 457

Longland Road, Northampton NN3 2NZ

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The Horseshoe

01933 272 493
Buzz & Chris 01536 513 973

100 Main Road, Wilby, Wellingborough NN8 2UE

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The King Billy

01604 621 325

2 Commercial Street, Northampton NN1 1PJ

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The Malt Shovel

01604 234 212

121 Bridge Street, Northampton NN1 1QF

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The Old Barn

01604 858372

1 Chapel Lane, Blisworth, Northampton NN7 3BU

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The Romany

01604 714 647

Trinity Avenue, Northampton NN2 6JN

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The Royal Oak

01604 858372

1 Chapel Lane, Blisworth, Northampton NN7 3BU

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The Stables

01908 280 800 (box office)

Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes MK17 8LU

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The Stirrup Cup

Buzz & Chris 01536 513 973

Woodlands Avenue, Barton Seagrave, Northants, NN15 6QR

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The Walnut Tree

01604 859 551

21 Station Road, Blisworth, Northampton NN7 3DS

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The Wharf

01604 832 585

Cornhill Lane, Bugbrooke NN7 3QB

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Wig & Pen

01604 622178

19 St Giles Street, Northampton, United Kingdom, NN1 1JA

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