Re-opening of the Jazz Club

With social-distancing, we can allow an audience of 20-25 into the club. With the reduced numbers, we will operate a week-by-week booking system by phone in order to give everyone a fair chance of attending, and a one-way entry (via the fire stairs) and exit (down the main stairs) has been organised.

We have hand sanitisers at critical points in the room, screens at the bar and seats will be positioned for couples and singles. Raffle tickets will be sold on point of entry when you pay your admission.

We are just waiting for the Government to give us the go-ahead!

Bob Penwarn

We have been given the sad news that Bob Penwarn, clarinetist with John Paddon's South Wold Jazz Band passed away on Wednesday 11th November. He'd been in hospital for two weeks after many years of poor health. In the early days, Bob played in John Paddon's 'Boston Pilgrim Stompers' in the bar of the Blackfriars Theatre in Boston and later clarinet at the Jazz Club. In 1996, Bob and his wife Joy went to New Orleans, where Bob played with Tuba Fats, who had a residency at the CafŽ du Monde. Tuba's wife Lady Linda Young had just died, and Bob also played in the funeral procession, with Joy in the 2nd line and Louis Lince on banjo (who also died this year). We have sent a card on behalf of the members, but I have Joy's address if anyone wants it.

We are having a trial run on 7th November and if that is successful, the Club will reopen on the 14th November with a full programme up to Christmas.

How to book

Bookings can be made from 10.30am on the Sunday before the next Saturday’s performance. Phone me on 01507 354464 to book.

Bookings will be strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number is engaged, redial. If there’s no answer, leave a message speaking clearly and I’ll get back to you.

You can book for yourself and partner, plus anyone with whom you will be travelling. You will all be regarded as being ‘bubbled’ and will be allotted adjoining seats with no social distancing. If you are happy to sit next to someone in a car, then you must be happy to sit next to them in the Club!

Bookings will not be accepted on behalf of members travelling separately to the Club – they must book for themselves. Non-members and guests will not be admitted, but applications for membership can be made HERE.