The Venue

Jazz 825
Jazz 825

The best in Live Jazz at the Royal Hotel, Southend

Every Wednesday
8:30 – 10:30pm
Free Entry

Playing Modern, Be-Bop, Fusion & Avant Garde, featuring Special Guests. / 07786 864263

The Venue

Book a table for a fantastic dinner in the lounge or arrive early and choose from the large cocktail menu in the bar downstairs, including original recipes.

Small plates are available with table service whilst watching the live music upstairs.

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Getting There


Southend Central (c2c Line) located in the middle of Southend High Street.
Southend Victoria (Greater Anglia Line) located at the opposite end of the High Street.


Southend Central Bus Depot is approx 4 minute walk


Alexander Street Car Park is located just behind the Royal Hotel, with a pedestrian pathway through to the main entrance.
Alternatively, street parking can be found locally.

The Royal Hotel,
1 High Street,

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What's On

"You should never be comfortable man.... being comfortable fouled up a lot of musicians"
-Miles Davis

27th March


Tonight we are celebrating the music of Jazz legend HERBIE HANCOCK

Herbie was a step after Bud Powell & Monk and I haven’t heard anybody yet who has come after him”…Miles Davis

We take you through the development of his unique style from Be-bop to the Head Hunters & the most exciting Funk ever heard. A true Jazz legend that has never stopped innovating & continues to push the boundaries of what is possible.

Olivia Cuttill – Trumpet
Tony Gooderham – Piano
Terry Gregory- Bass
Simon Harwood – Drums

3rd April


Roberto Manzin was born on 8 July 1966 in Rome, Italy, of Eastern European refugees who were also musicians. His musical life began in Milan where he moved with his family when he was five, he studied music privately and then at the school Civica Scuola di Musica Villa Simonetta.​

Manzin became a successful session player, contributing to albums with leading Italian artists as well as featuring in several TV commercials. Manzin performed regularly in Milan with Italian jazz musicians such as Renato Sellani, Bruno De Filippi, Gianni Cazzola, Tullio De Piscopo, Giorgio Buratti and Marco Ratti. He also worked extensively in TV where he played with, among others, James Brown, Zucchero Fornaciari[1] and Manu Katché….

“An expressive player with an attractive sound, his improvisations reveal a skilful strategist, a melodist first and foremost, who gradually unfolds a solo and builds up to a compelling conclusion“ – Charles Alexander, Jazzwise

Roberto Manzin – Saxophone
Dan Banks – Piano
Sam Hollis- Bass
Trevor Taylor – Drums


10th April


Celebrating the music of JOSHUA REDMAN


Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the 1990’s. Born in Berkeley, California he is the son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman and dancer Renee Shedroff. In 1991 Redman graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude and had already been accepted by Yale Law School, but deferred entrance for what he believed was only going to be one year. Instead, he moved to New York City and immediately found himself immersed in the city’s burgeoning jazz scene. Five months later Redman was named winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. Since then, Redman has worked and played with a vast array of jazz luminaries, released over twenty albums (Warner & Nonesuch), and has garnered top honors in critics and readers polls of DownBeat, Jazz Times, The Village Voice and Rolling Stone.

Zak Barrett – Saxophone
Dan Banks – Piano
Terry Gregory- Bass
Simon Harwood – Drums


17th April

The BLUE NOTE Quartet

featuring JOSH KEMP


‘A Fierce Talent’ Jazzwise Magazine
‘A Subtle, Highly Nuanced, and Original Sound’ Time Out

A jazz saxophonist with a gift for melody, Josh is known for his lyrical improvising style and attractive compositions. Whether its bluesy standards rooted in the tradition or original pieces in a contemporary style, expect high-energy swing with an enjoyable and relaxed groove from a top-level ensemble. regular performer at Ronnie Scotts and Jazz Clubs and Festivals around the UK, Josh Kemp has released 5 CDs of original compositions to widespread acclaim, and completed several Art-Council funded national tours. His top-class ensemble blends the ‘Blue Note’ tradition into a fresh contemporary setting to create an exciting and powerful melodic sound.

Josh Kemp – Saxophone
Leon Greening  – Piano
Simon Thorpe- Bass
Matt Fishwick – Drums


24th April

MANDALA - a tribute to Carla Bley

Bley’s impish, blithe yet pointed approach to her craft meant she recorded right across the jazz spectrum, from straightforwardly lovely piano pieces (the likes of Lawns became standards and hits on streaming services) to stridently political big band works and an acclaimed 1973 triple-LP jazz-rock opera, Escalator Over the Hill, with a supporting cast including country-pop singer Linda Ronstadt, Cream bassist Jack Bruce and Manfred Mann’s Paul Jones.

Zak Barrett – Saxophone
Ted Porter – Trumpet
Dave Jago- Trombone
Tony Gooderham – Piano
Geof Harris – Bass
Trevor Taylor – Drums


1st May


Jim Mullen’s distinctive r’n’b oriented guitar style has been admired by thousands on the British scene for years. His warm, singing guitar lines are choked with the blues.

Voted World’s 5th Best Instrumental Guitarist 1982 Blues And Soul Readers, he has won many British music awards including “Best Guitar” in the British Telecom Jazz Awards (1994, 1996 and 2000).

Mullen has also played and recorded with, among others, Mose Allison, Hamish Stuart, Joanna Eden, Tam White, Claire Martin, Mike Carr, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dave O’Higgins and Georgie Fame, Sinan Alimanović, David Tughan, Jimmy Smith, Terry Callier and Frank Holder. Mullen has recorded as part of The AllStars, a collective of session musicians on their Paul McCartney-produced album All About the Music, alongside special guests Jocelyn Brown, Hamish Stuart and Angelo Starr. In 2014, he featured prominently on the Citrus Sun album, People of Tomorrow, produced by Incognito co-founder, Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick.

Jim Mullen – Guitar
Gabriel Keen – Piano
Dominic Howles – Bass
Simon Harwood – Drums


8th May



Betty Accorsi is an Italian saxophone player, multi-instrumentalist and composer currently based in Brighton. She studied classical saxophone, piano and composition at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatoire in Milan. In Italy, Betty was involved in projects spanning from contemporary music ensembles with composer Salvatore Sciarrino to the progressive rock band Psicosuono, which released two albums (Eta Carinae, Metropoli). In 2018, she moved to London and started a Master’s degree in Jazz Saxophone at Trinity Laban Conservatoire with a scholarship. Trinity’s academic environment includes leaders in the London jazz scene such as saxophonist Jean Toussaint and composer Bruno Heinen. Searching for a more open-ended approach to artistry and composition, Betty moved to Goldsmiths University of London in 2019. She completed her Master’s in Performance under the guidance of Mick Foster, Paul Bartholomew and Dr Pete Furniss, graduating with a distinction. After completing her studies at the height of the 2020 pandemic, Betty moved to Brighton, where she currently teaches to students, schools and big bands.

Betty Accorsi – Saxophone
Daniel Hewson – Piano
Andy Hamil – Bass
Scot McDonald – Drums


15th May


Paul Higgs is a highly accomplished and respected trumpet player with an impressive career in many fields including performing, composing and arranging music for film, TV and theatre. He was a Musical Director for many years for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. Paul has established himself as a versatile musician, equally at home playing jazz, classical, or contemporary music.

Paul Higgs – Trumpet
Gaetano Partiplo – Saxophone
John Gee – Piano
Dominic Howles –  Bass
Trevor Taylor – Drums




22nd May


Funky Jazz from Jeff Lorber to Pat Metheny

Andy Watson – Guitar
Zak Barrett – Saxophone
Tony Gooderham – Piano
Terry Gregory- Bass
Simon Harwood – Drums




29th May

REWIRE - celebrate the music of Joe Lovano

Featuring Martin Hathaway –

Martin Hathaway is a British jazz performer, composer and music educator who works with many ensembles covering a wide range of styles. He plays saxophones, clarinets and flutes, and occasionally gigs on piano. He composes and arranges his own music for small and large ensembles and leads his own occasional groups. Martin has worked alongside many noted international and UK jazz musicians including; Wynton Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Billy Cobham, Dave Holland, Dave Liebman, Dame Cleo Laine, Alec and Jacqui Dankworth to name a few.

Martin Hathaway _ Saxophone
Dave Whiting – Guitar
Tony Gooderham – Piano
Sam Hollis – Bass
Trevor Taylor – Drums



5th June



Fullfridge make their, long awaited debut at JAZZ825, playing a blend of Be-Bop jazz. These guys are well known on the Southend Music scene having played in numerous bands covering all styles from Rock to Folk to Jazz.

Seven Steps will take over the second half with a set of funky jazz & hopefully the 2 bands will join forces for the last tune of the night !!!!!!!

George Cleghorn – Saxophone
Daryl Tattoo – Guitar
Marshall Gregory – Bass
Ben Floyd – Drums

Dave Jago – Trombone
Tony Gooderham – Piano
Terry Gregory – Bass
Ben Floyd – Drums


12th June


Featuring Raffaele Bizzoca on acoustic guitar

Raphaele Bizzoca, is an outstanding virtuoso jazz guitarist, known to his friends as Lele, the man from Milan “We’re playing more Latin jazz numbers than traditional jazz standards so we hope to bring some dandy feeling!”

Raphaele Bizzoca – Guitar
Zak Barrett – Saxophone
Tony Gooderham – Piano
Dominic Howles –  Bass
Trevor Taylor – Drums



19th June

Julian Nichols


Julian has had a significant role in the Brighton and South Coast scene as an innovating artist, organizer and educator.  Julian was the first promoter to bring artists such as Dudu Pukwana, Django Bates, Jason Rebello, Chris McGregor, Louis Moholo, Sarah Jane Morris, Steve Arguelles, and Viklický to Brighton. He is co-director of  South Coast Jazz Festival which he founded in 2015 with Claire Martin O.B.E.


Julian Nicholas – Saxophone
Tobie Carpenter – Guitar
Kuba Cywinski – Bass
Mike Pickering – Drums

26th June


Celebrating Miles Davis - The ELECTRIC YEARS

This is the first outing for a new band celebrating the music of MILES DAVIS from the 70’s & 80’s. Ace trumpeter Paul Higgs plays with a sublime tone and breath taking technique. He has performed with Johnny Dankworth, Lulu, Tony Hatch, John Williams, Peggy Lee and Nancy Wilson. He has also performed in major concert venues around the world, and receives standing ovations on a regular basis. Paul is renowned for his magical sound and exceptional skill. His great sensitivity, high energy and his own skill as a composer make him a superb proponent of Miles Davis’s music.

Paul Higgs – Trumpet / Keyboards
Andy Watson – Guitar
Zak Barrett – Saxophone
Terry Gregory – Bass
Simon Harwood – Drums

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