Shrewsbury Jazz network

Shrewsbury Jazz Network is an enthusiastic group of local volunteers committed to promoting regular jazz events in Shrewsbury The Network was formed in 1997 and has built up a dedicated audience for live modern jazz, as well as a network of fantastic musicians who love to perform for us.

We promote a monthly Saturday concert throughout the year, except in August and December, and run occasional workshops for amateur musicians, as well as a popular Christmas jam session. Our venue, The Hive, Belmont, is literally the centre of Shrewsbury, offering a diverse variety of creative activities and events, with great acoustics, a friendly and inclusive atmosphere and great bar prices!

We give our time freely to the Network because we want to share our love of live jazz and to ensure that Shropshire has the chance to enjoy the cream of modern jazz playing. We  feature touring jazz groups and internationally known jazz players backed by top local musicians, and also promote up and coming young players that our audience may not know but will trust our judgment to enjoy.

Take a look at our website for all the information and you will also find details of the many other jazz gigs in Shropshire.

Next up is Josh Kemp’s Jazz Prophets at 8pm on Saturday 8th February


Josh is an acclaimed saxophonist and composer known for his melodic inventiveness, warm tone and heartfelt and lyrical approach to improvisation. 
Whether playing jazz standards or his own compositions, Josh communicates directly with audiences with his flowing and intuitive playing style.
He has worked with many of the UK's leading jazz musicians including John Turville, Alan Barnes,  Liz Fletcher, Clark Tracey, Jim Mullen and Steve Waterman. His latest CD Tone Poetry is being promoted in 2014 with a major UK tour.

His quartet features Tim Lapthorn on piano, Mick Hutton on bass and Matt Skelton on drums.

Tim Lapthorn is a performer, composer and teacher with his own piano trio, and a long association with Josh . He plays with many European jazz musicians and is much in demand by jazz singers. He cites his influences as Bill Evans, Thelonius Monk and Stevie Wonder.
Mick Hutton is one of Europe’s finest and most respected bass player with a career spanning 30 years. He has played with all the greats, including John Taylor, Bill Bruford, Humphrey Lyttleton and Tim Garland.

Matt Skelton is a multi talented drummer who works regularly with Jim Mullen and Damon Brown, as well playing with the international orchestras such as the John Wilson Orchestra.

‘Wonderfully rich toned tenorist Josh Kemp with a laconic, subtle, highly nuanced and original sound’ Time Out
‘An interesting and varied composer. . . showed that there is plenty of life in the post-bop tradition’ Jazz UK


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