Friday and Saturday!


(Tickets only available from the Civic Theatre and locally at The Rose and Crown, The Wheatsheaf, Robyn’s Nest, Barnet Fayre and Writtle Library until Thursday 26th July, priced at £15 for each day, after which you can only purchase them on each day at the Festival and they will be slightly more expensive at  £17.50 – cash only)

We are posting regular updates of Sunday’s lineup on Facebook

We have started planning the lineup for this year’s Writtle Jazz Festival!

Friday night is now complete. Commencing at 7.00pm and finishing at 11.00pm.

7.00pm The Nicola Farnon Trio


With Nicola’s Trio you get a lot of musical talent that manages to pack a mighty punch for such a seemingly small outfit.

“….Nicola Farnon presents another collection of brilliantly arranged standards and originals …..Farnon’s singing goes straight through to the heart” Jazzwise

8.15pm  Jason Rebello and Tim Garland



We are extremely excited to welcome a fantastic lineup, pianist Jason Rebello and Saxophonist Tim Garland. Both are unquestionably inspirational !

Jason Rebello toured with Sting for six years and subsequently with Jeff Beck and he is complemented by one of the finest saxophonists in the country, Tim Garland.

The Gaurdian reported:-

Pianist Jason Rebello’s years with Sting and Jeff Beck were sometimes portrayed as a big loss to a UK scene on which he had made such an impact as a wunderkind in the early 90s. But on the evidence of Rebello’s latest personal statement since his pop retirement, those years never blunted his improv reflexes. In fact, they refined the songwriter’s ear that gives such broad appeal to a fine solo piano album, all original songs apart from the Beatles’ Blackbird. The unwavering left-hand ostinato and delicate melody of the Brad Mehldau-esque Pearl never loses its shape for all the gymnastics of Rebello’s variations and the title track has the seductive lightness of a classic ballad, but with an Eric Satie-like skew to its harmony. The headlong improv on Blackbird, meanwhile, is always locked into the contours of the song, and the pianist’s timbre and touch on slow pieces strikingly refreshes the familiar piano-ballad arts. It isn’t cutting-edge music, but it’s classic jazz-making very personally reappraised.”

Here’s a clip of Jason recording his recent album Held

Here’s what the Guardian said about Tim Garland:-

Throughout an international career starting in the late 1980’s, Tim Garland has become known as a unique polymath in the UK’s music scene.

His first break as saxophonist was joining Ronnie Scotts band age 23. Later he was to join Chick Corea as a regular member of several globe-trotting projects over a seventeen year period including The Vigil. Playing tenor and soprano saxes, bass clarinet and flute, he also won a Grammy for his symphonic orchestrations on Corea’s “The New Crystal Silence” album from 2007.

Check out this clip  of Tim Garland.

Our headline band for Friday is sponsored by Chelmsford Jazz Club.

9.30pm Tony Gooderham’s    –  “Liven Up” !


A stunning line up of great musicians handpicked by Tony Gooderham. We have Crissy Lee on drums who has worked along side The Beatles, Dinah Washington, Al Jarreau to name a few. Roger Curphey on bass who has had a very long and successful career and knows a thing or two about playing bass. Paul Higgs on trumpet, very well known and an excellent trumpet player and arranger and more. Of course Tony Gooderham on piano and Rhodes piano with his unique playing style of passion and expression. And on vocals we have the lovely Laura Jepp, who worked extensively with the late Reg Webb, the vocalist and piano extraordinaire, for many years. The music is a mix of funk, jazz, soul, blues, Latin and the Gooderham spirit.

Saturday’s lineup is now finalised and commenced at 7.00pm and finishes at 11.00pm.

Saturday Night kicks off at 7.00pm with the Simon Hurley Quartet.


Simon first picked up the guitar 25 years ago and, after having been self-taught, decided to embark upon his first formal musical education in 2006. In 2010 he graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from Colchester Institute, also being awarded the Centre Prize for Music. It was here that he began to study jazz under the tutelage of session guitarist Andy Watson, a relationship that has now developed into the Watson/Hurley Jazz Guitar Duo.

8.15pm The Fellowship


Our headline act for Saturday Night at 8.45pm, sponsored by Olio on the green in Writtle,  is The Fellowship!

The Fellowship features our musical curator Zak Barrett on Saxophone,  Guthrie Govan on guitar, Pete Riley on drums, Seth Govan on bass and John Leo Dutton on keys.

Check them out here playing at the Eddie Lang Festival in Italy.

9.45pm The Daniel Parker Trio.


Daniel is a guitar player who draws musical influence from a wide range of music. His current project focuses on his own compositions which fuse the sounds of highlife, afrobeat and Cuban music. For which is joined by Andy Staples (bass)  and Marc Cecil (drum kit). As the house guitarist for The Bassment’s monthly jazz/funk sessions, Daniel has played along side some of the country’s finest jazz artists including Jason Rebello, Laurence Cottle, Gareth Lockrane and Mark Nightingale.