Contemporary Jazz at Riverhouse Riverhouse is a community arts centre in Walton on Thames. Centred around a converted 18th century barn, it provides

         
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Contemporary Jazz at Riverhouse

Riverhouse is a community arts centre in Walton on Thames. Centred around a converted 18th century barn, it provides a performance space, art gallery, craft studio, café, bar and sensory garden.
The performance space within the barn hosts music, drama, dance, film and children’s shows. Seating a maximum of 100 it offers an intimate acoustic arena which is particularly suited to chamber music and all forms of jazz.
The centre first opened to the public in 1989 and from the start featured a monthly Sunday lunchtime traditional jazz and beer event but it wasn’t until 2002 that a monthly contemporary jazz programme was introduced on Sunday evenings. The programme was established with the assistance of an Arts Council grant which made it possible to attract top British artists and pay them a respectable fee.

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This has continued to be our policy and we have been privileged to enjoy bands led by UK and international luminaries such as Stan Tracey, Scott Hamilton, Andy Sheppard, Tim Garland, Jacqui Dankworth, John Etheridge and Julian Joseph whilst at the same time offering platforms to emerging talents like Gwilym Simcock, Andrew McCormack, Trish Clowes, Tom Green, Tommy Andrews and Misha Mullov-Abbado. In the last thirteen years some 160 individual jazz artists have appeared at Riverhouse.
Although we have not ventured into the fields of free improvisation or other avant guard disciplines we have consistently encouraged groups to include original compositions in their programming.

"Artists unfailingly respond positively to the relaxed atmosphere and attentive, appreciative audiences that Riverhouse offers."

We would like to have featured some larger ensembles but with restricted staging and limited budgets this has not proved to be practicable.
Artists unfailingly respond positively to the relaxed atmosphere and attentive, appreciative audiences that Riverhouse offers. They also enjoy the benefits of professional PA and lighting facilities, a dedicated greenroom and, since 2005, a Steinway model A grand piano which is maintained and regularly tuned by an accredited Steinway tuner. We also believe in keeping our artists well fed and refreshed with hot food before the gig.

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Mike Bowtell, Jazz Programmer

From its inception the contemporary jazz stream has been programmed on a voluntary basis by Mike Bowtell, formerly Chairman of Riverhouse until 2010. Mike is also the house pianist providing silent film accompaniment, tea dance music, American songbook arrangements or classical piano chamber music as required. We'd be thrilled and honoured to be nominated in the Jazz Venue of the Year category at this years' Parliamentary Jazz Awards - deadline for nominations is 18 February - >click here to download and submit the nomination form<.

Upcoming Spring Season

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11 March – John Law’s New Congregation (feat. Sam Crockatt)

 
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April 1 – Henry Armburg Jennings Quintet (feat. Alex Garnett)

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May 13 – Kate Williams Quintet (feat. Gareth Lockrane & Duncan Eagles) photo © Bob Hewson

 
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June 17 – Philip Clouts Quartet (feat. Sam Eagles) photo © Tommaso Tuzj

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Riverhouse Arts Centre
Manor Rd, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 2PF
Tel: 01932 254 198
www.riverhousebarn.com/

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