Abbey Jazz sessions take place every other Sunday at the Malvern Rugby Club. The aim is to bring top guest musicians to provide relaxed swinging sessions. The programme is usually in place for the next couple of months.
Everyone is welcome to attend and the normal charge is just £10 on the door. The sessions start at 8pm and normally finish by 10:30, with two 60 minute sets and an interval for socializing and refreshment.
Abbey Jazz was founded by Len Thwaites and his son Neil, a drummer (who is no longer involved due to business commitments) on 4 June 1995, at the Railway Inn, Malvern Wells. Len’s earlier career, travelling the world with some of the very best jazz performers, means he has always had plenty of contacts happy to visit Malvern and guest alongside the pick of local Midlands musicians. Unlike many UK jazz clubs, the music at Abbey Jazz mainly focuses on the "swing" era of the 1930s and 40s - a period when Len believes a lot of "great melodies" were written.
Highlights from every session are recorded and used to produce compilation CDs on a regular basis. Abbey Jazz is a not-for-profit organisation and all proceeds are put back into attracting and paying performers.
Phil Probert keeps a regular blog on jazz matters in general and Abbey Jazz in particular.