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Previous Jazz Cafe gigs


Jazzmin Summer 15th July - SOLD OUT

Who could have guessed that when Lostwithiel Jazz Café and The Duchy of Cornwall Nursery formed their liaison some 3 years ago that it would have culminated into this gig experienced by over 150 ticket paying guests on Saturday July 15th? Combine The Martin Dale Quartet and international singer Maggie Reeday with the fabulous venue of the Garden Terrace and Marquee and coupled with a Pimms and Fizz Bar, big pan Paella, and a Bar B Q you get an event that would compete with anywhere else in the UK here in the Fowey Valley.

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Viva! Lerryn Creek - 2nd June 2017 - SOLD OUT

Viva! Lerryn CreekWhat a night, has Lerryn ever seen anything quite like it? KABASA! A six piece high octane Salsa band, about 80 plus guests boogying all night, valuable volunteers helping all the way. Eight 1950s standard lamps strategically placed around Lerryn Memorial Hall with the neon ceiling lights cut out completely to give some special ambience to a special evening.

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Indigo Spring - 21st and 22nd April - SOLD OUT

April 21 and 22, 2017 will be marked in the minds of a good 100 lucky ticket holders at the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery I am sure. Both The Jeff Horsey and Gareth Hedges Duo and The Michelle Saacks Trio were just what Indigo Spring had in mind. The sap is rising outside in the beautiful Duchy Nursery and so it was indoors in this wonderful venue of the Nursery Café.

Great Blues, great Tapas, good wine and local beers, served by ever smiling waiting staff, tell me what more would you need for a sublime weekend.

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Jazz in the Deep Midwinter - 20th and 21st January 2017 - SOLD OUT

Jazz Cafe are pleased and proud to present along with The Duchy of Cornwall Nursery two nights of great live music at the Duchy cafe and ofcourse it was again a two night sell out. At the end of each gig we didn’t experience full bodied applause as you would expect. We witnessed something quit unique, we heard a ROAR of approval from a fully engaged and excited audience. Spontaneous hand clapping along with delightful rhythms of old and not so old songs, well remembered for class and romance and all put together with understated style and talent.

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The Mod Side of Jazz - 19th November 2016 - SOLD OUT

Labretta scotterThe second collaboration of Jazz Cafe and Lost In Film as part of Cornwall Film Festival. The Church Rooms haven't looked so good as this since this time last year! 8 standard lamps with big blousy shades gave a very ambient atmosphere and even a 1960 vintage Lambretta Scooter was on display. Specially sourced for the occasion was a short version of the Killer B3 Hammond Organ documentary, a film medley with soundtrack from Green Onions and a Buddy Rich and Gene Kruppa drum battle. Live music from Barry Diddle and the Flams followed by the Martin Dale quartet.

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Jazz on a Summer's Eve - 29th and 30th July 2016 - SOLD OUT

Jazz on a Summer's EveLostwithiel Jazz Café were honoured and excited to be invited to co-host this first ever gig at the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery: two nights of quality Jazz from three exciting bands. 

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Jazz Cafe Back to the Blues - 29th January 2016 - SOLD OUT

Jeff Horse and Gareth HedgesAnother stonking sell out night, kicking off with Mike Hawkey walking the bar with his solo saxophone followed by a 78 wind up gramophone playing a 1938 edition of Bessie Smith. The audience were then entertained by The Alley Cats and finally Jeff "The Horse" Horsey and Gareth Hedges. Picture courtesy of and copyright Pete Ellis

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Jazz Cafe at the Movies - 14th November 2015 - SOLD OUT

Michelle Saacks TrioYet another storming success for Jazz Café, this time At the Movies and if you were there then you know all about it. A full house sold out at the Church Rooms which was atmospherically lit by a number of strategically placed standard lamps. Excitement was in abundance with two sets by the fabulous Michelle Saacks Trio, featuring Nathan Fitzgerald on trumpet and Jamie Fyffe on drums. The special joint event with Lost In Film was part of the Cornwall Film Festival.

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Jazz Cafe does Gypsy Jazz - 9th August 2015 - SOLD OUT

Gypsy Jazz‘Swingology’ a four piece of slap bass, two vamping acoustic guitars in a Django manner and a hot clarinet kicked off the afternoon with some lively and energetic renditions of some older standards from the French school of the 50’s perhaps from the left bank no less, as well as newer compositions from closer to home with each piece receiving high spirited applause from an enthusiastic and knowledgeable audience, whistles, shouts, “a whooping and a hollering” no less.

After a short intermission, where raffle ticket number one, no less, was drawn to win an expensive bottle of Champagne, we were off into another exciting set from ‘Some Like it Hot’ fronted by Molly ‘the Mooch’. An effervescent songstress with enough stage presence and charisma to fill a Double Bass and its case.

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Jazz Cafe at LostFest 2015

Jazz Cafe at LostFest 2015Celebrating our 1st Birthday. Jazz Café at Lostfest 2015 for whoever attended and you attended in your hundreds, was a souring success even more so than our outstanding success last year.

We could not have asked for better weather, better beer, better volunteers, better musicians or better food.

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Jazz Cafe - Does The Blue - 27th February 2015 - SOLD OUT

Nuclear BluesTo a packed and sold out Rafters Bar full of anticipation Jeff THE HORSE Horsey worked the magic of Delta Blues to a thirsty audience. His slide guitar, harmonica and vocals sang out from his one room country little shack on Bodmin Moor with home spun songs and well-chosen Blues Classics.

Representing Delta and Mississippi Blues to a thrilled and well briefed audience. Two sets are better than one and the audience would not let him go at the end but they had to because more was to come in the name of Nuclear Blues representing not only St Ives but also Chicago and all roads north and East to New York, Manchester, Liverpool, Ealing Jazz and Blues Club, West London and then west again to Lostwithiel.

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Picture courtesy Keith Seume


Jazz Cafe - Into The Blue - 14th November 2014 - SOLD OUT

Into the Blue

Friday the 14th of November 2014 could become known as “that gig”.

Both our bands, Pocket Groove and Goonzion Quartet stunned the audience by sheer musical brilliance, fielding rapturous applause after each rendition of both standards and new material alike, we are so lucky to host such talent here in Cornwall and should never take it for granted.

We knew we had 'made it' when we received an email asking us to reserve a ticket or two from Melbourne, South Australia in order to avoid the disappointment of being sold out which indeed we eventually were. We also heard an ex councillor mention that Jazz Café is turning Lostwithiel into a “happening place”!!!! Wow...

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Picture courtesy Keith Seume


Jazz Cafe does Sunday Lunch - 7th September 2014 - SOLD OUT

DemiMonde with Fitz at Jazz CafeSomeone said that we have 'set our bar rather high' in that the overwhelming success of another Jazz Café held on Sunday afternoon the 7th of September at Lostwithiel Community Centre will be a very hard act to follow.

An overriding and self-imposed principal of Jazz Café is that we will always book students to give them a chance to perform in public and that we will never allow the use of pre-recorded music. It is our belief that music should be enjoyed in its live format.

For those fortunate to have had a ticket for this 'sold out' performance it was a sublime afternoon of handpicked great musicians and performances...

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LostFest - 11th May 2014

Jazz Cafe at LostFest 2014Relax in a soft armchair on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy live jazz played by some of Cornwall’s finest - all for FREE.

Lostwithiel Community Centre hosted a keenly awaited and exciting addition to LostFest in 2014 - a Jazz Cafe with a variety of musicians performing in the upstairs bar from 10.30am to 6.30pm.

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