We promote the best in live modern jazz in the Reading and Thames Valley area. We’re passionate about jazz and want to share our enjoyment.
In 2018 alone, the following have appeared on the stage of the Progress Theatre:
John Law’s Re-Creations, Leon Greening Quartet with Christian Brewer, Chris Laurence Quartet, Martin Speak Quartet with Ethan Iveson, Rebecca Poole Quintet with Brandon Allen, Jam Experiment, Elftet, Matt Wates Sextet, Steve Fishwick Quintet with Grant Stewart, Jean Toussiant Sextet.
The programme for 2019 is set to include: Gilad Atzmon’s Spirit of Trane, A Portrait of Cannonball featuring Tony Kofi, Henry Lowther’s Still Waters and the Greg Abate Quartet.
The audience and visiting musicians enjoy the intimate atmosphere of the Progress Theatre with its, warm hospitality and excellent sound and lighting. Guitarist John Etheridge aptly described Progress as a ‘bijou theatrette.’
‘It’s been a great pleasure to see Jazz in Reading growing steadily over the past ten years,’ remarked Marc Edwards, a regular supporter of Jazz in Reading and Curator of the Brecon Young Futures Jazz Project. ‘Nowadays it seems like a we have a glorious jazz festival, the schedules spread generously over the year, with top-quality artists performing in close-up at the Progress Theatre, and numerous other venues in the area offering jam sessions and performances by local bands. We owe a debt of gratitude to Jazz in Reading’s dedicated team who bring us the music we so dearly love.’