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The Verdict

11th Anniversary Celebration 

Nominated Jazz Venue of the Year 2022/23

The Verdict has been named as one of the 10 top jazz clubs in Europe by The Guardian. Brighton's only purpose built jazz club hosting the best in jazz music.
Top International acts, from swing to fusion.

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The Verdict Jazz Jam

Thursday 5th October

Doors 7pm, Performance 9pm

Calling all jazz enthusiasts and aspiring musicians! Join us for an unforgettable night of live jazz at The Verdict Jazz Club in the heart of Brighton. Whether you're a seasoned jazz player or just starting your musical journey, our Jammin' Jazz Night welcomes all talents, making it the perfect place to showcase your skills or simply revel in the magic of jazz.


Open Jam Session: Bring your instrument, your voice, or simply your love for jazz, and join our open jam session. Feel the groove and improvise alongside fellow musicians in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Live Jazz Performances: Enjoy electrifying live jazz performances by some of Brighton's finest musicians. Be inspired and immersed in the rich world of jazz music.

Meet and Connect: Network with fellow jazz lovers, musicians, and local artists. This is your chance to make connections that can lead to exciting musical collaborations.

Delicious Drinks and Food: Savor a selection of craft cocktails, fine wines, and delectable bites from our menu to enhance your jazz experience.


Musicians: Free (Bring your instrument and join the jam!)

General Admission: £5


Please arrive early to secure your spot in the jam session. Instrumentalists, vocalists, and jazz aficionados of all levels are welcome! Let the spirit of jazz unite us in a night of rhythm, melody, and improvisation.

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the vibrant jazz community in Brighton. Mark your calendar, invite your friends, and let the jazz flow at The Verdict. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information and updates, visit our website at or follow us on social media @VerdictJazz

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Steve Taylor Fusion Phew

Friday 6th October

Doors 7pm, Performance 8.30pm

Steve Taylor - Drums

Josie Frater - Vocals

Rosie Frater-Taylor - Guitar/Vocals

Jonny Wickham - Bass

Neil Angilley - Piano


“Fiery and Hard-hitting, Powerhouse drumming” Time Out

“Awesome” Ronnie Scott's Club

“World Class . . . a technician who grooves" Rhythm magazine

“Sparkling" BBC Radio 2 Janey Lee Grace

"Luscious Sounds" BBC London Jumoke Fashola

Launched at EFG London Jazz Festival 2021, Steve Taylor Fusion Phew is top UK drummer SteveTaylor's Jazz-Funk-Fusion inspired line up who have collaborated with Omar, Rosie Frater-Taylorand Ian Shaw to name a few. Its augmented line-up, Big Band Explosion, was the first to tributelegendary Buddy Rich at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club. Prodigiously gifted singer-songwriter and virtuosoguitarist, Rosie Frater-Taylor guests alongside the luscious vocals of Josie Frater.

Also featuring Parliamentary Jazz award winning sax from Phil Meadows, plus virtuoso keys from Snowboycollaborator, latin-jazz pianist virtuoso Neil Angilley. Expect homage to the likes of Gil ScottHeron, Al Jarreau & Zero 7 plus Steve Taylor & Josie Frater's "Sparkling" (Radio 2) self- pennedoriginals.

A family affair featuring …Scottish vocalist & Steve' s writing partner Josie Frater(Ian Shaw/Nitin Sawhney) and rising star daughter Rosie Frater-Taylor.Rosie Frater-Taylor's album 'Bloom' was nominated for Worldwide Awards 'Album of theyear' 2022 and is a Jazz FM 'Album of the week' with over 2 million streams garnering praise from Rock legend Jimmy Page to Jamie Cullum, to Giles Peterson..Steve Taylor Fusion Phew single Release 'Shining Stars' featuring Rosie Frater-Taylor & JosieFrater is out Autumn 2023

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Tristan Banks Quartet

Saturday 7th October

Doors 7pm, Performance 8.30pm

Featuring Brighton Jazz Bop DJ Russ Dewbury

Tristan Banks - drums/ composer

Paul Booth - woodwinds

Will Barry - piano

Davide Mantovani- bass

“Impressive sense of immediacy”⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ BBC Music Magazine

“It's one of the best UK jazz releases of 2023” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Marlbank

"From the opening bars of the album’s title track which kicks off in an energetic style with bass clarinet proclaiming the melody, we know that this album is something special." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ UK Vibe.

As an acknowledged champion of live music Russ Dewbury is also well known as promoter of the legendary "Brighton Jazz Bop" events. Established in 1988 the Jazz Bop was a much loved large scale tri yearly show which combined appearances from cult U.S Soul, Funk, Afro Latin and Jazz artists with the cream of the new scene.

Russ curated a who’s who of international and UK artists bringing them to Brighton and including Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Pharoah Sanders, Charles Earland, Spearhead, Terry Callier, Jamiroquai, The Roots The Herbaliser, Marlena Shaw, The Cinematic Orchestra, Tony Allen, Ozomatli, Fat Freddys Drop, James Taylor Quartet, Roy Ayers Ubiquity , Breakestra, Quantic Soul Orchestra, Mulatu Astatke. The Jazz Bop’s ground breaking line ups are rightly acknowledged as a fore runner of today’s festival culture and plans are underway for a Brighton Jazz Bop reunion in late 2023.

Tristan draws on over 30 years of experience as a sideman for many Grammy award-winning and platinum selling artists. Mixing influences from the jazz, Latin jazz and fusion idioms, the music is a unique combination of high-octane virtuosic performance and sublimely melodic composition. Banks brings together his long-standing musical friends--Paul Booth (saxes), John Crawford (piano) and Davide Mantovani (bass)--to articulate his musical vision.

Tristan Banks has worked as a recording artist and session musician building a reputation as a knowledgeable, versatile and authentic world-class drummer and percussionist. Working with many artists covering a wide field of musical genres including Roy Ayers, Steve Winwood, Dave Valentin, Beverley Knight, Hexagonal, David Gilmour, Peter King, Lewis Taylor, Guy Barker, Marcos Valle, Liane Carroll, Terry Callier, Da Lata, Jim Mullen, Carleen Anderson and Mayra Andrade.

Paul Booth is the in-demand sax man on today’s music scene. His ability to blend into any musical surrounding coupled with his talents as a multi-instrumentalist has led to him being regularly chosen to perform with many well-known artists. Paul has toured, performed and recorded around the world with Steve Winwood, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Carlos Santana, Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers Band, Bonnie Raitt, Chaka Khan, Kylie Minogue, Jamiroquai, Gregory Porter, Barry Manilow, Warren Haynes, Marti Pellow, Derek Trucks, Eddie Henderson, Geoffrey Keezer, Clarence Penn and Ingrid Jensen. He has worked with Incognito, Brand New Heavies and The BBC Big Band. Paul currently performs his own music with a number of different groups and has 6 solo albums released.

Davide Mantovani Since his arrival in London in 1991, He has built up a solid presence on both live and studio scenes, playing with some illustrious Jazz, World and Pop artists around: Lisa Stansfield, Tony Allen (Fela Kuti), Baaba Maal, Seckou Keita, Zoe Rahman, Jim Mullen, Andy Sheppard, Jason Rebello, Natacha Atlas, Mulatu Astatke, Nana Vasconcelos, Alex Wilson, Kuljit Bahmra, Justin Adams, Cheick Lô, Baseckou Kouyate, Cheo Feliciano, Herman Olivera, Aster Aweke, Jean Toussant (Jazz Messengers), Antonio Forcione and many others.

Will Barry is an award-winning pianist, drummer and percussionist from London. He is part of numerous international projects, and in the last few years has performed with Chris Potter, Eddie Henderson and Jasper Høiby, appearing across the world at the North Sea, Love Supreme, Copenhagen, Getxó and Umbria Jazz Festivals, as well as appearing on albums with Alex Hitchcock, Brandon Allen and Jo Harrop. Whilst living in Spain, Will collaborated with Perico Sambeat, Mario Rossy and Javier Vercher as well as Cuban musicians Julio Montalvo, Yoel Paez and Issac Delgado Jr, performing in Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid and Ibiza. Chucho Valdés (Irakere) described his playing as "sensitive and fluid - a beautiful sound”.


The Verdict,
159 Edward Street, Brighton, BN2 0JB, UK

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