The Verdict

10th Anniversary Celebration 

Nominated Jazz Venue of the Year 2022

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.
Now with covid-safe ventilation.

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Thursday 1st December Doors 7pm, Performance 9pm


The Verdict Jazz Jam

John Banks - bass

Tristan Banks - drums


The Verdict Jazz Jam, opening the doors to the local community of musicians to play and make new connections in brighton’s buzzing jazz scene free entry.

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Greg Heath Quartet Live at The Verdict Jazz Club

Greg Heath - tenor saxophone

Special Guest - Carl Orr - guitar

Terry Seabrook - organ

Nick Smalley - drums


New Zealand born tenor saxophonist Greg Heath has been resident in the UK since 1986 and has worked with a wide range of jazz and popular musicians, including Dr John, Jimmy Cliff, Omar Hakim, Rachael Z, Nile Rogers, Paz, Mica Paris, Maceo Parker and Joan Armatrading.


As well as a composer and leading his own quartet with an album release Fact & Fiction. He is also a founding member of UK Jazz supergroup Hexagonal.

The quartet will be perform a mixture of original material composed by Greg & Carl as well as some modern standards.

Australian Guitarist/composer



Carl Orr - Guitar

British/Australian guitarist Carl Orr has performed and recorded with some of

the finest musicians in the world including Billy Cobham, George Duke, ErnieWatts, Randy Brecker, Gary Husband, Bennie Maupin, Don Grusin, and Pee Wee Ellis. In addition he has performed at London's legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club over 300 times since 2008, where he has jammed onstage with the likes of Mike Stern, Marcus Miller and Nigel Kennedy. He also played guitar on the 2018 UK tour of Sting's musical show "The Last Ship".

A prolific composer, Carl has recorded ten albums as a leader and is featured

on albums by Billy Cobham, Fletch's Brew, Damon Albarn/Nathan Haines,

Sean Wayland/Keith Carlock and many others.


Carl was inducted into the South Australian Music Hall Of Fame in 2017 in hishometown of Adelaide.

His "Seeking Spirit" album was a runner up for Best Jazz Album in the 1991

ARIA Awards(Australia) and his song "Until" co-written with Renee Geyer,was

runner up for "Best Jazz Composition" in the 1996 APRA Awards(Australia).



"Carl Orr is a great guitarist."


"Mr Orr and his amazing music"

Meshell Ndgeocello

"Carl Orr plays his ass off*

Mike Stern



Terry Seabrook - Organ

Terry is known as the leader/pianist of top UK Latin Jazz Band Cubana Bop as well Milestones, Triversion and The TS Quintet. Terry also runs the Monday jazz sessions at The Snowdrop in Lewes and performs regularly at he Depot Sunday Brunch Sessions.


He studied music at Sussex University with a year scholarship to study jazz at Eastman School of Music in NY. His performing career started in 1985 touring Europe and the Middle East with US Jazz singer Joe Lee Wilson.


He has composed for his jazz projects and has written for TV. He has contributed pieces to the new Associated Board’s Jazz Grades for piano and Trinity- Rock Schools graded piano syllabus



Nick Smalley - Drums & Percussion

Nick studied percussion with Dave Hassell in his native Manchester, before going on to graduate from Leeds College of Music in 2002, having been awarded the John Scheerer Prize for Kit Drums in the previous year. Nick studied with Tony Mann and Paul Clarvis during this time, and was a member, along with Garry Jackson, of the Chris Issac Quartet which came second in the Perrier Young Jazz Awards ensemble category in 2000.  He also plays drums in the Paul Wilkinson Trio with Garry Jackson.

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Tribute to João Gilberto

Mario Bakuna Live at The Verdict Jazz Club

Mario Bakuna on Acoustic Guitar and Vocals

plus special guests

After sold-out nights in the UK, Portugal, France and the Netherlands, Mario Bakuna has the pleasure to perform this concert for the first time in Brighton and invites the audience to celebrate one of the greatest Brazilian musicians of all times.

João Gilberto, the great pioneer and father of Bossa Nova in Brazil in the late fifties, is the focus of this special concert performed on guitar and vocals by Mario Bakuna. Featuring reinterpretations and Mario’s own compositions, the audience will be treated to traditional elements of samba, syncopated rhythms of plucked chords, along with more contemporary jazz.

Mario Bakuna is a London-based Brazilian composer, singer and guitar player, with twenty years of professional experience. He is a graduate of the Free University of Music in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Whilst there he studied with musicians such as Olmir Stocker, Roberto Sion and Roberto Bomilcar. His study focuses on Afro-Brazilian music, Samba, Jazz and Bossa Nova. He travelled to Europe to expand his research, and since settling in London Mario has become one the most prominent names and a reference in Brazilian Music in England. Mario widely performs in Europe at distinguished stages together with artists such as Jean Toussaint, Liam Noble, Ricardo dos Santos, Edmundo Carneiro, Cacau Queiroz, Alain Jean Marie, Dudu Penz, and Filó Machado. Discography: Where Rio de Janeiro Meets Bahia and Brazilian Landscapes.


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

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