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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Friday August 12th

doors 7.30pm / show 8.30pm


Darren Beckett Trio

Saturday August 13th

doors 7.30pm / show 8.30pm

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Darren Beckett Trio Live at The Verdict Jazz Club


Darren Beckett - drums

Oli Hayhurst- bass

Riley Stone-Lonergan - tenor saxophone

Playing repertoire of Ornette Coleman, Coltrane and Dewey Redman, this trio led by Beckett explores the art of the chord-less trio

But with hard swing at it’s centre.

Darren Beckett (drums) won a prestigious Bass Ireland Award as a teenager, leaving the emerald isle to study jazz in New York, where he resided for 21 years. Across his career, he has played drums everywhere from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Royal Albert Hall in London. He’s performed on over 50 albums with notable names like Billy Bragg, Brandon Flowers, Ronan Keating, Emilie Simone, Daniel Lanois, Lee Konitz, Madeleine Peyroux, and Kenny Wheeler, Larry Goldings, Mark Turner.

Darren has toured with Lauryn Hill of The Fugees, Beth Orten, Billy Bragg and Brandon Flowers playing on his 2 solo album tours And credited as co-writer on the lead single ‘Can’t Deny My Love’ on Brandon Flowers’ number one charting second solo album, ‘The Desired Effect’. He has worked with notable producers Daniel Lanois (U2) Stuart Price ( Madonna, The Killers) Mark Platti ( David Bowie) Larry Klein ( Joni Mitchell).He is a member of New York indie rock band Ambulance Ltd who released a record on TVT record to global acclaim, and had music featured on TV shows such as Greys anatomy. He has been touring with Beth Orten, Mercury Rev, Adrian Utley (Portishead) Sinead O’Conner, Amen Dunes and LA singer Bedouine and Billy Bragg.

Since returning to the U.K. has been very active also on the UK and European jazz scene, playing with Jason Rebello, Gilad Atzmon, Jim Mullen, Will Vinson, Claire Martin, Norma Winstone Alan Barnes, Damon Brown. Also very active in the studio scene in Dublin and London playing on film/tv soundtracks.

Darren also leads his own trio and has performed throughout Europe and U.K.

As a clinician he has given masterclasses in Belgium, Ireland, UK, USA, Portugal, France and Spain.

Summer Jazz BBQ

Sunday August 14th

doors 2pm / show 3pm

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Satori Live at The Verdict Jazz Club

Josephine Davies - woodwind

Dave Whitford - bass

Jay Davies - drums


Satori is a Buddhist word meaning a moment of presence and inner spaciousness away from the clutter of thought, and reflects saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies’ fascination with Japanese philosophy. It is her most recent artistic project, in which she demonstrates a continuing evolution of sound and style in both her playing and her writing. The deliberate omission of a chordal instrument as well as the frequent absence of regular harmonic sequence allows the compositions to serve as a loose base for the spontaneity and creativity of the players, giving rise to a uniquely integrated trio sound.

Featuring the irrepressible musicality of saxophonist Josephine Davies, drummer Jay Davies, and bassist Dave Whitford, Satori is an ever-evolving ensemble that defies the categorization of either avant-garde or mainstream jazz, instead shifting deftly and dynamically through various imaginative soundscapes according to where their shared inspiration takes them.

Their third album ‘How Can We Wake?’ was released on Whirlwind Recordings in October 2020 to wide acclaim. Inspired by the writings of the Indian sage Patanjali, this suite of pieces was recorded live in the atmospheric setting of North London’s Oxford Tavern and is a beautifully creative and magical offering from this inimitable trio.

“Definitely a band to watch.” ★★★★1/2 (Downbeat Magazine)

“Winning immediacy.” ★★★★ (Mojo Magazine)

“Refreshingly imaginative and invigorating.” (All About Jazz)

"Inventive, Lyrical." (Jazzwise Magazine)

"Spiritual, Spiralling, Joyful." (UK Vibe)

"Fluent, Imaginative." ★★★★ (The Jazz Mann)

"Highly recommended." (Culture Jazz FR)

“Radiates calm yet somehow suffused with energy.” (Hörspiegel)


JAZZ BBQ Live at The Verdict Jazz Club

We are bringing back the legendary Sunday sessions in Dorset Gardens this summer.

Relax to the best open air summer jazz session in Brighton with a host of top musicians.

And to add that special summer vibe, we'll be serving up some delicious BBQ treats and cool refreshing summer drinks.

All the classic BBQ staples for the carnivores we'll have Steaks, Wings, Pork belly, Sausages and Burgers (GF). and our special Feijoada (Brazilian Pork & Bean Stew)(GF), rice and sides.

Vegan options include grilled marinated tofu with a Feijao (meatless black bean stew)

special deals for children

full menu at


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

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