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Verdict Jazz: Preserving the Soul of Jazz Music


 Verdict Jazz: Preserving the Soul of Jazz Music

Join us in preserving the vibrant legacy of jazz music at Verdict Jazz! Our crowdfunding project aims to support the continued growth and impact of our organization in celebrating this timeless art form

Protecting, securing and improving

16% of UK Grassroots Music Venues were Lost in the Last 12 Months

125 Spaces Permanently Closed to Live Music.

4000 Jobs Lost

14,500 Events No Longer Possible

193,230 Opportunities Lost for Musicians

38% of Remaining Venues Post Financial Loss – Whole Sector Records 0.5% Profit Margin on £501m Turnover Despite Increased Ticket Demand.

For the last 12 years The Verdict has been an internationally renowned hub of Jazz and the creative performance arts, hosting many established and emerging artists that work within all aspects of the music and creative industries

As running costs rise up to 30% in some cases it has become increasingly difficult to maintain fundamental expenses, such as utilities, musicians fees, and various running costs.

Help us to sustain Verdict Jazz as a top level grass roots music venue in this financially challenging time. 

About Verdict Jazz

The Verdict is a multi award winning grass roots music venue, the only full time Jazz venue outside of London in the South of England, it has been named as one of the 10 top jazz clubs in Europe by The Guardian also being nominated as Jazz Venue of the year by the All Party Parlimentary Jazz Awards in 2022 and 2023. Weekly hosting the best in jazz music with top International acts, playing blues, swing, funk, Latin Jazz and fusion.

In 2023 we hosted 165 Performances, workshops, masterclasses bringing world class music and education to Brighton and the South of England for thousands of attendees while continuing our position as a vital and key music venue in the National and International touring network for 100's of musicians.

Verdict Jazz is dedicated to honoring the rich history and cultural significance of jazz through live performances, educational programs, and community outreach initiatives. Based in the heart of Brighton, our organization is committed to keeping the spirit of jazz alive.

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12th Anniversary Celebration 

Nominated Jazz Venue of the Year 2022/23

The Verdict is a multi award winning grass roots music venue, the only full time Jazz venue outside of London in the south of England, it has been named as one of the 10 top jazz clubs in Europe by The Guardian. Weekly hosting the best in jazz music with Top International acts, playing blues, swing, funk, Latin Jazz and fusion.

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The Verdict Jazz Jam

Thursday March 7

Doors 8pm Show 9pm

John Banks - bass

Tom Phelan - piano

Tristan Banks- drums


The Verdict Jazz Jam

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 (Tickets available at the door)


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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Nicolas Meier World Group

Friday March 8

Doors 7pm Show 8.30pm

Nicolas Meier on acoustic fretted and fretless guitars and glissentar

Demi Garcia on percussion

Alex Hutton on piano

Kevin Glasgow on bass

UK-based guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the world's most original and uniquely talented guitarists. Drawing from a love of Turkish, Eastern & Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango and more -- all mixed with jazz -- Meier's versatility and musical fluency extends well beyond that, even. (... so much so, that his considerable talents drew the attention of rock guitar legend, Jeff Beck, who made Nicolas a mainstay in The Jeff Beck Group -- carrying him on two world tours during the course of the last several years.)


Meier originally hails from Switzerland; born in 1973, to parents who are great lovers of the arts. Never short on ambition, Meier founded his own record label, MGP Records, in 2009. To date, he's produced twelve albums: as a solo artist; in various group formats (The Nicolas Meier Group; Nicolas Meier Trio; Eclectica!; Nicolas Meier World Group); with his heavy metal band, Seven7, and; in a duo format, with long-time partner, fellow guitarist and collaborator, the fabulous UK master, Pete Oxley. (Their 2015 release, "Chasing Tales," was a masterful, benchmark album, in the dual-guitar format.)


2017 was a breakthrough year: one in which Steve Vai's Favored Nations Records released Nicolas' brilliant solo album, "Infinity." The album was recorded in LA and performed in a trio format -- featuring fellow virtuosic veterans, Jimmy Haslip, on bass, and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. Most recently, Nicolas has completed and released two new albums on MGP (Meier Group Productions): the already-well-received album new duo album with Pete Oxley, "The Alluring Ascent," and; the 2019 released Nicolas Meier World Group's pristine effort, "Peaceful" was supported with a 50-dates tour. 2020 saw the release of the World Group "Live" album recorded at Colchester Arts Centre, the Meier Budjana Group album "Flying Spirits" featuring Jimmy Haslip and the Solo Guitar Album "Stories" and metal album "Escapades" from Nicolas' My Dark Side!


By 2022 a new World Group studio album called "Magnificent" came out. A 3 CD package including "Live" and "Stories"!!! To promote this release, lots of UK concerts and a European tour of 11 dates opening for Mr Steve Vai!!!


Having made a lasting impression on gentlemen the likes of the great Bill Bruford, (the aforementioned) Jeff Beck and Steve Vai, Nicolas Meier is unquestionably one of today's most well-rounded, ambitious and masterful up-and-coming talents on guitar. Stay tuned ... this is one star that is still on the rise!


Joanna Cooke Band

Saturday March 9

Doors 7pm Show 8.30pm

Joanna Cooke – Vocals
Mark Edwards – Keys
Tristan Banks - Drums
Nathan Austin - Guitar
Mark Prentice - Bass

“Rising star soul/jazz singer with a blues heart. A name to watch'" Jon Newey, Jazzwise
“That warm flashback sound that'll make good company with Aretha Franklins early '70's sides." USA
“It catches you in the feels in a way that the likes of Adele would kill for..” Listen With Monger
" ..a voice that drips with soul. Joanna takes a song and layers it over you like warm honey until it floats you away" - Dart Music Festival

Motown legend Martha Reeves summed it up perfectly, describing Joanna Cooke as “the baby girl singing the blues". Joanna, much like her South West counterpart Joss Stone demonstrates that true soul and emotional connection is not simply constrained by colour or creed. Moreover, her self-penned songs leave a lasting impression on audiences, by dint of their raw honesty and song craft.

Drive and talent combined with her contemporary sound blending Soul, Jazz & Blues now see Joanna performing festivals and notable venues around the UK and supporting big name artists like Tom Jones, Rag N Bone Man, Martha Reeves, Paloma Faith + the likes of Mamas Gun, Beth Rowley, Jo Harman & Martin Harley.

At The Verdict Joanna will perform her recent 'Kaleidoscope' EP (produced by Brighton based musician & polymath Mark Edwards), several other popular tracks from her 3 previous records & a couple of classic covers which showcase her influences. Tracks from 'Kaleidoscope' Earned spots in the UK Soul Music Charts' Top 30 plus entries in 2 other UK Soul/RnB charts.

Here's what Blues in Britain had to say about it -
"I first found Joanna Cooke in the musical feast of her 'Kaleidoscope' collection, delivering a diverse array of musical emotion - imploring soul of Good Lover, the haunting angst of Caught Up, gospel chord progressions of Haven’t You Heard taking the blues back to church, the shimmering sensitivity of Like A Lover, the hustling soulful recovery of Still Healing and pouring her heart out on Falling a Little – whichever way you turn, Joanna spells soul with a capital ‘J’!! Clive Richardson (Blues In Britain)

After recently supporting Matt Johnson (Jamiroquai) at his sold out show at Jazz Cafe London, Joanna is excited to bring a wonderfully talented set of musicians together to perform her music at this leading Brighton Jazz Venue.

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Samba Roda Viva

Sunday March 10

Doors 4pm Show 5pm

Get ready to groove to the infectious rhythms of Brazil at our Roda de Samba event in the heart of Brighton.

Immerse yourself in the soulful sounds of Samba, as our talented musicians take you on a musical journey to the heart of Rio de Janeiro. The Roda de Samba is a celebration of Brazilian culture, music, food and drink and you're invited to be a part of this unforgettable experience.

Our live Roda de Samba will serenade you with sizzling percussion, melodic tunes, and passionate vocals that will make your heart sing. Whether you're a Samba aficionado or just looking for a night of great music, this event is sure to delight.

Indulge in the flavours of Brazil with our delicious traditional Brazilian Feijoada and the Brazilian national cocktail, the Caipirinha. It's the perfect accompaniment to an evening filled with music, dance, and good company.

Feel the rhythm move through you and join in the dancing! Our Roda de Samba is not just a concert; it's an interactive experience where you become part of the celebration. Limited tickets are available, so don't miss your chance to join us for a night of Samba, fun, and camaraderie. Secure your spot today!

Come and share the joy of Brazilian Samba in the heart of Brighton. Let's create lasting memories and dance the night away at our Roda de Samba event! Prepare to dance, sing, and savor the sounds of Brazil! 🎉🇧🇷🎶 #BrightonRodaDeSamba #SambaNights #BrazilianVibes


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

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