Jazz Jams in London

In a way jazz is probably the the only true 'World Music' form. Every corner of the globe has musicians who play jazz. Musicians that have listened and learned from Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Thelonius Monk and Duke Ellington. Players that can, at the drop of a hat, play and improvise on 'All The Things You Are', 'Blue Bossa', 'There Will Never Be Another You' or 'Billie's Bounce'. Trumpeters, saxophonists, bassists, drummers and piano players ( and the rest ) that can perform the aforementioned tunes with musicians they have never met before and who sometimes speak different languages. Such is the nature of jazz and the jazz jams that can be found in every major city on the globe.

To help jazz musicians visiting London I have made a list of weekly jams currently running in London that I am aware of. Where possible I have included a contact phone number and website for the jam, so please check the jam is on before heading off to darkest Hackney or Brixton. Also, if you find that one of the jams I have listed is no longer running, or you have found one I haven't listed, please let me know.

Another good source of one off, or occasional jams is the excellent Jazz In London magazine which is available free both online and as a print version available at most jazz venues.

Happy jamming.

last update : April 2018.



HIDEAWAY, 2 Empire Mews Stanthorpe Road Streatham London SW16 2ED

Jazz workshop at 7pm, £10. Jazz jam at 9pm free. 020 8835 7070


OFF THE CUFF, 301 Railton Rd. Herne Hill SE24 0JN. (F)
Every Mon: Heads Up (8.30) + jam session. 07764 823170




QUECUMBAR, 42 Battersea High Street, SW11 3HX

Gypsy Jazz jam session. (F)

0207 787 2227


Mascara Bar, 72 Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington N16 6XS.

Every Tuesday: House trio + jam. 8.30. (F). info: 07905 151894


The Junction, 171 Coldharbour Lane SE59PA

hosted by Luke Fowler : Jazz Jam. 8.00.(F) 020 3715 2762


Orleans Bar Jam, 259-261 Seven Sisters Road, N4 2DD

Every Tuesday. Jazz from 9pm. Entry from £5? 0207 281 8482




Little Bread, Big Jam, Royal Inn On The Park,

111 Lauriston Road E9 7HJ
the jam is hosted by Annie Dehaney-Steven
contact number: 07885 480 329

Weekly. House band & jam. 8-11pm. £5


RONNIE’S BAR, 47 Frith Street, W1. 020 7439 0747

Every Wed Jazz Jam. 9.30pm. £5 . MU & mus.students Free



Val's Jazz Jam, Mill Hill Jazz Club,

100 Barnet Way, Mill Hill, NW7 3AL

Monthly jam on the last wednesday of each month

8.30pm. £6 : 020 8207 0451


Le Junction Sessions, 47 Station Road, NW10 4UP

Jam session and open mic hosted by Clement Regert. 9pm. free.





BREWERY TAP, Catherine Wheel Rd. Brentford TW8 8BD
Every Thurs: Phil Brown Swingtet + sitters-in. 8.45pm. (F)


Jazz and funk jam upstairs at Ronnies,

Every Thursday Jazz Jam. 9.00pm. £6 from 8.









THE ELEANOR ARMS, 460 Old Ford Rd, Bow, E3 5JP.

(Free) Every Sun:Jazz jam w /Ray Sandoval. 8pm. 07896 208707


THE EFFRA HALL TAVERN, 40 Kellett Road, London SW2 1ED.

(Free) Lauren Dalrymple's long running Jazz jam 8pm. 020 7274 4180


Kings Head, 2 Crouch End Hill,London. N8 8AA
Every Sun: Laurie Morgan Trio/ jam session. 2-5pm. £5


VORTEX, Gillett Street, N16 8AZ. www.vortexjazz.co.uk
Every Sun (Downstairs) Jam with Hannes Riepler. 9pm. (F)



Please let me know about any changes in circumstance regarding these jams, or any jams I have missed. ( contact at the top of the page ).

P.S. I am currently on tour with the Roger Waters band, so haven't had the time to check out the latest jams available. The ones listed above are all operational as of this date ( April 2018 ) however.

Thanks in advance.