Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club

Horn Factory

Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club

  • Date: 11 - Apr - 2021
  • Time: 19:00
  • Venue: Colchester Arts Centre
  • Location: Colchester, Essex

We’re delighted to be playing at the Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club, set in the beautiful historic architecture of St Mary’s Church dating back over a thousand years.

Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set 7.30pm

Tickets: £14 / £12 Concessions. Students £6 (+ Booking Fees)
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Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club

The jazz club is based in the former St Mary-at-the-Walls Church – now the home of Colchester Arts Centre, which opened in 1981.

Like its predecessor, the Arts Centre Jazz Club (1983-96), Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers with a love and enthusiasm for the music.

Our remit is to mainly showcase established and emerging artists – plus, occasionally – ‘local’ professional musicians, either headlining, doing a support slot or accompanying solo guests.

Concerts usually are held on the 1st Sunday of the month, although we occasionally squeeze in the extra one or two if it’s a high profile artist.  Doors now open at the earlier time of 7.00pm and the first set starts at 7.30pm. For the majority of concerts we have cabaret-style seating. However, on busier evenings, a proportion of the seats may be in rows. On extremely busy nights, seating is in rows only.

We welcome people of all disabilities and genders. Access to the venue is wheelchair-friendly, we have a hearing loop and assistance dogs are welcome.

Horn Factory

Since 1998, Horn Factory have been bringing together some of the area’s top musicians to create their own distinct brand of fast-moving, hard-hitting, foot-tapping contemporary jazz.

Horn Factory play an impressive and extensive range of contemporary big band jazz by composers such as Buddy Rich, Bob Mintzer, Quincy Jones, Oliver Nelson, Maynard Ferguson, James Morrison, Bobby Shew, Sammy Nestico and Gordon Goodwin, plus arrangements of music normally associated with smaller groups, including Thelonius Monk, Joe Henderson, Chuck Mangione, Chick Corea and Horace Silver.

Most of the charts have been composed in the last 15 years, bringing the big band genre right up to date with music that absolutely crackles with energy!

“There are plenty of bands around offering doses of Miller, Dorsey and Basie material… Horn Factory specialise in up-to-date, modern numbers.” – Alan Crumpton.

“Suffolk big band Horn Factory are going from strength to strength. There was standing room only for their impressive performance.” – Stephen Foster, East Anglian Daily Times.


Colchester, Essex