Pangbourne Jazz Club - Jazz@PJC

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Welcome to Jazz@PJC, Pangbourne Jazz Club!

The Pangbourne Jazz Club was formed by Keith Howard and Terry Hutchins in March 2016 to bring National and International Jazz artists to Berkshire and continues from May 2022 renewed after the hiatus of the global pandemic.

Below we have listed the great artists we have coming to the club, along with news about all the events we are running. If you wish to get in touch, please either email or message us via our Facebook Page

Guest artists will be supported by the Jazz@PJC house band - Terry Hutchins Trio/Quartet.

Terry Hutchins, Founder, MD & Guitar

Andy Crowdy, Bass

Brian Greene, Drums

Maff Potts, Piano

Next up at PJC - Sunday June 5th- Art Themen


GIg Details

Doors                 7.00pm

Gig                     7.30pm

Interval & Raffle 8.30pm

Gig                     9.00pm

Finish               10.00pm

Tickets are £10

(includes free entry to the raffle)

  • Tickets available online here 

  • Cash on the door

  • Public Car Park

  • Inexpensive Bar and Snacks

Future Gigs at PJC

with Jazz@PJC House band

The Terry Hutchins Trio/Quartet


June 5th

Art Theman (Sax)


July 3rd

John Thirkell (Trumpet)


August 7th

Alan Graham (Percussion) & Ken McCarthy (Piano)


Sept 4th

Alan Barnes (Sax)


Oct 2nd tba

Nov 6th tba

Dec 4th tba


February Derek Nash (Sax)

Art Themen - Saxophone


Art Themen is a British jazz saxophonist, a great friend of Jazz@PJC and hugely popular at the club. Critic John Fordham has described him as "an appealing presence on the British jazz circuit for over 40 years. Originally a Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins disciple,Themen has proved himself remarkably attentive to the saxophone styles of subsequent generations."

Art has enjoyed such a long career, but a history starting in 1964 perhaps found him in Londonwhere he played with blues musicians Jack Bruce and Alexis Korner, and was a member of Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated. Themen has said: "I had pretty much decided that I could continue to practise medicine and play saxophone, and Alexis, being heavily into blues as well as taking in jazz influences like Charles Mingus, furthered my knowledge of music quite a lot."


In 1965, Themen played with the Peter Stuyvesant Jazz Orchestra in Zürich, going on to play with such English luminaries as Michael GarrickIan Carr, and Graham Collier's Music.

In 1974, Themen entered on what was to be one of his central musical relationships when he started playing with Stan Tracey, and he has played with all of Tracey's groups, touring with him all over the world as well as around the UK. Themen has also played and toured with visiting US musicians, including Charlie RouseNat AdderleyRed RodneyGeorge Coleman, and Al Haig.

He was featured in a profile on composer Graham Collier in the 1985 Channel 4 documentary 'Hoarded Dreams' 

In 1995, Themen formed a quartet with pianist John Critchinson.

Themen's style originally owed much to the influence of Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins, but later influences included such disparate saxophonists as Coleman HawkinsEvan Parker, and the "sheets of sound" John Coltrane.

Themen was interviewed by Julian Joseph on BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line-Up on 22 November 2014 as a celebration of the saxophonist's 75th birthday. He revealed that he had originally played clarinet. He was inspired to play saxophone after he attended a gig by the Dankworth Seven, at the local Palais, at the age of 16, with a female cousin. The rest is history

Rhythm section: 

Terry Hutchins guitar, Andy Crowdy double bass, Maff Potts Piano & Brian Greene drums

Coming up at PJC - Sunday July 3rd- John Thirkell 


GIg Details

Doors                 7.00pm

Gig                     7.30pm

Interval & Raffle 8.30pm

Gig                     9.00pm

Finish               10.00pm

Tickets are £10

(includes free entry to the raffle)

  • Tickets available online from June 6th

  • Cash on the door

  • Public Car Park

  • Inexpensive Bar and Snacks

John Thirkell - Trumpet & Flugel Horn

In a long and varied career, Johnny has an impressive record of achievements and  unparalleled experience as a trumpet player, producer and latterly as a tech entrepreneur. Upon leaving  Leeds College of Music he studied Trumpet in New York with the great Carmine Caruso before embarking on a playing career which would see him perform in many genres of music at the highest level. From the B.B.C. Radio Orchestra through the Buddy Rich & Gil Evans Orchestras and on in to the Rock & Pop industry, Johnny established himself as a versatile and adaptable musician of the highest calibre.

A measure of his success lies in the fact that his trumpet playing featured on at least 1 album in the UK album chart, continuously, without a break for over 13 years and at one point he was playing on 11 of the top 50 albums in a single week. He has performed on over 6000 recordings, 40 top ten albums and 25 US & UK No.1 records, including the recent BTS global smash "Dynamite". The list of Artists with whom he has recorded reads like a who’s who of the music industry and includes such illustrious names as:


  • Jamiroquai

  • Bruno Mars

  • David Bowie

  • Pet Shop Boys

  • George Michael

  • Tina Turner


As well as touring and playing live with Artists like Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi & Ray Charles, Johnny has been a regular member of 3 very successful groups:


  • Swing Out Sister   (1985 – 1988)

  • Level 42                 (1988 – 1994)

  • Jamiroquai            (1993 – 2000)

In 2020 he scored his 25th No.1 record with "Dynamite" the global smash hit by BTS

A full list of credits can be found HERE


A natural progression was into record production and he has produced (or co-produced) over 250 commercial releases and co-written many of the songs. Indeed, he has had over 500 songs published including songs for Artists as diverse as The Spice Girls (he co-wrote their early songs) Odyssey & The Three Degrees.


In recent years he has focused on building and selling a number of businesses in the music and technology space and currently has offices in London and New York.


Johnny also enjoys employing his communication skills and experience through writing and speaking.

Rhythm section: 

Terry Hutchins guitar, John Deemer bass, Maff Potts Piano & Brian Greene drums

Previously at PJC - Sunday May 1st-
Stuart Henderson (Trumpets) & Mark Aston (Saxes)

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Stuart Henderson

From 1983 - 2005 Stuart was principal trumpet of The Scots Guards Band in Her Majesty’s Household Division. During this period, he played many times for the Royal Family and at State occasions all over the world. Since leaving the services Stuart has become a fixture on the UK jazz scene appearing with many of the country’s finest jazz musicians.

He leads various small groups and is musical director of the Remix Jazz Orchestra. He has played at many jazz festivals including Edinburgh, Glasgow and Brecon. Recording credits include dance labels “Nanny Tango”, “Soul Purpose” and “Greenfly”, and artistic collaborations with Tongues of Fire, Macnas and Mark Anderson “Dark Spark”. His commercial work includes the Rebecca Poole quartet, the String of Pearls, Joe Loss, The Showbiz Pops Orchestra and Nick Heyward.



Mark Aston

Mark is a freelance jazz musician and multi instrumentalist, perfectly at home in styles ranging from dixieland to swing, bebop and beyond. His first instruments were clarinet and piano before he decided to focus on saxophone. He also plays trombone.  He is a busy performer and a member of several bands including the Phil Brown Swingtet, The High Society Jazz Band and Andy Dickens' Hot Gumbo.

Mark also runs a jazz club in West London where he can be seen performing with many of the leading names in Jazz. He does instrument repairs and is a professional member of the National Association of Musical Instrument Repairers.

Rhythm section: 

Terry Hutchins guitar, Andy Crowdy double bass, and Brian Greene drums


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