The party is over – another year done and dusted

Judging by the floods of praise and comments our little team of volunteers has achieved what we set out to do and that was to deliver the best festival we could

It was a great weekend of top quality sessions of music – various genres of jazz – performed by the best musicians and vocalists

Our thanks go to each and everyone that contributed to making it so successful – from the musicians and vocalists – the stewards – the college staff – the St John Ambulance and of course the enthusiastic people who came to listen. Without any of these the festival wouldn’t be!

We applaud Graham Smith our Chairman who puts the band programme together as this is what attracts an audience in the first place

Graham is already thinking ahead to formulate a list to provide again an attractive programme for 2020 to which we are committed to deliver

If you wish to be part of this list forward your details via the website without delay

We thank especially Jennie Harker & Brian Young but also all the college employees who are so friendly and helpful to the jazz committee during the weekend and indeed throughout the planning year. We are delighted to hire the facilities of the college grounds – it makes a unique place to hold our festival and enables people to enjoy the venues in one compact location

Here’s to 2020







25th September 2019

who are celebrating their 40th jazz band year!

See diary page for details





Useful Information

Book on-line or by downloading the booking form which you will find on the festival page. Send this to the address given with the correct payment.

Please see the Accommodation Guide (also on festival page) which shows local hotel and B&B facilities with booking guide for suggestions as the on-site accommodation is now fully booked

FROM THE NORTH & SOUTH – M5 Jnc 7 exit onto B4084 towards Pershore. Through the town centre – over River Avon bridge continue up the hill and follow jazz signs. The Campus is on the right hand side.
(approx 7 miles from motorway)

Club directions can be found on the club diary page

Regretfully there is no cash point on Campus & no card facilities for tickets
However cash-back maybe available in the restaurant
Please note however that there are various places in Pershore Town i.e. banks and supermarkets

About Pershore Jazz


From small beginnings as a free festival held in the town Pershore Jazz has grown in popularity and is now an established small festival held in the lovely surroundings of the Pershore Horticultural College in August every year. The “little festival with a big heart” as it has been labelled is now a well respected part of the British Jazz Scene. Our intent has always been to present the very best in jazz by inviting local, national and internationally renowned musicians to perform and provide a diverse programme of styles from the colourful history of the music.

The festival starts on Friday evening and there is wall to wall music through till late on Sunday night. On site there is ample provision for car parking, camping and caravanning pitches are available with a full three day festival booking which also applies to the campus en-suite B&B rooms. Also on site there is a cafeteria and night club bar.

The success of the festival encouraged regular jazz concerts so a monthly jazz club was born in June 2006 which has flourished into a highly successful and well attended evening – see club page for more information.



Cheque presented to Michelle McCracken from MAA by our Chairman Graham Smith

Pasadena to Pershore!

Friday 17th May 2019 will long be remembered as the day the Pasadena Roof Orchestra hit town and helped raise over £3,800 for the Midlands air ambulance. The gala charity concert at Number 8, organised jointly by Pershore Jazz and Pershore Rotary clubs, was a complete sell out and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Pershore Jazz’s chairman, Graham Smith, presented a cheque to Michelle McCracken, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, at the June club event. He reminded everyone that the air ambulance receives no funding from Government or National Lottery and relies purely on financial support from us, the general public. He went on to say that he was delighted that jazz music and Rotary had combined so well to raise such a large sum from one concert. As one of many musicians travelling the country, Graham is only too aware of the service the air ambulance provides and that we, so often, take it for granted.

Accepting the cheque, Michelle thanked everyone for their support, saying that the funds would buy an on-board ventilator. She went on to say that the air ambulance had attended 124 incidents in Wychavon in 2018 and at least 40 so far this year.

Pershore Jazz and Rotary clubs are immensely grateful to all those that attended the gala concert and contributed to the success of the event. In addition, a number of local businesses played a vital part in that success through sponsorship of the programme, as well as providing auction and raffle items.

Both clubs would like to recognise the generosity and contribution made by the following businesses; Abbey Butchers & Delicatessen; BBC Hereford & Worcester & John Hellings; Bomford & Coffey, Estate Agents; Bonkers Activities Pershore; Eckington Manor; E Hill & Son Funeral Directors; Harriett Baldwin MP; Hughes & Company Printers; Jackson Family Funeral Directors; Johnsons Property Consultants; KC Carpets Ltd; Matt Davies & Cara Scott-Hurst, Garden Consultants; Memory Lane Memorials; Midlands Air Ambulance Charity; Number 8 Community Arts Centre; O.H.M.S. Ltd; Penny Raby & Co, Family Lawyers; Silver Fern Osteopaths; Thai Legend Restaurant; Thomson & Bancks, Solicitors; Tolley Jewellers; Vale Pianos and Water Cooler World.

Richard Lees
Pershore Rotary Club









Pershore Jazz Festival.

Pershore College, Avonbank, WR10 3JP

2019 dates: 16th, 17th and 18th August .

Function Room, Pershore Town Football Club,

King Georges Way, Pershore, WR10 1QU

Held Every: Last Wednesday of the month

Tickets will be available at discounted prices from the beginning of January 2019 until 1st August 2019


Click Here for ticket information



Whilst the Club was initially more traditional, it has now developed its reputation to be a club offering all genres of jazz and we are pleased to say it is well supported. The Festival provides scope for an even wider range of jazz appreciation and offers wall to wall music of an eclectic mix of styles and always top class good music. Young musicians are especially welcomed (as are young audiences!) because they are the future of jazz, and a number of young bands have returned to Pershore with noticeable maturity since their last visit.

We find more musicians and fans from overseas are enquiring about our events because jazz is a truly international music and here at Pershore we are pleased and proud to be just a small part of it. We are a not-for-profit organisation run by a small unpaid committee dedicated to the cause of quality jazz for all to enjoy.