Repeat Performance for Brakspear Jazz & Blues Festival

Niall Kelly Jazz & Blues Week

Niall Kelly, who will be performing at the Saracens Head and the Row Barge

A number of Brakspear pubs in and around Henley have signed up to take part in the company’s second annual Jazz & Blues Festival, running next month.

Each participating pub will host at least one jazz or blues performance during the Festival, taking place from 7th-16th November. With more than 30 gigs being held in 20 pubs across the Brakspear estate, the Festival will showcase a diverse range of music from trad jazz and R&B covers to original material, performed by up and coming artistes as well as seasoned entertainers.

Details of all performances are listed on the dedicated website: Most events are free to customers.

All pubs hosting gigs will be selling Top Notch, Brakspear’s seasonal ale brewed at its Bell Street Brewery to support the Festival, with a jazz-themed pump clip. Last year, Brakspear sold 11,500 pints of Top Notch and supplies ran out well before the end of November.

Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies said, “Live music and pubs are perfect partners and we’re delighted to be running the Brakspear Jazz & Blues Festival again. The gigs, most of them free to customers, add value to their experience of the pub, and for our tenants they provide a traffic driver during November, which can be a challenging trading period.

“Last year’s Festival was a great success and we learned much from it to make this year’s event even better, including upping our production of Top Notch. Jazz and blues fans are clearly a thirsty crowd!”