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Welcome to Milestones Jazz Club, since 1996 Lowestoft's premier jazz venue!

Whilst catering to a wide range of styles, Milestones highlights the more modern end of the jazz spectrum in an informal, friendly atmosphere. From small trios to 18-piece big bands, we feature everything from bebop to hard bop, latin to fusion, cool jazz to free jazz. For details of our next gig see below

World class musicians performing in recent years have included Peter King, Don Weller, Ingrid Laubrock, Henry Lowther, Jack Parnell, Jim Mullen, Roger Beaujolais, Polly Gibbons and The Eastern Bloc Big Band.

Milestones is resident at Hotel Hatfield, Esplanade, Lowestoft and opens its doors at 8pm on the first Sunday of every month with an admission price of £7 or £6 concessions - no club membership necessary. For enquiries, information on how to find us or to join our extensive mailing list please click here


Mammal Hands

A debut appearance at Milestones for the trio that has been making waves on the UK jazz scene. Drawing on influences from Steve Reich to Bonobo, Pharoah Sanders to The Cinematic Orchestra, North Indian to African music, they produce inimitable music at times wistful and melancholic, sometimes raucous, catchy and explosive. New music from their soon to be released second album once again displays a thoughtful blending of composition with spontaneity and interplay. Featuring Jordan Smart (saxophones), Nick Smart (keyboard) and Jesse Barrett (drums and percussion).

Watch footage of Mammal Hands here and visit the band's website here

“Gondwana Records always releases quality music and this next record is no exception, the band is called Mammal Hands, I think you’re gonna love it”
Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

“These guys are young, talented, highly expressive and think outside of the box. With Animalia they bring something new, bold and exciting into the far-reaching jazz arena”
Igloo magazine

Admission - £7 / £6 (concession)

Pierre Boulez


Paul Bley


David Bowie



"OK, we're in a recession. Now you can all know what it's like to be jazz musicians".

Saxophonist Gilad Atzmon to the audience at The Bath Festival, 25 May 2008, quoted in The Guardian (31 May 2008)


The refrain will be coming soon: that's the part I like the best and the abrupt way in which it flings itself forward, like a cliff against the sea. For the moment it's the jazz that's playing; there's no melody, only notes, a host of little jolts. They know no rest, an unchanging order gives birth to them and destroys them, without ever giving them time to recover, to exist for themselves. They run, they hurry, they strike me with a sharp blow in passing and are obliterated. I should quite like to hold them back, but I know that if I managed to stop one, nothing would remain between my fingers but a vulgar, doleful sound. I must accept their death; I must even will it; I know of few harsher or stronger impressions.

From 'La Nausée', Jean-Paul Sartre (1938)


"The blues is real, it’s not perverted or thought about, it’s not a concept. It is a chair, not a design for a chair, or a better chair or a bigger chair or a chair with leather on ... it is the first chair. It is a chair for sitting on, not for looking at or being appreciated. You sit on that music".

John Lennon interviewed by Jann S Wenner, ‘Rolling Stone’ (1970)