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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


Simon Spillett
& The Chris Ingham Trio

The life and music of
Tubby Hayes



photo by Jerry Storer

The return of jaw-dropping, virtuoso tenor saxophonist Simon Spillett, telling the story in words and music of his jazz hero Tubby Hayes, one of the most respected saxophonists in the history of British jazz. Simon shares with Tubby a love of dare devil tempos, all-out intensity and heartbreaking ballads. A high energy performance of standards and Tubby Hayes originals with muscular support from Chris Ingham (piano), Ivars Galenieks (double bass) and George Double (drums).

Watch Simon blowing up a storm in various YouTube videos

 ‘Another Setting’, composed by Simon Spillett and taken from the album ‘Introducing Simon Spillett’, Woodville WVCD 116


More musical extracts here and here

Humphrey Lyttelton

"He is the Lewis Hamilton of the tenor saxophone, and other players gulp when they hear him. It's not just his mastery of the tenor saxophone, phenomenal though that is, but the absolute conviction of his playing that is so impressive"
The Observer

"Spillett is a bruising scruff-of-the-neck hard bopper who has absorbed all the giants … generates huge excitement and swagger”
Mojo Magazine

Admission - £7 / £6 (concession)

Dave Holgate
(1939 - 2014)

Our dear friend, artist, double bassist and pillar of the East Anglian jazz community has died after a short battle with cancer. Funny, thoughtful and sometimes irascible but always enthusiastic about the next chance to create live music. A vital presence now much missed.

Charlie Haden

Kathy Stobart

"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)