Five years ago I wrote a message saying how I couldn’t believe that we had reached 15 years of playing at Boaters. Well, despite the world coming to financial ruin and the ozone layer getting dangerously thin, we’re still here to celebrate our 20th Anniversary.
Jazz residencies these days have a shorter shelf life than ever so I’m immensely grateful to everyone that’s played a part in keeping this gig running for so long. It wouldn’t have happened without all the fantastic musicians who have played here over the years, along with almost a dozen different managers, hundreds of bar staff, and of course, all the jazz fans who come along every week. Particular mention must go to Richard Cardwell, who started the gig with me and helped run it for the first few years, and David Rowe, who has had the thankless task of running this website since 2003.
For the 15th anniversary I attempted to create a list of musicians who have played here since 1990. I have tried to update this for our 20 year milestone, but once again, apologies to anyone that I may have forgotten.
Thanks to everyone who has helped make this gig such a great success
Adrian Revell, Richard Exall, Paul “Shilts” Weimar, Matt Wates, Alex Moles, Steve Peters, Dave O’Higgins, Scott Garland, Duncan Lamont Jr, Lisa Grahame, Mornington Lockett, Tim Garland, Barbara Thompson, Don Weller, Maurice Jennings, Julian Seigal, Howard McGill, Dave Harrison, Ben Castle, John Burgess, Chris Biscoe, Jamie Talbot, Tim Whitehead, Kelvin Christiane, Theo Travis, Gary Plumley, Jim Hunt, Derek Nash, Tony Woods, Bob McKay, Patrick Clahar, Mike Smith, Jason Bruer, Frank Griffith, Chris Bowden, Johnny Lippiett, Brian Iddenden, Pete Long, Nigel Hitchcock, Alex Garnett, Pat Crumly, Lenart Anderson, Mike Williams, Bob Martin, Ingrid Laubrook, Sigi Finkel, John Graham, Pete Wareham, Alison Neale, Gary Foote, Julian Marc Stringle, Gilad Atzmon, Christian Brewer, Simon Allen, Snake Davis, Paul Booth, Andy Ross, Sam Crockett, Steve Kaldestad, Brandon Allen, Branford Marsalis, Brian Edwards, Jonny Boston, Willie Garnett, Duncan Eagles, Simon Spillett, Rob Hughes, Chris White, Russel Van Den Berg, Mark Hanslip, Frank Walden, Vasilis Xenopoulos
Simon Carter, Richard Cardwell, Neil Angilley, Graham Harvey, Gareth Williams, Jim Watson, Steve Hamilton, Phil Peskett, Mike Gorman, Leon Greening, Tony Lee, Tom Cawley, Pete Adams, Arden Hart, Pete Hammond, Gwilym Simcock, John Maul, Alex Hutton, Nick Weldon, Roland Perrin, Martin Lister, Tim Richards, Richard Cottle, Meredith White, Robin Aspland, Malcolm Edmondstone, Ross Stanley, Andrew McCormack , John Critchinson, Kevin Webster, John Donaldson, Tim Lapthorn, Phil De Greg, Grant Windsor, Simon Colam, Will Butterworth, George Bone, Sam Edwards, Rob Taggart, Chris Jerome, Oli Rockberger, John Turville, Rick Laughlin, Nick Tomalin, John Pearce, Mike Guy, Brian Dee, Steve Lodder
Gary Baldwin, Pete Whitaker, Jim Watson, Mike Gorman, Sam Gambarini, Ross Stanley, Bill Mudge
Jim Mullen, Phil Gaillard, Mike Outram, Adam Phillips, Alan Simpson, Ric Bolton, Mark Johns, Tim Cansfield, Mark Ridout, Malcolm McFarlane, John Etheridge, Phil Hudson, Carl Orr, Pete Callard, Tony Smith, Dave Goodes, Frissi Karlsson, Nigel Price, Ken Foley, Phil Lee, Colin Oxley, Dave Warren, Tony Remy, Torsten De Winkel, Paul Stacey, Dominic Ashworth, Chris Bestwick, James Fenn, Chris Standring, Dave Cliff, Eran Kendler, Robin Aristorenas, Dan Redding, Gutherie Govan, Julian Burdock, Dave Colton, Jez Franks, Nic Meier, Phil Robson
Darrin Mooney, Paul Tilley, Chris Dagley, Pete Radcliff, Neal Wilkinson, Ian Thomas, Mike Bradley, Tim Goodyer, Don Cook, Ray Matthews, Steve Brown, Mark Fletcher, Matt Skelton, Chris Baron, Tristan Maillot, Simon Pearson, Tony Ford, Caroline Taylor, Clark Tracey, Rob Millett, Marc Parnell, Dave Ohm, Darren Altman, Martin Drew, Gulli Briem, Ralph Salmins, Steve Rushton, Jeremy Stacey, Matt Fishwick, Rod Youngs, Winston Clifford, Frank Tontoh, Matt Home, Gary Husband, Simon Lea, Darby Todd, Sebastiaan de Krom, Troy Miller, Chris Higginbottom, Adam Riley, Seb Rochford, Tom Skinner, Patrick Davey, Felix Weldon, Martyn Kaine, Frosty Beadle, Geoff Dunn, Graham Fox, Ash Soan, Dylan Howe, Dave Smith, Nic France, Pat Illingworth, Darryn Farrugia, George Hart, Phillipe Castermane, Francesco Correlini, Les Cirkel, Dave Barry, Dave Longman, Martin Johnson, Milo Fell, Mike Sturgis, Louie Palmer, John Perry, Sean Rickman, Paul Jones, Erik Ford, Mauro Cau, Derrick McKenzie, Richard Bailey, Enzo Zirilli, Chris Nickolls, Robert Castelli, Davide Giovannini, Jerry Brown
Paul Gunter, Fergus Gerrand, Joe Cooper
Phil Berry, David Beebee, Marc Arciero, Simon Carter, Ian Scott-Taylor, Neil Williams, Mark Ong, Simon Thorpe, Mike Pratt, Tony Archer, Geoff Gascoyne, Laurence Cottle, Phil Mulford, Dave Jones, Andy Hamill, Julie Walkington, Dominic Howles, Mark Hodgson, Rufus Philpott, Jim Richardson, Jon Noyce, Marcus Cliff, Phil Scragg, Andy Clyndert, Tim Wells, Phil Laughlin, Matt Miles, Nick Cohen, Orlando le Flemming, Robin Mullarkey, Janek Gwizdala, Sam Burgess, Dave Chamberlain, Paul Turner, Mick Hutton, Chris Dodd, Tom Herbert, Jeremy Brown, Phil Donkin, Alec Dankworth, Winston Blissett, Neville Malcolm, Tom Mason, Geraint Roberts, Rob Rickenberg, Julian Bury, Sivio Galasso, Otto Williams, Larry Bartley, Tom Farmer, Steve Pearce, Mick Cody, Nick Kacal, Marcus Penrose, Nick Preston, Dave Mannington, Dan Drury, Pete Billington, Mike Shorthouse, Frank Felix, Aidan O’donnell, Spike Wells, Orefo Arakue, Dave Whitford, Ralph Mizraki, Patrick Bettison, James Ahwai, Andrew Mckinney, Stefan Redtenbacher, Max Luthert, Paul Carmichael, Paul Morgan, Roger Inniss, Julian Bury, Ryan Trebilcock, Jon Harvey, Mike Janisch, John Lester, Chris Webb
Mark Bradley, Neil Yates, Gerard Presencer, Martin Shaw, Duncan MacKay, Dick Pearce, Dave Cottle, Paul Edmonds, Steve Fishwick, Simon Finch, Mark Armstrong, Quentin Collins, Graeme Flowers
Mark Nightingale, Tubby Wadlow, Neil Sidwell, Elliott Mason, Nichol Thompson
Adam Glasser, Andy Hamill, Patrick Bettison
Jacqui Hicks, Imogen Ryall, Sarah Moule, Bora Uzer, Beverley Knight, Laura Zakian, Kim Chandler, Brandon Fownes, Mick Wilson, Tommy Blaize, Nina Ferro, Ruth Hamilton, Jonny Boston, Natalie Williams, Sophie Smith, Annabel Williams, Zena James, Vanessa Haynes, John Lester