Blue VanguardExeter's Premier Jazz Club


The Blue Vanguard is a monthly jazz club dedicated to bringing the best the circuit has to offer to our home town of Exeter.

Collectively run and supported by the Blue Vanguard Trio (Craig Milverton – Keys, Al Swainger – Bass & Coach York – Drums) the club has run successfully since September 2011 and has a loyal following. If you would like to subscribe to our email list we will be more than happy to keep you informed of future gigs held at the club.

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All tickets are £10 (£8 student concession on production of valid ID)
Advance booking is advisable. Contact Coach York on / or by using the contact form
Please collect your reservations by 7.45. Doors will be open from 7.30 & performance times are 8.00 – 10.30.

Events are hosted at the Gipsy Hill Hotel, Gipsy Hill Ln, Exeter, Devon EX1 3RN



  • The Bluevanguard Jazz club, is the premier Jazz club this side of RS’s, qualified to pass comment as I’ve been to the Blue note, Bird land & the Village

  • Hi folks,
    Do we need a reservation for your club? We are planning to come end of January to
    see you.

    • Hi Dave – no you don’t need a reservation but the club can get pretty busy so it’s advisable if you’d like to get a good seat.

  • I have only been to the ‘Blue Vanguard’ on three occasions so far! Once to see an evening of piano duets between Dave Newton and Craig Milverton. Then to see Allison Neale, and more recently Lee Gibson with Martin Dale. All three gigs were absolutely excellent and well worth driving up from Bude to attend!

    This club deserves to thrive!

  • I first saw Al and Coach play at another Devon venue shortly after moving from London. Their talent and virtuosity is jaw dropping! Last night, July 28th I heard them play with Craig Milverton and guest pianist Leon Jay in a double-piano gig. It was, quite simply, the best jazz gig I have been to in my life. Maybe because I am a lifelong fan of jazz piano, and of Oscar Peterson. Last night, I heard Oscar Peterson play two pianos.

    I plan to be a regular visitor to Vanguard Club Gigs, for sure.

    Peter Murphy

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