What's On 2019

11th April : Mike Hatchard
​23rd May : Christian Brewer
14th June : Adam Glasser
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What's On 2019

31st Jan : Terry Quinney & Andy Urquhart 
28th Feb : Steve Waterman
24th Mar : Adam Glasser

11th April : Mike Hatchard
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Welcome

The Blue Vanguard is a monthly jazz club dedicated to bringing the ​finest national and international guests to our home town of Exeter.

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.

Podcasts featuring interviews and performances with previous guests are available below.

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Advance booking is advisable ​as events are usually very busy. ​Please use the contact form to reserve your seats now.

All tickets are £12 (£5 student​s). Doors are open from 7.30 with performance times​ from 8.00 – 10.30.

Food is available to order but please arrive early if you wish to eat.

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

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Greg Abate, Bruce Adams, Brandon Allen, Gilad Atzmon, Iain Ballamy, Alan Barnes, Ian Bateman, Roger Beaujolais, Chris Biscoe, Jonny Bruce, Steve Buckley, Neil Burns, Benn Clatworthy, Quentin Collins, John Critchinson, Ben Cummings, Renato D'Aiello, Martin Dale, Deelee Dubé, Ian Ellis, John Etheridge, Richard Exall, Steve Fishwick, Robert Fowler, Alex Garnett, Lee Gibson, Leon Greening, Andy Hague, Jim Hart, Jaqui Hicks, Denny Ilett, Peter King, Ant Law, Gareth Lockrane, Henry Lowther, Dean Masser, Tina May, Jim Mullen, Derek Nash, Allison Neale, Dave Newton, Mark Nightingale, Dave O'Higgins, Mike Outram, Colin Oxley, Andy Panayi, John Parricelli, Dick Pearce, Maggie Reeday, Sue Richardson, Amy Roberts, Phil Robson, Karen Sharpe, Geoff Simkins, Martin Speake, Simon Spillett, Nat Steele, Julian Marc Stringle, Stan Sulzmann, Art Themen, Enrico Tomasso, Jean Toussaint, Theo Travis, Ben Waghorn, Vassilis XenopoulosNeil Yates

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Mike Hatchard has had an extraordinarily diverse career as a musician. He began as the pianist for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and studied piano under Peter Wallfisch and composition with Philip Cannon at the Royal College of Music (winning the composer’s prize). Subsequently he toured America as Cleo Laine’s accompanist as a member of the John Dankworth Quintet and became Matt Monro’s youngest ever musical director. 

However, a penchant for cartooning and comedy made his career take some unexpected turns. He invented a character ‘Marvin Hanglider’, and for many years performed at the Edinburgh Festival, described in the Scotsman as a ‘fringe staple.’ This led to cabaret on many of the world’s top cruise liners and tours of India and Europe. Having composed literally thousands of songs over the years, often appearing on BBC Local Radio making up songs on the spot for people who phone in, he is delighted to at last have some of his work published by Kevin Mayhew.  Mike drew cartoons for Carlton TV’s ‘After the News’ and made his own chat show for CTV. He toured as musical director for comedienne Pamela Stephenson, and co-wrote songs with Frankie Howerd and Spike Milligan. For many years he was closely associated with Herbie Flowers (of Sky fame) which included all sorts of work in prisons, in schools and at the Southbank (Mike has also performed his one man show twice at the Purcell Rooms) and in disabled centres.He has also worked with David Essex, the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia, the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Julia Migenes Johnson, Liane Carroll, Alan Barnes, George Martin and Tina May.

Recently his career went  full circle when he was asked to compere Cleo Laine’s eighty-fifth birthday concert at Wavendon, and also appeared alongside Cleo in the celebrated Christmas Shows to packed audiences. As well as being in demand as a jazz musician and raconteur, Mike plays a good deal of classical music. He regularly does educational and community projects for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and is resident pianist with the Chamber Ensemble of London. He has taught at Trinity College Summer School and Dartington International Summer School as well as at Worth Abbey.