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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​Christian Brewer is one of the most lyrical and soulful alto players to have emerged from the UK in recent years. Loved for his melodic playing and pure tone, he has risen to prominence on the British jazz scene. He is now a regular at London’s prestigious Ronnie Scots and both he and his band are in great demand.

His musical roots besides jazz also include funk and groove orientated music. This has lead to commercial work with reggae trombonist Rico Rodriguez, Push, Paul Weller, Ottis Grand and the Ragga Twins amongst many others. This diversity has enriched his musical outlook and is evident in his style of playing and composing, whilst never compromising the authenticity of the jazz.

Christian studied at Leeds and The Guildhall School of Music. However, the defining musical inspiration came from playing alongside Julian Joseph and the Mondesir brothers at Ian Carr’s jazz London fusion orchestra.

He has performed in Europe’s top clubs and festivals. With pianist Chano Dominguez and bass player Francisco Bosē he played in most of Spain’s international festivals (1989 – 91) including Seville, Malaga, Granada, Huelva, Jaen and Ceuta (North Africa). The group they formed, ‘Decoy’, also performed in Café Central in Madrid and recorded for television (Jazz Entre Amigos) and radio. In Spain he also collaborated with tenor saxophonists Dave Schnitter (ex Art Blakey), Jorge Pardo and Antonio Mesa; and played extensively with guitarist Tito Alcodo.

In the UK Christian has worked predominantly with trumpet player Damon Brown, touring England, Scotland and Italy. He has featured on two of Damon’s CDs (see below) and performed at Barcelona’s ‘Jamboree’. With top bass player Geoff Gascoine’s sextet he played extensively and has worked alongside the cream of the jazz scene such as Winston Clifford, Sebastian de Krom, Carl Orr, Jim Mullen and John Donaldson.

His debut CD has won much critical acclaim, both at home and abroad. In 2003 the group performed at the Barcelona Masimas Jazz festival in August, toured the UK and successfully completed their third week at Ronnie Scotts in two years.

In November 2003 Christian was invited to play in Macau Jazz Festival (Hong Kong) with Portuguese pianist Antonio Cabritta.