Verdict Comedy Club


The Verdict Comedy Club is one of Brighton's best comedy nights featuring the best in up and coming stand up talent from across the UK, set in a beautiful candle lit basement jazz club.

With Judge James McDonnell presiding, and Nathan on the piano, it would be criminal to miss it.



Every 3rd Thursday of the month // £3 Entry

David Angol Quartet


Peaky Blinder star David Angol grew up listening to calyspo, reggae, soul and Blues, but with a keen ear for jazz he progressed musically as a saxophone player into composing, bandleading and teaching. Highly talented multi-instrumentalist Angol is joined by Milo Fell, Simon Thorpe and Terry Seabrook for his debut performance at The Verdict


Jilliana's Spoken Word Salon


Award winning co-host of BHCR Jilliana Ranicar-Breese brings her inimitable Spoken Word Salon to The Verdict. This event takes the theme of Liverpool and pays homage to Liverpuddlian author Marita Wilds
Opened by the Mayor of Brighton and Hove Cllr Alexandra Phillips - this is not an event to be missed!
Free entry
Prompt 7pm start.

Gaz Hughes Sextet plays Art Blakey


Melodic drummer Gaz Hughes captivates audiences while working alongside some of the most influential musicians in the UK Jazz scene today. The Verdict is proud to offer you this opportunity to witness his debut performing for us, with his new album, an homage to his lifelong inspiration Art Blakey. Gaz spells out form and melody in improvisation, has recorded award winning albums, worked across all genres and remains dedicated to his teaching in Salford and Manchester. This talent packed sextet includes: Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams, Dean Masser, Adrzej Baranek & Ed Harrison. It simply cannot be missed.

Nimbus Sextet


The brainchild of keys/harmonica player Joe Nichols, Nimbus Sextet's fresh take on jazz blends world music influences, post-bop, hip-hop and funk with instantly relatable melodic hooks, driving grooves & episodic compositions.

“Top Scottish ensemble with an eye on jazz and world music” (London Jazz News)

Nicolas Meir Trio & Greg Heath


UK-based guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the world's most original and uniquely talented guitarists. Drawing from a love of Turkish, Eastern & Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango and more -- all mixed with jazz -- Meier's versatility and musical fluency extends well beyond that, even. (... so much so, that his considerable talents drew the attention of rock guitar legend, Jeff Beck, who made Nicolas a mainstay in The Jeff Beck Group - carrying him on two world tours during the course of the last several years.)

He brings a stellar trio to The Verdict along with special guest Greg Heath on sax.

Not to be missed!

Harry Bolt Quartet


Fresh from an extended time playing in the finest Jazz Clubs New York City has to offer, Harry will lead his talented Quartet: four accomplished, young UK rising stars at the top of their game, delivering an alternative approach on standards and contemporary arrangements while providing a showcase for Harry’s exciting, standout compositions. Add to that the skills of an exceptional, well renowned star on Sax and you have a performance not to be missed! Classically trained, Harry studied at Trinity Laban, turning to Jazz aged 18. He was mentored by the late, great John Taylor for four years, while at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he gained his BMus (Hons) Jazz piano. Upon his return from touring the world (twice) on the QM2, he was picked up by Clark Tracey to play for three years in Clark’s prestigious Quartet. Released in 2018, Harry’s debut album ‘Piece By Piece” has been well received across the world. Harry plays from the heart with versatility, passion and subtle, soulful flair. He transitions seamlessly from Bop to Modern, ingeniously combining the traditional with the contemporary. As he often says, “If you surprise yourself, you invariably surprise your audience!” With Harry Bolt, you can always Expect The Unexpected.


Nim Quartet


Nim Quartet is the product of London based bass player Nim Sadot, who conjures up a magical mix of instrumental fusion jazz. Nim has played with some of the world’s top jazz musicians such as Harvey Mason (USA), Marlene (Japan, CBS, SONY), Snow Boy (UK), Makoto Kuriya (Japan) and Tony Lakatos (Hungary). People who like jazz, fusion, funk and progressive will find this music fresh and with a unique style that is easy to recognise. Influenced by Miles Davis, E.S.T, Mediterranean Music, Marcus Miller and Jaco Pastorius. “Nim Quartet' present fusion jazz in a dynamic new light!" -Rhythm Passport , UK

Mama Soul Sunday


Show your mama some soul this Mother's Day! Join us for an afternoon of soul, lovers rock, reggae and chilled out jazz. It's a whole venue take over with delicious soul food on sale upstairs and space to groove to the tunes in the club downstairs. Free glass of fizz on arrival.

Sussex University Big Band


Sussex Universities Big Band. They play a variety of jazz, Latin and swing including many well-known popular songs. The Big Band has played at a wide range of events from Weddings and Balls to Corporate Events and Festivals. The Sussex Universities Big Band played to its largest audiences as the opening act of the park stage at Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival, Dublin's Quays Festival and local performances that have had overwhelming popularity.

This will be their second performance at The Verdict and sure to sell out again so book early!

QOW Trio


QOW TRIO is a trio of diverse players who’ve come together, united by a love of the tradition, to explore the freedom that opens up within the three-way format pioneered by the great Sonny Rollins in his landmark recordings.
Originally operating under the title SONNYMOON FOR THREE as a tribute to Newk, they found themselves drawn to explore the rich tradition of the tenor trio and incorporate influences from everyone from Lester Young to Joe Henderson to Dewey Redman to Tubby Hayes to Seamus Blake to create a show that’s both a thrilling exploration of the past and an exciting vision of the future
Firebrand young sax star RILEY STONE LONERGAN is a regular at Ronnie Scott’s and one of the most exciting players on the London scene. Drum legend SPIKE WELLS has enjoyed an astonishing career playing with everyone from Dexter Gordon to Stan Getz - yes, really - and enjoying a close association with British tenor legends Tubby Hayes and Bobby Wellins. Local bassist and bandleader EDDIE MYER is a familiar figure on the Brighton scene. Together they present a programme of bop, blues and ballads, rooted in melody. Expect top quality jazz with plenty of spontaneous interplay, hot soloing and pure hard driving swing from this exciting trio.


The Fabulous Red Diesel


The Fabulous Red Diesel are a highly original jazz orientated band of unconventional players. Its song based jazz at its heart, but with soaring vocals, hooks, grooves, soul and the occasional tuba.

Their pedigree is impressive, Phil Brown ( ) recorded and produced their 3rd album -We know its 43. Frontwoman and songwriter, Kat Lee-Ryan is a recent signing to Beatport Records, and has graced many major stages including Glastonbury, the Royal National Theatre Foyer, Wembley Conference centre, The Jazz cafe, The Jazz Cafe Berlin, the Mean Fiddler, The Green gathering and The 100 Club.

They have just released their 6th album, Sparkly Bird, which is the soundtrack to a groundbreaking new theatre show of the same name. Which will headline a day festival at The Verdict during the Fringe.

Ticket price includes a glass of bubbly on us.


The Drawtones ft Derek Nash


The magic ingredient on iconic sounds from the 50s right up to current star Cory Henry of Snarky Puppy, the Hammond groove cuts like a canyon through Soul, Jazz and Funk in the work of genre-defining artists such as Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, George Benson, Booker-T, Junior Walker, Grover Washington, The Crusaders, George Duke, Steely Danand many more….

Rod Pooley’s ‘The Drawtones: Hammond Groove’ creatively explores this lineage without being a mere carbon copy. All of them artists in their own right, the members of the outfit bring their own energy, fun and funk to the table! Alongside organ maestro Rod Pooley, Andy Williams was resident guitarist at the original Pizza Express Dean Street jazz club for many years. Jessica Dann and Daniel Dotor stoke the boiler on drums and bass respectively.

British Jazz Award-winning Derek Nash - bandleader, composer, arranger, record producer and engineer - is one of the UK’s busiest jazz musicians.
He is leader of six bands, each with its own unique sound and featuring some of the top jazz musicians in the UK today.


Byron Wallen's Four Corners: Portrait


Byron Wallen is ‘one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive’ - Jazzwise Magazine.

Widely recognised as a seminal figure in world jazz, he is constantly travelling the world recording, teaching and performing.

Raised in a musical family, Byron as a child studied classical piano, euphonium, trumpet, flute and drums. The trumpet becoming his first choice instrument, he studied with Peter Ruderforth in London and with Jimmy Owens, Donald Byrd and Jon Faddis in New York in the mid to late 80s. In 1992, Wallen graduated from Sussex University with a degree in psychology, philosophy and mathematics.

He has been playing, live and on record, alongside legendary musicians such as George Benson, Andrew Hill, Chaka Khan, Hugh Masekela, Courtney Pine, Mulatu Astatke, Red Snapper, Jack Dejohnette, Cleveland Watkiss and King Sunny Ade. In 1992, Wallen formed Sound Advice touring the UK and playing in Syria in 1996 and the Czech Republic in 1997. The band also appeared at the North Sea Jazz Festival, gaining critical and audience acclaim. With his current band Byron Wallen’s Four Corners, he is a frequent guest at UK and international Jazz festivals.

His new album 'Portrait' features Byron’s band Four Corners made up by Rob Luft (guitar), Paul Michael (bass) and Rod Youngs (drums).


Joe Webb Trio


Joe was born in Basingstoke but grew up in Neath and began studying jazz piano when he was 12 years old.
In 2009 Joe attended the Royal Welsh College for four years studying with some of the country's finest jazz musicians. During his time at the conservatoire, joe was given the opportunity to play at Brecon Jazz festival and has had compositions played on BBC radio and Welsh Radio.
Since graduating, Joe has established himself in London and is highly regarded as a leading force on the u.k jazz scene.
Joe can currently be seen touring with the Joe Webb Trio, Elephants, Kansas Smitty's House Band, the Pete Horsefall Quartet, Adrian Cox, Alaskalaska and Fraser & The Alibis. As well as performing, he is in constant demand as a recording artist on piano and Organ.

Joss Peach Trio: The Works of Bill Evans


Fresh from winning a BAFTA and composing for Sesame Street, Joss Peach returns once again to The Verdict with his fantastic trio featuring Terry Pack- double bass and Milo Fell- drums.

This visit sees the trio delving into the wonderful world of Bill Evans.

This empathic jazz trio has been performing together for many years at venues around the South Coast and London. Always melodic and spontaneous, and always seeking tasty grooves!

"A rare treat not to be missed" Claire Martin (OBE) Radio 3's Jazz Line-Up.


Portrait of Cannonball ft Tony Kofi


An absolute blast, one of the most exciting gigs of the year … a brilliant all-round package’ – London Jazz News

Alto-sax master Tony Kofi fronts this loving celebration of the jazz giant (in every sense) Julian ‘Cannnonball’ Adderley. With Andy Davies on trumpet, Alex Webb (piano), Andrew Cleyndert (bass) and Alfonso Vitale (drums) the group traces the explosive music of Cannonball from his first session as leader in 1955 through work with Miles Davis to the soul-jazz of the 1960s. The repertoire includes Adderley brothers classics like Things Are Getting Better, Work Song, Del Sasser, Sack O’Woe and Jeanine.

Cannonball Adderley was one of the best-loved figures in post-war jazz. Hailed as ‘the new Bird’ on his emergence, he made historic recordings with Miles Davis and John Coltrane as well as having many crossover hits as a pioneer of soul-jazz. Spanning bebop to jazz-funk, he was a unfailingly inventive and communicative virtuoso.

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