The Gap Gig was thought up back in 1998 when Bill Jackson and John Calvert met in a local hostelry in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Both John and Bill had been listening to jazz for over 45 years frequenting The Ronnie Scott Club, The Bulls Head Barnes, The 100 Oxford Street and many more obscure jazz dives around the London area.

They immediately thought it would be a great idea to re-enact their early days and arranged to hit London and listen to good jazz again. Not an easy task, both of them having a desire for a good pint whilst listening to good jazz, so they took to using public transport. By the time they had paid for tickets to London, taxis, entry to clubs, high prices for drinks, something to eat and then having to leave early to get connections back to Goring plus being some £200 poorer, they decided to bring the musicians to them.

The Gap Gig was formed at Goring Village Hall in May 1999. The Art Themen Quintet was the first gig and over 200 people turned up. Since then they have never looked back and the following are just some of the bands and musicians that have played:


Art Themen




Omar Puente
Al MacSween
Jimmy Martinez
Liane Carroll
Louise Marshall
Simon Carter
Nic France
James Torme
Quinton Collins
Enzo Zirilli
Art Themen.
Don Weller.
Gerry Brown.
Diz Dizley.
Tina May.
Peter King.
Barry “Kidd” Martyn.
James Tormé.
Brandon Allen.
Tim Thornton.
John Etheridge.
Ross Stanley.
Sarah Williams.
Steve Fishwick.
John Critchinson.
Bryan Spring.
John Donaldson.
Guide de Palma.
Scott Hamilton.
Sax Appeal.
Jamie Cullum.
Duncan Lamont.
The Martyn Brothers.
Alan Barnes.
Mark Nightingale.
Jeff Green.
Natalie Williams.
Steve Melling.
Dave O’Higgins.
Harry Pitch.
Jack Emblow.
Max Collie.
Spats Langham.
Gilad Atzmon.
Andy Cleyndert.
Bruce Adams.
Johnny Boston.
Mornington Lockett.
Tim Dawes.
Gwilym Simcock.
Victoria Newton.
Cate Cody.
Campbell Burnap.
Nathan Hawken.
Bobby Worth.
Mike Pigott.
Anton Brown.
Andy Taylor.
Alan Graham Big Band.
James O’Carrol Big Band.
The Outfit 18 piece Big Band.
John Maddocks Jazzmen.
Samara Brazilian Band.
The Jazz Wizards.
Christine Woodcock & The Stackyard Stompers.
Willie Garnett Big Band.
Gillad Atzmon & the Orient
House Ensemble
Guida De Palma & Her Brazilian Band.
Steve Waterman
George Melly
Digby Fairweather
The New Couriers

Steve Melling
Martin Drew
Alan Ganley
Don Lusher
Denny Ilett (Jr & Snr)
John Barnes
James Evans
Dave Newton
Alex Dankworth
Ben Castle
Peter King
Tim Dawes

Junior Robinson
Jim Mullen
Mark Lockhart
Andy Panayi
Clark Tracey
Chris Barber
Daniel Smith
Dave Barry
Paul Jordanious
Tony Coe
Mike Smith
John Horler
The RAF Squadronairs
Simon Spillett
Spike Wells
Frank Holder
Dave Lewis
Kelvin Christiane
Baby Jools
Graham Hughs
Anjali Perin
Brass Volcanos
Dave Green
George Melly
Derek Nash
Paul Morgan
Chris Barber Big Band
Jacqui Hicks
The Five Trombones
Julian Marc Stringle
Ian Shaw.
Peter Ind
David Preston
Theo Jackson
Big Colours Big Band
Pete Oxley.
Mark Doffman
Jo Fooks
Buster Birch
Frank Harrison
Jim Hart
Geoff Gascoyne
Tom Hooper
Karen Sharp
Sarah Gillespie
Ben Waters
Sam Mayne
Henry Lowther
Frank Griffith
Joe Stilgoe
Arni Somogyi
Sam Mayne
Jimmy Hastings
Adrian Fry
Winston Clifford

The Three Tenors - Don Weller, Art Themen, and Mornington Lockett
Jamie Cullum singing on one of his two appearances at Goring
Christian Garrick
Tina May
Campbell Burnap
Alan Barnes
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