Gosport Jazz Club exists as a non-profit making organisation to provide and promote high quality live traditional jazz in Gosport and surrounding areas.  The Club was founded in the 1960s and  was run for over 20 years by Tony Wing,  until 2006 when Terry Hinkley took over responsibility.  However, in June 2012 Terry suffered health problems and a new Committee took over responsibility for running the Club.  See NEWS page.

The Club arranges live performances every other Wednesday by  mainly British bands, although there have been visits by bands from as far away as Australia, the USA and Europe.

Gosport was fortunate to have been the home since the early 1970s of the legendary trumpet player, Nat Gonella, and he was a member at the club for most of that time until his death in 1998.
For more information on Nat see The Last Post.

A Nat Gonella commemorative gig is held in March of every year, near to the date of his birthday.

Nat's Trumpet 01

Not so well known is that Nat also played the Clarinet and the Club was fortunate enough to be able to obtain this instrument in December 2014 together with proof of his one-time ownership of it.  See the photos below.  The Clarinet has been donated to Gosport Dicovery Centre and has been displayed there since 7 December 2015.

Nat's Clarinet a
Jan 15 02a

Above - Nat’s Clarinet Played by Bernie Murtha (Louisiana Jazzmen) and, left, by Chris Pearce (Andy Leggett/Chris Pearce Quintet).

Sussex Jazz Kings 03 Sussex Jazz Kings 04

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