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 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. For details of performances see the Gig page. The current venue is Gosport & Fareham Rugby Club - for further details see Location.
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
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 last trumpet.
Graham Trevarton playing Nat’s trumpet at the gig given by Roger Marks’ Cornish Armada gig in March 2016
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 Discovery Centre and has been displayed there since December 2015.
Above - Nat’s Clarinet Played by Chris Pearce (Andy Leggett/Chris Pearce Quintet)
and (right) by Bernie Murtha (Louisiana Jazzmen).
The venue at Gosport & Fareham Rugby Club
Cuff Billett’s New Europa Jazz Band