come and join us on a monday evening

we hope to see you there soon

Jazz music

A type of music of Black American origin characterised by improvisation, syncopation, and a regular rhythm

jam session

Bring your own instruments and join the house band for some jazz tunes

Fat Cat & Canary

The place to be for real ales, delicious roasts, live music and great company

Friendly & enjoyable

Our jazz evenings are friendly and informal with a supportive audience, welcoming both young and old

Throughout the world jazz is played and enjoyed by many, and we are no different in Norwich. So we provide this opportunity for all lovers of jazz music in and around the city to meet up each and every Monday for a wonderful evening of jazz at the Fat Cat & Canary.

Enjoy an evening of jazz music

with a selection of fine beers and good company
Don't be shy, come along next Monday and join us

Each and every Monday you will find a gathering of musicians who enjoy listening and playing jazz music come together for a wonderful evening of jazz at the Fat Cat & Canary on Thorpe Road in Norwich.
We have three members in the house band, including some who are well acquainted with the music scene in East Anglia and will be familiar faces to many of you.
A friendly warm welcome awaits you whether you plan to play or just listen. If the former, please bring your own instruments and give some thought in advance as to your chosen songs, and bring along four copies of the music & chord charts, or lyrics if you are a singer, so that we can help you gain the most from your evening.

  • bring your voice

  • bring your saxophone

  • bring your trumpet

  • bring your clarinet

The Jazz Jam Musicians

meet our three house band members, together with our guest musicians

Lee Vasey

Lee is well known in the area both for his solo work and his Lee Vasey Band, which has been in existence for over 20 years and is now probably the best known function band in the region.

Ian Hireson

Our bass player Ian has been playing with us since the jazz jam started. He also runs Happy Feet Ceilidh Band, Bays River Jazz and is involved with the Wymondham Music Festival each year.

Matt Furness

Matt’s the youngest member of the house band and has been drumming since he was 8. He also teaches drums in schools and for private students in his own studio.

Guest Musicians

We welcome all singers, saxophonists, guitarists, clarinetists, trumpeters and any other musicians who wish to join in with the house band. Come prepared with chords and ideas!

The next jazz jam is ...

You are invited to join us whether you play the trumpet, saxophone, guitar or the violin. Everyone is welcome, both young and old whether you are an experienced musician or just a beginner, to share in the love of jazz and swing.

No charge is made, but we do ask you to enjoy some refreshments from the bar whilst there, and don't worry, if you prefer to just listen with family or friends over a drink that's fine too!

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