Jazz In The Round

Barrier-Busting Music With Jazz On 3 Presenter Jez Nelson.

Mon 26 Oct to Mon 30 Nov

Jazz In The Round



Every last Monday of the month we gather together some of the finest musicians we can find and throw them together in a barrier busting night with Jazz on 3 presenter Jez Nelson. 


DJ set in the bar with Jez Nelson and Chris Phillips from 6pm

First Band hits the main space at 8pm sharp



Jean Toussaint Quartet

Raymond MacDonald

Theon Cross Band



​Toussaint grew up in Saint Thomas and New York City. He learned to play calypso as a child and attended Berklee College of Music in the late 1970s, studying under saxophonist Billy Pierce.

In 1979 he formed a group with Wallace Roney and from 1982 to 1986 was a member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers alongside Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Mulgrew Miller and Lonnie Plaxico. With Blakey he recorded three studio albums, including New York Scene, which won a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance.

Toussaint moved to London in 1987, when was he invited to be artist-in-residence at the Guildhall School of Music by Lionel Grigson, at the time professor of Jazz there. Since then Toussaint has maintained a consistent profile as a band leader in the UK and Europe, playing with British musicians who include, among others, Steve Williamson, Courtney Pine, Julian Joseph, Jason Rebello, Cleveland Watkiss.

He has also performed in the groups of McCoy Tyner, Gil Evans, Kirk Lightsey, Cedar Walton, Max Roach, Horace Silver and Jeff Tain Watts. In addition he has collaborated with Lionel Loueke.

Toussaint has released ten albums as a leader, his most recent entitled Tate Song in February with LYTE Records.



Raymond MacDonald is a saxophonist and composer who has released over 50 CDs and toured and broadcast worldwide.

He is a key player and founding member of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and has a long-standing collaboration with Scottish guitarist George Burt. He also works in a multidisciplinary group, Scarecrows and Lighthouses,  with Turner prize winning artist Martin Boyce and film director David Mackenzie.

He is Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation and Head of Music at Edinburgh University and lectures, publishes and runs workshops internationally. 

In the past year he has toured the US with Marilyn Crispell, Australia with Sensaround featuring Alistair Spence and Shoeb Ahmed and performed in China with George Burt.  His 2013 commission for Jazz on 3, Parallel Moments Unbroken, was premiered at the Glasgow improvisers Orchestra festival.

In Dec he will tour UK with Marilyn Crispell and early in 2016 he will tour Japan with Sensaround and renew collaborations with Satoko Fuji and Jim O’Rourke.  
Recent CD releases include Isotropes (Sensaround), Parallel Moments (Duo with Marilyn Crispell) and GIO sevens (Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra).



Theon Cross is a Tuba Player Composer and bandleader. He is a recent graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and drama and currently plays in bands such as the The Kansas Smitty’s House Band, Brass Mask, and the award winning Sons of Kemet where he has toured various Music festivals In the UK and internationally including North Sea, Latitude, Umbria, Glasgow, Berlin, and Cape Town jazz Festivals.

He has played in studio recordings for channel 4, BBC Radio 3 and also for Japanese pop star Ayumi Hamasaki. He has also worked with other artists and  bands including the Tomorrow’s Warriors,  the late Abram Wilson, Robin Eubanks & The Human Revolutuion Orchestra, American pianist Jon Batiste & Stay Human and  also for Hip Hop artist Pharoahe Monch.

His own music is a blend of different styles ranging from Hip Hip, Jazz, Electronic music and reggae and features Nubya Garcia on Tenor Saxophone and Moses Boyd on drums.

Tickets £12 (free to Cockpit Supporters Of Sound)



For 100 quid you get free entry to 10 Jazz In The Round  shows - saves £20 (or 6 beers) - plus half price tickets to Jazz In The Round special events, contemporary chamber music, studio opera plus free tickets to shows and a load of other stuff. Save money, support new music at The Cockpit and try something new.

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“Jazz in the UK is growing: Free music, electronica, more mainstream things, dance music and big bands. excellent players coming out of colleges and great things rising up from underground scenes. Plus we're still lucky to be able to hear great legends of UK jazz who started out in the 60's as well as new artists just finding their feet. We want to mix all of this.” Jez Nelson


Every month our artist in residence Gina Southgate paints the action as it happens.

You can see her work on display in our foyer, view it on her website, and watch her at it live on the night.


Later 2015 lineup TBC includes:

Iain Ballamy, Steve Williamson, Sam Eagles Qt, Ashley Henry trio, Nick Smart, Moss Freed's Let's Spin, Marc Cary Focus Trio, Rob Luft band

Keep your jazz juices flowing with this video from the first ever JAZZ IN THE ROUND.

For The Cockpit, Jazz In The Round has reinvented an iconic event.
Forty years ago Humprey Burton broadcast T. Rex, among others, from the iconic seventies theatre off Marylebone’s Lisson Grove as part of the London Weekend Television Music In The Round series (Video p.1 - Video p.2). 

For those that were at the Phronesis recording a while back , you may see yourself here in this delightful trailer


Jez Nelson, everyone at The Cockpit, Sean Corby, Chris Phillips, everyone at Somethin Else and Richard Wyatt wish to thank all of  you for joining is in completing a 3rd year of JAZZ IN THE ROUND.


For tickets call The Cockpit box office on: 020 7258 2925 (lines open 10.30am-6pm, Mon to Sat), or click the link. Please have your credit or debit card details handy when you call. 
We do not charge booking fees either online or over the phone.
We do not post out tickets. Once you have booked and paid, you can collect your tickets on the night, on the door. Please arrive in good time - and bring proof of concessionary status if applicable, a note of your online booking reference number (or a print-out of your confirmation) or the card you paid with if you booked over the phone.

Box Office for ticket collection and purchase closes at 9pm sharp.

For artist submissions, email Sean at  freedominstructureatyahoo [dot] co [dot] uk 
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