Spike's Place at The Jazz Centre UK is organised by impresario Susan May-Robinson. The club is named in memory of Susan's late husband, the great Spike Robinson and presents live mainstream and modern jazz from the best musicians on the UK and international circuit.
'Spike's Place' is the collective name of four jazz clubs: Beckenham, Brentwood, Saffron Walden and our centre in Southend-on-sea.
The gigs at our Centre are held on the last Saturday of every month. View our events listing to see who is playing this month.
AT THE JAZZ CENTRE UK
We have had a wealth of excellent jazz musicians perform on The Jazz Centre UK stage via Spike's Place. Sara Dowling, Osian Roberts, Dave O'Higgins, Anita Wardell, Greg Abate and Derek Nash; just to name a few. View some of the highlights in the below photo gallery.
Spike Robinson (Henry Berthold Robinson) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist known for his performance of ballads and the American songbook. He moved to the UK by 1950 with the USA Navy as a musician and was soon playing on the Bebop scene with musicians such as Sir John Dankworth and Victor Feldman.
Since his passing in 2001, Susan May-Robinson has built incredible projects in his name including Spike's Place and the Spike Robinson Foundation. The Spike Robinson Foundation funds and supports opportunities for young musicians via bursaries and course programmes.
We proudly display Spike Robinson's Saxophone and memorabilia at The Jazz Centre UK within our heritage centre.
Find out more about our heritage collections, live events, Spike's Place and the Spike Robinson Foundation on the links below: