Live at Dawkes Music

Our new series of live gigs at Dawkes are designed to let you enjoy leading UK musicians in a comfortable and enjoyable environment. Our newly renovated shop transforms into a club-like atmosphere for these special events and has been getting rave customer reviews!

“The venue was excellent. The revamped Dawkes shop area adjusted beautifully into a club-like atmosphere. There was a relaxed, welcoming attitude from the staff and they were attentive to the needs of the audience.” – Live Event Visitor Feedback

Sun 9 Oct 2022 12:00-15:00 £25
Live @ Dawkes: The Karen Sharp Trio

Karen Sharp – Saxes
Colin Oxley – Guitar
Simon Thorpe – Bass

Award-winning saxophonist Karen Sharp has joined forces with the fantastic Colin Oxley and Simon Thorpe to play selections from their recent trio album ‘Another Place’. Expect exquisite tunes by the likes of Steve Swallow, Bill Evans, Jobim and Dolphy, as well as some recent compositions by Thorpe and Sharp, all given a relaxed and intimate treatment by this trio which reflects a shared love of creative interplay and improvisation together with a deep respect for the jazz tradition.

“…a session of impeccable performances of elegant compositions.” – Jazz Journal
“They don’t come much better than this.” – The Guardian
“Nothing routine or predictable here…calm yet authoritative.” – Peter Vacher
“Delightful.” – London Jazz News

Sun 13 Nov 2022 12:00-15:00 £25
Live @ Dawkes: Allison Neale Quartet

Allison Neale – Alto Sax/ Flute
Alex Bryson – Piano
Jeremy Brown – Bass
Matt Fishwick – Drums

American-born altoist Allison Neale’s beautifully crafted lines evoke the spirit of Paul Desmond and Art Pepper with whom she has a particular affinity.

As a strong advocate of the melodic West Coast style she has performed alongside leading international artists such as Adelaide Hall and Bud Shank and more recently tenorist Scott Hamilton and New York guitarist Peter Bernstein, who features on her upcoming CD ‘Quietly There’ released in 2020.

She has performed in both the John Dankworth ‘Generations‘ Band’ and the ‘Back to Basie’ Orchestra and also the ‘Two of a Mind’ Project alongside multi-reed man Chris Biscoe and frequently tours the UK with her current Quartet, which also features young jazz pianist Alex Bryson, bassist Jeremy Brown and drummer Matt Fishwick. She has three previous CDs to her name ‘Melody Express’ with guitarist Dave Cliff and ‘Blue Concept’ with trumpeter Gary Kavanagh , both on 33 Records, and ‘I Wished on the Moon’ on the Trio Records label, featuring Leon Greening and Milt Jackson-influenced vibraphonist Nat Steele.

“Allison Neale plays the alto saxophone with a tone so light and airy it positively melts at the edges.”
Dave Gelly, The Observer

“A talent to savour” Peter Vacher, Jazz UK

Sun 13 Dec 2022 12:00-15:00 £25
Live @ Dawkes: Georgina Jackson Trio

Georgina Jackson (Trumpet/Vocals)
Graham Harvey (Piano)
Dave Chamberlain (Bass)

Singer & Trumpet player extraordinaire, Georgina Jackson is a musical force to be reckoned with. This session with her trio will feature a swinging mix of vocals and brass with numbers from Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra to Dusty Springfield and everything in-between. Georgina put on a sold-out gig on the Dawkes Live stage in 2021 and we can’t wait to welcome her back with some new material.

Georgina began her musical career working as a professional trumpet player, playing with many famous faces on the scene, such as Frank Sinatra Junior, Nancy Sinatra and Seal, as well as touring Big Bands in Concert Halls, television and radio.

The critical success of her first album led to Georgina landing her dream job at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club in London as resident singer with The Ronnie Scotts Jazz Orchestra, where she has performed most months for the past 10 years. Her long-awaited second album ‘Watch What Happens’ was released in June 2012.

Georgina now works internationally as a Cabaret Artiste performing her ‘One Woman’ entertaining trumpet/ vocal shows on the world’s most prestigious cruise lines. Recent notable performances have included, BBC TV”s ‘The Big Band Proms’ at the Royal Albert Hall, North Sea Jazz Festival and as a headline performer at International trumpet conferences in Hollywood, Naples and San Paulo in Brazil.

“A smoky-voiced singer … who has made impressive appearances with the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, she covers all the bases on this big-band, orchestral and small band set. As a vocalist, Jackson is equally at home with standards from More to Lover and Michel Legrand’s sultry title track.” The Times


Dawkes Music Ltd
The Woodwind & Brass Warehouse
Reform Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8BT

Tel: 01628 630800

‘Best Classical Music Instrument Shop’ MIA Music Awards
2015, 2014, 2012 and 2011 Winners


*PLEASE NOTE: Each ticket-holder will be allocated a seat so please book groups under one booking so that you can be seated together.*

  • Pre-Booking Required
  • £25 per person – includes choice of Artisan Pizza*
  • Bar service available (soft & alcoholic)
  • Doors open 11:45am | Music starts 12pm
  • 12pm-1pm First Set
  • 1pm-2pm Lunch (choice of Artisan Sourdough Pizza Included – Paid Bar)
  • 2pm-3pm Second Set

* (Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten Free pizza options available)

NB All sales are non-refundable. If the event is rescheduled, all purchases will be honored for the next event date. If you cannot attend the event, you may transfer your purchase to another person. If the event is cancelled, all purchases will be refunded in full.