Traditional music aims to jazz up start to the weekend

J for Jazz
J for Jazz

Diners at a local public house will now be treated to a free lunchtime jazz gig every Friday throughout the winter.

The owners of Foxton Locks Inn have decided to move their popular Wednesday evening jazz slots to Friday lunchtimes.

The resident house band J for Jazz has been signed up to continue their weekly gigs at the new time.

The pub’s owner Stephanie Hamblin said: “The performances from J for Jazz have been packing out the venue in their current slot.

“So we thought it would be a good idea to offer the free events at Friday lunchtime and help people get the weekend off to a swinging start.”

The band play a selection of classic traditional jazz tunes including Doctor Jazz, Darktown Strutter’s Ball, Savoy Blues and I Get the Blues when it Rains.

The performances have proved a big hit with jazz enthusiasts as well as audiences less familiar with such popular jazz classics.

John Timms, who plays cornet with the band said: “We like to think we will bring something special to Friday lunchtimes.

“Over the last few months we’ve been thrilled by how well our set has been going down.

“We look forward to seeing some new faces as well as our regular audience in the new daytime slot.”

The gigs are free to attend. Booking a table in advance is advisable but not essential.

The first session will be on Friday January 22 and runs from 12.30pm to 2pm.

The Foxton Locks Inn is based at the bottom of the Foxton Locks just outside the village of Foxton near Market Harborough.

The pub offers visitors scenic views and a location to watch canal boats pass by.

In 2014, it was named as the ‘Leicestershire tourist pub of the year’.

As well as live jazz, the pub regularly holds themed evenings, pop up restaurant events and tribute nights.

To find out more about the music nights and other events visit www.foxtonlocksinn.co.uk, or call 0116 279 1515