The Jazz Experience

In October last year we hosted a brilliant evening of jazz and dining (with not a little impromptu dancing) at our beautiful venue, CourtGarden House in Marlow – and our club, The Jazz Experience was born.

It was our first venture into promoting jazz and was such a huge success that, along with our jazz partner Simon Lenton, we followed it up with a second event in March, which had the audience spellbound and delighted, and so-fuelled our enthusiasm that we intend to make the Jazz Experience a regular event.

See what our patrons have to say about our past event with the reviews below.

Jo Harrop with The Simon Spillett Quartet

October 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended our October event at CourtGarden House. It was a brilliant evening and we hope to see you all again at the next one – watch this space!


Moscow Drug Club

March 2019 – A superb evening of extraordinary talent  

A curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes. Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leornard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, MOSCOW DRUG CLUB provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience.You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club…..this way please & mind the stairs!’


Jazz is one of those genres of music which can be incredibly divisive – it’s the Marmite of the music world. Or at least that’s what I thought before I went to The Jazz Experience at CourtGarden House on Friday 29th March, where I found myself completely captivated by the music and performance of the brilliantly named Moscow Drug Club.

The elegant CourtGarden House was transformed into an atmospheric jazz club for their second Jazz Experience evening, organised with great style by Peter Aldiss and Simon Lenton and the CourtGarden House team.

Round tables draped in red and black bore delicious canapes made by brilliant resident chefs Neal and Sarah Dove and we were pleasingly close to the stage, giving the grand Georgian ballroom an intimate jazz club feel.

The evening began with a three-course meal which was an event in itself, with one of the prettiest puddings anyone on my table had ever seen. After the cheese board, the band arrived and stunned us all from their first song to their last. Fronted by the charismatic Canadian Katya Gorrie, Moscow Drug Club performed a mix of their own music as well as the classics from Peggy Leigh and Louis Armstrong to Tom Waites and Leonard Cohen.
With Jonny Bruce on trumpet, Andy Bowen on guitar and Mirek Salman on accordion, the band was expertly accompanied by Andy Crowdy on double bass, who had his own moment in the spotlight with a brilliant sample of ‘Smoke on the Water.’ The audience were enraptured and utterly lost in the music.

What a treat to be able to enjoy such a memorable and stylish event in our home town. I can’t wait for the next one – I think that might make me a jazz fan?

Jessica Jonzen
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The Jazz Experience, Friday 29th March – what an Experience!

CourtGarden House in Marlow, was the place to ‘be’ on Friday 29th March as the second Jazz Experience with Dinner welcomed the internationally acclaimed, and yes, truly named, “Moscow Drug Club.” They stunned the diners with a mixture of their own music and very distinctive versions of classics ranging from Peggy Lee to Leonard Cohen.

Fronted by the striking Katya Gorrie from Vancouver with her simmering vocals and great audience repartee, the band gives plenty of air time to outstanding trumpeting from Jonny Bruce, sumptuous guitar and accordion playing from Andy Bowen and Mirek Salman respectively; and just to put a cherry on the cake, a most inspiring solo from the steadfast rhythm man, double bassist, Andy Crowdy. Wow, that was memorable.

An inspired dinner menu from gifted resident chefs Neal & Sarah Dove and an authentic Jazz Club atmosphere created by Peter Aldiss & Simon Lenton and the CourtGarden house team.

If Marlow can attract bands like that, we’d be crazy not to get down there and support them. Along with more exciting gigs to come, I am assured Moscow Drug Club (do Google them!) will be back. Keep your eyes peeled for future events.

Not to knock you Ronnie S, but “we’ve got rhythm” on our doorstep.

M Higgins – a very satisfied guest