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Matt Ratcliffe is a jazz pianist, composer and teacher based in Derbyshire. He’s a regular presence on the UK jazz scene and has worked with  many of the UK’s prominent players, Tony Kofi, Nigel Price, Dave O’Higgins and many others.

Matt divides his time as a performer and educator, teaching at Nottingham university where he teaches jazz piano and performing across the UK in projects.

Helen Gayle is a sought after vocalist – originally from London, Helen moved to the East Midlands where she has worked extensively with musicians from a range of backgrounds including soul, reggae, funk and now more prominently Jazz. Helen’s voice is soulful, with jazzy shades of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.

Currently she  is enjoying working with some of the Midlands best jazz musicians developing interesting arrangements of standards and her own original music.

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Our headline artists play with the Stray’s House band P.R.S. who are Si Potts (drums), Steve Rodda (geetar) and Stray’s own Mat Short (bass).



16-20 Middlegate, Newark NG24 1AG

Doors open 7:00pm | Jazz from 8:00pm

£7 ticket


Don’t worry, you can change the quantity from your basket…


Doors open at 7:00pm and food is available to order from this time, until 9:00pm. Seats are unallocated, so get in early if you have specific requirements – please note, we always give priority to elderly, single and customers with disabilities.

We want you to have a great night with us! However, one man’s boogie is another man’s dirge, so we operate a minimal talking policy during the performances. We ask you to consider your neighbours in this respect.

The band play two sets, from 8:00pm til 8:45 and then from 9:15 til 10:00+ These times are guides and occasionally run over. If there is a support, they will perform from 7:30pm and/or in the interval.

We offer incentives to buy tickets on the night, to forthcoming gigs and recommend buying these in the interval, to save you waiting at the end of the night.

Lastly, from the staff at Stray’s and the house band, we look forward to seeing you and sharing some fabulous jazz with you…

By purchasing a ticket, you’re showing your support for our continued provision of live jazz when so many venues try and fail.

Thank You!

…from the staff and musical collective at Stray’s – without you, we couldn’t do it!

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