Friday Night Jazz Sessions...

...a fabulous way to spend a Friday night!

Jazz Sessions

Friday Night Jazz at Stray’s is a laid back but full-on jazz event. Doors open at 7:30pm, with music from 8:00pm. Tickets are available to buy in advance only.

Our Friday Night Menu is available from 7:30pm, plus we have a nice range of bottled wines, beers, Prosecco, soft drinks and our new range alcohol-free beers, ales and ciders from Drynks Unlimited. And of course, not forgetting our namesake, great coffee!

Tickets are sold via this website or you can buy from the relevant shop. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis – if you wish to reserve specific seats, we will do our best to accommodate this, but recommend you get in early to secure your favourite spot! We don’t send out tickets, so we recommend adding the date to your calendar once you’ve booked!


  • The gig is split into two 45 minute sets, starting at 8:00pm and the second set around 9:15pm. The music will be finished by around 10:00-10:15pm. We distance each table between 1-2m apart.
  • While it is no longer required, we’re happy if you wish to wear a face covering whilst moving around the building.
  • Taxis can usually pick up from outside the shops, but please check in advance. If you require a taxi booking for your ride home, please let our staff know during the break and they can arrange this for you.
  • We only sell a limited number of tickets. Once we’re full, we’re full. If we have spare tickets, we may sell them on the night at a slightly higher price. However we will not exceed our seating capacity.
  • We only accept card/contactless payments.
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Upcoming Events

October 2022

Jay Stebb [Harborough] – 7/10/22

Another debut artist at Stray’s Coffee in Market Harborough. Jay Stebb is a multi-faceted saxophonist, meeting P.R.S. for only the second time…

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Ian Ballantine [Newark] 14-10-22

Ian Ballantine makes his debut appearance at Newark – with a debut instrument for the Friday Sessions – the vibraphone!

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November 2022

Rachael Johnson [Harborough] – 11/11/22

Another debut artist at Stray’s Coffee in Market Harborough. Jay Stebb is a multi-faceted saxophonist, meeting P.R.S. for only the second time…

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December 2022

Pat Sprakes [Newark] 2/12/22

Pat Sprakes plays his fave tunes with PRS for this debut lineup…

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Pat Sprakes [Harborough] 9/12/22

Pat Sprakes plays his fave tunes with PRS for this event…

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Now don’t mistake us for one of those pretentious jazz venues – we want you to enjoy your night!

However, we do ask you to respect other members of the audience and if it looks like they’re having difficulty hearing the music over your frivolity, please adjust your volume accordingly. We’ve spent the best part of 2 years having restrictions imposed, so we’re as relaxed about pretty much everything as we can be.

And our license openly states that we’re not allowed to ‘promote’ dancing in the aisles, but we can’t stop you, if you deem it appropriate!

P.R.S. is Simon Potts (drums), Steve Rodda (guitar) and Stray’s own Mat Short (bass). Mat & Steve originally played on Sundays at the Newark store as part of a guitar trio. Mat met Si as part of playing with the superb Groove Merchants, led by our good friend departed, guitarist Chris Green.

Si Potts joined Mat & Steve for a date back in 2017 and the three of them haven’t looked back!

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P.R.S. gig every Friday at Stray’s, supporting the headline acts at each venue, but you can see them as a trio at various venues across the Midlands, including regular slots at The Pelican in Nottingham, The Bees Knees in Laneham and with various artists at the Mason’s Arms in Louth, to name a few.

The Friday Jazz Sessions at Stray’s are generously sponsored by PrimePrint, Newark.

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