The aim of Buster’s Virtual Jazz Club is to inform, educate and entertain. Featuring the finest British jazz musicians and showcasing the breadth of their work allows audiences an opportunity to experience more than they would otherwise at one gig. Accompanying the audio and video presentations, informal interviews attempt to uncover some of the “how” and “why” the artists create their music and give context to the pieces, enabling audiences to appreciate the music on a deeper level.
Having presented monthly concerts at Orpington Jazz Club for several years, in March 2020 the covid pandemic forced the club to close. By May I was already missing the music, the musicians and the audience. The first incarnation of Buster's Virtual Jazz Club started on Friday 8 May 2020 as a large Zoom meeting and was billed as Orpington Virtual Jazz Club. It ran for 13 weeks and featured the musicians who had been booked to play at the club that spring, plus some previous guest artists. Some of these shows are available to watch below. After a break in August I relaunched the show on Friday 1 September 2020 as a livestream on YouTube (with its far superior sound and picture quality and PRS licensing) and broadcast almost every Friday to the end of July 2021, producing 45 shows. You can watch, in full, the entire back catalogue below. Enjoy!