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Live Jazz on a Sunday

An afternoon like no other

Live on the Thames live music boat trips
An afternoon of Jazz on the River Thames

An afternoon of Jazz on the River Thames

While away a relaxing Sunday afternoon on the River Thames to the sound of live jazz music. The cruise travels through some of the most beautiful Thames countryside in the area, leaving Reading and heading upstream, past Mapledurham house and through the lock into the unspoilt reach of the river to Whitchurch.

2018 Jazz Cruises on the Thames dates now released tickets just £24.50

Our fully stocked bar will keep you refreshed and there’s a selection of snacks also available. The Jazz may vary from traditional to swing and blues. Dates are limited so book early and enjoy a magical afternoon of live jazz on the river.

Julia Titus 13th May

Julia Titus 13th May

Black House Coffee Quartet 22nd July.

Black House Coffee Quartet 22nd July.

Each sailing will depart from Caversham Pier at 14.15 for a cruise up river.  The 2018 Season:

13th May Julia Titus

Julia Titus reviews include  “a voice that peels paint from the ceiling” and “Julia is one of those rare singers who guarantees smiles, a connection with the audience and superb music.” Julia’s repertoire combines classic blues and jazz tunes from the inter-war years with a selection of original songs and hand-picked covers from the last fifty years of popular music. 

10th June Fleur Stevenson

One of the new breeds of jazz singers, Fleur is known for her scat singing and passionate interpretation of jazz classics. She enjoys collaborations with many wonderful musicians and has performed for many different events and venues across the UK, including the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho.

22nd July Black Coffee Jazz Quartet

Taking inspiration from the well-known jazz standard “Black Coffee”, the band performs a wide selection of classic and modern jazz tunes by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Esperanza Spalding, and so on. The repertoire also includes Italian and Brazilian songssongs by Italian composers such Paolo Conte, Vinicio Capossela and Pino Daniele, and famous international tunes by Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, etc.

16th September Claire Jones Quartet

Classicly trained, singing with her own band Claire is reviewed as  “she uses a wide range of vocal gymnastics and can scat effectively and musically too, a trick only the most vocally blessed can achieve.” Claire will be singing some great swing and bossa nova tunes from the much-loved repertoire of famous jazz standards – from Cole Porter, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Ray Charles to more recent hits by artists such as the Beatles, Randy Crawford, and Stevie Wonder.


Our 2018 schedule for Jazz on a Sunday sees cruises on Sunday 13th May, Sunday 10th June, Sunday 22nd July and Sunday 16th September. The cruise starts at 14.15 (boarding will commence up to 20 minutes beforehand) and we will return at approx 17.15. Please note we reserve the right to replace the advertised act should it prove necessary and the boat may sail either up or downstream from our Caversham Pier boarding point. 

Departure Point

All Live on the Thames events will depart from our boarding point at Caversham Promenade or Caversham Pier (they are next to each other) by Reading Rowing club beside Caversham Bridge Reading. There are car parks near by which are often free at the weekend.

Wheelchair Access

The Caversham Princess is multi deck with no lift and limitations regarding door widths. As such we apologise that we are not able to offer wheelchair access (most of our vessels do offer wheelchair access). If you would like to discuss the layout or have a specific enquiry about access please don’t hesitate to contact the office on 0118 481088 and we will do our upmost to assist. 

Need some help?

If you would like more information about a cruise, boat trip or wish to discuss a party or private charter booking, please call Theresa in our planning office on 0118 948 1088 or email us using the contact form below.