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Live Jazz on a Saturday

An evening 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

Saturday evening Jazz Cafe cruises bring together live jazz, a full bar and stunning river views as the sun sets.

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.

2020 Jazz Cruises on the Thames dates now released tickets just £30… 2nd May, 6th June, 18th July, 1st August and 19th September departing at 19.00 returning at 22.00.

Our crew are on hand with serving a drinks menu including wine, Pimms, on tap beers and sprits. The Jazz may vary from traditional to swing and blues. Dates are limited so book early and enjoy a magical evening of live jazz on the river.

Julia Titus plays the river 1st August.

Julia Titus plays the river 1st August.

Fleur Stevenson 6th June

Fleur Stevenson 6th June

Sound Express Trio 18th July

Sound Express Trio 18th July

Timetable Changes – Due to the current World Health situation and following government advice we have had to reschedule cruises from March, April and May. Those booked already will be contacted to rebook on a later cruise. Please find the latest update here. 


Each sailing will depart from Caversham Pier at 1900  for a cruise up river.  The 2020 Season:

2nd May - Cancelled

The Lea Lyle Quartet 

Lea trained at the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama and had a career in television and films. Now focusing on singing, ranging from solo appearances to fronting big bands.
Lea has a unique vocal range and a voice that has been said to “melt like chocolate and warm hearts on the coldest of nights”.

6th June

Fleur Stevenson

Fleur is a hit on the river and returns for her third season. Known for her velvet tone and alluring voice Fleur will be part of a duet this year with Hugh Turner on guitar. Playing a mix of jazz standards, latin and vintage.

18th July

The Sound Express Trio with Bea

Led by the charismatic singer Bea from Spain,  The Sound Express Trio bring energy to jazz playing famous standards and also bringing in an Italian/Spanish mix. This is a passionate trio who will awaken the soul and drive you to the dance floor!


1st August

Julia Titus Quartet

Not to be missed,  Julia has a passion for the late great Bessie Smith and is reviewed as a having a voice that peels paint from the ceiling and one of those rare show stopping singers who guarantees smiles!

19th September

Giulia and the Lizards Jazz Trio

Led by amazing Italian singer Giulia Marelli, a very versatile and confident singer, guitarist, song writer and performer with a tremendous voice, audience engaging skills and charm.The band is backed by Dario Basta on keyboards and Chema Sacristan on drums, they will perform a jazz repertoire with classic standards, swing, rat pack and a few Italian jazz numbers. A dynamic and explosive performance. 


Our 2020 schedule for The Jazz River Cafe includes cruises on Saturdy 2nd May, Saturday 6th June, Saturday 18th July, Saturday 1st August and Saturday 19th September. The cruise departs at 19.00 (boarding will commence up to 20 minutes beforehand) and we will return at approx 22.00. 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

This cruise is scheduled for the Caversham Lady, a single deck vessel with wide doorways and good wheelchair accesss and wide access door to toilets. There is a slight ramp from the boarding point on to the boat and minor lips (to keep the water out) between the foredeck and main saloon. 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.