Originally launched by local musician and promoter Ken Ford in 1983 and running an annual season on alternate Wednesday evenings between September and June. Hulljazz was established for many years at the Goodfellowship Inn on Cottingham Road near to the University of Hull with a reputation for providing the best of local, regional, national and even international jazz musicians and bands.
The Covid-19 pandemic devastated our plans for the 202-21 season, and with restrictions eventually lifted we found ourselves picking up the pieces and looking for a new permanent venue. For the first few events of the 2021-22 season we lighted upon the Springhead Tavern in Anlaby, East Yorkshire, and the William Gemmell Ale House on Anlaby Road in Hull.The former is a well established local music venue and home for many years to the now sadly defunct Frank Cleveland Big Band. The latter was formerly known as the Humber St Andrew's Social Club which has recently re-opened after re-branding, and, with the welcome assistance of a re-start bursary from the Arts Unit of Hull City Council, the William Gemmell Club is the current home of Hulljazz where regular programming has re-commenced.