Lizzie and I welcome you to Newark Jazz – part of Stray’s Coffee – a family-owned and run coffee bar, eatery and music venue.

This website is designed to showcase our Saturday Jazz sessions so that you can pick your chosen event. Currently our jazz is FREE, which means seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

However, if you want to guarantee a seat, you can reserve a table for £10 for any gig. That secures the table for you and up to an additional 3 people for the duration of the gig – or take your chances on the day!

Either way, the team at Stray’s and the musicians alike, look forward to serving you the best coffee, cake and jazz in Newark…



Mat Short – co-owner, barista and work-in-progress bassist

more than jazz…

This website is about Stray’s jazz, but did you know we’ve been making the best coffee in Newark since we opened our doors back in 2003?

Made from our specific blend of 4 different beans, our espresso is the start of something wonderful. Whether you like the simplicity of an Americano or the smooth hit of our signature Mellow Mat latte, at Stray’s our aim is to make the best coffee you’ll have today.

So why not enhance your jazz experience with a superb coffee and piece of Mum’s home-made cake? Or better still, make an afternoon of it and order some lunch – our house burger is to die for…

See our full menu over on the main Stray’s Coffee website →


We’re truly blessed to have some great musicians playing jazz at Stray’s. Our ‘Spotlight’ section is where we rave about them!

This month’s spotlight is on Wendy Kirkland and Pat Sprakes…

Wendy Kirkland and Pat Sprakes were the first musicians to play at Stray’s. Initially they played at the Newark Jazz Festival back in 2007 as Organik Trio, a three-piece featuring Wendy on Hammond/Vocals, Pat on guitar and Jon Richmond on drums.

Since then, Wendy and Pat have played at Stray’s consistently with many different musicians, not least their regular slot with myself on bass guitar.

Wendy’s latest project Piano Divas, has led to a critically acclaimed album of the same title and that is being officially launched on September 29th, here at Stray’s.

Her vocals have been likened to those of Blossom Deary and she plays keys with a style that has elements of Oscar Peterson and Diana Krall. But she definitely has her own sound which is very apparent when you listen to Piano Divas.

Pat plays with the style of Wes Montgomery and injects a sense of humour into his art – often adding a recognisable riff from a completely different tune into his soloing and always with a smile on his face.



It’s been a few weeks since our Sunday Showtunes event, where we had live showtunes, courtesy of Wendy Kirkland, Pat Sprakes, Si Potts, Neil C. Young and myself. We did it all in aid of The Sam White Legacy → and managed to raise just under £500 on the day, through ticket sales and the …

Dickie Baker

Dickie is a relatively new face at Stray’s – I say relatively, as he has originally appeared at our tapas & jazz nights between 2010 and 2016 with bassist John Porter.


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