Top class jazz and blues isn’t always easy to find in North Herts, but a short trip along the A505 and you’ll be sorted.

The Bear Club, in Luton’s Guildford Street, has a growing reputation and there’s an eclectic programme at the Mill Yard venue on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Famous names rub shoulders with revered players who are normally to be seen at higher-profile London venues, and there’s space for local favourites, too – Hitchin trio Jazzface are on the bill early next month.

The venue is celebrating its first birthday and if you’re a jazz fan who hasn’t checked it out yet visit to find out more.