Old News Items
31/07/18 - One of the
nicest parts of maintaining this web site, is putting old friends back
in touch. Last night I had a phone call from Don Bastow trying to
contact Colin Tomkins, and sadly I had to inform him that his funeral
was announced on the site back in January this year. He said he was a
personal friend of Colin & Brenda (now Canty Forrest), and I said I
could pass his details on to Brenda if he wished, and he did. Brenda
replied and said, "Thank you for that, it is amazing. We knew Don from
about 1954 when we all worked at ICI. It wasn’t a jazz friendship but we
did go on holiday a few times with him and his wife in the late 50s and
when we moved to Wales in 1962 we sort of lost touch. Your site has
helped me before in finding friends (and musician friends). I am
thrilled to be able to contact Don Bastow again. Thank you so much Fred
you do a great job.
30/07/18 - The Autumn issue of Just Jazz is now out and you can check out the cover by clicking here
30/07/18 - I don’t know if I missed any mention of the festival here in North Wales on your page but I have been for the last 3 years and it has been a big success yet again. It has attracted a big appreciative audience. The Fringe isn’t expensive and is so popular and even though we had rain showers from time to time it was under cover, and is mostly trad/ mainstream. I must add we had some young graduates from Leeds college called Mangate Swingers Party who we really enjoyed. They played a lot of old standard jazz tunes with a bit of a twist and were so happy. Think we will hear a lot of them in the future. The Main marquee mostly has the Modern jazz. We were there all day for 3 days in the Fringe and heard some fantastic jazz, even Stéphane Grappelli type, and Llandudno Big Swing band ,and others. A very entertaining. weekend, just hope it’s there again next year. - Brenda Canty Forest.
30/07/18 - "Dear Fred, Thank you for mentioning our 61st Anniversary. I’m glad to say Janet is getting better from her foot operation and two bad falls. On the day we were married I was a member with the Zenith Six and our weekly Friday session was at The Clarendon on Oxford Road, Manchester and a picture of the venue is attached. After our wedding we came to our flat in Disley and we were invited to a party that evening with the Zenith Six. We are both very happy and love having so many great friends like yourself and Barbara". - Mart and Janet Rodger
30/07/18 - A headline from Friday's Washington Post - "New Orleans celebrates 300 years of letting the good times roll .... New Orleans turns 300 years this year". Founded in1718 by French Canadian Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, it's quite an interesting article.
29/07/18 - Alex Clarke, the young reed player from South Manchester who has made her presence well and truly known in the North West, is on her way to the Midlands, where the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham City University) beckons, and I'm sure we all wish her well for the future. Alex is also really excited to announce that her debut album “Mirage” is finally out and available to purchase. It features Alex Clarke (saxes & flute), Tom Kincaid (piano), Ed Harrison (bass) and Eryl Roberts (drums), You can order a copy for £12 incl. p&p. via http://www.alexclarkejazz.co.uk/new-cd, or find her at a gig and you can take one away with you for just £10! Her next gig is at The Conservative Club, Ashton U Lyne with The Tame Valley Stompers (Beaky Jazz Club) on Wed, 1 August, at 8-30pm
29/07/18 - The rain stopped just after lunch, so a quick decision to dash up to Fleetwood to see and hear Mike Lovell's Four in a Bar at the North Euston in Fleetwood today. Willie Entwistle, Mike, Chris Howse and bass player Ed Harrison. I was quite amused at a sandwich board in the hotel lobby which read, "Soup of The Day" then underneath, "Ham Egg & Chips £7.50" That's some chunky soup. Click on photo for larger version.
29/07/18 - There are no daytime midweek jazz events this week unless you know different?
29/07/18 - Many Happy Returns next week to Jim Swinnerton and Ken Binns on Monday, and to Mike Lovell on Friday. Also congratulations to Mart & Janet Rodger who celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary on Friday. Eleven years earlier, to celebrate their Golden Wedding and dedicated to Janet, Mart and the band recorded the CD, "ALLMART". There to witness the recording in St. Thomas’s, Stockport, was Andrew Liddle, who went on to write the sleeve notes for the CD. Mart is a perfectionist and if you want to know what it takes to get a recording session just right, read Andrew's article about it - St Thomas Breakdown. It's this week's Page of the Week. I've just been listening to this lovely CD and this beautiful recording of Amazing Grace. Also the CD is still available from here
27/07/18 - Last minute change at Carlisle Jazz Club - Emily Bacon's Good Time Gang now playing on Aug 2nd
"Re: Rayk jazz documentaries. As
you may be aware", writes Louis Lince, "We are having severe problems
with people from the other side of the world ripping off our titles on
YouTube and putting pornographic materials up under the name. Legal
action is taking place....BUT .... Good news - the three of us (Ray,
Jenny and I) are giving a presentation in Southend to the Jazz Centre UK
on Saturday 4th August in the afternoon talking about our documentary
series and a big screen viewing of #2 "From the Dee to the Mersey ".
Both our titles have been accepted into their archive for posterity!
We're still working on the editing of #3 and are planning #4 to cover
the Newcastle (not Northwest but oop
25/07/18 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated
I love this story from Barrie
Marshall about a regular venue for the Silver Bell
Band. "I was talking to the landlord of the Mad Hatters in Preston
last week, I asked him why they had changed the name from The Ale
Emporium. He said because it was nicknamed The A & E, and when one guy
told a taxi driver to pick him up from pub, the taxi went to the
hospital because he gave the driver the nickname".
Thanks to Sam Ralph, there are more great pictures taken at
Rochdale Jazz Club, this time it's the Aire
Valley Jazz Band with some well known faces that you can see
I've added links to all Sam's photographs on the
Rochdale Jazz Club page
23/07/18 - "An old friend of the band (Sun Street Stompers), turned up today with his sousaphone", wrote Barrie Marshall on Sunday. Arno Bakker did a duet with Paul Guppy on tuba. which you can see at https://youtu.be/czgSGgLquAk.
23/07/18 - The latest edition of Jazznorthwest Weekly, my weekly jazz newspaper, features an article entitled Jelly Roll Morton's House - New Orleans Music Map, as well as lots of other articles which you may find of interest.
23/07/18 - Many NW jazz bands have played at Pickering Jazz Festival in the past including the Quayside Hot Stompers where you can find a video of the band on their page, when they were playing there. So what happened to the Pickering Jazz Festival? Well The Kirkbymoorside Town Blog stated on Saturday - "The Sixth Ryedale Festival of Traditional Jazz will be held in Pickering and starts tomorrow, Sunday, with a week long programme of concerts. The Festival kicks off at the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul at 2.30pm with a spirituals concert featuring the Ryedale Jazz Band. All the other concerts will be held in the Memorial Hall and start each evening at 7.30pm". Some things haven't changed though - The Harlem Hot Stompers play on Monday, July 23, Tame Valley Stompers on Thursday, July 26, "Mick Lovell and his Siz-in-a-Bar" on Saturday, July 28. (I guess that unless they have amended it by now, it's going to be hot 'sizzling' jazz - Fred).
"Bonjour Fred. I had forgotten all about my memoirs of
Duck. I have a few recordings I made on my little cheap cassette
recorder (quality varies) and here are two by The French Quarter Band
from 1985 and one by The Magnolia Band, probably the same year. As
I wrote in my earlier dissertation The M6 Breakdown Band was the regular
Thursday night entertainment. And, as you can hear from the attached
recording, entertainment is certainly was". - Graham Martindale. You can
hear these tracks on the Strawbury Duck page
22/07/18 - Yesterday, on the eve of Fest Jazz getting under way, Peter Butler has posted, on his website www.jazzandjazz.com, the full programme for Fest Jazz 2018. It contains some very good videos of bands appearing, which Festival Director and ex Blue Mags leader Trevor Stent has commented he is very pleased with. All needed now is the weather to be kind. - Norman Gibson
22/07/18 - There's one pub in the North West I've nearly made it to on a couple of occasions, the last time proving that I'd approached it from the wrong end and the road was impassable. It's off the beaten track somewhat, so much so that the Google Camera car has not even ventured near it so you won't find it on Google Street Map. Hard to imagine that The Strawbury Duck (my spell checker tells me that's spelt wrong, but it isn't), in Entwistle, Turton near Bolton, was once a thriving traditional jazz venue. It was mentioned on the site back in 2013 and is this week's Page of The Week
22/07/18 - Daylight Jazz next week includes Deco Delight at Cartmel Races on Monday from 11am and Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood on Wed, 25 July, 12:00 – 14:30.
Many Happy Returns today to Louis
Lince. On Tuesday it's Brian Singleton's turn to celebrate his birthday,
on Wednesday Les Harris, on Thursday Charlie Bentley, Friday it's Barry
Grummett and next Sunday we have three in a row, Barry Aldous, Rae Owen
and Ton Rippieth. Happy Birthdays to you all.
Bands that appear on the Spotlight Page (Main Menu)
have appeared in What's On during the last 12
months. Unfortunately Payday Loons haven't
had any public gigs in this period and like others, they now appear in
the Whatever Happened to .... section. Their
web page has the same address and can still be found via Google.
Hopefully it won't be too long before they are listed on the Spotlight
Mike Lovell has sent me a couple of
photographs of Anthony Mason, Colin Turner and himself taken at
their gig at Lancaster University, for a graduation ceremony. See
19/07/18 - Hi Fred, Enjoying Davos New Orleans Jazz Festival and passed on your best to Geoff Bull & Ryoichi Kawai. Definitely the best N O style band around. Good to see Tom Kincaid & The Three Bears, doing their usual excellent job backing The Creole Clarinets as well as appearing in their own right. Apart from musicians we are virtually the only Brits here! Plenty of daytime music, perhaps you ought to consider it for 2019? - Fraser McCombe
Nigel Irvine is the latest musician
to join the Deps List. Nigel plays Sousaphone and
Tuba, and although based in London, can travel anywhere in his camper
17/07/18 - Just noticed the post on your website that says there isn't much midweek jazz on this week - but to reassure you and all your readers, the High Society Band will be at Carnforth Station as usual in Friday 20th July at 12.30pm for our 'Jazz Lunch'. - Dave Bateman. Thanks Dave, missed that one - Fred
16/07/18 - There's no session of Jazz Rendezvous at St Helens Bowling Club in August, but it will resume on September 9th with guests Terry Brunt (tbn), Dave Alexander (gtr) and Howard Murray (saxes).
16/07/18 - Hi Fred In your 'Page of the Week', it refers to a 'rake' as a 'ne'er do well'. I can recall my Dad back in NI, when he was giving some words of wisdom, telling us young brothers, to steer clear of some of the bxxxxy rakes around town and the women with them. If you check Wikipedia - 'Rake (Stock Character), you will find that rakes were, although charismatic, very unsavoury individuals. So ending up in St.James Infirmary, or any other one, was quite likely. I do, however, like very much Lucian Barbarin's version of SJI with the Dave Donohoe Jazz Band - Norman Gibson
16/07/18 - Would you buy a used car off this man? Probably not because he doesn't sell them, but yesterday, at 'Tram Sunday' in Fleetwood, as we arrived by the North Euston Hotel where the Wyre Levee Stompers were playing, he was reaching the end of a vocal. It was only when Pete Lindup (tpt) announced his name that I did a double take and realised who the guest trombonist was. Move your mouse over the picture to find out (Can you do that on an iPhone?). More pictures at http://tinyurl.com/ychb3kaa
15/07/18 - I'm sure you are all familiar with the jazz number, "St James' Infirmary", but where was it? That was an interesting discussion that took place in 2011 and is this week's Page of The Week
15/07/18 - The only place you'll find any jazz during the day next week will be in Manchester on Friday when the Manchester Jazz Festival is taking place, but you will be hard put to find any traditional variety I suspect.
Many Happy Returns this coming week
to Bob Pickersgill & Mike Carnie on Friday 20th, and Louis Lince next
Sunday 22nd July.
13/07/18 - Thanks to Dennis Whitehead, I've added a link to an interesting band with a fascinating history - The Water Rats Jazz Band. The bad news, according to their web site is that "this year will be our final tour", but the good news is, "but last year was as well and so will be next year".
13/07/18 - "Please could you let people know that the High Society Band's regular gig at The Bare Village Club at 4.00pm on Sunday 15th July is definitely on, despite the distractions of a certain football competition! There is also quite a lot of music going on in Morecambe over the weekend for the Morecambe Music Festival, but this is the ONLY venue for traditional jazz - and it's free!". - Dave Bateman
10/07/18 - Sorry to hear about Derek Pearce. Until I read Pete Ward's comment I had forgotten about The Duel. It was at the Sportsman as far as I can remember. I don't know what sparked it off as I am sure I was my usual diplomatic self ! Anyway battle commenced although I don't know what the rest of the band thought. It can now be revealed that I won. At least I think so, maybe. - Moe Green.
09/07/18 - Those who are committed followers of the Tour de France on TV will see the the riders pass through the site of Fest Jazz at Châteauneuf-du-Faou on Wednesday 11th July around 14h15 -14h30 (UK time). They will possibly catch the concert of Good Time Jazz in the village square as well ( although with such frenzied excitement in the village and the number of bars open on the streets, it is quite possible that the group, along with most on the local inhabitants, will be horizontal by midday. - Trevor Stent
09/07/18 - The latest Dove Jazz Club Bugle can be seen by clicking here
08/07/18 - Hello Fred, I just picked up the sad news about Derek Pearce's passing. Great bass player and lovely man. I knew him well from playing trombone in Johnny Tippett’s band way back. I remember him once taking umbrage for some unfathomed reason at Moe Green’s drumming at a gig (possibly the Sportsman in Market Street) and having an almighty musical tussle, Derek ramping up his amplifier and Moe responding, with no need at all for electronic assistance. It sure was extremely loud! Don’t think either won. RIP Derek. - Peter Ward
08/07/18 - Back in January 2011, I asked the question - "How many of you were into skiffle and was it all part of the jazz scene? I've only come across one band that plays skiffle these days, Peter Frank Allstars, maybe you know different?". Well you certainly did, so would be interesting to know if those answers still stand? It's this week's Page of The Week
08/07/16 - NW musicians celebrating birthdays this week are Geraldine Duckles on Tuesday, Ian Royle on Wednesday, Cyril Wroe on Thursday and Isabel Toner on Friday. Many Happy Returns to you all.
Wigan Jazz Festival
take place this week, and it's the only place you are likely to find any
daytime jazz midweek. Whether it's your kind of jazz or not, only you
can tell me.
07/07/18 - Many thanks indeed to Cris Challener for his rapid fire delivery of the pics. They magnify very well, being made of dots, painstakingly from a photograph. We're used to megapixel phones now, but these to me are an artistic marker of the times, and as such unique. Thanks for sharing, Cris.
07/07/18 - In response to Jon White's request, Cris Challener has sent me two pictures by Frank Caunce which l have combined. Click on it for enlarged version. There's also one of Bessie Smith at http://tinyurl.com/yb9nmkzc
Hello Fred, Another sad notification.
Bertram Donn, jazz bassist, previously guitarist, of Liverpool collapsed
during a bass solo on a gig on the Wirral. He died in hospital the
same evening but his son(s) made it to the hospital to be with him as he
went. - Howard Murray
06/07/18 - Back in the 1970s I was working for a time in Preston "on loan" to the HI-Fi shop Hardman's Radio. Whilst there I met one Les Powell (I hope I remember his name correctly) who, like me, was a jazz fan and Les and I together with a few others would visit various spots in the area to see jazz. We saw (and spoke with) the great Ruby Braff at a local rugby club. I would collect our group in my car and I remember seeing in Les' hall a picture of Bessie Smith and another, I think, of Ma Rainey. I was so taken with them that I told Les and he said they were by a local artist called Frank Caunce and that if I liked he would ask Frank to do me a couple at a very reasonable price. I chose Charlie Christian and Duke Ellington and I still have them hanging in my sitting room. Frank used a form of pointillism and although I sent (via Les) my thanks I would have liked to have met him and thanked him personally. - Cris Challener
06/07/18 - Tony Talk would love Fest Jazz this year then ! 'Mama Shakers' are there in a couple of weeks time, and also amazing New Orleans all girls 'Shake 'em Up JB' and, of course return of the 'Frog and Henry' collective. His other alternative is to get over to Sunderland weekend 14 July for the 'Shake 'em Up' girls and that very talented lady Gunhild Carling from Sweden. Her visual stage performance would put the acrobatic Cab Calloway in the shade ! The cost of a one night stay would be off-set as the Street Festival is FREE !! - Norman Gibson
Dear Fred, The details of Derek
Pearce's funeral are as follows - Altrincham Crematorium , White House
Lane WA14 5RH, Time 11.30, Afterwards at THe Belmore Hotel Brooklands Rd
Sale M33 3QN. - Stuart T Renn
05/07/18 - We two listened to Mama Shakers at Upton and they were excellent; besides the 1920s "folk" they even performed "digging my potatoes" from my 1950s misspent youth!! A total suprise !!! Anyone own up to remembering that? Trumpet-Angela -so effortless too ;Clarinet-perfect! the whole group were first class. - Tony Talk
Having read Fraser McCombe's note
about Bill Bissonette I have to tell you that my own piece was
drastically edited and toned down before I sent it to you. At the time
of Bissonette's attack on New Orleans Music I was incensed and remember
all too well the effect it had on my dear friends Mike and Pete. Thanks
Fraser for making those comments. I should have been a little more
forthright with mine. - Graham Martindale
04/07/18 - To add to my contribution to the 2012 discussion on band singers I must admit that writing and singing my own lyrics to well known songs is great fun and one of the best ways to entertain an audience. Joe Addy used to sing a song with the Chicago Teds which kept on expanding over the years and had the audience in stitches (I'm sure Brian Singleton will remember it) and Joe didn't HAVE to have a great voice to keep the punters amused. Roy Rogers sang 'It's very clear-Your mothers here to stay' with the same band. That was a pinch from Alan Sherman's version (one day I'll have a go at 'You went the wrong way old King Louis'-it's on You Tube). I also pinched 'Zimmertime' from Frank Brooker (what a plagiarist I am) with ZIMMERTIME (2,3,4,1) AND THE WALKIN' AIN'T EASY (if you can't anticipate the rests you shouldn't be on this site). JOINTS ARE CREAKIN'- AND THE BLOOD PRESSURE'S HIGH...WALK TWENTY FEET...AND YOU END UP WHEEZIN...MY BOXES OF PILLS THEY..STAND UP TWO FEET HIGH'. Jazz singers? Look up Bob Wallis. He could hold an audience in the palm of his epiglottis. Still Swinging. - Ian Royle
02/07/18 - For big band fans, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, directed by Ray McVay, will be playing at the Platform in Morecambe on Friday 27 July, 7.30pm. Tickets: £22
01/07/18 - I have just to tell you what a great night we had at Jazz George Arnold birthday party on Friday night superbandled by Rae Owens whose birthday it was also. You will probably recognise some of his closest friends. I am Jane Shaw from Heysham the one in the middle in blue.
01/07/19 - A balanced view from Mr Martindale and worthy of consideration. However I would suggest that ‘Jazz Northwest’ is self evidently parochial and that we should take care of our own. Therefore let’s remember Mike Hazeldine & Peter Horsfield as important persons in the Jazz NW scene who suffered at the hands of Mr Bissonette. - Fraser McCombe
01/07/18 - Sad to inform you that Derek Pearce died last week after a short illness. He was for many years the bass player for the Salt City Jazzmen and had been playing since the 1950s in and around the Manchester area with almost everybody in that time. A lovely man and a good player he will be much missed. Sadly too his wife Lilian who was also unwell died on the same day Our thought go out to his daughter Janet who was caring for them both - Stuart Renn. Alan Newton also writes, "Derek Pearce, of SALE Manchester, died on Thursday 28th June. He had not been well for some time but was playing his double bass 3 weeks ago. For the last 20years he had been playing 'bass' with The Salt City Jazzmen (based in Nantwich). Previous to this he played with the Chicago Teddy Bears Society Jazzband. Special bass player and special friendly person. Will be missed".
01/07/18 - Hi Fred I see Mama Shakers also on the front page. My feedback from their performance at Upton Jazz Festival tells me they were 'amazing' and 'just wonderful' - and those two descriptions were from a mid-seventies year old and a guy in his early eighties, both long time jazzers. Of course, Mama Shakers are at Fest Jazz end of this month, so I'll be seeing them there ! Good on Upton for taking a punt on upcoming young bands. - Norman Gibson
Midweek daytime jazz events coming up - Tue, 3 July, 14:00 – 16:00, The
SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House.
01/07/18 - Are band singers putting you off the music? Well that was a discussion that took place in 2012. Have things improved? Check out this week's Page of the Week
01/07/18 - Many Happy Returns on Friday to Lindsay Taylor Tony Dunleavy
30/06/18 - Just read the very sad news of the passing of Mike Green. As Dave Kendal stated he was a true gentleman and a great reedman. Although I only booked Mike a couple of times at Leeds Jazz Club due to his Tuesday commitment, he played many corporate functions for me over the years via John Wall Enterprises Entertainment Agency. He will be much missed. RIP Mike. - John Wall.
30/06/18 - The latest edition of just Jazz Magazine is out, nice to see Alex Clarke with her mum and dad and TJ Johnson on the front page. details here
30/06/18 - The most recent England team football result is good news. This means they are not playing on Monday and that will not be an effect on the audience at High Lane Conservative Club on Monday 2nd July. However the weather will be HOT like the jazz music. - Mart Rodger
I was very sad to hear of the passing of Mike,
I used to play in his band ie:- Mike Green and his Music, many years
ago, he was a Gentleman and an excellent player and showman, may he rest
in peace. - Dave Kendall [Trumpet Player]
29/06/18 - Hi Fred, I am sad to inform you that Mike Green, 25yrs reed player in our band 'The Blackhorse Jazzmen', passed away on Wednesday evening. Mike commuted weekly over 100 miles from the Harrogate area over Blubberhouse pass in most weathers to play in Settle (currently the Lion on Tuesdays). He will be missed for his brilliant rapport with the audience, his vast repertoire and his vocals. I am sure others will be able to let us know of his jazz activities in earlier days. Mike's wife asked me to let people know. - Peter Boswell.'
28/06/18 - Sally has
emailed to ask, "Please do you know of any outdoor evening jazz events
in this lovely summer weather?". The immediate answer to that was
none, but tell me how long it's going to last. Then I thought about it
and realised that many pubs will have more people sitting outside than
inside in this hot weather. I put this to Sally and she said, "Would
love to know if there are any pubs where you can sit outside and still
hear the band from the inside! ". So how about it? Only
hurry up before it rains, I'm sure others would like to know too.
28/06/18 - Sad to hear of Big Bill's passing. I played with him when he joined New Orleans Express at one of our monthly Frodsham gigs but I have always had mixed feelings towards Bill. He took a LOT of stick for his claim against "New Orleans Magazine". Totally unnecessary in my view. On the other hand he did a marvellous job organising tours and concerts for New Orleans musicians and his catalogue of recordings is magnificent. PS The views expressed in the above are solely those of myself and in no way should be taken to reflect the opinion of Jazz Northwest, its publishers, personnel or other contributors !!! - Graham Martindale
28/06/18 - Don't get caught out, Kendal Jazz Club, normally monthly on the second Tuesday, will welcome back piano maestro and kingpin of vintage jazz - Keith Nichols, on Wednesday 11 July at the Kentdale Suite, Kendal Rugby Club, starting at 8.00pm. He will be leading a trio with Steve Andrews (reeds) and Roy Cansdale (double bass).Admission £12.50 on the door for guests, £10 members.
28/06/18 - Sad news about Bill. Literally only yesterday I finished reading his 'Easy Rider' book for probably the third time. So many things resonate with me in his story. The visits I made to New York in the late '50s where, like him, I was privileged to hear the De Paris band at Jimmy Ryans, with the wonderful Omer Simeon on clarinet, and to the Metropole to hear Red Allen and J C Higginbotham. Then a number of visits to New Orleans in the early '60s, when I heard and talked with many of the great musicians in the Paddock Lounge, Leroy's Patio, and of course the Preservation Hall. Wonderful days, wonderful music and Bill was a foremost ambassador. i'm sure I'll be reading his book and listening to his music again soon. R.I.P. Bill, with Big Jim and Sammy - Richard Knock
Feedback from a recent trip to
Belgium to see Tuba Skinny - Met all the contacts at 3 concerts in
Belgium and amazed at their dedication to make all a success.
Dendermonde around 120 in a hall opposite the Honky Tonk jazz club. Gent
- 80 local enthusiasts in the Ovaki cinema club a very old building our
favourite venue. Lier - approx 150 I. Concert hall. TS only repeated 1
number for the 3 concerts. Well worth the effort to see them. At Lier we
stayed in the same international hostel as TS and spent at least an hour
having b/fast and chatting to TS. No one else around. All in all a brill
and entertaining experience - Peter Dennis
25/06/18 - The Savoy Jazzmen are leading the worship at All Saints' Parish Church, Childwall Abbey Road, Childwall, Liverpool. L16 0JW this coming Sunday 1st July at 6.20 p. m. The service starts with a parade from outside the Childwall Abbey Pub at 6.20 p. m. Looking forward to John Pashley joining us for this service. As the service is part of the regular pattern of worship in the church there is no admission charge. Light refreshments will be served at the end of the service. Everyone welcome" - Peter Swensson.
25/06/18 - Tonight's "now You Has Jazz, Jazz, Jazz" show for Sound of Spitfire. has some great music : Roy Eldridge in 1937, with Zutty Singleton. Zutty, Pee wee Russell & Joe Sullivan,Sr Rosetta Tharpe, Marie Knight and Sammy Price, Slim Gaillard, Tiny Parham, Bing Crosby and the Condon Mov with Wettling and Wild Bill, Sidney de Paris Blue Note Jazzmen, Teddy Wilson's 1944 Sextet with Big Sid Catlett, Louis Armstrong & Kid Ory and Joe Robichaux. 9pm tonight and repeated 11pm Wednesday.
25/06/18 - Walter Love's superb Radio Ulster Jazz Club programme of Sunday 24.06.18 featured Walter in conversation with the great Colin Bowden, arguably Europe's premier New Orleans Jazz Drummer, who has links primarily with respective Ken Colyer Jazz Bands and latterly the Chris Barber Jazz Band. Well worth a listen on BBC Radio Player in the forthcoming four weeks! - David Evans
24/06/18 - Carlisle jazz Club gig list has been updated
24/06/18 - Ever wondered what might have happened if you had pursued a particular interest when you were younger? Well as a young lad, as well as being a choir boy, I was invited to take part in a junior amateur dramatic production, "Beside the Seaside", which was reviewed in the local paper (Accrington Observer). As a result of that glowing testimonial, I got a part in the school play, Arsenic & Old Lace". I put the review on this site in the hope that some of the others involved, who I was no longer in contact with, might find it via Google, and get in touch, but it never happened. Nothing to do with jazz, but for page of the week, it was the next file on the site alphabetically. Can you spot me? You've only three to pick from!
24/06/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to pianist Pete Major (tomorrow), Pete Fielding on Tuesday, and on Saturday - Grant Hogan-Taylor and ex Yorkshire Stompers leader, Tony Smith.
22/06/18 - Hi Fred, I look forward to the Sunday afternoon jazz in Southport (18/06). I can easily get there on the train. Thank you for all your hard work in keeping up your Jazz page. Kind regards, - Mildred Finney
John Howell's video of 'East Coast
Trot' (18-06-18) has a great Nick Ward solo, and I wonder if he was
influenced by the exuberant style of the great Huub Janssen - see
Youtube 'Huub Janssen (Drummer) Solo ' - Norman Gibson
19/06/18 - "Just read this notice on Jazz Guide News - Would jazzers please note we slipped up with the Jazz Club 90 advert in July's Jazz Guide. Correct info is: - July 22nd - New Orleans Heat, July 29th - Spats Langham's Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell. Sincere apologies to John Howell and his merry band of Jazzers."
18/06/18 - Manchester venue, Band on the Wall has announced that the "Arts Council England has approved £1.65 million stage two Capital funding for the venue’s 'Bigger, Better, Stronger' expansion plan. The funding represents a significant milestone in plans to expand the venue and bring the derelict Cocozza building, at the rear of Band on the Wall, back to life, enabling a greater provision for music performance, education and community projects".
18/06/18 - Just back from a great weekend in Kirkcudbright. Such a well organised Jazz Festival, thanks to Leon McCaig. Here’s some photos from yesterday’s gig in the Cochran Hall, part of Kirkcudbright. 2019 Festival already in the diary. - Mike Lovell
18/06/18 - Just been enjoying reading again all those comments re: scruffy musicians. On checking the Tuba Skinny pic again, I notice the 'best dressed' was our own reed player Ewan Bleach, when he was with them briefly on one of his earlier stays in NOLA. My goodness, and he still dresses casual smart, what an amazing talent he has become. He will, of course, be appearing again with the Frog and Henry Band, when they return, as a five five piece collection, for a three week UK Tour in Feb. '19. Full Northern programme to be announced shortly. - Norman Gibson
18/06/18 - Another very successful jazz venue is 'Jazz Club 90', run by John & Marie Howell in Albrighton, Shropshire. If that's not enough John produces some great videos of the bands that play there. John says, "I thought your readers might like to see the second New Orleans based musician to visit Albrighton in 3 weeks, namely James Evans on clarinet and sax. Backed by Mark Challinor (of Wabash Jazzmen) on banjo and guitar, Howard Worthington on bass and Nick Ward on drums it was a brilliant sesssion. These are the links, about 65 minutes in total: - Panama - https://youtu.be/zLLVq61Ip2g , East Coast Trot - https://youtu.be/b2WbM225YEU, Burgundy Street Blues - https://youtu.be/UFvLC3pffdY, and the start of the 2nd set at https://youtu.be/CcDDiFn5wZU".
18/06/18 - One of the most successful jazz hotels in the North West is soon to start putting on "Sunday afternoon tea & jazz brunches" at a cost of £14.99 per person. The Talbot hotel in Southport, run by Gilbert & Julie Petrie, can surely boast that the best of bands and musicians have played there. I can't begin to name them all but look at this list - Dutch Swing College Band, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Chris Barber Big Band, Digby Fairweather, Kenny Ball, Temperance 7, Acker Bilk, George Melly, Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Keith Nichols, Enrico Tomasso, Spats Langham etc. to name a few, so watch this space.
18/06/18 - I've just been looking at the latest July edition of Jazz Guide and counted around 30 festivals, weekends and away days. On the other hand, unless it's my eyesight, the number of jazz clubs/venues seems to be getting less. Maybe as some of us get older our preferences are changing, what do you think? You can subscribe to Jazz Guide for just £10 a year.
17/06/18 - Missing item - My thanks to Tony Clay for sending me photographs of Deco Delight taken at the Talbot Hotel on 1st June. There are more photographs at http://tinyurl.com/ybqbvpzp
17/06/18 - I've just realised that the missing week of news was down to a computer glitch at this end which caused me to restore a previous backup done on the 12th June. That effectively meant anything put on between the 12th and 15th June, was now missing. I should have downloaded the version on the internet, but I didn't, so when I next uploaded the recovered page, some news items were lost. In the meantime, I'll try and work out the missing item(s) and put them back on.
17/06/18 - Belated birthday wishes to Dave Wright, our banjo player and guitarist for almost 15 years: he joined in 1967/8 and left in 1982 when money drew him away (well the day job did). Known as "Nipper" because of his compactness, Dave was 80 on Friday 15th June. Happy birthday Dave! - Jon Critchley and The Original Panama Jazz Band.
17/06/18 - Tame Valley Allstars? They're all stars, always have been! - Sam Wood
17/06/18 - There was an interesting discussion on the site in 2012 as to whether musicians were dressing too 'scruffy' for a paying audience. It's this week's Page of The Week
17/06/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to Tom Kincaid on Wednesday, Wally Fawkes who by reckoning will be 94, and to Barrie Marshall on Friday
17/06/18 - No midday/mid week jazz events this week, but I see that Mart Rodger Trio are playing on the Altrincham-Chester music train. It seems these music trains are a regular weekly event in the summer.
17/06/18 - I see from the latest edition of Jazz Guide that the Tame Valley Stompers are doing a gig at Lamport Hall in Northampton on 22nd July, except they are advertised as the Tame Valley Stompers Allstars. Either that's signalling a change of personnel or is this just for the benefit of the surroundings? The link on the main menu now directs you to the band's own web site at www.tamevalleystompers.co.uk.
Following a red carpet arrival at the New Orleans Museum of Art, King
Felipe the VI and Queen Letizia of Spain enjoyed music by a jazz group
and a cultural performance by Mardi Gras Indians as they ended a visit
to the city celebrating its tricentennial. That's their education
complete then I guess.
No news comes in for a week, then
when it does, it's not good - Sheila Collier has written on Facebook, "Lasse
has fallen and broken his hip while playing with The Spirit of New
Orleans last night in Denmark. He is being operated on now in Herve
Hospital , Copenhagen. I am going there now - it doesn’t look good for
our Jazz tour in Quedlinburg , Germany". Best wishes and hope
Lasse has a speedy recovery Sheila.
09/06/18 - One band that has featured strongly in the North West over the years in various incarnations, and one of the few NW bands led at one time by a female, was the Smoky City Jazz Band, no longer in existence I'm afraid. It first appeared on the scene In 1965 as the Smoky City Six, formed by clarinettist Tony Foulkes. Throughout the 1970s it was called Sheila Collier's Smoky City Jazz Band, and ended it's days under the leadership of Mike Pembroke. You can read all about this in Sheila's wonderful autobiography on this site, but if you want to listen to what the band sounded like in 1976, and again later, why not visit this week's Page of The Week? You won't be disappointed.
09/06/18 - There's only one lunchtime jazz event for you this week and it's the High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 15 June, 12:30 – 14:30 where there's a Tea Room and good food available. A Collection is also taken.
09/06/18 - Many Happy Returns on Monday to drummer Des Hopkins, and on Wednesday to retired trombonist and founder of the Antiques Six Jazz Band, Keith Hockin. On Thursday it's Happy Birthday to another trombone player who also played with the Antique Six - Richard Leach. Have a good week all of you.
- After a shaky start last
month, Garstang Jazz Club today saw double
the numbers coming through the door, and the future suddenly looks
brighter. 18 year old Alex Clarke was the guest this month (how long
before you have stop giving a lady's age away?) and she played like she
was a regular member, as well as playing a lovely solo number, "Do
You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans". For me the slightly
shorter sets than the usual hour long ones, and a lunch in the interval
was spot on. Mike Owen with The Three Bears, Tom Kincaid, Jack Cotterill
and organiser Jim Swinnerton made up the band. The numbers ranged
from "Anywhere You Go", and "Caravan", to Black & Blue and Just A Closer
Walk. During one number, "Georgia", I swear I could hear the strains of
'Sally from our Alley' drifting from Mike Owen's trombone. The next one is
on September 6th after a summer break, and will feature guest Jamie
Brownfield, so make a note in your diary for that one. Click on photo
for larger version and see also
05/06/18 - Coming to the Platform at Morecambe on Friday 8th, direct from London’s world-famous jazz club and combining world-class live jazz, narration and rare archive images and footage, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars take to the stage to celebrate ‘The Ronnie Scott’s Soho Songbook’. Full details here
05/06/18 - "I have a PA system that is now surplus to requirements, and wonder if anyone over your side of the hills might be able to make use if it?", writes Keith Daniel. "It comprises as follows:- Soundtech (American) QM6 100watt Powered Mixer Amplifier : 2 McKenzie Comp 110 Speaker Cabinets : Various Microphones, associated speaker, microphone and power cables. I am based in West Yorkshire, but any help that you can give to find a good home would be much appreciated. Because I have suffered from Insulin Dependent Type 1 Diabetes for over 45 years, I would hope for a charity donation of £50.00 to Diabetes UK in payment". Contact me for Keith's contact details- Fred
"This is not a spam email but one jazz lover to another sharing an
interesting Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong video link", writes Michael Paras.
It's a video of 'Everything Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Life, House
Tour And Archives! Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong His Life and A House Tour!
Ricky Riccardi, Director of Louis Armstrong House Museum takes us on a
tour of everything Louis Armstrong! Louis Armstrong House located in
Corona, Queens, and the archives at Queens College Benjamin S. Rosenthal
Library at Flushing, Queens'. You can watch it at
but put aside 51 minutes to watch it, and it's indeed fascinating..
04/06/18 - More photographs taken by Sam Ralph at Rochdale Jazz Club on Saturday. You can see them here. This time it's New Orleans Heat.
04/06/18 - It was good to meet up with old friends 87 year old Harry Swinburne and his wife Mary last night. Many of you will know Harry for the years spent running jazz and big band nights at Maghull Town Hall, and also the jazz weekends at the Chatsworth House Hotel in Llandudno, which he had to give up following health problems. Harry also used to appear on Radio Merseyside gave lectures on jazz and the history of some of the great writers such as Irving Berlin. Harry told me that he still gets telephone enquiries about Llandudno. Click on picture for larger version.
04/06/18 - Not often there's a bargain to be had via this website, but I can now reveal that after recuperating initial production costs, the Original Panama Jazz Band have reduced the price of their latest CD "Something For The Weekend - With A Bit On The Side!", to £5.50 including postage, or at any of the band gigs for £5. For more details check out the band's web page
04/06/18 - John Hallam will be playing with the Carl Sinclair Boogie Band once again this year, and once again it's all in aid of Cancer research UK. It will take place on 25th October, in Culcheth, Warrington, and full details can be found by clicking here.
04/06/18 - It was a great night last night at the Talbot Hotel where we were kindly invited by the delightful owners, Gilbert & Julie Petrie. It was to come and see Spats Langham with his Hot Fingers group which included Danny Blyth and Malcolm Sked playing a variety of instruments including guitar, double bass, banjo mandolin, ukulele, clarinet and tuba, plus vocalist Emily Campbell. I've seen Spats many times, usually as part of another band so this was a first for me. It was extremely entertaining, with such a variety of music and genre ranging from Al Bowley to Sonny Terry and Brownie Magee. Spats' special request for Julie, a solo rendition of 'Whispering Grass' emulating the Inkspots was something to behold. Spats came over to have a chat with Barbara and I, and I felt quite chuffed when he told me that he visited this site most days.
03/06/18 - Undercliffe Cricket Club gig list has been updated
03/06/18 - As we had a few from the North West in our audience at Albrighton Sports and Social Club for the Marla Dixon gig I wonder if you could find space for a reminder about the visit of James Evans next Sunday (10th), James will be known to many as a one time member of Phil Mason's New Orleans All Stars. "I have arranged a gig featuring James Evans, the brilliant young clarinet/sax player who left the UK to live in New Orleans a few years ago. He plays in NO with the Shotgun Jazz Band who's leader Marla Dixon was at the Club in May. Unfortunately James' visit to the UK does not coincide with Marla's (what a gig that could have been!) but is here in June which means the only date he can do is the June 10th...the day of Cosford Air Show. A few years ago this would have meant traffic chaos around Albrighton but the last 3 years have seen vast improvement in traffic management and most cars are now safely in Cosford before the Club opens at 12 noon so we hope that we will get enough support to make it worthwhile....James deserves a full house!" - John & Marie Howell
03/06/18 - The late and lovely Joe Silmon once wrote a review of a book for this site. The book was written by his friend and fellow musician who played on the Manchester scene - Des Hopkins. I don't know if copies of the book are still available, but Joe's review is this week's Page of The Week.
03/06/18 - If you like to get out during the day in the middle of the week to hear some good jazz then how about The Savoy Jazzmen who are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 5 June, from 14:00 – 16:00. Or here's something new - Jim Swinnerton presents The Three Bears trio with Mike Owen and special guest Alex Clarke, and they will be playing at the Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, Preston PR3 0HR near Garstang on Thu, 7 June, 12:00 – 14:30. You won't pay high prices for drinks, as you bring your own drinks and glasses, but the admission price does include a hot pot lunch. Full Details Here. If you haven't been this way before, it's worth making a day of it and calling in at Barton Grange garden centre, just 2 miles further South on the A6. It doesn't cost anything to look, but it might just empty your pockets to buy quality.
03/06/18 - Many Happy Returns of the week to Jeff Milner tomorrow and to Brian Turnock on Thursday
Re: The Poem, Bring back Cab Calloway I say Fred - Norman Gibson
01/06/18 - "Recently on televised choir competitions and at my own gigs I have heard suggestions that entertainment, as an addition to the music, is expected". So writes a jazz musician. He says, "The following lines have come to me as a result", and he sent me this this little poem which you can read if you click here. I think you'll love it. He goes on to say, "If you publish them, perhaps you could do so anonymously to save me from any disputatious conversations, or repercussions from promoters threatening my dwindling gig list".
01/06/18 - Woodvale Rally is coming to Victoria Park, Southport this month on 16th and 17th June. The Blue Magnolia Jazz Orchestra & the Chicago Teddy Bears will be appearing along with Liverpool Harmony Gospel Choir, Mike Byrne & The Sunrockers, The Shakers, The Beatmasters & The Original Quarrymen. It looks to be a great event for the family,
01/06/18 - The gig list for jazz at Bingley Mavericks has been updated thanks to Graham Dawson
31/05/18 - From time to time interest is shown in musicians, bands and venues outside of the North West. In particular bands and musicians from New Orleans like Tuba Skinny, The Shotgun Band, the Shake Em Up jazz band and the Carling Family from Sweden. Search for them on YouTube if you haven't seen them. Today I noticed that Sunderland have a Tall Ships Race coming up, and to tie in with it, a Summer Streets festival with an international theme with acts as far afield as Norway and New Orleans. The all-female Shake Em Up jazz band and Swedish YouTube sensation Gunhild Carling with her band (famous for playing three trumpets at the same time) - will both be making an appearance. It all takes place on Sat 14th July so that's definitely one to travel a bit further afield for. See poster.
We wanted to say thank you to all of
Keith's fellow Jazz musicians who have supported the family with their
messages, reminiscences and not least for those who came to play at the
celebration of his life on 4th May, it was lovely to see so many friends
representing Keith's jazz playing over the years. Particular thanks to
Roy Gregory and the Parade Band who organised the band at the Lever Club
and for all the generous donations to Christian Aid and Claire House
Children's Hospice in his memory. Many thanks, - Pat & the girls
27/05/18 - If you like to get out and about during the day, then on Monday you can see the Red Rose Band marching quite a distance around Garstang. If however you fancy a flutter, you could pop up to Cartmel Racecourse where Deco Delight are playing between races.
27/05/18 - Remember Tom Culbert's Quayside Hot Stompers? With the sad loss of Delia Glaister and the retirement of Alan Duckles, it's unlikely we will hear that unique sound locally ever again. So just to remind you of the band, this week's Page of The Week is a photograph and selection of tunes from their CD.
Fifty Six years ago today, Acker Bilk, dressed in the throwback costume
of an Edwardian music hall player, becomes the first British artist to
top the US pop chart with his instrumental single, “Stranger On the
25/05/18 - Many Happy Returns next week to jazz promoter Graham Brook on Friday, and on Saturday to ex Collegians and Crescent Jazz Band pianist Brenda Canty-Forest.
I came across an interesting musician
advert in UK Music industry Magazine - "About The Job - Trad jazz
trumpet or clarinet player needed in Reigate this Saturday 26th May.
£147, Playing 2x 40 mins between 12 and 3pm., Dress: dinner jacket,
black bow tie". Wonder if they pay travelling expenses, or even
double pay if you can play both instruments?
24/05/18 - I'm sure you've heard that this year's Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival was successful, and has clearly established itself. I'm writing to say our Guest Sessions pulled in lots of musicians and customers and will hopefully be running again next year. We had a 1.5 hour busk in the Market Square on Sunday morning, in sunshine instead of the usual rain, collecting for The Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, and a cheque for £425 has been sent to them. Our thanks to all contributors. I hear strains of Happy Birthday coming from your website - Thanks again. - Malcolm Hogarth. Especially for you Malcolm, click here on Saturday (or now if you can't wait) - Fred
24/05/18 - Dear Fred, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me just now, please see below the link that we discussed. It was our Head Gardener that recommended I looked at your page ( And he did tell me that this isn’t the kind of Jazz that he was used to). As I mentioned on the telephone, we are just starting out doing this kind of event, so we are all very new to this, you never know, maybe we could do something more on your wave length in the future. Please feel free to have a look at our website and maybe if you have a free Sunday, maybe you would like to visit us.http://tinyurl.com/yavpuj5b Kind Regards - Lisa Redfern. Events Manager, Adlington Hall. No it's not traditional jazz, but worth checking out as the music is played by two young musicians from the Northern College of Music.
24/05/18 - Our gig with Marla and John Dixon last Sunday was truly fabulous, everything we expected and more with the local guys providing excellent support. I have put 4 videos, totalling about 85 minutes all together, on YouTube and the links are below. Marla and John Dixon with Brian Lawrence on bass, Roger Bird on clarinet/sax, Nick Ward on drums and Pete Johnson on trombone. Pete runs his own swing/jazz band but has never played with this type of line-up before, he practised along to Marla's videos on YT to get used to her style and did a great job for us! Start first set https://youtu.be/YsL_zjBYBsU : End first set https://youtu.be/Cow6OBoRmas : Part of second set https://youtu.be/dw1oJ_FQoEU : End of gig https://youtu.be/smLLwlEIC10 - John and Marie Howell, Jazz Club 90, Albrighton Sports and Social Club. Photo - Norman Gibson
20/05/18 - If you like your live jazz with a lunchtime snack, you are out of luck this week, there may be snacks, but no live jazz.
20/05/18 - Many Happy Returns today to Merseysippi Jazz Band trombone player, Peter Fryer. Next Saturday it will be Malcolm Hogarth's turn to celebrate, and on Sunday Bruce Carnaffin and Dave Dixson will also celebrate their birthdays. Many Happy Returns to you all.
18/05/18 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated
16/05/18 - This Sunday's session at the Bowling Club, St Helens, has been cancelled! "This means our next session will be on June 10th at 8 pm. Guests already booked (!) are Terry Brunt on trombone, beret and scarf, and Dave Alexander on guitar", says Keith Allcock.
16/05/18 - Thanks for the Pops Coffee video of The Shotgun Jazz Band and I can say that when she is playing with Charlie Halloran (trombone) and Bruce Brackman (clarinet) they sound great. Here is a sample - Malcolm Holland
16/05/18 - "I’m delighted to be playing on June 7th at Jim Swinnerton’s new jazz club at Kirkland Village Hall, Garstang, PR3 0HR, along with Mike Owen and Tom Kincaid’s Three Bears. It starts at 12 noon and entry includes a reputedly epic hotpot lunch! It would be great to see as many faces as possible to support this new venture". - Alex Clarke. I see that the club has a Facebook presence but unless I am doing something wrong, I can't see any mention of the next event, it just tells me "Garstang Jazz Club does not have any upcoming events". If that's the case, wake up somebody! - FB
16/05/18 - I've just realised 'Pops' Coffee's jazz blog has come to an end. However, his final post 611 points us to his listing of recommended videos of great traditional bands. I, for one, will miss him, and his amusingly written pieces. Oh ! , and thanks 'Pops' for keeping the site open to let us go back through it on a sentimental journey. I must read again the one where he had a real rant about insensitive thrashing drummers. - Norman Gibson
16/05/18 - Ian McCann's 4 to the bar Jazz is back at the Devonshire Arms in Mellor (Stockport), on Tuesday 22nd May with guests John Hallam, Andy Henderson and Dave Parr from 9.00pm till 11.00pm.
Just seen on Alderleyedge.com that
the Beartown Stompers Jazz Band will parade through the village of
Alderley Edge setting off from Chorley Hall Lane at 10.30am on Saturday,
that's another event that's news to me. Forgive my ignorance, but can
somebody tell me the significance of 'Beartown'?
14/05/18 - I was quite surprised to pick up this flyer pushed through the letterbox by the postman, which was headed Preston Jazz & Improvisation Festival. I noticed it was supported by The Arts Council, England, so not surprisingly there was not one traditional; jazz band featured. One name I recognised was local multi style reed player Harold Salisbury who is a first class New Orleans Jazz musician but will be playing with his jazz Fusion band - Pinto Beans.
14/05/18 - Jon Moreman asks, "Anyone selling a sousaphone?". Details on the Wanted Items page.
14/05/18 - I enjoyed reading about the odd requests that punters ask for, (This week's Page of The Week), they make me laugh. - Mildred Finney
14/05/18 - The New Riverside Jazz Band residency on the first Monday of the month at the Black Bull in Bentham has come to an end. This comes on top of the residency at The Wagon & Horses in Lancaster coming to an end at the end of last year. Unfortunately the band now doesn't have a place to call home.
14/05/18 - Just listening to John Petter's "Spotlight on Mike Poynton, Part 2" broadcast on Spitfire Radio, The show features tracks by Kid Ory / Red Allen, Wild Bill with Strings, Charlie & His Orchestra, Cap'n John Handy & Sammy Rimington, Bessie Smith and Benny Carter. if you've missed it there's a second chance to hear it again on Wednesday at 11pm
14/05/18 - Not often jazz bands receive thank you letters, so Mike Lovell was well pleased to receive this one - "Dear Mike, Chris, Colin, Willie, Andy and John What a wonderful evening of delightful music and entertainment last night at Todwick Jazz Supper Club 12 May 2018. Please accept my and the club members grateful thanks for all your efforts. Lots of lovely comments received...... everyone very impressed with all your expertise. Hope you all got home safely. - Sheila"
The Black Horse Jazzmen gig at The Lion at Settle tomorrow night has
been cancelled as the renovations are not yet finished.
13/05/18 - It's been a while since a musician sent me an amusing story about a strange musical request, 13 years in fact, so how about some new ones for "The Daft Things Punters Say" which is this week's page of the week.
13/05/18 - Mike Lovell's Six in a Bar at Eagley Jazz Club last Monday. Photo courtesy Ann Lord
12/05/18 - Happy Birthday today to Martin Bennett. Next week it will be John Barnes' birthday on Tuesday, Phil Lucas on Wednesday, John Higham on Friday and Paul Medina on Saturday. Many Happy Returns to you all.
10/05/18 - Tony Pringle has now been added to the tributes page. Tony was born on 12th December 1936 in a bungalow named "The Anchorage" in the village of Greasby on the Wirral Peninsula. He emigrated to the USA in 1969 where he met Tommy Sancton and they started The Black Eagle Jazz Band
From time to time a residency comes
to an end, and unfortunately nobody lets me know. Whether it was a one
off or permanent I'm not sure, but I do know that Norman Gibson, with
his wife and sister, did a wasted 100 mile round trip to Radcliffe,
Greater M/cr, last night to see one of his favourite bands,
Jeriatric Jazz, at Dobbies Sports & Social Club, which "What's
on" had listed as appearing every 2nd Wednesday in the month. If you
do see anything listed in What's On that you
know is no longer taking place, please, please
contact me and I'll update right away.
09/05/18 - Jim Swinnerton will be presenting the second of his jazz club events at Kirkland Village Hall near Garstang on Thursday June 7th. This time his guest will be 18 year old reed player Alex Clarke, who caused quite a stir with her remarkable jazz playing ability when she last appeared in the Lancs & Cumbria area. Jim on bass, will also have Tom Kincaid on piano, Mike Owen on trombone and Jack Cotterill on drums, a great line-up, one not to be missed. Full details are available here. My thanks to Gudrun Ohara & David Wellock for this photograph taken at the last event when Ben Holder made a guest appearance (click photo for larger version). I'm looking forward to being well enough to make this on
09/05/18 - I have been in touch with Marla Dixon, of the Shotgun Jazz Band in New Orleans, and her gig with us on May 20th is the only one she is doing in the UK (apart from Keswick Festival), I thought this might interest some of your readers who do occasionally travel down to Albrighton. The gig is the usual time.....1.00 - 3.00 pm and admission £5.00. Regards, - John and Marie Howell
09/05/18 - I've been wondering how I might be affected by the new General Data Protection Law, but it only seems to apply to businesses and public sector organisations. So added to the fact that I'm not a business and I don't hold any individual's data other than name, and that those who break the rules can be fined up to 4% of annual global turnover for breaching them, means I can sleep easy knowing that in the worse case scenario, 4% of nothing is not worth worrying about.
09/05/18 - The latest issue of Dove Jazz Bugle is now available on line at http://tinyurl.com/y8x55sl4
07/08/15 - Hi Fred, I know this is not in the North West, but here's some information of a gig we're putting on near to Leeds next Sunday, 13th May, if you'd be so kind as to put it on the site. The Peter Frank memorial evening, with the Aire Valley Jazz Band. The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane, Arthington LS21 1NL. Sunday 13th May, 2018. 8.30pm until 11.00pm. Admission £6.00 on the night. Peter Frank passed away on 13th May, 2017. This event is planned to remember Peter as a great man and fine musician who always supported jazz in the North of England. The Aire Valley Jazz Band is the current name of the Peter Frank Dixieland Allstars. The line up for the 13th is Frank Brooker on reeds, Andy Henderson on Cornet, Dave Merrell on trombone, Chris Howse on Banjo/Guitar, Phil Kampen on Bass, and Rod McNamara on Drums. - Andy Henderson 07779 240468 : The Wharfedale Inn 0113 284 2921
07/08/15 - The news of Tony Pringle's death and the details of the various Liverpool and Wirral spots, really brings back memories when, straight off the Crosville bus from North Wales I’d hop into the Temple or Picton Rooms before going to my lodgings. I had no idea who I listened to in The Temple but was mesmerised by the trumpeter who had a rapid up and down movement as he played. I was too ignorant to find out who were the players, and possibly too busy studying accountancy to spend time investigating. That was about 1950/51 I suppose. What an idiot I was! - Denys Owen
07/05/18 - "I've got a real corker of a show lined up tomorrow on the Sound of Spitfire!", writes John Petters. "It features the first part of an in depth interview with trombonist, writer, producer and broadcaster. Mike Pointon, recorded last month at my Louis Armstrong Celebration Jazz Festival at Norwich". Mike discusses his influences, illustrating this with some fabulous music, including, John Petters Creole Jazz Band featuring Mike with Cuff Billett, James Evans, Martin Litton, Keith Donald and Tim Phillips, Ken Colyer, Bunk Johnson, George Lewis, The Eureka Brass Band, Muddy Waters, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Red Allen and Albert Nicholas. Tune tomorrow night (Monday) at 9pm uk time".
06/05/18 - Many Happy Returns on Thursday to ex? jazz promoter Norman Gibson, on Friday to musicians Darren Lloyds and Saturday to Martin Bennett
06/05/18 - Following on from their successful trip "Oop North" to video NW bands and interview fans and musicians, Jenny & Ray Knight aka RayK Jazz, are all set for their third trip. Jenny has sent me their itinerary as follows - 18th May, 12.30 - 2.30pm High Society Jazz Band : 20th May, 12.30 -3.00pm Sun Street Stompers : 22nd May 8.30 - 11.00pm The Forest New Orleans Jazz Band. Louis Lince did the research for these bands and venues and will be accompanying them. You can find the venues in What's On.
06/05/18 - Barry Pryme sent me this message but I was unable to get it on in time - "Just noticed that the Cerys Matthews programme 10.00am Sunday morning on BBC Radio 6 (digital) is live from Cheltenham Jazz Festival and will feature the well-known Adrian Cox and his latest project Kansas Smitty's House Band". However all is not lost because you can catch it on iPlayer at http://tinyurl.com/y6vlhyup
Dear Fred ,Your readers in the
Morecambe/Lancaster area will be sad to hear the recent passing of
Warren Hutchings, 80. A devoted trad jazz fan Warren was a life long
follower of various bands in this region /and his native Gtr Manchester.
The funeral/celebration in Lancaster Crematorium on Thurs May 10th at
12.30 mid-day and will be followed by a send off gig at the Bare Village
Club. All jazzers welcome with/without instruments. Thank you Fred for
all your hard work that you do behind the screens - Rick Bradshaw
04/05/18 - Word has just come through from two sources that New Black Eagles leader and ex Mersey trumpeter, Tony Pringle, has died. Tony was a regular contributor to this site and was able to contribute much to the history of jazz on Merseyside. "Sadly Tony passed away yesterday in hospital in America" writes John Dunlop. "As you know I became the bass player with Tony replacing the tea chest player in the band Tony was forming - the Druids jazz band in the late fifties. We started playing at the Kraal club in New Brighton and we graduated to the Temple in Liverpool before a brief period at the Cavern in Liverpool before the Blue Jeans and subsequently the Beatles took over. With the Druids our clarinettist Brian Williams emigrated to Canada, Vic Sanderson banjo went to Australia, Rusty Hartshorn - drums went to Canada and of course Tony went to America! I did not realise I was that bad! As you may know Tony eventually formed The New Black Eagle jazz band in the Boston area which he led until he sadly passed away". Also this message from Bert Thompson, "I just heard that Tony Pringle, leader of the New Black Eagles Jazz Band, did not fully recover from the aortic surgery he had to undergo recently and a heart attack. He passed away yesterday, May 4th--a sad loss for the trad jazz community. He was a most able band leader and had a very personal and identifiable sound on his horn. As we are saying more and more frequently these days, another good one gone".
May I, through the medium of your
website, thank those who sent me "get well" messages when I was recently
submitted to Hospital following a stroke. Glad to say, I am greatly
improved. Thank you all. - Noël Broadgate
03/05/18 - I just read on the Jazz Guide web site News Page that "the multiple award-winning feature documentary, ONE NOTE AT A TIME, which pays homage to the musicians who courageously returned to their hometown of New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, is to be released in UK cinemas late summer (24th August), in the year which marks the 300th anniversary of the founding of the city affectionately considered the birthplace of jazz." Here's the official trailer -
03/05/18 - "The Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival runs next week from Thursday 10th May to Sunday 13th May. I'll be running the Guest Sessions (a free event) daily from 2 to 5 pm, at The Pack Horse Inn on Thu & Sun, and at The Conservative Club on Fri & Sat. There's food and (lots of) beer, etc, at both venues", writes Malcolm Hogarth. "The Guest Sessions are inclusive, so everybody gets a go to play, sing, dance, etc. The house band is bass, drums, keyboard, a front line player (trumpet/trombone/reeds) and banjo, and all
players are welcome. It's meant to be a fun session, providing entertainment and wonderment for the audience. We look forward to having Jazz North West users there to prove
that Jazz is tops in the North West. - Malcolm (trainee Northerner, from the South-hiss, boo).
02/05/18 - What at first glance might look like a scene from the Wild West, is in fact Mike Lovell's 'Sticky Rock Three' playing at a “Speak Easy” themed night at Booths Supermarket in Poulton le Fylde last Sunday. It featured Mike with Colin Turner and Anthony Mason. See also http://tinyurl.com/yd24o3un
02/05/18 - Still under the weather at this end, strong antibiotics making me quite weary, so delays in dealing with emails and the news updates I'm afraid, this on top of my son currently in hospital makes it unlikely that we'll make Lancashire's new Garstang lunchtime jazz club tomorrow