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December

  • 05/12/16 - The Tame Valley Stompers are continuing to celebrate seventeen years of residency - this Wednesday Norman and the boys are being joined by Tom Kincaid so an excellent night is in prospect.

  • 05/12/16 - Two items in good condition just gone on the Sales Page.  The Complete Jazz at the Philharmonic on Verve 1944-49, in unusual  black presentation box, and  The Complete  Clef/Verve Count Basie Fifties Studio Recordings.

  • 04/12/16 -  Another mid week daytime gig just come in - Cafe Jazz Quintet  this Friday, 9th December from 1pm till 3.30 (free admission), at The Mount, Fleetwood.

  • 04/12/16 - "The very popular Savannah Jazz Band will be performing on 24th Feb at Sale Conservative Club", writes John Slater.  An interesting rider states, "If support continues for the Jazz like this we will be booking more Bands throughout 2017".  Let's hope it does.

  • 04/12/16 - Hi Fred, funny you should mention Alan Duckles birthday gig as unusual - I've got mine approaching on 15th Dec, and as it's a Thursday will be playing as usual with the Tuxedo Jazzband at the Old Wallaseyans on the Wirral. All welcome of course, the more the merrier! - Richard Knock

  • 03/12/16 - The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 6 December, 14:00 – 16:00. This is the only mid week daytime concert this week

  • 03/12/16 - It's not often that a birthday falls on exactly the same day as a gig, it's even less frequent that a band member has a birthday on the same day as a gig, so tomorrow will be a special day for the Sun Street Stompers at the John O'Gaunt in Lancaster as musician and band leader Alan Duckles celebrates his. Only one problem, Alan will be missing and Peter Boswell will be depping for him. Never mind, he'll get another opportunity in 2022

  • 03/12/16 - I failed to provide any links to last week's Page of the Week which was the tribute page to George Webb. So it's here again and it's where you'll find interesting photographs of the UK's father of jazz, as well as a tribute video.

  • 02/12/16 - A Collection of New Orleans / Traditional jazz 78s and LPs have gone on the Sales Page
     

  • 02/12/16 - The Merseysippi Jazz Band will regrettably have to cancel the following Monday night sessions at the Victoria in Aigburth, South Liverpool over Christmas and early January. These are 19th and 26th December and 2nd January. On 19th December and 2nd January, Liverpool Football Club have home matches and 26th December is of course Boxing Day. As a one-off it has been possible to arrange for us to play on Tuesday, 3rd January to partly compensate for the 3 consecutive Mondays off. The 12th December will last session before Christmas and this will be our Christmas party night when food will be served.

  • 01/12/16 - I've just added another band to the band spotlight page. The band has been playing in the Lancaster area and is called Deco Delight.

  • 01/12/16 - I tuned in to Classic FM just before 6.00pm on Monday 28.11.16 and was amazed to hear trad. Jazz. It was a film soundtrack featuring jazz musician, singer and bandleader Phil Harris. Pity we don’t get more of this from the BBC. - Barrie Quilliam
     

  • 01/12/16 - I see that tickets are now available for Keswick Jazz Festival - The price for a 4 day stroller is £120 which will give access to all of the venues for the duration of the ticket. Ticket sales are being handled by  the Settle Victoria Hall using their secure on-line services.

  • 01/12/16 - The PENDLE JAZZMEN have continued to play their brand of happy foot-tapping Dixieland Jazz for more than four and a half years at The Inn at the Wharf, Manchester Rd., Burnley. There will be two more Thursday sessions - December 8th and 15th - before the Christmas break. They re-start after the holidays will have a different look as trumpeter (and founder member) Stuart Whiteley will be away for several months visiting his family in Australia. Signed up to take his place are John Pashley from Yorkshire as well as John Percival.  Our twice-monthly regular trombonist, Colin Ball, will show another dimension to his supreme skill by swapping his trombone for a trumpet when Jack Moore joins us on his fortnightly appearances.  The sessions re-commence on Thursday January 12th at the usual time of 8.30p.m. (until 11.00p.m.) with John Percival leading from the front.  The Inn presents an ideal setting for this type of music with a happy brand of foot-tapping music. Everyone is warmly welcomed! - Colin Mason

November

  • 30/111/6 - The latest edition of Just Jazz is now out with a picture on the front of North West pianist Tom Culbert "80 years young in December". There's also an interesting letter from Tony Sheldon (Rochdale Jazz Club)  responding to Pete Lay's recent editorial complaining of requests to cut fees when after travelling and fuel costs are taken into account his band effectively earned less than the minimum wage. The failure of fans and clubs to pay a decent remuneration to bands seems to have been a constant theme this last year. I will reproduce Tony's letter in 3 months time, maybe you should buy a copy and read it there first?

  • 29/11/16 - Nigel Laird has asked me if I could let jazz fans know that his father, pianist John Laird, who was a regular at Leeds Jazz Club, and a regular visitor to this site, has passed away at the age of 77. The funeral will take place at Wakefield Crematorium on 5th December at 11am.

  • 28/11/16 - As many of you are aware, this is a North West UK site, and the boundary is there to keep it manageable. From time to time I'm put to the test when asked to feature festivals and events outside this area. If there is a NW connection in some way, I have been known to capitulate. Such is the case with the Festjazz in France which is organised by ex Blue Mags band leader Trevor Stent, and which some NW residents like to know about and attend. One NW man who has often waxed lyrical about it and probably already has his room booked and slippers outside the bedroom of a French Gite, is Norman Gibson. Norman has sent me this Press Release. He says, "This will go out in the next day or so on the official FestJazz website. It is good to see Dorine de Wit is returning as she was a big hit this year. Visitors to your site may have seen Dorine's 'Musicians Perspective' in Just Jazz mag. It is looking like Trevor Stent will well go beyond the success this years exceedingly good festival". Well that's another reason to include this festival, NW musicians, Jamie Brownfield, Jack Cottrell and Tom Kinkaid are accompanying Dorine de Wit.

  • 28/11/16 - Re: My Mic stand - Thank you so much for posting that for me but I now think there is a solution to my problem. So I thank everyone for their dedication to this problem of mine. It is indeed a very famous microphone stand! and the situation has now been resolved but I am so grateful to everyone who has tried to help me and, in particular, the very generous offer by Terry Porter who let me have his own mic stand as he no longer uses it.  I went up to Ormskirk today to collect it and to meet the very kind person behind this generous offer.   In addition, my original one will be made available to me later this month when the High Society Jazz Band visit Fleetwood Hesketh Sports and Social Club on 14th December.  So then I shall have two, which is a very good idea in light of the fact that I am apt to leave things behind. - - Sue Reid-Povall

  • 28/11/16 - Walter Love's splendid Radio Ulster's 'Jazz Club' programme of Sunday 27.11.16 featured 'Jazz at a Tangent' Volume 8 including the Bob Wallis Storyville Jazz Band with Ginger Baker, later of 'Cream' fame on drums. Extracts from a 1956 recorded concert featuring 'Sensational American Jazz Musicians in Manchester' i.e. Jack Teagarden, Earl Hines & Peanuts Hucko among others playing with the Alex Welsh Jazz Band formed a major part of this broadcast. Well worth a listen on BBC IPlayer! - David Evans,  Rhuddlan. I just checked and Ken Colyer and Ian Wheeler are featured in next week's Jazz Club with Walter Love, -  Colyer's Pleasure from the early 60s, and the All Stars from 1986, which have recently been discovered. And Ken Colyer links to Ian Wheeler with a selection from Lake's Remembering series.- Fred

  • 27/11/16 - Two mid week daytime jazz events this week -  "Mike Lovell 6 in a bar" at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wed, 30 November, 12:00 – 14:30 at The North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood, and "Hope Swings Eternal" at the splendid Christmas Market at Yewtree Barn at  WRS Architectural Antiques, Gallery, Harry's Cafe Bar, Yew Tree Barn Low Newton Nr Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands LA11 6JP

  • 27/11/16 - Last Week's Page of the Week was about what makes a good jazz club and prompted Alec Crow to add his contribution having been successful in running Bedale Jazz Club since 2013 and still going strong. This week's page of the week is the tribute page to George Webb where you'll find interesting photographs of the UK's father of jazz, as well as a tribute video

  • 27/11/16 - Many Happy Returns this week to ex-pat Tony West on Tuesday, Paul Marks on Thursday and Derek Harrison & Howard Murray on Friday. Have a great day all of you.

  • 27/11/16 - Barbara & I went to Freda Barker's funeral on Friday and I was pleased to see Tom Culbert there representing the many jazz musicians who played at Blakey's. Recording of  The Saints and the Old Rugged Cross were played by a New Orleans band that neither Tom nor I could name, which added a suitable jazz flavour to the occasion, and it finished with Spirit in the Sky, which her daughter Wendy said, "... always lifted mum whenever she was down".

  • 27/11/16 - "We have added two new articles to http://www.alancooperremembered.com", writes James Evans. "Diz Disley…banjoist, guitarist, skiffle player, folk singer, radio presenter, cartoonist, comedy singer, millionaire, pauper, jailbird (only for tax evasion which some practise with pride), and so on. We remember one of the great characters of British jazz. We review two new albums (plus samples) from two old timers…if you consider 60+ old? Piano virtuosi Fred Hersch and Frank Kimbrough get better with age like the finest wine". I also found interesting photographs of Yorkshire Jazz Band on there - Fred

  • 27/11/16 -  16 year old Alex Clarke, who made such a great impression when she came over to Lancashire & Cumbria recently, will be playing at The Bleeding Wolf Pub in Scholar Green, Cheshire (postcode ST7 3BQ) at 9pm on Wednesday 7th December. Free entry.  Alex says, "I'll be playing with a brilliant young jazz guitarist Kieran Matthews along with the other regular rhythm section members, Roger Keay (drums) and Nigel Cartwright (bass)".

  • 27/11/16 -  A Baedeker tour of international musical curiosities from the 78rpm era with Oliver Carter-Wakefield at http://tinyurl.com/hrux7z4 says Philip Cakebread. "On this week’s show - the music of the "territory" bands who crisscrossed the dusty highways and byways of rural America during the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Separated by vast distances from the main centers of jazz in New York and Chicago the scant recorded legacy of these bands nevertheless shows that they were able to play with verve, precision and swing. With music by Zack Whyte, Bennie Moten, Julia Lee and Hunter’s Serenaders, Ben Brown and Jimmy Lovatt".

  • 26/11/16 - The Chicago Teddybears Jazz night on 16th December 2016 at Sale Conservative Club is now SOLD OUT.  Many thanks for the positive response and sorry if you have not got tickets.  We have booked the Savannah Jazz Band for the next Jazz night at the club on Friday 24th February 2017 and advance tickets will be available from 16th December please buy tickets early to avoid disappointment. - Steve Russell

  • 25/11/16 - Yesterday (Thursday) afternoon was our last session at Timperley Sports Club due to the low attendance. It is a great pity because those who come regularly are great friends of Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz. I have promised them that I will be searching for another venue and will let them know when we start there. Our Monday session at Poynton Legion Club on 21st November just gone was on that terrible day weather wise. We were thrilled that we had one of the best audience numbers. - Mart Rodger

  • 24/11/16 - The Payday Loons  will be leading the Christmas Lights Switch On Parade in Workington on Sat 3 December at 5pm.

  • 22/11/16 - The late Dave Potts' son, Andy, has emailed to say, "My mum has found a pile of ‘Jazz Times’ in perfect condition that my dad had left in a cupboard. They are dated between 1989 and 1995. I wonder if anyone would like these?". please let me know if interested and I'll pass your email on.

  • 22/11/16 - The funeral of Freda Barker, the grand old lady of Blackburn Jazz, will take place this Friday at 3pm at Pleasington Crematorium.

  • 22/11/16 - I've just been looking at AberJazz Jazz and Blues Festival website, as I'm fancying a look down there in Fishguard next year. I see they have been going about half the length of time as Keswick and yet they have got a string of sponsors on board, among them The Lottery, Stena Ferries and The Arts Council of Wales. Surely if they were able to do it Keswick promoters must be able to !! - Norman  Gibson
     

  • 20/11/16  - Sue Reid-Povall posted on Facebook - "Does anyone have a mic stand I could borrow for a while, or even sell me one at a very reduced price? I left mine in Morecambe today and won't be going back until next year!". Presumably anyone in the Morecambe area heading towards Merseyside or North Wales could be a big help too. You can contact Sue by going to this page where you will find her email address. Sue subsequently emailed to say, "Thanks so much for putting that on the website. It's been very fruitful".

  • 20/11/16 - Just one midweek daytime jazz this week - Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz at Timperley Sports Club on Thu, 24 November, at Timperley Sports Club, Stockport Road, Timperley. WA15 7LU Next to the Hare & Hounds. It's an easy entrance with no steps, good car park, bar plus tea/coffee. 1-30pm start and £6 admission.

  • 20/11/16 - During the summer we came home from a holiday via Stow-on-the-Wold, and we had a chance to pop into the old Antique Shop in the corner of the square, where Keith Hockin hangs out. I first met Keith when he came North with his band, the Antiques Six (no prizes for guessing where that name came from). Keith is now in retirement, and when he retired around 2005, the late Dick Chapman sent me an article about Keith, which is is this week's page of the week. If you remember Keith from his trips to Preston and Fleetwood, then do pop into his shop, I'm sure he'll be pleased to see you and reminisce.

  • 20/11/16 - Many Happy Returns this week to Savannah Jazz Band leader, John Meehan on Tuesday, and to Bob Hambleton on Wednesday and Dave Berry on Saturday.

  • 18/11/16 - There's a new band on the block with some familiar faces. It's The Dixie Beats and they are now listed on the main menu

  • 18/11/16 - I am writing to you about Anima jazz bar in Warrington where I am a regular customer. Great spacious venue with two floors and a grand piano. It opened a few months ago and it would be good to increase people's awareness that it exists. It is almost opposite the central library. The website is http://www.animajazz.co.uk.  - Stephen Pilditch.
     

  • 18/11/16 - The weekly THURSDAY evening gig at The Inn, Manchester Road in Burnley is still going well after four and a half years. Sadly, one of our founder members and bass player, Frank Lowe, has had to "retire" because of increasing poor health. We wish him well for the future. Dave Joyce has agreed to join us and has been warmly welcomed by band members and audience. Dave has been - for many years - a regular player with the successful big band - 'Sounds 18'. - Colin Mason
     

  • 17/11/16 - I had a call from Bahrain today from Freda Barker's  daughter, Wendy, to say her mother had died yesterday as a result of pneumonia. Freda, aged 90, was a well known figure in the Blackburn area having served on the Council for ,many years as an Independent, but she was equally well known in the jazz circles as the organiser of jazz at Blakeys Jazz Bar in Blackburn with her husband Harold. She was also well known at many jazz festivals that she attended over the years. Her funeral will take place on Friday 25th November at 3pm at Pleasington Crematorium, Blackburn. There is a tribute page for Freda which you can access here. Although small in stature, Freda was a force to be reckoned with.

  • 17/11/16 - "Please could you let Malcolm and Isabel know that I'll be happy to come to one or more of their guest sessions if needed. Haven't booked a ticket but may just get a one or two day stroller. I last did a Keswick guest session when Dennis Armstrong used to run them, so it's been quite a while! Thanks"  - Phil Yates. So that's it then, the guest page has started. Any more musicians out there willing to help out and play for the spirit of the music and not the gain? All to help keep Keswick buzzing during the festival.

  • 16/11/16 - Hi Fred, Seen at a past jazz event on the menu - "Soup of The Day - Leak & Potato with bread roll -  £3.00". Hope the plumber got there.  Best Wishes - Dennis Whitehead

  • 16/11/16 - Tony Jacobs responds to the South Downs closure - We had over 100 booked in for October!! It's the end of an era for many of us as I've been presenting music events there for more than 15 years. I'll be looking at other possibilities regarding alternative venues and will let you know as soon as I have any news. As this was such a bolt from the blue which none of us was expecting, I wasn't able to say goodbye to visitors and to the staff at South Downs. Therefore, I have asked Antony Hawkes, the manager whether there is the possibility of a last-minute Farewell Bash before the end of the year! I need to know from you ASAP if you would like to attend a 2 day event there on Tuesday and Wednesday December 20th and 21st. I can't make any promises, but if the numbers are sufficient to make it viable, I would hope to present the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, the Swing Time Jivers, the Jim Barry Quintet, Louise and Catherine, and Jim & myself in our cabaret spot for one last time. So do email me tj@tonyjacobs.net with your thoughts.

  • 16/11/16 - Willy Entwistle our regular reeds player is playing with the Temperance Seven this weekend, so we have a guest on reeds, - Dave Lee.  Chris Howse will be playing tenor guitar, banjo and vocals, Colin Turner will be playing bass saxophone and I'll be playing trombone. That's the line-up for FOUR IN A BAR Classic Jazz Band playing at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood, this coming Sunday afternoon from 2pm onwards. Free admission, and a great carvery is available.  - Mike Lovell

  • 16/11/16 - What must be a blow to Tony Jacobs is the news on Jazz Guide web site that South Downs Holiday Village has been sold and will be closing its doors on 2nd January 2017 for the last time. Tony has presented many Dixieland and big band swing events there, so hopefully he'll find another venue soon.

  • 14/11/16 - I've had a look at the Keswick Jazz Festival 2017 Website and I'm delighted that a photo of the Lake Records All-Star Jazz Band (in performance at the Theatre by the Lake) 'pops up' in the slide show on the 'home' page.   Hopefully this will lead to many inquiries, but I have to be honest and say that I no longer have the white trousers, although the jacket has survived! From what must be an extensive archive of photos it seems odd to choose one of a Band that's not actually booked to appear, so I trust this doesn't cause too much disappointment!    I have many happy memories from playing every year for the first 21 years , particularly as I was actually resident in the Town for the first 3 years! Probably because the economy of Keswick mostly depends upon followers of outdoor pursuits 'splashing the cash' after an exhausting day on the Lake or Fells or in outdoor clothing outlets , the fact that some people prefer sitting indoors all day listening to Jazz has never quite been looked on sympathetically by many of the Town's catering establishments.  My favourite memory (in pursuit of food ! ) was the mis-spelt notice stating: "SANDWINCHES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BAR". A gritty prospect!   It's difficult to imagine the festival without the involvement and patronage of the excellent Theatre by the Lake but remember that in the early years the Theatre was still only the 'Blue Box' - a 'mobile' box on wheels!    Nevertheless I wish the 2017 Festival every success- because bands and musicians out there deserve an audience ! And you can always take your own sandwiches and a vacuum flask and enjoy the views !   This year we have witnessed unexpected results from two major political events , so perhaps it's time to ignore opinion-polls, avoid negative presumption, and just try to support a future event in the shrinking world of Jazz music !   Finally, I have to say I am grateful for the publicity . I still have the Double Bass too! - Roy Cansdale.

  • 14/11/16 - Hi Fred, Graham Hughes and others are doing their best to ensure there is a 2017 Keswick Jazz Festival, other than the Theatre By The Lake offerings, but it needs a lot of effort and co-operation. Isabel and I have booked our accommodation for the week 8th to 15th May in anticipation, and we are hoping to run Guest Sessions, as usual. We have the 'house band', but we want to know that there's going to be other musicians to come and join us. These may be players in bands to be booked, but we don't know of any bookings yet, so we're looking for the other players, the enthusiasts, stalwarts, nutters, entertainers, people that will come to Keswick despite everything else. Would it be possible to have a famous Fred Burnett page where people in the North West (and readers beyond) can offer their intentions, to build up a surge of interest? Malcolm Hogarth - Well how about it, if they are willing, so am I, one more name will guarantee the page gets started. - FB

  • 14/11/16 - Re: Norman Gibson's item on the news about Keswick Jazz festival, he mentions the Lancaster Music Festival, its thick programme for a pound, over 200 events just about all free. Ben Ruth, the organiser has a small dedicated team, including at least two pub landlords who all work for free, he gets no funding from The Arts Council and no funding from Lancaster Council, I don't know how he does it. It’s one of the most popular music festivals in the country and all the pubs are overflowing, he uses Lancaster Castle as a main venue and that belongs to The Duchy so he has permission from them. He has got the local brewery to do a festival ale and the brewery is also a venue. He invites some bands to play and others can apply, and he has to turn down some who want to play here. He has bands from all over the world but the bulk of them are local bands, we have a lot of musicians in Lancaster. Take a look at https://youtu.be/-W_hIc8M7A8 - Barrie Marshall

  • 14/11/16 - It's a landmark evening at the Beaky in Ashton-under-Lyne this Wednesday 16th November, as it is seventeen years to the day since the band - The Tame Valley Stompers - first started playing there. To mark the occasion, Norman (Pennington) has promised a full band, refreshments, drinks at club prices, the lot; all we need now is a full house. Any one who brings their horn, will get a "sit-in" in the second half. Come and make it a memorable occasion. - Noel Broadgate

  • 14/11/16 - I am pleased to tell you that Hope Swings Eternal will be playing (Weather Permitting – we were literally flooded away last year !!) at the splendid Christmas Market at Yewtree Barn at Low Newton just off the A590. We are there on Friday, Saturday and Sunday Afternoons on December 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Plenty to see and lots of nice food as well...Free admission. Roger Middleton.

  • 14/11/16 - BBC Jazz - From what so many of us regard as Jazz, what a load of inappropriate -who's that bloke on strictly? Still, they play Fats Waller quite often on Homes Under the Hammer... I feel Miles better for writing Regards again Philip Cakebread

  • 14/11/16 - Looks a good line-up for the Keswick Jazz Festival – but where are the large enough venues,  without the marquee and the theatre, apart from the cinema and the Methodist church. We stopped going for a few years because of the small venues. - Barbara & Jeff Swire

  • 13/11/16 - BBC Jazz - how disappointing!!!!   Very limited as far as New Orleans, Dixieland, Classic, Swing jazz is concerned. Beginner's Guide To Jazz??? That was a joke, two tracks and it was pushed aside. So 48 other Jazz Albums by varying disguises called jazz are better than Louis, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Bunk or George or Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Gene Krupa, Count Basie, 'Red' Allen and so on. Nope, another missed opportunity of tuning in people to the glories of recorded jazz history. - Pete Lay (Gambit Jazzmen)

  • 13/11/16 - What makes a good jazz club?  Well that's a subject that has been debated many times on this site, and with falling numbers in some places, it's quite relevant that the discussion should be resurrected for this week's Page of The Week. Feel free to send me your comments.

  • 13/11/16 - There's a couple of daytime mid week jazz gigs this week, although you need to check with Annie first on 01625 610059 if you are hoping to see Annie's Saints And Sinners at their practice sessions at The Dog & Partridge, in Bollington, Macclesfield, from 2pm to 4pm tomorrow. No such problem with The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 18 November, 12:30 – 14:30 though.

  • 13/11/16 - Congratulations tomorrow to trombonist Ken Parkinson on arriving at his 87h birthday. He's the only NW musician celebrating his birthday this week, unless you know different.

  • 13/11/16 - This last minute Emergency bulletin from Digby Fairweather -  "If you have a DAB radio do check out the 'pop-up' station called BBC Music Jazz. I've also put the link below. It's only broadcasting for four days (10-14th November) - so be quick and do it NOW - but it's been ballyhooed all this week on BBC Radio 2 - who are actually putting jazz in their daytime playlists just now - for the first time in over 30 years! The station is a collaboration between the BBC and Jazz FM - good for them! My Outreach Officer at The Jazz Centre UK, Matthew Fisher thinks that this may - just possibly - be a market-test for a permanent jazz station on the BBC which would be a HUGE milestone in our history if it's true. So why are you reading this?? Go and tune in - the BBC will be watching listener-figures like a hawk and if there is poor response they'll have the perfect alibi for sidelining our great music once again! www.bbc.co.uk/musicjazz" - Digby. There's a section called - "The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Jazz" by Alyn Shipton, so that's where I'm heading, then it's maybe BBC Music 50 Greatest Jazz Artists with Geoffrey Smith and Jazz FM's Helen Mayhew - FB

  • 11/11/16 - Just seen on the Jazz Guide Web Site that Chris Walker's Pedigree Jazz Band has got tour dates fixed up for 2017 starting with the jazz weekend at The Talbot in Southport on 4th March. then Rochdale Jazz Club on 5th March. Then it's July before they return to the North West at Carlisle jazz Club on the 27th, Ayr Jazz Club on the 28th and coming down East of the Pennines for Boston Spa on the 29th followed by two more Yorkshire venues.

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  • 10/11/16 - "Re: Norman Gibson's item about The Keswick Festival.  In no way do I find it difficult to believe that the tight fisted local traders of Keswick can't be persuaded to 'put a bit of cash into the Festival.' They clearly hold the opinion that it's of no good whatsoever for the the town. It just generates crowds and extra work", says Howard Murray. Howard had a bad experience trying to get something to eat when he last played at the festival. Read more of what he has to say

  • 08/11/16 - I have just read online in Champion Free newspaper, that THE Concourse Shopping Centre in Skelmersdale is kicking off the Christmas season with a Festive Friday launch event. The Christmas Grotto and lights switch-on will take place on Friday, November 18 when Father Christmas arrives on his sleigh at 4pm, pulled by real reindeer, ready for the big event. it goes on to say "The Red Hot Santa Band will be playing its unique take on seasonal tunes, including a reggae version of Winter Wonderland and a traditional jazz rendition of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen".  Never heard of that band before, must be from Lapland.

  • 07/11/16 - Having just looked at the Keswick Jazz Festival website, I am sorry to see whoever has taken on organising next year's event are not showing any sponsors' logos. That would indicate to me that they are hoping to cover their costs from the ticket sales. A group organised a repeat music festival in Lancaster over five days the last weekend of October. Every event was free and held in a pub or cafe - the programme, priced at a pound, was full of adverts and sponsors' details. It is hard to believe businesses, in Keswick, can't be persuaded to put a bit of cash into the festival which is good for the town. What happened to Jennings ? I feel sure they could have put in a lesser amount than previously, and help prompt others to do likewise ! - Norman Gibson

  • 07/11/16 - Elaine Arnold writes, "John (Johnny) TIppett was my favourite Uncle and my Godfather.  I have many many happy memories of days out, holidays and other happy times.   I was wondering if anybody had any photographs or information about his time in the band.

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    06/11/16 -
    Went along to Beaky on Wednesday night where Noel Broadgate was the guest. I understand that Noel played with the band when they first started their residency at the club and he brought his usual skill, enthusiasm and humour to his performance. I had the singular honour to sit in for the second half and it was hugely enjoyable to play with such brilliant musicians as Noel and the Tame Valley Stompers. It is always a great night at Beaky, with a brilliant resident band and brilliant guests. The next one, on Weds. 16th, promises to be quite special as they celebrate the 17th anniversary of their first Beaky jazz night - Go along and support this outstanding band and bunch of really good blokes. It's fun, entertaining and of the highest musical standards. - John Percival.

  • 06/11/16 - I see that Keswick Jazz Festival website has just been updated. Tickets should have been on sale from 11:00 am tomorrow, but there has been an unforeseen technical problem that may take a day or two to resolve. Initial ticket prices will be £90 for a 3 day stroller and £120 for a 4 day stroller which will give access to all of the venues for the duration of the ticket. The Programme is still being finalised, but you can see a list of the musicians who have been booked.

  • 06/11/16 - It's coming up to 6 years next month when Sue Parish nominated me for Radio 4's IPM Alternative New Year's Honours Award. A somewhat sideways swipe at the real thing. If you missed the broadcast when yours truly got  interviewed by Becky Milligan for Radio 4,  now's your chance to hear it.  It's normally hidden away quietly on the site, so I've dug it out for this week's Page of The Week.  Needless to say I didn't get the award, that went to a lady called Penny Brace who gave cosmetic advice to transsexuals. It's worth waiting to the end just to hear a recording of Louis Armstrong giving an interview about his childhood days.

  • 06/11/16 - Judy Eames writes from the Cotswolds, "I know you have a lot of southern fans (like me :-)) We have Harry Allen appearing in Aston near Witney on Saturday November 26th, would be great if you could give it a mention in your next bulletin".

  • 06/11/16 - Hi Fred, Thanks so much for the Birthday greeting. As George Burns used to say " If I'd known I was going to live so long I would have taken care of myself"! Say hello to those I know.  - Harold [Harry] Roberts

  • 06/11/16 - Many Happy Returns  this week to Harry Roberts (today), and to Graham Martindale and Terry Brunt on Thursday.

  • 06/11/16 - I received some positive comments about the one month booklet form of What's On, but it wasn't very suitable for small screen devices, so I decided to abandon that idea, and instead it is now available in Adobe Reader PDF format. This will mean less work for me, so that has to be a bonus. Click Here to see the new format. One disadvantage, is that there is no link to a map. I always try to ensure that the map points to the correct location for those people who haven't been before. It's still available on the web page version though.

  • 06/11/16 - The dark nights are back, maybe time to find some daylight gigs during mid week. Well sorry to disappoint you , but I don't know of any, do you?

  • 03/11/16 - The new issue of JazzNorthWest Weekly is now out at http://tinyurl.com/zsba5b8 and contains items about all things jazz related "Art & Entertainment" page..

  • 02/11/16 - I know that many of you appreciate the time and effort that goes into maintaining this web site, but nothing says it more than the surprise I received today. My thanks to Tony Sheldon and Rochdale jazz Club who sent a cheque for £25 to help towards the site running costs, particularly as I know that Tony has eyesight problems and can't even see what it's all about.

  • 02/11/16 - The reopening session at Leeds Jazz Club after the enforced closure by the departure of Sarah Sharpe was a great success. Malcolm Ford had every right to be pleased with the large crowd that showed up and the way the show went.   Tame Valley Stompers played a good programme and a good time was had by all, lets hope its keeps up. - John Wall.

  • 02/11/16 - Hello Fred, I was interested to read about Alex Clarke in your Jazz Pages.  I first met Alex about 18 months ago, when playing a Sunday afternoon gig with Bryan Pendleton at The Crag Inn in Wildboar Clough. I was very impressed then with her potential, her ability to solo accurately over the chords and moreover her reading skills. Since that time, I have been able to introduce her to two big bands I play in, The Double B Jazz Orchestra in Stockport and The Harry Goulden Big Band in Warrington. In both bands, she is respected for her versatility. She is equally at home playing 2nd alto and jazz or 1st tenor/flute and jazz and also lead alto/clarinet with jazz solos. For instance, a case in point was last night when The Harry Goulden Big Band received a call at 5 o'clock from the lead alto cancelling because she was not well enough to play. Dave Mather our 1st tenor player and fixer phoned Alex and at 8pm, in walked the whole Clarke family, grandparents and all. What a great evening we had. Alex saved the day yet again! I don't think this is the last we will hear of her!   Your readers will probably. know three of the regular trombonists in The Harry Goulden Big Band, viz Gordon Robinson, Laurie Cooper and me on bass trombone with Bryan Pendleton depping on keyboard. - Paul Medina.   PS Just to blow my own trumpet, so to speak, those of your readers who enjoy trio music, might be interested to know that The Paul Medina Piano Trio is giving a concert on Wednesday 25th January 2017 at Walton Hall Warrington. The personnel comprises Bryan Pendleton, on his first love, a grand piano, Guy Walsh on drums and myself on double bass. - Paul Medina

  • 01/11/16 - The latest New Black Eagle Hand Dodger has the following quiz question - Mystery Musician #30: Clues - Born 1900, Mandeville, LA; childhood in Chicago; as a young man he worked with Charlie Creath on the riverboats, later with Roy Palmer, Lovie Austin, Milton Vasaar, Ma Rainey, and Ida Cox; also with Sam Wooding, Louis Douglas, Billy Fowler, Flethcher Henderson, Noble Sissle, Sidney Bechet and Mezz Mezzrow; considered by some as one of the greatest trumpet players in the Armstrong-Oliver tradition; died in New York City, age 39. If you know the answer, send it to stan@vincentcurtis.com

  • 01/11/16 - The Telegraph Obituary page today features "Mike Daniels revivalist jazz bandleader and trumpeter" at  http://tinyurl.com/hmb43ld. An interesting paragraph states, "Declining health forced him to retire for good in 2013. The band's last gig was at the golden wedding party of Timothy West and Prunella Scales." 

October 2016

  • 31/10/16 - Norman Gibson says, "I would consider a young band, who currently can play swinging hot jazz and please the young swing dance movement, for an opening I potentially have at Morecambe for one of my Jazz2Swing2 events in  January 2017. I know of a couple of such bands south of Watford, but would prefer to encourage young musicians 'Up North'.".  If you are interested, email Norman at jazz2swing2@gmail.com

  • 31/10/16 - Slight change of programme at Rochdale Jazz Club this coming Sunday, John Hallam will be playing with the Amy Roberts Quintet instead of Richard Exall.

  • 30/10/16 -  The latest edition of just jazz magazine has arrived, and you see the contents list by clicking here

  • 30/10/16 - "Jon Critchley’s comments on Sue Reid (I’ve had the great pleasure of accompanying her when depping with the Tuxedo Band at Wallasey) has prompted me to put mouse to pad", say John Muskett. So what's A Key Aspect of Singing?  Well read what John thinks by clicking here
     

  • 30/10/16 - I was wondering how the Sun Street Stompers had gone on today moving back to the JOG,  so pleased when Barrie Marshall told me that "The move from The Robert Gillow to Ye Olde John O’Gaunt went very smoothly, plenty of people turned up, the regulars, some we had not seen for while and some passers by who heard the band and came in to listen and have a drink, we had five musicians sitting in to play, so we are back to the pub the band was born in, what was a surprise is the Landlady supplied sausages in the break so we are back to being Jazz Dogs and Sausages".

  • 30/10/16 - Harry Allen (b. October 12, 1966) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist born in Washington, D.C.. He's currently in the UK and is to appear at Kendal Jazz Club with the Tom Kincaid Trio on Tuesday Nov 8th with an admission charge to non members of £12.50.  If you can't make that one, then the same line-up will be appearing at Blackburn Northern Tennis Club Pleckgate Rd, Blackburn BB1 8QA on Friday 11th Nov at 7.30 for 8pm. Admission there is £12 and includes a glass of Prosecco and canapes.  Enquiries to Tom Baron tom4jazz@btinternet.com.

  • 30/10/16 - Many Happy Returns this week to Roger Browne (pno) on Tuesday, Danny Riley (tpt) on Wednesday, and John Pashley (cornet) on Thursday.

  • 30/10/16 - Two midweek gigs in daylight hours are The SAVOY JAZZMEN who are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 1 November, 14:00 – 16:00, and Mike Lovell's Cafe Jazz Quintet at THE MOUNT, The Esplanade, Fleetwood on Fri, 4 November, 13:00 – 15:30.

  • 29/10/16 - George Buck, who parlayed a youthful passion for classic jazz to a lifelong business which produced more than a thousand LPs and CDs on nine different labels, died of a heart attack on December 11th 2013 at the age of 84. He was fondly remembered by NW musicians, and is the subject of this week's Page of The Week

  • 29/10/16 - I guested on tea-chest a couple of times in the late 'fifties. The front line was Gus Galbraith and the other Pete King at "The Angel" in Sutton, Surrey. This was a serious construction which actually had a finger-board. Merchant Taylors' School band had the usual kind but my testing the upper register broke the thing. I ended up playing with both Taylors' and our own group - The Surrey Stompers - on a four string instrument loaned by our bass player.  Happy memories.  -  Philp J. Cakebread with that Darjeeling Feeling

  • 27/10/16 - Re: The Tea Chest bass comments. I had a holiday in Fiji and the Figian band a t the resort used a tea chest bass playing local music and to my surprise it was very musical. - Barrie Quilliam

  • 27/10/16 - The Lazy River Jazz Band will be playing in a new venue at Blenkinsopp Castle Inn on the second Sunday of the month on a trial basis starting on Fri 11th Nov at 8pm. The venue is just off the A69 postcode CA8 7JS The £5 entrance includes supper. of pie and peas. There is also a good selection of real ale,. car parking and home cooked food. It's a great venue and the hosts are keen to support and have made a separate room with a stage and PA, stage piano and mood lighting! . We will also be inviting occasional guest players and all are welcome. . For more info please e-mail me chris.perrin3@gmail.com.

  • 27/10/16 - There's a young lady causing quite a stir in the NW at the moment. 16 year old Alex Clarke was first mentioned in my news item 25/10/16 having made an appearance Saturday night at Roa Island with Martin Bennett's band, and on Sunday at the Robert Gillow in Lancaster, where Mike Lovell lost no time in inviting her to come and play with his band at Fleetwood yesterday.  We went along to The North Euston at Fleetwood yesterday, and it was obvious why she was beginning to get noticed in this part of Lancashire. I managed to have a word with her in the interval, along with her father and grandfather, and she told me that she read on my site about sitters in being welcome at The Robert Gillow in Lancaster, which is how she came to be there. She lives South of Manchester, so it's happen as well it was half term or we may not have had the privilege of hearing her play.  I did manage to capture this video on my phone, so you can judge for yourself. Why is it your nose itches when trying to hold a phone still for 6 minutes? If you can't see the video below, click here.  If you'd like to know about this young lady, check out www.alexclarkejazz.co.uk

     

  • 27/10/16 - Good news from Southport.  Joan Lester now has a new venue for Southport Jazz Club. It's the Fleetwood Hesketh Sports & Social Club, Fylde Road, Southport PR9 9XH, just 300yds down the road from The Shrimper. Joan is very excited about the new venue, she said, "It's a medium size room with round tables in a cabaret style setting. It's a a delightful room, beautifully furnished".  She will have no financial assistance from the club, so admission price will be £6 or £7, yet to be decided, and there will be a £1 raffle. The new venue open with The Wirrorlans Jazz Band this coming Wednesday 2nd November at 8-30pm, so I do hope she gets plenty of support to get the venue off to a good start. Let me know what you think.

  • 26/10/16 - Better news from Leeds Jazz Club. Malcolm Ford and his wife have agreed to take over the mantle according to John Wall. So the club is back up and running it would seem, and the next band to appear will be the Tame Valley Stompers on Tuesday 1st November. Peter Franks  and Frank Brooker bands have already been booked for 15th & 22nd Nov. respectively.

  • 26/10/16 - Joan Lester had to cancel tonight's jazz at The Shrimper, but she's been informed indirectly by Punch Taverns that they are hoping to open it again as soon as possible. This is confirmed by two local newspapers, Southport Visiter, and The Champion  "Punch Taverns,  were informed by the licence-holder of all three premises that she would no longer be in charge and simply left without prior warning. Also  that they plan to re-open all three as soon as they can. They say they are working hard to reopen all three sites in the coming weeks". Joan will let me know as soon as she has any news.

  • 26/10/16 - Been a while since you visited this page?  Too much news to catch up on?  Missed an important event?  Then why not have the news emailed to you, approximately twice a week?  See details in the blue box above.

  • 25/10/16 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated

  • 25/10/16 - Why is it that some of the best female NW jazz vocalists are called Sue - Sue Parish, Suzanne Mott, and someone I've been in touch with via email for some time, yet never met and never heard, Sue Reid-Povall. Sue has sung with several bands around Merseyside, mainly I think with the Parade Jazz Band. Jon Critchley (Original Panama JB) says of Sue, She sings in musicians’ keys as well as singing the melody, rather than twisting and stretching every inconceivable syllable out of a word!   Welcome any time with our band". So with Sue's agreement Jon sent me copies of the tracks of Sue's CD, and I agree, I think it's delightful, and one CD I'll be listening to in the car over many journeys. I've put a sampler together so you can share it in part, and at only £5 + P&P, it's a bargain.  Check out this page now

  • 25/10/16 - I was at the Robert Gillow on Sunday and three people walked in carrying a tenor sax and an alto sax. When they sat down I found out they were mum, dad and daughter. I spoke to the daughter and asked whether her mum or dad were going to sit in. She told me it was she that played. I asked whether she was at university and she told me that she was only 16 years old.  To cut a long story short she was amazing, a joy to listen to. At 16 she had such a great feeling for the music and her improvisation was second to none.  She has played with Enrico Tomasso, Alan Barnes, Amy Roberts, Tom Kincaid etc etc.  I was so impressed. She and her dad are coming to our session tomorrow (Wednesday) at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood. So we can have three exceptional reed players on the front line, with Willy, Dave Lee and her.  Her name is Alex Clarke. We will be hearing a lot of her in the future and I will definitely be asking her to dep. with us, (parents and school allowing), especially as she reads and also plays flute, the saxes and clarinet. - Mike Lovell

  • 25/10/16 - After thirteen and a half years of at the helm of Leeds Jazz Club, John Wall, who retired from running it on 5th April this year, rang me to say he was gutted to find the following message on Facebook yesterday. " Hi all. Sadly the Club will be closed tomorrow and for the foreseeable future. Other commitments have got in the way and I can no longer run the club as efficiently as I would like. Leeds Jazz Club would like to thank all it's patrons and the bands that have supported the club over the years. If anyone would like to take over the club, either as a single person or as a committee then please do message for details".  John will inform me of any further developments, so watch this space.

  • 24/10/16 - That piece about the Tea Chest Bass is interesting, The Lune Valley band have an occasional skiffle group and they use a tea chest bass. - Barrie Marshall

  • 24/10/16 - Anybody who went to Eagley Jazz Club more than three years ago, will know Bernard Callaghan who ran the club when it was in the mill, and when he subsequently moved it to the Conservative Club. So I was saddened to received a call today from Frank Croft, who now helps with the running of the club, to be told me that Bernard had died in hospital on Sunday morning. Bernard's funeral will take place at St Catherine's Church, Didsbury, at 12pm on Friday 4th November, and afterwards at 2pm at Withington Golf Club.

  • 24/10/16 - Just read on www.silversurfers.com - "My brother brought an old tea chest home and with a piece of thick cord and a broom handle, made a fantastic bass. You had to put your foot on it to steady it while stretching the cord attached to the middle of the tea chest and broomstick. Seems they were all the rage then. Lonnie Donegan, Ken Colyer, made great foot stomping music. Wonder how many people made home-made musical instruments. I was a very talented child, when I was two, I played on the linoleum!".

  • 23/10/16 - I've produced next month's gig list in booklet form (if it works). Time will tell if it's worth the effort. Any use to you?

  • 23/10/16 - Norman Gibson's latest venture in Morecambe, "Jazz2Swing2", is now listed on the jazz clubs page.

  • 23/10/16 - Shock news for Joan Lester who found out on Friday that The Shrimper in Southport, now boarded up!   I've spoken to Joan and she is desperately trying to find a new location before next Wednesday's booking, which is the Tuxedo Jazz Band. Keep your eyes on the News Page because Joan will ring and let me know as soon as she has organised a new venue.

  • 23/10/16 - "Hi Fred, My name is Vic Moont dixie@waitrose.com . I am a radio jazz presenter at www.radioharrow.org  and my show airs Thursday nights at 7 pm and is titled Anything Goes".   Wonder if that applies to jazz styles?

  • 23/10/16 - Mid week daytime jazz this week includes  Mike Lovell 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wed, 26 October, 12:00 – 14:30, and Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz at Timperley Sports Club on Thu, 27 October, 13:30 – 15:30. For more details see What's On.

  • 22/10/16 - Kathy Benson sent this response to a news email, as Keith was on my News Mailing list - "I am very sad to inform you of the loss of my lovely husband Keith Benson on 8th October after a very brave struggle with cancer.  Keith was originally from the Leeds area. His brother Alan Benson played with the Yorkshire Jazz Band way back in the early days and was a true inspiration to Keith who over the years taught himself how to  play guitar, banjo, clarinet and saxaphone and more recently the cornet (which was his brother’s instrument).  Keith played with various West Yorkshire bands on clarinet and was with Harry Long’s “Good Time Jazz Band” for many years in Addingham where I was encouraged to “sit in” on piano and maybe sing one or two numbers. We lived on the Isle of Arran for a few years where the “Wee Swing Band” was born when news of a jazz clarinet man was picked up (a bit of a compromise on style due to lack of true fellow jazz musicians)! We both played in “The Wensleydale Stompers” in Leyburn and more recently in an eight piece band – The Frisco Bay Hot Stompers – with Keith and Harry Long on twin cornets, John Crisp on trombone (Old Glory Band famous in the North East), Dave Stanley on drums, Phil Campen on sousa, John Bousfield on reeds, David Reed on banjo and me on piano and vocals.  We shared a love of the music but Keith had a real passion for classic jazz – the really early stuff.   Please convey my thanks to the many many people, both fellow musicians and fans, who have sent cards and messages from far and wide.  The remaining Frisco Bay Hot Stompers are playing at the Buck Inn, Thornton Watlass, between Bedale and Masham in North Yorkshire on Sunday lunchtime 20th November, 12.30(ish) to 3.30 (ish). http://www.buckwatlass.co.uk/jazz/".

  • 22/10/16 - The Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival 2017 web site is now up and running under it's new web address http://keswickjazzandbluesfestival.co.uk/, but for some reason all the old 2016 pages have been left on the net for people to still come across via Google.

  • 20/10/16 - After an enforced 12 month layoff ( i.e. Docs, but more so nurse Meryl ) from promoting jazz evenings, I'm back, motivated by the 'Stent Effect'. That is, I should explain, the one I had inserted last October, and the influence of friend Trevor 'Stent', he of FestJazz Brittany success. For more than 5 years, from New York, across Europe and Scandinavia, amazing young jazz musicians, 20's and younger, have been playing 'our' music and swinging it. They are preferring to refer to it by its name, when it was 'new' around 90 years ago : 'Hot Jazz'.  Pete Lay, in his JustJazz editorial July '16, said " perhaps UK promoters should take a gamble". Jolly Jim McIntosh, in a comment to www.JazzandJazz.com said, "Would it actually work in the UK - someone could give it a try?".  Well on 9th Nov., I am taking up their challenge by presenting an evening of 'Kids and Music on a big screen. This, I am confidently hoping, will show me the way to draw in a younger element, and still hold many of the older audience who aren't in the class of 'moldy figs'. More information soon on 'NW Jazz Clubs' under new title 'Jazz2Swing2' - Norman Gibson

  • 19/10/16 - One gig that only pops up once in a while is Ian McCann's  4-to-the-bar at the Devonshire Arms, Mellor, Stockport, and on Friday 4th November Ian's guests will be Mike Pembroke, Bill Smith and Dave Thomas. Starts at 9.00pm and finishes at 11.00pm.

  • 19/10/16 - Many of you will remember the excellent web site run by Geoff Inwood at www.jazzwestmidlands.co.uk which unfortunately he had to discontinue. Well by accident I came across another site today at www.jazzwestmids.co.uk which at first glance appears to carry on the good work that Geoff did. It's obviously been there a while as it still has a link to Geoff's old site.  I've added it to my links page.

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  • 19/10/16 - The deed has been done, this coming Sunday is the last gig for The Sun Street Stompers at The Robert Gillow, we will be going to our spiritual home The John O'Gaunt starting Sunday October 30th, 12.30 till 3.00 as it has been for over 30 years, I would like to say thank you to Mark and Tash also Jamie and Alistair previous landlords for being so good to us. - Barrie Marshall

  • 19/10/16 - Sad news. Mike Daniels passed on yesterday morning. He was suffering from both lung cancer and a brain tumour. He was a thoroughly nice man and a great trumpet player, with whom I had the pleasure of playing with over the years. His Delta Jazz Band probably got closer to the sound of the classic 1920s era than any other UK band.  Sadly, - Louis Lince

  • 19/10/16 - The Jazz Festival and Weekend Breaks page has been updated

  • 15/10/16 - Another super show today from the Tame Valley Stompers, the stars of the Sunday lunchtime sessions at Buxton's Pavilion Arts Centre. Around 100 in the audience and a storming set with lots of the less familiar tunes. Come back soon! - Sam Wood

  • 15/10/16 - The Parade Jazzband are having their Annual 'Ghouls and Vampires' evening on Tuesday the 1st November 2016 - the day after Halloween. Held at our weekly venue the Red Lion Parkgate Wirral and starting at 8.30 P. M.. 'Vamping Vampires and cool Ghouls' There'll be much fun, frivolity, scary music and scary musicians. Fancy dress is optional and entrance is free.  - Roy Gregory.

  • 15/10/16 - Many Happy returns on Monday to Dave Bateman, and on Wednesday to Suzanne Mott.

  • 15/10/16 - Declining audience figures is a common story these days, so it's might be worth reminding you of a success story, which I understand remains so. The story of Boston Spa jazz club appeared in Just Jazz magazine in 2007 and is Page of The Week for this coming week.

  • 15/10/16 - It's that time of the year again and one of the popular events on the Fylde Coast is Jazz on a Winter's Day, organised by Alan Townsend. This is the 18th year, so Alan must be getting something right.  It rakes place on SUNDAY, 18 DECEMBER 2016 at 3 p.m., at FYLDE RFC, Woodlands Memorial Ground, Blackpool Road, Ansdell, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire FY8 4EL. Tel: 01253 734 733. Tickets are £20 each and include a Superior Buffet and a free raffle. You can download the poster here

  • 13/10/16 - "A jazz flash mob had Huddersfield’s spirits flying as commuters were met with a wall of sound as they got off the train at Huddersfield Station on Friday morning, according to the "Huddersfield Daily Examiner". They clearly don't know what a "flash mob" is, as The James Alexander Set – a quartet made up of Holmfirth-based Simon Wood, his sons Aaron and Noah, and friend Matthew Delaney – were all set up in a corner, ready for the commuters, and there to promote Marsden Jazz Festival last weekend. This was just one of the items in the latest issue of JazzNorthWest Weekly, this site's newspaper on all things jazz related.

  • 12/10/16 - The Merseysippi Jazz Band will not be playing at their regular Monday residency on Monday, 17th October at the Victoria in Aigburth, South Liverpool. This is because of an evening football match between Liverpool an Manchester United and the pub will no doubt be full of noisy football fanatics. We will be back the following Monday, 24th as usual. Apologies to all our loyal supporters. - Pete Fryer

  • 11/10/16 - Bernard Selby from Bollington Arts Centre has a collection of over 400 LPs which he inherited from a friend but for which he has no room. If anybody is interested they can e-mail him: bercar@hotmail.co.uk and he will forward the catalogue.

  • 11/10/16 - The Southport Jazz Club at The Shrimper has just been updated. Joan is delighted to have Annie Hawkins & The Funky Butt Hall N’Awlins Jazz Band venture over the Pennines to appear at Southport on 7th December.

  • 11/10/16 - I was very pleased last week to hear from Tony Sheldon from the Rochdale Jazz Club that "SIX IN A BAR Classic Jazz Band" had been voted "BAND OF THE YEAR" 2016, so we will be featured on their 2017 calendar, along with our NEW Trumpet player 'Phil Lucas'.  We are very pleased that Phil has agreed to join us and as you and everyone who has had the pleasure of listening to him, know, what a great player he is.  We will be kicking off their 2017 programme on Sunday 8th January.

  • 09/10/16 - Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz Newsletter No. 79, September 2016, is now available on Mart's site by clicking here.

  • 09/10/16 - Many Happy Returns today to Doug Whaley & Jack Cotterill , and on Thursday to Gerry Clayton

  • 08/10/16 - The only daytime midweek gig this week is  on Mon, 10 October, 14:00 – 16:00 at the Dog & Partridge, BollingtonSK10 5JX, with Annie's Saints and Sinners. However it would be wise to contact Annie on 01625 610059 before you set out as they are not always able to make it.

  • 08/10/16 - Page of the Week next week, is about what happened in America just over 15 years ago on 9-11.   In the same place on the same day, NW jazz Musician, Brian Gordon, saved the day for the daughter of ex NW musician, Tony Pringle. An amazing story if you haven't read it before, it is this coming week's page of the week.

  • 07/10/16  Terry Cheney has kindly sent me a copy of the advert that will be going in the November issue of Jazz Guide for Keswick Jazz Festival.  First thing of note was that it is now called Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival. Quite a few well known musicians and bands booked, yet two seconds ago www.keswickjazzfestival.com and the official visitor website for Keswick at http://tinyurl.com/hfmekmd are still advertising the 2016 event. I just don't get it! If you are thinking of going you'd better subscribe to Jazz Guide and find out what's on.

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  • 06/10/16 - The latest edition of the Dovejazz Bugle has just been received from Roger Marshall, and if you are not on the mailing list, you can read it at http://tinyurl.com/jl8x5t9

  • 06/10/16 - The Friends of Neston library proudly present:- Jazz Rendezvous at Neston library Thursday 20th October, 7.30pm   Admission £6.00.  Also a raffle & drinks to buy on the night Please book early Neston library, Parkgate Road Tel 0151 337 4670 See poster for more details
     

  • 06/10/16 - There will no jazz at Delph (Spirit of New Orleans) this Friday, and on the following days Friday 28 Oct,  11 Nov, 25 Nov, 9 Dec and Friday 23 Dec. Dave Pogson says, "We have decided to keep the 2 weekly sessions up to the end of this year, but we have put 2 weeks together i.e. the 14 and 21 Oct to avoid clashing with the Veterans dinner".

  • 06/10/16 - The latest edition of Jazznorthwest Weekly is now available on line covering all aspects of jazz from around the world, including an article on Marsden & Scarborough Jazz Festivals. Well worth looking at is a fascinating photograph  taken in Harlem 1958 outside 17 E. 126th Street, of a multitude of jazz musicians. As you click on each face, you can hear a track of them playing.  Now how smart is that?

  • 04/10/16 - Lancaster jazz couple Sue Parish and Jon Moore bring together two top ensembles at Lancaster's Robert Gillow pub in October. On Tuesday 11th October, Jon will lead the Hotcha Quartet, featuring violinist Heath Lavery, guitarist Alan Pill and superb Manchester bassist Frank Grime. Sue will guest on vocals, and there'll also be plenty of Django Reinhardt-style vintage swing instrumentals.  A week later on Tuesday 18th October, Sue fronts her own trio, featuring pianist Andrzej Baranek and Frank Grime on bass. The evening will feature jazz, bossa nova and blues from the last century of jazz history.  Both gigs start at 9pm, and admission is free.   Sue says, "Jon and I have co-promoted Tuesday night jazz at the Gillow for nearly four years now. As our hosts Mark and Tash are due to move onto new premises and projects shortly we wanted to finish with  a couple of really high quality musical evenings. We're grateful to every who has supported our jazz nights and hope they'll enjoy these final two Gillow sessions featuring fabulous visiting players".  Mark Cutter and Tash Burns have recently taken over the Apothecary Bar and Lounge in Lancaster, and are working to develop it as a live music venue, featuring the newly installed Bechstein Grand piano. The Apothecary's schedule includes plenty of performances for Lancaster Music Festival, and information on other plans there will be available soon.

  • 04/10/16 - Next weekend, 7/8/9 October brings another great jazz festival to the area with much more than jazz during its two and a half days with children’s’ activities, school bands, lots of blues including Paul Jones and poetry. New Orleans Wiggle is as usual in the United church on Sunday from 10.20pm so you can lustily sing some hymns with us or catch us at the New Inn 3.30 to 5.30pm.  Martin Bennett from his ‘Old Green River Band’ is with us on piano. - Richard Lord

  • 01/10/16 - The latest edition of just jazz magazine has arrived, and you see the contents list by clicking here

  • 01/10/16 - There were 5,574 visits to the site this month. 22% of the visitors were new ones, and oddly enough, a third of the visitors came from the USA. At least that's according to Google's statistics, not sure I believe them myself.

  • 01/10/16 - The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in the beautiful setting of the Sefton Park Palm House, L17 1AP. It's the only daytime midweek event that I'm aware of. Tickets cost £5.00 which includes refreshments. Tickets can be reserved by ringing 0151 726 9304 or alternatively you can pay at the door. Further information can be obtained from Peter Swensson 0151 722 1478.

  • 01/10/16 - Next week's Page of The Week has to be the one written by Andrew Liddle about Freda Barker who will be 90 on Thursday. As mentioned earlier, she's unfortunately unable to attend a planned celebration with The Pendle Jazzmen.

  • 01/10/16 - Many Happy Returns today to ex NW drummer, now living in Penzance, Brian Ellwood. Brian has played with Savannah Jazz Band, Blue Lotus Jazzmen, Harlem Hot Stompers (founder member, left and re-joined around 1976) amongst many others. There are no other birthdays next week unless you know diifferent

  • 01/10/16 - There's a special birthday coming up this week. Many musicians and jazz fans will remember Blakey's Jazz Bar in Blackburn, and the little lady with a big appetite for traditional jazz, who ran it - Freda Barker. Freda will be 90 on Thursday 6th Oct., and her daughter Wendy had been in contact with me with a view to finding a jazz venue where they could celebrate with a few of Freda's jazz friends.  It just so happened that the Pendle Jazzmen are playing just a few miles away at Burnley's Inn on the Warf on her actual birthday. With the help of Jack Moore who plays with the Forest Jazz Band, Freda's friends were contacted, and all was set. Unfortunately I received an email from Wendy yesterday to say that her mum "had a fall a couple of weeks ago  broke her wrist, bumped her head and was very bruised. She has been in hospital for over two weeks before being discharged".  Unfortunately the celebration has had to be called off, but if anyone out there would like to send Freda a card, just contact me and I'll send you details.

  • 01/10/16 - Despite the official website of Keswick Jazz Festival still advertising last year's festival, and the unofficial site displaying no progress as at September 3rd, John Meehan (Savannah Jazz Band), called me this morning to say that his band had been booked (the first booking so far), and this makes the band's appearance at Keswick Festival, the 25th, meaning they have played there every year since the Festival began. I understand that several venues throughout the town are to be involved, so watch this space.

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