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  • 01/04/15 - Well Mart's memory of Accrington Jazz Club has prompted two McCombe's to put fingers to keyboard on the Accrington Stanley Jazz Club web page

  • 01/04/15 - A double celebration will be held at The Inn on the Wharf on Thursday [2ndApril] as The Pendle Jazzmen celebrate their 30th Anniversary since their formation and the 3rd Anniversary of their residency at Burnley’s popular Manchester Road hostelry. Mine host, Peter Lee, is providing/provided a buffet for the followers, some of whom have supported the band for several decades.  Three members – Stuart Whiteley, Frank Lowe and Colin Mason – were present when the band played its first gig at the Leeds and Liverpool public house in Brierfield before moving shortly afterwards to the Springbank Hotel situated on the main road into Nelson. (This impressive building is currently being extensively renovated).  Other regular lengthy venues have been at The Wellsprings (on Pendle Hill), The Marsden and The Higher Trapp (above Simonstone) before moving into the Rossendale area – playing, again, for extended periods at The Grey Mare, The Holden Arms and The Whitchaff.  In addition, the band has performed at very many private events throughout Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cheshire for individuals and organisations and even, on one occasion, in France as part of the Vitry celebrations. Although the years have passed the enthusiasm of playing their infectious brand of Dixieland jazz still remains. Everyone is welcome to these weekly Thursday sessions: the music starts at 8.30p.m. and a wide range of meals are available earlier at very reasonable prices. Old friends are especially invited! - Colin Mason

  • 31/03/15 - Nice to see that John Hill agrees with me re the audience at the Big Easy. They really are a super lot.  - Paul Marks
     

  • 31/03/15 - Re Mart Rodgers comments on Accrington Jazz Club. I played there many times during the 60's with Keith Smith's Band (on one occasion with Alton Purnell) and had a lot of fun both on and off stage (but that's another story). The steak and kidney pie I remember well and it was there I was introduced to "mushy peas", I found them digestible when cushioned by several pints of the local beer but sober I still can't come to terms with them, even though my Belgian wife adores them. Hope to see some of you in Macclesfield with The New Orleans Z'hulus on Sunday May 17th - Brian Turnock

  • 31/03/15 - If you live anywhere near the Lancashire/Yorkshire border, you may be interested in an "Ellington Jazz Night",  featuring Alan Barnes - Saxophone & Anita Wardell - vocals, with the Chris Holmes Trio.  Geoff Roberts has sent me the details which you can see here. He's also sent me details of the Saddleworth Festival of the Arts if anybody would like a copy. It takes place from June 6th to the 14th, more details at  http://www.saddleworthfestival.org.uk/

  • 31/03/15 - Thanks to your inclusion of my request for Len Baldwin’s details. Also thanks to Louis Lince, I got the details, contacted Len and have since received a CD of the broadcast. The Broadcast was BBC Jazz Club April 1969 about 4 months before I returned to Manchester (to join Shep’s Banjo Boys). This was my first ever broadcast and it was “live”. By the way the band included bass player Dick Mason who I believe came from the Manchester area. He would have been playing with the local bands before my time. Anyone remember him?  Back to Spanish Fred briefly.  As I was always the “baby” of the bands, he sort of took me under his wing. He used to drive me around in his cream? Austin Princess.   After a gig, he often used to take me for a curry. We usually ended up in rather “questionable” establishments, but fantastic curries. My favourite memories are Sunday afternoons after watching Pedro Legro & his Fat Five at the Warren Buckley. I also remember him saying he never had a driving licence because he didn’t believe in them. In later times, he used to carry pound notes, ten shilling notes and pre-decimal coins because he didn’t believe in decimal currency.  I also remember Accrington Stanley Jazz Club. We used to walk around the derelict football ground during the intervals. I met a local girl there and courted her for a while driving there a couple of time a week on my scooter (in winter) and having to thaw the seat out each way.   Happy days.  - Charlie Bentley

  • 30/03/15 - It's always rewarding to go to a jazz club and have people come up and say how much they appreciate the site, and last night was no exception at Rochdale Jazz Club. There are hundreds of people who I am in contact with via email, but can never put a face to the name, and sometimes that applies to musicians I've read about many times, but never heard or seen. Ken Ames and Chris Walker are two top class musicians who I'd been in contact with but never met, and Dave Shepherd is a legend I'd heard of but never seen or heard play. When Chris Walker emailed to remind me that his band Swing Fever was playing at Rochdale last night, and it would be nice to meet up at last, I dragged myself away from this keyboard and got to meet all three and to hear some wonderful jazz. It perhaps wasn't the trad style I'm used to listening to, but the repertoire was such that you couldn't fail to find something that captivated you.  What left us all gawping, was the moment John Bell came out of hiding from behind his drum kit  to pick up the clarinet, whilst  Dave Shepherd put his clarinet down to get behind the drums and join the rhythm section. It was a great night out. Personally I didn't miss the fact there were no vocals, but I think maybe one of us did (Nagasaki without words is fine by me). Looking at Chris's itinerary, I saw he had been giving talks aboard the M.V. Arcadia, visiting amongst other places, Bitung, Manila, Shangai and Hong Kong and was soon to do a similar thing on M.V. Oriana en route to Bermuda, Orlando and New Orleans, so I put it to him that Boston Spa, Solihull, Rochdale and then Barnsley must be the icing on the cake!  Click on picture for a larger version.

  • 30/03/15 - One of the hardest and saddest aspects of this site is the far too regular announcements of the passing of musicians and fans. It doesn't get worse than announcing the loss of a young and talented person. This message from Keith Allcock will sadden all who know Keith &, Rita and their daughter Edwina. "It is with great pain and sadness that I write to tell you of the death on March 25th of my daughter Edwina. In the late 90s and early 2000s, Edwina made quite an impact on the NW jazz scene, singing with the bands we ran at the time and as invited guest with a number of other bands. There are punters and musicians who still ask about her and remember her with affection and it is for them that I send this post". -  Keith Allcock.

  • 30/03/15 - After a break of five weeks during March, the Sunday afternoon sessions at Sedgley Park Rugby Club will recommence this Easter Sunday when the featured guest with the Gerry Tomlinson Trio will be saxophonist Alan Barnes.

  • 30/03/15 - it was with shock and great sadness, when we just returned from a holiday yesterday, to hear of the passing of good friend, and fellow jazz promoter, Derek Daniels. We were in touch all through his illness, and it was our hopeful intention that Derek and I would be able to arrange a co-promotion in aid of the Blackburn and Darwen Big Band, which young Jack plays in. We were believing this was a target which would help him to keep positive and get him through his ordeal. As this cannot now take place, it is my intention to run my next jazz night on 29th. April as a tribute event in Derek's memory, and donate all monies raised to Jackie and Jack for the band. Thanks for your friendship Derek - Rest in Peace. - Norman & Meryl Gibson.

  • 29/03/15 - Mart Rodger has renewed a request he made on this site back in 2004. The memory of Steak & Kidney Pudding with Chips at Accrington Jazz Club has never left him, and he says, "Back in the 1950/60's I used to play with the Zenith Six occasionally in the function Room at Accrington Stanley Football Club. This was on a Sunday night and before motorways it used to take ages to get there and return home. The special part of the evening at the end was six portions of Steak & Kidney Pudding with Chips and they were absolutely superb. After all these years I still have high regards and support for Accrington Stanley and I hope they do well. I wonder if anyone else can remember those sessions?".

  • 29/03/15 - Interesting to read Paul Marks' comments on audiences vs. young musicians. Paul and I play in Terry Perry's Big Easy big band and Terry has consistently encouraged young players over the years since the band was formed. It's noticeable that our audience has always been very appreciative of our young members This, of course, improves their confidence in playing in front of a crowd, resulting in improvement in their playing. Old codgers like me grew up when it was common for young players to be allowed to sit in with established bands, make lots of mistakes, but gain experience and, hopefully, some competence. So, many thanks to Big Easy's loyal followers, both for supporting the band as a whole and encouraging new players with their applause. - John Hill

  • 28/03/15 - There are no mid week daytime gigs this week in the North West that I'm aware of.  Maybe you know different?

  • 28/03/15 - It's Ged Hone's birthday on Wednesday 1st April. I'm sure he's had a lifetime of comments about that one. Many Happy Returns Ged. I don't know of any others next week.

  • 28/03/15 - The Shrimper at Southport, gig list has been updated

  • 27/03/15 - Enrico Tomasso will be joining the High Society Jazz Band for another evening of Jazz on the Platform at Carnforth Station on Wednesday 8th July at 8.00pm. This will be Enrico's third visit to Carnforth Station - the last two have proved very popular. Tickets are £12.50, including light refreshments, and are available from Andrew at the Refreshment Rooms at Carnforth Station - tel 01524 732432 - email : info@refreshmentroom.com. Looking forward to another great evening! - Dave Bateman

  • 27/03/15 - Good Morning Fred. I thought you would like to know that we have been able to secure the services of a very fine guitarist - Mo.Witham who has joined our front line as Lead Guitarist. A nice, easy to listen to style and went down very well at our recent gig at the Hope and Anchor in Ulverston. He will be joining us again for our next gig at the Fisherman's Hotel in Baycliff on Sunday afternoon 26th.April. - Roger Middleton.

  • 26/03/15 - I overheard a comment at a recent gig from an audience member. "There are too many deps in bands these days." I'm afraid that situation is very true and is set to get worse. The doom and gloom debate has been long running so there's nothing to add here but I will say that a certain mentality amongst certain trad audiences does nothing whatsoever to encourage new blood into the ranks. In fact if some of us weren't so thick skinned there'd be far fewer of us travelling miles for peanuts to keep this music alive. - Paul Marks

  • 26/03/15 - Jazz was alive and well in Fleetwood at lunchtime yesterday.  I took time out from the web site to take Barbara to the North Euston Hotel for lunch, and to hear Mike Lovell's Six in A Bar playing. It was a nice break and the room was full of enthusiastic jazzers. It was good to see Colin Turner back playing, and to hear Derek Johnson again who was depping and although I hadn't seen him for several years, he didn't look a day older despite health problems he's also had of late. Dave Lee has back problems and is walking with the aid of a stick, but he says the music keeps him going and listening to him playing is always enjoyable.

  • 26/03/15 - I just listened to Billy Edwards playing Errol Garner's "Misty". What a great musician! His sense of time is incredible, and it's just a continuum of beautiful phrasing only surpassed by his non-forceful approach and unquestionable finesse. A real delight to listen to. The backing was also pretty impeccable, I must add. The Teds always a band of quality.  What a great pity I only got to play with the man once, at Didsbury Cricket Club possibly four or five years ago, I think he was filling in for Allan Dent at the time. I was just sitting in on one of my rare visits.  Thanks for letting me hear Billy. - Joe Silmon

  • 25/03/15 - I've now received details of Derek Daniels' funeral. It will take place at Preston Crematorium Longridge Rd, Preston, PR2 5BY on Thursday 2nd April at 11-15am.

  • 24/03/15 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated

  • 24/03/15 - I'm indebted to Rae Owens for sending me a CD of the Chicago Teds recorded at Maghull Town Hall when their guests were George Galway & Billy Edwards who died in June last year.  It included a superb track of Billy playing Misty, no doubt one of his most requested numbers, so I've now included that track on Billy Edwards tribute page. Click here and feel the emotion.

  • 23/03/15 - I've added a tribute page in memory of Derek Daniels, so if any bands or fans would like to add their thoughts or memories, I'd be pleased to add them.

  • 23/03/15 - Walter Love's Radio Ulster Jazz Club of Sunday 22.03.15 at the new time of 9.00 pm featured Pat Halcox. Well worth a listen on BBC IPlayer - David Evans

  • 22/03/15 - The Chicago Swing Katz are starting a Thursday night residency at The Oswestry Rugby Club with the first date being 2nd April, then April 30th. We hope to continue on the 4th Thursday of each month, 8.00 - 10.30 pm. - Jeff Matthews

  • 22/03/15 - I've just heard from Derek Daniels' wife and son that Derek passed away this morning after a lengthy battle against cancer. Derek was a musician and played various instruments in his life, and although I only heard him play keyboard, I knew he had a drum kit and could play trumpet. He was also a jazz promoter, and ran Moor Park Jazz Club before moving to The Crofters Hotel at Garstang where he continued to put on various bands. His heart was really into big band music, but he enjoyed bringing pleasure to those that liked to listen to Traditional Jazz.  He will be sadly missed.

  • 22/03/15 - There are several North West jazz musician's birthdays coming up this week. Richard Vernon on Thursday, Bert Schroeder on Friday,  Ed Lloyd Hughes, Jon Penn and Paul Munnery on Friday. Many Happy Returns to you all.

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  • 22/03/15 - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar will be playing at the North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood, on Wednesday at 12 noon. Great to hear that Colin Turner will be back in action on bass saxophone/double Bb recording tuba following  his recent  heart attack, and Derek Johnson will be guesting with the band. The only other mid week daytime gig will be Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz at Timperley Sports Club on Thursday, 26 March, 14:00 - 16:00.

  • 21/03/15 - Sale Jazz Club now has its own web site at www.salejazzclub.co.uk and is being held on the 1st Thursday of the Month at The United Services Club in Sale m33 6HQ.  Martin Bennett and his Old Green River Band are to be resident for the first 6 months and maybe more. The club launched this month but had limited numbers attend even though they had Richard Bennett guesting on the Trumpet.

  • 21/03/25 My thanks to those people who maintain calendars on band web pages - Stan Ward for Savannah JB, Spirit of New Orleans & Old Fashioned Love Band, Bruce Carnaffin for High Society JB, Pete Vickers for Silver Bell & Red Rose bands, Dave Dixson for Peninsula Jazzmen, and Mike Lovell for 6 in a bar. You'll find that each of these bands has a page with a calendar listing all their forthcoming gigs thanks to the above named people. If any other band members or fans would like to consider maintaining their own calendar, let me know and I'll help as much as I can. You will need to have a Google Account in order to do it, and that's free.

  • 20/03/25 - I see that Ulverston Victoria High School Swing Band will be taking centre stage at Holker Garden Festival this year - http://tinyurl.com/mowx94r  The band will be performing in the Festival Bandstand on Friday 29th May.

  • 17/03/15 - There are unlikely to be any web site updates now until weekend.

  • 16/0315 - There's a new photograph of the band 'Jazzin It' on the web site

  • 15/03/15 - The Merseys are having to make way for football for the two weeks in the near future.  Tomorrow, 16th March and Monday 13th April. So no jazz at The Victoria then  I'm afraid.  They have however made other arrangements for 13th April. For one night only The Merseysippi Jazz Band we will be playing at one of its previous venues,  used to be called Heath Hall, in Heath Road, Allerton, now known as the Conservative Club, at 8.30 pm.

  • 14/03/15 - Many Happy Returns to Amy Roberts tomorrow (Sunday), and to Jon Dunlop on Saturday the 21st March

  • 14/03/15 - Twp midweek daytime jazz events coming up. Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz are at Poynton British Legion on Thursday at 2pm, and The High Society Jazz Band will be at Carnforth Station on Fri, 20 March at 12:30pm

  • 14/03/15 - Hi Fred. I am saddened to report the loss of yet another jazz musician. My brother John died suddenly yesterday (Thursday 12th) down in Kent. While he spent his life in the village where I was born down south, he did visit the northwest on many occasions, always bringing his trombone and depping or guesting with the Yarrow River Jazzband, and was known to quite a lot of our northwest musicians. As young men we together formed a band back in the 60s with reedman Peter Curtis (who was then better known as a banjo player), and John played with the Golden Leaf Stompers and the Village Green Stompers in Leigh, Kent for most of his adult life. He visited New Orleans on a number of occasions and was responsible for organising events locally with visiting musicians Freddie Lonzo and Dr Micael White. He made many friendships among the jazz fraternity both here and in the U.S.A. On Thursday, with the Tuxedo Jazz Band in Wallasey, we played a small musical tribute to his memory. He was, among other things, my musical soulmate, I and many others, will miss him deeply. -- Richard Knock

  • 14/03/15 - Alyn Shipton, In this week's selection of listeners' requests, focuses on the New Orleans style of jazz clarinet, with music by Omer Simeon, Joe Darensbourg and George Lewis. BBC Radio 3 today. Thanks to Barrie Marshall for passing this on

  • 13/03/15 - Nice to know that Nicky Martyn (stage-name) is back. I remember him in the Zenith Six, when I was in it in the mid-late 60s [that's the 1960s, I know people think I'm as old as Moe Green!!!]. It's a pity Nicky has returned to a scene that isn't really a scene any more, and little, if any, work for those who stuck it out all these years. I can't include myself, unfortunately.  Nicky was a great drummer in those days; and he appears to have kept it up, no doubt, by sitting in with bands on the cruises. In those days, we had no idea he'd turn out to be such a great comedian. I remember he hosted "New Faces" on TV, and George Galway was on that once, I think when Nicky was still with the show.  Being a "celeb", I'm sure that bands and clubs that are still going will give him some 'dep' or 'guest' work. He should be an instant "draw". Think about it bands and agents! Fame drags people in, who have been absent as club members for years!!! He might help to revive interest in your venues!!! Anyway, welcome back, Nicky! We may never meet on gigs, although I can still play; but we might meet up at funerals, worse luck!, where I'm more welcome. There must be something very morbid about me! One day I need to interview you for a long-term book project on the local Jazz scene, as I remember it. You are part of that, along with thousands who will appear in it. It's one-third complete; but other work-in-progress comes first. See: http://www.sil4books.co.uk - Joe S-M
     

  • 13/03/15 - The first names have been announced for this year’s Brecon Jazz Festival, which runs from 7 to 9 August. See http://tinyurl.com/q6p5ynw

  • 11/03/15 -  Nicola Myers is the latest musician to join the deps list. - "I used to play in Chas & the Razzamatazz band in London and in Bob Dwyers Hot 6, more recently playing in a brass band but want to get back to jazz playing.  I play drums and live in Wigan"

  • 11/03/15 - Michael Pearson's father passed away and left dozens and dozens of compilation CDs of jazz tracks which he put together himself.  Mike says, "I could just throw them out but do you think they would  be of interest to any jazz fans and what would be the best way to reach them?   Well Mike lives in Altrincham, so if you are interested you can contact him at  mikepearsonhome and that's at  btinternet.com.  You'll need to format it as a normal email address of course
     

  • 11/03/15 - Terry Cheney is about to issue Jazz Guide Newsletter No.8  If you want to get your copy head over to http://www.thejazzguide.co.uk/newsletter

  • 11/03/15 - Dear Fred, Hi my name is Nicky Martyn I used to play drums with the Zenith Six with Mart Roger who has contacted you about me. I have for many years been working worldwide as a comedian which has been good to me I have been lucky enough to appear in the worlds best venue's, Las Vegas, London Palladium, Royal Albert Hall, and for me best of all the worlds biggest Cruise ships, a great life for a working act. Now I've retired from touring I would like to do what I always said I would like to do, that is going back to my roots playing jazz. I could Dep or do a residency, and I may get a chance to show what I can do. All that experience has not gone to waste, I still write lots of gags and lines for TV shows, but it's not like getting behind my drum-kit and swinging. 

  • 09/03/15 - My friend Nicky Martyn who played drums with The Zenith Six when I was with them, now wants to start playing again.   You will know he has done years of cruising as a comedian and has now finished that.  I have told him about your super site and that I will give you his information for the DEPS list _ Mart Rodger. He's on now - Fred

  • 08/03/15 - Just one midweek daytime gig coming up - Annie's Saints & Sinners at  The Dog & Partridge, Bollington on Mon, 9 March, 14:00 – 16:00.

  • 08/03/15 - Many Happy Returns of the day this week to Mart Rodger & Colin Smith who share birthdays on Monday.

  • 08/03/15 - "I know you don't use band members comments about gigs but I thought I would just tell 'you'  this, writes Barrie Marshall.   (Quite true Barrie, mainly self plaudits I don't publish, but this one is worthy of an exception I think - Fred). "My band (Sun Street Stompers) did its gig last night at The Hall, in Lancaster. When we started three people where in the room, after a while it was fairly full, great enthusiasm for the band, very loud applause and begging us to do another after we had finished and Alan (Duckles) did, I've never known him do that before. What is amazing is the audience were very young, middle twenties to early thirties and loving the band. About eight Lindy Hop dancers danced, it was like a jazz club from the 1950's.  Dave Bateman loved it, some of them asked when we were coming back to play again, it was brilliant.  One girl filmed some of it, full frame Canon camera, hefty professional tripod and a serious looking external microphone".

  • 07/03/15 - According to The Scotsman, On this day in 1917: The first jazz record went on sale in America. It was The Dixie Jazz Band One-Step recorded by Nick La Rocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

  • 07/03/15 - I've had an email from Luke Hollands - "I work for the BBC, and we’re currently researching a new programme about dancing and dance halls. We’re trying to track down people who have memories of the Palais in Bolton and I was wondering if you might be able to help?  The programme we’re hoping to make is about dance halls and their popularity in the forties, fifties and sixties. At the moment we’re specifically looking for people who danced, or played, or have special memories about the Palais in Bolton, probably in the fifties or sixties. Perhaps they met their partner there, or worked there, or played there.  At the moment this is just research but we’d love to speak to them in person, and even record a brief chat on camera. This would not be for broadcast on TV, it would be more to help us with our research. If this goes ahead it’s likely to be the weekend of March 14th/15th but we may be able to shift dates".  If you want Luke's contact details, let me know.

  • 05/03/15 - I just received a Google notification that a "12 CD Collector's Edition "Trad Jazz LEGENDS" New, never used or played in original box",  for £15 was on sale at http://tinyurl.com/mdyt6fw. Somewhat curious i looked it up to find it consisted of CDs by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Gene Krupa, Mel Torme, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole Trio. Traditional Jazz maybe, trad jazz I wouldn't have thought so. Mind you I do have difficulty knowing where the various genres start and end myself sometimes.

  • 05/03/15 - Seeing your post from Tony Jacobs, about his Festival of Swing and Jazz, reminded me just how talented Tony is. Throughout the nineties, Tony was a featured singer with The Syd Lawrence Orchestra. He was VERY professional, a great presenter, always looked smart in his tuxedo, AND he played very good trumpet in the “Trad” session which always was part of the programme. Anything Tony promotes will be good.  Nice to hear of him after all this time.  - Frank Slater
     

  • 05/03/15 - Whilst on the subject of 'schlepps' (I had to look it up too), Ros Gilman, a regular correspondent, emailed me from the Southern shores of the UK to mention that she belongs to the New Milton Friends Group who raise money to give people things that they can't afford to buy. Like a stairlift for example. She says, "We raise most of the money we give away by presenting two concerts a year - one jazz and one cabaret. The jazz concert is on 30th April and the line up will be Digby Fairweather, Phil Phillips, John Burgess, Stan Bourke, Dave Shepherd, Bernie Farrenden and Clive Burton. A full house would be nice". If you want more details just let me know.

  • 05/03/14 - I know it’s a schlepp for many of your subscribers, but my 28th Festival of Swing, Jazz and Cabaret near Chichester is looming large! To be precise, it’s at South Downs Holiday Village, Bracklesham Bay starting on Friday April 10th.  It features the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, the Jiving Lindy Hoppers, ‘Spats’ Langham and Friends, Mazaika, Earl Okin, Catherine Sykes, Louise Cookman, Sue Greenway and the Jim Barry Quintet. More details can be found at  http://tonyjacobs.net/themed_music_events.html and I understand there are only about half a dozen places left. BUT....we have another Festival in October!  Cheers! - Tony Jacobs.

  • 04/03/15 - Many Happy Returns of the day today to jazz musician and vocalist, Rosie Harrison who lives just up the road in Scorton.. Also to Kay Leppard who with husband Tony did a great job for the Ken Colyer Trust, and are now putting on jazz at the Winning Post in Twickenham.  My daughter lives just over the other side of the Thames, so if I can get the timing right I'll get there before too long

  • 04/03/15 - Peter Vickers and Roy Freeman talk about The Silver Bell Band and New Orleans Music and what it means to them in a video that can be seen on the band's web page

  • 04/03/15 - The Sun Street Stompers are playing at a new venue from 7pm until 9pm on Saturday night in Lancaster. It's The Hall in China Street and admission is free. Barrie Marshall tells me, "Its a coffee place but I believe drink is available on their Saturday music nights".
     

  • 03/03/15 - The March edition of Just Jazz Magazine is now out and you can see a list of contents and ordering details by clicking here.

  • 03/03/15 - It's your last chance to get tickets for Keith Nichols' Hot Five who are set to visit Lancaster this Friday, 6th March, 8pm - 11pm. One of the most popular bands to visit the North West, featuring Keith Nichols, Thomas 'Spats' Langham, Trevor Whiting, Richard Vernon and Nick Ward, why not check out  http://tinyurl.com/kej3r3x and grab one of the few remaining tickets in advance and save £2 per person.

  • 02/03/15 -  "I know this is a very late request but I would be tremendously grateful if you could include this listing online:  Chetham's Showcase - Thursday 5 March 2015, 7.30pm. Carole Nash Hall, Chetham's School of Music, Long Millgate, Manchester, M3 1SB.  Outstanding student soloists from across the departments perform in a special concert that profiles the next generation of musicians. Each student performs a 20-minute recital within this full-length concert. It is a jazz heavy concert". -  Faye Christiansen These include some young jazz musicians although I have limited information on styles but would be very surprised if they played traditional jazz. There's more detail in What's On for March 5th.
     

  • 02/03/15 - Hi Fred,  I would like to thank the contributors on your Northwest jazz for all the YouTube clips that I use in my jazz jottings, the latest be Le Bardi Manchot from Norman Gibson.  It’s always a pleasure to receive your emails.  This is a band from Melbourne that are earning praise from the Australian audiences https://www.youtube.com/user/ShirazzJazz. Hope you like them -  Ron Knight. If you'd like to go on Ron's Jazz Jottings mailing list, let me know - Fred.-

  • 02/03/15 - Although I corrected the typed web address for Trevor Stent's Jazz-Fest (25/02/15) ,  the link it contained was still directing to the wrong place. The link to  http://www.fest-jazz.com/english  is now correct.

  • 02/03/15 It would appear that there is one musician having a birthday this week. Many Happy Returns to 'veteran' Merseyside bassist Jim West who will be 71 tomorrow, 3rd March. Jim has played with the New Orleans Express, and later played in Bruce Bakewell's N'awlins Jazz Band.

  • 02/03/15 - An interesting link from Barrie Marshall - http://nwb.co/blog/post/76442/bbcdrama/bbc-drama-seeking-musicians (it no longer works I'm afraid)

  • 01/03/15 - No midweek daytime jazz events and no musician's birthdays next week. What is the world coming to?

  • 01/03/15 - A bit of a sneak preview of something that will be appearing in the  Jazz Guide free newsletter next week - Terry Cheney  will be announcing the Hippocampus Jass Gang 2016 tour.  Terry says, "A plan is being put together to bring this amazingly fresh and fun band to these shores around next spring time. There is much interest already, so seek out your dancing pumps and get ready to for some mind-blowing action. Would all interested promoters/venues please contact terry@thejazzguide.co.uk in the first instance and register your interest.  We will then be in a position to work out a financially viable itinerary to recommend to the band who are very excited about touring the UK. I urge everyone out there to make an effort to get your hands on some of their music. One of our top musicians has remarked they are ”witty, skilful and fun too!” The music has been around since the 1920s, some of it even earlier, but what sets this band apart is the enthusiasm and refreshing arrangements. They are sure to prove a great hit with jazz fans wherever they go. We are also speaking to dance groups about ways of ensuring some really good dancers attend their events, as this will build an even greater atmosphere. I urge all great music lovers out there to ensure you make your local venue aware that this is a band you don’t want to miss!  Get in touch or be very disappointed!".
     

  • 28/02/15 - Good news and bad news from Mike Pembroke. First the good news, "I'm pleased to report that jazz is back with a bang in Sale. We arrived an hour before the gig to find the place almost full !!! By start time it had been necessary to find additional seating. After the previous poor attendances last year, it must be most gratifying to the new promoters to receive this renewed support and to achieve such a great atmosphere.   It is intended that they will run these events bi monthly and the next one will be April 24th with the Savannah Jazz Band. Keep up the good work".  This was soon followed by, "Sad to say that the new Old Brown Jug management have decided to pull the plug on the Sunday lunchtime jazz sessions. The only one still scheduled is Sunday May 24th with a 3 band session as part of the Newcastle Jazz and Blues Festival. Start time 1.00pm

  • 27/02/15 - Manchester Jazz Society web page has been updated

  • 26/02/15 - Hi Fred about 3 years ago I asked if you had any contacts who could get me a lead sheet for Davenport Blues and in no time I had 16 replies!! I did thank you all at the time. At last I have been able to thank one in person! Les Bull at Carlisle a week ago .We enjoyed his band of 1st class jazz musicians very much. thanks again what would we do without you.  - .Alan Rippon (Appleby)
     

  • 26/02/15 - Google alerts just spotted 'The Seaside Shuffle Jazz festival re-visited' for me at http://tinyurl.com/l6adwoc.  Recordings taken at the Ramsgate Festival of  Rance's Rocking Chair Band . That should keep you happy for a couple of hours.

  • 26/02/15 -  Mike Lovell would like to thank his enthusiastic audience for coming out yesterday afternoon to the jazz session at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood. He says the sessions are getting increasingly popular and with over 40 people turning up for the last one he's putting more tables and chairs in for the next one. "The room we play in is lovely and warm and has a lovely view over the bay. There is a fully licensed bar and the hot and cold food is also very popular", says Mike.  You can see Six in a Bar there on the 25th March and the last Wednesday of the month from then on. 
     

  • 26/02/15 - Mike Dexter has just put a Bass Combo Amp and Speaker Cab on the Items for Sales Page

  • 25/02/15 - Trevor Stent has once again got a superb line-up for this year's FestJazz festival in Brittany, and he has just recently added another young French band, who could well give Tuba Skinny a good run for the money. At this stage they may be considered a little bit 'rough round the edges, but have a look at LE BARDI MANCHOT on YouTube and make your own assessment. The FestJazz flier for 2015 can, of course, be found at www.fest-jazz.com - Norman Gibson

  • 25/02/15 - Hello Fred following John Critchley's posting ,the BBC broadcast a very interesting programme on radio 2 with Clare Teal with Kenny Ball ,entitled "Blowing my own trumpet" the story of the man himself, it was originally broadcast around 2013, of course his biography with the same title is available - Mark Mc alister. It can still be heard at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01jxy44  - Fred

  • 24/02/15 - Thanks for pointing out Clarke Peters' tribute to Acker Bilk on BBC Radio 2: Very good. The tracks of the Paramount Jazzband with Ken Sims, John Mortimer, etc. (CRE March, Blaze Away, El Abinico, Franklin Street Blues, Under The Double Eagle, Gladiolus Rag etc. are probably the finest example of jazz ensemble improvisation you could care for. So, if you’ve already got “Kind of Blue”, “Songs For Swinging Lovers”, Sinatra At The Sands” and The Hot 5 / 7 recordings, these will complement your collection.  What a shame that BBC haven’t ( as far as I know) done a similar tribute to Kenny Ball. -  Jon Critchley

  • 24/02/15 - Mention of jazz on the Isle of Wight reminds me of when I was on holiday there about five years ago. The Warners Hotel where we stayed advertised "Jazz on the Terrace", so while the others in our party went bowling or swimming or something equally active, I went on the terrace and joined the small but appreciative audience. Overcoming my natural shyness, I somehow got a sit in. After giving my all for a couple of numbers, I went back to my seat. After the concert, the Band Leader came up to me and asked what was I doing on Saturday. Regrettably, I had to turn him down. Apart from the fact that we were going home on the Friday, just by chance I didn't have my piano in my suitcase! - Noel Broadgate

  • 24/02/15 - I think Sue and Jon have given you a heartfelt tribute on the Homepage, and I like it very much. Clever. -  Moe Green
     

  • 24/02/15 - The message from Mart Rodger's wife Janet, reminded me of the recording his band made entitled, "Give us a Stomper Kid " (he always shouted this out ) a tribute to Spanish Fred which I completely forgot about, I remember it now as an LP issue complete with Spanish Fred on the cover I will now purchase it from Mart in CD format.

  • 22/02/15 - Allan Riley tells me that the Bourbon Street Roof Raisers  will be playing at The Harrogate Spring Flower Show on the mornings of 23-26 April 2015 at the main entrance shortly after the Show opens.  Not in the North West, but it is an event where a lot of NW people pop over the Pennines and get their passports stamped to visit this popular show.

  • 22/02/15 - In order to maintain the integrity of the Band Spotlight list on the Main Menu page, only bands that have appeared in What's On over the last twelve months are listed. I was quite surprised to see that three bands are coming up for relegation in March. These are Bourbon Street Roof Raisers, the Lakes Jazzmen and Cafe Society, who haven't appeared in What's On since March last year. They are never removed from the site, just the links to them are removed from the main menu page.  Bands that no longer appear  in What's on are listed in Whatever Happened To.

  • 22/02/15 - Hi Fred, Seeing the remarks by Mark McAlister asking if anyone has a photo of Spanish Fred, please let him know that if he goes to  http://tinyurl.com/qzdc2lq and scrolls down to the 11th CD he will find  a photo of him on the front cover of “Give Us A Stomper, Kid” which was dedicated to Fred.  We have great memories of him turning up at gigs dressed just as Mark described and his funeral was such an event that the TV cameras were there and it was on the late evening news that night on both BBC and Granada.  Great times! Janet Rodger
     

  • 22/02/15 - Another great find Allan and Fred - Tamar sure can scat; I specially liked the Al fresco gig at http://youtu.be/4ekFb4Uw9IQ I'm going up the loft see if I can find my "skiffle" bass. - Jon White

  • 22/02/15 - Just looking at the recent comments on your news page and noted the mention of SPANISH FRED within Charlie Bentleys contribution, and Shep's banjo boys. During my Free trade hall days we would nip over to the Abercrombie pub next to Bootle street police station.  Graham Shepherd, one of the Shep's, was the licensee. He had a good collection of photographs within the pub, and he moved on to the Swan with Two Nicks I believe, in Cheshire.  Back to the amazing SPANISH FRED. I followed the Dave Donohoe band around the corner from the Abercrombie, at the Nags Head. Mick Crighton with his old fedora hat also played there, the Midland hotel Didsbury with the wonderful Harlem Hot Stompers and Julie was anther regular haunt, however I remember SPANISH FRED could be seen at both these venues, he would enter the room to huge applause even with the band in full flow. He was always dressed in some amazing outfits, sometimes in thirties gangster style pin stripe suits and trilby and spats, or he would have a cane in hand draped in cloak he would then toss these aside and shout "Give us a stomper boys", what a character, I believe he was chef from a leading hotel in Manchester. There must be more information or a photo of the man out there anyone?   Referring again to the Harlem Hot Stompers and the excellent trombone of Pete Haslam, sadly no longer with us, some jazzers may already know that his wife Jean is back in the north west living in Chadderton.  As always thanks for your hard work Fred and your interesting site - Mark Mc Alister
     

  • 22/02/15 - I never thought of the Isle of Wight as a hot bed of Trad Jazz, but it seems "The Goose Island Syncopators: Trad Jazz Band" play at The Spyglass Inn, Esplanade, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1JX, every other Friday night from 8.30pm, or so I've just been informed by a Google Alert.  Good luck to them.

  • 22/02/15 - If you missed  Clarke Peters' tribute to Acker Bilk on BBC Radio 2, you can hear it now on the Acer Bilk tribute page

  • 22/02/15 - Thank you very much for the Birthday Greeting.   Being paired with Jamie makes me feel quite young again – so long as I discount the fifty odd year difference!!!!!   Tomorrow, it will be sixty years since the Queen invited me to join one of her bands!  I did five years before I got out. - Frank  Slater

  • 21/02/15 - Trombonist Frank Slater is one of two musicians celebrating birthdays this week, Jamie Brownfield the other. Many Happy Returns to Frank on Monday, and on Thursday to Jamie

  • 21/02/15 - Two midweek daytime jazz events for those who don't like venturing out on cold nights. Mike Lovell's Six in a bar will be playing at the North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wednesday at 12 noon, and on Thursday, Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz plat at Timperley Sports Club starting at 2pm.

  • 21/02/15 - Allan Wilcox sent me this yesterday -  "I got home at half past midnight this morning after a long day of playing jazz (Poynton with Mart Rodger in the afternoon followed by Llangollen with Roy Potts in the evening) to find a draft worksheet, prepared by Helen, for a joint seminar we are giving next Friday on words and music in jazz, left for my approval (alongside my whisky glass) on the kitchen table. I had asked her to include the words to Old Fashioned Love and links to the YouTube recordings by James P. Johnson and Alberta Hunter (about whose version I enthused on your page a year or two back), but she had come across and added another interesting rendition by someone called Tamar Korn, of whom I had never heard.   Needless to say, I checked her out, and WOW! This woman is something else: original, exciting and YOUNG, performing the music we love in a delightfully relaxed and informal but still arresting manner - full of surprises. I may be behind the times of course and discover that everyone else has been listening to her for years, but otherwise I would strongly recommend looking her up on You Tube. There's a lot there, and it isn't all the same; so even if you don't like what you first hear, keep trying". Start with http://youtu.be/8gnvmad8aeA - Fred
     

  • 21/02/15 -  Just seen the videos that Richard Knock sent. These kids are great. I was especially impressed by the xylophone player. Xylophone shmylophone she was brilliant. The demisemihemitriplets were played perfectly. I should know, as back in the '30's I was trying to teach them to Red Norvo but he never quite made it. - Moe Green.

  • 21/02/15 - "Could be interesting tonight on BBC2 at 9 pm  'Songs from the South' ", says Norman Gibson. Reginald D Hunter returns home to explore the south both past and present through its world-famous songs. Reg begins by exploring the high lonesome sound of Kentucky and Tennessee and the disturbing tradition of blackface minstrelsy. I'm on the minutes posting this, but no doubt it will be available on iPlayer.

  • 20/02/15 - I know some readers used to go to The Beaufort Gypsy Jazz, at the Beaufort Hotel near Ormskirk, in fact some may still be there as I think it's become a rest home  Smile.  Well it seems that the Gypsy Jazz is alive and well but at The Rainford Junction Hotel, News Lane, Rainford, and takes place on the first Monday each month. Rae Owens tells me, "Our future guests are "Trez Fez" in March  and Tony Ormisher Jnr,  & Jack Kinsella in April. All players are welcome, anyone interested can contact me on  0151 525 6900".

  • 19/02/15 - In 1968, I left Manchester and the Mart Rodger/Mike Pembroke (band with various names) to go to London to seek my fame and fortune. Whilst there I joined a band called the Dauphin Street Six who had re-formed and I believe had made recordings which were quite big in Europe. Len Baldwin was the leader and trombonist. Whilst in London the band appeared on BBC's Jazz club compared by Humph. The other band was Bob Wallis's Storyville Jazzmen. Both bands did a banjo feature Hugh Rainey and myself. I don't know if Len Baldwin (Trombone - Ken Colyer Legacy New Orleans Band) reads the site but if he does, do he have a listenable copy of the broadcast. I have a copy on reel to reel tape recorded by someone living near Alexendra Palace and as such there is a lot of background noise probably due to the radio masts etc. By the way I didn't find any fame or fortune in London as I was recalled back to Manchester to join Shep's Banjo Boys. Spanish Fred never forgave me for this. - Charlie Bentley

  • 18/02/15 - The occasional "thank you" email for bringing jazz fans or musicians together, or for advertising a jazz event on my web site is very nice, but a musical one has got to be the icing on the cake. This special thanks from Sue Parish and husband Jon Moore made my day.

  • 17/02/15 - Keith Allcock writes, "Our first new-style monthly session at St Helens Bowling Club will be on Sunday, March 8th at 8 30 pm. The idea is to revive the formula that proved so successful at The Star at Rainford from 1997 to about 2005. "Jazz Rendezvous" will consist of a nucleus of ‘house’ musicians – Derek Skepper, Pete Darwin, John Higham and myself – and up to three guests each session. The guests for March 8th will be Geoff Parker (clarinet/saxophone), Ken Horton (trombone) and Dave Rigby (guitar/banjo). The door charge will remain at £5".
     

  • 17/02/15 - i'nt it grand to have GOOD news, thanks to Richard Knock this time. Good music is ALWAYS good music. Its got to be heartening; I think I heard a few semidemihemisemiquavers on the xylo ! Over to our venerated percussionist, Moe G. - Jon White

  • 17/02/15 - Hi Fred, I know this isn't jazz, but bearing in mind the fact that I know a number of players who possess a double interest in jazz and brass bands, including myself, also the interest expressed in the recent clips of the marvellous playing by Andrea Motis from Catalunya, try this from my local brass band with Julia Bromiley (xylophone. http://youtu.be/ks4TG5cGlPM and Ben Jarvis (cornet) http://youtu.be/816loZCQ66w.  These recordings were made in 2013 when both youngsters were 14 years old. I think you'll agree it's pretty spectacular from our own home grown talent. -- Richard Knock. (If you look carefully you'll see Richard struttin' his stuff  at the far right hand side - Fred)

   

  • 16/02/15 -  Annie's Saints & Sinners are playing one night at a new venue - The Wharf pub on Brook Street ,Macclesfield on Friday March 6th starting at 8.30pm. They are also providing the music at a Jazz Night with a Fish and Chip Supper at Henbury Church Hall, Church Lane, Henbury, Macclesfield on Friday March 20th, 7.30pm, tickets £10, in advance from Annie, phone 01625610059 to reserve.

  • 15/02/15 - The Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain posted an interview with Amy Roberts yesterday at http://tinyurl.com/kbf4f5g. It was first published in the Autumn 2011 magazine, but it's still interesting reading, and it makes you realise how much water has gone under the bridge in three and a a half years.

  • 15/02/15 - Hi Fred, thanks for linking the "Fumi" band doing "West End Blues" with Cello intro then great down home guitar from Stuart (Django) Hall. What a terrific ensemble backing to Ms. Fumi. Better yet -as you know, I live in the Lincolnshire "sticks" and they are gigging in May at a village hall ten minutes drive away. Unbelievable!, I'll send a clip. -  Jon White.

  • 14/02/15 - Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz begin their daytime sessions at Poynton British Legion this week. Admission £6. Tel 01625-873120. The band will be resident at the new times on the 3rd Thu in the month. The only other midweek daytime event this week is The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station at 12-30pm on Friday.

  • 14/02/15 - Many Happy Returns next week to Barry Pryme, Dove Jazz Promoter, who celebrates his birthday on Monday, and the Sheila Collier who celebrates hers on Wednesday. Sheila and her husband Lasse are in the North West from Sweden on the 14 to the 23 March 2015 and would love to sit in with any North West bands who can oblige.

  • 14/02/15 - Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Geraldine (Gerry) Duckles, banjo player with the Sun Street Stompers. Gerry did what most of us will have done at some time, last Thursday she brought the shopping in and put it down, then soon after turned and fell over the one bag that had the vegetables in and didn't move, resulting on a broken leg. She's back home and I spoke to her yesterday, and she's had a hip replacement, and making good progress, although not quite ready to run round the block yet.

  • 14/02/15 - After an absence of 9 years, jazz returned to the ALTRINCHAM GARRICK THEATRE BAR last week!!!   Trish Galloway writes, "It was great to see so many old and new friends there. Next session will be SUNDAY 8th MARCH 12.30 till 3p.m. with Derek Galloway’s BUNTERS IMPERIALS QUARTET. Fine bar and Betty’s butties made to order. £5 admission.".
     

  • 13/02/15 - Some of your followers have written and referred to YouTube about ANDREA MOTIS and JOAN CHAMORRO. So I write to advise that they will performing at Cheltenham Jazz Festival on Friday 1st May. However it is a ‘Dinner’ gig. A Three course meal and Champagne cocktail, all inclusive ticket at £65.00! Cheltenham is expensive!! Perhaps Andrea will be doing some other gigs while in the UK. Please note: no traditional jazz at this festival. - Dave Woonton
     

  • 13/02/15 - Jazzwise Magazine yesterday features a young London band - "Fumi Okiji and her Old Time Jazz Band", and a very interesting version of West End Blues at http://youtu.be/yOy-MCaPE4Y I have to say, and goes on to say, "With northern England and the Welsh borders under their gig-laden belts ( I missed that ) this brazenly retro outfit now bring their nostalgic flair to the south and east from Cornwall to Lincolnshire

  • 13/02/15 - Charlie Bentley, ex Shep's Banjo Boys and Mart Rodger Jazz, writes to say,  "I fancy starting to play again after nearly 4 years absence (since leaving Mart). I don't want to play too regularly as I still have trouble with my hands (arthritis) but have done a few gigs in 2014 and managed OK so I would like to see how it goes". Charlie is the latest musician to join the deps list

  • 10/02/15 - The Hungry Monk Ale House, Cambridge Walks, Southport will be holding a jazz jam session on Thursday 26 February starting 8:30pm. Guest musicians and singers are invited to sit in with the house band. All styles and abilities are welcome. Free admission. - Paul Marks
     

  • 08/02/15 - Sheila Collier sent me this message via Facebook - "Dear Fred, Lasse and I are in the North West from the 14 to the 23 March 2015, Please can you put us in touch with what's on? We'd love to listen, play and sing!  All the best Sheila and Lasse Karlsson". So I'm sure there are many fans out there who would love to hear Sheila again, so if any bands would like to swell their audience, now's your chance, I'll put you in touch.

  • 07/02/15 - Annie's Saints & Sinners are the only band doing mid week daytime jazz next week at The Dog & Partridge, Bollington (Res 2nd Mon) 01625 610059 Mon, 9 February, 14:00 – 16:00

  • 07/02/15 - Many Happy Returns to Judy Eames who celebrates her birthday on Monday 9th, and to the Merseysippi Jazz Band which was formed 66 years ago on Saturday 14th Feb.

  • 05/02/15 - There will be no jazz at The Shrimper next Wednesday 11th Feb, due to family bereavements at the hotel. The next jazz event will be The Savoy Jazzmen on the 18th Feb at 8-30pm

  • 04/02/15 - Frank Slater writes, "Hi Fred, We were just turning out old papers/letters etc., and Carol discovered the attached clipping. It has to be from the mid-sixties, but I wonder who can remember these guys. Albert Wood is still active in the Leeds area, but the others may not still be with us. - Frank

  • 03/02/15 -  After reading about the trouble Debs had in accessing the Mersey’s page, I am heartened to know that I can easily open up your website, even though you re-quoted the words “Nob”, “sex”, “vimto” and even “Banjo player”. -  Jon Critchley
     

  • 02/02/15 - This from Peter Maguire at jazz-clubs-worldwide - Hi Fred, Just a look at the latest postings. Interesting as always.  Pleased to see you posted the video of the band from Barcelona. The prime mover for the constant nurture of this Catalonian jazz talent is Joan Chammoro. I have just started a new feature Jazz Heroes: http://tinyurl.com/nhnb8pb.  I have also put up today the February Edition of "Rate A Jazz Track": http://tinyurl.com/ot4amaj. I would more than happy to receive submissions from the Traditional Jazz fraternity.     What a great band - Pete Haslam's Collegians. I used to see Pete and his wife quite frequently at gigs in the seventies on. You will probably know he enrolled as a student at Leeds College of music. The M6 was difficult because of the weather so he went off at Exit 22 - Ripponden (where I lived form many years) He was involved in a serious car crash on what was - even in good weather - a difficult and narrow road. His injuries resulted in serious problems with memory and years of carefully learned chord sequences disappeared. He and his wife moved to Cornwall. So far as I remember.  An extremely fine man and musician with a sharp and understated sense of humour.  Congratulation on the page views.  Best Regards.

  • 02/02/15 - Just had an amusing email from 'Deb', except it does have a serious side to it. Deb writes, "I have a mobile phone which is on the Tesco network. I was Googling for "Syd the Banjo player" and one of your pages was one of the links on Google: http://www.jazznorthwest.co.uk/mersey.htm (Merseysippi jazz Band). When I clicked on that link, I got taken to this link: http://wap.tesco-mobile.com/contentblock advising, "The site you tried to visit shows content for over 18s.".  Perhaps it's this wording on your page: (this item was about founder member ken Baldwin).  "Ken was one of the remaining founder members of the band. His nickname derived from his habit of calling everybody 'Nob', regardless of sex."  Maybe consider the word "gender"?".     Well according to my own mobile Company - "At the moment, all new Pay As You Go services will have our internet content filter switched on by default, to make sure that only age-appropriate content is viewable. This is because many children are given a Pay As You Go account for their first phone."  Wonder if my site is considered to contain the "devil's music"?

  • 02/02/15 -  Mad Ed writes, "Terrible news! Roy Gregory is off on holiday this week. Yes indeed it's true; Roy will not be playing at the Blue Bell Halkyn next Sunday with the Mad Ed's Hot 5. Worse still Roger Higham will be snorkeling on some Indian ocean reef exchanging pleasantries with schools of Guppies and Octopi.  This means I shall have to hire in expensive and musically suspect deps in the form of Ian Royle on trumpet, Mart Rodger on clarinet and Dave Alexander on guitar and banjo.  The Cacophony begins at 15.30 and subsides at 18.00. Entry is FREE the beer is brilliant, the band.....enthusiastic. The front line will comprise: Dixson D. Royle I. and Rodger M. Book your seats early because this is a very rare line-up.  As if this dizzy prospect was not enough to rouse the most somnolent fan, our recklessly generous landlord Steve Marquis will donate yet another bottle of vintage Vimto to be won in our brimming prize laden raffle.
     

  • 02/02/15 - The February issue of Just Jazz Magazine is now available. Click here for details.

  • 01/02/15 - John Percival is the latest musician to join the deps list.  John is from Bolton, and plays trumpet and Flugel Horn and is front man and vocalist with the Bourbon Street Roof Raisers

  • 01/02/15 - Dear Fred,   I am emailing to pass on the sad news of the passing of my father, Thomas Bryan Park, on 30th January 2015. I wondered if you might be able to help my family to spread word of his passing to the jazz community who will know him so well via your fabulous website?    As many will know, my dad Bryan was a passionate advocate of traditional New Orleans jazz, a talented musician across a range of instruments (but probably best known for playing the banjo and trumpet) and, above all else, a kind and generous man.    Bryan's funeral will be held on Monday 9th February at 3.40pm at Carlisle Crematorium; myself and my family would warmly welcome anyone from the jazz world who knew him and who wishes to join us.  With warm wishes to you, -  Jane Park

  • 01/02/15 - Business is booming - there were 8.046 visits to the website last month, made by 2,143 users looking at an average of 2.39 pages per visit, that's 19,245 pages. Mind boggling!

  • 01/02/15 - The only Daytime gig this week - The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 3 February, 14:00 - 16:00

  • 01/02/15 - Many Happy Returns today to Brian Carrick and Tony Pollitt. Tuesday brings birthday greetings to Alan Matthews, and on Friday to Ken Duckers.

  • 29/01/15Keswick Jazz Festival web page has been updated. Full festival schedule available and complete up to date list of bands

  • 29/01/15 - I see from www.jazzandjazz.com that the New Orleans Z'hulus are set to do another UK tour this year. You've only one chance to see them in the North West and that's on Sunday, 17th May (8.00 till 11.00pm): at Club AZ (Astra Zeneca) “Hulleys”, Charter Way, Hurdsfield Industrial Estate, Macclesfield SK10 2NA (Contact Fraser McCombe for details: fraser.mccombe@btinternet.com) . For those nearer the Pennines you may wish to travel to Barnsley on Monday, 18th May (8.30 till 11.00pm): Barnsley Jazz Club, Elmhirst Lane, Dodworth, S75 4LS.

  • 28/01/15 - We have just had had confirmation that Ian Royle will be joining The Parade Jazz Band on trumpet for our Mardi Gras evening on 17th February upstairs at The Boathouse, Parkgate. Many of you will already know what a treat this will be and for those of you that don’t, well just come along and see for yourselves. It’s an 8.30 start and only £3 admission as usual. You KNOW it makes sense! - Sue Reid-Povall
     

  • 28/01/15 - Mart Rodger has added his memories to the Clarrie Henley tribute page.

  • 25/01/15 - Sue Reid-Povall is looking for a good vocal recording of Magnolia's Wedding Day as she'd like to learn it. She already has the lyrics.

  • 24/01/15 - I know he was a Southerner but some of your readers may remember Michael Atterbury for reeds and vocals with Storyville Tickle or even from Eel Pie Island. They will be sorry to hear he died last Wednesday after being ill for some long while. You showed a snatch of film with Brian Rutland not long ago. I've known him since schooldays. Love to Maggie and family.

  • 24/01/15 - Just one midweek daytime jazz event this week, and it's Mike Lovell's Six in a Bar at The North Euston hotel in Fleetwood on Wednesday from 12pm to 2pm, admission £6 on the door. 

  • 24/01/15 - Quite a few musicians celebrating birthdays next week - Peter Vickers and Terry Binns celebrate their birthdays tomorrow, and Paul Adams of Lake Records, celebrates his on Monday. Two musicians no longer playing but nevertheless deserving a mention and that's Terry Porter on Thursday and Ken Doran on Saturday.  Many Happy Returns to you all.

  • 24/01/15 - It's Jazz Jim, but not as we know it!  This article in the New Scientist at http://tinyurl.com/qbrwk4e features Robots playing jazz, whatever next? 

  • 23/01/15 - Hope Swings Eternal is a new name on the jazz scene. It’s a band which will have its base at the Hope and Anchor Pub in Ulverston. The band will be playing every month from February on the last Thursday in the month except December, from 9 pm to 11 pm. The Line-up is Bruce Carnaffin (Reeds), Alan Beecham (Many Brass Instruments), Dave Hillman (Double Bass), Roger Middleton (Rhythm Guitar) and Joanne Clayton Brown (Vocals). There will also be an afternoon gig at the Fisherman’s Arms at Baycliff on Apt 26th from 2 pm – 4 pm. Apart from the usual Trad. “Book” we will also tackle some more from “The Great American Songbook

  • 22/01/15 - More musician's tributes have been added to the Clarrie Henley tribute page.

  • 21/01/15 - Eagley Jazz Club gig list has been updated

  • 21/01/15 - For the tech lovers out there. you may be interested to know the rumours were right, Microsoft is going to make Windows 10 available for free to users running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 on their devices. But there's a catch, at least so far: The Windows 10 update will be available for free for one year from the date that Windows 10 is commercially available. Windows 10 is likely to be commercially available as of Autumn 2015, according to previous comments from Microsoft execs.

  • 21/01/15 - I've been advocating midweek daytime jazz for some time, catering for the ageing audience, and let's not kid ourselves that it will prevent young working people from joining us because they haven't been in evidence at night either.  Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz have now decided to change the session at Poynton Legion Club to the afternoon at 2.00pm still on the third Thursday each month. Mart says, "I have found out that most people prefer not to drive at night. Apart from the dark, these very bright lights on vehicles these days do not make things easy.  For those who still prefer the evening sessions our performance at High Lane Conservative Club on the first Monday every month at 8.00pm will still be going ahead. This venue is only 4 miles from Poynton Legion Club".  Last Sunday was really bad with snow up at Buxton and I expected the concert at Buxton Arts Theatre to be poorly supported. I got it completely wrong and there was a big crowd there and they were very appreciative.

  • 21/01/15 - Ken Butler has informed me that, "Tonight's gig at the Undercliffe Cricket Club in Bradford, is cancelled because of the bad weather".

  • 21/01/15 - My husband Peter Sunderland, pianist for the Wolverines Jazz Band in the 60s/70s sadly passed away in October 2014. I have come across a large box of sheet music used by the band, including The Definitive Dixieland collection of 73 songs and The Golden Eras 1900-1929 and many others.  I live in Rochdale, anyone interested in this music is welcome to collect.  Kind regards, Wendy Sunderland.

  • 21/01/15 - Interesting comment on The Sound of Song from John Critchley. I can't say that Neil Brand's taking over the singing of Heebie Jeebies from Louis particularly bothered me. I am though wondering how well documented this incident is, or is the dropping of the wordsheet another example of an urban myth?  I know none of them appeared on record, but there must have been earlier examples of black musicians doing scat singing, or something very like it. After all, there must have been many occasions when people felt like dancing and there were no instruments available.   At any rate, American slaves would have heard their white neighbours providing dance music by means of sung vocables (on this side of the Atlantic they called it lilting or diddling or Puirt à beul or tuning up), and it seems inconceivable that the slaves wouldn't have adopted the practice.    Be that as it may, Sound of Song was one of the most factually correct music programmes I have seen in a very long time. In fact, the only real clanger lay in the fact that Brand gave the impression that the electric microphone wasn't invented until 1931. In fact, it was in use as early as the closing months of 1925.    BTW., for anyone who's into early Black American music, there's a programme on BBC 4's Listen Again, running right now, about Abner Jay, an itinerant one man band from Georgia. Here's the URL. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04yftl1. It will probably be available until Saturday 31st January. - Fred McCormick.
     

  • 21/01/15 - I visited George Galway very recently and can echo his thoughts and expectations. His brief illness hasn't stopped him from practising on his many instruments, and as he says, he's on his way back, and with a 100% recovery. I believe him! George is one of the most determined and resolute people I have ever known and he has kept up that impish sense of humour that endears him to all who know him. So we'll all see him back, firing on all cylinders, sooner than we can say Yakka-Ma-Gurrrkah! [means "Jack Robinson" in ante-Deluvian, Demotic Proto-Accadic Swahilizgian - sadly no longer spoken anywhere] - Joe Silmon

  • 19/01/15 - Some good news at last - George Galway has written on Facebook - "Dear Friends, About a month after my Dec. 15th Biopsy, I got a clean bill of health from the hospital. It was a lingering infection that previous antibiotics had failed to get rid of. I am now on my way back to 100% health and will be resuming teaching and gigs soon. Many thanks for your support and good wishes".

  • 18/01/15 - The Original Panama Jazz Band web page has been updated, and I'll bet you've never seen a band photograph like this before!

  • 18/01/15 - Bernie Hives sent me an interesting obituary about Midge Ellis aged 91, who Bernie describes as "The passing of one of our local Jazz Heroines". Bernie lives in Detroit and you can read the article here

  • 18/01/15 - I watched a bit of the BBC4 prog on Friday: “The Sound of Song”: Presenter Neil Brand is obviously knowledgeable about music etc., according to his cv, but sadly, when pontificating about how Louis invented scat singing by allegedly dropping the words to “Heebie Jeebies” during the recording, Mr Brand decided that it would be best illustrated by himself talking over the Hot 5’s recording playing indistinctly in the background. I lost interest after that. - Jon Critchley

  • 18/01/15 - Two items of news from Martin Bennett -  On Saturday 7th February, 2015. There will be a Charity Fund Raising Dance for Help The Heroes at The United Services Club, Southern Road, Sale, Cheshire M33 6HQ. Kick-Off 8pm. Entrance £6 on the door - these can be booked in advance by ringing the club secretary, Jim Clark, on 07860 853880. A first class sprung floor awaits the dancers and the bar is well stacked with decent, proper ales. Music supplied by Martin Bennett's Dixieland Swing. Manchester Lindy Hoppers have shown an interest!  Then at the same venue, the same band with regular guests throughout the year, will play from Thursday 5th March 2015 from 8-30pm to 11pm for Sale Jazz Club, on the First Thursday of the Month, Entrance £5.
     

  • 18/01/15 - I knew Jim Galloway. He was pals with my late cousin, Joe Saye, jazz pianist - originally from Glasgow, ending up in Toronto. I visited Joe many times there and had the tremendous pleasure of being surrounded by Joe's jazz chums and listening to the music.  - Ros Glickman

  • 17/01/15 - Three members of the Peter Frank All-Stars plus vocalist Loretta Scott were involved in a car smash on the way to a gig on Friday 16th of January.  Loretta received painful rib and back injuries, Chris Howse was badly shaken up, Dave Morrell (who was driving) also has a bit of 'shock' and I finished up in A&E at a Wakefield hospital with facial and knee injuries. Thanks to the staff at the hospital and half a gallon of witch hazel the bruises are now going down a bit.  Always wear your seat belts guys. They will save you life!  - Ian Royle.

  • 17/01/15 - As mentioned by Mike Walmsley yesterday, there is now an obituary in the Scottish Herald about James (Jim) Braidie Galloway, who died at the age of 78.  He was born in Kilwinning, Ayrshire, in 1936, and raised in Dalry. During his teens he taught himself to play the clarinet (the only music lessons he had as a child were on the chanter for the bagpipes), and spent all his pocket money on jazz records. In a 1992 interview with Jazz Journal, he said that hearing a chorus by Frank Teschemacher on the Eddie Condon Quartet recording of Indiana was a defining moment. He spent most of his life in Canada.

  • 17/01/15 - Norman Gibson writes, "If you look at www.jazztojazz.com  you could perhaps advise anyone interested they can purchase recordings of Sant Andreu Jazz there". 

  • 17/01/15 - If you don't like going out in the dark, why not go to Timperley on Thursday 22nd when Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz will be playing at Timperley Sports Club at 2pm. It's the only midweek daytime gig available, unless you know different.

  • 17/01/15 - Many Happy Returns next week to Jeff Roberts tomorrow and John Hallam on Monday

  • 16/01/15 - There is now a tribute page to Clarrie Henley, and if you have any memories  you'd like to share, please send them to me.

  • 16/01/15 - Very sad to hear about Clarrie Henley, although not surprised as I rang him 10 days ago and I knew the situation was serious.. He was a great guy with a terrific sense of humour,   I first worked with him at the Warrington Guardian in the 1950's and we played in a band together with Clarrie on guitar.  I recall when we played at Neptune Moorings that Clarrie would write his own amusing lyrics to well known tunes, and one I remember well was a tribute to 'The Neptune's Burger'. He was very interested in jazz but he had to give up playing with us when he moved on to the National Newspapers where he became a sub editor and was dealing with reader's letters. Such was his sense of humour that one day some people came up to me and said, "I agree with everything you said", and it was then I discovered that Clarrie had  written a letter himself with my name on it!  Clarrie eventually retired to run a boarding house in Blackpool for a short while before moving to Carnforth where his son & daughter-in-law had bought a quarry. They had it filled with water and various obstacles, like an aeroplane, and they started a diving school. Clarrie then lived on the banks of the quarry in a Canadian style log cabin. He had relatives in America and made lots of contacts with professional musicians over there.  He was also an avid collector of classic jazz records, and I reckon he had more jazz recording than the BBC.  He has been my best friend over the years and not long ago  I joked with him that after he'd gone they were all destined for the tip, and he was very pragmatic about it and said, "Well I've enjoyed listening to them". - Harold Troughton.

  • 16/01/15 -  This email just in, "I am very sad to tell you that after a difficult but short illness my lovely Dad, Clarrie Henley, died yesterday. We are trying to sort out arrangements and to do the many things which must be done at these times and I will send another email later with all the details when we have the funeral planned.  I am sorry that this is a "round robin" type of email but there is an awful lot to do and we wanted to let people know as quickly as possible. Dad was a very popular man and had many friends which made his life such a happy one.   With great sadness - Carol and Alice. 

  • 16/01/15 - Dear Fred, I don't know if you have heard of the death of Jimmy Galloway on 30th December. A private memorial service was held for him last week. As you know he was very active on the dixie, mainstream scene here for many years as well as taking part in numerous European tours. He was the Director of the Toronto Jazz festival for a number of years and always made sure to get as much of our kind of music as was possible in the face of pop, smooth and the weird and wonderful stuff that has taken over. He will be missed. - Regretfully Mike Walmsley

  • 16/01/15 - The Parade Jazz Band will be holding an evening of love beads, brollies and good ol’ New Orleans Jazz upstairs at The Boathouse, Parkgate, on Tuesday 17th February. 8.30 till 11.00. £3 entrance fee.

  • 14/01/15 - Ann McPherson has confirmed today that jazz at De La Salle Rugby Club in Salford has finally ended except for the occasional event. Ann has done a sterling job keeping jazz alive at that location, especially following the death of her husband Keith. The venue regularly featured  Smoky City, John Hallam's Jazztet, The Chicago Teds, and of late Terry's Dead Good Boys, and Rae Owen's Hot Five.  Best wishes to Ann who has earned herself a well deserves break

  • 13/01/15 - Something to warm your hearts on these cold nights. I was told about this by Peter Macguire who maintains the amazing web site full of information at http://www.jazz-clubs-worldwide.com.

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  • 13/01/15 - I have just seen Mart’s query about members of the Martinique Jazz Band......Frank Whitham moved to the south of France some years ago and is playing quite often (usually in the sunshine!).  We had a great French theme to the evening on their last gig for us but the line-up then had changed completely from Frank’s days in the North West to his band in Wolverhampton.   The current version of Martinique is now run by drummer Jim Harney.  The attached photo of Frank was taken in July 2002.  - John Howell

  • 13/01/15 -  "I’ve just come across an LP in my collection by The Martinique Jazz Band recorded at The Malt Shovels in Altrincham on 21st August 1982.  They play these well;-  Weary Blues, Baby Wont You Please Come Home, Canal Street Blues, Every Tub, Ice Cream, Stack-O-Lee Blues, Malt Shovelin’ Boogie, Four Or Five Times, Deep Creek and The Martinique.  Alan Bray/ Trumpet, Arthur Williams/Trombone, Frank Whitam/Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone & Vocals, Malcolm Hogarth/ Piano, Stuart Renn/Banjo,Guitar & Vocals, Norman Simpson/Bass, Alf Tweedle/Drums.  I see Malcolm and Stuart from time to time but I wonder what has happened to the rest?", asks Mart Rodger.  Well I can tell Mart that Alf Tweedle passed away on 4th Aug 2003, and on August 6th last year Arthur Williams guested with the River City Jazz Band at the Royal British Legion club in Conway. The rest I don't know about.

  • 12/01/15 - Special guest Dave Donohoe is playing with the The Lazy River Jazz Band at Carlisle Jazz Club on Jan 29th.  ( Mac MacDonald will be on banjo and Phil Rutherford on brass bass.)

  • 12/01/15 - Friday 16 Jan BBC 4 at 9.00pm a one hour programme of old jazz footage Louis Armstrong, Bing and 'others'.  - Norman Gibson

  • 11/01/15 - Howard Murray has advised me - "Alf Kiernen's daughter Jan, informs me of the funeral details for Alf.  -  2.20pm on 26th January 2015 at Lawnswood Crematorium...Otley, Leeds, LS16 6AH. Tel. 0113 222 444.  And later at The Parkway Hotel, Otley Road, Leeds LS16 8AG Tel 0844 815 902.  Friends may wish to omit the service and attend the hotel, app 3.00pm.  Flowers from relatives only please. Contributions may be made to the Musician's Benefit Fund in Alf's memory. An on-line Memorial Site is being prepared, details of which will be made available when it is complete".

  • 11/01/15 - Trish Galloway has emailed to tell me - JAZZ RETURNS TO THE ALTRINCHAM GARRICK THEATRE BAR!!!   Derek Galloway’s ‘Bunters Imperials’ are playing 12.30 to 3.30pm on Sunday 8th February 2015 and then every month.  £5 on the door, raffle and fine bar.  We look forward to seeing you all there.

  • 11/01/15 - There's a Parade Bandsman's uniform just gone up for sale on the Sales Page

  • 11/01/15 - I thoroughly enjoyed the clip of trumpet player Andrea Motis playing "I Can't Believe" and was amazed and full of admiration at her phrasing and tone - thought she was playing with a mute at first.  But how on earth does she breathe? Obviously a non-pressure gal, either she's mastered the art of circular breathing or possibly does it through her ears!  It's a long time since I played (trombone) and really enjoy reading the news on your website.  Happy New Year to all musicians and fans, - Peter Ward

  • 11/01/15 - Daytime jazz this week includes Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington on Monday at 2pm, and The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 16 January, 12:30 – 14:30

  • 09/01/15 - Hi Fred, I got quite excited when I saw Wednesday's entry in the Newspage about Chris Barber; 06/01/15 - Tonight at 10pm on BBC Radio 2, "Chris Barber - Jools Holland presents the first part then I realised that this was only part of the BBC's current economy drive by recycling programmes from ages ago. This one was broadcast in April 2011 and Jan 2013 and has long been 'on disc' in my library. But for those that missed those opportunities (if there are any!) it'll be available for another 3 weeks at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b010dj3h
     

  • 09/01/15 - Terrible news about Neil: He recorded us and many other bands all over the U.K. I hope that Raymer Sounds will continue to support the music. Our sympathy and thoughts to Margaret. - Jon Critchley & The Original Panama Jazzband.
     

  • 09/01/15 - Hi Fred could you circulate this please - Alf Keirnan, from Merseyside, died on 5th January. I know he had a lot of contacts over that way. He was such a well known and popular pianist in the Bradford and Leeds area. He will be much missed by both the Trad and Modern jazz crowd. Funeral arrangements in Leeds will be announced when matters concerning the Coroner are completed. - Ken Butler

  • 09/01/15 - I was very shocked and saddened to learn of Cliff Barker's sudden passing. It was way back in 1987 when Cliff invited me to join his recently formed Mathew Street Ragtime Jazz Band, which at that time actually had a residency in Mathew St itself, and from then I spent 16 very happy years with the band. Cliff led from the back, with a strong, driving banjo style which made the whole band swing like crazy. We also had some great times socially. I have treasured memories of attending the Keswick Jazz Festival in its early years with Cliff and Stella, walking and bussing to all the venues to hear as many bands as we could, and sitting in at the free jam sessions. My deepest sympathies go to Stella and all Cliff's family. - Phil Yates.

  • 09/01/15 - We never managed to fit Keith's 'Jazz Gentlemen' in at 'Heysham Heritage Hall', but I have to recognise the very thoughtful and appreciative letter you have received from Keith - no one left out ! - Norman Gibson

  • 09/01/15 - The Shrimper, Southport, gig list has been updated

  • 08/01/14 - According to the Burnley Express http://tinyurl.com/lxu8mg5  Brass players are being recruited for a newly-formed big band.  "Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues’ decision, in October, to go ahead and form a second big band is already paying off, judging from the enthusiasm of band members during the first practice sessions.  Band director Paul J. Rigby, who is also responsible for the RV Jazz Collective, Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues’ first big band project, said: “Our 14 new big band members have applied themselves extremely well in such a short time".

  • 07/01/14 - Sadly, The Jazz Gentlemen have decided to disband after ten thoroughly enjoyable years. Some members of the band have reached the stage when travelling long distances at night has lost its appeal and we reluctantly decided to call it a day at the end of 2014. At its best, it was a truly thrilling band to play in and I’d like to record my thanks to the other band members for the the many, many magic moments and also for the great friendship within the band over that period. Thanks also to the musicians who depped with us from time to time, to the punters who have supported us so loyally and not least to the hard-working jazz venue promoters who have given us gigs. Thanks also to you, Fred, for your invaluable promotion of the music we all love. - Keith Allcock

  • 07/01/14 - Dear Fred,  It's with great regret I have to let you know that Cliff Barker has passed away suddenly.  He played Banjo with the Panama Jazz Band many years ago before forming The Mathew Street Ragtime Jazz Band who enjoyed a long 13 year gig at the Marlborough in Slater Street Liverpool City centre.  Cliff depped with many local bands and his style of banjo was enjoyed by many jazzers.  Cliffs funeral is on 22nd January at 11am Landican Cemetery. - Stella Williams, his Partner.

  • 06/01/15 - Jon White is over the moon at finding this video of ANDREA MOTIS & JOAN CHAMORRO GROUP playing and singing "I can't believe that you're in love with me", so much so that he wants to share it with you all - http://youtu.be/dn_jBLEH87U.  This young lady was first mentioned on here back in 2010 when Pete McGuire sent me a link to these videos of Andrea (then 14 years of age) http://youtu.be/Db7kVV7bUtg  and http://youtu.be/hzvGHy-d8KQ .

  • 06/01/15 - Tonight at 10pm on BBC Radio 2,  "Chris Barber - Jools Holland presents the first part of a major profile of this British jazz great, one of the most influential of all time. In addition to his own very successful recording career, Chris was responsible for bringing blues greats like Muddy Waters & Sister Rosetta Tharpe to the UK for the first time; the impact of those performances went a long way to creating the British blues boom of the 1960s. His involvement in the fledgling Marquee Club in London gave the Rolling Stones a valuable early platform, & he was also one of the founding fathers of the Reading Festival. The skiffle movement was created by members of the Chris Barber Band, and he broke new ground for jazz both in the US & behind the Iron Curtain, where his fame was once so great that he was able to travel without a passport! He played for President Kennedy & in the black blues clubs of 1950s Chicago and crossed musical boundaries as though they didn't exist. The programme features extensive recollections from Chris himself, alongside contributions from Mark Knopfler, Paul Jones, Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball, Van Morrison, Jon Hiseman, Phil Collins, Lonnie Donegan, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts & more".  No doubt you'll be able to catch it on iPlayer if you miss tonight's programme.

  • 06/015 - Following Ralph Wilson's retirement from The New Riverside and High Society Jazz Bands Dave Bateman has kindly sent me a new band write-up for the High Society Jazz Band which has now been updated.

  • 06/01/15 - My thanks to John Muskett for obtaining a copy of the gig list for the Wilbraham Arms at Alsager. What's On has been updated.

  • 06/01/15 - News reached me at the end of last year that Neil Raybould of Raymer Sound had passed away just before Christmas. Raymer sound was responsible for recording not only many NW Jazz bands particularly around Merseyside, but throughout the UK as the catalogue demonstrates. Margaret Raybould released this statement - "Neil, who was born on 25/04/1943, died peacefully on 23/12/2014 after a very brief illness. He leaves behind his wife for 47 years, Margaret, son Anthony, daughter Helen, daughter-in-law, son-in-law and three grandchildren. 'Those we love don't go away. They walk beside us every day.'  The funeral is set for tomorrow 7th Jan, and there will be a collection for St Margaret's (Somerset) hospice. They were fantastic".

  • 06/01/15 - Ulverston trumpet player Brian Judge was in the Cardiac Ward at Blackpool Hospital after a major heart operation followed by a stroke, but has now  been transferred to Barrow (Furness General Hospital, Ward 6). He is making a slow recovery, andt is likely to be hospitalised for some time. Information supplied by Bruce Carnaffin with Brian's wife Kath's permission. If anyone needs email contact details, please let me know and I'll pass them on..
     

  • 05/01/15 - One welcomed email today reads -  "Dear Jazz North West, We are trying to resurrect the Jazz nights at our Club. Just to let you know we have now booked The Old Fashioned Love Band for Friday 27 February.  We hope the Jazz nights at our club will again become a success. Kind regards, - Steve Russell, Hon. Secretary, Sale Conservative Club
     

  • 05/01/15 - Mike Pembroke writes, "It was great for the Old Fashioned love Band to return to the Old Brown Jug in Newcastle, and am pleased that it was well attended with plenty of familiar faces and some new ones. I managed to get details of forthcoming gigs. All are timed from 1 - 3pm. Free admission, raffle."  Thanks Mike, I'll be adding them to What's On on Sundays. If anybody else can also get me a copy of forthcoming gigs at The Wilbraham Arms I'd appreciate it.

  • 05/01/15 - Many Happy Returns today to my son David. He's no musician but he sure likes musicals.

  • 05/01/15 - For anyone who it may affect - Following the sale of Mundesley Holiday Village on Christmas Eve, John Petters had a call from Richardsons on Tuesday to advise that the Fourth Louis Armstrong Celebration Jazz Festival could not go ahead as the site would be closed.  John says, "The great news is that we are moving the festival to Seacroft Holiday Village - another Richardson's site - and it will be one week earlier than advertised - 22nd - 25th May.

  • 04/01/15 - Hi Fred,  I need to have a Flugelhorn mouthpiece plated.  Do you or your contacts know a place I can have it done?  Great site you run. Have a great New Year! - Joe. Baron.
     

  • 04/01/15 - Steve Crowe sent a message via Facebook at the beginning of last month, which I only just noticed. It reads - Hi, Fred.. many thanks for showing the mail from my old mate Ken Fergusson we are now in touch after 40 yrs. He lives on a small island in the Philippines ! Amazing. Am looking for any members of the Jubilee Ragtime Band from Leeds in the 60s. - Dave Davis,  James Kingham,  Dave Strutt,  Jim Lodge...   and more I can't remember.  Think Dave Davis would have some old tracks of the band which I would really like to hear before I pop off. Please help ! - Steve Crowe

  • 04/01/15 - The Parade Jazz Band is back at The Boathouse, Parkgate, on Tuesday 6th January but will not be there the following week (13th) as The Boathouse is closed for kitchen refurbishment.

  • 04/01/15 - Many Happy Returns today to Brian (Sam) Ellis, and on Wed 7th to Jon Moore.

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  • 01/01/15 - There were 6933 visits to the web site last month

  • 01/01/15 - Mart Rodger has emailed to say, "I regret bass player Ken Marley resigned on 19th December so I'm searching for another. We enjoyed Ken's excellent playing and wish him the best of luck".

  • 31/12/14 - Hi Fred - your readers might like to know that December 2014 has marked the official 'retirement' of drummer Ralph Wilson. Ralph is one of the most versatile drummers in the Lancaster area, having played for many years in bands, in 'pit orchestras' for shows, and as an accompanist at many different venues. Ralph took up the drums whilst serving in the army after WW2, but had already begun a performing career many years earlier, singing with local bands, playing with dance bands, and performing with the Red Rose Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society - he now holds a 70 year award as a member of Red Rose, for whom he played leading roles on the stage, as well as being on the drums for a number of concerts and other shows. Ralph was a regular dep with the Lune Valley Vintage Jazz Band, and with the New Riverside Jazz Band, for whom he became the regular drummer when Keith Staveley retired through ill-health. Ralph was a natural first choice drummer when the High Society Jazz band was formed back in 2007. His versatility suited the wide ranging repertoire of the band, and, of course, his vocals added much to any programme. Above all, Ralph was well-known for his tremendous rapport with audiences. At 87, he has decided to call it a day - at least on a full-time basis, but we still hope to see him at various local gigs. His last gig with the New Riverside Jazz Band was at the Black Bull at Bentham on December 8th, and with the High Society Jazz Band we had great celebrations at our two regular local gigs, Carnforth Station Tearooms on December 19th and the Bare Village Club on December 21st. At the moment, both bands are in the process of deciding how they will replace Ralph, so watch this space for further announcements!   Happy New Year to you, Fred, and to all your followers. - Dave Bateman.

  • 30/12/14 - Reference your note about a coach next year to FestJazz, I have to advise that, with Trevor's immediate help, I attempted to put initial 'ballpark' costings together for such a coach package to FestJazz 2015, but failed miserably ! I have no doubt that there are 49 keen jazzers out there who would have filled the large coach, possibly more for two coaches, but I found that the process was started too late to get a coach onto the best suited ferry crossing from Plymouth. Should someone plan to organise a coach for 2016, I would advise starting the planning earlier, and select a coach operator well versed in European travel, who can arrange and cost out the complete return travel/crossing package. I feel I will just have to stick to jazz evening promotion, but I would certainly help someone to fill a coach for a future trip ! My gite is booked for 2015, so it looks like I will be driving down again ! Snag is I could have get more wine for the cellar on a coach !! - Norman Gibson

  • 30/12/14 - In response to an article from Des Hopkins (29/11/14) with photo of some concert tickets. I would like to add that the Chris Barber concert Monday April 20th 1959 was probably the one that got me into jazz. Briefly, I have brother 4 years older and between us we were smitten (me mainly) by Lonnie Donegan and skiffle having bought Rock Island Line on a pale blue label Decca 78rpm when it came out. I had carried on with skiffle and starting a skiffle group going from guitar to banjo whilst my brother went on to following Chris Barber. I hated it and would not be in the same room when the jazz was played. My brother has started work and had bought two tickets for the fore mentioned concert to take a girl from his workplace. She could not make it and after MUCH persuasion, I agreed to go. My only distinct memory of the show was Eddie Smith centre with just bass ( I think) playing Take Your Pick. I was gobsmacked and walked home floating 2ft above the ground. If Des can remember, it would be nice to have date and even time to an event which certainly changed my life. -  Charlie Bentley

  • 29/12/14 - "Acclaimed American jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco has died at the age of 91, according to his website, following a long career and numerous collaborations with the genre's biggest names. Buddy DeFranco died on Wednesday in the US state of Florida, the website said. He helped spearhead jazz's move towards bebop, veering away from the traditional swing style." - AFP News Agency. Buddy was appointed leader of the Glenn Miller Orchestra 1966-1974

  • 29/12/14 - Hi Fred. Really enjoyed some the correspondence on your jazz pages. I have been looking for info on my grandad John Arthur Macready who I think used to play sax in Ossie Wades in the late 50s. As a tenor player myself I am really interested in the scene he used to play in back then. I never really knew my dad (left when I was 1) so was delighted to discover sax runs in my family. Any info greatly appreciated. I understand "stardust" was his signature tune and my Mum told me both him and my dad were into Hoagy Carmichael.  - John Savage. www.theguvnas.co.uk
     

  • 29/12/14 - Be amongst the first to see the line-up for next year's Jazz Festival in Chateauneuf du Faou in Brittany. Full details here. It's organised by ex Blue Mags leader, Trevor Stent, and it's a festival that the late Blue Mags leader, Dennis Harrison, used to organise a coach trip from Liverpool for.  As yet I haven't heard if there will be one this year.

  • 29/12/14 - Local Amateur Group playing Jazz and Blue Standards (Trad) welcomes new players. Meetings take place every Thursday at the Union Chapel, Wellington Road, Fallowfield M14 6EQ.  Next meeting 8th January 2015 at 7:15pm.  Contact details:-  John, 0161 998 1674 or wilsomuse@mail.com.

  • 29/12/14 - Funeral Arrangements for Jack McNamara have been doubly confirmed along with flower arrangements and contact details for those wishing to attend. It's been added to the Jack McNamara tribute page

  • 27/12/14 - No Birthdays to celebrate this week and for some it can be a bit flat after Christmas, so why not go out and enjoy some good jazz instead. You're in luck because Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz normally resident at Timperley Sports Centre on the 4th Thursday of the month, which would have been Christmas Day, will now take place on Monday 29th instead It all starts at 2.00pm and entry is £6. It's at Stockport Road, TIMPERLEY. WA15 7LU next to Hare and Hounds. There's no steps and it's an easy entrance, plus a large car park and a bar for all drinks including tea/coffee. Not sure if there will be any mince pies left, but don't know about you I don't think I could face one now!

  • 26/12/14 - Some good news to welcome the new year with - "Just to let you know; Rosie Harrison went into Royal Preston hospital at 11am this morning (Boxing Day), and her baby boy was born at 1:30pm weighing 6lb 3 1/2 oz. She sent me a text at 4:04pm - I guess that means they are doing ok!  Since Rosie went on 'maternity leave' at the end of October The Lune Valley Jazz Band have had Barrie Marshall playing clarinet with the Lune Valley and he has been accepted very well by our audiences.  Rosie is hoping to return to playing with the band sometime in late Spring next year - but we will have to see if she can fit it in with all the lifestyle changes motherhood entails!!".  - Steve Lister.    Rosie herself posted on Facebook, "A speedy arrival...welcome to the world Brooke David Stewart Harrison born 13.05pm, 6 lb 3oz, he's a bit camera shy!!!

  • 24/12/14 - The January edition of Just Jazz Magazine is now available. You can see the list of contents here.

  • 23/12/14 - The Merseysippi Jazz Band will not be playing at its regular Monday night residency at The Victoria Hotel, Aigburth, Liverpool on 29th December or the 5th January, 2015, due to refurbishment of the Hotel. The regular weekly residency will begin again on Monday 12th January, 2015. In the meantime the MJB extends sincere Festive Period joy and happiness to its band of followers world wide.” - Derek Vaux

  • 22/12/14 - The Wyre Levee Stompers recently celebrated their Christmas jazz Night, 1914 style. My thanks to Keith Wadeson for the photograph. Click on the picture as usual for a larger version

  • 21/12/14 -  The 4 Louis Armstrong programmes, originally broadcast last July , are being repeated on the four Sundays of January, on BBC Radio Ulster Jazz Club. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b048j9gv.

  • 20/12/14 - I was shocked to hear from Helen Woodcock’s daughter Jo, that her mum, who is on my news mailing list, had suffered a serious accident on a boat in Thailand on Friday12th Dec., resulting in 4 fractures to her back. She is currently in Phuket International hospital. Jo Says, “I'm not sure when I'll be able to get her back home but will keep you posted”. In the meantime Jo is reading her the news emails, so get well soon Helen, your fellow jazzers are thinking of you.
     

  • 20/12/14 - If you are looking for a daytime jazz venue this week, there's just one place where you may still get in, and that's The Castle Green Hotel, Kendal where there's a special Jazz Lunch Menu

  • 20/12/14 - Birthdays to celebrate this week include Tony Pringle (clt) on Sunday, Bernard Burke (tbn) and George Galway (rds) on Tuesday, Pete Darwin on Wednesday, and Tom Culbert on Friday. I wonder if they got double presents being Christmas week.  My son was born on 5th Jan, and we tried to keep the two separate, but it wasn't easy when people said, I've spent a bit more on him so it will do for Christmas & Birthday! 

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  • 20/12/14 - I went to see the Original Panama jazz Band at the very nice Irby Club on the Wirral, on Wednesday; a really good venue , well patronised and well worth a visit, especially as they were celebrating Christmas with lots of Mince pies etc etc. All for FREE!!  We noted that Malcolm Hogarth, playing Eubie Blake, bore a strange resemblance to the pianist in this photograph taken at the New Orleans French Quarter Festival in April 2001  - Tony Talk

  • 19/12/14 - The latest addition to the Deps List is Barry Weston (tbn). Barry used to live in the North, and now after half a century in London and the South-East during which time he has played with many outfits, but principally Gambit Jazzmen, Barry is turning the wheel full circle and returning to live in his native Wakefield. I gather he will continue to play festivals with Gambit, but that apart will be looking for gigs nearer to home from now on.

  • 19/12/14 - Hi Fred, This is not traditional jazz but I'm sure some of your readers would like to know about this interesting concert at Lancaster University. http://tinyurl.com/nezvfv2  - Barrie Marshall

  • 18/12/14 - Didsbury Cricket Club gig list has been updated.

  • 18/12/14 - Sorry to hear about George Galway, we had him over at our jazz festival in October & he guested with our local band The Downshire Jazz Band & he put on a fantastic performance. He then done a solo spot playing clarinet, soprano sax. & concert flute. He then surprised everyone by producing a penny whistle & playing some traditional Irish jigs. Apart from his musical ability he is also very witty & he promised to return to our club sometime in 2015. We wish him all the best & hope he has a full recovery. -  George Smyth, East Belfast Jazz Club.

  • 15/12/14 - Chris Lee tells me, "The funeral of former Manchester Evening News jazz writer Jack McNamara will be at Blackley Crematorium at 11am on Thursday, January 15th at 11am".. Thanks Chris.
     

  • 15/12/14 - Pamela writes from Ramsbottom, "I have found copies of Jazz Times, Jazz Guide and Jazz Unlimited dating back from the early 1990's. It is horrifying to realise how many venues have sunk without trace over the years, and funny how some of the musicians who are still with us look very young - of course, we haven't aged a bit!!!!  I am loathe to throw them in the recycling bin as there are some very interesting items in them which will trigger off some good jazz times in people's memories.  Do you know anyone who might be interested in them - they will of course, need to be collected as we do not have a car now".  If somebody would like them, contact me and I'll put you in touch - Fred
     

  • 15/12/14 - Earlier this year I announced that Jazz at Sale Conservative Club had come to an end.  Well it seems there's been a last minute rethink and the committee have booked The Chicago Teds to appear there this Friday 19th for their Christmas gig, and the committee  are going to get together to try and sort something out for the new year. Watch this space, I just hope someone let's me know

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  • 15/12/14 - Thanks passing on the message about George Galway. I hope they're going to look after our George in hospital and that they will send him out in one piece and firing on all cylinders!!! He's one of our best multi-reedmen on the local Jazz scene, and anywhere in Britain. I'm sure everyone knows him and who has heard him play will want him to keep going for decades - even though some of us won't be around then. Not only his great playing on each of his many instruments, but also his witty, infectious and impish Irish sense of humour, will be sadly missed until he's back amongst us. Best wishes for a great result George!  I was also very sorry to hear about Sheila Collier's burning coat episode, too; I hope everything's progressing well. She was very lucky to be pulled out in time; or the consequences could have been a lot bleaker. - Joe Silmon

  • 13/112/14 - Almost a week full of birthdays. Many Happy Returns  to Barrie Quilliam (Sunday), Richard Knock (Monday), Sam Wood (Tuesday),  Harry Swinburne (Wednesday), Derek Brown (Friday), and Noel Broadgate (Saturday)

  • 12/12/14 - Jazz At The Bollington Arts gig list has been updated for 2015

  • 11/12/14 - Seeing all the birthday news on your wonderfully informative site, I thought I'd let the world know that I'll be 75 on Monday 15th Dec. and that makes 62 years of playing jazz, 27 with the Yarrow River JB, and 45 years playing brass band stuff with the Eccleston Brass Band. Still blowing my own trumpet, as you see! - Richard Knock.  If you know a NW musician with a birthday on Thursday 18th December, we can celebrate a whole week of birthdays next week - Fred

  • 10/12/14 - On the 2nd December, Chris Lee wrote in and advised us that Jack McNamara, of Alkrington, Middleton, jazz writer for the Manchester Evening News in the late 1960s and early1970s, had died . Joe Silmon kindly put together an obituary for Jack McNamara and this is now accessible on the Tribute Page.

  • 10/12/14 - Hello Fred. The Dave Wearing Swing Four are booked to play every month at the Hope and Anchor Pub in Daltongate , Ulverston. The LAST THURSDAY of each Month. We also have some other gigs and the first of these is an afternoon jolly at the Fisherman’s Arms at Baycliff on January 18th between 2 and 4 pm. The new line-up is :- Dave Wearing, Clarinet; Matt Cowe, Lead Guitar; Dave Hillman String Bass ; Joanne Clayton-Browne , Vocals and me on Rhythm Guitar. Happy Christmas and a Swinging New Year. Roger Middleton. - Dave Wearing

  • 10/12/14 - Just to let you know that the new landlord of the Wilbraham Arms, Alsager has decided that jazz on a Sunday evening is continuing, and the Old Fashioned Love Band (OFLB), will be appearing on this coming Sunday 14th December and again on February 8th.   More good news is that the new owners of the Old Brown Jug, Newcastle U Lyme have restarted the Sunday lunchtime sessions between 1 and 3 pm but for the moment only using 4 piece groups. A contingent from the OFBL have been booked for January 4th and February 15th. Hopefully adequate support will lead back to full bands. - Mike Pembroke
     

  • 10/12/14 - George Galway has written on Facebook, "Hi folks - I am going into hospital on Monday morning for a biopsy. Doctors have found something in one of my lungs during some unrelated routine tests, and they want to know what it is. No reason to be concerned, just letting you know why I won’t be answering the phone or email for a few days".  I'm sure we all wish George the best of luck and look forward to hearing him play again real soon.

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  • 09/12/14 -  Hello Fred,  Thought you might like to know about an orchestra called Dr Jazz and the Cheshire Cats. They were playing at the Cheadle Hulme Conservative Club on the 28th of November. They were excellent. They are based in Lymm and their musical director is Dr Catherine Tackley, who has an impressive musical history. For any jazz enthusiast in the South Manchester area, there is jazz at the Cheadle Hulme Club the last Friday in the month.  - Mildred Finney

  • 09/12/14 - Barrie Marshall writes, "Ralph Wilson, our drummer with The New Riverside Jazz Band, did his last gig with The New Riverside Jazz Band at Bentham last night.  He is retiring from music, he is also leaving the  High Society Jazz Band".

  • 09/12/14 - I was just looking back over some old JazzNorthWest news pages and came across a video I highlighted back in 2010.   It's as refreshing now as it was then, and well worth another mention. The tune is "Dancin' The Boogie", composed and performed by Silvan Zingg,  Dancing is by the world champions (2005-2008-2009-2010) French Boogie Woogie dancers William Mauvais and Maéva Truntzer. it was recorded on August 7th, 2004 at LaRoquebrou Festival. Check it out at http://youtu.be/1QQzbCmlZM4
     

  • 08/12/14 - Joe Silmon's comment 1st December regarding the superb tune “Go Ghana” and I’m sorry the Zenith Six didn’t play it however we did play “The Card” another Sandy Brown tune. I have a copy of the BBC Jazz Club recording October 29th 1960 and we played “The Card” on that broadcast. We didn’t record “Go Ghana” for Jazzology however I think Tony Iddon and The Red River Jazzmen included it in their repertoire. I’ve got a lovely collection of Sandy Brown recordings and he and his band were wonderful. - Mart Rodger
     

  • 08/12/14 - The Merseysippi Jazz Band has got Roger Myerscough as its special guest at the Victoria Hotel, Aigburth, Liverpool, tonight at 8.30. Derek Vaux tells me, "Roger and I have been life long (78 years) friends and I went to the Talbot Hotel gig on Saturday night where the Savannah J.B. were wowing the audience. Roger kindly agreed to travel back to Stanstead Mount Fitchet in Essex yesterday,Sunday, and then drive back to Liverpool on Monday to play with the MJB. He deserves all the support he can get for his most generous gesture – I’m sure you will agree".
     

  • 07/12/14 - Hi Fred,  Thanks again for your website and diary of news. In this issue, I am grateful for the link to the Video Jukebox http://tinyurl.com/m8vgxg7 which I knew nothing about and is an absolute treasure-trove of fabulous music. And, I would also like to add to the comments about The Jamie Brownfield - Liam Byrne Hot Six who we had the great pleasure to see again, in Abersoch, this summer, playing at the Yacht Club. They are a really enthusiastic, creative and skilful bunch of musicians who are a joy to experience.   Please keep me posted!  -  Andy Bailey

  • 07/12/14 - A lovely picture of pianist Jon Penn and his wife, taken on board the Azura on a Caribbean Cruise from Nov 14th to the 29th which Jon has just put on Facebook.  Better get the thermal underwear out now Jon!

  • 06/12/14 - Just one midweek daytime jazz event coming up, it's Annie's Saints And Sinners at The Dog & Partridge, Bollington (Resident 2nd Monday)  on Mon, 8 December, 14:00 – 16:00

  • 06/12/14 - It's a Happy Birthday next Thursday to drummer and wise old man- Moe Green

  • 06/12/14 - If you arrived here from a favourites link and missed the Home Page, then you missed hearing a recording by Pete Haslam's Collegians, a Manchester band from the 50's and 60's.

  • 04/12/14 - There's an old photograph of the South Shields Excelsior Jazz Band  taken by a William Harper,  in the Shields Gazzette at http://tinyurl.com/k8xbh77 asking if anybody remembers it?

  • 04/12/14 - Keith Ball talked about life with the band after father Kenny, on BBC Radio 4 yesterday. Thanks to John Westwood for alerting me. You can listen to it at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04svjxl the interview starts about 32 minutes in.

  • 04/12/14 - Just read your latest newsletter and was surprised to see discussions of Go Ghana - a great number that I've always wanted to play. It makes me remember the old Days with the Druids Jazz Band in the late 50s and early 60s. Even though we were very much attached to George Lewis we loved the Sandy Brown Band and learned African Queen and for a while it was our most requested tune.  On another note I am about to see if I can organise a trip to UK in the spring of 2015 and would be interested in some gigs if anyone is interested. Last year I played a gig in Hayes with Colin Kingwell's Jazz bandits and loved it. -  Tony Pringle (New Black Eagles JB)


  • 02/12/14 -
    Amy Roberts has announced on Facebook, "The last four years touring with The Big Chris Barber Band has been an incredible educational experience travelling throughout Europe and playing in some amazing venues. All good things must come to an end and I have decided to resign from the band so that I can focus on my own musical path. Richard Exall has also resigned and we are both looking forward to working together on some joint projects and an exciting new chapter in 2015. Thanks for all your support!".

  • 02/12/14 - A couple of interesting web links arrived in the inbox today, this unusual arrangement of Sweet Georgia Brown that you won't hear in the NW jazz clubs http://youtu.be/2WzeqMhtFNs passed on by Barrie Marshall, and a video jukebox I feel I've seen before, but well worth another visit at http://tinyurl.com/m8vgxg7 which was passed on by Ken Doran and Frank Slater.

  • 02/12/14 -Sheila Collier wrote on Facebook today, "I am in the Emergency at Helsingborg Hospital. My fake fur coat went up in Flames (I wasn't in it),  when I was in a clothes shop toilet in Helsingborg . It was near a floor candle and I couldn't open the door lock to get out Just in time I made it and was pulled out by the staff. So lucky. I am in shock but ok otherwise. Waiting for the Doctors to check me. Lasse is here with me".  Frightening scene that Sheila, hope you get through it unscathed.

  • 02/12/14 - Sad news. Jack McNamara, of Alkrington, Middleton, jazz writer for the Manchester Evening News in the late 1960s and early1970s, died on Monday in his mid-80s after suffering a brain haemorrhage. Jack, who was from New Zealand, was also the principal Rugby League writer for the Evening News for many years. - Chris Lee

  • 02/12/14 - The latest issue of Just Jazz magazine is now out and our own Hogarth's Hooligan's are gracing the front page. Do we have any more hooligans out there?

  • 02/12/14 - Re New & Views 01/12/14; Jo says that the Zenith Hot Stompers’ “Go Ghana” is “pure Mainstream”. It is a great version and Tony Davis’ clean lead is top notch. But what is “pure Mainstream”? And is it? - Jon Critchley

  • 01/12/14 - 7,870 visits to jazznorthwest.co.uk last month, by 2,204 users.

  • 01/12/14 - "Go Ghana". What a cracking sound!!! It brings back memories of about 1963 at the Six Bells, Chelsea. In the middle set, Sandy Brown and Al Fairweather allowed visiting layabouts like me to sit in. They had a great band and for some reason, there was at that time just the two of them on the front line. I can only remember the two of them - who could never fail to impress me.    I have no idea how I played, but I thoroughly enjoyed being in their musical company. This recording, which is pure Mainstream, is possibly the reason why I enjoyed their excursions so much, usually into totally different kinds of material. I agree, I also think I heard Mart Rodger play it with the Zenith 6 at some time, when he was with the band in the 60s. That must have been on one of their recordings via the late George Buck, and on probably the Jazzology label, if so by arrangement with the late John Featherstone. The Zenith of the mid-1960s, under the late Alan Pendlebury's influence, was always a great band for exploring uncharted waters. So "Go Ghana", if written by then, would have been a very likely candidate tune for them to get their teeth into. It's a cross between a calypso and a French-creole feel; a great sound. - Joe Silmon
     

  • 01/12/14 - Walter Love's Radio Ulster Jazz Club of Sunday 30.11.14 featured British traditional jazz in the seventies including Louis Armstrong devotee cornet player Ben Cohen with the Brian White Magna Jazz Band and the Chris Barber Jazz & Blues Band. Well worth a listen on BBC IPlayer.  - David Evans

  • 01/12/14 - Many Happy Returns today to Southport trumpeter Paul Marks.


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