Traditional Jazz in The North West (UK)


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 2016

  • 29/09/16 - Noel Broadgate tells me, "There will be a Macmillan Coffee Morning at St Peter's Church in Haslingden. Background music will be provided by yours truly on the piano. All welcome".  Presumably this will be tomorrow. Be sure to ask him for some Boogie Woogie to liven up the event!

  • 26/09/16 - I've just added a link to The City Steam Jazz Band based in Devon. I found the tracks from their CD very enjoyable.

  • 26/09/16 -  On Sunday 25.09.16, Walter Love in Radio Ulster's Jazz Club recalled the life and times of John Griffiths who was responsible for the re-issue of many important jazz recordings. Well worth a listen again on BBC IPlayer - David Evans

  • 25/09/16 - Many Happy Returns on Friday to bass player and band leader, Keith Allcock, whose birthday I nearly missed having said earlier that there are no North West musicians celebrating birthdays this week.

  • 25/09/16 -  Martin Baker, sousaphone player from Liverpool is the latest musician to go on the deps list.

  • 25/09/16 - Last year John Rothwell (dms) and Brian Legan (rds), got together and produced an article about some New Orleans musicians (i.e. musicians born in or near New Orleans or who moved to New Orleans at an early age and "learnt their trade" in New Orleans) who, in their opinion, have received less attention than they merit in recent years, or whose recording careers are obscure. It's my choice for this week's Page of The Week, a look at some pages on the site that you may have missed.

  • 25/09/16 - If going out on dark nights is not for you, then you need to get to Fleetwood on Wed, 28 September, where Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar will be at The North Euston Hotel from 12:00pm – 2:30pm. It's the only daytime gig mid week.

  • 24/09/16 - Graham Martindale is a New Orleans style drummer who in the past has played with a number of UK bands including the French Quarter and New Orleans Express and is now resident in France. He has a collection of 300+ CDs from the time they first came out and his collection contains many CDs which are no longer available. This is therefore an opportunity to fill gaps in your collection. Whilst his main interest is centred on the revivalist era his collection also includes some classic jazz and blues. Brian Legan (Savoy Jazzmen and Silver Bell Bands), is selling the collection on his behalf and you can see the list and details of how to buy them by clicking here. The list will be regularly updated, so first come first served. On strict orders from his mum, Graham has his collection of 78's currently for sale on the Sales Page

  • 22/09/16 - In the first of a two part series, Walter Love's Radio Ulster programme 'Jazz Club' of Sunday 18th September recalled the life and times of veteran British jazzman and writer John Chilton, to be completed next Sunday 25th September. Well worth a listen to on BBC IPlayer! at - David Evans

  • 19/09/16 - Congratulations to Jim Swinnerton! Heather and I spoke to him about the show last week-end and it was obvious he was over the moon at getting the part. He said it is going to be a lot of hard work, but worth it. Must get to see it when it comes to our neck of the woods. - Pete Lay

  • 18/09/16 - The Ronnie Scott's All Stars are appearing at Preston Charter Theatre on Tuesday 11th Oct at 7-30pm. They are presenting "The Ronnie Scott's Story", directed by James Pearson on Piano featuring Freddie Gavita on trumpet, Sam Bugess on bass and Chris Higginbottom on drums. Get your wallet out, it's £21.50.

  • 18/09/16 - Midweek daytime events this week are - Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz at Timperley Sports Club WA15 7LU, on Thu, 22 September,  13:30 – 15:30, and Mike Lovell's Cafe Jazz Quintet on Fri, 23 September, 13:00 – 15:30 at The Mount, The Esplanade, Fleetwood.

  • 18/09/16 - Many Happy Returns today to Mike Reddin.

  • 18/09/16 - There's been a lot of discussion on the news this week about the Beatles new film "Eight Days A Week" so I thought it would be interesting for Page of the Week, to highlight the page on the site about "Jazz & The Beatles", a discussion page from 2012.

  • 16/09/16 - If you like a bit of nostalgia with your Chris Barber, check out this video at sent to me by Barrie Marshall. Let me know if you recognise anybody, better still, was it you holding the cards?

  • 16/09/16 - Jim Swinnerton replies to my email - "I certainly can confirm that I have joined "The Million Dollar Quartet". The tour is for 10 months, performing at several venues in the U.K. It's a great show. Has  Jason Donovan acting as record producer Sam Philips. A must see for anyone who enjoys rock n roll." Jim also tells me, "I have a speaking part too. I'm acting as Carl Perkins brother. "Brother Jay". ".


  • 16/09/16 - Re: Vinny Parker,  Massive loss to the music world and to folks in general.   Astounding, inspiring player and all round good guy!  After any gig with Vinny, I never failed to say "Thank you for the music lesson!"   - Howard Murray.

  • 15/09/16 - This announcement just received - "It is with profound regret and sadness that the Board of the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival Limited announces that due to critical economic circumstances it has been forced to cancel the 2017 Isle of Bute Jazz Festival due to be held over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend".  More Information

  • 15/09/16 - "If you were strolling in the French Quarter of New Orleans on Saturday, April 2, you probably came across -- or maybe even joined -- a second-line or two. The city had received 32 second-line requests for that day. At least 28 of them were for weddings. What's so special about April 2? Nothing!".  So begins an article in the latest edition of JazzNorthWest Weekly about the number of second line parades in the city. "Between the summers of 2014 and 2016, there were 2,482 second-line applications turned into the city for consideration. Just 5.7 percent of them were for social aid and pleasure clubs or memorial second-lines".

  • 14/09/16 - Hi Fred - with all intent and purpose I was all ready to set off to last night's concert at Staveley when the heavens opened and thunder and lightning ensued, as I'm sure you 're aware of by now. I looked out of the window to the view across to Glasson Dock, but it was nowhere to be seen and the rain was torrential. Needless to say, driving all that way was somehow very unappealing and I decided to stay put. Never mind, I'm sure it was a good evening of jazz and will probably be repeated at some future date. - Dave Wellock

  • 14/09/16 - One of the regular jazz venues we use to go to, was the Station Tavern at Lytham St Annes, so I was pleased to receive an email from the manager to say that jazz was back on the menu featuring a new band,  'Anything Goes" and guests. However when I read the flyer it says they play renditions of the most popular songs from The Great American and British Songbook. Artists from Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Michael Buble & Louis Armstrong. Well there's one name that has a Traditional Jazz connection without doubt.  If you think it's your thing, then it's every Monday night, starting on the 17th, 8 'til late, and entry is free.

  • 14/09/16 - I'm so sad to hear of Vinny Parker's passing. He was an a friend of many years, a superb pianist & a lovely guy. I always looked forward to doing gigs with him. He also taught me how to do cryptic crosswords!   - Laurie Cooper.

  • 13/09/16 - After insisting on the band keeping quiet about his forthcoming birthday, Arthur Stead arrived for the normal weekly session of the Forest Jazz Band at Nelson last Tuesday, to find an unusually large crowd of well wishers ready to celebrate his 80th. Refreshments had been organised by Jeff Roberts & Anne.

  • 12/09/16 - Quite shocked to see this posting on Sue Parish's Facebook Page yesterday by Daniel Parker - "Vinny Parker: 1933 - 2016, At 11:30 this morning we lost dad, Vinny Parker; awesome musician, loving husband, great dad, solid chap". The photograph was taken by Barrie Marshall at Lancaster Jazz Festival 2007.

  • 12/09/16 - The Roa Island Jazz Club gig list has been updated to October 2017.

  • 12/0/16 - Re. Ed Lloyd Hughes (10.09.16), I sympathise with Mad Ed on his making only silver whereas I got gold as a rotter but he has only himself to blame Ed is only an unschooled, instinctive rotter. I however, am fully trained and more to the point I do at least 4hrs daily practice, more in my younger days. Like Humphrey Littleton's father, my own also sent me to the spare bathroom to practise. It clearly paid off in later life!   Also I rose to training would be rotters. Most recent successes include Sir Rotter Green... BHS 1st class hons.. He actually excelled & achieved the NVQ at unprincipled, conniving, conscienceless git level. Several others are coming along nicely. Offered to train Mad Ed but he refuses to teach me bass. - Howard Murray

  • 11/09/16 - In case anybody missed it, Jeff and Anne Barnhart, together with 'Spats' Langham are appearing at Kendal Jazz Club this Tuesday 13 September.   Admission £12.50.

  • 10/09/16 - On 31/07/16 I received a lovely email from Patrick Jenkinson, looking for a trumpet player to join his dad in a fledgling band just playing for the fun of it. It was a great story, and I'm delighted to report a follow up on it. Click here to read the story (if you haven't already seen it) and scroll down for the delightful follow up.

  • 10/09/16 - One possible mid week daytime gig coming up next week is Annie's Saints and Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington, on Mon, 12 September, 14:00 – 16:00,  but check first on 01625 610059. However there is a definite gig at Carnforth Station on Fri, 16th September, 12:30 – 14:30 with The High Society Jazz Band

  • 10/09/16 - Many Happy Returns next week to Tony Ormesher on Monday and to Harold Troughton and Richard Lord on Thursday.

  • 10/09/16 - Page of The Week for the coming week is a discussion on amplified bands that took place in 2010. Has anything changed?

  • 10/09/16 - Re Ed Hughes, a throwback to a lost age of elegance (06/09/16) - Having spent years cultivating an unwholesome reputation for bounderism , blaggardly dishonour and general awfulness I now find my carefully artificed reputation threatened by some milksop crooner who has the bare faced temerity to purloin ⅔s of my name. I shall not stand for it. Rather I will pour scorn upon the man from a safe distance and run off sharpish if he gets nasty citing extraterrestrial influences, loss of memory and anyway Howard Murray put me up to it and everyone knows HE is a bigger rotter than me....... - Ed Lloyd-Hughes

  • 09/09/16 - I was busy playing with Mad Ed's Hot Five on Sunday so I didn't get back to Buxton Opera House in time for Elkie Brooks. I made up for that last night, saw a super show from the Chris Barber Band. Pleased to report it was well attended - I'd guess nearly three-quarters full in a 900 seat venue. - Sam Wood.

  • 09/09/16 - I went down to the 2016 Bude Jazz Festival (30 Aug - 2 Sept) as usual and am pleased to report a thriving scene. The festival has been downsized and is now run by a local committee including the local jazz club. All volunteers. Still stroller tickets. The remaining venues, around the town, were well attended. A wide selection of excellent bands, not all trad. Some younger musicians. A very active jive dancing element.  It would be good if Keswick could find its feet again with local support. Why not? OK, Cornwall is a holiday destination but so is Keswick. - Malcolm Cookson (Roa Island Jazz Club)

  • 08/09/16 - "The official histories insist that trad abruptly crashed and burned, brushed aside by rock’n’roll, then was comprehensively decapitated by the arrival of the Beatles in 1962. But trad couldn’t be stuffed back into the bottle that easily, and residual traces of the music, not to mention wholesale borrowings, run deep through the DNA of British pop". So reads an article in the Guardian at "Unloved, untrendy and underappreciated, British traditional jazz has a chequered history, but its influence - and its performers - survive and resurface in unlikely places ..........  Trombonist Chris Barber, now 86, is the last big-name trad jazz survivor and on 9 September the current incarnation of his group will play a celebratory concert in London to mark his 67th year as a bandleader".  Some great videos to go with it too, although you may have seen them before.

  • 07/09/16 - Dave Donohoe now has his own website at which now appears when you click on 'The Dave Donohoe Jazz Band" on the main menu of this site.

  • 06/09/16 - We were over on the Fylde Coast today and called in an auction showroom. I spotted this 4' x 3' canvas, a painting of a musician, and I couldn't help wondering who it was. I wonder if anyone recognises him?  It didn't have a lot number allocated so it may not even be in the forthcoming sale. You can click on the picture for a larger version.

  • 06/09/16 - The committee at the Altrincham Garrick have decided there will no longer be any Sunday lunchtime jazz sessions. We think we have already informed the jazzers but would hate anyone to turn up and be disappointed. - Derek Galloway

  • 06/09/16 -  I've just added a link to The Red Hot Syncopators. Anyone who has been to Halkyn and seen the Mad Ed Hot Five will hardly recognise this description - "Ed Hughes Crooner - Ed Hughes, resplendent in white tie and tails, is a throwback to a lost age of elegance. His style derives from studying the best, cut-glass performances of the era from stars like Jack Plant and Al Bowly. Close your eyes as he sings and think of the Savoy Hotel".  Can't help wondering if I've got the right man?  Guess not, our Ed would have spelled Bowlly right.

  • 05/09/16 -  The latest JazzNorthWest Weekly is out at and includes an interview with Chris Barber by LondonJazzNews. The Chris Barber Big Band are playing at Cadogan Hall in SW1 for the very first time. "People often ask me what keeps me going and it's more the case that we haven't really ever thought about stopping," he says.

  • 05/09/16 - Ref: 'Doc Houlind on drums on this years tour. It is well known that he was a well respected drummer for many years, and, in fact, lived in New Orleans for quite a while. On the band's website it explains his desire to have a go at playing 'out front' - hence his change to trumpet. And very listenable too, in that old Bunk Johnston style. I look forward to catching them at Eagley JC on 3rd. October.  you will pick up the details on Ragnar Tretow, who will be on trumpet. He is another Bunk Johnston stylist. - Norman Gibson

  • 04/09/16 - I see that now has full details of the Doc Houlind Revival All Stars 2016 England Tour from 1st to 23rd October. 23 gigs in 23 days, wow that’s some going!   Interesting that Doc is listed as drums & vocals this time.

  • 04/09/16 - In the latest edition of "The Bugle", the Dove Jazz Club newsletter, Roger Marshall writes about the Dove Jazz & Beer Festival, "On behalf of everyone connected with the running of the Club over the past quarter century we offer our most sincere, grateful thanks for the numerous messages that we have received by various means of communication expressing great sadness at the closure and thanking us for the memories and joyful times that they have enjoyed, in many cases over several years, at the Centre of the Universe. It is encouraging, however that these multifarious and much appreciated comments all go on to pledge support for and interest in our future Saturday night Concerts that we as a Club intend to try and enhance with a view to attracting a few additional punters. As far as Joan and I are concerned we are much humbled by your kind words and good wishes for the future of our Saturday evening Gigs".

  • 04/09/16 - Further to my comment on, there's been an update on the unofficial site at with a report on progress (or lack of). The web site owner is asking if any bands out there have been booked, to please let him know.

  • 04/09/16 - Further to my comment on the official site at,  there's been an update on the unofficial site at with a report on progress (or lack of). The web site owner is asking if any bands out there have been booked, to please let him know.

  • 03/09/16 - Just one midweek daytime jazz event for you this coming week. It's the SAVOY JAZZMEN who are giving a concert in in the beautiful setting of the Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 6 September, 14:00 – 16:00, Liverpool. L17 1AP. Tickets cost £5.00 which includes refreshments.  Tickets can be reserved by ringing 0151 726 9304 or alternatively you can pay at the door. Further information can be obtained from Peter Swensson 0151 722 1478.

  • 03/09/16 - Many Happy Returns next Saturday to Tom 'Spats' Langham.

  • 03/09/16 - Page of The Week for this coming week is, 'Playing the Wrong Notes', how should 'The Peanut Vendor' really be played? An item from the discussions pages in 2011

  • 03/09/16 - There's a Jupiter Alto Sax for sale in good condition, an Ideal student model and it's complete with hard carrying case. See the Sales Page for more details

  • 03/09/16 - Mart Rodgers' - broadcast on Radio Humberside was most interesting and it triggered several memories - Twelfth Street Rag in particular as this was the tune (Pee Wee Hunt's recording) that was the start of my abiding love of our kind of music. I first heard it in the late 1940s and thought that I had discovered "the latest" in music, being completely unaware that this was a revival, and while my mates were listening to Guy Mitchell, Frankie Laine, Doris Day etc., I was searching around for venues where I might be able to hear more of 'Trad Jazz' as it was called. Another memory Mart's words triggered was of 'The Zenith Six' which was my favourite band in the Manchester jazz scene of the early 1950s.  It was many years later ( I was 60 by then!) before I dared to venture into playing an instrument - the banjo being my long held dream, and I never thought that I would ever play alongside Mart, and Dave Berry who has also commented on the Radio Humberside broadcast.   It was good to see you Fred, at Macclesfield Treacle Market, but you had merged into the crowd before I could say hello. - Ron Smith. Nice to know I can still merge into a crowd with my size Ron :-)

  • 02/09/16 - The internet is a wonderful source of information, except that is, when the information is out of date. Go to and you'll see all about the festival, snag is it took place in May this year.  As someone who spends time every week checking the 556 pages on this site to make sure they are kept updated, I find that frustrating. In the latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine which has just come through the letterbox, there's an article in there on this year's Keswick Jazz Festival written by Graham Hughes, who I understand had a hand in booking the bands. It ends by saying, "So what about next year? The plan is to run a smaller festival in Keswick around the town in 2017. This will be advertised in Just Jazz and Jazz Guide, or check  in the autumn, by which time I hope we will have more information". Hasn't Autumn arrived?

  • 01/09/16 - The latest edition of JazzNorthWest Weekly  is now out, and there's an article in it which I think some people will find of interest, - "The Best Places to catch Live Music in New Orleans".  Plus if you are feeling romantic, there's also an article on the best restaurants in N.O. to take a date to!

August 2016

  • 31/08/16 - Re the Macclesfield treacle market. In the days of my youth (must have been when my conveyance was by a beat up mini) I used to go to the Railway pub in Whalley Bridge to sit in with the late, great Keith Pendlebury and his wife Marcia. The place was always packed to overflowing with Geoff Ford on bass and Graham Fenton on drums. Graham told a long, convoluted story which I'll attempt to condense here. It's the tale of the 'Treacle Moles'. This colony of moles, after working their mine for many years realised that their source of treacle had run out so off they went, nose to tail, to explore new pastures. After traveling half a mile the tiny mole at the rear of the column squeaked "I can smell TREACLE!". The head mole was not impressed and they carried on but after nine squeaks from this juvenile, he bellowed "That's not treacle - IT'S MOLE-ASSES !!"  Groans appreciated. - Ian Royle

  • 31/08/16 - Well Fred, I obviously missed my chance to feature on You Tube at the treacle market - We were there !   I wish you had said you were coming, we would have been delighted to entertain you to lunch,  please let me know if there is a next time.  - Fraser. & Melanie McCombe.  Thanks Fraser, very kind of you, the pies from the Great North Pie Co. stall were a good substitute though, still got one in the freezer.

  • 31/08/16 - Hi Fred, I enjoyed your video of the Treacle Market, I went there last year, but the weather was not as nice as the day you were there, but it was still a great atmosphere.  The little girl dancing to the band was cute. Regards, Mildred Finney

  • 31/08/16 - The Doc Houlind Revival All Stars will be eating up kilometres on English roads between Sept 30th and Oct 23rd with a few gigs in the North.  Monday Oct 3rd Eagley,  Sunday Oct 9th Rochdale and Monday Oct 10th Barnsley. Brian Turnock writes, "Looking to can catch up with some old friends, Try and get along if you are free,  Thanks for your tireless work supporting our music".


  • 31/08/16 - There's an interesting interview with Thomas Brothers, author of "Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism", at in which he says, "Armstrong also steps right into this, and the two of them write tunes together. Lillian copies them out by hand, and Armstrong eventually does, too, and they sent them to the U. S. Patent Office, and today these lead sheets are in the Library of Congress. The piece "Cornet Chop Suey" was, I think, the most spectacular discovery".  Thanks to Barrie Marshall for passing this one on.

  • 31/08/16 - Manchester Jazz Society programme has been updated

  • 31/08/16 - Things that are called jazz that are not jazz - An interesting item on BBC Radio 4 yesterday. How many things can you think of that are called "jazz" - cars, aftershave etc. well you'd be surprised just how many there are. Listen to

  • 31/08/16 - Some readers may be interested in a 'free jazz' weekend I've heard of this coming weekend at The Junction Pub at Rainford Merseyside. On Saturday there will be Gypsy band 'The Hot Club of Knotty Ash' and 'The Gary Potter Trio'. Sunday has a singer with an unusual name, something like Naomi (!) who sings like a young 'Ella'. I believe there will be a vintage car gathering as well. Sounds like it could be an interesting weekend at a pub that has music every night of the week ! I have been to it a few years ago, but it must have moved a lot since. - Norman Gibson

  • 29/08/16 - We had a great day out yesterday visiting Macclesfield for the treacle market. Now you might think they sell treacle but that's the one thing we didn't see, but we did see Annie's Saints & Sinners. with a good crowd enjoying the music. If you want to see what they did sell on the market check out my video below or on YouTube. Why is it called the Treacle Market? Well Macclesfield is known as Treacletown. Have a guess why, and then check your answer at


  • 28/08/16 - Many Happy Returns of the day today to bass player Keith Shone. Next Saturday, it's the turn of another bass player, Howard Worthington, and trumpet player from the Midlands, Tony Davis

  • 28/08/16 - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood is the only mid week daytime jazz event this week. It's on Wed, 31 August, 12:00pm – 2:30pm at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood

  • 28/08/16 - So, what has Baby Dodds ever done for me? That was the question raised by Moe green in January 2012 and which is this week's Page of the Week. Whilst there, check out the video eaturing 91 year old female drummer/singer on an oxygen tank -  Jerrie Thill

  • 27/08/17 - What remains of my collection of jazz 78's is now for sale; most of it was stolen from a house I was renting a few years ago. There are 232 discs of which 42 are original US issues, 7 are from other countries, the rest being UK issues. There are 14 twelve inch 78's amongst them including two Bechet Blue Notes and, according to Tom Lord's discography, the only 78 (or other ?) issue of the ODJB's 1936 Tiger Rag - HMV B8642. The US records range from American Music through Bluebird, King Jazz to Victor & Vocalion etc.. The UK issues are, amongst others, AFCDJ, Brunswick, Columbia, Esquire, HMV, Parlophone, Vocalion & Vogue. A list is available by email from The collection is for sale as a whole but I will split if necessary. Any reasonable offer accepted because my mother says she is sick of the sight of them !!! Buyer collects from my mother's house in Upholland. - Graham Martindale. Graham has sent me a spreadsheet of his collection if anyone would like a copy - Fred

  • 25/08/16 - Dove Jazz & Beer Festival comes to an end.  In the latest edition of The Bugle, Roger Marshall writes, "Since we are self-supporting, the commitment to raise almost £12,000 to stage the Festival is a considerable responsibility for the organisers. This sum relies upon over £2k being raised in sponsorship and the collection of monies amounting to over £2K from ticket sales over the Weekend itself. Our Festival's heavy dependence on the two factors mentioned above have given rise over the past few years for concern as to the viability of the event. Of course there are always elements of risk involved in the running of any Jazz Festival, particularly those that relate to money and weather. Fortunately thanks to the outstanding support of many, many people, not least our longstanding and generous sponsors, we have nearly always covered our costs to date. However times change, none of us is getting any younger! Not only is the Festival a considerable financial commitment we also need the support of many people from both within our village community and also from within the jazz community. This support has always been more than freely given and welcomed but we feel that we have reached the time to pass the baton on. Our failure to attract a younger age group of people to attend our promotions and take an interest in our music means that there are no willing youthful hands reaching out to grasp that baton safely and take it through the next stage. This single factor has by far held the greatest sway in us reaching our decision. So, having thought about and considered all aspects very carefully, it's with a heavy heart in many respects that we have decided that the 2016 Festival will be our last".  I'm pleased to hear though the Dove jazz Club will still continue as normal.

  • 25/08/16 - Musician, bandleader, vocalist and compére, Tony Jacobs, has emailed me to say, "I schlepped from Fishguard (where I live) to Heathrow to pick up the great Vince Giordano and thence to Manchester for the world premier of ‘There’s A Future In The Past’ – and his appearance with the Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz Band at the Printworks,  Come to think of it, where were all you North-West Jazz-Fans on the day?? I’m ashamed of you! And let’s face it, we’re all in this – promoting quality music against all odds - together. Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks is a phenomenal 1920/30s 11 piece orchestra which has a residency at the Iguana Restaurant in NYC every Monday and Tuesday. Vince leads it from the back, doubling – nay, trebling on Bass Saxophone, Sousaphone and aluminium Double-Bass, he is also a fine drummer, banjo-player and pianist! He also sings very nicely, thank-you. I’ve been privileged to sit in singing with his band several times over the past five years and hope to do so again next January when I plan to return to New York.  If any of your readers plan to visit NYC, I can whole-heartedly recommend looking up the Nighthawks, David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band, Molly Ryan and Dan Levinson. Here are a couple of YouTube links which give a flavour of my own events: The Charleston, Dinah and Pagan Love Song featuring the phenomenal Steve Rushton on drums". Tony presents "Magic Moments" on  on Sundays at 2pm, and if you haven't yet been to this site, check it out, it's well worth a visit.

  • 25/08/16 - Out of my coverage area, but someone out there might be interested in this message from Andy Roberts - My friend and colleague Rhys Phillips is compiling a calendar of jazz gigs across South Wales. It's primarily for use on his radio show, "A Slice of Jazz2 on Radio Cardiff, but will be available online for anyone to view and plan their nights out.  The calendar can be seen at: so could be useful for anyone visiting South Wales. The contact email for any gigs you want to submit is: -

  • 25/08/16 - The latest issue of JazzNorthWest Newspaper  is now available on line, it covers all aspects of jazz both here and the rest of the world. The Silver Bell Band is featured in this issue.

  • 22/08/16 - Talking of Jazz Festivals, JazzFest organiser Trevor Stent has written on Jazz&Jazz "All festival organisers moan about money, and we are no exception. However, our village has only 3 600 inhabitants, is situated in one of the poorest areas of Brittany and yet gives us a lot of help.. They give us a grant of 6 000€ per year, they provide all the fencing and electrical generators, supply the skilled work force for two weeks to prepare the festival site and lend us a lorry from the commune for a week.  We really can’t complain (even tho’ we do!)  We would be really, really interested to know how this compares with help from councils in the UK. More? Less? How does it compare with Bude/Swanage/Bute/Keswick/Upton etc etc??".  You can read the rest of his email on Peter Butler's site currently at

  • 22/08/16 - Great to see the number of Traditional jazz bands appearing at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival. My and indeed I'm sure that all supporters hope that the events on which they appeared were well attended. The problem of course is that the music we play doesn't receive funding despite how well we entertain our audiences. Many of the bands supported by various 'Arts' and Union groups, frequently featuring instrumentalists who need at least 26 choruses to 'hit their stride' may play to one man and a donkey but their fees are guaranteed and further appearances are guaranteed. Maybe  someone who attended the Festival can pass comment? - Ian Royle

  • 22/08/18 - The next jazz night on Friday 26th August 8.30 to 11pm at East Belfast Jazz Club will be a return visit for one night only, from Manchester, multi instrumentalist GEORGE GALWAY on clarinet, soprano sax, flute, & tin whistle. We will have an excellent group of musicians to accompany him, namely LESLIE BROOKES (trumpet) Bill Bryson (clarinet) Billy Richardson (trombone) Tony Martin (drums) Bill Dickson (bass) JOHN WHALEY (guitar) TOMMY THOMAS (vibes) & vocals by Caroline Brown. This will be a night not to be missed - George Smyth

  • 22/08/18 -  I see there was a good representation of traditional jazz at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival in July this year (Manchester & Liverpool take note). The Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jazz Band, the Hot Antic Jazz Band, The Batchelors of Jazz, Alligator Gumbo, Ali Affleck’s Copper Cats and the Budapest Ragtime Band are a few I spotted that made an appearance.

  • 22/08/16 - It was good to read the item from Dave Berry. I remember Mart going out to play the Leofric Hotel in Coventry quite often. I called that gig “All The Twos”. This was because Mart had to leave at two in the afternoon, get home at two in the morning, buy himself two meals and all for the pay of two quid! It was a Sunday job of course. I also remember that when we moved into our newly-built house in 1963 Mart was out playing for 13 of the first 14 nights we were there. I needed him to put up shelves in the pantry as the tinned food had to wait on the floor until he had a night off! Happy times! - Janet Rodger

  • 22/08/16 - Alan Barnes will be the special guest with the Gerry Tomlinson Trio this Sunday 28th August at the Sedgley Park Rugby Club, Whitefield. Start time 1.00pm. Admission for this particular afternoon will be £7.

  • 22/08/16 - I've just picked up a fascinating story and video from Peter Butler's site - . It depicts Joel’s Schlemowitz's short documentary portrait of Japanese jazz musicians Yoshio and Keiko Toyama, seen through their annual visit to the grave of Louis Armstrong at Flushing Cemetery in Queens, NY.

  • 20/08/16 - Updated - Two mid week daytime jazz events this week - The Silver Bell Band will be playing in Garstang town centre on Thu, 25 August, 11:00am – 2:30pm. It's part of the Garstang Arts & Music Festival, and two and a half hours later at 1-30pm on the same day, Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz will be playing at Timperley Sports Club until 3:30pm. It's next to the Hare & Hounds with an easy entrance with no steps, good car park, bar plus tea/coffee. Admission is £6.

  • 20/08/16 - For some unexplainable reason, I think the link on the main page to "My Weekly Jazz Newspaper" - JazzNorthwest Weekly has not been ending up at the right page. I've corrected it now, and it includes all things Art & Jazz from all over the world. There's an item at the moment about the Duke Ellington's Treasury Shows, which some of you may find interesting, Django Reinhardt with the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

  • 20/08/16 - Musician's birthdays this week include - Tony Davis (86) on Wednesday, and Mike McLachlan and Andrew Mackenzie on Friday. Many Happy Returns.

  • 20/08/16 - I enjoyed listening to Mart Rodger chatting about some of his jazz experiences on Radio Humberside recently. Mart mentioned that the last time that he had played at Cleethorpes was in the late 1950s. I was there . I played drums in Manchester's Zenith Six band from 1958 to 1962. The band was good and much in demand. As I remember it, the band on that occasion was as follows: Mart clarinet /leader, Alan Pendlebury t/bone, Colin Tomkins tpt, Nev Matthews D/Bass, Derek Gracie banjo, and myself on drums.    The band often played three or even four gigs per week, including such trips as travel to the Hotel Leofric in Coventry for a Sunday evening; travelling on A and B roads - no motorways then. Good times. Good to hear Mart playing as dynamically as ever.    Regards, drummer (now retired) - Dave Berry

  • 20/08/16 - Fancy having a go at organising a music festival outside? No me neither, but 10 years ago Mike Lovell did just that in Blackpool for the first time. We were one of the few who sat  in cagoules in the pouring rain to watch the Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra and Tony Jacobs & The Jiving Lindy Hoppers, and we remember it well. Looking back at The Making of A Music Festival  is this week's Page of the week.


  • 19/08/16 - Last minute news - The Sun Street Stompers have been asked to play at the John O'Gaunt Pub Blues Festival between 8pm and 9-30pm tonight

  • 18/08/16 - There's a video of the second line parade for Pete Fountain's funeral at - Barrie Marshall

  • 17/08/16 - You will have read by now, no doubt, that Star Wars actor, Kenny Baker of R2D2 fame, died on the 13th August. Kenny lived in Preston, and what you may not know was that he was a jazz fan, and I remember seeing him at the Royal Oak in Poulton le Fylde when the Festival Jazzmen played there. I couldn't be sure if I remembered Kenny joining the band for a couple of numbers, but a quick email brought the reply that he did in fact play a trumpet whilst sat on a high bar stool.

  • 15/08/16 - Derek Harrison has just posted his first piano/vocal tutorial on YouTube at  It features Derek demonstrating  'I Wanna Be Like You' from Jungle Book. I watched it and felt like digging out my keyboard and having a go, but I'll have to wait until he's doing the single finger chord version with auto harmony and rhythm accompaniment. I could try the guitar but Bert Weedon  didn't cover some of those chords in his 'Play in a Day' book. Still I enjoyed watching, and I'm sure you will too. A professional presentation, well done Derek, but then I'd expect no less from you..

  • 15/08/16 - Des Hopkins has emailed to tell me - "I will be in England all this coming week,  playing each day at The Southport Flower Show with some great musician friends.  Bob Ludlam Trumpet, Tom Kincade piano, and John McCormick Bass.  We then open a new jazz venue at the 'BOLD ARMS' CHURCHTOWN SOUTHPORT on Friday night at 8pm".  This is the first of a series of Friday evening jazz nights apparently, but as yet I can't find any mention of jazz on the pub's web site or Facebook page

  • 15/08/16 - Following on from Norman Gibson's report of his visit to JazzFest2016, he has recommended a video snapshot of the festival at As I'm constantly aware of the above title of this website I would recommend a visit to  if you wish to read more.

  • 14/08/16 - Tough news from Sheila Collier who has written on Facebook - "I was having such a good time at Hällevik trad jazz festival -then when I was watching Henning Munk and drawing Björn Ekman à man pushed me over and I fell twisted catching the stage and injured my right back Ribs. Agony.  Thank you to all those who helped me -especially Henning , Kjel and Lisa, Lasse,the organization, and the Ambulance men  Luckily no hospital.

  • 13/08/16 - If you missed Mart Rodger's interview on BBC Radio Humberside/Lincolnshire then click here and listen.

  • 13/08/16 - The High Society Jazz Band are at Carnforth Station on Fri, 19 August, from 12:30 - 14:30. That's the only mid week daytime event that I'm aware of this week.

  • 13/08/16 - Alyn Shipton has posted · "Hoping to remember the late Pete Fountain on BBC Radio 3 Jazz Record requests on 3 September. I'll be playing a bit of my interview with Pete. If anyone has a particular track they think I ought to include, do let me know via email to the programme".

  • 13/08/16 - Many Happy Returns on Monday to Alan Davies (dms) now living in Cornwall and in touch with other exiles - Phil Morris (tpt) Mike Pearson (tbn) and Mike Lunn (pno). Also Happy Birthday on Wednesday to another drummer, Graham Smith, who played in the NW with the Antique Six on many occasions and who says, "Over recent years I have travelled 35,000 miles a year enjoying playing jazz of all genres- long may it continue".

  • 13/08/16 - Page of the week - Back in August 2007, Sid Bailey asked "Is there any evidence of any band being called "All Stars" before Louis' ?" Perhaps someone out there can let me know? Click here to read some of the answers

  • 13/08/16 - Disappointed for Harold Troughton who has written on Facebook that he's back in hospital after suffering internal bleeding. However he says it's a successful procedure to repair and he's been threatened with a dishonourable discharge in a few days.

  • 12/08/16 Re: the pictures sent by Paul Medina with the mystery keyboard player, I received two suggestions that it could be a young Roger Browne, so who better  to ask than the man himself. This is Roger's reply - "Yes I think it is me.  That's how I looked at that time. My ill defined chin is what caused me to grow a beard.  I seem to remember posing for publicity pictures for a proposed summer season in Malta or somewhere similar, which would have meant giving up my job as an audit clerk. This is probably one of those pictures.  For some reason or other, I opted to stick with accountancy. As it happens the gig fell through so it was a good call.  I only remember Mike Medina as part of that outfit but it may well have included Joe Silmon. I don't think we ever actually played a gig as a band but had a couple of pictures taken. I don't keep any memorabilia, but I recently came across a picture from about 1961 of me playing with the vibes player, Doreen Grundy plus Tony Pollitt and Nev. Taylor and I looked just like the pianist on that picture. If that is Mike on guitar, I think you can safely say it is me on piano".

  • 12/08/16 - I mentioned on 21st July, the Terence Blanchard UK tour with the Inner City Ensemble. I've received an update but I'm not comfortable that this falls within the traditional jazz remit of this site. It could of course be of interest to musicians who play more progressive jazz. Details are - 15th Sep 2016 – Band on the Wall, Manchester –, 16th Sep 2016 – Parr Hall, Warrington –,  17th Sep 2016 – Playhouse, Bradford – and 18th Sep 2016 – Brewery, Kendal –

  • 09/08/16 - Back from FestJazz Festival Brittany 2016, Norman and Meryl Gibson sent me this report. - A young and vivacious Angelina Beauvir became the new Festival President last year and this change has taken Trevor Stent's organising team to a higher level. We, and the team themselves, believe this year's event was the best yet. The 3000 attendance target was exceeded on this amazing weekend. More so this year was the emphasis on young musicians playing good swinging jazz for young and old alike. Of course the Sant Andreu Jazz Band from Barcelona, on their return visit, were a star draw, but the Dorine de Wit Band with the Ben Holder Quartet made a big impact. Taimane Gardner ( Hawaii ), on European tour, dropped in for a one hour solo show, to great applause. Surprising us all by what can be played at such high speed on a simple Ukulele ! She's pretty as well, check her out on Youtube ! 'The French Rag', 'Dizzy Birds' (Berlin) 'Louis Prima Forever' (France) kept the young Swing dancers more than busy. Our gite was next to one with 6 dancers and you can see them by Googling - I Charleston Brest.

  • 08/08/16 - Dear Fred, I went with some friends to see Mart Rodgers Band last Saturday, and met up with Mart and Eric Brierley. The weather in the mountains wasn't good after leaving the sunshine on the coast, but the music was good and they did an excellent job, and it was well appreciated... and I got to chat to them. The last time I heard them play, and meet was around 1962 so well over 50 years.  The acoustics in the church were good and thanks to Allan Wilcox and Helen, I hope they raised a nice amount of money for the school project in Uganda. Hope they will come again to North Wales, would love to hear them. Nice to chat and reminisce with Janet too. - Brenda CantyForrest

  • 07/08/16 - BBC Radio Lincolnshire today Sunday 7th August about 4.00pm Mart Rodger will be having a chat with Howard Leader during his jazz programme. It will also be broadcast on Radio Humberside. Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz are playing at Cleethorpes Cricket Club on Thursday 11th August from 7.00pm. The last time Mart played in Cleethorpes was with The Zenith Six in the late 1950’s. - Janet

  • 07/08/16 - If you want to see any daytime jazz gigs midweek, then it's Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington on Mon, 8 August, 14:00 – 16:00, or Mike Lovell's Cafe Jazz Quintet on Fri, 12 August, 13:00 – 15:30 at The Mount, The Esplanade, Fleetwood.

  • 07/08/16 - Many Happy Returns today to Mark Challinor, leader of the Wabash Jazzmen, and to Pendle Jazzmen bass player Frank Lowe who celebrates his on Wednesday.

  • 07/08/16 - Page of the week this week is the tribute page to Acker Bilk who died on November 2nd 2014. Just checked out the "Official Web Site", and it was last updated in 2012, so when does a site eventually close?  Makes you wonder who will be reading this one in 3016!

  • 06/0/16 - Barrie Marshall has just alerted me to the fact that Famous New Orleans jazz clarinetist Pete Fountain passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the age of 86. More details at  Pete Fountain's statue is to be found in the Musical Legends Park off Bourbon St, in  New Orleans.

  • 06/08/16 - Colin Gill asks, "Back on the 18th June, there was a piece on your website re Document Records selling off existing stock. Has anyone out there actually received anything from this firm ? I've had all the emails and assurances of how busy they've been, false promises of delivery etc but so far nothing. Just wondered if I'm alone or have you heard anything from other customers - getting worried".

  • 06/08/16 - An interesting article in Belfast Telegraph at "Derry council spent £50,000 for Jamie Cullum at jazz gig". Wonder if they made enough to cover costs?

  • 06/08/16 - The latest edition of Just Jazz magazine has arrived and you can check out the contents here

  • 03/08/16 - Took Barbara to Joe Silmon's funeral on Monday, a neighbour's funeral yesterday and the dentist in between. I certainly  know how to treat a lady!  I was pleased that here was a good turnout for Joe, and I know there will be a lot of names I've missed, for which I apologise, but I recall talking to musicians and wives -  John Muskett, Louis Lince, Colin and Linda Smith, Howard Murray, Dave Berry, Moe & Pat Green, Dave Moore, Tony & Maureen Dunleavy and Paul Medina.  John Muskett tells me he also spoke to  Stuart Renn, Geoff Wilde, Chris Pendlebury, Mike & Sue Carnie, John Tucker, Tosh Kennedy, Richard Slater, Julie Flynn and guitarist/partner Paul, Howard Shepherd and Terry Brunt. As John Muskett says, " As Joe wrote (copious) obituary notices and funeral details for others, it would seem fitting that some report of his own funeral should be published". My thanks to John because I too felt it would be a shame if nobody returned the compliment, so I've added John's write-up of the funeral to Joe's tribute Page.

  • 03/08/17 - For some reason not all emails are downloading to my PC, this one from Ian Royle I replied to on my phone. My reply came down, but not the original, so if I appear to be ignoring yours, it's worth checking I got it, I can still fish them out from the mail server if I know about them. Ian said, "Don't know whether you ever read the Daily Mail on-line but in the 'Money' section there's an item about a possible new Heathrow runway which is being opposed by the local Wraysbury Jazz Club. The 747's are obviously drowning out the banjo solos".

  • 02/08/16 - On the odd occasion that I've been to Fleetwood, I've commented on the number of houses I'd passed, yet seen very few people. Well there's one day of the year when I couldn't say that, and it's Tram Sunday, when the town comes alive with people, stalls, old trams and what used to be more than one, a jazz band. Now it's all down to the Wyre Levee Stompers playing on the balcony of the North Euston Hotel. This photograph kindly sent in by Keith Wadeson was taken on July 17th.

  • 02/08/16 - Re-my recent response to the photo on the “jazz at the station” article 28/07, I have found the LP which it was taken for. It was on the back cover amongst the titles etc of an LP we (Smokey City JB) recorded at the Harbour Club, Rotterdam, Holland in 1979 on one of our many visits to that country.  - Charlie Bentley

  • 01/08/16 - The Sedgley Park Jazz Club gig list has been updated

  • 01/08/16 - This Saturday (6th August) presents a rare opportunity for jazz fans in the Snowdonia area of North Wales to hear Mart Rodger's Manchester Jazz in concert. They will be playing in St Peris's Church, Nant Peris, in aid of a Schools Project run by Bangor Diocese to provide education for children in the Diocese of Lango, Uganda. The £6.00 admission charge includes a glass of wine or a soft drink during the interval, and the concert begins at 7.30pm. (Nant Peris is on the A4086, two miles outside Llanberis in the direction of Capel Curig, and the church is next to the pub!)

  • 01/08/16 - My brother Mike has been helping Joe Silmon's family sort his personal effects and in doing so came across these two photos. Can anyone identify the keyboard player in the first picture? The second picture shows two of the musicians who used to play in one of Joe's original bands, viz Pete Smith, still around but now playing bass guitar and Mike Ogden drums, who emigrated to Australia. We're not sure if the two guitarists Colin Dean? and Mike Siddal are still on the scene. Mike Medina on piano, is hidden behind Bernard Siddall.- Paul Medina. Click on picture for a larger version.

  • 01/08/16 - I've had a very interesting email which began, "By sheer accident, while trawling through Google for some obscure purpose, I came across John Critchley's obituary to Hugh Potter published on your website in which he mentions that he once played with a quartet which I led at Aberystwyth University, and all these years I imagined that I had been playing in the Hugh Potter quartet, because he was the real class act of our outfit".  It came from Deian Hopkin in Beckenham, Kent, and it's well worth a read if you knew Hugh.  I've added it to the end of the Hugh Potter tribute page

  • 30/07/16 - The Scotsman has now featured an article on Peter Kerr of the Clyde Valley Stompers who has written "Don’t Call Me Clyde! – Jazz Journey Of A Sixties Stomper" after repeated demands from younger jazz fans who kept asking him what had happened to the band.

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