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  • 28/04/15 - Sometimes it's worth making the effort, this reply to Jon Critchley from Sainsbury - "Thank you for contacting Sainsbury's Entertainment. I am sorry you have been unable to find any British Jazz musicians within the Jazz category.  I have checked our web site and can see that British jazz artists such as Courtney Pine, Ronnie Scott, Humphrey Lyttelton and more recently Jamie Cullum all have albums available for download. However, I can see from scrolling through our Jazz category that these artists are not shown on this list.  We are certainly not biased against home grown talent and look to promote British artists of all genres as much as possible.  I am going to log this with our web team who will look to rectify this issue”. Well done Jon.

  • 27/04/15 - Peter Swensson writes, "I have just realised that in September this year The Savoy Jazzmen will have played at The Widnes Union Rugby Club for 25 years. We have played every Tuesday other than when the Tuesday fell on Christmas Day or New Years day. I can't recall ever having missed a session due too bad weather.  COULD THIS BE A RECORD", he asks?

  • 27/04/15 - Many thanks again for finding the covers for Bude 1999. I have another one which is more difficult, which someone, somewhere might have. Its an audio tape by the Alex Dalgleish Allstars with Rhona Louise (vocal) we reckon probably from the 1980's after he returned from the Piccadilly Six (Switzerland). The cassette is entitled "Festival Stomp" produced by Chow Productions of Glasgow.  We know it includes Alex on trumpet and the only other name for certain is Bob Nummey on trombone. I would be delighted to send a copy of the transfer to anyone who comes up with the answer.  Thanks again - Stuart McLean

  • 27/04/15 - Jon Critchley says, "I was looking on Sainsbury’s on-line entertainments page, under “Jazz” yesterday; I scrolled through 24 pages of album mp3s available for download: Not one was by a British Jazz musician on any genre. On offer are (as good as they are) Louis, Duke, Basie, Marsalis, Brubeck, etc., or boring “Latin Jazz”. I’ve emailed them asking why no British Jazz, but as you say, don’t hold your breath!".

  • 26/04/15 - On the 5th May the Savoy jazzmen will be celebrating their 55th birthday. Of the six original members there are only three still alive, myself, Bart Poole and George Barnet both of whom no longer play.  The Savoy auditioned at the Mardi Gras Jazz Club, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool on the 26th April 1960. They passed the audition and their first paid gig was on Tuesday 3rd May 1960.  On the 5th May at the Widnes Rugby Union Football Club, Heath Road, Widnes. WA8 7NU the band will be celebrating this milestone with one of their famous BUTTY NIGHTS. Members of the audience and band are invited to bring sandwiches and cakes and the food shared during the interval. Everyone is very welcome and musicians please bring your instrument and have a sit in and join in this celebration. -
    Peter Swensson.  0151 7221 478

     

  • 26/04/15 - There's a lot of birthdays coming up this week - Laurie Cooper, Anthony Mason and Martyn Sharp today, Jon Critchley on Monday, Sammy Rimington on Wednesday, and Dave Podgson, Norman Pennington & Sue Parish on Thursday. That could be one heck of a party. Many Happy Returns to you all.

  • 26/05/14 - Just one daytime midweek jazz event this week, and it's Mike Lovell's Six in a Bar Classic Jazz Band playing at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood, with guest appearance from Cafe Society entertainer, Anthony Mason, who celebrates his birthday today. They will be there on Wednesday at 12 noon, and food is available.

  • 24/04/15 - Once again Joe Silmon has kindly produced a comprehensive obituary, this time for Dave Potts, who's funeral took place today. You can access it via Jazz Extras, and then look for "Remembering - Tributes to those gone, but not forgotten.

  • 24/04/15 - On Thursday May 14th, 8pm at St Thomas’ Church Parkgate Parade, Wirral, we are having another visit from local boy Billy Thompson and his Gypsy Jazz Group.  After their sell-out performance here 2 years ago, Billy has slightly changed the group’s line-up, but as ever, they will provide an outstanding night of sheer entertainment!  I know it’s not trad, but it’s different, and it’s good.  Tickets £10 (under 16-£5.) from Mozkitos Coffee Shop, off the Square, Parkgate, or 0151336 2530, or online from www.billythompson.co.uk/shop.html,  or on the door.

  • 24/04/15 - Paul Marks writes, "Janusz Carmello with La'al Big Band will be appearing at The Seacote Hotel St Bees, Cumbria Sunday 7 June 8pm (pay on the door £7) and the Janusz Carmello Quartet at The Manor House Hotel St Bees, Cumbria on Monday 8 June from 8:30pm (tickets to include a buffet supper) bookable through the Hotel tel:601946 820587.  These a very rare opportunities to see an outstandingly talented trumpeter of international acclaim playing in the NW. Janusz is now in semi-retirement and rarely gigs outside London.
     

  • 24/04/15 - Thanks to Des Hopkins for coming up with the Bude Festival recording details for Stewart McLean.

  • 23/04/15 - Stewart McLean is looking for a cover print out of Raymer Sounds 1999 Bude Festival issue. He says, "We have got the music but want details of personnel which I think will be on the inside covers".

  • 23/04/15 - The Cumbria Crack has an article on the new look Keswick Jazz Festival with interviews with  the recently  retired long-time organiser John Minnion,  and his successor Graham Hughes.

  • 23/04/15 - Les Wright, who was a great jazz lover and supported all the local jazz bands around the Fylde Coast, passed away last week.  Mike Lovell says, "He and Hazel his wife were loved by all the local musicians and audiences alike.  Les loved dancing to the live music and was often seen on the dance floor. His funeral is on Wednesday 6th May in St. Peter's Parish Church, Lord Street, Fleetwood. The  service is at 1 o'clock. Following the church service there will be another service at Carleton Crematorium.  Hazel invites all his many friends to the services followed by a reception at the North Euston Hotel.  All musicians are invited to bring their instruments with them to the North Euston Hotel reception.

  • 23/04/15 - Barrie Marshall writes, "I bought an LP in Lancaster today, Wilbur De Paris & His 'NEW' New Orleans Jazz, it has very comprehensive sleeve notes by Whitney Balliet, this is what he had to say about modern jazz(1955). -  This queer, new unorganic growth-pattern within much of modern jazz is, in fact, like watching the pseudopodium of a still-undeveloped amoeba abruptly separate from its parent body, and surge dizzily off into the wastes of some puddle".


     

  • 22/04/15 - Those who knew jazz promoter Derek Daniels, who died recently, will know that his son Jack was a great trumpet player, and has played in several big bands. One of those is the Blackburn with Darwen Music Service Big Band  which had its funding cut this year in the local Authority cutbacks.  Derek was hoping to do something to raise funds for the band, and jazz promoter Norman Gibson was going to help him, but Derek's health worsened and it wasn't to be.  As a tribute to Derek, Norman has decided to raise funds for the band at his next concert on the 29th April.  If any jazzers who would wish to attend to support young Jack, and in the process have an exceedingly good night with the Jereatric Jazz Band, or maybe just make a donation, should contact Norman, Tel. 01524-855770.

  • 22/04/15 - Peter Swensson has sent me an update about the funeral arrangements for Dave Potts, which are as follows :- 1 p.m. Friday 24th April.  Middleton Crematorium,  Boarshaw Road  Middleton Manchester M24 2NH.  After the service everyone is invited back for refreshments to :-  Lancashire Fold, Mount Road/Kirkway Alkrington  Middleton Manchester M24 1FL

  • 22/04/15 - Fred, Just to let you know we have The Savannah Jazz Band at Sale Conservative Club this Friday 24 April at 8 for 8.30. Ticket sales are going well.  We have also booked The Tame Valley Stompers for our following Jazz night date on Friday 26 June. Hopefully we can maintain the renewed popularity at our club for Jazz again!!   Cheers,  Steve Russell, Hon. Secretary. Sale Conservative Club.

  • 21/04/15 - In addition to its regular Monday jazz night, the Merseysippi Jazz Band will welcome Jim Fryer and Tom Kincaid on Monday 11th May at The Victoria Hotel, Aigburth, Liverpool L17 0DL at 8.30pm. Admission is free, but there will be a collection to defray the cost of getting Jim Fryer back to America

  • 21/04/15 - Many Happy Returns to day to Steve Marquis, landlord of the Bluebell Inn, Halkyn, who hosts jazz every Sunday with the Mad Ed Hot 5 , and is one enterprising landlord. To see what I mean, visit the web site at  http://www.bluebell.uk.eu.org/

  • 20/04/15 - Joe Silmon informs me that the date of the funeral of Dave Potts has been confirmed - Friday 24th April 1pm, Middleton Crematorium, Manchester.
     

  • 19/04/15 - The jazz at Sedgley Park Rugby Club next Sunday 26th April, originally scheduled to feature George Galway, has been cancelled due to the room not being available.

  • 18/04/15 - The Bourbon Street Roof Raisers will be playing at the Harrogate Spring Show on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings, the only other daytime mid week gig being Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz at Timperley Sports Club, Thu, 23 April, 14:00 – 16:00

  • 18/04/15 - Musician's birthdays coming up this week include Chris Mitchell on Wednesday, Derek Vaux on Thursday, and Dave Copperwaite, Eric Brierley and Digby Fairweather next Saturday. Many Happy Returns to you all.

  • 18/04/15 - This headline caught my eye in the Derry Journal - "Rail line closure during Jazz Fest". For a moment I thought that the crowds and street parades were so great they would be blocking the line, it could only happen in Ireland!   No such luck. The City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival will run over the May Bank Holiday weekend from April 30 to May 4.

  • 17/04/15 - Hello Fred, I'm so sorry to hear about the death of Dave Potts.  I played with him in The Crescent Jazz Band...later Pete Haslam's Collegians in the late 50s,early 60s.  He was an excellent musician,keeping a good steady beat in his inimitable nodding style.  I have been listening to our recording again since I had it copied on to CD as Fred asked me to as he put some of the tunes on his home page over the Christmas period.  My condolences to Jean and his family. - Brenda Canty-Forrest (was Tomkins)

  • 17/04/15 - I'm very sorry to hear about the death of yet another old friend and colleague --- Dave Potts. We played quite a few times together, mostly whenever I depped (very infrequently for Tony Iddon) in the Red River Jazz Band, and whenever I sat in, guested or depped with the Crescent Jazz Band/Pete Haslam's Collegians at the Bodega or out-of-town gigs (60s). About four years ago I visited Dave in Manchester Royal Infirmary. He had been seriously ill, but had made a reasonable recovery, I was told later. It's great that he had a new lease of life for that much longer.  Dave was a very accurate and rhythmic banjoist and used to synchronise his playing in such a way that he never jarred with whoever was on piano. That isn't easy to do, but Dave mastered that task. I can only remember Brenda (then Tomkin, now Canty-Forrest) and Denis Gilmore on piano (doubling cornet) with the Collegians/Crescent. I think it was largely Roy Maguire, for a good while on piano with the "Reds" during their long-term residence at the Warren Bulkeley, Stockport. Roy was a very good vibraphonist too.  I'll be at Dave's funeral, of course, as I hope many of us will be. But I'll try to get in touch with his widow, Jean. I'll look out for the details. Meanwhile, could I please be included in the list of people offering their condolences to Jean and family, through your site, Fred?   Many thanks, for letting us know, and of course, thanks to Peter Swensson, for informing you. - Joe Silmon

  • 16/04/15 - Southport Jazz Festival has been added to the Festivals and Weekends page

  • 16/04/15 - As a contributor to 'What's On Stockport', Ian Royle thought readers might like to read his recent article about what life used to be like on the Fylde Coast as seen through the eyes of a musician.

  • 15/04/15 - Dear Fred, Some sad news. I just have heard that Dave Potts (banjo) passed away last Thursday. Although I didn't know him well he was a good friend of our late banjo player Reg Aveyard. I understand they were in the RAF together.  I have just spoken to his wife Jean and she has confirmed that he played with the Collegians and the Red River Band. No funeral details as yet but Jean is going to let me know in due course.  - Peter Swensson,  Savoy Jazzmen.

  • 15/04/15 - Great to see Paul Munnery passing a comment on the site and I see he's still a good 'Luddite'. He's one of the few 'bonists' I know who carries his mutes in a supermarket bag which he brings on stage. The thing I like about the Yamaha system is that you can plug into a portable CD player -never mind a computer- and blow along with YES Paul Munnery with The Chicago Hoods in even the smallest room! I have a Denis Wick practice mute which is an enormous thing and difficult to fit into a suitcase when travelling abroad. Speaking of 'Harlem', I have a VHS of the band in Coventry which I must dig out and transfer to DVD. That was a marvellous band and Paul's composition 'Jungle Nights in Bedworth' well worth a listen. - Ian Royle

  • 13/04/15 - Further to Melody Maker from May 1954, My very good friend and ex-Jelly Roll King Gerry Haim will confirm that when his brother John died so suddenly and sadly in 1949, K C was one of those auditioned to replace him leading the band. He was rejected as 'unsuitable' - (musically and personally!) The role was filled by Alan Wickham, who went on to play with Joe Daniels, the Temperance Seven and many others during the ensuing years.   Here's Alan (with Cy Laurie, Ray Foxley - and me - ) at the Jelly Roll Kings' 50th Anniversary reunion in London..
     

  • 13/04/15 - Regarding videos of bands being put on YouTube....as you probably know I have put getting on for 300 videos on YT over the years and have always asked the band leaders permission assuming that it would be OK with the rest of the band.  This only backfired once when I had a rather irate email from a dep bass player who “didn’t know the session(?!*) was to be recorded and he didn’t receive a fee” for said recording of one number! He also complained that he did not show up very well on the video as he was looking at the wall most of the time! At his request I did remove the video. I have always told musicians to look at the video and if they were not happy I would remove it from YouTube, this has only happened a few times and I do find that many bands use links or embed the videos in their own websites.  A polite request, don’t intrude on the band while taking the video and everybody’s happy!  -  John Howell.
     

  • 13/04/15 - John Westwood sent in this amusing advert - "The recent upturn of interest in Mutes brings to mind the old chestnut......"

  • 13/04/15 -  I have been following the comments about the Silent Brass System with some interest as some years ago I invented the Dead Quiet System for Discerning Drummers (Pat. Pending) The room is hermetically sealed and a simple airlock is fitted to the door. The drummer can then play up to fff and beyond without annoying the tone deaf neighbours, providing his oxygen mask and cylinder hold out. Anything for a quiet life. Moe Green.

  • 13/04/15 - Mart and the band were playing in Grasmere a few years ago. He was asked if he would mind if a lady used a video camera and he agreed. It was obvious she was far too close to the band and we were horrified when the video appeared on You Tube a couple of days later. She had not asked permission to put it into social media. The sound of the band was completely distorted and the photography was dreadful. Allan Dent was playing a solo and the shot accompanying this was a close-up of Mart’s white shirt. The whole thing was a disaster. However, where you are invited to comment, I wrote that Mart had not agreed that she could do this, and You Tube removed promptly – thank goodness.  - Janet Rodger

  • 13/04/15 - I've received a copy of the eulogy that was read out at Derek Daniels' funeral which I have added to this tribute page. It gives an insight into Derek's life.

  • 13/04/15 - On Saturday evening Barbara & I were in Lancaster and called in a coffee lounge come wine bar known as The Hall. It was starting to fill with students and families with young children, who had all come to listen and dance to the Sun Street Stompers. It was a 2 hour session and it was heartening to see people dancing and lindy hopping, and at the end of the night to hear the whistling and cheers and the demands for an encore. I have to say that along with one other couple, (and of course the band), we were somewhat outnumbered by age, and it made me realise why young people perhaps don't want to visit jazz clubs. Click on the photo for a larger version. You can also see many of the photographs that have appeared on the site over the years by clicking here.

  • 12/04/15 - My thanks to Barrie Marshall for digging out an old Melody Maker from May 1954, in which the news of the Chris Barber - Ken Colyer split was announced. You can read it here

  • 12/04/15 - Anybody taking photographs of a band in low light and trying to capture all the musicians whilst they are moving, will know what a difficult job that is. I was using my camera in video mode at a jazz club recently as a way of getting a single still frame that captured what I was looking for.  During the interval the band leader expressed his concern to me that a less than flattering video didn't end up on YouTube, having spent a lot of money on having a professional one made, so I was able to confirm it wouldn't.  My last video was of the New Orleans Z'Hulus at Nantwich, and I first uploaded them privately and then asked Brian Turnock for permission to reproduce an acceptable one on the site  I wonder how musicians feel about videos being put on YouTube without permission, and equally if fans feel they need to ask for it? Is a public performance fair game, warts and all?  Should the same apply to photographs? If you'd like to comment but remain anonymous, that's fine, just let me know.

  • 12/04/15 - Mid week daytime jazz gigs include Annie's Saints And Sinners at The Dog & Partridge, Bollington on Monday 14:00 - 16:00,   Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz at Poynton British Legion Thursday 14:00 – 16:30, and on Friday The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station 12:30 – 14:30.

  • 12/04/15 - Happy Birthday today to Andy Henderson, and congratulations to Chris Barber who will be celebrating his 85th birthday on Friday.

  • 10/04/15 - The White Eagles Jazz Band will be appearing at Bispham Conservative Club, Red Bank Road, Bispham, Blackpool, FY2 9HY on Saturday 18th April,8.30 until 11.00.  Led as ever by evergreen trumpeter, Dave Kendall, the line-up will include Ros Lewis on vocals. Admission to Non - Members just £1. Enquiries to Ian on 01253 354579.

  • 09/04/15 - Hi Fred  Ref Cafe Society at the Heron Theatre, where you mentioned bands could let you know of their upcoming performances. Well I have to say, by the same token, bands could well do you a favour by always making you aware when they are no longer playing at a venue. You have been showing in your 'What's on' pages that Trad Band 'The Jazzmakers' play every Wednesday in Nelson's Bar in Bangor, Co. Down. Well because I know the drummer leader of that band is George Moore, who I taught in my class of Day Release Apprentices back in 1956, and I'm  currently in Bangor, I went there last night, only to find they haven't played there for 2 to 3 years ! That is just bxxxxy ridiculous !   Norman Gibson.  Thanks Norman, I'm glad you see the problems I am up against.  That's where a free service falls down. If they were paying and then stopped, you could have a system that  automatically took them off the list. Of course then it wouldn't be as comprehensive as not all bands or landlords would want to pay.  Would you believe a band member once told me that they didn't tell me the band had stopped playing at a particular venue in the hope that people turned up and kept asking for them!  Equally, jazz fans like yourself,  who discover that a venue has closed, could let me know as you have kindly done. That residency which started on 5th Sept 2012, has now been removed. .

  • 09/04/15 - Ian Royle and silence... No I can't quite imagine it! He's always made a fantastic noise here at the Blue Bell Halkyn guesting with Mad Ed's Hot Five! ;)

  • 09/04/15 - Ref Ian Royle's recommendation of the Silent Brass System, could I, on behalf of all fellow Luddites, suggest an alternative? I use a Denis Wick Practise Mute - no need for computers, batteries or single (or even double) jack connections. You just ram it up the bell of your bugle and blaze away. I'm sure you don't get the clarity of tone that Ian describes, but it's good for pitching, attack and articulation, and my neighbours don't hear it, and it's a good deal cheaper than the Yamaha kit - and you don't have to keep topping up with two-stroke mixture. ( Ha-ha. Sorry). I know that Ian won't mind me mentioning this, as we're old blowing mates from our time with Marilyn Middleton/Steve Mellor's "Chicago Hoods" and from Ian's valued appearances as first trumpet with my "big" band HARLEM back in the day when we woz nobbut kids (well, sort of middle-aged) (ish). - Paul Munnery

  • 09/04/15 - Just looked at the 'silent brass' device mentioned by Ian Royle; that would be ideal for me, but Yamaha haven't got round to reed instruments, yet. I checked their range; nothing equivalent, except an enormous "silent wooden mallet"!!! - Joe Silmon

  • 08/04/15 - Didsbury Cricket Club jazz gig list has been updated

  • 08/04/15 - The Enrico Tomasso gig with the High Society Jazz Band has been changed to Wednesday 15th July; this fits in with his gig at Kendal Jazz Club on Tuesday 14th. All other details remain the same.

  • 08/04/15 - There a few places still available for the forthcoming Jazz Break at Bodelwyddan Castle on May 29th.  This event replaces the annual sojourn to Alvaston Hall – hopefully those Alvaston Hall regulars who missed last year might like to venture into North Wales, and it isn’t that far from Alvaston Hall.  - Pete Lay

  • 08/04/15 - Following on from the success of the gig that was offered to the Sun Street Stompers at The Hall on China Street, Lancaster (see 08/03/15) when the Lindy Hoppers arrived, Barrie Marshall tells me the band has been asked to make a return visit this Saturday 11th, from 7pm to 9pm. If you want to see the young people enjoying our kind of music, this is the place to be.

  • 08/04/15 -  Hello Fred,  I sent you details of the once-a-month sessions at the Pavilion Arts Centre.  Thought I should let you know about a change. Hidden in the small print of the latest programme, entry remains at £6 for tickets in advance, but it's now £9 on the door.  I have noticed this at other venues, but I must say I'm disappointed with this - I usually make a late decision to attend. Maybe it's to encourage people to commit themselves.  - Sam  Wood
     

  • 08/04/15 - Ed LloydHughes has put his second bass on the Sales Page. It's in good condition, ready to play with Thomastik Spirocore strings, rosewood fingerboard, adjustable bridge in excellent condition

  • 07/04/15 - My thanks to Jeff & Barbara Swire for letting me know that Cafe Society – a four piece band specialising in jazz, dixieland and hot 20’s music – a mixture of lively music and humour, are appearing at the Heron theatre Beetham (on the A6 near Milnthorpe) on Saturday 18th April at 7.30.p.m. Tickets £12 available from www.theherontheatre.com  or pay on the door.  If you know of any traditional jazz gigs that are not listed in What's On, please let me know. Yes I know you think the bands would be falling over themselves to let me know their gig dates, but life isn't perfect I'm afraid.

  • 06/04/15 - Re Ian Royle's recommendation on the Silent Brass system. I've had one of these for years, and yes, they are excellent. Combined with my pocket trumpet they always go with me on holiday and mean that not only can I keep my chops in shape, but I don't have to spend all my time by the pool with all the sun-worshippers. Lovely piece of kit. To be strictly fair it's not quite 'silent' and it does knock the intonation a bit in the lower register, but it's only me that notices it! - Richard Knock.

  • 06/04/15 - There was an interesting article in the Messenger (based in Old Trafford, Manchester), about the Temperance Seven, published on Tuesday 24 March 2015.  This year, the Temperance Seven celebrate their 60th anniversary and you can read about the T7 in an interview with Derek Galloway by clicking here. As usual reporters do not always get it quite right. Only two of the Temps. play at the Garrick on the second Sunday in the month, Derek on trombone and John Tucker on cornet.

  • 06/04/15 - SIX IN A BAR Classic Jazz Band are doing a BANK HOLIDAY JAZZ Sunday night at the North Euston Hotel on Sunday 24th May. Jazz starts at 8pm till 10.30pm. DB&B & Jazz...£45pp  Dinner in the Bay Restaurant & then Jazz...£21pp  Just Jazz...£5   Reservations at Hotel Reception or 01253 876524   Jazz only tickets as above or on the door.

  • 06/04/15 - Hiya Fred,  I'm going to recommend this to every trumpet or trombone player out there - "The Yamaha Silent Brass system".   I don't get a penny in commission from 'Yamaha' but with gigs a bit thin on the ground, the missus wanting to listen to the latest 'soaps', the neighbours banging on the walls as you blow to keep the 'chops in' this machine is fantastic.  Sure, it costs £128 from Mann's Music (free next day delivery) and you'll need to buy two AA batteries and a single jack connection extra to connect to your computer or CD player but you'll get an 'open' brass sound through your headphones. And all those bands you wish you'd have a chance to play along with - well play along with them without screams of 'Shurrup - the next doors will be calling the cops in a minute'. - Ian Royle
     

  • 05/04/15 - I had an interesting phone call from a Mrs Thomas this week from Seaton in Cumbria. She's a widow and told me that her late husband Bill, was a native of Manchester, and ran a jazz club at the old Electricity Board Offices where he worked for a time before going into the Police Force. She told me, "The club was actually at the old offices, I remember he showed me the place once. He told me it was quite cheap in those days (late 1950’s) to book such as Chris Barber".  She said her husband had a recording by Alan Hare's Bluenote Jazzmen that was recorded on Sunday 18th December 1956 at the Manchester Electricity Jazz Club, Bill was there for the recording".   She said Bill  told her there were very few records produced and that it was very special, and he treasured it. He told her to look after, which she did, hardly daring to take it out of the sleeve. It was recorded by Rendezvous Records RGD 19 Blackfriars Street Manchester 3 Tel Blackfriars 6278. Now she says it's time for it to go to someone else who will cherish it, but neither of us are sure if it has a financial value, or if there's a market for this sort of rare recording.  If not she would like it to go to someone who perhaps played with the band or who has some sort of connection, maybe a relative. I'd love to hear from someone out there who might be interested. In the meantime, she's going to try and see if she can get a CD copy done so that I can reproduce some tracks on the site.
     

  • 05/04/15 - Mike Hayler & Matt Palmer will be celebrating their birthdays on Wed, 8 April. Many Happy Returns to both of them.

  • 05/04/15 - There are no midweek  daytime events this week.

  • 05/04/15 - Just heard from a musician friend in USA of the passing of Pianist Ralph Sharon 91. - Bugleboy See http://tinyurl.com/o437kh3

  • 01/04/15 - If you are into statistics, you might like to know that 2,309 users accessed the site 7478 times last month viewing an average of 7.492 pages each. According to Google Analytics, 25% of them were new visitors to the site and the highest percentage of visitors came from the 25-34 age group.  Don't you sometimes feel that statistics lie?
     

  • 01/04/15 - It's amazing that a reminiscing thread I began over 10 years ago is still getting contributors! However looking again at my original post I must correct a glaring error. I mention the New Orleans pianist Champion Jack Dupree, who appeared at Accrington. He later recorded with British blues/rock musicians such as Duster Bennett, Ainsley Dunbar, Mick Taylor and Keef Hartley, but never, as I so confidently stated, with Fleetwood Mac. I feel so much better having got that off my chest!! - Phil Yates

  • 01/04/15 - Fairly new Artificial Intelligence App named "Evi" defines "trad jazz" so - "Trad jazz, SPRECHEN short for "traditional jazz", the music genre popular in Britain and Australia from the 1940s onward through the 1950s and which still has enthusiasts today. Examples ? Buddy Bolden , Ivor Cutler , Chris Barber , Milt Hinton , Ottilie Patterson , . Implies Jazz"

  • 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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    There are no daytime gigs scheduled this week, so you'll have to brave the dark nights as well as the icy roads.
     

  • 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".


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