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  • 23/04/14 - Harry Swinburne writes, "After 28 years The Chicago Teddy Bears and The Merseyside Big Band have left their Maghull Jazz Club traditional home at Maghull Town Hall. However the news is good because we have moved a quarter of a mile up the road to MAGHULL BRITISH LEGION at Red Lion Bridge, Liverpool Road South L31 7DJ It is all for the best , like a beautiful concert room, large car park, good, reasonably priced bar, toilets and facilities all on the ground floor and friendly people. Chips and burger, sandwiches bar. First concert tomorrow (Thursday 24th April-8.30 start- Merseyside Big Band then Chicago Teddy Bears 8.30 p. m. Thursday 8th May 2014 and thereafter second and last Thursday every month. hoping the fans will follow us to our new venue, Harry Swinburne-- 0151 520 1633 enquiries".
     

  • 23/04/14 - Hi Fred, We are going ahead with our Jazz afternoon on 14th June.  Street Jazz, a saxophonist duo from Manchester and the Bill Barrow Quartet (Jazz Knights) will be providing a traditional jazz cabaret.  The event will be held in a marquee at Poulton Plaiz Holiday Park ( www.poultonplaiz.co.uk ) with Hog Roast provided and bar available. Ticket price £12.50 .  We have deluxe accommodation available to those that may want to make a weekend of it !! - Dave

    23/04/14 -
    This from Tony Dunleavy - Hi Mary has just rang me with Maurice Pike Funeral details: Tuesday 29th April, 1 p. m. at Blackley Crematorium M9 8JP. Bring your instruments and we will play him in.

  • 23/04/14 - Thank you very much for the info on Bob Frettlohr, a vg friend going back quite some time. I did lots of gigs with him in my tromboning days and loved the way he had developed his very Yorkshire accent, to such a degree that it was only rarely one got just a glimpse of a Germanic one. - Martin Bennett

  • 22/04/14 - Hi Fred: As this year marks 60 years of The Original Panama Jazzband, we will be having a few guest musicians on May 7th at our regular venue, The Irby Club, Thingwall Road, Wirral CH61 3UA; Including trumpeter John Dodgshon now living in San Francisco and who was in the band back in 1956: we will have him flown over to be with us that night. It's free admission, a great club: and I would point out: although we always play in uniform, never scruffy, we will be especially smart that night! Should please some discerning pundits! - Jon Critchley
     

  • 22/04/14 - The mess up of Tuba Skinny coming to the UK becomes more ridiculous when you see that they will do the expensive bit this Summer - flying across the Atlantic - to be at Umbria Jazz festival, Perugia, Italy 11 to 21 July and FestJazz Brittany 25 to 27 July. There would have been room in between for a couple of UK performances, and/or after 28 July, for as many as could pay the price !! The proposed 2015 tour will have to spread those flight costs across the clubs taking them on ! - Norman Gibson

  • 22/04/14 - I got to speak to Erica from Tuba Skinny whilst over in the Big Easy, and she regretted leaving this years farce with the Aussie agent, and apologised for the confusion and lack of communication. They seemed keen to visit the UK in 2015, and said she would be organising a tour and liaising with UK clubs herself directly. I left her with copies of Just Jazz and Jazz UK, and told her about the possible (meagre) sponsorship that might be available from UK jazz services. The Southern Sounds Holidays tour this year had around 75 participants, mainly in the retired bracket as previously mentioned, but quite open-minded about younger bands. Those involved with running clubs or organising events all expressed interest in assisting and/or booking TS. Pete Lay also offered them a slot at one of his weekend events, so fingers crossed. - Barry Pryme
     

  • 22/04/14 - Hello Fred,  Staying in Sheffield at the moment, just been down the road to a jazz night at a super real ale pub, The Rising Sun at Nether Green. Owned by the local Abbeydale Brewery, 13 hand pumps. Music every Monday.  Noticed in the pub's beer stained copy of today's Daily Telegraph a belated obituary for Bob Frettlohr.  http://tinyurl.com/jw6k7yd  if you want to read it, but just goes to show - if you want the latest news, JNW is the place to look!  - Sam Wood (Bob played double bass with the White Eagles jazz Band, and according to the article, the White Eagles were the band that gave the Liverpool Cavern its name, and the first band to play there!.  Now where have I heard that before? Oh yes, on here 07/01/14 - FB)

  • 22/04/14 - The smart dress code discussion continues to raise a few hackles. I can't help but feel that too many unequal examples are going into the same melting pot. What started out by Norman Gibson as an observation that two members of a Saturday night band was dressed  more akin for gardening than out front with a band, is being likened to asking the young Tuba Skinny band to dress differently on the streets of New Orleans. I doubt Norman would expect Tuba Skinny to turn out at his venue in white shirts and dark trousers, but is it unreasonable to expect it of a band of musicians of his own generation? Can poor payment  justify scruffy turnout in a club where a couple have paid up to £20 to listen if it's not their fault that there aren't enough fans coming through the door to pay MU rates?  What should they expect then that's different to listening for free to the same band in a pub playing the same numbers?

  • 22/04/14 - Many Happy Returns today to Chris Mitchell (bjo),  then Dave Copperwaite (cnt) and Eric Brierly (tbn) on Friday, and Martyn Sharp (cnt) on Saturday.

  • 21/04/14 -  Only two daytime gigs this week, one of which may have finished by the time you read this - The Jake Leg Jug Band at Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music Festival. The other is a monthly jazz session in the Altrincham, Timperley and Sale District with Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz. Mart say, "We now have a venue where we can stick to the fourth Thursday every month. Its on Thursday 24th April 2.00 to 4.30pm at Branksome Function Suite,  Altrincham Masonic Hall, 36, Clay Lane, Timperley. WA15 7AB.
     

  • 21/04/14 - Re Brian Yates comments of 12/04/14 -  I don't recall Collinson's Café ( I'm talking of 56yrs. ago so you will have to forgive me ) But I remember a place in Bolton where we played and the Bolton Evening News took photos some of which I still have somewhere. Perhaps that was the place. Jim Smith was replaced by John G Featherstone. - Moe  Green

  • 20/04/14 - George Galway is the latest musician to come under the hand of Jenks. His portrait hangs with others on Jenks's Paintings page, which you can access via Jazz Extras.

  • 19/04/14 - The scruffy bands debate continues, and although I don't normally add my pennyworth, I do recall that when we ran a jazz club on Sunday nights, when rather than go to a freebie in a pub, the guests were paying to come and listen dressed in their Sunday best, it was a bit galling to have musicians turn up looking like they didn't need to make any effort at all.

  • 18/04/14 - Re Moe Greens letter re Bodega and the mention of the Jazz Aces, do you remember Collinsons Cafe in Bolton. I remember sitting in a couple of times with the late Jim Smith. - Bryan Yates
     

  • 18/04/14 - It would seem that Malcolm Hogarth and John Higham are not the only ones out on the street busking this Easter. Here's Paul Guppy, Barrie Marshall and Lawrence Marshall (no relation)  on the streets of Lancaster

  • 17/04/14 - Just read this post from Susan Reid-Povall on Facebook yesterday regarding Billy Edwards - I saw Billy today at Bebington Care Home and he was a little confused and emotional at first but he soon rallied round when I took him for a spin in the car and we played Fats Waller and sang along. We ended up at The Acorn for a drink and then back for a late lunch. They had put some aside for him and he asked if there was any left for his girlfriend - to the great amusement of those within hearing distance!  Bless him.

  • 17/04/14 - Many thanks, for passing my request for Tony Dunleavy to ring me at my daughter's in High Wycombe whilst I'm in the UK. Tony and I had a great long chat. Last night my daughter took me to Amersham jazz Club in Beaconsfield.  Anyone in this Bucks Berks area who enjoys OKOM should make the effort to go. The atmosphere is friendly, the music was great from The Savannah Jazzband last night. The club meets every Wednesday 8.30-11.00. - Mike Walmsley

  • 17/04/14 - I work at the Jubilee Working Men's Club in Morecambe and last Monday we had Kevin Grenfells Jazz Giants playing to a full house it was the best act we have had in the club in the seven years i have worked there. We are now looking forward to having the New Orleans Z'hulus on 30th May. - Ray Marshall.

  • 17/04/14 - The subject of band dress code raised by Norman Gibson, seems to have stirred up a few responses such that I decided to add it to the discussion page. Guess what? I found that the subject was already listed having had emails about it back in 2012. So rather than start again, I've added the latest emails on the end. You can access the discussion pages via Jazz Extras. Wonder if anyone changed their mind in that time?

  • 17/04/14 - A special invite to all to join in the Easter Bonnet Parade this Sunday with the Roy Potts Five and a Penny at Alexander's Rufus Court off Northgate, Chester.

  • 17/04/14 - Are you a double bass player?  Problems getting it into the car?  Then Barrie Marshall has just the car for you with this video link he sent me. He drives one to all his gigs, and it's extremely economical, but then he only takes his clarinet. Have a look at http://youtu.be/NWvI3QVjlv8

  • 17/04/14 - Somebody emailed the other day to say, "Hope Cliff Crockett ain't staying on your home page for another 100 years - God bless him but we need to move on". Quite right of course, it's something I've been thinking about for the last two weeks, so today it's been updated to feature the New Orleans Z'Hulus, a Belgium band about to make another visit to the North West.

  • 17/04/14 - The 4tothebar session on Tuesday 22nd at the Travellers , Bredbury has been cancelled. -  Ian McCann

  • 16/04/14 - Hi Fred . In the Daily Telegraph today (16.04.14), there is an obituary for Tony Gray , who delighted us southerners back in the 60`s, with the crazy, funny and surrealistic music. Great times. - Chris Mitchell

  • 15/04/14 - Hi Fred, Billy Edwards has been moved nearer to his home and I'm sending you his new address. I understand he's in room 40 and I hope to see him today. Unfortunately, to my shame, I haven't seen him for a couple of weeks. - Sue Reid-Povall. (If anybody wants to contact Billy, contact me and I'll forward his new address).
     

  • 15/04/14 - Hi Fred It is one extreme to the other on musicians' dress. Kevin Grenfell and his Jazz Giants came to our 120+ audience last night, and they were all immaculately 'suited and booted' and wearing jazz ties on their white shirts. A pleasure to see - matching their great talent. - Norman  Gibson

  • 15/04/14 - My thanks to Howard Parr for supplying a photograph of Maurice Pike, which I have now used for his tribute page.

  • 14/04/14 - Does anyone have a good photograph of Maurice Pike, or failing that, one of the Manchester Panama Jazz Band?

  • 14/04/14 - Dear Fred, I was sorry to read of Maurice's passing, I was lucky to play with him circa 1968-9 while a surgical registrar at Park Hospital, Urmston, along with Tony Dunleavy, we also 'served' with Tony Vincent's band in Surrey earlier.  - Mike Walmsley

  • 14/04/14 - Regarding my old mate Norman Gibson's remarks about our clubs special event at the Ivanhoe hotel, unfortunately I have to agree with him. A couple of the musicians were not dressed appropriately for a jazz event, but luckily the stage lighting was not right so it helped to disguise their attire. Although I was not too happy, I did not say anything as I generally leave dress code to the discretion of the musicians. On the plus side they played a great selection of tunes, all in the Eddie Condon style & the audience certainly enjoyed it. At the moment we are preparing for our third jazz festival in October & with a bit of luck we may be honoured with another visit from Norm. - George Smyth East Belfast Jazz Club
     

  • 14/04/14 - Hello Fred,  In the light of comments on matters sartorial by Norman (12 and 14/04/14), Moe and Louis (13/04/14), should there be a band called Tuber Skinny?   Harmoniously (and moderately tidily),   -  John Muskett
     

  • 14/04/14 - Hi Fred, Played a lovely session with Martin Bennett's quintet at the 'Cinnamon Club' in Altrincham last Thursday.  It was memorable because I had the rare opportunity to play with John Hallam who I remember as a fifteen year old clarinettist chauffeured by his Dad, Sergeant Harry Hallam of Hyde Police at Hyde Town Hall.   I was with the Stockport based 'Jack Kirkland Big Broadcasting Band' (in the early '60's) at the time. He went his way on the small group jazz scene and is now a great success. I went my way into the Big Band scene eventually to return to the jazz fold.  A gap of fifty years doesn't diminish the pleasure of playing together, laughing together and 'knocking the spots off each other' as we always did. Pity about the smallish audience but from little acorns.... - Ian Royle
     

  • 14/04/14 - Regarding Bryan Yates ' letter about the Bodega in Manchester (12/03/14), I too used to go there in the mid 50's. In those halcyon days the queue started in the street, down the stairs and along the corridor so there was plenty of time for a 16yr. old to become nervous before arriving at the door and stoutly claiming he was 18 ! There was only one time I did not get in because when asked my age I inadvertently blurted out the truth. I have a couple of photos of the time showing a very young looking Mick Mulligan band with Melly and an equally youthful Colyer band. There was never any bother getting into The Thatched House and by the time I joined the Jazz Aces there I had just scraped through to 18. Happy days. Bodega packed out, Thatched House packed out and Black Lion packed out and that was just Sat. Night I am so glad that I was around to enjoy it.  Moe. Green

  • 14/04/14 - Fred, I was so sad to read Tony Dunleavy’s message about the passing of Maurice Pike. About 14 years ago, Maurice, a lovely man, was the first person to let me break into the N.W. Jazz scene, by playing with his Panama Jazz Band, at a short-lived residency in Urmston.. Co-incidentally, Tony Dunleavy was instrumental in my obtaining a second residency, with Frank Fonseca, in Eccles. Condolences to Maurice’s wife and family. - Frank Slater
     

  • 14/04/14 - What very sad news about Maurice Pike! Before gigs, and often on the way to them, if Maurice picked me up for Panama Jazz Band gigs (the Manchester one), we'd sit howling with laughter at his Goons cassettes; he'd have a dozen or so in the car, to put us in the right kind of mood for playing. When I last saw him, Maurice was in Crumpsall (North Manchester General Hospital). He didn't recognise me at all at first; but he somehow knew that he knew me at some time. When it registered - and it was only a momentary thing on two or three occasions during my visits, he grasped my hand with both of his, holding really tightly. I purposefully mentioned people who would have been important to him as musicians, to see if something registered. The names were: Johnny Barnes, Roy Williams and Pat Halcox. At each mention, he said "I know that name". - Joe SIlmon

  • 14/04/14 - Chris Barber will be celebrating his 84th birthday on Thursday 17th April.

  • 14/04/14 - If you are out and about during the day this week, it should be worth popping into some of these mid week daytime jazz events - Today sees the Savoy Jazzmen at Leasowe Golf Club at 12 noon, and Annie's Saints & Sinners at The Dog & Partridge, Bollington at 2pm. On Friday you can do your early morning shopping and catch Malcolm Hogarth and John Higham busking outside Sainsbury's at Neston at 9-30am.  At 12-30pm The High Society Jazz Band will be playing at Carnforth Railway Station and you can even have a look at the 'Brief Encounter' memorabilia whilst you are there. Also Good Friday sees the start of the Easter Jazz Weekend in Fleetwood and as day visitors are welcome, you could pop in for 'two piano jazz' starting at 3-30pm including tea and biscuits for just £5.

  • 14/04/14 - Moe generally uses very colourful descriptive language, and whereas I know where he is coming from, I have to say his words used did not come from me. Just making the point I felt was appropriate as, in eight years of running jazz evenings, I personally have never had any musicians turn up in dress which caused offence. Re; Louis Lince comment - will see what I think when we see Tuba Skinny at FestJazz Brittany in July. - Norman Gibson

  • 13/04/14 - Tony Dunleavy writes - Mary Pike has just rang to say that Maurice passed away last night and asked if I would let you know. She said that she would let me know when she has the Funeral details. (Maurice Pike was the leader of the Manchester based Panama Jazz Band - FB)

  • 13/04/14 - Totally agree with Moe Green about turning up smartly attired. And if Tuba Skinny want to play concerts in the UK they will have to smarten themselves up. Dirty jeans/cut-offs, tennis shoes and t-shirts are NOT the way to go. -  Louis Lince

  • 13/04/14 -  I have just read Norman Gibson's letter regarding the sartorial tastes of these two musicians. To turn up for a job looking like you have just been planting potatoes shows a complete lack of respect for the audience. I don't know where this attitude comes from. Some musicians seem to think that looking like they have been sleeping in a doorway is part of the jazz ethic. You have only to look at old photos of bands from the 20's to see that these musicians took a pride in their appearance. These present day scruffs would not have got through the door of one of those old clubs. - Moe Green.
     

  • 12/04/13 - Well what a lovely evening I have had down Memory Lane.  Thanks to the video links via John Westwood. Brought back some great times in the 50,s when I could sneak in the Bodega under age! In good company of Merton Cahm, still blowing in Israel, last I heard.  The Thatched House was also a good venue in Manchester, I was allowed in under age again, the ticket was a clarinet case, even tho I was just a novice. Will keep me quiet for many hours!  -  Bryan Yates
     

  • 12/04/14 - At the weekend I went along to see Trevor Foster ( lovely clarinet player ), and the rhythm section of his regular band, who were accommodating a very fair trumpet player from Scotland, and a very handy Northern Ireland trombone player/vocalist, as guests. It was an extra event run by East Belfast Jazz Club and the overall performance was very enjoyable. It was a pity the lighting over the band was not bright enough, but, as a number of people were heard to comment, it was just as well as these two front men were dressed more akin for gardening than out front with a band on a Saturday evening ! Obviously, I have refrained from naming the said players. - Norman Gibson

  • 12/04/14 - Greetings from Spain,  aficionados of Ellingtonia might enjoy http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0400mh7 - John Westwood.

  • 08/04/14 - Dear Fred, Just a little update re my Algiers Stompers. We have had a change in personnel in the band with Gabby Gad leaving after 12 years with the band, we are touring and playing so much, that she feels she is unable to keep the touring up, and sadly left last month, Gabby is Replaced by the very able Andrew Hall on piano who moves from drums, and will be coming straight back to UK from New Orleans, also taking over the drummers seat is Ray Bowden who again is currently in New Orleans and will be coming back to join the band, Ray is a superb Old time New Orleans Style drummer, who has been for the past 30 years touring as part of the crew with Such Famous Rock Bands as Elton John, Sting, Shaniah Twain, The Who etc etc (He is a fabulous swinging drummer, right in the New Orleans Groove). Bob Rowbotham has now retired from the band to spend more time with his Grandchildren, and we currently have Malc Hurrell playing with us on Banjo, with Trefor Williams Bass coming direct from New Orleans.  The Band is playing at Sutton in Ashfield, at the Unwin Road club 17th April, The Old Duke Bristol on the 18th and at Street Easter Jazz Festival at the Wessex Hotel 19th and 20th April. 
     

  • 08/04/14 - My thanks to John Westwood for passing on a link to a video jukebox which features music videos from the 40's through to the 60's.  You can access it via the Videos on YouTube and elsewhere page in Jazz Extras

  • 08/04/14 - I've just received the press release for the official Jazz Ascona programme if anybody is interested in a copy.

  • 08/04/14 - I am trying to locate the chords/sheet music for an old 20's tune EVERYTHING IS HOTSY TOTSY NOW. If any fellow musician has a copy they could let me have I would most grateful. - Charles Wilson,  email:  charleswilson10 * hotmail.com.

  • 08/04/14 - Band Marshall David Woonton shares hiss  memories of Terry Eastwood and the many jazz sessions he organised in Rochdale, on the Terry Eastwood tribute page.

  • 08/04/14 - Ian McCann's 4tothebar will be playing at the Travellers in Bredbury on 22nd April from 8.30pm. until 11.00pm.  Ian says, "I will be joined by Dave Parr, Mike Pembroke and Bill Smith.  On 3rd May we will be playing an afternoon session at the Devonshire Arms Mellor between 3.00pm. and 6.00pm. - hopefully outside in the Gazebo, weather permitting. On this occasion , Ged hone will be guesting on trumpet".

  • 07/04/14 - Hello Fred, Walter Love's Radio Ulster Jazz Club of Sunday 06.05.14 contained a feature on the Chris Barber Jazz Band from 1972-1979 during the second half hour of the programme - well worth a listen on BBC Radio Player.  - David Evans, Rhuddlan

  • 07/04/114 - Frank Slater (trombone) is the latest musician to join the deps list

  • 07/04/14 - The gig list for occasional jazz at The Latin Lounge, Southport, has been updated

  • 07/04/14 - Barrie Marshall has just rung to tell me about Radio 4's  Book of The Week, which he had just been listening to. It's "Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism".  Episode 1 is repeated tomorrow at 00:30 but it will be available on iPlayer soon, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qftk

  • 06/04/14 - Just one midweek daytime jazz event coming up this week. Martin Bennett's Old Green River Band start a new residency at The Cinnamon Club in Altrincham at 2pm on Thursday 10th April.

  • 06/04/14 - Two birthdays coming up this week - Mike Hayler & Matt Palmer share birthdays on Tuesday 6th Apr

  • 06/04/14 - This site started twenty years ago when few bands had their own sites. Whilst the layout of this site stayed simple, and data content carefully chosen to cater for the dial-up internet days, modern sites are able to take advantage of changing technology and faster download speeds.  With over 500 pages on the site, it's not something I would consider changing now, but where bands now have their own sites with significant additional information, I am replacing the page on my site with a window into the band's site. It also gets over the problem of having to ask bands to check and update my page information where necessary. The latest band pages to be updated in this manner are the Chicago Teddybears Society Jazz Band.

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  • 06/04/14 - Re Norman's comment, for those of us who are lucky enough to be going to the NO French Quarter Jazz Festival - I will try to get an 'interview' with Tuba Skinny to see what future plans they might have to visit these shores, and perhaps give them a bit of local advice about how the club circuit operates in the UK. - Barry Pryme DOVE JAZZ CLUB

  • 05/04/14 - In the first 'Jazz Hour' of this new month of April, Alun Jones will be including a theme from last year 'All That Trad' as he continues the crusade looking at the UK trad jazz scene and this week he'll be featuring the music of Mick Mulligan. "The superb vocals from 'Hot' Lips Page are recognised in a theme looking at 'Male Jazz Vocalists' plus I'll also have a 'showcase profile' of American tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. Add to that more of your requests and you'll get the idea it's going to be a packed programme. So join me at 9pm on Sunday for another 'Jazz Hour' here on Longside Radio http://uk1.internet-radio.com/start/longsideradio", says Alun.

  • 05/04/14 - Hello Fred, A reminder, next Sunday 13th April the Mart Roger Band is playing the monthly jazz session at the Pavilion Arts Centre in Buxton. Bar and food from 12.30pm, music 1.00 - 2.00pm. £5 on the door.  If anyone wants to hang around for an ice cream, weather permitting, there will be a local Brass Band on the Pavilion Gardens Bandstand from 2.00pm.  I also notice Mart Roger has a show booked as part of Buxton Festival Fringe in July. Mart did this a couple of years ago and it was a great session, always a good atmosphere at Festival time. Modesty prevents me from mentioning my own Fringe show, which is outside the scope of JNW anyway. - Sam Wood

  • 04/04/14 - Irrepressible busking duo Malcolm Hogarth and John Higham make a guest appearance at the special Good Friday Family Market at Neston.  The special market celebrates its management transfer to Neston Town Council.  Malcolm and John will be busking away most of the morning from 9.30, 18 April, Neston Market Square, outside Sainsbury's.

  • 04/04/14 - Anybody off to Devon for Easter?  Google has alerted me to an item in the Exmouth Journal today about a three day jazz festival at Budleigh Salterton. I see The Pedigree Jazz Band and Pete Allen All Stars are two of the bands that will be playing.

  • 04/04/14 - Following the disappointment of Tuba Skinny's failed UK tour, many of those who were showing interest in going to see them elsewhere can do just that, without going all the way to New Orleans French Quarter Festival ! It means a little trip to Brittany, but there is a very inviting offer with Brittany Ferries and discount on the weekend 'FestJazz' festival tickets. Every detail is well presented by going to :- http://tinyurl.com/psfp57j. There is a very good line up for the three days and includes The Swing Commanders'. Can't wait ! - Norman Gibson

  • 03/04/14 - Many thanks to all who we're lavish in their praise of our efforts with the Rae Owen's quintet at Overton on Friday last. An unexpected bonus was the guest appearance of local harmonica player Ben Ruth who was unfazed by the top quality company in which he found himself.  Our next "do" is on Friday 25th April same time same venue, when we are pleased to welcome that stalwart of traditional jazz - Mart Rodger with his 7-piece ensemble.  We urge all potential attendees to book a.s.a.p as another fullish house is envisaged. Book through Bob on 07957 800603  -  Rick Bradshaw

  • 03/04/14 - The gig list for The Shrimper at Southport has been updated

  • 02/04/14 - Yet another tribute has come in for Ray Hayes.  I feel cheated that I never got to hear him play

  • 01/04/14 -There were 6,925 visits to the web site last month.

  • 01/04/14 - The Harlem Hot Stompers are holding a Charity Jazz Night and Grand Raffle In memory of Tony Foulkes in support of East Cheshire Hospice at 8.30 pm on Thursday 22nd May 2014 at Didsbury Cricket Club, East Didsbury.  Tony led the Harlem Hot Stompers for over 40 years. He and his family were cared for and supported by East Cheshire Hospice in April 2013. The cost of running the hospice is £6,200 per day; all contributions to this wonderful charity will be gratefully received.   All enquiries Joan Foulkes joto29@talktalk.net 01663 743577

  • 01/04/14 - May I thank all those who sent get-well messages to me following my two operations last year - a laminectomy and a carcinoma removal - which, between them and subsequent convalescence, stopped me playing the piano for quite a few months. Just when I started back part-time with THE band, the Tame Valley Stompers, to add to my woes, I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in my right wrist. So, playing the piano is now as painful for me as it is for the audience! Meantime, I am looking for some lucrative part-time employment - any offers? - Noel Broadgate

  • 01/04/14 - A nice pat on the back for Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar -  "On behalf of the Chairman and all the Committee of the Codsall Arts Festival may I thank you and the band for a wonderful evening at Perton Community Centre .  The audience thought that your group provided one of the best jazz evenings that we have ever had. You were all excellent musicians but worked together superbly.  Our thanks will also have to go to Jill Dodds for recommending you.  We wish you well for the many gigs you have coming up. Kind regards - Judy Davies".

March 2014

  • 30/03/14 - The New Riverside Jazz Band start at their new venue this week, or rather I should say they return to an old one - The Wagon & Horses on St George's Quay, Lancaster on Thursday night.

  • 29/03/14 - Hi Fred I have to say Ric and Bob's first jazz event last night at Overton was well supported and a good all round success. Rae Owens brought along four of the country's finest, little John Tucker, Tom Kincaid, George Galway and Roy Williams. I feel David and I have given over our 'jazz baby' into good hands. - Norman Gibson

  • 29/03/14 - The April edition of Just Jazz Magazine has arrived and if you don't get a copy, you can check out what you're missing by looking at the front page and contents via Jazz Extras

  • 28/03/14 - The Ray Hayes tribute page has been significantly updated~ thanks to Jon Penn who sent in some photographs of historic interest. There are some faces that have not been identified so maybe you can help identify them?

  • 28/03/14 - This interesting email from Fred Plant - "Dear Fred, What a fabulous site with so many memories. 1951 and I worked at the CWS, Balloon Street, Manchester and the in house magazine at the time I recall was entitled 'Ourselves'. A front page photograph of one of the employees was that of Allan Ratcliffe (Clt) and inside a feature on the The Saints Jazz Band. I could never afford to go to The Grosvenor Hotel but I stood outside 'Wind, Rain and Hail) and because they were so great I could appreciate the sounds they produced. I lived in Prestwich at the time and I believe that Dizzy Burton lived above a local Photographers Shop.  I would stand outdoors to receive my (Trad Jazz) Musical Education listening to him practicing. All this led to me visiting Mamelocks on Oxford Road to purchase my first Trumpet - Besson Service Class with a very thin tone. National Service took me to Germany where we formed a Trad Band but sadly after demob and Night School Studies kept me too busy to continue 'blowing' by now a better standard trumpet. I'm now nearing 78 years of age but saw a B Flat Cornet in 'Poundland' in Bury the other day. It was a bargain price and I recklessly purchased it. It has a faulty (stuck) third valve. If anyone in the Prestwich/Whitefield area hears some rather rude trumpet sound (the embouchure has gone) blame it on the The Saints Jazz Band".

  • 27/03/14 - There is now a tribute page for Parade Marshall Terry Eastwood, which you can access via Remembering on the Jazz Extras Page

  • 27/03/14 - Last month, Terry Cheney, who produces the Jazz Guide booklet, read the item on my site about the lack of Lancashire gigs appearing, and made a special offer - A half page in the next issue to list any NEW or PAST advertising venues FREE OF CHARGE in the Lancashire area. Well that surprisingly  produced a very poor response, but true to his word Terry has put an advert in which includes a Cheshire and a Merseyside gig to fill up the available space. The new style colour Jazz Guide is well worth getting hold of and it's hard to understand why more Lancashire bands don't advertise in it.  Mind you I also set the question, "How many jazz clubs can you name in Lancashire that currently meet regularly (at least once a month), and one that calls itself a club, charges an admission, and has more than one band playing there.  My offer of a CD didn't bring forth any answers, so I can tell you it's NONE! (unless you know different)?

  • 27/03/14 - I've set Google to alert me when any new pages appear which mention 'Traditional Jazz'. This is what came up today http://tinyurl.com/q2384tk Well it wasn't wrong, but not what I was thinking of. They band is coming to Clitheroe if you must go.

  • 27/03/14 - Louis Lince is assisting Ruth (Mike Hazeldine's widow) in the disposal of the last tranche of Mike's books and is open to sensible offers. Louis can be contacted by email or telephone. He says, "The biggest bugbear is Post & Packing which I shall have to add to any offers accepted. Alternatively folk can come to my home in Romiley by appointment to view and/or pay and collect". Full details and the list of books can be found via the Sales Page.

  • 27/03/14 - I've just added a new photograph of the Pendle Jazzmen taken at their new residency - The Britannia Inn, near Blackburn. Their second session there will be on Sunday April 6th and starts at 1pm.  I'll try and make it there, hope you will too. These new venues can soon disappear unless we get out there and support the bands.

  • 27/03/14 - Dear Fred, I realise your site concentrates on traditional jazz, but, as you quite likely have people interested in Gypsy Jazz, could you post that we have now added a Quartet to our open day Sunday 30th. March at the Lancaster Boys and Girls Club , Dallas Road, Lancaster. LA1 1TP. A new band by Paris based Daniel John Martin and Liverpool guitarist Gary Potter. Those interested can get full details by visiting http://tinyurl.com/nerdwb4.
     

  • 27/03/14 - Val Kennedy tells me that there are still a few places left for Jazz at Allithwaite, and she's happy to take late bookings until 10 am on Saturday morning. It features Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar and the evening includes a light supper. Allithwaite is located near Grange Over Sands.  There are more details if you click here

  • 27/03/14 - Hi Fred,  Mart Rodger is sadly moving on, so from April we have Martin Bennett Old Green River Band at The Bowdon Rooms, The Firs, Bowdon, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2TQ on Thurs April 10th, Thurs May 22nd, Thurs June 19th and Thurs July 17th, all starting at 2pm - Neil D Hughes, www.thecinnamonclub.net 

  • 27/03/14 - The New Riverside Jazz Band returns to its old haunt, The Wagon and Horses on St. George's Quay, Lancaster, from Thursday 3rd April - 8.00pm start. Thanks to everyone who supported us at The Bowling Green, which has sadly fallen through as a venue. The Wagon will now be the venue for our regular 'first Thursday in the month' gigs. - Dave Bateman

  • 27/03/14 - Carol Andrews writes, "Hi Fred, I was trying to find some traditional jazz festivals or clubs, in or near Sheffield and was wondering if you could help.  Recently moved to this area and would love to find places to go to hear some Trad. Jazz. Maybe to incorporate it, with a holiday, in or around Cleethorpes. Thanks from Carol".  - Well I can't but I'm sure someone out there can. If so drop me a line to jazz.northwest@gmail.com
     

  • 26/03/14 - Two Saxophones and a trumpet have just gone on the sales page

  • 26/03/14 -  Re Gerry Clayton's message of 15/03/14 and stolen sax- Gerry has updated with - Baritone sax recovered by the local police and returned to our player....Thanks to those who shared the post in the first place

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  • 26/03/14 - Hello Fred,  A bit of travel journalism from the Buxton Lothario, recently returned from a trip to Cornwall which included two jazz gigs.   First was the regular Thursday night session by the Great Western Jazz Company at the Five Degrees West in Falmouth. This is a popular cafe-bar and a good mixed crowd were treated to some interesting arrangements and tight playing from the band. I did manage a sit-in this time, you may remember I declined the offer on my last visit - when my musical abilities were diminished by several pints of the excellent local beer.   On Sunday lunchtime I went to the 51 Club at the Smugglers, St Erth Praze. I hadn't checked the listings so it was a pleasant surprised to see Slide by Slide in action. Fronted by two Trombones this is an interesting departure from the "standard" line-up and works very well. I'll try to catch up with them again soon.  - Sam  Wood
     

  • 26/03/14 - Sale Conservative Club has been added to the jazz clubs web page

  • 26/03/14 -  Jeff Roberts writes, "Just to let any jazzers know that the amazing Wynton Marsallis with the Lincoln Centre Orchestra is appearing at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall on Monday 23rd June. Book now!"

  • 26/03/14 - One Google alert that did reach me abroad, was one pointing me to the Manchester Evening Post site and an article on the late Terry Eastwood at http://tinyurl.com/o6ydn8h . A phone message from Tony Sheldon when I got home tells me that Terry's funeral will take place on Monday 31st March at Milnrow Parish church (St. James) at 11am.  There will be a jazz band playing at the funeral and there will be a wake following where people can share their memories of Terry.

  • 26/03/14 - Back home from Tenerife and it's nose to the grindstone - Garden, greenhouse, and 169 emails to deal with, so bear with me and stand by for the News Updates. Just in time to wish a happy birthday to Richard Vernon today, Bert Schroeder tomorrow, and Edward Lloyd-Hughes, John Penn and Paul Munnery on Friday.

  • 15/03/14 - There will be no web site updates from 15th to 25th March

  • 15/03/14 - Hi, Fred, one of my friends has a a Baritone sax stolen. Could you please add to your news page. -  George Williamson 12:50pm Mar 14 asks, "Anyone hear of a Yamaha Baritone sax being hawked around the Fylde coast area of Lancashire, our Bari player had his stolen from our rehearsal room in St. Annes". - Many thanks, Gerry Clayton.  gerryclaytonbass@aol.com

  • 14/03/14 - The Funeral for Ray Hayes will be at Widnes Crematorium, Birchfield Rd, Widnes WA8 9EE at 11.30 on Monday March 17th. Afterwards at the Crown Inn close by . There will some refreshment but unfortunately not an opportunity for musicians to play. The family have asked if I could give an indication of numbers attending so it would be appreciated if you could ask anyone going, to email me on josephpenn@aol.com  or leave a message on either of the numbers below. - Jon Penn, J J Penn Field House Lodge Mannings Lane North Hoole Village Chester UK CH2 4EU. Tel: 01244 321570 Mob 07831 710558

  • 14/03/14 - Dear Fred,  I am putting on the Z’hulus again this year and tickets are now on sale!! The gist of the event is - NEW ORLEANS Z’HULUS, SUNDAY 01 JUN 2014. 2000 HRS, CLUB HULLEY’S (AZ Social Club) Hurdsfield, Macclesfield.  Licensed bar with reasonable prices. Ticket Cost £16 pp.  All seats reserved so you can sit with friends,. Groups are welcome to their own table for ten or twelve people. Advance booking only, further details or tickets from :-  Fraser McCombe,  “Le Vieux Carre” 7 Stratford Way, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 8XT, Tel 01625 429356, EMail, Fraser.mccombe@btinternet.com

  • 14/03/14 - Well, you can't get Tuba Skinny in the UK, but, you can get Evan Christopher, New Orleans clarinettist, who has contacted me and said he has dates between 14 - 18th July available for gigs, guesting or workshops. If you have any ideas on how we can use those dates, please contact me and I will pass them on to Evan. - Jeff Matthews (Jeffmatthews111@aol.com).

  • 13/03/14 -I'm so Sad and Sorry to hear of Terry Eastwood's passing, we knew each other for more than 30 years, His late wife Barbara together with Terry used to put us up at their home each time we can down to the Old Rochdale Jazz club with my Heritage Hall Stompers, They were always so kind. I always remember when some Guy came to the door and sold Barbara a photo taken from the air of their Street, She was always so pleased to point out their house in the picture. Terry !!! Well he said nowt, just looked.  We used to have some wonderful conversations over a little beverage or two or three depending on how late the evening was and how long the whiskey lasted !!!, Terry had so many wonderful stories about when he was in the RAF, and afterwards as a Sales Rep.   I shall Miss Terry Very Much (He was a One Off) Who can forget when you had finished one of his gigs when he used to say to the audience, Well give the lads a good hand, "They Have Done Their Best" Now Next week "We Have a Good Band" ha ha ha, Terry You were Wonderful "God Bless"  -   Brian Carrick

  • 13/03/14 - Very sad news, Fred. Terry Eastwood did a lot of the parades at Pakefied and Bracklesham. RIP.
     

  • 13/03/14 - JOHN HARES FUNERAL - The funeral of John hare took place at Roselawn Crematorium on Monday 10th March at 11.30am It was attended by over 150 mourners there to pay their respects to John, demonstrating how popular & respected person he was. John's daughter Jenny gave a moving tribute to her father & Leslie Brooks, Trevor Foster, Victor Staley,& Bill Dickson, provided some tasteful jazz during the service. Afterwards there was a reception at La Mon house hotel, where his daughter Jenny had arranged a slide show & a stand with photographs of John & his jazz Friends. Also there was a short tribute given about John's involvement in jazz. John will be sadly missed by all. - George Smyth E. B. J. C.
     

  • 13/03/14 - Hi Fred, That was a big surprise seeing Eric’s portrait and all of them. Jenks is a very talented chap.  I met Eric at The 50th Australian Jazz Convention in Melbourne in 1995. He was well liked and during the convention busked outside Myers Department store and other places round Melbourne. A fit and energetic chap was Eric. He has run many marathons playing that beautiful clarinet of his. I wish I had his vitality and gift for music.  - Ron Knight in Australia
     

  • 13/03/14 -  I just wanted to pass on a word of praise for "Jenks", not the MSG "Jenks" of yore in Manchester, but the one from the here and now - Dr. W. Jenkyn-Jones - who claims he isn't a painter, "just an amateur" and also propounds other self-demeaning phrases. I love his work! I was very impressed with his Vincent Van Gogh treatment of Nigel Carter's portrait. Terry Brunt, Ged Hone, Geoff Wilde, Stuart Renn and so many others are great portraits of instantly recognisable musicians.  What "Jenks" conveys in his images of musicians is everything that the musician in question looks like, and almost "sounds" like. Jenks builds in extra imagery and nuances that a seasoned professional wouldn't even consider, to tie in with the overall geographical background of the players. The images are so vivid, that he brings that person alive to us, in a photographical way. The colour tones are contoured in such a vivid way that we don't see a flat surfaced canvas, but a three-dimensional figure standing before us, who represent that very person, just as we know them personally. His contribution is one of the greatest assets we have in this great Jazz Community in the Northwest region; that is, apart from your own, unique and fabulous website, Fred.  That's all I want to say. Pictorial artists, especially those who donate their wonderful Art infrequently receive acknowledgement from the public. Praise where it is due. Every good wish for the continuance of both the above contributions. - Joe Silmon
     

  • 13/03/14 - If you are reading this on your web browser, scroll down to February and you'll see I've added a photograph of Norman & Dave's farewell jazz night at Overton.  The Hot Five" at the back are Trevor Whiting, Nick Ward, Richard Vernon, Thomas 'Spats' Langham and Keith Nichols. The front line Team Derek, Meryl, Norman, David, Gudrun, Graham and Maureen. Click on the photograph for a larger version.

  • 12/03/14 - Hi Fred, go to www.fest-jazz.com/la-programmation  and you will see Tuba Skinny is now listed for appearance at the French Chatenouf de Faou jazz festival 25 to 27 July. Final confirmation was made late today. Meryl and I have accommodation already reserved and just need to get travel details sorted. Well and truly chuffed ! - Norman Gibson. 
     

  • 12/03/14 - Dear Fred,  I saw Ed O’Donnell playing with Bob Barclay’s Yorkshire Jazz Band at the Houldsworth Hall on Deansgate, Manchester. This was sometime between 1950 and 1952 and the performance was super. The concerts in Houldsworth Hall were most informative for we teenagers and I remember seeing Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band, Chris Barber’s King Oliver style band plus many others. My friend and trumpet player Peter Eccles and myself were taken to those concerts by his sister and her boyfriend.  - Mart Rodger
     

  • 12/03/14 - Your readers may be interested to know that there is a video of Ed`s funeral band, made up of a motley crew of trans--Pennine jazzers of a certain age, to be found at http://tinyurl.com/n9s2v2t. - Peter Cridland, late of the Ed O`Donnell band.

  • 12/03/14 - I hear today that the Internet is 25 years old this year.  My web site is 20 years old this year. Little did I realise at the time how close I was to the start of a major technical revolution.

  • 11/03/14 - 'Norman Gibson has put a reply to John Muskett's survey report. He suggests an answer to John's question in the 'Upbeat section' of Doom and Gloom.

  • 11/03/14 - Mart Rodger has written to the band's fans - "Thank you for your continued support and we will be playing our final afternoon at The Cinnamon Club on Monday March 24th. We have enjoyed
    playing the sessions there. I hope you can make it to our new venue.  I had some advice from local jazz friends about parking problems and departure problems related to The Belmore Hotel on Brooklands Road, Sale so I have called off our sessions there.   With the help of one of the Timperley Jazz Friends I have found the following which is a super room:-  Branksome Function Suite,  Altrincham Masonic Hall,  36, Clay Lane,  TIMPERLEY. WA15 7AB.   The afternoons there will be just the same with times 2.00 to 4.30pm  admission £6 and the dates will be the fourth Thursday each month from April 24th to November 27th but December 25th will not fit in for some reason.  I hope to find an alternative December date.  Best Regards to you all"

  • 11/03/14 - Hi Fred, I’ve noted your appeal for information on both regular events and events in Lancashire.  I know that we are a slightly larger ensemble than those that you usually cater for, but the spirit and music at the events is very similar. As it happens we fill both criteria, being regular and situated in Lancashire.  The Starlight Swing Orchestra (five brass, five reeds and four rhythm) play on the first Friday every month at St Peter’s Club, Eaves Lane, Chorley. Our April 2014 night is actually our 10th anniversary concert. We are, for this special occasion, augmenting the orchestra with fifteen string players and a jazz Harp. The arrangements that include violins and ‘cellos are very old fashioned including one or two arrangements recorded by Jack Hylton before the 2nd World War. Everyone is welcome – more details are available on our website www.starlightswingorchestra.co.uk  see both the events page and the special 10th anniversary page.
     

  • 11/03/14 - Another of Jenks painting has been added to the gallery.  This time it's a painting of clarinetist Eric Newton. You can access Jenks' Gallery via Jazz Extras.

  • 11/03/14 - So you think you know everything there is to know about Traditional/Classical/New Orleans jazz? Impress your friends and guess the name of the following musician. First to respond with the right name and the musicians expanded bio will be featured in our next Hand Dodger. Good luck! Mystery Musician #5: Born 1906 in St. Louis; clarinet and alto sax; played with Herbert Berger, Red McKenzie, Bobby Hackett; eccentric.  Your answer, home town and state please to stanvincent3511@verizon.net

  • 11/03/14 - On 11/02/14, Tony Pringle set a brain teaser in his hand dodger which I mentioned on here.  It would appear I missed an important part of the question, "Who is the Mystery Musician #4: Born 1905 in Nashville, trumpet, played with Chick Webb, Marcelino Guerra, Cab Calloway and the New Black Eagle Jazz Band".  Sorry about that.  This is the answer -  "Last month's Mystery Musician contest produced many responses from as far away as England (John Dunlop and Malcolm Holland) and Alaska (Larry Bennett), a dozen of whom correctly named Doc Cheatham. However, our longtime friend Ron L'Herault was the only one who noticed that, in addition to coming up with the name, the winner had to include a brief bio of the musician. Congratulations, Ron!".   This month's teaser in full coming up next.

  • 11/03/14 - Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz are playing at Goostrey Village Hall this Saturday, 15th March, and there are plenty of tickets left.  Info is on the Events list on Mart's website at  www.manchesterjazz.co.uk

  • 11/03/14 - News has just come in from Carole Fletcher that The Jackson Square Parade Band  Marshall, Terry Eastwood died on Friday 7th March.  Carole says, "I don't know any details yet, but he had not been well for some time but was at Rochdale Jazz three weeks ago for Frog Island. Terry was Mr Jazz in Rochdale for many years, starting the club and running everything himself with the help of his late wife Barbara. I expect he will have a Jazz funeral as he organized many of them himself.  He tried to get me to book mine with him a few years ago but I told him I wasn't going yet!".

  • 10/03/14 - Terry Birkinhead has sent me some photographs of the Savoy Jazzmen's Mardi Gras assembly at Lansbury Bridge & Sports College, St. Helens, last Wednesday, 5th March. It is a school for 'special needs' children, most of them autistic, and there were 200 of them in the hall. You can read Terry's write-up here

  • 10/03/14 - Hi Fred,  We have been obliged to make a last minute change of venue for this week's gig, from Ayr Rugby Club to The Mercure Hotel, Dalblair Road, Ayr. KA7 1UG - Stuart McLean

  • 10/03/14 - Just to let you know the River City Jazz Band have recently changed their regular venue - very much for the better too! They have been playing at the  Conwy & District Royal British Legion, 8 Church Street, Aberconwy. 01492 593 335 9 - 11pm on Wednesdays.  At this excellent venue there is a useful sized dance floor and a warm and pleasant atmosphere. Hope this will enable you to keep your excellent web-site up to date. - Martin Snow.

  • 08/03/14 - There is now a tribute page to Ray Hayes on the site. You can access it via Remembering on jazz Extras

  • 08/03/14 - A friend of mine, Bob Calvert, knowing my interest in traditional jazz, has sent me a link to a positive treasure trove of music. He said, "While looking for something else I came across a collection of 78 RPM records and Wax Cylinder recordings at Archive.org. Some of them are old Jazz recordings by folk even I have heard of".    It's not had a mention on my site before, so possibly it's new to some of you too -  http://tinyurl.com/nwx8zrg

  • 08/03/14 - Daytime gigs this coming week include the Savoy Jazzmen at Leasowe Golf Club, Leasowe Road, Moreton, Wirral. at 12 noon on Monday, and Annie's Saint & Sinners on the same day, but a little later at 2pm at The Dog & Partridge, Bollington.

  • 08/03/14 - Many Happy Returns today to Mart Rodger and Colin Smith, and then at the other end of the week it's a Happy Birthday to Amy Roberts next Saturday.

  • 07/03/14 - A rather unique twist to the Tuba Skinny UK Tour story, check out  http://playing-traditional-jazz.blogspot.co.uk/

  • 07/03/14 - On the 25/02/14 I mentioned that Norman and David had carried out a survey at their jazz venue on what makes a successful jazz evening?  John Muskett has kindly gone through the slips that were returned and has  produced a report which you can see by clicking here

  • 06/03/14 - Over over 200 Chris Barber recordings have just gone on the Sales Page which you can access via Jazz Extras on the main menu

  • 06/03/14 - Hi Fred,  The family have asked me sell Ray Hays' instruments, CDs and Vinyl's and his jazz library of books. This will take some time to prepare but would be obliged if you could let your subscribers know". - Jon Penn, CH2 4EU. tel 01244 321570,  Mob 07831 710558

  • 06/03/14 - Many Happy Returns of the day tomorrow, to Roy Williams (trombone), born in Salford on March 7th 1937. Roy began his playing career when he was spotted by the Southside Stompers and recruited by them as a trombone player, when at the tine he was playing piano with a band in Bolton led by trumpeter Bill Robinson. He was only with us a short time and then he joined Eric Batty’s Jazz Aces, a local group. Soon afterwards he joined Terry Lightfoot and matured rapidly in both technique and ideas until, in 1965, he was invited to join Alex Welsh.

  • 06/03/14 - John Hare was one of those guys everyone could say 'He's a lovely, lovely man' and really mean it. He was a jazz man through and through, and it was a pleasure to meet up with him on visits back 'home' to NI. He stayed over with us a couple of years back when he came over for one our Jazz Nights at Overton, and we had drinks with David and Gudrun when John had some craic demonstrating his skills on David's drum kit and bongos. At the time I left for England in 1958, John was the drummer with a skiffle band 'The Vultures'. He will be greatly missed, especially by George Smyth, as John was instrumental in the rise and rise of East Belfast Jazz Club. Long may the club be successful in his memory. - Norman & Meryl Gibson

  • 05/03/14 - Hi Fred,  Just to let you know that there is an upcoming concert in Glossop which your readers may be interested in.  It is at Old Glossop Parish Church on March 29th at 7.30pm.  The them is 'The Great American Songbook' but with a strong Louis Armstrong flavour!  Darren Lloyd Jazz quartet.  It is in aid of High Peak Women's aid! - Darren Lloyd

  • 05/03/14 - There's a Jazz Night coming up, entitled ‘Swingin’ That Music’,  by The Jazz Gentlemen at Unison Social Club, Bishop Road, St Helens, WA10 6SX, on Saturday March 29th, 8 – 10 30 pm. Tickets are £7, available from Keith Allcock, or pay on the door. All proceeds will go to St Helens Sinfonietta.

  • 05/03/14 - Sue Povall writes, "I saw Billy today and brought him back to my house for a cup of tea as I live very near to home.  He was in good fettle I'm glad to say although not sure about all my cats (we have six)!  Sorry to hear about Ray Hayes. I did keep in touch but, to my shame, not as often as I should have. I think the last time we spoke was around Christmas time. I do hope to go to the funeral. The sins of omission are often the worst. 

  • 05/03/14 - George Smyth writes from East Belfast Jazz Club, "I regret having to pass on the news that John Hare, committee member & secretary of our club, has lost his battle with cancer. He passed away this morning at 6.30am in Marie Curie hospice.  Messages of condolence can be addressed to his daughter Mrs. Jenny McNally 1 Clover Dale Road Lisburn. Co. Antrim. Funeral details will be announced later.
     

  • 05/03/13 - Terry Cheney, who produces the Jazz Guide booklet, read the item on my site about the lack of Lancashire gigs appearing, and has made a special offer - A half page in the next issue to list any NEW or PAST advertising venues FREE OF CHARGE in the Lancashire area. First come, first served. Contact Terry at terry@thejazzguide.co.uk.   To match Terry's offer, I've decided to compile a sample CD of NW bands past and present, and send it to the person who can accurately answer this question, "How many jazz clubs can you name in Lancashire that currently meet regularly (at least once a month)"?  A good question might be what defines a jazz club?  Well for the sake of this competition, one that calls itself a club, charges an admission, and has more than one band playing there.

  • 04/03/13 - Dear Fred, It is great sadness that I have to report the death of Ray Hayes at his home in Runcorn. I was due to take him out for lunch yesterday March 3rd his 72nd birthday and was unable to get any response from him at his apartment there. The Property manageress gained access to his flat and paramedics were called and appeared that he had died in bed sometime on the 2nd March. He had not been well for several years suffering from gout and diabetes. The stress caused by his financial problems has not been good for him.  I shall always remember him as single minded jazz musician totally dedicated to the clarinet playing of Jimmie Noone & Johnny Dodds.  I last saw him 4 weeks ago when he came with me to see the Harlem Hot Stompers session at the Rochdale Jazz Club on Sunday February 2nd. where I was depping for John Reade.  I suspect there will have to be a coroners report and will keep you posted as to any funeral arrangements. - Jon Penn

  • 04/03/14 - Many Happy Returns of the day today to reed player and vocalist - Rosie Harrison

  • 03/03/14 - I've just been told, "Those Park Hotel Lindy Hop sessions stopped ages ago". I'm grateful for that information, but that’s the problem with free advertising, If they were paying to advertise on my site, I’d take them off when the money stopped, but then if people had to pay it wouldn’t be as comprehensive. Take Jazz Guide, an excellent magazine and there’s lots of venues in there, but how many venues don’t pay to appear in it? There’s only one venue in the whole of Lancashire on a Sunday according to the current issue.  You can’t win unless you let me know if you see a regular event in What's On that's no longer happening, so please take a minute to let me know.

  • 02/03/14 - The Savoy Jazzmen will be playing for 150 pupils at the special Mardi Gras assembly at the school on Wednesday morning and a lively carnival atmosphere is anticipated with the children all taking part in a ' New Orleans' parade - Terry Birkinhead

  • 02//03/14 - Only one mid week daytime event for your pleasure this week. The Savoy Jazzmen are once again in the Palm House in Sefton Park, Liverpool on Tuesday starting at 2pm, admission just £5

  • 02/03/14 - I don't have any birthdays to announce this week, unless you know any different?

  • 01/03/14 - Next Saturday, 8 March at 7.45pm, in Parbold, Wigan,  New Orleans Wiggle Jazz Band and Marilyn Middleton are playing and singing ‘Songs from the Delta’ – an evening of traditional Mississippi jazz, blues and spirituals. Tickets: £12 / £5 Young Persons and Students. Box Office: 01257 498452 or 01257 462382 www.parbolddouglasmusic.org

  • 01/03/14 - Dear Fred, It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Tony Evans banjo player with the Tunnel City Jazzmen and the Savoy Jazzmen back in the 1960's and 70's.   Tony was always a valuable member of the rhythm section driving the band along. He was always enthusiastic about our music and keen to rehearse.  His funeral is at 3 p.m. Wednesday 5th March at Springwood Crematorium, Springwood Avenue, Liverpool. L25 7UN.  Condolences to Cathy ,Colin & family.  -  Peter Swensson. The Savoy Jazzmen.

     


    February 2014

  • 28/02/14 - Peter Robinson writes, "I have been running a jazz club here in Stoke on Trent for the last 2 years. Quite a few of the N.W. musicians appear here and I was wondering if you could link to my site - www.jazzjumble.co.uk. There is also some info about other jazz in the Potteries".   Job done Peter

  • 27/02/14 - As reported on this site on 14th Feb, legendry Leeds trombonist and band Leader Ed O’Donnell died in his sleep on Thursday 13th February. The Requiem Mass will be at 10.00am on Tuesday 4th March at the Our Lady Of Lourdes church - 130 Cardigan Lane Leeds LS6 3BJ.  The cremation service will be at 11.40 at Lawns wood Crematorium, Otley Road (A660), Adel, Leeds LS16 6AH. A New Orleans Style parade band will escort the hearse up to the chapel and play outside as the coffin is carried into the chapel and again as the congregation leaves.  A wake will be held afterwards at Armley Conservative Club on Armley Ridge Road Leeds LS12 3LE.  Please refer any enquiries to Don Macpherson (0113 2947151).  More details about Ed here

  • 27/02/14 - For the David and Norman farewell night at Overton Keith Nichols and Spats and Co did us proud with a superb night of jazz in their inimitable style. We had a full house with over 120 present and not a dry seat in the hall! It now remains to be seen if we can maintain the tempo.....with Rae Owens , Roy Williams, George Galway and guests. 28th March Friday is our next night of jazz at THE MEMORIAL HALL....at OVERTON...........Tickets are going fast ..  Contact Rick on 01524 401660 or 07880613175 ....or Bob on 07957800603 - Rick Bradshaw (click on picture for larger version).
     

  • 26/02/14 - I've just discovered the delightful piece Moroccan Blues on your website. Thank you for cheering me up after some bad news, and congratulations to the pianist and 100 year old drummer!  Jazz is still alive down here with the Blue Rhythm Kings and the Jazz Pilgrims who play regular gigs for us - John Henry , Whitstable

  • 25/02/14 - I've spent the last three days updating all the music tracks on the site. Some were put on when space was tight and people were downloading on dial-up at 75Kbit/s so file size rather than quality was the priority of the day. Also when they were first uploaded, web browsers didn't have the facility to display music players by default, and so I had to resort to Adobe Flash and Microsoft code to create the players instead.  Unfortunately this usually meant that people with Phones, Tablets, Apple Macs, iPods and iPads couldn't see or hear them. Even people using web browsers like Firefox had to download a plug-in to enable them to listen. The latest web browsers incorporating HTML5 can now display music players and play music with just three short lines of code, so I've downloaded and converted all the files and code then re-uploaded them.  I hope many more people can now hear the tracks on the site, and the only people who may have problems are those with older computers  who haven't updated their web browsers and possibly Firefox users.  Let me know if things have changed for you.

  • 25/02/14 - In the latest discussion topic (Upbeat - The Answer to Doom & Gloom) initiated by Norman Gibson, John Muskett asked if Norman had advice to musicians on how bands might make a wider impact? Not wishing that he and David Wellock should 'blow their own trumpet', they left it with their audience to answer at their last event at Overton, near Heysham, which featured the Keith Nichols Hot Five. They asked them to answer the question, "Why have your jazz evenings been so successful"? The answers were written on notes that were placed in envelopes and then sealed by the audience. Those sealed envelopes arrived at my house today, but due to lack of time I shall be passing them on to John Muskett and hopefully John will tell us his conclusion of the 28 notes submitted.

  • 24/02/14 - Four to the bar will be playing again at the Travellers Call, 402 Stockport  Rd West, Bredbury. SK6 2DT on Tuesday 18th March from 8.30pm until 11.00pm. Ian McCann will be joined by Dave Parr, Mike Pembroke and Bill Smith. Ian is hoping this may turn out to be a regular monthly session.

  • 24/02/14 - Susan Reid-Povall, vocalist with the Parade Jazz Band tells me that Billy Edwards is in Pensby Hall Residential Home, 347 Pensby Road, Pensby, Wirral CH61 9NE - Tel: 0151 648 9730. She says, "I understand he will stay there for a couple of months as long as he likes it".  Unfortunately Susan has her arm in plaster so hasn't been able to drive for a month, but she has seen him now, and tells me, "I asked whether or not he minded be broadcasting his situation and said he was quite happy for me to do that".

  • 24/02/14 - Norman Gibson has been trying to negotiate a date for Tuba Skinny to appear at Lancaster, but as they say. 'All's quiet on the Western Front!'!  You can read Norman's statement on the Lancaster Boys & Girls Club page  via NW Jazz Clubs

  • 23/02/14 - My thanks to Gilbert & Julie Petrie for inviting us to be their dinner guests at The Talbot Hotel in Southport last night during one of their jazz weekend events. The Jive Aces were the main act, the first ever band to reach the semi finals of Britain's Got Talent in 2012. An energetic relatively young band that certainly provided a lively evening and went down extremely well. An equally excellent warm-up act was our own Rae Owens giving a solo performance on guitar and banjo, and who had the audience in stitches with his jokes and humorous stories. I've only ever seen Rae play bass before, usually with the Chicago Teds, and I was amazed to see him equally at home on these other string instruments, he's obviously one very talented musician.

  • 22/02/14 -  I passed on this YouTube video to Peter Butler http://youtu.be/DT4Hhw9a7AQ (it makes a change from Tuba Skinny) , and Peter replied by asking, "Any way of finding out what has become of The Smoking Time Jazz Club and Chance and Laura since?".

  • 22/02/14 - You can travel in daylight to two jazz sessions this week. On Wednesday Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar will be playing at The North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood at 12 noon on Wednesday, and Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz will be playing at The Cinnamon Club in Bowden at 2pm on Thursday.

  • 22/02/14 - Many Happy Returns of the day tomorrow to Frank Slater (tbn) and to Jamie Brownfield (tpt) on Wednesday 26th.

  • 21/02/14 -  Well North East of the North West, but somebody out there might be able to help.  Brian Smith is writing a book - 'Redcar Jazz Club- The Journey and its Milestones' and is ooking for anybody who may have detail, particularly re - the 1961 Jazz Festival at Redcar. Or if anybody has any detail of their times at the Redcar Jazz Club. Brian ran the club from 1965 -73 when it closed down. The book will a chapter detailing peoples memories / anecdotal comments, with acknowledgement. You can contact Brian at brianesmith@sky.com

  • 21/02/14 - There was an item today in the "i" newspaper that is perhaps worthy of a mention on your "news" page!  "Scientists at the Johns Hopkins University in Maryland have found that Jazz players activate parts of their brain normally associated with spoken language, and that improvisation activates brain areas linked to syntactic language processing : interpreting the structure of phrases and sentences".
    Perhaps the best response is in the title "Hear me talkin' to ya"!   I am now resident in Lydney, Gloucestershire, and once our efforts to make our new home more comfortable are complete, I shall be exploring opportunities for "syntactic language processing " with my Bass ! I guess my contribution to Jazz over the last 30 years has not gone completely un-noticed as the opportunity of one or two re-unions in the North-West later this year is something to look forward to! I shall certainly continue to be a keen reader of www.jazznorthwest.co.uk !  Best regards - Roy Cansdale

     

  • 21/02/14 - Hi Fred,  I have been listening to Jazz Clubs Worldwide as suggested by Pete Maguire. It was interesting. Of the 5 albums featured the one with the most votes, Alvin Roy, was the most straightforward and swinging. I was I intrigued by Jazz Goa until that monotonous jazz-fusion rhythm kicked in. Antonio Flinta's album was nicely played but sounded like a '60's modern group, Miles or Herbie Hancock for example ( is this trad for cool cats ) ! For my sins I used to have a band like Al Orkesta 40yrs. ago It was tremendously enjoyable and opened up new horizons. The point I am trying to make is that jazz doesn't seem to have progressed all that much in the last 50yrs. after the huge explosion of talent and ideas in the first 50yrs. No doubt there will be someone I have forgotten but, hey ! - Moe Green

  • 19/02/14 - We would just like to let all the jazz fans out there know that we still have a few tickets left for the jazz on Saturday 22nd February at Bollington Arts Centre, Bollington, Macclesfield. It promises to be a super night as we have the return of the Brownfield/Byrne Hot Six - a young band which just gets better and better. Our regulars are delighted that we have invited them back but we would love to introduce them to more jazz fans who would appreciate their quality and enthusiasm. For details or tickets ring Bernard or Carole on 01625-574410. Thanks again Fred for all your hard work. - Bernard & Carole Selby.

  • 19/02/14 - Re Marilyn Middleton, the thing is - by making a mistake, more publicity was generated (and it seems, much steam from Mr Royle) so whilst I acknowledge my mistake I cannot regret it. Hope to see you there Ian. - Richard Lord

  • 18/02/14 - Doom & Gloom and The Upbeat Answer continue to attract attention in both camps

  • 18/02/14 - "There's a new feature on Jazz Clubs Worldwide http://tinyurl.com/nl6yn4u", writes Peter Maguire "Each month  five albums are presented with tracks submitted by groups and musicians worldwide. Take a little time out to listen and rate them. The track that has the highest number of votes at the end of each month will get a full page album promotion for a period of one month - free. The styles presented are of course very different. But for me this is in line with the way I look at jazz: Jelly Roll Morton to John Coltrane and beyond (so long as it swings!)   For me its all jazz".

  • 18/02/14 - News item 12/02/14  - Marilyn Middleton Pollock (Mellor) is a native of CHICAGO for heavens sake. I worked with her and Steve Mellor for a few years recording a CD for 'Lake' and performing on the 'Red Hot and Blue' BBC shows from Pebble Mill Studios. - Ian Royle. Thanks Ian, I don't always have time to check what I'm sent, but then should I have to? - Fred
     

  • 18/02/14 - My sister sent me this interesting cutting from the Burnley Express - a letter from Sweden. - PENDLE JAZZMEN - Superb band : -  I am Swedish and live in Sweden together with my English wife, Christine, who was born in Burnley where my father-in-law still lives. When we visited him at the beginning of February this year he took us to the pub Inn on the Wharf to have a drink and, once again, to see The Pendle Jazzmen play. We always try to see this band when we visit Burnley. It consists of six really good jazz musicians playing superb old good jazz music. Just as before we had a really joyful evening together with the rest of the audience and this time we took photographs to share with our friends back in Sweden. The instruments and band members were the band leader Colin (drums), Frank (bass), Mike (guitar/banjo), Colin (slide trombone), Stuart (trumpet and teller of the bad jokes) and John (clarinet/saxophone) and the songs were old good jazz numbers. A local busker, a saxophone player, joined in for a couple of songs. We are so impressed and happy that Burnley has a jazz band this good. We do not see many of them in Sweden. We will once again go back to listen to them at the Inn on the Wharf next time we are in Burnley. I think they play at the pub every Thursday. - Lasse Lilljequist, Sweden
     

  • 18/02/14 - George Smyth from Belfast is someone else who is upbeat about the future of jazz. His comments added to the Upbeat Discussion

  • 18/02/14 - Hi Fred, Today is the 20th Anniversary of the Black Horse Jazzmen and to celebrate we have invited Sam Lawrence, who played brass bass with us at the start aged 15yrs, to augment the band at the Lion Settle playing a brilliant lead guitar. The band plays every Tuesday 8.0 pm to 10.30 pm at The Lion in Duke Street Settle -- close to the Market Place. For information phone Peter Boswell on 01729 822400 or The Lion on 01729 822203.

  • 17/02/14 - Peter Butler (jazzandjazz.com) has sent me a link to the Shropshire Star where there is a write-up on drummer Cliff Crockett who recently celebrated his 100th birthday by playing 'just another gig'.

  • 17/02/14 - It's Sunday 16th February 2014 and the sun is shining, the rain has stopped, and I only have to do things like swim across the drive to the car. So I thought with all this good news about, let's make another contribution to your Doom and Gloom section. - Malcolm Hogarth

  • 15/02/14 - "Hi Fred, I don't know if I missed it on your site, but I noticed on Facebook that Brian Herbert, guitarist/banjo player died on Feb.7th.  Brian played with many bands including Ed O'Donnell, White Eagles Jazz Band, Jim Wilkes Stompers, & Winstone's Penine Jazz", writes a site visitor.  A double check on Facebook and Keith Shone writes, "R.I.P. Mr Brian Herbert who sadly lost his fight with cancer on Friday 7th February 2014. A great musician and a great man. It has been a privilege to be his friend and share his music! ".

  • 15/02/14 - Dear Fred, Please would you let everyone know that John Paddon Died on Tuesday morning his funeral details are on the following web site http://www.louthjazzclub.org.uk/  kind regards, Peter Cooke

  • 15/02/14 - Just one mid week daytime jazz event, which is the High Society Jazz Band who will be performing at Carnforth Railway Station at 12-30pm on Friday 21st.

  • 15/02/14 - Many Happy Returns on Wednesday to ex Smoky City Band leader and jazz vocalist Sheila Collier, now living in Helsingborg, Sweden, with her husband Lasse Karlsson and singing with the Lasse Karlsson Jazz Band.

  • 14/02/14 - Immensely sad news from this side of the Pennines, Fred. Ed O'Donnell passed away, in his sleep, yesterday (Thursday). He led his own band for more than 60 years, performing in scores of venues in the Leeds' area and farther afield, never deviating from the New Orleans' style and entertaining not only as trombonist and vocalist but as a great character. He was a member of the Yorkshire Jazz Band in the late-Forties and co-founder of the White Eagles Jazz Band. He had a fund of stories to tell about his spell in 1953 with Ken Colyer, sharing digs in London with his mate, Acker Bilk. Had he lived, he was due to play in Bingley next week. There's a great spirit gone. - Andrew Liddle

  • 14/02/14 - Jon Critchley has some great jazz books for sale, and he's offered to give all proceeds to jazznorthwest running expenses. You can find them in the Sales section via Jazz Extras

  • 14/02/14 - "In recent years there has been a sad dearth of jazz venues in North East Lancashire area", writes Colin Mason. "The KSC Club in Nelson hosts the Forest Jazz Band every Monday evening and The Pendle Jazzmen appear every Thursday (8.30p.m. – 11p.m.) at the Inn on the Wharf, in Burnley. In order to attract previous - and new – friends from the Accrington/Blackburn area the Pendle Jazzmen will be starting regular “First Sunday in the Month” sessions at the Britannia Inn, Haslingden Old Road, Oswaldtwistle (01254 679744). These will be on Sunday lunch-times, 1.00p.m. to 3.00p.m. , starting on 2nd March. Should these sessions prove successful it is planned to continue them well into the future.  An extensive menu is available at very reasonable prices – all served with care and courtesy in warm, busy but comfortable surroundings.   Everyone is welcome and admission is free!

  • 14/02/14 - Hi Fred, not lunchtime trad, but maybe a possibility for those who don't want to travel much later in the day. Gentle mainstream jazz in Dobbies Garden Centre Tea Room (not musical wallpaper) in Southport. Thursdays 5-7pm.  Attached is a list of the current programme

  • 14/02/14 - WIRRAL JAZZ FRIENDS present 'PUT A SPRING IN YOUR STEP' JAZZ NIGHT for CLAIRE HOUSE CHILDRENS' HOSPICE. At Heswall Royal British Legion, Pensby Road. Friday 7th MARCH 2014 7.30 to 11.00 pm. As always there will be a brolly parade and ladies are welcome to bring their parasols. Please come to this very special night, dance if you wish, listen and enjoy yourselves and support Claire House, we have raised £37,700 so far - Clive Edwards

  • 14/02/14 - Dear Fred, As Lancastrians now living down south we were thrilled to hear some superb jazz, with a good sprinkling of northern humour, at Chichester Jazz Club last Friday evening (7 February) along with a very appreciative audience of some130 people. The band? The Savannah Jazz Band, which we had never seen before, on its first visit to Chichester. Truly a fantastic evening! -- Brian and Patricia Parker.

  • 14/02/14 - "It's beginning to sound like a lot of grumpy old men moaning about everything and living in the past", writes Jon Critchley in the Upbeat Discussion

  • 14/02/14 - Seems I did write to D & G on Orangemen's Day 2012, but it was on a positive note (don't shoot me) I see now you have a correspondent directing you to a site with a 'cemetery' of dead jazz clubs. More D & G ! Maybe someone can direct us to a 'maternity site' listing where new born jazz clubs have been brought into this world. That would have more meaning than worrying about the past. - Norman Gibson. See Upbeat

  • 13/02/14 - Hi Fred , best wishes from Switzerland , a democracy that can still vote to say Up You, EU. I suppose this is a bit doomy , but there is a website dedicated to “Lost London Jazz Venues” brings a lot of happy memories back, plus sadness that they aint there no more. Anybody visiting Surrey (if it is still there) can go to the Berrylands Hotel, Surbiton, on a Thursday night, to hear Brian Whites Magna Jazzband. Its at the top of the Hill, so Lakeside Jazz is possible. - Chris Mitchell

  • 12/02/14 - Fred my friend, I do not think I have ever contributed to your 'Doom and Gloom' section (you have permission to shoot me if I have !) For many years my favourite word was bxxxxxxs, but my new favourite, I came across some years ago, is 'kvetch' ( readers can look it up for themselves). Through the coaxing from your news page, I have reluctantly had a quick look and realise both my words could be adequately used with respect to most of it ! I would love to see the like of Jim McIntosh's reaction if you were send him all the comments you have posted over the years. Being very much a positive believer all this moaning depresses me. My advice to you Fred would be to shut it down or, at very least, start a countering section where many of us upbeat jazzers can project a happy front. If this offends some of your kvetches so be it. This promoter is 'not for changing,' to quote a well known, but gladly gone, whinger. - Norman Gibson.  Good idea Norman, job done, click here

  • 12/02/14 - Hi Fred. I know you’re Jazz Northwest but there is some sad news from over here in Lincolnshire.  John Padden, New Orleans trumpeter through and through, aged 89, has gone to the big band in the sky. He passed away yesterday in the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston Lincolnshire. Funeral to be held at Alford Crem. on 24th Feb at 11 am  He was widely known and we think that some of the Northwest lads would have played alongside him in the past.  - Rita Jones

  • 12/02/14 - Just to let you know that the landlord of the Egerton, Chelford has decided that he would like us to play less frequently so Annie's Saints & Sinners next gig is not until Friday April 25th.  Also we are playing at the Wharf Pub, Brook Street, Macclesfield on Friday April 18th. We still have our practice/jam session at the Dog and Partridge, Bollington on the second Monday of the month between 2pm and 4pm and we play at Macclesfield Treacle Market on the last Sunday of the month. - Annie Cousin

  • 12/02/14 - I had an email the other day from Philip Cakebread to tell me he had received his latest newsletter from the University of the 3rd Age (U3A),  with a note attached advertising a jazz event at Mill Rythe Holiday Village on Hayling Island, featuring Tuba Skinny. It now seems that this was a printing error, but have yet to see a correction from U3A.  Peter Butler at www.jazzandjazz.com  tells me he has just received a statement from the band which reads - " Hello Jazz and Jazz fans!  -  We thank you for your interest and excitement to be having us play in the UK. We can't wait to perform for you and are doing all we can to make this happen. Please bare with us for an update soon!  - Tuba Skinny." You can read this statement and the latest Tuba Skinny news on Peter's site at http://tinyurl.com/ndpq46b If you want to get hold of their latest CD, then check out Playing Traditional Jazz blog by Ivan, an elderly gent in Nottingham.

  • 12/02/14 - I am pleased to say that Canadian born jazz singer Marilyn Middleton Mellor (formerly Pollock) is briefly back on the jazz scene performing 2 concerts with New Orleans Wiggle in Lancashire in March.  On Saturday March 8th from 7.45pm we are playing for Parbold Douglas Music Society in the well appointed village hall at Newstead, Stoney Lane, Parbold WN8 7AF for a concert entitled ‘Songs from the Delta’.  Contacts for tickets are www.parbolddouglasmusic.org  tel. 01257 498452 or 462382.   On Sunday 9th March we are playing with Marilyn for Rochdale Jazz Club from 8pm at Newtown National Club, Nixon Street, Manchester Road, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 3JN. Contact Tony on 0161 740 3714 - Richard Lord

  • 11/02/14 - The depression discussion on the Telegraph top jazz tunes continues, albeit slightly off track.

  • 11/02/14 - Ever wondered how they made clarinets these days?  Check out this video Barrie Marshall sent to me, it's fascinating http://youtu.be/_kqw1fAjC5U In 50 years time they'll be saying, "Ah they don't make 'em like that any more".

  • 11/02/14 - The Voluntary Abersoch Jazz Committee are very sad to say that they will not be organising a Festival in 2014 and are so sorry if we have caused you any inconvenience and disappointment. We have spent many months trying to find someone who would be prepared to take on the task of applying for grants and sponsorship but have been unsuccessful. Jan and Linda have had the responsibility for 12 years and cannot continue, therefore this decision had to be made.    The committee and festival have many wonderful friends, volunteers and supporters and had hoped to build on last year successful new format by having an even better festival this September. Maybe there's someone out there who would like to take over.    On a very positive note the brilliant Paul Harrison Band from Denmark is definitely booked to play in Abersoch on Saturday, September 27th 2014, at South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club.   Watch this space for further details!!! - Linda

  • 11/02/14 - The Parade Band are having a Mardi Gras Parade at The Boathouse (upstairs) at Parkgate. Tuesday 4th March. 8.30 start and only £3 admission.

  • 11/02/14 - This Brain Teaser from Tony Pringle's New Black Eagles Jazz Band Hand Dodger - "Mystery Musician #4: Born 1905 in Nashville, trumpet, played with Chick Webb, Marcelino Guerra, Cab Calloway and the New Black Eagle Jazz Band".  Answer when I get the next one I guess, or if you know, send an email to stanvincent3511@verizon.net giving your location.

  • 11/02/14 - The River City Jazzmen have changed their weekly venue they now play every Wednesday evening from 9-11pm at the Royal British Legion club,8,Church Street, Conwy. Car parking is available in the Castle car park which is right opposite Church Street.  We look forward to seeing you all at our new venue. - Charles Wilson.

  • 11/02/14 - The former professional player, Colin Ball, has now joined the Pendle Jazzmen on a regular basis. Throughout his long career Colin has played a vast range of instruments including all the reeds: comparatively recently he took up the trumpet and became one of the area’s finest jazz exponents. Over the past few months he has been working on the slide trombone and is rapidly becoming a master of this particularly idiosyncratic instrument, which has very few players even in the brass band and classical world. - Colin Mason

  • 11/02/14 - Thanks to Sam Wood for alerting me that Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre are putting on regular lunchtime jazz, not all what you might regard as Traditional, but I've included it in the Jazz Clubs section of the site.

  • 11/02/14 - Hello Fred, What do you do on a wet February weekend in Buxton?   Pleased to report that yesterday the six-piece version of the Tame Valley Stompers were on top form playing the once a month lunchtime session at the Pavilion Arts Centre. I guessed there were about 80 people in the audience, well worth a fiver to shelter from the rain and hear some great tunes. Bar and food available as usual, and the band played well beyond their allotted hour. Brilliant.   On Saturday afternoon I just caught a programme about New Orleans pianist James Booker, 3.30pm on Radio 4. I will definitely "listen again" and give it my full attention. Programme was called The Black Liberace - which I actually think is an insult to James Booker, but never mind! - Sam Wood

  • 10/02/14 -  My apologies to anyone who went along to Leasowe Golf Club to hear The Savoy Jazzmen play today. My error as the next session is in fact on Monday 10th March and the band will then play there monthly on the second Monday of the month. 

  • 09/02/14 - Gigs in the light - this week's only daytime jazz event takes place tomorrow -  At 2pm Annie's Saints & Sinners will be playing at The Dog & Partridge in Bollington at 2pm.

  • 09/02/14 - Dove Jazz and Beer Festival has been added to the list of North West Jazz Festivals and Weekend events

  • 08/02/14 - Many Happy Returns of the day tomorrow (Sunday) to jazz vocalist - Judy Eames. Later in the week a whole band celebrates its 65th birthday on Valentine's Day. It is of course the Merseysippi Jazz Band, still going strong every Monday night. The band will be having its 65th birthday party at The Liverpool Cricket Club on Monday 17th February, kicking off at 8.30pm, when it will be augmented by John Hallam on reeds and Colin Turner on Bass Sax. Admission to the Club is free - but the band has a collection just after the interval at 10.00pm to "defray" expenses.

  • 08/02/14 - Selwyn Newton was in the first band I ever played with, namely Barry Palser's Savoy Jazz Band as it was then called in Cambridge in 1963. I had seen him in recent years at various jazz festivals. I had no idea he had been ill.   Condolences to his wife and family.  - John Reade.

  • 08/02/14 - Another delightful evening of food and music coming up at Allithwaite in Cumbria, and organised once again by Val Kennedy. It will take place on 29th March, from 7 to 10:30pm and featuring Mike Lovell's Six in a Bar.  Raffle proceeds are going to Saint Mary's Hospice at Ulverston. For more details click here

  • 08/02/14 - Don Bridgewood found the Telegraph  recommendations for outstanding music depressing when it came to the Jazz Section. Another case of Doom & Gloom? Not everyone agreed, More responses here

  • 06/02/14 - "I am sorry to report the sad loss of Selwyn Newton, the fine clarinet player who led the Heart of England Jazz Band", writes Geoff Inwood. "He died yesterday in France after a long illness
    I am sure he will be long remembered". There's a picture and music on Geoff's web site opening page at  www.jazzwestmidlands.co.uk

  • 05/02/14 - Regarding Don's remarks about the general ignorance concerning Jazz. At the risk of being morbid jazz will virtually die out when the sole remaining fans and musicians do. Joe Public neither knows nor cares about jazz. there are one or two youngish musicians around but as the saying goes " one swallow does not make a summer " yours in depression. - Moe Green

  • 04/02/14 - The Big Birthday of Cliff Crockett 100, took place last Sunday. Cliff is the drummer with the Severnside Jazz Band, Shrewsbury. It was a great evening, and I have put details on my web site for those who may have an interest.  Cliff played all evening UNBELIEVABLE ! - Geoff Inwood

  • 04/02/16 - Reading the Daily and Sunday Telegraph at weekend with their recommendations for outstanding music of all types, brought home the general ignorance of jazz... including among others 'Stranger on the Shore' and 'What A Wonderful World". Nice records, but...! Best wishes. - Don Bridgewood.

  • 03/02/14 - Interest around the Tuba Skinny tour continues to cause concern amongst fans and promoters. www.jazzzandjazz.com webmaster, Pete Butler, is concerned that it might be turning into a agent's one-off promotion that doesn't reach the right places, and would like to see closer links between Tuba Skinny and the UK jazz fraternity.  You can read his views at http://tinyurl.com/ndpq46b

  • 03/02/14 - The latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine has arrived. Checkout the contents here, or you can can find an order form for your regular copies here. Andrew Liddle is now interviewing some great European musicians and bands. He told me, "I've already had the great pleasure of interviewing such as vocalist and banjo player, Nina (daughter of Kurt Jensen); wizard on the reeds, Matthias Seuffert and the superb Bohem Ragtime Band and have got some pretty big names lined up for the future - which I won't mention in case they don't come off. It's not easy to interview someone abroad whose first language is not English! Fortunately, most of them speak pretty good English".

  • 02/02/14 - I've just added a link to the Jake Leg Jug Band who seem to be doing the rounds at the Southern end on coverage.  John Howell, who runs Jazzclub 90,  tells me, "A band that might interest clubs in the North West came in to us today for the second time, they are based in Stoke and they can be found at www.thejakelegjugband.com, superb entertainment with their authentic sounds of 1920's and 30's America - Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Ragtime which they put their own twist on. Songs about murder, betrayal, gambling, liquor and redemption!...not a bad mix for a Sunday!  You can see them on our “Videos” page".

  • 02/02/14 - A Special Many Happy Returns today to Cliff Crockett, drummer with the Severnside Jazz Band, who will be celebrating his 100th birthday today by playing a regular gig with the Severnside Jazz Band. Also today it is 'Sir' Alan Buckley's birthday. Tomorrow, Alan Matthews, trombonist with the New Riverside Jazz Band celebrates his birthday, and on Thursday reed player Ken  Duckers will celebrate his.

  • 02/02/14 - There were 8,091 visits to the web site in January. of which 6,536 came from England, 273 from Wales, 214 from Scotland and 20 from N. Ireland  which, if my maths is correct means that 1048 came from abroad.  Interestingly 23% came from new visitors to the site.  If you are into facts and figures you can see the demographics here.  According to these, the second highest number of site visitors came from London. I never did put much faith into statistics.

  • 01/02/14 - Sam Ashton tells me, "There are still some tickets left: `Rachel`s Dream`: Rachel Hayward, vibes, leading John Hallam, reeds; Tom Kincaid, piano; Nigel Gresty, drums, playing the music of the Benny Goodman Quartet.  The Village Institute, Main Street, (A683) Hornby, Lancs, LA2 8JR. Doors and bar open at 7.30, music from 8 p.m. Tickets £10 available on the door or ring 015243 22227".

  • 01/02/14 - Just one daytime gig this week - The Savoy Jazzmen in Sefton Park Palm House 2pm on Tuesday.

  • 01/02/14 - Hi Fred,  We have Bob Kerr and the Whoopee Band visiting Theatre By The Lake, Keswick CA12 5DJ, on Monday 10 February. Would it be possible to list this event on your website and twitter? Here’s the web page with some further details: - http://tinyurl.com/pxmos54 - Amy Furguson.

  • 01/02/14 - I was both surprised and extremely pleased, to read Lez's accolades for the JJB and my 'Jazz for Funds' evening last Wednesday night for Lancaster B & G Club. Twice now they have played for us, and boy do they relish performing to a big crowd ! The really 'astonishing' thing (to use Lez's description), was the raffle generosity of the 140 audience which helped produce an amazing £573 total donation. Very worthwhile - I'm right chuffed. Norman

  • 01/02/14 - "I have just read the missive from John Musket et al regarding the delay in performing John Cages' 4'33', ', writes Jeff Roberts and poses an interesting question. Continue reading here

  • 01/02/14 - Ian Royle reminds me that there is an endless amount of music at http://jazz-on-line.com. "Go to the latest acquisitions to hear more recent recordings, although even they are 50 or so years. The number of different artists is considerable, and it's free!", says Ian.  It is already listed on my Links Page, in the Music On Line section, but always worth another mention.

     


January 2014

  • 31/01/14 - 4-to-the-bar will be playing at the Travellers Call, 402 Stockport Rd West, Bredbury. SK6 2DT on Tuesday 18th February from 8.30pm until 11.00pm. I will be joined by Dave Parr, Mike Pembroke and Bill Smith.  Hopefully this may turn out to be a regular monthly session. - Ian McCann.

  • 31/01/14 - Back in the middle of September last year (following a suggestion by Norman Gibson), I was approached by the UK Booking Agent for Tuba Skinny looking for jazz promoter contacts,  A few people expressed interest in the North West, and I also heard that this interest was picked up further South too. To date I know of only one person who has been contacted, and so I asked the agent this week if there was an update. "No update as of yet but I will let you know ASAP" was the reply.  Can't help feeling that a quoted period of end of July will soon be upon us, venues getting booked up, and yet very little appears to be happening.  Have you been approached? Have you heard anything?  Would love to know.

  • 31/01/14 - The Merseysippi Jazz Band celebrates its 65th anniversary on February 14th.  The band will be having its 65th birthday party at The Liverpool Cricket Club on Monday 17th February, kicking off at 8.30pm, when it will be augmented by John Hallam on reeds and Colin Turner on Bass Sax. Admission to the Club is free - but the band has a collection just after the interval at 10.00pm to "defray" expenses.

  • 31/01/14 - There's an interesting all-star  benefit jazz night in aid of the Philippines Disaster Fund coming up in New mills on Valentine's Night, Feb 14th at 7-30pm. For just £12 you can see 'Cookin on G.A.S.'  , 'Shep's Banjo Boys Trio', 'Cliff Brass' and 'The Tame Valley Stompers'. More details by clicking here. Singing with 'Cookin on G.A.S.' will be Rochdale Jazz Club's photographer Val Bracken, hopefully out of crutched by then after her recent hip operation.

  • 30/01/14 - Hi Fred. Just back from an astonishing gig at the Jubilee Club, Torrisholme, Morecambe. The Bolton-based band calling themselves The Jeriatric Jazz Band was performing to a packed audience, all paying £6 apiece, as well as supporting a charity big raffle. I had never seen this band before, so I had no idea what to expect. They worked out that the six band members have a combined age of 449 years. I make that an average of 74.83 years per man !!They don't play many Traditional Jazz numbers, but they played a wonderfully varied programme of what I suppose you would call 'Mainstream' (hate that word) but they played with an energy and verve, and the kind of brilliant musicianship that I haven't heard from ANY band in a very long time. Norman Gibson was the man responsible for the promotion, so another triumph Norman! I actually went along mainly to catch up with our former trombone player Eddie Taylor, who I hadn't seen for far too long. He joined the J.J.B. fairly recently, and he has slotted in like he'd been with them for years. If you get the chance to hear these guys, don't miss it. If you are not amazed by them, go see your nearest medicine man. They are absolutely terrific. - Lez Bull

  • 29/01/14 - The Old Brown Jug Sunday session starting times are being changed again. From this Sunday Feb 2 they will be between 2.00 - 4.00pm. Old Fashioned Love Band with guest Dave Mott for this month. - Mike Pembroke

  • 28/01/14 - Mel Hill has decided, due to forthcoming changes in his personal circumstances, that he can no longer give a full commitment to the Old Fashioned Love Band. It has been agreed that he will make his final jazz club appearance during our visit to Stafford Jazz Society on Sunday February 9th Mel has been an integral part in the success of the band since it's formation in 2001, and it has been a pleasure to work with him. We wish him well for the future. We have been fortunate to obtain the assistance of Bill Smith who, despite his normal workload, has agreed to cover the majority of our bookings over the coming months Bill has offered to help us as much as he can whilst not making any commitment. He will start his run at Leeds Jazz Club on Tuesday February 11th. I first worked with Bill back in 1958 and then in the late 1960s when he was a member of the Mike Pembroke Hot 7. This was followed by joining up with him again when he was leading Smokey City Jazz. We are looking forward to his contribution.

  • 28/01/14 - Contrary to the announcement last week at Sedgley Park Rugby Club, the next Sunday afternoon session featuring guest Mike Manship on 2nd February will now go ahead as originally planned. - Gerry Tomlinson

  • 26/01/14 - As Jon White says, Cliff is laying down a pretty authentic Habanera beat and I am pleased that someone who is even older than me is still " beatin' them hides " as they used to say.  Go Cliff go ! -  Moe Green

  • 26/01/14 - Hi Fred, Best wishes to that lovely guy on drums on the Home Page; I notice he wears more layers than the others ! He also understands the "Tresillo" or "Habanera" beat that goes with that tune. Moe will tell us. The bassist was so engrossed he forgot his pint ! Anyway thanks to you and Malcolm Hogarth for highlighting this. Jon White

  • 26/01/14 - With Cliff Crockett's 100th birthday coming up, I though it would be a good idea to put something on the Home Page. It's a video by Geoff Inwood recorded on 9th December 2012 and also featuring John Penn playing Morocco Blues with Cliff on drums.

  • 26/01/14 - There's a couple of mid week daytime jazz events this week. On On Monday 27th January the Savoy Jazzmen will play an inaugural session at their new venue at Leasowe Golf Club, Leasowe Road, Moreton, Wirral. CH46 3RD. After that we will be playing on the second Monday of each month starting on 10th March. Admission is £4.00 on the door. Real ale, meals, snacks and light bites are available. The sessions run from 12 - 2 p.m.  On Wednesday the Mike Lovell Six in a Bar jazz band will be playing at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood, where you can also dine and enjoy the music.

  • 26/01/14 - Many Happy Returns today to drummer and Lake Records Producer - Paul Adams. Other musician's birthdays coming up this week are Terry Porter on Wednesday who shares his birthday with Acker Bilk. On Thursday Ken Doran will celebrate his birthday, and on Saturday Tony Pollitt and Brian Carrick celebrate theirs.  Have a great week everyone.

  • 23/01/14 - Hello Fred, As from Tuesday 21st., Dumfries Jazz Club no longer have a venue, so for the foreseeable future we will not be running jazz sessions.   Thanks very much for your help over the years and keep up the good work. - Jack Wilson (for Dumfries Jazz Club).

  • 23/01/14 - Alan Barnes and John Hallam will be the special guests with the Gerry Tomlinson Trio this Sunday 26th January at the Sedgley Park Rugby Club, Whitefield. Start time 1.00pm. Admission for this particular afternoon will be £7.  John Hallam & Friends are set to appear at The Burnside Hotel in Bowness on Windermere in April. The event has just been added to the jazz Festivals & Weekends page. Details by clicking here

  • 23/01/14 - The Original Panama Jazzband has been asked again to play in aid of Tarporley Cottage Hospital at Tarporley Community Centre on 1st March. Tarporley War Memorial Hospital is a registered charity run by the TrustBoard and receives only 35% funding from the NHS, so fund raising is vital and ongoing. It has 17 in-patent beds for recuperation, respite and terminal care. It is a unique institution, where one is treated with care and dignity and not just a number. It will be 100 years old in 2019 and plans are being made for this centenary. The party begins at 7.30pm; Admission costs £10pp and includes a hot pot supper, access to a licensed bar, and hopefully some great music from the Panama again until the evening ends at about 9.45pm. Tickets are available by ringing Liz Johnson on 01244 335988. Please Support Your Local Community Hospital.  Venue: Tarporley Community Centre, High Street, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 0AY: www.tarporleycc.co.uk

  • 22/01/14 - Jan Stirling sings with the High Society Four at the Royal Hotel, Morecambe on 9 February, 5 - 8pm. Entry is free.

  • 22/01/14 - Hi Fred, Dunno if you've spotted it, but Sky Arts 2 (we get 1, but not 2 for some reason) are tonight, at 8.45, showing "Masters of American Music - the Life and Achievements of Louis Armstrong". Could be good with any luck! - John Westwood. Pity it's not available on DVD (nudge nudge wink wink!)

  • 21/01/14 - Hi Fred Thanks for your usual interesting information. In answer to Barrie Marshall's request about the film, 'That'll be the Day 1973', I offer this "Useless ?" comment At that time I was Banjo player with the Unity Stompers on the Isle of Wight. They did not provide the music. The Temperance 7 (Cephas Howard & Co) were performing a Summer Season at Shanklin Pier about this period. My claim to association with this film was as a member of The Isle of Wight Fire Brigade (Shanklin) I was a member of the crew that showered water in a rain scene at Shanklin Pier I later became a member of the Cephas Howard Le'Gover Band but that is another story The Grandchildren are so proud Regards Ted Brown Frinton-on-Sea Member of Colchester Jazz Club Established 1957

  • 19/01/14 - Dear Fred Saw Annie Hawkins with her new band for the first time at Dove Holes last night. Wonderful to see Annie unleashed to her full virtuosity instead of providing a solid base to a band. And what a great set of musicians she has gathered together who provided a lively punchy evening of great music. I hope they go from strength to strength. Regards Vera and Denis Wyatt.

  • 18/01/14 - "Dear Fred, I have just spoken to my old friend and trumpet player Mick Scroxton (Golden Eagle J B) And he tells me that there was an enquiry on the site about the band in the film 'That'll be the day'. Well I can confirm that the band was The Wolverine Cubs based in the Twickenham area. -  John Lawes".   John has provided a lot more information about the band, and Barrie Marshall found an extract on YouTube where you can hear the band play, so I've put it all together on the same page.

  • 18/01/14 - There's just one mid week daytime jazz event this coming week - Mart Rodger M/cr jazz at The Cinnamon club in Bowdon, Altrincham.

  • 18/01/14 - Musician birthdays coming up this week are John Hallam tomorrow (Sunday), and Pete Vickers and Terry Binns on Saturday 18th.  Many Happy Returns to you all

  • 18/01/14 - Hi Fred,  I'm delighted to announce that The Wabash Jazzmen are playing back at Didsbury cricket Club on Thursday 30th January and we look forward to seeing many of our regulars from the greater Manchester area again. It will be the usual Wabash line-up of:  Ged Hone - trumpet, Mike Pembroke - trombone, Mike Hayler - reeds, Richard Vernon - double bass and myself, Mark Challinor on banjo, guitar and ukulele.  For any jazz enthusiasts out there who haven't heard The Wabash before, we play New Orleans jazz in a driving, lively style which always seems to appeal to our audiences. Come along and join us for a great evening's jazz commencing 8.30 pm. - Mark Challinor.

  • 18/01/14 - The jazz band in that film was The Wolverine Cubs, from Twickenham. it was filmed on the Isle of Wight. Musicians included John Lawes clt., and Bobby Rudge washboard- Mike Scroxton

  • 18/01/14 - I watched a film called That'll Be The Day with Ringo Starr, David Essex, Billy Fury and Keith Moon, one scene is in a dance hall with a great jazz band playing, the band was the real thing, the bands name was not in the credits, I'm wondering if anybody out there on Fred Burnett land might know. - Barrie  Marshall

  • 16/01/14 - "The Savoy Jazzmen's season at New Brighton Pavilion has come to an end due to the withdrawal of funding", writes Peter Swensson. "On Monday 27th January we will  play an inaugural session at our new venue at Leasowe Golf Club, Leasowe Road, Moreton, Wirral. CH46 3RD.  After that we will be playing on the second Monday of each month starting on 10th March.   Admission is £4.00 on the door. Real ale, meals, snacks and light bites are available.  The sessions run from 12 - 2 p. m.   We will be back at the Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool. L17 1AP  on Tuesday 4th February and thereafter on the first Tuesday of each month for the remainder of 2014.   Admission is £5.00 including refreshments. These sessions are from 2 - 4 p. m."  - Further details from Peter Swensson. 0151 722 1478.

  • 16/01/14 - A pleasant surprise when I was asked to dep’ with Exeter-based City Steam Jazzband near Tavistock, Devon last Sunday was seeing trumpeter Roger Higham again, from Peninsula Jazzband in the Wirral. Roger, celebrating his birthday, also sat in along with his landlord son and singer Dom at the Royal Standard in a great session. For jazzers visiting the area in search of good jazz and fine sustenance the band now plays there monthly…. on first Sundays…. - Alan Davies

  • 16/01/14 - Bunny Austin - "Dear Fred, Thank you so much for your kind words about Bunny. He was a very special man and he loved to help in any way he could, especially about music. I knew all about your website, he used to tell me about it and I think it was through that he renewed contact with Dave Stevens, whom he only met once in the late 1940's and in fact Dave was over her from Australia with his wife and visited us in 2010. We maintained contact with Dave since then.   His funeral on Monday was attended by a very great number of people, musicians, fans and others and was an event of music, smiles and laughter, just what Bunny wanted for the event and we went on afterwards to the Concorde Club, which you've probably heard of, a lovely venue and just right for Bunny as he was an Executive Life Member. There the music, smiles and anecdotes carried on and it was lovely for our sons and me to see and hear how people felt about him. He was a one-off.  I was lucky to have 53 years of love and laughter with Bunny and those memories will sustain me as I strive to carry out his orders{!} and get on with life.  Thank you again Fred. Very best wishes" - Mary

  • 15/01/14 - Chris and Sheila Pendlebury organised a surprise party for their Mum, Joan (Alan Pendlebury's widow). She celebrated one of these "big" birthdays on Saturday last and all her family and friends turned up at the Royal Oak in Worleston for a big do. Joan was told she was to dine at another place with one or two of the family, but on the way they told her as they were a bit early they would pop in at the Royal Oak for a quick drink! When she walked in she was absolutely stunned to see so many people waiting to greet her as Mart and the boys played "Happy Birthday" , "21 To-day" and "Celebrations" for her. We all had a super afternoon and we have heard from Joan since to say what a great time she had!

  • 14/01/14 - Norman Gibson tells me that the 'Jeriatric Jazz' gig at the Jubilee WM Club in Torrisholme on Wednesday Jan 29th is sold out!  How does he do it?

  • 14/01/14 - Sounds like 'trouble at t'mill' at Bingley- This email from Dave Stanley - "Hi Fred, just to let you know that Bingley Jazz Club is alive and well and that we have taken over the booking of the bands and we hope that all the bands that were booked will appear".

  • 14/01/14 - This email from Allan Wilcox had me foxed until I got an explanation from him, and then it was obvious, maybe you will be quicker than me -  "M. A. B. it's a big horse I'm a Londoner by birth, but I've never had any problem distinguishing the two successive Sundays that are coming up. The Sunday of this week is 'this Sunday'; the Sunday of next week is 'next Sunday' - always was and always will be. For safety, however, here in the north I'm always careful to add 'by which I mean the Sunday of next week'. Mondays, on the other hand ..."

  • 13/01/14 - WOW! Thankfully this is an email I don't see very often - "Please note that as of today I am no longer booking bands for the Bingley jazz club. All the bands that I have booked up to April 3rd are cancelled. Sorry about this folks but it seems that the people who go there didn't like the bands I was booking" - Ken Butler

  • 12/01/14 - Many Happy Returns on Saturday to Band Marshall - Jeff Roberts

  • 12/01/14 - The mention of the Reminiscing Page seems to have got one or two people looking at it again and digging into the past. Trevor Hodgson has found an old photograph of what he reckons must be one of the earliest bands in the Morecambe/Lancaster area. I've added to The Morecambe Boys section of Reminiscing, which you can also find in the dropdown menu on that page.

  • 12/01/14 - The Salt City Jazz Men now have a residency at The Elephant public house in Shavington, Crewe, Cheshire.  They are playing every other Wednesday Night 8.30 - 11pm, next Playing Wed 22nd Jan 2014. The venue is www.theelephantpub.com

  • 11/01/14 - Mike Owen (tbn) will be guesting with the Swing Katz at The Brooklands Hotel, Shrewsbury tomorrow (Sunday) 8-30pm - 10-30pm.

  • 09/01/14 - Having caused Norman Gibson an abortive trip  (Luckily he didn't get far), when mentioning an event  coming up "This Sunday", instead of "Next Sunday" at Rochdale Jazz Club, and telling Norman it was a confusing term I wouldn't normally use, he kindly sent me this  - "A clarification for you Fred ! Reference to a 'Sunday' in a notice put out on 'Saturday' the day before that 'Sunday' would be correct as 'on Sunday', 'this Sunday or 'tomorrow Sunday', but 'next Sunday' could be 'this Sunday' i.e. 'tomorrow Sunday', or there again could be taken to mean 'Sunday week' which everyone knows to be not 'this Sunday' but the 'Sunday after this Sunday'. Hope this helps you to get it right next time ! By the way, who is the Irish one round here? - Norman Gibson".

  • 09/01/14 - Having just received an email  from Graham Martindale in response to John White's mention of the Strawbury Duck, Ive grouped the comments together and put them in the reminiscing section of Jazz Extras on a strawberry coloured page.

  • 09/01/14 - The Parade Jazz Band are having an Evening of romantic Jazz Standards in honour of St. Valentine's Day upstairs at The Boathouse, Parkgate, on Tuesday 11th February, 8.30 start and only £3 admission.

  • 08/01/14 - Thank you for giving me the sad news about Mary Long. As a result, I was able to phone Claire, his daughter, to offer my condolences. She thanked me, and promised to keep on touch. (She actually remembered me - very gratifying). Over the New Year, I had a long chat with Mary Pike. She said that husband Maurice, local trumpet player and former band leader, had settled in OK into the Nursing Home. The Home is local, so she is able to visit daily. She asked me to thank those of your readers you had offered their good wishes.  - Noel Broadgate

  • 07/01/14 - Just reporting that we (that is Roy Gregory, Brian Hall and myself) took Billy Edwards out for lunch at The Travellers' Rest, Higher Bebington, yesterday because it was his birthday and he was in good shape. He got a bit vocal when his meal was a long time coming but apart from that I think he enjoyed himself. He has good professional support at home now so there's not as much for him to worry about. Everywhere I go I get asked how he is. So many people love him. - Sue Reid-Povall

  • 07/01/14 - Jazz Services and PPL are pleased to announce that online voting is now open for the tenth Parliamentary Jazz Awards, which will take place at the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion on Tuesday 13th May. Entries are open to everyone, and forms can be completed online from the Jazz Services website at www.jazzservices.org.uk.  The final deadline for entries is 12 noon on Monday 3rd February 2014.

  • 07/01/14 - John Richardson (of the Yorkshire Post Jazz Band) rang me with the sad news that Bob Frettlohr, Y. P. bass player died on Saturday night, aged 89. Bob, originally from Duisberg, Germany, married a Yorkshire lass after the war and was big on the Jazz Scene in the Leeds area. John mentioned that Bob was playing in the White Eagle Jazz Band (run by Martin Boland) and that Alan Sintner, who ran a car dealership in Liverpool, bought the original Cavern building and asked The White Eagle Jazz Band to do a dry run to test it out for acoustics and 'decor'. So Bob et al actually played there prior to The Merseysippi Jazz Band opening the Cavern in 1834, or thereabouts.  Over the years Bob picked up the Yorkshire accent so completely, that to me (a 'soft' Southerner) he was a Yorkshireman through and through. He was a great musician and friend, a loving husband and dad, and we shall miss him very much.  -  Malcolm Hogarth

  • 07/01/14 - Dear Fred, Mary Long's daughter has told me the latest details of Mary's funeral. : - Wednesday, January 15th 2014 at 9.00 a. m. Funeral ceremony at St. Joseph's R. C. Church, Portland Crescent, Plymouth Grove, Longsight, Manchester M13 0BU. Afterwards: Manchester Crematorium, Barlow Moor Rd., Manchester, M21 7GZ (Chorlton-cum-Hardy). Reception venue not yet known. Flowers optional, a simple, small bunch preferred if people feel they want to bring flowers.  No live Jazz, please. Claire and her sister Janet will bring CDs to play, all of their Mother's special and unique taste. Some of it will be Jazz.  Claire, Janet, and all the family wish to thank Fred Burnett and everyone in the Manchester and North West Jazz Community, in Scotland and Ireland, for all the kind messages of sympathy and support that they have received for their Mother's passing. - Joe Silmon-M

  • 07/01/14 - I was sorry to read this email from Mary Austin. I didn't know Bunny, and I never met him,  but he was a regular reader and contributor of this website. Although he lived down South, it didn't stop Bunny reading and helping out with other site visitor's requests whenever he could. On more than one occasion he sent out music to musicians looking for chords or sheet music, and he was very generous by sending the occasional donation towards the upkeep of the site. - "Bunny died peacefully at home on Monday 30th December 2013 surrounded by his family. He had a one-month stay in hospital just before Christmas and came home to be with us. He would have been 91 on 2nd January. Bunny had a long and pretty happy life and I feel lucky to have had 53 years with him - he was still making me laugh in the last weeks of his life and was a popular patient with the nurses when he was in hospital. We were all with him at the end - he was a very special man and will be remembered with love and laughter. Bunny's funeral will be on Monday 13th January 2013 at 2.45 pm in East Chapel, Southampton Crematorium, then on to Concorde Club, Eastleigh. No black . No flowers by request, donations if desired made payable to Wessex Heart Foundation to J Beavis & Sons, 19 Water Lane, Totton, SO40 3DG".

  • 06/01/14 - Dear Fred, Hope 2014 is better all round than 2013, two little things, I received for Christmas a book, "6 musicians and a banjo player", written by Paddy Lightfoot. I can recommend it as a good read, not only about the bands but as an amusing fund of little asides. Secondly I wish to recommend any readers about the hip replacement. I had a total knee done Dec 2012, also with spinal anaesthetic, totally painless, post op the pain returns slowly, as distinct from waking after a general when it comes on 100%. The discomfort is better managed if it starts slowly, spinal the way to go. - Mike Walmsley.  p.s. I am a retired surgeon

  • 06/01/14 - Paul Adams' (Lake Records) has been having problems with his web site recently, and Paul has been trying to get it sorted. I see that http://www.fellside.com  is now back on line at the time of writing this, but If you've had difficulty ordering a CD, then I can only suggest you try again the following day. I did have a call asking if Lake Records had closed down, so it's good to know that isn't the case, and it makes you realise how rumours can easily be started by a computer.

  • 06/01/14 - It seems I caused some confusion over dates at Rochdale. I didn't receive the gig list until Saturday, and although What's On and the Rochdale Jazz Club pages showed the next event on 12th January, in my news item on the same day I wrote, "The Chicago Teddybears Society Jazz Band will receive a presentation at Rochdale Jazz Club this Sunday after being voted 'Band of The Year' by members in 2013."  This was interpreted quite reasonable as the following day, but if someone can give me an accurate definition of when 'This Sundays' end 'Next Sunday' begins, I'll try and refrain fron using those terms.

  • 06/01/14 - Musicians wishing to be considered for inclusion in the core Manchester Jazz Festival programme, need to complete the on-line submission form before the deadline at 10am on Monday 13th January 2014. If past years are anything to go by and you play Traditional Jazz you might as well forget it, although according to the guidance notes, the mjf programming policy gives priority to: NW-based artists.

  • 05/01/14 - The first happening at Hornby Village Institute this year will be "Rachel`s Dream"  The theme is the music of the Benny Goodman Quartet.  The band is led by Rachel Hayward on vibes with John Hallam, reeds; Tom Kincaid, piano; and Nigel Gresty, drums.  Saturday February 8th , The village Institute, Main Street, (A683) Hornby, Lancaster, LA2 8JR, Doors and bar open at 7.30, music from 8 p.m. Tickets £10, available on the door or ring 015242 22227. Looking forward to seeing you, - Sam Ashton.

  • 05/01/14 - This is Canon Sidney Chambers, jazz-loving fictional Vicar of Grantchester in the books by James Runcie.  “Jazz was unpredictable. It could take risks, change mood, announce a theme, develop, change and capitulate. It was all times in one time, reworking themes from the past, existing in the present, while creating expectations about any future direction it might take. It was a metaphor of life itself, both transient and profound, pursuing its course with intensity and freedom. – the opposite of stillness, prayer and penitence”.   He might be worth looking out for on ITV late this year – the Anglican Father Brown. -  Philip Cakebread

  • 05/01/14 - Just before New Year, I was told that Rochdale's Jazz Club's intrepid photographer, Val Bracken, was off to hospital on New Year's Eve for a hip replacement.  I wanted to wish Val well publicly, but I don't publish health information without permission, and I was too late to get it from Val before she left home. So I was really pleased to get this email from her today.  "Well I'm back home sore and stiff. Its amazing now-a-days, I had a new hip put in place on New Year's day and chose regional anaesthetic so I was quite alert after the op.  Back in the ward by 1pm and being exercised by the physio at 2 30, up on a Zimmer frame at 5pm.  I'm on crutches now shuffling slowly round my little house making it up and down stairs.   My lovely daughters are doing bits, picking up the things I drop and doing my shopping etc.   I've got my computer in the right position to e-mail and plenty of books.  All the Christmas chocs to eat up.  I can't get to the phone in time and it feels like a marathon going to the door.   Instruction is to go slow and not overdo it so be patient with me please. I'm so lucky that so many people are contacting me and interested.  And I just have to stay in and go slow now for the next 5 or 6 weeks - Valerie".

  • 05/01/14 - I'm afraid there are no mid day live jazz gigs this week that I know of, so put your feet up and listen to a few CDs instead. Not quite the same thing though is it?

  • 05/01/13 - Musician's birthday coming up this week are trumpeter Billy Edwards on Monday and guitarist Jon Moore on Tuesday, Many Happy Returns to you both

  • 05/01/13 - As you might expect, Moe Green has been prompted to respond to one of John Musket's items in Jazz Jottings with added input from Jon White and Don Bridgewood

  • 04/01/13 - The Rochdale Jazz Club gig list has been updated for 2014

  • 04/01/14 - Many Happy Returns today to Brian 'Sam' Ellis trombone player and musical director of the Savannah Jazz Band

  • 02/01/14 - A few jazz jottings from John Musket - always guaranteed to raise some interest,  can be seen by clicking here.

  • 02/01/14 - Thank you and Joe for informing us of the passing of Mary Long. May I, on behalf of the many musicians and friends of the late Don and Mary, here in Ireland, express sincere condolences to Claire and the family members. - Des Hopkins.

  • 01/01/14 - There were 7,493 visits to JazzNorthWest last month, made by 2,096 people who looked at 18,904 pages between them.  That's some going. 

  • 01/01/14 - "Many thanks Fred for another great year of continued jazz news et al from the northwest UK. I honestly don't know how you fit it all in but it is most appreciated by myself and also a bunch of my American friends that have joined your flock from around the Phila. area.  Happy New Year!". - Les and Bren Williams (Many thanks to you also, and to all the site visitors wherever you may be around the world. Just one big jazz fraternity - Fred).


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