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  • 22/11/14 - If you haven't seen this new band yet, then The Payday Loons will be playing in Workington town centre in connection with the Xmas light switch on between 3pm & 5pm on Saturday 29 November.

  • 22/11/14 - Midweek daytime gigs next week - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood, Wednesday November 26, 12:00pm – 2:30pm, and Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz at Timperley Sports Club on Thursday, November 27, 2pm – 4pm.

  • 22/11/14 - Many Happy returns this coming week to musicians Bob Hambleton tomorrow, Dave Berry on Wednesday and Tony West next Saturday.

  • 21/11/14 - BBC Radio 3 Swing - It was listed as "Composer of the week. A better title would have been "Guy Barker's Desert Island Discs" -- all five hours of it. a question: Does "Sketches of Spain" swing? Three tracks of Kenton with no commentary.., Dankworth's "Don Quijote"...  I tried to listen and learn but gave way to my wife eventually and switched off.  Thank you, Denis Owen. -Philip Cakebread

  • 21/11/14 - The Wyre Levee Stompers recently produced a new CD called "Live At The Ashley" and details are now on the WLS web page along with a couple of tracks from the CD.

  • 21/11/14 - Nothing to do with lawyers -  Dave Copperwaite has put a number of mouthpieces on the Sales Page

  • 21/11/14 - Ayr Jazz Club gig list has been updated for 2015

  • 19/11/14 - I read the recent reports by Des on the Acker Bilk page and it brought back memories. When I was playing trumpet with the Pete Haslam Collegians we played any all-nighter at the Cavern Club alongside Ackers band. During the course of the night it came time for Ackers band to do another set but most of his band were missing (probably at the pub just down Mathew St, next to the Post Office which had a tendency to remain open all hours as did pubs near to the newspaper publishers in Manchester).    Acker asked Pete if we would back him for his set, which we gladly did.    After the set he told Pete that he was to do a Free Trade Hall concert the next weekend and that he would put us on the bill. Much to our surprise come Monday morning Pete got a call from Paddy McKiernan confirming that we would open for Acker and that Acker would pay our fee for the gig. - Denis Gilmore

  • 18/11/14 - A bit of back slapping going on here - Mad Ed's 8th birthday in Halkyn at the 'Bluebell' last Sunday.  All I can say is that it became Total Lunacy to a packed audience fuelled by a magnificent array of beers and ciders provided by the mercurial landlord - a real live music supporter.  Stan Williams played great stuff on trumpet as did Sam Wood on trombone. Roy Gregory was his usual insufferable self as a brilliant banjo/guitar perpetrator and I had a flashier shirt than Mad Ed. One up to me! - Ian Royle.  I had a great time at the Blue Bell on Sunday, Mad Ed's Hot Five 8th birthday party. The Hot Five were augmented to a blisteringly hot Eight, by Stan Williams, Roger Higham and myself. Steve has already posted photos elsewhere, and the cake was delicious!   Also enjoyed my support set for Dale Storr's show at the Old Clubhouse in Buxton on Saturday. Thanks to Mad Ed for joining me on bass - never before has a musician travelled further, in thicker fog, for less money. The audience were enthralled by Dale's New Orleans piano, next chance to see Dale in the North West is at Alexander's in Chester on Sunday: http://www.alexanderslive.com/

  • 17/11/14 - Des Hopkins, who was present at Acker Bilk's funeral, has written a short piece about the event and included a poem, written by Acker, and which was recited at the service.  I've added it to the Acker Bilk tribute page.

  • 17/11/14 - BBC Radio Swing - Heard it lunchtime - 'svery strange - I blame Guy Barker. Sugarfoot Stomp - Fletcher/ Redman with no mention of Oliver. Then some decent Fats Waller arranged by Don Redman A way-out "In a Mist" that I couldn't follow, Two Spike Hughes' - the well known writer on cricket, King Porter Stomp  - Goodman and Gil Evans, no mention of Morton. I think we're dancing on the edge of some reaction to this - - Philip Cakebread

  • 17/11/14 - Looking for a special Christmas present? Well if you haven't already got it, there's still just about time to get the George Lewis DVD sent from Australia. If you are wondering about the quality of a 1963 video recording, check out the page now for a preview, and be surprised.

  • 16/11/14 - There must be many of your followers who love SWING, so make a note that on Monday 17th November at noon, BBC Radio 3 are broadcasting what is in effect a history of SWING. Until Friday its daily at noon It's part of "Composer of the week". - Denys Owen

  • 15/11/14 - Just one daytime midweek jazz event coming up, and it's the High Society Jazz Band on Friday at Carnforth Station, 12-30pm.

  • 15/11/14  - Birthday Greetings to John Meehan, leader of the Savannah Jazz Band who will be celebrating his birthday next Saturday, 22nd November.

  • 15/11/14 - Two quality string instruments have just gone up for sale on the Sales Page which can be accessed from Jazz Extras - a Cutaway archtop guitar by Knight guitars and a 'Stelling' high end of the range 5 string banjo

  • 15/11/14 -  Tomorrow Sunday 16th November is Mad Ed's Hot 5's eighth birthday at the Blue Bell Halkyn 15.30 thru 18.00.  We shall be marking the occasion with buntin' cake and raucousness. Ian Royle and Stan Williams will provide some searing hot super raucoucity on trumpetophones, ably supported be the smutty Roy Gregory on Guitar and Banjerr, Professor Rippeth on extra large hooter, Sam Wood on trombone and gurning, Mistah Dave Dixon on various tin hooters, Roger Higham will invigilate, and Meee on the thumping string thing.  Beer will be in plentiful supply and of course for those who need an excuse to go to the pub the newly installed Post Office will be open too. Yeeee Haaaaarrrr.  Mad Ed Lloyd Hughes

  • 15/`11/14 - Whilst in New Orleans in April, we were fortunate to be entertained one evening by Dr White and he also played Burgundy St with just Bill Stotesbury accompanying on banjo. Note perfect, the audience were left in stunned silence when he finished. He asked if anyone had a question. All I could think of to say was "Could you play that again, please?" - Barry Pryme

  • 15/11/14 - "A gem in today’s ​on-line​ Daily Mail", writes John Westwood. "Strange thing to put in it – filling space maybe??​ (only the Daily Mail would try to relate 'Mick' to 'Spike'. He wouldn't be pleased!​ ​)​ You can read the article at http://tinyurl.com/opb2dc3 and apart from the spelling mistake, there's an excellent video of George Melly singing The Boogie Woogie man to the superb playing by Colin Bates.

  • 15/11/14 - Noel Broadgate made me smile when he sent me, "The Cheshire Fire Brigade were on red alert last Monday when a suspected arson incident was reported. It turned out to be a false alarm --- it was merely the glow from all the candles on Terry Brunt's Birthday Cake!".

  • 15/11/14 - After listening to Acker Bilk's rendition of Burgundy Street Blues courtesy of Jazz Club - BBC Radio Ulster on the Acker Bilk tribute page, Norman Gibson shared a YouTube video with me a couple of days ago, where he says, "The maestro, Dr. Michael White, explains the Blues and plays Burgundy Street Blues how it should be played at http://youtu.be/cgY0miVflW0. Also, he is backed by Greg Stafford and the rest of his Liberty Jazz Band".  Well worth a watch but don't expect to learn much about the blues from it. It is part 5 of a series of 10, so maybe I should start at http://youtu.be/V2sWQSVCOas. It has an audience of young children so it should be just right for me!

  • 15/11/14 - Andrea Ahimie-Carthy has asked me to share information about a programme run by Brighter Sound in partnership with Jazz North for young people interested in jazz. This regular monthly Sunday afternoon jazz education programme will include regular opportunities for young people to “jam” together in the Picturehouse at Band on the Wall, Manchester after the session.  Full details can be found by clicking here

  • 14/11/14 - My thanks to John Westwood for passing on details of the write-up on Acker Bilk's funeral at http://tinyurl.com/kn873ja which appeared in the Western Daily Press.

  • 14/11/14 - I'm surprised that nobody appears to have noticed that music is not playing on many of the pages on my web site.  This stems from when I had a small limit on web space availability, and so the music was placed on free Google pages, which you wouldn't have known as it just played as you would expect it too. It's looking now that a restriction might have been put on by Google to prevent files from being called up from another site, so I'm currently in the process of transferring all the music from Google pages, to my web space, and it's going to be a long job. Bear with me.

  • 14/11/14 - Henry Green is asking for help - Does anyone know of any trad jazz that might be occurring in the Marbella area of Spain, in the next 6 months or so?

  • 12/11/14 - Terry Cheney has redesigned the Jazz Guide website, it's got a new look and Terry would very much like to hear your comments on it. You can also subscribe to his newsletter, which is a must because it's not available on the site.

  • 12/11/14 - Many Happy Returns to Ken Parkinson- Trombonist who  is 85 years young on Friday 14th November. Also to musicians Graham Martindale, whose birthday was 2 days ago, and to Sean Moyses who celebrated his 50th yesterday.

  • 10/11/14 -  "Re: Pete Lay's message last week, I've just found this on line", writes Allan Wilcox. "Alan Poston, Musician Sadly taken from us suddenly 15th October aged 83 years. Formerly of Southend. Will be sadly missed. Funeral to be held 17th November at 1.20pm at South Essex Crematorium, Ockendon Road, Corbets Tey, Upminster RM14 2UY. Afterwards at the upstairs function room at The Golden Fleece Harvester, London Road, Brentwood CM14 4NP Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Help Musicians UK."  "It's a long way from the North West, but I'm going to try to be there, writes Allan".  Alan Poston was for some years the drummer with the Bob Wallis Storyville Jazzband, later with Max Collie, and is heard on the Lake Records release - A Jazz Club Session With Bob Wallis: The Alan Gilmour Tapes. - FB

  • 10/11/14 - Walter Love's Radio Ulster Jazz Club of Sunday 09.11.14 begins with a celebration of the late Acker Bilk. Well worth a listen to on BBC IPlayer. - David Evans

  • 09/11/14 - Just one daytime midweek gig this week - Mon, 10 November, 2pm to 4pm Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington

  • 08/11/14 - Are we letting the French lead the way to a jazz revival? Terry Cheney in his next Jazz Guide newsletter will be giving details of the Hippocampus Jass Gang gig list and looking for UK promoters to take up the cudgel, I'll let you know when it's released. In the meantime get practising some of the dance steps with this video at http://youtu.be/_6I1SBaNFH8.

  • 08/11/14 - In 'The Jazz Hour' this week Alun Jones will be taking a look at Acker Bilk's life and music.  Joe (Stride) Turner and Muggsy Spanier go head to head in a birthday double-header, so if you like your jazz piano and cornet you won't want to miss out. He'll also have more from a super 'Album of the Month' featuring Monty Sunshine and in a current theme looking at various instruments of jazz, this week it's the turn of the trombone with a trio of artists who reached the very top. It's all happening from Sunday night at 9pm at http://www.internet-radio.com/station/longsideradio/ - 'The Jazz Hour' on Longside Radio

  • 08/11/14 - Can I add to Clarrie Henley’s Obituary comments on Peter Stafford? Peter had supported live jazz in the Bolton area (and the Blackpool and Norwich Jazz Parties) for many years. Meryl and I will miss him.  Peter’s funeral will be on Wednesday 12th November, 10.00 am, at Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church, Plodder Lane, Farnworth, BOLTON, BL4 0BR followed by an 11.30 am committal at Overdale Crematorium (West Chapel), Chorley New Road, BOLTON BL1 5BU with light refreshments afterwards at Bradshaw Cricket Club, BOLTON, BL2 3EL. (see obituary for John' full email)

  • 08/11/14 - "The last thing anyone wants is a virus – let alone in the final production slot of the December Jazz Guide".  That chilling message came from Terry Cheney today. He told me, "We suffered tremendous upheaval via a rogue JavaScript update that is doing the rounds. I recommend any updates to this and stuff, like flash, are done through Ninite.com.  Hopefully, we are now back on the straight and narrow, but it has been a nightmare. The new website should now launch on Monday, but I’ve lost count of the number of deadlines we have missed on this already".  My rule of thumb which has stood me in good stead over 20 years is - as most software like Antivirus, Adobe Reader etc., have an update link under the Help menu, use that, or if in any doubt, go to the genuine software manufacturer's web site to update. Finding genuine sites can be a nightmare in itself, so if in doubt Terry's suggestion of using Niinite seems like a good alternative.
     

  • 08/11/14 - Many Happy Returns to Terry Brunt who will celebrate his birthday on Monday 10th Nov.

  • 08/11/14 -  This is in response to Norman's invitation to listen to those great young musicians from Montpelier and who, on 16/10/14, you informed us were featured in Jazz Guide Newsletter.  Norman definitely has his finger on the pulse. What a pleasant sound Hippocampus makes. What Norman has picked for us here is a sort of cross between Gipsy Jazz, almost Traditional New Orleans Jazz of the Satchmo era, but all wrapped up in a kind of Jewish lilt, much in the flavour of the Benny Goodman heyday, Chicago Europeanlike Jewish-influenced music, which always fits the Jazz sound like a glove. Anyway, it was very delicately and tastefully and certainly rhythmically played and in my own humble opinion, great entertainment as well. Well done, Norman!!! The Zenith Hot Stompers, sounded nice too. It's the first time I've heard this Zenith, I was in the Manchester one. - Joe Silmon

  • 08/11/14 - OK Fred, we all love our traditional and classical New Orleans jazz, but this is a good example of what the 25/30 year old young people are craving for http://youtu.be/33tjL6BiyMw. These new young bands are playing some really good variations on the 'old stuff', and we promoters should relent and see if we can embrace it ! Trevor Stent suggested I look at Hippocampus Jass Gang, a French band, and I have to say I like them. The dancers on this clip seem to be doing a form of retro swing line dance, but it can be seen that they are having a whale of a time with it ! Peter Butler at JazzandJazz is in agreement with the young band movement and intends to feature many of the UK ones. He has already featured 'The Old Hat Jazz Band' and 'Jake Leg Jug Band', but there are more like 'Dr. Butler's Medicine Hatstand Band', so they are on their way. - Norman  Gibson

  • 07/11/14 - May I through the auspices of your august web site send Birthday Wishes for today to my friend Pete Carlton, reeds player and former Cannockian.

  • 07/11/14 - A huge thanks to you and Dave Davis Fred (03/11/14). Steve Crowe and I have been reunited after nearly 40 years.  - Ken Ferguson

  • 06/11/14 - Interesting to read about the Australian Jazz club that won't tolerate disruptive and raucous behaviour. It's a few years since I visited a local club which offers regular "contemporary" jazz. Their audience sit in reverent silence throughout. There aren't any notices, but it's very obvious that talking is not the done thing.   I have seen someone reprimanded for eating a bag of crisps during a folk session - the noise was a distraction, apparently.   -  Sam Wood

  • 06/11/14 - Wirral Jazz Friends had our last big charity jazz night on 3rd October (click here for photographs). Numbers have been falling off and we decided to finish on a high note, rather than end running out off steam. It has been getting more difficult selling tickets at the jazz venues, although we also had loyal jazz fans on our mailing list, who came and enjoyed the music and dancing. We have done 45 evenings for Claire House Children's Hospice and raised £38,800 for them. As part of t he Heswall Arts Festival, the evening was filmed for A1R TV and we hope to soon have a DVD for sale. When we get more details of this, we will let Jazznorthwest know. The evening was terrific, there was lots of dancing and the music kept everyone enthralled. Four Fours, or as we called them, the Hot Unique Four, who all sing, did the middle set. It is so refreshing to hear a local group be innovative, inspired and entertaining. The Jamie Brownfield - Liam Byrne Hot Six were just outstanding. They are in the hot part of the jazz spectrum, but not traditional, although inspired by Louis and Bix and the Duke. The wonderful arrangements by Liam, gave room for superb captivating solo improvisations. They point the way for a younger generation to keep the jazz flame burning.  Many thanks to the two bands and to the many bands we have featured over the years. And many thanks too, to our supporters and helpers, without whom we would have had no success. - Clive, Peter and Jill

  • 06/11/14 - Hello Fred,  Just to say many thanks for the Jazz North West website – I came across it looking for some information on the band to show my son, and to prove that the band once played with Louis Armstrong at the Liverpool Stadium (we actually have a photo, but he still doesn’t believe it….). Dick Goodwin was my uncle on my mother’s side - and to be honest I didn’t believe he played with Satchmo either – hence the passing on of the photograph.  Lots of memories of Uncle Dick, your point on his liking for whisky is spot on. I’m sure you know, but at his funeral the band played him in and out of the hall and down the road - a fantastic bunch and a lasting memory!  - Richard Lloyd
     

  • 06/11/14 -  The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal is trying to do something for jazz fans this year by having a Jazz Lunch. It will be a Three-course festive lunch followed by entertainment from The Billionaires Trio on  Tuesday 23rd December 2014, 12:00pm – 4:30pm at just  £25.00 per person, along with a special deal for couples, Stay over for only £66 per room. That's Bed & Breakfast in a 4 star hotel!  To Book contact Janine or Nicola on 01539 734000 before 31st November 2014 and mention that you saw it on JazzNorthWest. 
     

  • 06/11/14 - Several interesting memories have come in of listening to Acker Bilk, and they are all on the Acker Bilk Tribute Page. There's also an extract from a tribute that was broadcast on the Today programme on Radio 4, including an interview with John Mortimer.

  • 05/11/14 - "Tony and I are off to Newcastle tomorrow for the Whitley Bay Jazz Party", writes Judy Eames.  "On the way back we'll be detouring to Liverpool to guest with the "Merseys" again and are looking forward to seeing the new venue. Hope to see some of your followers there".   Tony & Judy were with the Zenith Hot Stompers when they played at our local golf club on 28th January 1999. It was so successful that it led to Jazz At The Wicket which we ran for two years before handing over the reins. Should be a good night next Monday at The Victoria Hotel, 1 Victoria Road, Aigburth, Liverpool L17 0DL.
     

  • 05/11/14 - Brian Turnock writes, "I have just had a call from Soren Houlind,  his Ragtime Band are coming over from Copenhagen for a UK tour next Autumn and they just have two dates they are trying to fill.  Wednesday Sept 30th and and Monday Oct 5th. If anybody can help contact dochoulind@yahoo.dk".

  • 05/11/14 - Many Happy Returns of the day tomorrow, 6th November,  to trumpet player Harold (Harry) Roberts.

  • 05/11/14 - In the wake of the news of the cancellation of the annual Norwich Jazz Party comes the sad news that Titley Jazz Festival [a July annual event on the Shropshire/Welsh border] is also no more following the illness of organiser David Masters. - Chris Lee

  • 05/11/14 -  Mart's Matinee have a new venue in Altrincham/Timperley area. Let's hope this will be "third time lucky" for our jazz friends and Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz. It's at Timperley Sports Club, Stockport Road, Timperley. WA15 7LU  Next to the Hare & Hounds.  It's an easy entrance with no steps, good car park, bar plus tea/coffee. Next two dates are Thursday 27th November and Monday 29th December 2.00pm start and £6 admission.

  • 04/11/14 -  He's back!   Now he's rejoined his old band, Lez Bull will be leading it at Burgundy's Wine Bar, Lowther Street, Kendal on Thursday November 13th at 8.30pm. Welcome back Lez

  • 03/11/14 - My thanks to Dave Davies for supplying Facebook contact details for Steve Crowe.

  • 03/11/14 - There have been quite a few references to Tuba Skinny recently - and they are, of course, an interesting group.  I was alerted to a new talent on the world scene whilst listening to Radio 3 earlier this Autumn when they played a recording of her.  Andrea Motis is from Catalonia - Barcelona area and is a performer with a very distinctive voice as both a singer and trumpet player - she appeared for two nights at the "Pizza on the Park" in the West End at the end of September this year.  The amazing thing is that she plays trumpet and sax and sings really well. She's only nineteen years old! Check out the you tube clip here: Andrea Motis  - Ian Hunter

  • 03/11/14 - On 01/11/14, in a discussion on Tuba Skinny, Ron Knight mentioned, "the Jazz Cellar which is privately owned by a local trombonist and opens on a Friday night at a cost of $25.00 (£13.75) with BYO".  It has been pointed out to me that if you Google the venue, you are likely to come across a site called weloveperth.net.au  where a lady called Claire describing the venue writes," Politeness and respect towards the musicians and other patrons is paramount and disrupting others’ listening pleasure with raucous behaviour won’t be tolerated. This is definitely somewhere to come for a catch-up but if you can’t constrain your conversation to the before the show or set breaks then it’s not for you". Wonder how  jazz club members would react if they saw  a notice to this effect down at their local jazz club?

  • 03/11/14 - Hi Fred, I stumbled across your post re Harry Black's passing and it brought about a few memories (mostly good). I worked at Your Fathers Moustache in Belgium for a couple of years from 1976 or there abouts, missing Harry by a few months. Lead banjo in my days was my good friend Steve Crowe and I was wondering if any of your members know what became of him. Last I heard Steve was managing the Double Diamond Pub near the bourse, pouring beer and entertaining everyone with his banjo. Steve worked with Harry Black at the Cherry Tree and moved to Belgium with him and "Butch". The only other band member I can remember is "trumpet Mike" Roberts and sometimes trumpeter Pol Clossett. Any info would be much appreciated. - Ken Fergusson

  • 02/11/14 - I am shocked and saddened by news of the death of Alan Poston. We played together many times in Britain and on the continent while he was with Max Collie. He was a fine drummer and very good company. That he should have been hit by a car outside his house just doesn't bear thinking about. - Allan Wilcox

  • 02/11/14 - Jon Lindop asks whether the original home of the Original Panama Jazz Band - Roycroft Hall - is still in place on Seaview Road, Wallasey. Sadly, no; a used car sales lot occupies the site. - Mike Shipman

  • 02/11/14 - Walter Love's Radio Ulster Jazz Club of Sunday 02.11.14 had Mike Pointon, jazz historian as his guest and featured Louis Armstrong's earliest recordings in a new CD entitled 'Birth of a Jazz Genius'. Well worth a listen on BBC IPlayer for the next seven days at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04mpxlx. - David Evans

  • 02/11/14 - As many musicians from the far flung outposts of the North West have played or will be playing at the Harp in Albrighton, would you please put the following on your “News” page? - Update on the sale of the Harp. - In order to avoid any misunderstanding, and possible rumours that have a habit of circulating in the jazz world, this is the latest news:  The Harp has been up for sale for some time now but Donna has recently received an offer which she has accepted.  The new owners intend to keep the pub as it is, no turning in to an eating house or other "modernisations", they have been looking for a more traditional, local hostelry and think the Harp fits the bill.   Fortunately from the point of view of Jazz Club 90 they also intend to keep the jazz arrangements as they are as long as Marie and I will continue to run it.... we had to think long and hard for all of a millisecond before we agreed!  Obviously the legal side of things takes a little while but it is hoped that all will be sorted by early December.   We will be very sorry to see Donna, her husband Dave and brother Russell leave the Harp and would like to thank them for all the financial support and encouragement they have given us to help keep jazz very much alive and kicking at the Harp, and it goes without saying we wish them well in the future.  -  John and Marie Howell.

     

  • 02/11/14 -  Alan Poston, drummer with Bob Wallis and Max Collie died on October 15th after being hit by a car outside his house in Essex. Condolences to his wife Gabi. - Pete Lay

  • 02/11/14 - Hi Fred - As the fount of all knowledge, you have probably heard this, (I read it, but forgot to post it) but just in case. . The Norwich Jazz Party has been cancelled (check website). The journey was also getting too arduous for us old 'uns.  - Clarrie Henley.

  • 02/11/14 - Following an article in just Jazz magazine, Gary Travers raised the subject of musicians playing past their 'sell by' date. An interesting question, and one that I've set up a discussion page for. Moe Green has added his thoughts, what are yours?

  • 02/11/14 - The latest November edition of Just Jazz magazine is now out, and it would appear that an advert in the October edition of Jazz Guide has raised a few hackles. There's a write-up on Dove Jazz Festival by Roger Marshall and an item that's headed "Fred's Dead" -   WHAT??

  • 01/11/14 - If you fancy going to Hungary at the end of March, you might be interested to know that the Early Bird deadline for the International Bohém Ragtime & Jazz Festival has been extended to the 10th November. More details by clicking here

  • 01/11/14 - Just one mid week daytime gig this week, and it's The SAVOY JAZZMEN who are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 4 November, 14:00 - 16:00

  • 01/11/14 - Many Happy Returns to Lancaster trumpeter Danny Riley tomorrow (Sunday)

  • 01/11/14 - Peter and I have kept in touch frequently since our return from Fest Jazz. It would be right to say that it was the petering (excuse the pun !) out of the TS negotiations, which has brought to light the emergence of these young bands, and we are in complete agreement that promoters need to move to get them on our stages. They are playing 'our' music with their twist on it, but, more importantly, they are attracting the mid-twenties age group and swing dancers. I will have 'young' Kevin Grenfell back with me on 26th. Nov. and start the new year with new young band from Stoke 'The Jake Leg Jug Band' on 28th. Jan. I envisage more following ! Keep an eye out on 'Lancaster B&G Club' on Fred's 'NW Jazz Clubs' page. - Norman Gibson

  • 01/11/14 - 2,291 users made 7,846 visits to the site and viewed a total of 18,595 pages this month.  Wow that's some going, thanks for your support.

  • 01/11/14 - I have just read latest issue of Just Jazz Magazine and as usual found it interesting and sad at the same time. In particular the article written by Mike Taylor about Chris Barber. He naturally gives him a glowing career report as one would expect but it was his observations at a recent concert 13th September at Kettering Northamptonshire which saddened me. The concert hall less than 25% full and in Chris’s rendition of “The Saints” was he less agile.   His concert at Bury St. Edmunds earlier on April 10th was a sell out and he gained rapturous applause. The question to ask is do you think he is going to play until he drops or should he at 84 years plus consider managing only and taking a back (and clearly well deserved) back seat? What do your other contributors think? - Gerry Travers.

  • 01/11/14 -  Ed O'Donnell Tribute - Kate O'Donnell  (daughter No. 2) writes, "Just a short note to let you know about a forthcoming evening of jazz, as follows: - Corpus Christi Catholic Club, Halton Moor Avenue, Leeds, LS9 0HB, Friday 07 November 2014, from 7.30 pm.  A concert of traditional/New Orleans jazz in tribute to Ed O'Donnell.   Ed O'Donnell Tribute Band - Arthur Stead, trumpet; Dave Lewis trombone; Tony Denton, clarinet; Jim Wright, banjo; Gus Bousefield, bass; Pete Cridland, drums, and other musicians in attendance. Do spread the word! In case you fellows are Facebook-friendly, there is also an event page set up for it: http://tinyurl.com/k45c9tb .

  • 01/11/14 - "Tuba Skinny played five gigs in Perth, and all the gigs they played cost $51.00 or in your parlance 32 Brit pounds. The venues were full each night. The same in the Eastern States. TS have played in the Eastern States several times and always to good audiences and reviews. No one complained about the price", writes Ron Knight from Freemantle. Perth.  "I like many others were happy to fork out $51 to see and hear a very polished and professional trad band from N’orleans The reason for higher cost is airfares and long distances that have to be contended with when booking American bands and artists, plus they must conform to union rules and regulations."  Also the Jazz Cellar which is privately owned by a local trombonist and opens on a Friday night at a cost of $25.00 (£13.75) with BYO. Music starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 10.30pm. The doors open at 5pm and the venue is full by 6pm. TS played there on a Wednesday night and it drew a capacity crowd, it seats one hundred but this night I think there were many more just standing,You can check this jazz cellar out by Googling the name. It’s a little gem and attracts all ages.

  • 01/11/14 - Christy Cole asks, "Do you have any info on jazz bands that would have played at the former tower ballroom (round toll) area of Possil Glasgow between early 1930’s to mid 1950’s?". Well Ii don't the answer, but if you can help you can email Christy - tchristycole at yahoo.com or call 07897474772

  • 01/11/14 - There’s a lot about Tuba Skinny in your last few News Updates. I’m one of the gang, including Norman Gibson & Barry Pryme, who met them at Fest Jazz, Normandy, and have since been in touch with them, along with Pete Lay and Alan Hippsley, re a UK tour. The current position is that we let the matter rest until Tuba Skinny themselves show an increased inclination to tour. It would be counter productive to chase them. I am still in touch with Erika and Robin and will feature them from time to time. But meantime, our plan is to focus on the growing number of new, young UK bands over recent years. Norman and Pete have named some. I’ve begun to do this but have yet to decide the best overall approach - probably tied in with my recent “Keeping Jazz Alive” Series:  Part 1: “Our audience is dying and there is little we can do!” : Part 2: Sammy Rimington: “In The Upper Garden” : Part 3: Outstanding London Debut For Young Catalonian Jazz Star Andrea Motis : Part 4: Continuing the Debate: KEEPING JAZZ ALIVE.  You and I have spoken before about how time consuming JazzNorthWest and Jazz&Jazz can be! Even more so nowadays. Just got to make it count! - Peter Butler.

  • 01/11/14 - "Murder at The Jazz Club - Don't know any details but it's on Grantchester, ITV  Monday, 9pm" - Philip Cakebread.   Well Philip I've dug out this information -  Johnny Johnson – Sidney's sister Jen's fella – has invited our crime-fighting vicar and Geordie for a night out at his London jazz club. But the evening takes a devastating turn when Johnny's sister Claudette is murdered. Sidney and Geordie think the crime has a connection with something that happened in the past – can Johnny and Claudette's dad (Peter Egan) help shed any light? And can the pair crack the case before the death toll rises? If that wasn't enough to keep Sidney occupied, his love life gets even more complicated…

  • 30/10/14 - Hi Fred,  Evidently clarinet player Vic Ash died on Friday.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic_Ash  Regards,  Dave Davis

  • 30/10/14 - I think Moe Green is right on the button. Perth Western Australia was on the travel arrangements for Tuba Skinny. 5 gigs over five nights and lots of travelling. The cost per tickets was 51 dollars aus. for three hours of full on trad jazz good value in any language. In your money that equals 32 British pounds, peanuts for a professional band like TS One problem for TS was the vast distances they had to cover for the five gigs. Fremantle, Perth, Dunsborough in our south west and Hyden east of and 400 klms from Perth. Ian Royle was one of the first to comment on this topic and I agree with his sentiments.  Ron Knight.
     

  • 30/10/14 - Tom Baron's mention of the Blind Beggar Pub brings back one of my memories. In the middle sixties four of us lads used to frequent London's East End on a Friday night to find the best music pubs(and beer of course!). On one of those nights we took in this famous pub, and, no it wasn't a particularly pleasant establishment, there was no music and a more unsavoury bunch of clients would have been hard to find ! The news, the very next week, that one of the Krays had gone in and shot and killed that George Cornell guy gave us the shivers. It could have been our night !  Incidentally, the best pub was one of Queenie Watts', the Ironbridge Tavern in Canning Town - what a singer she was ! - Norman  Gibson

  • 29/10/14 - Very interested to read the history of the Original Panama Jazz Band tho' it seems some were more Original than others?   After leaving the Original Panama Jazz Band I played with Freddie Rays Dixielanders, Mick McGowans Jazz Aces and the Embassy Stompers until  social pressures put an end to Jazz.  Wonder if any of the above are still around and is the Roycroft Hall still there?  TTFN - as we used to say - John Lindop

  • 28/10/14  - Chris and I were extremely saddened by the news of the death of Brian Lemon.  When, along with Robin Duxbury, we used Brian as part of the rhythm section to accompany touring American musicians - "Mr Reliable" - and subsequently at our Swinging Jazz Parties at the Hilton Blackpool.  We also fondly recall a night in the East End of London, at a small restaurant where Brian was playing solo piano - to an audience mostly composed of his close friend Liz Lohani and ourselves. To get there we passed the "Blind Beggar Pub" - Chris was not impressed !!!   Brian was unassuming but wonderfully talented as a pianist and arranger and it was a nightmare when arthritis got the better of his fingers - fond memories indeed. - Tom Baron
     

  • 26/10/14 - The Stockholm Stompers will play two festivals in England next summer Jacob Ullberger is currently trying to book clubs for the days in between. He says, "We'll play the Upton upon Severn festival 27-28 June and Birmingham festival 4-5 of July and currently we are speaking with a couple of clubs. Stockholm Stompers is deeply rooted in the hot jazz of the 20′s and the quintet cooks an original hot stew of its own, attracting young listeners as well as a devoted jazz audience. Obscure tunes from the 20′s as well as more common hot jazz numbers are treated with love and given a personal touch, and presented with great stage presence". Jacob's email is reproduced in full here
     

  • 26/10/14 - Clarrie Henley has kindly written an obituary for Peter Stafford who Clarrie tells me  was one of the country's leading jazz fans. "Peter was not a musician (although he did play piano from music) but he had a huge record collection and attended every jazz event within reach. He was a fine cricketer and President of the Bolton League. He was well-known to many musicians and fellow fans". You can read the obituary by clicking here
     

  • 26/10/14 - Hi Fred, I totally agree with Moe Green over Tuba Skinny. The only solution to them being over here and it also being financially viable would be to tag them on a program with another famous band like Chris Barber and charge punters the going rate. Here’s hoping. Gerry Travers, Bury St. Edmunds.

  • 26/10/14 - Interesting comments from Steve at the Blue Bell. Tuba Skinny meet Mad Ed's Hot Five? There wouldn't be much room for an audience, but it would certainly be a great gig. Sam Wood

  • 26/10/14 - Just had a call from jazz club promoter Roger Wigley who tells me he had a fall when he had to leave Didsbury Jazz Club early last Thursday to catch a bus, and woke up in hospital having hit his head.  He was kept in overnight for observation, give his dinner and sent on his way, so he'll be back at Didsbury this Thursday for the Wabash Jazzmen

  • 26/10/14 - Hi Fred, to add to Norman Gibson Tuba Skinny comment...   I agree completely, we have an annual visit from The Ronstadt Generations (coincidentally this Monday evening - Linda's brother and her nephew's plus a guest all from Tucson Arizona plus another seat for a Cello!) who've been here at the Blue Bell Halkyn for the previous two years. This year's trip was part funded by a Kickstarter project and we run our usual raffle so it can be done. A combined op with them to get other gigs and get accommodation with friends has amounted to a great working holiday for them.    Along with the Ronstadts we've hosted other US acts here and not had to run to AFM rates using a similar approach and I'm sure Tuba Skinny would probably go for it.   - Steve Marquis, Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn. www.bluebell.uk.eu.org

  • 26/10/14 - The Dixie Kings have moved from the Manor Farm to Rainhill Ex Servicemans club as of this coming Wednesday, 29th

  • 26/10/14  - Don't forget you can always have the News emailed to you twice weekly so that you don't miss anything. Just send an email to jazznorthwest.co.uk@gmail.com with the subject "Add Me", and it would be nice to know where you are located.

  • 25/10/14 - I totally agree with Paul Marks comments about TS. Fans over here are used to paying £6 to hear bands and do not think they should pay more. In the Pop world people are prepared to pay upwards of £70 to hear Lady Ga Ga etc. It's an insult to expect American bands to play for peanuts. On the subject of TS I don't think there are enough fans in the U.K. to fill even one concert hall. People might like them if they went to a concert but why would they go to a performance of a band they have never heard of ? A few hundred enthusiastic fans are not enough. For all their seemingly buskers attitude I am sure TS or their management are pretty astute. Moe Green

  • 25/10/14 - As our Thursday afternoon gig had been cancelled owing to a funeral, which you kindly reported on your Diary Page, Mart and I went down to Timperley to explain to any of our friends who arrived there that there would be no jazz there that afternoon. It was a good job we did this as about 30 people turned up and we had a chat with all of them. We had been able to alert people who we were usually in touch with, either by phone or by e-mail, and some obviously saw it on Fred’s webpage too, but we couldn’t have the other jazz fans arrive and go away with no explanation. We will make other arrangements for our afternoon gig in that area as soon as we can. - Janet Rodger.

  • 25/10/14 - Derek Brown has a set of B and H Vibes for sale (Vibraphone ) You can find more details on the Sales Page

  • 25/10/14 - Just one daytime midweek jazz venue this coming week - Mike Lovell 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wednesday at 12 noon.

  • 25/10/14 - Many Happy Returns next Saturday to pianist Roger Browne.

  • 25/10/14 - The very interesting 25.10.2014 comment on Wrought Iron Rag appears to have emanated from Brenda Tomkins (or Brenda Canty-Forrest as she now is). She's the only one I can remember in that band who had dark curls!!!   Happy days weren't they!  Kind regards  Alwyn Smith (very much tongue-in-cheek)

  • 25/10/14 - Hi Fred, just reading your news page and see that you hadn't heard of  Wrought Iron Rag before.  When I was in Pete Haslam's Collegians band we played this on a live "People and Places" programme on Granada TV around 1959/60.  I remember we had to keep on practising it to get it exactly in time with the slot we had in the programme.  We were in the studios all day and the men had to change their shirts into more colourful ones to show up on black and white TV and I then had very dark hair and had to have gold spray on it to show curls!  It was a very popular tune for us in clubs so that was probably why we chose it for TV.  I also have an LP we did with this on which we recorded in the Free Trade Hall one cold Sunday morning by TH Adkins, Rendezvous records.  Thinking about it,...When we did the TV show, we may have been called The Crescent Jazz band as we obviously didn't have our colourful striped jackets we had when Paddy McKiernan took us on and changed our name.

  • 24/10/14 - "Well, who's going to be first"? asks Richard knock.  Well you are Richard. He says, "We had a number of the de Paris band numbers in the Yarrow River repertoire, including Wrought Iron Rag, Majorca, and The Martinique. Always loved the de Paris band which I heard live on a number of occasions in New York in the late 50's including the wonderful Omer Simeon on clarinet. The Smokey City rendition is a cracker though, and I have to admit better than ours, even though we practised it ad infinitum. Where's the chromatic run intro though? Not having a piano, we did with trumpet, trombone and clarinet in unison, pulled it off most times, too!".

  • 24/10/14 - I've just been doing a bit of housekeeping clearing out old stored music files, and I've replaced some of them with music tracks that I've added to the page of Smoky City Jazz Band that disbanded in 2004.  They come from both the Sheila Collier led band around 1976 and from the later Mike Pembroke led band. One of the tracks I've never heard any other band play and that's Wrought Iron Rag. No doubt I'll be inundated by people telling me the bands that do. You can access the band page via Whatever Happened To in Jazz Extras

  • 23/10/14 - May I just say that I would not like to see the Tuba Skinny discussion go the wrong way. We saw all their performances at FestJazz, met them casually and had our meeting with them, and a very likeable bunch of young people they certainly are. If they were AFM members, being hamstrung by union rates, I believe this would certainly have surfaced at our meeting. My belief is that their Oz agent is a sharp cookie and knows his business inside out, compared to a lot of us promoters in the UK ! That business is his livelihood after all ! Without divulging figures I can assure Ian and Paul that a few of us were prepared to 'guarantee' far above what they refer to (without knowing), as peanuts. It should also be taken into account that European and Scandinavian bands coming here look on their playing as a means of helping finance a vacation visit. It also gets them known, and some that I know, actually return ! It just has to be left to rest for now until TS determine what they wish to do. - Norman Gibson.

  • 22/10/14 - I see the former Eurythmics star, Annie Lennox,  in her new album released Tuesday called "Nostalgia, has recorded  songs like "Mood Indigo" and "Georgia on My Mind" and reduced them to their bare essentials before building them up, in her own style, without treading in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles. That's the strategy she has used " a move into jazz that pays homage to the Great American Songbook and takes her miles away stylistically from the 1980s hits that brought her international fame. "I tried to step away from all the other arrangements," said Annie Lennox, who worked on the album alone with her voice and a keyboard in a rented cottage in Cape Town, South Africa. "I tried to strip them down to their raw, bare version. Once I knew I could do that, just singing and playing the chords on piano, getting to the core of the song, without any elaboration, then I could work on it, from the core root up."  Should be interesting!~

  • 22/10/14 - Hi Fred, Just to add my opinions to the Tuba Skinny debate. Firstly I endorse what Ian Royle says. There's no way that band should be travelling from the States and playing here for buttons. It's embarrassing to think that they would even be asked to. After all It's not like they need the exposure! I As I understand it many jazz fans here and overseas absolutely rave about them and I must admit the few YouTube~ clips I've seen of them I've enjoyed. I just cannot see the problem with ticket prices of £25-£35 to see a band you enjoy listening to, who have travelled from America to perform in your locale. Ok it's more than you'd usually pay but it's a one off event, a special treat. If their music is what really floats your boat it seems like a bargain to me.  - Paul Marks

  • 21/10/14 - Geoff Inwood, who runs the Jazz West Midlands web site, has recently been to Harry Swinburne's Llandudno Jazz Weekend and has written a report. You can see it on Geoff's News Board at www.jazzwestmidlands.co.uk and scroll down.

  • 21/10/14 - There have been some last minute changes to the Silver Bell Band gig dates at the Ale Emporium in Preston leading up to Christmas, since the reversal back to twice monthly. Check What's On for dates.

  • 21/10/14 - There is no Jazz by The Spirit of New Orleans at Delph on Friday 7th November 2014 due to the annual Ex Servicemen’s dinner.

  • 21/10/14 - Hi Fred, A great 'post' from Pete Lay (15/10/14), about, in my opinion, the much over-rated 'Tuba Skinny'. But then again, one mans meat is another mans poison etc and I know that this band has a considerable following around the Country and people enjoy their 'folksy' persona and meticulously 'read' arrangements. I worked for a while with a jazz band and we did many BBC broadcasts and the leader insisted on a good fee for travelling the Country. He also came into contact with 'jazz' fans who insisted that they would 'never pay to hear THEIR jazz'. My brother in law loves fixing cars. It's his job but he enjoys delving into gear boxes with cries of EUREKA! (or something a bit more pithy!) when he sorts out the problem. But he would never more dream of doing near freebie repairs than a lawyer would do an 'interesting' divorce for next to nowt.  You wouldn't get Tuba Skinny playing for the rates generally on offer at British jazz clubs. They are no doubt members of the American version of the Musicians Union (AFM) and would be in serious trouble should they accept the seriously under rate fees offered by jazz promoters in the UK. You won't get Tuba Skinny doing a UK tour for peanuts! And I admire them for it. - Ian Royle

  • 21/10/14 - Mart Rodger's session this Thursday at Branksome Suite, Timperley has been cancelled. The reason being there is a funeral going in for the afternoon. Mart says. "I am sorry that at such short notice I am unable to find an alternative venue."

  • 19/10/14 - Terry Brunt (Tmb.) + Derek Brown (Bs) are once again the guests of the Pendle Jazzmen at The Inn on The Wharf in Burnley on Thursday.

  • 18/10/14 - No musician birthdays to celebrate this week, unless you know different? Ah Just spotted on Facebook that Suzanne Mott is celebrating hers today, Happy Birthday Suzanne

  • 18/10/14 - Just one midweek daytime jazz event for you to enjoy this week, and that's Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz at Branksome Function Suite, Altrincham Masonic Hall, on Thursday from 2pm to 4pm

  • 18/10/14 - This advert has just appeared on Gumtree - TRAD JAZZ CLUB - PLAYERS WANTED. Varied degrees of experience welcome!  Every Friday evening - 7.30 - 9.30 pm, Southside, Glasgow.  This is a non - gigging situation. Not suitable for professionals.  Trumpeters, Flautists, Clarinetists, Trombonists, Rhythm and Bass Guitarists, Pianists - All Welcome.  If you can commit to regular Friday evenings, telephone - EDDIE GRANT - 0141 637 5417.

  • 18/10/14 - "I have 5 very old George Lewis LPs and a Bunk Johnson all in good condition would any of your group  be interested in them , they are just carrying dust in my cupboard", writes Joe McDermott. "I live in Scotland , and don't want a fortune for them just to go to a real Trad jazz fan. I'm 69 now and would like them to go to a good home  cheers Joe , my email is "josie111 * sky.com".  (replace " * " with" @")

  • 18/10/14 - Terry Cheney informs me, and I have confirmed it at http://tinyurl.com/mja7r5w that British jazz pianist Brian Lemon passed away at Bexhill at midday on Saturday, 11 Oct. "As a result of the consequences of osteo-arthritis, he had been unable to play for the past decade, but the legacy of this adaptable, wonderfully musical player is massive".

  • 18/010/14 - Fred, could you let everyone know (via your esteemed website) that the Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra have a new start time of 8:45 (instead of the old time of 9pm) please. All other details are still the same for the moment.

  • 16/10/14 - A nice story from Mike Farmer has just been added to the Eric Scriven tribute page.  It's these stories that stay on this site for future jazz researchers to come across and people researching ancestry, so every little story you may be able to recall is a worthwhile one.

  • 16/10/14 - Terry Cheney, who produces the much coveted Jazz Guide has introduced a newsletter, which you can obtain via his web site on a regular basis by simply clicking on the "Contact Us" button and asking to be put on the newsletter mailing list. In it Terry says, "We are also trying to widen the scope of the publication, by inviting other sections of the genre into the fold", which I gather has brought mixed reactions as you can imagine. Producing the magazine is an expensive job and Terry has seen for himself at various jazz clubs that people have left copies lying about at the end of the night, so no surprise that free copies may not be so freely available in future. To ensure that you continue to receive a copy that keeps you abreast of What's On, not just in the NW like this site, but in the whole of the UK, you need to subscribe. Simply go to www.thejazzguide.co.uk and click on "Buy Now", or there's an option to do it the old way by post. It's only  £5 for 6 months, or £10 for 12 months, delivered to your door. The Newsletter features a French  band that's well worth a look at - Hippocampus Jass Gang - Who says OKOM is dying? No pensioners here folks!

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  • 15/10/14 - There is now a tribute page for Eric Scriven, which can be accessed via Remembering in Jazz Extras, and my thanks to Joe Silmon as usual for providing me with a full and comprehensive obituary, to which I've just add Moe Green's memories of him. Eric Scriven's funeral will be held at Altrincham Crematorium at 1 p.m., next Tuesday, 21st October. There's a tribute in Manchester Evening News at http://tinyurl.com/lug9ewx where he is described as "A club promoter who was credited with bringing jazz to Manchester", although Joe Silmon tells me that jazz in Manchester started back in 1919, continued in the 20s and then separately in the 30s with the new Revival coming  in 1942, when Harry Giltrap set up the Delta Rhythm Kings as well as all the rhythm clubs and Jazz appreciation societies that proliferated, to spread the word but Eric wasn't involved until 1946. There are some photographs in the gallery section that jazz fans may enjoy looking at. 

  • 15/10/14 - I was interested to read Norman's observations about Tuba Skinny and the price of tickets. As you know, I live near Limoges in south west France and I have been utterly frustrated to have been unable to play, not even hear, the sort of jazz I love - New Orleans, Traditional, Dixieland. That is until last week when the local Hot Club de Limoges, run in conjunction with the radio station Swing fm, booked a band called Mem'Ory, fronted by trumpeter Michel Bonnet. into the Théâtre Jean Gagnant in Limoges (200 seats, maybe more) and attracted an almost full house. Ticket price....25€ (about £20). You are really spoiled in the UK in having so much jazz available in pubs and clubs at minimal cost. I was a bit worried that, being in a theatre, it would be a bit of a show but it was really good, down to earth jazz, obviously including many Kid Ory favourites, If my experience is anything to go by, I reckon the last time the sound of a Kid Ory-style band was heard in Limoges was when the man himself played there on 12th October 1956. Both Michel and clarinetist Guy Bonne are listed in a French jazz musicians' index (of which I am now a member) so I have been in contact with them by email. They both tell me that there is little chance of me finding a jazz band hereabouts so I guess I'll have to wait until my next visit to the UK to hopefully be able to sit in for a couple of numbers at the gigs I manage to get to. -- Graham Martindale

  • 15/10/14 - The Rae Bros New Orleans Jazz Band including Ian Wynne, is on at the Crown High Newton on 16 November 2014. This venue is gaining strength having been started by Norman Gibson in late 2011 in remembrance of Joan and Eric Lawton and now featuring at least two gigs a year.  The seating arrangements have been sorted with the whole thing is confined to the upper level. Everyone has a clear view of the band. A sort of jazz loft. Cosy. Very good pub food is available but not compulsory!  Numbers are limited to 50 max. Numbers  are currently in the mid 30's and rising. New punters are welcome but it might be advisable not to leave it too late . Malcolm Cookson is the organiser and can be contacted by e:mail on  morganist@outlook.com or phone 01229 823279.

  • 15/10/14 - Re: Norman Gibson's report about Tuba Skinny. I would like to reiterate that five 'promoters' including Norman were battling to get T.S. to these shores. we tried many avenues to get this to work. We bombarded them with emails outlining possible suggestions about a tour - probable venues, festivals, etc that could afford the package, but their response was poor. It was hard work extracting answers from them. A rich benefactor would have been the only way of finalising a deal unless they had a change of heart about the deal we had on the table for them. Whatever would have been agreed with them it is likely that entrance fees in UK would have had to work out at £15 - £20 per venue depending on the size of the club. One or two festivals could have taken them with no problem, but it was seen as being difficult for our jazz clubs to stump up for their fees.    Don't be misled into thinking that as they 'busk' on the streets in New Orleans that they come cheap. On a good day in New Orleans they would go home with $150 each. It is all a different mind set to the UK about band fees. In Oz they are supported by TV appearances, an agent that acquired a deal that paid their air fares, and entrance fees of £25. That says it all....  - Pete Lay
     

  • 14/10/14 - I've received a write-up of the Mini-Jazz Weekend in Abersoch complete with a couple of great photos. You can see it by clicking here

  • 14/10/14 - Louis Lince writes, "All the appeals worked!" (13/08/14) - - - "Following my meeting with him on Friday, the date of the unveiling by Daniel Bechet of the plaque to his father at 17 Conway Street will take place on Monday 24 November in the early afternoon and will be followed by a reception at the nearby Lukin Arms. Those who have contributed will receive a formal invitation in due course, but any of you will of course be welcome to attend". - Howard Rye

  • 14/10/14 - I was informed by Bill Birch, author of "Keeper Of The Flame" (which is about the Manchester Modern Jazz Scene, 1946-72), that Eric Scriven, not a local musician, but one of the Scene's most ardent and dedicated Jazz promoters, sadly died on 13th October 2014.  Eric had started out as an appreciator of Traditional and Dixieland styles by 1946, when he was demobilised from the Royal Navy, well after the end of hostilities. Therefore, he was one of the early pioneers, but not the earliest! Nevertheless, he played a significant role over the following three decades in attracting to Manchester not only the cream of British Jazz, but also many foreign counterparts from the land of Jazz - the USA.  On behalf of the local Jazz Community and myself,  I wish to extend our joint condolences to the Scriven Family at this very sad time. -  Joe A A Silmon-Monerri ("Joe Silmon")

  • 14/10/14 - The Original Panama Jazz Band celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year and Jon Critchley has compiled a history of the band which appeared in Just Jazz Magazine in August and September, and is now reproduced on this site. You can access the article via Jazz Extras on the Main Menu

  • 13/10/14 - Hi Fred,  You will recall last year, I and some other promoters, tried desperately to negotiate deals with Tuba Skinny's UK Agent, and their main Agent in Australia, all to no avail for this year. Well, as again you know, a number of us went down to see TS at FestJazz (incidentally, the best jazz festival I have ever attended!) in Brittany, met the band members and had what we would say was a good and enjoyable meeting (they left all their unfinished wine and beer on the table outside our gite early on the morning they left - so they must have liked us !) My feeling, however, is that in the meantime, since they returned to New Orleans, that they have come to know that the UK jazz scene is not based in a land of milk and honey. The fact that they are just finishing a tour in Australia, where ticket prices for their performances are £25.00 + equivalent, may indicate why our efforts have not been able to assist a UK tour for 2015. Personally, I am not looking further ahead to 2016, when I feel I may well have 'retired' from jazz promotion, and it is looking doubtful that a tour even then may happen ! Sorry if I am being the one to bring this bad news, but unless there is a rich benefactor out there who wishes to step in with a load of dosh, we may have to forget the idea of Tuba Skinny gracing our shores ! I suppose you will put this in your 'Doom and Gloom' section ! (Not yet Norman)
     

  • 13/10/14 - Lez Bull emailed to say, "Just a note to confirm that I have now rejoined my old Band ( just when you thought it was safe to walk into a jazz pub). We are playing the Wine Bar, Lowther Street Kendal this Thursday 16th October at 8.30. The LBJB is then at the Black Bull ( no relation ) at Bentham on Monday 10th November. As you may deduce, there are not many gigs in the diary yet, but we welcome all enquiries
     

  • 12/10/15 - Some changes  seem to be appearing in What's On -  Annie's Saints & Sinners are set to appear at the Railway pub in Marple next Sat Oct 18th., and at the Plaza, Stockport as part of the The Mayor's Charity concert on Nov 21st.  Whilst over in Buxton, Dale Storr  (New Orleans Piano", will be appearing at The Old Clubhouse Buxton, on Saturday 15th November, and there will be a 30 minute support set by regular contributor (Sam Wood) called "Sam Slide and Friends"
     

  • 12/10/14 - It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of my Father’s death. Harold Culling was instrumental in bringing Traditional jazz to Liverpool, putting on concerts, recording concerts and playing the sousaphone on early Merseysippi recordings. Big Bill Broonzy had fish and chips at his Mum and Dad’s chippy on which became Muirhead avenue East. His funeral is at St Mary’s church, West Derby today at 1.00pm - Penny Read

  • 12/10/14 - Many Happy Returns tomorrow to Fylde Coast bass player Gerry Clayton.

  • 11/10/14 - If you think that keeping a jazz club going is very difficult in this country, imagine what it might be like starting one up in China, where venues are under really strict scrutiny from the culture department as well as the police. Jazz was pretty much eradicated in China during the Mao era, which meant starting a jazz festival in Changsha was a challenge for Mr Chen and Funky. There was an interesting article on them in The Guardian yesterday at http://tinyurl.com/ombkuwf

  • 10/10/14 - Hi Fred, This may be something you can highlight ! Go to JazzandJazz site for latest piece 'Outstanding Outstanding London Debut For Young Catalonian Jazz Star Andrea Motisand' and run down to the blue comments section and read Graham's very true enlightenment. Most of which I have been advocating for years ! Clubs like Sale, which has recently 'died', should sit up and take note!  I shall, more than likely, be making a statement of intentions for my jazz henceforth from 2015, Suffice to say at this point, 'times they are a-changing',  - Norman Gibson.

  • 10/10/14 - Hi Fred, We recently made the trip from deepest Norfolk to Rochdale jazz club, via a short break at Hebden Bridge, and would just like to say how much we appreciated the friendly folk in that club. They made us most welcome and Savannah, as always provide a superb evenings entertainment. Many thanks to one and all. Regards, Dennis & Gill Whitehead.

  • 10/10/14 - The Summer season of Sunday lunch-time at The Britannia, Oswaldtwistle with the Pendle Jazzmen, has now come to an end.

  • 08/10/14 - There's an interesting item from The Guardian at http://tinyurl.com/l7df6az. Terry Cryer’s best photograph – capturing Britain’s jazz age, with a photograph of George Lewis and Joe Watkins in 1957. It also reveals how Terry got into jazz photography.

  • 08/10/14 - I've just been alerted to a review in the Scottish Herald, about a play called "Three Sisters", in which it says, "Hope comes in the shape of a portable record player bought by the family's ageing doctor for Renee's twentieth birthday along with some already outmoded trad-jazz records".  Google's definition of 'outmoded' is - out of date, old-fashioned, outworn, dated, behind the times, ancient, archaic, antiquated, obsolescent, dead, disused, defunct, abandoned, tired, exhausted, stale, hackneyed, ......  Sounds like my kind of music.

  • 08/10/14 - I've just received the Bridgewater Hall (M/cr) programme and a couple that caught my eye that may be of interest are The RNCM Jazz Collective on 11th Dec at 1-10pm, and The Glenn Miller Orchestra with the Jiving Lindy Hoppers on Sunday 28th Dec at 3pm. Click on the links for more information.

  • 07/10/14 - I'm indebted to Joe Silmon for taking time out of his busy schedule, to write a very comprehensive obituary for Rod Hopton. Trombonist Rod Hopton who played with The Saints Jazz Band, was active on the Manchester jazz scene for many years. His funeral took place on Friday 3rd October at Stockport Crematorium. Whilst I emailed musicians to tell them about Rod, unfortunately I omitted to mention it on the news at the time.
     

  • 07/10/14 - Straight from Andrew Liddle and appearing in the September issue of Just Jazz Magazine - "During The Interval"  an interview with the Spirit of New Orleans band leader, Dave Pogson.

  • 07/10/14 - An eleventh hour gig just come in from Louis Lince. It's Mart Rodger M/cr jazz who will be playing at Romiley Forum Theatre on 12th October along with Stockport Barbershop Harmony Club who are performing at the same venue. I was given a time of 7-30pm but the Theatre has the event starting at 7pm, so if you are interested, call 0844-877-3377. Tickets are £7.50

  • 07/10/14 -  "Wallaseyian" Tony Pringle, sets this question in his latest Hand Dodger from the New Black Eagles jazz Band in New England - "Mystery Musician #12: : Born 1927, NYC, raised in Philly; recorded with Gene Krupa, Miles Davis, Claude Thornhill and Kenton; multi-poll winner in the 50s; composer, arranger, sax; small and big band leader."  If you know the answer send it to stanvincent3511@verizon.net.

  • 07/10/14 - On Tuesday 28th October The Parade Jazz Band will be holding a special event upstairs at The Boathouse, Parkgate, from 8.30pm until 11.00pm. It's a ‘Halloween Swinging Spooks and Groovin’ Ghosts.’ session.  It's just  £3 admission.  All that for the price of a pint? 

  • 05/10/14 - It was a super session from the Tame Valley Stompers at the Pavilion Arts Centre this afternoon, with about 70 in the audience. A particular treat was the fastest version I've ever heard of "St Phillip Street Breakdown". Once again, there were a few extras at the end, so we had well over the allotted hour of music. Well worth missing Buxton's last bit of sunshine this year! - Sam Wood

  • 05/10/14 - Terry Brunt (Tmb.) + Derek Brown (Bs.) will be joining the Pendle Jazzmen on Thursday 9th in Burnley at the Inn on the Wharf, M/cr Road, Burnley.

  • 04/10/14 - The 'New Orleans Hot Dogs' with ex-pats Gerry Carter on trumpet from Bolton, Patrick Clancy on piano and banjo from somewhere North of Watford and John Alexander on bass formerly with the BBC Midland Radio Orchestra are packing 'em in at the 'Bolero' restaurant in Calpe. We arrived at 9p.m. and had to sit outside-and it's a big place! The improvement the band has made since I last heard them is remarkable. Last week they had Bill Smith from the 'Savannah' sitting in on trumpet, harmonica and vocals.  This week they had me.   Errrrr......  Ian Royle

  • 04/10/14 - Two musicians  share the same birthday this week.  Doug Whaley and Jack Cotterill on Thursday. Best wishes to them both.

  • 04/10/14 - Just one midweek daytime gig this week - The SAVOY JAZZMEN in the lovely setting of Sefton Park Palm House at 2pm on Tuesday.

  • 04/10/14 - A total of 15,500 pages were views by 6,689 visitors to this web site last month.

  • 03/10/14 - The October edition of Just Jazz Magazine is now available. It contains an interview with the great American cornettist Bob Schultz by NW writer Andrew Liddle, as well as a write-up by Dove Jazz Club promoter Barry Pryme on the Châteuneuf-du-Faou jazz festival in Brittany, and if that's not enough, there's a two page spread on the 35 year history of The Savannah Jazz Band by band leader, John Meehan.
     

  • 03/10/14 - Neville Goodwin's funeral will take place on Wednesday October 15th, 10:30am at Dukinfield Crematorium, Hall Green Road, Dukinfield, SK16 4EP http://tinyurl.com/mq9lbgh. Messages and condolences to Mr & Mrs D Goodwin, White Chimneys Farm, White Chimneys Farm. Lask Edge Road, Lask Edge, LEEK. ST13 8QQ

  • 03/10/14 - Two more entries have been added to Neville Goodwin's tribute page

  • 03/10/14 - The Shrimper Jazz Band list has been updated.

  • 02/10//14 - Our regular 'third Sunday' slot at the Bare Village Club has been changed from October 19th to October 26th, due to a previous booking at the Club. I'd be grateful if you could let our regulars know - many of them do check your website regularly! The times remain the same - 4.00pm to 6.30pm. - Dave Bateman

  • 02/10/14 - As part of our 60th anniversary year, Neil Raymer of Raymer Sound has reissued (on CD)  a tape that he produced of the Original Panama Jazzband in 1992, called "Something For The Weekend".  The new CD is now called "Something For The Weekend - With A Bit On The Side!".  The "bit on the side" comprises the first limited issue vinyl EP the band made in 1970, and also some tracks that Neil recorded at Maghull Town Hall in 1991.  See Neil's webpage: http://www.raymerjazz.co.uk/catalogue/RSCD954.htm  We are also selling it at gigs. - Jon Critchley

  • 02/10/14 - Tom Hall writes, "I stumbled across your website via Google; I hope you don't mind me writing out of the blue. I inherited a box of old New Orleans jazz magazines last year from my trad-loving father (Eureka, Footnote, New Orleans Music) and I wonder if you could advise as to where to try and sell these on to a good home. There is also a pile of jazz festival programmes and some badges". I've asked Tom for more details and he sent them. You can find out more by going to the Sales Page

  • 02/10/14 - Barrie Marshall tells me he listened to an interesting programme on Radio 4 Monday night.  It was called Reimagining the City, about New Orleans. You can hear it at http://tinyurl.com/a28pnye

  • 02/10/14 - Mart Rodger writes, - "I have heard from Sale Conservative Club where they have run the Sale Jazz Club and the bad news is that it has finished because of lack of attendance". Well I contacted Phil Williams who has been running jazz there, and this is what he told me. "WOW ! News certainly travels fast! I assume it was one of the bands I had to call to cancel.  Yes it’s true. We used to get over a hundred once a month a few years ago but now we are down to 34 last Friday and we have been losing £100 every month for the last three months. I took over two years ago because the previous organiser, Dave Hardman, was retiring. He had run it together with Gordon Hand and Mike Hargreaves for over twenty years. It’s very sad but there are no teenagers pleading with their parents to take them to a Trad Jazz Night. Our audience is dying and there is little we can do".
     

  • 02/10/14 - "Probably too late to tell you, Fred, but what is billed as the Quincey Street Quartet for tonight (Thursday 2nd Oct.) at Carlisle Jazz Club will in fact be a reunion of the Lez Bull Jazz Band. The six-piece band tonight includes Lez on trumpet, and Eddie Taylor on trombone, plus the regular quartet of Pete Major (piano) Dave Lee (reeds) Laurence Canty (bass) and Peter Boocock (drums). It's all at the usual venue of Carlisle Rugby Club from 8 p.m. Try and make it folks ! It should be interesting!!". - Lez Bull

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  • 01/10/14 - We, Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz did our first jazz club performance on Monday 1st October 1984 at Didsbury Cricket Club. The band consisted of Allan Dent, Eric Brierley, Colin Smith, Bob Ascough, Dave Berry, Noel Broadgate and myself. The audience attendance was 33 and they paid 75 pence each to come in and the band got paid £5 each and Noel was given an additional £2 expenses. I did it for nothing and the advertising in the Manchester Evening News was £41.25. So it is our 30th Anniversary today and I say thanks to the musicians for their contribution and also thanks to the jazz friends who have come to listen to us. - Mart Rodger

  • 01/10/14 - There's a new kid on the block.  The Payday Loons are an entirely acoustic band, founded earlier this year for a series of gigs in West Cumbria. They bring a blend of frivolity, novelty songs and driving vintage jazz to the North West music scene.  You can see them tonight at The Shrimper in Southport, so a report from an impartial source would be appreciated. The band is now featured on the Main Menu - Band Spotlight.

  • 30/09/14 - I was sorry to read on Facebook that Jerry Brown who used to run Jazz & Blues records, and was more recently involved with the running of the Norwich Jazz Party, had passed away. I met Jerry at Whitley Bay Jazz Festival a few years back, and he told me he used to be a policeman, and as my father had also been a policeman, we had a good chat about the force, it made a change from jazz. I did see a note his wife Anne posted earlier this weekend to say he was on life support, but today the family announced - "Jerry sadly died yesterday afternoon at Papworth after a very determined battle. He died peacefully having never regained consciousness following his operation last Thursday. A funeral will be held and we will update with details when we know. - Ann, Nicola and Samshe"

  • 29/09/14 - ‎Hi Fred I wonder if your followers could help. I'm trying to find a set of chords or leadsheet for a tune called Doggin' Around by Herschel‎ Evans and Edgar Battle. It was the title track on Alex Welsh's early 70's studio album.   As always, any help is very gratefully ‎received. My email address is southsidejazz@hotmail.com  - Wil Robinson

  • 29/09/14 - Hello Fred, Walter Love 's Radio Ulster Jazz Club featured traditional jazz for the whole hour on Sunday 28.09.14 including Lake Records recordings, then Ken Colyer.   Eamon Friel's interesting Radio Ulster Late Show on Saturday 27.09.14 featured Ottilie Patterson with Chris Barber and also in a great duet with Louis Jordan approximately half and hour though the programme.   - David Evans Rhuddlan.

  • 28/09/14 - Ian Royle tells me - " I 'quadruple tracked' the trumpet tracks on the new C-Beebies telly programme 'Furchester Hotel'. Terry Brunt was also involved but since we recorded ten days apart, that was the nearest thing I got to becoming a 'Dead Good Boy'. Eric Newton 'the jogging jazzer' is also in the mix somewhere". We wish Ian safe journey tomorrow as he flies off to Spain.

  • 28/09/14 - Got the wrong week for Birthdays for those who got the news via email, Doug Whaley and Jack Cotterill share birthdays on the 9th October. Promoter Derek Daniels continues to make slow progress, after chemotherapy treatment and operation, but had another spell in hospital after collapsing at home.  Derek will be celebrating his birthday on Monday, whilst Keith Allcock will be celebrating his on Tuesday.  Many Happy Returns to both of them.

  • 28/09/14 - Joe Silmon has added his own tribute to Neville Goodwin on the Tribute Page

  • 26/09/14 - There is now a tribute page for Neville Goodwin which you can access via Jazz Extras and Remembering.

  • 25/09/14 - Re Neville Goodwin, that’s very sad. He was always so nice to me when I went to see the Teds and spent a long time talking about his little dog whom he absolutely adored. He told me how she would come into his bedroom in the morning to wake him up so I do wonder what will happen to her now. He would have wanted the best for her. He was a lovely man indeed. - Sue Reid-Povall

  • 25/09/14 - Re Neville Goodwin, He was missed last night Fred, Nev was a great man, a fine musician, and one of life's real gentlemen. Last time I spoke to him he wanted our address and next thing you know a nice wedding card arrives at our house. Typical of Nev. I obviously haven't known him as long as some but Alison and I are privileged to have been able to call him a friend. R.I.P. Neville. - Andy Henderson

  • 25/09/14 - Morning Fred from a very damp and Morecambe. Welcome back. Unfortunately, during your absence, Bob and I had to cancel the Chicago Teds' gig scheduled for Middleton, Heysham this Friday, the 26th, due to a total lack of interest. This decision was not taken lightly but we really could not expect a band of this stature to travel up from the other end of the County to play to an empty hall. Considering that when we took over this enterprise earlier in the year we had over 120 present for Keith Nichols and Spats at OVERTON for the David and Norman farewell night, to know where we are going wrong is a mystery. However, we are determined to bring the best of the North West to Morecambe, and to end our final booking of the year on Friday 31st October, also at Middleton, we welcome the Speakeasy Bootleg Jazz Band from Liverpool. As many of your readers will know they are a great band who really get things going. We urge all jazz supporters who can do their best to be there and make it a great night. Please contact Bob on 07957800603 or Rick on 01524 401660 or 07880613175 - Rick Bradshaw.

  • 25/09/14 - I've just taken a phone call from Brian Singleton, leader of the Chicago Teddybears Soc. jazz Band, to inform me that pianist Neville Goodwin died peacefully at home a couple of days ago at the age of 86. Neville had no underlying illness as far as we know, and his wish to be able to play for the rest of his days, came to be granted. Neville was the elder statesman of the band, and like a lot of people of his generation he was made to learn to play the piano at a very early age, but it didn’t work and he drifted away from it for quite some time. In later life he picked up on it again and in his own time taught himself to play. Neville's interest in jazz began some 40 odd years ago when he first heard the great Oscar Peterson, it made a big impression on him and influenced his style of playing. Another of Neville's favourites was Hoagy Carmichael. You could sum up Neville's playing in one word, “gentle” he was as much at ease playing a ballad as a boogie. Funeral details will be published when they become available.

  • 24/09/13 - The eagle-eyed ones amongst you may have noticed chunks of news items went missing from 11/09/14 - 21/09/14, although I don't think it affected those who receive the news via email. Hopefully it's all back now.

  • 24/09/14 - Hi Fred, Just like to let everyone know that at Leeds Jazz Club we now have our own real ale, its under the title of Bourbon Street Trad. The local Wakefield brewery Clarks and the Con club in Armley where we meet, made this possible. Retailing at £2.00 per pint we must have the cheapest bitter on the jazz scene. Keep up your good work for our wonderful music. -  John Wall.

  • 24/09/14 - Speakeasy Bootleg Band has joined the spotlight list on the main menu. Band Leader Jeff Lewis says, "While I realise that Speakeasy Bootleg Band differs from what is normally regarded as a "traditional band", we do have a good following within the "traditional" community, as we do across the jazz scene in general. Because SBB is not really a "Trad" band. I've refrained from asking you to include us on your page but wondered if you could link to our site".  Well the SBB might not be a traditional jazz band as such, but they can and do play traditional jazz music as the video on the Home Page shows, so in my book they qualify for the spotlight page. I shot that video on Appleby Station in August 2012 when the band entertained passengers during a trip from Liverpool to Carlisle and whilst the engine took on water at Appleby. The train started off from Liverpool but was pulled by a steam engine from Preston.

  • 24/09/14 - Still recovering from an operation on his wrist for a trapped nerve, Mart Rodger will still be at the  Branksome Suite, Timperley tomorrow at 2.00pm with the PA and Janet will be there to do the door, but Mart won’t be playing so Dave Thomas will stand in for him.

  • 24/09/14 - Wirral Jazz Friends Present A Heswall Festival Special Jazz Night For Claire House Children's' Hospice on 3rd October. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

  • 24/09/14 - Tony Jacobs presents a a weekly programme on the internet - UK 1940s Radio Station. There's information about this, oh and of course his  weekend of jazz, swing and cabaret at South Downs Holiday Village near Chichester, by clicking here

  • 24/09/14 - There's now a tribute page for trombone player Andy Holdorf, who died on September 18th.

  • 23/09/14 - Gayle Leary writes, "I am not sure if you can help me. But my Grandfather Donald Cadwallader played the trombone for The Stockyard Ramblers in RAF Nicosia 1963. I am trying to find photographs from then but not sure where to start.  Can you help? My Grandad passed away 2 years ago in 2012 but I only found out last June 2013. Would be nice to know anything about his Jazz days as I recall him playing jazz at Christmas and at parties". There is one picture on the site on the Stockyard Ramblers page which I've passed on.

  • 23/09/14 - An  email unfortunately went AWOL whilst I was on holiday, but thankfully the sender sent me a reminder and I was able to locate it.  It came from Len Taylor in response to Mart Rodger's comment on 3rd September, regarding the number of wheelchairs that came to the jazz at High Lane Conservative Club. Len  has written an important comment about wheelchair access, and if you can answer the question regarding your local jazz venue, then I'll add the information to the What's On entries.  Click here to read Len's story.

  • 23/09/14 -  Andrew "Andy" Holdorf, Trombone player for Kasey's Hot 7, The Yorkshire Jazz Band, The White Eagle Jazz Band, Shep's Banjo Boys, The Millenium Eagle Jazz Band and anybody else who asked him nicely,  passed away peacefully on September 18th 2014 aged 75.  Cremation to be held at Stafford Crematorium, Tixall Rd., Stafford. ST18 0XZ on Monday 6th October @ 1p.m.  For further details contact Jo on 01889 591111 - Jason Stenholm
     

  • 23/09/14 - A recent email I received from the Press Association, gave details of a database where people could "List your event in national and regional press". I don't have the time to list them all myself but promoters or band leaders may wish to take a look at http://tinyurl.com/monr5to and let me know if there are any snags if they decide to use it.

  • 21/09/14 - Two mid week daytime gigs this week. On Wednesday, Mike Lovell 6 in a bar will be playing at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood from 12pm to 2-30pm, and on Thursday, Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz will be playing at the Branksome Function Suite, Altrincham Masonic Hall, Timperley from 2pm to 4pm

  • 21/09/14 - "Just read about the problem Joe Baron is having with his Flugel valves. It sounds like the piece he is talking about is the small white or grey plastic bar that the valve spring pushes on. They are universal across the Bach range, and were made out of brass until the 1970s. When the plastic ones came in, they existed in two forms 1) Asymmetric tips - to stop the valve going in the wrong way round, and  2) Symmetric tips. The Symmetric ones are the later design, but will fit the older models perfectly OK, and are easily available.  Any brass instrument shop should have a bag full....... they're effectively a consumable, like waterkey corks or springs. Hope this sorts out his problem".  -  Jeff Lewis.  "Try Michael Rath Trombones - Instruments - http://tinyurl.com/lrgfuzr" - Brenda Canty-Forrest

  • 21/09/14 - I've just read Joe Baron's request. A new part is the ideal solution but I know good repairers are thin on the ground. Ordering odd parts from overseas sounds like a vain hope, so I'm not surprised Joe is having problems. Now, I'm not an instrument repairer but I have managed to save all sorts of things from the scrap heap. I know the part Joe describes, but I don't know what sort of plastic it is. If it was my instrument I might be tempted to try a repair myself. I would build up the worn section with epoxy putty or araldite, then carefully file it to shape using one of the undamaged parts as a guide. This will take ages and require lots of patience. Alternatively find a piece of suitable material and make a new one. A lot more drilling and filing required but stronger.  If the instrument is otherwise unplayable a bodge might be the only option. But don't blame me for any disasters!  - Sam Wood

  • 20/09/14 - Joe Silmon. writes, "On Tuesday 30th of September,  I'll be appearing with a trio of extremely well-known musicians from the long-term Manchester Jazz Scene, at the Slug-and-Lettuce, Wilmslow Rd., Didsbury Village. Personnel: Vinnie Parker (keyboards), Stuart Riley (d/bass), Phil Bennett (drs) and Les Berry (vocals). I used to sit in with Les and the trio at the Fletcher Moss, near the Slug, a little while back.   I fit in perfectly with them, the feeling is mutual, and I know all the range of tunes they play/sing, which makes me a very "happy bunny" when I'm with them.  I also get to use all my instruments. It's Mainstream, the style Roy Willams and John Barnes, and Alex Welsh played, with some Rat Pack tunes, bossas and lovely ballads thrown in".

  • 20/09/14 - Ex Smoky City JB leader, musician Sheila Collier writes, "Dear Fred, thought you would like this for your page.  Hayfield turned me down they said they were over budget.   I thought it was very bad form after inviting me so near the event.  I am in beautiful St Ives at the Sept Festival. Sang a couple of Blues for them yesterday!".  I am  going to the The Smugglers Inn, Hayle near Penzance tomorrow (Sunday) where Spats Langham is on! (Quite a few ex NW musicians play there - FB).  I go back to London on Tuesday and Helsingborg on Thursday.  T J Johnson has invited me to sing with his Band on Wed in London at the Crypt in St Martin in the Fields.  So I'm having a great time and have put Hayfield behind me. 

  • 20/09/14 - "I'm trying to trace my grandfather", writes Mary Mckie. His occupation  was listed on my fathers birth certificate (1923) as   "musician, banjo" having previously served in the royal navy as a stoker his name was John Francis Doherty, sometimes known as Francis John Doherty!   I've tried all other avenues whilst tracing my family tree. Incidentally my father died when I was a few months old in 1961 and the children put into care wahhh! so no family around to ask.  Any ideas on how I can find out more information??   Thanks for reading and hope you can help if not happy Jazz-ing!

  • 20/09/14 - Joe Baron writes, "I’m having a problem trying to get a part for a Elkhart Vincent Bach Flugelhorn.  It’s just a bit of plastic that fits onto the stem of the valve. The part has an extrusion that slides into a keyway in the valve chamber when the valve is fingered down. It is worn so the valve is able to rotate in the valve chamber.   Please do you know any connection that could help?      I went to Alan Benthams funeral It was well attended and I met several musician friends I had not seen for about 40 years.   His wife chose an arrangement by Alan Peperal who arranged it for Alan ( How are things in Glockamorrow) A sax solo Closing with Ella singing Every time we say goodbye.

  • 20/09/14 - Nice to hear Enrico Tomasso playing Brian Ferry's Music in the programme "Our Zoo", coming off the 78rpm on the wind-up in episode 2: set in the 1930's! - Jon Critchley

  • 20/09/14 - Custer's Last band will be playing at the Fisherman's Arms, Baycliff, Near Ulverston on Sunday 19th October between 2.30 and 4.30 pm.  I'm told this is a great pub, providing excellent food and a good pint. An idea for Sunday lunch and some jazz perhaps?

  • 16/09/14 - Alan Barnes will be the special guest with the Gerry Tomlinson Trio this Sunday 21st September at the Sedgley Park Rugby Club, Whitefield. Start time 1.00pm. Admission for this particular afternoon will be £7.

  • 14/09/14 - There is only one daytime mid week jazz event coming up, and that's the High Society Jazz Band on Friday at 12-30pm at Carnforth Railway Station.

  • 14/09/14 - Many Happy Returns this week to Harold Troughton and  Richard Lord (Mon), and to Mike Reddin (Thu)

  • 13/09/14 - The late Cosimo Mattassa was the driving force behind so many recordings - a very good tribute at http://tinyurl.com/m65f8bn. He was a lovely man, and I was privileged to have met him.  - Louis Lince

  • 11/09/14 - High Society will be appearing at a concert in Halton Church, Lancaster, tomorrow -Friday 12th Sept at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 - light refreshments at the interval. Anyone who is coming needs to be aware that Halton Road is currently closed for the M6 Link works, so there is no access to the church from the Lancaster end of Halton Road. The best way is to use the A6 to Slyne, and turn right after the Slyne Lodge onto Bottomdale Road - follow that through to the mini roundabout as you reach Halton - turn right, even though it is marked Road Closed.The church is almost immediately on the right - parking is not easy, but it may be possible to use the car park of the former White Lion pub, which is now a cafe. - Dave Bateman

  • 16/09/14 - Alan Barnes will be the special guest with the Gerry Tomlinson Trio this Sunday 21st September at the Sedgley Park Rugby Club, Whitefield. Start time 1.00pm. Admission for this particular afternoon will be £7.

  • 14/09/14 - There is only one daytime mid week jazz event coming up, and that's the High Society Jazz Band on Friday at 12-30pm at Carnforth Railway Station.

  • 14/09/14 - Many Happy Returns this week to Harold Troughton and  Richard Lord (Mon), and to Mike Reddin (Thu)

  •  13/09/14 - The late Cosimo Mattassa was the driving force behind so many recordings - a very good tribute at http://tinyurl.com/m65f8bn. He was a lovely man, and I was privileged to have met him.  - Louis Lince

  • 11/09/14 - High Society will be appearing at a concert in Halton Church, Lancaster, tomorrow -Friday 12th Sept at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 - light refreshments at the interval. Anyone who is coming needs to be aware that Halton Road is currently closed for the M6 Link works, so there is no access to the church from the Lancaster end of Halton Road. The best way is to use the A6 to Slyne, and turn right after the Slyne Lodge onto Bottomdale Road - follow that through to the mini roundabout as you reach Halton - turn right, even though it is marked Road Closed.The church is almost immediately on the right - parking is not easy, but it may be possible to use the car park of the former White Lion pub, which is now a cafe. - Dave Bateman

  • 09/09/14 - Ailsa Nicholson (Voc.)  is the special guest of the Pendle Jazzmen on Thursday at The Inn on the Wharf, Burnley

  • 09/09/14 - The new season of Sunday lunchtime jazz has started at the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton. The Arts Centre gigs are as before; 1pm to 2pm, doors and bar open 12.30, limited selection food available, admission £5. - Sam Wood
     

  • 09/09/14 -  What a great session on the latest Jazz Night at a packed house in The Black Bull Bentham where Lez Bull (Who has not blown his Trumpet for 3 years and not lost any of his enormous talent). appeared with Eddie Taylor Tmb; Dave Lee Reeds. Pete Major Pno; also equally brilliant were Bs; and Drms.  I fully apologise for not catching their names. -  Best regards Michael Collins.

  • 09/09/14 - Barrie Marshall tells me ,"The Lancaster Jazz Festival is contemporary jazz so not for your web site but this item could be of interest to some and its free. - "How To Get More Gigs".  For more information see http://tinyurl.com/ncockpm

  • 09/09/14 - Fred Shawcross, that marvellous man who runs the Jeriatric Jazz Band, with his good wife celebrate their 56th. Wedding Anniversary on the 10th.September. He himself will be 80 on the 15th. September. Meryl and I, and I am sure all my faithful gang of jazzers, send our congratulations and best wishes for their evening of celebrations. Two performances by the band for us, were right up there with top rating for entertainment, in eight years of running jazz evenings. - Norman Gibson

  • 07/09/14 - The Wyre Levee Stompers pictured outside the North Euston Hotel on Tram Sunday in July.  My thanks to Keith Wadeson for this photograph, Click the picture for a larger version. You can see more of these and the rest of the web site pictures by clicking here

  • 07/09/14 - "Your subscribers may like to know that twice a year at South Downs Holiday Village near Chichester, I present a weekend of jazz, swing and cabaret. Guests over the years have included Neville Dickie and his Rhythm Makers, the Bateman Brothers, the Sue Greenway Big Band, Louise Cookman, Eleanor Keenan and Phil Phillips, Catherine Sykes, Martin Litton, Keith Nichols, Brian Dee, Elaine Delmar and many others". If you are interested you can read the rest of Tony Jacob's email by clicking here

  • 07/09/14 - An interesting item and video from The Guardian flagged up to me by Google Alerts - "Blind and leading the band: Jose plays hot jazz piano at nine years old" - http://tinyurl.com/p7y22en

  • 07/09/14 - Can't beat Mart Rodger's three wheelchairs but I did see Chris Barber, with broken ankle, playing from a wheelchair a couple of weeks ago in Buxton with no detriment to his playing. Perhaps we should all add a puncture repair kit to our gig bags. A broken upper limb would be a show-stopper on the Trombone, but I did see Jimmy Smith playing Hammond Organ with a fore-arm in plaster. That was Wigan about ten years ago, had no idea about the plaster until he reached up to adjust the mic stand, amazing. - Sam Wood 
     

  • 07/09/14 - On Sunday 14th September, the four-piece band The Old Ribble Rousers ( Ian Royale, Howard Murray, Martin Bennett, Richard Lord) is playing a one-off session at The Globe Inn, Glossop (on the A57 near to Tesco) from 2.30pm to 5pm. There is no admission charge. The pub serves food from 1pm to 9pm.

  • 06/09/14 - Two musicians will be celebrating birthdays next week. They are Spats Langham on Wednesday, and Tony Ormisher on Friday. Many Happy Returns both of you.

  • 06/09/14 - Only one daytime gigs next week - Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington Mon, 8 September, 14:00 - 16:00

  • 05/09/14 - You've read his harmonious writings, now read about the harmonious man. In the latest article in the series Andrew Liddle writes (accessible from Jazz Extras) you can read about NW bass player - John Muskett.

  • 05/09/14 - Although it is not specific in the Morecambe Vintage Weekend programme pull-out in the local rag, I am assured by Andrew of Dr.Butler's Hatstand Medicine Band, that they will be doing 2 sets, 1.15pm and 4.00pm,, tomorrow Sat. on the Free Stage on the Promenade along from the Midland Hotel at the Vintage Festival Weekend. They should be playing 20's/bluesy sets appropriate to the event I expect.-  Norman Gibson

  • 05/09/14 - It was announced on the Sandy Brown web site that Trombonist Roy Crimmins who joined the Mick Mulligan band in 1952  followed by the Freddy Randall and then the Alex Welsh band, died on the 27th August 2014 in London. His funeral took place on Wednesday 3rd September.

  • 04/09/14 - Ian Royle writes, "Hello Fred, Just to mention that I'll be flying out in October. Only two gigs sorted so far so I doubt this will breach your 'no self-serving ads' policy." Well just to show there's one rule for all and no rule for some, click here to find where the gigs are and to read the rest of Ian's interesting email which is a bit too long to include in this News section.

  • 04/09/14 - The September edition of Just Jazz Magazine is now available, it includes an interview with the Spirit of New Orleans band leader, Dave Pogson, and of course part 2 of the "Sixty years of the Panama Jazz Band.

  • 03/09/14 - Hi, Fred, Ann Fielding has let me know that Jim's Funeral is to be held on Tuesday, 9th September 2014. It will be at Skipton Crematorium at 11.40 a.m.  Ann would appreciate it If you are able to put it onto your news.  Regards Margaret Ashworth

  • 03/09/14 - Those who could not get to the Beaky in Ashton last time missed a treat - actually two treats. Not only was Tom Kincaid guesting on piano, but in the interval, we were entertained by Harold Shep and part of his famous Banjo Band. There is another chance to hear Tom Kincaid as he will be back again as Guest on 17th September. - Noel Broadgate

  • 03/09/14 - Have you heard of a place called Maulds Meaburn?  It sounded to me like a Cotswold village, but it's right here in the North West. Just turn right at Shap and keep going. Well there's a jazz evening coming up in the Village Institute ( CA10 3HN ) on Friday 26th September at 7.30pm. It's an evening with the Lune Valley Jazz Band, Entrance £8.00, Bar from 7.30pm. Sheila Smith told me about the event, happen as well because I haven't heard about it from the band.  Shelia can be contacted on 01931 715509 if anyone wants more details.
     

  • 03/09/14 - Mart Rodger asks, "On Monday night, THREE of our audience came in wheel chairs. I wonder if this is a record?".
     

  • 01/09/14 - Mart Rodger's latest newsletter is now available on line at http://tinyurl.com/nmvmogw. Mart tells me he will be out of action for a short while as he goes into hospital on Sept 15th for a carpel tunnel problem which has re-surfaced after it first caused a problem in the 40's. Band drummer Chris Pendlebury has just called off playing, after suffering from a really bad cough and temperature, in case he gives it to someone else.   Mart says. "I’ve got Nicky Holdcroft (stage name Martyn) playing drums and he was with The Zenith Six about 1970.   We are both quite excited about the gig at High Lane Conservative Club tonight.   He won the very first “New Faces” all those years ago".

  • 01/09/14 - It's 11am,Saturday morning and I'm sitting outside, here with my lovely wife, (with a cold beer in my hand) in Campus Martius Park in Downtown Detroit in front of a stage listening to a band playing some great Wayne Shorter arrangements...........and no one in the band is over 18years of age!  Its the 35th annual Detroit Jazz Festival which plays on 6 stages across the downtown area over the next three days......AH !! Life is good.  This a.m. the music is by local High School Jazz Bands and boy are they good, the band playing now is from Northville Michigan High School.  We even have a nod to the origins of jazz this year with a tribute to Louis Armstrong tomorrow. - Bernie Hives

  • 01/09/14 - There were 8.087 visits to the web site last month by 2455 people, the average viewing time being around 2 minutes.

August 2014

  • 31/08/14 - Clarinetist, Barrie Marshall says, "I always thought that the trombone had a serious use, see http://youtu.be/qs_-emj1qR4".

  • 31/08/14"  - Just one daytime jazz gig this week, and that's the Savoy Jazzmen in the lovely surroundings of Sefton Park Palm House in Liverpool on Tuesday, from 2pm to 4pm.

  • 31/08/14 - Many Happy Returns this week to the other Tony Davis, and one time regular visitor to the North West with the Zenith Hot Stompers. Tony will be celebrating his birthday on Wednesday along with bass player Howard Worthington who I haven't seen in a long time, but I did see he was playing with Ged Hone's Ragtime Band last year at Dove Jazz Club.

  • 30/09/14 - Regarding Ros Glickman's comment about my potential longevity I have every hope of continuing until I am the only surviving drummer in the N.W. and can get all the gigs. If there are any bands left, that is. Immortally yours - Moe Green.

  • 30/08/14 - Wirral Jazz Friends are to present A Heswall Festival Special Jazz Night for Claire House Children's' Hospice at Heswall Royal British Legion, Pensby Road on Friday 3RD October 2014 from 7.30 to 11.00 pm.

  • 30/08/14 - "Enjoyed the blog (The Sant Andreu Jazz Band). Marvellous kids but I wonder whence La jazz-itude de papamutt Carhaix gets its name. I guess you need to say it out loud while drivin' slowly!  Philip Cakebread". Well the answer to that question Philip can be found on Peter Butler's page at http://tinyurl.com/o24pypp under "Comment".

  • 30/08/14 - Martyn Sharp writes - "Following Jack Mawdsley's passing in May this year, Audrey Mawdsley wishes to dispose of Jack's instrument, a sousaphone in excellent condition.   It resides in St Annes,and can be collected from there, together with a collection of New Orleans style records. Anyone interested in either the records or the instrument please contact Martyn Sharp - Kmartynsharp@aol.com

  • 30/08/14 - "The Forest New Orleans Jazz Band will perform at the K.S.C. Nelson, for the final time next Monday, Sept 1st.   We will be appearing at The Union Exchange 63 Market Street, Colne, BB 8 0LL, (junction with Skipton Road ) on Tuesday Sept 9th and thereafter every Tuesday commencing 8.30 until 10.45. There is ample parking next to the Pub." - Jack Moore.

  • 29/08/14 - Margaret Ashworth has emailed me to say, "Anne Fielding has just telephoned me to say that Jim, her husband, died suddenly around lunchtime today (Thursday). Ann does not use a computer but is happy for me to ask if you would be so kind as to include her news on your website.  Jim was, along with Don, a founder member of the Wolverines Jazz Band in Rochdale. There will be many people out there who knew Jim, both from the Wolverines and the other bands he has played with over the years, e.g. The Pendle Jazzmen.  Ann will let me know when she has any details and maybe you will be kind enough to place a further item on your news in due course".

  • 29/08/14 - A special Billy Edwards tribute night was held in the Royal British Legion Club, Conwy on Wednesday evening 27th August. It was a wonderful evening which was well attended by so many of Billy's Friends and fellow musicians who joined in with the River City Jazz Band to celebrate his life and the many years of pleasure that he gave to us all through his musicianship and friendship. - Charles Wilson.

  • 29/08/14 - Fred did you see that wonderful couple on television last night who were celebrating their anniversary? She was 101 and he was 103. No kidding. And looking wonderful. Hope for Moe Green yet. - Ros Glickman

  • 27/08/14 - Ayr Jazz Festival, 24th - 26th October has been added to the Jazz Festivals & Weekends page.

  • 27/08/14 - Just looking at some of the videos I've posted on YouTube  over the years at http://tinyurl.com/kog89m7and I  see the most popular one has been Dave Lee playing Hushabye.

  • 27/08/14 - Ever been up a gum tree with only half a band?  Well James has in South London according to an alert from Google! If you are a musician and live down that way, you could be interested inhttp://tinyurl.com/l5rd8ma.

  • 27/08/14 - Hi Fred, You are aware four of us went down to Brittany for FestJazz to see Tuba Skinny, and the amazing surprise were Joan Chamorro's 'kids' in the Sant Andreu Big Band from Barcelona. Now a souvenir review in English has been prepared, and includes video, and can be seen by going to http://tinyurl.com/o24pypp ENJOY - we certainly did !! Robin, the TS washboard player described them as "scary good !!" (Sorry if I seem to be hogging your site recently but this has to be seen ! - Joe Silmon will be elated !) Norman Gibson

  • 27/08/14 - "Hello Fred, Thanks for providing such a wonderful collection of music on your home page –“British Traditional Jazz”. The bands were influenced by a variety of sources with some excellent musicians featured, many of whom are no longer playing through death, infirmity, retirement and exile. I don’t seem to hear the kaleidoscope of styles these days: very formulaic playing seeming to be the norm. And if players of similar technical and creative ability have supplanted those out of the scene, I don’t think that enough of them are playing in the styles witnessed. From my own point of view the bass playing was uniformly of a very high standard, all the double bassists employing orthodox (classical) left hand fingering. Back to the practice room!  Harmoniously, John Muskett" - " I just watched the Bob Erwig stuff on theHome Page,  first class and as I already knew Humph is no slouch on the clarinet! - Barrie Marshall".

  • 26/08/14 - Most people are aware that I am reluctant to take self plaudits from band members or promoters, but I've made an exception for this last gig at the Old Brown Jug, Newcastle Under Lyne, last Sunday.. "The Tame Valley Stompers played to a very enthusiastic fan base. I must say the Lady I spoke to, behind the bar, was very unkind and said with gusto that it would be the last time jazz was to be played there but by the interval we had won her over and she couldn't have been more helpful. the band finished with a lively Sweet Georgia Brown and a standing ovation. Many punters expressed their disappointment at the end of an era but, hey, we went out with a bang". - Roger Wimpenny (trumpet).

  • 26/08/14 - The Payday Loons, Popular at the Whitehaven Tall Ships and Whitehaven Festival earlier this year, will be playing in Workington town centre at The Hub on Saturday 30 August between 1 and 3 pm. Bringing to West Cumbria their own madcap blend of vintage jazz & tomfoolery.

  • 25/08/14 - A stream of British Traditional Jazz Bands films and videos for you to watch on the Home Page featuring Acker Bilk, Bruce Turner, Humphrey Lyttelton, Rod Mason, Jack Gilbert, Alex Welsh, Chris Barber and Kenny Ball.

  • 24/08/14 - Mid Week daytime jazz events this week include Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at the North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wednesday ar 12pm, and Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz at Altrincham Masonic Hall in Timperley at 2pm on Thursday.

  • 24/08/14 - Many Happy Returns of the day to ex Spinner, Broadcaster and band leader - Tony Davis. Other birthday this week include Mike McLaughlan, & Andrew Mackenzie on Tuesday, and Keith Shone on Thursday. Birthday wishes to you all.

  • 21/08/14 - My 'young' old mate, Norman Gibson, has once again proven that he can boast the epitome of taste in great music. The Salsa band "Heads South" produces a beautiful sound, on some wonderful tunes, only one of which I've heard and possibly played in the past, the classic "Carioca", from the great Carmen Miranda musicals of the 40s. Hence the term "carioca", meaning a native or permanent resident of Rio de Janeiro.  What a superb trumpet player!, what clear notes, even when approaching the stratosphere!, what professionalism. Great keyboards and percussion and bass. But the trumpet-player deserves several Oscars (de-caffeinated, of course!). The samples are a very tasteful selection of what the band can do, with beautiful smooch ballads, as well as high-spirited Salsa specials. Well spotted, Norman! Thank you, Fred, for showing this and allowing us to listen to the samples. - Joe Silmon

  • 21/08/14 - The landlord has at last confirmed that they are leaving the The Old Brown Jug, Bridge Street, Newcastle Under Lyme, and that this Sunday's lunchtime session will be the final one. Another one bites the dust although it was good to the Old Fashioned Love Band for 8 years plus. - Mike Pembroke

  • 21/08/14 - A new gig just in - The Lune Valley Jazz Band at Th'Owd Tithe Barn in Garstang on Sunday for the Music Festival.

  • 21/08/14 - Scanning through Tuesday's Telegraph (someone else's) I came across an obituary of a North East Jazz promoter called Dennis Hewitt. I was amused to read 'He attracted some of the greatest musicians of the era, including Tommy Steele and Louis Armstrong to the Region".   Rock with the caveman Hey Ho !! - Norman Gibson

  • 20/08/14 - Eddie Taylor will be the special guest with the Pendle Jazzmen tomorrow night.

  • 20/08/14 - Norman Gibson thinks that some readers may be interested in Latin Jazz. If that's the case and you are within striking distance of Carnforth, then you may be interested in an event at Arkholme Village Hall on 26th September featuring a London based 5 piece jazz salsa band band called Heads South (click to hear). There's a bar open and DJ from 7.30 'til late. Tickets now on sale - £7 adults/£5 under 18s. To reserve your ticket(s)  ring Chris on 07519 281 305

  • 19/08/14 - More jazz weekends and festivals have been added to the 'Jazz Breaks & Festivals page'.

  • 19/08/14 -  Rick Bradshaw writes, "On Friday 26th of September 2014, we welcome old and new friends to Middleton Parish Hall, Heysham, where The Chicago Teddy Bears Society Jazz Band will be playing.  Tickets are £9.00 available from Bob on 07957800603 or Rick on 01524 401660 or 07880613175.  In October we have an exciting new band from the Liverpool area and all those attending both these gigs will be entitled to free membership of a new Morecambe Jazz Club starting in the the new year. Watch this space ....".
     

  • 17/08/14 - The Silver Bell Band will be playing at Garstang Arts Festival on Thursday from 10-30am to 2-30pm. It's the only midweek daytime gig this week.

  • 16/08/14 - Many Happy returns of the day today, to Manchester reed player and author Joe Silmon. Joe is still busy compiling and writing a book called 'The Manchester Jazz Scene (1919-1990s)", after completing his book "The secret life of the Earl St. Maur (1835-1869) - Was he my Grandfather?".  On Monday it's time to celebrate the birthday of Graham Smith who plays drums with Richard Leach, Chris Pearce, Amy Roberts and Kevin Grenfell bands

  • 16/09/14 - Battle of The Bands, BBC4 at The Proms, 7pm tomorrow. - "Jazz singer and broadcaster Clare Teal transports us back to the heady days of the swing band era of the 1930s and 1940s in a recreation of the bands of Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Conductor James Pearson of the Count Pearson Proms Band takes on Grant Windsor of the Duke Windsor Proms band in a roof-raising battle, with help from vocalists Gregory Porter and Vula Malinga. The evening culminates in a bespoke rousing 'battle royal' for the biggest audience ovation".

  • 16/08/14 - Funeral details have now come through for Allan Bentham. It will take place on  Fri 22nd Aug. It will be at Lower Ince crematorium, Cemetery Rd. Wigan, WN3 4NN at 11.0am and afterwards at the Springfield hotel 47 Springfield Rd. WN6 7BB.

  • 15/08/14 - Kendal Jazz Club gig list has been updated

  • 15/08/14 - Cannonball, Cold Morning Shout, Fingering with your Fingers, Perdido St Blues, Sidewalk Blues, Willie the Weeper, High Society, Little Dog and Crumpled Papers are numbers contained in one video featuring Tuba Skinny, and uploaded yesterday at http://youtu.be/Y5lJqgCE5wI

  • 14/08/14 - I'm indebted to Sean Moyses for advising me of an interview with the late Ian Wheeler that he's just uploaded. It's on YouTube at http://youtu.be/-V0SbkUd4hg

  • 14/08/14 - Where to put a plaque for Bechet?. He played for George V at Buckingham Palace in August 1919 - Characteristic Blues went down well - but on the gate of Buck House is an unlikely starter, but what about the old Melodisc studio in Denmark Street, used in November 1949 for that very very naughty recording with Lyttelton's band?  I'm sure there will be more suggestions. - Philip Cakebread.
     

  • 14/08/14 - Susie Bentham has emailed to tell me that her husband, Allan Bentham, passed away on Tues 12th Aug peacefully at home.   In 1954, head boy Allan, had a classmate at Wigan Grammar School called John Turner, whose father Roy, had his own dance band before the war, and even made records! They listened to his whole collection and knew they had to form a band.  Allan borrowed £16 from his father to buy an alto sax, and paid 5/- for a tutor book and taught himself. Allan once told me, "I went to my bedroom and didn't come down for two months".  They formed The Woodchoppers Band which was a dance band. In 1955 the Trad Revival was in full swing Allan and John founded Wigan's first jazz club, playing in an upstairs room of the Park Hotel, Wigan, under the name The Douglas Valley Stompers. In 1970 following a telephone call from trumpet player Harold Roberts, Allan played at The Crawford Arms with The Rainy City Jazz Band at Red Rock, Wigan. He went on to play in the Art Lester Orchestra, graduating to lead alto, and stayed for over thirty years.  In about 1976 they changed the Rainy City name to Force Seven. Allan said, "Some people presumed we had therefore abandoned our roots.  we had NOT! Fully half our program was always Dixieland. We thought we had added the fire of the best of New Orleans and Trad to our particular Dixieland style!".   Of later years Allan taught musicians to play reed instruments and formed a band for his pupils, eventually asking his old friend  Cliff Carty to join him, along with promoter Derek Daniels and son Jack after hearing him play at The Crofters Jazz Club. You can read more about these bands in Reminiscing - Force Seven

  • 13/08/14 - The Parade Jazz Band is having a double guest night  at 8-30pm on Tuesday 26th August, upstairs at The Boathouse, Parkgate, with virtuoso reeds player Howard Murray and equally virtuoso trumpet player Ian Royle. On this occasion the entrance fee will be £4 to cover expenses.
     

  • 13/08/14 - Fred McCormick has written to tell me of some interesting interviews  that have been uploaded to the internet, including ones with Albert Glenny, Leonard Bechet, Alphonse Picou, Paul Dominguez, and Johnny St. Cyr. You can read Fred's email in full by clicking here.
     

  • 13/08/14 - It is 95 years ago since Sidney Bechet exploded onto Europe, and yet England, where he was first heard performing with the Southern Syncopated Orchestra in 1919, still has no public memorial. The Nubian Jak Community Trust, dedicated to mounting plaques to restore notable people of African descent to their place in history (33 so far), recently ran a project on the Southern Syncopated Orchestra, and raised plaques to two members of the Orchestra who settled in England and have descendants here. The Trust wants to add Bechet, the greatest of the Orchestra’s players, and is seeking help to fund it. Click here to download the full details passed on to me from Howard Rye via Louis Lince who says, "I can certainly vouch for Howard's probity. It's a nice idea and when you think of some of the blue plaques that exist it's about time that our music was better represented. Seriously, apart from the Colyer plaque in Great Newport Street and the Jimi Hendrix one in Upper Brook Street, I can't think of any others".

  • 13/08/14 - Back in 2012 Harold Troughton told me about a  superb natural light photography and short jazz documentary film showing a classic Dixieland band playing to a wildly appreciative audience in a New York dance hall in 1954. If you missed it, it's currently available on the Home Page

  • 12/08/14 - Just to remind all friends and fellow musicians the River City Jazz Band will be holding a tribute night in memory of our dear friend Billy Edwards who was the trumpet player/vocalist with the band for many years and sadly passed away in July.  Wednesday 27th August 2014 8.30pm at the Royal British Legion Club,Conwy.We hope to see as many of Billy's friends and fellow musicians at this special tribute to him.  -  Charles Wilson.
     

  • 11/08/14 - A Digital Piano -- KORG SP-300 + Stand & Carrying case, has just gone on the Sales Page

  • 10/08/14 - Colin Ball will be guesting with the Pendle Jazzmen on trombone this coming Thursday.

  • 10/08/14 - Midweek daytime gigs this week include Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington on Monday 11th at 2pm, and on Friday 15th at 12-30pm - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station

  • 10/08/14 - Many Happy Returns this week to drummer Alan Davies, ex North Westener, now residing in Cornwall, and on Saturday, to reed player Joe Silmon, born in Tyneside of Spanish/Moroccan extraction and now residing in Manchester.

  • 10/08/14 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated

  • 07/08/14 - Jon Critchley tells me he's ordered the Chris Barber Autobiography from the supplier I  mentioned, and it's even cheaper now at £14.97.

  • 07/08/14 - Fancy seeing your photograph on the site?  Just nip along on the third Wednesday in the month to see The Salt City Jazzmen at The The Elephant, Newcastle Rd. Shavington Crewe, and send me a photograph of the band in action, it needs updating. Better still, ask the band to pose for you, it's pretty difficult getting everyone in the picture whilst they are playing.

  • 07/08/14 - A super show by the Big Chris Barber Band at Buxton Opera House last night! Top class playing and some interesting new material. - Sam Wood
     

  • 07/08/14 - Just obtained and read “Jazz Me Blues The Autobiography of Chris Barber”. A very good informative account of his band from the beginning and the problems of it’s running. Not always chronological but easy to follow. Amazon gives a good discount for purchase. - Gerry Travers, Bury St. Edmunds. Also available from Wordery for £15.01 with free postage http://tinyurl.com/m233nqr - FB

  • 06/08/14 - A Selmer mark 6 tenor made in 1963, excellent playing condition, and also a YAS62 alto, in immaculate condition have gone on the Sales Page

  • 06/08/14 - Moe Green continues to add to the Manchester Jazz Festival debate.

  • 06/08/14 -  An 18" Vintage AVEDIS ZILDJIAN GENUINE TURKISH RIDE CYMBAL has just gone on the Sales Page which you can access via Jazz Extras

  • 05/08/14 - The Wolverines that I joined played at the Eagle in Rochdale. I too well remember the late Don Ashworth on trombone, known for his rugged no-nonsense approach. Another stalwart of that band was Dave Moore on drums. Some time ago, Dave lent me a tape of that era, with the proviso that I would convert it to CD. I had planned to complete this task in time for his Birthday last Saturday. Sadly, I did not meet this target! Apologies and Belated Birthday Wishes to my friend, David. - Noel Broadgate

  • 05/08/14 - Tomorrow night,  August 6th –  Arthur Williams (trombone) and on August 13th, Jamie Brownfield (trumpet)  are playing with the River City Jazz Band at the Royal British Legion club. 8,Church Street, Conwy

  • 05/04/14 - On the subject of Jazz Festivals not featuring traditional music, Philip Cakebread writes, "In a similar universe to this, at one of its largest festivals they still play Mozart, Purcell, Beethoven and Britten. PLUS some strange modern sounds AND this Friday we are promised a "Battle of the Bands" a la Basie and Ellington.  Just the sort of mix you'd expect at the Proms".

  • 05/04/14 - There's a lovely photograph taken of the procession at Lionel Ferbos's funeral in New Orleans at http://tinyurl.com/mfyd74c

  • 04/08/14 - The Jazz Gents gig at St Helens Bowling Club this month has been put back to August 17th

  • 04/08/14 - "You are all just wasting your time if you keep writing to or engaging in conversation with the Manchester "Jazz" Festival organisers/the Arts Council/Media and other bodies". writes Joe Silmon.  Click here to find out why

  • 03/08/14 - The only daytime midweek gig this week would have been the Savoy Jazzmen in Sefton Park, but unfortunately that one had to be cancelled due to special events taking place during the school holidays.
     

  • 03/08/14 - Many Happy Returns of the day today to Mike  Lovell (tbn), leader of 6 in a bar classic jazz band. On Thursday this week it's congratulation to Don Bridgewood (dms) and Mark Challinor (bjo), and on Saturday it's Birthday Wishes to Frank Lowe (bs).

  • 02/08/14 - Norman Gibson is back from the Fest Jazz at Châteauneuf-du-Faou organised by ex Blue Mags leader Trevor Stent, and is singing its praises. You can read Norman's report on Peter Butler's site, www.jazzandjazz.com by clicking here

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  •  01/08/14 - Ian Royle, always one not to shy away from controversy, has added his comments to the Manchester Jazz Festival Discussion, which can be accessed via Discussion Pages in Jazz Extras from the Main Menu

  • 01/08/14 - There were 8.059 visits to the web site last month by 2108 users, the average viewing time being around 2 minutes.


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