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  • 16/09/14 - THERE WILL BE VERY FEW UPDATES, IF ANY, OVER THE NEXT 4 DAYS

  • 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 - THERE WILL BE VERY FEW UPDATES, IF ANY, OVER THE NEXT 6 DAYS.

  • 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"  - 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. Full details can be seen by clicking here.

  • 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 in http://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 the Home 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.

  • 31/07/14 - Not having the patience or persistence of some of your correspondents, I gave up writing to the MJF some years ago. Not only did I not recognise the names of the majority of the bands, but none of them were from the Greater Manchester area. I also complained to the Musicians Union, on the grounds that, in spite of the fact that they were a major sponsor, only three of the artistes appearing were listed in the MU Members Handbook. So I gave up writing. Something to do with head and brick wall comes to mind. - Noel Broadgate

  • 31/07/14 - Graham Martindale is looking to clear out his mum's garage of  244 x 78s which are American & UK issues plus some odd ones (Japanese, French etc.), including one or two rare items, plus 360 Vinyls.  More details on the Sales Page via Jazz Extras for those interested.

  • 30/07/14 -  Not content with putting on top class jazz weekends at ridiculously low prices, Gilbert & Julie, owners of the Talbot Hotel in Southport, have now turned their hand to organising an Accompanied Jazz Holiday to New Orleans in early 2016. I can only say that if they are hosting this event, and their hotel weekends are anything to go by, it will be a trip to remember. All the details are in the August edition of Jazz Guide or you can contact them on 01704 533975 or email julie572@hotmail.co.uk  but hurry as there are only 48 places available.  Please mention JazzNorthWest web site.

  • 29/07/14 - The Savoy Jazzmen will not be appearing at the Sefton Park Palm House next Tuesday 5th August. They have special events taking place during the school holidays, but they will be back there Tuesday 2nd September and the first Tuesday of the month until further notice.
     

  • 29/07/14 - The latest edition of Just Jazz magazine has arrived and included in it is a item on NW bass player, John Muskett, who was interviewed by Andrew Liddle. an article on the history of the Panama Jazz Band to celebrate sixty years of existence.  Pete Lay also reminds us that it was the final fling at Alvaston Hall Nantwich this year for the Warner Jazz breaks after seventeen years.  However all is not lost because the event has moved to Bodelwyddan Castle in North Wales, the next one taking place 29th May to 1st June 2015.

  • 29/07/14 -  Joseph Brown writes, "I was Googling around, looking for sites about jazz, and found your website. I'm reaching out to share a resource I helped create called The Videoverse -- a massive and informative collection of performances, interviews, documentaries and more featuring classic jazz musicians. It's at www.encoremusiclessons.com/content/videoverse. Here are some other Collections to check out:  Legendary Jazz Pianists, The Founding Fathers of Jazz and Great Singers in Early Jazz".   Joseph would like you to look at it and comment.  I'll pass on anything I receive. At a glance I didn't find a search option, and I felt there were quite a few early names missing of whom there are videos available, but I didn't spend much time on it.

  • 29/07/14 - It looks like Jazz Guide is changing,  Terry Cheney on his website  writes, "We are actively inviting advertising from the many other genres in the world of jazz. We truly believe that a major resurgence of our music would be best served by a united front!  We plan to launch a supplement very soon to try to encourage other genres into the fold.  We have already carried Big Band/Swing/Mainstream/New Orleans/Jump Jive and Gypsy/Hot Club adverts.  We hope everybody out there sees this as an opportunity to widen the scope of working musicians and offer venues a wider variety of music to offer. Many venues are already experimenting and with new genres, come new fans - a very important factor in the continuance of live jazz venues. We fully understand there are those out there fully committed to their own preference in genre, but we must be aware that promoters of venues have to put food on their table - hence, be open minded".

  • 29/07/14 - From one extreme to another. Mike Lovell's Sticky Rock Jazz Band made their first appearance on the North Pier at Blackpool on the 19th July when the Met Office issued "Amber Warning of Rain for North West England".  Last weekend the band sizzled on the pier in the scorching sun.  The band won't be there this weekend, but it makes you wonder what's in store for its next appearance on 9th August.

  • 29/07/14 -  A full size double bass, light wood, 50 plus years old, and fitted with an acoustic Fishman pickup, has just gone on the Sales Page which you can access via Jazz Extras from the main menu.

  • 28/07/14 - Every year Barbara Jones tackles the organiser of the Manchester Jazz Festival and asks him - why no Traditional Jazz?  You can read her email and see how she got on this year, on the Manchester Jazz Festival page which you can access via Jazz Extras and the Discussions link.  Maybe it's time to change tack and tackle the sponsors on the basis that he who pays the piper calls the tune.
     

  • 28/07/14 - An interesting email from Canada from Jack Fortin, "I live in Vancouver, Canada. A friend of mine turned me on to your jazz page and you certainly are a great source of info on British Trad information. A number of years back I played cornet with the Jim McHarg Jazz Band in Toronto. We were a quartet most of the time, Ian Arnott, Clarinet, Gary Benson or Neville Barnes on Guitar, Jim on Bass and myself on Cornet. You may know that Jim was one of the original members of The Clyde Valley Stompers of Glasgow fame in the 50s. Jim passed away a number of years ago as did Ian Menzies. Ian died here in Vancouver. I am still playing; recently two gigs with The Creole Jazz Band and several gigs with my son's band; mostly standards in the last case.  By the way a number of years ago here in Vancouver at the Dixie Fest I caught Manchester Jazz from Manchester and the bass player in that band had worked with Freddy Randall, my favourite trumpet player when I was in England 52 to 54 in the RCAF, stationed at North Luffenham, Rutland. I was saddened to hear that Freddy had passed away".

  • 28/07/14 - A Casio px-330 fully weighted and touch sensitive 7 octave keyboard has just gone on the Sales Page

  • 28/07/14 - With reference to ex Wolverine band member Eric Mainwaring from Canada turning up at Rochdale Jazz Club, Margaret Ashworth, Don's widow, wrote to me, "I was going to join Eric and his Daughter Lynda at Rochdale but the dishwasher decided to give up the ghost after 20 years and it leaked all over the kitchen floor. I could not walk out on that and so missed seeing them on this visit.  Eric has been to Rochdale Jazz Club in the past when he has visited "home" - several times Don went with him. Eric generally brings his trumpet in the hope he can sit in with a band somewhere somewhere. He has run his own jazz band in Windsor, Ontario, where he lives. Somewhere amongst cassettes there is one of his band and it is good. He also runs or ran a banjo band  http://windsorbanjos.com/ Eric is on the front row with trumpet in hand! "

  • 28/07/14 - Sorry to read on Sheila Collier's Facebook page that, "Last Friday night I fainted in the Bathroom and cracked open my head . Been here at at Akuten Helsingborgs lasarett for two days now and they are testing my heart it seems I have a flutter--- Excellent care and lovely staff came by ambulance which was at our place within 5 minutes. Feel much better this evening".

  • 27/07/14 - Musicians birthdays this week include Barry Grummet, leader of New Orleans Heat, who celebrates his today, Barry Aldous, Rae Owens and Tom Rippieth on Tuesday and Ken Binns on Wednesday. Many Happy Returns to you all.

  • 27/07/14 - If you're hoping to get out and about in the daytime during the week  for a bit of jazz, then you'll have to go to Fleetwood where Mike Lovell 6 in a bar are playing at The North Euston Hotel

  • 26/07/14 - Hi Fred, just got back from two weeks(ish) in the Costa Brava, and whilst there noticed you put our selfie on your website. We had a cracking day, notably assisted by Dave Fishel who played wonderfully with his trio. We had an impromptu jazz band playing with me and my brother Stuart on trumpet, Phil Shotton on reeds, Rosie Harrison on Vocals, and Andy Bold on Drums. Thanks to Ali for putting up with us on her big day, and also I was sorry to miss Billy's funeral the day before. Got to get some practice in as not blown the old Rochdale Hornet for best part of two weeks. Some might say that's a blessing!!  Thanks Fred, - Andy Henderson

  • 26/07/14 - Judy Eames tells me that the Kaminsky Connection, in the form of Judy Eames, Tony Davis, Malcolm Hogarth, Elizabeth Toner, Paul Munnery, Jim Denham and Andy Leggat will be swinging along with 'The People's March for The NHS' in the Cotswolds on September 11th and wondered if any NW musicians are interested in doing the same up here. Contact jude@judyeames.co.uk for more information.

  • 26/07/14 -  Hi Fred, In the course of researching a review I was to write on The White Eagle Jazz Band's visit to "Jazz on a Sunday" here in Rochdale I came across a contribution to your pages dated 21/02/12 by the late Donald Ashworth. Donald was recalling the formation in 1954 of "The Wolverines" and reflecting that other than himself there were only two of its original members still alive, namely Jim Fielding and Eric Mainwaring (in Canada). By pure coincidence an 82 year old Eric walked into our club last Sunday trumpet in hand and, after having his bona fides verified by a several of those present who could remember having heard "The Wolverines" at The Clock Face" all those years ago, was invited to sit in with the band which he did to great acclaim on "Doctor Jazz", "Blueberry Hill" and "I Found A New Baby". Keep the faith, young Eric. There are increasingly few of us left. - Alan Lawless .

  • 24/07/14 - This item which has just appeared on the internet 12 hours ago, might appeal to drummers at least. http://tinyurl.com/mq575y8 It's about The evolution of big band and swing drumming.

  • 24/07/14 - Now here's a place I'd never heard of - Roman Lakes Leisure Park,  in Marple.  If you fancy a visit,  4-to-the-bar will be playing in the Tea Room on Sunday 27th July between 1.00 and 3.00. by the lakeside. Ian McCann  will be joined by Ged Hone, Dave Parr and Mike Pembroke. If you don't know where it is click the event in What's On, then click (map). Sounds like a nice afternoon out.

  • 23/07/14 - Hi Fred; I understand from speaking to "Gentleman" Jim McIntosh that the 60 year history of The Original Panama Jazzband is to be in the August and September issues of "Just Jazz". - Jon Critchley

  • 23/07/14 - Just to let you know that our fund raising birthday bash at St John's Hospice on Sunday 13th was successful to the tune of £325 .00 p towards the hospice appeal.  The 7 piece band comprising the Lune Valley Jazz Band plus a couple of stand ins did a sterling job and you can certainly recommend them to anyone contemplating similar events in the future.  Thanks once again to a wonderful job you do in keeping the jazz scene alive and kicking.  Love Gilly ..........on behalf of Rick Bradshaw .and the Birthday boys

  • 23/07/14 - Speakeasy Bootleg Band played at Matt & Phreds on Saturday as part of the Manchester Jazz Festival. The picture shows young and old queuing to get into the club. The place was full to capacity with every table reserved and stayed that way until we finished at 1 am. It was literally one out, one in on the door. Vidar, our drummer, remarked to me that, "It gives you hope!" Couldn't have put it better myself. - Paul Marks.

  • 22/07/14  - The Parade Jazz Band web page has been updated.

  • 22/07/14 - “After many years’ residency at The Liverpool Cricket Club, the Merseysippi Jazz Band has decided to return to the scene of a previous successful residency at THE VICTORIA HOTEL, 1 VICTORIA ROAD, AIGBURTH, LIVERPOOL L17 0DL as from Monday 4th August, 2014. Mercifully, the Hotel has no stairs to climb to get to the concert room !!!   The new residency, which is not very far away from the present venue, will still be on every Monday night, starting at 8.30pm. Admission will be free, but there will be a collection to finance future guest appearances.   The Merseysippi Jazz Band, now in its 65th year, looks forward to greeting friends, old and new alike, at THE VICTORIA“

  • 22/07/14 - Martin Snow think jazz in North Wales is looking up, having received this - "There's exciting news for internationally renowned saxman Alan Barnes's many North Wales fans!   Alan performs on Saturday 9 August at the Llandudno Sailing Club, where he will be joined by the first-rate Neil Yates Quartet.
     

  • 22/07/14 -  Alex Moody writes, "My grandfather was a musician originally from Manchester and then later moved to jersey. His name is Stan Martin and I was hoping you might have some information about him and his music? He was a jazz musician. He played a six night a week residency at the Talk of the North. Also he is mentioned in the Mike Gilman memorial write up on your site.  Look forward to hearing from you".

  • 22/07/14 - The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited a  jazz workshop at a jazz summer school yesterday, part of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. Wonder if they played Royal Garden Blues?

  • 22/07/14 - "Couldn't resist the following from the "Classic & Jazz" section of The Telegraph", writes Fraser McCombe.  "THE BAD PLUS - America's great outsider jazz trio continues the pursuit of what they call " avant-garde populism", mingling elements of stylistic parody, noise music and humour in a way that carries total conviction.  EALING JAZZ FESTIVAL - Ok, it's not for the jazz purist and there's a distinct lack of cutting edge acts. The collection of hard bop, Latin. funk fusion bands etc.    Just a couple of questions really, music without noise? And for Ealing, well where is the jazz considering it's a jazz festival?".

  • 22/07/14 - Lionel Ferbos, New Orleans' oldest jazz musician, dies at 103 - An obituary on Reuters at http://tinyurl.com/lkv7st2

  • 20/07/14 - Commiserations to Mart Rodgers for not being booked at the Manchester Jazz Festival (sic). I also tried to book a parade band and a sit down band to no avail. Mind you I did notice that Jeff Lewis's Bootleg Band from Liverpool were booked, so much for supporting local outfits! If Mart wants any help to organise an Alternative /Fringe event, I'm willing. - Jeff Roberts

  • 20/07/14 - I was just reading an email I received about the 9th Bucharest International JAZZ Competition & Festival 2015 - competition, concerts, workshops, jam sessions...  There's a Eu 7,000 prize at stake for instrumentalists and vocalists, but there's a snag - Age limit: up to 35 years old

  • 20/07/14 -  Mart Rodger tells me, "Although I applied for us to play at The Manchester Jazz Festival we were not invited to take part."   Well that's a surprise (I think not).  So if anyone would like to hear the band play afternoon sessions check out the last but one news item.  Mart also tells me that Allan Dent has been instructed by his Consultant to stop playing his trumpet but he will be able to start again after he has had his heart operation and undergone the recovery period. I'm sure we all wish Allan a speedy recovery when the time comes. Ged Hone played with the band last night at Goostrey Village hall.

  • 19/07/14 - Quite a few musician's birthdays coming up next week Bob Pickersgill Sunday, Graham Leavey on Monday, Louis Lince on Tuesday, Brian Singleton on Thursday, Les Harris on Friday and Charlie Bentley on Saturday.  Phew! Bet that adds up to quite a few candles.

  • 19/07/14 - Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz  is the only band doing mid week daytime performances  next week. On Tuesday, Mart and the band will be playing in Buxton Methodist Church as part of the Buxton Fringe Festival, on Tuesday 22nd at 2pm, and at the Branksome Function Suite, Altrincham Masonic Hall, 36, Clay Lane, Timperley on Thursday 24th also at 2pm.

  • 19/07/14 - The River City Jazzmen will be presenting a tribute night to the late great Billy Edwards who was the trumpet player with the band for many years on Wednesday 27th August at the Royal British Legion Club, Conwy, North Wales, commencing at 8.30PM.  We welcome all Friends and fellow musicians to come along and celebrate the life of our dear friend. - Charles Wilson.

  • 19/07/14 - Only yesterday I posted a link to  http://tinyurl.com/obuvqgx and a blog about Lionel Ferbos.  Today I can't believe I've got this from Louis Lince, "Sad news. Trumpeter Lionel Ferbos (the oldest working musician in New Orleans) passed on yesterday. He had celebrated his 103rd birthday on 17th July. A true gentleman and a joy to have known and played with."

  • 19/07/14 - I've just been watching a fascinating and very informative promo video from John Petters at http://youtu.be/f5rrsEzNbtg for his new CD -  The Charleston by John Petters Gatsby 5 - a selection of 20s classics for listening or dancing. Featuring: Allen Beechey, cornet, Karl Hird, clarinet & tenor sax, Sean Moyses, banjo & vocal, Clive Payne, sousaphone and recorded in February this year. Well worth watching.

  • 18/07/14 - Hi Fred:  I'm very sorry to hear that Billy Edwards died. He was a wonderful jazz trumpeter and good friend. I always enjoyed listening to his playing on my many visits "home" in the past thirty years.  I am sorry to report that John Stringer died here in California last Sunday, July 13, after a long illness. John played with Billy Edwards in the Chris Hamilton Band in the 1960s and also with Harry Black in the Embassy Stompers in the 1950s. Since moving to California in the 1970s, John played with a variety of bands and led his own band for many years. He deservedly earned an enviable reputation for his skilful clarinet work and forceful singing.  I'm sure that many of your readers will remember him from his time in Liverpool. Our thoughts are with John's wife, Audrey, and daughters Helen and Becky and family. - John Dodgshon

  • 18/07/14 - I was looking at the Buxton Fringe Festival website this morning (well worth looking at), and noticed  a certain "Sam Slide" presenting a musical autobiography with a selection of tunes and stories from a fun-filled musical life entitled "Trombone Tunes, Trombone Talk".  I realised that Sam Slide was none other than one of my regular Buxton correspondents - Sam Wood. The next (and last one), is on 22nd July, 7-30pm to 8-30pm at The Old Clubhouse. You could make a day of it because Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz will be playing in  Buxton Methodist Church at 2pm. Reed players might be interested in a show at the same venue on Saturday night, 8pm to 10pm -   "A Bicentennial of Sax" by the Sovereign Saxophone Octet.

  • 16/07/14 - The 48 page August Jazz Guide is in production and will be mailed out on Friday 18th July!  It is packed full of new and exciting venues at home and abroad.  With Royal Mail postal charges having increased, mail out quantities to bands and venues will be reviewed and possibly reduced to fall within acceptable cost bands. Make sure of your copy by subscribing today.  Call Sarah on 01908 542595 or email: sarah@thejazzguide.co.ukClick Here for subscription information

  • 16/07/14 - This Saturday sees the start of the jazz on the pier session on Blackpool's  North Pier  at 1pm with Mike Lovell's Sticky Rock Jazz Band. Full details in What's on and here

  • 16/07/14 - I believe the musician who made the remark about Woody Allen and his clarinet playing was saxman George Coleman. - Mike Farmer

  • 16/07/14 -  Regarding Ian Royle's mention of Woody Allen, how about the time Stan Getz ( I think ) was asked about him and he said, "The only time he made me laugh was when he tried to play the clarinet!" - Moe Green

  • 16/07/14 - For those of you that didn't know, donations in memory of Billy Edwards may be sent in aid of Wirral Hospice St. John's, c/o Charles Stephen Funeral Directors, Clifton House Funeral Home, 215 Bebington Road, Rock Ferry, Wirral CH42 4QA - Sue Reid-Povall

  • 15/07/14 - David Woonton writes, "Just read last week’s newsletter and noticed your note about Chris Walker and the Pedigree Band. They are in Cheshire on Saturday 6th September at Bollington and in Burton on Trent on Thursday 4th so are in need of a gig on Friday 5thSeptember. My enquiries to date have not been successful. I wrote to Norman Gibson and had a nice reply saying his venue was unavailable. So this message is to make a positive plea to promoters who may be flexible or still have a Friday night available".  I'll pass on David's email address if anyone is interested.

  • 15/07/14 - There's a great free trad jazz event coming up at the end of August.  To celebrate 60 years of Jazz, Burslem Park in Stoke on Trent will be staging an afternoon of Jazz, from the bandstand on Sat 30th of August. 12:30 - 5pm. It will Include a Jazz art exhibition by Jazz enthusiast and artist Jenks, 2 x 1 hour live performances from the Ceramic City Stompers, fronted by an original stomper trumpeter /radio presenter Mel Hill, and the legendary Eric Busker Newton. Mel and Eric will also be giving a talk on the origins, and a 60 year history of Jazz in Staffordshire. Jazz Pianist Derek Harrison the spirit of piano jazz, will be performing an entertaining and crowd pleasing set from Fats Waller to Oscar Peterson, on our "PLAY ME I'M YOURS" Piano, which will be positioned in the bandstand from the 1st August to 1st September. (more info about this can be found at http://www.streetpianos.com/ . More details on the free trad jazz event can be found by clicking here

  • 14/07/14 - Martin Snow tells me that a mini Jazz Weekend in Abersoch is on the cards and sent me this sneak preview - JAZZ at ABERSOCH - A little Jazz Weekend supported by the Local Traders and Residents of Abersoch.  Dates Sat 27th and Sunday 28th September 2014.  Sat. 11am. Jazz Parade with local musicians Jazz Rag, also the Marcia Pendlebury Luisitano Horses parading through Abersoch town.   Bermo Batala Samba band. Jazz Rag in the afternoon and Paul Harrison's Band from Denmark with Kevin Grenfell in the SCYC on Saturday evening.  Sunday am. Gospel service in the morning. Jamie Brownfield / Liam Bryne Hot Six in the SCYC on Sunday afternoon.  The sales and number / price of tickets still to decided.  Martin also mentioned forthcoming jazz at Tiffany's in Llandudno, and North Wales Weekly News has tweeted - "Jazz fans will be pleased to learn that a monthly jazz night will start at Tiffany's, Llandudno, from July 25, with links to Ronnie Scott's". Somehow or other I have my doubts it will be Traditional Jazz.

  • 14/07/14 - "On 3rd July Barbara & I visited Carlisle Jazz Club to see one of our favourite bands", writes Terry Birkinhead. "The Rae Brothers New Orleans Band and they were great ! Liz Bacon was on clarinet and a marvellous pianist, Ian Wynne, who has just finished studying for a music degree at Manchester University - and he's a good singer and a nice guy with it. - Terry Birkinhead

  • 14/07/14 - I've just added a new link to George's Regis Jazz Band, after being notified by Google that a new page has been added to their web site - Sunday Lunch at The Stone Mason's inn in Petworth, half an hour from Chichester.  One of these days I must get down to the South Coast, I've had a few invites, not least  from Ros Glickman who runs jazz at The Lord Bute in Highcliffe, at the other side of Southampton. Ros asks, I've been missing one or two of your contributors in recent times, not the least of which is Moe. Is he alright do you know?

  • 14/07/14 - Just unearthed a gem via an email from Dave Stevens sent to John Westwood.  It's a Woody Allen quote - "Writing about Music is like dancing to Architecture".   OUCH !!! - Ian Royle.

  • 14/07/14 - Regarding the MP3 alert results mentioned on 12/07/14 - Philip Cakebread has alerted me to the fact that it downloads a program file, which I've investigated and discovered adds changes to your web browser that you could do without. Play safe and click the Play button and don't try to download anything.

  • 13/07/14 - Just to let you know that the Old Green River Band gigs at The Cinnamon Club are no more. I will let you know when/if something ever comes along from there. The Black Swan Jazz Club continues to forge ahead on the first Monday of every month, this month's session having the Bennett Brothers and Jools Aldridge as special guests - a real humdinger of a night with a cheering crowd in attendance. The Black Swan, Hollins Green. Both The Black Swan Jazz Club and the pub itself have very interesting pages on Face Book, should anyone be interested. -  Martin Bennett

  • 12/07/14 - A couple of daytime gigs next week - Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington on Monday at 2pm, and Martin Bennett Old Green River Band at The Cinnamon Club, Altrincham at 2pm on Thursday.

  • 12/07/14 - I just received an alert from Google about an mp3 site that appears to compile tracks by keyword, this one being "New Orleans Jazz Band", and there's plenty of interesting tuff on here to keep you happy for quite a while. http://tinyurl.com/no4vehp. I would suggest you just use the "Play" button and not try and download the files as this adds unwanted changes to your web browser. I was also alerted to an article that appeared today in The Scotsman - "Lost Jelly Roll tunes for Edinburgh Jazz Festival".

  • 12/07/14 - Congratulations to Andy Henderson who got married today. Andy wrote on Facebook - "Well, we did it!  My wonderful amazing gorge Wife. Thanks to all our family and friends for all your love and support over the last few years. You mean everything to us".

  • 12/07/14 - Many people knew of Billy Edward's prowess on the trumpet, but I suspect not many were aware of Billy's skill on the piano. Thanks to Sue Reid-Povell for passing on a video taken by Stan Parkins, of Billy on the keys. You can see this video on Billy Edward's Tribute Page

  • 12/07/14 - Thanks to Fred McCormick for his discography of unusual jazz recordings from far flung places. When I was a young man in the Merchant Navy I was able to play with some bands in ports we visited, several times in Trinidad, in Lagos, Nigeria, and in Mombasa, Kenya. I particularly remember a 'Township' style band in Lagos, that went by the name of 'I. Ishwogbu and his Decca Recording Artists Band', they were a very accommodating band and great fun to play with. We also had a small band on one of the ships, which included a very young reed man Roger Myerscough on clarinet, what a stroke of luck that was! In Mombasa I recall one steamy night in a night club playing 'Cherry Blossom Pink' a la Eddie Calvert, stripped to my underpants, with a large contingent of mariners from H. M. S Bulwark in attendance. Later the same week I was sent across to that Aircraft Carrier to arrange a cricket match with a team from the huge vessel. The contact was the ship's dentist (well, aircraft carriers are big ships). To my shame he was startled to recognise me, and commented in best 1950s BBC English ' Good God man, I thought you were part of the ect' Happy days long gone, but it's nice to be reminded of them. - Richard Knock

  • 12/07/14 - It's Isabel Toner's birthday tomorrow.  Have a lovely birthday Isabel.

  • 11/07/14 - Two years ago we had a holiday down in Norfolk, and whilst there we went to see Red Beans & Rice at the Fisher Theater in Bungay and had a great night out. Well news has just reached me from Ian Grant that the band is on the move.  Ian says, "Having spent the last 4 years at the Fisher Theatre in Bungay the band is moving to The Community Hall, Sun Road, Broome, NR35 2RN. The band will start to play there on Sunday 20th July 2014 from 7:30 until 10:00 pm.  As there is no bar please bring your own drink, glass and snacks – tea and coffee will be available.  Admission remains at £3:50.  See y'all there !!".

  • 09/07/14 - Interesting comment from Richard Nock, about jazz in India. It's not widely known but British and American record companies did record quite a lot of jazz in all kinds of odd places. In fact a company called Harlequin did a large LP reissue series (about 20 volumes IIRC) back in the 1970s. The ones I have are below. Township Swing Jazz Vol. 1 1954 - 1958 Harlequin HQ CD 08 Hot Music from Cuba Harlequin HQCD 23 Jazz and Hot Dance Music in Martinique Harlequin HQ 2018 Hot Dance Music from Cuba 1909-1937 Harlequin HQ 2025 Hot Music in The Gambia Harlequin HQ 2060 Jazz and Hot Dance in Hawaii Harlequin HQ 2070 Tahitian Swing Harlequin HQ 2073 Jazz and Hot Dance in South Africa 1946-59 LP Harlequin HQ 2020. More info on Harlequin, and some of their CD transfers   can be found here - http://tinyurl.com/on8ol77.  BTW., far from playing straight reproductions of stuff that local musicians would have heard on records shipped in from Harlem or wherever, they often merged the import with the local music to produce some fascinating fusions. The South African, Hawaiian and Gambian records are particularly fascinating.  - Fred McCormick.
     

  • 09/07/14 -  This Sunday at the Blue Bell in Halkyn 15.30 'till 18.00, we have, MEE, Ian Royle, Howard Murray and Allan Tunstall squeezing his, ahem, squeeze box. Messers Royle and Murray will no doubt be prevailed upon to assist in some way. A qualified nurse will be in attendance. Come one come all! - Ed. Lloyd-Hughes.

  • 09/07/14 - Roger Marks and Chris Walker  would dearly love to bring the Pedigree Jazz Band to the North West (And North East) but unfortunately have no contacts to fix short tours in those areas. If you are interested you can find band contact details at http://pedigreejazzband.co.uk/contact/ 

  • 09/07/14 - Three stalwart jazz supporters of Morecambe Bob, Rick and Warren are having a jazz bash this Sunday at 4.00 pm ....7.00 pm at the St John's Hospice ,Slyne Road Lancaster.. It's a BIRTHDAY JAZZAGANZA  All jazzers are invited to come and have a strum or blow or just come along to listen to the Lune Valley Jazz Band.  No presents .....just donations to the Hospice.  All are welcomed to come and join us .... A fun bash for all to celebrate Lancaster's rich plethora of Trad Jazz - Gillian Pride

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  • 09/07/14 - Stan Parkins, one of our long-standing and loyal supporters and a first class musician and former big band player in his own right, filmed this little clip of Billy at the piano. His son, David, sent it to me recently and we both think it would be a really good thing to share. Enjoy it. http://tinyurl.com/nvnzccr  - Sue Reid-Povall
     

  • 09/07/14 - Hi Fred. Woken by early morning sunlight, I have just caught a fascinating programme on the BBC World Service called Bombay Jazz, presented by Sarfraz Manzoor and covering the extraordinary story of Jazz in India, when the likes of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Dave Brubeck toured with Indian musicians such as Micky Corea, Chic Chocolate, Taddy Weatherford and Frank Fernand. This is something we rarely hear about. It's to be repeated today at 1432 GMT (1532 BST) and again tomorrow in the small hours at 0032 GMT (0142 BST). Well worth a listen during afternoon siesta, or for insomniacs. It will probably also be on i-player for a week or so. - Richard Knock  (Check out http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02200hm)

  • 08/07/14 - Re: Harry Black's funeral. There will be a service at 2pm on Tuesday 15th July 2014 at St Martin's Church, Bowness on Windermere, followed by a private family cremation. There will be a get together afterwards at Windermere Golf Club where friends and musicians will be welcome (bring instruments as hopefully there will be an opportunity to play). - Keith Moore.

  • 08/07/14 - Google has alerted me to an article in  Wigan Today  about the forthcoming Wigan Jazz Festival http://www.wlct.org/jazz

  • 08/07/14 - After getting prepped for a major operation in hospital at the beginning of June, ex promoter Derek Daniels (Crofters Jazz Club), was sent home through lack of a bed in intensive care. Today Barbara and I went to visit him in hospital after finally getting his operation just over a week ago, and he was looking very well, so much so he's expecting to go home tomorrow rather than staying until weekend as was expected. Derek gave me permission to release this information on the site.

  • 08/07/14 - Ian Wilson took the trouble to send me a copy of this nice comment he sent to Jon Critchley and the Panama Jazzmen -  "Just a quick note to say how much my wife and I enjoyed your concert this lunchtime at Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre ; I can't believe there is a better value for a fiver anywhere!".   It's very rewarding for bands to receive comments like these from fans, particularly for the Panama Jazzmen as they celebrate their 60th Anniversary this year.

  • 07/07/14 - Hi Fred, Can you give The Arden Arms in Stockport a mention sometime and it is every Monday At 8.30pm Joe And Steve are wonderful hosts and Joe puts on a free supper. The jazz is John Pashley, Dave Copperwaite, Martin Bennett, Denis Taylor and John Brett. - John & Dee

  • 07/07/14 - There is now a tribute page on the site for Harry Black. The tributes for Billy Edwards have continued to pour in, reflecting the great admiration musicians and fans alike had for him.

  • 07/07/14 - A fine body of men from the Red Rose Band at Wrea Green Field Day, taking a well deserved break on Saturday. This photograph,  taken by Red Rose band member, Barrie Marshall, includes left to right - Alan Matthews, Keith Moore, Roy Freeman and Joe freeman. Click on picture for larger version.

  • 07/07/14 - Finally we got to a weekend at the Dove Holes Jazz Festival, and what a great event we have been missing all this time ! I know how much work has to go into putting on good one-off jazz nights, but, having observed Barry and Roger at work constantly, I have sheer admiration for their dedicated efforts to keep 'our' jazz music alive. Ged Hone's Ragtime Band were first on, Mike Pointon was doing the announcements ( Ged had a touch of laryngitis ) and I am pleased to say Mike's "Welcome back Colin Bowden" got massive applause, some standing. Back playing at his best as well ! There was a fine overall mix of bands and styles, but, five of us, who went together, were in total agreement that the Sunday morning Church Jazz Service, featuring Thomas 'Spats' Langham's Hot Fingers, was our highlight of the weekend. Thomas's choice of musical/gospel pieces, with thoughtful tributes to Phil Mason, Tommy Burton, etc., gelled well with an excellent young Minister's sermon. All in all wonderful". -  Norman Gibson,  ('Jazz4Fundz' LB&G Club)
     

  • 07/07/14 - Maybe too late, but Martin Bennett's gig tonight at the Black Swan, Hollins Green, will have Richard and Russell with him, as well as Baby Jools on drums - all on their way back from Dove Jazz Festival weekend. - Barry Pryme

  • 06/07/14 - Mike Lovell writes, "The Pier Company are really getting on board with the forthcoming gigs on the North Pier. As you can see they have put us on the huge illuminated revolving advertising board at the front of the pier. Blackpool's Sticky Rock Jazz Band starts on Saturday 19th July from 1pm till 3.30pm every Saturday (except the 2nd August) through to the 30th August. Plus an extra one on Sunday 10th August (Blackpool Air Show). They are charging a nominal £1 admission and the days entertainment includes Trevor Raven on his theatre organ, who was organist on the mighty Wurlitzer Organ in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Our line-up will be Anthony Mason, banjo, vocals & comedy . Colin Turner, double Bb recording tuba . Pete Lindup, trumpet & vocals . Mike Lovell, trombone & vocals.Should be good fun, hope to see lots of you there".

  • 06/07/14 - Many Happy Returns today to trombonist Tony Dunleavy. On Friday Ian Royle will be celebrating his birthday, followed by Cyril Wroe on Saturday.  Hope you all have a good birthday.

  • 06/07/14 - No daytime gigs this week so you can all get a bit more gardening done.

  • 06/07/14 - Howard Murray  will be at The Boathouse, Parkgate, with The Parade Jazz Band on Tuesday 22nd July 2014. On this occasion there will be a £4 entrance fee.

  • 06/07/14 - Billy Edward's Wake is to take place at Wirral Rugby Club, Memorial Ground, Thornton Common Road, CH63 0LT - 0151 334 1309. The family is happy for musicians to play and suggest they congregate at Landican Gates at 1.45 before the service at 2.00pm, 11th July. Roy Gregory will be happy to sort everyone out at the Cemetery Gates and if anyone wants to talk to him in advance his number is 07774 905 466 or roygreg44@gmail.com - Susan Reid-Povall

  • 06/07/14 - The Merseysippi Jazz Band will not be able to play at Liverpool Cricket Club on Monday 14th July due to a County cricket match. The club usually host one or two matches per season. All other sessions are as normal. - Pete Fryer
     

  • 06/07/14 - I think the drummer in the Panama Jazz Band picture in the 1950's was Bill Moore, a friend of Ken Sims who played in the Muskrat Jazz Band at that time. - John Houghton.

  • 05/07/14 - There is currently a delay dealing with emails, caused by a trip to the O2 Arena to see Monty Python, and now out and about with our daughter who came back with me on the train. Normal service will resume after tomorrow.

  • 04/07/14 - Harry Black died on Tuesday July 1st. As most of his friends and musicians know, Harry played banjo professionally for many years with the 'Your Father's Moustache' organisation. An American set-up that operated worldwide. I believe Harry started out with them at The Cherry Gardens Hotel, in Blackpool, then went on to play Belgium, South Africa, the club on Bourbon Street New Orleans, and New York's Greenwich Village.  Harry was born in Liverpool 1940, but lived most of his life in Bowness on Windermere.   My condolences go out to his wife Marie, and family. Funeral arrangements to be posted when they become available. - Keith Moore (Playmor).  See also http://tinyurl.com/npcqemo.

  • 01/07/14 - Tributes continue to pour in for Billy Edwards. His funeral will take place at Landican Cemetery & Crematorium, Arrowe Park Rd, CH49 5LW on Friday 11th July at 2.00pm.

June 2014

  • 30/06/14 - Walter Love's Radio Ulster Jazz Club on Sundays at 7.00pm will feature a celebration of Louis Armstrong during the July programmes commencing next Sunday 6th July, also of course on BBC IPlayer later. Towards the end of his programme on Sunday 29th June, Walter featured an introduction of what's in store including a recording of Louis with The All Stars. - David Evans, Rhuddlan

  • 30/06/14 - Hi Fred It appears that Colin Bowden is looking forward to making a long awaited appearance, with Ged Hone's Ragtime Band, at Dove Holes Jazz Festival this weekend. I'll be there and I can imagine the tremendous reception he will receive. Get it on Colin !! - Norman Gibson 'Jazz4Fundz' LB&GC

  • 30/06/14 - There is now a Tribute Page on the site for Billy Edwards. If you have any happy memories of watching and listening to Billy play, or playing alongside him, please share them with us.

  • 29/06/14 - First, a bit of a story, I live in a house in Hayfield, bought from Sheila Collier in 1997 I think. When we bought it, she told us all about the Hayfield Jazz Festival, and her part in it. There is still to this day a poster up in the local pub. Well finally, Hayfield has got it together to produce another festival, and the Jazz Festival, has played no small part in people’s enthusiasm to do this – it is not Jazz, but more a mixture of styles. The website is below, where you can see what is on. Now I was talking in the pub, to Eric Brierley, who gave me your name, as somebody who might have an email address for Shelia, if so could you send her this note, I think she would be interested, and of course it would be great, if you would like to attend.  Many Thanks - Chris Heard, http://www.hayfest.org.uk/

  • 29/06/14 - Hi Fred, Just to say Bill Dowdle`s funeral is now at 2.30pm instead of 3pm at All Saints Church, Church Road, Runcorn, on Wednesday July 2nd - Annie Cousins

  • 29/06/14 - I have just heard today via the family that Billy Edwards died this afternoon at about 4.30 and Gareth said to pass it on to whoever I can, so this is what I'm doing. Last time I visited I felt it might be the last time as there was a tremendous change in him from the previous time I saw him. It's so very sad. I was extremely fond of him, as were so many others.  -  Susan Reid-Povall

  • 29/06/14 - Hi Fred, left handed clarinets DO exist. Here's a picture. The regular one is on the left. These are Albert system.  While on the subject of left handed instruments, here's a clip of a virtuoso performance of Donna Lee on recorder played left handed i.e. right hand at the top.  http://youtu.be/LI-h4urmKtA - Trevor Barnes

  • 29/06/14 - The Savoy Jazzmen are leading the worship at 6.20 p.m. next Sunday 6th July at All Saints' Parish Church, Childwall Abbey Road, Childwall. Liverpool L16 0JW.  The service starts with a march in the true Mardi Gras style from outside the vicarage in Childwall Abbey Road at 6.20 p.m. We march into the church. Please bring your parasol/umbrella and join in the parade.  The hymns including DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE, AMAZING GRACE, THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE and the OLD RUGGED CROSS will be led by the band. The service is suitable for all ages. There will be a special number for the children to parade around the church. There is no admission charge and there are light refreshments after the service.  Further details can be obtained from Peter Swensson. 0151 722 1478.
     

  • 28/06/14 - Only one daytime gig next week that I'm aware of, and that's the Savoy Jazzmen in the Palm House at Sefton Park, Liverpool.

  • 28/06/14 - Birthday celebrations next week for Tony Smith (tpt) and Grant Hogan Taylor (dms)

  • 28/06/14 - Just got back from a great holiday in Barbados with my son, his partner and Evie, my grand daughter...took my red plastic 'pbone' with me just in case there was any live music going on. Thought I would be listening to Steel Bands and Reggae, nothing wrong with that, but low and behold within a day of being there I heard of jazz being played at lunchtime in the Lobster Beach Grill. When I got there the restaurant was right on the beach and although it was 31 degrees outside, it was nice and cool inside.  In between eating with my family, the band were very welcoming and asked me up to play. You will see in the photos that the band consisted of trumpet (local vet) . keyboard (head of music at the music conservatoire) . valve trombone (ex pat. professional 82 years old, moved out there 40 years ago . drums (Barbadian professional) . bass guitar . (Barbadian professional) . clarinet (ex pat. moved out there 20 years ago) . singer (white hat) (local street musician playing washboard, steel drum) . other singer (Alex Santoriello, from Brooklyn, moved out there some years ago to open a piano bar and has sung professionally on Broadway). All in all a great band and we played tunes from the 'Great American Songbook'.  When we finished, the restaurant owner asked me whether I would come the following Wednesday evening and guest with the band again. My wage was a Lobster Thermidor and all the pina coladas I could drink.  Wonderful holiday, wonderful weather, such friendly people...would move out there tomorrow. - Mike Lovell
     

  • 28/06/14 - Just had an interesting following on my Twitter Page - The Gramophone Jass Band (Edinburgh Old School Jass band). They describe themselves as "Looking to keep the 20's alive before it goes the way of R'n'B. Ale, Suits, Swing and Satchmo. Check them out on http://www.gramophonejassband.com   They tweeted - "We're a young trade band from Edinburgh relocating to Manchester this summer. Any suggestions for places to play?"  Well if any promoters out there are looking for a fresh young band look no further.

  • 28/06/14 - The latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine has come through the letterbox, and there's a good serving up of North West features including a great photo of Barry Pryme (Dove Jazz Club) on the front page and an interesting write-up of his first visit to New Orleans. John Minnion bows out from running Keswick Jazz Festival, and following publication on the site of Andrew Liddle's interview with the leader of The Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band, he reviews their CD - Bohém Originals. There's plenty more familiar faces too, although I didn't recognise the nude lady musician on the front cover.

  • 28/06/14 - Colin Heath writes from New Zealand - "Alan Carrick, a long-time lover of traditional jazz (Our Kind Of Music) died in New Zealand on Friday 27 June after a sudden and severe heart attack. He was a young 83. Alan grew up in the Northwest of England and moved to New Zealand many years ago where he was a founding member and the first president of the Auckland Vintage Jazz Society (the most active organisation in New Zealand supporting traditional jazz). Alan knew a number of other readers of Jazz Northwest as well as some of the musicians involved. He was not himself a musician but was an avid collector of CDs and memorabilia of that sort of music. Those who knew him will be saddened at our loss. I would appreciate anything you could do to let those in England (and around the world) who might have known Alan be told of his death".

  • 26/06/14 - Here's something for all clarinet players out there to try down at the local residency. http://youtu.be/BISrGwN-yH4 I've heard of clarinet marmalade, but this takes the biscuit or at least a carrot. My thanks to Mart Rodger for sending me this one.

  • 26/06/14 - Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra will be playing at  Burnley Mechanics tomorrow night at 7.30pm.

  • 26/06/14 - The New Riverside Jazz Band will be playing an extra gig at the Wagon & Horses in Lancaster on Saturday night 28th June for Roll out the Barrel day to celebrate Armed Forces Day and see the guys and gals in uniform
     
    26/06/14 -
    Bill Dowdle died suddenly last week. He played clarinet with Annie`s Saints and Sinners when we first started until a few years ago and then continued to play in and around Liverpool. His funeral is next Wednesday July 2nd at 3pm in All Saints Church, Church Road, Runcorn. His daughter has asked a small group to play in the service. Musicians are very welcome to play outside the church before and after the service. - Annie Cousins
     

  • 25/06/14 - Thanks to all those that correctly recognised that Barrie Marshall appeared to be playing a left handed clarinet in the picture on 19/06/14. Barrie tells me there's no such thing as a left handed clarinet, unless you know different of course. Not surprisingly all the correct answers came from musicians, except for Mart Rodger's wife Janet. Some answers were of course quite witty, like this one from Graham Martindale who said, "That's not Barrie's left ear. I've played with Barrie many times over the years and I would recognise his right ear anywhere", Others who responded correctly were Alan Brown, Sam Wood, Phil Yates, Louis Lince and Roy Swift,

  • 25/06/14 - Very sad to hear about Mickey Cooke. He used to dep. with us in the Swindon based 'Thamesdown Jazzmen' in the late 80's. What a treat to play with such a professional, he would lift the whole band. His ability to build a solo over several choruses was magic. A lovely guy and a great loss to jazz. - Peter Boswell

  • 24/06/14 - Looking in the Arts & Entertainment section of my latest edition Jazznorthwest Weekly I see there are Free Music Downloads from Preservation Hall. "In appreciation of African American Music Appreciation Month during June, we are saluting some of the vast array of Preservation Hall stalwarts who have performed throughout the decades to help preserve the art of traditional New Orleans jazz. Each week, we will be releasing two downloads, honouring a particular prominent Preservation Hall mainstay. These downloads will only be available during the month of June"

  • 24/06/14 - As reported previously, this year the Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band from Hungary is touring in the UK between 16-29 August. Andrew Liddle sent me a copy of an interview he did when he caught up with their founder and leader, Tamás Ittzés a few months back.

  • 24/06/14 - I'm very sorry to hear of the death of Micky Cooke. He was known as "Mick" Cooke here in the Manchester area. I didn't know him all that well, even though we did occasionally play in the same bands. So I'll have to leave it to others who knew him better, to expound on his life. I remember him as a very friendly lad learning to play the trombone at first, as we all did with our instruments, but he very quickly blossomed into a very tasteful player, with his own inimitable style. He had a great technique for hitting the high notes and keeping them mellow, besides holding them long enough for the best effect. Mick was with Acker Bilk's Paramount Jazz Band in the 1990s. This is a very sad loss, especially when you know that the person who has died was a lot younger than yourself. The last time I was in touch with him was by 'phone from Cheltenham, approximately 1992. I think he was living in Buckinghamshire then.
     

  • 24/06/14 - Re: Mickey Cooke, That was an awful shock. Mickey and I were founder members of the Smoky City Six, and he came to see me in Adelaide when he was playing on Acker's band. - Tony West

  • 24/06/14 - Hi Fred, I too was one of the lucky ones who attended the 'out of this world' performance by Wynton Marsalis and his so talented band at the Bridgewater Hall. The night will live with me forever. It was beyond any superlatives. The last 20 mins deserves a special mention, we were treated to a set by just 'the man' and rhythm section, simply overwhelming.  -  Harold [Harry] Roberts. no relation to Jeff

  • 24/06/14 - Pete Lay writes, "Please pass on the sad news that so shortly after Phil Mason’s death, we here of the passing of one of his sidemen, trombonist Mickey Cooke. He died on Sunday of a heart attack. What an awful month for losing good friends and colleagues".

    24/06/14 -
     This message on Chris Barber's web site - "Today we have received the following message from the Chris Barber Management in Holland: Chris has recently injured his ankle and successfully

  •  undergone surgery. He is feeling well and has already started his recovery. Chris is very much looking forward to perform for his fans again. As of now, all scheduled performances with the band are going ahead as planned". 

  • 24/06/14 - Hi Fred just had to mention a fantastic night at the Bridgewater Hall where the amazing Winton Marsalis et al played the most exciting session I have seen since I saw Louis at the Free Trade Hall in the '50,s.  His encore of 'Whining Boy' was in another stratosphere, somehow encompassing mastery of all styles from New Orleans, Ragtime to Avant Garde in one fantastic solo. Definitely one of those 'I was there' moments. - Jeff Roberts

  • 24/06/14 - I've just viewed/listened to Shotgun Jazz Band, very enjoyable (good ol' Barrie ! ).  Now seeing James Evans (now living in NO ) playing with them could indicate there is a better chance of seeing them come to the UK than Tuba Skinny. Either would go down well ! - Norman Gibson

  • 23/06/14 - Further to Barrie Marshall's tip about The Shotgun Jazz Band, I was fortunate to see them play on Frenchmans several times during the French Quarter festival back in April, and yes - they play with such energy and vitality - how we wish similar bands would emerge here in the UK. The banjo player is Marla's husband John, and our very own James Evans is more or less the regular reedsman with the band nowadays. He seems to be fairly well settled in the Big Easy, so we may only see fleeting glimpses of him on our shores in the future, although he will be at Upton next week. The Trombone man is Barnabus Jones who normally plays with Tuba Skinny, and I'll swear the bass player, Tyler Thompson, grows at least 10 fingers on each hand for his solos. Lots more clips around with them playing at the Spotted Cat, Three Muses etc. There is an interview in this months Just Jazz about Marla & John Dixon, by Barry Martyn. - Barry Pryme
     

  • 23/06/14 - Hello Fred, Just heard on Radio 2, Sunday at 9.45pm that a gentleman texted presenter Clair Teal that Chris Barber had been in the wars (broken leg).  Can you or anyone confirm this if true. If it is, speedy recovery to my idol Chris. - Gerry Travers, Bury St. Edmunds.  I have just listened on iPlayer and that was the inference.  I've found this comment on Twitter from Doncaster- "Unfortunately, due to ill health, The Chris Barber Band this Saturday has been postponed we hope to announce a replacement date for 2015", but no other information or confirmation - Fred

  • 23/06/14 - NorthWest jazz lovers are in for a double treat in early July when trumpet star Enrico Tomasso makes a return visit to the area.  On Tuesday 8 July at 8pm he returns to the Refreshment Room at Carnforth Station, where he played a sell-out and well-received gig last September. This time, however, the music will be in the more spacious outdoor setting of the covered platform at the station, and the ticket price includes delicious food at the interval. Enrico will be backed by Morecambe's High Society Jazz Band once again. Tickets at £12.50 are available from Andrew at the Refreshment Rooms ( 01524 732432) or from David Bateman at 01524 822065.   The following evening (9 July) Enrico appears for the Kendal Jazz Club at the River Bar, Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley, Kendal at 8pm, this time backed by the Quincy St Quartet, which features fine Blackpool reedman Dave Lee. Admission £10 on the door. Details from Bruce Carnaffin on 01539 720172.

  • 22/06/14 - Walter Love's Radio Ulster Jazz Club of today contained a half hour tribute to the late Phil Mason http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007cpqm.  The second half of the programme then featured a celebration of the music of Hoagy Carmichael. Well worth a listen on BBC IPLayer. - David Evans,  Rhuddlan

  • 22/06/14 - Barrie Marshall writes, "Another band based in New Orleans and another female band leader, she is more Preservation Hall in her approach and I love her singing voice, the banjo player is great, another young band http://youtu.be/RicINWvmAcg (I agree Barrie, well worth a watch).  Shotgun houses in New Orleans are ones that if you opened the front and back doors you could fire a shotgun straight through as no walls were in the way".
     

  • 22/06/114 - We seem to have been "bigged up" to Aston International Jazz Festival! the Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band from Hungary will be in Aston (nr Witney) Village Hall on August 18th. I know a lot of clubs close over the summer, but maybe someone else could help them with a village hall gig? If you haven't heard the band they're excellent. UK People do seem to get put off by "ragtime" but it's a tiny part of what this talented and versatile band does - Judy Eames

  • 21/06/14 - Hello Fred, You've beaten me to it! I was going to remind you about the first Sunday of the month session at the Pavilion Arts Centre. I notice you've also found some interesting gigs from the Opera House programme and the Buxton (Opera) Festival. Pete Long should be good, I've seen him doing his Benny Goodman tribute. Buxton Festival Fringe is also running through the middle of July, and includes a show from Mart Rodger (See What's On  22nd July). Not forgetting Dove Holes in early July - High Peak is going to be a busy place! -Sam Wood

  • 21/06/14 - Hola Fred,  As usual, thanks a million for the wonderful work you do with your site.  Stop Press! I have been thinking about various heroes of mine in the Jazz World, - sadly too many of them are now departed,- and it caused me to look up on Wikipedia to see how old The Great Wally Fawkes is, - - - - And, would you believe it? - - - He is 90 TODAY!!!   So it is Very Happy Birthday to Wally, - and I suppose he will be celebrating it by playing in a London Pub somewhere with John Chilton!  - James Hall In Mallorca.

  • 21/06/14 - Daytime gigs next week include Mike Lovell's 6 in a Bar 12pm at The North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood on Wednesday, Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz 2pm at The Branksome Function Suite, Altrincham Masonic Hall, and at 10am on Friday you can see The Red Rose Band performing at Warrington Walking Day which dates back to 1834, The Walking Day that is, not the band!

  • 21/06/14 - Musicians celebrating their birthdays next week include - clarinettist Barrie Marshall tomorrow, pianist Pete Major on Wednesday and bass  player Pete Fielding on Thursday. Many Happy Returns to you all.

  • 20/06/14 - I've been trawling the Buxton Opera House and the Buxton Pavilion web pages and finding some very interesting events coming up there. I've listed them on the Jazz Club NW page under Buxton Pavilion Arts.

  • 20/06/14 - I see the Savannah Jazz Band got a mention in the Nottingham Post today after their visit to Nottingham Rhythm Club.

  • 19/06/14 - Barrie Marshall found this picture of himself on line, but he says it's wrong!  Anybody know why?

  • 19/06/14 - Google has alerted me to an article that appeared yesterday in Rochdale On Line and a write-up about the Pedigree Jazz Band after their appearance at Rochdale Jazz Club last Sunday.

  • 18/06/14 - I thought we might have had more efforts to identify the musicians in the Preservation Hall JB picture, and, someone would get them all correct, even though the picture quality was not great. The band was unusual in that there were two trumpets Kid Shiek Colar and Albert Walters, with the hidden clarinetist Manuel 'Manny' Crusto. At the back the obvious Louis Nelson, with Stanley Stevens on drums. Chester Zardis, although not clear, was identifiable by his stance over the double bass. The nearest contributor was Tony Pringle from USA who just missed out on Walters. Tony, thank you, and we would be pleased to have you as our special guest any time in the future if you get over to the UK. - Norman Gibson

  • 18/06/14 -  In case there are any people who have not yet heard,I regret to say that the jazz night at Overton, scheduled for Friday 27th June, has had to be cancelled through lack of interest. We are still pressing ahead with arrangements for September and October both of which have been switched to Middleton Social club.  More details to follow, any more information please get in touch with Rick or Bob .

  • 18/06/14 - This year the Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band from Hungary is touring in the UK between 16-29 August and they will perform at the Pershore Jazz Festival, Electric Palace Cinema Harwich, The Pump House Watford, Aston International Jazz Festival, Spice of Life Jazz Club London, The WM Club at the O2, The Fringe Bristol etc.  Due to some cancellations the band now has a few extra dates available. Check out http://youtu.be/kKH1VIykCSY and if you are interested in booking the band, please contact  peter@bohemragtime.com

  • 18/06/14 - The comments made by Jon White bring to mind very similar comments made by Humph in his marvellous autobiography "Last Chorus"; a book I purchased when it was first published and for some unknown reason has remained unread until now. Since finding it in a dark cupboard I've been convulsed with chortles, giggles and even full-blown laughter. What a fellow he was. - Denys Owen

  • 17/06/14 - Alf Keiles  writes, "I've been collecting jazz records for 78 years and I know what you mean when you say you are busier now than you were throughout your working life.  I have been involved with a World Wide Tape exchange program for nearly 40 years and unfortunately some of the original members have passed away.  Would you kindly place a little advert in your magazine to help us attract some new members?". Well if you are interested have a look at the Sales Page

  • 17/06/14 - Stuart McLean sent me this interesting photo of Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar taken at Ayr Jazz Club last Friday.  I always knew Mike wanted to have a 'sit down' band  (that should wind him up). Click on picture for larger version.

  • 17/06/14 - Sorry to hear about Phil Mason. Pass my condolences on to his family. Some years ago when he was in OZ he played at my jazz club, great band. = Mike McCall, President, Wagga Jazz Inc.

  • 16/06/14 - All six members of the local jazz group, The Pendle Jazzmen, have been shown the red card and will not be appearing at the Inn at the Wharf, Manchester Rd., Burnley this Thursday (17th June).  They have been substituted by the whole of the England football team who will be appearing "live!" - on the big screen.  The Jazzmen apologise to their supporters for their absence - the first (except for Christmas) since starting their regular Thursday sessions well over two years ago.  Their period of suspension only lasts for seven days and they will be back as usual the following week, 26th June - with special guest Alan Matthews on trombone.  Everyone is welcome for these weekly sessions of happy jazz and funny jokes! -  J. Colin Mason (Tel: 01282 699571)

  • 15/06/14 - I was looking for a facile definition of "JAZZ" for someone on "FaceTweet" . WE all know what it is but I bet none of us will give the same answer. Of course anybody who asks that question simply won't understand any of the answers! WE all remember that FIRST hearing, and after that it's in our heads,- no answer required - WE KNOW WHAT WE LIKE. I make no distinction between those who play Jazz, and those who just listen - we all love it, it's just that some of us have been able to learn how to transfer what's in our heads to our lips or fingers on an instrument. Its a creative gift and you simply can't get it from a book. But just as a "player" wishes he'd played a different phrase in a jazz chorus, (there's only one chance!), I'm sure the "listener" can be either delighted or disappointed, as the ideas lodged in our heads raise certain expectations. This is particularly so with "Traditional jazz". Anyway, just a few happy thoughts, with the inevitable Roll call - might get some opinions, One thing is certain; we all owe a lot to one particular "listener", Take a bow Fred! - Jon White
     

  • 15/06/14 - Just an aside. Watching the Trooping of the Colour yesterday reminds me of a very fine trombone player called Charlie Messenger in the days of my youth. Charlie was ex-Blues and Royals Band and in the car on the way to a gig I played him a recording of Roy Williams with Alex Welsh. 'Yes, he's a good player" said Charlie, "But I bet 'e couldn't play like that on the back of an 'orse" - Ian Royle.

  • 15/06/14 - Fascinated to read about the Bodega after all this time. Met my wife there in 1961 and she is still putting up with me. Regarding the comments on dress code, there was no one scruffier than Melly when playing with Mulligan. He looked as though he had been sleeping rough but all the Cheshire debs were all over him like a rash. Funny old world. Denis Wyatt

  • 15/06/14 - Many Happy Return of the day today to Phil Yates, clarinet player, and on Friday, Tom Kincaid will be celebrating his birthday too.

  • 14/06/14 - Tuesday Jazz & Swing gig list (Wilmslow) has been updated.

  • 13/06/14 - Re Phil Mason - "Sad! I liked his playing in a rough style and had some good conversations with him a couple of times over almost 30 years! Phil RIP - Björn Lund, Sweden.  "Sad to hear about the passing of Phil Mason. I played with him on only a few occasions when he was on his solo tours of the various bands in the north and, on one occasion, I did two consecutive nights, one with my regular band, New Orleans Express at the monthly Friday session in Frodsham and the following night somewhere in Birkenhead. I can't remember the name of the band, I'm afraid, but I had never depped for them before. Phil had a specific solo feature number which we did with NO Express. Phil explained the routine to everyone and it worked out OK. The next night he announced the number, turned to me and said "you did this last night, explain the arrangement to everyone". Aaaarrrgh !!!!! I'm the drummer. The lads up front play the music. I follow what they do. That's the art and skill of the jazz drummer...... isn't it?  My brain went dead but out of the depths of somewhere I managed to get it right. I think he did it on purpose."- Graham Martindale. "Very sad to hear of his passing, I enjoyed playing in his band and when he was a special guest with us/New Orleans Express.  My condolences to his family. - Brian Woods,  Tuxedo JB. 

  • 11/06/14 - Google has alerted me to an article that has just gone on line - "New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band will set off on a summer festival season tour next week like it has often done with tours before -- by kicking it off in Birmingham". Unfortunately it turned out to be Birmingham Alabama (ever been had).

  • 11/06/14 - Is this yet another sign the recession is coming to an end?  The Silver Bell Band will now be playing at The Ale Emporium, 53 Fylde Road, Preston weekly, instead of monthly.

  • 11/06/14 - I was sorry to hear from ex band leader and well known trumpeter in the North West, Les Bull, that sadly he had lost his beloved wife Maxine, who passed away suddenly at 6.30 on Sunday morning 9th June in the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, with the family at her bedside.

  • 10/06/14 - Hi Fred A little competition for the jazz brainboxes on your site. Can anyone name all six members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in this picture ? There was also something a little unusual in the make up of this band - what was it ? I will give 2 complimentary tickets to who I think is the worthy winner (see web page link). Norman Gibson 'Jaz4Fundz' LB&G Club .  Click on the picture for a larger version, not that it will help! and Email  your answers to (normggibson * gmail.com) replacing " * " with "@" and please put "Competition" on the subject line. Competition closes on 17th June.
     

  • 10/06/14 - Re: The gigs at El Patio, Jon White 08/06 - Those El Patio sessions were run by Spanish proprietor Pepe Rollón, between 1972 and about 1975. Judging from the fact that Stephane Grappelli also appeared there, already in his 80s, in early-mid-1974, I would guess that that was around that time that the Welsh band visited. They were fantastic sessions, not only by the visiting bands, but good local bands too.- Joe Silmon
     

  • 10/06/14 -  Colin Bostock (reeds) from Nelson, is the latest musician to join the deps list

  • 10/06/14 - I have hot, nay not hot, RADIOACTIVE news for the afternoon this coming Sunday June 15th. I have conned Ian Royle and Howard Murray to join Dave Dixson at the Blue Bell Halkyn. Fire extinguishers will be issued and the sheep will be kept well away from the heat. Starts 15.30 and the fires will be drawn at about 18.00. Hope you are able to see the sun and so forth, best regards and thank you for your magnificent site. - Mad Ed Hughes (Mad Ed's Hot Five)
     

  • 10/06/14 - Sad news I'm afraid I received a telephone call this morning informing me that Phil Mason died yesterday. Phil as you will recall was a frequent visitor to our Club for many years and could always be relied upon to draw a large following. His "All Star Band" was probably the leading New Orleans style band in the country for around  ten years. For any band to be at the top of the tree for this length of time is a considerable achievement.  Joan and myself have exceedingly fond memories of his visits to Dove, both of his eccentricities and his  generous nature when he stayed with us at Dale Road. He always delivered the goods for us at Dove and his passing marks the end of an era in many respects. He had experienced exceedingly poor health for quite a few years and his sad passing will thankfully bring to a close what must have his considerable suffering.  Our thoughts are with Hanne, his wife and family and we offer them our heartfelt sincere sympathies on behalf of ourselves and Dove Jazz Club . You have left a considerable mark on the jazz world Phil and will certainly not be forgotten! - Joan and Roger Marshall

  • 09/06/14 - Brian Turnock has given me permission to release three more videos of the New Orleans Z'hulus which I took at Alvaston Hall recently. You can see and hear the band playing Tishomingo -  http://youtu.be/B97m7EHb2Wo , Maria Elena - http://youtu.be/uX0AD2DgrZM, and Running Wild - http://youtu.be/TS1oxWNQnvc. If you think the camera work is a little shaky, wait until the end of the video and see where it was shot from. For camera enthusiasts, they were shot on a small pocket camera - a Panasonic DMC-TZ18.

  • 08/06/14 - A wartime swing and jazz dance night is taking place at Preston's Masonic Hall. Lindy Hop and Swing Dance are the order of the night at the Wartime Vintage Jive Ball. It takes place on Friday 20 June from 7.30pm to midnight at the venue on Saul Street. Vintage vehicles from the period will also be parked up outside the Hall. Alongside the jiving there will be dance lessons, a charity raffle and a suitcase bring and buy sale. Tickets are available on Eventbrite at £5.99 each. I've not seen any mention of live bands though!

  • 08/06/14 - If going out at night during weekdays is not your thing, then you can see Annie's Saints & Sinners are at The Dog & PArtridge in Bollington at 2pm Monday, and The Pendle Jazzmen are playing at The Grand, in Clitheroe at 12pm on Friday.

  • 08/06/14 - Many Happy Returns this week to Des Hopkins on Wednesday, Keith Hockin on Friday (remember Antique Six), and Richard Leach on Saturday.

  • 08/06/14 - Thanks to Keith Daniel for correcting me on the line-up of this Alex Welsh band. I couldn't recall Pete Skivington's surname, although I recognised his unique sound on the electric bass. I do remember now Harvey Weston was in the previous line-up with Lennie (the helmet) Hastings on drums. Egg on ancient face ! and apologies to both guys. I recall having a natter with bassist Ron Mathewson when he was with Alex for a gig at the "El Patio" in Stretford M/C, the drummer was Roger Nobes who also played the vibes, can't get the year though! - Jon White

  • 07/06/14 - Regarding the Alex Welsh video – I think the bass player is Peter Skivington and Brian Lemon is the pianist.  What a great band – it was always entertaining – with the superb Roy Williams and John Barnes. - Keith Daniel, West Yorkshire

  • 06/06/14 - Wonder why Jon White refers to "the dreaded alto"? I think John Barnes played it extremely well!  Not regressing back to dirty boppers are you Jon?! - Jon Critchley

  • 05/06/14 - I've just uploaded a video of the New Orleans Z'hulus which I took at Alvaston Hall and it's at http://youtu.be/-ybEeVo7T_8. Brian Turnock tells me, "I visit East Lancs. at least once a year to visit the kids and grandchildren, of all the parts of the U. K. I have been to it is still my favourite area. Re the recent Z'hulus tour I still have to pinch myself when I think about John, Paul and myself playing together in 1964 with Alton Purnell, that tour included Accrington Jazz Club and I have photos from the session in my albums. 50 years seem to have passed very quickly".

  • 05/06/14 - .."To he who waits". Yonks ago I suggested a link for the "Front page band"; and as it is a pure mainstream band, you said you'd give it a thought. Presto ! To me it was the epitome of a "Condon" outfit, and that particular line-up was superb, Roy singing and blowing, Johnny on the "dreaded alto", and Harvey Weston playing THE perfect bass line on the "Plank".  (Its a must to pipe the PC output to some decent speakers). I bet Moe likes it. (Sartorially and hairstyle speaking). BTW, there's a great book on Amazon by Jim Douglas about his travels or "travails" with the Clyde valley Stompers and the Welsh band. Wot a Larrf! - Jon White

  • 04/06/14 - There's a new band on the block, with the somewhat dubious title of The Sticky Rock Jazz Band. Mike Lovell has put together a band of four ready for a season on Blackpool's North Pier, and for any jazz clubs that would like to hear something a bit different.  It includes Mike on trombone, Anthony Mason on banjo, Colin Turner on tuba and Pete Lindup on trumpet. On Sunday 10th and Monday 11th August 2pm to 4.30pm Blackpool holds its Air Show, which is always worth a visit, and you can combine the two if you get there at 1pm on the 10th.  Mike tells me he's got the deck chairs ready, but if you prefer dry land, you can see them at Eagley Jazz Club in November.

  • 04/06/14 - Much saddened to hear of the death of drummer Dougie Hall a very well-known figure on the dance band scene in the Chester area from the 1950s. I could not get to the funeral but he will be remembered with affection by musicians and friends in the area for years to come. - Peter Fryer, Merseysippi Jazz Band

  • 04/06/14 - We seem to hear a lot about jazz clubs struggling or closing, so it made a pleasant change to hear that one club on the East of the Pennines, Boston Spa, reported, "Jeff Barnhart + John Hallam + Jamie Brownfield attracted an audience of 166 which is something of a record, 3 more than the Swing Commanders last Autumn!".

  • 03/06/14 - The June edition of Just Jazz Magazine is now available, details on how to get your copy are shown on the page.

  • 03/06/14 - Many Happy returns tomorrow to New Orleans style trombone player, Jeff Milner

  • 02/06/14 - Sheila Pantry wrote to Mike Lovell after a night over the Pennines at the Psalter Hotel in Sheffield - What a really great night of music, wonderful clever musicianship and a delightful range of tunes last night at the Psalter - everyone really appreciated it -  Loads of lovely comments as people went home and emails today … “from how do you do it – getting such a great band of musicians who looked so very smart?”  “We really enjoyed last night. Wonderful ambience”. “ Thank you Sheila a really nice night at Psalter - it was very different and great musicians!”  There was a loud complaint to the management from a crowd of people in the bar who could not hear your lovely music for the “damn TV playing too loud football and no one watching” … I told the people to come up and sit at the back of the jazz lounge to hear you!"  Until the next time…  -  Sheila

  • 02/06/14 - "One of our neighbours, jazz reedman and piano player Carl Hemingfield, died on 29th May, after a very long battle with cancer, aged 80", writes Brian Gibbons. ". Former miner and Coldstream Guards bandsman Carl first made his name in the jazz world around the clubs of his native Doncaster. As a semi-pro in the early 1950s with the popular Northern outfit the Mike Taylor Jazzmen, he played extensively in Yorkshire and the North West, their regular circuit including venues in Liverpool, Crewe, Nelson and the Bodega Jazz Club in Manchester, as well as at Manchester University".  You can read more about Carl, including  this Friday's funeral details, by clicking here
     

  • 02/06/14 - One to make a note of in your diary - Keith Nichols and Spats Langham will be joining the Merseysippi Jazz Band on Monday 16th June, 8-30pm to 11pm at Liverpool Cricket Club.

  • 02/06/14 - Just back from a great weekend at Alvaston Hall, and sadly for jazz it's the last time at that venue, but don't worry Pete Lay has it all in hand and will be sending me details of a new North West venue soon.  We seem to be a jinx on Alvaston Hall. The first time we went, there'd been a heat wave all week, followed by a sudden cold snap as we arrived, and the heating was off.   last year it resembled a building site, and this time workmen on the main road dug through the gas supply pipe to the hotel on the Friday just as we arrived. So hot food, hot radiators and hot water were out of the question.  I have to say that faced with this adversity the hotel did a sterling job serving up a cold buffet for everyone, including starter and desert.   Not only was it a great weekend for the jazz, it was good to meet up with friends from last year, especially Bill from Southport, and his lovely daughter Dianne who we met for the first time, and it was good to see Larry again from St Helens, and Eric and Trevor (he's the tall handsome one, at least I think that's what he told me), from Rochdale.  I finally met up with Fraser McCombe on Saturday evening, who had booked the New Orleans Z'hulus for the following evening in Macclesfield, and he introduced me to the band leader, Brian Turnock who lives in Belgium, Brian had been in touch with me over the years but we'd never managed to meet up before. It seemed we had plenty in common besides jazz as we were both living in the same neck of the woods for quite a few years, and Brian had fond memories of playing at Accrington Jazz Club, the town where I was born.


 

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