Traditional Jazz in The North West (UK)


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August 2015

  • 31/08/15 - Are you one of the few people still collecting traditional jazz recordings on vinyl?  Then is the place to look.

  • 30/08/15 - Correction - Marsden Jazz Festival takes place on 9th - 1th October, and not September as previously stated, but now amended.

  • 30/08/15 - John Westwood said in an email to me -  At least Jazz clubs do survive in Germany, if this clip from last Friday is any indicator. Imaginative, or what?

  • 30/08/15 - The latest issue of Just Jazz Magazine is now out. I was interested to read a letter from Tony Leppard, well known for his connection with the Ken Colyer Trust until it ended, which says, "It's hard to believe, but the building in Great Newport Street that was the home of Studio 51, the Ken Colyer Club, is being developed as fourteen luxury apartments  and will be called "The Colyer".

  • 30/08/15 - On Tuesday 8 September, Keith Nichols and Trevor Whiting will be appearing  at the River Bar, Hawkshead Brewery, Mill Yard, Staveley, Kendal, home of Kendal Jazz Club. The session runs from 8 to 10.30pm, admission £10.

  • 30/08/15 - Two birthdays this week, both on the same day. Many Happy Returns to bass player Howard Worthington and trumpeter Tony Davis on Thursday 3rd Sept.

  • 30/08/15 - Just one daytime mid week jazz event this week - The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tuesday, 1 September, 14:00 - 16:00hrs

  • 29/008/15 - We spent a very pleasant couple of hours this lunchtime.  Mike Lovell, with John Tucker, Chris Howse and Colin Turner were playing outside the Cafe On The Pier at St Annes on Sea, and as well as a good crowd, there was one avid young listener called Isabel. If like me you had preconceived ideas of what a cafe on the pier might be like, then forget it. This place was packed out and the food was great, and I am still enjoying the beef curry some time later. Click on the picture for a larger version.

  • 29/08/15 - it was good to hear that John Rothwell (drummer with Silver Bell & Savoy Jazzmen) has now had his cochlear implant, but it will be another 2 weeks before test can be carried out to verify how successful it has been.

  • 28/08/15 - Marsden Jazz Festival programme details for 9th - 11th October are now on line, and you can find out more on the Jazz Festivals & Breaks page.

  • 28/08/15 - An interesting piece about New Orleans 10 years on from Katrina. But the reference to 'musicians having to play for tips in the street' should not get anyone too upset about their welfare. This came up in conversation down at FestJazz last year, and it seems $150 per player is easily achievable for a day's playing on Royal Street ! Then the better outfits can move quite a lot of their CDs as well. - Norman Gibson

  • 28/08/15 - Doc Houlind's New Orleans Revival Jazz All Star Band from Denmark is coming to Lancaster soon. You can now access the full details and find out how to get your tickets, available on a first come first served basis, by clicking here

  • 28/08/15 - Another dawn, another day but still boiling water here and now in the 4th week! Thank to Dave Davis for this very apt response -

  • 27/08/15 - An interesting article which appeared yesterday on Yahoo UK News at entitled "New Orleans awash in music 10 years after Katrina".

  • 27/08/15 - Dear Fred, Thank you for telling us about 'Dancing through the Blitz' and although the BBC can't be viewed outside the UK , I found it on YouTube through your info and we spent a very enjoyable morning watching all about the happenings of our era and times, surprising how much you forget. We really loved it!. As you know I am an old Blackpool girl and I still have your photo of the Tower on my screensaver. Many thanks , Alan & Toni Jones in Woy Woy, OZ.

  • 27/08/15 - It is sad that every post I get from you is full of obituaries but I guess we are all getting older, I remember meeting Mickey Ashman at a gig at the Redcar Jazz-Club in the mid sixties, I was there with the Phoenix Jazzmen from Newcastle, the other bands playing were Kenny Ball & Chris Barber, it was an excellent venue and I got to meet many great players, Champion Jack Dupree, Maynard Ferguson, Alex Welsh and of course the Ball & Barber Bands to name a few. I am coming over for a holiday in May next year and will be based in the Manchester and Blackpool areas I hope to get to see some of these great bands I hear about on your site - Derek Dalton

  • 27/08/15 - So sorry to hear of the passing of Steve Lane and Micky Ashman. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to play many gigs with both of them, and the British Jazz scene will be the poorer for their demise.  Steve Lane was ever an exponent extraordinaire of the classic jazz world, and worked tirelessly to promote his highly creative interpretations of King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix and the like. I don't know who was your correspondent, but I was gobsmacked by the suggestion that he played in the Ken Colyer style - he did nothing of the sort, and though he liked and respected Ken, he took his own inspiration totally from the giants of the classic jazz era, rather than from the revivalist or "contemporary New Orleans" players. So there!   I and many another shall miss them - and we can only hope that other musicians to follow will work as hard as those two to promote both classic and New Orleans jazz in the UK - and the wider world. - Paul Munnery. (It was posted on my Facebook site, but I see the same item appears on London Jazz News at and attributed to Roger Trobridge - Fred)

  • 27/08/15 - After reading your latest news update,  it strikes me that playing jazz is a very risky occupation. - Richard Lord

  • 25/08/15 - Having seen the notice of my fathers death on your page (Micky Ashman), I wanted to advise you about the funeral if you felt you wanted to publish it on your page. It will take place on Monday 14th September at 12.30 at Colchester Crematorium, Essex.  For further information people can contact me,  if they want to. - Donna Ashman

  • 24/08/15 - Obituaries - It's a sadly necessary function of your page, and the only way to bear it is the way it brings to mind a creative 'person' having a ball with like minded buddies. Fortunately I think mainly "in pictures", so this is how I remember them, and the pleasure they gave us. Prompted by the "leaving town" of Mickey Ashman, who showed me how to "slap" the bass at a 100 Oxford St session whilst on National service leave in the "smoke". (BTW, I found out he had tougher hands than me!) -  Jon White

  • 24/08/15 - Every Wednesday evening at 8.30 the Double B big Band play at the Masonic Hall Stockport. Apparently they have been their 3 years, but I have only just heard about them. It is not very well attended, 16-20 at the most, which is a shame as they are good. Perhaps you could could let the contributors to your web page know. It is only £3 entrance fee. There is a car park at the back but there is a nominal charge.  -  Mildred Finney

  • 23/08/15 - Another daytime jazz event this week I missed was Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz who will be appearing at Timperley Sports Club, Stockport Road, Timperley. WA15 7LU Next to the Hare & Hounds. It's an easy entrance with no steps, good car park, bar plus tea/coffee. 2.00pm start and £6 admission.

  • 23/08/15 - I've just been told by Robin Mosley that Steve Lane passed away early this morning.  Also Micky Ashman passed away on Friday 21st August - SAD NEWS FOLKS!!!  - Pete Lay.  Ian Maund has posted the following on the JazzNorthWest Facebook page - "Roger Trobridge tells me that cornet player, guitarist, composer and arranger Steve Lane passed away in hospital this morning at the age of 93. Steve led his own Southern Stompers jazz from 1950, and also led and recorded with his Red Hot Peppers and the VJM Washboard Band. He was an important part of VJM records in the late 50/60s. A very traditional jazz player in the Ken Colyer style, he established the Ealing Jazz Club in the Fox and Goose, Hanger Lane, Ealing in 1952. Funeral details not yet known".

  • 22/08/15 - Many Happy Returns on Monday to ex Spinner, musician and broadcaster, Tony  Davis, who by my reckoning will be celebrating his 85th birthday this time. On Wednesday it's birthday wishes to Mike McLachlan & Andrew Mackenzie, and on Friday to Keith Shone.

  • 22/08/15 - Midweek daytime gigs this week include Mike Lovell 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wed, 26 August, 12:00 – 14:30, and on Thursday, the Silver Bell Band  will be playing around Garstang town centre market as part of the Arts Festival, 10:30 – 14:30

  • 22/0/15 -  BBC4 Friday two programmes - 7.30 The story of Swing and 9.45pm Queens of Jazz.

  • 22/08/15 - Do you know where Calder Vale is?  Most of you will probably not as the two roads that lead to the village from either side are cul-de-sacs, but the nearest town of significant size is Garstang. So I was quite surprised to get a call from Lynne Nichols to ask if I could publicise an event in Calder Vale Village Hall. Not traditional jazz as we know it maybe, but still worth a mention, it's the Sue Richardson tour 2015 - "Too Cool, The Life & Times of Chet Baker", and takes place on the 25th September, 7-30pm, Tickets £6. Click here for more details. Please mention the website when booking for no other reason than Lynne they will let me know if they've had any enquiries through here.

  • 21/08/15 - A Vintage AMG -1 Resonator Guitar has just gone on the Sales Page

  • 20/08/15 - I was going through some old cassette recordings someone handed me once, and it's a box of surprises. So far I have come across a recording of the Garstang band Lune Valley Stompers on which Harold Troughton of  Blue Mags fame is featured, and today I picked up a recording of Dance Hall Days featuring the Melody Inn Quartet. I see in the small print that it featured David Copperwaite & Louis Lince, so I assumed it was recorded in the North West, but I didn't recognise the names of George Berry or Charles King. However further reading tells me the recording was made at The Red House, Bessingham in Norfolk on September 7th 1999, and the recording engineer was none other than drummer John Petters. Maybe this brings back memories to some of you out there.

  • 19/08/15 - Norman Gibson has reminded me of something I also watched the other night, which I'm sure many of you will enjoy at Dancing Through The Blitz: Blackpool's Big Band Story is a Documentary film celebrating the big band sound and uncovering the social history behind the music that kept the nation's spirits up through the Second World War.

  • 16/08/15 - Due to unforeseen circumstances, the jazz at Delph next Friday 21st with the Spirit of New Orleans Band, has been cancelled. Also on Friday 4th September 2015, Derek Galloway’s Bunter’s Imperials will be making a guest appearance at the Delph Band Club as several members of The Spirit Of New Orleans Jazz Band are away on holiday.

  • 16/08/15 - Correction - The Mike Lovell Four had been asked to play at the cafe on the pier at St Annes again next Saturday, 1pm to 3-30pm, so they must be pulling the crowds in. This has now changed to the  29th August,  (bank holiday weekend). Mike says, "In a way it has befitted us in so much as we are playing in Warwickshire at the Pershore Jazz Festival this coming Sunday".

  • 15/08/15 - Mention of Granville Edwards seems to have stirred up many memories for a lot of people. I've just updated his tribute page to include a link to an obituary in The Guardian, and a video of the Hi Life band playing in Cork Prison, thanks to Graham Martindale.

  • 15/08/15 - Tonight at midnight on BBC Radio 3 - Pee Wee Russell (1906-69) played the clarinet like no one else, combining a uniquely growling, wailing attack with solos that constantly carved out new directions. Geoffrey Smith surveys a jazz original whose career encompassed Chicago Dixieland and Thelonious Monk. I shall be in bed, but no doubt it will be on Listen again. My thanks to Barrie Marshall for ringing up with this one.

  • 15/08/15 - Just one mid week daytime concert coming up - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station, on Fri, 21 August, 12:30 – 14:30 at Carnforth Railway Station. where there's Tea Rooms. Good food available and a collection taken.

  • 15/08/15  - Many Happy Returns tomorrow to Manchester reed player, Joe Silmon, and on Monday it's the birthday of drummer Graham Smith.

  • 15/08/15 -  "Fred,  Please know that your facilitating the exchange of information on the late Granville Edwards is far more valuable than any amounts of money. As previously indicated, the information gathered will be used for a biography on him that I want to present to the Institute of Jamaica in Kingston, Jamaica.   Please allow me, through you, to express thanks and real gratitude to the several persons who have contributed so far.  Granville was not a particularly outgoing person and even his immediate family (siblings now all deceased) respected his private nature. There is a relative paucity of "hard" information and only relatively vague verbal narratives.   Any information will be happily received and with the knowledge that the contribution reflects some measure of the man and the contributor alike.  Granville's Selmar saxophone is with his niece Beverley and her husband Colin in Manchester and remains in good repair thanks to their loving attention to it. The instrument is of some vintage and is therefore even more treasured.   I'm copying Granville's niece Beverley on this, as I will be asking her to make personal contact with you and all the other persons who have responded and to acquire such material as is available.   AGAIN, THANKS THREE MILLION and in the words of a song of relatively recent vintage, "Keep On Trucking Baby"!!! ".  -  Nathan Robb

  • 14/08/15 - Because we couldn’t arrange an alternative session at Poynton Legion Club I have had to search for another venue. So Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz will be playing a monthly Third Monday night session at POYNTON SPORTS CLUB, LONDON ROAD NORTH, POYNTON, STOCKPORT. SK12 1AG. This venue is on the A523 travelling from Hazel Grove to Poynton on the left side. We will be starting at 7.30pm and already a lot of the Poynton jazz friends are very happy.  Dates are as follows:-  September 21st,  October 19th,  November 16th and December 21st - Mart Rodger

  • 14/08/15 - Back at the end of July you posted a few words from us about our visit to FestJazz Chateauneuf du Faou Jazz Festival, and now you can enjoy eleven minutes of fine young band from Toulouse 'Le Bardi Manchot,' in this first unofficial video release. I believe more videos of this year's bands will be appearing shortly on Peter Butler's website www.Jazz& - Norman & Meryl Gibson

Published on Aug 10, 2015 - Vidéo : Georges Richard

  • 13/08/15 - My thanks to Pete Lay, Louis Lince & Graham Martindale for coming up with information about recordings featuring Granville Edwards

  • 12/08/15 - Nathan Robb poses the question, "Can you say if there are any known recordings (professional or amateur), on which Granville Edwards can be heard?".  Anybody help with that one?

  •  12/08/15 - The Forest N.O. Jazz Band will not be playing at The Union Exchange on Tuesday 18th August, due to a wedding booking at the pub. - Jeff Roberts

  • 11/08/15 - Due to the beginning of the new football season there are two consecutive Mondays when Liverpool are at home and the Victoria where The Merseys play will be full of football fanatics. The dates concerned are 17th August and 24th August. We have arranged to play at Heath Hall, the Conservative Club, in Heath Road, Allerton, Liverpool on 17th, BUT we will have to take 24th off because of personnel problems. We used to play at Heath Hall years ago and we have done one a few months ago . - Peter Fryer

  • 10/08/15 - I knew jazz was good for the soul, but according to the Youth Independent newspaper in Toronto, new research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention suggests that listening to relaxing music like Jazz, may aid in treatment of seizures. The study showed that epileptics’ brains react differently to such tunes compared to those without the disorder.

  • 10/08/15 - "It went so well at St Anne's Pier last Saturday, they've asked us to do it again this coming Saturday".  says Mike Lovell.  "So Colin Turner, Anthony Mason, Dave Lee and myself (4 in a bar) will be there from 1pm till 3.30pm".

  • 09/08/15 - Annie's Saints And Sinners are playing at  The Dog & Partridge, Bollington on Monday 10th August, from 2pm to 4pm. It's the only mid week daytime jazz event this week.

  • 09/08/15 - Many Happy Returns on Monday to bass player Frank Lowe, and on Saturday to drummer Alan Davis who now lives at the Southern end of the Country.

  • 07/08/15 - This update from Pete Lay on the possibility of a Northern venue to replace Bodelwyddan. - After much research, number crunching and a bit of common sense, Heather and I have decided that the possibility of having a weekend Jazz Break at Tillington Hall Hotel, Stafford, next year, is not going to take place.   All of you have been so supportive, as have the hotel. Although it boasts an excellent venue for the event, the hotel does not have the capacity to house enough people to make the break a viable option. To keep our standards high i. e. - the same quota of top quality bands and, of course, the bar service, on top of the accommodation cost - we could not have kept the minimum price below £360 per person.  We are disappointed to see this annual Jazz Break come to an end and will continue to investigate other possible Northern venues, but unfortunately time has run out for anything to happen in 2016. If anyone has any ideas as to a venue, please feel free to contact us and we will look into it. Thanks again for your interest and ongoing support. - Pete & Heather  Lay

  • 07/08/15 - My thanks to Derek Cotton for sending me the latest copy of Didsbury Cricket Club gig list which is now on the Didsbury Cricket Club Page. Promoter Roger Wigley seems to have problems getting a copy to me, so if anyone picks up October's when it's due,  perhaps you could let me have it.

  • 06/08/15 - "A jazz secret revealed" - According to the Stratford-upon Avon Herald, "A man who was described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as The Midlands' best kept secret and world class musician will christen the new stage at Tysoe Village Hall on Sunday, 9th August". Who is this man? None other than George Huxley. Saxophonist George, and his Jazz Men, will be performing at the Tysoe Trad Jazz Concert to raise money for the much-needed refurbishment of the village hall.

  • 05/08/15 - Sun Street Stompers band leader and clarinetist, Barrie Marshall, has been invited to submit some photographs at the Gregson Arts Centre in Lancaster.  It opens officially on Thursday, so Barrie went down there yesterday to hang them. Six hours late he called in again to find that five had already been sold!  Barrie reckons they are not of his best, he's just having a clearout, but somebody obviously loved them.

  • 04/08/15 - Pianist Tom Culbert will be joining the rhythm section of the Silver Bell Band on Thursday at The Ale Emporium in Preston. I think this may be Tom's first visit.

  • 03/08/15 - I've just been reading Tony Jacobs' latest email about his umpteenth weekend of Hot Jazz, Cabaret and Swing (October 23rd, 24th, and 25th) at South Downs Holiday Village near Chichester.  Some great names that I remember from Keswick Jazz Festival - Neville Dickie, Alan Gresty and Geoff Cole. Now West Sussex may be too far a track from the North West, but Tony brings his Tuxedo Jazz Orchestraa bit nearer when he comes up to Nidd Hall in Harrogate, which is only 90 minutes from Preston. I know that because it's a journey I make every other month. If you haven't heard them check out this video at  If anybody wants a copy of the newsletter, just let me know.

  • 03/08/15 - The Jazz Festival and Weekends page has been updated

  • 03/08/15 - Hi Fred, I’ve been asked to contact you by the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival Committee.  For the first time, we’re looking at promoting a jazz tour bus to the 2016 Festival which will take place on the weekend 29 April to 2 May. This would include, coach travel, accommodation and a weekend ticket, as well as a couple of exclusive add-ons.  We wondered if this was something which could appeal to the North West supporters?  If you’d like to know more or would like a chat with our Chairman, Tim Saul then please let me know.  Barbara, Isle of Bute (Isle of Jazz)  Bute Jazz 2016  -

  • 01/08/15 - No daytime mid week jazz events to report this week, so stay at home and raise a glass or two to Mike Lovell on Monday and Mark Challinor on Friday when they will be celebrating their birthdays. Many Happy Returns to you both.

  • 01/08/15 - Joe Silmon tells me that Don Bridgewood's funeral  ceremony was well attended and very tastefully conducted by a really nice female Vicar (Anglican) at the Methodist Chapel. Joe says, "She read all eulogies, recalling many memories of Don's past, bringing up many things I was totally unaware of. The Southside Stompers' early manager (1954-1957) Frank Chollerton, from Stockport, who was on my train, introduced himself, when we got to the Black Bull after the ceremony and interment. He, Eric Brierley, Viv Fisher (Jack Fisher's widow) who often produces great photographs for Just Jazz Mag, were the only representatives from Manchester. At the Black Bull were Peter Boswell (trumpet), Barrie Marshall (clarinet), Lawrence Marshall (banjo), and Peter Vickers, (bass drummer at the ceremony), later played double bass at the Black Bull.  Barrie allowed me to play his clarinet for a few numbers while he took a break, at the pub. Eric Brierley played very well too. He had to leave early for a gig, far, far away".

  • 01/08/15 -  Keith Wadeson has emailed to say, "Jazz on in Blackpool this weekend at the winter gardens. The Wyre levee were on yesterday at 11 in morning< and beyond that I've not been able to find anything about it, except Keith tells me it's all free from 11am to 8pm. I've managed to find on Facebook that says it's a Jazz and Blues Festival in Blackpool, and it's on the North Pier, so just follow the sounds of music

  • 01/08/15 - For those interested in Big Band music, The Mute'n'Ears Big Band will be playing on Wed.12th August at The Heron Pub, Heron Hill, Kendal 9pm to 11pm, where entry is free.

  • 01/08/15 - Hi Fred - Following on from recent comments about David Steven's 90th birthday I can confirm that last night (Friday, 31st July) a birthday party was held at the Ashfield Club in Sydney. David was in fine form on piano and vocals and the event, organised by Dennis Quinlan was attended by many top Sydney jazz musicians as well as a good crowd of jazz fans. We had a very large birthday cake and signed a huge card with lots of photos (I sent your best wishes) so it was a great evening. Should any of your readers wish to send their own birthday wishes to David his email address is: Cheers...Peter Cowden - Jazzology Radio

  • 01/08/15 - In the August edition of Just Jazz magazine which has just dropped through the letterbox, Pete Lay  informs the readers that the move from Alvaston Hall to Bodelwydden Castle in N Wales, didn't last long and the North West no longer has a Warner's venue featuring traditional jazz. Pete says, "The provisional inquiry I had with Tillington Hall Hotel, Staffordshire (just of M6) has fallen through – the group who had previously reserved the weekend of June 3rd-6th have taken up their option.  However, the hotel is prepared to offer me the option on May 27th – 30th 2016 (Bank Holiday weekend). I have reservations about doing things over a Bank Holiday – people take on other commitments (family, holidays, or other events), but before I go any further I would like to get some feed back from ‘our customers’. Your opinion on these dates would be very useful in making any decisions". You can email Pete at

  • 01/08/15 - A Laney Linebacker 120B Bass Amplifier and a white fibreglass sousaphone have just gone on the Sales Page which can be accessed by Jazz Extras on the Main Menu.

  • 01/08/15 - The High Society Jazz Band web page has been updated to reflect a change in personnel thanks to Dave Bateman. Members of other bands may wish to consider doing the same for their pages.

  • 01/08/15 - NorVol Jazz  (Northern Voluntary Jazz Promoter's Network) is a site covering the Northern region of England. Its aim is to grow the jazz audience and help members to prosper by sharing best practice and improving marketing and access to jazz for all. Membership is open to any volunteer supported organisations involved in jazz promotion and covers Promoters, Jazz Education, Festivals, Musicians, Venues, Club News, and more. I've just added it to the Links Page

July 2015

  • 30/07/15 -  Just back from our return visit to FestJazz at Chateaunauf-du-Faou Brittany, and once again Trevor Stent, and his amazing team of volunteers, have managed to pull off another very good weekend of varied jazz to suit all tastes. The weather unfortunately was unkind, but, as new venues were added this year, there was cover provided for the jazzers. Last year the stars of the festival were the 35 young people, 7 to 19, who alternated within the Sant Andreu Jazz Band from Barcelona, but this time the totally unexpected hit us, as performances from the smaller French bands were simply amazing. We were already aware of Hippocampus Jass Gang (coming on tour June 2016), but Ginger Stompers, Le Bardi Manchot, Hot Sugar and Good Time Jazz surprised us. Then the surprise of all, even for Trevor, was a group from Lille called Old Chaps. These were not 'Old Chaps' at all, but an exuberant young 6-piece full of energy playing many New Orleans standards in their own style. We didn't pick up the name of the young singer fronting the band, but, in the opinion of many of us, France has found their own new Amy Winehouse !!! ( the unspoiled one) Another thing very noticeable was the increased numbers of swing dancers. Any worries the team may have had about lower attendance due to the weather, were dispelled when the local 25/30 year olds came in their droves for the Sunday sessions. Although not jazz, the Electric Swing Circus, which closed the festival kept the dancers on their feet to the bitter end. Congratulations, and big 'Thankyous' to Trevor and his main assistants Lisa and Claire, it was really worth the 800 mile round trip. - Norman and Meryl Gibson

  • 26/07/15 - Due to expected bad weather, the Jazz on the Lawn event with the Red Rose Band from 12pm – 4pm has been cancelled. It is hoped that the event may take place in August or September instead.

  • 26/07/15 - July must be a good month for musical babies, 6 musician's birthdays to celebrate this week. Charlie Bentley today (Sunday), Barry Grumett (N.O.Heat) on Monday, Barry Aldous, Rae Owens and Tom Rippieth on Wednesday, and Ken Binns on Thursday.  Many Happy Returns to you all.

  • 25/07/15 - Just a couple of daytime jazz gigs coming up mid week. First there's Mike Lovell 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wed, 29 July, 12:00pm – 2:30pm, then on Friday the Red Rose Band will be on Moor Park, Preston, for a Children's Festival 12:00pm – 2:30pm

  • 25/07/15 - In April 2012 Barbara & I took a holiday in Norfolk, and nipped over the river into  Bungay in Suffolk, to listen to Red Beans & Rice and had a great evening and were made very welcome.  Banjo player Ian Grant suggests others might like to do the same and sent me details of their gigs in Broome Community Hall, back over the river again in Norfolk.  He says "The New Orleans Jazz Club will start again on Sunday 16th August 2015 at 7:30 pm and then continue on the 3rd Sunday in every month at 7-30pm. Band line-up - John Riches on Reeds; Ian Grant on Banjo; Barry Crickmore on Drums; Robin Burgess on Sousa; Mick Nason on Trombone; Richard Church on Cornet and Coral Burgess on vocals.

  • 23/07/15 - Just wanted to put on record, Fred, that Ian Royle, guesting on July 22 with River City Jazzmen at Conwy British Legion, put on a great performance with his trumpet playing, humour and very individual singing. I have read about this gentleman a lot on these pages, but had not heard him play before, so, in my role as "fairly" regular guest singer with the band, it was a delight to share the stage with him. - Tony Wetherill.

  • 23/07/15 - Barrie Marshall emailed to say, "I just spoke to Ruth Bridgewood, Don's funeral is next Thursday at Bentham Methodist Church at 12.00 noon".

  • 22/07/15 - Don't know whether it's really pertinent to your Newspage, but next Sunday, 26th, piano-man Dave Stevens celebrates his 90th birthday. As y'know, he still plays gigs fairly regularly and does a 2-hr weekly radio show on 2RRR, Sydney.  He started playing with John Haim's Jellyroll Kings in 1947, and went on to play with Mick Mulligan, Sandy Brown and Dickie Hawdon's bands - ending up with Alexis Korner's 'Blues Incorporated' before emigrating to Oz in 1965.  It's Dickie Hawdon that provides the 'Northern' connection - Dave and his wife Anita still visit Barbara Hawdon when they're in the UK; Bobby Korner, too!  I don't think he and Anita plan a UK trip this year but I bet there'll be some high jinks in Manly (Sydney) on Sunday! -  John Westwood

  • 22/07/15 - There's now a tribute page set up for  for Don Bridgewood.

  • 22/07/15 - The audience has gone down at the afternoon session at Poynton Legion Club and unfortunately we have cancelled that event. Our replacement session is being sorted out. We would like to thank those who attended regularly. - Mart Rodger.

  • 21/07/15 - Keith Wadeson kindly sent me this great photograph of the Wyre Levee Stompers in action on Tram Sunday, July 18th, in Fleetwood. Click on it for larger version

  • 21/07/15 -I'm a friend of Ruth & Don Bridgewood; and I know that he used to converse on your pages occasionally.  I am very sorry to have to relay the information that Don died this morning (20th July) at the ripe old age of 83 - he would have been 84 in just a few weeks time. He had a heart pacemaker fitted some years ago, but his condition had be worsening rapidly over the last month or so. When we last saw him in April, he was a skeletal image of his former self.   I am greatly saddened by his passing, and I thought you may want to pass the news on to your fellow readers.  I'm expecting a spectacular thunder solo tonight... Don on clouds.

  • 21/07/15 - They say news travels fat, but these days it can also travel a long way. this bit of news came from Australia - "Hi Fred - I just thought in case you hadn't heard that on 17th July Paul Adams of Lake Records was granted an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Cumbria for his Services to Music.  Well deserved!  -  Peter Cowden - Jazzology Radio".

  • 20/07/15 - Many Happy Return to drummer Mike Carnie who celebrates his 70th birthday today.

  • 19/07/15 - My thanks to Joe Silmon for passing on a photograph of Eunice Malloch to put on the tribute page. Unfortunately I don't have one for Jack Kinsey who shares the page, unless someone out there does.

  • 18/07/15 - It was Wednesday night at the Beaky, at the corner of Stamford Square. they were serving drinks as usual, and the usual crowd was there. It was quiet early on, but, as usual, the audience doubled by the time the raffle and the butties arrived. Special guest was the ever-popular Tom Kincaid on piano, with Paul Broomhead, on reeds and more reeds, fronting the regular House Ensemble. Then up stepped Jolly John Percival, his trumpet in his hand, joined by Alan with his banjo, making up the merry band. Next session is on Wednesday August 5th, when special guest will be Billy Bedlam, a welcome return following his recent bout of ill-health.

  • 18/07/15 - Five birthdays coming up this week - Bob Pickersgill on Monday, Graham Leavy on Tuesday, Louis Lince on Wednesday Brian Singleton on Friday and Les Harris on Saturday. Many Happy Returns to you all.

  • 18/07/15 - Just one mid week daytime gig this week - Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz at Timperley Sports Club on Thu, 23 July, 14:00 – 16:00.  It's an easy entrance with no steps, good car park, bar plus tea/coffee. 2.00pm start and £6 admission.

  • 18/07/15 - Jack Kinsey's funeral will be held at Southern Cemetery, Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 7GL, on 27th July 2015, at 11:30 a.m. No further information so far- Joe Silmon

  • 18/07/15 - Two of the leading lights of the Manchester jazz scene for some 60 years died on the same day within hours of each other. Eunice Malloch, in her late 70s, and John “Jack” Kinsey, in his late 80s, were great friends, often attending gigs together. Chris Lee has sent me an obituary which I have added to the tribute pages

  • 16/07/15 - New Venue - The Savoy Jazzmen have a new weekly residency starting on Monday 27th July at the Hilbre Court Pub, Banks Road, West Kirby, Wirral. CH48 3HU. We will be playing from 8.45 - 10.45 p.m. Lovely supportive management and friendly staff. - Peter Swensson

  • 16/07/15 - This photo was taken last Tuesday at the Palm House in Sefton Park where 85 people attended the brolly parade and listed to the Savoy Jazzmen.

  • 15/07/15 - Willing to travel  around Cumbria & Southern Scotland,  Stewart Jessett  is the latest musician to join the deps list with a Double Bass and vocals,

  • 14/07/15 - Walter Love's Radio Ulster Jazz Club programme on Sunday 12.07.15 featured British classic jazz bands of the fifties and sixties for the whole one hour.. Well worth a listen on BBC IPlayer! - David Evans

  • 13/07/15 - Don't forget you can read about all forms of jazz from around the world with my weekly newspaper at

  • 11/07/15 - Eunice Malloch's funeral will take place on Thursday 16th July 2015 at 3.15 pm to 3.45pm, Stockport Crematorium ROWAN Chapel and afterwards at the Alma Lodge Hotel.149, Buxton Road, Stockport. SK2 6EL, where you are invited to the Buffet and first free drink courtesy of Eunice at the bar and a Finger Buffet menu.. As Eunice would say “ Help yourself and ENJOY”. This message and further information from Eunice’s sister and niece - Jean Higham and Rachael Higham, can be read by clicking here.

  • 11/07/15 - Daytime jazz events midweek coming up include Annie's Saints And Sinners at The Dog & Partridge, Bollington, Macclesfield on Monday, 13 July, 14:00 – 16:00, Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz at Poynton British Legion. on Thu, 16 July, 14:00 – 16:30, Adm £6, and The High Society Jazz Band  on Fri, 17 July, 12:30 – 14:30 at Carnforth Railway Station, Warton Road, Carnforth, where there are Tea Rooms and good food available. It's free admission, but a collection will be taken.

  • 11/07/15 - Birthday Wishes tomorrow (Sunday) to Cyril Wroe, ex leader of the Festival Jazzmen in Blackpool, and on Monday to bass player Isabel Toner.

  • 11/07/15 - The Savoy Jazzmen are leading the worship at All Saints' Parish Church, Childwall Abbey Road, Childwall, Liverpool. L16 0JW on Sunday 19th July. The service starts with a Mardi Gras parade number into church from the vicarage entrance at 6.20 p.m. Please bring your parasol/umbrella and join in.  The band will be leading the service with well known hymns. There will be a special parade number around the church for the young ones during the service.  Admission is free as the timing of this service follows the normal pattern of worship in the church.  Everyone welcome, young and old.  Further details from Peter Swensson, 0151 722 1478

  • 08/07/15 - So sorry to read Joe Silmon’s note about the passing of Eunice Malloch and Jack Kinsey. I met Jack on a trip to New Orleans in 1973 and always saw him at all the important jazz gigs in the Manchester area until last year.  Eunice and her late husband John were renowned promoter’s in Stockport and at Birch Hall Hotel in Oldham. Eunice lost her zest for life after losing her husband but kept up her support for Manchester Jazz Society and going to some concerts with Jack when health allowed.  I have a lot of happy memories of some great gigs thanks to Eunice and John’s reputation and ability to book the big name American stars over many years.  Eunice and Jack will be a sad loss to the jazz community.   RIP - David Woonton

  • 08/07/15 - The New Riverside Jazz Band are now playing at the Black Bull, Bentham , every month instead of bi monthly. It will be on the second Mondays.

  • 08/07/15 - The gig list for The Shrimper in Southport has been updated.

  • 07/07/15 - Anybody intending to go to  Charles Wilson's memorial service at  St. Collen's Parish Church, Llangollen, should be aware that the Eisteddfod is on. Brian Woods suggests you use the A5 on which the church is located.

  • 06/07/15 - Annie's Saints & Sinners are playing a new venue - The Packhorse pub on Chelford Road, Broken Cross, Macclesfield on this coming Friday at 7.30pm. Due to change of managers, the advertising is rather sparse says Annie. She says, "It would be nice if we could get some people in and then we might get another booking!".

  • 06/07/15 - Just to remind jazz fans that  the Altrincham Garrick theatre closes for August , so Bunters Imperials will be playing at the theatre this Sunday 12th July, then the following session will be Sunday 13th September. Thereafter it will be every 2nd Sunday in the month i.e. 11th October, 8th November and 13th December. Thank you for all your support and a special big thank you to Betty for making the butties!! - Trish Galloway

  • 06/07/15 - Today, Monday 6th July 2015, I was told officially by author Bill Birch, that our dear friends, Eunice Malloch and Jack Kinsey, both passed away on Friday 3rd of July; Eunice at St. Ann's Hospice, Heald Green, and Jack at Wythenshawe Hospital.   The message was relayed to Bill Birch by Eunice's sister, Jean. This is devastating news, especially as they both left us on exactly the same day and at approximately the same time. Bill Birch and Chris Lee were allowed to be with Eunice and Jack, respectively, in their worst hours. I shall leave it to them to pass on further information, under the circumstances, and to tell us all about their highly productive lives in the furtherance of Jazz in the Manchester area.  May I join those of you in the Manchester Jazz Society and the local Jazz Community in general, and anyone who knew Eunice or Jack more personally, in your thoughts and prayers via the auspices of Fred and his priceless website, in our joint condolences offered to Jean and to all of Eunice's family and Jack's family, respectively. - Joe Silmon

  • 06/07/15 -   The funeral for Charles Wilson takes place at:-  Chester Crematorium, Blacon Ave., Chester. CH1 5BB, this Friday 10 July at 09-20hrs.   The Tuxedo Jazz band will accompany the Cortege from the gates to the Sanctuary.  After the funeral there is a Memorial Service starting at 11am in:  St. Collen's Parish Church, Regent St., Llangollen. LL20 8HL.   At both venues all are welcome.  - Brian Woods.

  • 06/07/15 - Just got back from 'The Centre of the Universe' ( ie Dove Holes ) and see on your 'News Page', my old promoting pal David has been to his version of God's own country, Ireland, of course being the real and original one ( ! ) Once again Barry and Roger have delivered the goods, a really good mix of splendid jazz at their very friendly Village Hall venue. Nice to see Ged Hone (out of retirement once again ?) with the drumless Wabash Jazz - shame they were there for just the one session. Thomas Langham, now having two church services to his credit, has made it clear he likes doing them - so do we obviously, as the church was crammed full ! The impromptu 'fireworks display' over our tent at 2.45 Saturday morning was very disconcerting ! Barry's comment on it was, ' as it was free we didn't see the need to mention it in the programme ! '   My wife and I now see our visit to Dove Holes as our warm-up for our run down to Trevor Stent's amazing FestJazz festival at Chatenauf du Faou in Brittany, end of this month. You have mentioned the Bohem Ragtime Band's UK tour, and, of course, Trevor will be having them for three days to really spoil us, along with Hippocampus Jazz Gang, Electric Swing Circus, and a superb backing line-up of French and UK musicians.   To add some 'icing to the cake', the Greek's 'NO' vote looks good for the Euro Rate, which should help with our replenishment of a nearly bare wine cellar ! - Norman Gibson

  • 06/07/15 - Hi Fred, a neighbour knocked on our front door at 3.a.m yesterday morning. I couldn't believe it, 3.a.m !    Luckily I was still up playing my drums - Moe Green

  • 06/07/15 - The High Society Jazz band will be playing at Halton Church on Friday 10th July at 7.30pm,  and not in September, as originally planned. All are welcome - this is not a church service; it is one of a series of concerts which uses the church as a venue. At the moment, access to Halton from the west, via Foundry Lane (i.e. from the crossroads at Slyne on the A6) is not possible because of the link road closures. There is a diversion in place which means allowing a few more minutes on the journey. Access from the east (Caton), or from Lancaster via Green Lane and Halton Road is not affected. - Dave Bateman

  • 05/07/15 - Three musicians with birthdays this week. Lindsay Taylor and Tony Dunleavy will be celebrating their birthdays on Monday, and Ian Royle moves up a gear on Saturday. Many Happy Returns to you all.

  • 05/07/15 -  Just one mid week daytime jazz event this week- The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 7 July, 14:00 – 16:00. Tickets cost £5.00 which includes refreshments. Tickets can be reserved by ringing 0151 726 9304 or alternatively you can pay at the door. Further information can be obtained from Peter Swensson 0151 722 1478.

  • 02/07/15 - The Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band are set to tour the UK again from the 16th July, but the nearest they'll make it to the North West will be Coventry I'm afraid. You can see the full itinerary at

  • 02/07/15 - It must have caused some considerable amusement amongst band members when the Red Rose Band turned up again this year for the Ribchester Annual Music Festival only to find that Grand Marshall David Woonton, had a scarecrow double! This year the festival featured a scarecrow theme for the first time and I'll leave you to you decide which is which in this photograph by band member Barrie Marshall. As always on this page, you can click on the picture for a larger version.

  • 02/07/15 - David Wellock writes, "Just back from God's country and managed a visit to the York Street Sports and Social Club in Bingley last Thursday, to see my old mate Harry Long, who puts together the Frisco Bay Hot Stompers for special occasions - and what a lovely evening we had - some very good jazz was enjoyed by all and, of course, being in Yorkshire, it was FREE !".

June 2015

  • 29/06/15 - Arrangements for Pete Danby's funeral. -  Vale Crematorium, Butterfield Green Road, Luton LU2 8DD. 11-15am 7th of July. The wake will be back at the house--Bridge Cottage, Rectory Farm Hexton Road, Barton-ie-Clay. MK45 4JT.  All welcome. Donations to Cancer Research - Michael Deighan

  • 29/06/15 - There is now a tribute page dedicated to Charles Wilson. Please feel free to let me have any thoughts or memories you have of Charles. These pages are a lasting tribute to the jazz musicians who have played in the North West for future generations to find.

  • 29/06/15 - The July edition of Just Jazz Magazine is now available. Details by clicking here

  • 28/06/15 - With deep regret I must inform you and therefore all those who knew Charles Wilson, that he passed away in Wrexham Hospital, we believe on 27th June.  Charles had been unwell for some time but this comes as a considerable shock to us all.  He will be greatly missed by all his musician friends in the Tuxedo Jazz Band and all those who support jazz.  With sadness. - Brian Woods

  • 27/06/15 - There are no mid week daytime jazz events this week, unless you know different of course. If you do, please let me know.

  • 27/06/15 - Many Happy Returns on Tuesday to trumpet player Tony Smith, and to drummer Grant Hogan Taylor

  • 25/06/15 - Sad news from the south Fred--reed-player Pete Danby passed away yesterday after a four year battle with cancer. Pete was well-known in the southern jazz fraternity as wel as nationally with his last band --The Temperance Seven where he occupied the baritone and alto chair. Our thoughts are with Sue, his wife. Funeral arrangements to follow.-----Mike Deighan.

  • 23/0/15 - I'm told that  Backyard Brewery of Brownhills is rolling out bottles of 'Billies Brew' at £3, to be sold during the Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival next month, to honour Billie Holiday who would have been 100 this year.

  • 23/06/15 - There are some changes to the Glossop Jazz Club gig list. There is an additional gig on July 16th when New Orleans Wiggle will be playing, and The White Eagles Jazz Band is unable to play on October 15th so there place has been taken by the Harlem Hot Stompers

  • 23/06/15 - Walter Love's Radio Ulster Jazz Club's entire programme of Sunday 21.06.15 featured the year 1935 including such notables as Tommy Dorsey, Bob Crosby, Fats Waller, Eddie Condon, Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden, to name a few.  Well worth a listen on BBC IPlayer!  -  David Evans

  • 23/06/15 - A 1974 KING 2B Liberty tenor trombone in original hard case has just gone on the Sales Page which can be accessed via Jazz Extras

  • 22/06/15 - Penny Wright has emailed to tell me that she has a cottage in the village of Stratton near Bude, which  sleeps five, and is available for the week of Bude Jazz Festival  at £599. If anyone is interested, contact me for details

  • 22/06/15 - The regular Wednesday evening at the Beaky in Ashton started off quietly last week for the 4 piece Tame Valley Stompers, but later the room began to fill up. Must have been because the regulars had heard that the guest was Roger Wimpenny on trumpet. During the evening we were reminded that the October Jazz Weekend in Llandudno would be the last, and that the honour of closing this era of live jazz fell to the Tame Valley Stompers. Because this will be the last Jazz Weekend, it is expected to be well patronised, so anyone who had not yet booked was advised to get their letters and cheques off to Harry Swinburne without delay. See you there! - Noel Broadgate  (ex band member)

  • 22/06/15 - As most people will know, I don't take self plaudits from musicians who play in the band, and similarly I don't normally take them from promoters who could be trying to talk up the event in order to promote the venue. However there are venues where the events are few and far between, and the promoter is clearly not doing it for his own benefit and one I just received from Sam Ashton who promotes various events in the small village of Hornby, is clearly one of those.  You can read Sam's review of Six in a Bar here

  • 22/06/15 - Britain's hottest jazz trumpet player, Enrico Tomasso, is once again making a flying visit to the North West to guest with the Morecambe-based High Society Jazz Band for just two dates in July. On Tuesday 14 July at 8pm they will appear at Kendal Jazz Club in the River bar at Hawkshead, Staveley, Kendal, LA8 9LR, admission £10 on the door - contact Bruce Carnaffin on 01539 720172 for more details. Then on Wednesday 15 July it's a return to the atmospheric outdoor platform at Carnforth Station for a repeat of last year's successful gig. Tickets are £12.50 to include light refreshments at the interval, obtainable from Andrew at the station Refreshment Rooms (01524 732432) or David Bateman (01524 822065). - Bruce Carnaffin

  • 21/06/15 - - Harold Battiste, Producer and Jazz Musician, Died Friday after a long struggle with an undisclosed illness, he was 83. He  was instrumental in building the career of celebrated New Orleans musician Dr. John. My thanks to Norman Gibson for this information.

  • 21/06/15 - Mid week daytime jazz events this week are Mike Lovell's Six in A Bar Classic Jazz Band on Wed  12:00 – 14:30 at the North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood, and Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz at Timperley Sports Club Thu, 25 June, 14:00 – 16:00. The Silver Bell Band will be at Blackpool for the Waterloo Road Market opening on Fri, 26 June, 12:00 – 15:00. The Official opening with The Mayor will be at 12.00 noon

  • 21/06/15 - Many Happy Returns to Canadian born  'Trog' aka Wally Fawkes who is 91 today.  It's also Happy Birthday to NW musicians - Barrie Marshall tomorrow, Pete Major on Thursday and to Pete Fielding on Friday

  • 18/06/15 - The jazz festivals and breaks page has been updated

  • 17/06/15 - A TAYLOR TRUMPET L2 MOUTHPIECE in pristine condition, has just gone on the Sales Page

  • 15/06/15 - The first half hour of Walter Love's Radio Ulster Jazz Club of Sunday 14.06.15 featured a recently issued CD of the Ken Colyer Band playing on a River Thames ferryboat in 1972. Well worth a listen on BBC IPlayer! - David Evans

  • 15/06/15 - Hi Fred, some more sad news from the jazz world. It is with deep sadness to report the passing away of BANJO BOB CAMPBELL. Bob played with the PICCADILLY SIX in Switzerland for about 30 years and had been retired for the last few years due to ill health. He passed away in hospital in Switzerland during the night. BOB played with the Terry Lightfoot Band during the 1970's. He was a great character and a good friend, as well as playing the Banjo he was a great vocalist and a bit cheeky. Our thoughts go out to his wife Susi. - Dorothy Massey

  • 15/06/15 - SIX-IN-A-BAR Classic 20s/30s Jazz Band have just returned from the Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival.  As usual, the Festival was very well organised and we had a great couple of days.  On the Saturday we played in the gardens at the Selkirk Arms Country House Hotel (this our third visit there). If any of your readers have not been to the Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival, I can recommend it highly. - Mike Lovell. You can read this and more, including Mike photographs by clicking here

  • 14/06/15 - Many Happy Returns today to Richard Leach, and tomorrow to Phil Yates. On Saturday Tom Kincaid will also celebrate his birthday.

  • 14/06/15 - Two midweek daytime jazz events coming up this week - Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz band is at Poynton British Legion on Thursday , 18 June, 14:00 – 16:30, and The Payday Loons are playing on the harbour side at The Whitehaven Film Festival on Fri, 19 June, 12:00 – 17:00

  • 14/06/15 - Bob Hambleton shares stories of some of the interesting and hilarious times he spent with Ken Duckers and the Blue Mags in the Ken Duckers tribute page.

  • 14/06/15 - Sale Conservative Club continue to maintain a jazz presence with their  next Jazz night on Friday 26 June at 8 for 8.30 pm with the Tame Valley Stompers. Tickets are £7.50 at the door or prior at the club. The next date for the diary at the club will be the 25th September when "Derek Galloway's Bunters Imperials" as a 7 piece band will be entertaining the fans.

  • 11/06/15 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated

  • 11/06/15 - The June issue of Just Jazz magazine has just arrived today. Not sure where it's been until now, but better late than never, maybe the answer is in the reading.

  • 10/06/15 - I would like to thank the many people who responded to my appeal for help in searching for a Zottola 66B mouthpiece. I did find one (thanks Dave) but was overwhelmed by the kindness of so many people who helped. I had many conversations and learned many things about mouthpieces, including an amazing design fitted with cooling fins to keep both it and the emboucher cool! I would still be interested specifically in Zottola 66 mouthpieces but the search is no longer so urgent. So thank you to everyone who contacted me with advice and suggestions. - John Percival

  • 10/06/15 - Details of this year's Abersoch Jazz Festival have now been added to the Jazz Breaks & Festivals page which as always can be accessed via the Main Menu

  • 09/06/15 - Another great night at the Beaky in Ashton-under-Lyne last Wednesday, when the guests were Jolly John Percival, trumpet and vocals, and Terry Brunt, beret and scarf. There was a complete contrast on the Friday evening, when the little club resounded to the strains of Frank Sinatra, not "live", it must be said. No, Jeff Wolstencroft, stalwart of the Jazz Night and lifelong Sinatra fan, gave an illustrated talk on the life and work of the great man to an enthralled audience. We did not notice time slipping by, until Jeff started playing "It's a quarter to three"; fortunately, it was not quite that late! The regular Jazz Night will be back on June 17th, guest to be confirmed, rumoured to be Tom Kincaid. - Noel Broadgate

  • 06/06/15 - Many Happy Returns this coming week to Des Hopkins on Thursday, and to retired musician Keith Hockin on Saturday.

  • 06/06/15 - Just one midweek daytime event for you, it's Annie's Saints & Sinners at The Dog & Partridge in Bollington on Monday at 2pm.

  • 05/06/15 - Wonder if you can help me - I've been playing for years on a Zottola 66b mouthpiece (trumpet) but I only have the one. I would like to buy a spare but as they are no longer made am having some trouble finding one. I notice that mouthpieces are sometimes advertised on your website and would be grateful if you could post up my requirement. As I say I am looking for a Zottola 66b but would consider a 66c. If anyone has one to sell my phone no. is 07981 549885. Many thanks - John Percival

  • 05/06/15 - Written by a retired Church of England vicar living in Manchester, Ron Cassidy’s latest book King of New Orleans: The Story of Joe King Oliver as now been published and is available online from Broomfields Publishing. Priced £8 plus postage and packing. It tells the fascinating story of Joe Oliver from his early rise to prominence in New Orleans, to his heady days in Chicago and New York, right through to his sad and lonely ending in Savannah Georgia. The book discusses the relationship of Joe with Louis Armstrong and bravely looks at the question of which was the greater musician. It also assesses Joe’s considerable influence on the development of Jazz in New Orleans and beyond.

  • 05/0615 - There is now a tribute page dedicated to Ken Duckers, who I first saw playing with the Blue Mags. These tribute pages are invaluable to future jazz researches and even family members further down the line, as I've come to discover. So if you have any memories  or information you can add to these tribute pages, please share them.

  • 04/06/15 - Congratulations to Brenda Canty-Forest (nee Tomkins) who celebrated her 80th birthday on June 2nd. She told me, "Our little band have a gig for the W.I. centenary in my village local churchyard with strawberry tea on June 17th. If weather is good we are playing outside near all these old gravestones...if not in the old think of us oldies...5 of us. Total age. 407...thought that would give you a laugh and better than all the sad news we hear these days.

  • 04/06/15 - Hi Fred, Sorry to hear that Barbara has been in hospital, i hope she is now well on the way to recovery. I possibly passed her at Royal Preston Hospital (PRH) over the weekend. Playing at the Brass band Whit walks Saddleworth villages contest on Friday I tripped over a traffic cone (sober!) and smashed my left wrist. Saved the cornet though! PRH have welded and riveted my arm and I am now researching Wingy Manone on YouTube to see how it's done. - Richard Knock

  • 04/06/15 - A 150 watts 5 channel 'ProSound' PA system has just gone on the Sales Page, which you can access via Jazz Extras

  • 03/06/15 - The cornet advertised on the site on Monday, has now been sold. That was quick. My thanks to Jon Critchley for donating a percentage of the price towards the site running costs.

  • 03/06/15 - The Buxton Fringe programme is now available and promises an exciting 18 days in July.  Jazz and blues enthusiasts should find something of interest at the Old Clubhouse, just next to the Opera House. This pub has a splendid upstairs room which is hosting Basin Street Jazz and Blues with singer Jools ; New Orleans piano from Sheffield-based Dale Storr; and the local HerdingCatz Blues Band. I'm also doing my Trombone show again, which contains a bit of jazz.  Apparently no return visit from Mart Roger this year, but well over 150 other shows to choose from. Full details are on the Fringe web site: - Sam Wood

  • 03/06/15 - We've been playing New Orleans-ish hot jazz music monthly in Brampton (second Thursday of month) for some time now, and I'd be grateful if you could put us in the What's On listing (done).
    Next one is on June 11th 8 -10.15pm. Carlisle and Brampton 'New Orleans' hot jazz music. Front Bar of Howard arms, Brampton. Free entry.  -  Drew Landsborough  (trombone, piano & vocals)

  • 02/06/15 - By mutual agreement with the Chatsworth House Hotel, Harry Swinburne has reluctantly come to the conclusion that the October Jazz Weekend in Llandudno this year will have to be the last one. For some time now Harry has had health problems, and together with falling numbers, Harry has decided now is the time to call it a day. He'd like to thank all those who have supported him over the last 17 years.

  • 02/06/15 - Some good news, Barbara is home from hospital, now she can tell me where I went wrong with the washing and ironing. Still an outpatient, but better than being in hospital.

  • 02/06/15 - There were 7179 visits to the site last month, by 2,244 people looking at a total of 16,688 pages. The interesting thing is that 25% of those were new visitors, if you can believe Google's statistics.

  • 01/06/15 - So sorry to read about Ken Ducker's passing. I played with him during our combined time with the Blue Mags, and he was certainly one of the major characters among several! - Mike McCombe

  • 01/06/15 - Hi Fred Many people will know, particularly my regular jazzers, that I am not bogged down in the 'trad' idiom only, and am very much open to other jazz genres (modern tripe excepted). All the old blues players get to me, and, therefore, I have to say that I have just thoroughly enjoyed an hour and a half of the film 'Life of Riley' which I recorded from BBC 4 last night. Riley, of course, was Riley BB 'Blues Boy' King, and I can recommend it. It should be afvailable for a week on catch-up. - Norman Gibson

  • 01/06/15 -  A Conn Director Cornet (1968) with full authentication, has just gone on the Sales page at the bargain price of £200

  • 01/06/15 - Joe Silmon, who rarely gets gigs these days for no other reason than he doesn't drive, will be depping for Paul Broomhead, with the Tame Valley Stompers, on Thursday 4th June at Didsbury C.C., Manchester. Joe is an excellent reed player, and I particularly enjoy his flute playing, which is rare to hear these days as flutes don't always go down well with some jazzers. Hopefully Joe will be taking his along on the 4th, and you can judge for yourself. I'd be there myself, but I'm still on hospital visiting, hopefully not for much longer.

May 2015

  • 31/05/15 - Delighted to see that Jeff Milner is still enjoying birthdays. I have fond memories of Jeff and Bill Dickens fronting for several years with the first Chris Blount band. The sadly missed Chris was a wonderfully melodic clarinet maestro in the George Lewis style whose bands produced New Orleans jazz of a high quality. Jeff was (is) an uncomplicated, strident trombone player who made good use of mutes. Although North Midlands based that original lineup were frequent and popular visitors to the Peterborough/Stamford scene in the 1980s and 90s. Chris’s final band before his untimely death from cancer included Derek Winter on trumpet and trombonist Ron Radford, with Barry Grummitt on piano. There were several quite lengthy videos of this band on YouTube playing in a room with wooden beams on the wall behind them. Their rendition of Because of You was particularly memorable. Does anyone know if this wonderful session is available anywhere? There’s still lots of Chris Blount on YouTube but that session, which obviously was filmed, has now been deleted. - Warm regards, Brian Gibbons.

  • 31/05/15 - Jeff Lewis writes, "Due to a management reshuffle, building maintenance, and a "rebalancing" of the business (no midweek music), Speakeasy Bootleg Band's rammed to the doors and beyond, monthly gig at The Grapes in Knight St Liverpool comes to an end on Thursday, 4th June, after four and a half brilliant years. All is not lost however, as we've moved the whole shooting match up the road and round the corner to the Caledonia in Catherine Street (L7 7DX). The Cali is a long established music venue, winning regular awards for not only it's music, but also food and, most importantly beer! ......... and.......there's loads of dancing room We kick off about 9:30PM and carry on until the last man standing falls over. First one:- Thurs 2nd July. Fill Yer Boots!".

  • 31/05/15 - Many Happy Returns this week to Jeff Milner, who celebrates his birthday on Thursday.

  • 31/-05/15 - There are no mid week daytime gigs this week, unless you know different?

  • 29/05/15 - I just heard last night that the funeral of Ken Duckers will take place in Walton Lea Crematorium, Chester Road, Walton, Warrington WA4 6TB, on Tuesday 9th June, at 1.00pm. Sadly, I'm unable to get there, but please publicise it on your website. - Allan Wilcox. Roy Potts has sent the following additional information -  Wake afterwards Sportsman's Arms, 181 Warrington Road, Walton. Warrington. WA5 2EN.  Cards to Lynne Duckers,  19 Shaftsbury Ave,  Penketh. Warrington.  WA5 2PD.

  • 29/05/15 -  I am organising and running an informal 'come and play jazz evening. We meet the first Monday every month at THE RAINFORD JUNCTION HOTEL, NEWS LANE, RAINFORD JUNCTION ,starting at about 8-15pm.I am well supported by the local gypsy jazz groups who come along and open the evening for us. The reason I write is that I am delighted to announce that we have booked the fantastic violinist from France DANIEL J.MARTIN.  He will be performing with The Manouchetones on Monday JUNE 1st Entrance is only £4 . All are welcome. - Rae Owens

  • 28/05/15 - Dear Fred,  I always seem to be the bearer of bad news these days. I've just learned that Ken Duckers, the larger-than-life alto saxophone player with the Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra for many years who later had a stint with Roy Potts' Five and a Penny, died last Thursday. I don't know any details, but I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned on your website by someone better qualified than I am. As well as being a good player and a natural entertainer, Ken was something of an authority on the Duke Ellington Band, about which I understand he used to give illustrated lectures.  There must be someone out there' who knows funeral details and more about him than I do. - Allan Wilcox

  • 28/05/15 - Peter Boswell writes, "Alison and I are taking a week off in Guernsey and Alan Duckles is depping for me at the Lion In Settle 2nd June(plus John Morman, a fine trombonist) & 9th June.  I wonder if you could please ask if anyone knows when and where the Jazz is over there or whom I could contact for information?".

  • 28/05/15 - Currently got Barbara in hospital but recovering well, so no problems except my play time is severely restricted, hence the lack of email responses and page updates. Now, I must Google the washing machine instructions, and the only iron I've ever used is a soldering one.

  • 26/05/15 - May I say how sad and shocked i was to hear, belatedly, of the death of Pete Burkhill.  I had known him since the mid 50's when he was at Liverpool University with school friend of mine, clarinettist Denis Smithson, and a member of the University Jazz Band along with John Higham ( of Merseysippi fame ), John Howarth ( later on trombone for a time with the Merseysippi ) and I think Hugh Potter ( currently on bass with the Panama ). The band won the University Jazz band Contest in, I think, 1957.  He was always a very friendly chap and a delight to play with, which I did quite often in later years when we were both with Roy Potts 5 & a Penny band and on his occasional dep jobs with the Rioters Dixie Band. A wery good clarinet and tenor sax player.  My condolences to his family - Roy Swift ( drums ).

  • 25/05/15 - We have had to reschedule the quartet gig featuring trumpeter Janusz Carmello at The Manor, St Bees from Monday 8 June to Saturday 6 June at 9pm admission is now FREE. Any chance you could mention this on the news feed please. The La'al Big Band gig with Janusz goes ahead as scheduled on Sunday 7 June at The Seacote Hotel St Bees 8pm admission £7. - Paul Marks

  • 24/05/15 - On my last ten days in Spain. Hope it's stopped snowing back in the Northwest by the time I get back. For anyone coming out to Calpe on the Costa Blanca, the 'New Orleans Hot Dogs' have now moved from the 'Bolero Club' to the 'Tennis Club' on Friday nights and what an improvement! Great venue, good food and service and fine jazz. One guy who took my advice about the 'Silent Brass' system (here he goes again!!) is Gerry Carter, the trumpet player with the 'Dogs'. Gerry lives in a small flat and drives a bus for the local 'Collina Club' old peoples home. Obviously he couldn't get in a lot of practice previously but now he can blow in his flat without upsetting the neighbours and in his bus without upsetting the wild boar up by the Collina. Apparently the beasts don't appreciate New Orleans jazz and had previously showed their disapproval by charging at his bus on occasion. - Ian Royle.

  • 24/05/15 - Wynton Marsalis is in a one hour programme at 8 pm this coming Friday on BBC4 read it on Northern Jazz Live

  • 24/05/15 - Birthday congratulations this week go to Malcolm Hogarth on Tuesday, and Dave Dixson on Wednesday.

  • 24/05/15 - Midweek daytime events coming up include the Red Rose Brass Band at Garstang Children's Festival on Monday with two parades starting at Garstang Council Offices at 10.30am and at 6.00pm. Also on Monday, Ian McCann's 4-to-the-bar will be playing at The Devonshire Arms, Mellor from 3pm – 6pm, where he will be joined by Dave Mott, John Muskett and Mike Pembroke. On Wednesday,  Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar are at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood from 12:00pm – 2:30pm. Les Bull should have been joining the band for this one, but sadly it wasn't to be and Derek Johnson will be in the trumpet seat.  Also guesting will be Lawrence Marshall and Jim Swinnerton. On Thursday, 28 May at 2:00pm, Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz will be at Timperley Sports Club, WA15 7LU Next to the Hare & Hounds, from 2pm – 4pm. See What's On for more details.

  • 22/05/15 -  The amazing trumpeter Janusz Carmello plays 2 dates in St Bees on 7 June with La'al Big Band at The Seacote Hotel and 8 June at The Manor with a quartet.

  • 22/05/19 - After three successful gigs in Whitehaven & St Bees last weekend, the Payday Loons have been re-booked to appear at The Whitehaven Film Festival on Fri 19 & Sat 20 June. They have also been re-booked to appear at The Manor St Bees on Friday 19 from 21:00. Paul Marks writes, "Last weekend I was delighted that we were joined by top Manchester reedman Howard Murray who thoroughly enjoyed the band and the gigs".

  • 22/05/19 - Fats Waller & Al Capone, an unlikely combination, but Norman Gibson informs me that it's on Radio 2 on Tuesday. Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling will investigate a legendary encounter between Fats Waller and Al Capone, and the three day binge of jazz and depravity that followed. Kurt will hear a tale of kidnapping, gangsters and drunkenness, set amongst the brothels and speakeasies of prohibition era Chicago. Like many jazz myths, the origins of the story are murky and the details are shrouded in mystery. Kurt will speak to a wide array of musicians and jazz critics to hear the great story's many conflicting versions, and to investigate the truth behind this dubious tale.

  • 20/05/19 - Our blue tits continue to thrive, and I've just updated the video for anyone that might be interested. The address is and I will try to update it more often, especially when the eggs hatch, so keep a note of the address and check it every few days as it's hardly relevant to a jazz website.

  • 19/05/15 - John Tucker, trumpet player with The Temperance Seven, is guesting with Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar  at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood, from 8pm till 10.30pm on Sunday 24th, and the bonus is that you can have Dinner Bed & Breakfast plus the jazz, for just £45 per person, Dinner & Jazz from £21pp, and Jazz only for £5pp, take your pick.

  • 19/05/15 - A Keyboard stand and stool, plus a sturdy flight case style case have just gone on the Sales Page. I noticed that some items have been on there for 2 years, so I'm removing those over 12 months old.

  • 19/05/15 -  Pete Burkhill's funeral took place this morning in Northophall Church, Northophall  where he lived. Pete was the clarinet and tenor player in Roy Potts's Five and a Penny in the early eighties, but his NW jazz pedigree is much longer than that.  Ralph Watmough lists him among the Merchant Taylors School jazz players and this is a photograph of a young Pete at the centre of the front line in the Crosby Rhythm Kings (the Merchant Taylors band) in the 50's. Pete has also played with Terry Perry's Big Easy.

  • 19/05/15 - I was playing the grand piano one New Year's Eve in a smart restaurant just south on Manchester. The proposed sequence of events was that I would play Auld Lang Syne on the stroke of midnight, the MC having counted it down, followed by a local Bagpipe Band who would play a couple of numbers, and then the MC would introduce the floor show. However, the Bagpipe Band turned up early, started playing straightaway, and refused to stop. After several interminable numbers, I turned to the MC and told him that since they seemed to have settled in for the night, I was off. He said "That's the way it is when they've only got one gig a year".  - Noel Broadgate

  • 19/05/15 -  Just one midweek daytime jazz session this week - Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz at Poynton British Legion on Thu, 21 May, 14:00 – 16:30

  • 18/05/15 - Not quite in your geographical area, but if anyone's intending to visit the South, here's a news snippet for you.  Whilst still seeking permanent premises, the Eel Pie Island Museum will be running a pop-up display in the upstairs rooms of Twickenham Library from the beginning of June until the end of October. Featuring photographs and memorabilia from the world famous Eelpiland Club (which started with Jazz and later Skiffle in the 1950s, further playing a major role in the British R&B explosion of the 1960s, and ultimately ushering in the Psych and Progressive eras), as well as information about the island’s riparian heritage, the museum is a must-see for anyone with an interest in Twickenham’s musical past.  Details of opening hours will be available on the Visit Richmond website  but in the meantime, we are on Facebook (Eel Pie Island Museum) and developing a website at 

  • 18/05/15 - Mart’s search for a bagpipe player reminds me of my days with The French Quarter Parade Band before I left the UK to live in Spain when we often had compete with the pipes due to organisers not realising that bands, lorries with loud disco music or little girls in frilly dresses bouncing around to their taped music following tightly rehearsed routines, need to be kept a reasonable distance apart. I vividly recall one occasion where we had rolled out of the pub, got ourselves into some sort of order and set off towards the start line. Copper decided we should play as we shuffled along. We set off but in the distance could hear the sound of music getting louder as it moved towards us. We reached a bend in the road to be met by a fast-moving, smart, disciplined and very loud bagpipe band. As we passed each other, the music continued unabated on both sides. Looks of “stick that in your sporran” were arrowed at the opposition but their eyes never deviated from the route ahead, their faces remained stern and their step crisp and synchronised. I think we were able to continue without collapsing into hysterical laughter. - Graham Martindale

  • 18/05/15 -  Regarding Mr. Muskett's comment (13/05/15),  I can safely say " Old Man Moe's Not Dead " - Yours rhythmically Moe Green. (Not what Google thinks, it put this email in the spam folder! - Fred)

  • 18/05/15 - This update from Colin Mason - "The Pendle Jazzmen's Thursday evening weekly gigs continue at The Inn on the Wharf, Manchester Road, Burnley with regular members plus an array of special guests. My own absence over the past three weeks has been caused by a hip re-placement operation following a great deal of pain over the preceding months. Gary Watton (Ted's son), Dave Moore and John Williams have occupied the drumstool for the past few weeks and engaged for future sessions are Steve Fort (son of pianist Keith) and Dave Moore for an extended period until my return. A former member of the band - the very fine musician, Mike Pearson - was invited to play for the full session last week. Mike moved to Cornwall several years ago to take up a business opportunity there. Now semi-retired he spends several weeks back in the North West where he still has business interests. He will be appearing again on May 28th: I am sure he will be delighted to see former friends.  The Pendle Jazzmen will also be appearing at All Saints Church, Clayton-le-Moors on Saturday, June 6th as part of a number of performers including Eric Ainsworth and the comedian, Jimmy Cricket who headlines a special variety show to mark the 175th anniversary celebrations. Tickets are £10 in advance (including light refreshments) and are obtainable by ringing 01254 885154 or 01254 381720, all proceeds going to the church maintenance fund". 

  • 18/05/15 - The new De La Salle Swing Band seems to have got off to a good start. The 9th June session will include - Trumpet: Andy Henderson, Reeds: Paul Broomhead,  Piano: Ian Wynne,  Guitar: Rae Owens,  Bass: John Muskett,  Drums: Brian Woods, and the Play list includes numbers by Ray Charles—Fats Domino—Fats Waller—Boogie Woogie etc. The accent is on Swing with a good mix of music.

  • 17/05/15 - Counter to the sad news of all the musicians and their partners who are departing this earth, I can report that I've sent off a cheque for £310 to Keswick Mountain Rescue, money raised by musicians playing in the rain in The Square, Keswick, and subsequently by patrons of The Packhorse Inn, on Sunday 10th May, the last day of this year's Keswick Jazz Festival. - Malcolm Hogarth

  • 17/05/15 - My thanks to Barrie Marshall for informing me that the music (Higher Ground) was not working on Les Bull's tribute page. It's fixed now. If anybody else notices any other problems on the site, please don't hesitate to let me know, these things are usually finger trouble at this end and can often easily be fixed.

  • 17/05/15 - Italian jazz pianist Stefano Bollani is performing at the Howard Assembly Room (Leeds) on21 May. I have mixed feelings listening to his interpretation of Maple Leaf Rag, but still marvel at his versatility and ability.

  • 17/05/15 - Does anybody know of a BAGPIPE PLAYER? If so please let Mart Rodger have the contact details. By the way it’s not to play jazz. - Mart's contact details can be found on Mart's Website.

  • 17/05/15 - John Higham will be celebrating his birthday tomorrow night at the Victoria Hotel in Aigburth, and I can see a lot of leg and pint pulling coming up, especially as another member of the band, Pete Fryer, will be celebrating his birthday on Wednesday. Happy Birthday to you both.   Whilst I was away, Norman Gibson celebrated another milestone last Monday, and Martin Bennett celebrated his birthday on Wednesday. Belated birthday wishes to you both. Another birthday last week on Friday was John Barnes. Anybody tell me the latest on John, I have a feeling he may be in a nursing home?

  • 17/05/15 - Just back from a 10 day break in glorious Devon, and the weather was lovely, with a cool breeze at times, but got some lovely photographs. Meantime the blue tit had now laid 9 eggs in the nest box, possibly more, and the grass is more like a shaggy carpet, so a lot of catching up to do. I've got rid of the junk mail, and I'll try and deal with the 170 emails that are left as soon as possible!

  • 14/05/15 - Having witnessed first hand the numbers of younger people (25 to 30 somethings) attending FestJazz in Brittany last July, the main organiser, Trevor Stent, has got even more pro-active by having his team produce a short video - aimed at enticing an even bigger younger element this July. There is a drop down listing in the video of bands appearing, and promoters/festival organisers here would do well to do a YouTube check on the likes of Hippocampus Jass Gang, etc. Die hard Trad 'jazzers' could well find themselves won over!  I also see they are starting up Holywood Blues and Jazz Festival in Northern Ireland again after an eight year break. No need for any of us to get too excited, as, from what I can see, it is not jazz as we know it. But, trying to look on the bright side, if they have success maybe it can improve over future years! - Norman Gibson

  • 13/05/15 - I would have thought (and hoped) that the answer to “how Old Moe Green is” must surely be “fine – how’s everyone else?”. Harmoniously, - John Muskett

  • 13/05/15 - The funeral service for Jean Robinson (wife of Pete) will be on Tuesday 19th May at St Michael’s Church, Chell (Stoke) ST6 6JT at 2.00 pm, and afterwards at the Church Hall. - John Muskett

  • 13/05/15 -  Noted in Chester Chronicle on May 8th , Stan Roberts has just died aged 89. With Tom Jones (dec) he was a founder member of the Wall City Jazz Band , 1954.  Not many of us left now? - John Lindop

  • 12/05/15 - I'm pretty used to people asking me how old Moe Green is, but when I got one from Ken asking me which school he went to, it was a bit unusual. It turns out he and Mo were in the same class at North Manchester Grammar School, were both in the rugby team, (Ken even sent me a photograph, perhaps I'll post it on his birthday), and were both in the Air Training Corps (1832 Sqn) in Harpurhey. Ken says, "In the 1950’s I spent hours watching him emulating Gene Krupa at his home. We were great friends and I have often wondered what happened to him after we left school. Well they are now both back in touch and Moe said, "This is amazing. I know who Ken is now and will contact him. Just another example of how indispensable your website is".

  • 12/05/15 - "Helen Woodcock, a great friend and supporter of jazz in the Northwest, died last Friday and I'm hoping that you'll give her a mention on your website", writes Paul Munnery.  "Fortunately I was able to spend a couple of days with her on my way up to the Keswick Jazz Festival.  I know that many of the musicians and audiences of the region will share my sadness at her passing. She was always a good friend to the music - and I'm proud to say - to me, and I know she'll be sadly missed by many of us.  Her funeral will take place - in Garstang.  I believe, though I'll confirm this later, that it will be on Tuesday 19th May".

  • 10/05/15 - UPDATED - Les Bull's funeral will take place at St Thomas Church : Shyreakes Lane, Crosscrake, Cumbria, LA8 0AB at 1.30pm on Monday 18th and the reception will be a quiet personal affair straight after the funeral in the early afternoon for close friends and family. Due to an unfortunate misunderstanding the previous information regarding a jam session was incorrect.

  • 07/05/15 - In addition to its regular Monday jazz night, the Merseysippi Jazz Band will welcome Jim Fryer, Tom Kincaid and John McCormick next Monday, 11th May, at The Victoria Hotel, Aigburth, Liverpool L17 0DL at 8.30pm. Admission is free, but there will be a collection to defray the cost of getting Jim Fryer back to America.

  • 07/05/15 - De La Salle is back in the news after regular jazz gigs came to an end.  There's an all new 6 piece Swing Band playing a wide variety of American music including - Blues – Boogie Woogie – C/W – American classics etc., and dare I say Bebop. De La Salle Rugby Club is at Lancaster Road, Salford M6 8AQ, Tel: 0161 789 2261. Brian Woods tells me "The first gig is on Tuesday 12 May followed by Tuesday’s 9 June, 14 July and 11 August. Entrance on the door £5. Live music needs your support. Come early to avoid disappointment".

  • 04/05/15 -  Re Lez Bull, this is a terrible shock for me. This is the first chance I have had to check my e-mail since having to rush back 'home' here in N Ireland, where regrettably my sister's long term partner has passed away on Saturday morning. Quite a lot of 'festival going jazzers' would have known Eddie Mulholland a regular at Hemsby and Pete Lay's events. But hearing of Lez's death is a double whammy so very hard to take in. Lez had a great time last Wednesday as he really appreciated Fred Shawcross's Jeriatric Jazz. That 'Jazz Band' in heaven is just getting too darned full. - Norman  Gibson

  • 04/05//15 - The Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz Newsletter is now on the band website.   Janet tells me, "A few people have had difficulty in reading the Newsletters, and this is because when you click on  Newsletter No. 75 a flashing blue arrow appears at the top right hand corner of the page.  When they click on that, the Newsletter comes up". One item reads - "We are very happy that Allan Dent has had his heart surgery and is making a good recovery. He is driving his car again and walking his dog each day. We hope to hear that he continues to make good progress.  We have been very fortunate to have Peter Brown from Stoke and Jon Critchley from Chester who have played trumpet with the band while Allan has been unable to play. We have been able to carry on with their help - thank you, Pete and Jon!

  • 04/05/15 - I am sorry to report the death from cancer on the night of 1 May of Jean, wife of Pete (Pedro) Robinson, guitarist/banjoist/bassist extraordinary of Chell (Stoke). Many from the north-west will have heard or played with Pete over the years, and those lucky enough to meet Jean will have known her as one of the nicest persons they ever met. Funeral details are not yet available, but jazz music is likely to play a part. Condolences to Pete and the family. - John Muskett

  • 03/05/15 - Dave Lee has posted on Facebook yesterday, that "Ray Wilkes the great Blackpool jazz Tenor sax player and music teacher, died last night in Victoria Hospital. He will be sadly missed".

  • 03/05/15 -Hi Fred, sorry to hear that the Harp in Alb#righton has closed its jazz program. I played there in May 2014 on the final tour that Albion Jazz Band put together and remember it as a lovely pub with good beer, great staff and a packed house of really appreciative fans. A memorable occasion! -
    Mike McCombe

  • 03/05/15 - It was on Wednesday night at Norman Gibsons' jazz event in Lancaster that we met up again with Les Bull who had come to watch the Jereatric Jazz Band, and we chatted about his forthcoming gigs which he was looking forward to having only recently got his old band back together. He very kindly bought Barbara and myself a drink and therefore it was with utter disbelief that I heard the news tonight that Les was no longer with us. Pete Major, the pianist in the Les Bull Band, has sent me this email - "I have just heard the tragic news that our close friend and much loved bandleader Les’ Bull has passed away whilst in his music room at home. It is almost a year since Les’ lost his dear wife Maxine. Although this affected him deeply, he was regaining some enthusiasm for life and had started playing again with the band he formed over 10 years ago. Les’ was always upbeat about the band and keen to see and appreciate other bands on the circuit.  He had worked as a pro’ musician in London before returning to the North and settling in Kendal where he and his many musician friends and music enthusiasts formed the original Kendal Jazz Club and ran the, now famous, Kendal Pop Festivals. Through traditional jazz Les’ got to know all of the famous bandleaders and musicians in the then hay-days of the touring circuit. Alex Welsh, Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball, Ronnie Scott, the list is endless, he was proud to be able to call all of these famous band leaders, and their band members, personal friends and, in more recent years, liked nothing better than to travel down to London to play with many of them at Lords Cricket Ground – cricket being his other great love.  A consummate professional and band leader par excellence, Les’ will be sadly missed by family and all who knew him and had the privilege of calling him a friend.  Details of the funeral to follow".

  • 02/05/15 - From Tuesday we are taking a break for 12 days, so I'm afraid there will only be limited updates to the News Page, that is of course if I can sneak the laptop away unnoticed!

  • 02/05/15 - Salford readers may be interested to know that Jazz & Swing is to start at De La Salle Rugby Club. Brian Woods will be emailing all the details soon.

  • 02/05/15 - The Red Rose Band will be playing at Burnley May Day around 12-30pm on Monday. The one other mid week daytime gig is the Savoy Jazzmen at The Palm House in Sefton Park, Liverpool.

  • 02/05/15 - should bring back a few memories of the First British Festival of Jazz. I had a reel to reel recording once, and I can still hear the  announcer saying "Ken Colyer, Come on Ken", as the concert started. I often wondered who the announcer was?  Now I know, it was the NJF Secretary, Harold Pendleton. The sleeve notes by Peter Gammond make fascinating reading, especially the bit about "the appearance of England's  Nellie Lutcher - George Melly". If you can't read the small writing, let me know and I'll send you a larger version, but it's not brilliant.

  • 02/05/15 - All the news is about the Royal Baby today. Well we had our own new arrival - check it out

  • 01/05/15 - The May edition of Just Jazz Magazine is now available and the content details are available via Jazz Extras

  • 01/05/15 - There were 7,063 visits to the site last month by 2,028 visitors looking at  a total of 16,735 pages, some going!

  • 01/05/15 - I wonder if any of the visitors to your site remember this club in Woodplumpton Road in Preston?  Asks Allan Townsend.


  • 01/05/15 - I was sorry to learn of the death of pianist Marty Napoleon a few days ago. Marty was the last surviving member of the Louis Armstrong All Stars, although I think that their singer from this period Jewel Brown is still performing occasionally. Marty was from a distinguished musical family, his uncle being the trumpeter Phil Napoleon.  Marty was still performing and playing amazingly well up to a few months ago at the age of 93. - Duncan.

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