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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 2014

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

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

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

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

  • 30/08/14 - Wirral Jazz Friends are to present A Heswall Festival Special Jazz Night for Claire House Children's' Hospice at Heswall Royal British Legion, Pensby Road on Friday 3RD October 2014 from 7.30 to 11.00 pm. 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 inhttp://tinyurl.com/l5rd8ma.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    July 2014

  • 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 - 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.

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